The Ed Morrissey Show: Lee Stranahan, John Elefante

posted at 2:31 pm on September 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we will have a memorable afternoon. We start off with Lee Stranahan, who is in the Middle East to report on the plight of Syrian Christians in the civil war. We will get some exclusive audio from Lee, talk with him about his reporting thus far, and then talk about how readers and viewers can help fund his project.

In the second half,  former Kansas lead singer and storied record producer John Elefante, who just released “This Time,” which tells the backstory of his own adopted daughter.  We’ll talk to John about the song, about his work for Online For Life, and how you can help here, too.

Former “Kansas” lead singer and producer John Elefante is using his newest single “This Time,” to share the story of his adopted daughter’s birth, and in the process, bring some attention to Online for Life (OFL), an educational non-profit working to rescue babies from abortion so they can live to make their mark on the world.

“I can’t imagine life without my daughter, Sami, and it just breaks my heart that pregnant young women much like her birth mother, instead of choosing life for their babies, are denying them the chance to be born,” Elefante said. “If our song can in any way bring attention to this issue and encourage those who are considering abortion to choose life through options such as adoption, then we couldn’t be happier.”

Purchase “This Time” from John’s new album ‘On My Way To The Sun’ on iTunes now http://bit.ly/ElefanteiTunes.

Update: John also mentioned the fine work done by House of Ruth at the Calvary Chapel in Downey, California — so be sure to check them out as well!

The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on the permanent TEMS page. Be sure to join us, and donít forget to keep up with the debate on my Facebook page, too!

Meanwhile, let’s see what we can do for TEMS veteran Caleb Howe, who has become seriously ill with liver disease. His best friend and debate partner Tommy Christopher says his family needs serious help with the bills:

If our modern times are testing your already-waning faith in humanity, then this small victory might make you feel a little bit better. Former Redstate.com editor Caleb Howe, also a one-time Mediaite guest columnist, is currently hospitalized with what Redstate describes as a “failing liver,” and no health insurance. A fund was established to help Caleb’s family on the website GoFundMe, and has raised $25,000 in two days, partially due to an assist by liberal blog DailyKos. What makes this story great is just how human it has been, and not completely in a good way. From GoFundMe:

This fund is dedicated to helping the family of Caleb Howe. As he lays in the hospital with a failing liver, his children, ages 11 and 14, are heading back to school in a few weeks. It would lift an incredible burden for Caleb & Donna if they could get even the smallest amount of help with these upcoming expenses and with anything extra that comes in, we will help Caleb & Donna with their medical bills as Caleb is uninsured. If you’re not in a position to give, your prayers are always welcome in lieu of a donation. Thank you for your compassion and help.

Full disclosure: Caleb is my best friend in the whole world, which I hope no one holds against him. We first met when both of us were sent to Denver to cover the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and despite having developed a deep hatred of him through his writing, we became instant lifelong friends. He is as talented at making political opponents hate him as I am, if not more so, but is also one of the finest people I’ve ever known, and a witty, intelligent writer, to boot.

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Elefante’s vocals are just as strong as during the “Drastic Measures” days.

Great story from him.

PappyD61 on September 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Listening to Mr. Stranahan, our State Department, John McCain and Obama’s foreign policy has the entire situation in Syria as bassackwords as everything else. The problem is they are deliberately getting it wrong. I hope he stays safe and wish I could afford to donate more. Very interesting interview. J.E. Dyer had named Turkey as a major player some time ago and Mr. Stranahan is confirming it.

fourdeucer on September 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Glad you’re featuring Stranahan. What a great guy — one of the original Breitbart crew who didn’t poofter out after he died.

rrpjr on September 23, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I wouldn’t give too much credit to the folks that post on the kos……If I were a conservative, I wouldn’t depend on them for too much kindness….Prayers for Mr Howe and family….

crosshugger on September 23, 2013 at 6:01 PM