Morgan Jones was born with glutaric acidemia Type 2, a rare, genetic disease that interferes with the body’s ability to break down proteins and fats to produce energy. Only 50 people in the entire world have the disease. She is also legally blind.
Morgan’s city trip was paid for by the Lexington Dream Factory, a charity that grants dreams to children ages 3-18 who have been diagnosed with critical or chronic illnesses.
Given the chance to go anywhere in the country, Morgan chose her favorite monument—the Status of Liberty. But since she is blind, unless she actually was able to touch, enter and go inside the Statue of Liberty, such a trip would be meaningless.
And then Barack Obama decided to be a vindictive jerk.
From the New York Post…
“She’s heartbroken. Her whole dream was to climb up the 354 steps to the crown,” said her mother, April Keelin.
Keelin, a music teacher, said that they can’t afford to return and that Morgan may not ever be well enough to come back.
“We don’t know if we’d ever get back to do this for her again,” the mother said.
According the Archdiocese for Military Services, GS and contract priests (who are paid by the federal government as independent contractors in places where there aren’t enough active-duty priests to meet the needs of Catholics in military service) are being forbidden from celebrating Mass, even on a volunteer basis.
If they violate this restriction, they face possible arrest. FOR CELEBRATING MASS.
More at Catholic Vote.
From Gary Bauer’s End-of-Day emailing…
Cindy Vinson, who also voted for Obama twice, is learning that “free health care” isn’t free after all. Obamacare is going to cost her nearly $2,000 more a year. She said, “Of course, I want people to have health care. I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”
Republicans have accused President Obama of deliberately inconveniencing the American people during the government shutdown. Now, they may have proof of just that. [The Examiner]
The National Park Service placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore this week, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument. [Sioux Falls Business Journal]
People pulling to the side of the road to view Mt. Rushmore was costing the government zero dollars a year, so naturally no funding for this lack of expense due to the shutdown forced the Obama administration to order this move. [Michelle Malkin]
Jim Hagen, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, said the situation is hurting people from out-of-state and international visitors who are in South Dakota to visit the monument. [The Argus Leader]
According to sources, angry moms near the Eastern Market are of Washington, D.C. have been diligently tearing down barriers erected by the National Park Service around Marion Park, or the turtle park as it is commonly referred to because of the fake turtles that children like to play on.
Sources said that the park was blocked off by park officials, but the source suspected that neighborhood moms have been taking down barriers to the park so their children could play there. In response, park officials keep erecting new ones, which the moms promptly tear down.
The park is extremely small and sort of seems pointless to block off.
Read more at The Daily Caller.
Obama’s “Make Them Feel the Pain” approach to the shutdown is getting way out of hand…
Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They’ve been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn’t an option.
The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they’ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out.
“I had to go to town today and buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants,” Joyce Spencer told Action News.
The Stewart’s Point home sits on federal land, so even though the Spencers own their cabin outright, they’re not allowed in until the government reopens.
…”I had to be sure and get his walker and his scooter that he has to go in,” Spencer said. “We’re not hurt in any way except it might cost me if I have to go buy more pants.”
Read more at KNTV.com