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Monday, January 24, 2005

There Are No Words ...

What could any human being find objectionable about a group of churchgoers burying human fetuses that had been aborted at the local abortion clinic? Well, they're out there.
Colorado Church Buries Aborted Fetuses' Ashes
By Catherine Tsai, Associated Press Writer

BOULDER, Colo. - A Roman Catholic church buried the ashes of hundreds of aborted fetuses Sunday, a day after the 32nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal, drawing criticism that the church was exploiting women's grief to make a political statement.

A crowd of 250 parishioners prayed as the ashes were buried in the Sacred Heart of Mary Church cemetery, while a handful of protesters gathered nearby holding signs that read, "This church is a grave robber."

A mortuary hired by the abortion clinic to dispose of the fetuses had been giving the ashes to the church for years to be buried at a memorial. Dr. Warren Hern, clinic director, said he had no idea such an arrangement had been made and said his contract required the mortuary to bury the ashes in its own plot. (
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The very thought that there are people in this country who have a problem with this baffles me. It's not enough that they champion the abortion of these little babies; they demand some ignominious destruction of the remains as well.

You may be wondering what lame excuse these perverse individuals have for objecting to a simple compassionate burial of the fetuses. Its about as weak as it could be:

... Kate Horle, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains [naturally], has said many of [clinic director Dr. Warren Hern's] patients were devastated by the news of a religious service.

"Our concern is for the women who had personal relationships with Dr. Hern and their understanding of what would happen with the fetuses," she said.

"That trust was violated with a third party."

Yeah.

Right.

I know she just made that up but one wonders what kind of arrangement the abortionist might have had with the women who had these children killed at his "clinic." The mortuary had cremated the remains as prescribed in its agreement with the abortionist so that couldn't have been their objection. I suppose they had expected the ashes to then be thrown in the garbage. How much more comforting for the mothers that thought must have been.

As for the reaction of the "doctor" to the church's action, Hern "called the service last week 'a cynical exploitation of private grief for political purposes.'" As one might expect.

"Exploitation." I'll bet Dr. Hern is in the abortion business for the educational experience.

We Are Lucky In Many Ways

My grandmother had eleven brothers and sisters. Of those, six made it to adulthood. As was not uncommon, illness took several of them when they were still young. She lost three of her siblings one night to a scourge we don't hear much about these days - whooping cough. And yet it is still taking its toll on the world's children.
Whooping Cough Kills 25 Children in Remote Afghan Province
The Associated Press Published: Jan 24, 2005

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.N. and Afghan medics were airlifted to a remote province in central Afghanistan to vaccinate children against whooping cough after 25 youngsters died of the infectious disease, officials said Monday.

The U.S. military said the 10 medics were flown into Daykundi province Sunday on a coalition helicopter with a small quick-reaction force to provide security. They were equipped with antibiotics for 2,000 people and vaccinations for 2,500 people.

Mohammed Sarwar Danish, who is minister for justice and a former governor of Daykundi, said that 25 children had died of whooping cough in Ghizab district.

It wasn't clear when the children died. Danish said in Kabul that the road to the district in Afghanistan's remote Central Highlands had been blocked by heavy snow, and reports of the deaths reached the capital last Wednesday.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that can cause weeks of severe coughing, but patients can be treated with antibiotics. (link)
We've come a long way since the days when diseases like whooping cough - or measles - were something to fear in this country. Thank God.

Lesson For Today

For those of you up east who are still trying to figure us red staters out, may I provide a bit of insight, as laid out by Mark Steyn in today's Washington Times:
The other day David von Drehle of The Washington Post did a monster tour of what he called "The Red Sea" — Bush country — and went to almost painful lengths to eschew the condescension the coastal media elite usually apply to their rare anthropological ventures into the hinterland.

But in the middle of his dispatch was this quote from Joyce Smith of Coalgate, Okla.: "When Kerry said he was for abortion and one-sex 'marriages,' I just couldn't see our country being led by someone like that."

Mr. von Drehle added: "Later, I double-checked what Kerry had said on those subjects. During his campaign, he opposed same-sex marriage and said that abortion was a private matter."

If the point is that Red Staters are ignorant, double- or even triple-checking John Kerry isn't the best way to demonstrate it.

Insofar as I understand it, Mr. Kerry's view on abortion was that, while he passionately believes life begins at conception, he would never let his deeply held personal beliefs interfere with his legislative program. On same-sex "marriage," likewise. That's why homosexual groups backed Mr. Kerry and Mr. von Drehle's media buddies weren't running editorials warning that a Kerry presidency would end "a woman's right to choose": They understood his deeply passionately personally deep personal passionate beliefs were just an artful but meaningless formulation to get him through election season. Message: If Mr. Kerry is elected, abortions will continue and same-sex "marriage" will happen and he'll be cool with both.

Joyce Smith understood that. Mr. von Drehle seems vaguely resentful she wasn't dumb enough to fall for the spin cooked up by Mr. Kerry's hairsplitters and enthusiastically promoted by his media cheerleaders. (link)
I think the lesson to be learned is that when a politician says, "I believe this, that, or the other, but I'll not let my personal views interfere with my decision-making," we should immediately discount anything said afterwards. I vote for leaders who are prepared to act on their beliefs.

That's why I've always had more respect for Hillary Clinton than for her husband. Bill Clinton stood for nothing. "I want to keep abortion safe, legal, and rare." What on earth does that mean? Rephrased, it means, "Whatever y'all want is fine by me." That was who he was. And as I've said about him before, a man who believes in nothing, can, at any given moment, believe in anything; a frightening proposition. I may have been the first person who labeled Bill Clinton our "existential president."

Hillary, on the other hand, is a consistently liberal politician (although she has shaken my respect for her of late with her endorsement of faith-based funding and her call for more border security in the southwest). I'll never vote for her, but I have respect for her.

Us red staters are like that. Politicians are trained to "nuance" certain subjects (I apologize for just having created a verb out of a noun but it works). Joyce Smith - and I - have a message for those politicians and their trainers: Don't be peddling your nuance around here. It won't sell. At any price.

A Death In Brooklyn

For those of you who are struggling to understand "the meaning of life," this news from the New York Post will only complicate the process.

GIRL SCOUT IS CRUSHED IN SNOW
By LARRY CELONA, JAMIE SCHRAM and TATIANA DELIGIANNAKIS

A 10-year-old Brooklyn Girl Scout died when she was crushed, apparently by a city plow, while playing in the snow in front of her building.

Cops rushed to a Sanitation garage to question four snow-plow operators who had been working the Red Hook neighborhood where Markita Weaver died shortly after 3 p.m.

No blood or other evidence was uncovered there, but sources said evidence could have been lost because all four plows kept operating for several hours.

"I heard her scream, and I looked up and saw the Sanitation truck," said David McCoy, 11, who was playing with Markita and her two younger sisters.

He said the driver was apparently unaware he hit anyone. "He was driving slowly, like nothing happened," the boy said. (
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A 10 year-old girl scout is crushed while playing in the snow by a plow. The driver never even knew he had killed her.

Jesus.

Does this make the story worse or does it ease the pain?

Markita's older sister, Fuquana Jimenez, said the child loved to dance to hip-hop and reggae.

"She had a lot of friends and everyone loved her," said Jimenez, 17. "She was so close to her younger sisters. They did everything together."

Markita Weaver had the chance to love life - albeit a very short life. And she left behind a family and "a lot of friends" who loved her. She was taken from them far too soon but, I think, she left all of them a gift.

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, oh, my foes, and oh, my friends -
It gives a lovely light.
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Edna St. Vincent Millay
"First Flag,"
A Few Figs From Thistles, 1920