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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 17, 2009

Here’s what we are reading this morning.

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George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of Nine Percent of his Countrymen

by Robert Morrison

February 16, 2009

When George Washington died in 1799, the country was shocked. No one expected the apparently hearty 67-year old former President to die so suddenly. We felt orphaned. The outpouring of grief was nearly universal. Even bitter political rivals vied with each other in paying tribute to the “Father of our Country.” General Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee of Virginia eulogized Washington as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

No more. The latest Gallup Poll shows a close race for greatest American President. Ronald Reagan tops the list, with 24 percent citing him as first. John Kennedy ties with Abraham Lincoln at 22 percent. George Washington registers and anemic nine percent. George W. Bush might feel a bit relieved.

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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 16, 2009

Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere today.

  • 12 Year Old Speaks out on the Issue of Abortion,” Monastic Moments This entry features a compelling pro-life message from a 12-year old girl.
  • Right and Wrong and Religion,” Gabriel Malor, Ace of Spades
  • Education? MY Way, Or The Highway,” An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings Who would have guessed that a pro-marriage speech would have garnered such a nasty response from a Liberal Professor? Hmmm…
  • Pastor faces jail,” Jill Stanek, jillstanek.com An interesting account about a Pastor in Oakland, CA, possibly facing a jail sentence for holding a sign at an abortion clinic that said, “Jesus loves you and your baby. Can we help?.” It’s upsetting that the City of Oakland is violating this Pastor’s freedom of speech, as well as others, with their “Bubble Law.”

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The Silence of Our Friends

by Sherry Crater

February 16, 2009

In the window of the Martin Luther King Library in downtown Washington, D.C., is a sign with a quote from Rev. King, the famous pastor and civil rights leader. It reads, “In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”

For too long, women and men who know better have been silent about the negative effects of abortion on the women and babies who undergo the procedure and on their family and friends.  Women in high stress situations of unplanned pregnancies, and the babies they have conceived, have been without the benefit and support of people who could have spoken up about the serious negative after effects of their own abortions or the abortions of women they know. For too long knowledgeable people remained silent while women facing abortion believed the lie that this “product of conception” was just a blob of tissue, only to be told after the abortion that, “It was a boy/girl.”

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 16, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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MUST SEE TV: CNBC’s “House of Cards”

by Chris Gacek

February 14, 2009

Keep an eye out for an amazing documentary on CNBC called “House of Cards.”  (It will be showing numerous times this weekend.)  David Faber narrates a two-hour program on the current financial-economic recession and its origins in mortgages, securitized debt instruments, the dishonest or incompetent rating of those instruments, and governmental incompetence.  Greed, fraud, stupidity, and recklessness are all on display.  It is an excellent program that is a nice introduction to what happened to our economy.

To me one person stood out above all the rest: “The Maestro,” Alan Greenspan, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman.  Watching Greenspan make excuses for his non-stop money printing in the early 2000s makes it clear that this guy had no business being in that job.  He essentially admits that he made no effort to control the Fed’s credit expansion because it wasn’t what the political powers in Washington wanted.  This is the problem with having a politician, like Greenspan, as Fed Chief.  The Fed was designed to be insulated from political decision-making; his job was to make the tough choices and control credit.  Instead, he threw up his hands and cranked up the presses.  Disgraceful.

Economists from the Austrian School knew Greenspan’s policies were dangerous.  Read this before-the-crash assessment of his Fed tenure by Stefan Karlsson from the Ludwig von Mises Institute website.  Greenspan’s philosophy was not deregulatory.  No group of economists is more deregulatory than the Austrian School, but they are also committed to price stability and tight money.  Don’t be fooled if someone tells you Greenspan was a conservative; he wasn’t.

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Stimulus” Update

by Family Research Council

February 13, 2009

The House passed the Stimulus bill with all Republicans and 7 Democrats voting against it (except for two Republican absences who would have been NO and one Democrat, Rep. Lipinski, (D-Mich.) who voted PRESENT)

The Democrats voting yes (or switching from the last vote):

5 switched NO to YES: Reps. Boyd (D-Fla.), Cooper (D-Tenn.), Ellsworth (D-Ind.), Kanjorski (D-PA) and Kratovil (D-Md.)

6 stayed NO: Rep. Bright (D-Ala.), Griffith (D-Ala.), Minnick (D-Id.), Peterson (D-Minn.), Shuler (D-N.C.) and Taylor D-Miss.)

1 switched YES to NO: DeFazio (D-Or.)

Representative Boehner gave an impassioned speech (no crying though) on the House floor, you can watch it here

Senate update:

The Senate will vote at 5:30 pm tonight on the Stimulus Conference Report. The vote will be on a motion to waive the budget point of order (must achieve 60 votes) and under the order the vote on the motion to waive will count as final passage of the conference report.

Keep in mind this vote will be held open for a bit in order for all Members to have a chance to record their vote.

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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 13, 2009

Here’s some buzz from the blogosphere.

  • An Alternative Stimulus,” Marc Vander Maas, Acton’s Power Blog Today, Congress is voting on the compromised Stimulus Bill, and the Acton Institute sent a staffer out to see if she could come up with a plan. Watch the video to find out more.
  • Requiem for a Republic,” Michael Reagan, Townhall.com Michael Reagan makes a strong point that his father would be rolling in his grave over the travesty of the Stimulus Bill. Throughout the article, Reagan makes such strong points about the excessive and wasteful government spending.
  • Only a wicked, despicable monster would do this,” Voices Carry

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(Un)planned Parenthood

by Family Research Council

February 13, 2009

Earlier this week we took a look at Planned Parenthood’s burgeoning abortion industry. While the nation’s overall induced abortion count is declining, Planned Parenthood’s is soaring. The chart below adds two more trend lines, the number of “emergency contraceptive” kits (a.k.a. Plan B, morning after pills) distributed and the number of adoption referrals made each year by all Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide. Plan B distribution is brisk, even soaring, and if abortions are being averted by this lucrative tactic, it has yet to show up in the agency’s own clinical data.

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As you can see regarding the adoption referrals, you can hardly see the adoption referrals. The bright yellow line that crawls along the x axis of the graph is Planned Parenthood’s minuscule involvement in this life-giving option. Roughly 120 babies die in their perimeter for every one that gets a chance at adoption placement. Families are unplanned, not formed, through this agency.

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