Since Judy Rose has taken the day off I've decided to use the opportunity to trumpet the newest innovation on the Home Page, a complete reversible and left-navigation-frame sequential-numbered index of the Jonal entries in this department since January 2001. I introduced a less versatile version of the index in my Christmas letter in December but since then have added a lot of bells and whistles to make it an index for all seasons. There are still some additional changes coming, but I think in its current state it will give anyone an easy tour of what I've described as the major component of my writer's lifework. Try it; I think you'll like it.
And to take up a little more of your coffee-time reading this morning, I'll expand this page by throwing in a press release I received on Monday. I've not used a press release in this way in this department but this one relates to a number of topics we've considered here in the past, and I thought it might inspire some reflection and maybe, I hope, some list conversation.
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Today in USA Today Article 1/31/05
HUNTINGTON, CT - Stephen Bennett, executive director of SBM in Huntington, CT - a pro-family organization - is quoted today in a USA Today article titled "Gays are Closeted on Kids' TV."
On the heels of the firestorm brewing over the recent "Sponge Bob" controversy (really known as the We Are Family Foundation controversy,) PBS pulls the plug over a public outcry on a controversial episode of "Postcards from Buster." The children's cartoon/episode "Sugartime!" takes place in Vermont, featuring the families of two lesbian couples.
Even though PBS has officially pulled the episode, several stations - including those in Boston, New York and San Francisco - are being defiant and will air the show anyway.
The Simpsons cartoon on FOX (geared more toward an adult audience) also decided to join the bandwagon to catch some of the free media publicity. Homer will be featured in an episode in February involving a same-sex marriage.
"Over the years, we have seen an attack via the media from those wishing to force a controversial lifestyle upon a nation divided on the issue of homosexuality. But never before have we seen these individuals use the power of the airwaves to go after our most innocent - America's children. Leave them alone - our kid's are off base, " said Stephen Bennett.
Bennett was recently scheduled to debate the two lesbians featured in the "Postcards from Buster" episode on ABC's Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer. However, at the last minute, the producers cancelled Bennett's appearance because they said among other "logistics," the lesbians felt "uncomfortable" with Bennett being in the studio.
Bennett is a former homosexual - now married eleven years to his wife and the father of their two children.
The O'Reilly Factor - known for being fair and balanced and letting the "viewers decide" - recently presented only one side of the controversial We Are Family Foundation's new DVD project with Nile Rogers. Rogers' organization removed much of the pro-homosexual material and mislead O'Reilly about asking people (children) to sign a Tolerance Pledge on-line. Bennett downloaded most of the removed content before it "disappeared."
Rogers has threatened the American Family Association with a possible lawsuit claiming defamation.
"This is just the beginning of a new wave of homosexuals trying to force their acceptance upon a nation morally divided - by going after our children via childrens' programming.
Yet I stand amazed at how swift the media responded to these stories. I applaud them for raising public awareness of these controversial issues - even if some did so with a bias. Americans - no matter where they stand on this issue - agree when it comes to the children, will do anything to protect their little ones when necessary," said Bennett.
*Bennett will be live on the nationally syndicated Bloomberg Radio today at 11:15 am EST discussing this story.)
Stephen Bennett is Executive Director and Founder of Stephen Bennett Ministries in CT - a pro-family organization advocating for the traditional family, the protection of children and proclaiming the truth about homosexuality.
He is a passionate, sought after national speaker on homosexuality and the "gay" agenda and is featured frequently on most of the major networks and cable news programs including CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX NEWS and others.
Stephen frequently speaks -- when called upon -- as a National Spokesperson for Concerned Women in America in Washington, D.C. and he is the Special Issues Editor on Homosexuality for the American Family Association.
Classic Hollywood Squares, 8
If you remember The Original Hollywood Squares and its comics, this will bring a tear to your eyes. These great questions and answers are from the days when "Hollywood Squares" game show responses were spontaneous! Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course.
Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.
Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.
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