First, They Came For Piglet

Like A. A. Milne, Mark Steyn has a wonderful way with words.


January 26, 2008  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Young Conservatives Meet Mitt

Romney and YCLWR.jpg
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Looking just past Romney's outstretched arm, you'll see four members of the "Young Conservatives of Our Neighborhood" club who attended the Romney rally today. Now that Fred Thompson is no longer in the race, the YC's are trying to persuade me that Romney is the one candidate who can unite fiscal, social and foreign policy conservatives. That's yet to be seen, but my boys and their cohorts are quite persuasive.


January 23, 2008  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



An Election Lesson from My Boys

I woke up this morning to C7 pointing both thumbs at his chest and proclaiming in a radio voice, "I'm Duncan Hunter, man of the people."

Half-asleep, I asked "Duncan Hunter?"
"Yeah, he's running for president."
T10 chimed in, "Some people run for president just to promote their issue."
"What's Duncan Hunter's issue?"
"Immigration. And China."

When Hubby got home I told him of our conversation, and he explained that yesterday they learned about democratization. ETA: His lesson wasn't about Duncan Hunter, but about Andrew Jackson. . . C7 just combined the two.

Gotta love a dad that homeschools in an election year.


January 09, 2008  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Florida Voters Following Election Results

I've been pleased to see the Florida Department of Elections update the election returns throughout the night.

The Buchanan/Hudson/Detert early returns were interesting, huh? I heard that some on the radio were calling it for Detert before Manatee county votes were even tabulated--which obviously was a mistake.

Hubby and the boys went sign waving. I wonder if Hubby got any photos?


September 05, 2006  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



We Voted

We voted today (via absentee ballot) in the Florida Republican primary.

A couple of our choices were a "hold your nose and vote"--especially for one of the primary races in which one candidate is very much a. . . politician. . . of the sort that you wouldn't want to trust as far as you could throw him. Yet he clearly drew boundaries around what he supported and what he didn't, whereas the other candidate did not. So, who do you trust? The one who will clearly set out what he will support and thereby be made accountable to those who vote for him, in spite of his poor reputation--or the one who is being wishy-washy, but has more experience?

In a different race, we at TulipGirl wholeheartedly endorse Katherine Harris.

The Florida primary is Tuesday, September 5th. Go vote!


August 31, 2006  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Katherine Harris for Senate


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Elect Harris!


July 31, 2006  |  Comments (10)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



What's Abortion, Mom?

Just the sort of question I haven't wanted to hear. And today J9 asked it.

By some parents' standards we're pretty permissive. The boys have seen all of the LOTR movies, myriad times. We've read them Greek myths and talked about false gods and beliefs. They've known street kids and learned how to look for syringes at the park and what to do if they see one. By other standards, we're over-protective. They have carefully guarded them from any sexualized media. They haven't spent the night with anyone outside the family. We spend limited time away from the kiddos. They only learned what divorce was in the past year. Only last month did the two older boys get a "talk" about how God brings babies into families.

The concept and reality of abortion is something I've wanted to protect them from. Knowing some babies are killed? While they are defenseless and still growing in mommy? And that it done intentionally? What a horrid idea for a child to learn.

J9 is quite politically-inclined. He has a Katherine Harris t-shirt. Wants to form a Young America's chapter in the neighborhood. Is proud to be an American, and a Republican. Somewhere along his reading he's seen the word abortion. He saw that word on my screen this evening, and that's what prompted the question.

"What's abortion, Mom?"

My first answer, "Honey, it's bedtime and I'm too tired. Let's talk about that later." Yup. The lazy answer.

A minute later I called him to me. "What do you think abortion is?"

"I don't know. I've just seen the word."

And I weighed. Do I bring him a step further into the knowledge of how fallen our world is? Can I delay it? Please, my son is only nine-turning-ten-this-week. I don't want him to know about abortion yet.

I was his age when I first read Diary of an Unborn Child. My mom had a tract from Last Days' Ministries. I think there were daisies on the front. I know I had a concept of abortion before then, but that's when I really became aware of what abortion truly was.

I have a small pregnancy diary online from when I was expecting C5. Along with it are pictures of several stages of development. So I took J9 to that webpage and we looked at the pictures and I told him about how babies grow in the womb. We talked about how they start with just two cells and the difference between those two cells and a 10 year old is simply time and nutrition. We talked about how funny they look at 6 weeks old. We laughed at the 24 week "old man" baby picture.

And then I told him.

Abortion is when people go to a doctor to intentionally kill a baby before he is born.


I watched his face. His eyes flitting from picture to picture. The look of horror, bewilderment.

He sat on my lap and we hugged and were sad and silent together.


June 28, 2006  |  Comments (22)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



For Katherine, On Her Birthday

Katherine Harris, this tribute wouldn't have been possible without you.

(Via Lana)


April 05, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



CrunchyCons of the World, Unite!

As a long-time reader of The Corner at NRO (and longer-time reader of the dead tree version of NR) I was tickled to find the CrunchyCon blog hosted on their site.

Between my kitchen worms and the name of our third son, I think I qualify.

(via The Seven Realms)


March 09, 2006  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



SotU and Us

Last night, Hubby and I went on a date. We loaded up the kids in the van for jammy rides, stopped at the corner store for cokes, and then drove around the parking lot listening to NPR and the State of the Union Speech.

It was fun.

By the end, the three youngest were asleep, but J9 was still intently participating in our post-speech deconstruction.

Some of my fave parts?

". . .the road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting. . ."

Acknowledging the appeal. . . good. . .

And we do not forget the other half – in places like Syria, Burma, Zimbabwe, North Korea, and Iran – because the demands of justice, and the peace of this world, require their freedom as well.

Reminds me of my Iranian friend who asked, half-joking and half-hopeful, "So, when are you going to invade us?"

"No one can deny the success of freedom, but some men rage and fight against it. And one of the main sources of reaction and opposition is radical Islam"

Not afraid to name names. . .

". . .the terrorists hope these horrors will break our will, allowing the violent to inherit the Earth."

What a turn of phrase.

"But our enemies and our friends can be certain: The United States will not retreat from the world, and we will never surrender to evil. . . . America rejects the false comfort of isolationism."


Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second-guessing is not a strategy.

One of the key quotes from the speech, imo.

And tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our Nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran.

Can I say I wish this were stronger? But I think anything stronger may have been heard by Iran as militaristic--and I don't think that's where we are--or should--be headed at this point.

"We show compassion abroad because Americans believe in the God-given dignity and worth of a villager with HIV/AIDS, or an infant with malaria, or a refugee fleeing genocide, or a young girl sold into slavery."

Imago Dei.

More later. . . Getting tired and I want to finish this and give my thoughts on the offical Democratic response.


February 01, 2006  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



A Bit About Mrs. Judge Roberts

Info from K-Lo:

Since the Washington Post wrote about Bush's women and abortion today, how about Judge Roberts's? John Roberts's wife, Jane, has served as executive vice president of Feminists for Life one of my favorite groups).

And did you know they have two adopted children?

(Hat tip: Hubby)


July 19, 2005  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Apart from liberating 50 million people in Iraq. . .

“All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?”

Check out Gerard Baker's Monty Python/George W comparison as well as this CSMonitor article by Daniel Schorr, senior news analyst at NPR.

(Via RealClearPolitics and Hubby.)


March 04, 2005  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Happy Birthday, Mr. President!


"There was a time when empires were defined by land mass, subjugated peoples, and military might. But the United States is unique because we are an empire of ideals. For two hundred years we have been set apart by our faith in the ideals of democracy, of free men and free markets, and of the extraordinary possibilities that lie within seemingly ordinary men and women. We believe that no power of government is as formidable a force for good as the creativity and entrepreneurial drive of the American people.

Those are the ideals that invented revolutionary technologies and a culture envied by people everywhere. This powerful sense of energy has made America synonymous for opportunity the world over. And after generations of struggle, America is the moral force that defeated communism and all those who would put the human soul itself into bondage."

From President Ronald Reagan's 1992 Republican Convention Address

President Ronald Reagan would have been 94 today. He's left quite a legacy for the US, and I'll always be thankful for him.

Our friend Erik, back-up med care for when R5 was born, shares a birthday with the Big Man. So, if you're reading in San Angelo, Happy Birthday to you, too!

(Thanks to coyote for the birthday reminder.)


February 06, 2005  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Cemetery of Choice

Legal, illegal, professional, amateur, and self-induced. Abortion can be deadly.

Christina at Real Choice is the conservator for the Cemetery of Choice, which keeps a record of those women who have died as a result of abortion.

She also pointed me to an article about Latachie Veal's death, which I mentioned last week.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Praying for the families who have lost loved ones to abortion.


January 27, 2005  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



32 Years of Roe v. Wade

In Memorial: The Blackmun Wall

Women killed by legal abortion.

Scroll to Panel #28 and notice the name Latachie Veal.

I remember when 17 y/o Latachie Veal died in 1991. We were the same age. She died at the hands of Dr. Robert Crist in Houston--the same abortionist who serviced one of the clinics in San Antonio where I lived.

Latachie was bleeding after her abortion and when she asked the staff for help, she was assured her symptoms were normal. She was sent home and not monitored. She stopped breathing later that evening. In spite of CPR and 911. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Robert Crist continued to perform abortions, killing babies and some mothers, in several cities around the country.


January 22, 2005  |  Comments (9)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



And Reagan Should Know. . .

"Evil is powerless ... If the good are unafraid."

--Ronald Reagan


December 03, 2004  |  Comments (9)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Ukraine Election Observers

If you're interested in primary source documention, here's a PDF file of the International Election Observation Commission Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions.


November 24, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



From the White House

"The United States is deeply disturbed by extensive and credible indications of fraud committed in the Ukrainian presidential election. We strongly support efforts to review the conduct of the election and urge Ukrainian authorities not to certify results until investigations of organized fraud are resolved. We call on the Government of Ukraine to respect the will of the Ukrainian people, and we urge all Ukrainians to resolve the situation through peaceful means. The Government bears a special responsibility not to use or incite violence, and to allow free media to report accurately on the situation without intimidation or coercion. The United States stands with the Ukrainian people in this difficult time."

(Via Instapundit. Hooray for Glenn!)


November 24, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Separation of Church and Welfare State

Is the church usurping the rightful role of the welfare state?

Read John Rabe's take on Barbara Ehrenreich's convoluted views of Christians, the Church and politics.


November 17, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



If you haven't yet seen it

Manic Moonbats on Parade

Warning: Offensive Content.

Update: Glenn Reynolds has seen Hubby's film!.


November 08, 2004  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Election Recovery

We're having a laid-back sort of day. We didn't sleep much last night while waiting for the election returns, and so we're pretty low energy here. Wednesdays tend to be our "Saturdays"--usually a family day since the little boys don't go to dyetski sad and Saturdays are work days.

C3 woke up crying with an earache, and has slept most the day. The other boys are all stuffy, and I'm fighting a sinus infection. They took soaks in the tub, with eucalyptus-mint epsom salts and we're all sipping echinacea-mint tea.

Still waiting for the Ohio to be "officially" Bush's state. If you doubt it will go that direction, check the odds.

For now, C3 is painting. R5 is putting together a LOTR puzzle. J8 is nursing a cut on his finger. T6 is watching construction from their bedroom window. And I'm off to attend to some long-neglected laundry.

A very peaceful day-after for us.


November 03, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Election Watching. . .

We've been watching the election news online tonight. Hosting Matters must not have been anticipating the high blogging levels on election day, because Instapundit, Vodka Pundit and Le Sabot have periodically been unavailable. I know it's been said before, but blogging and the internet have changed forever the way politics is done.

Thankfully, the Corner has been updating frequently. This was one of my favorite posts there, because it reminded me so much of my boys.


KJL My 6 year old son is a political junkie -- his friend is the 2nd cousin of W, and he sleeps with a photo of The President and Mrs. Bush on his headboard.

When I left to vote this morning, he is well aware of the closeness of this race, he said "This election would be so much easier if we could just vote for Ronald Reagan. "

I just love him.


November 02, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Vote for George W. Today!

In President Bush's own words, Why You Should Vote For Me Today.

I am running for president with a clear and positive plan to build a safer world and a more hopeful America. My record demonstrates the consistent and principled leadership our nation needs in these challenging times. I ran for president four years ago with an ambitious agenda for America's future, and I have kept my commitments.
. . .
Americans face an important decision today — a decision that will determine the security and prosperity of the American people. For nearly four years, I have acted to promote opportunity and protect the safety of my fellow citizens. I ask for your vote to build on the good work we have begun.

Read the rest here, and then go vote!


November 02, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Election Results. . .

We don't have tv or English radio, so we get all our news online. Here are some links for following the election results as they come in:

NRO's Corner
Election Projection
Real Clear Politics
CNN Politics
Fox News
Blogs for Bush
Electoral College Calculator

And, as a bonus, check out Hubby's election predictions and forecast for the next presidential term.


November 02, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Highly Recommended

The Other Election is an great summary of the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election by Bruce Bartlett of the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Please remember Ukraine and her people this Sunday.

There is much more that is going on here that Mr. Bartlett doesn't mention and I'm not sure I want to go into right now. (Hopefully Hubby will blog about it or our journalist friend TLM will provide a link to a good story.)

Update: More on Ukrainian politics. I'm not endorsing the accuracy or viewpoints of these articles, but I do think they help provide a picture of what is going on here.
A Testing Time for Democracy
Russia's Interference in Vain
Action to Discredit the Opposition Note: This sort of thing happened last Saturday.


October 27, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



Political Cult

Has the Democratic Party become a cult?

Any merit to these comparisons?


October 27, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Abortion Myths

After Abortion blog is doing a series on Shredding The Myths about Abortion’s "Benefits" to Women. For example:

Myth #3:

"Emotional Problems After Abortion?
Serious, long-term emotional problems after abortion are extremely rare and less common than they are after childbirth. Such problems are more likely if…a woman is depressed or already has emotional problems."

Read the research and personal stories Emily provides to counter this common abortion-supporting myth.


October 26, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



For the Pundits

Real Clear Politics Poll Averages

Election Projection Map

For those that like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like. . .


October 22, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Michael Peroutka?

Reasons Not to Vote for Presidential Candidate Michael Peroutka

Related discussions can be read by visiting the Mrs. Scarecrow or Barlow Farms.


October 15, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (2)  |  Permalink



For the Politicos

If you aren't reading The Note, The Corner and Taranto's BOTW everyday, you're missing out on a lot of political fun.


September 16, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Happy Independence Day!

Kyivites are celebrating Ukraine’s independence today. We skipped most of the festivities downtown, but have had a wonderful day with the boys. Ukraine, in its current political construct, is only 13 years old. Thirteen. I have dear friends with children older than that.

And while Ukraine is still in a bit of a rocky adolescence finding her own self-identity, she’s survived the first toddler steps of independence and the growing pains of separating from the Soviet Union.

The economic outlook seems bright. I look around my neighborhood and see new high-rises under construction, retail stores opening, and consumer goods not even imaginable when we first arrived now easy to find. Hubby, who has done real economic research (as opposed to my “glance around the neighborhood” analysis) is impressed with the economic growth and stability of the past few years.

Spiritually, we can see the hand of God moving. When the Iron Curtain came down, we all heard of the amazing responsiveness people had to the Gospel. That sort of enthusiasm is no longer here. Instead, attitudes toward religion are jaded, cults and cultic churches have scared people off, and new age philosophies are growing. And while Eastern Orthodoxy seems to be recovering from the trauma of communist oppression, it often seems intent on instituting some of its own.

But God is calling his lost sheep in Ukraine to Himself. Each week we gather in corporate worship with people from our neighborhood. We know several solid seminaries, where pastors and Believers are emerging with a sound foundation in the Bible and a vision of Ukraine and the surrounding countries. We see young Believers maturing rapidly eager to study and grow. And I’m not just talking about our church, but we’re also seeing churches having an impact on the wider community and country

And so we rejoice at what God is doing. He has brought independence to a nation, and He is bringing His people into dependence upon Himself.


August 24, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



World Breastfeeding Week: August 1 - 7

Exclusive Breastfeeding: the Gold Standard Safe, Sound, Sustainable


Check back each day this week for world news, information, art, and inspiration in support of World Breastfeeding Week and noonie-mamas everywhere!

Update: Also blogging about World Breastfeeding Week 2004
Bag and Baggage
My Domestic Church
Marsupial Mom
Mungo's Mathoms
House of the Chakram
Breastfeeding News Weblog


July 31, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Presidential Candidate Quote Quiz

Multiple Choice. Match the Quote with the Presidential candidate. Googling is considered cheating.

1. "I think we ought to put the heat on Saddam Hussein. I've said that for a number of years, Bill. I criticized the Clinton administration for backing off of the inspections when Ambassador Butler was giving us strong evidence that we needed to continue. I think we need to put the pressure on no matter what the evidence is about September 11." December 11, 2001

A. Republican Bush
B. Democrat Kerry
C. Reform Nader

2. "I think we clearly have to keep the pressure on terrorism globally. This doesn't end with Afghanistan by any imagination. And I think the president has made that clear. I think we have made that clear. Terrorism is a global menace. It's a scourge. And it is absolutely vital that we continue, for instance, Saddam Hussein." December 2001

A. Republican Bush
B. Democrat Kerry
C. Constitution Party Peroutka

3. Reporter asked, "Do you think that the problem we have with Iraq is real and it can be reduced to a diplomatic problem? Can we get this guy to accept inspections of those weapons of mass destruction potentially and get past a possible war with him?"
"Outside chance,” Presidential Candidate responded. "Could it be done? The answer is yes. But he would view himself only as buying time and playing a game, in my judgment. Do we have to go through that process? The answer is yes. We're precisely doing that. And I think that's what Colin Powell did today."
February 2002

A. Republican Bush
B. Democrat Kerry
C. Constitution Party Peroutka

4. "I agree completely with this [Bush] administration's goal of a regime change in Iraq." July 29, 2002

A. Republican Bush
B. Democrat Kerry
C. Prohibition Party Dodge

5. "The fact is, in the resolution that we passed, we did not empower the president [Bush] to do regime change." August 2003

A. Republican Bush
B. Democrat Kerry
C. Libertarian Badnarik

6. "But the president and his advisors did not do almost anything correctly in the walk-up to the war. They rushed to war. They were intent on going to war. They did not give legitimacy to the inspections. We could have still been doing inspections even today.” October 2003

A. Republican Bush
B. Democrat Kerry
C. Socialst Party Brown

Scroll down for results. . .

(Quotes via Jim Geraghty. Click here for the answers.)


July 28, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Lincoln, Liberty, and Ukraine

Monday night we went to the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus patriotic concert. It was great--especially the Kyiv Brass ensemble.

While Lincoln rates among my 5 least favorite presidents, I was very moved by their performance of Aaron Copeland's "Lincoln Portrait."

What was so emotional was hearing the US Ambassador to Ukraine, the Hon. John Herbst, narrarate it in Ukrainian. Ukraine is still struggling, as it has been free of the Soviet Union for such a short time. I wish all of Ukraine could have heard the exhortation:

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise high with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country. . . .

. . .we here highly reslove that these dead shall not have died in vain; and that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. . . .

May it be so.


July 07, 2004  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Happy Birthday, W!

Happy Birthday, President Bush! Thanks for serving the US as president!

In honor of our President's birthday, I ask everyone who can to donate 58 dollars to the campaign. Let's send Bush a special birthday message that we support him 100% .


(via BlogsForBush)


July 06, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Peggy Noonan Remembers

I've been looking for this since hearing of President Reagan's passing. Peggy Noonan's Thanks From a Grateful Country, in honor of Ronald Reagan.

"He was dying for years and the day came and somehow it came as a blow. Not a loss but a blow. How could this be?

John Rabe echoed the same sentiments on Hubby's blog.

And it's true.

And I'm near tears again with memories,

"It's not hard to imagine him now in a place where his powers have been returned to him and he's himself again--sweet-hearted, tough, funny, optimistic and very brave. You imagine him snapping one of those little salutes as he turns to say goodbye. Today I imagine saluting right back."

June 07, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



The Gipper Goes On

"When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead." --Ronald Reagan, 1994

Ronald Wilson Reagan, February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004


June 05, 2004  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Which is the real John Kerry?

John "Honored by Communist Vietnam" Kerry


John "I Want You!" Kerry

(Via George Grant and Gleeful Extremist)


June 05, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



And another reason to vote

Reviewing our tax numbers from the past few years, it's very clear that Bush's "tax cuts for the rich" greatly benefit not-so-rich missionary families, too.

Just another reason to Vote for W in 2004!


May 10, 2004  |  Comments (8)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



I like that!

I've been added by Ilyka to the list of Chicas Conservadoras.



April 27, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



More quotables

"Liberals should just be honest and admit their agenda is not about blacks or women or "the poor." It's about the propagation of an ungodly worldview by any means necessary. But there'll be peace in the Middle East before that happens." -- LaShawn Barber

Yep. Just ask John Waffles Kerry. (Think that isn't an appropriate nickname? See this chart.)


April 10, 2004  |  Comments (14)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink




"I decided to include images of 10-, 11- and 21-week-old aborted foetuses in my film because, however shocking, repulsive and confrontational they are, they represent the reality. Aborted foetuses from 10 weeks on look like tiny babies. Rationally, we know abortion ends the life of a potential human being, but why when we see what they look like are we so shocked?" --Filmmaker and honest abortion advocate, Julia Black
(via AfterAbortion)

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened." --Winston Churchhill
(via Carol)

"This coming election more black voters will vote for Kerry (who supports the thing that kills most black children) than they will for Bush (who believes that even one black child's abortion-related death is totally unacceptable).

Bush will be portrayed as anti-black and Kerry will be portrayed as black-friendly, while abortion continues to ravage the African American community." -- ashli


April 10, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



A Downer of a Song

This is where the party ends
I can't stand here listening to you
And your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
And your racist friend

It was the loveliest party that I've ever attended
If anything was broken I'm sure it could be mended
My head can't tolerate this bobbing and pretending
Listen to some bullet-head and the madness that he's saying

This is where the party ends
I'll just sit here wondering how you
Can stand by your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
You and your racist friend

This is where the party ends
I can't stand here wondering how you
Can stand by your racist friend
This is where the party ends
I can't stand here wondering how you
Can stand by your racist friend

Out from the kitchen to the bedroom to the hallway
Your friend apologizes, he could see it my way
He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking
Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding

This is where the party ends
I can't stand here listening to you
And your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
And your racist friend

I've been listening to They Might Be Giants, and have this song stuck in my head. It makes me sad, though. . .


April 08, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Gems from Comments

From AutMom's comments at Le Sabot:

From the article:

"Researchers argue over the definition of life, but they generally agree that it must have three elements: a container, such as the membrane wall of a cell; metabolism, the ability to convert basic nutrients into a cell's working parts; and genes, chemical instructions for building a cell that can be passed on to progeny and change as conditions change."

Funny, I think this is what the pro-life movement has been saying for years. And if it is "life" then terminating it would be...

That's brill. . .


March 31, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Recommended Reading

Long, but thought provoking:
Caitlin Flanagan's How Serfdom Saved the Women's Movement

I'd like to subscribe to The Atlantic Monthly. Hubby would, too.


March 29, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



A Little Flag Waving

The U.S. has the most lethal military in the history of the world and yet we go out of our way to reduce the number of casualties that we inflict. That’s just one more reason I love my country.

Yeah, what he said.


March 26, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Abortion in the Courtroom, in the University and on the Street

I. US District Judge Casey is allowing Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand to testify in an abortion-related trial later this month, explaining his research on pain in fetuses and newborns.

Considering how soon after conception the infant's brain begins to deveolop, I'm not surprised that Dr. Anand's research has concluded that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation.

II. A Canadian medical student is being denied his diploma because he will not perform or refer for elective abortion. I guess killing is more important than healing in some medical schools?

III. Rebecca Porter whose "My Abortion Hurt Me" sign was destroyed at a Kerry campaign rally earlier this month, was well recieved at a Bush rally today.
Go Rebecca!
Go Bush!

(Via Drudge and AfterAbortion)


March 24, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Not Silent in South Dakota

Evangelical Outpost ensured that bloggers everywhere knew of the crucial pro-life legislation that is in process in South Dakota.

Now, AfterAbortion is publicizing a request that women who have experienced abortion write or travel to South Dakota to share how abortion impacted them.

Caron Strong, the California state leader of Silent No More/Operation Outcry, is asking post-abortive women to write to legislators in South Dakota, or even to travel to Pierre, South Dakota, on March 14-15, to "hold signs that describe how abortion specifically hurt you". This event will be held at the Capitol Building in Pierre from 7:00 AM until 10:00 AM on March 14. Women will line the steps of the building as the legislators come in for the day.

And for everyone else, let us be faithful to pray that this will pass, protect women and children, and perhaps even start a movement that returns abortion-legislation to the individual states.


March 11, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Abortion in the Black Community

Tales of Abortion is a documentary of abortion among black women. According to American Collegians for Life, this film focuses on the stories of women in a bookclub called "Sista CEO," talking about their abortions.

While the black community has often overlooked the negative impact abortion, it is one of factors that Star Parker highlights in her call to stop government social engineering. I recommend reading LaShawn Barber's recent review of Parker's book, Uncle Sam's Plantation.

(Also via AfterAbortion)


March 11, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Well said, Mr. Frum

When gay marriage advocates wax romantic about love and commitment, they rarely take into account the "law of unintended consequences." David Frum of NRO highlights his concerns about gay marriage impacting the sanctity of human life, especially when gay couples will seek to add children to their families:

"These are purchases and sales of tomorrow’s human beings – steps toward the transformation of children into true commodities.

Obviously same-sex couples will not be alone in advocating this transformation. But they will I suspect be its most ardent and effective advocates – and the institutional and cultural changes set in motion by same-sex marriage will greatly weaken what remains of the opposition to the emerging traffic in potential people."


March 10, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Boycotts Abound

Should Christian teachers boycott public schools?

Should conservatives boycott the Girl Scouts?


March 04, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



ReDefining PBJ

Swamphopper has some insightful thoughts about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


February 26, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Terrorism Makes for Strange Bedfellows

Osama and Saddam in cahoots, according to Free Persia.


February 14, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Under the Radar

Evangelical Outpost has made it his personal mission to make sure everyone knows about South Dakota legislators' attempt at outlawing abortion:

This issue is too important to let it slip under the radar. So I'm going to mention it again today and I'll do it again tomorrow and I'll keep posting about it until it gets the attention it deserves.

To be honest, I'm completely surprised by this. Kudos to South Dakota!

Setting aside the morality of abortion, Roe v. Wade was simply bad jurisprudence. While a long shot, perhaps this is the first step towards Roe being overturned and the legislation of abortion be returned to the individual states, where it belongs.


February 03, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Abortion Killed Dean's Campaign?

James Taranto of the Opinion Journal theorizes that Dean has fared poorly in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries because of Roe v. Wade. Dean's strongest support is among 18-to-29-year-olds. Not only did this demographic fail to show up at the polls, about one-third failed to show up at birth.

Read the rest of the story here.


January 28, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (3)  |  Permalink



Parents, Teens, and Sex

Ask parents, "Who most influences your teen's sexual decisions?" and they say their kids' friends or the media.

Ask teens who's most influential and their No. 1 answer is:
"My parents."

Teenagers "may fuss or stare out the window when you discuss sex, but even the poorest kids in the most chaotic environment said their parents are very influential," Brown says.

Ironically, "the more parents talk about sexual health, the less sex kids have," Juzang adds.

From Donna Britt's "Stats on Teens Don't Tell the Whole Story"
Also check out TRW's and LaShawn Barber's posts on Sex Ed


January 24, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



31 Years of Roe

In Memorial: The Blackmun Wall

Women killed by legal abortion.


January 22, 2004  |  Comments (11)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



State of the Union

Anyone know where to watch/listen to the State of the Union address tonight online, in real time?

I assume by tomorrow I'll be able to watch the webcast at the White House website. The current info there is from last year.


January 20, 2004  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Civil Rights and Abortion

Coinciding this week are Sanctityof Human Life Sunday and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MLK's niece, Dr. Alveda King, makes connections between the issues that are remembered this week.

Parents making a decision to abort - because sometimes both are involved - are aborting a slave, in that the baby has no say so over whether it will live or not live. Likewise, the baby has no choice over its nourishment. The baby has no choice over where it can go or what it can do. It does what the parent says it will do. The baby is totally dependent on the parent.

During the 1970's, right after Roe v Wade, I aborted a child. This was before I became a born again Christian in 1983. For almost 20 years I lived in agony. Was it a boy, or was it a girl? Did the abortion hurt the baby, cause it great pain?

Thank God I didn't abort my other children. I made a decision for six children who are alive, and tragically I made the decision against one. At the time, I was not aware of what I was doing. There were no sonograms back then. If I had seen one, I don't think I could have done it. Now, today, it is only through the salvation of Jesus Christ that I realize I am forgiven for the act against that baby?s life, and I will see my child again in heaven.

Alveda King will be receiving a lifetime pro-life achievement award this week and be speaking at a Silent No More rally.

Thanks to Emily for pointing out this interview.


January 19, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (2)  |  Permalink



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