Paul Abdul: Well Whatdaya think?

Man in suit: (uncomfortable) It’s very nice

Cold Hearted Snake (Video) 1989

Dryden: How did he die?

James Bond: Your contact? Not well.

Dryden: Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn’t worry. The second is…

[Bond shoots Dryden]

James Bond: Yes… considerably.

Casino Royale 2006

Yesterday I wrote about the rather incredible Salon piece on abortion.

One of the best comments on the subject of abortion came last year from Andrew Klavin on July 11th 2011:

I still believe it’s possible for a person of good will to make the argument that a fetus is not fully human for some small period of its development. Thomas Aquinas did — and the man was a saint. But more and more, that point of view is coming to seem to me pre-scientific. In any case, if that’s the argument pro-choicers want to have, let’s have that argument, and no other — because no other matters. And if we as a free people decide that unborn children are children indeed, there is no moral alternative: we must not only end abortion but put our full efforts into supporting humane and broadly available methods of welcoming the unwanted.

I thought it put the entire argument into the perspective needed. If we are killing innocent life then abortion is wrong, period!. If not then it’s no worse than a hangnail, the Salon piece took the opposite track, saying So What if abortion ends life.

Almost every writer critiquing the piece gave the author credit for courage, to wit:

I give Ms. Williams props for her unstinting honesty here. It is, to my way of thinking, a rather courageous thing to speak plainly, these days, and without euphemism. It is perhaps doubly so when one is willing to simply stand up and say, “yes, I believe this is a human being, and I’m totally okay with killing him or her. People should be able to decide who lives and who dies, for any variety of reasons.”

As I’ve said I think this is misreading of the situation. Consider the Music video I quoted at the top of this post:

The song is very good, the dancing is professional but what makes the video is the discomfort of the executives watching it, getting shocked and aroused by it and when questioned for a reaction saying it’s “nice”

In 1989 this was a hot and provocative video, that had a funny ending. In 2013 it’s just funny.

This is the basic truth of what has gone on. Until this point it has been the conclusion of those on the left that to openly say “So What” to the taking of innocent life was beyond the pale.

No more, time has taken its toll and the generation that was taught Judeo-Christian values as part of the normal course of life has been replaced. Now two parallel culture exists where morality is relative, right and wrong are relative and the value of life is relative.

The secular culture has concluded it’s strong enough, prevalent enough and supported enough by the popular media that it can slowly take off the mask that has been necessary for years.

How many years do you think it will take before “So What” extends to other people who the left concludes are less important and less worthy of life?

How long before it becomes a matter of faith that those who would stand up and object or obstruct such obvious truths that are held by the more enlightened must be suppressed? Of course you’d have to disarm them first.

I’ve been writing about a common thread of the left for a while. I’ve beaten about the bush on it, what IS the common thread to all of these things? Well that’s my lead post for tomorrow…

This week’s Under the Fedora at The Minority Report, The Conservative Commune, NACBU, Conservatively Speaking and Zilla of the Resistance touches Lee Stranahan’s coverage of the Steubenville rape case, outsourcing your own job and Nice Deb’s incredible story on a litmus test for US commanders under the President.  It’s titled “The Man” for Stan Musial who died a week ago today and whose funeral is being live streamed today at

Musial never dated movie stars, he wasn’t known for fights with the press, brawls in bars, or bad behavior of any time. He was married for 72 years to the same woman who died last May and was never known to mistreat anyone expect opposing pitchers whose offering he deposited all over the field or over the fence from 1940 till 1962.

Musial won 3 MVP and was runner up 4 times. Think of that a second, for one third of his career it was the consensus that he was the best or second best at what he did in the league.

That’s simply incredible.

Additionally my latest for the Examiner is on the GOP election for party chair: Two Roads for the GOP in Massachusetts:

In interviews after the event Hughes and Green talked about reaching out to the Tea Party, Liberty (Ron Paul) people and the unenrolled. My impression from people in the room suggests Tom Green strength is from the Tea Party while Hughes has support from party regulars.

But the real question to be answered is: What do the state committee people who are the only ones who have a vote in this election think? The answer to that question which will determine if the GOP rises again in Massachusetts…

…and that will make all the difference.

If there is one thing we need in the Massachusetts GOP it’s a new road.

So check out both the Examiner piece or Under the Fedora at any of the Five blogs that carry it every week.

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I remember in the waning days of the first term of the Obama administration the left through their primary organ of communication MSNBC decided that Grover Norquist was the root of all evil when it came to taxes.

The greatest success of this campaign came when Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss decided to renounce it:

Appearing on a local Georgia television station Wednesday evening, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said that fixing America’s debt woes may require him breaking with anti-tax activist Grover Norquist‘s long-standing pledge, saying that “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge.”

It was a great day for the left, and the MSNBC crowd praised Chambliss and pooh poohed Norquist when he answered thus:

Norquist responded on CNN tonight, finding it odd that Chambliss would target him specifically when the Americans for Tax Reform pledge is a promise not to him, but to a politician’s constituents.

Norquist said Chambliss’ remarks were “confusing” because the pledge was not made on his behalf, but on the behalf of Chambliss’ own constitutents.

Norquist not withstanding the left continued to celebrate Chambliss’ After all they were in a no lose situation. If the GOP primaried him and he won that would simply strengthen the spine of those in the GOP willing to betray the voters consider revenues, if he was defeated in a primary, well I’ll let a commentator at Mediate explain:

This is wonderful! I look forward to the teabagger who primaries him and wins the nomination, a la O’Donnell/Mourdock, handing his seat over to the Democrats. Republicans don’t seem to realize how screwed they are after courting the crazies for short term political gains in 2010.

Edwin from NJ would have been less encouraged if he read Stacy McCain who said at the time:

Mark my word, the handwriting on the wall will become clear enough pretty soon and, by mid-2013 at the latest, Chambliss will announce that he will retire rather than seek re-election.

But the thoughts of a mere blogger (decades in journalism not withstanding) meant nothing to the real jounoalists like Mike Barnicle:

“Grover’s taken a big hit since the election, there’s no doubt about it,” Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle said. “I’ve talked to a couple of United States Senators who said there’s at least 10 to 12 Republican senators who are willing to walk away from Grover Norquist on the tax pledge.”

and John Heilemann

“Sanity is contagious,”

And on Morning Joe they discussed Frank Bruni’s piece: Is Grover Over?

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As late as December you had posts at Morning Joe saying:

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, 69, isn’t afraid of anti-tax bogeyman Grover Norquist,

Chambliss was at worst going to lose a primary and give Dems a shot at an unreachable seat, and at best Chambliss wins a primary encouraging others in the GOP to spend spend spend! Yup MSNBC & the MSM has spoken anti-tax pledge was finished, the conventional wisdom had changed

…right up until the point when it had not:

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss said Friday he will not seek a third term next year, expressing deep frustration with Washington gridlock that he doesn’t see changing in a divided government.

…deep frustration with Washington Gridlock? Funny just two months ago the Washington Gridlock wasn’t frustrating enough for him to keep him from seeking re-election.

Let this an object lesson to every member of the GOP caucus living inside the media bubble. Reports of both Grover Norquist and the Tea Party’s political demise have been greatly exaggerated…reports of Saxby Chambliss’ political demise have not.

The media will no doubt spin this as an indictment of gridlock and bemoan Sen Chambliss departure in the same way they did Olympia Snowe. As for the hoped for victory in GA I regret to inform Edwin from NJ that GA is not Maine.

John Heileman was right. Saxby Chambliss IS contagious and members of the GOP who catch this disease are likely to suffer the same political fate.

Update: The most hilarious piece on this story comes from the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Political Insider” piece that in 777 words on Chambliss’ decision doesn’t mention his flip flop on the Norquist at all.

Move on nothing to see here