Tuesday, August 30, 2016

STEVE JOBS WAS GRATEFUL FOR NOT BEING ABORTED (AND OTHER PRO LIFE ARTICLES)

Steve Jobs Was Glad He Didn't Become a Victim of Abortion: Steve Jobs was an adopted child who searched for his birth mother when he became an adult. He recounted his meeting with her to his biographer Walter Isaacson:

"Biographer Walter Isaacson unveiled more about Steve Jobs’ life in a new book which recounts interviews with family, friends and other people influential in Jobs’ life. The book reveals some of the fear of abandonment that prompted Jobs to ultimately form a strong bond with his sister, author Mona Simpson, but he eventually refused to be reconciled with his biological father despite feeling a sense of loss for not knowing him.
Still, Jobs put everything into perspective when he said his biological parents could have subjected him to an abortion, and explained to Isaacson why he wanted to find his biological mother. When he finally met birth mother Joanne Schieble, she burst into tears as she apologized for placing him for adoption.
“I wanted to meet [her] mostly to see if she was OK and to thank her, because I’m glad I didn’t end up as an abortion,” he said. “She was 23 and she went through a lot to have me.”
HT: LifeNews.com and @StevenErtelt 
These next two links are from the same source:
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Niece Blasts Abortion: "If Black Lives Matter, They Should Matter In the Womb." : Dr. Alveda King reveals that Planned Parenthood targets minorities by locating most of their clinics in minority neighborhoods.
" “Obviously, microcephaly is a terrible prenatal condition that kids are born with. And when they are, it’s a lifetime of difficulties. So I get it. I’m not pretending to you that that’s an easy question you asked me. But I’m prolife. And I’m strongly prolife. I believe all human life should be protected by our law, irrespective of the circumstances or condition of that life.”

Friday, July 22, 2016

WHAT TRUMP LEFT UNSAID

Trump may have thanked Evangelicals for their support during his acceptance speech last night , and he may have supported pastors being able to express political opinions from the pulpit, and he may have promised to put Constitutionalists on the court. But he said nothing about protecting the life of the unborn. I know his speech was 75 minutes long. But he could have said, "I believe that life begins at conception and that all life must be protected by law and by Federal policy." That would have made his speech 75 minutes and 3 seconds. Trumps pro life position is of recent vintage. The party has had a pro life position going back many years. For many Christian conservative Republicans, the pro life position is of paramount importance. In light of this, would the extra three seconds been too much to ask?  

Monday, June 6, 2016

Just A Reminder

I am still working on the project that I have been working on since September. It has taken up all my free time. I still am trying to post articles just so readers won't think this site has gone inactive. I tried to write a post on evangelical political activity, but I am suffering from writers block. I post this instead.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

THE APPENDIX HAS A USE AFTER ALL

Evolutionists maintain that humans are no more special than other species. They claim that the evidence demonstrates that humanity is not the product of an intelligent creator. One such piece of evidence they cite is the existence of vestigial organs in humans. Vestigial organs are those organs that have no function, or are redundant. If we are the creation of an intelligent God, evolutionists argue, then these organs would not be present. After all, they reason, no intelligent God would create living creatures with organs which appear to be useless to the overall functioning of the body. So, evolutionists deny the role of a creator in the creation of the human species, or deny the existence of a creator altogether, all the while speculating on how a non-existent God would create living beings. The evolutionary vanguard denies the existence of God while deciding in their own minds what God would be like and how He would create.

One organ labeled as vestigial is the appendix. All my life, I have heard that it serves no useful purpose. Even if there is no immediate danger to a patient, doctors will often remove an appendix. However, it appears that the appendix has a use after all. Here is a section of an article from Mental Floss:

 “Our study was to investigate the innate lymphoid cells in the gut [of mice] and how they might contribute to the function and protection of the gut,” Gabrielle Belz, of Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, tells mental_floss. “At the same time, we were interested to know how different immune cells impacted the different parts of the gut.

"ILCs can be found “underlying all the body’s surfaces, including the skin, the lungs, the gut, and the reproductive tract, and play a very important and broad role in protecting the body from infections and responses to environmental insults,” says Belz... 


“Thus, surprisingly, altering the balance of immune cells significantly affected what was happening in the cecum, suggesting that a similar effect might occur in humans in the appendix,” Belz says. “This highlights that simply disposing of this organ may not always be in our best interests.” 
While the appendix is not required for digestive functions in humans, Belz tells mental_floss, “It does house symbiotic bacteria proposed by Randal Bollinger and Bill Parker at Duke University to be important for overall gut health, but particularly when we get a gut infection resulting in diarrhea.”
Infections of this kind clear the gut not only of fluids and nutrients but also good bacteria. Their research suggests that those ILCs housed in the appendix may be there as a reserve to repopulate the gut with good bacteria after a gut infection.
ILCs are hardier than other immune cells, and thus vital to fighting bacterial infections in people with compromised immune systems, such as those in cancer treatment; they are some of the few immune cells that can survive chemotherapy." (HT: Uncommon Descent)

So it appears that another piece of evidence supporting Darwinian evolution may destined for the ash heap of history. In the future, we may find evidence that other vestigial organs really have a purpose as well.   

Sunday, March 13, 2016

I'm Not Dead...Yet.

Greetings. Its Mr. Guthrie. Its been a long, long time. In fact, I haven't published here since August. Have I lost interest or inspiration? No. Its just that I have been working on a blogging project since September. Its an 18 part series in which I have so far typed over 100 pages of notes. I have tried to post articles during this time, but this project seems to take up all of my free time. I first conceived of this project in 2009 or 2010. Every time I began my efforts, other matters necessitated that it be placed back on the shelf. Then last September, I determined to get this done. I'm hoping to finish this Spring. I will continue to post here from time to time while this project is underway. That way, no one will think this site is inactive and try to hack it. Then, I'll take this blog out of cyber limbo.




 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

SCOTT WALKER AND ABORTION

I saw the main Republican debate last night (I missed it Thursday because I don't get the cable channel that carries Fox News). Donald Trump looked bad, Marco Rubio made the best appearance. Rand Paul came off as humorless and almost angry. You can find  millions of online comments mirroring these impressions. Yet there was one question and response which has gotten very little comment from reporters as well as conservatives. I am referring to Megyn Kelly's question to Scott Walker concerning his stance on abortion. Kelly mentioned that Gov. Walker had recently signed a law in Wisconsin protecting the unborn while containing an exception for the life of the mother. Walker has voiced opposition to such an exception in the past. Kelly asked Walker if he would really want to see a mother die to protect the life of her unborn baby. Walker not only did not back away from his previous position, he positively stated that there are alternatives to aborting the baby that would keep both baby and mother alive. Kelly later commented that if Walker is the nominee, his answer will haunt him all the way to election night. The press and the Democrats will certainly try to use his answer to paint him as anti-woman. Walker probably knew this when he answered the question. Yet with this answer, Walker has earned the support of social/Christian conservatives. While most of the candidates put in a good performance Thursday evening, Walker's answer was the true moment of courage. All other Republican candidates made bold pronouncements as to what they would do in office. You couldn't call them courageous for doing so as they were auditioning themselves to a largely conservative audience. Pro lifers should test the courage of the other candidates by demanding an answer as to whether they stand with Walker and his answer to Megyn Kelly.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF AMERICA

The conservative reaction to the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision varies from absolute despair for the future of the country to rosy predictions of electoral victories for Republicans in 2016. There are some conservatives who are glad that Obamacare has not been sidelined as a political issue. Now that Obamacare has been upheld in the legal arena, Hillary Clinton, or more likely another nominee, will have to defend this unpopular government program to the voters. These conservatives view the election of a Republican as President, as well as gains  in the Republican Congressional majority, as the assured results of the Court's decision. With the GOP in control of both houses of Congress as well as the White House, the prospect of finally repealing Obamacare would be within reach. Other conservatives disagree. With a year and a half to go in President Obama's term, Obamacare will become more entrenched in the body politic. Even if the Republicans control the White House and Congress after 1/17, it will be the devil to repeal Obamacare. History teaches that once a government entitlement is created, it is next to impossible to repeal it. Obama agrees. In his victory speech after the Court's decision, he declared that Obamacare is woven into the fabric of America.

Yet Obama could be wrong. A victorious 2016 for the GOP could spell the end of Obamacare. This is a viable possibility. Even if Obamacare is repealed, still there has been something woven into the fabric of America, something foreign to the founding of the United States, something sinister. Even if Obamacare is repealed, the Supreme Court's rulings upholding its legality are now legal precedent. Someone may point out to me that Supreme Court decisions upholding slavery and racial segregation were once precedent but now have been consigned to the dustbin of history. True. Yet the Obamacare decisions don't concern race. They confer legal sanction upon one of the Left's most cherished strategic goals, government control of health care for every American. It has been on the Left's agenda since the New Deal and will remain a liberal dream that will not die even if Obamacare is repealed. Chief Justice John Robert's opinions will be cited as legal sanction in any future struggle over government run health care. Robert's latest opinion marks the triumph of postmodernism in the legal field. In his opinion, words have no plain meaning; it is now acceptable to for a judge to read any interpretation into a law passed by Congress, even if the wording of that law is opposite of the judge's reading. The law was pushed through Congress by methods prohibited by the Constitution itself (see #4 on this link), even though the majority of Americans have always opposed Obamacare. The President lied when he promised the American people that they could keep their own doctors. Before the advent of Obama, no one would have dared to use such methods to push their own agenda in the political arena. The next time these methods are employed, the shock value will have dissipated. Sarah Palin was derided for her claim that "death panels" would decide the fate of Americans. Yet Obamacare provides for such agencies to decide who will receive treatment and who will not. Only they are called IPAB's, Independent Payment Advisrory Boards. So now we see something very sinister woven into the fabric of America, the power of the government to decide who lives and who dies.