Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Purity Rings

Since the Jonas Brothers started showing off their purity rings it's started a craze. But what do the rings really mean? Too often we wear things simply because they are pretty, forgetting what they actually stand for. We focus on the outward appearance rather than the underlying message.

How many people wear beautiful crucifix necklaces but do not practice the Catholic faith? How many people wear pretty purity rings but don't practice chaste lives?

If purity rings look pretty that's a nice bonus but that shouldn't be why you're wearing it. A purity ring should be worn as an outward symbol of a person's purity and a concrete reminder to oneself to remain pure.

Let's take it to the next level: what does it matter if you have a beautiful engagement ring and/or wedding band if you're a horrible wife/husband? An engagement ring or wedding band should be an outward sign to the world that you have committed yourself to a lifetime with another person and that you are faithful to them and it should serve as a reminder of that commitment to yourself for those times when temptations occur. The diamond means nothing if the marriage is a mess.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"I have a dream"

"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

How different is this approach of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from that of our current civil rights leaders such as Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Rev. Jeremiah Wright whose constant rhetoric tells us to judge the white man because he is white.

Affirmative Action judges people by the color of their skin and not the content of their character. Rather than choosing a student for college based on their academic skill they are chosen based on their race.

How many people voted for Barack Obama simply because he is black without knowing a thing about his character or the platforms on which he was running for president?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream has not been realized, and will not be, realized regardless of how many African-American presidents we have, until we judge all people based on the content of their character and not on the color of their skin.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The "Spirit" of Vatican II

There is no "Spirit" of Vatican II. There is what is in Vatican II and what is not in Vatican II. Yes, it's really that simple.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Porn Industry Wants A Bailout - No, this is not a joke

Banks, automakers and the porn industry. They don't sound like they go together, but they will if some leaders in the adult entertainment business can lobby Congress for a federal bailout.
CNN is reporting that Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis plan to ask Congress for $5 billion for a bailout of the adult entertainment industry.

It sounds like a spoof and not a serious request, but they do plan to deliver the request to their congressmen and Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson. Both do, though, admit that the
porn industry isn't in financial danger with DVD sales slipping but Web traffic growing.

"The take here is that everyone and their mother want to be bailed out from the banks to the Big Three," Flynt spokesman Owen Moogan told CNN. "The porn industry has been hurt by the downturn like everyone else and they are going to ask for the $5 billion. Is it the most serious thing in the world? Is it going to make the lives of Americans better if it happens? It is not for them to decide."

Francis said in a statement that "the U.S. government should actively support the adult industry's survival and growth, just as it feels the need to support any other industry cherished by the American people."

It sounds more like Flynt and Francis are looking for some attention. Maybe they should stick to their own businesses.

by Aaron Crowe

Media Malpractice

Answer the questions without looking up the answers, just answer them off the top of your head.

1) Which party controlled Congress prior to the election?
2) Which of the 4 candidates (president and vice president) was forced to quit a previous campaign due to plagiarism?
3) Which of the 4 candidates won his or her first election by getting his or her three opponents kicked off the ballot?
4) Which of the 2 presidential candidates said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket?
5) Which of the 4 candidates began his or her political career in the home of two former members of the Weather Underground?Optional Question: What is the Weather Underground
6) Which one of the 4 candidate's political party spent $150,000 on his or her wardrobe?
7) Which of the 4 candidates had a pregnant teenage daughter?
8) Which of the 4 candidates claimed to have campaigned in 57 states?
9) Which of the 4 candidates could not say how many houses he or she owned?
10) Which candidate said he or she could see Russia from his or her house?
11) Who is Nancy Pelosi?
12) Who is Barney Frank?
13) Who is Harry Reid?
14) Who is Bill Ayers?
15) Where do you get most of your news?
16) Which candidate did you vote for/support?

1) Democrats
2) Joe Biden - he plagiarized almost word-for-word a speech given by British Labour politician Neil Kinnock during his 1988 presidential campaign
3) Barack Obama
4) Barack Obama
5) Barack Obama
Optional: A domestic terrorist organization which performed several bombings on American soil during the 1960's
6) Sarah Palin
7) Sarah Palin
8) Barack Obama

9) John McCain
10) none, Sarah Palin said that Russia is Alaska's next door neighbor and from some parts of Alaska it is possible to see Russia, Tina Fey said "I can see Russia from my house".

11) The Speaker of the House
Optional: What political party does she belong to?
Answer: Democrat
12) A congressman from Massachusetts
Optional: What political party does he belong to?
Answer: Democrat
13) The Senate Majority leader
Optional: What political party does he belong to?
Answer: Democrat
14) The head of the Weather Underground terrorist organization and one of the members of that organization whose home Obama began his political career in (see question 4), the other member was Ayers's wife Bernardine Dohrn

Please visit www.howobamagotelected.com for more information on this poll and for information on the upcoming documentary Media Malpractice.