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Farm Bill loots the treasury on behalf of the lobbyists!!!!

The Farm Bill loots the treasury on behalf of the lobbyists!!!!

I believe in free markets and small government, and I’m also against Washington corruption.

Which is why I want to abolish the Department of Agriculture.

And I suspect all sensible people will agree after reading excerpts from these three articles.

We’ll start with Damon Cline, who produced a searing indictment of farm welfare for the Augusta Chronicle.

Alexis de Tocqueville posited in the 19th century that America’s undoing would occur once “politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.” That’s exactly what the Farm Bill allows politicians to do – loot the treasury on behalf of the lobbyists, special interest groups and voting blocs who keep them fat and happy in Washington Wonderland. …The bill continues a legacy of waste that started 60 years ago when campaign contribution-sniffing politicians realized they could make the Great Depression’s temporary, emergency measures permanent. At $956 billion – a figure which outporks the infamous 2009 “stimulus” package by $200 billion – the Farm Bill is four-fifths food stamps and one-fifth agribusiness subsidies. It’s a swindle easily marketed to the masses. …Republicans from conservative farm districts forged an unholy alliance with and Democrats from liberal-leaning urban ones to funnel goodies to their core constituencies with minimal bickering. …American agriculture is dominated by sophisticated family corporate enterprises and Fortune 500 companies such as Archer Daniels Midland, Tyson Foods and Pilgrims Pride Corp. …Net profits were $131 billion last year, and the average farmer’s household income ($104,525 last year) far exceeds the U.S. average. …[A farmer] can earn up to $900,000 per year and still qualify for benefits that guarantee his revenues never fall below 86 percent of his previous years’ peak earnings. On top of that, taxpayers pay 62 percent of his business-insurance premiums. …The most heavily subsidized crops – corn, cotton, wheat, soybeans and rice – have their own lobby groups, as do many non-subsidized commodities, whose producers hope to get rolled into future farm bills (as U.S. catfish and maple syrup producers managed to do this year).

Ugh. What a disgusting scam.

Now let’s look at two different examples of how federal intervention produces awful results.

The first is from Daniel Payne’s column in The Federalist. He writes about how a discrimination case became an excuse to loot taxpayers.

The USDA is blessed with an ample amount of time and a great deal of money, which means it must forever be inventing new ways to spend the billions and billions of dollars allocated to it every year… the department has a history of both vicious incompetence, remorseless fraud and sulky hostility… The incompetence and fraud are both well-documented; perhaps the greatest combination of the two can be found in the Pigford v. Glickman case. Pigford was a class action lawsuit leveled against the USDA by black farmers who claimed they had been discriminated against while seeking federal loans from the department; the lawsuit quickly ballooned to an enormous number of claimants seeking redress for racial discrimination, which, as the New York Times reported, resulted in USDA employees finding reams of suspicious claims, from nursery-school-age children and pockets of urban dwellers, sometimes in the same handwriting with nearly identical accounts of discrimination.These are not “suspicious” claims but openly false and fraudulent ones, as any capable, mildly-intelligent adult can immediately discern. …The USDA responded to these grim revelations by cheerfully going along with the terms of the settlement: in one instance, they paid out nearly $100 million to sixteen zip codes in which “the number of successful claimants exceeded the total number of farms operated by people of any race;” in one town in North Carolina, “the number of people paid was nearly four times the total number of farms.” Was there no sensible, principled person within the entire Department willing to put an end to such absurdity? Was there anybody sitting around that might have mounted some kind of aggressive campaign to combat such naked deceit? Don’t count on it. This is the same bureaucracy, after all, that has paid out tens of millions of dollars to dead farmers. Last year alone the department’s whiz kids made over $6 billion in improper payments. Nearly 66% of improper food stamp payments were “agency-caused.”

And here’s Jim Bovard, writing in the Wall Street Journal about America’s Soviet-style central planning rules for raisins.

Under current law, the 1930s-era federally authorized Raisin Administrative Committee can commandeer up to half of a farmer’s harvest as a “reserve”—to purportedly stabilize markets and prevent gluts. …The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 authorized the secretary of Agriculture to appoint farmer-dominated committees to control production. The subsequent crop marketing orders were based on the New Deal philosophy of “managed abundance”—prosperity through “universal monopoly and universal scarcity.” …But the parity index was concocted by government agricultural economists in the 1920s to justify federal aid to farmers. “Parity” was based on a set ratio of farm prices to nonfarm prices, in correlation with the ratio that prevailed in 1910-14, a boom time for farmers. Because production costs for both farm and nonfarm goods radically changed, it never made any economic sense to rely on “parity” but it was a popular political ploy. …the raisin committee’s sweeping powers have failed to prevent vast swings in prices farmers receive. Many California farmers have shifted their land to other crops; the acreage devoted to raisin production has plunged since 2000. …economic illiteracy can vest boundless power in bureaucracies.

In his column, Jim also discusses a legal challenge to this insane system, so maybe there’s a glimmer of hope that this corrupt and inefficient system could be eliminated, or at least curtailed.

For what it’s worth, I still think the Department of Housing and Urban Development should be the first big bureaucracy in DC to be eliminated. But I sure won’t cry if the Department of Agriculture winds up on the chopping block first.

As P.J. O’Rourke famously advised, “Drag the thing behind the barn and kill it with an ax.”

P.S. I’ve shared many examples of anti-libertarian humor (several links available here), in part because I appreciate clever jokes and in part because I think libertarians should be self-confident about the ideas of liberty.

That being said, I definitely like to share examples of pro-libertarian humor, such as Libertarian Jesus.

And here’s the latest item for my collection.

Maybe not as good as the libertarian version of a sex fantasy, but still quite amusing.

 

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The Mysterious History of the Song “Kumbaya”

Tribute To The Seekers ~ Kumbaya

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Tribute To The Seekers

The Seekers were a group of Australian folk-influenced popular musicians which was formed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1962. They were the first Australian popular music group to achieve significant chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Their most famous configuration was:

Judith Durham: lead vocals
Athol Guy: double bass, vocals
Keith Potger: twelve string guitar, banjo, vocals
Bruce Woodley: guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals

They had nine hits in Britain and Australia in the 1960s: “I’ll Never Find Another You”, “A World of Our Own”, “The Carnival Is Over” (which The Seekers have sung at various closing ceremonies in Australia, including Expo ’88 and the Paralympics), “Someday One Day”, “Walk With Me”, “Morningtown Ride”, “Georgy Girl” (the title song of the film of the same name), “When Will the Good Apples Fall” and “Emerald City”.

Bruce Woodley and Dobe Newton’s “I Am Australian”, which has been recorded by The Seekers, and by singer Judith Durham with Russell Hitchcock and Mandawuy Yunupingu, has become an unofficial Australian anthem.

Kumbaya Pete Seeger 10 24 1963

Published on May 18, 2014

Pete Seeger live Australia

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The song “Kumbaya”  started back in the 1920’s and has a mysterious beginning. It has been sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary, and The Seekers, and Pete Seeger and Joan Baez and Ballad singer Tommy Leonetti . Here is the history of the song.

Kumbaya

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the song. For the town in Ecuador, see Cumbayá.

“Kumbaya” or “Kumbayah” or “Cumbaya” (Gullah, “Come By Here” — “Kum ba yah“) — is a spiritual song first recorded in the 1920s. It became a standard campfire song in Scouting and summer camps, and enjoyed broader popularity during the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s.

The song is originally a simple appeal to God to come and help those in need, but more recently it is also cited or alluded to in satirical or cynical ways which suggest false moralizing, hypocrisy, or naively optimistic views of the world and human nature.[1]

 

 

History

Origins

Come By Here / Kum Ba Ya / Kumbaya transcribed by the United States Library of Congress from a 1926 recording.

According to Library of Congress editor Stephen Winick, the two earliest versions whose year of origin is known for certain were both collected in 1926, and both reside in the Library’s American Folklife Center. No precise month or day was recorded for either version, so either may be the earliest known version of the song. One was submitted as a high school collecting project by a student named Minnie Lee to her teacher, Julian P. Boyd, later a celebrated historian. This version, collected in Alliance, North Carolina, is a manuscript featuring lyrics but no music. The other 1926 version was recorded on wax cylinder by Robert Winslow Gordon, founder of what became the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The singer’s name was H. Wylie, and the song was recorded within a few hours’ drive of Darien, Georgia, although Gordon did not note the exact location. Between 1926 and 1928, Gordon recorded three more versions of traditional spirituals with the refrain “Come by Here” or “Come by Heah.” One of these is a different song concerning the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Of the other two, one has been lost, and one cylinder was broken, so it cannot be determined if they are versions of “Kumbaya.”[1]

According to an article in Kodaly Envoy by Lum Chee-Hoo, some time between 1922 and 1931, members of an organization called the Society for the Preservation of Spirituals collected a version from the South Carolina coast.[2] “Come By Yuh”, as they called it, was sung in Gullah, the creole language spoken by the former slaves living on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia.[3] It is possible this is the earliest version, if it was collected before 1926. However, because the individual songs in this society’s publications are not dated, it cannot be dated with certainty to before 1931.[1]

In May 1936, John Lomax, Gordon’s successor as head of the Library of Congress’s folk archive, discovered a woman named Ethel Best singing “Come by Here” with a group in Raiford, Florida.[4]

These facts contradict the longstanding copyright and authorship claim of Reverend Marvin V. Frey.[2] Rev. Frey (1918–1992) claimed to have written the song circa 1936 under the title “Come By Here,” inspired, he claimed, by a prayer he heard delivered by “Mother Duffin,” a storefront evangelist in Portland, Oregon. It first appeared in this version in Revival Choruses of Marvin V. Frey, a lyric sheet printed in Portland, Oregon in 1939. In an interview at the Library of Congress quoted by Winick[1] Frey claimed the change of the title to “Kum Ba Yah” came about in 1946, when a missionary family named Cunningham returned from Africa where they had sung Frey’s version. According to Frey, they brought back a partly translated version, and “Kum Ba Yah” was an African phrase from Angola (specifically in Luvale). Frey claimed the Cunninghams then toured America singing the song with the text “Kum Ba Yah.”[1]

The story of an African origin for the phrase circulated in several versions, spread also by the revival group the Folksmiths, whose liner notes for the song stated that “Kum Ba Yah” was brought to America from Angola.[1] However, as Winick points out, no such word or phrase exists in Luvale or any related language.

Although it is often claimed that the song originated in Gullah, Winick further points out that the Boyd manuscript, which may be the earliest version of the song, was probably not collected from a Gullah speaker. Winick concludes that the song almost certainly originated among African Americans in the Southeastern United States, and had a Gullah version early in its history even if it did not originate in that dialect.[1]

Folk music revival

Joe Hickerson, one of the Folksmiths, recorded the song in 1957, as did Pete Seeger in 1958. Hickerson credits Tony Saletan, then a songleader at the Shaker Village Work Camp, for introducing him to “Kumbaya” (Saletan had learned it from Lynn Rohrbough, co-proprietor with his wife Katherine of the camp songbook publisher Cooperative Recreation Service, predecessor to World Around Songs).[2][4][5][6] Joe Hickerson later succeeded Gordon at the American Folklife Center.[7] The song enjoyed newfound popularity during the American folk music revival of the early to mid-1960s, largely due to Joan Baez‘s 1962 recording of the song, and became associated with the Civil Rights Movement of that decade.

Recently “Kumbaya” has been used to refer to artificially covering up deep seated disagreements. We “join hands and sing ‘Kumbaya'” or “it’s all ‘Kumbaya'” means we pretend to agree, for the sake of appearances or social expediency.[2]

Lyrics

Version No. 1 Version No. 2
Kum bay ya, my Love, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Someone’s laughing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s laughing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s laughing, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Hear me crying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me crying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me crying, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Someone’s crying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s crying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s crying, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Hear me singing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me singing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me singing, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Hear me praying, Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me praying, Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me praying, Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Someone’s singing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s singing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s singing, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Oh, I need you, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Oh, I need you, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Oh, I need you, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.

Recordings

“Kum Bah Yah”
Song by The Folksmiths including Joe Hickerson from the album We’ve Got Some Singing To Do
Recorded August 1957
Length 2:09
Label Folkways Records F-2407
We’ve Got Some Singing To Do track listing
Hold On (Keep Your Hand On the Plow)
(11)
Kum Bah Yah
(12)
Wade in the Water
(13)

The Folksmiths including Joe Hickerson recorded the first LP version of the song in August 1957. As this group traveled from summer camp to summer camp teaching folk songs, they may be the origin of Kumbaya around the campfire.

It was recorded by Pete Seeger in 1958, and The Weavers released it on Traveling on With the Weavers in 1959.

The Journeymen had a minor hit in Vancouver in February, 1962[8]

Joan Baez‘s 1962 In Concert, Volume 1 included her version of the song. Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach also sang “Kum Bah Yah” in a 1962 concert, a recording of which was subsequently released in 1963 on the album Shlomo Carlebach Sings.

The Seekers recorded it in 1963 for their first album, “Introducing the Seekers”. They later re-recorded for their third album, “Hide & Seekers” (also known as “The Four & Only Seekers”); it was re-released on their 1989 album “The Very Best of the Seekers”.

Ballad singer Tommy Leonetti gave the song chart status in 1969. His single reached #54 pop, #4 easy listening, released on Decca 32421. The song charted three years later for the Hillside Singers, reaching #117 in the Record World charts.

It was included on The Sandpipers‘ 1969 album The Wonder of You.

Raffi recorded it for his Baby Beluga album.

In 1984, the proto-punk band, Guadalcanal Diary, recorded a version on their album Watusi Rodeo.

In 1986, the Kidsongs Kids recorded it on their Kidsongs Video ” I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”.

Peter, Paul & Mary recorded Kumbaya on their 1998 Around the Campfire album.

Stacie Orrico used it in a short interlude on her 2000 album Genuine.

German band Guano Apes and German comedian Michael Mittermeier recorded a rap metal cover of “Kum Bah Yah” called “Kumba Yo!” and made a music video (“Kumba yo!” on YouTube). The “Kumba yo!” single was released in 2001.

In 2013, Christian folk-rock band Rend Collective Experiment recorded a version as the opening track on their third album.

Melody borrowing

The melody of kumbaya has at times been borrowed for alternate versions that remove the spiritual emphasis.

  • In Peppa Pig, a British children’s animated television series, ‘International day’ episode 8 of series 4, the lyrics “Peace and Harmony in all the world; Peace and Harmony in all the world; Peace and Harmony in all the world; Peace and harmony” are used.

References in politics

  • After a private farewell dinner on December 5, 2006 at the White House for outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan (Secretary-General 1996 to 2006), soon-to-resign U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton joked that “nobody sang ‘Kumbaya.'” When told of Bolton’s comment, Annan laughed and asked: “Does he know how to sing it?”[9]
  • In November 2007, Sol Trujillo, the Chief Executive of the Australian telecommunications company Telstra, mocked the proposed $4.7 billion taxpayer-funded, public-private partnership for a new national broadband network. He labeled it as some sort of “kumbaya, holding hands” theory.[10]
  • Woodstock music festival in Water Mill, New York Banker-turned-singer, peace activist, and television celebrity, “Sir-Ivan” performed his new hit dance single “Kumbaya”[11] in front of 800 guests and friends who attended Castlestock 2009 to raise money for The Peaceman Foundation. Sir-Ivan founded The Peaceman Foundation[12] to combat hate crimes and to assist sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD,

References in movies

In the movie Addams Family Values, Wednesday Addams horrifies when on a summer camp, in order to “encourage” her to participate to the camp activities, the group starts singing “Kumbayah, my Lord, Kumbayah!”. The camp-owners are later revealed to discriminate the children based on class, race and physical appearance.

References

  1. Winick, Stephen (Summer–Fall 2010). “The World’s First “Kumbaya” Moment: New Evidence about an Old Song”. Folklife Center News, Library of Congress. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  2. Jeffery, Weiss (November 12, 2006). “‘Kumbaya’: How did a sweet simple song become a mocking metaphor?”. The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. Retrieved July 17, 2008.
  3. “Mama Lisa’a World-Kumbaya”. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
  4. Stern, Gary (June 27, 2009). “”Kumbaya, My Lord:” Why we sing it; why we hate it.”. The Journal News. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  5. Amy, Ernest F. (1957). Cooperative Recreation Service: A unique project. Midwest Folklore 7 (4, Winter): 202–6. ISSN 0737-7037. OCLC 51288821.
  6. World Around Songs: Our History
  7. Zorn, Eric (August 31, 2006). “Someone’s dissin’, Lord, kumbaya”. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 11, 2008.
  8. Feb 10, 1962 CKWX RADIO Official Survey
  9. Goldenberg, Suzanne (December 12, 2006). “Annan bows out of UN with attack on Bush”. December 12, 2006 : The Guardian (London). Retrieved December 12, 2006.
  10. “Telstra rejects Labor net plan”. Australian IT. December 6, 2007.
  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpdOiq-2DFU
  12. http://www.sirivanmusic.com
  13. “Insults start to fly from furious Coalition”. SMH. September 8, 2010.

External links

Joan Baez – Kumbaya (with lyrics) – HD

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The Seekers – Kumbaya

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Open letter to President Obama (Part 592) FREE TO CHOOSE “Who protects the consumer?” Video and Transcript Part 7 of 7 “When government intervenes into these affairs that harms third parties. It picks my pocket. It reduces my freedom”

Open letter to President Obama (Part 592) (Emailed to White House on July 15, 2013)

President Obama c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here.

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In 1980 I read the book FREE TO CHOOSE by Milton Friedman and it really enlightened me a tremendous amount.  I suggest checking out these episodes and transcripts of Milton Friedman’s film series FREE TO CHOOSE: “The Failure of Socialism” and “What is wrong with our schools?”  and “Created Equal”  and  From Cradle to Grave, and – Power of the Market.

From the original Free To Choose series Milton asks: “Who Protects the Consumer?”. Many government agencies have been created for this purpose, yet they do so by restricting freedom and stifling beneficial innovation, and eventually become agents for the groups they have been created to regulate.

The best point Milton Friedman made below about the Consumer Protection Agency is this:
“When government intervenes into these affairs that harms third parties. It picks my pocket. It reduces my freedom.”
Pt 7
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FRIEDMAN: You’re getting into another area, but the answer, a brief answer because we oughtn’t to discuss this here. I am against those governmental measures which have enabled the organizations to have the power to prevent advertising.
O’REILLY: But they were no government __
MCKENZIE: Now, now look, Bob Crandall said __ Bob Crandall said that in an area like the Interstate Commerce Commission there is nothing really to be said in defense at all. Does anybody dissent from that or have we knocked them down flat?
FRIEDMAN: That happens to be the one area on which, so far as I know, you cannot find any dissent anywhere, even __ one of the most effective presentations of what was wrong with ICC was done by one of Ralph Nader’s groups, maybe you were associated with that group. That’s the thing that really baffles me. Fundamentally, here are people, like Ralph Nader and his groups who look at ICC and what is their solution to the problem? More of the same, a different kind of regulation __
CLAYBROOK: No.
FRIEDMAN: __ the only problem is that the wrong people were in there regulating.
CLAYBROOK: No, no, no. That’s not true. No, that’s a complete misrepresentation.
MCKENZIE: You work with Nader now, that’s __
CLAYBROOK: Yes.
FRIEDMAN: That’s Dr. Landau’s solution for the medical problem. Let’s have the right people doing the regulating.
CLAYBROOK: No, no, no. That’s a complete misnomer about the difference between ICC and Health and Safety regulation. There are a number of differences. One is, one involves the economic and the benefits of profits to industry and the other involves the sanctity of life in __ among people.
FRIEDMAN: Excuse me.
MCKENZIE: Now let her finish this point, Milton.
FRIEDMAN: Okay.
MCKENZIE: Yes.
CLAYBROOK: The second one and it deals with your third party relationship is that __ what you’re talking about there is brakes because they’re gonna affect somebody else, but there are also other third-party effects. For example, if you don’t have a helmet used by someone and you hit them with your motorcycle, you’re gonna have huge damage payments to make because they didn’t properly take proper precautions on the public highways. And the question is: Should the public highways be used so that they’re gonna harm somebody else, potentially?
FRIEDMAN: There is nothing that two people do in a world. No man is an island to himself, everything has third-party issues; but you’ve got to have a sense of proportion and the important thing is that government intervention has third-party issues. When government intervenes into these affairs that harms third parties. It picks my pocket. It reduces my freedom. It restricts many activities around the world.
CLAYBROOK: That’s what you question is: what are the benefits? And if the benefits in the auto field, for example, are 55,000 deaths saved, it means __
FRIEDMAN: That’s a very dubious statistic because once again every study has looked at the benefits and not looked at the costs.
CLAYBROOK: Oh no, that’s not true at all. Absolutely not that they haven’t looked at the costs.
FRIEDMAN: I mean the costs in life. You haven’t looked at the fact, for example __
MCKENZIE: Let me clarify this, Milton. I don’t quite follow you.
FRIEDMAN: Sure.
MCKENZIE: Would you explain what you mean exactly?
FRIEDMAN: Of course.
MCKENZIE: Yeah.
FRIEDMAN: Look, take the automobile, by making automobiles more expensive it makes it more profitable to keep older automobiles on the road. The increased age of the automobile is an anti-safety factor by making automobiles safer so people are __ can drive them, people drive them faster or more recklessly then they otherwise would. There are more pedestrian deaths.
CLAYBROOK: That’s a totally unproven and indeed fully rebutted theory. And, in fact, all the savings in lives could __
MCKENZIE: By whom? You or __
CLAYBROOK: Well, no, there are numerous studies, including from__
MCKENZIE: Yeah, I see.
CLAYBROOK: __ Yale and Cooper from Yale and so on, but the key issue has been shown by the regulation that’s been in in the last ten years, you’ve had a huge saving in lives, a decrease in the __ the vehicle deaths that have occurred, the rate of vehicle deaths occurred and so on.
FRIEDMAN: Let me go back again for a moment.
CLAYBROOK: Yes.
FRIEDMAN: You see, the major effect on the saving of life has been from 55_mile_an_hour speed limits.
CLAYBROOK: Oh no, that’s not true.
FRIEDMAN: Which is not after all in there __
CLAYBROOK: Well that is also a regulation.
FRIEDMAN: __ as a safety regulation. That primarily is a fuel regulation.
CLAYBROOK: Yeah, that’s right. It’s a regulation.
MCKENZIE: Yeah.
CLAYBROOK: But your statement’s not accurate.
FRIEDMAN: All right.
CLAYBROOK: That the savings in life have not been primarily __ they’ve been, they’re important from 55. But there have been 55,000 deaths saved by vehicle crash safety regulations.
FRIEDMAN: Excuse me.
CLAYBROOK: Uh_huh.
FRIEDMAN: There have been 55,000 deaths that you have estimated to have been saved by it. Other estimates __
CLAYBROOK: Not me, the General Accounting Office.
FRIEDMAN: Excuse me. Other estimates as well, the estimate by Professor Sam Peltzman (phonetic) of this university, a very, very serious study estimated that there were no lives saved in you took into account all of the indirect effects. Now maybe his study isn’t exactly right.
CLAYBROOK: I don’t think it is.
FRIEDMAN: I’m not going to try to __ but maybe the other study isn’t exactly right either.
CLAYBROOK: Yes, okay, right.
(Laughter)
O’REILLY: But if you’re somewhere in between. If you look at __ consumers have done well if it’s even in between.
FRIEDMAN: No, no. I beg your pardon. If people voluntarily want to risk their lives. Are you saying again you really would not be in favor of prohibiting hand gliding.
CLAYBROOK: We asked the auto __ we asked the auto industry if __
FRIEDMAN: That’s far more dangerous. Did you prohibit the 500_mile speedway?
CLAYBROOK: I think the __ let me answer this. We asked the auto industry if they would remove all the safety standards that have been in effect since 1968 and what would be the savings to the public if they did that. And the answer, sir, that they came back with was, “We couldn’t remove those, they expect them now.” The laminated windshields that don’t crack their head open and the collapsible steering assemblies and the padded dashboards. That __ why the public __ that is now the societal norm. Regulation has changed the thinking of the public and the understanding of what’s possible and so the, you know , what you’re suggesting is that government regulation is willy-nilly and it produces things the public doesn’t want, but you don’t have any__
FRIEDMAN: Excuse me for a moment. You can’t take credit for everything that’s happened in this area. Four-wheel brakes were introduced before there were safety regulations. Many of these developments would have __
MCKENZIE: Well, we leave the matter now for this week and we hope you’ll join us again for the next episode in a week’s time.

 

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Sincerely,

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Actress delivers Oscar-worthy performance as suddenly broke socialite in film that marks director’s return from Europe.

Blue Jasmine

3 stars

Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale and Andrew Dice Clay. Directed by Woody Allen. 98 minutes. Opens Aug. 2 at the Varsity. 14A

Writer-director Woody Allen creates a new tragic American heroine for a greedy, post-financial-collapse age with San Francisco-set Blue Jasmine, including a stunning performance from Cate Blanchett that will almost certainly earn awards attention.

There’s still a hint of Allen’s beloved New York in the story of Blanchett’s emotionally wrung-out Manhattan socialite, Jasmine. More social satire than dark comedy, here is a woman who has created such an elaborate fiction to smooth over the cracks in her life — right down to her made-up name — that she even includes a theme song: “Blue Moon.”

She’s an anachronism. Nobody has talked like Jasmine since the haughty screen stars of the ’40s. She frets aloud about where her next Stoli martini is coming from while wrinkling her perfectly sculpted nose at the very thought of living a mundane life.

Dressed in the Chanel she managed to hide from creditors and flying in a style she can’t afford but believes is among her basic human rights, Jasmine is hardly stoic about her social and psychological ruin after her Bernie Madoff-like husband, Hal (a seamlessly smarmy Alec Baldwin), went down for the massive investment fraud that funded their rarefied life.

She didn’t suspect a thing, Jasmine insists as she gobbles another Xanax. She was a victim, too, thanks to her empty-headedness in matters of commerce. How could she have known?

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She’s not the only victim, not that this matters to Jasmine. Take her sister Ginger (Happy-Go-Lucky’s Sally Hawkins), who, along with then husband Augie (Andrew Dice Clay, nicely handling a straight dramatic role as an earnest lunch bucket toter), was taken to the cleaners by Hal.

Circumstances mean the disgraced Jasmine has to leave New York for the West Coast, moving in with Ginger and sharing her cramped apartment over a Mexican café. Plucky Ginger works at a local market, raising her two rambunctious sons. She’s forgiven her self-absorbed sister — almost.

Allen, in one of his best films in years (not quite on the level of Midnight in Paris but still pleasing), flips the action between past and present, with flashbacks of a soignée Jasmine being gifted with jewels and hosting A-list dinner parties with her beloved Hal skipping to the now, as Jasmine considers the humiliation of taking a job selling shoes. “One minute you’re hosting women and the next you’re measuring their shoe size!” she wails.

Ginger’s new boyfriend, Chili (Bobby Cannavale), sniffs a phoney when he meets Jasmine but holds his tongue, even though he was the one who was supposed to be moving in with Ginger, not some neurotic nut job from Manhattan. Jasmine has no such reservations, putting Chili in the “loser” column with the long-gone Augie.

Still, Chili is enough of a good guy to help Jasmine land a job as a dental receptionist, an idea which horrifies her. How many reminders must she endure of her fall? She gives in, but more humiliation waits as she has to fend off the clumsy advances of her boss, lonely dentist Dr. Flicker (A Serious Man’s Michael Stuhlbarg).

That side plot pops up as an unnecessary and unwelcome break in the flow of Blue Jasmine, one of a few missteps here from Allen, who can’t resist penning dialogue that sounds like it was cribbed from his analyst’s notes.

Jasmine wants something “substantial” in her life, whether it’s work or love. And there is a chance for that with handsome Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard, again showing his chameleon-like talents), a moneyed, politically ambitious man she meets at a party. He could help make that a reality.

Blue Jasmine marks Allen’s filmmaking return to America. While it isn’t as complete asMidnight in Paris or Vicky Cristina Barcelona, it holds its own thanks to Blanchett’s stunning take on Jasmine, whose incandescent and ongoing meltdowns are mesmerizing to behold.

“There’s only so much a person can stand before they take to the streets and start screaming,” she mutters.

Pass the Stoli.

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Truth Tuesday: Saving Schaeffer by Jackson Watts

Saving Schaeffer by Jackson Watts

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Dr. Francis Schaeffer – Episode 8 – The Age of Fragmentation

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Francis Schaeffer- How Should We Then Live? -8- The Age of Fragmentation

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I love the works of Francis Schaeffer and I have been on the internet reading several blogs that talk about Schaeffer’s work and the work below by Jackson Watts was really helpful. Schaeffer’s film series “How should we then live?  Wikipedia notes, “According to Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live traces Western history from Ancient Rome until the time of writing (1976) along three lines: the philosophic, scientific, and religious.[3] He also makes extensive references to art and architecture as a means of showing how these movements reflected changing patterns of thought through time. Schaeffer’s central premise is: when we base society on the Bible, on the infinite-personal God who is there and has spoken,[4] this provides an absolute by which we can conduct our lives and by which we can judge society.  Here are some posts I have done on this series: Francis Schaeffer’s “How should we then live?” Video and outline of episode 10 “Final Choices” episode 9 “The Age of Personal Peace and Affluence”episode 8 “The Age of Fragmentation”episode 7 “The Age of Non-Reason” episode 6 “The Scientific Age”  episode 5 “The Revolutionary Age” episode 4 “The Reformation” episode 3 “The Renaissance”episode 2 “The Middle Ages,”, and  episode 1 “The Roman Age,” .

In the film series “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE?” the arguments are presented  against abortion (Episode 1),  infanticide (Episode 2),   euthanasia (Episode 3), and then there is a discussion of the Christian versus Humanist worldview concerning the issue of “the basis for human dignity” in Episode 4 and then in the last episode a close look at the truth claims of the Bible.

Saving Schaeffer

Nov 26, 2012 by

On a shelf in the library archives of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is a box. Inside is an aging, well-worn Bible. Finding a Bible in a library is nothing special—but this one is. It, along with thousands of letters, cassette tapes, and videos comprise the Francis Schaeffer literary estate.

While many Christians aren’t familiar with his books, many have heard his name. Some have even seen pictures of this unique man donning knickers and a scraggly goatee, who has been dead nearly 30 years [1]. Unfortunately, a number of writers in recent years have criticized him. Some of these critiques relate to his early life in American fundamentalism. Others concern his association with Religious Right politics. Still others criticize his brand of Reformed theology, claiming that it was undermined by his apologetic tactics.

Though debate concerning Schaeffer’s legacy will continue, his influential ministry was marked by an emphasis on the Christian worldview and Reformation thought. Because of this, a summary of Schaeffer’s contributions is a fitting way to conclude this emphasis month. My hope is also that this essay will have some collateral impact on the portraits of Schaeffer that often obscure his important contributions to evangelical faith.

Community

The Schaeffers’ most significant contribution didn’t occur pastoring in America. Though he began and ended his life on American soil, their most fruitful ministry occurred in the Swiss Alps. There Francis and Edith ministered to countless seekers, skeptics, and young Christians at their retreat center known as L’Abri (French for “shelter”). Many who visited were either converted or prompted to significant achievement, including Os Guinness (prolific author), William Edgar (Westminster Seminary), Jerram Barrs (Covenant Seminary), Nancy Pearcey (Houston Baptist University), and countless others.

It was within the context of L’Abri that many experienced love, authentic community, and engagement with serious ideas. Despite the commitment to Christian thought and persuasion, “there was more going on at L’Abri than merely an intellectual defense of the Christian faith” [2]. The Schaeffers’ work began there in 1955 and continued until they were detained in the states for ministry and Francis’ battle with cancer. Today, L’Abri has spawned study centers in over half a dozen other foreign countries.

Influence

In God and the Philosophers, Thomas Morris presents a collection of essays by professional philosophers in which they describe their religious and intellectual journeys. Interestingly, Schaeffer was an early influence on four of the contributors. Jerry Walls explains, “Reading Schaeffer transformed my understanding of Christianity. He helped me to think of my faith in a much more comprehensive fashion than I had done before” [3].

Besides the Schaeffers’ ministry in Switzerland, Francis occasionally lectured on American university campuses—Christian and secular. While not all would be equally congenial to Schaeffer’s generalist approach, he would gain the admiration of Chuck Colson (1931-2012) and others through public lectures and private correspondence.

There were others with whom Schaeffer partnered who God used to assist Schaeffer in his ministry. Several stand out. For instance, during Schaeffer’s travels, he met Hans Rookmaaker who eventually became a significant art critic. Rookmaaker contributed to the aesthetic analysis Schaeffer offered in both Art & the Bible (1973) and How Should We Then Live? (1976).

Another important collaborator was C. Everett Koop, the eventual Surgeon General during the Reagan administration. Koop administered care to two of Schaeffer’s children and eventually helped him produce Whatever Happened to the Human Race? This book/film brought attention to the crisis surrounding abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia in a way that few had until this point. Schaeffer’s influence in the political realm eventually extended to both President Gerald Ford and Senator Jack Kemp.

Like all significant figures, some of Schaeffer’s relationships were strained due to disagreement. His early break from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church was reflective of the separatism common to fundamentalism. Although the Schaeffers served as missionaries and worked with several organizations, they believed separation was sometimes spiritually warranted.

Some of Francis Schaeffer’s most contentious disputes occurred nearer to the end of his life. His A Christian Manifesto (1981) was indicative of a deeply held conviction about America’s Christian heritage and how that should inform public policy. This led to a lengthy exchange between himself and historians Mark Noll and George Marsden. Francis would also have a brief, sharp correspondence with Karl Barth as he saw a new form of liberalism gaining traction in American thought.

Apologetics

Schaeffer’s apologetics was peculiar such that it has prompted much evaluation. His approach combined a nuanced use of logic and attention to the existential crisis of man. His apologetics was “pre-evangelistic” in that it always had conversion as the ultimate aim. Though Schaeffer was taught by Cornelius Van Til, his approach was more eclectic. While he drew from his former teacher’s emphasis on presuppositions, he practiced what Gordon Lewis calls “verificationism.” Christian truth claims are tested against the metaphysical, epistemological, and moral necessities that Schaeffer felt many would acknowledge.

The lasting legacy of his approach is two-fold. First, his concept of “taking the roof off” is valuable. In this, Schaeffer would attempt to show how the conceptual framework within which many attempted to live was inadequate. This approach forced unbelievers to see how their faulty worldviews led to consequences they weren’t prepared to accept.

Schaeffer’s second apologetic emphasis was sharing the truth with love [4]. While it would be easy to reduce this to winsomeness, it is tied closely with the prior contribution. Schaeffer used everything from popular music, the regnant drug culture, or other aspects of society to show the futility of false worldviews. Yet this was always coupled with a loving demeanor—much like the one Schaeffer taught in The Mark of a Christian (1970) and The Church Before the Watching World (1971).

Today

That Schaeffer needs “saving” rests on the assumption that his work is of little-to-no value today. The proverbial page needs to be turned. Jeff Jordan of the University of Delaware notes that while he profited from reading nearly every Schaeffer book during college, he concedes that “it seems to me today that Schaeffer’s work, in the end, is too general and of limited value.” Yet Jordan follows this by saying, “Nonetheless, he had a powerful effect on many people of my generation, opening our eyes to the rich interplay possible between Christian faith and the great ideas of philosophy” [5].

Many acknowledge that Schaeffer’s most important contribution was inspiring a generation to realize that Christianity speaks to all of life. However, he accomplished this because of his ability to evaluate the trajectory of ideas. He understood their consequences and antecedents. Furthermore, he knew how to equip Christians to make sense of them. Consider the following:

– Schaeffer never wrote a treatise on postmodernity, but he certainly anticipated it as he spoke of despair, synthesis, and the contradictions of life and theology not founded on Christian premises.

– He warned of a coming generation that would be characterized by relativism of the likes of which the church had never seen.

– In works such as Death in the City (1969) and Pollution and the Death of Man (1970) he offered insight into the coming ecological crisis, the complexity of modern, industrial life, and how Christianity addressed it. In other words, Schaeffer was talking about creation care before evangelicals were having conferences on the subject [6].

In No Final Conflict (1975) he anticipated the coming conflict over the Scriptures that would endure beyond his time. Additionally, his Genesis in Space and Time (1972)would address the corollary issue of the historicity of the Genesis account—an issue still sparking great controversy.

– Schaeffer introduced many idiosyncratic phrases such as “true truth,” the “line of despair,” the “final apologetic,” as well as the difference between “upper-story” and “lower-story” truths.

Though Schaeffer was a generalist who erred in his analysis (particularly of Aquinas and Kierkegaard), no other evangelical has offered such an overarching Christian assessment of Western thought and culture.

Tomorrow

Holding Francis Schaeffer’s Bible was surreal. It reminded me of a simpler portrait of Schaeffer—one of a thoughtful evangelist whose books gave young Christians permission to think about how Christianity touched all of life. It is “true truth,” as he would say. In his award-winning book, Barry Hankins says,

Many Christian scholars today criticize Schaeffer, not only because of [his] reliance on modern rationalism, but even more because of his interpretation of the course of western intellectual history, what he called ‘the flow’, was problematic in its details. Some Christian scholars who critique Schaeffer’s arguments, however, might not be scholars at all if not for his influence [7].

Twenty-first century Christians should likewise consider the influences that have forged the legacy they have inherited. For those wanting an instructive example for ministry in contemporary culture, Schaeffer’s legacy offers much. Alongside the contributions of Luther, Kuyper, and Lewis, Schaeffer’s work remains a valuable component for cultivating a Christian worldview in the spirit of the Reformation.

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[1] (b. 30 January 1912; d. 15 May 1984)

[2] Barry Hankins, Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2008), 72.

[3] Jerry L. Walls, “On Keeping the Faith,” in God and the Philosophers: the Reconciliation of Faith and Reason, ed. Thomas V. Morris (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), 107.

[4] Bryan Follis’ work found in the bibliography below is the best book-length summary of Schaeffer’s apologetic. However, there are many other articles and individual book-chapters that speak to this.

[5] Jeff Jordan, “Not in Kansas Anymore,” in God and the Philosophers, 132.

[6] Ironically, the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society was held on November 14-15 in Milwaukee, WI. The theme: Caring for Creation.

[7] Hankins, xiv-xv.

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Selected Biographical Works:

Scott Burson & Jerry Walls, C. S. Lewis & Francis Schaeffer: Lessons for a New Century from the Most Influential Apologists of Our Time (IVP Books, 1998).

Lane T. Dennis, editor. Letters of Francis Schaeffer: Spiritual Reality in the Personal Christian Life (Crossway, 1986).

Colin Duriez, Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life (Crossway, 2008).

Bryan Follis, Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer (Crossway, 2006)

Bruce A. Little, ed. Francis Schaffer: A Mind and Heart for God (P&R, 2010)

Thomas V. Morris, Francis Schaeffer’s Apologetics: A Critique (Baker Books, 1987)

David Outlaw, “An Overview of Francis Schaeffer’s Worldview.” Integrity: A Journal of Christian Thought (FWB Commission for Theology Integrity, 2006).

Louis Gifford Parkhurst, Francis Schaeffer: The Man and His Message (Kingsway, 1986).

Ronald W. Ruegsegger, editor. Reflections on Francis Schaeffer (Zondervan, 1986)

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Selected Works of Schaeffer:

The God Who is There (1968)

Escape from Reason (1968)

He is There and He is Not Silent (1972)

The Mark of a Christian (1970)

True Spirituality (1971)

How Should We Then Live? (1976)

The Great Evangelical Disaster (1984)

Francis Schaeffer

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Open letter to President Obama (Part 591) Ross Douthat of NY Times on Dr. Gosnell

Open letter to President Obama (Part 591)

(Emailed to White House on 5-17-13.)

President Obama c/o The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here. I know that you don’t agree with my pro-life views but I wanted to challenge you as a fellow Christian to re-examine your pro-choice view.

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Many in the world today are taking a long look at the abortion industry because of the May 14, 2013 guilty verdict and life term penalty handed down by a jury (which included 9 out of 12 pro-choice jurors)  to Dr. Kermit Gosnell. During this time of reflection I wanted to put forth some of the pro-life’s best arguments.

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Francis Schaeffer

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Francis Schaeffer Whatever Happened to the Human Race (Episode 1) ABORTION

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Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR

Dr. Francis schaeffer – The flow of Materialism(from Part 4 of Whatever happened to human race?)

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Tony Perkins: Gosnell Trial – FOX News

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Kermit Gosnell and the Politics of Abortion

Several years ago, Jennifer Senior wrote a fascinating, agonized essay for New York Magazine on abortion and the challenges facing the pro-choice cause. Of the piece’s many memorable passages, this stretch in particular stood out:

… if you want to hear honest talk about the realities of abortion, go speak with those abortion counselors and providers. Even the most radically pro-choice will tell you that the political discourse they hear about the subject, with its easy dichotomies and bumper-sticker boilerplate, has little correspondence to the messy, intricate stories of her patients. They hear about peace and guilt, relief and sin. And it is they who will acknowledge, whether we like it or not, that the rhetoric and imagery of the pro-life movement can touch on some basic emotional truths. Peg Johnston, who manages Access for Women in upstate New York, remembers the first time her patients unconsciously began to co-opt the language of the protesters outside. “And it wasn’t that these protesters were brainwashing them,” she says. “It’s that they were tapping into things we all have some discomfort about.”

This is quite a brave confession for Johnston—or any pro-choice person—to make. It means making oneself vulnerable to opportunist pro-life activists, who’ll happily take those words about uncertainty or moral qualms and repurpose them for their own ends. Back in the late eighties, Charlotte Taft, who first pioneered the practice of writing notes on hearts in her Dallas clinic, mentioned to a journalist that women knew “abortion is a kind of killing,” and poor Kate Michelman, at NARAL, was forced to go on the defensive for days. Last year, Lisa Harris, a Michigan doctor, wrote an incredibly powerful essay for Reproductive Health Matters, trying to come to terms with the goriness of second-trimester abortions while simultaneously recognizing their validity: “What do we do when caught between pro-choice discourse that, while it reflects our values, does not accurately reflect the full extent of our experience of abortion and in fact contradicts an enormous part of it, and the anti-abortion discourse and imagery that may actually be more closely aligned to our experience but is based in values we do not share?”

… [her essay described] performing an abortion on a woman who was 23 weeks along and then immediately running to deliver a premature baby … of 23 to 24 weeks. “I thought to myself how bizarre it was that I could have legally dismembered this fetus-now-newborn if it were inside its mother’s uterus,” she writes, “but that the same kind of violence against it now would be illegal, and unspeakable.” Later she notes, “Currently, the violence and, frankly, the gruesomeness of abortion is owned only by those who would like to see abortion (at any time in pregnancy) disappear.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about this passage, and the tensions it illuminates, while following the debate over whether the national media has adequately covered the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia M.D. charged with murdering both the women who went to him for late-term abortions and the post-birth infants whose spines he allegedly severed with scissors after they were delivered. Since the story was finally forced into prominence late last week, it has inspired a number of eloquent critiques of how the press covers abortion (I recommend reading Carl Cannon and Melinda Henneberger, in particular) as well as various pieces defending the media from charges of bias and pinning the lack of coverage on other factors.

But the most interesting response by far has come from voices on the uncompromisingly pro-choice left. These writers have basically made two interlocking arguments: First, that there was no “liberal media” blackout, because feminist bloggers wrote about the story from the beginning, and second, that if there was a breakdown in mainstream coverage, it was the failure to recognize the ways in which the Gosnell story is actually about inequities in access to medical care and the perverse consequences of abortion restrictions, rather than (as the pro-life side would have it) the inherent horror of the procedure itself.

These arguments have showed up in a lot of places, but they’ve been developed most extensively by Irin Carmon at Salon. From her initial piece on the case:

If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s … probably because you failed to pay attention to the copious coverage among pro-choice and feminist journalists, as well as the big news organizations, when the news first broke in 2011. There would be something rich, if it weren’t so infuriating, about these (almost uniformly male, as it happens) reporters and commentators scrambling to break open this shocking untold story. You know, the one that was written about herehere and here, to name some disparate sources.

I can’t speak for big news organizations like CNN and the networks, but let’s think about this question another way: How often do such places devote their energies to covering the massive health disparities and poor outcomes that are wrought by our current system? How often are the travails of the women whose vulnerabilities Gosnell exploited — the poor, immigrants and otherwise marginalized people — given wall-to-wall, trial-level coverage? If you’re surprised that in the face of politicized stigma, lack of public funding or good information, and a morass of restrictive laws allegedly meant to protect women, the vacuum was filled by a monster — well, the most generous thing I can say is that you haven’t been paying attention.

And then, in a follow-up piece:

By all means, let’s talk about Kermit Gosnell — who is accused of acts that are already illegal — but in a fact-based fashion. As Philadelphia Weekly reporter Tara Murtha put it, this was about a “multi-level, panoramic, institutional negligence, a culture of passing the buck and flagrant disregard for patient’s welfare, [which] prevented any meaningful investigation.” This is not about how Gosnell performed “late term abortions” (a highly imprecise term) as much as it is about the fact that the women who went to him felt they had nowhere else to go, an issue I have yet to see all the right-wing grandstanders fully address. As Erin Grant of the Philadelphia Women’s Center wrote, ”Now, instead of people who morally oppose what I do just being outside my door on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, they are emboldened on the state Senate floor to ‘save women’s lives.’ Yet, nothing has been done to provide low-income women with dignified health care, including safe abortion care.”

Some of Carmon’s commentary on the press coverage feels like obfuscation: The voices complaining about the media blackout obviously weren’t talking about a lack of coverage in The Nation, and the claim that the people taking an interest in the story are “uniformly male” is just nonsense. (As I noted in my Sunday column, the two writers who put the most energy into pushing this story into the mainstream were Kirsten Powers in U.S.A. Today and Mollie Ziegler Hemingway of GetReligion; it’s one recent appearance on a Sunday roundtable was courtesy of Peggy Noonan; one of the best pieces on the lack of media coverage was the Melinda Henneberger column I noted above … you get the idea.)

But her obfuscation is woven together with a legitimate point. The most rigorously pro-choice writers really did cover the Gosnell case more assiduously than the mainstream media, because they really do see it, not as an embarrassment to the cause of abortion rights, but a vindication of their worldview.

And not without reason. In a society more comprehensively pro-abortion than our own, there would presumably be more doctors willing to perform late-term abortions and certainly more government funding for abortion generally, both of which would reduce the “market share,” if you will, available for a monster like Gosnell to exploit. His practice allegedly operated in a gray area created by the combination of 1) Pennsylvania’s restrictions on post-viability abortions and 2) pro-choice Pennsylvania administrations that didn’t want to enforce those restrictions. But obviously if the state had no restrictions whatsoever and spent public money subsidizing abortion, his abattoir would have had more clean, well-lit, sanitary competitors. Thus Matt Yglesias’s conclusion that from a rigorously pro-choice, pro-Roe v. Wade perspective the lesson of the Gosnell horror show is not that the regulations he flouted should have been better enforced; rather, it’s that Pennsylvania needed an ”above-board competitive marketplace with multiple legal providers of late-term abortion facilities,” and the restrictions on late-term abortion unfortunately prevented that marketplace from emerging.

The only things missing from this clean, airtight, entirely consistent argument are, well, all the dead babies in the Gosnell clinic — or the dead “precipitated fetuses,” to employ the language Gosnell and his associates used to euphemize their practice of delivering and then “snipping” rather than aborting in utero. Their absence is not necessarily a problem if you’re willing to argue that those babies were non-persons before delivery and became persons immediately after (in which case Gosnell is guilty of infanticide but a more competent late-term abortion facility wouldn’t be), or if you’re willing to argue, with Peter Singer and some others, that personhood is something that emerges gradually at some indeterminate time after birth (in which case Gosnell’s “snipping” wasn’t murder at all). The former, I think, is the more common form of pro-choice absolutism, and the latter belongs to the more philosophically-inclined fringe (although the debate over “born-alive” bills has moved the official consensus fringeward). But if you’re already committed to absolute support for abortion rights, either argument will suffice to justify treating Gosnell’s conduct as irrelevant to the broader abortion controversy.

What neither argument seems likely to do, however, is do much to persuade the many, many “pro-choice but …” people who aren’t already so committed, and whose support for abortion rights tends to waver most when they’re confronted with the reality of what abortion actually does to fetal life — in clean, well-funded facilities as well as filthy ones, and in the womb as much as on Gosnell’s operating tables. This is, of course, the central reason why the pro-life side assumes that mainstream reporters didn’t particularly want to cover the trial: Because the mainstream press leans pro-choice, because mainstream journalism is pitched to readers in the mushy middle on abortion, and because the practice of “after-birth abortion” makes fetal humanity manifest in ways that almost inevitably push that middle in a more pro-life direction.

And it’s this reality that the pro-choice commentary on the case, with its focus on making these procedures safer and more accessible (and keeping them in utero), has a very hard time addressing. If you’re one of the 28 percent of Americans who believe that abortion should be legal in all circumstances (or, to take a more specific Gallup question, one of the 14 percent who think that “all circumstances” should include the third trimester), then Carmon’s points, or Yglesias’s, will tend to confirm you in that position. But if you’re a typically-conflicted American — the kind of person for whom stories about neonates gasping for breath before their spines get severed makes you question whether abortion isn’t murder after all — then the insistence that Gosnell case just reveals the advantages of an “above-board competitive marketplace” in late-term abortion isn’t really much of a response.

Which brings us back to that Senior essay, because I think what you’re seeing from the pro-choice side of the Gosnell debate is exactly the dilemma she describes. To respond effectively to the doubts about abortion that fetal snipping summons up, pro-choice advocates would need arguments that (to rephrase Senior’s language) acknowledge and come to terms with the goriness of third-trimester abortions while simultaneously persuading the conflicted and uncommitted of their validity, and that somehow take ownership of the “violence” and “gruesomeness” of abortion (to borrow Harris’s words) without giving aid and comfort to the pro-life cause. And in the absence of such arguments, the pro-choice response to Gosnell feels either evasive and euphemistic, or else logically consistent in ways that tend to horrify the unconvinced — and in either case, inadequate to the challenge his case presents to the cause of abortion rights.

But of course it’s possible that those arguments are absent because they simply don’t exist.

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

By Steve Breen – April 23, 2013

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Thank you so much for your time. I know how valuable it is. I also appreciate the fine family that you have and your commitment as a father and a husband. I also respect you for putting your faith in Christ for your eternal life. I am pleading to you on the basis of the Bible to please review your religious views concerning abortion. It was the Bible that caused the abolition movement of the 1800’s and it also was the basis for Martin Luther King’s movement for civil rights and it also is the basis for recognizing the unborn children.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733, lowcostsqueegees@yahoo.com

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Open letter to President Obama (Part 590) Lucky French Taxpayers Get an Obama-Style Flat Tax

Open letter to President Obama (Part 590)

(Emailed to White House on 6-10-13.)

President Obama c/o The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here.

The federal government debt is growing so much that it is endangering us because if things keep going like they are now we will not have any money left for the national defense because we are so far in debt as a nation. We have been spending so much on our welfare state through food stamps and other programs that I am worrying that many of our citizens are becoming more dependent on government and in many cases they are losing their incentive to work hard because of the welfare trap the government has put in place. Other nations in Europe have gone down this road and we see what mess this has gotten them in. People really are losing their faith in big government and they want more liberty back. It seems to me we have to get back to the founding  principles that made our country great.  We also need to realize that a big government will encourage waste and corruption. The recent scandals in our government have proved my point. In fact, the jokes you made at Ohio State about possibly auditing them are not so funny now that reality shows how the IRS was acting more like a monster out of control. Also raising taxes on the job creators is a very bad idea too. The Laffer Curve clearly demonstrates that when the tax rates are raised many individuals will move their investments to places where they will not get taxed as much.

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Raising taxes higher on the rich doesn’t always work out so good!!!

I joked back in 2010 that Barack Obama had a very simple flat tax proposal.

But as you can see, sometimes simple isn’t the same as good.

Well, satire too often becomes reality in a world of greedy and corrupt politicians who think class-warfare is an acceptable guide to tax policy.

I say this because thousands of French taxpayers now are being subject to this satirical Obama flat tax.

Here are some of the grotesque details from a Reuters report.

More than 8,000 French households’ tax bills topped 100 percent of their income last year, the business newspaper Les Echos reported on Saturday, citing Finance Ministry data. …President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government imposed the tax surcharge last year, shortly after taking office… The government has been forced to redraft a proposed bill to levy a temporary 75 percent tax on earnings over 1 million euros, which had been one of Hollande’s campaign pledges. …Since then, a top administrative court has determined that a marginal tax rate higher than 66.66 percent on a single household risked being considered as confiscatory by the council.

Ironically, President Hollande already made a commitment that no taxpayers should have to surrender more than 80 percent of their incomes, but I guess that promise didn’t mean much.

After all, this is the guy who equates higher taxes with patriotism.

No wonder successful people are fleeing the country.

If you want to understand real tax reform, click here.

And here’s my video describing why the right kind of flat tax is a good idea.

This topic is particularly meaningful to me since I’m in the middle of the Free Market Road Show and I’ve been five flat tax nations – Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania – in the past 36 hours.

Too bad there’s little reason to hope that America will ever be part of the flat tax club.

P.S. I guess it’s good that the French court thinks that a 66.66 percent tax is “confiscatory.” But isn’t that true of any tax – at any rate – that is used to fund illegitimate activities?

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Thank you so much for your time. I know how valuable it is. I also appreciate the fine family that you have and your commitment as a father and a husband.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733, lowcostsqueegees@yahoo.com

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“Music Monday” Little Rock Native David Hodges co-wrote the top 10 hit Evanescence song “Bring me to Life”

Evanescence – Bring Me To Life

From David Hodges website:

David Hodges is a Grammy award-winning writer/producer/artist hailing from Little Rock, AR.

As the former writer and keyboardist of the band Evanescence, he and his band mates took home Best New Artist as well as the Best Hard Rock Performance trophy for their hit “Bring Me To Life” in 2004. Evanescence’s debut album Fallen has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

David went on to write and produce Kelly Clarkson’s biggest worldwide single to date, “Because Of You”, which appeared on Clarkson’s 11 million-selling album Breakaway and garnered him the 2007 BMI Song Of The Year honor. The song was covered by Reba McEntire as the first single off her Duets album, and quickly rose up the country charts in 2007 becoming McEntire’s 30th Top 2 country single.

Hodges also penned the single, “What About Now”, which appears on American Idol Chris Daughtry’s debut album Daughtry. The 4x platinum Daughtry to date is credited as the fastest selling debut rock album in Soundscan history. “What About Now” also happens to be the first single on Westlife’s album “Who We Are.” David also won a BMI Pop award for this song.

David wrote the first single “Crush” for American Idol’s David Archuleta, which had the highest chart debut of any single since January 2007. David has since written songs for & released by Carrie Underwood, Train, Christina Perri, Celine Dion, David Cook, Lauren Alaina, The Cab, & many others.

In less than 10 years, David Hodges has been nominated for 6 Grammys & 1 Golden Globe, has won 5 BMI pop awards & 1 BMI country award, has had at least one album in the Billboard 200 for the last 8 consecutive years, and has written on albums that have sold over 50 million copies worldwide.

Bring Me to Life

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“Bring Me to Life”
Single by Evanescence featuring Paul McCoy
from the album Fallen
B-side “Farther Away”, “Missing”
Released April 22, 2003
Format CD singleDVD singledigital download
Recorded 2002; Ocean StudiosBurbank, California
Genre Alternative metalrap rock,[1] nu metal[2]
Length 3:56
Label Wind-up
Writer(s) Amy LeeBen MoodyDavid Hodges
Producer Dave Fortman
Certification 2× Platinum (ARIA)
Platinum (RIAA)
Evanescence singles chronology
Bring Me to Life
(2003)
Going Under
(2003)

Bring Me to Life” is a song by American rock band Evanescence. It was written by Amy LeeBen Moody and David Hodges and produced by Dave Fortman. It also features guest vocals from Paul McCoy of the band 12 StonesWind-up released “Bring Me to Life” in 2003 as the lead single from Evanescence’s debut studio album, Fallen. The song delivers genres from alternative metal to rap rock and gothic metal among others.

According to Lee, “Bring Me to Life” has several meanings and inspirations; its subjects are an incident in a restaurant, open-mindedness, and waking up to the things which are missing in the protagonist’s life. Lee later revealed that the song was inspired by her long-time friend and husband Josh Hartzler. Critical response to the song was mostly positive, critics praising the melody of the song, Lee’s vocals and their accompaniment by McCoy.

Following the inclusion of “Bring Me to Life” on the Daredevil soundtrack, it has become a commercial and critical success topping the charts in Australia, the United Kingdom and Italy. It charted in the top ten in more than fifteen countries including the United States, Argentina, Germany and New Zealand. “Bring Me to Life” was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and twice Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The lyrics of the song have been interpreted as a call for new life in Jesus Christ, which helped the song to chart on the Christian rock charts.

The band won in the category for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards where the song was also nominated for Best Rock Song. The accompanying music video was directed by Philipp Stölzl; it shows Lee singing and climbing on a skyscraper while having nightmares in her bedroom. “Bring Me to Life” was part of the set list during the Fallen and The Open Door Tour. Many artists recorded cover versions of the song, including the classical singer Katherine Jenkins and American pianist, John Tesh. The song was also used on several television shows.

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Background and release

“Since we released [the song] on Daredevil it went all over the world, whether they wanted it to or not, so we had fans in countries we had never been to because they had the soundtrack and they heard it on the radio. So, it started blowing up all over the world and then we had a reason to tour all over the world. And that’s how the whole international thing happened this early. Which is awesome.”

– Amy Lee talking about the release and the worldwide success of the song.[3]

According to Amy Lee, the song has several meanings, the first being an incident at a restaurant. During an interview from a tour stop in Tulsa she told The Boston Phoenix: “I was inspired to write it when someone said something to me — I didn’t know him, and I thought he might be clairvoyant.[…] I was in a relationship and I was completely unhappy. But I was hiding it. I was being completely abused and I was trying to cover it up; I wouldn’t even admit it to myself. So then I had spoken maybe 10 or 15 words to this guy, who was a friend of a friend. We were waiting for everyone else to show up, and we went into a restaurant and got a table. And he looked at me and said, ‘Are you happy?’ And I felt my heart leap, and I was like, he totally knows what I’m thinking. And I lied, I said I was fine. Anyway, he’s not really clairvoyant. But he is a sociology major.”[4] Lee said in a VH1 interview: “Open-mindedness. It’s about waking up to all the things you’ve been missing for so long. One day someone said something that made my heart race for a second and I realized that for months I’d been numb, just going through the motions of life.”[5] During an interview with Blender, Lee claimed that she wrote “Bring Me to Life” about her longtime friend, Josh Hartzler, whom she married in 2007.[6]

“Bring Me to Life” was released on April 22, 2003; it was the first single from the band’s debut album, Fallen. The album’s opening track, “Going Under“, was initially planned to be the first single, but the after the release of the Daredevil soundtrack, it was changed to the album’s second single. Wind-up Entertainment president/CEO Ed Vetri, revealed that when the label was pushing the song to the radio, owners stated “We don’t play pianos and chicks on rock radio.”[7] However, when “Bring Me to Life” was released on the Daredevil soundtrack, listeners demanded the radio to play the song.[7] The single includes “Farther Away” as a B-side and refers to it as the album version; however, the track order of Fallen was not finalized at the time of its release and the track was omitted from the album. The first pressing of the Australian single contained the track “Missing” as a B-side,[8] but this was omitted from later pressings and later released as a bonus track on the band’s first live album, Anywhere but Home.[9] Earlier versions of “Bring Me to Life” were recorded and released as demo versions before Fallen‘s release; featuring more industrial pieces of music and the absence of Paul McCoy‘s guest vocals. An acoustic version was recorded and released on the Bring Me to Life DVD. Several other versions of the track have been released, such as remixes, acoustic and altered versions. The live version featured on the Anywhere but Home DVD contains a piano and vocal solo before the song’s intro and features John LeCompt performing guest vocals.[10]

Recording and composition

Critics noted that “Bring Me to Life” had a similar sound with songs by American rock band Linkin Park.

“Bring Me to Life” was written by Amy Lee, Ben Moody and David Hodges for their first studio album Fallen.[11] Recording work for Fallen started at Ocean Studios in Burbank, California, where most of “Bring Me to Life” was recorded, prior to full album production.[12] The song was mixed by Jay Baumgardner in his studio, NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, on an SSL 9000 J.[12] A 22-piece string section was recorded in Seattle by Mark Curry.[12] “Bring Me to Life” was mixed at the Newman Scoring Stage and Bolero Studios, both in Los Angeles.[12] The orchestra parts were arranged by David Hodges and David Campbell.[12] During an interview, Lee recalled that during the recording process of the song it was said to her that the song must have male vocals: “It was presented to me as, ‘You’re a girl singing in a rock band, there’s nothing else like that out there, nobody’s going to listen to you. You need a guy to come in and sing back-up for it to be successful.'”[13]

According to the sheet music published by Alfred Music Publishing on the website Musicnotes.com, “Bring Me to Life” is a rockalternative metalhard rockchamber pop and gothic metal song set in a common time and performed in a moderate tempo of 95 beats per minute. It is written in the key of E minor and Lee’s vocal range for the song runs from the note A3 to D5.[14] In the song, Paul McCoy sings the lines “Wake me up/ I can’t wake up/ Save me!”[1] in a rap style.[15] St. Petersburg Times‘ Brian Orloff called the song a “…boffo hit” in which Lee sang the lines “‘Call my name and save me from the dark’ over surging guitars.”[3] Ann Powers from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote: “‘Bring Me to Life,’ with its lyrical drama and crunchy guitars, branded the band as overdone nu-metal.”[16] Kristi Turnquist of The Oregonian called the song a power ballad.[17] Joe D’Angelo from MTV wrote that the “…toothy riffs” of songs like “Going Under” and “Bring Me to Life” might suggest that “…Nobody’s Home” (2005) from Avril Lavigne‘s second studio album Under My Skin will sound like “an Evanescence song with Avril, not Amy Lee, on vocals.”[18]

Rolling Stone‘s Kirk Miller wrote that: “…thanks to the song’s digital beats, clean metal-guitar riffs, scattered piano lines and all-too-familiar mix of rapping and singing”, “it was similar to Linkin Park‘s material.[19] Nick Catucci of The Village Voice found “…piano tinkles, Lee’s breathless keen, dramatic pauses, guitars like clouds of locusts, [and] 12 Stones singer Paul McCoy’s passing-12-kidney-stones guest vocals.”[20] Vik Bansal of musicOMH compared Evanescence’s own song “Going Under” with “Bring Me to Life”, noting their similarity to Linkin Park‘s material.[21] Lee said, during an interview with MTV News: “Basically, we go through life every day, kind of doing the same thing, going through the motions, and nothing phases us for the most part. Then one day something happens that wakes [you] up and makes [you] realize that there’s more to life than just feeling nothing, feeling numb. It’s as if [you’ve] never felt before and just realized there’s this whole world of emotion or meaning that [you’ve] never seen before. It’s just like, ‘Wow, I’ve been asleep all this time.'”[22]

Reception

Critical reception and awards

According to The Boston Globe, the song “…is a mix of Lee’s ethereal soprano, piano interludes, and layers of serrated guitar crunch that conjure visions of Sarah McLachlan fronting Godsmack.”[23] In his review of Evanescence’s second studio album, The Open Door, Brendan Butler of Cinema Blend compared “Sweet Sacrifice” (2007) with “Bring Me to Life” calling them “…radio-friendly songs.”[24] Jason Nahrung of The Courier-Mail called the song “…an ear-grabber”.[25] Adrien Bengrad of the website PopMatters said that Lee and McCoy made “Bring Me to Life” sound “…like a love song between a Lilith Fair girl and an Ozzfest dude.”[26] Blair R. Fischer from MTV News called the song a “…ubiquitous rap-rock confection”.[1] Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times said that “Bring Me to Life” “…floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee and then hits like a brick.”[27] Richard Harrington from The Washington Post called “Bring Me to Life” a “…crunching metallic” song which helped the band to win a Grammy Award.[28] Joe D’Angelo called it an “…unrelenting paean that begins as hauntingly delicate” and that “Lee’s vocals soar above the whole sludgy mixture to keep it from sinking into tired mediocrity.”[22]

Ann Powers from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called the song a “…mix of voluptuous singing and metallic guitar (the latter enhanced by guest vocalist Paul McCoy’s rap-rock declamations)”.[16] Bryan Reeseman of Mix wrote that the song was a “…grandiose and moody single” which features a “…dramatic trade-off” between Lee and McCoy.[12] While reviewing Evanescence’s second studio album, Don Kaye of Blabbermouth.net praised the songs on The Open Door saying that they lacked “…the annoying faux-rapping that was a key component of the band’s first big hit, ‘Bring Me To Life’ (here’s hoping that more rock bands feel less pressure to include some sort of hip-hop nod on their records).”[29] David Peschek of The Guardian said: “Take away the identikit rock riffs and Bring Me to Life could be a Britney Spears song, or one of those cheesily portentous techno-pop mini-symphonies for the Gatecrasher kids.”[30] Nick Catucci of The Village Voice compared the song with works by American rock band Creed, and said that it sounds like a “church-burning, brain-eating European dark metal.”[20] John Hood of Miami New Times called “Bring Me to Life” a “… huge, heavy, and mightily histrionic” song while complimenting McCoy’s “… rap-infused gruff” and Lee’s soaring voice.[31]

Bill Lamb of About.com placed the song at number twelve on his list, “Top 100 Pop Songs 2003”[32] and number seven on his list, “Top 10 Pop Songs – Summer 2003”.[33] and wrote: “Evanescence blasted onto the pop scene seemingly out of nowhere with this massive hit single.”[33] “Bring Me to Life” won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards.[34][35][36] The song was nominated in the category for Best Rock Song at the same event but lost to “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. “Bring Me to Life” won an award for Choice Music Rock Track at the Teen Choice Awards in 2004.[37] At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards the band was nominated in the category for Best New Artist for “Bring Me to Life”.[38] The song was nominated at the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Song.[39][40] At the 14th annual Billboard Music Awards, it won the award for Soundtrack Single of the Year.[41] The song ranked number 69 on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Songs of the 2000s.[42]

Chart performance

“Bring Me to Life” peaked within the top 10 of more than 15 countries, and within the top 20 of several other countries, making it the band’s most successful single to date. It was certified Platinum in 2003 for selling more than one million copies in the United States.[7] It topped the Billboard Alternative Songs and Pop 100 charts and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.[43] It also peaked at number four on the Adult Pop Songs chart. The song initially peaked within the Christian rock charts as well, because its lyrics were interpreted as a call for new life in Jesus Christ by several listeners.[44][45] “Bring Me To Life” charted at number 73 on Billboard‘s Best of the 2000s Rock Songs Chart, the only song by a female-led band on that chart.[46] The song topped the charts of Australia, Belgium, Italy and the United Kingdom. It peaked within the top 5 of Austria, Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Netherlands, and Sweden. On the ARIA Singles Chart, “Bring Me to Life” peaked at number one where it stayed for six weeks.[47]

“Bring Me to Life” charted within the top 20 of every other country of its release. The song spent four weeks at number one in the United Kingdom and helped Fallen reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.[48][49] The song also topped the European Hot 100 chart.[50] On June 4, 2011, the song returned to the top of the UK Rock Singles Chart, eight years after its release, remaining at number one for two weeks, on June 11, 2011 to June 25, 2011. It fell to number two, remaining there for three weeks, and on July 17, 2011, “Bring Me to Life” returned to number one again and remained there for three weeks. The song remained within the top 10 into October 2011.[51] As of October 2011, the song has sold more than 511,500 copies in the United Kingdom.[52]

Music video

The accompanying music video for “Bring Me to Life” was directed by Philipp Stölzl.[53][54] After the success of the video, Lee received some film offers.[55] Talking about the video, Stölzl said: “On the one hand, it brings out the most catchy part of the song, the bridge, the duet with the male and female vocals. On the other hand, it reflects the [‘Daredevil’] soundtrack background of the song. I did not know if I would have to use a stunt double for most of the angles, which would have restricted me a lot, but then it turned out that Amy did everything herself, hanging on Paul’s arm for hours without getting tired. In the end, she is the one who made that shot strong.”[53]

The video begins with Amy Lee dressed in a nightgown, barefoot and asleep in a bed within a building, dreaming of falling through the air below a skyscraper. As the chorus begins, the band and Paul McCoy are performing in another room as Lee awakens and makes her way to the window. Lee climbs out of the window and climbs the building until she reaches the window of the room where the band is performing. During the bridge, McCoy notices Lee and opens the window, which causes her to lose her balance, and she grabs the ledge. Throughout the bridge and chorus, McCoy unsuccessfully attempts to reach Lee, who falls off the building. However, she is shown asleep in her bed again.

Ann Powers from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote: “You might not immediately recognize Amy Lee’s name, but you would know her if she plummeted past you from the top floor of a tenement building” and: “That’s how anyone with basic cable first saw the singer for the band Evanescence, in the video for the song “Bring Me to Life”: falling backward in slow motion, her hair unfolding like a long black veil as she headed for hard pavement below.”[16] According to Joe D’Angelo of MTV News, Lee’s “…teetering on a ledge” in the video shows a “…distressed and emotionally wrought heroine.”[56] Corey Moss of MTV wrote: “…certainly as intense as a superhero movie, the sequence also gives a nice visual to the song’s most memorable lyric, ‘Save me.'”[53] MTV’s Gil Kaufman wrote that “…singer Amy Lee dreams that she has super Spidey powers, climbs up the outside of a building, spies on her creepy neighbors, then plunges into the abyss”[57] and added, “…even if your boyfriend is a buff rap-rocker guy, he might not be able to save you from falling off a 20-story building to your death. And don’t play on ledges in a billowy dress on windy days.”[57] John Hood of Miami New Times wrote that the “gothopolis backdrop” used in the video, “would make Tim Burton green with envy.”[31] The music video for “Bring Me to Life” was nominated at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rock Video.[38]

Live performances

A man with brown hair is wearing a black T-shirt and black trousers while playing on a blue guitar. Tattoos are visible on both of his hands.

During the live performances of “Bring Me to Life”, McCoy was replaced by John LeCompt.[1][58]

Evanescence performed “Bring Me to Life” as part of the set-lists of the Fallen and The Open Door tours. The band performed the song on August 13, 2003 in Chicago during their Nintendo Fusion Tour. During the performance, former Evanescence guitarist John LeCompt replaced McCoy during the song.[1] According to Blair R. Fischer: “The guitarist did an adequate job imitating McCoy while he laid down the song’s fiery, Iron Maiden-esque riff.”[1] The band performed “Bring Me to Life” in Wantagh, New York on July 23, 2004. According to Joe D’Angelo from MTV News: “…the massive popularity of the song was a smart set-list assembly that helped the crowd respond in kind.”[59] The song was performed on November 21, 2007 at WaMu Theater.[60]

Evanescence performed “Bring Me to Life” at the Webster Hall in New York City in September 2003.[27] During the performance, Lee wore an Alice in Wonderland dress covered with scrawled words, including the words Dirty, Useless, Psycho and Slut.[27] She explained her reasons for wearing the dress. On her previous visit to New York City, Lee had met a DJ from the radio station K-Rock, who had made what she called horrible comments about the pleasure he had derived from the picture of her face on the cover of Fallen.[27] She had felt too ashamed to say anything, so she decided to respond through the dress, which represented something innocent that had been tainted.[27] The band performed “Bring Me to Life” during their concert at The Great Saltair on October 25, 2006. Lee wore red and black, with a skirt.[61] She was called a magnet of the night by the Deseret News‘ reviewer Larry D. Curtis.[61] Other performances of the song were in Magna, Utah in October 2006,[62] and the Air Canada Centre in January 2007.[63] The band also played the song at a secret gig in New York City on November 4, 2009.[64] During their concert at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on August 17, 2011, Evanescence performed “Bring Me to Life” to promote their third album, Evanescence.[65] They also performed the song during the 2011 Rock in Rio festival on October 2, 2011.[66] While reviewing a concert by the band, Caroline Sullivan wrote “Slowly raising her arms during Bring Me to Life’s thunderous, strobe-lit fade-out, she’s missing only a chariot.”[67]

Cultural impact

Evanescence were promoted in Christian stores until the band made it clear they did not want to be considered part of the Christian rock genre, like fellow Wind-up Records artists Creed.[68] In April 2003, Wind-up Records chairman, Alan Meltzer, wrote to Christian radio and retail outlets to explain that, despite the “…spiritual underpinning that ignited interest and excitement in the Christian religious community,” Evanescence are “…a secular band, and as such view their music as entertainment.”[69] Therefore, he wrote, Wind-Up “…strongly feels that they no longer belong in Christian markets.”[69] Almost immediately, many Christian radio stations removed “Bring Me to Life” from their playlists.[69] Terry Hemmings, CEO of Christian music distributor Provident, expressed puzzlement at the band’s about-face, saying: “They clearly understood the album would be sold in these [Christian music] channels.”[70] In 2006, Amy Lee told Billboard that she had always opposed Evanescence being identified as a Christian band.[71]

Cover versions

British classical singer Katherine Jenkins, (pictured) recorded a cover of the song.

In 2007, during the first season finale of Eesti otsib superstaari, winner Birgit Õigemeel performed “Bring Me to Life”.

British classical singer Katherine Jenkins recorded a cover version of “Bring Me to Life” on her 2009 album Believe.[72] Jenkins said: “I’d mentioned that I wanted to try Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life and David [Foster] said ‘you can’t sing that’. I came out there questioning my vocal abilities. I’m just not used to being told that. I went home that night and I just thought to myself ‘you have to pull yourself together, he’s worked with so many incredible artists you have to step up the plate.’ I did talk myself round and I went in there the next day on a mission. It’s good to be pushed sometimes – and I proved him wrong!”[73] Jenkins decided to change the guitar-led and percussive original version and instead, “make it more orchestral with the percussion coming from the strings.”[74] Alfred Hickling of The Guardian gave a mixed review of Jenkins’ cover, calling it “…histrionic.”[75] However, a writer of BBC Online chose her version of the song as a highlight on the album.[74] On November 23, 2011, Jenkins sang the song live at the Leicester Square station in London.[76]

hi-NRG dance cover by Rochelle was released through Almighty Records. An audio sample can be heard on the official Almighty Records website.[77] American pianist, John Tesh released an instrumental version of the song on his albums A Deeper Faith, Vol. 2 (2003) and A Passionate Life (2007).[78][79] Also in 2003, Kidz Bop Kids covered the song on their fourth studio album, Kidz Bop 4. In 2008, Black metal band Wykked Wytch covered the song and produced an accompanying music video. Their version was digitally released in October of that year on iTunes Store.[80] In 2010, German band Gregorian released a cover version of the song on their 2010 album Dark Side of the Chant.[81]

During the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008, contestant Carly Smithson performed “Bring Me to Life”.[82] Jai McDowall, the winner of the fifth series of Britain’s Got Talent sang the song live during the semi-finale of the show.[83][84] Lys Agnés, a contestant on the sixth season of America’s Got Talent, performed an opera version of “Bring Me to Life” and was praised by the show’s judges.[85][86] In 2006, Zayra Alvarez, a Puerto Rican singer, performed the song on Rock Star: Supernova. On October 31, 2011, during the thirteenth season of the US reality show Dancing with the Stars, a group called Team Paso Doble danced while the song was played in the background.[87][88] In March 2012, Dennis Egal performed an “extremely unorthodox” version of the song during Britain’s Got Talent. Judge Simon Cowell praised his performance, saying: “This is totally bonkers, but another side of me says because I’ve never seen this before and I’m kind of intrigued by you, I’m going to say yes.”[89]

On August 12, 2012, Allen Jane Sta. Maria performed “Bring Me to Life” during The X Factor Philippines‘ second live show. On October 27, 2012, contestant Ella Henderson covered the song for the ninth season of the UK’s The X Factor.

On the April 3, 2013, edition of American Idol, contestant Angela Miller performed the song as part of their “Classic Rock” episode.

Usage in media

Mixtery used up-beat samplings of the song in a hit also titled “Bring Me to Life” featuring Nigerian Eurodance artist Eddy Wata.[90]

“Bring Me to Life” was included in the games Rock Band,[91] Rock Band Unplugged, DLC for SingStar,[92] and Fight Girl Battle World.[93] The song was used during the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs.[94]

Credits and personnel

Credits are adapted from Fallen liner notes.[11]

Track listing

International CD Single (April 7, 2003)[95]
  • “Bring Me to Life” – 3:56
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Bliss Mix) – 3:59
International CD Maxi (April 14, 2003)[95]
  • “Bring Me to Life” – 3:56
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Bliss Mix) – 3:59
  • “Farther Away” – 3:58
  • Extras: “Bring Me to Life” (Music video) – 4:14
Australian CD Single
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Album version) – 3:56
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Bliss Mix) – 3:59
  • “Farther Away” (Album version) – 3:58
  • “Missing” (Album version) – 4:15
Subsequent pressings single (June 24, 2003)[96]
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Album version) – 3:56
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Bliss Mix) – 3:59
  • “Farther Away” (Album version) – 3:58
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Music video) – 4:14
International DVD (June 2, 2003)[97]
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Video)
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Album version)
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Live acoustic version)
  • My Immortal” (Live acoustic version)
  • “Interview footage”
UK cassette single
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Album version)
  • “Farther Away” (Album version)
  • “Bring Me to Life” (Bliss Mix)

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[95] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[98] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[99] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[100] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[101] 2
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[102] 6
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[103] 11
France (SNEP)[104] 5
Germany (Media Control AG)[105] 2
Greece (IFPI Greece)[106] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[107] 2
Italy (FIMI)[108] 1
New Zealand (RIANZ)[109] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[110] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[111] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[112] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[113] 1
UK Rock (Official Charts Company)[114] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[43] 5
US Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard)[115] 11
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[116] 1
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[117] 1
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard) 4
Chart (2004–06) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Singles Chart)[115] 3
US Hot Digital Songs (Billboard)[115] 35
Chart (2011) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[118] 47
UK Rock Chart [119] 1
Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[120] 65
UK Rock Chart [121] 1
Chart (2013) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[122] 40
UK Rock Chart [123] 2

Year-end charts

Chart (2003) Position
Australian Singles Chart[47] 6
Australian Rock Singles Chart[47] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[124] 22
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[125] 30
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[126] 11
Dutch Top 40[127] 52
Irish Singles Chart[128] 20
Italian Singles Chart[129] 4
New Zealand Singles Chart[130] 22
Swedish Singles Chart[131] 5
Swiss Singles Chart[132] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[133] 10
US Mainstream Rock Tracks[134] 39
US Pop Songs[135] 5
US Alternative Songs[136] 8
UK Singles Chart[137] 15

Decade-end charts

Chart (2000–09) Position
Australian Singles Chart[138][139] 59
US Rock Songs[140] 73
US Alternative Songs[141] 26

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[142] 2× Platinum 140,000^
France (SNEP)[143] Gold 331,000[143]
Germany (BVMI)[144] Gold 250,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[106] Gold 10,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[145] Gold 20,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[146] 615,000[147]
United States (RIAA)[148] Platinum 1,000,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also

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I have debated with Ark Times Bloggers many times in the past on many different subjects. Abortion is probably the most often debated subject and I have noticed that many pro-life individuals are now surfacing on the Arkansas Times Blog.  Here are some examples. Arhogfan501 asserted: This is the beginning of the end for recreational abortion in Arkansas. Songbird777 noted: Babies have a right to live and not be chopped up for someone else’s convenience. The person using the username “baker” commented: Planned Parenthood (PPA) does not nor cannot provide mammograms, indeed no affiliate has the necessary license. PPA is an abortion provider and at some 900 plus killings a day rather prolific.

Here is another debate I got into recently on the Arkansas Times Blog and I go by the username “Saline Republican”:

On March 14, 2013 on the Ark Times Blog story “Stop the War on Women: March 23″   wrote:

Organizers of the “Protest at the State Capital” event are calling on women who are appalled at the treatment the Arkansas legislature has handed them this session to rally at the Capitol at 3 p.m. March 23, and so far more than 1,000 people (men and women) have indicated on the event”s Facebook page that they will attend.

Organizers Donna Shade and LeeWood Thomas issued a press release today about the event today and said a speaker line-up is being formed. (Press release on the jump.)

The rally will protest the newly-enacted laws unconstitutionally rescinding abortion rights and well as bills still under consideration to grant personhood to the embryo and defund Planned Parenthood.

I responded on 3-14-13 on the Ark Times Blog:

1000 PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SHOW UP FOR PRO-ABORTION EVENT IN ARKANSAS? I doubt that very much. (Actually 500 came out when the day came according to Ark Times Blog.) Of course there has been a lot of lies spread out there in the past about how many show up for pro-abortion events. Here is a post I did from 2011:
Go to Fox 16 website and you will read this story below and watch a video clip on both marches. What you will not read is the fact that only 150 people showed up for the pro-choice march on Jan 22, 2011 while over 5000 came out for the pro-life rally the following day. In fact, on the video the reporter notes, “A similar scene on Saturday..” The reporter summarizes, “Both pro-choice and pro-life rally organizers say they were pleased with the crowd their events drew.” In the article on the website are these words, “Both pro-life and pro-choice rally-goers came out strong, equally passionate about their beliefs.”

Read this info below from the Fox 16 website:

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Thousands of Arkansans marched near the Capitol this weekend to make their voices heard. Saturday it was those in favor of a woman’s right to choose. Sunday, pro-life supporters gathered for the 33rd Annual March for Life. Both pro-life and pro-choice rally-goers came out strong, equally passionate about their beliefs. Lauren Long is pro-life and says, “I’m 16 today because my mom chose life and I’m really proud of that.”Politicians, doctors, religious leaders and even the famous TV family from Arkansas, the Duggar’s, came out for the Right to Life March. Jill Duggar says her family is a prime example of what it means to be pro-life. “Life is precious and a lot of people don’t understand the significance of it. It’s not just a ball of tissue, it’s a baby from the very start.”

Dr. Matt Sellers is an OB/GYN with the Cornerstone Clinic for Woman. He says, “Every unborn life is a treasure that should be treated as such.”

Congressman Tim Griffin also attended Sunday’s pro-life rally. He says, “We need to respect life and all our policies in the way we treat other people, and the way we think about public policy, we need to think about life.”

Pro-choice rally-goers lined the steps of the Capitol on Saturday. Senator Joyce Elliott spoke to the crowd. “Trust women, show respect for women and the choices they make.” Senator Elliott also added, “It’s in our national and economic best interest to make sure women have the choice of good healthcare services.”

Stephanie Oshrin, with the National Organization for Women says, “We believe every person has a right to choose their family and plan their family. We advocate strong, healthy women, and happy children.” Oshrin also mentioned, “We’ve made monumental gains over the last decade, however we recognize with all the gains, we still have many struggles that we will continue to fight for.”

Both pro-life and pro-choice rally organizers say, they’re pleased with the crowd their events drew, and hope to continue to spread their messages long after these rallies are over. Both rallies were peaceful and respectful, and while police were present at both events, there have been no reports of any problems. Both crowds drew larger numbers than last year.

https://thedailyhatch.org/2011/01/24/fox-16…

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The person using the username “DeathByInches” replied:

I’d like to see a picture of ole Saline. Judging from his views he must be in his late 110s…..

Jennifer Coates Johnson added:

Saline must also have lady parts — since he’s so interested in legislating them.

Ozarkrazo piled on with this:

Jennifer, saline has NO “parts”. He’s more of a platyhelminthes.

Plainjim came on and put in some great thoughts:

We should not denigrate salinerepublican personally here on the blog. We should simply denigrate his ideas. Unlike most trolls, he does not insult people or call them names; he simply provides opposing ideas. Unlike larock (a/k/a coolbeeze). Steven E., arhogfan, and the other obnoxious trollers on the blog, I would call him a positive troller, someone who throws out assertions that we can all disagree with. As far as I can tell from his posts, he has never gotten angry with people who disagree with him.

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I truly believe that many of the problems we have today in the USA are due to the advancement of humanism in the last few decades in our society. Ronald Reagan appointed the evangelical Dr. C. Everett Koop to the position of Surgeon General in his administration. He partnered with Dr. Francis Schaeffer in making the video below. It is very valuable information for Christians to have.  Actually I have included a video below that includes comments from him on this subject.

In the film series “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE?” the arguments are presented  against abortion (Episode 1),  infanticide (Episode 2),   euthenasia (Episode 3), and then there is a discussion of the Christian versus Humanist worldview concerning the issue of “the basis for human dignity” in Episode 4 and then in the last episode a close look at the truth claims of the Bible.

Many liberals actually truly do argue for abortion rights over human rights. Prochoice advocate Elizabeth Williams came out and said that on 1-23-13 in her article on Salon. We hear reasons for abortion such as poverty,and  child abuse,  but why not consider adoption? Instead, the political left will stop at nothing to push the pro-abortion agenda. Why not stop and take an honest look at when life begins for the unborn child and when she begins to feel pain?

Francis Schaeffer Whatever Happened to the Human Race (Episode 1) ABORTION

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Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR

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Dr. C. Everett Koop pictured above.

Great  quotes from “Whatever happened to the human race?”  by Francis Schaeffer and Dr. C. Everett Koop (from the shelter website):.

Summary


Francis Schaeffer and, former Surgeon General, C. Everette Koop deal directly with the devaluing of human life and its results in our society. It did not take place in a vacuum. It is a direct result of a worldview that has rejected the doctrine of man being created in the image of God. Man as a product of the impersonal, plus time and chance has no sufficient basis for worth.

For a while, Western culture — from sheer inertia — continued to live by the old Christian ethics while increasingly embracing the mechanistic, time-plus-chance view of people. People came more and more to hold that the universe is intrinsically and originally impersonal — as a stone is impersonal. Thus, by chance, life began on the earth and then, through long, long periods of time, by chance, life became more complex, until man with his special brain came into existence. By “chance” is meant that there was no reason for these things to occur; they just happened that way. No matter how loftily it is phrased, this view drastically reduces our view of self-worth as well as our estimation of the worth of others, for we are viewing ourselves as mere accidents of the universe.
(Francis A. Schaeffer and C. Everette Koop, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, Ch. 1)

Ten Outstanding Pro-Life Articles

Posted by Matt on January 22, 2013

Today is the 40th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision – as good a day as any to pass along some pro-life resources that I’ve found particularly insightful:

  1. Bad Pro-Choice Arguments (Neil Shenvi): Dr. Shenvi debunks a number of popular, yet seriously flawed, pro-choice arguments. Examples include “The unborn is not a human being, it is just a mass of cells” and “We should combat abortion by reducing poverty, not by making it illegal.”
  2. Questions for Pro-Choice People (Michael Pakaluk): Dr. Pakaluk poses some tough questions to those who support legalized abortion. This is a must-read for anyone who considers himself “pro-choice”, but nonetheless has a few inner qualms about the actual practice of abortion.
  3. A Future Like Ours (Clinton Wilcox): This summary of Don Marquis’s “Future Like Ours” argument appeared recently on the Secular Pro-Life Perspectives blog. The argument states that murder is wrong, in part, because it deprives the victim of future experiences. This “future value” of a living entity constitutes a sufficient reason to presume that killing is wrong. Abortion is thus tantamount to murder…even though the embryo or fetus is at an early developmental stage, and may lack some of the physical qualities that we otherwise associate with “humanness”.
  4. The Pro-Life Position and the Bible (J.W. Wartick): My friend J.W. demonstrates how Scripture compellingly supports a pro-life stance. He’s written extensively on the issue of abortion, and you can check out an index of his pro-life posts HERE.
  5. Why I Lost Faith in the Pro-Choice Movement (Jennifer Fulwiler): In this powerful narrative, Ms. Fulwiler explains how she came to abandon her support of “abortion rights”. In particular, she discusses the widespread fear of information within the pro-choice movement, as well as the startling lack of interest among many pro-choicers in defining when, exactly, we should start protecting life.
  6. Unstringing the Violinist (Gregory Koukl): The well-known “violinist argument” for abortion rights (sometimes formulated as the “parasite argument”) is widely regarded as one of the most persuasive pro-choice arguments. Mr. Koukl uncovers some serious flaws with this argument, however, and explains why its strength is only illusory. In addition to Mr. Koukl’s criticisms, I would also emphasize the issue of implicit consent to the possibility of pregnancy that comes with the act of sex – at least in the vast majority of abortion cases that don’t involve rape.
  7. Why Your Friends are ‘Pro-Choice’ (Scott Klusendorf): This article analyzes the common claim, “I don’t like abortion, but I don’t think the government should be involved in taking away a woman’s choice” (or, “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.”). Abortion is wrong not because pro-lifers find it distasteful, but because it violates rational moral principles.
  8. Responding to Pro-Choice Bumper Sticker Speak (Jennie Stone): This is a great response to some of the more common pro-choice ‘one-liners’. I also recommend checking out the articles she cites near the beginning (by Kristen Walker and Kristi Brown, respectively).
  9. Pro-Life or “Anti-Abortion”? Who Decides? (Richard Evans): Richard reflects on how terminology (“pro-life” vs. “anti-abortion”) is used to re-frame the debate. He also raises some important questions about what “choice” really means…and when it should take place.
  10. Guest Post on BadCatholic (Michael Frances): In the “pro-choice” vs. “pro-life” debate, which viewpoint is the scientific default, and which viewpoint must rely on philosophical or religious assumptions? The answer might surprise you.

As a bonus, I’ve listed below a few of my own previous articles on the issue of abortion:

  1. The Roots of the Abortion Debate: I explain why pro-life and pro-choice advocates both seem to genuinely believe they are acting ethically. The answer, I believe, often boils down to one’s philosophical views on the value of life.
  2. Abortion Methods: An Overview: I describe the various surgical and non-surgical methods used to terminate a pregnancy. I intentionally avoided using gory photographs, but the content is nonetheless quite disturbing. As it should be.
  3. Possibly the Worst New York Times Op-Ed in the History of New York Times Op-Eds: This was my response to a NY Times opinion piece by Thomas Friedman. I point out the hypocrisy of those who support a “woman’s right to choose” when it comes to killing her unborn child, but not when it comes to consuming “giant sugary drinks”.
  4. In Defense of the Pro-Life Movement: A Response to Greg Rubottom: In this post, I respond to attacks on the pro-life movement from a member of the “progressive Christian” community. In the comment section, you’ll see that this also involved some interaction with Frank Schaeffer (the son of Francis Schaeffer).
  5. This is a fine editorial cartoon on the issue of abortion.

    (This is a womb and not a tomb.)

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    E P I S O D E 1 0   Dr. Francis Schaeffer – Episode X – Final Choices 27 min FINAL CHOICES I. Authoritarianism the Only Humanistic Social Option One man or an elite giving authoritative arbitrary absolutes. A. Society is sole absolute in absence of other absolutes. B. But society has to be […]

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    E P I S O D E 9 Dr. Francis Schaeffer – Episode IX – The Age of Personal Peace and Affluence 27 min T h e Age of Personal Peace and Afflunce I. By the Early 1960s People Were Bombarded From Every Side by Modern Man’s Humanistic Thought II. Modern Form of Humanistic Thought Leads […]

    Francis Schaeffer’s “How should we then live?” Video and outline of episode 8 “The Age of Fragmentation” (Schaeffer Sundays)

    E P I S O D E 8 Dr. Francis Schaeffer – Episode VIII – The Age of Fragmentation 27 min I saw this film series in 1979 and it had a major impact on me. T h e Age of FRAGMENTATION I. Art As a Vehicle Of Modern Thought A. Impressionism (Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, […]

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    E P I S O D E 7 Dr. Francis Schaeffer – Episode VII – The Age of Non Reason I am thrilled to get this film series with you. I saw it first in 1979 and it had such a big impact on me. Today’s episode is where we see modern humanist man act […]

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    E P I S O D E 6 How Should We Then Live 6#1 Uploaded by NoMirrorHDDHrorriMoN on Oct 3, 2011 How Should We Then Live? Episode 6 of 12 ________ I am sharing with you a film series that I saw in 1979. In this film Francis Schaeffer asserted that was a shift in […]

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    E P I S O D E 5 How Should We Then Live? Episode 5: The Revolutionary Age I was impacted by this film series by Francis Schaeffer back in the 1970′s and I wanted to share it with you. Francis Schaeffer noted, “Reformation Did Not Bring Perfection. But gradually on basis of biblical teaching there […]

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    Dr. Francis Schaeffer – Episode IV – The Reformation 27 min I was impacted by this film series by Francis Schaeffer back in the 1970′s and I wanted to share it with you. Schaeffer makes three key points concerning the Reformation: “1. Erasmian Christian humanism rejected by Farel. 2. Bible gives needed answers not only as to […]

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    Francis Schaeffer’s “How should we then live?” Video and outline of episode 3 “The Renaissance” Francis Schaeffer: “How Should We Then Live?” (Episode 3) THE RENAISSANCE I was impacted by this film series by Francis Schaeffer back in the 1970′s and I wanted to share it with you. Schaeffer really shows why we have so […]

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      Francis Schaeffer: “How Should We Then Live?” (Episode 2) THE MIDDLE AGES I was impacted by this film series by Francis Schaeffer back in the 1970′s and I wanted to share it with you. Schaeffer points out that during this time period unfortunately we have the “Church’s deviation from early church’s teaching in regard […]

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    Francis Schaeffer: “How Should We Then Live?” (Episode 1) THE ROMAN AGE   Today I am starting a series that really had a big impact on my life back in the 1970′s when I first saw it. There are ten parts and today is the first. Francis Schaeffer takes a look at Rome and why […]

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    Francis Schaeffer: “Whatever Happened to the Human Race” (Episode 1) ABORTION OF THE HUMAN RACE

    It is not possible to know where the pro-life evangelicals are coming from unless you look at the work of the person who inspired them the most. That person was Francis Schaeffer.  I do care about economic issues but the pro-life issue is the most important to me. Several years ago Adrian Rogers (past president of […]

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“Sanctity of Life Saturday” Abortion debating with Ark Times Bloggers Part 12 “Is there a biological reason to be pro-life?” and the article “How Francis Schaeffer shaped Michele Bachman’s pro-life views” (includes the film TRUTH AND HISTORY and editorial cartoon)

 

I have debated with Ark Times Bloggers many times in the past on many different subjects. Abortion is probably the most often debated subject and I have noticed that many pro-life individuals are now surfacing on the Arkansas Times Blog.  Here are some examples. Arhogfan501 asserted: This is the beginning of the end for recreational abortion in Arkansas. Songbird777 noted: Babies have a right to live and not be chopped up for someone else’s convenience. The person using the username “baker” commented: Planned Parenthood (PPA) does not nor cannot provide mammograms, indeed no affiliate has the necessary license. PPA is an abortion provider and at some 900 plus killings a day rather prolific.

Here is another debate I got into recently on the Arkansas Times Blog and I go by the username “Saline Republican”:

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The person going by the username “Steven E” asserted:

Not snarky and unsubstantiated lunacy as stating that it is not life, or whatever nonsense you spouted.

It is fine to go after those that spout only from faith, but what about biology?

I replied:

Steven E asks, “It is fine to go after those that spout only from faith, but what about biology?”
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How about the secular man Dr. Bernard Nathanson who left the abortion movement in the 1970’s because he was convinced the unborn baby could experience pain? Is that an argument from biology? (Dr. Nathanson later converted to become a Catholic from agnosticism.)

At the time of Dr. Nathanson’s death in 2011 I read this article by Dr. George. Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics and previously served on the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
“Bernard Nathanson: A Life Transformed by the Truth about Abortion.” (Feb 11, 2011)

(Here is a portion of that article.)

Nathanson later in his life became a pro-life advocate.In 1985, Nathanson employed the new fetal imaging technology to produce a documentary film, “The Silent Scream,” which energized the pro-life movement and threw the pro-choice side onto the defensive by showing in graphic detail the killing of a twelve-week-old fetus in a suction abortion. Nathanson used the footage to describe the facts of fetal development and to make the case for the humanity and dignity of the child in the womb. At one point, viewers see the child draw back from the surgical instrument and open his mouth: “This,” Nathanson says in the narration, “is the silent scream of a child threatened imminently with extinction.”

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In the film series “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE?” the arguments are presented  against abortion (Episode 1),  infanticide (Episode 2),   euthenasia (Episode 3), and then there is a discussion of the Christian versus Humanist worldview concerning the issue of “the basis for human dignity” in Episode 4 and then in the last episode a close look at the truth claims of the Bible.

I truly believe that many of the problems we have today in the USA are due to the advancement of humanism in the last few decades in our society. Ronald Reagan appointed the evangelical Dr. C. Everett Koop to the position of Surgeon General in his administration. He partnered with Dr. Francis Schaeffer in making the video below. It is very valuable information for Christians to have.  Actually I have included a video below that includes comments from him on this subject.

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Francis Schaeffer Whatever Happened to the Human Race (Episode 1) ABORTION

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Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR

Dr. Francis schaeffer – The flow of Materialism(from Part 4 of Whatever happened to human race?)

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I read a very good article back during the middle of the Republican Presidential Primary about Michele Bachman and how her pro-life views evolved after reading the works of Francis Schaeffer and Dr. C. Everett Koop. Here it is:

Bachmann: Christian Writer Francis Schaeffer Shaped Pro-Life Views

by Steven Ertelt | Des Moines, IA | LifeNews.com | 7/26/11 12:06 PM

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is one of the several pro-life advocates seeking the Republican nomination to face pro-abortion President Barack Obama and she cites Christian writer Francis Schaeffer as an influence on her pro-life views.

In a campaign stop to speak to local residents at a church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Bachmann shared her testimony and talked about the Christian faith she and her husband share. That faith, which has matured thanks to the writings of Schaeffer, has led Bachman to a pro-life view that has seen her compile a 100% pro-life voting record in Congress and adopt dozens of foster children.

“One thing that Dr. Schaeffer said is that [God is] not just the God of theology. He’s not just the God of the Bible,” Bachmann said, according to the Des Moines Register. “Since he is the Creator God, he’s the father of biology, sociology, of political science, of you name the subject. … And that altered our way of thinking, that God had something to say about our career.”

“Francis Schaeffer also said that life is the watershed issue of our time, and how we come down on how we view human life will impact all other issues,” she said. “And so Marcus and I decided we didn’t want to be pro-life only, just as speaking… We wanted to live a life of being about pro-life.”

The Register indicates Bachmann told the audience that, upon the encouragement to put her pro-life views into action, she and her husband began counseling and praying with single mothers and helping them get to pregnancy and adoption centers to provide further practical support instead of abortion.

“This is not to condemn any woman who here has ever had an abortion or participated in one,” she said, according to the newspaper. “Because God is there also with grace and mercy in that situation, but to say that he is the life-giving only God who has answers in the midst of our trying times.”

Dave Andrusko, of the National Right to Life Committee, says he is not surprised Schaeffer helped shaped Bachmann’s faith and pro-life views.

“There are a couple of reasons it’s useful to talk about Congresswoman Bachmann’s talk—her testimony. Like almost all the GOP candidates current running, and most of the few who may still jump in, she is staunchly pro-life,” he says. “Schaeffer is perhaps best known to pro-life veterans for co-authoring with Dr. C. Everett Koop (later Surgeon General) the hugely influential “Whatever Happened to the Human Race?” Both as a book and a video series, the impact of “Whatever Happened to the Human Race” cannot be exaggerated. It awakened and mobilized Evangelical Protestants as nothing before had ever done.”

He called the Bachmanns “loving pro-lifers” who have expressed their Christian faith and pro-life views “through the hands and feet” of action.

President Obama talks a lot about hope and change but how does that apply to unborn babies? This editorial cartoon touches on this issue.

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