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Vatican Finds Evidence of Miracle

This is a follow-up to a story we reported on earlier about a young man possibly being saved by a miracle which could lead to the canonization of Father Emil Kapaun. Please go to Fr. Mitchel Zimmerman's blog and click on his link to the story:

Vatican finds evidence of miracle in Kansas case - Kansas City Star
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GOP Hacks Vs. Palin

I've worked on a number of political campaigns and I can tell you that after a loss the campaign workers are looking for new jobs and are therefore willing to point fingers and throw mud at somebody on the campaign as the reason for the loss. The McCain campaign team has obviously picked Sarah Palin. But now a McCain campaign aide may be outed by Bill Kristol as the one tearing up Sarah Palin.

Lefty journalist Todd Purdum has a hit piece in the new Vanity Fair on Sarah Palin. You don’t have to be a big Palin fan to recognize the article is full of dubious claims, and is dependent on self-serving stories provided on background by some of the people who ran the McCain campaign into the ground.

Here’s a highlight of Purdum’s reporting: “More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of Palin’s extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of ‘narcissistic personality disorder’ in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders--’a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy’--and thought it fit her perfectly.”
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Does Motherhood Make You Stupid

My wife would probably kill me if she saw this headline on my blog but she hardly ever reads me. So I'm feeling brave today. Check out Faith and Family Live for the answer:

Shortly after the birth of my second daughter, I nearly brushed my teeth with diaper ointment, put a carton of eggs in the pantry and spelled my own last name wrong on an envelope (Wiker instead of Wicker) – and that was a good day.

And I’m not alone in my spacey plight either. I know countless mothers who lament their brain cells exponentially die off as their waistlines widen with pregnancy and that they continue perishing after their babies have arrived on the scene.
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Miracle or Statistical Anomaly?

Great post by Mark Shea about miracles and materialism:

So he tends to work his miracle in such a way that the one who seeks relationship with him can see his hand at work, while the one who seeks to avoid relationship with him can always chalk it up to a statistical anomaly.

Case in point.

A typical Vatican investigation of a miracle strikes the healthy balance between skepticism and the open-minded possibility of an actual miracle occurring. The assumption, as is normal, is that a miracle has no occurred and the normal naturalistic explanations are ticked off the list. If a naturalist explanation is found, then praise God, he worked through nature, but we are not looking at a sign that a saint has been honored by God and we move on. Catholics are free to see the hand of God at work in the occurrence, but the Church isn't going to push to call it a miracle if natural explanations suffice.
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Must Be Their First

Gender bending lunacy from Sweden. Pundette has the story:

'Pop' is free to be . . . whatever. But not necessarily the person God made him/her to be. Because that information is being withheld for his/her own good. And to prove an ideological point, or try to. In an interview with newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in March, a Swedish couple said they are refusing to disclose whether their two-and-a-half-year-old child, called "Pop" in the media, is a boy or a girl. They said that their decision, made at the time of the child's birth, was based on the feminist theory that "gender" is a "cruel" "social construct" that forces children into artificial roles.
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Hilarity from the Earth-Worshipers

From St. Louis Catholic

There is a blog calling itself the Local Catholic Reporter, which states its intent to be a resource for progressive Catholics in the St. Louis area. No, not 'progressive' in the sense of progress toward Heaven, but 'progressive', I guess, in the political sense. Progress toward anarchy, in other words.

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Sanford and Sin

We are fallen. All of us.

When the story broke that the governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, had disappeared, I was willing to lend a hand to help neutralize the story. What a line of bull he fed and lived in.

I am convinced the default behavior for politicians is unchaste. A friend points out it is the default for everyone. We live in a fallen world and we ourselves are fallen. I am disappointed in Sanford and sorry for his family.
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Blogging for Free

If you haven't checked out the new First Things blog this is a great way to start:

So, a during the Carrie Prejean/Prop 8 kerfluffle, I wrote this:

“…if you’re going to take off your top for a camera, be prepared (sooner or later) to have to answer for it, both in this world, and the next…You’ll have to answer for it because when you profess yourself a Christian, you choose exile, and you will be held to a different standard, entirely, than the world’s.

In the next world, of course, you’ll have to answer to Christ, himself, who is much more merciful than the rest of us. He will likely ask you why you threw your pearls before swine.”

Or, of course, why she tossed her Holy Thing, which is her loved-into-creation body – the Temple of the Holy Spirit – to the Dogs.
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If I Were God...

Playing God is usually a bad thing. But Fr. Daniel Lord S.J. says maybe we should think about it more:

"Whenever I hear or read of anyone who has a strong desire to play God, I feel like shouting, 'Well, why don’t you?' When someone boasts in my presence about what he would do or not do if he were God, it comes to me with a shock that he constantly has a chance to make good his boast and evidently is not aware of it. For throughout our lives God is constantly asking us to substitute for Him and do for our fellow men the godlike things that will make life beautiful and rich and full.
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Uh-Oh. The ACLU's On Our Side?

I always get a little nervous when the ACLU is on my side but in this case I'm grateful to have any allies. Acts of the Apostasy has a great update on what I think is one of the most important stories in the Catholic blogosphere right now:

From The Hartford Courant.com: ACLU Backs Bridgeport Diocese In Fight Vs. State Agency

Saying it is a matter of free speech, the ACLU has filed a brief in support of the Diocese of Bridgeport's battle against a state agency seeking to require the church to register as a lobbyist.
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Enough with the Jesuit Jokes

I must admit I make Jesuit jokes. OK. Lots of them. So I'm pretty sure the man who calls himself 44 would be pretty upset with me pretty quick. And although I worry about vouchers (I'm more in favor of tax credits) I see his point about how Jesuits are out there in inner city schools doing their best with little support.

I must confess that occasionally I get a bit ticked at the Jesuit jokes. When people hear that I was married at Old St. Joseph's in Philadelphia, by a Jesuit, I inevitably get the old "is that considered a valid marriage by the Church?" Or "yeah it's Jesuit, but is it Catholic?" Ha, ha, LOL.

Three words for ya: Shut up, please.
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Redefining Theological Symbolism

Next time some Catholic says, "the Communion bread symbolizes Christ," you can metaphorically smack that statement into the third row and do your "Dance of Dominant Logic" over their gobsmacked face. And then you can say, "See. I read my Taylor Marshall.":

Our contemporary use of the word "symbol" in theology is rather weak. My guess is that this goes back to the 11th century Eucharistic controversy between the erroneous "symbolic Eucharist" belief of Berengarius and the orthodox "substantial presence" articulation of Lanfranc of Canterbury.

For the heretic Berengarius, the term "symbol" entailed "not real". Berengarius' usage raised red flags and he was rightly corrected of his mistake. However, I would like to suggest that there is another way of using the word symbol that is boldly Catholic and quite helpful.

Saint Maximus the Confessor stated that the body of Christ on the cross was a "symbol" of our bodies (Maximus, Ambiguities 54, PG 91:1376). Does this entail that Christ's body on the cross is "not real"? Absolutely not.
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On Twitter? Against Tyranny?

I don't know who thought of this but it's BRILLIANT! Thanks for Mark Shea!

If you use Twitter, set your location to Tehran & your time zone to GMT +3.30. Iranian security forces are hunting for bloggers using location/timezone searches. The more people at this location, the more of a logjam it creates for forces trying to shut down Iranians' access to the internet. Cut & paste & pass it on.
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Michael Jackson’s Life was Tragic

Jonah Goldberg just can't bring himself to mourn Michael Jackson like the media is:

Generally speaking, I’m a believer in the rule that we should not speak ill of the dead. Or at least we should wait a decent interval before doing so (if we never spoke ill of the dead, history would be meaningless). But, I must say I find the media’s instinctive rush to sanctify Michael Jackson disgusting.

Look, I understand that Michael Jackson was an "icon." I understand that some people loved his work and that many people who never met him believed they loved the man too.
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Danielle is a Worm's Worst Enemy

Danielle is a worm's worst enemy. If you don't count her turtle.

Well, we’ve sure been getting dirty lately!

I think Daniel’s recent obsession with “worm hunting” might have something to do with it.

“Worm hunting” consists of convincing an older brother or sister to dig alongside you in the woods or in Mama’s empty herb garden (Shame on me, I know!) until one uncovers a worm or two. Or seven. Or sixteen.

Then the 2 year old grips the worms in his soil-blackened hands and brings them in (yes, you read that right — inside my house) to “show Mama.”
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Learn How to Evangelize Atheists

Check out Patrick Madrid's video about the conference that Patrick Madrid is putting together on how to evangelize atheists in this age of doubt. Watch Patrick Madrid's video>>>

A Good Story About a Legendary Pop Star

This is a nice feel good story. I mean, let's face it. Who didn't like Stevie Wonder before?

My wife works at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on the AFLAC Cancer Center. One of her patients is Leo, an 18-year-old kid with terminal cancer, and his dad told her early on that Leo is a huge Stevie Wonder fan.

Beth (the wife) works with Rock Against Cancer, and through their local volunteer and the Atlanta NBC station, she got in touch with Stevie's management ahead of the concert he played here last night. Leo and his family got to meet with Stevie before the show, and not only did Stevie walk out and dedicate the show to Leo, he brought the kid out onstage, sat him down on the piano bench next to him, and kept him there the entire show. We were up on the lawn (the Ampitheater at Encore Park in Alpharetta), and you could literally see the grin on the kid's face from way back there. They also had dinner together after the show
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Using Sex to Sell Burgers?

This is disgusting. I have second thoughts about even posting it here but I'm so sick and tired of sex being thrown in our children's faces just to sell sell sell:

Burger King’s slogan is “have it your way,” but if most parents could truly have it their way, the fast food chain wouldn’t have released its latest vulgar advertisement. Burger King’s new sandwich, the BK Super Seven Incher, is featured in an extremely crude advertisement that is obviously suggestive, and begs the question, Why is Burger King bringing in sex to sell sandwiches?
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Benedict XVI, Modern Man

From Mike Potemra at NRO

Pope Benedict XVI is acknowledged by virtually everyone to be a man of prodigious intellect, whose mind has been shaped by Scripture, as well as by such theologians as Augustine, Bonaventure, and Aquinas. But a new book from Ignatius Press makes clear the extent to which the current pope has grappled with the thought of such shapers of the modern mind as Comte, Wittgenstein, Barth, Beauvoir, and Camus. Faith and the Future is a small book — just 118 pages, of moderately large type — but it deals with the largest issues, and does so in a way that has the ring of lived truth. It contains five essays that originated as radio talks given by then-professor Joseph Ratzinger in 1969 and 1970.

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Win Dale a T-Shirt

To be honest, I didn't even know what a bon mot was until I read Dale's piece. But I do understand and approve of thumbing your nose at authority (the secular kind). And Dale has taken on Canada's Human Right's Commission with a pithy bon mot. So go vote for him and he'll get his bon mot on a t-shirt. (OK. Moratorium on usage of my new favorite word bon mot) So check out Dale and go vote for him:

Devoted readers:

You can win me at least one, and possibly three, t-shirts by going over to Blazing Cat Fur to vote in the "Be Mean to Jennifer Lynch" contest. Ms. Lynch is Big Sister, the head of the Canadian Human Rights [sic] Commission, which has been tasked by the solons of the Dominion with salving the imagined and potential hurts of politically approved groups. Here's the problem with Ms. Lynch and the CHRC, in a fisky nutshell from Ezra Levant, her indefatigable foe and one of the great free speech heroes of our time, right up there with Nat Hentoff.
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Sanford's Betrayal

This Gov. Sanford thing is disappointing. This is exactly the kind of thing that makes people throw their hands up and write off getting involved. People have enough pain in their own lives. They don't need to get involved with lying politicians. Pundette has more:

He said he went to Argentina because he wanted "to do something exotic." But the bizarre and intriguing mystery of the disappearing governor has ended with the dreary banality of marital infidelity.
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Kerry: Too Bad Palin Didn't Go Missing

Sen. John Kerry has just about the meanest thing I've heard in a while about Gov. Sanford's disappearance:

Don’t be too hard on Waffles. His humor’s always been laced with nastiness, which is why he periodically finds himself in clusterfarks over “botched jokes.” It’s not that he hates Palin. He’s just a jerk.
The Bay State senator was telling a group of business and civic leaders in town at his invitation about the “bizarre’’ tale of how South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had “disappeared for four days’’ and claimed to be hiking along the Appalachian Trail, but no one was really certain of his whereabouts.

“Too bad,’’ Kerry said, “if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin."
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Time To Invest In Hostage Futures

The one thing guaranteed to create an American hostage taking bonanza is trading hostages with Terrorists. This is exactly what Obama has just done.

In truth, it’s worse than that. Even as the mullahs are terrorizing the Iranian people, the Obama administration is negotiating with an Iranian-backed terrorist organization and abandoning the American proscription against exchanging terrorist prisoners for hostages kidnapped by terrorists. Worse still, Obama has already released a terrorist responsible for the brutal murders of five American soldiers in exchange for the remains of two deceased British hostages.

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New French Video on Vocations

Our Sunday Visitor has a video about vocations. It's interesting. I'm wondering what you'll think:

When I first started watching this French video clip, I wasn't sure what to expect -- or even what it was about. Hand-held camera, unusual angles, quick cuts from one person and place to another. It could have been a music video or the latest trailer for a new indie film. Wrong. It is a video that promotes the priesthood in the most understated and positive ways. When the video is over, it provides a link:
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Why The Good Samaritan Was A Guy

If the good Samaritan had his daughter and a girlfriend with him, things may have gone very differently. Karen Hall makes the case...

...Juli and I helped Mike get sofa #1 strapped to the dolly, and then I prayed hard while Mike was pulling it up the front stairs of my apartment building, while Lynn opened the security door for him. Mike and the sofa were halfway up the stairs when we hear a voice: "Hey, I'm a professional mover, do you want some free help?" I said to Mike, "Free is all I can afford" and he told me not to worry, he'd pay the guy. I said great.

Now, being me, I'm thinking "what are the odds that a professional mover would happen by on a bike just when we needed help with the sofas?" God is good, surely I am meant to live in this apartment and have these sofas, etc. etc.

Juli and Lynn, on the other hand, the first being "a confused Christian" and the latter being "I don't know what the bleep is going on but someday it'll be fine" ... notice that the "professional mover" has all of his worldly goods strapped to the back of his bike, and no teeth.

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Obama Plants Questions at Presser

Obama doesn't like taking questions when he doesn't have his teleprompter to answer for him. Sure it's a problem. But the White House came up with a solution. Plant questions. Red State has the scoop:

Remember last November, when, during the heat of the battle for the Democrats’ presidential nomination, the Hillary campaign created a scandal by planting a question at a campaign “town hall” meeting?

At yesterday’s press conference, President Obama, desperate to turn the tide on recent negative news coverage, reverted to the discredited and disreputable practice of planting questions.
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Marky Mark Is Not A New Kid On The Block

and thus he should know better. Anything you say on a blog can and will be used against you by everyone. My sympathies.

Make a couple of minor observations, set off giant discussions!

I never know what's going to trigger explosions. Sometimes, I confess, there are days when I'm feeling a bit mischievous and I will deliberately post something that I know will make (some) people get all het up. Usually I will do so in way which I, at any rate, think is pretty obviously tongue-in-cheek. But there are always irony-impaired readers who will take me seriously and freak out. It's a cheap form of amusement for the economically downtrodden.

Other times I will say something which I'm quite serious about, which I know will be unpopular, but which I think needs said anyway. Readers weary of my missives on torture are familiar with the tendency.

Still other times, I will make a couple of (to me) innocuous--and often highly tentative--observations about this or that.... only to be surprised at a vociferous and large outpouring of passionate mail on some subject that I don't really have strong views on.

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News: Deeply Flawed Man Deeply Flawed

From NYTimes

On Jan. 23, 1973, when the Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade, President Richard M. Nixon made no public statement. But privately, newly released tapes reveal, he expressed ambivalence.

Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness,” and said that “it breaks the family.” But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases — like interracial pregnancies, he said.

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Plus One

This one killed me. Charlotte from Waltzing Matilda writes beautifully of a Father's Day touched with sadness:

The sun was shining brightly this morning as we cruised down the highway, everyone happily bobbing along. Dressed in our best, we were headed out to go offer our best to the Perfect Father and thank him for the gift of the father with us. I whispered, “Happy Father’s Day” to the strong handsome man beside me. He responded in hushed tones so as not to disturb the merry chattering behind us, “Four times over… plus one.”

Plus one.
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Iran Gov't is Like the Vatican

The Curt Jester takes on the National Catholic Distorter which makes a comparison of the Vatican and Iran's government:

Sometimes it seems to me that the National Catholic Distorter works to top themselves each week. I mean you can only keep walking so far off the cliff until gravity takes effect.
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Shame on Kate

If I weren't such a perfect husband I could possibly relate to Kate's predicament but I'm pretty darn great so I'll just post it here for you non-perfect spouse types. It's called "Shame on Me":

My husband has been working long hours all week. He gets home around midnight just when my head hits the pillow after shushing and nursing the baby into a deep sleep. He plants a soft kiss on my cheek and then we say a quick goodnight, and that’s about it.


Our mornings have been more rushed than usual because Madeline has had day camp at our church all week. (As an aside: I’ve had my first experience with carpools, and I’ve come to the quick conclusion that I don’t like them. Not one bit. Neither does M.E., who starts wailing each time the car stops. Poor love.)
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Bishop Corrects Politician

I saw this story when I was up in New York visiting my Mom but then I forgot about it because I'm one of the dumbest people on the planet. But thankfully Adrienne was there to remind me.

A Bishop Tells Off a Politician....About time!

NY Bishop Tells Politician: Same-Sex "Marriage" Stance is "Non-negotiable" for Practicing Catholic...

Long Island's Bishop William Murphy has come out swinging at Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, after the New York politician publicly stated he was a "practicing Catholic" who now supports same-sex marriage," a position that Murphy said is incompatible with being Catholic.
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LarryD Is Insane. Want Proof? Click here!

As scary as the text is, the pictures are far more disturbing. Don't believe me? Fr. Richard McBrien in a speedo. I'm sorry I had to put that image in your mind but LarryD did it first:

"Good evening, everybody, and welcome to the CDF Arena in Vatican City! It's a packed house, and the crowd is rowdy, eager for tonight's Main Event: Heresy Smackdown 2009! I'm no prophet, but I predict an epic battle of biblical proportions! I'm Michael Cole!"

"And I'm Fr John Corapi. Michael, this is very exciting. For years now I've been preaching on the spiritual battle that rages all around us, and tonight... yes, tonight the fans here and the viewers tuning in on EWTN Sports, are in for a real treat."
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Obama Invites Iran to 4th of July Bash

Isn't there something ironic about Obama inviting Iran to "Independence Day" festivities? Gateway has more:

Would the US Invite Hitler or Saddam to the 4th of July?
Then why is Barack Obama inviting the killer Iranian Regime to Independence Day festivities this year?

Iranian regime officials will be celebrating the 4th of July with Team Obama while the blood of democracy supporters dries on the street.
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Confession of a Lapsed Atheist

Great article from American Thinker from a former atheist who hasn't made the jump yet to a believer but she's got a few choice words on the atheist agenda. Key graph:

In this new environment, my Atheism was more than evidence of good reasoning, it was a socially desirable badge of intellectual superiority. Make no mistake: Atheists think they're smarter than you. Atheism isn't simple skepticism. It is a certainty that believers are wrong, and by extension, intellectually inferior. Religion, especially Judeo-Christian religion, is nothing more than a crutch for dupes.

But Atheists aren't content to leave religion as a mere object of ridicule. They want it cleansed from public life. And enlightened as they are, they've come up with quite the pretense for justifying the righteousness of their bigotry: they are defending the vision of our Founding Fathers from a dominionist conspiracy to establish Christianity as the state religion.
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A Heartbreaking Tale of Staggering Faith

From NRO

In May 2004, Fr. Timothy Vakoc, an Army major and Catholic priest, sustained a severe brain injury in Mosel when his humvee was struck by an IED.

Fr. Vakoc was returning from saying Mass for soldiers. It was the twelfth anniversary of his ordination that day.

He underwent surgery in Iraq and intensive care in Germany before his transfer to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, where he battled a stroke and infections. He eventually stabilized enough for a move later that year to the VA Medical Center at Fort Snelling, which specializes in rehabilitation after traumatic brain injuries. In December 2005, he was discharged to the St. Therese nursing home in New Hope.

During the next several years, his progress defied prognosis. After doctors felt they had done everything they could, family and friends volunteered to help with exercises and alternative therapies. He emerged from an unresponsive state and at the end of his life understood and responded to those around him, friends said.

"He became an inspiration to me because of his tenacity to get better," Strande said. "He had such a love for life."

Earlier this month, dozens of friends and family members gathered in the nursing home chapel for a special Mass commemorating the anniversary of his ordination and his recovery thus far.

He was able to hand his goddaughter Communion, the first time since his injury, and utter a benediction of "God bless."

Fr. Vakoc died this weekend.

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Abortion: In Defense Of Division

Mike Potemra at NRO

The question of whether policy decisions should be made by judges or by legislators is pretty much settled, at least as far as conservative jurisprudence is concerned. But as a convert to the pro-life cause of relatively recent vintage — over the past decade or so — I want to offer a different perspective on the sociology of abortion politics. Judge Bork is quite right that abortion would be a “less explosive” issue if it were turned over to the legislatures; but we should be careful what we wish for.

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Review: The Stoning of Soraya M.

Typically, when I hear the words "this is an important movie" I run. Important movies usually mean that it says something bad about everything I believe is good. Usually. But not this time. Big Hollywood has a review:

“The Stoning of Soraya M.” is a grim and solemn duty. This is no popcorn flick, to be viewed and forgotten. It stays with you, like your conscience telling you to do the right thing, the difficult thing.

Set in 1986 Iran - the Islamic Republic of Iran - Stoning is a gut-wrenching film with haunting music. Nowrasteh’s movie, set to open June 26, is based on a book about the crime by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam.

The film opens with Freidoune (James Caviezel) breaking down in his car on his way to the border. Spending unwanted hours in a small village, he is approached by Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo), a woman the villagers try to shoo away as they call her crazy.
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USCCB: OK To Convert Jews

From Rorate Caeli

USCCB clarifies ambiguities of "Reflections on Covenant and Mission"

2. Since Reflections on Covenant and Mission is not an official statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it was not subject to the same review process that official documents undergo. In the years since its publication, however, some theologians, including Catholics, have treated the document as authoritative. This has proven problematic because the section representing Catholic thought contains some statements that are insufficiently precise and potentially misleading. Reflections on Covenant and Mission should not be taken as an authoritative presentation of the teaching of the Catholic Church. In order to avoid any confusion, the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs have decided to point out some of these ambiguities and to offer corresponding clarifications.

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Tearjerker of the Day

Incredibly moving story.

Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, was staying alive for one thing – a movie.
From the minute Colby saw the previews to the Disney-Pixar movie Up, she was desperate to see it. Colby had been diagnosed with vascular cancer about three years ago, said her mother, Lisa Curtin, and at the beginning of this month it became apparent that she would die soon and was too ill to be moved to a theater to see the film.

After a family friend made frantic calls to Pixar to help grant Colby her dying wish, Pixar came to the rescue.
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Graphic Abortion Pictures. Good or Bad?

Fr. Dwight is blamed for linking to a site with graphic abortion photos. And he wonders about their effectiveness. Great post as usual:

A reader of this blog was alarmed because there was a link in one of my posts to the website of an organization that uses graphic photos of the results of abortion. I didn't provide the link on purpose, and indeed, the page I linked to did not have any graphic photographs. The reader went on to read more about the organization and was exposed to photographs of bloody dismembered and disemboweled human fetuses, and I was blamed.
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Obama's First Scandal

NTC News was launched recently and its worth checking out if only as a news aggregator. The site was set up as a response to Tucker Carlson's announcement that he was going to come in and take over the conservative blogosphere. So RS McCain, who may just be the hardest working guy in the blogosphere, along with a group of other folks started Not Tucker Carlson news as sort of a poke in his eye, I guess. And CMR are big fans of eye pokes. But anyway, check out the site. McCain wrote a piece for NTC about the burgeoning scandal about the firing by Obama which the media is completely ignoring.

If not for the turmoil in Iran, accounts of the firing of Gerald Walpin certainly would have gotten more news coverage this week. The Obama administration's dismissal of the inspector general for the AmeriCorps federal "volunteer" program has all the makings of a classic Beltway "cover-up" scandal. Not even the sycophantic White House press corps will be able to ignore this story for long.
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Cardinal Petitions for Female Ordination

As unsurprising as it is sad. Rorate Caeli has the story:

During his visit to the Vatican with a delegation of Austrian Bishops in the past two days, the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna delivered a message from his flock, as Italian news agency ASCA reports:
In the Vatican, Card. Schönborn also presented the so-called "Initiative of the lay faithful" (Laieninitiative), a petition by relevant Austrian Catholics launched earlier this year, which asks for the abolition of compulsory celibacy, the return to activity of married priests, the opening of the diaconate to women, and the ordination of [married] 'viri probati'.
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Will Obama Stand Up For Iranians?

Hugh Hewitt asks if President Obama will stand up for human rights in Iran and all I can think is that why should he when he's not even willing to stand up for them here. Maybe the issue of human rights in Iran is above his pay grade or maybe he's just concerned with the rights of one particular human who's named Barack.

My new Townhall.com column asks: "How hard should it be for President Obama to declare unequivocally and with specificity that the Khamenei/Ahmadinejad regime should not murder its opponents, should not fire into crowds, should not sweep through the university campus and drag away suspected student leaders?"
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Neocons "Indifferent to Human Life"

You've got to love the irony here. The angriest and meanest man on television accuses neocons of being "indifferent to human life."

On Monday’s Countdown show, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann slammed Jonah Goldberg of the National Review during the show’s "Worst Person in the World" segment because Goldberg complained about the treatment of neoconservatives by liberals, as the National Review Online editor recently charged that "mainstream liberalism and other outposts of paranoid Bush hatred have portrayed neoconservatives – usually code for conservative Jews and other supporters of Israel – as an alien, pernicious cabal."
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Go Vertical Before You Go Horizontal

From Fr. Longenecker

When Jesus was asked which of the commandments was most important, he replied that we should love God and love our neighbor. He added that on these two commandments hang all the Law and the prophets. He might have added that on these two things hang everything that matters to everyone everywhere.

Most importantly, it is the love of God and the love of our neighbor that matters if we take our Christian faith seriously. All the rules and regulations and rubrics, all the debates and doctrines and dogmas are meaningless if we do not have the love of God and the love of our neighbor.

It is a quirk of human nature, however, that most of us fall into one of two categories. We are either “God lovers” or “people lovers.” If you like, all of us have a natural preference or a built-in instinct to focus on one or the other.

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We All Want to be Cool

Michael Moriarity, the actor, nails it for me in this essay at Enter Stage Right. What we're up against is cool. And for this high school culture, cool sells:

"Distance" is what you need in order to rise above a people who "cling to guns and religion".

For example, these new "Czars" which the President has hired? We've lost count of them and soon the Czar-net may be bigger than the Cabinet. We now have these overnight know-it-alls who answer only to the increasingly distant Grand Czar, President Barack Obama. In fact his "Grandness" has reached such a compelling stature that the distance between us, according to a recent declaration by Newsweek's Evan Thomas, is the dizzyingly infinite gulf between well … yes, mankind and "God"!

Hmmm … a "Cool God", though.
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The CDF and SSPX

Normally, I'd let Patrick deal with this story as he's more tuned in to its intricacies but since he's a lazy bum who's out in California right now, I'll just point you in the right direction. And if you hear from Pat don't tell him I was talking about him behind his back. He's a little touchy about that kind of stuff. Anyway St. Louis Catholic has the story on the CDF and how it may affect the SSPX:

Full Story at Zenit, but perhaps some positive movement on the SSPX question. On this subject, of course, it is always good to wait, see, and redouble prayer efforts.

Pius X Society: Restructuring of Ecclesia Dei Imminent

Faces Threat of New Excommunications in Germany
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Army Moving Against Protesters in Tehran

The more I look into the violent drama unfolding in Iran, I'm convinced that there are few things going on in the world more important. Gateway has been all over this story. I expect more updates as well:

This just broke on Twitter.....
CONFIRMED!! Army moving into Tehran against protesters! PLEASE RT! URGENT!

There were 8 confirmed deaths after the shootings yesterday in Azadi Square.
36 were wounded. Mousavi supporters are wearing black today to mourn the dead from yesterday's protest.
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Obama Now in Charge of ABC News

As if making every news story beneficial to Obama, now they're actually giving him free air time. And GOP voices need not apply. Well, Obama can check off "Control the media" off on his to-do list:

On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care -- a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!

Highlights on the agenda:

ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House.

The network plans a primetime special -- 'Prescription for America' -- originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate.
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One Apostaburger to Go!

Even when Erin Manning is being silly like with this part of her story, her silliness makes serious points that too few Catholics are making effectively. Key graph here:

Hi, welcome to Heaven 'r Hell, home of the Apostaburger. Can I take your order?

Yes, I'd like a large fornication/birth control combo, heavy on the rationalizing, and with some hypocrisy on top.

Would you like a side of lies with that?

Sure, and I'd like a tall iced avarice to drink.

Okay. Oh, and with the combo we offer a special "pro-death penalty" shake for only...

What? I'm a practicing Catholic! Don't insult me like that!

Sorry, sir! Your total comes to...well, one immortal soul, same as always.
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Rep Bachmann: The Gangster Government

Someone in Congress is calling it as she sees it. When we have government deciding which dealerships stay open and which close based on congressmen and senators say so we have a gangster government:Pundit and Pundette has the story and the vid:

From 6/9/09 and therefore already ancient history, but if you haven't seen this it would behoove you (as my mum used to say) to watch the video or read the transcript below.

Rep. Michele Bachmann is extremely articulate on what is happening to business in this country under Obama. Watch and you'll see why she's become the conservative most likely to be attacked and marginalized by the Left.
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CBS: Ahmadinejad is Iran's George W. Bush

This is so out of line that I didn't believe it when I first read it. But sadly, it's true and the great Gateway Pundit has the story:

OUTRAGE!... CBS: "Meet Iran's George W. Bush" (Ahmadinejad!) ...Update: Bush's Message to the Iranian People

CBS compares Iran's Holocaust denier, womens right's abuser, America-hating radical to George W. Bush.

CBS republishes vile New Republic article--
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Shopping IS The Trauma

At Conversion Diary

Some women speak of "retail therapy" -- shopping to lift one's mood, or to reward or compensate oneself for some trauma.

For me, shopping is the trauma.

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Union Jack Banned at Heathrow

This story is proof that souls don't linger on Earth and haunt us as ghosts. Because if they did, Churchill would be haunting the hell out of modern day England. He'd be tearing the place up upon hearing about this. Say Anything has the story:

It seems that national insanity is not a peculiarly American problem:
ARMED cops patrolling Heathrow Airport have been banned from wearing tiny Union Jack badges in support of British troops.

Top brass claimed the tie-pin badges - which cost £1 ($1.64) with proceeds going to the Help for Heroes charity - were OFFENSIVE.

But one officer asked: “How can the Union Jack be offensive?

“This ruling is even more absurd coming this weekend on the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
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Palin to Lauer: You're Naive

Matt Laurer blames Sarah Palin for responding to Letterman. Gateway Pundit has the video:

Sarah Palin Nails It!
Sarah Palin tells Today host Matt Lauer that he is "extremely naive" if he believed David Letterman's explanation of the joke he made about Palin's daughter:
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Why Training For New Translations?

From Hermeneutic of Continuity

Many of us will be profoundly grateful once the new ICEL translations are allowed to be used for the celebration of Mass. (Have a look at this post to see why.) It will be a blessing to be able to say the prayers of the Mass using a reasonably accurate translation instead of the poor version that I have had to use since my ordination 25 years ago.

It has been slightly puzzling therefore, to see so many official sources speaking of the need for catechesis and training before these translations are brought into use.

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More Revelations about Sotomayor

From Bench Memos

The New York Times has an article today headlined “Videos Reveal Sotomayor’s Positions on Affirmative Action and Other Issues. It is not very reassuring.

In particular, she appears to be solidly in favor of preferential treatment based on national origin. For instance, according to the Times, in the videos she “rejected the proposition that minorities must become advocates of ‘selection by merit alone.’”

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Letterman's Wrong but Palin's Are Unique

This says everything you ever thought about how leftists see the world. Yes, there are rules but not for us. Newsbusters has the story:

Harold Ford, Jr. is the epitome of the equivocating politician who tries to play things both ways. But that strategy came a cropper for the MSNBC contributor on Morning Joe today.

Ford claimed that though Letterman was wrong to make sexual jokes about Sarah Palin's teenage daughter, somehow the Palins are "unique," and thus presumably an understandable target. Mika Brzezinski came down on him. A clearly uncomfortable Ford was soon seeking cover.
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Solemn High Mass in Rockville Centre

At the parish where I grew up and where I frequently attend the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, Fr. Brian Austin FSSP, ordained on the vigil of Pentecost, celebrated a Solemn High Mass. DRVC Catholic has lots of pictures. Check it out.

Rev. Wright: It's the Jooooooooos!

You had to know this was coming and Red State has poor Rev. Wright's tale of woe that the JEWS are keeping Obama away from him:

You know, I always knew this about this guy. He had the look. The look that tells you, “If you just wait patiently, make an interrogative noise every so often, and occasionally let the silence loom a bit… why then, I’ll start telling you about the Jews.”
Asked if he had spoken to the President, Wright said: “Them Jews aren’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. …
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Meditation Will Solve Country's Problems

Uh-oh. These kinds of stories would be funny if the Democrats didn't have control of Congress and the White House:

If we just all sit criss-cross-applesauce-style and chant “Ommmmm,” the economy will improve, peace will reign, and the world will be a better place! Via Eric Zimmerman at The Hill:

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) says he’s found a cost effective way to address chronic pain, stress, and other illnesses: meditation.

Ryan is urging policymakers to consider adding “mindfulness education”–learning to reduce one’s own stress level–to healthcare reform legislation.
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More Obamanomics Insanity

Uhm. Didn't Obama just say the federal government has no more money? So how are we paying for this? The Other McCain is bewildered by this one too:

Just when you think you've seen it all, those idiots in Congress surprise you:
The House has approved the "cash for clunkers" bill to boost lagging auto sales.
The bill would allow consumers to turn in their gas-guzzling cars and trucks for a $4,500 voucher for more fuel-efficient vehicles.
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Video Game Co. Has Fake Christians Protest

Ron Howard should've thought of this to gin up some interest in Angels and Demons. But a video game company hired fake Christians to protest them to create some media interest. And they got busted. How hilarious is that? American Papist has more:

I actually blogged about this game some time ago, on an offbeat friday.

But now I'm not smiling:

Video game giant Electronic Arts has admitted it funded a group of fake protesters who pretended to be Christians as a publicity stunt to spur interest in its upcoming action game very loosely based on Dante’s “Inferno.”
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Father Z. Sees Red!

Red Cardigan that is. Father Z. fisks Erin's post at Crunch Con.

Some hours back I posted an interesting piece by a baptist minister which has been getting some play in the blogosphere.

On a site called Crunchy Con there is a reaction to the experience this baptist minister had.

A "crunchy con" is conservative whom some say have a greater awareness of the environment, or a preference for small shops rather than strip malls. I have a sympathy for what I think "crunchy con" might mean. I like the fact that they are against abortion and attacks on traditional family values. I like to support small stores rather than huge chains, but I also go to Sam’s Club for a lot of things. I think we need to take care of the environment, but I think real conservatives love mother earth too. So… we are supposed to read what I reposted below with the image in our mind of "a crunchy con" reflecting on liturgy.

Try to follow… a post within a post within a post…. a different way of going down, not a rabbit hole, but through the looking glass.
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Jihadist Says Killing Pvt. Long Was No Crime

This is sick and will likely be ignored by the media. So make sure you read the story and keep it alive. Gateway Pundit has the story:

The Arkansas jihadist Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad says he was justified in killing US soldier Private William Long in cold blood. He said there was no crime.
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+Dolan Seeks Basilica Status For Ol' St. Pat's

The city's new archbishop gave the city's oldest Catholic cathedral a surprise gift for its 200th birthday.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan will ask the Pope to bestow the title of basilica on Little Italy's St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, which began its bicentennial celebration on Sunday.

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Monster Truck Nun Challenge

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Jon Voight Obliterates Obama

Wow. Let's put Jon Voight in charge of the GOP. Jammie Wearing Fool has the video.

The good stuff begins after the 6:00 mark. More here.

Actor Jon Voight, who hosted the dinner, delivered a particularly harsh rebuke to Obama, saying he was "embarrassed" by the president and that Obama's leadership would cause the "downfall" of the country.

"We are becoming a weak nation," he said, calling Obama a "false prophet" and his administration the "Obama oppression."
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Objective Coverage of Palin?

At least the news organizations should all agree beforehand how and when they're going to skewer Sarah Palin. It would really make them so much more believable. C4P posts the differing reports to highlight their ridiculousness:

Some amazing differences in media coverage of Governor Palin's appearance at the NRCC/NRSC fundraiser in Washington...

First, look at Alex Isenstadt's report for Politico, titled "Sarah Palin makes little splash at dinner":
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Obama Invokes 'Jesus" More than W

The Politico reports that Obama brings up Jesus more than George W. Bush did. Hmmm. Wonder why?:

He’s done it while talking about abortion and the Middle East, even the economy. The references serve at once as an affirmation of his faith and a rebuke against a rumor that persists for some to this day.

As president, Barack Obama has mentioned Jesus Christ in a number of high-profile public speeches — something his predecessor George W. Bush rarely did in such settings, even though Bush’s Christian faith was at the core of his political identity.
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Fulton J. Sheen: Mary and the Moslems

Really interesting essay, especially considering all that has taken place since:

'Mary and the Moslems': the classic essay by Fulton Sheen (1952)
An excerpt:

If Moslemism is a heresy, as Hilaire Belloc believes it to be, it is the only heresy that has never declined (...)

At the present time, the hatred of the Moslem countries against the West is becoming a hatred against Christianity itself. Although the statesmen have not yet taken it into account, there is still grave danger that the temporal power of Islam may return and, with it, the menace that it may shake off a West which has ceased to be Christian, and affirm itself as a great anti-Christian world power. (...)
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It's Up the the Doctors

Hugh Hewitt believes the outcome of the debate on health care may be up to the doctors themselves. If that's true let me start the chorus of uh-oh's that should be sounded at that news. I've worked on many campaigns that had tort reform as a major issue but too many of the doctors couldn't be bothered to get involved even when their own survival was at stake. I hope that changes:

My new WashingtonExaminer.com column returns to a theme I have sounded for months: The 800,000 medical doctors in the United States could decide the fate of the ominous "government option" being pushed by the left wing of the Democratic Party if those doctors weigh in with the moderates in the Democratic Party and urge that this lurch to single-payer be rejected.
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God in Movies Mean $$$

Every few years the media runs this story about how a religiously themed movie that made a lot more money than expected is turning Hollywood upside down. But then it doesn't. If Hollywood cared only about making money they would be giving us uplifting movies like "Fireproof" but they'd rather be respected by their liberal peers. Newsbusters has more:

What was the highest-grossing independent film of 2008?

"Milk?" "Slumdog Millionaire?" Woody Allen's "Vicky Christina Barcelona?"

How about a Christian-themed movie called "Fireproof?"
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I Am Mel

Mel Gibson has certainly been under the microscope. Man With Black Hat feels some compassion for the multi-millionaire celebrity. It's a good piece:

As a boy, I read that singer Perry Como never allowed his family to be photographed in public, or otherwise exposed to the limelight by his publicists. He went so far as to not even allow them on his TV Christmas specials, unlike other artists of the time. For all that, he could still return to his hometown on the southern outskirts of Pittsburgh, and walk into his favorite barbershop, as if he had never left.

If you can be famous enough, yet still comfortable in your own skin, that fame will never get the best of you. Now, I know some bloggers who have a problem handling it. Imagine life in Hollywood.
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A Sad Situation

My advice to this woman is to get better as quickly as possible because I don't see how she wins this battle:

A ten-year-old Catholic boy is being placed in the care of homosexual foster parents against the wishes of his religious mother.

The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due to arrive tomorrow at his permanent new foster home, a hotel in Brighton run by a middle-aged male couple.
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Obama's 'On the Other Hand' Speech

Hugh Hewitt dubbed Obama's Cairo speech as his "On the Other hand" speech.

Listening to Robin Wright, Ed Rollins and others on CNN discuss the president's speech, I am struck by the unreality of not just's the president's remarks, but also of the commentary surrounding it.

"The Muslim world" is a large number of extremely diverse regimes, some of which are simply totalitarian, others deeply authoritarian and still others very tentative democracies. The idea that they are to be addressed as one audience is as absurd as an address to the Catholic world.

For this president's still-smitten domestic press, though, even the ordinary curbs of common sense and obvious problems --the empty streets of Cairo because of an order from the government-- do not intrude.
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Large Families and the Environmentalists

When I hear about the government seeking to mandate the end of SUV's I wonder where I'm going to put all my children. One more child and the nine year old will have to be bungeed to the luggage rack on top of the minivan. Soon, I might need to go bigger than the old minivan but government mandates are not my friend here. Erin, posting over at Crunchy Con has some thoughts. Key graph here:

Now, I don't think having two or three children automatically means you need an SUV, though in our family it does mean a minivan. When the girls were younger, we found out that you can't put three car seats in the back seat of a sedan; even when we didn't need car seats anymore we did need room for kids plus groceries or luggage.

But I've heard from a family with four young children, and I know of families with five or more--and more and more they're feeling like not only the push for smaller cars, but environmental practices in general, are leaving them far behind.
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Google Honored Fossil, Forgets D-Day

Hmmm. Honor the sacrifice of D-Day which saved Western civilization or commemorate the invention of a video game? Hmmm...

Here was what Google looked like on May 20th, 2009, during the media Blitzkrieg of the fossil known as "Ida" that was supposed to squash all deniers of evolution under the weight of someones conjecture regarding some bones:
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Funny: Green Eggs and Ham as Parable

This is pretty funny. Check it out if you're looking for a new perspective on a classic:

The Ironic Catholic has made a dramatic and horrifying discovery that must be shared, for the good of toddlerdom. If St. Ignatius could "see Christ all in all things," then a Catholic mom doing Lent (perhaps too well) can see Lent in Dr. Seuss. Brace yourself, and read:
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UCLA Student Told She Can't Say "Jesus"

Saw this headline posted over at Pewsitter. It's just so in your face that you almost have to laugh at the anti-Christian atmosphere in most colleges:

An adviser on the campus of UCLA has edited a student's personal graduation statement to remove her reference to "my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," citing policy in the Department of Molecular, Cell & Development Biology.

Word of the situation came from an Internet posting by Gordon Klingenschmitt, the former Navy chaplain who was removed from the military in a dispute over the use of Jesus' name in his prayers...
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1957: Catholic Musicians Were Unhappy

This is fascinating from New Liturgical Movement:

Look at this Interesting issue of Caecilia from 1957.

It is a great issue that includes a full publication by Peter Wagner but also this extremely interesting editorial, probably written by Fr. Francis Schmitt. The world was moving beneath their feet. Gone was the sober confidence from the 1930s, the sense that all that was necessary was more education, scholarship, and funding. The threat to the core of Catholic music was all around them, making the chant enthusiasts worry for the future.
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Zombies Vote Democrat

The zombie vote may have really come out strong for Al Franken in Minnestoa. But zombies usually prefer brains and as far as I can tell Franken might be a little short in that area:Jim Geraghty has more:

So Minnesota's court system is oh-so-slowly processing the appeals in the recount of the 2008 Senate race, and only delaying the inevitable Al Franken victory, right?

Er, wait a minute . . .
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Matthews Says Palin Paranoid

Palin says something perfectly logical and Chris Matthews reacts like she's out of her gord. Hot Air has the video:

Yeah, seriously. When has that ever happened? Eight years of leftist caterwauling about the coming Bush dictatorship was not, of course, “fear, fear, fear,” but simply prudent, responsible small-R republicanism in response to an expansion of executive power. Now we’ve got a liberal nationalizing major banks and the American auto industry, with health care on the way, and the thought that this might mean a heavier federal hand over the population is an idea worthy of the X-Files. The tax burden alone to pay off our astronomical debt will mean significantly less freedom over how we spend our income; pile on green regulations and the inevitable rationing of medical care to handle demand and you’re well into European “third way” territory. Is that “control” enough for you, Chris?
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Highlights In Idiocy - Consenual Parenting

From Aggies

I am highly critical of parents who want to be friends with their children and are afraid to discipline a child, afraid to not give them what they want, etc. Parents generally do this because they fear the child may not like them if they discipline the child or say "no". This is bad parenting and now it has a new name - consenual parenting.
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San Diego Says Oops

Looks like somebody just read the Bill of Rights and stuff:

Last week Ace blogged about a story of San Diego County officials who issued a zoning violation citation against a pastor who held a weekly prayer meeting at his home. The county originally claimed that the pastor and his wife would need to have a permit to hold the meetings.

Well, turns out, not so much.
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9th Circuit Upholds Anti-Catholic Resolution

Gov't vs. the Catholic Church. Again:

Early March 2006, Boston Catholic Charities' decided to end its adoption program rather than comply with a state law requiring them to place children with same-sex couples.

Catholic Charities Boston said they, "cannot reconcile the teaching of the church, which guides our work, and the statutes and regulations of the commonwealth," and so bowed out of service as one of the nation's oldest adoption agencies.

But Catholic Charities Boston had already reconciled itself to state law, placing 13 children over the years in same-sex homes. The events leading to their eventual reconciliation with Church law came about only when these adoptions were made public.
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Media Calls Killer Pro-Life

It takes murdering someone to be called pro-life, I guess:

I have found half a dozen headlines about the murder of abortionist George Tiller that use the word “pro-life” to describe his suspected murderer or his associations.

“In regular news stories, they always use the term ‘anti-abortion,” said Brian Gibson, “Now they start calling the person who did this ‘pro-life,’ when he’s not. They’re rubbing our noses in the term.”
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So Not Jon and Kate

I walked into a store with my five children and a lady asked me if I was trying to be the Duggars. I actually had no idea what she meant until I got home and looked it up online. I guess Elizabeth gets a similar reaction:

It’s almost a universal response these days. I tell someone we have nine children and they respond with some variation of “Wow! That’s like ‘Jon and Kate Plus Eight’ only with one more. I don’t know how you do it.” Let’s just set the record straight from the get-go: My life is nothing like Jon’s or Kate’s
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Evolution of a Disciplinarian

It's been decided that Danielle Bean is just mean to her kids for no apparent reason. At least it was decided by one of her kids who was being punished:

Dan and I used to be the only disciplinarians in our family. With older kids in the house now, though, often there are a number of us shepherding the littlest ones.

Much of the time, I find this useful. I’ll take all the help I can get. After all, it has recently come to my attention that I have become an old softy.
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Behar: Baptism = Waterboarding

The View has to be the preeminent anti-Christian show on television today. If it weren't so silly I might be able to gin up some concern over it. Behar, a lapsed Catholic, knocks baptism in this clip, according to Newsbusters:

An ancient Christian religious ritual is apparently comparable to a controversial interrogation technique, according to Joy Behar of ABC’s “The View.” On June 3, the hosts of “The View” were discussing the new reality show, “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here,” where pampered “celebrities” are placed in a jungle in Costa Rica. “Hills” reality television star Spencer Pratt was baptized on the show and “The View” featured a clip from his baptism in a river.

Behar, of course, had to add in her usual quip. “Isn’t it like water boarding- when they dump your head under there like that?” Fellow host Elisabeth Hasselbeck quickly replied with, “no.”
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Following the Un-Conscience

I would have an easier time when someone says their "conscience" makes them disagree with the Church, if they'd actually read the Church documents on those subjects. LarryD has more:

"Conscience" gets bandied about by progressive Catholics nearly as much as "love" does, and more often than not, their understanding of it is flawed and incomplete. As Inigo Montoya said, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
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Brian Williams Bow to Obama?

I don't know what to make of this. Why the heck would an NBC anchor bow to the President. My initial thought was 'no way.' I'm going to go search for an interview where someone bowed to George W. Bush...This might take a while. Check out the vid at Hot Air:

When I first saw it, I thought, “Nah. Brian Williams must have looked down. Americans don’t bow to their political leaders, and especially not the American media.” Wrong!
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It's Like Les Miserable but with Shotguns

A nice story about a robbery gone good:

A Long Island store owner who came face-to-face with a bat-wielding robber whipped out a shotgun in self-defense -- then showed the down-on-his-luck thief the ultimate sign of compassion by handing him $40 and a loaf of bread, according to a bizarre new video made public today.

Mohammad Sohail was working the register at his store in Shirley on May 21 at 12:35 a.m. when a man strolled in carrying a bat and demanded cash.

"He said, 'Give me your money! Give me your money! And was swinging the bat," Sohail recalled in an interview with The Post this afternoon.
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Clarence Thomas Sits in Coach

From Aggie Catholics

I have had some great conversations in planes. A few examples of conversations I have had:
  • One of my favorites was when I sat in between an ex-scientoligist (who helped L. Ron Hubbard start the first Scientology reading room in LA) who was now an evangelical and a Hindu man from India who was married to a Catholic. Both had some great questions for me.
  • A World War II vet with several purple hearts. He was in the battle of the bulge and had some great stories to tell.
  • A Catholic college student who was no longer going to church. I got the opportunity to invite him back to church and the Sacraments.
  • A professional singer who was starting to sing pro-life / pro-family songs in Nashville.
These are just a few. But, none comes close to this story of two Nebraska fooball recruits
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Longenecker On Cutie

Fr. Longenecker

Someone was amused by Rev'd Blytherington's comments, but asked for my serious views on Fr Cutie's scandal and the Episcopal Church's quick pick up. I think they thought that the views of a married priest would be interesting to hear.

I don't know that my being married has much to do with it at all. Yes, I have a wife and four beautiful children, but I was a celibate Anglican priest for seven years before I married. I have lived both lives and can tell you that there are sacrifices to be made both ways and there are rewards to be had both ways.

My being married doesn't affect the facts of the case. Fr Cutie made a vow of celibacy.
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I Knew It Was Our Fault

Erin Manning is posting this week over at Crunchy Con and she's pointing to two different opinions on who's to blame for Tiller's murder. Erin's comments alone at the end make the post worth reading:

Frank Schaeffer thinks that people who speak strongly against abortion do share some of the blame for Tiller's murder:

My late father and I share part of the blame for the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the abortion doctor gunned down on Sunday.

Until I got out of the religious right (in the mid-1980s) and repented of my former hate-filled rhetoric, I was both a leader of the so-called pro-life movement and a part of a Republican Party hate machine masquerading as the moral conscience of America. [...]

Like many writers of moral/political/religious theories, my father and I would have been shocked that someone took us at our word, walked into a Lutheran Church and pulled the trigger on an abortionist. But even if the murderer never read Dad's or my words, we helped create the climate that made this murder likely to happen. In fact, it has happened before. In 1994, Dr. John Bayard Britton and one of his volunteer escorts were shot and killed outside an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Fla., by Paul Hill, a former minister and an avid follower of my father's
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Sotomayor Stands By "Wise Latina" Remark


In a news conference moments ago with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT), he told reporters that he asked Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor whether she had any problems with her statement about a Latina woman reaching better conclusions than a white male.

"She said, 'None whatsoever,'" ...

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A Tale of Two Shootings

A good take from Media blog on two tragedies and the responses to them:

Shortly after the murder of George Tiller, pro-life groups put out statements denouncing the crime. These statements came from all over the pro-life camp. Some were more forthright than others, it it true, but most were admirable in their categorical rejection of vigilante killings.

This morning, a U.S. Army recruiting station was attacked. One recruiter was killed, another hurt. Any statements from the antiwar Left deploring that violence?
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How Should Congress Respond?

A columnist from the Washington Post asks, "How Should Congress Respond to George Tiller's Murder?"

Salvation through legislation is the liberal gospel, and Ezra Klein is in the pulpit:
[The murder of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller] is the final, decisive act in "an ongoing campaign of intimidation and harassment against someone who was providing completely legal health-care services." That campaign stretched over decades of protests, lawsuits, violence, and, finally, murder. . . .
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Court: Mom Too Dumb to Raise Child

Uh-oh. If intelligence is a prerequisite for parenting, I should expect Child Services to be stopping by momentarily. The Jawa Report has the story:

Nottingham, England) A mother known as Rachel is fighting to keep her daughter after a court ruled that she was not "clever enough" to look after the child.

The woman, who for legal reasons can be identified only by her first name, Rachel, has been told by a family court that her daughter will be placed with adoptive parents within the next three months, and she will then be barred from further contact.
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Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck Killed Tiller

Expect a lot more of this in days to come:

As if you couldn't see this coming...

Fresh off the Daily Kos website is a posting entitled, A "Pro-Life" activist took the Life of a doctor who practices abortion today, which illogically takes two sentences to link the murderer to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck (emphasis mine throughout).

A so-called Pro-Life activist took, cowardly, the life of doctor George Tiller, this sunday, while he was attending to a church service. I bet Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and the other will praise the killer since "he only killed a liberullllllll" according to them
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