Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Saving Burma, one jimmy hat at a time

Some news is just too strange not to be true. If you had anyone doubts about the competency of the hacks who populate the UN, let them be laid to rest with this story:

Bangkok - The United Nations will send nearly a quarter of a million condoms into cyclone-hit Myanmar to help needy survivors with no access to contraceptives, a UN official says.

So far, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said it had sent 72 800 condoms to survivors struggling to maintain their family planning after the storm hit in early May.A total of 218 400 condoms would be delivered, UNFPA aid advisor Chaiyos Kunanusont said.

"We don't want regular use of contraception disrupted. An emergency usually damages the health system, so people don't have access to condoms and contraceptives," said Chaiyos.

Flights were also carrying reproductive health kits, which included razors for cutting umbilical cords, clean sheets for delivering babies and enough contraceptive pills and injections to last 3 390 women three months.

The supplies were meant to serve about 300 000 people, Chaiyos said.

Cyclone Nargis left 2.4 million people in desperate need of food, medicine and shelter, the UN estimated, but Chaiyos said not all of the affected people would need family planning supplies.
"Not every single woman is using contraceptives in Myanmar. We're basing this on regular habits," he said.Cyclone Nargis left at least 133 000 people dead and missing, and aid groups had complained that supplies were not getting to survivors quickly enough because of limitations imposed by the ruling junta.

H.o.l.y.C.r.a.p. I wish for the sake of those Burmese who are already suffering even more that this wasn't true. A bunch of Western elites sending boxes of latex rather than food, water and emergency medical supplies. Because if there's one thing people who have just had their homes and lives destroyed loved to do, it's have risky sex. I suppose this reminds me tangentially of why people believe in God: there has to be justice.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Barack Obama '08: Kill them babies

One of the more interesting and yet predictable developments in the American presidential election is the declaration of war between 'Obama's Catholics' and the rest of the Catholic Church. A few days ago, the Catholic blogosphere finally starting talking about something other than the Pope's visit to the US after a group called 'Roman Catholics for Obama '08' announced the compatibility of supporting Obama and being a faithful Catholic. These Obamaniacs would like the rest of the Democrats, and other Catholics, to believe that there is nothing wrong, contradictory, or even just plain stupid about supporting Obama in lieu of his position on abortion and infanticide.

Obama's voting record on abortion is well known - he is one of the few top tier politicians who have received a '100%' score on abortion from NARAL. That's more than both Clintons, Bush, McCain and Kerry. He (Obama) has even exceeded the expectations of the pro-choice movement by opposing the Born Alive Infant Act, which requires that children who survive an abortion be given life sustaining treatment. Not bad for a Senator with less than ten year's experience.

Back to the RCO's. According to their magisterial interpretation of Catholicism, because Obama supports policies that could hypothetically reduce abortion and poverty, that oppose the death penalty, his opposition to the War in Iraq, and his abilities to blow smoke up people's asses, there is nothing wrong with a Catholic supporting his candidacy. F*ck off. Is this really what these guys expect people to believe? Let me tell you this, if you are a Catholic, and you think supporting the most pro-abortion presidential candidate is a-o-k, you're incredibly stupid. Or you're incredibly disingenuous.

I think perhaps some of the confusion that could be clouding the minds of my fellow Catholics has to do with the shite leadership and formation they've received. But that's only half of it. No matter how crappy our Catholic education was, and is, the Church has never, ever wavered on abortion. It is one of the singularly great evils of our time and of all time. It is worse than war. We are duty bound to oppose it.

Those poor Krakatoans

Sorry for the conspicuous lack of posting. While my heart has always been with self-published, sometimes real life requires my attention too. The littlest poodle is now five months old, and armed with two new lower teeth (his first), perfect for slicing finger tips. The poodlette is doing well too - honestly, how is it that women can bring a child into the world, and then selflessly devote themselves, heart and soul, to his care? Amazing.

On my account, I have been enjoying time since school ended; it's given me a chance to weigh up my options. It's looking like I'll be in school a lot longer than I originally anticipated, which is both a good and bad thing. Good in that I find this second bout of schooling much more enjoyable than the last, bad in the sense that I find this second bout of schooling much more enjoyable than the last.

Since this is my first blogpost in one and a half months, I feel I should comment on something. Here's something: How do we cope with the passing of a generation?