Thursday, April 10, 2008

Interesting News

1. "American Idol" gives Fox Tuesday win - 13 hours ago
Fox won the night with 17.8 million viewers, but flagship show "American Idol" (24 million viewers) was off from 26.1 million last week, continuing its ...

I am really surprised at this! You would think that the audience level for "Idol Gives Back" would be at an equal level since so many stars appeared on the show's special! Perhaps people have more interest in rising stars rather than current stars? But Miley Cyrus of "Hannah Montana" fame was on the show! You would think that all of her fans would be watching!

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2. Found this article called Reshaping Attitudes: Mass Media Changes Along with the News via Adam Housley's blog. The chart surprised me a bit. I thought that by now, people getting their news via the internet would surpass getting news via newspapers.

This morning, Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer interviewed two men who were describing the The Grid may render the Web obsolete.

Excerpt:


The birthplace of the Web, Cern, which is based near Geneva, is now busy working on "the grid" that boasts speeds nearly 10,000 times faster than a typical Broadband connection, and that may soon render the Web obsolete.

The grid computing project was started around seven years ago by researchers at Cern. They claim "the grid" is so fast it is capable of sending the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds.

With that kind of computing power, future generations will be able to collaborate and communicate in ways that older people cannot even imagine, said Professor of Physics at Glasgow University and leading light of the project.

Scientists at Cern intend to activate "the grid" this summer alongside what they term as 'red button day' when they will switch on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) or the new particle accelerator built to probe the origin of the Universe.


The scary part of that 'red button day' is what one of the men interviewed said about switching on the Large Hadron Collider at the end of the segment. He said (paraphrased here) 'we shall see if it works...that is...if we don't blow ourselves up first!'

Eeek!!

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3. In a related matter to my previous post, we have, yet again, another case of homosexual "rights" verses Christian parental rights concerning children. Please read the following email that I received from Concerned Women for America Legistative Action Committee.


PARENTAL RIGHTS AND VIRGINIA'S MARRIAGE AMENDMENT AT RISK


Come join us for a Prayer Rally, April 17, 2008, 8:00 a.m. at the Old Bell Tower, Capitol Square, Richmond, Virginia (located at the corner of Bank and 9th Streets).

A press conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Old Bell Tower following the hearing.

On Thursday, April 17, 2008, the Virginia Supreme Court will hear the Lisa Miller case (details below). The Court will hear the arguments at 9:00 a.m.

Will the Virginia Supreme Court uphold Virginia's Marriage Amendment and Defense of Marriage Act, or will the Court declare that Vermont has jurisdiction and our laws are unconstitutional? Which state's laws will prevail - Virginia's or Vermont's? Will same-sex marriage and civil unions become the law of the United States because of this case? If this concerns you, get involved. The future of marriage in our state is at stake.

CWA of Virginia is calling all Virginians to prayer and action! Please join us at the Old Bell Tower on Thursday, April 17.

THE LISA MILLER CASE:

Would you want your six-year-old daughter subjected to court-ordered week-long visitations with a woman she hasn't seen since she was 2 years old - a woman who is neither her mother nor her grandmother but a woman who is not related to her in any way?

What would you do if you were threatened with losing custody of your daughter if you did not follow the court’s directives perfectly?

This case involves Lisa Miller and six-year-old Isabella. Your parental rights are being put in jeopardy - as are Virginia's Marriage Amendment and Defense of Marriage Act - as Virginia's laws are pitted against the liberal laws of the state of Vermont.

Lisa was and is a Virginia resident. She and another woman went to Vermont to enter into a civil union. They returned to Virginia and Lisa conceived a child - Isabella. Lisa became a Christian, left the relationship, and dissolved the civil union in Vermont. Now the other woman wants visitation and sole custody, while Lisa is the rightful, legitimate mother of Isabella. The other woman never adopted Isabella, nor did she want to do so.

The Vermont Courts have ordered visitation under very specific terms and conditions, and if those conditions are not met by Lisa, then the Court will award sole custody to the other woman. Visitation includes weekend visits in Vermont - a logistical nightmare for a gainfully employed Lisa and a first grader.

Earlier, Virginia's lower court ruled in Vermont's favor, which resulted in this case being appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court. The Court will hear the oral arguments in this case on Thursday, April 17.

Again, please join us on April 17 for the Prayer Rally at 8 a.m. and the press conference at 10 a.m.

Sincerely,

Janet Robey
State Director
Concerned Women for America of Virginia


Please join me in keeping this situation heavily covered in prayer!

In Christ,

Christine

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4. Why am I not the least bit surprised that the Media is Having a Field Day Playing Favorites!

Excerpt:

“The media love Obama,” she said. “If you want to do a critical story about him, you are considered by the network to be biased.”

In an online parody of the coverage of Obama, the Media Research Center made up a story describing an appearance by NBC’s Lee Cowan on CNN’s Larry King Live. Cowan confessed how nervous he was to be assigned to cover the senator.

“I wondered would I be able to do him justice?” the parody quoted Cowan as saying. “Would I ever be able to express the way the edges of his mouth curl up ever so slightly when he laughs?”

Other media contacts pointed out how the racial aspect of the Rev. Wright story scared journalists away. In fact, I received many e-mails accusing me of being a racist. Despite the sensitivity, Chris Ruddy, CEO and editor in chief of Newsmax, never flinched.


According to pollsters, largely as a result of the stories about Wright, Obama’s double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton in national polls vanished for a time. At the same time, John McCain shot up in the polls. If the media had picked up the stories on Wright earlier, Obama very likely would have come out behind Hillary in the primaries.

Having come from the mainstream media, I am often asked why the media is so corrupt. In part because they don’t want to cut off cooperation, the media have always been afraid to run stories that are deeply damaging to a candidate who is a favorite of liberal reporters and editors. But when I was at the Washington Post during the Watergate period and later, we would have been fired for writing some of the unfair stories that routinely run today against Republicans.

Competition from cable networks and the internet has contributed to the frenzy to write irresponsible stories. But I cannot explain why a herd mentality seems to have convinced journalists that they can get away with covering the campaign in a slanted, partisan way.

In fact, they can’t: The marketplace is holding the mainstream media accountable. While competition from the internet has been the biggest factor, the decline of what Laura Ingraham calls the “dinosaur media” is in part because readers simply don’t trust it.

2 comments:

Arlen said...

Christine,

Pretty scary for Lisa. Wish Solomon was on the bench...

Blessings to you,
Arlen

Scott said...

Unfortunately the Constitution of the United States is not on Lisa's side.

Article IV, Section 1:

"Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof."

What Lisa is trying to do via Virginia is unconstitutional. Virginia has to recognize Vermont's judicial act.

This is why social conservatives are trying to get the FMA into the Constitution. They know that the 1996 DOMA would likely fall under Supreme Court review but it hasn't been tested yet.