Thursday, July 03, 2008

Three Books Set Record Straight on History

American exceptionalism has swelled Americans' heads, filling them with hubris and self-righteousness and making Americans believe that they are the salt of the earth. Three recent books are good antidotes for this unjustified self-esteem. One is Patrick J. Buchanan's Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War. Another is After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation by Giles MacDonogh, and a third is John Pilger's Freedom Next Time. Buchanan's latest book is by far his best ... As the pages turn, the comfortable myths, produced by history written by the victors, are swept aside. The veil is lifted to reveal the true faces of British and American exceptionalism: stupidity and deceit.

From 'Pro-Choice' Atheist to Pro-Life Catholic

I realized in that moment that perfectly good, well-meaning people—people like me—can support gravely evil things because of the power of lies. From my own experience, I knew how the Greeks, the Romans and people in every other society could put themselves into a mental state where they could leave a newborn child to die. The very real pressures of life—“we can’t afford another baby,” “we can’t have any more girls,” “he wouldn’t have had a good life” — left them susceptible to the temptation to dehumanize other human beings. Though the circumstances were different, the same process had happened with me, with the pro-choice movement and with anyone else who has ever been tempted to dehumanize inconvenient people.

Opposition to Morgentaler's Order 'Wide and Deep and Intense'

I'm just a middle-class Canadian who thinks it's wrong to take life away from innocents who are incapable of speaking or acting for themselves. Nobody who works at the National Post is likely to be accused of adhering to the cult of victimhood. But we're not completely heartless, and is there a greater definition of a victim than a child, still in the womb, wholly dependent on its mother to live and on the legal system to protect it?

Formal Request Filed to Terminate Morgentaler's Order

On behalf of the 41,000 members of Canada Family Action Coalition and the hundreds of thousands of like-minded Canadians, on July 3rd, 2008, CFAC filed a formal request in accordance with the Paragraph 25(c) of the Constitution of the Order of Canada for the Advisory Council to recommend that the Governor General terminate Henry Morgentaler’s appointment to the Order of Canada. Dr. Charles McVety, CFAC President, says, “Henry Morgentaler’s conduct is unbecoming a member of the Order of Canada, violating paragraphs 3 (b) (i) and (ii) of the Constitution of the Order of Canada, thereby tarnishing all recipients of this tremendous award.”

Some Women Who Don't Feel Morgentaler Is a Great MD

The committee which decided to bestow the Order of Canada on Dr. Henry Morgentaler clearly didn't consult Joanne Boone or Vicky Green. If Morgentaler is considered brave for conducting abortions on them, they are equally as brave for standing up and saying they wish now he hadn't. And although both described the famous abortion doctor as professional and clinical, neither would have recommended him for the award. He's not a hero or pioneer for everybody. "I heard a sucking sound ..."

Henry Morgentaler and the 'Odor' of Canada

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Trans-Sexuality: Purely Psychological

The American Medical Association ... has adopted a resolution encouraging insurance companies to provide coverage, including surgery, for transgendered people – that is, people who believe they should be the opposite gender. The surgery reworks part of the body. Dr. David Stevens of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) says it is not only immoral, but also doesn't treat the real problem. "Well, the Bible does tell us very clearly that mutilation of the body is wrong, and it's sad that these people have this psychological disorder -- but it should be treated from a psychological perspective," Stevens contends.

Church Attendance Beneficial to Marriage

Married couples who attend church together tend to be happier than couples who rarely or never attend services, according to sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia ... Wilcox found that married church-going Americans across denominational and racial classifications were more likely to describe themselves as "very happy" than their non-religious counterparts. Couples who attended church regularly were also less likely to divorce than couples who seldom attended church services, Wilcox found.

The High Cost of Politics

The 2008 presidential race, which has already drawn a record number of dollars and voters, is poised to shatter another record: the amount of money spent on television advertisements ... Total spending on TV ads in the presidential race is expected to top $800 million, said Evan Tracey, chief operating officer of the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political advertising. Such spending totaled $500 million, the previous record, in the 2004 race.

Governments Using Cellphones to Track Individuals?

Two civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government yesterday, seeking records related to the government's use of cellphones as tracking devices ... The ACLU's FOIA request was made after an article in The Washington Post last fall revealed that federal officials were routinely asking courts to order cellphone companies to furnish real-time tracking data on individuals and that courts sometimes have ordered the data released without first requiring a showing of probable cause.

In a World of Human Starvation, Billions for Dogs

Sure, the hotelier and real estate magnate Leona Helmsley left $12 million in her will to her dog, Trouble. But that, it turns out, is nothing much compared with what other dogs may receive from the charitable trust of Helmsley, who died in August. Her instructions, specified in a two-page "mission statement," are that the entire trust, valued at $5 billion to $8 billion and amounting to virtually all her estate, be used for the care and welfare of dogs, according to two people who have seen the document and who described it on condition of anonymity.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Newspaper Industry Freefall Continues

Even for an industry awash in bad news, the newspaper business went through one of its most severe retrenchments in recent memory last week. Half a dozen newspapers said they would slash payrolls, one said it would outsource all its printing, and Tribune Co., one of the biggest publishers in the country, said it might sell its iconic headquarters tower in Chicago and the building that houses the Los Angeles Times. The increasingly rapid and broad decline in the newspaper business in recent months has surprised even the most pessimistic financial analysts, many of whom say it's too hard to tell how far the slump will go.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Private Data to Be Exchanged by Governments

The U.S. and the E.U. are near to completing a controversial agreement allowing the exchange of a wide-array of private, personal data among law enforcement and security officials, the New York Times reported Saturday. The negotiators have agreed on most of the draft language on 12 major issues for a "binding international agreement," the newspaper reported, citing an internal report it had obtained ... Guarantees of privacy and redress for violation of privacy rules were however sticking points in the deal, the Times wrote.

Christianity Flourishing in China

Christianity -- repressed, marginalized and, in many cases, illegal in China for more than half a century -- is sweeping the country, swamping churches and posing a sensitive challenge to the officially atheist ruling Communist Party. By some estimates, Christian churches in China, most of them underground, have roughly 70 million members, about as many as the party itself. A growing number of those Christians are in fact party members.

Canada Going Downhill

Canada, which turns a year older Tuesday, is not aging well, according to an annual report card ... It's a "myth" that Canada has one of the highest living standards in the world ... In five of the six broad categories assessed, Canada's performance ranks in the bottom half of the 17 countries ... The quality of life in Canadian society is also in the bottom half of the rankings at 10th, ahead of the U.S. but well behind the leading countries. "Some of Canada's results - such as rates of burglary and assault, and levels of child poverty - are shockingly poor," it said.