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Regulation is all good fun until the guns are turned on you

March 25, 2010

Stupak invited to White House for signing of executive order

March 24, 2010

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The story

Stupak Appeased

March 21, 2010

The compromise: his vote for an executive order maintaining that there will be no federal funding of abortions except for cases of incest, rape and when the mother’s life is in danger.

You said you’d never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He’s not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say, “do you want to make a deal?”

Fess Parker (a/k/a Davy Crockett), RIP

March 21, 2010

I think it fitting to note the passing of Fess Parker, who played Davy Crockett for Disney, last Thursday. Although I was born well after Mr. Parker hung up his coonskin cap, I cannot count the number of times I watched him and the other brave men defend the Alamo to the last man. I also logged many a mile in my own coonskin cap, toting my cap-gun musket.

Here is Mr. Parker at his finest.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Dylan Style

March 17, 2010

Dylan Does Irish

Arthur McBride – a cover of  the Paul Brady song. Given the storyline, the timbre of Dylan’s voice is far more convincing than Brady’s.

Restless Farewell – this Bob’s take on the traditional Irish ballad “The Parting Glass

Lakes of Ponchartrainanother Irish ballad that Dylan has done this one live periodically

Moonshiner + Rambler, GamblerIrish Moonshiner

Dylan/Irish Miscellany

When the Ship Comes In, Clancy Brothers – one of the all-time great Dylan covers

Dylan on Clancy, Clancy on Dylan

Planned Parenthood Wants You

March 10, 2010

The bottom-feeders at Planned Parenthood are apparently rooting around for “hard cases” to illustrate the supposed need for [federally-funded] abortions.

“Help us tell the real story. Your story. Right now. Congress needs to hear from women who have experienced wanted pregnancies where there was a sever health risk to the fetus, causing the women to choose abortion…. This is just the type of real and compelling story to illustrate how an abortion ban would affect women all over America.”

I have 305,310 compelling abortion stories; each is the story of a child killed by a Planned Parenthood abortion in 2007.

Everyone is aware that people suffer. Planned Parenthood and other pro-aborts are hardly tilling new soil there.  But the idea that alleviating suffering justifies the killing of another is untenable. The case of R v. Dudley and Stephens has some great language for this discussion. The case involved murder charges against survivors of a shipwreck who, after supposedly casting lots, ate the cabin boy who was a fellow castaway in the lifeboat. When reading the case for criminal law, I was struck by the following language, which is an great response to the “hard cases” in bioethics (emphasis mine):

It must not be supposed that in refusing to admit temptation to be an excuse for crime it is forgotten how terrible the temptation was; how awful the suffering; how hard in such trials to keep the judgment straight and the conduct pure. We are often compelled to set up standards we cannot reach ourselves, and to lay down rules which we could not ourselves satisfy. But a man has no right to declare temptation to be an excuse, though he might himself have yielded to it, nor allow compassion for the criminal to change or weaken in any manner the legal definition of the crime.

Harry Reid, Optimist

March 6, 2010