MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

50 Babies a Year?

November 28th, 2005 Viewed 1429 times

Does this change your opinion of abortion?

A GOVERNMENT agency is launching an inquiry into doctors’ reports that up to 50 babies a year are born alive after botched National Health Service abortions.

The investigation, by the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH), comes amid growing unease among clinicians over a legal ambiguity that could see them being charged with infanticide.

[The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists] guidelines say that babies aborted after more than 21 weeks and six days of gestation should have their hearts stopped by an injection of potassium chloride before being delivered. In practice, few doctors are willing or able to perform the delicate procedure.

For the abortion of younger foetuses, labour is induced by drugs in the expectation that the infant will not survive the birth process. Guidelines say that doctors should ensure that the drugs they use prevent such babies being alive at birth.

In practice, according to Stuart Campbell, former professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at St George’s hospital, London, a number do survive.

“They can be born breathing and crying at 19 weeks’ gestation,” he said. “I am not anti-abortion, but as far as I am concerned this is sub-standard medicine.”

This is a concern for these surgeons because:

“If a baby is born alive following a failed abortion and then dies (because of lack of care), you could potentially be charged with murder,” said Shantala Vadeyar, a consultant obstetrician at South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust, who led the study.

Not that it’s an ethical problem, they’re just worried if they’ll get sued. Who has the right to determine when life begins or what lives are worth living?

The issue will be highlighted by Gianna Jessen, 28, who survived an attempt to abort her. She is to speak at a parliamentary meeting on December 6 organised by the Alive and Kicking campaign, which is lobbying for a reduction of the abortion limit to 18 weeks.

Jessen, a musician from Nashville, Tennessee, was left with cerebral palsy but is to run in the London marathon next April to raise funds for fellow sufferers.

“If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were my rights?” she asked.

“If people are going to talk about abortion, then it’s important for them to know that these are babies that can be born alive and survive.”

What are they selling?

November 28th, 2005 Viewed 1104 times, 3 so far today

As our society becomes more sexualized, don’t be surprised if you see the following coming to a store near you:

AUGUSTA, Maine – In this town, window shopping is attracting a lot more guys than usual. A lingerie store called Spellbound is grabbing attention with live models in the window. Some people have complained, but police say there is nothing illegal about the lingerie models.

“It’s tainting the wholesome businesses down here,” said Carrie Rossignol, co-owner of Video Game Exchange. “I think it’s selfish, and I think it’s morally reprehensible.”

Another downtown merchant likes the idea, saying the models are attracting more potential customers to the area.

“It’s like a New York thing. It’s urban. It’s edgy,” said Stacy Gervais, owner of Stacy’s Hallmark Store and a founder of a downtown merchants group. “We need a shtick — something that we do that attracts people and gets us remembered.”

Spellbound owner Felicia Stockford said she has had no trouble finding staffers. She said the young women enjoy strutting their stuff in the shop window.

As if this somehow makes it right?

From the Archives

November 21st, 2005 Viewed 2284 times, 3 so far today

windowslivewriterharnessingthepowerofthesun-143d5sun-over-ocean-coast-thumb1.jpgJez has been having a side debate with me regarding a post I made on November 7, 2005 (you can find the whole debate so far by a couple of clicks in the archives). I thought I should bring it back to the top so you can all see what we’re talking about.

The issue surrounds the RATE review and an Article on www.answersingenesis.org. Jez stated that I should do some research before linking to them, that all of their material had already been refuted, and that, at worst, these people were just out to make money off of people buying their material, and at best, they were just liars.

So, we’ve gone back and forth with links and logic. I pick up where I left off after her last comment:

I’m no geologist, nor do I claim to be. But for someone who starts this whole comment thread by suggesting using the web to do some research, I recommend you use google or yahoo to search for “radiometric dating problems” without the quotes. You’d find that your “proof” of consistancy is far from that.

First off, can you post me some links that show a double blind study for radiometric dating? Funny, I can’t find any on Talk Origins. In fact, they say a few interesting things over there. First, there was one post in reply that said that a double blind test would benefit Creationists and be used to pull Evolution out of schools. Why would that be? Well, a double blind test pulls humans out of the equation. One of the main arguements that evolutionists use for saying that radiometric dating is consistant across methods is that the dates come out the same. But, do they come out the same because they are supposed to? By doing a double blind test, neither the researchers nor the those doing the dating know what thing they have.

Woot Off Blogging 2

November 18th, 2005 Viewed 1058 times

If you’re a size XXXL, don’t hesitate to go over to woot.com

OOPS — Gone. You see just how fast things can go!


The current woot is a Sterling Silver Jewelry set — $49.99 + $5.00.

Woot Off Blogging

November 18th, 2005 Viewed 1023 times

Once in a blue moon the site woot.com has what they call a “woot off” where they sell one item after another instead of just one item. Today is one such day. I’ve got a late start, but I’ll be blogging this woot off from here with some little other info, but you can always go to the site to see their information:

Right now they’re selling a Pillsubury Doughboy model HO Train set for $49.99 + $5.00 shipping. It’d make a neat Christmas gift. Ebay has two of these for sale. One looks to be a woot sale (someone who buys on woot and tries to immediately sell it on e-bay) and the other has $36 and 2 days left. There’s also a store selling it for $85 buy-it-now claiming it’s rare!

Check it out!

Legalize Terrorism

November 16th, 2005 Viewed 1215 times, 1 so far today

After reading many posts about a multitude of topics, I have come to the decision that the easiest way to win the War on Terror is not to fight it in foreign lands, close borders, or even to do checks at airports. The easiest way to win the War on Terror is to legalize it.  Here’s how it would work.

  • Stage 1 would see the US requiring registration for all non-Muslims in the US. It could be designated on government forms such as Passports, Drivers licenses, etc. Each denomination could be placed in some color coding, or one for all (perhaps a religious symbol for everyone so it seems fair). This would also permit for quicker conversations regarding Supreme Court nominees and those that want to inject religion into public places.
  • Stage 2 would come about in the establishment of Terrorist Community Centers. At these centers, facilities would be provided for meeting rooms for discussion of tactics, beheading rooms, rape rooms, etc. Video camera equipment, internet and phone feeds would be provided.
  • Stage 3 would have the government accept requests from the TCCs for certain numbers of “infidels” to report to the TCCs regarding policies and practices that the TCCs thought to be wrong or bad for the terrorists religions. They could have the given people report to the center and they could be treated to the different rooms, or just held for a while and let go– depending on the mood of the people at the TCC.

This would have the following benefits:

  • No buildings or infrastructure would have to be impacted (per se), since people could be killed without hurting infrastructure. The same terrorist effect would be had on all people that were non-terrorist muslim, since they never know when their name will come up.
  • The terrorists could look better, because they could select targets, rather than just killing indiscriminately. Therefore, if they felt like killing white blondes, they could, rather than killing children, whatever.
  • We would know where the terrorists were.  We would not have to be in fear of them– since we know they are going to commit terror anyway, why not make sure that…
  • We would be able to regulate the TCCs, so that we could make sure that things were done in a decent and orderly way.

Plan B is Trying to become Plan A?

November 16th, 2005 Viewed 1025 times
Jill Stanek’s article is a good one. She talks today about the Plan B pill and the fact that if it becomes an over the counter drug it may soon be Plan A. The reason is that when people have access to something they think works, and it doesn’t have perceived side effects, it’ll be the drug of choice for abortion. The problem is that the side effects can be deadly:

On the other hand, not only have studies not been conducted on repeated usage of the MAP, neither have they been conducted on the long-term effects of taking just one MAP, the effects on women not screened for medical contraindications, the effects on adolescents (as required by the Pediatric Research Act of 2003), the effects of race, the effects of MAP’s interaction with other drugs, and even the effects of taking the MAP with food.

But studies on smaller dosed birth-control pills show they can cause significant or life-threatening conditions such as blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. BCs are contraindicated for women with diabetes, a history of heart attacks, stroke or blood clots, a history of breast, uterine or liver cancer, and for women who smoke and are over 35.

For some time, makers and pushers of the MAP, along with shrill feminist groups, have been pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to make the MAP available over the counter. The FDA, concerned about social health and safety ramifications, has resisted.

But on Nov. 3, four pro-abort members of Congress (Crowley, Inslee, Maloney, and Shays) introduced the “Plan B for Plan B Act of 2005.” If passed, the FDA would have 30 days to make a decision whether or not to make the MAP available over the counter. Failure to act would result in automatic approval.

And then pharmacists wouldn’t have to worry. Nor would doctors.

But isn’t that why the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and American Medical Women’s Association all support making emergency contraceptives available over the counter?

Bypassing them alleviates the threat of pesky malpractice lawsuits. Never mind the health and safety of American girls and women.

Narnia

November 16th, 2005 Viewed 948 times

Are you getting excited about the upcoming Narnia movie? There’s a review out today that says that there are some shifts, but the majority stays true to the books:

The movie works well and is a great tool for the church to help people understand the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Very, very few people will see the slight divergences that the movie takes from the novel. Even fewer will see the very slight shifts in the perspective of the movie.

That said, it should be noted that a large portion of the readers have missed the book’s clear Christological allusions, although C.S. Lewis said in his March 1961 letter to the young girl Anne that “The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe” was his way of retelling the true story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe” is tremendously exciting. There is a compelling sense of Providence leading the children into Narnia. There is also a prophetic element.

The production quality is much greater than the sum of its parts. The camerawork is great. The computer generated images are terrific and enchanting. The four children are very good, especially Lucy. Everyone involved deserves high praise.

Though they have deleted some scenes from the book and added others, the story has retained its theological foundation, although some of the theology has been toned down. However, these changes are subtle, with a little more emphasis on the Creation rather than the Creator.

That said, the movie is a very clear Christological allusion, or imagining, of the story of Jesus Christ. The minor changes do not take away from that meaning in the book, which lifts up the Son of God, Jesus Christ, as our deliverer from the eternal winter of sin and rebellion. After months of anticipation, those who love Narnia can rejoice that Disney and Walden have given them a wonderful movie that tells the story in an entertaining, exciting, thrilling and respectful way.

Andrew Adamson said that when he directed the movie, he started from his memory. He felt that the book was too thin, so the movie reflects his memory of the book, not the actual book. He understands the element of sacrifice and redemption, but his concern was for the empowering of the children. Clearly, his perspective helped produce the subtle shift from the book, but his love for the original source ultimately keeps the movie on target.

Why We Shouldn’t Send Our Children To Public School

November 14th, 2005 Viewed 2130 times, 1 so far today

I believe it was Plato’s Republic where I first read the concept of how to take over a nation. Plato envisioned a society in which there were no family bonds. The warriors would have a mating ceremony, with the best being able to choose from the best females. Their offspring would be taken from them and placed in the care of people that would train the children in the ways of that society.

Anyone that understands the impact training has on kids should be afraid of what’s going on “behind the scenes” in America today. More and more frequently children are being placed in government controlled institutions under government controlled standards. No matter how well meaning the day care provider, this leads to a child being forced into a mold that all others are in, and is crippling said child in the abilities to think for himself and know that he has value.

Vox Day’s article today touches on this subject. He quotes a work with some thoughts on what people said about children:

Lean’s “Collectanea,” a 19th-century collection of Elizabethan proverbs, contains a maxim it ascribes to the Jesuits: “Give me a child for the first seven years, and you may do what you like with him afterwards.” In like manner, Vladimir Lenin said: “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

Knowing this, and the effect that education has on early children, parents that stay home with their kids should be encouraged and reminded of the positive effect they will have on generations to come. And yet sometimes it’s just the opposite. These parents are tired, they are made to feel like their children aren’t keeping up. The culture’s changing somewhat, but that doesn’t make it any easier on the parents.

So, if you know of someone staying home with children or homeschooling– thank them. Thank your parents if they did that for you. Encourage these families and be a help where you can. It’s that important.

The Parable of the Candle

November 11th, 2005 Viewed 1182 times, 1 so far today

The Parable of the Candle

Garth Wiebe

Chris and Lucy entered a building looking for Manuel. In a room they found a note and a lighted candle. Chris looked at the note and read it aloud:

An almost burnt-down lit candle on a candle ho...

An almost burnt-down lit candle on a candle holder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Hi! It’s 2:30, and I’m leaving to run some errands. I’ll be back in a couple of hours. BTW, the electricity is out, so I lit a candle for you. — Manuel.’

Then Lucy said, ‘I know how we can find out how long it’s been since he left! Look, the candle has been burning since he lit it and has a significant amount of wax that’s melted and dripped down. If we figure out what the rate is which the wax is melting and measure the amount of wax that has thus far dripped, we can work backwards to find out how long it has been since he left.’

Chris said, ‘Why waste your time? The note says he left at 2:30.’ Lucy said, ‘Don’t believe everything you read.’ Chris replied, ‘Look, I’ve known Manuel for a long time, and this is his handwriting. Don’t be ridiculous.’

Lucy replied, ‘Ah yes, but what does he mean by “2:30”? A note like that is subject to interpretation. Suppose he was talking about another time zone or something.’ And so a short philosophical argument ensued about the note. However, Lucy prevailed and insisted on performing the measurement and calculations.

A few minutes later, Lucy announced: ‘Well, I’ve got bad news for us. Based on the amount of wax that has melted and the rate at which the wax is melting, I can confidently tell you that it has been at least one whole day since this guy left. He was probably talking about 2:30 yesterday. And since he said that he’d be back “in a couple of hours”, we can assume that something happened to him and he’s not coming back at all. So much for your “note”.’

Just then, Manuel walked in. Lucy said, ‘Are you this guy “Manuel”? What took you so long?’ Manuel replied, ‘What are you talking about? I left you guys a note saying I’d be back in a couple of hours. It hasn’t even been that long.’ Lucy said, ‘Never mind the note. I measured the amount of wax that has dripped off your candle, and the rate which the wax was melting. I know you’ve been gone since yesterday.’

Manuel replied, ‘First of all, that candle isn’t burning anywhere near as brightly as when I first lit it. Second of all, I didn’t light a new candle, but a used one. And thirdly, I used another candle to light this candle and in the process the wax from that candle spilled all over this one.’

Lucy said, ‘So you set up that candle to deceive us, to make it look like you left the room over a day ago, when in fact it’s been less than a couple of hours.’ Manuel replied, ‘Look, I left you a note telling you when I left. I never intended for you to conduct some silly experiment measuring wax dripping off of a candle to figure out when I left. I put the candle there so you guys would have some light.’

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.