Entries for May, 2008

New poll/Old poll

The new poll question is up: Off-topic question this week: The spike in gas prices, plus the Senate’s May 13 vote to continue blocking ANWR and offshore oil exploration, has provoked an American uprising, size and strength yet unknown. What is your opinion of domestic oil drilling? I’ll be interested to compare answers between Americans […]

How not to hold a Planned Parenthood fundraiser

On May 28, Denver pro-abort millionaires Joris and Regina Brinkerhoff planned an extravagent $275-a-plate fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains at their $5 million home at 1681 E. Cedar Ave., with its beautiful backyard view of the Denver Country Club. I’m told the night was gorgeous – as was the location – for […]

Pfleger’s trinity

Fr. Michael Pfleger has just

Pfleger to Archdiocese 2002: “… have the balls to fire me”; Wright defends

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No Frances Bean?

When I think of dead stars Heath Ledger and Kurt Cobain, I think how comforted their families must be to have a piece of them left here on earth in their daughters, conceived in imperfect circumstances. And a convenient abortion was recommended for at least 1 of them, according to the

I’ve been rejected

On top of having frustrating site issues yesterday – my posts wouldn’t upload – I received a rejection notice from the Democrat National Committee for my request to attend its Denver convention as a credentialed blogger this August… I applied last month, making the pitch that I represented a signficant minority in the Party, but […]

Nicole’s domestic bliss

We tracked the latter end of Nicole Richie’s pregnancy (here) because she and boyfriend Joel Madden established the cover of Harper’s Bazaar with more sweet thoughts and photos of daughter Harlow in a feature article. The website

Stone’s “karma” crack reaps her bad karma

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Sebelius hosts Tiller and staff at guv’s mansion

On May 26, columnist Robert Novak

An iron will to live

It’s all in the attitude. Every life has merit and is worth living. We mourn the loss of this fighter and express appreciation for her loving family. From the

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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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