The position of surgeon general today has become mostly one of a bully pulpit to serve as a federally funded advocate for various health causes (complete with a uniform straight out of a Gilbert and Sullivan play I am the very model of a modern surgeon general.) The authority of the surgeon general has been reduced through reorganizations and, we are led to believe, a politicization of the confirmation process. Today, the office has a budget of $3 million and the surgeon general is paid close to $200,000 annually. However they have little or no authority to coordinate the federal governments public health activities. This coordination is already being done by more than 50 different federal offices that are involved in protecting public health.
In an article on Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle and the homosexual activists who are decrying him as “homophobic”, the Miami NBC affiliate WTVJ-TV says, “An estimated 243,000 gay people live in the city of Fort Lauderdale.”
My World Almanac says the 2005 population of Fort Lauderdale was 167,380. We know the idea that homosexuals are 10% of the population is a myth, so what can we say about the claim that they are 145% of the population?
According to the Census Bureau, Fort Lauderdale does indeed have the second highest percentage of same-sex unmarried partner households of any major American city (exceeded only by San Francisco). So the mayor may really be in some political hot water. But that percentage is—2.1% (S.F. is 2.7%; nationally they are 1.0%).
Numerically, there are 1,418 (that’s one thousand four hundred eighteen) unmarried same-sex partner households in Fort Lauderdale. That would be 2,836 individuals.
I guess the other 240,000 homosexuals in Fort Lauderdale just aren’t the “marrying”—or “partnering”—kind.
The statement by my friend and former colleague, Louisiana Senator David Vitter, was very disappointing. He admitted to a serious sin in a statement he released to the press on Monday, prior to news reports revealing that his phone number appeared on a long list of clients numbers of the now infamous DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey.
In the release David assumed complete responsibility for what he did and that he asked for and received forgiveness from God and [his] wife in confession and marriage counseling. These allegations first surfaced about 4 or 5 years ago when David was considering running for governor of Louisiana. He backed away from the race admitting to marital problems and he and his wife sought counseling. This public revelation coincides with that time frame.
While I commend him on assuming personal responsibility and working to make things whole in his life, I cannot defend Davids behavior. Adultery is a serious matter that affects not only the individuals involved but families and the well being of the entire community. Voters have the right to consider issues like this when they assess the character of an elected official.
Having said that, the American people have shown themselves to be very forgiving toward a public official who admits their failures and takes redemptive steps. And despite what some have said since he released his statement, so does God. Proverbs 24:16 reads For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity. I hope to see David back on his feet again.
A good example has just come to us from Boston of why people did not trust Washington on its recent promises to enforce a new and improved immigration law and assimilate immigrants into the American family. USA Today reports that Massachusetts officials are suing the federal government in court to stop the U.S. Justice Department from forcing the state to publish the 2008 election ballot in both English and Chinese in certain polling areas.
According to USA Today, this bilingual ballot is the result of a settlement reached between the state and the federal government back in 2005 when DOJ accused Boston poll workers of mismarking the ballots of Asian voters who didnt speak English. Did I miss something? I thought you had to be an American citizen to vote. And I thought that to become an American you had to be able to read, write and speak English.
Americans are OK with walking into the local ethnic restaurant and navigating a bilingual menu; thats a cultural experience. But walking into a voting booth and navigating a bilingual (and someday, inevitably, multilingual) ballot threatens something that is truly an American experience. The phrase e pluribus unum captures it, and the way we vote is one of its most important symbols and expressions.
Among a sample of adolescent virgins from intact two parent families, females who reported having a close relationship with their father during the initial interview were less likely to report having engaged in sexual intercourse during a follow-up interview one year later, when compared to similar females who did not report having a close relationship with their father.
Source: “The Parent-Child Relationship and Opportunities for Adolescents First Sex” Regnerus, M. D., Luchies, L. B. Journal of Family Issues Vol. 27, Number 2. , 2006. Page(s) 159-183.
In George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, government in the form of “Big Brother” aimed to control the attitudes and perceptions of its citizens through thought control. Eerily, fiction is slowly becoming a reality as those who speak out against homosexual behavior are now having their liberties threatened because of their religious beliefs and association. New “hate crime” laws threaten to curtail the freedoms of speech and religion.
As Dr. D. James Kennedy has warned, they have the potential to “shut down churches and send pastors to prison for simply reading a part of the Bible. “Hate Crimes Laws: Censoring the Church and Silencing Christians” is a provocative, 40-minute DVD that looks at this ominous legal tool of the homosexual lobby.
The program features Dr. D. James Kennedy; Ake Green, a Swedish pastor arrested for preaching against homosexuality; members of the Philadelphia 11 who were charged with a hate crime while peacefully protesting; Christine Sneeringer, an ex-lesbian; Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; and Pastor Danny Nalliah of Catch the Fire Ministries (who was prosecuted under hate crimes laws in Australia). Order this exceptional video today.
FRC’s Ken Blackwell takes on Michael Moore’s new film Sicko in a New York Sun op/ed:
Mr. Moore correctly identifies health care reform as a pivotal issue for this country, but he dives off the liberal deep-end by claiming the Cuban health care system is somehow superior to ours.
Let’s put it this way. While Major League Baseball scouts may dream of free access to Cuban pitchers, shortstops, and clean-up hitters, few Americans would consider drafting a Cuban doctor for a critical surgery.
Alan Turcott’s house in Blue Island, Illinois, has caught fire twice in the space of eight days, thanks to squirrels. Twice squirrels have knocked high-voltage wires loose from a utility pole and onto his house, causing severe damage to his house and fence. Blue Island Fire Chief Robert Copp said: “This is unbelievable. I’ve seen where squirrels have shorted things out or blown a fuse, but nothing like this before.”
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