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w704 (1)I do these posts periodically on Nebraska Energy Observer simply to clear out stuff that for one reason or another I’m not going to do a full post on. It doesn’t mean they’re unimportant, usually it means that I simply don’t think I have enough to add to make a post out of it. This one seems to fit better here, though, so here it is.

There’s another video of planned parenthood out, and apparently more to come. This one of President of PPFA Medical Directors’ Council Mary Gatter, if anything it’s more horrific with its casual comments on ‘less crunchy’ abortions. In any case, Kristen Powers (whom most of my American readers will recognize as a liberal, although a Christian unafraid to use her brain, had some thoughts.

[…]This is stomach-turning stuff. But the problem here is not one of tone. It’s the crushing. It’s the organ harvesting of  fetuses that abortion-rights activists want us to believe have no more moral value than a fingernail. It’s the lie that these are not human beings worthy of protection. There is no nice way to talk about this. As my friend and formerObama White House staffer Michael Wear tweeted, “It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs, but not the baby that provides them.

Read more at USA Today.

John Hinderaker at Powerline had some thoughts as well:

What seems obvious, though, is that we are paying a price for our abortion culture. Many factors contribute to the coarseness of American life, but the ubiquity of casual abortion must be one of them. It was recently reported that among African-Americans in New York City, there are more abortions than births. Surely this is both a symptom and a cause of a pervasive disrespect for human life. If anyone doubts that the abortion industry contributes to the coarseness of American culture, all I can say is: watch the videos.

Just so.

Dr. Jeff Mirus, writing at Catholic Culture.org published an article called Call me Troglodyte: The Cross and carbon credits has some excellent thoughts on Climate Change and our selfishness

The technocratic mindset sees nature as an accident which we must repurpose on demand to satisfy our own desires. For those infected by the technocratic bug, this may mean anything from raping natural resources to get rich to reconfiguring human bodies to achieve a sexual fantasy. Because this attitude is fundamentally manipulative, it is fundamentally individualistic and selfish. It sees nature as a whole, including other people and even one’s own body, as so much raw material to be used in producing personal satisfaction.

Again, the problem with this attitude is that natural things are viewed as instruments of essentially selfish desire. This inescapably undermines not only the universal destination of goods but any possibility of seeking to do God’s will. Rather, in the name of personal “autonomy”, the self insists that reality be redefined in accordance with each inordinate desire. Nature is viewed neither as a gift to be cherished nor as a reflection of the Creator’s loving plan for our well-being.

Jonathon Turley had some thoughts about David Cameron’s recent comments on A Passively Tolerant SocietyIt’s a superb article by an excellent mostly liberal lawyer. Here’s the money quote from Cameron:

For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance.

The problem is this, “as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone” is the very definition of a lawful society. Too bad the politicians can’t seem to understand that.

Our old friend, Francis Phillips, in an excellent article in The Catholic Herald, reminds us what Britain (and by extension, the rest of us) owe to ‘that woman’ an American divorceé, who gave us King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

The one thing we expect of our constitutional monarchs is a sense of duty. The shy and awkward George VI, unlike his glamorous older brother, possessed this virtue to a heroic degree. I once knew an elderly gentleman who had been a young officer in the Blues and Royals doing military duties at Windsor Castle in the early 1950s. He told me that he saw the King at close range and was shocked to note how heavily made-up he was: to disguise the pallor of his skin and his evident frailty and ill-health.

Thanks, Wallis!

And so the world goes, any or all of these are, I think, worthy of our notice, and discussion. Nor should we forget, as A Clerk of Oxford reminds us, that we’ve been saying since (probably) Saxon times.

Nunc in iudicio porci dixit maritus sedens in apro.
Nu hit ys on swines dome, cwæð se ceorl sæt on eoferes hricge.
It’s up to the pig now, said the peasant sitting on the boar’s back.