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O Zi Trista

June 25, 2009

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O zi trista, fara exagerare au disparut doua simboluri. “Charlie’s Angels” – Farrah Fawcett si ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson.
Nu am vazut mai nimic din “Charlie’s Angels” , dar am vazut “Patul in Flacari’ si “Extremitati” si Farrah a fost una din actritele ce au aratat mai mult decit sa fi blonda si frumoasa! Mi-a aratat inteligenta si puterea compozitiei.
Nu am fost prea mult in muzica lui Michael Jackson, dar fata mea a crescut cu el. Deci pot spune ca eu m-am maturizat cu el. Daca ma uit in urma cred ca totusi am ceva tonuri din muzica lui in minte. Imi amintesc cind a venit si a concertat in Romania (cred ca era in ‘90 – daca ma insel sa fiu iertata). Eram profesoara la liceu in Bucuresti. Toate studentele mele erau in extaz, am vazut la TV concertul, multe din ele doar nu lesinau pe scena…M-am intrebat din ce este facuta aceasta generatie…Raspunsul era simplu: Toata lumea are nevoie de eroi, de modele, la aceea vreme mi-a fost greu sa inteleg ca Romania era saraca la acest capitol.
Dumnezeu sa-i aibe in grija. Eu am sa aprind o lumanare pentru ei in seara asta. Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett si multi ca ei au pus umarul la daramarea Comunismului. Au aratat tinerelor generatii ca se poate si altfel. Pentru asta merita toata recunostinta.

Hai Sa Fim Fericiti Pentru O Clipa:

June 21, 2009

 

Sa nu Uitam ca Este Weekend! Sa Dansam!

June 19, 2009

Nu pot sa uit cind ascultam pe ascuns…

Amintiri: eram in clasa a-8-a cind a avut premira filmul, am vrut sa-l vad dar Tata a spus ca-mi da el un “love story” de nu pot sa-l duc (pe urma a regretat!).  Si cind l-am vazut…

Mereu mi-am spus cei mai frumosi ani nu se uita nici o data…

Cite o data amintirile te napadesc. te uiti pe geam si incepi sa te gindesti cum ar fi fost…:

Si doar un moment este necesar sa te simti “in love” pina peste urechi…

Si daca totul merge bine, poti sa fi exuberant!

RETETA ZILEI!

June 19, 2009

O Reteta Delicioasa!

Am citit pe internet de o reteta ce se arata delicioasa: “Vitel cu masline, telina si rosii – reteta Montignac” (Gustos.ro). dar vitelul este scump si greu de gasit (ma refer la muschi de vitel). Asa ca m-am hotarit sa improvizez si pentru ca totul a iesit delicios m-am hotarat sa ofer ideea:
 
1. Am tocat in cubulete (ca pentru ciorba): 2 cepe de apa, 2 morcovi, 5 tije de telina, o capatana de usturoi; I fir de praz (grosut) l-am tocat rondele. Am taiat felii circa 500 grame de ciuperci albe. Le-am calit toate la un loc in 2 linguri de ulei de masline.
2. O bucata de circa 1. 5 kg de muschi de vaca am taiat-o in cuburi potrivite si le-am calit tot in ulei de masline (2 linguri).
3. Am deschid 2-ua cutii de rosii tocate (circa 800 grame), am pus o lingura rasa de vegeta, piper (dupa gust), si un sfert de pahar de vin rosu. Am tocat marunt: o frunza de busuioc verde, o crenguta de cimbru verde si o frunza de dafin (uscata).
4. Am ales circa 150 grame masline negre si nu prea sarate (daca sint sarate tinute la apa rece isi mai pierd din sare)
Am pus totul in Crock Pot (oala de ‘fiert” incet). Am setat pe high si am lasat sa lucreze circa 5 ore din momentul in care incepe sa “clocoteasca”. (daca nu aveti Crock Pot, cred ca intr-o oala cu pereti grosi si pe foc minim va avea acelasi efect, probabil timpul va trebui redus la 1 1/2 – 2 ore, sau cind lichidul incepe sa scada si carnea devine frageda, precum friptura inabusita; sau pus totul in cuptor pe 400F, acoperita cu o folie de aluminiu si tinuta cam 2 – 3 ore).
 
Ti se invarte nasul inca de cind de pe foc! Delicioasa fripturica mea, si desi pare laborioasa mie mi-a luat cam 45 de minute pregatitul, restul a fost pe seama lui mister Crock Pot (eu am lasat peste noapte si am inchis-o cind m-am sculat sa hranesc pisicutele mele).
Pofta buna!

Former President GHW Bush stands up for Sotomayor

June 13, 2009

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Former President George H.W. Bush stood up for his former judicial nominee Sonia Sotomayor Friday, telling HLN Anchor Robin Meade that GOP critics who called President Obama’s Supreme Court pick a racist were off-base, and unfair.

“I don’t know her that well but I think she’s had a distinguished record on the bench and she should be entitled to fair hearings. Not – [it’s] like the senator John Cornyn said it,” he told CNN. “He may vote for it, he may not. But he’s been backing away from these…backing off from those radical statements to describe her, to attribute things to her that may or may not be true.

“And she was called by somebody a racist once. That’s not right. I mean that’s not fair. It doesn’t help the process. You’re out there name-calling. So let them decide who they want to vote for and get on with it.”

High-profile Republican voices like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh had both accused the judge of racism for her past comment that a “wise Latina” might make more informed judicial decisions than a white male. Gingrich later backed away from that assessment.

Cornyn had urged Republicans to avoid labeling Sotomayor a racist, calling that brand of criticism unhelpful to the process.

Golden Girl – Memorian

June 13, 2009

The Golden Girls is an  sitcom that originally aired on NBC september 1985 to may 14. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, the show centers on four older women sharing a Miami, Florida home. The series was produced by Touchstone Television and distributed by Buena Vista Television. The sitcom was originally conceived by NBC executive Brandon Tartikoff and created by Susan Harris. Tartikoff was visiting his elderly aunt one day, and saw how she and her next-door neighbor, who also was her best friend, interacted with each other. Despite their constant bickering and arguments, they were still the best of friends and loved each other. He thought that would make a great premise for a TV show.[citation needed]

The Golden Girls won several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice. All four stars won at least one Emmy Award throughout the series’ entire run.

Characters:

Dorothy Zbornak

Main article: Dorothy Zbornak

Dorothy Zbornak (née Petrillo) was raised in Brooklyn, New York by her mother Sophia and her father Salvadore (played in flashbacks by Sid Melton and Kyle T. Heffner[1]). Nicknamed “Pussycat” by her mother, Dorothy had a younger brother and sister. Brother Phil, a cross-dresser, was never seen on the show. He later died of a heart attack and was buried in a teddy in an episode featuring Brenda Vaccaro as his widow. Sister Gloria, the youngest Petrillo sibling nicknamed “Kitten,” married into money; she appeared in two episodes, but was played by two different actresses (Doris Belack and Dena Dietrich). After moving to Miami in her later years, Dorothy continued working as a substitute teacher.

A few weeks after their high school prom, Stanley Zbornak got Dorothy pregnant and married her to legitimize the baby. Stan and Dorothy were married for 38 years, although Stan cheated on her numerous times, finally leaving her for a young flight attendant named Chrissy, whom he met on the way to a business conference in Hawaii. As Dorothy explained in one episode, the captain on the flight told the flight attendants to “give the passengers a lei.” Chrissy got confused (implying that she had sex with Stan), but she and Stan ended up marrying and living on Maui. Dorothy had two children, Kate and Michael, and a grandchild named Robbie.

Though Dorothy and Stan were divorced, he made numerous appearances on the show (the character of Stan was portrayed by Herb Edelman), usually running to Dorothy whenever something went wrong in his life, and always opening with the line “Hi…it’s me, Stan”, every time he’d visit her. Stan continually saw Dorothy as a comforting, reliable figure, even though he was the one who destroyed their marriage. Stan and Dorothy ended up having a one-night stand in the first season (which Stan mistakenly thought would lead to a reconciliation), and, a few seasons later, they started dating again with plans to re-marry. Dorothy called off the reconciliation on the day of the wedding when Stan asked her to sign a pre-nuptial agreement (Stan had by this time become a successful businessman selling novelty items). Dorothy’s proud mother, Sophia, who had never quite forgiven her “yutz” son-in-law for cheating on her daughter, proudly announced to the wedding guests: “She turned him down. Remember that!”

After seven years of playing Dorothy, Bea Arthur made it clear that she wanted to leave the series. In the series’ final episode, Dorothy married Blanche’s uncle Lucas Hollingsworth (played by Leslie Nielsen). Stan, though saddened to see Dorothy move on to her new life without him, gave Dorothy his blessing while disguised as the limo driver who took her to the wedding.

 Rose Nylund

Main article: Rose Nylund

Rose Nylund (née Lindstrom) was from the small farming town of St. Olaf, Minnesota, a community of Scandinavian-Americans that was once referred to by Dorothy as “the cradle of idiocy.” Rose loves telling profoundly strange stories of life growing up there. Typical stories focused on people with names such as Hans, Lars, or Sven and various experiences with herring. Though Rose was decidedly the mildest-mannered of all four roommates, she had an incredibly competitive streak, which reared its head during several situations, most notably the bowling championship in the episode entitled “The Competition” and while coaching a boys’ football team with Dorothy.

Rose is known for being quite naive, and taking the meaning of everything literally. For example, Dorothy once mentioned that she once cut off Stan’s sex, prompting Rose to ask, “You mean it grows back?” She is considered rather stupid by the other characters but occasionally exhibits superior insight and knowledge. She once helped Dorothy install a new toilet and exhibited thorough knowledge of plumbing parts, and claimed that the Journal of Abnormal Psychology was published in St. Olaf and that she’d read every issue.

Rose spent the first few years of her life in an orphanage in St. Olaf. As revealed in one memorable episode, she spent much of her life convinced that Bob Hope was her biological father. Toward the end of the series run, however, she learned she had been born out of wedlock to a monk (Don Ameche) and his lover, Ingrid, who died in childbirth. Shortly after birth, as detailed by a similar episode, Rose was left on the doorstep of an unknown family and subsequently adopted and raised by the large (and apparently somewhat bizarre) Lindstroms. Her adoptive father Gunter had died prior to the start of the series, but in one episode she was visited by her free-spirited adoptive mother, Alma whose maiden name was Gerkleknerbeigenhaufstetlerfrau (played by veteran star Jeanette Nolan); she later died off screen during the course of the series. Rose was one of 9 siblings (once stating that her parents loved “all 9 of us equally”); several were, like Rose, named after types of flowers. These included the two sisters who visited Rose in Miami: Lily, who was blind (played by Polly Holliday), and Holly (played by Inga Swenson), a professional musician whom Rose could not stand, as she seemed to act, as Rose once stated, “like such a jackass.”

Rose was married for many years to traveling insurance salesman Charlie Nylund, who moonlighted as a horseshoe salesman, and had 5 children: three daughters (Kirsten, Bridgette, and Jeanella) and two sons (Adam and Charlie Jr.). Kirsten and Bridgette would visit their mother in Miami on more than one occasion, while Adam, Charlie Jr., and Jeanella were mentioned but never seen on the show. Rose had several grandchildren, including two granddaughters, Charley and Charlene (the former appeared on The Golden Girls and the latter of visited Rose in The Golden Palace).

After Charlie’s death in 1980 (he died of a heart attack while they were making love), Rose lived alone in St. Olaf for a while, and then she moved to Miami and found work at a grief counseling center. During the show’s run, Charlie’s pension was cut off and Rose was forced to find a more lucrative job, ending up as the assistant to consumer reporter Enrique Mas at a local TV station. Over the course of the series, Rose also volunteered at the local hospital and worked on a number of charity projects.

In later seasons, Rose became romantically involved with college professor Miles Webber (played by Harold Gould). Rose later discovered that Miles was part of the Witness Protection Program. Webber was stated as previously being known as Nicholas Carbone, an accountant from Chicago. After a gangster named Mickey “The Cheese man” Moran faked his own death, Miles was briefly re-located to Pennsylvania as an Amish farmer named Samuel Plankmaker. Incidentally, the same actor who played Miles also played “Arnie,” one of Rose’s brief love interests in the first season.

Rose suffered from a number of health problems during the course of the show, most notably a massive heart attack during the show’s final season. In one episode, it was also indicated that Rose had been addicted to painkillers for many years, having been prescribed a drug many years earlier after a farm injury. Also, in an episode entitled “72 Hours,” Rose is informed that a blood transfusion she received during a routine surgery was possibly infected with HIV. After undergoing some routine tests, and anxiously waiting for 3 days, she is determined to be HIV-negative.

In honor of the character, the real-life township of St. Olaf created the Rose Nylund Award for Civic Excellence.

Blanche Devereaux

Main article: Blanche Devereaux

Blanche(Marie)Elizabeth Devereaux (née Hollingsworth), daughter of Elizabeth Ann Bennett and Curtis Hollingsworth, was a Southern belle who grew up on a plantation named “Twin Oaks” outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Blanche was always “the apple of her father’s eye” (she referred to him as “Big Daddy,” a reference to the Tennessee Williams character Harvey “Big Daddy” Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). However, she tried many times to spin his affection for her as more negative. Blanche had a love-hate relationship with her sisters Charmaine (Barbara Babcock) and Virginia (Sheree North). She also faced difficulty coming to terms with the homosexuality of her brother Clayton (Monte Markham) and the mental illness of her brother Tad (Ned Beatty), later revealed in The Golden Palace.

The house that the ladies shared, at 6151 Richmond St., initially belonged to Blanche, who had lived there for many years with her late husband George (played in flashbacks by George Grizzard). (Later in the series, however, she sold equal shares of the house to Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia.) Blanche and George possibly had 6 children: two daughters (Rebecca and Janet, both of whom made appearances on the show) and four sons (including Matthew, a CPA who appeared in the spin-off series The Golden Palace).[2] Biff, Doug, and Skippy were mentioned as her sons once to Dorothy but never mentioned again. Blanche had an estranged relationship with both of her daughters. Rebecca resented her for objecting to her plans to leave school to become a model in Paris; when she returned to visit for the first time in four years, she was now overweight, which Blanche had difficulty accepting at first. Janet resents Blanche for her lack of involvement in her life growing up, a fact that Blanche laments to this day regarding all of her children. Blanche had several grandchildren, notably David (a teenage rebel who visited Miami in one episode), Sara (who visited with her mother Janet during the last season), Melissa (a young beauty-pageant contestant), and Aurora (Rebecca’s infant daughter, conceived by artificial insemination in one of the series’ on-going storylines). Blanche acted as Rebecca’s birthing coach in the delivery and the experience helped further heal their relationship.

George Devereaux’s illegitimate son, David (played by Mark Moses), the seventh Devereaux child, was discovered when the young man turned up at the house, looking for George. This led Blanche to struggle with the fact that her husband, to whom she was devoted, was unfaithful during their marriage.

Throughout most of the series, Blanche was portrayed as man-hungry, and she clearly had the most male admirers—and stories detailing various sexual encounters—over the course of the series. At the funeral for her husband, George (who had died when a wrong-way driver hit him head-on), she made a date with a man because, as Rose said, “She can’t be without a man, do you know what I mean?” Sophia, in particular, had some of the best lines in relation to Blanche’s over-sexed nature, referring to her as a “human mattress.” When Dorothy asked Blanche how long she waited to have sex after George died, Sophia responded, “‘Til the paramedics came!” It was also revealed in one episode (when the girls mistakenly think that Blanche had slept with Rose’s husband Charlie due to some double-exposed film) that Blanche’s middle name was Elizabeth, giving her the initials B.E.D.. Another mistake on the writers’ part was when Blanche’s nanny, played by Ruby Dee, came to visit Blanche to ask for the music box. On this episode, it was revealed that her maiden name in fact was Blanche Marie Hollingsworth.

Blanche was very vain and, as a result, always tried to act younger than she was. Although it is widely believed that her exact age was never revealed (it was mentioned she even had her true date of birth removed from vital records “by order of the Governor”), in Season 3, Episode 25 entitled “Mother’s Day” (Aired May 7, 1988), it is revealed in a flashback that Blanche was 17 in 1949. That would make her 53 when the series began in 1985, and 61 when the spin-off ended in 1993.

Blanche was employed at an art museum, and her boss was Mr. Allen, a very nice man, although he admitted to having an affair with his best friend’s wife in an episode when Dorothy came to work at the museum, sparking jealousy in Blanche, which was an on-going trait of hers.

 Sophia Petrillo

Main article: Sophia Petrillo

Sophia Petrillo is the daughter of Don Angelo and his wife Eleanor from Sicily. Sophia was born in Sicily and moved to New York after she left Guido Spirelli at the altar (it was to be an arranged marriage). As a teenager, she was briefly engaged to a young man from her village, Augustine Bagatelli. In the fifth season episode “The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present”, it was revealed that she was also engaged to another young man, Giuseppe Mangiacavallo (Howard Duff), when she was 14. He left her at the altar. She married Salvador Petrillo (Sid Melton), and they had three children: Dorothy, a divorced substitute teacher whom Sophia depended upon and came to live with; Phil, a cross-dresser who was married with kids; and Gloria, who married into wealth, but eventually descended into dire poverty, after losing the fortune that her deceased husband (supposedy) left her, forcing her to beg for Dorothy and Sophia’s support.

Sophia was put away in the Shady Pines Retirement Home by Dorothy prior to the start of the series. Sophia had suffered a massive stroke, which, on more than one occasion, was said to have destroyed the part of her brain that acted as a censor; indeed, much of Sophia’s popularity comes from her humorous, and often shocking, frankness and general lack of inhibition. Sophia occasionally pretends to be slightly senile. In the pilot episode, she came to live with the girls after Shady Pines burned down. In a later episode, Sophia tried to run away to Sicily after becoming the prime suspect in starting the fire after making s’mores with a roommate on an illegal hotplate. Sophia never had good things to say about her retirement home, and she alluded to poor treatment by the staff many times throughout the series’ run (although, in an episode meant to raise awareness about poor-quality nursing homes, she did admit that the treatment at Shady Pines was satisfactory). There were constant hints in the series that she and her family back in Sicily had some mafia connections; she once stated that she had lived through “two world wars, 15 vendettas, 4 operations and two Darrins on Bewitched.” In one episode, she accidentally let it slip that she knew what happened to Jimmy Hoffa.

Members of Sophia’s family who appeared throughout the course of the show include: her sister Angela (played by Nancy Walker), her brother Angelo (played by Bill Dana), her daughter Gloria (played by Doris Belack and Dena Dietrich), and, in flashbacks, her husband Sal, her mother (played by Bea Arthur), and her father (also played by Bill Dana), and Dorothy herself at a younger age (played by Lyn Greene). Phil, her only son, was never seen and he became sort of a minor running joke as Sophia would mention something lovingly about her children, and then her face would drop and she would add a resigned “…except for Phil”. He died later on in the series when he suffered a heart attack (due to his obesity) while trying on large women’s clothing (even in his wake, Phil is referred to as wearing women’s clothing). In the episode “Ebbtide’s Revenge,” after her son’s funeral, Sophia (with the help of Dorothy’s no-nonsense personality and Rose’s caring counseling expertise from her grief counseling center job) finally realized the root of her anger, broke into tears, and ended the long feud with Phil’s wife Angela (played by Brenda Vaccaro). It is revealed that Sophia was angry at herself because she wondered what she had done or said to her son to make him want to be a cross-dresser, and she is finally able to reconcile with Angela after coming to the realization that she still loved him. In one of Sophia’s few true emotional moments, she says, “My baby’s gone.” Sophia always referred to Angela as “Big Sally” because it got on Angela’s nerves. Phil, Angela, and their children lived in a trailer home in Newark, New Jersey.

During the series’ run, Sophia married Max Weinstock (played by Jack Gilford), Sal’s business partner, and attempted to revive Sal and Max’s old pizza-and-knish business at the beach, but they soon separated, realizing they were better off as friends “with occasional benefits.” Throughout the series, she held a few part-time jobs mostly involving food, including fast-food worker and entrepreneur of spaghetti sauce and homemade “chuck wagon” sandwiches.

Pentru Sotul Meu (The Love Of My LIFE!)

June 7, 2009

Daca e duminica e Bonnie Tyler !

June 7, 2009

Gypsy Kings

June 6, 2009

You are closed to Chicagio? The Gypsy Kings are playing on June 6 at 7:30 p.m.  If you guys are interested in joining me and a friend for music under the stars you can go to:
 
http://www.ravinia.org/ViewDate.aspx?date=6/6/2009

Right or Wrong, In Memoriam of Doctor George Tiller

June 5, 2009

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Miine va fi imormantat doctorul George Tiller. A fost asasinat in biserica simbata trecuta. Motivul, era un doctor care facea avorturi la o clinica din Kansas. In US avortul este inca legal. Nu spun ca cei care sint de acord cu avortul au dreptate. Nu spun ca cei care sint impotriva avortului au dreptate. Insa cred cu tarie in libertatea de a alege. Slava Domnului mi-am petrecut tineretea intr-o tara unde avortul era interzis,  unde cele mai elementare metode de protectie erau necunoscute si unde orice discutie despre sex era tabu! 

Va las sa comentati.


The Freedom of Choice Act was a bill in the 110th United State  Congress which “declares that it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child; terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability,  or terminate a pregnancy after viability when necessary to protect her life or her health.

It prohibits a federal, state, or local governmental entity from denying or interfering with a woman’s right to exercise such choices; or discriminating against the exercise of those rights in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information. Provides that such prohibition shall apply retroactively.

Pro-life is a term representing a variety of perspectives and activist movements in medical ethics. It is most commonly used, especially in the media and popular discourse, to refer to opposition to abortion. More generally, the term describes a political and ethical view which maintains that human fetuses and embryos are persons and therefore have a right to live. Less commonly, it can be used to indicate opposition to practices such as euthanasia, the death penalty human cloning and research involving human embryonic stem cells. On the issue of abortion, pro-life campaigners are opposed by pro-choice campaigners who generally argue in terms of the reproductive rights of the woman, rather than fetal rights. (From Wikipedia)

WICHITA, Kan. — Abortion provider George Tiller felt safe inside the one place where he most openly shared his faith in God with others — the Kansas church to which he routinely tithed and served as an usher.

So when a lone shooter gunned down the embattled doctor in the foyer, the killing transcended one family’s personal tragedy in a deeply religious community, opened a new chapter on abortion’s contentious history and brought condemnation from both sides of the battleground.

On Saturday, hundreds are expected to gather for Tiller’s funeral, which will be at a different Wichita church. Its pastor, the Rev. John Martin, said that “the grief is intensified” because Tiller was killed in a house of worship.

“We all know that shootings happen in church, I am always disconcerted when they do. Suddenly, it really struck home,” said Martin.

Tiller, 67, was shot in the head as he handed out programs Sunday while ushering at Reformation Lutheran Church. The gunman then assaulted two other ushers before he left the church. Scott Roeder, a 51-year-old abortion opponent, was arrested three hours later just outside Kansas City. He was charged Tuesday with the attack at the church where he occasionally attended services two months before.

On Friday, the Justice Department said it opened an investigation into the killing.

Tiller’s funeral will be at College Hill United Methodist Church to accommodate a large crowd since the facility can hold up to 1,000 people. Also, Tiller had long-standing ties to that church — its former pastor had served as a chaplain at Tiller’s clinic.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the Wichita Police Department will provide security at the funeral.

Members of the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, the group infamous for picketing funerals of slain soldiers, have announced plans to protest, but other anti-abortion groups say they do not plan to attend the funeral.

“The best thing I can do,” said Troy Newman, president of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, “is to stay away.”

On the hot-button issue of abortion, where neither side can find much common ground, both factions say Tiller’s death was all the more disturbing because of where it occurred.

“A murder anywhere is hard, but a church of all places — a church has always been a sanctuary, a safe house,” Newman said.

But for years, abortion opponents have demonstrated outside Tiller’s church, although those protests have waned in recent years as abortion foes focused their strategy in the courtroom and with the state medical board that regulates Kansas doctors.

Tiller was no stranger to attacks. His clinic was bombed in 1986, and he was shot in both arms in 1993. Also, he previously has been under federal protection, including during the Summer of Mercy protests in 1991 that drew thousands of anti-abortion activists.

Today, Tiller’s clinic is fortified with bulletproof glass, and a private security team protects it. Once outside the clinic, Tiller was usually seen accompanied by a bodyguard and often wore a bulletproof vest.

But one place that he did feel safe, was his church, his attorney, Dan Monnat said.

And he found that prayer and meditation helped him through the hard times. “If I’m OK on the inside,” he told The Wichita Eagle newspaper in 1991, “what people say on the outside does not make much difference.”

His death marks the sixth in a U.S. church since the beginning of 2009, according to the Cincinnati-based Christian Security Network, a national church security group.