Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Recommended by Facebook Friends

With only a few days of being on Facebook behind me, I've already seen another significant benefit besides the one I spoke of yesterday. It is that I have quicker, easier and more efficient access to web recommendations from trusted friends. And I can then pass on the best of those to readers of Vital Signs Blog. Wanna see how it works?

* John J. Jakubczyk suggested an article from the Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput, that examines the rift among Catholics over ObamaCare. It is a rift which features liberal Catholics severely misapplying the idea of the "common good." Writes the Archbishop, "No system that allows or helps fund—no matter how subtly or indirectly—the killing of unborn children, or discrimination against the elderly and persons with special needs, can bill itself as “common ground.” Doing so is a lie..." The full article is here.

* Musician Ben Lueders made mention of a new song he and his fiancée had written (he the music, Megan Knight the lyrics) called "Hands And Knees." And, as you Facebook folks understand, when a friend posts something on their page, it also shows up on your wall. So, I checked the song out, was very moved by it and asked permission to link to it this morning. The lyrics are printed on Ben's website and there's also a link whereby you can listen to his performance of the song. Very nice.

* John Malek alerted the friends from his Facebook page to take a look at Andrew Sumereau's American Thinker article, "Introducing the Tenth Amendment." John rightly referred to it as Government 101. Good stuff.

* Rick Pearcey (The Pearcey Report and Pro-Existence) gets a hat tip for pointing out "Playing With Pacifism," an excellent analysis of liberal "evangelicals" published by American Spectator and written by (another Facebook friend) Mark Tooley.

* And finally, recommended by nurse Kathy Garvey, is this 4-minute video that compellingly, graphically shows the tragedies we all risk every time our driving attention is diverted. This case specifically dramatizes texting but it should warn us about being carefully, consistently "zoned in" to what's happening on the road. It's kinda' tough to watch (they are, however, all actors) but the point is to help avoid the real thing.