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POSTED: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 1:38 PM
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A hummingbird flaps its gossamer wings in Thailand and there’s a tsunami somewhere off the East Coast of the United States.  That’s what we’ve always been told, that one small and relatively insignificant act can cause a cataclysmic reaction.

Of course, the people at the Komen Foundation would probably deny that they were swamped with a tidal wave over their decision, later reversed, to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood because it was under a congressional investigation about shady abortion dealings at some of their centers.

They would maintain that they’re perfectly fine at Pink Ribbon Central, and that all of the hullabaloo was nothing more than a temper tantrum in a teapot, the tantrums being thrown primarily by abortion rights supporters who were shocked, shocked, that an organization that advocates for women’s health would also have a conscience when it comes to the health of unborn women.

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POSTED: Monday, August 6, 2012, 5:22 PM
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My next shopping trip

The other day, I went to the grocery store.  I have done this many times over the past decades, and very few of those trips involved the express lane.  When I go to the store, I make sure it's worth the inconvenience.  Like a squirrel loading up on provisions for the winter, I usually make sure that I have a list, check it twice, and then have to deal with the cashiers who are either naughty, or nice.

That was my not-so-clever segue into the point of this blog.  Saturday was the proverbial last straw for my patience when, for the thousandth time, I was asked if I wanted "a bag with that."  Mind you, I had just bought nearly $50.00 worth of groceries.  There were about nine packages in total, in a variety of sizes and room temperatures.  We are not talking about a pack of tic-tacs and the TV Guide.

Thinking that the cashier was joking, I said, "of course not."  Then, as I realized the youngster was not going to hand me any bags, I said "Um, I was joking.  I need a bag.  In fact, I need several if you can bear to part with them."

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POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 6:19 PM

August 1st was a mixed bag for the First Amendment.

On the one hand you had mobs of people lining up to get their chicken cutlets in a communal flipping of the, um, bird to those like Councilman Jim Kenney who think that religion isn't as important as political correctness.  The people at Chik Fil A must have been thrilled to see how the attacks on their President compelled the rank and file consumer/citizen to stand up for freedom of thought, worship and fast food.

But it wasn't all a tribute to the Founders.  On that same day, Obamacare's birth control mandate went into effect, meaning that organizations affiliated with religions that oppose such symbols of 'reproductive health' will be forced to either close their doors, pay a hefty fine or in the alternative, violate their core beliefs.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 6:17 PM

August 1st was a mixed bag for the First Amendment.

On the one hand you had mobs of people lining up to get their chicken cutlets in a communal flipping of the, um, bird to those like Councilman Jim Kenney who think that religion isn't as important as political correctness.  The people at Chik Fil A must have been thrilled to see how the attacks on their President compelled the rank and file consumer/citizen to stand up for freedom of thought, worship and fast food.

But it wasn't all a tribute to the Founders.  On that same day, Obamacare's birth control mandate went into effect, meaning that organizations affiliated with religions that oppose such symbols of 'reproductive health' will be forced to either close their doors, pay a hefty fine or in the alternative, violate their core beliefs.

Christine Flowers @ 6:17 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 2:56 PM
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Their first mistake

It took me a while, but I finally realized that Newsweek has become “News Weak” with its deliberate drift leftward.  I have no problem with organizations and publications that wear their politics on their sleeves, as long as they don’t pretend to be unbiased and mainstream.  The thing about Newsweek and its competitor Time are that they have always positioned themselves above the partisan fray, unlike the liberal New Republic or the conservative National Review.  But while Time has managed to cling precariously to a semblance of objectivity (and it’s slipping further off that cliff with each passing week,) Newsweek has plunged into an abyss of partisanship that makes me wonder why they don’t just rename the publication “DNC Weekly.” 

I first noticed the Pacific drift when they put a fetchingly fit Sarah Palin on the cover a few years ago.  The former VP candidate was in a running suit, and had not posed for Newsweek, but the powers that be ran a photo that had been taken for another publication under the title “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah.”  Palin looked fabulous and sexy and if this were Harper’s Bazaar or Vogue I would have called her the quintessential MILF  (Mama I Like on Facebook…get your minds out of the gutter folks.)

But this was Newsweek, a publication that is ostensibly all about politics, and they did this to diminish and objectify a conservative woman.

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