Friday, September 18, 2009

Ethel Waters - His Eye Is On The Sparrow

After watching the last video, I kept singing this song, and had to look for it....

I remember seeing this when I was much younger. I also remember having many of her questions, or at least VERY similar questions...

For His Eye is on the Sparrow, And I Know He Watches Me....

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father…So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Matthew 10:29-31

Shorter version, JUST the song by the three ....

What is that?

I have had this 'on hold' for several days, enjoying it immensely.

A brother bought a birdfeeder for Mom, and his wife and he had brought the bird seed. Mom, however, wasn't enjoying it where it had been planted, because the couch blocked the lower part of the window.

One day, I thought...if that feeder was on the SIDE of the house, across the driveway, Mom could see it. I mentioned it to another sister-in-law, who promptly went out, and moved it. After adjusting it, she filled it.

Later that day, Mom yelled for me to come quick and look!! She was trying to count the MANY birds (sparrows) out there, and they kept changing places. She managed twice to get to thirty. There had to be at least that many. She called me back out there at least ten times that next couple of hours. A few times, I barely made it back down to my computer, sat down, and she'd excitedly call me back out to 'See all the birds!!!"

Since that day, a couple of months ago, Mom has repeated that same scenario many times, each time telling me to look in the bushes, look at the feeder, look at the ground... OH, MY! There they all go again!". She loves it.

This video reminds us that there is a time in life when things change....and the parent becomes ...the child.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father…So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Matthew 10:29-31

ObamaCare: Seniors Need Not Apply

My youngest brother is convinced that my interpretation of the health care bill is grossly mistaken. He truly thinks that everyone will get very good cradle to grave care (er... conception -- he IS pro-life)...

We just differ on that end of life care thinking.....

Federal Courts Have Commonly Read Abortion Into Medicaid's "Mandatory Categories"

Federal Courts Have Commonly Read Abortion Into Medicaid's "Mandatory Categories"

Since the 1970s, federal courts have regularly interpreted the “mandatory categories of care” within Medicaid to include abortion and thus mandate abortion coverage. That judicial interpretation of Medicaid will be adopted by courts in interpreting federal health care legislation, unless abortion is expressly excluded.

The author goes on to cite cases, and ends:

Finally, in reading these decisions, it must be understood that a “medically necessary” abortion is—under the Supreme Court’s abortion doctrine—whatever an abortion provider, in his/her personal, subjective judgment, determines it to be. The terms “necessary” and “medically necessary” are virtually synonymous, because both vest the abortion provider, in his or her subjective judgment, with complete discretion to determine their meaning. As the lower federal courts have applied the terms, an abortion is “necessary” because a woman requests it, and it becomes “medically” necessary when the doctor agrees to it. Consequently, when these two terms are combined—“medically necessary” to preserve the “health” of the woman”—a “medically necessary” abortion means any abortion a provider agrees to perform for any reason.

This is NOT a long article, but it is very clear and easily understood.

Read the rest here.........

Human Life of Washington: RATIONING IN BAUCUS BILL

Posted in full with permission of Dan Kennedy


Posted By: Human Life of Washington-State Office, Dan Kennedy, CEO
Date: 18 September 2009

The health care bill proposed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus on September 16 contains a dangerous provision that creates a financial incentive for Medicare doctors to deny treatments to seniors.

"This is the cruelest and most effective way to ensure that doctors are forced to ration care for their senior citizen patients. It takes the telltale fingerprints from the government: instead of bureaucrats directly specifying the treatment denials that will mean death and poorer health for older people, it compels individual doctors to do the dirty work. It is an outrageous way to provide coverage for the uninsured - by taking it away from America's senior citizens."

The provision penalizing doctors establishes that for at least five years, Medicare physicians who authorize treatments for their patients that wind up in the top 10% of per capita cost for a year will lose 5% of their total Medicare reimbursements for that year [see footnote 1 at bottom of release].

This means that all doctors treating older people will constantly be driven to try to order the least expensive tests and treatments for fear that they will be caught in that top 10%. It is noteworthy that this feature operates independently of any considerations of quality, efficiency, or waste - if you authorize enough treatment for your patients, however necessary and appropriate it may be, you are in danger of being one of the 1 in 10 doctors who will be penalized each year. Moreover, it creates a moving target - by definition, there will ALWAYS be a top 10%, no matter how far down the total amount of money spent on Medicare is driven.

“It's like a game of musical chairs, in which there is always one chair less than the number of players – so no matter how fast the contestants run, someone will always be the loser when the music stops,” O’Steen added.

The incentive this creates is purely cost-driven, without any balancing of benefit. It will create a constant sense of uncertainty in doctors, since none can know in advance precisely what the cutoff for a given year will be - resulting in still more pressure to limit treatment and diagnostic tests to the bare minimum.

For more information:

1. On pages 80-81 of the 8.16.2009 Chairman's Mark, in the "Expansion of Physician Feedback Program" in Title III, Subtitle A, Part I; specifically, at the top of page 81: "Beginning in 2015, payment would be reduced by five percent if an aggregation of the physician's resource use is at or above the 90th percentile of national utilization. After five years, the Secretary would have the authority to convert the 90th percentile threshold for payment reductions to a standard measure of utilization, such as deviations from the national mean."

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) rates this as taking $1 billion from Medicare payments over a period of 6 years. See CBO 9/16/09 letter to Chairman Baucus, Table, page 3 of 7.

Reconciliation 101: A -- Nuclear -- Abuse of Power

Reconciliation 101: A "Nuclear" Abuse of Power The Foundry

Author: Rory Cooper

Important! Especially the section--

The Consequences of Reconciliation: Stopping the Debate

The Consequences of Reconciliation: Stopping the Debate

  • Bipartisan Prejudice: 59 Senators currently caucus with the majority. If reconciliation were to be used to pass health care legislation, it would disenfranchise senators and those they represent on a crippling partisan basis.
  • Setting Precedent: By bypassing Senate rules to pass a piece of policy legislation that overhauls one-sixth of our economy, the Senate would be setting a precedent for future partisan majorities to eliminate thoughtful debate and pass reckless and partisan legislation “by any means necessary.” Reconciliation bills are limited to 20 hours of debate and are difficult to amend.
  • Who Is Alan Frumin? The reconciliation process leaves incredible policy issues at the hands of the Senate parliamentarian, Alan Frumin. The non-elected Frumin would be responsible for deciding what could and could not be included in the final health care bill, making him the first of many faceless bureaucrats in Washington who could make important decisions that affect your health care.
  • Checks and Balances: Our founders designed the U.S. Senate as the “balanced wheel” to offset the passions presumed to dominate the House of Representatives. This course of action would turn the Senate into a replica of the House, jettisoning the supermajority requirement and thereby losing a constitutionally vital check and balance.
Please read the rest at found at the link above!!!

Shared via AddThis

Susan Boyle sings Wild Horses on America's Got Talent 2009

I still love her voice.....

9/16/09 Judge Napolitano: Obamacare is Unconstitutional


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Constitution Day - September 17, 2009

Constitution Day - September 17, 2009

Happy Constitution Day...

If you don't know it, learn it!! We NEED to know it....

God bless!

Shared via AddThis

Former Senator Santorum Speaks on the Kennedy Funeral

The Damage Done is Profound: Former Senator Santorum Speaks on the Kennedy Funeral

Santorum also speaks out....

Shared via AddThis

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Priest/Editor of Kennedy's Diocesan Paper: Scandal of Kennedy Funeral

Priest/Editor of Kennedy's Diocesan Paper: Scandal of Kennedy Funeral -- Totally Avoidable

The comments that this priest has made are among the BEST that I have read to date about the Kennedy funeral!
Bravo, Fr Roger J. Landry!!

Shared via AddThis

ICON is Available: A Chapter per Week

Very good, so far! Waiting for Chapter 2...

God bless!

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Anne Frank Remembered

ICON Chapter 1 is Here!
Don't Miss Out.

Chapter 2 releases this Friday, September 18th, at 12:01 AM PST.

Contemporary, Political, Fiction from Brock & Bodie Thoene,
an E Book exclusively from FamilyAudioLibrary.Com.

Obama Frees Prisoner He Thinks Is a Terrorist - HUMAN EVENTS

Obama Frees Prisoner He Thinks Is a Terrorist - HUMAN EVENTS

Wonder when this will come back to bite us in the A.. er, Butt... ?

Shared via AddThis

John Stossel : I Am Moving to Fox -

John Stossel : I Am Moving to Fox -

Hopefully, by changing the title slightly, this won't come through with the gobbledy gook that happens with apostrophe and other similar punctuation marks.

Welcome to Fox, John Stossel. We don't agree on everything, but more often than not, I love your reporting!

God bless!!

Shared via AddThis

Cardinal George Pell to debate Christopher Hitchens

Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog: Cardinal George Pell to debate Christopher Hitchens

Oh, how I would LOVE to be there for this!!

Shared via AddThis

The Audacity of Hos' Daily Show Skewers ACORN

The Audacity of Hos' Daily Show Skewers ACORN

Jon Stewart is at it, again...

Ok, for some, there must be a language alert for this, but the ENTIRE video makes a VERY good point, and it is hilarious. He not only skewers ACORN, he also skewers MSM about NOT having covered this story!!

God bless James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles! Lord, keep them safe!

Shared via AddThis

Bret Stephens: Obama Is Pushing Israel Toward War -

Bret Stephens: Obama Is Pushing Israel Toward War -

Interesting article which ends:

"Si vis pacem, para bellum."
"If you wish for peace, prepare for war."

Shared via AddThis

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patrick Madrid: 13 Things a Burglar Doesn't Want You to Know

Patrick Madrid: 13 Things a Burglar Doesn't Want You to Know

Hmmm, interesting ideas!

Shared via AddThis

ACORN San Bernadino Child Prostitution Investigation Part I

This is the FOURTH that Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe have put out so far on ACORN.....

This one brags about having her own prostitution house, and murdering her husband....and then threatens to kill others.
She also names names of legislators that she lobbies.


Susan Boyle - Wild Horses

I just love her voice!

AmP: People who don't support Obama are racists, liberal Catholic claims

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: People who don't support Obama are racists, liberal Catholic claims

Another opinion on the America article.

God bless!

America Magazine: Is it Racism? by Michael Sean Winters

America Magazine

Disgusting piece of 'opinion'... read it if you can. Oh, and if you make it to the end of the article... the COMMENTS are equally aggravating, IMHO.

I am JUST as sick and tired of this garbage as I was when OJ Simpson was accused of the horrible death of his wife and her friend! I did not ever think of OJ as 'black' any more than I do Obama (who is half white, by the way).

I DO think of how far from our Constitution this current (and the previous) administration is taking our country, and THAT is what upsets me. NOT RACE.

I am bothered by catholics who claim to be Catholic but do not follow the teachings of Her Church on Life, Euthanasia, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Cloning, etc. I am bothered that they continue to call themselves CATHOLIC, yet also continue to push agendas that will have millions more die horrible deaths in the own mothers' wombs.

I am bothered by the fact that our spending and debt has increased so rapidly, and so dangerously. I am bothered by the fact that most of these bills that are causing this are so long-winded that no one knows WHAT is in them, and WORSE YET, those VOTING ON THEM have not even READ them!

I am bothered by the fact that ACORN gets so much of our (NOTE: MY) money when it is involved in voter fraud and advising clients on how to secure $$ for PROSTITUTION of UNDERAGE ILLEGAL alien girls while evading legal and tax laws!!!

I AM NOT upset because Pres Obama is Black. I would NOT be upset if Pres Obama had been our first BLACK and FEMALE President. NEITHER of these have anything to do with ISSUES.

I AM upset about the ISSUES, the LYING, and the rapidly downhill trend our nation is on!!

Hey, you guys! Are you LISTENING TO US YET????

Guess NOT, huh? Much easier to try to call us ... Racist.

Shared via AddThis

Brutal murder of pro-life activist exposes epidemic of pro-choice terrorism and violence

Brutal murder of pro-life activist exposes epidemic of pro-choice terrorism and violence -- Saynsumthn's Blog

Thanks to Alveda King for alerting us to this long, but very good blog piece. Several videos are also used to back up what is written.

Lord, have Mercy!

God bless!

Shared via AddThis

Monday, September 14, 2009

NYC ACORN Prostitution Investigation - James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles - Part 1

This is # 3.... ACORN needs to be ENDED, PROSECUTED, and PAY BACK THE TAXPAYERS!!

September 14, 2009

The saga of corruption continues in New York City... Incredibly the leadership of ACORN says this body of work is falsified and edited to make them look bad. My suggestion is that the leadership (congress, senate, administration and ACORN) best understand that ACORN is now finished DBAU along with their unscrupulous 360 associated co-mingled entities. Obama' and his administration are profligate spenders, so course we should expect this.

Now we push back hard, our focus on defeating the corruption in government. Please share this video and bring it up as a topic of caual conversation. This is war and we must use every means possible and every venue and genre available to let these facts out of the well sealed and protective "safety" of the main street media and administration. And we have to do this today! Please embed this video or link or our channel.

Renew America article on Catholics Against Obama Care

Catholics Against Obama Care can be found here.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jean Heimann

Here's the article on Catholics Against Obama Care written by Helen Valois on Renew America.


Jean M. Heimann
Catholic Fire

"If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire. Let the truth be your delight...proclaim it...but with a certain congeniality."

~ St. Catherine of Siena

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Maryland May Prosecute ACORN Sting Video Makers

Maryland May Prosecute ACORN Sting Video Makers

Not a word about prosecuting those in ACORN that promote illegal activity and forced prostitution of minors, as well as alleged voter fraud...

But they MAY prosecute those who have forced the media/nation to take a LOOK at the activities of an organization that should be closed down... one that has misused our tax dollars AND our trust???

Sure...go after the whistleblowers...Kill the Messenger. Leave ACORN alone....


Lord, have Mercy!

Shared via AddThis

Roger L. Simon--America Goes to Washington: I was wrong about the Tea Party Movement

Boy, was I wrong. I can remember telling Glenn Reynolds during CPAC that these Tea Party demonstrations were rinky-dink and going nowhere. Barely more than a half-year later, they’re putting two million people on the Washington Mall. Wow! If I were Obama & Co., I’d be afraid, I’d be very afraid.

And no doubt they are. They bobbled the ball big time and I wouldn’t be surprised if heads are going to start to roll – and not just the obvious (and relatively inconsequential) ones like Van Jones. Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod are going to be looking at each other like nervous apparatchiks in the Politburo because someone is going to have take the bullet for the disaster they have wrought. Emanuel is looking like a particular dummy right now for opening his mouth about not missing a good crisis. It is from idiotic statements like that unread stimulus bills get passed or giant healthcare legislation proffered without anyone knowing the contents, not even (and maybe especially) the President.

No wonder the public is outraged. They have a perfect right to be.

Go here for the rest of the article....

Shared via AddThis

Here's to the Heroes Tribute