Category Archives: Human Interest

Autism: looking in the wrong places

Autism spectrum symbol.
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Just last week, on March 24, 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC) released its latest data on autism. After surveying medical and school records from 11 states, the CDC found that autism has more than doubled since the new century began only 14 years ago. Today the condition affects one out of 68 children – five times as many boys as girls. Alarmingly, there was a 30 percent climb in its incidence between 2008 and 2010.

Work is a wonderful thing

What would Mark Twain think of a society that devalues work?
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The second book of three projected volumes of Mark Twain’s autobiography was published October 5, 2013. In his characteristic blend of humor and reprove, Twain wrote, “Any man who is satisfied to be fed by another man rather than by the honest sweat of his own brow should be shot.” Twain recollects, without exception, those he helped did not appreciate his help, never paid back money loaned, and did not change their debased behavior.

Rape, the Whirlwind

A typical Muslim national flag: green with a white crescent and star.
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Sweden is the seventh richest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita  and its high standard of living.  It is famous for supporting the Norwegian resistance during World War II; for helping to rescue Danish Jews from deportation to concentration camps; and for its native son, Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued up to 100,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

Old and confused

The Geneva Bible. Are we in a silent war against what this book represents?
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As I travel the road of life, I find it very interesting how men who lived so long ago and experienced so much of life were able to see what was coming in the future, not to mention what they saw in their own day. Aristotle could not have hit the nail on the head any closer than this:

Get ‘em while they’re young

Obamacare wants the young and offers them a bad deal. They need not take it.
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Anti-war activists have a legend. In it, a ranking general said something about new recruits, something those activists find frightening. He said, “You gotta get ‘em while they’re young.” Meaning the best recruits are young recruits. They don’t know the horrors of war. So they will not recoil from it. How ironic that the Obama administration and its apologists now must do the same thing: “get ‘em while they’re young.”

Carpetbaggers and scalawags

A typical carpetbagger of the original era.
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The North and the South both suffered many loses in the Civil War. Unfortunately, the Reconstruction Era – initiated to help the South rebuild – birthed new enemies who were in a unique position to exploit those in dire straits. They were called the “Carpetbaggers” – based on the carpetbag luggage they carried as these Northerners relocated to the South. While their stated mission was to rebuild the war-torn Confederate states; their personal mission was to make money – and they didn’t care how they did it.

When Light Shines Out of Darkness

Phoenix police department
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Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. – Aeschylus

In the clutter of all the bad news that is reported in our country on a daily basis – namely the things that are going wrong, that which is negative and even counterproductive to the freedoms America now possesses – out of nowhere pops up a story of how blessed America truly is, by capturing the goodness of God – even when we forget all of His benefits (Psalm 103) and the grace that has been shed abroad upon this most blessed nation by His Son Jesus Christ.

Doolittle Raiders: real superheroes

Doolittle Raiders in an original crew photo
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Looking around the auditorium, legends fill the room. A Tuskegee Airman subtly takes his seat in the crowd, and Medal of Honor recipient George “Bud” Day arrives in his wheelchair. Hundreds have come to honor three men standing onstage – the Doolittle Raiders.

Obama 2013 Inaugural Speech – The Violable Vision of the Un-vetted

Obama, hypocrite in chief at the National Prayer Breakfast
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Within hours of the inaugural speech by Barack Obama, varying opinions fell like a hard rain in the jungle.

Hot dog guy puts union goons to shame

An open-air hot dog stand
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A local hot dog guy in Lansing, MI is the new face of innocence in the Michigan labor riots. When goons took down a tent with people in it, he was inside. Not only that, but they wrecked his equipment and spilled all his hot dogs and toppings. But that one act made the city, or at least those who worked downtown, feel shame.