March 1, 2024

One of the many pleasures of these years of infirmity and advancing age is the gift of time.  Convalescence from cancer, heart attacks, strokes and the like is a slow process that involves doing things that are difficult and that I don’t like such as exercise, changed diet, and forbearance on the one hand, and long, fallow days of learning a new normal, and a new way to structure my life and living on the other hand.  I can’t do... Read more

February 28, 2024

  “I deem deplorable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” he said. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract.” Pope Francis Last January, Pope Francis labeled surrogate pregnancy “deplorable” and called for a worldwide ban on the practice. He called it the “commercialization” of pregnancy. When I was... Read more

February 27, 2024

Student debt relief is a massively important pro life, pro family government policy.  A member of our family, who is an ordained minister, told us several years ago that he was being approached by young couples who want to marry, but can’t afford to do so because if they married, their combined incomes would increase the payments on their student loans so much that they could not afford to live.  Their solution was to ask him to marry them without... Read more

February 23, 2024

Ukraine has been forced to withdraw from key positions, giving Russia a new advantage in their war of conquest. Meanwhile, Putin’s Republicans in the House of Representatives are STILL refusing to allow aid for Ukraine to come to a vote. Instead of doing the job we elected them to do, most of these Republicans are cooling their heels at CPAC, the major Republican fundraising meet-up which has become an anti-American, anti-democracy cesspool. As a for-instance of what today’s Republican Party... Read more

February 21, 2024

Do you remember when the Republican Party stood for a strong national defense? Those days, and that party are dead and gone. Today’s Republican Party is now working to aid Putin in his war on Ukraine. And they are succeeding in helping him destroy that democracy.  Republicans have refused to pass authorization for aid to Ukraine for months now. Their reasons for doing this keep changing, which is always an indication of a lie.  Right now, they are using the... Read more

February 19, 2024

Women are raped, murdered, mutilated, sold as slaves, forced into marriage, forced to submit to sex, forced to bear children, denied education, medical care and individual freedoms. Denying women and girls basic civil and human rights is regarded is regarded as righteousness all around the globe … all simply because they are female.  I passed a law back in 2009 making it a crime to perform what is known as Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) in Oklahoma.  It’s not easy, passing... Read more

February 15, 2024

It’s been 4 months since everything changed.  I woke up. It was around 3 am. I got up and had no sense of balance. I toppled over like a doll. I hit the bureau beside the bed and caught myself with my hands. My arms and hands were working fine, but I had absolutely no sense of balance. I wasn’t dizzy. I’ve been massively dizzy in the past from inner ear problems caused by allergies. This wasn’t that. The room... Read more

November 7, 2023

So … what of the Palestinians?  I recently wrote a post discussing the sudden onslaught of violent anti-semitism facing American Jews within the context of American far left and far right politics.  But when you’re dealing with people, each side always has another side. Long, drawn out historic injustices always seem to become absolutely serpentine in their complexities.  The current situation is a horror movie that the whole world is watching. Israel was attacked. The war truly is forced upon... Read more

November 7, 2023

I have read comments by Jewish people expressing their dismay that the far left has switched into rabid anti-semitism in such an addlepated one-step fashion. These Jewish people thought they were part of the far left, that these newly-minted anti-semites were their friends.  Then … snap! … their “friends” are backing people who call for the annihilation of Jews. I have heard from other Jewish people who say that they are afraid to wear their Star of David jewelry. They are afraid... Read more

October 17, 2023

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, has called for Christians worldwide to join together in a day of fasting, abstinence and prayer for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land. This is the same Cardinal Pierbattista who offered to give himself as a hostage to Hamas in exchange for the kidnapped Israeli children. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has echoed this call. You don’t have to be Orthodox Catholic or Roman Catholic to join this. You can be... Read more

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