Vote ‘yes’ to save lives

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In South Dakota, Measure 11 represents the most comprehensive affirmation of the biological definition of a human being to come out in legislation since Roe v. Wade.

Even when the media use loaded terminology, the message is clear: abortion kills a human being.

Just like the Washington state initiative (below), this vote affects all the states. Many Americans are now saying ‘I’m Joe the Plumber’ because he asked the right questions that resonated with core beliefs of mainstream citizens.

In that same spirit, anyone can be a South Dakotan, because although they are making the fundamental choice on the ultimate human right, other states will fall in line after the November 4 election, and we’re all in this. helps everyone be a South Dakotan, and South Dakota to be Everywhere, USA.

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Courts in conflict

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Since the Supreme Court declined to take up the Acuna v. Turkish case at this point, we have what the high court would feasibly not be willing to tolerate: two major U.S. courts in direct conflict over their reading of Roe.

And that’s generating a buzz.

Linda Schlueter, the president of the Trinity Legal Center, which filed an amicus brief with the Court in the case, told she is disappointed.

“This shouldn’t be about what a physician believes,” she said. “Even a physician who does not believe that an unborn child is a human being, at the very least, could provide factual information about the characteristics of baby.”

Factual, medical, scientific and indisputable truth is that a woman who is pregnant represents two patients to the doctor who treats her. The second patient, having been conceived of the species homo sapiens, is a human… click here to read whole article and make comments



Citizen Chaput takes on Catholic distortions

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Although he’s the Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput spoke out as a citizen the other day to rebut some very public statements by Professor Douglas Kmiec on being Catholic and backing abortion politics. Specifically, backing the candidate who stands on a platform of extreme abortion politics.

Chaput was speaking to the ENDOW women’s dinner, and…never verbose or evasive….called abortion ‘Little Murders’.

The truth is that for some Catholics, the abortion issue has never been a comfortable cause. It’s embarrassing. It’s not the kind of social justice they like to talk about. It interferes with their natural political alliances. And because the homicides involved in abortion are ‘’little murders'’ - the kind of private, legally protected murders that kill conveniently unseen lives - it’s easy to look the other way.

So for decades, some ‘peace and social justice’ Catholics have either looked the other way or actually supported ‘abortion rights’ as part of… click here to read whole article and make comments



Because it’s not over yet

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Prominent voices of clarity are taking to the public square to inform people about what’s at stake in this election, after the dust clears and the balloons burst.

Charles Chaput is in a number of places.

So is Princeton Professor Robert George.

The other day, Richard John Neuhaus came out with this penetrating commentary in his magazine. It’s about time, says RJN, that abortion entered the debate.

As abortion extremists put it, the woman has a right to a dead baby. Obama apparently agrees, even saying that it is a constitutional right. In this he goes farther than almost any reputable constitutional scholar, claiming that the abortion license is covered by a right to “privacy” that is found not only in the “penumbra and emanations” of the Constitution but in the Constitution itself.

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And now there are three

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Dissenting, high-profile Catholics, that is. In these last two weeks before the election, the Catholic vote is getting to be a more contentious topic within the Catholic world.

Another Catholic professor has joined the pro-Obama ranks of public dissenters from Church teaching, and this one (like the others) is parsing what she sees as the different degrees of evil.

Ms. Cathleen Kaveny, one of the three high profile self-described pro-life Catholics who supports Sen. Barack Obama for president, has made the case in an article published by the Jesuit weekly magazine “America,” that abortion is indeed an intrinsic evil, but that it is still okay to vote for pro-abortion candidates, since “intrinsic evil,” may not be “grave” enough.

That’s illogical, though she goes on at length to argue the case.

Kaveny admits that the term “intrinsic evil” is used “not only in such documents as Forming Consciences for… click here to read whole article and make comments



McCain has them just where he wants them

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That’s a joke. Sort of…

From anybody else, it might be ripe for ridicule. But McCain has staked some fame on his come-from-behind, underdog status. After all, look at where he was last Fall, and the fact that he is one of two candidates for president today.

“We’re going to be in a tight race and we’re going to be up late on election night. That’s just — I’m confident of that. I’ve been in too many campaigns, my friend, not to sense that things are headed our way,” McCain said Sunday on Fox News. 

“I love being the underdog. You know, every time that I’ve gotten ahead, somehow I’ve messed it up,” the Republican candidate said.

And, in spite of most polls and the new endorsement by Gen. Colin Powell (not to mention the thrust of nearly all the elite media)….McCain’s camp has some mojo. Like… click here to read whole article and make comments



See that hit job on Cindy McCain?

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It was in the Sunday New York Times. Front page. Just a little over two weeks before the election. This is not an October surprise.

As the guys at Powerline put it, the piece didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know about Cindy McCain or the Times.

Still, consider that the Times assigned two reporters (Jodi Kantor and David Halbfinger) to the profile. We know that Kantor trolled Facebook for trash among schoolmates of the McCains’ 16-year-old daughter. That must be some kind of a first for the Times, burrowing somewhere under the National Enquirer for journalistic practices.

One who follows the media suspects this is not a first for the Times.

However, the most interesting part of this is the last little snip from this review:

Despite its remorseless vindictiveness, the Times profile has one incidental benefit. It elicited a letter from Akin… click here to read whole article and make comments



Did any good will carry over from that Al Smith dinner?

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Or rather, it was politics as usual the next morning. And by necessity, both campaigns are warring over their versions of fixing the economy. Media coverage is fixed on the candidates’ answers in Wednesday night’s debate about what they plan to do on spending and budget cutting.

McCain is staying on his message that Obama’s plan means confiscatory taxes.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Saturday accused Democratic rival Barack Obama of favoring a socialistic economic approach by supporting tax cuts and tax credits McCain says would merely shuffle wealth rather than creating it.

“At least in Europe, the Socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives,” McCain said in a radio address. “They use real numbers and honest language. And we should demand equal candor from Sen. Obama. Raising taxes on some in order to give checks to others is not a tax cut;… click here to read whole article and make comments



Who knew the candidates were so funny?

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It took about a year of campaigning and several dry debates to get to the humor.

But it really came out in last night’s Al Smith dinner, and suddenly we have a couple of comedians zinging each other with frankly hilarious jokes.

McCain struck first.

“A major announcement. Events are moving fast in my campaign, and yes, it’s true that this morning I’ve dismissed my entire team of senior advisers,” he joked. “All of their positions will now be held by a man named ‘Joe the Plumber.’”

Some of the best jabs we’ve heard lately.

Obama, in turn, announced that his vice presidential running mate, Senator Joseph Biden, now prefers to be known simply as “Joe the Senator.”

Although McCain referred to him as “Joe the Six-Term Senator” (an obvious play on the plumber, Joe Six-Pack, and Biden’s long tenure).

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Now, let’s have a civil public debate

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It’s been a long year of talking heads on TV, both in media and politics. We have heavyweight voices on talk radio. There’s a great deal of chatter online, and it has reached new levels of nastiness, especially in the blogosphere…..which winds up being reported on the TV news shows, just to elevate its role in the national debate over the presidential campaigns, for some reason.

Okay, the last presidential debate is over. While it is endlessly replayed and rehashed throughout the above-mentioned world today, this is a good time for the people to start tuning that out more, and start talking with each other. Civilly.

The Witherspoon Institute has seized this opportune time to launch a new online journal Public Discourse that offers solid critical thinking and logical reasoning on major issues facing the nation.

Like this commentary by Princeton Professor Robert George. 

The media are talking about the… click here to read whole article and make comments


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