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Gov't Healthcare: VA Exposes Vets to HIV

Hope everyone involved is ok but remember just a few months ago many were holding up the VA as the pinnacle of healthcare to which we should all have access to. Funny thing is that if you ever spoke to a veteran who's gone to a VA, many have horror stories:

"What about the Veterans Administration?" screech proponents of socialized medicine. "That's run by the government." Yes, I can tell:

John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has recently mailed letters to 1,812 veterans telling them they could contract hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after visiting the medical center for dental work, said Rep. Russ Carnahan. …
The issue stems from a failure to clean dental instruments properly, the hospital told CNN affiliate KSDK.
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Union Thuggery at Toys R Us

Union thuggery must stop:

Example #2,989,652 unions have no place in modern-America…

Violence erupted at a King of Prussia construction site Wednesday, and today, police are seeking the public’s help to apprehend some bat-wielding assailants.
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Newspaper Ignores Pro-Abort Vandalism?

Just imagine if a pro-lifer had spray painted a threat on an abortionist's home. Think of the media coverage then. Jill Stanek has the email from the newspaper editor who ignored the story:

Somewhere between 7p on June 14 and 7p on June 15, vandals sprayed the following graffiti on the home of Dubuque, IA, pro-lifer Allen Troupe. Troupe filed a police report and anticipated the same level of fair and balanced media coverage one would expect were pro-life graffiti to appear on the home of an abortion proponent - i.e., lots.
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Palin Brings the Money...And the Hate

No matter what you think of Sarah Palin's electability you have to watch in amazement at the hatred she inspires in liberals. RWN has the story:

Many on the left cannot stand that Sarah Palin has strong opinions, and is expressing them across this country. It amazes me what they will do to stop free speech when they don't agree with it.

You may have heard about Palin speaking at California University for a fundraiser for their 50 yrs anniversary. Palin going to California is like going into the lion's den. The lions went after her, but they didn't leave a mark. Attorney General Jerry Brown opened an investigation of the school. A state lawmaker pushed for a new law requiring that such contracts be made public. And the university faces a lawsuit by the watchdog group CalAware, claiming the public university employees had more involvement in the event than they claimed (gasp!). All this over Sarah Palin speaking at one University. It boggles the mind, doesn't it?
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An Interview with Fr. Barron

Brandon Vogt interviews the brilliant Fr. Robert Barron. Definitely worth a read:

I've linked to Fr. Robert Barron many times before on this blog, particularly to his writings, his Youtube videos, and his "Catholicism Project". I consider him the most articulate and provocative teacher of the Faith today, grasping both the subtleties of theology and the currents of culture. He combines the Saints and Church Fathers, art and literature, theology and philosophy, serving them all together in digestible treats.
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Pope Confirms New Office for Evangelization

Al Kresta has the story:

Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed his plan to create a new office of the Roman Curia: the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.

Speaking on June 28 at a Vespers service in the basilica of St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls, on the vigil of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Pope said that the new council would be devoted to spreading the Gospel message in regions where the faith has suffered from the inroads of secularism and the “eclipse of God.” In a reference to his coming patronal feast, the Holy Father said that he, as successor to St. Peter, had an obligation to continue the apostolic mission that the apostles began, bringing the faith to every part of the earth—including those parts where Christendom once flourished but has now been weakened.
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Attend Cardinal Newman's Beatification

One of CMR's favorite organizations, the Cardinal Newman Society, is gathering Americans to attend the beatification Mass of John Henry Cardinal Newman by Pope Benedict XVI. Sounds like an opportunity of a lifetime:

A group of American Catholics are preparing to attend the Beatification of the 19th century convert John Henry Cardinal Newman in September at a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.

“The Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory, which was founded by Newman, have graciously invited us to attend the Beatification Mass and visit Newman’s own room and library,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society, which is sponsoring the pilgrimage. “It will be an extraordinary experience, especially given Newman’s relevance for our times and Mass with the Holy Father.”
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School Refuses Pledge of Allegiance

A student in Massachusetts wants the Pledge of Allegiance said in his high school and Weasel Zippers reports that the school refuses and the kid has been called a "Nazi" and "fascist:"

Arlington High School Junior Sean Harrington has made reciting the Pledge of Allegiance the cause of his high school career. Last night, though he brought a dozen supporters to the School Committee Meeting, his request for daily recitation failed to gain School Committee approval with a 3-3 tie.
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Evil Can Be Painless

Retriever has a great line that says, "Life is precious, not perfect." The whole piece is worth reading:

A study from Britain asserting that fetuses cannot feel pain before 24 weeks, and that abortion before that time should continue to be allowed.

This is specious, IMHO. Whether or not the poor baby feels pain isn't what determines the morality of murdering them when they are defenceless.

Equally horrifying, this section from the BBC summary:
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Elena Kagan: It's OK to Ban Books

Our next Supreme Court justice thinks it's ok to ban books. Great. Hear Kagan in her own words at Moonbattery:

According to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, laws banning books pose no First Amendment problems, because they might not be enforced:
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Sheryl Crow: Tea Partiers Uneducated

Sheryl "One Square" Crow says Tea Partiers are uneducated and too stupid to understand what's really going on. Newsbusters has the story:

Pop-star and courageous anti-toilet-paper crusader Sheryl Crow apparently has a new political concern: Tea Partiers.

The country crooner told CBS journalist Katie Couric that Tea Party members are uneducated, angry and potentially dangerous in an interview with Glamour magazine this June.
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Parenting as Selfishness

Megan McArdle wonders if children's greatest gift to parents is to help us not be selfish jerks:

I'm wondering if a parent's happiness is overrated. I've been trying to make sense of the evidence. Will Wilkinson offered us a critique of GMU economist Brian Caplan's argument for additional children as a means of self-satisfaction, which I think was spot on given evidence that parents report lower happiness than non-parents. But then there are those who claim that children increase happiness when they are born into two-parent homes where they are wanted. And there are also those who claim we have to look at twins, because maybe it's inherent psychological factors causing the happiness, which in turn causes the baby-making.
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Normalizing Pedophilia on Wikipedia

Ick.

In case you need another reason to take anything you read on Wikipedia with a grain of salt:
Chat room posts show a clear effort by pedophiles to use Wikipedia, which can be accessed unfiltered in public schools across the country, to further their agenda. Message board posts often include links to specific Wikipedia articles that the participants say need to be edited to "normalize" pedophile behavior in the public eye and to recruit more pedophiles into their community.
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Obama's Counterfeit Catholics

Pewsitter has a disturbing story about winning the Catholic vote:

Real Catholic TV www.realcatholictv.com has released a brand new production of its Catholic Investigative Agency series. This second installment of this series exposes and reveals all the gory details as to how leftist Catholics joined forces with anti-Catholic groups behind the scenes to ensure Obama captured the White House.
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RIP Sen. Robert Byrd

Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in American history, died Monday at the age of 92, a spokesman for the family said.

Byrd, a Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate since 1959, had been plagued by health problems in recent years and was confined to a wheelchair. He had skipped several votes in Congress in the past months.

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Boehner on Life and Obama

Kathryn Lopez has John Boehner's excellent speech on abortion:

John Boehner is in Pittsburgh right now delivering a speech to the National Right to Life Committee's convention there. His speech is a powerful indictment of the Obama administration, a simple, concrete plan toward a solution, and a humble witness to an essential fight of our political lives. If we don't value human life, freedom loses its value.
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So this Reporter Doesn't Like Palin?

This is such an in your face hackjob from the AP that it's just funny. Patterico has the story:

Sarah Palin is speaking tonight at the 50th Anniversary of California State University, Stanislaus. Here’s the first six paragraphs of the AP’s
“neutral” coverage [emphasis supplied]:
“Sarah Palin breezed into a gala dinner at a cash-strapped California university Friday, poised to speak before hundreds of well-heeled donors as a throng of students protested her appearance nearby.
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Ghoulish and Disgusting

Adrienne has a disturbing video where a new study says that fetuses don't feel pain so it's ok to dismember them:

I can't even believe we are having such a discussion...
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This is Why You Tube Was Invented

USA! USA! USA! Gateway Pundit has this awesome video:

Wow! What a great video– Americans go nuts after Landon Donovan’s golden goal on Wednesday against Algeria at the World Cup. You’ve gotta love it–
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Poet: Philosophy Undermined My Atheism

A Catholic poet in a secular age talks of his journey to Catholicism in the Catholic Herald:

Every poet is a war poet. Speaking at this month’s Hay Festival, Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez recalled one of Hemingway’s countless boxing analogies: “I wouldn’t fight Dr Tolstoy in a 20-round bout... But I could take him on for six and he would never hit me and [I] would knock the s--- out of him.”

Faced with a similar scenario in his latest project, Michael Symmons Roberts is more docile, but just as self-assured. Symmons Roberts is taking on Mozart, writing the libretto for his unfinished opera Zaide, and feels no compunction to defer to him, or the list of lyric poets who preface him: “If they’re all looking over your shoulder when you write you would never pen a line,” he says: “it’s a frightening group – Thomas [Edward], Tennyson, John Donne, Milton. In that sense, there is hubris in all writing.”
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Beautiful Video about John Wooden

Extraordinary video about the great John Wooden at Faith and Family Live:

That’s the feeling Joe Carter has after watching this tribute to legendary basketball coach John Wooden, and I’m with him. Coach Wooden passed away earlier this month. The poem he cites at the end of the piece was written for him by Swen Nater, a player he coached. Nater explains the poem:
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Dad: Where's Reagan and Pope John Paul II?

Textbooks are telling our children that what we saw wasn't what happened. Big Journalism has the story:

I spent much time during the past few weeks helping my son study for the state-wide World History test he took a few days ago. Working with him through his studies, I learned his class presented a brand new version of history, a version that never occurred. Some can argue different versions/interpretations of events that happened centuries ago, but his text book and curriculum distorted events I saw with my own eyes.
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Angry Liberals vs. Happy Meals

What they like you must like, what they despise so must you. Or else.

File this one under "Militant Liberals Snatch Candy From Laughing Babies' Mouths":
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a liberal consumer advocacy organization, has announced it will sue McDonald's unless the fast-food franchise stops using toys to market its "Happy Meals" to children.
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Sorry Steinem, Palin's a Feminist

Lori Ziganto is sick of the established definition of feminism:

I generally ignore the irrelevant bint known as Miss Gloria Steinem, but Katie Couric interviewed her on Tuesday and thrust her back into the mock-worthy spotlight. Plus, I’m sick fed up with her and “feminists” like her. The emergence of conservative women to the forefront recently has made them particularly unbearable, as they strive to, in every repugnant way possible, diminish said women. This is just the latest from one of them, Miss Gloria Steinem, who unfortunately resurfaced from whatever Birkenstock-clad, soy latte drinking ivory tower she was hiding in:
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NYC Middle School: Religion is a Disease

Weasel Zippers has this awful but increasingly typical story:

NYC School Teaching Middle Schoolers Religion is a “Disease”…

But don’t worry, liberal bias in the classroom is just a myth…

(NY Post)- God is dead? At a top Brooklyn middle school, He is.

Just when you thought the separation of church and state was more than an option, like paper or plastic, the matter has been settled at MS 51 in Park Slope. And the lesson falls on the side of atheism.

“RELIGION,” a sheet from English class, handed out to eighth-graders, is provocatively titled. The typewritten paper presents some 20 quotes that can be described as anti-God, coming from philosophers from Kierkegaard to Schopenhauer. Even a “Yiddish proverb.”

“Religion is a disease, but a noble disease,” reads the first quote, attributed to Heraclitus.
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To Be Adopted and To Adopt

Please read this piece by Deal Hudson.

When I was a young man, I always assumed parents loved their adopted children less, or at least differently, than those who genetically shared their flesh and blood. When I thought of myself as a father, it never occurred to me that I might one day love my adopted son as much as my biological daughter.

Even more, I never imagined it would be through the experience of raising an adopted child that I would finally understand the significance of what is meant when Scripture speaks of our being "adopted" sons and daughters of God.

When I read what St. Paul writes in Romans 8:1-17 -- that, as adopted children, we walk "not according to the flesh but according to the spirit" -- I recall my youthful assumption that the strongest bonds of love are those connected by natural bloodlines. This was indeed...

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10 Reasons to Despise Planned Parenthood

Joe Carter of First Things lists ten pretty darn good reasons to despise Planned Parenthod:

10. A recent report reveals that Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) audits show the organization spent just $657.1 million between 2002 and 2008 from federal government grants and programs, but the abortion behemoth’s own annual reports show that it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period.

9. PP’s repeated and consistent willingness to turn a blind eye to reports of statutory rape.
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Mexico Suing Arizona

Nuts. Just nuts.

Your daily outrage: Unreal: Mexico joins lawsuits against Arizona over new immigration law

They contend it's unconstitutional. Well, it's not their constitution, but thanks for caring. Like everyone else lined up in opposition, they don't seem to have read the law, which expressly prohibits status-checking except when police have reason to believe a crime has been committed.
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This Sounds Like My Kids

Danielle Bean captured this little conversation between two of her children. I think I've heard this exact conversation at least a dozen times. Short and funny:

“What color popsicle would you like?”

“Gween.”

“Here you go.”

“Uhhh, ack-chewally … yeyow.”

“There is no yellow.”

“Yeyow is on the box.”
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Object to Prosti-tot Culture?

Little girls in skimpy clothes gyrating and we're the ones with the problem? Jenn Q. Public thinks otherwise:

Decked out in flashy burlesque costumes, five dancers mouth sexually suggestive lyrics as they writhe and shimmy across the stage. The audience hoots and hollers as they gyrate to Beyonc's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."

If you've seen the viral video then you already know: these YouTube sensations are just eight and nine years old.

The sight of a talented youth troupe thrusting their hips in shiny red hot pants prompted many commentators to condemn the parents and teachers involved. But not everyone was on board. In a Salon column last week, an infuriated Ada Calhoun ripped into critics for their "hysteria" and "moral panic" over the YouTube clip. And the icing on her lily white cake of predictability? If you criticize the video, you're a racist.

But let's start with Calhoun's first beef with those of us who find the video disturbing. "Can we stop yelling at young women to put their clothes back on?" she asks.
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Planned Parenthood Horror in Iowa

Holy cow. This is bad. Check out Fox News:

Parents are outraged after young teenagers were instructed on graphic sexual acts during a Planned Parenthood sex education class at the local high school in Shenandoah, Iowa.

“It was horribly inappropriate,” Colleen Dostal told Fox News Radio. “To do that in a mixed-gender classroom, — I truly believe it was inappropriate.”

Dostal’s 14-year-old son was one of a handful of eighth graders in the class. The students, she said, were given instruction on how to perform female exams and the instructor used a 3-D, anatomically correct male sex organ to explain how to use a condom.

But Dostal said she was most upset over the instructor simulating sexual acts using stuffed animals designed to resemble STD’s.
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Gas Guzzling Hypocrisy

Code Pink, which started out as an anti-war group is now going green. And they're wasting all sorts of gas to prove it. The Blog Prof has the story:

Commie-fest is occurring in Detroit right now, something that Detroit News' Nolan Finley calls the 'leftist cavalcade:' "The forum is a hootenanny of pinkos, environuts, peaceniks, Luddites, old hippies, Robin Hoods and urban hunters and gatherers. In other words, a microcosm of the Obama administration." Code Pink of course is part of the action. Their effort appears focused in part on non-existent global warming. Thus, they traveled to Detroit from hundreds of miles away, including co-founder Medea Benjamin who resides in New York and spends a lot of time in California, to denounce the former GM brand Hummer. They actually buried one.
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Klavan on the Traditional TV Family

Andrew Klavan wonders what happened to the traditional family on television:

There are many fine mystery programs on television these days but probably the biggest television mystery is this: whatever happened to shows about traditional families?
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Planned Parenthood's Financial Discrepancies

Is the http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/18/planned-parenthoods-missing-millions/s trying to say that people who kill babies might not be honest about their finances? Who'd a thunk it?

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on federal tax money funneled into Planned Parenthood and similar organizations raises more questions than it answers about the nation's largest abortion chain.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America's (PPFA) audits show the organization spent just $657.1 million between 2002 and 2008 from federal government grants and programs, but the abortion behemoth's own annual reports show that it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period.

That's not pocket change. Why the discrepancy?
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Obama's Oil Experts

Obama appointed a bunch of egghead oil haters with little practical experience to his committee to investigate the BP oil spill. Perfect.

The only shocking aspect to this story is the fact that the AP is reporting on it…
WASHINGTON – The panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is short on technical expertise but long on talking publicly about “America’s addiction to oil.” One member has blogged about it regularly.
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This One Had Me Laughing

Kirk and his crew discover very strange new worlds...View the video>>>

Lunacy on the Hill

My goodness. Every once in a while it hits me anew that we are being ruled by absolute imbeciles and lunatics. Evidence? Check this out from Lori Ziganto:

On Wednesday, General David Petraeus was on the Hill to brief Congress on Afghanistan. You know, that place where we are still fighting one of two wars, even though Democrats have stopped screeching that No War For Oil line ever since Obama became President. I suppose they figure that he has enough to worry about, what with busily trying to improve his golf handicap and perfecting the art of woeful incompetence and all.

Two more American soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan today, which makes 33 killed in June so far. At the time of General Petraeus’ briefing on the Hill, the total was at 31. In addition, the Taliban is regaining strength. So, what did Congresswoman Giffords (D-AZ) ask about when she got her turn to question the General?

Hey, man. What are you doing about, you know, super cool renewable energy and stuff at our bases in Afghanistan? No, really
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Even Our Statues Worship Statues

Patrick Madrid on us Catholic idol worshipers.

When I arrived one evening at a suburban Chicago parish to conduct an apologetics seminar, I noticed a life-sized statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the rectory lawn. Kneeling before that statue were three smaller statues of Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta – the children to whom Our Lady appeared. Their statues were kneeling in prayer, heads bowed before the larger statue.

Turning to my colleague in the car, I joked, “What a great religion Catholicism is. Not only can we worship statues, but our statues can worship statues.” We chuckled at the absurdity of the thought. Later, when I mentioned this incident during the seminar . . .

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Bp. Trautman Speaks Very Slowly

Bishop Trautman speak very slowly so that us dunces will understand. Latin bad. English better, bad English even better.

I was leading a group discussion on the merits of the renewed liturgy of Vatican II when John, a middle-aged businessman, commented, “I can’t imagine my life without the liturgy; it strengthens me each week—but I never understood the Mass until we had it in English.”

Some in the group said the liturgy was why they became Catholic; others said the liturgy was why they stayed in the church. All of these individuals had experienced the power of the liturgy to transform lives. That liturgy is about to undergo a face-lift with a new translation of the texts for the Mass.

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Honor and Shame

Wouldn't you think liberals would be all over honor killings in the Western world? But they're nowhere to be found. Makes you think they aren't all that concerned with women. I guess because it's not about abortion or gay rights. Mark Steyn has an excellent piece at The Corner:

When you look at all the formulaic sludge that wins the Pulitzer Prize for Most Unread Multipart Series, it is striking that not one of the major newspapers has done an investigative series on the proliferation of "honor killings", not in Yemen or Waziristan but in the heart of the western world.
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RIP for BFF?

Lunatics. There are just many lunatics with PhD's. Deacon's Bench has the story and it's a doozy:

Incredibly, there's a movement afoot to stop kids from having best friends.

I'm not making this up. Really.

Take a look:
Increasingly, some educators and other professionals who work with children are asking a question that might surprise their parents: Should a child really have a best friend?
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Chris Christie for President?

I'm not there yet with Christie but lots of people are really really impressed with him and are already talking about a possible presidential run. I think I still have to be convinced he's seriously pro-life and pro-family. Liberty Pundits is (are?) asking why isn't Christie getting the buzz?:

We dig the guv here at LP. And the prognostication, pro and con, about a possible 2012 candidacy is popping all over the place.

Glenn Reynolds says we could do worse (and probably will). Conservative American likes Christie’s blunt, direct talk. Winning attributes of a presidential candidate depend keenly on those of his (or her . . .) predecessor. Blunt, direct talk may not fly in every quadrennial contest, but in 2012, after four very long years of professorial obfuscation and liberal double-speak, the freshness of classic American plain talk might be just what the doctor ordered.
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Teachers Protest Graduates Enlisting

This is so sad. These young people deserve our respect, not to be protested for their decision to enter the military. Shame on those teachers. Cassy Fiano has the story:

Six students at Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School in Massachusetts decided to enlist in the military following graduation. The school was understandably proud, and held an assembly honoring their service to their country. How did two moonbat teachers respond? They crashed the assembly and protested, holding “end war” signs.

Two teachers at Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School have touched off a firestorm after holding up an “End War” sign at a school assembly where six students who’ve enlisted in the military were being honored.

Many in the community say the teachers crossed a line and treated their own students with disrespect.

The students received a standing ovation, but at that point the two teachers sat down refusing to clap.
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Dying Man Renews Vows After 72 Years

Beautiful story from the Daily Mail:

With just days left to live Vernon McAlister made his dying wish come true by renewing his wedding vows with Sue, his wife of 72 years.
Mr and Mrs McAlister took part in the ceremony at Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson County, South Carolina, USA, reports IndependentMail.com.
After having a dream that his wife wanted to marry him again, Mr McAlister asked the nurses to help him stay alive a few more days so they could celebrate their 72nd anniversary together.
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Obama's Not Liking Jindal

Obama thinks Gov. Bobby Jindal is a hypocrite:

Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Tuesday, Politico columnist Roger Simon described a recent interview with President Obama: "...he showed a genuine irritation....when people like Bobby Jindal, you know, standing up, screaming about more federal action...a small-government, no federal aid kind of guy. And the President is calling out those people for hypocrisy."

Simon was discussing a quote from Obama in that interview, in which the President whined: "Some of the same folks who have been hollering and saying do something are the same folks who, just two or three months ago, were suggesting that government needs to stop doing so much." Apparently, asking the federal government to do its job in a national emergency but not take over people's health care is the liberal definition of hypocrisy.
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Bishop Tobin on Grandparents

Great piece by Bishop Tobin:

It is into us that the lives of grandparents have gone. It is in us that their history becomes a future. (Charles and Ann Morse) What is it about grandparents that is so lovely? I’d like to say that grandparents are God’s gifts to children. And if they can but see, hear and feel what these people have to give, they can mature at a fast rate. (Bill Cosby)

I have to confess, I’ve always felt a little cheated that I didn’t know either of my grandfathers. My grandfather on my dad’s side, Michael Tobin, died on June 10, 1918 when my dad was just about eight years old. My mom’s dad, Ralph Emerson Bradley, died on September 4, 1949 when I was still a little tyke. I think grandfathers are cool. I’m sorry I didn’t get to know mine.
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Scientology's Forced Abortions?

This video at Big Hollywood is pretty disturbing:

A St. Petersburg Times investigation found their experiences were not unique. More than a dozen women said the culture in the Sea Org pushed them or women they knew to have abortions, in many cases, abortions they did not want.

Some said colleagues and supervisors pressured them to abort their pregnancies and remain productive workers without the distraction of raising children. Terminating a pregnancy and staying on the job affirmed one’s commitment to the all-important work of saving the planet.
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Controversial New Catholic U Dean

The dean seems to argue that by ignoring Catholicism the school will defend Catholicism. What? Catholic Culture has the story:

John H. Garvey, the dean of Boston College Law School, has been named president of Catholic University of America. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School, Mr. Garvey served as assistant to the Solicitor General during the Reagan administration. He has written numerous articles on legal issues, concentrating on the First Amendment.
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Palin on Obama's Speech

No matter what you think of Palin, I think you'd have to admit she knows a heck of a lot more about oil and energy than The One. HotAir Pundit has the video:

Right after the speech, Sarah Palin interview on Fox News O'Reilly

What the Federal Government should have done was accept the assistance of foreign countries...They can't even get a phone call back
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Miley Cyrus Isn't Growing Up Too Fast

I hate when the media calls a young woman sexualizing herself "growing up." I guess Danielle does too:

I’d like to pretend I have no idea who Miley Cyrus is. But can any of us truly claim to have remained immune to the deluge of media from the the pop/television star in recent years?

I think I first saw her face on a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. And then on a bottle of orange juice. And then on children’s sunglasses, packages of cookies, cans of hairspray, and ... every single magazine cover on the planet.
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Who Needs Fathers Anyway?

There truly is a movement in our culture to completely discredit fatherhood. Right Wing News has this disturbing story:

You can't always learn what malignant objectives leftists are pursuing by listening to what they accuse the resistance of. Sometimes you have to stoop to reading their most execrable publications — like MSNBC's website, which recently proclaimed in flagrant opposition to all evidence that fathers are not needed, or Newsweek, which asks us to believe that marriage isn't either:
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Parish Defies Bishop on Gay Pride Parade

You've got to wonder if there will be any consequences to this. Check out Pewsitter's story:

St. Francis Xavier parish in New York City is defying Archbishop Dolan’s request and planning to participate in the “Pride March” scheduled for June 27.

According to informed sources, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, wrote Father Joe Costantino, SJ, the Pastor of St. Francis, to say he would not like to see any group participate in the Pride March under the parish banner. In spite of this directive from the Archbishop the LGBT ministries and their family and friends hand out brochures about the Church of St. Francis Xavier encouraging participation in the event.
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Our Fathers: God on Justified

I agree with Andrew Klavan that the new show "Justified" is a cut above so many others:

Sigmund Freud believed that God was no more than a projection of our ideal father onto the heavens. Myself, I think it’s exactly the other way around. There’s no particular reason I can think of why we should idealize our fathers in the first place; no reason biologically we should even know they exist. And yet we come into the world adoring the old fellows and suffer deeply when they fail to live up to our image of their perfection. It doesn’t seem too outlandish to suppose that that impossible perfect image is, in fact, the fingerprint our Creator has left on the clay of our souls.
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Sacreligious Hyundai Ad

This is pretty bad. Thanks to LarryD for picking it up:

Isn't that nice? Making fun of three Catholics sacraments at once - Marriage, the Eucharist and the priesthood. Serving pizza at the communion rail? A (liturgical) dancing referee, boogieing down in the sanctuary? Wow, what will those edgy ground-breaking Madison Ave types think of next, mocking a Muslim hajj?

Somehow, I seriously doubt it.
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Obama Blames Oil Mess on Tea Partiers

Obama's blaming the oil spill on tea partiers and Republicans. Really. Check this out:

Blame is the name of Obama’s game. Apparently, Obama never heard of fellow Democrat Harry Truman’s saying, “”The Buck Stops Here”…

(Politico) — President Barack Obama said Friday that some members of Congress should share the blame for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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Team Obama Fudged Report

Team Obama is using the BP Oil spill crisis to further its environmental agenda by lying about what their own team of experts said. Gateway Pundit has the story:

We saw these radicals withhold and manipulate information during the health care debate… Now we find out they’re doing the same thing with the nation’s energy supply…
Team Obama fudged a report to support their drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico.

A group of oil drilling experts claimed that the Obama Administration misrepresented their views in order to put a hold on drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Obama Supports Anti-Israel Investigation

Worrisome report coming out of the Weekly Standard:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel's behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror.
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Free Condoms at the World Cup

Most important gear for the World Cup? Condoms, of course. You know, I'm starting to think that liberals don't like babies. Newsbusters has the story:

Thursday's Washington Post Express tabloid carried the headline "Health Activists Eye World Cup." When the world "health" breaks in before "activist," sadly, you can often define that as a sly euphemism you could replace more accurately with "sex." Post reporter Liz Clarke offered an interesting definition of the tournament's most essential accessory, which isn't cleats or Gatorade or even sunscreen
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Some Comfort Care

Rebecca Hagelin on the growing number of culture of death fetishists who pass for healthcare workers:

You’ve probably never heard of Don Holley. But you should know his name – and you should know how his family said he died: in a San Franciso hospital at the hands of medical staff using a procedure called, “Comfort Care”.

More and more people are finding that the hospitals they have gone to for help are becoming the places that permanently put them or their loved ones out of their misery. In Don Holley’s case, the hospital he went to for healing morphed into a medical version of the nightmarish Hotel California after it was too late for him to leave.
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There is Still Good in the World

This is my feel good story of the day:

Housekeeper finds $6,000 and gets a $100 reward

Need a sign that there is still some good left in the world? Look no further than Jeanne Mydil.

The cleaning woman at the Miami International Airport Hotel was honored Thursday for returning $6,000 in cash that she found in a hotel nightstand after the guests had checked out.

What makes the honest act even more remarkable is Mydil's husband died just a week before and she was struggling to figure out how to pay for his burial.
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Maggie on the True Presence

You can understand what the True Presence means in your head but not feel it, if you know what I mean. Maggie tells us her journey from misunderstanding what the Eucharist was to understanding but not caring to being blown away. Check it out:

I have mentioned before how naive I used to be regarding the teachings of the Catholic Church. I'm not kidding here, folks. When I was in high school, I believed that the little white circle called communion (the word Eucharist was far from my vocabulary at that point) was a symbol of Jesus. I actually believed that was what the Catholic Church taught.

I wonder how I could have possibly come to that conclusion, because now when I go back to my hometown, the priest (who is the same priest I had in high school) talks frequently about Christ's true presence in communion. How could I have missed that in high school? Sigh... I think I remember how. During the homily my mind would often wander. "I can't wait to go to home to take a nap. I wonder what my boyfriend is doing. I wonder what is for lunch. What outfit should I wear tomorrow? Shoot, I have a quiz I need to study for. I can't wait to take a nap. I can't wait to talk to my boyfriend, it's been 10 hours since I've last talked to him. I can't waaaaaaaaaait to take a nap!" Before I knew it the homily was over and it was time to stand. When we would get in line for communion I thought it was just like any other part of the Mass, like the sign of peace or the offering. No biggie, nothing special.
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22 Shocking Population Control Quotes

This is so disturbing. Do they realize they're talking about human life? You really should check these out. Bring a change of underwear:

Most Americans have absolutely no idea, but a very dark philosophy is spreading like wildfire among the global elite. This philosophy is an obsessive belief that humanity has become a cancer that is destroying the earth. There are now large numbers of global leaders that are convinced that the exploding population of the world has become like a virus or a plague, and that it must be combated as such. In fact, it would be very difficult to understate just how obsessed many members of the global elite are with population control. The United Nations puts out position papers about it, universities have entire courses dedicated to it, radical population control advocates have been appointed to some of the highest political positions in the world, and some of the wealthiest people on the planet get together just to talk about it. Those who believe in this philosophy are constantly talking about the need for "increased access" to abortion, contraception and other "family planning" services. But even with all of their efforts, the population of the world is still expanding and those who believe in this population control philosophy are getting nervous.
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Constitution Gets a Warning Label?

I guess it was only a matter of time before this happened. A warning label for the Constitution? Seriously.

Even though this was a private company who did this, why do I get the feeling that Obama and the Donkeys agree with this?

A small publishing company is under fire after putting warning labels on copies of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other historical documents.
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Kathryn Lopez: Don't Say 'Sorry I'm Catholic'

Kathryn Lopez is great. Check this out:

The likes of Time magazine, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe want to see the moral voice of the Catholic Church muted, if not completely silenced, on hot-button social issues of the day. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in the current debate over homosexuality — an issue that has become increasingly difficult to talk about in the public square. Just ask Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who stands nearly alone in the media in discussing the existence of homosexuality in the Catholic priesthood as an ingredient in some of the sex-abuse cases of recent decades, and its existence in the seminary and clerical culture where abuse of teenagers all too often went unpunished in the past.
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The Onion: Obama's Secret Plan

This is funny.

In an attempt to convince an anxious populace that his legislative agenda is working and that everything is going to be all right, President Barack Obama embarked on a 50-state, 30,000-town tour Monday during which he plans to gaze assuredly into the eyes of each American citizen, one at a time.

"I know a lot of people out there are nervous. They're worried about unemployment, the oil spill in the Gulf, and whether or not I am making the right choices in Washington," Obama said during a rally at Rockland District High School. "To those Americans, I offer you this inspiring, confident gaze."

Obama then stepped down from his podium, walked into the 2,000-person audience, and peered comfortingly into each person's eyes. After taking 45 minutes to methodically work his way from the front row all the way to the balcony, and punctuating each look with a gentle pat on the shoulder, Obama returned to the stage, collected himself, and addressed the silent group before him.

"There," he said. "All better."
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Prince Charles: Follow Islamic Principles

Another sign western civilization is hoisting the flag of surrender:

Because a decapitated corpse or the remnants of a suicide bomber emit zero carbon emissions…

Prince Charles yesterday urged the world to follow Islamic ’spiritual principles’ in order to save the environment.

In a high-profile speech, the heir to the throne argued that man’s destruction of the world was contrary to the scriptures of all religions – but particularly that of the Islamic faith.
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The Toxic "R"

The Other McCain believes the "R" is still toxic and he backs it up with pretty convincing evidence.

Carle Hulse of New York Times conveys the politics of wishful thinking from inside the Democratic bubble:

On a primary election night when the heralded anti-incumbency sentiment was expected to again demonstrate its strength, Senator Blanche Lincoln proved there were clear limits to its power.
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There's Something Wrong with The BlogProf

There's Something Wrong with The BlogProf yet I can't help but like it. He's got video of a power lifter projectile vomiting and passing out and also a young girl vomiting on a plane which is even nastier. I warn you that this is awful. I watched both videos. Twice. Hey, I didn't say there was nothing wrong with me. I'm still working through some issues, I'll admit that. But the BlogProf put them on his blog. I'm just referring you there. That's got to be better. Right?

No other lift, save maybe the deadlift, requires the use of virtually every muscle group in the body. And when you max out in such events, it is an incredible stress on the body. Some, apparently, don't do so well under such stress, especially with half a ton on their back
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Steyn Told Ya' So

Pundette should be worried when the NY Times and Time mag agree with her. But with Mark Steyn she's in good company.

What else can he say when the New York Times and TIME magazine acknowledge that the West is circling the drain?
The trick in this line of work is not to be right too soon. A couple of years back, I wrote a bestselling hate crime. Don’t worry, I’m not in plug mode; indeed, I shall eschew even mentioning the book’s title. But its general thesis is that the jig is up for much if not most of the Western world.
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Vox Nova Takes on Conservatism

The American Catholic takes on Vox Nova. It's hardly a fair fight.

I wasn’t going to do this, but now I am. A contributor (Morning’s Minion) to a certain blog (Vox Nova), whose views on gun control I previously challenged, took it upon himself to let it all out about “conservatism” – partially, I believe, in response to our exchange. The same themes are there at least, though he does go on (and on) about slavish right-wing support for Israel, an issue on which I am not so enthusiastic. I’ve also made my opposition to America’s interventionist foreign policy known. In doing so I respectfully digress from many of my co-bloggers at The American Catholic.

But there are a number of very broad points made by MM that are more or less directed at me, and my co-bloggers, and of course conservatives and libertarians in general, and I will answer them here.
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NYT: Wouldn't It Be Great if People Died

Check this one out. This is secular liberalism at its core told to you by an Ivy League Professor. Peter Singer and the New York Times. A match made in...

Influential left-wing wacko Peter Singer, who has previously argued in favor of infanticide and bestiality, has been allowed to write a column for the New York Times. In a saner world that would make news, but there are so many lunatics, freaks, and monsters who've edged into the mainstream on the Left that people barely even seem to notice.

Setting that aside, HorseHumper McMurderbaby has actually written a column arguing for the extinction of the human race. My initial thought: You first, buddy.
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NY Times Profiles Celibate Gay Catholic

New York Times profiles Eve Tushnet and they don't know what to make of her. Check it out at Faith and Family Live:

The New York Times ran a nice profile of Eve Tushnet over the weekend.

Tushnet is a popular blogger with same-sex attraction who is happily accepting the fullness of Catholic teaching and its implications for her life.

It’s clear the Times doesn’t know what to make of her, choosing to emphasize her “strangeness.”
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Obama's Blame Game

Slam dunk from Senate Republicans on Obama.

President Tells High School Students “Don’t Make Excuses” But Has Spent His Tenure “Looking Around For Someone To Blame”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “… Don’t Make Excuses. Take Responsibility Not Just For Your Successes, But For Your Failures As Well. … It’s The Easiest Thing In The World To Start Looking Around For Someone To Blame.” (President Obama, Commencement Address At Kalamazoo Central High School, 6/7/10)

ON AMERICA’S CHALLENGES

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “When I Showed Up After Inauguration, They Had Left A Big Mess On The Floor. So I Got A Mop, And I Started Cleaning Up Their Mess.” (President Obama, Remarks, Norfolk, VA, 10/27/09)

ON THE ECONOMY

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “By Any Measure, My Administration Inherited A Fiscal Disaster.” (President Obama, Remarks, 3/4/09)
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Crist Removes "Pro-Life" from Website

Charlie Crist is a rudderless creature seeking only to maintain the status quo of comfort he's aquired:

In the latest development in the race for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida, Governor Charlie Crist is coming under fire for removing the pro-life section of his campaign website. This comes on the day the legislature sent him a bill that would allow women to see an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion.
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Jackie Chan: An Appreciation

I love Jackie Chan movies. Not that they're great -because they're not. But Chan is a singular talent who does things only he does with a dash of self effacing comedy. Steven Greydanus agrees. (Or maybe I agree with him):

This week Jackie Chan, now 56, eases out of starring roles and buddy pictures into a new role, that of the venerable mentor. I haven’t seen his first stab at such a role, the 2008 fantasy The Forbidden Kingdom, but with The Karate Kid it’s possible this role might serve the aging action star better than Hollywood’s previous attempts to shoehorn Jackie into established templates and formulas.
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Unions vs. Charter Schools

Unions are against charter schools. Big time. Not because they're failures but because they're successful:

A new documentary film is debuting this week entitled, "The Lottery." The film highlights the ever failing public education system we have in America today and how our children's future is being seriously harmed by greedy, uncaring teachers unions.

As the trailer says, these unions are protecting failure in our schools...
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Bible Belt Would Be Better Without God

A Christian writer at On Faith thinks the Bible Belt would be so much better without all that God stuff or something. Newsbusters has the story:

It seems when John Lennon sang "Imagine" (aka. The Worst Song of All Time) he was talking about ... Denmark. That must be the point of a curious piece on The Washington Post's ever-more ironically named "On Faith" blog.

In an article titled "One nation Under God and a lot of stress," Alyce M. McKenzie, professor of homiletics at the Perkins School of Theology, was quite taken with her son's description of life in Copenhagen, where he'd studied for a semester. She furnished a laundry list of admirable aspects of Danish society - mostly the usual stuff American liberals cite to illustrate Europe's superiority:
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Obama is Really Mad Now

Somebody please remind Barack Obama that he's the President of the United States and he should act like it. This is just fourth grade behavior:

Beyond the clenched jaw. Way past furious. Beware, BP and your damn hole -- you won't like him when he's angry. Now Obama's ready to "kick ass":
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Helen Thomas Retires 30 Years Too Late

Melissa Clouthier says good riddance to bad rubbish:

What an ignominious ending to a career for Helen Thomas. From the Hill:

Helen Thomas announced Monday that "she is retiring, effective immediately," according to a statement from Hearst newspapers.

Her decision comes after her controversial remarks about Israel hit the blogosphere. She later apologized for her comments, saying she "deeply regretted" making them.

White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) President Ed Chen criticized her in a statement Monday.
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Rangel Compares Wall Street to Terrorists

Charlie Rangel is an embarrassment:

Here’s the full quote from Rep. Charles Rangel at his kick-off event that seemed to compare Wall Streeters who’ve caused the financial collapse to terrorists that I mentioned briefly in the previous post:

“If we’ve got to have a battle, if we’ve got to have a fight, if we’ve got to deal with terrorists, whether they’re in the Middle East or whether they’re in Wall Street, I could not find a better team to be working with than our political and our community team.”
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Pope Benedict on the Middle East

If Pope Benedict had a public relations man you know that upon learning that Pope Benedict was going to speak about Islam he'd be fretting and saying, "Benny baby let's leave that alone. That didn't work out too well last time. Stick to some nicey nicey love talk." But Pope Benedict speaks truth:

Pope Benedict XVI launched a “special assembly” of bishops focused on the Middle East on Sunday, during a visit to the divided island of Cyprus.

The group aims to “help to focus the attention of the international community on the plight of those Christians in the Middle East who suffer for their beliefs,” he said in announcing the group, a part of the Catholic Church’s Synod of Bishops.

A Vatican statement outlining the church’s position on Christians in the Middle East, introduced by the Pope on Sunday and On the Vatican website, says the interfaith strife arises from Muslim theocracies.
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The Pill Kills

How much longer can environmentalists and the media ignore this?

Today is the American Life League’s (ALL) third annual The Pill Kills Day, which focuses on the various harmful effects of the birth control pill. All focus this year is on the Pill’s harmful effects on the environment.

But it turns out, just as Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti wrote in a May 30 Washington Post op ed that one cannot be a feminist without supporting abortion, neither, apparently, can one be an environmentalist without supporting the right toxins.
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The Contempt Shown to Large Families

This is a great piece by Rabbi Shumley Boteach:

A funny thing happened to me the other day when my wife and I had, thank God, another baby (a boy). Many of my friends didn't seem all that happy for me. Sure, they went through the motions of smiles and congratulations. But it was evident that many thought me insane. Why would a young man and his wife ruin their lives with eight children? Who could afford the Jewish day-school bills? Didn't we want to live life a little, and not just be burdened with kids?
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The Catholic Spelling Bee

LarryD brings the funny:

The 83rd National Spelling Bee started on Thursday, June 3, in Washington D.C., should you be interested in that kind of thing. The word that kicked off this year's competition was "serendipity". I've watched past competitions - bits and pieces, here and there - and I can only imagine the pressure those young kids are under. There's a pretty decent movie that came out several years ago - Akeelah And The Bee - I rather enjoyed it. Nice balance of human-interest and drama.
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Donohue, Bozell Sound off on Jesus Sitcom

Looks like a showdown is brewing with many conservatives lining up against the new Comedy Central sitcom about a young Jesus. John Hawkins was on the teleconference:

I was invited to participate in a teleconference featuring a lot of socially conservative heavies who want to complain about the new anti-Christian show on Comedy Central, “JC.” Here's a rundown of the participants:

Bozell will be joined at a Thursday press conference to protest the show by Tony Perkins, Family Research Council president; Michael Medved, syndicated talk radio host; Bill Donohue, Catholic League president; Tim Winter, Parents Television Council president; and Rabbi Daniel Lapin, The American Alliance.
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Jen F. Gets All Melodramatic

Jen F. has a way of nailing those little moments in life and appreciating them. Take a look:

The other day I was out for a jog, and the stunning song Now We Are Free from the Gladiator soundtrack came on my iPod (you can listen to it on Youtube here). I was so moved by the music, I slowed to a walk to focus it.

It was interesting how my perceptions of my neighborhood changed when I watched them with a soundtrack, so to speak. On my way out I'd seen a woman watering the plants in her front yard; I thought nothing of it. Now, on the way back, with the music playing, it seemed so heroic that she was creating something beautiful for God and her family by so carefully tending to her marigolds and daylilies. The entire scene suddenly seemed like something out of a sweeping epic.
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Awesome Weird/Cool Stuff

I feel like I should apologize to Mary's Aggies because they do great work over there but it seems like every time I link to them it's one of these weird/cool posts. So go over there and check out the weird/cool stuff but then read some of their serious stuff. It'll make me feel less guilty.

Some really really cool stuff:

Building murals that will blow your mind.
How to turn a building into R2-D2.
Power sockets that directly charge USB devices.
One of the coolest t-shirts ever.
3-D Projections onto buldings
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Is the Obama Presidency Doomed?

Nice Deb wonders if Obama will even make it to the ballot in 2012. I wish I had her confidence. As much of a disaster as he's been the Republicans could still mess this up:

Peter Ferrara of The American Spectator certainly thinks so. He argues his case persuasively, (and I am inclined to agree):

Months ago, I predicted in this column that President Obama would so discredit himself in office that he wouldn’t even be on the ballot in 2012, let alone have a prayer of being reelected. Like President Johnson in 1968, who had won a much bigger victory four years previously than Obama did in 2008, President Obama will be so politically defunct by 2012 that he won’t even try to run for reelection.
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Paul McCartney is Dumb

This from the guy who had his entire song catalogue bought right out from under him by Michael Jackson:

Paul McCartney took a swipe at former President George W. Bush at this week’s party at the Obama White House last night.

British singer McCartney finished off the night with this: “It’s Great To Have A President Who Knows What A Library Is”
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Catholic Bishop Killed in Turkey

Awful.

Was it a hate crime? CNN reports:

(CNN) — A Catholic bishop has been stabbed to death in southern Turkey, the Vatican Embassy in Ankara confirmed on Thursday.

The victim was identified by the Vatican as Luigi Padovese, the apostolic vicar of Anatolia. He was assaulted on Thursday in his house in Iskenderun, located in Hatay province, the Vatican said.
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Abortion Clinic is Sacred and Holy Ground?

An abortion clinic is called "sacred and holy ground?" Michelle Malkin wonders that perhaps those words don't mean what they think they mean:

The city of Houston boasts the largest regional Planned Parenthood in the nation. The 78,000 square-foot building will serve as headquarters for 35 counties in Texas and Louisiana.

During the opening of the abortion mill, the audience is heard reciting or repeating something about “sacred and holy ground” on this video. Were they praying (to whom?), and if so, were they referring to the center as sacred and holy ground?
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Gov. Brewer to Obama: Bring It On

It doesn't seem that Arizona's governor is approaching The One with fear and trembling. Nope. Not even a little bit.

Usually, hyper-partisan Chicago Way politicians like Obama and Eric Holder think they can get away with their intimidation tactics, but, not everyone backs down to the mafia.

Bring it on. That's the attitude Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is taking toward the possibility that the Obama administration could file a legal challenge to her state's immigration law. "We'll meet you in court," she said in an interview Tuesday. "I have a pretty good record of winning in court."
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Palin Proves Feminism is Dead

Lori Ziganto takes on feminism and declares it dead:

Old school feminism is dead. And I say, good riddance. What is even more delightful is that old school feminists have hammered the final nail into their own coffin, by exposing themselves for what they truly are and what they truly believe. We can, partially, thank Sarah Palin for that. What we must not do, however, is start another round of identity politics and I’ve seen that creeping up of late. That must not be allowed to continue.
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Candidate Can't Debate Cause She's White

This is in your face separate but equal all over again.

Welcome to “post-racial” America…

(Daily Caller)- Because Liz Carter is white, she’s banned from debating Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson and the other black candidates running for his Georgia congressional seat at a candidate forum in Atlanta tonight.
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The Pill as an Entitlement?

Come on. You must have known this was coming. Ed Morrissey has the story:

Is contraception a “preventive service”? Planned Parenthood believes so, and wants the government to classify the Pill as such in order to force insurers to provide it for free to consumers. At issue is the intent of Congress in defining prevention, as well as the ability to limit the language of ObamaCare to keep it from becoming yet another runaway entitlement:
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O'Keefe Takes a Job at the Census Bureau

James O'Keefe strikes back. This time he's accepted a gig working for the Census and as you might guess there's not a whole lot of work being done:

Your tax dollars at work!

Here is a new undercover video by James O’Keefe, this time exposing waste and fraud in the Census Bureau. O’Keefe actually got a job with the Census Bureau, and filmed training sessions. O’Keefe documents being given long lunch breaks, and being paid for hours he did not work.
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Scapegoating Bloggers

Blogger is still a dirty word? Lots of people seem to think so. Melissa Clouthier isn't one of them:

I remember a couple years ago when Sean Hannity spat out the word "bloggers" like it was a cuss word and then, during the height of the abuse Sarah Palin was receiving, when she too, blamed bloggers. It was head-scratching because both these public figures had benefited mightily from the record-correcting and positive stories by conservative bloggers. More than that, it was irksome.
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