Friday, September 24, 2010

Perhaps There is Room in China for Girls in the Future

While China's enforcement of the policy on one-child-per-family has resulted in baby girls being abandoned, many of these beautiful darlings have been adopted.  It's rather amazing to me to count how many families I know that found adoption of baby girls in China so much easier than adopting any child at home.  The girls I know are beautiful and have such full happy lives in America.

Will China relax the policy as originally intended?  Or will Chinese men have to leave China within the next several years to find a wife?  Hmmm, just wondering......

On 30th Anniversary of China's One-Child Policy, Former Tiananmen Square Leader Chai Ling Calls for End to Gendercide and Forced Abortions with New 'All Girls Allowed' Initiative

/PRNewswire/ -- Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of China's One-Child Policy, and for millions of girls and mothers affected by its rigid enforcement, the day is anything but a happy occasion. Although most Americans are unaware of the hundreds of millions of deaths and abandonments that have occurred as a result of this policy, one organization is on a mission to both reveal the injustice of this policy and restore value to girls and mothers in China.

All Girls Allowed (AGA) was founded by Chai Ling, two-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and former chief student leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Democracy Movement. The organization supports baby girls in villages with the greatest gender imbalance (sometimes up to 100 girls born for every 130 boys), and spreads awareness of human rights violations and the issue of gendercide.  Visitors to AGA's website can send a baby shower gift to ensure a baby girl has a chance at life, sponsor an orphaned girl's education, sign a pledge to support girls' value, and find resources about the One-Child Policy. From students to celebrities, many have already begun to get involved.

AGA is co-hosting a press conference to discuss this tragic anniversary today on Capitol Hill, featuring Congressman Chris Smith, former political prisoner Harry Wu, AGA founder Chai Ling and Reggie Littlejohn (Women's Rights without Frontiers).

Today in China, an alarming gender imbalance exists.  The Chinese government admits an average of 120 boys are born for every 100 girls.  The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences reports that in 2020, there will be 40 million more young men than women; by comparison, the U.S. has 40 million young men in total. Not surprisingly, China's crime rates and the prevalence of women and child trafficking have risen dramatically.  Many respected economists have begun to voice concern over the volatile state of China's "demographic time bomb", and while the policy was originally set to end on September 25, 2010, it remains in place with very little change.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Declaration Said It, Can You?

Within the Declaration of Independence, the following words are found:

"...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ..."

Note the difference between the wording of the Declaration and the words of our President.

Editing? Hmmmm, just wondering.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Comparing Politicians to a Plumber

"My dear fellow," wrote Robert Louis Stevenson in his last days to a young relative engaged in a hot political canvass, "politics is a vile and bungling business.  I used to think meanly of the plumber; but he shines in comparison with the politician."

Source:  The Pittsburgh Press, 12 Jul 1896

Friday, September 3, 2010

Standing Up for Unemployed Americans

Thought you'd like to see our elected officials who stood up for Americans on the job war.

50 Best Defenders of Jobless Americans

/PRNewswire/ -- In the best spirit of Labor Day, these 50 Members have spent the last two years standing up for the most vulnerable of all American workers - the unemployed. They not only resisted major pressures to increase the flow of foreign labor, they also attempted to reduce immigration quotas (75,000 working-age immigrants every MONTH). And they repeatedly tried to eliminate the job magnet for illegal immigration and to push the 7 million non-agricultural illegal workers out of their jobs to make room for some of the 22 million Americans who want a job but can't find one.

The non-partisan NumbersUSA rates every member on every committee and floor vote and every bill co-sponsorship that would either increase or reduce the foreign workers (legal and illegal) in the country. All actions and the computerized grading calculations are displayed on Those in Congress who do the most to protect American workers in terms of immigration policies receive an A+, while those doing the least receive an F-minus.

The 50 "Defenders" on this list:
-- received the highest grades for their actions during the last two
-- are asking voters to re-elect them to Congress this November

Grassley, Charles (IA)
DeMint, Jim (SC)


Graded A+

King, Steve (IA - 05th)
Bilbray, Brian (CA - 50th)
Boozman, John (AR - 03rd)
Burton, Dan (IN - 05th)
Coffman, Mike (CO - 06th)
Gingrey, Phil (GA - 11th)
Heller, Dean (NV - 02nd)
Marchant, Kenny (TX - 24th)
Mica, John (FL - 07th)
Bartlett, Roscoe (MD - 06th)
Broun, Paul (GA - 10th)
Foxx, Virginia (NC - 05th)
Goodlatte, Robert (VA - 06th)
Linder, John (GA - 07th)
Wittman, Robert J. (VA - 01st)

Graded A

Alexander, Rodney (LA - 05th)
Chaffetz, Jason (UT - 03rd)
McCotter, Thaddeus (MI - 11th)
Myrick, Sue (NC - 09th)
Neugebauer, Randy (TX - 19th)
Price, Tom (GA - 06th)
Rohrabacher, Dana (CA - 46th)
Akin, Todd (MO - 02nd)
Kline, John (MN - 02nd)
Lamborn, Doug (CO - 05th)
Manzullo, Donald (IL - 16th)
Poe, Ted (TX - 02nd)
Smith, Lamar (TX - 21st)
Calvert, Ken (CA - 44th)
Conaway, Mike (TX - 11th)
Fortenberry, Jeff (NE - 01st)
Franks, Trent (AZ - 02nd)
Miller, Candice (MI - 10th)
Moran, Jerry (KS - 01st)
Platts, Todd (PA - 19th)
Bachus, Spencer (AL - 06th)
Bilirakis, Gus (FL - 09th)
Fleming, John (LA - 04th)
Hunter, Duncan D. (CA - 52nd)
Jones, Walter (NC - 03rd)
Posey, Bill (FL - 15th)
Roe, Phil (TN - 01st)

Graded A-minus

Taylor, Gene (MS - 04th)
Miller, Gary (CA - 42nd)
McClintock, Tom (CA - 04th)
Brown, Henry (SC - 01st)
Luetkemeyer, Blaine (MO - 09th)
Olson, Pete (TX - 22nd)

NumbersUSA also announced the "50 Worst Deserters of Jobless Americans."

NumbersUSA is a non-profit and non-partisan organization with more than one million activist members. It was formed in 1996 in part to carry out the recommendations of the bi-partisan U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (chaired by the late Barbara Jordan) which opposed immigration policies that depress wages and job prospects for the most vulnerable members of the national community.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Power of Music During World War II

Have you stopped lately and thought about how music changed so much during World War II?  No matter how much the style or tune changes, there is something about music that can bring us together.

Sometimes, we forget there are two sides in a war, both with soldiers doing the bidding of their country.  Take a quick moment to view this World War II story ---

90-year-old man recounts a remarkable experience he had in WWII.

Thank you to all the men and women who so bravely defend our country.