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Friday, July 08, 2005

The UnConstitutionality of Citizenship by Birth to Non-Americans
Interesting discussion of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Caluse, and how it doesn't apply to children born here, but of illegal aliens, vacationers, etc.

Link via The Corner.

What it's all about...
May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.(1 Thessalonians 5: 23)
This was the reading in last night's Evening Prayer. I'd read it many times before, but it really hit me that this is what it's all about. We have to allow God to make us holy. He'll do it if we let Him, but only if we let Him. He never forces us to do anything. The decision is all ours, but he will do everything He can to help us.

Second Quote of the Day
"This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful, it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners. That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith, it's mass murder" -- London Mayor Ken Livingstone, a former Labour MP.

Quote of the Day
"[R]eligion and virtue are the only foundations, not of republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity under all government and in all the combinations of human society."

-- John Adams (letter in response to Rush letter above, 8/28 1811)

Thursday, July 07, 2005

www.delawareonline.com | The News Journal | Keister leaves DSU for Wesley College
I guess he finally decided to get off his Keister and leave.


Yeah, I'm immature.

Quote of the Day
"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them."

-- Thomas Jefferson (Summary View of the Rights of British America, August 1774)

OpinionJournal - Cross Country
A Cato Institute study compared 10 tax-cutting states to 10 tax-raising states between 1990 and 1996, and found tax-cutting states generated 1.84 million more new jobs, family incomes grew by $1,600 more, economies grew 20% faster, and state governments averaged four times the budget reserves.
Here's a good response to those who think a tax cut in light of the uncertainty surrounding the purchase of MBNA is foolish. You want growth, you gotta cut taxes.

Catholic World News : Opposition to gay marriage is not discrimination
In a statement, Bishop Sanchez Gonzalez clarified that same-sex couples are not denied marriage because they are homosexuals, "but rather because they are two men or two women and not a man and a woman."

Marriage, he said, is "the life-long union in love and fidelity of a man and a woman, open to the transmission of life and the raising of children." Therefore, "only a man and a woman can have the right to contract marriage," unless some legitimate impediment exists.

CNN.com - London bombs kill at least 33 - Jul 7, 2005
Our prayers go out to those injured or killed in these attacks, and our bullets should go out to those responsible.

St.Maria Goretti...pray for us!
I forgot to mention that yesterday was the feast day of Saint Maria Goretti, who died rather than permit herself to raped. After her death, she visited her murdered in prison and obtained his conversion.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Corner on National Review Online
And by the way, any clergyman who asks his parishioners to call him by his first name deserves a sock in the nose. I think that's in Deuteronomy.
I've always said that all priests have the same first name: Father.

"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence." --John Adams

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone." --Frederic Bastiat

"One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our Founding Fathers used in the great struggle for independence." --Charles Beard

"Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less." --Robert E. Lee

"Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit." --Aristotle

"Is the American tradition of self-reliance disappearing? That's a painful question for conservatives to ponder. After all, we're dedicated to reducing the role of government and promoting individual freedom and opportunity. But the facts, while sad, are clear: More Americans today depend more heavily on government than ever before." --Ed Feulner

"It continues to defy explanation why liberals, who theoretically love liberty, equality, tolerance and moderation, should find so much to despise in their own country, which represents the fullest expression of those virtues anywhere on the globe." --Mona Charen

"The political temptation may be great to appoint a Hispanic Justice or another woman or some other nominee selected on the basis of group identity rather than individual qualifications. At this crucial juncture in the history of the Supreme Court, that would be needlessly repeating the mistake that brought Sandra Day O'Connor to the High Court in the first place." --Thomas Sowell

"[The Senate's] role in advice and consent consists of determining intellect, experience, and judicial temperament. It is not up to [them] to select Justices based upon their ideology. That is the president's Constitutional role. [Their] job is to make sure that the person the president nominates is qualified to do the job, not to determine if the nominee will do the job [their] way." --Duane Patterson

"In a society that constitutionally limits the powers of government and maximizes individual liberty, there is no justification for the forcible transfer of money from taxpayers to artists, scholars, and broadcasters." --David Boaz and Sheldon Richman

"Only an elitist who lives in a cocoon could survey the decline of morality over the past four decades (and the corresponding rise of social angst), and say the Great Divorce that the Supreme Court presided over -- the separation of faith from our public life -- has served us well." --Don Feder

"The supposed 'conservative' ascendancy on the Supreme Court is a myth. Of the nine justices, only three are accurately called conservative, and only one of those, Clarence Thomas, adheres unwaveringly to the doctrine of strict constructionism. O'Connor was ideologically indefinable. She was symbolic of the disappointment conservatives have routinely felt after all but a few Republican nominations to the high court. The number of truly conservative Supreme Court justices since 1950 can be counted on one hand with room to spare. ... Unlike liberals, conservatives don't care so much about the outcome of the Supreme Court's decisions. What matters is not where the court ends up, but how it gets there. Appointing a strict constructionist will not guarantee conservative political victories in court cases, nor should it. All it would do is ensure that the Constitution's clear meaning is more closely followed. That is what the Founders intended, and it is what the President should attempt." --New Hampshire Union-Leader

"There's no mystery about why the U.S. Supreme Court threw the Ten Commandments out of the courthouse. You can't engrave 'thou shalt not steal' or even 'thou shalt not commit adultery' and certainly not 'thou shalt not lie' on the walls inside a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians without creating a hostile work environment." --Wesley Pruden

Quote of the Day
"Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question."

-- Thomas Jefferson (First Inaugural Address, 3/4 1801)

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Quote of the Day
"In person Mr. Bush is so far removed from the caricature of the dim, war-mongering Texas cowboy of global popular repute that it shakes one's faith in the reliability of the modern media" -- Gerard Baker, U.S. editor of the London Times, after meeting last week in the Oval Office with President Bush.

Dueling Stem Cells
Governor Mario Cuomo announced last week the solution to the vexing moral questions raised by the stem cell debate about when human life begins: Convene an expert panel.
Mario, Mario, a panel of scientists couldn't prove that you have a right to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness either. The question of why human rights exist, and who therefore has them, is not a scientific question.
Let's get this straight: I'm in favor of stem-cell research. What I'm against is turning human beings into research objects that are "harvested" without their consent in the name of scientific progress. I'm greatly in favor of stem cells. I'm against cloning and killing in order to get them. I'm pro-scientific progress. I'm against creating an industry based on the destruction of human life. I don't want to eat my own offspring to find the fountain of youth — or anyone else's children either.

Nor do I believe it is necessary. I believe that if you cut off immoral and destructive paths, new scientific vistas will open up, and more quickly than skeptics can imagine.

Indeed, it's already here. Professor Markus Grompe, a geneticist, and Professor Robert George, a Princeton political scientist who is on President Bush's council on bioethics, announced in last week's Wall Street Journal that scientists have discovered several new ways to get embryonic stem cells that do not require the creation or destruction of human life. For example, Oocyte Assisted Reprogramming (OAR) can take the nucleus from your skin cell, insert it into an egg cell, and with a flick of a genetic switch, make a factory for producing embryonic stem cells. Not only would this protect us from becoming consumers of unborn children, but "their genetic constitution would be virtually identical to that of the donor, thus helping to overcome the problem of immune rejection."

Pre-Marital Annulments: What Tribunal Ministry Taught Me About the Culture of Death
[P]re-marital sex is something society now expects from young couples. Pornography is the wallpaper of our culture, while condoms are as common in our classrooms as crayons. Thus whenever I interview someone seeking an annulment, I always ask whether the couple engaged in pre-martial relations. I cannot recall the last time someone answered no.

Why is this an issue? To begin, the problems that lead to divorce are often already noticeable during the courtship. Yet couples who engage in pre-marital relations will commonly overlook these differences. Thus the problems remain unresolved going into the marriage. Once married, however, these problems are both harder to resolve and more difficult to ignore.

“I knew this was a problem,” many women share during their interview. “But I had invested so much into our relationship.” This is a common euphemism when a woman engages in pre-marital relations. She cannot break off the relationship without feeling used. Men tend to state things more bluntly: “I had my doubts, but we were living together. So I felt obliged to marry.”

Notice how pre-marital sex creates a false intimacy within an insecure relationship. The couple feel compelled to marry. This compulsion arises neither out of love, nor from a desire to build a life together. Rather, the decision to marry arises from a guilty conscience. The couple desire to correct a morally sinful situation. The romance has deteriorated prior to the exchange of the couple’s wedding vows.
[M]ost marriages that turn violent do so when the wife tells her husband that she is pregnant. This connection is particularly strong when the pregnancy ends in abortion. In some cases, abortion is the catalyst for domestic violence within the relationship. In others, a subsequent abortion amplifies the violence already present. Additionally, domestic violence is not uncommonly the means by which a man coerces his wife or girlfriend into aborting the couple’s child. After four years of tribunal ministry this is still the most common scenario I encounter with abortion.

It is also the scenario I find the most pastorally challenging. For despite what many feminists claim, a woman seldom chooses abortion freely — that is, without external coercion. Rather, the decision is usually made under duress.
It also makes little difference whether the couple procures an abortion during the courtship or whether the abortion takes place during the marriage. It always leads to an increase in emotional, mental and physical abuse between the spouses. In the vast majority of cases, the relationship ends within three years of the abortion. Often it ends on a violent note.

There are several reasons why this is the case, the most obvious being the moral guilt felt by the parties. Abortion is a traumatic experience. It affects the individual mentally, emotionally and spiritually. While society claims that abortion is a morally neutral choice best left to the individual and her doctor, our conscience reminds us otherwise.

In short, these women know abortion is wrong. They feel it in their soul every time they pass a mother with a stroller on the sidewalk. Their heart cries out with every television advertisement for diapers. What these women need is Christ’s healing touch in the confessional, as well as sustained pastoral support from pro-life organizations like Project Rachel. This is the approach Christ took with Mary Magdalen’s adultery: He did not excuse the sin, but He did not turn away the sinner. He invited her to repentance and forgiveness

Yet healing and forgiveness proves elusive as both parties internalize the guilt they feel from the abortion. Yes, abortion also traumatizes men. Both husband and wife avoid discussing the abortion. Rather than share their feelings openly, rather than seek one another’s forgiveness, rather than support one another through the post-abortion trauma both experience, the abortion becomes an unspoken secret within the relationship. This secret will inevitably surface in a moment of anger unless it is first absolved and healed in the confessional.

In the end, the culture of death lies at the root of most annulments granted in North America. But Catholics cannot solely blame divorce. For abortion, contraception and pre-marital sex break down many relationships before the couple first contemplates divorce.

Guilty as Sin
Why don't Catholics go to confession any more — or, more precisely, why do so many go so seldom?

After O'Connor
When President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor for the Supreme Court in 1981, former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, a Democrat, declared, "I don't know the lady, but if she's a good lawyer and believes in the Constitution, she'll be all right."
For liberals, the courts have become the preferred way to win policy victories now that Americans are consistently rejecting their agenda at the ballot box. Unlike Barbara Jordan and her colleagues 25 years ago, modern liberals are unlikely to be satisfied with a nominee who is a "good lawyer and believes in the Constitution."

But the only way to stop "borking" as a political strategy is to defy and defeat it. Mr. Bush told voters in 2000 and 2004 that he would nominate Justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. He owes it to the country, and his most loyal supporters, to keep that promise.

Catholic World News : UN: Use abortion to decrease child mortality
The report claims that child mortality will be reduced if there are fewer living children and calls for "reproductive rights" to achieve the goal of having fewer living children who then might get sick and die. The report further argues that the goal of universal primary education will be more easily achieved if families have fewer children.
"You're likely to die. So, we're going to kill you so that doesn't happen"

"We can't afford to educate both the guy down the street and you. So you die, so he can learn to read."

We really need to stop taking the United Nations seriously.

Liberalism Defined
"Something must be done, even if it doesn't work." -- Bob Geldof
Doesn't that just sum up liberalism? It's not how much you help; it's how much you care. It's why FDR is a liberal icon, even though no one really defends the efficacy of the New Deal any more. He showed the people he cared and gave them hope. Screw hope; I'd rather have a job.

It's one of the reasons I can't care too much about this past weekend's Live 8 concerts. (In addition to a good percentage of the artists I like being dead.) The plan was to build awareness of the 3rd World debt problem and put pressure on the G-8 to forgive much of the debt. Forgiving the debt won't do anything to solve the problem of poverty. First and foremost, you need a government that will defend and protect property rights. Without property rights, economic development can not occur. (After all, why put effort into improving something that can be taken away from you at will?) Keep that in mind, US Supreme Court....

Link via The Corner.

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