Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


We enjoyed great food and tons of swinging in the fog... :)
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Freedom of Choice Act

I recently saw some of my Facebook friends joined a group called "Fight FOCA!". I jogged on over to see what it was referring to. It is a group formed to fight the passage of the Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that has been introduced to Congress and one that President-Elect Obama has said would be the first bill he would sign into law once in the Oval Office. The Facebook group states, in part:

"Basically anything goes, partial birth abortions, ridding of babies born after botched abortions, and any other "unrestricted" type of abortion. Not only that but this act would hold TAXPAYERS responsible for the nationwide costs of abortions. That means YOU AND ME. This act isn't too far away from becoming a reality in the United States, but we CAN stop it, so please sign the petition! Obama may have won this election, but it is ironically up to the youth of the United States to fight for those without a voice! WE CAN CHANGE THIS!"

A good summary of the bill reads as this (from

Freedom of Choice Act - Declares that it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to: (1) bear a child; (2) terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability; or (3) terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect her life or her health.
Prohibits a federal, state, or local governmental entity from: (1) denying or interfering with a woman's right to exercise such choices; or (2) discriminating against the exercise of those rights in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information. Provides that such prohibition shall apply retroactively.
Authorizes an individual aggrieved by a violation of this Act to obtain appropriate relief, including relief against a governmental entity, in a civil action.

Take a smart, responsible bill and trash it with overtly anti-choice propaganda to gain support. Did they not even READ the bill? It states a declaration that every woman has a right to choose to bear the child, terminate BEFORE fetal viability, and/or terminate in third trimester WHEN NECESSARY TO PROTECT HER LIFE AND/OR HER HEALTH!!! Where does it say it will "make taxpayers pay for abortions" and encourage an "anything goes" attitude?

This bill may overturn the Partial Birth Abortion ban which in actuality only bans one certain procedure of many. It may also impact waiting periods, trigger laws and parental consent laws (Thanks Mac, for your excellent summary).

Fewer than 1% of all abortions are performed after 20 weeks, and are typically limited to cases of severe abnormalities. No healthy woman, after carrying a pregnancy for 20 or more weeks, decides to just up and have an abortion for the hell of it. Please, people.

People, do your research. Be you pro-choice or anti-choice, be smart and do your research.

Watch lame duck Pres. Bush very carefully these last two months he has in office. He is pushing to redefine contraception as abortion.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The family spent the day at the local Renaissance Festival with two of our closest friends. We had a wonderful time! I can't believe Lil'Miss lasted for 6 hours out there...she got pretty fussy toward the end of the day, but all in all she was wonderful!

She took lots of walks with Daddy:

From The Renaissance Fair

Cheered on the jousting knights:

From The Renaissance Fair

From The Renaissance Fair

From The Renaissance Fair

And had an all around wonderful day. The weather was gorgeous; the company comforting.

We were at one of the stalls trying princess hats on Lil'Miss when a cameraman came up to us filming her. Handed us a release form and said it may be used in next year's commercial!!! A Star is Born!!!! hahaha :)

The Renaissance FairCheck out the rest of the pictures here


Monday, November 3, 2008

Yes We Can

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.
Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality.
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can.
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.
Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea –

Yes We Can!