Entries for September, 2008

Catholic vote 2008

The past few days many have sent me a link to the following video adding, “This is very powerful.” Today when yet another friend send me a link to the video, writing, “This is very powerful,” I finally took a look at it. And you know what? It really is very powerful. Sponsor:

Eduardo’s video on abortion and Obama

Popular and Influential Latino actor Eduardo Verastegui, in conjunction with Catholic News Agency, has produced an excellent video in Spanish, “Dura Realidad,” i.e., “Hard Truth.” With English subtitles, Eduardo explains how abortion hurts the Hispanic population (in fact, a target) and family and how Barack Obama radically supports abortion beyond most of the public’s sensibilities. […]

JivinJ’s Life Links 9-29-08

by a long article about abortion in Russia. Here’s a classic quote from the story: “The spiritual position,” said Natalia Karpovich, a leader of the State Duma committee focused on family, women and children, “should be that this is murder and the woman who does this commits a sin. Still, I want to stress it’s […]

Sunday funny

First, don’t forget to pray for pastors across America who are participating in the here and here. Moving on, the political cartoons this week continued to focus on the Wall Street bailout, so I found none on our issue. But here was one about the aforementioned by

New poll/Old poll

The new poll question is up: Two part question: Who won the first presidential debate, and did it change your vote? Here are the results of last week’s poll question:

Weekend question

Aw, Paul Newman died yesterday at the age of 83. Great quote: Asked by Playboy magazine whether he was ever tempted to step out on wife Joanne Woodward, Newman responded, according to the Men & Dogs A Personal History from Bogart to Bowie, was taken in 1958, right after they married.]

Fact-checking Factcheck.org on Gianna and Obama ads

Only 4 days ago an article supposedly fact-checking

Waiting for Obama’s apology

UPDATE, 9/27, 12p: Statement from NRLC: “NRLC has suspended the posting of the web ad because very late on September 26, an objection was received from an attorney with the Christian Broadcasting Network, asserting that the use of a brief clip from a broadcast CBN interview, showing Barack Obama saying that NRLC was “lying,” infringed […]

JivinJ’s Life Links 9-25-08

by Washington Post and a study with a release date in August) on the demographics of who has abortions. Denis Hart, the Archbishop of Victoria isn’t going unheeded. Proponents of the bill don’t seem to fully grasp why doctors who oppose performing abortions don’t want to refer women to abortion providers….

Ode to Obama and Born Alive “Burdens”

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Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years….

[L]iving too long… renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic….

My father illustrates the situation well. About a decade ago, just shy of his 77th birthday, he… had a heart attack, which led to a cardiac catheterization and ultimately a bypass. Since then, he has not been the same. Once the prototype of a hyperactive Emanuel, suddenly his walking, his talking, his humor got slower.

Today he can swim, read the newspaper, needle his kids on the phone, and still live with my mother in their own house. But everything seems sluggish. Although he didn’t die from the heart attack, no one would say he is living a vibrant life. When he discussed it with me, my father said, “I have slowed down tremendously. That is a fact. I no longer make rounds at the hospital or teach.” Despite this, he also said he was happy….

But parents also cast a big shadow for most children. Whether estranged, disengaged, or deeply loving, they set expectations, render judgments, impose their opinions, interfere, and are generally a looming presence for even adult children. This can be wonderful. It can be annoying. It can be destructive. But it is inescapable as long as the parent is alive. Examples abound in life and literature: Lear, the quintessential Jewish mother, the Tiger Mom. And while children can never fully escape this weight even after a parent dies, there is much less pressure to conform to parental expectations and demands after they are gone.

~ Obamacare architect, and brother of former Obama chief-of-staff Rahm, Ezekiel Emanuel, The Atlantic, September 17

[HT: Kelli; photo via The Atlantic]

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