Funding abortion: who’s pro-choice?

Abortion's legal. So is declining to put it on the public dime. That's been the uneasy truce for many years between abortion providers (and promoters) and American taxpayers. Uneasy, and shaky: even since 1976 with the Hyde Amendment, children conceived through violence have always been at risk of abortion at public expense. This week,  the U.S. … Continue reading Funding abortion: who’s pro-choice?

Civics is in style

Evan McMullin's independent never-Trump-never-Hillary presidential campaign earned him 700,000 votes along with footnote status in future accounts of the 2016 presidential election. One bewildered supporter tweeted to him afterward, basically asking "what now?" McMullin responded on December 4 with a series of tweets that add up to two things: he's still not a Trump fan, … Continue reading Civics is in style

French culture takes a nosedive

While you're reflecting on things to be grateful for, include this: at least we're not under the authority of France's Council of State. In 2014, a consortium of advocacy groups created a short video called "Dear Future Mom", with the mom being a woman who is apprehensive after learning that she's pregnant with a child … Continue reading French culture takes a nosedive

Is this the President we want for our daughters? The Hillary edition

The Clinton campaign has aimed an ad right at Trump's underbelly: assorted negative comments made by him about women. Clinton's kicker: "is this the President we want for our daughters?" Careful of that glass house you're living in, Mrs. C. This from the campaign of a woman who likes to say that women's rights are … Continue reading Is this the President we want for our daughters? The Hillary edition

Hyde Amendment turns 40, much to Clinton’s annoyance

Not long after Roe v. Wade federalized abortion policy, Members of Congress led by Henry Hyde moved to prevent federal funds from being used for abortions. The Hyde Amendment was finally added to the Medicaid program as a rider to the Health and Human Services budget on September 30, 1976. The rider has been added in … Continue reading Hyde Amendment turns 40, much to Clinton’s annoyance

Mother Teresa & HRC go way back

Mother Teresa will be canonized on September 4, giving formal acknowledgment of the obvious: she led a life of heroic virtue in service to others. She's worth emulating. Her work took her around the world, and she spent time with all kinds of world leaders. In 1994, she was the main speaker at the National … Continue reading Mother Teresa & HRC go way back

Sunday Best

A local cultural observation, just to break up the campaign coverage for a minute... The Latin Mass can pack a room, and it ain't all about nostalgia. (Or, as friend used to spell it, "naustalgia," which I always took to mean the past making you sick.) One of the old ethnic churches in my New … Continue reading Sunday Best

Worried about the Court? Then worry about the Senate

I suspect that those of us who find Trump & Hillary equally unacceptable are going to be voted off the conservative island before this election's over. I'm being harangued by perfectly nice people saying "butbutbut HILLARY!!", along with what's supposed to be the clincher: "Supreme Court!" An awful prospect, to be sure. The thing is, … Continue reading Worried about the Court? Then worry about the Senate

Ads say the darnedest things

As a social media nerd (perhaps you know the type), I take note of the political ads in the sidebars and footers of the blogs and pages I follow. The unseen forces that affect ad-placing algorithms have figured out that I'm pro-life, and most of the political ads I see are for more-or-less pro-life candidates. … Continue reading Ads say the darnedest things

The portrait’s gotta go: putting a Know-Nothing in his place

A determined little group met at the Massachusetts State House this week with a simple message to legislators: move the portrait of 19th-century Know-Nothing governor Henry Gardner away from its place of honor outside legislative chambers to someplace more appropriate. The basement, maybe. Former ambassador and Boston mayor Ray Flynn led a roster of speakers … Continue reading The portrait’s gotta go: putting a Know-Nothing in his place

Ethics and PP’s campaign cash

Following the money can be an intriguing political exercise. Take one Planned Parenthood affiliate's political expenditures, for example. When a candidate benefits from PP expenditures and later has to vote on a PP contract, when does business-as-usual becomes a matter of ethical concern? Darlene Pawlik wants to find out. She’s checking things out close to … Continue reading Ethics and PP’s campaign cash