Friday, August 16, 2013

Gotta watch video

I am going to send the link to this to all the people on the 40 Days newsletter. This video captures just how urgent the need is to pray and witness at the very place where abortions are being done.  If this man John, with all his health issues, can do this,  why can't we?  In three years, John Barros has saved 1000 babies from abortion.

Every pastor needs to watch this video. As the commentator says:
I think the problem in the church is not that we have tried and we've failed, but that we have failed to try.

The penetrating gaze of Mark Steyn

Few people see the big picture as clearly as Mary Steyn does.  And he is fearless, as he describes what we are doing to our society in the west.

“Why does anyone think Europe needs huge numbers of Muslim immigrants?” Steyn replied, “Supposedly to keep their welfare state in business, because they are the children that Europeans couldn’t be bothered to have themselves. One third of German women are childless. If you just take your average, dopey Western feminist at a university campus in North America today, and she’s concerned about patriarchy, [she thinks that by] forming a pro-life club you’re forcing your backwards, patriarchal views on her. If she thinks you’re the big, stern, dominating patriarch, she ought to wait twenty or thirty years in the average Canadian city. She’ll be figuring out what the people in Amsterdam and Brussels and Malmo and Paris are beginning to figure out right now—that there’s a whole, far more motivated breed of patriarch that’s going to be walking around those cities. That’s what the dopey, clap-trapped, cobwebbed 1960’s feminist doesn’t get—that abortion is an indulgence and the indulgence only works for a generation or two before a bunch of other people take over and rebuild the future you weren’t interested in building for yourselves.”

“The back alley is back, and supersized,” he writes, “When the pro-choice rally ends and Cameron Diaz, Ashley Judd and the other celebrities d’un certain age return to Hollywood, and the upper-middle-class women with the one designer baby go back to their suburbs, a woman’s ‘right to choose’ means that, day in, day out, the blessings of this ‘right’ fall disproportionately on all the identity groups the upscale liberals profess to care about—poor women, black women, Hispanic women, undocumented women, and other denizens of Big Government’s back alley.” 
 Abortion, as any literate human being can tell you, kills a human being. Abortion, as any moral human being can tell you, is a human rights violation. And abortion, as Mark Steyn tells us, is a cultural indulgence that can’t last more than a few generations. Abortion is a symbol of everything that threatens the West, from plunging birthrates to skyrocketing self-absorption to the slow rise of Big Government’s Brave New World.

I read this morning, on Drudge Report, that there is a rumour that Mark Steyn might run for senator in New Hampshire.  I certainly hope he doesn't.  We need him doing exactly what he does right now; being a part of government would stifle him for sure.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

How's being green working out for you?

How much energy does it take to power your smartphone addiction?
The average iPhone uses more energy than a midsize refrigerator, says a new paper by Mark Mills, CEO of Digital Power Group, a tech investment advisory. A midsize refrigerator that qualifies for the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star rating uses about 322 kW-h a year, while your iPhone uses about 361 kW-h if you stack up wireless connections, data usage, and battery charging.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Abortion and breast cancer link shown in Bangladesh

I always thought that studies done in India and China would show whether there was in fact a real link between abortion and breast cancer.

And this latest one does.

Brind continued: “Although the authors did not include a measure of their abortion link’s statistical significance, their raw data was complete enough to calculate a 95% confidence interval of 12.85-32.51, making abortion by far the strongest and most significant risk factor observed in these Bengali women. In plain English, women in this population who had any induced abortions were more than 20 times as likely to get breast cancer, compared to women with no abortions.”

When results can be obtained from China, where abortion is forced upon so many women, the link will be impossible to deny.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Gay Agenda and Freedom of Speech

A good article by Alistair Nicholas from Australia. 

He quotes Dennis Altman, a gay activist:

Altman says: "But this debate is only possible because of huge shifts that have taken place in the larger meaning of marriage over the past few decades. It has moved from being regarded as a lifetime commitment, sanctified by God, with the purpose of producing children, to a more relaxed commitment based on mutual love and respect, with the recognition that something like 40 per cent of marriages will end in divorce."
 The argument means that if marriage is not what it used to be about, if traditional marriage is failing, let's open it up for gays as well. If this argument holds any water it should, by logical extension, also open up a debate on polygamy and even group marriage as legitimate forms of marriage that should be recognised by law. Indeed, given the high numbers of Muslims in contemporary Australian society, why not legalise polygyny? The argument is of course patently absurd: "traditional marriage is fractured so lets smash it and remake it as something else". 
 Wouldn't it be more logical to ask why 40 percent of marriages fail and to then look for solutions to the problems that exist. Otherwise we are likely to end up with all kinds of arrangements being allowed to pass as marriage because the concept of marriage has become meaningless.

On the subject of homosexuals and children, Nicholas writes:
Altman then moves to an attack on the argument that gays having children are against the natural order because improvements in IVF technology and surrogacy have made it possible for them to do so. He even says that given the scrutiny a gay couple has to go through to have children and the financial burden they take on in doing that means they are likely to be better parents than heterosexual couples who may have not planned a pregnancy. 
 No evidence of the claim is presented. This is sophistry at its best. The natural order has been defeated by science so the natural order should stand aside? Take this to its logical conclusion and science will always trump nature and all ethical and moral considerations could be set aside. "Science is right" becomes the modern day "might is right" maxim. A flood-gate for abortion, euthanasia, eugenics and who knows what else could be opened because science makes them possible; indeed the horse has already bolted on abortion. Euthanasia is not far behind.
And the result of all this gay agenda?
The real risk of course, the paradox of modern society, is that the argument for tolerance on a wide range of minority issues, such as homosexuality (yes, it is still only practiced by a minority), is leading to greater intolerance towards the majority. By shutting down the rights of religions and their followers we would actually become a less tolerant society. Religions and individuals who oppose certain beliefs and practices will become the persecuted - ironically, their right to freedom of speech would be sacrificed on the altar of tolerance. 
 When religious organisations and individuals are told to remain silent on certain aspects of their beliefs we will be living under a new form of totalitarianism. That ultimately is where the debate for gay marriage is headed.
 If gay marriage is an inevitability, as I suspect it is, but only because it will be foisted upon us by the vociferous gay lobby and the acceptance of an apathetic majority, it is imperative that the rights of religions to promote their beliefs continue to be protected. Otherwise we are inching our way towards a world in which certain thoughts could be defined as crimes.
 It's already happening, isn't it? 

Evidence of the above in this article - Gospel singer asked not to attend his own concert. Why? because he was a former homosexual and gay rights activists think he should not be allowed to perform because of that. 

Gospel singer asked not to attend his own concert

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Traveling through northern USA

A week in Ontario was preceded and followed by a drive through the US.  On the way up, my husband and I drove through Maine, crossed the border into Quebec and then onto Ottawa and then to a small town in the Ottawa valley. The trip home was a slightly different route, cross into the US at Cornwall, then drive across upper New York State, into Vermont, across New Hampshire and then through Maine to cross into New Brunswick at Calais/St. Stephen's. 

The trip up was serene as we followed a wonderful river through Maine, a river where you stop and marvel at the clear water running over smooth stones. The dog loves it.

But the trip back revealed a different story. Upper New York State is First Nations land, St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reserve.  I had driven this way last year in June, but this year was different. Almost every single business was closed, except for the Casino. And a billboard tells the truth:  a picture of a casino with the words "This is not our traditional way of life".  I wish I had a photo.

Vermont was better, being a state that caters to the young professional who spends his leisure time getting and staying fit. Scores of bikers (and on the kind you pedal) and beautiful mountainous landscape, very lush after this summer of heavy rain. The towns feature more Latte Bars than diners.

Then New Hampshire and once again, the tell-tale signs of houses for sale, businesses boarded up, many of which have simply been abandoned. People must have just walked away and cut their losses. An entire saw mill for sale with all the equipment; a brand new business complex, boasting 12000 square feet, for sale or lease.

And Maine even worse.

There is no denying that the US is in financial crisis. I imagine that people in the cities don't see it, unless they live in Detroit. But out in the countryside, it is clear that this is the age of small business decline, the mass migration to the cities, and sad houses left empty, reminders that once a family lived here.

We don't see this in Canada, perhaps it is coming, because we really do follow the US in everything else. Our economy is tied so closely to that of the USA that, should our neighbour to the south go belly-up, we will be right behind them.

Frightening to see this, but my overwhelming impression is one of sadness, that so much has been lost in that great nation.

And I couldn't help but think that Ann Coulter is right; make a nation of people dependent upon the state for everything, and you will have the Democrats in power forever.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

When the children of IVF speak out

From a post by Alana Newman, whose biological father closed all doors to communication once she had discovered who he was.  He was paid to give sperm, which was then used to inseminate her mother who wanted a child.  So where are Alana's rights in all of this? 
No wonder the Catholic church opposes invitro fertilization: children have a right to a biological father and mother.
We’ve created a class of people who are manufactured, and treat them as less-than-fully human, demanding that they be grateful for whatever circumstances we give them. While fathers of traditionally conceived human beings are chased down and forced to make child support payments as a minimal standard of care, people conceived commercially are reprimanded when they question the anonymous voids that their biological fathers so “lovingly” left.