Nope, no media bias here.

New York Daily News Promotes Pro-Abortion Language in Writers Guidelines

The New York Daily News (NYDN), the sixth largest newspaper in the United States, uses a set of writer guidelines that promote abortion through their choice of language.

The NYDN writing requirements promote an anti-life mindset by instructing writers to avoid certain words when dealing with the abortion issue. The words “pro-life” and “pro-lifers”, for example, must be replaced with “abortion foes”, “abortion opponents” or in the case of constricted title space, “abort foes”.

The pro-abortion bias is even more evident in the fact that NYDN writers may only include the positive terms “pro-life” and “pro-lifers” in direct quotations.

On the other hand, when describing someone who supports abortion as a woman’s right, writers must choose positive terms, such as “abortion rights activist”, “pro-abortion rights” or “pro-choice”. The term “pro-abortion” must be avoided.

This biased position is even clearer in the guidelines that council writers how to speak about a pregnant woman. According to the NYDN guidelines, a writer must omit “when the life of the mother is at stake”. The word “mother” instantly implies that she has an actual child even before it is born-exactly what those who promote abortion hate to admit and wish to hide. In such phrases, NYDN writers must replace “mother” with “woman”.

Similarly, an anti-life prejudice is evident in the fact that “unborn child” should never appear. Rather, it must always be referred to as a “fetus”.

“Abortion clinic”, however, is acceptable.

UPDATE (6/21/2007): To show how extreme the bias can be, I just remembered hearing about a music review of a performance that was meant to celebrate life, as in “life’s great and fun”. Rather than let it be described “pro-life,” what I can only assume to be software changed the description of it from “pro-life” to “anti-abortion.” Logic apparently stops at the door in many newsrooms.

Bush Rightly Vetos Bill to fund Embryo-Destructive Research

Bush vetoes bill aimed at promoting stem cell research – CNN.com

Pushing back against the Democratic-led Congress, President Bush vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have eased restraints on federally funded embryonic stem cell research.

“Our innovative spirit is making possible incredible advances in medicine that can save lives and cure diseases,” the president told an invited audience in the East Room.

“America is also a nation founded on the principle that all human life is sacred. And our conscience calls us to pursue the possibilities of science in a manner that respects human dignity and upholds our moral values,” he said.

One of the concepts agreed upon after the end of World War II and the discoveries of the extent of Nazi cruelties to their prisoners was that human beings were not to be used for scientific experimentation. It is wrong to use human beings merely as a means to an end, no matter how noble that end might be.

It turns out to be especially unnecessary to engage in this research as science has discovered how to create pluripotent stem cells from adult stem cells, removing the need to destroy human life. This discovery was made prior to the Senate sending this bill to the president. In addition to vetoing this bill, President Bush issued an executive order directing the Department of Health and human Services to fund such research in the hopes of finding the promised cures without any ethical issues. (See the full text of the order.)

Given that we can now do the research without any ethical quandaries, why the rush to engage in unethical research? Unless there’s another motive, there’s no reason any longer to support embryo-destructive research, even for those who believe embryonic stem cell research will be more efficacious than adult stem cell research (which is doubtful, given the higher potential for rejection by the body and the increased risk of tumors).

Bush Rightly Vetos Bill to fund Embryo-Destructive Research

Bush vetoes bill aimed at promoting stem cell research – CNN.com

Pushing back against the Democratic-led Congress, President Bush vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have eased restraints on federally funded embryonic stem cell research.

“Our innovative spirit is making possible incredible advances in medicine that can save lives and cure diseases,” the president told an invited audience in the East Room.

“America is also a nation founded on the principle that all human life is sacred. And our conscience calls us to pursue the possibilities of science in a manner that respects human dignity and upholds our moral values,” he said.

One of the concepts agreed upon after the end of World War II and the discoveries of the extent of Nazi cruelties to their prisoners was that human beings were not to be used for scientific experimentation. It is wrong to use human beings merely as a means to an end, no matter how noble that end might be.

It turns out to be especially unnecessary to engage in this research as science has discovered how to create pluripotent stem cells from adult stem cells, removing the need to destroy human life. This discovery was made prior to the Senate sending this bill to the president. In addition to vetoing this bill, President Bush issued an executive order directing the Department of Health and human Services to fund such research in the hopes of finding the promised cures without any ethical issues. (See the full text of the order.)

Given that we can now do the research without any ethical quandaries, why the rush to engage in unethical research? Unless there’s another motive, there’s no reason any longer to support embryo-destructive research, even for those who believe embryonic stem cell research will be more efficacious than adult stem cell research (which is doubtful, given the higher potential for rejection by the body and the increased risk of tumors).

Why it’s OK for Catholics to have images

Exodus 20:4

You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

One of the things that puzzles many people about the Catholic faith is how we can have statues or icons in our Church while retaining this commandment in our Bible. The answer is found in the mystery of the Incarnation. The constant temptation of paganism was to confuse things which remind us of God with God Himself. And so a whole host of creatures was worshiped by pagan antiquity (and by modern post-Christian paganism). But, as C.S. Lewis remarks of Israel, it was the destiny of that nation to be turned from the likeness to the Reality. And so, all short cuts (like physical images) were denied them by this commandment, because they were being prepared not for the revelation of a God without an image, but for the revelation of Jesus, who is the true “image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15). When that image came and God stamped His likeness on the human face of Jesus, the prohibition was transfigured. It is still true that no image can be worshiped. But it is even truer that images are now a participation in the light of God, shining through the Incarnate God who is Jesus Christ. Saints, who are members of His body, are now windows into God, not barriers to His light or cheap Brand X substitutes for His glory. Therefore, in honoring their images (not worshipping them), we honor (not worship) the saints they represent and in honoring the saints, we honor their Lord, who is the True Image of God.

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Quote-a-palooza

“Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” – James Wilson

“The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person’s life.” – William Wordsworth

“The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.” – John Quincy Adams

“We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“The American people are not racists. They don’t hate immigrants. They believe in the rule of law…” – Maggie Gallagher

“Why am I so suspicious about the fealty of the reformers to real border control? In part because of the ridiculous debate over the building of a fence. Despite the success of the border barrier in the San Diego area, it appears to be very important that this success not be repeated.” – Charles Krauthammer

“What is at risk is not the climate but freedom. I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.” – Czech president Vaclav Klaus

“The Democrats, flush from their 2006 election gains, took over Congress in January, promising to end the legislative stalemate and pass a sweeping agenda for reform. Nearly six months later, they have backpedaled on their promises of reform; they’ve made little progress on major legislation; their job-approval ratings have taken a nosedive; and there’s talk for the first time that House Democrats could lose seats to the Republicans in 2008.” – Donald Lambro

“If you are looking for a true political leader, you can just pass right over Harry Reid. He is perfectly willing to give aid and comfort to the enemy- likely putting American soldiers at greater risk by his comments- for political gain.” – Rich Galen

“The same people who say that government is a mighty power for good that can extinguish every cigarette butt and detoxify every cheeseburger and even change the very climate of the planet back to some Edenic state so that the water that falleth from heaven will land as ice and snow, and polar bears on distant continents will frolic as they did in days of yore, the very same people say: Building a border fence? Enforcing deportation orders? Can’t be done, old boy. Pie-in-the-sky.” – Mark Steyn

“I often say after eight years in Washington, I longed for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.” – Fred Thompson

“Hillary Clinton has launched a new website where people can get all the latest Hillary news. In a related story, John Edwards has launched a new website where people can order his secret blend of shampoos and conditioners.” – Conan O’Brien

Jay Leno: All of the candidates have released their financial statements. Turns out Bill Clinton made $10 million from speaking engagements last year. See that sounds glamorous, but imagine all those nights in a hotel room, Hillary half-way across the country, him sitting there by himself all lonely. … According to a new poll, Hillary’s lead in the polls is due to her support by women. She’s bringing in the female vote. And Bill is attracting “the other woman” vote. … Here’s the latest in the John Edwards campaign. It turns out, yes, there are two Americas and neither one of them is voting for him. … A judge has turned down Scooter Libby’s request to delay his prison term. In fact, the judge gave him an extra three months just for having that stupid name, Scooter. … There’s a huge problem with the Russian space station. The computers failed. The whole computer system went down. Pretty scary. But they’re hoping they can fix the problem and call tech support when they fly over India. … Actually, two thirds of it has been fixed, although the system that controls oxygen manufacture had been down for two days. And you know what happens when astronauts don’t get enough oxygen? They drive 900 miles in a diaper to kidnap other astronauts. … According to a new study 30 percent of Cubans are overweight. The other 70 percent are still in Cuba…. Dan Rather came out swinging this week. He said that CBS and Katie Couric are tarting up the news. Tarting up the news? As opposed to Dan, who just made up the news.

Quote-a-palooza

“Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” – James Wilson

“The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person’s life.” – William Wordsworth

“The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.” – John Quincy Adams

“We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“The American people are not racists. They don’t hate immigrants. They believe in the rule of law…” – Maggie Gallagher

“Why am I so suspicious about the fealty of the reformers to real border control? In part because of the ridiculous debate over the building of a fence. Despite the success of the border barrier in the San Diego area, it appears to be very important that this success not be repeated.” – Charles Krauthammer

“What is at risk is not the climate but freedom. I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.” – Czech president Vaclav Klaus

“The Democrats, flush from their 2006 election gains, took over Congress in January, promising to end the legislative stalemate and pass a sweeping agenda for reform. Nearly six months later, they have backpedaled on their promises of reform; they’ve made little progress on major legislation; their job-approval ratings have taken a nosedive; and there’s talk for the first time that House Democrats could lose seats to the Republicans in 2008.” – Donald Lambro

“If you are looking for a true political leader, you can just pass right over Harry Reid. He is perfectly willing to give aid and comfort to the enemy- likely putting American soldiers at greater risk by his comments- for political gain.” – Rich Galen

“The same people who say that government is a mighty power for good that can extinguish every cigarette butt and detoxify every cheeseburger and even change the very climate of the planet back to some Edenic state so that the water that falleth from heaven will land as ice and snow, and polar bears on distant continents will frolic as they did in days of yore, the very same people say: Building a border fence? Enforcing deportation orders? Can’t be done, old boy. Pie-in-the-sky.” – Mark Steyn

“I often say after eight years in Washington, I longed for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.” – Fred Thompson

“Hillary Clinton has launched a new website where people can get all the latest Hillary news. In a related story, John Edwards has launched a new website where people can order his secret blend of shampoos and conditioners.” – Conan O’Brien

Jay Leno: All of the candidates have released their financial statements. Turns out Bill Clinton made $10 million from speaking engagements last year. See that sounds glamorous, but imagine all those nights in a hotel room, Hillary half-way across the country, him sitting there by himself all lonely. … According to a new poll, Hillary’s lead in the polls is due to her support by women. She’s bringing in the female vote. And Bill is attracting “the other woman” vote. … Here’s the latest in the John Edwards campaign. It turns out, yes, there are two Americas and neither one of them is voting for him. … A judge has turned down Scooter Libby’s request to delay his prison term. In fact, the judge gave him an extra three months just for having that stupid name, Scooter. … There’s a huge problem with the Russian space station. The computers failed. The whole computer system went down. Pretty scary. But they’re hoping they can fix the problem and call tech support when they fly over India. … Actually, two thirds of it has been fixed, although the system that controls oxygen manufacture had been down for two days. And you know what happens when astronauts don’t get enough oxygen? They drive 900 miles in a diaper to kidnap other astronauts. … According to a new study 30 percent of Cubans are overweight. The other 70 percent are still in Cuba…. Dan Rather came out swinging this week. He said that CBS and Katie Couric are tarting up the news. Tarting up the news? As opposed to Dan, who just made up the news.

Man Law: No Talking in Public Bathrooms

I would think it was an already accepted Man Law that there should be no talking in public men’s rooms. (There can be an exception for a father with a young child with him, or when friends are alone.) I just started a new assignment and apparently men at this location don’t know the rules.

My girlfriend will mock me because I sometimes absentmindedly start singing while washing my hands in her bathroom. This is weird enough, but just now at work, while I was using the facilities, another guy came in, singing quite loud. Sees me, asks how I was doing, and continues singing. He then turns on the faucet on one of the sinks, walks over to the urinal next to me (there are only two urinals in this bathroom), flushes it, unzips, puts his hands behind his back, and starts a conversation about the weather. (I can’t escape because I’m in midstream.) I try to answer him curtly, but he keeps going with the conversation, flushing the urinal every few seconds. I finish as quickly as I can, and go to wash my hands. I notice that he’s placed a cup under the running faucet which is now overflowing into the sink. I get out and shudder at the experience.

So, when I’m absolute dictator, talking to strangers in a men’s room, in non-emergency cases, will punished by application of duct tape to the mouth on future bathroom visits.