Is this really what our society is reduced to?

This is horrific. Its difficult to read – so I warn you, read with caution and a firm stomach. Its really sad to read this story and to realize that this woman was clearly unsure of her decision and to see how the staff at the clinic treated her and her baby. What is clear is that the use of dehumanizing terms makes it somehow ‘okay’.

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“I thought it would be a blob thing, but bigger, not a baby,” she said. “She looked like a Water Baby. Like those dolls you fill up with water. She was really little, like this,” she said, holding her hands about 12 inches apart.

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Young mother tells story of what happened to her baby born alive at abortion clinic.

Would love to be a fly on the wall at this one.

Nancy Pelosi“On Monday at noon in Rome, the Vatican’s Press Office confirmed to CNA that Pope Benedict will be receiving U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in an audience at noon on Wednesday.”

If its a private audience, the part of me that’s still working on being charitable and forgiving would love to be a fly on the wall for that discussion.

7 qualities of a great leader

Recently I’ve thought about leadership and the qualities of leadership. I did a bit of research and found these on Seven Qualities of a Good Leader. It seemed an excellent synopsis.

Seven Personal Qualities Found In A Good Leader

1. A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others.

2. A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause and also about their role as leader.

3. A good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members.

4. A leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.

5. Good leaders are tolerant of ambiguity and remain calm, composed and steadfast to the main purpose. Storms, emotions, and crises come and go and a good leader takes these as part of the journey and keeps a cool head.

6. A good leader as well as keeping the main goal in focus is able to think analytically. Not only does a good leader view a situation as a whole, but is able to break it down into sub parts for closer inspection. Not only is the goal in view but a good leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress towards it.

7. A good leader is committed to excellence. Second best does not lead to success. The good leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas.