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Santa Claus versus the Martians

August 31st, 2009 - 2:06 am

The Russian Navy has named the 4th of its Borei class SSBNs after a saint — Santa Claus to be exact. The Strategy Page says, “no one has ever named a nuclear submarine after Saint Nicholas before.” What could be more ridiculous than naming a boomer after Santa Claus? How about calling a health care “reform” bill a “a core ethical and moral obligation” and likening it to a religious crusade even as senior clerics of the Catholic Church denounce it as a Trojan horse for taxpayer funded abortion? The New York Times says: Some Catholic Bishops Assail Health Plan. By that they mean this:

The bishops’ opposition — published in diocesan newspapers, disseminated online by conservative activists, and reported in a Roman Catholic newspaper to be distributed this weekend at churches around the country — is another setback for Mr. Obama’s health care efforts. His administration has been counting on the support of Catholic leaders to help rally believers behind his health care plan. Just last week, he held a conference call with 140,000 religious voters to appeal to what he called their “moral convictions.” …

In an Aug. 11 letter to Congress, Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia, head of the bishops’ anti-abortion efforts called the proposed division of funds “an illusion,” arguing that taxpayers would still indirectly help cover abortion. He urged lawmakers to block the current House legislation from coming up for a vote unless it can be amended to expressly prohibit financing for the procedure.

Gee, do you think? Things aren’t always what they seem. If “personal is political”, the religious can be political too. The lines criss-cross and nothing has to make sense. If today’s progressive cause needs to invoke religious authority where yesterday it eschewed it, if it invokes feminism at one instant and rejects it the next, then so what? Situational ethnics means never having to say you’re sorry. Rightgrrl recalls how the apparent religious, political and feminist contradictions that played out in the Monica Lewinsky case were only apparent. Those on the Left intuitively understood that Bill Clinton got a pass on anything because his politics were correct.

“I’d be happy to give him [oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal.” Those were the enlightening words uttered by former Time contributor and White House correspondent Nina Burleigh in an interview in Mirabella magazine, as reported by Howard Kurtz in a Washington Post Article. However, it was learned on 07/16/98 that her comment was a little different from that. Nina Burleigh has now filled in what word she really used in the spot the Post bracketed and revealed her next sentence to Kurtz, that he did not share with readers.

Her full quote: “I would be happy to give him a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.”

Winston Churchill used to say ‘The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet‘. Today politicians are on their knees to get things off their backs.  None of this is madness; just politics. The Russians have gone off and named a nuclear missile sub after Santa Claus but who’s to say there won’t be federally funded abortion clinic named named after another saint. Ridiculous? Don’t count on it.

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