Saturday, November 21, 2015

What Hate? German Pro-Family Leaders Targeted

Nothing to see here, folks!

But the play’s director called it “absurd” for people to make a connection between the play and the subsequent acts of violence against the individuals it depicts, stating in an opinion piece posted on the theater’s website earlier this month that the production merely “explores in a satirical way what are the right-wing nationalist and religious fundamentalist currents in today's Germany.”
But “gender ideology” critic Gabriele Kuby thinks otherwise. “The entire play is simply a mad incitement to hatred and violence,” she told LifeSiteNews. “We are portrayed as zombies and as dangerous, hateful Nazis. People are told how to shoot zombies in the head. And now there is physical violence — putting cars on fire — against people working to protect the family,” she said.
Kuby said that lawyers are investigating the theater for possible charges involving slander. In the meantime, “Fear” is scheduled to run again in January.

It's ironic to be accused of being Nazis while being the victim of Nazi-like tactics.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Embryo and Fetal Size by Age 6- 11 weeks

Days   Size in millimetresmm according to percentile          
LMP PF 50th  5th 95th %diff. 50th to 5th % diff. 50th to 95th % diff. 95th to 5th
40 26 2.4 1.1 4.1 118% 41% 273%
41 27 2.9 1.4 4.8 107% 40% 243%
42 28 3.4 1.9 5.5 79% 38% 189%
43 29 4.1 2.3 6.3 78% 35% 174%
44 30 4.7 2.8 7.1 68% 34% 154%
45 31 5.4 3.4 7.9 59% 32% 132%
46 32 6.1 3.9 8.8 56% 31% 126%
47 33 6.9 4.5 9.7 53% 29% 116%
48 34 7.7 5.2 10.6 48% 27% 104%
49 35 8.5 5.9 11.6 44% 27% 97%
50 36 9.4 6.6 12.6 42% 25% 91%
51 37 10.2 7.3 13.6 40% 25% 86%
52 38 11.2 8.1 14.7 38% 24% 81%
53 39 12.1 8.9 15.7 36% 23% 76%
54 40 13.0 9.7 16.8 34% 23% 73%
55 41 14.0 10.6 17.9 32% 22% 69%
56 42 15.0 11.4 19.1 32% 21% 68%
57 43 16.0 12.3 20.2 30% 21% 64%
58 44 17.1 13.2 21.4 30% 20% 62%
59 45 18.1 14.2 22.5 27% 20% 58%
60 46 19.1 15.1 23.7 26% 19% 57%
61 47 20.2 16.0 24.9 26% 19% 56%
62 48 21.3 17.0 26.1 25% 18% 54%
63 49 22.4 18.0 27.3 24% 18% 52%
64 50 23.5 18.9 28.5 24% 18% 51%
65 51 24.6 19.9 29.7 24% 17% 49%
66 52 25.7 20.9 30.9 23% 17% 48%
67 53 26.8 21.9 32.1 22% 17% 47%
68 54 27.9 22.9 33.3 22% 16% 45%
69 55 29.0 23.9 34.5 21% 16% 44%
70 56 30.1 24.9 35.7 21% 16% 43%
71 57 31.2 25.9 36.9 20% 15% 42%
72 58 32.3 26.9 38.1 20% 15% 42%
73 59 33.3 27.9 39.3 19% 15% 41%
74 60 34.4 28.9 40.4 19% 15% 40%
75 61 35.5 29.9 41.6 19% 15% 39%

This is a chart showing the norms for Crown-Rump Length measurements for embryos and first trimester fetuses in millimetres. The source for this information is below.

LMP= Days sinnce Last Menstrual Period. That's how OB-GYN's and other medical professionals calculate the age of a pregnancy.

PF= Post-fertilization. That's how embryologists calculate the age of an embryo. If I wanted to be really exact, some of them use post-ovulatory age, which is slightly different than post-fertilization, but for the purposes of the exercise, it's not a dig deal.

I marked down the ages according to the 50th percentile, the 5th percentile and the 95th percentile, so that you can know what's a small embryo for that age, and what's a large one.

I took the liberty to calculate the difference between the different percentiles to underscore that there can be significant varations in measurements in the early weeks.

To accurately estimate the age of an embryo, you might also want to consult the 23 Carnegie Stages of embryonic development.

Normal Ranges of Embryonic Length, Embryonic
Heart Rate, Gestational Sac Diameter and Yolk Sac
Diameter at 6–10 Weeks
George I. Papaioannou Argyro Syngelaki Leona C.Y. Poon Jackie A. Ross
Kypros H. Nicolaides
Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine and Early Pregnancy Unit, King’s College Hospital, London , UK
Fetal Diagn Ther 2010;28:207–219
DOI: 10.1159/000319589

Why Do Conservatives Continue to Watch Network TV?

In light of the episode of Scandal, in which a woman has an abortion to the tune of Silent Night, Matt Walsh rants:
Everyone who tunes into MSNBC knows they're going to be watching a bunch of propaganda merchants desperately shill for the Obama Administration. The real danger is the progressive proselytizing from Hollywood and these "entertainment" outlets like ABC. If your children are brainwashed by anything they see on television, it won't be Anderson Cooper or MSNBC pundits doing the damage. It will be mainstream sitcoms and dramas and awards shows and whatever else our pop culture produces.
But here's the thing: ABC wouldn't survive if so-called "conservatives" and Christians stopped watching. So, seriously, why are we watching?  

Do Restrictive Abortion Laws Make a Difference?

Justina Van Maren:

The main problem with The Lancetstudy, as Ross Douthat of the New York Times points out, is that it doesn’t compare like to like. The study looks at the Western world, mainly North America and Western Europe, and compares these abortion rates to those of regions such as Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The number of potential confounding variables when comparing rich regions with far poorer regions is staggering. Canada and the United States are hardly analogous to Sub-Saharan Africa (as if that isn’t obvious to anyone and everyone). In order to really discern the effect of restrictive abortion laws in North America, we should compare countries that are part of the developed world.

One of the most overlooked factors in these glibly cited stats is the level of enforcement. How much effort do authorities put into trying to enforce these laws? In many instances, the answer is very little. In fact, I once read that sometimes the authorities don't want to legalize abortion because the present situation serves their purposes, and holding the debate would stir up opposition. So they keep abortion illegal and turn a blind eye to it.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pius XII Conspired to Have Hitler Assassinated?


In compelling detail, Riebling looks not only at the strategies that various anti-Nazi officers and other co-conspirators pursued to kill Hitler, but the kind of government structures that would need to be imposed on shattered Germany if the conspiratorial plots succeeded. Pope Pius XII was a central figure in the planning of these scenarios, as were the Dominicans and Jesuits in his network, precisely because of their ability to act independently of the bishops, some of whom were suspect or timid. In his 1988 book, Britain and the Vatican During the Second World War, Owen Chadwick cited testimony from the British representative to the Holy See, D’Arcy Osborne, who confirmed the Pope’s involvement in the June 20 plot, “Operation Valkyrie.”

Here's my question.

I still feel a pinch of skepticism about this. How come this was not widely known before? If a historian as well-known as Owen Chadwick put out this information, did he not have any Catholic readers to spread this information?

It's not that I really buy the Hitler's Pope narrative, but I've become accustomed to the notion that if a narrative is too good to be true, it probably is.   

ISIS is a Satanic Organization: Cardinal Koch

Now THAT'S more like it.

And just FYI:

Koch is an orthodox cardinal who has rejected the idea from some German and American bishops that divorced and remarried Catholics should be allowed to receive Communion.  

Monday, November 16, 2015

It is Time for ISIS to be Destroyed

Preach it Conrad Black:
The ghastly, unutterably contemptible quavering about ISIS must end: It is an unmitigated evil with almost no support — perhaps 50,000 active warriors in all Islam, and the usual riff-raff of useful idiots scattered about different countries prepared to become human torpedoes against all forms of civilization, starting with Muslim civilization, such as it now is. ISIS must be physically exterminated, let us be clear, in a just and virtuous act of war: Anyone who favors, and becomes an armed agent to carry out, acts of indiscriminate terror, the slaughter of innocents (such as the attractive young couples and decent people at the restaurants and concert hall in Paris on Friday), unless they believably repent, must be exterminated, and this monstrous moral, theological, and political heresy of an ISIS Caliphate must be crushed into nonexistence by the application of whatever level of military force and punitive retribution is required.

What in the hell are we waiting for? Another attack? More dead? 

We Cannot Afford to Lose the War with ISIS

I rarely agree with Neil MacDonald:

Everyone knows airstrikes will not decide this fight. And the U.S.-led campaign to arm and train "moderate" rebels in Syria and troops in Iraq has been an embarrassment, to put it mildly.
Generally, whenever ISIS or its affiliated extremists have shown up, America's proxies have cut and run, often leaving their U.S.-provided guns and hardware for the enemy to scoop up.
But disengaging and letting the Middle East sort itself out would involve a hideous price for the populations on the ground.

What is your freedom worth for you?

Because if we cut and run, ISIS will only expand, only infiltrate the West even more.

We need to send our armies NOW and finish the job.

The problem with the West is that when it sends its armies to fight, it does so only on condition that the war will be short-lived and cost few lives.

We can't fight like that. This is what caused our problem in the first place.

We should have taken over Iraq, but we left Saddam in place.

Then the US invaded Iraq again (on a flimsy pretext) and left.  Without having stabilized the country.

You can't do that. You have to fight the war all the way to the end, eradicating all your enemies, or don't fight it at all.

We should have never gone into Iraq  the second time. Saddam would probably be dead by now. His successor probably would have been no better but at least we wouldn't be dealing with ISIS.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

VIDEO: Ezra Levant Goes to Paris

I really look forward to future reports.

EDITED TO ADD: This just in: France launches airstrikes on Islamic State capital

VIDEO: Peter Mansbridge at Liberal Insider Wedding

We all suspected the links, but... this underscores the relationship between the CBC and The Liberal Party.

Edited to add, it's old news-- a few days old.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Are Progressives Afraid of History? Hardly

Clio, Muse of History

I don't disagree with Jonathon van Maren very often.

It's true that a number of progressive heroes would not make the cut as regards modern standards.

But I think the mistake he makes is in thinking that truth matters to progressives.

Colorado: Pot Use Doubled Among Youth Since Legalization

Colour me shocked.

Question: The RMHIDTA report released in September, “the legalization of marijuana in Colorado: the impact,” found marijuana use has essentially doubled among adults and youths, 12 to 17, since Colorado legalized the recreational use and sale of the drug. Did this surprise you?
Answer: “If you legalize something and make it readily available, more people are going to use it. And any time you have an increased use of any intoxicant, there is going to be an impact on society. That’s only logical.”

Legalize pot! What could go wrong? /sarcasm

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Evangelicals are the Worst Part of Canadian Society: Justin Trudeau

Monday, November 02, 2015

Conservatives Must Learn to Engage on Social Media

I couldn't agree more with Brian Lilley:

Only 15% of Conservative supporters said they were writing about politics on social media during the campaign compared to 18% of NDP backers and 19% of Liberals.
Liberals and New Democrats were also more likely to comment on political postings on social media.
But the really big imbalance comes in on sharing stories.
During the campaign, 34% of NDP supporters said they shared political content on social media. 32% of Liberals did the same, but just 24% of Conservatives.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Bishop to Priests: STOP THE HOMILY ABUSE

Yes Yes Yes Yes YES!!!!!!!

From Socrates Villegas, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in the Phillippines:

We have seen many abuses among the clergy – alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse, gambling abuse, money abuse, travelling abuse, vacation abuse. Today, I invite you to turn your hearts to another very rampant and widespread abuse among priests – homily abuse. Yes, abuse of the kindness of the people who are forced to listen to long, winding, repetitious, boring, unorganized, unprepared, mumbled homilies. In jest but certainly with some truth, the people say our homilies are one of the obligatory scourges that they must go through every Sunday.

What I find most annoying about some priests is that they seem to be afraid to preach the Catholic faith. A lot of the time, what you get is pop psychology-- stuff you could get on Oprah or Dr. Phil. The advice is all well and good. But there's a lack of information on how to live a holy life.  Nary a word on grace, mortification, self-denial, or any other Catholic buzz-words. Then we wonder how people are so ignorant about our faith.

Well the priests don't preach it.

And it bothers me because if a priest doesn't preach about grace and mortification, it makes me wonder if he doesn't believe in it. And if he doesn't believe it, on what basis does he live his Catholic spirituality?

I also wish priests would be more willing to include tidbits from the popes and the saints. We have all this wealth of Catholic wisdom, and it's never invoked. What a waste.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

China to Implement Two-Child Policy

There's still going to be sex-selection abortion.

Fewer of them, but still quite a few.

Imagine a couple who has a girl in the first pregnancy, and then discover the second child of the pregnancy is a girl.

They're still going to abort the baby.

There will be far fewer, no doubt, but it won't put an end to sex-selection abortion.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Reflection on the Election

A number of Conservatives have expressed their misgivings about the Conservative campaign. The tone seems to be: if we lost, it’s our fault.

I won’t deny that the Conservative Party has part of its responsibility in its election loss.

But I would like to underline another important reason why we lost:

The conservative base isn’t big enough. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

VIDEO: Stockwell Day Comments on the Conservative Party Defeat

I don't care what anyone says, I miss Stockwell Day.

VIDEO: Will Trudeau "stare down Putin" over new Russian arctic military base?

This video made my stomach sink. Harper would have never put up with Putin's crap.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

VIDEO: Kellie Leitch to Announce Candidacy for Leadership Race

Kellie Leitch declared at an all-candidates' debate that she is pro-life. She then said that she is "personally pro-life". According to Campaign Life Coalition, she voted against Motion M-312.