Friday, February 27, 2009

Obama to rescind Bush abortion rule

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is moving to rescind a federal rule that reinforced protections for medical providers who refuse to perform abortions and other procedures on moral grounds.

A Health and Human Services official said Friday the administration will publish an official notice of its intentions early next week, and open a 30-day comment period for advocates, medical groups, and the public. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the notice has not been finalized.

The Bush administration instituted the rule in its last days. It has already been challenged in court. Pro-lifers hailed the Bush regulation, but abortion rights advocates say it could reduce access to other services, such as birth control.


And when we get euthanasia laws passed these doctors (butchers) will be required to relieve society of the ones that have become a burden, such as the elderly and disabled. Mark my words people it will happen. Obama has no respect for life especially for the unborn whom he considers a punishment.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Americans Pick Obama as Personal Hero; Jesus Comes Second

President Barack Obama’s popularity overwhelms that of Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, and Mother Teresa, according to a new poll that shows Obama as the person Americans named as their hero.

The Harris Poll, released on Thursday, was conducted on 2,634 U.S. adults between Jan. 12 to 19, 2009 – just ahead of President Obama’s inauguration.

“The fact that President Obama is mentioned more often than Jesus Christ should not be misinterpreted,” The Harris Poll clarified in its report. “No list was used and nobody was asked to choose between them.”

Following Barack Obama, the next most popular personal heroes are Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Abraham Lincoln, John McCain, John F. Kennedy, Chesley Sullenberger, and Mother Teresa, respectively, to round out the top 10 people Americans say they admire and would call their hero.

In the top 20 list, God held the No. 11 spot while evangelist Billy Graham tied with former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the 13th slot.

Respondents gave multiple reasons for their choice of heroes, including: doing what’s right regardless of personal consequences (89 percent); not giving up until the goal is accomplished (83 percent); doing more than what other people expect of them (82 percent); overcoming adversity (81 percent); and staying level-headed in a crisis (81 percent).

Only 14 percent of Americans said they admire either their mother or father enough to call them their hero. In contrast, nearly half (49 percent) said a public figure is someone they admire and consider a personal hero.

The public also named several well-known figures that they no longer consider their hero, which includes Colin Powell, George W. Bush, John McCain, Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy. In 2001, Bill Clinton topped the list for a similar survey conducted by Harris Poll.

Among other observations made by the poll’s conductors, six of the top ten heroes are dead (including Jesus Christ); the top 10 list includes five presidents; and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ranks higher in the 2009 list (No. 12) than her husband, former President Bill Clinton (No. 16).

Since the 2001 list, several people have dropped off the list completely, including Pope John Paul (was 18th), Jimmy Carter (was 20th), Nelson Mandela (was 21st), Michael Jordan (was 9th), Princess Diana (was 16th), and Tiger Woods (was 23rd).

The list:

1. Barack Obama

2. Jesus Christ

3. Martin Luther King

4. Ronald Reagan

5. George W. Bush

6. Abraham Lincoln

7. John McCain

8. John F. Kennedy

9. Chesley Sullenberger

10. Mother Teresa

Not that I put a lot of emphasis on polls but I find this really sad. Obama hasn't done anything really significant that he should be considered a "hero."

What is a hero?

  1. A man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength;
  2. Someone who fights for a cause
  3. Self-sacrifice to the state, or for great achievements on the field of battle or in the labor force. ...
  4. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life
Umm...so where does this put Obama?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Denominations make doctrinal compromises

Two mainline denominations have announced decisions indicating a further move away from Bible-based Christianity.

In Michigan, the new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan is an ordained Zen Buddhist. Northern Michigan's Episcopal congregations and delegates overwhelmingly elected the Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester at their convention on Saturday.

The diocesan website says Thew Forrester "has practiced Zen meditation for almost a decade," and the Buddhist community welcomed his commitment by granting him "lay ordination." The website also says Northern Michigan's new bishop "resonates deeply" with "his own interfaith dialogue with Buddhism and meditative practice."

Meanwhile, Presbyterian Church (USA) representatives in Arkansas and central North Carolina have endorsed amending the church constitution to allow non-celibate homosexuals to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons. The votes were taken at regional presbytery meetings on Saturday.

Homosexual men and women can be ordained in the PCUSA, but church standards currently forbid sex outside of traditional marriage between a man and woman.

The amendment goes into effect if a majority of the denomination's 173 presbyteries approve it. So far, 24 presbyteries have voted for the amendment and 39 have voted against it, according to the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a group that opposes ordaining non-celibate homosexuals.


I am so ashamed of Arkansas! This is the bible belt for crying out loud! What are these churches thinking? Do they actually have bibles or they reading from a carton of milk? I know that was a bit sarcastic, but I truly would like to know where they get their twisted ideas on morality?

Christians had better start speaking up and defending their faith. Otherwise we are going to be booted out and banned from worshipping our God and Savior.

Wake up, people!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hodgepodge of stuff...

Okay, so about a two weeks ago I was watching a series about famous serial killers, ya I know pretty morbid, oh well. Did you know that Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs were inspired by Ed Gein.

A bit about this monster.....

Gein's desolate farmhouse was a study in chaos. Inside, junk and rotting garbage covered the floor and counters. It was almost impossible to walk through the rooms. The smell of filth and decomposition was overwhelming. While the local sheriff, Arthur Schley, inspected the kitchen with his flashlight, he felt something brush against his jacket.

When he looked up to see what it was he ran into, he faced a large, dangling carcass hanging upside down from the beams. The carcass had been decapitated, slit open and gutted. An ugly sight to be sure, but a familiar one in that deer-hunting part of the country, especially during deer season.

It took a few moments to sink in, but soon Schley realized that it wasn't a deer at all, it was the headless butchered body of a woman. Bernice Worden, the fifty-year-old mother of his deputy Frank Worden, had been found.

While the shocked deputies searched through the rubble of Eddie Gein's existence, they realized that the horrible discoveries didn't end at Mrs. Worden's body. They had stumbled into a death farm.

The funny-looking bowl was a top of a human skull. The lampshades and wastebasket were made from human skin.

A ghoulish inventory began to take shape: an armchair made of human skin, female genitalia kept preserved in a shoebox, a belt made of nipples, a human head, four noses and a heart.

The more they looked through the house, the more ghastly trophies they found. Finally a suit made entirely of human skin. Their heads spun as they tried to tally the number of women that may have died at Eddie's hands.

All of this bizarre handicraft made Eddie into a celebrity. Author Robert Bloch was inspired to write a story about Norman Bates, a character based on Eddie, which became the central theme of the Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Psycho.

I had no idea that this man existed, and I use the term very loosely. Anyhoo, he was found to be insane and spent the rest of his life happily in a mental institute until he died of cancer. The people that worked there said he was a great patient, blah..blah..blah...

MOVING ON...

I failed!! As I was researching this article I found about Gein, I heard a soft knock on the door. Turns out two young Mormon men were at my door! OH NO!! I was not prepared to talk with them.

I had done a lot of research on this cult (not religion) and I thought I was ready to witness the saving Grace of my Lord and Savior. But no, I got tongue tied!! Me! Of all people! As you all know I LOVE to argue. LOl!

They went on about how Jesus came to the Americas, and I am sorry but I let out a small giggle and looked them in the eye and said, "no, he didnt'" and they said, "yes, he did, it is all in the book of Mormon." So, anyhoo we all decided it was best not to get into a huge debate of who was right or wrong, although, I KNOW I was right, hee.... They offered me a card to learn about Jesus and mormonism, etc. I told them that I had already asked the Lord into my heart and that I was a born-again Christian. And that was that.

I told them I would be praying for them and we all said, "God bless you" and they were gone! What the heck is wrong with me? I should have told them so much more. Talk about failing. Will I ever learn how to witness properly?

I should be the one walking door to door sharing God's gift of Love to everyone. I need some guidance. Maybe my church could teach a class on how to witness to those who are in cults? I may need to bring it up.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I maybe cancelling Facebook...

After reading this article from Fox News, I am a bit worried about keeping this account open, although this is the only way to keep in touch with friends who only use Facebook.

Here is what I found out:

Just trust us.

That's what Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the estimated 175 million users of his social-networking Web site Monday afternoon after the company had stepped into yet another bad-publicity mess of its own creation.

Basically, Zuckerberg told Facebook devotees that he'd never, ever do anything bad with their posted content — even though the user agreement says he's perfectly entitled to do so.

"The trust you place in us as a safe place to share information is the most important part of what makes Facebook work," he wrote in a reassuring-sounding message on the official Facebook blog. "Our goal is to build great products and to communicate clearly to help people share more information in this trusted environment."

Still, that doesn't change the fact that Facebook's Terms of Service — the long legal document all users must agree to before they can sign up — grants the company "an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or ... (ii) enable a user to Post."

Hundreds of thousands of Facebook users read that scary passage for the first time after the consumer-interest blog Consumerist.com lit up a sleepy holiday weekend on Sunday evening with a posting entitled "Facebook's New Terms Of Service: 'We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever.'"

AND:

Once a Facebook member, always a member.

The Consumerist blog noticed Sunday that the social-networking giant had quietly made a change to its user Terms of Service (TOS) on Feb. 4.

Facebook now declares that it has a perpetual license to use anything you post to your own Facebook page — even if you terminate your account.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the change as necessary in a blog posting Monday afternoon.


This really bothered me and knowing that everything that I have posted on Facebook could be used by the creators of Facebook and I am forced to be a member for LIFE?!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Young woman booted from team for being straight

Central Michigan University is being sued after one of their women's basketball players said she was kicked off the team due to her heterosexuality.

Brooke Heike was a high school basketball star who was aggressively sought after by several colleges that wanted the league MVP from Washington Township, Michigan, to continue her record-breaking rebounding and shot-blocking skills on their campus. After leading her team to its first conference title in 18 years as a high school senior, the 6-foot-2 forward decided to attend Central Michigan University, which offered her a full scholarship.

But Heike says she fell out of favor in 2007 with CMU's new women's basketball head coach, Sue Guevara, and was eventually kicked off the team. She claims the coach, who is allegedly lesbian, took issue with her heterosexuality. Cindy Rhodes Victor of the Victor Firm, PLLC is representing Heike.

"She was not only kicked off the team, but her scholarship was taken away because the coach kept telling her that she wasn't her 'type,'" Victor explains. "And when Brooke would ask what was that, [Guevara] would say 'I don't want you to wear makeup, you have a boyfriend, I don't want you to have a boyfriend...you're too girly girl' -- that type of thing."

Victor says Heike was an excellent basketball player. She adds that her teammates liked her, but still Heike's coach refused to help her out. Heike ended up hiring independent trainers to help her. According to Heike's attorney, cancellation of elementary education major's scholarship came as a surprise.

"She wasn't even told ever that her scholarship was in jeopardy or that her position was in jeopardy," says Victor. "Out of the blue she gets a letter from the financial aid office that says your scholarship's gone." A teammate then told the 20-year-old that "the coach announced yesterday that you were off the team because you're not happy."

CMU representatives refused a request for an interview, but instead emailed OneNewsNow a statement saying they are familiar with the allegations and that they will defend their position in court. According to the case file, the coach in question was fired from a coaching job at another school in 2003. Team members at that school accused Sue Guevara of similar actions.

This is INSANE! Not only Christians but apparently those who are "straight" are now going to be attacked, persecuted and condemned by the gay community.

I am fed up with the gay agenda! I don't give a rats rear-end what they do in the privacy of their homes, but I don't want to hear about it, I WILL not accept that vile lifestyle as a minority group and I WILL not allow my children to be taught that their dispicable behavior is considered "normal."

I am very proud of that young woman for standing her ground and sticking to her convictions. I truly hope she will get her full scholarship back and be able to continue playing basketball again.

We cannot all this type of bullying to continue it has got to stop.



Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ice Storm pictures and sound







There is still a lot of clean up to be done in Arkansas and we are experiencing high winds today and people have lost power, again...*sigh* and others still without power. My house is literally shaking and rattling! Very strong winds. Perfect for tornadoes. God protect us.

I am a bit disappointed, but not surprised how the media completely ignored Arkansas, Tenneseee and Missouri over the devasation of these ice storms. People from FEMA claimed the devastation here could be comparable to Katrina.

Where is Obama?

Anyhoo, here some pics of what I saw around my home on Tuesday, January 28th. The YouTube video is what we heard in the middle night when I described trees and limbs crashing down. Our poor trees have over 4" of solid ice!






Kind of blurry, sorry, this our living room where we stayed for five days. My poor boys didn't have much room to play in.




















Front yard
















still front yard















That is our drive way that was blocked.


Sounds of trees breaking on youtube.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

I'M BACK!! NO MORE PIONEERING!

As you all know I am from Arkansas and we got hit very hard with a horrid ice storm. We lost our power on Monday, January 26th and did not get it back until yesterday afternoon. I will post pictures on here and Facebook later on.

Anyhoo, we lost all of our food in our Refrigerator and freezer as well as our deep freezer, and the sad thing we had just purchased groceries that afternoon.

We had freezing rain for 36 hours!! It wouldn't stop and the scary part of this whole ordeal was hearing trees crashing down to the ground and branches collapsing all around us. I kept on praying that we would be safe. Our huge maple tree broke into so many pieces and fell and broke our fence and blocked our driveway, luckily, I told my hubby to move our blazer into the street before it fell. The back yard basically the same, lots of broken pine tree branches and broken fence. *sigh*

About 3 A.M. I heard a loud crash and our windows and house shook! Our neighbors cedar tree collapsed onto the carport and hit the small frame of their doorway, they were trapped. This was happening everywhere, but without a radio and TV we had no idea the severity of the situation of this storm. Sadly there are still people without power at this time and have been told that it could take weeks.

We were stuck in two rooms with candles and flash lights luckily we have a gas stove top, the oven is digital so we couldn't use it, we kept warm by keeping the pilots on. Also, we have a gas water heater so we at least were able to take hot showers. We blocked off the rest of the rooms with heavy blankets to keep warm. It was hard. But we survived by playing games during the day until it was too dark then it was time for bed, we did get caught up on our sleep. And though it has been a bit of a hardship for us financially, I got rest from not having to work for four days because the schools were shut down. I got a lot of rest and even read four books! Not to mention digging in the Word and drawing closer to my Savior.

After four days of living like this, my wonderful in-laws surprised us by buying a brand new generator!! So, on Friday of last week we got to plug up our refrigerator and heater to the house! It is gas but needs an electrical start. So, we were able to move into our rooms!!

My creative hubby did this whole extension cord deal and we had two working lamps and plugged up a tiny TV for the boys to watch some cartoons, they were really getting cabin fever by this time, bless their hearts! We still used candles when we went to our rooms, but it was nice.

In a strange way, I am thankful this disaster happened, I bonded with my boys and spent quality time with them as well as with my husband. We also decided game night is not going to end but will continue twice a week!

Now, you can't tell me that God did not have a hand in this? He is just so AWSOME!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Still without power...

Hey everyone! I am at a friend's office borrowing her computer. I just wanted you all to know that we are still in the dark and have been told it could be another four days without power! I am Sooo ready for a hot meal and tired of cold sandwiches, hee...

Please continue to keep us in prayer! Thank you!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

My sister Leticia's update

Hello everyone. My sister asked me to update her blog to let all her friends and fellow bloggers know that the reason she hasn't blogged is because of the ice storm that hit Arkansas. She has been without electricity since this past Tuesday. She and her family are doing well, considering. She also stated that, God willing, she should have electricity in two days. She is asking for prayers and hopes everyone is doing well.