Make your money count

New polls show that the race between Republican US Senate candidate Tom Coburn and Democrat Brad Carlson in Oklahoma is a tossup.
Coburn is the more talented candidate, but Carson is benefiting from a systematic campaign by Oklahoma media to boost his candidacy. Coburn needs our help to tip the scales. A few dollars can go a long way towards buying advertising that highlights Coburn’s conservatism and Carson’s liberalism. You can easily contribute to Coburn’s campaign online.
Today is Wictory Wednesday. Every Wednesday, hundreds of bloggers ask their readers to donate to an important Republican Senate campaign.
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Wictory Wednesday, D minus 27

There’s a very interesting Senate race in North Carolina. Republican Richard Burr, who was 10 points behind Democrat Erskine Bowles, is rapidly moving up and the race is now dead even. It’s only going to get better for Burr. North Carolina has no business electing a Democrat senator and this seat will be an easy GOP pickup in 2004.
However, Burr needs your help. The wealthy Bowles is pouring his own money into the race and Burr needs to counter him. If you don’t want Democrats controlling the Senate, then please contribute whatever little you can to Burr�s campaign.
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Wictory Wednesday, D minus 42

Florida. President Bush has a much better chance of winning it than he did in 2000. But we can improve his chances even more, make the state a lock, and replace a Democrat senator from Florida this year.
Mel Martinez is the Republican candidate for Senate from Florida. He�s a Cuban-American immigrant success story, who will help the president attract a larger share of the Hispanic vote. If Martinez wins, he�ll be replacing the notoriously nutty Democrat Senator Bob Graham, who�s retiring this year.
But he needs your help to make this happen. counts in a large state like Florida. Your contribution could make the difference between a Democrat-controlled Senate that obstructs the president, and a Republican-controlled one that will help him move America forward.
Today is Wictory Wednesday. Every Wednesday, hundreds of bloggers ask their readers to donate to an important Republican Senate campaign.
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Wictory Wednesday in South Dakota

Today is Wictory Wednesday, when right-thinking and -voting bloggers implore you to help a key Senate candidate.
When President Bush is re-elected, he can put genuinely conservative judges on the federal bench for the next four years. We need to send a message to Senate Democrats: they cannot obstruct these nominations. We need to make an example of the obstructionist-in-chief, Tom Daschle.
John Thune is our candidate to do this. He has a slight lead in the polls, but he’s being vastly outspent by Daschle. If you can give $10, $25, or $100, this would be a good time to donate to Thune’s campaign.
I’m not the only one urging you onward:

Wictory Wednesday (D minus 56)

There are 56 days to go until Election Day, and John Kerry’s campaign is spiraling downward toward a very hard landing.

Ouch!

Don’t let Kerry pull out of his nosedive. Today is Wictory Wednesday, when right-thinking and -voting bloggers implore you to volunteer for or donate to the Bush/Cheney campaign. If you’re a liberal, contribute money or volunteer work to Ralph Nader. I’m not the only one urging you onward:

Wictory Wednesday, RNC version

There are 62 days to go until Election Day, and John Kerry’s campaign is spiraling downward toward a very hard landing.

Ouch!

Don’t let Kerry pull out of his nosedive. Today is Wictory Wednesday, when right-thinking and -voting bloggers urge you to volunteer for or donate to the Bush/Cheney campaign. If you’re a liberal, contribute money or volunteer work to Ralph Nader. I’m not the only one urging you onward:

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Hey, John: it’s not the fall that hurts. It’s the sudden stop at the end.

Wictory Wednesday, D minus 69

There are 69 days to go until Election Day, and thanks to some wily sailors in swift boats, John Kerry’s campaign has sprung what is known in seagoing damage control parlance as “a big freakin’ leak.”

Abandon ship!

Don’t let his crew of lawyers and spin doctors plug the hole. Today is Wictory Wednesday, when right-thinking and -voting bloggers urge you to volunteer for or donate to the Bush/Cheney campaign. If you’re a liberal, contribute money or volunteer work to the fringe candidates on your side. I’m not the only one urging you onward:

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The drifting wreck of Kerry’s campaign is becoming a hazard to navigation. Torpedo that sucker.

Another Wictory Wednesday, and Kerry’s still sinking

Thanks to some wily sailors in swift boats, John Kerry’s campaign has sprung what is known in seagoing damage control parlance as “a big freakin’ leak.”

Abandon ship!

Don’t let his crew of lawyers and spin doctors plug the hole. Today is Wictory Wednesday, when right-thinking and -voting bloggers urge you to volunteer for or donate to the Bush/Cheney campaign. If you’re a liberal, contribute money or volunteer work to the fringe candidates on your side. I’m not the only one urging you onward:

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Batteries released … commence firing!

Kerry sinking on Wictory Wednesday: coincidence?

Thanks to some wily sailors in swift boats, John Kerry’s campaign has sprung what is known in seagoing damage control parlance as “a big freakin’ leak.”

Abandon ship!

Don’t let his crew of lawyers and spin doctors plug the hole. Today is Wictory Wednesday, when right-thinking and -voting bloggers urge you to volunteer for or donate to the Bush/Cheney campaign. If you’re a liberal, contribute money or volunteer work to the fringe candidates on your side. I’m not the only one urging you onward:

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Batteries released … commence firing!

Wictory Wednesday

Attention, right-thinking Americans! Today’s the day we of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy™ (see below) reiterate our orders to you: volunteer for or donate to the Bush/Cheney campaign.
You liberals, by contrast, are hereby politely asked (pretty please, with nonjudgmental fuzzy bunnies and nurturing gay couples and socialist utopian environmentally-friendly organically grown cherries on top) to contribute money or volunteer work to the fringe candidates on your side. It’s the right thing to do.

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Carry on.

Fatally flawed: the violinist argument for abortion rights

This was originally going to be a comment tacked onto the end of this post about abortion on Wizbang, but it got a bit long. Thank goodness for trackbacks!
In Paul’s post, he comments on John “Waffles” Kerry’s incoherent statement on abortion and the beginning of life:

A Catholic who supports abortion rights and has taken heat from some in the church hierarchy for his stance, Kerry told [The Washington Post], “I oppose abortion, personally. I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception.”

… Kerry has often said abortion should be “safe, legal and rare” …

Paul takes Kerry to task for saying that he thinks it should be safe and legal to kill babies … and I’m on board 100% with that observation. Now, some very thoughtful reader comments followed, including the following from Jack (who has his own blog, TigerHawk):

Actually, it is possible to argue that “life” begins at conception and believe that some abortions should be lawful without legalizing “murder.” It is not a politically attractive argument, but you can make it nonetheless.
There are actually two arguments.

The second argument turns on “duty to rescue” and our notions of personal autonomy. No American court, not even the Supreme Court, can require you to donate bone marrow, or even blood, to save the life of your autonomous child. That is your choice to make, and if you decide not to do it we may abhor your choice but we will not hold you down to extract the marrow.
Well, if we won’t require you to donate tissue to save the life of your already born child, why do we require you to “donate” tissue to the fetus that is attached to you? I’ve never understood that, and do not believe that we should. Therefore, separation from a fetus should be lawful, even if deplorable. [emphasis added]

This is a variation of what’s known as the violinist argument, first articulated in 1971 by Judith Jarvis Thomson. In her analogy a famous violinist develops a fatal kidney problem, so his friends rescue him by kidnapping a healthy bystander and plugging the violinist into the bystander’s kidneys. The kidnappers tell the victim that he shouldn’t unplug the violinist, since it would kill the poor musician … and after all the violinist can be safely unplugged after nine months (oh, how clever). Thomson then asserts that if it’s wrong to prohibit the bystander from defending himself from such an imposition on his body (however temporary), then it’s also wrong to prohibit a woman from “unplugging” an unwelcome fetus making similar demands on her body. Eileen McDonagh uses a variation on this theme today, but the basic argument’s the same.
Sounds pretty tightly reasoned, right? It can really flummox an inexperienced pro-life apologist. But it suffers from some critical flaws.

  • Unlike the violinist example, abortion isn’t “letting someone die”. It’s actively killing someone.
  • The violinist bears responsibility for allowing himself to be hooked up to the bystander. The unborn child neither consents to being conceived nor to being aborted. This matters. “Conception followed by eviction from the womb could be compared to capturing someone, placing him on an airplane, and then shoving him out without a parachute in mid-flight.” — Libertarians For Life
  • The mother’s womb is the baby’s natural environment. He’s not trespassing; it’s where he belongs.
  • A mother’s responsibility toward her child trumps her personal liberty. Greg Koukl puts it well:
     

    The violinist analogy suggests that a mother has no more responsibility for the welfare of her child than she has to a total stranger. … Blood relationships are never based on choice, yet they entail moral obligations, nonetheless. … If it is moral for a mother to deny her child the necessities of life (through abortion) before it is born, how can she be obligated to provide the same necessities after he’s born? Remember, Thompson concedes that the fetus is a person from the moment of conception. If her argument works to justify abortion, it works just as well to justify killing any dependent child. After all, a two-year-old makes a much greater demand on a woman than a developing unborn.
    Thompson is mistaken in presuming that pregnancy is the thing that expropriates a woman’s liberty. Motherhood does that, and motherhood doesn’t end with the birth of the child. Unlike the woman connected to the violinist, a mother is not released in nine months. Her burden has just begun. If Thompson’s argument works, then no child is safe from a mother who wants her liberty.

 

John Kerry's campaign

Scratch one pro-abort analogy.

Correction: I mistakenly credited Kevin with Paul’s writing, and have fixed that oversight. My bad, Paul.

It’s Wictory Wednesday again

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Carry on.

Pssst! It’s Wictory Wednesday!

Attention, right-thinking Americans! Today’s the day we of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy™ (see below) reiterate our orders to you: volunteer for or donate to the Bush/Cheney campaign.
You liberals, by contrast, are hereby politely asked (pretty please, with nonjudgmental fuzzy bunnies and nurturing gay couples and socialist utopian environmentally-friendly organically grown cherries on top) to contribute money or volunteer work to the fringe candidates on your side. It’s the right thing to do.

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Carry on.

Wictory Wednesday returns

Got brains? Then volunteer for or donate to the Bush ’04 campaign.
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The Gipper would have wanted you to.

Wictory Wednesday … for the Gipper

Those of you with brains are hereby ordered to volunteer for or donate to the Bush ’04 campaign. You liberals, by contrast, are hereby politely asked (pretty please, with nonjudgmental fuzzy bunnies and nurturing gay couples and socialist utopian environmentally-friendly organically grown cherries on top) to contribute money or volunteer work to the fringe candidates on your side.
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Reagan would have wanted you to.

The Kerry Lexicon, Volume III

Volume I and Volume II were pretty comprehensive, but Waffles just keeps giving me new material. Here goes Volume III of the Kerry Lexicon … translating Democrat Newspeak in the public interest.

Flip
What Waffles Says:
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What Waffles Means:
“I’m still reviewing the issue.” “I’ve realized you’re paying attention to my record. Stop it!”
“We should not be opening firehouses in Baghdad and shutting them in the United States of America.” “I’ll hike taxes and domestic spending while cutting the defense budget, and I’ll restrict our military operations to UN-approved interventions where America has no national interest at stake.”
“It will not be like Vietnam. I will get our troops home from Iraq with honor and with the interests of our country entirely protected.” “Run away! Run awaaaaaay!”
“I’m not going to tell you we won’t shift deployments from one place to another, but we’re not going to be engaged in an active kind of death zone the way we are today.” “We’re tucking tail and running as soon as possible. My version of war will involve cruise missiles and smart bombs from 15,000 feet, and no boots on the ground. Hey, it did wonders in Kosovo, right?”
“We deserve a president of the United States who doesn’t make homeland security a photo opportunity and the rhetoric of a campaign.” “Vote Bush.”
“We deserve a president who puts American taxpayer dollars where the need is, not just where the ideology wants it to go.” “Vote Bush.”
“We deserve a president who makes America safer.” “Vote Bush.”
“If you elect me president of the United States, I will give us a foreign policy that absolutely makes it unnecessary to have a draft in this nation.” “If you elect me president of the United States, we’ll all be dhimmis.”
“I believe I could sit down with foreign leaders at a level of trust that would allow us to begin an entirely new dialogue.” “I will osculate posteriors all over the UN.”
“We believe it is right to start the general election on the same day as our opponents, and we will continue to explore every possible way to level the playing field against the Republicans’ five-week advantage.” “We screwed up when we scheduled our convention, so we’re gonna sue our way to victory like Al Gore did.”
“We also believe it is right to accept the nomination in Boston, and are looking forward to it with excitement, energy and enthusiasm.” “Teddy took me behind the woodshed when he found out about my accept-it-later idea.”
“On Thursday, July 29, with great pride, I will accept my party’s nomination for president in the city of Boston.” “McAuliffe, you scheduling moron, you are GONE.”
“I intend to rely on the grass-roots army which has already brought us so far beyond anyone’s expectations” “Howard, please help. Yeeeeeeargh!”
“It’s important to stay the course but if the course you’re on is the wrong course and it’s heading for the shoals, it’s pretty smart to turn the rudder and change course. Staying the course is one thing, but if it’s the wrong course, it’s not a sign of strength, it’s a sign of reckless stubbornness.” “Somebody cut to a commercial or something. I’ve lost my place.”
“From the moment I take office, I will stand up to the special interests and stand with hardworking families so that we can give America back its future and its ideals.” “Until I take office, feel free to write me nice, fat checks.”

Wictory Wednesday is upon us!

Those of you with brains are hereby ordered to volunteer for or donate to the Bush ’04 campaign. You liberals, by contrast, are hereby politely asked (pretty please, with nonjudgmental fuzzy bunnies and nurturing gay couples and socialist utopian environmentally-friendly organically grown cherries on top) to contribute money or volunteer work to the fringe candidates on your side … so you’ll drain votes from John Kerry.
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