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    Wednesday, January 19, 2005

    Hey guys, it’s Nathan again. Sorry it took so long, but my computer was being psychotic. Depending on what Aakash's calendar looks like, this may be the last time you hear from me. Anyway, to the rant.

    Let me preface my discussion here be reaffirming that anything in the vague realm of “women’s issues” makes me squeamish. I am, indeed, a guy, and I know little and care even less about such topics. And yet, there is a message that needs to be given, and it is much more important than whether or not I’m feeling squeamish, so with no hesitation, I plunge forward.

    Abortion rates have now reached catastrophic proportions. Since 1973 and the Roe v. Wade decision, nearly 40 million unborn children have lost their lives in a sacrifice to the false god of “women’s rights.” I understand that for most people, such a large number is meaningless, so let’s put it into perspective. In the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, World War 1 and World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the current war in Iraq, casualty counts don’t even hit 1.5 million in 225 years of history. Sounds bad? The War on the Unborn claims that many in a year and a half! In fact, it would take 250 of these 9.0-earthquake-tsunamis to match it. And what about the war in Iraq? At the current rate, it would take 40,000 years of combat--in other words, regardless of how you feel about the war, it is almost an understatement to call it a moot point. The numbers pale in comparison to abortion.

    However, there’s a problem. The Constitution guarantees certain rights. You no doubt know by heart this line from the Declaration: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
    In other words, the unborn, if they are human, have the same rights we do.
    But since most civilized people find the notion of killing “babies” (who knows what this arbitrary word means, anyway?) appalling, we have to find another name for them. Embryo? Zygote? Fetus? Blob of tissue? Whatever helps you sleep at night.

    Actually, this strategy has been adopted before. 150 years ago, black people were “niggers.” It was no more illegal to kill one than to kill an animal—they were, after all, property. In the Civil War, it was not unheard of for Southern forces to execute black Union soldiers who had surrendered.

    And who could forget Adolf Hitler, the one historical name every high school student knows? He called Jews “a parasite in the body of the nations.” (Mein Kampf, pg. 305) He thought he was doing the world a favor by ridding the world of the inferior race so the human race could evolve faster. So, because the Jews were, after all, only slightly higher than apes, they were rounded up, starved, tortured, executed, whatever. It didn’t matter. They were glorified monkeys in his thinking. They even had a word for them: untermenschen. (Can you see the word “under”?)

    And you know what? I don’t see what makes this scum bag dictator any worse than the director of your local Planned Parenthood. Margaret Sanger, the founder of the aforementioned organization, said that babies are “a parasite in the mother’s body.” And killing parasites is a good thing, right? It should come as no surprise that abortionists would adopt such tactics.

    And their task would not be so easy without the help of a little bit of forged evidence, a la Ernst Haeckel. Haeckel had read Darwin’s The Origin of the Species in 1860 but had not yet seen any evidence for Darwin’s theory, so he manufactured some of his own by creating a grotesquely altered chart. Humans, dogs, fish, and salamanders were drawn to be almost identical, thus giving the impression that all animals evolve during development in their mothers (called “recapitulation”). Thus, some beings just evolve further (i.e. humans) while others stay on their evolutionary level (such as the fish or salamander). In 1874, five years after Haeckel drew the chart, his own university--the University of Jena--convicted him for his fraudulent drawings. Six embryologist professors testified against him, and he admitted to drawing “from memory.” Although accurate photographs representing the real stages of development are available, for some reason, these drawings persist in biology texts today.

    But wait, there’s more! Abortionists who claim recapitulation argue that even on photographs of human embryos, gill slits can clearly be seen--thus, we have a fish on our hands! Further, for example, they claim that these recapitulating babies have monkey tails which shrink into the human tailbone.

    Sounds like a pretty strong argument, doesn’t it? Says Dr. David N. Menton: “They are merely flexion folds, or wrinkles, in the neck region resulting from the sharply down turned head and protruding heart of the developing embryo. These folds eventually develop into a portion of the face, inner ear, tonsils, parathyroid and thymus.” In other words, respiration has nothing to do with it.

    And the monkey tail? It’s an anchor, not a tail. Nine muscles connect to the tailbone and play a crucial part in numerous, very important functions, including bowel movements and reproduction. Show me a tail that can do that.

    Says respected Creationist Dr. John Morris: “Listing all the differences between a fish and an amphibian, or a reptile and a bird, or reptile and mammal helps to clarify the immensity of evolution's task. Not only are there skeletal changes, but think of the totally new organs needed, different reproductive systems, altered respiratory and cardiovascular make-up, thermal schemes and on and on.” So, he’s saying that it couldn’t have happened in millions of years, so how could it happen in nine months?

    In any case, they’re tiny, weak, and unprepared for life in this world; yet, they look every bit as human as their regular-term counterparts. According to the March of Dimes website, of premature babies, 6 percent are born between the 6 and 6.75 month marks. They say: “[...] most babies born after about 26 weeks gestation do survive to one year (about 80 percent at 26 weeks and about 87 percent at 27 weeks), although they may face an extended stay in the NICU. [...] What about babies born at 28 to 31 weeks gestation?
    These babies look quite similar to babies born earlier, although they are larger (usually between 2 and 5 pounds) and even more likely to survive (about 90 to 95 percent).”
    So, we’re talking about babies born two months early, and they have a 90 to 95 percent chance of survival? Incredible. Until recently, extremely late term abortions (i.e. 8 months and up) were still legal. So, would someone please explain to me what makes these 6 – 7 month babies something other than human? Why is it illegal and unquestionably “disgusting” to kill a 7 month preemie as opposed to aborting a full term baby? It doesn’t make sense. Maybe I just need one of those liberal women to fill me in.

    See what a little misinformation (PC for “lies”) can do? The abortionist's cause thrives on such untruths. There are so many more, but you can find the propaganda and see through it if you just look hard enough.

    Hey, whatever happened to 'Roe' of Roe v. Wade? Her real name is Norma McCorvey. Since 1973, she has changed. McCorvey is now a pro-life advocate who founded the “Roe No More” website. On it, she claims:
    “I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn’t about ‘products of conception.’ It wasn’t about ‘missed periods.’ It was about children being killed in their mother’s wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion—at any point—was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.” She also says: “I’m one hundred percent sold out to Jesus and one hundred percent pro-life.”




    If it makes me feel lightheaded to step into the feminine realm to stand up for those who can’t do it themselves, so be it. Rather a light head than a heavy conscience.

    Nathan


    Saturday, January 08, 2005

    Hey guys, it's Nathan again. Aakash asked me to take care of his blog for another week (i.e. this past week), and I've only made one entry for both weeks! (You might have noticed that I don't like to do short posts, but at the same time, lengthy entries take quite a while.) Well, just to let everyone know, as Aakash said, he's very busy, so I'll probably be scraping together another post this weekend before he comes back to full action.

    Until then, don't work too hard, buddy!

    Nate


    Friday, January 07, 2005

    Remembering Rothbard
    It's been ten years...


    If I don't get a lot of essay-writing done within the next few days, things are going to get pretty bad. So I wasn't planning on doing any more blogging, for now, after that January 6th Christmas entry below.

    But now, just a little after midnight, I was reminded that it is an important anniversary today. I had thought to myself earlier that I should post something for this day, which marks the anniversary of the sudden passing of a very important figure in 20th-century political and economic history, and one of the greatest intellectuals and polemicists of our time.

    Please check back here some time in the [hopefully-] near future for some more material on this topic. (including a link to little-known web page that contains many of the fantastic essays and articles from The Irrepressible Rothbard - for free on the web!)

    (It may not be until next week, though, due to the aforementioned circumstances...)


    LewRockwell.com
    Mises.org

    Have you read Raimondo's bio of Rothbard


    Update (1/9/04): I don't know how this happened, but look what the #1 listing result is for "Rothbard" in the Daypop search engine. (Even a step above LRC...) Well, I wish that I could take the time now to post more about this incredible individual, but I have a deadline... which actually should have been yesterday. While this is going on, I asked Nathan to continue being the guest blogger here (his last entry was quite successful), and I see that he has kindly obliged. Until later...


    Thursday, January 06, 2005

    Merry Christmas!!

    In response to some holiday angst that I expressed from last year, Adrianne made me aware that today is still Christmas.

    I am about to finish one of my overdue essays right now... I have to get many of them in within the next few days.

    In the meantime, I want to continue to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!


    (I wish I was still in Florida... ;-)



    Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

    This is the article featured at the home page of the The American Conservative (my favorite magazine!).
    The actual print magazine (which, as I hope I've said before, is something that you should all subscribe to) is probably sitting at my on-campus residence. It would be nice if other college students also read material such as that.