Saturday, February 11, 2017

News Weakly - 2/11/2017

Honor Your Father
You know the story parents tell their children. They take the dog to the pound and then tell the kids, "We took Rover to a farm to live where he'll be much happier." In suburbia, unknown numbers of animals are taken out and dropped off just to get rid of them. "It's someone else's problem now."

Taking this idea to heart, a California couple took the husband's father who suffered from Alzheimer's on a nice trip to England ... and left him there. They knew that the U.K. had free medical care and left him for someone else to take care of. They finished off their vacation and went home.

Sad, sad story.

Not Us!
Bill O'Reilly, interviewing the president, wondered how he could work with Putin. "He's a killer." Trump replied, "What do you think? Our country's so innocent?" Trump's reply has garnered outrage. "There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers." How dare he? How can he compare us to those ... those dirty Ruskies? I mean, look, Stalin by force and cruelty secretly killed some 65 million people. Not us. We've only killed 50 million babies openly with the protection of law and the applause of the public. We're much better than they are. Oh ... wait ... hey, can we change the subject?

It doesn't make Trump right or better (because I'm pretty sure he wasn't thinking about dead babies), but we have a tendency to lose perspective, don't we? What they do is evil, but not us! We might need to check our eye for logs.

Those Evil Crisis Pregnancy Centers
I was reading a story about the evils of Planned Parenthood (from a news outlet that favored Planned Parenthood) and how the accusations were all lies. They warned about the "questionable alternatives". I thought, "Questionable alternatives?" So I found out what they were talking about. Planned Parenthood warns women about "so-called 'crisis pregnancy centers.'" That's their phrase. They claim, "These are fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion." Huh. Go figure. Did you know that these centers may not include information about abortion? Did you know that these centers may not give you unbiased information? Did you know that these groups may encourage you not to have an abortion?

The problem, apparently, is that they don't offer "unbiased information and a full range of health services." Like "One of your options is to murder your child." "Health" services like that. Dirty, rotten "Crisis Pregnancy Centers". Not unbiased and full service like Planned Parenthood. (You know, now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever heard of a pregnant woman going to Planned Parenthood to have their baby adopted. Odd.)

On a related note, has anyone else considered this strange line of thinking? Women are told that they have a choice in an unwanted pregnancy -- abortion, adoption, or parenting. Okay, so "parenting" is normal; they raise the child. I get adoption; they don't feel they can and let someone else do it. But given the choice of "Am I comfortable having someone else raise this child or would I rather kill it?", I don't understand the choice of the latter at all. "Yeah, this baby is much better off dead." What?

Just Cruzin'
Can you believe this Ted Cruz guy? He had the audacity -- the hatefulness -- to declare that the Ku Klux Klan came from Democrats. What's wrong with him? Doesn't he know that ... let's see ... the Klan was "acting as the military arm of the Democratic Party"? Oh ... wait. That the KKK was Democratic Party's continuation of the Confederacy. No, no, hold on. In the 19320's and 30's "the Klansmen were Democrats." Oh, now, doggone it! What's wrong with Wikipedia? Here, let's look at History.com. That should be less confusing. Turns out that they, too attribute the Ku Klux Klan to the Democrats. In fact, turns out the the Democrats opposed the abolition of slavery at all.

Oh, now, see? That sneaky Cruz fellow, working in facts with his propaganda to embarrass the party that applauds aborting more black babies than ... oh, now, there we go again, inserting inconvenient truths that look bad for Democrats. No one actually thinks that will work, do they?

The Headline Says It All
Okay, it's Germany, but you know it could be here, too. The headline says it all: "German nursery rhyme about fox who steals a goose banished from town after complaint from vegan." Apparently, "The instrumental version of the tune was being played as one of a repertoire of 33 songs on the town hall's mechanical glockenspiel." A vegan woman who worked nearby was offended because she knew there was a line in the children's tune that said "the hunter will get you With his gun." She was offended. End of story.

When you find something that doesn't offend anyone at all, let me know. I'm not sure it exists. And when we've arrived at "no one should ever be offended for any reason", we're at an end.

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