March 25, 2009

Lucid Links (032509, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:22 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

The AP’s Matthew Brown doubles down –Yesterday, I noted Brown’s and his wire service’s despicable, class-warfare references to the 14 Montana air-crash victims, including seven young children, as “ultrarich,” and the resort they were heading to as “ritzy.” In a different report brought to my attention by NewsBuster commenter Advocate 123, Brown referred to an “ultra-exclusive resort” in his first sentence when he could have more specifically written “the Yellowstone Club resort,” and decided that we just had to know that it is a “millionaires only” place in a later paragraph. Commenters at the link are quite justifiably not pleased.

Congressman Fortney “Pete” Stark “represents” a district in California. According to the LA Times (HT TaxProf), Stark “is registered to vote at his wife’s parents’ address in San Lorenzo and has a California driver’s license.” He also is attempting to claim his Maryland home as his primary residence for property tax purposes. According to Wiki, “Under Maryland law, in order to qualify, the owner must register to vote and drive in Maryland.” Stark clearly is not a resident of the district he is pretending to serve. Accordingly, even apart from his documented intemperance, which should be reason enough (but hasn’t been), he deserves a voter ouster in 2010.

More than 80,000 111,000 (HT Michelle Malkin) have signed a petition protesting President Barack Obama’s invitation to speak at Notre Dame. I went here and made that more than 111,001.

Interesting, under-reported AIG fact — “(Longtime Democrat Richard) Holbrooke, a veteran diplomat who is now the administration’s point man on Pakistan and Afghanistan, served on the board between 2001 and mid-2008.” Holbrooke is thus among those who helped disgraced Eliot Spitzer oust Hank Greenberg, and was certainly around when the supposedly outrageous bonus plans were put into place. Another interesting, under-reported Holbrooke fact (HT Kaus) — Holbrooke and his family got breaks apparently only available to “Friends of Angelo Mozilo” of Countrywide on five (count ‘em) different mortgage loans.

Anti-life evil has indeed infested the Catholic Church in Boston (HT Voting Catholic in 2008). Properly understood, this is a result of Mitt Romney’s CommonwealthCare and its $50 subsidized abortions. CommonwealthCare forces Catholic hospitals and health services to choose between leaving the state-controlled system and “accommodation” (i.e., providing abortion referrals and information) dressed up to look acceptable, when it isn’t. There are national lessons here. ObamaCare must be stopped, as it will inevitably institutionalize the anti-life culture. Mitt Romney must be stopped, because he has proven that will support the same thing.



  1. The reason Commonwealth Care in Massachusetts includes abortion services has nothing to do with Mitt Romney. The state’s Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that state-subsidized health care MUST include abortion services. This is well-established court precedent in Massachusetts, written long before Mitt Romney became governor. You may disagree with it, as Romney certainly does, but it’s the law.

    Comment by Kathy — March 25, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

  2. Kathy, you are reciting the conventional “wisdom,” but you are incorrect:
    - It IS true that the Massachusetts Supreme Court “ruled” twice that abortion is something that must be included.
    - But the reason that the Court had to “rule” as it did the second time is that what you think is a “ruling” is really only an opinion.
    - A court opinion has NO force of law. There is no law until the legislature enacts one. The second OPINION was “necessary” because the legislature never enacted a law after the first one.
    - After the second ruling, the legislature again didn’t enact a law.
    - Therefore, despite two court opinions, abortion was NOT automatically included by law in health care coverage in Massachusetts, and more than likely would have stayed that way had RomneyCare not come along.
    - But RomneyCare, for the VERY FIRST time, enacted what had been an unenforceable opinion of the Supreme Court into law. Romney’s signature was the final act in that process.

    The fact that Commonwealth Care in Massachusetts includes abortion services has ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING to do with Mitt Romney.

    Background is here.

    Glad to clear that up.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 25, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

  3. Great post on Boston.

    Prior to Romney’s 50 dollar abortions, access to abortions was very limited. Very limited income and under very limited circumstances – endangering the life of the mother. Romney lifted those circumstances. Everyone and anyone who wants one can obtain one. Some of the “poor” families make upwards of 70 thousand dollars.

    Comment by Carol McKinley — March 25, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

  4. It has just occured to me that Romney supporters view him as messianic and “can-do-no-wrong” as Obama’s minions viewed him.

    Reason enough to spread the word to stay away from him…

    Great info. Thanks #2 & #3.

    Comment by Rose — March 26, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

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