Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BBC to Adopt Quotas for Disabled People On Air

As opposed to hiring disabled people based on need and merit.

Babies Can Learn Nursery Rhymes in the Womb: Study

While I wouldn't make too much of this study, it does show that fetuses are not the inert beings many make them out to be.

Reflexions on WomenAgainstFeminism

In recent days, I've been contributing to the #WomenAgainstFeminism hashtag on Twitter.

I've been having lots of fun!

That tag trended last night, which invited a lot of scrutiny from self-professed feminists who couldn't believe in this day and age that there are women against feminism.

It's just as well that Twitter only allows for 140 characters because I would have ranted against that.

One the most common responses to the #WomenAgainstFeminism hashtag was that feminism is about belief in equality.

The implicit message being that if you believe in equality, you're a feminist.

Anyone who has any dealings with feminism knows that it's BS.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Another One for the Future of ProLife Activism File

BUSTED: FedEx indicted on numerous counts for shipping illegal internet pharmacy drugs

It's almost certain that at some point, abortion drugs were delivered.

When all the clinics are closed, we might be protesting FedEx for its role in black market abortions.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What Should You Be Doing During Mass?

An answer to the complaint: Mass is Boring!

The short answer is: you're supposed to be making an offering, along with the priest.

That's why it's called the Sacrifice of the Mass.

If you don't pray during  the week, think about Jesus during the week, and don't know your Catholic theology, Mass is going to be very tedious.

That's why most Catholics don't go.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's Time to Rid the Church of Self-Referential Spirituality

I know this is long, but I feel this needed to be said...

As many of you know, I run a blog called The Catholic Breadbox, in which I publish quotes culled from the great writers and big names of the Church's history.

I read Catholic spiritual works with an eye to accumulating quotes for this blog.

This week I went to the public library and checked out Jean Vanier: Essential Writings, an anthology of his writings and talks.

I read through the introduction, which was a biography of his life, and two of the excerpts.

And then I couldn't continue. I could not take one more page of his insipid take on spirituality.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Why We Don't Use Birth Control

In response to the other meme going around.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Joyce Arthur: No to Conscientious Objection

Joyce Arthur: the gift that keeps on giving.

I had to laugh at this statement:

"Doctors who invoke CO to not perform abortions can benefit professionallyby spending more of their time delivering more “reputable” or higher status treatments compared to their abortion-providing colleagues. As a result, they can escape stigma and boost their careers, reputations, and salaries."

And FORCING doctors to do abortions will just boost the reputation of abortion. It's so obviously ethical and non-problematic that doctors have to be forced to do it.

Now why in the world would delivering babies or doing gynecological surgery be higher status?

Joyce Arthur is a militant atheist. Never trust a militant atheist to uphold religious freedom.

Opposing Late-Term Abortion is Now "Slut-Shaming"

I mean, it couldn't POSSIBLY have to do with concern for the unborn child.

Newshounds explains the pro-life philosophy this way:

If you're carrying a diseased fetus that will eventually (but not right now) kill you, you need to STFU.


Because women who have wanted pregnancies and have late-term abortion think of their lovely angels as diseased fetuses.

Not disabled or compromised.

Keep talking, abortion supporters. "Slut-shaming" is the new "racist!".

South Africa: New Target in the Fight Against "Unsafe" Abortion

Safe and Legal!

Recent international research by the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington DC, found that more than half of abortions in the country are backstreet rather than legal, and that just under two thirds of the population find abortions “morally unacceptable”.

Simon Cooke, global chief executive of Marie Stopes International, said on a recent visit to three provinces: “It is shocking that - despite having one of the most progressive abortion laws in the world - South Africa is a place where we still see women choosing backstreet providers.”

Remember how legalizing abortion was supposed to make everything great?

Poor-choicers like to make comparisons about countries that legalize abortion compared to those that don't.

You can't. And this shows why.

Because it's a matter of the healthcare system, and what the culture is in regards to healthcare.

Western countries have a very scientific, very "hygienic" view of healthcare.

In other countries, the local herbalist is as valid a source of medical knowledge as the college-educated doctor.

And legality has nothing to do with it. People break the laws with impunity, given the lax or arbitrary state of law enforcement.

What would happen if South Africa cracked down on these illegal abortion providers?

Women wouldn't get their abortions. There would be too few legal abortionists for the demand.

So they're not going to crack down on these illegal providers.

That's how it often works in Third World countries. That's why the saying that countries with legal abortion have fewer abortions is bogus (among other reasons). They don't want the political fallout from legalizing abortion, but they're perfectly happy to have backstreet abortion clinics.

The South Africans aren't going to do anything about these clinics. They might crack down on the most notorious abortionists, but as long as they keep their head down, nobody is going to prosecute them.

It's the same thing in Latin American countries. If abortions are allowed to happen, it's because political elites allow it. The laws are not strictly enforced.

All this to say that a lot of  what people say about legal/illegal abortion is bogus. Legality has nothing to do with whether abortion is "safe" or "unsafe".


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ProLife Message Spreads to China

 This is awesome.

They got their own Kermit Gosnells, too:

Inside a dingy illegal medical clinic in southwest China, a female doctor brags about her experience performing abortions over the course of 40 years both, at a hospital and at the clinic where she makes much more money. Next to an ill-lit room lined with thin, musty cots and IV stands, the doctor says it's a very typical operation. One girl who had eight abortions is fine, the doctor asserts.

While China's law forbids late-term abortions, the doctor said she would do an abortion regardless of the delivery date, "even if [the baby] comes out crying." An abortion at three months costs merely 1,000 yuan ($160) and the patient can be in and out of the clinic in two hours.

The doctor opens a locked back room where the abortions are performed. It reeks of chemicals. In one corner stood a rusting operating chair with stirrups, which the doctor quickly walked toward to toss out blood-stained tissues from her last operation, an 18-year-old who was five months pregnant. Tucked between a cot and table was an illegal ultrasound machine covered with a piece of cloth, which the abortionist uses to help determine the sex of the baby, although sex-selective abortions are illegal in China since the preference for sons has skewed the country's sex ratio.

You know, in the feminist mindset, because this is done in a dingy clinic, this should be legal.

Because... who cares if a baby comes out crying?

And if babies have to die in the name of "clean" abortions, so what?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

UK: MP outrage at 39-week abortion


We couldn't just let the baby live and die a natural death, you barbarians!

Stick a needle in its heart! Like a dog.

Fetal rights? You don't get rights if you have a disability. Your life is subject to someone else's evaluation.

It's all for the good of the babies.

Hey, what could go wrong?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Columnist: Let's Talk About Our Abortions

I don't think this lady gets it.

When you talk about how crappy your abortion is, you stigmatize abortion.

You can't just sit there as if abortion is this wonderful option, when so many women have undergone the procedure and feel like crap for doing so.

Oh sure, you can say "it was the best decision for me".

But it's hard to reconcile that rosy picture with all the fallout.

One Non-Religious Person's Account of Using a Fertility Awareness Method

When I started tuning in to my body’s signals about about fertility, I was absolutely blown away by what I learned. I mean, how did I get to be a grown-ass, sexually-active adult woman without any understanding that the fluid that comes out of your vagina is indicative of where you are in your cycle? I don’t know, but I’m certainly not the only one who operated for the majority of her reproductive life with a serious deficit in basic fertility knowledge: I just explained cervical fluid to two of my friends, who were absolutely shocked. I don’t know why this information isn’t covered in basic sex ed or written about in all those omnipresent women’s mag articles on fertility and contraception. We’re educated about the menstrual cycle and the hormones that play into it, but I don’t think it’s common knowledge that you can really only get pregnant for roughly seven to 10 days each month. It certainly wasn’t for me.

Almost every conservative Catholic married woman knows this stuff.

The "hic" about fertility awareness is that you really should be a in a committed relationship (re: marriage) because openness to life is what it's about.

And that's probably why it's not more popular.

And another thing: FAM (that's the acronym it's known by) is slightly different than NFP, in that condoms are part of the plan.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Abortion Backer Who Assaulted Pro-Lifers: I Had The Right to Attack Them

Of course she did. And of course, being pro-life, that makes them totally racist.

Dear abortion supporters: please educate your allies on prenatal development. This is what a 12-week fetus looks like.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

VIDEO: Verruckt is the World's Tallest Water Slide

I read about it here. But I thought the videos were kinda lame.

I found this one here.

This slide is insane. It's fifteen stories tall.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Digital Implant Releases Contraceptive Hormone

This will happen every day for 16 years, but can be stopped at any time by using a wireless remote control.

The project has been backed by Bill Gates, and will be submitted for pre-clinical testing in the US next year - and possibly go on sale by 2018.


The next challenge for the team is to ensure the absolute security of the device to prevent activation or deactivation by another person without the woman's knowledge.

"Communication with the implant has to occur at skin contact level distance," said Dr Farra.

"Someone across the room cannot re-programme your implant.

"Then we have secure encryption. That prevents someone from trying to interpret or intervene between the communications."

Hackers are going to be on this like white on rice.

Corporations and Ministries of Defense around the world, with ironclad security, still get hacked.

And they say this is designed for use in the Third World.

Isn't there a bit of a disconnect? Large populations have inadequate food and lack clean water, but we're worried about ... contraception.

Well, Suzanne, it's obvious, it makes fewer mouths to feed.

And, what about...actually feeding them?

Monday, July 07, 2014

Bubble Zone Ordinances Are Disappearing Across America

"Protecting people from speech they do not want to hear is not a function that the First Amendment allows the government to undertake in the public streets and sidewalks," Scalia wrote.

VIDEO: Orthodox Priest Refuses to Baptize Little Girl Who Said "No"

This Youtube is causing a lot of controversy in the Greek media. A priest called off the baptism of a recalcitrant three-year-old girl.

The commenters raised many valid points.

My point is that this strange man is trying to touch her. Gee, you think that might have something to do with it?

Perhaps if she got to know the priest, she might be more open to having him put his hands on her head.

In the Latin Rite, I do not believe her "no", by itself, is sufficient to stop a baptism, but I agree with the commenter who asked: what's he supposed to do, wrestle with her? If she's not going to co-operate, then hold it on another day.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Why Parenting is In Crisis

All valid points, but I think this one is not emphasized enough:

3. We've lost the village. 

It used to be that bus drivers, teachers, shopkeepers and other parents had carte blanche to correct an unruly child. They would act as the mum and dad's eyes and ears when their children were out of sight, and everyone worked towards the same shared interest: raising proper boys and girls. This village was one of support. Now, when someone who is not the child's parent dares to correct him, the mum and dad get upset. They want their child to appear perfect, and so they often don't accept teachers' and others' reports that he is not. They'll storm in and have a go at a teacher rather than discipline their child for acting out in class. They feel the need to project a perfect picture to the world and unfortunately, their insecurity is reinforced because many parents do judge one another.

The rule should be: once the bell rings, the teacher is the boss, the kid must do what the teacher tells them, even if it's stupid.

Now I realize that some people would be aghast at the notion of not questioning authority.

There's a time and a place to learn to question authority. It's not in elementary school.

Of course there should be exceptions for dangerous, criminal or immoral  behaviour.

But 99.99% of what of teacher requests do not fall in those categories.

If the teacher has a problem, the parent should talk to the teacher. Not the kid.

A teacher cannot maintain discipline if she thinks she will not be backed up by the parents. Even if the teacher is a complete moron, it's important for the parents to back her up, because if the kid learns he can divide and conquer, his next teacher will deal with the consequences of that.

The same applies for other adults: neighbours, store owners, camp monitors, etc.

We need to reinforce the idea of adult solidarity. If the responsible adult makes a reasonable request, and if the kid doesn't comply, the kid is at fault, not the adult for telling him to comply.