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Craziest Way to Quit Smoking...Evah

No way to see this story coming. But somehow Jammie's found it. How does he find this stuff? Maybe I don't want to know.

This is sure a novel approach to quitting smoking.

Smoker Geoff Spice is to spend a month on an uninhabited island in a desperate bid to quit cigarettes.

Geoff, 56 — who began smoking at 13 — will be dropped off with just a tent, food and water on tiny Sgarabhaigh in the Outer Hebrides, off the coast of Scotland.
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Satire: Obama's D-Day Speech

Pretty funny satire of "leaked" excerpts of Obama' D-Day speech from Hot Air:

Sixty-five years ago, right here in France, over 160,000 men, 5,000 ships, 10,000 aircraft, and thousands more mechanized tools of war requiring hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel converged on a 50-mile stretch of shoreline and precipitated battles we still find ourselves engaged in today: climate change and beach erosion.
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D-Day was a community outreach program unprecedented in scope and unmatched in hope.
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Donohue Supports Sotomayor?

Well, it's not like she can be stopped anyway so...

A prominent pro-life Catholic says he will be quietly rooting for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be confirmed to the Supreme Court and said she may even be an improvement over retiring Justice David H. Souter - as both sides of the abortion issue try to discern her position.

William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said Judge Sotomayor's record has more bright spots than conservative Catholics can reasonably expect to get from an appointee of President Obama.
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Ick

President Obama is even willing to use the Holocaust as political agitprop. Ick. Gateway Pundit reports that Obama's uncle was interviewed by Spiegel:

SPIEGEL: Mr. Payne, early in June your great-nephew, President Barack Obama, will visit the former concentration camp Buchenwald, which you helped liberate at the end of the war. Will he be travelling in your footsteps?

Charles Payne: I don't buy that. I was quite surprised when the whole thing came up and Barack talked about my war experiences in Nazi Germany. We had never talked about that before. This is a trip that he chose, not because of me I'm sure, but for political reasons.
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Partial Birth Abortion Enhances Motherhood

Do lunatic feminists even think about the idiocy that comes out of their mouths anymore? Or did they ever?:

Priscilla J. Smith:
In Section III, I discuss Gonzales v. Carhart and argue that while the ruling itself is limited and much of the Casey standard remains intact, the decision reflects this diminishing sense of abortion as serving the woman’s interest in motherhood. The Court’s opinion reflected a view that abortion destroys motherhood, rather than the view that abortion enhances motherhood and enables women to mother their children in the best conditions possible, and in conditions closer to equality.

Stabbing half-born babies in the head enhances motherhood?
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Hollywood Does Savior Siblings

Mary Meets Dolly talks about the book "My Sister's Keeper" and the upcoming movie that deals with savior siblings:

Since My Sister's Keeper has become a movie (and the trailer has the song More from my absolutely favorite artist Tyrone Wells on it) I have decided to revisit my post on the book. It is important that we remember that children are conceived everyday not for themsleves but to be spare parts factories for an older sibling. It is a practice that gets little attention, and even less oversight. Here are my thoughts on My Sister's Keeper:
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Doug Kmiec's Next Bad Idea

Pundette says that if it comes from Kmiec's mouth, it's probably not a good idea:

He turned himself into a pretzel trying to justify a Catholic vote for the abortion candidate, now abortion president, Barack Obama. Latest great idea: he thinks we ought to ditch marriage as a legal institution.
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Heartbreaking Story of Abortion

This can be pretty tough to read but this is the truth about abortion:

My name is Nancyjo Mann. I am one of the 16 million of women who has had an abortion since 1973. I’ve seen this from all angles; from the pro-choice side, the pro-life side, and most importantly, from the side of a woman who has experienced abortion.

I exercised my “right to choose,” and I became a victim of this Pandora’s Box. It was a pretty, tempting treasure. It promised to solve all my problems and restore full control over my life. But instead, this “right,” this “gift,” was filled with sufferings and regret which I could never have anticipated or imagined. What follows here is my story. It is not a unique one. Millions of others have been seduced by the same false promises. Mine is but one example of the abortion reality.
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VPOTUS Mocks POTUS for Use of TOTUS

It might be true that nobody messes with Joe. But Joe's messin' with his boss. And something tells me that the boss ain't gonna' like that one bit. Moe Lane has the story:

As part of the speech to the Air Force Academy:
Then, not content to leave without a jaunty ad lib, Biden noted that heavy winds were gusting through the ceremonies. One of his two teleprompters had toppled over. Alluding to the jokes of Obama’s reliance on the speech-facilitators, Biden added, “What I am going to tell the president when I tell him his teleprompter is broken. What will he do then.”
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I Changed My Mind on Abortion

Found this on Hot Air. A Denver Post Columnist turned pro-life after studying the issue:

As an atheist and a secular kinda guy, I practice moral relativism regularly. Still, I've always struggled mightily with the ethics and politics of abortion. Apparently, I'm not alone.

A new Gallup poll claims that for the first time since 1995, when the question was first asked by the organization, most Americans consider themselves to be "pro-life" rather than "pro-choice."
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That Fellow Is A Lady!

Congrats to Dawn Eden.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that, as I finished my first year of graduate studies in theology earlier this month, I asked for prayers to help me find a summer job.

Today, I want to thank you so much for your prayers, because they were answered—and how!

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Mature Catholics Heart Obama

Patrick Madrid runs a really fine blog and if you're not checking it out you should be. And if you don't, we're all going to start calling you names behind your back. Here, Patrick responds to a priest who says that "mature" Catholics are cool with all things "O." Madrid begs to differ:

I respond here to a letter-to-the-editor from a Catholic priest which appeared in the Daily Pilot. The letter's headline is: "Mature Catholics Welcome Obama," referring to the recent controversy over the University of Notre Dame's decision to confer an honorary doctorate on the President of the United States, who just happens to be an implacable foe of the Catholic Church's teaching that abortion is a grave moral evil.
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Pro-Catholic Joy Behar?

Joy Behar of The View just fell behind in the race to be the most anti-Catholic bigot on television. With her almost positive commentary on Catholicism, she's fallen slightly behind Bill Maher. Oh, don't worry she'll say something nasty about us soo enough:

Joy Behar, a co-host of ABC’s “The View,” has been known to make anti-Catholic remarks. On the May 26 edition, Behar said something positive about Catholics, before adding in her usual quip.
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6.5% of Nothing!

The Other McCain noticed that a bunch of liberal legislators got smacked up again by reality after raising taxes on the wealthy. They expected mad cash to come flying in but guess what actually happened. The wealthy got up and left.

Glenn Reynolds asks, "Who Is John Galt?" in response to this Wall Street Journal editorial about Maryland (where I live):
Maryland couldn't balance its budget last year, so the state tried to close the shortfall by fleecing the wealthy. Politicians in Annapolis created a millionaire tax bracket, raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 6.25%. . . .
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Mr. T Sings "Take Me Out To The Ballgame"

I pity the fool who don't watch this video at Jammie Wearin' Fool:

For all the dreadful celebrity renditions we've had to endure over the years singing during the 7th inning strecth at Wrigley Field, and there are many, this one at least is pretty funny.
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All Sorts of Takes on Sotomayor

Southern Appeal does a nice job of having all sorts of thoughts, fact, and opinions about Obama's Supreme Court nominee. And there's even a cartoon for guys like me who don't understand polysylabbic words. Feddie doesn't think there should be a great stink made over her nomination but some of his cohorts seem to differ slightly. Check it out.

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Funny Video

Funny video at Canterbury Tales:

Catholic Church adopts automated confessionals in light of priestly vocations crisis!
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Minnesota Mom Has Baby

Minnesota Mom had a baby. So drop by and leave a message of congrats and prayers. So far, Andrew Sullivan has not questioned who the "real" mother of the baby was as he did with Sarah Palin but it's early yet:

We did it! Thanks be to God! Anthony Joseph Mary* was born on Sunday, May 24th, 2009 at (yawn!) 10:49 p.m. Weight: 6 lbs 9.9 oz. Height: 19 1/2 inches.

Mother and son are doing well (as you can see by the props in the photo above) and would like to thank you wholeheartedly for all your prayers.

With love & blessings & gratitude & relief,
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Ironic: Down's May Be Key to Cancer Cure

So we've been aborting children with Down's Syndrome at a 90 percent rate and they may be a key to fighting cancer. Secondhand Smoke has more:

Well this is ironic: People with Down syndrome--against whom a concerted pogrom is being waged to wipe off the face of the earth via genetic testing and eugenic abortion or infanticide--may hold the key to an effective treatment for cancer. From the story:
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Something Appropriate to Wear

Michelle's husband is deploying. So prayers for her, her husband and their family. But you have to read this post to believe it at Rosetta Stone:

So, how was your afternoon? Mine was...well...

"Interview?" asked the sales clerk looking at the black suit and blouse I placed on the counter.

Caught off guard, I answered with brutal honesty, "Actually, my husband is deploying, and I want to have something appropriate to wear...just in case..."

It took her a moment to regain her composure.

Me, too.
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Obama Declares Gitmo Detainess "Fetuses"

Brilliant.

In an effort to shut down the U.S. Naval Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, thereby restoring America’s moral standing in the world, President Barack Obama today declared some 240 enemy combatants held at Gitmo to be ‘human fetuses’.

In an executive order, the president said, “Since I ordered Gitmo shut down, and people don’t want us to bring the inmates here, the only way to extract them from the facility is to change their legal status to one that offers us more choices.”
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More Women Choosing Life ?

Amy Proctor gives us some light in the darkness about more women choosing life for babies with disabilities. And she wonders why?

More and more women are opting to give birth to their babies diagnosed with disabilities as a growing network of medical professionals and mothers lend support to pregnant mothers of children with disabilities.

These parents’ moral dilemmas were rarely publicized until last fall, when then-Republican vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin talked of refusing to abort Trig, her son with Down syndrome.
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WH: “Not Our Goal to Reduce Abortions”

Wait until you get a load of the semantics being played here by an aide to Obama:

Uttered at a meeting of abortion interest groups, pro and con, to discuss the sort of meaningless “common ground” to which Obama paid lip service at Notre Dame.
I noted that there are three main ways the administration can reach its goals: by what it funds, its messages from the bully pulpit, and by what it restricts. It is universally agreed that the role of parents is crucial, so government should not deny parents the ability to be involved in vital decisions. The goals need to be clear; the amount of funding spent to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions is not a goal. The U.S. spends nearly $2 billion each year on contraception programs — programs which began in the 1970s — and they’ve clearly failed. We need to take an honest look at why they are not working.
Melody testily interrupted to state that she had to correct me. “It is not our goal to reduce the number of abortions.”
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The Gay Penguin Curriculum

File this under "Reason to Homeschool your Children # 5,678." Jammie Wearing Fool has the story:

A group of parents in a California school district say they are being bullied by school administrators into accepting a new curriculum that addresses bullying, respect and acceptance -- and that includes compulsory lessons about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that will be taught to children as young as 5 years old.

The parents from the Unified School District in Alameda, a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland, say these issues are best learned at home and most definitely are not age-appropriate for elementary school children.
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Twisted Abortion Logic

I've always been amazed at the people who say they don't support abortion but support the right to abortion. That always leaves me scratching my head. The guys from Southern Appeal have a conversation going on about this. It's instructive...and sad:

A commenter here at SA (and many thousands of people before him) recently wrote:
Perhaps with a bit of reflection, Joe, you may realize that support for abortion rights is quite a different thing from support for abortion.
Does this type of statement make sense in any other case? If not, why do people think it makes sense in the case of abortion? Let’s try substituting some other practices, and see how it holds up.
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Pentagon Burns Bibles

Secularism is on the march, folks. This is...(insert your own term for outrage here) from the Brody File:

This story hasn't received much attention but it caught the eye of The Brody File. The Pentagon has confiscated a stack of Bibles sent to an Evangelical soldier in Afghanistan. The Bibles were printed in the local Pashto and Dari languages. Military rules forbid proselytizing. By the way, the Bibles were burned because the rules on the base say that all garbage is burned at the end of the day. But just asking here; if the U.S. Military seized a stack full of Korans, would they be burned? You think that might cause a little outrage in the Muslim world?
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ABC’s ‘V’: Obama Parable?

You remember the miniseries "V" about the aliens that land here and talk all nice to us and then it turns out they're eating us. That miniseries was huge in the Archbold house. It wasn't just a show, it was an event. Well, ABC is now remaking it. And according to Big Hollywood, they're seeing a metaphor for Obama. And there's even a priest who appears to be a good guy.

The world’s in bad shape, Father. Who wouldn’t welcome a savior right now?”

Aliens arrive offering “hope” and telling us not to be afraid of “change.”

To grab power they set out to manipulate the media and create a culture of devotion around themselves.

But they are not who they appear to be.

In fact, they’re out to destroy our way of life.

Hmmm???
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Outrage! Obama to Apologize at D-Day Event

Did America do anything right before Obama became President. Gateway Pundit has this shocking story. I really hope it's not true:

OK... This will make your blood boil! Barack Obama is going to apologize for "American war crimes" during D-Day events this year.
Jumping in Pools reported this from Deutsche Welle:
In a move aimed at healing the rifts of American foreign policy decisions, President Obama will make a trip to Europe next month, including a trip to Dresden, Germany. The trip will consist of several stops and the President will meet with the President of France and the Chancellor of Germany. Also slated are several policy speeches.
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Seinfeldian Catholicism

Dale really has to come out of his shell and start telling us what he really thinks:

The Church of "Not That There's Anything Wrong With That."

Or, Would You Mind Removing the Dagger of Christian Fellowship From Between My Shoulder Blades, Thanks?

America Magazine offers its diagnosis of the problem with Obama being given an honorary degree at Notre Dame. And, in a shocking twist, the real problem is the group of unwashed hooligans who made the Baby Jenkins cry.
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When An African American - Isn't

We are very pleased to see that our friend Dan has returned to blogging. He brings us this interesting story from New Jersey about an African American suspended from Med school because of his color.

Last week, Paulo Serodio filed a case against a New Jersey medical school for improperly suspending him. Mr. Serodio was born in Mozambique and moved to the US and became a citizen. He claims he was suspended from the school because people objected to him, when asked to identify his ethnicity, calling himself an African American.

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Fr. Martin's Abortion Spin

Fr. Jim Martin tries the same line we've all heard a million times before concering the Notre Dame scandal. OSV calls him on it:

I am going to start this post by saying that I have been -- up until now -- a huge fan of Jesuit Father James Martin. When I read his book, My Life With the Saints, I was profoundly moved. In fact, I told Father Martin that in person when I met him at a Catholic Press Association convention a few years back. For me, the saints had moved into the background of my spiritual life and his beautiful writing and personal insights brought them back to the fore. I started reading everything he wrote and soaking up the wisdom and spirituality.

And then I read the transcript of his commentary on the Notre Dame scandal and went from sad to disappointed to infuriated in a matter of minutes. To see someone in his position sidestep the centrality of abortion among all the life issues is disheartening, to say the least.
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Village People

Man With Black Hat isn't exactly optimistic about the near future but don't worry he's got a solution:

A book has been published recently, authored by Neil Strauss, entitled Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life. It is one of a number of such books to emerge since the Y2K scare, and the 9/11 tragedy, calling upon Americans to embrace self-reliance. This latest opus emerges amidst the increased dependency upon the Federal government by various key industries.

Catholics are being warned by a few good priests, of a coming persecution.
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Father Jay Goes Sonny Corleone on You

Father Jay is joking but he means it:

Every family wants photos of their little Willie or Wendy receiving their First Holy Communion. But I've now been witness to anarchy when it comes to people disrupting Mass because THEY want THEIR picture(s), and no one else matters. Even grandmas and grandpas, who are usually the regular Massgoers of the crowd with some sense of Church etiquette, seem to creep into voyeurism when it comes to little Billy or Betty receiving the Host.


So what do we do? Now, personally, I'm all for doing a whole "Don Barzini" thing on them (upon seeing someone take a picture, I snap my fingers, some usher rips the camera from their hands and gives it to me, so I can take out the memory card, crush it, and throw it to the ground).
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And the GOP Isn't Backing Him?

The whole speech is great but the last two minutes made Pundette cry. The Other McCain has a great roundup of everyone talking about Marco Rubio who's going up against Gov. Crist:

Moe Lane is becoming a believer. As I said at the Hot Air Green Room, everybody who has seen this video is asking the same question: Why in the world would John Cornyn and the NRSC back Charlie Crist against this guy?
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This Clown Was Honored by my Alma Mater

Why would any Republican go on Chris Matthews' show? He's a classless self righteous punk who has no interest in truth. Here he talks about people of faith being anti-science. Newsbusters has the vid. It kills me that Saint Joe's honored him at their commencement.

When examination of the science is too much work for show preparation and taking a position that falls in line with like-minded ideologues is part of your shtick, you can always resort to ad hominem attacks if needed.

In a May 19 segment on his "Hardball" program about global warming, MSNBC's Chris Matthews interviewed Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., who had opposing views on the issue. However, Matthews attacked Rohrabacher, a global warming skeptic, as someone ignorant of science.
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Laura Ingraham Goes Nuclear on ND

Gateway Pundit has video of Catholic Laura Ingraham really giving it to Notre Dame. Check out the vid:

Laura Ingraham went off on the "secular" community of Notre Dame for honoring the most radical pro-abortion and pro-infanticide president in US history at Commencement ceremonies on Sunday.

Ingraham correctly refers to the school under the leadership of Far Left crank Father Jenkins as a secular institution after the debacle.

Here's Ingraham on The O'Reilly Factor:
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Off to the Nursing Home I Go

This is funny from Far Beyond Pearls:

Brenna was watching me change the baby, which, of course, involves lots of sweet talk and belly kissing. She sounded almost wistful when she said, "Sometimes I wonder what it's like to be you."

"What do you mean?" I asked.

I thought something sweet would come next, but she replied, "Well, so much of your life is over..."
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A Vote for School Choice

Our Sunday Visitor has an interesting piece on school choice. I personally go hot and cold on school choice because I'm nervous about the government attaching strings to their funding but Obama and the Democrats have acted awfully in their opposition to school choice. And they're doing it for all the wrong reasons:

USA Today called school choice "the most effective way" to give 20 million low-income students a chance to succeed. In an editorial today, the newspaper also took President Obama to task for killing a voucher program that allows poor parents to make the same he choice he made: a successful private school for his daughters over the notoriously failing public schools of Washington, D.C.
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Bp. Finn - Best Commentary on Notre Dame

Father Z has a wonderful interview with Bishop Finn of KC. He says everything I think needs to be said about the Notre Dame incident.

The Catholic Key blog of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has an interview with His Excellency Most Rev. Robert Finn, the excellent bishop of the same.

He opines on the visit of Pres. Obama to Notre Dame.

Here are a few excerpts with my emphases and
comments:

[Q:] Dialogue was the big theme of the Notre Dame commencement. Is it possible for the Church to dialogue on abortion?

There are many associated elements that have to do with taking care of women in distress, offering alternatives to abortion. We have to work together, discuss and study how best we can provide for the needs of women and families. How can we reduce the number of abortions? These are elements for dialogue. But the rightness or wrongness of abortion – this is an intrinsic evil. The direct taking of an innocent life can never be negotiated.

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The Emmy for Being Creepy Goes To...

Check out the video at Apoloblogology to see why Matt Swaim thinks Michael Emmerson (the guy who plays Ben on Lost) is brilliant. It's pretty funny. Go watch the video.Continue reading>>>

Deirdre Mundy was at Notre Dame

I promise to start writing on things other than Notre Dame but this was too good to pass up. CMR friend and fellow blogger Deirdre Mundy was at the protest at Notre Dame. It's a funny and moving account. It's posted at Erin's site "And Sometimes Tea."

Reader Deirdre Mundy was able to attend the protest at Notre Dame today; she has very kindly sent along her account of the day's events:

We got to campus early, but missed the turn for the designated parking area. This turned out to be a really good thing— I asked one of the ubiquitous policemen for help, and he directed us to a different parking lot, much closer to campus. As we pulled in, a group of nuns was getting out of their car. By the time we unloaded all the kids, the nuns were way ahead of us, but since we weren’t sure where we were going, we adopted a policy of “follow the pretty blue nuns.” (They were in full habit.) My daughters were thrilled and started screaming “Go faster! The nuns are really fast and we have to catch them!!”
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What To Do With The Jesus Cheeto?

From Mary's Aggies

Preston Hollow resident Sara Bell recently stopped by this newspaper’s office with a unique discovery: a Cheeto that she thinks looks like Jesus.

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Girl Scouts and...Lesbianism?

File this under stories I didn't see coming but William F. Buckley did:

When many parents think of Girl Scouts, they imagine young girls in uniform selling Thin Mints and Tagalong cookies – not learning about stone labyrinths, world peace, global warming, yoga, avatars, smudging incense, Zen gardens and feminist, communist and lesbian role models.

But that's exactly what many of 2.7 million Girl Scouts will learn about with a new curriculum called "Journeys" released last year. . .
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What I Saw at ND

This is the protest the media didn't see:

My friend Bradley J. Birzer—a Notre Dame grad and a Hillsdale College prof—sends the following report via email:

Early Sunday morning, my oldest daughter (age 8) and I drove to Notre Dame to attend the outdoor protest mass and rally on the South Quad of the campus. Twenty-eight years ago to the day, I had watched Ronald Reagan deliver his famous “West will transcend communism” speech to the class of 1981. Nineteenth years ago, this month, I attended my own graduation ceremonies under the Golden Dome.

Not only was yesterday’s experience
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My Heavy Heart

Right Wing Sparkle laments how easily people are fooled by fancy words.

I'm a positive person. I try not to let things get me down. But after listening to Obama's speech at Notre Dame, I have a heavy heart. It is a heart filled with sadness in how easily so many are fooled by pretty words.

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Obama Wears Prayer to Virgin Mary

This is sick. Gateway Pundit has more:

The rumors were true.

U.S. President Barack Obama raises his arm as he takes part in the blessing of students during the commencement ceremonies at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, May 17, 2009.
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A Well-Deserved Inferiority Complex

Powerline on the Liberal SCOTUS brainpower deficit and what it means for a probable pick.

The Washington Post offers a profile of Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, who is said to be on President Obama's shortlist to replace Justice Souter. The author, Peter Slevin, builds his story around two of Judge Wood's colleagues on the Seventh Circuit, Richard Posner and Frank Easterbrook. Both are brilliant and both are viewed as conservative (Judge Posner, I think, defies such an easy characterization). Slevin suggests that Judge Wood is their equal when it comes to "candlepower."

It's an important selling point because liberals in the legal community hope to see a high-powered leftist on the Supreme Court. Indeed, they view this as a matter of some urgency....

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The Priest who Ministered to Ted Bundy

Great story from Bettnet. Amazing.:

Monsignor William Kerr has died. Among other things, he was famous for having administered the last rites to one of serial killer Ted Bundy’s victims and then became a spiritual counselor for Bundy on death row.

I met Monsignor Kerr in 1994, I believe, when he was president of La Roche College, outside Pittsburgh. I was a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville and I’d been preparing for the Total Consecration to Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort with some of my friends. One of them was my roommate, Kevin Gillen, now Fr. Gabriel Gillen, OP, who knew the monsignor. Kevin arranged for Msgr. Kerr to lead us in the final consecration following Mass at La Roche. I don’t remember too much about the day, but I do remember Msgr. Kerr was kind and gracious to us.
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College Commencement, Catholic Style

Pundit and Pundette attended a Catholic commencement. They do some comparisons:

The P&P family attended one yesterday. Much, much smaller than Notre Dame's, and decidedly Catholic in flavor. It was Christendom College's graduation. The main speaker, Jude Dougherty, who received an honorary degree, is a noted Catholic intellectual who adheres to and supports the teachings of the Church. The college also gave an award to Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, a man who has devoted the past twenty years to fighting for the unborn. He remarked that his job was an easy one: going around the country and the world and pointing out the obvious: killing babies is wrong. To quote him: "Live baby, good -- dead baby, bad." Something of a no-brainer. The event was teeming with large families and right wing extremism of all sorts.
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Sarah Palin on Notre Dame

I didn't see this one coming:

Governor Sarah Palin weighed in on the Notre Dame Commencement scandal today.

The governor said her Catholic grandfather would be shocked to hear that this prestigious university was honoring a man with such a strong "anti-life" agenda.
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The Women's Ordination Code

Jester pulls apart the old "there were tons and tons of women ordained and it's a darn shame that every bit of evidence for it has been destroyed" theory on women's ordination:

Gary Macy, a professor of theology at Jesuit-run Santa Clara University, told attendees at a Monday night lecture at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee, there is little room for historical doubt that women were ordained in the Catholic Church until about the end of the 12th century.
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Twitter is Like Longest First Date Ever

Funny because it's true. So far:

Here's what struck me today (and my apologies if I'm the millionth person to think of this):

Twitter is like the longest first date ever.

What I mean is:

(Almost) everybody seems to be on their best behaviour.

I've been blogging for nine years now, and been "on the web" a few years longer, and I've lost count of all the flame wars I've gotten mixed up in.
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Don't Tase Me, Dad!

Sometimes I'm pretty sure I'm a terrible parent. But then I go and read about other parents who are doing like 100 times worse than me. And yes, that's how I sleep at night. Check this out. It's bad. Ace of Spades writes of the ludicrous actions:

Kids Stun-Gunned at Prisons' Take Your Kid to Work Day

Heh. I have trouble getting worked up over this because it seems like the stun-gunning was consensual. Also hilarious:

A total of 43 children were directly and indirectly shocked by electric stun guns during simultaneous ''Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day'' events gone wrong at three state prisons, according to new information provided Friday by the Florida Department of Corrections.

Also, a group of kids was exposed to tear gas during a demonstration at another lockup.
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The Most Wonderfully Stupid Movie Ever!

The sheer audacity of producing a movie like this makes my soul shriek with delight.

There Will Never Be Silence

Right Wing Sparkle is looking at Notre Dame's Commencement with a glass half full perspective:

This weekend is the big weekend where Pres. Obama is the commencement speaker at Notre Dame and receives an honorary degree.

It is a disgrace on Notre Dame, of course. Obama's total disregard of the sanctity of human life at it's earliest stages and beyond and his promotion and votes that advocate the destruction of unborn children should be shunned, not honored at any Catholic institution.
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Pelosi May Have Credibility Problem

Nancy Pelosi lied. We know that. The question is whether she lied then or now. But you'd never know it from the media. Ed Morrissey has more:

I don’t want to pick on Dan Balz for this report on the Nancy Pelosi-CIA follies, because in this case, he does his best to stay objective on a story where the obvious exceeds the limits of journalism. Balz does his best to stay within the non-judgmental vocabulary to describe Pelosi’s latest story on her complicity in the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA, but how does one objectively describe how someone has taken their credibility onto a dais and beaten it to death with a microphone? Balz gives it the old college try:
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S. Logan Has a God Moment

A great and amazing life change for a fellow blogger that leaves me just saying that God is amazing and God bless S. Logan in her efforts.

Seriously, folks, sarcasm and nonsense aside, something happened that changed me forever last weekend. It was the Pivotal Life Moment to end all Pivotal Life Moments. Actually, it was more than that, it was a God moment.

Here’s the story:

Three Friday’s ago, I turned down a position that I envisioned would ultimately lead to my dream job and life in Washington D.C. It was my direct route to everything I wanted in life: recognition as a political writer, cocktail parties and pretty dresses, culture and sophistication. It was a guaranteed escape from the “ordinary” life that I’ve dreaded since my dad began telling me to “Dream Big Dreams” as a small child.
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Show of Hands, Who Wants to be a Toe?

This world wide interweb thingy is pretty cool. You bounce around for a year or two and you think you know the lay of the land and then all of a sudden you discover a blog you didn't even know existed before. And you like it. Adrienne's Catholic Corner is just such a one:

Last night while making dinner, I had the TV in the kitchen ($10.00 used) tuned to that strange show " The Doctors." Now I wasn't watching The Doctors because I think it is a great show. I was watching it because it is now the only channel we receive on this particular TV. It is so old that a converter box can't even be hooked up to it. But I digress.

*****Last night they were touting Embryonic Stem Cell Research as the "end all and be all" of the future.
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Miss California Gets Gig on Fox

Who didn't see this coming? Prejean and Fox go together like peanut butter and jelly. Gateway Pundit has more:

Carrie Prejean told Sean Hannity this week that maybe she'd work for him some day.
Well, she's getting close...
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NYT Avoids Quoting Pope

The New York Times runs oodles of quotes criticizing the Pope but doesn't let the Pope get a word in edgewise. Tim Graham has more:

Pope Benedict XVI may be touring Israel, but the New York Times is barely paying attention to anything he’s saying in favor of sounding doom-filled notes about the fate of Christianity in its own birthplace.

On Wednesday’s front page, Ethan Bronner reported a story headlined "Mideast’s Christians Losing Numbers and Sway." Bronner says the number of Christians is rapidly falling due to "political violence," among other reasons. A word he doesn’t use: "persecution." The idea that Muslims are intolerant and unwilling to embrace any notion of religious liberty is present, but more accepted than scorned. Bronner quoted the pontiff only to underscore the doom:
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Rocks in My Dryer: Lost Recap

I'm a huge Lost fan. But sometimes I have to wonder if the name indicates how the viewers feel most of the time:

I had to take an Advil before I could write this post. My jaw actually hurts from the number of times it dropped open over the last two hours. Let's jump right in and list a few of the jarring moments, shall we?

1. We finally see Jacob, and he's...well, we're not sure exactly who (or when, or what) he is. But he's verrrry interesting.
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World's Best Visual Illusions

Check it out if only for the curveball explanation:

The three best visual illusions in the world were chosen at a gathering last weekend of neuroscientists and psychologists at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Florida.

The winning entry, from a Bucknell University professor, may help explain why curve balls in baseball are so tricky to hit.
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Kudzu

Suzanne from Blessed Among Men encounters individualism and the contraceptive culture:

Leave it to Father to give a sermon on Humanae Vitae on Mother's Day. The priests at our parish say it is as much their job to "disturb the comfortable as it is to comfort the disturbed." So, after a warning about eye rolling, father asked the congregation to consider for a moment that the Church is our mother and her messages to us are given in love not to constrain us, but to lead us along the way of true freedom. He asked that we open our hearts and minds and open discussion in our homes on the purpose and beauty of married love.

He said that a contraceptive culture has grown up all around us and is tangled in the landscape of society much like the vine, Kudzu, has taken over vast areas of the south, choking out life wherever it pervades...
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End Times for Christian America?

Reports of the death of Christian America, though frequent, have been exaggerated. The very busy Hunter Baker writes a great piece on how often we've been put on deathwatch:

Christian America is busy dying again.

If you believe some partisan historians, it was dead before the American Revolution, or at least, nobody important was a Christian by then. The Founders had all moved on to deism. Then again, maybe Christian America died at the Scopes Trial during the 1920s when Clarence Darrow pinned down the non-theologian, non-scientist politician William Jennings Bryan with the power of hostile cross-examination. If it wasn’t dead by then, it was really dead by the late 1960s when every other religion book seemed to be about either the death of God movement or “secular” Christianity. The most memorable volume of the period was Harvey Cox’s The Secular City, which put a happy face of the death of public Christianity and heralded a new, more mature age of secular community...
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Weimar America?

I know nothing about economics but I do the bills in my house and I know that when money's tight and our debt is rising it means we eat pasta. And we don't borrow more money as a solution. This spending spree Washington D.C. is on could truly be ruinous. The Other McCain has more. And he's not as optimistic as me:

Saw this yesterday and didn't blog about it, but what if Treasury notes become junk bonds?

The US government has had a triple A credit rating since 1917, but it is unclear how long this will continue to be the case.

Go talk to some people who know a bit about the bond market, and see how they think the global investor class -- U.S. debt is a commodity traded globally -- will react to the prospect of still more deficit spending piled on top of all the deficit spending for the $152 billion "stimulus" in May, $350 billion for TARP I, and now $789 billion for more "stimulus." Another $350 billion for TARP II? Oh, they're going to love that.
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If They'd Only Let Teachers Marry!

This shouldn't be shocking to anyone but it's still sickening. Teachers accused of molesting being returned to the classroom. And the press couldn't care less. Newsbusters has more:

An explosive, front-page investigation on Sunday (5/10/09) in the Los Angeles Times reported that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) "repeatedly" returned teachers and aides credibly accused of child molestation back to classrooms, and these individuals then molested children again. The jaw-dropping story, by Times staffer Jason Song, is incredibly angering, and the tales of abuse are stomach-turning. (An accompanying audio slideshow at the Times web site is quite disturbing.)

In the last several years, media outlets have endlessly ripped and tarred the Catholic Church for mishandling episodes from decades ago. Meanwhile, these episodes in LAUSD are all quite recent. One documented case dates back to just last year!

Where's the outrage from the rest of the media?
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Gay Rights and Religious Liberty

An excellent point by Rod Dreher about how gay marriage may well effect religious people:

I hate to bring this up again, given how the combox chatter will go, but the next time somebody asks, rhetorically, how Adam and Steve's marriage is going to hurt anybody else, refer them to this National Public Radio story. Excerpt:

As states have legalized same-sex partnerships, the rights of gay couples have consistently trumped the rights of religious groups. Marc Stern, general counsel for the American Jewish Congress, says that does not mean that a pastor can be sued for preaching against same-sex marriage. But, he says, that may be just about the only religious activity that will be protected.
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The Con Game

Right Wing Sparkle thinks the game going with the President and the media could end up costing us.

When Pres. Obama joked that everyone in the room at the Correspondent's dinner had voted for him, we all know it wasn't really a joke. They knew it and he knew it.

What we are seeing with the press now is the complete and polar opposite of the press with Pres. Bush. Bush couldn't make one decision that wasn't excoriated by the press. We on the right had plenty of problems with Bush, but the relentless bashing and smearing that this President endured was beyond the pale, and many of us didn't want to add to it. We expressed our anger when Bush spent too much. We expressed our anger at expanding govt programs. But all of that was swept away in the molten hate of the press on a day to day basis.
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Obama Pulls 180 on Detainee Photos

Gotta' admit. I didn't see this coming. Ed Morrissey has the story:

After a bipartisan round of condemnation over his decision not to appeal a ruling on detainee photos to the Supreme Court, President Barack Obama reversed himself in a move called a “complete 180″ by Jake Tapper at ABC. Obama instructed his White House counsel Greg Craig to file an appeal to keep photos depicting abuse of detainees by American troops from the public. The ACLU will not be pleased:
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Why Danielle Wears the Scapular

“Oh, I know what that is,” a fellow library craft class mom once said to me when she caught a glimpse of the brown scapular peeking out of the collar of my t-shirt. “That’s one of those ‘get out of hell free’ cards.”

Not exactly.

My history of wearing a scapular began in my teenaged years when my parents encouraged me to wear one.
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Homophobic American Idol Watchers

Newsweek worries that Christians won't vote for Adam Lambert on Idol because he might be gay. Hilarious. These people are such idiots:

According to Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, "American Idol's" Adam Lambert could "be heading home" due to those homophobic Christians that watch every week.

Lambert, Setoodeh wrote in a May 12 blog post, "has been called the best ‘Idol' singer in the history of the show, thanks to his Celine Dion-like pipes. But he's also one of the most controversial, thanks to his Marilyn Manson-like wardrobe and his (not-so) ambiguous sexuality."
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Obama's War on Cheerios

The government grows bigger and who has it picked as its next enemy? Cheerios. Jammie Wearing Fool has the story:

No industry shall go unpunished in Barack Obama's America.
The Food and Drug Administration scolded the makers of Cheerios about the way they promote the cereal's health benefits. The FDA sent a letter of warning to General Mills accusing them of making unauthorized health claims.

Current boxes of Cheerios are touting what the company calls exciting news -- the cereal's ability to help lower cholesterol 10 percent in one month.
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Mother's Day with the Von Trapps

I have to admit. I'm a John Wayne fan. I love the Terminator movies (except the third one) I'm into horror movies. But I have this huge soft spot for "The Sound of Music." And every time I watch it I'm surprised how good it is.

It was the only thing I wanted for Mother's Day, and I gave them plenty of notice: I wanted the whole family to watch The Sound of Music together.

And I mean the real one, not the shortened-for-television version, in which they atrociously chop up my favorite scene: Maria singing "I Have Confidence" from the abbey to the VonTrapp mansion, stopping fearfully at the gates, summoning her courage with a deep breath, then belting out the last "me-e-e-e-e-e-e" while she sprints to the front door.

But I digress.
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Nuance

This would be funny if it weren't so sad:

From the ultra-lefty National Catholic Reporter we have this piece.

A Georgetown prof is trying…. [btw… nice tie, Father] ... to offer a very nuanced position. The bottom line is that Catholics, especially bishops, are not sophisticated or wise unless they stop stressing abortion.
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Uh-oh

Us conservatives talk a lot about the slippery slope. Well, America's wearing roller skates and the slope is starting to get steep. Hot Air's Ed Morrissey has the story on how America is starting the conversation on what to do with the elderly.

Greg Hengler at Townhall captures this revealing moment in the Senate Finance Committee hearings on health-care reform. The speaker, Professor Stuart Altman of Brandeis University, tells the committee that resources get wasted in the American health-care system, especially for one segment of the population. Professor Altman says he’s reluctant to mention it, but why waste money on in-depth treatment for people who won’t live long anyway? Better to warehouse them and save the resources for the young:
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Archbishop Burke Q and A

Kathryn Lopez of NRO does a great Q and A with Archbishop Burke. Definitely worth a read:

Barack Obama. Notre Dame. Abortion. Marriage. Last week, Archbishop Raymond Burke returned to his native United States from Rome to talk about the moral and patriotic responsibilities of the Catholic American in 2009. Speaking at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, he addressed hot-button issues directly, and made headlines. But the Vatican official — whose role could be described as “chief justice” of the Catholic Church’s “supreme court” — did more than deliver well-received applause lines on controversial issues; at the core of this shepherd’s address were challenges and instruction to every Catholic within the sound of his voice (and, thanks to the Internet, very many more).

“The most treasured gift which we as citizens of the United States of America can offer to our country is a faithful Catholic life. It is the gift which, even though it has often been misunderstood, has brought great strength to our nation, from the time of its founding. Today more than ever, our nation is in need of Catholics who know their faith deeply and express their faith, with integrity, by their daily living,” Archbishop Burke said.
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Opie Changes Muslim Villain to Danish

So insulting Catholics is cool but Muslims...not so much. Ron Howard is a wuss. Debbie Schlussel has more:

Over the years, I've written about the many movies in which Hollywood changes the villain or the terrorist in the original script or novel from a Muslim to something else out of politically correct deference to Islam, the religion of whiners (and ultimately, murderers).

Now, Hollywood continues in this tradition. This week, "Angels & Demons"--the controversial second installment of Dan Brown's already controversial "The Da Vinci Code"--opens in theaters. My review will be posted at Midnight/early Thursday Morning (stay tuned).

But I'm already learning that the movie has been "disinfected" by Islamopanderers (Director Ron Howard) not wanting to upset our dear friends in the "Religion of Peace," who might do something "peaceful" if the movie had stayed true to the book...
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ND Students to Gather in Grotto

Amid all the darkness concerning Notre Dame's decision to honor President Obama, there has been some light including the number of bishops speaking out. But so many of the students have shown themselves to be conscientious, diligent and resourceful and, of course, pro-life that they've encouraged a great deal of people about the future of Notre Dame. Many of the students will be gathering in the Grotto instead of attending their Commencement:

Notre Dame University seniors who have decided not to attend their commencement ceremony in protest of the university's decision to grant President Barack Obama an honorary law degree will instead hold a meditation in the university's grotto at 2 p.m. on May 17, to coincide with the official commencement. ND Response, the student-led coalition that is planning the meditation, says Notre Dame should not be honoring a political figure who supports abortion and stem cell research.

"It's not a political issue; this is an issue of human dignity, and it's a Catholic issue," said Greer Hannan, a Notre Dame graduating senior. "As a Catholic university, we need to stand up for it." The meditation, which will be led by Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, is part of a two-day rally that has been officially sanctioned by the university. The evening of May 16, bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, Rev. John D'Arcy, will lead a candlelight prayer vigil for graduating seniors and their families to pray for an end to abortion and embryo research.
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Garnett: Behind the Angst at Notre Dame

Richard Garnett spells it out for those who refuse to see. It is not about debate. It is about honoring.

It might be hard for alumni, sports fans and fundraisers to admit but, at the end of the day, not every educational institution matters. Few are unique; most are redundant and easy to replace.The University of Notre Dame, though, is different.

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A Prayer for Sarah

Fellow blogger Sarah is on her way to the hospital. Say a little prayer if you would. Thanks.

What Is Wrong With Me? I have an inkling that it's my gall bladder.

On Saturday I started having pinching in my gall bladder area (liver/gall bladder; right side of my body). I looked up a picture of the innards and yup, that's where I'm having pain. All day Sunday, too. Okay, I believed "B" when she said it was my gall bladder and liver area when I asked her about it. She's a nurse. But, since it wasn't getting any worse, nor any better, I decided to down play it. It went away during my sleep last night . . . so I bounded about like everything is fine. I went to the post office to mail out my mum's gift and something for another Blogger (Jen). When I hopped back into my van, I just about passed out from the intense pain/pop/pull in the same area. OUCH! I just sat there asking God to spare me. I drove home very carefully, but I felt every bump.
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Tear Jerker Video of the Day

Beautiful video at This Ain't Hell about a comatose soldier:

Maybe not for you guys, but this one comes with a hankie warning for me anyway. Nah, who am I kidding, even if you have a Grinch pre-whoville 2 sizes too small heart, this one will choke you up.
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It's Time for Steele to Go

If Steele has lost Ace, he's lost the nation:

Jay Cost says so, and I'm persuaded. In just the space of a one minute answer, Steele manages to accuse the GOP base of religious intolerance and accuses Mitt Romney of being a dishonest flip-flopper.

As Cost notes, either or both of those things may be true, and are fair comment. (Yeah, way too many people are way too bothered by Romney's Mormonism, and yeah, he flip-flopped.)

But as he also says: Under no circumstance should such statements be coming from the RNC chair.
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Fr. Pavone Urges Student Boycott at ND

Now this is an interesting twist reported by Jill Stanek:

Breaking news: Fr. Pavone urges student boycott of Notre Dame commencement; will offer alternative.

Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has announced he will hold an alternative ceremony at the same time as the Notre Dame commencement, 2p, at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on campus.

Seniors not attending their commencement honoring radical pro-abortion President Barack Obama invited Fr. Pavone to offer this option, called the Class of 2009 Vigil for Life.
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What Unemployment Hath Wrought?

This is what happens when people have nothing better to do.

You Have Been Diversified

The Curt Jester has this very funny take on the effects of preaching diversity.

Sometimes religious types try to broaden their views in order to be loved and respected by nonbelievers.

Don't try this. You only give them more reason to disregard you.

Take what happened to Smith College's chaplains:

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God Haters, Gay Marriage and Fertility

R.S. McCain writes a great piece on the contraceptive culture, gay marriage, and fertility rates. Key graph here:

Don't mistake the direction of causality, however: The decline of the traditional family caused the rise of same-sex marriage, and not vice-versa. It was America's embrace of the Contraceptive Culture -- detroying the natural connection between love, sex, marriage and parenthood -- that has made possible the radical triumph.

Gays did not do this. It was the God-haters, with the help of self-righteous fools who claimed to be religious even while they disobeyed one of God's original commandments: "Be fruitful and multiply." They thought they could embrace the Planned Parenthood lifestyle without consequence.
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Baby vs. Scalia

Funny little story from the Catholic Prayer Breakfast:

I updated the post below with Archbishop Burke’s Notre Dame remarks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast today.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia also spoke, and his son, a Virginia parish priest, gave the invocation.

Father Paul Scalia is used to being interrupted by crying babies when he speaks. His dad is not.
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Bishop Gaydos on Notre Dame

When you look objectively at this Notre Dame scandal, you must admit that the bishop's pronouncements have been a particular and pleasant surprise:

Bishop John Gaydos, Jefferson City Diocese, has jumped on board, proclaiming the truth about the Notre Dame scandal to his flock in a recent Catholic Missourian article. Read here for a condensed version from the May 8th article. Note my emphases were added:

My mind hearkened back to Cardinal Newman as I was thinking about the current impasse between Notre Dame University and the Most Reverend John M. D'Arcy, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, which is the diocese in which Notre Dame is located.

The invitation on the part of the university asking President Obama to address the graduates at this year's commencement has raised serious questions about Notre Dame in particular and Catholic colleges and universities in general and their relationship to the wider Roman Catholic Church.
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Jen F. Is An Ungrateful...

Another great post at Conversion Diary:

The other night a thunderstorm rolled in just as I was drifting off to sleep. I'd been reading a book about World War II, and in my half-conscious state I thought that the thunder that rolled across the sky was the sound of the exploding bombs of a war approaching my doorstep. For a moment it was vividly real -- the rain splattering against the window even providing the sound of machine-gun fire -- and I experienced all the terrible emotions I would feel if I really were in that situation.
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It's Not What You Think

I'm telling you now. I see these guys coming down the street I'm high tailing it right out of there. I'm running until my spleen explodes or I can't remember why I'm running. If I find out later that they weren't who I thought they were, that's cool. You can laugh at me. I'm thinking better safe than sorry.
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I Hated Pius XII

Really interesting article about Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust from the Catholic Herald:

Flicking through images on his BlackBerry, Gary Krupp shows me a picture of himself embracing Pope John Paul II. "I loved him!" he exclaims.

"He is the guy who knighted me," he continues, in reference to his admission to the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great, then moving on to an image of himself with Pope Benedict XVI, he adds: "And this is the guy who promoted me [as a Knight commander of the same order]."

Flight delays made our meeting in the bar of a London hotel very late and Krupp and his wife Meredith were tired. We had been talking about Pope Pius XII for nearly two hours and were about to call it a day after none of us could recall the name of Pius's Secretary of State (Cardinal Luigi Maglione) who, on his orders, protested to Ernst von Weizsacker, the German Ambassador, against the deportation of Rome's Jews by the SS.
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Poll: Catholics Oppose Notre Dame Decision

Amazing how different the results are when you change the wording of a question. The problem with the original poll, I think, is that the mainstream media hasn't covered this issue with any intensity so people didn't have the pertinent facts.

A telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports has found that 52% of Americans-- and 60% of Catholics-- believe that the University of Notre Dame should not have made the decision to award President Barack Obama an honorary degree.

The Rasmussen Reports survey results are markedly different from an earlier survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. The Pew Forum survey found that Catholics, by a margin of 50% to 28%, supported the university’s decision.

The varied results may be attributable to the different poll questions. Rasmussen Reports told survey respondents that the university was violating the US bishops’ guidelines:
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Queen's Medal of Honor Scrapped

You want evidence that England is doomed, here it is:

A British medal established by the Queen will be withdrawn after if was found to be too offensive to Muslims (and Hindus).
The Daily Mail reported:
A medal established by the Queen is being withdrawn after it was declared unlawful and offensive to Muslims and Hindus.

The cross-shaped honour - The Trinity Cross of the Order of Trinity - has been handed to distinguished members of the former colony of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Prenatal Diagnosis Killing Unborn

From the Big Blue Wave.

Prenatal Diagnosis has been Lethal for the Unborn in Canada

From the 2008 Canadian Perinatal Health Report:

One major technologic change that has had a profound effect on the frequency of stillbirths and live births <500 g, and on trends in fetal and infant mortality as a whole, was the introduction and widespread uptake of prenatal diagnosis and pregnancy termination for serious congenital anomalies.

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Fr. Corapi on Notre Dame

I was so pleasantly surprised to see Fr. Corapi again and hear his unique voice on this very important issue:

Fr. Corapi on Notre Dame: "This sends a terrible message to the Catholic world"

The celebrated preacher and television personality has stepped back into the spotlight after two years to release the statement below.
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Coolest Video of the Day

This is wild. This video has no social relevance whatsoever. It's just wild.

Strong Whirlwind rolls through little league baseball game (Wow)
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Not Racism Again! (PARODY)

Nice parody of Kmiec-ian logic by The Fire:

Can we just get over Racism, we are never going to get rid of it. In fact, why do we have discrimination laws. Plus could we just once, have a judicial nomination process that doesn't harp on whether or not civil rights legislation is considered constitutional by the nominee! I mean it is so exasperating. These laws won't even change one racist's heart. Can the Church stop pushing for political victories, leave the public square and just talk to the parishioners who happen to make it to Church about racism and how the Church thinks its bad and stuff. After all, the decision to be a racist is a "tragic moral choice" not an intrinsic evil no matter what. And who are we to make that choice for the racist. And really, by what principle do we decide to punish racists who actually discriminate and but not those who don't? Let's just give up and move on people. It's been more than 500 years and its not going to change anytime soon, get it!
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No Bologna! Communion on Tongue Only

From Father Z

NLM has more than one useful entry today. They picked up from a good Italian language Cantuale Antonianum that His Eminence Carlo Card. Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna, has made the decision… wait for it…

... to require that in the certain great churches of Bologna Holy Communion will be distributed only on the tongue.

I find this interesting and encouraging.

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One Little Hand Against Abortion

Anniversary of the Hand of Hope:

It has been ten years since photographer Michael Clancy, then pro-choice, took some pictures during a fetal surgery that changed his mind about abortion. And that famous picture is still changing minds and hearts about abortion--something the little boy in the original picture is very happy about:

"When I see that picture, the first thing I think of is how special and lucky I am to have God use me that way," Samuel told FOXNews.com. "I feel very thankful that I was in that picture."
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Universal Support for Universal Pre-School?

Pundette is more than slightly concerned about universal pre-school. Me too.

President Obama is known to be in favor of universal pre-school for four year-olds. Parents who pay others to care for their children have an obvious financial reason to support it, and politicians know it. In the state of Virginia, for example, all of the gubernatorial candidates, including the conservative McDonnell, support it.
"This is like ice cream and apple pie -- you couldn't be against preschool education," said Michael J. Petrilli, vice president for national programs and policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think tank.

But the support is not universal. My husband and I have a large family, with all the children now beyond the age of five. We sent nary a one to pre-school, believing that children are natural sponges who learn best in a secure and stimulating home environment from those who know and love them.
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Elmo Proud of Sesame Street for First Time

This is funny:

Time for some satirical news…

SESAME STREET (PNN): First Lady Michelle Obama recorded an appearance on Sesame Street, but the occasion was overshadowed by a famous character on the long-running program.

Mrs. Obama, along with the famous Muppets, taped a public service announcement promoting healthy living and exercise, but the statement that got the unfair and hateful far-right blogosphere buzzing came from Elmo, who was expressing his joy concerning the First Lady’s appearance on the program:

“For the first time in Elmo’s life, Elmo proud of Sesame Street.”
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Chris Matthews, SJU, and the Jesuit Identity

As you probably remember Saint Joseph's University is honoring Chris Matthews at the commencement ceremony. One alum has written a moving letter to the school concerning their decision. 44 is a man who loves Saint Joe's and is truly pained at his school's decision. Definitely worth a read:

My good friend John Lammers, aka Novaboy, told me years ago when we were at Lucent Technologies to never write, then send, a letter out of anger. To shelve it, and wait until a cooler mind may prevail. So I've waited a month. I was disappointed with my alma mater's decision to honor Chris Matthews at this year's commencement -- and I remain so. It was an extremely poor decision made by the faculty, and approved by the SJU Board of Trustees and Fr. Timothy Lannon, SJ -- a man whom I greatly admire. Mr. Matthews had the following to say about the United States Bishops who feel that the teachings the Roman Catholic Church should apply to all Roman Catholics, including politicians:
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Compassion Bloggers

I'm only about halfway through these amazing stories from Rocks in my Dryer. Incredible. Moving. Angering. Hopeful.

I hope you've heard about the Compassion bloggers over in India this week. Maybe a little part of you has steered clear of their stories. It's painful to hear about dying orphans and oppressive poverty. It might be a little more pleasant to think of that as a problem that is happening Over There, which is certainly Not Here, and it's awful, truly, but there's nothing I can do.

But here's the thing.

Compassion's story is, ultimately, a story of hope. It's about a problem that is slowly but surely being solved, one child at a time, because people like you opened their eyes to the stories.
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Tales Of A Fourth Grade Intellect

Oh Fudge! Children's Author Judy Blume solicits donations for Planned Parenthood in honor of Mother's Day.

Bush Called Fundamentalists "Wackos?"

Here's a news story I didn't see coming from Damian Thompson. I'd be interested to find out whether the authors of this book have the inflammatory quote recorded or whether it's secondhand info:

I've always suspected that George W Bush wasn't really a big fan of Christian fundamentalists: he's an evangelical with Catholic leanings, not a Bible-basher. Now my suspicions have been confirmed by a new book about the worldwide religious revival called God is Back by the Economist's John Mickelthwait and Adrian Wooldridge.
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Eulogies at Funerals

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has to start coming out of his shell and say what he really thinks.

A friend of mine called recently to vent about the awfulness of his parish. He attended a funeral where, instead of the homily, gave a pretty lame eulogy about the deceased. The poor woman was not actually a very pleasant or sociable individual, and of course Fr Folkmass went on and on about how popular she was. Then he invites the family to say a few words about the dear departed and nobody can think of anyone to say. My friend was cringing as the old duck's brother stood up and told a couple of childhood stories about how the departed dealt with her weight problem. So it went from bad to worse.
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At Least The Pope Never Did This

The Vatican's communications arm is horrible, but at least they never did this!

Funniest Joke of the Day

Iowahawk is brilliantly funny. You have to see it to get it. Here's the text but please go see the picture:

Breaking: Gay Marriage Opponent Topless Photos Leaked
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Get off Your But

A truly inspiring story from Deacon's Bench:

It's a cold, miserable, rainy morning here in Brooklyn.

But my corner of it got suddenly and beautifully brighter after reading this inspiring story from the Chicago Tribune:
Born with a disorder that would leave him 3 feet tall and so brittle that coughing could fracture a rib, Sean Stephenson could not walk as a child. He was racked with pain. People stared at him all the time.
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One Scotland, Many Cultures - Or Not

Spotted at In Hoc Signo Vinces

I spotted this in the school where my kids have their swimming lessons on a Saturday morning. 'One Scotland, Many Cultures', it proudly proclaims, as though we should all think it rather jolly that civic society should be atomised.

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Caption Contest: Days Like This

You've got to check out the pic on this caption contest at Faith and Family Live and read the comments. There's some great ones including “Do you think Mom will find out that I finished her box of wine?” Hopefully, one of you will come up with something better. Make us proud.

I probably shouldn’t show you this picture, but it’s just such a good representation of the kind of morning we had around here. Feeling kinda blech, not running at a hundred percent, rainy-day ennui. Somehow this shot captures it all perfectly.

We’re doing better this afternoon, but that kind of morning can really affect a person’s day, you know? Not exactly a manic Monday, but something equally intense.
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Father Z Smacks Around Lil Dicky

Father Z is in rare form giving Fr. Richard McBrien a fisk and a half! Go read. Very fun.

Wolverine is the anti-Osteen?

I'm always a little uncomfortable with the premise that if you are a Christian nothing bad can happen to you. I think some people confuse the cross around their necks with a rabbit's foot. There's a great quote from the director of Wolverine that S. Logan found and then go on to check out the rest of the interview. It's pretty interesting stuff:

"I think more people than we want to admit live on the dark side. I think that, you know, we are misled if we think that being a Christian means your life is going to be peachy; it’s just not going to happen.
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Making Torture Safe, Legal, and Rare

This came from a comment at Amy's blog and OSV picked it up. It's quite brilliant:

I ran across this comment at Amy Welborn's blog and thought our readers might enjoy it:
All of you commenters here who keep bringing up torture and going on and on about it:

You all are such simplistic one-issue voters on this torture issue. You're in such lockstep with the Vatican and the hierarchy that it's clear you have abandoned free thinking entirely.

I’m personally opposed to torture, but I don’t think I could ever impose that view on somebody else.

I’d rather see us have a President who works to reduce the need for torture. We need to get at the deeper issues here – it’s not just as black and white as you religious-types always say. We should work with torturers to support them, not criminalize them.
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Questions from a Baptist

Baron von Korf's Court has what I think will be a pretty interesting read:

This is the first of an 11 part series called Questions from a Baptist. This was originally a series of questions posed to me through a friend for his friend's Humanities class. He asked 11 questions about the Catholic Church, and those are going to be the 11 spots here. I gave the answers to the best of my knowledge and with the understanding that they are not totally complete. Truly a whole book could be written on each one, and it wouldn't surprise me if there are.


1.I understand that the Catholic Church is a church based in Christianity. For some time, the people of the Baptist Church have said that the Chatolics are misleading the people of the congregation by teaching them to pray to saints rather than directly to Christ. Do you believe this is accurate or do you believe their view is in error?
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Bishop Pena on Notre Dame

Bishop Pena asks Obama not to come to Notre Dame:

This letter is addressed to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and to the president of Notre Dame University, Father John Jenkins. It is written in response to the fact that Father Jenkins has invited Barack Obama to be Notre Dame’s Commencement speaker on May 17, 2009, at which time the university will bestow on him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Father Jenkins, what you have done is in direct violation of the U.S. Bishops 2004 document on Catholics in Public Life, which states that Catholic institutions are not to bestow honors on, or provide speaking platforms to, anyone who stands in public opposition to the Church’s moral doctrines, particularly those which defend the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. The prestige that the president will lend to your commencement is not sufficient reason to disregard these principles. There are numerous prominent public figures distinguished for their moral rectitude and record of public service from which you could have drawn.
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A Funny Letter in the Obama Era

This is pretty funny stuff from Kyrie Eleison:

This came across my email inbox, and I thought it worth sharing for a chuckle or two.

To Employees:

As the CFO of this business that employees 140 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barack Obama is our President and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, I figure that the Clients will have to see an increase in our fees to them of about 8%. Since we cannot increase our fees right now due to the dismal state of our economy, we will have to lay off six of our employees instead. This has really been eating at me for a while, as we believe we are family here and I didn’t know how to choose who will have to go.
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Catholics Evangelizing on Campus

While we rightly worry that Catholic universities are becoming secularized, some secular colleges are bearing great fruit from Catholic evangelization. Amy has more:

More awesomeness from campus ministries on secular campuses, this time from the University of Kansas in Lawrence (I used to live there - a *long* time ago. 3rd-7th grad, to be exact.)

What they're doing is inspired by the Aggie Catholics' "Ask a Catholic a Question" which we've highlighted here before.

But with their own twist:
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Romney Snarks At Palin

For someone who's main plus in his run for President was that he looked presidential this seems like a pretty dumb thing to say. What is Romney thinking, attacking Palin? His weakness is from the right wing which doesn't trust him so he knocks Sarah Palin, whom many on the right appreciate and admire. So on top of just being mean and sexist, it's also stupid. Conservatives 4 Palin have analysis:

Ben Smith at Politico quotes Mitt Romney in regards to Governor Palin's selection for Time's "100 Most Influential" list:

KING: As you launch this effort, anyone who picks up "Time" magazine this week and sees the 100 most influential people, will see two Republicans in that magazine. They'll see Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. Is that helpful, hurtful, indifferent?
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ROMNEY: John, I'd like to have a lot more influential Republicans. I think there are a lot more influential Republicans than that would suggest. But was that the issue on the most beautiful people or the most influential people? I'm not sure. If it's the most beautiful, I understand. We're not real cute.
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Specter: GOP Killed Kemp

This is sickening and just plain wrong in every sense of the word. Hot Air has video and analysis:

Arlen Specter went a bit too far after being asked to justify his party switch yesterday. Specter told Face the Nation that had the GOP listened to him and spent billions more dollars in the “war on cancer,” Jack Kemp would still be alive:
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Reporters Sit For Bush/ Rise for Obama

This says it all. The only thing that's missing is them all crying out "Captain, My Captain." Check out the vid at Newsbusters:

Patrick Gavin of the Politico put on display an eye-opening contrast on YouTube over the weekend. From February 28, 2008, President Bush made a morning appearance in the White House briefing room and is greeted unsurprisingly with reporters remaining seated.

But on May 1, 2009, when President Obama walks in the room (that would be the "dream sequence" appearance, as an NBC reporter put it), the reporters all stand until he asks them to be seated. You see them rise in the video.

This could be a rather mild outbreak of old-fashioned politeness to the chief. But in my two years in the White House press corps, I never saw reporters in the informal all-business setting of the briefing room stand up to greet the president (unless we were already standing, of course.)
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In Defense of John Wayne and Rio Bravo

One of my favorite movies with John Wayne was made as a response to "High Noon," which the Duke didn't like at all as it represented townspeople in America as cowards. Lots of good info for Duke fans and if you haven't seen "Rio Bravo" yet, it's great.

Exquisitely crafted, but never ostentatious. Pleasantly mellow, but never lazy. Thematically rich, but never preachy. Respectful of tradition, but never stolid. Deeply compassionate, but never descending into schmaltz. Five decades ago, a group of men now long-dead (and, it must be said, one smokin’-hot woman, still-living) followed an aged veteran director into the Arizona desert to make a humble, heartfelt western based firmly on quintessentially American notions of courage, decency, and good humor. The result of their collaboration, Rio Bravo (1959), remains one of the great visceral pleasures of cinema.
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