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NRO on Archbishop Dolan

Mike Potemra of The Corner is impressed with Archbishop Dolan:

I have long had a high opinion of the man who (since February 2009) has been the new Catholic archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan: I have read some of his writings, heard anecdotes about his joviality, and seen him occasionally on TV. But I wasn’t quite prepared for the splendid impression he makes in real life. Today, at the 10:15 Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he radiated a genuinely folksy exuberance combined with theological candor that makes it clearer to me than ever that New York Catholics — and New Yorkers generally — are fortunate to have him in our civic life in this dark period for our politics and our economy. I stress the word “genuinely,” in “genuinely folksy,” because there are few things as dispiriting as watching someone try to be “folksy” because his campaign consultants/professors/church superiors/etc. have told him he has to be in order to get the job.
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American Hockey and Wounded Warriors

As if you needed another reasons to root for the American Hockey team today, here's a great one from Ace:

I was going to make this part of my US-Canada game post (3pm eastern on NBC) but I think it deserves some attention of its own.

US hockey GM Brian Burke made unabashed patriotism part of the team’s ethic from the start. To that end the US team has partnered with Operation Homefront to pair each player with a wounded warrior.
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New DVD on the Priesthood

Fr. Z has some commentary on a new DVD about the priesthood and has a ten minute clip which looks pretty impressive.

Together with the Vatican Congregation for Clergy, a group in Spain called Home of the Mother (something to do with the EUK Mamie Foundation) has put out a 30 minute video DVD on the vocation to the priesthood.

The DVD is called Alter Christus, which gives you right away that this is not about the priest as "Just call me Bob" or presider of a fuzzy self-affirming faith community.

The DVD is available in many language.
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Earth Hour?

So turning off the lights is good if you're a liberal but evil if you're conservative? Yeah, makes sense to me.

The official Earth Hour is Saturday, March 27th this year. I suppose with all the hype surrounding the hour, a lot of energy gets saved, but isn’t it better to save as much energy as you can all the time? How about every day? So, why is it that when a whole town decides to have Earth Hour every night, they get castigated? An interesting story by way of Michelle Malkin. Out in Colorado Springs, the town has turned the street lights off at night to save money to avoid taxing the citizens, who VOTED not to be taxed any more.
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Finally! The Jane Austen Liturgial Allegory

Quite clever piece from St. Louis Catholic:

If today's faithful Catholic is represented by Elizabeth Bennet, bright, hopeful and coming of age, then the liturgical forms would have to be represented by Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham.

Mr. Wickham is immediately accessible, loves to talk--especially about how bad ol' Darcy is-- has some initial minor flash but soon proves to be tedious and unreliable.
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The Last Remaining Single One

Cecilia M. Schwartz wonders why she's still single and wonders what God has in store for her:

I don’t know why the Lord allowed me to be brought so low after my great Valentine’s weekend, but here I am, still aching from the difficult reality I wrestled with past few days.

I spent the weekend with a friend, as I do every year when her husband goes out of town for a men’s conference. She is always grateful for the help with their ever-growing family, and we both enjoy being able to nurture our friendship as we support each other in our different walks of life. It has never been an exclusive weekend, there are always other women to join us as we grow in sisterhood.

This year was no different, except one thing. I realized I was the last single woman remaining among my friends.
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God Said Multiply and Did She Ever

Chelsea Zimmerman has a great story about an amazing woman.

WHEN Yitta Schwartz died last month at 93, she left behind 15 children, more than 200 grandchildren and so many great- and great-great-grandchildren that, by her family’s count, she could claim perhaps 2,000 living descendants.
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Reid's Outrageous Lie

Nancy Pelosi told a whopper about abortion. Obama lied pretty much every minute he spoke. But Harry Reid's lie should not be forgotten. And John Hawkins ain't forgetting. Check out the story and the vid.

In more rational times, Harry Reid's egregious lie about reconciliation would end his political career.

What lie, you ask? Actually, come to think of it, you're probably thinking something more along the lines of, "Which lie?"

This lie...
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Gergen: GOP had its best day in years.

David Gergen is a Dem who doesn't like Republicans. But even he who says that its conventional wisdom that Republicans are brain dead said the Republicans had a great day. Gateway Pundit has the short vid:

The Party of No – No More. Republicans finally got to present their plan to America and America liked what they saw. This dog and pony show was a huge mistake for Obama and his cronies. Republicans came to the meeting with an alternative plan that made sense. Democrats were just there for the show, and they showed that they were angry, immature, impatient, intolerant, manipulative and rude.
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Love Among the Ruins

Caring for orphans, ransoming hostages, burying the dead—it’s all in a day’s work for Father Rick Frechette.

Go Read Love Among The Ruins

Can You Help Me?

Tim Burke on prayer:

We are all in relationships of one sort or another. Whether that relationship is with a best friend, a spouse, a co-worker, a classmate, a teacher, or a boss, we are all in relationships.

Imagine, if you will, for a moment that I am your best friend. Now imagine that every time we talk, all I do is ask you for something. I ask you to buy me lunch. I ask to borrow a pen. I ask you to help me on a project that I'm working on. I ask to borrow your cell phone. I ask you for money. How would you feel if every time we talked all I did was ask you for something, if all I did was ask you to help me? How long would that relationship last? My guess is that that relationship wouldn't last more than a couple of weeks.
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Gimme' a Break. Choke Proof Hotdogs?

Melissa Clouthier at Right Wing News worries that we're all becoming weenies:

Any mother worth her title knows that grapes are the number one choking hazard. At my kid's pre-school, they actually make parents cut up grapes due to the risk. No warning on hotdogs, though. Until now:

Nutritionists have long warned of the perils of hot dogs: fat, sodium and preservatives to name a few.

Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants foods like hot dogs to come with a warning label — not because of their nutritional risks but because they pose a choking hazard to babies and children.
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Critical Condition

If you're looking for some quick hits as well as strong analysis on Obama's healthcare summit there's no better place for it than NRO's Critical Condition. Check it out.

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McCain Skoolz Obama

Did Obama really think that his presence would make Republicans run scared. Well, it doesn't look like they are. In fact, John McCain practically dunked and posterized Obama by charging him with political corruption. The look on O's face was priceless. Check out Ace for details:

Pretty good moment. After mentioning the Louisiana Purchase and the Cornhusker Kickback, McCain noted, to Obama's grimacing face, the deal with Phrma, in which Phrma agreed to cut costs $80 billion and run $150 million in ads supporting ObamaCare in exchange for an agreement to limit competition on prices in Medicare and opposition to drug re-importation from Canada.

Obama's answer? "We're not in campaign mode anymore."

He doesn't answer the charges. He just claims that to talk about how corrupt the process is would be unhelpful.
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Radical Safe Schools Czar Gets $410 Million

The Obama administration still seems intent on radicalizing and sexualizing children. Gateway Pundit has the scary details:

It may be the worst recession since the Great Depression but that doesn’t mean everyone is suffering. The Obama White House still throws one party every three days. Government jobs are booming. And, Obama’s radical Safe School’s Czar Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), did such a great job his first year in office that his department is getting a $45 million raise.

$45 million ought to train slew of activists like Margot Abels.
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5 Year Old's 911 Call for Dad

This is just so adorable. This 5 year old is talking to 911 and caring for her father. You've got to listen to it:

Jason Bonham answered a 911 call at the Hancock County, Indiana dispatch. On the line was a five-year-old named Savannah Hensley who reported that her father had trouble breathing. An ambulance was dispatched, and Frank Hensley’s life was saved by her calm but adorable call. Link -via Digg
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Canadian Premier Comes To US For Surgery

TheBlogProf highlights the crazy hypocrisy:

One of the dirty secrets of nationalizing healthcare is that the political class opts themselves out for greener pasture elsewhere. And by greener pastures, I'm talking about much better quality of care. Case in point is Canada's healthcare system, that is loved by the healthy that don't need care save for the occasional office visit, stitch or broken bone. The minority of the population that needs significant care, typically the elderly, literally find themselves in single-payer hell where long lines and rationing are the order of the day.
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3 out of 4 Oppose Obamacare

Poor Obama. Starting his renewed healthcare push with 3/4 of the people against him. Moonbattery has the story:

No doubt PBO is spending the evening having Axelrod, Plouffe, and Emmanuel drill talking points into his thick little head so he can repeat them at the Health Care Summit tomorrow, but, here's the thing, according to a CNN Poll, 73% of Americans say start over or ditch this entirely.
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Adrienne's Ready for the Healthcare Summit

Adrienne's saying she's ready for the healthcare summit but she doesn't seem very calm to me. But what do I know I'm not a doctor:

1.Popcorn - check
2.Shasta diet grapefruit - check
3.Back support pillow - check
4.Pepto-Bismol - check

While this administration continues to spend money it doesn't have, let's look at some of the unintended consequences of what's going on. We all know about the obvious stuff such as the millions of unemployed or under-employed folks.
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Oh No! Huffpo's New Religion Bloggers

Mark Shea has the lineup of quacks and malcontents!

Said Paul Raushenbush: "HuffPost Religion aims to more accurately reflect the large cross section of insights provided by religious people beyond the more narrow range commonly depicted.

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Bristol Palin's Acting Career Begins

Troglopundit has the story:

Bristol Palin’s acting career begins…by playing herself. She done landed a TV show:
Fresh off her mother’s battles with David Letterman and Family Guy, Bristol Palin will make her TV-drama debut in season 3 of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager next summer. The show, now in its second season, follows a single teen mom who got pregnant in a regrettable fling at band camp.
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Did The Bleat of the Lamb Excite the Lion?

An excellent piece at Powerline on how Obama's foreign policy weakness may have made things harder for him. While I guess we should be grateful they're not just blaming Bush, what they are saying may be more worrisome:

Hillary Clinton isn't a fool, but you wouldn't know it from this statement:
People say to me all the time, what happened to Iran? ... When President Obama came in, he was very clear that he wanted to engage, and that's what he's been trying to do -- reaching out to the Iranian people, reaching out to the Iranian leadership. And you have to ask yourself, why, when so many experts thought that there would be a positive response to President Obama's outreach, has there not?
To be sure, it's quite a mystery why Ahmadinejad didn't respond in kind to Obama's fellowship, as liberal experts expected him to. But Clinton thinks she has the answer: the power of the Revolutionary Guard has been growing. Thus, the administration's line is (in the words of Rick Richman) "don't blame us for the failure of our 'engagement' policy -- it was thwarted by the triumph of the Iranian hardliners."

But why did the hardliners triumph?
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God Doesn't Listen to Joe Biden

Hypocrisy 101:

God Doesn't Listen to Joe Biden. Or maybe God just figured that Joe Biden wasn’t terribly serious about this 2005 prayer, unearthed by Breitbart TV and Naked Emperor News today. He was not the only Democrat bemoaning “majoritarian, absolute power,” either, or complaining about unilateral rules changes at that time. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton join Biden as current administration officials who have suddenly seen the light of majoritarian power:
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He Performed Abortions Until Eighth Month

More sickening news coming out about Dr. Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist from the Philadelphia Daily News:

SOMETHING had gone wrong with the abortion.

That's all Marie Smith could think about as she vomited incessantly and shivered with a high fever, just a week after Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell had performed an abortion on her at his West Philadelphia clinic in 1999.

Smith, 19 at the time, fell unconscious at her mother's home and was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors confirmed her suspicions.

Something had indeed gone wrong, but it was worse than she could have imagined.

"They showed me X-rays and said he [Gosnell] left an arm and a leg inside me," Smith said last night. "I almost died. I thought he knew what he was doing, but I guess I was wrong."
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The Declaration of Indigestion

I would eat like a champ in Michigan. Check out this menu at Director Blue:

Everyone knows that you don't eat ballpark franks for the nutritional value, but this may be crossing a line. Like the white chalk line they draw around your body after you suffer a massive coronary.

Remember the Fifth Third burger monstrosity the Tigers' Single-A affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps sold last year? ...The 'Caps are at it again, asking fans to vote on what they should add to their menu.
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Fetal Pain Bill

This could change everything, says Jill Stanek:

I wrote this in my January 27 WorldNetDaily.com column about a new bill introduced in NE:

The Abortion Pain Prevention Act takes us into a whole new world of abortion law, banning all abortions after 20 gestational weeks on the basis of a preborn baby's capacity to feel the pain of it all. At this age a baby anatomically "has the physical structures necessary to experience pain," states the bill, based on scientific evidence....

Watch this legislation. It has the potential to be as explosive in the 2000s as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban was in the 1990s, and just as damaging to the abortion movement. Meanwhile, if passed, it would save exponentially more lives.
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Satanic Video Games on the Rise

The Philadelphia Bulletin reports:

Even the most hard-core gamers are sounding the alarm about the rise in the number of satanically-themed video games that target God and Christianity, invite players to make pacts with the devil, and elevate Satan to hero status.

“This has been going on for the last 10 years, but especially in the most recent games,” said Lance Christian, 32, of Alton, Illinois who has been an avid gamer for most of his life.

For instance, in one game, players kill the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael before going on to destroy God. Another game requires players to sell their soul to the devil and rewards them for “killing unbaptized infants.”

All of these games seem to have one central theme - God is the enemy and the devil is the hero. And they do nothing to hide it. One game guide glibly states: “The Judeo-Christian God is portrayed as the prominent villain in the series . . . “
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Watch This and Try Not to Smile

Read and watch the vid at Catholic Jedi Academy and try not to smile Bet you can't do it:

Humor and laughter are powerful gifts from the Holy Spirit. Throughout my life and vocation, the ability to recognize what is ludicrously improbable, absurd and inconsistent in myself and in my fellow human beings has helped me remain (reasonably?) sane and hopeful. And if you haven't guessed already: satire, farce, and the comedic are glorious components in the concept and daily operation of this grand cyber-institution, The Catholic Jedi Academy.
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Rev. Know-It-All Tells All

Reverend Know-it-All remembers the 60's. And it's not pretty:

Dear Rev. Know it All,
I don’t know why I bother to read your columns. I suppose it’s like looking at a train wreck. One doesn’t want to slow down and waste time, but it’s hard to ignore such a disaster. I’m tired of your constant whining. You don’t approve of anything normal. Modern marriage isn’t good enough for you. You don’t approve of what most people want at Mass. On and on! Or is it just that you’re better than the rest of us?
Ms. Guyded

Dear Ms. Guyded,
Better? Hardly! I am still trying to recover from the groovy sixties. I was an avid student of Lenin, Mao and Trotsky. I kept company with a young woman who was a devotee of Sartre and Camus. I wandered through Europe with a pack on my back. I played my guitar at anti-war protests and planned Hootenanny Masses, even though by that time I was beginning to think of myself as more Hindu/Buddhist than Christian.
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It Smells Like Daddy in Here

Must read of the day from Amy Welborn. I hesitate to even send you over there because it's devestatingly moving:

I have one more story to tell about February 3. I’ve been holding back on it, thinking that you’d be tired of it all by now, or that maybe there was more to it that might be illuminated with a few more days of reflection and living (as is often the case with me), but here we are, and I need to move on, so I’ll just tell it.

I did something that day I had not done during that whole preceding year – I swear. I mean – I swear.
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Slate Blacklists Black Conservatives

Say you're surprised. I dare you. Come on. Check out the Weekly Standard for this disgusting piece of news:

Slate's The Root -- the portion of the website where they cordon off their African-American content -- has compiled a list of "Black folks we'd like to remove from black history." Some of the choices are funny (Dennis Rodman) some are head-scratching (the doctor who prescribed Michael Jackson his meds?) while others are downright offensive. The continuous pathology in the liberal black community to denigrate black conservatives as "not really black" continues apace here: Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele, and Alan Keyes are listed alongside Idi Amin, Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier, and Robert Mugabe.
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Unfit Mother?

The left attacks woman who decides to keep her baby. Pundette has the story:

Amanda Marcotte on Mechelle Hall, the woman who held a knife to the throat of an abortion protester and later thanked her for saving her baby:
Convincing unstable, violent women to have children, one crazy incident at a time. Good work, antis!
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You Just Bought 2 Million Fortune Cookies

This is crazy. Not a little crazy. This is no visitors allowed, strait jacket, thorazine drip crazy. Your taxpayer money just went to buying two million fortune cookies to advertise the Census. Make it stop. Please. Michelle Malkin has the story:

Your Census boondoggle story of the day: Fortune cookies. I’ve got another story to add to my Census taxpayer waste files. In addition to the gold-plated Super Bowl ads and cross-country caravans, billion-dollar kiddie propaganda, and multiculti p.r., you can now add government-sponsored Census fortune cookies to the pile.
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Does Pelosi Have the Votes for Obamacare?

I hope Allahpundit is right about this one because he seems to think Pelosi doesn't have the votes. We'll see:

Ironically, for all of the left’s endless whining about the filibuster, it ain’t the Senate that’s their biggest problem anymore. A simple question for you from Philip Klein, who’s been counting heads in the lower chamber for weeks: Given that they’re starting with only 217 “yes” votes, who’ll be stupid enough among the no’s to flip in favor of what even David Brooks is calling a “fiscal time bomb”?
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PETA Will Not Be Happy With St. Francis

This is a funny story from Munchkins on the Path:

Anna Marie and three friends had a slumber party at our home about a week ago. We were still in new-baby sleep-deprivation mode, and I'm not sure what we were thinking. Really. The sleep-deprivation is clearly responsible for some seriously questionable parental decisions. Accordingly, we were deprived of ever-more sleep while the gaggle of girls giggled the night away.

To make matters more interesting for the girls and the sleepy parents, we discovered at some point in the evening that there was a mouse in our walls chewing away on our wiring.

How did we know this, you ask? Well, we heard him. Loud and clear. Behind the thermostat.
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Terrorist=Loner but Loner=Teabagger?

Warner Todd Huston nails the old media with this piece.

No clearer difference can be seen in how the Old Media and its left-wing compatriots treat mass killers, terrorists and nutjobs than the way Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab and Joe Stack have been portrayed by the Old Media and the left. Abdulmutallab, the jihadi Christmas Bomber, was treated as an aberration unconnected with any larger group -- despite that he trained with al Qaeda -- and Joe Stack, who flew a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, has been held up as the epitome of the “teabaggers” and the “anti-government right” despite that not a single tie to those folks has been yet discovered.
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Here Come Gov't Price Controls

Did anyone doubt that power-grabbing isn't high on the White House's to-do list. Michelle Malkin has the story:

Earlier this month, I flagged the White House jihad against Anthem Blue Cross of California over its rate increases (see Feb. 9, 2010, Will the White House demand that every business “justify” its price increases?).

That campaign has now become the new cornerstone of the Demcare revival.
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The Chemist's War

The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences is a pretty good reason to distrust government. Check out Slate for the full piece. Definitely worth a read:

It was Christmas Eve 1926, the streets aglitter with snow and lights, when the man afraid of Santa Claus stumbled into the emergency room at New York City's Bellevue Hospital. He was flushed, gasping with fear: Santa Claus, he kept telling the nurses, was just behind him, wielding a baseball bat.

Before hospital staff realized how sick he was—the alcohol-induced hallucination was just a symptom—the man died. So did another holiday partygoer. And another. As dusk fell on Christmas, the hospital staff tallied up more than 60 people made desperately ill by alcohol and eight dead from it. Within the next two days, yet another 23 people died in the city from celebrating the season.
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The Immortality of Taxes and Tolls

BettNet takes on the gas tax. Bettnet scores a KO:

Liberals like to use taxation and regulation to bring about social engineering. Unfortunately, they also use those tools as an opportunity to expand the reach of government through new programs funded by those new taxes. Thus they tax cigarettes, for example, rather than outlaw it, so they can fund health-care for poor kids, which is one of the ways they sell the tax to voters. But when the tax has its effect, as in reducing the number of smokers, the liberals cry that these “vital” programs created by these taxes are under-funded, and so another new tax is born.

The latest example of this round-robin is the gas tax in Massachusetts...
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Awareness Goes Both Ways

Jennifer Merkel writes about praying outside of an abortion clinic.

Today I went down into Baltimore with Paula and Susan to pray in front of an abortion clinic that has been in business for 25 years. The website that they have up is slick and beautiful. It is rosy and upbeat. The building itself is a drab, older office building. The clinic is on the 6th floor and there is nothing at all rosy about it.

Route 40 goes right by the front of the building and there is a lot of traffic.
It's so surreal standing there and praying in silence while the city is hustling around. The noise kind of fades into the background and the focus is the women, babies and the staff.
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Spiritual Leprosy

Catholic Jedi Academy is becoming one of my favorite sites. Check it out:

Cynicism, or distrust, or self-centeredness should have no place in the mind and heart of a person committed to living our Catholic Faith. Because, spiritually, these attitudes are poisonous, dangerous! They infect us with spiritual leprosy!
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Time to Get a New Speechwriter

Tim Pawlenty uses a really really bad metaphor here. Just plain weird. Powerline has the vid and commentary.

Governor Tim Pawlenty's CPAC speech got a generally favorable, but not wildly enthusiastic, reception. The speech's most commented-upon moment was when he urged conservatives to emulate Elin Nordegren by taking a 9-iron to the federal government:
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Small Steps for Catholic Moms

Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss are two of the best Catholic bloggers out there. So togehter they're like awesome squared. Check out their new book.

You might recall that for the past couple of years Elizabeth Foss and I have shared daily promptings throughout the 40 days of Lent, reminding moms of small ways to pray, fast, and give every day.

Last year, at the end of Lent, many moms asked if these daily devotions were available in book form. Which gave us an idea.

“Why not give them a whole year?” Elizabeth asked.
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Santorum: I Was Wrong About Specter

I'm starting to think former Senator Rick Santorum might be considering running for President. Click over to Right Wing News and go a few pragraphs down to read what he said about his endorsement of Specter. It's not exactly a mea culpa but I think it's the first step:

In case I haven't mentioned this a hundred times before, Rick Santorum is my favorite senator. From the war on terrorism - his more recent focus - to values to the cultural plagues of our society, I really believe he has full depth of understanding; even more significant is that he's a politician who puts his principles before power and popularity.

Today, spent the majority of this time discussing the war on terror, which he believes the be America's greatest threat and should be our greatest focus, for obvious reasons. Moreover, he pointed out that it wasn't actually a war on "terror":
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I'm in Tiger's Corner

Larry Kudlow is rooting for Tiger Woods:

I believe that faith in a power greater than ourselves is capable of creating a spiritual conversion to cure bad behavior and other manifestations of the disease of addiction.

It is vital to my own personal story. On a daily basis, it forms the foundation of my life.
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Andre Bessette, CSC, to be Canonized

Fr. James Martin of America Magazine finds this "wonderful, wonderful news:"

Wonderful, wonderful news from the Congregation of the Holy Cross, whose press release I'm reprinting in full:

Known popularly as the "miracle man of Montreal," Brother André Bessette, C.S.C.-an unassuming porter who became legendary for his ministry to the sick and needy of Montreal-was formally recognized today by the Vatican as one of six candidates who will be canonized a saint later this year.
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Celebrating the Single Life

Being alone is not loneliness, says the Crescat:

Celebrating the single life...what a blessing it is to be alone. Let me explain...

To be alone is not the same as experiencing loneliness. There is much joy to be had in being alone and single. When you are alone in life you can not use your personal relationships as crutches to support you through the turmoil. You either lean or Christ or you fall. In fact when things in my life are at the most tumultuous is when I feel nearest to Christ. I call on him more. I pray fervently.
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This is Disturbing

Reading this will not help you sleep tonight. I warned you. So don't blame me. Ace has this disturbing story:

Eric Holder: Okay, So Maybe Nine Justice Department Political Appointees Previously Worked for Terrorist Clients... And Your Point Is...?

Oh this is just wonderful, isn't it?

Oh -- by the way, that is just the number of lawyers who have worked directly as terrorist advocates, or who have submitted friend-of-the-court briefs on their behalf. (Amicus curae briefs allow interested third parties to submit their own briefs for consideration on points of law particularly influenced by public-policy questions.)
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Children With Same-Sex Parents Worse Off?

Here's a study you won't be hearing about any time soon in the media. That's why you should be checking your "Acts of the Apostasy":

Here's something you won't see discussed on CNN, MSNBC or any other major news agency.

From Catholic News Agency: Children With Same-Sex Parents Prone To Suicide, Study Reveals

A study presented at the symposium in Mexico, “Homosexual Adoption: What Science Has Discovered,” revealed that most children adopted by same-sex couples display “greater levels of stress,” and suffer from “suicidal tendencies and attempts.”
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Short and Funny

Good joke from Rick at Divine Ripples:

The Obama Administration will be honoring the 43rd President of the United States by naming the gap between the tectonic plates beneath Haiti after him...
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A Video Response to Keith Olbermann

Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has the video.

What big-media coverage doesn’t show, because it doesn’t fit the narrative. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for Olbermann to apologize for working at such a lily-white organization. Racist.
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California Bishops' Environmental Lent

Karen Hall is hilarious.

Happily for me, I'm starting Lent in Los Angeles, and the California bishops have a terrific idea!

In its latest Public Policy Insights newsletter, emailed to subscribers on Feb. 12, the Catholic Legislative Network is recommending a new way to observe Lent, which begins tomorrow. The newsletter is produced by the California Catholic Conference, the lobbying arm of the state’s bishops.
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A Lenten Plea

Man With Black Hat asks for help for a priest in New Jersey:

Frequent readers of mwbh may be aware that yours truly is a Master of Ceremonies for a regular Sunday Traditional Latin Mass in northern Virginia. Those of us who are dedicated to this work tend to know one another, and frequently correspond, exchange ideas, and offer each other moral support. One thing that all of us have in common, is a high esteem for one good Father in particular.

Nearly a decade ago, the Bishop of Camden, New Jersey, graciously permitted the first canonically established Church owned and operated by a Roman Catholic diocese, to be granted exclusive use of the 1962 Missale Romanum.
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Poison Attempt at Fort Jackson?

Five "angry youths" may have attempted to poison soldiers. Cassy Fiano has the story:

Fox News is currently reporting that five individuals, allegedly Muslim, are being investigated for poisoning the food supply at Fort Jackson. This is apparently connected to an Arabic language translator program on base. I’ll post more information as it comes.

Fort Jackson is located in South Carolina and is the largest training base in the Army.
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Pro-Life Hero Lila Rose at CPAC

Ed Morrissey interviews Lila Rose:

Right in the middle of this video, Dick Cheney made a surprise appearance, but Lila’s segment here is a must-view. Stick around to the end to find out which progressive talk-show host is apparently lurking around CPAC.
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Feds Seek to Brainwash Schoolchildren

OK. This is disturbing. I've often said that the most damaging effects of the Obama administration will slip in almost undetected. I guess our job as bloggers it to out this kind of stuff which is what Right Wing News is doing here:

Situating a perverted creep like Kevin Jennings as the "Safe Schools Czar" is only the first step in bringing Hopey Change to primary education. Next, our liberal rulers need to pass the proper legislation to support the indoctrination of small children with homosexual propaganda. This legislation is known as HR 4530.

The ostensible purpose is to prevent "discrimination" against homosexual children. Since most children are too young to be homosexual, the real objective must be something else — namely:
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Some Lenten Reading?

Adrienne has done us all a fine service and has gathered up a heap of links for some of the best blog writing on Lent in the blogosphere. Check it out.

Before leaving for the day to contemplate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent (my favorite liturgical season), here are some wonderful links for your edification:
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DaTechGuy's at CPAC

DaTechGuy is loose and he's wearing a fedora at the CPAC convention. The guy's making videos and writing stories. So if you want to know what's going on at CPAC, check him out.

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Klavan on Lincoln and Obama

How serious an error was Barack Obama's election? Author Andrew Klavan seems to prefer equating it to Valley Forge.

I read once that during the darkest days of the Civil War, when it seemed to the president he was presiding over the destruction of the union he loved, Abraham Lincoln could sometimes be heard pacing back and forth upstairs in the White House and groaning aloud, “Oh, why did God ever put me in this place?”

When we consider the lives of great men, we sometimes find it difficult to comprehend how fearful, uncertain, even despairing they sometimes were on their roads to achievement. Because we already know the end of the story, their victory seems to us assured. I think it’s good to remember that it very much did not seem that way to them. What made men like Lincoln and George Washington so great, so worth commemorating, is not so much their ultimate triumph but their actions at those moments when triumph seemed furthest away.
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Ash Wednesday Alternative Liturgy

Fr. Longenecker brings us "An Ash Wednesday Liturgy for the Healing of the Earth Wounds"

For this liturgy the celebrator shall wear a black overall with a day glo work vest to identify with the working people of God. On his head he shall wear a black hard hat with purple trim. (A purple pompom may be added by Monsignore)

The celebrator shall assemble the processional people at the back of the ecclesial structure (or at a community waste disposal site if possible). Each processional person shall carry an appropriate desert symbol: a handful of dust, a rock, a bucket of sand, a cactus, a Bedouin tent. Instead of a cross the processional leader person shall carry an icon of a persecuted person. (Harvey Milk or Jane Fonda for example)

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Lost and Lovin' It

I'm a "Lost" nut. If you are check out Danielle's latest at the National Catholic Register:

I am a big-time Lostie.

After reading that sentence, you are now doing one of the following:

1. Squinting with confusion at the word “Lostie.”

2. Rolling your eyes and poising the mouse to click away.

3. Doing a silent fist-pump in the air and settling in for some good reading and theory-swapping.

This blog post is for those of you who fall into the third category. We Losties, after all, must stick together.
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Salvation...Through Math?

I'll admit it. I had to read this twice before I could understand what this post at Mary's Aggies was saying. And the second time I didn't pass out for nearly as long from brain overload:

I don't exactly get this, but a friend sent it to me today. He likes math. He is Catholic.

I like to think about the perfection concept in mathematical terms…

The measure of my individual perfection is p, and this is a function of t (the span of my life measured in minutes, days or years). We will denote the day of my birth as t=0 and the day of my death as T, and I will enter the next life at T+ε, where ε is an infinitesimally small positive value. At any value of t, I know that the measure of my perfection is finite, that is, pt<∞. I also know that to enter eternal life, pT must be infinite. Considering that pt+1 is also a function of pt, that is, the decisions I make today influence my level of perfection tomorrow, I realize that pT must also be finite. My perfection is bounded from above by a finite function of t and thus can never meet the conditions to enter eternal life. The formula for this is:
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Everything World

Suzanne of Blessed Among Men has a Valentine's Day conversation with her son:

I had the chance today to spend some time with one of my favorite Valentines one on one. Zachary and I went out grocery shopping, just the two of us. On the ride home he asked me what world I would like to live in.

Me: Hu?

Him: You know, like cotton world, or toy world, or shopping world, which world you like to live in best?

Me: Oh, I see, well...maybe chocolate world.
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Nella Cordelia: A Birth Story

Must read of the day. Beautiful.

This is probably the hardest thing I've ever had to write in my entire life. The hardest and yet the most beautiful. As I even just begin to type here, late, in the dark in my room alone with my girls sleeping next to me, their little faces barely visible from the glow of the the same candles that flickered in a very special room one week ago, my heart starts aching thinking of where I was at exactly this moment last week.

A week. How can it already have been a week? I've thought a million times what I'm going to write here and how I'm going to begin and what order I'll put it in and I think I've been so afraid to come back here...so afraid of not doing justice this very precious night...of leaving something out...of attaching simple words to an event that is so far from simple, it might just not be possible. But I need to get it out. I don't know how it's going to come or if it will make sense, but I'm just going to write. And when I get stuck, I will pick up this tiny blessed life beside me and hold her tight. I will breathe her in and remember...
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5 Wacky Ways to Fight Global Warming

You know. I'm starting to think that global warming isn't really about science but about pushing an agenda. John Hawkins has five of the wackiest ways libs want to Fight global warming:

My latest Townhall column is called, Five Wacky Ways Libs Want To Fight Non-Existent Global Warming. Here's an excerpt from the column,

As Americans have come to realize that the "science" behind global warming seems to mainly consist of fudging data and making doomsday prophecies in return for grant money, the wheels have started to come off Al Gore's hobby horse.

Of course, conservatives have not been shocked by this turn of events. That's because unlike far too many liberals, conservatives are actually interested in science, while the Left looks at it as little more than another institution to march through and corrupt in an effort to push their political agenda forward.
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There’s Nothing Catholics Won’t Fight About

The Anchoress

Today, it’s the announcement that the very beautiful Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (largest church in the Western Hemisphere, that is) will celebrate Mass in the “extraordinary form” (or Traditional Latin) at the High Altar, for the first time in over 40 years.

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Best Baby De Niro Imitation...Evah!

Kat thinks her friend's baby is adorable. And to be sure that's one adorable baby. But moreso, this baby's Robert Deniro imitation is the best I've seen in a while. Note to Mom: Having babies watch Goodfellas is probably a good way to get Child Services knocking at your door.

If this just isn't the most precious face I've seen in a long, long time.
This is Nella. Her mom writes a great blog about Nella and her big sister, Lainey over at Enjoying the Small Things. It's on my sidebar.
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Jesus: Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

I'm not sure what to make of this picture. Go take a look and then take a guess. There's some good ones:

Jesus wants you to prevent forest fires...more stupid art; and the visual assault continues.

My favorite caption thus far and submitted by Tim; "When you only saw one set of footprints in the sand, that's when I let the bear eat you."
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Roses of a Different Color

Roses never smell as sweet as do the fruits of love.

...I won’t pretend that there weren’t times when I felt hurt and sorry for myself, and jealous of others who have a hubby whose shoulder they can cry on, and can expect roses on their birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day, as well as chocolates, gifts, and sweet whispers in their ears.

This afternoon, I wasn’t hurt or anything… just exhausted… and resolved that my life wasn’t feeling very romantic anyway, standing in the middle of the grocery store (my idea of fun these days) 5 months pregnant with #7, a migraine trying to work its way back into my head, and hoping the night wouldn’t be too ‘romantic’ anyway. But there was a slight, teeny, tiny twinge of ’you know, it would be nice to get some flowers.’ Or something. Once in a while.

And then it came to me. In the pasta isle. And I would like to share with you, that I DO receive roses, they are just… of a different color:

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Actress Leaves Catholic Church

You know the sad thing? I actually feel sorry for her.

Here's the curious headline, from USA Today: Anne Hathaway quits Catholicism for gay brother

The article states:

Anne Hathaway, who was among the stars hitting the red carpet in Hollywood last night for the premiere of Valentine's Day, says in the new British GQ that her family left the Catholic Church over its intolerant views on homosexuality.

Those intolerant views, of course, were only added recently, after a number of close votes and—oh, wait, it appears the Catholic Church's teachings about homosexuality have been around for quite a long while. Even longer than Hathaway's brother has been alive! Shocking, but true.

Anne grew up wanting to become a nun but shunned Catholicism when she learned her older brother, Michael, was gay.
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Sisters of Life

Nice story about the Sisters of Life in Toronto by the National Post.

The five women who make up the Toronto contingent of the Sisters of Life know their flowing blue-and-white habits are attention getters — especially given that most Catholic nuns in the past 40 years have chosen the anonymity of civilian clothes.

“People will come up and say, ‘Sister, thank you for wearing the habit. Thank you for not taking God off the street,’ ”
said Sister Maria Kateri Frazier, originally from Philadelphia, who opted for the religious life instead of medical school. “Others ask that we pray for them or simply want to ask who we are.”
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Black Children are an Endangered Species

Why are most abortion clinics in black neighborhoods? Hmmm. John Hawkins has some thoughts:

In 1939 (Margaret) Sanger created the previously mentioned "Negro Project," which aimed to get blacks to adopt birth control. Through the Birth Control Federation, she hired black ministers (including the Reverend Adam Clayton Powell Sr.), doctors, and other leaders to help pare down the supposedly surplus black population. The project's racist intent is beyond doubt. "The mass of significant Negroes," read the project's report, "still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes....in that portion of the population least intelligent and fit." Sanger's intent is shocking today, but she recognized its extreme radicalism even then. "We do not want word to go out," she wrote to a colleague, "that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." -- Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism:
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Lindsey Lohan vs. Jesus

Fr. James Martin writes a very funny post concerning Lindsey Lohan's latest publicity attempt. Read the whole thing. It's quite well done:

Lindsay Lohan, the actress-cum-fashionista, has posed provocatively on the cover of Purple, a French fashion magazine (to which--zut alors!--my subscription just ran out) as Jesus Christ. (H/T to David Gibson at Politics Daily.)

Sort of. Ms. Lohan is wearing a crown of thorns and holds her arms outstretched, in a cruciform pose. On the other hand, her white dress seems decidedly more Marian, appropriate for today's Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. (Doubtless the "stylist" Christopher Niquet had a liturgical calendar handy.) Not so Marian, though, is her decolletage, which descends to roughly her navel. Too bad that the editors of Purple couldn't have timed this cover closer to Lent since that's when it would have the most shock value, and offended the maximum number of...oh wait, Lent begins next week. I get it.
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Teen Suspended Over Rosary Beads

Oh boy.

The parents of a high school student from Rockland County are demanding answers after their ninth grader was suspended for wearing rosary beads to school.

He was suspended even though the school doesn't even have a policy banning them. So did the principal go too far? Jason Laguna is a former altar boy and proud Catholic. He got his rosary beads as a gift, thinks they look cool and sometimes wears them under his shirt at school. But last Friday, right before dismissal, he pulled them out on his way out. He was given a one-day suspension from Fieldstone Secondary School.
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Crisis in Higher Catholic Education

The great Philadelphia Bulletin reports bad but unsurprising news:

Attending a Catholic college has minimal impact on a Catholic student’s practice and embrace of the Catholic faith, according to a new study released at a gathering of Catholic college presidents in Washington, D.C.

The study was presented to the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) by researchers at Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).
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Low Birthrate Causes Recession?

Great points from The Anchoress:

Margaret Cabaniss has a knack for finding the most interesting headlines, and this one is pretty jarring:


Blames Small Families, Poor Savings Habits

ROME, FEB. 8, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Bankers are not the cause of the global economic crisis, according to the president of the Institute for the Works of Religion. Rather, the cause is ordinary people who do not “believe in the future” and have few or no children.

“The true cause of the crisis is the decline in the birth rate,” Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, said in an interview on Vatican Television’s “Octava Dies.”
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Time Mags Warped New Way to Judge Cars

This just shows how warped the mainstream media has become. They now judge best and worst cars based on their own leftist politics. You know, they do this and then they have meetings to figure out why their circulation is dying. Right Wing News has the story:

When you are asked what is the "worst car of all time," what first runs through your head? The Le Car, the Corvair, maybe the Edsel? Cars that had horrible sales records, bad safety or engineering records or were just all around failures? Aren't these the sort of cars that first runs through your head? Doesn't worst equal failure or unsafe?

Well apparently a common, sensible thought like that doesn't run through the heads of the folks at Time Magazine when arranging the list of the "50 Worst Cars of All Time." Time has its own special criteria to determine what a "worst" car is and it isn't just sales or safety records like one would expect.
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The Pill Turns 50

Until we all realize fertility is not an affliction and babies are not punishments we'll continue down this rotten road. Headline Bistro has a great piece on the damaging effects of The Pill:

Recently three major health stories appeared in the Washington press in less than two weeks that were an occasion to pause and reflect.

First, the Potomac Conservancy made headlines about the contamination of rivers and drinking water in major metropolitan areas, including Washington DC. Contaminants include not only bacteria, industrial chemicals and agricultural pesticides but also potentially endocrine-active pharmaceuticals, such anti-depressants, contraceptive sex hormones, antibiotics and personal care products.
Next came the report of US Preventive Services Task Force, an independent body which studies mortality from common diseases, issuing new guidelines for mammographic screening for early detection of breast cancer. Breast Cancer remains the second highest cause of mortality of American women since it began to rise in the 1970s.
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Dooming Minority Girls

Do they want the political issue or to help young people? Sadly, I think their mind is made up. Rebecca Hagelin has more:

Last week the American Medical Association (AMA) published a report that shows abstinence education works. Tragically, President Obama and Nancy Pelosi had already pandered to dishonest groups like Planned Parenthood, who profit from teen sexual activity, and took the unbelievable action of terminating government funding of these successful abstinence programs.

The results are clear: When adults take the time to tell children what is right and what is wrong, and teach them how to avoid sex, the majority of them actually do. But when a young person is constantly bombarded with sexual images, taught by those in authority that he can freely engage in sex if he wants to, and is presumed to be unable to control himself, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that he will most likely become sexually active.
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How Math Has Changed

Adrienne's Catholic Corner is one of the most fun Catholic sites around. Hope you enjoy it as well. Here, Adrienne's got lots to say about Math. It's funny:

Years of Math 1959 - 2009 (in the USA )

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $ 2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters , but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried. Why do I tell you this? Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:
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Comedy: What Gibbs Hand Really Said

I love the blogosphere for exactly this kind of excellent analysis. Check out Ace for what was really written on Robert Gibbs hand.
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Classless White House Mocks Palin

Hot Air has video of White House Press Secretary mocking Palin by writing notes for the presser on his hand. Ha! Ha! Ha! These guys are hilarious.

Imagine: He thought this joke was so good, he actually prepared it before the presser. MKH is calling him the Dane Cook of politics for ripping off a goof that’s already been done three times by national figures, including Palin herself, but it’s worse than that. The Daily Show did a double hit on it last night, first with Stewart reading off his hand and then Wyatt Cenac reading off his belly, so that’s five times at least. Which makes Gibbs — what? The Carlos Mencia of politics, maybe?
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Steele: You Don't Like Me? You're Racist!

Michael Steele has got to go. Dude!!!! You're there to try to make the GOP look good, not just Michael Steele. What's wrong with this guy? I know just by asking this I'm in danger of being called a racist but I'm brave like that. Plumline has the quote in full:

It’s been awhile since Michael Steele has landed himself in the news, but this might stir things up again: In a new interview, Steele bluntly suggests criticism of his tenure — and all the media coverage it’s garnered — may be motivated by racism.

The story, called “Up in the Air,” is in the February issue of Washingtonian magazine, and it isn’t online yet, but here’s the key passage, buried way at the end of the piece, on page 96 of the mag:

Steele acknowledges that at times he has a tendency to take things too far. “And I get checked on that, just as when I was a young boy and I pushed the envelope too far and my Mama was there to check me.”

But there’s an edge to his voice when he talks about a double standard that he believes has been applied by his critics, and he posits racism as the cause: “I don’t see stories about the internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation. Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?”
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I'm Not Watching Oprah...

I'm not watching Oprah. No way. But I would understand it if some of you wanted to today. The Anchoress has some thoughts on Oprah's show for today.

The Dominican Sisters of Mary will be featured on Oprah Winfrey’s show tomorrow, and the gals were kind enough to send along an exclusive picture from the crew’s visit to their Ann Arbor Motherhouse. They have more pictures here.

A peek at her teaser for the Tuesday show (H/T the Deac) indicates that the Sisters will share the hour with a look at the “the word’s only Western Geisha.” One serves God and thereby all of humanity, one serves a single man and makes him feel like a god. I don’t think that Ms. Winfrey meant to make it sound like a carnival barker selling a “freak” show.
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Priest to Wounded Soldiers

An inspiring story about a priest who went from being a corporate lawyer to a priest administering to wounded soldiers:

To watch Capuchin Father James Stump at work is to see a Christ-centered “ministry of presence” in action as a matter of daily routine.

A chaplain at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Father Stump makes his rounds with one purpose in mind: to invite sick and wounded veterans to encounter the living Christ.

Father Stump is quick in his step and quick with a joke as he goes about his work.

Watch the speed limit, he jokes to a wheelchair-bound Marine on the move in the hallway. They chat about the Marine’s spinal reconstruction surgery. But in a moment, without a break in the informality, the priest is praying over the patient and asking that Jesus “show his face to you, have mercy on you.”

And as the two part, the priest, simply says: “Heal up.”
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This One Hits Close to Home

As a father of four daughters, the oldest one being ten years old this one seems particularly insane to me. Right Wing News has the very disturbing story:

One indication that moonbattery is not just misguided but evil is that progressives have an obsession with corrupting children. This is why, under our Hopey Changey regime of pure moonbattery, our federal "Safe Schools Czar" is a militant pervert associated with NAMBLA. It's also the reason for this:

A new report by the International Planned Parenthood Federation is advocating that children as young as 10 be given extensive sex education, including an awareness of sex's pleasures.
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Amy Marks the Year

Amy Welborn's latest is very moving:

Wednesday morning, an electrician came to the new house.

(We still aren’t there – the movers come tomorrow morning.)

A problem or two had emerged, involving sparks emitting from a ceiling fan and a subsequent power failure on one side of the house. He fixed it, and we talked about him returning to install a fixture here and there.

It was the first anniversary of Michael’s death, but what was I going to do? Sit around? No need to do that in order to contemplate – every hour was marked anyway and wouldn’t be denied in my head, even as I argued with myself about the arbitrary nature of “year.” Why does “a year” mean anything more or less than 364 days or 366?

I don’t know. But it does – or I let it.
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DHS Investigating Pro-Lifers?

DHS collected info on Wisconsin pro-lifers and then destroyed the evidence. Hmmm. Are things getting a little creepy around here?

Opposed to the wholesale slaughter of the unborn? The Obama administration would like a word with you....
Madison, Wis. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted a threat assessment of local pro- and anti-abortion rights activists before an expected rally last year, even though they did not pose a threat to national security.
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Captain America Vs.. The Tea Party


Marvel Comic's Captain America is the mightiest soldier with the super powerful secret soldier formula that makes him a super man. Sadly, this muscle bound hero that took on the whole Nazi army during WWII seems to be afraid of those American people who've joined the Tea Party movement. Not only is Cappy quaking in his little red booties, but he's sure that the Tea Party folks are dangerous racists, too.

Isn't it wonderful that a decades old American comic book hero is now being used to turn readers against our very political system, being used to slander folks that are standing up for real American principles in real life -- and one called "Captain America" at that?
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A Dummies Guide to Death

Fr. Ray Blake has some thoughts on what a good death is:

The debate about assisted suicide, the whole issue of communicating with people who are "shut in" reminds us that though most people have little fear of death, we all have a fear of the process of dying.

For a celibate priest there is little chance of me dying in my own bed, it is either a quick heart attack or following my mother, a rather hideous long drawn out death of alzheimers and hospital infections in a broken leg which remained unhealed for three years, or like my father, whose first anniversary is at this time , who died in hospice.
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A Touching Television Show

I hadn't heard of the Duggars until a complete stranger asked me if I was trying to be the Duggars when she saw me with my five children. I didn't know who they were so when I got home I googled them. Maurisa over at Half a Dozen Productions watches the show and found one scene to be touching and inspiring. By her description I'd have to agree.

Did you see the season premiere of 19 Kids and Counting? I'm not a regular viewer, but occasionally I have followed the story of this growing family over the years. The Duggars are a lovely, devoted, and faith-filled family and while others may find their very large family an oddity, I think they are inspirational.

Due to complications during her latest pregnancy, Michelle delivered their youngest daughter 15 weeks early via c-section in December. Little Josie Duggar weighed just over 1 pound and faces an up hill battle, but so far so good. The longer this little girl hangs in there the better her chances of survival.
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Palin Has Some Fun With Crazy Leftists

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit has to be the hardest working blogger in the world wide interweb thingie. The guy must not sleep. At all. But I woke up this morning and saw this I had to link to it. This is really funny and shows why Sarah Palin is unlike any other politician out there.

RIGHT ON— On Sunday the left went bonkers after they discovered that the TelePrompter-less former Governor Sarah Palin wrote notes on the palm of her left hand for her speech to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville. The far left absolutely freaked over this non-issue rather than focus on her brilliant speech knocking the Obama Administration’s horrid record on economics and national defense.

Today Sarah fired back…
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Abortion President Strikes Again


From the blogprof, who queries:

What business does the Pentagon have stocking the morning-after pill?

Obvious answer: no one should be punished with a baby.

The Washington Post reports:

The Department of Defense will begin making the morning-after pill Plan B available at all of its hospitals and health clinics around the world, officials announced Thursday.
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Ruins of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

This is a great article at Headline Bistro:

“If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.”

So said then-Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards in October 2004 at a campaign in Newton, Iowa in a cynical appeal to people’s desperation for cures from everything from spinal cord injury to juvenile diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease, as he held out embryonic stem cells (ESCs) as the key to their hopes and dreams. It was cruel, and it was predicated on what all in the scientific community knew to be a long shot at best. Edwards struck many as sounding more like a chimeric faith healer or snake oil salesman hawking his wares.

For the people of California, such hype aided them that year on a fiscally ruinous path, as they passed Proposition 71 (California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative), which established the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and endowed it with a mind-boggling $3 billion in research funds mainly for ESC research.
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Who Needs Lincoln or Washington?

I knew things in many public schools was bad. But this is just insane. Cranky Con has good reason to be cranky about this one:

Reason # Infinity not to send kids to public schools. Because of brainless decisions like this one in North Carolina:
He may be the president who governed during the Civil War, freeing the slaves, but under a new curriculum proposal for North Carolina high schools, U.S. history would begin years after President Lincoln, with the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877.
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90 Minutes With Clarence Thomas

The Anchoress has a great intro to an extended interview with Clarence Thomas.

Whenever I watch or read Justice Thomas, I always come away liking him even more. He is authentic, down-to-earth and credible and human. I almost never watch longer online videos because I have such a deplorable attention span, but this Q&A between him and a bunch of law students was worth watching, all 90 minutes of it.
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Is This Pro-Life Ad too Graphic?

This is a well made and shocking ad. But CMR fave Danielle Bean wonders if it may be too graphic. Join the conversation over at the National Catholic Register:

LifeSite News reports that an anti-abortion ad produced by Priests for Life has been rejected by a Canadian television station. (The video is embedded at the bottom of this post.)

When I read that a pro-life message had been rejected for being “too graphic” I was sure this was some unfair liberal media bias being played out in the name of sensitivity. I rolled my eyes and clicked play.

But then I found the ad deeply disturbing.

It is graphic. But is it too graphic?

I don’t know.
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Super Bowl Champions for Life

Wow. This is pretty amazing. I didn't even know this existed. Thanks to Kathleen Mckinley at Newsbusters for digging this one up:

There has been a lot of controversy over the Super Bowl ad featuring Tim Tebow and his mother discussing how she chose life for her son.

The ad is a simple sincere look at a personal story. Yet the left and the "feminists" have gone nuts over it.

23 years ago, The American Life League, one of the largest Catholic Pro-Life organizations, produced a short featuring members of the Super Bowl winning New York Giants.

As you watch former superstars Phil Simms -- the game's MVP and current sportscaster for CBS! -- Mark Bavaro, Jim Burt, Chris Godfrey, George Martin, and Phil McConkey speak out against abortion, try to imagine what the reaction would be to this film if it was made today.
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I'm Sorry. I Can't Do That.

Elizabeth Foss reminds us how priorities sometimes means saying "no."

It was a job I loved. Mostly, I worked from home, editing a magazine written for mothers at home, by mothers at home. Though I was one of the youngest women on the staff, I had considerable responsibility and creative license. I loved the writing; I loved the once or twice monthly meetings in the office. And I was ever so grateful for the wise, thoughtful women who were personal mentors as much as they were professional colleagues.

So, it was with considerable regret that I resigned. I remember the moment of that decision. I had a new baby—my third—and we were camped out on my bed. He was nursing, propped up on my lap as I spread manuscripts into piles all over the bed and reached for them as best I could without detaching. It didn’t take much for the irony to strike.
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Ouija Boards Are Not Toys

Father Z has a warning:

Here is a serious note. Sancte Pater has this:
Ouija board a controversial toy for tots.

Toys R Us is selling Ouija boards, promoting them as acceptable for children as young as eight years old.

The pink edition of the Ouija board is listed for girls eight-years-old and up while the regular version is designated for all children eight and up. Stephen Phelan, communications manager of Human Life International, checked the website and reports that the findings are disturbing.
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Nuns to go on Oprah

I didn't ever think that the words "nun" and "Oprah" would be in the same sentence other than the "nuns are praying for Oprah." But I was wrong. And that's a good thing. American Papist has this interesting and unexpected news:

I’ve received word from my sources that the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor MI will be featured on the mega-popular Oprah Winfrey show on February 9th – the 13th anniversary of this new Dominican community of religious sisters.
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Trashing the Pope is Cool With Obama

Right Wing News has the story:

One of the things you can't help but notice about the left is that no matter how often they claim to have no problem with Christianity, many liberals certainly act like people who despise Christians. Moreover, it's also notable that their dislike of Christianity doesn't seem to inspire any reaction from their fellow liberals. In fact, trashing Christianity is so run-of-the-mill on the Left that a member of Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership is making news again for trashing the pope:
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Hey, He Might Not Be a Vegetable After All

Amazing discovery from science that many who were believed to be vegetables are not. At once, this is a horrifying and wonderful discovery. Kathryn Lopez has the story:

A piece in the Washington Post today describes a discovery about human lives that are all too often dismissed as not quite life anymore:
an international team of scientists decided to try a bold experiment using the latest technology to peek inside the minds of 54 patients [in "vegetative states'] to see whether, in fact, they were conscious.

One by one, the men and women were placed inside advanced brain scanners as technicians gave them careful instructions: Imagine you are playing tennis. Imagine you are exploring your home, room by room. For most, the scanner showed nothing.

But, shockingly, for one, then another, and another, and yet two more, the scans flashed exactly like any healthy conscious person's would.
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Meausring Catholicism at Catholic Colleges

David French of Phi Beta Cons has some disturbing numbers about the state of Catholic education:

Catholic parents, you can now breathe easy. According to a new study released at the annual meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Catholic students "remain profoundly connected to their faith" during their college years. Of course, despite this profound connection Catholic college students will not only move away from the Church's teaching on abortion and same-sex marriage, they are also less likely to attend mass and less likely to pray after four years at a Catholic school...
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Palin Calls Out Emanuel for Slur

First Obama makes fun of the Special Olympics and now this. Jammie Wearing Fool has the story:

That Rahm Emanuel is a real class act. His boss must be so proud.
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel apologized to the head of the Special Olympics today after the Wall Street Journal reported the fiery Chicagoan privately called a group of liberal activists "f---ing retarded."
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It's Not Contraception, It's an Abortion

Danielle Bean thinks there's a bit of a con job going on when it comes to "emergency contraception." We couldn't agree more.

I’m getting pretty tired of medical professionals treating women like they are completely brainless.

Did you hear? We women are all set.

There’s a new “Morning After” pill in town. It has a futuristic name—ellaOne—and if we ladies are lucky enough, it will be approved as over the counter “emergency contraception” that can be used for up to five days after unprotected sex.

Only problem is, it’s not contraception at all.

This new pill contains a drug that is chemically similar to another drug known as RU-486, the infamous “abortion pill” that is prescribed to induce abortion in pregnancies up to two months’ gestation.
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WaPo Editorial: Tebow's are Right

Wow. I didn't expect this. Kathryn Lopez is shocked as well:

Did I actually just read this in the Washington Post?

I'm pro-choice, and Tebow clearly is not. But based on what I've heard in the past week, I'll take his side against the group-think, elitism and condescension of the "National Organization of Fewer and Fewer Women All The Time." For one thing, Tebow seems smarter than they do.
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White House is a "Shrine" to Obama

You know, if I didn't know any better I'd start thinking that Obama had a bit of an...ego.

Ed Schultz on Visiting White House: 'Almost a Shrine' - to Obama. Agreed, this doesn't come as much of a shock. What's surprising is that Schultz said "almost".

Here's Schultz on his radio show Friday talking about meeting with Obama advisor David Axelrod at the White House the day before, along with fellow liberal radio host Bill Press and several other left-wing media types Schultz did not identify (click here for audio) --
SCHULTZ: First of all you walk into the White House, in the West Wing, and there are picture all over, I mean everywhere! Of President Obama! I mean, of his life in the first year as president of the United States. Now I don't know if that's the way it is with every president, but it was almost a shrine.
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Obama Hates Private Charities?

President Obama is doing everything in his power to hurt private charities. I wonder why. It wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that he wants government to be the source of all good things, could it? Hot Air has the story.

If you need a chuckle, just imagine the incandescent outrage on the left if George W. Bush had proposed this. Clearly, Obama hates charity:
The White House is expecting to collect an additional $291 billion over the next decade by reducing the write-off for families earning over $250,000 despite the fact Congress roundly rejected such a measure last year. While the administration is portraying this as a populist move, experts have said the end result will be a significant blow to charities and non-profits already reeling in the midst of the recession.
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Trials of a Catholic Attorney

Here's a moral conundrum from Brian at Defend Us In Battle.

Q: What do you call a busload of attorneys at the bottom of the ocean? A: A good start.

Being a Catholic attorney in America today is a tough job. That's not to say that others don't have it worse, but when it comes to having to choose between your faith and "success", I think one would be hard pressed to find a more difficult career.

I have had my practice open for exactly 3 weeks now. I have had to turn down two clients in those 3 weeks, and it hasn't been easy. One of the most difficult things to do when an attorney hangs a shingle is get clients. In the area I live in, there is an abundance of work for attorneys....if you do divorce law.
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Sunday's Reading and Planned Parenthood

Da Tech Guy has been all over the new Planned Parenthood opening up near him and he notices a symmetry between the reading and the moment:

As you likely don’t know if you aren’t Catholic, (and you may not know if you are). There is a 3 year cycle that scripture reading at a Catholic Mass are on. Each year we do a different one of the synoptic Gospels, on the “Mark” years we mix in John (because Mark is so short) and John is also used on major feasts and heavily during Lent.

What this means is over a 3 year period we complete all of Paul’s letters, all of the Gospels and a good chunk of the rest of the New Testament and large chunks of the old.

Now as you know the big news around here is the Planned Parenthood stuff.

So what do you think happens to be the first reading today?

The word of the LORD came to me thus:
1 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.
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It's Just Music, Right?

Jen F. cries at Mass and an atheist tells her it was just the music. Maybe it was, she says.

One day last year I told an atheist acquaintance that I'd cried at Mass that morning. It was one of those times that I just felt overwhelmed with the presence of God, I explained. I was so perfectly at peace, so surrounded by love that I couldn't help but be moved to tears.

"Maybe it was the music," he responded. He went on to offer an erudite analysis of how music is known to produce certain positive sensations in the brain, noting that religious leaders from time immemorial have used the evolved human response to the stimulus of music as a way to delude the faithful into believing that they've experience the divine.
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Planned Parenthood Escort Hits Lila Rose

Cassy Fiano is one of the strongest pro-life voices on the internet. Check out this story about pro-life hero Lila Rose being struck by a Planned Parenthood escort:

Lila Rose is a well known pro-life advocate. As the president and founder of Live Action, she’s done a lot of really amazing work exposing Planned Parenthood for what they really are: an evil organization looking to profit off of the slaughter of the unborn by any means necessary. They’ll manipulate women into getting abortions. They’ll lie about the science. And time after time, they’ve been proven to look the other way when cases of alleged statutory rape are presented to them. All of this has been exposed to be light thanks to the hard work of Lila Rose. Whether you are for or against abortion is really irrelevant — every parent in America should be against Planned Parenthood for the crimes they commit and the lack of ethics possessed by this organization.

Given all that, it’s really not a surprise what happened about a month and a half ago. While visiting a clinic in San Jose, CA, a male Planned Parenthood escort approached her… and then struck her.
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EJ Dionne Attacks Alito

Cranky Con laughs at columnist EJ Dionne's attack on the Supreme Court. Seriously though, Dionne seems to have lost it:

Once upon a time E.J. Dionne was a fairly reasonable voice of the left-wing intelligentsia. He was touted as a reasonably moderate left-winger who offered generous criticisms of both parties. Over the years he has deteriorated into just another partisan hack. But his column today is one of the most breathtaking example of dishonesty and foaming at the mouth rage that I have ever witnessed.
The nation owes a substantial debt to Justice Samuel Alito for his display of unhappiness over President Obama’s criticisms of the Supreme Court’s recent legislation — excuse me, decision — opening our electoral system to a new torrent of corporate money.
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Obama's 16 Lies in 7 Minutes

Great video at Gateway Pundit:

This was brilliant. Remember when you view this that this was only a seven minute clip of his 68 minute long speech.
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