So which news stories / subjects animate you this weekend?
Delaware Republican lawmakers have introduced a pretty sizable package of proposals in response to the Connecticut school shootings. Among other things, they want a "crisis button" installed in each Delaware school to alert law-enforcement about any emergency. State G.O.P. lawmakers would also create a $5 million state fund for school-safety grants; tighten the penalties for people convicted of violent crimes who illegally possess or use a weapon; heighten the consequences for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; and expand the crime of "providing a false statement" to include falsely reporting a lost or stolen firearm.
A representative of Governor Markell said these proposals appeared to represent a good-faith effort to address a serious problem and could serve as the basis for constructive discussions. But the Governor's spokeswoman also noted the G.O.P. framework did not incorporate much on gun safety or keeping weapons away from the people who shouldn't have them.
As expected, in his budget address, Governor Markell proposes the extension of tax hikes for corporations and individuals, which were set to disappear in July. But the Governor proposes some cuts as well. (See our stories).
Remember when the U.S. Department of Education mandated equal treatment for women in sports programs (Title IX) at schools, including colleges (which forced some cash-strapped schools to downgrade some men's sports, such as cross-country!)? Now, the Education Department will require educational institutions to include students with disabilities in their athletic programs, or provide equal alternative opportunities. In short, disabled access to interscholastic, intramural, and intercollegiate athletics is a right. But here's the area subject to interpretation: Students with disabilities would NOT be guaranteed spots on competitive teams. It's just that schools could not exclude students with physical limitations IF they could keep up with their counterparts.
Brave exciting step for the nation's disabled students? Or a new regulation which will invite endless litigation and perhaps force the downgrade of certain programs?
Watch out for Bobby Jindal!
The popular Louisiana Republican governor (and all-but-declared candidate for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination) addressed the Republican National Committee.
From The Associated Press:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- "Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on the Republican Party to 'stop being the stupid party' on Thursday as G.O.P. leaders promised fundamental changes to help stave off future losses.
In the keynote address at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, Jindal said the G.O.P. doesn't need to change its values but 'might need to change just about everything else we're doing.'
'We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults', he said. 'We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that.'
Jindal, thought to be a potential 2016 Presidential contender, offered little detail in the 25-minute address. He called on conservatives to shift their focus from Capitol Hill number-crunching to 'the place where conservatism thrives -- in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway'..."
NATIONAL JOURNAL's Beth Reinhard raises this question: "Can a fast-talking, brainy policy wonk be elected President?"
The WASHINGTON POST Friday chronicles how Republicans in Virginia and in some other states carried by President Obama - but controlled by Republicans at the state level - are seeking Electoral College changes: No more winner-take-all of a state's electoral votes, but electoral votes apportioned by Congressional district.
From The British tabloid, The SUN:
"Beyonce has been accused of miming the national anthem during President Obama's Inauguration, but she isn't the only one who's been outed for 'faking it'.
Stars including J-Lo and LeAnn Rimes have come out in support of the singer to say miming at a concert is sometimes justifiable.
They claim a lack of rehearsal time, complicated choreography, venue restrictions, and even cold weather affecting vocal cords can all excuse the use of a pre-recorded track..."
From the British paper, DAILY MAIL on line:
"Protesters in Vancouver, Canada, are planning to picket Oprah's appearance in the city because she endorses a face-cream made from baby foreskins.
The billionaire talk-show mogul has called SkinMedica's creams her 'magic fountain of youth' and urged her devoted fans to try it -- at $150 an ounce.
Glen Callender, a Vancouver native who campaigns for 'foreskin awareness', said the endorsement is hypocritical for Oprah -- who has made an issue of stopping female genital mutilations in Africa..."
Posted at 11:04am on January 25, 2013 by Allan Loudell
We should have a 'crisis button' that we could push any time Joe Biden opens his mouth to say something.
The 'crisis button' and other gimmicks from Delaware Republicans is meant to be a distraction from the REAL solution of banning assault weapons. Increasing penalties for people who aren't supposed to have weapons won't have a deterrent effect on crazy people, who aren't thinking rationally before they shoot up a school or a shopping mall.
The only way to prevent these tragedies is to ban assault weapons which you can now buy like candy from the local convenience store. There is no reason to have assault weapons unless you are in the military...or if you're one of these crazy people bent on destruction.
The NRA's extreme position on this means more little kids will die in the future during these shootings. Thanks, NRA.
Since Delaware has a Democratic governor and Democratic leaning legislature, let's hope we can at least pass an assault weapons ban for Delaware.
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 3:51pm
Tea time is correct in his assessment that this is a distraction. A crisis button could have just as easily been a 911 call. One as was made by tens of people when the firing started in Newton. In fact, to get around the uncomfortability of banning assault rifles, the crisis button is really kind of a joke... A "Get Smart" contraption where police officers drinking coffee in their lounge see a red light blinking on the wall...
I would suggest and perhaps Teatime might agree, that perhaps another "Get Smart" contraption could be employed every time Greg Lavelle and the local Republicans begin dodging the assault ban... "The Cone of Silence"
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Jan 25, 2013 5:23pm
A lot of topics Allan has provided:
First off, I agree with Teatime and Kavips on the gun control issue. A panic button?? Most folks have a cellphone, so dialing 911 shouldn't be a big deal. This was done in Newtown, Connecticut. I agree with Governor Markell on this issue.
Next topic: If a handicapped student can compete at the same level as a non-handicapped student (like the Olympic running person who had the artificial leg), then sure, he/she should be able to compete, with no favors granted due to that person's handicap. Otherwise, NO. That's what the Special Olympics is for. Political Correctness again rears its ugly head.
Next topic: Bobby Jindal said: (thanks Allan for the correct spelling) "'We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults', he said. 'We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that."
Yes, I totally agree with Governor Jindal. Those knuckleheaded GOP members of Congress who just had to make some truly STUPID comments about Rape should have been thrown under the GOP bus immediately.
Also the head of the ticket, Mitt Romney, who made that STUPID comment about the 47% where he included those folks who've worked their entire lives and now are on Social Security and Medicare as TAKERS!! He's got a lot of nerve. Folks like me, when I retire in 4 1/2 years (Lord willing!) will have paid into the Social Security insurance program (It's NOT an investment program, GOP) for 47 1/2 years. Me and many other Baby Boomers have lived up to our part of the deal and the government had NO problem taking our salaries in taxes all those years, so YES we totally expect Social Security to be there for us in the full manner we were promised.
The biggest problem the GOP has is the so called rank-and-file listen to idiots like elRushbo, Hannity, and yes, Jensen locally, and believe the nonsense these fools speak as Gospel.
GOP: There needs to be balance. There needs to be SOME government programs in our modern society, like Social Security and some sort of health-care plan. You turn people off when you say we want to follow the Constitution as if this were 1787 (Women and Blacks and non-property owners aren't going to buy into that). There's been a bunch of updates to the Constitution, which is a living document, since 1787. IT's that kind of crap that makes folks vote Democratic.
The other thing the GOP needs to realize is that our nation has a "secular" government. So there are going to be issues that the non-Christian public wants like Abortion and Homosexual marriage. The GOP makes a grave mistake trying to pretend its a "Christian Party"; it isn't. Those moral issues the churches deal with as they teach their folks what God's Word says about these things. Once a person comes to Christ and is walking with Christ their hearts will change. The problem is the government is supposed to represents ALL Americans. So even though I personally as a Christian believe homosexuality is a sin, the US government will soon allow gay/lesbian marriage, get over it, it's going to happen. The issue should be, to allow each church to choose on its own without government hassle, etc., whether or not it will perform gay/lesbian marriages without any penalty, etc, from the Federal or state governments.
So yes, Governor Jindal makes an excellent point about the GOP being stupid.
Next topic: Beyonce faking the Star-Spangled Banner, whoops I mean "lip syncing". Sadly she was more concerned with herself sounding good than doing the Star-Spangled Banner. She showed up for the rehearsal with the military band too late to rehearse!!! Right there tells you how unprofessional she is. It's all about her. A real professional would have had his/her butt there ON TIME as those military musicians are some of best top talent in the nation and she essentially dis-respected them, their abilities, and the military, by dissing them. Once again, Hollyweird people think because THEY are famous and wealthy, that they can treat others like dirt. She should be ashamed of herself, but that would require her having some class to realize what she did.
Oprah is using some kind of cream made from foreskins of babies (male or female)? In either case that sounds creepy and disgusting. But then again, Oprah is part of Hollyweird, so she's no better than Beyonce, so not worth wasting any more time or thought discussing.
There's my spin on the topics.
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 2:48am
I must admit on the handicap issue my first thoughts were "gee, give me a break... They are handicapped. Don't they understand what handicap means?" Then, I put myself in the shoes of a handicap parent. One who wanted to make his child's life as normal as possible despite the handicap. One who wanted this child to learn the social element that being part of a competitive team provides... One who thought that it wasn't the child's fault he/she had a handicap, so why should that child be denied the right to do something worthwhile, to fulfill his/her dreams?
So from the court's perspective, I can see it's choice. After all, aren't there choices made every day on where to spend athletic money? Why not put some towards a handicap sport, instead of featuring a golf or tennis team? In that regard it made sense. You have the money; it is just a matter of choices. Maybe buy cheaper concession hot-dogs, and put some money into a handicap sports.
As a legal issue, a while ago the ADA made having a handicap not a reason one must accept second-class citizenship. I can agree with that. I find it morally offensive if a veteran returning from a moment of excessive heroics, now confined to a wheelchair, would not be able to enter a restaurant, or hotel because those businesses "didn't want a ramp to their door".
So I can see the wisdom behind it. They are simply saying that as a citizen of the United States of America, you shall have the same opportunities provided everyone else by our government. As a government of the People, for the People, and by the People, we will not say no, simply because it is too much trouble for us to say yes...
It's a little thing to us, but a big one to those not physically as lucky as we. And if you have ever had the privilege to meet one of these children, and understand the bravery with which they face each day, you kind of realize they are much bigger people than you are... They have that effect upon one who gets to know them....
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 3:38am
If the Republicans will simply learn that Elvis's birthday is January 8th, not August 16th, they'll be well on their way to winning next time around.
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 3:40pm
Here's a 3 minute radio commentary that was broadcast by Paul Harvey on ABC Radio in 1965. I think all here will enjoy what he said. It really makes you think. Enjoy.
Sun, Jan 27, 2013 8:25pm
re: Bobby Jindal: "We've got to stop being the stupid party."
Jindal does not mean that he thinks the Republicans should be the intelligent party; he means that they should stop being stupid in public. Once they get elected, then they can resume being stupid.
This is the man who wrote about witnessing an exorcism, signed a law promoting creationism in Louisiana schools, and promoted vouchers which allow students attending private religious schools to receive public funding. One of these schools designated to receive public funding is the Eternity Christian Academy. According to their website, the school uses the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum, which teaches that evolution is disproved by the Loch Ness monster.
I read the Jindal article from Slate, thanks for the link.
The problem with Jindal is he's trying to use the Bible in a way that it wasn't designed to be used. He's trying to use it as a Science book. The Bible is NOT a Science book; it is actually a library (The Hebrew word for Bible means library; the Greek word means books). So the Bible is a library of books that God inspired the writers to write in the original language of Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament. The Bible is God's message to us telling us about his love and his salvation for all mankind through Jesus Christ.
So the Bible is a library of books about faith. So using the Bible for faith, learning about God and his Love for us, etc., etc., and NOT science, is the way to have both Science and the faith of the Bible (both created by God) to work side by side with each other.
Bottom-line is God did the creating; God set it into motion. Frankly, I can accept 6 twenty-four hour days of creation. or 6 million-year days of creation. It doesn't matter; all I know is that GOD did it and he can choose to do it anyway He pleases. Neither causes me to lose my faith.
I believe that God put the Creation account into terms that we could understand, especially 4000 years ago when those words were given to the early Jewish community. From what I've read, the Jews of that day didn't have an issue with - Did God create the world? They already knew that; it was a given. My understanding is the early Jews saw Genesis 1 as a teaching about keeping the Sabbath and that they were to keep it Holy (God worked 6 days creating and rested on the 7th). Really, it has to be 6 twenty-four-hour days? The sun that our day is based wasn't created until the 4th day. Let's not try to force God into a tiny box so that our puny minds can understand.
God created a universe that is Millions of light-years in size. Realize a light-year is how far light will travel in one year. So the nearest star after our Sun is Alpha-Centauri, which is about 4.3 light years away. So light travels at about 186,000 miles per second. Multiply that by 60 to get one minute of travel, multiply that number by 60 to get an hour's travel, then by 24 for a day, and then 365 to get a year. Then by 4.3 to get the distance to the nearest stars after our Sun. You start to get an idea of just how magnificent the Creation of God is.
Should Genesis 1 be taught as Science in public schools? Personally, I don't believe it would hurt the kids any, but rather than give the kids an appreciation of God and His wondrous work, it would probably give those "liberal" anti-faith teachers the opportunity to bash faith, God, and the Bible and to belittle any child who'd be so naive to believe in the Bible. So why bother and put a child through that abuse?
Each parent is supposed to be passing on his/her faith beliefs to their children. It's not the job of the "secular worldly government" to be trying to teach my kids or your kids about our faith in Christ. I'd not want them to teach anything from the Koran in school and I'm certain that Islamic parents don't want the schools to teach the Bible in schools.
My kids were given a strong solid Biblical faith by my wife and I. We didn't need the schools to teach our faith to our kids, and neither should you or anyone else. If that is the case, then I'd question how strong or solid your faith is.
Sorry I have to disagree with Gov. Jindal on this issue.
Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 4:09pm
Here is the latest proposal that the Boy Scouts of America are proposing to settle the gay scouts/leader issue.
Mike: I would argue that Governor Jindal is simply trying to do what he can to move government away from being totally anti-God as it has become since Madeline Ohair succeeded in getting prayer or any mention of religion outlawed in school.
While his stance on evolution vs. creationism may be a bit over the top, you must admit we gotta balance it out somehow.
Mike from Delaware
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 8:17am
Mrpizza: The problem is we've become a nation of many different beliefs and those with no beliefs. I personally see no problem with Bible reading and saying the Lord's Prayer in public school, as I'd assume you too wouldn't have a problem.
But would you want the kids reading from the Koran, or some Hindu book and then saying a prayer Allah, or a Hindu goddess, or to the "rabbit god", or Mother Earth? THAT's the problem. We wouldn't want our kids participating in such heathen "pagan" activities and those kids parents don't want their kids participating in such Christian "pagan" activities. So if you want your child to have a Christiancentric education where Christ like values are exaulted then your kids need to be in a Christian school or you home school them as my wife did with our youngest son.
The best you're going to get from the "worldly" public school system is a moment of silence, which I believe is the answer.
So even though I would love to see Bible reading and prayer back in the public school, I know its not going to happen. If they did bring a prayer into the school, it would be some wishy-washy generic prayer that that is essentially a bunch of nice platitudes that sound nice that offend no one and aren't directed to the God of creation specifically, but to essentially to whom it may concern.
Ever been to a college graduation? My son graduated from DelTech a couple of years ago, and the chaplin from Dover AFB gave the invocation. THAT's what her prayer was. Its a public forum and all sorts of folks are there, so any "prayer" is going to NOT really be a prayer, so why bother? The moment of silence where your child can have a serious moment of prayer from his/her heart to the God of creation and his Son Jesus Christ will serve your child far better than the "state sanctioned" prayer to nobody.
So I understand Mr. Jindal's ideas and beliefs, but that isn't doable in our pluralistic secular society, nor is it going to win the GOP any elections. Its just a tool the GOP touts every once in a while to help insure the "Christian vote" doesn't forsake the GOP. In other words, the Christians are just being played, because those guys know full well that they'll never get such a bill past Congress, much less past the Supreme Court.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 6:30am
Yep. An unfortunate reality.
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 3:10am
A while back we created a long thread about Chik-Fil-A. Here is where they are now.
I wonder how many of you who visited it for the first time to support extreme right-wing radical values, will go back now, after reading this? I hope all of you.
The article is a very well-written story. I now have a lot of respect for Dan Caffey.
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