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Religion, Vets, Teen Moms, Oil, And Mars-Friday Free For All

June 20th, 2008 | by Ken Grandlund |

We don’t do a lot of “open threads” here at BIO, but sometimes it’s nice to just open the gates and see where things go. As I browsed through this mornings various news sources, several topics drew my eye, so I thought I’d toss them out here for discussion. Pick a story and give us your thoughts, just try not to be too unkind to each other.

RELIGION

A science teacher in Ohio is being sued for branding the sign of the cross onto his students arms. He is also accused of ignoring school district policy and teaching biblical creationism in his science classes while denigrating accepted scientific theory and slamming gays. Read about it here.

In other religion news, a 16 year old Oregon boy has died from an easily curable medical problem because his (or more rightly his PARENTS) religion only relies on faith healing. Love your God all you want, but c’mon…whatever happened to “God helps those who help themselves?” I’d think going to see a doctor might fall under the “help yourself” category.

VETERANS

A military veteran with 24 years of service has health insurance through the military. He also has terminal cancer. Unfortunately, most of the doctors he has spoken to won’t accept his military insurance because they don’t cover enough of the costs.

“Luckily I begged and begged a doctor who said he would only give me seven treatments, because of insurance. Insurance was his primary concern, he even told me, ‘Tri-Care just doesn’t cover enough’ …like I have anything to do with that. This is what I get for serving my country for 24 years. If I had known this when I joined, I would have never joined, I would have left this country, given up my citizenship and lived in a country where they respect the men and women that protect their freedom.” -Michael Baranik, 24 year Nany Veteran

Tell me again how much conservatives “support the troops.”

 TEEN MOMS

What’s more interesting than a bunch of underage high school girls trying to get pregnant? How about when 17 of them DO get pregnant? School officials are saying that these girls made a “pregnancy pact” so they could all give birth around the sasme time. WTF? Of course, the Massachussetts school in Gloucester has had to cut out all of its sex education classes due to budget cuts. Oh, and the area is predominantly Catholic.

OIL

We destroyed Iraq to promote Democracy, right? (Although destruction is an odd choice if your goal is to show how your system is better, but that’s another thought.) No, actually, we went there for the oil, as most anyone could figure out. With no-bid contracts in hand, Iraqi officials are ready to give Exxon, Chevron, Shell, Total, and BP control of their only real resource. Of course, these contracts are only for “technical assistance and infrastructure support” I think the veil is pretty thin. Bush/Cheney went in for the oil at the urging of their big oil buddies. Now their rewards are coming to fruition.

MARS

NASA says that the Mars lander has discovered water, in the form of ice. Scientists have long suspected frozen water on Mars, but this is the first time they have actual evidence to back up their theories. What does this discovery mean for humanity? And was the expense worth the confirmation?

Oh, I almost forgot. Bush is ready to bomb Iran, and Israel can hardly wait.

Okay- let’s hear from you now…

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  1. 4 Responses to “Religion, Vets, Teen Moms, Oil, And Mars-Friday Free For All”

  2. By Jet Netwal on Jun 20, 2008 | Reply

    Start threading the news….

    I’ll bite on the Mars thing. I’m a HUGE advocate for sending robots out into space. Far, FAR less expensive than manned space flight (although not as sexy) and much higher information return for dollars spent. We’re learning far more on Mars than whether or not there’s water. That’s just the fluff stuff to engage the aveage citizen. The data amassed from each rover is part of an ongoing compilation of knowledge about the great unknown. Trust me, at some point, somebody is going to find something there that is seen as profitable, and at that point, it’s on. The more we know, the better prepared we’ll be.

  3. By Ken Grandlund on Jun 20, 2008 | Reply

    I agree Jet, that the knowledge we’re getting from Mars will be valuable to mankind-and hopefully it will mean more than just another revenue stream for big businesses.

    And robotic space exploration is definintely more economical than sending people.

  4. By Independent Mind on Jun 20, 2008 | Reply

    You forgot one.

    OBAMA

    Barack Obama showed his true colors this week, opting for politician green, when he decided to reject public funds for his political campaign. It’s an interesting reversal of position, given that he said in Feburary “If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”

    He hasn’t even won the election and he’s already breaking campaign promises.

  5. By Jet Netwal on Jun 20, 2008 | Reply

    Obama rejetcted what? PUBLIC campign financing?His campaign is the epitiome of a publicaly funded campaign! He’s raised the vast majority of his campiagn money from individuals.

    Personally, I could give a crap if he broke a “promise”. What he’s done in actuality is revamped the premise of what a publically funded campaign IS, and what it is is a campaign funded by the citzenry, because we BELIEVE. That, folks, is real power, real motivation, and real change.

    They bitch, because they cannot compare.

    What we’re getting back, is our Democracy. Remeber that? Yeah, me too.

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