Entries for September, 2009

Good news, bad news from Senate Finance Committee on healthcare

First the good news. From the

Quote of the Day 9-30-09

My baby is moving like crazy! ~ Kourtney Kardashian We’re home every night looking at baby books and baby magazines. I just want to stay home with her, enjoy her company, look at her stomach and be with her. ~..her beau Scott Disisck As quoted by Us Weekly. Sept 29.

Lunch Break: Don’t step on it!

To give us a break from the daily grind… More photos on page 2…

New Stanek WND column, “Personhood initiatives proliferate”

On Monday, a star-studded pro-life line-up – Lila Rose, Judie Brown, Pastor Walter Hoye, and Bella movie producers Jason Jones and Leo Severino – announced the launch of the CA Human Rights Campaign. This will be an effort to add the Human Rights Amendment as a CA ballot initiative in 2010. If passed, the amendment […]

Kate + 8 – Jon; Jon delays divorce

I agree with Pop Eater: It’s a busy day in Gosselin-ville. Jon Gosselin is trying to slow down – if not halt altogether – his divorce from Kate Gosselin, telling In Touch Weekly exclusively: “I regret my conduct since Kate and I separated…. I used poor judgment in publicly socializing with other women so soon.” […]

Judie Brown rebuts Clarke Forsythe on personhood initiatives

I recent column by Americans United for Life’s Clarke Forsythe. Clarke made the case that they wouldn’t. Now American Life League’s Judie Brown has rebutted Clarke in

Quote of the Day 9-29-09

I don’t need to walk by on my way to class and see mutilated bodies. It’s ridiculous. Bobby McConnell, Student at Penn State U. yelled at volunteers from the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) and Students for Life, who displayed pictures of aborted unborn children at the campus. As quoted by The Collegian

Jivin J’s Life Links 9-29-09

by New York Times has an article on Bart Stupak’s efforts to get abortion out of health care reform: After months of pushing the issue, Mr. Stupak said in an interview, Mr. Obama finally called him 10 days ago. “He said: ‘Look, try to get this thing worked out among the Democrats. We want you […]

Lunch Break: Baby dances to Beyonce

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

Stanek at Grand Traverse Area RTL banquet

Last night I grandly kicked off my fall speaking schedule at the Grand Traverse Area Right to Life banquet in MI’s beautiful upper peninsula. I must say I like this photo, by the Here’s the Record-Eagle’s related story….

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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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