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REMINDER – TOMORROW another area pro-life issue – oppose the ‘Walk for Choice’ February 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, sickness, Society.
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Boy, they’re creative, these pro-aborts!  In response to the thousands that participated in the March for Life here in Dallas, the pro-aborts are planning to host a ‘Walk for Choice’ this Saturday, Feb 26 in downtown Dallas at the JFK memorial.  It starts at noon.   I know I request my readers frequently to support pro-life activities, but would you consider participating in a counter-protest being organized to oppose the literally dozens who will be participating in this walk for murder?  Details are still being worked out, but I’ll update them as soon as I get them.  You can follow events at the prolifetexas blog.

Anyone want to bet concerning the level of news coverage compared to the 10,000 who were at the March for Life this year?   I’m guessing at least 3 of the local stations will give it prime time coverage on their broadcasts that night.  Let’s make them look bad!  Let us have 10 times the pro-life folks than there are pro-aborts!

A massive scandal unfolding in Kansas…. February 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, General Catholic, horror, sickness, Society.
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….involving corrupt democrat politicians protecting, yes, you guessed it!, Planned Barrenhood, and obstructing justice in defense of young girls being raped.  You can’t make this stuff up.  And the dirty little secret that has led to a good man being unfairly prosecuted, which I’ll reveal at the end, is so banal it’s staggering. 

First, some history.  A few years ago, the then Attorney General of Kansas, Phil Kline, filed suit against Planned Barrenhood in order to subpoena their records to follow up allegations of complicity in child sex abuse cases.  As a ‘mandatory notifier,’ any time a child under 14 is brought into a Planned Barrenhood for any treatment and evidence is found of abuse or pregnancy, they are required by law to report this fact.  But as Kline brought evidence to trial, it was sat on by then Governor Kathleed Seblius and she instead directed her government to begin an investigation of Kline, which put all his pending cases indicating Planned Barrenhood had deliberately withheld evidence of sex abuse or statuatory rape, on hold.  This wasn’t one or two cases – this was over 200 cases of failure to report sex abuse in just 2 years!   As events unfolded in this case, more and more of Kansas’ governing elite turned against Kline, until he was hounded from office and put up on ethics charges!  They claimed he was trying to reveal the names of all women who had abortions at the Johnson County Planned Barrenhood facility – not just abused kids.  And that is what totally freaked out the elite class. They claimed he had violated his oath of office by being a starry eyed pro-lifer and that it colored his judgement.  Which, I don’t believe, is any kind of breech of office, but, whatever.

So, this ethics complaint has now gone to court, and Kline has been able, finally, to release the evidence he accumulated about Planned Barrenhood, once again, deliberately covering up felonies being committed in order to advance the pro-abort cause.  This evidence shows he was not trying to uncover the names of women who had had abortion in Kansas, as has been falsely claimed (and is part of the secret mentioned above), but was investigating the systemic violations of the law by Planned Barrenhood regarding sexually abused girls.  But this was known all along, and the vociferous reaction of Sebelius’ government and others in Kansas governance went way, way beyond wanting to insure good ethics in government.  Why did they react so vociferously, so viciously, against Kline?  They were afraid the names of their daughters who had abortions would show up in his records, and sully the lily white reputations of the Johnson County elite (Johnson County being the most upscale locale in Kansas, which ain’t saying a whole lot).  These were not cases of rape or sexual assault – these were just the daughters of elites whose reputations would be ruined (or, was it the reputations of the parents?) if it were known they had abortions:

Nearly every abortion I’m aware of among my friends and acquaintances took place under solid pressure from parents – usually mom. These parents had no time, inclination or interest in raising their daughters to value chastity, however.

One friend had three abortions by the time she was a Freshman in college. She wrote me about it explaining that her mother dragged her to the clinic each time. I don’t know why she wrote, except to express pain. I was too young and stupid to offer any concrete help. The same mom had nothing to offer about her daughter’s sexuality.

An old girlfriend cajoled me to go to a clinic with her to rescue a friend. Her friend’s older sister had called to say her mother was dragging the younger sister down to the clinic and she didn’t want to go. The sister wouldn’t intervene because the father told her he’d kick her out of the house if she did – a nice, well-off, respectable suburban house. When we got there, mom and dad were on either arm of this hysterically crying young woman pulling her into the clinic. The dad, later that day, after coercing the abortion of his grandchild, kicked his elder daughter out of the house for alerting anyone.

Anybody who’s spent time outside an abortion clinic has witnessed that scene time and again.

Upward mobility and the creation of a respectable, suburban identity were the driving factors in these parents’ decision making, not morality. Threaten that carefully crafted identity with a pregnant daughter though, and it’s back to being trash – something that wouldn’t be tolerated. And in this is the kernel of why Kansas elites hate Phill Kline.

There are any number of anti-abortion politicians in Kansas and none of them are hated with the vehemence directed at Phill Kline. He didn’t propose pro-life legislation or prosecute a doctor without a license. There would have been no vendetta for that. I even suspect that if he’d somehow shut down Tiller’s Wichita practice, there would be less hatred toward him than for what he actually did.

What he actually did was to subpoena medical records at the Johnson County Planned Parenthood. He had reason to do so and the records suggest many violations of Kansas law.

But these were patient records, and even though the names were redacted, the barest chance that anyone, even just Phill Kline, might divine the identity of clients there sent chills down the spines of not a few well-off suburbanites desperate to defend a facade of respectability and propriety.

So, a very good man’s career was ruined, the law is in tatters, abuse has gone on unpunished (and unchecked), and a white hot viciousness has been stirred up, and for what?  To protect the good rich suburbanites of Johnson County from having their precious, precious reputations sullied.  To keep up the evil, false notion that abortion is ‘safe, legal, and rare.’  To keep up elite left wing appearances.  It’s easier to kill a grandchild than to build up that reputation, apparently.  This is so banal its vomitous.

Eco-sham classroom too cold to use February 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, silliness, Society.
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Yes, it is rather dreary in London……

Eco-campaigners who built a classroom powered by the sun believed they were paving the way for the future.

Instead they have been taught a valuable lesson – there is not enough sun in North London to sufficiently heat their building.

The much feted zero-carbon Living Ark classroom was opened three months ago to great fanfare.

It boasts laudable green credentials and is made from sustainable wood, sheep’s wool and soil. The roof is made of mud and grass and it has its own ‘rain pod’ and solar panels.

But there is snag – its solar panels only provide enough energy to power a few lightbulbs.

As a result the classroom is bitterly cold and uninhabitable for lessons.

Parents have branded it ‘useless’, an ‘expensive piece of wood’ and a ‘great idea for the Caribbean’.

There are many, hopefully well intentioned folks, who would like to strongly encourage, even force, the rest of us to use unproven technologies to replace evil, evil fossil fuels.  Unfortunately, most of these alternative energy sources have massive problems that have prevented their widespread use – after all, in a free market, if there were truly a way to power our homes and cars and everything else in a manner that was completely pristine, would it not have taken off by now?  Solar cells, wind, all the favored forms of ‘alternative energy’ have serious issues of scalability and availability – capacity time.  Your average wind generator is “up,” producing power, less than 1/3 the time.  Depending on the location, solar cells will work between 10 and 45% of the time, and they never work at night, so you have to have a massive cache of batteries, full of very harmful and dangerous heavy metals, in order to store power for use when the sun isn’t out.  And they just don’t scale very well – we’d have to wallpaper Arizona from end to end to even produce a portion of our nation’s electricity supply from solar.  So while the intentions may be great, neither of the two most cherished forms of alternative energy so loved by environmentalists has the potential to be more than niche players.  But if folks want to try to use these things – great.  Just don’t make up false government mandates that will lead to the vast majority of us shivering in the dark.

And then there was two…. February 25, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, sadness, sickness, Society.
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….or maybe one, it depends on whether they can launch an unfunded STS-135 in June or not.  Back in the day, each shuttle was expected to fly at least 100 missions, and make going into orbit like going to….well, if not Cleveland, maybe, say……the South Pole?  Exotic, but still done fairly regularly.  Didn’t happen.  Busted design.  Way too fragile.  And now, the best of ’em all, Discovery, has flown for the last time.  All the astronauts agree, pretty much – Discovery has always been the best ship. 

While I respect the technology that has gone into the shuttle tremendously, I just don’t care very much about it.  It’s pretty cool, but not much to get excited about.  Any one of the Gemini missions means more to me than pretty much all shuttle missions combined.  It was the worst of both worlds – reliable ‘enough’ to make LEO incredibly boring, but unable to go anywhere else, while also being horrendously expensive and inefficient. I think capsules are better than this compromised design – BUT, if you could develop a true two-stage shuttle with a flyback booster, as was originally envisioned, perhaps it could have worked, but I don’t know if the technology was ever really there.  It appeas SSTO is a dead end with current or near future technology.  Hard to believe that back in the late 60’s, when they were first talking about the shuttle, they were forecasting over 60 flights – PER YEAR!  The entire program, over 30 years, has only flown 133 missions, with 2 catastrophic failures.  And very soon, within the next few months, this nation will have no manned access to space.  Unless, of course, private industry succeeds where government has failed – failed as it must. 

I agree, totally – Apollo was a trap.  In the 1950s, the US was on the path to a truly sustainable space program, one based on winged vehicles that would land on normal runways.  However, when Sputnik and then Vostok 1 happened, that ‘natural development’ of winged vehicle, expanding the flight envelope gradually into space and then orbit, went out the window, and we launched men into space like artillery, using huge throwaway boosters and capsules that splashed down in the ocean.  I don’t know when we would have gotten men in space had the 50’s program continued, but I do know that once they had gotten there, it would have been far more natural, normal, and regular – it would have just become a part of life.  We may not have gotten to the moon yet in that scenario, but space travel would likely be something that was just done, by now, and not still a high risk experimental enterprise.  40 years of government involvement upset that natural order and have left us about where we were back in the late 50s, trying to develop sustainable means to get manned access to space cheap enough for private industry to sustain. 

Any thoughts, Colleen?