Obama, Planned Parenthood and his Daughters, Again

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I don't mean to be a nudge, I really don't. But it's starting to creep me out, how much Obama loves Planned Parenthood, and how he clearly lives with the expectation that his daughters are going to kill his grandchildren, and negate the coming of love. “Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that is a bad idea,” Obama said. “I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices. We’re not going backwards, we’re going … [Read more...]

Will’s Poignant Admiration: Why Life and Love Matter

George Will's son, Jon, is turning 40. With Down syndrome apparent at his birth, Jon's entrance into the world was greeted with a sterile question from the doctor to the parents: "do you want to take him home with you?" The Wills wondered, "isn't that what new parents do with infants?" Will has written a beautiful piece in honor of his son, whose well-lived life is a pointed and dignified rebuke to a society that now aborts 90% of all babies suspected of carrying an extra chromosome. It … [Read more...]

Why We Need Redemption

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This ugly, deplorable, heartbreaking picture showed up in my facebook feed. That's a beautiful baby, who looks to be full-term. And there are thousands if not millions of people who cannot have babies, and who would quickly claim this little one for their own. In a world where the fullness of love is constantly being challenged by hate and emptiness, the love therein created -- parent-to-child-to-grandparents and so on -- would have brought a little more affirmation, a little more "yes" into … [Read more...]

Who loves abortion more than Obama and Sebelius? UPDATED

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It's a serious question: is there a politician alive who loves abortion more than Barack Obama? Is there a bureaucrat alive who serves it more faithfully than Kathleen Sebelius? They both put fealty to abortion access before health care for poor women. President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services has withdrawn $30 million worth of funding from a Texas Medicaid program that provides health care services for low-income women. It did so because Texas recently passed a law that … [Read more...]

Springsteen, Sex Strikes and Shut Up, Stupids!

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I have doctors appointments all afternoon, so let's just do a quick lookaround: Springsteen's Phoniness finally clear: I've never bought his "working man" schtick, and his mot recent "big" songs have been lazy three-note drone-fests (Philadelphia, Secret Garden). Now the botoxed, hair-weaved, fake "everyman" who summers in the Hamptons (where his children showcase their equestrianism) is writing some pretty irresponsible lyrics that appear to advocate violence against the fatcats and bankers … [Read more...]

The Busy Servants of Moloch – UPDATED

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When the "learning opportunity" of the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle was taking place, I wrote: [the past day's high drama had given] me a mental image of Moloch, enraged and stomping and roaring because there was a threat of less meat coming to his fire. Today, Moloch is appeased; the media’s heartbeat and respiration are returning to normal. They and their pals in DC can take a nice, deep cleansing breath and sit back and smile, understanding what they have just … [Read more...]

Gerson and Douthat Must-Reads

Michael Gerson: you may be tempted to dismiss it as hyperbole, but he makes a strong argument that, with his HHS mandate (which, his Press Secretary Jay Carney has confirmed, he will not subject to further review) a strong argument that Obama has declared war on all religion. Read it all, but if you haven't time, at least absorb this: Both radicalism and maliciousness are at work in Obama's decision — an edict delivered with a sneer. It is the most transparently anti-Catholic maneuver by … [Read more...]

PP on Komen Debacle: “A learning opportunity”

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Charlotte Hays writes at the Register that the Komen decision was about a Planned Parenthood shakedown: “What happened this week was nothing short of a mafia shakedown by Planned Parenthood of the Komen Foundation,” said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a New York and Washington, D.C.-based research association that works exclusively on international social policy. “Planned Parenthood’s message was: ‘Give us money or we will shut down your … [Read more...]

Pro-Lifers and the Truth-Phobic Press

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Photosource: telecare Katrina Fernandez has pictures from yesterday's March for Life, and she promises that more are coming. Watching yesterday on EWTN, I heard estimates of nearly half-million people marching peacefully and cheerfully, in the freezing rain, in support of life, which is -- at its core, as Tim Muldoon writes -- a march in support of love: In our experience, the metanoia of loving has meant seeing orphans not as problems to be solved, but as beloved children who will … [Read more...]

Our Daughters Dreams Arise from this Glad Slaughter!

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Rubens; Saturn Devouring his Child The president, whose administration last Friday declared that religiously-founded institutions -- schools, hospitals and charities -- have no right to their own consciences when it comes to paying for contraception, abortifacients and sterilization -- dropped these pearls for us on the occasion of the anniversary of Roe v Wade, a law passed some 40 million abortions ago: As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme … [Read more...]

The Vanishing: Can Faith Fuel the Future?

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Last year I mused over at First Things about Vienna, and how it had seemed, when I visited, to be vasishing before my eyes: A few years ago I had occasion to spend a few days in Vienna. The beautiful city of museums and music remains a favorite but a forlorn one; its charming avenues and architecture and nightly concerts could not fully distract from the sleepy sense of diminishment that hung over the city, like the acquiescence of a cancer patient who has decided to forgo the next round of … [Read more...]

The Towers in Korea: What Humanity? – UPDATED

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I saw this yesterday and wondered if it was a hoax: The designers of the towers, Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, have responded to the controversy by quickly publishing an apology in English. “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks,” the designers insist, “nor did we see the resemblance during the design process.” They did not see the resemblance during the design process? The problem with this assertion – apart from its inherent implausibility – is … [Read more...]

Assessing People as “Units” is Evil – UPDATED

As regular readers know, I rarely listen to talk radio -- the reception is lousy in the house and when I'm driving I like to listen to my cd's. But I was monitoring traffic on the all-news station and something annoyed me so I started flipping around. I hit the Mark Levin show and was stopped in my tracks by a conversation between Levin and a caller who identified himself as a neurosurgeon. Now I need to confirm if this is real. The caller said that he had recently gone to Washington to … [Read more...]

“Catholics have this ‘conscience’ thing!”

This obnoxious woman is never going to get off the stage; she's going to be with us for another decade, at least, spouting this kind of brainless, willfully obtuse stuff: “I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it . . . but they have this conscience thing [that puts women at risk.]’’ And thank God for it, says I. This "conscience thing" is one of the last centering poles still propping up the once-understood notion that people are more than automatons with … [Read more...]