Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Fairness Doctrine and global warming

Today, in compliance with the Fairness Doctrine, this blog will be presenting opposing views from my new sock puppet Larry the Liberal.

Me: Man, it's getting cold. I hate winter!

Larry: The earth is warming up, though.

Me: You know the clock is ticking on another Ice Age, right?

Larry: I'm sure you're wrong, but even if there is an Ice Age it will be because of us. All catastrophes are due to global warming and man's evil production of carbon.

Me: Dude, life is based on carbon! Oh yeah, you're not alive.... Well, guess what gas makes all the lovely green plants grow?

Larry: I worship plants and I'm green, but I fail to see your point.

Me: You look white to me. The more CO2, the more plant growth, and the greener our environment becomes.

Larry: Carbon is evil. See, it says right here in the Bible...

Me: That's not the Bible, that's Al Gore's book! How about water vapor, which is way more of a greenhouse gas? Should we get rid of that too?

Larry: If it helps to change the climate.

Me: It would change the climate all right. You do realize that a lot of this green stuff is designed to give more power to the government, build political careers, redistribute wealth globally, and funnel more of our money into big corporations that play along and provide new eco-friendly products that we're forced to buy to replace the ones we already have, don't you?

Larry: What's wrong with giving the government more power if it's for our own good?

Me: You're not afraid of creeping tyranny and socialism? Big Brother? Kyoto? NPR?

Larry: I only fear global warming. Most other evils stem from it.

Me: This Fairness Doctrine is even worse than I heard. It's like a messed-up echo, or schizophrenia, or a Socratic Dialogue, or that one show on Fox News. It's hard to hear myself think.

Larry: We must eliminate all carbon emissions by 2012.

Me: How about breath? Will exhaling be illegal too?

Larry: We must cap and trade. Hey, isn't that an incandescent light bulb up there? I'm afraid I'll have to report this!

Me: Neighbors will be turning each other in. First they came for the light bulb users, then the SUV drivers, then the people who used too much toilet paper, and then they came for me, and there was no one left to...

Larry: Can you dial 911 for me? I can't reach the phone.

Me: OK, forget it. So much for the Fairness Doctrine.

My wife: What are you doing with that sock and those matches?

Me: I'm doing my part to help get us through the next Ice Age.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

What Obama has to say about abortion

Do you have 24 minutes? If so, I encourage you to watch this video of Barack Obama's speech to Planned Parenthood on July 17, 2007. For insight into Obama's views on abortion, there's nothing like hearing it from his own lips.

Here I've provided my notes and comments on the first half of the speech. However, please be sure to watch this video for yourself!

2:20 -- The speech gets underway and Obama opens up with what will be a recurring theme: he speaks of his daughters, and wonders what kind of America will they grow up in and whether they will they have "the same opportunities as our sons."

3:00 to 7:00 -- Obama spends four minutes of his 24-minute speech criticizing the Supreme Court decision in Gonzales vs. Carhart. His pro-abortion activist audience was familiar with that case by name; for everyone else, that's the one which upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban three months before his speech.

It's noteworthy that he did not even say the words "partial-birth abortion" while doing so; the closest he came was "medical procedure." Instead, he called it a "federal ban on abortion."

3:35 -- He acknowledges his fear that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban endangers Roe vs. Wade.

4:15 -- He lambasts the rationale of the majority in the Supreme Court decision and indicates desire to transform the Supreme Court's "attitude."

5:50 -- He says that the issue is "about whether woman have equal rights under the law."

6:10 -- Nearing the end of his rant on the Supreme Court decision, he praises the dissenting opinion of Ginsberg.

7:15 -- Here Obama paints the situation as a struggle in a system that places "the powerful over the powerless." Throughout the speech he also tosses bones to his feminist audience with calculated references to men and women. He's certainly got the class struggle rhetoric down pat, with a style that would probably make Marx jealous.

7:50 -- He talks about putting Roe "at the center" of a lesson plan when he taught Constitutional law, and mentions that he fought in Illinois State Senate against laws restricting abortions. "So you know where I stand."

9:00 -- Here he strikes a tough tone and speaks of a crossroads and the need to go on offense, and says that on this issue "I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield." (Great, we have a 50-50 chance of Planned Parenthood's biggest fan running the White House.)

9:50 -- This is where Obama again demonstrates his mastery of the art of manipulative rhetoric, suddenly turning to cast his opponents as divisive, those who choose the narrowest ground and fight culture wars at home. In contrast, Obama and Planned Parenthood are evidently the uniters.

10:35 -- Now we get more insight into the spooky theme of returning again and again to his daughters in a speech about abortion rights. Obama provides some transparency by explaining that the argument can be won by avoiding "narrow ground" and asking people if they want their daughters "to have the same chances as men," to which he says that even the most conservative will agree. So, we see Obama's strategy for winning popular approval by presenting controversial issues in language calculated to appeal.

11:45 -- He turns his guns on abstinence-only education and equates it to opposing science.

If you watched the video, you saw Obama tell a room full of Planned Parenthood's activists, "you know where I stand." What more is there to say? Obama has made no secret of his unusually broad support for abortion. He is the pro-choice movement's best friend.

Now you too know where Obama stands. It will be sad if any Americans who do not support the cause of the abortion industry fail to realize this and cast a vote against life at a time when abortion has seen increased challenges, and purveyors of the medical procedure known as "choice" fear that Roe vs. Wade's bloody grip on America may be loosening.

Obama intends to make protecting and expanding Roe vs. Wade a priority if he is elected. There is no excuse for any who call themselves pro-life to vote for this man.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's not over

Mainstream media report hopefully on polls and seem eager to try to manufacture doubts and worries. (Ask yourself: How much negative or doubtful news coverage have you seen about their Blessed Obama and Prince Biden?)

But all those machinations may be in vain. It all depends on you.

I believe that if conservatives turn out in force with determination, they can easily win this election. If they fall for the trick and get discouraged, thinking it's hopeless, or divide their votes among various candidates, then they will lose, and our country will be fully in liberal hands.

It's not over. Not by any stretch of the imagination! In fact, even asserting this may give things a doubtful connotation, which is not my intent. There are so many people out there with conservative values, but the liberals tend to be better activists. They go into communities and get out the vote in an exaggerated fashion. They talk to people, sign them up, and post flyers everywhere. One of these days, those with traditional and common-sense values are going to have to learn to get out the vote too.

If the result of this election seems very uncertain to you, or if you think it may go the wrong way, what should you do? (No, "just wait and see" is not the right answer.) Get out there and make it happen! Victory may sometimes fall into your hands, but more often it's won through proactive effort. You don't have to climb mountains or perform brain surgery; we're talking about easy and simple actions.

Just talk to friends and family, let them know how you're voting and why. If they want reasons, give it to them in Obama's own words, or better yet, show them a video of him saying it. Make sure all the people you know with conservative values are planning to head to the polls. Go out and claim your victory!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Every vote counts: Stop Obama!

Friends, the hour is late. In only two weeks the next U.S. president will be elected.

You know how liberals always have a big get-out-the-vote drive in communities? (Unfortunately, sometimes ranging as far as registering dead and imaginary voters and non-citizens, and perhaps even forcing disabled people to vote for a preselected candidate.)

Well, this time we need to have the conservatives get out the vote. (Using only live and legal voters, of course.) It's time to get out the vote against Obama. Let's save this country from four years of horrifying socialist liberal leadership! Do you have any conservative friends or relatives who sometimes stay home on election day? Do you know any middle-of-the-road or undecided people who could benefit from knowing the facts about Obama? Let's get them informed, get them out the door and into the voting booth on November 4th.

I'm asking conservative bloggers to help spread the word and make this a viral campaign, and I'm asking their readers to also spread the word via e-mail (you'll find a send-to-friend link at the bottom of this post), over the phone, and in person to their friends and family. Although you wouldn't know it from watching mainstream media, it's nevertheless a fact that conservatives and those with ideals of traditional values and limited government are plentiful, and with a big turnout we can stop Obama at the polls! It's worth the effort in these remaining days. In essence, I believe that we must choose between life and death for our nation.

(Besides, wouldn't it be great to send a message to the Obama-adoring media that they can't make all the decisions for us?)

Here's a graphic that you can use in spreading the word. It's free for non-commercial use, as long as you either link the image to this page, or else provide attribution to Curry Kenworthy or (Using the HTML "title" tag for attribution is fine.) Please don't hotlink; just right-click, Save As to your computer, and upload to post in your blog.

I've also started a Nobama Blog Carnival. (A carnival is a periodical publication linking to selected blog posts in each edition.) You can submit your blog posts about Obama to the carnival here.

For anyone out there who is still undecided, or who is leaning toward Obama, let's look at some of the issues at stake.

First, the issue of abortion. Obama wants to sign the Freedom of Choice Act into law. In fact, he said that would be the first thing he does as president. You can see him say it in the video embedded below. According to the Family Research Council and the ALCJ, this act would codify Roe versus Wade and remove current legal restrictions which help to limit abortion, such as parental notification, spousal consent, waiting periods, and the partial-birth abortion ban. Lifenews estimates a minimum of 125,000 more abortions per year as a result.

(That speech is very helpful to understand Obama's position on abortion, definitely worth watching, so I'll cover it again and post more video in another update.)

Also on the issue of life, Obama advertises on his website that he will support more embryonic stem cell research.

Obama will expand "hate crimes" legislation as part of his Civil Rights plan. Conservatives know that calling a crime a "hate crime" doesn't change much; the crime committed is still the same whatever the motivation. (Does a violent robber love you more than the violent "hate crime" guy?) If the act is indeed a crime, there are already penalties defined. We know that "hate crimes" legislation in other countries have led, instead, to criminalizing speech and non-criminal actions, generating police-state mentality where preachers get in trouble for quoting scripture and anyone taking a stance of conscience on certain moral issues risks persecution.

While we're busy trying to get our economy back on track, Obama plans to make us a world leader on climate change. When a commodity like gasoline is expensive, we know that increasing restrictions will only worsen the problem. (Obama plans to tap our Strategic Reserve to remedy that.) With prices for all sorts of products and services increasing, the last thing we need now is a new onslaught of regulations on businesses and industries. True, some big corporations profit from the "green" mandates as they sell new products, but we usually pay more.

Obama wants a world free of nuclear weapons, and he plans to make "deep" cuts. No doubt this will be comforting to liberals. He says we won't disarm unilaterally, though. I'm not comforted.

Obama plans to double foreign aid. Unlike the people who handle our money in Washington, you and I know that foreign aid often fails to live up to its promise. The problems of hunger and poverty have a political aspect that liberals have long overlooked. No matter how much of your money they funnel overseas into the programs they choose (leaving you less to donate to the humanitarian charities of your own choice) you will continue to see starving people until the root issues are addressed.

And so it goes with other issues. Obama plans to deliver on his mantra of change, taking us further and faster down the road of liberal policies. How much more of this kind of change can America take? We need real change, not more of the same old socialist change.

Just as the Democrats always chant it ad nauseum, this year we need to get conservatives to realize that "every vote counts" and that we must stop Obama.

For those who want more perfect candidates on the ballot, I understand exactly where you're coming from, because I'm coming from there too. But four years of Obama, especially with a Democrat-controlled Congress, will mean policies and changes that stick with you and your children, and their children, for a long time. First we must fight for the survival of our culture, our values, our nation, and that means putting the brakes on the aggressive liberal agenda by putting the better candidate in office.

We can do this. Get your clan together and don't stay home on election day. Get out there and beat Obama!