Tebow Super Bowl Ad – What is the Big Deal?

The most highly anticipated Super Bowl ad prior to the big game was the Focus on the Family clip that included Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mom.  For weeks, all the talk has been that this is a Pro-Life ad and that CBS is negligent in allowing the ad to run.  Now that the ad has run, I really don’t see the problem.  My wife and I looked at each other last night and almost in unison said, “What’s the big deal?”  You can judge for yourself.

Planned Parenthood decided to create their own ad with a couple of athletes.  I have no idea if they actually saw the ad (Tebow ad) before it aired, but their ad seems a little out of sorts, in my opinion, but everyone has the opportunity to create their own ad and post it on Youtube.

If Planned Parenthood really wanted to diminish the value of the ad they would have just let it run.  By focusing attention on the ad they guaranteed that millions would be sure to watch it, just to see what all the hubbub was about.  I would say that Focus on the Family really got their money’s worth in advance publicity and continued exposure of the ad on Youtube with over 120,000 hits since yesterday.  Gloria Allred will also push the ad to epic status.  I’m not sure that was what she was going for, but it’s all publicity for her.

An article from Elizabeth Hovde in the opinion page of the The Oregonian newspaper ran last week outlining the “controversy.”  Here is a snippet:

The idea that a mom of a famous athlete is going to be in an ad praising her choice to carry her child to full term has wrongly infuriated some people, including Gloria Allred. The pro-choice heroine and lawyer is busy trying to paint Pam Tebow a liar, saying because the Philippines outlaws abortion, she finds it hard to believe that doctors would recommend the procedure. (Never mind that Pam Tebow was an American who knew that in her home country abortions were routine procedures in 1987. And never mind that plenty of women had abortions in America long before they became legal. Has Allred forgotten her own arguments for and our own nation’s history with abortion? Abortions can be obtained, regardless of the law.)

Allred is threatening to file a complaint with the FTC and the FCC if the ad airs without disclosing that abortions were illegal in the Philippines at the time Pam Tebow made her choice. She is making a huge mistake attacking a woman for making statements that Allred can’t possibly disprove. And she’s revealing herself to be anti-choice in deciding that Pam Tebow’s choice isn’t worth hearing. 

I for one am all for ads just like this one that are tastefully done.  No where in the ad was there some call to action or chiding others for having abortions.  CBS has discretion to accept or reject whatever ad they choose.  They are a somewhat left leaning network in their news division but the marketing people obviously know the makeup of the country and decided to let this ad run.  By rejecting an ad from a gay dating site they also revealed that they knew this would cause problems.  I’d say they made a smart business decision but we’ll see when the ratings come in. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Conservatarian Values: Common Sense for America

As we are a country of many views and thoughts, not many people fall simply within Republican or Democrat camps.  A small portion of the electorate adhere to a hybrid version that I and others dub as conservatarian.  This is a combination of conservative and libertarian viewpoints.

Abortion – Abortion is the taking of a life.  Human rights should apply to everyone, even the unborn. 

Crime and Justice – Protect citizens through effective law enforcement.  Penalize those individuals who do not follow the rule of law with common sense sentencing and limited parole.

Self-Defense – The ability to defend yourself, your property, and your family.

Environmental Issues – The environment should be protected and preserved but not at the expense of basic human liberties. 

Taxes – Replace the federal income and payroll taxes with a fair tax.  Stop the over taxation of the producers and under taxation of non-producers.

Energy and Resources – The United States should explore its own natural resources free from over reaching environmental agencies and left-wing environmental groups.

Financial Markets – The government should get out of the way of the financial markets and allow them to function properly.  Oversight should be utilized but without a full-on intrusion from the Fed.

Compulsory Retirement System – The forced bankrupt governmental retirement system (Social Security) should be abolished in favor of a voluntary method of individual contributions.

Health Care – Health care should not be run by the government in any realm.   

National Defense – The military should be available to first protect citizens against domestic threats and then against international threats.

Domestic Security – The United States should first protect her citizens and then the rest of the world.  Threats to domestic security should be handled swiftly and with minimal bureaucracy.

Illegal Immigration – Illegal immigrants should be deported out of the United States.  Businesses that employ illegal immigrants should suffer steep and progressive fines.

Legal Immigration – Individuals should have the opportunity to continue to become citizens of the United States without exorbitant red tape and expense.

Discrimination Issues – Discrimination in any form is anti-American.  Everyone should be equally protected regardless of sex, wealth, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or sexual orientation, but no individual group should have more protection than another.

Many of these ideals have come through years of thoughtful study with assistance from various groups and organizations.

Download a pdf file of this post here.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Crazy Pete’s Embryonic Stem Cell Emporium

Again, you just have to love Steven Crowder.  He has a great way of presenting relevant topics in an easy to understand format.  This week it’s Embryonic Stem Cells!

Now I don’t consider myself an expert on stem cells – adult or embryonic – but I am pro-life (hey, there’s a shock!).  Sure there are embryos that will not be used in fertility clinics and we can argue the viability of destroying them or using them for science.  OK, let’s say that we could use these embryos that will be “discarded” anyway.  What happens after that supply runs out?  Where will the researchers get the specimens?  There could be a time where these are actually harvested from women much like a crop in the field.  Of course, this is pure speculation on my part or maybe the plot line of some sci-fi movie I caught late one night.

Contrary to popular belief, President Bush did not outlaw research on Embryonic stem cells, but he did outlaw the harvesting of new embryos for the purpose of research.  This seemed reasonable to me as a starting point.  What have the researchers gained from the availability of the Embryonic stem cells?  Maybe one of our readers can help me out with that one.  President Obama recently recinded this 2001 policy so it’s full steam ahead!

On the other hand, there have been many advances with the Adult Stem Cells.  The research is busting out all over and making incredible advances.  This begs the question…why are we spending so much valuable time and money on an unproven theory of the holy grail of embryonic stem cells when the adult stems cells present such promise?  I can’t answer that question, but I’m sure Planned Parenthood has some stake in the policy. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

I Guess I’m A Right Wing Hate Machine

Steve McConnell photo

Steve McConnell photo

I love liberal journalists.  I really do, honestly. 

Paul Krugman, a columnist for the New York Times, wrote a column on the Op-Ed page on June 11 called The Big Hate.  Sounds provocative, huh.  All I can say is at least this type of opinion was on the Op-Ed page and not on Page one where it usually ends up.  You are more than welcome to read the whole ugly article, but I’ll pick out the most interesting points, to me, and offer up my opinion.

Now, for the most part, the likes of Fox News and the R.N.C. haven’t directly incited violence, despite Bill O’Reilly’s declarations that “some” called Dr. Tiller “Tiller the Baby Killer,” that he had “blood on his hands,” and that he was a “guy operating a death mill.” But they have gone out of their way to provide a platform for conspiracy theories and apocalyptic rhetoric, just as they did the last time a Democrat held the White House. 

First off, George Tiller was a baby killer.  There really is no other way to express that fact.  He did have blood on his hands.  The guy that killed Dr. Tiller was a nut job.  Nothing that Bill O’Reilly said on his program was news to this guy or any other right thinking person.   Strike 1.

Exhibit A for the mainstreaming of right-wing extremism is Fox News’s new star, Glenn Beck. Here we have a network where, like it or not, millions of Americans get their news — and it gives daily airtime to a commentator who, among other things, warned viewers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency might be building concentration camps as part of the Obama administration’s “totalitarian” agenda (although he eventually conceded that nothing of the kind was happening).

 From what I have read and heard, this incident (FEMA) did not happen.  Shine on you crazy diamond.  Nuff said.  Strike 2.

And then there’s Rush Limbaugh. His rants today aren’t very different from his rants in 1993. But he occupies a different position in the scheme of things. Remember, during the Bush years Mr. Limbaugh became very much a political insider. Indeed, according to a recent Gallup survey, 10 percent of Republicans now consider him the “main person who speaks for the Republican Party today,” putting him in a three-way tie with Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich. So when Mr. Limbaugh peddles conspiracy theories — suggesting, for example, that fears over swine flu were being hyped “to get people to respond to government orders” — that’s a case of the conservative media establishment joining hands with the lunatic fringe.

The Swine Flu, sorry, Mexican Flu was hyped.  According to the CDC, 36,000 people DIE each year from the influenza related complications – you know, the type you are suppose to get a vaccine for each year.  As of the writing of this post approximately 45 people have died from the Mexican Flu.  Now, any fatalities are horrible, but how about a little perspective on the matter.  I’m just sayin’…..  Strike 3.

Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril.

That’s his big finish.  Kind of a fizzle, really.  These people don’t care what some commentator on the TV or radio says.  If McVeigh was really a lunatic then that kind of stuff wouldn’t matter anyway, but maybe I’m just blowing smoke up your backside.

At least Mr. Krugman is honest and upfront about his feelings.  It would be nice if more journalists were that transparent.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

So Long George Tiller

georgetillerEvidently someone took out their rage on infamous abortion doctor George Tiller and shot and killed him Sunday morning at his church.  (Dr. Tiller went to church? Really?)

Now, I’m a Pro-Life from conception kind of guy.  We can argue back and forth whether life begins at conception, but in my book, the Partial-Birth Abortion procedure is extremely heinous.  This procedure consists of delivering the baby, all but the head, jamming a sharp object into the skull of the infant and sucking out the brains.  Pretty gruesome in my book and very unnecessary.  Take out the “health of the mother” cases, which I have my doubts there are many of those that require this procedure, but I’m sure someone will “enlighten” me on the subject.

From the news accounts I have read there were only two doctors that performed this type of procedure in the United States.  I guess that is somewhat comforting.  NPR actually presented a pretty good overview of this procedure.

The gentleman that has been picked up for this crime sounds a little unstable.  Anyone that promotes the killing of an abortion doctor has to be a little unstable.  The Pro-Life position would be inconsistent if it promoted such behavior.  Every major Pro-Life group has denounced this action as the always do when this type of thing occurs, but there are always a couple of kooks out there that get the ear of the news media.  Funny though, I don’t see the same interest in the babies that Mr. Tiller has killed over the years, but what do I know? 

Attention: this video depicts drawings of the Partial Birth Abortion procedure.

We live in a society that puts very little on the price of a human life but we’ll go to the ends of the earth to prosecute anyone that hurts an animal.  I’m not condoning cruelty to animals, but how much coverage did Michael Vick get for beating and killing dogs?  More than the case deserved in my book. 

I’m sure Dr. Tiller is now finding out if God agrees with his life’s work.  How will God react?  I’m not a prophet so I have no idea, but I can’t wait to ask the Almighty One someday.  Maybe it went something like this:

Dr. Tiller:   Hello St. Peter, I’m Dr. George Tiller.  Can I enter the Pearly Gates?

St. Peter:  Well Dr. Tiller, as Dr. Evil would say, “How about Nooo”.

Of course, that is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant