The Conversation

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Ex-LAPD Cop's Rampage Brings Out Dark Side of Social Media

Feb 7, 2013 9:10 PM PT

Social media can be an extremely powerful platform for positive causes.  But there are days when I grow increasingly cynical about the impacts of Facebook and Twitter, and I have admittedly been known to refer to them as a "sewage pit" on such days.

After reading the following post in reference to the murders of three people at the hands of ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, and after perusing Twitter throughout the day, this has been one of those days.

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A Mea Culpa as Two Members Leave Westboro Baptist Church

Feb 6, 2013 10:08 PM PT

Westboro Baptist Church, the organization infamously known for picketing soldiers' funerals and its "God Hates Fags" slogans, has lost two of its members.

Sisters Megan Phelps-Roper and Grace Phelps-Roper, the daughters of Brent and Shirley Roper and granddaughters of minister Fred Phelps, recently left the church and have been staying with their cousin, Libby Phelps Alvarez.  Alvarez herself left in 2009.

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School Disciplinary Actions Over Faux Guns Do More Harm Than Good

Feb 5, 2013 7:07 PM PT

When I was a kid, pretending to be a superhero and playing pretend games of good versus evil was an important part of learning the difference between the two.  In doing so, there were no real weapons, there were no real people, there was only your imagination.

A seven year old this week was suspended from school for doing just that.  Using his imagination.

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CNN's Burnett: How could you not define that as a person?

Feb 5, 2013 6:06 PM PT

Along with many other defenders of the unborn I've long thought that technology was our greatest ally in convincing the public that abortion is the taking of life.  We keep hearing stories about increasingly premature babies surviving after emergency birth and 3-D sonograms.  This forces pro-abortion activists to confront their central belief that a baby is just a bunch of cells.

Live Action News highlighted this interview from CNN:

An eight-minute segment on Monday night reached a turning point when CNN host Erin Burnett exclaimed: “That baby was 8 pounds, 2 ounces. He was going to be born in a couple of days. How could you not define that as a person? That is a viable life.”

Burnett covered the story of Heather Surovik, who was days away from giving birth to her son, Brady. She was returning from her final prenatal checkup when a drunk driver on his fifth DUI smashed into her car. Although Heather and her other family members survived, Brady did not. Since Colorado law does not recognize pre-born children as persons, state prosecutors could charge the drunk driver only with destroying Heather’s vehicle, not with Brady’s death.


After interviewing Heather and her mom, Erin Burnett was convinced that Brady should have been considered a person under Colorado law. So why has Colorado’s Democratic-controlled legislature shot down previous fetal homicide bills that would have protected him? Because admitting that killing Brady was a criminal offense puts the dishonest abortion narrative in jeopardy.

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