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Stand Up, it’s worth a misdemeanor.

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM

On April 27, this past Monday, five United States Representatives stood up for Darfur’s innocent. And I applaud them.

According to The New York Times political blog, The Caucus, “The representatives were (outside the Sudanese Embassy) protesting Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s expulsion last month of 16 aid groups from war-ravaged Darfur.”

There were a total of eight people arrested for crossing a police line, which is a misdemeanor, at the demonstration.

Five U.S. lawmakers who are as follows… civil rights pioneer Representative John Lewis of Georgia, Democrat Donna Edwards of Maryland, James McGovern of Massachusetts, Lynn Woolsey of California and the first Muslim elected to Congress, Keith Ellison of Minnesota.

And the other three were… Jerry Fowler, president of Save Darfur Now, John Prendergast, a co-founder of the Enough Project who worked in the State Department during the Clinton Administration, and Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

  The purpose of their protest lies in the tragedy that 300,000 people have died in Darfur in the past five years. The country’s president, has done nothing to help put an end to the genocide but plenty to continue it.

They stood up, and I’m impressed. When men and women who have influence and who are leaders outside of the stereotype of “bleeding heart activist” wield that influence in a productive public way, awareness is spread. And when more people are aware, more people begin to care. And when more people care, lives are changed, here as well as there.

We can stop this Genocide. But for that war to meet it’s end, people need to know about it. So may we follow the lead of these men and women who stood Monday morning and make people aware. Prustice.Rep. John Lewis

Link:

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/five-representatives-arrested-and-released-after-demonstration/

The Laetare Medal, no thanks…

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2009 at 4:54 PM

In response to the University of Notre Dame’s decision to decorate President Obama with an honorary degree, Mary Ann Glendon will not be at the school’s commencement ceremony.

Glendon, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican & current Harvard Law Professor, is this years recipient of Notre Dames Laetare Medal. However, her hands will not be there to receive it.

According to Wikipedia, “The Laetare Medal is an annual award given by the University of Notre Dame in recognition of outstanding service to the Roman Catholic church and society. The award is given to an American Catholic ‘whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church and enriched the heritage of humanity.’ First awarded in 1883, it is the oldest and most prestigious award for American Catholics.”

Why would one honorary degree given to her President, our nation’s top leader, lead her to decline the top award in American Catholicism?

Well, she answered this question in her letter to Rev. Jenkins, ND’s President. This is her reasoning, “the U.S. Bishops’ express request of 2004 that Catholic institutions ‘should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles’ and that such persons ‘should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would sugMary Ann Glendongest support for their actions.’ That request, which in no way seeks to control or interfere with an institution’s freedom to invite and engage in serious debate with whomever it wishes, seems to me so reasonable that I am at a loss to understand why a Catholic university should disrespect it.”

Mary Ann Glendon did not make the choice to decline the award and opportunity to speak because ND invited Obama to speak, she refused the Laetare Medal because ND will be giving the pro-abortion President an honorary degree.

I’m glad former Ambassador Glendon is laying down her personal gain for the convictions that guide her life. Prustice.

ANC, COPE, & HOPE

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2009 at 9:13 PM

The African National Congress has been in power as the ruling majority in South Africa’s parliament since 1994, but in the country’s most recent election COPE, Congress of the People, began the work of dismantling the ANC’s wall of power.

Mvume Dandala, COPE’s presidential candidate, blogged on the party’s website Friday to encourage, “We may not have scaled the great heights we had set, but we have outdone ourselves. Since 1994 there has been no new party formed, that attained more than 5% of the national vote.

Yet we have done it. None became official opposition in more than one province, we are set to become the official opposition in at least four. Well done Cope. Viva Cope viva! Viva South Africa viva!”

I believe that multiple parties are good for the people and after all, the people are who the government should be serving, not a corrupt few.

More political parties, that gain momentum and support, in Africa means more Africans participating. And more people participating to better their country can mean only one thing, a better country. Prustice.

Cope, are they Africa’s new hope?I wonder where they got this idea?

Medical Reasons for Late-Term Abortions

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Dr. George TillerDr. George Tiller, the man complicated Gov. Kathleen Sebilious confirmation process with the money he, a late-term abortionist, gave to her for political reasons, has on his website, http://www.drtiller.com/ , a list of some medical complications that he and other physicians give as reasons to abort the baby.

So I did some google’ing to read about these complex medical terminologies in order to better understand where these women are when they make this choice.

To be honest, I don’t know what to think about a few of these. However, there are some that I firmly believe are no reason to take that innocent child’s life.

See for yourself. And if I’m not making sense with my “medical explanations” please research these yourself.

Admission Criteria  (link to Dr. Tiller’s Admission into his clinic’s Criteria)

Trisomy 21: Down Syndrome

Trisomy 13 & 18: mental retardation, 90 percent of babies born with it die before the age of 1.

Anencephaly: a severe head disorder, occurs when the head end of the neural tube fails to close, absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. Children with this disorder are born without a forebrain, the largest part of the brain. The remaining brain tissue is often exposed—not covered by bone or skin.

Polycystic Kidney Disease: cysts on the babies kidney. It takes many years for this to cause the kidneys to fail and can be treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation. 600,000 people in the U.S. are living with PKD.

Spina Bifida: the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the U.S. The spine of the baby fails to close, he or she won’t be able to walk. 70,000 people in the U.S. are living with SB.

Hydrocephalus: there is an excessive amount of fluid in the brain. Infants experience vomiting, large head size, sleepiness, irritability, downward deviation of the eyes (“sunsetting”) and seizures. Older children and adults may experience different symptoms such as, headache followed by vomiting, nausea, papilledema (swelling of the optic disk which is part of the optic nerve), blurred or double vision, sunsetting, problems with balance, poor coordination, gait disturbance, urinary incontinence, slowing or loss of developmental progress, lethargy, drowsiness, irritability, or other changes in personality or cognition including memory loss. Hydrocephalus is very treatable.

Potter’s Syndrome: there is a total absence or malformation of infant kidneys. Vast majority of babies die at birth or shortly afterwards.

Lethal Dwarfism: this is very rare. Some symptoms are a large head, wide front fontanel, corneal clouding, closed off ear canals, and very short arms. Nearly half of the babies that have this die before they’re born.

Holoprosencephaly: In most cases, the brain does not divide into lobes, which severely deforms the skull and face. Sometimes the brain is partially or nearly divided, making the symptoms much less severe. In the absolute worst cases, the baby dies in the womb.

Anterior and Posterior Encephalocele: this complication leads to chromosomal anomaly, most common anomaly being Trisomy 18. Patients with an anterior encephalocele have a 100% survival rate, but only 55% in persons with a posterior encephalocele. Encephalocele reduces the chance of live birth to 21%, and only half of those live births survive. Approximately 75% of survivors have a mental deficit. The absence of brain tissue in the herniated sac is the single most favorable prognostic feature for survival.

Non-Immune Hydrops: Excess of extra-cellular fluid in two or more sites without any identifiable circulating antibody to red cell antigens. There are treatments to perform while the baby is still in the womb, however the prognosis is generally very poor with very high peri-natal mortality.

To Speak or Not To Speak?

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2009 at 1:22 PM

On the blog post, Obama’s a Protestant… and? I made this statement, “So… the life loving fighting Irish aren’t supposed to hold their country’s President accountable for his defense of  the Genocide of the American Unborn simply because he is a protestant. That seems shallow to me.” This was commentary on the philosophy or reasoning behind Notre Dames’ President’s remarks, saying that because he’s a Protestant not Catholic we don’t have to hold him accountable to our beliefs on abortion. It was not saying that he should be outcasted from speaking to any Christian circles.

This is the comment that catalyzed this blog, 

“Although I do see the concern you have brought up, I also don’t see why President Obama should be outcasted from speaking to any Christian circles. He’s not the pastor of the university, he’s the guest speaker. I passionately disagree with Obama’s views on abortion, but at the same time, is he giving a speech on abortion? No, he’s giving a commencement speech, period. The number one problem that people see with Christians today is judgement, and saying Obama shouldn’t give this speech because of his views on something he’s not talking about is only putting that stereotype into concrete. I feel this situation is being blown way out of proportion. He’s our president, he has been placed above us and we need to respect our authority and not shun him from all Christianity.”

I agree with everything here. I do not feel that either side is right in this Notre Dame (blown out of proportion) controversy over this commencement speech. Inviting Obama is good, protesting is good. With that said, I would not have invited our President to speak, not that there’s anything wrong with it, but only for the sake of the graduates. The commencement ceremony and speech belongs to the graduates and if I were the University’s President I would avoid controversy surrounding a commencement speech.

I see only good coming from inviting people with opposing views to speak at any other setting. Like the forum Rick Warren’s church, Saddleback, held with McCain and Obama was absolutely terrific. Notre Dame, a place that is against abortion, inviting our President, a leader who is for abortion, would produce much needed good. But with a commencement ceremony, controversy should be avoided for the sake of the graduates.

Obama’s a Protestant… and?

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Rev. John Jenkins, the President of Notre Dame University, is defending his choosing of President Obama to give the fighting Irish’s commencement speech. The University’s President is sticking with his choice even though his school and Obama have drastic differences on abortion. Jenkins defense lies on the fact that Obama is a protestant, meaning the Catholic Church does not have to hold him accountable to Catholic principles.

So… the life loving fighting Irish aren’t supposed to hold their country’s President accountable for his defense of  the Genocide of the American Unborn simply because he is a protestant. That seems shallow to me.ND President, Rev. John Jenkins

Explanation: Git’mo fun with Miss Universe

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM

There has been some confusion, and rightfully so, on my stance on Guantanamo Bay due to my analysis of Miss Universes view of the facility.

Regarding her positive impression of the detention center I said, “I see this as an untainted opinion regarding a facility that, contrary to public opinion, takes care of it’s detainees with proper human dignity.”

First, this blog came because I don’t believe in the thought that Miss Universe’s blog was used by the military to somehow make Gitmo “look better”. Instead I believe it was an innocent reaction.

Guantanamo has a very long history of disregard for human dignity. Former President Bush’s executive order that created the detention facility is un-American. Torture and unconfident detaining of people that may or may not be terrorists is wrong and I am pleased that President Obama made the move to shut it down. However, anything can be changed. Very few courses are immovable from changing direction once started.

From what I’ve learned about Guantanamo, it has improved greatly since it’s first three years. But this does not make it ok. Sometimes in order to change the overall direction of a policy you have to take big steps. Closing Gitmo is a big step toward our new direction for defeating terrorism.

I believe that even though it isn’t as bad as it was, America will be better off once it’s closed.

A little more from Huckabee & Ireland (abortions relating to relationships)

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Mike Huckabee, “Do you find it sometimes hurts you with relationships because sometimes people just don’t want to hear that?”

Kathy Ireland, “When we’re talking about a human life it is absolutely irrelevant and yes, it’s been interesting on the book tour this week, there’s been shows that have cancelled me, speeches that have been cancelled. With my first book, Powerful Inspirations, lessons that will change your life, I talk in depth about the life issue and how I came to that and as people have learned that it’s very interesting.”

When you stand up for something, things might get uncomfortable. After all reality sometimes isn’t comfortable. But I promise you, ending this genocide, the Genocide of the American Unborn, is worth making some of your relationships a little interesting. Prustice.

the A53 at the G20

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2009 at 10:37 PM

How did the continent of 53 countries (Africa) fare at this year’s G20 summit?

Reuters Africa Blog asked the question and provided the concrete facts representing the promised economic plan for the world’s poorest countries.

 

Reuters quoted the G20 communique as saying, “Our global plan for recovery must have at its heart the needs and jobs of hard-working families, not just in developed countries but in emerging markets and the poorest countries of the world too,” located in paragraph 3.

The facts on what they promised are the following,

• Resources available to the IMF will be trebled to $750 billion.

•  There will be support for a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights of $250 billion – something that could help poor countries

• There will be support for $100 billion more lending by Multilateral Development Banks (those include the World Bank Group and the African Development Bank)

• There will be $250 billion support for trade finance.

• Use will be made of resources from IMF gold sales “for concessional finance for the poorest countries”.

• Global financial institutions will be strengthened and reformed, ensuring that emerging and developing economies, including the poorest, must have greater voice and representation.

My favorite section of this is the last promise, “ensuring that emerging and developing economies, including the poorest, must have greater voice and representation.”

The way to change the world is for you to change your world… meaning each of us need to be the change we want to see in the world. The reason America works is because people created this precious nation, took ownership and worked to continue the prosperity. The African 53 is no different. Africa’s economy will only be brought to it’s full potential when it’s own people bring it there.

So what’s our role? We need to come in to assist in giving our friends in Africa the opportunity to take charge of their own economy. We do not need to walk in strut our stuff and tell them what to do. We must align authority and responsibility by trusting leaders at the local level. Former President Bush remarks, in regards to PEPFAR, “If you disassociate authority and responsibility, you can’t have accountability.”

Those that are given much, much is expected. G20 are the richest 20 countries in the world, in other words, much is expected. We must come to Africa’s aid. We must come with innovative approaches that work. We must help but not control, Africa’s leaders are the only ones that can bring Africa to her full potential.

If the G20 money stays out of the hands of corruption and falls into those of responsible local African leaders, this could have a Prustice filled impact.

 

Mike Huckabee & Kathy Ireland

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Tonight, Mike Huckabee, on his Fox News Channel show, interviewed Kathy Ireland, former supermodel now author. Huckabee asked her about her evolution from pro-choice to pro-life. Her answer was so eloquent that it must be shared. Another blog post will follow with my commentary, but for clarities sake read and think about her perspective.

The conversation was as follows…

Mike HuckabeeKathy Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Huckabee, “On a personal level, there’s an aspect of your life that I’ve found fascinating. You’re unafraid to talk about it and I think that’s so refreshing in the life of a celebrity who often says, ‘I don’t want to get into anything like this.’ You once were pro-choice but you became, very clearly, pro-life. What was the turning point for you? When did the switch click for you that said, ‘This is a human being’?

Kathy Ireland, “When I looked at some medical books and saw the scientific evidence ahead of me. As I mentioned, I was a baby Christian for such a long time, and as a Christian I was very pro-choice. I always have and will continue to fight for woman’s rights and so even though I wouldn’t have one myself, who am I to impose my beliefs on someone else? It’s a woman’s body it’s her choice after all.

“When I really realized I was on the fence, I dove into the medical books, I dove into the scientific research. (learning for yourself is Prustice) What I learned is at the moment of conception a new life comes into being.

“The DNA the genetic blue print is there, the sex is determined, the blood type is determined. I picked up the phone and called Planned Parenthood and said, ‘Help me out here, give me our best arguments!’ And the best arguments they gave were, ‘Well, it’s just a clump of cells. If you get it early enough it doesn’t even look like a baby.’ We’re clumps of cells. That unborn human being does not look like a baby, the same way a baby does not look like a teenager, the same way a teenager does not look like a senior.

“That unborn human being looks exactly like they’re suppose to look at that stage of development. Humans continue to grow and change.

“Some people say well if you get it at a certain stage, it’s ok. According to the law of biogenesis, all life comes from pre-existing life and each species reproduces after it’s own kind. Therefore human beings can only reproduce other human beings. So it doesn’t start out as one species and suddenly become a human being somewhere along the way.

“Some people say it’s a woman’s body, it should be her choice. There’s a 50% chance that baby she’s carrying is a male child and he would have a penis, women don’t have penises. So it’s residing in her body. It is not a part of her body.

“The bottom line is, if the unborn is not a human being, have as many abortions as you want no justification necessary. If, on the other hand, the unborn is a human being, no justification is adequate. Unless another human life is at risk, that being the mothers.

“I also believe that when an abortion takes place, there are, at least, two victims. We cannot be condemning women. Women have been so hurt by this. They are not given all the facts.

“Especially as Christians, we need to be so careful that we are not condemning her, because by doing that we can turn her away from GOD.

“It’s an issue we need to deal with, with love. I believe we’ve got to get politics out of it. We need to put this in the hands of science. Even if we don’t share (the same) faith, an atheist can know that it’s wrong to take an innocent human life. That’s why I don’t mind imposing this on other people.”

Mike Huckabee, “The science of that is clear Kathy and your explanation is, maybe, the clearest most effective I’ve heard, not just from a celebrity but from any person in politics or even from the pulpit. And I’m going to say thank you for the clarity with which you brought about this topic.”

For the record, I agree with everything she had to say.