Respecting a parent’s choice – Raphael Elisha Cohen

Guest post by Randy Barnes

By now many across the Jewish world are acquainted with the tragic saga of Raphael Elisha Cohen, the six year old boy in Houston, TX battling medulloblastoma, a vicious form of brain cancer. What started out as a local story in the Jewish Herald Voice, Houston’s Jewish community newspaper, was picked up by and other international Jewish news outlets including the Times published pieces about Raphael Elisha’s plight.

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Texting @ the wheel is worse than driving drunk

Facts About Cell Phone Driving

It’s deadly, and just plain stupid.  You are not a better driver, you cannot be more careful and you can’t ‘handle it’. If you do it, you’re an idiot and potential murderer. Do I have your attention now? Don’t do it.

Research on distracted driving reveals some surprising facts:

  • Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah) Hello, that means it’s like drunk driving. You wouldn’t drive while hammered, would you? Put the phone down or pull over. I am on the road with you and don’t want to be dead just yet.
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. (Source: Carnegie Mellon) Your brain is no different. 10 seconds less reaction means the difference between a close call and someone on a ventilator or worse.
  • 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve some type of distraction. (Source: Virginia Tech 100-car study for NHTSA) Get the dog off your lap, too, grandpa.
  • Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than half a million were injured. (NHTSA)
  • The worst offenders are the youngest and least-experienced drivers: men and women under 20 years of age. (NHTSA) And who texts the most? Don’t bother with the warning, just enact a zero-tolerance policy now, and yank their phone or the keys, or both, if they don’t do it.
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) That is twice as dangerous as driving drunk. Do you need to see pictures of grieving families? Get over yourself and be safe. This is a 100% preventable problem.


There is no such thing as multitasking at the wheel. That way you are merely a 1500 lb. death machine pilot. What if you were driving a train? Yes, that already happened when a train crashed while the driver was texting in Los Angeles.

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The Addictive Personality

“If drugs can’t be kept out of prisons, how can you possibly keep them out of a mostly free society?”

Drug addiction (any addiction), is a matter of personality type. It is not the drug or activity that creates the addiction. It is the personality type that finds something to be addicted to. This explains why some people can have a drink, gamble, or take a toke, and be fine, while others cannot stop.

This Psychology Today article explains how 10%-15% of a population has addiction tendencies. Even the rampant drug use by Vietnam vets during the war returned to the same percentage levels once back in the States.