Off Until Monday

My mother is in the hospital and things are kind of rocky. If Mama’s health improves, I’ll be back Monday.

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Taking Day Off

I can’t blog today. Family stuff. I’ll be back as soon as I can. Rebecca

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It Was a Mama Kind of Night

Copyright: Rebecca Hamilton. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright: Rebecca Hamilton. All Rights Reserved.

Caring for an old person is a little bit like driving a car with 300,000 miles on it. You never know when it’s going to break down, or in what weird way it will do it.

Last night was an example of this. Mama passed out on us in a 3-2-1-lights-out sort of way, and then she stayed passed out. My oldest son and I spent hours in the er beside her bed while she was off wherever it was that she’d gone and the medical staff tried to figure out what was happening.

Then this morning, she woke up like an old car that wouldn’t start yesterday but today kicks over as if nothing had happened. She’s still in the hospital, and I’m glad to have her there. She needs the care, and we need the help.

I wrote about it for the National Catholic Register.  Here’s a bit of what I said:

Old people — and by that I mean very old people — are funny.

They’re not funny in the sense of laughs. They’re funny in the sense that you never know from one moment to the next what’s going to happen.

Caring for a two-year-old is a piece of the proverbial cake compared to caring for a 90-year-old with dementia. My family and I have been doing our best to care for my 90-year-old-two-year-old for years now.

Her dementia started when she was in her high 80s. It was a late-comer to the aging party, but once it arrived, it went through her brain like a laser, cutting away pieces with every pass. Dementia never stops taking. It is an aggressive and remorseless beast that slowly, but inevitably, lops off chunks of the person you love.

Mama is my baby now, complete with diapers and the sudden medical crises that go along with the physical declines of extreme age. A 90-year-old going on eternity can slide straight down from doin’fine and being a pest to the brink of forever in one, breath-taking step.

Consider last night.

What we had was Mama, prattling along with her nonsensical word-salad talk-talking while changing into her night gown. With no warning, she stopped talking and slumped forward.

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Center for Medical Progress Releases Another Planned Parenthood Video

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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Cliff https://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/

This is the latest video by Center for Medical Progress.

I found two videos, one edited and another unedited version of a second situation. The second video talks about public reaction and says that “this is the first step in stem cell research,” meaning embryonic stem cell research.

I can tell you from personal experience that the medical establishment has been highly successful in using business interests to shut down legislation banning embryonic stem cell research. Sad to say, Republican leadership and a good bit of pro life advocacy leadership cooperates with them in this by actually killing pro life legislation. This is all done in back rooms, without the public knowing about it. The press never covers it, and even if they did, they wouldn’t understand it.

Living in this environment was one of the most painful things I’ve experienced as a legislator. I’ve experienced more than a bit of that again, with the votes in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood. I know too much, and that can be hard to bear.

For that reason, I’m going to take the rest of today for prayer. I need time with God.

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Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood: How Did Your Senator Vote?

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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Anna Levinzon https://www.flickr.com/photos/anyalogic/

The Associated Press has published a list of the members of the United States Senate and how they voted in today’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

The vote was not a vote on the bill. It was a vote on a motion for cloture. Cloture would have limited debate and stopped the potential for a filibuster. Cloture needs 60 votes.

According to the Associated Press story, the final breakdown was 2 Democrats and 51 Republicans voting “yes,” and 42 Democrats, 2 Republicans and both Independents voting “no.” The “nos” carried, which effectively killed consideration of the bill.

To see the Associated Press vote tally and how your senator voted, go to ABC News. 

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Senate Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood Falls 7 Votes Short

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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by kambodza https://www.flickr.com/photos/49507393@N08/

Today’s United States Senate vote on defunding Planned Parenthood fell 7 votes short.

Sixty votes were needed to pass cloture, which would have cut off a filibuster. The final vote on cloture was 53-46. Congressional Republicans vow to fight on throughout the rest of the session. One idea that is being floated is to attach an amendment to the budget bill. This action would most likely result in a shut-down of government.

The Senate has not posted the roll call on this vote yet. When they do, I’ll post it for you.

From The Washington Post:

Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican-backed effort to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood following the release of undercover videos raising questions about its practice of harvesting tissue for research from aborted fetuses.

The procedural vote on a bill that would immediately halt funding to the group fell short of the 60 needed to proceed. Democrats vowed to filibuster the bill, and Republicans were unable to peel off enough support to counter it. The final tally was 53-46.

But GOP leaders have made defunding Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of their agenda going into the summer congressional recess, and some Republicans have said they are willing to force a government shutdown in October if federal support to the group is not severed.

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Tyndale Publishers Awarded Permanent Injunction Against HHS Mandate

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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons. Official White House Photo.

We won one.

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has granted a permanent injunction against the United States government in the matter of its attempt to force Tyndale Publishers to abide by the HHS Mandate. In other words, the court ruled that attempts to force Tyndale to abide by the HHS Mandate had previously been ruled Unconstitutional in the Hobby Lobby decision.

The reason for this is that Tyndale is a for-profit corporation, as opposed to the Little Sisters of the Poor, which is a non-profit. The Hobby Lobby decision addressed for-profits.

This allowed the Obama Administration to issue a new set of guidelines, forcing the nuns to abide by the HHS Mandate. It also forces the Little Sisters to take their case to the Supreme Court.

In the meantime, I wonder why, given the Hobby Lobby case, the government didn’t just drop its case against Tyndale. Why was the publisher forced to seek this injunction? The Obama administration seems determined to try to force Christian employers to violate their faiths, up to and including forcing them to take their individual cases to court to claim their rights.

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Senator Joe Manchin Goes Against His Party Will Vote to Defund PP

 

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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin https://www.flickr.com/photos/governortomblin/

Senator Joe Manchin, (D-WV) has announced that he will vote to defund Planned Parenthood today.

This is a critical vote, since Manchin is one of a handful of pro life Democrats in the United States Senate. It is possible that Senator Manchin will pay a large political price for this vote inside his own party.

One of the problems we’ve had with this particular issue is separating contraception from abortion in the public’s mind and the minds of elected officials. I can tell you that back in the years when I was pro choice, I honestly did not believe that Planned Parenthood performed abortions. I didn’t learn I was wrong until many years later.

Perhaps the videos of Planned Parenthood executives selling aborted baby body parts will clarify people’s thinking.

 

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Defund PP Vote Today. Call Your Senator.

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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by DonkeyHotey https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/

The United States Senate says it will vote today on defunding Planned Parenthood.

I know I’ve predicted that this vote will fall short. But every so often I’m wrong. Push your senators to help prove me wrong.

Call both our senators and ask them to vote yes.

You can find their emails and phone numbers here.

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Cecil the Lion, Bread and Circuses.

Not Cecil, but a good-lookin' fella. Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by   Tambako the Jaguar https://www.flickr.com/photos/tambako/

Not Cecil, but a good-lookin’ fella. Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Tambako the Jaguar https://www.flickr.com/photos/tambako/

I told friends I wasn’t going to write about Cecil the dead lion because it “wasn’t worth the candle,” which is to say that I think the whole fracas is exaggerated and addlepated.

I’m still not going to write about Cecil and his demise except to say this: Get a brain, people.

He was a lion.

He was killed by a hunter who may or may not have violated hunting’s rules of fair play.

Let. Me. Repeat: He was a lion. He was not a human being.

Hunting is not immoral. Maybe this particular hunter broke the rules of, as I said, hunting fair play, in a manner that sounds akin to spotlighting deer. It is true that lions in the wild are becoming rare. These are all concerns to be dealt with.

But this obsessive craziness over a dead lion is, well, obsessive craziness.

He was a lion. Not a human being. He also was not your pet. A month ago, you had never heard of Cecil the lion.

Talk about bread and circuses.

Sheesh.

The end.

(OK. Now lay into me for being an animal hater or whatever. Get it all out.)

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