Journal Dec 2004

25 Dec 2004

I've been so caught up in the holidays that I forgot to wish everyone a Merry Christmas today (especially to those also celebrating it), and Happy Holidays to everyone celebrating other holidays. Timmy opened his presents from Santa this morning, and after breakfast he'll open his presents from us. Today we'll be in Claremont with the Buñags (Buñag, Ibañez, and Garcia families), and tomorrow or the next day driving up to the Bay Area.

Enjoy the holiday season, don't drink too much, and appreciate family and friends!

-res

21 Dec 2004

Randi Rhodes on Air America (in a repeat episode; she's on vacation) pointed her listeners to an article in the Baptist Standard on a study that takes 16 states with available 2000-2003 abortion statistics and extrapolates them to the whole US. In this study, the researcher finds that abortion rates have risen under Bush's (first) term. The explanation: lack of support and care for the potential mother and baby. Makes sense, doesn't it?

If we are to take the position that life is sacred and begins at conception and that we should value all life, we should not only be willing to protect the fetus but also the born baby and the mother. If the goal of pro-lifers is to eliminate abortions, they must start with reducing them. It doesn't make sense that outlawing it will prevent it from happening. Being pro-choice doesn't mean being pro-abortion. It means that if the potential mother chooses abortion, it had better be the last resort, and it had better be safe for her. Why lose two lives?

I agree with Stassen's writing on treating the factors associated with abortion, and not just discouraging abortion: "Economic policy and abortion are not separate issues; they form one moral imperative, Rhetoric is hollow, mere tinkling brass, without health care, health insurance, jobs, child care and a living wage."

When I saw The Cider House Rules, I really saw for the first time how we should treat the abortion issue with compassion. (Warning: spoiler ahead!) Tobey Maguire's character was against abortion from the very beginning while learning from his mentor and foster father, Michael Caine's character, but he saw a need when it came to a rape victim. It really showed the situation from her eyes and how he was the one who could perform it safely before she turned to just anyone to do it.

Under Clinton, the idea was to keep abortion safe, legal, and rare. I believe abortion is a horrible thing in itself. Of course, being male, I will never have one. When Maureen and I found out we were having Timmy before getting married, it never crossed my mind personally, but we did discuss it, and we both knew it wasn't necessary. But we also had the means of support, both family and financial. And I'm sure Timmy's glad we had him. I'll get into the miracle of life later....

To be truly pro-life we must treat the cause, not the effect. We must create conditions in which the cost of abortion (besides human life) is so much compared to keeping the baby that keeping it is the best choice because she and the baby will be well taken care of. No one is going to change minds by making abortion illegal. Women who want abortions will still get them. But by pulling people out of poverty, providing health care, and increasing employment in poorer sections of the country, we can provide care to these mothers who would otherwise do the least motherly thing they could do. Al Franken put it this way: isn't the idea of Christianity to be judged in how you treat the least of your brothers (and sisters, of course)? Christ was pretty liberal, wasn't he? And rightly so. (By the way, check out this definition (yes, it's a real word!) and jesusisaliberal.com.)

-res

20 Dec 2004

Those of you keeping up with the news probably know about the rumblings going on with Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. Al Franken is over in Iraq with the USO, entertaining the troops, and Rumsfeld is NOT popular with them. Al's been calling in to his Air America show with tales straight from the soldiers. Who says liberals don't support the troops? Who doesn't support the troops? Liberals seem like the only ones genuinely concerned with the troops' welfare (armor) and treatment (pay, healthcare). Who they're critical of is the administration and leadership and planning involved with the war, just as Kerry said now and what he and others said about Vietnam. Kerry and other war protesters never, ever were critical of the soldiers, only the planners.

Here are some news references on Rumsfeld:

More to come soon, especially about the fake Social Security crisis.

-res

18 Dec 2004

I just discovered there's going to be a movie coming out 06 May 2005. It's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!!! The actors, I think, are relatively unknown in the US, which I think is a good thing for a pretty popular book/series/radio show/game for which fans have their own expectations about a movie version. The original Arthur (Simon Jones) from the BBC radio version and TV mini series version appears in a cameo (instead of Arthur). Also, Zooey Deschanel from elf plays Trilian. Check out the IMDb page on the movie, and of course, the downloadable teaser trailer, in various formats (QT, Real, WMV). Notice the easter egg (?) near the end of the trailer.

More news to come soon!

-res

16 Dec 2004

Whew! What a week and a half it has been! It looks like everything is set for my last busy day at work, so next week I should be able to put in a few minutes for journal entries daily. Also, I just got (mostly) over a stomach flu I've had since Monday night (as for symptoms; apparently I got it Sunday night). Some others at dinner on Sunday got sick too, including Maureen's sister Marsha, but luckily neither Maureen nor Timmy got sick. Maureen's got problems of her own as the term comes to a close (2 months left), with the baby quite the active one. No need for "kick count cards" here!

Of course the other source of busy-ness is the holiday season, and we're alternating decorating and gift-wrapping with tidying and cleaning. Here's an interesting gift idea: naming a star after someone, officially, for $54! It's apparently an official thing and appears in the International Star Registry (Better Business Bureau member!) printed volume. I'm not endorsing this; I just find it interesting.

More to come soon!

-res

07 Dec 2004

Argh, this has turned into a weekly instead of a daily. I've caught up a lot in the news, but there's more to catch up. When I've passed the important milestone at work, I'll be back to daily. In the meantime, here's a good site listing businesses and their political contributions: Blue Christmas at buyblue.org. Yay, Costco, Trader Joe's, and JetBlue! (Hmm...jetBLUE.)

-res

01 Dec 2004

Wow, has it been that long? There's a bit of news I need to link, but it's been real busy at work, and will be today too. Thanksgiving went really well. We had all the grandparents here and some of Maureen's cousins and our friend Carl, who we adopted for a day.

It's hard to believe the holiday season is here, isn't it? Today will be the first day on Timmy's Advent calendar. Ah, to be a kid again.

-res


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