July 26, 2014

Positivity: The way strangers Photoshopped a baby’s picture will touch your heart

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Ohio (HT Daryn Kagan) — be sure to go to the link to see the retouched photos:

July 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM ET

A grieving father’s simple appeal to strangers has resulted in a beautiful gift: Portraits of his daughter, finally free of the machines that surrounded her during her brief life.

The Ohio dad, whose baby died last Thursday, posted a brief request on Reddit over the weekend: “My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital,” he wrote.

“Since she was in the hospital her whole life, we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?”

The response was huge, with commenters submitting beautifully retouched photos and even drawings for the grieving father.

Nathen Steffel, who posted the request, sent a brief statement to TODAY Parents about the experience.

“I didn’t really want all the publicity, I just wanted a picture,” Steffel wrote in an email. “What I received was a whole lot of love and support from complete strangers.”

This was one of the retouched photos submitted by a Reddit user.

His daughter Sophia was born May 30 and lived just six weeks, he said. She died from complications from a hepatic hemangioma, a liver tumor, he wrote on Reddit. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 22, 2014

Aww: Politico’s Glenn Thrush Doesn’t Like ‘Abortion Barbie’ Nickname For Wendy Davis

Politico reporters are badly burning themselves on Twitter these days.

Last night (as yours truly noted this afternoon), the web site’s Roger Simon, apparently upset that Rick Perry is doing his job, tweeted that the Texas governor is “sending 1,000 National Guard troops to border to shoot small children.” Yet 12 hours later, Glenn Thrush, another longtime Politico veteran, tweeted a plea for civility, begging people not to use a popular opponents’ nickname for Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (HT RedState):

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July 17, 2014

Megyn Kelly Eviscerates Jon Stewart, Leftist Ideologues on Abortifacient Birth Control Methods

Fox News’s Megyn Kelly has clearly had it up to here with the disinformation, misinformation, distortions and outright lies coming from the left in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. A recent dishonest rant by Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart (noted at NewsBusters by Jeffrey Meyer early Tuesday morning) and attempts by certain doctors to deny scientific truth caused Kelly to correct the record on the air.

The topic is the science behind whether or not the contraceptive methods Hobby Lobby’s owners would not cover in its employee health insurance plan on conscience grounds are or are not abortifacient in nature. In the video seen after the jump (HT Gateway Pundit), readers will see her identify certain perhaps unexpected entities which have admitted that they are:

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July 9, 2014

NYT, MSNBC Uncritically Relay Reid’s ‘Five White Men’ Rant Against Supremes’ Hobby Lobby Majority

On Tuesday, Harry Reid told the press that “the one thing we’re going to do, during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men. This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous, and we’re going to do something about it.”

Obviously, Reid’s statement assailing the Supreme Court majority in the Hobby Lobby decision is incorrect, as black African-American Clarence Thomas was among the five justices who defended the religious freedom of the Green family which owns and runs Hobby Lobby. Ordinarily, in an obvious gaffe involving a Democratic Party politican, coverage would be sparse. But in this case, there are at least two instances where an establishment press outlet actually reported Reid’s statement without pointing out that it was wrong. One occurred at the New York Times.

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July 3, 2014

Press Largely Fails to Note Or Downplays That New VA Director Was Forced Out of P&G

The identity of President Obama’s nominee to head the scandal-plagued, bloated mess known as the Veterans Administration was known on Sunday.

Very few news outlets (the Fox news item just linked is an exception) noted that Obama’s pick was particularly odd because McDonald’s run as CEO at Procter & Gamble was not considered a success. He was essentially forced into retirement after four years at the helm in May 2013.

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July 1, 2014

Mark Levin: Hobby Lobby Decision Still Damaged First Amendment

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:35 pm

Go here for great and unfortunately sobering points.

If anyone can figure out how to post the video here, please let me know.

At AP, When EWTN Lost a Round in Contraception Case, It Was National News; But Not Its Yesterday Win

On June 18, Catholic broadcaster Eternal Word Television Network suffered a serious religious freedom setback when “A federal judge in Alabama … dismissed a Catholic broadcaster’s legal claim that requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage is unconstitutional.” The Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, felt that story was important enough to merit coverage at its national site — and in fact, two weeks later, the story is still present there (also saved here for future reference and fair use and discussion purposes).

After that June ruling, EWTN promised that it would appeal. A July 1 compliance deadline and daily fines which would have almost certainly put the network out of business loomed. Yesterday, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, EWTN scored what Life News’s Steven Ertelt called “a resounding victory,” when it “was granted last minute relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals,” thus enabling it to “freely practice what it preaches while it pursues its claims in court.” A search on “EWTN” at the AP’s national site indicates that it has no story there on this development. The wire service does have a Monday afternoon local/regional story on the news:

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Nationally Promoted Hobby Lobby Protest at Flagship Store Draws (at Most) ‘Several Dozen’

Shortly after 3 PM Eastern Time this afternoon, an outfit called “Faithful America” issued a “Media Advisory” for an event which would take place at 7:30 PM Central Time.

In the email, Faithful America claimed to be “the largest and fastest growing online community of Christians taking action for social justice,” and to have 300,000 members. They may have that many members, but only about 0.01% of them showed up for the event involved: a “vigil” opposing today’s Supreme Court decision at Hobby Lobby’s flagship store in Edmond, Oklahoma. In covering the titantic event, Edmond Sun reporter Mark Schlachtenhaufen appears to have exaggerated the puny turnout, and made the same misstatement concerning the circumstances of the case we’ve seen constantly in the national press (bolds are mine):

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June 30, 2014

NPR’s Hysterical Totenberg Thinks Only Anthony Kennedy Stands in Way of Sex and ‘Foreign Origin’ Discrimination

In an MSNBC interview today, Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio’s longtime Supreme Court watcher, attempted to portray the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision as possibly wide-ranging, and even advised viewers that Anthony Kennedy’s presence on the court may be the only thing preventing it from bringing in an era of sex and “foreign origin” discrimination by “hundreds and hundreds and thousands and thousands of companies.”

Video follows the jump (HT Hot Air). Be sure to hang in there until the end, where Totenberg stammers as she appears to be grasping for more fuel to throw onto the fire, and ends up ridiculously claiming that a person’s “foreign origin” may become a basis upon which employers can discriminate (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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USAT’s Wolf Shows Financial Ignorance, Relays Non-Scientific Arguments for Hobby Lobby Decision’s Opponents

USA Today reporter Richard Wolf’s afternoon coverage of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision appeared to be completely ignorant of the dire financial consequences which would have been visited on the company had it lost today.

He also allowed unscientific and objectively wrong arguments about conception to be advanced by those who wanted to see Hobby Lobby defeated. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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The Supremes’ Decisions: I Guess I’m Supposed to Be Thrilled …

… but I’m not. Far from it.

Today, the Supreme Court upheld Hobby Lobby’s position that it cannot be forced by the Affordable Care Act to provide coverage for “contraceptive” drugs which terminate preborn babies’ lives because doing so violates its owners’ consciences.

The court also struck down Illinois’ attempt to force collection of “fees” (read: “union dues”) onto private in-home care providers.

Those are obviously correct decisions. But they are decisions which should have been obvious to all nine justices. Instead, each decision was 5-4.

Make no mistake. The four dissenters are saying that the law means what they want it to mean, and that they could are less about what the Constitution says a law must be to conform to it.

Combined with other relatively recent 5-4 decisions, particularly those upholding self-evident natural law-based individual Second Amendment rights, it is clear that the country I have known and loved is literally hanging by a thread.

So while I’m breathing a heavy sigh of relief, there is no joy. So please hold the champagne.

November’s elections could not possibly be more important.

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UPDATE: Regarding Hobby Lobby, John Hayward at Human Events understands the need to curb the enthusiasm and to remain appropriately alarmed (italics are his; bolds are mine):

For one thing, it should be patently obvious to every citizen of a free republic that Hobby Lobby was right about this. The notion of Big Government sweeping aside religious faith to compel obedience to a collective agenda is utterly incompatible with the American model of government. Explaining this case to the authors of the Constitution would make for a long seance, because they’d keep laughing in disbelief and asking you to start over.

But instead, we get a 5-4 bullet-dodging decision, and it’s not one of those sweeping citizenship-redefining judgments liberal courts love to hand down. It’s very narrow in terms of who and what it covers. A different Court shouldn’t have too much trouble reversing this, and in the meantime it doesn’t fatally injure ObamaCare. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this decision folded into the talking points of single-payer socialists – they’ll cite it as proof that leaving any degree of private-sector control over health care corrupts the pure vision of government-administered Free Stuff For All.

So this isn’t really a sweeping First Amendment beatdown, as it should have been; it’s a narrow decision upholding a law signed by Bill Clinton, a law the left-wing justices are chomping at the bit to quash, because the ideal of a self-described “benevolent” tyranny using a thicket of laws to micro-manage the lives of its unworthy citizens is so close they can taste it. They’re growing quite insistent that the only alternative to that benevolent tyranny is anarchy, chaos, and hatred. The Supreme Court may have registered a judgment against ObamaCare’s silly mandates today, but the Left is still burning to render a far more terrible judgment against the people of the United States, and there won’t be any appeals once they hand it down.

As noted, November’s elections could not possibly be more important.

June 27, 2014

Positivity: Supreme Court’s abortion clinic ruling hailed as win for women

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Jun 26, 2014 / 04:24 pm

A unanimous Supreme Court decision striking down a 35-foot buffer zone around Massachusetts abortion clinics is being praised as a victory not only for pro-life counsellors but for all women.

Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life, told CNA that the ruling “absolutely protects women.”

“Abortion is bad physiologically and psychologically for many, many, many women,” she continued, adding that the ruling supports counselling that “allows women to have informed consent.”

“Abortion can be the most important decision a woman makes in her life, and sometimes she rushes in there in a state of panic,” Monahan explained. “This allows her to put the brakes on, to think about it, to think about what’s actually happening inside of her.”

“So many women regret their abortions,” she lamented.

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Eleanor McCullen and other pro-life sidewalk counsellors in McCullen v. Coakley, striking down a Massachusetts law that placed a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, including on sidewalks and public streets.

McCullen’s lawyers argued that the law unconstitutionally violated freedom of speech and penalized only those with certain views – specifically pro-life views – from offering counselling and education to those entering the clinics, even if they do so peacefully.

In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said that the buffer zone regulations “burden substantially more speech than necessary to achieve the Commonwealth’s asserted interests” of protecting access to health care.

“Petitioners wish to converse with their fellow citizens about an important subject on the public streets and sidewalks,” he noted, specifically highlighting the significance of such public places as areas for discussion and exchange of ideas.

The decision means that “there is no abortion exception to the First Amendment, and it may very well mean the end to abortion buffer zones around the country,” Casey Mattox, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told CNA. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

June 11, 2014

At the Wall Street Journal, Politico Refugee Epstein Plays the ‘Hitler’ and ‘Holocaust’ Cards on David Brat

It took less than two hours for leftist media types to imply that voters in VA-07 who ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in last night’s Republican congressional primary did so partly because of Cantor’s Jewsh faith. It took less than 12 hours for Poltico refugee Reid Epstein to go after Brat with a misleading headline — “David Brat’s Writings: Hitler’s Rise ‘Could All Happen Again’” — which was repeated in the opening sentence. Without presenting any evidence, Epstein also claimed that Brat predicted a “second Holocaust.”

Uh, Reid: Adolf Hitler died 69 years ago. David Brat, based on what you presented, was talking about the rise of tyrannies like Hitler’s (who was predominantly a leftist; what about “nation socialism” doesn’t anyone understand?) — or Stalin’s, or Mao’s, or Ho Chi Minh’s, or any number of relatively petty Eastern European tyrants propped up by Moscow during the Cold War. But an apparent desperate need to get a Hitler reference into a headline about a Republican insurgent ruled the day.
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June 7, 2014

Press Release: ‘Attacks on Politically Incorrect ‘Sexual Politics’ Professor Rouse Fierce Defenders’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:15 am

I’m interested in comments on this perspective:

RELATED: Read the lecture by Prof. Stephen Baskerville here.

RELATED: Read the international petition in support of Prof. Stephen Baskerville here.

Contact: Greg Sabine
The Inter-American Institute for Philosophy, Government and Social Thought
www.theinteramerican.org

Just as an Obama White House report on “sexual assault” is provoking anger at injustice perpetrated against falsely accused men, a letter from eminent historians, political philosophers,constitutional scholars and nearly nine hundred others signers strongly rejects attacks on a professor who boldly drew attention to a related larger crisis which threatens Western society.

Professor Stephen Baskerville’s September lecture, “Politicizing Potiphar’s Wife: The New Ideology” was furiously attacked by homosexual activists and feminists for bringing attention to unconstitutional procedures which empower female accusers who falsely allege rape or “harassment.”

Baskerville’s work is part of rising international outrage that includes prominent women warning that decades of feminist propaganda against men has resulted in men being routinely denied basic legal rights and due process, and often their lives are ruined by unconstitutional imprisonment, impoverishment and loss of their children.
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June 4, 2014

Positivity: Archdiocese files suit against HHS mandate

Filed under: Activism,Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Philadelphia:

Jun 3, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and its affiliated entities filed a lawsuit June 2 challenging federal mandates that require employers to provide or to help provide contraceptive services through their health insurance.

The federal rules force the entities “to violate their religious convictions by either directly supplying, or cooperating in the process to supply, contraceptive services that gravely conflict with Catholic belief,” the archdiocese said Tuesday.

“The court filing disputes the Government’s power to order Catholic entities to offer or cooperate in such services.”

The archdiocese and its charitable agencies have filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury, and their secretaries.

The lawsuit seeks to block enforcement of the 2010 Affordable Care Act’s mandatory contraceptive coverage for employers. The lawsuit says the mandates violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The Department of Health and Human Services mandate requires most U.S. employers to provide insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception, including some drugs that can cause abortions. Many Catholic organizations do not qualify for the narrow exemption from the mandate, despite their religious and moral objections to providing the coverage. …

Go here for the rest of the story.