Archive for the ‘Life’ Category


The Disenfranchised Voter

5 September 2012 – 12:27 CDT

Under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama Department of Justice has been on a rampage against the states, hauling them into court over a range of issues.  Among the most notable attacks are against states’ voter identification laws.  Texas, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, Arizona and others have been sued by the chief federal law enforcement officer – charging that requiring a photo id to cast a ballot was among other things, racist, attacking the poor, the elderly, etc.  The reality is far, far different.  Besides multiple ballots cast by single individuals and voting by people who do not live in the state they’re voting in, illegal immigrants, dead people, felons, and others not legally entitled to vote are doing so.

Never mind that the TSA requires government issued photo id to board an airplane.  As does every state for obtaining a marriage license, driving a car, purchasing alcohol, etc.  Those complaining the loudest about how Republicans are meanies trying to stop blacks and poor from voting are the Democrats – the Obama administration in particular.  Oddly, the Democratic National Convention requires a photo id to obtain credentials to access the convention.

Meanwhile, Eric Holder successfully sued the state of Ohio over early voting for burdened military – a state law specifically designed to help deployed military enjoy their right to vote.  The United States Department of Justice under the leadership of the Commander in Chief of the United States armed forces – President Barack Obama – fought and won to stop early voting accommodations for military members.  A judge more recently ruled that the early voting must be opened to everyone, that there is nothing special about being in the military.

Now comes word that the 2009 law, signed by President Obama to help military voters overseas, is severely underfunded.

The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act was passed by Congress in 2009 and signed into law by President Barack Obama and was supposed to make it easier for both soldiers deployed overseas and U.S. citizens living abroad to cast ballots back in their home states.

One of the key provisions required each military branch to create an installation voting assistance office (IVAO) for every military base outside an immediate combat zone.

But the Pentagon’s inspector general, the military’s internal watchdog, reported Tuesday it got a disappointing result when it tried to locate such voting assistance offices on each installation earlier this year.

“Results were clear. Our attempts to contact IVAOs failed about 50 percent of the time,” the inspector general reported. “We concluded the Services had not established all the IVAOs as intended by the MOVE Act because, among other issues, the funding was not available.

Wrapped up in identity politics, Obama and the left will trot out the military when they need the optics, but when it becomes more politically expedient, will hold them hostage by making sure defense spending takes a massive, unprecedented cut if Republicans don’t agree to increase social welfare spending by some arbitrary deadline.  ObamaCare?  Not for our men, women, and families in uniform.  Obama wants massive cuts to TriCare for active duty and retired military.

The left and their media lapdogs howl that Republicans and conservatives are out to suppress the poor, latino, gay, black, purple, triangle-head, and pink canary vote.  There is one group disenfranchised, whose vote is actively and quietly being suppressed by the left, the one group whose sacrifice should bring us to move heaven and earth to ensure their vote counts: those who are serving our country in uniform.  It is the least we can do for those who volunteer to make the largest sacrifice for our freedom.

Image: usmilitary.com

“Seeking a friend…” leaves us seeking another movie

24 June 2012 – 14:05 CDT

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” looked promising.  While I’m not a huge fan of Steve Carell, the man has talent and he’s often funny in that this-shouldn’t-be-funny-why-am-I-laughing sort of way.

The basic premise of Seeking a Friend revolves around the end of the world, as one might have gathered from the title.  A huge astroid is heading for earth, and the last ditch effort failed when 12 astronauts died enroute to do who knows what to the 7-mile wide rock.  Everyone has three weeks to live, what will you do with your last 21 days?

I nearly walked out after about the first 20 minutes or so.  A morose Dodge Peterson, played by Steve Carrel, is morbid, and even more uncomfortable than Michael Scott could hope to be.  In one of the early scenes after his girlfriend leaves him, Dodge visits a friend who spends most of the time berating his wife.  At a party later, the same husband helps his 6 year old daughter down an adult beverage, telling her “ride through the burn, honey, ride through the burn.”

Keira Knightley is the narcoleptic (hyper-somniac), pot smoking hipster Penny, who suddenly realizes that all of her meaningless short-term relationships have led her to New York, an ocean away from her family back in England.  She still has “meaningless, end-of-the-world” sex with Dodge.

If the first twenty minutes wasn’t mind-numbing enough, toward the end of the film Dodge shows up on the front step of his estranged father’s (Martin Sheen) house.  The ensuing awkward and cliche “I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you son / Don’t talk about mom” is forced on the audience.  Penny watches a tender moment where dad and son are on the porch swing playing their harmonicas together, but the earlier argument was simply too unbelievable to get past.

Yes, Dodge and Penny find each other and fall in love, the ones that they were meant to be with all along, but the whole thing feels forced and one dimensional.  In the end, everyone dies.

In a bid to get the film over with and spare us additional agony, the writers provide one of the few redeeming qualities of this film. They decided that the scientists had gotten it wrong – the asteroid would arrive a week early.

 

Freedom of Religion is Overrated

20 February 2012 – 23:22 CDT

Every once in a while the left says what they really mean.  President Obama told Joe the Plumber that he wanted seize private wealth.  Maxine Waters said she would see to it that the federal government seized private companies.

The 1st amendment to the Constitution of the United States begins with “Congress shall make no law…”.  It should come as no surprise that the very first freedom listed before speech, press, assembly, bearing arms, trial by jury, and the others is the freedom from interference by the government into the free exercise of religion.  Listen carefully to this exchange on Hannity from last week.

Whenever you hear someone say “”I’m for smaller government … people have a right to religion, but…” be wary.

 

The Case For Life: A Speech for Generations

4 February 2012 – 19:48 CDT

Senator Marco Rubio gives me great hope for the future of our republic.  I can’t do better than Ben’s title, which hardly covers it “Greatest pro-life speech in a generation”

Watch this, now.  It is worth your time.

h/t @bdomenech