It’s Friday, March 22nd, 2013…and here’s The Gouge!

We’ve never lead off an edition with the day’s Money Quote, but this one just screams for top billing:

This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.” – West Philadelphia’s Dr. Kermit Gosnell, charged with 7 counts of first-degree murder, immediately prior to killing an infant who had survived a late-term abortion.

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For those of you with strong enough constitutions, you can read every sordid detail in the CNSNews article through the link in the quote above.  Two thoughts come to mind: first, Gosnell is a “Doctor” like Al and Jesse are “Reverends”.  Second, how is what Gosnell did any different than the practice our President and his Secretary of Infanticide…

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How’d you get out of that linen closet?!?

…have repeatedly refused to prohibit?  And why, we continue to question, does the Liberal standard of “If It Saves Only ONE Life” trump the 2nd Amendment, but not a woman’s right to choose?

Sounds a helluva lot more like politics than principles; which should come as no surprise, considering The Obamao utterly lacks the latter.

Speaking of the Devil…er,…The Dear Misleader, the WSJ‘s Bret Stephens details yet another instance in which our would-be-Emperor not only lacks clothes, but has nary the slightest semblance of a plan (click on the photo to view the video):

There Is No Mideast Peace Plan

 

Adding insult to injury, the Marxist-in-Chief even spurned an invitation to address the Knesset in favor of speaking to a university assemblage of radical Leftists.  That’s our BO!

Since we’re on the subject of the Middle East, in today’s Muslim Minute, The New Media Journal reports on yet another inexplicable decision by a President supposedly dedicated to defending America:

Obama Administration OK’s Special Travel Benefit for Saudis

 

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Saudi Arabia, the nation which produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks, is about to become one of a handful of countries whose travelers can bypass normal passport controls at major US airports. Sources tell the Investigative Project on Terrorism that this will mark the first time that the Saudi government will have a direct role in vetting who is eligible for getting fast-tracked for entry into the United States.

An agreement to accept Saudi Arabian applicants into the Global Entry trusted traveler program drew little notice when it was announced in January. Now, some officials question why the country merits such a benefit – which is similar to a theme park “fast pass” to avoid long lines – when other allies like Germany and France are not yet included. A program for Israeli travelers was reached last May but has not been implemented.

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Hells Bells; even Time gets it!  NOW do you understand why The Obamao doesn’t want America energy-independent?!?

Travelers approved for the program can skip the normal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lines starting next year and enter the country after providing their passports and fingerprints at a kiosk. Only Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the Netherlands currently enjoy the benefit, although pilot programs could expand it to a handful of others.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the agreement in January after meeting with Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. It “marks another major step forward in our partnership,” Napolitano said at the time.

WHAT partnership…other than of course the adoration of Islam…and an accompanying hatred of Israelis and Christians?!?

Shifting gears, courtesy of Speed Mach, a surprising commentary from CNN Opinion reveals the next step in the war on traditional Judeo-Christian values:

Gay marriage, then group marriage? 

 

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No…according to God, a surrender to sin.

Editor’s note: Robert P. George is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and McCormick professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University. Sherif Girgis, a recent Rhodes Scholar, is a philosophy Ph.D. candidate at Princeton and a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Ryan T. Anderson is William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. They are authors of a new book, “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.”

(CNN)The attractive civil rights rhetoric of “marriage equality” masks a profound error about what marriage is.

Of course, if marriage were simply about recognizing bonds of affection or romance, then two men or two women could form a marriage just as a man and woman can. But so could three or more in the increasingly common phenomenon of group (“polyamorous”) partnerships. In that case, to recognize opposite-sex unions but not same-sex or polyamorous ones would be unfair — a denial of equality.

But marriage is far more than your emotional bond with “your Number One person,” to quote same-sex marriage proponent John Corvino. Just as the act that makes marital love also makes new life, so marriage itself is a multilevel — bodily as well as emotional — union that would be fulfilled by procreation and family life. That is what justifies its distinctive norms — monogamy, exclusivity, permanence — and the concept of marital consummation by conjugal intercourse.

It is also what explains and justifies the government’s involvement in marriage. The government takes no notice of companionship for its own sake, romantic or otherwise. But it has powerful reasons to ensure that whenever possible, children have the benefit of being reared by the mom and dad whose union gave them life.

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No connection here!

All human beings are equal in dignity and should be equal before the law. But equality only forbids arbitrary distinctions. And there is nothing arbitrary about maximizing the chances that children will know the love of their biological parents in a committed and exclusive bond. A strong marriage culture serves children, families and society by encouraging the ideal of giving kids both a mom and a dad.

Indeed, if that is not the public purpose of marriage law, then the “injustice” and “bigotry” charges comes back to bite most same-sex marriage supporters. If marriage is just the emotional bond “that matters most” to you — in the revealing words of the circuit judge who struck down California Proposition 8 — then personal tastes or a couple’s subjective preferences aside, there is no reason of principle for marriage to be pledged to permanence. Or sexually exclusive rather than “open.” Or limited to two spouses. Or oriented to family life and shaped by its demands.

In that case, every argument for recognizing two men’s bond as marital –equality, destigmatization, extending economic benefits — would also apply to recognizing romantic triads (“throuples,” as they are now known). Refusing such recognition would be unfair — a violation of equality — if commitment based on emotional companionship is what makes a marriage.

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From a website entitled “EqualityMatters.org”: if you don’t realize it’s next on the agenda, you will not see!

But don’t take our word for it. Many prominent leaders of the campaign to redefine marriage make precisely the same point. (We provide many more examples, and full citations, in the amicus brief we filed with the Supreme Court on the harms of redefining marriage.)

University of Calgary Professor Elizabeth Brake supports “minimal marriage,” in which people distribute whichever duties they choose, among however many partners, of whatever sex.

NYU Professor Judith Stacey hopes that redefining marriage would give marriage “varied, creative, and adaptive contours …” and lead to acceptance of “small group marriages.” In the manifesto “Beyond Same-Sex Marriage,” 300 leading “LGBT and allied” scholars and activists call for the recognition of multiple partner relationships.

Influential columnist and “It Gets Better” founder Dan Savage encourages spouses to adopt “a more flexible attitude” about sex outside their marriage. Journalist Victoria Brownworth cheerfully predicts that same-sex marriage will “weaken the institution of marriage.” “It most certainly will do so,” she says, “and that will make marriage a far better concept than it previously has been.”

Author Michelangelo Signorile urges same-sex partners to “demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes but rather to debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution.” They should “fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits and then, once granted, redefine the institution of marriage completely, because the most subversive action lesbians and gay men can undertake … is to transform the notion of ‘family’ entirely.”

These leading same-sex marriage advocates are correct. Redefining marriage would, by further eroding its central norms, weaken an institution that has already been battered by widespread divorce, out-of-wedlock child bearing and the like. People who think that would be good for children, families and society generally should support “marriage equality.” People who believe otherwise shouldn’t be taken in by the deceptive rhetoric.

As we said, if you don’t see what’s coming, count yourself among the ranks of those blinded by a refusal to see.

Meanwhile, as this next report from The New Media Journal relates, back in the Hallowed Halls of White House-directed-sequestered Austerity:

Dept. of Ed Creates Six-Figure Job as Sequester Guts Classrooms

 

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The Department of Education’s sequester cuts are taking a brutal toll on federally-funded schools on Native American reservations, but the federal agency still found money to create a new six-figure job promoting “Educational Excellence for African-Americans.”

School officials on reservations across Minnesota have begun making painful cuts to the current budget in anticipation of sequester cuts, adding students to classrooms, slashing course offerings and leaving vacant jobs unfilled, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. At least one reservation is considering shortening the school year to save money. “There’s a real sense of frustration for everybody,” Red Lake Superintendent Steve Wymore told the newspaper.

…But in Washington, education funding cuts did not stop the appointment this month of a former elementary school teacher and aide to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), to the job of executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. David Johns was given the newly created job, where he will be “asked to identify evidence-based best practices to improve African-American student achievement from cradle to career,” according to the Department of Education.

The goal of the initiative is to work with federal, state and local agencies, as well as community groups, to “produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African-American students.”

You know; like…

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…Head Start!  And exactly which remedial education programs, inquiring minds want to know, benefit Black children to the exclusion of any other particular race?

And since previously, “the White House has created similar initiatives to serve Hispanics, Asian-American and Pacific Islanders and American Indian and Native Americans and Historically Black Colleges and Universities”…with NOTHING to show for the effort…we’re left wondering how Team Tick-Tock plans to assist under-performing WHITE students?!?

In a related item, another Educated Idiot informs us what the over-achievers won’t be getting…regardless of skin pigmentation:

Massachusetts principal calls off Honors Night because it could be ‘devastating’ to students who missed mark

 

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A Massachusetts principal has been criticized for canceling his school’s Honors Night, saying it could be ‘devastating’ to the students who worked hard, but fell short of the grades. MyFoxBoston.com reports that David Fabrizio, principal of Ipswich Middle School, notified parents last week of his plan to eliminate the event.

“The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade-point average,” Fabrizio penned in his first letter to parents, the station reported.

Fabrizio also said he decided to make the change because academic success can be influenced by the amount of support a student  receives at home and not all students receive the same level of emotional and academic support at home.

So why not eliminate football because some students aren’t as strong or fast as others; or ban basketball owing to the disparity in children’s leaping ability and ball-handling skills?!?  No…because the egos supposedly assuaged would likely be of the wrong pallor.

Does noting the hypocritical inconsistency of principal Fabrizio’s position make us a racist?  No; it only emphasizes the absurdity of his stance.

Seriously, if you can’t see the utter idiocy of the entire Liberal agenda, you probably believe Israel, a country of 6 million Jews awash…

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…in a sea of some 1.5 billion Muslims, is somehow responsible for hatred and discord in the Middle East.

Yeah…

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On the Lighter Side…

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Turning to the Entertainment Section, yet another cerebral celebrity demonstrates their aversion to reality:

Matthew McConaughey: My pal Lance Armstrong ‘not a liar’

 

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“He told a lie, he’s not a liar…”

Ergo, in McConaughey’s personal Bizarro world, despite Armstrong having cheated but once…and that continuously…he’s not a cheater?!?

And in the Wonderful World of Science, we present a rather unscientific suggestion some might say runs afoul of Liberalism’s mythological separation of church and state:

Nasa’s advice on asteroid hitting Earth: pray

Charles Bolden, the chief of the Nasa, has warned that the US space agency’s best advice on how to handle a large asteroid heading towards New York City is “pray”.

 

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No doubt prior to sequestration, Bolden would have presented a more…detailed…plan!

Next up, it’s another titillating tale ripped from the pages of the Crime Blotter, courtesy of Bill Meisen:

Sheriff: Escort Charged After Nearly Biting Penis Off

 

No offense, but anyone desperate enough to take this honey home deserves to be culled from the gene pool.

Finally, in the Sports Section, courtesy of Ed Harvey, we mark the passing of a college football legend and one of the patron saints of Boomer Sooners everywhere:

Former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis led an Oklahoma life

 

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An amazed Steve Davis returned home to Tulsa few years ago after spending the day in Norman at a book-signing that featured all five men who quarterbacked the University of Oklahoma to a national championship.

Thirty-five years after the first of his two title seasons, 1974, Davis still marveled at how football affected his life. “These events always humble me when I think of the devotion of the Sooner fans,” Davis wrote me a day or two later. “Only today am I beginning to realize the full impact of the success of those teams I was honored to lead as its QB.”

Davis died Sunday in a South Bend, Ind., plane crash he was co-piloting. Dead too young at age 60. But what a life. An Oklahoma life. An Oklahoma hero.

Now, at last, he’s earned his real wings.

Magoo