Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

I used to dislike Valentine's day until I lived in Mexico where it was celebrated as the Day of Love and Friendship. This year I am having a great Valentine's.

One thing I would like to point out while on the subject of love. It is an action (doing what is best for the other person's soul, mind, and body) more than it is a feeling. You can do the right thing to or for someone regardless of how you feel.

This year as part of my going public theme. I ordered a bunch of "Love Lets Live" stuff from I really wish I could show you pictures (alas that part of my computer is not functional yet). So you will have to make do with a link to the yard sign. (I got the metal frame to go with it, too.) Also with this same slogan I got a long sleeve shirt, two short sleeve shirts, a tote bag (for my daughter to use at the library), and some stickers (these I plan to take to church tonight and leave scattered in random places for people to pick up.)

My husband and son picked out some beautiful flowers for me and my daughter. They are yellow roses and pink lilies. It is nice to have something girly every now and then.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Well, I'm Back

We got back from Grandmomma's funeral late Wednesday night. It was good to celebrate a life well lived in Christ. She will leave a big gap in our extended family.

Waiting for me at home were 120 e-mails most of them warning me about the pork in the "stimulus" bill.

But to me even more concerning that the stimulus bill is parental rights in this country. Here are some things that stood out to me.

From, "The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which opponents say could destroy American sovereignty by imposing international rulings on American law, could reach the Senate within 60 days. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) says she wants a 60-day timeframe for the State Department to complete its review so the Senate can move toward ratification of the UNCRC. During the Senate Confirmation hearing between Boxer and UN Ambassador-designate Susan Rice held on January 15, 2009, Boxer told Rice the UNCRC would protect “the most vulnerable people of society.”

Opponents vehemently disagree. Under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI) of the U.S. Constitution, ratified treaties preempt state law. Since virtually all laws in the U.S. regarding children are state laws, this treaty would negate nearly 100% of existing American family law. Moreover, it would grant the government authority to override parental decisions by applying even to good parents a standard now only used against those convicted of abuse or neglect."

You can get more information about the UNCRC from the sidebar or this post from a year ago. This is a terrible law that basically gives children the authority to choose their own religion (i. e. the right to refuse to go to church or obey their parents moral standards), to choose their friends (be they gang bangers, drug dealers, or Satanists), and the right to leisure (i. e. no grounding from sports, camping trips, prom, etc.). There is more, but I better move on to the next item.

Vision Forum blog has an interesting post on what to share with your children on the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. (Granted this was yesterday, but it is still worth the read.)

Then there is Al Gore encouraging children to be the new front line of green thinking because their parents just don't know and won't get it. (HT: Cornwall Alliance) That reminded me of Maria Trapp saying that the Nazi's had a similar pile of blather (parents aren't modern enough to get what we are telling you) in the newly taken over Austrian schools. You can read my post on the Trapp Family Singers here.