There is so much going on right now that it is hard to choose what to comment on. However, in honor of tonight's State of The Union address (which I will miss due to a prior obligation), I thought it only fitting to bring you Peggy Noonan's latest.
In a State of the Union a president tries to put his stamp on things. Here we are, here's where we're going, all roads lead forward. We can face whatever test, meet whatever challenge, united in the desire that we be the greatest nation in the history of man . . .
...What great moments this tradition has given us.
Well. History still beckons, waiting to be made. The great unstated question of today: Can America come back, reclaim her old spirit, confidence and joy, can we make things again, build them, grow, create, push out into the new?
And here I think: Oh dear.
What makes this column so harsh is that Ms. Noonan was an enthusiastic Obama supporter during both campaigns but especially 2008.
Behold the modern liberal feminist. The paragon of choice....
Every time I hear someone say that feminism is about validating every choice a woman makes I have to fight back vomit.
Do people really think that a stay at home mom is really on equal footing with a woman who works and takes care of herself? There’s no way those two things are the same. It’s hard for me to believe it’s not just verbally placating these people so they don’t get in trouble with the mommy bloggers.
Having kids and getting married are considered life milestones. We have baby showers and wedding parties as if it’s a huge accomplishment and cause for celebration to be able to get knocked up or find someone to walk down the aisle with. These aren’t accomplishments, they are actually super easy tasks, literally anyone can do them. They are the most common thing, ever, in the history of the world. They are, by definition, average. And here’s the thing, why on earth are we settling for average?
If women can do anything, why are we still content with applauding them for doing nothing?
...as long as the choice is her choice anyway...
Ms. Glass, like many liberals, want everyone to make the choices she has made and when they dare to show minds of their own and make other choices, they subject them to scorn and derision. Now I have to admit that there are many stay at home moms who do the same thing to those that choose to work. That IS what the "mommy wars" are all about.
On the other side of the coin is Matt Walsh. His response (in defense of his wife's choice to be a stay at home mom) puts it much better than I could.
Today is not going to be conducive for posting but given today is the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and given the post about Governor Cuomo's intolerance for a pro life opinion, I thought this Marist poll was worth noting.
More than 8 in 10 Americans (84 percent) do not see the abortion debate as an all or nothing proposition, saying that laws can protect both the well-being of a woman and the life of the unborn.
Emphasis mine. Which I had always felt was the case (and told my all or nothing friends on both sides of the discussion) but now I have statistics to back it up!
Other key findings of the survey include:
• 80 percent support parental notification before a minor can obtain an abortion.
• 79 percent support a 24-hour waiting period prior to having an abortion.
• 76 percent oppose allowing abortions to be performed by non-doctors.
• 62 percent want to change laws to allow for some restrictions on abortion.
• 58 percent support showing a woman an ultrasound image of her baby at least a day before an abortion.
• 57 percent believe abortion does a woman more harm than good in the long run.
• 55 percent — including 6 in 10 Millennials (adults 18 to 32) — want continued debate on the abortion issue.
80% support parental notifications and nearly 80% support waiting periods and making abortion only done by doctors. It seems the people of New York are not so far out of the mainstream after all.
On a related note, the survey also found that more than 7 in 10 Americans (71 percent) also believe that freedom of religion should be protected above government laws.
This bodes poorly for Democrats in 2014 and 2016.
Logical Lady Peggy Noonan thinks she knows the problem with politics today.
Politicians call themselves public servants, so they should be expected to be less selfish than the average Joe ; their views and actions should be assumed to be more keenly directed toward the broad public good. But no one expects that of politicians anymore, and they know it and use the knowledge to justify being even worse than they'd normally be. "If I have the name, I might as well have the game."
They are the locus of selfishness in the modern world.
Chris Christie's problem isn't that he's a bully, it's that he's selfish. Barack Obama isn't stupid and therefore the maker of mayhem, he's selfish.
There isn't a staffer on the Hill who won't tell you 90% of members are driven by their own needs, wants and interests, not America's. The former defense secretary, Bob Gates, has written a whole book about it, and the passages in which he speaks most plainly read like a cry from the heart. The chaplain of the Senate, Barry Black, made news a few months ago because he'd taken to praying that the character of our representatives be improved. "Save us from the madness," he prayed one morning last October. "We acknowledge our transgressions, our shortcomings, our smugness, our selfishness." The single most memorable thing I ever heard from a Wall Streeter was from one of its great men, who blandly explained to me one day why certain wealthy individuals were taking an action that was both greedy and personally inconvenient to them. "Everyone wants more," he said, not in a castigating way but as one explains certain essentials to a child.
People in public life have become more grasping, and less embarrassed by it.
The forces of tolerance strike again. This time those racist Tea Partiers are forcing a minority woman out of her job for having the audacity to speak her mind.
A famed actress is facing backlash in San Francisco’s Latino community, after she voiced support for a conservative candidate for California governor.
Maria Conchita Alonso starred in a campaign ad for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County, a Tea Party favorite who is seeking the Republican nomination...
...The actress was to perform next month at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco’s Mission District in a Spanish-language version of “The Vagina Monologues,” scheduled for a run from February 14th through 17th. The show is being produced by none other than Eliana Lopez, wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.
“We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately,” Lopez told KPIX 5. She said Alonso abruptly resigned from the cast on Friday, given the backlash on the immigration issue.
“Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we’re in the middle of the Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe,” Lopez said.
The party/ideology of tolerance strikes again. Doing what they ALWAYS accuse the right of doing AGAIN. Showing their true acceptance of diversity.......AGAIN. You see in the world of the progressives, original thought IS NOT ACCEPTED. If you don't follow the progressive party line in lock step, you will be punished. You will be ostracized. You will be shamed back into line. You either agree with us or you remain silent and in your place, peon. That is the mindset of the progressive movement. Glenn Reynolds (at Instapundit) brought out the "b" word...
This is exactly what I meant last night about government deciding who has the right to free speech. In speaking recently about the state of the Republican Party, Democrat Governor or New York Andrew Cuoumo said this...
Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York.
So people who are against governmental gun grabs and are for LIFE are not welcome in New York? Really Mr. Governor. You are going to sit there and tell people of faith who oppose abortion they don't BELONG? Who's next Mr. Governor? Maybe the Jews???????
The thing is Mr. Governor, those pro-life "extremists" as you love to call them when you are out campaigning to get your "Reproductive Health Act" passed (a bill that makes abortion MORE accessible in New York) are not as extreme as you think.
It has been a very rough couple of weeks for abortion rights advocates at the Supreme Court. First Justice Sonia Sotomayor (an Obama appointee) granted the Little Sisters of the Poor relief from the abortion services provision mandate, which led to Jamie Stiehm's epic anti-Catholic meltdown in the US News & World Report. Then on Wednesday, in hearings on the challenge to the abortion clinic anti-speech bubble, Justice Elana Kagan (another Obama appointee) likened the abortion industry to......
"In a painfully ironic moment, Justice Kagan compared abortion clinics to slaughterhouses, asking what if this statute had been written about slaughterhouses to keep animal rights activists from blocking the entrance and exits."
And liberal abortion rights supporters heads exploded everywhere!
Justice Kagan raises a great point though. States like Massachusetts would never in a million years pass an Ag-Gag bill like we have here in Utah. They would call it a complete affront to free speech. So why then, are they prohibiting pro-life supporters from even talking quietly in front of a clinic? As long as they are not trespassing (on the clinic or on the farm) both SHOULD be protected speech....
Just because the government doesn’t like your speech or agree with it does not mean that they get to restrict it – not liking it is not a compelling interest and banning it is not narrowly tailored.
That’s First Amendment law in a nutshell … in every case that is but abortion. Regarding abortion the rules too often become distorted in favor of abortion and against pro-life viewpoints. To some, the First Amendment just doesn’t cover pro-life speech.
Simple - it is because it is not speech that they like or approve of, so it must be shut down AT ALL COSTS! It is not pre-approved by dear leader so it can not be spoken! And in this case, dear leader is not JUST Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick....
Most disturbing about this case though is that it was not just Massachusetts defending this pro-abortion law, the Obama Administration sent its lawyers to the Supreme Court to argue that this anti-pro-life speech law in no way violated the Constitution.
At one point the Obama Administration’s lawyer actually argued that there was no such thing a right to conduct a quite conversation on a public sidewalk.
While we won't have a ruling on this case until later this summer, Justice Kagan's remarks do bring a couple of points for thought. First is the life of a human less valuable than the life of a cow or a pig or a horse? Second, we've gotten to a point where there is free speech for some, but not all - when are we going to STOP that and allow free speech for all? Whether we like and agree with it or not?
Hi - I'd like to introduce myself. Yeah, it's me - Lady Logician. Last year was a busy one that included a) a new puppy, b) a new career, c) sending the Junior Logician off to college (sob) and d) a new non-political hobby. Yes it was insane and it got worse as the year went on. Things have (momentarily) slowed down, so I am going to try to get back in to the semi regular blogging habit - schedule willing.
It's another election year, so buckle up friends.....it's about to get bumpy!
Abortion rights advocates have spent months now trying to assure the public that Kermit Gosnell was the exception to the rule, but is he? Word is not starting to come out that he is not the exception but closer to the rule....
First, from Texas we have Douglas Karpen....
Authorities in Houston, Texas are responding to calls for an investigation of Douglas Karpen, who is being considered the second Kermit Gosnell for killing babies born alive after abortion.
Yesterday, the Lt. Governor of Texas demanded an investigation of an abortion practitioner who is considered the second Kermit Gosnell.
A new video expose’ of Douglas Karpen has three former abortion clinic employees of abortion practitioner Douglas Karpen exposing horrific practices that took place at his abortion clinic....
...The three informants in the expose’ video, Deborah Edge, Gigi Aguliar, and Krystal Rodriguez, have come forward to tell of their horrific experiences working for him at one of three of his Texas abortion clinics, the Aaron Women’s Clinic in Houston. A fourth informant has co-operated with Operation Rescue, filing an affidavit about her experiences, but remains at this time anonymous.
These women brought forward evidence of illegal late-term abortions in the form of photos taken on their cell phones at the Karpen’s clinic on Schumacher Lane in Houston.
The photos were scandalous. They depicted two babies aborted well beyond the legal limit of 24 weeks in Texas. Their necks had been cut.
Anyone who has ever lived in Chicago for any length of time and followed Chicago politics recognizes exactly what is going on in DC today. We are seeing, Chicago on the Potomac playing out. Even veteran Chicago political reporters are seeing the parallels.
The Internal Revenue Service scandal now devouring the Obama administration — the outrageous use of the federal taxing authority to target tea party and other conservatives — certainly makes for meaty partisan politics.
But this scandal is about more than partisanship. It's bigger than whether the Republicans win or the Democrats lose.
It's even bigger than President Barack Obama. Yes, bigger than Obama....
The recent admission from IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations Division Lois Lerner (the department in charge of non-profit organization 501 (c) approvals) that Tea Party, 9/12, pro-life and other conservative leaning groups were give extra scrutiny in the approval process has led many to wonder just what other groups got special scrutiny/treatment. While a charity supportive of President Obama got swift approval, others have not been so lucky.
Three years ago, at the request of a constituent, US Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) launched an investigation in the HSUS's 501 (c) status. Recent IRS developments have caused him to renew his call to have the HSUS's status investigated.
Three years after launching an investigation with a constituent-driven inquiry questioning the tax exempt status of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and subsequent stonewalling by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) is renewing his inquiry. Luetkemeyer is also raising serious questions about IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois Lerner’s political ties to HSUS in light of her recent apology for targeting conservative non-profit groups seeking tax-exempt status.
In a letter dated May 17, 2013 to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Luetkemeyer called for an investigation into the handling of his request made to then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in March, 2010 about constituent concerns regarding HSUS’s significant lobbying activities as a tax-exempt group. Luetkemeyer also sent a letter to Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George requesting that he perform his own investigation into the HSUS.
In May, 2010, Luetkemeyer had shared those concerns in both a personal conversation and letter to Lerner who has been tied directly to the political arm of HSUS. Since launching his inquiry, Luetkemeyer has received repeated non-responsive letters from the IRS about his inquiries and given recent events and his responsibility to constituents mandated that a follow-up letter renewing his concerns be sent because it was both timely and necessary.
I am not Catholic, but a Catholic friend forwarded this to me and I really enjoyed it. This is from the personal blog of the Arch Bishop of New York, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
It was a lesson I began to learn when I was seven or eight . . .
My buddy Freddie from across the street and I were playing outside. Mom called me for supper.
“Can Freddie stay and eat supper with us?” I asked.
“He’d sure be welcome, if it’s okay with his mom and dad,” she replied.
“Thanks, Mrs. Dolan,” Freddie replied. “I’m sure it’s okay, because mom and dad are out, and the babysitter was just going to make me a sandwich whenever I came in.”
I was so proud and happy. Freddie was welcome in our house, at our table. We both rushed in and sat down.
“Freddie, glad you’re here,” dad remarked, “but . . . looks like you and Tim better go wash your hands before you eat.”
Simple enough . . . common sense . . . you are a most welcome and respected member now of our table, our household, dad was saying, but, there are a few very natural expectations this family has. Like, wash your hands!…
So it is with the supernatural family we call the Church: all are welcome!
All are welcome to the Church. But we do have a set of beliefs the define the church. Those beliefs are found in the Bible. A cutesy acronym that I heard years ago for the Bible was Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth - in other words, the Christians "rules of the road". With that in mind His Eminence continues with a lesson right out of Parenting 101.
The USA Today has the latest on the Obama Administrations use of the IRS to target enemies. It took away the "bureaucratic incompetence" argument.
In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked.
That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn't be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months.
In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows.
As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like "Progress" or "Progressive," the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups.
So contrary to Ms. Lerner's claims that the extra scrutiny was not "partisan", evidence suggests otherwise.
Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.
This conduct has included one or more of the following:
1. He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.
Thus begins Article 2 of the Articles of Impeachment for Richard M. Nixon from May, 1974. It seems that some people have not learned from the lessons of the Nixon Administration.
Now before my liberal friends go all "you have no proof that this goes to the White House.", I would like to refer you to one Trey Hardin.
“I will tell you this on the IRS front. I’ve worked in this town for over 20 years in the White House and on Capitol Hill and I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it. It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization.”
Emphasis mine. Mr. Hardin is not the only one with that sense of certainty.
The jury in the Kermit Gosnell trial came back with a verdict.
After a two-month trial and 10 days of deliberation, a jury on Monday decided that Baby A, Baby C and Baby D lived a few fleeting moments outside their mothers’ wombs before their spinal cords were severed at Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic in West Philadelphia.....
.....Jurors acquitted Gosnell of third-degree murder but found him guilty on a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar of Virginia, who died from a drug overdose while undergoing an abortion at his clinic.
What the jury had to say about Babies A, C and D is going to be basis of future abortion "rights" arguments.
The way those brief lives ended didn’t amount to abortion but to three acts of first-degree murder, jurors concluded.
This has given legal standing for late term abortion bans. But that is not all. There were an additional 200 + charges against Gosnell.
Last week, in an appearance in Mexico City, President Obama uttered these amazing words.....
"Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States," President Obama said during a speech at Mexico's Anthropology Museum. "I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will."
"But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do," Obama added.
Emphasis through out the post is mine. What he didn't add was WHO in the United States let the guns through.