Saturday, July 15, 2006

Notice to 'Peggy' Gerald re Israel.

I find it interesting that some do not notice my statement that any email that comes to me relating to this blog is subject to publication in my blog. Directly under my 'personal information' is a notice that tells people:

Use the 'search this blog' feature at the top of the page,
OR use the Technorati 'Search This Blog' below:

Any email sent concerning this blog or related to it in anyway,
at this address, are subject to possible publication in my blog.

Editorial content of this blog is the property of the Blog Owner.
Feel free to quote from the editorial content, while giving proper credit and link.

Directly under that notice is my "I Stand Tall With Israel' button, which was the object of the email I received, sent to me, rather than made as a comment on this blog. This one will be posted here, and will be answered here. I am also hoping that others will respond to 'peggy' whose email address shows as a 'gerald'.

Furthermore, I also have the ISP address of the sender, saved. And it will stay saved, along with the email address.

I have Catholic friends living IN Israel who are Hebrew Catholics, as well as those who are Israeli, now living IN the US due to marriage, and I can assure you that Palestinian Christians and Hebrew Christians are NOT persecuted in the way much of the media tries to tell us they are.

The email follows:
gerald a saindon (email address withheld)
Subject: abandoning fellow Christians does NOT build a culture of life

Dear Friend,

I see I see that, even though you are a prolife Catholic, you link
to "Proud Friend of Israel".

Israel is itself a terrorist, pro-abortion state.

If you choose to subsidize or support Israel you choose to
abandon your fellow Christians in the Middle East and subject
them to the worst kind of persecution as well as advance the
cause of abortion.

I assume that you know that Israel persecutes Christians.


Now please note that this 'person' called me 'Friend', and then went on to point out that I am anything BUT a friend to his point of view.

Our own nation is pro-abort. Should I not live here?

I suspect that this person, using the email address I have held, but calling herself 'peggy' may be a 'bot', though it is possible that this IS a person named Peggy. However, that email was addressed to both myself and to 'gerald' at his email address.

If you choose, Peggy or Gerald, to continue this kind of dialogue, it will be public, not personal.

God bless.

I am a friend of Israel. I will continue to be a friend of Israel. I will continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem... Psalms 122:6.

Schiavo Demands Apology in Colorado (Sent by Ford, RN)

Another email sent to me:

Subject: Schiavo Demands Apology! What about his apology to Terri?

Click here: Denver Daily News

Schiavo demands apology
DENVER (AP) — More than a year after winning a bruising battle to disconnect his brain-damaged wife from a feeding tube, Michael Schiavo brought his campaign against government intrusion to Colorado Wednesday, demanding an apology from a Republican congresswoman he accused of interfering in his family’s decision.

Schiavo, whose wife, Terri, died in March 2005 after a seven-year court and political battle that reached Capitol Hill, has formed a political action committee and has targeted races in Colorado, Florida and Texas.

He came to Colorado to support two Democratic candidates for the U.S. House, including Angie Paccione, who is challenging Rep. Marilyn Musgrave. Musgrave spoke last year on the floor of the House against allowing Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube to be removed.

“I want to ask Marilyn Musgrave who gave her the right to speak about Terri,” Schiavo said. “Who gave her the authority to bring Congress into my family decisions?”

He said most Americans disagree with what Musgrave did and believe politicians should stay out of family decisions.

“I think Marilyn Musgrave should apologize, not just to me but to the people who voted for her, people who sent her to congress to run the country, not our personal lives,” he said.

He also delivered a letter to her field office in Loveland.

Musgrave, who represents Colorado’s fourth district, spanning eastern and northeastern areas of the state, issued a written statement saying, “I have only compassion for Michael and Terri’s family, and all those who have lost a loved one.”

Pat Anderson, a Florida attorney who represented Terri Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, for three years and remains in regular contact with them said she found Michael Schiavo’s political campaigning offensive.

“Somebody needs to tell this guy his 15 minutes of fame are up,” she said.

Colorado GOP chairman Bob Martinez criticized Schiavo’s involvement in Colorado, especially his planned fundraiser Thursday for Peggy Lamm, a Democrat seeking a seat from the 7th Congressional District.

“I can’t help but believe that the majority of Coloradans were appalled to learn that Michael Schiavo is helping political candidates profit off his wife’s death,” Martinez said in a news release.

Lamm issued a statement Wednesday saying she was proud of Schiavo’s support.

“He wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for the shameful way the Schiavos were treated by the Bush Administration and the Republicans in Congress,” she said.

Paccione welcomed Schiavo’s support and vowed to fight government involvement in private lives.

“The government has really overstepped its bounds in invading our privacy, in our bedrooms, in our medical decisions, on our phone lines, and it’s time for the government to stop doing that,” she said. “Michael puts a human face on this congressional invasion of privacy.”

Terri Schiavo collapsed in 1990, her heart stopped and she suffered what doctors said was irreversible brain damage that left her in a permanent vegetative state.

Michael Schiavo said his wife told him she wouldn’t want to be kept alive artificially, and in 1998 he asked a court to allow her feeding tube to be removed. Her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, fought the request through a series of courts. Michael Schiavo won final approval to remove the tube in 2005.

At 43, Schiavo has remarried and continues to work as a nurse at a Florida jail. He co-authored a book, “Terri: The Truth” and said he is determined to develop his political career.

He also formed a PAC that has raised about $25,000 and contributed to candidates in seven races. Lamm’s campaign received a $1,000 donation and PAC director Derek Newton said while the PAC and Schiavo endorse Paccione, a donation has not yet been delivered to the campaign.

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Cheryl Ford, RN ( is not affiliated with any other group and works to protect the rights of the disabled community

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Praying and Fasting for Leah--URGENT

Got an email yesterday from a friend:

I thought that I might pass this along to you all. A relative of ours, a 10 year old girl, has been diagnosed with cancer. She fell ill earlier this week, and apparently it is throughout her body. She has days to live.

Any prayer time that you can spare will be appreciated.

We'd all like to begin praying and fasting together for Leah, and I've typed

up a few suggestions below. It would be wonderful to obtain a miracle for Leah through the intercession of John Paul II so that his cause for canonization as a saint can be moved forward. Would you please forward these suggested prayers to anyone who might be interested? I'll have copies at the hospital as well.

Thank you and God bless!




(Ten year old daughter of Paul & Valerie (Leatherby) Willover diagnosed this week with cancer of the liver)

“…God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. For he created all things that they might exist, and the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion of Hades is not on earth. For righteousness is immortal” (Wisdom 1:13-16). And Jesus, the Son of God, sent by the Father, came to ‘give sight to the blind, to make the lame walk, to cleanse the lepers, to give hearing to the deaf, to raise up the dead and go preach the good news to the poor’ (cf. Luke 7:22). Since, ‘two or three gathered together’ can ask the Father anything, in Jesus’ Name, we join together to ask for the healing of our beloved Leah.

All welcome to participate! Do as little or much as you are able.


THE ROSARY: Monday—Joyful Mysteries, Tuesday—Sorrowful, Wednesday—Glorious, Thursday—Luminous, Friday—Sorrowful, Saturday—Joyful, Sunday—Glorious). Please try to pray this with your family, each evening. If not, pray wherever: on a walk, in the car, etc.

THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY: Said to be the best prayer for the sick and dying. Preferably, said at 3 pm, the hour at which Jesus died on the cross.

PRAYER TO OBTAIN A HEALING THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF JOHN PAUL II: said for nine days, beginning this Friday, July 14—Saturday, July 22nd. If the healing does not take place, we will continue saying the prayer each day until it does!

O Blessed Trinity, We thank you for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him. Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.

FASTING, for those who can give a little bit more!

Jesus said: “Some demons can only be cast out through prayer and fasting.”
In Medjugorje, the Blessed Mother has stated over and over again that prayer and fasting are the ways to obtain everything.

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No-Fault Divorce: A National Catastrophe

2/1/2007 Addendum:
I learned about two weeks ago that the audio is no longer available at the site. It can, however, still be found to read in full.

God bless!

This is such a GOOD article, I am putting it here in full, and giving the links.
At the bottom of the column, there is a link that you can use to listen/read along
You can listen to this message online here. When you go to this site, put his name, Michael Craven, in the top box, with the date, July 10, 2006.

He has said much of the same things that I have said for many years. He has said what others have learned the hard way for many years. No fault, forced, unilateral divorce is an evil that must change, and it has been deemed to be probably unconstitutional, just as he has pointed out in this column.

Many times, I have said that the Respondent in no fault, forced, unilateral divorce does NOT have 'due process'. I know that others have learned the same thing the hard way.

He uses the example of a man who had an affair. The wife tried to contest the divorce, but could not. There is no contesting no fault divorce.

Worse, that same man, if Catholic, can then go to the US Tribunals and find willing ears to grant him a judgement of Null and allow the adulterer to marry again in the Catholic Church. This is ESPECIALLY true if the Respondent in the Civil Divorce does not believe that their marriage was Null from the beginning. They do this using 'grounds' that are questionable, psychological, and often NOT truly present on the wedding day. This in the name of 'Compassion'...??

JPII has said:

But it is also proper to recognize the value of the witness of those spouses who, even when abandoned by their partner, with the strength of faith and of Christian hope have not entered a new union: These spouses too give an authentic witness to fidelity, of which the world today has a great need. For this reason they must be encouraged and helped by the pastors and the faithful of the church.
~~FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO Pope John Paul II 12/15/1981 (Sec 20)

God bless!!

No-Fault Divorce: A National Catastrophe
Michael Craven

This past week I had the privilege of sitting in for Kerby Anderson on Point of View, the nationally syndicated radio program founded by the late Marlin Maddoux.

To be honest, "sitting in" may be an overstatement as I fall far short of Kerby's ability and intellect when it comes to addressing today's most pressing issues, especially in the context of a live radio broadcast. Kerby along with co-host Carmen Pate do an exceptional job of raising the level of discourse on the major topics of our day. I strongly recommend this program to anyone who wants to understand relevant cultural and political issues from a learned biblical life and worldview.

While I always enjoy being on Point of View the subject of this program was of particular interest to me and I learned some things that I really did not realize about No-fault divorce.

I along with many others have long argued that the adoption of No-fault divorce, beginning in 1969, has served to increase family dissolution rates and undermine the institution of marriage itself, perhaps more so than any other single factor in history.

Constitutional and family law attorney, J. Shelby Sharpe who was a guest on last week's program said, "No-fault is national catastrophe. Anything which overturns the order or systems of things whereby families are destroyed and the whole of society adversely affected is by definition a catastrophe."

It may surprise you to learn that the efforts to advance No-fault divorce legislation were underwritten, in large part, by Hugh Hefner through the Playboy Foundation, which financed an "army of young lawyers" working to eliminate the legal protections previously afforded women and children. Alfred Kinsey also played an instrumental role in reducing these legal protections by falsely reporting that adultery was commonplace in most marriages. This reduced the stigma associated with adultery and ultimately served as the basis for eliminating all laws against adultery. Hefner and Kinsey both saw marriage as the final barrier to sexual freedom and thus determined to remove its inhibiting influence upon unrestrained sexual liberty.

Prior to No-fault divorce, the party seeking divorce was required by law to demonstrate guilt or cause on the part of the other party prior to dissolving the marriage, dividing the family's assets and destroying the two-parent structure essential for children. These measures provided strong legal protections primarily to women and children who might otherwise find themselves abandoned by husbands and fathers who simply no longer wanted to satisfy their familial responsibilities. (You might think me overly hard on men and unfairly sympathetic to women. Granted both men and women can be guilty of abandoning marriages, however, statistically speaking women and children are most often the victims.) In the cases of adultery the offending spouse risked losing everything. Today under No-fault divorce law adultery is not even considered relevant and therefore bears no relationship in the Court's decision.

Additionally, under the previous Fault system the state was limited in its actions and intrusion into the private affairs of family except in those cases where one of the parties committed a legally recognized offense against the other. In the wake of No-fault divorce the state has been given unprecedented access into and unconstitutional authority over what was previously sacrosanct: the family. Common law tradition in this country has historically treated the family as a preserve of privacy that was largely off-limits to the government. It was as Supreme Court Justice Byron White (1962-1993) called the "realm of family life which the state cannot enter."

This is what was most surprising to me; the constitutionality or lack thereof related to No-fault divorce. A retired Circuit Court judge writes, "To the characterization of No-fault divorce laws as both ungodly and inhumane I would add unconstitutional as well." Attorney Sharpe was confident that if a case involving No-fault divorce was ever brought before the U.S. Supreme Court it would no doubt be ruled unconstitutional and No-fault divorce abolished.

One of the principal protections afforded in the U.S. Constitution is the right to Due Process. Due Process encompasses the rules and principles for our legal system for the enforcement and protection of private rights. It gives the right to be heard regarding issues of life, liberty, or property. This means that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, property or of any right granted him by statute, unless the matter involved is first adjudicated or ruled against him at trial.

No-fault divorce completely usurps the defendant's right to Due Process. In the case of my other guest, Judith Brumbaugh, her husband of twenty years had an adulterous affair, formed a relationship with the other woman and decided that he no longer wanted to be married. Under the No-fault procedure he was able to file for divorce claiming that their marriage was "irretrievably broken." Judith contested this claim hoping to preserve her marriage however the No-fault procedure ultimately gave her husband and the Court the right to deny her Due Process. She was in essence charged with a crime, found guilty and sentenced without ever being heard. The marriage contract was unilaterally dissolved.

Judith lost her home, her children and her husband; she was left nearly destitute from legal expenses and utterly without recourse - an act which is legally impossible related to every other contractual obligation in this country. And yet in the most important contractual obligation in society the plaintiff, under No-fault divorce, is able to break his or her contractual obligation without the right of Due Process being given to the other party in the contract. The defendant's life can be ruined, their liberty restrained in countless ways and their property taken away by the Courts.

This is a travesty of justice that affects more than a million families each and every year with an annual related cost to taxpayers of more than $48 billion. This, of course, doesn't even begin to consider the secondary societal effects of family dissolution, so easily achieved, upon crime rates, welfare rolls, as well as the emotional and psychological effects upon the children of divorce. No-fault divorce has created an easy divorce culture which according to Maggie Gallagher "demotes marriage from a binding relation into something best described as cohabitation with insurance benefits."

No-fault divorce is both a social and legal atrocity that needs to be abolished for the sake of families and children that have, for too long, been subjected to the tyrannical actions of family courts and has encouraged, through law, radical selfishness on the part of narcissistic spouses and parents.

Copyright S. Michael Craven 2006

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S. Michael Craven is the Founding Director of the Center for Christ & Culture, a ministry of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families. The Center for Christ & Culture is dedicated to renewal within the Church and works to equip Christians with an intelligent and thoroughly Christian approach to matters of culture in order to recapture and demonstrate the relevance of Christianity to all of life. For more information on the Center for Christ & Culture, additional resources and other works by S. Michael Craven visit:

Michael lives in the Dallas area with his wife Carol and their three children.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Walid asks for Prayers for Jerusalem, Psalm 83

From the Walid Shoebat Foundation, this email:


Walid would like to let all our supporters know that we stand with the people of Israel in the new war that has been brought upon by continuous acts of terror by Hamas,Hezbullah and the other gangs of thugs.

We will be doing what we can in the media and around the country to rally support for Israel and explain to the world why Israel needs to act the way it does.

Let us all pray for a speedy victory, the safety of the soldiers, pilots and the people of Israel.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Please read Psalm 83


Keith Davies
Director of Shoebat Fdn

Psalm 83

0: A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.
1: O God, do not keep silence; do not hold thy peace or be still, O God!
2: For lo, thy enemies are in tumult; those who hate thee have raised their heads.
3: They lay crafty plans against thy people; they consult together against thy protected ones.
4: They say, "Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!"
5: Yea, they conspire with one accord; against thee they make a covenant --
6: the tents of Edom and the Ish'maelites, Moab and the Hagrites,
7: Gebal and Ammon and Am'alek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8: Assyria also has joined them; they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. [Selah]
9: Do to them as thou didst to Mid'ian, as to Sis'era and Jabin at the river Kishon,
10: who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the ground.
11: Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmun'na,
12: who said, "Let us take possession for ourselves of the pastures of God."
13: O my God, make them like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind.
14: As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15: so do thou pursue them with thy tempest and terrify them with thy hurricane!
16: Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
17: Let them be put to shame and dismayed for ever; let them perish in disgrace.
18: Let them know that thou alone, whose name is the LORD, art the Most High over all the earth.

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Something is Wrong

I do NOT understand this US sometimes.

A 13 yr old can be taken by someone NOT her parents to an abortion center for an abortion, without her parent's consent or knowledge in spite of the fact that she has to have their consent to take a tylenol in school for a headache, and in spite of the fact that this is obviously a case of child molestation by SOMEONE, it does not get reported to the police by anyone.

And there are many other cases just like that, with younger, and older minors, all over the US.

A friend of mine had a daughter involved in drugs, and FINALLY got her into a treatment center. They were told in front of her that she could sign herself out, in spite of the fact that in order to have her ears pierced, she had to have their permission, AND in spite of the fact that they the Parents were paying for her treatment! Why? Because she was over 14. So they had to put up with two more years of hell, being blamed for being 'too religious', etc... when that was a smoke screen that the daughter put up to avoid admitting she was using Crack since she was 12!!

In another state (Texas) , a 13 yr old was determined to be mature enough to refuse chemo and go with alternative medicine.

The Court system rules that a woman who is NOT DYING, but IS disabled can be put to death by starvation/dehydration, simply because she did not have their version of quality of life, and husband wanted her dead. Terri Schindler Schiavo did not match what they thought a person worth helping should be, so they killed her.

Ok, so now we have a young man who says he has already been through one round of chemo, and cannot live through another, so finds his own form of treatment that HE has chosen...and the gov't steps in, threatens his parents with taking him away from them, and tries to get a court order to FORCE the chemo on him??

If a 14 yr old is old enough to check herself out of a treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction, and a 12-17 yr old (and probably younger if needed) can 'choose' abortion and not notify parents, then why can THIS YOUNG MAN NOT REFUSE CHEMO and get an alternative treatment.

I am not into a lot of alternative treatments, personally, thinking that many are quackery, but what makes his decision any less valid than the examples I have cited??? Especially when many studies show that diet DOES make a difference in health?

And why do they insist he not have the treatment HE wants, when they were so vehement about removing a TUBE that only provided food and water to a disabled woman who was not dying in another state not too far away?

I don't get it. Not a bit.

There is something very wrong with this system.

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Monday, July 10, 2006

ZARQAWI'S SURPRISE (Found at Fr Joe's Blog)

I found a blog tonight that I think I visited a few times before. While there, I found this, which I am SURE that a few of my friends will really enjoy. So in addition to sending it to them, I am also putting it here.

Wisconsin Appeals Court: Marriage Relationships no Better than any other Intimate Relationship

I had intended to write about this on Saturday, but had to work the weekend and did not get a chance to do so until tonight.

Dad 29 had the first note about the subject that I had seen, but today, I also was emailed the Life Site article about it. There is just a little more background in this piece.

Dad 29 also has a second bit here on a 'poll' taken that claims that Wisconsin is split about gay marriage vs civil unions. I don't buy it. This poll is 600 randomly selected adults, and as all polls, depends on wording and how it is done. Dad 29 feels it is the method, which is plausible, but I would also want to know how the question was asked these 'randomly selected' adults.

Polls are used to 'sway' the population's thinking. I have absolutely no faith in any of them, and truly believe that they are dangerous, because too many do not think for themselves, but base decisions on the latest polls. Repeat something often enough, and eventually it becomes 'fact', even if the 'fact' is based on skewed polls.

It is called 'propagandizing'...

But Wisconsin has an activist judge here who seems to be setting us up for a ruling like Massachusetts has done, and his name is Judge Richard Brown of the Second District Court of Appeals. Seems he has a different way to interpret our very clear state law that says marriage is “the foundation of the family and of society.”