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Wednesday Morning News Roundup

I really don’t understand how a twitter account can get hacked. Specifically, a twitter account of a major news outlet like the Associated Press. How does this happen? The results could have been really, really catastrophic. Yesterday, the Associated Press mistakenly tweeted that the White House was bombed. Wall Street went berserk. Even if it were for a short period of time, this could’ve been a real problem.

Dow Jones industrial average yesterday

Late last week, I was having lunch with my brother and my sister in Dallas. Our waitress was one of those smiley, bubbly twentysomethings who was very pleasant. After small talk and reviewing the menu, she decided that she could “talk” to us. She then launched into the fact that she belonged to some group that is fighting abortions. She stated that the media was not covering the fact that there was some doctor who is performing late-term abortions “legally.” She also said that ObamaCare was going to cover late-term abortions. Well, she was half right. There was a doctor who was performing late-term abortions. He was not doing this legally. The media really wasn’t covering the story until recently. Doctor Kermit Gosnell is currently on trial for several counts of murder. If he did half of what he’s been accused of, he deserves to be locked away for a very long time. As far as the waitress’s other allegation that ObamaCare covers late-term abortions goes, she was wrong.

Many people are currently still trying to digest all of the news that happened last week. They are looking at the Boston Marathon bombings as well as the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Which disaster was worse? I’m not gonna play the equivalency game here. Instead, what I will say is that the explosion in West, Texas, I believe, will be found to be 100% preventable. I believe this will turn out to be a problem with adequate regulations that are poorly enforced. I believe that we will find out that what happened in West, Texas is probably happening in hundreds, if not thousands, of small towns throughout the United States. These small towns are 100% dependent upon these companies because these companies hire a quarter to 50% of the town’s occupants. Industry, not just the fertilizer industry, has been lobbying for years to weaken or remove necessary legislation, complaining that these rules are overly burdensome and expensive.

This is an interesting case surrounding the FBI’s probably investigation of the wrong man in 2011.

 

By |2013-04-24T19:37:51-04:00April 24th, 2013|Economy, Terrorism|Comments Off on Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Obama at Notre Dame

From Obama’s speech:

The question, then — the question then is how do we work through these conflicts?  Is it possible for us to join hands in common effort?  As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate?  How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without, as Father John said, demonetizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?

And of course, nowhere do these questions come up more powerfully than on the issue of abortion.

As I considered the controversy surrounding my visit here, I was reminded of an encounter I had during my Senate campaign, one that I describe in a book I wrote called “The Audacity of Hope.”  A few days after I won the Democratic nomination, I received an e-mail from a doctor who told me that while he voted for me in the Illinois primary, he had a serious concern that might prevent him from voting for me in the general election.  He described himself as a Christian who was strongly pro-life — but that was not what was preventing him potentially from voting for me.

What bothered the doctor was an entry that my campaign staff had posted on my website — an entry that said I would fight “right-wing ideologues who want to take away a woman’s right to choose.”  The doctor said he had assumed I was a reasonable person, he supported my policy initiatives to help the poor and to lift up our educational system, but that if I truly believed that every pro-life individual was simply an ideologue who wanted to inflict suffering on women, then I was not very reasonable.  He wrote, “I do not ask at this point that you oppose abortion, only that you speak about this issue in fair-minded words.”  Fair-minded words.

After I read the doctor’s letter, I wrote back to him and I thanked him.  And I didn’t change my underlying position, but I did tell my staff to change the words on my website.  And I said a prayer that night that I might extend the same presumption of good faith to others that the doctor had extended to me.  Because when we do that — when we open up our hearts and our minds to those who may not think precisely like we do or believe precisely what we believe — that’s when we discover at least the possibility of common ground.

That’s when we begin to say, “Maybe we won’t agree on abortion, but we can still agree that this heart-wrenching decision for any woman is not made casually, it has both moral and spiritual dimensions.”

So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions, let’s reduce unintended pregnancies.  (Applause.)  Let’s make adoption more available.  (Applause.)  Let’s provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term.  (Applause.)  Let’s honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women.”  Those are things we can do.  (Applause.)

Now, understand — understand, Class of 2009, I do not suggest that the debate surrounding abortion can or should go away.  Because no matter how much we may want to fudge it — indeed, while we know that the views of most Americans on the subject are complex and even contradictory — the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.  Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction.  But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature. (more…)

By |2009-05-18T20:57:11-04:00May 18th, 2009|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Obama at Notre Dame
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