The Everlasting Phelps

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Ted Cruz: The Distinguished Wacko Bird from Texas

September 23rd, 2013

So QC ran a thing on Ted Cruz, and the worst that they could come up with via was this:

As a law student at Harvard, he refused to study with anyone who hadn’t been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. Says Damon Watson, one of Cruz’s law-school roommates: “He said he didn’t want anybody from minor Ivies like Penn or Brown.”

Just keep in mind, this is apparently the same Damon Watson who was disbarred in California for misconduct surrounding his multiple DUIs.

Words Matter

September 5th, 2013

To be clear:

Attempts to limit abortions to just the first five months of pregnancy (you know, the halfway point) and only in clean, safe clinics: War on Women

However,

Dropping bombs on Syria, killing people, with “low collateral damage” (which I’m sure is comforting when it’s your family that’s the “collateral damage”)?  Not a war.

Missing the Big Picture

August 29th, 2013

Advocates worry that continued resistance by some states could hinder efforts to coax many of the nation’s 50 million uninsured to sign up for coverage.

“There is a very palpable concern .?.?. that anti-Obamacare state government people will find ways to gum up the works,” said Leonardo Cuello, director of health reform for the National Health Law Program. Political foes of the health-care law are “constantly putting up barriers to progress being made,” he added.

Why, it’s almost like the system was designed to have a local and a national part, where the national part wouldn’t have the ability to force an unpopular and unwanted law down the throats of the locals.

I’ll tell you what, if anyone ever did figure out how to make some sort of federal type government where the overall part had limited powers and only did things that had to be done at the national level, and left stuff like healthcare regulation to the local level, I bet that country would take off like a rocket and become a superpower.

Republicans aren’t “Real Texans”

July 15th, 2013

Wendy Davis is a filthy demagogue and shows it in her own words.

Simply put, this bill would take away access to the most fundamental form of health care women need.

The most fundamental form of health care for women isn’t nutrition.  It isn’t antibiotics.  It isn’t cancer treatment.  It’s not wellness checkups.

It’s abortions. Abortions after 20 weeks on a whim.

Make sure you get that right.  It may be all those “staying alive” things for men, but for women, it’s different.  It’s sixth months abortions.

Real Texans don’t want any woman to die of cancer because she can’t get decent health care or medical advice.

Republicans, on the other hand, love cancer.  Republicans are the cancer lobby.  Republicans sit at home at night and dream of a world where all women have all the cancers all the time.

If Republicans are pro-cancer because of this, that makes her pro-late term abortion.

Real Texans don’t want any woman to lose control of her life because she can’t get birth control.

Republicans want to ban birth control.  That’s the only way her line here makes any sense.  As near as I can tell, birth control is still on the shelves, both before and after the bill.

Texas Republican political leaders take perverse pride in how deeply they have cut our state’s education budget.

Texas Democrat leaders take perverse pride, on the other hand, in how deeply terrible and harmfully our unionized teachers have failed our schoolchildren.

Real Texans want their kids to have the best education possible, not the one politicians looking to brag about budget cuts have left us with.

Absolutely.  In fact, the idea behind vouchers and school choice is that no one wants the best education for your kids more than you.  Wendy Davis apparently thinks she wants the best education for your own kids more than you do.

I have a question for Perry and the state’s powerful politicians who have ignored real Texans for so long:

Can you hear us now? And, more important, are you listening?

We sure are.  And we’re taking notes.  You’ll be eating your words when you have to run for reelection.

Judge rips Obama’s right-wing Plan B stance

May 8th, 2013

So this is what this judge thinks about 15 being the minimum age for Plan B:

The government didn’t argue the merits of requiring a photo ID or that the drug only be sold in locations with an on-site pharmacy, but Korman made clear why he found that to be an inadequate compromise: “You’re using these 11- and 12-year-olds to place an undue burden on women’s ability to access emergency contraception. If it’s an impediment to voting, it’s an impediment to get the drug.”

I agree with the judge.

I’m not a fan of Plan B.  I think that abortion is a moral wrong.  I’m especially not a fan of children experiencing statutory rape, becoming impregnated by their rapist, and then covering up the crime with a drug (potentially bought for them by their rapist.)

But, I’ll abide it.  That is what being in a free republic is about.  People are allowed to do things you don’t like, because that is what liberty costs.

I want equality, though.  If showing ID to get this drug is an impediment to the “right” to abortifactants, then showing ID is an impediment to your enumerated right to keep and bear arms.  Never mind background checks and form 4473s, this judge has just said that showing ID is an impediment to exercising a right.

So let’s do it.  No ID for guns.  No ID to exercise your right to travel by plane.  No ID to enter a federal courtroom.  If showing ID is an impediment to exercising a civil right, I welcome that development with open arms.

If It Saves One Life

April 25th, 2013

Let’s make guns mandatory:

Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith’s employee Dorothy Espinoza says, “He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people.”

Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. “There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms.”

Then, before the suspect could find another victim – a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. “A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith’s grabbed him.”

After all, if it saves “one life”, right?

The Everlasting Phelps

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.