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ACORN files for bankruptcy November 3, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, Society.
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Hallelujah?    I pray that the people who work for ACORN that may lose their jobs will find more meaningful, productive work, rather than badgering and pressuring companies and governments (some use the term “shake down) to fund this kind of ‘community organizing” agitation:

Bertha Lewis, the potty-mouthed chief organizer of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) announced today that her group has filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition.

Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides for the liquidation of the estate of an indebted individual or corporate entity. This is different from Chapter 11 which often provides debtors with temporary protection from their creditors while they reorganize their affairs.

Despite the group’s exhaustively documented 40-year track record of corruption and lawbreaking, Lewis blamed the demise of the organization on its conservative critics.

In a statement posted on the group’s website, Lewis claimed ACORN was the victim of its own “highly effective strategies” that succeeded in “catching the attention of right-wing media and its proponents.”

ACORN was subjected to a “barrage of unmitigated accusations,” but even as the “extremists” attacking it “increased their radicalism, we continued to make a difference for families in each and every corner of our nation.”

To Lewis, conservatives are living embodiments of pure evil. In a convoluted speech earlier this year to a Young Democratic Socialists meeting, she called the Tea Party a “bowel movement” and seemed to suggest a violent race war was in America’s future.

It’s hard to believe the Church, through CCHD, at one time funded to the tune of millions of dollars this kind of organization, and still funds many similar, with similar radicals advocating for all kinds of revolution, including race wars.  Is this really a good way to aid the poor, who will always be with us, overcome their material difficulties?

‘Pro-life’ democrats pay price for supporting Obamacare November 3, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic, Society.
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Of the 12 so-called pro-life democrats who first opposed, and then ultimately supported Obamacare, including Bart Stupak, 8 will no longer be members of Congress

But voters reminded those Democrats on Tuesday that pro-life organizations were right and replaced them with pro-life Republicans who campaigned against ObamaCare and on a more consistent pro-life platform.

Thus far, eight of the so-called pro-life Democrats have lost their bids for re-election. That includes Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, Chris Carney and Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania; Alan Mollohan of West Virginia; Baron Hill of Indiana; and Charlie Wilson of Ohio. 

On the other side, one of the few pro-life Democrats to oppose the pro-abortion health care bill, Rep. Dan Lipinski from Illinois, won his re-election bid.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said, “Last April, FRC Action PAC announced that it would work to replace twenty so-called ‘pro-life’ Democrats who voted for a health care bill that for the first time in three decades uses taxpayer funds for abortion on demand.”

Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life added:  “During the debate over the health care bill, we urged Members of Congress to reject taxpayer-funded abortion.”

While polls show the American public shiftly slowly towards a more comprehensive stance against abortion, I think in more direct terms the pro-life position is becoming increasingly ascendent.  Almost all of the tea party candidates elected yesterday were powerfully pro-life.  Self-professed pro-life congressmen now make up over half the house, about 240.  The Senate is more problematic, where, inexplicably, many pro-aborts were returned to Congress in spite of their failed records and hideous agenda(Reid, Boxer, etc), but the trends are steadily improving for the pro-life side.  Overall, it is good to see more pro-life people elected, especially many of these tea party types who appear to be “pro-life first” types.  But there is so much work to be done, especially ending this nightmare of socialized health insurance, which will always harbor the spectre of being a source of federal funding for abortion and the enshrinement of abortion as a permanent “right.” 

One final note – it would be ideal to have both parties strongly endorse life from conception to natural death, including a re-examination of the necessity of the death penalty in some locales, like Texas.  With one party now becoming increasingly pro-life, the democrats now appear to be almost totally pro-abort, and that may not bode well for the future, as it will allow pro-aborts to always cast abortion as a partisan issue, instead of a fundamental human rights issue.  Ideally, it would be best to build a pro-life culture that cuts across politics, but I don’t see that happening soon.  The democrats appear to be becoming increasingly mired in a utilitarian, materialistic, socialistic, narcissistic (how do I really feel about them!) mindframe.

I’ll pray even harder, now.

A brilliant defense of life November 3, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, General Catholic, Society.
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And from college students no less.  No, not at Notre Dame, Xavier, Loyola, or any other self-described Catholic university.  No, not even from UD or Benedictine College or Ave Maria.  No, from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.

In his article “Abortion: A question of values,” Keith Yost arrives at the conclusion that an embryo is a human life and has a right to life, but that the mother’s right to liberty may supersede the embryo’s right to life. We find his logic deeply flawed, and condemn the fundamental disregard for human life introduced by the application of relativism to human rights.We begin by turning to the words of the Declaration of Independence, which entirely contradict Yost’s interpretation of human rights: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The question is not, as Yost states, “whether we choose to assign [the embryo] human rights,” but rather whether we choose to respect the rights inherent in every human being. As freely acting agents, we may choose to infringe upon the rights of a person (with or without good cause), but we cannot choose to rescind a human right because we did not grant that right in the first place. Simply by virtue of being human, all human beings are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” It is the duty of the state to protect those rights.

Yost later asserts that “there is no cardinal ordering of human rights that decides when one trumps another.” However, if we return to the words of the Declaration of Independence, “among these [rights] are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” we find exactly the sort of cardinal ordering of rights which Yost denies: without Life one cannot exercise Liberty, and without Liberty one cannot pursue Happiness. The right to life is a prerequisite for all other rights. Thus, the right to life is the fundamental human right. Yost himself calls it “the most basic of human rights.”

To deny the fundamental nature of the right to life is to deny the basis of all human rights. If, as Yost suggests, we were to accept the assignment of arbitrary precedence to human rights, we then must permit the justification of any infringement upon the rights of another. In a society where anyone can elevate their right to liberty or property or religion above another’s right to live, the weak are helpless before those who are able to assert their rights more strongly. [And here there be dragons, very dark places can be reached by this kind of reasoning – ED]

The laws of a relativist are laws of convenience ; he will cherish the rights of others until those rights interfere with his infinite capacity for self-interest. Today, it is convenient for many to dismiss a fetus as something only partially human, just as it was convenient two centuries ago for plantation owners to dismiss blacks as merely three-fifths of a person. Measuring human life by race or by cognitive capacity does not capture the entire essence of being human, but rather limits the nature of being human to a convenient set of characteristics. We await the day when “all men are created equal” in the eyes of the law.

Yost is correct in arguing that “in order to enjoy the liberty to make one’s own decisions, you first need the mental capacity to rationally make those decisions for yourself.” With good cause, we may curtail the liberty of children, the mentally incapacitated, or a fetus. However, the mental capacity of a human is irrelevant to rights that do not depend on the exercise of free will. One does not choose to be conceived, and so one cannot forfeit the right to life due to lack of mental capacity.

Above all, we wish to emphasize that every human being, in every stage of life, has a fundamental and unalienable right to life which serves as the foundation for all other human rights in a just society. The right to life is granted by neither state nor men, but it is their duty to protect it.

What can I say, engineers may have a propensity to see things more clearly than you liberal arts types.  Seriously, this is a concise, very informed defense of life arguing entirely from first principles, a ringing endorsement of freedom, true liberty, and the worth of life.  Major plauds to these students.

A serious question, given how things seem to be on many self-described Catholic college campuses today, will the next generation of Catholic leaders emerge from those campuses, or from Catholic students who grow in the Faith while studying at secular colleges?  I, for one, feel it may well be the latter in many cases.

Totally rad, man…. November 3, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, General Catholic.
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……..or, I used to say something like that, back in my skater dude days.  I still have a vintage 80’s deck up in my attic somewhere, and a newer model I ride occasionally.  Below is Friar Gabriel of the Franciscans of the Immaculate skating way better than I could ever do.