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Family Man McCain

In an article entitled, Getting to Know John McCain, Karl Rove writes about Cindy and John McCain’s decision to adopt a child from one of Mother Teresa’s orphanages.

“…in 1991 Cindy McCain was visiting Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh when a dying infant was thrust into her hands. The orphanage could not provide the medical care needed to save her life, so Mrs. McCain brought the child home to America with her. She was met at the airport by her husband, who asked what all this was about.

Mrs. McCain replied that the child desperately needed surgery and years of rehabilitation. “I hope she can stay with us,” she told her husband. Mr. McCain agreed. Today that child is their teenage daughter Bridget.

I was aware of this story. What I did not know, and what I learned from Doris, is that there was a second infant Mrs. McCain brought back. She ended up being adopted by a young McCain aide and his wife.

“We were called at midnight by Cindy,” Wes Gullett remembers, and “five days later we met our new daughter Nicki at the L.A. airport wearing the only clothing Cindy could find on the trip back, a 7-Up T-shirt she bought in the Bangkok airport.” Today, Nicki is a high school sophomore. Mr. Gullett told me, “I never saw a hospital bill” for her care.”

A few things not mentioned in Karl Rove’s article about Cindy McCain is that after earning a Masters in Special Education at the University of Southern California she became a special needs teacher. She has also founded and supported many very worthy charities including American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) which brought emergency medical relief to countries all over the world.

Another organization she founded is the Hensley Family Foundation, which donates monies towards children’s programs in Arizona and nationally. And she has been a longtime active volunteer in an organization called Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that has been repairing child and young adult cleft palates and cleft lips in countries around the globe.

Hat Tip: Unborn Word of the Day

I’ll add that unlike President Bush, Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton, John McCain actually has a son fighting on the ground in Iraq.  I think this speaks volumes to McCain’s understanding of the very real issues facing our national interests down to the very personal issues many military families and others deal with every day.  McCain has much more experience than just “Washington experience,” and it shows.  His adult children from his previous marriage very much admire him.

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“Marriage” Means Something

Ellen’s position is that marriage only between a man and a woman violates her inalienable or Constitutional rights or her right to pursue happiness. But this is simply not the case. Gays and Lesbians have NEVER been denied the right to marriage in America based on sexual orientation! (That I am aware of.) Any man, gay or straight, can marry any other woman gay or straight. This has always been the law and the case as long as those individuals have met the other requirements for marriage such as consent, age and not being genetically related, etc.

Just show me one instance of a man wishing to marry a woman either of whom were denied the right to marry each other because either one or both were homosexual. Continue reading

Daddy Survivor

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How’s this for a reality show idea?

Six married men will be dropped on an island with one house each, one car each, one dog or cat as a family pet, and three kids for six weeks.

There is no fast food.

Each Dad must take care of his three kids, keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of “pretend” bills and budget for groceries with not enough money.

Each Dad will be required to build a model American Indian hut with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker.

Each Dad must get a four-year-old to eat one serving of peas.

Each kid will play two sports and either take one music or one dance class.

Each Dad must also take each child to a doctor’s appointment, a dentist appointment, and a haircut appointment.  He must also make one unscheduled and inconvenient visit per child to the local Urgent Care Clinic on either a weekend, evening, holiday, or the same day he intends to leave for a vacation.

Each Dad must also make five dozen cookies or cupcakes for a social function.

The Dads will only have access to television when the kids are 1) asleep or 2) all the chores have been completed.

They must attend weekly school meetings, church or another regularly scheduled activity, and find time once per week to spend the afternoon at a park or similar setting.

Each Dad must read a book to the children each night without falling asleep, and then feed them, dress them, brush their teeth and their hair each morning by 7:00 A.M.

They must clean up vomit at least once (pet dog or cat will also suffice) at 2:00 A.M., and must tend to any ill children all day long until the child is better.

Each Dad must maintain excellent hygiene and high levels of energy, creativity and optimism, wear nice clothes, wear stylish but comfortable shoes, stay fit and thin, have perfect hair and must try to get through the day without pet hair, snot, spit-up or food on their clothing. 

    Each Dad must demonstrate detailed knowledge of their kids including each child’s: birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size, doctor’s name and phone number, favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear, and what they want to be when they grow up. 

 The kids and viewers will vote the Dads off the island based on poor performance.  The final Daddy survivor left standing wins the competition only if — he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment’s notice!

 

 

The True Face of Facebook

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Do you want your underage children earning free condoms on Facebook

Facebook.com, once a creative networking site for students and alumni of Ivy League schools, is quickly degenerating into a sloppy, ad-filled Myspace cultural polluter.  This past year, changes were made that allow almost anyone to create a personal profile including kids in junior high and high school.  (More members = more advertising dollars for the people at Facebook.) 

So the question is, “Do the parents of these kids realize that Facebook is succumbing to advertising dollars with gimmicks such as free condoms?”  While the advertisers would attempt to hide behind their “safe” sex mantra, the reality is that they are just promoting MORE sex among teenagers.  And that gives a whole new meaning to social networking.

FYI Update:  “[T]een abstinence as a ‘significant and independent predictor of academic success,’ [is] associated with a 40 percent lower rate of highschool expulsion, a 50 percent lower rate of dropping out of high school, a 70 percent increase in the probability of attending or graduating from college, and a 66 percent increase in college graduation.”