Thursday, April 30, 2009

Welcome to the Enduring Justice blog tour!

I must confess that I have not read the first two books in this series. But reading Enduring Justice stands great on its own. This book represents the title perfectly.

I really don't want to give a lot a way, but this book is about healing from a very painful past. It is through the loving Grace of God that it can only happen and of course forgiveness and time.

There are parts in this book that will be difficult to read especially for those have suffered the same kind or closely related trauma. I wish I could share more but it would spoil the book. It is a must read! And I am going to head over to the library and get the first two books of this awe inspiring book.

About the book:
A painful past Hanna Kessler’s childhood secret has remained buried for over two decades. But when the dark shadows of her past threaten to destroy those she loves, Hanna must face the summer that changed her life and the man who still haunts her memories.

A racially-motivated killer
As a Crimes Against Children FBI Agent, Michael Parker knows what it means to get knocked down. Difficult cases and broken relationships have plagued his entire year. But when the system fails and a white supremacist is set free, Michael’s drive for retribution eclipses all else.

A life-altering choice
A racist’s well-planned assault forces Hanna and Michael to decide between executing vengeance and pursuing justice. The dividing line between the two is the choice to heal. But when the attack turns personal, is justice enough?






MEET AUTHOR AMY WALLACE:


Amy Wallace is a freelance writer and self-confessed chocoholic. She is a graduate of the Gwinnett County Citizens Police Academy and serves as the liaison for the training division of the county police department. Amy is the author of Ransomed Dreams, the first book in the Defenders of Hope series, and a contributing author of several books including God Answers Moms’ Prayers, and God Allows U-Turns for Teens. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Georgia.



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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Napolitano wrong on border issue, too

A former Republican presidential candidate says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano should be fired not only for labeling Americans who are pro-life and support smaller government as "right-wing extremists," but also because of her unwillingness to enforce U.S. immigration laws.

American Values president Gary Bauer says Secretary Napolitano is showing an "unbelievable lack of sophistication and common sense" in directing her office. In addition to defending the now infamous Department of Homeland Security report on "right-wing extremists," Napolitano has also drawn fire from conservatives for replacing the word "terrorism" with "man-made disaster."

Bauer says Napolitano appeared "clueless" regarding U.S. immigration laws when she told CNN recently that "crossing the border is not a crime per se."

"I wonder whether that was just a moment of real honesty on the part of the director," says Bauer, "because I think what she was really saying is she doesn't consider it a crime to enter the United States illegally -- and unfortunately, that viewpoint is held very widely on the political left in this country."

While that may be the case, Bauer still believes it is not the most commonly held viewpoint. "[M]ost Americans understand that a country's first requirement is to protect its own borders," he states.

Under U.S. law, people who enter the country illegally are committing a crime punishable by a fine and six months in prison on the first offense, and up to two years for subsequent offenses.

I heard just this morning that she does not believe that we need to have more security on our borders to prevent people from Mexico that may be potential carriers of the swine flu!! This woman is a nut job!! And I truly believe she should be fired. She is thoroughly incompetent and is absolutely clueless on how to protect this nation.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rest in peace Bea Arthur, I will miss you.

I am still a HUGE fan of The Golden Girls and when we lost Estelle Getty (aka Sophia Petrillo) I cried. I knew that our dear ladies were getting up in years but still hoped we wouldn't have to say goodbye so soon.

Now we have lost our dear Bea Arthur (aka Dorthy Zbornak). I thought she played the character of Dorothy so well. I just loved her wit, sarcasm and they way she was the glue that kept the girls together. I can't really say I have a favorite episode because all them were just fantastic. It really was one of the best shows on tv and I wish one of my cable stations would broadcast the re-runs.
Do any of you have fond memories of Bea or of the Golden Girls? Please feel free to share them here.
Bea Arthur (as Dorothy) singing "What'll I do."




Dorothy plays detective:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

'Hate crimes' vote delayed

A vote in the House Judiciary Committee on the controversial "hate crimes" bill has been postponed until tomorrow (Thursday) due to a barrage of Republican amendments offered to the legislation, including ten by Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa).

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act would add homosexuals and transgender people to the list of protected categories under federal hate crimes law.

Republicans in the Judiciary Committee offered an array of amendments to the legislation, including special protections under hate crimes law for senior citizens, unborn children, military veterans, pregnant women, and American nationals who have been the victims of violent crimes committed by illegal aliens. Democrats argued the amendments were not germane to the bill, and defeated them all on a party-line vote.

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) offered the unsuccessful amendment that would have allowed the federal government to prosecute late-term abortions as hate crimes.

"This amendment would codify this committee's intent to treat unborn children with the dignity and respect they deserve as innocent human beings," said Jordan. "If there was ever a group of individuals who needed the protection of this Congress it is unborn children, who are completely defenseless...against the world. Nearly 50 million children have lost their lives to the procedure since it was legalized in 1973. To put this staggering statistic into perspective, this represents more than thirty-five times the total number of American lives lost in war throughout our history."

Bobby Scott (D-Virginia) objected, saying the unborn are not entitled to such protection. "The purpose of the bill is to marshal a commitment of federal law enforcement resources against acts of violence against persons, and the U.S. code defines persons to exclude those who are unborn -- and therefore it's outside the scope of the bill."

The Judiciary Committee markup hearing on the hate crimes bill will resume at 9:00 Central time Thursday morning.

I am proud that the Republicans are trying to change this amendment where it will protect the unborn, etc.... We need to keep praying about this.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Did Miss California lose the crown because of her answer?

We should all be entitled to OUR OPINION without fear of retribution. I firmly believe the question was inappropiate and out of line. Leave it to a gay activist to ask such a politically charged question, the poor girl didn't stand a chance. Just watch the reaction of Hilton as he shakes his head in disgust after Prejean answers him. Did you really think he was going to give her a positive vote after her answer? I certainly don't and I believe his vote should be discounted.

This brave young woman should be commended in answering so honestly about her thoughts on gay marriage. I do believe it cost her the crown and I am happy to report that she has no regrets in her answer.

FROM FOX NEWS:

Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, of San Diego, did not capture the Miss USA crown on Sunday night and some are wondering whether her answer to a question from pageant judge and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton might have cost her the title. Here is a transcript of the exchange:

Perez Hilton: “Vermont recently became the 4th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit. Why or why not?”

Prejean: “Well, I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be between a man and a woman. Thank you very much.”

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Proud to be a Tea Party protestor!

Yep, I went to our local Tea Party last night! It was pretty awesome being with fellow conservatives protesting against the ridiculous tax spending. I was whooping and hollering with the best of them, lol! And then I happened to look in the back and saw two moronic Obamamites flashing their signs reading, "Bush stole your piggy bank, Obama is doing a great job!" Ahh...gag me! Apparently they think it is okay to leave their children (if they have any, god help us) and grandchildren to pay off this Trillion or more dollar debt. Will these people ever learn?

I also noticed that Fox News were the only ones covering this historic event. Yet, the MSM felt the need to ridicule and belittle us by calling us vulgar names. And then they labeled us "right-wing extremists." Were they not aware that there were Democrats as well, at these Tea Parties? This has nothing to do with being Republican or Democrat. This has to do with the stimulus bill as well as other important issues that are plaguing this nation.

CNN's Cooper Anderson, started with the vulgarity and it took off from there. And don't forget the very rude CNN reporter who cut off and verbally attacked a dad who was holding his child as he was trying to articulate why he was there. These reporters act like little children throwing tantrums. Where was the maturity in their coverage? Fox News should be commended for reporting this great event.

And gee, where were the vicious name-calling from the MSM when idiots were protesting against the Iraq war?? Huh?

We had a legitmate reason for being out there. We want to protect the future of our children and their children, etc. We have a right to fight against socialism. The government is too big and should not be allowed to act like a dictatorship. We have a right to protect our borders, this is still America! And I am mad has hell! I let my voice be heard last night and I am not done. I am sending letters to Obama and my Democratic senators. We cannot remain silent and we must stay INFORMED! I have friends who had no idea what the Tea Party was or why it was being held! Christians, conservatives, liberals should unite in this area. This affects every single American.

And where is the outcry about Obama calling America "arrogant" on French soil. Did you also know that there are 35 Jihad training camps throughout the states? Two are in close proximity to nuclear plants, I might add. Why isn't this being investigated? I'll tell you why? Because Obama is a Muslim, that's why. He does not care about our security, he cares nothing for this nation.

Please tell me that I am wrong, but did any of you see in Black protestors out yesterday? I didn't and was disappointed, because there are some that care about this situation.

This is my opinion and I stand by my convictions.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Warren's 'backsliding' on marriage damages church

I AM BACK!! I got home about 2:30 AM this morning and I slept until noon, nice.
I had a fantastic, wonderful, sublime time with my family and there were many tears when I left on the train. I hate saying goodbye to my family, I just hate it. It is so hard not seeing them.

MOVING ON...

A Washington, DC, pastor and outspoken opponent of same-sex "marriage" says California mega-church pastor Rick Warren has done "tremendous damage" by apologizing for his support last fall of California's marriage protection amendment.

Rick Warren said Monday on CNN's Larry King Live that he has "never been and never will be" an "anti-gay marriage activist," and made a point to inform the program's host that he apologized to his homosexual friends for comments he made in October to his church in support of Proposition 8 in California.

Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., with the High Impact Leadership Coalition says he was very disappointed with Warren's statements on CNN.

"This man who's been called the next Billy Graham, who I really respect with all my heart and love what he's doing in Africa, is falling into a trap that is emblematic of the problem that the entire church is facing in this generation," Jackson states. "And that is that we love the applause of men more than we love the work of God and the gospel. Jesus...told us that we are to honor God first, and that we are not to fear men but we're to fear God."

Jackson argues that Warren was "aiding and abetting a deception around what kind of stance the Bible calls Christians to take" by telling Larry King that opposing the recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage was "not his agenda."

"He is the author of The Purpose Driven Life book," Jackson notes, "and therefore people are going to think, 'Well, this is not on my mission -- it's not on my purpose. I don't have to stand for truth.'

"Therefore, his defection -- in terms of his stance on this issue -- [and] his backsliding on this issue, becomes of tremendous damage to the strength of the church in this position."

Warren told King on Monday that he "never once even gave an endorsement" during the Prop. 8 campaign. However, in late October -- just weeks before the November 4 election -- the pastor told his congregation: "Now let me say this really clearly: we support Proposition 8 -- and if you believe what the Bible says about marriage, you need to support Proposition 8." (Read a complete transcript of those comments)

"You know I have never liked Rick Warren, I was given the book the Purpose Driven Life and was not at all impressed. I gave it away. Something never just quite felt right about it. I coudln't read it.

I have gotten into so many arguments with friends who love Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Paula White etc. When I have sat and watched their shows, minus T.D. Jakes, it is all about them getting money.

Joyce Meyer once complained that she did not want to hear change jiggling in the baskets just bills, because she wants to continue dressing the way she does. (paraphrased)

Benny Hinn, was crying that he needed more than a million dollars to get more cameras.

Joel Osteen preaches feel good sermons, no conviction at all and on Larry King he and his wife believe that Obama "is doing a fine job."

I listed T.D. Jakes because I truly believed he was a man after God, but after hearing his full support for Obama, I couldn't bring myself to hear or watch him again. I still can't pinpoint why I don't like Paula White, but something irks me the wrong way.

And I know that on my previous blog I got into a huge debate over women preachers. In fact, I lost one reader because she was one. I don't believe it is biblical. I see nothing wrong with women being teachers, disciples, etc. But to run a church as a head leader? No, it is not right. I won't get into all that, well maybe later.

Well, I need to go and shop for groceries and feed a very late lunch to my babies!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Going on vacation!!

Well, I am headed to TX with my boys to visit my family and celebrate Easter for the first time in 15 years!! We have done Christmas and Thanksgiving, but never Easter.

We are taking the train tonight and I am just about packed, just a few things here and there to go.

I hope everyone has a blessed and wonderful Easter in celebrating our most precious LORD AND SAVIOR who sacrificed His life for us. May we never forget the torment and savagery of his death and the miraculous Resurrection! PRAISE BE TO GOD!

And I know I embed this video a lot but it is my most favorite and it speaks volumes of the love our Lord has for us.



BYE, BYE!

Monday, April 6, 2009

America funds China's abortions...again

China is still supporting forced abortions and sterilizations -- and now America's tax dollars will help to finance it.

One of the reasons President George W. Bush was convinced to drop funding for the United Nations Family Planning Agency (UNFPA) was an investigation by Population Research Institute (PRI) proving China's role in forced abortions. Now, President Barack Obama has decided to resume funding.

Colin Mason of PRI recently returned from China. "Well, I mean, as far as I could see on the ground, especially if you look at their report, they say that back in 1988 the government and UNFPA launched the fourth county program, which removed targets and quotas and introduced a quality-of-care approach," he says. "That's just simply not the case."

The truth is forced abortions never stopped, he states -- and couples have paid a price in other ways.

"The reproductive healthcare approach there basically amounts to coercive attempts to lower the population through people trying to get forced sterilization, fines, the seizure of illegal children," he contends. "Children who are born -- too many children and famil[ies] are blacklisted or they come and steal your house."

Mason adds that others are fired from their jobs and prevented from obtaining other employment. PRI is asking Obama to reconsider his policy because American tax dollars will again be used to help pay for it.

Is this not appalling? What a shameful legacy America will have with this atrocity.

I am so angry and sick that my money is paying for millions of innocent babies to be butchered, murdered. Since when did abortion become birth control?? Since when did the unborn become such a curse?

What also bothers me that some people who say they are "Christian" are completely in love with this vile man, they call "president."

For example:

My friends and I eat out every two weeks and we noticed that a BBQ place opened up. We noticed that they are closed on Sundays, have Air 1 playing outside and has scriptures on their billboard. So much to my shock and disgust! There in the waiting area was a HUGE sign of Obama, stating "YES, WE CAN!" ARghh... unfortunately we were seated and we ate there, but never, ever again will I step into that establishment.

How deceived some people are. And yes, the owners were black, but that is not the issue. They are in awe of a man that goes against every biblical principle in the bible.

Makes absolutely no sense to me. You are either for God or against Him, there is no middle ground.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Prop. 8 supporters persecuted for donations

Proposition 8 supporters continue to face harassment from same-sex "marriage" proponents.

Prop. 8, the California constitutional amendment that upholds only traditional marriage, was approved by voters in November with a victory of 52-to-48 percent. Because of the state's campaign reporting law, anyone who contributed $100 or more in support of Prop. 8 must list their name, address, employer, and additional personal information -- all of which then becomes public knowledge.

The Washington Times reports attorney Charles LiMandri received hateful emails and phone calls after he gave $10,000 in support of traditional marriage. He says was called a homophobe, a bigot, and a Nazi. Even when he tried to explain that he was simply hoping to preserve traditional marriage, his opponents would not listen. So LiMandri collected the emails and filed a lawsuit on behalf of Prop. 8 supporters.

"We feel that the laws that require disclosure of contributors to a ballot initiative are being abused here because the opposition is basically targeting people to get this type of abuse, in some cases even getting their businesses boycotted and in some cases getting death threats," he notes.

However, he does not fault the state Assembly.

"It's not the type of situation where the legislature could have anticipated when they require campaign disclosure laws to make people reveal their identities and information that would allow them to be located," LiMandri adds. "It's not anticipated that people would be subject[ed] to this type of harassment and abuse -- but that's what's happening."

The lawsuit argues that those who contribute to traditional marriage initiatives should be exempt from having the information revealed. LiMandri says homosexual activists are already trying to get an initiative on the ballot to legalize same-gender marriage in 2010.

Funny how the gays and so forth, expect everyone to tolerate their vile and deviant lifestyles, but God forbid they tolerate anyone who opposes them, then they declare war. Talk about biased and phobic.

MOVING ON....Cute video ahead, just for a laugh, or not. HAVE A BLESSED AND WONDERFUL WEEKEND SEE YOU ALL MONDAY!