Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Sound of Crickets Chirping....


(It took 1 hour and 31 minutes for this march to pass by the camera used to shoot this video. Courtesy of franciscanfriars.)

 What would happen if you threw a pro life rally and a quarter of a million people showed up?

Nothing---if the mainstream media outlets are to be believed. On Monday, January 24, 2011, thousands upon thousands of people converged on Washington, D.C. to show their pro life solidarity through the annual March for Life. This mighty wave of humanity marched up Constitution Avenue  to our U.S. Capitol to be a witness for the sacredness of all human life, from conception to natural death.

One would think that all the major media outlets would be on hand to cover such a newsworthy event, but think again. If the weather was warm, the only sound  you'd hear would be crickets chirping. That's right. The annual March for Life is the biggest event, media non-event, found in our country. But of course, as we all know, there is no reporting bias in the MSM. Right? Right?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

What is Your Life Worth?


"This person suffering from hereditary defects costs the community 60,000 Reichsmark during his lifetime. Fellow Germans, that is your money, too."

What is your life worth? Can it be quantified financially? Is one person's life worth more than another person's? Is personhood arbitrary? Does your "quality of life" determine whether or not you should live or die? Does your utility to the state decide your fate?

As we can see from the Nazi propaganda poster above, these questions are not new. History recorded what occurred when the German political system decided what the answers to these questions were.

Abortion, 'selective reduction', embryonic stem cell research, use of aborted babies for scientific research, assisted suicide, euthanasia, human cloning, 'right to die', 'quality of life', and the judicial ruling to dehydrate/starve a living human being to death---these are the answers we, as Americans, have given to the question of what a human life is worth. On this subject, we are closer to the ethic of the Nazis than we seem to realize.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

2011 March for Life


2010 March for Life

2011 March for Life
January 24, 2011
Washington, D.C.

Friday, January 14, 2011


That's how many babies have been killed by abortion in the United States since 1973.

How can you wrap your mind around that obscene figure? How can you understand it?

Try this~if the people counted in 2010 census were used to represent the loss of these children, then the entire population of Texas, New York, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Montana would disappear.

Or, on a global scale, the entire population of the nation of Burma or South Korea would cease to exist.

The United States has allowed the murder of that many little ones, almost 50 million souls.

The mind reels at the immensity of the slaughter.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Freedom of Speech: For Thee But Not For Me?

First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."


Every American citizen has a right to his or her opinion, and the right to express that opinion.
I don't have to like what other people say; they don't have to like what I say. But the Constitution guarantees that we are legally free to say it!

Speech censorship is an insidious erosion of our most basic freedoms. Mr. Volkmann did not threaten the President in any way, he simply stated his personal opinion about the man. This brought a visit from the Secret Service? Why?

Reading the commentary beneath this article is even more revealing. Folks----you don't have to agree with what this man said, you don't have to like this man, you can stand against everything he says---but you cannot police his words!

George Orwell, in an unpublished preface to his novel Animal Farm, wrote this:
"The issue involved here is quite a simple one: Is every opinion, however unpopular - however foolish, even - entitled to a hearing? Put it in that form and nearly any English intellectual will feel that he ought to say 'Yes'. But give it a concrete shape, and ask, 'How about an attack on Stalin? Is that entitled to a hearing?', and the answer more often than not will be 'No'. In that case the current orthodoxy happens to be challenged, and so the principle of free speech lapses. Now, when one demands liberty of speech and of the press, one is not demanding absolute liberty. There always must be, or at any rate there always will be, some degree of censorship, so long as organized societies endure. But freedom, as Rosa Luxembourg said, is 'freedom for the other fellow'. The same principle is contained in the famous words of Voltaire: 'I detest what you say; I will defend to the death your right to say it'. If the intellectual liberty which without a doubt has been one of the distinguishing marks of western civilization means anything at all, it means that everyone shall have the right to say and to print what he believes to be the truth, provided only that it does not harm the rest of the community in some quite unmistakable way. Both capitalist democracy and the western versions of Socialism have till recently taken that principle for granted. Our Government, as I have already pointed out, still makes some show of respecting it. The ordinary people in the street - partly, perhaps, because they are not sufficiently interested in ideas to be intolerant about them - still vaguely hold that 'I suppose everyone's got a right to their own opinion'. It is only, or at any rate it is chiefly, the literary and scientific intelligentsia, the very people who ought to be the guardians of liberty, who are beginning to despise it, in theory as well as in practice.

(Red italicized phrases are for personal emphasis and not a part of the original documents represented here.)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

War Eagle!

As a sports fan, I am disinterested at worst and fickle at best. When it comes to college sports, my policy has been to root for the teams that represent the universities my kids attend.

Well, I have a kid at Auburn University and tonight Auburn beat Oregon to become the National Champions!

Auburn 22, Oregon 19.

We don't have cable TV, so we couldn't watch the game, but we listened to it instead on ESPN radio.
Thanks ESPN radio; it was a blast to follow along with your commentators.

I am sure Toomer's Corner is a blizzard of tp about now....

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Now You See It, Now You Don't

H/T to the Magnolia House, who shared this link with me. I just had to share it too.


Can you imagine? You leave for Christmas holidays and your house, which you have lovingly rehabbed yourself, simply disappears. Pull up to your curb and....no house. Nothing. It wasn't burned down, torn up by a tornado, or blown up by a gas leak. It's just---gone. Surreal.

Friday, January 7, 2011


...is not an accurate theological concept for our souls. Christians know that "... man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment..." (Hebrews 9:27). Who we are is not recycled again and again in this universe.

But reincarnation is a concept that can be applied to what we own!

Your organic yard and kitchen waste can be reincarnated as compost. Your old towels and socks can be reincarnated as cleaning rags. Your used paper can be reincarnated as scratch paper or stapled together to become note paper. Or it can be shredded and used as pet bedding or mulch. Even items like aerosol cans and old plastic bottles can find new life through recycling programs.
In fact, most of the items that are in or around your home can be re-used or recycled in some way.

We are called to be good stewards of that which we have been entrusted. When we learn to be creative with what we have, our actions will have a net positive impact our personal lives, our community, and our natural environment. Our thriftiness and resourcefulness will give us a means to better serve others, and a way to express our gratitude for all that our God has given us.

So remember, reincarnation is not for your eternal spirit---but it is for your stuff! Yes!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Friends and the Hand of God


Yesterday was a difficult day. Work devolved into a negative situation, I was involved in a minor accident in the parking lot at the end of the day (not my fault and fortunately no person or vehicle was damaged), and by the time I got home I was beginning to feel distinctly unwell.

While I was at work a casual friend stopped by my house and delivered a late Christmas present. She brought me a holiday bag filled with goodies: chocolates and cookies, a card and some homemade Russian tea. This gift was a totally unexpected one that came many days after Christmas, but was right on time for me. It was like a bit of sunshine breaking through a cloudy day, illuminating something hopeful and kind.

Sometimes that's all it takes. A little slice of kindness from a friend is like the hand of God reaching down and taking your hand.

I am indeed ill, though feeling a bit better today, and who knows what Monday will bring when I go to work, but that's okay. May God bless my friend as much as she blessed me.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Car Wears a Blanket

Well, actually, it's wearing an old tablecloth, a red checked one to be exact. Why? To keep the frost off of the front windshield. The fabric is spread over the windshield and held in place by a couple pieces of tape at the top of the glass and by the windshield wipers at the bottom. It may look goofy, but on shivery cold mornings all I have to do is pull it off and voila! a clear view for my driving safety. It sure beats scraping, scraping, scraping...

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Resolution---Busted


My New Year's resolution for this blog is to post something every day. It's only January 2nd and I'm already busted!

So, to make up for my lack of a post on January 1st, here is a blessing for 2011~

May you know the sweetness of laughter,
And the quiet company of old friends,
May the sun shine on your doorstep
After the rainstorm ends,
May God bless you and keep you forever
Through valleys of dark and of light,
May joy wake you every morning,
May peace guard your heart every night~

Happy New Year!

1st Anniversary


Happy 1st Anniversary Jordan and Emily!

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