Friday, April 12, 2013

THYME Magazine

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume V, Issue XVIII

Unmaking America

In 1969 America landed men on the Moon. In the year following the close of the Apollo Program, Roe vs Wade was decided in the Supreme Court, stripping away state laws protecting the unborn. In the years following, We've Forgotten What Belongs On Page One [click to read]. Kirsten Powers in USA Today slaps us in the face with the reality of what has happened to us as a nation: 

"Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven't heard about these sickening accusations?

It's not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell's former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart." [1.]

Thankfully there are journalists like Powers, who still tell us the news that belongs in the headlines. Unfortunately many media sources today don't bother to print it. When THYME Interactive [click to read] linked to Ms. Powers' article, Facebook spinelessly labeled it as 'spam,' (later rescinding the label); That shows you that our media only wants you to be outraged at what they determine is outrageous. The screams of aborted babies don't count when your agenda is to promote abortion at all stages of pregnancy.

Pro-life speaker Hannah Rose Allen [click to read] knows firsthand the pain and heartache abortion can inflict. She's spoken on the same platform as Dr. Alveeta King (Dr. Martin Luther King's niece), making the case for the unborn and the women who carry them. [2.]

Abortion and the Devaluing of Human Life

Before Christmas an appalling crime occurred in a small town in Connecticut. The murder of six-year old children shocked most Americans. Killing innocent children is wrong. Most of us would agree. When a nine-year old child asks his Mother: “What is an abortion?” and she tries to explain, the child responds: “But, that means killing the baby.” The existence of abortion in the fabric of our culture has long range implications, and they do not bode well for a culture of respect for life [3.].

For forty years abortion has been given privileged protection (your child cannot have an aspirin at school without your consent, but the same school health system may schedule a 'confidential' abortion consultation for your child at Planned Parenthood) [4.]. Attempts to regulate abortion clinics in a manner similar to other medical facilities are regularly challenged. You will never see an abortion performed on educational television. In fact, pro-choice advocates regularly stonewall discussion of the very real issue of protecting preborn life.

I participated in a prayer vigil to silently protest the first abortion clinic built in the city where I lived in 1974. Now, forty years later, one must ask what the long-term consequences are. Occasionally a child survives the attempt to abort her. Gianna Jessen is one such person and though the failed abortion left her with a number of physical challenges, she regularly speaks on the issue of sanctity of life.

Margaret Sanger [click to read] ought to be well reported for her Eugenics. She isn't. That driving force in her mission is quiely 'forgotten' by the media, although it does surface in this Interview with Mike Wallace [click to read]. Planned Parenthood gets a free pass to mainstream respectability in spite of its founder's views, which Adolph Hitler found applicable in his own diabolical doings.

Although Judeo-Christian ideals were built upon to found this country they are now banished from the Academy [click to read]. Dennis Prager [click to read] is one journalist who understands that a society needs to have foundations. He says: "I offer the single most politically incorrect statement a modern American — indeed a modern Westerner, period — can make: I first look to the Bible for moral guidance and for wisdom."

Prager is not alone.

'Made in America'

This week the 'other' weekly news magazine talks about the 'Resurgence' of Manufacturing [click to read] in America. Let's be honest here. The great manufacturing era of the past is nowhere near returning. The 'resurgence' they talk about is largely fueled by the availability of an Undervalued Workforce [click to read] and (compared to Europe) cheap energy. Companies that treated their workers like family members, such as Bill's Barbeque in Richmond, are closing. While I understand sound business decisions, people are more than "human resources" when seen through eyes informed by society's foundations.

When I worked for my Grandfather's company (now closed), a man informed me as he was teaching me how to lace drive belts for large machinery: "Your Grandfather loaned me the money for my first house." Grandpa never did his good deeds in public view, but there were many eager to tell a good story about him.

People no longer see companies loyal to them as employees. Rosetta Stone in Harrisonburg recently downsized, announcing in a press release: "Rosetta Stone announced today that it is re-shaping its Product organization and expanding its operational footprint in order to drive technological innovation and accelerate product development. The company will eliminate 48 positions in its Harrisonburg office."

Translated: "We're hiring new people elsewhere and laying off the office that got us started. Labor costs; you see. Have a nice day!"


1 comment:

Bob K. said...

The Foundations of Common Decency

Stories such as This One [click to read] should have us all pondering the problem of a nation who has removed her foundations. Perhaps we should change our focus from regulating the instruments of crime to focus instead on restoring timeless principles to the fabric of our communities.