November 1, 2009

What’s in Your Skin Creme?

Filed under: Activism,Business Moves,Life-Based News — Rose @ 6:13 pm

So how much is “beauty” worth? A thousand bucks a pop for Botox? Five-hundred bucks for seaweed extract?

Would you kill a child if it meant you could prevent those crow’s feet for just a few more years? No? Better look at your skin cream ingredients to make sure…

Beauty and the beast, indeed.

Scozzafava Quits…Newt, Call Your Office

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government,Wide Open — Rose @ 4:12 pm

Michelle Malkin has a great synopsis here.

Newt Gingrich better call his office…

First, I received this email from Newt’s spokesman last week:

Below is my appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto yesterday on the Fox News Channel. I am available for interviews on the topic by replying to this message.

Best regards,

Rick Tyler

Spokesman for Speaker Newt Gingrich

Shortly thereafter, Newt got totally blasted on his own blog.

In his quest to remain relevant, Newt became irrelevant and part of the problem, overnight.

Newsflash Newt: It’s hard to defeat that which you have become…moron.

Steyn, on Not Very Fine Whines

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 11:04 am

From the One Man Global Content Provider’s latest column:

There was Barack Obama only the other day blaming everything on the President – no, no, silly, not him, the other fellow, the Designated Fall Guy who stepped down as head of state in January to accept the new constitutional position of Blame Czar. Musing on problems in Afghanistan, Obama blamed the “long years of drift” under his predecessor. The new President – okay, newish President – has been Drifter-in-Chief for almost a year but he’s too busy speaking truth to the former power to get on top of the situation. It could be a while yet. In his more self-regarding moments, such as his speech to the UN, he gives the strong impression that the “long years of drift” began in 1776.

At some point the Caesar cult has to manifest itself in an achievement – I mean a real achievement, not merely some dud prize handed out by Norwegian lefties. Afghanistan is his now: Notwithstanding “years of drift”, whether it winds up as victory or defeat or is his call. It’s Obama’s war. It’s Obama’s economy. The stimulus bill is his stimulus, and for $787 billion it created 30,000 new jobs (according to the government) or (according to the Associated Press) 25,000. Either way, you do the math. It’s Obama’s unemployment rate, Obama’s dollar, Obama’s debt. Pace Valerie Jarrett, the truth is you are the power. And those on the receiving end of it are going to be speaking a lot louder in the months ahead.

The hostility to 1776 and what it wrought, which Steyn refers to with humor, is very real in this administration.

As I wrote a year ago, in response to a 2001 radio interview posted at YouTube that was uncovered just before the presidential election, “redistribution of income and wealth is his most important core value — ‘more basic’ than the human rights in our Constitution.”

I wrote that because Barack Obama in essence said it himself (bold is mine):

…. the Supreme Court (under Chief Justice Earl Warren) never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.

And to that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted it in the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.

A transcript of that audio and further discussion is at my Pajamas Media column that I wrote at the time.


UPDATE: There’s a name for what Obama characterizes as “the essential constraints” of the Constitution. It’s “The Bill of Rights.” They, or what’s left of them, are such a painful impediment, aren’t they?

Positivity: Martyr who refused to remove crucifixes from hospital was honored Oct. 29

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:37 am

From Catholic News Agency, slightly revised:

On Thursday, October 29 Catholics celebrated the feast day of Helen Kafka, better known as Blessed Maria Restituta. Working as a nurse in the 1940s, she was ordered by the Gestapo to remove crucifixes she had placed in several hospital rooms and was sentenced to death. Pope John Paul II beatified her on June 21, 1998.

Helen Kafka was born in 1894 to a shoemaker and grew up in Vienna, Austria. At the age of 20, she decided to join the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and took the name Restituta after an early Church martyr.

In 1919, she began working as a surgical nurse in Austria. When the Germans took over the country, she became a local opponent of the Nazi regime. Her conflict with them escalated after they ordered her to remove all the crucifixes she had hung up in each room of a new hospital wing.

Sister Maria Restitua refused and she was arrested by the Gestapo in 1942. She was sentenced to death for “aiding and abetting the enemy in the betrayal of the fatherland and for plotting high treason.” ….

More on Maria Restituta is here.