Friday, September 05, 2008

Sarah Palin

Transcripts and Videos of McCain and Palin Acceptance Speeches

OOOOooooooooo, BARRACUDA!!

From John McCain's Acceptance Speech....

"I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again. I wasn't my own man anymore. I was my country's.

I'm not running for president because I think I'm blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God.

If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.

I'm going to fight for my cause every day as your President. I'm going to fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, as I thank Him: that I'm an American, a proud citizen of the greatest country on earth, and with hard work, strong faith and a little courage, great things are always within our reach.

Fight with me.

Fight with me.

Fight for what's right for our country.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children's future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We're Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.

Thank you, and God Bless you. "

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Fwd: From The Weekly Standard The Speech What Palin wrought.

The Speech
What Palin wrought.
by William Kristol

He has long been hoping that Sarah Palin would be the VP pick. Here he makes three points about her speech. (Also, see the NY Times column he refers to).

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TRANSCRIPT: Sarah Palin Remarks at GOP Convention

From Cal Thomas on Sarah Palin

Palin Passes Her First Test With Flying Colors

More than any other political figure in recent memory, Sarah Palin connects with the public. That's because she is real. She is not saddled with the pretense that grips so many career politicians. She is not perfect and does not try to pretend to be. She is from a small town from which come the biggest hearts.

She mocked the elites, but like Ronald Reagan she has enough charm to win them over, not to her beliefs in every case, but to her as a person.

She is the personification of the girl next door, which has always been the American "ideal." The toughest tests are yet to come, but she passed the first one with the flying colors that were on the screen behind her.

A Star is Born--So Say Journalists about Sarah Palin

I watched her hit it out of the park last night, and I am thrilled to see this article this morning!!

Palin provides a 'perfect populist pitch'

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television WriterThu Sep 4, 12:57 AM ET

With a forceful speech that served as her introduction to millions of Americans on Wednesday, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin seduced many on television who had spent days doubting her candidacy.

It wasn't just a home run, said CNN's Wolf Blitzer; it may have been a grand slam. "A very auspicious debut," said NBC's Tom Brokaw. It was a "perfect populist pitch," said CBS' Jeff Greenfield. "Terrific," said Mort Kondracke on Fox News Channel.

"A star is born," said Chris Wallace on Fox.

"A star is born," Blitzer said.

"A star is born," said Anderson Cooper on CNN.

Palin combined jokes about being a hockey mom with searing criticism of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. It was a spur to a convention audience ready to get worked up, to a large extent because Republican leaders had pushed the notion that the news media was being sexist or too aggressive in questioning her qualifications for the job.

Read the rest here...

And God bless!

USCCB further response to Nancy Pelosi

USCCB News Release

September 2, 2008

Church Teaching Against Abortion Constant Through Centuries, Says New Resource

WASHINGTON— To help end confusion caused by recent misrepresentations of Catholic Church teaching on abortion, the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued a two-page fact sheet called "Respect for Unborn Human Life: The Church's Constant Teaching."

Public debate on the topic was prompted by misleading remarks by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, August 24 in an interview on Meet the Press.  On August 26, Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William Lori, chairman of their Committee on Doctrine, issued a statement to correct her remarks. Other Catholic bishops released similar statements.

"This well documented fact sheet will help Catholics and others form their consciences in accordance with the Church's unchanging teaching in defense of unborn human life," said Deirdre McQuade, Assistant Director for Policy and Communications at the USCCB's Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

Among other points, the fact sheet states that "modern science has not changed the Church's constant teaching against abortion, but has underscored how important and reasonable it is, by confirming that the life of each individual of the human species begins with the earliest embryo."

The full text of "Respect for Unborn Human Life: The Church's Constant Teaching" is available online at The August 26 statement by Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Lori may be found at

Sarah Palin for Vice President - 2008

Sept 3 RNC Coverage

I thought Sarah Palin did VERY well tonight! I am impressed by her ability to speak so well, and her humor.

More coverage (if you have the time to view them) from today:

Joe Lieberman
Joe Lieberman
Conn. senator on Palin's upcoming speech

Center Stage
Center Stage
Gov. Lingle on Palin's RNC speech

Performing Under Pressure
Performing Under Pressure
Dissecting Palin's RNC address

Unfair Comments?
Unfair Comments?
Amy Klobuchar on GOP 'sexism' claims

'You Go Girl'
'You Go Girl'
Will Palin speech resonate with voters?

'She Is Who She Says She Is'
'She Is Who She Says She Is'
Sarah Palin biographer speaks out

Historic Moment
Historic Moment
Palin will accept VP nomination at RNC

Historic Nomination
Historic Nomination
Should Palin address her critics?

Lynn Swann
Lynn Swann
Lynn Swann on McCain's RNC speech

Pivotal Moment
Pivotal Moment
Ferraro on Palin speech expectations

Who is Sarah Palin?
Who is Sarah Palin?
Palin's press secretary on his boss

Palin: Past, Present and Future
Palin: Past, Present and Future
Looking at Palin's past and future

Biased Coverage?
Biased Coverage?
McCain camp criticizes media over Palin

Piling On?
Piling On?
Newt Gingrich on media coverage of Palin

Smearing Sarah?
Smearing Sarah?
Obama campaign on Palin attacks

Talking Points: 9/3
Talking Points: 9/3
Sneering at Sarah Palin

'Time for Choosing' Pt.1
'Time for Choosing' Pt.1
Giuliani's case for McCain-Palin ticket

'Time for Choosing' Pt.2
'Time for Choosing' Pt.2
Giuliani's case for McCain-Palin ticket

US Weekly 'defends' its Cover and Story

I really have a problem with sensationalist headlines, but when you put on your cover a title like "BABIES, LIES, and SCANDAL", it actually means something, and it is NOT good. I won't be buying the magazine anytime soon...

BY Jana Winter

The popular celebrity gossip magazine Us Weekly has jumped into the political ring, feet first, with a scathing article about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

On its most recent cover, due out on newsstands Friday, the magazine shows a picture of Palin with the headline, "Babies, Lies & Scandal" — a marked contrast from its gushing review of Barack and Michelle Obama that ran two months ago.

Critics say this cover, which was released a day ahead of Palin's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, is a sucker punch aimed at the GOP ticket, and is a blatant attempt to influence the votes of the magazine's 12 million mostly female readers.

Us Weekly publisher Jann Wenner is an outspoken supporter of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

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Advocacy Journalism?
Advocacy Journalism?
Us Weekly defends controversial cover

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US Weekly magazine tries to defend its cover and article on Sarah Palin. 

Sarah Palin Acceptance Speech

Palin in Prime Time
Palin in Prime Time
Palin's introduces herself to America Pt 1

Palin in Prime Time
Palin in Prime Time
Palin's introduces herself to America Pt 2

Sarah Palin from the Planned Parenthood Perspective....

Nothing makes me as angry as someone so pro-abort (anti-life) that they cannot even see past their noses.

With all the criticism in the past few days, including blatant lies about Baby Trig, accusations that this is not Sarah and Todd Palin's baby, but their grandchild... nothing beats the words of former Planned Parenthood president .

(She) suggested Palin is making her daughter keep the baby.

"She probably feels powerless right now," Feldt said on Tuesday responding to the news about Bristol Palin.

Feldt said Governor Palin's pro-life views may have made it so she and her husband Todd prevented Bristol from getting an abortion.

"Because of her family's attitude she probably doesn't feel that she has a choice in terms of what will happen to her," Feldt said.

Sheer venom.

PP has made it nearly impossible for a grandparent to have any say in the life of a grandchild, (or even the FATHER of that baby). They have even taken away our right to protect our children from undergoing SURGERY without our consent. That fact, in spite of our young teens not being able to take a Tylenol for a headache while in school without our written permission, or get their ears pierced without our signed consent...

Had Bristol not wanted to keep her baby, she has had ample opportunity to hide the pregnancy by killing her child in an abortion center provided by PP, and 'no one' needed to be the wiser.

No one, that is, besides Bristol, the abortionist, the staff members of the abortion center, perhaps the father, perhaps a friend or two. And eventually, someone would have been certain to leak that news to the press, again attempting to destroy Sarah Palin and her family.


Sarah Palin is the epitome of what this woman hates. She is pro-life in all ways, including walking her talk.

She is, in fact, what most of the liberals do not like. She is a card carrying Second Amendment Right's advocate, a hunter, a fisher, Christian,  pro-life woman and mother of five, including one who is the 'example' of lives snuffed out by those who think some lives are not worth living...and now, she has joined the myriad number of parents of a teen with an unexpected pregnancy.

God bless her!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Fireproof - National Premier Sept 26 - 9/3/08

This may be a movie that YOU need to see. Not your spouse... YOU. Best would be to see it together. But it may be YOU that needs to change, not your spouse... as much as you think it has to be him/her.... God bless!

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From: Smartmarriages
Date: Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 7:48 PM


Here's an article urging you to see Fireproof which premieres Sept 26. You
may also want to organize a community event around the movie - MANY in the
coalition are doing so. Fireproof was one of the movies featured in the
first Smart Marriages movie festival in San Francisco - it was shown several
times to standing room only crowds. Click here to find out how to bring the
movie to your community:
- diane

Make plans to see 'Fireproof'
Baptist Press
By Kelly Boggs
Aug 29, 2008

This story is part of a series of Baptist Press stories about Fireproof,
which hits theaters Sept. 26.

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--The current condition of marriage in America is, at
best, shaky. Divorce and dysfunction seem to have replaced commitment and
harmony as the new norm. And while many churches seek to shore up the
struggling state of matrimony with education and information, one particular
church is trying a more creative approach.

Sherwood Baptist Church of Albany, Ga., is hoping a movie will, at the very
least, provide hope that many struggling marriages can be strengthened.

"Fireproof," is the third movie from Sherwood Pictures, a ministry of
Sherwood Baptist Church. "Facing the Giants," is the most well-known of the
previous Sherwood releases. A fun, family flick that did not shy away from
matters of faith, Giants was well-received by movie goers.

Set to open in theaters Sept. 26, "Fireproof" tells the story of a
struggling marriage and addresses the issue of modern-day relationships
head-on. The messages conveyed are clear: Marriage is anything but easy,
relationships require patience, and there is hope for struggling marriages.

One unique aspect of Sherwood Pictures production standards, which sets it
apart from the rest of the film-making world, is it only uses Christian
actors and actresses in its movies. In fact, most of the cast are members of
Sherwood Baptist Church.

One "Fireproof" cast member who is not a member of Sherwood is Kirk Cameron.
Best known for his role as Mike Seaver in the 1980s television hit "Growing
Pains," Cameron is a committed and outspoken follower of Christ.

Cameron not only delivers a strong performance as the male lead in
"Fireproof," but his presence on the set seemed to have raised the bar for
everyone else. I have to be honest: While I found the storyline in "Facing
the Giants" entertaining, some of the acting was not up to Hollywood
standards. This is not the case in "Fireproof." With one small exception,
all the acting in "Fireproof" is more than adequate.

While "Facing the Giants" was a movie for the whole family, "Fireproof" is
not. It is an intense film that deals with mature themes. It is probably
appropriate for older teens, but I would not recommend it for younger

One of the issues that "Fireproof" touches on is pornography, a subject not
easily addressed. However, the film deals with the destructive nature of
porn in a manner that is both tactful and appropriate. In fact, I can't
recall when I have seen the issue dealt with so adequately. (The viewer sees
no pornographic images and hears the word "porn" only once.)

Another aspect of "Fireproof" I appreciate is that it is rooted in reality.
The story line is possible, the relationships resonate with reality and the
plot twists are plausible.

"Fireproof" is a perfect illustration that marriages do not get into trouble
overnight. Little by little, relationships erode until they are at the point
of breaking apart. Only a lot of hard work, patience, prayer and
unconditional love can save a marriage on the brink of falling apart.

But at least one question remains to be answered: Can a movie really make a
difference on the sagging state of marriage? While I don't know the answer
to that question, I do know that it certainly can't hurt.

"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the
realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal
adulthood," said Walt Disney. If the family entertainment legend's
observation is accurate, "Fireproof" has the opportunity to portray a
realistic and hopeful view of marriage to cinema goers -- both young and

If nothing else, "Fireproof" might provide a spark of hope for someone in a
struggling marriage that with the Lord all things are indeed possible.
Whatever the condition of your marriage, you need to see "Fireproof." And
you need to encourage others to see it, too.

For more information: For resources, visit

© Copyright 2008 Baptist Press


Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

Kudos to Dana Summers for hitting the nail on the head!

God bless!

Tuesday at the RNC

'Ready to Lead'
'Ready to Lead'
Bush addresses the RNC from White House

Hi WICatholic,
Your friend, WI Catholic, thought you might be interested in this these video(s).

Palin Pregnancy
Palin Pregnancy
RNC and Sarah Palin's pregnant teen

Ingraham's take on media and Palin

Prime-Time Appeal
Prime-Time Appeal
Lieberman on McCain's bipartisan appeal Pt 1

Prime-Time Appeal
Prime-Time Appeal
Lieberman on McCain's bipartisan appeal Pt 2

Character Counts
Character Counts
Thompson praises McCain's character Pt 1

Character Counts
Character Counts
Thompson praises McCain's character Pt 2

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Senators Obama and Clinton Answering

This is self-explanatory...a lot of words that actually mean nothing.

Life begins at Conception. They need to go back to High School Biology class.

God bless!

Tony Perkins Asks Barack Obama: When Does Life Begin?

THIS IS GREAT! Thanks, Tony Perkins!

God bless!

HT to Lee at Confessions of a Catholic Mom

On Sarah Palin -- The Media Attack

Some of my friends and I had an exchange on Monday and Tuesday, and I did not want to have to rewrite it all... I have left out the names of those I was conversing with. I hope that they do not mind.

On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 7:32 PM, XX wrote: yep, heard this. The unfortunate part of this is that it came out from the family now because of the far left wing crazies. They actually were blogging untrue statements that 4 mos old Trig was not really Sarah Palin's baby...that she had faked her pregnancy and it was actually her daughter Bristol's baby...these far lefties are sick..

Sep 1, 2008 9:25 PM

Yes, I also read that.

However, I also went through that to a certain extent when my *Baby Sibling* was born. I was 19. The neighbors had not always seen me or Mom, and they asked me a few times (different neighbors) when I'd "had the baby"... when I told them that she was Mom's, not mine, they often had a 'look'... Mom was 44. I was that time, another neighbor WAS raising her grandchild as though she was her child...

That was back in a time when one did not keep their child born out of wedlock if one didn't marry. Today, we live in a time when it isn't 'normal' to have a baby at 44, and it REALLY is rare that anyone would actually go through with a pregnancy that is not 'normal' at any age, much less "that" age. (Something like 80% of such pregnancies are aborted?)...

So the lefties have come up with an explanation that THEY could accept, just as our neighbors had to in 1968.

It is easier to believe what 'society accepts' than to believe reality sometimes. Back then, society didn't accept unwed mothers. Today, they do, but they have a hard time with Down's babies ( actually, any baby that isn't perfect).

On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 10:46 PM, YY wrote:

Totally expected, though... I'm sure, or I'd like to think, that this sort of thing was well thought out BEFORE Sarah accepted...

think about this... the scandal is not so much that the 17 year old is pregnant, but it WOULD have been IF she had chosen to seek an abortion... Christianity doesn't make us perfect... Her true Christianity is shown in how she (Sarah and her daughter/family) handle the controversy, which I'm sure they knew would happen and hopefully have prepared for as best they could...

And I couldn't help but think about Obama's comments when he was still campaigning against Hillary, when he made some stupid comment about how If one of his daughters made a "mistake" he wouldn't expect them to be "punished" with a baby.... So, let the left go ahead and make their comments... It won't be the first time that Obama's comments will come back and bite them on the back side...

Sep 2, 2008 4:36 AM

Sadly, had her daughter chosen the abortion route, the Palin's may not have known anything about their grandchild. But SOMEONE would have known. Perhaps several someones (anyone working in the clinic, a 'friend', etc) who easily could have used that information to try to 'zing' the campaign and the Palin's with that bit of breaking news.

THIS breaking news is much less damaging that that would have been. This breaking news is news that many of us have gone through since the beginning of time.

I am sure it was thought out ahead of time. McCain knew before he made his choice. And the pictures from the announcement of their family also show Bristol carrying her baby brother instead of Todd or Sarah Palin. At the time, I didn't think much about it, other than oldest child carrying youngest child. But being five months, it also could have been their way to protect her from the cameras.

On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 3:02 PM, ZZ wrote:

As for Sarah Palin's would have been nice if the McCain camp had acknowledged the pregnancy BEFORE the left had a chance to 'find dirt'. There would have been no fun it having had it already disclosed.

Sep 2, 2008 6:13 PM

Hmmm, I am not sure that would have made much difference, since it was the Daily Kos that started the rumors to fuel this. The rumor that they started was that the baby isn't her child, but her grandchild, Bristol's baby. It is these lies that are despicable.
That blog is known for its liberalism and for its hatred of anything related to Bush, or to conservative, or to pro-life issues.

The other aspect of this is that this really has absolutely nothing to do with her ability to function as a person in a job or office. Having gone through this myself (though a child was 20), I know that. It is a personal family issue that the Clinton's did not face, as they said that the media was to stay away from Chelsea--and the media did.

What right does any person have to speculate, to lie about any other person with no real proof of anything but their own desire to destroy someone? That is the goal of the Daily Kos, and nothing else.

There was no reason for her to announce to the world on the very day that she was chosen as VP.. "Oh, and by the way, I am also going to be a Grandma..." She had a right to announce that in the way she chose to.

Had this been anyone else, we may never have known about the baby, because he would have been aborted for either or both of two reasons.... she is 44 yrs old...and he has an extra chromosome that means Down's Syndrome.

Had this been anyone else, we also may never have known about Bristol's baby, because that baby, in order to 'save face' would no longer be living.

Years ago, the solution for a teen pregnancy was to send the girl away and force her to give that child up for adoption, and NEVER talk about it again. That was to save the family's face, not for the good of the teen or the baby. Shame. Yes, adoption may be the best choice, but not for reasons of shame. Not to save face. But that is what abortion does for many people today.

Had Sarah and Todd Palin been anyone other than who they are, 'no one but them' ..and their abortionist, and his staff, and then nosy others would have known... and that news would also have been 'outed'.

This isn't news. This is something that MANY of us have had to face in our own lives, as in getting pregnant before we married... and/or as parents of unwed teens. The fact that she is a Governor does not make that any more of our business than if she was just Sally Doe from Timbuktu.

The reason it was NEWS to the Kos people is because they don't get it. They just cannot believe that anyone would ever give birth to a Down's Syndrome baby (another example of a life not worthy of life) or 'save their daughter from the embarrassment' of an unplanned pregnancy. They just cannot believe that there ARE people out there who really mean what they say when they say that they are pro-life.

God bless!


Upland Sandpiper

A Lesson from a Missing Nest

The past few years, I have seen and watched some sandpipers that live in my apartment complex area. Last summer, and earlier this summer, one built a nest in the spotted rocks along the side of our building, routinely doing their best to protect their nest by running out ahead of any passerby, even feigning injury if necessary to prevent anyone from disturbing their nest. This year was no different, as a nest was "built" once again in the same spot as last year.

Then came a time when, bravely, mother or father bird sat very very still as we walked by, not moving even an eye or feather.

Then, I came home from work one morning to see two spots on the sidewalk just by the nest, and no familiar parent bird sitting I drew closer, I realized that the 'spots' were actually the contents of those two eggs, smashed on the cement.


By whom? Do sandpipers toss out their own eggs? The management? Another apartment dweller here in my building? Kids in the complex? An animal? I have no idea. All I do know is when I left for work, everything was intact, with Mommy or Daddy bird on guard. When I came home ten hours later, they were gone.

For the rest of this summer, I have not gone by that spot without seeing, still, the impact of where that nest HAD been, and a residue on the sidewalk of the eggs from that nest. I have also not seen any trace of that sandpiper or its mate. And I have often thought about writing about this as my own thoughts flowed to the impact on life of two aborted sandpipers.

But my thoughts go further than just two sandpipers and their babies...

Just as I have noticed and missed the birds, and even 'lightly' grieved this, I cannot help but remember other babies that were with us one minute...and gone the choice. People think that a 'personal decision' made by one person should not be any concern of anyone else. Yet, everything in life affects others around us. Everything, no matter how much we'd like to pretend that it doesn't.

Long ago, as the diagnosis of alcoholism hit our family, we were told that every alcoholic affects at a minimum, four people. In reality, that is a very low figure. Each of us comes into contact with many more than four people in our lives. Our spouse, our children, our extended families, our friends, our coworkers, and mere acquaintances that we happen to meet over the course of our lives. We touch each of those lives for good or for bad.

When a baby is on the way, in some cases, few may know, and the act of abortion is thought to wipe out any ramifications that life may have had on others, simply because one--or two--or three have 'chosen' to abort it before its existence can be known by others. Perhaps to 'protect' the unwed mother from 'suffering the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy'.

But that mother remembers. The father of that baby remembers (perhaps not having had any choice in the matter, or ... having urged or even forced the abortion on the mother of his child)... the grandparents may remember if they had been told of the baby's existence...friends will remember...

and each, like me as I pass that nest will have moments of wondering "why?", "what would things be like had that baby been born?"...

Abortion is not a personal matter.
It leaves many victims in its wake.

God bless!