Tuesday, November 21, 2006

We need more polio because it’s God’s Will

Polio was a devastating disease. Sometimes the virus attacked the nerves in such a manner that it paralyzed the muscles needed to breath. The icon for this disease was a child in an iron lung, a mechanical device that assisted the patient’s breathing by creating a low pressure area around the body inflating the lungs by the ambient air pressure.

Polio is not the problem it once was because of a successful world wide vaccination effort. The vaccine is believed to provide life long immunization against the virus.

Polio and other diseases were once God’s Will. You became infected or not because of God’s will. At least until some godless scientist actively working against God’s Will understood what caused the disease and developed a vaccine against it.

Pretty puny God to be defeated so easily.

Monday, September 04, 2006

What is the purpose of Government

That seems to be the question. What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Neighborhood Problems

I received some unsettling news today. The Mother of a neighbor was walking down the alley and had her purse taken from her by two young men. From the description it seems that one or both were friends of the son of another neighbor. The son is also a problem especially when he acts out his music video fantasy world calling the women in the neighborhood “bitches” and “whores" or shooting bottle rockets at cars driving down the street.

I believe one can be liberal / progressive and still intolerant of crime. Antisocial behavior has a cause and to ignore the cause is counterproductive. To ignore the antisocial behavior is also counterproductive so we need police, courts, and jails.

My question is how should one deal with the criminal teenage child of a neighbor? The parents appear to tolerate, ignore, or encourage the behavior. Perhaps in an earlier era one might express displeasure in another’s actions by threatening or visiting violence upon them. Such methods are no longer acceptable. What actions are acceptable?

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Old Earth Creationism and The Scientific Method

I had an opportunity to briefly discuss beginnings with an old Earth creationist today. He carefully made the point that there could have been “millions of years” between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. As we talked I mentioned that there was an order to creation in Genesis 1: Earth, Light, Heaven, Land, Plants, Stars, Sun and Moon. I then told him that we had a testable hypothesis, i.e., The Earth, Light, and plants existed before the Sun, Moon or stars. The evidence suggests that this hypothesis is false. At this point he had to “be somewhere” and left. He really should have stuck with Genesis 2 wherein there is no creation order.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Do You Think It Really Is About Independence?

I recently held two separate gatherings at my house in South Minneapolis. One was a pancake breakfast to welcome two new families to the neighborhood and the other was a barbeque for a professional organization I run. Both provided an opportunity to see the difference between the strong city neighborhood I have lived in for the last 3 years and at least one Minneapolis suburb. I should note that I live in the 9th Ward of the City of Minneapolis and the 5th U.S. Congressional District. I believe the 9th Ward is the most Democratic ward of this Democratic city and the 5th CD is the most reliable Democratic district in the country.

One of the new families remarked that they were surprised and pleased that someone would throw a party with the intention of providing an opportunity for them to meet the neighbors. They said they had lived several places and they had never seen this before. They were excited and pleased to be part of a strong neighborhood.

The second was when a suburban resident who is a member of my professional organization asked about the neighborhood and I began naming the families up and down the block with a little bit of information about each one (e.g., D the financial planner lives across the alley, A works for an engineering firm and dances the flamenco for fun, S and K ….). He stated that even after 16 years he does not know his neighbors and they do not know him. Everyone “sort of keeps to themselves.” He self describes his neighborhood as a strong Republican bastion and he is proud of voting for Bush in 2000 and 2004. He also says that he wishes his neighborhood was a little more like mine.

One more bit about my neighborhood. The Republicans in the neighborhood (there are a few) rarely (ever?) attend any of the neighborhood functions. I don’t recall ever seeing them at any of the cooperative efforts (e.g., making raised bed garden frames, making rain barrels, attending National Night Out, etc.)

Sunday, May 28, 2006

What a wonderful word

Factitious. Means just what you think it means. Spin!

Monday, May 15, 2006

What Kevin Said

Rumors... then finally..... Republicans win forever!