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Palin Is It!

August 29, 2008 | By | 12 Comments


We are in Minneapolis — worked on the GOP platform — getting ready for the convention.


Jack is contacting Arlington county government to learn of the biggest signage we can put in our yard.

This is a great pick. Brilliant, brilliant strategy.

She is solidly pro-life. McCain-Palin is a ticket we can all get behind with enthusiasm.

Please Support Hannah’s Mission Trip to the DR

May 31, 2008 | By | No Comments

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Hannah painting in Peru, 2007

Dear Family,

Hi! It’s the end of my first year at Yorktown High School and I am planning to join my church’s mission trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. Last year I had the amazing experience of witnessing to Peruvians in the Callao Festival, Lima, Peru. I was able to watch as thousands were brought to Christ. With memories of last year dancing in my mind I can only dream of how awesome this year’s mission is going to be.


This year I want to be an asset to my team and need your help getting me there. I’m raising the money needed to devote to the mission trip which will be from July 23-30. Support goes toward food, logistics, rooming, and baseball equipment (for ministry to younger children in the Dominican Republic). Your support would mean so much to me this year, helping me reach my goal of $1,600. Even the smallest donation can make all the difference. If you’d like to send support online, you can do that at

Direct link for donations: HERE

Over the last year I’ve grown closer to Jesus and want to extend that feeling to others through ministry. I’ve been taking my friends to church and spreading God’s word at school and in my sports activities. My electives also include art as a medium I hope to expand in as a ministry tool. This year I’ll be joining the Children’s Ministry team, and the General Missions team, where I will be able to interact with all the groups and see all the various ways the Gospel can be spread. Other teams on the mission include: Drama team, Choir, Baseball, Clowns, and Construction.


Last year I was on the construction team, but this year I think I’m better suited for Children’s Ministry. Last year the Construction team was delayed by circumstances and I was able to join with other teams and street evangelize. I had the opportunity to witness to Special Needs kids at a children’s school where we washed the kids’ feet, and once we were able to start construction, I was able to help paint the alleyway of the woman’s house we were working on.

Your support this year would mean the world to me and thank you so much for whatever you can give! The smallest donation counts. If you don’t want to donate online, any checks you donate need to be made out to Mclean Bible Church, Dominican Republic Mission; and Hannah Yoest needs to be written in the left hand corner. (The mailing address is: P.O. Box 9300 McLean, VA 22102)

Thank You so much for your help and love, please keep me in your prayers!

Love and Thanks,


Obama Jumps the Shark

March 4, 2008 | By | No Comments

Alright, so we know I wasn’t a fan anyway.

But seriously: “. . . where the rats don’t outnumber the computers. . . ” — that is just way over the top.

Cry Me a River: Hillary is an Embarrassment

February 10, 2008 | By | No Comments

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

She’s just got to stop this. The first serious female candidate for President and she’s tearing up all over the place?

Huckabee Wins Kansas: 11,627 to 4,587!

February 9, 2008 | By | No Comments

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The Dreamer took this great shot at CPAC this morning. . . outstanding speech, as always. It still amazes me that people think the Gov is anything but a conservative.

The Kansas win is such a thrill. A 3 to 1 margin?! This race is not over.

I keep telling people, yes, the delegate math may be improbable. . . but not impossible. And the Huckabee campaign specializes in improbable.

As the Governor said today at CPAC — “I didn’t major in math; I majored in miracles.”

Huckabee is Hilarious! Wins Texas . . .on ColbertNation

February 9, 2008 | By | No Comments

Laugh out loud funny.

Wins Texas on ColbertNation. . . soon to win it in USANation, too!

Drudge Headers

February 5, 2008 | By | No Comments

About ten minute ago I checked in with Drudge. The headline read “Romney shows pulse.”

Hit refresh a few minutes later and it read: “Huckabee, Romney shows pulse.”


29 Jan



Steve Nock: Scholar and Friend

January 29, 2008 | By | 3 Comments

Before beginning a dissertation, you have to put together a committee to review your work. Three of the members come from your own department; one must be from an outside department. There’s not a whole lot of benefit to faculty members in serving on dissertation committees. It mostly represents extra work. This is quadruply true for the outside reader. Why take on the reading, reviewing, advising for a student who isn’t even in your department?

With this knowledge that the benefit would be entirely on my side of the equation in mind, I approached the door of Steve Nock a few years ago to ask him to serve as my outside reader. I remember the apprehension I felt: while universally acknowledged to be a friendly, nice person, Steve was also a highly-regarded scholar with a national reputation for his writing on family issues from a sociological perspective. He had also managed to champion marriage and family in his research and writing — even defending “covenant marriage” — while maintaining his reputation within the liberal academic establishment. A not inconsiderable feat.

Exactly the person I would most like to have on my committee as the outside reader. Hence the butterflies in my stomach as I knocked on his door.

I still remember the warmth and friendliness he greeted me with, instantly setting me at ease. He expressed interest in my research project and, much to my relief, agreed to serve on the committee.

An outside reader isn’t really obligated to do much on a committee — as long as they show up at the defense and ask a few cogent questions to demonstrate having actually read the dissertation. Steve, however, gave me the benefit of real input and advice as the project went forward. He read early drafts and critiqued my research methodology very thoroughly.

At his memorial service this past Saturday, all these thoughts were going through my mind. Of the great contribution he made to my professional development. Of his great graciousness to me, going above and beyond what he was obligated to offer.

But most of all, what drew us to drive to Charlottesville on such a sad trek was to pay tribute to Steve Nock, the man.

He died suddenly last week of complications from diabetes — he was only 57. Long-term he had struggled with his health in ways I was only marginally aware. Several people mentioned this quality about him at the service: he lived a life of such joy and enthusiasm that very few people outside his family knew of his health challenges.

What a wonderful way to be remembered — as a person who spread joy and made others around him happy. Certainly Steve’s many articles and books create an important intellectual legacy. But what those of us who were fortunate enough to have known Steve Nock will really remember about him was his wonderful smile. . . and that he shared it so readily.

05 Dec



Leaving for Little Rock: Joining the Huckabee Campaign

December 5, 2007 | By | 3 Comments

It’s official: I Like Mike! Yesterday I landed in Little Rock on my first day as Senior Advisor on the Mike Huckabee for President campaign. (I’m on leave of absence from FRC.)


Watch this space for updates from the campaign trail.

And, if you can, use the form below to donate to the candidate who — as of yesterday — is running second nationwide among GOP candidates nipping at Giuliani’s heels! - I Like Mike!


Originally posted on Sunday, 2 December 2007

An Ironic Juxtaposition of Headlines

October 18, 2007 | By | One Comment

Maine Middle School to Offer the Pill

Kansas Planned Parenthood Clinic Charged

Phill Kline is a hero for going after Planned Parenthood. At much personal cost.

Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline charged the Overland Park, Kan., clinic with 107 counts, 23 of them felonies. Besides 29 misdemeanor counts of providing unlawful late-term abortions, the clinic is charged with multiple counts of making a false writing, failure to maintain records and failure to determine viability.