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Jindal Sues Obama Over Common Core

It seems to me that Jindal thinks its unconstitutional for the federal government to bribe politicians.

Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is suing the federal government over the Common Core, alleging that the Education Department has violated federal law and the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Jindal says that the Obama administration has used federal grants like Race to the Top “to compel states to enter binding agreements to adopt and fully implement a single set of federally-defined content standards and to utilize assessment products created by a federally-sponsored ‘consortia,’” according to a press release.
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Jesus, The Sadducee, And Dr Who

LarryD is a straight-up geek. Funny. But a geek. Continue reading>>>

ISIS Issues Final Ultimatum to Christians: Convert This Week or Die

Prayer need.

Islamic militant terrorists ISIS is giving non-muslims in Iraq three options: leave, convert or die. A WorldWatch Monitor report tells the personal account of Iraqi Christian Mikha Qasha. In August, WWM reported that Qasha, an elderly paralytic, was moved from his home in Qaraqosh after ISIS members threatened him with weapons giving him one week to leave, convert to Islam or “face the sword.”
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The Freudian Became a Catholic

I love this kind of thing.

Karl Stern, Canadian psychiatrist and writer, was in his day a famous Catholic convert. Why has he been forgotten?
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Florida School Asks if They Would Like to Read About Teen Pregnancy, Rape or Gangs

Reason to homeschool part 179.

Last week, during their first days of the new school year, 11 and 12-year-old students at Ben Hill Middle School in Tampa, Florida were given a survey asking if they would like to read about teen pregnancy, rape, and gangs.
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G'Town Prof Compares Israel to ISIS

And then quickly removes tweet. No worries. Georgetown doesn't seem to care. Oh, and his Dad pled guilty to terror charges.

American universities are generally highly politicized and utterly compromised, but Georgetown University is among the worst. Not only does it employ this vicious Jew-hater, but it is also the home of the Saudi-funded Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, an energetic mill of Muslim victimhood propaganda, denial of the jihad threat, and defamation of foes of jihad terror that is run by John Esposito, an eager water-carrier for the Islamic supremacist agenda, and that counts among its staffers the thuggish and dull-witted attack dog Nathan Lean, who has published details of what he thinks are my whereabouts in a transparent attempt to intimidate me into silence and to endanger me and people around me, and devotes considerable energy to a Brownshirt-like effort to defame me to people who have invited me to speak, trying to get me canceled wherever he can.
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Fr. Barron: Why I love my Invisible Friend

Fr. Barron deflects atheist critique:

One of the favorite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world. In offering this characterization, the New Atheists are showing themselves to be disciples of the old atheists such as Feuerbach, Marx, Comte, and Freud, all of whom made more or less similar observations. Well, I'm writing here to let atheists know that I think they’re right, at least about God being an invisible friend. Where they’re wrong is in supposing that surrendering to this unseen reality is de-humanizing or infantilizing.
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Stolen Consecrated Host for Satanic Mass Returned to Bishop

The National Catholic Register has good news:

Yesterday, the Register reported that Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City had filed suit seeking the return of the consecrated host that was obtained for use at a black mass, scheduled to be celebrated at the city's civic center next month. Today, Archbishop Coakley confirmed that the host had been returned to him. “This is a tremendous victory for decency and all people of faith,” Michael Caspino, one of two attorneys who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the archdiocese in Oklahoma District Court, told the Register.
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Ohio Diocese Discourages Catholic Schools from Ice Bucket Challenge

Sad that so many are still committed to ESC when there have been so many breakthroughs with adult stem cells.

A Roman Catholic diocese in southwest Ohio is urging its school leaders not to encourage the ice-bucket challenge for the ALS Association because donations could fund research involving embryonic stem cells. Archdiocese of Cincinnati spokesman Dan Andriacco says the challenge itself is fine, but money sent to the ALS Association funds at least one study using embryonic stem cells. An embryo must be destroyed to harvest its stem cells, and many Catholics relate that to abortion.
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CWR Reviews "When the Game Stands Tall."

I'll be seeing this one.

Sports movies seldom deviate from the “underdog” scenario. Many of the true-life sports stories to which Hollywood gravitates involve the “little guys” rising to the occasion and defeating the “big guys.” The formula speaks to the ethos of team work and perseverance that makes any sport engrossing. However, When the Game Stands Tall, directed by Thomas Carter (Swing Kids, Coach Carter), opens not with a hungry underdog, but with a seemingly invincible team riding the wave of a record-breaking winning streak. From 1992 to 2004, Coach Bob Ladouceur led the De La Salle Spartans High School (Concord, California) football program to an astonishing 151 consecutive victories.
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Oklahoma Catholic bishop sues over planned black mass

I hope he knows what he's doing.

Oklahoma’s Catholic Archbishop filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to halt the use of what he said were stolen communion wafers destined for a satanic black mass ceremony to be held next month in Oklahoma City. The lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court claims the black mass is a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians. "I have taken a legal step to combat this blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said in the lawsuit.
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Scorsese to Direct Movie About 17th Century Jesuit Missionary in Japan

I get a little nervous anytime Hollywood takes on religion. But one can hope, can't one?

Martin Scorsese, whose 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ ignited national controversy, is negotiating with Paramount Studios to distribute a new movie about Jesuit missionaries, according to the show business newspaper Variety. The historical drama Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson and begins shooting in Taiwan later this year. Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1980 novel of the same name, it’s a dark, true tale set in 17th-century Japan. The Jesuit order sends a young priest (Garfield) to find his Portuguese mentor who has been missing for 10 years. Rome believes the older Jesuit (Neeson) may have renounced his faith under torture during the severe persecution of Christian missionaries and converts.
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St. Louis Archbishop Urges Prayers for Peace to Calm Chaos in Ferguson

Keep praying.

Residents of Ferguson "are struggling to find peace in the chaos" that has followed the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer and "as people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest," said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis. "We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing," he said in an Aug. 18 letter to Catholics of the archdiocese.
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Marquette University weeps for slain alumnus, journalist James Foley

Interesting stuff about his praying and his relationship with the Jesuit university. I had no idea he'd been kidnapped before.

As the world struggles to come to terms with the tragic and brutal death of journalist James Foley, his adopted family at Marquette University weeps for one of their own. Wednesday was supposed to be a life-affirming day for the Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of Milwaukee. Instead, Marquette welcomes 2,000 freshman on “move-in” day with a mixture of joy and profound grief.
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Peter Singer Wants Voluntary Euthanasia for Prisoners

Can we just assume he wants death for everyone except Peter Singer?

I think it is time to start calling Peter Singer ”Professor Death.” The Princeton moral philosopher–an oxymoron in his case–is the world’s foremost proponent of infanticide. He usually uses examples of disabled babies, but the reason he believes they can be killed is that they are supposedly not “persons.” Thus, Singer has refused to state that killing a baby because she was ugly would be wrong. petersinger7Professor Death also supports euthanasia, both voluntary and non voluntary against ill human non-persons, such as Alzheimer’s patients.
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Nun Performs Abortion on TV Show

Y'know, I'm starting to think Hollywood doesn't much like Catholics.

Bill Donohue comments on the August 15 episode of “The Knick,” a Cinemax TV show (the parent company is Time Warner): Sister Harriet, a nurse who runs an orphanage, visits an Irish Catholic woman, Nora, who wants an abortion. The woman doesn’t want her husband to find out. ◦Sister Harriet: “Your husband will know nothing of it. I promise.” ◦Nora: “Will God forgive me? I don’t want to go to hell for killing a baby.” ◦Sister Harriet: “He knows that you suffered. I believe the Lord’s compassion will be yours.” [The audience is led to believe that the nun performs the abortion.]
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“The Little Church That Could…”

This is my story of life at Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church.

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JRR Tolkien's 10 Tips for Writers

Good stuff.

EssayMamma.com has created an infographic called “J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers,” which highlights writing advice shared by the Lord of the Rings author. Check it out: “Thanks to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can literally speak with the author of the world fantasy classic. After all, many of us are looking forward to the last part of the trilogy - ’The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies’.” We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump for you to explore further.
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Pope to U.N.: Act to End the Tragedy in Iraq

The world watches. In silence.

Pope Francis formally asked U.N. agencies and the entire international community “to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway” in northeastern Iraq.In a letter signed Aug. 9, but released by the Vatican only after it had been delivered, Pope Francis told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon immediate action was needed “to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities.”The papal letter was sent after militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization had captured Mosul in late July and Qaraqosh in early August, killing hundreds of people and forcing tens of thousands of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic minorities from their homes.
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Dad's First Goodbye: When Your Oldest Goes to College

Pretty terrific:

I was dreading it for months. Months. The idea of saying good-bye to my oldest child as I shipped him off to college was a milestone I didn’t look forward to. The concept of not having – after 18 years parenting – all of my offspring under one roof was just downright weird. Uncomfortable. And a bit unsettling. I’m an emotional guy. To know me is to know that. I get teary-eyed over something nearly every day. Someone’s Facebook post. An inspirational quote. There’s a new cereal commercial that gets me every time I see it. That’s who I am. And I’ve gotten quite comfortable being that way.
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