"The days of Noah"

Are we there yet?

by Edward Langenback

© 03/17/04

One of the sure indicators of the last days was give by Jesus Himself in Matthew 24:37, "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

In Genesis if you read the story of Noah and the flood, you get a picture of a world gone insane. People's thoughts were 'Only evil continually' and as a result, something like moral standards faded away into obscurity.

This first story has two edges to it. First it is refreshing to see that there is still some level of morality and standards of decency. On the other hand, I cannot help but wonder why it's taken this much time and the huge media fiasco about the "Wardrobe Malfunction" to get anyone to put enough attention on this matter to get the fines raised. I have to ask "Why were these fines not raised several times over the years since they were put in place?"

On the other hand, isn't it sad that we need such fines in the first place?
House Passes Indecency Fine Increases

Mar 12, 3:35 AM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Angered by what they called an increasing coarseness on over-the-air television and radio, House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to raise the maximum fine for broadcasters and personalities who air indecent material.

The House on Thursday voted to set the maximum fine for both broadcasters and entertainers at $500,000 per indecent incident, up from $27,500 for license holders and $11,000 for personalities.

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Of course, lately there's been another media / political circus going on. The question of 'Gay Marraige' and the increasing acceptance of homosexuality in modern society.

Gay Lawmaker: GOP Using Diversion Tactics

Mar 12, 5:00 PM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the first openly lesbian member of Congress, is accusing Republicans of pushing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to divert attention from their record on other issues.

"One very significant reason for the emergence of this issue and its endorsement by President Bush is that other Republican policies are in trouble," Baldwin, D-Wis., said in telephone interview Friday. "There is an enormous desire to deflect the public's attention from massive job loss that is occurring, and the tragic loss of life of American servicemen and women in Iraq."

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Perhaps what we should do is support a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman and also take a good look at where *Both* sides stand on the issues of the upcoming election

While we're at it, we can sadly wonder why we have to take the step to explicitly create a legal definition of something that should be considered obvious to anyone.

I realize that the fight against terrorism is important and that advanced tools are needed to wage that fight. Yet in the eagerness to win, we dare not forget to make sure that the privacy and rights of ordinary citizens is protected. This item leaves me asking "Why were projects aimed at protecting citizens' privacy allowed to be eliminated?" and "Who in the Bush administation is responsible for allowing that to happen?"

AP: Congress Let Privacy Protections Die

Mar 14, 1:30 PM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Congress curtailed Pentagon research it feared would ensnare innocent Americans in the terrorism fight, it also allowed the Bush administration to eliminate two projects to protect citizens' privacy from futuristic tools.

As a result, the government is quietly pressing ahead with research into high-powered computer data-mining technology without the two most advanced privacy protections developed for those terror-fighting tools.

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