Thursday, March 29, 2012

Former Pakistani dancing girl commits suicide 12 years after horrific acid attack which left her looking 'not human'

A Pakistani former dancing girl left fighting for life by a 'horrific' acid attack has committed suicide a decade after being heavily facially disfigured.

Fakhra Younus, 33, leapt to her death from a sixth floor building in Rome 12 years after the acid attack which she said left her looking 'not human'.

At the time of her attack in May 2000, her ex-husband Bilal Khar was the man accused of entering her mother's house and pouring acid over Younus's face as she slept.

Life-changing: Fakhra Younus, pictured left before the horrific acid attack in May 2000, was left heavily facially disfigured after having acid thrown in her faceLife-changing: Fakhra Younus, pictured left before the horrific acid attack in May 2000, was left heavily facially disfigured after having acid thrown in her face
Life-changing: Fakhra Younus, pictured left before the horrific acid attack in May 2000, was left heavily facially disfigured after having acid thrown in her face

The attack, which took place in front of Younus's then five-year-old son, left her unable to breathe and fighting for life.

Her nose was almost completely melted and she has since undergone 39 separate surgical procedures to repair her disfigured face over the past decade.

The horrific attack also burned off her hair, fused her lips, blinded her in one eye, destroyed her left ear and melted her breasts.

After being rushed to hospital she said, 'My face is a prison to me', while her distraught young son said at the time, 'This is not my mother'.

Disfigured: Younus, left, pictured with supporter Tehmina Durrani, has undergone 39 separate surgical operations to repair the damage done to her face

The mother-of-one moved to Italy after the incident to live in Rome and continue her treatment.

But on March 17 she took her own life, after leaving a message saying she was committing suicide over the silence of law on the atrocities and the insensitivity of Pakistani rulers.
Cleared: Younus's ex-husband Bilal Khar, the son of a wealthy Pakistani governor, was cleared in 2003 of charges relating to the attack

Bilal Khar was arrested in 2002 and charged with attempted murder following the attack, only to be released on bail after five months.

Khar, an ex-parliamentarian and son of a wealthy Pakistani governor, was eventually cleared of the attack, though many believe he could have used his family connections to escape conviction.

After Younus's tragic suicide emerged earlier this month, Khar continued to deny having any part in the attack - claiming in a television interview a different man with the same name had carried out the crime.

Khar claimed his ex-wife killed herself because she didn't have enough money, not because of her horrific injuries.

More than 8,500 acid attacks, forced marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported in Pakistan in 2011, according to The Aurat Foundation, a women's rights organization.

The Pakistani government introduced new laws last year criminalising acid attacks and stating that convicted attacks would serve at least 14 years in jail.

Tehmina Durrani, the ex-wife of Bilal Khar's father, had become an advocate for Younus after the attack, and said the acid attack victim had pledged to bring her attacker to justice when she had recovered.

Durrani said: 'She said, 'When I come back, I will reopen the case, and I'll fight myself," and she was a fighter.'

Durrani said Younus' case should be a reminder that the Pakistani government needs to do much more to prevent acid attacks and other forms of violence against women, and also help the victims.

'I think this whole country should be extremely embarrassed that a foreign country took responsibility for a Pakistani citizen for 13 years because we could give her nothing, not justice, not security,' said Durrani.

I cannot begin to express my sorrow for this poor young woman and sadly she is not the only woman that has been a victim of acid attacks. These attacks are perpetrated by either a husband, ex-husband, brothers, uncles or whatever.

What I find so appalling is that her ex-husband got away with it!! He literally destroyed this woman's body. The pain she must have endured is probably beyond our comprehension, and to think this happens to women who are in the religion of Islam. These aren't isolated incidents, people, it has all of the time. The MSM just won't pick up these stories.

I want to know how anyone can defend this behavior and Islam, that so many claim to be a religion of peace. Maybe for the men, but most definitely not for their women and children.

She fled to a foreign nation for protection and to recover from her injuries.

I pray she is resting in peace.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Msg to be learned: Watch what you say

A Marine and political activist is facing dismissal for anti-Obama comments he recently made, and a civil rights expert says the Marine is being treated unfairly.

Marine Corps Sgt. Gary Stein is facing discharge and demotion for reportedly criticizing President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The Los Angeles Times reports that the Iraqi War veteran posted comments on the Facebook page for the Armed Forces Tea Party, stating that he would not obey "unlawful orders" from President Obama, such as orders to kill Americans or take guns from them.

Stein tells OneNewsNow that his statements only affirm that he will defend the Constitution.

"I will follow lawful orders. If I'm in battle and my captain says Hey, attack that hill, I'm going up that hill with everything I have in my mind, body, and soul," he says. "But if I am sitting here in Camp Pendleton, and they're like, Hey, there's a natural disaster; there's an earthquake. We're going to go into the city and take away all the guns -- that's illegal."

He notes that the Marine Corps agreed two years ago that he could make statements on the tea party page, as long as he did not speak on behalf of the Marine Corps. Stein asserts that is what he has been doing, so it does not make sense to him that he is being punished for those statements.

"I'm still an American citizen. I think I'm allowed, just as every other American citizen is, to interpret the Constitution," he contends. "And if I interpret it wrong … I need to be held accountable. But I haven't done that."

The 26-year-old sergeant now faces an administrative discharge, which would reduce his rank and strip him of his benefits. But a civil rights expert says the U.S. military is showing hypocrisy by specifically punishing one soldier for his political statements while ignoring others. (Listen to audio report)

Stein has vowed to challenge the dismissal and says his punishment is un-America.

Stein has currently been reassigned to a desk job, reportedly without a computer, while the military decides his fate.

Military officials say Sgt. Gary Stein violated a code that prohibits active duty service members from political activities like advocating for or against a particular candidate or political party.

Stein recently weighed in on the debate about whether U.S. troops should be prosecuted over the Koran burning controversy in Afghanistan, writing that he would not follow orders from the president if those orders included detaining U.S. citizens, disarming them, or doing anything else that he believes would violate their constitutional rights. He has also written on his Facebook page that he does not "represent the views of the United States Armed Forces."

Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.) is senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council (FRC). He says there are clearly some prohibitions as to what an active duty service member can say about the service, and particularly about the commander-in-chief.

"The Marine can say I have a different opinion, but I'm going to abide by the lawful orders given to me. We want a military that is subservient to civilian authority," Maginnis notes. "We do not need a military that is going to be constantly questioning publicly the commander-in-chief, no matter what party he is from." 

I may have been a military brat for half my life, but I am truly I am unfamiliar with military guidelines and rules.  

However, I honesty don't see see any remarks that would be construed as disparaging towards Obama or his administration. It was his opinion, should he be reprimanded for an opinion?

This young marine should be commended not condemned for speaking his thoughts, isn't he guaranteed democratic process under our Constitution?  If this young marine is denied his rights, then his willingness to sacrifice his life for this nation is a mockery to every single person that has died and served for this nation and, quite frankly, to our founding fathers. 

Hell, I'll be the first to say it, "Since when has Obama ever recognized the Constitution of the United States of America?"  If anything, he should be the one in hot water, not a brave and courageous marine.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tea Party rallies in Washington against ObamaCare

Fox News: Tea Party supporters rallied Saturday in Washington to oppose President Obama's government health care law, two days before the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the legislation.

"We want our freedom back," former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told hundreds of ralliers standing in the rain in Upper Senate Park, a few hundred yards from the steps of the Supreme Court. "That's what this is about, the freedom to choose our own doctors … the freedom to choose our own health insurance plan."

Cain also said that he might not have survived his battle with cancer under the new law had "some bureaucrat" learned he had only a 30 percent chance of survival.

"Stay inspired," he said, urging the crowd help defeat Obama in November.

"ObamaCare is a cancer in our government, and we’re going to rip it out," said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, which sponsored the "Road to Repeal" rally.

The rally largely marks the big return to Washington for the Tea Party, a loose organization of grassroots groups that helped conservative Republicans take over the House in the 2010 wave election.

"The Tea Party is back," shouted Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit Blog.

The high court will begin hearing argument Monday on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010.

The legislation is intended to provide health insurance to more than 30 million previously uninsured Americans.

However, opponents say the law is unconstitutional, largely because Congress does not have the power to force unwilling Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine. They are also concerned about how the legislation will increase costs for the federal government, doctors and those who already have insurance.

Congressional Budget Office now projects the legislation will cost $1.76 trillion from 2013 to 2022.

The case was brought before the nine justices by Florida and 26 other states.

The legislation "takes a huge leap toward socialism," Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told the Tea Party crowd, including some holding signs that read "Repeal or Revolt." "This is a government takeover masked as a health care bill."

The justices will hear arguments over three days, starting with whether the case was brought before the high court prematurely because nobody has been fined for not having health insurance. Arguments on Tuesday will focus on whether Congress overstepped its authority by requiring Americans to purchase health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty.

Wednesday's arguments will be split into two parts: Justices will hear 90 minutes of debate in the morning over whether the rest of the law can take effect even if the health insurance mandate is unconstitutional and another hour Wednesday afternoon over whether the law goes too far in coercing states to expand the federal-state Medicaidprogram for low-income people by threatening to cut off federal aid to states that don't comply.

The justices might decide not to rule on whether the law is constitutional but are expected to deliver a decision near the end of Supreme Court session in June.

There was one speaker and I completely have forgotten her name. But she was talking about being breast cancer survivor and if , Obamacare had been in implemented, she would have been sent home to die. Because the type of diagnostic and ultrasound screenings required to find breast cancer in the very early stages is quite expensive and under Obmacare, would have been rejected.

I absolutely almost died laughing when she termed the phrase, "Keep your mitts off our tits!"  How very true.

I wanted to be there, but do to finances and cost of travel made it impossible for me to be there. But I am part of the local Tea Party movement here in my town and I am also a member of Americans for Prosperity.

Anyhoo, You had better believe I would have been out there with my huge umbrella cheering on my fellow patriots!

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Danyl Johnson Audition Video on X-Factor; Simon Cowell Standing Ovation

I have to admit this was one of the best first auditions I have ever seen!!  This guy was totally fantastic. He blew me away.

Wow! Talk about talent.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Atheist ‘flabbergasted’ at Christians’ assistance

A few weeks ago, Patrick Greene of San Antonio, was known in Henderson County simply as a professed atheist who threatened to sue Henderson County about the courthouse manger scene. Greene’s experience with Christians was of narrow-minded individuals who had treated him unkindly throughout his life.

“My wife and I had never had a Christian do anything nice for us,” Greene said. “Just the opposite.”

That changed when the 63-year-old learned he had a detached retina. Greene was forced to give up driving his Yellow Cab, and resign himself to his impending blindness.

Eye surgery would cost $20,000 he said, and he didn’t even have the money to pay bills or buy groceries.

Jessica Crye, a member of Sand Springs Baptist Church in Athens, learned of his troubles on the Internet, and felt compelled to help.

Crye’s pastor, the Rev. Eric Graham, contacted Greene to find out more about his needs.

“I said first of all, I don’t want $20,000,” Greene said. “That would be ridiculous, because there’s a chance the surgery would fail. On top of that, there’s a chance it could become detached again.”

Greene told Graham he had a more immediate need.

“I said, if you really want to contribute something to help, we need groceries,” Greene said.

Greene said he was “flabbergasted” to learn that a group of Christians in Henderson County was reaching out to help an atheist, who in February had informed Commissioners Court that he would sue if the manger scene reappeared this year.

“I told my wife about it,” Greene said.

“They’re going to help us?”  Karen asked.

Greene thought that if anything, he’d see $50, maybe $100.

A few days later, the Christians made good on their promise, and sent a check for $400.

“I said I can’t believe it,” Greene said. “I thought I was in the Twilight Zone.”

The money went to help pay the rent, and provide necessities from the grocery store.

The contributions didn’t stop at $400 either, Cry said. More money is coming in.

Greene is so amazed by the generosity of the Christians in Henderson County, he’s  sharing the story through the media, and is thinking about writing a book.

“I’m going to call it the real ‘Christians of Henderson County,  Texas,’” Greene said.  “These people are acting like what the Bible says a Christian does.”

Greene plans on publishing the work as an e-book.

“I’m dedicating the book to my wife, the young lady who started the idea, and Reverend Graham.”

Crye said just about everyone she’s heard from has been supportive of reaching out to Greene. A couple have expressed resentment about helping someone who has been such a vocal atheist.

“I like to look on the positive side,” Crye said. “It’s wonderful what God has done.”

Now, rather than keep trying to keep the manger scene removed, Green said he’d like to add his contribution.

“I have decided to show my appreciation to the Christian community for all their help, and I am going to buy a star for the top of the Nativity scene.  You people can figure out how to plug it in,” Greene said.
See, liberals, atheists and all who seem to have such a distaste for Christianity. What does this story show?  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kirk Cameron says 'Homosexuality is unnatural'

I shared this on Facebook and thought it was worth sharing here. Kirk Cameron did a fantastic job on this interview and as you can see, no one got ugly, no one one spewing hateful remarks. It was too men speaking about opposing views.

It's worth watching. God bless you, Kirk.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Birth control controversies a fundraising boon

When I first saw this picture on Facebook I thought it was quite fitting. Rush Limbaugh has been hammered for calling a woman a "slut."  Yet, the Left love hurtling such colorful and lovely adjectives to the Right all the time. Laughable.

Anyhoo, moving on to my post. 

There has been a noticeable shift in the 2012 campaign for the support of abortion right activists.  I was reading an article on the Politico about Emily's List, whose main mission in life, apparently, is to elect pro-abortion Democratic women. This seems to be the main focus of this group.  They want women who support infanticide.

So, I decided to read further about this group and will share the article here.

EMILY’s List is helping to raise money for 37 women running for Congress — 11 in the Senate and 26 in the House. Much of the money is going to big name Senate candidates like Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

But lesser-known candidates are positioned to benefit, too, like Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), who is running for the seat held by deep-pocketed tea party favorite Rep. Allen West, and Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.), who’s challenging Republican Rep. Charlie Bass.

This cycle, pro-abortion rights groups are confident that these are winning issues for them, and they’re using recent controversies to their advantage.

Congressional Democrats have latched onto women’s issues and tried to paint the GOP as anti-woman. In the Senate, the No. 2 Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer plans to make a law on violence against women a wedge issue.

Other pro-abortion rights groups are including women’s health controversies in their fundraising pitches.
Planned Parenthood sent an email on International Women’s Day last week, blasting Rush Limbaugh for calling a Georgetown Law student a “slut” for her views on birth control and Texas Gov. Rick Perry for a state law that blocks funding to Planned Parenthood.

EMILY’s List has been sending emails to fire up their supporters and running ads that hammer Republicans’ recent maneuvers. The group ran an ad in February featuring remarks by GOP donor Foster Friess that women should put aspirin between their knees knees for contraception, and images of a House hearing on birth control that featured an all-male panel.

The Left seem to thrive on bashing, harassing, ridiculing and being as hateful as possible to any person or political personnel who do not agree with their masochistic tendencies in the murdering of the pre-born. This is not a war on women of any kind. Quite the contrary. The war is to protect the life of all babies who deserve a chance at life.  Plus, this is just another attempt in distracting voters from the real issues at hand, a failing economy, high gas prices, unemployment, the terrible loss of life in Afghanistan, Israel and Syria. 

Okay, sooo....

This is what I am hearing. Women and men, because I will not exclude the men who are also involved, want American tax payers to pay for their contraceptives and abortions, when they are the ones who have behaved irresponsibly while engaging in their sexual activities. Yeah, I don't think so. I certainly do not want to see my $$ being spent on something that can be easily prevented.

I would write it a bit more but I am still feeling a bit under the weather with this nasty, horrid cough that just doesn't seem to go away. So, I may be taking a trip to the my PCP tomorrow. And guess what?  That's coming out of my pocket, not the tax payers. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Welcome to the blog tour for Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings!

DISCLAIMER: I received Sixty Acres and a Bride free from LitFuse Publicity in return for a review of the book. Thank you so very much.

About the book:
She's Finally Found a Place to Call Home... How Far Will She Go to Save It?

With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to their Texas family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have just three months to pay.

Though facing eviction, Rosa falls in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. They welcome her vivacious spirit and try to help her navigate puzzling American customs. She can't help but stand out, though, and her beauty captures attention. 

Where some offer help with dangerous strings attached, only one man seems honorable. But when Weston Garner, still grieving his own lost love, is unprepared to give his heart, Rosa must decide to what lengths she will go to save her future. Read an excerpt:

About Regina:
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. Meet Regina here.

Learn more about Regina by visiting her website,

My Review: First of all I LOVED that the main character was a Mexican woman. However, in all honesty, I suppose I wanted her character to be more fitting to her environment and not  standing out as if on display. I liked that she was described as beautiful, but not all Mexican women dressed provocatively and were probably just as demure as the American women, just that most Mexican women wore dresses with a lot more flair and color but no less modest. 

The characters are quite believable and you do begin to admire this woman who is totally out of her element and must learn American customs to fit in, but not lose her heritage. I almost saw her as Ruth and Naomi. She followed her mother-in-law and left her people behind when her husband passed.

Rosa is very likable and of course you have the cowboy, loner, hero that comes along to steal her heart.

A sweet love story.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hot Shots Part Deux... some of my favorite scenes

I couldn't find them all, because for some reason most of the scenes are in Spanish, Italian or French, go figure.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Song of My Heart!

Thank you LitFuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of this book to review.

About the book:
Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent--though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.

McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit. 

After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.

Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he's come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?

MY REVIEW:  As a fan of historical fiction, and a huge fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer, I was very excited to have been chosen to read and review this book.  This book was not disappointing and met my expectations. We find the main character, Sadie, very likable, dedicated to God and her family, and to the point where she has to wrestle with her conscience about taking on a job that she knew went against her Christian principles and strayed from God, I am not going to give a spoiler, you will have to read for yourself about what happens in that aspect. 

And then, of course, there is ,Thad, who more than anything feels a calling from God to become a minister, but has to make a living somehow before that dream is realized. He is very likable as well and you become quite attached to the couple.

A great read for those who love romance novels and that are set back in the days of horses and carriages. 

About Kim:
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

She invites you to visit her Web site at for more information. 

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Israel Under Fire, where is the Mainstream Media??

LINK:    Israel Under Fire

I know I normally post an article but this link is devastating and, we, as Americans, need to be made aware what is happening in Israel and to keep them in our prayers.  

What I would like to know is why we aren't hearing about this on the news, the net, anywhere?  I got this information from an Israel website. 

I, as, a Believer in the Holy Bible, am convinced we are looking at the end times. Israel is being attacked and no one is doing a damn thing, not even our supreme potentate Barack Hussein Obama. Why should he? He supports the Muslim Brotherhood and believes Israel should just give up their land and walk away. This land was promised to the Israelite's from Jehovah God and no one has the right to tell them what to do with that land, especially give it to a bunch of heartless, blood-thirsty terrorists, who use their own children as shields and suicide bombers.

I welcome your thoughts.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Youngest son's first play....

This is my youngest, he's only 10. He used to be so shy around people, so when I saw him perform my eyes popped out of my head! I couldn't believe this was my little boy who used to hide behind mommy when people spoke to him. Well, he's definitely NOT shy any longer. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. This was his very first performance in front of a large crowd. Have an awesome weekend.

The play was called, "GO FISH" my little boy was Clown Number 1. He had the lead role. If you haven't guessed he's the little one in red jumping around and telling jokes.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Welcome to the blog tour for More Beauty, Less Beast by Debora Coty!

Thank you Litfuse for providing me with this book to review.

About the book:

With her own offbeat brand of wit and near-wisdom, inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of women struggling to tame that out-of-control inner beast that unexpectedly pounces, roaring and shredding, as it threatens to destroy the divinely beautiful princess hidden within. In More Beauty, Less Beast, women will find simple, practical techniques for embracing the true beauty rightfully theirs as cherished daughters of the King. Whether jaded by emotional wounds, unrealistic standards, or lack of confidence, this laugh-out-loud, girlfriend-to-girlfriend encouragement will help women transform their destructive inner beast into the exquisite beauty they were always meant to be.  

About Debora Coty: 

Debora Coty is an occupational therapist, a piano teacher, and a freelance writer. She's also involved in the children's ministry at her church and is an avid tennis player. Debora began writing to fill the void when her last child left for college, and it has since become a passion. Debora has a real knack for getting across sound biblical concepts with a refreshing lightheartedness as attested in her monthly newspaper column entitled "Grace Notes: God's Grace for Everyday Living." 

Visit for more about Debora and her books. 

MY REVIEW:  I happen to have a heinous temper, just ask my family. I have to have things in orderly fashion, I cannot tolerate chaos or having things out of place. Okay...whew!  This book was like talking with a friend that understood so much what women have to deal with on a daily basis, self-image, how you see yourself and how others may perceive you, self-esteem, etc.. Each chapter started out with a verse, but as you all know, I only read KJV so I had to have my bible handy to read the verses provided.  What I also enjoyed were the questions she asked you. You had to really ponder them before answering them. I also loved the fact about carrying prayer request sheets, which I do keep by my bible and I also provide that service for my church and friends. Because sometimes, our life is a piece of cake compared to others. I really enjoyed this book. It gave me great insight of who I am, my walk with the Lord and to be a better person.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president on Tuesday endorsed a “code of conduct” issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women’s rights in the country.

President Hamid Karzai‘s Tuesday remarks backing the Ulema Council’s document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents like the Taliban.

Both the U.S. and Karzai hope that the Taliban can be brought into negotiations to end the country’s decade-long war. But activists say they’re worried that gains made by women since 2001 may be lost in the process.

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan prior to the 2001 U.S. invasion, girls were banned from going to school and women had to wear burqas that covered them from head to toe. Women were not allowed to leave their homes without a male relative as an escort.

The “code of conduct” issued Friday by the Ulema Council as part of a longer statement on national political issues is cast as a set of guidelines that religious women should obey voluntarily, but activists are concerned it will herald a reversal of the trend in Afghanistan since 2001 to pass laws aimed at expanding women’s rights.

Among the rules: Women should not travel without a male guardian and women should not mingle with strange men in places like schools, markets or offices. Beating one’s wife is prohibited only if there is no “Shariah-compliant reason,” it said, referring to the principles of Islamic law.

Karzai said, adding: “It is the Shariah law of all Muslims and all Afghans.”

So, there you have it. The religion of peace rides again in endorsing and promoting the abuse of women and taking them back to the stone ages. 

What baffles me is when the Muslims come here to escape Sharia Law, they decide they don't hate it after all and want to embrace it even more and then want to promote it as well as forcing non-Muslims to accept them, demand that we RESPECT their religious and archaic laws and if we don't, we are threatened, beaten or even killed for it. They don't want to adapt to the ways of Western Civilization, but want us to adapt to theirs. My whole argument is why in the hell come here in the first place?  

I am not sure what blogger posted about an atheist who dressed up as Mohammad for Halloween and was brutally attacked my an angry Muslim and guess what?  The, judge, did nothing. And the Muslim left the courtroom with a smug smile on his face. That sent a clear message to all Muslims that it's okay to hurt, beat or maim anyone who disrespects their false prophet and their false religion.

Sick of this political correctness rubbish. It needs to stop. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Australian Ethicists Argue the Right to Kill Babies After They’re Born

In article entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?” was recently published in the London-based Journal of Medical Ethics, advocating that if abortion is allowed, then society also has the right to kill a newborn child. This outrageous deduction by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva takes abortion to its logical conclusion.

The abstract states that “both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons…[and] adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.”

It is revolting to consider it a right to kill a perfectly formed, helpless newborn baby. This shocking position should stir a second look at legalized abortion. If you can kill a child in the womb, even up to the moment before birth, then there is no logical reason to protect life after birth.

A human being begins at the moment of conception and should be afforded legal protection at all stages of life. It is shocking to see people advocating killing children after they are born. It is just as shocking to see people advocating killing them before they are born.

If the test for one’s life continuing was based on not burdening someone else, everyone’s life would fail at one point or another. The question then becomes how burdensome must you be to merit your murder?

Read News Release for more details.

Since when did children become such a liability? I hope that some of my Aussie friends will be able to refute this horrible news and tell me it isn't so. I just cannot fathom that it is true.

Children are so precious and innocent. What have they done to deserve to be murdered? Nothing at all.

This is appalling and heart breaking. I cannot believe anyone would actually condone this.

Where is the outcry?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pay attention and fun video

Have a wonderful weekend to all my friends, conservatives and liberals alike. Yeah, I see you all as my friends.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Julie Klassen’s The Maid of Fairbourne Hall!

I apologize to Litfuse but I feel I MUST post this. Before the blog review.

We, the conservative community, have lost a great man today, Mr. Andrew Breitbart. This is absolutely devastating news. I am shocked and truly saddened by the news. He was a great man, who was fiercely intelligent, fearless, diligent, and NEVER backed down from the truth. He spoke it like it was. This is indeed a great loss to all conservatives. The man was a true contender. 

May you rest in the precious arms of Jesus Christ, Mr. Breitbart. God bless, comfort and console your family and friends and to all your fellow conservatives who loved you. Your family is in my prayers and with a saddened and broken heart.

Thank you LitFuse for providing me with a copy of this book to review.

About the book:
To escape a scheme to marry her off to a dishonorable man, Margaret Macy flees London disguised as a housemaid. If she can remain unwed until her next birthday, she will receive an inheritance, and with it, sweet independence. But she never planned on actually working as a servant. And certainly not in the home of Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch--both former suitors.

As she fumbles through the first real work of her life, Margaret struggles to keep her identity secret when suspicions arise and prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall. Can she avoid a trap meant to force her from hiding?
 About Julie:
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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MY REVIEW:  I really enjoyed reading this book. We meet Margaret Macy who is spirited, highly independent and somewhat spoiled. A person who has never worked a day in her life and never once considered the people that served her. She completely disregarded them and took them for granted.  The tables are turned when she herself becomes a maid to escape her step-father's plans to marry her off to a very unscrupulous man.
I found it rather comical how totally inept she was about cleaning and the hard work it entailed and trying to get out of her own clothes without the assistance of her personal maid. She began to understand how hard these servants worked and the best part was when she had to clean the "chamber pots" Ha! That was funny.

A Very enjoyable book.  

Don't miss the perfect blend of Regency-era romance and mystery in The Maid of Fairbourne Hall! Grab a copy and then be sure to enter Julie's Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVP for her Author Chat party on Facebook! Swoon.

One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • A Julie Klassen Library (The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/14/12. Winner will be announced at Julie's Fairbourne Hall Book Chat Party on 3/15. Julie will be hosting an evening of chat, trivia and a sneak peek of her next book - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books and a Downton Abbey Prize Pack (Seasons 1 and 2)!

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