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With Charity Toward None

C.S. Morrisey of Catholic Online writes a great piece on Obama's feelings towards charity.

“A nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous,” said U.S. President Obama in his inaugual address of January 20, 2009. “The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart -- not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.”

At this very odd phrase -- “not out of charity” -- my ears perk up. For Obama’s rhetorical contrast is between charity, on the one hand, and justice, on the other hand: namely, social justice, also known as the common good.
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Jewish Leaders Stunned By Hillary

Jewish leaders are stunned that Hillary is attacking Israel and smooching with Suha Arafat. CMR on the other hand is not shocked at all. In fact, we're shocked that some Jewish leaders are shocked. Gateway Pundit has more with lots of links to follow up on this story:

Shocked. They're just shocked. Jewish leaders are stunned that Hillary is hammering Israel over Gaza. WCBSTV reported:
In a swift about face from her views as New York's senator, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now hammering Israel over its treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.

"I am very surprised, frankly, at this statement from the United States government and from the secretary of state," said Mortimer Zuckerman, publisher of the New York Daily News and member of the NYC Jewish Community Relations Council
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Conservatives Walk Among Us

Mark Hemingway of Media Blog discovers young people who don't like Obama, may not drink Pepsi, and don't like Dave Matthews. Washington Post is stunned:

Yesterday's Washington Post has a style section piece, "Right, and Left Out: Young Conservatives Can't Get With the Program." As soon as I saw the headline I balked. You just know it's going to be less the intended cultural trend piece, and more of one of those classic they-walk-among-us anthropological expeditions. Let's go to the lede:
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Ignorance is Diss

The is editorial in the college newspaper of Baylor University is silly and ignorant. Like I said, its a college newspaper. How many things can you find wrong with this piece.

The reintroduction of indulgences may inspire some Catholics to re-evaluate their spiritual life, but the negative connotations indulgences conjure should have dissuaded Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI from putting their stamp of approval on them in recent years. Overall, indulgences will hurt Catholicism, not help it.

Amy Offers It Up

Amy writes a beautiful and insightful piece:

Around this time of year, conversations about sacrifice tend to increase, and in Catholic circles, we look that whole business of “offering it up” - that once common phrase and practice, not so frequently heard any longer.

Unless you’re me over the past three and half weeks.

You can find lots of articles discussing, justifying and explaining “offering it up” from a theoretical perspective.

I have no apologetics or extended argument to present today. All I have is gratitude.
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Jesuits CelebrateTransgender Week

No. No. The Jesuits aren't advocating transgender-ism. They're just raising awareness. Diogenes does his usual excellent work:

What day is today? Right! It's Day Two of "Transgender Awareness Week" -- at Seattle's Jesuit university, at any rate, where the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Trans & Allies Club are teaming up to deliver on the classic boast of Jesuit education: give us a boy, and we'll give you back a ... we'll give you back a ... well, we'll have to get back to you.

Here are the offerings:
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The Tea Party Movement?

What do you guys think of the new Tea Party movement that's brewing? Ha. A little pun there for ya'. Personally, to me, it seems to me to be a little besides the point but I'm open to be convinced otherwise. Go to Instapundit and give your thoughts.

So the Tea Party Movement is well underway. And I think there’s a lot to be said for the notion of demonstrating over passing the biggest spending bill in history without even reading it. If that’s not a reason for protest, what is? But should there be further goals? It’s a viral, grassroots movement, so it’s a matter for discussion, not direction. But here are some alternatives — and please discuss in the comments:
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Jindal Dredged Up?

Well that didn't take long. The media is already seeking to undercut Bobby Jindal because he might be a threat to Obama. Bettnet has more:

While the Boston Globe offers the expected simpering praise of President Obama’s speech to Congress last night—for example, the reporter speaks of his 60% approval rating as a strength against Republicans when the rating really has seen a precipitous decline since his inauguration; a Republican would not get the benefit of that doubt—the coverage of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Republican response ended with an astonishingly biased attack on Republicans with no concomitant alternative view. This is how the article ends:
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Darwin and The Lost Skeleton

I like the B-Movie Catechism because it is the only Catholic blog which has more zombie references than CMR. But it's awfully intelligent like this post about Darwin, Einstein, the Big Bang, and relativity in easy-to-understand verbiage:

Ah, we make fun of the scientists around here sometimes, because… well, some of them just make it so darn easy don’t they? Especially those who still cling to Darwin’s flawed brand of the theory of evolution for no other apparent reason than combating us numbskull Christians. How else do you explain doofus statements like that of Richard Dawkins when he said, “I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”?

Wrong, you sad nitwit.
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Is Obama a War President?

The answer to the question is yes. But based on his non-State of the Union speech, Obama doesn't know it. Bill Kristol has more:

You’d never know from the one-sentence discussion of Afghanistan that just last week the president had ordered an additional 17,000 troops there. Obama doesn’t seem to think his responsibility as commander in chief is in any way special. He certainly felt no responsibility even to begin to educate the public about this theater to which he’s committing additional American soldiers.
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Hey! Olbermann Believes in God!

Check out the Red State video of someone (likely Olbermann) saying "Oh God" as Governor Bobby Jindal comes out to deliver the GOP rebuttal to Obama's speech. Hey, for me this is good news. Olbermann recgonizes a higher deity and it's not Obama!:

You see, President Obama is supposed to be the only minority who is allowed to address — and inspire — the American people (not to mention the fact that Jindal’s politics are all wrong, making him the worst possible kind of minority).

Listen to the clip below and you’ll hear Keith Olbermann [Someone on the set; it sounds like KO to me] mutter “Oh, God,” as Jindal walks out to give his response to Obama’s fake State of the Union address.
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Times: Popes Becoming More Conservative

Tim Graham, one of the busiest guys in the blogosphere, writes how the NY Times believes Pope's invented this "hard line" conservativism at Newsbusters.

Over at TimesWatch, Clay Waters wrote of the front-page New York Times story Tuesday on newly appointed Archbishop Timothy Dolan in New York, the "obedient soldier of Rome." One line stuck out: "On matters of doctrine, the archbishop 59, adheres to the line laid down by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict, including firm opposition to abortion, birth control, divorce, gay marriage and any crack in the wall of priestly celibacy."

Brent Bozell e-mailed and was appalled at reporter Michael Powell's construction, that the Archbishop would be enforcing a line "laid down by" the last two pontiffs: "This is absolute and fundamental ignorance. This reporter knows nothing about the Catholic Church if he believes John Paul II and Benedict lay down the laws on gays, abortion, et cetera."
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Concupiscence on Quinquagesima? Yes!

This is some old school sermonizing. And Diane from Te Deum laudamus deserves our thanks for sending it over:

When have you last heard a priest talk like this? And, no - Vatican II did not eliminate words found in this sermon. This is the other half of the faith many have not been hearing.
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Churches Enforce, Liberals Treat

The NY Times has a funny way of describing Archbishop Dolan. The ever watchful Tim Graham of Media blog notices:

On the front page of Tuesday's New York Times, reporter Michael Powell demonstrated that the newly appointed Catholic Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, has charm that can soften even a secular liberal newspaper. Powell called Dolan "a genial enforcer of Rome's ever more conservative writ." He manages the church's hard line: "firm opposition to abortion, birth control, divorce, gay marriage, and any crack in the wall of priestly celibacy." Powell easily described Dolan as "conservative," but his abortion-advocating or church-modernizing opponents in the story drew no label.
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Is it wrestling time or prayer time? Both for this mother of brothers:

They're brothers, ages 10 and 7. They share a bedroom, a love for soccer, a penchant for skateboarding, and a tendency toward violence of the brotherly kind. They are mortal enemies and the best of friends, the pendulum often swinging from friend to enemy and back to friend again within 60 seconds.

They're both athletic dynamos. The older of the two is lean, small, and lightning-fast. The younger is tall, thick, and strong as an ox.
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Nichols To Westminster?

Damian Thompson reports:

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham will be the next Archbishop of Westminster, according to a source close to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. Remember: you read it here first. Unless it's not true, in which case you didn't.

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Baby, Babies, and More Babies

I link to Jen F. so much that I'm starting to think of CMR as just an eastern annex of her "Conversion Diary." But this is really really good stuff and sums up my thinking quite well about how we should be open to life. You know what, I'm going to solve this right now. I'm giving up linking to Jen for Lent...unless she posts something really good. I mean it. 40 days. She'll be out there in the cold CMR-less world. But Lent hasn't started yet so go over and treat yourself to a really great blog:

"You guys aren't really going to have any more after this one, right?" a few people have asked me privately.

"We thought about having another, but the sleepless nights, the diapers, the pregnancy and birth -- ugh! Aren't you just so ready to be done with all that?" a neighbor asked at the playground last week.
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Infamous GOP 3 May Be Punished

The three senators who voted for the stimulus may have a can of Whoop a@$ coming to them from the man named Steele, according to Gateway Pundit.

Yes! RNC Chairman Michael Steele told Neil Cavuto that he is open to cutting GOP funding for the 3 Senate traitors who voted for the Generational Theft Act.
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Slavish Obama Worship Photo of the Week

Don't these people get embarrassed? I especially like the image of Europe flying up Obama's ....

See the picture at Jammie Wearing Fool.

Course on Legal Theory of The Passion

Instapundit has a link to a course description that I think I'd find interesting:

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST: Not for the curious.
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The 2009 Apostasy Awards

This piece by LarryD at Acts of the Apostasy is really funny... and sad.

"Good evening, everybody, and welcome back to the Spirit of Vatican II Academy Awards ceremony, live from the basement of the Unitarian Universalist Worship Center. I'm Joan Chittister." (audience applauds)

"And I'm Ray Bourgeois." (audience applauds, along with the screams and ululations of a large number of middle-aged women).
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Religious Liberty: Where We Begin

I really must commend to you a most thorough post at the wonderful Against the Grain on the relevant topic of Religious Liberty and Church - State relations as it pertains to the anticipated dialogue between the Holy See and the SSPX. A most thorough and enlightening post on this important topic.

Please go read "Pope Benedict, the SSPX, and the dispute over Religious Freedom and Church-State Relations"

George Will: Repeal the 17th Amendment

The 17th Amendment? Which one is that? It is the one that mandated the direct election of U.S. Senators rather than appointment by State Legislatures. George Will says, repeal it!

A simple apology would have sufficed. Instead, Sen. Russ Feingold has decided to follow his McCain-Feingold evisceration of the First Amendment with Feingold-McCain, more vandalism against the Constitution.

The Wisconsin Democrat, who is steeped in his state's progressive tradition, says, as would-be amenders of the Constitution often do, that he is reluctant to tamper with the document but tamper he must because the threat to the public weal is immense: Some governors have recently behaved badly in appointing people to fill U.S. Senate vacancies. Feingold's solution, of which John McCain is a co-sponsor, is to amend the 17th Amendment. It would be better to repeal it.

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NYT On Revival Of Confession

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf gives an interesting piece in the NYT about confession a good fisking. Oh, a lil' Dicky McBrien makes his typical cameo.

This is in from the New York Times.

Securly in the "Brick by Brick" department, but there is an interesting dimension to this which you should not miss. There will always be a liberal loser in the mix.

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Sex and the Single Priest

Television shows showcased two priests in an unfavorable light last week. Brent Bozell of Newsbusters smells some anti-Catholicism:

The dictionary defines prejudice as premature judgment: making a decision before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case or event. Some forms of prejudice are fading, racism being the primary and obvious example. The backlash against prejudice is so intense it has spurred its opposite, the call toward tolerance.

But for one sector, the prejudice remains intact. It is perfectly acceptable to spew intolerance against Christians in general and Catholics in particular. But the bonanza of prejudice is reserved for Catholic priests.
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Kmiec Criticizes Pope

Ed Whelan of The Corner takes on Doug Kmiec's latest hit on Catholicism. Just a quick question: Are we in about the 14th minute of his 15 minutes of fame? I really hope so.

On Time’s website, law professor Douglas Kmiec ponders the Holy See Press Office’s statement about Pope Benedict XVI’s recent meeting with Nancy Pelosi:
His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church's consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in co-operation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.
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Media: Middle East Peace Hopes Dimmed

The media, according to Newsbusters, is fearing that Middle East peace may be elusive because of the election of Benjamin Netanyahu. And that's because things had been going so well over there the last two decades?

On Friday’s CBS Early Show, correspondent Jeff Glor reported on conservative leader Benjamin Netanyahu being chosen as Israel’s prime minister: "Israel's president chose hardline Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu today to form a new Israeli government. As prime minister, Netanyahu will try to cobble together a coalition of right-wing parties. Such a government might dim hopes for peace with the Palestinians."
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Hamas Slips John Kerry Letter to Obama

Terrorists are slipping notes to Obama? Wait. I thought Obama was going to negotiate and sit down with all comers. Hmmm.

Hamas slipped a letter to John Kerry while he was in Gaza yesterday.
It is the first letter to Obama from the terror group since he moved into the White House.
Haaretz reported:
A Hamas adviser reached out to United States President Barack Obama in a personal letter that was passed from a top United Nations official to a high-ranking U.S. senator during a rare visit to the Gaza Strip, officials said on Friday.
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Obama Higher Than Jesus in Poll

Hot Air has the breakdown of the numbers but according to a Harris Poll, Obama ranks higher than Jesus as number one hero. Now, to be fair, the poll has Jesus and God separated as two different entities so maybe if you added them up they could beat Obama. Maybe:

Don’t go crazy. It’s not really a ranking, just a list in order of the most frequent replies when people were asked to name a hero. Dubya’s ahead of God, for pete’s sake.
Besides, The One’s magical powers are at least arguably as impressive as Christ’s. Can Jesus make $800 billion appear out of thin air?
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Pope Pelosi?

Every person is their own Pope! Fr. Dwight Longenecker is hilarious:

The latest press release from the Vatican pictures the meeting of Pope Pelosi with the aging German theologian Joseph Ratzinger.

Pope Pelosi said of their meeting, "He is a very sweet man, who has done a lot to stop global warming. This is why he always wears white clothes--to show solidarity with the polar bears who, as my friend, Archbishop Al Gore says, are all dying because the snow is melting. He has also been a very good person because he helps the poor and I believe he also plays the piano...I think he may also have written some books. But I have not read them. Anyway, we had a nice time together and I told him how much I liked visiting Bavaria once and eating Black Forest Cake."
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File This Under 'Duh!'

The U.S. Navy is reporting that we're doomed. Doomed I say because our military robots will one day turn on us. If I thought there'd be any of us left after the robots became our overlords I could take some solace from saying "I told you so" but we'll all probably be dead, half robot ourselves, or living in Stone Age conditions as slaves to our robot masters. And what's the fun in that?

Autonomous military robots that will fight future wars must be programmed to live by a strict warrior code, or the world risks untold atrocities at their steely hands.

The stark warning — which includes discussion of a "Terminator"-style scenario in which robots turn on their human masters — is part of a hefty report funded by and prepared for the U.S. Navy's high-tech and secretive Office of Naval Research.
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Pelosi Met With Archbishop?

So, Nancy Pelosi met with her Archbishop and is still receiving Communion? 'Splain how that works. Papist has more:

This really irks me.

Yesterday I picked up on reports that Pelosi had managed to fit in her promised meeting with Archbishop Niederauer on Feb. 8th.

Last night I found someone citing a Feb. 13th email from the Archbishop's spokesman saying the meeting had not taken place. Reliable enough it would seem, right?

Wrong - because this report was itself corrected today ... Pelosi and Niederauer did actually have the meeting:
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Take Me to the Pilate

Jen F. at Conversion Diary is truly a gifted writer and this piece is one of her best:

When I read the Bible for the first time a few years ago, I had a hard time getting into it. With little knowledge of Christianity and no knowledge of Judaism, I often felt a great distance between me and the events depicted on the wispy pages of this brand new book. Even the New Testament seemed very strange and foreign, and it would be a long time before I was able to feel a connection to even the figure of Christ himself. But there was one exception. One event described in all four of the Gospels jumped off the page to me in its vividness, because I felt a strong familiarity with one of the main people involved:

Pontius Pilate.
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Sign Up for a Free Race Card

That's right. Eric Holder really nailed it. The problem with America is we don't talk enough about race. Michelle Malkin has produced a "Race Card." You should check it out:

Well, Attorney General Eric Holder, here's your conversation about race: House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina is now accusing GOP governors who have fundamental misgivings about the trillion-dollar stimulus of opposing the law because they don’t like black people.
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Fr. Finigan Sets The Tablet Straight

Fr. Finigan is under attack by the Bitter Pill. In this post, he sets the record straight.

The Tablet article is up now so I thought I should get in quickly. Sorry for the length of this post but I need to get a few things on record. Following the Zuhlsdorf convention, my emphases in black and my comments in red. (Fr Z just rang me and it seems that we have been engaged in a simultaneous transatlantic fisk. (See: Exercises in intimidation: The Tablet attacks Fr. Finigan)

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A Great Conversion Story

I'm a huge fan of conversion stories. This is a really good one. I'm always amazed with how bloggers open themselves up and take us along in their faith journeys:

I know some of you, well, okay, most of you are wondering... how could Rodney, someone who has grown up in a protestant dominated area of the bible belt, in what seems to be one of the most judgemental areas in the world, how could he convert to Catholicism? Well, I'm going to attempt to explain the process that I have gone through and my line of thinking and hopefully this will help you guys understand exactly why I am doing what I am.
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An Obama Fable

Read the whole thing at Acts of the Apostasy. It's worth it:

One day as the Little Red Hen was scratching in a field, she found a grain of wheat.
"This wheat should be planted," she said. "Who will plant this grain of wheat?"
"Not I," said the Duck.
"Not I," said the Cat.
"Not I," said the Dog.
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Breaking: Obama to Ration Oxygen

I've got to tell you. I didn't have any hope that Obama would be a good President. I just didn't expect him to be so good at being so bad. Michelle Malkin has the story:

No, not really. But hell, why not?

This is the actual headline:

E.P.A. Expected to Regulate Carbon Dioxide

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to act for the first time to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists blame for the warming of the planet, according to top Obama administration officials.
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Bishops Advise Cheap Dates

Diogenes is brilliant:

"Where it is not necessary for a bishop to speak, it is necessary for a bishop not to speak." I think the axiom overstates the case, but it is not without wisdom. A bishop's appointed task is to sanctify, to instruct, to govern. In brief: his job is to keep us from going to hell. Where he exceeds his mandate, he becomes just another Joe with an opinion -- too often a stupid one.
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The View: Intolerance is Greatest Sin

The ladies from The View take on the Catholic Church and sin, says Newsbusters:

A discussion on The View on Wednesday about sin quickly devolved as the hosts reiterated common media myths about the Catholic Church and its teachings. Elisabeth Hasselbeck read a bogus list of seven “new” sins that the Vatican supposedly came up with, while Joy Behar misrepresented the Catholic Church’s teachings on papal infallibility. When Barbara Walters later asked what the “biggest sin” was, in their opinion, Behar and Whoopi Goldberg agreed that it was “intolerance.”
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Infallible Infallibility

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a great piece on infallibility:

I am reading a conversion story and apologetical book called An Invitation Heeded published at the end of the 1800s with a view to editing it for re-publication by the Coming Home Network. In the chapter on infallibility the author makes the very good point that rather than the Catholic Church's stance on infallibility being nonsensical, it is the churches who deny infallibility that are absurd...
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Death By Environmentalist

The environmentalist movement causes the death of millions. This is the story of one:

In 2003, when Bakouma was 9 years old, my family became his sponsor through the Childreach-Plan USA organization. In the years since we became occasional pen pals; a few times a year we'd get a letter from him, in his native French, along with an English translation from his caseworker. Sometimes he spoke of coming to America. At Christmas the letters would contain a photo, which we ritually magnetted up on the fridge to chronicle his growth. We reciprocated with our family pictures. I sometimes wondered if he wondered about us like we wondered about him. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I didn't really notice when we didn't receive his annual Christmas letter last year. Yesterday we received a letter from his caseworker explaining why: Bakouma died in December of malaria. He was 14 years old...
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Were Pelosi and Pope at Same Meeting?

George Weigel writing at The Corner wonders if Nancy Pelosi and Pope Benedict XVI were at the same meeting. From their respective press releases, one would think not:

Were Benedict XVI and Nancy Pelosi in the same meeting, or even in the same city, this morning?

Charity requires that one concede the possibility that genuine piety was a part of Pelosi’s (rather boorish, and certainly irregular) insistence on being given a private moment with the pope during her current taxpayer-funded junket to Rome. But her office’s statement on today’s meeting makes it clear something else was afoot: that Pelosi, who shamelessly trumpets her “ardent” Catholicism while leading congressional Democrats in a continuing assault on what the Catholic Church regards as the inalienable human rights of the unborn, was trying to recruit Benedict XVI (“Joseph Ratzinger, D., Bavaria”?) to Team Nancy.

His Holiness wasn’t buying it.
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Sneaking Abortion Funding Into Every Bill

From Redstate:

For some thirty years Congress has built into bills a legislative device called a “pro-life rider.” These riders prevent public funding for abortion from being slipped into bills under the radar. These riders have wide bi-partisan support having resisted elimination since the 1970s.

But, now these riders are coming under threat by the new Obama administration and his pro-abortion Democratic Party cohorts.

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Amy Prays

This is a must read. I can add nothing to it:

Imagine my surprise as I prayed over the past week - prayed the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary - imagine my surprise when the words of the prayers did not include:

Oh, God, bring Michael back


God of Heaven and Earth, let Amy go back in time and forcibly take Michael to the doctor


The Third Glorious Mystery: Time is transcended, Michael has his cell phone on him and Amy is contacted immediately instead of 5 hours after it happened.
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The Mindless Shmo From Bolivar MO

Fr. Z fisks (if you can call it that, more like shooting fish in a barrell) another ridiculous item from the mind of Fr. Pat Wissman.

From time to time… well… pretty often actually, readers send me blurbs written by their parish priest and published in their Sunday bulletin.

Let’s have a look at this, from Fr. Patrick Wissman, pastor of Sacred Heart in Bolivar MO.

We have seen this fellow before on WDTPRS. He wrote one of the dumbest things I have ever read.

He doesn’t confine himself to writing dumb things. He is also nasty.

The reader wrote: "I thought you might like to hear his latest opinions. I especially like how he compares them to parasites and fleas."

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ABC News: Sarah Palin is Barbie

The woman rose from nothing to become Mayor, Governor, and most recently a Vice Presidential candidate but the media continues to paint her as a Barbie doll. But truth has nothing to do with how the media treats Sarah Palin. Newsbusters has the story:

"Nightline" reporter David Wright on Monday inserted a gratuitous slam of Sarah Palin into a seemingly innocuous segment covering the 50th anniversary of the Barbie doll. Recounting the various versions of the Mattel toy, he set up the attack: "[Barbie's] been an astronaut and a rock star. Pop icons Beyonce and Shakira. She's won 'American Idol' too." Right after footage of the "President Barbie" doll appeared onscreen, the segment cut to various clips of a stylish-looking Palin. Wright derided, "Some would argue she also ran for vice president in 2008."
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Doors to Hell Marked 'His' and 'Hers'

Newsflash: Men and women are different. We even sin differently.

Sex discrimination is destined to continue in the scorching fires of Hell, according to a study approved by the Vatican which suggests that men are most likely to commit lustful sins whereas women are beholden to pride.

The men, it seems, are the ones whose souls end up being pelted with fire and brimstone, while the women's souls are more likely to be broken on a wheel.

Monsignor Wojciech Giertych, personal theologian to Pope Benedict XVI and the papal household, said there was “no sexual equality” when it came to sin. “Men and women sin in different ways,” he wrote in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper.
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'It's Embarrassing to Be a Christian'

This from the Media blog:

In case you missed the globe-trotting reality show The Amazing Race on CBS Sunday night, there's a politics-and-Hollywood contingent this season: gay "Soulforce" activist Mel White and his bisexual son, Mike White, best known for the movie School of Rock. The show wasn't too preachy about their sexuality in the first episode, although Mike strangely compared his father to Cloris Leachman. The preachiness came in a Newsweek interview with Joshua Alston, where father and son both found Christianity sorely lacking in compassion:
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Amnesty Int'l: Docs Must Perform Abortions

Wait. I thought Amnesty International was supposed to be about freedom. Oh. I guess not. Kyrie Eleison has the story:

Amnesty Insanity International is at it again. They want to require doctors to kill unborn children - regardless of conscientious objections. They want to take away one persons right to life, another’s free will, all in order to create a license for mothers to murder their children. AI - you have come a long way down the wrong path. How sad indeed.
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Bristol Palin: Abstinence "Not Realistic"

Uh-oh. This isn't going to help Sarah Palin. In this video from Hot Air, her daughter says abstinence is unrealistic. I could go off on this but she's 18 years old and she kept her baby so I'll just put it out there:

I’m of two minds on this clip. Bristol Palin isn’t running for office, but she had to know that doing big-media interviews would mean that she had to have an answer for some political issues surrounding her teen pregnancy. After all, for what other reason would Greta Van Susteren invite her onto her show?
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Parish Dispute over Latin Mass

Fr. Tim Finigan is at the center of a storm concerning the liturgy. Check it out at The Hermeneutic of Continuity:

In late October, one of my parishioners sent an email to various others, including myself, the Archbishop and the Area Bishop, complaining about various aspects of the Liturgy as celebrated at Blackfen. The discussion rather took off and many different points were raised over a lengthy exchange of emails that became difficult to keep track of.

Eventually, in the midst of preparations for Christmas, I circulated a paper ("Sacred and Great") that I wrote in an attempt to help people to understand the nature of the Liturgy and its development, and to counteract misunderstandings about the Liturgy.
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Bigfoot and Cain

Did you know that some believe that Bigfoot and Cain are one in the same person. Well? Maybe they're right. Have you ever seen the two of them in the same room at the same time? I didn't think so. Matt Swaim has more at Apoloblogology:

Occasionally, the bizarre disciplines of fundamentalist scripture interpretation and cryptozoology interface in fascinating ways. Given that the first reading from Genesis in today's lectionary recounts the story of the murder of Abel by Cain, I think it affords the opportunity to talk about one of my favorite of such intersections: the belief of some Mormons that Bigfoot is actually Cain.
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Ask God What Your Grade Is

So you have an anti-Christian professor and a Christian student who complained. Guess which one the college administration went after:

One of the more discouraging cultural developments of the past year has the been the steady migration of the debate over the meaning and definition of marriage from the world of discourse and electoral politics into outright threats, blacklisting, intimidation, and censorship. Strident political debate is one thing (after all, no one has a right to be treated civilly when expressing ideas); coercion is something else entirely.

It should come as no surprise that the battle over Prop 8 has moved to the campus.
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Absentee Spiritual Fathers

Fr. Eric Richtsteig of the Orthometer is concerned with priestly absenteeism:

One of the interesting (and sometimes disheartening) things about being a priest is the opportunity to observe the human condition. We see the good and the bad; maybe more of the later as we tend to see people in crisis.

I have been thinking a lot about absentee fathers, absentee parents actually. A lot of parents have very little to do with their children. Sure, some provide them with a nice house, clothes, toys, after-school programs ad nauseam...
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Big Brother Says No Kissing!

This is your country. This is your country on BIG GOVERNMENT:

Oh good grief...Why would anyone want to come to this country!? I think I'm going to gather as many people as I can and go to Spain.

Courtesy of Sky News:
Lovers parting at a Cheshire rail station may find themselves caught in a dangerous liaison - especially if they share a kiss under the 'No Kissing' sign. Far from killing the mood, authorities argue the aim is to stop commuters missing their taxis. Officials at Warrington Bank Quay Station agreed to a romance-free zone, which was suggested by the local chamber of commerce
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Drugs are Awesome!

I know the 'Let's be Like Canada' movement is growing in intensity. But before you join, you may want to check out this fun video on why socialized medicine may not be the best thing in the world at Hot Air:

It’s the socialized-medicine equivalent of that 12-year-old’s anti-abortion stemwinder: Nothing you haven’t heard before, but rarely will you hear it quite like this. Dude, he’s the Canadian ‘Zo.
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I'd Be Suicidal if I Weren't Catholic

This is terrible, if unsurprising news about Catholics in America from The Corner:

Gene Expression has some data from the Pew Religious Landscape survey:

When it comes to questions of right and wrong, which of the following do you look to most for guidance?

The answers included Religion/Philosophy and reason/Practical experience and common sense/science/and don't know.
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Ebeth in the 21st Century

Ebeth is moving into the 21st Century and she's having some problems. Me? I'm comfortable here in the 20th Century so I'll just hang out here in olden days and laugh at her:

Sheesh! My first day trying to catch the hang of Facebook and Twitter simultaneously:
I joined the Krysti Hinton fan club (Krysti is my sister. Who knew she had fan club?)
My father added me as a friend. My father has a Facebook account??
I have 151 "Facebook" emails and 130 Twitter emails. That feels really overwhelming to me.
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Nationalizing the Banks?

The scariest word in this piece by Newsbusters is "yet." Congresswoman Maxine Waters said the feds won't nationalize the banks...yet.

ABC's Cokie Roberts denounced as “irresponsible” conservative opposition to the “stimulus” bill and suggested those who voted against it should be punished, declaring on Sunday's This Week: “I just think that when you're in a situation like this, to do nothing is so irresponsible that you can't, you can't get away with it.”

Earlier on the show, host George Stephanopoulos pressed Congresswoman Maxine Waters to agree banks must be nationalized:
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Pelosi and the Pope

Many Catholics are upset about Nancy Pelosi possibly meeting Pope Benedict XVI. The Anchoress says "Do Not be Afraid:"

A couple of emails from Catholics expressing displeasure at the news that Nancy Pelosi is heading to Rome with a contingent of legislators and will take a meeting with His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI...
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All This and Book Burning, Too?

Karen Hall reports on an unreported story. Book burning for your own good.

It’s hard to believe, but true: under a law Congress passed last year aimed at regulating hazards in children’s products, the federal government has now advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute.

As I'm typing this, I can glance over at an entire shelf of books from my childhood that I saved all my life so that someday my own children could have them. I'll have to remember to tell Caleb not to lick them.

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Anne Frank Guardian Turns 100

It happened such a short time ago and yet so many seem so forgetful of how we get there. This woman remembers. And so should we all.

Miep Gies, who looked after Anne Frank and her family as they hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War Two, has turned 100 years old. She celebrated her milestone quietly in Friesland with her friends and family.

Mrs Gies talked about the day Nazis broke into the Franks' hiding place in Amsterdam, tipped off by a still unknown collaborator, and marched the Franks out of the building along the Princengracht and off to a miserable, lonely death in the Nazi termination camps.

"I'll never forget it, the feeling of sorrow and devastation when I looked around the empty rooms which had been home to the Franks, my friends, for nearly two years," she said.
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Obama and the Ice Cream Election

This has to be one of the greatest blog names ever. Ready for it? It's called "Yes, They Are All Mine" and she has a great analogy about a school election and how it relates to us grownups.

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year.

The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest.
I decided we would have an election for a class president.We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote.
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Will Jack Bauer Just Handle Her Already?

I've been patient. I've watched "24" every week and I'm still waiting for something horrible to happen to Janeane Garofalo's character. And now after what she just said I'm beginning to grow impatient. Note to Jack: There's a small brunette woman who's hiding something top secret from you in the FBI office and she says you'll never get it out of her." Anyway, this is the latest outrage from brain dead Garofalo:

Are you a conservative? Then you're a d***, and there's something wrong with your brain. At least that's what "24" actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo believes.

According to the former Air America radio host, a conservative starts out an “a**hole,” and the politics come later. She asserted, “The reason a person is a conservative republican (sic) is because something is wrong with them...It really is neuroscience.”
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Just Some Friday Silliness

If you want a chuckle Michael Hirsh will often bring it. To get this joke you've got to click on the link.

Barack Obama has been in office less than a month. Already the impact of his economic promises are being felt. It's like having Dr. Doolittle in the White House!
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Big Family Backlash

Danielle Bean of Faith and Family Live writes about a backlash against big families she's seeing because of the Octuplet Mom. Interesting read:

I have really appreciated all the thoughtful comments people have shared in our discussion of Nadya Suleman, the mother who recently gave birth to octuplets. If you haven’t yet read through them, I really recommend you do.

One of the themes in those comments is a fear of the cultural backlash large families might suffer as a result of the “bad PR” caused by Nadya’s seemingly imprudent decisions. I’m sorry to report that I think those fears are well founded...
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Some Kind of Love

Suzanne from Blessed Among Men has a different take on Valentine's Day.

With Valentine's day around the corner love is on everybody's mind. Everybody loves love, but so few ever seem to really find it. St Augustine's words come to mind for me each year about this time "You have made us and drawn us to yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee." Our beginning and our end, it is love. It is all love. But if it was all made for love and is all moving toward love, why is it that there is still so much hunger for love in this world?
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Friends Don't Let Friends Do Letterman

What You Get With Fame? Amazingly awkward moments such as this:

What if the Theater is on Fire?

Mark Steyn of The Corner testified in front of the Ontario Parliament concerning free speech and what did they drop on him but the tired old cliche about "Fire in a movie theater." Steyn, of course, had his way with them:

Following the banning of Geert Wilders - on "public security" grounds - the British government has been defending its decision. The BBC reports:

Foreign Secretary David Miliband told the BBC's Hardtalk: "The home secretary made a decision on an individual case as she is required to do."

He added that the film contained "extreme anti-Muslim hate and we have very clear laws in this country".

Mr Miliband also said: "We have profound commitment to freedom of speech but there is no freedom to cry 'fire' in a crowded theatre."
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Lincoln Turned To God

Lincoln is all the rage today. This very well written column by Donald R. McClarey of American Catholic details Lincoln's turn towards God in his darkest hours:

“Now he belongs to the ages.” So said Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, who had kept vigil at Lincoln’s deathbed, after Lincoln died from an assassin’s bullet.

For the past few weeks in the leadup to today, the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, I have examined various facets of the public life of Abraham Lincoln. Of course, the most important part of Lincoln’s life, came, as it will for each of us, after his death when he stood before God for the particular judgment. In this life the outcome of that judgment is unknown to us. However, I think the record is well-established that during the Civil War Lincoln found his mind and his heart turning increasingly towards God.
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This is Your Congress on HOPE

The Other McCain has a funny video of Maxine Waters going to town on the CEO's and showing herself to be the know-nothing that she is:

This goes to show one reason I've been amused by the entire "Obamatarian" phenomenon. Most of the libertarian types who supported Obama are impossibly young. McArdle is 36 and probably ought to know better. If you're under 30, you weren't even in high school the last time Democrats controlled both the White House and Congress. And Bush totally sucked, dude. So you think, "Hey, let's let the other guys have their turn." Only later do you realize who the Democrats actually are, and it ain't pretty.
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Are Some Bishops on Steroids?

Acts of the Apostasy has a great satire about whether certain bishops have been "juicing" because they've become bolder and increasingly emphatic.

It's not just Alex Rodriquez, Barry Bonds and Miguel Tejada that are feeling the heat for steroid abuse. Similar accusations are being levelled against a small number of American Catholic bishops as well.

According to a Justice Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, federal investigators are drafting subpoenas on behalf of several unnamed elected members of Congress. Indications are the subpoenas will be served before week's end, and that the Bishops to be summoned are Archbishop Burke, Bishop Martino and Archbishop Chaput. If so, a Senate subcommittee hearing might be scheduled as soon as early March.
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Less Shouting, More Talking

This column takes a loving look at the controversal issue of Prop 8. The Pertinacious Papist has some comments as well which add perspective:

Richard J. Mouw was my first philosophy professor. I had Philosophy 102 with him at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the Fall semester of 1970. That was almost 40 years ago. He was then a vibrant junior professor at the beginning of his career, and I was a young and callow fellow in my second year of college -- in the era of hippies, Mao jackets, SDS and Vietnam. Mouw was energetic, engaging and entertaining, and a very, very good teacher. I still remember vividly his discussion of Plato's Phaedo, peppered with humor and a good measure of contemporary illustrations.
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Pro-Life Jindal to Address Nation

CMR loves Bobby Jindal and hopes that one day we might be able to call him President Jindal (after President Palin serves two terms.) Jindal would be only the second Catholic president. And this might be Jindal's national coming out party:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been picked to deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama's first speech to Congress.

It's another big role for Jindal , who has become increasingly prominent in a Republican Party struggling to reshape itself.
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GOP Locked out of Negotiating Room

You know what? I'm starting to think Obama didn't really mean what he said about the importance of bipartisanship!

More evidence to suggest that to President Obama and the Democrats, bipartisanship means doing the will of The One, without all that pesky interference from the other party.
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Fr. Fox: Oppose the Stimulus

Fr. Martin Fox doesn't have a lot of good things to say about the stimulus:

I am only a little taken by surprise by the difficulties President Obama is having with his massive spending "stimulus" bill. Only a little, I say, because I was confident that, if he won, even with Democratic majorities, that he would not find he could pass anything he likes--contrary to the militant assertions of so many during the campaign.

Of course, he may get this bill; but if you were concerned about what a President Obama-cum-Democratic Congress would mean, you should be very encouraged by this. The President is about three weeks in, and one wonders how much of his agenda has he had to trade away in order to marshall votes for this bill? And it hasn't passed yet.
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Amy Shares Her Gratitude

Amy Welborn writes about the past and her future. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

People are wonderful.

I am grateful beyond words for the outpouring of support and prayer we have experienced over the past week. And it has been a week, exactly.

Thousands of prayers said, rosaries prayed. Scores, if not hundreds of Masses offered.

Michael was always quite firm when we discussed this element of the future. “Don’t you dare stop praying for me,” he would say.

Hundreds of supportive emails and blog comments.
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Steele is The Bizarro Obama

Slate has the most ridiculous article I've read in a while. And yeah, in this analogy Barack Obama is Superman. If you want my opinion, Steele has the superhero sounding name while Barack Obama sounds like a villain:

Evil twin, nemesis, archenemy—whatever the term, every great protagonist has one. Superman had Bizarro, his alternate-universe self. Spock from Star Trek had the shady, goateed "mirror" Spock. Super Mario has the cackling Wario.

And Barack Obama has Michael Steele.
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This College Student Nails It

Read the entire thing. A young college student at a Catholic university wonders why there's a perceived disconnect between intelligence and faith:

I doubt it's a newsflash to anyone that there exists an anti-Catholic bias in the media that shows no sign of slowing down; in fact, a sign of this bias actually stopping is nothing but a fleeting wish.

We've witnessed a wide variety of hostility towards the church and to enumerate them has the potential to make us nauseous. And if for some reason there is any uncertainty that such a bias exists, one needs to look no further than to one of the ring leaders, Bill Maher.

This anti-Catholic bias in the media could very well be what has influenced a new phenomenon on campus. That phenomenon is the sudden attitude that suggests authentic Catholic values and intellect are contradictory.
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Charter vs. Catholic

Our Sunday Visitor has the latest on this bergeoning controversy of secularizing Catholic schools into charter schools:

The Catholic school-charter school debate is in the spotlight again, this time in Brooklyn, where Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference today to announce that they are working to transform four Catholic schools slated for closure into public charter schools. At the moment, the move is impossible since state law prevents charter schools from having a connection to religions institutions, but Bloomberg expressed his support of a change in legislation that would allow the schools flip.

This announcement is sure to reignite the controversy surrounding the decision to turn struggling Catholic schools into non-religious versions of their former selves...
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Abortion and Orwell

American Thinker has a great piece on the linguistic distortion of abortion:

"War Is Peace." "Freedom is Slavery." "Ignorance is Strength."

These slogans are spoken in Newspeak, the fictional language of George Orwell's twisted utopia in 1984. By removing meaning from words and increasing state control over speech-and thought-Newspeak is designed to manipulate those who hear it.

In California, Newspeak is now spoken fluently by those who seek to advance a political agenda in healthcare by avoiding scrutiny.
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BSG Geeks Only!

This post by Jonah Goldberg of NRO sums up my feelings about Battlestar Galactica's final season perfectly. I'm telling you that Patrick will hate that I put this up here because 1) he loves BSG (a little too much, if you ask me) and 2) this blog has nothing to do with science fiction shows. But the truth needs to be out.

Okay, I hope this isn't too picayune, but I think it's time to sound-off on the final episodes so far.

The last two episodes revolving around the coup are an almost painful reminder that BSG was once such a great show—and why it was so great. The big plot is an unsalvageable mess at this point. "They have a plan" indeed.
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BC Puts Crucifixes in Classroom, Uh Oh!

American Papist has the details but I just can't believe professors are railing against crucifixes in the classrooms of a Catholic school. Oh wait. Sadly, I can.

Catholic stuff in a Catholic school?! What a radical concept:
Students and faculty returned to Boston College (BC), a Jesuit Catholic institution, for the Spring 2009 semester to find that crucifixes and icons had been placed in many classrooms that had been long bereft of sacred art. This move, which helps strengthen the university’s Catholic identity, came by direct request of President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., according to a campus newspaper editor
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Stimulus: National Health Care Trojan Horse

The "so-called stimulus bill" might have even more lasting damage than making our grandchildren broke. In the bill is the start of a national health care beuracracy.

I’ve made note before of the Generational Theft Act’s universal health care promotion provisions (see here). Betsy McCaughey goes over the text with a fine-tooth comb and explains how the porkulus is, among many other abominations, yet another universal health care Trojan Horse. I call it Tom Daschle’s revenge:
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No Big Thing - Just the Fate of the World

This election in Israel today is an amazingly important one with huge consequences to the world. As America is now finding out - elections have consequences. The fate of Israel and the Middle East stands on a knife's edge with the threat of a nuclear Iran. How Israel responds today will decide much. Check in with Gateway Pundit during the day:

This post will be updated throughout the day---

The Muqata is following the election results today.
There was some rioting by Arabs reported in Jerusalem.

Allen Roth is Tweeting Israel's election today - here.

The BBC reported that turnout is only slightly higher than in 2006:
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Newsweek Hearts Hitchens, Disses Weigel

Media Blog at NRO highlights how Newsweek slams Pope Benedict XVI as it highlights Hitchens' hit piece on Catholicism and hides George Weigel's piece:

Newsweek loves atheists, and the atheist it loves best is Christopher Hitchens. Last week, it highlighted its publication of a Hitchens attack on the pope and the Catholic Church (but also a sustained, if dated, attack on Mel Gibson and his father) on its cover. The subject was the controversial decision to lift the excommunications of four bishops of the Lefebvre schism, one of whom made ridiculous Holocaust-denial remarks. Newsweek also asked conservative Catholic author George Weigel for an article on the controversy. But you can see which one editor Jon Meacham clearly favors: Hitchens was promoted on the cover and published in the printed magazine; Weigel got the "web exclusive" scraps...
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Author: We Need to lose 4.4 Billion People

Just remember while reading this story from Newsbusters that liberal lunacy has a tendency to become mainstream within a few decades:

A bestselling author has called octuplets-mother Nadya Sulamen a 'murderer' and warns of overpopulation saying, "we need to lose 4.4 billion people."

“STOP HAVING CHILDREN.” Steven Kotler has declared that responsible adults should stop having children in order to save the planet. Those who are having kids, are being selfish and stealing from the future, the rest of humanity, and “every living thing on the earth,” he wrote. Have too many kids and you should go to jail.

This isn’t a joke. Kotler writes a blog called “The Playing Field” on the Psychology Today Web site. He is a best selling author and an advocate of controlling population growth. His latest solution: a five-year moratorium on having kids.
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Don't Mad Scientists Watch Movies?

Plague ridden mice have escaped from a New Jersey lab. So now, I insist that every time you sit down and watch a post-apocalyptic thriller and say "That could never really happen" just come back and read this and smack yourself upside the head. And it gets worse when you read how seriously they're taking this:

Move along, nothing to see here.

TRENTON, N.J. — The frozen remains of two mice injected with the organism that causes plague have not been accounted for seven weeks after being discovered missing at a University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey facility in Newark, the university said Friday.
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Big Families Freak People Out

Just the other day a woman -a complete stranger -asked me if I'd ever heard of birth control as I was walking with my five children. The New York Times (of all places!) tells me I'm not alone:

THE comment from the photographer at Sears was typical. “Are these all yours?” she asked, surveying Kim Gunnip’s 12 children.

No,” Mrs. Gunnip replied, “I picked some up at the food court.”
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Ferrell Makes Troop Deaths a Punchline

Will Ferrell is dead to me. I've got to turn my back on him now. He will have company in George Clooney and Ashley Judd there.

Is it too much to ask for Hollywood's leading comic actor not to use the deaths of our troops in combat for a giggle? Stay classy, Will Ferrell.

In his new (almost) one-man Broadway comedy "You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush," Ferrell spends the entire (barely 80-minute) show in character as President Bush,
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Mary Mother of Christ in a Theater Near You

Barb Nicolosi has got some big news:

Here at long last is the official trade announcement from Daily Variety for Mary, Mother of the Christ on which I will get a writer credit.

Here's a snip (the photo is of Camilla Belle who will play Mary):

Camilla Belle ("10,000 BC") will star as the titular character and will be joined by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the dual roles of Gabriel and Lucifer and Peter O'Toole as Symeon.

Al Pacino and Jessica Lange are in talks to play Herod and Anna the Prophetess...
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"Big Love" is the New Waltons?

Remember when many of us said that once gay marriage was accepted, polygamy was sure to follow. We were laughed at, scolded, and mocked. Well, guess what?

Stanley Fish's blog for the New York Times unfurls the most idiotic piece of TV criticism so far in 2009:

“Big Love” is the new “Waltons.” It gives more scope to the travails than to the lesson, but the lesson is there, and it is the same one: loyalty, solidarity, love.
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Elections Have Consequences

This election in Israel takes place at an amazing moment in history with Israel having unsure support in the White House and Iran closing in on becoming a nuclear power. Powerline takes a close look at the election which will certainly shape the future of the Middle East and quite likely the world:

Israel will hold its elections next Tuesday. The polls, which at times have had former Likud and its candidate Benjamin Netanyahu more or less in the driver's seat, now show a tightening in the race. They also show that Avigdor Lieberman and his Israel Beiteinu party is coming on strong, and may well pin a fourth place finish on the Labor party. Lieberman is considered a right winger although, as Caroline Glick notes, his decision to join the Kadima government in late 2006 kept it in power.

The tightening of the race doesn't really surprise me. The war with Hamas may be perceived as having gone just well enough to boost Livni slightly. Moreover, Israelis understand that electing Netanyahu might well put their nation on a collision course with the U.S., now that Obama is president. In a sense, the path of least resistance is to stick with Kadima.
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The Dead Hobo Glitch

It's just funny.

U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu announced his resignation this morning amid new reports that Alameda County workers had unearthed more than a dozen additional dead hobo bodies at his former home in Berkeley, California. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist had been the subject of a week-long controversy after he amended his White House application form to declare "3 or 4" hobo corpses in his crawl space, but after this morning's discovery, Chu said he felt he could no longer serve as an effective spokesman for Administration energy policy.

"Getting America on the road to energy independence requires a secretary who is focused full time on developing comprehensive strategies for alternative fuels, rather than a political distraction over a handful of decomposing drifters," said Chu. "I'm afraid I am no longer that person."
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Obama: Pro Life President?

I have a theory. I think Doug Kmiec has invented a stupidity ray that has already hypnotized half the country and they have no choice but to believe his pretzel-like logic concerning Obama and abortion. I don't know how he does it but I've seen the victims of his "stupidity ray" and it's not pretty. In fact, a Time Magazine reporter was just Kmieced. (New word for ya') Here's the evidence:

It would be funny if the subject matter wasn't the destruction of unborn children in the womb. Time magazine's Amy Sullivan asked in a Swampland blog post headline from February 4: "Barack Obama, Pro-Life President?"

Sullivan's evidence? Well, the president has picked a Pentecostal preacher -- who once worked for a New Jersey Congressman with a 100% score by NARAL Pro-Choice America -- to head his faith-based initiatives office and "abortion reduction" is one of the major stated goals of one of the president's advisory boards:
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The Anchoress Has Had It Up To Here

OK. So now we can all stop acting like President Obama is some kind of bipedal tabula rasa with big ears. We know who he is now. And I'm not liking it. Either is The Anchoress:

Okay, I think I’m done. No one can say I was not exceedingly fair to President Obama over the last week or so - and even this morning about the Exec Salary Caps for bailout beneficiaries. I don’t like the precedent - and I believe now that it’s been done for one group, we’re going to see the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Frank government move to cap other salaries, but I got the politics of it.

But now, I think I’ve seen enough
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Dems Ban Religion on College Campuses

The Democrats aren't the anti-religion party. Noooo! Well, today Democrats just voted to strangle religious expression on college campuses. And the mainstream media ignores it. Look, here's the thing. Democrats know that people who take their faith seriously don't typically vote Democrat so they're going to do their best to keep kids out of Catholic schools and strangle any public form of religion:

Unreal!... Dems Ban Religious Expression On College Campuses In Stimulus Bill. Now that ought to create jobs! Democrats are banning religious expression on public campuses in their Stimulus boondoggle. Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement after Democrats voted 43-54 against his amendment to strike language from the economic stimulus bill that discriminates against students of faith. Senator DeMint’s amendment would have eliminated a provision that bans any university or college receiving funds to renovate buildings, from allowing “sectarian instruction” or “religious worship” within the facility. This would in effect bar use of campus buildings for groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Student Ministries, Hillel, and other religious organizations.
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I Could Watch This All Day

Here's great video from HotAir about a boy with Down's Syndrome who's been team manager of the high school basketball team. Guess what happens when he gets to play? Watch it.

The feelgood clip of the day, to cleanse the palate as we prepare to choke down $800 billion in pork. I’ve seen this movie before but it never gets old. Especially the ending.
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Obama Said What?

The audacity of a dope:

Jim Geraghty reports on Barack Obama’s statement on the sanctity of human life during today’s National Prayer Breakfast:
“We know there is no God who condones the killing of an innocent human being.”
Well, great! Perhaps then President Obama would also agree that we know no God who condones the negligent killing of innocent human beings who survive abortions. Of course, Obama would have to acknowledge now that his position has changed since his days in the Illinois state legislature, when he helped protect abortionists by blocking legislation that would have required a second doctor to act on behalf of infants born alive after an abortion. God knows that those children were and are innocents, alive at birth, and left to die in abortion mills.
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Michael Dubruiel's Last Column

Amy Welborn has linked up her husband's final column. Our prayers are with the entire family. Please read it:

Michael had been writing a column for the Diocesan newspaper called “Some Seed Fell” and posting them after publication on his blog. His sweet secretary Allison just sent me the last column he wrote, being published this week, that he wrote Monday night.
While in Washington, D.C. several weeks ago, I ran into an old friend, Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, with whom I have collaborated on several books. We met after a Mass for pro-life leaders at Trinity College.
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Burke: No Communion for Pro-Choice Pols

Judie Brown, president of American Life League, issued a statement today in response to an interview in which Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest court, stated,"There's not a question that a Catholic who publicly, and after admonition, supports pro-abortion legislation is not to receive Holy Communion and is not to be given Holy Communion … This is a law of the universal Church and it should be applied."
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Support Amy And Her Family

From Faith an Family Live

The Catholic blogosphere has been deeply saddened by the loss of Amy Welborn‘s husband, Catholic author and blogger Michael Dubruiel.

I have heard from so many of you expressing a deep desire to help the family in some tangible way during their time of loss. I’ve set up a Paypal button to collect donations that will be sent to Amy, to help cover the costs of Michael’s funeral and any other expenses she might be encountering at this time.

You do not need a Paypal account to donate via Paypal. For those who would prefer to mail a check, I am looking into getting a publishable mailing address for donations by personal check and will update with that information when I have it.

This couple has given so much to the Church through their work. Please consider helping in whatever way you can.

Do what you can.

Another Kennedy Embarrasment

The Kennedy legacy has taken some shots recently, y'know? This from Gateway Pundit isn't helping:

Oink. Bacon-hater Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and the House Judiciary Committee that hog producers are a greater threat to the United States and U.S. democracy than Osama Bin Laden. Kennedy also said that every public official in North Carolina has been corrupted by the pork industry(?)
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Fun Caption Contest

This is a pretty funny picture. It had me laughing.

Little did Barack Obama know that his late afternoon press conferences coincided with Joe Biden's favorite activity: Happy Hour.

Just kidding. Or are we?

Substitute a caption.
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Wow! Rorate Caeli Takes on Lib Catholics

I could explain to you what this is about but just read the first sentence and I think you'll pretty much get the gist of what they're saying. And then click over to Rorate Caeli:

Shame on you, "Liberal Catholics", Pharisees of the "New Springtime"! You proclaim to tolerate all, and to respect diversity, but you loathe those whose only wish is to preserve the purity of what was always taught and of the prayers that were always offered, because their continued presence in the Church contradicts the new "house" you tried to build.
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Married Priests Won't Fix Everything?

Catholics, too often, have a "well we have to do someting" attitude towards righting the ship. Long Island Catholic looks at what can be learned from the Episcopalians:

It is important for Catholics to keep an eye on this since many Episcopalians, including some clergy have come into the Catholic Church where they should be welcomed home. Also, the movement within the Episcopal church can provide a glimpse of what will happen, and has happened within the Catholic Church if certain ideas take hold. The ordination of women is sometimes seen as inevitable and somehow ‘liberating’ to women. Forgetting the faulty theology for a minute, the ordination of women is also seen as the solution to the vocations crisis. Here is where the situation of the Episcopalians is instructive...
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Unity, Magnanimity and Lunacy

Fr. Roger J. Landry writes a great piece on Pope Benedict and the SSPX. This has become a huge p.r. problem for the Church. I urge you to push anyone with questions to read this:

If the Pope behaved like a politician rather than a father, he probably would not have lifted the excommunications. It was a magnanimous, courageous move fraught with risks. First, many within the Church seem prone to view the possible return of the 1.5 million members of Society with as much enthusiasm as the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son for the homecoming of his wayward sibling. Benedict, however, has the perspective of the father in the parable, which is the only truly Christian frame of reference.
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The Ol' Undeclared Eggplant Trick

This story is linked here because it's the oddest story I've read in months. It is unintentionally hilarious because it's just so darn mystifying:

Anyway, I have no idea what this nutcase was up to.
An Australian traveler was caught with two live pigeons stuffed in his pants following a trip to the Middle East, customs officials said Tuesday.
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This is the Problem

The fact that a bureau chief at Time Magazine doesn't see the difference between objective journalism and being a spokesperson for the administration, tells you all you need to know. Go to the Weekly Standard to read the quote:

The New York Times reports on the trend of mainstream journalists going to work in the Obama administration and gets this stunning quote from Jay Carney:
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Breaking: Daschle Drops Out

I was starting to wonder if any Democrats paid taxes because they certainly weren't paying any consequences for their crimes. Hot Air has the lastest on Daschle:

Daschle Drops Out. That’s two today. Maybe Geithner will resign too and we’ll make it a trifecta.
Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary. That’s according to a joint White House statement from President Barack Obama and his former nominee.
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Dissident Catholics Lecture Pope

Jay Anderson of Pro Ecclesia has very little patience for this kind of thing:

On January 29, nearly 50 Catholic Democratic congressmen sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI stating their concerns over Bishop Richard Williamson’s comments questioning the historical record on the Holocaust. The bishop belongs to the St. Pius X Society, a group which recently had its excommunication lifted by the pope. The congressmen implored the pope to denounce the bishop’s views.
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Jen's Time on Death Row

This woman can write. Seriously. Mad skills. (That's prison lingo in honor of Jen's piece) Jen from Conversion Diary writes about her former atheism in a different way:

A couple weeks ago I was half paying attention to a documentary about a maximum security prison while folding laundry. They were interviewing a 25-year-old "lifer," and he mentioned that he used to be on death row but his sentence was commuted to life without parole. The producer asked him to describe what it was like to be released from death row.

He gazed into the distance and responded, "You can't imagine. When you're on death row, it's like you're already dead. You try to play cards, but you hear that clock ticking in your head, knowing that the date of your extinction has already been set, and now it's just a matter of days and minutes. You could read a book, watch some TV, but why? You're gonna die soon and can't take none of that stuff with you, so it doesn't really matter anyway." He got choked up as he added, "I got my whole life back when I got off of death row."
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LA Times Runs Anti-Catholic Letter

The LA Times ran an anti-Pope Benedict letter. Can you believe it? And you'll never believe what it mentions - you got it - the Nazis!

Does anyone think that a major newspaper like the Los Angeles Times would ever allow a hateful and patently false anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim personal attack to be published in its letters to the editor? Of course not. But check out this whopper of anti-Catholic vitriol that is in the pages of the Times today (Mon. 2/2/09):
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Disgraced Pastor Turns on Religious Right

The Pastor Ted Haggard, who I'd never heard of before he was involved in a gay sex scandal, is currently on any and every television show he can get on. And guess what? It looks like he's pulling a Scott Mclellan and is now blasting the religious right for veering away from the gospels. His first critique is the right's pushing of Prop 8. Surprise. Surprise.

ABC has apparently never heard that phrase, "There are two sides to every story." On Feb. 1, "World News Sunday" helped shamed former-pastor Ted Haggard take shots at the Christian conservatives who he says "shunned him."

Reporter Dan Harris introduced the piece by qualifying Haggard as a former "insider, a powerful pastor at the highest levels of the Christian conservative movement."
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Cowboy Up, Conservatives!

David French of the NRO blog Phi Beta Cons is a little tired of hearing college conservatives whine about the fear of coming out as a conservative.

Over at NRO's "other blog," Michael Rubin links to a Yale Daily News story about the plight of conservatives on campus. Intrigued, I clicked over and read the whole thing . . . now I want that 20 minutes of my life back.

When I speak on campus, one of the most frustrating experiences is hearing conservatives—and many faithful Christians—describe themselves as "silenced" or "afraid" to speak when there is no formal, legal barrier to their speech. I hear it all:

"I'm afraid to speak up or I get attacked in class."
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Never Again...Except This Time

Sixty years ago, the Europe and America said "Never Again." Yeah, but they didn't really mean it. Michael Yon is over in Israel. Read this and weep:

And when Iran has the capacity to launch rockets over to Europe or the United States, one can count on it happening. If they can manage to hatch nuclear weapons, we could see Israeli cities annihilated, leaving Israelis with little choice other than to respond with nuclear weapons, which could leave millions dead. If Iran gets nuclear weapons, Iraq will want them, as will other nations who are threatened by Iran. I’ve lived in Europe for about six years, and it is easy to imagine Europe being engulfed in a massive religious and race war. America is relatively sedate on the racial front, but Europe could explode if a serious terrorism wave were to sweep through.
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Relevant Quotes From Thomas Jefferson

Kyrie Eleison has some great quotes from Jefferson that truly speak to our times.

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

The boy that was born two months after his famous father died in a tragic accident saw his father’s face for the first time fifty years after the fatal day that stole the elder from our world.

How is that, you ask? Well, it may seem like one of those riddles or some exercise in logic but, no, I assure you it’s quite true. And the truth of the matter makes for a fascinating story.

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