Read All About It

While reading the story in the Chicago Tribune about the plight of the Patriarchate in Constantinople (H/T to Elizabeth), I saw a link to story out of Los Angeles about a woman suing Kraft Foods for fraud because Kraft Dips Guacamole don’t contain enough avocado.

Free registration is required to read either story, but it’s worth it.

Through the Bible

Today is the 30th anniversary of the first time I completed reading the Bible from cover to cover.

Okay, it was the Living Bible, so you can decide for yourself whether it counts as legitimate. I was only 12 years old, so you might want to give me a break.

It is also my grandfather’s 114th birthday, though he has now been reposed for over 43 years, so we didn’t have a party.

I started my journey through the Taylor paraphrase of the Holy Writ on my grandmother’s birthday (March 20) and finish on my grandfather’s. I don’t remember that I particularly intended it that way, but it has made it easy to remember ever since.

Making a Killing

Britain’s largest provider of abortions, bpas (formerly known as the British Pregnancy Advisory Service) is pushing to change the law in this country requiring that two doctors sign off on the killing. With one in three women expected to kill a baby at some point in their life, one doctor should be enough.

Though the number of women and doctors ripping unborn children from the womb is increasing, a recent Mori poll has shown the tide of opinion shifting against them. Fewer people favour the right to premeditated muder. When asked about “social abortions”, where termination is not for medical reasons (the disability of the child or the danger to mother), 44% of women approved and 42% disapproved. If they are looking for a majority favouring a woman’s right to choose, they have to look to men, but they better look quick, with only 51% of men approving and 34% disapproving.

It is much easier for men to favour abortion. They are the real winners. After all, they don’t have to live with having killed a life they have nutured inside of them. And they have avoided responsibility. Better to have paid £485 for an abortion than 18 years of child support. Even if the mother can’t be convinced until a month after the baby is viable outside the womb, £1260 is still a small price to pay – and that’s if you can’t get the mother to pony up some of the cost. It is half her fault, after all.

Surely someone who can pressure a mother to kill her child can squeeze a bit of cash out her as well. Short on cash? bpas takes, Switch, Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Solo, and cheques (supported by a valid cheque guarantee card, of course). So many ways to pay! After all, when you provide 50,000 contract killings each year, you have to be flexible.

If you’ve ever wondered how much a life is worth in this country, bpas have published a price list. If you find yourself escaping from the Catholic laws and society of Ireland, don’t worry about having to change your money. bpas prices are in Euros as well.

Many Years

Today is Mrs H’s birthday.

May God grant her many more years!

Apologies

Tony Blair is going to apologise tomorrow.

Not for the NHS. Not for the downward spiral called education. Not for under-equpping the troops in Iraq. Not for de-sanctifying marriage. Not for selling peerages. Not for screwing up the country.

No, Tony is going to apologise for slavery.

Now as far as I know, he’s never owned any. I don’t think he even has any ancestors who’ve owned any. He’s never led a Government that has allowed any. Admittedly, he is leading it toward totalitarianism, so soon we may all be slaves. But he’s not apologising for that, either.

He’s apologising for the slave trade that was abolished nearly 200 years ago. He will express “deep sorrow” for Britain’s role, condemn its existence utterly, and say how profoundly shameful it was.

However, he won’t make it in a parliamentary statement nor will it be issued by the Queen. Because he hasn’t met the demand for one or the other, as with most of his other apologies, it won’t be good enough for the people who want it. Kofi Mawuli Klu, leader of the campaign for an apology, said the Government’s failure to apologise properly which was “adding insult to injury”.

But Kofi Mawuli Klu doesn’t just want an apology. As the Joint Coordinator of Rendezvous of Victory he wants reparations. That’s precisely why Whitehall advisers made sure he didn’t get the inch. They know he wants the mile.

Badly Well Done

As I have been marking Year 11 mock GCSE exams, I have been amazed at how well they have done and how poorly, at the same time. The same students, I mean.

For the most part, the students are getting the marks I expected. However, the grade banding that was used last summer for this exam is unbelievable. I only takes 31 marks out of 43 to get an A. 72%. 22 marks or 51% to get a C. And the exam itself couldn’t get any easier. (I say that and the exam board will prove me wrong.)

As much as I want my students to do well, it almost pains me to put B’s and C’s on papers that just a couple of years ago would have been D’s and E’s. I have been putting B’s on papers where I could honestly say the student demonstrated very little comprehension of what he or she learned last year. But I know that’s what the exam board gave similar sets of answers this summer.

Soon we shall have students with completely empty brains processed through a queue and stamped “Grade A” on their foreheads, then sent out into the world of work or dole.

Cause for Thanks

Though the official national celebrations owe much to the instigations of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt, and not so much to the Pilgrim Fathers, in the spirit of civic unity may I wish all Americans wherever they are a Happy Thanksgiving.

We are particularly thankful that Aidan’s tooth has been filled. Mrs H managed to get him into an NHS clinic and get the tooth taken care of, even as the dentist was saying it was quite irregular as he should have to wait 18 months for treatment. She even wrangled a white filling for him, rather than the NHS preferred mercury fillings that are illegal in some EU countries due to proven health risks.

Though the dentist would not do both cavities at the same time – only the one that was actually causing pain – Mrs H also managed to get an appointment for the other one as soon as February. February 2007, that is, not even February 2008 or 2009 as might normally be expected.