Is Anybody There?

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says Yahweh Sabaoth" Zach 4:6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dio di Signore, nella Sua volontà è nostra pace!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin 1759

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Skies Just Ain't Friendly Anymore

Ray Stevens does it again.

Who Cares About the Oscars When You Have The RAZZIES®?

The RAZZIES® are the awards annually given out by The Golden Raspberry Foundation to honor the worst of the worst. "The RAZZIES® were created in 1980 as a logical antidote to Tinsel Town’s annual glut of self-congratulatory awards by John Wilson, author of The Official Razzie Movie Guide and Everything I Know I Learned at the Movies. “Winners” were determined by mailing ballots to 637 voters in 46 U.S. states and 17 foreign countries." They are awarded the night before the Oscars. & yes, they have their own award:

Truly iconic & all for only $4.97.

This year's awards were held Saturday 26 February 2011 at theBarnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood. & just like the Oscars, they do have a red carpet.

OK, so no nominees showed up this year. But occasionally 1 does. For instance, last year's "winner" for worst actress Sandra Bullock.

Another 1 who had the courage to show up was Halle Berry the year she was honored for her performance as Catwoman:

So enough about the past. I know you are asking "Who deserved to get a (golden) raspberry this year?" So, let's get to the "winners" of the 31st Golden Raspberry Awards (from the news release on their website):

"Not quite sweeping the ceremony, but still handily leading the pack among this year’s RAZZIE choices is RAZZIE Repeat Offender M. Night Shyamalan’s “re-imagining” of the faux-anime’ TV series THE LAST AIRBENDER into a jumbled, jump-cut mess of a movie that fans of the TV show hated even more than critics did (if that’s even possible!). In addition to Worst Director and Worst Picture, AIRBENDER also “won” Worst Screenplay, a brand-new RAZZIE category for 2010, Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D, and Worst Supporting Actor Jackson Rathbone (who had the misfortune to appear in both AIRBENDER and 2010’s other most-RAZZIE-nominated title, TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE).
The other big “winner” (if that’s the right term when speaking of these awards) was the bling-obsessed superslick chick flick
SEX & THE CITY #2, which took gold-spray-painted statuettes for Worst Sequel, Worst Screen Ensemble (for its entire cast) and Worst Actress (presented jointly to the film’s four principles, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Davis).
Rounding out the field of this year’s sorriest cinematic losers were King of the Twittering Twits Ashton Kutcher as Worst Actor for both
KILLERS and VALENTINE’S DAY, and Jessica Alba, finally “winning” a RAZZIE with her fifth nomination. Alba was named Worst Supporting Actress for her “performances” in four films, THE KILLER INSIDE ME, LITTLE FOCKERS, MACHETE and VALENTINE’S DAY." (The page has links to all the "winners" on the right side of it.)
& while hope springs eternal that Hollywood may learn its lesson & just make good movies, something tells me that John J. B. Wilson will be back next year to reward those deserving a raspberry for what they did on the silver screen in 2011.

Everything The Multiculturists Don't Want You to Ask - Let Alone Know the Answer

Finally, A News Article Aout Pro-abortion Domestic Terrorist Theodore Shulman From the Main Stream Media

OK, it isn't exactly the Big 3 Networks, CNN or AP, but it is some coverage outside of the Pro-life sphere. & unlike the standard MSM coverage, it does refer to Pro-lifers as pro-life. & something tells me that the MSM as a whole is going to continue ignore it. What remains puzzling to me is that Fox News has ignored it as well.

Pro-Choice Extremist Reportedly Arrested by FBI for Threats to Pro-Life Activists

The FBI in New York has reportedly arrested Theodore Shulman, a radical abortion rights campaigner with a long history of threatening pro-life activists, and charged him with making interstate threats against two abortion opponents who were not identified.

The 49-year-old Shulman was arrested on Thursday and was being held without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, according to pro-life activists who were alerted to Shulman's incarceration by federal investigators. An officer at the correctional center referred a calls about inmates to the public relations office, which is closed over the weekend.

"This is a huge relief to us that Ted Shulman is behind bars where he belongs," Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue, a prominent anti-abortion organization, said in a story on the group's website. "He often posted threatening comments to our website and called me on my cell phone too many times to count."

(Follow above link for the rest of the story)

Dr.Gerard Nadal post on the arrest: For Pro-Lifers: A Reprieve From Death Threats

St. Maron Joins Other Catholic Saints Atop St. Peter's Basilica

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Stain Glassed Window of St. Maron
Birmingham AL

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2011 / 06:05 pm (CNA).- The Maronite community of the world is celebrating the installation of the newest statue at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI blessed the 18-foot tall marble statue of St. Maron on the morning of Feb. 23. It was placed into the last open space of a series of large niches in the exterior wall of St. Peter's Basilica.
St. Maron established the first "Maronite" community based on a monastic spirituality in the 4th century. This year, the Church is celebrating the 1,600th anniversary of his death.
Despite hardship, the Maronite Church has remained intact and in communion with the Catholic Church and today has around three million members. Nearly one-third of these live in Lebanon.
Fr. Domique Hanna told CNA that the event was a special one for the Maronites of the world. Fr. Hanna is a parish priest at St. Joseph's Maronite Church, which offers a place of worship for 200 families in Atlanta, Ga.
"It's a confirmation and re-establishment that we are in full communion with the Catholic Church, with the Holy See," he said of the day's ceremony. "We are very proud of that."
They are also proud that St. Maron has taken such a visible place among the many saints of the Church remembered in statues around the Vatican, said Fr. Hanna. His community celebrates an anniversary of its own this March, a century since the establishment of the parish.
Cardinal Patriarch Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir of Antioch of the Maronites was present with the Pope for the ceremony with a delegation from the Lebanon-based Church. Lebanese president, Gen. Michel Suleiman, and other government ministers and Church officials were also there.
L'Osservatore reported that, for Cardinal Sfeir, the 20-ton statue represented peace and reconciliation for Lebanon.
Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, addressed the gathering on the occasion. He said that the ceremony was "an act of affection, esteem and gratitude to the Maronite Church which in the course of the centuries has suffered so much for staying faithful to Jesus, to the Church and to the Pope."
"The statue of St. Maron will remind us every day of your heroic example and be an invitation to pray for you," he told the Lebanese delegations.
The statue was sculpted from a single block of the famed white marble of Carrara, Italy by Spanish artist Marco Augusto Dueñas.
Engraved into its base is the phrase in Aramaic from Psalm 92, "The just shall flourish like the palm tree, shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon."
As the article points out, the Maronite Catholc Church has always been in union with Rome. In 1989 I attended Sunday Liturgy at St. Elias. The Maronite Divine Liturgy (Qurbono) is mostly in the vernacular. However, during the Anaphora (Eucharistic Prayer) the Consecration is always chanted in Aramaic, which is the language Jesus probably used at the Last Supper.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Another Planned Parenthood Lie Uncovered - Despite What They Claim, They DON"T Do Mammograms

Over the last couple weeks one of Planned Parenthood's attempts to divert attention from how they really operate is to scream about how defunding PP would deny low income women access to basic health care, like mammograms. Specificly they say they provide access to basic health care for women who otherwise wouldn't have access to it. & they refer to specifics like mammograms. The impression that they have built up over the years is that their sites actually do them. & the Susan G. Komen Foundation has tried to justify their support of PP by saying that for some women PP is the only place that has programs where poor, uninsured or underinsured women have access to mammograms.
Recently Cecile Richards appeared on Joyce Behar's show to defend PP getting federal funds. (Video of interview @ Jill Stanek's blog.) She starts by claiming that for 60% of the women going to PP thay they "are the only doctor or preventative medical care that they'll ever see all year." Later Richards adds "If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning – you know, mammograms, cancer screenings, cervical cancer." (As an aside she tries to downplay the real amount of their business that is abortion.) We have Behar et al presenting PP as the place to go where you will get the mammograms.


It turns out that what PP has been claiming is a clever bit of misdirection. Planned Parenthood calls itself a health care provider. In doing so they paint a picture that says they are the ones providing the services, like mammograms. That is what you usually think of when you hear the term provider. Well, as Jill Stanek recently discovered, all PP does is provide referals for mammograms. That is their entire program. That is what PP means by being a provider, they say they provide access, but it is the same access women already have without PP.
PP has used the claim that no other place provides that service for low income women in the area where they want to open a clinic to justify their opening it. They talk about how far a woman would have to travel otherwise to get the mammograms. & how some women can't travel that far. Well, even with a PP clinic nearby they still have to travel to get the mammogram. The only difference is that they now have a piece of paper from PP with the address on it. & as for women that can't because they are unable to, that piece of paper doesn't provide the much needed transportation, so they are in the same situation as before, except they have that piece of paper with the address to a place they can't get to. & PP uses them to inflate their numbers to make it look like abortion isn't as big a part of what they do.
& the money they get from our tax dollars & groups like Koman goes to pay for the operating of the clinics so that it doesn't have to come out of the money they rake in for doing an abortion.
So, they next time you hear someone defending PP because they provide access to mammograms, ask them what they mean by provide, esp if the person says without PP low income women wouldn't be able to get them in that area. & when they say that the PP site is where they get them, tell them the truth, that PP doesn't do mammograms, just referals. & if they still doubt you, do what Jill Stanek did & tell them to check out PP's website. Better yet, if possible, you take them to PP's website. There they will see in PP's own words what they actually do to provide them: "A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss breast cancer, breast exams, and breast health with you and help you find the services you need." (emphasis mine) Yes, they say "find the service" on their breast cancer screening info page, find NOT provide!!!!!!
Then there is this on their mammogram info page: “Ask your local health care provider, health department, or staff at your local Planned Parenthood center about where you can get a mammogram in your areas.” (emphasis mine) Notice there is nothing about setting up an appointment to geta mammogram at the local PP, just ask them for directions.
So now you know what PP really means when they talk about how they provide access for women to mammograms who otherwise wouldn't have access to them.
& while we are at it, maybe ask Susan G. Komen Foundation as well if this is what they mean by saying PP is the only place that provides these services to poor, uninsured or underinsured women?

Sources: Planned Parenthood's Mammosham
Cecile Richards misleads: Planned Parenthood does NOT provide mammograms
Planned Parenthood Falsely Uses Mammograms to Defend Tax-Funding


St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows - Patron Saint of Handgunners

Today is the feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (Gabriele dell' Addolorata). Born Francesco Possenti on 1 March 1838 at Isola di Gran Sasso, Assisi, Italia. He died 2 days short of his 24th birthday on 27 February 1862 at Abruzzi, Italia of tuberculosis. St Gabriel was baptised on the day of his birth in the same font in which St. Francis of Assisi had been baptised. His family later moved to Spoleto. Growing up he was known for his great charity & piety. But he was also known for his great vanity as well. Devoted to worldly pleasures he was called il damerino ('the ladies' man') by his friends.
In 1851 he became desperately ill & promised to enter religious life if he recovered. He recovered but failed to keep his promise. He made the same promise after escaping a stray bullet during a hunting expedition with friends but again failed to follow up. Finally in 1853 he again fell ill, this time he was afflicted with a throat abscess. He was healed & he attributed his healing to the recently beatified Andrew Bobola, SJ. This time he set into motion his promise to enter the religious life. He applied to join the Jesuits, but never entered.
Instead, after finishing school in 1856 he joined Passionist Order at Morovalle near Macerata. In his short time there he proved himself to be an excellent observor of the Passionist rule. he also had a fervent devotion to the Passion of our Lord, to the Holy Eucharist, as well as to the Dolours (Sorrows) of the Blessed Virgin. All this time he was suufering from tuberculosis. He died on this day in 1862 while on retreat. According to those who were there at his death, at the moment of death he sat up in bed & his face became radiant as he reached out to an otherwise unseen figure that was entering the room. It was the opinion of Father Norbert of Holy Mary, his director, that Saint Gabriel had seen the Virgin Mary at the very moment of his death.
After his death many miracles were wrought by his intercession. 1 of those attributed to him is the healing of St. Gemma Galgani of spinal tuberculosis. Gabriel was declared venerable on
14 May 1905 by Pope Pius X. He was beatified on 31 May 1908 by Pope Pius X. He was canonized on 13 May 1920 by Pope Benedict XV. At his canonization he was declared the patron of of Catholic youth, of students, & of those studying for the priesthood. In 1959, Pope John XXIII named him the patron of the Abruzzi region.
Now as for his being promoted to be made patron of handgunners. The story goes as follows:
In 1860, a band of soldiers from the army of Garibaldi entered the mountain village of Isola, Italy. They began to burn and pillage the town, terrorizing its inhabitants.
Possenti, with his seminary rector's permission, walked into the center of town, unarmed, to face the terrorists. One of the soldiers was dragging off a young woman he intended to rape when he saw Possenti and made a snickering remark about such a young monk being all alone.
Possenti quickly grabbed the soldier's revolver from his belt and ordered the marauder to release the woman. The startled soldier complied, as Possenti grabbed the revolver of another soldier who came by. Hearing the commotion, the rest of the soldiers came running in Possenti's direction, determined to overcome the rebellious monk.
At that moment a small lizard ran across the road between Possenti and the soldiers. When the lizard briefly paused, Possenti took careful aim and struck the lizard with one shot. Turning his two handguns on the approaching soldiers, Possenti commanded them to drop their weapons. Having seen his handiwork with a pistol, the soldiers complied. Possenti ordered them to put out the fires they had set, and upon finishing, marched the whole lot out of town, ordering them never to return. The grateful townspeople escorted Possenti in triumphant procession back to the seminary, thereafter referring to him as "the Savior of Isola".
(St. Gabriel Posenti Society History page @ website.)
While some doubt this story, claiming that he was too far along in his suffering from TB, the story does have plausability for me. 1st of all, he did live until 1862 & it seems like he was able to function since he was studying for the priesthood at this time. Also, who is to say God didn't give him the strength to do this even if he was as ill as they claim. & he did have proficiency with guns since he did hunt while a youth. & I fully support the efforts to have St. gabriel declared the padrone of handgunners. (IMHO, I am willing to bet that most of the same people who are oppose this story's veracity are also pacifists who try & paint the early Christian opposition to military service as pacifism rather than what it really was, their opposition to offering incense to false gods that was required as a part of military service.)

The Shot. Copyright by John Michael Snyder. This line drawing of St. Gabriel Possenti's heroic rescue of villagers in Isola del Gran Sasso from a gang of armed terrorists was executed for Mr. Snyder, Founder/Chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., by artist Charles Hazard.
(There is no intention to violate copyright & is used under fair use of US copyright law 17 U.S.C. § 107.)

Planned Parenthood's Bunnies

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pro-Abortion Domestic Terrorist Arrested

This story has a very personal connection for me. I was involved in the investigation as he left several of his messages on my blog & I had to talk to the FBI about them. He had left a few messages last year. The 1st few were fairly low key. They were mostly arguing that pro-lifers were violent & put But by the end of May early June, they began to cross over into actual threats. They started saying things like "Will there be PAYBACK for Dr. Tiller? Will there be COUNTERTERROR against right-to-lifers? WHO will be the most effective and deserving TARGETS of anti-right-to-lifist counterterror?" In early June 2010 I found out that an investigation was going on so I contacted the FBI. I talked to the FBI agent & sent him copies of several of the messages. Later I got more messages & I passed them on as well to the agent. I decided to quit publishing them. He figured out I wasn't going to put any more up, so he quit sending them.
At that point I just occasionally checked out his blog to see what he was writing. The threats continued on his blog. I figured the FBI would do the best the could to track him down & knew it might take some time. & Thursday all the hard work the FBI agents did finally payed off.
Obviously, I didn't say anything on my blog about the investigation because I knew it was important to stay quiet.
I know some people will wonder if I'll be called as a witness. I don't know, but I suspect that at most what I shared with the FBI will be a part of the documents entered into evidence.
This story below is the post Jill Stanek put up on her blog. She was 1 of the people who being threatened by him. Having met Jill in April of 2010 when she spoke at the DBQ Co. Right to Life LIFE Dinner, I was even more willing to do what I needed to do to help out.
As Jill says, it isn't over. But he is in jail. & even with him in jail, there are still others out there who are just as willing to do what he suggested as well.

Also, I googled his name to see if the media had given the story any coverage. Other than the Pro-life blogs, nothing, nada, zip zero. You can be sure that if this had been someone threatening pro-aborts it would be the lead story with blaring headlines. As an interesting aside, I am not sure this is the same person, but I think it is. I am refering to a review of pro-life book by a Theodore Shulman that clearly is against the book.
On the other hand, the same Shulman that got arrested was mentioned in a 2010 article written by Matt Abbott.
Again, I am willing to bet that this will not get the coverage it deserves by the MSM simply because it will show who the really violent ones are. & it isn't the pro-lifers. & for the MSM that isn't a story they want out.

I received a call last night from an FBI agent in New York saying they had arrested pro-abortion domestic terrorist Theodore Shulman after several years of making threats to pro-life leaders.
Shulman, 49, is being held without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in NYC, a Federal holding facility, for making interstate threats against two as yet unnamed pro-life leaders. Operation Rescue has more, including a voicemail Shulman left.
While the arrest was made in NY, FBI investigations of Shulman are ongoing in Wichita and Chicago. Shulman has threatened pro-life activists around the country, including Bryan Kemper, Gerard Nadal, Troy Newman, Fr. Frank Pavone, Lila Rose, Ken Scott, Cheryl Sullenger, Robert George, and me, among others.
Shulman’s blog is still live, where you will find a sampling of his threats, starting with the following lovely header. (The quote at the top of this post is also from his blog.) Click to enlarge….

Shulman went by many aliases when commenting on both pro-life and pro-abortion sites. (Note that the afore-linked pro-abort site left his threatening comments as OperationCounterstrike up.)
Other aliases included SoMG [his favorite - short for Spirit of Martin Gardner, a famous mathematician], DoctorDefense, TheoShul, and ExtremelyProLife. In 2010 Shulman also impersonated an East Coast microbiologist for a time, who contacted me and who I put in touch with the FBI.
In all we gave the FBI over 4,000 comments Shulman posted or tried to post on my site over the last 4 years or so. A sampling…

Shulman’s history is telling. His mother is Alix Kates Shulman, a pro-abort feminist who achieved some level of fame in the 1960s and 70s, during Shulman’s formative years, since he was born in 1961. Here’s Alix’s website. She is most well known for writing the feminist novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen.
Alix has spoken of aborting 4 of Shulman’s siblings, “and not one was the result of carelessness.” Theodore has commented on these abortions, saying 2 came before him and 2 after. Shulman has one living sister, Polly, born in 1963.
This isn’t quite over, but at least Shulman is incarcerated.
My moderators and Kelli have been in on the FBI investigation for the entire time and have been a tremendous help compiling information, including IP addresses, and reporting Shulman’s comments, or attempts to comment. As you can see, moderating here isn’t just about conversing! I really appreciate them.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Baby Joseph - Still Fighting to Save Him

There is good news & bad news in the Baby Joseph story. The good news is that he is still on life support for now. The bad news is that the hospital in Michigan they hoped to transfer him to has decided against it.
But his parents haven't given up the fight. Thursday afternnon their lawyer announced that he will be trying to broker a deal with the hospital rather than going to court. Nothing as of yet ahs been announced either way. Meanwhile, the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee has yet to rule on the request by the hospital to allow them to go ahead with removing the breathing tube.
Naturally this case has drawn the attention of many pro-life groups in the US who are working to find another American hospital to take him. Not surprizing, the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is 1 of those groups. On Thursday Bobby Schindler traveled up to Ontario to meet with the parents. He had this to say about the situation: “The family wants to bring their baby home and they’re being denied. That’s what our family - we were fighting for the same thing, really. To bring Terri home and to care for her and show her the compassion that really only a family can do.”
Suzanne Vitadamo, Terri’s sister had this to say: “The Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network stands with the family of Baby Joseph Maraachli,” she said. “It is unacceptable for Canadian Health Allocation Officials and/or the Canadian government to make decisions for baby Joseph and his family. Every patient, regardless of age, has a right to proper and dignified health care. It is frightening to once again see government usurp the God given rights of parents to love and care for their child at home.”
Meanwhile, a short video from last weekend of baby Joseph has come out. It shows that the hopsital's claim that Baby Joseph is in a "permanent vegetative state" is false. No wonder they banned any more video. 1 of the questions it raises is why are his hands tied down?
How can a baby be in a vegetative state who has his hands tied - as we speak - for him to not pull out his tube?” asked Joseph’s aunt, Samar Nader. “How does a baby in a vegetative state respond to combing or tickling?” Here is that video.

The more I see, the more I am convinced that this is an attempt to end his life quickly to save money for the health care system. & that lies are being told to cover it up. Hopefully things will work out to give Baby Joseph the proper care he deserves. Keep praying.

Sources:U.S. Hospital Rejects Baby Joseph, Family Not Giving Up Hope
As U.S. groups rush to aid baby Joseph, lawyers seek to broker deal
EXCLUSIVE: Videos show ‘vegetable’ Baby Joseph reacting to parents


Thursday, February 24, 2011

New York City - Most Dangerous City for Unborn Black Babies

This billboard put up by Life Always is drawing its share of attention It is located at the corner of Watts Street & 6th Ave, & directs viewers to go to It islocated about a half a mile from one of three New York City Planned Parenthood abortion facilities which jointly reported nearly 17,000 abortions in 2010.

The billboard is trying to draw attention to the fact that abortions kill 300,000 black unborn children annually. Life Always Board Member Pastor Stephen Broden told the Catholic News Agency: “During Black History Month, we celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion. We have seen the heartbreaking effects of opportunists who happen to be black abortionists perpetrating this atrocity; it’s not just babies who are in danger, it’s also their mothers, and our society at large.”
A representative of Life Always, Marissa Gabrysch told NBC NY: “There’s a grave disparity and just a huge disproportion that African-Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population yet represent 36 percent of abortions in the United States.” She went on to say that African-Americans are claimed in abortions twice as frequently as they lose their lives to violent crimes, AIDS, cancer, heart disease and motor vehicle accidents combined.
Rev. Derek McCoy, another Life Always board member, had this to say: “This campaign highlights the tragedy that abortion is the number one killer since 1973 in the black community and the truth that we must confront in a city with a near 60 percent abortion rate for black women.”
Not surprizingly Planned Parenthood isn't too happy that the truth is getting out. They told NBC NY “These billboards are offensive and disturbing. The creators are using divisive messaging around race to restrict access to medical care.”
Public Advocate Bill De Blasio demanded the billboard be taken down, saying, “This billboard simply doesn’t belong in our city. The ad violates the values of New Yorkers and is grossly offensive to women and communities of color.”
The only people these ads are offensive to are those supporting the racial genocide being done by PP & others via abortion. It offends them because it tells the truth about their values, values that I highly doubt are the values of most New Yorkers that respects life. These people objecting to the billboard clealy have values that say it is OK to kill minority babies because we don't want them arround. The billboard also points out that PP intentionally targets minorities to get rid of them because of those values, values inculcated by PP's founder Margaret Sanger.
1 New Yorker told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa that he doesn’t object to the three-story high ad. He said: “I think they’re trying to send a message to us African-Americans because we do do a lot of abortions and I think we shouldn’t be doing it.” This gentleman clearly reflects the true value of New Yorkers more that Mr. De Blasio does.
Last December a city health department report showed that 41 percent of pregnancies in New York City ended in abortion in 2009. Of the 87,273 abortions blacks had the highest number of abortions, almost half, with 40,798, according to the report. Hispanics had the second highest number of abortions, 28,364. & with PP doing so many of them, it is no wonder they find the billboard objectionable. It once again shows what PP means by health care, abortions 1st & formost. & especially as a means to carry out its racist agenda.


Another Planned Parenthood Lie - We Want to Reduce the Number of Abortions

Planned Parenthood is constantly claiming that they need our tax dollars to promote sex education that includes the use of birth control to reduce the number of abortions needed. Yet it seems like the numbers don't support the claim.
Recently PP released its 2009 report. That report showed that PP did more abortions in 2009 than it did in any year since they started doing them. Yes, I am sad to report that PP did a record number of abortions. The report shows that affiliates nationwide did 332,278 surgical abortions or abortions using the dangerous RU 486 abortion during in 2009.
That’s 2.5 percent more abortions than the September 2010 report they released covering 2008 that showed it doing 324,008 abortions & that was a 6.1 percent increase over the 305,310 abortions it did in 2007. The 2007 figure was itself a 5.3 percent increase over the 289,750 abortions Planned Parenthood did in 2006.
With approximately 1.2 million abortions being done annually in the United States via surgical abortions or the mifepristone abortion drug, Planned Parenthood has increased its share of the abortion industry to 27.6 percent of those abortions.
As Jim Sedlak of American Life League pointed out: “Planned Parenthood has increased its number of abortions for 15 straight years. During that time, it has gone from committing 9.3 percent of all abortions in the United States to committing 27.5 percent.” He also estimates 40% of PP's income is from abortions. No wonder they are pushing to do more.
& while the number of abortions done by PP went up, the same report also shows it providing fewer pregnant women with non-abortion services. PP provided prenatal services to merely 7,021 women and referred only 977 women for adoption services. That means that for every adoption there were 329.86 babies murdered via abortion.
These numbers were a 25 percent drop in prenatal care clients, including a whopping 59 percent decline in adoption referrals from the 2,405 adoption referrals in 2008. PP helped only 9,433 prenatal clients in 2008, down substantially from the 11,000 women it provided prenatal care to in 2007.
When you look at the figures you find that despite their manipulation of the numbers, 97.6 percent of pregnant women going to PP are sold abortions while less than 2.4 percent of pregnant women received non-abortion services including adoption and prenatal care. That’s up from 96.5 percent of pregnant women going to PP getting abortions in 2008. What these number show is that health care given to pregnant woman has fallen substantially over the years.
So much for their claims of existing to provide health care etc for men & women. PP exists to perform abortions, cover up rape & incest & make big bucks doing so.
Despite all these facts, the media continues to paint PP as the good guys. Their supporters are joining in with Cecile Richards to call for continued tax money being given to them. Yet the reality is totally different. & it is getting harder for them to hide it or deny it. Those that are behind PP & the rest of the abortion industry are either so misled that they don't see the truth, or so sold out to the "culture of death" that they don't care as long as they can continue killing unborn babies & making money at it.


Planned Parenthood or Planned PredatorHoods?

Planned Parenthood's predator problem
By Matt C. Abbott
Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:08:02 PM
I have nothing but contempt for Planned Parenthood and all that it stands for. Not that I believe every person associated with the abortion giant is evil—some are simply misguided and need our prayers (and, praise Jesus, Abby Johnson has converted to the pro-life movement)—but Planned Parenthood's agenda is definitely evil.
One of my favorite pro-life organizations is Life Dynamics, headed by veteran activist Mark Crutcher. Crutcher has a recent blog post heavily excerpted below (see his full commentary by clicking here):
‘When Americans hear the term ‘organized crime,' it is unlikely that names like Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation leap to their minds.
Maybe they should.
‘In the last few weeks, the pro-life group Live Action released the results of an undercover sting operation they conducted in which they identified several Planned Parenthood offices that were willing to help a ‘pimp' conceal the fact that he was trafficking underage girls into the U.S. from other countries to work in the sex trade. Naturally, Planned Parenthood's damage control gurus immediately sprung into action and tried to paint this as the ‘regrettable' actions of a few rogue employees and, to make the point, they throw the miscreants under the bus with a swift dismissal. But the question is: Are these people really the exception?
‘As many of you may remember, at Life Dynamics we did an undercover investigation in 2002 by calling over 850 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facilities across America. Our caller was a young woman portraying a 13-year-old who was pregnant by her 22-year-old boyfriend. Her story was that she and her boyfriend needed an abortion in order to keep this sexual activity a secret from her parents and the police….
‘By the time our investigation was completed, we had an admission by agents of almost every Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facility in America that they are willing—and in many cases eager—to conceal a sexual crime that was being committed against a 13-year-old child. Toward that end, the caller was given step-by-step instructions on how to circumvent state laws that were enacted for the sole purpose of protecting children in situations exactly like this. Moreover, the manner in which they handled these calls made it obvious that this is something they do routinely and several of these abortion clinic workers even volunteered statements to that effect….
‘The bottom line is, our investigation proved beyond any doubt that Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation are nothing less than corporate pedophiles who knowingly protect men who rape underage girls. Not only are these people engaged in organized crime, they are involved in the largest criminal enterprise in American history and their victims are children.
‘Recently, a case in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, reinforced the importance of this issue. According to documents released by the Department of Justice, 66-year-old George Joseph England went to Vietnam where he bought—that's right, bought!—a 3-year-old child from her mother and immediately turned this little girl into his personal sex slave. He eventually took her to live with him in California but, after being convicted of sexually assaulting three of her 10-year-old friends, he fled to Florida where the victim says England continued to rape her on an almost daily basis.
‘At the age of 13, she got pregnant for the first time but, unfortunately, not the last. Court documents show that she was forced to undergo at least eight abortions over the next five years. Then, at the age of 18, she told a neighbor what was going on and, finally, the authorities were brought in. England is now expected to spend the rest of his miserable life in prison.
‘But the problem is that there are other criminals who were directly responsible for the ongoing rape of this child who are not in jail. Let me be as clear about this as I can. The people at the abortion clinics where these abortions took place are every bit as guilty for what happened to that girl as is this pervert who is now rotting in prison. If they had complied with their state's mandatory reporting laws, this situation would have ended at least five years earlier. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The George Joseph Englands of this world have no greater ally than the American abortion lobby. If there is one thing that this country's sexual predators understand, it is that the people down at Planned Parenthood know how to keep their mouths shut.
‘I will also say this: If the authorities in Florida are not investigating the abortion clinics where this child was taken and bringing criminal indictments against those who did not comply with these mandatory reporting laws, these law enforcement people should also be dragged away in hand cuffs and leg irons. They are complicit, after the fact, in the rape of this child….'
On a related note, the Catholic blogosphere has been engaging in a debate—and a healthy one, in my opinion—over the morality of Live Action's methods.
Dawn Eden and William Doino Jr. weigh in here. Steve Kellmeyer weighs in here. Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller weighs in here. Thomas Peters weighs in here. There are others as well.
NOTE: In the hearing into ethical violations by former Kansas attorney Phill Kline currently going on, a bombsehell came out that has been pretty much ignored by the media. (no surprize) In testimony he gave under oath on Monday Kline revealed to the court that he found 166 instances during a specific time period when girls younger than 14 years old got abortions at clinics owned either by late-term abortionist George Tiller or Planned Parenthood of Overland Park. But during that same time period, Kline testified, Planned Parenthood reported only one case of child rape, & Tiller reported only one case of child rape. This means there were 164 instances when girls 13-years-old & younger had abortions at one of those abortion clinics, the clinics failed to report the abortions to authorities. The Live Action investigations, the others mentioned in the Abbott article, the Washington state 1 I recently shared & many others to numerous to mention that can be found at LifeSiteNews & LifeNews all add up to 1 inescapable fact. Clearly what PP claims have been aberations are anything but. PP's corperate culture clearly sees covering up rape, esp statuatory rape as standard operation proceedure.
Planned, Aided & Abetted PredatorHood indeed.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli OP

Venerable Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli OP
4 November 1806 - 23 February 1864

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Venerable Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli OP. Fr. Mazzuchelli was born in Milano, Italia to a merchant family. educated at Somaschi Fathers' School, Lugano, Switzerland. In 1823 at the age of 17 he entered the Dominican novitiate against the wishes of his father. In 1928 he came to the USA. He completed his studies at Cincinnati, & was ordained a priest in 1830. At that time, much of the Upper Midwest was still under the care of the Bishop of Cincinnati, Edward Fenwick. Bishop Fenwick assigned him as a missionary at Mackinac Island, operating in Michigan, the Upper Peninsula, Green Bay & southern Canada.
His missionary work eventually brought him to the DBQ area in the mid 1830s. It was in this area that he operated out of for the rest of his life. Part of his work was to help Bishop Matthias Loras organize the then Diocese of Dubuque which covered the state of Iowa after it was erected in 1837.
Over the years he helped found or reorginized over 30 parishes from Wisconsin to to Illinois to Muscatine & Iowa City in Iowa. 3 of those parishes were named after the three Archangels: Saint Raphael's (the cathedral for the Archdiocese) in Dubuque, St. Michael's in Galena, Illinois, and Saint Gabriel's in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He also designed & built over 20 church buildings as well as some civic buildings. In 1848, he founded St. Clara Academy (now Dominican University of Illinois), a frontier school for young women.
In 1847, he founded the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. & as anyone who has followed this blog know, in recent years they have totally betrayed their founder by supporting radical feminism as well as abortion. I am sure that they are causing him to shed many tears before the throne of God.
1844 Fr. Mazzuchelli made a brief return ti Italia. While there he wrote & published his Memorie . . . d’un Missionario Apostolico, to acquaint the Italians with the people, government, religion, and culture of the United States.
Additionally, as a part of his missionary work among the Menominee & Winnebago of this area. In 1833 he published a Winnebago prayer book. In 1834 he wrote a liturgical almanac in Chippewa, the first printed item in Wisconsin.
Along the way Fr. Mazzuchelli became an American citizen. While he loved his new country he was also aware of the problems brewing because of slavery. He even contacted President Andrew Johnson about his concerns of the injustices being done to the Indians by government policy.
1 of the parishes he helped found was Saint Patrick's Church in Benton, Wisconsin. He founded it in 1852 & spent the last years of his life as pastor of the parish. It on this date in 1864 that he died. It came about because of exposure to the bitter cold weather when he went to visit a sick parishoner. He is buried in the parish cemetery (marker below) which is open to the public to visit.

In 1966 on Hwy. 11, 1 mi. W of Benton, Lafayette County in Wisconsin the below historical marker was erected.

The text reads:
In 1835 Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, Dominican missionary, came to the lead region from the Green Bay-Mackinac frontier. One year later he addressed the opening session of the territorial legislature. Soon he was establishing schools and preparing teachers for the children of the settlers. In 1847 he formed Wisconsin's first teaching sisterhood, the Sinsiniawa Dominican Sisters. At Benton he founded St. Clara Academy and taught science with the earliest laboratory instruments. To the Irish miners, this American from Italy was "Father Matthew Kelly." To settlers of many creeds, he was civic leader and friend, builder of the city of man and the city of God. At his death in 1864, Father Mazzuchelli was interred in the cemetery of St. Patrick's Church in Benton, one of the twenty churches he designed and built in the upper Mississippi Valley.

The cause for Fr. Mazzuchelli's sainthood was opened in 1964 & he was declared a Servant of God. )n 6 July 1993 he was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II. There is currently a miracle being investigated that could lead to his being declared Blessed sometime soon.
There is an historical exhibit of historical artifacts at Sinsinawa Mound. I recomend seeing it depsite the other problems with Sinsinawa Mound these days. It is a fascinating collection that, despite a few PC comments added, gives a great insight into who Fr. Mazzuchelli was as well as the years of work he put in serving the Lord as a missionary. (A half hour documentary suffers from the same PCitus.)
1 of the artifacts there is his Penance Chain he wore to unite himself with the suffering of Christ. Many sick have come to the Mound to have that chain laid on them & receive prayer for his intercession. In 2001 Robert Uselmann, a resident of Monona, Wisconsin had gone to Sinsinawa Mound with his family in to pray to Mazzuchelli for his intercession in curing him of cancer. While there he prayed with the sisters, using Mazzuchelli's penance chain. Uselmann later discovered that a cancerous tumor had disappeared from his lung. In 2006, Bishop Morlino received official notice from Fr. Vito Gomez, a Dominican priest who serves as the Postulator (or "Promoter") of all Dominican Causes being examined by the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome about the possible miracle. At the request of Fr. Gomez, on 20 February 2007 Bishop Morlino issued a decree constituting a diocesan Board of Inquiry into the miracle. On 21 August the tribunal concluded its work. The work done by that tribunal has been sent to Rome. It is now in the hands of the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints who will make the final determination if this was truly a miracle. If it is determined it was, that will allow the process to go forward for his beatification. If so, given the practice of Papa Benedetto, it is likely the beatification rites will be held somewhere in this area with the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints designated to preside over the ceremony as Papal Delegate. At that time an official feast day will be added to the US calendar as well. (Although not today as it is the memorial of St. Polycarp.) God willing, that day will be soon.

I have to add a couple of interesting little bits of trivia. Today is the feast of St. Polycarp of Smyrna. St. Polycarp was the disciple of St. John the Evangelist. 1 of St Polycarp's disciples was St. Irenaeus of Lyons. Irenaeus was Bishop of Lyons, France (then known as Lugdunum, Gaul). Lyons is the diocese where Bishop Loras was ordained a priest. Bishop Loras was also a tutor to St John Mary Vianney. (Bishop Loras is supposed to have slapped St. John in the face 1 day from fustration at the difficulty he had in learning Latin.) & as I pointed out. Fr. Mazzuchelli helped Bishop Loras get the DBQ Diocese organized. These connections remind us of how the Catholic Church today is the One, Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church founded by Jesus.
The other bit of trivia is on a more personal level, not that the above wasn't because of of being in the DBQ Archdiocese all my life. Fr. Mazzuchelli died 1 day after my grandfather, George Washington Troup, was born in Haggerstown, MD. (22 February 1864)

Other resources: Mazzuchelli, Samuel Charles 1806 - 1864 (Wisconson Historical Society)
Father Samuel Mazzuchelli (Historic Marker Erected (Wisconson Historical Society)
Wikipedia entry
Cause for sainthood moves forward


Time for a Little Higher Edumication

It Honestly Sounds to Me Like Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier of California Is In Denial

I am not trying to play amateur psychologist. But I do have enough of a background in psychology as well as knowledge about post-abortion syndrome to say that she is reacting the way she is because she is suffering from it. How else can you explain her willingness to call it a pregnancy that didn't work? I have several friends who have had miscarriages. & they call it what it is, the loss of a child. Her cold words are hiding the real pain & guilt she is feeling. & trying to justify what she knows is wrong.
What is really sad, is that not only is she allowing herself to continue to feel guilt she doesn't need to, she is denying other women the same opportunity. There are plenty of groups that are willing to help women & men find the healing & forgiveness they need. I have a list of some of them under "Post-Abortion Healing" in the column at the right. I feel soory for Rep Speier & pray she will come to admit the truth & get the forgiveness & healing she so sorely needs.
U.S. Rep. Speier: ‘intolerant people’ use the word abortion ‘to cast shame’
by Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2011 ( - After sharing an emotional story on the House floor about her own abortion last Thursday, Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier of California has now penned an article claiming that the term “abortion” is only used to bolster “intolerant thinking” concerning the killing of unborn children.
“In our nation’s political dictionary ‘abortion’ is a word employed by intolerant people to cast shame on women who choose it,” wrote Speier in a Huffington Post column Sunday.
Speier had described the story of her abortion after Rep. Chris Smith, speaking in defense of a budget amendment that would defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood Thursday evening, quoted the testimony of one of the organization’s directors who left the abortion business after watching a live image of a child being killed by an ultrasound-guided abortion.
“There is nothing whatsoever benign or caring or generous or just or compassionate or nurturing about abortion,” said Smith. “Earlier one of our colleagues called abortion healthy for the child. Abortion dismembers children piece by piece. ... Have you ever seen what a D&E [dilation and extraction] is? The doctor goes in with forceps and this device and literally hacks that baby to death.”
Responding, Speier said, “I had a procedure at 17 weeks, pregnant with a child that had moved from the vagina into the cervix, and that procedure that you just talked about was a procedure that I endured. I lost a baby.” She chastised Smith for suggesting that abortions are sought “cavalierly.” Her emotional testimony won strong accolades from abortion supporters.
Speier spokesman Tim Schlittner said after the speech that the congresswoman did not consider the event she described to be an “abortion,” but rather a “miscarriage”; however, a Huffington Post article later confirmed that Speier was referring to an abortion procedure she underwent in her early 40s.
In her Sunday column, Speier again spurned use of the word “abortion” as pejorative, and referred to the event as “a painful time in my life when the pregnancy my husband and I prayed for was unsuccessful.”
“For me there was no guilt, only the pain of a pregnancy that did not work,” she said. “The fetus had slipped from my uterus into my vagina and could not survive. To stave off a life-threatening infection and to keep the possibility of a future birth alive, I had what’s called dilation and evacuation or ‘d & e.’
“But for people, particularly my colleagues who don’t want Planned Parenthood to be funded, I simply had an abortion.”

Day Gardner To Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI): What's Wrong With Mayonnaise Sandwiches

Day Gardner is the head of the National Black Pro-Life Union. When she heard what Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) said during the debate leading up to the vote to defund Planned Parenthood, she was none too happy. So Gardner came up with a response that, IMHO, let Moore have it with both barrels:
"Let me get this straight; Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) says if the federal government stops funding Planned Parenthood, hungry, crying children will need to eat the Ramen noodles and mayonnaise sandwiches to fill their little bellies.
So, Gwen, what you are implying is–it’s better to fund an organization whose core business includes killing off our children by abortion rather than allowing the children to ‘suffer’ through the enjoyment of eating Ramen noodles?
Gwen, I am grew up one of seven children. My mother talks about how when we were little, she had to really stretch meals when times were tough for her and my dad. The funny thing is we all remember Mother as a greatest cook ever!
And just FYI: I helped raise my sister’s three children on a very mediocre salary. For three years our family of six included my son, two nephews, a niece and my husband and me. We all ate quite well on 70 dollars a week–that’s $10 a day. Gwen, I know 50 ways to cook pasta. Our meals were filling, cheap and very, very tasty.
Representative Moore, I have one last thing to say: Try this recipe. Cook Ramen noodles as usual–drain. Sprinkle the season pack over the drained noodles–toss and enjoy. Try the same recipe adding diced chicken, fresh veggies when available, but frozen or canned veggies work, too. Yum!
Oh, and don’t even get me started on mayonnaise sandwiches–a childhood favorite
I'll stick to Miracle Whip. That aside, Moore has ended up insulting a huge portion of the population that has had to stretch their food budget at 1 time or another, myself included. In addition Rep Moore would do well to remember that much of the best Italiano food came about because of the same reason, my peasant ancestors had to stretch their little food as far as possible.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Baby Joseph - Hospital Playing Dirty Pool, Denying Parental Rights

Over the past few days I have been following & sharing about the Baby Joseph story up in Ontario. & the more I see, the less I am liking Canada's health care system which seems hell bent on murder.
Yes, I am angry. Just when it looks like the parents have a chance to give their son the opportunity to get proper treatment at a hospital in Michigan, the hospital that wants to remove the hospital where he currently is is acting like a spoiled brat & trying to take away the parents rights so they can go ahead with killing him as they want.
& it is clear that they are trying to hide something as well, the truth about Baby Joseph's condition. They will not allow the parents to see the child without a security guard present. They have banned Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, who is trying to help the parents transfer the child, from seeing Baby Joseph. additionally they have threatened to ban the parents if they try to take videos.
Now why would they want to do that unless they had something to hide? That is the only reason I can come up with for preventing the family from documenting Joseph’s responses & movements. Those videos would likely prove the parents claims Joseph is fully responsive to touch. & in particular that he hates being touched by cold hands, tickles easily, a& moves his head when his hair is brushed. The family also says he responds to loud noises by turning his head toward the sound. If they could document that then it would raise questions about the claims that the baby is in a “persistent vegetative state”.
As I said, I am angry about the situation. Victoria Hospital in London is acting in a way that can only be described as cruel. Sick & sadistic are other words that I would use to describe the hospital's treatment of the parents & their wishes for what is best for their son.
For now, Baby Joseph is still on life support. But the hospital has petitioned the Office of the Public Guardian to allow them to take him off life support. Please pray that the parents rights are preserved & that they can allow Baby Jospeh the right to die with his loving family caring for him rather than being suffocated as the hospital wants to.
A Facebook page in support of the parents of Joseph Maraachli has been started. It has over 6000 people who have joined in their support. To show yours, click here.


Peter Kreeft Looks At Why What Live Action Is Doing is Right

A little over a week ago I put up a post on why I think that what Live Action is doing is OK. A couple of days ago I came across Peter Kreeft's take on the issue. Naturally, I was interested to see what he said since I think very highly of him. But before I get to what he wrote, I'd like to share a little background about him.
I 1st came across Peter Kreeft back in the early 80s when I came across his book Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley. The book grabbed my attention for the obvious reason that it dealt with CS Lewis as well as Kennedy & Huxley. Over the years I have read some of his other writings including The Snakebite Letters which was his taken on The Screwtape Letters.
Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College & at the King's College (Empire State Building), in New York City.
Given his philosophical background, he approaches the recent Live Action controversy from the perspective of ethics. He starts out by saying "not only (1) that its actions were right but (2) that they were very clearly right."
Then he goes on to explain why he says what he said. In short he gives a lesson in moral philosophy. No it is not a complex commentary. It is a simple easy to understand explanation that anyone can understand.
Follow the link below to read his entire arguement. There is also a link to Mark Shea's response. Good people are obviously disagreeing on this issue. & I am sure that none of us are going to settle it decisively. I may be wrong, Peter Kreeft may be wrong. But for now, until I see stronger evidence to the contrary, or a direct statement from Papa Benedetto, I am siding with peter Kreeft & Lila Rose.

Cardinal Arinze - Kneeling, Kneelers, Altar Rails

From Abortionist To Pro-Life Hero - Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson RIP

Long before there was a Lila Rose, long before there was an Abby Johnson, there was Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson.
Born in 1926, his father was a prominant OB?GYN physician. Nathenson followed in his father's footsteps. While attending McGill University Medical College in Montreal, he had his first experience with abortion. He had gotten his girlfriend pregnant. He used the money received in the mail from his father to pay for her abortion, at a time when the procedure was illegal. “It served as my introductory excursion into the satanic world of abortion,” he later wrote.
He became board-certified in obstetrics gynecology in 1960. In the 60s he settled in New York & began his practice. He said that he saw plenty of poor women scared by illegal abortions. He once wrote “Illegal abortion was in 1967 the number one killer of pregnant women.”
In the 60s he got another girlfriend pregnant & performed the abortion himself. In his book, The Hand of God, he wrote about the experience. “I swear to you that I had no feelings aside from the sense of accomplishment, the pride of expertise.” He went on to describe the abortionist’s mindset: “icy; conscienceless; remorselessly perverting his medical skills; defiling his ethical charge; and helping, nay seducing, with his clinical calm, his oh-so-comforting professionalism, women into the act that comes closest to self-slaughter.”
In 1969 he attended a conference on abortion laws in Chicago. There he was elected to a committee to form what was then called National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws we now know it as NARAL Pro-Choice America. he later admitted that the numbers he once cited for NARAL concerning the number of deaths linked to illegal abortions were "false figures". He inflating the figure from a few hundred to 10,000 to gain sympathy for their cause. Unfortunately, even though evidence has shown how wrong these figures were is arround, these same figures are still being bandied arround by the pro-aborts to justify legal abortion.
After helping get New York's abortion law changed he opened Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health (CRASH), the 1st free standing abortion clinic. It was also the largest clinic in the world. & like many an other clinic, including some recently in the news, it didn't exactly do things as they should. In his book Aborting America, Nathanson described his successful efforts to keep CRASH from being shut down by health officials. It was finally closed in 1988 by the New York City health department. The closure stemmed from a patient death as well as licensing issues. Among othe findings, the inspectors discovered that the deceased patient's post-operative note, describing her as "pink, responsive, alert," had been entered into the chart before surgery had been initiated. Other shortcomings were similar to those Nathanson had described correcting during his own tenure, for example, ill-lit operating rooms & generally dirty conditions. You can read more about the reasons for closing it here.
During the time he ran CRASH he neglected his wife & young son. In 1972 he left the clinic but continued to perform abortions. He estimated that he presided over 75,000 abortions as director of the facility He also instructed fellow practitioners in the performance of 15,000 other abortions. 1 of those he helped train was late term abortionist George Tiller. Nathanson says that he personally performed about 5,000 abortions including late term abortions.
The 70s saw the advent of ultrasound technology. It was his viewing images from the new ultrasound technology in the 70s that convinced him of the humanity of the unborn baby. Talking after the death of Tiller he said he couldn't understand why Tiller never became Pro-life.He said that "one wonders why he never changed his mind based on the scientific evidence. That is where I changed my mind, based on fetoscopies and ultrasound studies.”
Once we had ultrasound in place, we could study the fetus and see it was a member of our community. If you don’t do that, you’re just a creature of political ideology. In 1970, there were approximately 1,100 articles on the functioning of the fetus. By 1990, there were 22,000. The data piled up swiftly and opened a window into the womb." Nathanson did his last abortion in 1979.
In 1984, he made the documentary The Silent Scream. It showed an abortion from the perspective of ultrasound. In 1987 he made a 2nd documentary, Eclipse of Reason, that dealt with late-term abortions.
In the 90s he found himself drawn to the Catholic Church. At the time he described himself as a Jewish atheist. For several years he had been meeting with Fr. C. John McCloskey, an Opus Dei priest. In 1994 announced that he wanted to become a Catholic. this was a complete turnaround from the late 60s when, as a part of his work with NARAL, he targetted the Catholic Church, whose opposition to abortion they blamed for every botched illegal abortion they brought before the media.
Finally, in December of 1996 he was baptized a Catholic* by Cardinal John O’Connor in a private Mass with a group of friends in New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He also received confirmation & first Communion from the cardinal. Talking about his baptism, he said, “I was in a real whirlpool of emotion, and then there was this healing, cooling water on me, and soft voices, and an inexpressible sense of peace. I had found a safe place.”
In his 1996 autobiography The Hand of God, he outlined the enormous challenge of restoring a pro-life ethic: “Abortion is now a monster so unimaginably gargantuan that even to think of stuffing it back into its cage … is ludicrous beyond words. Yet that is our charge — a herculean endeavor.”
He admitted his regret saying “I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.”
Up to the end he continued to do what he could to turn things arround. In 2008 he made the following video insupport of South Dakota Initiative 11.

Nathanson died at his home in New York Feb. 21 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 84. He is survived by his 4th wife, Christine. He is also survived by a son, Joseph, from a previous marriage.
While I never had the chance to meet Dr. Nathanson, I was very familiar with his work. The Silent Scream remains a milestone in the effort to get the truth out about abortion. It gave us the 1st graphic look at what an abortion does to a living human being. His conversion from pro-abortion to pro-life shows us that no one is so far gone that they can't realize the truth about abortion & change. We have truly lost a pro-life hero.
Many statements have been released mourning the passing of Dr. Nathanson. & I am sure many more will come out over the next few days. Naturally NARAL has nothing on their website about his death. To do so would be to admit that he was right about abortion & that their continued existance sould cease.
* I find it interesting to see the number of former abortion supporters who have become Catholic. Besides Dr. Nathanson, there are Norma McCorvey, the Roe of Roe v Wade, & Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director who is in the process of joining the Catholic Church. Also Lila Rose converted to Catholicism.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Baby Joseph May Get a Reprieve

A couple days ago I shared a story about the death sentence the Ontario Courts issued for one-year-old Joseph Maraachli of Windsor. Some good news arrived over the weekend & it looks like there will be at least a temporary stay on the removal of the ventalator. & if all goes well he may be allowed to transfer to a Michigan hospital where he will be treated with the care he deserves rather than the doctor imposed death sentance.

Baby Joseph saved from life support removal – transfer to Michigan hospital likely
by John-Henry Westen

LONDON, Ontario, February 17, 2011 ( - One-year-old Joseph Maraachli of Windsor, Ontario, who was to have his life support removed Monday at 10 am. against his parents’ wishes, will now not die on the day that Ontario residents celebrate as Family Day. A hustle by pro-life and anti-euthanasia groups resulted in a change in legal counsel, which has led to at least a temporary stay of removal of the child’s ventilator.
Alex Schadenberg, head of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, informed LifeSiteNews Sunday evening that negotiations are underway to transfer Joseph to a hospital in Michigan.
In a statement released today, London Health Sciences Centre said it has received a request from a Michigan hospital “to review Baby Joseph Maraachli’s medical information regarding the feasibility and appropriateness of a potential patient transfer.”
“Our focus at this time is to work with the family on a patient care plan and to continue to provide compassionate and dignified care and comfort to Baby Joseph,” said the statement.
Tomorrow’s scheduled vigil in support of Baby Joseph and the Maraachli family is still happening at 9 am. outside Victoria Hospital at Wellington and Commissioners in London, Ontario.
To join a Facebook page in support of the parents of Joseph Maraachli, click here.
Last week the Ontario Superior Court rejected an appeal by Josephs’ parents to bring him home where he can die under their care.
“Monday at 10 am. they will kill my baby,” Moe Maraachli, Joseph’s father, had told LifeSiteNews shortly after the ruling. “There’s no more humanity. There’s no more chance. I’ve tried everything for him. No more appeals, nothing.”
Joseph was taken to Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario in October where he was diagnosed with severe neurological issues. Doctors gave him no chance of recovery. Moe and his wife Sana have asked doctors to perform a tracheotomy so that they could take Joseph home, but the doctors refused, saying the procedure was too risky.
The Maraachlis’ daughter died from similar complications eight years ago, but in that case doctors performed a tracheotomy and they were able to take her home. Joseph’s parents want the same for him.
But in January, the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario sided with the hospital, and a date for removing Joseph’s respirator was set. The family was able to hold it off by filing an appeal with the Superior Court.
Superior Court Justice Helen Rady also sided with the hospital, saying that Joseph is in a permanent vegetative state with no brain stem reflex. However, Joseph’s family members have said that the boy still responds to stimuli.
In a press release earlier Sunday, Campaign Life Coalition noted that “Baby Joseph (was) to be killed on Family Day.”
“I don’t understand it. Do doctors’ rights now trump parental rights?” asked Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition. “And what about the dignity of the child to die in the loving arms of his parents at home? This outrageous stripping of parental rights is very worrisome.”
To join a Facebook page in support of the parents of Joseph Maraachli, click here.
Contact Information:
Bonnie Adamson
President and CEO, London Health Sciences Centre
800 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario Canada N6A 5W9
Phone: 519-685-8462
Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Legislative BuildingQueen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Fax: (416) 325-3745
E-mail: Use this form.

Tim Hudak, Opposition Leader
The Ontario PC Party
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Toronto, ON M5H 3H1
Phone: 416-861-0020
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Fax: 416-861-9593


On The Cover of the Rolling Stone

A couple of weeks ago, if you would have told me I would have Justin Bieber as the topic of 1 post let alone 2 I would have said you are crazy. But I guess I should know by now that life often takes some unusual turns & where you least expect it, a relevent post shows up.
In this case, it turns out that Rolling Stone Magazine left out of the online quotes from the story that accompanied some pictures part of what Bieber said about abortion in the case of rape as well cut out a couple key words in his statement about abortion.
Here are the quotes, with what was left out originally in bold print:
1st the question about if he rape. “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.” So, rather than a somewhat wishy washy statement on abortion in the case of rape, he makes it clear that he doesn't see it as a reason.
Then there was the original statement on abortion. Again the online version left a line out that was in the print version.
I really don’t believe in abortion. I think it [an embryo] is a human. It’s like killing a baby.” ("an embryo" was added by Rolling Stone.) Adding the missing sentance makes the whole statement a lot clearer & a lot more forceful.
The whole paragraph on abortion starts out saying "He's definitely against abortion, too." Somethuing I am sure didn't sit to well with many at the magazine.
Rolling Stone put a correction on its website with a link to the print article showing the correct statements. They said that the mistake was "Due to an editing error". & pointed out that even though it was "incomplete" online, the print article had the full quote with the aforementioned link.
I suspect that it wasn't so much due to an editing error in the sense they mean. Rather, I suspect the person doing the editing at best, subconciously intended to make his statement weaker than it really was.
I have to add that this is definitely not the same Rolling Stone that it was in the late 60s early 70s when Hunter S. Thompson (the model for Duke in Doonesbury) roamed the halls. Clearly it has gone mainstream. It did so in the 70s but still kept an edge. In the 80s P. J. O'Rourke became the foreign-affairs desk chief. That was definitely an interesting contrast from most of the staff. But even with the many different changes, 1 thing is certain, it is still a big thing to get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone. (I wonder how many copies Justin Bieber bought for his mother?)

Meanwhile We Have Chris Matthews Showing What A Rude Horse's Area Near the Tail He Is

Of course his rude ignorant behavior is no surprize. & he doesn't want the truth about Planned Parenthood to get out. & despite claims to the contrary, he doesn't want to understand. In fact Matthews has his head buried deeper in the sand than any ostrich ever did. If he really wanted the truth he would have looked at those videos. & he would have asked the pro-aborts how the justify PP getting any money in light of what they really do.

I have to be honest, if I was on the show, I think I would have told off Chris Matthews after the 1st time he interupted & told him to quit making an ass of himself.

The end of the interview was clearly a self-serving peice of BS to justify his making a total fool of himself & showing that he has sold his soul to the devil. & in this case, I mean that literally as well as figuratively.

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