July 7, 2009

Cue Sound F/X Of ‘Baby Crying…’

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 10:00 am

Aw, poor Ted.  Cleveland.com has a post trying to explain why Ted Mulligan Strickland is so upset about Ohio’s budget crisis.  I wish I had more time to rip this apart, although the post is not long, there’s so much kindling that it’s almost unfair to the poor, overwhelmed caretaker… almost.

OK, so at one point, he whines:

“When someone not only refuses your proposals, but also refuses to put forward any solutions of their own, it’s not a negotiation. It’s game playing,” said Strickland during a Monday morning briefing with reporters. “It saddens me to say that, while I have tried to advance a forward-looking budget agenda, Senate Republican leaders have retreated to partisan game playing.”

Then later we find out that:

Strickland rejected an idea being discussed by Senate Republicans that would include a one-year education budget and putting the racetrack slots issue before voters this November to fund eductaion in the second year of the budget.

Gee…sure sounds like a “negotiation” was trying to take place, or is it only considered a “solution” when they propose something Ted likes?  He also complains that:

“The people of Ohio are being hurt,” Strickland said. “It is disgusting to me that they would play games with Ohio’s future when Ohioans desperately need true leadership.”

Well, we can sure agree on that last part…I suppose then, that Ted will be heading up “Democrats for John Kasich” in 2010?

Oh I really like this next one…

“I will only sign a comprehensive two-year balanced budget,” he said. He said a plan that would base education funding on a ballot issue that may or may not be approved by voters was “not credible.”

Hmmm, but taking a one-time federal handout to balance the budget without addressing the root problems that won’t go away when the stimulus money does, IS “credible?”  Wanting the legislature to give you the authority to override (10th p.) the voters IS “credible?”  Is that like “gambling” on Keno to save the day in the state WAS “credible?”

I think you’ve proven just how “forward-looking” and “credible” your reckless, sophomoric, ineffective policies really are, Guv.

Zheesh.

Update: Like I said, it sure sounds like a negotiation is trying to take place.

Lucid Links (070709, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:16 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

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At Life News, from the “It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature” Dept.

…. one induced abortion raisers the risk of premature birth in a next pregnancy by 20 percent.

Two or more abortions raises the risk by 90 percent and doubles the risk of a very premature birth, at 34 weeks or less.

…. Those numbers present a grave problem given that the repeat abortion rate in some nations, such as the United States and England — is 40 to 50 percent or more.

…. there are now 17 statistically significant studies all confirming the abortion-very premature birth link.

The IOM (Institute of Medicine) reported that premature births before 37 weeks gestation represent 12.5 percent of all U.S. births, a 30% increase since 1981. Abortion became legally accessible in 1973 and the number of abortions peaked in the early 1980s as it became more ingrained in society.

The IOM said premature birth cost U.S. society $26.2 billion in 2005.

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Also at Life News: “(Not Really) Pro-Life Democrats Tell Nancy Pelosi: No Health Care Reform With Abortion” (“not really” added by me) –

A group of 19 pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined together to craft a letter (dated June 25) to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The letter contained a non-perfunctory request that the House not advance any health care bill that doesn’t specifically prohibit abortion coverage or funding.

Rep. Dan Boren, a pro-life congressman from Oklahoma, organized the letter and is the lead signer of it.

As the debate on health care reform continues and legislation is produced, it is imperative that the issue of abortion not be overlooked,” they write. “Plans to mandate coverage for abortions, either directly or indirectly, are unacceptable.

If health care legislation specifically prohibiting abortion coverage were to pass, the federal legislation, for all its considerable still-remaining faults, would not be as bad as Massachusetts’s CommonwealthCare aka RomneyCare, which provides subsidized abortions for $50 — courtesy of the false prolife epiphany, Ronald Reagan virtually smearing former governor of Massachusetts, the Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney.

The letter is here (PDF).

The signers are Bright (AL), Costello (IL), Melancon (LA), Stupak (MI), Oberstar (MN), Peterson (MN), Childers (MS), Taylor (MS), McIntyre (NC), Shuler (NC), Boren (OK), Driehaus (OH), Kaptur (OH), Dahlkemper (PA), Holden (PA),Murtha (PA), Kanjorski (PA), Davis (TN), Ortiz (TX).

(Aside: My, the establishment media has done a remarkable job of ignoring this.)

There’s only one problem with this “brave” statement: Each of these Democrats, if they voted for and actively supported Barack Obama for President, nullified the validity of their claims to be pro-life. The airtight explanation of why that is the case was covered in late October with Steve Driehaus.

A Cliff’s Notes version is that you can’t support for president someone who is hostile to pre-born life — especially when you know that this President will have strong working majorities in both houses of Congress. The President, by executive order, has already committed life-hostile actions that the aforementioned ladies and gentlemen knew he had promised to take. Yet they did not oppose Barack Obama when it counted.

If the 19 manage to keep abortion out of a nationalized healthcare plan, that’s nice, but then you get to the next prolife hurdle: Denial of care. Any health plan that rations care with the government as the final decisionmaker with no recourse inevitably leads to denying care to elderly and infirm patients who die, thus creating a euthanasia-like situation. If the ObamaCare sausage making its way through the legislative process ultimately does this, and any of the 19 support it anyway, they further bury their already-lost pro-life credibility.

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Revival of hope, via Gallup (HT Instapundit) — “Despite the results of the 2008 presidential election, Americans, by a 2-to-1 margin, say their political views in recent years have become more conservative sensible rather than more liberal, 39% to 18%, with 42% saying they have not changed.” OK, the cross-out was mine. :–>

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Once again, the Obama administration brings out the “gun to the head” strategy first made infamous by Henry Paulson when he forced TARP money on banks that didn’t want it, and then used in various forms repeatedly (here, here, and here) by Obama’s car guys as they forced through the Chrysler bankruptcy and re-emergence.

This time they’re doing it with GM (bold is mine):

Groups representing plaintiffs in car accidents said Monday they would oppose General Motors’ attempt to quickly exit bankruptcy protection, arguing that hundreds of victims could be hurt by the government-led plan.

U.S. Judge Robert Gerber approved a crucial step of the plan late Sunday, allowing the troubled automaker to sell its assets to a new company and saying the deal was in the best interest of both the automaker and its creditors, who would get nothing if the automaker was forced to liquidate.

General Motors and the Obama administration praised the judge’s decision but opponents readied an appeal to the U.S. District Court in New York. A Chicago law firm representing people who have sued GM in several auto accident cases said they objected to parts of the plan that would free the “new GM” from liability for people injured by a defective GM product before June 1.

….. about 1,000 lawsuits could be pending with potential damages in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars.

“It affects … virtually every walk of life in this country,” he (plaintiffs’ attorney Steve Jakubowski) said. The deadline to appeal the case to the District Court is noon Thursday, after which point Gerber’s order takes effect and the sale is free to close.

Steve Rattner, the head of the Obama administration’s auto task force, said the government was “confident that (Gerber’s) decision will stand and the sale of GM’s assets to new GM will proceed expeditiously.”

The bankruptcy judge’s ruling followed a three-day hearing that wrapped up Thursday. GM and government officials had urged a quick approval of the sale, saying it was needed to keep the automaker from selling itself off piece by piece. The Treasury Department, which is expected to provide about $50 billion in aid to the automaker, has vowed to cut off funding to GM if the sale doesn’t go through by July 10.

If a court believes the plaintiffs have a valid case, it should call Treasury’s bluff, and watch Tax Cheat and Proven Liar Tim Geithner squirm.

Positivity: Priest Celebrates 50 Years Of Service

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Eastern South Dakota:

Published: Monday, July 6, 2009 1:19 AM CDT

Father Leonard Kayser of Yankton has reached special milestone in his life as he celebrates 50 years in the priesthood.

“It’s been quite a journey,” Kayser said. “I’ve been very happy. I don’t think I would ask anything to be different.”

An Emery native, Kayser began going to seminary during his junior year of high school.

However, he said he knew he wanted to join the priesthood for years by that point.

“Already in grade school — fourth grade — I admired so much the pastor we had, and I just kind of thought, ‘I want to do what he does,’” Kayser said.

He went to Onamia, Minn., for two years of high school and two years of college, and then moved on to St. Paul Seminary for two years of philosophy and four years of theology. He was ordained in 1959.

Kayser then began serving numerous parishes in eastern South Dakota — 11 in all.

“I sometimes told people, ‘Either I’m in such demand that I don’t stay any place long, or people can’t put up with me and they get rid of me in a hurry,’” he said.

Kayser said many changes have taken place in the church since he began serving — changes, he feels, that have been for the better.

“Just that loosening up and not being so darn sure of ourselves, giving answers for everything, was quite a breakthrough,” he said.

The parishioners have benefited from this relaxation because they are allowed to be more involved in the running of the church itself, Kayser said.

“At least in the parishes I’ve served, they’re most grateful for being invited to be more participatory,” he said. “When I was first ordained, you just ran the show. Everything. … Now the laypeople are doing all that stuff. And they should be. It’s their church. We’re just there to serve for a while.”

While serving at the Siegel parish in Mayfield, Kayser also worked as the chaplain at the Human Services Center. His 13 years there were spent “just listening, mostly.

“And those people (were) just most grateful, because most of them had never had anybody take them seriously, never had anybody listen to them, and so they were just very grateful,” Kayser said. “Usually, we didn’t have any answer for them, they had to work those out themselves.

“One thing I’ve found that I seem to have had a gift of (is) asking the right questions,” he said. “They’d say something and I’d say, ‘Well, what about this? Why that?’ And that would help them to explore that a little further.” …..

Go here for the rest of the story.