Entries for February, 2008

Hi Steve

Well he knows I have to blog this. So, hi Steve. Yes, you’ll never guess who I sat next to on a plane to Dallas today. Steve Trombley! You know, CEO of Planned Parenthood Chicago and Aurora Steve Trombley. What a major hoot. I neared my seat and saw him and couldn’t believe it. He […]

Stanek site update

You are a bunch of troublemakers… You may have noticed a site slowdown at various times this week. My server tells me all the traffic and comments this site receives have created havoc for its entire system. (This month, we will experience another personal best – over 70,000 unique visitors and 2.5 million hits.) Tonight […]

Tale from the ‘hood

… Personhood, that is. So you think you have a handle on how the brain works? You’re sure, absolutely sure, the Terri Schiavos of the world are incapable of thought or feelings? Do you think you even know your own mind? We’ve discussed babies with no brains, people with “vegetables” for brains, and preborns who […]

Make my day: Left wingers try to defend Obama on infanticide

Blogger Impeach Philadelphia Inquirer op ed for his indefensible opposition to IL’s Born Alive Infant Protection Act Santorum was the U.S. Senate sponsor of the federal version. Impeach wrote: I also want to direct your attention to the text of the Illinois bill. Here it is. You’re free, of course, to peruse what Senator Santorum […]

Condom Man MIA

I Pro-Life Action League alerted me a little while ago that the video has been disabled. Sure enough, yes, which winter issue directly to the vice chancellor and other officials under the chancellor’s office. My suspicion is they contacted YouTube because our video reflected very poorly on them.” Lila said she wasn’t sure yet how […]

New Stanek WND column, “The slaughterhouse rules”

Due to a system problem at WorldNetDaily, my column wasn’t posted early yesterday as usual. WND ran it later and again today, which hey, I’ll take with no complaints. This column is an extension of a post I wrote last week. I kept thinking of more to add. You will recall those not understanding the […]

WND headlines Planned Parenthood bucks for blacks story

WorldNetDaily.com From WND…

China may scrap one-child policy

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New Planned Parenthood slogans

Moderator Bethany just forwarded me these Planned Parenthood slogans she found on the The Dawn Patrol via

American Right to Life response

Pastor Bob Enyart of post yesterday in part lamenting ARTL’s corporate – seemingly sole – strategy of denegrating fellow pro-lifers. I welcome the opportunity this forum presents to dialogue. Here is Pastor Enyart’s response in its entirety. I have only broken up paragraphs for easier reading. American RTL Reply to Jill Stanek, re: Judging Motives […]

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Here’s the third in the repeat of my Sunday series during the month of December of the fascinating abolitionist history behind some of our most beloved Christmas hymns. Pro-lifers identify closely with those 150 years ago who fought to free another oppressed class of people. Last week I posted the story behind “O Holy Night,” and the week before, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” This week…

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

In December 1863 poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was still grieving the death by fire of his wife Francis 2 years before when receiving word their oldest son Charles had been seriously injured as a Union soldier in the Civil War.

A fierce abolitionist, Longfellow awakened in despair that Christmas morning, unsure of both the fate of his son and his country. It was against this backdrop Longfellow wrote the melancholy poem “Christmas Bells” when hearing church bells peel throughout Boston proclaiming the birth of Christ. Two of the middle verses were later dropped to adapt the poem into a Christmas carol, which composer John Caulkin set to music. Those 2 verses give the current verse 3 (the last verse below) much more context:

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said:
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Read more on the history of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” here and here.

I’ve also posted two memorable but very different renditions of this classic.

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