The best response yet to #PPact’s thuggish anti-#Komen tactics + my take :)

Read this in FULL. Please. (Hat tip: Memeorandum)

I had planned on writing the epic rants of all epic rants tonight, which would have probably have included some uncharacteristic profanity on my part, but I’ve mellowed a bit as the night has gone on – which is probably a good thing, and Daniel Foster’s piece is pretty definitive.

What I would add to what Foster wrote above is this:

Point of clarification: The Komen Foundation is not “pro-life” and are arguably not “pro-choice”.  Steve Ertelt at Life News makes a good point about that here:

FACT:  Komen is not a pro-life organization.

When Komen announced its decision to change its policy to not funding organizations that are under formal investigation or that act as pass-through agencies rather than providing direct support for women’s health, some pro-life advocates went beyond merely thanking them and acted as if Komen had suddenly become a pro-life group worthy of unreserved support. It is not.

Komen is, or is attempting to be, an abortion-neutral organization. As such, it will likely continue making decisions that disappoint pro-life advocates as it attempts to find a non-existent middle ground in the debate between those who cherish the right to life of unborn children and the well-being of their mothers and those who favor their destruction.

If you want to put your trust fully in an organization that has as its only mission the betterment of the health of women and unborn children, support your favorite pro-life group (or LifeNews) or your local pregnancy center.

Yep, although I think in the context of an outfit like Komen that it is arguable they can’t be neutral on the issue of abortion for purposes of fundraising and donations (I’m sure Steve will disagree with me on that!).  Very likely, they’re tired of being “in the middle” and want to get out of the controversy altogether and do what they do best, which is to fight breast cancer. For years they’ve been under pressure from pro-life groups to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood, and even though their stated reason this week for halting that ‘tradition’ of sorts was due to Planned Parenthood being under investigation, it’s hard to believe that the pressure from pro-lifers (not to mention the fact that their vice-president is pro-life) didn’t impact its’ decision to a measurable extent.  On the flip side, this week Planned Parenthood responded by utilizing its’ high degree of power and influence over the easily manipulated in order to – with the despicable help of Democrat politicos coming down on a PRIVATE organization – to bully, shame, and intimidate Komen into doing a reversal of sorts (although the level of reversal is up for debate at this point), even going so far as to actively encourage people NOT to contribute to an organization whose whole mission is to eradicate breast cancer.

Zapping breast cancer is a women’s health issue, right?

Photo courtesy of Kurt Rogers/SF ChronicleOf course it is, but as we all know abortion is the mother of all issues for so-called “women’s health” groups like Planned Parenthood and the like.  It’s how they make their money – by touting their “pro-choice” credentials and stirring up divisiveness – especially during a crucial election year – which is exactly what’s happened here. What’s also established fact now is that “women’s  health” is code for “abortion” with the pro-abortion crowd. And Planned Parenthood demonstrated this week is that, above all else, in their minds the “right” to terminate a developing unborn child at any stage of development is more essential to a woman’s health and well-being than treating and trying to find cures for a top killer of women: breast cancer.

That Planned Parenthood made a special point to influence their supporters not to donate any more to Komen out of pure spite just proves what pro-lifers have said all along about them and where their real priorities reside: Not with breast cancer sufferers or any other major women’s health issue instead but with women who want to abort their unborn child because they’d rather finish college first,  or because it would impact their careers, etc.   In essence, Komen is saying here that women who have a choice as to what to do about their “health issue” (unborn baby) should take priority over women who don’t have a choice over their health issue (breast cancer).

It’s a pretty stunning accusation, isn’t it? But it is dead-on accurate.

Pro-choicers would say that Planned Parenthood is doing the same thing that pro-life groups do: Encouraging people not to donate due to disagreements over practices, but that’s not accurate in this case because pro-lifers have an issue-based reason for not supporting Planned Parenthood: Every dime of money that goes to them even earmarked for something else is money that frees up use of the “private” money they use to perform abortions (the last stats I saw on the number of abortions they performed was somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 a YEAR – certainly not “rare”).  The idea is to make it so Planned Parenthood has no choice but to cut back on its’ abortion services in order to provide other health services for women. In short, it’s an effort to get PP to re-prioritize how they use their money, as well as to make the point that  an unborn baby is not a “health issue” – it’s a living, developing child that most likely will not cause health issues down the road for any woman.   Cosmetic “issues”, yes – but health issues, more often than not – no.

On the flip side, what is Planned Parenthood doing?  This outfit, famous world-wide for it’s so-called “commitment” to “women’s health issues like abortion and breast cancer”, demonizes and uses bullying tactics, including utilizing their powerful tools in the government (20+ Democrat Senators, for starters) to try and intimidate leading-breast-cancer researcher Komen into changing their minds. And in the midst of it all, their plan was clear and open: You don’t continue donating to us, we’ll work to try to make it to where you don’t get a dime of money from anyone.  Translation: No matter the good work you’ve done in the past, we’ll put you out of business.  Maybe your clients will then come see US, even though we don’t even PROVIDE mammograms and breast cancer screens!

It’s extremely important to understand how dangerous this was and is: They didn’t want people to stop donating to Komen because Komen had all of a sudden gone pro-life (they hadn’t), and they didn’t want people to stop donating to Komen because Komen was no longer offering breast cancer services (they still do).  They wanted people to stop donating to Komen – a word-leader in cancer research – because Komen wanted to stop giving money to them.

And if there’s anyone out there who doesn’t understand the distinction between boycotting an organization on an issues-basis versus urging people to boycott it because they’ve pulled some of your funding that you damn well know you can get elsewhere (yeah, PP already raised enough this week to take care of an entire year – roughly the amount they would get from Komen), then I really can’t help you.  Same same for anyone who doesn’t see the rank hypocrisy of a “women’s health” group like PP essentially trying to have shut down one of the premier providers of breast cancer treatment and research out of  pure, b*tchy spite.

Planned Parenthoood: “Pro-choice” – unless you’re a private organization that chooses to stop giving them money that make’s it easier for them to provide elective abortions.  Then it’s game on!   This week’s shameful actions by Planned Parenthood should tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about these parasites to decency and humanity – that is, if you didn’t know already.

(Video) Self-delusion and hypocrisy: the Left’s unearned sense of moral superiority

**Posted by Phineas

Bill Whittle returns in Afterburner to skewer Our Betters on the Left (all bow) for on the one hand publicly proclaiming the evils of America and the free market while, on the other hand, making big profits from it.

Or maybe that should be two faces instead of two hands.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

(Video) The Grand Jihad

**Posted by Phineas

Encounter Books recently published “The Grand Jihad: how Islam and the Left sabotage America,” by former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy. It’s a book I highly recommend as a study not of the threat of terrorism, per se, but of the assault on the Western liberal tradition of tolerant, pluralist politics. It is a battle waged by political, legal, and cultural means, in which jihadist Islam and the secular Left are allies.

The following video, narrated by Bill Whittle, looks at one aspect of this struggle: the Muslim Brotherhood and the feckless response of the Obama administration.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Sick: Rep. Jim Moran strikes again w/ race-based attack on Rep. West

This is an absolutely disgusting racial attack on Rep. Allen West. The video is at that link – here’s the description:

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) went on MSNBC’s “dog whistle” expert Martin Bashir’s show and unleashed an assault on freshman Rep. Allen West (R-FL) that focused exclusively on the unrelated subject of Congressman West’s African American heritage. Not only does he refer to the black congressman in terms of the African animal, the hyena, he ties the animal to its depiction in the “Lion King”. Both the movie and the play portrayed the hyenas as “jive-talking” (NPR) “gangstas” (Newsweek). If that wasn’t enough – yet unnoticed by Bashir who tried to falsely connect Andrew Breitbart to racism in an interview last year – Moran doubled and tripled down on his racist tirade – even challenging the black congressman’s black authenticity.

Will the Caucasian representative be held to the same standard of racial insensitivity by MSNBC’s team of racial hysterics led by Rev. Al Sharpton, Toure and a whole host of other progressive liberals who seek to stifle dissent by reflexively discovering racism in all political disagreement coming from the right?

I won’t hold my breath waiting for the Revs. Al and Jesse to come to West’s defense. Sickening. Absolutely sickening. Same same for MSNBC. Not surprised by any of this, but that doesn’t make it any easier to stomach.


Phineas Butts-in: More Jim Moran goodness — “Let the President rule by decree!

Prayer request (UPDATED)

I’ve got an ultrasound appointment later on today for an issue that popped up for me in the summer of 2008 that I, unfortunately, have not followed up on until now – mainly out of fear (I know – it’s a stupid reason to not have a follow-up done). In short, I have what’s called a “splenic cyst” – a cyst in my spleen. Supposedly they are very rare and usually don’t cause any problems outside of mild discomfort for the people who have them. I’ve only had the discomfort once (knock on wood) which is what led to the discovery of the cyst.

Anyway, at the time of my last ultrasound, the size was about 3 centimeters. If it hasn’t grown much since then, it will just have to be monitored. But if it’s grown a substantial amount, surgery might be required to either remove the cyst or remove the spleen altogether. Obviously, I don’t want to have to do either. I’ll update you guys later this evening unless I’m too depressed to. Am hoping it’s just broken up on its own but I have a feeling that hasn’t happened.

So … if you have a moment would you please say a little prayer for yours truly on this? I rarely ever ask for personal prayer requests but I’m a little nervous and also know for a fact that the power of prayer always helps.

Thanks in advance.

Oh – and TGIF! :)

Update – 6:45 PM: Thank you for the prayers – both here and on Twitter and Facebook. :) Got some potentially good news: The ultrasound tech couldn’t find the cyst. It was a little bigger than an inch the first time it was seen but now it is nowhere to be found, which I’m hoping my doctor will tell me means I don’t have to worry about it anymore. The icky news is that gallstones were found. Sigh! But they were small so hopefully I’ll have to just monitory them and it won’t be anymore serious than that.

Thanks again for using the power of prayer to help me through my visit this afternoon. I could feel them!