The Nevada Primaries and the Sabbath

Alex Carpenter notes at the Spectrum blog the Nevada caucuses of both parties will be held on Saturday morning, January 19. Absentee ballots are not permitted. This means Sabbath-keepers will be disenfranchised. He links to the blog of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; they are also concerned, and they note that others are also…

Free Speech at the UN?

Defense of Israel ruled “inadmissible” by the chair of the UN Human Rights Council back in March. Video via Cross-Currents. Chairman Luis Alfonso noted that for the first time he would not express thanks for the statement by Hillel Neuer, a representative of United Nations Watch (which pointed to UN hypocrisy); he said he would…

The Rights of Adopted Children

Should adopted children have a right to know who their biological parents are? I think so. There are the issues related to health, of course. But there’s also this–could you end up marrying your sibling? It has happened. The case came to light in the midst of parliamentary debate over whether artificially conceived children should…

“SuperSize Me”

Have you seen “SuperSize Me“? It is Morgan Spurlock’s account of his 30 day experience of eating nothing but McDonald’s for three meals every day for 30 days. He went from 185.5 to 210 pounds, his cholesterol shot up 65 points; his liver was badly affected. His fat level went from 11% to 18%. He…

No State Left Behind

The Michigan primary is being boycotted and/or ignored by Democrats and Republicans–commentary in the Detroit News is incredulous. Details. Only names on the Democratic ballot will be Hillary Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Uncommitted and Christopher Dodd–write-ins are not permitted.