I am on a Spring day in reference to Michael Timmis: Spring is the season of graduation » Naples Daily News. Michael Timmis is still the Chairman of the Board of Ave Maria University. In my last Euroclydon post I listed the issues of Michael Timmis’ position that needed an earnest time’s resolving. One of them was regarding the taxpayers’ expense to fund the Ave Maria Rural Stewardship. As listed last time and as to be listed again for future problem-solving capabilities of good and healthy minds, here is the fourth issue (out-of-order but not ordered out).
4. Immoral use of taxpayer funds for Jackson Laboratory in Ave Maria Rural Stewardship
But before moving forward, some history is in order. Jeb Bush’s rhinoceroses administration policed the Ave Maria Rural Stewardship with the help of environmentally inscribing minds of Collier county and state, some deep-seated government officials to be named in future posts. This policy occurred at the same time that Thomas Monaghan came hunting for education from Michigan, in the early first decade of the present century. It is correct to write that there never was a Rural Stewardship of any like, kind and quality in Florida. Also, my reference supports taxpayer funding of the Ave Maria Rural Stewardship, and no longer Jackson Laboratory since it lost its bloody battle in the embryonic stem cell research debate.
It is correct to present that the environment was el número uno to consider rural stewardship, not catholic higher education. The catalyst, though, was a financier, or financiers. The financiers mainly on the plate were taxpayers. Was Michael Timmis a financier? According to his own writing, he was not. But this is unclear as to whether guilt or innocence applies which depends on whether spending or cutting is occurring. Here’s his quote from the Michael Timmis: Spring is the season of graduation » Naples Daily News article.
To begin with, he [Thomas Monaghan] made a far-sighted decision to embrace the innovative Rural Land Stewardship Program. This program enabled the town and university to be developed in a compact and sustainable way, with 17,000 acres of environmentally important land permanently preserved for flow ways and habitat at no cost to the taxpayers.
… at no cost to the taxpayers. (My italics.) Well, that’s putting it wildly, but that is simply not true. How can 17,000 acres of land and water mitigation and the increasing development of it not belong to the taxpayers? Timmis is absolutely wrong and should not only account but also morally recover. Michael Timmis chaired the board of trustees that elected for president of Ave Maria University Jim Towey, succeeding Nicholas Healy.
Murder in Boston and Philadelphia
Callista and I are in London today to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. I will write more about Baroness Thatcher’s extraordinary life and her incomparable legacy in Friday’s newsletter.
But as we celebrate the life of Margaret Thatcher, we mourn the loss of life from Monday’s terror bombings in Boston. Callista and I have in our prayers the families of the murder victims and all those who have been injured. We must be relentless as a nation in finding out who committed this atrocity and ensuring that they receive swift justice.
The bombings in Boston were a barbaric devastation of many innocent lives. Facts are still scarce, but we know that the true loss from these acts will be immeasurable. The lives not lived, the contributions not made, the time not spent, the plans unfulfilled, we will never know. But their loss is real. An eight-year-old boy was among those who died. He had just hugged his father who had completed the race before one of the bombs exploded. Reports indicate that many of the injured have lost limbs, including many children. The cruelty is inhuman.
The killing and maiming at the marathon remind us how fragile human life remains, and brought back a sense of vulnerability that many Americans have not felt for years.
We have watched for several decades as a culture of death has grown both here and abroad. Sometimes the culture of death leads to terrorist attacks upon the innocent. At other times the culture of death creates an entire industry of killing.
The callous acts of murder in Boston share the newspaper columns today with horrible details from the Gosnell murder trial in Philadelphia, where jurors are hearing testimony about the atrocities committed for decades against women and children at the hands of Kermit Gosnell and his staff at the “Women’s Medical Society” abortion clinic in West Philadelphia.
After what can only be described as a self-imposed embargo, the national media is ever so slowly beginning to cover the Gosnell murder trial.
It is amazing that the media has been slow to cover this story.
The Gosnell trial challenges the conscience of our nation – and its media – about abortion perhaps more than any other event since the Supreme Court sanctioned abortion on demand as a constitutional right in its 1973 decision Roe v. Wade.
If you want to know what happens to a society when it decides that some category of lives are not worthy of the protection of the law, read the grand jury report in the Gosnell case. The grand jury testimony indicates that Kermit Gosnell is a mass murderer.
But first, a warning. The descriptions in the report are harrowing, as are the excerpts below. Be prepared.
Here are among the most chilling excerpts from the report:
- [H]e regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths.
- Karnamaya Mongar …was a 41-year old, refugee who had recently come to the United States from a resettlement camp in Nepal…She received repeated unmonitored, unrecorded intravenous injections of Demerol, a sedative seldom used in recent years because of its dangers…After several hours, Mrs. Mongar simply stopped breathing.
- Scattered throughout, in cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs, were fetal remains. It was a baby charnel house.
- When you perform late-term “abortions” by inducing labor, you get babies. Live, breathing, squirming babies. By 24 weeks, most babies born prematurely will survive if they receive appropriate medical care…Gosnell had a simple solution for the unwanted babies he delivered: he killed them…The way he ensured fetal demise was by sticking scissors into the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord. He called that “snipping.” Over the years, there were hundreds of “snippings.”
- Gosnell made little effort to hide his illegal abortion practice. But there were some, “the really big ones,” that even he was afraid to perform in front of others. These abortions were scheduled for Sundays, a day when the clinic was closed and none of the regular employees were present. Only one person was allowed to assist with these special cases – Gosnell’s wife.
- Pennsylvania is not a third-world country. There were several oversight agencies that stumbled upon and should have shut down Kermit Gosnell long ago. But none of them did, not even after Karnamaya Mongar’s death. In the end, Gosnell was only caught by accident, when police raided his offices to seize evidence of his illegal prescription selling.
Reading the report is hard. It will make you weep. But I urge you to read it. For I believe if we hope to be a moral nation, America must come to terms with the Gosnell Grand Jury Report and what it means for our laws and for our public life.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania carries a special burden in this regard. As the grand jury report makes painstakingly clear, time after time, local and state officials in Pennsylvania looked the other way when presented with credible information that something was terribly wrong at the Gosnell abortion clinic.
In fact, the largest part of the report is an 82-page section titled “How Did This Go On So Long?” In it, we learn that as far back as December 2001 – a full nine years before the clinic was finally shut down following a FBI raid – the Pennsylvania Department of State received a detailed written complaint about Gosnell’s clinic. But it was to no avail. The Department took no meaningful follow up action. It failed to subpoena records. It also failed to conduct an inspection of the clinic, which would have almost certainly led to its immediate shut down. And when the Department’s investigation about the complaint was finally handed over to prosecuting attorneys two years later, the state attorneys declined to prosecute.
The willful blindness that took place among a number of responsible state officials in Pennsylvania calls to mind a similar pattern of avoidance of responsibility at Penn State that was revealed in the Sandusky sexual abuse trial. In both the Sandusky and Gosnell cases, a decade passed between the time credible complaints first surfaced against these monsters and the time when they were finally held to account.
In the Sandusky case, the Pennsylvania State Board of University Trustees decided that it had a responsibility to compile a full accounting of the failure of Penn State personnel to respond and report to public authorities the sexual abuse of children by Sandusky. It also wanted to know how such abuse could even take place within University facilities or under the auspices of University programs for youth. It therefore established a special investigative task force to investigate. And in turn, the task force engaged former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his law firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan to investigate.
It is time for the Governor of Pennsylvania and/or the Pennsylvania legislature to do something similar. There should be a special investigation undertaken by an independent body that addresses the same question raised by the Grand Jury Report: “How Did This Go On So Long in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?”. The citizens of the Commonwealth have a right to know how and why its public officials failed in their duties to protect women and children. The special investigation should also make recommendations to the Pennsylvania legislature.
Louis Freeh and his team did a superb job leading the investigation of Penn State. He is exactly the type of person to lead up such an investigation of what went wrong in Pennsylvania.
The Gosnell trial is about more than Gosnell’s criminal acts, as horrific as they are. And it is about more than abortion, as harmful and deadly as abortion is to women and children. The Gosnell trial is also about whether we as individuals and as a culture will ultimately decide to reject the idea that we can arbitrarily decide without consequence who lives and who dies and instead re-embrace the idea that we will value and affirm every life, born and unborn.
In the wake of the horrific vision of a culture of death that is being revealed in Philadelphia and in Boston, which side will you be on?
Newt Gingrich Statement on Passing of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher | Gingrich Productions
Newt Gingrich issued the following statement today after learning of the passing of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:
“Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul and Ronald Reagan changed history. The world would be a much different place without them.”
April 10, 2013
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Monday’s news that Lady Thatcher had passed away brought both sadness and yet also happy memories for Callista and me.
We had spent a long dinner in London with Lady Thatcher and her husband Sir Dennis and two of our closest friends, Gay and Stanley Gaines. It was memorable because every contact with Lady Thatcher was memorable. I mean that literally; I cannot remember an occasion over a 20 year period where being with her failed to instruct, inspire and educate.
Lady Thatcher was incredibly smart and she was incredibly driven.
Her intelligence was apparent in her degree from Oxford in chemistry (her senior year focused on X-ray crystallography, maybe the only elected official to have done so in any country). She went on to become a lawyer, and her career was defined by hard work, applied intelligence, and enormous courage.
(As an aside for Downton Abbey lovers, her father, Alfred Roberts, served as mayor of Grantham.)
Lady Thatcher’s courage came in part from her experience as a 15 year old watching Winston Churchill save Great Britain from the Nazi onslaught when any reasonable person would have accepted defeat and sued for an armistice. She knew that raw courage mattered at historic moments.
She also had a deep belief in moral truth and in historic necessity. The best book I have read on the underlying lessons of Lady Thatcher’s leadership is Claire Berlinski’s There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters. Berlinski makes the case that Thatcher as opposition leader in the 1970s came to the conclusion that socialism was immoral and the coal miners’ union was a direct threat to democratic self government. She entered office in 1979 determined to morally defeat socialism and practically defeat the coal miners’ union (which she did in 1984).
The Thatcher victory of 1979 was very important to the American Conservative movement and to the Republican Party. Republican National Committee Chairman Bill Brock had gone to London for election night and came home dazzled by the effectiveness of the Thatcher campaign in discrediting the Left. He brought a team of advertisers over to share with us what they had done and how they had done it. As a young Republican Congressman, Brock invited me to be part of this working group and I found it extraordinarily educational. Much of our 1980 effort was inspired and based upon the Thatcher effort a year earlier.
Thatcher was the second on the scene of the great triumvirate which would defeat Communism. In 1978 Pope John Paul II became the fist non-Italian in over 400 years and the first Pole in history to become Pope. His election was a direct challenge to Soviet atheism. One month after Prime Minister Thatcher was elected (May 4, 1979), the Pope went to Poland for a nine day pilgrimage which directly challenged Soviet control of Eastern Europe. (See our movie Nine Days that Changed the World about that pilgrimage.) Eighteen months after Thatcher’s election, Ronald Reagan won the Presidency. It is easy for an American to forget that he actually came into office third of the triumvirate.
Thatcher had earned the term “the Iron Lady” from Pravda three years before she became Prime Minister. Her unrelenting opposition to Communism was a major feature of her government and made her an ally of President Reagan and Pope John Paul II in defeating the Soviet Empire and leading to its collapse and disappearance.
The world would have been very different without Margaret Thatcher.
Every citizen can learn from her condemnation of socialism and her critique of big government.
Every political leader can learn from her courage.
We will miss her but we will never forget her.