Tuesday, December 06, 2011

News On the Run

In a week in which we must 1) write, edit and mail our monthly LifeSharer letter, 2) take a shift in praying and sidewalk counseling outside the Planned Parenthood abortion mill, 3) speak to 3 groups of AWANA kids at a church in Blair, 4) answer several letters, 5) finish my part in preparing a new website for Nebraskans Against Planned Parenthood, 6) attend a fundraiser with Ed Meese speaking in behalf of Don Stenberg, 7) host 3 Christmas dinner parties, and 8) present 5 "When Swing Was King" programs at area nursing homes, my time for blogging is...uh...limited.

However, I did want to quickly draw your attention to a few significant news stories and commentaries that you might otherwise lose in the Christmas shuffle. So, brew up a cup of tea and check out these noteworthy articles.

* You may have heard hopeful rumors that the Susan G. Komen Foundation was going to make sure their chapters would stop giving money to Planned Parenthood. Not true, I'm afraid. Here's word from LifeNews.com about the Orange County, California affiliate of the Komen for the Cure issuing yet another grant for the Planned Parenthood abortion business just a few days ago.

* To all of my friends across the river in Iowa -- please do the country a huge favor and refrain from voting for Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney in the Republican primaries. But, don't just take my word for it. Here's George Will.

Romney’s main objection to contemporary Washington seems to be that he is not administering it. God has 10 commandments, Woodrow Wilson had 14 points, Heinz had 57 varieties, but Romney’s economic platform has 59 planks — 56 more than necessary if you have low taxes, free trade and fewer regulatory burdens. Still, his conservatism-as-managerialism would be a marked improvement upon today’s bewildered liberalism.

Gingrich, however, embodies the vanity and rapacity that make modern Washington repulsive. And there is his anti-conservative confidence that he has a comprehensive explanation of, and plan to perfect, everything...Gingrich, who would have made a marvelous Marxist, believes everything is related to everything else and only he understands how...

Romney might not be a Dewey. Gingrich might stop being (as Churchill said of John Foster Dulles) a bull who carries his own china shop around with him. But both are too risky to anoint today.

* Also don't miss these two pieces dealing with Newt. In the first we see that Mr. Gingrich (who is supposed to be really intelligent) proves to be, when it comes to the most evidential facts of embryology, really dumb. He's decided to posit that life begins at implantation and not at fertilization. Why such an unscientific position? It's gotta' be a political calculation -- and that makes for a dangerously unstable, untrustworthy leader.

In the second story Jonathan Bernstein over at the Washington Post writes about the deep distrust Newt creates in the hearts of Republican insiders.

Sure, Newt Gingrich is surging in the polls. But the blunt truth about Newt is that the people who know him best and have worked with him in Washington want him nowhere near the White House or the top of the GOP ticket...Check out the new National Journal “Insiders” survey out this morning, which is particularly devastating to the disgraced former Speaker. This is from a regular panel of well-connected Republican operatives. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so savage by these folks against a same-party politician:  “Bigfoot dressed as a circus clown would have a better chance of beating President Obama than Newt Gingrich, a similarly farcical character,” quipped a Republican. “Come on,” sighed another GOP Insider, “the White House is probably giving money to Gingrich as we speak.”

* Michael Walsh over at the New York Post brings us up to speed on the truly outrageous scandal that the Obama administration's Justice Department has created -- and is still desperately lying about. In any other administration than this one, so pampered by the press, the demands for resignations from the "Fast & Furious" disaster would be shouted from every corner.

* As has been frightfully revealed in many instances of late, the "socialized medicine" system developed in Great Britain has been marked by lousy service, unsanitary conditions, unjust and uncaring discrimination, and loads of lethal red tape. It is also proven to be most "unsocial" as in this tragic pattern -- failing to tell families that doctors have put their loved ones into courses of euthanasia called "death pathways."

* From the world of sports come a couple of contrasting stories, one a inspirational tale of a young football player who "luckily" broke a finger which kept him off the football field but which actually saved his life. But what happened the season after that traumatic one is what provides the inspiration. The second story is about another young football player who seems to be headed in the wrong direction. Former Nebraska standout Ndamukong Suh has not only earned a reputation as the NFL's dirtiest player, he is now earning a reputation as a man who is a sophomoric and dangerous automobile driver who lies to the cops and who cares more about covering up his own incompetence than he is about getting the passengers he has injured by his reckless driving the hospital care they need.