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>Health Care Includes Money For Abortions



Dear Friend of Life,

Our best chance to repeal taxpayer-funded abortion

We must raise at least $125,000 byElection Day to fuel a massive pro-life campaign targeting the proponents of taxpayer-funded abortion

Can you believe it’s been six months since the enemies of life passed their pro-abortion healthcare law?

As President Obama and Planned Parenthoodcelebrate this anti-life milestone – and believe me, they are celebrating – one thing remains certain: the government takeover of your healthcare marks the single greatest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion since Roe v. WadeYour tax dollars are paying for abortions and no one should be celebrating.

But as I write this, my team is gearing up for a monumental battle against the pro-abortion politicians who wrote this shameful legislation. Now is the time to defeat taxpayer-funded abortion, once and for all! And the public is ready for our pro-life message. We may not have another chance like this where the political climate so perfectly aligns with our mission.

Here’s the bottom line: we must raise at least $125,000 by Election Day to fuel a massive pro-life campaign targeting the proponents of taxpayer-funded abortion. This goal is achievable – but not without your immediate financial support. If we do not meet this goal, our pro-life voice can’t be as effective as it needs to be during this year’s election. We cannot allow that to happen.

Will you invest in our campaign with a contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more so we’ll have sufficient resources for the November election? Every dollar of your generous contribution will be used to target the politicians who voted in favor of taxpayer-funded abortion. November’s elections present our best chance to repeal taxpayer-funded abortion in healthcare. But our team informs me that we’ll need to raise $125,000, right now, in order to prepare for battle.

According to new polling information released this week, most Americans aren’t celebrating like Planned Parenthood. Indeed, poll after poll reveals the American public’s disgust for taxpayer-funded abortion in healthcare. A recent survey of likely general election voters shows Americans are now in favor of repealing it. So our message is clearly working! Now it’s just a matter of turning up the heat on the pro-abortion politicians who created this mess.

But we need your help to amplify our winning message … can I count on your urgently needed support for this upcoming fight? Please stand with AUL Action by making a generous contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more so we’ll have the resources to target the anti-life politicians in Congress. Your donation will pay for targeted media buys and pro-life advertising in key Congressional Districts this fall.

Planned Parenthood will stop at nothing in its quest to make abortion easily accessible to all — and paid for by your tax dollars. November’s elections present our best chance to repeal taxpayer-funded abortion and to enact legislation that explicitly prohibits taxpayers funding abortion. And that’s why we need your help today.

AULYours for Life,
Charmaine Yoest

Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Americans United for Life Action

>Christian Fiction Big Winner


Sue Brower, executive editor for fiction at Zondervan

Crowded Conference for Christian Fiction Writers 

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While other conferences and trade shows struggle with declining attendance, the American Christian Fiction Writers association packed the house for its annual conference September 17–20 in Indianapolis, Ind. Reflecting the vigor of this market niche and the ambitions of its members, 620 people attended the conference, up 100 from last year’s gathering. The conference, which offered workshops, appointments with editors and agents, and an awards banquet honoring both established and unpublished authors, came on the heels of the release of a new Evangelical Christian Publishers Association report showing that purchases of fiction were second only to Bibles in 2009, accounting for 19% of sales of Christian products.
“This is the one I have to come to every year,” said Sue Brower, executive editor for fiction at Zondervan, who was named editor of the year by the group. In addition to meeting with her own authors—seven of them did signings—Brower was shopping for books that might lend themselves to movie screenplays and smartphone apps. “You can’t just think about the book,” she said. Zondervan was a conference sponsor for the first time.
Allen Arnold, senior v-p and fiction publisher at Thomas Nelson, said ACFW was his favorite conference because of the authors’ passion and because it fits Thomas Nelson’s move toward finding new voices. “The ideas are the best they’ve been in four or five years,” he said.  
Agent Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary had a full schedule teaching and meeting authors. He handles a lot of fiction and his agency is expanding. “We’re very bullish on publishing,” he said.

Jenny B. Jones, winner of two Carol Awards

From a modest beginning in 2000 with a handful of members, ACFW has grown to 2,200 members, adding 300 in the past year alone. Around a quarter of the members are published in traditional Christian publishing. The association’s mission is to train its members in the craft of writing, educate them about the business of publishing, and advocate for Christian fiction in the Christian and general markets. The ACFW awards were renamed the Carols this year to honor trailblazing fiction editor Carol Johnson, who launched the category when she acquired Janette Oke for Bethany House in the late 1970s; she signed megaselling Beverly Lewis in the late 1990s. At the conference, Johnson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award (see related story). Steeple Hill took home three Carols for titles in its various Love Inspired mass market lines. Thomas Nelson novelist Jenny B. Jones won two Carols, and The Unfinished Gift by Dan Walsh (Revell) won in both debut and short historical categories. See a complete list of winners at, as well as a list of winners of the Genesis Awards, for unpublished authors,

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>Chris Christie of Pennsylvania Pro Life Advocate


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Ballot BoxNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s recent decision to cut off funding toPlanned Parenthood is the latest proof that electing pro-life candidates can make a dramatic difference. With the midterm elections coming up this fall, we’ve created an online survey that enables you to show candidates just how crucial their position on life issues will be for you in the voting boothClick here to answer a few short questions on how important it is to you that elected officials stand for the unborn. We’ll post the results online to remind those running for office of the power of the pro-life vote.

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AUL President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest last week praised the House Republicans’ promise in their “Pledge to America” to enshrine in permanent law the protections for the unborn that have thus far been granted on a yearly basis by the Hyde Amendment and other laws barring the use of taxpayer funds for abortion. Calling the pledge “a demonstration of real political leadership,” Dr. Yoest said, “Americans across the political spectrum do not want their tax dollars subsidizing the abortion industry. This initiative represents real common ground in defense of life.”

This week marks a tragic anniversary: ten years since the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved the use of the abortion drug RU-486, now known more commonly by its chemical name – mifepristone. News stories marking the anniversary noted that a “pioneer” program inIowa makes the drug available without even requiring the mother of the unborn child to see a doctor. Instead, the mother communicates with a doctor via teleconference. This represents an exceptionally dangerous forgoing of medical care considering that – in addition to the death of the unborn baby – the drug can cause the mother severe complications and even death. Donna Harrison, a member of the AUL Board and President of the American Association of Pro-LifeObstetricians and Gynecologists, assailed the Iowa program as “vending-machine distribution. … that takes a cavalier attitude to a new dimension.”
 Read more at the AUL Blog.
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>The Bugle Call, Taps – It’s Heart Wrenching Origin


 Near the bottom, as you scroll down, are the words.  The first stanza frequently comes to mind at sundown…

I never knew … DID YOU?  
If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps was played; this brings out a new meaning of it.
Here is something Every American should know. Until I read this, I didn’t know, but I checked it out and it’s true: 
We in the   United States  have all heard the haunting song, ‘Taps…’ It’s the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes. 

But, do you know the story behind the song?  If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.  
Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Elli was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in   Virginia  .  The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. 

During the night, Captain Elli heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field.  Not knowing if it was a   Union  or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment..  
When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.  
The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock.  In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out..  Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.  
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.
The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.  
The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.  
But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician. 

The Captain chose a bugler.  He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth’s uniform.  
This wish was granted.  
The haunting melody, we now know as ‘Taps’ used at military funerals was born.  
The words are: 

Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lakes
From the hills.  
From the sky.
All is well.  
Safely rest.  
God is nigh. 

Fading light.
Dims the sight.
And a star.
Gems the sky.
Gleaming bright.  
From afar.  
Drawing nigh.  
Falls the night. 

Thanks and praise.  
For our days.  
Neath the sun  
Neath the stars.  
Neath the sky
As we go.
This we know.
God is nigh 

I too have felt the chills while listening to ‘Taps’ but I have never seen all the words to the song until now.  I didn’t even know there was more than one verse .  I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn’t know if you had either so I thought I’d pass it along.  
I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.  
Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country. 

Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; and for those presently serving in the Armed Forces
Please send this on after a short prayer.
Make this a Prayer wheel for our soldiers … please don’t break it.    
I didn’t!

What A Great Day – With Glenn Beck At The Helm We Shall Not Fail!

>Who Cares About Our Wounded Military?


A doctor  had his TV on in his office when the news of the  military base shootings at Ft. Hood , TX came on.  The husband of one of his employees was stationed  there.  He called her into his office and as he  told her what had happened, she got a text message  from her husband saying, “I am okay.”  Her  cell phone rang right after she read the message.  It was an ER nurse,” I’m the one who just sent you  a text, not your husband. I thought it would be  comforting but I was mistaken in doing so. I am  sorry to tell you this, but your husband has been  shot 4 times and he is in surgery.” 

The  soldier’s wife left Southern Clinic in Dothan , AL   and drove all night to Ft. Hood .  
When  she arrived, she found out her husband was out of  surgery and would be OK.
She rushed  to his room and found that he already had visitors  there to comfort him. 

He was  just waking up and found his wife and the visitors  by his side. 

The nurse took this  picture.  
What?  No news  crews and cameras?  
This is how people with class respond and pay respect to those in uniform.   
I sent my cousin in Fayetteville, N.C. (Retired from Special Forces) that picture of George W. visiting the wounded at Ft.. Hood.  I got this reply:

What is even better is the fact George W. Bush heard about Fort Hood, got in his car without any escort, apparently they did not have time to react, and drove to Fort Hood.  He was stopped at the gate and the guard could not believe who he had just stopped.  Bush only asks for directions to the hospital then drove on.   The gate guard  called that “The President is on Fort Hood and  driving to the hospital.”  The base went bananas looking for Obama.  When they found it was Bush, they immediately offered escort.  Bush simply asked them to shut up and let him visit the wounded and the dependents of the dead.  

He stayed  at Fort Hood for over six hours, and was finally asked to leave by a message from the White House.
  Obama flew in days later and held a “photo” session in a gym, and

did not even go to the  hospital.

All this I picked up from two soldiers here who happened to be at Fort Hood when it  happened.  
This Bush/Obama/Ft. Hood story is something that should  be sent to every voter in the US .  

Those who wanted “change” certainly got it.  
  Also keep in mind who told us not to jump to conclusions that it was
an Islamic soldier who did this.

>Obama Complicit In Big Fraud – $1.25 Billion Goes To Black Farmers


 You wonder people are so cynical about the government. 

“In 1997, 400 African-American farmers sued the United States Department of Agriculture, alleging that they had been unfairly denied USDA loans due to racial discrimination during the period 1983 to 1997.”

The case was entitled “Pigford v. Glickman” and in 1999, the black farmers won their case.

The government agreed to pay each of them as much as $50,000 to settle their claims.

But then on February 23, 2010, something shocking happened in relation to that original judgment:
    In total silencethe USDA agreed to release more funds to “Pigford”.

The amount was a staggering…… $1.25 billion.  This was because the original number of plaintiffs – 400 black farmers – had now… swollen in a class action suitto include a total of 86,000 black farmers throughout America .
There was only one teensy problem:
      The United States of America doesn’t have 86,000 black farmers !!!!

                  According to accurate and totally verifiable  Official USDA 2007 Census census data, the total number of black farmers throughout America is only 39,697.   Hmmm… by the  Official USDA 1992 Census data the US had only 18,816 black farmers !!

                Oops !!

Well, gosh  – how on earth did 39,697 explode into the fraudulent 86,000 claims ??

And how did $50,000 explode into $1.25 billion ??

Well, folks, you’ll just have to ask the woman who not only spearheaded this case because of her position in 1997 at the “Rural Development Leadership Network” but whose community received the highest single payout (approximately $13 million) from that action – Shirley Sherrod.

                    Oops again !!

Yes, folks.    It appears that Ms. Sherrod had just unwittingly exposed herself as the perpetrator of one of the biggest fraud claims in the United States  – –  a fraud enabled solely because she screamed racism at the government and cowed them into submission.    And it gets even more interesting.
Ms. Sherrod has also exposed the person who aided and abetted her in this race fraud.   As it turns out, the original judgment of “Pigford v. Glickman” in 1999 only applied to a total of about 16,000 black farmers.

    But…. in 2008, a junior US Senator got a law passed to reopen the case and allow more black farmers to sue for funds.
   The Senator was Barack Hussein Obama.

Because this law was passed in dead silence and because the woman responsible for spearheading it was an obscure USDA official, American taxpayers did not realize that they had just been forced in the midst of a worldwide depression to pay out more than $1.25 billion to settle a race claim.

But Breitbart knew.    And last Monday, July 22, 2010, he cleverly laid a trap which Sherrod  – –  and Obama + his cronies  – –  stumbled headfirst into which has now resulted in the entire world discovering the existence of this corrupt financial judgment.

As for Ms. Sherrod ??    Well, she’s discovering too late that her cry of ‘racism’ to the media which was intended to throw the spotlight on Breitbart has instead thrown that spotlight on herself – and the huge corruption.

Sherrod has vanished from public view.   Her ‘pigs’, it seems, have come home to roost.

        Oink !!!!

But the perpetrator of that law passed in dead silence leading to unlawful claims & corruption….. is still  trying to fool all of US.

        Google and read for yourself “Pigford vs. Glickman”

— The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool.  It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”