Did you know that sometimes on trackers, Firefox shows up as “Netscape 5.0”? Just an interesting bit of information I learned and thought you might like to know. Or not.
11:30 p.m….Beth ended up not singing at the revival tonight, so I sang in her place. She didn’t feel like her voice was up for a solo. I sang a song called Plenty of Time, about someone who kept putting off accepting Jesus, because they were young and thought they had plenty of time to do that. Then they died….and all they had was plenty of time to think about what they should have done. Plenty of time to regret not accepting Jesus.
I’ve sung the song several times before (a church member asked me to sing it at his funeral in 1995 – he died of cancer), but tonight I got a surprising reaction. Our youth/music minister’s wife’s step-dad (have I lost you yet? It’s Chris’ step-dad, Jerry) came and told me it really ministered to him because of a family situation with his mom. And he cried and hugged me. I have never seen that man cry before, and he has certainly never hugged me. He’s usually very quiet and reserved. I’m almost afraid to talk to him.
Ahhh…..we have a young love at our church now. Heather, the girl Andy likes, came tonight. She’s very quiet, too, and was a little uncomfortable around a church full of people she didn’t know. But from where Steve sits up in the sound room, he could see that they were holding hands during the sermon. When he told Andy that, Andy was mortified Sometimes it’s so much fun to be an adult seeing young people “in love”. So we’ve been giving Andy a hard time. We knew about Heather already, but Glory also likes Andy. And she’s a friend, but Andy isn’t interested in her romantically. And he did point out that Glory is only 12, while Heather (you have to say that with a really breathy “H” – that’s apparently the way she says it) is a mature 14. Andy will be 16 in August.
So….you know all the things we have to do. After church, I asked Andy if Heather is a girl he actually likes, or was she just after him. He said that he indeed likes her. I said, “Ok….I just needed to know what to tell Glory.” Andy can make some really interesting faces.
Before church, he told Beth and me not to embarrass him tonight. Sounded like a challenge to me. I asked him if “not embarrassing him” would include not letting Beth hang on him and hug him. He said yes. He just doesn’t understand how we have our fun. Beth told him she “had pictures.” He actually looked worried…until he realized there was nothing to take pictures of. He’s really got it bad. This should be fun.
I have a wedding bouquet to make. No…not for Andy…..for Beth’s friend, Barb. I’ll take pictures.
3:55 p.m…..I picked up Midnight from the vet. We had her spayed this morning. She’s doing much better than Scamper did 1-1/2 weeks ago.
Are you guys aware of the new feature that lets people know that you are online? Next to your name in a comment, is a little candle looking thing. If you mouse over, it says “online now”. You can turn the feature off if you like. Just go to Account settings, and then privacy preferences. Of course, it’s not too useful next to my name, because I am always signed into my Xanga. I just leave it running.
Beth is singing at the revival tonight, but she said all she really wants to do is come home and go to bed. She’s been working since 7:00 and gets off at 4:00. Steve is going to have to just go straight from work to the church. He’s about 90 minutes away.
Rachael is coming over shortly. I met her on the road while she was headed to Walmart. All roads lead to Walmart. Oh….it’s been storming bad here today, and there is a cemetery next to Walmart. When I went to pick up the cat, flowers from the cemetery had blown out onto the highway that runs in front of it.
THIS is Bethany’s studious look. Sort of.
Want some interesting information? Go HERE to find out what states allow you to marry a first cousin. No….I’m not thinking of marrying Beth off to a first cousin. But I was reading some genealogy a few minutes ago, of a family whose tree doesn’t branch out very far. Interestingly enough…..Arkansas does NOT allow that kind of marriage, despite all the jokes to the contrary.
Scientists Skeptical of Global Warming Alarmism Join Forces
More than 500 climate scientists, meteorologists, economists and others gathered in New York last week to offer an alternative perspective on human-induced global warming.
The International Conference on Climate Change, sponsored by The Heartland Institute, brought together experts from around the world who generally agree that although the temperature has warmed a bit over the past 100 years or so, human activity likely is not a significant factor. Instead, they made a strong case for climate change being an ordinary and well-documented part of the Earth’s history.
Stuart Shepard, digital media director for Focus on the Family Action and a meteorologist, attended the conference and brought back this video report.
(Go HERE to see the video that goes with the above article.)
Schwarzenegger Pledges to Support Right to Home School
‘This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts,’ he says.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for the reversal of a recent appellate court decision banning parents from educating their children at home if they lack teaching credentials, the Los Angeles Times reported. If the state Supreme Court fails to act, the governor vowed to push through legislation guaranteeing families’ right to home-school.
“This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts, and if the courts don’t protect parents’ rights, then, as elected officials, we will,” he said in a written statement.
Schwarzenegger’s comments about the 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling came as home schooling families and national conservative leaders expressed their beliefs that every parent has a fundamental right to home-school.
Dr. James C. Dobson interrupted the Focus on the Family radio program’s regular programming to discuss the ruling.
“What has occurred is yet another egregious decision handed down by a California appeals court that strikes at the very heart and soul of families and their children,” he said on Friday’s broadcast. “The court has assaulted parental rights again, and this time with a sledgehammer.”
We are asking concerned citizens across America to sign a petition asking the state Supreme Court to “depublish” the case, which means to apply the case to the family involved — not to all California families. More than 175,000 people already have signed the petition.
Thank Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for supporting parents’ rights to home-school.
I hope nobody is terribly surprised by this:
Planned Parenthood Accused of Overbilling Government
Planned Parenthood affiliates in California are being sued after allegedly overcharging the state and federal governments by $180 million for birth-control pills. A former executive filed the lawsuit.
Victor Gonzalez, former vice president of finance and administration of the Los Angeles affiliate, said he was fired for questioning Planned Parenthood’s “illegal accounting, billing and donations practices,” which began in the late 1990s and continued until 2004.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is accused of purchasing contraceptives and other medicines at discounted rates and then billing the state “12 or more times their purchase rate.”
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said there are increasing reports of alleged illegalities at Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation. A Kansas clinic is facing 107 criminal charges.
“In light of this new revelation that Planned Parenthood could be committing financial fraud that has cost taxpayers over $180 million, Operation Rescue renews its call for a federal investigation and a halt to funding of Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation,” he told California Catholic Daily.
Maryland Residents to Vote on Gender-Identity Bill
Voters in Montgomery County, Md., will get to decide if gender confusion warrants special rights, thanks to a petition organized by the Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government.
The petition opposes the newly passed gender-identity bill, which provides special privileges to people with gender-identity confusion — including access to restrooms and locker rooms. The privacy and safety of the county’s 500,000 women and children could be at risk. The law is on hold until the November vote.
Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government collected 32,000 signatures to let voters decide the issue, more than the 25,001 required.
Jeff Johnston, gender issues analyst for Focus on the Family, applauded the grassroots effort.
“For the county to mandate that businesses and individuals accommodate gender confusion is to cooperate with deep-seated spiritual and psychological brokenness,” he said. “While we have care and concern for those who are at war with their God-given gender, it is wrong for the county to encourage those individuals in their brokenness.”
Columnist E.J. Dionne is the latest to write a premature obituary for the values voter movement, proclaiming in Sunday’s Washington Post, “The era of the religious right is over.” Dionne’s argument, which he bases on Sen. John McCain’s GOP nomination, is that the senator’s victory was a result of his focus on national security, not social issues. Of course, Dionne’s presumption is nothing new-nor is the growing evidence to the contrary. Every indication from the primary exit polls is that the social conservative movement is not only alive but gaining ground. The number of states with a pro-life majority among their Republican primary voters, including Texas and Ohio, has soared to 19 out of 24. Fifteen of those states register 60 percent or higher on the pro-life scale! In the coming weeks the focus of these pro-life conservatives will be on two major decisions McCain must make where wrong choices will cost him: his selection for Vice President and his support or non-support for continuation of the pro-life and pro-marriage GOP platform planks. Dionne is just the latest scribe to insist on holding a funeral for a body that refuses to die. The first chapter of my new book, Personal Faith, Public Policy explains why he and other seers shouldn’t hold their breath. To order your copy, log on to www.frc.org.
Secretary’s Day Has Come and Gone
After a month and a half of detention, Chinese officials have released two church leaders who were arrested for leading a youth Bible study. China Aid credits the international community for bringing attention to the case–no thanks to America’s State Department. Secretary Rice continues to ignore FRC’s request, and that of a dozen congressmen, to intervene in the case of 21 pastors who were sentenced to Chinese labor camps for practicing their faith. A White House official told us that if we didn’t hear back from the State Department in five days to contact him again. That was two weeks ago. Like those in captivity, we can’t help but wonder what has become of the world’s biggest advocate of religious freedom.