In a Letter to Thomas Jefferson Servant of God Pope Pius VII commended the president on the activities of Commodore Edward Preble’s fleet against the Barbary pirates who had been capturing, enslaving and ransoming Christians for decades saying his fleet of warships “in forty days has done more for the cause of Christianity than the most powerful nations of Christendom have done for ages.

Looking at the activities of President Donald Trump as a pro-life catholic. Seeing him not only reinstate the Mexico city protocol (which I would have expected any GOP president to do) but to also use his bully pulpit to excoriate the MSM for not covering the March for Life during an interview with ABC news (which amazingly ABC decided to exclude from their transcript)

and to follow that up with his Vice President speaking at the March, the first time ever this has happened.

I must say not only has Fr. Pavone’s assurances of Donald Trump’s sincerity on Pro-life issues been confirmed and my own worries been proven groundless but I must say to paraphrase Blessed Pius VII:

The Donald Trump administration in a single week has done more to advance the Pro-Life cause than all previous GOP administrations before them.

If you told me that I would be writing that one year ago, I wouldn’t have believed it, then again if you told me ABC news would exclude a newsworthy exchange of an interview with a sitting president in their transcript to avoid mentioning the March for Life I wouldn’t have believed it either.

Closing thought: I can’t believe that one week ago as of the time this post went up Barack Obama was president. It’s like a bad memory completely forgotten

Update: Do not adjust your electronic device, Erick Erickson actually wrote this today:

Donald Trump has also been a leader of sound judgment with his executive orders. He strikes me as a man who is hell bent on keeping promises made on the campaign trail and is not, in the mold of a typical politician, trying to obfuscate and abandon commitments previously made. Reinstating the Mexico City policy is tremendous. Calling out China is the right thing to do. Solidifying ties to Britain with a trade agreement is bold. Shutting down the EPA is praise worthy. Rejecting the Susan Collins-Bill Cassidy plan to keep Obamacare while pretending not to was the right thing to do.

Donald Trump has done more in one week to reverse course than I ever expected.

Actions speak louder than words, even occasionally vulgar ones.


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Over the last few years, we’ve seen a dramatic shift in the way the abortion debate has been framed by the left through their mainstream media proxies. What was once a battle about “choice” has now been retooled to be about “reproductive rights.” This is going to become louder once Ohio Governor John Kasich decides which abortion ban he signs, which will likely happen this week.

Personally, I’d like to see him sign the Heartbeat Bill, but as long as he signs one of them, the conversation will reignite around the concept of reproductive rights. This is usually frowned upon by conservatives as it touches on a point that we hold dear: personal liberties. We don’t like that the left is using one of our tools against us. Rather than attempting to shift the conversation away from this talking point, we should embrace it.

It has become the most powerful weapon used by the pro-abortion crowd because the conservative perspectives surrounding personal liberties resonate with the majority, even Democrats (once you clear away the minutia they use to cloud the issue of freedoms). They are pulling at our political heartstrings when they make the claim that any attempts to take away a woman’s right to an abortion is an attack on her freedoms. For this reason, the pro-life movement has turned to other methods for fighting their battles: religion, post-abortion depression, touching stories from abortion survivors, and scientific technicalities are just some of the tools pro-lifers use to wage war on abortion.

We’ve allowed the left to co-opt our most powerful weapon and use it against us. This needs to be reversed. Abortion is absolutely about personal liberties. There is no better argument than protection of freedoms and our God-given rights when combating the plague of abortion. All we need to do is focus on the other side of the coin. Just as pro-abortion groups tout the individual liberties of pregnant women by focusing on reproductive rights, pro-lifers should engage in the same way by hammering the rights of the preborn.

Yes, babies have rights, too. The question of when the baby gets rights is the only thing in question. The left will tell us that up to a certain point, a preborn baby is simply a conglomeration of cells that are actually still part of the woman, so their existence falls under the jurisdiction of her individual rights. Just as she can choose to have her tonsils removed, the left wants us to believe she has the right to have the unwanted grouping of cells in her uterus removed.

Science is on our side. The reason the Heartbeat Bill has its name is not symbolic. The bill bans abortions once a heartbeat can be detected by the doctor. This happens around the six-week point following conception. It may be hard to convince people on the fence that the standard ban on abortions held by most states of 24-weeks needs to be brought up to the six-week mark, but knowing that the preborn baby’s heart is already beating at that point is a powerful argument for life.

When does a preborn baby acquire the rights of every American to be allowed to live? For some of us, the answer is at conception. For others, it’s at a certain point between conception and birth. The key for this battle is to understand that if Americans are made aware of the science behind reproduction, the left’s narrative of “reproductive rights” can be quickly shifted in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans to be about a preborn baby’s right to live.

The left is fighting a losing battle if we take the battle to them instead of tiptoeing around the other strategies that we’ve created. Modern science allows us to get up close and personal with preborn babies. Share those videos. Share the stories of how preborn babies feel pain, dream dreams, and experience emotions in ways very similar to how they act once they’re born. There’s a reason that the left is so against simple measures such as the burial of aborted fetuses. Their narrative falls apart once a preborn human is humanized in the eyes of the masses.

With the assumption that pro-life judges are about to fill the benches of courts around the country, including the current and upcoming open Supreme Court seats, the pro-life movement has never had a better opportunity to move the needle. We can save millions of babies who haven’t even been conceived yet. To do this, we need to stop renouncing our best weapon and take it back from the left. Personal liberties resonate. We simply need to remind people that preborn babies deserve liberties as well.

On Friday I attended the Carenet Dinner in Hollis NH.

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

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

And to their keynote speaker Pastor Keith Ferrin from Seattle

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

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

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

1776 (1972)

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She deserves your prayers.

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

I have made the argument many times that I don’t believe in “Hate Crimes”.

It’s a question of punishing thought rather than action, the whole idea of punishing crime is to punish what people do to harm society.  If you deck me, If you rob me, if you kill me, you deserve to face punishment but if you don’t like me or think I’m an ass that’s nobody’s business but yours.

That being said if you are going to have such laws this makes perfect sense:

Republican Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado has introduced legislation that would make the targeted killing of a police officer a federal hate crime.

Similar legislation has been introduced on the state level in the Louisiana and Maryland legislatures.

The reactions of the foes to this is…interesting

Rashad Turner, the leader of the Black Lives Matter chapter in St. Paul, Minn., told the Star Tribune in October 2015 that “law enforcement wanted to make themselves out to be the victims” when the Red Wing, Minn., City Council called for an expansion of the federal hate crimes law to include killing police.

Maybe it’s just be but I’d say that a person, any person who is murdered or targeted for murder is by definition a victim.

You would think adding five or ten years to a 40 to life murder sentence would not be worth the effort for the police or create a fuss from black lives matter

But we’ve reached a point in our society where the title “victim” is such a valuable commodity that it’s guarded jealously, and once it’s a matter of law that the value of the life of those who enforce law is equal to those who flaunt it then one can’t celebrate or excuse their murder as an act of virtue.

Eventually I suppose we’ll get to the point where every possible individual permutation of mankind will have the tag “lives matter” put after them and then we can all be victims together.

Maybe it’s just me but I think we would be much better off with the old culture of life that once existed.

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…

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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
abcpp
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.

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

The Pat the Gnat site is here

Sheldon: All the non human apes are classified as “great apes” except one, That means taxonomists created the entire category of “lesser ape” just to single out the poor Gibbon as the weird kid on the playground. Now there’s a hairy little fellow with a genuine beef.

Leonard: But the gibbon doesn’t know what it’s categorized as, it doesn’t even know it’s called a “Gibbon”.

Sheldon: True. [Turning to Howard] Sorry kid You’ve got it worse than a Gibbon.

The Big Bang Theory The Prom Equivalency 2014

Ok this week Democrats lost the senate, lost the governorship of states such as Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts, lost practically every close race there was to lose and the president’s post election presser was apparently a disaster.

How could things possibly get any worse? Ask the Star Telegram

In the end, Konni Burton was true to her word: She reclaimed Senate District 10 for her party.Burton, a Republican, claimed ​53 percent of the vote to Democrat Libby Willis’ ​44.5 percent

Seriously DaTechGuy, after all that’s gone wrong for Democrats you think they’re going to be upset at losing a state level seat in Texas? Well that seat had some significance:

The battle for District 10 wasn’t just about one Senate seat. It was about the ideological balance of power in the Legislature’s upper chamber.

Supporters dropped millions of dollars into the race, with some of the largest donations for Burton coming from the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and some of Willis’ largest donations coming from the Mostyn Law Firm in Austin or the Mostyn-funded Back to Basics PAC.

Ok so it was an important state seat, but still that’s not going to drive Democrats nuts, but there’s more…

Burton, considered a rock star in Republican circles, drew support from a variety of people, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a high-profile darling of the Tea Party, local GOP state Reps. Jonathan Stickland, Matt Krause, Bill Zedler and Giovanni Capriglione and Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley.

OK so a tea party texan won it Texas, that’s still not so odd but here is the coup de grace

The decisive seat in Texas that affected the ideological balance of Texas that now belongs to a Tea Party Republican, belonged to a democrat for the last six year, that Democrat’s name?

Wendy Davis

thanks to the hubris of Democrat friends Abortion Barbie’s seat in the Texas Legislature goes now belongs to a Tea Party member

…who is proudly pro-life and ran on it.

The defense of the unborn is very personal for me. My husband Phil and I are the proud parents of Tori and Faith, whom we adopted through the Gladney Center in Fort Worth. This session I was proud to join thousands of conservative activists in peacefully supporting pro-life bills in the Texas Legislature. The people of Senate District 10 deserve a Senator who respects all human life. In the Senate, I will fight to keep Texas tax dollars from going to Planned Parenthood or any organization that provides abortions. I will also oppose any federal incursions into Texas designed to mandate that citizens purchase healthcare covering elective abortions.

And Burton knows who to thank for her win as well:

Konni Burton, the Republican who won it, is as conservative as they come. Burton is from the district and had trouble finding someone to challenge Davis, so she decided to just run herself (before Davis decided to enter the gubernatorial contest instead of running for re-election). After Davis’ 2013 filibuster, Burton told me for a piece I wrote for the National Review that her fundraising picked up.

“I was doing well with fundraising previous to this, but this has certainly helped, this pro-abortion stand that Wendy has taken,” Burton said at the time. “It’s a stand for abortions after five months! It’s helped immensely.”

Perhaps she will send a “Thank You” card to NBCCBSABCCNNNPRMSNBCNYT & Planned Parenthood for delivering the seat and a 2/3 majority to the GOP in the Texas state senate.

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By Pastor George Kelly

In 1979, the late Senator Edward M. “Teddy” Kennedy launched a furious, feisty, and zealous campaign to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Senator Kennedy faced great odds as he pursued the Presidency. President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter was the occupant of the Oval Office and even if Senator Kennedy displaced the incumbent President, there would still be many people in his own party who would see his bold initiative as a reckless endeavor that would make the eventual winner that much weaker against their Republican party opponent in the General Election.

Nevertheless, Senator Kennedy remained steadfast and resolute as he reasoned that the principles that he championed – New Deal and Great Society liberalism – were being undermined by the perceived “political malaise” of the Carter Administration.

The late Senator lost his bid for his party’s nomination, but he gave an exceptional concession speech in New York in the summer of 1980. Edward Kennedy finished off his speech by stating that “For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

Even if one does not agree with the late Senator’s projection of unabashed liberal policies, one could still admire his passion, conviction, and unyielding political stamina.

Those words spoken by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy have significant meaning to underdogs and those who seem to battle against intractable odds.

This past week the Pro-Life advocates in America took to Washington, D.C. for the 41st Anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.

For a great many years, the Pro-Life Movement was told to be quiet and to acquiesce to the majority of Americans who wished that Abortion be available on demand. The Right-to-Life proponents were told to “get on the right side of history” as there was an inescapable movement in the direction of Pro-Abortion America.

Yet a funny thing happened.

The citizens in this country that fight to create a positive “culture of life” did not “cast down their buckets where they were” instead they intensified their efforts using creative means.

The Pro-Life organizations employ a number of means at their disposal to convince their fellow American citizens one at a time that a fetus is not simply a blob of organic tissue, but the very “genesis” of what constitutes a “human life.”

It has been determined that if a woman seeking an abortion commits to view an ultrasound of her unborn child that in 89% of the instances she will desist and elect to either keep her child or place her child up for adoption.

Another glimmer of hope is that the tide in America is changing. Today in the post baby boomer generations more and more young people are choosing to value life over the narcissistic culture of unaccountable and autonomous free love.

Those of us who value life in all of its stages – irrespective of sickness, infirmity, or disease should use this occasion of the 41st anniversary of the Pro-Life movement to celebrate our humanity in such a way that people of all walks of life will understand that the GOD-given foundations of our Republic rest on the comprehension that our Creator endowed all humanity (embryos, fetuses, and young children) with the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

As we seek to protect those who cannot speak for themselves, let us not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6.6-10).
Let us remember that it took our nation more than 200 years to abolish slavery and another 100 years to eliminate the vestiges of “Jim Crow” and legalized segregation.

Many times eternal vigilance is truly the price of liberty (Patrick Henry).

All Pro-Life Americans must remember that in this noble struggle against wanton destruction that we must endure to the end.

“For us… our campaign has not come to an end. For all those whose cares are to create a culture that values life in all of its diversity, we share your concerns; the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

For ultimately our rights do not come from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of GOD (President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address January 1961).