Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Through Wind and Waves UPDATED

Quite the battle going on as we count down to election day...the decision that will lead us out of the 40 Years of Wandering in the Culture of Death Desert... or not.

As we keep all people effected by Hurricane Sandy in our prayers, please remember Barbara Curtis, the  great photo-blogger of the annual March for Life in Washington DC. Barbara (mother of 12) has suffered a massive stroke and is not expected to regain consciousness.

UPDATE - Barbara Curtis passed away on the afternoon of October 30th, 2012. Please pray for the repose of the soul of this courageous Pro-Lifer.

And some thoughts on the "desert," Hurricane Sandy, and the Year of Faith by blogger Fr. Bob Connor:

What does a hurricane have to do with the Year of Faith? Everything! And this because the event of the hurricane awakens us from the boredom and monotony of quotidian boilerplate work- performance punctuated by the trivial titillation of interconnected pseudo interpersonalism via hand-held gagetry -  to a sudden discovery of the persons around you with whom you find that you really have something in common: a hurricane.
The Year of Faith has been called to shake us out of the acedia that has numbed us into being accustomed to the absence of Jesus Christ in this parched eschatological desert that stretches from the Ascension to the Parousia without a blip of intimacy with Him. Cardinal Ratzinger once asked: “However did we arrive at that tedious and tedium-laden Christianity which we moderns observe and, indeed, know from our own experience?[1] Ultimately we have lost the experience of Christ, the personal intimacy with Him, the internal reception of Him as Our Lady at the Annunciation. This must be regained.

The Next 40 Years

If you were thinking about sitting out this election because you don't think Romney passes the Pro-Life litmus test, think again.
Romney’s top judicial advisors include pro-life stalwarts like former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and pro-life Harvard professor Mary Ann Glendon. Leading pro-life attorneys like Jordan SekulowDavid French, and James Bopp have confirmed they trust Romney as president when it comes to judges. 
Cathi Herrod, the director of the pro-life Center for Arizona Policy, says the upcoming election is crucial when it comes to the Supreme Court. 
With four judges over the average age of retirement, the next President of the United States may be faced with appointing as many as four new justices to the Supreme Court,” she said. “There’s no denying it – our next President and United States Senate could dramatically alter the course of our nation.”

Whole story here.

January 22, 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Reverse Derecho and Acts of God

Just saying that it's kind of interesting that Hurricane Sandy is sort of the Reverse Derecho inflicted on the US from Chicago to NY right after the June 2012 Supreme Court ruling in favor of Obamacare. As they say in show business, timing is everything.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Going All In on Abortion

The Democrats are betting it all on abortion this election.

Politico reports "Dems Go All In For Abortion Rights"

Newsbusters reports that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are leading the celebrity abortion crusade. They are joined by, 

"Meryl Streep, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Sandra Bernhard, Kevin Bacon and his wife Kyra Sedgwick, Lisa Kudrow, Tea Leoni, Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, Oliver Platt, Ally Sheedy, and Billy Crudup."

So just a quick reminder from Archbishop Chaput that Catholic teaching trumps party loyalty on abortion.



Friday, October 26, 2012

It's Biblical!

So says Henry Margusity, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, when talking about Hurricane Sandy. He states:

“This could be a disaster of biblical proportions — a multi-billion-dollar disaster.”
We agree. Interesting timing, no? First, the Derecho that hit the Mid-Atlantic (actually Chicago to the Atlantic) right after the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Obamacare, and now Perfect Storm Sandy, a Hurricane within a Nor'Easter, looks to hit the Mid-Atlantic right before the November 6th, General Election.
We remind you of what Tom Grenchik wrote regarding the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
In 2013 our country will observe a sad anniversary, marking 40 years of a “culture of death” following the tragic Roe v. Wade decision that unleashed widespread abortion on our land. Well over 53 million children have been lost and their parents and families dramatically affected. How do we even begin to fathom the impact to our nation, and to our Church?
A long time ago, God allowed the Israelites to wander in the wilderness for forty years -- as a punishment, and also as a test of their faithfulness before they could enter the promised land. These last forty years have certainly tested our faithfulness.
-Forty Years of Abortion and the Year of Faith, Tom Grenchik 
There are forces that don't want the American to leave the wilderness, so it might be a rough weekend for some folks on the Atlantic, be prepared. Here are some helpful prep tips.

UPDATED:
"President Obama appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, where he warned his audience that “Roe v. Wade is probably hanging in the balance” this election." from Lifesitenews.







Thursday, October 25, 2012

10 Questions

10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate is never asked by the Media, here.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Weekend Reads

American Notebook has some thoughts about the Second Presidential Debate.

Phyllis Schlafly has a new book No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom. Interview with Phyllis here.

Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood, did you know she was the daughter of the late Texas Governor Ann Richards? We didn't until we read this in the Houston Chronicle:
President Barack Obama is “the best friend to women that we could imagine,” said Planned Parenthood’s President Cecile Richards today as she introduced him before his speech in Fairfax, Va.
As the two parties fight to gain the support of female voters, Richards, the daughter of the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards, has become a prominent surrogate for the Democratic incumbent in swing states such as Virginia and Florida.
Guess that explains everything, doesn't it. Hey, did you know that Cecile makes over 400K? We found that out while Connecting the Dots. You can too, so here it is again for your reading pleasure:


Sorry folks, been meaning to write but caught up...well...connecting the dots. So let's begin, shall we. It all started with this post from Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds:
I SUSPECT THE PROLIFERATION OF HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL IS INVOLVED: More Young People Suffering Strokes. Posted at 7:06 am by Glenn Reynolds 
We couldn't agree more. Birth Control is linked to strokes. Interesting tidbit, a few year's ago Glenn's wife, the PJMedia contributor Dr. Helen, suffered a heart attack which they believe might have been birth control induced (see her comments from this post).
I also, was on birth control pills and wonder if they played a role in my getting a blood clot. Doctors like to think they are safe and get annoyed if you say otherwise, but I think for some women, they are dangerous. 
So it's a good time to remind everyone that the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified oral contraception as a Type I or Class 1 Carcinogen. You know, like cigarettes...or asbestos or arsenic or benzene.*

And all this was in our minds when we recently ran across this from from a different "Dr. Helen", law professor Helen Alvare, who wrote in the Washington Examiner:
Women who want contraceptives at a lower cost may think that their freedom is growing. What they may not realize is that supporters of the mandate are avowedly trying to change their behavior -- to move women from their current methods of contraception to more expensive "long-acting reversible contraceptives" like the IUD and implant, which work for years and can only be removed by a doctor. About 5 percent of women use them today, but in a recent study, researchers offered all methods for "free" but persuaded about 75 percent of a cohort of women to get LARCs inserted. This study, which proves that medical professionals can badger women into long-term sterility, is being hailed as a paradigm for the contraceptive mandate.
So not only under Obamacare will contraception be "free" (i.e. the Government wants all women to have free access to Class 1 Carcinogens...just like Mayor Bloomberg is proposing), but the government is going to start promoting sterilization. Seems like theOne Who Will Save Women, wants to save them from ever having children. So, so...like the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger.**

Anyhow, this all came full circle for us when we starting thinking about how not only does the Government want to control your fertility it wants to control how you die.

Breitbart recently had a piece about Stephen Rattner a former Obama advisor who wrote a NYTimes op-ed about the need for "death panels"/rationed health care.

Want to know what "Death Panels" [in the UK they are known as CARE Pathways] look like in practice? Read these two pieces from the Daily Mail, which has been chronicling the decline and fall of Great Britain:

Care? No, this is a pathway to killing people that doctors deem worthless
By MELANIE PHILLIPS
One woman's lonely death on the NHS's 'care pathway' to the grave: MPs demand action after another patient is chosen to die without doctors telling family

But don't worry, they don't want to plunge a knife in you or anything like that, they probably just want to sedate you to death [which is assisted suicide, by the way, in case you forgot that's murder according to the ol' Seventh Commandment].

And you know, of course, what they're now doing in Belgium with assisted suicide patients? They're now harvesting their organs. Something for everyone.

Full circle. This is what four more years of "Hope and Change" will look like. And if people tell you otherwise it's just malarkey.

Dare we say it? Vote for Mitt Romney and vote to create a Republican majority in the Senate.

*Dr. Joel Brind reminds us that "hormonal contraceptives" is a misnomer, they are in fact steroids.
And the reason I put “hormonal contraceptives” in quotes is that it is not true. The pill contains no hormones – artificial or otherwise. They are steroid drugs that act like hormones (hormone agonists, to be professionally precise). In fact, hormones would not work as a pill, so they have to be synthetic drugs. In fact, they are really the same type of steroid drugs that professional athletes can go to jail for taking. They are just the female version (which makes the breasts grow), rather than the male version (which makes muscles grow).
** Hey, did you know that current Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards, salary is 400K? As in $400,000 dollars. Does that make her part of the 1%? Whatever, Cecile says not to worry it's not taxpayer money. Oh, okay then.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Connecting the dots

Sorry folks, been meaning to write but caught up...well...connecting the dots. So let's begin, shall we. It all started with this post from Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds:
I SUSPECT THE PROLIFERATION OF HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL IS INVOLVED: More Young People Suffering Strokes. Posted at 7:06 am by Glenn Reynolds 
We couldn't agree more. Birth Control is linked to strokes. Interesting tidbit, a few year's ago Glenn's wife, the PJMedia contributor Dr. Helen, suffered a heart attack which they believe might have been birth control induced (see her comments from this post).
I also, was on birth control pills and wonder if they played a role in my getting a blood clot. Doctors like to think they are safe and get annoyed if you say otherwise, but I think for some women, they are dangerous. 
So it's a good time to remind everyone that the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified oral contraception as a Type I or Class 1 Carcinogen. You know, like cigarettes...or asbestos or arsenic or benzene.*

And all this was in our minds when we recently ran across this from from a different "Dr. Helen", law professor Helen Alvare, who wrote in the Washington Examiner:
Women who want contraceptives at a lower cost may think that their freedom is growing. What they may not realize is that supporters of the mandate are avowedly trying to change their behavior -- to move women from their current methods of contraception to more expensive "long-acting reversible contraceptives" like the IUD and implant, which work for years and can only be removed by a doctor. About 5 percent of women use them today, but in a recent study, researchers offered all methods for "free" but persuaded about 75 percent of a cohort of women to get LARCs inserted. This study, which proves that medical professionals can badger women into long-term sterility, is being hailed as a paradigm for the contraceptive mandate.
So not only under Obamacare will contraception be "free" (i.e. the Government wants all women to have free access to Class 1 Carcinogens...just like Mayor Bloomberg is proposing), but the government is going to start promoting sterilization. Seems like the One Who Will Save Women, wants to save them from ever having children. So, so...like the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger.**

Anyhow, this all came full circle for us when we starting thinking about how not only does the Government want to control your fertility it wants to control how you die.

Breitbart recently had a piece about Stephen Rattner a former Obama advisor who wrote a NYTimes op-ed about the need for "death panels"/rationed health care.

Want to know what "Death Panels" [in the UK they are known as CARE Pathways] look like in practice? Read these two pieces from the Daily Mail, which has been chronicling the decline and fall of Great Britain:

Care? No, this is a pathway to killing people that doctors deem worthless
By MELANIE PHILLIPS
One woman's lonely death on the NHS's 'care pathway' to the grave: MPs demand action after another patient is chosen to die without doctors telling family

But don't worry, they don't want to plunge a knife in you or anything like that, they probably just want to sedate you to death [which is assisted suicide, by the way, in case you forgot that's murder according to the ol' Seventh Commandment].

And you know, of course, what they're now doing in Belgium with assisted suicide patients? They're now harvesting their organs. Something for everyone.

Full circle. This is what four more years of "Hope and Change" will look like. And if people tell you otherwise it's just malarkey.

Dare we say it? Vote for Mitt Romney and vote to create a Republican majority in the Senate.

*Dr. Joel Brind reminds us that "hormonal contraceptives" is a misnomer, they are in fact steroids.
And the reason I put “hormonal contraceptives” in quotes is that it is not true. The pill contains no hormones – artificial or otherwise. They are steroid drugs that act like hormones (hormone agonists, to be professionally precise). In fact, hormones would not work as a pill, so they have to be synthetic drugs. In fact, they are really the same type of steroid drugs that professional athletes can go to jail for taking. They are just the female version (which makes the breasts grow), rather than the male version (which makes muscles grow).
** Hey, did you know that current Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards, salary is 400K? As in $400,000 dollars. Does that make her part of the 1%? Whatever, Cecile says not to worry it's not taxpayer money. Oh, okay then.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Weekend Reads

Fun over at Fausta's Blog, "Where Will We Move if Romney Becomes President."
BTW keep up with Fausta to learn how Chavez stole the election.


Ready to Rally? Stand up for Religious Freedom on Saturday, October 20th at noon.


Catholic Bishops react to Biden misrepresenting the HHS Mandate at the VP Debate.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement responding to what it called an “inaccurate statement of fact on the HHS mandate” on Biden’s part.

Becket Fund with the round-up of Biden's remarks debunked. And while you're there, why not a little donation to their good work.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Biden lies, babies die

Wesley Smith at NRO has the comment of the night (VP Debate Night, that is). His headline reads,"Biden's Clintonian Whopper on Obamacare." Here's what he wrote:

Biden told a whopper tonight about whether Catholic institutions, like universities and charities, have to pay for free birth control under Obamacare’s Free Birth Control Rule. Recall that that the administration put off the effective date as to those groups until 2013, after the election. So, technically, in the present tense, they don’t have to pay for birth control and sterilizations. But they will next year. 
Very Clintonian, as when Clinton told Jim Lehrer there “is no sexual relationship” with Monica Lewinsky. That was true technically because the relationship was in the past, but it was lying through the use of grammar. Same with Biden.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Someone doesn't like Obamacare

And it's Camille Paglia. From her interview to Salon:
My third reason for going Green is the creeping totalitarianism of Obamacare, which Jill Stein as a physician is rightly skeptical about. I began denouncing the Obamacare bill in my Salon column within two months after Obama’s inauguration. And I was also criticizing the President’s imprisonment within an insular circle of advisors who were not of sufficient quality and experience as administrators or strategists to sustain his presidency. ...
But the childish naivete of so many supposedly well-educated liberals was shown by their complete failure to notice or remark on the most glaringly obvious deficiency in Obamacare: You cannot possibly expand medical coverage to millions of people without also expanding medical training and funding new clinics and hospitals. The total absence of that in the bill was ludicrous. And you still hear mush-minded liberals saying all the time in the media, “Oh, what about this nice provision or that?” When any of those things could have been easily dealt with by free-standing bills passed with bipartisan support.
The way liberals lay down flat to accept this massive, totalitarian takeover of the American medical system was shocking to me. ......
.......Wait a minute, hold it, no! Listen — a huge point I want to make is that the protest against the surveillance state has, with only a few exceptions, been mainly coming from the Right and not from the Left! Talk radio has been seething with this issue for years. A good example is talk-show host Mark Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny,” which was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller three years ago and yet got very few mainstream reviews. Democrats have got to wake up! This is why the Republican Party has gained and why the Democratic Party is in disarray....


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

And the winner is...

Adult Stem Cells over Embryonic Stem Cells.

Looks like this is a  chickens have come home to roost moment, and the chickens have gone and won the Noble Prize. Hmm.. did that make sense? Anyhow, the MSM has tried and failed again to win everyone over to their cause that there are miracle cures to be had with embryonic stem cells. The future is squarely with adult cells.

The announcement of the prize contrasts the success achieved in using non-embryonic stem cells with the disappointing results from embryonic stem cells. The commission's statement noted that “recently GeronCorp., the world’s leading embryo-research company, announced it was closing down its stem-cell program.”

Read more here. And

British and Japanese researchers have been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for showing how to create embryonic stem cells without using human embryos in a genuinely promising line of research.
More at Investor's Business Daily.


Monday, October 8, 2012

A Lesson from Belgium -UPDATED

About what will happen once Death Panels are in place in the United States; "Belgian doctors brag about harvesting organs from the Euthanized." Read the whole Wesley Smith article here.

Update-  Tadeusz Pacholczyk discussing in the WSJ, the upcoming vote on Question 2 in Massachusetts regarding physician assisted suicide, writes "Why should doctors have a monopoly on undermining public trust in their profession by aiding suicides? Police and lifeguards could help out too." Read the whole thing. Hat tip: Instapundit.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Weekend Read

The Classic Greek Fatherhood Drama of Obama vs. Romney according to Roger L. Simon.
A snippet:
The face-to-face clash of these two men is almost out of Greek drama. Obama must rage against or embrace the man who represents what he most dearly needed and never had. If this really were Aeschylus or Sophocles, Obama would be caught between those conflicting goals and end up plucking his own eyes out.
Read the whole thing, The Real Debate: The Good Father vs. The Abandoned Son.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bastard Nation

Roger Clegg at NRO reports that the numbers are in from the CDC and out-of-wedlock births are still around 40.7 %.

Bastard Births, excuse us, out-of-wedlock births by the numbers:
Non-Hispanic Blacks     72.3 %
American Indians           66.2%
Hispanics                        53.3%
Non-Hispanic Whites     29.1%
Asians                             17.2%

And here's Clegg's modest proposal:
"Why don’t the NAACP and similar organizations take all the money they use to challenge and complain about the standards that their groups (in the aggregate) don’t meet when it comes to university admissions, selective high-school admissions, school discipline, mortgage loans, police and firefighter tests, felon disenfranchisement laws, employment policies that look at criminal records, etc., etc., and use that money to figure out ways to bring down the illegitimacy rates that drive all these other disparities?"

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Insult to Eldest Daughter of the Church

On October 1st, the feast of French saint, "The Little Flower" Therese of Lisieux, the Socialist PM Hollande announced that France will cover "100 percent of abortion costs."
"As well as promising to ensure the costs of abortion are fully covered, Hollande's election manifesto included a pledge to ensure terminations were available at every major hospital across the country."
Hmm. We will just say this to Prime Minister Hollande, beware of the Little Flower and her devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus.
"May God arise and let His enemies be scattered and let those who hate Him flee before His Holy Face!"
And a reminder that the March for Life in Paris is on 20 January 2013.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

PTSD and PAS in the Military

News of the first Rachel's Vineyard Post-Abortion Healing Ministry offered to men and women of the Military Archdiocese stationed in Germany. Snippet:


The military lifestyle sometimes contributes to a woman or couple putting additional pressure on herself or themselves to abort a child, she said. For example, a female soldier might feel pregnancy will cause her to lose her competitive “edge” in her career, and, consequently, she might pressure herself to believe abortion is the best answer. Or a couple might want to abort their child because the husband is about to deploy.

“I have met women who have been in both of these situations and chose to abort,” said Enrique. “They both had a great regret afterwards, and their marriages almost did not survive. For one in particular, the post-traumatic stress she encountered after her abortion ended her promising military career.”

According to Enrique, post-abortion symptoms are a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), called Post-Abortion Stress (PAS). PTSD is a common diagnosis among soldiers who have been to the war zone. Some symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, regret, hypersensitivity, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. The same symptoms may occur with a woman who has had an abortion, and sometimes not show up until 10 or 20 years later.

“What’s really difficult is when a soldier who is suffering from PTSD returns from a war zone to a wife who is suffering her own version of PTSD due to abortion,” Enrique said. “The results could be catastrophic for the marriage.”


Read the whole thing here at the National Catholic Register.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Now here's an interesting argument against IVF UPDATED

From British actor Rupert Everett:

"I can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads... For me, being gay was about wanting to do the opposite of the straight world, so I think that's where my problems in this particular area come from. For me, personally, the last thing I would like in the entire world would be to go through cocktailing my sperm with my boyfriend and finding some grim couple in Ohio who are gluten-free and who you pay $75,000 to have your baby. To me it feels absolutely hideous."


And here's why the "straight world" should also join in shunning IVF treatments.
By the way, check out NaProTechnology if you are struggling with fertility issues.

UPDATE
Speaking about the unregulated IVF industry, here's Wesley Smith on the Chinese practice of "using IVF surrogacy to manufacture American citizens." You'll want to read the whole thing.

Monday, October 1, 2012

What Can't He Do?

Looks The One Who Will Save Women is at it again, this time he's giving away cellphones.



We're going to need to keep a running tally. So far the services he provides women are:

  • Paying the gas bill
  • Paying the mortgage
  • Paying for birth control
  • Paying for abortion
  • Paying the cellphone bill

Gosh, the Year of the Subsidized Woman is going to soon become the Permanent Nanny Government if we don't vote him out in November. We suggest you join us in prayer to restore Religious Liberty and stop government subsidization of EVERYTHING.