Sunday, September 02, 2012

Things I Was Going to Blog About But Ain't

1. Interesting new TV show called NY Med. Real time documentary filmed at a couple of hospitals in, yup, New York. Reminds me of why I love nurses. Problem? Several organ transplant cases formed part of the drama. Our hopes and heartstrings were pinned and twanged on the plight of the patients needing the organs. Wait, I said at one point. Where'd that shiny new liver come from? Whose was it? What happened to the guy? I said this with even greater urgency when the organ involved was a heart. But there was only silence. Never heard one word about the donors. Nothing. Nada. I guess they had been born to donate and now their work was done.

2. A number of articles I ran across in praise of John Roberts's ruling declaring Obamacare constitutional. I don't have time to hunt them up. Here's one at The Public Discourse which, while trying to appear even-handed, basically accuses modern conservatives of hypocrisy concerning 'judicial restraint.' And another one at the same place more forthrightly titled "In Defense of John Roberts." Man, it's getting harder and harder to go to a conservative outlet and get one's outrage confirmed. I'm in the choir. Preach to me, dammit.

3. Obie's passion for executive orders. The three that come to mind are the ones on immigration (exempting resident children of illegal aliens from deportation); education (something about the disparate impact of disciplinary measures on black students), and another one he signed just a day or two ago and I can't remember what it's about but Mark Levin called it unconstitutional. For a guy who does so many unconstitutional things, he sure knows how to get away with it. And then there are the executive orders by default, such as the refusal to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act.

4. Romney's religion. I did that four years ago.

5. A post by Dale Price supplying us with two links to blog posts at the Heritage Foundation detailing the real cost of Obamacare: employer fails to offer insurance to his hires? Penalty: 2,000 dollars per year. Employer refuses to offer the Pill? Penalty: 100 dollars per day per employee.

6. Via Bill White of Summa Minutiae, a Robert George article at The Public Discourse reminding us that we shouldn't have believed the promises of gay marriage advocates. "It was only yesterday, was it not," he asks,

that we were being assured that the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex partnerships would have no impact on persons and institutions that hold to the traditional view of marriage as a conjugal union? Such persons and institutions would simply be untouched by the change. It won’t affect your marriage or your life, we were told, if the law recognizes Henry and Herman or Sally and Sheila as "married."

Those offering these assurances were also claiming that the redefinition of marriage would have no impact on the public understanding of marriage as a monogamous and sexually exclusive partnership. No one, they insisted, wanted to alter those traditional marital norms. On the contrary, the redefinition of marriage would promote and spread those norms more broadly...I must say, though, that I still can’t fathom why anybody believed any of it — even then.

He goes on to show that it was all a lie.

7. Notre Dame prof Charles Rice pens a good article about contraception and society for Crisis Mag, and invites all of us to participate in the Campaign for Humanae Vitae.

On the 50th anniversary of HV in 2018, we aim to present one million signatures to the bishops to make that anniversary a celebration, a Golden occasion to thank God for the Truth affirmed by HV and the Magisterium.

The "nuclear weapon" of the Campaign for Humanae Vitae, however, is prayer—for our country and for our Church, especially through the intercession of Mary, the mother of Life. As John Paul II wrote in a letter to U.S. bishops in 1993, "America needs much prayer—lest it lose its soul."

8. Dennis Prager, on his radio show, making great apology (meaning, defending it with all his heart and soul) for our dropping two nuclear bombs on two Japanese cities a way long time ago. But I've been through enough of that lately. It's just conservatism as usual.

All these things are worth someone's investigative and expository efforts. So I'll tell you what: you do it.

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