Our government must be joking! Surely this is not how we conduct hearings for a Judicial nominee to the highest Court in the land. Judge Sonia Sotomayor not only has been audaciously praised by Democrats to the point of nausea, but she apparently was given the questions that Democrats would be asking her. That is the only conclusion that I can come to as I watch Sotomayor stumble, hestitate and carefully word her responses to Republican questions and then quickly and thoroughly answer Democratic questions with case law and well thoughtout responses. It is obvious for anyone with common sense.
These hearings really are an exercise in futility. Judge Sotomayor is giving the types of responses one would expect from a nominee to the Supreme Court. These answers heavily contradict several of her rulings and almost every speech she has ever given. She has gone from being the angry racist, identity politics nominee to the sweet and charming believer in fidelity to the law and the Constitution. So which is it, Sotomayor? I always look to what people do rather than what they say because talk is cheap. Especially when that talk cheapens the confirmation process, but that is not surprising when considering Al Frankenstein is on the panel questioning Sotomayor. Their banter delved into the deep judicial recesses of Perry Mason – yes, that Perry Mason – the lawyer on TV.
Senator Jeff Sessions said, “”It’s muddled, confusing, backtracking on issue after issues. I frankly am a bit disappointed in the lack of clarity and consistency in her answers.” Not only has Sotomayor been inconsistent, she has not bothered to answer the big questions on gun rights and abortion. She determinedly sidestepped volleys of Republican questions on those issues today and kept her notorious bad temper under wraps as well as her opinions during the day long questioning. Sotomayor used legal doctrine and carefully worded deflections to ward off tough questions and most Republicans did not push the issues. Lindsey Graham even told her that he might vote for her before he hammered her with tough questions. The public needs to know where this woman stands on these issues and our representatives on both sides need to get those answers. My God, she will be making these decision on the Court!
The fact that she is guaranteed confirmation also makes this futile, but there is a bit of light at the end of the proverbial confirmation tunnel. Future generations will look back and see that there was an effort made to stop the confirmation. It is the same for us who are fighting this facist movement sweeping our country. We may fail, but future generations will laud us for our fight and know that we did not “go gentle into that good night.”
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was interviewed by the New York Times Magazine this weekend and made a comment about Roe v. Wade that has me thinking this woman embraces Progressivism all the way to its eugenics core. Ginsburg claimed that the decision was made in Roe v. Wade because the Supreme Court’s majority had a desire to stall “populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” The question that Ginsburg was asked when she made this unbelievable comment was, “Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?”
Justice Ginsburg’s full response to the question was: “Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have to many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the Court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.” The McRae case was a decision that prohibited the use of Medicaid or any federal funds for abortions. The reasoning of Ginsburg seems to be that she thinks the government would want to fund abortions so that poor women could have access to them – not just because she thinks a woman has a right to choose – but because the government thinks babies born to the poor are of a population we do not desire to have grow.
Eugenics is “the study of, or belief in, the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics).” This was a science embraced by the Progressive Movement that started around the time of Woodrow Wilson’s presidency. The idea that Wilson and his administration would fund abortions for the poor is very plausible. But would the government at the time that Roe v. Wade was decided embrace eugenics? That would be 1973 and Richard Nixon was president. I hardly think that Nixon would have supported such a notion. So what exactly was Ginsburg trying to say with her comment? Is this possibly something that she would support if it were brought before the Court? Would she support it just so that poor women would have access to abortions or would she have other reasons as well? Keep in mind that Ginsburg during her confirmation hearings supported a stance on abortion that would allow for no state restrictions on abortion. Currently, Roe v. Wade restricts abortion on babies that would be viable outside the womb. Sounds like Ginsburg and Obama share opinions about abortion.
Ginsburg also stated her support of Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court Justice during the interview. A Justice has never before endorsed a nominee to the court. It would seem that this interview puts into question the judgement of Ginsburg – a Supreme Court Justice! If Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed to the Court – which I have no doubt will happen – we can expect much of the same from her as well since she will have the loftier judgement of a latina woman.
The University of Notre Dame has a monumental problem and that is the man perched at the head of the university, Rev. John Jenkins. Rev. Jenkins decided to invite President Barack Obama to speak at the commencement ceremony today at Notre Dame. A firestorm has ensued due to the fact that Notre Dame is a Catholic institution and President Obama is a full supporter of slaughtering babies both inside the womb and, in some cases, outside the womb when they survive botched abortions. Several seniors will not attend the ceremony in protest and outside Notre Dame, protestors have been demonstrating for over a week. Several arrests have been made including those of Dr. Alan Keyes and Father Norman Weslin.
The issues for Notre Dame go deeper than just inviting the President to speak. Rev. Jenkins has written, “I am saddened that many friends of Notre Dame have suggested that our invitation to President Obama indicates ambiguity in our position on matters of Catholic teaching. The University and I are unequivocally committed to the sanctity of human life and to its protection from conception to natural death.” Rev. Jenkins has tried to defend the invitation by citing the University’s “long custom” of conferring honorary degrees to sitting U.S. presidents. He went on to praise the President’s policies on immigration and health care. He continued, “Ultimately, I hope that the conversations and the good that will come from this day will contribute to closer relations between Catholics and public officials who make decisions on matter of human life and human dignity. There is much to admire and celebrate in the life and work of President Obama.”
Personally, I am still searching for what exactly it is that I am suppose to admire and celebrate about Pres. Obama. We have no school transcripts or any writing other than self-serving biographies. Arizona State University did not present Obama with an honorary degree for those reasons I believe. And as a Christian, I refuse to celebrate a man who supports the holocaust on the unborn. I am not a Catholic, so I do not have a “dog in this fight”. But I do have an opinion on abortion and I know that it aligns with the teachings of the Catholic church.
“For you created my inmost being; and knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalms 139:13-16 NIV
I believe that life begins at conception because that is what God has said in His Book. An unformed body is the egg and sperm together at conception. We are wonderfully made from start to end and not just some blob of tissue. To be lead in this country by a man who thinks that an ideology on abortion is “above his pay-grade” is sickening. I have no degree, but I know life and even when I was wishy-washy in my beliefs on this topic many years ago, I still knew that anything past the first trimester had to be murder. Even those that have the most flaccid opinions on abortion have to agree that infanticide is murder and our President when given the opportunity three to four times to support legislation that would protect born babies of botched abortions, chose not to grant that protection.
So the question becomes, is this Notre Dame’s attempt at prestige or just a tradition that was not carefully thought about in full? I am unable to fathom any reason for inviting this man to speak and the controversy and repercussions on the University are not worth it and already $14 million in alumni contributions have been lost.
I applaud the brave men and women protesting today and stand with them in spirit even as the media networks have committed to not air the protests and journalists like Amy Sullivan of Time claim that the protestors are “a small but vocal group of conservative Catholics.”
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Anyone notice that President Obama appears to have a stack of items in front of him that are bills and proposals from the Bush presidency and that he is reversing every single one of them? He should have run on that one promise alone because it appears to be the most important issue to him. Forget about banks and the economy and those little “gyrations” of the stock market. The latest reversal is President Bush’s policy on embryonic stem cell research. There are two issues at the heart of this hot topic.
The first that should matter to every American whether you are anti-life or pro-life is that this research will be federally funded. That means more of your tax money going to an unproven science at a time when you need to be keeping more of your money.
The second and most important is the matter of life. I believe life begins at conception and so I believe all embryos should be protected. I am against fertility clinics discarding these human lives period. Thus, I am against them being used for experimentation.
And before anyone rails on me about being anti-science, nothing could be further from the truth. I studied Wildlife Biology as my major and have loved science. I am all for medical research. That is why I totally support using adult stem cells which appear to be working. Not only is there the fact that using your own stem cells will prevent rejection, but studies on earlier lines of embryonic stem cells reveal a higher rate of tumor growth. And President Bush did not completely ban embryonic stem cell research. He allowed it on stem lines created before August 9, 2001. Where are the positive results from experimentation on those lines that would support a need for further research? Instead what we have are words from the president like “results remain unknown” and this could “possibly” work. When it comes to life, I do not work in possibles.
I know people are suffering, but that is no reason to act hastily in this area. How can a mother say something to the effect that this little life form over here must give its life so my child does not have to suffer? And how many people suffer because they cannot have children who would benefit from these embryos being adopted out?
When it comes to the president on this issue, I am not surprised. He allows babies born during botched abortions to be left to die, so an embryo really is meaningless to him. And the hypocrisy of the left never surprises me either. They will protest against animal testing (which I am against as well) and yet allow these human lives to be destroyed during testing. Animal life is far more important than human life you know.
This story is so horrible, I can actually feel my soul weeping. Sycloria Williams is eighteen and she was pregnant and she went to an abortion clinic in Miami to have her 23-week pregnancy terminated. The doctor who was suppose to perform the butchering is Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique. Williams was medicated to dilate her cervix and prepare her for the procedure. Dr. Renelique didn’t arrive in time for the appointment and Williams gave birth to a live baby girl.
Williams and the Health Department report that one of the clinic’s owners cut the umbilical cord and then shoved that precious baby girl into a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out. A week later police recovered the decomposing remains in a cardboard box.
The state Board of Medicine will be hearing Dr.Renelique’s case in Tampa this Friday and determine whether to strip his license. The state attorney’s homicide division is also investigating and may press charges – how can they not, this is murder! Terry Chavez, a spokeswoman with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, said this week that prosecutors will be making a decision. The anti-abortion pro life community has been contending that the abortion clinic’s actions were murder. Tom Brejcha, president of the Thomas More Society, said that “the baby was just treated as a piece of garbage” and that “people all over the country are just aghast”.
Even Joanne Sterner who is president of the Broward County chapter of NOW said. “It really disturbed me.”
Not surprising, Dr. Renelique received his medical training at the State University of Haiti. In 1991, he completed a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Interfaith Medical Center in New York. He has been making payments for some kind of past medical malpractice.
A tragedy has happened here for Williams who gave birth to the baby girl as well. She had a hard time making this decision and then watched her baby, who she saw face to face, get tossed like trash. We already knew she would suffer the rest of her life for making the decision for abortion and now she has this horribly tragic ending to deal with as well. I know I will be praying for her. An autopsy determined Williams’ baby – she named her Shanice – had breathed in air and filled her lungs and thus she was born alive.
I predicted this would happen folks – Obama has lifted the veil of “centrist” and revealed that he is still very much the leftist he has always been. That is why I was unimpressed with his farcical Inauguration Address. I have seen the soul of this man and it is dark – why beat around the bush about it anymore. A man who protects infanticide most certainly will protect killing the unborn and that is just what he did today. And it was not done in the light of day. Despite the circus like atmosphere of the past two Executive Order signing ceremonies, this one today was done without being documented by the media.
President Obama ended the Bush administration’s ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions. It was nicknamed the “Mexico City Policy”. Obama also is expected to restore funding to the UN’s Population Fund which reportedly supports China’s female baby slaughter family planning policy of abortions and sterilization. Bush had refused to support the fund for that reason. And also look for President Obama to sign some kind of funding for embryonic stem cell research.
There you go – our tax dollars at work. We’re in a financial crisis, but let’s make sure we send our money overseas for the all important work of slaughtering the unborn. The Marxist awakens! We cannot mention prayer in schools even in reference to moments of silence and now we are following this path. Does anyone believe that God will continue to shine on America?
Why worry about all those long lines at the store and stampeding herds of bargain-shoppers who don’t think twice about trampling store employees to death, when you can get the perfect gift from Indiana’s Planned Parenthood – a gift certificate for an abortion. There is no worry about sizes and colors either which causes so many men such extreme stress every Christmas. Just log on to the Indiana Planned Parenthood website and you can purchase gift certificates in $25 increments. If only this were a joke.
Of course, Planned Parenthood is claiming that these gift certificates are a great idea because they can be used towards much needed medical exams that many women put off due to prohibitive costs. Betty Cockrum is the CEO of the Indiana Planned Parenthood and had this to say, “Birth control is the best way to avoid unintended pregnancy. Avoiding unintended pregnancy is the best way to reduce abortion rates.” That is so deep, this woman is a real thinker. Less unwanted pregnancies make for less abortions? And really, don’t you just love that she believes birth control is the best way to keep from having an “unintended” pregnancy? How about abstinance? And I’m sick to death of the “unwanted/unintended” crap! If you pull down your pants and let him go then there is nothing unintended going on.
The Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Judy Monroe applauded the idea, calling it “really a meaningful gift.” Can you imagine giving these gift certificates to anyone you know, particularly a family member? Wow, that really took alot of thought and just means so much, thanks Aunt… This is where we have come in this society. Life means nothing. Whether it is ripping the doors off a Wal-Mart and trampling a human being for a deal or murdering a precious innocent unborn baby because it will be too hard or get in the way or as Obama says “being punished with a baby”, life has come to mean so very little in America.
Perhaps this season we should all take a moment to reflect not just on the reason for the season – Jesus Christ – but what He came to offer – life.