The American plot to take over Russia

Russian state television’s coverage of the Winter Olympics was interrupted–ironically, during the  ice dancing event in which the USA took the gold medal–by an 85-minute program claiming that the United States is involved in a vast conspiracy to take over and occupy Russia by means of instilling “treason.”  I remember being told that they did that to us[Read more…]

“Fish in the afternoon, criticize after dinner”

At the findings that Obamacare will take over 2 million jobs out of the economy, Democrats have been saying this is a good thing:  Now, people will no longer have to work at unfulfilling jobs just to keep their health insurance.  Charles Krauthammer takes up this mindset and throws in a great quote from Karl Marx. [Read more…]

Revolution in Ukraine

Pro-Russian government forces in the Ukraine have attacked pro-Democracy protesters in Kiev, but they are fighting back with Molotov cocktails and improvised weapons.  Other cities are rising up in support.  Details and a live feed from the Kiev town square, the epicenter of the violence. [Read more…]

Why the family & the church are prior to the state

In the context of a discussion of the movie The Wolf of Wall Street,  Dr. Jack Kilcrease discusses Luther’s concept of the “Orders of Creation” (in each of which we have vocations).  God established the family (the marriage of Adam & Eve) and the church (ordering His relationship with Adam & Eve) BEFORE the Fall.  God established the state AFTER the Fall, as a response to human sin, which now needs to be restrained for society to be possible.   Thus, the church and the family are more basic to human existence in God’s design than the state.  When these orders get confused–as when the state takes the place of the church and the family–trouble ensues. [Read more…]

The 68,000 things that can send you to a doctor

There is a reference book used in the medical professions and the insurance industry called the International Classification of Diseases.  It gives a code for the various diagnoses.  Insurance companies and the government Medicare administrators can set a price for each affliction so as to determine reimbursement rates.

The previous 9th edition had some 14,000 entries.  The new 10th edition has 68,000.  And they are really specific:

  • getting struck or bitten by a turkey (W61.42 or W61.43)
  • injuries caused by squirrels (W53.21)
  • getting hit by a motor vehicle while riding an animal (V80.919)
  • spending too much time in a deep-freeze refrigerator (W93.2)

 

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No state ban on gay marriage has been upheld

A federal judge overturned Virginia’s state constitution that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.  The story, linked after the jump, points out that thus far federal judges have thrown out ALL state bans on gay marriage where the issue has been litigated.  The Supreme Court threw out the Defense of Marriage Act in part, it was said, because that imposes a federal law that prevents states from deciding what they want marriage to be, saying that such issues should be left up to the states.  But in reality, states are not allowed by federal courts to determine their marriage laws at all. [Read more…]