Archive for August, 2008

Obama OK’d ‘Live Born’ Abortion
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 9:38 AM
By: Jim Meyers

Sen. Barack Obama’s pick of Sen. Joseph Biden, a pro-choice Catholic, will most certainly raise the abortion issue to a new level in the campaign.

Obama’s own record on abortion is steeped in controversy.

Barack Obama not only has a perfect record in opposing pro-life legislation, he even fought against a bill protecting the right to life of a baby born alive.

Author David Freddoso chronicles Obama’s radical pro-abortion record in his best-selling book “The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media’s Favorite Candidate.”

In March 2001, a bill was introduced in the Illinois Senate, where Obama was then serving, that stated in part: “A live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.”

The bill came following an investigation of a Chicago-area hospital that left babies born alive to die without medical care.

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As a nurse who worked in maternity, and a nurse-midwife who delivered babies and took care of women during pregnancy and gave women’s health care after delivery, I am horrified by abortion.

Back when I was a new nurse-midwife, Roe v Wade came through the Supreme Court. The hospital began offering abortion care. The usual method at that time was what we referred to as “salting out.” Part of the amniotic fluid which surrounds the baby was removed. A hypertonic (strong) saline solution (salt water) was injected into the sac surrounding the baby. The strong solution of salt water made the uterus contract because of irritation. It also burned the baby and eventually killed it. Except when it didn’t. I would estimate that about 20% of the babies delivered at that part of the hospital (they had their own wing of the hospital) were born alive. Although they were “previable,” and thus would not have survived anyway, it was horrifyingly wrenching to see these tiny babies, struggling to breathe and crying. Their fragile skin was burned and was sloughing off. There was no comfort offered these tiny babies. They were left in metal bedpans, in an empty room, to die. And, eventually they did. After one time working back there, I refused to work there anymore. I couldn’t stomach it. I believed then, and I believe now, that this was murder.

I have spent the years since that praying to God for forgiveness for being involved, even peripherally, in this horror.

The Abortion Icon

Abortion Icon

Abortion Icon

This Icon {click image for larger size} depicts, on the right, the tribulation of those who have abortions. You can see all the ladies going to the New Herodias. She is depicted as a queen with snakes for hair. (King Herod was the one who killed all the male babies under 2 years old so that the Infant Jesus would die with them.) You can see the doctor putting his sword through the child, and feeding it to the beast. And you can see the lamentation of the Angel, and of one woman as she loses her child to abortion. To the left, we see the Orthodox (or correct) Family: It has the Mother and Father taking care of the kids, the kids playing, and it shows the Mother carrying her cross because child-rearing was meant to be a struggle. But it was meant to be a struggle that is part of the cross that we pick up daily to follow Christ. It is not something to be rejected but something, if the Lord wills it, that everyone should accept humbly. Above the Orthodox Family are two people: On the right is St. Stylianos, who was a big help for children because he helped set up institutions which resemble the day care centers we have today. The other person, on the left, is the Theotokos, the Holy Virgin Mary, who accepted the pain and awesome responsibility of being the guardian of Christ. Imagine if she had decided, while she was pregnant, to abort Jesus because she couldn’t handle the resonsibility. Where would we have been now?


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“Whose Judgment Do You Trust?”
By Kathy Shaidle
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, August 28, 2008

The third night of the Democratic National Convention may be remembered as both its high point and its low point, a night when one speech set a broad campaign theme and injected much-needed energy into the race, while another set a self-defeating theme that may derail Obama’s candidacy altogether. President Bill Clinton made it clear why so many Democrats still love him, giving a well-pitched (if utterly dishonest) speech that helped unite the party around the nominee and play to the broader public watching at home. Then, Joseph Biden ruined it with a red-faced speech that begged voters to compare Barack Obama’s foreign policy judgment with John McCain’s, asking undecided voters to contrast Obama’s greatest weakness with McCain’s greatest strength.


This gets scarier and scarier!

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Well, I haven’t followed my self-styled regimen. Why? I flared and ended up flat on my back. Then Hurricane season began and it was one flare after another. Dr. W gave me a betamethasone shot. That has helped immensely! BUT, Hurricane and Tropical Storm Fay has led to one of the most debilitating flares I have ever experienced. And I’m worried now about Gustav’s side effects.

At this point, I can hardly type. It’s probably time for me to go back to Dragon Naturally Speaking and try to re-train it. With red, swollen, stiff finger and wrist joints, typing is not a “happy” experience. My knees are also red, swollen and stiff, so walking around isn’t much of an option right now. I need to check and see if the pool is open or if it is closed for maintenance between seasons. If open, I need to start attending again on a regular basis. Exercising in the pool isn’t going to help me lose weight, but it will help me with maintaining my range of motion in nearly all my joints. Just wish it were warmer than it is. Eighty-six degrees isn’t as warm as you might think. I need 88 – 90 degree water for therapeutic exercise. Either a Hydroworx or an Endless Pool would be nice, but it’s just totally out of our range at this point.

So I will exercise in a pool that’s a bit too cool and makes my muscles cramp. Then I will have to come home and take a really warm shower. They only allow 2 minute post-swim showers – and the water flow is timed – turns off before it gets warm enough to do any good. There isn’t a true therapeutic pool in a reasonable distance for me. I simply cannot manage a 35 mile each way trip to the PT pool in the building my rheumatologist has his office.

Have I whined enough? I think so. So I’ll quit for now. Maybe my attitude will improve in the next few days.

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It’s All About Me

By Kathy Shaidle
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, August 27, 2008

How can a self-congratulation double as a paean to someone else? That was the question observers asked of Hillary Clinton’s bout of rhetorical self-preoccupation last night. Her speech, bumped out of primetime at the last minute, had been billed as the speech that would close party ranks around Obama and end the most fractious primary debate in decades. But as usual, the Clintons looked out for themselves above all.

This proved unfortunate for Barack Obama, who is yet to score any discernable bounce after Monday’s widely panned convention kickoff. According to the latest Rasmussen tracking poll, Obama and McCain remain tied at 44 percent as of Tuesday morning; Gallup gave McCain a slight edge. Furthermore:

Obama is supported by 78 percent of Democrats while McCain gets the vote from 85 percent of Republicans. The GOP hopeful also has a slight advantage among unaffiliated voters.

Worried Democrats looked to Hillary Clinton to come to the rescue on Tuesday night. However, in a National Journal poll of “Democratic insiders” that day, only 52 percent felt confident that Clinton would deliver a gracious address designed to unite the party. One conservative pundit blogged Tuesday morning:


Many of the pundits are agreeing with this, saying that Hillary’s speech effectively diverted attention from Obama to herself. Interesting problem for the DNC. Wonder what will happen after Bill speaks tomorrow? Two days of Clintons. Hmmm!

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