Thursday, April 30, 2009

My Thoughts concerning the Swine Flu

It's happening again - the media is in overdrive over something. This time it's the swine flu scare.

1. How many people get the regular flu every year?
Answer: about 5% to 20% of US residents get the flu yearly.

2. How many people die from the regular flu every year?
Answer: about 36,000 die yearly from the flu.

3. How many schools do we close down for the regular flu every year?
Answer: None that I know of.

I'm not saying that I don't care about this swine flu - I am moderately concerned and am taking precautions to make sure we don't get it. But if this virus is so bad - I have a suggestion: Close the borders! After all, this flu is being traced back to Mexico.

But everyone is tiptoeing around this because they don't want to offend LULAC - But how many people over in the US are illegal's and have spread this flu?

There are many people that are over here illegally. I see them every day at school, in my neighborhood, on the street corner. Do I mind people coming to the United States? No - not at all, but they need to do it the legal way. But we turn our heads as they come pouring over the border. And now, according to the media, there is a pandemic on our hands that might have been prevented if we would not make it so easy for people to get across the border.

Just some thoughts - maybe I'm wrong, but then again, maybe I'm right!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Stink Bombs, Sri Lanka, Outerspace...

Okay, you're probably wondering - what in the world do stink bombs, Sri Lanka, and Outer Space have in common? One very interesting field trip.

I took the day off to spend the day with Sarah going on a field trip to UTA. But,it started out very interesting this morning. When I got to Sarah's homeroom class, I noticed one of the trouble makers showing someone a cigarette lighter. Turns out the kid not only had a lighter, but smoke bombs and stink bombs. Thank God, he didn't set them off or start a fire. And he is most likely going to Turning Point, an alternative school for kids like this.

After that was taken care of I followed the sixth grade class to the waiting yellow buses. Now folks, believe it or not, I have never been on a school bus before! So that was exciting in itself. (I know - I'm easily entertained)

So, off to UTA we go. When we got there, we were escorted to a ballroom that had been turned into an exhibit hall. There were many different cultural exhibits there along with a band of college students that played music from India. It was very interesting and Sarah & I even got to dress in a Bangledash outfit as you can see in the photos.

Next we visitied the planetarium. During the program however, I wanted to start quoting Genesis 1 because the whole movie was based upon the big bang theory (I didn't capitalize on purpose because it doesn't deserve to be capitalized). To think that a universe could just create itself is so ridiculous. There is no way that something could just come together and be perfectly created without a Creator. Louie Gigleo - "How Great is our God" brings the greatness of God down to our size. God created a universe so big, my mind cannot even comprehend it and He's bigger than that! I would hate to think that I just "happened". No, God created us in His image.

So, there's my field trip story. And here's some pictures to show for it!