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Jay Nordlinger on Abortion

Posted: February 18, 2011 by datechguy in abortion
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As a rule one should always read Jay Nordlinger but this paragraph of his latest hit me:

So I see this headline: “Fetal surgery better for kids with spine defect.” It is over this article. And I’m thinking, What the hay? Surgery on . . . what? A “meaningless blob of protoplasm”? (That was a big phrase at one time.) Some irrelevant thing within the body, perfectly abortable?

I grew up with a slogan: “A fetus in a woman’s womb has no more standing than a hamburger in her stomach.” (That was a pro-abortion slogan, in case you’re wondering.) Now they’re operating on that hamburger?

As I said, science and reality eventually prevail against the mental and lingusitic hoops people use to justify slaughtering their children.

On Sept 5th 1997 on the PBS’ news hour the talk was of the death of Lady Diana, near the end of the segment Mike Barnicle at the very end of the chest thumping made one of my favorite statements in the history of the show:

Well, I think the past week has been, you know, nearly totally media-driven. I think it’s–we’re crazed by celebrity in this culture, not just here in this country. And much of the coverage of the funeral is certainly media-driven, and much of the attraction to the coverage is because it’s so media-driven. And an odd thing happened today. If you believe in God, or a higher being, it’s almost as if God tapped the news media around the world on the shoulder at about 1 o’clock this afternoon and said, “It’s time to straighten your priorities out. Mother Teresa is dead.”

For five straight days we have been making Princess Diana larger than life. She seems like a very wonderful woman, a nice woman. She was 36 years of age. A woman died in Calcutta today who spent all of her life touching the poor and helping the poor. And I’m going to be interested, and I think many Americans would be interested to see if Peter Jennings and Dan Rather and CNN and Tom Brokaw go to Calcutta.

Looking at the Nobel mania that hit our media last year I can’t help but think of this. Every network covered the awarding of the peace prize, every morning show covered it, blog after blog (including mine) generated pixel after pixel of commentary.

Now this year the peace prize winner is Liu Xiaobo what do we know about him? Well here is a smidgen:

Liu Xiaobo was tried by the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court on December 23, 2009, and pleaded not guilty to the charge of “inciting subversion of state power.” The trial lasted less than three hours, and the defense was not permitted to present evidence. Two days later, on December 25, Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison and two years’ deprivation of political rights. The Beijing High Court rejected his appeal on February 11, 2010.

Ok outside of the Free Speech diva also known as Rebecca MacKinnon and Jay Nordlinger… (who wrote about him just two days ago saying):

A group of 30 congressmen has asked President Obama to bring up a couple of human-rights cases when he next meets with Hu Jintao, the Chinese boss. That will be in November, at a “G-20” summit in Seoul. For a press release on the congressmen’s admonition, go here.

The cases are those of Liu Xiaobo and Gao Zhisheng. These are two of the greatest dissidents and democracy activists in all of China. And, of course, they are in prison. Unspeakable things have been done to them. I have written about these two men extensively. To know them is to be in awe of them.

…did anyone here really know his name? Ironically Nordlinger mentioned the Nobel prize:

I mentioned the Nobel Peace Prize: The 2010 winner will be announced on Friday. A lot of people want Liu Xiaobo to win. He is the leader of the Charter 08 movement, a movement modeled on Charter 77 — which was, of course, Vaclav Havel’s movement in Czechoslovakia. Havel is backing Liu for the Nobel prize. And 120 Chinese intellectuals just sent a letter to the Nobel Committee, urging the selection of Liu.

For many years — at least 25 — Chinese dissidents have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and they are always among the “frontrunners.” Wei Jingsheng was once in this position. But they never win — at least they haven’t so far

Now the MSM is put in the same position that it was in 1997 when Mike Barnicle wrote in Sept 7th follow-up column on Diana vs Mother Theresa titled There was no comparison:

Realistically, nobody expects the coverage of Mother Teresa’s passing to equal the volume accorded Princess Diana. After all, Mother Teresa does not have two handsome children to
appear in solemn procession behind her casket. Will not have millions of bouquets tossed in
the street outside her palatial home. Wore only one outfit. Touched the emotions of a
largely invisible group and did so far from the light of glamour…And most people have legitimate difficulty identifying their own lives, their own mortality, with a woman who spent every waking moment honoring the least among us.

That gets us to the end game: If Diana’s life, causes, and commitments did indeed come up in conversation only one time prior to being snuffed out in a Paris traffic accident, it was
probably one more mention than Mother Teresa got.

Take that paragraph and re-write it substituting the works of Barack Obama for Lady Di and Liu Xiaobo for Mother Theresa and it stands up pretty good. After all when Obama was “organizing” his community, Liu Xiaobo was in Tiananmen Square in 1989 organizing under slightly different circumstances.

I don’t expect to see one tenth of the coverage of Liu Xiaobo in the media, when the prize is given and the speech is given for him as he rots in a Chinese Prison camp it will rate a 30 second mention on the TV. The Outraged Chinese communists will see to that

The Chinese state media blacked out broadcasts of various channels during the Nobel announcement and when reports about the award were being aired. This was followed by government censors blocking Nobel Prize reports from various Internet websites.

but in the end just as Barnicle’s last sentence in his 1997 column still holds true today:

And anyone who equates the deeds of Diana’s life with those of Mother Teresa’s is a fool.

I think the same can be said for Liu Xiaobo and last years Nobel Prize winner as well.

About 15 years ago when the first talk of civil unions came up when people were talking about a constitutional amendment to enshrine actual marriage explicitly in the constitution the media and the pols pooh poohed the entire idea saying that nobody is talking about Gay Marriage and the idea it was going to come up was nonsense.

People who had more sense on the state level decided not to take chances and passed constitutional amendments to their own state constitutions.

Interestingly enough we are seeing this phenom again in Oklahoma:

Oklahoma is poised to become the first state in the nation to ban state judges from relying on Islamic law known as Sharia when deciding cases.

The ban is a cornerstone of a “Save our State” amendment to the Oklahoma constitution that was recently approved by the Legislature.

The amendment — which also would forbid judges from using international laws as a basis for decisions — will now be put before Oklahoma’s voters in November. Approval is expected.

Well this is a victory for liberals surely, Sharia law being so oppressive to women and gays and restrictive on sex etc etc I’m sure that our friends on the left will be cheering the chance for the voters to reject such a set of misogynistic rules right? Apparently not:

Reps. Duncan and Moore’s “us vs. them” mentality exemplifies the mainstreaming of extreme right-wing Islamophobia. Once hawked by fringe figures, the “creeping Sharia” delusion is finding champions among staunch conservative leaders like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose crusade against all-things-Islamic culminated in his call for “a federal law that says sharia law cannot be recognized by any court in the United States” at the Value Voters Summit this month.

Ah it’s all about Islamophobia, there is actually no reason why Sharia is something to be worried about, it can’t happen here. Next thing you will be telling me is that honor killings are taking place in America or something.

Jay Nordlinger identified these people long ago:

During the Cold War, we used to speak of anti-anti-Communists. These were people (on the left) who were not exactly pro-Communist. But they so hated the anti-Communists, they were . . . well, anti-anti-Communists — the best, the fairest name for them.

Today, there are anti-anti-Islamofascists. They are not on the Islamofascist side in the War on Terror. But they hate those who are fighting, or attempting to fight, the Islamofascists more than they could ever hate the Islamofascists. They are anti-anti-Islamofascists.

The similarities between yesterday’s anti-anti-Communists and today’s anti-anti-Islamofascists would make a very good essay — perhaps by David Pryce-Jones or Norman Podhoretz. Of course, many of today’s anti-anti-Islamofascists were yesterday’s anti-anti-Communists — I mean, the same people, in the flesh.

The day these people hate actual oppressors as much as they hate their pseudo oppressors will be a marvelous day for this country, and for themselves.

…and I recommend his impromptus column in the same way as Hemingway recommended C. S. Forester…”to every literate I know“.

Today I have a bone to pick with him. He says something very true about the obamacare bill going through congress:

I am not a liberal Democrat, and you may not be, either. But if we were: Don’t you think we’d be embarrassed at the way Pelosi et al. are going about getting “Obamacare” through? The parliamentary maneuvering, the skullduggery? Especially after Obama and the party at large promised openness, transparency, orderliness, and so on? The Democrats’ legislation would mark a major change in the way we operate in this country. Don’t you think the legislation should be handled with honesty and dignity? Don’t you think that most of the country, or at least a good deal of it, should have a feeling of pride and satisfaction about the process?

Very true and well put but then he hits a pet peeve of mine…

Yes, yes, I know all about “sausage and legislation”

As I wrote to Jay today:

If more laws were made like his (Romano’s) sausages the country would be in fine shape.

When I see that quote in the future I’ll be dropping a small line along with the link to my post on the subject. I hope I have better luck than Tim Blair and the plastic Turkey stuff.

Update: Jay acknowledges Romano.