Friday, May 26, 2006

Jack Manhire Sr Makes 4th Degree Knight

Here's a picture of my father after recently making his 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus. Congratulations!

Hey Dad, where are the poofy hat and sword?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Will the Ex-Prof Be Criminally Charged?

Vandalism charges against a literature professor accused of destroying a pro-life display at Northern Kentucky University in April may be dropped, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Sally Jacobsen encouraged six students to join her in tearing up 400 white crosses representing a cemetery of aborted babies, displayed by the campus pro-life group Northern Kentucky Right to Life (NKRL). Ms. Jacobsen was photographed trampling on the sign accompanying the display.

The Kentucky Enquirer reported Wednesday that mediation proceedings would take place between Jacobsen, university officials, student government and NKRL. Campbell District Judge Karen Thomas said if a mutual agreement was not reached by June 27, the criminal case against Jacobsen would go ahead.

Jacobsen has been charged with criminal solicitation, criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, all misdemeanour charges. The six students who were also charged with participating in the destruction of the display accepted an offer to perform community service in exchange for having the charges against them dropped.

The former head of Women's Studies at NKU, Jacobsen earlier told the Enquirer her actions in destroying the display were justified by the strength of her feelings against it.

"Any violence perpetrated against that silly display was minor compared to how I felt when I saw it," she said.

Jacobsen was suspended from her teaching position at the University after the vandalism occurred, and retired from her post at the end of term.

Source: Article by Gudrun Schultz

KS Gov Tries to Sound Pro-Life

I know we have a lot of users in our community from Kansas, so I found this interesting. It sounds like the new trend is for politicians to pander to pro-life believers. While I hate being "pandered" to, it also shows me that the pro-life community has some political clout. Take a look.

"Personally, I believe abortion is wrong," Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wrote last week in her message accompanying a veto of an abortion-reporting bill. She also noted that abortions in Kansas have declined while she has been governor, and promised that "my administration will continue to work to reduce these numbers even more."

On its face that sounds pretty good coming from a pro-choice governor. But I don't think anyone's buying it.

"Gov. Sebelius’ attempt in her veto explanation to portray herself as pro-life is outrageous," Kathy Ostrowski, legislative director of Kansans for Life, told The Topeka Capital-Journal. "She cannot reinvent the term, no matter how carefully she chooses her words."

Source: WE Blog

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pro-Life Groups Renew Call to Pull Abortion Drug RU 486

Women seeking elective chemical abortions remain at risk with RU-486 on the market, a U.S. bishops' aide told a government workshop convened in the wake of deaths from the drug.

Deirdre McQuade, a spokeswoman at the bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, made her comment Thursday during a public meeting held by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on RU-486, also known as Mifeprex.

The meeting was co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. It was convened in response to the death of five women who have died from infections after undergoing RU-486 abortions.

McQuade said: "We continue to call for the passage of Holly's Law to temporarily suspend FDA approval of RU-486 while its approval process is reviewed."

"Holly's Law," as a U.S. House bill is known, is named after Holly Patterson, a California woman who died from septic shock after undergoing an RU-486 abortion.

"The CDC workshop is a constructive step," McQuade said, "but no substitute for the provisions in Holly's Law, as it neither addresses the distinct risks posed by RU-486 nor offers any immediate protection of women's lives."


Monday, May 15, 2006

Thousands Attend Pro-Life March in Canada, Want New Abortion Debate

Ottawa, Canada ( -- Several thousand pro-life advocates participated in the national March for Life in Canada to express their pro-life views. They want the federal government there to reopen the debate on abortion, but even with a new Conservative government, that's unlikely to happen.

The pro-life advocates converged on Parliament Hill today and called for new laws limiting abortion.

They were encouraged when at least a dozen Conservative and Liberal members of the Canadian Parliament and several senators addressed the crowd. They told the marcher to keep up their fight against abortion.

Read the full story by Steven Ertelt here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

My parents (Jack and Diane Manhire) were married 37 years ago today. They have always been great examples of love and teachers of the Catholic faith for me and I'm lucky to have them as parents.

And they are still very much in love! They even work together in their own business and always find time for the occassional dinner-and-a-movie date.

If you need Visual Communications or Graphic Design work done, visit their website at

While you're there, drop them an email and wish them a Happy Anniversary!!! I'd love to flood their Inbox with warm wishes from the ProLifeSearch community. Thanks.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Going to Mass Might Reduce Your Insurance Payments

Some users asked that we re-post an article from a few months ago that discusses how you might save on your insurance if you go to Mass regularly.

So here it is. I hope it's helpful. (Click here for the article).

Friday, May 05, 2006

Immaculate Heart Radio

Thanks to Don Nelson for interviewing me today on his radio talk show, Voice for Life, on Immaculate Heart Radio. We appreciate the opportunity to spread the word about

This link should be an mp3 of the show (I come on about 20 minutes into the program). Please feel free to comment on how silly I might sound. I just love feedback.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

More Campus Violence Against Life

BELLINGHAM, WA, May 3, 2006 ( - A Western Washington University pro-life club's display was virtually destroyed by yesterday afternoon by a bare-foot male student who was photographed and videotaped as he dismantled the display. After spending more than three hours playing his guitar and observing the campus-approved display, the Asian male began to tape newspapers over one of the perimeter signs that warned students they were approaching the display.

The student was then observed leaping over the perimeter barricade that surrounded the display. Pro-life students, out of respect for his person, did not physically interfere as the vandal proceeded to systematically tear down the entire display. Their first concern was for the safety of several small children inside the display area who were quickly moved to safety.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Fr. Michael Manning Show

Fr. Michael Manning interviewed me Friday, April 28th for his TV show. It was a great experience overall, and my first trip to California. Thanks to Fr. Mike, Bro. Steve, and everyone at Wordnet Productions for their incredible hospitality and delicious Chinese food!

The air date of the show is still TBD, but as soon as I find something out I'll post it. The show airs weekly on TBN at 11:30 AM Wednesdays.

(For those of you paying attention, you'll notice I recently learned how to add pictures to the blog. Pretty cool!)