Entries for November, 2008

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Long weekend question

UPDATE, 12/1, 9:35a: Running weekend question through today. Daena still home. _______________ Barbara Walters interviewed Barack and Michelle Obama for ABC’s November 26 20/20. During the interview Michelle said: The truth is, you know, and Barack knows this about me, I, I love kids… There’s a disconnect here, not only on Michelle’s part, who has […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m leaving in 30 minutes to pick daughter Daena up from O’Hare, who is flying in from DC. This year will be the first year all 3 kids, wives, and 4 grandsons will celebrate Thanksgiving at our home. My Mom and Dad will also be here. It is going to be a happy […]

Backlash on “Obama supporters are idiots” poll

I Amanda Carpenter reported yesterday on the – surprise! – virulent backlash from the Left….

Announcing Survivor Sunday

Announcing a joint project by Survivors: Survivor Sunday. I’m VERY happy about this. Ever since the election, I’ve been convicted to call on pastors and priests around the country to acknowledge the January 22nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade by preaching on the sanctity of life. I just haven’t had the time to organize an […]

Breaking news: Planned Parenthood offers Christmas gift certificates

And just when you thought you could no longer be shocked. Well, sit down. Planned Parenthood of IN is selling Christmas gift certificates. And yes, they can be used toward abortion. Can’t respond any better than Matt did at WISH-TV…

New Stanek WND column, “Pro-life counterfeits: A case of mistaken identity”

I probably don’t need to say much more than the Washington Post and USA Today wrote glowingly of a new “pro-life” plan. Red flags arise. Last week USA Today editorialized: Realism seems to have struck some ardent foes of abortion. After 35 years of trying to outlaw the procedure nationally while chipping away at abortion […]

Help TX pregnancy care center win $25k

UPDATE, 11/26, 11:25a: Congrats to CareNet Pregnancy Center of Central TX! And thanks to all who voted and helped CareNet win! _______________ (November 19)

Volition

Wow. Moderator Chris and reader Bekah just alerted me to this film. Volition was 1 of 15 finalists from almost 300 entries in

The tidal wave of death

I haven’t written on Barack Obama’s cabinet appointments because frankly I found it too depressing. This is like watching a Culture of Death tsunami. Nothing we can do to stop it….

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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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