Friday, February 27, 2015

Two Lives Saved

When she asked if abortion would make the pain go away, the doctor said no. She decided her daughter had a right to live.  Twelve years old, that's bravery.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vatican Shenanigans

Watching this story.

The people who crafted the Five Cardinals Book™ wanted to make sure that Synod members had copies, at least in English or Italian, as the Synod was starting up.  Therefore, they sent copies to every member of the Synod (quite a few) through the Italian post to each member’s personal mailbox near the Synod Hall which was set up individually by the Vatican Post.  Remember, Vatican Post is the postal service of a sovereign nation that has laws.  The Book was sent in individually addressed and franked envelopes.  They weren’t just envelopes with someone’s name on them shoved into the slots by whomever.  They were properly sent postal items.
 When the organizers of the Synod realized what had been sent to the members of the Synod, someone removed all the envelopes from the members’ mail boxes!

It's almost too unbelievable to be true. And if it weren't on Father Zuhldorf's site, I would dismiss it. But this is a guy that I trust. So I am waiting to see what comes next.

No one mentions D'Souza

Recent discussions on Fox News have often focused on President Obama's "love of America". A firestorm began with Rudy Giuliani's statement that President Obama does not love America, the way that he or the average American does. Few have defended Giuliani, and the liberal media have torn Giuliani apart for comments that have their basis in facts, facts that that same media did not vet when Obama became the presidential candidate in 2007.

There are plenty of articles written about Giuliani's comments, over 9000 in fact! while other items that should really be in the news have gotten far less attention. Simply google his name to read some or watch some videos on this topic.

What bothers me however is the fact that I haven't heard one mention of Dinesh D'Souza and his book The Roots of Obama's Rage which came out in 2010. In that book, D'Souza traced Obama's background from his birth parents to his growing up in Indonesia, to his being shipped to Hawaii so that his maternal grandparents could raise him (while his mother continued her child-free life-style in Indonesia). Obama was introduced at an early age to Frank Marshall Davis, known for being a radical Communist and Obama spent a lot of his college age years in the company of Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadette Dohrn, both of whom were charged and convicted of terrorist acts against the US.

Dinesh D'Souza went on to write another book about Obama, 2016: Obama's America, which was also made into a film in 2012. It was just around that time that charges were laid against D'Souza that he had given money illegally to a political candidate running for the Senate.
In January 2014, D'Souza was indicted on charges of making illegal political contributions to a 2012 United States Senate campaign.[10] On May 20, 2014, D'Souza pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to a charge of using "straw donors" to make illegal political campaign donations. On September 23, D'Souza was sentenced to eight months in a community confinement center, five years parole, and a $30,000 fine.[11][12]
D'Souza is still serving his eight month's sentence and he has admitted publicly that he was wrong to do what he did, although there seems to be some question about whether he actually knew it was wrong to give this running-for-Senator person money. No one seems to question the huge amounts of money given by people like Tom Steyer, environmentalist and hedge-fund manager, to the Democratic Party. No question of anything illegal about that transaction in the millions of dollars, while D'Souza's donation was only in the tens of thousands.

The only person who interviews D'Souza is Megyn Kelly. He was on her show a couple of months ago, but I would have thought that someone would want to talk to him again. Given that Giuliani has uncovered once again the facts that D'Souza released in his first book, shouldn't someone be giving him some airtime? 

It is time to vindicate D'Souza. He is a brave man who dares to say some unpleasant things about someone of whom the vast majority of people, including non-Americans, have been enamored.

It mystifies me that people prefer to turn a blind eye to unpleasant truths. They would rather carry on with things as they are, even if the current political course is headed for disaster. Being a liberal must mean believing that it really is possible to create a utopia here on earth. And when someone like Obama, who is the most liberal president in American history, leads the country, the majority are willing to be led like sheep to the slaughter.

I prefer to be in the ranks of D'Souza and Giuliani who really do love their country, even though I am not an American. But I do know that how America leads, that is how the world will go. And that is why it is so terribly important to ensure the next president does have the interests of democratic America at heart.

Giuliani is correct; Obama does not love America, not the America that he was elected to lead. He might love another America, the one he intended to build when he stated that he was going to transform the United States. Just what kind of over-inflated ego would think something like that?
Surely the person who is chosen to lead should have a more realistic sense of self. Please God the next president will be someone willing to learn, rather than someone who thinks he knows what is right for everyone.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Religious Freedom not on the gay agenda

Christian florist is willing to risk losing her business and her home for her principles. Even though the customer was a friend of hers, he went ahead and sued her for not providing the flowers for his same-sex wedding ceremony.

This woman is very brave, she is staying true to her beliefs rather than protect her assets. I don't think I would have her guts. Bravo, Baronelle. As she said:

It's not about the money, it's about freedom. It's about my eight kids, and our twenty-three grandchildren, and the future and now. There's not a price on freedom, you can't buy my freedom. It's me now, but tomorrow it's going to be you, you gotta wake up.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Feminism turned on itself

I have always been a fan of Mary Eberstadt's writings.

Her article yesterday in the National Review Online is worth the read.

Rather than opine on Fifty Shades of Grey, Eberstadt writes about the phenomena of women trash talking about themselves and taking on what was once considered the territory of the frat house or bar room bad-mouths.

Of course this approach takes for granted the sexual revolution’s first commandment, which is that any such act ever committed by any woman is by definition beyond reproach. That said, one can otherwise sympathize with the feminists’ intent here. Spurred in part by heartbreaking cases of teenage girls who suffered catcalling on social media and committed suicide, the sisters mean good. Trouble is, their initiative suffers mortally from the “Don’t think of an elephant” paradox. The more the word “slut” gets hurled around, the harder it is not to think about its meaning, and the more likely it is to stick somewhere unwanted.
Even so, something deeper is at work here than ideological tussling over a word that no halfway-civilized person would use anyway. The promiscuous slinging of “slut” is only the beginning of the obscenity- and profanity-saturated woman-talk these days, from otherwise obscurantist academic feminism on down to popular magazines and blogs.

Yet listening in on some of the conversation today suggests an explanation other than simple venality. Something else is up out there making female trash talk all the rage — something unexpected, poignant, and, at the same time, awful to behold. It’s the language of bondage and captivity, told by prisoners of the sexual revolution.
On the ubiquitous  pornographic nature of modern female vocalists, something that has been puzzling me. I really don`t understand why BeyoncĂ© has to produce videos of herself in these poses; after all, it`s not as if she needs the money or needs to sell an album.
And on it goes. Many of today’s so-called feminist singers can’t warble without throwing in a pole dance or an homage to leather. Avril Lavigne, in addition to providing some of the soundtrack of Fifty Shades, has made a sexualized song and video about little-girl icon Hello Kitty. Kesha, Britney Spears, the defunct Pussycat Dolls, not to mention the queen cougar of them all, Madonna: The trick isn’t finding a female vocal artist whose work is enthusiastically pornographic; it’s locating any whose isn’t.

It’s a predator’s market out there. The fact that there’s no cottage industry related to “stud-shaming,” or even such a word, says it all. Many women are now exactly what feminists say they are: victims — only not in the way that feminism understands. They are captives behind enemy lines, but the enemy is not patriarchy or gender-norming. It’s the sexual revolution itself. And like other people held hostage for too long by a hostile force, these women are suffering from a problem that has had a name for some time. It’s Stockholm syndrome.
Love that last line, it`s a clincher.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jewish Generosity

The students were generous, but really check out the facts on this hospital. Treating one million patients annually regardless of race, religion, or national origin, even treating those who aim to eliminate the state of Israel.

Forty students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance took a classical approach to the flashmob as they flashwaltzed Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers at the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem. Doctors, patients and passers-by joined in the fun.

The surprise concert was part of Good Deeds Day, an annual event that originated in Israel in 2007 and now takes place in over 50 countries worldwide. On this day volunteers reach out to the less fortunate and the vulnerable.

The Academy students enjoyed the day so much that they have decided to schedule regular concerts at the hospital. Hadassah Medical Organization treats over one million patients annually, without regard to race, religion or national origin.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

What's wrong with the pill - from a man

Refreshing especially since it is coming from a man and a young one at that. Some snippets, the entire post is worth reading.
Feminists are on a constant quest to find double standards, yet they miss the most obvious ones. Women assume the enormous risk and consequence of birth control, and men just get free sex out of the deal.
 ... in our culture, we often stumble upon the right conclusions, and then point them in precisely the wrong directions. In this case, we’re right to fret about consuming “chemicals” and synthetic hormones, but we ought to be far less worried about the chemicals that make our beef taste delicious, and far more worried about the chemicals that fundamentally alter a woman’s physiology and screw around with her reproductive system. It seems rather silly to get worked up over genetically modified food when we are so eager to chemically modify ourselves.
 ... is there any other drug where the risks include blood clots and cancer (more on that in a minute) and the primary benefit is to stymie a natural, normal, and healthy bodily function? It carries risks similar to other medications, but unlike those other medications, it wasn’t primarily designed to treat a dysfunction. It was designed instead to cause dysfunction. The pill tricks a woman’s pituitary gland into essentially “thinking” she’s pregnant all the time. 
 If this happened on its own, without the pill and without actually being pregnant, a woman would go to the doctor and be diagnosed with some kind of disease or disorder. It seems odd, then, that she might also go to the doctor and be prescribed medication to cause the thing that would be considered an illness if it happened without the medicine.
This is one, though not the only, reason why the rates of birth control usage and divorce track almost identically. As the pill gained prevalence, so did divorce. That doesn’t necessarily prove anything, and you certainly can’t blame a pill for your decision to get divorced, but it’s a correlation that no honest person can ignore.
Here’s another interesting correlation: among couples who use natural family planning, the divorce rate is less than 3 percent. Again, does that prove something? No, not on its own, but it gives us something to think about.
 ... if scientists ever develop a birth control pill for men that renders them impotent, potentially causes cancer, requires them to take a dose every day, and makes their testicles shrivel, I can guarantee that drug would not be among Rite Aid’s best sellers.
 Read it all, well done Matt.