Archive for May 19th, 2008

New Bible Story Mural Coming Soon

Monday, May 19th, 2008

We have had so many request for the Noah’s Ark Bible Story Mural. I’m happy to say, when I talked to artist Doug Westbrook yesterday, he told me he is planning on having the first mural done by the end of June at the latest. The second one will follow shortly thereafter.
This is by far the most popular mural in the collection and if you have not considered this as an option for your Sunday school, preschool or child’s room, you should do so.
I’ll be sure to let everyone know when Mr. Westbrook is ready to accept orders for this wonderful mural.

Noah's Ark Part 1

Noah's Ark Part 1

See Mr. Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals here.
Bible Story Murals
If your church is looking for a unique way to bring the Word of God to it’s children and young people, take a look at Doug Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals. Each wall sized mural is based on the hand painted originals Mr. Westbrook created at Central Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and represents a different well known Bible story.
They are available on durable vinyl wallpaper for easy installation.

Parents to Sue Maker of Metal Baseball Bats Over Son’s Injury

Monday, May 19th, 2008

As a Little League umpire, I take a special interest any time I see an article concerning a youth baseball issue.
In any game I call, whether in Little League or one of the other area leagues/sports associations, player safety is paramount. I have stopped games on numerous occasions to correct perceived safety concerns. In most of those cases, the coaches look at me like I’m crazy. I even had to eject a coach who, after I asked him to address a safety concern, loudly criticized me about everything I did for the next two innings.
With that said, I want to chime in with my two cents worth about this issue; metal or wood.
Little League has spent a significant amount of money evaluating the safety concerns of wooden bats versus metal bats. Little League says it best with this statement:

“A common misconception is that lighter bats always translate into a baseball being hit harder. This is not the case, because there is a point at which a lighter bat (even though it is swung at a higher speed) does not exert the same force on the pitched ball as a heavier bat does. A simpler way to understand this is to consider a small hammer used to pound a nail: Although the small hammer may be swung with much greater speed, a heavier hammer (swung at a lower speed) will drive the nail with fewer blows because it has more inertia at the point of impact. This is why the non-wood bat manufacturers have agreed to the current standard – so that the non-wood bats perform at a level close to wooden bats, even though a Little Leaguer may be able to swing them faster. … Imposing a wood bat mandate could result in fewer players in the game. A more forgiving bat means more players have a chance for some success and therefore will want to play and enjoy the game.”

According to their records, in 2006, there were 78 reported injuries to pitchers from batted balls. When one takes into account that in a typical year, there are literally hundreds of millions of pitches being made, the number of injuries are negligible.
“Wait a minute”, you say. “That’s my kid out there and he is hardly ‘negligible'”.
I agree. It is hard to see our children get hurt. But there is a certain amount of risk associated with anything our children do. Such simple acts such as riding a bike, playing kickball, soccer or basketball have risk. Basically any physical activity can harm them.
This is where parents come in. If we, as parents, are not comfortable with a situation our children are involved in, then it is up to us to make them stop doing it. It’s called “parental responsibility. It will not make us popular with our children, but sometimes we have to be parents instead of “buddies” and “friends” to our children. Welcome to parenthood.

Now in this case, a Little League ball player, was injured by a batted ball that hit him in the chest and stopping his heart. Although he survived, he has suffered irreversible brain damage.
His parents have been talked into suing the maker of the bat, the sporting goods store that sold it and Little League itself.
Whereas this incident is tragic and horrible, why do the other players in the league and in fact all players associated with Little League have to be punished for it? It was a freak accident, a one in literately a million chance.
There is safety equipment currently on the market to assist in this situation. Here is just one example of one. I don’t have much experience with this item, so don’t think I’m endorsing it, but it is an example of device that could help prevent this type of situation from occurring.
I have seen something like this used before, but it was on a player who had heart surgery at a younger age and his parents felt that he might be less resistant to a hit from a ball.
I know the parents of this young man feel lost and trapped. They never asked for this happen. How tragic. They most certainly have my sympathy.
But is it right to pad the pockets of the lawyers at the expense of other children paying ball? I don’t believe it is.
Since I call games across four different leagues/sports associations, I hear many comments about the likes and dislikes of the “other” leagues. I can say this with complete confidence though:
Little League is more concerned with player safety than any other league I have called for.
Many people cite the principle reason why they leave Little League is because of the “excessive” rules that Little League imposes. But most of these rules are in place to protect the players.
Maybe local churches could step forward and offer to help with the care of this young man. Wouldn’t that be preferable to suing and lining the pockets of the lawyers?
At any rate, let’s continue to pray for this young man and his family.

WAYNE, N.J. — A New Jersey couple, whose son was struck in the chest with a line drive, is planning to sue the maker of a metal baseball bat used in the game.

Two years ago, Steven Domalewski was pitching when the ball slammed into his chest and stopped his heart. He was resuscitated but now has brain damage and is severely disabled.

The family contends metal baseball bats are inherently unsafe for youth games because the ball comes off them much faster than from wooden bats. The lawsuit will also be filed against Little League Baseball and a sporting goods chain that sold the bat.

An attorney says Domalewski will need millions of dollars worth of medical care for the rest of his life.

The bat maker says while it sympathizes with Steven and his family, the bat is not to blame for the injury.

Original Link.
Link to Little League’s “Facts Regarding Non-Wood Bats”.

Cartoons Lead to Arrest of Dutch Artist

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Another European cartoonist in trouble for criticizing Islam. Good free speech, hello dhimmitude.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, May 16 (UPI) — A Dutch cartoonist has been arrested following a lengthy investigation into allegations his work was discriminatory to other races, authorities say.

Radio Netherlands said Friday that the artist, who works under the pseudonym Gregorius Nekschot, was arrested and had a number of his materials seized as part of the ongoing investigation.

The investigation into Nekschot, who has kept his identity hidden since 2005, was initially brought about after an imam complained about the artist’s works.

The imam alleged the works were insulting and discriminatory against both Muslims and individuals of other races, Radio Netherlands said.

The radio report said while Nekschot was released one day after Tuesday’s arrest, Parliamentary Member Boris van der Ham has questioned why the cartoonist was arrested for his “extremely controversial” works.

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President Actually Criticizes Islamic Countries for Human Rights Violations

Monday, May 19th, 2008

President Bush actually took a firm tone with Islamic countries over their dismal human rights records during his speech to the World Economic Forum.
Of course we see the usual headlines from the mainstream media like this:
“Bush Lectures Arab World on Political Reform, Women’s Rights”.
We also see comments like this:
“Bush took a strikingly tougher tone with Arab nations than he did with Israel in a speech Thursday to the Knesset. Israel received effusive praise from the president while Arab nations heard a litany of U.S. criticisms mixed with some compliments.”
No media bias here…yeah right!!

There are people who claim that democracy is incompatible with Islam. But the truth is that democracies, by definition, make a place for people of religious belief. America is one of the most — is one of the world’s leading democracies, and we’re also one of the most religious nations in the world. More than three-quarters of our citizens believe in a higher power. Millions worship every week and pray every day. And they do so without fear of reprisal from the state. In our democracy, we would never punish a person for owning a Koran. We would never issue a death sentence to someone for converting to Islam. Democracy does not threaten Islam or any religion. Democracy is the only system of government that guarantees their protection.

Some say any state that holds an election is a democracy. But true democracy requires vigorous political parties allowed to engage in free and lively debate. True democracy requires the establishment of civic institutions that ensure an election’s legitimacy and hold leaders accountable. And true democracy requires competitive elections in which opposition candidates are allowed to campaign without fear or intimidation.

Too often in the Middle East, politics has consisted of one leader in power and the opposition in jail. America is deeply concerned about the plight of political prisoners in this region, as well as democratic activists who are intimidated or repressed, newspapers and civil society organizations that are shut down, and dissidents whose voices are stifled. The time has come for nations across the Middle East to abandon these practices, and treat their people with dignity and the respect they deserve. I call on all nations to release their prisoners of conscience, open up their political debate, and trust their people to chart their future. (Applause.)

Original Link to “President Bush Attends World Economic Forum”.
Original Link to “Bush Lectures Arab World on Political Reform, Women’s Rights”.

Al Gore Compares Global Warming Fight to World War II Fascism

Monday, May 19th, 2008

The Commander-in-Chief of the Global Warming Alarmist, Al Gore himself, has decided to equate the flight to con everyone into believing in man made global warming to World War 2. How anyone can “walk” on graves of our veterans in order to score political points in favor of a half-baked theory is beyond me. The mere fact that he has to use this type of rhetoric in order to push his agenda should call the whole “man made global warming” theory into serious question.

PITTSBURGH — Former Vice President Al Gore on Sunday told graduates of Carnegie Mellon University they could become part of the next “hero generation” in American history by solving environmental problems.

In a commencement address before a record crowd of about 10,000 people, the Nobel laureate said there had already been two “special generations” of Americans: the one that founded the country and the one that defeated fascism during World War II.

“You, I hope and expect, will be called upon to be part of the third hero generation in American history,” by countering the threat of global warming, he said.

“We face a planetary emergency,” Gore said. “The concentrations of global warming pollution have been rising at an unprecedented pace and have now given the planet a fever.”

Carnegie Mellon had provided “great leadership in confronting what I regard as the most serious crisis our civilization has ever confronted,” partly by becoming a major buyer of retail wind power, he said.

Alternative energy sources such as the sun and wind can replace fossil fuels, Gore said, but “we need one ingredient that you represent. We need political will; we need your dedication; we need your hearts.”

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Study Refutes Link Between Global Warming and Hurricanes

Monday, May 19th, 2008

There you have it. It’s really easy to “just say no” to global warming alarmist.

WASHINGTON — Global warming isn’t to blame for the recent jump in hurricanes in the Atlantic, concludes a study by a prominent federal scientist whose position has shifted on the subject.

Not only that, warmer temperatures will actually reduce the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic and those making landfall, research meteorologist Tom Knutson reported in a study released Sunday.

In the past, Knutson has raised concerns about the effects of climate change on storms. His new paper has the potential to heat up a simmering debate among meteorologists about current and future effects of global warming in the Atlantic.

Ever since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, hurricanes have often been seen as a symbol of global warming’s wrath. Many climate change experts have tied the rise of hurricanes in recent years to global warming and hotter waters that fuel them.

Another group of experts, those who study hurricanes and who are more often skeptical about global warming, say there is no link. They attribute the recent increase to a natural multi-decade cycle.

What makes this study different is Knutson, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fluid dynamics lab in Princeton, N.J.

He has warned about the harmful effects of climate change and has even complained in the past about being censored by the Bush administration on past studies on the dangers of global warming.

He said his new study, based on a computer model, argues “against the notion that we’ve already seen a really dramatic increase in Atlantic hurricane activity resulting from greenhouse warming.”

The study, published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, predicts that by the end of the century the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic will fall by 18 percent.

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