Painting Ohio’s 13th District a nice deep red

Tell Hugh Hewitt I did my duty. I gave a copy of this …

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… to Congressional candidate Paul Burtzlaff last night.
Paul Burtzlaff photographHe’s running for the open seat in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District, which was vacated this year by Sherrod Brown. A conservative Republican, Burtzlaff is a former Navy chaplain who’s now a Lutheran pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Westlake, OH. I’m a parishioner there, so I know the man well and endorse him heartily. His honesty and integrity are beyond reproach, so you can trust him to follow through on his promises (much like somebody else we all know).
He’s strong on national security, and his campaign is also emphasizing his commitment to improving education and bringing jobs to Ohio. He’s never run for public office before, so he’s no member of the Washington “in crowd”, nor is he one of the Ohio GOP establishment elites who brought us candidates like Bob Taft and Jim Petro. Burtzlaff is refreshingly straightforward and open about his policy positions, so you’ll always know what he believes and why. He doesn’t flip-flop, either.
I’ll be supporting Paul Burtzlaff’s campaign, and hopefully before long there will be some seriously meaty information to publish about this candidate. For instance, although there’s no press release yet, Burtzlaff just won the endorsement of The Ohio Right to Life Society, and he will also be the focus of a Meet The Bloggers session on Saturday the 15th if the MTB crew agrees to the date (details coming soon).
Keep your eye on Paul Burtzlaff. The results of the May 2nd Republican primary might just surprise you.

Sherrod Brown’s weaknesses hit the Toledo Blade

Paul Hackett, the newly ex-candidate for Mike Dewine’s senate seat, had quite an interesting sackful of opposition research on his fellow Democrat and opponent, Sherrod Brown. How can I be sure? Hackett’s campaign dumped the information right in the lap of the Toledo Blade, which promptly published it.
The article illustrates how Brown is fundamentally weak on supporting our national intelligence efforts (which is no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention). It won’t hurt him in the Democratic primary, but in the general election race he’ll get hammered as being soft on terrorism. Which he is.
Excuse me while I go crack open a celebratory bottle of Carlsberg beer.
More blogging:
NixGuy, who points out that Brown has such an impossible uphill climb in the general election that conservatives now have even better reasons to support Bill Pierce over DeWine in the Republican primary.
Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt

SFC Paul Smith to receive Medal of Honor

Sergeant 1st Class Paul Smith will receive the Medal of Honor (posthumously) next month. For all Medal of Honor citations, see the incongruously-named Congressional Medal of Honor Society. There’s more general info at Wikipedia.
I’ll bet President Bush mentions Segreant Smith in his State of the Union address tonight.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

UPDATE: Can anybody tell me what the Medal of Honor Flag looks like?
UPDATE 2: A study in contrasts.

Pope objects to Groningen Protocol

Wes Roth just e-mailed me to let me know that Pope John Paul II made an appeal to end the Groningen Protocol:

The Pope has urged doctors and authorities in the Netherlands to think again about their increasingly far-reaching decisions on euthanasia.
He issued his appeal as it emerged that a group of senior Dutch doctors had formally reported themselves for killing 22 terminally ill newborn babies. Their admissions were intended to force the authorities to agree to regulate the practice.
Pope John Paul II said on Saturday: “I urge the authorities and medical personnel and all those who exercise an educative role to weigh the gravity of these questions.”

The Pope expressed his objections while receiving the new Dutch ambassador to the Vatican, Monique Frank.
He said: “For several years Dutch society, marked by the phenomenon of secularisation, has set in motion a legislative policy concerning the beginning and the end of human life.
“The Holy See has not failed to lay out its clear position and to invite Catholics in the Netherlands always to bear witness to the most absolute respect of the human person, from conception to natural death.”

I’m glad he’s speaking out. But for all the effect he’ll have on today’s Dutch, the Pope may as well shout into the wind.
I’ve commented on the Groningen Protocol before (here, here, and here). I’ll be gone most of tonight so I’ll be blogless, but my initial observation is straightforward: what more do we expect from a radically secular society? A callous disregard for human life flows predictably from a worldview that denies the existence of objective moral standards, much less any obligation to obey them.
Do the Dutch see the well-worn path they’ve started on? They don’t … and this road bends ever downwards. It’s doubly disappointing to see this banal form of evil sprouting in a place that once was a center of Calvinist thought and reformation. For once, the often over-used Nazi comparison applies.
We in America would be wise not to keep following the Dutch.

So is it a crisis or not?

Paul Krugman, target of frequent fiskings, takes fire for his latest complaints about Social Security privatization from JustOneMinute:

Oh, it was privatizers on the right that invented the Social Security crisis? Then when Bill CLinton insisted in his State of the Union that we “Save Social Security first”, what was that about? And why did Al Gore keep going on (and on,and on) about his “lockbox”?
We all know the answer – Back in the era of budget surpluses Social Security was in a crisis discovered by Bill Clinton so that no one could cut taxes until Social Security was “saved”. Well, Republicans (with some Democratic votes) cut taxes without saving Social Security, but the public perception of crisis lingers.
Bill Clinton started this fire, but it was George Bush who brought the hotdogs and marshmallows. My Metaphor-Mixer is pointing towards “Reap what you sow”.

That’s going to leave a mark.

Jesus gets a fair shake from ABC?

Robert Louis Wilkin caught my attention on yesterday’s OpinionJournal with his article “The ABC of Holy Week.” Mixed in with his observations about ABC’s new documentary “Jesus and Paul: The Word and the Witness”, this caught me by surprise:

Some of the most thoughtful observations come from Jewish scholars — e.g., on the question of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples after his death. We cannot know exactly what happened, says one, but clearly something did happen, and it was this that gave birth to Christianity. [Emphasis added]

Amazing. No dismissive scoffing at half-baked Apostolic conspiracies to hoodwink gullible believers? The shockwaves from Mel Gibson’s “Passion of The Christ” continue to reverberate. Maybe I’ll give this thing a chance and watch it, Peter Jennings notwithstanding.