President Obama’s Statement On Abortion

The thing that struck me as I read the statement from President Obama on abortion, is the idea of the broader judicial principle that government should not intrude into private matters.

As it should be.

Now it is time for international family planning agencies that use federal funds to again have the ability to deal honestly with these matters.  An Executive Order should be forthcoming soon to remedy the “Mexico City Policy’, with swift Congressional action in the next few months to insure that these funds, and their uses, are not political footballs every time a new President takes office.

On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.

While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services.

On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class education; to have fulfilling careers in any industry; to be treated fairly and paid equally for their work; and to have no limits on their dreams. That is what I want for women everywhere.

Rush Limbaugh Mimics Osama Bin Laden

I was not surprised to hear that radio ‘entertainer’ Rush Limbaugh wants President Obama to fail as the leader of the country.  This is after all the type of broadcasting schlock that conservative radio is known for, and a reason that so many of us listen to NPR,  and other radio stations such as WGN.    While this comment from Limbaugh is the type of shock type talk intended to inflame rather then enlighten, I still must say I was dismayed to hear it.

Even though I have been extremely critical of President Bush I have never said, nor felt, that I wanted him to fail.  In fact, I have stated that in spite of Bush being wrong on the issues America needed a strong leader.  I added that the world community also needed a strong and robust leader in the White House.  Sadly, Rush Limbaugh seems to value politics more than he does his nation. 

I have to believe that smart Americans feel different, even in spite of political differences they may have with President Obama.  After all Limbaugh was not talking about the Super Bowl when he hoped for someone to fail.  He was talking about our nation, and our way of life.  Think about that. 

Limbaugh has had bouts of drug addiction and numerous marital failures, and so he has reason for feeling depressed about his life.  But to wish the new leader of this country to fail, and by extension every American, is nothing short of pathetic.

Seems the last one who wanted America to fail was Osama Bin Laden.   It is strange that Rush Limbaugh would want to mimic the one responsible for 9/11.  But believe it or not, that is exactly what Limbaugh did.

Should we expect Rush Limbaugh to try for a pilots license soon?

“Little” Jimmy Dickens, Grand Ole Opry Legend Leaves Hospital

Good news for Grand Ole Opry .

“Little” Jimmy Dickens, a Grand Ole Opry star, has been moved from a hospital in Nashville, Tenn., to a rehabilitation center to recuperate from surgery. Dickens, 88, underwent surgery Jan. 13 to repair a subdural hematoma, a form of brain injury. Opry publicist Jessie Schmidt said yesterday that Dickens expects a short stay in the rehab center. Dickens, who is 4 feet 11 inches tall, has been a member of the Opry since 1948.