Today I feel like one of those guys I used to see nodding of in a heroin haze when I lived on Capital Hill…
1. Governor Ralph Northam endorses infanticide. Said Virginia’s Democratic Governor this week, explaining a bill that barely failed to pass in the Virginia legislature, “[Third trimester abortions are] done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s nonviable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” Northam, who is a pediatric neurosurgeon, told Washington radio station WTOP. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” How can this possibly be interpreted as anything but post birth euthanasia? Marco Rubio tweeted, “I never thought I would see the day America had government officials who openly support legal infanticide.”
Really? I did. The pro-abortion movement has been moving relentlessly to this point for decades. (New York just legalized late term abortions.)If progressives and feminists want to see Roe v.Wade substantially weakened by the Supreme Court, this is the way to guarantee it. Of course, Northam gives all sorts of indications that he might be an idiot. His response to the predictable criticism of his statement was this tweet:
“I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting.“
Yeah! Why would anyone question my devotion to children just I advocate killing the ugly ones right after they are born? After all, they’ll be made “comfortable” until they die. (I have to admit, the “comfortable” bit really annoys me, as if that mitigates what is being done.)
2. “If I keep saying the same thing, that’s as good as an answer, right?” Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) appeared on Fox News this morning and was asked about Northam’s statement. “I believe that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and that women have a right to choose. We were sent to Washington to end government corruption,” he replied. Well, yes, but are you not troubled by killing a baby after it has been born? “I believe that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and that women have a right to choose. We were sent to Washington to end government corruption,” Cicilline said again, not changing his words at all. Of course Roe is the law of the land, but doesn’t this exceed what the Supreme Court intended? “I believe that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and that women have a right to choose. We were sent to Washington to end government corruption.”
Three times the Democrat defaulted to what was apparently a scripted talking point, and refused to address the question. Is it possible that anyone is fooled by that tactic? It sure didn’t work for Marco Rubio, when he got stuck on the scripted line “This notion that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing is just not true. He knows exactly what he’s doing” during GOP Presidential debate, repeating it even after Chris Christie had accused him of mouthing pre-programmed responses. Cicilline was even worse, reminding me of Rep. Gary Condit when he was being interviewed by Connie Chung about his involvement with Chandra Levy, a Congressional intern who had disappeared. “I’ve been married 34 years. I have not been a perfect man. I have made mistakes in my life. But out of respect for my family, out of a specific request by the Levy family, it is best that I not get into the details of the relationship,” Condit said three times in the interview, convincing everyone who heard it that he was guilty doing something dastardly to the young woman. (Apparently he wasn’t.)
To me, doing this seems like an admission of incompetence.
3. Baseball Ethics note (indulge me, I’m sick). One again, the baseball commentators and sportswriters are lining up with the players union to argue that something is amiss in the fact that teams are not shelling out the huge salaries baseball’s free agents “deserve.” This morning I heard two such pundits have this exchange regarding Adam Jones, a veteran outfielder looking for a contract.
“What do you think, Jones is worth maybe 4 million to a team like the Giants for a single year?”
“That’s about right. Of course, he may just not want to play for that little.”
“Yeah, we’ve seen that before. That’s not the level he’s used to, and he may just decided to stay home.”
What does that tell you? It tells me that the players don’t need the money they are demanding; it’s all ego to them. Imagine being so secure financially that you can say, “Eh, it’s not worth it to play the sport I love for a lousy four million dollars.”
4. I’m so confused! Will someone explain to me how the United States can openly and self-righteously interfere with Venezuela’s elections while simultaneously holding an endless investigation into Russia’s alleged dastardly interference with our elections?
5. I believe the term is “shameless.” I’m too sick to summarize this one. You’ll have to read it here, an then you’ll be sick.
6. The Fake News Codex. This is a useful site: it catalogues all of the hoax and satirical news websites.