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Advent. What's the Point?

The Anchoress sums things up quite nicely.

I have been asked that more than once, particularly by my Evangelical friends: why do Catholics and others, put so much stock in “ritualistic” sorts of things not explicitly spelled out in scripture – things like Advent, and its trappings - the purple vestments, the Advent wreaths and such. “Jesus came once for all, he doesn’t keep coming,” one woman said. “Christmas is a wonderful season. Why do you need a whole Advent season, too? What’s the point?”
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Man Dies at The Temple of Materialism

Red Cardigan laments the man who was trampled at Wal Mart yesterday and thinks maybe we're all a little responsible.

This morning at the local branch of a store which, despite the fact that like most Americans I patronize on occasion, I see as a hulking symptom of exactly what's wrong with us ("New Lower Price! Smiley Face! And you don't see the fifteen-year-old factory girls in China who are coughing blood from breathing all the toxic dust from the paint the FDA will tell you next year isn't safe!"), a man who had a temp job opened the door to a surging throng of desperately greedy people and was trampled to death as they raced to be one of the first to get a ticket or be in line for the Cheapest Gadgets Ever.
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America Gets Rick Rolled

The greatest moment in the history of the Macy’s parade? Obviously so. The greatest moment in the history of any parade? Debatable, but I’m leaning “yes.”
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Brendan Foster RIP

This is a truly moving story from CNN about a terminally ill boy who despite so many bad breaks was thankful.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am thankful for Brendan Foster, who lived a life (however brief) of dignity and honor:
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Darwin Raises the Dead

A Neanderthal in every garage and a Mastodon in every zoo. Sounds good? It shouldn't.Darwin Catholic writes very well about some thorny issues science is ignoring completely:

If, as I did, you spent much of your youth reading about creatures of the past, and especially if you had a chance to frequent museums, as I did the Page Museum at Los Angeles' La Brea Tar Pits, the idea of seeing some of the large land mammals which went extinct within the last 50,000 years brought back to life can't help seeming a bit attractive.
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Fr. McBrien is Wrong Again?

Fr. Richard McBrien wants to teach you what the lessons of the '08 election were. LarryD says different:

Richard McBrien's essay at the NC Distorter this week focuses on the lessons the bishops ought to have learned from this year's presidential elections. He cites three distinct points, all of which, IMHO, are distinctly wrong. His words are in red, mine are bracketed...
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Dad Couldn't Pull Plug on Son

When his 18-year-old son met with a road accident in the United States in 1983 and went into a coma, American doctors advised Dr Tan (not his real name) to 'let your son go'.

After all, the young man had permanent brain damage and could survive only as a human vegetable, they said.

As a medical doctor, he knew what that meant. But as a father, he could not bring himself to pull the plug.

'As a doctor, I knew he had only a 4 per cent chance to live and even if he were to survive, he would be a vegetable. But this is my son. I couldn't let him die,' said the senior practitioner, who looks to be in his 70s and spoke on condition that his identity not be revealed.
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When Science Points to God

Dinesh D'Souza points out that many scientists are starting to wonder about all the coincidences that make life possible.

If you want to know why atheists seem to have given up the scientific card, the current issue of Discover magazine provides part of the answer. The magazine has an interesting story by Tim Folger which is titled “Science’s Alternative to an Intelligent Creator.” The article begins by noting “an extraordinary fact about the universe: its basic properties are uncannily suited for life.”
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Who's on the Gay Rights Enemies List?

Raise your hand if you think we're sliding down the road to outright persecution of the religious. I mean, if the government could think of anything to investigate from this election cycle wouldn't it be the millions and millions from anonymous donors to the Obama camp? Nah. The Mormons are the real culprits here. Gateway Pundit has this extraordinarily scary story:

Somebody help me... Is this California or some Far Left tinpot regime?

The California courts will investigate the Mormon Church over its role in the gay marriage ban. The proposition did not affect domestic partnerships in California.
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The New Way of Being Pro-Life

Jeff Miller is not so smart. He doesn't see how Obama appointing wacko pro-abortion officials to his cabinet will decrease abortion. He obviously needs to read his Kmiec to figure this out.

None of this bothers me though. After all Catholic Obama supporters told us that Obama is really more pro-life and that his policies will reduce abortion. Strangely I had never come up with the idea of appointing a militantly pro-abortion women as White House Communication Directory or appointing others all on the same side of the pro-abortion deep end. Silly me I would have thought we have a negative effect on a policy to reduce abortion...
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Hannity's Political Pinata Steps Down

Alan Colmes is packing it up after years of being spanked around by Sean Hannity, says Hot Air.

Hannity could carry the show himself — he does it in “Hannity’s America,” after all — but an hour of him after an hour of O’Reilly, night after night, would be … taxing. Plus, to move from right-wing to very right-wing during primetime would expose the “fair and balanced” credo to even more mockery. The X factor is Rachel Maddow...
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Obama Skips Church. Shock!

Is anyone surprised that Barack Obama hasn't been to church once since winning the election? I didn't think so. I always thought all the discussion whether Obama was a Muslim or a Christian was off the point. Obama is an Obama-ite. Gateway Pundit has more:

I think we have now heard it all...
Barack Obama is skipping church to workout because of his great respect for places of worship.
Of course, this new found respect for God's house was not so evident at his former place of worship:
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Feelings, Woe Woe Woe, Feelings

Karen Hall says when it comes to Gay Marriage, thinking isn't the problem. It's feelings.

These days I frequently hear in my head: "My people will be destroyed for lack of knowledge." But it seems to me that a lot of the destruction we bring upon ourselves is caused by feelings. Somewhere along the way, we decided that our feelings were more important than God's law.

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Fight, Fight, Win!

We are at a crossroads. Father Zuhlsdorf senses it, do you?

Socialism Studies

George Orwell has nothing on Karen Hall ht to our friend Dierdre.

My oldest kids are always complaining -- rightly -- about being assigned group projects. By luck or design, they are always the only person in the group who does the work. The other people who refuse to show up, or goof off, or they are just plain I.Q. challenged. They are perfectly willing to let someone else (my kids) do all the work and then put their names on it when it's done. And my kids can't join them and goof off, because they care about things like their grades and grad schools and employers who will one day look at their transcripts. If the goof-offs go down, the hard workers are going with them.

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Stay Away From Suzanne!

I'm warning you to stay away from Suzanne. Even her blog smells like bleach. She's in a cleaning frenzy. Any friends who live nearby maybe they could set up an intervention. She's making all of us non-pregnant bloggers feel guilty.

That red wax mark on the wall by the boys' bedroom that taunted me for the last month? Got it. The one on the ceiling, too. My outlets and switches are streak free, and the toaster shines. I've washed walls, many walls, I still have more walls to wash. Bring 'em on. I don't even feel pregnant anymore, except that there's this thing in the way when I reach under toddler beds and try to squeeze--dust pan in hand-- behind a half pulled out fridge. There's more to be done and thought of it thrills me. I'll get some brushes and touch up paint. I'll get to those closets and unpack the last of the books. I'll winterize the back porch furniture as I've been meaning to, finish up the Christmas shopping, and baking for Thanksgiving. If you're a part of my life, chip in or get out of the way. Should you cross my path and I accidentally comb you, bleach you, or completely reorganize you, I'm sorry.
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Amy Doesn't Like Needy Vampires

Amy Welborn is not liking the new vampire series.

Despite not being the closest observer of the Twilight phenomenon, I will still say that even from the outside, the whole thing seems disturbing to me, and not because of any occult content, but rather because of the overheated needy romanticism that seems to be at the heart of the hysteria. Blech.
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Amazing: Uruguay Leads The Way

Sheila Liaugminas relays an amazing story from Uruguay.

This probably sounds familiar:
It’s a familiar scenario: a tall, photogenic, charismatic left-leaning President who outsmarted traditional political forces to win office with 51.7 percent of the national vote. His platform is social justice, tax reform, human rights, better health coverage…His party controls both houses of the legislature. Elected in the midst of an economic crisis, the pundits described his campaign of hope as “the most profound political rupture in recent history”.
Barack Obama, right?

Wrong. The president of Uruguay, who just stunned the world with a decision he announced.

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Behar: Homeschooled Kids Are Demented

The View is always an endless source of idiocy. Michelle Malkin watches it so I don't have to.

Joy Behar of “The View” has the IQ of a rotten tomato, the manners of an a$$, the mouth of a street thug, and the chutzpah to declare that “a lot” of homeschooled children are “demented.”

I guess we should give thanks that she sits around a table kvetching with other liberal women for a living instead of doing what she did before Hollywood embraced her. That’s right: She was a…public school teacher
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We have to Go Back To Space, I Left My Bag

Can you imagine the conversation this woman will have with her husband after returning home? "Honey, We have to go back to space, I left my purse."

Nice Is Overrated

From Red "Erin Manning" Cardigan or is that Erin "Red Cardigan" Manning

I had a fun exchange with Father Philip, OP, at Mark Shea's blog today. A reader had written to tell a heartbreaking--but all too familiar--tale of mistreatment at the hands of colleagues, one of whom was a Catholic nun who thinks the Catechism is "outdated" (which makes one wonder what in Heaven's name she thinks of the Bible, as it is a wee bit older). Father wrote:
I've had to note many times lately to my readers that I've taken vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

There ain't no %$#@ vow of nice.

I think the time for "being sweet" to the enemy is last past...

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Jay Still Unsure About Steele

Jay at Pro Ecclesia has concerns about probable GOP Chair Michael Steele's bona fides on abortion. Steele didn't exactly cover himself in glory on the issue during his Senate run:

Up until last week, I was a huge fan of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. In fact, he was my choice 2 years ago to be RNC Chairman and among my top choices, along with Sen. Brownback and Govs. Palin and Jindal, to be Sen. McCain's running mate. So, I was very much on board with the notion of his becoming RNC Chairman this time around.

That was until this news regarding Steele's less-than-stellar defense of the pro-life cause on Meet the Press came out.
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Must Read of the Day

Jonah Goldberg of National Review essentially tells Kathleen Parker to get off her high horse. Parker, basking in the media glow of being a liberal Palin hating Republican, in this week's column calls religious people low-brow oogedy-boogedy types.Goldberg tells her in no uncertain terms what he thinks of her assessment.

I don't know what's more grating, the quasi-bigotry that has you calling religious Christians low brows, gorillas and oogedy-boogedy types or the bravery-on-the-cheap as you salute — in that winsome way — your own courage for saying what (according to you) needs to be said. Please stop bragging about how courageous you are for weathering a storm of nasty email you invite on yourself by dancing to a liberal tune. You aren't special for getting nasty email, from the right or the left. You aren't a martyr smoking your last cigarette.
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Pastor Fakes Illness for Money

Remember the Royal Tenenbaums. It was an odd Gene Hackman movie which I liked a lot. But it's about Hackman (who is the greatest actor of the 20th Century excluding Michael Pare) faking a terminal illness to win his wife back. Anyway, that's a long intro to Matt Swaim's piece over at Apolobloglogy about a preacher who faked terminal cancer to increase donations. And it worked. That is, until he didn't die. We'll probably be seeing a television movie about it on Lifetime by February. Hey, maybe Gene Hackman could play the preacher.

Instead of faking a terminal illness to bring his family together, this pastor faked a terminal illness to get lots of money from his congregation. Now the people who were trying to help him not die are wishing he were dead
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How Do You Follow A Lifesize Skeleton?

A charming story about her attempts to impress children from Karen over at Some Have Hats.

Tomorrow is "Teach-In" day at Caleb's school. It's the day you've all seen on sitcoms, where a parent (usually a father) goes to the kid's class to talk about his job. He inevitably has a boring job and has to speak right after a fireman.

You would think that I'd be pretty safe in that scenario. But you would be wrong. For instance, last year I had to follow a chiropractor, who brought a life-sized skeleton for the kids to play with. She also gave them all a pair of green latex gloves as a lovely parting gift.
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The Evil Within

From the fine blog of Mr. Alexander

"In the end, the responsibility does not end with either Ayers, or even with the president-Elect. The latter could be said to be guilty of no more, than being exactly what the majority of the American electorate wanted him to be. As such, the burden extends to anyone and everyone who lent credence and support to his cause, for whatever reason. The choice between 'the lesser of two evils' is nonetheless a choice..."

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Terrorist Ayers Lectures at Georgetown

The terrorist was invited to speak at Georgetown Law School which leads to the question: WHAT IS WRONG WITH GEORGETOWN?! Amanda Carpenter over at Townhall has the sad sad story:

He (Ayers) spoke on a variety of current events, saying it was time to "get rid of the insane metaphor of the war on terror" to close Guantanamo Bay, to "fight for gay rights in California and everywhere else."

During the question and answer session of the event a student who identified himself as someone pursuing a career in the military asked Ayers "Do you wish harm on me? Do you wish to kill me?" The student, named Luke, told Ayers it was a "disgrace" he was allowed to speak on campus.

"It's not a sad comment on the university to allow me to speak here," Ayers answered. "You cannot move forward as a society unless you engage in a dialogue with people you disagree with...you have to be willing to accept there are a range of opinions across the board." Ayers said it would be a "disaster" for the university to sanction student groups from allowing him on campus. He said most of his opposition was comprised "mostly of middle-aged men who are ventilating on their computer in their mothers basements who are sweating profusely..."
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Evangelical and Catholic?

Dr. Francis J. Beckwith writes a wonderful piece at Inside Catholic on whether evangelicalism and Catholicism are mutually exclusive. He thinks not.

On May 5, 2007, I resigned as president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), and two days later I resigned my membership, one I held for more than 20 years. I did so because I quickly realized -- after news of my April 29, 2007, public reception into the Catholic Church had spread like wildfire on the internet and in the media -- that there was no way that ETS could conduct business with my continued presence on the executive committee or its membership. In fact, soon after my resignation, two ETS members proposed extensive changes in the organization's doctrinal statement so that no one would ever question the indelible Protestant character of ETS. Although not supported by the ETS executive committee, their proposal will be voted on by the membership at this week's annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. These changes, if passed, would leave no doubt that ETS excludes all non-Protestants from its membership...
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Social Conservatives Must Go?

Every time Republicans lose an election, fiscal conservatives are talked about as anchors who need to be discarded. Dale over at Dyspeptic Mutterings has some insights:

And 2008 was "a referendum on the social conservative agenda"? In what universe? The one where he tries to fend off Christianist hordes hurling their Bibles and rosaries at his mountain survivalist retreat, maybe. Abortion was mentioned at one debate (two if you count Saddleback). The issue was the economy, plain and simple, and big-spending Barack, with his promises of Much, Much More Spending won big and spending freeze Johnny lost.
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Prayers and Practical Help Needed

Ebeth is asking for help for a newly Catholic family in need:

Barbara is a megamommy--she has twelve children. Her life story reads like the most uplifting novel no one could ever make up. After giving birth to nine babies, she adopted three more. Her four youngest sons all have Down Syndrome. Barbara is warm and witty and kind and she has given and given of herself to this online community. Barbara recently returned to the Catholic Church and her husband converted last Easter. This will be the first Christmas that they are a Catholic family.
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Amy's Child is Honest Though

Amy has a great story about her three year old drawing on the wall. Funny and something we all can relate to.

Scenes from the conscience of a 3-year old.

Setting: Regular readers of this now-lame blog recall that Michael the Little has been seized by the Muse and has gone through a stage of coloring the wall instead of napping.

I’ve not yet bothered to clean off the artwork, but as far as I can tell, the Muse seems to have temporarily departed. Except for last night when she returned, moving him to draw on the arm of the couch, even as a piece of paper sat right in front of him on the end table.

Anyway, last weekend, we were discussing the nap in his future.
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Progressive Bible Quotes #1

Funny re-writing of the gospels from LarryD over at Acts of the Apostasy:

Matthew 22:35-39 (McBrien-Kmiec 2008 American Edition.)

35 And one of them, a doctor of the law, asking him, tempting him:
36 "Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?"
37 Jesus said to him: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy loopwhole heart, and with thy loopwhole soul, and with thy loopwhole mind...
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Stem Cell Deceptions

Matthew Franck over at Bench Memos writes clearly and well concerning the science, the politics, and morality concerning stem cell research and how some are attempting to deceive the country about alternative methods.

Maybe you thought the stem cell issue had largely subsided, thanks to the discovery of ways to "revert" cells in the human body into pluripotent ones with all the properties of embryonic stem cells—thus providing the research materials many scientists desire without having to destroy any embryos, which are after all tiny human beings...
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Jesuits Cut Deal With Victoria's Secret

Maybe they thought that "Miracle Bra" referred to a religious uplifting. Diogenes has the story:

Let's not be judgmental. They were young and needed the money. It's not as if they were Benedictines, after all. Boston College has cut a licensing deal with Victoria's Secret to market its logo on various delicate hand-washables.
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Palestinian Takes On Christian Persecution

Gateway Pundit has an extraordinarily brave columnist who is speaking out against Christian persecution.

A brave Palestinian writer Al-Nasser Al-Najjar spoke out on the persecution of Christians in the Muslim World today...In his column in the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam, 'Abd Al-Nasser Al-Najjar criticized the persecution of Christians in Arab countries, with a particular emphasis on the Christian population of the Palestinian Authority...
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We Are Living in A Terminator Movie

Matt Swaim over at Apoloblogology has succeeded in the past few days in making me laugh uproariously and scaring the snot out of me. After watching this video I'm sure we're all doomed. Doomed, I say!

Meet Jules. Jules has a special application wherein if you look at him, he can mimic your expressions. If Jules were trying to kill me, and I began to scream in terror, and I saw my own terror reflected in his mechanical visage, I think I would lose all hope.

And he looks eerily like Kevin Spacey.
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Did Half the Bishops Vote Obama?

Curt Jester wonders if it's such a surprise that so many Catholics voted for Obama.

How in the world can we be surprised if 45 percent of Mass attending Catholics voted for Obama if that percentage or more of the Bishops did. Though even if this was ten or five percent it would still be scandalous.
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Blessings For Suzanne's Unborn Baby

Suzanne of Blessed Among Men tells of her trip to Communion with a crowd of children and her unborn baby receiving a blessing. She's a great storyteller.

Last Sunday, I waddled up the communion line with a preschooler in each hand. My husband was just behind me managing two other pre-communicants and our oldest was serving at the altar. As we manage so many little ones, I admit that I sometimes feel watched and I worry that some child will mess up, trip or-- worse-- trip somebody else.

After I received the Eucharist, father bent low and carefully blessed the child on my left. Then he bent again and blessed the child on my right. Just as I thought we'd held up the line long enough, I realized the blessings weren't over
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Obama Gives Patrick Madrid Pause

Patrick Madrid has started a new blog. One of his first posts is that he's more than a little concerned with this Obama fellow. And how!

Of course, we all know that things seem to be sliding in the direction of a “New World Order” in which a global leader could arise and exert control (Hmm. I seem to have read something about that in Scripture somewhere.), but I have never seen anything like this. Not even John F. Kennedy received international adulation on this level.
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That Hilarious Thanksgiving Video

Faith & Family Live has that great Thanksgiving Video. Cracks me up every time I see it.

Go watch it here.

They Exploded a Dead Whale

They exploded a dead whale...and then things got even funnier. I cannot express how awesome I think this story and video are. Go over to Apoloblogology and just witness the awesome.

On November 12, 1970, the Oregon Highway Division set out to rid the beach near Florence of the 45 foot long rotting carcass of a sperm whale. Collaborating with the US Navy, ODOT crews stuffed the carcass with a half ton of dynamite, hoping to fragment it into pieces small enough to be cleaned from the beach by scavenging seaside beasts
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Let's Go Christmas Shopping

The Anchoress has some Christmas shopping ideas including where to get the best coffee in the world.

I know, it’s frivolous! The whole world is “in turmoil” and disaster looms on every corner.

But after being sick for three weeks and now all these concerns about my husband, I find frivolity is in order, and besides, you know you’re wondering what to buy people for Christmas - how to gift people in the spirit of the season without breaking the budget. I am here to help!
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A Pro-Life Democratic Party?

Nothing would make me more happy than if pro-lifers were to take over the Democratic Party. American Papist has a somehwat encouraging take on the possibility.

I've said it before, "pro-life" and "democrat" can be a powerfully appealing combination to a Catholic. It's clear to me I need to learn more about Democrats for Life of America. What I've seen so far, I mostly like (i.e., "Pro-Life Is The Winning Strategy For Democrats", etc). Other things they have said, while I don't agree with entirely, are certainly far better than what we are used to hearing.
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Simon Pegg on Running Zombies

We here at CMR aim to have more zombie references than any other Catholic blog in the world. This one may be the best. Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead has a great essay on the recent terrible cinematic trend of running zombies.

I know it is absurd to debate the rules of a reality that does not exist, but this genuinely irks me. You cannot kill a vampire with an MDF stake; werewolves can't fly; zombies do not run. It's a misconception, a bastardisation that diminishes a classic movie monster. The best phantasmagoria uses reality to render the inconceivable conceivable. The speedy zombie seems implausible to me, even within the fantastic realm it inhabits. A biological agent, I'll buy. Some sort of super-virus? Sure, why not. But death? Death is a disability, not a superpower. It's hard to run with a cold, let alone the most debilitating malady of them all.

More significantly, the fast zombie is bereft of poetic subtlety. As monsters from the id, zombies win out over vampires and werewolves when it comes to the title of Most Potent Metaphorical Monster.
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Gay Group Attacks Christian Service

Haven't heard anything about this from the ordinary ministers of the media? Wonder why.

A radical gay group in Michigan crashed an evangelical church service on Sunday.
The radicals interrupted the service rushed the pulpit with a megaphone, noise makers, condoms, glitter by the bucket load, confetti, and pink fabric while screaming at the churchgoers.
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Prolifers Stuck With The Republican Party?

From American Catholic:

Every election cycle, the New York Times and similar publications run op-eds or features discussing the ‘emerging trend’ (always emerging, never quite emerged) of pro-lifers reconciling themselves to voting for the Democratic party. These articles vary widely in quality, and range from intelligent and provocative (if flawed) to embarrassing, but the most common feature is disenchantment with the current state of the Republican party. I will grant that the case has been easier to make this year given the widespread dissatisfaction with the Republican party (particularly among the chattering classes).

Nevertheless, I think the answer to the title of this post is that, yes, pro-lifers are stuck with, or at least would be best served by, support for the Republican party. Some points for consideration:

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The (Adorable) Piper Palin Interview

HotAir is linking to the first radio interview by Piper Palin. It's really cute.

First thing since Tuesday that’s made me smile.
Dude, 2048. It’s happening.
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This is What Talking to Iran Gets You

Amir Fakhravar understands that you cannot hold talks with the brutal regime in control of Iran.

CNN interviewed Amir recently on his time in the notorios Evin Prison. Amir also discussed what he thinks of Barack Obama's plans to talk with the brutal Iranian Regime: Continue reading>>>

Reason #142 to Homeschool

This is a video of Diantha Harris, a lifelong democrat and avid Barack Obama supporter. She is also a lousy schoolteacher, as is evidenced by the mushmouthed kids in her class. And instead of concentrating on grammar and English, math and science, she abuses and ridicules any child who dares to speak up in support of John McCain. This video is part of a Finnish documentary on Obama fans, and it is shocking that you have to go to a foreign country to learn what goes on in our own classrooms...

Link above not working for some reason....Find out all about it at Michelle Malkin.

Newt's Comeback

I was speaking to a friend who's a Republican fundraiser in D.C. and he was saying everyone is waiting for the next Newt Gingrich to lead the party. I joked that the old Newt was still alive. Stop The Aclu has a story that Newt might be ripe for a comeback as head of the RNC. Many people have different thoughts about him but there's no arguing the success he had in 1994.

I think Newt has a rare, true leadership ability to make things happen, and speak clearly on the principles of conservatism. He isn’t perfect, but I’m all for him taking this position. It would be a step in the right direction.
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The Anchoress Sees Ghosts of Hate

I've been pleasantly surprised by much of the conservative blogosphere these past two days. They're not ridiculing Barack Obama. (There are exceptions, I know) I've seen a lot of folks looking to pick up the pieces of conservatism and others who are simply praying that the Democrats won't do the things they've promised to do. The Anchoress says all this better than me though so go read her.

I would love nothing better than to be able to stop writing about “left” and “right.” I wish we had a better vocabulary to describe our distinctions, because these words are limiting and off-putting. I am determined, with the merciful conclusion of this abusively long election season, to work diligently at spending less time entertaining these distinctions. But for today, I think it is only fair to note a very important and glaring difference between “left and right” - and in so doing - consider how we may, finally, stop needing to indulge in what is tedious.
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Sarah Responds

Gateway Pundit has the video of Sarah Palin responding to the anonymous accusations coming from McCain insiders that she ruined McCain's Presidential chances. I watched it. This woman is class.

FOX News reporter Carl Cameron earlier on Wednesday smeared Governor Palin with several horrible anonymous attacks from McCain staffers.

Governor Palin was earlier asked by reporters on the role she played in yesterday's loss.

The classy mainstream had to get in their final digs on the popular conservative governor before she flew back home.
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Notes From The Collapse

Ed Morrisey shares his thoughts and some hard numbers on the election.

This morning, after having absorbed the substantial victory of Barack Obama, I noticed a couple of interesting items in the data. Barack Obama certainly won this race, but he won it with just a little more votes than George Bush won in his re-election bid, and the turnout models came up short.

In 2004, Bush beat John Kerry by winning 62.04 million votes. In 2008, Obama won 62.443 million, a gain of only 400,000. In 2004, Kerry garnered 59.028 million votes; John McCain only got 55.386 million. That means this election saw 3.24 million fewer votes than four years ago. Far from being more energized, the nation appeared to be more apathetic...
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Some Cheering News for a Bleak Day

From Mark Shea:

David Bereit, the Director of 40 Days for Life, writes:
I have a VERY important announcement at the end of this message, but first some GREAT news!

On a day when many are stressed about elections, I just heard from one of our 40 Days for Life local campaign leaders who is bouncing off the walls with the exciting news that the abortion facility that was the focus of their campaign over these last 40 days is CLOSING!!

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Armageddon or Utopia

Mary's Aggies reminds us that yesterday was not the end of the world. For one little baby, it was a new start.

Yesterday we got a call from a person who chose life over abortion. She walked away from the abortion clinic and then called us to try and find help.
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Upate on Ebeth and Sarah

From Ebeth:

So much to say...

...but my heart's too full to talk.

I have a moment on the computer in the hospital. Thank you for your prayers and your kind messages. Sarah Anne is well. The medical phrase of choice here is, "She's doing exactly what she should do for her gestational age." And when I ask when we will be able to take her home, everyone answers the same way: "It's up to each baby to write her story."

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Yeah, What He Said

Ed Morrissey makes his prediction for a McCain win.

What if Catholics Opposed Abortion?

Sure it's dreaming but Paul over at Regular Thoughts has a darn fine thought that if Catholics really wanted abortion gone, it would be.

I have an idea.

There's what? 60 million Catholics in the U.S.? That's enough to win a presidential election, even if everyone else opposed us.

What if we opposed abortion? All of us, I mean. What if all American Catholics opposed abortion rights, and their exercise? Instead of only half of us, with the other half supporting abortion?

Yeah, yeah, I hear you. None of us support abortion, yeah, right.

No, really, I mean it. What if we all got together, and called a time out? No more abortion. No more infanticide, no more more euthanasia, no more recreational embryo-destructive stem cell research
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Not Mary, The Mass

From Fr. Longenecker:

One of the Protestant objections to the Catholic faith is that we make too much of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She looms large in their perception of Catholicism, and they believe that we value Mary more than her Son, and that we pay her far too much attention.

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Listen To Miss America

Leticia has a good video from Miss America 2001 on how biabies lives are at stake in this crucial election.

Back In Black


Okay… we have the BIG MO, BABY!

Bring back our BLACK! has a little more support.

A kind reader alerted me to a weekly letter to his flock by His Excellency Most Reverend R. Walter Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa.

Get this! Here is the relevant section but do go read what else the bishop has to say. Pretty good stuff.

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Obama Can't Fool God Voters

Gateway Pundit has the story on how Barack Obama worked hard courting religious voters but didn't get what he expected:

Barack Obama tried to bamboozle religious voters this year with outrageous and dishonest mock "Pro-Life" websites paid for by George Soros. Unfortunately for Barack Obama religious voters were not fooled. They understand that Barack Obama is the most radical pro-abortion and infanticide candidate in the last 35 years...
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Jen F. Compares Herself to P. Diddy

Jen F. takes on Halloween and it's really funny, especially the part about P. Diddy and drunk rectangles. Go check it out. Good stuff.

I realized recently that I do not know how to fold towels. I go to friend's houses and see their towels folded into perfect, fluffy squares stacked neatly in their linen closets. Despite my best efforts to achieve this look, mine look like drunk rectangles. This might be difficult to explain in writing, but how do you make towels turn into nice, neat squares? I perceive towel folding to be a secret, mysterious art known only to a select few.
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Fr. Martin Fox: All Souls Day Homily

Fr. Martin Fox discusses the importance of facing death and Last Rites in his All Souls Day homily.

As a priest, I will often come to a bedside, and I don’t always know if the end is near; it may even seem obvious to me, and yet the person in the bed, the family, are not facing it.

No one comes out and says, “give him Last Rites”; And it can be upsetting to offer it in those cases. The shame is, the priest will leave and not get called till its too late.
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