Author archives: Cathy Ruse

Older White Catholic Woman for Obama”

by Cathy Ruse

December 19, 2012

The election was 6 weeks ago, but Obama voters like to keep their yard signs up and bumper stickers stuck.  Enough already.

Last week I was driving behind a car with a bumper stick that read:  “Older White Catholic Woman for Obama.” I thought it was a joke, until I pulled up and got a look at the driver. Spectacles, snow-white bob, slight scowl on face — this lady was not joking.

Older white women did vote for Obama, in droves.  But younger white people favored Romney by a 13-point spread.  White women under 30 favored Romney over Obama, too.  That hasn’t been a favorite post-election soundbite.

Imagine a bumper sticker that read:  “Younger White Catholic Woman for Romney.”  Wouldn’t I be called a racist? 

Cruel Brittania: Euthanizing Sick Babies and Old Ladies?

by Cathy Ruse

November 30, 2012

The London Daily Mail published an explosive report in June citing claims from a top neurologist that elderly patients who are not dying are being euthanized – as many as 130,000 of them.

Professor Pullicino, a consultant neurologist for East Kent Hospitals and Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Kent, made claims during a speech to the Royal Society of Medicine in London that the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients when death is imminent, was being employed too often on elderly patients who could live longer.

Now there are new claims from another doctor in Englandthat the Liverpool Care Pathway is being used on severely-disabled newborn babies whose death is not imminent. His assertions are published anonymously in the British Medical Journal

LifeNews.com has been following this story as it develops here and here.

Food Network Used to Be My Friend

by Cathy Ruse

November 19, 2012

There is absolutely nothing on television that is both appropriate for our little girls and interesting to their parents with one exception: Food Network. Cooking shows are our family tv. We love the cake wars, even our 4-year old enjoys Chopped, and the commercials dont make Daddy lunge for the changer while Mommy sings Youre a Grand Old Flag! in plena voce.

Until last night.

A Target commercial came on with a group of actors talking about going to a Christmas party. Then one young man said, with a pronounced gay lisp, that he hoped another man was coming to the party because, Hes HOT! Followed by a very lilting, What-EVERRRRRRRR!

This really makes me mad. I Googled the commercial to see if it made anybody else mad too, and found this surprise: a homosexual blogger upset that Target was using such an embarrassing…f—-t stereotype.

So just cut it out, Target. And cut it off, Food Network. Neither of you are making any friends with this nonsense.

Hey Dennys, Please Call it the ObamaCare Surcharge

by Cathy Ruse

November 15, 2012

The Daily Mail Online is reporting that the owner of 40 Dennys restaurants in will add a 5% surcharge to customers bills in order to meet the costs he will be forced to incur under ObamaCare beginning in 2014. To pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant and unfortunately, most of our restaurants dont make $175,000 a year. I can’t afford it.

Were trying to get more restaurant operators rallied around the concept of adding a 5 percent surcharge to their bill to cover the costs of Obamacare as opposed to raising prices, he said.

Heck, why stop at restaurants? Lets see all businesses with full-time employees add an explicit ObamaCare Surcharge to customer bills. Theyre going to have to pass along the costs to consumers anyway. Why not be up-front with us?

A Fighting Chance for Baby Girls in China?

by Cathy Ruse

November 5, 2012

In 1979 China promulgated its one-child policy, forcing abortion and sterilization upon millions of women and causing the mass extermination before birth of baby Chinese girls.

Now a think tank sponsored by the Chinese government has recommended a phase-out of the policy. According to Christianity Today, a report leaked by the China Development Research Foundation, sponsored by the Chinese Communist Party, recommends that China immediately abandon its one-child policy in favor of a two-child model phased in over three years. A two-child policy would be no less barbaric, of course, but would give a fighting chance for some of those baby girls.

Last year demographer Nicolas Eberstadt published an essay in The New Atlantis entitled, The Global War Against Baby Girls. In it he wrote:

The consequences of medically abetted mass feticide are far-reaching and manifestly adverse….the very fact that many thousands or in some cases, millions of prospective girls and young women have been deliberately eliminated simply because they would have been female establishes a new social reality that inescapably colors the whole realm of human relationships, redefining the role of women as the disfavored sex in nakedly utilitarian terms, and indeed signaling that their very existence is now conditional and contingent.

Indeed.

And Republicans are at war with women because they dont want to force Catholic institutions to buy birth control pills for their employees? Idiocy.

Ted Kennedys Widow on Massachusetts’ Death with Dignity ballot initiative

by Cathy Ruse

October 31, 2012

Five years after the state of Oregon legalized doctor-assisted suicide, the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health & Science University conducted research on how the law was being utilized. Their findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were shocking. They found that nearly 90 percent of people who ask their doctors for help in killing themselves later change their minds, and that what motivated most seriously ill people who asked was fear of pain — a fear that might be misplaced.

In one example, a man just 47-years old with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, sought suicide because he was scared to die like his father, who had died from colon cancer in great pain without adequate medication. But when he learned that ALS does not cause a painful death, he gave up thoughts of suicide.

Last week Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, published an op-ed against Question 2, the so-called Death with Dignity initiative on the Massachusetts ballot.

In it she blasts the measure, saying it is not about bringing family together to make end of life decisions but is intended to exclude family members from the actual decision-making process to guard against patients being pressured to end their lives prematurely.

Most of us wish for a good and happy death, with as little pain as possible, surrounded by loved ones, perhaps with a doctor and/or clergyman at our bedside, she writes, [b]ut under Question 2, what you get instead is a prescription for up to 100 capsules, dispensed by a pharmacist, taken without medical supervision, followed by death, perhaps alone.

In reflecting on her own husbands death, she closes this way: I know we were blessed. I am fully aware that not everyone will have the same experience we did. But if Question 2 passes I cant help but feel were sending the message that theyre not even entitled to a chance. A chance to have more time with their loved ones. A chance to have more dinners and sing more songs. A chance for more kisses and more love. A chance to be surrounded by family or clergy or a doctor when the end does come. That seems cruel to me. And lonely. And sad.

Whither the Horror of Dependency?

by Cathy Ruse

October 29, 2012

Its worse than you think. Read George Will on demographer Nick Eberstadts recent study on changes in how the government transfers wealth over the last 50 years, especially under the rubric of disability.

Here are a few of the eye-popping particulars:

  • During most of FDRs 12 presidential years, income transfers were a third or less of federal spending. But between 1960 and 2010, entitlements exploded from 28 percent to 66 percent of federal spending.
  • The growth of entitlement spending over the past half-century has been distinctly greater under Republican administrations than Democrat.
  • The normalization of dependency helps explain the unprecedented exit from gainful work by adult men. Since 1948, male labor force participation has plummeted from 89 percent to 73 percent labor force participation ratios for men in the prime of life are lower in America than in Europe.
  • One reason for this is the gaming (defrauding) of disability entitlements: In 1960, 455,000 workers were receiving disability payments; in 2011 that number was 8.6 million nearly half of the 8.6 million were disabled because of mood disorders or ailments of the musculoskeletal system and the connective tissue.
  • In 1960, 134 Americans were engaged in gainful employment for every officially disabled worker; by December 2010 that number had dropped to just over 16.

10 Questions Pro-Choice Candidates Are Never Asked by the Media

by Cathy Ruse

October 25, 2012

Heres some food for thought from Trevin Wax at thegospelcoalition.org blog —- 10 questions you never hear a pro-choice candidate asked by the media:

1. You say you support a womans right to make her own reproductive choices in regards to abortion and contraception. Are there any restrictions you would approve of?

2. In 2010, The Economist featured a cover story on the war on girls and the growth of gendercide in the world abortion based solely on the sex of the baby. Does this phenomenon pose a problem for you or do you believe in the absolute right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy because the unborn fetus is female?

3. In many states, a teenager can have an abortion without her parents consent or knowledge but cannot get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental authorization. Do you support any restrictions or parental notification regarding abortion access for minors?

4. If you do not believe that human life begins at conception, when do you believe it begins? At what stage of development should an unborn child have human rights?

5. Currently, when genetic testing reveals an unborn child has Down Syndrome, most women choose to abort. How do you answer the charge that this phenomenon resembles the eugenics movement a century ago the slow, but deliberate weeding out of those our society would deem unfit to live?

6. Do you believe an employer should be forced to violate his or her religious conscience by providing access to abortifacient drugs and contraception to employees?

7. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. has said that abortion is the white supremacists best friend, pointing to the fact that Black and Latinos represent 25% of our population but account for 59% of all abortions. How do you respond to the charge that the majority of abortion clinics are found in inner-city areas with large numbers of minorities?

8. You describe abortion as a tragic choice. If abortion is not morally objectionable, then why is it tragic? Does this mean there is something about abortion that is different than other standard surgical procedures?

9. Do you believe abortion should be legal once the unborn fetus is viable able to survive outside the womb?

10. If a pregnant woman and her unborn child are murdered, do you believe the criminal should face two counts of murder and serve a harsher sentence?

Last-Minute Switch on ObamaCare Ruling?

by Cathy Ruse

June 28, 2012

Having just sped through Scalia’s dissent, a legal friend of mine observes that it is somewhat unusual. It reads like a majority opinion. Ninety-five percent of it is devoid of any criticism of the majority’s opinion, reasoning, etc. The only criticism of the majority opinion is in a few short paragraphs at the end. Almost as if it were appended at the last minute. Typically, a dissent will critique the errors of the majority opinion point-by-point throughout. That is not the case here.

Was the Scalia opinion written as the majority opinion? Opinions are written and then circulated for changes. There would be no reason for Scalia to write a “majority opinion” unless his view had the votes to succeed and he had been assigned to be the author. Could it be that the case was going to come down the other way until Roberts, or someone else, was persuaded to change his or her vote?

Hunger Games Are Real: Children Sacrificed to Porn Now a Legal Spectator Sport

by Cathy Ruse

May 10, 2012

The purposeful viewing of child pornography on the internet is now legal in New York, wrote Judge Victoria A. Graffeo from the highest state court in New York.

The ruling came down to a splitting of hairs over whether viewing is possessing. Read more here.

But no hair-splitting legal gymnastics will make something so fantastically wrong, right. This ruling cannot stand.

Child pornography is the visual record of an innocent child being abused. There are very sick people in this world who find viewing it sexually stimulating. They provide a demand for it, and the greedy brutes who make up the pornography industry are happy to sacrifice childrens lives to provide the supply.

Every time technology evolves, the porn industry argues that the laws which constrain its excesses surely dont apply here. Possessing hardcore pornographic videos cant be illegal, they argued why, video cassettes are nothing more than magnetic tape in black squares of plastic.

They lost that round, and they will lose here too.

Make no mistake: Viewing child pornography is no private or passive act. It is an integral part of the child-porn chain, every link of which must be made illegal.

There is no room for compromise. The law must reach the evil producers, the soulless distributors, and the heartless, perverted consumers —- whether they buy it and save it, or simply watch it or view it.

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