California sperm bank offers celebrity look-a-likes

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No, we're not headed for a world of designer babies. Nah. We're already there. From the Washington Times, July 19:

Want your baby to resemble your favorite celebrity? A Los Angeles sperm bank is already one step ahead....

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Hottest new baby names for 2010

I won't tell you the baby names I grew sick of as a labor and delivery nurse, since your child's moniker may be one of them... :)

But I was excited to read on the Parent Dish that the "Hottest Baby Names of 2010," according to BabyNameWizard.com, are none of the above. Many are unusual but good.

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1. Tenley
2. Harper
3. Everleigh
4. Martina
5. Sookie
6. Navi
7. Charlotte
8. Eloise
9. Lorelai
10. Ursula
11. Briella
12. Kinley
13. Tinsley
14. Mhairi
15. Leighton
16. Maelle
17. Ever
18. Kinsley
19. Lux
20. Everly

[Photo above, via NameCandy.com, is of Adam Sandler and 4yo daughter Sadie Madison. 2yo sister's name is Sunny Madeline.]

Fastest-rising boy's names...

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Comedian makes Courtney Love abortion jokes

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This week comedian Ragan Fox ventured into the abortion-for-laughs arena.

Fox is a "gay poet and performance artist," according to Wikipedia, most well known for his Sirius Radio podcast, Fox and the City. CBS announced on June 30 that Fox will soon do a stint on its reality show, Big Brother 12.

WiredUpdate.com described Fox's most recent podcast (Warning: PG-13):

Today we are going to highlight even more disturbing "jokes" that Ragan has written and performed within the same podcast....

Ragan begins by saying he adores singer/songwriter Courtney Love and he's excited for the release of her new album. He then takes the conversation to a dark place while joking about abortions and battered women.

In the clip Ragan says he can imagine Courtney performing an "inappropriate song about feminism" that involves performing a live abortion on stage....

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Pierce Brosnan and the anti-choice whaling flak

I am not an environmentalist, as the term is understood today, but I am certainly an environmental steward, in keeping with Genesis 1:28:

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God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

There's a lot more to this, but on the point of today's topic I believe if humans have a good use for the body or skin of animals, then God has given us the right to kill them, along with the responsibility to kill them humanely and not deplete a species.

Actor and environmentalist Pierce Brosnan has taken the cause of whales to heart. He does not want humans to kill them, period....

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Almost aborted: Tenor Andrea Bocelli

Just posted on YouTube on June 1 is a video of famed Italian (and blind) tenor Andrea Bocelli telling a "little story" about a mother to whom doctors recommended abortion after she was treated for appendicitis.

Of course, this was Bocelli's own mother, and he says in the video he is sharing his story to encourage mothers in difficult pregnancies....

Bocelli's video is a project of IAmWholeLife.com (and .org), which is sponsored by pro-life stalwarts Eduardo Verastegui, Jason Jones, and former Miss America Angela Perez Baraquio.

I've emailed video producers asking for the backstory on this video, and if I hear anything back, I'll post an update.

[HT: Pietro]

Lady Gaga on Larry King: "Warm womb" dwellers siphon maternal creativity?

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Larry King interviewed pop singing sensation Lady Gaga on June 1, and she appeared conflicted over the presence of children in wombs. Near the beginning of the interview came this exchange...

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Josie Duggar released from hospital

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From People magazine, April 6:

After nearly 4 months in neonatal intensive care, Duggar baby No. 19, Josie Brooklyn, is finally leaving the hospital....

She was born on Dec. 10 via emergency C-section at just 25 weeks' gestation. Weighing just 1 lb. 6 oz., the micropreemie fought for her life, surviving a bowel perforation at only 8 days old.

Today, Josie weighs 4 lbs. 9 oz., is breathing without oxygen, eating every 3 hours and stable enough to go home....

"She has a strong personality," Michelle says. "She is a spunky little thing and will keep us all going."...

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Say "no" to sex scenes? You're fired!

Via DrudgeReport.com comes this article from Deadline Hollywood:

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Neal McDonough... was suddenly replaced with David James Elliott 3 days into the filming on ABC's new series Scoundrels earlier this week....

The move was officially explained as a casting change. But, in fact, McDonough was sacked because of his refusal to do some heated love scenes with... [lead actress] Virginia Madsen. The reason? He's a family man and a Catholic, and he's always made it clear that he won't do sex scenes....

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TV show Family Guy: "Terri Schiavo, The Musical"

UPDATE, 6:55p: The Schindler family has issued a press release.

11:51a: Last night's episode of Family Guy opened with a truly shocking scene: a preschool school play entitled, "Terri Schiavo, The Musical." Watch the 1st 5 minutes, and see for yourself. WARNING: Vulgar...

The rest of the episode sounds just as shocking, although I didn't watch past the guy cutting off his arm....

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Rosie O'Donnell: Money better spent on abortion than foster care

Radio Equalizer heard this on Rosie O'Donnell's March 15 satellite radio show...

O'Donnell was saying public funding of abortion would eliminate the problem of unwanted children and public funding of foster care... that apparently we have our priorities backward.

Not to mention O'Donnell has adopted several presumably unwanted children. She thinks they would have been better off aborted?

Transcript...

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Rielle Hunter's GQ interview and "divine timing" of daughter's birth

UPDATE, 8:13p: Here are web extras from the GQ Hunter interview.

1:51p: GQ has published a long interview with Rielle Hunter in its April issue, her 1st ever about her affair with "Johnny" Edwards.

rielle hunter and quinn.jpgIf this is the sort of story that piques your interest - and I confess this was right up my alley, I'd recommend pouring yourself a cup of coffee and printing out the 13-pg piece mini-tome to read in the comfort of your favorite easy chair. Otherwise you'll get a headache from computer eye strain.

And if you are a pop culture/political dirt junkie like me, reading the interview will be worth your while. Hunter has quite a provocative way of thinking about things. She's a new age flake but an intriguing one. She mixes just enough sound theology to make what she says sound wise - in spots. It is easy to see how Hunter would entice someone like Edwards, and a lot of men really, IMO.

But for those repulsed by this sort of tabloid drama, I'll post the abortion-not-abortion part of the piece. This will give you a good sample of my aforementioned analysis of the entire interview....

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Jeff Bridges, a family man

Last night fellow actors and friends introduced the best/supporting actor/actress Academy Award nominees, which I thought was a nice touch.

michelle pfeiffer.jpgSo Michelle Pfeiffer introduced longtime friend Jeff Bridges, nominee for Best Actor. The 2 became friends when filming The Fabulous Baker Boys together in 1989.

Pfeiffer gave a really touching speech, and I noticed 1 important attribute she noted of Bridges was he had been with his wife Susan for 31 years and was a wonderful father to their 3 daughters. I think the audience may have even applauded about the longevity of his marriage. By America's standard today 31 years is a long time, but in Hollywood it's an eternity....

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Yahoo's politically incorrect slip about pregnant Olympic athlete

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The 2nd line of this Yahoo story is the kicker...

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Tebow upstages The Who: "Don't abort my g-g-generation"

the who my generation album cover, tim tebow, abortion.jpgI thought The Who looked and sounded pretty darn good during the Super Bowl halftime show.

But we didn't wonder why "My Generation" was omitted from the repertoire. Oh, I don't know, lines like, "I hope I die before I get old," originally sung 45 years ago (!) could strike some people as funny.

For youngsters in the crowd, here's The Who's Woodstock rendition....

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Two more pro-life Super Bowl ads

Focus on the Family's Tebow ad got all the attention. But eagle eyes on our side found pro-life messages in standard fare Super Bowl ads.

Dove ad sperm meets egg.jpgAbout Dove Soap's Super Bowl ad, David Schmidt at the LiveAction.org blog noted:

It is good to see that Dove is pro-science and understands the biology of when human life begins. Their Super Bowl ad correctly captures [that] scientific understanding....

Troy Newman at Operation Rescue blog chose Google's Parisian Love Story as his pick for the "best pro-life Super Bowl ad."

This ad had already received 2 million views in the 2-1/2 months it was on YouTube before the Super Bowl. I've watched several times because it's so romantic...

Troy wrote...

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Roses or rubbers? Gift options this VD

Two very different fundraising efforts this Valentine's Day couldn't more starkly show the ideological difference between the pro-life and pro-abortion communities.

First we have TN Right to Life's Valentine's Rose Sale. Click on the link to see additional offers for pro-life pins and stuffed animals (and also click on the graphic to enlarge)...

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Then we have Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region's offer to send your special someone designer condoms for a $25 donation (click to enlarge)...

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According to the pro-abortion mentality: 1) love means sex; 3) romance means sex; and 2) everything points to sex.

Surprise, surprise: Edwards wanted mistress to abort their baby

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After meeting the love child that rocked her 32-year marriage to one-time presidential candidate John Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards has had enough.

"She said, 'I've had it. I can't do this. I want my life back,'" her sister, Nancy Anania, tells People in the latest cover story. Last December, Elizabeth met the 23-month-old Frances Quinn Hunter - the baby John fathered with mistress Rielle Hunter - in a mediated visit at a NC hotel....

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Worlds collide: Planned Parenthood meets pro-lifers meet PETA

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Pro-lifers say it looks like a cash register.

Planned Parenthood of Houston is in the process of remodeling a 6-story former bank building it bought in 2006 into a 78K sq ft abortion super center, with the entire 3rd floor dedicated to late-term abortions....

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Former madame Heidi Fleiss shocks viewers on UK reality show: "Thank God for abortion"

Jivin J mentioned this is is post today.

Last night on the UK show, Celebrity Big Brother, former madame Heidi Fleiss made this shocking yet nonsensical comment:

I hope I never have babies. That would kill me. Every minute I'd be, "Is the baby OK?" I'd worry too much. Thank God for abortion. I don't mean to offend anyone but I wouldn't be a good mother. I shouldn't have kids.

Here 'tis...

So was Heidi saying it is better to kill babies than worry about them? Or was she saying the sign of a bad mother is one who worries?

Most interesting to me was the fuss Fleiss's comments stirred, according to the Daily Mail...

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"Babies," a spring documentary release by Universal Pictures art house

Missed this one. Thanks to moderator Chris for the heads up.

On November 12 the art house films division of NBC Universal's Universal Pictures, Focus Features, announced its film releases for 2010. And one of them not only appears to have a great pro-life theme, it looks very good. Here's the trailer for Babies...

According to the press release...

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Pregnant Michelle Duggar hospitalized

Please keep über mom Michelle Duggar and her brood in your prayers. Here is one reality show family that sets a shining Godly example in so many ways. According to People last night:

Michelle Duggar, star of TLC's 18 Kids and Counting, was rushed to an AR hospital over the weekend - but her pregnancy with Baby No. 19, not due until spring, wasn't the reason for her dash to the doctor.

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"This weekend, Michelle Duggar was admitted to an AR hospital due to gallbladder issues," says a network rep. "The pain from a gallstone was generating some contractions. Just to be safe, she was airlifted to a Little Rock, AR, hospital, so that in the unlikely event that she had to be delivered early, she would be close to a NICU center. Though there were some fears that the baby was in trouble initially, it soon was discovered to be solely the gallstone causing the discomfort. Michelle is resting comfortably, and the baby is doing fine."...

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SNL lampoons the Salahis' crash of the White House state dinner party

Not a big surprise, but funny still the same...

The Washington Post reported December 4 that Tareq and Michaele Salahi might do a walk on, but that never materlialized. Recalling SNL is on NBC and the Salahis appeared on NBC's Today Show December 1, WashPo reported:

The Salahis are practically a part of the NBC Universal family, what with them being the most visible "possible" participants in the upcoming Real Housewives of DC on NBC Universal-owned Bravo cable network.

[HT: Huffington Post]

Stupid Tiger; did The Enquirer blackmail him?

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UPDATE, 12/3, 7:10a: According to the Chicago Sun-Times, December 2:

Also, don't look for Woods' wife, Elin, to be moving out of the couple's Windermere, FL, mansion anytime soon. The links legend's spouse is reportedly being paid a hefty 7-figure amount - immediately transferred into an account she alone controls - to stick with her husband.

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On top of that, my source indicated Elin Nordegren Woods, the mother of Tiger's 2 children, has demanded - and is getting - a total rewrite on the couple's prenuptial agreement making the incentives for her to remain Mrs. Tiger Woods even more enticing.

At this point, the couple needed to remain married for 10 years in order for Woods' wife to collect a splitsville settlement of $20 million. I'm being told that time frame has been shortened - and the dollar amount increased "substantially."

Perhaps most important of all, the Woodses have already begun intense marriage counseling - at their home - with a counselor who has been conducting sessions several times daily.

I'm glad they're getting counseling, but if the article is true and Elin is demanding money to stay, this relationship won't last the long haul. Prenups are indicators of that to begin with.

UPDATE, 12/3, 7a: From People.com, this morning:

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Apology, accepted.

After Tiger Woods issued a mea culpa for his "personal failings," companies that have made him one of the richest men in sports lined up to pledge their support for their spokesman....

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"Jon & Kate Plus Eight" ends

My poor daughter. I do wonder what psychological damage reality tv has wrought. As a teen she love love loved Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. And we know how that ended.

jon and kate insider.jpegThen she love love loved Jon & Kate Plus Eight. And last night we saw its demise, thanks also to divorce.

I've written a couple times about the Gosselins (here and here), of particular interest to us because Kate conceived both sets of multiples through in vitro fertilization. So I thought it fitting to provide closure.

About the last show The Insider reported...

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SNL: Obama caves on healthcare

Last night Saturday Night Live opened with a parody featuring VP big mouth Joe Biden.

The Huffington Post thought the skit noteworthy because it "comes down on [the] Obama administration for caving on [the] public option."

I think it's noteworthy for not mentioning the clearly biggest problem liberals wanting to pass a socialized healthcare bill have: public funded abortion. That's because abortion isn't funny.

Hardcore pro-aborts like Amanda Marcotte love abortion humor because they think it destigmatizes and normalizes abortion.

Well, pro-aborts like Amanda got no satisfaction from SNL last night. This skit, which has its truly lol moments, would have been drug down by discussion of the A-word, and writers knew it.

FYI, the section on healthcare begins at 2:38...


Has "pro-choice" lost its cool?

cool, amie newman, rh reality check, abortion, pro-choice, pro-life.jpgI don't know when it happened. Maybe we're in the middle of it. But a couple unrelated observations yesterday made me realize "pro-choice" is losing its coolness in liberaland.

1st was Amie Newman's post on RH Reality Check entitled, "Dear progressive allies in health care reform: Where were you on the Stupak Amendment?" Amie took liberal groups to task for ignoring the abortion issue...

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Joy Behar: Abortion isn't bad; it's profiting from abortion that's bad

Abby Johnson, the Bryan, TX, Planned Parenthood director who quit a few weeks ago because she saw an abortion on ultrasound and also felt pressured to sell abortions, came up on The View November 2.

Pro-abort co-host Joy Behar had a problem not with abortion but that the abortion industry might profit from it. Hello? I really wonder how these people can be so ignorant. Joy is apparently unaware Planned Parenthood of America has grossed $1 billion 2 years running.

Barbara Walters was careful to defend PP. More ignorance. I grow so tired of it.

There was more to the segment not shown in this clip. Read it at Newsbusters.

[HT: Stephanie R.]

Actor Scott Baio: Pro-life

Was perusing Twitter last night and spotted this (click to enlarge)...

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My first thought was cooksandbooks is an idiot. Cookie is lucky to be alive and doesn't get that she is merely a survivor of prenatal Russian roulette.

Then I backed up and noticed she was responding to RealScottBaio, and I thought... the real Scott Baio? Chachi?

Sure enough, I verified Baio's Twitter account, and here's what he tweeted that made cooks boil over...

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Scott Baio family photo, pro-life, abortion.jpgIt turns out Baio is a hardcore conservative.

The interesting thing is I prepared this post last night, and this morning that tweet is gone. For whatever reason Baio - or his agent - apparently decided it best to remain underground with his pro-life convictions.

That's really too bad. Because when checking into Baio a little bit I found he and wife Renee founded The Bailey Baio Angel Foundation following a (thankfully) mistaken adverse newborn diagnosis of their daughter Bailey, now almost 22 months old.

The organization is "for special needs children and to raise awareness to expanded newborn screening," according to Baio's Twitter page.

So Baio's pro-life heart is in the right place. He's just not ready to wear it on his sleeve.

Landmark graphic abortion display ends at liberal Berkeley

I wrote Monday that the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform had finally succeeded in bringing its Genocide Awareness Project graphic abortion photos display to one of the most liberal college campuses in the US, Berkeley.

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From the Daily Californian, today...

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Law & Order's abortion episode: Is pro-life the new gay?

UPDATE, 10/26, 10:15a: Thanks to moderator Bethany for finding the L&O "Dignity" episode online! Here 'tis...


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Law & Order logo.jpgUnable to watch Friday night's "ripped from the headlines" Law & Order episode about the murder of an abortionist in church, I thought I'd view it on the Internet tonight.

Unfortunately, I found NBC does not air full episodes of L&O. I'll have to see if past shows are available on cable t.v.

Meanwhile, pro-life reviews have been favorable, including comments on the post I wrote giving a heads up on the episode. Here's a sample why, a longer clip made available by NBC, where a post-birth partial birth abortion (yes, that's right) is detailed...

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Tonight on NBC's Law & Order: Late-term abortionist shot in church

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Friday night, NBC's Law & Order , which follows the headlines, will dramatize this one: A 3rd trimester abortionist is shot in church. The episode will air at 8p ET/7p CT.

Preshow reviews...

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Carve a pro-life pumpkin this Halloween

UPDATE, 12:18a: Here's a template for the pro-life pumpkin pictured below, courtesy of American Life League.
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American Life League has a boo-tiful idea: Carve a pro-life pumpkin this Halloween. I don't know why someone didn't think of this before. Explains ALL...

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No Chicago Olympics - "The ego has landed: World rejects Obama"

Love the Drudge headline!

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I was one of those Illinoisans who didn't want the Olympics to come to Chicago because I knew no matter what they said taxpayers would pay for it in high leaps and bounds, to try to apply sports rhetoric to it....

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Kate + 8 - Jon; Jon delays divorce

I agree with USA Today that the timing is "interesting," although I'll take it. Jon Gosselin wouldn't be the 1st rogue to sow wild oats only to find the grass isn't greener (bad mixed metaphor, sorry):

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Only moments after TLC released the news this morning that Kate is moving on with without Jon, In Touch Weekly is reporting that Jon has submitted court papers to suspend his split with Kate for 90 days.

For whatever reason, I hope the 2 get back together for the sake of their kids. More from 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." He's filed paperwork looking to stall the divorce for 90 days "to regain control over the future of our family."...

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Best sign at DC Tea Party

RedState.com has a photo essay from the DC Tea Party today. Here was the best sign...

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And 2nd best...

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9/11 tribute

I confess the seemingly boundless fights with our liberal Congress and president on all things other than national security (well, aside from our fight against their labeling pro-lifers as domestic terrorists) has dulled my senses about 9/11. The video below helped bring it all back, as we should constantly seek to do. We can never forget.

Bethany will post more on Lunch Break.

What were you doing...

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Runner is a hermaphrodite

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I've been watching this story with interest, because feminists immediately took up the cause of 18-year-old South African Caster Semenya last month when the International Association of Athletics Federations ordered gender tests after s/he won a gold medal in the 800 meter run at the World Athletics Championships....

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New BarlowGirl post-abortion song

love and war barlowgirl.jpgFollowing are the lyrics to the post-abortion song, "Tears Fall," by BarlowGirl, from the album Love & War, being released today. According to CMSpin:

"Tears Fall," is without a doubt the most powerful song found on Love & War. This powerful piano ballad is a pro-life song that deals with the issue of abortion straight on. The band worked on this song for two and a half years to get its message just right.

Hear a snip of the song here. (Click on the 10th track.) The lyrics...

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What pro-aborts say about Kourtney Kardashian's decision not to abort

On August 19 People magazine published Kourtney Kardashian's lengthy explanation why she chose not to abort her unplanned baby. Kardashian stars with her sisters Kim and Khloe and other family members on E!'s Keeping up with the Kardashians. Here's what she told People:

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... Kardashian's unplanned pregnancy forced the shocked reality TV star to make one of the most difficult decisions in her life: Would she have the baby or terminate the pregnancy?

"I definitely thought about it long and hard, about if I wanted to keep the baby or not, and I wasn't thinking about adoption," [said] Kardashian, 30.... "I do think every woman should have the right to do what they want, but I don't think it's talked through enough. I can't even tell you how many people just say, 'Oh, get an abortion.' Like it's not a big deal."...

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Crypt above Marilyn Monroe's for sale

One thing I look forward to in heaven is the absence of misogyny. We have no idea how much this sin has marred human life. It's the foundation of abortion, for instance.

And now I see women can't escape it, even in death. Currently for sale on eBay (click to enlarge)...

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The description...

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Eulogizing pro-life Eunice Kennedy Shriver

eunice shriver older.jpgIt is remarkable that in a Catholic family of 8 children, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the rare pro-lifer. But she was. And the 88-year-old passed away today. One prominent pro-life organization of which she was a member eulogized her in a press release:

Former Susan B. Anthony List Advisory Committee Member Eunice Kennedy Shriver died today at the age of 88 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, MA, surrounded by her family. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a sister of President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and mother of Maria Shriver, the first lady of CA. She founded the Special Olympics in 1968....

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A year of Lex

lex obama.jpgWell, I didn't let the Obama sticker on Lex's tummy on November 4 (click to enlarge) ruin it for me.

35-year-old parents Zachery Bir and Amber Smirnow of Richmond, VA, took daily photos of son Alexander throughout his 1st year of postborn life and compiled them into a darling 2-minute YouTube video, "A year of Lex," August 5.

Reported Parent Dish yesterday:

"Some friends of ours have a nicely framed set of monthly pictures of their daughter, showing her growth through her first year," Bir told ParentDish via email. "I thought that would be a great project, and I wanted to try my hand at a year's worth of daily shots....

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Plot spoiler of censored "Family Guy" abortion episode

According to Live Feed, August 6:

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The controversial Family Guy abortion episode that Fox has declined to air next season features matriarch Lois Griffin acting as a surrogate mother for an infertile couple. The couple is then killed in a car crash, leaving Lois with a tough decision.

The episode (titled "Partial Terms of Endearment") is "very graphic, very morbid," sources say, particularly about the abortion process....

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"Defying Gravity" producer: Stay tuned, show is pro-abortion

defying gravity 3.jpgI wrote yesterday that the pilots of ABC's Defying Gravity had pro-life subplots, one realistic, one weird.

The realistic subplot involved a post-abortive mother imagining a baby crying. The unrealistic subplot purported that pro-lifers go so far as to oppose rabbit embryo research. The backdrop to all this was a world in 2052 where not only abortion is illegal but also pregnancy tests....

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Pro-life (but weird) subplots in pilot of ABC's sci-fi "Defying Gravity"

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When reading pro-abort complaints about Fox's cancellation of an episode of Family Guy involving abortion, I also read laments about pro-life themes in ABC's new show Defying Gravity. Feministing's Jessica fleshed that out (pardon the pun) a little more yesterday.

Backdrop of Defying Gravity, in an August 2 review by Todd VanDerWerff of A.V. Club, when the 1st 2 episodes aired...

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Fox won't air Family Guy abortion episode

family guy jpg.jpgFor only the 2nd time since it began airing in 1999, the controversial animated sitcom Family Guy has had an episode canceled by parent company Fox.

The 1st stifled episode, censored in 2000 but later aired in 2004 and available on DVD, was "When you wish upon a Weinstein," considered anti-Semitic.

Now Fox has censored "Partial terms of endearment," an episode about abortion, storyline unknown.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane revealed the controversy on July 25 at the comic book convention Comic-Con. According to Monsters and Critics...

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Has Obama lost his cool?

It's been awhile since I went off topic, but this one's fun.

Brett Breitbart made an intriguing comment last night on Hannity. He said Obama began losing his cool cat appeal with the American people after his latest teleprompter malfunction and goofy reaction. Strike 1...

Strikes 2 and 3 followed in quick succession when Obama threw a girly man pitch in "mom jeans" at the 2009 baseball All Star game...

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BK's new "pornoburger"

What is it with these burger joints selling more sex than food? Burger King has jumped on the trashy bandwagon with its latest campaign for the "BK Super Seven Incher." Just take a gander at the innuendo-laden ad:

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Ed Morrissey of Hot Air noted...

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Jackson kids potentially in custody contract quagmire

UPDATE, 10:15a: Good blog post, "Three thoughts on Michael Jackson," by Michael Tomasky of The Guardian.

[HT: friend Arlene]
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Yesterday two icons, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, died.

Jackson's death, in particular, was a sobering reminder of Ecclesiastes 9:12, "Man does not know his time."

jackson and kids.jpgThis 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 surrogate), is up in the air.

At least three parties may try to lay claim: Jackson's mother Katherine, Rowe, and the nanny to Jackson's children, Grace Rwaramba (pictured below left). According to ABC News this morning:

"Michael's mother Katherine wants the kids," said Stacey Brown, co- author of Michael Jackson Behind the Mask and an old family friend. "But Michael always said he wants Grace, the nanny, to have them if something happened to him."...
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The missing link to Matthew McConaughey's blessings

Matthew McConaughey announced on Father's Day he and girlfriend Camila Alves are expecting their 2nd baby. S/he will join brother Levi, now 11 months old.

matthew and family.jpgNo mother could ask for a better attitude toward children than McConaughey has. According to People, June 22:

For McConaughey, 39, fatherhood "is a wild, wonderful adventure.... It's a great new chapter in life, for sure."

On his website Sunday, McConaughey blogged about the couple's news:

Happy Father's Day. It's my first, and the last 11 months with Levi and Camila have been the most rewarding adventure to date....
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Jon and Kate split

My husband and I, like many others, tuned in to Jon & Kate Plus Eight last night hoping People magazine was wrong yesterday when scooping the show that Jon and Kate were divorcing.

The promo was ominous, but we hoped we were in for a bait and switch. Would Kate really lend her voice to promote an episode announcing her marriage's demise? Did her concern for ratings really trump her concern for the welfare of her family?

Yes, we hoped Jon and Kate would instead announce they were seeking counseling or getting back together. I mean, it was less than a year ago when they renewed their vows in Hawaii...

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Lord of the dead flies

The Associated Press reported today:

During an interview for CNBC at the White House on Tuesday, a fly intruded on [Barack] Obama's conversation with correspondent John Harwood.

"Get out of here," the president told the pesky insect. When it didn't, he waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked it dead.

"Now, where were we?" Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: "That was pretty impressive, wasn't it? I got the sucker."

Here's the deadly clip:

You know where this is going. Continued the AP...

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American Idol to debut pro-life ad tonight

american idol.jpgFrom CatholicVote.org:

We are pleased to announce that our latest commercial - Imagine Spot 2 - will begin airing tonight on the American Idol finale. We have secured ad space in select markets in 6 states, beginning tonight in Baltimore.

Our ad will also be running tomorrow night during the 2nd night of the finale in select markets in NC, PA, WI, NV and FL.

Here's that great ad once again:

[HT: moderator Carder]

Internet takes the steam out of Playboy

Last week, Jonathan Berr wrote in Daily Finance about the decline of Playboy's market:

But the world has changed. There is a huge supply of free adult content on the internet. Loads of publications including Maxim and Blender are competing for the young male demographic. This leaves Playboy with a very bleak outlook.

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Playboy reported yet another dismal quarterly earnings. For the quarter ended March 31, the Chicago-based company reported a net loss of $13.7 million.... Revenue declined to $61.6 million from $78.5 million a year before....

Overall, the stock has tumbled more than 72% over the past 5 years....

In a cost-cutting move, Playboy recently moved its editorial staff from NY to Chicago. It is now considering raising its per-issue price or cutting back on publication.

Over the past few decades, Hefner has dodged bullets ranging from government prosecutors to criticism from feminists. The fight against irrelevance may be his toughest battle yet.

To be fair, recent media financial struggles aren't limited to Playboy, with the internet playing a large role in the changing markets...

seattle post.jpgOther media outlets recently revealed to be going under include the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Ann Arbor News, PC Magazine (all moving to online-only formats), the Boston Globe, magazines such as Portfolio, Blender, Hallmark, Domino, JPG, Country Home, CosmoGirl!, Cottage Living, and Oprah's O at Home.

Even the stalwart Christian Science Monitor has taken a beating after a century of publications, changing from a daily to weekly format and utilizing daily email updates for readers.

Parker/Broderick hire surrogate to carry twins

Don't know the details, but Sarah Jessica Parker , who successfully carried her 6-year-old son James to term, and husband Matthew Broderick have hired a surrogate to carry their twin daughters. According to the Associated Press yesterday:

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick will be taking on new roles: parents of twin girls.

The Sex and the City star and her actor-husband are expecting twins through a surrogate pregnancy, representatives for the couple said Tuesday.

Parker, 44, and Broderick, 47, "are happily anticipating the birth of their twin daughters later this summer with the generous help of a surrogate. The entire family is overjoyed," said a statement from the publicists....

Details about the surrogate or her pregnancy were unavailable, the publicists said.

Added EOnline...

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Apple drops "Baby Shaker"

by Kelli

amd_baby_shaker.jpgOn Wednesday, Apple yanked an iPhone application called "Baby Shaker," which encouraged users to silence a virtual screaming infant by shaking their phones.

With applications typically targeted toward young, male iPhone users - future fathers - the implications are disturbing and dangerous.

According to the NY Daily News...

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Kathy Ireland explains pro-life position

Jill and Huck.jpgI spoke at the excellent NJ Right to Life annual banquet Friday night along with Gov. Mike Huckabee and Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life.

Gov. Huckabee and I had an opportunity to get to know one another a bit at a pre-dinner reception when people had their picture taken with us. Between shots we chatted, having never met. What a personable man!

So when Gov. Huckabee asked if I had seen the segment on his April 12 Fox cable show with Kathy Ireland I thought, Rats! I didn't get a chance to put that clip up! even though I'd heard about it.

Gov. Huckabee said Ireland made the best concise case for the pro-life issue he had ever heard.

So here I am, finally posting Kathy Ireland's interview from Gov. Huckabee's show. First, the most relevant clips as shown and reported on by Josh Brahm of CA Right to Life and Science Matters....

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Janeane Garofalo gets tea-peeved

I think what's going on here is actress Janeane Garofalo is so tired of being called a hypocrite for taking money to appear on the popular conservative tv show, 24, she's now overreacting to prove her liberal bonafides.

You've seen clips on the news, which were bad enough. Here is video of Garofalo's entire interview on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC show on April 16. She comes in at 2:53....

By now I'm used to mindless charges of "racism!" to my dissent against Barack Obama's radical liberalness. But it seems to me Garofalo was trying a little too hard. Whatever. The RIght Scoop reveals another layer of hypocrisy, Garofalo's views of dissent then and now...

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What Hollywood omitted from 2009 movie Alfie from 1965 version

I haven't seen either version of Alfie, so I had no idea...

Filling in the blanks, from LifeIssues.net...

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Pro-life movies

movies.jpgI've been asked to make a presentation on pro-life movies or movies with abortion as a theme or storyline.

I can think of Juno, Waitress, Knocked Up, Finding Nemo (the embryo scene in the beginning), 22Weeks, and Killing Girls.

Do you know of others? Someone, for instance, told me of a new release with a pro-life theme, but I can't remember it.

Thanks!

"Hollywood's culture of death"

academy award.jpgOn the day after the Academy Awards, here's this food for thought from a column by Jeffrey Kuhner of The Washington Times:

... For decades, Hollywood has been waging a war against Middle America. The country's supposed best films are honored at the Academy Awards. Yet, behind the glamour and artificial hype, the juvenile hosts and silly obsession with the stars' fashion, one need only look at this year's top contenders to see the twisted values being peddled in Tinseltown....
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Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman

Every now and then I go totally off-topic, like when I covered out-of-sorts Britney at the MTV awards in 2007.

Well here's another off-topic post about an out-of-sorts celebrity. Did you see Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman the other night? He came on to promote today's release of the movie Two Lovers but was obviously not himself....

Speculation is Phoenix was either high on something or continuing a now long punk of us all that he has quit acting for hip hop. I think it was clearly the former, which is too bad. Here's a clip of the last time Phoenix came on Letterman, 3 years ago....

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M.I.A. at Grammys

Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A.'s due date was yesterday, the same day as the Grammys.

Thumbnail image for M.I.A 2.jpgNine months pregnant with singer and fiancé Benjamin Bronfman's baby, M.I.A. was asked to peform the Grammy nominated Swagga Like Us, based on a sample of her own grammy nominated Paper Planes (from the movie Slumdog Millionaire), with Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and T.I.

Standing by the adage, "The show must go on," M.I.A. did it. Here's a video of the performance, which made me smile all the way through, notwithstanding the annoying WorldStarHipHop.com address plastered in the middle. (YouTube posts are being deleted almost as soon as they're up for copyright infringement. Email me if you find a better version.)...

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Twilight confessions

UPDATE, 12/19, 8a: I'm feeling better about my Twilight addiction all the time. Per People, December 17:

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I just read the first book, it's ridiculous, it's like crack cocaine. I read it for 10 hours straight until I finished it," [Rosario] Dawson, who will appear in Parts Per Billion with Twilight's vampire heartthrob Robert Pattinson, told People....

"I actually made a vow to myself not to buy the second, third and fourth book until Thursday, because that's when I'll be done with all this press, and I'll be able to read over Christmas vacation."

But, she adds, the addiction will cut into some quality family time. "My dad is going to hate me, because I spend zero time with him, reading these books," she said....

[HT: proofreader Laura Loo]
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UPDATE, 12/18, 9:30a: I just finished book 4! Whew! I'm free!
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I quit reading fiction several years ago because I can't put books down once I start. One can get away with reading several hours at a time when one is young, but not when one acquires a family, job, etc.

I previously blogged I saw the movie Twilight with daughter Daena a couple weeks ago. Here's the trailer...

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"Defeat fears put Hollywood on edge"

From the Sydney Morning Herald, today:

A hideous new affliction is creeping through the ranks of America's creative community.

The further Barack Obama edges ahead of John McCain in the million and one polls that are coming out the more pernicious the nagging fear becomes.

What if he loses?

Barely a left-wing pundit, barely an Oscar-nominated softie can sleep a wink these days for fear of the race riots and international humiliation that will ensue should "The One" be defeated on Tuesday.

They think he's going to win, of course, but their hearts still bear the scars of 2000 and 2004.

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The comedian Chris Rock is at least capable of joking about it. "If Obama loses?" he replied to a question from talk show host Bill Maher. "Well, that Wednesday after election day, anybody ... any activity in your life that involves black people, it's not going to get done. If you're at the airport? No one's going to get your bags."

But for others, the dread is nameless and paralysing. Erica Jong, author of the 1970s feminist bible Fear of Flying, has developed a new complex in recent weeks - the fear of an Obama flogging.

"If Obama loses it will spark the second American Civil War. Blood will run in the streets, believe me," she told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera last week. "My back is also suffering from spasms, so much so that I had to see an acupuncturist and get prescriptions for Valium.

"Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email to tell me that she cried all night and can't cure her ailing back for all the stress that has reduced her to a bundle of nerves."...

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Chris Crocker endorses Obama

When last I left Chris Crocker, it was with admitted outbursts of laughter after watching his "Leave Britney alone!" YouTube video (WARNING, foul language), a must see for those interested in keeping tabs on our crazy culture.

I do feel bad for the mixed up gay kid, but I had no laughs for Crocker's latest video endorsing Obama for president. In it Crocker makes offensive statements against pro-lifers and against children whose fathers are rapists (WARNING, foul language)...

Here's the transcript of Crocker's abortion rant...

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Weekend question I

weekend question.jpgOn October 16 Matt Lauer interviewed Angelina Jolie on NBC's Today Show re: her new film, Changeling. The full interview is below, but there were a couple spots to investigate others' thoughts on.

The first came when Jolie described her character in Changeling, at 4:06 in the video...

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Death watch?

people elizabeth.jpgThe John Edwards affair with Rielle Hunter grows ever more sordid.

On Hannity and Colmes last week a National Enquirer spokesperson said his understanding is Hunter still loves Edwards and is waiting in the background for Elizabeth, who has terminal cancer, to die.

This shocked me. But it grows worse. There is Elizabeth's perspective as the one with the terminal cancer. From this week's issue of People...

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Going for the Swing Vote


That "ad" was aired in the recently released movie Swing Vote, about "lovable loser" Bud Johnson, i.e., Kevin Costner, whose vote in the presidential election will determine the winner. Don't ask me how; I didn't see it. But that's the set-up....

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Wolfson: Edwards' cover-up cost Clinton the nomination

Do her people really want to go there? If so they'll incite comments like mine: It appears Hillary is repeatedly doomed by men who can't keep their pants zipped.

From ABC News, today:

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Sen. Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic presidential nominee if John Edwards had been caught in his lie about an extramarital affair and forced out of the race last year, insists a top Clinton campaign aide, making a charge that could exacerbate previously existing tensions between the camps of Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama....

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Weekend question

weekend question.jpgAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly sold the first photos of their 3-week-old twins Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Léon for $14 million to People and Hello! magazines in a joint venture.

According to several news reports, the couple will donate their earnings to the nonprofit Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which has previously provided financial aid to Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children.

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Do you think it is a good or bad idea to sell photos of one's children, even if the money goes to charity?

[HT: proofreader Laura Loo]

Breaking news: Edwards admits affair, denies paternity

Thumbnail image for breaking.jpgFrom the Associated Press, this afternoon:

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday admitted to an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer. He denied fathering the woman's daughter.

Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with a 42-year-old woman but said that he didn't love her. He said he has not taken a paternity test but knows he isn't the father because of the timing of the affair and the birth....

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Chapman family tragedy update

I wrote in May of the tragic death of Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman's youngest daughter Maria. Compounding the pain, it was her teenage brother who ran over Maria in the family driveway.

The Chapmans, including brother Will Franklin, spoke publicly of their pain for the first time today on Good Morning America. Larry King will interview Chapman tonight Thursday night on his CNN show as well.

Here's this morning's GMA interview:

[HT: friend Holly Jo]

Oncofertility

Upcoming in the August 4 issue of Newsweek, available online now, an article on the proliferating field of oncofertility, assisted reproduction for women with cancer:

When Annie Dauer's oncologist told her she'd need a [adult!] stem-cell transplant to cure her non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Dauer's first thought wasn't about death but about life.

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"I asked what would happen to my fertility," she says. Her oncologist dismissed the question: " 'Honey, you're fighting for your life; forget the fertility at this point,' she told me."

But Dauer, then 30 and newly married, pressed the subject until the oncologist referred her to a fertility specialist. Since Dauer's chemotherapy regimen would most likely destroy her body's egg supply, the specialist, in an experimental procedure, removed one of her ovaries, froze it and reimplanted it when Dauer recovered....

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Joni's Wheels for the World

Most in the Evangelical world are familiar with Joni Eareckson Tada's story. Not sure if she's so well known in Catholic circles.

Joni was left a teen quadriplegic in 1967 after a diving accident. Her 1976 book, Joni, really impacted me.

Here's a clip of a great interview Larry King conducted with Joni...

My friend Adam McManus of the KSLR Take A Stand radio show is raising sponsorship for 75 wheelchairs for Joni's Wheels for the World ministry, which provides wheelchairs to disabled people in third world countries. By refurbishing used wheelchairs, total cost for each is only $150. Adam is only 8 wheelchairs away from his goal.

If you would like to pledge for an entire wheelchair, great. Call 1-888-294-5664, mentioning Adam's name.

Or if you would like to combine forces with me to sponsor one wheelchair, either email me or leave a comment with the amount you'd like to pledge, which is tax deductible. I'll discuss arrangements with you offline.

View Joni's recent Wheels outreaches to Cuba, Kenya and Peru.

Pregnant prostitution ring

Ok... wellll... um... hm.

I guess I can't formulate words to add to this one...

Read more here.

[HT: proofreader Laura Loo]

British Columbia's most prolific mother gives birth to #18

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From the Associated Press, this afternoon:

A Romanian immigrant has given birth to her 18th child in British Columbia, making her the province's most prolific mother in 20 years...
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Another bend

susan juliette.jpgOn July 23 People magazine published "The former 'Pregnant Man' debuts his baby" with the first public photo of the beautiful little girl, who looks an awful lot like her... um....

As if the story of this baby's conception and prenatal carriage weren't strange enough, see if you can find a new plot twist in the story, not really a gender bender... I don't think... but still slightly confusing:

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Team Hoyt

Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from MA who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they're not in a marathon they are in a triathlon - that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.

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It's a remarkable record of exertion - all the more so when you consider that Rick can't walk or talk.

For the past 25 years or more Dick, who is 65, has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a small but heavy, firmly stabilized boat being pulled by Dick.

At Rick's birth in 1962 the umbilical cord coiled around his neck and cut off oxygen to his brain. Dick and his wife, Judy, were told that there would be no hope for their child's development.

"It's been a story of exclusion ever since he was born," Dick told me....

Continue reading Team Hoyt's inspiring story at multi'merica.com.

And here's Team Hoyt in action:

[HT: friend Bruce T.; photo courtesy of Team Hoyt]

Hat tip to Lara Logan

The Associated Press headline reads, "War Reporter now fighting baby drama." There was certainly the skulky and narcissistic way out of her "unplanned" pregnancy, which would have spared public humiliation and career concerns, but CBS News reporter Lara Logan chose the heroic option:

Lara Logan, the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, tells The Washington Post she is pregnant, and the father is a married federal contractor whom she met while stationed in Iraq.

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Logan's relationship with Joseph Burkett - who's in the midst of a divorce from wife Kimberly, with whom he has a 3-year-old daughter - has made media headlines, including the front page of the New York Post.

Logan is going through a divorce from estranged husband Jason Siemon, a Chicago-based energy lobbyist whom she married in 1998.

"Nobody likes to read about themselves like that, especially the way it's been sensationalized," [said] Logan, 37.... "I hated it. But I'm just going to rise above it and keep going."...

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A Rose by any other name...

I always look forward to reading what Hollywood stars, being way more inventive than me or most I know, will name their children. Some are real misses, like the names Julia Roberts picked for her twins: Hazel and Phinneas. But some are real hits.

Here's one, as reported by Us magazine, July 7:

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban chose a "really adorable and original" baby name for newborn daughter Sunday Rose, baby name expert Pam Satran, coauthor of Cool Names and The Baby Name Bible, tells Usmagazine.com.

"Sunday [is] a choice to rival Tom and Katie's Suri and Brad and Angelina's Shiloh," Satran says.

Kidman, 41, gave birth to Sunday - who weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces - on Monday morning. It is the first child for the actress and Urban, 40. (Kidman has two adopted children - Connor, 13, and Isabella, 15 - with ex Tom Cruise.)...

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"Pregnant man" gives birth

According to ABC News yesterday:

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Thomas Beatie, the transgender man who made headlines as the so-called "pregnant man," gave birth Sunday to a healthy baby girl....

The birth, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, OR, was natural, according to a source, who added that reports that Beatie had had a Caesarean section are false.

"She's really cute, really pretty,'' the source [said]....

The source said Beatie was resting and the family was focusing its attention on the new baby....

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Pro-lifers protest NEA meetings nationwide

nea great.gif The inexplicably pro-abortion National Education Association is holding its national conference in DC this week as our state affiliates across the country.

(Who can forget infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller being invited to speak at a conference at NEA headquarters in March, which Students for Life caught on videotape?)

Yesterday pro-lifers held protests not only at the DC annual meeting site but at NEA meetings across the country. The goal, according to a statement by Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, an organization of young people born after abortion was legalized on January 22, 1973: "to persuade the NEA... leadership to repeal its abortion-related resolutions and policies and to become neutral on abortion."

Added Gingi Edmonds, Survivors spokesperson...

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The Alfred Kinsey cover-up

kinsey 2.jpgSex researcher Alfred Kinsey is credited with "revolutionizing" American sexual thought and practices in the 1950s and 60s, including normalization of homosexuality, porn, pedophilia, and abortion.

In reality, Kinsey was a pedophiliac homosexual sado-mashocist who likely died of self-inflicted wounds at age 62. His "ground-breaking" books, The Kinsey Reports contained data obtained from pedophiliacs, which he did not report.

Dr. Judith Reisman has been at the forefront of exposing Kinsey for years. Yesterday she released a 2-part YouTube video, The Kinsey Coverup.

[HT: Dr. Frank; photo courtesy of JAMD]

Gerber baby

gerber baby 2.jpgI was just clicking through the top 25 ad icons of all time and was most interested in #18, the Gerber baby.

I had always heard she was Brooke Shields.

A Google search confirmed I didn't invent that, as a snip from BecomeABabyModel.com reads:

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But she wasn't. Here's more...

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Who's lying, Scarlett or Barack?

I wrote earlier this month actress Scarlett Johansson told the London Telegraph "she has regular email contact with presidential hopeful Barack Obama in which she offers advice and consoles him after difficult debates." Continued the Telegraph:

The Hollywood starlet said she had been communicating with the Democratic candidate for months and was "amazed" that he always found the time to reply....

"You'd imagine that someone like the senator who is constantly travelling and constantly 'on' - how can he return these personal emails?" she told the Politico website.

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"But he does...."

She described how after a particularly tough debate earlier this year, she sent an email congratulating him for "holding his ground".

He responded that the questioning was "difficult" and he was being pounded on "one silly question after another."

I said at the time young Scarlett had received her last email from Obama, who if what she said was true, had engaged in a politically risky tête-à-tête.

Now, according to Us magazine, Obama is denying all but 1 email...

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The "Juno effect" promoted by comprehensive sex ed crowd

In "Diablo Cody got me pregnant," Manhattan Monarch wrote today:

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The conclusion is unanimous: the supposed pregnancy pact fulfilled by over a half-dozen teenagers in Gloucester, MA is a result of their enjoying the Cody-penned teen pregnancy comedy, Juno. It's funny to hear the same folks that praised Jason Reitman's indie hit for its implicit pro-life message now bashing it just as fervently as a brainwasher of innocent children's minds....

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The real "Juno effect"

Access Hollywood reported yesterday:

Jason Bateman has come to the defense of the Oscar-nominated film, Juno, claiming the movie should not bare blame for the flood of teen pregnancies in Gloucester, MA....

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As the media quickly honed in on the story, it was branded "the Juno effect" and commentators openly discussed whether the film... along with the teen pregnancy of Jamie Lynn Spears, who at 17, became a mother last week, affected the Gloucester girls....

"I don't know the specifics, but I can speak about what sort of responsibility entertainment should hold for social behavior," Bateman, who starred as one half of adoptive couple the Lorings in Juno, told Access Hollywood. "... Look, if you're going to blame a movie or song for your actions, whether they be good or bad, I think you're looking at the wrong things to influence your life."...

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Mother locked up for 18 years for illegitimate pregnancy

italy.jpgWhat a tragic story. Clearly this poor mother's captors are deranged. This is about more than an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. From the Associated Press, June 14:

An Italian woman whose family kept her locked in a room for almost two decades after she was accused of becoming pregnant out of wedlock has been freed by police, authorities and media reports said.

Police said they found the 47-year-old woman Friday in a filthy room in the family's home near Naples.

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Sunday funny

As a wife to a fisherman and mother of two sons, I found this one pretty funny. Click to enlarge:

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Happy Father's Day!

Scarlett comforts Barack

I have a feeling loose-lipped Scarlett has received her last email from Barack.

From the London Telegraph, June 11:

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The actress Scarlett Johansson has revealed that she has regular email contact with presidential hopeful Barack Obama in which she offers advice and consoles him after difficult debates.

The Hollywood starlet said she had been communicating with the Democratic candidate for months and was "amazed" that he always found the time to reply.

"You'd imagine that someone like the senator who is constantly travelling and constantly 'on' - how can he return these personal emails?" she told the Politico website....

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Chinese earthquake aftershocks

Read my previous posts on this tragedy here and here. According to the Associated Press, today:

Chinese police on Wednesday blocked access to several schools that collapsed in last month's massive earthquake, a day after a group of parents protested that their children had died because of shoddy construction of the schools....

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Students' deaths have become the focus for Chinese, both inside and outside the disaster area, fueling accusations about corruption in school construction. Angry parents and even rescuers have pointed to steel rods in broken concrete slabs that were thinner than a ball point pen....

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"Madonna and child"

madonna and child.jpgClever title AOL gave this news story.

Most of singer Madonna's music and performances disturb me, which is I'm sure part of her plan. But there are a couple things I admire about Madonna, her personal discipline and her willingness to adopt an African baby as well as fund African orphanages and make a documentary spotlighting the plight of poor African children.

Some say the adoption was a publicity stunt. If so, it was a life-altering one. From the Associated Press, May 28...

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No Frances Bean?

frances bean.jpgWhen I think of dead stars Heath Ledger and Kurt Cobain, I think how comforted their families must be to have a piece of them left here on earth in their daughters, conceived in imperfect circumstances.

And a convenient abortion was recommended for at least 1 of them, according to the New York Post, May 28:

Frances Bean Cobain - the 15-year-old daughter of rockers Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain - would have been aborted in the womb if Love's handlers had had their way, an upcoming book claims....
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Nicole's domestic bliss

nicole 4.jpgWe tracked the latter end of Nicole Richie's pregnancy (here and here) because she and boyfriend Joel Madden established a foundation to help pregnant and new moms in need and because Richie attributed motherhood with turning her life around.

This month Richie graces the cover of Harper's Bazaar with more sweet thoughts and photos of daughter Harlow in a feature article.

The website Shine wraps up the piece:

If you've ever wanted to see how dramatically motherhood could change a woman's life, look no further than Nicole Richie. She's on the cover of the current issue of Harper's Bazaar and says of her daughter, Harlow, "I owe the baby my life."...
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Stone's "karma" crack reaps her bad karma

sharon stone 2.jpgI posted a YouTube video this week of actress Sharon Stone blaming karma for the devastating Chinese earthquake.

The Chinese, communists that they are, are taking a more heavy-handed approach than Americans when dealing with Hollywood liberals, banning Stone's movies altogether rather than boycotting them. But it's interesting to see retaliation for Tinsel Town's left-wing garbage spread across the globe. From the Associated Press, May 28...

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Memorial Day

While enjoying the day with family and friends, as I will be, take time out to commemorate those who have fallen to preserve your freedom.

Arlington by Trace Adkins...

Please, no bashing today. Am calling a truce to focus on the meaning of Memorial Day, as President Bush expressed in his Memorial Day proclamation (which actually my daughter wrote)...

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Maria Chapman

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(Left to right: Will Franklin, Maria, Steven, Shaoey, Mary Beth, Stevey Joy, Caleb and Emily)

Maria Chapman, 5-year-old daughter of Christian recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman, was killed Wednesday when accidentally run over in the family's Franklin, TN, driveway by one of her older brothers, compounding the tragedy. Wrote the Chapman's manager...

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The pursuit of happyness

The May 17/24 issue of World magazine featured an interview with Arthur Brooks, author of the book, Gross National Happiness. In this excerpt from the interview, Brooks examined factors that influence happiness and who is happier - conservatives or liberals, and religious or secular people.

Why am I happy?

World: OK - assuming the right definition of happiness and informative stats, what tends to make Americans happy?

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Brooks: There are three basic things that make people happy: meaning in their lives, control over their environment, and success in creating value in the world. And the way people get these things is not with money or power or fame - it is with their values. People who are serious about healthy values in their lives, families, and communities are much happier than others. The data say that these values come in eight categories: faith, family, personal liberty, private morality, non-materialism, opportunity, work, and service to others. Many journalists and academics dismiss these as just "cultural issues." But what happy Americans know is that nothing is more important than these things for building true happiness.

Who is happier, conservatives or liberals?...

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Happy Mother's Day!

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It's a happy Mother's Day for an Arkansas woman - she's pregnant with her 18th child. Michelle Duggar, 41, is due on New Year's Day, and the latest addition will join 7 sisters and 10 brothers. There are 2 sets of twins. "We've had three in January, three in December. Those two months are a busy time for us," she said, laughing....
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Eduardo on Today

I got a little misty eyed at the end. I think all mothers will. From The Today Show, May 6...

According to an email from Bella's promoters, Bella was the #1 selling dvd in Amazon's love/romance category yesterday and #5 on the entire Amazon site. That's great.

Promoters are encouraging store buyers to get Bella at Walmart because it's the largest dvd retailer in the world.

Bella dvd goes on sale today

bella dvd.jpgI've been tracking the movie Bella a year, since before it opened.

The Bella dvd goes on sale today. An email yesterday from its tireless promoters said Bella was the most popular presell dvd in its category yesterday on Amazon.

Bella tells the story of a world famous Latin soccer star who sinks into oblivion after accidentally killing a little girl. His life is set back on course when encountering a pregnant mother in crisis. Bella is a life-affirming, award-winning movie.

The aforementioned email said Bella's star, hunky and very nice Eduardo Verastegui, was to appear on Fox's Cavuto yesterday or today, O'Reilly yesterday, and The Today Show today at 10a EST. I can't find anything on the Fox website so don't think Eduardo appeared on a Fox show yesterday, unless someone saw something. Hoping it's tonight.

Here's the latest trailer on Bella. Love Wild Horses...

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Shvarts aborts abortion art project

aliza from discovery.jpgWe last left Yale art student Aliza Shvarts hiding out in her apartment, perhaps filming herself in her bathtub aborting more babies.

Shvarts and Yale were at an impasse. Yale was demanding Shvarts publicly admit her planned senior "performance art" project was a hoax. Yale Daily News detailed the project to a greater extent yesterday...]

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Father hides daughter in cellar dungeon 24 years; fathers 7 children

fritzl.jpgThis is a horrifying story from Austria. It is not directly tied to the pro-life issue but is so shocking I must blog on it. Reported the AFP today:

An elderly Austrian... confessed Monday to imprisoning his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathering her 7 children, prosecutors said.

Josef Fritzl, 73, "has admitted building the dungeon and to holding his daughter and three children there," prosecution spokesman Gerhard Sedlacek [said].

Fritzl also admitted incest "but insisted there was no force involved," said Sedlacek. One of the children died at an early age....

Read how the story came to light and view police photos of the cellar dungeon on page 2.

[Photo of Fritzl courtesy of AFP; police photos courtesy of MonstersandCritics.com]

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Robert Downey, Jr., and other converts to conservatism

iron man.jpgRobert Downey, Jr., in an April 20 interview with the New York Times about his starring role in the upcoming movie, Iron Man, said:

I have a really interesting political point of view, and it's not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can't go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal. You can't. I wouldn't wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics every since....
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Butterfly rising II

butterfly 4.jpgWe've been tracking the country and western pro-life single, Butterfly. Get background here and here.

I checked in with Jennifer Hicks of the band Bluefield over the weekend and got this report:

I can't believe your timing! I am right now cutting and pasting quotes off your blog to send to radio!...
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Yale: double standard bearer

Yale Daily News reported yesterday:

[A] Yale official said that a scientific test found no traces of human blood in the Davenport College senior's art studio, although there was no way to determine whether the project in its entirety had been examined.

Yale was looking for evidence that student Aliza Shvarts had or had not inseminated then aborted herself numerous times over 9 months for an art project.

yale bloodspot.jpgWhat will Yale do if it eventually finds red stuff in Shvarts' proximity? Test it, apparently. Will it require a sample of Shvarts' blood for a DNA match? Will it check for another human's DNA, her dead offspring?

This should alarm abortion proponents, whose primary defense of said act is "the right to privacy!" these days. But so far they haven't risen against Yale for this invasion, as they have risen against OH parents for wanting the same information from an abortion mill re: their minor daughter's illegal abortion, as they have risen against KS prosecutor Phill Kline for wanting the same information from abortion mills to confirm or deny illegal abortions. So far they've remained silent here. Why?...

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Is "AbortionMan" pro-life?

Right before comedian Chris Rock was to emcee the Academy Awards in 2005, Matt Drudge linked to a story about one of Rock's routines, abortion. In that routine Rock said:

Abortion, it's beautiful, it's beautiful abortion is legal. I love going to an abortion rallies to pick up women, cause you know they are f---ing. You ain't gonna find a bunch of virgins at the abortion rallies.

View the entire bit here, but be warned it's vulgarity-laced.

It turned out Rock was using satire to speak against abortion, according to trusted conservative sources.

Now several readers have written to say Damon Wayans' AbortionMan routine, which JivinJ exposed here and I wrote about on WorldNetDaily.com, was acted in the same vein: satire. Could they be right?

Obscenity alert...

Wrote reader Charles:

Damon was clearly depicting the disgusting horror of abortion in his video. You seemed to miss the fact that his histrionics were not an endorsement. Quite the opposite....
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Yale censors abortion art exhibit

From Fox News yesterday (click to enlarge):

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Expelled breaks weekend top 10/documentary top 25

From The Raw Story, April 20:

....Monday's media reports pegged the Stein documentary as a modest hit.

The Guardian observed that "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" surprisingly gate-crashed the top 10, opening in ninth place with $3.1m."

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"In a bit of a surprise, Ben Stein's conservative documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed did reasonably good business in its debut ($3.1M)," LAist noted.

MTV pointed out that a documentary coming from what could be construed as the other side did even worse: "Among other new releases, intelligent-design-supporting, Ben Stein-starring documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed created $3.1 million out of thin air for a ninth-place finish. And the terrorist-hunting, Morgan Spurlock-starring documentary Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? tanked, earning just $143,000 in 102 theaters."...

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Yale may censor abortion art

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Read full story here.

Finger-pointing brawl breaks out at Yale

Yale University officials are now saying student Aliza Shvarts' continued public insistence that she artificially inseminated and then aborted herself numerous times over 9 months for an art project after privately denying this to school officials is all part of the art project (click to enlarge):

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Someone at Yale is lying

This story is so important, I'm staying on it during the weekend.

I've been reporting (here and here) on Yale senior Aliza Shvarts, who plans to display an art exhibit beginning April 22 of early abortions she self-committed.

For unspecified numerous times over 9 months, Shvarts artificially inseminated herself and later ingested abortifacients, filming herself aborting in the bathtub.

Shvarts plans to display the blood and body products on a cube suspended from the ceiling, wrapped in plastic sheeting, with video of her abortions simultaneously playing on surrounding walls.

The Yale administration posted a denial Thursday, specifically stating:

[Shvarts] stated to three senior Yale University officials today, including two deans, that she did not impregnate herself and that she did not induce any miscarriages.

The next day Shvarts refuted Yale's statement, according to Yale Daily News.

shvarts.jpgNow Shvarts has released her own statement calling the Yale administration liars, for all intents and purposes:

For the past year, I performed repeated self-induced miscarriages. I created a group of fabricators from volunteers who submitted to periodic STD screenings and agreed to their complete and permanent anonymity. From the 9th to the 15th day of my menstrual cycle, the fabricators would provide me with sperm samples, which I used to privately self-inseminate. Using a needleless syringe, I would inject the sperm near my cervix within 30 minutes of its collection, so as to insure the possibility of fertilization. On the 28th day of my cycle, I would ingest an abortifacient, after which I would experience cramps and heavy bleeding.

These 2 statements directly contradict each other....

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Royal Crown Point

I'm from Cedar Lake, IN, which neighbors Crown Point. Crown Point hasn't been much in the news since John Dillinger escaped from its "escape-proof" jail in 1934.

But twice in the past month, Crown Point has reachieved fame. Last weekend it was for Hillary Clinton downing a shot and a beer at a CP bar:

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A couple weeks before that, Johnny Depp came to town to shoot scenes at that infamous jail, which still stands, for the movie Public Enemies, in which Depp will star as Dillinger. My best friend Diane, who happens to be a professional photographer, got snapshots (click to enlarge)...

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South Park: "Abortion is the ultimate form of cheating"

The April 9 episode of South Park featured a segment on abortion. Click on the graphic below for the link:

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Rock for Life taped a podcast about the episode. In it, according to RFL's Phil Eddy...

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Yale induced abortions art project

Drudge has linked to a Yale Daily News story this morning that is really unfathomable:

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Art major Aliza Shvarts '08 wants to make a statement.

Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself "as often as possible" while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process....

[S]tudents on both ends of the abortion debate have expressed shock - saying the project does everything from violate moral code to trivialize abortion....

Shvarts... said she was not concerned about any medical effects the forced miscarriages may have had on her body. The abortifacient drugs she took were legal and herbal, she said, and she did not feel the need to consult a doctor about her repeated miscarriages....

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Photos from White House Pope visit

David Bereit of 40 Day for Life sent me 8 photos from the Pope's outdoor reception at the White House South Lawn this morning. Pro-lifers will see familiar faces or connect familiar names with faces. Click to enlarge:

David (left); Vice President and Mrs. Cheney (right)

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YouTube divorce

Here's another mental health break post.

This one is all over the news today. Actress and playwright Tricia Walsh-Smith has posted a sad, funny, slightly shocking video on YouTube outting the guy divorcing her, Philip Smith, president of the Shubert Organization, "the largest theater owner on Broadway," according to AOL News, adding:

She goes through their wedding album on camera, describing family members as "bad" or "evil" or "nasty," and talks about how her husband is allegedly trying to evict her from their luxury apartment. She also makes embarrassing claims regarding their intimate life, and then calls his office on camera to repeat those claims to a stunned assistant.

So here we see the "All's fair" and "A woman scorned" lines taken to the YouTube generation. She may be a woman, but she has cojones.

Pope at White House

It's an exciting, beautiful morning in DC. In about an hour the President and a "mass" (pardon the pun... :) of 12,000 will greet the Pope on the South Lawn of the White House, the largest throng ever to gather there. What a memorable "Happy Birthday" they should sing to him, as today he turns 81.

My daughter is in the crowd, as is Dawn Eden of The Dawn Patrol, and Scott Johnston, friend to commenter Andrew and me, who used to work for Priests for Life. Just spoke with them, and they all made it through security and are now standing by the fountain.

The Pope is expected to address the Life issue while here, certainly when he speaks before the United Nations Friday on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and hopefully more often than that.

pope andrews.jpgThe Passionate Pro-Lifer did note in an "Irony Alert" yesterday that one of the Pontiff's greeters as he arrived at Andrews Air Force Base yesterday was Nancy Brinker, US Chief of Protocol and friend of Laura Bush, who also who just happens to have founded the Susan G Komen Foundation.

As PPL reported, "Just this past week, it was revealed that Komen gave $700K to Planned Parenthood."

Life can't be perfect, but it is still a beautiful day, even here in Chicago!

Butterfly rising: got 99¢?

bluefield2.jpgI wrote earlier this week about the pro-life country song we need to help make a hit.

Butterfly, by the band Bluefield, has a beautiful message that has already saved at least 3 babies' lives.

Butterfly currently ranks in the 60s in the country music charts. It has met with some resistance by stations skittish about its message. I said it would help for you to call stations and request it.

I got this news from Bluefield this afternoon...

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Disability awareness at Fenway Park

Time for a mental health break. Moderator MK just sent me this, a YouTube video of a young man with autism getting the giggles when singing the National Anthem during Disability Day at Fenway Park last summer. How uplifting when the crowd starts to help him out. We all have built within us a desire to help the underdog:


Mile high abortion, miscarriage, or murder UPDATE

UPDATE, 4/2, 3:50p: I'm moving old updates to page 2. Read the story in chronological order from the airplane graphic, below. Here's the latest, from Click2Houston.com, today:

No charges will be filed in the case of a fetus found in a trash bin on an airplane....

Investigators said the 14-year-old mother was returning from New York with a chaperoned school group.

Police presented the case to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, which declined to charge the girl or the apparent 14-year-old expectant father.

These 2 should be in 8th grade. Will MSM check to see whether these kids' school taught comprehensive sex ed or abstinence ed?

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Yesterday afternoon a mother on board a Continental flight somewhere between NY and Houston delivered a preterm baby, or "apparent fetus," as the Associated Press called him/her...

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Expelled from Expelled

I've blogged a couple times over the past 6 months (here and here) about the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, to be released April 18. View the 7:30 "super trailer" if your interest is picqued by this shorter one:

The premise of Expelled? CNS News, today:

Expelled calls attention to the plight of highly credentialed scholars who have been forced out of prestigious academic positions because they proposed Intelligent Design as a possible alternative to Charles Darwin's 150-year-old theories about the origins of life .

Instead of entertaining a debate on the merits of competing theories, the scientific establishment has moved to suppress the ID movement in a "systematic and ruthless" way at odds with America's founding principles, the film asserts.

Liberals have been going ape about Expelled for months. On March 20, two Darwinian defenders, who were paid to be interviewed for the film but came out looking like buffoons, tried to bust into a private screening in MN....

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Butterfly baby

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Just received this email:

Hi Jill,

My wife is in tears. As a professional photographer she captured the attached pictures a couple of years ago....

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Butterfly

I spoke in Nashville last week, home of country music.

My good friend Brian Harris, president of TN Right to Life, handed me a cd and told me I needed to listen to it. He remarked as I well knew that pro-life songs we often receive are well-intentioned but lacking. But he said this one, Butterfly, was different.

butterfly2.jpgBrian was right. I am in love with this song. I have been playing it over and over. I think it can change minds and hearts and save lives. Click on the graphic, right, to hear Butterfly.

In fact, the duo singing it, Bluefield, emailed me that 3 different girls have contacted them at their MySpace site to say the song changed their mind.

Bluefield is currently on the road promoting Butterfly, and they have been surprised to meet reticence. They emailed Brian...

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Planned Parenthood's biggest advo-Kate

kate 3.jpgThis March 27 blurb from Family Research Council is so full of rich sidebars, I'm simply reposting it (including the title):

Actress Kate Walsh isn't a doctor in real life, but apparently playing one on ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice qualifies her to talk about reproductive health on Capitol Hill.

Yesterday, Walsh, who sits on Planned Parenthood's Board of Advisors, hosted a congressional forum sponsored by the nation's biggest abortion trafficker....

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Big Brother: Natalie's abortions

I find the MTV-type youth reality shows heart-breaking and disgusting. I've just been told of a CBS show in that genre, Big Brother.

BB airs 3x a week during primetime. Its storyline: Group mostly young strangers together in a house, follow their every move, and over the course of 3 months whittle housemates down to 1 winner as they vote one another out. Sexual escapades abound, of course.

natalie.jpgOne of the current crop is 28-year-old Natalie.

We learned on a recent episode that Natalie lactates. Why? She said it started when she became pregnant at 19 and aborted 2 months later.

Her timing is way off, leading me to believe Natalie aborted much later or has a secret nursing child stashed somewhere.

But so Nat's story goes, after her abortion her breasts shrank to such an extent ("grapes") she decided to get breast implants at age 23. Only the night before her surgery, she found out she was pregnant again....

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"The Baby Borrowers"

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Oh, I'd really like to sink this show fast.

It's 1 thing for grown adults to agree to be made fools of on reality t.v. shows

Thumbnail image for baby borrowers guy2.jpgIt's another when a reality show exploits babies, children, sick elderly, and the teen stars themselves, all unknowingly part of a "safer sex and abort if hexed" t.v. campaign.

That's exactly the reality show NBC is planning to launch June 25.

The The Baby Borrowers will be a "social experiment" involving 5 teenage couples who play round-the-clock parents and caretakers for 3 days each to a baby, toddler, pre-teen with pet, teenager, and senior citizen ("some with health issues") in succession.

Before initiating child care, the girls will wear a "simulated 'empathy' belly to prepare them for the arrival of their 'baby,'" according to NBC....

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The chimp who would be human

Thumbnail image for nim 2.jpgI read the following sad book review of The Chimp Who Would be Human in the March 17 issue of People magazine, just another reminder that humans and animals are uniquely different:

Loving your research subject is a no-no in science, but as journalist Hess's Greek tragedy about ape-human communication shows, it can be tough to avoid.

Meet Nim, a chimp taught sign language as part of psychologist Herbert Terrace's 1970s attempt to disprove Noam Chomsky's assertion that only humans can learn language....

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Outsourcing diva babies

baby 3.jpgFrom today's Washington Times:

[D]iva Jennifer Lopez... reportedly has spent more than $1 million on the recent arrival of her twins, Max and Emme. The high price tag includes extra security, a baby masseuse, 600-count Egyptian cotton crib sheets and a color therapist.

A what?...

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Strike at Daily Kos

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I've written before on the war between pro-aborts over Hillary and Obama ("NARAL calls for truce," "NOW NYS prez 'fights like a girl,'" "Divine secrets of the political yo-yo sisterhood").

Now liberal bloggers have joined the melee. Reported The Hotline yesterday....

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Horton hears a pro-life protest

horton%20better.jpgHollywood A-listers and families attending the March 8 premiere of the animated Horton Hears a Who in Los Angeles got a bonus feature: pro-life protesters who after the film ended began chanting the story's famous line, "A person is a person, no matter how small."

Celebrities included 2 of the film's stars, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, along with Jenny McCarthy, Brooke Shields, and Victoria Beckham, all with kids in tow. All 12 American Idol contestants also saw the pro-life performance.

After chanting the pro-lifers placed red duct tapes over their mouths with "LIFE" printed on them and marched around the theater....

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Train up a child?

bruri.jpgHere's a wild story, from the Associated Press, February 28:

A newborn girl fell through the toilet in a moving train and onto the tracks moments after her mother gave birth prematurely, surviving nearly two hours before being found....

The infant's mother, who uses the single name Bhuri, was traveling with relatives... when she went to the bathroom... and unexpectedly gave birth, said Arjun Kumar, her brother-in-law.

"Later, she fell unconscious and the baby fell through the toilet," he said. "Two stations later, we knocked at the door."

Bhuri opened the door, soaked in blood....

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Notre Dame to honor pro-life actor Martin Sheen

From the Associated Press, March 2:

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Activist-actor Martin Sheen will be honored by the University of Notre Dame with its Laetare Medal for his humanitarian work, the school announced Sunday.

Sheen, who played a U.S. president who was a Notre Dame graduate in the TV series "West Wing," is to receive the medal at the school's May 18 commencement.

Since 1883, the Laetare Medal has been awarded annually to a Catholic "whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church and enriched the heritage of humanity."...

"He has used that celebrity to draw the attention of his fellow citizens to issues that cry out for redress, such as the plight of immigrant workers and homeless people, the waging of unjust war, the killing of the unborn and capital punishment," [university president Rev. John] Jenkins said....

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The new black

About this year's Academy Awards Moviefone reported, "Baby-on-board is the new black in Hollywood," a pretty funny line.

Enjoying Tinsel Town's swell of pregnancy pride while it lasts, here were the baby bumps spotted at the Oscars:

Jessica Alba (left) and Cate Blanchett (right)...

Nicole Kidman...

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Tori suckers NutriSytem with pregnant pause?

tori.jpgTMZ wondered February 20 whether Tori Spelling's 2nd pregnancy was a "ploy" to get a repeat contract from NutriSystem:

Tori Spelling probably made a ton of money from NutriSystem. After all, what a great ad - someone famous losing her baby weight.

So what does Tori do? She gets knocked up again and gains it all back. We're thinkin' it's one of the great ploys of 2008.

Here's the scenario. Tori has the kid and then resigns with NutriSystem, which pays her even more money to advertise how women with two kids can dump the weight.

We're guessing Tori could end up in a mansion again, with her own money and more kids than Mia Farrow....

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Suckered by Juno

sucker.jpgI had to ponder the double negative in the first sentence of this blog post on Juno by pro-abort Revolution Newspaper. "[N]ot anti-choice"? What, they don't even want to be called pro-choice anymore?

How is it that audiences who are not anti-choice are walking out of a movie like Juno without even realizing what hit them?

For many years now, Christian fascists have been hammering a message that what America needs is a return to the oppressive values of the 1950s (and in many ways, the 1850s), including a return to traditional woman's role as mother. They have been setting terms very broadly, to the point that any Democrat who wants to run for president has to declare that abortion is morally wrong and tragic, while the movement to ban all abortion grows and shuts down clinics....

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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days snubs and snobs

While pro-life themed Juno soared past the $100 million earnings mark this weekend, the critically acclaimed anti-life film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days opened in just 2 theatres nationwide.

And while the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Juno for Best Picture, it snubbed Sure Thing 4 Months (see below) for Best Foreign Film.

More evidence Hollywood has begun to bank on life? I think so.

You can't tell by the trailer what 4 Months is about, unless you have abortion on the brain, as I do. Wonder why they hid the sole topic of the movie, a mother's length of gestation before aborting:


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That would be?

Sorry, off topic but can't help but post this... :)

[HT: moderator MK]

"The Business of Being Born"

Rikki Lake has just released a documentary, The Business of Being Born. From the film's website:

Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to examine and question the way American women have babies.

The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system....

Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?

I'll answer that. Pro-lifers say the former; pro-aborts the latter, and not just about delivery but about the entire pregnancy.

Here's the trailer:


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Wendy Wright: Worst person in the world!

Congratulations to my friend, Wendy Wright. Liberal Keith Olbermann of liberal MSNBC recently proclaimed Wendy, president of Concerned Women for America, the Worst Person in the World!

See Keith Olbermann's diss of Wendy beginning at 1:23:

Explained the CWA website....

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Pro-abort: Juno means something but not sure what

I got quoted in a The New Republic column January 11 on the topic of Juno:

The politics of films like Juno, Waitress, and Knocked Up have become new turnbuckles in the wrestling ring of the culture wars.
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Befitting the binary nature of the abortion debate, they also serve as something of a civic Rorschach test: For every conservative celebrating Juno as what Pro Life Pulse blogger Jill Stanek calls "the movie pro-aborts will hate," there's a pro-choicer declaring that the real power of the movie lies in their autonomous lead characters' ability to make their own decisions. "The flick is pro-choice in the most literal sense of the term," The American Prospect's Ezra Klein wrote of Knocked Up. "She has a choice; nothing is forced on her." But critics on both sides of the debate imply something new and dramatic is afoot, even if no one quite agrees on what it means.

Nice spin! The pro-abort columnist, Michael Schaffer, of course ignores the truly contempt-ridden reviews his side has given Juno, like this one from RH Realtity Check, which is the actual truth....

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Hillary cries

Every now and then we veer off topic for a change of pace. So here we go.

Yesterday Hillary Clinton became verklempt during an interview, provoking lots of questions. Was it real or fake? Is it acceptable for presidents/presidential candidates to cry? Is it sexist for us to focus on Hillary's tearful moment? Do you think she was really crying for her country or because she was admittedly tired? In other words, were she well rested and not under such pressure following her loss in Iowa, would she have become so emotional?

Christina Aguilera: pregnant pin-up

marie%20claire%202.jpgThe January 2008 issue of Marie Claire magazine sports pregnant and mostly naked Christina Aguilera on the cover.

I spotted it on the newstand and was mostly thrilled, despite misgivings of the pose. I love when the pop culture promotes pregnancy, particularly of the rare married celebrity, although this promotion was indeed a bit disconcerting. The accompanying story included more risqué shots. See one on page 2.

I also love to read the altered language when the pop culture promotes pregnancy. Were Aguilera discussing her abortion, names would have been changed to deflect from the innocent. Words like "child," "baby," and "roommate" would have been nixed for "fetus" and the generic "pregnancy."...

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Regifting heaven

travel.jpgPriests for Life was kind to send me a copy of Anthony DeStefano's book, A Travel Guide to Heaven, for Christmas. Anthony is the executive director of PFL as well as a prolific author.

But Anthony previously gave me a copy of his book.

I'm sure Anthony and PFL would want this book read rather than shelved.

So, I'll send this copy to the first person who emails me with his or her mailing address (who hasn't recently won something here... :).

It's Jesus' birthday, after all

Last week on The View, Barbara Walters was surprised to receive a Christmas card from President Bush with a Bible verse inside. "Does this also go to agnostics and atheists and Muslims?" Walters wondered. Here's Walters:

What Walters received was a birthday card. Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' birthday. I don't recall the last time I celebrated someone's birthday but was disallowed to mention the one being celebrated for fear of offending someone else who either wasn't sure the person existed, didn't believe the person existed, or didn't like the person.

In fact, although the card shows a Christmas tree in the window, it never says, "Merry Christmas." The theme of the verse and the particular watercolor chosen carry out the White House's National Parks theme for the season, which gives glory to God for creation.

The White House mixed all that into one card, for which I give it lots of credit for savvy.

We also received that Christmas card. Note the RNC paid for the card, and it was postmarked from Crawford, TX. I am so fed up with stupid people who think they're so smart, with intolerant people who consider themselves so tolerant, with mean-spirited people who think they are just the opposite. Here is that card close up (view on page 2)....

UPDATE, 1:10p: Read "release [of] some atheist angst" over my post at The Huntress' Domain.

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Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant

OK%203.jpgBritney Spears' 16-year-old sister Jamie Lynn announced today she is just over 12 weeks pregnant by 19-year-old boyfriend (and statutory rapist - see page 57), Casey Aldridge, 19.

What we have here is a young girl who made a mistake and is responding admirably thus far. From OK! magazine:

"I can't say it was something I was planning to do right now," the 16-year-old confesses to OK!. "But now that it's in my lap and that it's something I have to deal with, I'm looking forward to being the best mom I can be."...
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Do it for the kids?

A reporter from Focus on the Family's Family News in Focus called yesterday about a story she's preparing on the Abercrombie & Fitch t-shirts I reported on here and here December 14.

She said someone wondered in a production meeting yesterday morning how does Stanek find all her stuff? Her first question to me was exactly that, and I responded, "Tips, I get great tips. I hardly have time to do my own scouting anymore because I get so many good tips." The A&F tip came from John Jansen of Pro-Life Action League.

So this morning moderator Jacqueline sent me a great tip based on the A&F-tipped post! Jacque gave me the link to this t-shirt on BustedTees.com:

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Juno nominated for Golden Globe

juno.jpgThe pro-life themed movie Juno, which opens Christmas Day and which I've favorably reviewed, was nominated this morning for a Golden Globe. According to the Associated Press:

Nominated for best comedy or musical along with Charlie Wilson's War were the Beatles musical Across the Universe, the Broadway adaptation Hairspray, the teen-pregnancy comedy Juno and the bloody musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Star Ellen Page was also nominated for Best Actress, Musical or Comedy, and stripper turned blogger turned writer Diablo Cody for Best Screenwriter.

Jenna Bush on Ellen Degeneres

Here's another diversion from our topic to lighten things up a little.

All the talk at the White House last night was of Jenna Bush's phone call to her dad while taping the Ellen DeGeneres show yesterday.

But I see it's all over the news as well - 257 news articles, according to Google!

So here 'tis, very cute....


Nicole Richie showers 100 needy moms with gifts

I recently reported that pregnant parents Nicole Richie and John Madden had created the Richie Madden Children's Foundation to provide items for moms and families in need, particularly at the LA Free Clinic. In fact, Richie designated all gifts given at her November 18 baby shower to her new charity.

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Not many kids have a foundation launched in their honor before they're born. But that will be one of the many privileges bestowed upon Nicole Richie and Joel Madden's baby, due in January.

The couple hosted a surprise baby shower Monday for 100 expectant and new moms at the Los Angeles Free Clinic in Hollywood, where they handed out more than $200,000 worth of gifts. "The looks on their faces were priceless," Richie told reporters after the shower. "Some of them didn't even believe us [when they saw the gifts]. They thought we were joking."...

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Abortion vanishes from silver screen

Great story in the entertainment section of the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday:

In America, about one in five pregnancies ends in abortion, according to the latest figures from the Guttmacher Institute. In recent American movies, however, every unplanned pregnancy is carried to term.

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From Knocked Up to Waitress to Juno [scene pictured left], opening Dec. 14, abortion is The Great Unmentionable, euphemized as "we don't perform, uh, -- " (Waitress), and "nipped it in the bud" (Juno) in comedies in which pregnancy is the situation. Abortion is likewise obliquely referenced, if actually considered, in the drama Bella, now in theaters.

"It's as if there's an 'every conception deserves delivery' policy being observed," says Virginia Rutter, senior scholar at the Council on Contemporary Families....

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The Maker's Diet

the%20makers%20diet.jpgThe jury's out whether I'm suffering from carbohydrate withdrawal or a touch of the flu, but I think it's the former.

I started on The Maker's Diet yesterday, and the author warned I might feel a little nauseous or headachy for a few days. So, sorry, I've been out of it today.

The premise of the book is to get back to eating foods God instructed the Israelites to eat in the form they ate them, organically.

Something the author wrote made me think of the young posters on this site, so many of whom have health problems....

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Increased child abuse among cohabitators

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  • If a society declares prenatal homicide acceptable, it should not be surprised when postnatal abuse and homicide jump.

  • Teaching abstinence and traditional values are part of our holistic approach to stopping pre- and postnatal child abuse. Everything is related.

    From the Associated Press, November 25....

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  • Kudos to Nicole Richie

    nicole2.jpgFriend Paris Hilton threw a Beverly Hills, Wizard of Oz-themed (Nicole's fav) baby shower this past Sunday for expectant parents Nicole Richie and boyfriend Joel Madden. Nicole is due in January.

    But guests were told beforehand their gifts would be donated via the newly created Richie Madden Children's foundation to help moms in need.

    Very cool.

    There is no website yet, but a press release announcing the formation of the charitable organization states....

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    Starting the holiday week with a smile


    [HT: friend Karen]

    Review of Juno

    juno%20cover.jpgI had an opportunity to screen the movie Juno last Thursday, due out December 14.

    Turns out we shared the theater with 50 friends and family of Juno's stripper-turned-blogger-turned-debut-movie-writer Diablo Cody, who is from Chicago, which made the experience that much more entertaining.

    Juno is the third in an unplanned movie trilogy, the others being Waitress and Knocked Up, where a girl accidentally gets pregnant and grows into a heroine by rejecting abortion as a quick solution.

    Social conservatives attempting to break through in movies have not yet mastered the art of getting our point across without coming off preachy.

    But it's fascinating to watch the Hollywood and Indie crowd handle one of our premises pretty much the way we'd like it handled....

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    High school blinks when pro-life student sues

    stephanie%20and%20mom.jpgWhen junior Stephanie Hoffmeier's request to launch The Pro-Life Club at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, VA, was rejected in August, she sued.

    School officials initially said no to the club because "it was not tied to the school curriculum," according to the Washington Post, although the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Republicans, and Young Democrats had been previously accepted.

    On October 24, the school backed down. End of story. Yeah.

    Kudos to the aforementioned Washington Post for writing a fair story, even though editors apparently couldn't bear to see the word "pro-life" in the headline, even though that was the name of the club, and so entitled the piece, "Teen Wins Fight for Antiabortion Club at School."

    [HT: John Jansen at Generations for Life; photo credit of Stephanie and mother Bernadette: Washington Post]

    Weekend question: Mr. Brooks

    mr.%20brooks.jpgMy husband and I watched Mr. Brooks on dvd last night, starring Kevin Costner, William Hurt, and Demi Moore, and co-starring Marg Helgenberger.

    I didn't realize what I was getting into or I likely wouldn't have rented Mr. Brooks, because it is one of those serial killer movies, and they freak me out.

    But I really liked this movie. In fact, I give it 3-1/2 stars, a rarity for me. I love Hurt in any movie, and Costner, who I've never considered a great actor, was great.

    So was the plot, for the most part. But there was one plot line that nabbed me. I only review movies with a pro-life theme or thread, and we had one here....

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    Critical weekend for Bella

    New theatres have been added this weekend.

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    Bella weekend showing

    eduardo%20car2.jpgFirst, in an October 27 column, "'Bella' and the pro-life film trend," Brent Bozell of Media Research Center wrote:

    The bohemian worldview of Woodstock Nation is in some ways dominant, and in some ways passe in our popular culture.... [T]he "free love" spirit of "if it feels good, do it" still runs strong, especially in our entertainment world. And yet, burbling beneath a noisy culture of sexual excess and self-love, there's a quiet undercurrent in our movies carrying subtle, and even obvious, pro-life themes.

    Bozell gives examples of recent film releases: Children of Men, Waitress, Knocked Up, and Bella (pictured above right).

    I would add another, due out this holiday season, Juno, starring Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Ellen Page, and Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute for Office fans) [HT: moderator MK]:

    Back to Bella, you done good....

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    Live blogging, "Facing Reality: Choice"

    choice.jpgLet's talk about the documentary we're watching on Fox News, Facing Reality: Choice....

    My notes from the show are on page 2.

    Now that the documentary is over, what did you think? Did it help, hurt, or not make a difference in the debate?

    UPDATE, 10/28, 7a: We are gratetful to have heard from Bobbie in the comments section last night, the sister of Brooke, the third mother in the Fox News documentary....

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    Will live blog Fox's "Facing Reality: Choice" tonight

    choice.jpgI will live blog thoughts about Fox Cable New's documentary, Facing Reality: Choice, tonight beginning when its starts at 9p EST (8p CST, etc.) and welcome you to live blog alongside me with your analyses.

    I spotlighted this documentary and my concerns on October 24. Every clip of the show's promos now includes that kindly looking abortionist creep William Harrison, which makes my skin crawl.

    Fox commentator Fr. Jonathan Morris wrote reassuring words about the documentary....

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    See Bella this weekend

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    The movie Bella opens tonight, and if possible, please see it this weekend. The first weekend of a film's opening is its most important.

    Bella is an indy movie with a strong pro-life theme, which I think explains why it has juxtaposedly received wide audience acclaim at film festivals (see awards above) but halfhearted if not panned critical acclaim and difficulty nabbing a distributor.

    Here's the trailer....

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    Hell House

    hell%20house2.jpgJust in time for Halloween, reader Jess has sent me an intriguing video produced by the Festival Travel Channel wherein "Melody visits a Haunted House in Brooklyn based on the fundamentalist Christian's Hell House."

    What sets this Hell House apart is it was produced and staged by Les Freres Corbusier, an off-Broadway professional acting troupe, which earned it rave reviews. For the most part, the troupe tried to stick true to the original intent with no sarcasm, so the whole thing is a mix of the bizarre, shocking, scary, camp, and sometimes embarrassing, all the while very well done.

    What is a hell house? Les Freres Corbusier explained....

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    Annie Leibovitz

    lennon.jpgYesterday afternoon, my daughter Daena and I went to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC to view the just opened exhibit, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005.

    I have always loved Leibovitz's work, from the Lennon/Ono shot taken just hours before he was literally shot in 1981, to Queen Elizabeth's portrait taken by Leibovitz just this year, and everything in between.

    But I should have known I could not escape the liberal agenda even there.

    Naive me, I didn't know until yesterday Leibovitz is a lesbian....

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    Happy Halloween, pedophile-style

    A company called Party City must be run by pedophiles. Here are some of its costume options for girls:

    "French Maid":

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    Is there any earthly reason to promote costumes like this other than to sexualize little girls? See more on page 2.

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    Lake of Fire

    Over the course of 18 years, director Tony Kaye filmed a 2-1/2 hour documentary about abortion called Lake of Fire, released on a limited scale 1 week ago. By limited I mean one theater in NY. It will open in LA this Friday, likely on just as small a scale.

    I first read about Lake of Fire when it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last September. I had hoped to personally review it, but this now appears unlikely until it is released on dvd. Instead, I will piece together a review based on reviews, all by pro-abort movie critics as far as I can tell. All who identified their positions were such. Before I go on, here's the trailer:

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    William Tell Overture for Moms

    I have actually said every one of these except, "No texting at the table." That nuisance came after my kids were grown... lol....

    [HT: reader rosie]

    All God's creatures, big and small

    From the Daily Mail, September 27:

    Kimberly [Mueller] is the smallest baby ever born in Germany and the youngest to survive.

    She was just 10.2 inches long and weighed little more than a packet of butter [10-1/2 ounces] when she arrived in the 25th week of her mother's pregnancy....

    Kimberly's progress was underlined when she arrived home this week weighing five and a half pounds and measuring 17 inches....

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    Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Cover mama

    elisabeth.jpgThe last time we discussed The View conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, she had just announced she was pregnant, which caused liberal co-host Rosie O'Donnell to blog she was hence too delicate to debate any longer about 9/11 conspiracies or the Iraq War. But when Rosie couldn't help herself and broke her promise, she stepped in it and then tried to blame Elisabeth two days later. But when Elizabeth more than held her own, Rosie got her feelings hurt (interesting to rewatch) and quit the show early. Score one for the power of pregnant mothers.

    That was May. My, how Elisabeth has blossomed throughout the summer, to the point she is gracing the cover of the November issue of Pregnancy magazine. So cute, and one tiny sign we are breaking the stronghold of liberal political correctness

    Elisabeth answered questions of interest in an interview inside....

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    Hat tip to citizen journalists

    That's us. We're the new media. We find, report, and discuss what the old media, known in the blog world as MSM - the mainstream media - can't or won't.

    A citizen journalist using the pseudonym Laura Mansfield incredibly found the most recent al-Quaida/bin Laden video before they were ready to go public with it:

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    I know many here can identify with Mansfield's blogging habits, outlined in an accompanying September 20 AP story. And if a pro-lifer substitutes the words "abortion industry" or "Planned Parenthood" for "jihadists," one can personally relate what she does with what we do....

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    Actress Ellen Burstyn's lowest moment

    burstyn4.jpgActress Ellen Burstyn was in town attending the Toronto Film Festival the week September 6-14 in part to attend a screening of the classic movie in which she starred, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.

    While being interviewed on CFRB radio, the 74-year-old actress was asked what was the lowest moment of her life.

    And for the first time, she publicly disclosed it:

    Burstyn: You know, I guess, I hate to talk about this on the air, but having an abortion. You know that was really an extremely painful experience.

    Interviewer: Did you feel you didn't have a choice?

    Burstyn: At the time I was just young and dumb, I didn't really want to have a baby then. It was the wrong thing to do and I really didn't understand that till later. That was very very painful, that was probably the worst. I try not to allow regret to settle over me like a shroud, because I think its an unhealthy way to live.

    [HT: LifeSiteNews.com via moderator MK; photo courtesy of Evan Agostini/Getty Images]

    Barrow Manilow, I CAN smile without you

    Don't know who cancelled who. Barry Manilow says he "bowed out" and The View says it cancelled him before he could.

    Bottom line is Manilow didn't want to sit at the same roundtable as token conservative View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck. Manilow told TMZ: "I strongly disagree with her views. I think she's dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her."

    Here's his version of the story (click to enlarge):

    And here's The View's version....

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    Britney at MTV awards II

    As an off-topic pop culture feature, on September 10 I posted Britney Spears' poor performance at the MTV Awards the night before.

    o%27reilly4.jpgOn the O'Reilly Factor last night, comedian and Hollywood insider Dennis Miller made sobering points:

    I don't want to be the last person to tell a joke about Britney Spears before she kills herself. I'll be honest with you. That girl looks like she's right at the brink. I guess it's the only punctuation mark that a Marilyn Monroe act-alike can put on themselves, or a Chris Farley with John Belushi. I don't know what's going on there, but it looks so dangerous to me right now that I just hope somebody steps in.... This girl looks right on the brink of ending it to me....
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    Carl's bad

    Carl's Jr., a company that can be called nothing less than creative for connecting a sexy Paris washing cars to hamburgers, is at it again.

    And here's one for their Hardee's brand....

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    Punished for pumping?

    sophie2.jpgOne of our young pro-life feminist commenters, prettyinpink, advocates accomodating pregnant mothers to lower the abortion rate.

    One of our moderators, Lauren, has told her horror story of being discriminated against in college when she became pregnant.

    Is this an example of discrimination? From the Associated Press, September 12:

    A breast-feeding mother who wants extra breaks so she can pump milk during the licensing exam that she needs to secure a prestigious medical residency has asked a Massachusetts judge to settle her dispute with the board that administers it....
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    Bourne on the brain

    Here's what we did on Labor Day. We watched the first two Bourne movies on dvd at home and then drove to the theatre and watched the third. Ooh la la, they were great.

    And never mind that Matt Damon is a flaming liberal who tosses around the word misogynist. He was born to play Bourne. Wish there were more to come, but alas, he says no. Bad abortion joke: My husband quipped #4 could be Bourne Alive.

    At any rate, I guess we were not alone in our analysis. Moviefone took a poll on Summer movies 2007, and out of 14 categories (click to enlarge):

    And the theatric bane of pro-abort existence, Knocked Up, was popular, too....

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    Double standard

    Why are both these cartoons true?

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    Princess Diana

    princess%20diana%20boys.bmpTen years ago today, Princess Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris. She is another of those pop icons I studied and admired. She was a wonderful mother and humanitarian. She used her spotlight for good. She was a gorgeous fashionista. She was flawed, but we all are.

    At least for me, Princess Diana's death created another of those freeze frames in life, like when President Kennedy died, or 9/11, or the Challenger accident. I was in church when I heard, between Sunday School and the worship service. I was so shocked I couldn't concentrate after that, truly saddened.

    When I spent one day in Paris a couple years ago, the tunnel where she died was a must see. Such a tragic, surreal place.

    Where were you? What are your thoughts, good, bad, or indifferent?

    Her first mistake

    Evan Marc Katz, author of two books, I Can't Believe I'm Buying This Book - A Commonsense Guide to Successful Internet Dating, and Why You're Still Single: Things Your Friends Would Tell You If You Promised Not to Get Mad, wrote a Yahoo article, "10 Classic Online Dating Mistakes That Women Make." He listed this as #10:

    Mistake #10: Thinking That Your Great Date Actually Meant Something

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    Have you ever had a man say how much he likes you, how sexy you are, and how he's serious about finding a long-term relationship? Ever have an amazing date where the chemistry was great, the conversation flowed, and you hooked up with him afterwards.

    Have you ever had a man do all of these things and then NOT call?

    No, you're not crazy or delusional....

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    Hold up on Christina and Avril

    chris.jpgI said the other day I wasn't vouching, just reporting, on an August 26 Times Online article that reported Amnesty International may have "duped" some stars who sang on a recent fundraising album after which AI added abortion as a "human right." Specifically, the article tagged two potentially "duped" singers:

    [Christina] Aguilera, 26, is a devout American Catholic. She is reportedly expecting her first child and has taken part in a television show in which she interviewed a teenager who had kept her baby rather than have an abortion.

    [Avril] Lavigne, 22, is a French-Canadian from a tight-knit Christian family. Her song Keep Holding On is the backing track to a pro-life video on YouTube that declares "abortion is murder."...

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