Archive for September 2013

A partial but big victory for traditional marriage in Illinois

Judge Sophia H. Hall today dismissed three of the five claims brought by same-sex couples challenging the constitutionality of Illinois’ definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. According to the Thomas More Society: The court rejected the plaintiffs’ claims that defining marriage as between one man and woman violates the Illinois Constitution’s... Read more »

What is the worst decade? The '50s, '70s or now?

There is much today to make this the worst decade in memory, at least that’s what a lot of younger people might think. Some of them might think that the ’50s were worse, indoctrinated as they are by today’s political correctness.  But if you ask me: The 1970s (which actually begins with the Woodstock Festival... Read more »

Obamacare to gouge the young in Chicago and elsewhere; it only seems fair

Illinois is no exception, as the state’s rates are first revealed. That’s because 60 percent of young voters voted for President Barack Obama in the last election. Under penalty of a government fine, those presumably healthier younger people be required to buy insurance, and the price they’ll pay will have to subsidize support the older,... Read more »
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Myths about abortion exploded

How often have you heard that abortion is safer than childbirth? It’s one of the many assertions endlessly repeated by the abortion industry in order to normalize the procedure in the public eye. If it is no more uncomfortable or dangerous than having your teeth cleaned, then what’s the big deal, right? Except that it’s... Read more »

Pope Francis on abortion, gays and same-sex marriage in the context of Catholic social teaching

Some commentators who have hailed Pope Francis’ supposed rejection on the church’s “pre-occupation with doctrine,” (i.e. abortion, gays, same-sex marriage)  have revealed a deep and troubling ignorance or misunderstanding of Catholic social teachings. The church always has been welcoming of all people, following Christ’s example of hanging out with sinners and speaking out for the... Read more »

Jesse Owens, not Samuel Gompers, should be the name of the South Side school

What fool in the Chicago Public School bureaucracy decided to remove the name of fabled, black Olympic star Jesse Owens and replace it with Samuel Gompers?   Samuel Gompers? Sure, he is a famous American who, as a founder of the American Federal of Labor, deserves to be remembered and honored. But Jesse Owens resonates... Read more »
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Obamacare contraception mandate heading for U.S. Supreme Court?

From the Thomas More Society Press release: Thomas More Society Will Petition the U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Autocam’s Obamacare Case Automotive Manufacturer Denied Constitutional Protection from HHS Mandate (September 18, 2013 – Kentwood, Michigan) The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has dismissed a challenge to the controversial HHS Mandate advanced by the Kennedy... Read more »

You owe Illinois pensions $61,000

Illinois Policy Institute’s analysis of Chicago pension crisis paints grim picture for taxpayers. From the Institute’s press release:  Total pension and retirement-related debt across city and sister governments totals $63.2 billion, or $61,000 per household  CHICAGO (Sept. 17, 2013) – As Illinois grapples with a state pension shortfall of $100 billion, there is a second... Read more »

Applaud Obama for reasserting America's moral leadership in the Syrian chemical attack

Whatever President Barack Obama’s threat of U.S. military retaliation for the chemical weapons attack on Syrian citizens has accomplished, it reasserted America’s moral leadership. However badly Obama handled the run-up to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s suspected gassing that killed some 1,400, including hundreds of children, it’s clear that without Obama’s missile rattling, Assad would have... Read more »
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ObamaCare Exchanges: Just Because You Are Eligible For a Subsidy Doesn't Mean You Will Qualify for One

  From National Policy Analysis:   The ObamaCare exchanges are supposed to subsidize the health insurance of everyone earning between 138 percent ($15,856 for an individual) and 400 percent ($45,960) of the federal poverty level (FPL) in a state that has expanded Medicaid and 100 percent ($11,490) and 400 percent FPL in a state than... Read more »
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    • In reply to Rick Bohning:
      I get the analogy, but where it fails is with the assumption that all contraception is equally efficacious in all ...
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      Logical fallacy: Ad Hominem Tu Quoque. Look it up. In short, hypocrisy does not make or break ...
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      Another logical fallacy: appeal to authority. Just because the experts claim it to be true, does not make ...
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      I think I'll go with the experts on this one. https://www.acog.org/About_ACOG/ACOG_Departments/Health_Care_for_Underserved_Women/Frequently_Asked_Questions_about_Hormonal_Approaches_to_Emergency_Contraception "4. Does this mean that emergency contraception can cause an ...
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