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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Woman Forces Daughter to Have an Abortion, Dumps Body of Baby in the Trash

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 20
, 2009

Ft. Lauderdale, FL ( -- A Florida woman has been arrested and charged in connection with a case involving her forcing her teenager daughter to have an abortion. Tonuya Rainey, 38, allegedly obtained drugs from an abortion center to make her daughter have an abortion and then threw the body of the unborn child in the trash.
The incident occurred earlier this month and Rainey appeared in court on Friday, where she had her bail raised from $14,000 to almost $200,000.
Rainey faces felony charges including termination of pregnancy, improper disposal of human remains, unlicensed practice of health care and child abuse but does not face any murder charges in connection with the death of the unborn child.

WFOR-Ch. 4 reported that she reportedly did not want her 16-year-old daughter to give birth, so Rainey obtained abortion pills and gave them to her daughter. An assistant state attorney said in a police report that the daughter "said to her mother she wanted to keep the baby."

While spending time at a local nightclub, her daughter gave birth in the bathroom of their home.

A police report, the television station noted, indicated the baby was alive at the time of the birth and was "moving his hands and breathing."

WFOR indicates Rainey told police she "placed the infant in a bag and dumped the infant in the garbage." Although sanitation workers have picked up the garbage, the baby boy's body has not been located.

Rainey was slated to be released on bond form prison when Broward County Judge John Hurley intervened to raise the bail to a higher amount making sure she would remain in jail.

"I believe that what has allegedly occurred is tantamount to murder," Hurley said during the hearing, according to a Sun-Sentinel news report. "So I'm going to set a bond in that regard and consistent with my feelings."

The public defender for Rainey disagreed with the decision, but Judge Hurley said this was a special case that merited the higher amount.

"I've handled murder cases in here. I have handled sex cases. I've handled everything. This is it, this is the pinnacle," Hurley said. "I have never been so disturbed."

President Barack Obama Offends Mentally Disabled With Special Olympics Remark

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 20
, 2009

Washington, DC ( -- President Barack Obama has upset the pro-life community with his repeated actions to promote and force funding of abortion and embryonic stem cell research. Now, he has stuck his foot in his mouth with a comment offending the mentally and physically disabled.
Appearing on the Jay Leno program on Thursday evening, President Obama talked about his poor bowling skills and said he recently bowled a 129 game.

"That's very good, Mr. President," Leno responded sarcastically.

It's "like the Special Olympics or something," the president said.

The remark has taken on a life of its own today as pro-life groups and members of the disability community are upset.

The White House has been so overwhelmed with negative comments in response to Obama's comment that administration officials have released a statement saying Obama didn't mean to offend.

"The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics," White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said. "He thinks the Special Olympics is a wonderful program that gives an opportunity for people with disabilities from around the world."

Wesley J. Smith, a bioethics attorney who frequently writes about discrimination against the disabled, said Obama's comment revealed much about his character.

"This was gratuitously harmful politically to the president, and it reflects a thoughtlessness, I think, that belies his image as a sensitive egalitarian," Smith said. "If President Bush ever said something like that, the howling about how the remark reflected his inner anti-disability attitudes would never end."
Since the dustup, President Obama has called Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver to apologize.

“He expressed his disappointment and he apologized, in a way that was very moving,” Shriver said on ABC's “Good Morning America.” 

“It’s important to see that words hurt, and words do matter. And these words that in some respect can be seen as humiliating or a put-down of people with special needs do cause pain, and they do result in stereotypes," he added.

Obama told Shriver he wants to have some Special Olympians to come to the White House to participate in bowling or basketball.

Obama's comments come on the heels of a presidential campaign that saw Sarah Palin, a candidate for Vice President, give birth to a disabled baby and her making a pledge to serve the disabled community in Washington.

The Pope's worst enemies are Catholics

My prayers are with the Holy Father every day. Considering the source of these attacks, you know His Holiness is speaking truth to a world that does not want to hear it.

It's payback time for Pope Benedict XVI's most dedicated enemies, who are not militant secularists, hate-crazed Muslims, diehard Protestants or the liberal media. The people who most dislike the Pope are Catholics, or people who have the nerve to describe themselves as such.

We learned this morning that "Vatican insiders" consider Benedict XVI "a disaster". It's true. They do think that. He's a disaster for them, and their determination to turn the Catholic Church into a touchy-feely forum in which uncomfortable teachings and traditions are "modernised" to impress non-Catholics. Until the Williamson affair, the media weren't sufficiently interested in attacking Benedict XVI to be useful. But now, after that own goal... YES!!!

Take the furore over condoms. I don't think the Pope should have strayed into the topic of condoms and Aids, but what he said didn't represent a hardening of the Church's line on this subject. Post-Williamson, however, the liberal media have slipped back into anti-papal default mode, which suits certain "Catholics" just fine. Consider this piece by a creep called Robert S McElvaine, Professor of Arts & Letters at Millsaps College. "Impeach the Pope," he screeched in the Washington Post Online.

The Church's opposition to birth control is largely an outgrowth of its all-male composition and those males' attempts to degrade women's physical powers by asserting that women and the intercourse into which they supposedly tempt men are necessary evils ("It is well for a man not to touch a woman," Paul instructed the Christians of Corinth), the only purpose of which is procreation ... Let's start a movement within the Catholic Church to impeach Pope Benedict XVI and remove him from office. While we're at it, let's replace him with a woman.
Rant, rant, rant. But this is the most preposterous bit: "I am a Catholic and the idea that such a man is God's spokesperson [yes, 'spokesperson'] on earth is absurd to me." Actually, Professor, if you're a Catholic you should know that Benedict can be God's spokesman and hold views unaccaptable to the religion page of the Washington Post... but there's no point in arguing.

The point is that Benedict's most relentless critics, the ones who are determined to extract every last ounce of rhetorical advantage from his predicament, are liberal Catholics. These days, for example, I can hardly bear to visit Andrew Sullivan's brilliant website because he has constructed a caricature of a gay-bashing fundamentalist Pope that collapses as soon as you read what Joseph Ratzinger has actually written. And as for the Tablet crowd, they will be just quivering with Schadenfreude right now.

All of which makes it even more urgent that the Vatican press office is completely reconstructed. In allowing a question about condoms to be asked aboard the papal plane, Fr Lombardi screwed up spectacularly. He should go. The Pope needs a far more subtle and ingenious media spokesman - if only to protect him from his fellow Catholics.