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Barbara Boxer: if you don’t love abortion you hate your mom, or something August 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sickness, Society.
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I know some people who have, for various reasons, had quite a bit of doings on Capitol Hill.  Several have testified before Senate committees.  Some have met various representatives and senators on several occasions.  One thing I have been told repeatedly is that Barbara Boxer is one of the meanest, nastiest, most selfish, ignorant people in Congress, and that is a tremendous statement.  She makes Nancy Pelosi look like June Cleaver by comparison.  Boxer opened her mouth recently, and revealed that nasty ignorance yet again:

At a Planned Parenthood luncheon in San Jose California yesterday, Sen. Barbara Boxer launched a full bore attack on Republicans, after Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin made his comments about “legitimate rape.”

“There is a war against women, and Romney and Ryan — if they are elected — would become its top generals,” Boxer said calling Akin’s comments a “direct outgrowth” of the extreme positions on abortion held by Republicans.

“Where’s the outrage by Mitt Romney?” Boxer asked, “There is a sickness out there in the Republican Party, and I’m not kidding. Maybe they don’t like their moms or their first wives; I don’t know what it is.

Notice the obnoxious assumption that no “real” woman can be conservative.  Please.

So, because some totally unrelated Republican candidate said something both dumb but also severely misrepresented, what, Romney and Ryan have to endorse abortion?  Is that her point?  Because Boxer is just about the most pro-abort senator there is, and said repeatedly in public, when challenged by Rick Santorum, that a baby doesn’t have life, even when fully delivered, unless the parents want it to.

Once again, your failure to pay for women’s abortions or contraception makes you a misogynist.  Even though a large percentage of women who have abortions experience life long regret including substance abuse, severe relationship problems, greatly increased cancer risk,  and even suicide, it’s those evil pro-lifers who are engaged in a war on women.

When argument fails, attack your opponent personally.  More than just about any politician on Capitol Hill, Barbara Boxer, with her extremely wealthy ambulance-chasing husband of hers, has built a career on that paradigm.

If I prayed for all the people who need praying for, saving a little time for myself, I’d do nothing but pray.  Perhaps that’s not a bad idea…….

WOOT! Appeals Court upholds Texas’ defunding Planned Barrenhood! August 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, horror, sadness, sickness, Society.
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This is great news.  Unfortunately it’s just one victory of several needed:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday lifted a temporary injunction and ruled that Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Women’s Health Program[!!]

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission responded swiftly to the decision.

“We appreciate the court’s ruling and will move to enforce state law banning abortion providers and affiliates from the Women’s Health Program as quickly as possible,” commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman wrote in an emailed statement.

Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the appeals court’s unanimous ruling “rightfully recognized that the taxpayer-funded Women’s Health Program is not required to subsidize organizations that advocate for elective abortion. We are encouraged by today’s decision and will continue to defend the Women’s Health Program in court.”

Planned Parenthood has been [Wrong!  Make that had been….] the largest beneficiary of the Women’s Health Program since it began as a Medicaid waiver program in 2006. It provides cancer screenings [Ohh, precious little and nothing that can’t be done at home. certainly not the fabled Planned Barrenhood mammograms] and contraceptives, but not abortions [but they made lots of abortion referrals, and certainly steered many women in that direction], to about half of the 130,000 low-income women enrolled in the program every year.

…….The appeals court decision means Texas can now ban Women’s Health Program funds from going to Planned Parenthood clinics before an October hearing in the case in district court. [So, this issue is not finally settled, but it looks better and better for those opposed to Planned Parenthood]

In a statement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said the reproductive rights giant is “evaluating every possible option to protect women’s health in Texas.”  [Stop being the most pro-abort organization in the world, and we can talk]

“It is shocking that politics would get in the way of women receiving access to basic health care,” Richards said.

As usual, Richards has everything exactly upside down and backwards.  It’s shocking that there is an organization so wedded to disproved theories of “overpopulation” and disgraced eugenicist ideals that it would be the world’s leading provider of baby murder services.  It’s shocking that the cultural left has managed to redefine “health care” to mean “state funded abortion and contraception.”  It’s disgusting that Planned Barrenhood and its cultural allies have been as successful as they have.  And it’s tragic to think of the suffering so many women endure after falling victim to Planned Barrenhood and its murderous rhetoric, or buying into it themselves.

It’s going to take a long time to dismantle this evil organization, but this is one victory I expect the Church and pro-life allies to eventually obtain.

Does anyone know if they shut down the Planned Parenthood in Plano?  I thought it was, or did I hear wrong?

Rationalizing sterility August 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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I found this article from Bloomberg, seeking to explain why the fertility rate in the US keeps dropping, disturbing.  It seems more and more couples/women are rationalizing their decision not to have children:

Debra Mollen, 41, a psychology professor in Denton, Texas, said she and her husband don’t plan to have children as they strive to pay down their mortgage and save for retirement.

“Children are really expensive,” Mollen said, and the 2008 financial crisis shows the importance of building a nest egg. “Retirement is not an option for a lot of folks.” [There’s an old saying I’ve heard many times, “if you wait until you can “afford” children, you’ll never have them.  In reality, there are simply higher priorities that reproduction]

Mollen isn’t alone, as Americans have had fewer babies each year since the 2008 financial meltdown, with births falling to a 12-year low in 2011, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The low birth rate and reduced immigration resulted in the smallest gain in population since World War II, which may hurt spending on everything from Huggies diapers to pregnancy kits, child care and education.

“Consumption bumps up when families have children,” said Dean Maki, chief U.S. economist at Barclays Plc in New York, who worked at the Federal Reserve from 1995 to 2000, and researched household finances. “The fact we are seeing fewer births is something of a drag on consumer spending. To the extent this turns out to be a persistent trend, it is something to be worried about.”

……..The decision to have children goes beyond finances as some women focus on careers, or their relationship with a spouse, and want time for other interests, said Mollen, a professor at Texas Woman’s University who has written that “childfree women” face social pressures to become mothers.

Still, “I do think money factors into it,” she said. “Certainly, income has to be considered.”

The trend toward marrying later in life may also be resulting in fewer births.

Alyssa Hunter, 38, a health-care researcher in Minneapolis, wed three years ago and said she and her husband are not planning on starting a family, citing the increased health risk in having a baby later in life and the difficulty in raising children near retirement.

“I can’t imagine having enough energy to deal with a teenager when I am 60,” she said.

The median age for a first marriage in 2011 was 28.7 years for men and 26.5 years for women, each up by 1 year or more from 2006, before the recession, Census data show. The number of marriages dropped to 6.8 per 1,000 people in 2010 from 7.6 in 2005, according to the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Long term population declines have historically been harbingers of not only economic, but cultural collapse.  From time immemorial, most cultures evolved a sort of……I don’t know if taboo is the right word, but attitude that married, childless women were sort of looked down on.  Nowadays, doing so would be seen as cruel and heartless, but I wonder if mechanisms like that, or the cultural shunning of bastards and the women who bore them  in past cultures were not a sort of societal defense mechanism built into those cultures to insure a healthy, growing population of children raised in homes with a mom and dad.

But then again, perhaps people in times past better understood that the civilization we enjoy is historically a great anomaly, and not the inevitable result of the proletarian forces marching boldly into a brave new future!  It is a fragile thing.  We’re doing a lot of things wrong, the consequences of which we can really only guess at, but the precedents for which are almost universally bad to disastrous.  In our increasingly a-religious, self-deifying society, we’re playing with fire more and more, and I think we’re fooling ourselves if we think there won’t be a tremendous, calamitous price to pay one day.



Clarity is rare in politics August 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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This is refreshing to see, at least for me:

This is what we’re faced with – a sizable minority who are intent on inflicting the communist/socialist/progressive/whatever -they’ll-name-it-next system on a generally uninformed and unsuspecting population.  That more and more people seem rather pleased to get “free” benefits from the government is all the more disturbing, since it shows how the socialist mindset is creeping further and further into the body politic and the tactics of lies, distortions, and savage personal attacks by the agents of the socialist takeover, aided and abetted by a complicit mass media, only make the fight back against this creeping socialism all the more difficult.  So when a politician stands up and is willing to be vilified and labeled an “extremist” based on his telling the truth to the cultural left, it is a gratifying thing to see.  Unfortunately, the dominant memes spread by the cultural elites, smugly assured that they will stay on top in any fully socialist system in this country, both limit the effectiveness of this truth-telling and also discourage others from doing so.

Unfortunately, far too many in the Church, especially in the institutional Church, subscribe to the utopian fantasies of the left.  They are apparently either unaware, or willfully ignorant, of the fact that wherever socialism/communism spreads its deadly talons, it is the death of religion, especially Christianity.  And that, my dear readers, is the very point of it all………

h/t culturewarnotes