Entries for June, 2009

Quote of the Day, June 29, 2009

We cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. ~ A group of 19 pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined together to craft a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The letter contained a non-perfunctory request that […]

Sunday Funny 6-28-09

by John Cole of large contingent in the Iran uprising was women. Of course. They are unbearably oppressed. And they were abandoned back to their hell on earth by so-called feminist Barack Obama, as they were by so-called feminist groups like the National Organization for Women, from which we have heard nary a peep re: […]

Quote of the Day, June 28, 2009

Listen, you leaders of Israel! You are supposed to know right from wrong, but you are the very ones who hate good and love evil. You skin my people alive and tear the flesh off their bones. You eat my people’s flesh, cut away their skin, and break their bones. You chop them up like […]

Quote of the Day, June 27, 2009

When this government is in the red, red ink up to our eyeballs, we don’t have money to pay for the intentional murder of unborn children. ~ Rep. Michele Bachmann and her colleagues in the House Pro-Life Women’s Caucus railed against a proposal by President Obama to loosen restrictions put in place by the Dornan […]

Weekend question 6-27/28-09

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New and improved site!

Ok, the renovated site is obviously live! Now we’re looking for bugs to tweak, which we’ll be working on over the weekend. For instance, Kelli and I agree the font size on the posts is too large. Etc., etc., etc. Let me know what you think!

Lunch Break: 3-year-old sings “Titanic” theme

by Bethany Kerr, to give us a break from the daily grind… Email Bethany with your Lunch Break suggestions!

Stanek site to undergo major renovation today

After months of planning, I’m excited to announce the blog is getting a major facelift today. Around 12p EST we will shut down for several hours while the transformation is made. If you have signed up to receive my newsletter, I’ll send out a notice when work has been completed. Otherwise, give us at least […]

Quote of the Day, June 26, 2009

Women should be able to mourn the loss of an aborted fetus without having to confess anything. God, unlike what the liturgy states, also rejoices that women facing unplanned pregnancies have the freedom to carefully choose the best option – birth, adoption or abortion – for themselves and their families. ~ Episcopalian priest, Rev. Nina […]

Jackson kids potentially in custody contract quagmire

UPDATE, 10:15a: Good blog post, Ecclesiastes 9:12, “Man does not know his time.” This morning I watched a Fox News report explain that the custody of Jackson’s three children, Prince Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., 12, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11 (both by ex-wife Debbie Rowe), and Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II, 7 (born via unknown […]

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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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