Monday, September 7, 2009

Soylent Green anyone?

( – Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has advocated a policy under which the government would "presume" someone has consented to having his or her organs removed for transplantation into someone else when they die unless that person has explicitly indicated that his or her organs should not be taken.

This goes to the philosophy that people are subjects and property of the state and not free citizens. It seems that some not only want to tell you how to live your life, they want to tell you what will happen to you body once you die. We already have the right to donate organs even if our love ones objects. Some in government want to take our organs just because we forgot to object when we were alive.

I wouldn’t want to be young and healthy and be a perfect match to someone rich and powerful who needed a transplant. Won’t a national healthcare registry be helpful when they go organ shopping. I’m just kidding.

By the way, will there be a box to mark saying that you don’t want to be made into Soylent Green?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Shame on them

Is it time to sit down and write an angry email to the head of the Associated Press? Read on and then you decide.

USMC Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard lay mortally wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade attack. He was bleeding to death through his severed leg. The embedded A.P. photographer thought it appropriate to take his picture.

The A.P. decided to splash the photo in newspapers across the nation to show the horrors of war even thought the Secretary of State Gates and the Joshua’s father begged them not to.
Where is the respect for the fallen hero’s? Where is the concern for the family’s loss? What ever happened to common decency?

With a simple email to reading "Bernard photo-Shame on you", you can send a message that this is not acceptable.

If you agree, forward this after sending your email. Maybe if they receive a couple of hundred emails they might think twice the next time.

Not #1 in the nation as of now.

My son-in-law, the husband of my youngest daughter, purchased all three pay-per-view Big Red games. Then he invited me over for supper and the game. He's really building up points. Two things I really like if free food and football.

If you didn't get to see the game, you missed a good one. Nebraska may not be a #1 in the nation team yet but they appeared to be better than last year's team that went 9-3. There is room for improvement and they will need a good game next week to get in shape for VT. I believe that there is a good chance that they will beat one or maybe two of the teams that they aren't suppose to this year.

There were plenty of young talent in the game on both sides of the ball. Kody Green has a set of wheels that just don't stop. "Superman" Burkhead looks to be the next great back after Helu. I think that they will be a powerful tandem this year if they continue to improve.

The young defensive backs showed a lot of promise. We had three take aways that could easily been five but for a penalty and a dropped interception. That puts us at plus two for the year and game. I believe that we finished -11 last year. I think I saw a stat that said that we were -35 for the past five years. It's hard to win games with those kinds of turnover stats.

I don't know if we will move up in the rankings as the teams that lost might just drop down but remain above us.