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Al Qaeda Storms Catholic Church

Nineteen dead. Weasel Zippers has the story:

Sorry libs, this has everything to do with Islam…
Security officials said the militants, who were allegedly linked to al-Qaida in Iraq, were on the phone with Iraqi authorities demanding the release of imprisoned female insurgents when security forces stormed the building.

The standoff began at dusk when the militants attacked the nearby Iraqi stock exchange, officials said. Police then chased the insurgents toward the Our Lady of Deliverance church – one of Baghdad’s main Catholic places of worship.
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Ya' Gotta Hear This

News reporters plot how to cover Senate candidate Joe Miller. Hot Air has the story:

The CBS affiliate in Alaska has confirmed that the voice mail recording left for a Joe Miller campaign worker did come from one of their reporters and did include part of a conversation strategizing their coverage — but KTVA management denies they wanted to cook the reporting on Miller’s rally. Calling the allegations “untrue” and “absurd,” KTVA says that they were merely preparing for any eventuality. Ben Smith has the press release at Politico:
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Horror: Drag Show at Jesuit Catholic College

Maybe they forgot they're a Catholic college. The Cardinal Newman Society has the story:

No, that’s not the spirit of Halloween we had in mind.

According to the University Calendar on the Loyola University Chicago website, an event titled “The Queens of Drag” was held last night (10/28) at the Centennial Forum Student Union on campus. The event page reads:

Taj Mahal, Dida Ritz, and the DGK Kings take to the stage to show the Loyola campus some gender-bending at its best! Performance to be followed by half hour Q&A with the performers.
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"The Negro Project" Lives On

From Kathleen McKinley

Ron Miller writes about how he believes that Planned Parenthood's "Negro Project" lives on.

What is The Negro Project? It was a project created by Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger in the 1940s. She wanted to build birth control clinics in black neighborhoods. Abortion was still considered the horror that it is. It wasn't considered then. Her goal was to control the "breeding" of blacks.

Margaret Sanger’s periodical, Birth Control Review, in 1932:

“The mass of ignorant Negroes still breed carelessly and disastrously, so that the increase among Negroes, even more than the increase among whites, is from that part of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear their children properly.”

Sanger would be proud of how her "Negro Project" lives on.

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Abortion, Conscience, and Doctors

Suggestions to end conscience protection ignore the importance of conscience and rely on a circular—and baseless—understanding of a woman’s “right” to abortion. Following such suggestions would be detrimental to the entire health care system.

“If people are not prepared to offer legally permitted, efficient, and beneficial care to a patient because it conflicts with their values, they should not be doctors,” declares Julian Savulescu of Oxford University. Savulescu’s position, known as the “incompatibility thesis,” contradicts important statements about the rights of conscientious refusal articulated by the American Medical Association, U.S. federal law, and international law. So, what reasons are given to justify the idea that doctors must perform abortions?

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Krugman and Kucinich Totally Lose It

This election day is causing some prominent libs to despair, in the funniest way possible:

Of course, just wait till the results are in, and the Congressional bloodbath is no longer just words in a story or poll, but, an actual reality. The amplifier will have overdrive hooked plugged in. In the meantime, first, we have Paul Krugman
Barring a huge upset, Republicans will take control of at least one house of Congress next week. How worried should we be by that prospect?
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Stop Talking Around Amy

Amy Welborn was supposed to be writing. Instead she just listened all day.

I tried to be all writerly and go to a coffee shop for the afternoon.

Well, it wasn’t exactly a coffee shop, although people do go there for the coffee, but since I’m not a coffee drinker, I don’t care about that, so I go for the Fennel Salad instead.
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MORE Anti-Catholic Dem Ads

My piece yesterday about anti-Catholic mailings has caused quite a stir and much debate. What surprised me was how many Catholic sites were so willing to accept the Democrats explanation that the use of the image of a priest was just an accident and not anti Catholic at all. Fr. Z shows that's a complete lie:

Some people thought the Minnesota Democrats postcard mailing was not really anti-Catholic.

Now I see another Minnesota Democrat postcard.
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Palin Derangement Syndrome on TV Show

This is disgusting. I totally missed this one but thank goodness for The Blog Prof:

Good grief: F/X show "Sons of Anarchy" Porn Star Character Uses ‘Sarah Palin’ as Name When Getting Abortion
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More US Nuns Over 90 Than Under 60

This is definitely an uh-oh story but it's got some good news in it about the upsurge in certain kinds of vocations. Al Kresta has the story:

In an interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online, Mother Mary Clare Millea offers an update on the apostolic visitation of active women religious in the United States. “My task as visitator is to note the global picture of the individual congregations and suggest recommendations I consider appropriate for them,” said Mother Millea. “The competent office of the Apostolic See will determine what will be communicated to the congregations to help promote their vitality.”
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Catholic Field Guide to the Undead

I loved this from Catholic Phoenix:

Halloween costumes offer an imaginary, temporary, denial of one’s condition in life. Some try on the uniform of another profession or sport. Some try on the skirts or mustaches of the other gender. Other costumes pull at the threads in the fabric of what it is to be human.
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Voting Machines in Nevada Pre-Vote Reid

Don't worry, SEIU to the rescue:

Something wacko is going on in Nevada. Some voters in Boulder City are complaining that their ballots were cast before they went to the polls. These complaints are raising questions about Clark County's electronic voting machines. Guess who holds the contract to conduct maintenance on those machines? President Obama's Favorite Union the SEIU.

Yesterday Joyce Ferrara said when she went with her husband to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, Harry Reid's name was already checked. Ms Ferrara said she wasn't the only one who had that problem, her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.
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Court: Nah, Voters Don't Need to be Citizens

This is crazy:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a state mandate for people to provide proof of citizenship before being allowed to register to vote.
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I. Can't. Wait. For. This. To. Be. Over.

Kathryn Jean Lopez nails my sentiments exactly. I can't wait for this election to be over. And I'm a political nut.

Well, here we are again, America.

If you’re loving politics right about now, I suspect it’s because you’ve come to view it as a sport, or as a necessity from which you have become somewhat detached emotionally. Right now is the time in a campaign season when even those of us who used to watch election returns when we were kids — late into the night, long past our bedtimes, well before we knew what exit polls were — are ready for it to be over, even as we try to make every day that’s left count. I. Can’t. Wait. For. It. To. Be. Over. That’s the temptation, the frustration, and the anxiety. It’s that time in the election cycle where you want to cry, scream, or move to a planet without elections. It’s the time when it seems nearly impossible to have a reasoned conversation about politics. Emotions are so high. Propaganda is so sharp. Positions are so burrowed in. So many people have a stake in a win — whether for ideological or financial reasons, or to save face or to otherwise look or feel good the morning after. Or the afternoon of the recount.
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This Ain't a Slippery Slope, It's a Cliff

Pundette thinks we need to be warned:

How nice to wake up to some fresh Mark Steyn. But don't be fooled by that innocuous heading; this will give you a jolt. It's now or never, America:
So we’re not facing “decline”. We’re already in it. What comes next is the “fall” – fast, sudden, off the cliff. That’s why this election is consequential – because the Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending spree made what was vague and distant explicit and immediate. A lot of the debate about America’s date with destiny has an airy-fairy beyond-the-blue-horizon mid-century quality, all to do with long-term trends and other remote indicators. In reality, we’ll be lucky to make it through the short-term in sufficient shape to get finished off by the long-term.
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Replace the Rat Couch Fundraiser

You may have read that Betty Beguiles couch in the house she was renting became a rat's nest. Literally. So it's been thrown out. Due to economic constraints the Lord family finds it difficult to replace the couch so if you can help out that would be great.

Hi, everyone. Hallie's friend Jen here (yes, Jen of the rat-infested couch). I saw all the lovely comments to her last post about the whole "rat blood and feces all over my living room floor" episode, and noticed how many folks kindly suggested that they might be willing to help the Lord family get a new, non-rat-infested couch since that kind of thing isn't in their budget right now. I figured that Hallie would be too humble to write in with what she was really thinking (which was probably something like, "YES! PLEASE! I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO SIT IN MY LIVING ROOM AGAIN!!"), so I decided that the situation required a bold move. I combined my deep sympathy for her predicament with my knowledge of her Blogger password to initiate a little fundraiser!
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8 Bible Verses The Left Has Wrong

Newsreal Blog writes:

Politicians of all stripes endeavor to invoke the Bible for many reasons. Some try to use God’s Word to score points with the Christian or Jewish communities. Others employ a Biblical analogy or story to drive a point home. A few even share impactful passages out of sincere faith. However, it appears that most politicians — on the Left as well as on the Right — use the Old and New Testaments to prove or further their agenda.

One of the most insidious and troubling areas in which politicians have co-opted scripture is the “social justice” movement. Since the 19th century, Leftists have attempted to use particular passages from the Bible to achieve progressive and often radical or statist ends. From communitarians to eugenicists to early 20th century progressives to New Dealers, evangelists of various strains of the Social Gospel have attempted to utilize the Bible to justify their views.
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C of E Diocese Shuts, Muslims Outnumber 2:1

England is in big trouble Part MMXXXVII:

A CHURCH of England diocese is set to be axed because Muslim worshippers in the area now outnumber Anglican congregations by two to one, it was claimed yesterday.
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Some Choices You Can't Make

You can choose to kill your baby but you can't choose to pick a Christian roomate. Woman tagged for civil rights violation for advertising for a "Christian" roommate:

We're not allowed to discuss it in polite company, but the dirty secret of anti-discrimination law is that it violates free choice, as well as the very civil rights it is ostensibly designed to protect. Take the case of a Michigan woman who advertised for a roommate with whom she would be compatible. Specifically, she wanted a Christian roommate. Now, she's facing a "civil rights" violation.
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Christine O'Donnell, Catholic?

TMatt at Get Religon points out that journalists clearly have no idea how to deal with religious terms like "evangelical" or "fundamentalist":

As your GetReligionistas have noted many times, it’s pretty obvious that many people — including more than a few mainstream reporters — are confused about the meaning of the word “evangelical.” Heck, I’m not sure that I know what that word means anymore and I used to be one. The Rev. Billy Graham once told me that he wasn’t sure how to define “evangelical.” Honest.
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Zucker Apologizes for Supporting Boxer

This is a funny vid:

David Zucker has made a great video slamming Barbara "Senator Ma'am" Boxer. It is very funny.
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Archbishop: Koran OK's Killing Christians

Good thing the Archbishop doesn't have a job with NPR:

The Koran is a text that encourages Islam to impose itself with force and permits the killing of Christians, said Lebanon’s Catholic Patriarch of Antioch Archbishop Raboula Beylouni, addressing a Vatican meeting of Middle East bishops.

“The Koran gives Muslims the right to judge Christians and kill them with Jihad,” he said.
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Rapist Tyson In, But Mel Gibson Out?

Deadline reports on the Hollywood hypocrisy:

Mel Gibson won't be appearing in The Hangover Part II despite web reports he'd play a tattoo artist in the Todd Phillips-directed pic. Warner Bros and its financing partner Legendary Pictures released a statement from Phillips. "I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew," Phillips said.
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Yet Totenberg Is Still Employed

Juan Williams is gone but Nine Totenberg remains. The Corner has some priceless Totenberg quotes:

A commenter on my previous post notes “Nina Totenberg is still employed” at NPR. She is the legal affairs correspondent for NPR. Unlike Totenberg, Juan Williams was a news analyst; his job specifically gave him leeway to voice his opinion. NewsBusters has documented some of Totenberg’s greatest hits throughout the years. Note that she made these comments as a panelist on “Inside Washington,” a syndicated television show. Apparently, they all hew to NPR’s principles and ethics:

On Jesse Helms: “I think he ought to be worried about what’s going on in the Good Lord’s mind, because if there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.”
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Sick, Dem Ties Opponent to Church Scandal

A new low in politics? Gateway Pundit has the story:

How Low Can You Go? No lower than Russ Carnahan.

Russ Carnahan is a far left Pelosi Democrat:

Today Russ Carnahan admitted to hiring Democratic operative investigator Michael Corwin to smear Republican Ed Martin.

Corwin put together a disgusting website that tried to link Republican Ed Martin to the Catholic Church priest scandal.
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The Case Against Altar Girls?

This is sure to get a debate going. Inside Catholic has the reasons girls shouldn't be altar servers:

To raise the possibility of an all-male liturgical ministry is to invite tribulation. Those who prefer the traditional arrangement of male altar servers, lectors, and so on are nervous about vocalizing their convictions, let alone acting upon them. This in itself is significant: Regardless of where one stands on the issue, it should give us pause that many Catholics, from the pious in the pews to prelates in the Vatican, stand in fear of being stigmatized as supporters of a 4,000-year-old tradition, faithfully kept by God's chosen people from the days of Abraham until the Catholic Church began changing its practices in the 1970s.
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Politico Lies About Palin

And Palin responds humorously via Twitter. John Hawkins has the story:

Radio host Mark Levin says that Politico's piece slamming Sarah Palin today is an outright lie, at least as far as his part in the story is concerned.

In a long piece by Jonathan Martin about how he thinks Sarah is wrecking havoc on GOP politics across the country,
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Oscar Winner to Star as Cardinal Newman

He'll always be Salieri to me but I'm intrigued by this movie. The Catholic Herald has the story:

The first film about Blessed John Henry Newman is in the works.

Italian director and screenwriter Liana Marabini, who specialises in directing films about the Church, will begin to shoot The Unseen World, a biopic about Newman, in the coming weeks, Italian television Rai reported today.

Filming will take place in Rome, Littlemore, Oscott, near Birmingham, and Oxford.

F Murray Abraham, the actor best known for his role as Salieri in Milos Foreman’s Amadeus, is to play the English cardinal beatified by Pope Benedict during his visit to Britain in September.
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I Found This Disturbing

I'm trying very hard not to blame Jen F. for this but...Betty Beguiles had some unwanted visitors in her house - of the rodent variety. Hey, at least they weren't scorpions. I once had a mouse in the house and I stayed up all night hunting the thing. (Killed it dead) So I can't even imasgine dealing with what she dealt with:

This morning I woke up to the sun shining through my bedroom window. The day was beautiful--crisp and clear, as October days often are. A bird sang a sweet little song outside. I whistled a happy tune. All was well with the world.

I heard my darling children stirring in their beds and my mind turned to the lovely morning that awaited us. It was to be a morning full of gaiety, love and laughter. We might bake cookies, practice our sums, paint pictures or take a stroll down to the beach.

And then I heard it: The Scream.
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Party of Death Energizes Its Base

They promise more death if elected! Yay! Pundette has the story:

Barney Frank: Save abortion by saving me!

My opponent, Sean Bielat, supports the reversal of Roe v. Wade. When asked by a reporter whether he would allow abortion in the case of rape or incest, he refused to answer. On a questionnaire by the Massachusetts Citizens for Life, he agreed with every position taken by that organization.
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What YouTube Can Do For You

This is the funniest thing I've seen all day. Check out Mary's Aggies:

YouTube can make you an unintentional star.

Evidence 1:
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I'll Be Happy When...

Betty Duffy says there's something to be learned from looking at pictures and seeing how boneheaded we were not to see what we had.

At my parents’ house the other day, my mom and I went through old pictures. In my childhood, I was a towhead, a ham, always posing, vain from day one. I told the orthodontist that I needed braces in seventh grade to support my future career as an actress. I always intended to make it into the world of the marvelous golden people. I had to get ready for my close-up.

It’s interesting to look back at those pictures now, having arrived, most likely, at the pinnacle of what my life holds for me: marriage, kids, a little house. I could continue to hold on to the hope of a more "fabulous" life throughout my twenties, but some imperceptible switch flipped in my brain once I hit my thirties, and now, somehow, it seems appropriate to quit yearning for the future and perform a retrospective.
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15 Bishops Quotes on Muslim Aggression

Lisa Graas of the Newsreal blog has the words of 15 biships on Muslim aggression in the Middle East:

At the Vatican’s Synod Hall, over 250 Catholic bishops are meeting for the Special Assembly for the Middle East for the Synod of Bishops. It is intended that out of this meeting will come guidance for bishops on dealing with issues specific to the Middle East, but what we hear most clearly are the voices of Catholic bishops crying out about Muslim aggression, mass emigration of Christians and the attempt by Muslims to bring full domination of the Holy Land and all of the Middle East by Islam. Here are fifteen troubling quotes from Catholic Bishops, including one from Europe, participating in the Middle East Synod.
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Karl Rove, Elitist

First he dissed Christine O'Donnell and how he's going after Tea Partiers. Methinks Karl Rove is an elitist:

Karl Rove credits the tea party with bringing new energy to the right but says that when you take a look at the grass-roots movement, it is “not sophisticated.”
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One Poll Tells Us What's Wrong

John Hawkins points to one poll that says it all:

Courtesy of Gallup, here's a trend we see turning up again and again in politics:

In other words, Americans recognize that we can't pay for these programs as is, but they don't want to raise taxes or cut benefits so that we can cover the cost.

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Patricia Heaton on the Lens of Faith

Tony Rossi writes an excellent piece on Patricia Heaton:

Actress Patricia Heaton is well-known for playing a harried-but-loving wife and mom who makes us laugh, previously as Debra Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and now as Frankie Heck on the ABC comedy “The Middle.” But it was a tragedy involving her own mother that shaped the Emmy Award winner’s life at an early age.

When Heaton was 12, her mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. The resulting emotional and spiritual struggle lasted for years, but Heaton credits her Catholic upbringing with helping her achieve a level of acceptance and peace. On the Christopher Closeup radio show/podcast, she explained, “Many churches (say) if you’re a Christian, you really shouldn’t be suffering. In fact, suffering is a part of the walk, and I think that’s a very important torch the Catholics carry. You get made fun of for it a lot.
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Dem: Global Warming LIke Santa...No. Wait...


Dem Rep. Nick Rahall: “To Deny Global Warming Exists is Like Saying Santa Claus Doesn’t Exist”…No, Wait…


(AmSpec)- So Congressman Nick Joe Rahall (D-WV) made a rookie mistake (for a guy who has been around as long as he has). He went off-prompter. And here is what he delivered:
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Condom scandal at BC

Cardinal Newman Society reports on condom distribution on campus and the irate Jesuit who tried to stop it:

An article in Boston College’s student paper BC Heights says that a student group called Students for Sexual Health is expanding its services to students to now include direction to contraceptive services and free female, in addition to male, condoms. According to the article, there are “20 rooms on and off campus that are participating” in the distribution of at least male condoms. Read more about the group’s activities, plans, and goals at BC Heights.
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Self Esteem Movement Creates Monsters

Adrienne thinks that we've over inflated the importance of self esteem. Hey, sometimes realizing you're a jerk is the best thing that can happen to you:

Today we are reaping the rewards of the self-esteem movement which reached warp-speed in the 60's. The whole concept of "We are perfect because God made us, therefore we can do no wrong", has infected the schools (sans the God part), and has crept under cover of darkness into the churches. TV personalities like Oprah Winfrey prattle on about how wonderful we are - God don't make no junk, doncha know - and pop psychologists have jammed the book stores with enough feel-good nonsense to keep even the most depressed among us busy for an eternity.
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Dr. Mildred Jefferson RIP

The American Life League issued a statement on the passing of a great pro-life leader:

Today we mourn a life lost, but celebrate a life well-lived. Mildred Fay Jefferson was a selfless woman with numerous accomplishments who dedicated her life to saving preborn babies.

Mildred Fay Jefferson, M.D., past board member of American Life League, past president of the National Right to Life Committee, The Right to Life Crusade and recipient of 28 honorary degrees, went quietly to meet the Lord late last week at the age of 84.

Dr. Jefferson was a heroic, inspiring, yet humble, leader who made her mark on the history books in many ways—including being the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School.
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The Austen Hermeneutic?

Sofia Guerra of Always Catholic outs herself as a total Austen geek. But we're cool with that. And she relates it to the Old mass/New mass dialogue.

If I had three things in the world I could keep with me in Heaven, it would be someone I love very much, New Jersey pizza and the complete Jane Austen under one cover (yes it DOES exist).

I know you are saying, “What is it with these Jane Austen people?” We aren’t really normal, we talk about Austen ,Darcy & all this other stuff no one else understands except other fanatical Austenites like ourselves. The reason is that Jane keeps us sane…(LOL!) How does she do this?

First, she has written six of the greatest novels in the English language. Second, these novels are not romance novels (although romance is part of it) but stories about real people and the interaction between them. Austen really is more of a social/behavioral scientist when it comes to her writing. No one knows this more than men when they feel obliged by their wives or girlfriends to actually read one of her novels. Surprised by how much they like her style & her characters, men tend to be as fanatical about Jane as women once they “get” her.
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This Is Just Repulsive

Kathryn Lopez has this disgusting story:

Yonni Barrios hit headlines last week not only because he was one of 33 men rescued after 69 death-defying days trapped in a collapsed mine in Chile, but because he requested both his wife of 28 years and his (gasp!) mistress be there greet him on the completion of his ascent.

But while his marriage might be on the wane these days (his wife refused to greet him), Barrios’s bank account may get quite a big boost as a result of his wandering ways.
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Muslim Dances on Cathedral Altar

Pamela Geller has the story:

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church (Duomo) of Florence, Italy, begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436.

The cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence, whose archbishop is currently Giuseppe Betori.

On last Monday night a Muslim jumped up and danced on the alter of the Florence cathedral. Here are the exclusive pictures of the tgt sensational incident Monday, 11 October morning in the Duomo of Florence. Check this video out. More news out of Italy here.
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Steven Colbert, Secret Catholic Evangelist?

Tim Graham reports:

Liberal comedian Stephen Colbert's joke-testimony to Congress may have been a low moment for the House of Representatives, but apparently, to reporters, it makes him a symbol of holiness. Kimberly Winston of the Religion News Service hailed Colbert in an article that appeared in Saturday's Washington Post.
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NBC Goes After Allen West

Weasel Zippers has the completely fair, balanced and objective news reports.

It’s almost like NBC News is doing the bidding of West’s Dem opponent Ron Klein…
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Rabbits Eating Enviro-Cars

This is the kind of funny you just can't see coming. Van Helsing has the story:

We've got yet another one for the Unforeseen Consequences of Sanctimonious Moonbattery file. It seems rabbits have been eating people's cars:

One air traveler says rabbits took a chunk out of his car while it was parked at Denver International Airport.
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Obama: America's Not Thinking Clearly

I can't even imagine having the kind of ego it would take to say something like this. Byron York has the story:

At a Saturday-evening fundraiser held in the home of a wealthy Massachusetts hospital executive, President Obama suggested Democrats are having difficulties in midterm campaigning because Americans simply aren't thinking clearly. Seeking to explain his party's troubles, the president focused not on controversial legislation like national health care and the stimulus but on evolutionary psychology. "Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared," Obama told the assembled Democrats, who paid $15,200 a person to attend. "And the country is scared."
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Tale of Two Archbishops

Button's blog has a little fun with compare and contrast:

Bishop John Broadhurst, Bishop of Fulham in the Anglican diocese of London, is to resign his post later this year to join the Pope’s Ordinariate.

In the midst of this epic coolness, I thought it would be a good time to make some comparisons between the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the leader of Roman Catholics in England. As for the nature of the comparison, if Sesame Street can do it, then so can I.
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Mary Poppins Perfectionism is Harmful

Fr. Longenecker believes seeking perfections is...far from perfect:

Along with all the other modern heresies I wonder if we oughtn't to recognize a new one: Perfectionism. Now, by 'perfectionism' I don't just mean being persnickety and fussy about details. I don't just mean that somewhat neurotic tendency to be obsessive about things. Instead I'm talking about the modern ambition to be (like Mary Poppins) 'practically perfect in every way', and this ambition is rooted in an underlying assumption that we can actually achieve success in every endeavor and create a 'perfect' life. What I'm talking about is an individualistic kind of utopianism. We may not wish to create a perfect world, but we do think we can make our world perfect.
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Jen F. Kills One of God's Creatures

Oh! What have the poor scorpions ever done to Jen F? She has taken on these pitiable creatures as if she were Van Helsing and the scorpions were undead monsters.

A new scorpion story for those of you who weren’t on Twitter at 8:10 CDT Wednesday night: So I was walking by the bathroom and my three-year-old daughter called out to me. She was pointing at the tub with a sort of concerned but resigned look on her face, saying, “There’s a…umm…ummm…” Even though I couldn’t see into the tub, I knew it was a scorpion. OF COURSE it was a scorpion. Here in Wild Safari House my kids don’t even remark on spiders and lizards anymore.

I walked over to the tub and, yeah, there it was, right on Dora’s head on our Dora the Explorer bath mat.
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Patrick Coffin Talks Contraception on EWTN

Patrick Coffin of Catholic Answers fame discusses contraception on Johnette Benkovic's show on EWTN. Fascinating stuff.

The coming together of a man and wife in the marital embrace is meant to be a joyous moment for each, a moment filled with beauty and wonder. A moment of complete and total giving -- a moment where body, mind, and soul are communicated to the other. How does contraception effect this moment and how can a couple restore their marital embrace to the reality it is meant to be?
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Obama is Shellshocked

Pundette doesn't think Obama's problem is a p.r. one:

I'm wading through Peter Baker's long NYT Mag piece on the Obama presidency thus far. It has an funereal vibe:

Yet even if the White House saw it coming, this is an administration that feels shellshocked. Many officials worry, they say, that the best days of the Obama presidency are behind them. They talk about whether it is time to move on.
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5 Tips for Pro-Life Conversations

Ana Benderas of Live Action has these not so easy to follow rules on how to talk to pro-choicers:

If you follow Live Action’s educational work, you will notice a recurring theme in our approach to the abortion conversation: focus on the humanity of the unborn. Abortion is wrong because it kills innocent people and killing innocent people is wrong.

I know this simple, underlying fact gets easily lost in the rhetoric, but it is our challenge and our duty as pro-life activists to keep perspective. I hope to share with you some tips that will help us do that.
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Wow. Could The Wave be Growing?

Hugh Hewitt thinks the GOP wave is growing, not shrinking:

I was talking to the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza on my radio show Wednesday when the story broke that Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann had raised $5.4 million dollars in campaign contributions in the third quarter of 2010. Cillizza took in a deep and very audible breath, as did I. It is an astonishing amount of money for a single Congressional candidate to raise.
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Shhh!!! There Was Christianity in the Mine

The Blog Prof writes:

Rescued miner says he saw God, devil during captivity, "I buried 40 years of my life down there, and I'm going to live a lot longer to be a new person"

The MSM has done a great job burying the spiritual plight of the 33 Chilean miners that were trapped underground for 69 days: Chilean Miner: "There are actually 34 of us, because GOD has never left us down here". But when the Chilean miners started coming up one by one, and started talking of spiritual experiences, the MSM couldn't ignore it by the shear reality that it was pasted all over the planet. Even the Clinton News Network picked up the story:
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What Does N.O.W. Stand For?

Lori Ziganto has a guess:

N.O.W., the National Organization of Whores, leaped into the lead for the title of most epically hypocritical organization this week. Whoops, silly me! I mean National Organization for Women. But, as ExJon of Exurban League pointed out to me, they won’t mind being called whores, will they? I mean, they obviously have no problem with that term, otherwise a group who claims to be For the Women would not, you know, endorse men who slur women with that term, now would they?
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Big Brother Taking Over the Internet?

Big Government has this very important story:

November 30th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could potentially engage in one of the largest federal power grabs we have ever seen.

After two years of this Presidential Administration and this Congress, that is saying an awful lot about an awful lot.

And what’s worse, the FCC would be doing it without Congress weighing in. At the FCC’s November meeting – note the coincidental date of choice, AFTER the impending election – three unelected bureaucrats (of five) could simply vote themselves rulers of 1/6th of our entire economy – the information and technology sector.
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Behar: Bachmann's Anti-Children

I always get a kick out of pro-aborts who say other people are anti-children. Newsbusters has the story:

So you raise five children and provide foster care for 23 children, but according to HLN’s high-priestess of intellectualism, you hate children.

Only from Joy Behar, host of a HLN show and co-host of “The View,” could offer such an assertion as fact to audience. On Behar’s Oct. 12 program, she made the claim the Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and other so-called “Mama Grizzlies” were guilty of various misdeeds against humanity. She claimed the Republican Minnesota congresswoman was anti-children, but not before condemning her for not publicly rebuking Carl Paladino for his remarks about gay and lesbian issues.
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Soooo...Jim Demint Started the Recession?

Alvin Greene at his awesome "stick to the talking points" best. This is just too painful and funny. You may find yourself only able to watch it out of the corner of your eye. Things are never as bad if you just look at them with your peripheral vision. And yet at the end he still gets Lawrence O'Donnell's endorsement:

Video: America’s Favorite Democrat Alvin Greene Interviewed by MSNBC, Answers Every Question With, “Jim DeMint Started the Recession”…
Unintentional comedy at its zenith…
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The Kooks Have Come Home to Roost

Kathleen Parker is supposed to be the conservative on CNN, isn't she?

On Monday's Parker-Spitzer, CNN's Kathleen Parker picked up where her co-host Eliot Spitzer left off on Friday, bashing conservatives as "fringe elements" inside the Republican Party. Parker continued the Tea Party movement was the result of the GOP "catering" to such elements and that "the kooks have come home to roost."
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Could Pro-Lifers Take the Senate?

Good breakdown of races where pro-lifers could win from LifeNews.com:

Months ago, when political observers began examining the 2010 congressional elections, it appeared pro-life advocates had the potential to capture the House of Representatives but not the Senate. Now, both are in play as the Senate could change hands and see its top pro-abortion lawmakers defeated.

Should the November election turn out as polls indicate is possible, pro-life Republicans may very well capture the Senate from the pro-abortion Democrats who brought the nation abortion-funding ObamaCare and pro-abortion Supreme Court judges Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
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Beheadings On This Side of the Border

The situation down there is awful and seems to be only getting worse:

Horrific. We are now having decapitation on THIS side of the border in Arizona:

Chandler police are investigating the bizarre case of a man who was stabbed, decapitated and left in a pool of blood in a central city apartment.

One man has been arrested and police are seeking three more suspects in what may the city's first beheading.
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Pro-Choice Extraordinary Minister for Congress

Heartland radio has the audio where a Catholic extraordinary minister explains his "personally pro-life" stance to a conservative group. Follow the link and scroll down to the August 29th posting to hear the recording.
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The Nun and the Obamacare Scandal

The American Spectator sees a possible scandal surrounding the closings of three Catholic hospitals around Scranton Pennsylvania and involving Sister Carol Keehan:

Can you say "October Surprise"?

A mushrooming political battle over ObamaCare involving the White House, two incumbent Pennsylvania congressmen, three Catholic hospitals and a nun has just exploded in, of all places, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Charges from the Scranton medical community of intimidation by the Obama White House and its allies are filling the air.

All of this just as Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Scranton today to raise money for one of the participants.

There are two issues at the core of the controversy.
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Why Catholics Don't Care About Gay Marriage

Catholic Key has the answer:

“Polls conducted between July 21 and Sept. 6 found that a plurality of Catholics -- 46 percent to 42 percent -- approved of allowing gays and lesbians to marry,” reports Catholic News Service. Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto provided a clue as to why so many Catholics aren’t opposed to same sex marriage in a column earlier this month. Excerpt (emphases mine):

Another area where Catholics should do more reflection and cultivate new habits is in the sexual practice of marriage. One habit that has taken hold of many marriages is the use of artificial means of contraception.
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Santorum: Religious Hospitals Under Attack

Former Senator Rick Santorum shows that the ACLU and the Obama administration may be teaming up to force religious hospitals to perform abortions:

Liberal elites are once again using health-care policy to advance one of their agenda items, this time on the abortion front.

The American Civil Liberties Union has launched an effort to force religious hospitals to provide abortions. The organization is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - which controls nearly $800 billion in President Obama's latest budget - to force hospitals to provide abortions or lose federal funding.

The views of the centers' administrator, Dr. Donald Berwick, are so controversial that Obama had to appoint him while Congress was in recess. Now he is overseeing the writing of countless new health-care regulations, and the ACLU can't let an opportunity like that slip by.
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O Stupid Catholics, Who Has Bewitched You?

Courageous Priest does a great job of collecting the words of priests who are willing to speak out no matter the cost. This one's a real barn burner.

Voting Catholic! Are You Going The Way of Evil or The Way of Truth
By Fr. Richard Perozich (Written for the Church Bulletin) – Elections are coming up November 2, 2010. Catholics must engage in the political process to form a nation that reflects the values held by Christ’s followers.
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World's Oldest Catholic U Drops "Catholic"

They're mad about the Church's culture of life stance but they, of course, throw in the sex abuse scandal as a reason. The Cardinal Newman Society's Campus Notes has the story:

The Catholic University of Leuven, founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, has decided to drop “Catholic” from is name, CNS learned from presseurop.au. The University’s website states that Leuven “bears the double honour of being the oldest existant Catholic university in the world and the oldest university in the Low Countries.”
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Salon: Obama Is Another Reagan

Both had bad economies in the first 2 years, so they must be exactly the same. Except they are not.

Salon on crack.

The monthly jobs report released this morning should pretty much seal Democrats' midterm election fate. There will be no more reports between now and November 2, so today's data essentially represents the final pre-election word on the status of the American economy. And as my colleague Andrew Leonard wrote earlier, the combination of 9.6 percent unemployment, paltry private sector growth, and alarming layoffs at the state and local government levels (the result of federal austerity) means that "the incumbent party is going to pay the price in a few weeks."

Today's report immediately calls to mind the final pre-election data before the first midterm of Ronald Reagan's presidency, which was released in the first week of October 1982. I've long argued that Reagan's first two years in office provide a nice parallel to Obama's. Both men came to office under similar circumstances and both initially enjoyed stratospheric popularity, with most Americans badly wanting to believe that their new president could and would fix their woes. In this sense, the "stunning" decline in Obama's political standing these past 20 months is no surprise at all. The same thing happened to Reagan, and for the same reason...

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Judge OK's Individual Mandate in Obamacare

Well you knew this was going to happen. I think this was heading to the Supreme Court no matter what. I take no comfort in that at all.

(CBS)- A federal judge in Michigan has rejected a constitutional attack on President Obama’s health care overhaul, ruling that Congress did not exceed its authority when it passed the landmark legislation requiring people to buy health insurance.
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Dick Morris: Social Issues Are Irrelevant

Dick Morris is saying that social issues are no longer relvant to the GOP. John Hawkins disagrees:

Dick Morris is an extremely smart guy who has forgotten more about politics than most people have ever learned, but respectfully, I believe that he has a bad habit of letting his own personal agenda and beliefs warp what should be impartial judgments about the political landscape. His latest column is a classic example of this,
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Can You Help a Child Get Adopted?

The Ironic Catholic is helping raise money for a sick child to be adopted. He's got links for the full story and you can win an IPod Touch as well.

It's possible...through this giveaway, if you donate for Tori at Stephanie's site. Her donations run ends October 21, and the IPod will be be given away to someone randomly selected from you good-hearted donors (if you donate at HER site!).
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Big Families = Big Opportunity

Marcel from Mary's Aggies is spreading the love...and the wit:

A growing phenomenon in our culture is the way in which children are now despised by many. The examples run from the extreme to the tame, but all continue to grow.

One of the examples of this phenomenon is the way in which others respond to big families. As a father of five (and from a family with 5 kids) I have heard comments about large families throughout my life, but they get more frequent every year. What a shame, but what an opportunity!

I thought I would help others who have to deal with this by offering some responses to the most common comments and questions others have, many of them quite rude. But, since not everyone likes to be witty, I will have several kinds of responses
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Top 20 Reasons #Why I'm Voting Democrat

This is fun stuff over at Right Wing News:

Over at Twitter, a funny hashtag called #WhyImVotingDemocrat has sprung up. So, here are the top 20 reasons, "Why I'm voting Democrat," courtesy of the conservatives on Twitter.

20) I really want to experience Greece, but I hate traveling -- StickeeNotes
19) Because the GOP are Talibans. I don't vote for Talibans or Sharks with Hitler's brain in them. My 2 main rules -- AlanGraysonSays
18) Because I Demand the American Dreamand some other Sucker to pay for it... -- redostoneage
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Saudis Arrest Catholics at Mass

The religion of peace strikes again. The Saudi police arrested Catholics for proselytizing- at Mass:

The old Islamo double standard at play. Muslims expect the rest of the world to grant them special privileges and make accommodations for them but outlaw all other religions in their own countries. There is no compulsion in Islam, doncha know?

Saudi police raided a secret Catholic mass in Riyadh last week and arrested a dozen Filipinos and a Catholic priest, charging them with prosyletising, a local daily reported on Wednesday.
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Pope Condemns Mafia

Al Kresta has the video:

Pope Visits Sicily, Condemns the Mafia
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Obama's Rap Palate

This is the saddest thing I've ever read. Any grown up who talks about his "Rap palate" and getting "hip" to music is officially pathetic. Pundette has the story:

Was that another item on his to-do list? From the Rolling Stone interview:

Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president's personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I've got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff, but I would not claim to be an expert. Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things. Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days.
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Ella and Abortion

Jeanne Monahan writes about the pretend controversy over whether Elle is an abortion drug at The Corner. Psst. It is.:

This fall, Watson Pharmaceuticals will begin manufacturing a new drug called “ella.” Ella was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on August 13, and was categorized as an “emergency contraceptive.” That categorization is misleading: As the Family Research Council and several allied organizations have been explaining to pharmacists and the public at large, the drug has the potential to induce abortion.

Responding to this campaign, Watson Pharmaceuticals is claiming that ella is “not an abortifacient drug.” Yet the company did not address charges that the drug can abort an implanted baby. Nor did it dispute the FDA’s labeling information, which reads that “alterations to the endometrium [the inner membrane of the uterus] that may affect implantation may also contribute to the efficacy.”
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It's 1894 All Over Again?

OK Read this at Ace and try telling me the Dems aren't going to have to change their shorts:

Yesterday's generic ballot poll by Gallup has attracted some attention.

Here's Barone's column today.

However, Gallup also shows the results for two different turnout models. Under its "high turnout model" Republicans lead 53%-40%. Under its "low turnout model" Republicans lead 56%-38%.

These two numbers, if translated into popular votes in the 435 congressional districts, suggest huge gains for Republicans and a Republican House majority the likes of which we have not seen since the election cycles of 1946 or even 1928. ... The Gallup high turnout and low turnout numbers suggest it looks like 1894, when Republicans gained more than 100 seats (125!) in a House of approximately 350 seats.
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Britain Embraces Totalitarianism?

Humor is the first victim of totalitarianism? Right Wing News has the story:

There will be no more telling jokes on the job in Britain. Humor is a luxury reserved for free countries, not places like Airstrip One under the totalitarian Equality Act:

The legislation, championed by Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman, introduces a bewildering range of rights which allow staff to sue for almost any perceived offence they receive in the workplace.

It creates the controversial legal concept of 'third party harassment', under which workers will be able to sue over jokes and banter they find offensive — even if the comments are aimed at someone else and they weren't there at the time the comments were made.
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New Hip Hop Curriculum: Founding Fathers "Dead White Guys"

Reason # 14,627 to home school at Gateway Pundit:

Unreal. The left continues their assault on America.
A controversial new hip-hop curriculum that calls the Founding Fathers “old dead white men” is causing an uproar in Oklahoma.
NewsOK reported, via FOX Nation:

Concern over a new hip-hop curriculum that refers to the founding fathers as “old dead white men” has delayed the program’s rollout for at-risk students, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer said.
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Rutgers Tragedy Mean More of the Same?

David French of Phi Beta Cons writes about the response to the Rutgers tragedy:

When malicious individuals attack sensitive souls, the result is often tragic beyond words. And so it was at Rutgers, after Tyler Clementi’s roommate apparently recorded and webcast Clementi’s sexual encounter with another man. Clementi’s roommate will be prosecuted for invasion of privacy, and it’s a prosecution he seems to richly deserve.

As campus tragedies rightfully do, Clementi’s death has triggered a round of soul-searching on campus. And nothing prompts soul-searching quite like suicide. Because it deals with anguish of the heart, it feels so preventable — the “what ifs” of intervention and prevention pile up and compound the sorrow. The Army knows this feeling quite well, as a wave of suicides has rocked the military, especially since these suicides have come even after the Army has poured resources into its suicide-prevention program.

As is so often the instinct with large bureaucracies, the answer to tragedy is often “more.”
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A Metaphor or Three on How We Live

I found this piece by Joseph Bottum of On The Square fascinating. Read it to the end because he wraps it up nicely.

Imagine an organization—a bowling league, say, formed by a group of people who get together simply because they like to bowl. And imagine that, over time, the demands and rewards of being the organizers of a bowling league begin to grow, particularly as the members are drawn into organizing leagues for other sports: badminton, ping-pong, trapshooting, skeet. The social pressure on the bowlers is always to move up the chain to administration, so the actual bowling declines. And declines. And declines, until, one day, a few of the league bowlers realize they aren’t bowlers any more. Interest begins to fade away. New members aren’t found; old members slip away. And the great administrative project is left with little to administer—except the left-over investments made in the league during the old, fun bowling days.
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Why I Left the Catholic Church

True Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter writes about why she left the Catholic Church. And why she returned:

Just to be be clear, I am back with the Catholic Church, now.

I am pondering this topic because yesterday, after Mass, the Youth ministry director asked, "Why are there so many ex-Catholics in the non-denominational churches?"

I tried to explain my perspective, but felt that I didn't fully articulate the reasons. I remember meeting many ex-Catholics at my local Vineyard Christian Fellowship. In fact, I was quite amazed by how many there were. When I'd ask why they were there, the answers were usually the same: there was more "freedom" to worship God, they enjoyed the casual environment, they found the large offerings of Bible study groups to be stimulating. These comments were generally given by Catholics who were brought up in the 1960's and 70's.
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High Schoolers Got Credit for Leftist Rally

Nah! The unions aren't running the schools. This was just a mix up. Gateway Pundit has the video:

How sad. This leftist rally was a complete astroturfed sham.

No justice. No Peace.
Not only were thousands of supporters given free rides by unions and the NAACP to the rally, far left teachers at High School for Math, Science and Engineering were giving students class credits to attend.
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Cut Your Carbon Footprint or We'll Kill You

Wow. You've got to see this - mainly because it may be the most offensive thing I've seen in years. And it's absolutely real. Thanks to Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia for putting up the video:

Not too long ago, Joe Hargrave wrote about the "inhuman agenda" behind the fight against so-called global climate change. Some among the usual suspects scoffed at Joe's description.

Need more proof that Joe's assessment is 100% correct? Here it is:
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Vid: Libs Dump Signs and Flags After Rally

Pretty awful. Signs, flags, and posters left in the dirt after the liberal rally this weekend. Check out the short vid:

The extremists of the left-wing had their march yesterday and now look at the garbage they left on our National Mall in Washington D.C.
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Enjoy Your Clown Cars

This is so ridiculous. Why not 100 mpg? Just pass a law and say it has to be? It's that simple, right? Meanwhile crash fatalities go through the roof because we're all driving around in tinfoil cars!!! Weasel Zippers has the sad details:

The Obama administration is proposing to raise federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks to at least 47 miles per gallon and to as much as 62 mpg by 2025.

The proposal, which is still in its early stages, could end up being a consolation prize for environmental activists who are still smarting over the collapse of a comprehensive climate bill in Congress.
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Time: There Are Women Priests Already

Dave Pierre of Newsbusters takes on Time Magazine for their ridiculous claim:

It's not that hard to understand. The ordination of women in the Catholic Church is not going to happen. It. Will. Not. Happen.

Yet according to a truly warped article by Dawn Reiss in Time magazine (9/25/10), it's already happened. In fact, "three women have entered the priesthood" in the Chicago area alone, says Reiss.

Is this true? Is Alta Jacko (rhymes with "wacko"), "the mother of eight children" whom Reiss profiles, really "an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church"? No. Jacko is as much a Catholic priest as she is the Vice President of the United States.

But Weiss' falsehoods don't end there.
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Pope: Hold Vigil for All Nascent Human Life

LifeSiteNews.com reports:

On Saturday, November 27th at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” coinciding with first vespers of the First Sunday of Advent.

The Holy Father has also requested that “all Diocesan Bishops (and their equivalent) of every particular church preside in analogous celebrations involving the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements.”

An outline for the Vigil was provided from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Pontifical Council for the Family. Given the importance of the Holy Father’s request, the USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship and the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities have collaborated in developing Vigil prayer aids for dioceses and parishes.
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CNN's Sanchez: Da Joooos Run Everything!!!

Not good. This just proves that if you make a living saying stupid things eventually you'll say something really stupid. Ace has the transcript:

Apparently the stupidest man on TV gave a long and convoluted radio interview where Sanchez took a number of shots at John Stewart with whom he seems to have a running feud (mostly because Stewart makes fun of Sanchez, which probably amounts to just playing clips of the dumb crap Sanchez says).

He then capped it off with this.
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Communist Manifesto and the Dem Agenda

I honestly believe our country's fate could go either way right now. I'll admit I'm rather pessimistic about our future but do maintain hope mainly due to the country's reaction against the rather abrupt increase in the size of government. Maybe this radical shift woke people up to what's been happening in slow motion for quite some time. Doug Ross from Right Wing News compares Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto with the Dem's agenda:

According to Karl Marx, the following ten elements were requisite conditions for "a transition from capitalism to communism."

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. Washington Examiner: The great Obama land grab: "White House officials have been meeting quietly with environmental groups to map out government plans for acquiring untold millions of acres of both public and private land... The federal government, as the memo boasted, is the nation's 'largest land manager.' It already owns roughly one of every three acres in the United States... This is apparently not enough."

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. National Taxpayer Union: The top 1% of taxpayers already pay 40% of all income taxes. The top 5% pay 61% of all income taxes. And the top 25% pay 87%. The bottom 50% pay 3% of all income taxes.
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