Monday, June 30, 2008
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Thursday, June 26, 2008
Which is a Bigger Story: That the Supreme Court Upheld the Right to Bear Arms or That Four Law-School Graduates Disagreed?
Four dissenters? I wonder whom Obama will name to replace some of the current majority.
From the full story:
Court Strikes Down D.C. Gun Ban, Affirms Second Amendment Rights
By MARK H. ANDERSON
June 26, 2008 2:11 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, in a 5-4 ruling, for the first time in U.S. history declared the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution contains a specific right to individual gun ownership and rejected Washington, D.C., handgun restrictions, which were the strictest in the nation.
"There seems to us no doubt on the basis of both text and history that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to keep and bear arms," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the 64-page majority ruling. "This meaning is strongly confirmed by the historical background of the Second Amendment."
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
From the International Herald Tribune:
ELIZABETH, Colorado: Suddenly, the economics of American suburban life are under assault as skyrocketing energy prices inflate the costs of reaching, heating and cooling homes on the outer edges of metropolitan areas.
Just off Singing Hills Road, in one of hundreds of two-story homes dotting a former cattle ranch beyond the southern fringes of Denver, Phil Boyle and his family openly wonder if they will have to move close to town to get some relief.
They still revel in the space and quiet that has drawn a steady exodus from U.S. cities toward places like this for more than half a century. Their living room ceiling soars two stories high. A swing-set sways in the breeze in their backyard. Their wrap-around porch looks out over the flat scrub of the high plains to the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains.
But life on the distant fringes of suburbia is beginning to feel untenable. Boyle and his wife must drive nearly an hour to their jobs in the high-tech corridor of southern Denver. With gasoline at more than $4 a gallon, Boyle recently paid $121 to fill his pickup truck with diesel. The price of propane to heat their spacious house has more than doubled in recent years.
Though Boyle finds city life unappealing, it's now up for reconsideration.
"Living closer in, in a smaller space, where you don't have that commute," he said. "It's definitely something we talk about. Before it was, 'We spend too much time driving.' Now, it's, 'We spend too much time and money driving."'
As the realization takes hold that rising energy prices are less a momentary blip than a restructuring with lasting consequences, the high cost of fuel is threatening to slow the decades-old migration away from cities, while exacerbating the housing downturn by diminishing the appeal of larger homes set far from urban jobs.
In Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Minneapolis, homes beyond the urban core have been falling in value faster than those within, according to analysis by Moody's Economy.com.
In Denver, housing prices in the urban core rose steadily from 2003 until late last year compared with previous years, before dipping nearly 5 percent in the past three months of last year, according to Economy.com. But house prices in the suburbs began falling earlier, in the middle of 2006, and then accelerated, dropping by 7 percent the past three months of the year.
More than three-fourths of prospective homebuyers are more inclined to live in an urban area because of fuel prices, according to a recent survey of 903 real estate agents with Coldwell Banker, a national brokerage.
Some proclaim the unfolding demise of suburbia.
"Many low-density suburbs and McMansion subdivisions, including some that are lovely and affluent today, may become what inner cities became in the 1960s and '70s - slums characterized by poverty, crime and decay," said Christopher Leinberger, an urban land use expert, in a recent essay in the Atlantic Monthly.
Basic household arithmetic appears to be furthering the trend: In 2003, the average suburban household spent $1,422 a year on gasoline, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By April of this year - when gas prices were about $3.60 a gallon - the same household was buying gas at a rate of $3,196 a year, more than doubling consumption in dollar terms in less than five years.
In March, Americans drove 11 billion fewer miles on public roads than in the same month the previous year, a 4.3 percent decrease. It was the sharpest one-month drop since the Federal Highway Administration began keeping records in 1942.
For others, though, new math is altering the choice of where to live. Houses are sitting on the market longer than years past. "The pool of buyers is diminishing," said Jace Glick, a realtor with Re/Max Alliance in Parker, next to Elizabeth.
Juanita Johnson and her husband, both retired Denver school teachers, moved here last August, after three decades in the city and a few years in the mountains. They bought a four-bedroom house for $415,000.
Last winter, they spent $3,000 just on propane to heat the place, she said. Suddenly, this seems like a place to flee.
"We'd sell if we could, but we'd lose our shirt," Johnson said. On a recent walk, she counted 15 "For Sale" signs. A similar home nearby is listed below $400,000.
"I was so glad to get out of the city, the pollution the traffic, the crime," she said. Now, the suburbs seem mean. "I wouldn't do this again."
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Many Dutch prepare for 2012 apocalypse
Published: June 23, 2008 at 7:25 PM
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 23 (UPI) -- Thousands of people in the Netherlands say they expect the world to end in 2012, and many say they are taking precautions to prepare for the apocalypse.
The Dutch-language de Volkskrant newspaper said it spoke to thousands of believers in the impending end of civilization, and while theories on the supposed catastrophe varied, most tied the 2012 date to the end of the Mayan calendar, Radio Netherlands reported Monday.
De Volkskrant said many of those interviewed are stocking up on emergency supplies, including life rafts and other equipment.
Some who spoke to the newspaper were optimistic about the end of civilization.
"You know, maybe it's really not that bad that the Netherlands will be destroyed," Petra Faile said. "I don't like it here anymore. Take immigration, for example. They keep letting people in. And then we have to build more houses, which makes the Netherlands even heavier. The country will sink even lower, which will make the flooding worse."
Monday, June 23, 2008
Supreme Court meets Monday morning
Mon Jun 23, 6:28 AM ET
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court begins what almost certainly is its final week of work before its summer break with 10 cases left to decide. Among the big issues are gun rights and the death penalty for rape of a child.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Among them was Hu Jia, who was taken into custody last December 27 after publicly criticising the Chinese government's failure to keep its promise to promote and protect human rights, a promise that was make when it was awarded the Games.
In a foreword to the report, writer Wei Jingsheng wrote: "In particular, last year the Chinese Government's repression has rapidly upgraded, in an effort to make sure there is no dissident voices from the people during the 2008 Olympics."
Thursday, June 19, 2008
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
NASHVILLE - In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy-efficient, the former Vice President’s home energy use surged more than 10%, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.
“A man’s commitment to his beliefs is best measured by what he does behind the closed doors of his own home,” said Drew Johnson, President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. “Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.”
In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.
In February 2007, An Inconvenient Truth, a film based on a climate change speech developed by Gore, won an Academy Award for best documentary feature. The next day, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research uncovered that Gore’s Nashville home guzzled 20 times more electricity than the average American household.
After the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore’s massive home energy use, the former Vice President scurried to make his home more energy-efficient. Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home’s windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the “green” overhaul.
Since taking steps to make his home more environmentally-friendly last June, Gore devours an average of 17,768 kWh per month –1,638 kWh more energy per month than before the renovations – at a cost of $16,533. By comparison, the average American household consumes 11,040 kWh in an entire year, according to the Energy Information Administration.
In the wake of becoming the most well-known global warming alarmist, Gore won an Oscar, a Grammy and the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition, Gore saw his personal wealth increase by an estimated $100 million thanks largely to speaking fees and investments related to global warming hysteria.
“Actions speak louder than words, and Gore’s actions prove that he views climate change not as a serious problem, but as a money-making opportunity,” Johnson said. “Gore is exploiting the public’s concern about the environment to line his pockets and enhance his profile.”
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, a Nashville-based free market think tank and watchdog organization, obtained information about Gore’s home energy use through a public records request to the Nashville Electric Service.
Monday, June 16, 2008
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Monday, June 9, 2008
Why couldn't this have been me!? Her stupidity and selfishness was blessed with a miracle!!!!!!
I aborted my first child at the urging of my urologist and first husband. I was on a new antibiotic at the time of conception that was thought to cause lack of main extremities to unborn babies. (now they know it is cautiously safe to take)
For months after the abortion, I literally had to pull over every time I drove to let out my animal sounding cries of agony. I contemplated suicide.
I now have a wonderful husband and am blessed with several children, but will NEVER stop longing for my first.
I have been forgiven by God through the beautiful sacrament of confession. But the pain will be with me for the rest of my life.
All women contemplating abortion should talk to someone like me who regrets it every single day of her life.
My baby did not dance again in my womb. . .
08 June, 2008 10:53
Today in St. Louis, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce's PAC announced its endorsement of Congressman Kenny Hulshof for governor. Is it time for the rest of us to throw our support behind one candidate so that we can focus on defeating Jay Nixon in November?
Here's the announcement from the chamber's website:
ST. LOUIS — Missouri’s largest and strongest business coalition is supporting U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof for governor.
Hulshof has earned the backing of the Missouri Chamber Political Action Committee, affiliated with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, through his outstanding support of business during his career as a public servant.
The Missouri Chamber PAC’s endorsement was announced this afternoon at the Hunter Engineering Company in St. Louis.
“With the nation currently weathering a difficult economy, Missouri needs a governor who recognizes that a thriving business community is the starting point to the state’s overall success,” said Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. “As a farmer and small businessman, Kenny Hulshof intimately understands the challenges that companies are facing today. Through his vocal support of business and his vote record during his six terms in Congress, Kenny Hulshof has proven his commitment to helping Missouri’s economy prosper, which benefits everyone in the state.”
Hulshof’s work in Congress includes cutting taxes, striving to repeal the death tax, helping reduce stifling federal small business requirements, working toward stopping lawsuit abuse, as well as reforming tort and class action litigation. His efforts have earned him a 95 percent cumulative rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a 100 percent rating from the National Association of Manufacturers over the last four years, putting him among the nation’s finest pro-business lawmakers.
In his campaign for governor, Hulshof has pledged to not raise taxes as well as protect Missouri’s hard-fought tort reform and workers’ compensation legislation passed in 2005. He has also discussed his desire to create greater collaboration between the state’s local leaders and colleges and universities toward Missouri’s economic development efforts.
“In recent years, Missouri has made tremendous strides toward improving its business climate. But whoever becomes governor will set the course for our economic future,” Mehan said. “Electing Kenny Hulshof would keep our state on this positive trajectory.”
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.mochamber.com) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business association in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers that provide more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians.