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Cooking the Books?

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Summary

The reported 8.3% unemployment figure for January 2012 could be as high as 15.4%, based on the Government’s own numbers.

The source data used to calculate unemployment is subjectively derived, although it is clothed in a veneer of objectivity.  As such the data collection process could be easily manipulated for political purposes without notice.  There is no indication it was manipulated, however.

Total workforce estimates are not verifiable and in fact disagree by about 12% depending on methodology; the inconsistencies are not readily reconciled.

Published BLS analytical results are internally inconsistent between tables and sometimes within tables themselves, indicating a lack of rigor in analysis and/or presentation.  As such the results could be easily manipulated for political purposes without notice.  There is no indication it was manipulated, however. Read more…

Barbarians!

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

I used to think that abortion “up to the point of viability” is OK.  After all, the logic and legal arguments said:  If it (notice the “it” refers to “fetus”) cannot survive on its own, then it isn’t human and needs no protection.  Of course defining “the point of viability” is virtually impossible because each pregnancy is unique and because technology is constantly moving viability closer and closer to the point of conception.

I must now admit I was wrong.  Dead wrong. Read more…

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Abortion Statistics

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

The following are some interesting and shocking statistics regarding abortion:

Summary:  The womb, which should be the safest of all “places” for a human being, is incomparably more dangerous than this world:

  • A baby is 4,142 times more likely to be killed in the womb than in the first four years of its life, and 2,911 times more likely to be killed in the womb than in the first 12 years of its life!
  • A baby is 7.9 times more likely to be killed in the womb than to die of natural causes during the first year after birth.
  • All abortions to end pregnancies caused by rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life represent less than 1% of the total number of abortions in the U.S. (0.2% rape + 0.5% incest + 0.01% medical).
  • Therefore 99% or more of all abortions (1,400,000 annually) are performed for the CONVENIENCE of the parentsRead more…
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Rape and Murder

February 23, 2012 1 comment

A “pro-choice” activist confronted a “pro-life” person with the question, “If your daughter were raped and became pregnant, would you allow her to have an abortion?”

Without hesitation the “pro-life” person responded, “If your son raped my daughter, would you allow me to kill your son because he raped my daughter?”

“Absolutely not!  Death is too severe for the crime of rape,” came the immediate response.

The “pro-life” person continued, “Then why do you expect that killing an innocent unborn child is any different?  Will it right the wrong committed by your son?  Will two wrongs make a right?

“Now, as far as my daughter’s baby is concerned, adoption is a real option.   There are many couples seeking babies for adoption.  The baby will be well taken care of.  That’s not a concern.”

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Abortion – Our Lexicon Betrays Us

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

We addressed the importance of words and lexicon (the terms used to dialog about a subject) in previous blogs.    This blog examines how the words used in the debate about abortion determine the outcome of that debate. A table of dictionary definitions is provided at the end. Read more…

Sticks and Stones

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” goes a children’s taunt.  In reality it doesn’t work like that.  Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words may kill you, heal you, or save you.  After all, a judge’s words, “I sentence you to death,” have serious implications!  That’s why we’re going to look at the importance of words in this blog. Read more…

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Spin Masters

February 23, 2012 2 comments

We live in the age of the spin master, political handler, press/media/PR agent, marketing/advertising specialist, TV “expert”, and so forth.  What do all of these professions have in common?  They package and tailor the message of truth.

Packaging the message?  That is the art of wrapping and hiding the truth to make it appear as something different from what it really is.

Tailoring the message?  That is the art of omitting parts of the truth, emphasizing minute inconsequential elements of the truth out of all proportion, and even including untruth in the message to make it appear different from what it really is.

A witness on the stand promises to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” because anything else is a lie.  Read more…

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The Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

1 in 5 Americans are receiving Government assistance

Remember the Lone Ranger?  That rugged individual who stood for truth and justice and lived on his own?  How about the other cowboy heroes?  Whatever happened to them?  Whatever happened to us?

See story below:
http://onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=1533282

The Heritage Foundation’s “Index of Dependence on Government” also finds that the average American relying on federal government assistance receives $300 more in benefits ($32,748) annually than the average American’s disposable personal income ($32,446).

Editor:  This issue of particular interest because federal government assistance (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) accounts for about 54% of the Federal budget.  Furthermore, according to White House figures, the Federal Government “earned” only 64 cents of each dollar it spent in 2011.  The rest was borrowed.  So, basically the Federal Government earned just enough to cover its assistance programs plus the interest on the debt it is accumulating.  Everything else – defense and all other programs – the Federal Government does using borrowed money.
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1258
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Historicals  (Table 1.1)
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Shippensburg University sells Plan B pills via Vending Machine

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/shippensburg-universitys-plan-b-vending-machine-stays-for-now/89166c4bba8d4519bd8574e2cfba3b60

The vending machine was placed on campus about two years ago and dispenses “day after” pills for $25.  This pill terminates the pregnancy by chemically preventing the fertilized egg from implanting and thereby inducing an abortion.

Editor:  This is an important bellweather of our future:  First just one college.  Then all colleges, then drug stores and super markets.  We’ve seen the pattern elsewhere.

Soon Plan B will be as readily available as chewing gum with frightening social implications:  Sexual predatory practices will be more easily hidden.  Parents will be totally in the dark when a teen-ager uses the drug.  The impetus for using condoms will be reduced, increasing the number of pregnancies and subsequent abortions – plus sexually transmitted diseases.

The impact will not be evident immediately.  But, 25 years from now, don’t be surprised if there is a significant spike in women’s illnesses such as breast cancer due to undisciplined use of the drug.
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Life and Death

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

This particular blog entry contains a number of items regarding abortion.  Abortion is presented in the mainstream media as a “safe medical procedure” being performed in a proper medical environment.  Legal abortion is presented as an alternative to the “back alley coat hanger butcher jobs” of the past.

The stories in this blog indicate that situation to be far from the truth.  These stories have been collected in a relatively short period of time to highlight a pattern that would otherwise not be so clear.  Although one would expect businesses that provide abortion services to be comparably regulated to hospitals – and certainly more tightly regulated than restaurants – that does not appear to be the case.  State inspections of some facilities appear to be lax, or even non-existent.  Record-keeping appears to be questionable.  The “advice” provided appears to be directed to drive decisions to abortion, with little attempt to consider other options such as adoption. Read more…