WEDNESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2008

Now that attention is finally on the ‘Born Alive Infants Act’...

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…it has shifted from the critical ‘Freedom of Choice Act’, which was little-known to begin with. They are both vitally important to understand, while there’s still a choice.

The head of pro-life outreach for the nation’s Catholic bishops has sent a letter to members of Congress warning them about a bill that could be the most extreme measure on abortion ever introduced. The so-called Freedom of Choice Act would make unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy the national law.

But, the measure would go further and undo the abortion limits put in place in all 50 states since Roe v. Wade that have helped reduce abortions to record lows.

It would invalidate laws ranging from bans on partial-birth abortions to implementing parental involvement for teenagers to prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortions.

As the article states, the deceptively named act is the first thing Barack Obama promised to… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2008

The Bishops, Pelosi and Biden…cont’d

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Weeks ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went on Meet the Press and astoundingly misstated Catholic Church teaching on the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception. Today, some news outlets continued to report on the controversy that keeps brewing, especially because Sen. Joe Biden did a repeat performance on the following week’s Meet the Press.

The bishops have came out in force.

Many bishops expressed surprise that Biden would make such comments so soon after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had made a similar mistake on the NBC show two weeks earlier. Having described herself as an “ardent Catholic,” she falsely claimed that the church’s teaching on abortion has existed for only 50 years and drew on dubious science of the first centuries after Christ to give weight to her opinion.

Nearly 30 bishops criticised her. Cardinal Edward Egan of New York issued the strongest statement, saying that Pelosi was misinformed and describing… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2008

She was there. She knows. Obama still denies it.

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Actually, nurse Jill Stanek was there when babies who survive abortion attempts were left to die in a side room. Her testimony was powerful enough to produce the ‘Born Alive Infants Protection Act’. And she was there when Illinois Sen. Barack Obama refused to vote for that act, and thus refused to provide protection for these babies.

No matter how politicians or activists spin it, here’s the truth.

To recap, then-state Sen. Barack Obama voted against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act four times in three years, from 2001 to 2003, and was the sole senator to speak against it on the Senate floor twice.

Remaining on Obama’s campaign website to this day, in a section boasting of his pro-abortion bona fides, is an ABC News story quoting the Illinois Planned Parenthood CEO during that time: “[Pam] Sutherland said Obama approached her … and worked with her and others… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2008

Understand who Catholic Americans are

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And first understand, as Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things magazine clarifies, that there is a difference between being ‘American Catholics’ and ‘Catholic Americans.’

His magazine has a new piece by Fran Maier with multiple and bracing clarifications about what being a Catholic American means in this confusing election year. Which is why so many bishops have come out in recent weeks with statements and letters and articles addressing Catholic teachings so misrepresented in the media, and sometimes by other Catholics.

Which is why Maier did this piece.

This just in: It turns out that the problem with America’s Catholic bishops is that they’re not Protestants.

That’s not stating the obvious. It’s addressing the voices of dissent over all these bishops taking their moral voices into the public square. And what particularly set him off was a recent Time/CNN commentary by Amy Sullivan over Sen. Joe Biden’s… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2008

The fall and the fallout…both could be worse

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The good news in all the bad news lately for U.S. citizens, is that the financial crisis hasn’t seriously hurt the economy yet. Which is amazing. And the other good news for voters is that the two presidential candidates haven’t launched an offensive blaming it all on the other’s party.

That’s because there’s enough responsibility all around. There were a few good and concise articles explaining this in the sea of more unintelligible texts in the media, like this Wall Street Journal online rundown. And this New York Time’s piece.

To make the bailout palatable to the public, it is being described as far better than inaction, which administration officials and members of Congress say could imperil the retirement savings and other investments of Americans who are anything but rich.

But it is a good bet that the negotiations between the administration and Capitol Hill will include ideas about ways… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SUNDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2008

Where’s Joe Biden?

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Not recalling any recent campaign stop that featured the two candidates on the Democratic ticket, I did a search for where Sen. Joe Biden has been lately. He’s a longtime, hard-working member of Congress who is used to the rigors of campaigning. But there’s been scant news about him.

Here’s the rundown as I could piece it together: 

“In Rust Belt, Biden rips McCain, but is anyone listening?” - Houston Chronicle. That came up in a Google search, though trying to connect to the story was a futile exercise. It’s not available. Or ‘no such article exists’ is the actual message the link pulls up.

But he has been busy out on the campaign trail.

Biden has been in Ohio, one of the most important swing states. It was at the end of the toughest week for the financial system since the Depression.

Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden ended… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2008

As if there were unity in recent times

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Politicians are always after ‘the Catholic vote’, and usually the ones who make the headlines (meaning ones the media pay their particular brand of attention to) are after the vote of liberal Catholics who adhere to the view they term ‘pro-choice.’

The two presidential tickets represent two opposite worldviews on social and moral issues and at core, the issue of life. The New York Times had another piece on it this week, “Abortion issue again dividing Catholic vote.”

What do they mean “again“?

A struggle within the church over how Catholic voters should think about abortion is once again flaring up just as political partisans prepare an all-out battle for the votes of Mass-going Catholics in swing-state towns like Scranton.

Oh, flaring up again.

The theological dispute is playing out in diocesan newspapers and weekly homilies, while the campaigns scramble to set up phone banks of nuns… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2008

Dueling ads get some scrutiny

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They wash over us, these images and charges in ads on the screen. Political opponents are trying to ‘compare and contrast’ themselves with each other, in campaign language. They’re attacks, and some sound mean. Is anybody asking of they’re true?

Yes.

Sen. Obama’s campaign is ridiculing Sen. McCain for not being internet savvy. Jonah Goldberg looked into it.

The tax-cuts and economy barbs are familiar boilerplate. What’s new is the charge of computer illiteracy and the blatant attempt to attack McCain as too old for the job — and that speaks volumes.

First, the ad is dishonest. McCain has been one of the Senate’s leading authorities on telecom and the Internet.

In 2000, Forbes magazine called him the “Senate’s savviest technologist.” That same year, Slate’s Jacob Weisberg gushed that McCain was the most “cybersavvy” of all the presidential candidates, a crop that included none other than… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2008

The state of feminism in America

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Does it still exist in the form it has since the early days of the movement? Is there a new feminism (as even Pope John Paul II referred to in some of his writings) that has replaced it by a newer movement? Or….is that term too laden with imagery and deeply ingrained in the cultural mindset to even be revived?

The Economist has raised it in this interesting piece about America’s feminists. But who are they?

THIS was supposed to be the year in which America’s feminists celebrated the shattering of the highest glass ceiling. They had the ideal candidate in Hillary Rodham Clinton, a woman who had been tempered in the fires of Washington. And they had every reason to think that she would whip both the young Barack Obama and the elderly John McCain.

But it was Mrs Clinton who got the whipping. She not only lost an… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2008

The coattail factor in the election

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Who would have thought, say….a month ago…..that Sen. Obama would need state congressional races to give him any momentum. Or anything else.

But that was then. This is now.

A QUICK ponder: much ink has been spilled about what effects Barack Obama will have on downticket congressional and senate races. Once, it seemed like Mr Obama generated enthusiasm that might help his ticket-mates on the undercard…

Which makes me wonder: does causation ever run the other way? I’m thinking of two key swing states that look like they will replace Republican senators with Democrats.

(note the post below on changing allegiances on a map that used to be defined by red state/blue state certainties)

These are newly purple states that Mr Obama desperately wants to win. But Americans often like divided government. And they are certainly none too fond of the current Democratic Congress… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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