On Friday I attended the Carenet Dinner in Hollis NH.

For those not familiar with it, Carenet is a protestant ministry for pregnant woman, women removing from abortion and men and women learning how to be parents.

I spoke to Linda Barrie one of the officials about their work

And to their keynote speaker Pastor Keith Ferrin from Seattle

I shared a table with Mike Rogers and Steve MacDonald of Granite Grok who spoke to me after the event about both Carenet and the Election:

As Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for life said there is plenty of room for all of us in the pro-life movement, I’m pleased to see Carenet do their part.

We have repeatedly heard from professed Catholic pols like Tim Kaine that they are “personally opposed” to abortion yet vote for it on a regular basis.

There is an obvious question that this brings up that I really haven’t heard anyone ask people like Kaine and as I, due to my job, could not see or hear the entire debate, figured I’d ask it here.

“You say you are ‘personally opposed’ to abortion, can you explain your reason for personally opposing abortion?”

The answer to this question should be telling, particularly if the objection is a moral one, because if the objection is a moral one, why is that moral issue not important enough for one to oppose it politically.

“I only know this is wrong.”

– Guinan
Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Yesterday’s Enterprise”

I’m a sucker for time-travel stories. Whether it’s Harry Potter, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Back to the Future, Stephen King’s 11/22/63 or anything else, a good story about the hero traveling back in time and affecting (or restoring) “the timeline” is one of my favorite diversions. If the plot is clever and resolves itself well, I’m even willing to put up with hokey dialog and two-dimensional characters. I just love it when a story, which can easily open itself to paradox, cliché and deus ex machina anti-climax, manages to apply self-consistent logic and arrive at an exciting, thought-provoking and satisfying ending.

Of course, we know that time travel is impossible. You can’t go back in time and murder your grandfather, there are no alternate universes and there is no grand government conspiracy hiding an actual time travel device so we just think it’s impossible. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to change the past, at least not if you’re a progressive, or whatever term the left chooses to apply to itself. The only hard part is getting yourself into a position to do it, such as becoming a Supreme Court Justice.

If you’re like me, and believe that words have meanings and expect that logical self-consistency is essential for any set of laws to make sense, then you would agree that once a law is passed it’s meaning should remain constant until such time as the legislature chooses to amend or repeal the law. That’s a pretty basic feature of any “government of laws, not of men.” The problem, as the left sees it, is that our Constitution was set up to make it hard to change the law, but we conservatives see this as a feature, not a bug.

The way the Constitution says you change a law is to advocate for the change and convince the legislature to pass the amendment, get it approved by the other house and have the president sign it into law. But that can be difficult since (ideally) each legislator is beholden to a constituency (those pesky “we the people” again), so they have to convince them that it’s a good idea too. If they can’t, then they may get voted out in the next election. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. What if there were an easier way?

Let’s suppose that time travel were actually possible. Our legislative crusader could go back in time, maybe to the Constitutional Convention, and actually advocate to change the Constitution. Maybe convince James Madison that the first amendment should include that phrase “Congress shall make no law limiting the ability of a mother to kill her unborn child at any time during her pregnancy.” Then the Supreme Court never would have had to wrestle with the abortion question in Roe v. Wade.

Instead, the left has discovered that Legislative Time Travel is much easier. All they have to do is decide what policy they want to enact and then declare that the meaning of the appropriate legislation is actually different from what everyone thought it was originally, and – surprise! – it actually means just what it needs to mean to enact whatever policy they want. They did it with abortion, they did it with gay “marriage” and now they’re doing it with “transgenderism.” Instead of going back in time and convincing Madison, all they have to say is “Madison really meant whatever I wish he’d meant.”

And the Obama administration doesn’t even have to go back that far. By reinterpreting Title IX to include the nebulous term “gender identity” they have the chutzpah to tell legislators, many of whom are still around, that the law they passed to prohibit discrimination based on sex now means something completely different.

So now we find ourselves in an alternate reality where laws are no longer logically self-consistent, since “gender identity” is completely subjective and this made-up interpretation of plainly written law is now in direct contradiction of the First Amendment in forcing churches and religious organizations and employers to go against the practice of their faith (i.e. the free exercise of their religion) to accommodate what the American College of Pediatricians has classified as a psychological disorder.

Since we don’t believe in Legislative Time Travel, we need representatives who will follow the Constitution and not just make things up as they go along. Since Clinton has pledged to be Obama’s third term, we can expect more of the same if she is elected. It says a lot about how far left Clinton and the democrats have become that Donald Trump is actually the candidate who is more likely to restore our timeline to one that make sense.

There’s a new campaign, Abortion in Good Faith, promoting the killing of unborn children for the sake of “justice,”

“The ban on public funding is the single most detrimental policy to women’s access to abortion in the US,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “We are tired of this grave injustice and our campaign lifts up the voices of Catholics who want this policy to change.”

The Catholics For Choice campaign calls for the end of restrictions on public funding of abortion, since those restrictions are “unjust,” and for ending the Hyde Amendment prohibiting federal funding for Medicaid coverage of abortion services.

Ed Morrissey does an excellent job of destroying each of the Abortion in Good Faith arguments, and includes the following,

The teachings on abortion within the universal Christian church go all the way back to its very first years. The Didache dates back to 70 AD, and is considered the first catechism or instruction on the faith. It’s the starting point for what Catholics call the magisterium after the canonical New Testament letters, from the Apostles themselves, and its position on abortion could not have been more clear:

And the second commandment of the Teaching; You shall not commit murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit pederasty, you shall not commit fornication, you shall not steal, you shall not practice magic, you shall not practice witchcraft, you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill that which is begotten.

St. Basil of Caesarea addressed the issue a little over a century later:

Women also who administer drugs to cause abortion, as well as those who take poisons to destroy unborn children, are murderesses. So much on this subject.

Ed also points the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 2270-75, which start with (emphasis added),

2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.(71)

It is spelled out clearly and unambiguously, again,

Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.

Pro-abortion Democrats like the Catholics for Choice, Nancy Pelosi ,and Tim Kaine call themselves Catholic but ignore the Church’s doctrine on abortion, a doctrine dating back to the origins of the Church, either out of convenience, political expedience, willful ignorance, or moral obfuscation (or a combination of all) to promote the Hillary agenda and their party’s culture of death.

Naming their latest propaganda “Abortion in Good Faith” is a slap on the face, as the campaign aims for nothing “good” and certainly lacks “faith.”

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.


liberal-tebow-800Yup, sharing this on Facebook totally made you a hero!

Were you angry about Colin Kaepernick not standing for the pledge of allegiance? Plenty of people on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit were.

Guess what? Colin doesn’t care, because he thinks you’re a sucker.

Sadly, he’s probably right. Kaepernick makes his money playing football. Plenty of you reading this will continue to buy NFL tickets, watch NFL on TV, and buy NFL merchandise. But you’ll put your little Facebook rant and say “See, I got him good!”, while Mr. Kaepernick laughs his way to the bank.

Addicts also rationalize this sort of behavior. I’ve watched many Sailors throw away a perfectly good career because they couldn’t stop snorting cocaine or drinking excessively. Every one of them had a “rational” explanation in their head that eventually collided with life’s hard reality.

SJWYeah, I’m like this most days…

So yes, I’m accusing you of addiction. You don’t really care about what Kaepernick says (or doesn’t say), because you’ll continue to fuel his expensive lifestyle. It’s not just the NFL though. How many of you “conservatives” still drink your 75 adjective coffee drinks from Starbucks, despite their support for Planned Parenthood’s continued genocide of innocent children? Is it because you just can’t find another caffeine fix, or do unborn lives not matter?

That caramel macchiato hates unborn and black lives

The truth is that unless you actually stand up for what you believe and change your behavior in real life (and Facebook isn’t real life), every Kaepernick and Starbucks will continue to trample on your beliefs, because your cowardly addiction gives them an unlimited license to do so.

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As a Knight of Columbus [that’s where my nom de plume comes from], I was particularly pleased to see the recent op-ed column by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson (whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet) in which he called for Catholic politicians either to stop supporting abortion “rights” or to resign their office. I could not agree with him more.  As Pope Benedict XVI said in Sacramentum Caritatis, the question of Catholic politicans supporting abortion is “not negotiable.” So a pro-abortion Catholic politician can only be one of two things:

  1. Misinformed on the Catholic teaching on abortion, such that he thinks his pro-abortion stance is somehow consistent with his Catholicism and thus with his conscience, or
  2. So craven in his desire for political power that he is willing to violate his conscience to acquire it.

Option 1 is addressable by knowledgeable Catholics engaging the candidate. Option 2 can only be addressed by the candidate himself, and I would argue that any politician who can be shown to be in this category should be automatically disqualified from receiving your vote (or anyone’s for that matter). [Note that I am not calling for a “religious test” for the candidate, but rather that voters disqualify him by not supporting the candidate. There’s a huge difference.] Moreover, if a sincere effort has been taken to inform the candidate to address the first problem and the candidate persists in his support for abortion, then the only conclusion to be drawn is that he is now in the second category and undeserving of your support. As a Knight, I find particularly galling the attitude of pro-abortion politicians who not only make an issue of their Catholicism, but also publicize their membership in the Knights of Columbus to enhance their credentials.

Indeed, I was involved a few years ago in an effort to have the Knights adopt a policy whereby they would kick out any member who, as a politician, could be shown to support legislation or policy that contradicted Catholic teaching on abortion, marriage or the family. We made considerable progress, but ultimately the motion was defeated at the Knights’ convention. The reasoning was that it was not the Knights’ job to determine who was a Catholic in good standing, which is the only qualification for becoming a Knight of Columbus in the first place. They felt that that decision lay with the bishops. I can’t help but feel that a certain amount of political reticense (dare I say “cowardice”) also played a part in the decision because the Knights are – quite rightly – protective of their tax-exempt status as a world-wide philanthopic and insurance agency.

Unfortunately, while the Knights could enforce such a policy in a non-partisan manner (Lord knows there are many Catholic Republicans who support abortion), it is undeniable that it would have a disparate impact on Democrat politicians due to that party’s extreme pro-abortion platform. And given Democrats’ penchant for forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups and individuals to violate their consciences to support abortion, it is a safe bet that such a policy would put the Knights firmly in the Democrats’ cross-hairs to remove the tax exemption that enables the Knights to do so much good work throughout the world.

But if our Supreme Knight recognizes that pro-abortion Catholic politicians are in serious-enough error to call for their resignation, surely if they persist in their error, Mr. Anderson should call for their resignation from the Knights. Allowing them to continue as Knights brings scandal and undermines the Knights’ position as the pre-eminent private Catholic charitable institution in the world. While I applaud his call that Catholics must not vote for such politicians (including Tim Kaine), I challenge him to extend this policy to its logical conclusion.

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This guy wants you to stop whining

I have a concealed carry permit.  I don’t brag about it or bring it up in conversation.  I don’t tell people when I’m carrying a weapon.  I just follow the laws and blend in, and I find most permit holders do the same.

In Texas, that apparently isn’t good enough, as hundreds of people found it appropriate to wear dildos to class.  Concealed carry folks wanted to carry in the classroom to protect students and faculty from mass shooters.  I’m not entirely certain the purpose behind open carrying dildos.

PM9This will protect you from a mass shooter. A dildo…not so much.

But it’s not just gun rights.  Heaven help you if you express conservative views.  At my college, I spoke out against affirmative action, something that the Supreme Court eventually decided was wrong.  No matter.  Rather than a civil discussion, I was harassed.  At the same college, it was OK to openly harass members showing pictures of aborted babies, but harassing someone defending abortion was an attack on women’s rights (despite statistics that many women don’t support abortion).

Looks like a heck of an even split, although you wouldn’t guess that from news coverage

After enduring that harassment, I’m perfectly OK with liberal heads exploding over Donald Trump.  I don’t agree with all his policies, but he brings a smile to my face when liberals gasp over how crass and rude he can be.  Newsflash: it’s the same rude and crass behavior that you dished out to me and others over the last 15 years that we quietly absorbed.  Stop whining when the quiet kid you picked on suddenly finds a bigger bully.

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“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”

Thomas Jefferson
Engraved on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Thomas Jefferson
The Declaration of Independence

There are two important things to note about the rights guaranteed us by the Constitution. The first is that the Constitution doesn’t “grant” us any rights. Instead, it speaks of rights already in existence (unalienable and endowed by our creator, according to the Declaration of Independence) and explicitly prohibits the government from infringing on those rights. The second is that each of the rights explicitly spelled out in the Constitution is personal.

Liberals tend to talk about rights in terms of what others must give you: a “living wage,” health care, housing, or even an abortion. These liberal “rights” get things exactly backwards. The only way one person can have a right to something that someone else must provide is for the provider to be forced to provide it, regardless of his consent.

The liberals on the Supreme Court, in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, recently struck down the eminently-sensible Texas law that ensured safe conditions for women seeking abortions. Their “reasoning” was that the law unreasonably restricted women’s access to abortions. Let’s think about that logically for a moment. The Supreme Court, citing a “right” that is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, has said that it is unconstitutional to restrict a woman’s access to abortion.

Let’s do a thought experiment. Suppose that all the abortionists in the country suddenly decided to move to Australia. Or, in an unfortunately less-likely scenario, let’s suppose that every abortionist suddenly developed a conscience and realized that they had been murdering innocent children and repented, refusing to perform any more abortions. Could anything restrict a woman’s access to abortion more than that? What then of this supposed “right” for a woman to get an abortion? Is it really possible that the Supreme Court, or Congress, or even a State Legislature could somehow prohibit this mass-exodus of abortionists? I can just see Anthony Kennedy and Elena Kagan at JFK airport looking for that last abortionist and tackling him before he can board that last flight out. The logical conclusion is that the supposed “right” to abortion is no right at all.

Is there a “right” to housing? How can that possibly be when someone must build the house? And who decides what kind of house? Do you have the right to three bedrooms or only two? A cape in the suburbs or a brownstone in the city? If you have the right to a “living wage,” who decides what that is? How hard do you have to work to receive it? How good do you have to be at your job? Does a “living wage” include cable TV and a cell phone?

It simply cannot be that anyone can have a right to something that someone else must provide. The truth is that liberals are not interested in rights as our founders understood them. They invent “rights” for one of two reasons. Either they are trying to force people to behave a certain way or they are trying to buy votes from people who care more about what government can give them than protecting themselves against what government can do to them. Anyone who supports this approach cannot claim to “support and defend the Constitution.”

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When I saw this tweet from the Atlantic:

I was shocked. Not by the fact that neither the Atlantic nor any other liberal publication would ever question abortion based on ending the life of a male, but that they had violated one of the new commandments of the modern left.

The very fact Atlantic has dared to suggest that there is such a thing as “male” and “female” and that such a thing exists in the womb before said child can even be exposed to social construct is a case of liberal heresy.

I await the massive condemnation of the Atlantic by all comers and their boycott by states and celebrities all over.

Break out the stoning scene:

Now you might think that stoning is a tad rough here but as the left has decreed that Monty Python is not comedy but a blueprint for life, I guess we have to do it.

Edward Rutledge:They are here, yes, but they are not people sir, they are property.
Thomas Jefferson:No, sir they are people who are being treated as property!

1776 (1972)

I have often argued that the abortion debate is just the slavery debate, treating People namely children, as property.

At the federalist, we see how this is played out in situations that to use the Holy Father’s words “irregular” situations: 

A white lesbian couple is suing a sperm bank for a second time because it gave them sperm from a black donor instead of a white one as they requested. Jennifer Cramblett filed the lawsuit last week against Midwest Sperm Bank LLC, which she blames for “an unplanned transracial parent-child relationship” that she says has caused her to move to a “place that is more racially and culturally diverse.”

The complaint says she gave birth to a “beautiful, obviously mixed race, baby” girl in 2012 after she learned several months beforehand that the sperm was from a black donor. Claiming negligence, misconduct, and breach of contract, she is seeking $150,000 plus punitive damages and attorney fees.


Now if you consider this a question of property this is a very straightforward case. The customer purchased an item from a vendor and it was not as promised so they are looking for compensation. It brings to mind the exchange from the movie 1997 movie Amistad:

Mr. Baldwin: Well, the case is much simpler than you think, Mr. Tappan. It’s like anything – land, livestock, heirlooms, what have you.
Mr Tappin: Livestock?
Mr. Baldwin: Yes. Consider – the only way one may sell or purchase slaves is if they are born slaves, as on the plantation. I’m right, aren’t I?
Mr. Tappan: Yes.
Mr. Baldwin: So, are they?
Mr. Tappan: “Are they?”
Mr. Baldwin: Yes. Born slaves, as on a plantation. We’re not certain, but we very much doubt it. Let’s say they are. Then they are possessions, and no more deserving of a criminal trial than a bookcase. On the other hand, let’s say they aren’t slaves, in which case they were illegally acquired. Forget mutiny, forget piracy, forget murder. Those are irrelevant occurrences. Ignore everything but the pre-eminent issue at hand. The wrongful transfer of stolen goods. Either way, we win.

I’m sure there were plenty of cases like this in the days of the slave trade but let’s take this to the logical conclusion with some rational questions:

While with very few exceptions nobody would argue that it would be proper to kill this child because it was not as ordered, if this child had been born with a birth defect or a disease that was inherited from the father/sperm donor would the mother have a valid lawsuit?

If the sperm bank had discovered its error say in the 2nd month of pregnancy would the mother have aborted this child? How about if it discovered its error in the 9th month or the week before delivery?

After all if this child is just property then what’s the difference when you discard it? It’s no more immoral than throwing away a defective table lamp to save the cost of shipping a defective item back.

If for any reason this young girl has issues in her youth, does her mother have a suit against the company?  Does she?

And furthermore consider the psychological effect on the girl as she grows up, what will she think when she discovers that her mother launched a lawsuit because she was dissatisfied over who her daughter is?  How will she as a black women feel about a lawsuit where she is treated as property?  Will she have a valid suit against her mother and/or the company to pay for any trauma due to the company’s error or her mother’s suit?

This is what happens when you treat people as property, then is what happens when you treat human life as a commodity, this is what happens when bringing life into the world is all about affirming one’s own narcissism.

That child, no matter how it was conceived is a gift from God, a living soul and this suit is an insult to her dignity as a person.

She deserves your prayers.

Note if I was a pro-life leader I’d file a brief in the case arguing that this suit treats a person as property and should be thrown out under the amendments abolishing slavery.

The latest in a series of post looking at Amoris Laetitia as it’s actually written as opposed to how it’s spun.

Did you know that marriage has obligations in terms of parenthood? This pope does

68. “Blessed Paul VI, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, further developed the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family. In a particular way, with the Encyclical Humanae Vitae he brought out the intrinsic bond between conjugal love and the generation of life: ‘Married love requires of husband and wife the full awareness of their obligations in the matter of responsible parenthood, which today, rightly enough, is much insisted upon, but which at the same time must be rightly understood… The exercise of responsible parenthood requires that husband and wife, keeping a right order of priorities, recognize their own duties towards God, themselves, their families and human society’ (No. 10). In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Paul VI highlighted the relationship between the family and the Church”.

I can see Amanda Marcotte pulling out her hair now.

And did you know that ministering to those in “imperfect relationships” is about leading them to matrimony?

78. “The light of Christ enlightens every person (cf. Jn 1:9; Gaudium et Spes, 22). Seeing things with the eyes of Christ inspires the Church’s pastoral care for the faithful who are living together, or are only married civilly, or are divorced and remarried. Following this divine pedagogy, the Church turns with love to those who participate in her life in an imperfect manner: she seeks the grace of conversion for them; she encourages them to do good, to take loving care of each other and to serve the community in which they live and work… When a couple in an irregular union attains a noteworthy stability through a public bond – and is characterized by deep affection, responsibility towards the children and the ability to overcome trials – this can be seen as an opportunity, where possible, to lead them to celebrate the sacrament of Matrimony”.

And if not possible to get matrimony to seek conversion, and remember seeking conversion implies something is wrong.

Oddly enough the media that has been so anxious to cheer Amoris Laetitia seems to have skipped this part on abortion. (emphasis mine)

83. Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life is rejected and destroyed. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the “property” of another human being. The family protects human life in all its stages, including its last. Consequently, “those who work in healthcare facilities are reminded of the moral duty of conscientious objection. Similarly, the Church not only feels the urgency to assert the right to a natural death, without aggressive treatment and euthanasia”, but likewise “firmly rejects the death penalty”.

This was not just stated, but URGENTLY stated and note the property reference drawing the parallel to slavery.

And here is one paragraph that should be shouted from the rafters. emphasis mine again

84. The Synod Fathers also wished to emphasize that “one of the fundamental challenges facing families today is undoubtedly that of raising children, made all the more difficult and complex by today’s cultural reality and the powerful influence of the media”. “The Church assumes a valuable role in supporting families, starting with Christian initiation, through welcoming communities”. At the same time I feel it important to reiterate that the overall education of children is a “most serious duty” and at the same time a “primary right” of parents. This is not just a task or a burden, but an essential and inalienable right that parents are called to defend and of which no one may claim to deprive them. The State offers educational programmes in a subsidiary way, supporting the parents in their indeclinable role; parents themselves enjoy the right to choose freely the kind of education – accessible and of good quality – which they wish to give their children in accordance with their convictions. Schools do not replace parents, but complement them. This is a basic principle: “all other participants in the process of education are only able to carry out their responsibilities in the name of the parents, with their consent and, to a certain degree, with their authorization”. Still, “a rift has opened up between the family and society, between family and the school; the educational pact today has been broken and thus the educational alliance between society and the family is in crisis”

If I was the school choice movement I would emblazon those excepts of this paragraph at the head of every single document and press release put out.

You would think that this coming from an official document authored by the MSM’s favorite Pope would be news, but nothing the Vatican does that oppose the left’s memes is considered news.

The media are not our friends, they are partisan players, They are not fair and impartial umpires. The most important protectors of Barack Obama right now, is the mainstream media and no one is more ready for Hillary than the mainstream media.

So the media tries, typically to do two things to republicans; To caricature us as either evil or stupid. So they ask question to us that are often rigged to paint us as either evil or extreme. And on the flip side they give these love fests to Democrats and try to paint them as loving and wonderful and caring about kids and furry kittens and bunny rabbits.

And we’ve got to understand where the media’s coming from and not accept the false premises of their questions and instead, Look the path to winning is not complicated, speak the truth with a smile.

Ted Cruz , Aug 31 2015

One of the things that was very frustrating about the 2008 and 2012 races is the cluelessness of Mitt Romney and John McCain concerning the motives of the MSM.

As long as they were providing talking points against conservative republicans the media treated them with kid gloves.  They were the voices of reason and moderation, but as soon as the nomination was theirs, they were just another racist, sexist, homophobic tool to oppress the masses.

It took them a long time to figure out that the purpose of the MSM is to elect Democrats and that every interview, every question, every moment is about finding that talking point that will help defeat them.

Looking at this Chris Matthews interview with Donald Trump it appears that for all his protestations about the “unfair” media, the Donald™ hasn’t quite grasped that.

Forget that this position is inconsistent with what pro-lifers have said right along Trump let himself be played by Chris Matthews into affirming the predudices and falsehoods that the left have played for years: (via Hotair)

Part of the goal is to remove the ability for pro-choicers to demagogue the issue by scaring vulnerable women. Now, thanks to Trump, that’s back on the table.

There are those who are talking about the Trump flip flop and how he (Trump) is playing conservatives, but I think the real story is the difference between a nominee who is both able to see the MSM for what they are AND counter them.

Someone like Ted Cruz.

Take a look, for example at this interview with Chris Matthews:

Notice how Matthews talks fast, filibusters and quickly pivots in the hope of catching Ted Cruz out, and notice how how no matter how many twists and turns he throws at him, Ted Cruz doesn’t get rattled and doesn’t fall into his trap.

And Cruz hasn’t just done this with Matthews, he’s done it with Jorge Ramos and Katie Couric and continues to frustrate the MSM that has tried to spin him for years.

As we head toward the end of the Primary season voters in the remaining states need to ask themselves this question.

Do you want to spend the rest of the Campaign watching the MSM tear Donald Trump apart as he’s forced to pivot again again and again?

This should not be a hard question to answer.


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You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44

Daniel Webster:Well, I never heard of the de… I never heard of you claiming American citizenship.
Mr. Scratch:And who has a better right? When the first wrong was done to the first Indian, I was there. When the first slaver put out for the Congo, I stood on the deck. Am I not still spoken of in every church in New England? It’s true the North claims me for a Southerner and the South for a Northerner, but I’m neither. Tell the truth, Mr. Webster – though I don’t like to boast of it – my name is older in the country than yours.

The Devil and Daniel Webster 1941

Maybe some of you might say: ‘But Father, how old fashioned you are to speak about the devil in the 21st century!’ But look out because the devil is present! The devil is here… even in the 21st century!

Pope Francis

This should surprise nobody who is paying attention:

followers at the Satanic Temple of Detroit made it clear that the Prince of Darkness supports Planned Parenthood:

It was a showdown that can only be described as biblical: The Satanic Temple of Detroit versus the Pro-Life Action League outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic on Good Friday.
Led by Detroit chapter director Jex Blackmore, who made headlines last December for blogging about her experience with medical abortion, members of the Satanic Temple traveled to Planned Parenthood’s Ann Arbor, Michigan, location to counter-protest the anti-abortion group.
In images from the protest, Blackmore can be seen wearing a crown of thorns and a faux pregnancy belly while carrying a cross meant to symbolize “the burden of oppressive mandates endured by women,” as the Satanic Temple noted in a press release.

There was a time when national organizations would quickly repudiate the support of Satanists (and please don’t insult my intelligence by claiming they don’t really believe this stuff) and national parties would insist their shared pubic support with Satanists doesn’t mean a shared worldview.

Apparently those days are gone.

I’ll give the Pope the last word here:

“Note well how Jesus responds [to temptation]: He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the terrestrial Paradise. Jesus knows well that one can’t dialogue with Satan, because he is so cunning. For this reason, instead of dialoguing, as Eve did, Jesus chooses to take refuge in the Word of God and to respond with the power of this Word. Let us remind ourselves of this in the moment of temptation…: not arguing with Satan, but defending ourselves with the Word of God. And this will save us.”

Daniel Webster notwithstanding, that’s the best advice you will get on the subject of Satan from anyone.


At the Catholic Men’s conference with our WQPH group there was a woman I didn’t recognize passing out cards with a prayer for mercy to anyone willing to take them. It turns out she is one of the many women who spent decades paying the price for the aftereffects of legal abortion.

This is her testimony and my interview that followed

There are many more victims of abortion than just the murdered child.

The Silent no more campaign is here

Project Rachel is here.

If you know a woman who is suffering over an abortion she had, these are excellent resources for her.

Update: You can the video of her her testimony at on the Supreme court steps here

I had lunch with my pastor on Tuesday and the subject of Pope Francis came up.

One of the things he noted is that Francis tends to talk like a pastor counseling an individual in a specific situation rather than like a theologian making pronouncements on the faith.

The problem with this approach being that if you have the international media looking to spin your every word for the sake of drawing eyeballs and clicks not to mention pushing an agenda such pronouncements will likely not bear any resemblance to what you are actually trying to convey.

Yesterday was a great example.

I was driving to pick up a doctor’s note for my sick wife (Between my illness, being laid off and my wife’s illness February has been a bad month for me) and I turned on the radio and heard first CBS & then Rush Limbaugh, talk about the Pope and Donald Trump and the Pope and Contraception and did a double take.

Now if you are a faithful Catholic who is not familiar with the media’s regular attempts to spin everything the Pope says and does you might find yourself talking to your pastor this weekend and asking what’s going on? Is the pill OK to take now? Is the border fence considered a mortal sin?

However if you are a regular reader of the this blog you likely decided to do what I did, wait till you got home and look to see if John Allen vatican reporter extraordinaire reported on this and try to find the actual text of the various exchanges.

Lucky for Catholic everywhere Captain Ed Morrissey was on the job because at 4PM yesterday the Ed Morrissey show was coming on and lo and behold along with Salma Zito and our favorite Yid with Lid he had Mr. John Allen as a guest.

and he followed this up with a post at Hotair linking to the Catholic News service which had the actual transcripts of what the Pope said in context.

Here is the Donald Trump question and answer

Phil Pullella, Reuters: Today, you spoke very eloquently about the problems of immigration. On the other side of the border, there is a very tough electoral battle. One of the candidates for the White House, Republican Donald Trump, in an interview recently said that you are a political man and he even said that you are a pawn, an instrument of the Mexican government for migration politics. Trump said that if he’s elected, he wants to build 2,500 kilometers of wall along the border. He wants to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, separating families, etcetera. I would like to ask you, what do you think of these accusations against you and if a North American Catholic can vote for a person like this?

Pope Francis: Thank God he said I was a politician because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus.’ At least I am a human person. As to whether I am a pawn, well, maybe, I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people. And then, a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.

and here is the question on the Zika virus and contraception:

Paloma García Ovejero, Cadena COPE (Spain): Holy Father, for several weeks there’s been a lot of concern in many Latin American countries but also in Europe regarding the Zika virus. The greatest risk would be for pregnant women. There is anguish. Some authorities have proposed abortion, or else to avoiding pregnancy. As regards avoiding pregnancy, on this issue, can the Church take into consideration the concept of “the lesser of two evils?”

Pope Francis: Abortion is not the lesser of two evils. It is a crime. It is to throw someone out in order to save another. That’s what the Mafia does. It is a crime, an absolute evil. On the ‘lesser evil,’ avoiding pregnancy, we are speaking in terms of the conflict between the fifth and sixth commandment. Paul VI, a great man, in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted nuns to use contraceptives in cases of rape.

Don’t confuse the evil of avoiding pregnancy by itself, with abortion. Abortion is not a theological problem, it is a human problem, it is a medical problem. You kill one person to save another, in the best case scenario. Or to live comfortably, no? It’s against the Hippocratic oaths doctors must take. It is an evil in and of itself, but it is not a religious evil in the beginning, no, it’s a human evil. Then obviously, as with every human evil, each killing is condemned.

On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one, or in the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear. I would also urge doctors to do their utmost to find vaccines against these two mosquitoes that carry this disease. This needs to be worked on.

As you can see, in context this sounds a whole lot different that it has been spun. For example his giving “The Benefit of the doubt” to Donald Trump and his comparison of Abortion to Mafia murder apparently were not considered all that newsworthy.

Moreover if the media had bothered to actually cover the Pope in Mexico, as John Allen did, they would know that he was very hard on a particular group of people. The Catholic Bishops:

There’s yet another constituency in Mexico right now feeling rather thoroughly judged by the pontiff, and, for the record, found not altogether up to snuff: the country’s roughly 170 Catholic bishops.

In a remarkable 4,500-word address to the bishops on Saturday, one of the most developed and detailed speeches of his papacy, Francis laid out a vision of the kind of prelate he believes the Church needs today — and left little doubt that it’s not always the kind of shepherd it actually has.

and he didn’t spare the government of Mexico either:

During five days in Mexico, Pope Francis excoriated government elites for denying their people justice and peace, told bishops to do more to alleviate their flock’s suffering at the hands of drug traffickers and corrupt officials, and pointedly avoided the pomp of Mexico City in favor of more humble settings.

While popes often offer gentle criticism on visits abroad, Francis seems to have gone even further in hectoring his hosts this trip. Observers said the pontiff clearly feels that both the Church and the government have failed Mexico’s people.

“The pope literally believes that the devil is on the loose in Mexico, sowing death, misery, and resignation, and he believes that the state, the Church and the drug dealers are complicit,”

I suspect that last critique of Mexico’s government is something every single GOP candidate would agree with, including Donald Trump.

Too bad nobody in the MSM is interested in either reporting his words in Mexico or his words in context in this case. I guess it doesn’t generate enough clicks.

And I suspect my pastor is going to have to explain this to more people who come asking again.


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We constantly hear about brave protesters who stand up to authority who in reality risk nothing by doing so.

Harmony Daws is not such a person:

Daws informed her boss at Sparkling Palaces, a local cleaning business in Portland, that she had recently been named president of Oregon Right To Life. Afterwards, her boss became “cold and distant” for the next week and a half, ORTL said in a statement. She ultimately fired Daws, saying that being pro-life caused Daws to discriminate against other employees.

As an employee who herself hired and fired people for the company, Daws says she never made hiring or firing decisions based on an employee’s abortion beliefs.

“Cleaning is the most neutral thing there is,” Daws said. “You can do it with anybody for anybody.”

But there is nothing in the world less tolerant than a tolerant liberal.

But being fired is not what makes Daws a hero, it was her reaction to it which was in part.

had I known then what the price to accept the presidency would be, I would still have accepted the position. Fighty-eight million children have lost their lives since 1973. Losing a job in my stand for their right to life was a small price to pay.

She plans to go into business for herself.  If I might be so bold as to suggest if I was Donald Trump I’d stake her as it would burnish his pro-life credentials, but perhaps he is worried that some in his base might not be happy with such a move.

If I was Ted Cruz I would immediate start mentioning her on every speech on religious freedom I give.

Closing thought, Imagine if she instead was voted head of Oregon LGBT & her christian boss fired her, would there be any other story in media this weekend?


In part one of the piece I talked about how the Rape & Incest exception standard is the equivalent of Klingon law on earth and used the episode Sins of the fathers  but as I looked closer at the transcript I noticed that the episode also addressed issues that’s aren’t restricted to paying for a father’s sins.

To recoup a bit for those who haven’t read part one,  Worf’s brother presumed dead and hiding under another name tells him on the enterprise that their late father has been accused of Treason & as the older brother has the 1st right to challenge this.  The Price for failure to the challenge is execution so he asks for leave to make his case, Instead Picard takes the enterprise to the Klingon home world to stand with his security chief.

Before he gets there however Worf makes a decision concerning his brother, while he is willing to risk his own life in the challenge he is not willing to risk his brother’s too (at least not outside of honorable combat).

Kern: You need a cha’Dlch to defend you. While accused, you will not be allowed combat.  I would be honoured if you chose me.
Worf: I ask you to stand with me, to be my cha’Dlch.
Kern: The two sons of Mogh! Together, we will restore the family honour.
Worf: No. For the proceedings, you will not reveal your true father.
Kern: I must.
Worf: You will not!
Kern: Because it would mean my death as well if you fail? A Klingon’s honour means more to him than life. Perhaps your human values have clouded your judgement. I insist.
Worf: On this ship, you are my commander and I obey. In Council chambers, you are my cha’Dlch. You do not insist. You obey.

Things quickly get interesting Kern is nearly murdered in an assassination attempt & Capt Picard takes his place.  With the help of the Enterprise crew going through both Klingon they sees something is going on:

Lt Data:  Commander, I have found the basis of the charges against Worf’s father apparently the Klingons recently captured a Romulan shipwith logs that provided new information on the attack.  They clearly indicate a transmission from the outpost to the Romulan ship moments before the shields went down.
Lt. Laforge:  From Worf’s father?
Lt Data: They do correspond to Mogh’s personal security code.
Cmdr Riker:  How can we be sure those records haven’t been  falsified?
Lt. Laforge:  We can cross-check against the Intrepid logs.
Lt Data:  I will try, but the Intrepid was at the edge of sensor range during the attack and we cannot be certain if the scan was complete.
Lt. Laforge:  Looks like a pretty good match-up Data.
Lt Data:  Both Intrepid and Romulan logs show distress signals from Khitomer.
Cmdr Riker:What’s happened there?
Lt. Laforge:  Those are gaps in the Intrepid’s logs. Missing information due to the range.
Lt Data:  That is where Mogh’s transmission should be.
Cmdr Riker: Right in the middle of the gap?
Lt. Laforge:  Wait a second, Data. Back up.  Just before the gap, the time-base on both files are in perfect sync.  But look.  What happens to the signal after the shields are dropped?
Lt Data:  They are no longer synchronous.
Lt. Laforge:  Commander somebody’s been rewriting history.

Furthermore they find a living witness to the attack which Picard, Worf’s new cha’Dlch presents to the counsel, but K’mpec the head of the Klingon High counsel pulls them into chambers before she can say a word and tells them bluntly Worf & Kern will found guilty & executed to cover for his accusers (the actual guilty parties). Picard will have none of it

Picard:Unacceptable, K’mpec!
K’mpec: You have no say in this!
Picard:I speak now as the Captain of the USS Enterprise and Lt Worf’s Commander! You will not execute a member of my crew, nor will I turn his brother over to you!
K’mpec: This is not the Federation, Picard. If you defy an order of the High Council, the alliance with the Federation could fall to dust!
Picard:The alliance with the Federation is not based on lies, K’mpec! Protect your secrets if you must, but you will not sacrifice these men.

So the high council is ready to sacrifice both Worf’s life not for the crimes of his father but to cover up for a bad decision (the decision to lie) driven by their fears for the future.  At this point Worf  throws everyone for a loop.

Worf:I will die for the Empire.
Worf: The cha’Dlch will be silent! Allow my brother to return to his life. Only you need know his true bloodline.

So Worf willingly offers his life for his brother, but the offer is rejected because Kren would seek revenge so Worf finally offers to accept “disaccommodation” basically a guilty plea and personal dishonor a fate wore than death for a Klingon, for the life of his brother and leaves the planet in a state of disgrace he doesn’t deserve

It would be the basis for many great storylines but for the sake of our discussion the important thing is this.

The Counsel is ready to kill him and worse not for any crime but to hide the crimes of others and to spare themselves the embarrassment of their decision not to deal with an unpleasant and unexpected reality.

Isn’t that what most abortion is all about?

The typical person getting an abortion is a person who has chosen to be sexually active, had consensual sex,  and has either failed to use the incredibly available, very inexpensive,  methods of birth control or failed to use it properly, and doesn’t want to deal with the normal designed biological result of human intercourse , pregnancy,  due to embarrassment or expense or personal plans.

That person is not a victim or someone dealing with a disease, they are not seeking “healthcare” They are countering the human body acting normally to their choice to be sexually active.

To that person the life of the child does not trump those considerations

Maybe they lets the culture push them to it, maybe they got pressure from family, friends and the father, maybe they aren’t aware of the many forms of help such as Belmont Abby’s marvelous  miria via but no matter how you slice it.  The mother who aborts takes K’Mpec’s path seeking their own immediate comfort (a false comfort that doesn’t last).

Thus does a parent demand that their child and all that child’s future descendants pay with their lives for said parent’s decisions.

The fictional Klingon High counsel would approve.  It’s a disgrace that so many real humans do as well.

On this anniversary of Roe v Wade there is one aspect of the abortion debate that people do their best to shy away from, the “rape & incest” exception.

Despite being statistically insignificant in terms of abortion This tends to come up any time one defends life because it plays the shock and horror card and attempts to size the moral high ground away from the subject of life. In fact in a discussion today it was played on me.

And the answer to that question comes to us via the Classic Star Trek TNG episode Sins of the Father

In the episode a Klingon Officer is assigned to the enterprise as part of an officer exchange program & does all he can to provoke Worf. He eventually reveals why

Worf: So you asked to serve aboard the Enterprise to watch me?
Kern: It was an excellent opportunity to see what kind of Klingon you were.
Or if you were a Klingon at all!
Worf: Your deception offends me, Brother.
Kern: It should. But it was required.
Worf: To satisfy your curiosity.
Kern: No. Much more. You are the eldest son. The challenge is yours to make.
Kern:The Klingon High Council has judged our father a traitor to the Empire.

Worf goes to Picard explains the charges against his father, asks for a leave and explains the stakes:

Worf: Our family name will be disgraced for seven generations. It is my responsibility to clear his name or answer for his crimes.
Capt Picard: Answer for them?
Worf: The family of a Klingon warrior is responsible for his actions and he is responsible for theirs. If I fail in my challenge, I will be executed.

So the standard for the Klingon is your father commits the crime, you oughta die.

Under klingon law Worf is expected to die for the sins of his father.

Worf: I am Worf, son of Mogh. I have come to challenge the lies that have been spoken of my father.
K’Mpec: Worf, son of Mogh,you have challenged the judgement of the Council. Are you prepared to answer for this if you fail?
Worf: Yes! With my life.

That his father is dead has no bearing, that he has lived a useful and honorable life doesn’t matter. His father committed a terrible crime so by Klingon law he must die.

Sound familiar? It sure did to me.

I don’t accept the an abortion exception for rape any more than I’d support the execution of the children of the cologne attackers for their father’s acts.

When you say you’ll accept exceptions for rape & incest you’re saying “unborn life matters unless one or both parents are evil”

I won’t

But that’s only half the comparison applying to a tiny minority of cases, the Klingon law comparison applies even to abortion in general as this episode further illustrates.

But that’s the 2nd post

Oh one last thought, while Worf was willing to risk death if his father was condemned, the unborn doesn’t get that option.

Update: Part two is now up and there is an interesting epilogue to a later episode worth noting as well.

At the end the episode Redemption Part 2 (a two parter worth watching) The new head of the Klingon Empire has just convicted Torval, the son of Duras who killed Worf’s wife, and as a reward for Worf’s faithful service does this:

Gowron: …Worf. This child’s family wrongly took your name and your honour from you. In return, I give his life to you.

Worf takes the dagger offered him and Everyone including Toral, waits for him to deliver the killing blow. He does not. Finally his brother approaches him.

Kurn: What’s wrong? Kill him!
Worf: No.
Kurn: But it’s our way. It is the Klingon way.
Worf: I know. But it is not my way. Turning to the assembly he loudly declares This boy has done me no harm and I will not kill him for the crimes of his family.
Gowron: Then it falls to Kurn.
Worf: No. No, you gave me his life, and I have spared it.

When a woman chooses to defy convention and spare her child, a child completely innocent (unlike the above mentioned Torval who was the figurehead of the rebellion) of the crime of it’s father. They are like Worf bravely defying the pressure of our modern and often unjust culture.

Such a woman should be honored and celebrated.


Sorry about the lack of posting yesterday a doctors visit for IV antibiotics for the illness that kept me from work this week turned into a hospital admission for the first time in decades.

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All Night Eucharistic Pro-Life Vigil

Thursday January 21 (3 pm)  to

Friday January 22 (5 am)

Holy Mass at 1 am

Celebrant Fr. Maurice Ashley Agbaw-Ebai

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Mike Huckabee is trying to make hay of Ted Cruz’s statement that Gay Marriage is not a top three issue for him.  He’s pretending that Cruz doesn’t think the issue is important even though Ted Cruz was the only other GOP candidate who was there for the Rally for Kim Davis and it was only a body or two strategically placed by team Huck that kept him off the main stage.

What Cruz has said is that Gay Marriage is not a top three issue for him, but you might be surprised considering all I’ve written on the topic  & the culture wars is that it’s not a top 3 issue for me either.

Now I can’t speak for Ted Cruz or Mike Huckabee but here is my top 3 list.

Right now for me Issue #1 is the war on terror specifically the threat of ISIS.

You can’t fight a culture war if you’re dead and ISIS threatens not only the US but all of western civilization and in fact the world.

Then comes issue #2 for me, The Border and Illegal Immigration.

You can’t fight a culture war in your country unless you have a country and you don’t have a country if you don’t have borders.

and that’s not even talking about how important the border is to the war on ISIS or the threat from the various drug cartels that are walking across it.

Does Mike Huckabee think that the border is not a top three issue?

Now there are plenty of issues that are worthy of #3.  There is the black lives matter, race relations and the war on cops, there is Gay Marriage and the broader religious freedom issue, there is Russia and NATO, China in the pacific and of course the Economy, but for me there is only one Issue that can go to #3


Abortion trumps all of those remaining issues including the cultural ones because once a country is safe (issue #1) and it’s borders secure (#2) you need to have a country that supports and values life.

Without valuing life, black lives can’t matter (only Abortion is more dangerous to black Americans than the gangs that are slaughtering them in the cities), without the lives thrown away in abortion you don’t have the manpower to for a military to confront Russia or China and unless you respect the lives of your own people you won’t find value in the lives of those oppressed by such totalitarians.  Without the respect for life you throw away the people who drive the economy and you don’t respect the people who work within it and while Gay Marriage is a foolish narcissistic choice it can’t trump the right for a person to be born and make that foolish choice.

And anyways if it turn out that the current liberal meme concerning being “born gay” is right, the right and value of every unborn child becomes more critical because the moment homosexuality can be determined in vitro you will see a gay genocide.  Every human life has value.  Some people object to the murder of Gay people by ISIS, I object to their murder in the womb as well.

Now again I don’t know what is the priority for Mike Huckabee but if he is hitting Ted Cruz for not having Gay Marriage as a top 3 issue but for it to crack top 3 then one of the ones on my list can’t be on his list.

So tell me Governor, which issue ISIS, Immigration or abortion is not important enough to make the Huckabee top 3?

Inquiring minds want to know.


Handbills are now appearing in reaction to the Killings at Harpers FerryVirginia  some examples

we’ve seen this

After Harpers Ferry shooting, Plantation owners blame GOP rhetoric for

“toxic environment”

Richmond Herald Politics Oct 29, 1859

and this

I’m not kidding:  who in the Beltway press corps has the eggs to ask Harriet Stowe if the release of Uncle Tom’s Cabin got people killed in Harper’s Ferry?

Laura Chapin Oct 29, 1859

  and this

Tonight & always I stand with Virginia Landowners & I stand against terrorist and the lying political opportunists who tacitly encourage it

Andy Richter October 28 1859

October 1859:
Democrat Members of Congress were united in condemning the rhetoric of abolitionists following the John Brown Raid in Harper’s Ferry in which 7 people were killed including 1 Marine and 10 wounded (not counting casualties among the raiders)

It is offensive and outrageous that some politicians are now claiming this tragedy has nothing to do with the toxic environment they helped create,” Democrat chair David Allen Smalley said in a statement released today.

Smalley singles out Abe Lincoln and Salmon Chase by name, accusing them of “using this tragedy to repeat false claims about Slavery,” and says it’s not enough to denounce the tragedy without also stopping their rhetoric against slaveholders nationwide.

Other State Pols have chimed in Governor of Virginia Henry A Wise had this to say in an interview with Harper’s Weekly

Harper’s Weekly: I do want to ask you a final question here. we now know that John Brown referenced Slavery and Whippings when he was arrested. Prominent Plantation owners are calling this domestic terrorism. Do you agree with that assessment?

Henry A Wise: Well, certainly it’s — it is a form of terrorism, and maybe in some way, it’s a function of the inflammatory rhetoric that we see on all — I mean, so many issues now, there are abolitionists, and, you know, public forums where they really focus on trying to get people to that point of boiling over and just intense anger.

And I think maybe it’s time to look at, how do we tone down some of that rhetoric? Obviously, no one is going to try and reduce free speech in this country, but that rhetoric clearly is — if people are in some way emotionally unstable or psychologically unbalanced, that intensity of rhetoric sometimes seems to pull a trigger in their brain that they lose contact with what reality is.

Harper’s Weekly: So, are you calling — just to sort of see what you’re saying here a little more clearly, are you calling for changes in newspapers and broadsheets?

Henry A Wise: No, no, I’m not — I’m in no way trying to limit free speech.

I think that the — our community, right, the United States of America, ought to begin a discussion looking at, how do you begin to tone back the inflammatory rhetoric that, in some ways, it might be good for, I don’t know, selling newspapers and advertisements or whatever, but, in some way, it is inflaming people to the point where they can’t stand it, and they go out and they lose connection with reality in some way and commit these acts of unthinkable violence.

I’m not saying that we restrict people’s freedom of speech, nowhere, nowhere near that. But I think we should have a discussion of, you know, at least urging caution when we discuss some of these issues, so that we don’t get people to a point of going out and committing senseless violence.

Harpers also talked to rumoured GOP Presidential Candidate Abraham Lincoln for comment

Harpers:I do want to begin with this shoot-out that took place on at the Armory in Harpers Ferry.

You heard that law enforcement is now telling Harpers the shooter has anti-slavery, anti-government views. And he referenced whippings following the attack. The Association of Plantation Owners of the Virginia put out this following statement.

It said: “We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.”

What do you make of this argument, Congressman?

Abe Lincoln:Regardless of why Brown did it, what he did is domestic terrorism, and what he is did is absolutely abominable, especially to those of us in the abolitionist movement, because there’s nothing about any of us that would condone or in any way look the other way at something like this.

And there’s no excuse for killing other people, whether it’s happening on the Plantation, inside their slave quarters, where many millions of blacks die, or whether it’s people attacking Plantations.

We ought to value life. Every life truly does have worth and value. And this is an incredible tragedy. And I don’t know of anybody who will say anything other than just outright condemnation for this horrible, horrible, despicable act of murder.

Harpers Weekly: Plantation Owners seems to be — well, it is blaming the rhetoric that popped up following the Publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and various speeches by Sojourner Truth & Fredrick Douglas. And they say the rhetoric really has created this environment where this happened.

Do you agree with that?

Lincoln:I don’t know of any Abolitionist leader, any — if you can tell me one, please correct me, but I don’t know of anybody who has suggested violence toward Slaveholders or some act of violence toward their plantations. I have not heard that, not from one single anti-slavery person.

I have heard universal condemnation, whether it’s from the National Era publishers of Uncle Tom’s Cabin , whether it’s from pro-emancipation advocates. And I consider myself one of them. I know of nobody who has ever suggested that Plantations be the target of some type of violent attack.

So, I think that’s a little bit disingenuous on the part of Plantation Owners to blame people who have a strong philosophical disagreement with the enslavement of human beings and with the selling of black Americans to say that we would like to retaliate by sending some madman into a Slave Territory to kill people.

God knows that’s not what anybody would want. And this person, apparently, from everything we know, very unstable person, and just a terrible tragedy, especially for that Marine and his family.

Harpers:This shooting has certainly revived the debate over slavery. You support banning slavery by declaring that a black slave is a person that has rights under the Constitution.

Can you explain under your plan what the criminal penalty would be for a Slaveholder if they attempted to hold a slave?

Lincoln:I have often said, Brianna, that there are two victims with Slavery. One is the Black Slave who loses his freedom, and the other is often the landowner who feels he has no other option.

Finally the leading pro-slavery Paper in the Capital had this to say

To many Pro Slavery advocates, it seemed only a matter of time before something like this happened.

Ever since the publication of the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin ,  by an antislavery author  accused Plantation Owners of mistreating slaves , threats against slaveholders had escalated to unprecedented levels, slave traders say. They stepped up collaboration with the Federal authorities and local police and stiffened security at Plantations. But on Sunday, their worst fears came true: A group of men walked into the Armory in Harpers Ferry Springs and opened fire.

Maybe it’s just me but it seems I’ve heard all of this before somewhere.


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Yesterday I varied my routine and instead of staying up till noon or 1 then going to bed for work, I hit the sack as soon as I got home from after work mass and got up at 3 pm in time to catch the drama of the Colorado shootings alternating from the coverage of the story and Ken Burns Baseball.

When my wife saw on facebook that there was an “active shooter” at a planned parenthood in Colorado Springs I sighed. Mortal Sin is not the way to answer mortal sin, murder is not the answer to murder and I would no more advocate the violent murder of an abortionist than I would have advocated a lynch mob stringing up Tsarnaev if he had been acquitted.

I do not hold it against people making the initial assumption that the shooting had something to do with Planned Parenthood any more than I would critique anyone initially assuming that an attack on a Jewish center involved Islamic or Palestinian terror.

As of this writing I’ve heard conflicting news reports concerning if the planned parenthood was targeted. For example:

12:54 p.m.:

At least three officers are injured, as well as multiple others. There are no estimates of the number injured or whether there are fatalities.

The shooter is “contained,” according to Lt. Kirk Wilson, a Colorado Springs police spokesman. Officers are working to “extricate” an officer who is at the scene, but police could not immediately reach him.

1:34 p.m.:

The shooting situation remains active and the shooter is not contained. Colorado Springs police says there is no connection to Planned Parenthood and shooting victims are getting treatment.

At one point Allahpundit finally declared:

I’m so thoroughly confused at this point, I think maybe it’s best not to update any further.

As I type the the suspect has just been taking in custody the Lt. Catherine Buckley has just said this:

“To even speculate on a motive would not be reasonable.”

and Eric Boehlert of all people brought up a fact I wasn’t aware of

I’ve seen nothing on the fact that this was the 2nd shooting of the type in the city in under 30 days, a fact that would be a vast improvement for Chicago but is unthinkable for a place like Colorado springs.

By the time you read this Saturday morning of course we may in fact know if this was an attack targeted at planned parenthood or if the shooter just ended up there, but what struck me immediately was the difference in how the media looked at this event vs Islamic Terror.

In almost every single incident involving Islamic terror the media is scrupulous to do two things

1.   Not declare it Islamic Terror

2.  Disassociate Islam in General from the attack

This has taken place even though the people in question declare themselves muslim, have associated themselves with muslims such as ISIS (the first I standing for Islamic) and it take no effort to find islamic clerics around the world calling for the very terrorist acts.


Now let’s consider the shootings in Colorado.  Everything I’ve seen on CNN so far (excluding the police press conferences) has been all about planned parenthood, claiming the videos were “heavily edited” and playing the narrative.

Planned Parenthood fundraising off the shooting  and declarations of Christian terror on twitter notwithstanding, you will not be able to find an actual ordained Catholic Priest a Catholic Bishop or a Catholic Cardinal in communion with Rome endorsing the shooting or murder of an abortionist.  You won’t find such a thing in writing or on youtube.

This should be no surprise as the Catechism of the Catholic Church is very specific on the matter as I mentioned at the time of the Murder of George Tiller six years ago.

1756 It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it. (emphasis mine)

Now granted it’s very hard to predict things, particularly about the future but I’m going to make a few predictions.

Even before this post goes up you will be seeing people blaming pro-life christian activists for these events.

Even though you will not, as I’ve already noted, find a member of the Catholic Clergy endorse violence, you will see media talking heads blaming the church’s position on abortion for radicalizing people. 

You will see the same people who will tell you that Islam is a religion of peace although people are murdered in its name on a daily basis, will be insisting that this event six years after the murder of George Tiller is a sign of continual christian terrorism.

All the Democrat candidates will be pushing this line if they haven’t already started already.

Many on the left who were attacking police in Chicago will suddenly pivot to praise the police in Colorado Springs although you will find a few outliers on twitter hitting them.

The worst part of all of this, if it turns out that Planned Parenthood was not targeted here it will be a great disappointment not for the Christians who correctly call what’s goes on their murder, but among the left who will be delighted to use the deaths of Colorado Springs for their political purposes.

The left will see this as a chance to change the topic from ISIS (who are likely very jealous of the coverage of this story)

Update: Instalanche, thanks Sarah. Also my spell checker turned “abortionist” into “abolitionist” & I didn’t catch it. Considering that I often compare abortion to slavery it’s doubly wrong.


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I’m going to shock a few people here by saying how pleased I am to see John Bel Edwards win in Louisiana

To regular readers of the blog this might be a shock, why on earth would I want to see the democrats get a morale increasing win at a time when things look very bad for them, much better to see them continue to be crushed without mercy.  Particularly if you look at his record on certain issues:

Edwards campaigned as a moderate Democrat; he is an Obama supporter.  One of the first things Governor Edwards will do is to accept the Louisiana Medicaid expansion portion of Obamacare.

Another problem I saw with Edwards is that he is in the pocket of the trial lawyers and would do little to support the tort reform that is contributing to the anti-business climate in this state.  The business climate in this state is dismal…that is unless all you want to come in is more chain restaurants and tattoo parlors.  Not much else is happening here.

Edwards also wants to raise the minimum wage — another anti-business move.

I also find it unsettling that Edwards seems to have no clear position on whether or not he would accept more Syrian refugees into Louisiana and that he has been obfuscating his earlier positions on this for what is apparently a more popular stance.  The Hayride outlined this word-juggling here.  Initially, Edwards posted on Facebook that he would be an “active participant” in talks with the feds so that “we can be partners in the effort to accommodate refugees…”.  Well, if we can forgive Vitter for adultery eight years ago, (as his wife did, by the way), certainly we can forgive Edwards a little verbal nuance, no?  Everyone’s entitled to change their mind, except when they lie about it.

Initially, Edwards want to accommodate and assist the Syrian refugees coming into Louisiana.  After his Facebook posts advocating this position, and the grief he took for it in the comments, he changed his mind.  Curious.

These are all valid points & if I was a republican whose only goal was victory for the republican party  I’d be pretty upset.

But I’m not a republican, I’m a conservative catholic and when I look at John Bell Edwards this is what I see:

His Catholic upbringing and strong family ties have shaped both his commitments to his own community as well as his family. John Bel’s mother taught him both the compassion he demonstrates as a legislator and his belief in the power of prayer. Meanwhile, his family credits his father with ensuring that John Bel carefully considers all sides of an issue before making difficult decisions on behalf of his constituents. This compassion and good judgment, coupled with his ability to understand the details of legislation, has made him a force to be reckoned with among his colleagues in the Louisiana Legislature.

John Bel is married to his high-school sweetheart, the former Donna Hutto and they live in Roseland, Louisiana, with their three children, Samantha, Sarah Ellen, and John Miller. Donna is a public school teacher in Hammond, Louisiana, and John Bel practices law with his nephew in Amite. The Edwards family attends St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite.

And when I look at him on the issues I care about this is what I see:

Like the governor, he is an anti-abortion, pro-gun rights Catholic; his voting record is unblemished on both issues. Edwards is also known in the House as one of the most studied and disciplined legislators on either side of the aisle. Like Jindal, he has a sharp mind for policy.

and has lived this example: emphasis mine

In the 30-second TV spot, Edwards’ wife Donna describes being 20-weeks pregnant when a doctor discovered their child had spina bifida and encouraged her to have an abortion. `I was devastated,` Donna Edwards says. `But John Bel never flinched. He just said, ‘No. No, we’re going to love this baby no matter what.’`

The commercial shows their grown-up daughter with her fiancee as Donna Edwards says, `Samantha’s getting married next spring and she’s living proof that John Bel Edwards lives his values every day.`

Edwards said the ad was his daughter’s idea `to make sure people understood where we are on that issue as it relates to our Catholic Christian faith, being pro-life.` It also draws distinctions from the national Democratic Party, as Edwards positions himself as the kind of moderate Democrat that Louisiana used to regularly elect to statewide office.

Now there was a time when a Democrat who supported Gun Rights, was opposed to abortion and were actual faithful church Catholics was nothing unusual.  Unfortunately that time was over two decades ago back in the days when I was a democrat. It’s why I left the party in 1992

Now he’s weaseled a tad on funding planned parenthood for my taste but as Jazz Shaw put it:

The answer may not be what you think. One part of the equation is that the Democrats found the right guy to run. Edwards’ biography lays it all out. A West Point graduate and Airborne Ranger, Edwards is pro-gun, hawkish and touts his family’s deep religious faith and ties to the church. If you dropped this guy anywhere else in the country he’d be a Republican. Heck.. .he’d be toward the right wing of the party.

Meanwhile in the Lt Gov race the Democrats ran a fellow named Kip Holden who has argued this on abortion

Kip Holden, a Democrat, said: ”You’ve heard that life begins at conception. That’s disputed by a number of people and a number of those people have scientific backgrounds.”

Mr. Holden said the proposed law ”boils down to the haves and the have nots. Yes, abortions will still be performed on those women who can afford to go to other states.”

Holen is also a member of Bloomberg’s Mayors against illegal guns group.

The result?  While Edwards beat Vitter by 12 points, Holden the pro-abortion anti gun democrat lost by 10 to republican Billy Nungessor.

That’s exactly the type of result I want to see.

Now normally an Obama supporting, pro-obamacare Democrat winning the Gubernatorial race in the south would be a huge story for the MSM and we’d see huge headlines and in depth coverage of the winning democrat from the MSM for a week.

But given that this is also the win of  a pro 2nd amendment, anti common core anti-abortion religious catholic combined with a loss for a anti-2nd amendment pro abortion running mate, I think they might give it a miss.

Closing thought, I’m sorry for my friend Pat Austin that she is going to have to deal with a governor who is going to be bad on a lot of issues that are important to people living in Louisiana.

But if the Democrat party decides to start running anti-abortion pro-2nd amendment candidates for governor all over the nation, nobody will be happier than I


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As a person who is a bit of a defense hawk I’m not down on Kelly Ayotte like a lot of other conservatives. I have noted on more than one occasion she has talked real sense on military matters, has been great on Benghazi

On the Hagel hearings she was spectacular:

Yesterday she raised an incredible point at the Hagel Hearings that nobody seems to have caught
Of course he also voted against a sense of the senate in designating the Islamic revolutionary guard corps as a terrorist organization and he told us during the hearing that it was because of it was part of an elected legitimate Iranian government.
I don’t think that the people who rose up in 2009 in the green movement who were persecuted and shot at by the Iranian government would call that government a legitimately elected government. Nor would, at the time that he voted against designating the Islamic revolutionary guard corps as a terrorist organization at the time they were assisting those in Iraq who were murdering our troops.

That is simply devastating. Yet it got absolutely no airtime in the MSM. Why, because it can’t be refuted, there is no way to describe that vote in a positive way and there was nothing in either Senator Ayotte’s demeanor nor her delivery that can be used to attack her on style or substance.

and when she voted against Manchin Toomey she was savaged by the MSM.  As I put it at the time:

The left has wanted to bring down the only national pol to the right of Chris Christie in the NH and now they’ve finally found a picture of Kelly Ayotte they think they can sell to the General public & New Hampshire voters.

Additionally Ms. Ayotte has been willing to give me time on occasion and it’s much appreciated.

Bottom line I like Kelly Ayotte.  She’s not as conservative as me or frankly as I’d like but she the most conservative member of the Senate from any state north-east of Pennsylvania and that combined with her performance on national defense issues means something.

And because I like Kelly Ayotte I’d like to give her some free advice:

If the Jeb Bush team wants to pull stunts like this in NH:

During an appearance at a Jon Huntsman / The Hill “No Labels” event, a female audience member named Lauren Batchelder played the role of a female antagonist toward candidate Donald Trump.

However, Ms. Batchelder is not just an average audience member.  She’s a paid political operative of the GOP and a paid staff member of Team Jeb Bush:

Let him do it with someone who isn’t on your staff:

However, as previously noted, it didn’t take long to discover that Lauren Batchelder was not just an ordinary audience member, she is actually a current staffer for Senator Kelly Ayotte and also working in New Hampshire on behalf of the Jeb Bush 2016 campaign.

Your name being associated with this not only pisses off the base that you are going to need to turn out in full next year to be re-elected  but by asking the question

“…do I get to choose what I do with my body?”

your intern Lauren Batchelder in one fell swoop put your pro-life credentials in doubt and the last thing you need is single issue NH right to life voters deciding you’re not worth their vote.

I don’t know if the Bush people put you up to it or not, if you knew about it or not, or if your staffer did this on her own but for the sake of a one day sound bite that backfired on the Bush campaign, they’ve given the base and the pro-life community, two groups that NEVER forget a reason, to distrust you.

This is bad.

Moreover because of Ms. Batchelder’s attempt to erase her affiliations the apology I’d normally suggest may not fly because destroying the evidence doesn’t do much for one’s credibility, it makes one look like Hillary Clinton.

That was incredibly stupid.

So take my advice:  Approach your staff and tell them this:

“The next time a candidate with a campaign that’s pulling single digits in the polls tries to use them for a stunt with the potential to piss off the base like this you have a choice:  Say NO or resign publicly.”

No charge.

Oh and it goes without saying that if Ms. Batchelder is still working for you by the end of the week the signal it will give to the base and pro-lifers will be so unmistakable that no amount of advice of mine will help.


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Meglos: Well, gentlemen, shall we all descend together into the earth for another thousand years or shall we resume our original arrangements?
Grugger: Well, I’m prepared to forget that little incident.
Meglos: Oh, I hope not.
Brotadac: We’ll remember.

Doctor Who Meglos 1980

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

The words of absolution at the end of confession

There is a new congressional Committee being formed concerning Planned Parenthood and at Red State they have an objection to a specific potential member:

House insiders have indicated to RedState that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) is angling hard to be on the committee. The reasons for Ellmers’ desire to be on the committee are obvious: Ellmers publicly betrayed the pro-life movement during the embarrassing debacle over the 20-week abortion ban – a bill which enjoyed broad, bipartisan support but which failed due to the political cowardice of Ellmers and others. Ellmers already knows that due to this and a number of other high profile votes, she is likely to face a stiff primary challenge as one of the most high profile faces of Republican Failure Theater.

This is something  that due to Rep Ellmers past friendship to this site I reluctantly wrote about here

Full disclosure, I’ve interviewed Rene Ellmers, she was on my radio show and has been a friend to this site. Furthermore I’ve given her the benefit of the doubt in the past when there were questions about some of her positions in the past.

But I’m not a republican and I’m Catholic before I’m conservative and abortion is a sine non qua at this site.

The Red State piece make the following argument against Rep Ellmers

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) 60% already had a chance to do something for the pro-life movement, on a bill that’s much more popular than defunding Planned Parenthood, and she blinked. She does not have legitimate interest in defunding Planned Parenthood or taking any actual substantive action against them. What she wants is television commercial material during her upcoming primary campaign.

However I submit and suggest that Rep. Ellmers situation is the very reason why she might be a more than acceptable choice for this committee.

Given her vulnerability and the fact we are already seeing ads like this drawing tens of thousands of hits:

It would seem to me that Rep Ellmers would have a powerful incentive to be a productive and effective member of this committee.

Red State fears that her presence would only result in phony grandstanding

In other words, allowing Ellmers to participate will to invite another Chaffetz into this hearing – someone who has no interest in using the hearings to actually do or learn anything but rather only to grandstand.

This is not an illegitimate point and if it was 1920, or 1950 or even 1990 there is every chance that this could be the case.

However this is 2015, a member of congress can’t break wind without somebody getting it on cellphone video. If Rep Ellmers attempted to play this kind of game during the hearings the attack ads would likely be on the net before she had a chance to finish yielding her time back to the chair.

If this was the first last and only chance to defend planned parenthood then I could see the point in not taking any chances.

But given the presidential election year our Democrat friends from the lowest minority house members to the White House will have every incentive to fight to the death for every one of those donation dollars that Planned Parenthood provides so while this committee will be important the final nail in the coffin for these baby killers is likely to come in the next congress not this one.

Now I also understand the argument concerning getting a scalp and the example it gives to others but also consider that I’d rather convince a sitting member to see the error of their establishment ways than have to go though the expense of attempting of trying to oust them in a primary.

And it would undercut leadership arguments to members that rather than supporting the Tea Party they have no choice but to cling to leadership for survival.

Of course given that leadership is going to decide who makes this committee if they decide my argument if valid they might just choose to exclude her for the very reasons I gave.

Either way it won’t be boring to watch.

By A.P. Dillon

Yesterday at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, the Planned Parenthood mask of ‘women’s healthcare’ fell.

Hearing Key Points & Other Relevant Information

Despite NY Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s attempt to rescue Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards during the proceedings, it was made clear that the group does not do mammograms. Richards herself stated that to “the best of her knowledge” that none of the Planned Parenthood facilities even had a mammogram machine. (Free Beacon)

When questioned on making statements that Planned Parenthood did indeed do mammograms, Ceclie Richards stated, “we’ve never stated that we did”. Well, yes, they did say that they did mammograms. In fact, Richards said it herself in a 2011 interview. (Weekly Standard)

According to the Planned Parenthood annual report, 327,653 abortions were done in 2013 alone. (Free Beacon)

Of those 327,653 abortions, 36% were black babies according to the CDC. That’s apparently 1,000 times more than blacks killed by law enforcement.  (SooperMexican)

Richards was asked about the Center For Medical Progress (CMP) videos exposing monetary gain through the illegal trafficking of human organs labeled by Planned Parenthood as ’tissue donations’.  Richards said the videos were “deceptively edited” and “heavily doctored.” Her statements seem to imply she’s seen some or all of the videos.
However, just before Richards’ testimony, evidence was provided by a digital security and forensics firm called Coalfire that the full length CMP videos were “authentic and have not been manipulated”. (Daily Signal)

Abortions make up 86% of revenue for Planned Parenthood. Only 3% of their revenue comes from other services. (Twitchy)

There was the revelation of “exorbitant travel expenses,” incurred by Planned Parenthood. Included in the “exorbitant” list was $622,706 for “blowout parties” with celebrity guests. Also included was $34.8 million for its NYC corporate office space and the sale of a 72k square foot condo “to Brookfield Property Partners for $69.6 million.”. (The Hill)

“Richards also said, under oath, that no baby had ever been born alive and then aborted at a Planned Parenthood facility, a claim that was directly contradicted by recent witness testimony in front of the same committee.” (The Hill – there’s a lot more at this link worth your time.)

The question is raised yet again, why does Planned Parenthood need taxpayer dollars if “Planned Parenthood gets about $700B in nongovernmental funds…”? (Hot Air)

Richards is paid over $500,000 a year. She got a big raise of $240,000 in 2013. Rep. Chaffetz’s documentation showed Richards making $590,000. Richards argued she only makes $520,000. Poor baby.  Apparently, Richards also received $31,000 from  allocated time to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.”  (The Blaze)

Planned Parenthood’s Blood Money Goes To Democrat Defenses

Legal Insurrection noted from the hearing testimony that Planned Parenthood raised $127 million above its expenditures last year.

The question then becomes, what does Planned Parenthood do with their overage?

The answer is, they give it to Democrats or spend it attacking Democrat opponents.

Legal Insurrection also notes:

Outside of abortions, Planned Parenthood’s primary function is filtering money to and from Democratic organizations, giving in excess of $574,000 to candidates seeking federal office alone.

The Planned Parenthood Action fund has spent over $74,000 in 2015 – on attacking Clinton opponents. Dark Money, anyone?

Planned Parenthood’s Action fund ranks 22 in the list of top political non-profit spending. The Action Fund’s total spending reported to the IRS is $42,192,016. Of that, $8,250,439 was political spending. Only $6,634,390 was reported to the FEC.

A valid question to be posed to Democrats now is, are our children “just a matter of line items” in their campaign finance reports?

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
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I’ve noticed that the MSM has not missed any opportunity to lionize Pope Francis at any time during his trip here to the US (with the possible exception of his visit to the little sisters of the poor which they ignored).

I’m a fan of the Holy Father and have absolutely no objection to him being celebrated, particularly if it increases the chance of people giving the church a 2nd look. That being said I’d like to give a quick reminder to our friends in the Media and on the left of some of the things this Pope has NOT said or done.

He has NOT redefined Mortal sin or their consequences.

While he has reached out to all and treated gay people such as Mo Rocca with respect as the catechism requires Homosexual Acts remain mortal sins that according to the faith “Cry out to heaven for vengeance” and remain to quote the faith “Intrinsically disordered”.

While Nancy Pelosi might have met Pope Francis and Democrats in the House cheered him alas Abortion not only remain a mortal sin but the very act of having or assisting in one still carries automatic excommunication in the church.

While Andrew Cuomo’s “Companion” been prayed for & many people with all kinds of relationships greeted with smiles and waves, he has not changed the rules concerning adultery or fornication both remain mortal sins and a danger to the soul. In fact it’s worth noting that the Catholic he emphasized, Dorothy Day was adamant about sex belonging to marriage and furthermore

She urged her readers to follow the entirely of the Church’s teachings on abortion, birth control, and divorce in a column published in the early 1970s—when the modern feminist movement was in full swing.

And While Francis held a mass for 20,000 yesterday and is scheduled to hold one for a cool million today he hasn’t changed the rules concerning the reception of Holy Communion, meaning that every time you receive while in a state of Mortal Sin you commit a band new mortal sin on top of everything else.

Furthermore while he has rightly and continually talked about the mercy of God, as he has for years, he has not changed the need to have perfect contrition for said sin or to confess such mortal sin sacramental to be forgiven. Said forgiveness being necessary to avoid the consequences of rejecting Christ, said consequences being as Jesus himself put it, “eternal punishment.”

He has not done this despite the fact Christ’s statement:

Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

applies equally to him as it did to every other successor of St Peter over the centuries.

Now as I said, I like Pope Francis, I’ve read what he’s written, followed what he’s said and largely agreed with it.  Furthermore I understand the tactic he is using to help people toward salvation and as he is both an experienced pastor and the Vicar of Christ elected by the college of cardinals after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, I have no business questioning said tactics. While I don’t have the slightest idea what God and the Holy Spirit are doing I presume and trust they do.

So to repeat it’s important to note none of the positive pronouncements of the media have changed any of the facts I have just laid out. Facts that said media, and many of the people they are spinning, would find extremely disturbing.

Alas they, like the faith itself remain the absolute truth and  people pretend otherwise at their eternal peril.

Yesterday when the Pope made remarks on Climate Change the Networks trumpeted it from the highest heights.

However this was not the only newsworthy thing he did:

Given the Obamacare mandate lawsuit and the President’s statement to the Pope concerning religious freedom, the fact that his government is suing them to force them to violate their faith is ironic, so the Pope’s visit would seem quite newsworthy.

Unless you are NBC

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or CNN

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ABC found it much more newsworthy than the others. They decided it was worth two whole sentences!

-NOTED: Yesterday, Pope Francis made an off-the-record visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor to show his support for their fight against the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, ABC’s MEREDITH MCGRAW notes. In late August, the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Little Sisters of the Poor a short-term shelter from the mandate.

That is considerably less coverage that Twitchy managed to give it by 9:51 PM last night.

Given that the idea of the Pope making the republicans uncomfortable has been a constant theme of media coverage you would think that this symbolic move of support for Nuns being sued by the US government might be a tad more newsworthy.

One would almost think the MSM had an agenda when it comes to their coverage of the Pope and this particular Pontifical visit doesn’t fit it.

Update: Somehow Aleteia found time to cover it

The meeting, which was not on the pope’s publicly-released schedule of events, was held just hours after the pontiff met with President Obama at the White House. Father Lombardi did not say where, but he noted that the Little Sisters have a convent near the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where Pope Francis celebrated a late afternoon Mass. It is likely that he visited the order just after celebrating the liturgy.

If ONLY the msm had access to the same resources as Aleteia does.

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I’ve been re-watching Ken Burns Civil War series which is one of the finest Television shows that has ever been made & one of the best argument for PBS back in the three network days.

They talked about Robert E. Lee being opposed to both Slavery (he called it a Moral & Political evil) and Secession but fighting to defend both of these principles he opposed because of his loyalty to the state of Virginia.

It brought to mind this interview with Catholic Vice President Joe Biden:

“I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being,” Biden said, during an interview with Father Matt Malone, S.J. of “America Media.”

Biden, however, said that he would not “impose” that view on “non-­God­-fearing people that have a different view.”

At one point, Biden also acknowledged that “abortion is always wrong,” but again, he doesn’t want to “impose doctrine” on other people.

In fact Biden has been willing in the senate to fight for and defend abortion.

One could say truthfully that Joe Biden loyalty to the Democrat party is akin to Robert E. Lee’s loyalty to Virginia, so great that he is willing to fight for things he believes are wrong in order to support them.

People on the left keep getting offended when I compare the defense of Abortion to the Defense of Slavery.

But when you consider that Lee and Jefferson Davis who were both opposed to secession were willing to defend it no matter how much blood it cost, how can you not see every pol who claims to be personally opposed to abortion but fight to fund it and preserve to be any different from all those others who fought to preserve slavery no matter what their personal feelings.

Come to think of it, those guys were Democrats too.

Liberal Democrats seem to reconcile their putative adherence to the Catholic Church in curious ways.

For instance, Nancy Pelosi insists that “My family is very pro-life,” while asserting,

“I think everyone grants everyone their position,” she said. “The church has their position, and we have ours, which is that a woman has free will given to her by God.”

That earned her this NYT headline: In Pelosi, Strong Catholic Faith and Abortion Rights Coexist.

Jennifer Steinhauer, the author of that article, prior to quoting Nancy, claims that

For Ms. Pelosi, the notion of disagreeing with other Catholics about abortion has not weighed on her sense of faith.

Or, as Thomas Williams puts it,

For the House Minority Leader, Steinhauersept [sic] wrote, “the issue of abortion rights has always been ancillary to her unwavering faith and deep approbation for generations of popes.” If by “ancillary,” Steinhauersept [sic] means “in open contradiction to,” then perhaps she has a point.

Likewise, Joe Biden told a leading liberal Catholic publication that determining when life begins is “above my pay grade”. At least

Biden agreed that the Catholic faith teaches that “abortion is always wrong.”

Princeton University professor (and one of Ted Cruz’s mentors while at P.U.) Robert George considers Biden “an incorrigibly silly man” who is profoundly wrong on abortion; following yesterday’s Senate vote Prof. George commented,

Today all but three Democrats in the United States Senate voted to block a bill that would have provided at least some protection for unborn children after 20 weeks. Recently 177 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives voted against legislation to prohibit the killing of a child who is born alive after surviving an abortion. The Democratic Party has gotten itself so drunk on me-generation liberal ideology that it cannot bring itself to accept even the smallest limitations on the killing of unborn children, even fully developed babies who are capable of feeling pain, even a child born alive after an abortionist has failed in an attempt to kill him or her in the womb. How did the Democrats become the servile tool of the abortion industry and lobby? What happened to the party’s commitment to the equal worth and dignity of each and every member of the human family? How did a political party that once prided itself on “standing up for the little guy” become “the party of death”?

Lest you believe that Williams and George are too harsh on Pelosi and Biden, read what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say:


2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.72

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.73My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.74

2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:

You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.75God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.76

2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. “A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,”77 “by the very commission of the offense,”78 and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law.79 The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.

2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation

Nancy and Joe are Democrats, but when it comes to abortion, they plead ignorance and indifference (at best) to the Catholic Church’s position. When it comes to that constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation, they have certainly failed.

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At the Federalist Leslie Loftis has a post on the refugee crisis with a telling title:

Why Do Refugees Matter Only After The Christians Are Dead?

She goes into some detail noting that it wasn’t until it was a question of Muslims fleeing the middle east that the media noticed the “crisis”.

In the past 18 months, the crisis has touched on star power, devastating tales of dead children and women and men, destruction of ancient structures (there’s a Wikipedia entry for all of that), religious extremism—everything that normally makes for a news sensation.

But only now, when the Christians have largely left or been enslaved or killed, and the intervention options have dwindled and become more difficult because ISIS has taken territory and terrorized the population, we see furious article sharing, email threads, and Twitter campaigns. Oh my! Dead toddler! We must help! Make blog posts! We need a hashtag! Send money and stuff! Shame everyone to do the right thing!

All of this is completely predictable: If there is one thing in common that the left has it’s a hatred of christianity as I said two years ago:

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?

At least as long as the faith involved isn’t Islam:

Yes you would be racist to bring up this just as you are intolerant if you object to gay marriage…with some exceptions:

A female teacher of Islamic religious studies is causing stir with her declarations. As reported by Der Standard, while giving a lesson on religion the woman allegedly declared among other things that homosexuals should be incinerated.

Note she didn’t say they couldn’t get married before they are incinerated. The reaction of the Islamic community?

The Islamic Religious Community presumes that after having spent a whole year near Mecca, she has lost sense of what one can say in a Western society.”

Note that, not what is true, not what is right, what can be said.

Maybe Kim Davis can answer that one.

One must remember Christianity is everything the left despises:

It teaches the unity of men, when the power of the left comes from dividing by race or color or creed.

It acknowledges God as the source of our freedom and free will, rather than the state or another giving such freedom

It restrains appetites, greed (thou shalt not covet), lust ( thou shalt not commit adultery), spin (though shalt not bear false witness) and does so by simple rules, rather than letting one do what they want, when you want.

It forgives and accepts anyone, on the condition that said person acknowledges and repents of their sins or at the very least commits to fight the temptation to them.

It gives the absolute freedom to walk away from it, while giving you until the very last second of your life to re-consider before actual judgement is passed.

And worst of all, to those who embrace it the strongest it gives courage, the courage to stand against any slander, any pressure and even die for the sake of Christ rather than sin.

That’s why friendly gestures to the Pope (out of fear of offending Hispanic voters) not withstanding the left will never complain about persecuted & dead Christians, because to them it’s a feature not a bug.

Yid with Lid at his new site lidblog.com tells us that Whoopi Goldberg is going all in on Planned Parenthood.

On The View today Whoopi Goldberg made a request I am totally happy to comply with, “Get out of my vagina!” Actually the thought of not complying made me throw up in my mouth a bit. “The View” maven Goldberg weighed in on the newly revived Planned Parenthood debate, and Carly Fiorina’s statement which “The View” called a lie.

Now the funny thing about this is our friends on the left like Whoopi, they object strongly to our opinion on Abortion, they object loudly to showing the bloody truth of what Planned Parenthood, they object to our marches, or protests and everything else.

But despite this they apparently object even louder to the idea that my tax dollars might not be used to fund Planned Parenthood.

So Whoopi I’ll take your objections to our critiques to abortion seriously when you decide that you don’t need my money to pay for them.

Alas when will the Media ever understand the recipe for disaster:

Start with Carly Fiorina the GOP woman they pushed to get in the main debate at a time when Hillary Clinton Popularity is dropping like a rock.

ADD: The highest ratings for any program in the history of CNN

Mix in: The media lionizing her performance (it was very good I placed her a close 3rd)

Bake in : Her challenging this giant audience watching to view the planned parenthood videos that the MSM have totally ignore.

Yield: Millions of people discovering a story only because they heard it from a person the media have been celebrating.

Serve: The media’s reputation on a platter as suddenly they have to spin a story they ignored to people whose first exposure to it was Fiorina and whose likely second was from seeing the videos of people casually either dissecting or talking about dissecting babies and crushing their skulls to harvest parts for money.

The irony is by ignoring the story they allow it to get out without their trademark spin.

God works in mysterious ways, if more of the MSM believed in him perhaps they would have known that.


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Your man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to have a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head.

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters I

The latest planned parenthood video has come out and congress has now decided they want a closer look:

Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena to the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) for all unedited video footage in their possession relating to the acquisition, preparation, and sale of fetal tissue. CMP is prevented from releasing footage due to a lawsuit filed by the National Abortion Federation to keep the videos out of the public domain.

This move has caused some panic among their fans but this one is my favorite


That image alone is enough to break irony meters.  A person who self identifies as “voice for the helpless” is upset about attacks on Planned Parenthood. Apparently the definition of “helpless” is so narrow that an unborn child doesn’t qualify. So let’s just look at the account page and exactly what is being talked about here..


I suspect that if planned parenthood did to whales and dolphins what they did to children this person would be absolutely horrified and outraged but because they are killing and dissecting humans they are worthy of not only existence but proactive defense.

However as this person is bothered enough by this situation to express her ire publicly, never let it be said that I didn’t offer a constructive solution to this person’s desire to end the attacks on Planned Parenthood.

If they did this the attacks on Planned parenthood would end almost instantly.

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The MSM is breathless and laughing my head off:

I suspect Ed Morrissey has reached a point where this ignorance doesn’t phase him as much

none of this should be terribly newsworthy anyway. The Catholic Church teaches that all sins can be forgiven through Christ for those who truly repent and intend to refrain from that sin in the future. That’s true of murder, abortion, and all sorts of other sins. That does not alleviate people from the temporal consequences of sin, but it does allow the truly penitent to offer up their sins to Christ and rejoin the path of salvation. The sacrament of reconciliation exists to bring those who stray back into communion with the Church.

This isn’t just basic Christianity it’s Bible 101

(Jesus) said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

John 20:21-23


Ed Further notes in an update that this “big change” isn’t as big as you might think, particularly in the US

My friend Father Z’s post from June 2014 confirms that the procedural change on abortion is mostly an affirmation of what’s already taking place in all American dioceses, under a grant from St. John Paul II:

But the tone of the MSM suggest they are completely surprised that the sin of Abortion can be forgiven. This is this is such basic first grade knowledge that it prompted this tweet from Mollie Hemingway:

Yes Mollie they can in fact their ignorance and desire to support this meme causes them to miss the real groundbreaking news in this announcement, all that is except for John Allen who should hold a symposium for journalist so they can ask him questions about Christianity & the Catholic Church & he can educate them.

The pontiff also decided that any Catholic who confesses his or her sins during the year to a priest of the Society of St. Pius X, a traditionalist breakaway group not approved by Rome, will nevertheless be considered licitly forgiven.

Francis expressed hope on Tuesday that a rupture with the society may be overcome “in the near future,” seeming to style his opening as a prelude to broader reconciliation.

That is HUGE news and Father Z expands on it further (emphasis mine):

Along with this, the fact of Pope Francis’ move, together with the wording, confirms what I have been saying all along about the priests of the SSPX: they do not and have not had the faculty validly to absolve sins! The fact that this is being granted for the Year of Mercy bears out what I have been saying.

That said, if the Holy Father is willing to go this far with the priests of the SSPX, is it hard to imagine that this merciful concession might not be extended beyond the Year of Mercy? I would like to think so!

Next, this concession also underscores a point I have been making all along. If only Nixon could go to China, perhaps Pope Francis is the Pope who will reconcile the SSPX!


A million souls brought into full communion with the church? Sounds like a winning idea to me!

However I suspect that the media couldn’t tell the difference between the SSPX and the SPCA but if they did know it I suspect they would be horrified at the idea that the Pope is reaching out to them.

If you want to read the bulletin yourself (and you should) it is here, but there is one solid message vital to your eternal existence that the Pope is promulgating, a message that the media wants you to ignore:


Closing thought:

My protestant friends insist that there is no need or purpose for sacramental confession so I would ask them this:

 If Christ didn’t want us to seek forgiveness from within the church why did he explicitly give the Apostles as a whole the capacity to both forgive sins and to hold them bound?  Does that not suggest the need for someone to independently judge is one is truly contrite or just mouthing the words and the need for someone wracked with the guilt of sin to explicitly hear the words: “You are forgiven”?  

It’s one thing to believe you are forgiven, it’s another to hear it spoken aloud like this:

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

You can not comprehend the comfort those words bring to one who needs to hear them.


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IMG_0377Yesterday all over the country protests took place at Planned parenthood locations highlighting the horrors that we’ve seen from the planned parenthood videos that have been released not only selling organs of children but revealing the slaying of born alive children to get bit of them for profit.

In Massachusetts while there were large protests in Boston and Worcester and Springfield. I choose to attend the small protest in my city of Fitchburg in front of the planned parenthood location there as it was not only the closest but it started at Noon rather than 9 or 10 AM. the closest.

Because Fitchburg is the smallest of the protest cities and unlike the other Planned parenthood locations no abortions take place in Fitchburg it tends to draw small crowds from 15-30 protesters given the day I was curious as to how many people I would see.

I arrived about 11:15 and sat in my car reading in the parking lot across from PP, waiting to see when the first person would show up, at the same time there was loud music in Spanish behind me. Apparently in the city park by the river a small festival was going on and occasionally a spanish family would turn up and head down there.

Around 11:40 I say my first “Choose Life” license plate turn up. It was a family I’d never seen before and they consented to an interview.

As it got closer to Noon a few people I recognized tricked in, I asked one about the turnout and she joked. “you know us Catholics, we like to show up at the last-minute.”

She was right in one respect at about 11:55 people started showing up in quantity many of them from my new parish St. Bernard’s Parish at St. Camillus church including our Pastor and Religious solitary nun, but the turnout wasn’t strictly Catholic.

I saw many faces that I didn’t recognize including Sarah whose family had signs that I absolutely loved. She spoke to me next.

At about five past 12 the crowd was over 60 and things began. Dr. Mark Rollo was the primary speaker.

And he was followed by Tom Harvey who despite the very blue state legislature is taking the fight there and looking for help.

After the speeches the organizers began in prayer, including the Rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet. In one respect this worked out pretty well because the 25 person Protestant contingent kept holding the signs while the 50 person Catholic contingent was praying, although our protestant brothers did occasionally break into song and prayer as well.

We had a few people yell at us but for me the highlight was one woman who stopped by and asked why we don’t do more than just pray and protest. She was amazed to hear about the various efforts to help pregnant women that are sponsored such as Bellmont Abbey College’s program for pregnant college students and the work done locally at Visitation House.


It’s the part of the story that is rarely told.

In the end the count got up to 80 as local people who had attended the Worcester event turned up but other than one other new media person who interviewed me there was no sign of press. This was apparently consistent with the national coverage as the media either pretended we didn’t exist or avoided mentioning the videos that promoted us to come the exception being in Louisiana thanks to Bobby Jindal who beat Planned Parenthood at their own game.

The efforts of American journalist to hide and downplay these videos makes them complicit in the actions in them and unlike the German’s after world war two they don’t even have deniability.

I suspect the fight will go on long after I’m gone but the day will come when our descendants will look at us the same way as we look at Dietrich’s character above.

Update: Glenn put it well:


If this had been a black lives matter protest it would have been everywhere in the new but as more black babies are aborted than born in the US in a sense a “black lives matters” protest is exactly what it was.

This is huge news:

StemExpress, one of the tissue companies that works with Planned Parenthood, is cutting its ties with the women’s health organization after a series of sting videos that have prompted congressional inquiries, sources tell POLITICO.

The small biomedical tissue procurement company is distancing itself from Planned Parenthood after finding itself tangentially linked to what abortion opponents allege is Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking of fetal tissue and organs.

The videos and images like this didn’t help but I suspect a lot had to do with this:

The Court also rejects StemExpress’ argument that they are entitled to injunctive relief because CMP violated California criminal and civil law against taping a conversation without consent. That law, the court points out, allows a victim to get damages and to prevent further illicit recording, but not to prevent distribution of the recording.

The court’s comments suggest that StemExpress will have an uphill battle convincing the court to turn the temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction, and will probably dissolve the TRO and let CMP distribute its recording of a meeting with StemExpress executives.

Steven Miller put it well on twitter:

Life news says this about Stem Express:

StemExpress is one of a handful of biotech firms that works with Planned parenthood by purchasing aborted babies and their body parts and selling them to scientists at research universities for medical experiments. But Politico is reporting that the biologics company is breaking its ties with the abortion corporation.

How bad does it have to be if you buy dead baby parts for a living but planned parenthood is a bridge too far for you. Ed Morrissey notes how it is:

But if they are willing to cut ties with the single largest source of fetal tissue in the country by far, they must think this last video and the videos to come will be bad indeed — like, Category 5 bad.

and it’s not good news for Planned Parenthood either:

StemExpress’s abandonment of Planned Parenthood in the midst of a concerted effort by the abortion provider to get supporters to “Stand With Planned Parenthood” speaks volumes about the effects of the videos on Planned Parenthood’s bottom line. StemExpress, after all, is a key Planned Parenthood ally and even went to court to prevent the release of additional undercover videos that tar the taxpapyer-funded non-profit abortion provider.

If a business that exists solely to act as a middleman between the buyers and sellers of aborted baby body parts thinks a mere association with Planned Parenthood is bad for its image, things must be really bad.

It will be interesting to see how the media reacts to this development.

I speak to Fr Frank Pavone of Priests for Life at the Catholic Marketing Trade Show

The Priests for Life page is here His facebook page is here, his twitter page is here His youtube page is here

Student’s for Life have decided has decided that the dismembered boy who planned parenthood employees were gleefully dissecting deserved a name:

This baby deserves a name, deserves dignity that is rightly afforded him as a member of the human race – dignity that was ripped from him as he died at the hands Planned Parenthood. Dignity as they took from him as they referred to his body as “war torn.”

His name should be Emmett

the name Emmett is a fitting choice for the dead lad as it is in honor of another Emmett who was also brutally killed

Emmett Till was a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago who dared to speak to a white woman when he was visiting relatives in Mississippi. He was subsequently beaten with one eye gouged out, and then shot through the head before being tethered to a heavy gin and thrown in the river. His body was recovered three days later and returned to his mother in Chicago.

His mother, Mamie Till Bradley, wanted to have an open casket at Emmett’s funeral as to show the world what her son suffered simply because of his skin color. His rights – and his life – were unjustly ripped away from him. And his killers were acquitted yet they admitted to their deed in an interview after the trial

It’s a very fitting name as there are several parallels between Emmett Till & young Emmett

Emmett Till was a young black man and if you are a black baby in places like New York or Chicago you are more likely to be aborted than born.

Young Mr. Till was brutalized by those who killed him. Young Emmett wa literally torn into pieces.

The people who killed Emmett Till admitted what they did and were proud of it. The people who tore apart young Emmett are not only proud of it, laughed about it but are paid to do so.

In the Days of Emmett Till there were those who would defend his killers and the mindset that allowed it, including pols looking for their votes. Today there is an entire political partly and hundreds on social media tweeting hashtags asking others to stand behind those who tore apart young Emmett for profit.

Oh and there is one more important parallel. Emmett Till’s battered body was showed to the world so people could see what had been done to him making it impossible pretend otherwise. The video of young Emmett torn apart body make it impossible for those who would cheer and defend to hide behind euphemism.

That’s why so many are so desperate for his body not to be seen and are so outraged that we object to it, because it forces those who would kill young Emmett and boys and girls like him to see what they’re doing for what it is.


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I spoke to the authors of the children’s book Pat the Gnat at the Catholic Marketing trade Show

There is about 30 seconds of post interview video. Due to the overwhelming quantity of interviews I just haven’t had time to double check & edit the all the video down and get everything up in a timely fashion

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