Friday, October 3, 2008

Good Use of Celebrity

I meant to post about this when I first found out about it, but I have been sick. So, on with the story, even if it is a couple of days late. . .

Eduardo Verastegui, the star of the indie movie Bella, has used his celebrity for good. He and several friends joined others outside a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood as part of the 40 Days for Life. He didn't just show up for a photo op. He stayed half the day working as a sidewalk counselor. He is also using his foundation Manto de Guadalupe to open a pregnancy resource center among nine abortion clinics in L. A. If you would like to read the LifeSiteNews story, click here. Also 40 Days for Life posted about this with pictures.

So I say, "Bravo, Sen. Verastegui. May God bless you for using your celebrity for good. May God used your pregnancy resource center and Bella and "Dura Realidad" to save many lives."

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Non-bailouts

I am glad that for once Congress listened to the people and didn't sign the bailout. I was going to try to write a post about it, but I read two that say what I think so much better than I would. So here are a couple of links and quotes.

From Thomas Sowell (one of the smartest people in America if you ask me).

In other words, Congressman Frank and Senator Dodd wanted the government to push financial institutions to lend to people they would not lend to otherwise, because of the risk of default.

The idea that politicians can assess risks better than people who have spent their whole careers assessing risks should have been so obviously absurd that no one would take it seriously.

But the magic words "affordable housing" and the ugly word "redlining" led to politicians directing where loans and investments should go, with such things as the Community Reinvestment Act and various other coercions and threats.

And from JR at A Keyboard and a .45

The 132 Republicans and 92 Democrats who voted against the will of the Administration and Party Leadership deserve our thanks. Yes the Market tanked, as should be expected , but we now have a chance to figure out a much better way to resolve this crises. I am a believer in "Efficient Markets" and understand that the artificially inflated housing prices and shoddy lending practices have put us in a position where a free market type correction is going to be very painful. But I also understand that the .gov had a very large hand in creating this crises, and turning our financial markets over to the .gov will, in the long run, be even more painful.

This crisis was caused by greed, ineptitude and .gov intervention in the free markets. This crises was caused by people, people with names and faces. These people should be in stocks, literal or figurative. All the country, heck the entire world should see the faces of those responsible.

Monday, September 29, 2008

No Christian Heritage in the New Capital Visitor Center

World Net Daily has an article about the new visitor center at the Capitol. Here is the opening lines.

American taxpayers have spent more than $600 million on a new visitors' center at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and it will have acres of marble floors and walls, photographs of Earth Day, information about an AIDS rally and details about the nation's industrial sector. What it will not include is America's Christian heritage.

This is certainly not the first anti-Christian act of this kind. And it probably won't be the last.

Wallbuilders has posted this video on YouTube which covers some aspects of the move away from our Christian heritage.

If you would like to learn more about the revision of our history at our national monuments, go to the National Treasures website.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

In Front of Planned Parenthood

Today was my first day to stand in front of the North Texas Planned Parenthood as part of the 40 Days for Life. Here are some random thoughts about the experience.

1. This was probably my first public (in full view of all) activity as a Christian (at least while in America).
2. I was the only non-Catholic.
3. Everyone was very diligent to pray instead of chat.
4. Everyone was very friendly.
5. Many people waved when they saw our signs. I guess I expected more negativity as people passed by.
6. The PP building was depressing to look at. It reminded me of one of those pitiful free vaccine places.
7. I am looking forward to going back and praying again next Sunday.
8. I am grateful to live in a country where we can peacefully pray without harassment.