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About that French Revolution

by Robert Morrison

July 15, 2008

When Chinese Communist Chou En-lai was asked his opinion of the French Revolution, he replied: “It is too soon to tell.” Edmund Burke had no such hesitation, as my colleague Michael Fragoso shared with us. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was another Briton with few doubts.

In 1989, Mrs. Thatcher went to Paris for the G-7 conference. President Francois Mitterrand had decided to use the summit to showcase the bicentenaire of the French Revolution. Reporters flocked to Mrs. Thatcher to get her impressions of the event. What did she think of the French Revolution, they probed. “It resulted in a lot of headless corpses and a tyrant,” the Iron Lady replied. But surely Madame would agree that the French Revolution began the long march toward human rights, non? “Certainly not! That began with Magna Carta,” Mrs. Thatcher replied firmly. For this act of resistance, Mrs. Thatcher was consigned to the second row of dignitaries at the Notre Dame festivities. Still, she may have had the last word. As Britain’s gift to France on the two hundredth anniversary of their revolution, Mrs. Thatcher presented a leather-bound first edition of Charles Dickens’ immortal Tale of Two Cities.

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Eat More Beef, Decrease Global Warming?

by David Prentice

July 15, 2008

Argentina scientists are trying to measure the amount of contribution of cows to global warming. Yes, cows apparently contribute to global warming because of the amount of methane they produce as… emissions. Yes, your basic, standard-sized cow produces over 35 cubic feet (up to 1,000 liters) of methane a day. When they got the first results, the researchers were surprised: “Thirty percent of Argentina s (total greenhouse) emissions could be generated by cattle.”

Follow the link above to see a picture of the backpack device used to monitor the cow emissions.

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Beating Heart Cells from Mouse iPS Cells

by David Prentice

July 15, 2008

Japanese and German groups are reporting that they have produced functioning heart cells from mouse induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Both reports are published online ahead of print in the journal Circulation.

The two groups produced various cardiac cell types with the iPS cells, including beating cardiac cells in the lab dish. Both reports note that the iPS-derived cardiac cells were comparable to those obtained from mouse embryonic stem cells.

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Reducing Abortion through Parental Notification

by David Christensen

July 14, 2008

A commonsense way to reduce abortion would be for Congress to pass legislation requiring parental notification. The problem is that many abortion clinics lure young girls from their home states that have parental notice laws to states where they can get abortions without their parents knowing. Often the man who gets a young girl pregnant takes her to the clinic. To counter this type of human trafficking, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) reintroduced the Child Interstate Notification Act (H.R. 1063).

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Wearing Black on Bastille Day

by Michael Fragoso

July 14, 2008

Today is Bastille Day-the day in which the French celebrate their wretched Revolution.  To commemorate the Eldest Daughter of the Church’s descent into anarchy and despotism, here is Edmund Burke’s take on the events that followed the Storming of the Bastille:

It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the queen of France, then the dauphiness, at Versailles, and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in - glittering like the morning star, full of life and splendor and joy. Oh! what a revolution! and what a heart must I have to contemplate without emotion that elevation and that fall! Little did I dream when she added titles of veneration to those of enthusiastic, distant, respectful love, that she should ever be obliged to carry the sharp antidote against disgrace concealed in that bosom; little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters fallen upon her in a nation of gallant men, in a nation of men of honor and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.

That of sophisters, economists; and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever. Never, never more shall we behold that generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom. The unbought grace of life, the cheap defense of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone! It is gone, that sensibility of principle, that chastity of honor which felt a stain like a wound, which inspired courage whilst it mitigated ferocity, which ennobled whatever it touched, and under which vice itself lost half its evil by losing all its grossness.

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Testimony on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA)

by Michael New

July 14, 2008

On Thursday, I testified at a legislative forum on behalf of the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA). Also testifying were Professor Teresa Collett, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and local pro-life activist Missy Smith. Five Members of Congress were at the hearing and about 20 members of the media and congressional staff were present.

My testimony follows below:

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Tony Snow, R.I.P.

by Chuck Donovan

July 12, 2008

In Washington one meets a handful of people who are almost universally liked and respected. So much is at stake in the partisan battles in the capital that having the admiration of political friend and foe alike is unusual. Tim Russert achieved that and so did Tony Snow.

Tony spoke at the FRC Action Values Voter Summit in 2006 and described with relish his experience at the White House with a mix of professionalism and amazement that was endearing and all-American. He knew, appreciated, and communicated how lucky he was to have been born in the U.S. of A., grown up in the Midwest, and been given a chance to work in hallways and places he had dreamed of as a kid. That youthfulness, and the bedrock values that fueled him, never faded, whether at the peak of his success or in the throes of his illness. The proximity of those two things, the peak and the throes coming at once, and the way he handled both with wit and verve only underscored how grounded he was. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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Mr. Smith’s Take on Planned Parenthood

by David Christensen

July 11, 2008

This is what Representative Chris Smith, who organized the Special Order, said in his speech Wednesday night:

Can we trust Planned Parenthood? They say their vision is to be the Nation’s most trusted provider of sexual and reproductive health care. This is from an organization that targets minorities, that performs millions of abortions and barely even attempts to help women carry the babies to term. Reproductive health should include, not exclude, babies.”

Even if the U.S. should pay for family planning, why should we subsidize the abortion industry? This debate is not about family planning, it’s about using abortion as a means of population control.

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Did you know it’s “World Population Day”?

by David Christensen

July 11, 2008

Guess what today is? It’s “World Population Day,” a day when “reproductive rights” groups celebrate….what? Well they claim they want people to have a right to family planning. Ok, fine, but why then support abortion as part of the cause?

Why promote efforts to fund organizations that perform abortion? Groups such as International Planned Parenthood are ginned up about “World Population Day” as is the UNFPA which abets China’s one-child policy through coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization practices.

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