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Murkowski Concedes. Wow.

You know this is going to drive the Palin haters crazy:

Another RINO bites the dust…

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Sen. Lisa Murkowski was booted from office in the Republican primary Tuesday by a little-known conservative lawyer in arguably the biggest political upset of the year.
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Cheerio to Cheerios at Mass

Great and funny stuff from Father V. at Adam's Ale:

A new ground breaking study shows that Cheerios at Mass has a link to attention deficit syndrome in adults. Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth of the Perfidia Institute of the Pseudosciences spoke recently at the annual convention of Church Ladies Engaging All to Neatness (or CLEAN for short.) “Zer ees no doubt about it,” he spoke emphatically, “Zer ist a direct link between feeding Cheerios to kids at Mass and the need for comfort food among adults at za Mass later in life.”
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Hic! Woo Hoo! Hic!

Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?

One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don't drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do. The standard Alcoholics Anonymous explanation for this finding is that many of those who show up as abstainers in such research are actually former hard-core drunks who had already incurred health problems associated with drinking.

But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren't entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one's risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers' mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2014332,00.html#ixzz0yBUiumEx

Gov't Workers Urged to Attend Sharpton Rally

Gateway Pundit has this disturbing story that government employees were urged to attend the Al Sharpton rally. The thing is that you know when you get one of those emails from work you're unsure if this is required or not. You're unsure if your job depends on you doing whatever the email says. The email might not say it but many people will play it safe:

And, you thought they only did things like this in tinpot dictatorships?
Obama’s top officials are now urging government employees to attend divisive and offensive anti-conservative rallies.
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Lefty: Christianity is White Man's Religion

This is just wild stuff. A white liberal is telling a black conservatives that he's adopting the "white man's religion." Oh my. But the black Tea Partiers don't let him off easy. Definitely worth watching the video.

From yesterday’s Beck rally. The first half is one of the black tea partiers schooling a black Democrat who questioned why they were there. The second half (1:32 mark is when you’ll hear the headline quote) is when the white guy jumps into the fray…
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Did You Scream or Was That My Salad?

Oh my. This would be bad news indeed for vegans. Troglopundit has the sordid details:

Via Jiblog, who asks: Plants Scream - What will vegans do now?!

The lovely scent of cut grass is the reek of plant anguish: When attacked, plants release airborne chemical compounds. Now scientists say plants can use these compounds almost like language, notifying nearby creatures who can "rescue" them from insect attacks.
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GlennBeck has a dream too….

An open letter to Glenn Beck:

Dear Glenn,

I want to thank you for your courage and for your faith in God that showed you the path of your vocation. Please know that there is one Catholic who will defend you and pray for you EVERYDAY…

I watched two movies this week to prepare for the Rally, (unfortunately could not attend live but participated live online) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with Jimmy Stewart and Meet John Doe with Gary Cooper. These characters are...

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Fr. Hewes on The Mosque and Religious Freedom

Father Hewes of New York's Saint Mathew's on the Ground Zero Mosque. It's a PDF so you have to scroll down a bit:

The issue of ―religious freedom‖ has been dominating the news lately due to the announcement that a Mus-
lim group has sought permission to take over an empty building in close proximity to the former World Trade
Center site (“Ground Zero”) and build a mosque and Islamic cultural center. Politicians, commentators, sur-
vivors and families of 9/11 have all weighed in.

Much has been made of the constitutional guarantee of the freedom of the exercise of religion, not only pri-
vately, but a presumed right to build a house of worship in nearly every place the religious group desires.
The President and the Mayor have taken the tack that any religious group has the right to practice their relig-
ion; hence any opposition to the proposed mosque is motivated by religious bigotry. The Mayor of New York
has been particularly loud in this approach.
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EPA to go After 2nd Amendment

Libs know that a frontal assault on gun rights wouldn't work electorally so they'll just appoint some unelected environmentalists to do their dirty work. This is very bad news from Right Wing News:

Absurd as it may sound, the most immediate threat to our constitutional liberties is not the adolescent Marxist in the White House or our soon to be lame duck left-wing Congress, but the Environmental Protection Agency. The Supreme Court's insane ruling that the EPA has authority to regulate CO2 emissions theoretically gives it control over literally all human activity, including breathing. Not even our constitutional right to bear arms escapes the reach of the unelected, unaccountable environazis of our horrifically metastasizing government's most malignant agency.
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Mother Dolores Hart on Patricia Neal, Gary Cooper

This is a great interview with a great conversion story:

When actress Patricia Neal died earlier this month, Mother Dolores Hart, the former actress-turned nun, lost a friend. Neal was a frequent guest and supporter of the Abbey of Regina Laudis. Dolores Hart is known for starring opposite stars such as Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift, and Robert Wagner. At the age of 25, she entered the Benedictine Order at Regina Laudis. She’s still a voting member of the Motion Picture Academy. Mother Dolores Hart spoke with me last week about being converted to Catholicism by sweet rolls, and the role that she played in Neal’s coming into the Church.
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Virginia to Regulate Abortion Clinics

Pundette likes what she hears from Virginia:

Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia, plays hardball on the abortion issue:

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has concluded that the state can impose stricter oversight over clinics that perform abortions, a move immediately decried by abortion-rights organizations and others as an attempt to circumvent the General Assembly, which has repeatedly rejected similar measures.
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CCHD Facing Test of Support from Bishops

Al Kresta writes:

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is facing a critical test of support among the US bishops this week, CWN has learned.

All members of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have been asked to respond by Friday, August 27, to a confidential report on the CCHD. The document—“The Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Deveopment”—was prepared in response to bishops’ concerns that the CCHD has strayed from its original and become too closely involved with radical political movements.

Although the “Review and Renewal” document has gone through 5 successive drafts, a number of bishops within the USCCB appear unsatisfied with the document, and supporters of the CHD are fearful that at their November meeting, the US bishops may call for sweeping changes in the program.
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Abortion Supporters Lie About Science

Collen Caroll Campbell writes about the distinction between fact and belief when it comes to abortion.

After months of unsuccessfully fighting against Senate Bill 793, a new Missouri law that requires clinics to offer ultrasounds and information about fetal development to women seeking abortions, Planned Parenthood officials and their ilk are trying a new tack. They are trading their charge that optional ultrasounds constitute a threat to women's rights — a nonsensical complaint that never got much traction — for the claim that the law rests on religious and philosophical opinions rather than facts.
The complaint hinges on these words in the law: "The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being."

Sounds pretty straightforward right? Wrong, says Paula Gianino, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. As she told the Post-Dispatch recently, "Those are not sentiments that all the world's religions, or all the people in the state, believe in."

Actually, those are not sentiments at all. They are statements of fact.
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Chris Cuomo: Catholics Can't Criticize Muslims

Chris Cuomo of 20/20 says Catholics can't criticize Islam because of the Crusades. Ha!Weasel Zippers has the story:

“To all my christian brothers and sisters, especially catholics – before u condemn muslims for violence, remember the crusades….study them,” Cuomo tweeted around 9:30 am.

The sheer stupidity of making such a comment blows my mind. Are we supposed to be cool with jihadis slaughtering people on a daily basis because of the Crusades (who were trying to take back land seized by Islamic invaders), which ended centuries ago?…
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Archbishop Won't Attend Obama Speech

Obama will give speech at Xavier University, Archbishop won't attend:

When President Barack Obama speaks at Xavier University of Louisiana on August 29 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one person who will not be in attendance is New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

In fact, according to a spokeswoman for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, the archbishop wasn’t consulted about the president’s visit to the Catholic university in New Orleans.
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Clintons Taking Over the Democrat Party?

Are the Clintons capitalizing on Obama's weakness and taking over the Democrat party. Again. Vive Christus Rex wonders:

Here is a very interesting column by Howard Fineman stating that where Democratic incumbents are terrified of being seen with Obama, Bill Clinton is stepping in to the rescue. This solution give these incumbents the power of a Presidential fundraiser, but not the baggage of being seeing with a completely incompetent and unpopular President.

What really is happening here, in the nuances, is that the Clintons are taking back control of the Democratic Party (he who controls the purse strings in politics...). They have given Barack enough time to have fun. The Clintons are also building IOU's for when Hillary challenges Obama for the 2012 Democratic Presidential nomination.
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Principal Bans "Happy Birthday" Song

Sensitivity run amok. Gateway Pundit has the story:

Fox News Radio’s Todd Sterns reported that a Missouri elementary school tried to ban the singing of “Happy Birthday To You” in order to be “sensitive” about those students that might find singing in public to be “offensive.”

In a letter sent home to parents, school Principal Jodi Davidson (pictured) explained that the ban on the venerable song was because, “singing is not permitted due to the sensitivity of all student beliefs.”
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Greatest Candidate Interview Ever

Hot Air has the greatest candidate interview ever. Seriously.

He looks a bit like Chris Farley, he sounds a bit like Jack Black, but the magic is all his own, my friends. This is a different breed of eccentric from what we’re used to: Alvin Greene and Basil Marceaux were lovably incoherent, but this guy clearly has a game plan. Man, does he ever.

Some of you will think this is a prank, but if it is, it’s been going on an awfully long time. Exit quotation: “You say Satan a lot, don’t you? You like that term, don’t you?”
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You May Be Taliban If...

Some of these are a little gross but it's a pretty funny list and Weasel Zippers is asking for your contribution to the list:

“YOU MAY BE A TALIBAN IF…”

1.. You refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to liquor.

2. You own a $3,000 machine gun and $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can’t afford shoes.

3. You have more wives than teeth.
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El Paso Priest on TV

Patrick Coffin has a link to the video where the priest who dared to write about what the Catholic Church teaches about homosexuality goes on a television news show and does quite well if you ask me:

This kind of discussion is frustrating to watch. You have a solid, traditional-minded priest up against a gay activist in the context of a liberal TV host guy.

The upside is the length of time they allowed for the topic. I think Father Michael Rodriguez held his own quite well under the circumstances, with snarky callers, Mr. Silva’s rambling replies and his Certain Knowledge That He Was Born This Way [tm], and a host who doesn’t quite understand what’s at stake.
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D'Souza:I Do Not Describe Myself as Catholic

Sad and confusing. It seems Dinesh D'Souza does not consider himself Catholic anymore.

Puzzling, even perplexing
From Christianity Today:

The King's College surprised many higher education observers by choosing Dinesh D'Souza, widely identified as a Roman Catholic, as president of the New York City school. As a best-selling author and Christian apologist, D'Souza brings prominence and a network of influential leaders to the position. But King's decision to put a Catholic at the helm could create tension within a historically evangelical institution.

"I'm quite happy to acknowledge my Catholic background; at the same time, I'm very comfortable with Reformation theology," D'Souza told Christianity Today. "I'm comfortable with the evangelical world. In a sense, I'm part of it."

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Jimmy Gets His Geek On

The estimable Jimmy Akin brings the full weight of his intellect to one of the most thorny issues facing mankind. The Space Time Continuum.

No matter how much fun it is, Back to the Future is one of those movies that treats time travel in a really silly way. That's not too bad since it is, of course, a comedy, but some things in it detract from even the suspension of disbelief needed for a comedy. The siblings disappearing from the photograph one body part at a time is an example.

There is one thing, though, that the film gets quite right: When Marty McFly gets back to 1985, having "repaired" the timeline by getting his parents back together, his life is not exactly as he left it. His parents now have a happy marriage, his siblings aren't losers any more, Biff no longer dominates his father, and Twin Pine Mall has become Lone Pine Mall (because Marty ran over one of the pines in 1955).

This is all as it should be. The past is a complex system, and...

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Michael Steel Must GO! Part XVII

From Weasel Zippers

The train-wreck continues…

(The Hill)- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele refused to embrace Arizona’s controversial immigration law Tuesday during an interview with Univision, the country’s largest Spanish-language television network.

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Vermont: That Cross Must Go

The left doesn't seem to care as much about the religious freedom of Christians. Warner Todd Huston has the story:

As the left falls all over itself to claim that building the Ground Zero Mega-Mosque is the perfect chance to “showcase” our “Constitutional freedoms” and our religious tolerance, there is another state where religious tolerance is not as noticeably on display as it is for New York’s Muslims. Naturally, in Vermont, it is the religious freedom of Christians being denied. To be sure, the Old Media is not nearly as interested in this story.

Richard and Joan Downing own a hilltop property in Lyndonville, Vermont and on that property they've built a family chapel where they host weekly Catholic services for all. Next to the chapel they have also erected a 24-foot-tall cross called the Cross of Dozul, a cross that the State of Vermont is insisting that they remove.
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Obama Can't Fund Embryo Killing Research

Obama's end run around Congress in order to fund research that kills embryos was just stopped by a judge. Obama's ego hardest hit. Gabriel Malor has the details:

We've talked before about President Obama's tendency to use an expansive (read: lawless) interpretation of executive powers to avoid Congressional commands. That tendency was highlighted this summer when the courts had to step in and block the Obama Administration's arbitrary and capricious oil drilling moratorium. A few weeks later, a court blocked the Obama Administration's unlawful attempt to end the Yucca Mountain project over Congress' express wishes.
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Why Dems Can Talk About Their Faith

Ace has a great poster for the Democratic Party that has Nancy Pelosi's "Word" quote. Check it out. Continue reading>>>

Opposing Mosque Just Like Baby Killing

Dick Cavett, (yeah he's still alive) wrote in the New York Times that opposing the mosque is kinda' like kicking a pregnant woman in the belly. Yeah, it's kinda' like that but completely different. Oddly, I don't think Cavett is actually against killing babies as long as the mother does it. Newsbusters has the tale of woe:

In Monday's “Best of the Web Today” compilation, the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto highlighted a New York Times online column posted Friday, from “superannuated erstwhile TV host Dick Cavett,” who “reports that the mosque controversy brought back childhood memories.” Cavett recalled World War II when he “heard an uncle of mine endorse a sentiment attributed to our Admiral 'Bull' Halsey: 'If I met a pregnant Japanese woman, I’d kick her in the belly.'”
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Fort Hood Massacre Was Workplace Violence?

This is the kind of story by Van Helsing that should worry us all. The Fort Hood massacre was clearly violence done by a radical Islamist but the government is choosing to ignore reality once again:

Remarkably, it has taken the politically correct bureauweenies atop the Army less than a year to respond to the terrorist massacre at Fort Hood. Here's how the top brass will make sure there are no more Islamic terror attacks by Muslim infiltrators within the military:
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How I Made Friends with the Devil

OK seriously I'm not going to link up everything Dan Lord writes but it's pretty great stuff so far. His story is interesting and wonderfully told. And kinda' scary. And it's only Part One so far.

The following events are true. The names have been changed for confidentiality’s sake.

Fr. Cornelius was a hobbit. He wasn’t as short as one, but in all other respects he might as well have been doing some freestyle karaoke at the Green Dragon with a mug of the Old Gaffer’s brew in his hand. The cloistered abbey over which he was pastor was his walled-in Shire in the center of an Orc-infested section of my home town where the only adventures were the kind undertook by prostitutes and crack dealers.

I had come to Fr. Cornelius because there was something wrong with me. Something bad. I had been discussing this ‘badness’ a week before with a friend of mine, in a conversation that—believe it or not—had started off lightly, just two guys drinking beer and chewing the fat in a local bar. After I had begun to share some details of the, ahem, ‘badness,’ he strongly recommended that I make an appointment with Fr. Cornelius.
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Danielle Bean vs. Jen Aniston

Danielle Bean is in the Washington Post taking on Jennifer Aniston's comments about family. Kudos to her. And good for the Post allowing a different point of view. But if I'm betting between Aniston or Bean, my money's on the mother of eight. Danielle writes:

Making $25 million per movie must make Jennifer Aniston feel pretty independent and powerful. So independent and powerful, in fact, that she has boldly attempted to re-define human biology.
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Roll Out the Blessings

Simcha Fisher counts her blessings:

So I was sitting there, refusing to get up. My six-year-old wanted a glass instead of a cup, the eight-year-old kept doing his evil laugh even though it makes him throw up, and the four-year-old wanted to tell me a story about how first, see, she forgot to flush, but then she suddenly remembered to flush, but then. . .

And remember, I have five other kids, too.
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Vanity Plates

LarryD kills me sometimes. A trully funny blogger. Check out these pretend vanity plates::

Vanity plates are just as obnoxious as most bumper stickers. I read a lot of them, unfortunately, since my job as sales rep requires I drive quite a bit, and such things are rather unavoidable.

How many times have you read a vanity plate and it in no way represents the driver? Sure, perhaps the driver isn't the car owner, but if the owner shells out money for a vanity plate in the first place, what's the likelihood they'd let someone else drive it? Pretty small, I say.
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I Don't Believe Obama's a Muslim...

I don't believe Obama's a Muslim. I believe he's an Obama-ist. The White House today actually commented on the fact that so many people think he's a Muslim. Troglopundit has a take on the White House's response. Trog is always pithy and humorous.

Is Obama a Muslim? The White House says:

The White House even felt compelled to respond with a terse knockdown from spokesman Bill Burton: “The president is obviously a Christian. He prays every day.”

Um, say there, Bill? Muslims pray every day, too. Five times, in fact. If you’re going to waste all our time, at least could you do so accurately?
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Funny start of a new blog.

Saints in Progress is a new Catholic blog. Please go check it out.

From the Toddlerspeak Dictionary, Gabe's Edition

fing n. Bath. v.i. To bathe.
["fing"=swing, corrupted from "fim"=swim.]

Ex. "Ohn fing!" ohn I want, I want to + fing a bath, to bathe, to swim.
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Ha!!! Dems Go On Hunger Strike

This is just hilarious. Two candidates go on a hunger strike for silly reasons.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) was probably embarrassed when a student protester shoved a pie into his face, but two California candidates might have wanted just deserts.

That's because the two congressional hopefuls have gone on hunger strike to demand a debate with Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).
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Now THIS Is Religious Tolerance

Kathleen McKinley approves and so do I:

A predominantly Muslim high school football team in Dearborn, Michigan practices from 11pm to 4am during the daytime-fasting month of Ramadan. Since they practice at night, the players can eat and drink before, during, and after practice.

Fordson High's coaches realized that kids doing two-a-day practices in the August heat without eating or drinking probably wasn't the best idea, so they looked for a feasible work-around:
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On Hospitality and Contraception

Anything but Grey has a great post from their pastor on we should be hospitable to life:

I am often humbled and deeply impressed with the warm reception I receive when visiting people in their homes, even people who do not know me. People show great hospitality and kindness as they welcome us priests into their houses and into their lives.

In the Letter to the Hebrews we read: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hospitality has been a virtue of great importance throughout salvation history. Abraham and Sarah were hospitable to their three guests in today’s first reading. Because of that, the couple was blessed with a son. In the Gospel, we see that Martha was hospitable to Our Lord in material things, while Mary was hospitable on a spiritual level.
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Archbishop and the Concentration Camp

Great story and video from the American Catholic:

Retired Archbishop Philip. M. Hannan of New Orleans, still alive at the age of 97, discusses his service in the video above, made in 2007, with the 505th parachute infantry regiment of the 82nd Airborne in World War II. Ordained at the North American College in Rome on December 8, 1939, he served with the 82nd Airborne as a chaplain from 1942-46, and was known as the Jumping Padre. He was assigned to be the chaplain of the 505th Regiment with the rank of Captain shortly after the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He had many adventures during his time with the 505th, but perhaps the most poignant was what happened to him on May 5th, 1945, in the final days of the War in Europe.
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Father Z's Counter Proposal for the Mosque

Excellent proposal from Father Z:

I have been following the debate over the building of a mosque at Ground Zero in Manhattan.

I have a counter proposal.

Let us build a chapel dedicated to Sts. Nunilo and Alodia next to the mosque.
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From Homeschool to the Classroom

Simcha Fisher always has a great take on things. Today over at Faith and Family Live she writes about transitioning from homeschool to the classroom and really really long baths:

The best advice I got about homeschooling? Do it one year at a time. The whole enterprise was a lot less overwhelming once I realized that I wasn’t making some kind of 12-year vow. I was just teaching my kids at home that year, because it made sense that year. Next year? Who knows?

As it turned out, it made sense for five years. Then we did one year with two kids in private school and the rest at home. And this fall, my four oldest will go to a charter school, one will be in homeschool, and the three youngest will just be taking long, long baths all day. (Everyone asks me, “How do you do it?” Well, that’s how I do it: They take long, long baths.)
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GOP Strategist: Steele "A Disaster"

I'm not a fan of Ed Rollins but he says the truth here. Michael Steele is a "disaster." Check out the vid:

Here is video of Republican Strategist Ed Rollins on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, where he was asked if the Republican Party needed to “do something” about RNC Chair Michael Steele. Schieffer had pointed out they had Ed Gillispe on because Steele would not come on the program because he now has a “bunker” mentality with all the controversy surrounding him.
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Teacher's Union Endangers Kids

Sickening. You'd think denying children a good education would be enough for the unions but now they don't want teachers trained to save children's lives because it might cost the union some jobs. Warner Todd Huston has the story and video:

Reason Magazine explores the appalling situation in California where teachers unions were able to strongarm the legislature to deny teacher training for the use of Diastat, an anti-seizure drug meant to keep kids afflicted with epileptic conditions from dying in school.

The drug has been approved by the federal government to be administered by non-medical personnel through the delivery system approved and widely distributed, but teachers unions opposed this safe delivery system and the brief teacher training program. The unions claimed it was because they were trying to make sure that kids were "safe," but the real reason is that the unions were just trying to increase the number of union member's jobs in schools. Far from helping save kid's live, the unions were trying to create jobs for themselves.
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San Fran to Ban Happy Meals

Nanny state nuttiness:

The righteous moonbat jihad against the toys in McDonald's Happy Meals (see here and here) is meeting with success where you might suspect, in the national capital of liberal fascism:
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St. Louis Woman Could Lead to Canonization

Good story about a possible miracle:

Rachel Lozano sometimes feels a sense of disbelief that her life is a miracle.

After suffering three bouts of a rare form of sarcoma, a cancer that affects the connective tissue, the 27-year-old has been declared cancer-free for the past six years.

Her survival is being attributed to the claim of a miracle through the intercession of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary (Marianists).

Last week, the archdiocese and the Marianists closed their canonical investigation into the alleged miracle. The findings from that investigation will be presented to the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
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Is This Kid Making Me Look Miserable?

Mary Eberstadt of "Loser Letters" fame, just wrote a great piece about happiness and parenting that is worth a read at The Catholic Thing:

Maybe it’s the unusually long, hot summer that has so many mothers and fathers looking longingly at the fall calendar. Or maybe it’s just that aging Boomer and Gen X parents are finding it harder by the month to do the things that only parents have to do sometimes – like spending the prettiest weekend of the season at an indoor athletic tournament, say; or toiling extra hours online over all that metastasizing school paperwork; or waiting up half of Saturday night for the home version of Breathalyzing a straying teenager. Whatever the cause, the collective groan over the heavy weight of childrearing has been heard far and wide this summer vacation.
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We The People or "I Judge Walker"

This is an extraordinarily well done piece by Fr. Roger Landry at CatholicPreaching.com on the gay marriage ruling in California:

f pictures are said to be worth a thousand words, political cartoons are often far more visually voluble. In the immediate aftermath of Federal District Judge Vaughan R. Walker’s outrageous August 4 decision in San Francisco declaring unconstitutional California’s 2008 Proposition 8 — which formally enshrined marriage as the union of one man and one woman — two cartoons summed it up. The first one featured the calligraphic initial words of the Constitution, “We the People…” crossed out and replaced by the cursive words, “I, Judge Walker…”
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Dem Slams Obama/Pelosi in Ad

Wow. Not only do we have Dems running away from the White House but now we have a Dem who's actually attacking Obama and Pelosi. Not that I care because it's all part of the big con. You think Obama/Pelosi care? You bet they do. Check out the ad at Right Wing News:

Recently the L.A. Times reported that the White House warned Democrat incumbents to avoid talking about the Party's "accomplishments" as they campaign for office this year.
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Jen Aniston Needs a Biology Lesson

Tim Drake points out that the former "Friends" star doesn't really understand how babies are made:

Perhaps actress Jennifer Aniston slept through biology class. Speaking at a Los Angeles press conference for her new film, “Switch,” she displayed her lack of understanding about both biology and the family.

“Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child,” said Aniston. “They are realizing if it’s that time in their life and they want this part they can do it with or without that.”
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Dem Wishes Palin was In Plane Crash

Something about Sarah drives libs crazy.

A New Hampshire candidate for the state house is taking heat from the state Republican Party after he wrote on a Facebook thread that he wishes former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and the father of her grandson were in the plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens in Alaska on Monday.

“Just wish Sarah and Levy (sic) were on board,” wrote Keith Halloran, a Democratic candidate for Cheshire County House District 7, referencing Palin and Levi Johnson, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of her daughter.
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Fire The Abortionist at Mercy Hospital

American Papist wonders why an abortionist is working at a Catholic hospital:

Catholic hospitals should not keep abortionists on staff, but that’s what Mercy Regional Medical Center is doing.

PersonhoodUSA organized a protest and posted video from it to YouTube (there is a graphic photo of an aborted baby):
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State Dept. Won't Label Taliban "Terrorists"

This is disturbing. Why wouldn't the State department label the Taliban a terrorist organization? And why weren't they labeled such in 2001?

What more do they need? The Taliban are Islamic supremacists, aided al-Qaeda during 9/11 plot, allowed Bin Laden to set-up shop and use Afghanistan as a base to wage global jihad, kills American troops on a near-daily basis, has foreign fighters in its ranks etc…

A new State Department report designating terrorist organizations notably excludes one group: the Taliban. The U.S. has been fighting a war in Afghanistan for almost a decade aimed at “defeating the Taliban,” Taliban members repeatedly have threatened and killed American citizens and lawmakers have increased pressure on State to add the Taliban to the list.
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NY Times Fears Tea Partiers

While you may have thought that the NY Times looked down their nose at Tea Party types, well it turns out that they're actually scared to death of them:

The New York Times sent Mattathias Schwartz to find out what was going on at Jack Dailey's firearms training camps across the country and what he found apparently made the writer fear that America was going to the lily white, revolutionary, tea party dogs.

Schwartz went to learn about Jack Dailey's Appleseed Project firearms marksmanship training camps and what he found were folks of "uniformly white skin" whose ideas were influenced by those "motley carnivals of the Tea Party movement." And apparently Schwartz fears that they all want to institute a violent revolution in America. Yes, it's all about those scary "militias" despite that the Appleseed Project has no connection to any.
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Judges Prop 8 Ruling Slams Pope

Weasel Zippers reports on Judge Vaugn Walker's ruling where he believes that the writings of Pope Benedict XVI are harmful to gays:

Judicial activism 101…

SAN FRANCISCO, California, August 9, 2010 — In the 136-page ruling overturning California’s ban on “gay marriage,” Judge Vaughn Walker cites a document signed by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, to show that “religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful” can “harm gays and lesbians.”
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Black Murders Eight Whites, Whites Blamed

Dennis Prager writes for NRO about how upside down the world in that the media seems to be blaming the victims in a recent race based shooting:

The title of this column seems unbelievable, but it is in fact what happened in America this past week. And almost no one has noticed.

After 50 years of being inundated with stories of white racism, and being taught in college that in this white-dominated society only a white can be a racist, the American public has been properly brainwashed into accepting the otherwise incredible: A black man murdered eight white people at his place of work because they were white, and the media story is about the murderer’s alleged experiences of racism.
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A Singular Ordinary Man

Check out this piece by Robert Royal at That Catholic Thing. Beautiful sentiment about the extraordinariness of the ordinary man:

One of the most unusual men I ever knew died last week. He wasn’t a national figure or much noticed outside the circle of his family, friends, and community. He didn’t graduate from a prestigious university and, since he was a teenager during the Great Depression, barely made it out of high school before he had to go to work. But he lived an honorable life, and even a life that may have touched – in the way of the vast majority of ordinary people – on holiness and heroic charity.
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Valedictorian Criticizes Public Education

This is pretty scathing. Good find from Danielle Bean:

At her Coxsackie-Athens High School graduation ceremony, valedictorian Erica Goldson delivered an anti-schooling speech that must have raised more than a few eyebrows in the audience:
But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker. While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment.
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What Klavan Doesn't Love About Mad Men

It's hard not to be impressed with AMC's Mad Men but after being dazzled by it for a while my feelings were tempered. What I first thought was a Randian vs. Christianity morality play seemed to just mire itself in nihilism with no hope of redemption. I mean, isn't anybody happy or well adjusted? I stopped watching two seasons ago but I know Patrick still loves it. One of my favorite contemporary fiction authors Andrew Klavan still watches it but he's got some problems with it as well:

AMC’s Mad Men is yet one more product of television’s new golden age. The same combination of mindless leftism, foreign funding and ill-treatment of writers that caused the possibly fatal decline of American movies has chased talent and excellence to the little screen and shows like Mad Men are the delightful result.
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Lowering Age for First Communion?

Fr. Z wonders if lowering the age for First Communion is a good idea:

This is worth a discussion.

I am not sure, but perhaps His Eminence is overly optimistic about the state of catechism today and the competence, therefore, of most parents to catechize their very young children?

They need to be prepared for first confession before first Holy Communion too, right?
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Nat'l Guard at Border Won't Guard Border

Great news from Right Wing News if you actually think everything is going swimmingly at the border:

It's not the fault of the National Guard, of course, but the boobs at the White House and the executive offices at DHS
The 1,200 National Guard troops that are being deployed incrementally to the southwest border “will not be doing direct law enforcement,” said U.S. National Guard Bureau Director of Communications Jack Harrison when asked if the forces would be interdicting drugs and undocumented immigrants.

“The two mission sets are criminal analysts and enter-identification team,” Harrison told CNSNews.com. “I can tell you that guardsmen will not be doing direct law enforcement on the southwest border.”
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Ground Zero Mosque Owners Don't Own Site

Nobody saw this coming. Weasel Zippers has the story:

Muslims behind the mosque project lied to the Dhimmi Liberals who were anxious to believe them…
(NY Post) — Not so fast.

The developers of the controversial mosque proposed near Ground Zero own only half the site where they want to construct the $100 million building, The Post has learned.
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Christians, Diversity and the Academy

You've really got to read this one from Ross Douthat at the NY Times:

In one of my posts on diversity in elite student bodies, I threw in an aside about the desirability of greater ideological diversity in elite faculties as well. For an example of the problem I had in mind, consider this story from Wheaton professor Timothy Larsen
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Will they Defund Obamacare?

Pundette wonders if the GOP can stop the monster Obamacare by cutting funding to its behemoth bureaucracies:

Will a Republican House use the power of the purse to de-fang Obamacare? Philip Klein reports that this tactic is gaining support:

Should Republicans regain control of Congress, they could theoretically use their new power of the purse to deny Obama the funding needed to administer his signature accomplishment. This prospect is already gaining steam among opponents of the law. The new group DeFundit.org has gotten more than 90 candidates and current members of Congress to sign a pledge supporting stripping ObamaCare of money.
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Rosie Married to "Defy" Bush

What a shock. Rosie O' Donnell didn't take marriage seriously. While most people marry out of love, Rosie married out of hate:

Rosie O'Donnell was in the news this week when she signed to do another TV talk show on the forthcoming Oprah cable network. But she's still serving up leftist political goodies on her satellite radio show. Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer [1] found her declaring her "wedding" ceremony in San Francisco to former girlfriend Kelli Carpenter was a political protest stunt:
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Seattle Passes Out Free Crack Pipes

Wow. If any part of you, even the tiniest part of you doesn't belive Big Government is way out of control just read this story at Moonbattery about one state passing out free crack pipes:

What economic crisis? Bureaucrats are floating in so much of our money, in Seattle they are passing out free crack pipes to drug fiends:

For more than 20 years, local heroin addicts have relied on a collection of needle exchanges for clean works. But in recent months, crack users too have quietly found an outlet in the city.
In a nondescript alley in the University District, users can pick up clean crack pipes, pipe filters and ascorbic acid for injecting crack.

Don't try opening a lemonade stand in the moonbattery-ravaged Pacific Northwest, but if you want to inject crack cocaine, Big Government is there to help.
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WaPo: Lower Voting Age to 10. What!?

This could be the stupidest thing to ever appear in the Washington Post. And that's saying something. John Hawkins highlights the idiocy:

Liberals have such a childlike mentality that they can't even see the problem with letting children vote. Think I'm kidding? Then read this piece by Matt Miller in the Washington Post,

What this country needs is a movement to lower the voting age to 10. Hear me out.
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Catholicism - The Hidden Option

Young, Evangelical and Catholic has a great post about a young man's search for Catholicism:

I am on my way back.

I still have questions. I still have concerns. I still, frankly, have qualms. But I see now there is a way.

Like many evangelicals, the Catholic Church was a mystery to me growing up, and I remember asking the question, “Are Catholics saved?” My parents gave an answer--if they happen to have faith in Jesus. But that was the extent of my exploration as a child into Mother Church. I had friends that were Catholic, but in my heart, I didn’t really believe they were Christians, that they knew God. Their lives were shrouded in mystery, in the unknown, and the unknown was bad.
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Dick Van Dyke Promotes Adult Stem Cells

So Andy Griffith is supporting Obamacare but we've got Dick Van Dyke supporting adult stem cell research. We win. Hands down. Reflections of a Paralytic has the story:

God love him! Dick Van Dyke has been named the first-ever spokesperson of Cell Therapy Foundation, a public charity founded in 2007 to advance awareness about the benefits of adult stem cell research.
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The Magical Jesus of George and Nancy

Great piece by Lisa Graas about how Jesus is used and thrown away by Nancy nd George:

Nancy Pelosi loves Jesus. That’s great. Sadly, in Pelosi’s world Jesus is a “magical” Jesus. He’s like a rabbit you pull out of a hat whenever it serves your agenda. “Now you see Him! Now you don’t.”

Pelosi publicly stated earlier this year that she had a duty to pursue policies “in keeping with the values” of Jesus Christ, the “Word made Flesh.” But at a press briefing last week, when reminded of this statement, Pelosi declined to say when Jesus got the right to life.

“Whenever it was,” said Pelosi, “we bow our heads when we talk about it in church, and that’s where I’d like to talk about that.”
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Dude. Seriously?

Jen F. has a way of chrystallizing great theological concepts to little brilliant nuggests like "Dude! Seriously?" Check it out:

I made an early-morning holy hour a couple weeks ago. The stars were still out when I pulled into the Adoration chapel's parking lot, but the first row was almost full; there was only one space left.

When I walked into the entry hall I was deeply moved, as I always am, to see that the sign-in registry was full all through the night. The Lord is never left alone; weekends, weekdays, holidays, the middle of the night during a bad storm -- someone is always there with him. Each hour has at least one committed "adorer" in addition to any visitors who stop in, and then there are coordinators who are on call 24/7 to fill in at the last minute in case the scheduled person can't make it. I glanced at the logs from 1:00 AM, 2:00 AM, 3:00 AM and noticed that sometimes there were two or even three people there.
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A Win for the Pledge of Allegiance

Warner Todd Huston says the Pledge of Allegiance has won a victory in a Massachussetts public school. Not a huge win but a win nonetheless:

What sort of nation have we become when it takes monumental efforts by a kid to get a school administration to "allow" them all to recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

Nonetheless, that is the nation that liberals have turned these great United States into as after two months of wrangling Arlington, Massachusetts High School student Sean Harrington finally succeeded in getting his school administrators to allow the Pledge to be recited by students in class.
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Dem: Raise Taxes Only on Red States

Wow. I didn't see this coming. I should've but I didn't. Can you imagine the federal government raising and lowering taxes based on political preferences? Well one Dem congressman can:

Typical liberal behavior, we’re all for higher taxes, but not when it comes to our money…

(Washington Examiner)- In today’s Wall Street Journal, they blow the lid off of a rather shocking proposal by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and four other members of New York’s House caucus:

One irony of the tax increase that arrives on January 1 is that the it will hit residents of high-income, Democratic-leaning states like California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York the hardest. This is a problem for pro-tax Democrats.
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Mr. Modesty Tells It Like It Is

The funniest thing you will read all day.

If you’re anything like me, you spend an alarming quantity of time visualizing what life would be like if your wife was dead. Of course I don’t want her to die, but the thought does at least waft across the mind on occasion. And if it were to happen, the untimely death of Mrs. Beguiles? Why, I’d be back on the streets, naturally, in search of a new young filly to take care of all the whelps and to prepare my meals. Only the new one wouldn’t give me so much back-talk, that’s for sure.

But what else would I require from a new bride? If I were to suddenly find myself cold and alone (perish the thought) what—all kidding aside—what would I look for in a new wife?

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Dem: Can't Be Prolife and Anti-Anchor Baby

A Democrat says you can't be pro-life and against anchor babies. But ironically, according to Representative Luis Guttierrez you can be pro-abortion and for anchor babies like he is. Don't think he thought that one all the way through. Weasel Zippers has this outrageous story:

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said there “seems to be a fundamental contradiction” between being “pro-life”,“pro-family” and being in favor of denying children of illegal immigrants born on U.S. soil birthright citizenship.

Gutierrez, a pro-choice Democrat, was asked at a press conference on Capitol Hill for his reaction to an idea recently floated by Senator Lindsey Graham (D-S.C.) to introduce an amendment to the U.S. Constitution changing the rules for citizenship currently outlined in the 14th Amendment.
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Hitchens Regrets Dying Before Pope

Good to see cancer hasn't stolen Christopher Hitchens' bombast or hyperbole. Damian Thompson has the sad story:

Vanity Fair have sent me a preview of Christopher Hitchens’s very unpleasant piece about his cancer – unpleasant not just because Hitchens describes in detail the invasion of his body by a monstrous tumour, but also because it contains a despicable slur against the Pope. (And Henry Kissinger, but I don’t care about that.)

He writes: “Will I really not live long enough … to read – if not indeed write – the obituaries of elderly criminals like Henry Kissinger and Joseph Ratzinger?”
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Jefferson Davis and Pope Pius IX

I'd never heard anything about this before. Really interesting story at the American Catholic:

It has long been an article of faith of many admirers of Jefferson Davis that, while he was in Union captivity after the Civil War, he received a crown of thorns from Pope Pius IX woven by the hands of Pio Nono himself. The Museum of the Confederacy in New Orleans has it on display.
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The Value of an Open Church

I'm always disappointed when a church's doors are locked. Something sad about it. Amy Welborn finds Fr. Rutler's church open and writes about the Ministry of Hospitality:

I spent most of my short New York City time downtown, and as I happened upon a Catholic church, would check the doors, hoping for a look inside. Most of the time I was unsuccessful, for the doors were locked.

Yes, I understand security issues, and they are real. But still, isn’t it sad to come across locked Catholic churches?

Well, one one of my forays uptown, I came across an open church, at last – the Church of Our Saviour, more widely known as “Fr. Rutler’s church.” It was interesting to go in and look around – the church is smaller than I had expected, and quite lovely, which was not unexpected.
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Microbes Do the Jobs The Gov't. Couldn't

Axis of Right has the story:

60,000 barrels of oil a day gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Disaster. The worst oil spill in the history of the world. A disaster beyond epic proportions, which will plague the Gulf for years to come. We’ve been hearing about this for months now, with no end in sight. The Federal Government under the direction of Obama has even suspended all Domestic offshore drilling, so big is the disaster. Well, if its such a big disaster, where has all the oil gone?
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Wow! Missouri Rejects Obamacare.

This can't be good news for Obama. This was a big defeat so you know you'll hear very little about it in the media. Melissa Clouthier has the story:

How much do Missourian voters hate Obamacare? They hate it by a 73% - 27% margin. And even in very liberal St. Louis, 30% of the voters there voted FOR Proposition C. What did proposition C state?
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Tattle Free Zone

Great stuff from Sherry Antonetti:

Last week at breakfast, my daughter began tattling to me about her brother who also happened to be sitting across from me. Naturally, her brother reciprocated. "She's putting on too much butter." "He poured chocolate syrup in his milk." "She took an extra piece of toast. You're only supposed to have two." "He's telling on me." "She kicked her foot under the table." "He made a mean look." No one actually waited for me to respond. I thought I'd nipped it in the bud with a classic Mom glare over my cheerios but no, as soon as breakfast was over it started up again.

"Mommmmmm, I wanted to play the Wii and he took the remote."
"Mommmmmm, she wants to play the Wii and we're supposed to do our math before we have screen time."
"Mommmmmm, he's trying to pretend he's the parent."
"Mommmmmm, tell her I'm right."
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Obama Blackmailing Kenya?

The Obama administration is essentially blackmailing the Kenya people into accepting the culture of death by promising mad cash from America if only they vote for a new Constitution that allows abortion. Kathryn Lopez has the story:

Tomorrow, Kenyans will vote on a new constitution. Constitutional reform is needed there, but the constitution up for a vote tomorrow is one that would open the door to unrestricted abortion in a country that’s had a longstanding prohibition on abortion. The Obama administration has been a strident advocate of this constitution, having sent the vice president over there to rally for it, having sent money over there to help with education campaigns for it (something a group of Republican congressmen have raised legal questions about), and having reportedly made promises to leaders there about more aid and maybe even a Barack Obama visit to come if they do as asked and pass this constitution tomorrow.
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Nick Jonas: Reagan a "Personal Hero."

OK. My kids can listen to the Jonas brothers. I'm still not so sure about Camp Rock 2 but the Jonas Brothers are cool with me. Newsbusters has the story:

It’s been nearly 100 years since the birth of former President Ronald Reagan, and the Gipper is still inspiring lives. What’s surprising is his latest fans weren’t born until after his presidency.

Singers Nick Jonas and Jordin Sparks have joined forces as co-chairs for the National Youth Leadership Committee, a committee comprised of 38 prominent young athletes, musicians and student leaders. Age hasn’t stopped these members from being inspired by the life of the nation’s 40th president – members of the group are all under the age of 25.
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The War Against Christianity

Love in the Ruins has the story of how Christianity seems to slowly becoming illegal by highlighting a terrible decision by the Supreme Court:

Today I read two articles about the continuing legal war by secular society to abolish Christianity.

Christianity Today has an article about the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision which upholds the decision of Hastings Law School to ban the Christian Legal Society from campus because of its "discriminatory policies" of only allowing members that share its statement of faith.

"In his dissent, Justice Samuel Alito castigated the majority opinion as political correctness run amok.
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Great! Steele Threatens to Sue Republican

Just so it's on the record, CMR was against Steele becoming head of the GOP before he actually became head of the party. Steele is now (through channels) threatening to sue a GOP official who has publicly asked questions about "unreported debt" during Steele's tenure:

The vicious infighting at the Republican National Committee escalated over the weekend, with an ally of RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele warning the party’s treasurer of legal consequences if he did not stop making a fuss over erroneous financial disclosures to the Federal Election Commission.

New Mexico RNC member Patrick J. Rogers told Treasurer Randy Pullen on committee letterhead that his disclosures about millions of dollars in unreported debt “are covered by attorney-client privilege or the fiduciary requirements of corporate officers.”

At one point in his letter, Mr. Rogers, who is Mr. Steele’s appointee to the RNC’s powerful executive committee, tells Mr. Pullen that the “dissemination of sensitive information under the circumstances (as I understand them) appears problematic as a legal matter.”
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Wild Innocent Joy

The cutest vid...evah at Faith and Family Live:

Here’s a sweet gift of joy a reader emailed me this week.

Six-year-old Felicita wrote and performed this catchy song all by herself. Her four siblings sing and dance along with her, her uncle shot the video on his iPhone, and her dad produced the recording.

The reader who emailed wrote, ” It showcases, I think, the richness and lightness and purity of Joy - singing a little melody and dancing with her sisters, I feel like little Felicity is letting us witness what Chesterton calls ‘the gigantic secret of the Christian.’”
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Simcha Meets the Next Gov. of Tennessee?

Simcha Fisher worries she's being too snarky. We say "Impossible."

Today, I’m really glad to have a Monday joke lined up, because I’m going to do something kind of awful first, and I don’t want you to be mad at me.

Here is this video. I guess it’s a local TV station that gives political candidates a minute or so to make their case directly to the voter. So here’s what one guy came up with:
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Death Threats Against Nuns

Kathryn Lopez has this disturbing story:

Most disturbing story of the day?

Benedictine nuns from a secluded convent in southern France have received death threats after winning a deal aimed at creating a chart-topping album, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
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Christian Killed for Converting Muslims

Stories like this need to be promulgated in the blogosphere because the mainstream media is silent on the issue of oppression of Christians and Christianity:

Pastor Artur Suleimanov, 49, was shot by unidentified gunmen recently while leaving Hosanna Christian Church in Dagestan on July 15.

Suleimanov was a Russian pastor who founded the biggest Protestant church in the Northern Caucasus region. The church has 1,000 members, 80 percent of whom were previously Muslim.
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Hope and Change = Culture of Death

Alexa Shrugged wonders why in the world this administration is pushing embryonic stem cell research when adult stem cells have shown to be far more effective:

Told ya so! Adult stem cells are actually successful while embryonic is all "hope" and "change" and no substance or results. What is it about people fixating on promoting scientific research that kills a unique human life and has no evidence of curing anyone? Why has this been a cause celeb?

Is the culture of death that entrenched? Are they doing it just because it is unethical and want to push boundaries? That they want to debase human life to protect their "logic" for abortion, among other agendas?
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Commandments for Converts

Fr. Longenecker has some advice for converts to Catholicism:

When a Protestant who is considering the Catholic Church calls me for advice the conversation goes back to some recurring difficulties. So here are some commandments for converts.

The Catholic Church is not just another denomination. It's very different from all the Protestant churches you have ever attended. Behave as if you're visiting a foreign country.

Be curious, not critical.

You're right. There are plenty of hypocritical, heretical and lukewarm Catholics. There are a fair few Prots like that too aren't there?
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The Case for Siblings

Great story from Simcha Fisher at Faith and Family Live:

One of the best parts of being pregnant with my eighth child was that I never woke up in the middle of the night, panicking: “How can I do this to [current youngest child]?”

True, I woke up for a thousand other reasons, most of them involving my internal organs. But it was a huge relief to finally realize that having a new baby is not bad for the current baby.

How I used to fret about this. The whole nine months, I would worry about how we would all get along, how the soon-to-be-supplanted youngest would adapt, and even whether I could love the new baby as much as I loved my firstborn. (I did.)
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Ethics are Racist?

The left's get out of jail free card is to cry "Racim" even if you're a congressman, actually especially if you're a congressman. RWN has the story:

It's no surprise, in today's race obsessed political environment, to find yet another instance in which race is being to deflect from troubling behavior or bad news. This time, the entire idea of ethics is being challenged as racist. You see, there are just too many black members of Congress being investigated for corruption.

Politico reports complaining, and cries of racism, coming from the Congressional Black Caucus regarding the number of their members currently in the spotlight for ethics violations.
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Introducing Future CMR Reader Joseph

Ouiz had a baby! Check out the pic at the oddest named blog on the internet - Chez Ouiz:

Introducing our newest family member, Joseph!

The OR scale was off, so he was approximately 7 lbs 3 oz and 19 1/2" long.

The picture doesn't do him justice. His features are small and perfect, like a little china doll (he's going to hate that description later on, but that's the best I can do!)

Yes, I'm already in the babymoon phase, and loving it!
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Gay Community Outraged at Cardinal

Courageous Priest has the story of a Cardinal angering the homosexual community:

The gay community in Chile is reacting with indignation to recent comments by 83-year-old Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez, who led the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments from 1996 to 2002.

Reacting to Argentina’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, the cardinal said that “the Church distinguishes the homosexual tendency and homosexual practice. If a person has a homosexual tendency it is a defect, as if one lacked an eye, a hand, a foot.” On the other hand, homosexual activity, he noted, is immoral.
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Stallone Loves America

Stallone's answer is right on. Check out Big Hollywood:

Thanks to commenter ScottDS for bringing this to our attention. From a series of Q&As Stallone is doing over at AICN, we’ll start with a question asked by a fan, a question many of us have been asking for nearly a decade now:

BRIAN: So now my question. As I grow older one of the major things I enjoy about the 80’s action films are their high level of optimism about America and its place in the world. Whether it was Rambo 2, Rambo 3, Rocky 4, Red Dawn, etc. they made American’s feel invincible (and a bit cocky) but also proud of whom we are. The unbelievably ripped action heroes were a great physical manifestation of who we were as a nation. Post 9/11 I think many would love to feel that way again as we have transitioned from the great action heroes to action stars such as Matt Damon, Nic Cage, and Tom Cruise. All great actors but I can’t buy them as action heroes. Movies today seem to have the opposite effect and are focused too much on our flaws as nation and our failed foreign policy (Avatar, Green Zone).
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Anglican Dog Recieves Communion

Actually, I don't really know if the dog was Anglican or not but Al Kresta has the story:

A dog has received communion at an Anglican parish in Toronto. Pets are permitted in the church.

“The minister welcomed me and said come up and take communion, and Trapper [the dog] came up with me and the minister gave him communion as well,” said Donald Keith, the dog’s owner. “Then he bent his head and said a little prayer.”
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