Saturday, October 25, 2008

How can you?

This is an essay by my granpa who has been an engineer and avid political supporter of Christian values. He has written many letters to the editor not only here in Virginia but also in Kingston, New York, where he moved from; many of which have been published and/or answered.

Why I Can’t Vote For Obama


Barack Obama claims that he would be a President that would stand up for the poor, the hurting and the most vulnerable in our country. Yet he has a record of warring against the most vulnerable and most innocent human lives – unborn babies.

Since he went to primary school in Indonesia, maybe he’s not aware that our country was founded upon our Declaration of Independence which states that “all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Notice that “life” is the first and foremost right! It takes priority over the “pursuit of happiness” It is a scientific fact that human life begins at conception. Thus abortion is the taking of a human life.

Barack Obama has consistently voted against every law that would in any way limit the unbridled exercise of “abortion rights”. He even is against the Partial Birth Abortion Ban which bans the barbaric practice of partially delivering a late term baby (except for the head) and then reaching in and crushing the baby’s head before completing the delivery.

It is also clear that he would nominate pro-abortion Supreme Court justices that would legislate more abortions “rights” from the bench instead of following our Constitution.

He has also stated that he would sign the “Freedom of Choice Act” that would nullify virtually all federal and state limitations on abortion, including the limitations now allowed by the Supreme Court, such as parental notification and waiting period laws. He would also support the liberal funding of abortions by the federal government. The FOCA law would also make partial-birth abortion legal again.

It gets even worse. While a member of the Illinois State Senate, he voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in 2003 and thus killed the bill in the committee that he chaired. This law would have required hospital care and comfort for babies who were accidentally born alive as a result of late-term abortions. This same law was passed at the federal level without a dissenting vote in the U.S. Congress. Apparently Obama thinks it’s better to throw these infants in the garbage rather than give comfort and appropriate care even though these little ones have a low chance of survival.

This hits home for us since four years ago a sonogram showed that our unborn grandson had a very serious brain problem. Although encouraged to abort, our daughter carried her son to term. Even though he died 18 hours after birth we had the bittersweet joy of being able bring him home, hold him close and tell him we loved him.

Twenty four years ago our oldest daughter became pregnant while in college. She could have quietly had an abortion and we would have not known. But she knew that she carried a unique human life within her and made a courageous decision to keep her baby.

Today he’s all grown up and is about to graduate from college. We are very proud of him and of his mom who has recently resumed her college career.

This morning as I was playing with my 11 month old grandson, watching him crawl around and discover life, I grieved for the 48 million American babies that tragically never got to see the light of day. How great is the injustice that has been done to these precious, innocent, most vulnerable little ones!

I can’t vote for Barack Obama who seems to have so little respect for human life. I have to go with what the bible says:

Psalm 139:13
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

Jeremiah 32:35
They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech, though I never commanded, nor did it enter my mind, that they should do such a detestable thing. (Abortion is the sacrifice of our children to the gods of convenience and comfort.)

Proverbs 6:17
There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: …. hands that shed innocent blood ….

Deuteronomy 30:19
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

I’ll be voting for John McCain who has a consistently pro-life record regarding abortion.

Bob Murray

I would love to hear comments not only from McCain supporters, but would like to hear

how Obama supporters would respond. (and not complaints about McCain's voting

record: he is pro-life.)


Friday, October 17, 2008


It's been a while since I've written about politics. In the intervening time, things have heated up quite a bit. I'm too tired to write a coherent article about the subject, so I'll just put down a collection of thoughts I have here, with two weeks left in the race.
* Barack Obama's mantra about how the failed Bush policies of the last eight years have led directly to our current economic crisis is getting repetitive. It's also not necessarily true. The economy has so many different factors in play, it's not fair to put the blame on one person, or even on one administration. Sure, Bush spent like a drunken sailor on leave and has nothing to show for his sprees, but that doesn't mean the economy collapsed because of him and him alone.
*The $700 billion dollar bailout scheme is disastrous. How can an organization that is trillions of dollars in debt bail out an organization that's billions of dollars in debt? The bailout is only a short term solution. It feels rushed, with an edge of panic accompanying it. In the long haul, the economy will still continue to falter unless the government steps in and forces the banks to ease the credit crunch. You can hear rumblings of this already. The administration's recent decision to buy stock in banks is only a prelude to a massive government intervention, one that may stave off a depression but will result in a significant loss of personal freedom. I think both the candidates missed the ball on this one. As my cousin in law said, "We'll eat beans and rice for freedom."
* I caught some of the debates. My general impression was that Obama handled the spotlight well, kept his cool, and laid out his plans with more clarity that he has shown before. However, his oft-repeated mantras of change and how the Republicans have wrecked the country are becoming rather tiring. He needs to come up with something new, something to capture the public's heart once again. McCain spoke with passion and energy, but came across as edgy, disdainful, and maybe a bit panicky. His frequent reversions to attacks on Obama's character showed that he and his campaign are losing their grip a little.
* Speaking of attacks on character, the negativity in the political system is really starting to bug me. Why can't the candidates discuss and argue the issues instead of resorting to personal insults? The Obama campaign's ad mocking McCain's computer illiteracy was pointless and lacked class. They pride themselves on not descending into so-called "gutter politics", but that's exactly what that ad was. Having said that, McCain takes the cake on personal attacks. Even Karl Rove has criticised his campaign for being too negative. Sarah Palin's comments about lipstick on a bulldog were demeaning, but her comments about "palling around with terrorists" were just stupid. Does she really think the American people are that dumb? The Obama - Ayers relationship has received thorough coverage by the media, and no one in their right mind is questioning Obama's character because of it. The two are not even friends. They cooperated on a community service program years ago, and that's aboutthe extent of their relationship. Remember, "palling around with terrorists" is a serious charge in today's world. It makes no difference if the terrorist is Bin Laden or William Ayers. If the relationship between the two men actually was a valid concern, don't you think there would have at least been a legal investigation into it? Mrs. Palin, we are not stupid. Please don't insult our intelligence by bringing this issue up again.
* Speaking of Sarah Palin, I'm a little bit worried about her. All objections about women and their role in government aside, as well as questions about her leadership in Alaska, she doesn't even seem to know what she's talking about. The Katie Couric interview was damning. If you get a chance, sit down and watch some of it.
* I have to say, I love the way the comedy buisness has handled this election. The skits seen on SNL, The Daily Show , and Bill Maher's stand-up session have been absolutely hilarious. The skits skewer both sides mercilessly. It's a refreshing break from the real world of politics. Jon Stewart for President 2012!

God Bless,

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Killers' new album coming soon!

The Killers new album, Day & Age, hits stores Nov. 25th. The group has met with mainstream success in recent years with their eclectic mix of power pop, punk, and New Age styles. Their first single, "Human", is an infectious dance-based piece of rock. The lyrics are classic Killers nonsense, asking "Are we human?/Or are we dancer?" in the chorus. I'd put it on the blog for you all to enjoy, but Mikey still hasn't gotten around to making me co-coordinator or whatever, so all I can do is write posts.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Good times....

Phillip Rivers threw for 306 yards, 3 TDs, and no picks (with a 141.9 passer rating) as the Chargers decimated the Pats 30-10......USC dominated ASU 28-0........The Redskins lost to the worst team in the NFL (yes!)......The Cowboys lost to the Cards and Romo broke his finger.....Denver lost to Jacksonville.......Drew Brees threw for 320 yards and 3 TDs as the Saints rolled over the Raiders......and the Texans stuffed Ronnie Brown and that stupid Dolphins offense. Amazing weekend of football, wouldn't you say? The one thing that would have made it perfect was if LSU had trampled Florida and that goofball Tim Tebow. I hate Florida.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Facts:

  1. are 2-3 with losses to the Panthers, Broncos, and Dolphins. Dolphins?
  2. have top-of-the-line NFL players who consistently fail to produce
  3. highest scorer is their kicker: Nick Kaeding


  1. are 4-1 with a loss to the 5-0 Super Bowl Champs: the New York Giants
  2. have average, but skilled players who consistently produce above expectation
  3. have spread scoring with players Jason Campbell, Chris Cooley, Clinton Portis, and Santana Moss

I feel sick.....

One of the top quarterbacks in the NFL goes 13-28 with only one TD against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.One of the greatest running backs to ever play the game gains 35 yards on twelve attempts, gets stuffed on a fourth and 1 on the goal line, and misses a key block late in the game that results in a sack. The defense plays terribly. And the Chargers lose to the Dolphins 17-10. What's going on? My team's better than this!!!!!! Right????

If I see another Redskins post on this blog I'm gonna throw up.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

How far have we come?

I was listening to the radio the other day and I heard this song by Matchbox Twenty. No, it wasn't a Christian radio station so you can condemn me if you like, but this song really provoked me to wonder why people have gotten to the point where they write a song like this. I put the song as the first one on our "colliding tunes" playlist so if you have time, please listen to it and tell us what you think. The lyrics really make you guess as the this songwriter's view on our life here on earth. Please leave a comment about it so I can understand better what this guy might be thinking. Thanks, mp