Friday, October 31, 2008
This just needs to get out there. It is an ugly truth and needs to be told.
I saw this at Culture of Life.
It makes me ill and just so confused.
How is it that a man who is OK with this, who voted AGAINST a law to stop it, is OK with half the country? I just don't get it....
This is a wonderful Litany to pray until the election. We have been praying it with our night prayers.
You can read what our Bishop, Francis Malooly said about it here.
Litany of St. Thomas More,
Martyr and Patron Saint of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers
V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ, have mercy
R. Christ have mercy
V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ hear us
R. Christ, graciously hear us
V. St. Thomas More, Saint and Martyr,
R. Pray for us (Repeat after each invocation)
St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers
St. Thomas More, Patron of Justices, Judges and Magistrates
St. Thomas More, Model of Integrity and Virtue in Public and Private Life
St. Thomas More, Servant of the Word of God and the Body and Blood of Christ
St. Thomas More, Model of Holiness in the Sacrament of Marriage
St. Thomas More, Teacher of his Children in the Catholic Faith
St. Thomas More, Defender of the Weak and the Poor
St. Thomas More, Promoter of Human Life and Dignity
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Spare us O Lord
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Graciously hear us O Lord
V.Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R.Have mercy on us
Let us pray:
O Glorious St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, your life of prayer and penance and your zeal for justice, integrity and firm principle in public and family life led you to the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Intercede for our Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, that they may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life - the foundation of all other human rights. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I have been reading blogs and articles and watching videos on YouTube.
I have found many, many sources that are showing me that there is a large contingent of young and very determined people in this country that still love it and want to preserve the vision of the Founding Fathers. To name a few:
Thomas Peters at American Papist.
Creative Minority Report A blog I read regularly.
And this guy, who's name I have missed.
And there are lots more!
No matter who is elected, we are still a country with a basis of belief. There are many, many of us who are not going to just sit back and become the UK, with all due respect to the UK.
The American vision lives in hearts, not on a whim. It is much deeper than the left can imagine.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
America's chickens are coming home to roost. Well maybe America's chicks.
Every time I hear or read a warning about the dangers of Socialism (or redistributing wealth), I wonder who the target audience is. If anyone is raising an alarm by trying to warn young working people away from Socialism, they should realize that no one is listening.
Most of the population of this country, under the age of 40, has no clue about what Socialism really is, where it leads, or the implications for the whole world if America falls to it. Why should they? For the last 20-30 years, the American System of government, economics and social policy has been under attack at every level of the educational system. Why should voters in this age bracket have a desire to preserve a system that has been vilified in the classroom and the media for decades, and deny themselves the opportunity to rise to the heights of what they have been told, year after year, is the most responsible, fair and economically sound system?
What has been sown is about to be reaped. How can we expect anything else?
People think they should have anything they want, right now, and if it's not possible then it must be time for "change".
There is going to be some surprise amongst the ranks when the wealth is redistributed and the pot goes dry.
Gonna be some pretty confused and angry chickens out there.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
How did we spend it?
Hopping from one Soccer field to the next, being blown about and soaked to the skin!
Well, that's a Saturday in October.
Brendan had to be at his field at 8:30 this morning, and actually we were sure when we got up that we would be getting "the phone call" telling us that the games had been canceled. I guess the end of the season is just too close.
Brendan's team got a severe beating. 9-2. Ugh. Well I think it may be the only game they have lost so maybe they needed it for their humility and to sharpen them up for the tournament.
Paul's game was actually canceled, but we didn't know it until Tim got all the way down to Aberdeen and there was no one there.
John's game was looking like it might actually be played without rain, but that was NOT the way it turned out. The wind picked up, the rain was blowing and the field was a muddy mess!
They won though, so that was great for them. I think John had a good time.
After soccer was over we came home for a couple of hours and Tim and I took turns hauling stuff up to the community center to be dumped. This is all the stuff that can't be put out on the regular garbage day. We had a bunch of the old windows and some junk from the garden shed. It's really nice to have that taken care of! Johnny was there on the job, and he was so nice!
Now we have lots more space in the shed for odds and ends that need storage.
We wanted to get to Confession before Mass so we left early. Good thing too. The line was really long! Father Jay had to get out to say Mass, so Tim had to go after.
We went to Mass tonight because tomorrow we are going to some of the churches up in Cecil County to put leaflets on cars for one of the candidates that is running for Congress. I think the boys will enjoy this little part of the process.
I considered going to VA on Monday to see Sarah Palin, but it would be about a four hour drive and we would have to be there by 7:00 am! I can't see that happening.
Sure would be good for the boys to have that experience though.
Tonight they went somewhere with Tim and I had a bit of time alone at home. That's rare enough. It's funny though. I enjoy the quiet sometimes, but I never feel like I need it. I guess the boys are growing up and they are really nice to have around. I don't feel like I need a break the way I used to when they were younger. I enjoy our school time and I enjoy the weekends. Family time is really a pleasure.
So they are home.
I guess I'll go up and see how the adventure was.
I'll take my camera tomorrow and get some pictures.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Well, last weekend we painted the chimney in the new room. Actually Tim painted it and I gave him moral support. I had bought a wreath but I also wanted to paint the bricks and I knew that if I hung the wreath, I would never get around to the painting, so it was a good motivator. The wreath will finally be hung this weekend! Just one more job to check off the list. Next weekend the last of the new windows will be in so that we can do our room before it gets really cold. I'll probably blog that too!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Who can possibly say that one politician is the same as the next in this race? This is a race for the identity of America.
Who are we, really?
Thanks to Mommy Life for this morning's video.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Well these are the wild and crazy Petunias this week. I am enjoying them as much as possible right now, because it is getting really cold at night and I am thinking that they may not last a whole lot longer. I have no idea how they started growing there so I don't know if I can get any to start next Spring. I'll be so sad to see them go...
He didn't get to have his picture taken by the Soccer photographer this year because he was sick, so here is the picture I took.
I am going to have this made into a 5x7 and frame it with the other ones that John and Brendan had taken. I think I may save myself some money and just do all of them next year!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
In a stunning development that's left the political world shocked, accusations are surfacing from a blog called CMR that Presidential candidate Barack Obama may have at one time been a fetus.
Although Obama has consistently pushed a radical anti-fetus agenda throughout his political career, a revelation that he was actually a fetus at one time could sink his campaign among hard-core Democrats.
"The Democratic leadership does not like fetuses," said one high ranking source in the Democratic Party. "To find out this late in the game that Barack Obama may have been a fetus is very disturbing for a lot of us."
Some DNC officials are saying they feel "lied to."
Obama campaign spokespeople, however, are saying that no photographic evidence exists of Obama as a fetus. DNC spokesperson, Joe the spokesperson, said "the first pictures which exist of Sen. Obama are from when he was a child in Indonesia...I mean Hawaii."
One Obama aide did say that Obama may be willing to admit he was at one time a blob of tissue but nothing more at this time.
It is unclear that if indeed Obama was at one time a fetus, when he might have stopped being a fetus and became a human person worthy of rights but so far the Obama campaign has refused to specify a moment at what moment a fetus becomes a person.
"Well, according to Obama's abortion record I don't think he believes a fetus becomes a human until about kindergarten," said Joe the Pro-life activist. DNC spokespeople said nobody knows when a "fetus" becomes a person so it's safe just to make them all available for abortion just in case.
Obama, on his way to his campaign plane, said "the American people want their politicians to get past the name calling and labels of who is a fetus or a human or just a blob of tissue. That's old style politics that don't get us anywhere."
MSNBC said the allegations were without merit and called it a distraction from the real issue of the failing Bush economy.
The reason the issue has garnered such scrutiny is that throughout his political career Barack Obama seemed like he was on some kind of vengeance tear against fetuses, even saying he worried about his daughter being "punished with a baby."
Some political experts said it would be like finding out Newt Gingrich, who has pushed for closing the border, was an illegal immigrant. Or the hypocrisy of Senator Larry Craig trumpeting family values.
John McCain said today it's not the fact that Obama was a fetus at one time but the hypocrisy of his anti-fetal stance that makes it relevant to this election.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This pretty much sums it up, Thanks to: marathonpundit.blogspot.com "Memory is a !@#$%."
That's the opening line of Bill Ayers' 2001 book, Fugitive Days, about his execrable days as a Weather Underground terrorist. Now a (gasp!) tenured education professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, he's a campaign issue for Barack Obama.
Ayers, along with his fellow former Weather Underground terrorist wife, Bernardine Dohrn, are among the two most despicable people in living in America. And Obama served on a board with him. That will play well in rural Ohio--for John McCain.
While the Arizona senator was being tortured by his North Vietnamese captors, Ayers was openly cheering for a Communist victory over our troops.
In 1969, four years before McCain was set free by the NVA, Ayers and the Weather Underground brought the terroristic "Days of Rage" to Chicago.
Three years before McCain's release from captivity, future education professor Ayers exclaimed, "Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at."
One year before McCain achieved freedom, Ayers participated in a bombing of the Pentaton. Of that day, Ayers wrote:
Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon.
The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.
If there isn't a viral video out there about all of this, it's only because someone is making it now.
Jump ahead to 2000...In addition to his professoship, Ayers is The Woods Fund board chairman, and a young state senator, who like Ayers is living in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, is a fellow board member--that person of course is Barack Obama. Why any organization would have Ayers serving on their board (he's not chairman any more, but Ayers is still on The Woods Fund board), is astonishing to me and any other person with common sense. And who'd want to serve with him? That year, Ayers and Obama (who should've abstained) voted to invest $1 million in Woods Fund money into a firm run by a former boss of the then-state senator, Allison Davis. In a different business venture, Davis partnered with Tony Rezko.
In 2001, Ayers gave a small donation to Obama's campaign fund, $200.
That same year, ironically in comments published on September 11, 2001, Ayers had this to say about his bombing past, "I don't regret setting bombs, I feel we didn't do enough."
Later on that tragic day, John McCain tells the world on CNN that the attacks the day were "an act of war." That evening, members of Congress sing "God Bless America" on the steps of the US Capitol.
The next day, McCain wrote:
We will prevail. We will prevail because the foundations of our greatness cannot be vanquished. Our respect for Man's God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness assures us of victory even as it has made us a target for the unjust enemies of freedom who have mistaken hate and depravity for power. The losses we have suffered are grave, and will never be forgotten. But we should take pride and unyielding resolve from the knowledge that we were attacked because we are good.
It'll be a real @#$^& of a YouTube video.
According to Ayers' blog, he'll taking part in the finals of the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Slam in Chicago on March 9.
Well, he is an expert on bombs.
Excellence, Choice, and Competition
in American Education
John McCain believes American education must be worthy of the promise we make to our children and ourselves. He understands that we are a nation committed to equal opportunity, and there is no equal opportunity without equal access to excellent education.
Public education should be defined as one in which our public support for a child's education follows that child into the school the parent chooses. The school is charged with the responsibility of educating the child, and must have the resources and management authority to deliver on that responsibility. They must also report to the parents and the public on their progress.
The deplorable status of preparation for our children, particularly in comparison with the rest of the industrialized world, does not allow us the luxury of eliminating options in our educational repertoire. John McCain will fight for the ability of all students to have access to all schools of demonstrated excellence, including their own homes.
No Child Left Behind has focused our attention on the realities of how students perform against a common standard. John McCain believes that we can no longer accept low standards for some students and high standards for others. In this age of honest reporting, we finally see what is happening to students who were previously invisible. While that is progress all its own, it compels us to seek and find solutions to the dismal facts before us.
John McCain believes our schools can and should compete to be the most innovative, flexible and student-centered - not safe havens for the uninspired and unaccountable. He believes we should let them compete for the most effective, character-building teachers, hire them, and reward them.
If a school will not change, the students should be able to change schools. John McCain believes parents should be empowered with school choice to send their children to the school that can best educate them just as many members of Congress do with their own children. He finds it beyond hypocritical that many of those who would refuse to allow public school parents to choose their child's school would never agree to force their own children into a school that did not work or was unsafe. They can make another choice. John McCain believes that is a fundamental and essential right we should honor for all parents.
As president, John McCain will pursue reforms that address the underlying cultural problems in our education system - a system that still seeks to avoid genuine accountability and responsibility for producing well-educated children.
John McCain will place parents and children at the center of the education process, empowering parents by greatly expanding the ability of parents to choose among schools for their children. He believes all federal financial support must be predicated on providing parents the ability to move their children, and the dollars associated with them, from failing schools.
Short Version: Accountability, competition and choice.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden's Plan
Early Childhood Education
- Zero to Five Plan: The Obama-Biden comprehensive "Zero to Five" plan will provide critical support to young children and their parents. Unlike other early childhood education plans, the Obama-Biden plan places key emphasis at early care and education for infants, which is essential for children to be ready to enter kindergarten. Obama and Biden will create Early Learning Challenge Grants to promote state "zero to five" efforts and help states move toward voluntary, universal pre-school.
- Expand Early Head Start and Head Start: Obama and Biden will quadruple Early Head Start, increase Head Start funding and improve quality for both.
- Affordable, High-Quality Child Care: Obama and Biden will also provide affordable and high-quality child care to ease the burden on working families.
- Reform No Child Left Behind: Obama and Biden will reform NCLB, which starts by funding the law. Obama and Biden believe teachers should not be forced to spend the academic year preparing students to fill in bubbles on standardized tests. He will improve the assessments used to track student progress to measure readiness for college and the workplace and improve student learning in a timely, individualized manner. Obama and Biden will also improve NCLB's accountability system so that we are supporting schools that need improvement, rather than punishing them.
- Support High-Quality Schools and Close Low-Performing Charter Schools: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will double funding for the Federal Charter School Program to support the creation of more successful charter schools. An Obama-Biden administration will provide this expanded charter school funding only to states that improve accountability for charter schools, allow for interventions in struggling charter schools and have a clear process for closing down chronically underperforming charter schools. An Obama-Biden administration will also prioritize supporting states that help the most successful charter schools to expand to serve more students.
- Make Math and Science Education a National Priority: Obama and Biden will recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession and will support efforts to help these teachers learn from professionals in the field. They will also work to ensure that all children have access to a strong science curriculum at all grade levels.
- Address the Dropout Crisis: Obama and Biden will address the dropout crisis by passing his legislation to provide funding to school districts to invest in intervention strategies in middle school - strategies such as personal academic plans, teaching teams, parent involvement, mentoring, intensive reading and math instruction, and extended learning time.
- Expand High-Quality Afterschool Opportunities: Obama and Biden will double funding for the main federal support for afterschool programs, the 21st Century Learning Centers program, to serve one million more children.
- Support College Outreach Programs: Obama and Biden support outreach programs like GEAR UP, TRIO and Upward Bound to encourage more young people from low-income families to consider and prepare for college.
- Support College Credit Initiatives: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will create a national "Make College A Reality" initiative that has a bold goal to increase students taking AP or college-level classes nationwide 50 percent by 2016, and will build on Obama's bipartisan proposal in the U.S. Senate to provide grants for students seeking college level credit at community colleges if their school does not provide those resources.
- Support English Language Learners: Obama and Biden support transitional bilingual education and will help Limited English Proficient students get ahead by holding schools accountable for making sure these students complete school.
- Recruit Teachers: Obama and Biden will create new Teacher Service Scholarships that will cover four years of undergraduate or two years of graduate teacher education, including high-quality alternative programs for mid-career recruits in exchange for teaching for at least four years in a high-need field or location.
- Prepare Teachers: Obama and Biden will require all schools of education to be accredited. Obama and Biden will also create a voluntary national performance assessment so we can be sure that every new educator is trained and ready to walk into the classroom and start teaching effectively. Obama and Biden will also create Teacher Residency Programs that will supply 30,000 exceptionally well-prepared recruits to high-need schools.
- Retain Teachers: To support our teachers, the Obama-Biden plan will expand mentoring programs that pair experienced teachers with new recruits. They will also provide incentives to give teachers paid common planning time so they can collaborate to share best practices.
- Reward Teachers: Obama and Biden will promote new and innovative ways to increase teacher pay that are developed with teachers, not imposed on them. Districts will be able to design programs that reward accomplished educators who serve as a mentor to new teachers with a salary increase. Districts can reward teachers who work in underserved places like rural areas and inner cities. And if teachers consistently excel in the classroom, that work can be valued and rewarded as well.
Recruit, Prepare, Retain, and Reward America's Teachers
Friday, October 10, 2008
The Dell Desktop died.
May it rest in pieces.
It was only a matter of time.
I had pulled all the pictures out of it and put all the documents online with Google. It could have been a lot worse. I had just backed up my Homeschool Tracker to the laptop, THE DAY BEFORE!
It was the first time I had done it this year! My guardian angel was being especially diligent, and I do appreciate it.
So now we are down to the laptop.
We have known that this day would be coming, and we have planned to get another computer.
I think we are going to stick with Dell and the one that I found has everything we need.
I just hope it lasts for awhile!
Tim took his van in for a diagnosis today and, well, it's not pretty, but it could be a lot worse!
We haven't had to make payments on it for a long time, so a few repairs are a pretty small price to pay.
Now the good news is probably only good news to me, but I was so excited! Google FINALLY created a program that syncs my Blackberry Calendar and my Google Calendars, which I use constantly!! I am kind of weird, I know, but this is really a great thing. Now I can put all my events in my Google calendar, and when I am out, all I have to do is look at my Blackberry and I have the whole calendar right there. I set up reminders and I put the holidays on it too. Google's public calendars have all that stuff. OK I am going to stop raving....
Thursday, October 9, 2008
We went to Mass last Friday.
As we were walking out the door, I said to one of my sons, "Be sure to wear your black tennis shoes and not your play shoes."
We were at Mass, and I looked down and saw that he had almost gotten it right.
Paul lost his first tooth this week! A rather bittersweet moment for mom. The last one to lose his teeth...
The new birdbath. We are enjoying it until the deer figure out how to get it off the pole. Probably see one of them wearing it around like jewelry one of these days.
Flourishing Flowers. Still growing like weeds!
We don't have TV.
The biggest reason we don't have TV is because everything, and I mean everything that comes across that screen is packaged for consumption, and I detest a sales pitch.
I don't like people calling my house and acting like they care about the kind of day I am having when they only want my money. I don't appreciate emails from people that make me feel guilty because I don't pass along a message that conveys their world view, even if I agree with it. Therfore I really can't see the point in paying for entertainment, loosely speaking, that is simply advertising, whether it's commercials, shows, or news.
At least the commercials are honest in their purpose. "We are trying to sell you the best thing ever made and we are shameless in our commercialism. You need it. We've got it. Come and get it."
The shows themselves, though, are nothing but product placement opportunities.
I do like "The Office" because, as simple as it is, it's not making any attempt to force me to think anything. There is no laugh track, so it's not trying to tell me what's funny. The characters are all real people, with chub, bad skin, lousy timing and personalities that I recognize. They aren't trying to tell me how to dress, do my hair, what to buy, and how socially inept I am.
The Home Improvement shows are just basically commercials, kind of infomercials with a plot.
It's kind of fun to watch the makeover, but it is such a push for cosmetic improvement and the message that what you have isn't good enough if it's not outrageously expensive . Sure, it's great to give a homeless family a home, but to sell stuff from Sears and Home Depot and to make it look like the huge house and all the latest goodies are just coming from the goodness of the hearts of the producers, is so phony! Just sell the stuff and donate money to "Habitat for Humanity"! If you built several houses and filled them with new but less expensive appliances and furniture, it wouldn't be as sexy, but wouldn't it be more effective? No, helping people is not the point.
But the worst, the most deceptive and packaged programming on the tube, is the news. Wow.
What are they selling? Power and the Kool-Aid of the left.
How do they make a profit? People have bought the idea that there is something to learn from tuning in and they believe that Katie Couric has the same interest in the truth as David Brinkley. (Did he have an interest in the truth?)
Tune in to any of the big three networks, but don't expect anything objective. Some truth may leak through, not because that's the point, but because it's not threatening to the product. There is a momentum that was built in the 50's and 60's that lulled the viewing public into believing that what they see on network news must be true.
Do a little research.
"The Office" has more truth than anything you will see on "The View".
What's really scary is the number of people that suck it up and buy the whole package.
I'm sure you aren't one of those people, I'm just saying...
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Well, I just finished cutting four heads of hair.
Now, not only are all the men in the family neat and well groomed, I can feel much better about the Dutch Oven that I bought last week. I really did need it, but I still felt like it was a little extravagant. Now I have just "earned" enough by cutting all those heads of hair to buy two! I love how that works!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
If you want to check out any of the info, just pause the player, and check it out on the internet!
I have been reading several different sources over the past couple of weeks/months, and the information in this video is as accurate as anything I can find...
Get the information, share it... It's worth a few minutes...