Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Same Old Song

The Canard That Refuses to Die

The progressive left and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) have spent a lot of time since last Friday attempting to portray the man who committed the Colorado Springs shootings as a "Christian terrorist." That should come as a surprise to absolutely no one who has been paying attention ever since Roe v. Wade.

Conservative author and pundit Ramesh Ponnuru was born and raised in my neck of the woods, in a suburb of Kansas City (although he lived on the wrong side of State Line Road). I have followed his intellectual career with interest in no small part because of that geographical connection.

In his 2006 bestseller The Party of Death, Ramesh explores the political and intellectual underpinnings of the so-called "pro-choice" movement, include its fascination with eugenics, euthanasia, and assisted suicide.

A significant portion of the book is devoted to analyzing how opponents of abortion
are demonized by politicians and by progressives in the media. There has been an unrelenting campaign to portray abortion opponents as violent extremists, and the progressive response to the incident in Colorado Springs is sticking to that script.

It is nonsense, of course. There is no "Christian terrorism" problem in America. And Ramesh demolishes the "anti-abortion rhetoric caused this shooting" argument, too. Unfortunately, abortion is such a polarizing issue that I am doubtful anyone on the progressive side of the fence is even open to reason these days. They prefer to open their hymnals and sing the same old songs. It is tough to be a pro-life advocate these days.

"You have to keep trying. If you change even one mind..."

I know, I know...I just get discouraged, sometimes...

'Tis the Season

The temperate weather we've had most of the fall couldn't last forever, of course.
The first significant snowfall of the season happened yesterday...

View from my patio on November 30, 10:45 AM
Just a dusting, really, and it already mostly gone. But it won't be gone for long,
of course. It's December, and time to get my sweater collection ready...

Me Too, Kid, Me Too

From the hilarious comic strip Zits, by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, which you should read every day, as I do.

Until Next Time...

Most retail establishments that play music for their customers switched to Christmas music well before Thanksgiving, and I gave up grumbling about that practice long ago. On my own blog, though, I make the rules, and so December 1 is the official start of the season for that great music.

Original 1989 one sheet poster
The 1989 Rob Reiner-directed film When Harry Met Sally... is widely regarded as one of the best romantic comedies ever made, and with good reason. Nora Ephron's Oscar-nominated script is chock full of memorable dialogue, there is a real chemistry between Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, and it has one of the most heart-warming "happy ending" scenes you'll ever see. Also, it uses ellipsis in the title, which is very cool.

The soundtrack album by jazz artist Harry Connick, Jr. earned double-platinum certification in the U.S., and earned Connick his first Grammy Award. It's all great stuff, but my favorite is his instrumental take on the classic "Winter Wonderland."

Today's send-off pairs Connick's jaunty rendition of the Christmas season favorite with some beautiful winter photography. Enjoy...

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