Quiet on Obamacare

A Chip Bok Cartoon

It is kind of interesting that the Congressional Democrats seeking re-election are not touting the new Health Care law i.e Obamacare as an accomplishment while out on the campaign trail. The little mention that the law gets is from the few Democrats who did not vote for it and the new Democratic candidates seeking first time election to Congress saying they would have never voted for the Health Care law.

Arguing Panelists

Panelists, Bob Beckel and Pamela Geller go at it Eric Bolling’s Fox Business News program. Off course, I side with Ms. Geller.  Mr. Beckel’s response to her factual statements is outrageous. He results to  personal attacks. That is what you do when you can’t refute with facts.  Mr.  Beckel told another panelist, David Webb that we should not forget  the 9/11 date,  but [at the same time] we should get over it. I guess next year he will go into hiding or maybe leave the country on the 10th anniversary of that horrific day. Well, you can see the tempers fly in the video.

..Note: Youtube removed the original video posted on this page; therefore, as of 10/6/2010 this another video covering the same argument.

This Issue Should Especially Test Liberal Progressives Who are Parents

To all the liberal progressives out there, how progressive are you about sex integrated bathrooms at schools? I pose this question especially to those who have children in elementary through high school.  No matter how progressive you are, I would venture to say that you are conservative on this issue and would not want your middle school age daughter in a school bathroom with a male student (and visa versa).

Maine’s Human Relations Commission has ruled in favor of the transgendered middle school student who was born male and wants to use the school’s girl’s bathrooms instead of the isolated bathrooms that the school designated for him. The parents of this student have filed a lawsuit. Same sex bathrooms are discriminatory! It looks like the public schools in Maine may be closer to male and female students using the same bathrooms. Read more about it here and here.

I end with a bit of a digression. Back when I was in my 30s in the 1980s taking an evening class at Temple University’s Ambler campus, I had to deal with a unisex bathroom. The building where my class was located had one bathroom with several stalls, thus it was used by both men and women. I hated using it. The first time after I went in there, a guy was coming out of one of the stalls. I turned around and walked out. I went back in after he left. Needless to say, I had some embarrassing moments that semester.

That Name

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Philippians 2:9-11


Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,  of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

and that every tongue should confessthat Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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Growing Indifference of Childhood Use of Profanity

As  a young child, if I said shut up to anyone, my mother’s hand would have went hard across my mouth.  In my immediate family culture, adults could say those words, but it was disrespectful and inappropriate for a child to use them. I can remember my mother telling me around kindergarten age that she better not ever hear me saying shut up to anyone.  I grew up in a household that if you responded with ‘what’ to your parents, that was considered disrespectful and I did receive that hand across my mouth on occasion.

During my years working in child care classrooms, preschoolers would come to me telling on another child for saying a bad word. Many times, that bad word was shut up.  Later on in my child care years, the preschoolers would tell on each other for saying a bad word and it was not shut up. It would be the “d” word, “sh” word or the ‘f’ word.  I have heard a preschooler call  a teacher a”f” ing “b” for not letting him be the first to choose  an activity.  I have worked in child cares that were predominantly black, Hispanic, and one that was interracial with a variety of other ethnicities; thus in my experience, the child use of profanity has spanned across races and ethnicities.

Automatically, parents get the blame for their child’s us of profanity. Some parents do admit that they curse and feel as an adult that it is their right while forbidding their children to say any curse words.  In some cases, it is not the parent using profanity, but  allowing the child to hear it from TV and music being played in the home. There is also the outer environment. Some children lived in neighborhoods where they hear profanity from people on their block and/or through paper-thin walls of next door neighbors. There are those who objected to young child use of profanity, but do not get too upset, because they feel the child does not understand what he/she is saying.

By the time I went into child care administration, I came across parents who thought it was cute that their child used profanity and did not get too upset about it. Now that is beyond appalling. It is bad enough that adults use profane language which is an indicator of a lacking vocabulary, especially  when it comes to the proper expression of emotional anger. Child use of profanity continues to deepen. Now, there is concern about toddlers cursing!