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Wal Mart -- Exposing the underclass? Making the Elite Uncomfortable.

I wrote some thoughts on Wal Mart earlier today, and had it posted over on my diary. I wrote:
So, I'll admit it--I shop at Wal Mart. I'll have to say, based on my lifestyle, I am poor. I live in real cheap housing ($470 a month), can only afford one used economy car, and have to rely on the help of others to finish my education (loans and scholarships). And yes, I shop at Wal Mart in order to keep the food budget within what I can afford.

So, today I was wondering why is it that so many people hate Wal Mart? Yesterday, a friend recounted how a co-worker drove 1 hour to a nearby city to shop at a Cosco, just to avoid going to Sam's Club. While I think that sort of behavior is good for the economy--after all she spent money on gas, miles on the car, tolls on the road, etc.--it does seem somewhat extreme and foolish. Perhaps I would call it obsessive and paranoid.

What is it about Wal Mart that bothers people so? I keep hearing about low wages they pay, but no one i…

Here is why Frist just lost himself the election

I am still exploring and discovering the blog world out there. Today I found this interesting site -- Pro Life Blogs. There are hundres out there, in all sorts of categories. America is essentially pro-life, regardless of what you hear on the TV or newspaper.

With the advent of the alternative media, America no longer depends on the MSM for its information, and is now discovering and learning the truth about abortion, embryonic stem cell research, clonning, and more.

Por Life Blogs is a collection of blogs. Looks to me like a great resource site for those in need of catching up on the issues, and for those in need of perspective on pro life issues. Check it out. I have gladly added their button to my side bar.

Allow me to share a sample of the most recent posts shown:

Recent Entries
Don't fix what aint broke. (info)
I need to know."Agent Sillyboots Aug 5, 2005, 9:21 pm
Pay it Forward (info)
Orthodox Christian Reflections Aug 5, 2005, 9:04 pm

Option to stem cells found(info) The …

Welcome readers

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Today I am covering embryonic stem cell research, and the Dr. Dobson controversy, as well as talking a little about abortion and the question of when does human life begin. I would welcome your comments and thoughts.

Look around, and come back often!

Pro Abortion Advocates -- What are they scared of?

I read an article by Matt Kaufman that I think hits the issue on the nail. The Roberts confirmation, the fillabuster battle, the Dr. Dobson embryonic stem cell research spat yesterday, and all that other stuff is all just noise to try to prevent us from realizing that they are scared. Regardless if you follow a faith or not, you have to admit that ultimately, it is an issue of morality, social boundaries, and what proves to be true and what proves to be not true.
The most obvious reason is that, for all their bluster, they know they haven’t got the people on their side — certainly not firmly. Abortion-rights supporters are far from a rock-solid majority, and pro-lifers are far from a fringe minority.

Polls show lots of legal restraints on abortion are already popular, such as laws mandating parental notice or consent, waiting periods and counseling on alternatives to abortion. Americans are strongly opposed to using taxes for the procedure, and even support outright bans on later-term a…

When does life begin? The Real Issue with Abortion.

So, I have an enthusiastic reader who posted some comments on his reasons for which he believes embryonic stem cell research is morally just fine and not blindly. I am not sure what Milt's background is, but he did not do his homework!! Tisk, tisk.

Let's break it down. I won't bore you with his slippery slope, missed the point attacks on what he assumed I think is sin. You didn't get it right, Milt, but that's not what's important. First, the important question is "When does life begin?" Can you answer me that Milt? When is a human being a human being?

I agree with embryonic research and it is not blindly! We can do this ethically and carefully. The reason we should is that is is likely the only way that we will be successful in curing and repairing the diseased and crippled bodies of 100's of thousands of good people who are alive now. A cluster of embryonic stem cells is not a human life at all, it only is the potential to be such.So, let me give …

Denver Post calls Dr. James Dobson "lunatic fringe"

Here is the Denver Post story that started it all. Of course, they miss the point--utilitarian ethics in biomedical experimentation. Of course, if you don't consider an embryo a human being, then perhaps you would agree with Jim Spencer of the Denver Post. Otherwise, history, science and ethics proves Dr. Dobson correct.
"The analogy comparing the Nazi human experiments conducted during WWII and today's embryonic stem-cell research is historically and ethically accurate, appropriate, and we stand by it," Focus on the Family bioethics analyst Carrie Gordon Earll said Thursday.Stand firm Dr. Dobson. America is smarter than the left wants to believe.

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Dr. James Dobson for President? -- doubtful

Kaye Grogan's latest column suggests Dr. James Dobson as president. The headline reads, "Write in James Dobson for President . . . in 2008" I personally doubt it, but have fun dreaming.

Not because I don't think he would be a solid political leader, but because all evidence points to the fact that his calling and his heart is in grassroots leadership, moral issues, and the most important one--the Family. I don't see how he could remain faithful and focused to his life calling by going into public service.

It would serve ambitious and potential political candidates to note: Character, courage, and moral upright values matter and will get you elected. Stand for what is right, don't deviate, and American will stand with you. This is the kind of leadership we desire!
A recent poll (which is questionable) conducted by the Gallop Organization shows that Senator John McCain, and former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani are favored above Hillary Clinton or Senator John Ke…

Dr. James Dobson, A Closer Look at Stem Cell Research -- Full transcripto

Here is the full transcript from the radio program with Dr. James Dobson, where he discussed embryonic stem cell research. I have to say, I agree with Dr. Dobson. If this position bothers you, perhaps you need to reconsider your own ethics and whether you are considering all the ramifications of embryonic stem cell research. This is an important position for conservatives, and I think it will destroy Frist's chances at the White House. There is no way, considering his shift in his position, that he will get the Republican nomination. No way. Listen to today's Focus on the Family program here. Read Dr. Dobson's quote where he compares embryonic stem cell research to Nazi experimentation on humans. (marked in bold below)
John: The story has been in the news these past few days and yet, you may not fully grasp the significance of the issue. I'm referring to the matter of embryonic stem cell research. This is "FOF" with Dr. James Dobson. I'm John Fuller and to…

Dr. James Dobson -- embryonic stem cell research like Nazi experiments

In a world where political correctness is valued above the truth, it is to be expected that Dr. Dobson would be harrased for his boldness in speaking out for the unborn. As far as the left, there is no freedom speech when it comes to speaking out against liberal values.

In response to his recent radio show, "A Closer Look at Stem Cell Research," Dr. Dobson received a backlash of harsh criticism regarding comments he made comparing embryonic stem cell research to the Nazis' human experimentation during the Holocaust--very close similarity and serious ethical concerns.

All knowing critics labeled Dr. Dobson's remarks "ignorant and insulting" and are demanding an apology. Well, it's no Dr. Dobson's style to back away from a good fight for what is right, so today, Dr. Dobson and Focus on the Family bioethics analyst Carrie Gordon Earll are setting the record straight.

As usuall, the left and the media just love twisting Dr. Dobson's words--they would d…

Country at Odds Over Sanctity of Life Issues

The Pew Reserach Center released results from a poll on America's view on abortion. Here is the real story on Abortion. This from Pew:
A consistent majority of Americans (65%) are opposed to overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a woman's right to abortion. But most Americans also favor restrictions on abortion. Nearly three-quarters (73%) favor requiring women under age 18 to get parental consent before being allowed to get an abortion.

This ambivalence is reflected in opinions on the overall availability of abortion. About a third (35%) say abortion should be generally available, but 23% favor stricter limits on abortion and 31% favor making it illegal except in cases of rape, incest or to save a woman's life. Only about one-in-ten (9%) say abortion should never be permitted. Moreover, while nearly six-in-ten (59%) think it would be a good thing to reduce the number of abortions in the U.S., one-third (33%) say they don't feel this way. This from a Cit…


From CitizenLink Daily Update - August 2, 2005:
"Our reliance is the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage, and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them."

-- President Abraham Lincoln

Message to Castro -- "I've had enough!"

Revolutionary post by on the new battle cry for the freedom of the Cuban people. "I've had enough!" Oh, that our people would rise from the ashes of a destroyed nation, would ignore fear, and face their enemies united. Would not death be better than what Castro has to offer? If the people unite, and rise up against him, the world will notice. Unity! Unity! Stand together. Rise together. Be willing to fall together. ¡Ya no mas!
I feel very strongly that this idea – this meme* -- can begin to infect the Cuban people with the strength and will to overcome what they are going through. Overcome the fear of the military, the fear of the CDRs, the fear of the filthy chivatos in the neighborhoods, all of it. Since armed insurrection is not possible at this point, my modest proposal to the people of Cuba is simple. Whenever it gets to the point that the situation seems hopeless, all of you have to say are three words written in Spanish: ¡Ya no mas! – "I've …

Forbes Rates Best of the Web Blogs

Interesting collections from on the best of the web for Summer 2005. It's to bad I did not see any Latino blogs reviewed or featured. There are some great blogs out there. With the growing importance of immigrant issues, Forbes should pay closer attention to this segment.

This from Matthew Schifrin, Editor:
This summer we have trained our sights on the rapidly growing world of blogs, also known as the "blogosphere". We identify the best blogs in categories ranging from Art and Literary Blogs, to Small Business, Marketing, Shopping and Music Blogs.Here is what Forbes reviewed for the Political cateogry.
Polite, bipartisan and civil discussions are for wussies. In the realm of political blogs, pundits say what they won't say on television. Online, liberals call Democrat Joe Biden "The Senator from Bank of America," and conservatives turn the phrase "maverick" often used to describe Senator John McCain, into a sneering insult. Though many exp…

Condoleezza Rice -- Forbes #1 Most Powerful Women List

It is good to see Condi's leadership being recognized. It is great that she is a minority. Hispanics, blacks and whites alike take note! You can reach your dreams if you work hard at it, and don't give up.

Teachers pay attention. A little hardship and having to overcome barriers is good for character. Congratulations to Condi.

National Security Adviser, Bush Administration

Age: 49Country: U.S.

Advising the leader of the world's largest superpower--and having the ear of leaders around the globe--makes Rice, 49, the most powerful woman in the world. President George W. Bush trusts Rice implicitly, likely more than anyone else in the White House. When Rice speaks, she speaks for the president. With her silver-tongued diplomacy and steely nerve, Rice has played a key, behind-the-scenes role in helping to steer the United States through two wars, as well as the resulting controversies. Rice also served under President George H.W. Bush and in the Reagan administration. Despite gro…

Telesur shows its true colors -- Has no credibility

Words and arguments are not needed to prove the bias and lack of credibility of Telesur. All you have to do is watch it for a few hours, and it becomes evident. Even a first year journalism student could list the ethical mess it makes out of journalism.

TeleSur; Daily Chavez and Castro propaganda.
CARACAS - Less than two weeks into its transmissions, 24-hour news-and-culture channel Telesur, supported by leftist President Hugo Chávez and Cuba, has already proved better at making the news than reporting it.It has cost a Venezuelan Cabinet minister his job, irritated some neighbors, triggered concerns in the Bush administration and sparked a threatened countermeasure by the U.S. Congress.Since it started broadcasting on July 24, Telesur has scored high with analysts for the quality of its images, editing and graphics, but has shown a lack of impartiality in its news reports and a leftist bent in its programming.A heavy pro-Cuban bias was evident in the news and other segments, including a…

CAFTA -- Pay no attention to the Democrat behind the curtain!

The democrats have nothing of relevance to say. Listen to the people; the professionals that will benefit from CAFTA. Are they any less educated or intelligent? Are they not able to evaluate and understand the implications of CAFTA? Where are the Democrats when it comes to defending and fighting for the minority business owners?

Thank you to the many Democrats that went against the party line, and did the right thing for their constituents. Shame on the Republicans that relented to the sugar lobby, and those that profit from government subsidies and tariffs paid from he pockets of hard working Americans.

But not everybody is wary of the treaty. Business owners, particularly Latino entrepreneurs, are excited about the passing of CAFTA. Many see it as a long-awaited opportunity for growth on both sides of the continent.

All U.S. Latino chambers of commerce endorsed CAFTA, which they consider an effective way for small and medium-size companies to export, grow and participate in today's…

Sunday talk shows said to lack diversity--Not of the Black kind

Oh, pooh! Someone is feeling underrepresented. If the TV networks are not going to Black experts maybe its because they are not that many? I don't know, but next thing they are going to start asking networks to establish on-air expert quotas--say, at least half of all guests should be black?

Let me tell you about another underrepresentation--conservative, faith-believing individuals. And when they do have a Christian or a Conservative, its to ridicule them. Then, they bring on the "so-called" religious person, either a priest or a pastor or someone, but they pick the wackiest or craziest, or they bring in a liberal. This just got to illustrate that there is serious lack of intelectual diversity in the main stream media. Forget blacks--this is a bigger problem. No diversity of ideas.
WASHINGTON -- Only about 8 percent of guests on major Sunday morning talk shows during the last 18 months were African-American, with three people accounting for most of those appearances, acco…

Alabama has third most gang arrests in national criminal Latino gangs sweep

Wake up call!! What I want to know is what was the immigration status of the individuals arrested? I would have to bet mostly illegals. Will we wait until we get another attack? I hope not.
WASHINGTON - Alabama had the third-highest number of arrests in a national two-week sweep of criminal Latino gangs, federal immigration officials announced Monday.

Forty-two people were taken into custody in the Birmingham area and Decatur, part of the 582 arrested nationally. In an effort known as Operation Community Shield, federal and local law enforcement agencies joined forces to identify and arrest people with a history of associating with criminal gangs. Many of those arrested had entered the United States illegally.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the national results, calling gang violence "one of the critical threats faced by our society."

OAKLAND: City forces out 2 downtown businesses. Autohouse owned by an immigrant

Where are the liberals' outcry over immigrant rights, and for the little guy? Here is what you have to know.

From the
The city of Oakland, using eminent domain, seized Revelli Tire and the adjacent property, owner-operated Autohouse, on 20th Street between Telegraph and San Pablo avenues on Friday and evicted the longtime property owners, who have refused to sell to clear the way for a large housing development.

The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision last week paved the way for local governments to buy out unwilling property owners, demolish homes and businesses, and turn that land over to new owners for development. Last week's ruling expanded on earlier decisions that allowed agencies to take property only if it is considered "blighted" or run-down.

"The city thinks I cause 'economic blight' because I don't produce enough tax revenue,'' Revelli said. "We thought we'd win, but the Supreme Court took away my last chance.&q…

Will immigrants vote in Mexico’s 2006 election?

This is why Mexico will not be of any help with illegal immigration problem, unless our government starts holding them accountable for it. Maybe the US should bill Mexico for each illegal we have to process and return. They are in it for the money, and it's costing us millions.

Now, with their new election reform allowing abstentee voting by Mexicans in the US, there is going to be a huge political interest and influence on this issue. Whether this will help or not, I don't know. Maybe if illegal immigrants here in the US start participating in their homeland political process, and it actually helps improve the situation in Mexico, maybe then they will have some motivation to go back home. Who knows...Wishful thinking.
For many years one of the most discussed topics among Mexican immigrants in El Norte was whether they would ever again be allowed to participate in Mexico’s electoral process, which at best was perceived as rigid and unyielding to change. Earlier this month howeve…