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An Examined Life

When my daughters were born, my first question about them, and I suspect yours too, was, “Are they healthy? Do they have all their fingers and toes” If they weren’t, if the child was born with Down’s Syndrome, for example, I imagine you cried for your child and for yourself. Most learned to love the child or loved the child from conception. Many or most, I suppose, were grateful for this child in your life and all that you shared with this child and learned from this child.

Science has given us tools to detect Down’s Syndrome and we can choose to abort the fetus. 90% choose abortion. Lawsuits are brought against doctor’s for not detecting the syndrome. Parents, for example, artificially impregnated, have brought suit for failure to test the egg or sperm donor. From an article at FindLaw written by Sherry F. Colb titled Better to Have Never Been Born? Wrongful Life Litigation

The more gut-wrenching form of wrongful life litigation occurs when the parents in question do want a child. They just don’t want this child.

HeroicLife at Truth, Justice, and the American Way

But what can we say about a parent that chooses a life of suffering upon their child?

HeroicLife argues, that now that we can detect birth defects, we pat ourselves on the back for being moral by choosing life. Is it moral to have the baby anyway, condemning the child to suffering?

Colb writes

Most of us believe that suffering is an evil, and that when suffering becomes intense enough, it might be worse than death. The prospect of death, for example, might not induce a prisoner of war to talk, but the threat of torture could. It is accordingly comforting to learn that a loved one’s death was “mercifully quick” rather than lengthy and painful.

We even have lawsuits brought in the name of the child born with a defect saying in effect, “I, the child who should not have been born, hereby sue the doctor whose negligence led to my existence.”

These sentiments express the view that at least under some circumstances, nonexistence might be better for the person who does not exist than life. It is not that the dead person has an identity in which he suffers less than his alter ego, the living and suffering version of him. Rather, it is that the suffering of the existing person is so great as to make life not worth living anymore, from that person’s own perspective.

Obama said that questions about when life begins, “Is above my pay grade!”

Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Science has given us great gifts. Could we not imagine an aborted child sue by saying in a sense, “I, the child who should have been born, hereby sue the doctor whose science led to my non-existence and prevented me from examining life as this child with these defects.”

After all, we all are born with defects, non of us are perfect. Some choose to believe being born a girl is defect, being born gay is a defect. Who knows maybe being born with a thinking brain is a defect!

Gustav To Miss NOLA To The Left?

Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog writes that Gustav is strengthening; pressure has fallen and higher winds will follow.

Gustav’s storm surge is not likely to breach the New Orleans levees–if they perform as designed

The latest computer generated storm surge map shows that highest surge will be along the levee system along the east side of New Orleans. Storm surge levels of this magnitude are characteristic of a Category 3 hurricane. The levee system of New Orleans is designed to withstand a Category 3 storm surge. If Gustav intensifies more than the NHC forecast is calling for, there is a significant threat of multiple levee failures in the New Orleans levee system resulting in flooding of portions of the city. However, the latest 12Z (8 am EDT) model runs have shifted their landfall points a bit further west, reducing the odds of a Category 4 storm surge in New Orleans. My best guess is that New Orleans will suffer a Category 2 or 3-level storm surge. The levees will hold with that level of storm surge, if they perform as designed.

Here’s a computer generated map of potential storm surge:

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“The Worst Vice-Presidential Nominee in U.S. History”

You know how you bookmark pages to come back to, later, to read? Well, I’m bookmarking the column by Robert J. Elisberg at The Huffington Post, titled The Worst Vice-Presidential Nominee in U.S. History.

You know the elites have been telling us that with Bush’s approval ratings in the crapper, the Democrats will sweep to the presidency and Congress. Then with Barack, the first black man, he will wipe the floor with whomever the Republicans nominate. They also told you that Hillary would be nominated. Then the elites were amazed that Barack wasn’t up 12 to 15 points. They were saying, “Wait for the post-convention bounce. Right after the “big speech”, McCain nominates Palin and nobody is commenting on the speech.

Now we have Elisberg’s column. He writes

No doubt John McCain will get some women to vote for him who wouldn’t have otherwise, and even some independents. But he will also probably lose as many Republicans uncomfortable with a woman on the ticket – let alone a woman with so little experience as Sarah Palin. Not to mention that the choice will cause many undecided Democratic women to be aghast and push them back to following their Democratic beliefs. And further, it will lose all the independents who look at the GOP ticket and say “This is who I’m supposed to give my vote for the next four years to lead and protect America??” It may even appeal to right-wing evangelicals for her strong pro-life stance and get some to vote – but that position and others related to it are specifically what loses even more women voters. And men. Ultimately, the nomination will lose far, far more votes than it gains.

So let’s bookmark this column and my post and check back in 67 days. According to all the elites we were going to lose anyway. Maybe, Sarah Barracuda, will surprise.

And…It Has Started

Comedy Central’s reaction to the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin:

Just keep up the jokes!

Gov. Palin And Windfall Profits

One criticism of Sarah Palin we are already hearing is that like Obama she supports a windfall profits tax on the oil companies. I refer you to Beldar Blog:

First, let’s test your knowledge of the taxes that ExxonMobil pays:

For the second quarter of 2008, two highly pertinent financial figures reported by ExxonMobil were its net income (as calculated according to U.S. GAAP, i.e., generally accepted accounting principles) and the taxes it paid. Which of the following statements is true?

1. ExxonMobile’s net income was $32.4 billion. It paid income taxes and other taxes totaling $11.7 billion.
2. ExxonMobil’s net income was $11.7 billion. It paid income taxes and other taxes totaling $32.4 billion.

Statement #2 is TRUE, #1 is FALSE. And as I’ve written before, the higher oil goes, the more taxes the government collects. Our government has a vested interest in high oil prices.

What Gov. Palin did was increase the severance tax.

Beldar explains the actions of Palin:

Alaska’s previous version of its severance tax had been negotiated behind closed doors by defeated Gov. Frank Murkowski, a few top state legislators (some of whom are now in prison for corruption), and energy lobbyists. One of the campaign planks upon which Gov. Palin ran for office was replacing that tax with one negotiated in the open with full transparency; and the resulting tax was, indeed, slightly more favorable to the State of Alaska.

The Left Is Scared Of Sarah Palin

Bill Kristol writes Why the left is scared to death of McCain’s running mate. Gov. Sarah Palin is a conservative mother of five, a wife, an outdoors woman, a fisherman, a basketball player, a former beauty queen and a hottie.

The left is going to tell you over the next 66 days before the election that this woman is unqualified to be VP.

They will ridicule her and patronize her. They will distort her words and caricature her biography. They will appeal, sometimes explicitly, to anti-small town and anti-religious prejudice. All of this will be in the cause of trying to prevent the American people from arriving at their own judgment of Sarah Palin.

Maybe, one problem in this country is the elites are running it. They come from Harvard, they are policy wonks, they have been in Washington most of their lives as lobbyists or lawyers. However, they don’t seem to have common sense or moral principles on which to base decisions. They care more for compromise. They don’t recognize evil and they want to model our country on a failed Europe and all its tangling alliances.

Sarah Palin doesn’t fit that mold and will be expected by the elites to fail on policy questions with the press and in the debate with Sen. Biden. In fact, they will magnify any little gaffe, any little mistep.

Take her stand on abortion. How many women tested for Down Syndrome when pregnant will elect to have an abortion if the test turns out positive. 90%!

About 90 percent of pregnant women who are given a Down syndrome diagnosis have chosen to have an abortion.

That’s where your moral beliefs get a real test.

If you missed John McCains introduction of Sarah Palin,

Gustav: Category Three FOUR

UPDATE: Gustav is now a Category Four Hurricane with max sustained winds of 145 mph!

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Hurricane Gustav’s max sustained winds are now at 125 mph and gusts to 155! When winds reach 111-130 mph, that’s a category three. The storm track has Gustav heading for the western edge of Cuba, then into the Gulf, where the track is indicating landfall near the Texas Louisiana border.

As for TS Hanna, it is expected tobecome a hurricane in the next 36 to 48 hours.

Hurricane Gustav and TS Hanna

On the three year anniversary of Katrina hitting New Orleans, the danger is back. Gustav is now officially a hurricane and according to Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog, right now it looks like it will be about 70% as large as Katrina and a category three as it approaches. He’s suggesting, you get out. Don’t wait longer than Saturday morning. Take the labor day weekend away from NOLA. AccuWeather says,

Gustav could reach Category 3 strength as it tracks over the Cayman Islands Saturday and could become even stronger as it churns through the Gulf of Mexico.

Gustav will be aiming directly at the offshore oil rigs. Recall those rigs were shut down for months after Katrina. You would expect higher oil prices if supply is reduced.

Behind Hurricane Gustav is tropicalstorm Hanna, which may get into the Gulf later next week and also become a hurricane, a one-two punch on the gulf coast.

McCain Selects Woman!

Now we’ve a race, McCain turned BOLD and selected Gov. Palin of Alaska, a woman, for his running mate!

(Palin) grew up in Wasilla, just outside of Anchorage, and played on the Wasilla state championship girls’ basketball team. She was crowned Miss Wasilla in 1984 and was a runner-up in the Miss Alaska pageant.

Palin studied journalism and political science at the University of Idaho and graduated in 1987. She eloped with her high school boyfriend, Todd Palin, in 1988 to save money on an expensive wedding. She helped out in her husband’s family commercial fishing business and appeared occasionally as a television sportscaster

Highlights of Governor Palin’s tenure include a successful push for an ethics bill, and also shelving pork-barrel projects supported by fellow Republicans. Palin successfully killed the Bridge to Nowhere project that had become a nationwide symbol of wasteful earmark spending.” Alaska needs to be self-sufficient, she says, instead of relying heavily on ‘federal dollars,’ as the state does today.”

She appears to be as independent as McCain and seems unafraid to blister party bigs..

Beavers Lose 28 to 36!

It doesn’t get any easier. The 9-4 Beavers lost to the 4-8 Stanford team. Next week the Beavers face #22 Penn State.

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