Straw man demolished

In response to a commercial calling attention to Obama’s links to unrepentant terrorist-bomber and 2006 praiser to his face of Venezuela’s Chavez, Dems asked in their own commercial:

“With all our problems, why is John McCain talking about the 60s, trying to link Barack Obama to radical Bill Ayers?” the Obama ad asks. “McCain knows Obama denounced Ayers’ crimes, committed when Obama was just 8 years old.”

The people that ask that have no idea the havoc an eight-year-old can cause.  They’ll never get away with this.  Barack the kid resonated with Ayers’s actions.  He even sent a donation.

And who how he gave his support at this crucial moment in A’s life in 1981, when he and Bernardine Dohrn walked out a court house free as birds?

Ayers, Dohrn in '81

Who’s who, what’s what in Georgia

“Virtually everyone is wrong” about who started it in Georgia, including APwrites Michael Totten from Tbilisi:

Georgia didn’t start it on August 7, nor on any other date. The South Ossetian militia started it on August 6 when its fighters fired on Georgian peacekeepers and Georgian villages with weapons banned by the agreement hammered out between the two sides in 1994. At the same time, the Russian military sent its invasion force bearing down on Georgia from the north side of the Caucasus Mountains on the Russian side of the border through the Roki tunnel and into Georgia. This happened before Saakashvili sent additional troops to South Ossetia and allegedly started the war.

Russia seen through Georgian eyes:

Peacekeeper Poster Tbilisi

Totten has his info from a Georgia govt. media advisor, vetted by U. of Montana teacher and author of three books about the Caucasus — Azerbaijan Diary, Georgia Diary and Chechnya Diary — Thomas Goltz, based on his near-20 years of being there.

Read on.

Nancy tries morality, flunks

These prelates know the score:

Now the full weight of the Catholic Church is coming down on Nancy Pelosi. Bravo to Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Lori who join Archbishop Chaput in setting an example for their fellow Church leaders. Now, how about the Bishop of San Francisco? The story:

It’s about Nutty Nancy telling the clue-free Meet the Press man what’s RC teaching and what isn’t, in the cause of her man the Big O., the deucedly clever chap whose pay level doesn’t cover human rights for little people.  She cited Augustine in support of a three-month rule.  The prelates:

In the Middle Ages, uninformed and inadequate theories about embryology led some theologians to speculate that specifically human life capable of receiving an immortal soul may not exist until a few weeks into pregnancy. While in canon law these theories led to a distinction in penalties between very early and later abortions, the Church’s moral teaching never justified or permitted abortion at any stage of development.

Oh.  In other words, Peggy Noonan is right:

We know when life begins. Everyone who ever bought a pack of condoms knows when life begins.

To put it another way, with conception something begins. What do you think it is? A car? A 1948 Buick?

The prelates continued:

These mistaken biological theories became obsolete over 150 years ago when scientists discovered that a new human individual comes into being from the union of sperm and egg at fertilization. In keeping with this modern understanding, the Church has long taught that from the time of conception (fertilization), each member of the human species must be given the full respect due to a human person, beginning with respect for the fundamental right to life.

It is about time someone called her and other Catholics on it who trade on their being Catholic for political gain.

Wall St. Journal’s Market Watch has the Rigali et al. text.  Catholic News Service is working on it.  Rush L. beat them all to it:

[T]his is just embarrassing. As I’ve often wondered, is she genuinely this uneducated, uninformed, silly, stupid, whatever — and I’ve concluded there isn’t a word to describe the status of her brain.  The Catholic Church doesn’t know? The Catholic Church hasn’t stipulated?

Well Rush, you can hit many a Catholic church on Sunday and be unsure in the matter.