Friday, August 24, 2007

Culture of Death Activities and Prolife Networking

Planned Parenthood tries to present itself (and is often presented by the conventional media) as a reputable mainstream organization providing needed 'services' to people. So why does PP feel it has to disguise itself when building its facilities in various communities? Jill Stanek looks at this situation.

Then there's Amnesty International, the one time reputable leading human rights organization that through some kind of reverse logic decided that abortion itself is a 'human right'. John Mallon asks AI, "What Part of Human Rights Don’t You Understand?"
So, in reality, with AI’s decision the world is now not a safer, more just, place to live, but a much more dangerous place, not only for women but for all people, because AI has used its reputation and credibility to place a truly helpless group of people - the unborn - outside the purview of human rights. No one is safe because as history shows, once the blood starts flowing it is hard to stop. No one should know this better than AI, but now they have joined the enemy. They have become their own enemy. They are now complicit in genocide.

Finally, back to Jill Stanek, who cites an article at Politico concerning the networking patterns of liberal v. conservative internet activities and what can be learned to increase the effectiveness of prolife blogging and networking. (Of course, the biggest challenge for me and probably many others is finding the time to blog on all the items that interest me.)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Endeavour Lands in Florida

The STS-118 crew returned safely to Earth today, landing in Florida after nearly two weeks that included work on the International Space Station (ISS) and educational lessons from space. NASA will now further assess the External Tank foam debris problem and its impact on upcoming missions,

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Our Lady's Feast Day and a Big Day for Catholic Literature

Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, Mother of Jesus Our Saviour, into Heaven.
Okay, that sounds really beautiful. But what does this have to do with me? What kind of connection do I even have with Mary after all? So her body is "up there"... in heaven. I'm here on earth. I hope I make it to Heaven some day, but that some day can seem pretty distant from my daily life. What difference does it make anyway whether I believe in this or not? Why is the Assumption of Mary a "holy day of obligation" (and that phrase doesn't exactly warm me up inside either).

Bill Donaghy answers these questions at Catholic Exchange.

Today is a fitting day for the release of Infinite Space, Infinite God, an anthology of Catholic science fiction, in trade paperback. Here is my January interview with editors Karina and Rob Fabian.
STS-118 Mission Progress

The Shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station (ISS) crews continue activities to enable further ISS assembly despite a punctured glove and the ongoing analysis of a gouge in the Endeavour thermal surface. Check out the links here and here for further details.

Meanwhile, Barbara Morgan is fulfilling her role as Teacher in Space.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Endeavour in Orbit


Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off this evening at 6:36 PM EDT on its mission to continue assembly of the International Space Station (ISS). The flight is also carrying Barbara Morgan, who is carrying on the mission of Challenger Teacher-in-Space Christa McAuliffe by serving as a professional astronaut on this mission.

The Space Frontier Foundation wished Barbara Morgan Godspeed on her mission while announcing a program to get many more teachers into space via the emerging commercial human suborbital spaceflight industry. More details and rules for the program will be announced this fall when applications will start being accepted.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Phoenix Rising


NASA's Phoenix Mars probe was launched early this morning from Cape Canaveral, FL. The craft will land in the Martian north polar region to look for clues on the possibility of life in that environment.
Bridge Tragedy

Those affected by Wednesday's bridge collapse in Minneapolis need our prayers and condolences as recovery and investigation efforts continue.