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Obama and fatherhood

ideal bike

I've gotten too many flats on my bike in the past month. I don't like carrying spare tubes or buying a mini-pump, so I'm left high and dry some mornings. I also have tubes with mystery holes that won't reveal themselves so I can patch them. On my ride home today I fantasized about a solid tire. I figure it would make a rough ride without suspension. But if I had suspension, the tires could be made of steel and I wouldn't feel much. The internet turned up Nu-Teck Airfree Tires though. They can be made hard or soft. I'm interested. I need to find some online reviews though.

Cinema review: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

All Quiet on the Western Front, released in 1930, is as compelling today as it was 78 years ago. One thing I appreciate about the older films is the ability to convey the horror without the graphic reproduction of blood and guts in modern films such as Saving Private Ryan. This movie looks at the consequences of whipped up patriotism to justify the unjust. It is a timely movie to the era we are in now.

Cinema review: Iron Man

I like the kind of superhero who always has the upper hand, no matter what. When I was a scrawny kid putting up with bullies, I escaped into a superhero fantasy world where the rules would be different. I imagined my super strength. I imagined super tools. I imagined super suits. Even though I read many comic books, Iron Man was not one of them. But he fits the bill. He's got the wealth and gimmicks of Batman without the hang-ups. I enjoyed the new movie. The only thing that really bothered me was the gratuitous sex scene that had nothing to offer to the plot.

Transformation

Cardboard testimonies.
HT: PP

Forgiveness

A thief stole a church's trailer with all their stuff in it. I presume they don't own a building. So they hung some billboards up to get the thief's attention. But the pastor also made a video extending forgiveness to the thief and inviting him to church and a dinner on him. Here is the video. This is a great example of God's upside down, out of this world kingdom.



HT: Stuff Christians Like

self made earth sheltered, straw bale insulated round home

Mostly built by a guy and his dad and a few tools and little experience. It's beautiful to me in many aspects. I urge you to visit a low impact woodland home inhabited by a family of four.

Laws can't be enforced against abortion providers in Kansas

Is it really about some poor women with no other option? Not when the dollar signs are followed by 6 zero's. Here is a modern mockery of justice in Kansas presented in an NRO article titled, Supremely Wrong. The former state attorney general and current district attorney of Johnson County, in suburban Kansas City, Kline is that most unfortunate of political creatures — the inspired reformer. The object of his quixotic campaign is to reform the abortion laws of Kansas — not by changing them, but by simply enforcing them.

In a place like Kansas, you might think, that’s T-ball politics — but that would only be in the Kansas of popular (and Thomas Frank’s) imagination, where wily conservatives are winning the culture wars. They’re definitely not, as Kline now knows well. He started his mission after being elected attorney general in 2002. After six years, he has been so badly mangled by Kansas’s political machinery that he’s the one under siege.
That’s his punishment for conducting a s…

Abortion survivor's opinion of Obama in WSJ

A very short piece in the WSJ titled the Audacity of Death.
Miss Jessen is an exquisite example of what antiabortion advocates call a "survivor." Well into her third trimester of pregnancy, Gianna's biological mother was injected with a saline solution intended to induce a chemical abortion at a Los Angeles County abortion center. Eighteen hours later, and precious minutes before the abortionist's arrival, Gianna emerged. Premature and with severe injuries that resulted in cerebral palsy. But alive...

As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama twice opposed legislation to define as "persons" babies who survive late-term abortions. Babies like Gianna. Mr. Obama said in a speech on the Illinois Senate floor that he could not accept that babies wholly emerged from their mother's wombs are "persons," and thus deserving of equal protection under the Constitution's 14th Amendment.A federal version on the same legislation passed the Senate unanimou…

cinema review: Amazing Grace 2007

As always, I am late to the party. But I do agree a party is due in honor of this film. Amazing Grace is the story of William Wilberforce the Christian British parliamentarian who, through the process of legislation and persuasion, improved the lot of many oppressed classes, including animals, prisoners, poor children, and African slaves. It's the last class that makes him a hero. It is the last class that took him the longest and worked him the hardest, nearly ruining his health. He argued for 20 years before the slave trade was finally ended, but abolition was not finally enacted until 30 years later a month after his death. Politically, I think we who are opposed to abortion need to heed some lessons from Wilberforce.

1) Patience. Even though Wilberforce caught the sentiment of the people early and broadly in his campaign to end slavery the monied interests in the Parliament who profited from the slave and sugar trade held the power. That echelon of power was eventually outlived…