Are you on Team Whitney?

November 26th, 2013 by Penny Nance

whitney johnsonPlease pray for Whitney Johnson. We shared her story on the Sean Hannity show on Friday and have been promoting her story nationwide. Today she sent us an update and prayer request, and she said we could share with you.

She’s a beautiful 26-year-old mother with M.S. and, due to ObamaCare, her health plan was canceled. The problems are getting worse. Please read and pray. This is happening to real Americans. Whitney’s request, “Pray for me this morning, I actually just found out moments ago that in order to be added to my husband’s insurance (which is the route I thought I was going to be able to go) it is going to cost me $900 per month, and the insurance is awful. It doesn’t cover my treatments, and I have to pay $5k out of pocket before any co-insurance even picks up! We simply can not afford $900 per month for my health care alone. I also got word that my friend with type 1 diabetes just got quoted a premium of $600 per month with a $14,000 deductible!!! This is just outrageous. I trust The Lord will provide for me and my family or just heal my body so I no longer need treatments. I ask for you to pray.” #teamwhitney

Here is Whitney’s original letter to us at CWA:

I am one of the Americans that have already been affected by the Affordable Care Act. I am one of many who have been lied to over and over again by our president. I am one of many other fellow countrymen who have preexisting conditions. I am one who has already received my termination of coverage letter from my current insurance company. The letter informed me, as of December 31, I no longer have medical insurance coverage through my current provider because my plan “does not conform to the Affordable Care Act.” I too, as well as you, sat and listened to Obama promise that if “you like your current insurance, you can keep your current insurance.” We also heard him tell us as a nation that we would save on average of $2,500 per household.  So when I opened my letter I received from my insurance company, I felt like I was living what Nancy Pelosi said back in 2010, that “we have to pass the Healthcare bill so that we can find out what is in it.” When I opened my letter I did indeed find out firsthand what was in ObamaCare — lies, lies, and more lies. Before you tune me out and accuse me of being a radical conservative, understand that I’m neither a democrat nor republican; I’m an American. An American that wants to see our country restored to its original intent. A country for the people, by the people. A country that once again can stand up and say, “In God we trust!” I want my little boy to be raised in an America where he still has opportunities. Where he learns to work hard for what he earns; not stand in line and wait for a hand out.

I am a 26-year-old, middle class American, a loving mother, and a proud wife. I do, in fact, have two preexisting conditions. Preexisting conditions were one of the key driving points to why ObamaCare needed to be passed, because it would help so many Americans. They tried to persuade us that ObamaCare would come to the rescue of so many individuals who couldn’t get treatments because they could not find an insurance company to accept them under their current medical state. So please, explain to me why, now that ObamaCare is passed, am I struggling more than ever?

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the fall of 2010, and diagnosed with severe Osteonecrosis in the spring of 2013. I have been through two relapses that left me in the hospital over three weeks. I have had two surgeries, one plasma exchange, monthly infusions, IVIG treatments, intense steroid treatments, and the list goes on — all to help me maintain quality of life. I easily incur over $350,000 worth of medical bills per year. My insurance coverage has been a blessing from God. Without it, I would have not been able to afford the treatments or care I routinely require. I would not have been able to live to the standard of living I am now. Insurance to me was not just for your yearly checkup, it influenced the longevity of my life.

When I received the letter informing me my coverage was ending, I started reading further to see what options I was going to have. The only instruction the letter gave me was to log onto www.healthcare.gov. Wow, that gave me as much hope as staying dry in a rain storm without an umbrella. I still to this day have not even been able to log on to that train wreck of a website to even see what it would offer me. I waited for four hours, five different times just to try to log on. So, on to plan B. I tried researching and comparing rates with other insurance companies. If I tried to find a comparable plan to what I had, my monthly cost went from $325 to now over $1,000; that was just a quote. I was told I should expect that cost to go up. Remind me again how ObamaCare was supposed to help so much with preexisting conditions? I wish I could say how wonderful it is that now I cannot be turned down by any insurance company, but what does it matter if I cannot afford to pay the new premiums? I HAD affordable health care. Now, I don’t have any health care coverage, with my only option being insurance I cannot afford.

I know I have five more IVIG treatments coming up over the next six months that cost $40,000 each. My insurance coverage ends in December, and I have to have these treatments. As a mother with a brand new baby, it’s a little unnerving to know that I may not be able to receive the care I need. It’s a little unnerving to know my health insurance that was working just fine for me was taken from me. The doctors I have used for years that have kept me this healthy will be taken from me.  Ronald Reagan said it best, “Government’s first duty is to protect people, not run their lives.”

Let me tell you friend, we as a nation have been complacent long enough. We have sat back and let the Affordable Care Act pass by not getting involved. I hear people say all of the time “I don’t want to talk politics.” When politics start affecting you personally, you will want to start talking. Let me assure you, the Affordable Care Act will directly affect your finances and your health care. Your taxes are going up and you will not see any benefits for four years, that’s not my opinion — that’s a fact. It’s perceived that the ObamaCare website alone will cost taxpayers over one billion dollars.  The longer we keep telling ourselves that “everything will be ok, and let’s give it a try” the more damage is going to be done. I have been debating the past couple of days with some folks who just cannot seem to get a grasp as to how individually intrusive this Affordable Care Act is. This growing outcry against ObamaCare is not the Tea Party or Grassroots trying to “sabotage” Obama, this “mandate” has affected me personally and will affect you.  We as a nation need to stand with the likes of Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Mike Lee who are committed to stopping ObamaCare.  It is not too late to make a difference; it is not too late for change. The worst thing we can do as a nation is stay complacent.

I am one of many who this has already impacted, and there are others, needing major medical treatments, who have been left in limbo. Every American across our country, rich, poor, young, or old, will be impacted by this. So I ask of you, stand up and make a difference — fight ObamaCare!

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” — Norman Thomas

Sincerely,

Whitney King-Johnson
October 30, 2013

 


Video courtesy of the Star Telegram

Remembering JFK in the Summer of 1963

November 22nd, 2013 by Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse

blogjfkIn the academic year 1962-1963, my husband and I were graduate students at the University of Kentucky.  We applied and were selected for a special internship program in Washington, D.C.  I worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission during the day, but in the evenings and especially during the weekend, the internship program arranged for us to participate in many academic, political and social programs.

I got my high-prestige assignment because I could take shorthand, but I only used that skill once. A new, very good-looking lawyer called me in for dictation. I was nervous, and he was even more nervous. I noticed that he looked down periodically and that, surprisingly, he dictated very smoothly. Shortly afterwards, he left the office. I went in and, sure enough, there in his trash can was a typed version of the letter that he had dictated to me.  I went back to my desk, re-typed it exactly as on his script – voila!

One Saturday the group of us from Kentucky visited Sen. John Sherman Cooper (R-Kentucky) in his Georgetown home where we sat around his living room and heard him talk informally about the challenges and joys of his career. Then we mingled in his backyard where numerous Washington dignitaries of that era greeted us.  The scene had all the ambience one associates with garden parties in Georgetown: trees lit with indirect lights, candles on covered tables, waiters in formal garb offering trays of hors d’oeuvres, elegantly-dressed dignitaries and stilted conversations. One memory stands out. A senator’s wife, more than a little tipsy, began every single conversation by asking where the student was from and then exclaiming joyfully that she had visited that state and then moved to another student to ask the same question and respond in exactly the same way.  We all thought it was pretty funny, but in hindsight, it was sadly indicative of the artificial Washington D.C. social scene, then as now.

We heard Bobby Kennedy speak; he tried to quote his brother’s famous line: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” He bumbled the line, stammered a bit, and finally recovered saying, “That’s why he is president, and I’m not.”

Another memorable occasion was a White House visit and reception with President Kennedy.  He spoke to us quite informally and then mingled around shaking hands and talking individually with students. His charm and social skills were as effective as they have been extolled.

One memory is especially poignant.

We met in a small State Department auditorium with theatre seats. Gil and I chose seats higher up with a panoramic view of the room. We noted and wondered about the very striking bleached blond seated off to the side.  She was obviously out-of-place in such a gathering of graduate students; she was dressed very provocatively for those days –– low cut blouse and tight, short skirt.  It was years later and after inside information came to light, before we even considered the possibility that she might have been with the presidential party.

That afternoon, we heard from numerous State Department dignitaries, including the Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, but we were especially interested in hearing President Kennedy. There was a pause in the program before he was scheduled to speak and I noticed that – directly in our line of vision off in the right wing – a door was slightly open, and we could see into the area where the President was standing talking to others. It was awesome; our angle from far left to far right allowed us to see the President in casual interaction with his staff and others. While the person introducing the President walked to the podium, we watched Mr. Kennedy move to where he could watch and listen to the introduction.

We were struck by his sheepish, little-boy grin as he listened to the praise. We couldn’t help but smile and enjoy the moment with him. It was a snapshot of a genuine, human response, in the midst of all the pomp and circumstance. We caught a glimpse of the real man behind the Presidential facade.

Just a few short months later, on November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.

The Blessing of Adoption

November 14th, 2013 by Chelsea Patterson

cpattblogMy story begins on the other side of the world, in the capitol of post-communist Romania, during a time of poverty in the country. Romania had been under communist rule for 44 years, and at the time I was born, they had only had their freedom from Nicolae Ceaușescu (the dictator) for a little over a year. The nineteen-year-old, unwed girl who gave me life is my hero. I don’t know what she was going through before and during her pregnancy with me, but I do know that she chose to give me the most incredible gift that can be given – life!

I have two more heroes. Words cannot begin to describe these people. “Generous,” “self-sacrificing,” and “loving” are good adjectives, but my favorite words to describe these people are the words, “Mommy and Daddy.”

My mom and dad struggled to have children. One day, as they were watching the news cameras show the magnitude of orphans in Romania after the fall of the dictator, they made the life-changing decision to board a plane, travel across the world, and find a baby whom they could call their very own. The Lord chose me to be that baby. While in Romania, my parents adopted me and a baby boy, who is eleven days older than me. (We are not biologically related).

Adoption has changed my life. Had I not been adopted, I shudder to think what kind of conditions I would have grown up in. Decades later, on a visit to some family friends in Romania, I was sitting in a car at a traffic light one chilly evening. Glancing outside, I noticed a little girl, holding a ragged-looking doll, going from car to car begging for money. The tears started falling down my cheeks as it hit me, “That could have been me.” I did not deserve to be adopted, but the Lord sovereignly chose to place me in a home, where I have been shown love beyond my wildest dreams.

Growing up, adoption was normal to me and my family. I have always known that I was adopted, and there was a period in my life when I responded to the question of, “Where are you from?” with my home country of Romania. In addition to adopting me and my brother, my parents have adopted four children from Russia. I also have a cousin from the Ukraine, as well as countless adopted friends from around the world.

In addition to being adopted from Romania, I have experienced another kind of adoption. My Heavenly Father has chosen to call me His child, because I have chosen to place my faith and trust in the work of Jesus on the cross. Christ died in my place and atoned for my sins, and now I am adopted into His family. What a sweet thing it is to be able to come before the King of the universe and intimately experience Him as my Father.

Apart from my salvation, being adopted is the one of the greatest gifts I have received.

Contrary to feeling abandoned by being adopted, I have always felt:

-gratitude to my young, desperately scared birthmother who showed such bravery and love for me

-love to my adopted family

-a deep understanding of God’s love by my adoption into God’s family through the sacrifice of Jesus

I am chosen. I am intensely loved. I am adopted.

Adopting one child won’t change the world: but for that child, the world will change.

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published by Heroic Media.

Justin Bieber: From “Boyfriend” to Brothel

November 8th, 2013 by Guest Blogger

biebsinabedsheetI’ll admit it, I had the Bieber fever until now.  I even once decorated my office door with the “Biebs” during a Christmas contest.  I wasn’t the only one.  Pop singer Justin Bieber is arguably the most influential 19-year-old on the planet.  He has received over 57 million Facebook likes, held the number one most-viewed video on YouTube until June 2013, and maintained the “top-followed person on Twitter” title for nine consecutive months with 46 million followers. (That’s over seven million more followers than the sitting U.S. President!)  No doubt, he plays an important role in influencing what trends the youth culture accepts. Too bad, the Biebs is embracing a “hell-industry” for teenage girls, the very teenie-bopper demographic that built his $130 million dollar empire.

Not many wanted to believe the horrifying rumors about the pop singer’s partying and prostitution antics.  However, this is one sad instance where the gossip sites were found accurate after the teen star was photographed exiting an illegal Brazilian brothel. It’s time for Bieber to realize that his supposed “rock star” lifestyle is leading him to commit serious crimes against women.

Here’s a fact someone needs to tell Bieber (or his pet monkey): supporting brothels, prostitution, and pornography increases the demand for the sex trafficking of innocent young girls. According to the United States State Department’s June 2007 issue of its Trafficking in Persons Report, “Sex trafficking would not exist without the demand for commercial sex flourishing around the world.” The State Department’s findings went on to report:

Prostitution and related activities — including pimping and patronizing or maintaining brothels — encourage the growth of modern-day slavery by providing a façade behind which traffickers for sexual exploitation operate. Where prostitution is tolerated, there is a greater demand for human trafficking victims and nearly always an increase in the number of women and children trafficked into commercial sex slavery.

Celebrities like Justin Bieber need to realize that they are sending a clear message to young men that tells them it is okay to engage in prostitution so long as the “women choose this life.” But the reality is that no little girl thinks, “Gee, I want to be a prostitute when I grow up.”

Prostitution is a brutal industry, especially in Brazil, where poor beautiful young girls — many only 11-14 years old — are coerced, lied to, or violently forced or mentally manipulated into the sex business. According to research, most prostitutes are desperate to leave their profession but feel trapped.

If you look at the scared faces of the two, young Brazilian girls being sent to his hotel room after the Biebs patronized the illegal brothel for three hours.  If these girls “choose this destruction to their body and souls” night after night, then why does the illegal brothel need heavy clad security? Why aren’t these girls allowed to drive themselves or get in a car without two male handlers?  The answer is, their pimps and johns are afraid they won’t willingly come back or give the brothel owners the thousands of dollars they make every night. Their only interaction with a peer their age — 19-year-old Bieber — should be the innocent posters on their walls and rocking out to his teenie-bopper music. Instead, they are rented for his sexual “pleasure.” Afterward, they are disposed of (dropped back off at the brothel) and forgotten. But as Jeff Henke says, “You don’t just have sex with a body; you have sex with a soul.”

Justin Bieber needs to face the music for his despicable treatment of girls, especially those in developing countries. Think twice before buying anything associated with him, ‘cause let’s face it, where’d he get the money to pay for the prostitutes? He got it from us — one album, t-shirt, and poster at a time.

Our prayer is that Bieber — a professed Christian — will be convicted of this grave sin against his fellow human beings and becomes the kind of guy who earns our love, instead of being a celebrity playboy who wants to buy our bodies.

 

Today’s guest blogger is Cherie Short, Senior Director of External Coalitions and Director of VIP Member Relations for Concerned Women for America.

The White Trash World We Live In

November 8th, 2013 by Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse

whitetrashnormEditor’s note: A version of this blog post was published by American Thinker. Click here to read it.

Charlotte Hays’ book comes out this week, but I read an early release on Kindle, and it was delightful!  Her hilarious comparisons of Old White Trash vs. New White Trash are very entertaining for a Southern-raised lady like me!  She traces the spread of White Trash into the mainstream of American culture as the old forms of etiquette gave way to the “anything goes” lifestyles of today. The ultimate wedding gift when I got married, for instance, was silver serving ware; now those tarnished treasures can be bought for cheap prices in thrift stores, because nobody wants to spend the time polishing silver bowls, creamers, or pitchers and, for today’s generation, the idea of actually serving tea from a silver tea service or setting a table with multiple choices of eating utensils is laughable.

Indeed, I laughed my way through much of the book, except when I was awed by the truthful and penetrating insights that fill every chapter. For instance, a major theme of the book is: “Society crumbles when it takes cues from the underclass.” Hays points out all the negative trends that are now mainstream that started among the lower classes. Baggy pants on young men are a version of prison garb — an upward trend moving from the ghetto to the Ivy League. Unwed pregnancy, poor grooming, not working — these were characteristics of trashy people, the old White Trash.

The bottom line, for Hays, is that White Trash is the new normal. She is astounded that the television reality show, Honey Boo Boo, attracted more viewers than the GOP convention in 2012. And, its not just television that has disintegrated; today’s table manners, dress, self-restraint, and spending attitudes are all based on values and customs of the lower classes, rather than the “stuffy” elites. Hays has special scorn for tattoos and for self-expression that has degenerated into a stripper mentality and daytime television with steamy scenes and foul language that will curl your hair.

Hays reiterates a common White Trash motto: “Hit don’t make no difference” which encapsulates an attitude of complacency rather than aspiration. Nothing is worth the discipline it takes to master a skill or reach a goal. Instead of white gloves and a hat for church on Sunday, “hit don’t make no difference,” just wear jeans or sweat pants.

Hays clearly shows that “class” is not a matter of money; being White Trash is purely behavioral and can be spotted in the wealthy as often as among the poor, and it’s obvious that trashiness has spread throughout American culture.

Charlotte Hays’ book, “When Did White Trash Become the New Normal? A Southern Lady Asks the Impertinent Question,” (Regnery Publishing), will be out this week.

ObamaCare Has an Anthem

November 7th, 2013 by Alison Howard

brunderwoodLast night at the Country Music Awards, hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley took their turn at pointing fun at the Healthcare.gov website. When Paisley complains about a back ache, Underwood suggests he get ObamaCare. “It’s great,” Underwood declares. “I started signing up last Thursday, and I’m almost done.” The duo then breaks into a custom song titled, “Obamacare by Morning,” their rendition of the famous George Strait song “Amarillo by Morning.”

Funny stuff! If you missed it, watch it here.

Biden: VP of Shilling

October 28th, 2013 by Penny Nance

NoBidenIn an address to the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden called out the Tea Party as an impediment to the administration’s progress.  Biden spoke to the women’s group and urged them not to let the mean old Tea Party wreck their “collective agenda.”  I am still wondering if he meant “collective” or “collectivist.” Biden warned the group of Democratic women and attendees, “Everything you worked for and the progress we have made is literally in jeopardy.”

The progress Biden lauds for women is certainly not a sound economy and affordable health care. In fact, under his administration, women are seeing their family’s health care premium’s rise on average by $3,000, despite promises of a $2,500 decrease.  No, the progress he touts is the enormous waste of tax dollars being thrown at the bottomless pit of our nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood — an organization with racist roots and a goal of ridding the world of poor children, not by ending poverty but by ending the lives of unborn children.  Their eugenicist founder, Margaret Sanger, bluntly suggested discouraging, “the defective and diseased elements of humanity from their reckless and irresponsible swarming and spawning.”  What a gal.

Planned Parenthood is much more nuanced in their rhetoric these days, but the goal is still insidious.  Biden truly believes the only pro-woman stance is a pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood agenda.  Both Biden and Obama voted against a bill making it illegal to take a pregnant minor to another state to get an abortion in order to circumvent parental consent laws.

In an effort to appeal to Democrat liberal women, this administration has continually encouraged the viewpoints of one faction of women while assaulting another — women of faith.  Concerned Women for America has joined with an alliance of groups to defend the religious liberty rights of women, like those of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who are being forced to pay for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs under Obama’s health care plans.  The “war on women” they are so fond of is truly a war of aggression against women who find abortion immoral and push back on the blind allegiance and tax dollars given to big abortion.  Biden’s on the wrong side of what is actually a civil war.

Sen. Bareknuckles Boxer

October 17th, 2013 by Brenda Zurita

BBoxerBlogThe fight over ObamaCare and the debt ceiling are over — for now — but one thing still bugs me. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) trivialized the plight of domestic abuse victims during a hissy fit on the Senate floor when she compared Congressional Republicans to domestic abusers. “When you start acting like you’re committing domestic abuse, you’ve got a problem,” Boxer said on the Senate floor Monday. “I love you dear, but I’m shutting down your entire government.  I love you dear, but I’m going to default.”

So says a woman who loves the biggest act of domestic violence against women and children — abortion — and wants women to have the ability to kill the babies in their wombs during all nine months.  She is adamantly opposed to a House-passed bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, because after that time (and some say before), babies feel pain when being dismembered in the womb.

“This House Republican bill that passed yesterday is a frontal assault on women’s health,” Boxer said.  “They’re back in full-force with an even more extreme anti-choice and anti-women agenda.”  She seems to ignore the part about saving unborn babies from the assault of abortionists, but that’s probably just an oversight, right?

Gee, for a woman claiming to be so sensitive to the needs of abused women, you’d think she wouldn’t denigrate their suffering by making outrageous comparisons.  But hey, drama is an integral part of political theater.

While Sen. Boxer seems to be an “expert” on accusing others of domestic abuse, she seems incapable of recognizing the vitriol in her comments.  According to helpguide.org, some of the actions of domestic abusers are:

  • The abuser humiliates or yells at you
    In June 2013, Sen. Boxer made this comment about the Republicans during a debt limit fight, “They are losers.  Their strategy is a losing strategy, and they are doing it all over again.”
  • Abusers criticize you and put you down
    In September 2013, Sen. Boxer made this comment about the House Republican’s vote on the Continuing Resolution: “Republicans insist on holding our country hostage to their mean-spirited, right-wing agenda that will lead us toward fiscal disaster, which cost taxpayers $19 billion the last time they tried this.”
  • Abusers ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments
    In October 2013, Sen. Boxer called House Republicans “sore losers” and “anarchists” and called Speaker Boehner’s actions “destructive behavior.”  She claimed the Republican position during the government shutdown was based on their “dislike of this president and his signature accomplishment,” which is ObamaCare.
  • Abusers blame you for their own abusive behaviors
    Considering that President Obama has wrought quite a bit of destruction on the U.S. economy with his policies, the most egregious being ObamaCare, this statement from Sen. Boxer in October 2013 is an example of the blame game.  “Suddenly you take a stone from the ground and bash your head in.  Honest to God, that’s what they’ve done, these Republicans.  They’ve bashed the head of America on a beautiful day, when we’re coming out of a recession, when we know we have our problems, but we also know we can solve them.  It doesn’t make sense.”

The current fights in Washington over the budget, the debt limit, and ObamaCare are being fought over competing political beliefs.  The Democrats want higher spending, tax increases, and ObamaCare.  The Republicans want less spending, lower taxes, and no ObamaCare.

When Sen. Boxer compares Republicans to “wife beaters,” she’s the one who comes out looking like a bully.  If she has nothing constructive to say, we’d all be happier if she said nothing at all.

 

 

Love is All You Need?

October 10th, 2013 by Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse

REHA recent Canadian study reveals that love is not a substitute for two heterosexual parents after all and that mothers and fathers are not in fact interchangeable.  The study, based on the Canadian census and published in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household, supports the assertion that children do best when raised in a household with both a mother and a father, and that, when it comes to education, children raised in same-sex households are not as successful as those raised in a household with both a mother and a father.

According to Mark Regnerus, senior fellow at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture, the study analyzed data from a 20 percent sample of the Canadian census.  Within this sample, these same-sex couples were provided access to all taxation and government benefits since 1997.

By comparing young adult children of same-sex parents to young adult children of opposite-sex parents, the study reveals that an intact marriage between a mother and a father provides the best environment for a child to be raised.  When compared to children who were raised by a heterosexual couple within an intact marriage, children of homosexual couples were less likely to have graduated from high school.  Interestingly, children of same-sex parents were characterized as more likely to be enrolled in school, yet still had the most difficulty with graduating.  Furthermore, the study identifies an even greater concern for girls.  Evidence reveals that when compared to girls raised in heterosexual households, girls raised by homosexual parents were only 15 percent as likely to obtain diplomas.

Further, the study showed that little has changed in the past twenty years in regards to success rates of children of common-law marriages or single-parent households. These children continue to graduate at a lower rate than those of heterosexual, married couples. The study did, however, reveal that the children of lesbian couples lagged behind even those children of single-parent households, who have reported lower graduation rates for decades.

Undermining the assertion that mothers and fathers can act as interchangeable parenting figures, the study reveals that the disparity in educational success rates is based on a combination of genders of parents and genders of children. For instance, boys are more likely to graduate when raised in homosexual households than in lesbian households, and girls are more likely to graduate when raised in lesbian households than in homosexual households.

As supported by this study, the fact is that marriage between a man and a woman does matter.  It matters for the sake of children, and it is evident that children are more successful when they have both a mother and a father to raise them.  The idea that all “parenting” is equal as long as it is done in a loving household is a measurably false assertion.  In Canada, the verdict is in: it is through both mothering and fathering that a child is most successful.

 

Government Shutdown No Big Deal

October 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse

closedforbusinessIf you listen to or read the mainstream media, you’d think a possible government shutdown would be disastrous, but even a left-wing publication like Politico reveals that it is not such a big deal after all. The post office would still deliver your mail, and if you are on federal benefits (Social Security or Medicare), you’ll still be paid. Travel (flights, control towers, passports, visas, embassies, etc.) will continue. You cannot tour the Washington Monument; it’s closed for repairs after earthquake damage awhile back. You cannot tour the White House; it’s closed because of sequester posturing awhile back. Our military forces will continue to receive their paychecks; veterans will continue to receive their services, and national security will continue normal operations. If you’re on public assistance (food stamps, school lunches, etc.), you will receive that entitlement.

In other words, not much will change. Sadly, you’ll feel the pinch if you planned fall trips to any of the national parks; they’ll be closed. Ironically, such public facilities are the first to shut down when the Left wants to make a political point. Yes, you won’t be able to schedule appointments if you are a new patient at the National Institutes of Health (though current patient services will continue), and you might have a more difficult time or a delay in finding a federal home loan (but that’s only less than a third of home loans anyway).

Otherwise, you won’t notice much difference which goes to show how much we spend for non-essential services. Very few people will be inconvenienced, and hardly anyone will be affected by a short-term government shutdown.

Kind of makes you wonder why supporters of ObamaCare are kicking up such a fuss.