Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Scans uncover secrets of the womb
Baby 'walking' in the womb
A new type of ultrasound scan has produced vivid pictures of a 12 week-old foetus "walking" in the womb.

Ala. Morning-After Pill Policy Stirs Debate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama recently began requiring all of its state-funded public health clinics to hand out "morning-after pills" (search) to women who are worried they may be pregnant and inform patients of their availability.

Not surprisingly, the decision has been met with controversy in the state, with some Department of Public Health nurses quitting their jobs rather than participating in an effort that goes against their religious beliefs.

Sex Abuse by Teachers Worse Than by Priests
WASHINGTON – More than 4.5 million children are forced to endure sexual misconduct by school employees, from inappropriate comments to physical abuse, according to an exhaustive review of research that reads like a parent's worst nightmare.

The best estimate is that almost one in 10 children, sometime between kindergarten and 12th grade, are targets of behavior ranging from unprofessional to criminal, says the report for Congress by Charol Shakeshaft, a professor at Hofstra University's School of Education.

U.S. Finds Truckers, Pilots With Terrorist Links
WASHINGTON - Government background checks of foreign airline crew members and truckers licensed to haul hazardous materials in the United States turned up 38 with possible terrorist connections, Homeland Security Department officials said Tuesday.

Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, said the agency reviewed the backgrounds of all 450,000 foreign crew members that flew into the country since March and identified nine pilots with potential ties to terrorists.

Politically Correct Cartoons:
on Clinton's memoirs

on Father's Day

Friday, June 25, 2004

Court has "strong evidence" to uphold abortion ban

So people think divorce is harmless?
National Survey Of Men Attempts To Identify The Marriage-Prone And Marriage-Averse
NEW YORK (AP) -- While most single young men aspire to marriage, about one-fifth are deeply skeptical of the institution and their prospects of making it work, according to a new national survey which closely links men's marital outlook to their upbringing.

The survey, released Wednesday by the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University, found that the men with negative attitudes were far more likely than the rest to have been raised by a divorced parent in a non-churchgoing family.

"Most young men are still 'the marrying kind,"' said a report accompanying the survey. "Moreover, the men who are the best 'marriage bets' are those who are more traditional in their family and religious background."

Religion 'very important' to most Americans

America's faith is alive and well, according to a new Gallup poll that also found that President Bush is favored by the faithful over Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry.

The Holy Spirit is guiding me
I took my children to Raging Rivers yesterday. One of those eerie moments when I think the Holy Spirit is guiding me happened on the parking lot.
I saw a young boy carrying an inflatable alligator to his car. He was only six feet from it. I was returning from eating lunch, even though the kids were not finished yet. I had this sudden urge to go back, which is how I caught that kid stealing my daughter's alligator. I confronted him gently, "That's not your alligator. It belongs to my daughter" I said. So he gave it back.
What made me want to return sooner than the others? If I hadn't I wouldn't have got the alligator.
To me, I don't think it was an accident. I think the Holy Spirit is prompting me to do things. This happens to me so frequently, it is spooky. (Pardon the pun, Holy Spirit, spooky)
Things like this make me agree with this article:

The More We Use The Gifts God Has Given Us, The More Miraculous They Become

Monday, June 21, 2004

Finally, the silence of the shepards has ended.
Bishops: Kerry, Pro Choicers 'Cooperating with Evil'
Politicians who support abortion "are cooperating with evil" and should not receive Communion U.S. Catholic bishops said in a statement, approved in vote of 183 to six, and issued Friday at their meeting in Denver.

American Life League Response to USCCB Statement on 'Catholics in Political Life:' The American Bishops Have Failed

Friday, June 18, 2004

I haven't been blogging much due to being preoccupied with family matters and a deadline at work. I hope to get back to normal soon.

Kerry's Choice for Religious Outreach Director 'Confounding,' Group Says
"Given all this, his choice of Mara Vanderslice as his religious point woman is confounding. Her resume is that of a person looking for a job working for Fidel Castro, not John Kerry.

Bush and Dole Agree: Shiftless Kerry Should Quit Senate
Prominent Republicans are jumping to voice approval of Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey's call for John Kerry to quit the Senate job he gets paid for but refuses to do.

Senate Adds Sexual Orientation, Gender to 'Hate Crimes' Law
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to expand "hate crimes" legislation to cover crimes that target people because of their sexual orientation, gender, or disability.
Concerned Women for America, a conservative public policy organization, warned that the amendment lays the groundwork for the persecution of Christians, Orthodox Jews, Muslims and others who oppose homosexuality on religious grounds.

"Using similar laws, the mere criticism of homosexuality is considered a 'hate crime' in Sweden and Canada," said Robert Knight, director of CWA's Culture and Family Institute.

IRS: Homosexual Couples Cannot File As 'Married'
In a letter to a conservative, pro-family group, the Internal Revenue Service established this week that homosexual couples filing joint tax returns would be in violation of the law under the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Ratzinger joins US debate on withholding Eucharist

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has weighed into debate within the American hierarchy, saying that public figures who openly dissent from Church teachings should not receive Communion.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The Reagan Legacy:
Pope John Paul II : Reagan 'Changed Lives of Millions'

Gorbachev Calls Reagan 'Great President'
Gorbachev listed Reagan's accomplishments as helping to "stop the nuclear race, start scrapping nuclear weapons, and arrange normal relations between our countries," he was quoted as saying.

More reasons to like Reagan:
Reagan Quotes

God and Ronald Reagan – Mother Set Example

Reagan's 1983 Book on Abortion Inspired Pro-Lifers

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Decent Proposal: More Girls Push for Modest Fashion Options
Catholic girl asks for more modest clothes in stores.

This will make NARAL mad.
No deportation because unborn baby is American

Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF), a teachers' union urges promoting gay lifestyle to children

After the Ball--Why the Homosexual Movement Has Won
"Issues of right and wrong were isolated as outdated, repressive, and culturally embarrassing. Instead, the assertion of "rights" became the hallmark of the public relations strategy."

This is an End of the Day report from Gary Bauer, of American Values
The Imperial Judiciary

"When Phyllis J. Hamilton, a federal district court judge in San Francisco, yesterday struck down the ban on partial-birth abortions she became a "higher authority" than all the congressmen and senators you voted to elect, as well as, the president of the United States who had lobbied for the ban.

The ban on partial-birth abortion is not particularly controversial. The public overwhelmingly wants this gruesome procedure ended. The vote for the ban was 64-to-34 in the Senate - hardly a "squeaker." In the House it was also overwhelming - 282-to-123. But, now Judge Hamilton has determined that only she has the correct interpretation of the requirements of the Constitution where, by the way, the word abortion is not mentioned!

Who is Phyllis Hamilton, the jurist who now apparently governs you? She was appointed by Bill Clinton. We now know she believes our Constitution requires us to allow a doctor to extract the body of a late term unborn child from the womb, puncture its skull and extract its brains. For newcomers to this daily report, I apologize for that description, but the truth matters. No prisoner at Abu Ghraib was treated as badly as these poor unborn children who are grotesquely destroyed in the name of "choice."

Judge Hamilton is the same judge who a year ago said it was okay for a San Francisco school district to require its children to memorize verses from the Koran and become Muslim for two weeks in the interest of multiculturalism. Can you imagine how she would rule if the same school district required students to memorize versus from the Bible or Torah?"

Actually, we don't have to imagine. She's just like the judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals - the same court that declared the words "under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional.

The Pledge case is already before the Supreme Court. The partial-birth abortion ban is on the way there. Perhaps we will win both cases or win one and lose one. But, whatever the outcome my friends, we are not supposed to be governed by robed masters. The other two branches of government have equal authority to interpret the Constitution. In fact, they all take an oath to uphold it. It is time for them to use the remedies at their disposal to stop the out of control courts.

Terror Ambulances

"Israel T.V. last week ran video showing U.N. ambulances being used to help terrorists escape who had just killed six Israeli soldiers. At the same time a story has broken about a clandestine operation in which top terrorist thug Yasser Arafat moved around his key people using ambulances of the Red Crescent Society, an affiliate of the Red Cross. And in Iraq, U.S. soldiers have come under fire frequently from ambulances.

It is tempting to shrug off these incidents as merely more evidence of how our enemy routinely violates the rules of war while reading the "rule book" to us! But, these stories shouldn't go unaddressed. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan should investigate the use of U.N. vehicles and we should stop taxpayer subsidies until he does. And the International Red Cross should re-evaluate their "see no evil" relationship with the Red Crescent Society. But don't count on it! "

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Abortion May Drag Us To History's Grave
Anthropologists tell us two of the biggest indicators of a doomed civilization are the practice of infanticide and human sacrifice. In other words, cultures and species that kill their own young do not survive. If history really does repeat itself, then American society may also be doomed to extinction.

Gay Marriage on the Front Burner from Missouri to Australia
A Missouri pro-family leader says the state's Democratic governor opposes a ban on same-sex "marriage" and would prefer an election on a constitutional amendment to that effect be held in August -- when it will have less chance of passage.

Catholic Parishioners Clash Over Gay Rights
CHICAGO — Parishioners who wore rainbow-colored sashes to Mass in support of gays and lesbians were denied communion in Chicago, while laymen in Minnesota tried to prevent gay Roman Catholics from getting the sacrament.

Homosexual Marriage: A Slippery Slope?
David Limbaugh
"Some on the right consider social conservatives an annoying single-issue breed and argue that the redefinition of marriage is nothing to fret over. They pooh pooh the slippery slope argument that if we completely legitimize same-sex marriage it will just be a matter of time before we sanction polygamy, bestiality, incest or pedophilia. Not to worry, they say. We always draw the line somewhere.

Oh? Upon what basis will we draw such lines anymore? "

My letter to Senator Bond:
I fear that the next attack on our freedom will be our right of free speech. This article concerns me:

Please do not let hate speech legislation pass. I want the freedom to call a sin a sin, not a "civil right".

I also support the Federal Marriage Amendment. Marriage is sacred and the foundation of the family, which is the foundation of society. Please protect it from this sacrilege.