I experienced an emotional rollercoaster, and you can too.

This might make your blood boil, but Tim will make it better.

The Headmistress always makes me angry

I love The Common Room blog, but I always come away steaming mad.  Being informed on political matters often has that effect, it seems.

I don’t tend to keep up with politics unless an issue hits me in the head or the gut.  There are certain advantages to keeping one’s head in the sand.

We are a bloody people.

Bear with me there are extensive quotes below from several different articles.

From Whitehouse .gov

Speaking shortly after the confirmation, the President said he was grateful for the Senate’s confirmation, and gave special thanks the Senate Judiciary Committee for their hard work. He then reflected on Judge Sotomayor’s qualifications, and the historic nature of her confirmation:

….They’ve gauged her respect for the proper role of each branch of our government, her commitment to faithfully apply the law to the facts at hand, and her determination to protect our core constitutional rights and freedoms….

This is a role that the Senate has played for more than two centuries, helping to ensure that “equal justice under the law” is not merely a phrase inscribed above our courthouse door, but a description of what happens every single day inside the courtroom...And in the end, the outcome of your case will be determined by nothing more or less than the strength of your argument and the dictates of the law.

These core American ideals — justice, equality, and opportunity — are the ideals she’s fought for throughout her career…

You can read the President’s full statement here.

(emphasis mine and every time I read one of the phrases I thought “Unless you are an unborn child”)

In a National Review Online article titled “Death by Privacy” Contributing Editor Mark R. Levin tells us

“Finally, Blackmun focused on his legal rationale in Roe. He began with a review of the right to privacy, writing, in part:

The Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy. In a line of decisions, however…the Court has recognized that a right of personal privacy, or a guarantee of certain areas or zones of privacy, does exist under the Constitution. In varying contexts, the Court or individual Justices have, indeed, found at least the roots of that right in the First Amendment…in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments…in the penumbras of the Bill of Rights…in the Ninth Amendment…or in the concept of liberty guaranteed by the first section of the Fourteenth Amendment….These decisions make it clear that only personal rights that can be deemed “fundamental” or “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty”…are included in this guarantee of personal privacy. They also make it clear that the right has some extension to activities relating to marriage… procreation…contraception…family relationships…and child rearing and education….

Blackmun felt that the right of privacy, wherever it comes from, includes the right to abortion. Do not look any further for legal argument amidst the voluminous opinion, because it does not exist. Perhaps the extensive historical analysis was included to compensate for the lack of legal analysis.

But Blackmun went further, and the Court followed. Not satisfied to strike down the Texas law, Blackmun began to write what seemed to be a new federal statute. According to Blackmun’s opinion, a woman’s right to abortion could only be abridged by a compelling state interest. In effect, Blackmun argued that there was an inverse relationship between a woman’s interest and the state’s interest that ranged across a spectrum from conception to birth. Therefore, the state’s interest at conception was minimal but increased as the pregnancy progressed, reaching its peak at the end of the pregnancy. A woman’s interest, paramount at conception, began to give some ground to the state’s interest in protecting the fetus as it matured toward being able to live outside of the mother. But Blackmun specifically declared that the unborn child was not a “person” under the Fourteenth Amendment, and thus had no equal protection rights.”

During her confimation hearings Rupublicans asked Judge Sotomayor how she felt about the status of abortion in America.

“The court’s decision in Planned Parenthood vs. Casey reaffirmed the court holding of Roe. That is the precedent of the court and settled in terms of the holding of the court.”  – Sonya Sotamayor speaking before the Senate Judiciary Comittee during her confirmation hearings.

You cannot make immorality moral by court precedent or legislation. Abortion remains an evil, murderous thing whether or not the court and the legislative branch.

So in honor of Judge Sotomayor’s historic confirmation I am posting a video that puts a live face on the “private” act of abortion, and saying a prayer. I am prayng God will grant repentance in time to spare us from chastisment.

Now I will be joining the 40 days for life campaign this fall.

How about you?

Dude Falling: a brief but brilliant impression of our economy

I found this snippet at the Common Room this morning in a post entitled, Does the President Understand the Math?  Does He Care?

On the Washington Post: a new level in euphemism:

The recession has entered a new phase, pulling away from an economic abyss into a period of steep, but orderly, decline.

When I read the Washington Post quote, I couldn’t help but see the Dude Falling.   Have you seen him?  You really should.  Be sure to watch the whole thing – it’s only about 40 seconds, and I think he does a fantastic impression of the current state and likely future of our economy.


Swine flu

I know a lot of people are scared, but I have a confession to make.  I can’t help being suspicious that the general public is being whipped into a panic over a manufactured crisis.  Every time I hear somebody on the news say, “Don’t panic, but…” it just sounds like they are suggesting that you’re going to feel the need to panic when you know all the facts.

It’s like talking to a little kid who just skinned her knee.  Do you say, “You’re fine.  There’s just a few drops of blood,” or do you scream, “Don’t look!  I think you’re bleeding!”  Does any mother in the world think that’s a good way to keep a 5yo from panicking?

Call me cynical, but the CDC’s Key Facts About Swine Flu simply don’t look that scary.   The google map showing confirmed and suspected cases of Swine flu in the US doesn’t look that scary.  Influenza already kills 35,000 people every year in the US, and nearly 10 times that many people worldwide.  So far, the WHO only credits the H1N1 strain (Swine Flu) with about 13 deaths worldwide, though Mexican sources were earlier blaming it for nearly 200.

For a more balanced view than what the media is presenting, you might want to take the time to read this extensive article from Mercola.com, or watch this brief video of Ron Paul reminiscing about the 1976 outbreak.  Did you know that exactly 1 person died from Swine flu back then, while at least 25 died from vaccinations and thousands suffered severe side effects of the vaccinations?

First, the government wanted to bail out our economy.  Now we have a health crisis, and they’re ready to leap to our rescue again.   Can I see a show of hands?  Who think this might help certain parties in their goal to achieve nationalized healthcare?

Once more because we need to hear it.

Download the audio on Behemoth.com for free here: Doug’s ‘Freedom at Risk Speech’ on behemoth.com

San Antonio Tea Party

It has been nearly a week since I attended the San Antonio Tea Party, possibly the largest in the nation thanks to support from big names like Glenn Beck. My good friend Doug Phillips was asked to speak at the Tea Party and another friend of mine Adam McManus was asked to emcee and give the invocation. I know the Christian character of both of these gentlemen so I was looking forward to hearing their clear witness for God’s Word and His Law in the civil sphere, and I was genuinely curious to see how a mixed crowd of what was estimated at the time to reach 14k would react to what I was confident would be an uncompromising witness for the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

They did not disappoint.

Take a look at the 3 minute mark on the video clip below. Doug’s call for repentance by the people of America could not be more clear. We are a people guilty of voting in leaders who thumb their noses at the Lord’s annointed and His standards but God is merciful and will heal our land if we will but repent.

If you enjoy the clip, please take a moment to click over to youtube and leave a comment.  You can download the entire message on behemoth.com.

Over and over again I heard people praying in Jesus’s name and appealing to the triune God of the Scriptures as the Author of our liberties.

Here is an excerpt from Adam’s prayer:

Father, the State is not God! It is the servant of the people. May we the people, gathered here tonight in San Antonio – each and every one of us — recognize the awesome responsibility we have to speak up and demand that our representatives begin to exercise fiscal discipline and liberate us from oppressive taxation which penalizes our hard work and sacrifice.

And we pray that where we have not honored You with our thoughts, words and deeds, that You would please forgive us. And where we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves, that You would pardon us. (the prayer may be read in its entirety here)

The thing I was also encouraged by was the recognition by the crowd and the speakers the WE keep sending  rascals back to Washington and as long as WE do we will continue to receive the SAME RESULTS (regardless of party affiliation).

The crowd was one of the safest and most respectful I have ever seen in a public gathering.  They were not rude, rowdy or violent in the least. Many were there with their families to hear the speeches on limited government.

These were the most memorable aspects of the evening. You can see related photos and commentary at the following sites:

Download Doug’s entire 23 minute message from the Tea party on Behemoth.com for free by clicking on the image below.

Freedom at Risk

Freedom at Risk

Last but certainly not least here are my beloved Deanna’s thoughts on the Tea Party as well:

Last week I went with Dad to the San Antonio TEA party. I had a lot of fun walking around with my aunts (they’re all my age) before it started, and we found a store with all kinds of crazy, beautiful, skirts that I am definitely going to go back to soon…

Anyway, once it got started I really enjoyed the speeches that were made, except when Ted Nugent spoke for about 10 min. He was crude, and the faces he made when he played “The Star Spangled Banner” on his electric guitar just annoyed me. What really shocked me was when Terri Hall spoke about the TTC (Trans-Texas Corridor) I had heard about it vaguely on the radio before but never paid much attention to it. It’s a huge super highway/toll road that is going to cut through Texas dividing towns even, with exits only every 5 miles or so. So if your town is cut in half by it you have no way to get to the other side unless you pay a toll, or use access roads.
My favorite speech was Mr Phillips speech “Freedom at Risk” and afterward Dad took me to get ice cream, and I rode home with my Grandma. All in all, it was pretty much awesome.

Look for her report on Doug’s message “Freedom at Risk” coming soon to an Coghlan Family blog near you. 🙂

Did you go to a Tea Party in your area? What was your experience like?

Do something about abortion: Red Envelope Campaign

I’ll admit I don’t do much on Facebook.  I try not to get hooked on the games, causes, groups, etc.  But hubby brought this one to my attention and I want to bring it to yours:  The Red Letter Campaign.

The idea is simple.  Bombard the White House with red envelopes to remind President Obama that the majority of Americans do not support his abortion policy.

You can participate easily, as often as you want.  Just send an empty red envelope to the address below.  Don’t have a red envelope?  Make one out of construction paper.  Or make 50.  Address them to:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

I’ll make it easy for you.  Here’s a sheet with that address 24 times.   Click on it, print and hand to a kid old enough to handle a pair of scissors.

Seal it and write the following message on the back:

This envelope represents one child who died in abortion.  It is empty because that life was not allowed to offer anything to the world.

Life begins with conception.

Stamp it, mail it, and invite others to do the same.

Free today: Centrality of the Home by Voddie Baucham

The Centrality of the Home in Evangelism and Discipleship

Behemoth.com has a great freebie today: get a full download of Voddie Baucham’s excellent message, The Centrality of the Home in Evangelism and Discipleship.  This was my intro to Dr. Baucham, and was incredibly encouraging to me as a stay-at-home mom.  My mission field is right here in front of me, and there’s plenty of work to be done!

If you don’t have a Behemoth account yet, you’ll be required to create one to get your free download.  Don’t be scared.  It’s really and truly free.  Freebies rotate daily or close to it, so if you wait too long you’ll miss this one – but there will be another in its place.

And while we’re on the topic of Dr. Baucham, you might want to see a couple of videos on his site.  Ron Paul’s economic advisor Peter Schiff was laughed to scorn in 2006 and 2007 when he predicted an economic collapse.  Now he’s garnering a bit more respect.  Can you guess what he thinks about the stimulus bill? ht to Marci at Amazing Graze Farm

Shut up.

Good laughs and good info, courtesy of the Headmistress.

This year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus
Payment. This is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A format:

Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen.

Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China ?
A. Shut up.

There’s more.  Much more. It’s not all funny, but kudos to anyone who can maintain a sense of humor with ideas like this being approved by our government.