Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Observations - 2/12/12

It has been an interesting week all the way around - whether in politics, the world, sports, and just life in general. Not bad for the week after the Super Bowl, indeed.

- The scandal and controversy over the mandate from the Obama Administration is not going to die out any time soon, that's for sure.  Nor should it.  Wanton assaults on basic freedoms of citizens should not be ignored at all, no matter how many attempts at 'accommodation' there are.  This is a shell game being played by the White House, and although my forum is small and limited, I throw my voice behind those who have larger forums in continuing to denounce these attempts at tyranny.

- I have long enjoyed reading and listening to Mark Steyn, and this weekend's column is no exception, comparing the HHS Mandate to the 1534 Act of Supremacy which made King Henry VIII the head of the Church of England.  This passage, more than any, makes it clear why the whole thing is not about contraception but rather about freedom from government domination:
If you’re an atheist or one of America’s ever more lapsed Catholics, you’re probably shrugging: What’s the big deal? But the new Act of Supremacy doesn’t stop with religious institutions. As Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, put it: “If I quit this job and opened a Taco Bell, I’d be covered by this mandate.” And so would any of his burrito boys who object to being forced to make “health care” arrangements at odds with their conscience.
As they say in the blogosphere: read the whole thing.

- Linsanity!  The story of Jeremy Lin's rise with the New York Knicks has been pretty cool to follow.  I had never heard of him until a little over a week ago, but watching some of the highlights have shown that he is ready to make an impact.  It's just a matter of how well the Knicks will do once Carmelo Anthony returns, since 'Melo tends to suck up all the oxygen in the room.  The Ewing Theory will once again be put to the test, and where better to try it out than New York itself?

- It's sad and tragic that Whitney Houston died at the age of 48.  However, in some ways, it was only a matter of time.  Whether drugs were directly involved, I do not know and cannot say, but knowing her past with it, it could very well have been that her body just finally gave out. The human body tends to age much quicker when being pounded with narcotics, even if they don't kill directly.  Wherever you are, Whitney, rest in peace.

- More governmental attempts at saving people from themselves - in Los Angeles, it is a misdemeanor to throw footballs or frisbees on the beach without lifeguards' permission.  Offenders can be fined up to $1,000 dollars.  Yes, a thousand bucks for just having a good time on the beach!  Tell me, how did civilization ever survive without such busybody do-gooders telling us what we can and can't do.  Oh, and if you read the final sentence of the story it says this:
The ordinance also prohibits digging any hole deeper than 18 inches into the sand, except where permission is granted for film and TV production services only.
The almighty dollar!  Whatever would society be without departments of beaches and harbors!

- I was going to include in here a particular picture that has been making the rounds on Facebook pointing out the hypocrisy of a lot of the young people who make up the 'Occupy (fill in the blank)' crowd, but I think it deserves its own post, and therefore, one shall be coming sometime later today.  Otherwise, enjoy this verrrrry cold and windy Sunday!

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