Friday, November 14, 2008

Calling my shot

On other blog sites, the poster asked about the Obama Administration. I called my shot, much as in the game of P-I-G, that, not only will there be no pro-lifers in the Obama Administration, the only pro-lifer in the Obama Administration will be the Ambassador to the Holy See. In other words, it will be a more urbane, sophisticated version of the Clinton Administration.

I formalized it here. And I'll be tallying up the posts so you don't have to.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Where have you gone, Mike Singletary?

Samarai Mike. #50. The top of the Bermuda Triangle. General Secretary of the Union Nations of Defense. These were some of Mike Singletary's nicknames when he captained the Chicago Bears' famous "46" defense. I grew up loving everything about Mike Singletary. I loved how such a fierce competitor on the field could be such a bookish, almost nerdy, student of the game off the field. He showed that jocks don't have to be dumb.

When he retired and got into coaching, I couldn't be happier. I couldn't say I was ever a fan of any of the teams he coached--since none of them were the Bears. I nonetheless loved that a man of his qualifications was getting to pass on his knowledge and intensity to a new generation of players.

And now Mike is head coach, which should be great news, except he's an interim head coach with the 49'ers. Oy.

Maybe I can chalk it up to Mike playing back before the days of blogs and YouTube. How else can we explain his complaint about locker-room pep talks becoming headlines the next day?

Still, I can't explain the lack of defensive intensity, allowing the Cardinals to get back into the game on Monday Night Football. I also can't explain the final play, running up the middle with 3 yards to go for a touchdown.

Chalk it up to learning on the job. I hope that he can turn it around soon, or the interim tag will be replaced with former.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Pro-lifer's Resource for Pro-choice Accusations

Remember this joke?

A new convict got bunked up with a lifer. After lights-out, a convict from a few cells down shouts out, "43." The lifer starts laughing. The newbie doesn't understand the laughter.

A couple of minutes later, a different convict at the other end of the block yells out, "14." The whole block breaks up in laughter.

The newbie gets confused at this point and asks the lifer, "Why is everyone laughing?" The lifer says, "We've all been here so long that we've heard all of the jokes. So we just number them and shout out the number. It saves time."

So, the newbie, trying to fit in, yells, "5." No one laughs. The lifer rolls over in his bunk and huffs, "Some people just can't tell a joke right."

Now, what does this have to do with the title? As a resource to fellow pro-lifers --and perhaps a call for pro-choicers to come up with better arguments-- I'll be compiling a resource of all of the accusations pro-choicers direct against us pro-lifers. It won't be that long --because, so far, there haven't been many new arguments-- but it will hopefully be helpful the next time your pro-choice co-horts accuse you of something.

And, hopefully, It'll help your timing.

Gay Marriage Bad; Abortion Good. Huh?

Full disclosure: I voted for Prop 4 and Prop 8. For those who aren't from California, count yourself lucky. Prop 4 was a parental notification referendum for minors seeking abortion, a referendum which enjoyed support even from pro-choicers like Arnold Schwartzenegger and Bill Handel. Prop 8 was a marriage constitutional amendment which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

To recap, Prop 4 was defeated and Prop 8 passed. In examining the tallies, something bothered me: significant number of voters who voted against Prop 4 voted for Prop 8.

I can understand how someone could vote for both propositions. After all, that's what I did. I understand that, if someone supports the sanctity of life --albeit only on a personal level-- the sanctity of marriage naturally follows.

I can only understand --although vehemently disagree-- how someone could vote against both propositions. To highlight to the contrary, if someone opposes the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriages naturally follows, likewise.

I can even understand how someone could vote for Prop 4 but against Prop 8. I may disagree with them on that issue, but I respect the fact that they have the priorities straight. The sanctity of life precedes all other rights, and, if one referendum is to go down to defeat, the marriage referendum makes more social sense. Let's face it; marriage is pretty messed up as it is. The worse thing that can be said of gay marriage is that they're hurting themselves.

I just can't get my head around voters who voted against Prop 4 but for Prop 8. What they are saying is that two men marrying each other is more damaging to our society than an abortionist murdering the pre-born. I can't my head around the logic of that. I'm not saying that I support gay marriage, but the worst thing you can say about it is that they're hurting themselves and no one else. Abortion murders an innocent life, and that hurts someone else other than the mother, father, grandparents, and abortionists who participate.

Maybe Aristotle ruined me. But, if logic keeps me from understanding anti-life, anti-gay marriage voters, so be it.