I figured I would blog while I was at work. Today is turning into quite the interesting day. I have a date with this guy I really like on Wednesday, but I figure I can go out for a lunch date in the mean time. No sense in being exclusive if it hasn’t been stated yet, right? That makes me sound terrible, but I refuse to eat lunch alone, so whatever. I’ll deal with the slight hit on my reputation. :D
“Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.”—V (from V for Vendetta
I need to find out how to get to my internship from my apartment and today was my day to do that. Unfortunately, I decided that I didn’t have the energy, so I just got on the metro website and wrote down the rail schedule. Hopefully that will be enough…
"Okay, everybody, I have to go see the pyramids." –President Barack Obama, ending a series of interviews in Cairo.
"Look, that’s me!" –Obama, pointing out a big-eared man on a Egyptian tomb’s hieroglyphics.
"What the hell’s wrong with you?" …Vice President Joe Biden, poking fun at Georgia’s Republican governor, Sonny Perdue, for attempting to make an early departure from a meeting on light rail funds.
"It looked pretty clean. I needed it. It was hot." –San Francisco Giants left fielder Fred Lewis, explaining why he was admonished by a White House tour guide for grabbing a towel.
"For those who keep track of such things, both men wore light blue neckties with diagonal dark stripes, though the president’s tie also had diagonal white stripes as well." –Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan, describing the scene at Rep. John McHugh’s nomination as Secretary of the Army.
"Unlike the Yankees, we got out of the gate pretty quick." –Biden, comparing the Obama administration’s pace with that of the slow-starting Yankees.
"Heading on Fox News at 4 p.m. Ill be discussing Obama’s Supreme choice (the judge, not Diana Ross!)" –Rep. Darrell Issa, Twittering.
"How Does Sotomayor Really Feel About Nunchakus?" –the title of a CQ article by Seth Stern.
“Eating that tarantula like she had to is an act of love. It’s a sign that this is a mother who loves her children.” –Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, praising his wife, Patti, for eating a tarantula on the NBC reality show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.”
"This College is Gutsy!" –Robert Novak, praising Thomas More College in an email for having invited him to deliver its commencement address.
It’s been a few days and I’ve finally calmed down about the murder of Dr. Tiller, a Wichita, Kansas women’s clinic operator. To be honest, I haven’t really calmed down, but rather “let go” of the event. These will be my last words on abortion, period, until I feel compelled to speak again. What happened to this man was tragic. Anyone who is killed in cold blood deserves our pity at least. The fact that he was killed at his church makes it only worse. The man who killed Dr. Tiller should be sentenced to life without parole.
There is a larger point to be made here, however. Abortion is an issue that is not going away. While I do feel that abortion is wrong, I do see that there are situations in which abortions should be performed with the consent of the woman (rape, danger to the life of the woman, certain conditions in which the fetus will not be alive post-birth, etc). This, however, is not the point I seek to make. I have been disturbed by the ferocity of the comments of both pro-life and pro-choice activists, both in the news and online. There are two main atrocities which I would like to reverse; attacks on religion should not be acceptable, and Dr. Tiller’s assassin should not be treated as an anti-abortion hero.
The most disturbing comments in the wake of this cold-blooded murder came from pro-lifers who literally supported the killing of Dr. Tiller and believed it was an important step toward ending abortions in the United States. These “pro-lifers” should take a cue from their stance on the abortion issue and respect all life. Christianity teaches that murder is wrong, therefore Christians should not be supporting a murderer, regardless of their stance on the abortion issue. This debate has gotten so heated that Americans are forgetting that we all have a similar goal: to reduce unplanned pregnancies (and abortions by extension) and ensure that all of our people are healthy. Must we really resort to cheering a cold-blooded murderer? As a pro-lifer (with my notable exceptions) I am disgusted.