Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Boy Scouts Win Victory Against LGBT Agenda

June 24, 2010 – Finally, the Philadelphia Boy Scouts have achieved a victory over the radical LGBT political movement!

The Boy Scouts had been kicked out of a city building in Philadelphia because the organization refused to permit homosexuals to serve as leaders or as members. Ironically, the city building occupied by the Scouts had been built by the Boy Scouts with their own funds, but had been given to the city.

A gay city manager became angry that the Scouts were using the building and paying only $1 a year for rent. He claimed that the Scouts violated the city’s pro-gay anti-discrimination ordinance and wanted them evicted or forced to pay $200,000 a year to rent the space.

Fortunately, a jury ruled in favor of the Boy Scouts. The jury determined that the Boy Scouts had the right – under the Constitution – to set their own membership standards. In 2000, the Supreme Court had also ruled in favor of the Scouts. The Court stated that the Scouts was a private organization and could set its own moral standards for membership.

The Scouts leaders believe they have the obligation to protect their members from the predatory practices of homosexuals – and to uphold Judeo-Christian-based moral standards of sexual behavior. 
The Boy Scouts in Philadelphia have won a victory for now. But, I suspect the LGBT activists will keep trying their best to destroy the Scouts for their commitment to honor and sexual purity. What LGBT activists can’t control, they destroy.

And so GOOD overcomes evil, once again!!  This is fantastic news.  Way to Go Boyscouts!  God bless you all.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Abortion budget cuts upset NJ Dems

Because of a tight budget, New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie has taken action on state spending for abortion facilities by eliminating their funding.

While that has prompted objections from the pro-abortion community, Len Deo, president of the NJFPC, points out that pro-life pregnancy centers have not received a dime.

"Planned Parenthood, if they believe that their programs are so valuable, they should go out and raise their own funding, just like most non-profits have to do," Deo contends. "And for them to be government-subsidized, we think, frankly is disingenuous."

Democrats are introducing legislation to reinstate those eliminated funds, but the NJFPC president does not believe that will settle well with many voters.

"I think that's obviously something that's going to be a battle, and this legislature is heavily controlled by the Democrats," he notes. "But I also think that whatever they do, they do so at their peril, because they're all up for re-election in 2011."

Deo further thinks it unlikely that there will be sufficient votes to override a veto, should the legislature pass such a bill.

It's about time!!  Planned Parenthood is nothing but an organization bent on the annihilation of the pre-born.  If people only knew how much Margaret Sanger hated children, and non-whites they would, hopefully, reconsider giving money to Planned Parenthood.

"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race
Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

Planned Parenthood's Goal:
Dr. Lena Levine in 1953, concerning Planned Parenthood's purpose and planned course of action: "... to be ready as educators and parents to help young people obtain sex satisfaction before marriage. By sanctioning sex before marriage we will prevent fear and guilt. We must also relieve those who have these ... feelings, and we must be ready to provide young boys and girls with the best contraceptive measures available so they will have the necessary means to achieve sexual satisfaction without having to risk possible pregnancy." (Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953)  ." ("Psycho-Sexual Development," quoted in Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953, pg. 10) 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Crayons and Condoms? School's New Policy under Fire

A Massachusetts public school district has decided to make condoms available to all students - even first graders.

The new policy by the Provincetown School Board has drawn criticism from parents in the community who say the policy goes too far by giving birth control to children.

However, Provincetown School Board Chairman Peter Grossosaid there is no set age for when sexual activity begins, this includes, kindergarteners!

"'The thing is, sexual activity starts younger and younger,' Grosso said. 'We don't know what age that is. So we just said, 'We'll make it available to all of them.' We didn't want to pick an age, and I really don't believe we're going to get first-graders asking for a condom, as a practical matter."

Under the new rule, a school nurse must give a condom to any student who asks - even those in elementary school. School officials are not required to contact or get permission from the parents.

Kris Mineau, president of the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute, panned the idea as absurd and has vowed to challenge the policy in court.

"What's next? Birth control pills?" he said.

The policy, approved June 10, is scheduled to go into effect when school district resumes classes in the fall.

I know that I would love to place my boys in a private Christian school, but the fees are phenomenal and there is just no way we can afford it, we have looked into the ones they have here and it is just not possible.  As for homeschooling, my husband is completely against it and to a point I agree.  I wish Christian institutions were more affordable and not just for the wealthy. 

Parents have been pushed aside and disregarded.  Basically, from some interview I heard, if a parent complains, too bad.  The school will do what they want with our children.  And then I heard a Christian commentator saying that if parents have their kids in public schools "they should have their heads examined."  Really?  Give me the money and my kids will go to a Christian school, dumb a*&!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sharia - 'the root of the problem'

A critic of Islam is pleased that two Muslims in Canada will spend 25 years in prison for murdering a relative in an alleged "honor killing."

According to The Globe and Mail, 60-year-old Muhammad Parvez and his 29-year-old son Waqas Parvez recently plead guilty to second-degree murder for the December 10, 2007, slaying of 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez.

The paper said the teenager fought her parents for the right to wear Western clothing and to jettison the "hijab" (Islamic head covering) they wanted her to wear. Asqa wanted to apply for a part-time job against her father Muhammad's wishes and she ran away from home twice, after which her father vowed he would kill her he ever ran away again.

Finally!!  Justice has been served.  And I am glad to see that the brother was also incarcerated, however, I don't think 25 years is enough.  They should never, EVER have the opportunity for parole.  Let's keep this trend alive and arrest any Muslim who is involved in "honor killings." 

I have to confess something and I am quite ashamed of myself, while I was shopping in Wal-Mart I saw an American woman dressed as a Muslim, and God help me I stared her down and gave her the dirtiest look and shook my head!  I wanted to grab her and shake some sense into this misguided woman.  Does she really believe she is free?  Has she no idea how they treat women in the Muslim countries?  How can she so willingly give up all of her rights for a man?  No, it is all based on ignorance.

I should have searced for "Not Without My Daughter" and handed it to her.  Maybe it would have shed some light into the situation she has gotten into.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

BP CEO's yacht outing infuriates Gulf residents

EMPIRE, La.- It could have been a turnaround week in BP's campaign to convince the public that it's doing everything possible to contain the damage from the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The company pledged to set aside $20 billion to help spill victims, and the containment system at the site of the crippled well was capturing or burning increasing amounts of oil.

Instead, the company faced renewed anger Saturday after reports that chief executive Tony Hayward had jetted back to England to attend an exclusive yachting competition.

Hayward took Saturday off to see his 52-foot yacht "Bob" compete in a race around the Isle of Wight off southern England. It was a good day for sailing _ breezy and about 68 degrees _ but anger simmered on the steamy Gulf Coast, where crude oil is still gushing from a blown-out well.

"Man, that ain't right. None of us can even go out fishing, and he's at the yacht races," said Bobby Pitre, 33, who runs a tattoo shop in Larose, La. "I wish we could get a day off from the oil, too."

BP spokespeople rushed to defend Hayward, who has drawn biting criticism as the public face of BP PLC's halting efforts to stop the spill.

Company spokesman Robert Wine said the break is the first for Hayward since the Deepwater Horizon rig that BP was leasing exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and setting off the undersea gusher.

"He's spending a few hours with his family at a weekend. I'm sure that everyone would understand that," Wine said.

"Really? Explain that to the families who lost their loved ones because of his company's incompetence? Or that they don't have the money to hire a jet to let them have a little R&R..and escape their nightmare.  .No, they don't  have a choice but to sit there and watch as their livelihood is being washed away by BP's oil. 

He noted Hayward is a well known as a fan of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, one of the world's largest, which attracts more than 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors as famous yachtsmen compete with wealthy amateurs in a 50-nautical mile course.

"Who bloody cares?"  I sure don't.

"Bob" finished fourth in its group. It was not clear whether Hayward took part in the race or attended as a spectator. The boat, made 10 years ago by the Annapolis, Md.-based boatbuilder Farr Yacht Design, lists for nearly $700,000.

Hayward had already angered many in the U.S. when he was quoted in the Times of London as suggesting that Americans were particularly likely to file bogus claims for compensation from the spill. He later shocked Louisiana residents by telling them that no one wanted to resolve the crisis as badly as he did because "I'd like my life back."

Mr. Hayword so would all the residents that had an income before you decided to cut corners!

Ronnie Kennier, a 49-year-old oysterman from Empire, La., said Hayward's day among the sailboats showed once again just how out of touch BP executives are with the suffering along the Gulf.

"He wanted to get his life back," Kennier said. "I guess he got it."

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden enjoyed a round of golf Saturday near Washington, something they've done on other weekends since the spill and a fact not lost on users of social networking sites.

Another fine example of our spoiled movie star president who had other pressing matters.  Please tell me that if it had been Pres. Bush, the liberals would have been crying for his blood.

Twitter feeds compared Obama and Biden's golfing to Hayward's yachting, lumping them together as diversions of privileged people who should be paying more attention to the spill.

"Our government, the executives at BP, it looks like they decide to worry about it later," said Capt. Dwayne Price, a charter fisherman in Grand Isle, La.

White House officials have struggled to counter criticism of Obama's handling of the disaster. An Associated Press-GfK poll released Tuesday showed 52 percent now disapprove of Obama's handling of the spill, up significantly from last month.

About 50 miles off Louisiana's coast, a newly expanded containment system is capturing or incinerating more than 1 million gallons of oil daily, the first time it has approached its peak capacity, according to the Coast Guard. BP hopes that by late June it will keep nearly 90 percent of the flow from the broken pipe from hitting the ocean.

More than 120 million gallons have leaked already, according to the most pessimistic federal daily flow rate estimates. Oil has been washing up from Louisiana to Florida, killing birds and fish, coating marshes and wetlands and covering pristine beaches with tar balls and oily debris.

A pair of relief wells considered the best chance at a permanent fix won't be completed until August.

BP has put many idled commercial fishermen to work on the cleanup. But not everyone.

Sai Stiffler spent Saturday repairing his shrimp boat at Delta Marina in Empire, La., on a hot and muggy day. He signed up for BP's "vessel of opportunity" program but hasn't been hired, and he was not pleased that Obama was playing golf and BP's CEO was at a yacht race while his life is on hold.

"Right now is no time for that," Stiffler said. "I don't think they know how bad people are hurting. They make a lot of promises but that's it."

If this atrocity would have occurred in the 1940's I guarantee you this mess would have been cleaned up in no time with great efficiency.  Just a thought.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lawmaker Warns Parks Takeover by Mexican Cartels, Illegals 'Intensifying'

Federal environmental laws are handcuffing U.S. Border Patrol agents to a foot-and-horseback strategy as they try to battle Mexican drug cartels and illegal immigrants who are turning wide swaths of America's border with Mexico into a virtual no-man's land.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, ranking Republican on the House Parks and Public Lands Subcommittee, said the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona -- part of which was closed in 2006 because it was considered too dangerous for Americans to visit -- is just the tip of the iceberg.

He said there's plenty of other parkland along the border that's either closed to the public or is considered too dangerous because of concern about drug gangs, human smugglers and illegal immigrants, and that the problem is getting worse.

"You travel here in America at your own risk," Bishop told

The reason the parkland along the border has become so hazardous, Bishop said, is because environmental regulations restrict Border Patrol from using vehicles to patrol in those areas -- except in special circumstances. In turn, he said, drug cartels are being funneled into those swaths as immigration agents get tougher patrolling private land.

"It's intensifying," Bishop said. The Utah Republican is one of the co-sponsors of a bill, H.R. 5016, that would allow border agents to patrol parkland without worrying about the environmental restrictions. He described that bill as the solution to the problem.

"They're not allowing the Border Patrol to do the job that they know they need to do," he said.

New attention has been drawn to the issue following reports about the Buenos Aires refuge. Signs have been posted warning Americans not to cross into the closed-off territory -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service originally sent around a notice in October 2006 that about 3,500 acres were being closed to public use out of concern for public safety.

"The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge has been adversely affected by border-related activities," the notice said. "Assaults on law enforcement officers and violence against migrants have escalated. Violence on the refuge associated with smugglers and border bandits has been well-documented."

The Interior Department has said that Secretary Ken Salazar is trying to work with the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to "meet the twin goals of protecting our national security and our natural resources."

But Bishop said the "irony" of the situation is that trespassers in the lawless zone are trampling the environmental habitat anyway. And he said the Obama administration's plan to send National Guard troops to the border will be inhibited by the restrictions on federal land.

"I don't care how many troops you send down there -- until they have access to the land, it doesn't do any good," he said.

I don't know about the rest of you, but this is INSANE!  Excuse my languaage but what in the hell is Congress and Obama going to do to secure our borders?!  Americans aren't allowed on American soil because the Mexican Cartels and illegals have taken over our land?  Well, La Raza has spoken about taking back their land from the United States and from the look of this situation it's working.

Obama and Congress don't give a rats-rear-end what happens to Arizona because they took a stand against this atrocity and they are being left to fend for themselves.  I cannot believe that the Border Patrol agents are forced to ride on horses to fight off these criminals.  They are sitting ducks just waiting to get picked off one by one.  Once again Obama and Congress are sacrificing American citizens by welcoming these vile miscreants on our soil. 

I am furious.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Suspension of Muslim student group

An Arab-American and terrorism expert is encouraged that the University of California-Irvine has suspended a Muslim student group for a February protest that disrupted a talk by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.

UC-Irvine has suspended the campus chapter of the Muslim Student Union for at least a year because of the incident that led to the arrests of 11 students. On Monday, the university released a letter from a student affairs disciplinary committee to Muslim Student Union leaders, telling them the group was found guilty of disorderly conduct, obstructing university activities, and other violations of campus policy during Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's appearance in February.

The disciplinary committee found that the Muslim Student Union did in fact engineer the protests and instructed participants to lie about its involvement.

FINALLY!  A college that is willing to take a stand against the Muslim movement.  I am very encouraged by this and hopefully this will lead many other colleges that fear Muslims to take a stand as well.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Non-political Gripe

I know many times I have posted my great distaste for watered down versions of the KJV bible and this one intrepretation really ticked me off.

I was sitting on the front pew listening to my pastor and unfortunately, my church never uses KJV when displaying the passages that is being taught on the view screen, so I always have my KJV with me to follow the teaching.

Anyhoo, I noticed a Message bible next to me and just out of curiousity I opened it to one of my favorite verses Psalm 4:8, KVJ reads,

"I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety."

The Message bible reads,

"Than they get in all their shopping sprees.  At day's end I'm ready for sound sleep, For you, God, have put my life back together."

And furthermore,I really, seriously, despise seeing people's names on the front cover that read larger than the words. "Holy Bible" This bible had Eugene H. Peterson as the author?? In large letters, than in smaller print read, The bible in contemporary language.

PLEASE me tell how people can buy these books, when passages are so distorted? How can one learn from that passage above?  I seriously wanted to grab that book and burn it. It is garbage.  I will not apologize if I offended anyone about this.

And I find it so sad to see the Lord's Prayer in so many different variations that when on occassion the church is asked to recite it, there is no unity, it is a garbled mess.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Cartoons for the weekend

HAVE GREAT WEEKEND!!  May God bless you and keep you always.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mexican Teen Killed on Border Was 'Known Juvenile Smuggler

FoxNews:    The 15-year-old Mexican boy who was shot dead by a Border Patrol agent as U.S. authorities came under attack along the border Tuesday was known to authorities as a juvenile smuggler, sources close to the investigation told Fox News.

Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka was shot once near the eye as U.S. Border Patrol agents on bicycles were "assaulted with rocks" as they tried to detain illegal immigrants on the Texas side of the Rio Grande.

Huereka was charged with alien smuggling in 2009, according to sources who requested anonymity. Further details were not immediately available.

"He is a known juvenile smuggler," a source told Fox News. He was also on a "most wanted" list of juvenile smugglers compiled by U.S. authorities in the El Paso area, sources said.

Heureka's death marked the second time a Mexican citizen has been killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in as many weeks, stoking tensions along the border between the nations.

Roughly 30 relatives and friends gathered late Tuesday to mourn the boy, who died on the Mexican side of the river.

"Damn them! Damn them!" the boy's sister, Rosario Hernandez, sobbed at a wake in the family's two-room adobe house on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez.

"There is a God, so why would I want vengeance if no one will return him to me. They killed my little boy and the only thing I ask is for the law" to be applied, said the boy's father, Jesus Hernandez.

His mother was less hopeful. "May God forgive them because I know nothing will happen" to them," Maria Guadalupe Huereka said.

Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor Ramiro Cordero said preliminary reports indicate that U.S. officers on bicycle patrol were "assaulted with rocks" by an unknown number of people before Herueka was shot.

"During the assault at least one agent discharged his firearm," Cordero said. "The agent is currently on administrative leave. A thorough, multi-agency investigation is currently ongoing."

A U.S. official told the Associated Press that video of the incident shows the Border Patrol agent did not enter Mexico.

The unidentified official said the video also shows what seem to be four Mexican law enforcement officers driving to the edge of the muddy bed of the Rio Grande, walking across to the U.S. side, picking up an undetermined object and returning to Mexico near the area where the boy's body lay. Like their U.S. counterparts, Mexican law officers are not authorized to cross the border without permission.

A Mexican migrant, Anastasio Hernandez, 32, died less than two weeks ago after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer shocked him with a stun gun at the San Ysidro border crossing, which separates San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. The San Diego medical examiner's office ruled that death a homicide.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Tuesday that his government "will use all resources available to protect the rights of Mexican migrants."

The government "reiterates its rejection to the disproportionate use of force on the part on U.S. authorities on the border with Mexico," the president added in a statement.

I believe justice was done.  This kid was a known felon and/or smuggler.  He broke the law, got caught and unfortunately was killed.  His parents are understandably torn up but that cannot excuse his behavior. 

I commend our border patrol agents, they have a hard job to do and every time they put one of these scumbags in jail, or shoots them in self-defense, they are severely reprimanded. I wish we had more agents on the job to keep each and every illegal person out of our nation, and that includes, terrorists.

And if Calderon is so concerned about his people, maybe he should quit focusing and criticising our nation and start working on his own..  He is just as responsible.  He encourages the Mexicans to cross our borders.  And why not?  What money they earn gets sent back to Mexico.  This is bologna. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Paul McCartney bashes former President Bush

On a night when the Library of Congress meant to honor Paul McCartney with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Mr. McCartney took it upon himself to make a searing jab at President Bush, but coming from a Hollywood player, this is not at all surprising.

"It's a fantastic honor that the Gershwin family would give me this incredible award and for me to be awarded it by the Library of Congress," he began. "And in fact, after the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is."

A few of the partisan crowd cheered at the comment, however most that were present did not appreciate his dry and ill-conceived humor.  It was out of place and quite unnecessary. President Bush has not been in office in over two years and still Liberals still mock him at any given opportunity even if they are receiving a prestigious award at the White House.

Apparently, this ex-Beatle doesn't realize or has educated himself on the fact that GWB is an advid reader and Laura Bush is a Librarian.  So his attempt at being humerous fell flat.

Republican John Boehner (Ohio) has asked McCartney to make a public apology, but in my opinion, not gonna happen.

"Pretty much everybody since then has said that it was a pretty classless thing to say, and Dana Perino, who was a White House press secretary, said that it was completely ungracious and undignified," Smith reports. "That's been pretty much the consensus of many folks who are even perhaps McCartney fans and Obama supporters."

Some McCartney fans say that comments like these do not make them too inclined to support his up and coming tour. Hit him where it hurts, his bank account.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Helen Thomas retires in flap over Israel remarks

Bye, bye Helen Thomas!  Good riddance, you won't be missed.

OneNewsNow – Longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired Monday as a columnist for Hearst News Service following remarks she made about Israel that were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues. (See related video report from AP)

The 89-year-old Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, has been a fixture in Washington and has been lauded as a pioneering female journalist who has covered presidents since 1960.

Known for her confrontational questioning, Thomas apologized for comments that were captured on video and have spread widely on the Internet. On the May 27 video, Thomas says Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" and suggests they go to Germany, Poland or the U.S.

Hearst announced her retirement, effective immediately, shortly after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called her remarks "offensive and reprehensible" during his daily briefing with reporters. Thomas, who has had a front-row seat in the briefing room for many years, was not present. The White House Correspondents Association also issued a rare statement, calling her comments "indefensible."

"Many in our profession who have known Helen for years were saddened by the comments, which were especially unfortunate in light of her role as a trailblazer on the White House beat," said the statement, signed by journalists who are officers of the association.

Thomas had been scheduled to speak at the June 14 graduation of Walt Whitman High School in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, but Principal Alan Goodwin wrote in a Sunday e-mail to students and parents that she was being replaced. "Graduation celebrations are not the venue for divisiveness," Goodwin wrote.

Thomas wrote on her website, "I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians." She added: "They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon."

The national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham H. Foxman, said Sunday that Thomas' apology didn't go far enough. "Her suggestion that Israelis should go back to Poland and Germany is bigoted and shows a profound ignorance of history," Foxman said in a statement. "We believe Thomas needs to make a more forceful and sincere apology for the pain her remarks have caused."

Thomas began her career with the wire service United Press International in 1943 and started covering the White House in 1960, according to a biography posted on her website. She became a columnist for Hearst in 2000.

Friday, June 4, 2010

This is the way it should be done...

How ALL phones SHOULD be answered!


Press '1' for English.

Press '2' to disconnect until you learn to speak English

And remember only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you,

Jesus Christ


The American Soldier.

One died for your soul,

The other’s for your freedom.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Israel's right to defend itself, its citizens

Israel has come under a universal attack and condemnation for defending themselves, with deadly force, against a Turkish ship trying to run a blockade to Gaza.  Okay, so nine members were killed in the raid AFTER they attacked and beat Israelis trying to inspect their ship.  One Israeli soldier was thrown off an upper deck and fell 30 FEET to the deck below, and sustained serious head injuries.  And this does not call for deadly force?  They had every right to defend themselves and they should commended not condemned.

Looking around the blogsphere people are literally spitting nails over this.  Why is it that Israel is continually ostracized for doing the right thing and for protecting themselves.  Our own government should take some lessons from our most trusted allies, instead of, "investigating" the incident.

The UN and the United States needs to stay OUT of Israel's personal affairs. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Life, In Spite of Me blog tour

Thank you LitFuse for providing me a copy of Life, In Spite of Me.

MY REVIEW:  I must admit I had my doubts reading this book I just wasn't sure I wanted to read about a suicide attempt, but I am so glad that I did. 

I wasn't expecting the in-depth detail and honesty of Kristen's testimony.  She is so open and honest about the moment she attempted suicide and her recovery process. Her emotional and physical pain are almost tangible to the reader.  She shares her struggles in dealing with four devastating losses, a rape and trying to cope with the overwhelming depression before and after her attempt.  She is such a strong and courageous young woman.  Her faith in God is inspiring to me.  She had a long and hard recovery but never blamed God, but leaned on Him heavily and He never failed her.  He stuck by her side through it all.  I also loved how Kristen reaches out to her readers in her personal notes.  Her message is so clear.  You are NOT alone.  If you let Him, God will be your permanent partner.  This is a very powerful and profound testimony of strength, courage and faith. 

 After her fatal choice... extraordinary hope.

Why does my life have to be so painful?
What's wrong with me?
It's not going to get better.
It could all be over soon, and then I won't hurt anymore.

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook on life. Once a happy child, Kristen's world darkened after three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a depression that didn't seem to have a bottom.

One January night, the seventeen-year-old made a decision: She no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited-for a freight train to send her to heaven...and peace.

Fear coursed through me. I squeezed my eyes tighter.
It's going to be over now. The pain is going to end. I'll be in heaven soon.
As the train whistle blew, the vibration of my body stilled.
The sound stopped. The wind stopped. The train stopped.
Am I dead yet?

Amazingly, Kristen survived her suicide attempt... but the 33 freight cars that ran over her severed her legs. Now she not only had to deal with depression; she also had to face the physical pain and life without legs.

But Kristen's story didn't end there. After her darkest days Kristen discovered a real purpose for living. Now, in her compelling book Life, In Spite of Me, Kristen shares her journey from despair to hope.

Includes letters from Kristen that share messages she wishes someone would have told her-when she was depressed and struggling with loss, shame from sexual abuse, and suicidal thoughts.

Video of Kristen on Oprah Winfrey.  And see her share a bit of her testimony here.

Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-four books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. For more info, please visit


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Wal-Mart worker confronts shoplifter, gets fired

Let me get this straight.  This courageous woman runs out of the store confronts the perpetrator gets punched and then for all her trouble, she gets fired!  She should have gotten a bonus but instead got a pink slip.  Nice.

Story below:

A Kansas Wal-Mart employee who was fired after trying to stop a shoplifter has become a bit of a hero in her community.

Wal-Mart refuses to comment on the situation, but Heather Ravenstein, a 30-year-old single mother of a four-year-old, reports that she was fired after she followed a man out of the store when she demanded proof that he purchased a computer.

"It was late at night. He was walking towards the door from the back part of the store when I noticed that he had a computer in the cart, and [I] kind of kept an eye on him," she explains. "When the alarm went off, that's when I went out towards the door and approached the guy."

Wichita Police say the suspect punched and kicked Ravenstein before jumping into a waiting car and speeding away.

Since her firing, Ravenstein has filed for unemployment. She is now trying to decide if she should go to college or accept one of the various job offers that have resulted from her newfound notoriety. "It's good that everybody's showing their support," she comments. "It's a bad thing that happened, and I do regret that it cost me my job, but I did what was morally right. It's too bad they didn't see it that way."

In an e-mail to The Wichita Eagle, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Anna Taylor said the company appreciates Ravenstein's intentions, but she put her safety and perhaps the safety of customers at risk by confronting the thief.

Though the former Wal-Mart employee does not receive child support, she is taking the unexpected situation in stride and notes, "It's very tough, but we'll be okay."