Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pastor Facing Two-Year Jail Sentence

Trumped up charges for sure.

During the trial, clinic director Jackie Barbic testified that Hoye intimidated clinic staff and several women entering the clinic. She also claimed that when she went outside with a measuring tape to show Hoye what eight feet looks like, the pastor physically intimidated her as he walked toward her, compelling her to shout in defense, "Stay away from me! Back down! Back away!"

But a video tape of the encounter, presented at trial by Hoye's defense the Life Legal Defense Foundation, contradicted Barbic's testimony. The video showed a clinic escort approaching Rev. Hoye and pointing a tape measure at him and Rev. Hoye not moving an inch.

In the video, Barbic can be seen lecturing him, and then talking to others. Hoye moved away. A few minutes later, the same scene plays out again, with Barbic again pointing the tape measure at Hoye, and him moving down the sidewalk in a different direction. The video was taped by Hoye's friend from across the street.

You don't have to be Solomon to know that if you're willing to kill babies, then you're more than willing to tell a lie under oath.

Hoye, who attends Progressive Missionary Baptist Church of Berkeley, is the founder of the Issues4Life Foundation and an outspoken opponent of what he calls the genocide of unborn African Americans.

Recent statistics show that abortion disproportionately affects black women.

And Obama doesn't give a damn.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Act of Consecration to St. Joseph

O dearest Saint Joseph, I consecrate myself to your honour and give myself to you, that you may always be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me a greater purity of heart and fervent love of the interior life. After your example may I do all my actions for the greater glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. O Blessed Saint Joseph, pray for me, that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death. Amen.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Justified in nitpicking

Sometimes I almost feel horrible when my 6-year old is excitedly telling me a story and I have to correct his English usage. And for him this usually means reminding him to stop peppering his speech with the word "like" unnecessarily.

But now that the Palin family has made the terrible mistake of allowing Bristol Palin to give an interview, I feel entirely justified at nipping this habit in the bud. "Like, like, like...." Cheese, Louise. Just for the record, I feel it is entirely realistic to expect kids to abstain from this habit.

BTW, we went to Bristol, Maine last summer and it was gorgeous.

"Your days are numbered, so are mine"

I love the whole Love & Theft collection.

By the way, this stuff is good, too.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good: YOU FAIL

Hat tip goes to Pro Ecclesia for this report from CNA:

Washington D.C., Feb 11, 2009 / 04:09 am (CNA).- Until recently, a Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good study of abortion data claimed that increased spending on welfare programs results in substantial reductions in state abortion rates but many pro-life laws do not. However, the study’s results have been revised following the discovery that incorrect abortion data was used and after criticism from a professor that the group’s conclusions did not follow from the data.

In August 2008, the group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good announced the release of a study on the effects of public policy on abortion rates over a 20-year period. The group had commissioned Joseph Wright, who is a political science professor at Penn State University, and Michael Bailey, who is a professor of American government at Georgetown University, to conduct the study.

“The study of all U.S. states from 1982-2000 finds that benefits for pregnant women and mothers, employment, economic assistance to low-income families, quality child care for working mothers and removal of state caps on the number of children eligible for economic assistance in low-income families has reduced abortions,” the group reported in an August 28 press release. “In contrast, permitting Medicaid payments for abortions increased the abortion rate.”

Emphasis mine. Excuse me, but DUH, of course it increases the rate. People on the left are truly ignorant of human nature to think that government checks make everybody feel so good about life that they become instantly converted from wanting to kill their unborn babies.

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More excerpts:

In an essay at, New accused Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good of misleading the public and referred to “plenty of peer reviewed studies” which find that public funding restrictions and parental involvement laws reduce the incident of abortion.

He claimed the study had a “substantial impact” on the pro-life debate in the 2008 Presidential election and gave “intellectual legitimacy” to those such as Doug Kmiec and Nicholas Cafardi who argued that pro-life voters should vote for Democrats to advance the pro-life cause.

There's usually, if not always, an ideological reason for faked research.

In a Tuesday e-mail to CNA, Prof. New said that the research produced by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good seems unwilling to acknowledge the “positive effect of pro-life laws such as parental involvement and informed consent laws.”

Of course not; CACG is effectively a Democrat front group, and these policies are not on the Democrat's agenda.

CNA asked New to speculate why welfare spending generally does not decrease the abortion rate.

He suggested that welfare “undermines societal mores against premarital sex” by enabling women to have more children out of wedlock. Welfare may result in more unplanned pregnancies and possibly more abortions, New said.

“Regardless of how generous welfare benefits are, women facing crisis pregnancies can find financial and medical resources at one of the thousands of crisis pregnancy centers across the country,” he added.

Yes, crisis pregnancy centers are places where people help people, not mechanically send out welfare checks and flyers that say "Put this rubber thing on your wing ding."

“Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good continues to miss opportunities with their abortion research,” New told CNA.

“I think that they would be more effective if they would be more willing to publicly acknowledge the positive impact of pro-life legislation and try to constructively work with pro-life groups to promote social policies that will further reduce abortion rates. Instead Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good seems primarily interested in providing moral, political, and theological cover for supporters of Barack Obama and other Democrats who support ‘abortion rights.’”

CACG are champions of the kind of "eithor/or" thinking which excludes conservatives and any of their policy ideas. I don't know any conservatives that think that parental notification and other restrictive policies are all that is needed to end abortion. That's why we start crisis pregnancy centers. My mother worked at several, and she has a photo of a woman she talked out of an abortion with her child. Those people are worth more than 10 of Obama's retarded stimulus packages.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The "Penalty Box"

Via the Vatican's Youtube channel.

In his remarks before the Sunday Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the Gospel account of the healing of the leper, and invited the faithful to turn frequently to the sacrament of Confession.

The Pope said the sins that we commit separate us from God, and if they are not confessed with humility and trust in the divine mercy, they can even reach the point of producing the death of the soul.

He said that in the Sacrament of Penance, Christ crucified and risen, through his ministers, purifies us with his infinite mercy and restores us to communion with the heavenly Father and with our brothers.

The word that jumped out at me was humility. I was reading about these points about humility this morning. A lot of people think they have humility until they take a really good look at themselves, asking the proper questions. Then they realize "BZZZT; fail," and ask God to help them to "get them some that humility".

Sunday, February 15, 2009

As long as it's not decaffeinated

Heard this on the oldies station last night.