7 Quick Takes Friday - August 19, 2011 - the Cranky edition

Thanks to Jen for hosting.

As you may be able to tell from the above image (credit where credit is due), this will not be the cheeriest of Quick Takes.

1. I had a fairly bizarre e-mail conversation with Mike Gendron, a fallen-away Catholic who now leads an anti-Catholic organization called "Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries" (the website is www.pro-gospel.org, but I don't recommend visiting... the less hits that guy gets, the better; instead, visit John Martignoni's Bible Christian Society to get a good idea of the false information he [Gendron] disseminates).

At any rate, I posted my exchange with him at the Catholic Answers Forums if anyone's interested in reading (it spans several posts so be sure to read all of the thread to see the whole thing). Notice how he refuses to answer any direct questions and changes topic whenever cornered with something he can't answer?

This guy is truly deluded and could use some serious prayers.

2. Then, on Jill Stanek's blog, I replied to her post regarding that awful story in the New York Times about the woman who aborted one of her twins because she apparently didn't feel like having two babies (ugh). A rabid pro-IVF supporter named "Maria" and I had a back-and-forth conversation in which she made this accusation:

And to Joanna, you have been pregnant six times, that you know about, because you got a positive pregnancy test, because the embryo implanted. You actually intentionally caused the death of many more embryos if you had unprotected sex more than 6 times. You can sugercoat [sic] it and call it a miscarriage if it makes you sleep better at night, but by your logic, the simple fact that you deliberately took that chance of having unprotected sex more than the 6 times you were pregnant makes you a baby killer like me.

Yeah, that's right. Apparently, if I have ever conceived a child that did not implant, it was my fault that the baby died because... I should have contracepted so that s/he didn't get conceived in the first place? The whole conversation is just one long ride on the crazy-train.

3. Here's a gem from a pro-abortion advocate at Leila's blog, during a discussion about the humanity of the unborn: "But that zygote that I started out as wasn't me."

"The illogic, it burns us, precious!"

4. Oh, hey, did you know that "the National Organization of Marriage (NOM) [...] has prepared a campaign pledge that calls for Republican candidates to promise to 'investigate' gay Americans if elected president?" So says this "news" site.

Interestingly enough, if you read the actual text of the one-page, six-paragraph pledge, it doesn't say that at all! Rather, the candidate promises to "establish a presidential commission on religious liberty to investigate and document reports of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed."

Can someone please explain to me how investigating harassment and civil rights abuses equates to "investigating gays"? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Somehow I don't think the MSM will be very quick to expose the lies of this so-called news source.

5. Apparently, Ron Paul has suddenly ceased to exist. In an eerie Sixth Sense-like plot development, Jon Stewart is the only one who can see him:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Indecision 2012 - Corn Polled Edition - Ron Paul & the Top Tier
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on Facebook

I'm not a rabid Ron Paul supporter, but for crying out loud, the guy deserves to be treated as a viable candidate given his poll numbers.

6. And don't even get me started on this guy who claims that pro-lifers aren't morally consistent unless we start killing abortionists to save babies (because not doing so means we don't care about saving babies, apparently). Sigh.

7. To end my depressing Quick Takes, a Dilbert cartoon that further serves to convince me that Scott Adams has hidden cameras at my place of employment:

It all makes sense now.

If you'll excuse me, I think I need to go spend time with my two favorite men, Ben & Jerry (in lieu of a big glass of wine...).


  1. Love your Dilbert cartoon....ha! sounds like my place of employment, too!

  2. #3, hahaha!!!

    I hear ya. I spent years battling the pro-aborts and I'm just bewildered by people sometimes. It's just not worth it to me to bother. I don't know how you and Leila do it on a regular basis. I went insane after doing it for a couple years. Don't let it get you down, though I know that's hard to do!

    Now I just post articles and those that choose to read sometimes change their minds. Jennifer's article about pro choice intellectual honesty grabbed one of my pro choice friends, and I'm thinking we're going to see a change in her soon. :)

  3. Sometimes when I get to feeling like this, I need to literally unplug the laptop for a while and take the baby to the park, something to remind me that there is beauty in the world, and none of those nutsjobs can take it away from you.

  4. Unfortunately, it's 110 degrees here, so the park would be uncomfortable... but you're right, I think I need to decompress. Thankfully we're going on vacation at the beginning of September.

  5. JoAnna, I can feel the frustration seeping through the computer. What a tough week! Especially when you are pregnant, tired, and HOT. Ugh.

    Abortion is unhealthy whether you look at it from human rights or medically; it is a surgery. Surgeries should not be done on a regular basis. If we could eliminate the need for abortions, women would be much healthier as a whole. Additionally, I feel that men need to be part of the conversation. It is easy to say "don't abort a baby" when you do not have to face the consequences--financial, emotional, physical--of pregnancy. Yes we have the choice to have sex, but men must be part of the equation when it comes to the consequences of intercourse. I also feel that men play an important role in rearing children; if we want happier, healthier moms and infants, we need to raise the standard of fatherhood.

    The Daily Show keeps me sane. It really does. With my husband gone 10-14 hours a day, I use John Stewart and Colbert to unwind. I also get all my news from them. I know, responsible right?

    I do hope your weekend is restful. Although, being pregnant I am sure that is not easy.

    Take care, friend. (I hope I can call you that!)

  6. This is last week's post, but yes, it was rough! I appreciate the kind words of friends. :)

    For the record, I adore both Stewart and Colbert. I don't agree with them 100% of the time, but they always make me laugh regardless!

    Another "news" source you might enjoy is NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me." It's available as a podcast and it's HILARIOUS.

  7. Oh I have been a fan of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me since it's inception. : )


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