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A Price on Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Head

Gateway Pundit has the story that a Mexican drug cartel has put a price on Sheriff Joe's head:

He’s been at the center of the discussions and controversies surrounding illegal immigration enforcement in Arizona for quite a while.

On the day parts of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, went into effect, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is in the news for another reason: there’s a price on his head – allegedly offered by a Mexican drug cartel.
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Mommy and Me Pole Dancing

Ick. This is weird, sick and horrifying. RWN has the icky story:

I'm sure the Liberals approve. Summer school for some Canadian girls means Pole 101.

The class is being offered by B.C.'s Tantra Fitness, one of a small but growing number of pole-dancing studios quietly extending their services to underage girls. The Canadian company, which operates in Vancouver and Langley, has taught students age nine and up in regular classes, and has gone as young as five years old in private lessons.
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Robber Foiled By...Jesus?!

This is an awesome story by Matthew Warner with amazing video:

I know I’m supposed to be posting on Catholics in New Media today, but I just had to share this instead. It’s too good.

Nayara Goncalves, 20, was alone in the store in Pompano Beach, Fla., on July 23 when an unidentified man displayed a gun and demanded cash. Goncalves, a devout Christian, calmly said, “You can do whatever you want, but I’m just going to talk to you about Jesus, my God, before you leave.” [foxnews]

What followed was a 5 minutes conversation between the woman and the would-be robber revealing what had driven this man to take such drastic measures. He confessed that he needed $300 for his family in order to pay a bill and avoid eviction. And then he even apologizes as he leaves - without taking a cent.
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Mother Performs 4th Trimester Abortions

The Blog Prof puts some harsh perspective on a very disturbing story about a mother who killed eight of her babies. But don't worry the umbilical cord was still attached so that makes it OK:

It's too bad that mother Dominique Cottrez resided in France rather than in Virginia where it is actually legal to murder your baby after birth as long as the umbilical cord is still attached. Doesn't matter if you if shoot the baby in the head, beat it with a baseball bat, slit its throat, throw it in acid or beat it into a bloody pulp. Democrats in Virginia give all of those an enthusiastic thumbs up and refuse to change the law because it would upset their masters in NARAL and Planned Parenthood:
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Christian Expelled for Being Christian

Warner Todd Huston writes of the latest Christian expelled for...well...being a Christian:

Jen Keeton isn't the only graduate student to be struck down by the heavy hand of the liberal establishment for upholding Christian values in the face of militant depravity; nor is Arizona the only recent victim of black-robed liberal ideologues. Another appalling case is that of Julea Ward

A counseling major at Eastern Michigan University, Julea asked to be removed from a case rather than be forced to affirm perverted sexual practices that she rightly regards as morally abhorrent. When EMU educrats responded to this heresy by throwing her out, she took them to court. Unsurprisingly, in light of the caliber of people who run our judiciary, this didn't end well. In ruling against her, U.S. District Judge George Steeh proclaimed:
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To Stay at Home Mothers...

This post from Femininity Revisited blew me away.

I have been suffering from serious depression lately but I think I finally know the reason why.

I had a revelation in the shelving/organization aisle in Lowe's.

Saturday morning found my husband and I at Lowe's. We were getting some storage bins when my husband asked me if there was anything else I wanted. I walked over to the cartoon-themed toy bins, touched them tenderly and replied, "Yes. I want to buy some of these for my son's toys...."
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33 Weeks and at Rock Bottom

Maggie's 33 weeks pregnant and having a tough time over at From the Heart. She writes a beautiful post about her doubts, her worries, her happiness and her prayers:

I try and keep it light and funny, and occasionally spunky here at From the Heart. No such luck today... sorry folks.

No wondering Wednesday post today. Actually, if I'm wondering anything, it's when this spiritual dry spell will end. I wouldn't even call it a spiritual dry spell... I feel completely drained of anything spiritual.
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Prayer Request

Please say a prayer for Joe from Defend Us in Battle. He is a father at a crossroads:

Folks, I really need some prayer support.

As some of you may know, through keeping up with my somewhat cryptic posts about my vocation as a husband-father-attorney, my current position of employment expires here in the next few weeks. We moved up to Alaska last August, following an opportunity, really the only opportunity God threw at us.

We prayed, trusted, believed, and jumped.
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Amanpour - A Profile in Bias

Top Ten examples of bias by Amanpour, the new host of ABC's This Week compiled by Newsbusters:

On August 1, former CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour will become the permanent host of ABC's This Week, replacing Jake Tapper. In preparation, the MRC has compiled the top ten examples of the journalist's over-the-top liberal bias.
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Marcel Saw "There Be Dragons"

Marcel is a big time Catholic bigshot and gets to see movies before all of us peasants. But at least he's kind enough to let us know how it is:

I am currently at the Theology of the Body Congress in Philadelphia. It is a gathering of many who believe in the power of the message of John Paul II's Theology of the Body. There are some real influential movers and shakers here including academics, leaders, catechists, priests, religious, bishops, laity, etc. from around the country and more than a dozen countries.

We were privileged to get see the first screening of There Be Dragons outside of LA tonight. It is a new movie which will be released in theaters this fall.
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You're More Spiritual Than You Think

Fr. James Martin on the little ways God may be trying to get your attention:

Think you’ve never experienced God in your life? Here are six ways you may have.

“Is that all there is?” sang Peggy Lee in the 1960s. “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” sang Bono in the 1980s. Your wish for “something more” may be a sign of your desire for God’s fulfilling presence.

Feeling thankful for something simple, like a conversation with a friend? Or a fun night out? Awareness of simple gifts can point to your underlying awareness of God’s goodness.
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Canadian Anglican Catholics to Swim Tiber

This is good news from CNA:

With “overwhelming support,” a recent meeting of leaders in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) voted to unite with the Roman Catholic Church through the Apostolic Constitution created by Pope Benedict XVI.

The ACCC, part of the Continuing Anglican Movement, is made up of more than two dozen congregations. Its Eighth Provincial Synod and Thirteenth Diocesan Synod were held simultaneously at the Rosemary Heights Retreat Center in Surrey, British Columbia.

The website VirtueOnline.org published a letter from Dean Shane B. Janzen detailing the event.
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Yeah, Obamacare Can Fund Abortions

Weasel Zippers has the story that shouldn't surprise you at all:

A new report by the Congressional Research Service reveals that the national health care law allows for federally-funded abortions, despite Democrats’ claims to the contrary.

Under one of the provisions of ObamaCare, before the new health insurance exchanges are set up in 2014, the federal government is funding state-based high risk pools to help cover those with pre-existing conditions.

But according to the CRS, the abortion restrictions contained in the new law “would not appear to apply specifically to the funds made available for high risk pools by section 1101.”
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How I Impacted My Campus for Life

Liberals are always telling young people to make a difference. Something tells me that this isn't the kind of difference they were talking about:

Interested in spreading the Pro-Life message on your campus? Be brave and take a direct stand at your college. Here is what I did:
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Wikileak Fingers Afghan Informants

Ace has a disturbing story:

My first reaction to the reports on the Afghan war logs was pretty much the same as most people...not much new here. My second thought was, if we all are having the same reaction, there's a good chance we are wrong.

Turns out the documents could be quite harmful if you are an Afghan who provided information to US forces.
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A New Low for Nat'l Catholic Reporter?

When Fr. Z wrote that NCR had hit new low I must admit I thought that perhaps Fr. Z was speaking a bit of hyperbole. And then I read it...

The NCR hits a new low.

Before we begin what is going to be a brutal evisceration of a deeply confused essay, we need a few points as a preface.

The literary form of this piece is "protest". The substance "groveling". You’ll see why.

A note about the writer, Jamie Manson.

If you look on the NCR bio, you get a little information.
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Paul Ryan Schools Loudmouth Chris Matthews

Paul Ryan is impressive and counters Chris Matthews' bullying tactics. Check out the vid at Newsbusters:

Chris Matthews on Monday got a much-needed lesson from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) on how tax hikes impact the budget as well as the economy.

"Congressman Ryan, is there any tax role for reducing our $1.4 trillion to $1.7 trillion debt this year -- deficit this year?" Matthews asked during the 5PM installment of MSNBC's "Hardball." "Is there any role in tax increasing to help do that job?
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Lockerbie Bomber's "Compassionate" Release

Lori Ziganto is a little upset. Understandably so. This is outrageous and scandalous and just plain awful:

Last year when the Lockerbie terrorist, Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, was released, freed to die with compassion a luxury that his innocent, murdered victims did not have - I thought that I was as angry as I could ever be. I must admit that I was wrong. You see, it seems that the inept Obama Administration once again voted present and actively endorsed “compassionate parole” over a prison transfer of al-Megrahi to Libya, as The Australian reports. Also, he’s a huge liar...
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Journolist Trig Mania

Odd that the mainstream media doesn't seem interested in the Journolist story, isn't it? Pundette is though. I knew that many journalists are politically active know-nothings with an axe to grind. But I didn't know they were this crazy. Wow. Trig trutherism? Really?

You really must read it to believe it. My personal favorite entry is this weighty question, so important to the 2008 presidential campaign and the fate of our country:

Shannon Brownlee
Sept 1, 2008, 11:37am

can your water break and not have it be a big gush?

Shannon, whoever you are, why don't you go ask your mommy? Or one of those dads on the list who know everything about pregnancy because their wives have had one or two babies?
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Obama Closed Car Dealers Based on Race

Was there ever any doubt that race plays a role in nearly every decision this administration makes. Moonbattery has this very disturbing story:

Now that our first Affirmative Action President is in charge of the auto industry, car dealerships are closed down on the basis not of profitability but of race and gender:

Decisions on which car dealerships to close as part of the auto industry bailout — closures the Obama administration forced on General Motors and Chrysler — were based in part on race and gender, according to a report by Troubled Asset Relief Program Special Inspector General Neal M. Barofsky. …
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Christie Vetoes Planned Parenthood

Chris Christie is sure doing a lot of things right. Let's hope he continues. Weasel Zippers reports:

As New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie continues to fulfill a campaign pledge to restore state government to fiscal sanity, he has vetoed a bill that would have dedicated $7.5 million in state to “family planning” clinics, most of which are run by Planned Parenthood.
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City Shakes Down Jesuit University?

Scranton seems to be shaking down the Uiversity of Scranton, a Jesuit run University. Thanks to Good Jesuit/Bad Jesuit for the heads up on this piece:

A couple weeks back, I wrote a column taking the Scranton City Council president to task for trying to shake down the University of Scranton in exchange for an aerial easement it needed to build a $33 million dormitory in the 900 block of Mulberry Street. The university pulled its request after its president, the Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., said Mrs. Evans and her council "supermajority" tried to tie approval of the easement to an increase in the university's voluntary annual payment in lieu of taxes.

Despite council's attempt to hold the university's project hostage, officials there decided to increase the nonprofit's PILOT payment nearly 60 percent, to $175,000. The university is the city's only major institution making a PILOT payment of any significance.
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From Harvard to Cloister

Great story and video from American Catholic:

Mary Anne Marks graduated from Harvard University at the top of her class. You may have heard of her, she is the one that gave the salutatory address all in Latin.

She received a standing ovation.

In addition to graduating with a Classics and English double major with honors, she will be entering the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

You may remember these nuns from their appearance on the Oprah Show earlier this year in February and how they dazzled the audience as well as Oprah Winfrey herself with their simple devotion and love of Jesus in the Eucharist.
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Judge: Moslems Can Rape Wives

This is crazy. Thank goodness it was overturned. Weasel Zippers has the story:

This is messed up, big time…

Cultural Defense Accepted as to Nonconsensual Sex in New Jersey Trial Court, Rejected on Appeal — Eugene Volokh

…Upon their return to the apartment, defendant forced plaintiff to have sex with him while she cried. Plaintiff testified that defendant always told her

this is according to our religion. You are my wife, I c[an] do anything to you. The woman, she should submit and do anything I ask her to do.
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Will You "Friend" Planned Parenthood?

Show me your friends and I'll show you who you are or something like that. American Papist saw an interesting "friendship" connection on Facebook:

Facebook, as those with accounts on the popular social-networking website know, has a habit of suggesting people, politicians and organizations to connect with, based on shared interests.
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Better Dead than a C-List Celebrity?

Cassy Fiano of Live Action writes about celebrity Nick Cannon thanking his mother in song for not aborting him. Well, that proved too much for some pro-aborts who attack Cannon for even questioning that he wouldn't be better off dead rather than a low level celebrity:

One of the most terrifying experiences a woman can undergo is surely to become pregnant while still in high school. You’re afraid of getting in trouble, of getting shunned by your friends. You worry that you won’t be able to finish high school, that your future is ruined. You wonder if you can take care of a baby and if you’d even be a good mother. It isn’t surprising that teenage girls find abortion so appealing — it’s a quick solution to a problem they feel like they have no way out of, and if they go to the right place, their parents never even need to know. And, as Live Action has repeatedly documented, abortion clinics are there waiting with open arms to exploit and manipulate these young girls into getting an abortion.
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Tea Party Caucus? Uhm. No.

The thought of a Tea Party caucus leaves me a little uncomfortable as well. I was going to write up my thoughts but John Hawkins beat me to it. I'm not even sure what a legislator gets from it other than everytime some imbecile brings a racits sign to a rally, the legislator will be asked about it and once again have to deny he's a racist:

I've long been a fan of Michele Bachmann. She's conservative, fearless, pays attention to the grassroots, and I really believe her heart's in the right place. That being said, I have to respectfully disagree with her decision to create a Tea Party Caucus in the House,
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Dear Lib Media,

Gateway Pundit's open letter to the media:

Dear Lib Media and Journolist Members,

Now that you are paying so much attention to conservative media please report on this dangerous kook working as the Safe School’s Czar. He’s promoting violent porn and prostitution books to grade school children...
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Illinois U: Teacher Just Has No Classes

This is priceless. The University of Illinois is now saying they didn't fire their college professor for being Catholic, he's just not teaching classes anymore. CNS reports:

Threats of legal action persist after the University of Illinois responded to demands by the Alliance Defense Fund to fully reinstate a professor relieved of duty for teaching Catholic doctrine on homosexuality in a Catholic doctrine class.

The university said that the professor had not been “fired” -- and “there is no case or controversy” at this time...
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Captain America Without the Patriotism

First the movies got rid of Superman saying "truth, justice, and the American Way" and now Captain America doesn't really think all that much of America. Right Wing News has more:

A few months ago I wrote an expose on Marvel's Captain America comics number 602 in which the writers and artists of the book portrayed Captain America saying that Tea Party groups in America are racist and dangerous. It looks like the makers of next year's Captain America movie in Hollywood have taken that Cappy-against-America theme for its new movie, too, because according to the film's director this film will feature a Captain America that is "not a flag-waver."
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Gov't "Held Hostage" by Fox

The Obama administration overreacts to a video and somehow this is Fox News' fault. This kind of talk, especially from a congresswoman, is just a gateway to censorship. Weasel Zippers has the story:

The government is being sometimes “held hostage” by Fox News and other media outlets, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus charged Thursday.
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Tue Sunday Obligation on Vacation?

Mary deTurris Poust goes to Mass while on vacation and discovers something:

The cynics out there say that, for Catholics, Sunday Mass during vacation is just an obligation, nothing more than "getting your ticket stamped" so you can get on with the real business of taking it easy and having fun. But year after year, when we go to Mass down at the Jersey Shore, I come away with a very different take on the so-called vacation obligation.
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Convert Wonders How to Raise Catholic Kids

As an atheist to Catholic convert, Jen F. is wondering how to raise kids Catholic.

One of the tough things about being a convert to a religious belief system is that you don't have personal experience with raising children in that particular faith. I was recently talking to some fellow atheist-to-Catholic moms, and we all agreed that we feel like we're fumbling around in the dark sometimes; it's surprisingly hard to be a Christian parent and have no frame of reference for what a Christian childhood looks like.
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McBrien: Bishops Should Endorse Obamacare

Fr. Z takes on Fr. Richard McBrien's thoughts that the bishops should endorse Obamacare:

I am tired of writing that Richard McBrien doesn’t get it when it comes to abortion.

He does get it.

Face facts.

Richard McBrien supports “a woman’s right to choose.”

He should simply say it openly instead of writing articles pretending to be a Catholic.

McBrien’s latest article asks why – why oh why? – the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference won’t drop its opposition to Obamacare.
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Michael Steele Must Go Part 37

Let's just get rid of Michael Steele now. He's only going to cause damage. He's not in politics to win elections. He's in it for Michael Steele. Weasel Zippers has a report that Steele may be cooking the books to make himself look better:

If the fate of the Republican Party rests in Michael Steele’s hands, then we should begin bracing ourselves for six more years of Hope & Change.

The Washington Times — The Republican National Committee failed to report more than $7 million in debt to the Federal Election Commission in recent months — a move that made its bottom line appear healthier than it is heading into the midterm elections and that also raises the prospect of a hefty fine.
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Time: Church is Just like Segregationists

Anti-Catholicism at Time Magazine is actually pretty nasty. Newsbusters has the story::

Time magazine's Tim Padgett, who claims to be a Catholic, used the rose-colored glasses of his leftism to mercilessly bash his own church in an article on Monday where he compared Catholic bishops to "white Southern preachers [who] weren't ashamed to degrade African-Americans," labeled the Church "misogynous," and accused the institution of an "increasingly spiteful bigotry" against homosexuals.
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Things Lou Holtz Doesn't Understand

Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz on things he doesn't understand. Definitely worth a look:

Coach Lou Holtz recently spoke at a pro-life fund raiser in St. Louis. A friend just forwarded me Vitae’s most recent email update which included this quote of his from that evening:
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Nobody Has a Right to Charity

Forcing charity of some for others who have a right to it is a roadmap to tyranny but that doesn't stop many from espousing it. John Hawkins takes on Kerry Kennedy over this point:

Over at the Huffington Post, Kerry Kennedy and Monika Kalra Varma are making a rather bizarre argument about Haiti,
The international community too often regards procurement and distribution of basic supplies as charity, but it is wrong. Access to food, water, shelter, education and healthcare are basic human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For too long, the international community has also failed to involve local communities in the planning process or open their books so local stakeholders could see what was to be spent on which projects.
Like many liberal "ideas," this sounds nice, but it's almost unspeakably stupid and ill-thought out.
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Docs Show Media Covered for Obama

I think the Journo-list scandal is just starting to leak out. If the Daily Caller has this, who knows what else they have:

It was the moment of greatest peril for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s political career. In the heat of the presidential campaign, videos surfaced of Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, angrily denouncing whites, the U.S. government and America itself. Obama had once bragged of his closeness to Wright. Now the black nationalist preacher’s rhetoric was threatening to torpedo Obama’s campaign.

The crisis reached a howling pitch in mid-April, 2008, at an ABC News debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. Gibson asked Obama why it had taken him so long – nearly a year since Wright’s remarks became public – to dissociate himself from them. Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do?”
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Priests Save Two Babies at Clinic

Great story from Pro-Life Corner:

Before the Northern Illinois Women's Center opened on Friday morning to end the lives of children in the womb,four Catholic Priests firmly stationed themselves at all four corners around the abortion mill and began praying the powerful prayers of the Church found in Fr. Thomas Euteneuer's book Exorcism and the Church Militant.
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Protect the Pope.com

This seems like a great idea. Check out Hermeneutic of Continuity for the story:

Protect the Pope.com is a new website which counters attacks on Pope Benedict’s reputation and integrity, and provides information and resources for Catholics to respond to incidents that constitute incitement to religious hatred.
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Police Return Dearborn Footage

Methinks the police have some splainin' to do. Check out the video at What's Wrong wtih the World:

The Acts 17 missionaries have finally gotten back their video footage from the Dearborn police. (Hey, it only took 25 days.) The lies in the police reports are shocking and are revealed by the footage.

It's really a toss-up which of the two arrest videos now available on-line is the most infuriating. I'm going to post first the one that I, personally, was most struck by, but they are both in this entry.

First, the arrest of Nabeel Qureshi for having a good conversation about Christianity with a group of Muslims. The video also contains quotations from the utterly lying police report.
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Divorce: 20 Years After

David Alexander discusses the real effects of divorce, 20 years after the fact.

An excerpt:

It might surprise some people that a divorced man such as myself would actually disapprove of divorce. These would be the same people who didn't know, or for whom it doesn't seem to matter, that it was the mother of my son who left me. (No kidding, I have actually met "devout Catholics" who didn't know the difference.) It was twenty years ago today, that I came home from work, and found a note in the place of my wife and son. If you want to know the extent of the damage that divorce can cause...

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Obama: It's Not a Tax, Now It Is

The Obama administration has no concern whatsoever for truth. You've got to see this video at Weasel Zippers:

When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”
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Can Palin Win?

I'm not sure Palin's the best candidate for 2012 but she certainly is a muy serious contender:

Just barely a year ago I published "Can Palin Win the 2012 GOP Nomination?" I laid out what I considered the necessary prerequisites for Sarah Palin's emergence as viable, top-tier candidate for the nomination in 2012. The very first comment at the post was offered by the radical progressive LeMonton, who dissed Palin's chances: "dream on dude, dream on."

Actually, no need to dream. A year out from Palin's resignation as Alaska Governor, the former GOP running-mate is looking good for a presidential run of her own next time around. As for my analysis, I'm still leaning on development of the experience thing, especially on foreign policy. Palin still sounds "light" on some issues. But she's unquestionably the finest potential candidate on the issues of greatest concern to the conservative base, and absent some serious gaffes or blunders, she'll be the one in every competitor's cross hairs. I'd add a new recommendation, however: Palin must avoid the Hillary Clinton complex
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Shieffer: What Black Panther Story?

Bob Shieffer had Eric Holder on his show and avoided one of the hottest stories out there? But his answer as to why is priceless:

Last Sunday, Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer had Attorney General Eric Holder on for an entire half hour, and never once asked him about the Department of Justice dropping the case against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation, or any of the subsequent events surrounding that story, including the DoJ whistleblower.
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Why November Matters

Sheila writes about how nothing will get done on illegal immigration unless there's a strong showing in November on the issue:

How to sort out what years of congressional sessions have failed to do and politics have further entangled….?

In 2006, a series of huge immigration rallies were staged across the country as Congress battled over President George Bush’s ’pathway to citizenship’ plan, and people on both sides of the emotinally divisive issue demanded some resolution. It didn’t happen.
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Humans in Storage

Mary Meets Dolly writes that it's a parents world and little humans are just living in it:

A few years ago I went shopping for a brand new house. Every model home I visited, regardless of the builder, had a gigantic master suite with a spa-like enormous bathroom where every morning you could cartwheel your way to the shower and back flip to the toilet. Down the hall, placed almost like an afterthought, were 3 or 4 tiny little bedrooms whose total square feet might add up to the space provided in the palatial master suite.

After the 5th house or so, I realized this was an indicator that society's values had shifted. Builders were building what the buyer wanted, which was clearly parental desire and comfort at the child's expense. I also knew it wasn't a good sign
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Name Maggie's Baby

This is your chance to name Maggie's baby:

Today I am wondering: what will we name our son?

We have a general idea but have decided not to make any final decisions until we see our baby in person. Maybe then we will feel confident in our decision.

I have thought of what I would name my future children since I was a child. I kept diaries way back then and I had a list of names. One of them was Miranda Lauren- where I got that name, I have no clue!
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Pushback Against Berwick

Some interesting ideas over at Pundette to keep fighting the Berwick appointment.

Sen. Mitch McConnell and the GOP are pushing back against Obama's recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service:
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Cast the John Edwards Movie

Wow. Who would even think about seeing a movie about the rise and fall of John Edwards? The right dislikes him and the left wants to forget about him. That leaves tha apathetic apolitical middle who probably won't see a movie about a politician. What a bad idea! But here's your chance to cast one of the worst ideas for a movie ever. Click over the RWN to suggest your dream cast:

Just when you thought you'd heard all you could stand about the disgraced former Senator from NC/SC:

Aaron Sorkin -- best known for creating "The West Wing" -- will make his feature directorial debut with a John Edwards biopic.

Sorkin's adapting and producing Andrew Young's "The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down." Project's not yet set up at a studio.
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Obama Illegally Funding Pro-Aborts in Kenya

I can't say enough about the job Steven Ertelt does with Life News. It's actually quite amazing. This story is disturbing:

Despite denials by the office of Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. embassy in Kenya, the leading pro-life congressman says the Obama administration is absolutely engaging in illegal funding of a campaign to get voters in Kenya to adopt a pro-abortion constitution.
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How to Keep Your Kids Catholic

Great advice from the Catholic Digest:

We stand on the sidelines of our sons’ soccer match, a gaggle of parents stamping our feet against the creeping cold, huddling under umbrellas away from the drizzling rain that began with the game. As the game slip-slides away, we become not parents of opponents, but parents facing a single opponent — the weather. The desire to see our team win is gradually replaced by the desire to get the boys out of the rain, into dry clothes, and safely home.

I think of that image sometimes when I see families at church. Underneath our differences we have but a single desire: to see our family out of the rain of the troubled world, into the dry clothes of redemption, and safe in our heavenly home. But how do we bring our desire to fruition?
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Canadian Gets Probation for Honor Killing

I don't understand this one bit. Not one bit.

Calgary mom Aset Magomadova doesn’t have to go to jail for strangling her promiscuous, 14-year-old daughter, a judge ruled Thursday.

Justice Sal LoVecchio said a non-custodial punishment would be sufficient for Magomadova’s killing of daughter Aminat.

LoVecchio sentenced the city woman to a three-year term of probation.
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Dems for Life: Abortion Won't Be Funded

Kathryn Jean Lopez has dueling press releases arguing over whether abortion will be funded by Obamacare. Dems for Life insist it won't despite tons of evidence it does:

Kristen Day at the Democrats for Life group sends this press release along, with a note that "HHS has assured us that the high risk pools will not be able to pay for abortion."

ADMINISTRATION REITERATES THAT NO FEDERAL FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR ABORTION “Despite Claims by Republican Groups, High Risk Pools will not Pay for Abortion”
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Maurisa on "Despicable Me" and Tom Cruise

Maurisa enjoyed Despicable Me and Knight and Day:

Movie reviews for the young and old!

Knight and Day

I really did not want to see this movie. I am not a big fan of either Tom Cruise or Cameron Diaz, but the ads really did seem promising. The movie's premise is fairly simple; Tom's character, Roy, is a spy that apparently has gone rogue. His current escapade unwittingly involves June and as she is now in danger, Roy selflessly steps in to protect her, while trying to clear his name.
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Ten Ways to Make Atheists Cry

Good stuff:

1. Discuss the Fermi Paradox. Atheists love aliens because they always assume that, a) brainy creatures gushing out of every galactic cranny shows that Earth is low-rent cosmic real estate, and b) the smartest aliens will be atheists. Against this giddy optimism, the famous physicist Enrico Fermi asked a quite innocent question: If Earth is a typical planet, and there are lots of planets in the universe, then why haven’t any extraterrestrial critters dropped by, or even sent us a text message (“ur nt solo, n btw ur nt vry smrt”)?

2. Join Mensa. Atheists are obsessed with their IQs and they love to flaunt their membership in an organization of people dedicated to self-congratulation. The atheist assumption is that religion is a sure sign of evolutionary atavism. A devout believer whipping out his Mensa card is entirely incomprehensible and ultimately indigestible.
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This is worse than Sci-Fi changing their name to SyFy:

A little more of the Christian heritage that forms the backbone of our civilization is rubbed away:

Forget the YMCA. Now it's just the Y.
The association announced Monday it is changing both its logo and name to "the Y," marking its first branding change in 43 years.
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Call for Filibuster of Elena Kagan

Catholic Fire wants to see a filibuster from the Republicans.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to recommend to the U.S. Senate the confirmation of Elena Kagan for the US Supreme Court. Elena Kagan is a radical anti-life, anti-marriage and Constitution interpretation activist. A Committee recommendation could virtually assure her Senate confirmation and a lifetime of radical activism in the highest court of the land. Confirmation can be stopped now with a Committee filibuster under Committee Rule IV, http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/committee-rules.cfm.
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Vocabulary of Friendship

Fr. Ray Blake says we've lost something if we can't talk about friendship:

As the parish priest of down town Brighton I have always felt that rather be embarrassed by Newmans deep friendship with Ambrose St John we ought to celebrate it.
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Obama Thinks Al Qaeda Might Be Racist

Obama goes after Al Qaeda for being racist. Oh boy. William Teach has the story:

Remember right after September 11th, how Obama was wondering what America did wrong, and how we have to understand the motives of these terrorists? Wasn't that much outrage from PeBO, but, now, witness why Obama finally hates al Qaeda
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Video: Dancing at Auschwitz

Hot Air is wondering if this is crass of life affirming. For me, it seemed pretty great but it looks like most people agree with me. Check it out:

To cleanse the palate, it’s six months old but only beginning to go viral this week for whatever reason. I’ve watched it three times and can’t make up my mind. Triumphal joie de vivre from a survivor of the world’s most infamous death camp should make for ecstatic uplift — and yet, and yet, I can’t quite assimilate the scene with the soundtrack. Gloria Gaynor at Auschwitz? It’s like watching firefighters doing the Macarena at Ground Zero. Nothing wrong with it, exactly, just … not a combination you would have ever, ever expected. Exit question: Love it, like it, or a little bit queasy?
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Sherry Wants to be the Mommy Czar

Sherry thinks a Mom could run the country better because they handle crises every minute of every day:

I have a theory as to why the current administration and government is struggling with the economy, the oil crisis clean up in the Gulf of Mexico, problems of trespassing and bullying in Arizona, unpleasant political dialogues and demagoguery, spins of the news right, left and out and out wrong, the absence of jobs, the misbehavior of Washington and Wallstreet and a dearth of movies that anyone other than uber fanboys and fangirls want to see. The political and pundit class severely under represents Moms of many. Lest you think I'm merely advocating for my own small subset within the population, understand Moms of many are used to dealing with many of the crisis's facing America today.
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AP Can't Help Using the F Word

The media reflexively uses the word "fetus" even when it's inappropriate. Soon we're going to have stories about fetuses in kindergarten. Newsbusters has the story:

Last year, Brent Bozell lamented the murder of Darlene Haynes in Worcester, Massachusetts, with her baby cut out of her womb, and how the media called it a "fetus" -- even after the baby was born in a violent kidnapping. Now there's a Massachusetts repeat, except this time, it was the baby that was killed in a Boston-area nail salon assault.

On the Boston Herald website, the AP headline was "Wellesley woman indicted in death of fetus." AP reported that "Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said Sunday that Ayanna Woodhouse will be arraigned on charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault Monday in Suffolk Superior Court."

AP added: "The female fetus was delivered by emergency Cesarean section, but did not survive."
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Jeb? Sarah? Or Romney?

2010 is the year we should be focused on but one can't help but wonder about 2012. I hear people talking about Mitt Romney and I just want to pull my hair out. We all hear about Sarah but has she been so demonized by the media that her negatives are just too high? And then there's Jeb who would be great if his last name wasn't Bush. Ugh. Melissa Clouthier has more on this:

I'm asking because it sure seems like she's getting ready to run. People bring up Hillary Clinton's negatives, but that just points out the obvious: Barack Obama won, Hillary Clinton lost. It wasn't just her liberal policies and her grating voice. It's that she was a woman.

What are Sarah Palin's favorables with women? With conservative women? They weren't good during the election cycle. Are they better now?
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We are all Lebrons Now

Lebron goes to the tax free state. Duh! So is everyone else. RWN has the facts of why no state income tax is causing a mass migration to the Sunshine state:

Basketball is not my sport of choice, so I had no vested interest in the outcome of the recent drama surrounding LeBron James. Even though I still consider Florida my home state, I don't care that he's chosen to play in Miami. I am, however, struck by the degree to which LeBron's decision mirrors that of so many ordinary Americans and businesses. Namely, I note that he's spurned high tax jurisdictions for income-tax free Florida.
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Atticus Finch is Feminine?

What's wrong in the head of this guy to consider Atticus Finch a feminized man. In the book by Harper Lee, the 6 year old Scout doesn't understand that her Dad is a man to be admired. It seems that a widely read columnist has the mind of a six year old. Newsbusters has the story:

Did you ever consider the lead character in Harper Lee's fabulous "To Kill A Mockingbird" to be a feminized male not in any traditional sense manly?

Atticus Finch, one of the greatest male figures in modern American literature?
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The Upside of Twilight

John Nolte of Big Hollywood writes about the morality of Twilight.

It was either Kayser Soze or some French poet with an unpronounceable name who said something to the effect of, ”The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” Not everyone believes in the Devil but we all know Hollywood exists, and isn’t six of one just a half dozen of the other? After all, the greatest trick Tinseltown (with the help of the MSM) ever pulled was convincing the world that a belief in a moral code is what’s abnormal because all the cool kids are into a collective degeneracy.
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Endless Summer Nights

I can absolutely relate to this story. Bedtimes in the Archbold house have been discarded, ignored, and rebuffed even. But it's ok it's summer, right? Arwen and Faith and Family Live is also a terrible parent, I guess, so at least she's making me feel better:

It’s past 8:30 on a typical summer evening, and do I know where my children are?

Sure. But where they are is probably not the same place as where they should be: in bed.

Here’s my true mom confession: in this season, my children do not go to bed “on time.”

I can name many reasons why this happens. The sun doesn’t set until 9:00, and it doesn’t get really dark until almost 10:00, so it’s hard to convince children to go to sleep, even with our heavy-duty blackout curtains.
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If Only We Ordained Women...

Fr. Z takes on a supposed linkage between the clerical abuse scandal and the ordination of women:

The managing editor of the liberal U.S. Catholic needs some aggiornamento.

In this editorial piece, he almost gets it right. He does pretty well until he gets to the end where he lurches into a total failure.

Let’s have a look with my emphases and comments:
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Fr. Trigilio on Catholic U's Departing Prez

Sowing division to the Washington Post means fidelity to the Church. Fr. Trigilio of Black Biretta fame has the story:

Departing Catholic University president turned school around but sowed divisions, some say

The Washington Post (like their northern cousin, the NYT) likes to make ad hominem and non sequitur arguments. Since many schools no longer teach Aristotlean Logic, it is no wonder that more readers don't rebuke the paper for making these fallacies.
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Why Do Men Do That?

Dom over at BettNet blames the ladies for men's behavior. Hey, I blame my wife for practically everything so this sounds good to me:

“Why do guys do that?” As a married man with single female friends, it’s a common refrain, often delivered in an exasperated voice following a sad tale of some guy being generally obnoxious. Usually the guy is clueless to his bumbling ways, but it’s always about a guy trying to romance her. Often, he’s being creepy by being too forward, moving too fast, showing up in unexpected places, or assuming too much. I know this because I was that guy once. (I’ve told the embarrassing tale of my first “date” with my wife often enough; I’m moving on.)

So “why do guys do that?”, meaning whatever action is driving the object of his affections away. Well, I’m here to tell you ladies, that we do it because you told us to.
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Ginsburg: No Going Back on Abortion

Ruth Vader Ginsburg says that America will never go back to abortion being illegal. But what she thinks doesn't really concern me because she's been wrong in so many decisions on the Court I can't really take her seriously:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared Thursday that abortions would continue to be available to women regardless of the legal challenges now being waged by opponents of Roe v. Wade.

"Over a generation of young women have grown up, understanding they can control their own reproductive capacity, and in fact their life's destiny," Ginsburg said in rare public remarks. "We will never go back to the way it once was."

Ginsburg said that any changes in access to abortion simply hurts poor women.

"If people realize that, maybe they will have a different attitude," she said.
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Is Toy Story 3 Sexist?

Danielle Bean defends Toy Story III from over-caffeinated feminists:

Toy Story 3 is sexist? Natalie Wilson of the Ms Magazine blog thinks so.

As a mom who takes very seriously the media messages being sent to my daughters, I have to say: Did we watch the same movie? Gimme a break, Ms.
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Let's Flush Our Dead

My normally brilliant commentary in which I introduce pieces from around the blogosphere I found interesting is reduced to "Ick!" by this piece from Acts of the Apostasy:

What in heaven's name is going on in Belgium? Have they lost their minds souls? Don't answer that - it's a rhetorical question.

One of the Corporal Works of Mercy is "Bury the dead." This proposal, though, sounds more like an Environmental Work of Lunacy.

*WARNING - some details may not be suitable for the easily squeamish!*

From the DailyMail.co.uk: Belguim Considers Proposals to Dissolve Bodies and Flush Them into Sewage Systems
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No Grease, No Peace

I feel that someone should've made White Castle illegal a long time ago but for goodness sakes leave IHOP alone. But alas no institution will go unharmed the burgeoning bureaucracy of the Obama administration:

Oh, that’s right. Obamacare, filled with stealth Nanny State penalties and taxes aimed at further controlling your life, is now threatening the yummy eats found at White Castle and IHOP, among others.
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Gibbs Gets Owned

This is truly an excellent question from an unknown reporter who will probably now be never called on again to ask a question. Check out the vid at Weasel Zippers:

Here is priceless video of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs getting “owned” by a question as to why President Obama the Obama Department of Justice are not going after “Sanctuary Cities” for violating Federal Law, as they claim Arizona is doing.

Gibbs was clearly rattled by the question, and immediately began to say he would try to get some information on that. The truth is, he knew he had been had! I’m not sure who that reporter is, but let her ask more questions.
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Sarah Palin for RNC Chair

I think RNC Chair would be a great job for Sarah Palin. She would raise oodles of money and excite the base. Right now, I don't think I could find three Republicans who would cross the street to see Michael Steele, never mind pay money to hear him speak. Gateway Pundit has a link to a "Draft Sarah" website.

The bottom line is this…
America is under attack. The progressive left is attempting to forever alter the foundation of this great nation with their record deficits, record spending, record unemployment, corruption, thuggery, assault on liberty and socialist policies. The Obama-Pelosi Regime must be stopped before they destroy this great nation. Republicans need a great and dynamic personality to lead the party in a vigorous offensive against the Socialist agenda of the Progressive Democrat movement. We don’t have time to waste and we can’t afford to lose this battle against the immoral statists destroying our country.
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Hollywood vs. Pixar

How Disney and Hollywood cynicism nearly destroyed Pixar.

Okay okay, Big Hollywood — and people all over the world — love Pixar. I get it, I get it. But why is Hollywood missing it?!

It is obvious the studio honchos can’t quite fancy what gives Pixar the upper hand in churning out hit after hit, otherwise they would have bottled and sold it in mass quantities. Here’s a hunch — Pixar’s success might have something to do with respect for the audience.
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Pro-Life Dems Have a Future?

The Weekly Standard wonders about the future of pro-life Democrats and how bad is it for the pro-life movement that there's clearly very little room for pro-lifers in the Democrat Party:

Three months after his career-defining health care vote, Michigan Democratic representative Bart Stupak still bristles at questions surrounding the deal he cut with President Obama on abortion. “The executive order says public funds cannot be used for abortion,” says Stupak, and those who say otherwise are “dishonest.”
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Feminist Summer Camp

I'd bet the boys from neighboring camps don't sneak across the pond to sneak into the feminist camp. They'd probably be sacrificed to Lilith or something while the crazy wenches danced around the maypole. Kind of like "The Wicker Man" but with none of the unintended comedy. Lori Ziganto has the story:

Out: Camp fires and swimming. In: groupthink! Yes, now femisogynists are weaseling their way into the realm of summer camps:
Lots of kids go to summer camp to roast hot dogs and learn how to canoe. Others go to get really good at tennis or to immerse themselves in musical theater. And now, you can go to camp to learn how to be a feminist.
A camp. To learn how to be a feminist. I know, I thought the same thing — who on earth would want to be a feminist, much less attend a camp rife with them? Turns out, it’s the kind of people who actually choose to label themselves and who take some sort of strange pride in being a part of an irrelevant and self-diminishing groupthink.
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Journalist: Abortion is "A Lesser Evil"

A journalist is arguing for fertility control. Look lady, everyone wants you to have fertility control but once you actually create a human being things are a little different. The reporter says she's willing to die for the right of killing the unborn. Newsbusters has the story:

Antonia Senior of The Times of London revealed her extremist position in favor of abortion in a June 30 column. Senior bluntly admitted that the intentional killing of the unborn was a cause she would be willing to die for, and while acknowledging it was "taking a life," she labeled it was a "lesser evil," for, in her view, "you cannot separate women's rights from their right to fertility control."
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Your Air Condition is Eeeevil!!!

First they came for oil companies but I said nothing because I didn't own an oil company. Then they came for the SUV's and I said nothing because I didn't have an SUV. Now they're coming for my air condition and I'm like whoa hold up there. William Teach has the story:

Have you ever noticed that liberal whine a lot? The glass is usually empty in their world. Nothing is ever good enough. And, once they have beaten one thing to death, they find something else (though, they will come back to beating the previous thing when necessary). Now we have them whining about air conditioners
In the last half century, air conditioning has joined fireworks, swimming pools and charred hamburgers as a ubiquitous ingredient of an American summer. It’s no exaggeration to say it has changed the way this country functions, shaping everything from where we’re willing to live (Las Vegas, anyone?) to the amount of sex we have (more: It’s never too hot to get it on when the A.C. is blasting). Nine out of 10 new homes in this country are built with central air conditioning, and Americans now use as much electricity to power our A.C. as the entire continent of Africa uses for, well, everything.
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ACLU: Catholic Hospitals Must Abort

The ACLU didn't think it was clear enough that they are an enemy of the Catholic Church so they made it even clearer this week. Jill Stanek has the story:

Yesterday the ACLU issued a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking it to investigate religious hospitals that refuse to provide emergency "reproductive health care." CMS is a branch of the Dept. of Health and Human Services, which is directed by pro-abort Kathleen Sebelius....
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NASA's Most Unlikely Adventure Yet

So, according to Right Wing News, Nasa's supposed to be exploring space and discovering strange new worlds and...

NASA Now Tasked With Building Muslim Self Esteem.

Yes, you read that correctly. The head of NASA, Charles Bolden, had this to say in an interview with Al Jazeera...
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What Happened to Declaration's Signers?

Adrienne tells us what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. What?! They didn't just go back to their mansions and have slaves bring them iced tea?

I rarely pass along an email that is being circulated, but this one was so outstanding, an exception was made. While we are witnessing the systematic dismantling of our Constitution by hoards of left-wing ideologues, July 4th is a good day to remember those who gave us our way of life by, in many cases, sacrificing their own.
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College Movies

Phi Beta Cons thinks college movies today may show us where we've gone wrong. And it's pretty darn wrong:

Perhaps in honor of commencement time, there have been a number of college movies airing on television, and I caught snatches of several a few weekends ago. I was really stunned at how gross and perverse they are.

I noticed a few recurrent tropes. The films just take for granted the superfluity of beautiful, curvaceous young women, all dressed in tight clothing and all very hot and nubile. One difference that I could see between the 1984 film, Revenge of the Nerds, and the more recent ones, Accepted (2006) and American Pie Presents Beta House (2007), is that the existence of coed dorms has noticeably increased the level of depravity.
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Kagan: Inaliena...What?

Bench Memos points out that Elena Kagan might see inalienable rights as not so inalienable.

Kagan just had a painful exchange with Sen. Coburn during which she refused to embrace the idea that human beings possess certain inalienable rights preexisting the U.S. Constitution. She said that such rights are irrelevant to her work as a judge because she would only be interpreting the Constitution and the laws of this country. She must have forgotten the portion of the Bill of Rights reserving certain rights to the people
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Oh My!

Enviro-nuts are actually painting mountains white. Wow. Does anyone have any pictures of this? Seriously. I'd love to see this:

Since the imaginary global warming crisis is absurd, efforts to combat it must also be absurd. Fortunately, moonbats have the ideal mindset to come up with appropriate solutions — such as painting the Andes white:

By painting the mountains, Eduardo Gold hopes to replicate the effect of Andean glaciers, which reflect back sunlight and hence heat back through the atmosphere.
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Tackling Toy Turmoil

I can totally relate to this one from Arwen Mosher:

I feel blessed because in our current house with our current sleeping situation, we’re able to have a play room.

It’s great having a room that’s completely dedicated to housing the toys. It makes tidying up easy, as I can just toss toys in there as I find them.

But I’m telling you, that room is a pit. Most of the time, it’s nearly impossible to walk across it without maiming yourself on a small piece of plastic.
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