Monday mornings are typically fairly interesting for me, because I get to dig through all the news from the weekend. Sleepy from a busy Sunday (my “day of rest” ends up being exhausting!), I love sitting in my pj’s, “Dora the Explorer” and toddler noises in the background, reading the news. This was a particularly interesting morning:

  • Leading Southern Baptists Embrace “Climate Change” On Baptist Creation Care’s website you can see policy statements, information, and signatures of those Southern Baptists who have decided to jump on the (sinking) “global warming” ship. From the site: “Though the claims of science are neither infallible nor unanimous, they are substantial and cannot be dismissed out of hand on either scientific or theological grounds. Therefore, in the face of intense concern and guided by the biblical principle of creation stewardship, we resolve to engage this issue without any further lingering over the basic reality of the problem or our responsibility to address it.” While I can’t disagree that it is important to care for our planet, there is nothing close to consensus on the climate change issue. I find it terribly interesting that these SB’s are jumping on the bandwagon with the same people who claim “scientific consensus” on Darwinian evolution – will these Southern Baptists next start denying creation?
  • IRS Spending $42 million Sending Out “Rebate Letters” In a glorious example of government waste, the IRS will be spending $42 million mailing letters to taxpayers who filed in 2006, letting them know that they might be getting a rebate thanks to the Economic Stimulus Package this year. This does not include the cost of letters going out to those who didn’t file returns in 2006, but may still be eligible for a rebate. I can see it now: “Dear Taxpayer: This letter is to inform you that we, your government, have wasted untold sums of money this year and decided to waste a bit more so that, in case you’ve been under a rock for the last several months, we could let you know that you might possibly be eligible to get some money from us. That check you receive clearly would not be enough of an indication that you were receiving a ‘rebate,’ and we were afraid you might get confused and send it back or something.” Brilliant.
  • Kentucky Lawmaker Aims to Make Anonymous Internet Posting Illegal Kentucky Congressman Tim Couch filed a bill that would make posting anonymously on the internet illegal. In order to post comments or any other information on the internet, one would have to register his/her full name, address, and email address to that site and the poster’s full name would appear with the comment. Not only would such a measure cost web companies unimaginable amounts of money in man hours in order to update their sites with such capabilities, it would also effectively put a choke hold on the internet. The internet is different than speaking on the street, in a public meeting, or even being published in a magazine. Nearly everyone has access and, therefore, privacy is at a minimum. I often use a “screen name,” separate email address, or other information in order to post on the web. This is simply because I don’t necessarily want some psychopath knowing who I am and where I live – just in case I make him angry. It’s a safety issue. When literally billions of people have access to what you’re saying, it’s sometimes a good idea not to give everyone a key to your front door. Anonymous posting on the internet is an important feature of the technology, and my hope is that Couch’s bill is killed. Quickly.
  • California’s Homeschool Ban Sparks Controversy In addition to my brilliant take on California’s effective ban on homeschooling, the “Intellectual Conservative” posted a couple of interesting articles on the subject: “It Takes a Village to Raise and Idiot: California’s Take on Parental Rights” and “Homeschooling Poses a Threat to the State.”
  • Rob Russell to Run for Congress I found out this morning that my old boss at the ETSU Writing and Communication Center is running for Congress in Tennessee’s First Congressional District. As a Democrat. I told him, as I added him as a friend on Myspace, that, while there’s roughly a snowball’s chance in hell that I’ll vote for him, as he is basically my political antithesis, because I’m such a political junkie and support involvement in the process, good for him for running. Even if he is on the wrong side of nearly every issue.