Friday, July 31, 2009

Another POV About Why Hate Crimes Laws Are NOT Needed

"No Thin Line Between Murder and Hate
by Debra J. Saunders

"When the Senate passed a federal hate-crimes measure by a 63-28 earlier this month, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., proclaimed, 'This legislation will help to address the serious and growing problem of hate crimes.'

"I'm baffled. Washington passed the first federal hate-crimes bill in 1968 and 45 states have enacted hate-crime laws. This latest bill, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, expanded the list of hate crimes -- which originally focused on attacks based on the victims' race, color, religion or national origin -- to include those targeted because of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

"If hate-crime laws prevent hate crimes, shouldn't hate crimes be shrinking, not growing?

"Forgive the question, because there's nothing glib about any crime of violence. The 1998 torture-murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard -- who was found tied to a fence, battered and shoeless in the cold -- was so cruel that it took Shepard three days to die.

"Attorneys for one of Shepard's killers, Aaron McKinney, tried to introduce a "gay panic" defense, to explain why a crime that started as a robbery ended in death. The judge refused to allow the bogus defense and a jury found McKinney guilty of felony murder. To avoid the death penalty, his accomplice had pleaded guilty to the killing. Both are serving double life sentences.

"It's hard to understand how a federal hate-crimes law could send a stronger message than life in prison. Or a stronger message than the response of security guards at the Holocaust Museum, who, after white supremacist James Von Brunn fatally shot guard Stephen T. Johns in June, shot Von Brunn in the face. With or without the Shepard act, Von Brunn could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

"Federal law allows for prosecutions only under narrow circumstances -- such as if a victim is at a public school, voting or serving as a juror. The Shepard act's most important expansion, however, is that it would allow the feds to prosecute hate crimes if, as supporter Attorney General Eric Holder testified, states lack the 'capacity,' 'willingness' or 'desire to prosecute these kinds of cases.'

"Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., claimed the measure he sponsored 'closes the flagrant loopholes that for too long have prevented effective prosecution of these shocking crimes that terrorize entire groups of communities across America.'

"Yet Holder testified that he does not think 'that there is a trend among the states or local jurisdictions in failing to go after these kinds of crimes.'

"So why change the federal law? After all, district attorneys are free to present bigotry as a motive at trial. When three white supremacists dragged James Byrd, 49, to death because he was a black man, Texas prosecutors won two death sentences and a life sentence for the 1998 crime.

"Criminal Justice Legal Foundation President Michael Rushford noted that the problem with hate-crime laws is that they're "subjective." He believes prosecutors have a better chance prosecuting the crime -- not the motive. And these crimes are horrific enough."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

G, A Lover Of Animals

Well of worms and bugs anyway.

She and her grandad dug these worms up in his garden a week or so ago. They are still in this bucket being fed old coffee grinds and cornmeal. She checks on them when we visit and calls grandad when we don't to make sure he is checking on them.
And she does like other animals not just these. Are worms really animals or what? I have purposefully forgotten my science classifications of insects/worms etc, as I dislike them. They give me the willies.

Oh Dear Anon

I chose not to publish your comment. If you wish to criticize you need to identify yourself and not hide behind the anon title.

Just to clarify, I didn't spank G because I was stressed. I gave G the choice to let me do my bathroom business in peace with privacy that should be afforded to all people(I really shouldn't have to explain that) or get a spanking. Much to my chagrin she chose the spanking in word and deed.

The therapist preaches follow through on promises/discipline, and she does know that I have spanked in the past. I would agree that on some children it doesn't work. I agree that on G it doesn't work. I didn't expect her to tell me she wanted a spanking and continue on disobeying. So when I was done I was hoping she would apologize, and I wouldn't have to but she got one swat on her bluejeaned behind. It affected her not at all. I also believe I acknowledged the mistake in giving her the choice in my post. I just couldn't think of something else to offer that would be as bad that would also get her to give me privacy and peace.

Unlike you, Anon, my poo does stink, and I would rather not hear about it from the lips of a 5 year old (sorry for the TMI).

And about a "real life" and "real friends," we have those. Friends and a life aren't what introverted people lack. What introverted people need at times is just a bit of quiet to re-charge. It also doesn't need to be much time. The fact is I was getting no quiet time after a loud and long day.

When she finally was in her room quiet I had about 45 mins which made all the difference. I even got her up out of bed after I was recharged, and we had dinner. Sadly, she had to go back to bed at 7pm though from the other choice I gave her of being quiet or going to bed at 7pm. She needs to learn that her actions/choices have consequences just as I learned and still have reinforced to me at times.

I don't need your criticism, Anon, I do a good job of that myself. I don't even want your support, Anon. I guess I will have to just block all anon comments from now on. Sad when a few ugly comments under the anon guise of bravado ruins the comments for every potential anon commenter.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Can't Even Explain Why This Day Ended So Badly

But I will try. First I need to admit something. If you haven't figured it out, I am an introvert. I need quite time to recharge. I need to think inside myself to resurface and survive. I have always been this way. All the personality tests show it too. I think if I remember I am an INTJ. If you know what that is, good for you. If not, I am not explaining because I am lazy too, heh.

Anyway, today started out fine. We had our appt today and G was excited. We went to our appt. I had budgeted enough money for lunch (really it was the money left on the debit card from unemployment as I can only get it in $10 increments. Sux I know.) We ate at tacosbell then off to the wallofgreens for some mosquito med/cream. With all the rain we have had G has something like 12 bites and for some reason these particular bites are much more painful than previous ones. I am constantly putting meds on these even though the meds should have knocked the itch out something like 12 applications ago.

Anyhoo, we headed to the children's museum for a couple of hours. We left due to G needing some private, quiet potty time, if you get my drift. She wasn't thrilled with that until she heard my explanation rationally. I even got her a "coooolllld boddled wahturh" to drive home with. When we got home and checked the mail, we saw a surprise package for G, the book on my sidebar, God Made Me In China, by fellow blogger, Kristy Rodriguez. So we took the time to read it. After reading this book, I needed to check my e-mail. I also needed to be quiet.

At this point not even my dog wasn't helping as a storm was coming in. I left the living room to take care of some needed privacy myself but was followed by barking dog, loud cat and extremely loud child. I asked child to be quiet and managed to get dog quiet. Child wouldn't be quiet which started the dog up and made the cat unnerved. So I tell G to be quiet so I can have some peace or I will spank. G doesn't be quiet and tells me she is glad to have a spanking. This whole take the threats through is what I am not good at really. I didn't want to spank but, well, I shouldn't have threatened. I thought she would just give me the moment I needed but nope.

So after swat on behind, one swat not hard, I tell G to stay in her room. She does and I let her out after a bit (probably not 4 mins.) Then she comes into the living room making the worst noises, obnoxious "look at me noises" and I tell her either she quiets down or I am going to my bedroom for quiet with the door shut. She doesn't and so I go to my bedroom and shut the door. I should have locked it but it wouldn't have mattered. She followed me in and screamed bloody murder telling me that she knew I was trying to ignore her. I know this was just a cry for attention but I really couldn't give it right then. I needed down time. I asked nicely at first then I got mean. I told her she could continue to make the noises and go to bed at 7pm or she could give me the peace I requested. She would not do it. So 7pm it is.

Oh but that wasn't the end. She revved it up quite a few notches then. She either hit or kicked the cat then lied about it. Then when I thought things had calmed somewhat she threw a rock in the floor. So imagine your nerves being right under your skin from the loud then it gets quiet only for a loud (on laminate wood floors) bang to bring you out of your skin. I took her to her bedroom and changed her into her jams immediately (4:30ishpm by this time). I had had it. She put up a good fight to not be changed but I won.

She stayed in there still in rage mode until she started to fall asleep. I didn't let her fall asleep but I got the quiet I needed and she calmed down. I went to get her and told her that I needed to hold her and she needed me to hold her. She let me. I fixed her dinner and let her watch a movie. I explained how I needed the quiet (which I explained before but she wouldn't hear me) and that though she was still going to bed at 7pm, I loved her and always would.

Tonight she picked the book "Adoption is for Always" to read. Not sure if it had anything to do with the afternoon melt down or not. Several things we are working on is patience, not interrupting when I am speaking with someone else and general boundaries of play time with mom vs. play by your self, ie control issues (not necessarily self control issues but the need to control others, surroundings). PCIT helps with all of that, at least that is what our therapist said.

As a single mom it is really easy to let boundaries slide, particularly the non interrupt one. If there aren't many people mom talks to during a day to give child opportunity to interrupt or know when not to interrupt, it is harder to teach. I didn't say every single parent has this issue but because I am single I have this issue. Other than my parents we don't see many people outside the house to practice not interrupting. That would be my introverted personality kicking in by the way.

I told G at one point that we had spent a great day together and that I needed to check my e-mails and just needed some quiet. She said, "I wish it was this afternoon." I said, "You wish I had checked my emails and stuff this morning to spend time with you this afternoon?" She said, "Yes"(with a pout). I said, "Well, first we couldn't have done that because of our appt. but even if we had you would have done the same thing (acted out to get attention) this morning." That explanation did no good by the way, in case you were wondering, heh.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Just Some Randomness

G spent last night with my parents. She and they had arranged it Sunday evening when she went to church with them. I of course was left out of the arrangement details until G decided to call her grammie yesterday. Anyway, I was able to get on my mom's computer (much faster than my own) and apply for 3 positions.

I woke up in the most foul mood yesterday morning and feel so badly that I was such a grump. G doesn't deserve those days. This not working or not having a purpose (for me) is for the birds. I realize now how much I am not cut out to be a SAHM. I don't really enjoy it like I thought I might at another time in my life. Maybe it is because I am forced to be one rather than of my own free will. Whatever it is I am ready to work again and dreading it all at once.

No, I have no prospects at all. Unemployment in our area is pretty high. I am pretty discouraged at it all. At least I have unemployment still. I suppose this year's taxes won't be bad at all, heh.

Oh and while completing an on-line job app yesterday I looked at a the website for the job that laid me off to get a number and realized there were some changes. So I finally got in touch with one of the guys with whom I had made friends and he said that my boss was let go a month after me. Now this boss was supposedly a partner and moved to this town just for that position. He relocated his wife and two small pre-school aged children away from her parents (his parents are dead) and away from any family for this position. He is an attorney and a pilot.

Then three weeks ago they fired another partner who was legally an actual partner (one of three who started the company). So now the owners are down to two of the original business partners. Can you say "poetic justice"?

Definitely gave me a much better sense about my situation. And I am not glad to know that other people have lost their jobs. I think it gives me a sense that I was right about there being something conniving and planned or dirty business going on. It was a crazy company.

One owner there who knows security and sort of knows how to run a business, not necessarily on the up and up, and the other holds all the money, ALL. OF. IT, the one made sure that he and the rich one were the two left standing. This one had to get rid of all the people he didn't trust before he could be confident to be one of the only two. Where I came in was that I was hired under two women whom he did not trust. They were the first two to go while I was there back in March 2008. So eventually the rich one will have it all figured out before this company is run into the ground like the other guy's last company. But if he doesn't too bad.

So I had promised G a swimming day today but it rained and I am a cold wimp. Plus it isn't supposed to be hot today and showers are still possible. I hate that I unintentionally lied about it. She has already called me on grandad's phone to see why we weren't going swimming. Even a "will see" is a yes to a child. I have to remember that.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Abort Abortion

"By Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

"Last week, Senator Dick Durbin made comments that should have won him the “Most Racially Insensitive Remarks of the Year Award.” His statements were made in a committee markup. An audio recording of the heated exchange between Senator Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Brownback (R-KS) revealed the unfortunate bias of the Senator from Illinois. Senator Durbin justified the fact that 41% of pregnancies in DC are terminated by abortion by essentially saying, “It’s a black thing!” His exact words are listed below:

'Durbin: In terms of safe, legal and rare, to the Senator from Kansas, I will tell you two things. First, it is a fact that a disproportionately large number of African Americans seek abortion in America, not just in the District of Columbia, but all across the nation.'
'Brownback: 41 percent?'
'Durbin: No, but it’s also a fact that a disproportionately large number of African Americans live in the District of Columbia.'
'Brownback: 41 percent?'
'Durbin: I’m telling you, look at the numbers.'
'Brownback: I’m telling -- I’m just asking you, aren't there enough [abortions] here?'
'Durbin: Look at the numbers, and you will find this to be true.'
'Brownback: This -- this is not high enough?'

"The problem with Durbin’s flippant, patronizing remarks were that they were classic statements of a bureaucrat that does not care about the welfare of people in the District of Columbia.

"Many concerned residents of DC believe that there is a culture of death in the city. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the rate of abortion in DC is twice the national average. In addition, DC also has the highest HIV/ AIDS rate in the nation. Although the city has shaken its 80s and 90s moniker of “Murder Capital of the World,” there still needs to be special care given to the preservation of all human life – especially black life in DC. As I listened to Senator Durbin’s remarks, I could not help but think that if there were more white or Hispanic fetuses aborted, he would have been more alarmed. Like other kinds of black-on-black crimes, there seemed to be no remorse on the side of the political power structure.

"Brownback said that before the federal ban against funding abortions was in place, DC shifted over $1 million from an AIDS fund to an abortion fund. Brownback’s amendment to preserve the ban on taxpayer-funded abortions in DC failed in committee, marking a low in the concern for life among those given oversight to the District’s affairs.

"Let’s take a moment to trace the racial trends to which Durbin alluded. Let’s see if his logic holds water. Blacks account for over a third of all abortions in the nation, though they represent 12 percent of the population. Nationally, whites account for 58% of the abortions in the nation. This means that whites and other groups abort the remaining two thirds of babies nationally. Roughly speaking, approximately 1500 black babies are aborted each day in the nation. This is compared to approximately 3,000 babies aborted each day by others.

"Returning to DC statistics, the 2006 abortion numbers show that blacks decided to terminate 78% of the pregnancies ended by abortion, while only 18.2% of the abortions were performed on white fetuses instead of the 26% national proportionality equations would suggest. Many concerned Americans want to know why so many black babies die. A National Public Radio program in November 11, 2007 showed that during the decade before, Washington, DC had one of the highest rates of teen pregnancies in the nation. At the time of that report, the decadal teen pregnancy rate had dropped from 1 in 6 teenage girls pregnant in 1996, to 1 in 16 by 2007. On that program Brenda Rhodes Miller, Executive Director of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, talked about progress that had been made and work still left to be done.

"The DC Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in April 1999 as a result of the work of the Mayor’s Committee on Reducing Teenage Pregnancies and Out-of-Wedlock Births. The leadership of this organization is comprised of many card-carrying Democrats. This means that lowering abortion rates can be a bi-partisan effort. The Board of Directors of DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is composed of local and national community leaders who are committed to improving the lives and well being of teens. Current board members include former DC city council members and noteworthy citizens, including both ministers and secular leaders.

"One can only wonder how much higher the abortion level in the District might be if there had not been a moratorium on funding abortions. DC is clearly in a precarious place concerning this issue. Other regions are taking important leadership steps that DC might follow. Arizona, for example, just passed legislation that includes guidelines for abortions: a one-day waiting period, parental notification for minors seeking abortion, and doctor's disclosure about the risks and alternatives.

"All of us can make a difference in this emotionally charged debate. As citizens, we must continue to actively, boldly and compassionately work to reduce abortions. I believe it’s possible to decrease the number of abortions by 50 percent over the next ten years."

It is an upside down crazy world we are living in where we call good evil and evil good.

"In conclusion, Durbin got it all wrong. He is supporting continuing a culture of death in the nation’s capital. We, however, must abort abortion.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Because I Know You All Want To See...

Isn't she a pretty tiger. We have gotten to see this tiger and her two friends grow up from cubs together at the zoo.

Then the pics you have been waiting for...

pig in a python! You will notice in the first video that the snake actually misses the very dead pig. Snakes are stoooopid!

G and her pre-school teacher captured the first video. The pre-school teacher and her hubby went with us to the zoo. It was a fun but hot day.

4 Years Today

G and I have been a family for 4 years today. We are spending our special day at a tech class for the county's republican party. I say start them young!

Then we are going to lunch and the zoo. When we were at the zoo the other day there was a notice that the python would be fed a pig today. G wanted to go. It is her day and we were going to already be in the city so we decided to go!

G's family gift was the book, Forever Fingerprints and the large lego set. She was somewhat excited. G is currently playing with polly pockets right beside me at the tech workshop. This class is only supposed to be an hour and half.

I would like to be profound on this 4th family day but right now we are too busy for me to sit down and think or put my thoughts on the blog. I will get to that soon. G is such a wonderful gift. She is the highlight of my life. Just imagine that 4 years ago, I met the most wonderful baby in the world and instantly we were family. She came to me at great loss to her that will not be forgotten by her nor by me.

Happy Family Day! G. I love you best!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hate Crimes Laws Are Not Necessary.

(The link where I copied this is in the title of this post)

"The Truth About Hate Crimes
by Ashley Herzog

"I’ll grant supporters of hate crimes legislation one thing: they certainly understand the tactical advantage of being hateful when accusing others of hate.

"This weekend, after the Senate passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Bill, I posted several articles on Facebook and my blog questioning the claim that Matthew Shepard was murdered solely because he was gay.

"Although the media and gay rights activists treat it as conventional wisdom, this claim has always been in dispute. Shepard’s murderers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, admitted from the start that they were on a drug binge at the time of the killing. In 2004, McKinney told ABC News that Shepard's murder was not a homophobic hate crime, but a robbery gone wrong.

“'He was pretty well-dressed, had a wallet full of money,' Aaron McKinney said of meeting Shepard. 'All I wanted to do was beat him up and rob him...Seemed like a good idea at the time.'

"Later that night, after assaulting Shepard, McKinney violently attacked two straight men. If homophobia was the only thing fueling McKinney’s rage, what was the motive for his second round of assaults?

"But don’t raise these points with supporters of hate crimes legislation. After I posted the articles, I was called “stupid” and a “hate monger.” One commenter—after saying she’d like to punch me in the face—claimed that I was 'defending his killers who so brutally murdered him.'

"That’s not surprising. Supporters of hate legislation always accuse opponents of secretly cheering the crimes. After George W. Bush vetoed a hate crimes bill, the NAACP put out a campaign ad featuring the daughter of James Byrd, the victim of a racist murder in Texas. She said Bush’s veto made her feel like her father was 'killed all over again.'

"The ad failed to mention that the killers had already been sentenced to death, making an additional conviction for “hate” less than worthless. In Shepard’s case, the judge in Wyoming—the supposedly knuckle-dragging, redneck, homophobic state that gave us Dick Cheney—sentenced his killers to two consecutive life terms. (They were spared a death sentence after Shepard’s parents spoke out against it.)

"When will hate legislation supporters acknowledge that the perpetrators of these crimes received the maximum punishment—without also being found guilty of “hate”? What is a hate crimes law supposed to accomplish that hasn’t already been done?

"A quote from Casper Star-Tribune reporter Jason Marsden might explain a few things. 'We knew in the newsroom the day [Shepard’s murder] happened, this is going to be a huge story, this is going to attract international interest,' Marsden told ABC. 'I remember one of my fellow reporters saying, "this kid is going to be the new poster child for gay rights.”'

"So there you have it. Hate legislation supporters have used Shepard’s murder as proof that gays are regularly targeted for their sexuality and need special protections under the law—protections not granted to other victims. They fear that if the facts about the case are widely known, they will lose their “poster child” and their credibility.

"And they’ll use reckless charges of “hate” in order to keep the truth under wraps."

Ashely Herzog hit the nail on the head. We should have no such thing as "hate crimes legislation" because it will create a tier of citizens with sexual deviants and homosexuals on the top tier with the rest of the nation as second class citizens. All crimes are based in hate and we have laws on the books to deal with the crimes. We need to enforce the law when crimes are committed rather than give lenient slaps on the wrist for criminals.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Did You Know That There Were Jews in Italy During WWII?


Apparently, other than the Jews themselves and Italians who put their lives on the line, no one knew. And many Italians put their lives on the line. During WWII, Italy was the only country that allowed people to enter the country without Visas so many of the European Jews who saw what Hitler and the Nazis were up to fled to Italy. There they were interned in cities or camps but, in their own words, were treated with dignity and respect. The Italians saw them as "christians like" themselves or rather humans. So in an effort to thwart the Nazi's final solution the Italians protected the Jews who came there.

Elizabeth Bettina has connections to the Italian city of Campagna and spent many summers there as a child with her grandmother. No one at the time spoke of the interned Jews. As an adult she was given a dissertation about the Jews in Italy which sparked her interest. Then through a series of events she met Jewish people who were themselves interned in Italy or had connections via a spouse or parents who were interned there.

Elizabeth weaves her personal search for answers which leads to the trips with Holocaust survivors to Italy and a personal meeting with Pope Benedict, into this easy to read story. There are pictures and lists of those interned as well as letters to support the history. This story needs to be told just as much as the story from Germany. Good did happen in the midst of evil. It is estimated that 32,000 Jews were saved in Italy during the WWII. Think of the generations that followed. At the end of the book there is an e-mail for anyone who has personal knowledge of someone who was interned in Italy to contact the author. This story will continue to be told thanks to the hard work of this author and the many people she has met on her journey.

Monday, July 20, 2009

What Do...

a sleepy panda, beautiful lotus flower, buddies and one tired girl have in common? Well, a day at the zoo is all.

Our little buddy fell asleep on the way back to her car and G fell asleep about 5 mins later. Doesn't she look uncomfortable? She told me she wasn't going to fall asleep; she was just going to wiggle and squirm to stay awake. Yeah, right, heh.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

This Was Too Interesting Not to Share

"The Plant that Breathes Through a Snorkel
Genesis 1:11
"'Then God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, …and it was so.'
"Plants need oxygen and those that live on the land breathe through their leaves. Other plants are designed to live and breathe under water. However, when a land plant is submerged in water, it can drown, just like one of us.
"Rice is actually a land plant that draws its oxygen from the air, yet most of the plant must be submerged in water for it to survive. It can grow this way in water as deep as fifteen feet. In flood prone areas, rice has been known to grow as much as a foot per day in order to keep its topmost leaves out of the water. The reason that rice plants don't drown brings us to another of the Creator's clever designs.
"The rice plant draws air in through its leaves, as well as through a sheath of air that surrounds its submerged stalk. Rice gives off one carbon dioxide molecule for every oxygen molecule it consumes. But, because carbon dioxide dissolves more quickly in water than does oxygen, a vacuum is created within the plant, pulling in still more air.
"It appears that God has created so many different forms of life that there are almost no conditions on Earth where something couldn't live. That itself is a witness that He, and not the forces of evolution, is responsible for creating all living things.

"Prayer: Lord, there is no scientist or anyone else who can even hope to compete with You in skill or knowledge. Help me to be a witness to this fact in a world that desires to deny that You are Creator, and thus remain ignorant of its need for forgiveness through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen."
References: Science 85, July/August, pp. 7-8.
What with G coming from a country that grows lots of rice and now living in a state that also grows lots of rice, I thought this Creation Moments piece was very relavent. God is our Amazing Creator Who loves us enough to not leave us in sin and in the way of His wrath.

Speak It Justice Ginsberg-Tell It Like It Is or Like You Wanted It To Be

Justice Ginsburg and the Undesirables
By Victor Morawski

"In a recent interview with the New York Times, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg unburdened herself of the revelation that she thought Medicaid funding of abortions was going to be included in the original Roe vs. Wade decision, since 'there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of.'

"The emphasis is mine. The words, unfortunately, are hers. And whether one is pro-life or pro-abortion, they have a decidedly chilling effect.

"Now, besides striking an unapologetic blow in favor of Eugenics – the horrifying view that selective breeding and elimination of certain segments of the population deemed undesirable will actually be good for the human race -- Justice Ginsburg's view on Medicaid funding of abortions is bizarre, even inconsistent, in a variety of ways.

"In spite of her awareness that in providing Medicaid funding for abortion, government might, in her own words, 'risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn't really want them,' Justice Ginsburg over the years has been a strong advocate of such funding.

"Her rather bizarre reasoning, as she said in a 1984 North Carolina Law Review Article, is that only by being able to afford to abort their children will poor women be able to stand with men in society as "independent" and "self-sustaining equal citizen[s]." In her New York Times interview she stated, 'There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore…So we have a policy that affects only poor women …'

"Ordinarily, those who favor less government intervention in their lives value words like "independent" and "self-sustaining" because they denote the ability of individuals to make their own, individuated decisions free of external coercion. We believe that in most matters, government should keep "hands-off" and respect our independence, our ability to make competent, responsible decisions for ourselves in matters concerning our own lives and property.

"But Justice Ginsburg uses "independent" in an entirely different way, with entirely different implications for government involvement. For her, giving poor women independence in their reproductive choices means making them dependent upon government funding to exercise their prerogatives – in short, forcing others (i.e., taxpayers) to foot the bill for the indigent's "independent" decision.

"In other words, according to Ginsberg, government should force taxpayers to economically empower poor women to choose to have an abortion – just as it now forces taxpayers to pay for poor women's (increasingly illegitimate) live births.

"She even takes it a step further. According to the venerable jurist, 'government has no business making that choice [the choice for childbirth] for a woman.' And by funding only one side, it is effectively doing just that. So in her rather circumscribed reasoning on this issue, the only way government can stay out of the poor woman's decision is by funding either choice she makes -- childbirth or abortion.

"Apparently, the very idea that, perhaps, government could stay out of the poor woman's decision by funding neither never crosses the myopic mind of the liberal jurist. Unfortunately, the idea that abortion can be used to control population growth "in populations that we don't want to have too many of" does. And for that reason, we can all be thankful that Ms. Ginsberg's days on the bench may soon be coming to a close."

Victor Morawski is an ALG News contributing writer and a professor of philosophy at Coppin State University.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Have You Seen This?????!!!!!?!??!?!?!?!?!?


"As you may already be aware, especially if you are a regular listener of the Mark Levin program (which is where I heard about it), the director of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, delivered devastating testimony that the ObamaCare legislation now being proposed will not include "the fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount," as reported by the Washington Post."
"'On the contrary,' he said, 'the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health-care.' Mr. Elmendorf says the cost curve is being raised instead of cut, breaking a promise made by Barack Obama and Democrat leaders to cut the growth in spending of health care programs with a "deficit-neutral" government-run health care proposal."

Oh and congress won't have to take the "free" coverage that isn't free and isn't any good. And the Dems want to fund abortions with this government funded health care. I would like to know since when is killing babies for any reason "health care"? And why should tax payer money go to fund abortions when 51% of the taxpayers don't believe abortion is a good thing?

And since when is going bankrupt over medical bills the worse thing that can happen to someone. Government shouldn't be responsible for our bankruptcy prevention when it comes to high health care/hospital bills by giving everyone tax payer funded health care. Government isn't responsible and should not be responsible to anything other than safety of the US from inside and outside enemies. Someone made a comment the last time I posted on the ridiculousness of government sponsored health care and said that government giving free health coverage would prevent bankruptcy. Notice I didn't quote this comment because I didn't re-type it exactly, just gave the jist of the comment, the essence so to speak.

Since when did we as Americans decide that everything is the government's responsibility thus shirking our own? I do the same, shirk responsibility, that is, at times anyway. I realize we as Americans need to stop and take responsibility back from the government. The problem is that when government steps in, good people step out. Good people that would help others in times of financial crisis and need.

It is not the government's responsibility to make sure people have health insurance or for what insurance should or shouldn't pay. This scheme is going to harm our economy more than any other. Companies can't carry the burden nor can the majority of those making $200,000 or more by taxes.

On the far left side in the picture above, do you see the thick red arrows? That is the funding of the whole health care scheme. It is coming from companies mostly. Companies will not employ people if they must pay higher taxes or be forced to contribute more on health insurance. That will cause more unemployment! It is all crazy! We need less government. We need to learn to take responsibility and if that means downsizing inorder to pay our duly owed bills or leaving off the extras in our lives then sobeit. Bankruptcy due to high medical bills will not kill anyone.

If the government hadn't stepped in the first place more hospitals and doctor's offices would be more willing to work with people struggling to pay for their medical bills. Again, get the government out, take responsibility, call your representatives and tell them to stop the idiobama care nonsense.

Friday, July 17, 2009

At the Age of 5...

funny pictures of cats with captionsThis is exactly what I hear from G, did this morning even. Oh the toys we have. Maybe too many to choose from, once in another life, before G, I was going to be one of those moms who limit the number of toys the child can have. My only allowance was going to be creative or educational toys. I was going to only allow a small number of toys and swap them out when a new one came in. Well, that lasted all of about long, heh. Basically, that idea flew out the window the day we left for China, July 21, 2005. Oh yes we are coming upon 4 years as a family together. The official day is July 25 but the adoption was completed on July 26. This year the anniversary dates are on the weekend. Not sure how we will celebrate. G wants to go for "Mexin" that evening like we did last year. She already knows what gift she will be getting, legos, if she hasn't forgotten. Bed time hasn't been going very well lately. G goes to sleep in her own bed only to be wide awake 2 hours later. Not sure what she is waking up from but she is asleep for at least 2 hours. Then on top of that her legs are cramping at night waking her up in tears. Last night she was talking in her sleep and said "The girl won't give it to me." I told her to just ask to share "it." Then she started crying about her leg. I had to get up and give her a baby aspirin. So far the last 4 nights at some point she is ending up in my bed which makes for a very grumpy mama in the morning. G isn't the only sleep snatcher living around here. Tuesday night the dog was afraid of the thunderstorm that came through. I was totally miserable, and G joined in the fray around 5am because the storm scared her too. The last two days we have gotten up just before 10a.m. Yep, late, which will be terrible come Aug 18 and school starts. I am also losing track of days by not working. Tomorrow we are going swimming, we haven't been in over a week. I think we def. need a day at the pool to wear us both out. Wish the dog could come.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Obama's Crazy Scientists

(In title of post is link to the site I pulled this though you can go to Michelle Malkin's blog for more. The bold/italics are blog author's emphasis to original article.)

"Two scientists, two standards
Michelle Malkin - Syndicated Columnist - 7/15/2009 9:45:00 AM

"The New York Times recently warned its readers about a wacky scientist in the Obama administration. But the fish wrap of record let the real nut job off the hook. Reporting last week on the president's choice to head the National Institutes of Health, Times writer Gardiner Harris noted that praise for Dr. Francis S. Collins "was not universal or entirely enthusiastic." The geneticist is causing "unease," according to the Times, because of "his very public embrace of religion." Stomachs are apparently churning over a book Collins wrote describing his conversion to Christianity.

"It's called -- gasp! -- The Language of God. Harris intoned: 'Religion and genetic research have long had a fraught relationship, and some in the field complain about what they see as Dr. Collins' evangelism.'

"And...that's it. Yes, the mere profession of Collins' faith is enough to warrant red flags and ominous declamations. A quarter of all Americans identify themselves as evangelical Christians and "publicly embrace their religion." But to the Times, Collins' open affiliation with 60 million American believers in Christ is headline news.

"The rationality police in the newsroom have not, however, seen fit to print the rantings of a radical secular evangelist now serving as the White House "science czar." John Holdren, Obama's director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, co-authored the innocuously titled Ecoscience in the 1970s with population control extremists Paul and Anne Ehrlich.

"Earlier this year, Ben Johnson at the online publication FrontPage Magazine provided quotes shedding light on Holdren's embrace of "compulsory abortion" for American women 'if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.' In Ecoscience, Holdren and the Ehrlichs also outlined their desire for 'a comprehensive Planetary Regime [that] could control the development, administration, conservation and distribution of all natural resources.'

"Johnson outlined the book's ugly eugenics plan and neo-Malthusian vision of enviro-crats engineering the population. Yet, there was scant mention of Holdren's stomach-churning proposals during his confirmation hearings in February. Holdren's defenders might have comforted themselves by claiming that the quotes were taken out of context. But last week, another online investigative journalist scanned copious pages from the book to show that his words had been unedited and accurately transcribed. (The disturbing documents can be found at

"There, you'll find Holdren musing about how to infect the nation's water supply to make women infertile for the benefit of Mother Earth:

'Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control....No such sterilant exists today, nor does one appear to be under development. To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: It must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets or livestock.'

"Holdren's planetary regime would also breed out undesirables 'who contribute to social deterioration' and 'insist that all illegitimate babies be put up for adoption -- especially those born to minors, who generally are not capable of caring properly for a child alone.'

"Single mothers who wanted to keep their children would be 'obliged to go through adoption proceedings and demonstrate her ability to support and care for it.'

"If a conservative blogger or Republican political candidate had published such lunatic claptrap, the Department of Homeland Security would have him on a watch list. Instead, Holdren is Overlord of Science Policy. Ecoscience remains on his curriculum vitae. Obama is still perceived as the champion of reason. And the national media, so concerned about the dangers posed by a born-again Christian scientist, have responded to a secular extremist's wild blueprints for forced abortions and mass sterilizations with a collective shrug. Scary."


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It Has Been a While...

Since I posted pics of my girl.
Her cousin made these tie dye tees but they shrunk to G size, so by default G got them. One day it was very very humid so what better to do than catch bubbles?

And look who is back? Bunny that is who. This bunny really did travel with G from China. It has been put up for fear that something or Clementine might tear it up. I didn't want the only true tangible connection to be lost. G has asked to see it every once and a while but recently she wanted it back to carry and hold. I can't refuse because it is hers. I also let her know that we would put it back up when she was through carrying it around.
She has recently been interested in watching the DVDs I had made from the China trip. Then she got all weepy about wanting to be a baby again. I may have mentioned this already, I don't usually go back and read what I write so I can't remember. Anyway, she carried the DVDs around the house for a bit and wanted to sleep with them even. I won't let her carry those out of the house.
So today we hit the museum to see the "live" dinosaur display. A bit of a let down if I do say so myself. After our temp membership expires I won't be taking G back to that museum for a while. It isn't worth having a membership really.
Our library is holding a tea party tomorrow afternoon. Friday I think we will go swimming as well as Saturday with a friend of ours. G wants to go see her pre-school teacher tomorrow afternoon, and she is agreeable to a visit tomorrow afternoon. G is very excited, to say the least!
One month from Saturday G starts kindergarten! Makes me sad and glad all at once. I maybe going back to school myself but I will know more when I have investigated the grants and loans available. Haven't a clue what degree to pursue this time, maybe nutrition. That really can't be outsourced can it? With an aging population, it will come in handy for stability and security. Maybe I can work all the classes in while G is in school. Won't that be fun?

Monday, July 13, 2009

I Declare Myself...

Clutz Of The Year-2009!! Yeah, Hooray! ::clapping::

Yesterday morning getting ready for church I was pointing with my foot to something for G while wearing my sort of tall wedge sandals when my other foot fell off my sort of tall wedge sandal and down I went. Straight down that is, landing squarly on my bum. My first thought was collapsed spine how humiliating. G just stared at me.

Friday night I read way late into the night for a while in a less than comfortable position so that on Saturday morning I felt pain rip through my shoulders and neck slight discomfort in my back, nothing a few hundred alleve didn't cure (for a while).

Sadly, I forget the pain in my bum until I bend over or sit down then I am shocked how badly I do hurt. No chair is comfortable at first. Oh and a thunderstorm came through at 1 amish for about 2 hours. Ask me how I know the time. Go ahead and ask. Oh, okay I will tell you. My dog is terrified of thunderstorms so I was up with her for that length of time trying to keep her from stepping on G.

You ask why was G in my bed when she has been sleeping in her own bed for a while now? Yes, well, from the pain in my shoulders/back and from staying up too late Friday I was too tired to argue. See, we stopped at my uncle's home for a brief visit and the movie Ghostbusters was on. G watched it though I warned her not to. Though she didn't see much, the movie both intrigued her and scared her, so Saturday night she refused to sleep alone. Then she kept me up later than I wanted, 'cuz she doesn't like to go to sleep.

The good news is I was able to take a very long nap Sunday. We even went to play on the blue slides (no pics, I was reading). We both were able to get a good night's rest last night.

Today G has an eye appt, tomorrow the dentist and Wed our therapy. Busy week. Today is my sister's and niece's birthday. One is older than me something and the other is 9. So Happy Birthday, Sister and SJ! Hope it is a wonderful day.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Some Pics of G and By G

G has an interesting POV for her pictures. She loves Simon our cat. These were all taken with her digital camera tough camera from fisher price. Personally, other than the kid tough part, it wasn't worth the price. Takes craptastic pics, but I get to see our world from her eyes or how she sees her world. Simon is a good cat. He is extremely patient because she sometimes is very irritating towards him.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Oh My?!

It is 8:30pm and G fell asleep watching the Sound of Music. I guess I can understand. It was the boring part, you know where they are being chased across the boarder by the Nazis? So she was wrapped up in her brown blankie hardly holding herself up right in her zebra chair. I think the way she wrapped herself up she was holding herself right way up with her own weight. I picked her up and started to her door when she, through sleepy eyes and mouth said, "I wanna watch that." So I sat down less than a minute and now she is in her own bed sound asleep. I guess 6 hours in the pool will do that. We swam for almost 3 hours this morning, broke for lunch and a small rest (watching PinkyDinkyDoo) and then back to the pool for another 3 hours.

G is now jumping off the side of the deep end without noodle or kick board (her only floatation devices) and swimming to the rope which at this pool is well past half way. I stand at the rope just in case. I bought us both goggles and we both swam from side to side (shallow end) and looked at each other under water. We dove for the dive sticks and just had some fun together. So far no sunburns, YEA!

We have another pool of a friend that we can go to for a couple of hours a day (late afternoon) without having them be there but due to no bathroom we haven't been able to stay longer than 2 hours. They have a diving board too. The KOA pool though is the bigger pool though it costs, thus the 6 hour swim day. Maybe I should bring a picnic and literally stay all day! No pics as I don't want my camera around the pool. G has learned to float on her back but she has forgotten how to do a front and back flip. How do you forget?

Wow! Scary...

Now what do we do? Stop Obama, that is what. Call your senators and representatives today to stop the Obamadness! America can't afford his type of change.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Who Really Are the Haters?

(link in the title of post)
by Lorie Byrd

"I saw a bumper sticker today that said 'STOP H8N.' The first thought that came to mind was of the vile hatred I had seen directed at Sarah Palin over the weekend. Make that over the past year. I have tried to imagine how those on the left see Palin, but I don't get it. I despise what Barack Obama is doing to the country I love, but I don't make horrible, crude jokes about his precious daughters. I don't ridicule people he loves who have disabilities.

"I don't understand how anyone could do that and still have any self respect (or for that matter, a soul), but unfortunately there are many on the left who engage in such nasty attacks on Palin's family. I am not referring to just anonymous commenters on wacko lefty hate sites either, I am referring to people who have positions of influence and who proudly spew the bile out in the open. Since the explanation for such behavior is beyond my comprehension, I look to others who have given the matter some thought.

"From the Virginia blogger Reclusive Leftist: 'Of course, the first answer you’ll get if you ask feminists why they hate Sarah Palin is that "it’s because she ____" — and then fill in the blank with the lie of choice: made rape victims pay for their own kits, is against contraception or sex ed, believes in abstinence-only, thinks the dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago, doesn’t believe in global warming, doesn’t believe in evolution, is stupid and can’t read, etc., etc., etc., etc. But none of those things are true. None of them...These people don’t hate Palin because of the lies; the lies exist to justify the hate. That’s why they keep reaching and reaching for something else...'

"Reclusive Leftist doesn't have the answer ('I cannot figure it out. I look and look, and it’s like trying to see someone else’s hallucination. No matter how hard I squint, I can’t see whatever it is they’re looking at. What is so horrifying?'), but comes up with some pretty interesting theories, including the one of transference. 'And that’s another thing: it has not escaped my attention that many of the things Palin is accused of, falsely, are actually true of Obama. This is a guy who, as a U.S. senator from Illinois, didn’t even know which Senate committees he was on or which states bordered his own. (And don’t even get me started on Joe 'The Talking Donkey' Biden, who thinks FDR was president during the stock market crash and that people watched TV in those days.) I’m not saying Obama’s a moron, but he’s sure as hell no genius. People say Sarah Palin rambles; excuse me, but have you actually heard Obama speak extemporaneously? As for being a diva, surely we all remember the Possomus sign and the special embroidered pillow on the Obama campaign plane. The fact is, Obama is an intellectually mediocre narcissist with a thin resume who’s lost without a teleprompter and whose entire campaign had all the substance and gravity of a Pepsi commercial. Yet people say Sarah Palin is a fluffy bunny diva.'

"According to William Jacobson, it is all about Trig: 'Yes, some people hate Sarah Palin because she doesn't have the traditional pedigree, she isn't one of them, she is too good looking to be taken seriously, etc. And yes, some hate her because they hate her religion, politics, blah blah blah. But that doesn't explain the Sarah Palin hatred. It is so deep as to be pathological. But it keeps coming back to Trig.'

"Jacobson cites a multitude of attacks on Trig Palin beginning with Sarah Palin's VP nomination and continuing to her resignation speech this weekend, then concludes: 'The internet is full of Trig Palin conspiracy theories, name-calling and Photoshopping. No matter what month, event, or excuse, Palin haters find a reason to attack Trig. If Sarah Palin had aborted Trig, the left would have been okay with it. If she hid Trig offstage and out of sight, all would be good. But treat the child as you would any other child, and that cannot be tolerated. There is something about a Down syndrome child in plain view which has exposed the moral and emotional bankruptcy of the left-wing of the Democratic party. And they hate Sarah Palin because deep down, they hate themselves for being who they are.'

"Both reasons make as much sense as one might hope to be able to make of the vile and unrestrained hatred directed at Palin, but I think there is an additional explanation. Those on the left hurl the most ridiculous, outrageous, disgusting garbage at Palin because they don't know what else to do about her and it scares them out of their minds. Anyone who would "joke" about Palin running in 2012 on a "more retardation platform" is clearly out of their ever loving mind. Palin's opponents know that she speaks the language of the average everyday American. They know that she doesn't give a rip what they say about her (although the attacks on her family obviously have had an impact on her). They know (if they have even done the most cursory investigation) that she has a record of achievement and is a woman of action. They know that she is someone who has beaten the odds before and is in many ways an unpredictable wildcard.

"What do you do about someone like that if they are your political opposition? You could try debating them on the issues, but evidently those on the left are not confident enough about their own positions to do that. I guess all they have left is to sling mud and vein-popping hatred. Since they have a willing accomplice in the American media, it appears they will continue on that course-- at least for the time being."

Personal opinion is that Palin is resigning to save the Alaskan taxpayers money from defending frivolous lawsuits brought by crazy liberals over ethics issues that aren't. Not to mention the media really doesn't know how to treat her other than with ugly jokes and ugly statements about her family. She is a victim of main stream media's hatred and it isn't part of the "campaign play book" as one associated press reporter claims. Just a sampling of news articles on her will show extreme hatred/bias against her and her children particularly Trig. I hope she runs in 2012, I will vote for her.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Ni Hao Kai Lan

G (and I) loves Ni Hao Kai Lan. We watch it every time we get a chance when we are at my parents. Just FYI, I don't have any satellite hook up or cable on my TV, haven't for 10 years or so. I only have a VCR and DVD player. We have 1 KaiLan DVD that we do watch in rotation with all the other DVDs and videos.

So the other night we were having dinner at my mom's (before the 4th) and KaiLan was teaching "ai" or love. G comes up to me and asks how to say love in Chinese. I tell her "ai" and then I say, "Wo ai ni. I love you." I sort of heard KaiLan teaching it and saying, "Wo ai ladybugs."

G then asks, "Mama, did my fahsturh mommy say, 'wo ai ni' to me?"
I said, "Yes, baby, I am sure she did." G scampered off to watch TV again and I said to my mom, "Sometimes, those questions just getcha right here (pointing to the lump in my throat)." My mom just smiled.

Someone told me G was too young to be talking about her adoption and stuff related to it. Um, nope, she isn't. She has questions and wants answers. She sees unfairness in the fact that she isn't Caucasian like me and her grandparents. She loves to match, and knows she doesn't.

Today leaving therapy we talked about "G" as in the elevator button for "ground" floor. I said, "It is G for 'ground' and for 'G' (hername)."

G said, "Yeah and for gwammie and gwandaddy's name too. We match and you don't so we win and you lose." Such the little competitor!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Interesting Fourth, No Pictures

It was an interesting fourth, and I won't go into it here other than to say a misunderstanding got totally out of control beyond reason. G swam for 3 hours which was good. She did very VERY well. Swim lessons really paid off in a big way. I stayed in the pool with her anyway but really I wasn't needed. She jumped off the diving board with the noodle in hand and swam to the side fine. She followed one of the big girls around wanting to do what ever she did. She made a friend in the home owner's adult son who was digging up worms for G and her friend to feed to the fish in the pond.

We were home by 9:30. G was so tired she was crying in bed softly for no reason that she would share. I really think it was exhaustion. She had fallen asleep in the car and was startled awake when I turned off the key. I think she never really woke up and so was a bit emotional. I was emotional for another reason related to the post title.

A storm came through with lots of noise but no rain. My dog was freaked out for at least 20 mins before I heard it. This all took place around 3am. I didn't go to sleep much earlier due to G having bad dreams that I had to get up to check on her three times. Then the whole Quizhou thing going on in China had me processing adoption and rights in the triad.

And no I haven't figured it out. Of course this isn't much of a shock really because at least one returning homeland tour, one child found out she was taken by the family planning official who told her about taking her and took her to her family. That story came out a year ago or so. This has been happening but for it to make the news in China and for it to be acknowledged on paperwork is a pretty scandalous thing.

So between my own thoughts, G's dreams and Clementine's fear of thunderstorms I didn't sleep much at all. Today I took a 4 hour nap on my parent's couch after lunch while they swam with G and played gofish. I am very tired now, still processing everything from the weekend, not sure where to go from this point and I started a new book.

If you are reading this post and totally confused about Quizhou, it has been brought to the world's attention that family planning officials in that region of China were known to go into rural family dwellings and take the baby/ies that were considered over the allowable if the family couldn't pay the fine/s. Those babies went directly into the American and European international adoption process.

Nothing in the laws or one child policy of China said babies would be taken if they were over the allowable number, though it is to be assumed that family planning officials did it in more than this one province. How often they did I would not venture a guess, but all the babies are abandoned under some compulsion (family, financial, or family planning pressures) and now it may be that they weren't abandoned at all just taken. It sort of makes the whole "safe China adoption" thing not look so safe anymore. I just have to keep remembering Romans 8:28-29 that even in this bad God will redeem it and make it work for G's good.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

How Did the Bible Influence the US Constitution?

Creation and the Constitution
Great men like George Washington and John Adams founded America on biblical principles. However, through the years evolution and atheistic thinking have steered us off course from our biblical foundation. Just how far have we deviated from the original intent of the Founding Fathers? Listen here.

Institute for Creation Research is another wonderful organization that defends the faith as well as pointing out how teaching evolution harms individuals and cultures. Evolution was around 2500 years before Darwin and 500 years before Jesus. Listen to the link for truth of our American history. Evolution is not science nor is it based in science. True science keeps an open mind and follows where the evidence leads. Evolution uses circular reasoning to make claims and confuse the public.

Independence Day-July 4th

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

From the Heritage Foundation:

"The Declaration of Independence marks our nation's conception of liberty. Its truths, grounded in a higher law and applied to all men, are "self-evident." President Abraham Lincoln once praised the document as an 'abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times.'

'What is revolutionary about the Declaration of Independence is not that a particular group of Americans declared their independence under particular circumstances,' writes Spalding. 'But that they did so by appealing to -- and promising to base their particular government on -- a universal standard of justice.'

"This universal standard of justice endures for all time and cannot be reversed or rewritten. In a speech marking the 150th anniversary of independence on July 5, 1926, President Calvin Coolidge elaborated this point:
About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If govern­ments derive their just powers from the con­sent of the governed, that is final.

"His next point is a direct rebuke to the so-called "Progressives" -- those on the Left who believe their views are the next step in historical "progress":
No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propo­sitions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress."

There is a link to the Heritage Foundation in the title. Click on that to receive your own pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence copy. You may also wish to donate to help support the work that the Heritage Foundation does. We need more organizations like this to keep America facing the right way and that is not to the left!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Happy Fourth to You All

As we watch one country's constitution in action, let's not take our own for granted! Let's not let a president who has no respect for the constitution and who thinks it gets in the way of his plans (socialism) change it. Our founding fathers knew we would need a constitution to prevent government from getting too big. They knew the danger of a big government. Our government is over ruling our rights slowly, and we stand around complacently allowing it. It is time to fight back and take our country back to its foundational roots.

"A 'coup' in Honduras? Nonsense.
By Octavio Sánchez

"Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Sometimes, the whole world prefers a lie to the truth. The White House, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and much of the media have condemned the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya this past weekend as a coup d'état.
That is nonsense.

"In fact, what happened here is nothing short of the triumph of the rule of law.

"To understand recent events, you have to know a bit about Honduras's constitutional history. In 1982, my country adopted a new Constitution that enabled our orderly return to democracy after years of military rule. After more than a dozen previous constitutions, the current Constitution, at 27 years old, has endured the longest.

"It has endured because it responds and adapts to changing political conditions: Of its original 379 articles, seven have been completely or partially repealed, 18 have been interpreted, and 121 have been reformed.

"It also includes seven articles that cannot be repealed or amended because they address issues that are critical for us. Those unchangeable articles include the form of government; the extent of our borders; the number of years of the presidential term; two prohibitions – one with respect to reelection of presidents, the other concerning eligibility for the presidency; and one article that penalizes the abrogation of the Constitution.

"During these 27 years, Honduras has dealt with its problems within the rule of law. Every successful democratic country has lived through similar periods of trial and error until they were able to forge legal frameworks that adapt to their reality. France crafted more than a dozen constitutions between 1789 and the adoption of the current one in 1958. The US Constitution has been amended 27 times since 1789. And the British – pragmatic as they are – in 900 years have made so many changes that they have never bothered to compile their Constitution into a single body of law.

"Under our Constitution, what happened in Honduras this past Sunday? Soldiers arrested and sent out of the country a Honduran citizen who, the day before, through his own actions had stripped himself of the presidency.

"These are the facts: On June 26, President Zelaya issued a decree ordering all government employees to take part in the "Public Opinion Poll to convene a National Constitutional Assembly." In doing so, Zelaya triggered a constitutional provision that automatically removed him from office.

"Constitutional assemblies are convened to write new constitutions. When Zelaya published that decree to initiate an "opinion poll" about the possibility of convening a national assembly, he contravened the unchangeable articles of the Constitution that deal with the prohibition of reelecting a president and of extending his term. His actions showed intent.

"Our Constitution takes such intent seriously. According to Article 239: 'No citizen who has already served as head of the Executive Branch can be President or Vice-President. Whoever violates this law or proposes its reform [emphasis added], as well as those that support such violation directly or indirectly, will immediately cease in their functions and will be unable to hold any public office for a period of 10 years.'

"Notice that the article speaks about intent and that it also says 'immediately' – as in 'instant,' as in 'no trial required,' as in 'no impeachment needed.'

"Continuismo – the tendency of heads of state to extend their rule indefinitely – has been the lifeblood of Latin America's authoritarian tradition. The Constitution's provision of instant sanction might sound draconian, but every Latin American democrat knows how much of a threat to our fragile democracies continuismo presents. In Latin America, chiefs of state have often been above the law. The instant sanction of the supreme law has successfully prevented the possibility of a new Honduran continuismo.

"The Supreme Court and the attorney general ordered Zelaya's arrest for disobeying several court orders compelling him to obey the Constitution. He was detained and taken to Costa Rica. Why? Congress needed time to convene and remove him from office. With him inside the country that would have been impossible. This decision was taken by the 123 (of the 128) members of Congress present that day.

"Don't believe the coup myth. The Honduran military acted entirely within the bounds of the Constitution. The military gained nothing but the respect of the nation by its actions.

"I am extremely proud of my compatriots. Finally, we have decided to stand up and become a country of laws, not men. From now on, here in Honduras, no one will be above the law."
"Octavio Sánchez, a lawyer, is a former presidential adviser (2002-05) and minister of culture (2005-06) of the Republic of Honduras."

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Ken Hutcherson's Take on Obama's Speech

"'No truth' in Obama's speech before homosexuals
Jim Brown - OneNewsNow - 7/1/2009 7:20:00 AM

"A black evangelical Christian pastor and former NFL linebacker says there was "absolutely no truth in anything" President Obama said in his speech to homosexuals in the East Room of the White House Monday.

"President Obama promised LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) supporters Monday at a White House "gay pride" celebration that he "will continue to be an ally and a champion" for their agenda, once again vowing he will repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. (Related article: Obama White House not appealing transgender ruling) Ken Hutcherson, senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Washington state, says it is "a shame" that the president is 'supporting what destroys the family.'

"'There's absolutely no truth in anything he said, from beginning to the end,' says Pastor Hutcherson. 'There is no such thing as [a] biblical stance for homosexuality, if you use the Bible. If you want to use any other denomination, feel free -- but where I stand is...biblical; it is marriage between one man [and] one woman, and that is the relationship, heterosexual, that is ordained, blessed, and called by God.'

"In his talk, Obama acknowledged that many Americans still disapprove of homosexuality. 'There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors or even family members and loved ones, who still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes,' he stated. (See related article) Hutcherson says those comments demonstrate the president has contempt for more than just conservative Christians.

"'I think this president has a disdain for anyone who disagrees with anything about him -- don't just limit it to Christians and conservatives,' he remarks. 'Brother, this man doesn't like anyone who doesn't think he's the smartest man in the world.'

"Hutcherson says until conservative Christians make their small voice a dominating one, there is nothing that will stop President Obama from pushing for the legalization of same-sex 'marriage.'"

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Some Summertime Pictures

These were taken Tuesday. About 4:30ish G was stung by an I-don't-know-what. Either it was a dirt dobber or something. I don't think it was a wasp. I saw a red something flying in the area but didn't think much since it wasn't really close. But she got at least 3 good stings on her arm. I gave her benadryl by mouth and rubbed an anti-itch/sting med on them. Since I haven't any genetic history/family history on her I haven't any idea of allergies. This time no problem but I will need to watch next time for sure. Poor baby, totally blamed me for her getting stung too. She asked me why I didn't tell her about that bug flying around 'cause she would have come in the house if she knew. Yeah, right!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Funny Comment Heard and Other Ramblings

Now with pictures. Here is our dog, Clementine, trying to get a belleh rub. Yes, I was able to ignore the power of the belleh!

Here is our sunflower again. Can you tell I am proud? I have never grown one. Sad thing is I planted more than one seed, dang it. Dad was gracious to stand by it. My dad is 6'1" so you get the idea.
I am dying to cut it and bring it in the house. My mom says it isn't ready to cut and bring in. Then she asked me if I knew what a sunflower seed looked like. I told her that I did but that the seed I planted didn't look to me like a seed you eat.
So yesterday at Wally's World G and I were checking out and the lady looked at G and said, "My, isn't she a pretty little thing. She must look like her daddy."
I said, "Why, yes, yes she does. And she looks just like her mother too."
The lady looked again at me quite surprised and I said, "She is adopted from China."
Then the lady said, "Did you have to travel to Korea to get her?"
I said, "Yes, I traveled to China to get her."
That was a first for the implication made. I was quite bemused, totally not offended, not necessarily caught off guard either. I asked G if the comment bothered her and she told me she wasn't "mattering about it." Of course at the time G kept asking me what daddy that lady was talking about, heh.

This Just Makes Me Sick

The link is in the title. I heard about this in the news. Two important facts were left out of the news, but one fact seemed to be touted making the act even more heinous. Two facts left out were that the adopted son was African-American and that Lombard was gay. The touted fact was that the son was adopted. Seems to me lombard adopted to molest.

Like Mike Adams says, "...I believe that certain coalitions must be broken. And certain movements must be harmed." After reading this check this link out about the 88 professors' reply from Duke about "gay racism" here.

By the way, gay or straight or whatever- when someone hurts a child, I believe the ultimate price must be paid- saddens me to think the death penalty won't be given to Lombard. The child paid the ultimate price for the adult's selfish pleasure. Molestation and rape of children deserves the death penalty for perps. The harm done takes YEARS to overcome if ever, and the child is the most innocent of vicitms. Seems to me when children are seen as choices not humans then more adults take advantage of them seeing them as property to do with what they may. This is a major fallout of our pro-death society.

"Little Boy Blue Devil
by Mike Adams

"It looks like Duke University has another rape case on its hands. This one may hurt the university nearly as much as the one that rocked its campus back in 2006. Unlike the previous case, this one appears to involve a credible confession of sexual abuse. Like the previous case, crucial facts are already being filtered through the prism of identity politics.

"Frank Lombard is the associate director of Duke’s Center for Health Policy. The university administrator was recently arrested by the FBI and charged with offering up his adopted 5-year-old son for sex. I tried to contact Frank Lombard over the weekend to probe his expertise regarding the health benefits of raping small children. So far, he’s declined to comment.

"University administrator Lombard is accused of logging on to a chat room online and describing himself as a “perv dad for fun.” The detective who wisely looked into the suspicious screen name says that Lombard admitted to molesting his own adopted son. All this was before allegedly inviting a stranger to travel to North Carolina from another state to statutorily rape his already-molested adopted son.

"If Lombard is convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. His arrest comes about a year after the Court decided that child rapists cannot be executed because “society” has “evolved” to the point where such executions would be “indecent.”

"If this case goes to trial, it could be an interesting one to watch. But it will be just as interesting to watch the Duke faculty respond to these allegations. It didn’t take them long to respond when several white Duke Lacrosse players were accused of raping a black stripper. A whopping 88 professors signed a statement accusing the players of both racism and rape. Such was their regard for the presumption of innocence.

"Perhaps even more stunning was the response of some professors after it became apparent that the white lacrosse players were innocent. After that became so obvious the school had to readmit the students, Professor Kate Holloway resigned her committee assignments in protest. By the way, the most common form of faculty protest these days is to refuse to work. Most people think this kind of protest is caused by arrogance. But the actual cause is a thing called “tenure.”

"So it will be interesting to see how Duke faculty members respond to Frank Lombard. Because he is white, Lombard is fair game at Duke, isn’t he? But Lombard is also gay, so will that complicate things?

"Unfortunately for Frank Lombard, the affidavit in support of his arrest warrant shows that this second Duke rape case will also have a strong racial component. According to a confidential source (CS) a man using the user name “cooper2” or “cooperse” logged onto an internet-based video chat room. CS saw him perform oral sex on an African-American child under the age of ten. He also performed other acts on the child, which are too obscene to be described in this column.

"The user name “cooper2” has now been linked to Frank Lombard, the associate director Duke University’s Center for Health Policy. A second source has now alleged that “cooper2” has confessed to being “into incest” and that he has adopted two African American children.

"The only good news coming out of this story is about Frank Lombard’s live-in homosexual partner. The affidavit in support of Lombard’s arrest warrant shows that he made special arrangements when molesting the child – sometimes even by drugging the child – to make sure his partner did not find out.

"Records also indicate that Frank Lombard made a contribution to the Genesis Home in 2003. The Genesis Home is an organization that assists needy families in making a transition out of homelessness, in part by maintaining a child care center. The organization’s website features numerous photographs of African-American children under the age of ten."

The Associate Press (AP) did not mention the fact that the five-year old offered up for molestation was black. Bringing that fact to light might be damaging to the political coalition that exists between blacks and gays. Nor did the AP mention that the adopted child is being raised by a homosexual couple. Bringing that fact to light might harm the gay adoption movement.

"I wrote this column because I believe that certain coalitions must be broken. And certain movements must be harmed. Let the political fallout begin."