Monday Jewelry Open Comments

Valentine’s Day is almost here, guys. Fortunately for you, I have a gift suggestion for that special lady in your lives.

I was introduced to the work of Erica Weiner in December during a photo shoot of the folks we crowned the St. Louis Fashion Originals of 2010. Saskya Emmink Bryon was wearing a tiny, unusal, vaguely oval gold charm on her necklace.

It’s not likely that one of her friends will have one, so you know she’ll be the talk of the town.

Children Are God’s Gift To Us

I remember telling both of my kids when they were little that they were not mine; they were God’s and that he let their mother and me take care of them.

Children are truly a gift from God; he created them just as he created each of us.

It’s easy for us to conceptualize the love we feel for a parent; for most of us we can feel the love for a spouse or a very close friend. Until you have a child of your own, you cannot fathom the love you can feel for another person.

Once you feel that love, that depth of love, it becomes terrifying to think that you might lose it, whether through an accident (I’m almost there as my oldest is now 16), or through illness of some sort.

Timothy Dalrymple at Patheos writes of his experience with his infant daughter where she suddenly became seriously ill and had to be rushed to the hospital and how much, in retrospect from the calm afterward, he truly hated that experience.

There was no part of me, as we rushed to the emergency room that night, that wished my daughter gone and my freedom restored. Not the slightest part of me thought I should be happier without her. Instead, I knew with terrible certainty that if this small, fragile, quivering creature against my chest were to leave me, she would take all my joy with her. And no part of me would have preferred that she had never come to be, if she could only be for thirteen months and then be no more. Her thirteen months had made my life worth living.

I can truly empathize with him. I can’t imagine life without my sons.

Even if I sometimes think I want to kill ’em.

Friday Feeling Small Open Comments

Want to feel utterly insignificant? The image below zooms to scales of ~10ly (light-years) to ~1,000,000,000ly. The graphic below shows an area with a radius of approximately 50,000ly around us. There are about 200,000,000,000 stars in that volume of space.

Click around a bit. It should give you a little perspective.

Thursday Frank Bullitt Open Comments

This is widely regarded as the granddaddy of all car chase scenes in motion pictures. There have been several like it, but this one in the movie Bullitt, starring one of my favorite actors, Steve McQueen set the standard.

Do yourself a favor and watch it full-screen.

Here’s a little more on the story behind the filming of the scene.

btw – for those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to drive in San Francisco, some of those hills are very steep. Especially when you’re trying to drive them in a clapped-out 1971 VW bug. 😉

Wednesday SOTU Aftermath Open Comments

Well, I didn’t watch the State of the Union speech. I was busy judging decorated potty lids. It was a tough decision, deciding which I’d rather be doing. From what I’ve heard so far, I made the right choice.

The door is open, I’ve removed the newspaper from the couch, and the fridge is all yours. Come on in and talk amongst yourselves while I finish waking up.

Tuesday Open Comments

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress authorizes the first national Revolutionary War memorial in honor of Brigadier General Richard Montgomery, who had been killed during an assault on Quebec on December 31, 1775.

Montgomery, along with Benedict Arnold, led a two-pronged invasion of Canada in late 1775. Before joining Arnold at Quebec, Montgomery successfully took Montreal. But the Patriot assault on Quebec failed, and Montgomery became one of the first generals of the American Revolution to lose his life on the battlefield.

When word of his death reached Philadelphia, Congress voted to create a monument to Montgomery’s memory and entrusted Benjamin Franklin to secure one of France’s best artists to craft it. Franklin hired King Louis XV’s personal sculptor, Jean Jacques Caffieri, to design and build the monument.

Upon its completion in 1778, the Montgomery memorial was shipped to America and arrived at Edenton, North Carolina, where it remained for several years. Although originally intended for Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Congress eventually decided to place the memorial in New York City. In 1788, it was installed under the direction of Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant beneath the portico of St. Paul’s Chapel, which served as George Washington’s church during his time in New York as the United States’ first president in 1789, and where it remains to this day. Montgomery’s body, which was originally interred on the site of his death in Quebec, was moved to St. Paul’s in 1818.

Caffieri also completed a bust of Franklin. Franklin gave seven copies of the bust to friends in the new United States; the original remains in Paris at the Bibliotheque Mazarine.

A Scar Upon Our Nation

On this somber anniversary here are a couple of op/ed pieces I read last week:

Perhaps the indictment of Gosnell will force us to now consider that full meaning of legal abortion.

So here’s a message for NOW, NARAL Pro Choice America and Kim Gandy.

Listen up, Emily’s List, Catholics for Choice and Nancy Pelosi.

There’s a long-distance call for you, Harry Blackmun.

Sometimes, it now seems, it’s hard to tell the difference between abortion and a capital crime.

And this one, surprisingly from Slate:

The question for Furedi, Berer, Yanow, Herold, and anyone else who asserts an indefinite right to choose is whether this part of the indictment should be dropped. You can argue that what Gosnell did wasn’t conventional abortion—he routinely delivered the babies before slitting their necks—but the 33 proposed charges involving the Abortion Control Act have nothing to do with that. Those charges pertain strictly to a time limit: performing abortions beyond 24 weeks. Should Gosnell be prosecuted for violating that limit? Is it OK to outlaw abortions at 28, 30, or 32 weeks? Or is drawing such a line an unacceptable breach of women’s autonomy?

Throwing Gosnell in jail won’t solve the problem. The women who came to him at 26, 28, or 30 weeks will show up somewhere else. And if you won’t say no to them, you will have to say yes.

In a weird way I find myself understanding the abortion absolutists (in a violent, puke-my-guts-out sort of way) more than the “safe, legal and rare” jellyfish. At least the absolutists take the position that if abortion is ever to be allowed it should always be allowed. I think they’re going to burn in a lake of fire for eternity but at least they’re taking a stand.

The other pusillanimous weasels are warped by kowtowing to the dominatrix-laden cultural Marxism our society has created over the last 40 years. When I hear someone parroting the cliche “I support a woman’s right to choose” I want to slap the taste out of their mouths. As a nation we seem to suffer from a collective battered wife syndrome when it comes to affording certain inalienable rights protection to the very least among us.

Like Wagonburner says, may God have mercy on our souls.

Monday “Where ARE You!?” Open Comments

I meant to check last night to see if an OC thread had been set up for this morning…but I was actually making progress on my paperwork and didn’t want to stop my momentum.

I hear TBO will be sounding somewhat Republican at his State of the Union Speech tomorrow night. This begs a few questions:
1) Really? I mean – really? Does he actually have the chutzpah to do this? Oh, I forgot who we’re talking about…
2) Why do the pundits begin dissecting his speech before he gives it? Who gives them the speech beforehand?
3) WHY is the speech leaked to media beforehand?
4) Do we really believe what he says?
5) Let’s set up a pool: How many RFU’s will we see during the speech?

I think I know the answers to some of these questions, but I know that the responses from this crowd are well worth gathering.