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  • Jill 12:47 PM on 02/03/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Pertussis vaccine: It’s what you know that ain’t so 

    Writing for City Journal, Paul Howard and James R. Copland examine The Whooping Cough’s Unnecessary Return. This is interesting:

    Parental concerns about vaccine safety are mostly wrongheaded. Plaintiffs’ lawyers, eager to translate junk science into jury awards, have long spread misinformation about the dangers of vaccination. They’ve been especially successful among the affluent and well-educated, presumably because those groups have greater access to vaccine pseudoscience. [emphasis added]

    No surprise there. We all know pseudo-educated adults who pick up bits of information here and there, accept what fits with their prejudices, fears, and superstitions, and never, ever seem to question the source or examine the evidence. This is a failure (one among many) of our so-called educational system, as well as a tribute to the human propensity to believe what one wants to believe. Objectivity is something that doesn’t come naturally to most humans. It needs to be taught and practiced.

    But ignorance can be deadly. The very young are more likely to die from pertussis and have done so in California and elsewhere. Even among the vaccinated, immunity (never 100%) wanes over time. A vaccine for kids 11 and older, and for adults, is available.

    Related, also in City Journal: The Virus of Hysteria, a review of the book, Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All, by Paul A. Offit.

    Also related, our own run-in with pertussis last spring.

     
    • zillaoftheresistance 9:02 AM on 02/04/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve gotten a lot of grief from people who think they know what’s best for MY kids, but I did my own research and decided that the benefits outweigh the risks. My children get vaccinated. I just don’t do flu shots, the over-hyped and under-tested H1N1 shots or anything experimental (even though the pediatrician’s office offered to pay us to let our kids be guinea pigs). My grandmother and my uncle both survived polio, my grandmother had those Forrest Gump style leg braces and her father cruelly made fun of her, but she was lucky, many did not survive polio or, like my dear uncle, ended up permanently paralyzed. My kids get vaccinated against diseases which are debilitating and deadly. People think that because measles, mumps and other such things are rare that they don’t need to immunize their kids, but they are rare BECAUSE we vaccinate! There has been a marked uptick in these things since more people have opted out of immunizations. And like you said, some vaccines wear out with time, o an unvaccinated populace puts us ALL at risk.

  • Jill 8:40 AM on 01/25/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: A shortened version of Genesis 

    From Msgr. Charles Pope:

    The following video is a shortened version of the masterpiece video called “Genesis” by Ramos David. It magnificently depicts fetal development. I have taken the liberty of adding a different music track since this is a shortened version. The Music is William Byrd: Optimam Partem Elegit (She has Chosen the Best Part), a text most fitting since we pray all mothers will choose life.

    Here’s Msgr. Pope’s version:

     
    • nicedeb 9:41 AM on 01/25/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful…thanks for sharing that.

    • The Rev 12:14 PM on 01/25/2011 Permalink | Reply

      It always amazes me that this isn’t a fluke, or accidental, but it’s millions of years of trial and error that has lead up to a *realiable* and *repeatable* way of making children. “Making children” almost sounds too simple for this.
      Not only that, but even MORE amazing is that comparing embryos between different species reveals that they are about identical, so only varying ‘circuits’ in the DNA determines if the embryo becomes human, fish, or fowl.

      Extraordinary indeed. Thank you for posting this.

  • Jill 6:22 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Infanticide in America 

    Pass it on. The major news outlets are ignoring this.

    Michelle Malkin reports on mass-murderer Kermit Gosnell and the mass cover-up that allowed it to continue for decades:

    In the City of Brotherly Love, hundreds of babies were murdered by a scissors-wielding monster over four decades. Whistleblowers informed public officials at all levels of the wanton killings of innocent life. But a parade of government health bureaucrats and advocates protecting the abortion racket looked the other way – until, that is, a Philadelphia grand jury finally exposed the infanticide factory run by abortionist Kermit B. Gosnell, M.D., and a crew of unlicensed, untrained butchers masquerading as noble providers of women’s “choice.” Prosecutors charged Gosnell and his death squad with multiple counts of murder, infanticide, conspiracy, abuse of corpse, theft, and other offenses.

    The full, detailed grand jury report is here. How much of a monster is Gosnell?

    [Baby Boy A] was breathing and moving when Dr. Gosnell severed his spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox for disposal. The doctor joked that this baby was so big he could “walk me to the bus stop.” [Page 8]

    It goes on and on and on, all a natural result of the culture of death ushered in with the legalization of abortion.

    Tomorrow (Jan. 22) is a day of prayer and penance for Catholics but all are welcome to join in:

    In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.

    The evil of abortion has never been clearer than it is today.

    Words can’t begin to convey the butchery of Kermit Gosnell and company. For a strong dose of reality, check out some of these links:

    Kermit Gosnell, the Jeffrey Dahmer of abortionists

    You’re Not Disgusted Enough Yet

    “You’re not disgusted enough yet.” UPDATED.

    Gosnell’s House of Horrors

    All 3 Network Morning ‘News’ Shows Embargo Gosnell Story

    Gosnell; Baby Feet Kick the Nation – UPDATES

    Names and faces of alleged monsters:

    The doctor: Kermit Gosnell

    The doctor: Kermit Gosnell

    Charged: Pearl Gosnell

    Charged: Pearl Gosnell

    Employee: Elizabeth Hampton

    Employee: Elizabeth Hampton

    Arrested: Tina Baldwin

    Arrested: Tina Baldwin

    Assistant: Lynda Williams

    Assistant: Lynda Williams

    Worker: Adrine Moton

    Worker: Adrine Moton

    Accomplice: Eileen O'Neil

    Accomplice: Eileen O’Neil

    Mugshot: Sherry West

    Mugshot: Sherry West

    Held: Maddline Joe

    Held: Maddline Joe

    (Recycled from P&P)

     
    • RightKlik 7:06 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is an incredible story. Still working my way through the grand jury report. Literally nauseating. There is simply no way to fully appreciate this story from the info in the news blurbs. The bigger story here is the way Pennsylvania government contributed to this crime:

      “State health officials have also shown a disregard for the laws the
      department is supposed to enforce. Most appalling of all, the Department of Health’s
      neglect of abortion patients’ safety and of Pennsylvania laws is clearly not inadvertent: It
      is by design…”

      • Jill 7:24 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, they let this go on for decades because abortion is untouchable, a sacred right to be protected at all costs. Obama said as much as a state senator:

        “SENATOR OBAMA: Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protection that would be provided to a—a child, a nine-month-old—child that was delivered to term. That determination, then, would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute. For that purpose, I think it would probably be found unconstitutional. The second reason that it would probably be found unconstitutional is that this essentially says that a doctor is required to provide treatment to a previable child, or fetus, however you want to describe it. Viability is the line that has been drawn by the Supreme Court to determine whether an abortion can or cannot take place. And if we’re placing a burden on the doctor that says you have to keep alive even a previable child as long as possible and give them as much medical attention as—as is necessary to try to keep that child alive, then we’re probably crossing the line in terms of constitutionality.”

        http://www.punditandpundette.com/2008/10/transcript-of-il-state-senator-obama.html

        • Jill 8:13 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

          p. 107: Snipping. Too awful. “Tremendous pain”

      • Jill 7:29 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

        • Jill 7:42 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

          I found the full “bus stop” quote on p. 105 of the indictment:

          Gosnell simply noted the baby boy’s size by joking, as he often did after delivering a large baby. According to Cross, the doctor said: “This baby is big enough to walk around with me, or walk me to the bus stop.”

          • RightKlik 7:52 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

            A photograph of that baby is in that document. Truly horrific..

      • Jill 7:49 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

        The indictment says Gosnell took in $10,000 – $15,000 a night.

    • Layla Gonzalez 9:10 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is sad and very sick. We must pray for these depraved individuals.

    • Quite Rightly 10:45 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not able to read this–it’s too horrible. Who are these people? Their photos speak volumes.

      I’ll never understand how Americans were able to vote for Obama knowing that he acted to prevent babies who survived abortions from receiving medical care–even comfort.

      • pjMom 11:29 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

        I’m still scarred by the pictures I saw last night. I can’t shake them.

        And I thought I understood the depths of liberal jackassery until the UM prof declared it was “all meat” to him. And then this tonight, from Slate http://www.slate.com/id/2281812 where feminists STILL DEFEND the right to “at any time” abortions because it’s the woman’s “right” to not have to make up her mind. Until the end or something.

        Absolutely disgusted with the state of humanity. Or lack thereof, I should say.

        • Jill 6:01 AM on 01/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

          No wonder popular culture is obsessed with vampires, zombies, and tv autopsies. This is the reality they don’t want to face, so they peek at it in other ways and pretend it’s not happening.

          Michelle Malkin and Elizabeth Scalia urge us to read the indictment.
          The Anchoress:
          “. . . do not be fooled; this is about abortion in America, and about a mindset that will excuse a great deal for its sake. Steel yourself to it and try to read the report. Become educated about Gosnell; it is very likely there are more like him — exploiting the poor, cutting every corner and confident that local authorities and regulators will not care.”

          “Over a period of two decades, government health and licensing officials were repeatedly presented with evidence about Gosnell, and repeatedly chose to do nothing…”

          “No action was taken, even after the agencies learned that women had died under Gosnell’s care.”

          http://www.patheos.com/community/theanchoress/2011/01/21/abortion-language-and-looking-away/

    • zillaoftheresistance 2:33 PM on 01/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Twilight sleep for girls who were not there by their own ‘choice’ but were coerced or forced into abortions. For an extra charge, of course. Forced abortions happen a lot here in the US, this ‘doctor’ even acknowledged it in his own papers.

    • valentinoswife 11:59 PM on 01/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

      The shortest verse says it all “Jesus wept”
      http://wp.me/ppric-hr

  • Jill 2:14 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Reid lets truth slip: Hu is a dictator 

    Sen. Reid would be a lot funnier if he weren’t in a position of power. But anyway:

    “I am going to go back to Washington and meet with the President of China. He is a dictator. [Did I say that out loud?] He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have. [Luckeee!] Maybe I shouldn’t have said dictator, but they have a different type of government then we have [not that there’s anything wrong with that], and that is an understatement [phew!],” Reid said in the interview.

    “So we have to work in the system we have [dammit], the best system ever devised to rule the affairs of men and women,”  Reid continued. “And one of the few ways we get things done, in fact the most important way we get things done, is through compromise. It’s not a bad word, and that is how we get things done.”

    D’oh!

    Talking about China must make the statist’s head spin. He can’t betray too much admiration, unless he’s Thomas Friedman, who lets the love flow freely from his pen.

    Exit question: Has Friedman been asked to the state dinner or will he have to pull a Salahi and walk on in without an invitation?

    Crossposted at P&P.

     
    • fuzislippers 2:18 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      The “dictator” thing doesn’t really matter to me; the fact that he expresses admiration for a tyrant’s ability to “do a lot of things” gives me pause. The back peddling is just that, back peddling.

      • fuzislippers 2:19 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, and I’m not crazy about the “rul[ing] the affairs of men and women” stuff, either. That is NOT the role of government. Not in our constitutional republic.

    • just a conservative girl 2:58 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      And we are giving a dicator a state dinner why?

    • Jill 3:57 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Jay Nordlinger:

      “Let me get a little corny on you: America is a nation that’s supposed to stand for something — for freedom, and human dignity, above all. We’re not supposed to be like every other nation. We’re supposed to be exceptional. Different. A beacon unto man.

      I’m not a babe in the woods, and I understand the necessity of getting along in a wicked world. But we don’t have to abase ourselves as we are doing now. We should not be honoring the PRC boss. We should be honoring, and standing with, the men and women in the camps and the cells. Are we America? (Does this sort of talk make you gag?) What is America? What are we supposed to celebrate on the Fourth of July? Is it just an excuse for fireworks and a picnic?

      American honor has been stained this week. A degree of shame rests upon this nation. We should hope that the prisoners and the strugglers — who want nothing more than what you and I are damn lucky to have — forgive us.”

      Read the whole thing.
      http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/257501/stain-upon-american-honor-jay-nordlinger

    • Jill 4:17 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

    • pjMom 5:27 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      “He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have.”

      Torture, starve, maim opponents. To say nothing of forcing civil debate, no?

    • Jill 6:07 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Politico has the guest list. Friedman is on it.
      http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47847.html

      • pjMom 6:26 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder if he’ll get a thrill up his leg, too.

      • just a conservative girl 9:09 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Isn’t that special?

        • zillaoftheresistance 3:49 PM on 01/20/2011 Permalink | Reply

          So sad, what this country has become. Do you think, even with a strong Republican POTUS, like even if Reagan himself came back in full heath, that there’s a way back from this? Do you think it will be possible to undo our ‘fundamental transformation’ two years from now? I’m asking because I’m not nearly as well educated as the rest of you, and because I’m worried. I was 8 years old when Reagan took office, I remember that it was BAD under Carter, but I’m pretty sure that where we are now is far worse.

          • Yukio Ngaby 6:01 PM on 01/20/2011 Permalink | Reply

            I don’t think it’s worse than Carter, it’s just different. I mean the economy could end up being worse in the long run, but it’s hard to say and a lot depends on the next couple of years and the 2012 elections. If ObamaCare is repealed, defunded, found to be un-Constitutional etc. then that would be a big help. The VAT, the Cap & Trade scheme, and massive “green energy” initiatives would be more monster hits, but those look dead for the most part. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have to go, but people are still avoiding the issue. And California and Illinois have to be allowed to correct themselves without fed bailouts, but that’s unlikely because both are big states with lots of Dem. voters, esp Ca.

            I think the US economy took a couple of real big punches under Obama, but it’s still standing. Japan (which has an especially strange economy), China and any European country would’ve toppled from these kind of hits. I think the US economy is resilient and will recover. I think the Salad Days of the ’80s and ’90s are going to be over for a while though. I could be wrong on that though.

            What do others think?

            • just a conservative girl 12:51 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

              I don’t remember a great deal about Carter. I do remember the gas lines, as my parents would grumble about them. The first vote I cast was for Reagan’s re-election. Those were good times for the most part. I didn’t hit a financial snag until Bush 41. These things come and go. But this has last longer and has been deeper than most.
              I am a believer in American Exceptionilsm and I do believe that enough people have woken up to the reality that the gravy train is over. We will survive. But there are going to some tough times for a while, and we have to accept that we all have to make tough choices and everyone will have to give up something to right our course.
              I am just hoping that enough people won’t be fooled by the move to the middle that Obama is making. He will be more left in a second term. Reagan was much more conservative in his second term than his first. You have no more elections to loose, you may as well push for the vision that you have. Obama will be no exception to that.

  • Jill 10:26 AM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama’s Tucson speech — comments? 

    Much better than I expected. What do you all think?

     
    • fuzislippers 10:39 AM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I agree, much better than expected. I was just watching Gibbs, though, and a couple of reporters were asking whether Obama’s comments were directed at (get this!) Sarah Palin. Gibbs deflected (in his usual mumbling bumbling way), saying that “he’d leave” those sorts of comments “to others.” So this reminded me that Obama has had a bunch of leftist bloggers and “reporters” into the WH a couple times for confabs (met with them longer than with McChrystal, if memory serves).

      Knowing what we know of Obama, I think he’s going to appear to take the high road for the next two years in the hopes that indies will forget what he’s actually like but let his minions in the media do his dirty work of tearing down the Tea Party, conservatives, and Sarah. Wouldn’t be at all surprised, actually, if it’s not all being orchestrated from the WH in “journolist” fashion.

      But then, I’m not a fan of Obama, nor of this admin, nor of the leftist hacks who’ve been spewing lies and stirring up hatred all week.

    • just a conservative girl 12:23 PM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I thought he did well. The college crowd, not so much. I don’t blame him for the pep rally feel, that was out of his control. Too me biggest winner was Michelle. Her reaction to the news of the congresswoman opening her eyes was very touching.

      • fuzislippers 1:24 PM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

        No, it was orchestrated by the White House. They were “involved” in the planning, and that whole thing had Plough written all over it. No way was that a surprise. They had freaking T-shirts. The speech, itself, was excellent, but that doesn’t excuse the circus.

        • fuzislippers 1:46 PM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

          My mistake here, HotAir is reporting that the T-shirts were organized by the college students in AZ. http://hotair.com/archives/2011/01/13/no-boehner-didnt-snub-memorial-rally/

        • just a conservative girl 2:37 PM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

          I don’t know fuzzi, if you look at this face when he walked in they erupted, he seemed a little taken aback by it. Now, he didn’t try and tamp it down at all, but I think he didn’t expect it. Maybe I am wrong. Happens a lot.

          • fuzislippers 11:32 PM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

            He’s the president and a former college instructor, you can’t tell me that he couldn’t have set a more appropriate tone and managed that group of college kids better. Well, you can tell me that, and I’d believe it. He can’t help himself, he laps that stuff up.

            • just a conservative girl 2:27 PM on 01/14/2011 Permalink | Reply

              I will give you that, he could have done something to calm it down. But, by the point he got on stage the damage was done. The person I think was the most respsonsible is the University President (or whatever his title is). He introduced Obama like it was a pep rally. Totally out of line and very strange.

              • Yukio Ngaby 4:24 PM on 01/15/2011 Permalink | Reply

                According to Gateway Pundit, the cheers were prompted by the Jumbotron.

    • Obi's Sister 8:05 PM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

      It was one of his better speeches. But… I’m sorry, he’s lied to us for so long, it’s like the Boy Who Cried Wolf. It is very difficult to believe he is sincere. Or that any of the First Lady’s emotional moments aren’t completely scripted.

      Even if the T-shirts were the college kids’ idea, the WH could have stopped it. It’s a visual that will come back to haunt him – he went to a memorial that turned out to be a pep rally. About him.

      • fuzislippers 11:40 PM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, I don’t think he was sincere either, and that will be born out in his words and actions in the coming weeks/months. He’s going to try to be “candidate Obama the uniter,” but he’s so full of himself and his role as president of the United States (notice how he never says simply “president”) that he’ll just not be able to contain his true petty, petulant, nasty self.

      • Obi's Sister 8:17 AM on 01/14/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Fausta was not as kind. Inappropriate, on steriods.

    • Yukio Ngaby 8:15 PM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I thought that the speech was tepid, but okay.

      I enjoyed the thing about feminine energy coming from the earth or something from that guy one or two in front of him. Great opening. Were the dog acts all booked up?

      The venue was totally wrong. I have no idea why Obama needed to go to Ariz. in the first place, and secondly I don’t see why they had to speak at a university. They couldn’t think of a more Obama-friendly place in the state?

      Gotta agree with Obi’s Sister. The whole thing degraded into a shallow, pro-Obama pep rally.

      • fuzislippers 11:36 PM on 01/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

        lmao, that Native American “blessing” thing was just weird. I’ve been trying to find out if any of the victims were Pascua Yaqui because then his presence there might make more sense, but so far, they all seem to be Christians and Jews. How many of us want some random religious person not of our religion/faith speaking at our memorial? That was about political correctness and “multiculturalism,” not about the victims.

        Yes, I tweeted that it was the kick-off of his 2012 campaign while it was happening (and before I turned it off in disgust and horror).

  • Jill 12:15 PM on 01/08/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Try to imagine a pro-life Obama 

    From my Green Room post on the slaughter of unborn black babies in NYC:

    I have a dream. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more respected black leaders and celebrities would join the fight against this suicidal/genocidal nightmare? Imagine the good that might be done by President Obama if he believed in the sanctity of life. Imagine a pro-life Michelle Obama, fighting for the survival of black babies and promoting the black family instead of haranguing us about childhood obesity. Imagine the all-powerful Oprah taking on this cause.

    Read the rest.

     

     
  • Jill 10:53 AM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “There was only one left in the rack.” 

    Oh dear. This can’t be good for El Supremo and sidekick.  Jim Hoft has made a find on the greeting cards rack. Click over there to see.

     

     
    • fuzislippers 10:58 AM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      LOL, just saw that. Send in the clowns. heh

    • pjMom 11:06 AM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      ROTFL. Needed that this morning. I should look for the card. We’re so behhind the times–make all our own cards.

    • zillaoftheresistance 11:25 AM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I saw that this morning, how long do you think will it take for card companies to feel the Obama administrations boots on their throats for this?

    • just a conservative girl 11:57 AM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am sure that they had Bush/Cheney cards as well, but that was funny.

    • nicedeb 3:11 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, after two years, I would hope there would be Obama/Biden greeting cards out there. It was bound to happen eventually. After all of the cult of personality nonsense from 2009/2009, it was a long time coming, though.

  • Jill 7:03 PM on 01/01/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Banished words 

    Here’s the Lake Superior State University 2011 List of Banished Words:

    VIRAL

    EPIC

    FAIL

    WOW FACTOR

    A-HA MOMENT

    BACK STORY

    Let’s throw in “narrative” while we’re at it.

    BFF

    MAN UP

    REFUDIATE

    MAMA GRIZZLIES

    (They say they’re not picking on Sarah Palin. If so, these are a testament to her influence. Just sayin’)

    I’M JUST SAYIN’

    Oops.

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

    It’s hard to talk about politics without using that, but yeah, it can be a bit ponderous.

    FACEBOOK / GOOGLE as verbs

    Everything is a verb now.  It’s called verbing.

    LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST

     

    Have some fun and look at past lists or suggest your own banishment candidates.

     
    • Obi's Sister 8:25 PM on 01/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Dang! You beat me to it!

      I’d like to add the drink sizes at Starbucks, GLOBAL WARMING, SCRUM, SPRINT and OPPORTUNITY (as used by a consultant when one of the systems they designed blows up).

  • Jill 12:36 PM on 12/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Did union slowdown cause blizzard deaths? 

    Can this be true? I sincerely hope not. It would be unconscionable:

    Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned. [. . .]

    The snitches “didn’t want to be identified because they were afraid of retaliation,” Halloran said. “They were told [by supervisors] to take off routes [and] not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. They were told to make the mayor pay for the layoffs, the reductions in rank for the supervisors, shrinking the rolls of the rank-and-file.”

    The mayor isn’t the only one who has been made to “pay.” A newborn baby and a 75 year-old woman are dead because emergency vehicles couldn’t get to them:

    A blizzard baby delivered inside the lobby of a snowbound Brooklyn building died after an emergency call of a woman in labor brought no help for nine excruciating hours.

    The baby’s mother, a 22-year-old college senior, was recovering Tuesday night at Interfaith Medical Center, where her newborn was pronounced dead at 6:34 p.m. on Monday. That was 10 hours after the first 911 call from the bloody vestibule on Brooklyn Ave. in Crown Heights.

    “No one could get to her. Crown Heights was not plowed, and no medical aid came for hours,” said the student’s mother.

    If this was deliberate, heads need to roll.

     
    • fuzislippers 12:39 PM on 12/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is something that happens in Europe all the time. Nurses refuse to save lives, teachers refuse to teach, public workers refuse to pick up trash, you name it . . . all to get better union benefits. This is exactly why unionizing government workers is a huge mistake. It costs lives. And more money than we have or will ever have.

    • Quite Rightly 3:11 PM on 12/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sad, sad, sad. But I don’t doubt that political mischief was afoot. How many other people get crushed between the wheels of political machinations? This mother and her baby and the elderly woman are among the visible; but there are so many others that are hidden in plain sight.

    • Quite Rightly 4:20 PM on 12/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s why the mother didn’t have help from neighbors: She was concealing her pregnancy, and when she went into labor she tried to walk to the hospital by herself. Link here. Heartbreaking.

    • just a conservative girl 4:40 PM on 12/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I wouldn’t be a bit surprised that this is true. However, finding proof will be almost impossible.

  • Jill 6:14 PM on 12/27/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Baby, It’s Cold Outside 

    I guess I don’t watch enough TV. This is two years old but I never saw it.

     
    • just a conservative girl 6:54 PM on 12/28/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, that was very racy for a commerical.

  • Jill 9:56 AM on 12/24/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A muddy Christmas for some Californians 

    What a catastrophe for those whose homes have been invaded by deep, and now hardening, mud.  Doug Ross has lots of dramatic photos of the devastating mud flood. One way to help is through the Red Cross.

     
    • zillaoftheresistance 2:20 PM on 12/24/2010 Permalink | Reply

      How very sad. I will keep the people suffering from this disaster in my prayers. I saw the photos at Doug Ross’s blog, they are shocking – those poor people!

    • Obi's Sister 8:07 PM on 12/26/2010 Permalink | Reply

      North Georgia had its first white Christmas since 1892, I think. Global warming, my hind parts!

      But the snow is pretty, and because it IS so unusual, it added an extra festive note to the holiday.

  • Jill 10:28 AM on 12/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The return of Steyn, et cetera 

    Thank you, Santa.  Mark Steyn is back and I think he’s allowed to toot his own horn just a little:

    ~In John Hawkins’ ninth annual Blog Awards, Mark narrowly lost the Best Columnist category to Charles Krauthammer. On the other hand, coming second isn’t bad for a columnist who hasn’t written a column in six months. On the other other hand, you don’t really need any new columns when the old ones stand up so well. Here’s a Steyn I-told-you-so moment from just before the 2008 election.

    Click to read.

    Other stuff:

    • Various & sundry reads here.
    • I’ve written about some good books for kids at RightNetwork.  If you like it, please “like” it. Thank you.
     
    • backyardconservative 11:08 AM on 12/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      So very glad to know Mark Steyn is back, better than ever, thankfully.

    • Quite Rightly 12:52 AM on 12/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Steyn on Rush, Wednesday and Thursday!

      Nice link to “the Pundette” on Steyn’s site, too!

      • pjMom 11:57 PM on 12/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Ooh, really? I’m in a news-brown-out with my inlaws. Will have to find a way to sneak Rush on! Can’t wait. Barring occasional Walter Williams appearances, he’s my favorite guest host.

  • Jill 8:38 AM on 12/11/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Comic relief: Obama just wants to go home 

    From Don Surber:

     
    • zillaoftheresistance 9:09 AM on 12/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

      That was great! I bet he says stuff very similar to what’s in this video in private too.

    • Anonymous 12:03 PM on 12/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Obama never wanted to be President. He and his wife see the Presidency as an embarrassment necessary to hold power. I am saddened that they do not want to wake up in the White House on Christmas Day. It’s a revealing choice.

    • Quite Rightly 1:17 PM on 12/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, indeed. He used to job out his work. But the workhorses are getting fewer and fewer.

    • just a conservative girl 1:35 PM on 12/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

      yeah, but that leaves us with Biden. Would that be any better?

      • zillaoftheresistance 4:00 PM on 12/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I have a hard time believing that it could be worse!

      • Quite Rightly 1:00 AM on 12/13/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Biden is a Leftie politician, but he has sufficient loyalty to the U.S. to have produced a son who served in Iraq. He also knows how to show up to work every day and, like it or not, has a great deal of political experience. Buffoon or not, he’s miles ahead of O.

      • fuzislippers 12:38 AM on 12/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Biden has recently “come out” as a progressive, so he’d probably keep the same mindset, but I’m not sure he’d keep the same cabinet and WH staffers. He may weed out some commies, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • Jill 9:17 AM on 12/04/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Ken Robinson education video: Changing the paradigms 

    It’s got 1.7 million views, so there’s just a chance that you’ve seen it. But in case you haven’t:

     
    • Michael G. 10:19 AM on 12/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have seen it, but it’s such a great clip isn’t it?

    • Deeka 11:03 AM on 12/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This was excellent. As someone who gets people in an industrial environment and has to educate them there, it is pretty clear our current system is a failure. The thing that interested me the most is that we treat children as something with a “manufactured on” date. If we move children forward by mileposts vs. age (for example, a concept is mastered, so on to the next) and allow them to collaborate – I assure you people learn better when collaborating – we begin to shift that paradigm.

    • backyardconservative 1:02 PM on 12/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. Hadn’t seen it.

      By the way, great to have new contributors. Welcome! And I also like the new photo header, Jill. That pot looks like it means business:) And cozy at the same time:)

    • Yukio Ngaby 10:34 AM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      So the answer is to have students work in groups and tell them there is no set answer… Where have I seen this tried before?

      This video ends too early. I want to hear what Robinson’s nuts and bolts solution is to what he’s complaining about.

      • fuzislippers 7:20 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        This is pretty much what I was thinking, too. I’m really really not a fan of touchy-feely find-your-own-way “education,” and that’s what this almost sounds like.

    • Jill 11:29 AM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, me too. I suspect I wouldn’t agree with a lot of Robinson’s beliefs (I think he’s a global warming believer) but I think he’s absolutely on target when he criticizes the factory-like nature of our school system and the drugging of so many kids to get them through the school day. (And I love that animation.)

      From what I see of my kids’ college classmates, most kids graduate from high school without anything resembling intellectual curiosity. Some of them can barely read.

      I have a friend who teaches at a small private college. His job is made complicated, if not impossible, by the glaring fact that most of his students aren’t there to learn. And these are kids majoring in his subject. Obviously the problem started way before his students entered his classroom.

      Someone said that teaching a child should be more about lighting a fire than it is about filling a bucket. But our public schools often fail to do either. Robinson is saying that the fire is burning in the small child. Shades of Rousseau but I agree — just look at any two year-old. They are learning machines. Robinson blames the schools for extinguishing the flame, but I think a lot of factors go into that, including the family and the youth culture, which attracts so strongly but is, like school, big on conformity and short on the risk-taking that is often essential to learning.

      Which leads me to one of my favorite books, Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers. Dr. Neufeld’s chapter on “Unteachable Students” is excellent.
      http://www.amazon.com/Hold-Your-Kids-Parents-Matter/dp/037550821X#reader_037550821X

      • Yukio Ngaby 6:07 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I guess the problem that I have, is that I’ve seen too many kids come out of the private, touchy-feely-we-produce-artists-and-creative-thinking-people schools. They’re very popular in Oregon, and these schools make speeches very similar to Robinson. The results are unimpressive to the say the least. A lot of the times these students are absolutely lost when left on their own because they are so used to group work– which often means that they shirk the work off to people who are good at the subject. It’s pretty pathetic.

        Also Robinson is dead wrong when he says that there’s no real reason to lower standards. There are all sorts of reasons to lower standards– from affirmative action, to gaming the system for the appearance of better results, to put forth the appearance of success to parents and taxpayers.

        Also ignored by Robinson is the success of education in other countries– countries that don’t emphasize group work and do not teach that there is no correct answer to problems.

        • fuzislippers 7:32 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

          omg, Yukio, I just wrote a comment using “touchy-feely,” too. How funny. I swear I didn’t read this first :)

          We spend too much time in this society pretending that children will never grow up. We protect them from “losing” in sports and games (everyone’s a winner! or “no scoring”), we protect them from dissenting or unpleasant worldviews/attitudes (granted, the “ugly” views they are protected from tend to be American history and anything relating to patriotism and/or the Judeo-Christian faiths), and now we want to protect them from thinking (the end result of saying that there are no right or wrong answers is that people will just shrug and say wtf? And tune out. Any teacher knows this and must deal with walking that line between telling students what to think and helping them learn to think for themselves). This approach to education is absolutely not acceptable to me (I rant about it sporadically at my blog . . . though I guess not so much of late, with the fact that the country is about to be destroyed rather overshadowing K-12 education for me).

          As to the reasons for lowering the standards, I’m sure you aren’t suggesting these are GOOD reasons (not being snarky, I know you don’t). I do agree with Robinson that lowered standards are what is killing American K-12 education. That needs to stop. We can help people better prepare for a rigorous education (not not not ooooh, pretty colors make me smile art class), but we cannot continue to offer everyone a substandard education to meet the needs of a few. I like the way Robinson seems to be trying to bridge the chasm between a traditional education and the progressive, America-hating mess we have now. Maybe something that can be tried somewhere. Like California or Massachusetts.

          • Yukio Ngaby 4:20 AM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

            Like I said before, I want to see actual proposals, not a laundry list of what’s wrong with current education (I’m not accusing you of making one) nor arguments so general that they’re almost meaningless.

            When most people put out the actual details of their proposals, you can see the flaws and (at times) idiocy of what they think will actually work. As bad as the education system is in this country in certain places, I see the causes coming largely from mis-spent funds (including graft), politically correct curriculums, lowering standards for various political reasons, parental disinterest (as Jill pointed out– see also the very interesting Shaker Heights study), the hard Left (such as Bill Ayers and wife) hijacking education for idiotic agendas and having a strong voice in national education, and an generally unrealistic expectation of what public education can actually do– it doesn’t shape people into who they are by itself. And this is only a partial list of causes. These problems (among others) need to be acknowledged and addressed, not merely written off.

            I don’t see the problem as one of old-fashioned paradigms. People may not like the assembly-line mentality, but what is the real alternative? And give specifics– not things we shouldn’t do, or generalized talk of thinking outside the box, etc.

            • fuzislippers 6:24 PM on 12/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

              You want to see actual proposals from me? Or are you offering one (or more)?

    • Jill 7:45 AM on 12/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well here’s a principal with an idea: convert the school library to a coffee shop!
      Quote:
      A veteran educator who visited the school a few weeks ago said most of the books were already gone by then. “There were a few down one side. They assured me they’re getting rid of those as soon as they could. The plan is to turn the whole space into a coffee shop run by students.”
      End quote.

      Perhaps the thinking is that they’ll all end up working for Starbucks anyway, so they might as well get a jump on learning to make those complicated drinks?

      http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2010/11/lamar_highs_library_ousts_book.php

      Read Christopher Orlet’s excellent piece:
      http://spectator.org/archives/2010/12/09/book-ends

  • Jill 9:59 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: No mercy in sight for “blaspheming” mother of five, Asia Bibi 

    Stay tuned to the end for some chilling statements by Bibi’s neighbors and the local cleric.

    More here from Jihad Watch.

     
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    When “crummy things happen”: A Thanksgiving story 

    What exactly does Cheryl Douglass have that has enabled her to bounce back after such a blow? Two years ago, at age 62, she contracted a sudden, severe bacterial infection which almost killed her:

    Cheryl lived. But her body, in a last-ditch effort to save her vital organs, had abandoned her extremities. Her hands and feet turned purple. They would have to come off.

    When she woke from a drug-induced haze two months later, she had no limbs.

    “I just thought, okay, this is not what I had in mind,” Cheryl recalls. “I guess this is going to be my next profession.”

    And now she’s cooking Thanksgiving dinner. And working on a cookbook for chefs with prosthetic hands. And walking and re-learning tennis and thinking about taking up running. Says Cheryl, “Crummy things happen and hardships occur and you can’t make them go away, so you just have to make the best of it.” Maybe the key is her ability to look reality in the face and accept it.

    Read the rest and watch the video. I think you’ll be impressed, and perhaps a little chastened, as I was. I guess I’ll have to stop complaining about my feet hurting after a long day in the kitchen. Instead I should be grateful that I have feet, and hands. There’s so much to be thankful for. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

    Cross-posted in the Green Room.

     
    • pjMom 9:32 AM on 11/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is beautiful. What a gift life is…
      (And needed the smack in the face attitude adjustment this morning, too, after whining about the lack of sleep.)

    • Sherry 2:32 PM on 11/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. What a beautiful person to be able to embrace life so fully in a way most of us with all working limbs forget.

    • backyardconservative 3:50 PM on 11/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. Every day is a blessing.

  • Jill 1:38 PM on 11/19/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    There’s nothing like an expensive auto repair to drain that rainy day fund 

    From Jimmie Bise of Sundries Shack fame:

    I’ve never asked for anything like this before, but I know the internet is capable of quite a lot, and I have some pretty darned amazing readers and friends here so here goes.

    My faithful Ford broke down yesterday on the way home from work. The hope at the time was that repairing it would be a relatively simple affair that wouldn’t cost very much. This morning, that’s not at all the case. The problem is inside the motor, which means a few days of repair and at least a thousand dollar bill. At least. The worst case is that I’m looking at a new engine which will clock in somewhere around two grand plus the cost of renting a car for up to ten days.

    I simply don’t have that much money, even if I drain my bank account and run my emergency credit card to the max. I am, still, a pretty low-level public employee, one who hasn’t quite seen the great benefits that most of the rest of the public sector have seen lately. I have built up reserves, but not enough to cover this.

    So I’m turning to you guys, the great Army of Davids, for a hand. There’s a donation button at the bottom of this post and in the right hand sidebar you can use to send me what you like. Send what you can. If you can’t donate, then I ask you to spread the word to people who you think can, by blog, Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. Shake the trees. You can do a pretty awesome thing here and with your help (and that of the Almighty who I believe is still very much in the miracle business) this will only be a blip instead of a financial catastrophe.

    Thanks to all of you for the mighty thing you are going to do on my behalf.

    Pass it on.

     
    • Zilla 7:40 AM on 11/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not in a position to help financially, but I am in a position to get the word out to a large number of people. I’m going to post about Jimmie to both of my blogs today and I’ve already posted about him to the fb page I run asking people to help him if they can and also to pray for him.
      As a fellow blogger who has also been in the position of needing to ask for help (and being blessed by receiving some) it is the very least I can do as a means of paying it forward. I hope the sun shines brightly for Jimmie and his rainy day clears up.
      Thank you very much for letting me know about this, Jill.
      May the good Lord richly bless Jimmie and all of the kind people who help those in need.

  • Jill 2:38 PM on 10/29/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Insufferable prig can’t wrap noble head around voter revolt 

    But he certainly finds the voters revolting. The Boston Herald on HRH John Kerry, who’s beginning to feel the ground beneath his feet trembling:

    Yes, the commonwealth’s senior senator engaged in what can only be described as a 40-minute whine-fest at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce appearance yesterday, customizing congressional Democrats’ pre-election talking points for a local audience.

    He complained at length that his party isn’t getting the credit it deserves for rescuing the economy – indeed the very nation – ever since a “pale and agitated” Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson came to Democrats begging for a Wall Street bailout in the fall of 2008. [. . .]

    “It’s absurd. We’ve lost our minds,” Kerry said. “We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in. It’s all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.”

    It’s just too vulgar.

    Do these guys know how to energize the base, or what?

    H/t: HotAir

    Cross-posted at P&P.

     
    • rubyslipperblog 3:12 PM on 10/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, you’re exactly right, it’s just too vulgar.

    • Yukio Ngaby 12:18 AM on 10/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Whta I find to be so amusing about Kerry’s comment is that the US probably has the most informed electorate in its recent history right now. Obama and Congress have forced people to go to the source and become informed– and that’s revealed the John Kerrys et al as what they are– hypocrites, elitists, and cheats. Which makes us all know-nothings and lowest common denominator.

      • rubyslipperblog 12:42 AM on 10/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

        That is so true. I am surprised by people I run into and the comments they make about Congress and this administration. These are people I generally think of as low info voters too. I know life-long Dems who were truly appalled with the way health care was passed.

        Kerry and crew are really having one giant hissy fit and if it is this bad now imagine what it will be like November 3rd. All those Blue Dogs that sold their seats for Obama and Pelosi – they are going to be mad as hornets. I imagine quite a few skeletons will be let out of the closet after that; I can’t wait.

      • fuzislippers 10:11 AM on 10/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

        To which he’d respond, you may think they are informed, but they’re not because they don’t understand the information they are getting or they are getting it from questionable sources like Fox and their X-boxes. Oh, wait, that’s BO’s riff about the danger of X-boxes passing on faulty information. My bad.

    • fuzislippers 10:09 AM on 10/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      He was just reelected in 2008 (and of course I did not vote for him), so he’s got a few more years to enjoy being an insufferable, condescending, tax cheating prig. I’m not forgetting what he’s said and done, and intend to work my butt off to get him voted out in 2014. Watch.

    • Obi's Sister 1:00 PM on 10/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps he should offer a seat on his yacht to Katie Couric, so they can compare notes on the ‘great unwashed.’

  • Jill 8:20 PM on 10/23/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Today’s must-read 

    PJ O’Rourke:

    This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order.

    Read the whole thing.

     
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    On Constitution, O’Donnell is right, Coons and liberal media are wrong 

    What happened, via Michelle Malkin and Politico:

    Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell questioned on Tuesday whether the Constitution provides for the separation of church and state.

    The comment came during a debate on WDEL radio with Democratic opponent Chris Coons, who argued that local schools should teach science rather than religion, at which point O’Donnell jumped in. “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” she asked.

    The audience at Widener Law School was taken aback, with shouts of “whoa” and laughter coming from the crowd.

    Coons then pointed to the First Amendment, which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

    “You’re telling me the First Amendment does?” O’Donnell interrupted to ask.

    Following the next question, Coons revisited the remark — likely thinking he had caught O’Donnell in a flub — saying, “I think you’ve just heard from my opponent in her asking ‘where is the separation of church and state’ show that she has a fundamental misunderstanding.”

    “That’s in the First Amendment?” O’Donnell again asked.

    “Yes,” Coons responded.

    O’Donnell was later able to score some points of her own off the remark, revisiting the issue to ask Coons if he could identify the “five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment.”

    Coons named the separation of church and state, but could not identify the others — the freedoms of speech, press, to assemble and petition — and asked that O’Donnell allow the moderators ask the questions.

    “I guess he can’t,” O’Donnell said.

    Jeffrey Lord:

    Well. Isn’t this interesting.

    As John R. Guardiano has noted below, Democrat Chris Coons and the liberal media have gotten the Constitution totally wrong. [. . .]

    This is one very, very big issue. The notion that Coons was wrong is bad enough. The audience not understanding the fundamental founding document that is the U.S. Constitution?

    Downright scary — and a glaring warning sign of just how far off-track the American left-wing and secularists have gotten this country.

    Christine O’Donnell — she the supposed unqualified candidate — got this 100% correct.

    And Coons — the Ivy Leaguer — got it wrong, and not just wrong but abysmally so.

    In this one exchange Americans can see two of our big problems at work. Ignorance of the Constitution — and arrogance from self-appointed elitists about a supposed intellectual superiority they quite laughably don’t even come close to possessing.

    Pass it on. This is being misrepresented far and wide.

     
    • fuzislippers 9:03 PM on 10/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This exact thing has sparked quite a few debates between some of my liberal friends and myself. They honestly believe that “separation of church and state” is in the Constitution, that it’s a founding principle. And they will argue for days about it, even though they are dead wrong. Even when you go to the trouble of proving it (and who doesn’t carry a pocket Constitution), they will huff and puff and talk about “intent” and “living documents” and why we shouldn’t adhere to the Constitution because it’s a dated and (as BO himself has said with pride) a “flawed” document. So as usual, leftist logic goes something like this: it’s a founding principle of America. Oh, it’s not? Well, of course it’s not, the founders were a bunch of dead white males who hated women, minorities, and . . .and puppies!

      All the court’s meddling on behalf of progs through the past century or so has ingrained this idea into many American’s understanding of America. They sincerely believe that they are guaranteed freedom FROM religion, not freedom OF religion. It’s disgraceful, of course, but not surprising. They truly have no clue about our Constitution or our founding principles.

    • Yukio Ngaby 11:32 PM on 10/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Have you noticed how Obama keeps not citing the “Creator” as the source of “inalienable rights.”

      He did it again (for the 3rd time) on Monday. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-continues-to-omit-creator-from-declaration-of-independence/

      Robert Gibbs came up with this when asked about it– “I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence.” Thanks America’s version of Baghdad Bob.

      Fuzzy’s right, it does seem interesting that this section of the First Admendment has been interpreted as protection from religion rather than protections for it. I’ve argued that the phrase keeps away a State dictated morality– a form of “morality” that the Left has been intently pushing upon the citizenry for at least 45 years or so.

      • fuzislippers 10:44 AM on 10/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m of two minds about his omission of “Creator”: on the one (more generous) hand, he may simply be trying to avoid any backlash by the anti-God squad in his base, and on the other (less generous) hand it’s a manifestation of progressive ideals that dictate the state and only the state can grant (and retract) rights. In the former case, he’s an inept politician who’s totally out of touch with the right-of-center country he “leads,” and in the latter case, he’s an inept politician who’s not only totally out of touch with the right-of-center country he “leads,” but he’s also an egomaniacal ideologue who is so invested in his progressive utopian vision of totalitarian government control that he thinks it best to ignore all that “Creator” nonsense in the “flawed document” (after all, if they rewrite stuff often enough, people come to believe it, witness the “separation of church and state” nonsense). So take your pick, he’s incompetent and a disgrace either way.

        • Obi's Sister 3:50 PM on 10/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Wow. Obama unwound in one tidy package!

        • Yukio Ngaby 6:04 PM on 10/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Of course the omission is intentional, but remember that much of Obama and his buddies’ backgrounds are academic. Look at the way that God is presented within the university system in the U.S. (and elsewhere for that matter), with a combination of embarrassment and high-handed contempt.

          One time I had to do a talk on Samuel Johnson’s sermons (well, the ones he wrote). Instead of taking the expected social-justice-trumps-mean-old-conservatives-of-the-day line, I instead argued that Johnson was pushing a clockwork universe interpretation of the universe, instead of a Divine Chain of Being idea. This made the everyone very uncomfortable because I was going into theological concepts of metaphysics– and I how dare I talk about God while discussing Johnson’s sermons… Much better to warp Johnson’s work into being a cheerleader for Marxism, or use it as “proof” of the Hegel/Marx nonsense about history moving forward toward a goal.

          I think Obama treats God in politics the way most “academics” treat it in universities– with embarrassed contempt. The fact that freedom to believe in your interpretation of God is in direct conflict with the idea of a State morality (another favorite idea among American academics [and very much European academics as well– another reason for the European resistance to assimilating Muslims, by the way]) is no coincidental, however.

          • fuzislippers 11:24 AM on 10/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

            You gave a talk about Johnson’s sermons and brought up God? What on earth were you thinking? (heh, yay you!) But your point is a good one, academics do indeed treat with contempt God and people who believe in God (but not in Allah, or any other creator, isn’t that interesting? I mean if the complaint is that Christians are unsophisticated, slack-jawed, drooling fools for believing in God, what’s the defense of the billions of people who believe in other gods? Oh, yeah, that they are supposed to be unsophisticated, slack-jawed, drooling fools . . . after all, they are neither white nor western, so they are automatically inferior and should be indulged as lesser beings.).

            As to Obama, I don’t think of him as an academic.. He certainly wasn’t a successful one, was he? A lecturer? What did he publish? Where’s his tenure? At what conferences did he present papers? Where, in other words, are his academic credentials? He liked to latch on to Marxist academics, no doubt about that, but in that hanging around, let me get an A, way, not in anything he substantively added to the academic discussion. His Marxist roots aren’t academic, they’re learned from his parents, from his childhood, and a part of his worldview, no doubt, but I think you give him too much credit by calling him an academic.

            • Yukio Ngaby 7:30 PM on 10/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

              I don’t believe Obama is an academic (why does he keep his academic , records so hush-hush?) but he hangs out with academics, has packed his admin. with them, and I think he likes to believe himself to be one (sort of like Gore). And his attitudes, especially his contempt for Middle America (bitter, racist Bible-clingers and scared children not thinking in their right minds– unlike the cool academic elite, right? LOL) is right out of the Ivy League’s (and wanna-bes’) playbook. American academia is at the heart of Obama’s politics and policies, not his parents and not his childhood– except in the way that Leftist academia influenced both.

              The Left portrays Muslims as victims and have become essentially mascots (a word usage coined by Thomas Sowell regarding American Blacks and the Left) for the Left. Mascot-victims have political uses (most often for demonizing opposition– the modern tactic unfortunately developed out of the days of the Civil Right Movement), but are in no way held in high esteem and can, at best, be thought of as quaint entertainment– there was nothing like “slumming” with those American Blacks in the ’60s (hilariously depicted in the first “Hairspray” movie). The Left has no more respect for Muslim beliefs than they do for Christians’ but Muslims are “exotic” and currently have their political uses. They’ll be abdandoned immediately if the political climate changes to where it’s simply unsustainable (another major terrorist attack for instance), or the victim card simply gets used up. Then the Left will once again think of them as “unsophisticated, slack-jawed, drooling fools.”

              Remember that the Left loved Israel in the early days of the country (Rem. the Paul Newman movie “Exodus” etc.) but Israel succeeded and prospered– an unforgivable sin for the Left. Then they become not the victim, but the oppressor. Had Israel simply had the good sense to be wiped from the map, they would’ve remained in the Left’s good graces and the Left would have been very sorry that the world refused to give the Jewish people a chance…

              Such switches of loyalty are inevitable in Marx-based thought because of Trotsky’s “permanent revolution” excuse/nonsense. Revolutions happen because of oppressed victims, not because of succeeding societies.

              • fuzislippers 7:38 PM on 10/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

                “Revolutions happen because of oppressed victims, not because of succeeding societies.”

                This.

    • Vegas Art Guy 10:29 PM on 10/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s sad how liberals only know the first half of the whole ‘not establishing a state religion’ thing. They ignore the whole part about freedom to worship as we wish.

      I mean seriously…

      • fuzislippers 11:28 AM on 10/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, this is hugely problematic and has contributed greatly to their ability to win lawsuits that they should never win and manage to remove God from our culture and society to the degree that they have. It’s an intentional misreading. There is no way that anyone can read the actual First Amendment and conclude that it means that seniors can’t say Christian prayers at a nursing home. But then, even in Constitutional Law class, the actual Constitution is not read or taught that much. The focus is on the bastardization of it by later (and progressive) rulings. It’s the old telephone game: start with a clear statement and then dilute it as it gets whispered around the circle. What you end up with is not what you start with. Not even close.

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