Help a worthy cause

Chris Muir of Day by Day Cartoon fame needs our help.   This link takes you to the cancer treatment clinic that is keeping Chris’ sister alive.  Each click on the link raises the Yahoo rating of the American Cancer Ablation Center site, which will help give the site a high listing, which is important to the the clinic’s visibility with an ad on a local CNN cancer special on August 14th and 24th.

It’s so easy to help.  So please, make that click.  And often.

Let the scare tactics begin-Update

As an update to this blog entry, where I posted about NARAL’s scare tactics via running a nasty ad against Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts, FactCheck has criticized this ad claiming it leaves the wrong impression of what John Roberts supports (NARAL said he supported abortion clinic bombers – surprise).  Here’s more:


An abortion-rights group is running an attack ad accusing Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of filing legal papers "supporting . . . a convicted clinic bomber" and of having an ideology that "leads him to excuse violence against other Americans." It shows images of a bombed clinic in Birmingham, Alabama.

The ad is false.

And the ad misleads when it says Roberts supported a clinic bomber. It is true that Roberts sided with the bomber and many other defendants in a civil case, but the case didn’t deal with bombing at all. Roberts argued that abortion clinics who brought the suit had no right use an 1871 federal anti-discrimination statute against anti-abortion protesters who tried to blockade clinics. Eventually a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court agreed, too. Roberts argued that blockades were already illegal under state law.

The images used in the ad are especially misleading. The pictures are of a clinic bombing that happened nearly seven years after Roberts signed the legal brief in question.

These people have absolutely NO shame.  By hook or by crook, they won’t rest until they’ve smeared Judge John Roberts’ name in the mud.  This is almost like a pre-Borking!

Hat tip: Eugene Volokh

Captain Ed has a great post about this very misleading ad and how CNN should be ashamed for showing it here (8/10/05 Update: Fox is going to air it too :().     Patterico also has a must-read post about the NARAL ad and the LA Times article on it.  The Unalienable Right weighs in.  Jim at bRight and Early shares his thoughts.

8/10/05 Update: Michelle Malkin links up to a piece in the WSJ by Manuel Miranda that takes NARAL to task for this disgusting distortion.

More: Mark Noonan at Blogs for Bush:

The only thing missing, of course, is a forthright denunciation of the NARAL ad by any leftwing organization. If you’ve found one, let me know – I will note their actions and applaud it; but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Me either.

Afternoon update: ArizonaTeach makes a good point here in the comments section re: the media and political ads.

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My views on abortion – looking back

Some of you have either posted or emailed to me requests for me to write about what caused me to change my views of certain issues back in the early 90s and as a result go from being a Democrat to a Republican.  This post is related to that.  I remembered a couple of posts about two years ago that I had written at a message board I frequent re: my feelings on abortion.  I wrote them the day after I had served jury duty, the significance of which you’ll read once I repost those messages here.  Keep in mind this was written two years ago, so some of the words you’ll see in there like "yesterday" etc means the day of my jury duty.   I’ve edited it just a touch from the original wording so it will make more sense to people who don’t live in this area.

How far I’ve come – written 7/15/2003 by ST

There is a beautiful park right across the street from the courthouse where I served my jury duty the last two days.  It’s a park I haven’t visited since 1992.  Probably the biggest reason why is that I almost never have a reason to go uptown, where the park is located.  And even when I *am* uptown, rarely do I pass by that park.  But occasionally, I do.  The reason I remember the date of the last time I went to that park is because of what I did there back in November of 1992.  At that time, I was a hardcore Democrat, having joined up with the local Democratic party a few months earlier.  Bill Clinton excited me (no, not that way!) and I was eager to do what I could to help get him elected that year.  That day (can’t remember the exact day) in November, a lot of us arrived early at this park in order to help set up a rally for him.  It was cold, but we could have cared less. We toiled until early in the evening and after finishing the set up, we (the rally minions) were allowed to stay in front of the crowd that had already amassed, meaning Bill Clinton would walk right past me on the way to the podium and on his way out, and I might get to shake his hand.  Boy, I can’t tell you how honored I felt at that time.

A virtual who’s who of local Democratic politicians were present, including (former Charlotte mayor) Harvey Gantt.  Suddenly, the future president arrived, days before he’d get elected – and the crowd erupted into a thunder of applause and screams of appreciation, waving their Clinton/Gore banners.   You know, I don’t even remember what he said once he started talking – I just remember getting caught up in the moment.  There probably wasn’t a person in that crowd who believed Bill Clinton was going to lose the election.  Most of us knew we were looking at the next President of the US (which, of course, was how he was announced).  And that thought in and of itself was a huge thrill.  My friend who was with me took many pictures that evening – I still have those pix somewhere (can’t find ’em now! –ST).  She has one of him just seconds before he shook my hand on the way out.  I used to look at that picture and get goose bumps.  

One of the issues I felt most passionately about as a Democrat was the issue of abortion.  I was staunchly pro.  But my reasons weren’t for the "women’s rights" arguments you’d hear most Democrats argue.  My reasons were what I considered, at that time, practical.  I told myself, and others, on many occasions that abortion was necessary to ensure that we wouldn’t have any babies in the world born to mothers who didn’t really want them.  Why bring a baby into the world when there was a likelihood that the parent wouldn’t love them? I mean, they didn’t want them in the first place, right? Now before your red flags go off, let me make this clear: I consider my self pro-life, but am not a proponent of making abortion illegal.  Never have been.  I am not a part of any pro-life movement, because the pro-life groups around here scare me.  But I *am* pro-life. 

That being said, fast forward to Monday July 14th, 2003.  We were allowed to leave the courthouse early for lunch that day – it was about noon.  I was waiting on the sidewalk for a friend to pick me up as I had two hours on lunch to kill.   I told her I’d be waiting on the side of the street closest to the courthouse, but changed my mind soon after when I heard music coming from the park.  Thinking one of the local radio stations might be doing one of their lunchtime concerts in the park, I crossed the street to get a closer look.  Well, it wasn’t a local station, but a "Rally for the Unborn." I thought to myself "oh dear – what is going on here?"  So I just stood there at the top of the hill from afar, and checked out the goings-on.  I’d never get involved with that stuff.  The rally seemed peaceful enough, but when I looked a little closer, that’s when I saw the pictures of the babies.  I won’t tell you the condition the babies were in, but it was shocking – and that’s really an understatement.  That’s what these types of groups really play on – shock value to pull at your emotions.  And boy, did it ever pull at mine.

I had to turn away as tears welled up in my eyes.  I struggled like hell not to cry at what I’d just seen.  It was a very surreal (and again, I don’t think that’s quite the right word for it) moment.  There I was, a pro-life Republican, standing in the same park where nearly 12 years earlier, as a staunch Democrat, I joined a crowd to show enthusiastic support for a man who was solidly pro-choice.  I think part of the reason I started to cry was that I realized how far along I’d come in my views.  I’m sure some of you may have moments like what I experienced yesterday – I know I’m not explaining it very well, but I felt a mixture of sadness and joy.  Joy over the changes in political beliefs I made about a year or so after I voted for Bill Clinton.  Sadness because I was very sad to see those pictures, and seeing them made me equally sad that the reason I used back in 1991 in support of abortion was because a baby, maybe one of the babies in the pictures I glanced at, would come into the world unloved and unwanted.   Anyone reading this who is pro-choice, please don’t get offended.  This is not meant to criticize anyone who is pro-choice.  Most of you have valid reasons why you support it – I don’t feel mine was a valid one – like I said, mine was not so much about women’s rights as it was practicality.

No one forced me into becoming pro-life.  No rabid extremists, no rally of any kind, or anything like that.  It just happened over time.  I did have a friend in college who helped me to change my views on it but he did it in a way that was non-intrusive and non-judgmental.  And he left politics completely out of it when discussing it.   It’d be nice if we could do that in our discussions sometimes: discuss issues and take the politics out of it but I realize our political affiliations are part of what shapes who we are. My friend in college also helped me to realize that the best way to convince someone they are wrong on something, or perhaps make them see a different way, was not through force feeding their opinion to you, but by explaining the pros and cons of the opinion thereby causing the person with the differing opinion to re-examine it.  I have attempted to do that in the past on this issue, but didn’t have any success.  Guess I don’t have his magic touch, eh?  He also had the patience of a saint, something I wish I could lay claim to as well LOL

In any event, I guess you could say I was struck with a profound sense of who I am yesterday while standing in that park silently crying – realizing how far along I’d come in my life since that cold day in the park in November of 1991 – and also at the same time, knowing my journey is far from over.  And this is by far not just about abortion, but about my beliefs in general.  Anyone who’s experienced such a change, whether it be from Democrat to Republican or vice versa, might know what I’m talking about here.  My political beliefs don’t define me totally, but they do help shape me into the kind of person I am. Perhaps in another ten years I’ll be standing in that same park and once again get the chance to reflect on who I was, where I am, and where I’m going. 

We never stop growing.



Linking up with the OTB Traffic Jam and the Mudville Gazette open post

Good news from Afghanistan

There is a lot of it – posted at Mr. Chrenkoff’s

I’m gonna miss that guy.

Read over at Mudville Gazette today that there are a few bloggers out there wanting to keep the "Good News from Iraq/Afghanistan" posts going from their own blogs. If you’re interested in being part of keeping a good thing going, please visit Winds of Change and post a note in their comments section (after scrolling all the way down from the resposting of Chrenkoff’s post on Afghanistan).  This is something that would be very much appreciated, since the MSM doesn’t care to make a big deal out of anything positive going on in either country.

So THAT’S your excuse, eh?

Via Brian at Iowa Voice, I read this piece – which I found slightly amewsing.  And here I thought it was more of a case of ’selective hearing’ …  :)

LONDON (AFP) – Men who are accused of never listening by women now have an excuse — women’s voices are more difficult for men to listen to than other men’s, a report said.

The Daily Mail, quoting findings published in the specialist magazine

NeuroImage, said researchers at Sheffield university in northern England discovered startling differences in the way the brain responds to male and female sounds.

Men deciphered female voices using the auditory part of the brain that processes music, while male voices engaged a simpler mechanism, it said.

The Mail quoted researcher Michael Hunter as saying, "The female voice is actually more complex than the male voice, due to differences in the size and shape of the vocal cords and larynx between men and women, and also due to women having greater natural ‘melody’ in their voices.

"This causes a more complex range of sound frequencies than in a male voice."

The findings may help explain why people suffering hallucinations usually hear male voices, the report added, as the brain may find it much harder to conjure up a false female voice accurately than a false male voice.

NOW I get it! emoticon 

Semi-related update: Ambra Nykol posts The Men’s Guide for How to Never Ever (Ever) Get a Woman (make sure to scroll down to read it all ).  And if ya’ll want to discuss the complexity of the male (or female!) mind and/or the complexity of relationships here, please feel free emoticon

Correction to Tammy Bruce show broadcast times

A reader has emailed me to let me know that Tammy Bruce’s radio program does *not* air M-F 9-noon PT on KABC.  Her website reads kinda confusing on that, so I’m just going to post what she has there and maybe you guys can figure it out ;) One thing for sure: her show does air Saturdays from 4-7pm PT on KABC.  Here’s what her website says:

The Tammy Bruce Show
is now national and syndicated!
Mon-Fri 9am-12pm PT
Every Saturday from 4 to 7pm PT!

For the Saturday show, Tammy’s flagship station is KABC in Los Angeles, and national syndication is distributed by Talk Radio Network, which offers streaming audio for members. If you’re not within range of KABC, check your local listings or demand that your local station carry Tammy. (KABC is not able to stream Tammy’s show over the Internet.)


Apologies for the confusion and thanks to "Stoo" for the tip :)

The exploitation of Cindy Sheehan

Was just about to compose my response to the obvous exploitation of this grieving mother, who lost her son in Iraq but I read Jeff Goldstein’s response to the matter and I couldn’t have said it any better myself:

Listen → I feel for this woman, I honestly do.  But somebody close to her needs to take her aside and convince her that it’s time to grieve in private and to honor her son’s memory.  Instead, this poor grieving woman is taking solace—solace I believe she’ll later come to regret—from the worst type of hyperpartisan frauds, professional Bush-bashers and wannabe-Vietnam-era protestors whose hatred for the President and his foreign policy runs so deep that they’re willing to adopt Ms. Sheehan like some sort of morbid mascot of convenience and exploit her pain—and her son’s death—in the most cynical and public way imaginable.

The whole business makes me sick.


Read more reaction from bloggers, etc,  at Michelle Malkin’s.

Afternoon update: Here are John Hawkins comments about this – check his comment section, too.  Lots of activity there.

Howard Dean finally figures it out

In a startingly new development (emphasis added):

Howard Dean gives Republicans credit for one thing: They have put the Democrats on the defensive and forced them to fight on their turf. That, he said, is about to change.

"What the propagandists on the right have done is make people afraid to say they are Democrats," Dean told a gathering of Vermont Democrats. "We have to be out there. We have to be vocal. We have to be pushing our version of the facts because their version of the facts is very unfactual."

After visiting 30 states in the first six months as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Dean said Monday he has found "There are Democrats everywhere."

The key to success is making those Democrats proud of their party, Dean said, by taking the offensive and fighting on Democratic turf.

"We need a message. It has to be clear," he said.

Heh.  Truer words were never spoken emoticon

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