Death all around us

Happy New Year! Here’s an uplifting question to start things off; what was the leading cause of death in 2019? I’m not just talking about the US, but on a global scale, what single cause killed the most people?

A family is once again trying to get a hospital to keep their young child alive. No, this isn’t another British family fighting the NHS, this is quite a bit closer to home.

And Donald Trump is fulfilling another promise to reduce the Regulatory State.

Mentioned links:

Abortion was leading cause of death worldwide in 2019 with 42 million killed

Planned Parenthood Loses 400,000 Donors After Killing More Babies in Abortions Than Ever Before

Judge Rules Hospital Can Shut Off 11-Month-Old Baby’s Life Support Over Mother’s Objections

Trump issues fewest regulations in 44 years, third record low

CNN settles lawsuit with Nick Sandmann

The Most Absurd PC Moments of the 2010s

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Show transcript

Happy New Year! Here’s an uplifting question to start things off; what was the leading cause of death in 2019? I’m not just talking about the US, but on a global scale, what single cause killed the most people?

Perhaps cancer, or maybe HIV/AIDS? No. How about traffic accidents? Good guess, but no. Let’s think more globally. Malaria? That’s a scourge, true, but no. Smoking? It’s up there, but still no.

Here’s a hint. Think big; think really big. Over 47 million were killed this way just last year. Well, I think I’ve given it away at this point, especially if you know my pet issues.

Indeed, 47.4 million children were killed from abortion in the year 2019. Whatever the scourge out there, abortion kills more. In fact, abortion killed more people worldwide than cancer, smoking, alcohol, traffic accidents, malaria, and HIV/AIDS combined. Twice. That’s right, take all those causes, add them together, double it, and you’re still less than the number of abortions worldwide.

This is why it’s one of my pet issues. One of the reasons is because you almost never hear these numbers, so one more abortion just doesn’t seem like a big deal. Another is that liberals act as if this sort of thing is being severely restricted, that they must “shout their abortion” to let others know that they are not alone. Yeah, well, they aren’t, and that’s one of the big problems. Each abortion is part of this massive group of humanity that never got a chance to live.  I understand that the word “genocide” refers to mass killings of a race, but permit me a little literary license. If we create a new word from generational homicide, I think we get to the same place.

Meanwhile, as of their 2018-2019 fiscal year, Planned Parenthood performed its highest number of abortions – up 3.9% from the previous year – while receiving the highest amount of public dollars from the federal budget, up 9.4% from the previous year to almost $617 million. This for a corporation with net assets of $1.9 billion. We’re subsidizing them…why?

One bit of light in this particular darkness is that they lost 400,000 donors compared to the previous year, losing a total of $39.5 million in private donations. People are waking up

A family is once again trying to get a hospital to keep their young child alive. No, this isn’t another British family fighting the NHS, this is in Fort Worth, Texas, and the parents of eleven-month-old Tinslee Lewis are in a similar situation.

Texas has what they call the “10-day rule” that gives families just 10 days to find a medical facility that will treat their loved ones when one medical center refuses to provide further treatment. Unable to find one in that period of time gives the hospital the right to shut off the ventilator. The Chief Justice of the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a “temporary injunction” (I would phrase it “stay of execution”) from the Lewis family to extend that time. The family will be appealing that ruling.

Clearly, this is from our “This Could Never Happen Here” Department. This time, instead of battling a government, the Lewis’ are battling a hospital, but the stakes are the same, and still being done against the wishes of the family.

Say what you want about pro-lifers only caring about children before they’re born (which is demonstrably wrong) but at least we aren’t trying to kill them after they’re born.

About 2 years ago, President Trump signed an executive order stating that for every new federal regulation, 2 regulations had to be repealed. I recalled this when I saw the following headline: “Trump issues fewest regulations in 44 years, third record low”.

First of all, I’m sure the President would like to tell you, [“What can I say except, ‘You’re welcome!’”] But second, what does this mean? The Washington Examiner article, linked to in the show notes, says that “the Federal Register published 2,964 final rules”. This is the lowest count since records started being kept in the mid-70s, so that 44-year record is at the low end.

But what about the executive order. How could the number of regulations go up given that? Let’s read this number in a couple of different ways. If we actually gained 2,964 new regulations, it’s still good news because the rate of expansion of the regulatory state has slowed more than in the past 44 years. That’s good news, but not great. But consider this; to repeal a regulation, it requires a new regulation that basically says “repeal that old regulation”. And as the article said, 2,964 final rules were published, meaning that it’s quite possible that 2/3rds of those rules were repeals. Thus that number may be 988 new regulations and 1,976 repeals. That would be great news.

No matter how those numbers work out, this is definitely good news (at least) on the Regulatory front.

Just a quick update on the story about Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic high school student who was smeared by the media when a Native American activist walked up to him beating a drum. The media spun it as some sort of racism, but CNN recently settled their lawsuit with him out of court. Good news on the Media Accountability front. He still has an outstanding lawsuit against the Washington Post for the same thing.

And finally, I have a link in the show notes to an article about the 24 most absurd PC moments of the 2010s. I guess my first thought was, before reading any of them, only 24?

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