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How Humpty Dumpty Changed the World: 34 Years of Roe

By Ken Connor
Monday, January 29, 2007

Every year since 1973, millions of Americans have paused to remember the day when new words entered the American vocabulary. Words fraught with ambiguity, like “the right of personal privacy”. Euphemisms, like “terminate one’s pregnancy.” Obscure phrases, like “the penumbras of the Bill of Rights.” January after January we take time to remember these words, and the carnage they have caused.

In an act of breathtaking judicial arrogance, the Supreme Court of the United States on January 23, 1973, “discovered” a right to abortion in the Constitution which had, theretofore, been overlooked by lawyers, judges and scholars for almost 200 years. As a consequence of the court’s ruling, over 47 million unborn children have perished at the hands of abortionists in this country. Thousands of women have suffered physical and emotional injury. The entire culture has been poisoned by the rise of a “disposable man” ethic that jeopardizes the elderly, infirm, and handicapped persons with disabilities. That ethic has given rise to a spirit of utilitarianism that undergirds a ghoulish form of medical “research” that requires the destruction of human embryos for the “greater good.” No single decision in American jurisprudence has resulted in more damage to the American people than Roe v. Wade.

10 Things I’d Like To Change About the United States

I’m going to do something unusual this week.

I could just create a boring list here, but I’m going to let Lewis Black tell you what I think should be changed because he says it so eloquently! He is the funniest man in America.

Enjoy this clip from “Red, White and Screwed,” his HBO special from 2006.

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Yesterday we had a very enjoyable day. We “got out of Dodge” with our best friends, traveling to the Gold Country, the region of beautiful foothills where much of the great California Gold Rush played out.

Like us, our friends have two children. Their youngest daughter, a high school junior, was at home yesterday. When I casually asked, “What is she up to today?” we ended up having a great discussion about procrastination.

You see, my friends’ daughters take divergent approaches to writing projects. The oldest employs a very methodical approach, planning what she is going to write far ahead of time, creating an outline and, in the case of a large project with numerous components, gathering and organizing all of the information she needs before finally sitting down to start the process of writing. That process begins and is concluded well in advance of the project’s actual due date. She does not work well under the stress of a looming deadline.

The youngest daughter has a specific project coming due in several weeks, but no other deadlines bearing down on her at this time. Her older sister lent her advice and guidance about how to organize her work in order to finish by the due date, so my friends left her at home yesterday with instructions to spend the day completing her household chores and writing.

Given that I’ve known the girls their whole lives, I asked, “And how much writing do you think she will actually have done by the time you get home?”

The response? “None.”

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