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Jivin J’s Life Links 8-28-09

by National Catholic Register thinking about how today’s American political scene might have been different had Senator Ted Kennedy held onto his pro-life beliefs: Kennedy’s family legacy, his impregnable position in MA (he won more than 60% of the vote the year after Chappaquiddick) and his national prominence rendered him immune from the pressures other […]

Lunch Break: Famous failures

To give us a break from the daily grind… Email Bethany with your Lunch Break suggestions!

Get ready to rumble: Carhart’s mill is da place to be this weekend

Earlier this week the Feminist Majority Foundation sent out an email alert (click to enlarge)… I’d say if FMF donates money to elevate the look of Carhart’s mill from slum dwelling to low-rent shack it will be well invested….

Workers detail complaints against late-term abortionist Carhart to newspaper

The confirmed to Operation Rescue (1 of the groups spearheading the complaints) that it had forwarded it to the NE Dept. of Health and Human Services, “which would be the appropriate regulatory agency,” wrote OWH. Turns out there was a little more to things. According to

Watch the Blood Money trailer

I normally like to preview pro-life movies before publicizing them, but the director of 22 Weeks, at 2:30. She was interviewed for Blood Money….

Say it ain’t so, a liberal heckler?!

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Lunch Break: Animal funnies

To give us a break from the daily grind…

Wallis: Abortion “not yet” out of healthcare bills

Liberal Christian Obama supporter Jim Wallis debated FRC’s Tony Perkins on CNN’s Lou Dobbs show August 25. In that segment Wallis admitted…

WSJ: “Abortion is new front in health battle”

Love the title….

Randall Terry stabs dolls and grandma before, then disrupts, Howard Dean town hall meeting

Former Democrat presidential candidate, party chair, and as previously promised. This clip is a tad long at 7:12, but the entire thing is raucous and interesting. For those wanting to fast forward, Terry is first seen at 2:05. Moran mentions Terry from the mic twice, at 3:22 and 4:03….

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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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