Friday, January 02, 2009

The Tide At The Sugar Bowl

Bet you thought I forgot to post on Alabama at the Sugar Bowl? No way, just running behind, the household has been chaos today. Even with Andre Smith being suspended we are looking at an exciting game tonight; and another chance for Alabama to prove why the current system that has placed them in a #4 ranking is ineffective and needs to be thrown out. In case you missed Coach Saban's press conference yesterday click here. Well they just kicked off, got to go. Go Bama!

Founding Fathers Quote

Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.

Alexander Hamilton

Pope Benedict's New Year's Message Condemns, Abortion, Population Control

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 2, 2009



The Vatican (LifeNews.com) -- Pope Benedict XVI has a special message for the world with the start of the New Year and it focuses on condemning abortion and birth control. The pope urged efforts to end poverty across the globe but said those efforts must also be life-affirming for women and unborn children.

The leader of the Catholic Church said poverty is often regarded by abortion advocates as a consequence of demographic change [read more]

Northern Ireland Sees Record Number of Women Head to England for Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 2, 2009


Belfast, Northern Ireland (LifeNews.com) -- New reports indicate a record number of women from Northern Ireland headed to England and Wales in 2007 for abortions. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland and abortion advocates are expected to use the figures to try to get the British Parliament to legalize it.

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey released the new stats showing 1,343 abortions in England and Wales done on women who gave a Northern Ireland home address. [
read more]

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Palestinian rockets reach Beersheva, trans-Israel highway

Headline News

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Israel Today Staff


Palestinian rockets reach Beersheva, trans-Israel highway

Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip hit the southern Israel city of Beersheva with rockets for the first time early Wednesday morning, causing damage but no injuries.

By midday, at least five Grad-type missiles had struck the city of 200,000 that is often referred to as the "capital of the Negev."

One of the rockets punched a hole in the roof of a local high school. Fortunately, the city had decided to cancel school for the day after the first rocket fell, so no students were present during the attack.

At least one rocket reportedly hit Highway 6, the new trans-Israel highway that currently stretches from just north of Beersheva to the Upper Galilee region. There were no injuries in that attack.

Among at least 35 other Palestinian rocket attacks on Wednesday morning were three strikes on the coastal city of Ashkelon while Israeli President Shimon Peres was visiting its shell-shocked residents in local bomb shelters.

Two Israelis were lightly wounded when two missiles hit the neighboring port city of Ashdod earlier in the morning.

Israel continued to respond to the Palestinian rockets with powerful air strikes against Hamas targets across the Gaza Strip.

Among the targets hit on Wednesday were the Gaza City office of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (who is currently in hiding with the rest of the Hamas leadership) and several weapons smuggling tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border.

Israeli military officials said that Hamas had already suffered a significant during more than four days of Israeli strikes, and vowed to press forward until the terrorists are no longer able to threaten Israel.


Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

Founding Fathers Quote

Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.

Robert Goodloe Harper

American Life League Press Release

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 December 2008
CONTACT: Katie Walker
540.659.4942
kwalker@all.org

40 DAYS FOR LIFE LEADER TO SPEAK AT PERSONHOOD CONFERENCE

Washington, D.C. (30 December 2008) – David Bereit, director of the nation-wide 40 Days for Life campaign that has reinvigorated the grassroots pro-life movement, will be speaking at American Life League's Personhood Conference Jan. 23, 2009.

Bereit's revolutionary campaign, combining prayer, fasting, constant vigil and community outreach touched 204 cities across 49 states.

He is part of an exceptional group of speakers taking part in the Ninth Annual Training and Activism Week in Washington, D.C.

"David Bereit is a hero in the pro-life movement," said Marie Hahnenberg, project director for the 2009 Training and Activism Week. "His dedication to ending abortion through regular, peaceful presence outside of Planned Parenthood facilities and other abortion clinics has sparked a passion in thousands of people for protecting and defending the preborn."

Reports from around the country say that at least 1,100 lives have been spared from abortion thanks to the 40 Days for Life campaign.

"He has inspired so many people to become activists in their home towns and we are very happy to have him share his knowledge and experience," Hahnenberg said.

The ALL Training and Activism Week and Personhood Conference on Jan. 23 will also feature ALL president Judie Brown, Ambassador Alan Keyes, Kristi Burton, architect of the Colorado Personhood movement, Lila Rose, president of Live Action Films and renowned pro-life blogger Jill Stanek. David will be speaking on how to use today's technology to spread the pro-life, personhood message.

The event celebrates the reinvigoration of the personhood movement that works toward cultural and legislative recognition of all human beings from the moment of creation until natural death.

American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

American Life League: Training and Activism Week and Personhood Conference
http://www.rockforlife.org/taw/

American Life League: Student Leader of the CO Personhood Movement to Speak at A.L.L. Conference (23 December 2008)
http://www.all.org/article.php?id=11724.

American Life League: A.L.L. Personhood Conference Features New Media Stars (10 December 2008)
http://www.all.org/article.php?id=11709

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Katie Walker
Director of Communication
American Life League
1179 Courthouse Road
Stafford, Virginia 22554
540.659.4942
kwalker@all.org
http://www.all.org/

Lineman Smith Puts Himself Before The Crimson Tide

I could not be more disappointed in the alleged selfish acts of Andre Smith. The bowl game being so close really makes it appear worse that Smith could not hold out until after the season was over to secure his future. It is not like he would have lost out on any deals, his reputation is hard to ignore and would have secured him an NFL offer even after he and his team went to the Sugar Bowl. I am glad to see that Saban did what it appears Smith should have done; put the team first.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban informed his team that junior left tackle Andre Smith, a unanimous All-American and this year's Outland Trophy winner as the top lineman in college football, was being sent home from the bowl site and suspended for Friday night's Sugar Bowl against Utah.

The school has delved into details of a possible improper association between Smith or a person representing his interest with a sports agent, sources told the Press-Register. Alabama officials would not confirm that account, but it appears Smith's pending NFL Draft decision has now been made. [read entire article]

The Truth Is Out There - Israel Is Not The Bad Guy

I wanted to update you on Israel and the conflict in the Gaza Strip since the MSM is obviously biased against Israel. First of all, to get the truth out Israel has opened their own YouTube account. Confederate Yankee has a good article on it.

Another story, you probably have not heard about, in the MSM is Israel lets humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Here is one of the YouTube videos from Israel's YouTube account showing their precision bombing, contrary to the exaggerations and false accusations you hear in the MSM.

Israeli Air Force Destroys Terrorist Smuggling Tunnels 28.12.08

Ken Blackwell's Take On Bush's Perversion Of Limited Government

Bush's Big Government Gambit
by Ken Blackwell


The parallels to the 1920s and 1930s are remarkable. Republican President Calvin Coolidge was a staunch conservative, presiding over the Roaring Twenties. Republican President Herbert Hoover was a moderate who tried major government intervention in the face of the economic downturn of 1929, with disastrous results. This then gave an excuse to incoming Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt to radically expand the federal government, spending untold sums in an effort to end the Great Depression.

But those efforts failed miserably. They did nothing to ameliorate the Great Depression, which instead got even worse in the late 1930s after five years of FDR’s New Deal programs. It was only World War II - the largest military conflict in world history - that finally revived this nation’s economy. [read more]

Poll Results

Here are the results from our last poll:

Should President Bush have pardoned Ramos and Campeon rather than criminals?

Yes 97.4%

No 2.6%

Catholic Prayers

NEW YEAR PRAYER

God our Father,
on this Feast of Mary, the Mother of God
give us an appreciation of the many gift
You have given us during the past year.
Help us bless You in return during the coming year
by sharing some of our gifts with others who have far,
far less than we do.

Amen.

Thomas Sowell On The Absurd Expectations Of Voters And The Arrogance Of Politicians

The Art of the Impossible
by Thomas Sowell

Of course this system can work only where just a fraction of the new housing is sold "below market." Moreover, the market price of housing is raised so far above what it was by building restrictions that even "below market" prices for condominiums in Palo Alto can run to $300,000 or $400,000.

This is hardly "affordable housing" for people on modest incomes. Only 7 percent of Palo Alto's police, for example, live in Palo Alto-- probably older cops who bought their homes long ago.

But none of that matters politically. What matters is that people in Palo Alto can feel good about themselves, by being for both "open space" and "affordable housing." Happy voters are what get politicians re-elected. [read more]

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Latest Report On Columbia Disaster Could Save Lives

TownHall.com has a great breakdown here, on the new report. It's obvious, in this report, that NASA has learned valuable lessons after the tragic loss of Columbia and her crew. The very fact that this report was made public is evidence of NASA's commitment to safeguarding the lives of our astronauts.

While this report is necessary it, no doubt, is hard on their families. Let's keep them in prayer.

Catholic-Orthodox Statement Notes Problems With Declining Global Birth Rates

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 30, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Participants in the First European Catholic-Orthodox Forum chose to emphasize the coming crisis of declining birth rates as the main topic of their meeting. That came as a delight to the producer of the move Demographic Winter, who says the underpopulation problem is growing.

Meeting in Trent, Italy earlier this month, 30 delegates from the Orthodox Churches, European Bishops Conference and the Vatican met to discuss their common concerns on family matters. [
read more]

Monday, December 29, 2008

Media's All Out Assault On Israel

No surprise here, but the MSM is siding with the terrorists and extremists against Israel. Here are a couple of examples: News media falsely portraying Gaza attack and Report: Hamas hiding most potent missiles under Gaza hospital.

Let's make sure we inform as many of our friends and family of the truth as possible. Israel is in need of our support and prayers right now.

Spain Sees Hundreds of Thousands Rally Against Abortion at Catholic Event

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 29, 2008

Madrid, Spain (LifeNews.com) -- The Socialist government of Spain wants to expand the nation's abortion laws, which already allow virtual abortion on demand. Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards responded on Sunday at a Catholic rally in the nation's capital with an address by Pope Benedict XVI.


The rally in Madrid saw a massive gathering of people in the event deigned to promote pro-life values in the face of the government's desire to expand abortions. [read more]

Arizona Lawmakers Likely to Submit New Abortion Bills With Napolitano Leaving

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 29, 2008


Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) -- Members of the Arizona legislature appear likely to renew some of the abortion debates of past sessions with the likelihood that pro-abortion Gov. Janet Napolitano won't be in office to veto their bills. Napolitano has vetoed eight pro-life bills that would have put common-sense abortion limits in place.


Those bills range from measures to inform women of the risks of abortion, prohibit non-doctors from doing abortions, and strengthened current laws requiring parental consent before a minor can have an abortion. [read more]

I posted on this back in the beginning of December so I wanted to get the update to you.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Founding Fathers Quote

No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.

Samuel Adams

Focus On The Family Stabs Glenn Beck In The Back

I was appalled when I read this article. The logical fix would have simply been to add a notation that Glenn is a Mormon. I hope more Protestants will look at what binds us together instead of looking for the differences. I am personally a Catholic, but I will accept all the allies I can get. With Obama in power we all need to work together.

Pro-Life Blog Awards

I wanted to pass the word that American Life League will be giving out Pro-Life Blog Awards this January. I have already nominated several worthy bloggers. If you know of a blog that is defending the sanctity of life, please take the time to nominate them.

Texas Governor Rick Perry Holds Press Conference to Promote Choose Life License Plates

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 19, 2008


Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry held a press conference on Thursday afternoon to spotlight legislation to allow motorists in the Lone Star State to purchase Choose Life license plates. The plates are currently available 20 states nationwide and have been responsible for raising as much as $7 million for adoption programs and pregnancy centers. [read more]