[VIDEO] The death and life of Staff Sergeant Matthew James Whalen *UPDATED*

Staff Sergeant Matthew WhalenPlanned Parenthood’s obsession with death notwithstanding, ours is a country that values life. It’s in that context that I want to introduce you to Staff Sergeant Matthew James Whalen, who died on December 21, 2015 from a brain hemorrhage, leaving behind a wife, who is (or was) also in the service, and two young children. There is a GoFundMe campaign in place to help provide for Staff Sergeant Whalen’s wife and family:

On Saturday the 19th of December Staff Sargeant Matthew James Whalen fell ill. He was taken to the hospital with and was diagnosed with a hemorrhage in his brain. He did not recover. [snip.] His wife Hannah Whalen was by his side and now has two small children to provide for as well as hospital bills. There is never a good time for this, but this is one of the worst times. Matthew and Hannah both served their country, as STRIKE soldiers (2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) with multiple deployments while in the army and now they need our help. We cannot bring back Logan, Mattix, and Sadie’s father, but we can help his wife and family, especially during this time of year.

The above describes the death of a young man, and clearly a good man, who left behind a wife and family to grieve for him at Christmas time. But I promised a story of life too.  Here is that part of the promise:  The sentence that I “snipped” out of the above quotation tells us that “On the 21st of December 2015 this hero served again, his organs were donated to two veterans in dire need of transplants.”

We are a society that values life. When one person’s life is beyond saving, we have an ethos that still allows that person to contribute to other lives.  Whether because of a joint decision they made long ago, or as a sign of Hannah’s strength right now, Whalen continues to live in others.  It’s true that he won’t be there to hold his children as they grow up, but perhaps he’s made it possible for other men or women to hold their own children in their homes

Whalen’s death shows our reverence for life in one other way: As he was wheeled into the operating room to begin the organ transfer process, his passage through the hospital corridors was accompanied by both a military honor guard, and his family and hospital staff standing at attention as he passed by (you might want to have tissues at the ready as you watch this):

We say farewell to Staff Sergeant Matthew James Whalen. In his final act on this Earth, it’s only fitting that he gave…

Posted by Sean Hatton on Monday, December 21, 2015

(If the embed doesn’t show, you can see the video here.)

As of this writing, that video has been viewed on Facebook over 4.5 million times in just over 24 hours. We are a country that values life. We do not treat death as if it’s meaningless, a worldview one can have only if life is also meaningless. We honor the passage from life to death because we recognize that each individual life has value.

I know that this is a busy, expensive time of year, but if you have a few extra dollars lying around, perhaps you can help out Staff Sergeant Whalen’s family, just as their sacrifice has helped out two other families.

UPDATE:  To those calling me out for my reference to Planned Parenthood, stop being so silly.  This post’s primary purpose is not to raise money for the Whalen family, although it would be nice if it did.  The GoFundMe site exists to raise funds for the Whalen family, and I have nothing to do with that project.

My post exists in its current form because, as a former pro-abortion person, I became so disturbed by the Progressive obsession with abortion that I began to divide the world into those who celebrate life and those who do not.  It was in this context that I found fascinating the Whalen family’s generous gift to others, as well as the honor accorded Staff Sergeant Whalen’s transition from life to death to life again. Those ideas were the genesis for this post.  I certainly did not expect the post to go viral — and I will not apologize for building my post using a “culture of life versus culture of death” framework as the basis for a discussion about ideas and values that are common currency at my blog.

One more thing:  I do not appreciate people who use the comments to shower me with obscenities, insults, and threats. If your comment is abusive or obscene, I will delete it.  Moreover, if it’s actually threatening, I will report it to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

  • Danielle

    Hospital bills? They should have Tricare or Veterans insurance. And from what I remember, thre military offered an awesome life insurance plan.. just saying. My husband had 400,000 coming to us if he did. Is that not enough money for you? Just sick.

    • Lauren

      They were no longer in the military. Not everyone who serves ends up with Tricare, and SGLI only applies to AD military and activated reservists. Your comment about a grieving family is very rude. They didn’t even start the GoFundMe page.

      • nancychatter

        He doesn’t even know what he’s talking about..no worries

        • ymarsakar

          That means we don’t have to worry about you here, Nancy.

          • nancychatter

            How kind of you, wouldn’t want to worry WE whoever WE are..

    • politicalchump1160

      Danielle,

      I assume you posted the above comment without even clicking on the gofundme link which explains everything. I served with Matthew Whalen in 2003-2004. (Golden Lions 1-33 FA) He was not in the military at the time of his passing and is not eligible for SGLI. He didn’t get much VA percentage if anything when he got out, so he didn’t qualify for anything more than the $10,000 life insurance policy that the VA provides. And trust me… $10,000 won’t even cover funeral expenses.

      Next time you want to post something like this, please think about checking your facts first.

      Merry Christmas.

      • nancychatter

        So you have talked to his family?

      • nancychatter

        I messaged Seth Hatton I’m sure you know him right?
        To let him know about this exploitive article..

  • kater

    what the heck does planned parent hood have to do with this man’s family’s sacrifice? why in the world do you have to include that dig?

    • The beauty of having a blog — my blog — is that I can do whatever the heck I want. And if I want to focus on the culture of life in America versus the culture of death in America, I’m free to do so. The First Amendment is a wonderful and amazing thing, isn’t it?

      • ProChoice Doula

        I think it’s terribly disrespectful to the deceased and their famly to have started your entry in that manner. You don’t know the deceased’s position on Planned Parenthood, for all you know the family could have benefited from their services at some point in their lives. Shame on you.

        • Pawprints

          Shame on you for calling yourself a doula and yet disregarding the lives of millions of slaughtered babies.

          • nancychatter

            I would bet you and bookworm (an ironic name by the way) think we should stop funding food stamps, childcare, education, and school lunch programs. You people are pro-life when fetuses are involved but totally not supportive when there is an actual child standing in front of you..

          • MichaelAdams

            Since the Democrats wrote the current budget law in the seventies, we do not have zero based budget-writing. The only debate from one year to the next, is how much to increase. This allows the ever-rational and deliberative Democrats to scream, “YOU HATE THE POOR, AND WANT TO STARVE THEM TO DEATH” at anyone who wants to reduce the amount of the proposed increase, with no regard, ever, to just how much might be needed.

            It is also quite interesting to hear that we must stay out of your (no longer functioning) uterus, but still we must pay for whatever you freely choose to do with it.

            Any discussion of the undeniable, numeric fact that twenty percent of the SNAP budget is spent on food assistance, with the rest going to “administration” and “coordination” (Fred Sanford, call your office) is just more of that “mean-spiritedness toward the poor” for which we are so infamous.

            You also freely chose to repeat the lie that the PP videos were selectively edited, even after independent audits confirm that the raw footage does not differ materially from what was broadcast.

            Repeating these slogans, at a high decibel level, does little to advance your cause.

            BTW, you appear to be only of passing acquaintance with this blog. MS Bookworm does read a lot of books, as do most of her regulars. Statistically, Conservatives read many more books than the average “liberal.” Disagreeing with you is not prima fascie evidence that we are ignorant.

          • nancychatter

            You are an ass, she said nothing about supporting slaughtered babies, she was pointing out, as I did, you are just exploiting this man’s tragedy to have the chance to say baby killers over and over..
            I think I might try to get in touch with his family and make sure they are aware of this..

          • ProChoice Doula

            Strawman fallacy, womp womp
            Being a birth doula made me even more prochoice than I already was because of the respect I have for the process of bringing new life into the world. Being a miscarriage, stillbirth, and abortion doula sealed my beliefs in stone.

      • ProChoice Doula

        Also, the first amendment doesn’t protect your ass from getting called out.

        • Charles Martel

          I think Book’s juxtaposition was a good one. Planned Parenthood makes millions of dollars annually performing as an abattoir for unborn children. If death were not PP’s
          preoccupation, you’d have an argument.

          • nancychatter

            They don’t make millions of dollars..
            For GOD SAKES the people who made those videos were just INDICTED yesterday..
            Do you not understand it WAS a collection of doctored tapes and fabrications..THEY are getting prosecuted for FRAUD among other things..
            Do u people EVER come out of your bubble..

          • Charles Martel

            Nancy:

            When you debate with unfettered emotion, it tends to make the people you’re emoting at not take your arguments seriously. You dispute my comment without showing any evidence that what I said was wrong. You won’t provide statistics, I will:

            PP performs almost 328,000 abortions per year at an
            estimated fee of $800 each. Total (non-government) revenue from abortions: $262 million. Discounting government aid of $528 million out of total revenue
            of $1.3 billion, abortions account for 34 percent of PP’s annual revenue.

            If you then discount private contributions and “Other” (PP’s terminology) revenue categories, abortion accounts for 86 percent of the $305 million that remain beside government and private grants to the organization.

            I guess $262 million means PP only performed a “minuscule” number of abortions.

            Wait, there’s more!

            –PP provides no mammograms.

            –PP never advises a pregnant woman to carry a baby to term and give it up for adoption. An adoption = no $800 fee for eviscerating an unborn child.

            –PP never directs pregnant women to services that do not counsel abortion.

            Here’s a useful website from which I’ve extracted some
            salient information:

            http://www.ijreview.com/2015/09/432907-planned-parenthood-revenue-abortion-percent-total-federal-lummis/

            Merry Christmas, Nancy.

          • nancychatter

            the independent journal review is a right wing think tank that label themselves as liberterians. Their top donors are the Koch brothers(right wing billionaires), exxon, and the tobbaco company Phillip Morris.
            Planned Parenthood offices have sliding scale charges according to your income..
            I didn’t read this information I LIVED
            it ..Been going to Planned Parenthood for most of my adult life for paps and breast exams..
            You, sir are deluded, under educated and are ridiculous trying to pass your opinion as fact..
            Whoever wrote the “saying” on Bookworms page should research the psychological term “projection”
            Gotta run..and don’t worry I’m not wasting any more time with you regressive Fright Wing jerks..
            I am leaving for Costa Rica for a few weeks..this shit in USA is embarrassing to those of us who travel outside of the US..
            Obama is not the laughing stock YOU AND YOUR ILK ARE..

          • Pawprints

            Maybe stay outside of USA if we, the people, embarrass you? Because we, the people, ARE the USA. And, believe me, Obama, Clinton, Lerner, etc – and those espousing shallow views such as you have expressed above – have embarrassed us beyond description.

          • Wolf Howling

            I have not heard of this indictment. Please provide a link. And without even having seen it, I can already bet the farm that it is for the act of filming the videos themselves without permission, rather than any claim of fraud. PP paid to have the videos reviewed. Even their own experts said that, while there were some gaps, there was no evidence of substantive editing. If you are claiming any of the facts presented in the videos are fraudulent, please, by all means, specify which ones.

          • nancychatter

            The percentage of abortions performed is miniscule compared to the birth control, pap smears and other woman’s programs..
            So with out access to birth control there are going to be more abortions.
            Good job….there

          • Wolf Howling

            Nancy, there is a real problem with your claim. PP’s method of accounting is to isolate abortions as an accounting item while accounting for everything associated with the abortion as separate line items. It is quite corrupt, but it allows them to claim that only 3% of their business is abortion. Your assertion that, if PP goes away tomorrow, so will access to birth control, is ridiculous. Free birth control is available not merely through Title X, but also Obamacare, where every woman is provided free birth control. Bottom line, PP could go away tomorrow and it would not effect access to birth control.

          • nancychatter

            I’m done..
            I’ve heard all this before and know by now it’s a never ending parade of “sources” that I have never heard of hell one person even quoted Rush Limbaugh as a credible source, it is really futile..
            But what makes this different is the use of a video about donating organs which in my mind is irrelevant to the PP debate..I believe this video is exploiting this man without the family’s knowledge..
            When you can get pregnant, I’ll take you seriously..

          • Wolf Howling

            Here is what the debate should be Nancy. PP does abortions. Abortions are, by law, not to be funded by tax payer dollars. Yet PP gets taxpayer funding, which is really nothing more than a money laundering operation for the progressives. If PP can operate off the public dime, have at it. But it has no business or right to a $1 of taxpayer funds. As to “when you can get pregnant,” I am adopted you horse’s ass. When you can show a minimal respect for life, perhaps I will take you seriously.

          • nancychatter

            So you’really adopted and that means?
            Does it mean you get to decide and shove your BS down other people’s
            throats…
            Guess what A MAN doesn’t get to tell me, My daughters, or My 3 granddaughters WHAT to do with their OWN bodies…
            You, with your religious bullshit morality don’t care about life..you care about controlling people esp women until they think exactly like you..I am retired RN who worked for over 40 years saving lives so screw you.
            I would rather take care of the children already here thank you very much..
            I am deleting this post on my page, don’t know how it got there in the first place..
            You holier than thou people are sickening…happy birth of your fantasy son from a Virgin birth..

          • Wolf Howling

            Nancy, I am not a member of the religious right, yet you jump to that conclusion because I would assume because it is part of your internal narrative. Further, you ascribe any qualms about abortion to being a desire to control people, rather than there being any moral issue with abortion, apparently at any point during the pregnancy. I am guessing from what I read, that you believe that the desires of the woman outweigh all rights of the child at all points during the pregnancy (which is not the law, in case you are confused on that point). If I am wrong on that, please correct me, but I doubt if I am. You still have not pointed out a single fact in the videos that is fraudulent, by the way. Do feel free. Bottom line, you seem to me a typical progressive, incapable of rational argument or moral perspective, yet convinced of your own moral superiority.

          • nancychatter

            I DON’T want to talk at all with you. much less waste my time trying to be rational..
            I am 67 and have been rational all of my life. And I’m incapable of moral perspective..it’s moral to have women dying in the back alleys..
            I am old enough to remember that..ABORTION has always been around.. Women bleeding to death because of botched abortions..
            Wealthy women who have the resources have always had access to ABORTION.

          • Wolf Howling

            Again, you jump to a conclusion, Nancy. Who says that abortion should be banned completely. I would be willing to bet that many who regularly read Ms. BWR’s blog have a nuanced view of abortion. You are correct, abortion always has been around. And actually, the Church’s position on abortion until two centuries ago was that abortion was morally neutral if done prior to the child becoming apparent within the woman’s body — ie, kicking and moving about. Regardless of how I feel about abortion, I have no intention of imposing my views on a woman during the early part of her pregnancy, leaving only an option of a “back alley abortion.” But the calculus changes when the child is viable. Do you agree or disagree?

          • Pawprints

            I have been pregnant. In less than ideal circumstances. Abortion would have been the expedient and convenient way out. I did not take it. I, thus, have a LIVING brilliant, funny, beautiful son. So don’t assume anyone who doesn’t agree with you has not been pregnant.

          • nancychatter

            I got pregnant @32 when I was divorced and I didn’t even think of abortion..my daughter and my 2 granddaughters make my life wonderful..
            BUT I would not dream of judging others in circumstances I know really nothing about..
            Abortion is legal in the US and until it isn’t .. others should just stay out of it it’s a decision between a woman her family and her doctor..
            There are plenty of children right here right now who have no one..
            Those are who we should be focused on. .

        • True. But getting “called out” on the Internet by baby killers (or their sympathizers) isn’t exactly a day wrecker.

          • nancychatter

            And I suppose you are think you are GOD and you are in charge of judgment day..
            It’s still legal in the USA…no thanks to you idiots..

          • Pawprints

            What the Nazis did in Germany was “legal” in that time and place as well. I guess, by your logic, it was also, therefore, ethical as well, case closed. No one had a right to speak out against it, because it was “legal”. No one had the right to speak out for the innocents being slaughtered.
            You can use all your tired old arguments about things you don’t know about (I.e., “you people” don’t support this, “you people” don’t support that, etc). You may be surprised what some of us support. We are not an homogenous group. We are not “you people”. We are individuals, as are the babies being slaughtered.
            But that’s beside the point. Whether or not people support social welfare programs aimed at aiding specific segments of society never justifies slaughtering that segment of society. Never.
            When someone slaughters the voiceless, the most defenseless among us, it is EVERYONE’s business. It is not someone’s “private business”.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70a1c72b6050be61fcf6c6332a3b1e9dde1f8f7f44d3597eb948e38c3b3c0c30.jpg

          • nancychatter

            Then get people elected in Congress and change the laws (it will never happen but you can try) instead of inciting people to go murder women or killing abortion doctors… that’s not going to help anything how can you be pro-life when you want to shoot women

          • Pawprints

            I was waiting for you to “play that card”. Prolife advocates have not incited anyone to shoot anyone. I, for one, do NOT condone vigilantism. You cannot stifle free speech by seeking to blame anyone who disagrees with you for inciting violence by crazies. No more than you can blame “Black Lives Matter” for those who kill cops, or Muslim sympathizes for the soldiers who have been murdered on our home soil.
            Why don’t you just shut down all free speech? Is that the society you want? That is not the USA most of us want. That is not the USA most of us love.
            Like I said, maybe you WOULD be happier elsewhere.

          • ymarsakar

            Don’t worry about that, they are already shutting down speech they hate on campuses and in certain Leftist Big Corps. It’s a done deal.

          • Pawprints

            Yes, sadly, you are right

          • MichaelAdams

            Who said we want to shoot women? Even the shooting “at a PP clinic” has not turned into much, has it? Those of us who watch these things closely have noticed a pattern in the past, first ascribe various “right wing” motives to the shooter, then, when the shooter turns out to be someone not from the Right, let the matter drop, unless the case can, in some roundabout way, be used to justify more gun laws.

          • nancychatter

            This is not NAZI GERMANY .
            I am retired RN who worked for 40 years and I do know plenty..I know that people don’t want abortion but they also want to cut food stamps and cut childcare not provide childcare at all, so low income women are forced to have a baby and then has no way to take care of it and then denigrated because she needs food stamps..
            Give me a break..I wish I knew how to delete this whole thread..

          • Pawprints

            Incidentally, I will turn age 62 in about a month. I, too, have had a full life and learned much through life experience in addition to what I learned in a classroom. Please do not assume you have a monopoly on what you “know”.

      • nancychatter

        And the first amendment let’s me say, None of your damn business, unless it’s your body, your pregnancy, your choice
        STFU…

        • Wolf Howling

          Does the cognitive dissonance of claiming the right to speak under the First Amendment and then telling everyone else to “STFU” even dawn on you?

          • ymarsakar

            They get paid enough to ignore stuff like that. It’s all water under the bridge with that check from Leftist propaganda corps. The Left has done worse things for profit, just look at PProfit. That’s a lot of profit.

          • Charles Martel

            Wolf, I will say that among all of the trolls who have pestered this room through the years, nancy absolutely has to be the rudest. It’s unbelievable that somebody in a caring profession like nursing would enter a room of strangers and immediately default to insults, profanity, and specking the walls with semi-literate, foaming-at-the-mouth invective. No. Class. At. All.

            Just once I wish the left would send us somebody who doesn’t either bore us with sad old memes lifted from HuffPo or expose his/her lack of breeding by oozing the obnoxious contempt that nancy does.

          • Wolf Howling

            Agreed.

      • Hannah

        As advised by one of your diligent followers- I’m requesting you take the picture of myself and my husband down. First off, it doesn’t matter if my views align with your views or not; they are my personal opinions. Secondly- I don’t wish to have a picture of myself and my now deceased husband and his namesake pinned to the top of an article that has nothing to actually do with his life, despite what you put in the description. I appreciate your attempt to honor him but I will not have his picture be used in conjunction with everything you are talking about here.

    • nancychatter

      Exploitation pure and simple…

    • Justanotherrosie

      Agreed. It’s a shame to use the soldiers memory to offer ones view in such a manner. Very selfish but unfortunately, the person is right they can write whatever they want in their blog. I must support that if I am to wish for rights of my own…I must offer what apparently they can’t offer me. Sad. Planned parenthood actually saved my life and that of my child but I won’t go into that because people like this only care about their own views…their own selves. The video itself is amazing and if nothing else, we can just enjoy that, offer thanks…and view it elsewhere, lol.

  • Pawprints

    I agree with you, Bookworm. The stark contrast between this selfless act honoring life, and PP culture of dishonoring life via “death on demand for selfish convenience” is striking. Those who do not see the relevance just do not get it.

    • nancychatter

      Ridiculous analogy.
      You are exploiting this poor man for your political ends..
      You are disgusting, Has the family seen your bullshit?
      You have NO right ..

    • ymarsakar

      The Left’s Death cult has many fanatics willing to kill, but afraid of dying.

  • Dick Manchester

    Just curious, but I happen to be pro-choice. I also happen to be an organ donor. If I happened to die, and you needed one of my newly available organs, would you still be a sanctimonious prick and refuse it? Since you’re so principled, and stuff…

    • Charles Martel

      Dick, just curious: How do you compare your death and voluntary donation of organs to the evisceration of an unborn child who has no say in the matter of either dying or donating?

      PS: Your “sanctimonious prick” insult tells me you’re only interested in berating, not discussing. That ‘tude says that you’d prefer to sneer above all else. Sad.

      • nancychatter

        No insult in the truth, you are an uneducated sanctimonious prick..
        True Story

    • nancychatter

      This guy is a trip.
      Gets his info from the Independent Journal a rag paid for by Koch Brothers

      • Charles Martel

        Nancy, there are two points you miss in your tirades:

        1. Debunking a source of information (IJ) by insulting its funders while totally avoiding the embedded URLs that connect to PP’s own documents shows you hold having a snit above reasoned argument. Insults are not facts.

        2. Your histrionics are pretty much what regulars here see as the demeanor of most pro-aborts. We’re not impressed by somebody who argues in ALL CAPS and offers crazy, off-the-wall surmises about the people who contribute there.

        Puedo hablar espanol mucho mejor que tu. Not bad for a knuckle walker, eh?

        • nancychatter

          Is this what you call a tirade..pointing your sources are not credible, pointing out that the RAG you are quoting is funded by the Koch Brothers Exxon and Philip Morris..
          This is not a tirade…
          This is a BA BYE

        • ymarsakar

          What Dick is actually saying, Martel, is that he enjoys watching people he disagrees with suffer, and that because he checked off some card about organ donation, he is now self righteous enough to “punch up” at white girls.

          Of course, that still doesn’t authorize him to criticize (punch down) black men or Democrat God Kings, just so people know. That’s off limits, even if he sacrifices half of humanity for it.

  • Chip01

    No one WANTS an abortion.

    Instead of trying to shame people into doing what you believe is right, try working with people. Want to stop abortions?,Work on reducing unwanted pregnancies.

    – free birth control to every/anyone
    – truthful /factual / scientific sex education

    Abstinence is a wonderful thing, I guess, if that’s what you want. But it fails if you try to apply it to people who don’t want it. Don’t believe me? Bristol Palin. Paid $200k a year to be a spokes person for abstinence / declared she would not have sex until she’s married… Just gave birth to her second baby, still unwed.

    • nancychatter

      But she’s a hero cause she didn’t get an abortion right? IF YOU HAVE BIRTH CONTROL you have 0 abortions..
      But yes by all means SHUT down a organization who MAIN PURPOSE is to prevent abortions..
      I have been on too long, I’m going kuku for cocoa puffs hahaha
      These people really are beyond help..

      • Chip01

        Nancy – I’m hoping you realize that I’m not advocating the end of PP. they do amazing work, in lots of different fields. It’s narrow minded to look at one aspect, and decide that PP serves no purpose.

        • nancychatter

          Yes I’m sorry I was being sarcastic agreeing with you..
          I just msg Seth Hatton the main that made this video just to make sure the family knew this guy was exploiting their story..
          This is gonna be on the Today show tomorrow so I am sure they don’t want any political bullshit made of this..Especially when it really is not at all relevant to the Planned Parenthood debate..
          This Charles Martel character is something else…did u just read him extolling the virtue of the face of abstinence Bristol Palin..

          • Chip01

            No worries. I know on here the “tone” can get lost.

            I really believe no one wants an abortion. Why not work together to eliminate them from needing yo happen?

            Charles is cool. The rhetoric is for theatrical purposes. He’s passionate about not wanting abortions to happen. At some point, though… At what cost would he want it? Hypothetically… If we gave out birth control /and effective sex Ed that went against his moral code… Would he bend there, to achieve lower abortion rate?

          • nancychatter

            No…I am almost 67 and this isn’t my first rodeo..I have talked to thousands of CHARLES’

        • Justanotherrosie

          It is. They do amazing work and it’s a shame some folks won’t investigate or recognize that. Also, the point of the post is suppose to be this awesome soldier and yet the person has to add the planned parenthood debate to it and take away from him…sad.

    • Charles Martel

      Two points:

      “No one WANTS an abortion.” You’re saying that all of our country’s 1.2 million abortions per year were done under coercion? Not one single woman actually wanted the damned procedure?

      Regarding Bristol: Obviously she didn’t practice abstinence, which makes her a hypocrite. But the main takeaway here is that her children are alive. She didn’t have them dismembered, sucked out, and dropped into agarbage can. What a right wing idiot, no?

      • Chip01

        I’m saying no one wakes up and says, “I think I’ll get pregnant for the fun of having an abortion”.

        The strategy to try and shame, or intimidate with words or pictures… Or the more extreme of killing /bombing…. These are not working. They range from pointless to terrorist acts.

        The “lesson learned” with Palin: that abstinence doesn’t work on the unwilling. if $200k a year to stay abstinent didn’t work on a grown adult… Then just telling 15 or 16 year olds to “wait” isn’t going to work, if they really don’t want to either. Why kid yourself?

        Now.. Do I think Palin and her mom are right wing idiots? Yes.. But not cause they milks $$ out of lemmings who follow blindly…

        • Charles Martel

          “intimidate with. . .pictures.” Are you talking about photos that show dismembered kids?

          • nancychatter

            What is it about the word FABRICATED do you not understand that the people who fabricated these videos were INDICTED and you are still spewing their lies..

          • Charles Martel

            Nancy, didn’t just tell us BA BYE in all caps? Shouldn’t you be on the way to Costa Rica, muchachita?

          • nancychatter

            I m not going for a couple of weeks Pavones you can ride the left for 2 minutes..gorgeous place..
            But right now I’m waiting for my BBQ ribs to be delivered..now you are murdering Spanish to appear better than..sorry kid ain’t gonna happen.

          • Charles Martel

            I’m gonna give you cred for heading to a beautiful spot in Costa Rica, as well as having a taste for ribs. I’ll let your comment about my Spanish slide since you’re obviously embarrassed to show how little of it you know. Que lastima, no?

            Gonna take a break. Warriors are demolishing the Jazz right now.

          • nancychatter

            Warriors huh

          • Chip01

            Umm I would suspect from these posts, you’d know better.

            The theatrics don’t impress me.. It feels forced.

          • Charles Martel

            Better than what? I’m honestly trying to decipher what you mean when you say stuff like that. I assume you’re referring to photos that show dismembered babies. If not, would you mind writing in plain English rather than trying to slide by the question?

          • Chip01

            Your language earlier implies that you’ve seen/used those pictures you referred to earlier… The post where you start eith “intimidate with…”

          • Charles Martel

            Actually I never have. I’ve seen such pictures, which sicken me, and have no interest in seeing any more of them. I was just wondering how you can intimidate somebody by showing them photos of the outcomes of a perfectly legal and benign medical procedure.

      • Justanotherrosie

        NOR did she birth the child…abuse drugs, beat them half to death and drop them in a dumpster…

        • Charles Martel

          ??? What are you referring to?

    • ymarsakar

      Congratulations on being inducted into the Death Cult, Chip, but keep in mind you aren’t authorized to criticize black men or Democrat God Kings, or else.

      • Chip01

        Vague… I don’t get it.
        I see death on both sides… .

        • ymarsakar

          Yea, like Jim Jones saw death on both sides. The train is fine though.

    • vb

      I worked for several years in a free family planning clinic. The patients (many teens) were informed about sex and where babies come from. That didn’t stop some of them from “forgetting” to take their pills when they were trying to please a boyfriend who wanted to prove his masculinity. Frequently the guys brought a baby gift and then disappeared.

      You don’t know much about human beings if you think a sex ed course can override the need for relationships.

      • Chip01

        So… Your for abstinence only education?

        • vb

          No. I’m simply saying that your solution is very simplistic because it doesn’t seem that you have ever dealt with real people. Helping people means being involved with them so you can understand the full range of things that affect their choices and decisions. Get out of your bubble.

          • Chip01

            Well.. That’s rude of ya…Its odd that you claim to have ever dealt with real people… With your short fuse to insult/be rude. I can’t imagin real people like to be insulted.

            you mightt not know this…. But this is a comment board. Generally, no one writes long detailed dissertations. My original post wasn’t meant to be a full call to action plan on how to lower the birth rate. My comment was more to spotlight that people don’t WANT abortion… And maybe if the two sides (pro choice/pro life) worked together they could reduce the need for abortions.

            But hey… Why not put your money where your mouth it… Maybe you should show us how smart you are by replying with your ENTIRE detailed plan on how you would reduce the birth rate throughout the USA.

          • ymarsakar

            This ain’t your comment board and you have no idea what people like to write here.

          • Chip01

            So.. Using your “infinite wisdom”… You realize your comment is better applied to VBs original comment to me….

            Also, in my comment.. I use words like “maybe” and “might” and “generally”… Words that don’t mean “absolute”… So perhaps there is that one rare bird who writes whole dissertations on a comment board… But.. I suspect not.

            Anyways – happy holiday.

  • Jill Martin Erny

    What an incredibly inappropriate opening sentence. Did you know him? Is that why you feel the right to use his and his family’s story to promote your political views? Yes, it’s your blog and you can say whatever you want but you should be ashamed. My husband grew up with Matt and his passing has effected so many people. This should have been an inspirational, bittersweet story. Thanks for making it about your opinions instead.

    • ymarsakar

      So you didn’t know him either. Btw the way, the way word by mouth spreads is because people are motivated by their own goals to spread the word, not because they are taking Orders from you or your family. If you want people to toe the party line due to your Authoritarian opinions, you might want to phone call Hussein Obola for his phone and pen. Not even that is powerful enough to reverse time or recover from Death, however.

      • Hannah

        Terrible response. My husband served 4 tours overseas so people could make stupid fucking comments like that. Thanks for allowing this video of my husband to further your own personal agenda.

        • ymarsakar

          No, your husband served so you could come on other people’s territories and make stupid comments like the one you just keep making. See how that works.

          It’s always about your husband doing something. What have you done to further the interests of your nation? Nothing? You’re just a random person that needs somebody else’s accomplishments sustain your claim of self authority…

          You know as much as Jill does, in terms of authority.

          • Hannah

            Except the video being used in this article is of my husband.

          • ymarsakar

            I don’t remember seeing a video. [I reviewed the post, it’s in a link, so I’ll click on it] Irregardless, when you put a video up online, people can link them. Do you even understand how that works outside the Military Totalitarian Authority culture? Maybe this is different for military intel networks and social media, there may be regulations against such use.

            I don’t see how that applies to the internet or the civilian sector, however.

            The proper channel to use if you want the removal of said video, is to contact the owner of the site. Just as if you had a complaint against an officer from another company, you talk to their commanding officer or your own CO. You don’t just go out on social media and begin a hate campaign. At that point, it’s a fight, and you may not win either way.

          • ymarsakar

            Now that the video is removed or behind a server error (FB still has it archived via NSA mirrors, I can guarantee that), I can now say that you are causing hate online for no reason. Or just personal vendetta, forming a mob to justify yourself. Well, have you felt justified yet? Do you really think this benefits your family situation? Do you think if you get enough angst and hate together at people online linking videos that they didn’t make themselves available to the online community, do you really think that’s something that benefits you?

          • Hannah

            Whoa guy, I’m not starting a hate campaign. I just find it pretty tacky that someone used my husbands story as the grounds for a pro-life/pro-choice debate. And seriously- the video is literally what the first part of the article is about. The picture at the top is of my husband and I in Afghanistan. The narrative by Sean is of the actual video. Did you just jump into this argument for your own reasons without actually looking at what the basis for the conversation was about? Seriously look at the top of the page. Whatever guy- I don’t have an issue with the video being out there. I simply think it is in extremely poor taste and reflects well on the character of people who used it in this fashion.

          • Hannah

            Matt and I served combined 6 tours for this country. I know that’s not nearly as honorable as being a chat room/blog super star. But if you’re going to use a video of my husband dying as a way to push your own agenda, whatever it may be- it’s not unreasonable to expect the family to find it a little disturbing.

  • ymarsakar

    As you can see, Book, challenging the Death Cult religion of the Left promotes certain fanaticism, which only gets more socially authoritarian, totalitarian, and limited to social consensus during “social occasions”, as they get the most orders from Hussein Obola and the Left.

  • Justanotherrosie

    I support your right to blog whatever you wish, say your view, offer supporting information for it…but truly, you needn’t do any of it. You’re welcome to whatever view or opinion you want, just as we are. Also, you’re right-there is no need for name calling OR threats and it serves no purpose whatsoever just as murdering people working in a planned parenthood clinic serves no purpose…to me, that is NOT “pro-life” at all.

    I am just of the mindset that time is better served focusing on the love…lives saved…things that help each other. What does arguing over abortion really do? And there is a difference between being pro choice and pro abortion. There is a difference between being pro life and anti choice. To ME, pro life should stand for supporting ALL life…not just the unborn. What of our homeless? What of our sick, dying or poor? If I turn the tv on and the news tells me another newborn baby has been found in a garbage can, I will wretch. I would rather said person have access to services, truly!

    Remember the love…that’s all we as a world need to do is just love each other and be good to one another. We don’t need to agree on everything or support choices that each other makes that we can’t or don’t agree with. Check out this video… https://www.facebook.com/FOX13TampaBay/videos/10151493204054691/?theater

    • ymarsakar

      “If I turn the tv on and the news tells me another newborn baby has been found in a garbage can”

      Garbage dumpstered babies have a higher chance of a productive life than the organs on a table waiting to be sold to the highest bidder, in PProfit clinics. They make sure live births are recycled.

      As for the tv, that’s why people are brainwashed and their ‘opinions’ are merely their Programmed Orders, obedient as always.

  • I’ve had a pretty busy couple of days thanks to work and family obligations, so I’m only tuning in now to the heated discussion that resulted my using one man’s death to focus on the difference between death cults and life affirming views. As I explained in my post, the charitable aspect of Whalen’s death was incidental to the post. While I certainly hoped that a few people would donate to a hurting family in need, I was looking at larger philosophical issues of life and death.

    I won’t respond to the pro-abortion people who have — let’s be honest — gotten rather hysterical in the comments here. Their anger, vituperation, insults, and illogic are striking, but scarcely advance their claims that it’s evil even to suggest that Planned Parenthood is invested in death, not in life. Thankfully, my friends have stepped in the vacuum my silence created and ably — and politely — suggested that Planned Parenthood has a huge financial investment in abortion and that it is not promoting a life-affirming ideology.

    My bottom line is that we are at a junction in history when we need to do everything to affirm our cultures core values. On the one hand, we have the radical Islamists who embrace death. They gleefully visit it on others and, especially when hopped up on drugs, are willing to face it themselves provided that they can kill as many others as possible along the way. To them, humans aren’t individuals; they are symbols, whether of the wrong religion; the wrong sex; the wrong sexual orientation; the wrong genetic makeup, resulting in a disability; the wrong nationality; the wrong behavior (dancing, dating, playing tennis, going unveiled); and a whole catalog of other wrongful acts and states of being that must be destroyed whenever possible.

    Unless we embrace life — even, as was the case with the Whalen female, when death strikes — how can we argue that we have the right to stand against these people? We must be the society that doesn’t kill people because they’re gay, or female, or Christian, or Jewish, or Hindu, or atheist, or Muslim, or showing their faces, or are in the body of a woman who didn’t plan to get pregnant.

    I’ve never advocated to do away with abortion entirely. I’ve just said for many years now that it’s a very slippery path we’re traveling when one of the two major political parties in America is best able to get out the vote by advocating for the unlimited slaughter of infants. (And Planned Parenthood representatives have supported “aborting” an infant after it’s already born.) Even the original Roe v. Wade opinion, finding that hidden right to abortion in the Constitution, acknowledged that as the fetus develops, it’s interest in an unmolested life increases.

    And that’s all I have to say on this subject. Again, thanks to my friends for supporting my post and, in a weird way, thanks to all the angry people for giving us a window into your minds.

    • ymarsakar

      “(And Planned Parenthood representatives have supported “aborting” an infant after it’s already born.)”

      It’s not a matter of abstract support. It’s a matter of profit, and they’ve already done it several times in fact. It’s profitable. Why not. You’re right that the Left’s culture of death isn’t exactly going to face up well against Islam’s culture of death. Islam has had a better tradition of it, with more success, and a longer history of experience.

      I don’t think of them as angry, Book. Humans have this tendency to use their imagination to perceive future social threats by assigning emotion to X, and then mirroring the emotion in order to respond to its potential future consequences. Leftists are zombies to me, hence there’s no point in me providing energy to vampires by imagining the potentialities inherent in human social status changes.

  • Hannah

    Regardless of our views on abortion, it’s not exactly thrilling to see someone using my husbands death in really any context other than what it was. Whether or not your points are valid, I didn’t expect to see someone using my husbands story to somehow further their opinions on an almost completely unrelated topic. Instead of debating over the morality of complete strangers and the choices they make in their own life, why isn’t there an outrage that Matthew- a 4 time combat veteran who was honorably discharged- got his claims denied by the VA leaving his family with an outstanding fortune of medical bills? Sorry, I don’t care what someone chooses to do with their own body, I only control mine. Sorry, I won’t fight the pro-life/pro-choice fight. And Matt would be humored how riled up all of you get over decisions that people you’ve never even met choose to make. Rediculous.

    • ymarsakar

      Well hello Hannah, how thrilling is it to get money from GoFundMe then, do you always check your contributions to see what personal agendas they have and how much they should be allowed to donate? Is that how it works in your universe.

      • Hannah

        I like how you resort to simple name calling and childish behavior. Alright internet badass- you win lol

        None of those people used my husbands video to push their pro life/pro choice agenda. Except this fine group. And there’s no way for me to know who donates, nor do I care what people’s personal opinions are that did donate. It’s not anyone’s business if I agree or disagree with what you guys are discussing, it’s that his family finds it extremely distasteful and rude to use his video of all things available on the Internet to push your beliefs onto other people.

    • Dear Hannah (and I am assuming that you are in fact Hannah),

      First, I’m terribly sorry for your loss.

      Second, are you asserting a legal ownership interest over your image and the video, both of which have been widely dispersed throughout the internet, without any reservation of rights and interests? If not, to the extent both the video and picture have entered the public domain, I prefer not to remove my post. I don’t like the whole Orwellian idea of deleting history, including my blog’s own minor contribution to history, because someone finds it offensive.

      To the extent your sacrifice went viral, rather than staying within your family circle, I would argue that any member of the public can contemplate it and draw what lessons they will. I certainly meant no disrespect and cannot see that I did anything wrong by taking publicly available information and applying my own knowledge and beliefs to it.

      • Hannah

        Many people were quick to use our picture in support of their views- such as anti-war, anti-government, anti-military, anti-organ donation, etc. I’ve almost seen it all. One of my favorites was being accused of murdering my husband- he was brain dead so there was no way for him to consent the robbing of his organs. (People are really, just, colorful.) I just thought it was a bit tacky to use his story in relation to yours. I’m all for free speech and intellectual thought- and I’m grateful that you actually used intellectual and well rounded thoughts for this as opposed to blabbering out complete nonsense. But a Google search of my husbands name brings up the title of “planned parenthood” and our picture next to it. I absolutely respect your opinions and don’t wish to interfere with them, I just don’t appreciate my husbands picture being attached to something that has nothing to do with him. Does that make any sense? Sorry for causing a ruckus 🙂

        • Thank you, Hannah, for that thoughtful reply. Certainly the internet is a combination of the Wild West and Brave New World when it comes to the use and misuse of information. I have a hard time understanding how the Google rubric would so tightly partner Planned Parenthood with your picture, but Google’s algorithm is what it is.

          It’s simply that I found very honorable your respect for life and definitely find dishonorable a culture that tries to pretend life exists here, but not there, or outside, but not inside. Google’s implication to the contrary, I’m actually not a hard-core pro-Lifer; I’m simply someone tired of living in a culture that places such heavy emphasis on denying life, and then demands taxpayer money to fund that world view. I’m therefore always grateful when I find proof that we still live in a world that values life and an individual’s worth — which is why I was so moved by your story. You did the opposite of murder and that’s something that should always be celebrated.

          Despite my general rule against messing with posts that have already gone out into the world, I’ll definitely think about replacing the picture in this post with another (although it is a lovely picture). The thing is, I’m not sure whether that will make a difference any more. Regarding that whole public domain thing, I suspect that Google will continue to do what it does regardless of any changes I make here.

          Lastly, while I don’t regret writing a post that comments upon what I see as a strikingly humane act on your part, I am sorry that it got entangled in something that caused/causes you pain.