Religious principles

 Catholic hospital argues fetuses are not people

Would you compromise religious doctrine to win a lawsuit? The Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives appeared to do so in order to win a malpractice suit, arguing that it could not be held liable in a wrongful-death suit because "a fetus is not a person." That would appear to contradict Catholic doctrine that life begins at conception. Jeremy Stodghill filed the suit against the chain that ran the hospital where his wife, Lori, died while pregnant with twins. CHI's lawyers argued that the hospital was not liable for the deaths of the unborn twins because Colorado's Wrongful Death Act applies only to "those born alive." Two judges have already sided with CHI's lawyers

So ... it's all about da munny? The mouthpeeces took advantage of Colorado law to protect the hospital. OK, that's what mouthpeeces do. And that's what the law is. And so much for Catholic principle. So much for the Catholic position on whether or not a fetus is a human being or something else. So much for the staunch stand on principle as to whether or not a fetus is a human being.  It is a human being, until it is fiscally convenient for it not to be. Now ... let's hear some more about how the Church - or Christian employers in general - cannot be forced to fund contraceptives because doing so violates their religious principles.

And more:

Bishops will review Catholic hospital's malpractice suit defense

The Catholic Church has fought for decades to change federal and state laws to protect fetuses as persons. Yet, according to court documents, Catholic Health Initiatives argued in this case that the Colorado Wrongful Death Act requires the death of a person and the statute doesn't include the death of a fetus that wasn't born or delivered.

"The defendants argue that to be a 'person' one must at some point have been born alive," wrote District Judge David M. Thorson. "The plaintiffs, on the other hand, argue that a viable fetus who dies in utero should be considered a 'person' for purposes of the wrongful death statute."

Interesting, isn't it, that the bishops only recently became aware of the suit and the deaths.  I'm sure the church had no idea that they might be on the hook for the big $$$$, no, not at all.  The Catholic church doesn't pay any attention to money issues, not at all.

They got caught playing both sides and now are coming to terms with it and trying to save face.  Lotsa luck.  With their track record on dealing with pedophile priests, they ain't gotta prayer of sweeping this one under the carpet.

Here they had a great opportunity to turn the other cheek and say... "Hey, we've been told that legally (by the laws of man) we have an out due to the secular definition of when life begins.  We cannot accept that as it goes against everything we believe in.  We will defend the matter, if necessary, on other grounds but we will not compromise either our beliefs or values for..."

But they didn't. Because, of course, the bishops had no idea ... 

Meanwhile, we all know how so many evangelicals think the Catholics are papist heathens ... but the evangelicals have no fingers to point when it comes to 'religious principles.' They sold their souls in the last election, when the Protestant Pope, Billy Graham, gave his blessing to Mitt Romney:

Graham gives blessing to Mitt Romney

Romney did all but kiss Graham's ring in this pathetic example of 'principles' being flushed in the name of political expediency.

Do I think Mormons are a 'cult?' No, I don't. This whole thing about Romney's Mormonism should never have been an 'issue', just as John Kennedy's Catholicism should never have been an issue. But it was.

The insufferable arrogance of the 'Christian' Right

Way back before the 2008 election, the 'Christian' Right was on a continual rant over Obama's alleged 'Muslimism.' Good God-fearing Christians could not vote for a Muslim, you see. And that stream of garbage has continued through this day. Then, enter from stage right, a Mormon candidate. For decades, the Protestants especially have held the Mormons in contempt, considering them nothing more than a cult, non-Christians, on a one way track to hell.

Until it became a matter of political convenience.

So much for 'religious principles.'

Let's get back to the really important business of making a big show of those 'religious principles', over Obamacare and contraception.


Mary Lee ...

... is over on the Pizer:

View from the Pizer


Wanted: New captain for US Navy minesweeper. Applicant must possess strong navigational skills and some sense of situational awareness.

"... Why a modern warship should run aground in one of very few islets in the Sulu Sea with a lighthouse is boggling.”

The Guardian ran aground back on January 17. She's still there, taking on water, listing, and the Filipinos are going alpha sierra. I sense a vacancy soon in the Navy's ship's captain ranks.

Salvage ship, tug on way to grounded minesweeper

Well ... given the findings here:

Sex is major reason military commanders are fired

Perhaps it is simple as the skipper diddling the helmsperson.

According to the article, the ship wasn't even supposed to be where she was.

She is a bit more than 'stuck' on that reef:


Every other shot I have seen - all taken from surface level - shows the ship sort of sitting there.

OTOH, this guy is alluding to map errors. Possibly as part of a grand conspiracy.

Then we have the Filipinos getting froggy:


Perhaps we are going to war? Would Teddy Roosevelt have put up with such nonsense from the wogs?

Here's another shot, with more on the chart thing, the photo apparently snapped just after the grounding:


You can see in the later shots how she has swung around and is really in the sea-going poop now.


Obama's 'comprehensive gun plan'

Remember how Our President was going on about how we had to take 'comprehensive' look at 'gun violence'? And how that would include the violence portrayed by Hollywood's gunslingers?

Obama's 'comprehensive' look was noticeably lacking in taking a peek at Hollywood. Really light. Like, you know ... almost non-existent.

Obama/Biden gun control proposals assailed as light on Hollywood violence

 So why is that, we might all be axin'?

Well ...

Hollywood Cash: Obama 16-1 Over Mitt 

One certainly doesn't want to bite the hand that feeds One, does One? We apparently want to make Americans safe, sort of, but One must be pragmatic about it. Meanwhile, the Hollywood 'celebrities' are foaming at the mouth over gun control ... yet in their flicks, exhibit the grossest sort of hypocrisy. Kind of like Our President: 

Demand a Plan

Except, of course, every one of those 'celebrities' - read that 'far left elitist hypocrites' - is known for the mindless and glorified slaughter which which their flicks are saturated.

Nice work, Mr. President. Nice work indeed.

Save the children ... so long as it doesn't interfere with the campaign cash flow.


Broncos v. Ravens

Once upon a postgame dreary, while Elway pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious playbook, forgotten forevermore -
While Manning nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping.
As of someone sacking, racking, sacking more.
"Tis the Ravens offense," Payton muttered, "tapping at my goalpost door -
Only this and nothing more."
Deep into the darkness peering, long Elway stood there, wondering, fearing
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word,
"Tebow?", This Elway whispered, and an echo murmured back the word,
"Tebow!" Merely this, and nothing more.
"Prophet!" said Elway, "thing of evil!--prophet still, if quarterback or devil!
Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate, yet all undaunted, on this Field, Mile High --
On this field by horror haunted--tell me truly, I implore:
Is there--is there a Superbowl in my future?--tell me--tell me I implore!"

Quoth the Ravens, "Nevermore."


The Media Maggot's Guide to Firearms Identification

Additional info: All the gats on the right are 'service revolvers.' The ones that have 'safety catches.'


Theological tidbits

Here's a link that Leece sent over, which gives a quick and simple explanation of the differences between Theophany - which is celebrated by the Eastern churches - and Epiphany - which is celebrated by some of the Western churches. Last Sunday, of course, was Epiphany for the Western churches, and Theophany for the Eastern churches using the new (Gregorian) calendar.

Theophany v. Epiphany


No more free parking at LAX?

Here's a good one:

It's less easy being green as LAX pulls the plug on free parking

These characters with the 'electric' cars have been mooching off the parking lot vendor for years. Much in the same manner as manufacturers, through subsidies, have been mooching off the taxpayer for years.

Check some of the comments:

Other than that, he says his ride is "expensive, underpowered and not really all that green," because it can run just 12 miles on electricity before switching to gas.

Seriously? This guy's 'green' car can only run twelve miles before switching to gas? And he expects free parking because of that?

How about this:

... lately it has turned the lots into a mob scene, with some electric-vehicle drivers circling the stations desperately for electricity or running extension cords while others hog the charging spaces for weeks at a time.

I can just see all these desperate ecological winners circling like buzzards, waiting to pounce on their freebie.

How about this:

If electric-vehicle drivers were to completely fill both lots that are free to them, the airport could lose $120,000 a day, totaling $44 million a year.

I suspect that most of these electric car drivers are Obamanians. I can't prove that, but it would fit, don't you think? Then they should really understand the math. It's why Obama and his henchmen are coming up with more taxes and fees than a Democrat in the Colorado Statehouse could think of. You gotta shake 'em down to get da munny. Sooner or later that comes home to roost, with a vengeance.

And here's a corker:

"I love it free—but they need to have some kind of system," he says. "Maybe a valet who can move the cars around."

This character wants the company to hire a valet, assuming the cost of such an employee ... so he can have his free parking. Now that guy should be a candidate for chairperson of the Democratic National Committee. Perhaps after the next mid-term elections, the company can hire former Republican congressclowns to serve as valets?



OK, so we really like fresh breads. Not 'toothpaste' sandwich bread, but real bread. Especially French bread. But we finally found ourselves really, finally, thoroughly fed up with French 'pita' bread from America's Favorite Place to Shop ... and especially with their inability to do anything about it. So, we snagged one of these when it was on sale over the holidays (it isn't, now):

West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Bread Machine

And of course, as part of the on-going Walmart Bread Fiasco, you will recall when our local superstore's  bread oven went belly up at our local Walmart, and it took 'em more than a month to get it fixed:

The ovens of Walmart 

And it turned out to make some pretty good bread, but mine was coming out on the heavy side. So ... our resident bread mistress figured that out - I was scooping the flour, and packing it. So the Knead Queen has been turning out some much better loaves - really good loaves, in fact, much much better loaves, in fact. In fact, some most excellent goods. Now, a bread machine may seem like cheating, especially when there is a Knead Queen of consummate bread-making skills in residence, but who has time for all that these days? We have to put everyone to work to make enough munny to pay taxes to the Most Beneficent State. Anyway, we can honestly recommend this bread machine very highly. That's our story and we're a-stickin' to it.

Meanwhile, we're snuffling some very fine wheat toast with butter and English marmalade. First time I tried that was sitting on the veranda/open air patio of the Caravelle Hotel in Saigon (it's looking a lot better now, than it did back then) when a white-jacketed French-speaking local fetched us tea and toast in and on some rather exquisite (hope that's not too swishy) china. Felt like Rudyard Kipling, actually. What ho!


Concerned anti-gun celebrities

"Anti - gun."

Yeah. Right.