What’s interesting in the news today?
Tomorrow we will return to our normal schedule as far as the news thread goes. But for today, a question.
What do you think was the top news story/stories of 2013?
Since it’s the last day of the year, we’ll start with the QoD.
Do you have a favorite memory from this past year?
On this day in 1775 the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec. Montgomery was killed in the battle.
In 1841 the State of Alabama enacted the first dental legislation in the U.S.
In 1857 Britain’s Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
In 1862 President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
In 1879 Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting to an audience in Menlo Park, NJ.
In 1891 New York’s new Immigration Depot was opened at Ellis Island, to provide improved facilities for the massive numbers of arrivals.
In 1929 Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played “Auld Lang Syne” as a New Year’s Eve song for the first time.
And in 1946 President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.
Quote of the Day
“I was very careful to send Mr. Roosevelt every few days a statement of our casualties. I tried to keep before him all the time the casualty results because you get hardened to these things and you have to be very careful to keep them always in the forefront of your mind.”
These two were married today in 1947.
I have to play this one. I think it’s required. 🙂
It’s this fella’s birthday.
And it’s also Tyler Burkum’s, of Audio Adrenaline. From EMI Music
Who would like to share a request or praise?
¹Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.
2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.
What’s interesting in the news today?
We’ll start with a huge CONTENT WARNING!!!!! for adult subject matter. This one is not acceptable reading for the kids.
I don’t even know where to start with this piece. It’s repulsive on many levels, and what is being advocated is monstrous in my personal opinion. It seeks to justify adult/child relationships that society has long shunned, and rightly so. It advocates preying on the young and vulnerable for adult gratification. I find it disgusting.
So I don’t offend anyone, let me be clear here that I am not saying homosexuality and pedophilia are the same thing. Homosexuality is generally something between consenting adults. Pedophilia on the other hand involves preying on young, underage children. While I believe what the Bible says, that homosexuality is a sin, it’s not on the same level as pedophilia. We’ve talked before about “degrees of sin” and I think that applies here. While homosexuality is called a sin, pedophilia is called a crime, because there’s always a victim. They’re not the same by a long shot.
But the advocates of both are now using the same tactics. Not long ago homosexuality was considered a mental illness, and abnormal behavior. Over time, and with a concerted and well-funded effort, the gay community convinced the mental health community to abandon such labeling. It appears that the advocates of this have adopted a similar strategy and now seek to get the mental health community to provide them with cover to carry on with the advancement of what was long considered taboo.
Which brings us to the slippery slope. Looks pretty real now huh? This is exactly what those who spoke against acceptance of the homosexual “agenda” said would come, an ever quickening slide to the bottom. We were assured that allowing gay marriage and the lowering of societal standards and the like wouldn’t lead to things like this. Many of you have read those arguments numerous times. You read how folks like Joel Mark were mocked and ridiculed, and they said that he was exaggerating, and that it would never lead to this sort of thing. Just a straw man, hyperbole, nothing more….
And yet it has led to a lowering of standards. The question is how far are we as a society going to allow this to go? Will we again be silenced because we want to be kind and loving, and not be called bigots? Because hey, they can’t help it right? They were born this way according to this “expert.”
Pervert seems more accurate IMO. This nonsense needs to be squashed. I have no sympathy for these pedophiles, or those who would enable them. I’ll save the kindness and love for the real life victims who this sort of stuff scars for life. They actually need and deserve it.
I could go on, but I won’t. I’d like to hear your thoughts on it after you read the piece.
Now, many experts see it as a biologically rooted condition that does not change — like a sexual orientation — thanks largely to a decade of research by Dr. James Cantor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Cantor’s team has found that pedophiles share a number of physical characteristics, including differences in brain wiring. It’s now thought that about 1 to 5 per cent of men are pedophiles, meaning they are primarily attracted to children.
These findings have been widely accepted among scientists, but have had little impact on social attitudes or law. However, we are left with the alarming question: if some men are born pedophiles, what should society do with them?
Bolstered by this research, pedophiles who have never molested children are seeking social acceptance.”
“Similar experiments are being conducted across the globe, most notably at Berlin’s Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, but Cantor’s research has greatly influenced the view among researchers that pedophilia has a biological basis.”
And that’s how it begins, a change in the views of the experts. Simple really, and it’s been done before.
It’s Monday, and we’re off to Shady Maple. 🙂
On this day in 1853 the United States bought about 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
In 1879 Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” was first performed, at Paignton, Devon, England.
In 1924 Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galactic systems.
And in 1940 California’s first freeway was officially opened. It was the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena.
Quote of the Day
“I hate clowns.”
Today we have a birthday twofer. Not one but two Monkees have a birthday today, Davy Jones and Michael Nesmith.
Today is also Jeff Lynne’s birthday, so E.L.O.
And it’s Bo Diddly’s too.