Interesting point in an H-T editorial

From today’s Herald-Times editorial:

Political leadership in city government wants to get more people out of their private vehicles.

From my letter to the editor last month:

Now, we have the summer of construction, which has been so poorly planned and executed that one has to wonder if it was intentionally designed to make driving so miserable that more people would bike or walk.

Hmmm. Interesting…

How to make Cheese Strata

Ingredients:

12 slices of bread

1 stick of butter

8 oz. shredded cheese

6 eggs

3 cups of milk

1 tablespoon of mustard

1/4 tablespoon of salt.

Directions:

Melt butter & spread on bread.

Line sides & bottom of pan.

Sprinkle 4 oz. cheese on bread.

Mix the rest of the ingredients except cheese and pour into pan.

Layer the rest of the bread and cheese.

Refrigerate overnight.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Number Of Servings: 4-6

Preparation Time: One day.

SCOTUS’ shameful decision on ObamaCare

Printed in the Herald-Times, July 26, 2012 (Comments)

To the editor:

It was a dark day for America when the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare. “Justice” Roberts re-wrote ObamaCare, declaring that the individual mandate is a tax, even though President Obama and his defenders had always argued it was not a tax. The dissent points this out as follows:

“The Court today decides to save a statute Congress did not write. It rules that what the statute declares to be a requirement with a penalty is instead an option subject to a tax.”

“Justice” Roberts, in an effort to preserve the reputation of the court by not wading into the political debates surrounding ObamaCare, instead tarnished the reputation of the court by literally writing legislation from the bench. It was a shameful and cowardly move.

Finally, mandating that insurance companies must cover preexisting conditions demonstrates that Obama does not understand what insurance is – a collective pooling of premiums to guard against future costs.

Mandating that insurance companies cover preexisting conditions is no different from allowing people to buy automobile insurance while their car is on fire. This policy means health insurance is no longer insurance. It is government mandated redistribution of wealth. If that’s what Obama wants, be honest about it.

Scott Wells’ loss is great for Monroe County

Monroe County Democrats rejected Scott Wells again yesterday. This time it was the precinct committeemen who said “thanks, but no thanks” to Wells’ efforts to be one of the Democrats’ candidates for County Council on the November ballot.

I think even Democrats are sick of his antics.

Democrats caucus to pick new county council candidate

Monroe County Democrats are holding a caucus today to pick a new candidate for county council, a spot that opened when Julie Thomas was chosen to run for county commissioner. Thomas was chosen for that spot when Mark Stoops was chosen in a caucus to run for state senate, after Vi Simpson was chosen as John Gregg’s running mate for lieutenant governor.

I checked both The Herald-Times and GovTracker on Twitter, and there’s no news as of this posting as to who the Monroe County Democrats have picked in their 3:00 pm caucus today. I hope the Democrats have more sense than to pick Scott Wells to be the third candidate for county council.

If anyone has any news, feel free to post it in the comments.

Make an example of Penn State "University"

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon. — Matthew 6:24

Penn State “University” should be thrown out of the NCAA. Extreme situations require an appropriate response, and an example needs to be made.

There has been a lot of talk about the sex abuse scandal at Penn State “University” and what can be done to prevent things like this from happening in the future – both in protecting children from sexual predators and ensuring that the proper authorities step in and protect victims in case the unthinkable happens.

Penn State “University” failed on every possible level. Joe Paterno (who some people actually still respect for some reason) failed, the assistant coaches failed, the “university” trustees failed, and even law enforcement failed. Children were horribly abused and the people who could have protected them failed to step in because they were more concerned about money than morality.

Since the root of this problem is the love and worship of money, the obvious solution also involves money. Penn State “University” should be thrown out of the NCAA. No NCAA school will be allowed to play Penn State in any sport and will face severe sanctions if they break the ban.

What this will do is put the fear of God into institutions of higher learning. Colleges and universities will be so terrified of losing the massive piles of money brought in by their athletic departments that they will not even consider covering up the abuse of children should it be discovered in their midst.

Of course, this is not an ideal solution. The best solution would be for those in positions of authority to be of high moral character – people who would immediately do everything they could to stop these sorts of demonic actions from taking place, and bring the perpetrators to justice. But because human beings are naturally hopelessly corrupt (Romans 3:10-12) we need to have disincentives for evil behavior.

The NCAA could easily make an example out of Penn State “University” and put the entire American university system on notice that this type of failure will not be tolerated and will be severely punished. But does the NCAA have the courage and integrity to do this? I hope so.