View 735 Friday, August 03, 2012
It’s time for my walk, but I have this:
Government seizure of children
Perhaps I can add to your recently acquired knowledge of Dr. Michael Farris by pointing you to some resources. Briefly, Dr. Farris is one of God’s gifts to American parents in this century.
You frequently comment on the disaster of government schooling, as well you should, for it is leading us into the new dark age you often mention. In response to that disaster, Michael Farris was a pioneer in the home schooling movement.
Dr. Farris was a founder and is now chairman and general counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He is also founding president and now chancellor of Patrick Henry College in Virginia. In his spare time, between writing more than a dozen books on history, constitutional law, and education, he wrote 3 novels.
"Education Week" named Dr. Farris one of the "Top 100 Faces in Education of the 20th Century." The Heritage Foundation awarded him its Salvatori Award for American Citizenship.
As for the Home School Legal Defense Association, anyone doing home schooling should be a member of HSLDA for the protection of their children and their rights as parents. HSLDA stands in the doorway between you and the cops and social workers who come to seize your children and grandchildren.
You can learn more about HSLDA at
Dr. Farris’s work as an attorney with HSLDA is described at http://www.hslda.org/about/staff/attorneys/Farris.asp
His position at Patrick Henry College is described at http://www.phc.edu/chancellor_main.php
He introduces a 25-part course on America’s constitution at http://www.constitutionreclaimed.com/
As for the incident in State College that caught your attention, you should not be surprised. It is not surprising that the child was taken by the government. Neither is it surprising that the "mainstream media" ignored the incident. The government works hard every day to seize both physical and mental control of America’s children. The battle has escalated as the United Nations seeks even greater control. For an introduction to that issue, see http://www.parentalrights.org/
Which is good credential presentation but still doesn’t give me the details of what really happened in the State College, Pennsylvania hospital incident, and I am still puzzled as to why a flock of hungry lawyers have not descended on the town: a mother separated from her child by force, forced to sleep in a parking lot and called in at intervals to breast feed her newborn: it is a story most journalists would kill for, and when I thought I was going to be a lawyer I would have prayed for the opportunity to plead such a case. Against a Penn State institution! At this time!
But I Google in vain. And that is puzzling. We have a clear case of kidnapping, abuse of authority, incompetence, malfeasance – perhaps the Attorney General of the United States is suppressing the investigation?
For those who don’t know what this is about, http://www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosmanor/?p=8831. The story is horrifying. And there seems to be no national reaction to it. And I remain puzzled.
It is time for my morning walk. More on this later. I do not doubt the arrogant incompetence of bureaucrats in some institutions. Fortunately my medical experiences have been with Kaiser and I cannot remember one made unpleasant by the people there (there is nothing pleasant about having brain cancer, but that’s not Kaiser’s fault). But I cannot fathom why a story of this magnitude is ignored by all the free lance reporters in the area. Is there some judicial gag order?
NASA SELECTS SPACEX TO RETURN AMERICANS TO SPACE
Notice the budget, 440 million. NASA eats that much money in meetings every year. I’m sure they are still expending millions on getting the rocket to nowhere going. Never the less, Space X got the contract. Go DD Harriman.
Begin forwarded message:
From: "SpaceX" <email@example.com>
Subject: NASA SELECTS SPACEX TO RETURN AMERICANS TO SPACE
Date: August 3, 2012 10:40:18 AM PDT
NASA SELECTS SPACEX TO RETURN AMERICANS TO SPACE
(Hawthorne, CA) – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) today won a $440 million contract with NASA to develop the successor to the Space Shuttle and transport American astronauts into space.
“This is a decisive milestone in human spaceflight and sets an exciting course for the next phase of American space exploration,” said SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk. “SpaceX, along with our partners at NASA, will continue to push the boundaries of space technology to develop the safest, most advanced crew vehicle ever flown.”
SpaceX expects to undertake its first manned flight by 2015 – a timetable that capitalizes on the proven success of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft combination. While Dragon is initially being used to transport cargo to the International Space Station, both Dragon and Falcon 9 were designed from the beginning to carry crew.
Under the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative’s base period, SpaceX will make the final modifications necessary to prepare Dragon to safely transport astronauts into space. These include:
******Seats for seven astronauts.
******The most technically advanced launch escape system ever developed, with powered abort possibilities from launch pad to orbit. SpaceX will demonstrate that Dragon will be able to escape a launch-pad emergency by firing integrated SuperDraco engines to carry the spacecraft safely to the ocean. SpaceX will also conduct an in-flight abort test that allows Dragon to escape at the moment of maximum aerodynamic drag, again by firing the SuperDraco thrusters to carry the spacecraft a safe distance from the rocket.
******A breakthrough propulsive landing system for gentle ground touchdowns on legs.
******Refinements and rigorous testing of essential aspects of Dragon’s design, including life-support systems and an advanced cockpit design complete with modern human interfaces.
SpaceX will perform stringent safety and mission-assurance analyses to demonstrate that all these systems meet NASA requirements.
With a minimal number of stage separations, all-liquid rocket engines that can be throttled and turned off in an emergency, engine-out capability during ascent, and powered abort capability all the way to orbit, the Falcon 9-Dragon combination will be the safest spacecraft ever developed.
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft. With a diverse manifest of more than 40 launches to resupply the space station and deliver commercial and government satellites to orbit, SpaceX is the world’s fastest growing launch services provider. In 2012, SpaceX made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle to successfully attach to the International Space Station—a feat previously achieved by only four governments. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are carrying cargo, and one day will carry astronauts, to and from the space station for NASA. Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners. The company has more than 1,800 employees in California, Texas, Florida and Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.spacex.com.
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The Man Who Sold The Moon? $440 million? We live in interesting times.
Docket Listing for Civil Rights Suit in PA Baby Case
This might be of some interest:
It lists details about a suit filed in Pennsylvania Middle District Court, Harrisburg – Plaintiffs Scott and Jodi Ferris, Defendants Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Caitlin J. Mallis, M.D., Ian M. Paul, M.D., John Doe, M.D., Janet Doe, R.N., John Roe, Jane Roe, Janet Roe, Jack Roe, Officer Rian Bell, Officer Jake Roe, Angelica Lopez-Heagy , Dauphin County Social Services for Children and Youth and Jane Doe, R.N.
Filed March 9 of this year.
Don’t know whether justia.com is a reliable source, but it does offer what might be an indication other than Michael Farris’ request for donations that Scott and Jodi ?Ferris exist and are involved in a dust-up with Milton S. Hershey Medical Center et al.
Interesting. Indeed. So one wonders, why is there not more attention to this? Why is Chick Fil A or however you spell it of more interest than what is described as a plain case of assault, abuse of authority, and kidnapping? If the accounts we have of the incident are accurate, this is a horror story. Perhaps the trial, if it ever happens, will bring out more information. Or perhaps the suit will be bought off for money in exchange for silence.
I suppose I will have to join the 21st Century and create some kind of Facebook page to which I can upload pictures once in a while, but I have to say I don’t really know anyone whose tweets I would care to follow. I may be mistaken on that, but when I want short observations from people I respect I go look at Glenn Reynolds Instapundit. I so no reason to follow him on Tweet, although I probably would have liked to know he was going to be at a party I attended in Chattanooga last month. I had a pleasant conversation with Glenn and his wife, but had I known he would be there I would have arranged to stay longer. In any event, I am contemplating a Facebook page (I understand there may be one with my name on it put up by friends, but I have never seen it since I don’t have a Facebook account). I don’t think I contemplate Tweeting.
The Chick Fil A story continues. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/03/viral-video-man-picking-on-chick-fil-worker-gets-him-fired/ shows the viral video of the onetime college professor and CFO of a medical manufacturing company who decided to drive in to a Chick Fil A and get a free water, and while he was at it, harangue a very cool young lady employee working at the drive in food service window. He got his free water and did not cause Rachel to lose her cool. The result will probably be a promotion for Rachel and has apparently resulted in his dismissal as CFO. Sic transit gloria mundi.
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