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Angie Harmon speaks out

Did you catch this great bit from Angie Harmon, another great Texas gal, who isn't afraid to stand up and say what she believes in. Angie spoke with PopTarts on FoxNews saying that when it comes to disagreeing with the president on policy or actions "...what I find now is that if you say anything against him you're called a racist." She also comments on one of my biggest rants - the overwhelming bias and double standard pushed by our media. "I also think if W or John McCain or Reagan would have gone and done a talk show, the backlash would have been so huge and in his face, and ‘What is our president doing? How unclassy!’ But Obama does it and no one says anything," Lisa and I share Angie's comments about Sarah Palin "My whole motto is to know what I stand for and know what I don't stand for and have the courage to live my life accordingly and she does exactly that. "

Co-Reponsibility

When Eric Holder's nomination was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General, Lisa and I began wondering how long would it take for the Obama Administration to find an issue on which they will develop broad public support for gun control. As Secretary of State Hilary Clinton concluded her first official visit to Mexico , she boldly claimed that the US is co-responsible for the drug cartel wars that threaten to overwhelm Mexico. “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the death of police officers, soldiers and civilians," Washington's response is to propose spending another $1.7 Billion to upgrade and secure the border. At this time sources are unclear whether this would be “new money” or if it has already been requested from Congress. Also of note is Clinton’s last quote stating that the cartels are better equipped than the Mexican military. &q

Wisdom 2:1,12-22

I found today's reading very appropriate. Friday of the 4th week of Lent First reading Wisdom 2:1,12-22 The godless say to themselves, with their misguided reasoning: Our life is short and dreary, nor is there any relief when man's end comes, nor is anyone known who can give release from Hades. Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our breaches of the law and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing. He claims to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a son of the Lord. Before us he stands, a reproof to our way of thinking, the very sight of him weighs our spirits down; his way of life is not like other men's, the paths he treads are unfamiliar. In his opinion we are counterfeit; he holds aloof from our doings as though from filth; he proclaims the final end of the virtuo us as happy and boasts of having God for his father. Let us see if what he says is true, let us observe what kind of end he h

Special Children

While we were on vacation, we heard reports of President Obama's insensitive joke about his bowling game. First, can someone explain to me why the sitting President of the United States is on a late night talk show? Out of respect for the dignity and honor of the office, previous presidents, never subjected themselves to a comedian's couch on late night. After hearing Obama apologize for his "joke" maybe he also should have found the dignity to refuse the invitation for Leno. Soon after I got home, I saw a video that really highlighted what was wrong with the President's off hand joke. A few weeks ago, Governor Sarah Palin taped a personal heartfelt message reflecting on her son, and what Special Olympics means for him and other special children like him. Rather than focus on an off hand joke made on an inappropriate appearance on a late night talk show, let's focus on the good and positive. Sarah Palin's message is full of what is right in the w

Explanation

If things have been unusually quiet here, especially for a new blog, please forgive us. For the entire week of “Spring Break” we have been on a family vacation. Together. 8 adults 7 children … 3 in diapers 3 minivans 4 hotels 3 hikes totaling 22 miles 3 national parks 1700+ miles round trip And while the trip was not without its frustrations, we had a blast and are all still speaking. When we would tell people that we were going on vacation with our entire family, we often received odd looks. But our family has been taking these vacations every 2-3 years for the last ten years, and as I think back on them, I’m suddenly struck with the irony that they all include Mexico to one degree or another. This particular trip involved driving down US 90 to Del Rio, Langtry, and stopping in Marathon for two nights while we hiked in Big Bend National Pa rk. Then we drove the beautiful 170 River Road (Rio Grande) from Terlingua to Presidio and spent two beautiful days at Cibolo C

Protecting our Vote

The Texas Senate on Monday is expected to pass SB 362 requiring a person to present one form of valid photo ID or two forms of approved non-photo ID in addition to their voter registration card when they report to a polling place to vote. For some reason, this issue has become polarized along party lines. Why would anyone be against something as simple as presenting identification to show that you actually are the person you claim to be on your voter registration card? I wonder what would happen if I took my sister’s voter ID card to her polling place. Would I be allowed to vote in her place, in her precinct? What could possibly stop me? What about my grandmother’s card? Seriously, how would they know? This is voter fraud and right now it’s pretty darn easy in the state of Texas. SB 362 states quite simply that the voter must present to an election officer at the polling place the voter’s voter registration certificate and either one form of (photo) identification from an approved l

Myths and Realities about Stem Cells

President Obama today signed an order allowing the increase of federal funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research. The last President also dealt with this controversial issue early in his first term. President Bush continued President Clinton's ban of creating embryos for research and permitted federal funding only on 21 existing embryonic stem cell lines. The regulation President Obama lifted did not prohibit Embryonic SCR, only the federal funding of that research for more than the 21 lines. In the last eight years scientists have actively conducted Embryonic SCR while being funded by private entities and state governments and not to mention foreign entities and governments. While President Bush restricted federal funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research, he greatly increased the funding and attention on Adult Stem Cell Research. In these last eight years, scientists have been making great strides in Adult Stem Cell treatments and therapies. They have discovered these stem cells, w

The Path We're On...

The President has announced his intention to rescind the "Conscience Rule," enacted by President Bush in 2008, which prohibits groups that take US tax dollars from firing, denying professional certification to, or otherwise discriminating against medical providers who refused to perform or assist in abortion or sterilization procedures that go against their religious or moral beliefs. Existing federal law does forbid discrimination against those health care professionals who refuse to go against their morals or beliefs, but the Bush administration found many healthcare systems in practice who don't adhere to the ruling or seem to be aware of the law. The 2008 regulation adds another layer of protection to prevent federal funds from flowing to institutions who violate the federal law. Senator Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma is an OB/GYN in addition to representing his state in Congress. He has come out sharply against President Obama's decision to rescind this regulation by