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June 5, 2008

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Filed under: Healthcare — Joe Martin @ 6:45 am

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August 20, 2007

Townhall.com::How to Read the New Testament::By Mike S. Adams

Filed under: Biblical — Joe Martin @ 2:43 pm

Townhall.com::How to Read the New Testament::By Mike S. Adams

If Christians would simply study the New Testament themselves – instead of relying upon 21st Century “prophets” writing fictional books for 21st Century profits – they would arrive at a few very simple conclusions:

  1. The Revelation to John was written around 65 AD, not 95 AD.
  2. The anti-Christ was Nero, not some world figure yet to emerge in the 21st Century.
  3. The tribulation occurred in the First Century around the time of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD.
  4. The “rapture” never happened and it never will.
  5. The words of Jesus in Matthew 24 plainly reveal that most of the discourse in The Revelation to John is based on events in the First Century.

August 17, 2007

Med student struggles to preserve her idealism – CNN.com

Filed under: Economics, Healthcare — Joe Martin @ 4:05 pm

Med student struggles to preserve her idealism – CNN.com

There are so many things wrong with this, I don’t know where to start.

August 14, 2007

Logging Camp Breakfast

Filed under: Whatever — Joe Martin @ 10:17 am

We’ll be in the Wisconsin Dells in about a month and half. I think we’ll have to try Paul Bunyan’s Logging Camp Breakfast while we’re there. Sounds yummy.

February 1, 2006

Making a Boring Speech Less Boring

Filed under: National Politics — Joe Martin @ 7:07 pm

While I’m on the subject of the State of the Union, S. T. Karnick had some ideas for making the speech more entertaining:

Another nice effect, and one which would emphasize the President’s role
as both leader and team player, would be for him to have one of those
big, clear plastic boards behind him, on which he could tape photos and
write with a dry-erase marker, like a police captain talking to his
team as they chase down a serial killer. Viewers would be fascinated as
they watched the board fill up with words and pictures, and there would
be great suspense as we wondered whether that snapshot on the upper
right which is hanging precariously and even fluttering in the breeze
from the air conditioning was going to fall down, and whether the
President would leave up the phrase about health care expenditures or
erase it in order to write something about China. Now that’s theater!

Clapping Supremely

Filed under: National Politics — Joe Martin @ 7:05 pm

Four justices attended the State of the Union address last night: Justices Roberts, Thomas, Alito, and Breyer. It is an interesting thing to be a Supreme Court justice, the world’s most non-political job, at a State of the Union, one of the world’s most political events. Dana Milbank reports on when the Justices chose to Clap On or Clap Off:

At times, Alito followed the lead of the other three justices who
sat with him in the front row. When Bush said “We love our freedom, and
we will fight to keep it,” Thomas looked at Roberts, who looked at
Breyer, who gave an approving shrug; all four gentlemen stood and gave
unanimous applause.

At other times, Alito showed independence
from his senior colleagues. When Bush delivered the stock line “The
state of our union is strong,” Alito dissented while the other three
robed justices in the front row applauded. When Bush declared that
“liberty is the right and hope of all humanity,” Alito was the only
member of the judicial quartet to provide his concurring applause.

January 31, 2006

Healthcare: No Quick Fix

Filed under: Economics, National Politics — Joe Martin @ 1:24 pm

The problem with easy solutions is that they never are. Healthcare is a problem that has no easy solutions, despite what many politicians on both sides of the aisle will tell you. Take a look at The Fix-It Myth:

Here’s the paradox: A health care system that satisfies most of us
as individuals may hurt us as a society. Let me offer myself as an
example. All my doctors are in small practices. I like it that way. It
seems to make for closer personal connections. But I’m always stunned
by how many people they employ for nonmedical chores — appointments,
recordkeeping, insurance collections. A bigger practice, though more
impersonal, might be more efficient. Because insurance covers most of
my medical bills, though, I don’t have any stake in switching.

On
a grander scale, that’s our predicament. Americans generally want their
health care system to do three things: (1) provide needed care to all
people, regardless of income; (2) maintain our freedom to pick doctors
and their freedom to recommend the best care for us; and (3) control
costs. The trouble is that these laudable goals aren’t compatible. We
can have any two of them, but not all three. Everyone can get care with
complete choice — but costs will explode, because patients and doctors
have no reason to control them. We can control costs but only by
denying care or limiting choices.

Practicing Fiscal Conservatism

Filed under: National Politics — Joe Martin @ 1:18 pm

Growing up, I was upset about Congress’s spending. I was convinced that if we only had a Republican President and a Republican Congress we could really cut the fat out of the Federal budget. Well, not so much.

Pork Barrel Spending

January 27, 2006

We’re Richer Than We’ve Ever Been Before

Filed under: Economics, Prosperity — Joe Martin @ 2:07 pm

We’re richer than we’ve ever been before. Don’t believe me? Don Boudreaux takes a walk through a 1975 Sears catalog:

Other than the style differences, the fact most noticeable
from the contents of this catalog’s 1,491 pages is what the catalog doesn’t
contain. The Sears customer in 1975
found no CD players for either home or car; no DVD or VHS players; no cell
phones; no televisions with remote controls or flat-screens; no personal
computers or video games; no food processors; no digital cameras or camcorders;
no spandex clothing; no down comforters (only comforters filled with
polyester).

It seems to me that people were poor back in the ’70’s.

January 26, 2006

Morally Outraged Atheists

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joe Martin @ 8:42 pm

Kudos to Ken Pierce for posting this essay on Morally Outraged Atheists:

Now, I tell that story (which, I should say, I made up) because it goes
to the heart of one of atheism’s major problems. An atheist is eager to
tell you that there ain’t no transcendent moral laws – and then he’ll
just as eagerly jump all over your butt when you do something he thinks
is “wrong.? But if atheism is true, then an atheist telling you that,
say, people ought not to be “racist? (by whatever definition he’s
attached to that extremely fluid loaded word) is like Sherriff L. C.
sayin’ he don’t like red cars. If the atheist can hurt you (because, e. g.,
he’s running the government) then maybe you say to yourself, “That’s
total b.s.,? but you still lower your head and play along so you won’t
get hurt. Otherwise, when the atheist tells you that he finds your
“racism? outrageous and it honks him off, you just cheerfully and
rationally respond, “Well, homie, I guess it sucks to be you, huh??

If you’re wondering what’s up with Sherriff L.C. not liking red cars, well, go read the full essay.

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