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Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and dozens of anti-abortion activists have assembled in South Bend, Ind., to protest Barack Obama’s upcoming participation in Notre Dame University’s May 17 commencement exercise.

Keyes explained why it was important to be there during an hour-long interview Wednesday night on The Andrea Shea King Show
while enroute to Indiana to stand with other protesters.

Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry was arrested the previous weekend for protesting on campus. Keyes was arrested last Friday with 21 other devout Catholics from seven states.

In a video produced after Keyes was released from jail, both he and Terry asked Americans to join them in the ongoing protests.

“Notre Dame is putting pro-life people in jail for defending babies, and they’re honoring President Obama who kills babies,” Terry said during an interview on my radio program Friday night.

“This is sick. This is perverse. This is criminal. We want to highlight the insanity of what is going on here, and call upon good people to join us in prayer but also join us in action. If we can get 100 people in jail, it is an international rebuke of this president and of Notre Dame’s treachery.”

A video showing the march and arrest is posted at YouTube.

Get more information about the protest at Stop Obama Notre Dame.

First impressions

Writing in the Wall Street Journal about the upcoming meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama, Elliott Abrams notes:

“First impressions matter. Experts say we size up new people in somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes. So how will the first 30 seconds, and the rest of the meeting, go when President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sit down together on May 18?”

“The White House leaks will be more interesting, for the staff may want to keep Mr. Netanyahu nervous; we’ll have to watch what favored journalists are told about the chemistry in the days after the visit. We should not expect to hear the kind of crack that French President Nicolas Sarkozy apparently made to journalists after meeting the president (that Mr. Obama was “not always at his best when it comes to decisions and efficiency”), as that does not appear to be the Obama style. If he makes an exception for Mr. Netanyahu and has the staff trash the prime minister to the media, we’ll know the two men decided to loathe each other.”

Unvarnished opinion

Aaron Klein, Middle East correspondent for WorldNetDaily and author of “The Late Great State of Israel,” gave us his unvarnished opinion of the situation during an interview last Tuesday on The Andrea Shea King Show.

Both nations are under new administrations, and Klein spoke of the delicate complexities involved in American-Israeli relations. Klein will travel with Netanyahu when he flies to the United States for the White House meeting. Look for Klein’s reports here at WND.

Muslim demographics

“Muslim Demographics,” a video now viewed by nearly five million since it was posted March 30, shows how Islam will overwhelm Christendom unless Christians recognize the demographic realities, begin reproducing again, and share the gospel with Muslims.”

The Bedford Boys

In what was a heartbreaking time for the residents of the tiny community of Bedford, Va., 19 of 27 of their sons were killed in the first assault on Omaha Beach. It reportedly was the highest per capita loss of any American town that day.

Read about Ray Nance and how his experience on D-Day haunted him for the rest of life.

Watch Nance tell his story in this report produced by the Pentagon Channel.

A home movie taken during a visit to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford can be seen here.

More information can be found at D-Day.org.

The Great Escape

Alex Lees, a Scotsman who helped with a World War II POW underground escape that was chronicled in a book and later made into a movie has died at 97 years of age. The movie, “The Great Escape,” starred Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough.

Lees was the last remaining link to the famous escape from the prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III.

British and American airmen held at the camp plotted a mass escape by digging three tunnels under the prison wires. The tunnels were named Tom, Dick, and Harry. The challenge was how to dispose of the tunnel dirt without being caught. Be sure to read Lees’ obituary to learn how he and 150 others kept from being detected and what Hitler did as a result of the escape.

See history

View one hundred greatest military photographs in this slide presentation.

Attack

Twenty-eight years ago this week on May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot four times as he blessed the crowds in St Peter’s Square in Rome while being driven in his Popemobile through a crowd of about 20,000 worshippers.

Police arrested a 23-year-old man who said he was a Turkish citizen and gave his name as Mehmet Ali Hagca.

HOT SITES

Wikio has released its list of Top 100 blogsites for April.

Here are the Top Ten:

  1. The Huffington Post

  2. The Corner
  3. Think Progress
  4. Political Ticker

  5. Michelle Malkin
  6. Political Punch
  7. The Daily Dish
  8. Talking Points Memo
  9. Firedoglake
  10. Instapundit.com.

Is this ‘Hate’?

The President Who Hates ‘His’ Country.

Award-winning writer Joan Swirsky says she has received more than 1000 e-mail responses to her most recent article about Obama, far exceeding the responses she’s had to date for any of her other 100-plus articles
about contemporary political-social issues.

Voca People

“The Voca People,
attracting more than a million viewers to a video
since it was posted at You Tube on March 26, are a new international vocal theater performance combining vocal sounds and a capella singing with the art of modern beat-box.

And just for fun…

Beethoven’s Fifth – Japanese style!

Fifty fabulous photos of 2008: a slide show of unusual images.

Shuttle

By the time you’re reading this, Space Shuttle Atlantis will be on its way to the
Hubble Space Telescope where astronauts will perform upgrades to the aging eye in the sky. This is the most dangerous mission to date, with another shuttle and crew standing by at a second launch pad in case of emergency.

Track the location of the shuttle and International Space Station as they circle the earth.

Track Space Junk… The growing sphere of space junk surrounding the Earth is a hazard to this mission in particular, and to spaceflight in general, as International Space Station astronauts recently found out when their home was buzzed by a five-inch piece of debris.

Given that the space junk problem just continues to get worse, here’s a quick guide to track our extraterrestrial garbage. First, download Google Earth,
which allows you to visualize the positions of debris around the old blue marble. From there you can plug in all kinds of datasets, like U.S. Strategic Command.

Getting away

Sometimes, you gotta get away from it all…

How much time do you have? JigZone is an online Jigsaw Puzzle where you choose the level of difficulty from a simple 6-piece cut to a challenging 247-piece cut.

This site features a new puzzle-of-the-day every day. Upload your photos and make them into jigsaw puzzles that you can share with others. Embed jigsaw puzzles into your own web pages and blogs. Lots of fun at this site.

Mental gymnastics

And for more amusing mental gymnastics, Pogo is the place to try your skills at word games, puzzles, card games, and scrabble. Name it! This site has it. Lose yourself for an hour or two in the vast array of amusements. Poppit, anyone?

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