I am not scared of all the witches, zombies, and assorted goblins wandering about on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.
This is the industry that: mutilates, cages, and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals; feeds carcasses of cats and dogs killed in pounds to chickens; exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages; exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale market prices; punishes documentation of its abuses through unconstitutional “ag-gag” laws; promotes world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals; generates more greenhouse gases than any other human activity; generates more water pollution than any other human activity; creates a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico that dwarfs the BP oil spill; creates deadly antibiotic-resistant pathogens by feeding antibiotics to animals; creates epidemics of Salmonella, Listeria, and other infectious diseases; and promotes mortality from diabetes, heart failure, stroke, cancer, and other diseases.
Now, that’s really scary. And this is why I am dropping animal products from my menu.
In his letter “A biblical argument against abortion,” David Nowak indicates he believes that abortion was not prevalent back in biblical times.
In today’s America, with all our healthcare and scientific knowledge, about 5 million spontaneous abortions occur each year from a population of around 10 million pregnancies.
In the Israelite society of 2000 years ago, sanitation was not toilet paper but rather wipe with one hand and remember to eat with the other. Disease was not related to bacteria and viruses but was considered punishment upon man from the world of the supernatural. When water-borne diseases struck the populace, the reaction was not to boil the water to kill germs but to slit the throat of a goat and smear the blood on any and everything. There was no refrigeration of food and little protection of it from vermin. Producing a live baby in this environment had to have been a real challenge and not a common event. It is highly unlikely they even came close to our 4 live births per 10 pregnancies. The flip side to live births is abortion.
Of course, back then they did not have the chemical problems that trigger the end of so many pregnancies in America. The most common finding from spontaneous abortions is chromosomal damage and Americans are major consumers of chemicals that damage the human chromosome. One issue that seems to be little understood is that the male sperm cell is much more susceptible to chromosomal damage than is the female egg cell.
The most effective way to reduce the total number of abortions in America is to refrain from ingesting chemicals that can alter our chromosomes. This statement applies to both males and females. Thus, Americans who are opposed to abortion should not be consuming tobacco, alcohol, opiates (legal or illegal), and hundreds of other dangerous chemicals. To be true to their beliefs, they should withdraw all financial support for such products.
We do not really know the abortion statistics of 2000 years ago. We do know what’s happening today. We have a lot of people who love to claim they represent the high moral ground for human behavior regarding abortion. My guess is that they are happily consuming the same chemicals that trigger the majority of abortions in America. Some things never change.
Stop the ACA madness
The implementation of the American Care Act that will effect everyone alive today and born tomorrow is right around the corner. I could continue on with how we got here, which party created it and which one didn’t, etc, etc.; those who got waivers/exemptions, etc etc.
The truth is I will be impacted by this law. My wife will be impacted, along with our family and friends. I suspect a large number of you who may read this will be impacted, along with your family and friends.
We have learned a lot these last three weeks about issues with the web site. It has cost us all who pay taxes a lot of money and it does not work. The roll out is embarrassing for all taxpayers who have shared in its cost to date. I’ve learned that the design is contrary to anything I have experienced with websites while shopping for a product.
You must enter your most personal information, all of it, before you can shop for what is available, the services that are covered and comparing costs among those plans. If you choose not to purchase anything, your personal information is in the data base regardless. We are now informed that by creating an account, you have agreed that you are giving up the privacy of your personal information. We are not told with whom the government will or could share that data. Even more disturbing are many reports that the security of this site can be easily compromised and bad people who have very bad intentions can get at your data to serve their purpose. I do not like this at all, and neither should you.
Again, this law effects all alive today and born tomorrow. The law does not care about your political ideology, party affiliation, voting record, gender, sexual preference, race etc. You are known simply by the personal data you gave “the system.” You no longer need to guess if you the person are just a number. You are just a number! Most of you who have no intention of giving your personal information to anyone will have it shared without your consent or knowledge until they make it known to you.
I’m so frustrated we can not get above the politics of this and look at where this is going for all of us. I am sensitive to the social aspect that citizens of the most prosperous country in the world with the best medicine anywhere should have affordable access to that care. That should be the goal.
I am convinced now more than ever that government managing this part of our lives will not work, and it never can. Government can have a role in a number of other things, changing current law, providing incentives to markets and many other ideas.
It is time to stop this madness and rethink what we are doing. We need the best and brightest professional voices in many areas concerning health care leading the debate on solutions. These people are closer to us and actually deal with real life health problems. Our elected officials are not equipped to do that and we are literally putting our lives in the hands of temporarily elected representatives. It’s one thing to have health insurance.
It’s more important to get the health care you need, when you need it from the doctor you choose. At that point decisions made about your care should be between you, your family if need be, and your doctor. Elected or appointed people who simply have your number should have no say what so ever.
You may be fine with that, it does not work for me.
Cheer and Jeers
I am unsure if you have a ‘Cheers and Jeers’ column. This is certainly a ‘Cheers’ letter for a favorite local eatery of many residents in Weatherford.
As chairman of the Wampler Reunion Committee, I want to commend Angie and Richard from R&K Cafe on the superb manner in which they catered our recent reunion dinner. The barbecue was delicious — served with pride and big smiles, and reasonably priced! R&K has catered several functions for me in my home. I have always found them to be most accomodating and their food exceptionally appealing and tasty.
I want to personally applaud R&K Cafe for a job well done. I also want to recommend them to other Parker County residents who might be considering a caterer for an upcoming party of event. Again, many thanks to R&K Cafe for helping to make our reunion a big success!