The Band Meme

Here’s how it goes. You are about to have your own band’s CD cover. Follow these directions to the letter. It’s fun and requires no thought at all. Go to……

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
    The first article title on the page is the name of your band.
  2. http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
    The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
  3. http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
    The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
  4. Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result in your own journal because it’s more amusing that way.

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My full quote was:

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
Tom Robbins (1936 – )

Hat Tip: Jeff The Baptist

“He Should Have Punched More Hippies”

Jim Geraghty Writes:

There will be a lot of post-mortems written about the Fred Thompson campaign, an effort that put together a lot of bright, hardworking people.

But for now, a variation of something I said to some other conservative bloggers earlier today: Thompson more or less “debuted” with the 60 second video responding to Michael Moore, one of the most brilliant media messages we’ve seen in a long while from a conservative.

I think one of the reasons that video struck a chord with so many righty bloggers was because we’re constantly seeing, and confronting, insane political rhetoric from the left. It’s maybe even a an obsession of righty bloggers, or perhaps we give it more attention than it deserves. But every time Michael Moore, Rosie O’Donnell or Cindy Sheehan spout off, or Charlie Sheen goes off on his 9/11 conspiracy theories… every time Nancy Pelosi goes to meet with a dictator, or a prominent Democrat refuses to acknowledge progress in Iraq, or somebody on either side of the aisle suggests that wanting immigration law enforced is inherently racist, every time somebody puts out some insane conspiracy theory that suggests President Bush is behind terror attacks…

We on the right hear it, we get driven up the wall by it, we try to push back in our own limited way, and we’re waiting for somebody with a bigger megaphone than us to push back. Very few high-profile Republicans give a full-throated pushback because A) they don’t see it if they’re up to their noses in legislative work on Capitol Hill or in the White House all day and B) they probably see responding to some fat propagandist or screeching antiwar widow-turned-celebrity as beneath them. (I realize this is a separate issue, but this helps explain some of Ann Coulter’s appeal even when she goes too far – there is nobody on the left she won’t take on).

Along comes Fred, who doesn’t act as if rebutting Moore’s propaganda is beneath him, and he points out that Moore likes to snuggle with censoring, brutal dictators, he suggests Moore is mentally unstable… and we loved it. We’ve been looking for this combativeness from a conservative for years, and it makes Giuliani’s “I don’t need Michael Moore to tell me about 9/11” sound like Marquess de Queensbury rules. To quote Frank J, we’ve been looking for somebody to “punch the hippies.”

Alas, there was little to none of that from Fred once he became a candidate. It became a fairly ordinary campaign, despite having some good folks around him.

That sums up the campaign well, I think. While he was the only solid conservative in the first or second tier, he never caught fire, due to his seemingly laid-back nature. If only he had “punched more hippies,” indeed.

Looks like the only choice left is Romney, if for no other reason than he’s the least objectionable, assuming he’s not lying through his teeth and his (many) policy conversions are, in fact, genuine. If they’re not, conservatives are just screwed this election. It may well benefit the conservative movement for the Democrat nominee to win at this rate to give us time to regroup and plan for the future.

I may still write in Thompson’s name in November.

35 Years of Legal Infanticide

fetus.jpgToday is the 35th anniversary of the handing down of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton cases, which combined to legalize abortion for any reason up to the moment of birth. It’s amazing that a Supreme Court that in the past has upheld the constitutionality of segregation, slavery, and forced sterilization could sink even lower, but with these decisions it did. It now became enshrined as a constitutional right that one person could kill another for no better reason than convenience or a whim.

It’s commonly believed that Roe v. Wade allowed abortion in later trimesters (itself a medically meaningless distinction) for health reasons. Those who believe this are unaware that Roe referred to Doe v. Bolton for its definition of health, and Doe defined health so broadly that even something as innocuous as “having stretch marks would bum me out” grants medical permission for an abortion.

This is the great shame of our time: that one person can determine the worth of another. And that’s what the pro-life movement is about: the fact that all humans have the same innate worth, regardless of age, disability or other excuses some would use to deem them less worthy of life. Denying that other human being have less dignity than others has been used to justify a great many evils over the years: slavery, the Holocaust, and segregation to pick just a few.

A final note to Catholics: today is “a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.” (As is every January 22nd, unless it falls on a Sunday, in which case it’s transferred to January 23rd.) (Hat Tip: Amy Welborn) Personally, I’m fasting and may stop by an adoration chapel to say a rosary. (Pray the pro-life mysteries of the rosary.)