Month Archives: April 2009

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

April 6, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

A Letter to Notre Dame

by Michael Leaser

April 6, 2009

From a Catholic physician and Notre Dame alumnus:

Dear Father Jenkins,

What a shocking abdication of moral principles you and the university have displayed by honoring Barack Obama. How can such an enemy of life be given a platform at Notre Dame? This is a man whose avowed mission is to force abortion and contraception services on Catholic hospitals. He has unwaveringly supported late term abortions, for any reason, as well as the disgusting partial birth abortion procedure. He repeatedly voted against resuscitation efforts for babies who survived botched abortions. As a Catholic physician, I am appalled at the life destroying policies he has already enabled with the stroke of his pen.

No amount of sophistry or spin can justify his evil actions nor the actions of a Catholic school which gives tacit approval and support to such scandalous behavior. What a propaganda coup for the anti-life forces of evil! This is a scandal that gives cover and rationalization to Planned Parenthood, the Nancy Pelosi types, and to organizations like the anti-life Catholics for Choice. Do you not realize that you are being used, that Obama has suckered you into tacit approval of his virulent anti-life message?

When grave moral error has been committed, as in this situation, you must do everything you can to correct it and prevent the evil consequences of such an act. I urge you to cancel this invitation and rectify this ill-conceived travesty.

Sadly,

Joseph Leaser, M.D. ‘54

The Obama Obeisance

by Robert Morrison

April 4, 2009

The internet is alive with stories about President Barack Obama bowing low before Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. It was bad enough when George W. Bush invited this odious tyrant to Crawford and was pictured walking hand-in-hand with him. The White House defensively claimed then that it was a Saudi custom for men to express their friendship by holding hands. Had they never heard: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”? That was bad enough. This Obama obeisance was horrible.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was accused of wanting to be a king. But he knew a lot more about how to behave around monarchs than his present-day successors do. When King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth (parents of Elizabeth II) came to the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park in 1939, Franklin and Eleanor gave them a picnic. They served the first British monarchs ever to set foot on U.S. soil hot dogs and beans! How thoroughly American.

During that same visit, the President ended a late-night conversation with the King by tapping the young monarch on the knee and saying: “Young man, it’s time you were in bed.”

As we’ve been reminded with First Lady Michele Obama patting Queen Elizabeth on the back recently, for a commoner to touch a British monarch is considered an act of lese majeste. That old French term meant “an injury to the King’s dignity.” It gave rise to the English saying, “You never touch the King, except to kill him.” (It’s a good thing George VI didn’t choke on those Boston baked beans. Imagine the Secret Service trying to perform a Heimlich maneuver on him without touching him.)

FDR met with King Abdullah’s father, Abdulazziz in 1945 on board the USS Quincy. Abdullah is one of more than three dozen sons of Saudi Arabia’s founder. Roosevelt and the Saudi king can be seen in old photos staring directly at the camera. He and the old desert chieftain are correct, even civil, but they are not behaving like bosom buddies.

Certainly Roosevelt would never have dreamed of bowing before a Saudi or any foreign dignitary. In fact, Prime Minister Winston Churchill-possibly freedom’s greatest champion on earth-bowed to FDR when he met him. Churchill was acknowledging Roosevelt’s stature as Chief of State. Churchill was keenly aware of the difference between monarchies and republics. In fact, this half-American statesman called the United States “the Great Republic.”

So why was the Obama Obeisance so horrible? The President of the United States should bow to no man. Nobody should bow to Abdullah. His kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the worst human rights abusers on earth. Muslims who convert to Christianity-or are even suspected of converting-are killed there. Sometimes their headless bodies are even crucified. Slavery was outlawed in Saudi Arabia only in 1962-but no non-Muslim is allowed inside Mecca to determine if this is really true. The Bushes-father and son-claimed personal friendship with the Saudi royal family. They said the Saudis were our great allies in the war on terror. Maybe. But it is Saudi petrodollars that fuel the militant Wahhabi version of Islam at home and around the world-including U.S. prisons. It’s a short step from Wahhabi Islam to jihadism.

I come by my republican beliefs naturally. My father was in the U.S. Merchant Service in World War II. He brought oranges and bananas to Welsh children who, under strict British rationing, had never seen these fruits. “Pop” stopped in a pub in Swansea, Wales and ordered a cup of coffee. In those pre-Starbucks days, but under severe wartime shortages, that cup cost three dollars.

Suddenly, someone ran into the pub and cried out: “Their Majesties!” Everyone, including the barkeep, ran out to see King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth. It was a tribute to the monarchs’ bravery that they could visit bombed-out cities in an open car-with no fear of assassination. Pop stayed at the bar, quietly drinking his coffee.

Many times I would tease him. “It was your only chance to see real, live monarchs, Pop, how could you pass it up?” My father’s would snort and wave his hand dismissively. “What use do I have for monarchs? I am an American.

Since he passed away, I have returned to that story many times. Pop deeply respected the courage of the British people. He knew he would be expected to bow if he went into the street. He did not want to offend our valiant allies. Part of his understanding of what it meant to be an American is that he bowed to no man. And besides, he didn’t want that $3 cup of coffee to get cold.

It is tragic that President Obama has abased himself before King Abdullah. In doing so, he abased us all. We used to sing “Thy banners make tyranny tremble.” Now, those lyrics have been re-written: Thy banners make tyranny comfortable.

Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

April 3, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

Has CNBC Hoisted the White Flag ?

by Chris Gacek

April 2, 2009

For weeks the FRC Blog has been commenting on the growing prominence of CNBC as a national news outlet.  We have also commented on the liberal counter-reaction against the network.  Our point has been that even though the Left dominates the mainstream media (MSM), in a time of financial and economic crisis the MSM news organs are structurally ill-equipped to deal with stories of such complexity.  CNBC has on-air staff with the smarts and the career training to discuss these matters at a sophisticated level.  The MSM does not have people like this on their programs with a few exceptions (e.g., Lou Dobbs at CNN (who is not MSM)).   Consequently, there has been a tremendous power shift toward CNBC

CNBC is more conservative than the MSM, but it might be fairer to say CNBC is more libertarian and market-oriented.  That being said there has always been a good mixture of liberals and conservatives on CNBC, and many Wall Street players were Obama supporters. 

Well, the Left noticed the increasing prominence of CNBC and a campaign of mau mauing began quickly once Barack Obama became president.  First, Rick Santelli was attacked; this effort was assisted by NBC’s Today Show.  Jim Cramer was next, and his assault by Jon Stewart soon followed.  However, it appears that a larger effort to compromise CNBC is underway, and it may be working.  There is now an entire Leftist-“progressive” website devoted to serving up ideological attacks on CNBC: it is called “Fix CNBC.”  (Go to the website and look at the long list of liberal big-wigs who have signed on.  Amazing.  This is quite an effort.  I wonder who is paying for it?)  Interestingly, Media Matters also  presents an online petition at “Change CNBC,” and the language looks pretty similar to Fix CNBC’s petition.

(Please note: I am not saying we should be unconcerned about conflicts of interest in financial reporting.  See Dan Gifford’s excellent article (“Big Hollywood” website; March 22nd) discussing “Fix CNBC” and the journalistic integrity of business reporting.  However, the house cleaning being called for by these “progressive” groups seems suspiciously timed to protect the Obama political agenda from rigorous analysis and criticism.)

Within the past two weeks, former Vermont governor and former Democratic National Committee head, Howard Dean, was given a two-hour guest role on CNBC’s morning show, “Squawk Box.”  Similarly, on March 31st, doyenne of the Left, Arianna Huffington (founder “Huffington Post” website), was similarly ensconced on the “Squawk Box” for two-hours.  There are reports that Dean will be a regular CNBC contributor.  To the best of my knowledge, neither person has a substantial background in financial or economic matters.

CNBC is flirting with danger here.  I am sure that there have been GOP political figures on the show.  For example, Dick Armey appears on occasion.  However, I have never seen Matt Drudge on “Squawk Box.”  The real test will be if we see the CNBC management interfering with Larry Kudlow’s program at 7:00 p.m.  

Only time will tell whether CNBC fights to maintain its political and intellectual independence.  CNBC may not be perfect, but it does provide analysis of our economic problems that lies outside the MSM groupthink and political agendas.  We should all hope that CNBC survives.

Where can we find eHarmony “Classic”?

by JP Duffy

April 2, 2009

Last November, eHarmony capitulated to the New Jersey Attorney General who demanded that eHarmony cater to homosexuals.  Despite an outcry from eHarmony success couples from across the country, eHarmony followed through this week on its promise to launch a same-sex matching service.

My wife and I met on eHarmony almost three years ago, and we quickly began recommending the service to our single friends who were also drawn to the company’s good reputation.  Last year, I told The Wall Street Journal, eHarmony’s success didn’t come from its slick advertising campaigns.  It was their high moral standards, because they rose above the ‘hook-up’ mentality of their competitors, and because they were openly helping people find marriage partners.  

eHarmony always asks new customers how they “heard” about the service.  At the top of the list is “word of mouth.”  Since the same-sex matching decision was announced, we have heard from a steady stream of other eHarmony couples who are closing their mouths shut.    Without this word-of-mouth campaign, fewer values-driven customers will pay for this service, resulting in a new eHarmony that bears little resemblance to the classic values matching service it once provided. 

It’s disappointing to watch eHarmony take this road because I believe there is a vital need for a values matching service.  With eHarmony getting out of this business, will we see another service step up to fill the void?  I know there are many Christian dating sites. I won’t need to use a values matching service again, but I know single friends who do.  For their sake, I will be looking out for an eHarmony “Classic” to rise again. 

Get Serious!

by Krystle Gabele

April 2, 2009

Recently, I had the pleasure to meet Peter and Helen Evans, authors of the book, Get Serious: The Church’s Stand on Contemporary Culture. The book’s subtitle asks, “Who ever said Christianity was nice?” Last Saturday, I read their book to really find out how the church views issues, such as euthanasia, animal rights, welfare, and genetic engineering. This book provided no sugar-coated response, rather, a thought-provoking and insightful look into these issues with various representatives from the Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox churches. The book is written in an interview style format and answers the questions one may have about the Christian perspective on these issues.

For example, on the topic of euthanasia, Mr. and Mrs. Evans ask an Eastern Orthodox priest, Jonathan Tobias about euthanasia and focus on recent events, like Terri Schiavo’s case, how the church views life support measures and suicide. Fr. Tobias provides detailed answers to the questions from a religious perspective.

Overall, the book is well written, and it offers a perspective that provokes serious conversation with a pastor or a small group.

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April 2, 2009

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