News comes of the passing of Norma McCorvey. She’ll go down in American history as “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade fame, the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that has cost more than fifty million lives so far.

Her decision to become pro-life, that profound change of mind and heart, might not make it into the history books, even as a footnote. I won’t forget it, though. Neither should you.

Last year, during the first Pro-Life Women’s Conference in Dallas, I went to Mass at downtown’s beautiful Chapel of St. Jude. The priest saying Mass knew McCorvey from the days when she sought instruction in the Catholic faith. He spoke of her with fond respect, but he spoke only briefly: “Leave her alone. She’s been too much used.”

Those words struck me. Had McCorvey been at that Mass, I would have wanted to run up and thank her for witnessing for life in defiance of the Court case bearing her pseudonym. The priest’s remark made me consider that Norma McCorvey probably didn’t need fans as much as she needed friends. I hope she had those friendships, refuges in a world of microphones and cameras and attorneys.

Attorneys who wanted to loosen abortion laws used her in the early 1970s. The attorneys succeeded, probably beyond their wildest dreams. They didn’t have much use for McCorvey after that.

McCorvey never had the abortion that her case was about. It takes awhile for court cases to make it to the Supreme Court, and by the time January 1973 rolled around, McCorvey had given birth and placed her child for adoption.

In 1989, the Pittsburgh Press included some quotations from McCorvey in its coverage of yet another pending Supreme Court decision on abortion. “Asked what she would do when she met [her adopted] child, Ms. McCorvey replied, ‘I would just say, “Hello, I’m your mama,” and give a hug.'”

Remember her kindly, and pray for the repose of her soul. I don’t think she had much repose in this life. She did have a kind of courage, though, that gave her the energy to speak out long after she could have been forgiven for seeking seclusion.

Perhaps the best way to memorialize her is not with a monument or a plaque on some wall, but with action. She recommended something specific.

“…it doesn’t make any difference what religion you are, or how young you are or how old you are, I think if they get up and go to these abortion mills, and stand there – and they don’t have to do anything, they can just stand there and pray, I think that would make a lot of difference. We have to be seen in numbers.”

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I talked to Liz a Cook County Republican here to see her son at CPAC

I was going to tack this interview on to my last post as an update but how many Kasich Delegates do I get to talk to?

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017

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CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

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Some Quick pre-cpac video and thoughts


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National Harbor 12:18 PM

Well much to my surprise I ended up sleeping on a bed rather than the floor tonight as Stacy & Friend didn’t make it yesterday and Cynthia didn’t show up until 1:30 AM due to a flight delay.

So this morning having woken up having shared a room  alone with a woman other than my wife for the first time in my life I very quietly got up cleaned up and headed down for registration, it turns out that it doesn’t begin until 2 so I did some poking around.

Both the main and exhibit rooms are coming along nicely (the exhibit room has a huge wooden crate labeled NRA that I half expect a half or third scale Sherman Take to crash out of which is worth a laugh.

A small Tank inside?

It was still early to find people here for CPAC as the place is still full of folks who have come for NIRSA but I managed to run into Teresa who came up from Florida

She seemed very excited at the prospect of seeing the president.

As I walked through Radio Row I saw old friend Rob Eno now working for Conservative review who gave me a few minutes.

I’m currently sitting in the lobby of the Gaylord in National harbor cannoli & Microphone at my side.  If you come in and see me feel free to come over and put in your two cents, come and be interviewed (as Liz just did) and perhaps have a Cannoli while they last.

Update: Accidently put an “H” in teresa’s name in the title, fixed


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Today’s top headlines at Memeorandum:

 TOP ITEMS: 

I’ve stayed away from the Milo controversies, and while I admire his physical courage (I also admire Ben Shapiro’s) showing up to face hostile, now violent crowds, I always keep in mind that Milo is a. a performance artist, and b. a polemicist.

Bill Whittle, Stephen Green and Scott Ott come the closest to my opinion on the whole “Milo at CPAC” controversy:
1. Milo got in the headlines
2. CPAC’s in the headlines a few days before it opens.
I invite you to watch:

Whittle, Green and Ott also mention another polemicist, Ann Coulter, who is a favorite of the CPAC crowd.

I remember 10 years ago when Moe Lane and I were in the old Blogger Beastly Basement section listening to the live feed of Coulter’s speech when she called then-presidential candidate John Edwards a faggot. It takes a lot to leave Moe and I speechless even momentarily, but James Joyner was listening too, and slapped us on the back, saying, “Did you guys hear that?”, thence eliciting a downpour of conversation from us.

The bloggers sent an open letter to CPAC (which was promptly ignored), Coulter sold a gazillion books, and Edwards impregnated his mistress while his wife was dying of cancer, thereby proving Coulter wrong.

It’s all about the headlines, folks.

Keep that in mind.


I’m not going to CPAC this year thanks to my new $18,000/yr Obamacare premiums, deductible and out-of-pocket. I’ll miss most of all visiting with fellow bloggers.

I hear that the blogger area is nice, and not a throwback to the Bloggers Beastly Basement of olden days, which was an area partitioned off the indoor garage with area heaters – 0 – cell phone reception. Since Pete is going, please contribute to Da Tip Jar to support his reporting.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.

One of the things about training and experience as an engineer and a love of history is you get a delightful combination of mathematical, logic and access to the thoughts of some of the greatest people who ever lived in history.

And while these great minds over the course of thousands of years might not be as sharp enough to help me perceive the extra 30+ and growing genders that a person like this one, this one or even this one they have made deductive reasoning pretty straightforward.

Which brings me to this story (via Pat Dollard):

 

The little-noticed Hispanic survey was conducted in June 2013 by McLaughlin and Associates to gauge the opinions of U.S. resident Latinos on a wide range of issues.

Inside the poll is a page devoted to voter profiles. Of the randomly selected sample of 800 Hispanics, 56 percent, or 448, said they were non-citizens, and of those, 13 percent said they were registered to vote. The 448 would presumably be a mix of illegal immigrants and noncitizens who are in the U.S. legally, such as visa holders or permanent residents.

(emphasis mine)

Two things jump out at me 1st the fact that the poll is “little known”, that’s important.

One of the things about a completely politicized society is that things get spun, if a set of data is collected under the radar, away from various activists groups looking to spin it. For example this 2003 CPAN broadcast concerning that year’s survey drew a whole 25 views.

As a rule it’s pretty tough to claim the fix is in when something been going on for decades and you haven’t been complaining about it, thus there will be some problems if the left wants to pooh pooh it.

The second important thing highlighted is the percentage of people admitting that they were registered to vote, it’s significant because it’s very illegal and yet 13% were willing to admit doing so.

This suggest that the actual number is higher, perhaps much higher as people generally don’t like to admit to crimes (particularly things that might turn out to be federal offenses) to a bunch of strangers.
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But for the sake of argument consider these numbers correct as they are and ask yourself this

What’s 13% of 30 million?

If 13% of Illegal immigrants admit to being illegally registered to vote that’s 3.9 million people.

Remind me how many fraudulent votes did President Trump claim were out there?

A lot more than these people managed to turn out: “Not My President” Protests Across Country Fizzle

The protests which promised thousands failed to produce mass amounts of protesters. There was no cohesive message, just a general tone of disapproval towards a president who has only been in office one month. This “resistance” movement might lend itself more credibility if they centered around a particular policy or even waited until Trump has done something worth protesting. Alas…

More importantly the USA today report said “thousands” not “tens of thousands” or “Hundreds of thousands” but “thousands” NATIONWIDE.

In other words for a protest held in a country of 324 million where tens of millions of people voted for someone else organizers of this protest couldn’t even get ten or twenty thousand nationwide on a national holiday during school vacation week

Put simply there are a lot less of these protesters than they and the media pretend to be, in fact based on this poll I suspect the number of Illegal Immigrants voting illegally outnumber them by the hundreds of thousands (dare I say millions?)

You may not like that conclusion, it may make you angry or in the modern parlance “trigger” you, but in the end the math is the math, as any good engineer will tell you.

Pre-post update: Population of Knoxville over 180K

“Forty minutes after it began, less than 10 people had attended Monday evening’s ‘Not My Presidents Day’ protest in Market Square in Knoxville. . . . The event consisted of five or six people arguing with a lone Donald Trump supporter.”

I know that’s a red state but even if Trump won the city 70-30 that’s over 50,000 potential protestors.


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