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– Since there is another person involved (id est the baby), it is incorrect to talk of abortion as a woman’s rights issue and trumpet legal abortion as an “achievement” such as women’s suffrage.

– Since there is another person involved, it’s incorrect to talk of abortion as something belonging to the right of privacy. (Having a mole removed would be a case of right of privacy)

– Arguing that it’s OK to kill a baby within the first trimester because it’s not very developed early on is ludicrous. The same argument could be made defending killing 2 year olds because they are not as far developed as 10 year olds.

– Arguing that it’s better to kill a baby than give birth to an unwanted child is the ultimate hubris. First of all, thousands of parents are waiting to adopt a baby. Secondly, who made you God? Deciding which life is worth living and which is not is something the Nazis did.

– Imagine if there were a society like NARAL that advocated the killing of 5 year olds. Same difference, 3 months, 5 years, entirely arbitrary. They’d be on death row.

– Calling it a fetus instead of a baby to make one feel better is disingenuous, shameful and indicative of a certain feeling of guilt. Dehumanizing human life in order to make killing less objectionable is exactly what the Nazis did.

The Cafeteria Is Closed:

I would not be able to sum up what I think in a better way.

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I only reproduce a part of it. But just click in the link below and read the rest. It is really marvellous:

In his offices a co-worker has hanging on his wall a print of a famous painting by Rembrandt, depicting the very scene described in today’s gospel.A small boat is being tossed in a sea of surging waves. The disciples are panicked. A couple of them are leaning over the side, throwing up. And Jesus is sound asleep in the back.
This co-worker told me he keeps the picture on his wall as a reminder. “That’s our industry,” he said. “It’s never smooth, and you never know when the next wave is coming. You just have to ride it out.”
Yes, that’s our industry, alright. And that’s life. It’s never smooth sailing. We are always facing squalls and surges, winds and rain. Sometimes, it seems we are on the verge of sinking. And, of course, part of the point behind today’s scripture readings is the importance – the necessity – of trusting in God.
Whether we realize it or not, He is as much a part of the storm as the wind and the waves.

The Anchoress » Holding Fast, and Having Faith

UPDATE: The Anchoress herself has been here commenting this post! I cannot believe it ;). Even if it’s for remarking me she is not the author of the reproduced text, but Greg Kandra. So I update the post for pointing this out.

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The United States sharply warnedNorth Korea against testing a ballistic missile, saying it would take steps to protect itself as speculation mounts about an imminent launch.
“Together, our diplomacy and that of our allies has made clear to NorthKorea that a missile launch would be a provocative act that is not intheir interests and will further isolate them from the world,” said US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.
“We have a variety of national technical means that we could use to monitor the situation. We, of course, will take necessary preparatory steps to track any potential activities and to protect ourselves,” he told reporters.
North Korea on Friday accused a US reconnaissance plane of intruding over its territorial space to spy on strategic targets, amid jitters over the Stalinist country’s apparent preparations for a missile test.
South Korean and US officials have said that North Korea appears to be preparing to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.
On Friday, South Korean officials and analysts said that North Korea had not yet begun fueling a long-range missile on its northeast coast, the final step before a possible launch.
“It will take at least two days to fill the rocket with liquid fuel and if they finish it, we can say they are ready to start the countdown,” Baek Seung-Joo from the government-backed Korean Institute for Defence Analyses told AFP.
Also on Friday, Japan warned North Korea against testing a ballistic missile, saying it would set back efforts to normalize diplomatic relations.
“If a ballistic missile is launched, it would directly affect our nation’s security and constitute a violation of the Pyongyang Declaration,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, the government spokesman, told reporters.

– Yahoo! News

This is not good…

>UPDATE: N.Korea has denied it’s about to test missile.

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The EU is planning to stage a Eurovision-style song contest and organise cake-baking competitions, under a public relations offensive celebrating the 50th birthday of the EU next year.The celebrations are part of Brussels' drive to win the public's sympathy after French and Dutch citizens voted down the EU constitution last year, according to Reuters."We have big plans to make the EU more punter-friendly," one EU official told the agency.
The campaign begins this month with the launch of a competition to find a logo and slogan for the EU's 50th birthday.In 1957, the six founding member states of the EU established its predecessor, the European Economic Community, in the Treaty of Rome.The ultimate choice for the logo and slogan will be left to citizens in a popular vote, according to a document outlining the plans.
One highlight of next year's festivities will be an EU-wide song and dance party, proposed by Belgium, modelled along the Eurovision song contest, which enjoys huge popularity."We want to show the EU can dance," says the document, with live television coverage planned across the union.But new member states in particular are reportedly unhappy with the song and dance contest idea."They feel people are being forced to dance and sing, like they were by the communists," said one EU diplomat according to Reuters.

EUobserver.com

HT: Instinct de survie.

That is what the EU needs, of course. Another eurovision contest.Are they fool or just stupid? What we need is more investment, more competitivenes AND to clarify what is going to be our future. Not another idiotic Eurovision contest.

But all they are doing is asking for new subsidies. France are Italy are asking for it because of the "crisis distillation":

The stand-off is expected just before Mariann Fischer Boel, the EU’s agriculture commissioner, unveils her ideas for reform of EU wine subsidies. She said last month she would try to push through a “bold reform” to force the European wine sector to reduce capacity and help it regain market share from New World competitors such as Australia and Chile. The controversial system of crisis distillation, which cost the EU €180m ($233m, £123m) last year, will be one of the main reform targets.

A spokeswoman for Ms Fischer Boel said the high distillation demands made by France and Italy “merely reinforce why a radical reform is so important. It is a tool that was meant to be there for crisis but has become a depressingly regular feature of the regime over the last two years”.

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I opened the newspaper this morning and found Move over, Che: Chávez Is New Icon of Radical Chic. The article (by subscription) starts by saying "Venezuelan Populist Inspires Groups of U. S. Supporters; To Do: 'Boogie for Bolívar'"
To a slice of the American left, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has become a revolutionary hero, nearly on a par with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

Fausta's blog:

Go over to Fausta's blog and read the rest.

So now, are we going to see exhibitions of him also? What a nightmare! What a frightening perspective!…

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Fraudsters are exploiting the flaw to harvest personal details, including PayPal logins, Social Security numbers and credit card details, according to staff at Netcraft Ltd., an Internet services company in Bath, England. The PayPal site, owned by eBay, allows users to make online payments to one another, charged to their credit cards, and login credentials for the service are a prized target of fraudsters.The attack works by tricking PayPal members into following a maliciously crafted link to a secure page on PayPal’s site. Anyone thinking to check the site’s security certificate at this point will see that it is a valid 256-bit certificate belonging to the site, Netcraft employee Paul Mutton wrote in the company’s blog on Friday.

More at: Blue Crab Boulevard

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The Bolivian President, Evo Morales, has stated he is prepared to defend "with weapMorales durante el homenaje al 'Che' Guevara. (Foto: AFP)ons" an special attack of the US "empire"against his country, Cuba or Venezuela. Morales declared that in his speech of hommage to Ernesto Ché Guevara in the 78º anniversary of his birth, in a meeting in the Bolivian village of La Higuera, where the Argentinian-Cuban guerrilla man was executed in 1967."Now the people donot rise their weapons against the Empire", said referring tohisvictory last december and his different way of fighting than that of the Che. "What we are seeing now is that the Empire rises his weaponsagainst the people. If they did that to Cuba, Venezuela or Bolivia, weare ready to confront them and to defend it with weapons the countryand the natural resources and other social transformations", he warned..

Morales, dispuesto a defender 'con armas' un ataque del 'imperio' | elmundo.es

Well, I have only heard of a video-game which was about US intervention in a country similar to Venezuela…

Evo Morales will attend the Andean Bloc meeting, but Hugo Chávez won't. HT: Fausta, [who also writes in the same post about the new Caribbean market for drugs].

About Hugo Chávez, The American Thinker is publishing a review, about the Russian selling weapons to Venezuela. Publius Pundit also writes about this subject, who also reports about Chávez's ideas about free press:

“They hide behind a supposed freedom of speech,'’ said Chavez,who was wearing a green army uniform and red beret. “I don’t care what the oligarchs of the world say. We’veshown that we aren’t authoritarian or arbitrary.'

Also Chávez is sending troops to Bolivia, because of the rumours that Bolivian military was favourable to US and were having contact with US representatives. In the coming days,Venezuelan soliders will arrive in Bolivia. Some Bolivian civilservants have declared that they would not let any one stole theirsoverugnity and that this Venezuelan are only the fulfillment of somecooperation treaties between Bolivia and Venezuela. Chávez has also saidin a public meeting that "US has prepared special operations group topursue and finish the presidential time of the Bolivian leader". But USAmbassador has denied those rumours, assuring that those were "accusations with no base". Theoposition thinks Morales wants to build his own Civil militiamen,imitating Chávez.

Bolivian Catholic Church has accused Morales of reviving a war between poor and rich people after a policeman died in a riot caused by people who, belonging to the Movement of PeopleWithout Roof in Oruro, had invaded a private estate previously fromwhich they were been evicted. Last week a gruop of ayorero Indians, armed with sticks and arrows, evicted from their houses another Indigene community who had begun to install themselves illegally in a estate who belonged to a ex-civil servant near Guarayos. Cardinal Terrazas said the country is coming to a sort of fight between brothers that divides Bolivian people who are killing each other for just a piece of land. But Morales has reinforced his own attacks against the political and economical sectors of the prosperous region of Santa Cruz, who are reinforcing their proposal to obtain autonomy from the rest of the country. He has repeated "We do not want autonomy for the bourgeoisie". So the owners of the real estate are calling for "defense commitees" to protect their propriety from official expropriation.

So, does Bolivia belong to Fidel really as this cartoon says? HT: Babalu Blog. At least, looks like it's going to belong to Venezuela…

Venezuela…

UPDATE: Ajopringue has more news about this.

Most of the owners of land who are in the 50 km area are little producers of Brazilian nationality. Bolivian Government is going to deprive them of their land BECAUSE the local legislation is against non-nationals having land there. So the crisis between Brazil and Bolivia can deepen even more after the nationalization of natural resources and Brazil has said that they does not trust La Paz. The Brazilian Government has asked Bolivia to start a billateral commission to analyse each Brazilian proprietor's case.

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At least 31 people are reported to have been killed after Tamil Tiger rebels launched a major attack against Sri Lankan government forces from the sea.The military says six naval personnel had been killed during the assault.
Eight rebel boats had been destroyed, killing at least 25 rebels, it added.The government had been making air and artillery strikes since a claymore mine killed 64 people on a bus on Thursday.The rebels have denied responsibility for the bus attack.
The military said navy and police came under attack from a Sea Tiger unit and responded with air and artillery strikes.”We destroyed eight of the 11 boats that came for the attack,” navy spokesman DLP Dassanayake is quoted as saying by the Associated Press.There was no immediate comment from the rebels on the attack.
Friday saw other violence in the region:

  • An attack on a Mannar church left one person dead and many injured, a bishop told the BBC
  • Three Tamil Tiger divers were reportedly captured after coming ashore, two of them after unsuccessfully trying to commit suicide

Thursday’s bus attack in Anuradhapura – an area with an ethnic Sinhalese majority near rebel territory – was the worst involving civilians since the truce was signed.

A mass funeral took place on Friday for victims.Grieving relatives and villagers all gathered to mourn the dead. The coffins of 11 children were laid out in a row.

BBC NEWS | South Asia

UPDATE:

A renegade rebel commander in Sri Lanka has threatened to target Tamil Tiger rebels if his group is prevented from operating in the north and the east. Karuna (photo) was the former eastern commander of the Tamil Tigers and had left the group following serious disagreement with its leadership in 2004.His men haBreakaway Tamil Tiger leader Colonel Karunave claimed to have attacked a number of Tamil Tiger positions.The Tigers accuse the government of arming and protecting Karuna – an allegation both reject.

We are trying to develop a political organisation in the north and east,” Karuna told the BBC in a rare telephone interview from an undisclosed location.”If the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] is going to prevent us then we are prepared to launch attacks in self-defence,” he said.

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Renegade rebel threatens Tigers

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The illegal Assembly to Promote Civil Society said in a statement that dozens of people have been fasting for different lengths of time in the provinces of Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Holguin, Havana, Santa Clara and Camaguey.According to the note, the act of fasting is to expres "solidarity with Guillermo Fariñas, and to urge the government to give him an answer and provide him with access to the Internet." Fariñas announced on Jan. 31 that he would abstain from food and drink until the Internet would be made freely accessible to him.

Since March he has been in an intensive care unit of the provincial hospital of Santa Clara, some 280 kilometers (174 miles) east of Havana.

The president of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), Elizardo Sanchez, told EFE that he was continuing to fast in sympathy with the protest of dissident Juan Carlos Herrera, who last month began a hunger strike in solidarity with Fariñas.

Herrera, who is serving a 20-year sentence at a prison in Camaguey province, is one of 75 members of the Cuban opposition convicted in a Spring 2003 crackdown on dissent.

Fariñas, a psychologist and director of the independent agency Cubanacan Press, has been on 20 hunger strikes since 1995, with the longest in 2003 which went on for 14 months. EFE jlp/cd

From EFE (HT: Babalu Blog).

UPDATE: Of course, as La ventanita points out, Human Rights groups wold not say a word about this situation. 

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