January 2013

Russia has more than 654,000 children not in parental custody. About 128,000 of them are eligible for adoption, most living in orphanages. 

from WORLD | Fewer fathers for the fatherless | Tiffany Owens | Jan. 29, 2013.

I am not familiar with adoption “statistics”, but those numbers are big.


Average spending for the federal budget as a percent of GDP from Eisenhower through Bush was 20.0%.  In its first year, the Obama administration blew out the budget to 25% of GDP.  That was when the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress.  In order to lock in the 2009 level of spending, which included the allegedly temporary stimulus, the Senate has not passed a budget since April 2009, even though the Budget Act of 1974 requires it to do so every year (making Harry Reid a scofflaw). 

The whole article is worth a gander.

A couple of weeks later, around the same time of night, two young men knocked on my door, and it was the same story: Their car wouldn’t start, and they wanted to come in and use my phone. When I told them to leave they started getting aggressive and argumentative. When I realized they were going to come in anyway, I showed them my handgun and sent them on their way. A very short time later, these same kids cut the throats of two Dartmouth professors who had allowed them into their home. These kids decided they wanted to go to Australia, and they were going to kill and rob anyone they could get their hands on to get there. When they were caught and debriefed by the cops, it turned out someone else in town had run them off with a weapon as well.

Just sharing.

From True North Reports: http://truenorthreports.com/north-bennington-gets-the-green-light-for-independent-school This could be a good thing for parents, students, and education in Vermont if it leads to more choice for parents and a little healthy competition in the education market.

So, this story isn’t a big deal, but it should make you think a little bit. Why won’t Gregory be prosecuted? He evidently broke the (local) law! If we value the law and the ordering effect that it has on our lives, then shouldn’t he at least be prosecuted even if there is no serious consequence? Of course, if there is no serious consequence, then how important is this law? Or think about it this way: what if it wasn’t someone famous and “respected” like David Gregory? Wouldn’t they be prosecuted without prejudice? Doesn’t his possession of an illegal magazine of ammunition prove how easy it would be for someone to procure such an item? Especially someone who is not particularly motivated to abide by laws to begin with? But back to my first point…if there is a law worth having – for whatever reason, be it deterrence, behavior control, safety, etc. – shouldn’t that law also be worth prosecuting? I’m not particularly interested in talking about gun issues here. I’m talking about living by, and respecting the rule of law. Without intending to exaggerate, if we are already violating “minor” laws here and there, then aren’t we already (ignorantly, perhaps) in danger of flaunting the rule of law and saying, by our actions, that we don’t care for the rule of law? What is the difference between breaking a minor law versus a major law? If you’ve broken the law, you’ve broken the law! Sure, the consequences ought to measure the difference between the minor and the major, but the basic principle is not affected: you broke the law! We don’t really like to think about that. Instead we focus our energies on how other people break more serious laws than we do – the robbers, thieves, murderers, the corrupt, the rich tax cheat, etc. Then we compare ourselves to those folks and give ourselves a pass on the judgment of the law. What a mistake that is! It will likely only lead to an increased desensitization toward the law. There is a better Way, but you can’t legislate it. It is Grace, and it is up to each individual to choose for themselves. It can’t be decided for them. But for how we live together and encourage peace, I believe the law has a role and is vitally inportant. For my two cents, a lot could be done if we looked at reducing our laws and regulations to make living in compliance and respect a more attractive possibility. No charges for NBC host for on-air ammunition clip, http://fxn.ws/11nJFrh – Sent via the FOX News Android App.

While 13 is a prime number, 2013 is not. Here are the whole numbers by which you can exactly divide 2013:


I hope I didn’t miss any.