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It has been fairly busy the last few weeks as we have made our house together and still tried to carry on our work and daily tasks and commitments.

We celebrated one month of wonderful marital bliss yesterday!!

We had our first guest over for dinner Sunday night! Yay for Josh and Robin.

We have gotten our pictures back, we are still sorting through 1650 of them to try and find the best ones! I’ll place a few on here and then some honeymoon pics, soon I promise!!

Christy is a wonderful wife!

There is a plethora of resource about this and how to help end poverty. I’m going to post a message prepared by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, quoted in blue below. I did add links for your use!

The theme for this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – “Working together out of poverty”—highlights the need for a truly global anti-poverty alliance, one in which both developed and developing countries participate actively.

The world has made real but insufficient progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. Thus, while extreme poverty declined significantly between 1990 and 2002—from 28% to 19% of the developing world’s population—progress has been uneven both within and between regions and countries. In much of Asia, economic and social progress has lifted nearly a quarter of a billion people out of perpetual poverty. But poverty rates in Western Asia and Northern Africa have remained stagnant, while the transition economies of Eastern Europe and Central Asia have registered increases. And sub-Saharan Africa lags the most, with the region unlikely to meet the Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015.

Clearly, more needs to be done to tackle poverty and underdevelopment. The Doha trade negotiations need to produce freer and fairer trade for all. Developed nations need to come through on their Official Development Assistance (ODA) and debt relief commitments. Developing nations, for their part, should prioritize the Millennium Development Goals and, if they have not yet done so, adopt national strategies to achieve them. They should utilize ODA flows to bolster national capacities in a sustainable manner, emphasizing better governance and strengthened rule of law. And countries already on track to achieve the Goals can aim higher still by adopting even more ambitious targets.

Regrettably, the “global partnership for development” remains more phrase than fact. This has to change. All key development actors – governments, the private sector, civil society and people living in poverty – must undertake a truly collective anti-poverty effort that will lift living standards and alleviating human suffering.

The campaign to make poverty history—a central moral challenge of our age—cannot remain a task for the few, it must become a calling for the many. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I urge everyone to join this struggle. Together, we can make real and sufficient progress towards the end of poverty.

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“Ten Reasons Why the Free World with the Leadership of America Must Boycott the 2008 Olympic Games in Communist China” by Demetrius Klitou

One) Human rights are practically non-existent in Communist China. Religious persecution, imprisonment and murder of non-violent political dissidents, torture, organ harvesting and sentences to hard labor are widespread.

Two) The lack of freedom of the press and safety risks for foreign reporters – Many foreign websites are banned from being visited within China, foreign reporters are prohibited from interviewing anyone without previous permission from the government, and the content of all broadcasting is severely restricted. Foreign news media reporters have been arrested and sentenced to prison under vague and wide-reaching security laws.

Three) The 1980 Olympic Games in Communist Russia were boycotted by 64 states, under the leadership of the U.S. Beijing is not any different from Moscow in 1980, which was also the capital of a Communist police state.

Four) Communist China constantly threatens to attack Taiwan. China’s government passed a law that explicitly calls for military intervention in response to any intention by the democratic government of Taiwan to declare independence. Military maneuvers indicate that the Communists’ military is preparing to enforce this law.

Five) Beijing has the most polluted air in the world. Studies and satellite photos have proven that Beijing suffers from extremely high nitrogen dioxide levels, vitally dangerous to the health of the athletes.

Six) China is plagued by widespread social, political, and economic unrest. A surge in huge land grabs and forced evictions by the Chinese government for reasons of economic expansion and Olympic Games preparations have sparked thousands of protests. The government has murdered hundreds of protesters.

Seven) The Chinese have been bribing and threatening large numbers of members of the International Olympic Committee. A number of U.S. Representatives, for example, Congressman Tom Lantos, have stated this on national television.

Eight) A boycott has some potential to serve as a strategy to encourage human rights in China. Only the greedy and foolish global elite think this is true the other way around.

Nine) Holding the Olympic Games in Communist China contradicts the Olympic Charter.
The Olympic Charter defines the philosophy of Olympism as the “respect for universal fundamental ethical principles” and its goal of promoting “a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”

Ten) Don’t repeat the errors of 1936 when Nazi Germany was allowed to host the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games will give Communist China the same propaganda tool Nazi Germany enjoyed. Not since 1936 have the ideals of Olympics been so trampled upon.

(Demetrius Klitou is the author of the book THE FRIENDS AND FOES OF HUMAN RIGHTS. He holds a BA in International Area Studies and a MA in Diplomatic Studies. This article was originally published 6.28.06 by the China Support Network (CSN). Begun as the American response group in 1989, CSN represents Americans who are “on the side” of the students in Tiananmen Square – standing for democratic reform, human rights, and freedom in China. For dissident news, to support a stronger China policy, or get more information, click here)

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I am pro-life (who wants to be pro-death?) but I have mixed feelings about legislating and eliminating the “right” to have an abortion. I personally feel that there are better ways to deal with abortions than eliminating them. Doing so would only send us back to the 60’s where women were having black market abortions and risking their lives to do so. If you say that is a fair punishment for killing their baby, you are a little sick in my humble opinion.

I’ve always felt there has to be better options. I have met and talked with people from Planned Parenthood (they don’t preach 100% abortion), but they do miss the point and abstinence-only education completly missed the point too. A more comprehnsive approach is needed. I like the ABC method (Abstinence, Being Faithful, and Condems) of education, b/c in reality and unfortunately people are going to have sex outside of marriage. But if we look at many of the causes of abortion we’ll see that many are related to economics or lack of support.

I think Congress may finally be on the right track with two pieces of legislation introduced by members of Democrats for Life. One is entitled Pregnant Women Support Act (HR 6145) and Reducing the Need for Abortions and Supporting Parents Act (HR 6067).

I find it interesting that Democrats introduced the bill and are most of the sponsors. Hopefully some pro-life Republicans will get their head out of the mud and see that they can help end abortions without outlawing them.

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