The Daily Agenda for Thursday, May 23
29 minutes ago
"...is it really so hard to believe that the joke Letterman was making about a Palin daughter getting 'knocked up' was about the Palin daughter who, you know, got knocked up? And when you consider that said daughter has decided to make herself a poster- (and cover-) girl for teen abstinence, then, by stepping into the media spotlight, she's exposed herself to the jokes (funny or not) of late night comics."There's really no way to say it any clearer. The joke about a Palin daughter getting "knocked up" by a baseball player (who has been involved in his own sex scandals) was funny because it inferred "mechanical inelasticity" on the part of Bristol Palin. ("Mechanical inelasticity" is a term that refers to a humorous scenario in which someone repeats his or her normal behavior even though that behavior isn't well-suited to the current situation.) The joke would not make any sense in reference to any of Palin's other children since none of them have ever been "knocked up." Therefore, the joke had to have been a reference to Bristol. (Some people have contended that the fact that Willow was the daughter who actually attended the baseball game suggests that she was the unnamed daughter referred to in the joke. However, this is a weak argument since the whole joke is based on hypotheticals. The idea that Bristol was at the ballpark is just as accurate as the idea that either daughter had sex with A-Rod.)
"Today we're standing up for the liberties of same-sex couples by making clear they will receive the same rights, responsibilities and respect under New Hampshire law."
We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down. Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller's family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ.After reading it, it is apparent that the statement was designed not to call for peace, but instead to emphasize their hatred of Tiller. The first sentence essentially says the organization wasn't responsible for killing him. The next sentence serves to portray Tiller as a bad person, thus giving the impression that he was a criminal (despite the fact that Tiller had been found not guilty of any such charges). The next sentence just restates the whole "don't blame us" idea. And the final sentence is designed to emphasize the organization's religious beliefs, specifically emphasizing that these beliefs are (in their minds anyway) Christian and Christian alone. Additionally, referring to the victim as "Mr. Tiller," instead of "Dr. Tiller" is again a way to re-emphasize their belief that Tiller should not have mainatained his ability to practice medicine. (Again, all such accussations were disproven in court.) Although their statement has a few issues, it's OK in the sense that it got the message across that Operation Rescue denies responsibility for the attack and isn't overjoyed by the news.
George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder. Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.This quote is from Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue. Without going into the details of his statement, Terry's message is terrible for the simple reason that it shows support for Tiller's murder. Obviously, there are a lot of problems with suggesting that you're proud to see your enemies dead and that you'd like to see more of the same.