11/27/2007

Carbonite?

Anyone out there using Carbonite? Care to share thoughts? (Comments below, or email ... whichever you prefer).

If you aren't using it, but are looking for a way to backup your PC online, check them out ... in fact, sign up for a Carbonite eval here and, if/when you buy you get a free month (and I get 3 free months :) ) ... let me know what you think!

11/23/2007

Happy Day-after Thanksgiving

Enjoy the shopping. Or something. I'll be staying home, kthx.

Oh, and I thought I would share these Thanksgiving thoughts I, from a colleague at work:
On a final note, every culture takes a moment to reflect on life’s abundances. While Thanksgiving as a commercial holiday is rather uniquely American, the idea is universal. Whether you’re having a huge family get together or going to a sports bar with a couple of people, take some time to reflect on the abundances in your life. We all tend to think more about the things we don’t have and want versus the things we do have. Think about the families in Bangladesh, the conditions of the institutionalized in Serbia, the orphans in Africa or even the hungry in America and give thanks for all that you do have.
Indeed - if you can read this you have atleast a few things to be thankful for and are blessed beyond belief, whatever challenges you face daily.

11/21/2007

Stop the ACLU Blogburst - ACLU Halts Bible Donations in North Carolina Elementary Schools


A North Carolina school district is putting an end to the donations of Bibles to elementary school kids.

The Cumberland County school system says state law limits the practice strictly to high schools and has issued instructions banning it at 54 elementary schools in the metro Fayetteville area. The move comes after a parent complained about the stack of Bibles left in her son's classroom earlier this month. The same parent filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Fayetteville Observer said that while a 1998 court decision allows outside groups to make Bibles available to high school students, the ACLU contends it doesn't apply to elementary kids who might see the practice as promoting Christianity over other religions. The Bibles came from the Gideons, the group best known for supplying Bibles to hotel rooms. Gideons be warned. The ACLU are likely to jail you if you try to share the gospel to kids. What? You thought the Constitution protected freedom of religion? Not according to the ACLU's version. Maybe you should try pro-Palestian, or pro-Communist propaganda. Or maybe install some footbaths to accomadate Muslims. The ACLU seem to think these are protected speech.

The ACLU have a long history of going after the Gideons, but talk about splitting hairs. I thought their argument was based on public schools being government funded. Whats the difference between Elementary and High Schools on that basis? A biased loophole is all. Once again the ACLU lives up to its reputation as America's number one religious censor.

Conservative Belle: I wonder if parents of an elementary school student in NC could sue the state now and claim there is age discrimination by only allowing Bibles for teenagers. They seemed to be the ones now discriminated against. The ACLU is once again picking and choosing their ridiculous battles.

Lobo emails this article on it as well and says: The ACLU also argued that the case did not support Bible distribution in elementary schools. "Those students are impressionable and would likely think that the school was promoting the Bible by making it available," said Katherine Lewis Parker, the legal director for the ACLU of North Carolina.

Is the ACLU admitting that students are "impressionable" when it comes to the Bible but NOT when it involves teaching and advocating Islam in our schools? Or homosexuality? (The ACLU scores really high on the hypocrisy scoreboard!)) The Cumberland County school system says state law limits the practice strictly to high schools and has issued instructions banning it at 54 elementary schools in the metro Fayetteville area. The move comes after a parent complained about the stack of Bibles left in her son's classroom earlier this month. The same parent filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union. The Fayetteville Observer said that while a 1998 court decision allows outside groups to make Bibles available to high school students, the ACLU contends it doesn't apply to elementary kids who might see the practice as promoting Christianity over other religions. Again, the Bibles came from the Gideons, the group best known for supplying Bibles to hotel rooms.

VIA STOPTHEACLU