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I’ve had this bookmarked because when I first read it, I wanted to watch the video and didn’t have time. Despite Karl’s doubts, the video is still up. Just as I suspected, it’s even better to watch Scalia saying it. He’s passionate, and not a little pessimistic. And for good reason.

There’s an awesome article at Big Hollywood about the intersection between campus liberals, selective protection of free speech, and well-armed space cowboys who prefer not to kill people in their sleep.

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York has been elected to the presidency of the the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For those who are not Catholics, this is a big deal for traditionalist and orthodox Catholics, not to mention political conservatives.

The vote makes Archbishop Dolan the most visible face of the church in the United States. It also suggested that the bishops were seeking a powerful and reliably orthodox voice to reassert the church’s teaching in the court of public opinion and to disarm critics who insist that the bishops have lost their moral authority as a result of their role in the sexual abuse scandals.

For the first time, the bishops overlooked tradition and passed over a vice president who was running for the presidency, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson. Bishop Kicanas represents the more liberal “social justice” tradition of the American church and is known for advocating dialogue between Catholic liberals and traditionalists. Archbishop Dolan is considered a moderate conservative.

Archbishop Dolan also suggested that he would not countenance other Catholic leaders and organizations when they take public positions that contradict the bishops. That is what happened this year when some groups representing Catholic hospitals and nuns came out in support of the health care overhaul bill, despite the bishops’ staunch opposition.

“We’re pastors and teachers,” Archbishop Dolan said of the bishops’ role, “not just one set of teachers in the Catholic community, but the teachers.” (emphasis in original)

Archbishop Dolan is the first President of the USCCB elected over the sitting Vice-President of the Conference.

In an even more surprising move, the vice-presidency did not go to a bishop similar to Bishop Kicanas, as a tradition favoring balance would have it. Instead, the post went to someone possibly even more strident in the culture wars than Archbishop Dolan, though perhaps not as well-known – Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville. As if that wasn’t enough, the runner-up for vice-president was none other than Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver. Archbishop Chaput is a personal favorite of mine, who once said in reference to the adulation surrounding President Obama: “in democracies, we elect public servants, not messiahs.”

After providing cover for Democrats for so long, the liberal-appeasing USCCB seems to be righting itself.

It’s now enshrined in legal doctrine. In some future century, someone – maybe Samuel T. Cogley, or perhaps Colonel Worf – will read up on a little Texas case law and thereby open a rift in the time-space continuum.

Can’t wait for that episode.

Was that Our Lord, or Marx?

I normally don’t like people trying to guess what a historical figure would or would not say in current circumstances. Those who make such attempts usually try to get the selected historical figure to espouse or say things that they never in a million years would have expressed in real life, and would have them spinning in their graves were they to actually hear what was being attributed to them. But there are always exceptions… like this video. I think Thomas Paine would be proud of this.

Update: You know what they say… no Paine, no gain!

If you are a supporter of “a woman’s right to choose” please read this article. I ask this of you because, once you have read it, I need to ask you a few questions. If you are not supporter of abortion,  please pass this along to any friends or associates that may be  “pro-choice” and have them answer the questions.

Eighteen and pregnant, Sycloria Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.

Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated to dilate her cervix and otherwise get her ready for the procedure.

Only Renelique didn’t arrive in time. According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.

The complaint says one of the clinic owners, Belkis Gonzalez came in and cut the umbilical cord with scissors, then placed the baby in a plastic bag, and the bag in a trash can.

Williams’ lawsuit offers a cruder account: She says Gonzalez knocked the baby off the recliner chair where she had given birth, onto the floor. The baby’s umbilical cord was not clamped, allowing her to bleed out. Gonzalez scooped the baby, placenta and afterbirth into a red plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.

OK… now the questions: 1. Does this story bother you? 2. Is the clinic owner guilty of murder? 3. Do you believe Sycloria Williams has the moral standing to sue the clinic? Answer these questions in your heart, but – whether anyone is around you or not – please verbalize your answer, so that the words become real. And after each, ask yourself if the words coming out of your mouth match what you feel in your heart.

1. If you answered “Yes” that this story did bother you, an avowed pro-choicer, then I must ask why? Sycloria Williams walked into that clinic and paid $1,200 to terminate a pregnancy – and that is exactly what happened. Perhaps, you are disturbed by the manner in which the termination occurred? Again I must ask why? Oh, wait… that’s a inconvenient question. We’ll move on for now.

2. I assume, again since you are an avowed pro-choicer, that you believe the clinic owner is not guilty of murder, because in your view, abortion is not murder. Right? But the baby was actually born – she had air in her lungs – she was alive! Isn’t causing the death of a living, breathing child … Oops! Another inconvenient question. Next!

3. As for whether Ms. Williams has the moral standing to sue the clinic, I’ll bet you are really conflicted on that one. On the one hand, you probably agree that she is the victim of a morally bankrupt and evil corporation’s malpractice and greed. Ergo, she does have the moral high ground to claim that the clinic didn’t kill the fetus she was carrying before it became a baby. On the other hand, it’s an abortion clinic… a Temple of modern liberalism that frees women from the shackles of motherhood. Ergo, their moral authority is sacrosanct and unassailable. My oh my, what is a progressive to do with a Morton’s Fork like that?

Questions too tough? Need help? Maybe you could look to popular opinion for an answer. After all, isn’t that what the liberal politicians do?

“The baby was just treated as a piece of garbage,” said Tom Brejcha, president of The Thomas More Society, a law firm that is also representing Williams. “People all over the country are just aghast.”

Even those who support abortion rights are concerned about the allegations.

“It really disturbed me,” said Joanne Sterner, president of the Broward County chapter of the National Organization for Women, after reviewing the administrative complaint against Renelique. “I know that there are clinics out there like this. And I hope that we can keep (women) from going to these types of clinics.”

Does that help?

I believe that if you really answered those questions honestly, the story really did bother you (though you may not understand exactly why), you do think that poor baby was murdered (or allowed to die), and that as horrific as the experience must have been for her, Sycloria Williams has no right suing a clinic for doing exactly what she really wanted – “getting rid of” the baby she was carrying. Combine that with the fact that the National Organization for Women want’s you to help keep (women) from going to these types of clinics (would that be Abortion clinics?) and you’ll find that what it comes down to is that you who are pro-abortion really just want the right to kill what the rest of us consider to be a baby, before you start thinking about it as a living being.

The Inconvenient Truth here is that the science and technology you prize above all else keeps moving the line you draw, between when it is a lump of cells and when it is a living being, closer and closer to the point of conception. And I believe that while your intellect may be able to handle that, your conscience cannot. As a progressive thinker, the type of person that often personifies animals, plants, and even the Earth itself (Gaia), you must have real trouble not personifying an embryo – which, if left alone, would have an excellent chance of actually becoming a real person. I think your intellect may even be betraying you, because you have to know that at one point you – your living, breathing, thinking, caring, thriving, progressive self – was just a “lump of cells,” and look how far you have come. You must wonder if any person, given the chance, and with help from progressives like yourself, couldn’t grow and thrive in the same way – no matter how initially unwanted or unloved.

Well, here’s something else to wonder about; what if one of those millions of babies that were disposed of was the next Jonas Salk, Albert Einstein, or would have invented the cure for AIDS or invented an alternative fuel to replace our dependence on oil? Tired old pro-life argument, you say? Ok… what if, now that you approach your golden years, one of those discarded lumps of cells was around to love you, call you mom, give you grandchildren who would think the world of you, and help take care of you as your body and mind failed? Ever think about that?

You know, for a bunch of folks known as the “Free Love” generation, you have just about guaranteed that as you grow old, many of you will do so alone. How profoundly sad.

(This post is adapted from an email I sent Mandy Connell this morning. I’ll be adding Mandy to “Abolitionists” for her stalwart conservatism (should have long ago) but I hope she also adopts the label for other reasons….)

When you hear people talking about their quandary over their personal belief about abortion and their concern that it might not be the responsibility of the federal government to do anything about it, just remember that we’ve already had this national conversation – it was called slavery.

Just about every perspective you can bring up with regard to one issue is relevant to the other, with the only difference being that one problem existed before America was created, and one became a national problem after the development of our medical technology. They are both terrible injustices against another human being that some people deny is human. The Constitution puts the responsibility on the States to regulate it (or not – 10th Amendment), yet it’s a national question over a moral outrage that will eventually need to be fixed by an Amendment.

So if you ever worry if it should be a federal government responsibility to do something about abortion, pretend you’re an abolitionist and that the baby is a black slave being beaten to death by it’s “master” and ask yourself the question again.

The inauguration is still weeks away, and already they’re whining. The NY Daily News has a story today about how “Bill must spill secrets” in order that Hillary may become Secretary of State. The best part about it isn’t the content of the story. Most of this is just a re-hash of junk we already know about the Clintons and more evidence of how this is Bill Clinton’s 3rd term. No, the best part are the comments from the left-wing boneheads, like this one from “Aloha62″: “I’m really confused by this. Most people backed Obama because we wanted a different direction, particularly on foreign policy. And to just hand over the foreign policy apparatus to the Clintons is just like back going in time.” Hey, you voted for the guy. You didn’t expect this? Oh, I’m so sorry. No, I’m not rolling a booger, I’m playing the world’s smallest violin.

I may be an Army guy, but you gotta hand it to those Navy boys. Following the ruckus over the summer where a Board of Supervisors committee considered banning The Blue Angels from the city’s Fleet Week festivities, the team’s high-speed, low-drag pilots apparently decided to tell San Franciscans what they thought of the idea. With style, baby.

Absolute Moral Authority

With all the shooting in malls and schools that have been occurring the past few years, I have an idea that I think will help all those who wish to “Go out in a blaze of glory” or to get back at someone who bullied them, or someone on a sports team, or someone who gets better grades… or someone who wouldn’t return their romantic advances.

The first thing we need to do is wreck the two parent home structure by implementing State sponsored welfare and devise a State and Federal taxation scheme that will force any surviving two parent homes to require both parents to work just to stay afloat.

From there we replace the individuals responsible for the parenting duties in each home (AKA, the missing or busy working parents) with officials from or sponsored by the State – Social Workers from DCF, teachers, State Health care providers, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, et al. These people will make sure that an individual child is never disciplined, taught only State proscribed dogma, that the boys are given drugs when they act like boys, that boys and girls are given contraceptives when they try to act like men and women, that the girls can have abortions when the State provided contraceptives don’t work, that God is taken completely out of their lives, and then given powerful psychotropic drugs when they exhibit psychological or mental disorders due to a lack of parental guidance, educational guidance and spiritual guidance that has left them lost, confused and depressed.

Next, we need to have the all the popular culture outlets, Hollywood movies, and the Main Stream Media tell girls that they will only get the future they dream of if they are a 5’7, 105lb Blond with big breasts, perfect teeth, alabaster skin, and have sex with all the popular boys, and tell boys that they need to take steroids or HGH to give them muscles, take advantage of those that are weaker than they are, play sports, drink uncontrollably, drive fast, and not just have sex but have babies with as many girls as possible.

As soon as we have confused and depressed as many of these young people as possible, set them up with dreams and aspirations that most can never attain in a world that is not the utopia they were promised, taught them to rely on drugs to numb them and the State to provide for them, that’s when we rip it all away and say “OK, you’re on your own!”

Most young people will be able to cope with the cruel realities of the world and adjust their lives and expectations accordingly. Some, however, will not. Those that cannot will be angry and frustrated that the world – despite their elevated self-esteem and the promises they have been given by the entire State apparatus all their lives – is not the candy-colored wonderland they had expected. That anger and frustration – and a feeling of impotence to stop it – will only build as they realize that not everyone will accede to their wishes or tend to their needs. Luckily, the State will have thought of this possibility too, and provided zones where these lost, angry and frustrated individuals can go to vent. These will be zones that will not only legally guarantee that no one will be around who can stop them from venting, but will give them plenty of unsuspecting individuals with whom they can express their anger and frustration. These will be called Gun-Free-Zones and… Aw, never mind! What are the chances of all of that happening here in the United States?

After killing Lupins and collecting coconuts on Florina Beach, I headed over to Fark this evening to get some silly headlines. I’m sure that one of these days they’re going to create a whole new website just for the Florida tag in the same manner that they did for another of their famous tags. Headline: “Walton County to alter Nativity scene.

The County Commission decided this week to include secular items such as a snowman to the display after Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent the county a letter in July claiming that the creche is unconstitutional

Great. Just what this country needed. As if the ACLU wasn’t bad enough. Now we have these guys. Had I not been up since 4:20 this morning, I would e-mail them this (scroll down to the “On the 3d of October.”)

Happy birthday to me.

Banner never flown at Planned Parenthood

When I’m not pretending to be the reincarnation of a dead president, I’m known by an older (and far stranger) moniker that’s a portmanteau of two names, together referencing my favorite cartoon character – not to mention the entity who first introduced me to conservatism.

Some people unfairly label the cartoonist Berkeley Breathed as “liberal” (I think it’s his first name that cements the idea). But his work – if not exactly “fair” to some Republicans over the years – has certainly taken aim at the extremes and sacred cows of both parties and all ideologies. Though an ardent opponent of labels, he has said he’s closest to a libertarian.

Today, Breathed’s work is earning a stamp of disapproval many cartoonists take pride in – he’s hit a target too close to the mark, and some of the newspapers that carry him have refused to publish it. Ironically, I find the content of the strip to be rather mild, but it’s no surprise that it’s generated furor since it relates to the media’s favorite taboo-that-shall-not-be-attacked these days… ISLAM.

Since the interests of the First Amendment, my own politics, and the fate of the Republic are all in alignment, I’m proud to offer this taste of revolt against today’s liberal intelligentsia. For the full strip, please take a trip over to Salon, where (give credit where credit is due) modern liberalism apparently still contains some measure of liberality.

(Incidentally, that’s my alter-ego on the left.)

The President’s statement.

“My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby. The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged. His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant, and private citizen will be long-lasting.”
I applaud this decision, no spy was outed, and the Special Prosecutor knew that Libby was not the leaker when he interviewed Libby. While President Bush continues to champion Fitzgerald for his service, I will always believe that Fitz set a perjury trap for Libby. Libby is not without fault, he apparently did perjure himself. And for that he deserves a penalty; but thirty months in jail in addition to the fines, probation and humiliation he suffers is more than too much. Bravo Mr. President.

PS: It would now be appropriate for the Justice Department to go after Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame for their roles in concocting and perpetuating the real lie; Plame was not covert and could not have been outed as Wilson asserted. Plame knew this, Wilson knew this, and the political hacks in the Democratic Party knew it as well.

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