Monthly Archives: June 2008

Planned Parenthood Subsidized by Title X?

According to the Wall Street Journal (5/23/08), The Federal government distributes about $280 million a year among the thousands of clinics to subsidize the cost of birth control, cancer screening, HIV testing and other reproductive care for low-income patients.  Known as Title X, the program serves five million men and women a year.  By law the money can’t be used for abortion procedures.

But about one third of Title X patients receive their care at reproductive health clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which is also the nation’s largest abortion provider.  Critics say the federal grants indirectly subsidize Planned Parenthood’s abortion services by keeping a steady stream of money flowing into the clinics.

President Ronald Reagan imposed rules over two decades ago that barred clinics that received Title X money from performing abortions or referring patients to abortion clinics.  Opponents filed suit, and the regulations were put on hold for years as the court battle played out.  The United States Supreme Court eventually upheld the regulations – but a year and a half later, President Clinton rescinded them.

Since Mr. Bush took office, activists on the right have been pleading with him to reinstate the Reagan-era rules.  In one of his first official acts as President, he imposed restrictions on foreign family-planning aid, preventing U.S. grants from going to groups that perform or promote abortion.  He has declined, however, to implement that rule domestically. 

Planned Parenthood of America relies on government grants and contracts, including Title X, for roughly a third of its nearly $337 million budget, according to its recent financial support.  Before the Bush administration is over, a final push is being waged to pressure the President to use his executive authority to order the change.

Arizona’s Patriotic Stand

It is a well known fact that illegal aliens have voted in national elections.  Arizona is the only state that requires proof of citizenship – either a birth certificate or passport is sufficient proof.  This year, some 5,000 names have disappeared from the voting registry.

Unbelievably, some Hispanic activists and organizations are complaining!  I don’t get it.  This is a sovereign country, and one of the perks of citizenship is the right to vote for our government officials.  Persons without such legal status ought not to be able to influence an election.  These activists and organizations should be going door-to-door to make sure that their “constituency” is driven to the proper government buildings to get such proof – where it actually exists.  These same activists and organizations should report people who are breaking the law to the INS.

It is a breach of trust for any political party or its members to support illegal voters and then complain about “illegal” voting.  I am not aware of any urgency within the Democratic Party in Congress to make sure that the 50% of votes from the deployed military are no longer disenfranchised.

Sharon Stone and China

I remember several “brouhahas” over the last few years concerning some Christian religious leaders making comments about severe weather, HIV and even September 11, suggesting that it was “God’s punishment” for perceived flaws in American social life.  Boy, oh boy, did the media go mad over that!

Although she has had to backtrack and apologize for her comments, I didn’t see anywhere near the same response to Sharon Stone’s suggestion that China’s devastating earthquakes, which killed an enormous population might be “karma,” because China is “not nice to Tibetans.”  First of all, the average Chinese person has no power to dictate foreign concerns, much less their own domestic situation.  Has anybody lately looked at their form of government?  Anyone whining about “disenfranchisement” of voting privileges in America should visit China for a year – and make sure that the 50% of deployed military’s ballots are actually counted for a change.

To suggest that God or karma wiped out innocent people, because He is unhappy with their government’s international political position is, in my never to be humble opinion, blasphemous, and phenomenally insensitive and disgusting.

Christian Dior has dropped spokeswoman Stone from their advertisements in China, and has also apologized to its customers there. But, I imagine, because she is a popular, liberal, Hollywood type, with great facial bone structure, she will not be feeling the negative impact of her own “karma” for very long.

Food Prices Hurting Your Appetite?

Every weekend, newspaper inserts around the country provide coupons, giving you opportunities to get a wide selection of products for even less than what your local paper offers in its supermarket ads.  To tap into this vast source of discounted food and cleaning products, there are Web-based services that give you easy access to the discount coupons.  Some of the sites allow users to print coupons directly, while other services, for a fee, clip the coupons from newspaper inserts and mail them to you.

One of the best of these is thecouponclippers.com.  Fees are 50 cents per order plus 10% of the face value of each coupon, and shipping is 58 cents.  They have an extensive selection, including a health-food section.  You can shop by department or via search tool.  If you are buying huge volumes, you might want to check centsoff.com.

There are others, like grocerycoupons.com, onlinecoupons.com, and grocerycard.com, but they require a fee for the year that ranges from $10 to $100, and then 10% of the face value of each coupon and 75 cents for postage.