“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.

Not long after Roe v. Wade federalized abortion policy, Members of Congress led by Henry Hyde moved to prevent federal funds from being used for abortions. The Hyde Amendment was finally added to the Medicaid program as a rider to the Health and Human Services budget on September 30, 1976. The rider has been added in every federal budget cycle since then. The Hyde Amendment restricts – but does not altogether prevent – federal taxpayer funding of abortion.

Abortion providers have tried to torpedo the Hyde Amendment since the day it was proposed. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a determined foe of Hyde. Slate quotes her as saying that it “mak[es] it harder for low-income women to exercise their full rights.” Clinton and candidates in step with her are prepared to coerce all taxpayers into subsidizing abortion.

Donald Trump is reportedly willing to support the Hyde Amendment, according to Marjorie Dannenfelser, chairwoman of Trump’s pro-life coalition. “Not only has Mr. Trump doubled down on his three existing commitments to the pro-life movement, he has gone a step further in pledging to protect the Hyde Amendment and the conscience rights of millions of pro-life taxpayers.”

Absent a presidential veto, it’s the Members of Congress who determine whether the Hyde Amendment goes into the budget. A presidential candidate’s coattails will have something to do with the makeup of Congress, though, so the views of the presidential candidates matter.

As the Hyde Amendment turns 40, and acting independently of any campaign or party, a diverse group of pro-life Americans led by Secular Pro-Life has launched the #HelloHyde campaign. #HelloHyde not only marks the anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, but also celebrates the lives of children born under Medicaid since the amendment was first used. The #HelloHyde campaigners want the Hyde Amendment to be not only protected but broadened.

More power to them. From the campaign’s web site:

Medicaid should cover birth, not death….

The Hyde Amendment’s life-saving impact is hard to overstate. Both supporters and opponents agree that the Hyde Amendment has prevented over a million abortions. The disagreement, sad to say, is over whether that’s a good thing.

#HelloHyde estimates that of the people born through the Medicaid program since the Hyde Amendment was enacted (“Medicaid kids”), 1 in 9 would have died in the absence of Hyde Amendment protection. That estimate comes from a recently released report by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which found that the Hyde Amendment has saved 2.13 million lives.

The #HelloHyde web site includes photos of  some of the Medicaid kids. I hope opponents of the Hyde Amendment see those photos, which might provoke some thought about which of those kids ought to have been killed at public expense.

 

Mother Teresa will be canonized on September 4, giving formal acknowledgment of the obvious: she led a life of heroic virtue in service to others. She’s worth emulating. Her work took her around the world, and she spent time with all kinds of world leaders. In 1994, she was the main speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. President and Mrs. Clinton were there. Mother Teresa’s words moved nearly everyone in the room to give her a standing ovation at one point. Remaining seated were the Clintons, who couldn’t quite work up the same enthusiasm for what they were hearing.

One wonders what will go through Hillary Clinton’s head as the canonization nudges her off the “trending” list for an hour or so. Will the event rate a remark from the presidential candidate?

Mother Teresa started out mildly enough at the prayer breakfast, with the prayer of St. Francis. “Make me an instrument of your peace…” Then she spoke about human dignity, service to the poor, aid to the dying, support for families. Who could object? But then she just had to get to the topic everyone knew she would, however much it might make her listeners squirm.

“…I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child…I will tell you something beautiful. We are fighting abortion by adoption – by care of the mother and adoption for her baby. We have saved thousands of lives. We have sent word to the clinics, to the hospitals and police stations: ‘Please don’t destroy the child; we will take the child.’ So we always have someone tell the mothers in trouble: ‘Come, we will take care of you, we will get a home for your child.’ And we have a tremendous demand from couples who cannot have a child – but I never give a child to a couple who have done something not to have a child. Jesus said. ‘Anyone who receives a child in my name, receives me.’ By adopting a child, these couples receive Jesus but, by aborting a child, a couple refuses to receive Jesus.” [Find the full transcript at priestsforlife.org.]

Boom. That’s when the ovation began. It went on without Hillary Clinton’s participation. That much made the evening news.

Last January, Sean Fitzpatrick writing at Crisis magazine offered a postscript about the encounter between Mother Teresa and the First Lady.

“The address concluded, Mrs. Clinton noted the pointed nature of the nun’s words. ‘Mother Teresa was unerringly direct,’ the First Lady recounted. ‘She disagreed with my views on a woman’s right to choose and told me so.’ Tell her so she did; but though she was direct in her disagreement, she also offered something that Mrs. Clinton could applaud. Although Hillary Clinton was, and remains, a supporter of legalized abortion, she agreed with Mother Teresa that adoption was a preferable alternative. Speaking to her afterwards, Mother Teresa told Mrs. Clinton of her desire to continue her mission to find homes and families for orphaned, abandoned, and unwanted children by founding an adoption center in Washington, DC. She invited the First Lady to assist her in this endeavor, and brought Mrs. Clinton to India with her to witness her work firsthand.

“Mother Teresa’s motions were not wasted. When Hillary Clinton returned to Washington, she took up Mother Teresa’s request with a will. Keeping in contact with the saint who called her regularly to receive updates on her ‘center for babies,’ Hillary Clinton did the necessary legwork and succeeded in opening The Mother Teresa Home for Infant Children in 1995 in an affluent section of Washington, DC. Mother Teresa joined her for the opening, and two years later passed into the arms of her Lord. But she left a bright mark on the career of Hillary Clinton, who saw something remarkable in the tiny nun, and chose to do her bidding to help save lives. Mother Teresa inspired Mrs. Clinton to do a truly good work in spite of her dedicated promotion of Planned Parenthood’s agenda for ‘safe and legal’ abortions.

The center was quietly and unfortunately closed in 2002.”

The canonization will give Hillary Clinton an opportunity to point out Mother Teresa’s opposition to abortion, which she can contrast with her own reproductive-rights song and dance. Or, Hillary Clinton can take the high road, recall the work she and Mother Teresa did together, and say something like “let’s be more like her.”

Of course, if she doesn’t want to see more people like Mother Teresa, she could say that, too.

Ellen Kolb writes about the life issues at LeavenForTheLoaf.com. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking in New Hampshire. See her earlier posts for DaTechGuyBlog: Ethics and PP’s Campaign Cash, Putting a Know-Nothing in His Place, Ads Say the Darnedest Things, Worried About the Court? Then Worry About the Senate, and Sunday Best. 

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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).

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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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Senator Joseph Paine: I know how you feel, Jeff. Thirty years ago – I had those ideals, too. I was *you*. I had to make the decision you were asked to make today. And I compromised – yes! So that all these years I could stay in that Senate – and serve the people in a thousand honest ways! You’ve got to face facts, Jeff. I’ve served our state well, haven’t I? We have the lowest unemployment and the highest federal grants. But, well, I’ve had to compromise, had to play ball. You can’t count on people voting, half the time they don’t vote, anyway. That’s how states and empires have been built since time began. Don’t you understand? Well, Jeff, you can take my word for it, that’s how things are. Now I’ve told you all this because – well, I’ve grown very fond of you – about like a son – in fact, and I don’t want to see you get hurt. Now, when that deficiency bill comes up in the Senate tomorrow, you stay away from it. Don’t say a word. Great powers are behind it, and they’ll destroy you before you can even get started. For your own sake, Jeff, and for the sake of my friendship with your father, please, don’t say a word.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939

 

If you want to really understand the mindset of the “Personally Opposed” argument on abortion let me illustrate this with a reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew augmented by the Holy Gospel according to Sen Tim Kaine. (The Gospel of Kaine being unitalicized and indented).

Now on the occasion of the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd one prisoner whom they wished. And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called (Jesus) Barabbas. So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them, “Which one do you want me to release to you, (Jesus) Barabbas, or Jesus called Messiah?” For he knew that it was out of envy that they had handed him over. While he was still seated on the bench, his wife sent him a message, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because of him.” The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus.

Matt 27:15-20

And Lo in the crowd stood Tim, who had heard the words of Christ over the last three years.  And he turned and spoke to the guy standing next to him in the crowd and said:

“You know I’ve heard and seen Jesus.  He’s done wonderful things and teaches as no other does. He’s certainly not guilty like that horrible Barabbas”

The governor said to them in reply, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They answered, “Barabbas!”

Matt 27:21

And Lo Tim who had seen Christ called for Barabbas even louder than the rest.  And the guy standing next to him seemed confused and was about to ask him about it when Tim continued: “In fact I think Jesus is the messiah for he has  done miracles from God that no one else could have.”

Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!”

Matt 27:22

And Lo again Tim did scream “Let him be Crucified” even louder than the rest.  And again the man next to him seemed confused and prepared to ask Tim about them but before he could say a word Tim spoke:  “Yes sir Jesus of Nazareth is the son of God all right!”

But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Let him be crucified!”

Matt 27:23

And again Tim shouted it louder than the rest and he turned to speak to the fellow next to him but he, not able to stand it any longer, turned to Tim and spake:  “Tim I don’t understand it? You say that Jesus is the messiah, the son of God, you say nobody could do the things he has done yet you are publicly crying for him to be crucified?  Why?”

When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Look to it yourselves.”

Matt 27:24

And then Tim turned to his friend and said:  “Well you must understand while I’m publicly committed to supporting the chief priests in the condemnation and  crucifixion of Jesus Christ I think it’s a bad idea and am personally opposed to it.”

And the whole people said in reply, “His blood be upon us and upon our children.”

Matt 27:25

and then after Tim joined in this cry his friend looked at him incredulously and spake: “Well that makes all the difference doesn’t it?”

Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged,  he handed him over to be crucified.

Matt 27:26

here endith the lesson.


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Zika virus is ravaging in South America. It has been linked to thousands of cases of microcephaly in Brazil, and now it’s emerging in Colombia, since, for Zika-infected pregnancies, microcephaly risk may be as high as 13 percent.

While the virus is mostly transmitted by mosquitos, a man with Zika can transmit the virus to his sex partner(s) through sexual intercourse.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) keeps a tally of Zika cases in the USA.

Here in Florida there have been 162 cases of travel-associated Zika. The first baby with Zika-related microcephaly was born this week (emphasis added)

The birth mother is a Haitian national who came to Florida to give birth. She was infected with the Zika virus in Haiti.

While the baby was in the hospital,

Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a deal providing funding for the fight against the Zika virus, virtually guaranteeing that Congress won’t get legislation to President Obama’s desk this month.

John Sexton points out that the

Democrats seem to have resolved not to vote for the bill, in part, because Planned Parenthood told them not to do so.

Indeed (emphasis added),

After clamoring for new Zika funding for months, they are set to vote against a bill at funding levels they’ve already agreed to. They’ve offered myriad objections: That the bill is paid for irresponsibly, inordinately relaxes clean water regulations and was constructed with no Democratic input. On Tuesday morning, Planned Parenthood wrote all Senate offices opposing the bill, arguing that “a vote against this bill will be seen as a vote for women’s health care.”

Bottom line: The Dems, the members of the party which passed the ruinous Obamacare behind closed doors and advocates for open borders, are taking orders from merchants of death Planned Parenthood, on matters of public health.

You can now add Zika babies to the 60 million victims of Democrat policies.

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

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.

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.

Haven’t done an “Under the Fedora” piece for a while so here goes.

The Difference between a national story and a local story is illustrated in Minneapolis:

A woman was sexually assaulted by a group of four men and a teenager while walking along a south Minneapolis street Saturday evening, according to a safety advisory issued by Minneapolis police.

The victim was walking in the Lyndale neighborhood around 9 p.m. when a car full of men called her over to their vehicle. They spoke briefly and she continued walking, police said.

A short time later, the five men returned and approached her on foot. They forced the woman to go to an area near 32nd Street and Blaisdell Avenue S., where they sexually assaulted her, police said.

Now this is definitely a local story and not a national one, why because of this sentence

Police released the following descriptions for the five, all identified as Somalis, with dark complexions.

Yup nothing to see here USA move along.

Over at Stacy McCain’s site there is a story about another alleged rape:

Nor are people thinking about what they are doing in the real world in an age where everybody’s cellphone has a video camera, where anything a guy does in his dating relationships may become the subject of an online rant by an angry ex-girlfriend, where a guy meets a girl at a party and has what seems to him a consensual hookup only to discover, nearly two years later, that she’s telling the world that he’s a rapist.

Rosie’s account of that night is a classic “he-said/she-said” situation. Her story of that (allegedly) “horrific” June 2014 encounter seems entirely plausible, and Jason Lee Weight’s (alleged) behavior is indefensible. Rosie says she filed a report with police “a long time after” this encounter, but a lack of evidence made prosecution impossible.

But his main point is more cultural in terms of a warning to young men who do their thinking below the waist.

What you need me for is to explain the meaning of “crazy.” If a guy meets a girl at a party, how does he know if she’s crazy? Well, if he says “let’s go back to my place” and she says “yes,” that’s probably a sign she’s crazy. No sane girl would say yes to such an invitation. The dude might have herpes. He might be a rapist.

She barely knows this guy and she’s leaving the party with him? Crazy. Then she goes back to his place, goes to his bedroom, takes off all her clothes and thinks he’s not going to have sex with her? Crazy.

This is what I’ve explained to my sons. There is a direct correlation between (a) a woman’s willingness to engage in casual sex, and (b) a woman being crazy. As a general rule, the quicker she drops her pants, the crazier she is. Every guy is prone to believe that his own personal charm suffices to explain why this woman he just met is willing to leave the party with him for a quick hookup. “He shoots! He scores!”

Yeah, he’s a natural-born winner. The ladies can’t resist him.

That’s what he’s telling himself anyway, as he blazes past the flashing yellow lights and warning signs: “CAUTION: CRAZY WOMAN.”

The Greeks called it hubris, this arrogance that leads a man to destruction.

My father’s “if she’s good enough to sleep with, she’s good enough to marry.”

Speaking of this topic yesterday I attended one of the national rallies to defund planned parenthood  parenthood,  and for the first time in Fitchburg we had a number of counter protesters, mostly Bernie Sanders fans, who had signs calling for free condoms etc.

As a pair of them were leaving, both college age women they passed by me closes and shouted how they would be having a ton of abortions.

It occurs to me that these are the woman that the Pump and Dump crowd that Stacy McCain has referred to are counting on and in a very few years we might see one of them on feminist tumbler making the same charges that Rosie did.

As I said many years ago:

In short men.  It’s been a long fight but the sexual revolution is over…

….We WON!

While our friends on the left insist that men not have to pay a price to enjoy the favors of a woman, there are some thing that they believe deserve swift punishment:

Ciccotta first encountered trouble at Bucknell when, as president of the College Republicans, he invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus.

The visit from Yiannopoulos, whose tour of US campuses has caused easily-offended leftwing students to organize therapy sessions in his wake, led to panic from Bucknell administrators and faculty, who organized a range of bizarre restrictions on the event.

The college Republicans were prohibited from filming the talk, and students were not allowed to ask Milo any questions verbally — they had to be scribbled on the back of index cards. Yiannopoulos was also prohibited from speaking to students one-on-one after the event and was escorted out of the building by campus officials as soon as his talk concluded.

After organizing the event, Ciccotta faced a backlash from Bucknell’s faculty. After suggesting, in a private meeting, that the event with Milo had been Bucknell’s “best ever,” he was told by the college’s Student Media Advisor that his attitude would “isolate” the people who worked under him at the college’s radio station.

He was later threatened with having his position as host of a political talk show on campus taken away over an alleged “conflict of interest.”

After all there is nothing worse than being a conservative.

There are very few things less surprising than conservatives being punished on campus for being conservative, this is one of them via the lonely conservative:

Good grief, thanks to Obamacare health insurance rates have been skyrocketing for years. Instead of leveling out, it’s only going to get worse. That’s coming from the woman who helped the implement the train wreck.

ObamaCare rates will skyrocket next year, according to its former chief. Enrollment is tumbling this year. And a big insurer is quitting most exchanges. That’s what we learned in just the past few days.

Marilyn Tavenner, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, revealed that she expects ObamaCare premium hikes “to be higher than we saw previous years,” including last year, which saw double-digit rate increases across the country.

and here is another via Instapundit and Weasel zippers

Gotta love leftist hypocrisy.

Via Investors:

Labor Markets: Hundreds of employees at the University of California at Berkeley are getting schooled in basic economics, as the $15 minimum wage just cost them their jobs. Too bad liberal elites “fighting for $15” don’t get it.

A week after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s $15 minimum wage boost into law, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees announcing that 500 jobs were getting cut.

Glenn uses he word:  Unexpectedly here I suspect that the same could be used to suggest that most of the leaders of those pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage have positions that will never be lost because of the wage hike.

People have accused Curt Schilling of many things but there is one change that he have convicted himself out of his own mouth affairaphobic!

Speaking to Bannon, Schilling said, “I’m not transphobic, I’m not homophobic.” He added, “As long as you’re not sleeping with my wife, I don’t care who you sleep with.”

How DARE Curt Schilling advocating restricting the sexual freedom of people to exclude the choice of having sex with his wife on the trivial grounds that he’s married to her?  But I’m not worried in a few years will have laws on the books that will protect the rights of people who wish to have sex with people outside of their marriage from financial penalties from angry spouses and anyone who things otherwise will be branded as a bigot by the media.

Finally there is an interesting debate at PJ Media concerning a parent who took her kids to Dairy Queen and then immediately threw away her kids ice cream when they failed to thank the person who gave it to them.

I think it’s the mother’s call here but I guarantee you there is a near 0% chance that they will neglect to say “Thank you” on their next ice cream run.

This was kinda fun, maybe we’ll do it again next week.

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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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

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.
Picard:Lieutenant…
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.
Worf:Challenge?
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.

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As I’m apparently contagious I may miss a few more days of work and given the wonderful effect that Obamacare has had on my medical coverage (like your plan keep your plan my ass) I find myself in fear of what the bill from the Hospital will be. (fyi they did a good job so whatever it is they earned it)

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As I said in Part One, Thomas Sowell outlined the two visions of human nature: constrained and unconstrained.

People with the constrained vision of human nature believe that this nature is fixed, flawed and that all humans act with self-interest in mind. And because of innate self-interest, we should be free to pursue it, but conversely, because of innate fallibility, there should be some constraints on human behavior which keep us from encroaching on the self-interest of others.

Example: those of us who subscribe to God’s newsletter acknowledge that, since the Fall in the Garden of Eden—man in naturally sinful (flawed)—and, following from there, it is the ultimate in self-interest to accept Jesus the Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. We are interested in not going to Hell for our sins and, therefore, we try to do what God wants us to do and one of those is to love one’s neighbor as self: a constraint on human behavior which keep us from encroaching on the self-interest of others.

It isn’t surprising, therefore, that people who hold the unconstrained vision of human nature are often atheists—though, allowing for incomplete thinking on personal principles, not always. (Belief in a Higher Power than humanity is, by nature, a constrained vision of human nature.) Under this philosophy man is his own agent and possesses all of the tools to become perfect and to perfect his species.

And the key feature to this vision is that as long at the goal is deemed virtuous, there is no moral constraint–or any other kind–on the means of attaining a particular goal. Does the phrase by any means necessary ring a bell?

Example: the notion that “all men are created equal” often falls by the wayside for those with this view. To them, there are some set of human beings which are inherently better than others—physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and spiritually–and those “others” are a drain on those who are “better.” This is the part of humankind which requires perfecting.

Obviously, racial supremacist ideology falls in this category and nearly every systematic mass killing conducted by a governmental entity ever recorded has been presented as an attempt to improve upon the peopling of a given society—especially those which have occurred in the last century or so.

Let’s go with abortion. Some of the most head-turning justifications for abortion which I’ve heard are in regard to the disproportionately high rate of abortion among black women. Many pro-choice/pro-abortion advocate even acknowledge that abortion is the killing of human beings, but will say “it’s better than being born poor” or “it’s better than being born in a racist, sexist society,” or something similar.

The foundation of that thinking is that blacks are (allegedly) unable to escape penury because of our genetic make-up and, therefore, we will always be discriminated against because of our race and/or sex. We are inferior—implies the person with the unconstrained vision—so it’s better to cull succeeding generations and to do it as often as possible. It’s all for the improvement of humankind.

More in Tuesday’s post.

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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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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.

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.

Liberals are accustomed to, in true Alinsky form, ridicule anyone with views different from theirs (rule 5).

For instance, it is my experience that, by opposing unfettered immigration, I will be dismissed as a racist spic playing the race card because I lack reading comprehension skills. (One of these days I’ll write a post on how such “Liberals” are irony-poor people.)

If you sincerely believe me to be a racist spic playing the race card because I lack reading comprehension skills, I may respect your right to your opinion to the same extent you respect my right to freedom of expression. I may, in turn, exercise my right in the form of coarse language; after all, one must communicate in a form that is clearly understood.

You will find irony-poor people in large numbers among the political and media elites.

Largely – but not exclusively – because of that, a big component of the current state of political discourse is the existence of an echo chamber: Each side engages in groupthink (there’s a coarse term for that, by the way), with the side controlling the media coming out ahead.

Which brings me to the subject of this week’s RNC candidate forum (as you know, my lack of reading comprehension skills precludes me from calling it a debate).

Pete hit the bull’s eye on what I consider THE most important thing taking place that night:
Fiorina outed the Planned Parenthood organ trading scandal during the largest-viewership show in CNN’s history.

Regardless of who will get the nomination, the fact remains that a three-hour event that was staged and choreographed to be The Donald Trump Show – complete with split screen and “what are you going to reply to what mean Donald said about you” – left the spin doctors spinning the next morning. There is a massive amount of spin going on right now. Most say that the image she described isn’t in any of the videos released because

The video that most closely resembles what Ms. Fiorina described (starting around 3:42 until 6:25, with graphic medical images) features Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician at Placerville, Calif.-based StemExpress LLC, saying there was a fully intact fetus after an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. She said the fetus was in a jar and taken to a lab, where it was prepared and rinsed and put in a strainer. She asserted that a technician called her over, tapped the heart with an instrument and it started beating because electrical currents were still firing.

The woman says she doesn’t know if it was technically dead or alive. The video cuts to an image of a different fetus that came from other antiabortion groups, the Grantham Collection and Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. The former employee said a technician then used scissors to cut the head open to procure the brain.

Let that sink in for a moment.

The more modest, i.e., bloggers, were saying, “how the hell did a woman end up there? Oh that’s right. She has a lot of money and she hates women.”

They forgot to mention Fiorina’s reading comprehension skills, but more than make up by splitting hairs over brain removal practices on living beings. PP is trading on human organs all the same.

If you peruse stories defending Planned Parenthood you will find a lot of them claim the officials are misquoted and the videos edited. In fact, the full footage videos are posted at the Center For Medical Progress YouTube channel. You can read transcripts at the CMP’s website.

Let’s not waste this opportunity. If you blog, I urge all of you to post links to the full-length videos or the videos themselves, and link to the transcripts (if you want, go to my blog and copy the code). Spread it on social media, email them.

Shout it from the rooftops, if you are so inclined.

It’s time to make it “One thing you can never say: That you haven’t been told.”

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

Update (DTG): DTG Just in case if some of you are upset at some of the language in this piece be aware that Fausta inquired about it before it was published and I approved it so if you have a problem it’s with me.

Compere: Well, Mr Walters, what’s it like being invisible?

Walters: [slowly and boringly] Well, for a start, at the office where I work I can be sitting at my desk all day and the others totally ignore me. At home, even though we are in the same room, my wife does not speak to me for hours, people pass me by in the street without a glance in my direction, and I can walk into a room without…

Compere: Well, whilst we’ve got interesting people, we met Mr Oliver Cavendish who…

Walters: [droning on] … Even now you yourself, you do hardly notice me…

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

On Saturday I posted videos & interviews from the planned parenthood protest in Fitchburg.

It was a small protest but one of 180 planned protests against planned parenthood that as Breitbart noted became 320 protests all over the nation such as louisville.

Alejandro Capote spoke at the Louisville, Kentucky, protest, where he estimates at least 500 people participated.

“I spoke about the importance of defunding Planned Parenthood,” Capote tells Breitbart News. “It’s important that women have health care that does not fund abortion.”

Falls church virginia

Theresa King, who organized the Falls Church, Virginia, #ProtestPP rally told Breitbart News she decided to be an organizer after viewing the Center for Medical Progress videos.

“I saw the Planned Parenthood videos and felt the need to act,” she said. “As a kid, I would pray outside of abortion clinics, and my mom always said that we were giving the babies the only funeral they would ever have, so I felt the need to stand for the babies in the video, but for all the babies that have died in abortion.”

and if you go to twitter you could find photos from all over the country. Ottawa Illinois

Orange California

Nashville TN

Grand Rapids:

San Diego:

Indianapolis

Dayton OH

Denver

Minnesota:

And as Twitchy and Steven Miller noted these took place without violence:

This fact is a huge problem for the MSM which has taken the side of planned parenthood in the current debate and the knowledge that this many protests took place without incident would be an awkward story for them.

However despite the photographic evidence I’ve just displayed the media’s problem was solved by the people in question apparently being totally invisible:

 

Obviously the protesters were quite invisible to most, I did a search of CBS news for planned parenthood , no coverage:
cbspp
ABC no coverage
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NBC no coverage
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Not even a word on the net from any of them.  CNN did slightly better online here is the full text of their only story: (emphasis mine)

CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Opponents took to the streets in a nationwide protest against Planned Parenthood on Saturday. Jennifer James was driving past a Planned Parenthood in Oklahoma City when she saw hundreds of people protesting Saturday morning. ““It was a very quiet protest,” James said. “As I walked up and down it with my camera, you could have heard a pin drop. It was unusual given how contentions of an issue it is.”
zdan, CNN iReport producer

A few hundred people gather outside Planned Parenthood in Oklahoma City to protest abortion and government funding for the organization. Among the protesters were students from the Newman Center, a Catholic student organization at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Note the highlighted text, the only reason why CNN has this tiny bit of online coverage was because one of their producers noticed the protest driving by and was shocked by how orderly it was.
But who knew that so many people in the nation could be so invisible?  Particularly when they don’t have media connections who will be sure to show up to make even the tiniest protest national news

I’m a single blogger with a cheap camera and the MSM is a multi billion dollar industry, how is it that I could produce this interview

and they could not?

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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.

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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:

TRADITIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE, HOWEVER, WAS LESS THAN MASSIVE: Massive Planned Parenthood protests across US.

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.

By A.P. Dillon

As I tried to write this article, I was alternating between my computer screen and watching my two children playing with their LEGO’s.  I had to watch them after what I just saw. I had to cleanse my mind of lives that will never be, ended in the most horrific ways imaginable.

I sat there just staring at a my computer screen for a long time trying to wrap my head around the latest Planned Parenthood video released by Center for Medical Progress.

I sat and stared, unable to believe what I had just seen and heard.  I didn’t just see that, I couldn’t have. STOP.

I sat and stared some more when I read the Daily Signal article that said over half of Americans still had not heard about these videos.

I’m still sitting here, trying to come up with something to say and my mind is screaming a million things at once. Horror. Sadness. Anger. Too many to list.

I cannot fathom how a human being can find it ‘”something kind of cool” to manipulate the heart of an aborted child into beating. It’s beyond monstrous, it’s not human.

I’m struggling to understand how any society can allow the most defenseless of that society to be harvested like crops in a field and then ripped apart for profit. I understand even less those who claim this activity is for ‘the greater good’ or ‘it’s just tissue’ and is being done ‘in the name of research’.

The comparison to the Nazi’s is an oft over-used and hyperbolic one, however, not so in this case. This is the same mentality just with modern, sound bite styled rationalizations.

There are times when after the procedure is done that the heart actually is still beating.”
– Dr. Ben Van Handel, Executive Director of Novogenix Laboratories, LLC

Is America’s heart still there?

I have to believe it is. I have to believe there are more people out there like me — people bewildered and outraged that atrocities like this are happening in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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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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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Judge Dan Haywood: If he and the other defendants were all depraved perverts – if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters and maniacs – these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress of a national crisis, men – even able and extraordinary men – can delude themselves into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger the imagination.

Judgement at Nuremberg 1961

Over the last day or two the headlines have been all over the net concerning planned parenthood as it’s been revealed they have trafficked in the organs of aborted children.

Of course on Television (particularly on Spanish networks where it would have the most effect) the story has been almost non-existent as they do their best to pretend it isn’t happening and as you might expect the online and print media of the left have been in full defense mode either downplaying, spinning or ignoring the story as best they can.

I’m sure that many are surprised that I haven’t weighed in online yet, after all as a Catholic blogger the crimes of planned parenthood would be right up my alley and of course I’ve both covered and participated in protests against them such as the one last week in Fitchburg…

…when we had the image of our lady of the Americas in town.

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Why because frankly the actions of Planned Parenthood don’t here don’t surprise me in the least.  If you are in the business of murder for profit then why would selling the parts for profit be a shock.  Are we surprised at ISIS for selling women for slaves when they behead their foes.  As Stacy McCain has so well put it:

Planned Parenthood is organized evil.

What earns my disgust is stuff like this:

Nucatola is in fact quite straightforward about what sort of business is being transacted and on what terms — and about the necessary deception: “They just want to do it in a way that is not perceived as: ‘This clinic is selling tissue,’” she says. “In the Planned Parenthood world, they’re very, very sensitive to that.” Where you are negotiating prices for fetal lungs and livers while discussing how to avoid the perception that you are negotiating prices for fetal lungs and livers, you are engaged in a conspiracy to violate federal laws — something that Washington Post reporters once gave a damn about.

You have to realize this is a potential Charleston moment for some.  To the average person who might get their news from the MSM but is not invested in the success of the liberal left or the democrat this is the kind of thing the selling of the organs of aborted babies for profit is a deal breaker (particularly for the religious which suggests why the Spanish Networks with a large faithful catholic audience are avoiding this story like the plague.) that would not fail to illustrate the full horror of what is going on.

That’s the political reason the Washington Post and the rest of the media can’t allow this to go any farther but there is a deeper reason.  A personal one.

For reasons of philosophy, politics and power the elite media has cast their lot with feminism in general and the abortion industry in particular.  They have looked down on the believing Christians, on the Catholics ladies with their rosaries praying in front of clinics, on the Christian culture that says Sex is reserved for marriage.  On Priest who not only insists that Christ is real but dares to proclaim that to pretend otherwise bears a great cost to a society as a whole but an even greater cost to the individual in the end.

And in obedience to this creed which has brought them personal comfort and monetary reward from those who do not wish a mirror held up before their act they have ignored much.  They dismiss those who lament destruction of the black family as racism (ignoring its survival even during the worst of Jim Crow) They decry the teen suicide rate as an issue of mental health (ignoring that it was an almost unknown problem just two generations ago) They play up racial division with Police (ignoring the ever-increasing deaths in the black community thanks to drugs and crime ).

And above all they pretend that abortion on demand has done anything more than empower men desiring sex.  They pretend that teens who are not considered competent to go on a field trip without parental consent are mentally and psychologically mature enough for a surgical procedure and have the audacity to suggest that there will be no long-term effects of such a decision.  They pretend abortion doesn’t involve a human while at the same time insisting that the egg of a bird must be protected by law.

They can’t know, they MUST not know they are Marlene Dietrich speaking to Spencer Tracy in Judgement at Nuremberg

Mrs. Bertholt:I saw Mr. Perkins today. He told me they’d showed those pictures in the courtroom. Col. Lawson’s favorite pictures. He drags them out at any pretext, doesn’t he? Col. Lawson’s private chamber of horrors. Is that what you think we are? Do you think we knew of those things? Do you think we wanted to murder women and children? Do you believe that? Do you?

Judge Dan Haywood:Mrs. Bertholt, I don’t know what to believe.

Mrs. Bertholt:Good God. We’re sitting here drinking. How could you think that we knew? We did not know. We did not know.

Judge Dan Haywood:As far as I can make out, no one in this country knew. Your husband was one of the heads of the army.

Mrs. Bertholt:And he did not know. I tell you, he did not know. It was Himmler. It was Goebbels. The SS knew what happened. We did not know. Listen to me.

Politics might demand that the media do all they can to make sure voters remain ignorant concerning the Planned Parenthood abortion mills as a marketplace for children’s remains, but much more important is keeping up their own pretense of normalcy and good because every day they have to wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and every night they have to go to sleep.  That deniability is not for the public, it’s for themselves.

I’ll close this post with the closing lines from Judgement at Nurenburg:

Ernst Janning:Judge Haywood… the reason I asked you to come: Those people, those millions of people… I never knew it would come to that. You *must* believe it, *You must* believe it!
Judge Dan Haywood:Herr Janning, it “came to that” the *first time* you sentenced a man to death you *knew* to be innocent.

And suggest that it is fortunate that one has their entire life to figure this out.

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A few weeks ago I attended the Catholic Radio Symposium held at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont NC.

There were panels, speeches, masses and many interesting interviews well worth your time already posted under the Catholic Radio Symposium tag  but the most important and revealing interview of the trip happened totally by accident.

I had excused myself after the first night’s dinner going to a side area to try to get my interviews uploaded while a pair of speakers addressed the crowd.

One of those speakers was the President of the College Dr. Bill Thierfelder, and author of the book Less than a Minute to Go the secret for success in sport business and everyday life. who after the event was over was engaged in conversation in the same area where I was uploading my video when I heard something that made me leap out of my chair.

Let that sink in for a second: If you are a young woman in college, finding herself pregnant, faces the pressure to abort your child for the sake of continuing her education, MiraVia (formerly Room at the Inn) and Belmont Abbey College will provide room and board for you including certified volunteers providing childcare while the College provides 10 free classes so your education will not be at the cost of your child’s life.

This is an amazing ministry that deserves a lot more attention.  It’s the picture of living in the way of Christ, not just protesting the evil of abortion and fighting against it under the law (which is a virtue) but giving those tempted to this evil the means to resist it.  It’s something that Catholic Colleges in conjunction with pro-life organization should be copying nationwide.    (You can donate to their ministry here)

But what’s even more amazing is how unextraordinary this is within the church.   At the symposium I met many people from the Kolping Society housing men in New York to the Open Arms Community feeding the hungry in El Paso who are doing great work within their community.  And there are hundreds and thousands who will never attend a Catholic Radio Symposium who are doing amazing thing within their own parishes and community serving the poor, helping the depressed and caring for those in crisis all over the nation in the name of Christ and the Catholic Church.

Yet over and over our secular culture, our entertainment , our news and through our social media hear only a cacophony of voices decrying the church as a rich distant not interested in the needs of ordinary people.  (Although they,  for political reasons,  avoid hitting Pope Francis.  One can’t risk upsetting the latino demographic that absolutely adores him you know).

Now given said culture’s increasing hostility to religion in general and the Church in particular it’s not a surprise that those who are the gatekeepers of information to the public ignore these stories that undermine their meme concerning the church.

Therefore it is up to us in new media (and Catholic Radio) to not make sure their light is not hidden under a bushel.  but more importantly so that we can help the can continue their fine work obeying Christ’s to love our neighbor as ourselves.

 

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it would seem so.

We are bombarded daily with news that even a few short years ago would have been unimaginable.

A recent article in Salon written by an abortion worker refers to an aborted baby as an “unwanted growth” and by removing it they “preserved the woman’s chosen course.”  Seeing tiny arms and legs floating in a bowl made her even more pro-choice pro-abortion.

Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the country, tweeted that they thought telling girls to protect their character on prom night was “despicable.”

And the latest Gallup poll states:

Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000’s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level. source

One glaring observation of this poll is that while support for abortion has gone up by three points, support for the death penalty has gone down by the same three points.

To see these findings in action, I need go no further than my own very conservative area where the illegitimate birth rate among teenagers has skyrocketed. Marriage is no longer important, and multiple children by different fathers is common.

Marriage and family, the bedrock of a civilized nation, is all but destroyed.  I have no doubt that when the Supreme Court issues it’s ruling on same-sex “marriage”, it will come down on the side of the homosexuals, thereby completely changing the definition of marriage.

Benjamin Franklin emphasized that without virtue, free societies could not properly function.  He said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

When was the last time you even heard the word “virtue”?  If people conformed to accepted virtues, none of what is going on would be possible.

There is much talk on many sites, usually the ones focused on the economy, about some big event coming along to collapse our country.  Trust me on this, it won’t happen like that.  In fact, it’s already happening and has been for decades.  The slow drip of immorality and depravity has already transformed our country into something most of us don’t recognize anymore.

The elites don’t want a collapse, they want slaves who will be willing to do their bidding.

John Adams, in a letter dated October 11, 1798, to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts said:

[…]we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

I have no intention of being anyone’s slave, and I hope you don’t either.

 

What’s the use of being elected or re-elected if you don’t stand for something

President Grover Cleveland

On Tuesday Rick Santorum gave a speech at the Cornerstones NH event and if the only think you were listening for was: “Is the Former Senator and Runner up to Mitt Romney in 2012 running again?” then the only thing you really need to see is yesterday’s post.

But if you really want to know what yesterday was about you need to know Cornerstones. I interviewed Brian McCormick the emcee of the event concerning it:

Cornerstones my be a political group but it involves so many people who are making a difference for the elderly, the poor and the young along with the unborn, and more than that it’s about showing courage in a world that wants to silence people of faith

Cornerstones is all about faith and service and having the courage to stand up for both and there are plenty of young people willing to make that fight.

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And think about Senator Santorum, there are plenty of groups that he could have appeared with if he wanted to create buzz for a campaign but the take a closer look at his speech, it’s about courage,

The courage to speak uncomfortable truths aloud

The courage to confront issues instead of ceding the culture

The courage to ignore the MSM and the consultant demand to ignore family and life in the hopes of appeasing them.

In short the courage to stand for more than being elected.

The giveaway was in the 2nd part of his speech.  He told a story of visiting a group of donors in NY.  Every other GOP candidate had been called to see them and they began asking questions of him.

the first was on abortion, the 2nd question was on abortion, the third was on abortion and he finally had enough, and confronted them on it

When Rick Santorum opposes abortion he means it, when he says the breakdown of the family is the single biggest issues in America he means it, when he says he’ll stand up and fight on those issues he means it.  And when he says if he runs, he will bring up those issues and fight on them.  He means it.

When it comes to Social issues Rick Santorum is going to fight for the cause because he knows you can win a debate if you let the other side speak unopposed.

That’s the story that everyone is missing.

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This morning I was on my way to a contract with WCRN AM 830 on the radio when at the top of the Hour CBS Radio news came on.  During the short 3 minute segment there was a single line,  which, in my mind, was an absolutely perfect illustration of the Bias of the media.

The report offered a single sentence saying:  The Senate is expected to pass a bipartisan human trafficking bill paving the way for the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

A person listening would never know that the Democrats in the senate spent weeks blocking that “Bipartisan” bill.  A person listening to their radio would never know that Harry Reid  company did all they could to kill that “bipartisan” bill.   A CBS radio listener would never suspect that the ultra left abortion lobby that funds democrats were willing to sacrifice a bill to protect woman from sex trafficking in order to fund abortion.

Nope nothing to see here just bipartisan agreement, aren’t we all wonderful.

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“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

Matthew 7:21-23

Sunday past this tweet concerning abortion that was put out by a person called S Rhea:

Now this tweet is indicative of many pro-life tweets but it is missing something. While the child pays the highest temporal price from abortion the spiritual price for the actions are paid by all involved, the mother, those who encouraged or supported the decision to abort, the doctor & workers at the location of the abortion.

To be sure some of these people pay a temporal price but that price pales before the spiritual costs.

When we pray to end abortion it is not just a question of saving the innocent child, it is to save the guilty as well because their lives and souls are made just as much in the image of God. God loves them just as much as he does every person who marches against this horror and Christ died just as much for them as for each woman praying the rosary outside a “clinic”. To forget this is a case of willful ignorance just as pronounced as the pretence by those involved in abortion that an innocent human being is not being killed, that the childs live has no value, that an individual’s comfort and convenience trumps said life or that it’s not my problem if someone is doing this.

That trap of willful ignorance is one of two snares laid out for both sides of the abortion battle, the second is like it. Pride.

For those inside the clinic and for those outside the trap is the same, “I’m better than those evil/crazy people on the other side of that door.”

To those inside said trap is analogous to a person operating a radio jammer, it is meant to help drown out the realization of what they are doing.  It’s keeping a person focused on a mosquito trying to sting them while at the same time they are bleeding out.

The trap outside is slightly different, analogous to something I discussed Sunday morning. If you are keeping score, if you are all about being seen for the sake of being seen, for showing that YOU are standing up, to show your spiritual superiority to those you are protesting against not only does it avail your soul nothing but it puts you no less in danger of mortal sin than the people inside.

And remember the Devil doesn’t care what mortal sin damns you as long as you’re damned:

“You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters #12

This is not of course to even slightly suggest that one should not march, or pray or work hard to stop abortion.  These are all worthy and important things, but it’s just a reminder that we are fighting an enemy that has designs on the people on both sides of that “clinic” door and it is incumbent on us to make sure we don’t forget it.

After all we can’t pull a drowning person out of the water if we fall out of the lifeboat.

…because not only does this:

A massive anti-abortion protest shut down downtown San Francisco. Tens of thousands of people were making their voices heard Saturday. NBC Bay Area’s Christie Smith reports from San Francisco

delight me due to the massive crowds but I’m absolutely drooling over these two things that must turn the stomach of every leftist journalist who reported on it first this: (emphasis mine)

The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, told the multigenerational, multi-ethnic and heavily Catholic crowd that he was encouraged by the House vote on Thursday’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade to permanently forbid federal funds for most abortions. :

Yes, the pro-life crowd was full of people of all ages and races and full of strong catholics totally unlike the congresswoman who represents the district they marched through.

And if that doesn’t upset the left and make me mile this bit of comparative info really rings my chimes:  (emphasis mine again)

The celebration also drew about 100 abortion legal rights activists. Organized by Halt Patriarchy, they gathered at Powell and Marketplace streets at one p.m., waving indicators and shouting as the anti-abortion contingent designed their way from Civic Center Plaza to the Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero.

Yes you read that right 50,000 pro-life protesters against 100 pro abortion protesters in freaking SAN FRANCISCO!

and even these protesters were confronted by an equal number of pro-life activists completely apart from the main group displaying graphic examples of just what Abortion is:

About one hundred pro-life activists skipped the 12:thirty p.m. Civic Heart rally and instead squared off from the pro-option protesters at the Powell and Industry place, the sides divided 10 ft apart at the rear of steel barriers and law enforcement officers.

On the pro-daily life side, a several individuals had disregarded the advice about graphic images, which include 1 of a fetus foot with the caption, “Murdered! I was not just a blob of tissue.”

So for all the big talk from the Stop Patriarchy crowd couldn’t even outdo a tiny break away contingent of pro-life Catholics in the nation’s capital of liberalism.

I confess I should be a lot more pleased at the strength of the pro-life marchers than the weakness and the frustration of the pro-abortion forces.

I’ll have to mention it next time I go to confession and include them in the Perpetual Twitter Novena.

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Compare these young people

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Pro-Life activists from St Louis, marching for life on Friday in Washington, D.C

 

To these.

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#BlackLivesMatter activists in NYC, being a pain

In a world where the populace had not been dumbed down to consist of a significant portion of open mouths waiting for their egos to be fed–right along with their bellies–the activists in the second photo would at least feel ashamed at the superior moral agency of the activists in the first photo. And by, the numbers, why wouldn’t they feel ashamed?

In 2011, 6,239 black Americans were murder victims–almost universally at the hands of other black persons. And in that same year, 177,293 babies, whose mothers were black American women, were aborted. The difference in the numbers is staggering.

But in this dumbed-down world, the abortion is just a bit of tissue, Kermit Gosnell butchers with impunity for years, and black persons can’t–or won’t–make the connection between the abortion rate among black Americans and the fact that these are black people who were murdered by their mothers. Black Lives don’t matter if one pretends that they are not lives.

Might as well bring back the slave trade.

And here’s something nutty about some of the reactions to the first photo: some white persons think that those fine, upstanding young men are being racist as well! They are oblivious to context. However, it’s almost comforting to realize that the dumbing-down of the populace is indiscriminatory.

Meanwhile, the killing continues. And, we know that the Alinsky-style Brunch activists and their backers could not care less.

(Thanks to InfoWars and Youth Defence)

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I think somebody needs to remind certain members of the GOP majority who took them to the dance:

This time, Ellmers and Walorski opposed the bill because the exception is too burdensome — despite running in both cases as pro-life legislators who pledged to act on those principles. This despite the fact that this exception is demanded by abortion advocates in any kind of limiting legislation as a baseline expectation to deal with the <1.5% of abortions to which those exceptions apply. That data, by the way, comes from surveys done by the abortion-supporting Guttmacher Institute, and not law enforcement data on reported incidents of rape.

Ellmers and others appear to be worried about the message that this bill sends as one of the first actions from a new Republican Congress.

Ed notes that when Democrats controlled the Senate and there was no chance of it getting to the President’s desk  congresswoman Ellmers was singing a different tune:

Tell me has the scientific information become less reliable in the last two years or was that vote an example of what Ted Cruz referred to during his famous all nigher as a show vote?

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.

So in the interest of giving some solid advice to a person who has been a friend here let me point out two facts that Pro-life Republicans understand but congresswoman Ellmers feeling her oats after reelection might have forgotten.

The GOP in the 114th congress holds a majority with 247 seats.

They will still have said majority if it becomes 246.

Nov 8th 2016 isn’t as far off as one might think.

If you can’t get people to see the light I recommend making them feel the heat.

Update:  That didn’t take long

Rep. Renee Ellmers, the North Carolina Republican who led the charge to pull the House GOP’s 20-week abortion ban bill this week, could have a bruising primary from the conservative wing of her party in 2016.

Jim Duncan, the chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party, is mulling a bid against Ellmers, according to multiple GOP sources in the Tar Heel State.

Duncan could not immediately be reached for comment. But GOP operatives say Duncan was looking at a primary challenge against Ellmers before this week. Operatives say Thursday’s events — in which a group of anti-abortion protesters in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life demonstrated outside her Longworth office — could push Duncan toward entering a primary race.

And Red State:

This is how it should happen every time one of the people we elect to represent us instead betray us. We should not be afraid to take corrective action against those we send to Washington, and the sooner in their career you do it, the better.

All of this was entirely preventable.

This week I invested nearly $1000 in repairing & inspecting my car only to have the timing belt go less that 24 hours after getting it back so I might perhaps be forgiven for giving the attention this years March for Life deserves as opposed to our MSM that ignores it almost completely or the GOP who still apparently haven’t figured out who brought them to the dance.

But as the apparently invisible (to the MSM) tens of thousands converged on DC highlighting the mass murder of innocents that our Democrat friends embrace so dearly (apparently the unborn are the only black lives that don’t matter) my pal RS McCain was there and noticed something in the crowd that led to this exchange:

On my way down to the lobby to go out for a smoke this morning, I noticed one of the kids was wearing a nametag with the familiar Episcopalian (or Anglican) symbol: Red cross on a white field with the St. Andrew’s cross in blue. “Episcoplian?” I asked.

“Yes, sir,” the boy said.

“Wow, I didn’t realize there were still pro-life Episcopalians.”

That exchange neatly expresses what has happened to protestant denominations over the last century and why the March for Life is increasingly becoming a sea of young Catholics who confound the feminists that Stacy has been tweaking who simply don’t understand two basic principles of logic:

1.  If you eschew and discourage normal sex, you know the type that the human body is designed for the sake of its own propagation as a great evil you are unlikely to have progeny to pass your beliefs down to.

2.  If you slaughter your children before they can be born they can’t grow up to be taught what you believe or vote the way you do. 

This is why although people like this can do great damage for a time they ultimately fail.  The pull of God and of right are inherent within creatures created in God’s image and while our human nature fights it if we allow it to break through everything changes, Stacy Again:

I spoke to the leaders of the church, including brothers Phil and Keith Mills. They hold to a very basic Bible-focused theology, the kind you don’t need a Ph.D. to understand. As they were ready to leave for the march, they asked me to walk with them a little way. Phil explained that he and his brother were once a couple of young hellbound sinners, “just as bad as we could be.”

St. Paul said in his letter to the Romans (Chapt 8 verse 31):  What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? It doesn’t matter if the MSM doesn’t bother to cover the march for live because not owly do we as Lisa Grass notes we have our own network that does:

In twenty years when if they’re lucky feminist counterparts are ranting in increasingly empty classrooms and if their not serving happy meals (unless they’ve been replaced by robots by that time) The young women in that coverage will be marching with their children in Washington.

And regardless of what the conventional wisdom is at any given time remember conventional wisdom is always correct right up until the moment that it is not for it is written:

Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time.”

Revelation 12:12

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Read this piece by the public Catholic.

We can — and we do — murder one another, oftentimes in great numbers and with a sadistic savagery that no animal can either feel or comprehend. We know that murder is wrong, but we can write laws to give ourselves permission to murder. We can create arguments that, however specious, allow us to fool ourselves into believing that murder is not only allowed, it is a positive good, and that we are taking the higher moral road by advocating for it.

I know.

I did this myself.

Just q reminder she is a Democrat. If more in the party thought like her I might not have left the party decades ago.

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