Monday, January 26, 2009

The Slippery Slope in Action

The slippery slope is not just theoretical.

As the men quoted in these articles say, as long as euthanasia and the killing of disabled babies is encouraged in policy and law, the devaluation of human life will continue and allow for problems like this to occur. Not only is this an indictment on the culture of death, but also on socialized medicine.

UK Medical Staff Declare Disabled Man Not Worth Saving From Heart Attack

In an incident that pro-life advocates say is the slippery slope that results from legalizing assisted suicide or euthanasia, two medical staffers in England have been arrested for reportedly deciding that the life of a disabled man was not worth saving after he had a heart attack. ...

When the unnamed medics arrived at Baker's home, they found him collapsed on the floor and the phone line was still open and recording their conversations. Baker died after the incident.

A police source told the London Times that the medics were heard discussing how they didn't want to revive Baker saying “words to the effect that he was not worth saving."

They were also heard discussing what to say to authorities and decided to give a story saying Baker had died prior to their arrival at his home.

..."The next time you are tempted to scoff at folk with disabilities who worry that they many people think their lives are not worth living, remember this story," he said. ...

"Friends and colleagues who have disabilities report similar stories of disdain occurring here when seeking medical care, for example, of people on ventilators being pressured to sign DNRs by hospital personnel even though they were not undergoing usually life-threatening procedures," he explains.

"Human exceptionalism demands that each of us be deemed to be of equal objective moral worth. It is an ideal we have never achieved, admittedly. But unless bigotry against people with disabilities is especially shocking when it impacts care in the medical context," Smith added.

British Hospital Allows Down Syndrome Patient to Starve to Death Over 26 Days

In a scandal that is causing a massive outcry, a British hospital has allowed a Down syndrome patient to starve to death over a 26 day period. Martin Ryan, who could not swallow after a stroke, was allowed to lie in a bed and starve to death without receiving any medical care.

...The query found that doctors thought staff nurses were feeding him with a feeding tube in his nose, but by the time anyone realized that had not happened for weeks, Ryan was took weak for a surgery to insert a gastronomy tube in his stomach.

...A report by the Mencap charity following the incident found the British governmental health service has also failed other people with mental difficulties, citing a young woman denied cancer treatment and a young man who died during treatment for a broken leg.

Anthony Ozimic, the political secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, a British pro-life group, told the British government must be held accountable for what is becoming routine discrimination against the mentally disabled.

"Mencap has identified institutional discrimination within Britain's healthcare services against people with learning disabilities," he said. "Yet lethal institutional discrimination against the disabled and vulnerable is enshrined in law and policy, particularly in the pro-euthanasia Mental Capacity Act which Mencap supported."

"Disabled adults will continue to die because of discriminatory attitudes whilst the Mental Capacity Act and the killing of disabled unborn children, which manifest those attitudes, remain law," Ozimic added.

Related post:

What the culture of abortion on demand has wrought

Friday, January 23, 2009

How Dare You Question The Obama?

Obama lays down the law to the White House Press Corp. - don't worry, these troublemakers will learn their lesson soon - the last gasp of the dying media.

Obama flashes irritation in press room

President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question.
[The first substantive question he's ever received, perhaps. How dare you question The Obama?!]

Asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration with a Deputy Defense Secretary nominee who lobbied for Raytheon, Obama interrupted with a knowing smile on his face.

"Ahh, see," he said, "I came down here to visit. See this is what happens. I can't end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I'm going to get grilled every time I come down here."
[Translation: You want access, you better continue to do puff pieces with softball questions]

Pressed further by the Politico reporter about his Pentagon nominee, William J. Lynn III, Obama turned more serious, putting his hand on the reporter's shoulder and staring him in the eye.

"Alright, come on" he said, with obvious irritation in his voice. "We will be having a press conference at which time you can feel free to [ask] questions. Right now, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself to you guys - that's all I was trying to do."
[You may only question at the time and place of his choosing, and even then, only pre-approved questioners and questions.]

More: News organizations concerned about access issues at the Obama White House

What we don't know about Obama

As Rush Limbaugh said yesterday:
"The Drive-By Media never vetted Obama. Now, they're asking what America doesn't know about him. We don't know anything, 'cause journalists chose to "make history" rather than inform us."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Marking 36 Horrific Years, With More to Come

Today marks the 36th anniversary of the horrific and unconscionable Roe v. Wade, legacy: 50 million human beings torn apart or burned in the womb prematurely. I am a lucky survivor.

Anne Conlon had a piece on National Review Online yesterday that touched me, especially this passage:

Life in the Time of Obama
For too many more, it may be far too short.

Some of the most powerful testimony about the personal anguish abortion can cause has come from people who support abortion rights. One especially memorable account appears in the late Magda Denes’s In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death in an Abortion Hospital. Denes, a clinical psychoanalyst (and one of the originators of Gestalt therapy), arranged to spend time observing procedures at the same hospital where she had had an abortion several years before. Her book came out in 1976.

In one chapter, after recording the discomfort she had felt while watching an abortion, Denes describes visiting the room where the remains of aborted fetuses are stored. At first, she recalls the unexpected pleasure of putting on surgical gloves and discovering that her “hands feel completely protected without any noticeable loss of agility.” But pleasure quickly fades as she proceeds to inspect a “garbage-can-filled graveyard,” using forceps to lift dead little human beings out of “paper buckets—the type in which one buys fried chicken from take-out stores.”

Here she is at journey’s end: “Finally, I lift a very large fetus whose position is such that, rather than its stiff face, I first see its swollen testicles and abnormally large stiff penis. I look at the label. Mother’s name: Catherine Atkins; doctor’s name: Saul Marcus; sex of item: male; time of gestation: twenty-four weeks. I remember Catherine. She is seventeen, a very pretty blond girl. Not very bright. This is Master Atkins—to be burned tomorrow—who died like a hero to save his mother’s life. Might he have become someday the only one to truly love her? The only one to mourn her death? ‘Nurse, nurse,’ I shout, taking off my fancy gloves. ‘Cover them up.’ ”

Hearing about the abortion procedure and its aftermath is always heartbreaking. But with that sadness must come a resolve and purpose to speak out or the consequences are dire:

Magda Denes had the intellectual decency to call abortion “murder—of a very special and necessary sort.” We don’t hear talk of murder these days; even most pro-lifers eschew that hard word. Now the word “killing” also is being excised from the abortion lexicon, as proponents, including Barack Obama, propagandize the public with arguments that we cannot know for sure when life begins. Covering up the babies isn’t enough. Language has to be covered up, too. And common sense. But the price of this covering up is delusion. And as we have begun to see,

a nation that can delude itself about killing, about murder, can delude itself about anything—the threat of terrorism, the stability of financial markets, the suitability of its new president.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

SGP Twitter Ball Tonight!

If you are a smart conservative (redundant, I know) girl, you will enjoy Smart Girl Politics. And they're having a special event tonight:

For my mental sanity, I've been avoiding the tv, radio, and internet this weekend - and where better than Vegas?! And - BONUS - I'm on a 6 hour flight during the actual inauguration on Tues! Unfortunately, that means I'm also missing the SGP Twitter Ball, but it's a great idea! Sign up for SGP by clicking on the above image and enjoy!

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Tale of Two Inaugurals

This is so ridiculous and just futher shows the hypocrisy and bias of the media!

From NewsBusters:
AP Slammed Bush’s ‘Extravagant’ Inaugural in ’05, But Now It’s Spend, Baby, Spend

From 2005:

Slate: Giving Bush a pass -- again
The D.C. press corps failed to ask hard questions about the inauguration's huge cost and its unprecedented security.

AP: Some Now Question Cost of Inauguration
President Bush's second inauguration will cost tens of millions of dollars — $40 million alone in private donations for the balls, parade and other invitation-only parties. With that kind of money, what could you buy?

_200 armored Humvees with the best armor for troops in Iraq.

_Vaccinations and preventive health care for 22 million children in regions devastated by the tsunami.

_A down payment on the nation's deficit, which hit a record-breaking $412 billion last year.

_Two years' salary for the Mets' new center fielder Carlos Beltran, or all of pitcher Randy Johnson's contract extension with the New York Yankees.

ABC and AP Focus on Those Upset by Bush's "Lavish" Inauguration (AP Article above)
ABC anchor Terry Moran teased at the top of Sunday's World News Tonight: "In a time of war and natural disaster, is it time for a lavish celebration?"

Compare all this to today, when we are still in a war and our economy is actually in shambles (as opposed to the dire warnings of recession we heard for 6 years straight from the media that never materialized until now):

For inaugural balls, go for glitz, forget economy
So you're attending an inaugural ball saluting the historic election of Barack Obama in the worst economic climate in three generations. Can you get away with glitzing it up and still be appropriate, not to mention comfortable and financially viable?

To quote the man of the hour: Yes, you can. Veteran ballgoers say you should. And fashionistas insist that you must.

"This is a time to celebrate. This is a great moment. Do not dress down. Do not wear the Washington uniform," said Tim Gunn, a native Washingtonian and Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne, Inc.

At least the Brits are noticing the juxtaposition:
Bush declares a 'state of emergency' in Washington as cost of Obama's swearing-in ceremony soars to £110m

I get it, Pres. Bush winning reelection wasn't worth celebrating but Obama is because that's who the media wanted to win.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

5 Easiest Ways to Use Twitter to Advance Conservatism

I've been trying to think of the most basic, simple ways to utilize Twitter to advance the conservative cause. Many people have harnessed Twitter to create social networks and websites - those are awesome and I'm a part of many, but there are TONS of them and it can be time consuming & energy draining, sometimes you just want to stay on Twitter. Or there are some people who are conservative and on Twitter but are not using it to their full advantage.

What can the average, busy, maybe even lazy person easily and simply do every day to advance conservatism on Twitter? I'm glad you asked!

1. Join TCOT (if you haven't already). Michael P. Leahy and others have done a great job rounding up a list of the Top Conservatives on Twitter (TCOT) as well as expanding the site to conservative action projects, mentoring, and news. Get on the list to follow and be followed. It gives you a great starting point to find people you will enjoy following, so go through it and check out people's profiles. It can also help people find and follow you, although now that the list is so long, if you're at the bottom it's not as easy to get noticed. However, following others and writing great tweets will help you gain a following. Which brings me to my next point:

2. Tweet conservative. I know Twitter asks "What are you doing?" but come on, now, I really don't care what you're having for lunch or what your plans are tonight - unless you are doing something really, really, amazingly cool. I want to see conservative topics like: what's the hottest political news, what articles and blogs you find interesting that I may enjoy, what your thoughts on news of the day are, what outrageous thing the left is working on next, etc. When you tweet conservative, try to add the hashtag #TCOT so it will show up on this feed and you gain a wider conservative audience. Put something really great out and hopefully others will:

3. Retweet. Before the election, Twitter had a special banner of hot election topics. Although the topics weren't always the ones most tweeted about, the hot topics were usually items favored by the left. And viewing the feed, one could see why. The Leftists on Twitter acted as a giant echo chamber retweeting each other's articles and information to advance their cause. Conservatives should have been doing the same thing to get their favored topics on the list and move the agenda.

On Twitter now, conservatives should be retweeting and advancing each other's comments, blog posts, and article links to spread them rapidly and attract attention via trending. One thing that is so great about a network like TCOT, you can use it to amplify your message, kind of like playing telephone as a kid, except hopefully the messages doesn't get scrambled by the end. We need to become a giant echo chamber like the Left, the key difference being that when the left does it, they are repeating lies and bias over and over again until people get confused and think it's the truth. We need to reinforce and spread the truth and our own message so the American people know it.

[If you're a newbie, the standard way to retweet looks something like this:
"RT @AlexaShrugged Meet the new Great Satan, same as the old Great Satan #TCOT"
RT stands for Retweet, @AlexaShrugged indicates it was me who originally said it, then the tweet and hashtag #TCOT. The important thing is the information in the retweet so if you don't have room to write the person's name you can leave it out or cut words.]
So, retweet other's tweets, and then:

4. Retweet your retweet. If there's something important, feel free to retweet it multiple times throughout the day. Because everyone is following a bunch of people, your tweet can get lost in the shuffle. Or some people are only on twitter at certain times of the day. Don't be annoying and do it 10 times in 10 min. - a couple times in one day spaced out by a few hours should help you be seen by most of your followers. And hopefully many of your followers will retweet your retweet.

5. Blog exchange. Another way to amplify our message is to get interconnected through our blogs. When you follow someone or are followed, check out that person's blog. If you like it, add it to your blog roll and ask them to do the same. Simple enough.

These are 5 really simple and easy ways to use Twitter for conservatism that you can integrate right now without even breaking a sweat or feeling overwhelmed with monitoring and joining yet another conservative network or website.

I pledge to begin immediately, how about you? Any other ideas?

Monday, January 12, 2009

What the culture of abortion on demand has wrought

I don't know for sure whether this hospital does abortions, but my guess is that for someone to make the mistake of throwing a baby out with the trash, as they do with aborted babies, this hospital does do abortions. If you're killing babies in one room, and delivering them in another, one can get confused when coming upon a dead baby.

This is what the culture of abortion on demand has wrought: a baby thrown away in the trash. Whether "wanted" or not, his person hood determined by when he died - stillborn and he's not a person, he didn't exist, he's medical waste; shortly after birth and he was a person, entitled to rights, protection, and recognition.

At least NBC NY has the decency to call him a baby and not a fetus:

Garbage Dump Searched for Baby's Remains

Police are searching garbage dumps in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for the body of a baby that was apparently thrown out with the trash at Jersey City's Christ Hospital.

Hospital spokeswoman Barbara Davy said the baby was stillborn on Dec. 21 and the body was placed in the hospital morgue. The body was gone when a funeral home employee came to pick it up on Jan. 2.

The baby's mother said he was born alive and died after doctors worked to stabilize him for 20 minutes.

Kalynn Moore's attorney, Michael Anise, said a nurse cleaned up the baby, dressed him in a hat and blanket and gave the baby to the mom to hold. Moore named her son Bashere Davon Moyd Jr.

Whether the child was born is important because Hudson County's prosecutor said a stillborn is not considered a person under New Jersey law.

Here are some articles on aborted babies being thrown away in the trash:

Friday, January 09, 2009

Three Cheers for the 2nd Amendment!

Two recent stories of average armed American citizens defending their lives and property from criminals. First one's a fiesty granny!

Seventy-year-old woman holds home intruder at gunpoint, talks about ordeal

It's not uncommon to hear stories of people defending their homes and themselves from intruders-- but when it's a 70-year-old woman, that story is a bit more uncommon.

...That's when she says she grabbed her gun and called 911. Moments later-- the intruder-- 28-year-old Cyrus Brown, broke through her back patio door, pushing his way through the glass.

“Immediately, I felt there was danger because he was so desperate,” explains the 70-year-old. “He's in the kitchen by the stove, I told him to get down on the floor. I said if you come any closer to me, I will shoot you to kill. I told him to sit down, don't move, and I want to see your hands at all times,” adds Sandra.

...In that moment, Sandra says she was glad she had a gun and knew how to use it-- just in case.

“I thought that this could turn out badly because I heard of other people being murdered in their house, but I decided, I wasn't going to go down without a fight. I owe that to my children,” she explains. “Guns aren't all bad, only in the hands of the criminal and guns can be a good defense.”

...She says she hopes others can learn from her story and think about protecting themselves. She’s hoping to have a neighborhood meeting in her area to discuss safety in homes.
..."I would give her thumbs up and tell her to keep up the great work and I'm really proud of her," Lanore Evins, Sandra's neighbor, says. "He probably didn't want anyone to know that happened to him. That's probably a little embarrassing for him."

"He was a little combative at first," explains Sgt. Bill Redman, St. Joseph County Sheriff Department. "The officers had to wrestle with him to get him to comply with their orders. He didn't mess with the homeowner though."

Sandra is in the hospital with heart problems she says stemmed from the incident. She says her doctors say the situation caused too much pressure for her. But Sandra hopes her story inspires others to stand up for themselves.
"Doesn't surprise me about any of us around here. We all fight what's ours," says Phyllis Barkley, Sandra's good friend. "Don't mess with the gray haired people! We still got a lot of fight in us."

Man Holds Alleged Car Crooks At Gunpoint

A man discovered two people allegedly trying to steal his car early Christmas morning and detained them at gunpoint until deputies arrived, according to authorities.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office says they received a call at 3:21 a.m. from the victim, who reported the attempted car theft on South Van Allen Road in Escalon, reports CBS station KOVR-TV in Sacramento.

The caller said that he heard his vehicle turn on and went outside with his shotgun to investigate, allegedly finding and detaining 23-year-old Alejandro Aguiniga and 22-year-old Heather Reddy inside the vehicle.

Obama to abandon Israel?

I've said the way to improve our world standing is to turn our back on Israel. I didn't think it would actually happen!
Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

It seems like this leak was targeted to quiet critics who said Obama's silence was condoning Israel's action in Gaza. The problem is the critics are Hamas, Al Qaeda, and those other people who chant "Death to America!" in their spare time.

Israel was prescient: Israel Strikes Before an Ally Departs
Git r done, Israel, finish this once and for all while you still can!

Related post:

Tortured Hamas Logic

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Tortured Hamas Logic

Hamas: Israel has legitimised the killing of its children

Fighting intensified on the northern outskirts of Gaza City yesterday as a Hamas leader warned that the Islamists would kill Jewish children anywhere in the world in revenge for Israel’s devastating assault.

“They have legitimised the murder of their own children by killing the children of Palestine,” Mahmoud Zahar said in a televised broadcast recorded at a secret location. “They have legitimised the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people.”

By that logic, it was the Palestinians who first legitimized the murder of their own civilians by killing the citizens of Israel.

Also, does this mean that they are admitting that the previous killing of Israeli children and civilians was NOT legitimate?

And if they are only NOW going to "start" killing Israelis in revenge for the Gaza strikes, what exactly were they killing them for before that?

Since when does Hamas need an excuse for killing Israelis? Their very existence is reason enough for them.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Meet the new Great Satan, same as the old Great Satan

NEWSFLASH: Terrorists don't just hate Bush and conservative Americans, they hate ALL AMERICANS!

Report: Al-Qaida No. 2 blames Obama for Gaza fight

Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader lashed out at President-elect Barack Obama in a new audio message Tuesday, accusing him of not doing anything to stop Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to an intelligence monitoring center.

In the comments, which were posted on a militant Web site and obtained by the SITE Monitoring Service, al-Zawahiri described Israel's actions in Gaza as a "crusade against Islam and Muslims" and called it "Obama's gift to Israel" before he takes office later this month.

..."This is Obama whom the American machine of lies tried to portray as the rescuer who will change the policy of America," al-Zawahiri said, according to SITE. "He kills your brothers and sisters in Gaza mercilessly and without affection."

Wait a minute, you mean terrorism and hatred of America DIDN'T start the day Bush took office?! That Al Qaida and others will hate us, and anyone else who thinks Israel has a right to exist, no matter WHO is president? "Hope and change" is such a meaningless slogan that everyone, even Al Qaida, projects their own hopes for change on it? Whoops, looks like the wrong man was just elected . . .

Terrorists cannot be appeased, only destroyed. Let's pray the new president understands that. And it wouldn't be so bad if his liberal followers would start getting it, too, and maybe even cut Bush some slack. Hey, we can all hope for change, can't we?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

May he poop Benny Lava

One of my New Year's resolutions is to get back into blogging. I think I've been kinda bummed and overwhelmed by the audacity and corruption of Obama and his cronies, I don't even know where to begin. But first, I will start with a light-hearted post for my first of 2009.

My family has been dying laughing at these Bollywood music videos with their subtitles of what it sounds like they're saying in English - nevermind the awesome dancing and great clothes. You gotta check them out if you haven't seen them already!

Benny Lava

May he poop?