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Parents, Stop Worrying About Self Esteem

Dennis Prager writes at Townhall:

By now, most people (with the exception of many psychotherapists) recognize that the self-esteem movement officially launched by California in 1986 has been at best silly and at worst injurious to society, despite whatever small benefit it may have had to some individuals.

The movement was begun by California Assemblyman John Vasconcellos. As The New York Times reported, "Mr. Vasconcellos, a 53-year-old Democrat, is described by an aide as 'the most radical humanist in the Legislature.'"
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Pro-Life and Unashamed

Lauren Uhrich writes:

A response to the many names pro-abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood, NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League), NAF (National Abortion Federation), and their media allies like to throw around.

You can call me anti-choice, anti-women, anti-rights.

Or maybe call me crazy after all, I am PRO LIFE.

You can call me intolerant, an uneducated girl.

You can tell me that I’m foolish with this hope to change the world.
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Fail, Britannia

George Weigel writes:

Two weeks before Pope Benedict’s visit to the United Kingdom this September, former British prime minister Tony Blair’s memoir, A Journey: My Political Life, was published in the United States. At first glance, the events may seem unrelated: a politician’s memoir, with its inevitable score settling, and a bishop’s pastoral visit, stressing unity amid contention. On closer inspection, however, Blair’s book and Benedict’s pilgrimage have a lot to do with each other, for A Journey: My Political Life helps illuminate, if indirectly and inadvertently, the ferocity of the campaign against Catholicism and the pope mounted in Britain prior to the papal pilgrimage. What Blair has to say about twenty-first-century Britain—and, by extension, twenty-first-century democracies around the world—also stands in striking contrast to the analysis of contemporary democratic public life offered by the bishop of Rome in Glasgow, London, and Birmingham.
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John Ondrasik's CD For the Troops

Ondrasik of Five for Fighting fame is a great supporter of the troops. We like his music and definitely support the cause. Ondrasik is kind of like Taylor Swift but for guys. Instapundit has the link:

JOHN ONDRASIK’S CD For The Troops IV is now out.
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Anti-Christian Art at Smithsonian

Just in time for Christmas. And you paid for it with your taxes!

Putting the ho-ho-ho in homoerotic.

Because nothing says Merry Christmas like an ant-covered Jesus , male genitals, naked brothers kissing and men in chains. (There was even a Family Day held in conjunction with the event!)
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Climate Summt Calls For Rationing

Representatives of the godess Gaia say you have too much stuff so they might just have to take it away -for your own good:

For the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, which began today, representatives from somewhere in the neighborhood of 194 countries flew to Mexico from all around the world. Why? Well, partly to tell the rest of us we need to chill out on the long-haul flights:
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Receiver Drops Pass, Blames God

Here's something you don't see very often. Hot Air has the story:

Via TMZ, a desperately needed palate cleanser as we await the next round of document-dumping this afternoon by Wikileaks. (Word on Twitter is that it’s set for 5 p.m. ET.) To set the scene: 16-16 in overtime in Buffalo, the 2-8 Bills trying to salvage their season with an unlikely upset of the 7-3 Steelers. They were down 13 points in the third quarter and rallied to tie it; now in OT and just out of field-goal range on Pittsburgh’s 40-yard line, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick spots receiver Stevie Johnson breaking towards the end zone downfield. Annnd … heartache:
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Harry Bailey, Uber Villain

Just when you thought you knew everything you could about "It's a Wonderful Life," someone comes along and points out the real seedy truth underneath the Christmas classic. Big Hollywood has this great post:

The official Christmas season begins this month and along with celebrating the birth of my Lord by trampling each other to save 20% on an Xbox at Wal-Mart while supplies last, it also means the airing of Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 holiday film It’s A Wonderful Life.

For years I watched this movie and like many Americans would come away with that warm fuzzy feeling. But one character in this film always bothered me. In fact, I believe that the more appropriate title of Capra’s project should have been It’s A Wonderful Life – If You’re Harry Bailey! Think about it. George Bailey’s kid brother makes out like a bandit in this flick. And why is that? Because Harry (Todd Karns) throughout this film is a steam-roller of selfishness. I will even go so far as to say that Harry Bailey (who was never intended to be a bad guy) is one of the most despicable characters in movies. In scriptwriting it’s formulaic that two villains be created to inject multiple layers of conflict. Obviously Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) is the uber-villain. But who’s the other antagonist? That would be Harry Bailey, who plays his older brother for a sucker throughout the film. In fact, Harry is either directly or indirectly the root cause of all of George’s miseries.
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Dean: Gov't Should Pick Guests for Fox

The Blaze has the audio of the stupidest and scariest thing Dean has said since...last month:

Dean: Government Should Pick Guests on Fox & MSNBC Because Ignorant Americans Don’t Know What’s Going On
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Amy Welborn on the Pope

Amy Welborn thinks the Pope is kind of a big deal. She writes in USA Today:

Forbes recently named Pope Benedict XVI the fifth-most-powerful person in the world, right between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and well ahead of any other religious leaders — Iran's top ayatollah (26th) and the dalai lama (39th).

An 83-year-old man, the out-of-touch figurehead of a dying mythological system, is the fifth-most powerful person in the world? How can this be?
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Self Righteous Racism

I find it disturbing how so many views held by a majority of the people are viewed as "outside the mainstream" and therefore subject to silencing. Mike Adams of Townhall writes about his personal experience:

Many African American Cultural Centers actually impede diversity by turning black students into racists and segregationists. And most of them make black students less tolerant by convincing them that they are somehow more enlightened and have special "perspective" simply because of their race. Recent events have convinced me that such arrogance is on the rise.

Last week, a black female graduate of our university called my office and left a message asking that I call her back regarding an “urgent matter.” I thought she had something important to say. I did not know at the time that I was going to hear a woman half my age lecture me on the importance of tolerance and diversity. But I’m glad she called because she set off a chain of media events that ended quite nicely for those us who are opposed to racism and segregation.
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The Disapperance of the Dixie Democrat

Instapundit links to this story:

“For Democrats in the South, the most ominous part of a disastrous year may not have been what happened on Election Day but in the weeks since. After suffering an historic rout — in which nearly every white Deep South Democrat in the U.S. House was defeated and Republicans took over or gained seats in legislatures across the region — the party’s ranks in Dixie have thinned even further. . . .
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Oprah: High Priestess of Prosperity Gospel?

The people in Oprah's audience officially freak me out. Newsreal blog has the video and the story:

When’s the last time you were really excited about something? I’m talking ecstatic, bowled over, totally breathless. What was the reason? What happened in your life that was so amazing that you could not contain your enthusiasm?

Was it the birth of your child? Was it your wedding day? Was it finding religion?

If you were among those in Oprah’s studio audience on Friday, your answers would include receiving shampoo, a watch, and five years of Netflix.
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Palin Could Divide the GOP

RS McCain is exactly right (in my opinion) about the divide in the GOP over Sarah Palin. Her candidacy could destroy the party. Seriously.

‘The Weekly Sarah Palin Segment . . .in which the impression is given that the whole of conservatism is encapsulated in this one glorious woman.”

Instead, he would perhaps have us believe, the whole of conservatism is encapsulated in Charles Krauthammer’s brain.

It is not Krauthammer’s fault that the media are obsessed with presidential politics. It is not Krauthammer’s fault that, when Palin’s choice as running mate in 2008 suddenly made the GOP ticket competitive with Obama (see the poll numbers cited here), the media embarked on a search-and-destroy mission against Palin. And it is not Krauthammer’s fault that the media have continued to use Palin as a scarecrow, a Republican demon-figure presented as the too-horrifying-to-contemplate alternative to supporting Obama.
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I'm Not Crazy, I Just Have Five Kids

Colleen Duggan writes:

“Are you crazy?

With that many kids, you must have a lot of patience!

You must really like kids--a lot.

I could never have that many! The two I’ve got keep me so busy. I would lose my mind with more!

How do you do it? I just can’t imagine.

Don’t you know what causes that?

Are you finished yet or do you want more?”

I’m sure any parent with multiple children has fielded at least one of these types of conversations with a complete stranger at the checkout counter of a massive superstore.
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Gov't Regs Could Hurt Catholic Colleges

The always excellent Cardinal Newman Society reports:

Government Regulation Could ‘Dramatically Hurt’ Colleges
An explosive report critical of college accreditation was released last month by the Center for College Affordability and Accountability (CCAA). But while CCAA wants to eliminate accreditation, it warns against replacing it with European-style government regulation — what CCAA calls the educational equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration:
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How Bad is the Economy?

For those econogeeks who needs statistics to know how bad the economy is as opposed to my vague notion that the wheels have come off and we're heading this handbasket in the general direction of Hell, these statistics should scare the heck out you. Instapundit has the link:

THANK YOU SIR, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER: 11 Statistics That Reveal Just How Far The U.S. Economy Has Fallen Over The Past Four Years. Here’s one: “At Thanksgiving back in 2006, 26 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, there are over 42 million Americans on food stamps and that number is climbing rapidly. . . . In 2006, the U.S. national debt was getting close to 9 trillion dollars. Today, the U.S. national debt is well past 13 trillion dollars and is rapidly closing in on 14 trillion dollars.”
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So Clever...and So Cruel

This one from Suzanne Temple really hit home with me because I've been exactly where she is many times.

This is from the archives, but I thought it was worth posting again as this topic is now being discussed elsewhere. Some readers responded to this by saying that sometimes some people just need or deserve a smart remark. That may be true.

I would add, however, that Mother Asumpta Long, O. P. of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, MI came to speak at our church not too long ago. She mentioned how it never fails to amaze her that so many people approach her and want to speak with her when she travels. Her full habit is an outward sign of her vocation.
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Priest Advocates Married Clergy

Oh boy. Badger Catholic has the story:

Milwaukee priest advocates for married clergy. Father Alan Jurkus is back at it.
Time to consider married priests

As a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, I welcome Deacon Russ Arnett and his family and look forward to working with him after his ordination to the Catholic priesthood. He previously served as an Episcopal priest...
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Dolan: Pope Can't Change Catholic Teaching

Al Kresta has the story

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, elected president of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops last week, said Monday that the bishops faced the urgent task of stopping the huge exodus of Roman Catholics from the church of their birth.

He said the bishops would not stop speaking out on political issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration. But he said there was now a movement among them to confront internal problems like the “sobering study” showing that one-third of Americans born and baptized Catholic have left the church.
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John Allen is Wrong

Custos Fidei questions whether John Allen is being fair to faithful Catholics:

John L. Allen Jr., otherwise referred to in most circles as John Allen, is the erstwhile writer for the dissident Catholic newspaper National Catholic Reporter has come out defending L'Osservatore Romano in the recent Pope Condom Comments controversy.

John Allen laid the blame clearly on orthodox/conservative Catholic bloggers for "jealousy, politics, and dated expectations of how the Vatican paper ought to behave." referring to critics of L'Osservatore Romano and its editor Gian Maria Vian, of which I am one of those critics
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Defending the Honor of Those That Silently Defend YOU

There have been many an example given in the last couple weeks alone of relative atrocities committed by our TSA (Transportation Security Administration). These actors aren’t the clean-cut do-gooders one might expect to be working a job of such critical perceived importance. No.

Rather, looking upon them & listening to them speak, one might wonder what gutter they were dredged up from. Better on the Government payroll than the welfare roll, right? More to the point, these people now follow a mandate to either view you naked in astonishing detail or, in place of that, lay their hands upon your very private places in very public view.

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Be Grateful, You'll Live Longer

Rebecca Teti writes:

Grateful people live longer, happier, healthier lives than their entitled counterparts.

They even tend to make more money according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.

(I won’t vouch for the cause and effect on that one!)

The article is accompanied by a quiz so you can discover how grateful you are—or aren’t.
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Giving Thanks for America's Warriors

Take a moment to read this and say a prayer for those Americans defending freedom around the globe:

Excerpts of remarks by Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis, November 13, 2010. His son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, 29, was killed in action November 9, 2010, in Sangin, in southern Afghanistan, while leading his platoon on a combat patrol.
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Jonah on the Condom Controversy

Excellent piece by Jonah Goldberg at Townhall:

In the spring of 2005, Pope John Paul II died. My father, who passed away that summer, watched the funeral and the coronation of the current pope, Benedict XVI, from his hospital bed. My dad, a Jew, loved the spectacle of it all. (The Vatican, he said, was the last institution that "really knows how to dress.")

From what he could tell, he liked this new pope too. "We need more rocks in the river," my dad explained. What he meant was that change comes so fast, in such a relentless torrent, that we need people and things that stand up to it and offer respite from the current.
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A Tea Party Thanksgiving

Deal Hudson writes:

Ask me what I am thankful for this year, and one of the first things that comes to mind is the social/political phenomenon of the Tea Party.

To me, it represents a loud "enough is enough" -- not only to the nonsense being perpetrated by the White House and the Congress, but also to the bad ideas that have infused our public policy for decades.

If we are lucky, the Tea Party will be around long enough to accomplish a fundamental reorientation of public attitudes toward government, education, and the media.
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Guess Who's on TSA's No Grope List?

Hint: It Ain't You. Michelle Malkin has the list:

You’ve heard of the “no-fly” list.

Now get a load of the no-grope list — a roster of the privileged federal officials and politicians who don’t have to be subjected to TSA’s grabby hands.

Lucky them, huh?
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Modern Parenting Creating Monsters?

Instapundit has the story:

KATIE ROIPHE ON MODERN PARENTING: If we try to engineer perfect children, will they grow up to be unbearable? Seems likely. Certainly the parents already are. . . . “Last year, a friend of mine sent a shipment of green rubber flooring, at great impractical expense, to a villa in the south of France because she was worried that over the summer holiday her toddler would fall on the stone floor. Generations of French children may have made their way safely to adulthood, walking and falling and playing and dreaming on these very same stone floors, but that did not deter her in her determination to be safe.”
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WTC Mosque Applies for 9-11 Funds

Rep. Peter King gets a wee bit ticked:

Love this guy…

(TPM)- Park51, the proposed Islamic community center and mosque in downtown Manhattan, has applied for federally-funded grants, prompting shrill cries that the “Ground Zero mosque” is looking for a taxpayer handout.
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Funny: TSA Theme Song "See Me, Feel Me"

Weird how well this songs fits the images of the vid. Check out Subvet's blog:

For best viewing, turn off the Playlist at the top of the blog.

This is good but for some reason I can't get the theme from "Deliverance" out of my head.
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Was Jesus a Capitalist or a Communist?

Story Balloon has the CNN video debating this question:

Excerpts of activists Shane Claiborne and Peter Greer at the American Enterprise Institute.

Never mind the whole Che, Mao and Stalin.. er.. situations.
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ReplaceMichaelSteele.com

A 22 year old takes on Michael Steele:

If Thomas Shultz is any indication of how young Republicans feel about the RNC’s Michael Steele, the embattled chairman could be one step closer to being knocked off his leadership perch.

Schultz, a student at Brigham Young University in Utah, started an online petition called replacemichalesteele.com. He‘s a young Republican that’s lost faith in his party’s leader, a sentiment mirrored by those twice his aged and evidenced by former Steele underling Gentry Collins’s scathing resignation letter.
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A Life Beyond Reason

Great story at Conversion Diary:

I had another post all ready to go for today, but I’m going to bump it because I just read something that so moved me that I had to share it with you. Go read this stunning article called A Life Beyond Reason, in which Professor Chris Gabbard recounts how his severely disabled son made him take a hard look at his views on the value of human life.
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Obama Now Below 40%

Instapundit links to the poll:

L.A. TIMES: Lowest ever: Obama job approval sinks to 39%, as even Democrats’ support melts away.
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Vatican Newspaper Betrayed the Pope

Al Kresta has a piece up by Phil Lawler:

Pope Benedict has not changed the Church’s teachings, or even intimated that they might be subject to change. The Holy Father has not called for a new debate on the morality of contraception. He has not suggested that condom use might sometimes be morally justifiable.

Yet today millions of people around the world believe that the Pontiff has changed Church teaching, has opened the question of contraception for debate, and has justified condom use in some circumstances. How did that happen?
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Seriously?

Taliban impostor fooled NATO:

Unreal. Both NATO and the White House bought this guy’s schtick hook, line, and sinker, Then they wrote him a big check. Words fail me.

(NY Times) — For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the repeated appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement.

But now, it turns out, Mr. Mansour was apparently not Mr. Mansour at all.
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Fr. Z on L’Osservatore Romano

What could they have been thinking?

The respected, clear-thinking canonist Ed Peters of In the Light of the Law has offered a blistering assessment of the role of the Vatican’s daily L’Osservatore Romano in regard to the latest in a string of media screw-ups.
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DOJ Sandbagging DOMA?

I mean, we all kinda' knew this was going on but didn't realize they'd be stupid enough to admit it. Ace of Spades has the story:

Unfortunately(or is it fortunately?) I'm not a lawyer, but Gabe passed this gem along. I won't try to offer much, if any, analysis. I'll leave that to the JD's in the comments.

It appears as though the Obama administration, particularly the DOJ, is openly admiting that they are sabatoging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Don't Ask Don't Tell cases by offering a, shall we say, less than stellar defense to law suits.
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Bristol Palin Getting Death Threats?

Hot Air has the ridiculous and potentially dangerous story:

This is now the national equivalent of a brawl breaking out in the stands at a Little League T-ball game because Joey’s dad thinks he was safe and Billy’s dad says he was out. Except instead of headlocks and punches, there’s fake anthrax and professional security involved.

Are we sure this is still a “liberals hate the Palins” story and not a story about DWTS fans investing psychologically in this moronic show to a near-psychotic degree?
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UN Applauds Terrorism?

Weasel Zippers has the vid:

Video: Terrorism Against da Joooos Applauded at United Nations Human Right Council…
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Scalia Goes Loony Tunes

And he's absolutely right.

Justice Antonin Scalia defended originalism on Friday, warning that interpreting the Constitution as a “living document” effectively allows “five out of nine hotshot lawyers to run the country."

Unless judges give words in the Constitution their fair meaning, democracy doesn’t work, Scalia said in a speech at the University of Richmond. The Associated Press and the Richmond Times-Dispatch both covered the event.
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TS Eliot vs. Chesterton

Mike Potemra moderates:

In that same work, by the way, Eliot does get off a memorable zinger at the expense of G. K. Chesterton: “Mr. Chesterton’s brain swarms with ideas; I see no evidence that it thinks.” I must object that Eliot’s definition here of what constitutes thinking is rather too narrow for practical purposes. It’s true that Chesterton’s writing is not of the kind that syllogistically “proves” important conclusions; but neither, for that matter, are the works of most of the apologists (atheist, Christian, or other) who pride themselves on their mastery of logic.
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Akin on the Pope's Condom Comments

A must read from Jimmy Akin:

Pope Benedict’s new book, Light of the World: The Pope, The Church and The Signs Of The Times, isn’t even officially out yet but is already at the center of an online media controversy.

The controversy erupted Saturday morning when L’Osservatore Romano unilaterally violated the embargo on the book by publishing Italian-language extracts of various papal statements, much to the chagrin of publishers around the world, who had been working on a carefully orchestrated launch for the book on Tuesday.

Among the extracts was one dealing with the use of condoms in trying to prevent the spread of AIDS, and the press immediately seized on this
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Pope's Praise of Pius Dismays Holocaust Survivors

The Blaze reports:

A Holocaust survivors group has voiced dismay over Pope Benedict XVI’s assertion in a new book that wartime pontiff Pius XII was a “great righteous” man who saved more Jews than anyone else.

Benedict’s “comments fill us with pain and sadness and cast a menacing shadow on Vatican-Jewish relations,” said Elan Steinberg, vice president of American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, in an emailed statement late Saturday.
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Colbert Mocks Pope

Story Balloon has the video:

More mocking of the Pope by people in the entertainment business.
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Steele's Not Going Quietly

I'm not a fan of Steele and have been hoping he'd bow out gracefully after this cycle. Well, it doesn't appear that's going to be the case: This could get ugly. The Weekly Standard reports::

Earlier this week, Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins resigned and wrote a scathing letter about the RNC's poor fundraising performance in the 2010 cycle. Now, Steele's written a letter saying that the RNC under his tenure saved the Republican party from a "potentially ruinous third-party movement."

“While President Obama and the Washington crowd treated the Tea Party with disdain or condescension, the RNC accorded them respect," wrote Steele, who doesn't acknowledge the RNC's financial backing of liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava over conservative Doug Hoffman.
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Klavan Asks "What's Wrong with Americans?"

Another great video from Andrew Klavan where he lets our elites like Obama, Soros and Arianna answer the question W'aht's wrong with the American people?"

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Pence: GOP Ain't Just About Fiscal Issues

I'm liking Mike Pence:

Indiana Congressman Mike Pence has a stellar record of conservatism. While in office, he famously pushed back against both President Bush and President Obama’s big government proposals and never flinched. He is also a stalwart when it comes to social issues. His win in the presidential poll for the Values Voters Summit proves his popularity with this sector of the republican party.

This week, Pence introduced legislation with Senator Jim DeMint on permanently extending the current individual tax rates and preventing tax increases on every American:
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Newsweek Cover: Obama as Hindu God

You've got to see this cover at Weasel Zippers:

Newsweek’s latest cover portrays Obama as Hindu god Shiva, which is actually an excuse as to why he’s been a total failure, “the presidency is too much for one person to handle”…
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Driehaus Drops Complaint Against SBA List

Rep. Driehaus turns tail. The SBA List responds:

Today, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) responded to Rep. Steve Driehaus’ (OH-01) request for withdrawal of his Ohio Elections Commission (OEC) complaint against the SBA List. The OEC has been scheduled a hearing for Thursday, December 2 to consider Driehaus' request. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following statement:
“Rep. Driehaus’ decision to withdraw his complaint is a victory for the SBA List and for truth. The Susan B. Anthony List will not object to Rep. Driehaus withdrawing his complaint as we do not want to spend additional time and resources defending what the public already knows to be true – that the health care bill funds abortions with taxpayer dollars. Rep. Driehaus used an Ohio criminal statute to ensure that billboards stating the truth about his vote in favor of the pro-abortion health care bill were never erected. Despite his efforts, Rep. Driehaus could not avoid facing the consequences of his health care vote at the ballot box. On Election Day, Driehaus' constituents sent a clear message by siding with the SBA List and voting him out of office.
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Pray for Marcel Lejeune's Family

Marcel writes:

My sister, Simone LeJeune, died yesterday. Please pray for the repose of her soul and for our family.

Funeral details will not be known until tomorrow, but it is looking like next Monday.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
She has been suffering from cancer for 5 years now. It was extremely aggresive and the cancer plus the treatments disabled her and caused her a great amount of pain. She is suffering no longer
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Anderson Cooper in a Bunny Suit

Yup. That's what I said. Anderson Cooper in a bunny suit. Check out the video at The Blaze. I think I'm going to have nightmares tonight.

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Anti-Catholic Crime Wave

Don't expect this to be reported in the mainstream media. But the California Catholic Daily has the story:

For the fourth time since 2007, Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland has been the target of criminals.

According to the Woodland Daily Democrat, someone broke into the parish office between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Tuesday and stole money that had been earmarked for an unspecified parish project.

“There are reports that $2,300 had been stolen, but the police department would not confirm the amount,” the Daily Democrat reported.
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Can Palin Beat Obama?

John Hawkins lists Palin's pros and cons:

Asked (Barbara) Walters: “If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?”

“I believe so,” (Sarah) Palin said
That's the $24,000 question with Palin, isn't it? If she were the nominee, could she beat Obama?

Honestly, it's impossible to answer that question -- not just in regard to Palin, but in regard to whoever the GOP nominee will be.
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Rowan Williams: Anglican Ordinariate Prophetic?

Patrick's been all over this Anglican Ordinariate story but he's busy this morning so I figured I'd put it up. He'll probably comment later. Or not. I'm not the boss of him (although we'd all be better off if I were). The Catholic Herald has the story and it seems like a wee bit of spin from Rowan Williams:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said he would “praise God” for the Ordinariate if it helps people appreciate the Anglican patrimony.

Speaking to Vatican Radio in Rome, Dr Williams was asked about Pope Benedict XVI’s description of the Ordinariate as a “prophetic gesture”.

He said: “Well, I think if the Ordinariate helps people evaluate Anglican legacy or patrimony, well and good, I’m happy to praise God for it. I don’t see it as an aggressive act, meant to destabilise the relations of the Churches, and it remains to be seen just how large a movement we’re talking about.”
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War, Hell and a Democrat President

Anyone notice that a war's still going on? Kyle-Anne Shiver does:

The last time I checked, war was still hell, and American soldiers were still risking their lives at the orders of our commander-in-chief.

But the day a Democrat became president, daily body counts suddenly went MIA, Code Pink protesters went AWOL, and D.C.’s playground politics took over the MSM’s daily propaganda bubble. As if on cue from some hunch-backed news controller for the party, gruesome stories from the front lines disappeared.
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NPR: Middle School Trick Play is Child Abuse

Ha. This is great. Check out Weasel Zippers for THE most ridiculous story of the day:

What are the odds the author of this NPR drivel was always picked last during gym class?…
(NPR)- By now, you may be among the millions of people who’ve seen on YouTube the trick football play pulled off by the Driscoll Middle School of Corpus Christi, Texas.
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Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People

Instapundit links to a piece about the temptation of those in power. So say a prayer for all the congressmen and Senators that they stay true to their word and their vows despite the temptations of D.C.:

Washington is Hollywood for ugly people and Congress is “Temptation Island.” “The effect this place has, especially [on] men who come to Washington who are away from their families and the behavior you see at night is the behavior you often saw from our friends in college. Especially unattractive members of the Congress who have not had women show attention to them maybe since college.” Beware.
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Americans Not Digging Obamacare. At All.

The numbers are startling. The Weekly Standard blog has the numbers and the story:

The newest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that Americans favor repeal of Obamacare by a margin of 21 points (58 to 37 percent), while independents -- who swept Republicans into office two weeks ago -- favor repeal by almost 2 to 1 (62 to 33 percent).

By a margin of more than 5 to 1 (68 to 12 percent), independents think Obamacare would cause deficits to rise, not fall. Also by a margin of more than 5 to 1 (57 to 11 percent), independents think it would make the quality of health care worse, not better. And by a margin of more than 8 to 1 (68 to 8 percent), independents think it would make the cost of health care go up, not down.
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Pundette Brings the TSA Horror Stories

Yuck.

TSA head John Pistole testified before the US Senate today and offered enhanced pat-downs for senators. Ryan Young queries: Shouldn’t He Buy Them Dinner First?

Today's hearing, and Pistole's salacious offer, were prompted by growing public outrage at TSA policies. Passengers are required to allow the TSA to take nude pictures of them; many people find this objectionable. Passengers who opt out must be patted down. New procedures require screeners are to touch passengers' breasts, buttocks, and genitals. Some passengers have compared the enhanced pat-downs to sexual assault, and at least one woman has threatened a lawsuit.
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The Politics of Biblical Archaeology

I found this a fascinating read at Inside Catholic:

Insofar as it touches on questions of ethnic origin and national identity, archaeology can be a contentious field. Nowhere is this more true than in present day Israel/Palestine, where every new discovery or theory must travel through a political filter that often does more to shape a scholar's opinion than do the cold facts of the debate.

This problem is illustrated well in Robert Draper's excellent feature story, "Kings of Controversy," in the current issue of National Geographic. In it, Draper traces the fiery -- often nationalistic -- dispute over the historicity of Kings David and Solomon, and their 10th century BC kingdom.
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Vid: Bankrupting America

File this under "it's funny because it's true." Check out the vid at Instapundit:

“WAIT AND SEE:” A new video from Bankrupting America.
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Dennis Miller Explains Why He Likes Palin

Funny line at Riehl World View:

Dennis Miller to Craig Ferguson: "I like Palin because too many people I don't respect hate her"

One thing I love about Dennis Miller, is not just because he is a conservative, but his humor often hits the right tone and defines what is going on in the world today.
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Santo Subito!

Heartbreak!

On Sunday, October 31, the eve of All Saints Day, seventy Assyrian Christians were massacred while attending Divine Liturgy in Baghdad. Amidst the horror, a five-year-old boy named Adam shouted against the Islamic extremists to stop the shooting. One of them responded by putting a gun into his mouth, and...

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Iowahawk Does It Again: Comply With Me*

Iowahawk. Is. Brilliant!

Comply With Me*

(With deepest apologies to Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen & Frank Sinatra)

Comply with me, before you fly away
Remove those shoes and take a cruise
Through my peekaboo X-ray
Comply with me, I'm your friendly TSA

Comply with me, you domestic coach class bums
If you opt out I'll just give a shout
To my icy-handed chums
Comply with me, bend over here it comes

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Congresswoman Insulted, Doesn't Know Why

Ha.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to MSNBC’s Ed Shultz: I’m Pretty Sure Rush is Being Racist When He Calls You “Sergeant Shultz”…
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Noooo, I’m an not making this up. She’s really said that and she was not joking…

(RCP)- Ed Schultz’s first question to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX): “Congresswoman, is there anything the African community can do about this? The comments speak for themselves.”
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Vatican's PR Debacle Must End

Al Kresta has on George Weigel and John Allen to discuss:

Two leading American Vatican-watchers offered frank criticism of Vatican public relations and management policies, at a November 15 forum in Washington.

"The Vatican communications debacle has to end," said author George Weigel. He went on to say that the question of how to remove incompetent bishops from their diocesan leadership posts is “the single biggest management problem in the Church today.”
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I Think We Lost the Election

PJ O'Rourke wants politics without politicians:

I think we lost the election on November 2. Every race was won by a politician. True, we elected some angry nuts. These are preferable to common politicians. Their anger provokes honesty, and their mental illness prevents honesty from being obscured by charm. (What a loss -Barney Frank would have been as an exemplar of the furious, insane left!) We also elected some amateur politicians. However, politics is like vivisection—disturbing as a career, alarming as a hobby. And we may have elected a few reluctant politicians. But not reluctant enough.
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LaHood: Let's Disable Cell Phones in Cars

Fear not, the government will solve everything. Hot Air has the story:

Remember, in Hopenchange, everything not expressly permitted will be outlawed. In an attempt to deal with the supposed epidemic of distracted drivers, especially younger drivers, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the Obama administration will review its options in blocking cell phone use in cars:
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The DC Disconnect

This story linked to by Instapundit says it perfectly:

POLITICO: The big disconnect: D.C. elites think Obama will be re-elected, the public doubts it. “The midterms not only dealt a big shock to the Democrats, but also sent a message to President Obama. According to the new POLITICO ‘Power and the People’ poll, only 26 percent of the public believes he will now be re-elected as President in 2012
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Planned Parenthood Official: Science Shmience!

Another great piece from the American Thinker but you're really got to see what this one Planned Parenthood official recently said about science:

In an e-mail to supporters the day after the 2010 midterm elections, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wrote, "There's no getting around it: the results of yesterday's election are truly alarming." She lamented the "extremists" who have been elected and who will "pursue a dangerous agenda." That agenda, of course, is saving unborn children from being murdered.

Still, amidst the doom and gloom of her correspondence, Richards pointed to one shining success for the movement of legalized child-killing: Colorado's ballot initiative 62 -- an amendment that would have defined the child in the womb as a person and therefore entitled to legal protection -- was defeated by voters 70% to 30%.

Ironically, though this is perceived as a victory for the abortion lobby, the debate that preceded it actually exposed the Achilles heel of the anti-life movement in America.
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The Sad Story of Fr. Robert Drinan

Mike Potemra writes of this cautionary tale of a priest in Congress:

I would guess that many, if not most, readers of NRO are not old enough to remember the Rev. Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest who served as a U.S. congressman from Massachusetts (1971-81), and was an extremely well-known figure back in the 1970s. His chief issue was opposition to the Vietnam War, but he also became a fervent advocate of legal abortion. A new biography by Rev. Raymond A. Schroth, S.J., puts Drinan’s form of moral reasoning on display, in a way which is intended to be sympathetic but conveys a deep failure of moral intuition on Drinan’s part.
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Palin Ratings Record, Kathleen Parker Hardest Hit

John Nolte writes:

While Kathleen Parker props the latest phase of her PleaseGodLikeMe career next to a whore-monger and embarrasses herself nightly with dismal ratings of less than a half-million viewers (well below Campbell Brown), the former Governor of Alaska who inspired the dishonest and mercenary impulses that made Ms. Parker who she is today, shattered ratings records last night doing what she does best, just being herself:
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Kevin Spacey's Idea: Get $$ Out of Politics

Can there just be a day where celebrities don't say something stupid or unconnected to reality. Well, if we can all I can say is that it ain't gonna be this day:

A good chunk of Hollywood always seems to think there’s “too much money” everywhere — with the exception Hollywood — and Kevin Spacey has a suggestion for getting the money out of politics:

(CNSNews.com)- Emmy award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, star of the new film “Casino Jack,” says he blames television networks “to some degree” for lobbyist influence on the political process. He says television networks should run legitimate political ads “for free” as a public service.
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Kathryn Lopez on Divorce

And a bit of Reba thrown in:

The election is over. If you’re one of those odd people whose lives were totally consumed by politics, you can try re-engaging real life again. Which means, I’ve caught up on the important things I missed during the election season. I’m watching Reba.

Country queen Reba McEntire released a video with Kenny Chesney this summer that I got to see only in the wake of the election results: “Every Other Weekend.” It’s sweet enough. Unless you’ve got a Lifetime of context.
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Baby Steps To Celebrating Advent

Jen F.is new at this. I hate to tell her I'm old at this and I still stink at it:

I hate to admit this, but I’ve come to associate Advent with EPIC FAIL. (And preparing the way for the glorious birth of Christ, of course. That and EPIC FAIL.)
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Cadaver Chic - Art for the Culture of Death

Wesley Smith writes:

The notorious Gunther von Hagens–who plasticizes the dead–is now selling his bodies, perhaps for use in home decoration. From the story:

The German entrepreneur, whose Body Worlds exhibitions showed human cadavers in lifelike poses, has told clients they will be able to buy the fleshless corpses which he injects with plastic resin over the internet. The body parts will go on sale from November 3 with whole human bodies available for £61,733, according to a report by Sueddeutsche Zeuitung newspaper. Torsos will be on sale for around £50,154 while human heads will be on offer for £19,495 each. Animal parts are also available.
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Bishop to Bury 17 Aborted Babies

This truly is the culture of life vs. the culture of death:

The most Reverend Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, MI. will personally conduct the funeral rites for 17 aborted babies, whose remains were discovered earlier this year in a trash dumpster used by the Womans Choice abortion clinic located in Eaton County.

These solemn funeral rites will take place Saturday, November 20, 2010 beginning with a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, 219 Seymour St., Lansing, MI, 11:00am. The burial of the aborted babies will follow immediately at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Hundreds of people are expected to attend this rare event and the Diocese of Lansing has thrown itself into the Mass and burial preparations.
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American Suddenly "Ungovernable"

Glenn Reynolds is shocked, shocked I say:

MY PREDICTION ABOUT AMERICA SUDDENLY BECOMING “UNGOVERNABLE” IF OBAMA FAILED has certainly been borne out. Now Newsweek asks: Is the Presidency too big for one man? Nope. Just for the inexperienced guy with no management experience that we elected. As Jay Cost wrote a while back “America is not ungovernable. Her President has simply not been up to the job.” And see these thoughts from Arnold Kling, too.
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Schumer's Hypocrisy

He pushed for reusable shopping bags and now he's against them:

How many times have we heard from these environmentalists about how horrible plastic and paper bags are?

Even markets began switching to those reusable grocery bags.
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Guess Who Got Obamacare Waivers?

The Unions!!!

These are the same unions who spent untold millions to get this travesty passed on Obama’s behalf, now his administration gives them exemption waivers so they’re not subjected to its stifling requirements. Paging Darrell Issa…

Via GWP:The Obama Administration recently handed out 111 Obamacare waivers to special US companies… And, they’re hiding this from the American public. It takes 6 clicks to find out this information on the government’s health care website.
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Judge Orders Pilgrimage

Great story from the Catholic Herald:

An Irishman who was promised by a judge that he would be spared time in prison if he undertook a religious pilgrimage and said “a few prayers” has completed the task and raised about £2,500 for charity in the process.

Joseph McElwee had been convicted of drunken behavior and verbally abusing a police officer and faced a prison sentence. However, in March, Judge Seamus Hughes came up with a novel opportunity for McElwee to avoid prison time and ordered him to climb Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick in County Mayo.
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You Mean the Media's Lying About the Pope?

Colleen Carroll Campbell says the media completely distorted the Pope's trip to Spain:

From the screeching headlines and sour press reports, you would think Pope Benedict XVI's recent trip to Spain was a colossal flop. What else could you call a visit from an 83-year-old cleric who spent two straight days ranting against gays and abortion amid swarms of angry protesters? And we all know that's what happened, because the mainstream media told us so.

Never mind that little in the transcripts or live television coverage of the papal visit supported that storyline.
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Warning Labels on Abortion Clinics

Great idea from Renew America:

The New York Times is all aflutter with the happy news that the FDA is going to put graphic warning labels on cigarette packs to scare people straight when it comes to smoking.

A total of 36 scary warning labels have been proposed, including one showing a toe tag on a corpse, another with smoke pouring out of a hole in a man's throat, and another with a mother blowing smoke on her baby. The FDA will choose the most frightening nine by next June.

The labels are designed to cover half the surface area of a pack or carton of cigarettes, and a fifth of any cigarette advertisements. The idea, according to the Times, is to provide "graphic reminders of tobacco's dangers."

In Europe, some of the labels are even more gruesome, featuring photos of blackened teeth and decaying mouths.

Fine. I've got no brief for cigarette smoking. But if we're going to put graphic warning labels on cigarettes, which is a legal product, it's time we put graphic warning labels on the front door of every abortion clinic in America.
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DeMint Calls for Steele to Be Ousted

Weasel Zippers says "Ditto that"

Shortcomings in Republican efforts during the elections are a reason Michael Steele should not continue as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), a senator said in an interview Sunday.

“Our ground game was not as strong as it could’ve been. We were outmanned on the ground,” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said on Fox New Sunday.
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Pundette Feels Sorry for Obama

I'm not there yet because he still scares me:

Heaven help me, I'm starting to feel sorry for this vain, petty man. William Kristol:

At his November 12 press conference in Seoul, President Obama was asked the following question by CBS’s Chip Reid: “What was the number-one complaint, concern, or piece of advice that you got from foreign leaders about the U.S. economy and your stewardship of the economy?”
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Raising Unsheltered Kids

Steve Skojec at Inside Catholic writes:

As the opening decade of the 21st century draws to a close, the world is confronted with a vast, ever-changing array of media platforms. Gone are the days when newspapers, magazines, and rabbit-eared television sets dominated our consumption of information. We now live in an age of fiber-optic television, cell phones as powerful as desktop computers, GPS navigation, satellite radio, streaming and time-shifted video content, e-readers, paperless periodicals, and the all-pervasive Internet. New broadcast (and narrowcast) outlets, corporate partnerships, small startups, distribution channels, social networks, content-sharing platforms, and interactions between real space and cyberspace are emerging all the time.

It's an exciting moment, but there is a dark side:
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Obamacare: Revolt of the States

Wesley Smith writes:

The recent election brought anti Obamacare Republicans into power in several important states, both in the governor’s chair and as the majorities in state legislatures. That could make even tougher slogging for Obamacare. A commentator at the conservative Manhattan institute shows how this might result in a state revolt against the law. From the commentary by Peter Suderman:
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God and W.

Kathryn Lopez on President Bush's new book:

Former president George W. Bush’s new book, Decision Points, tells the story of a faithful Christian man of discernment.

There is a sense of peace that emanates from the pages of his book and from many of the interviews he’s given in recent days. The peace that comes with ultimately leaving the judgment of history in the hands of a merciful Savior.

Decision Points, and his interviews thus far, don’t suggest a man who uses Christ as cover, but one who seeks His aid, tries his best to listen – even at moments of anger and emotion – and walks away from decisions with a sense of peace when he knows he’s done these things – when he was honest about his deliberations and his prayers.
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Humor: Pelosi Barricades Self, Staff

Great post from Pajamas Media:

Events took a strange turn Thursday when Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the soon-to-be former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, barricaded herself and small number of her staff in her office in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. It remains unclear whether the staff members inside the office with her are active participants in the action, or whether they are being held by Pelosi against their will. Crying and shouts of “Never!” and “My blog will always be called ‘The Gavel!’” could be heard coming through the wall in the hallway outside the blocked door.
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It's Official! Soledad O' Brien Not Black

Jesse Jackson said so:

CNN personality Soledad O'Brien revealed in her new book that liberal activist Jesse Jackson put her down for her skin color during a private meeting in 2007. During the meeting, Jackson complained to O'Brien, whose mother is a black woman from Cuba, that there weren't any black anchors on CNN. When she pointed out that she was the anchor of American Morning, the activist replied, "You don't count."
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You Mean Illegitimacy Has Consequences?

Troglopundit wonders what the problem really is:

The headline: Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Be Far Lower Than Expected

It’s a relativity thing. If the problem is: “lower than expected proficiency scores,” we can fix that problem by expecting lower scores. See? Now the headline is: “Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Meet Expectations.”

I kid, of course. That’s not the problem. The problem is: proficiency among black students – particularly boys – is troublingly low.
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I'll Take Weepy Over Wicked Any Day

Jay Anderson compares Boehner and Pelosi:

The Associated Press has described Speaker-elect John Boehner as "weepy" (contrasting Boehner's style to the "steely composure" of outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi).

Here is the devout Catholic John Boehner going "weepy" while talking about the unborn:
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We Don't Say That Word Anymore

This is hilarious:

This is an absolutely true story:

The conversation at my Mom's retirement home got around to the subject of dogs. Someone mentioned the Belgian Sheepdog.

"Oh," my Mom said. "My own mother had one of those before WWI. It was a beautiful dog. It looked a little like a German shepherd, only it was black--"

One of the ladies in the conversation interrupted: "Dear, we don't use that word any more."
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Gerrymandering 101

Gerrymander: It’s a dirty word. Everyone knows it’s a political insult, but not everyone understands exactly what it means. And even many of those who know what gerrymandering is don’t fully grasp how it completely dominates American politics.

Welcome to Gerrymandering 101.

Pundits across the political spectrum are now noting that the 2010 Republican tsunami was bigger and more significant than it might appear on the surface, because the Republicans not only won a record number of federal races, they also utterly crushed the Democrats in local races, winning at least 675 seats in state legislatures. This spells doom for the Democrats because next year the states will re-draw the congressional district lines to accommodate the results of the 2010 census:

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Wow. Schools Make Fairy Tales PC

Wow. You've got to see this one to believe it:

“The Three Little Pigs” Gets a Moonbat PC Makeover For U.S. Classrooms…

Turns out the wolf wasn’t trying to eat the pigs because he’s a vegetarian and the huffing and puffing was to test the pigs adobe homes structural soundness. I wish I was making this up, really, I do…
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Grace is Dancing

A beautiful song about a little girl with Down Syndrome:

Tyrone Wells is my favorite singer songwriter. I recently went to one of his amazing shows and he played his new song "Grace is Dancing." Grace is a two year old girl with Down Syndrome. Tyrone is a great story teller as well as a top-notch musician and he related the story of little Grace.
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Palin, the Evil Cookie Pusher

She's eeeeevil. Eeeeeeevil, I tell you. Palin said she would give kids cookies despite the school board's wishes. The Blaze has the story:

During a speech at a Pennsylvania school on Tuesday, Sarah Palin continued hinting that she might run for president, and delivered a glancing blow to the current lady occupying the White House by passing out sweet cookies at the event.

After one student finished a performance Palin asked if he would like to sing at an inauguration. “Not necessarily mine!” she shouted. The crowd cheered.
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Eat a Bagel, Lose Your baby

Instapundit has this awful story:

EAT A BAGEL, lose your baby! “Jameson Hospital, where Isabella Rodriguez was born on April 27, has a policy of testing expectant mothers’ urine for illegal drugs and reporting positive results to LCCYS, even without any additional evidence that the baby is in danger of neglect or abuse. LCCYS, in turn, has a policy of seizing such babies from their homes based on nothing more than the test result. Unfortunately for Isabella’s parents, Elizabeth Mort and Alex Rodriguez, Jameson sets the cutoff level for its opiate test so low that it can be triggered by poppy seeds, which is why two caseworkers and two Neshannock Township police officers visited their home the day after baby and mother returned from the hospital.
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Stinky is the New Cool

I really hope this doesn't catch on:

Via my pal, Cara Ellison, I've learned that there's a hot, new, sophisticated trend that's apparently catching on to such an extent that even the New York Times has been forced to report on it. What's this sassy new trend? Not taking showers:
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The CCHD's New Problem with Coalitions

Deal Hudson

When the USCCB issued its document a few weeks ago announcing the "Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development," I wondered aloud if the CCHD would be able to keep its promises.

As it turns out, one of the promises was broken the moment the document was published. "Review and Renewal" specifically praises and promotes the work of a grant recipient -- The Coalition of Immokalee Workers -- that is in violation of one of the "ethical guidelines for CCHD":

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The True Legacy of Bishop Gene Robinson

From Virtue Online

Gene Robinson, the homogenital bishop of New Hampshire and the first homosexual to be ordained to the episcopacy, has opted for an early retirement saying that seven years of controversy have "taken their toll" on him, his family and followers.

Robinson told his diocesan convention that "the constant strain" was too much to bear. He went on to say that death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding his election as bishop, have been a constant strain, "not just on me, but on my beloved husband, Mark, who has faithfully stood with me every minute of the last seven years, and in some ways, you.

"While I believe that these attitudes, mostly outside the diocese, have not distracted me from my service to you, I would be less than honest if I didn't say that they have certainly added a burden and certain anxiety to my episcopate."

There is something entirely disingenuous about the bishop's claims. Whatever "toll" or "strain" he is talking about is entirely self-induced, if not self-inflicted. No one said he had to come out. No one said he had to run for bishop though he tried in three dioceses before he hit pay dirt in New Hampshire.

He did it because the groundwork was laid by Louie Crew over nearly four decades of plowing the fertile ground of thinly educated Episcopal bishops who fell for the made-up doctrines of inclusion and diversity and because the culture was sliding in that direction.

It was his to take and he took it. Now he's complaining about the pressure. Well, as the cliché goes, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen." Apparently the heat was too much and he is going.

Among the lame excuses he gave>>>>

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Modernity's Seductive Hedges

From First Things:

Modernity offers uneasy secularists two seductive hedges: aestheticism and Buddhism. New York’s Rubin Museum yokes them together in a pictorial fantasia on the New Age-y theme of universal spirituality. No divisive truth claims mar the view from the $100 million monument to Multi-Plan founder Donald Rubin’s own purchasing power and those acquisitive cravings that Buddhist doctrine decries. But all contradictions and irreconcilable differences disperse in the solvent of art appreciation, that distinctly Western ideology at the heart of museum culture.

“Embodying the Holy: Icons in Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism” is a visually splendid, conceptually shallow, exhibition. Organized to illustrate parallels between the two sacred traditions in function, subject matter, and story telling “strategies,” it pairs Orthodox icons with Tibetan thangkas (devotional paintings on cloth scrolls). The couplings follow a simple, thematic formula that shrinks the complexities of given symbols and the radical self-understanding that they generate. The particularity of Christianity dissolves in a superficial comparative religion jaunt.
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Simcha Likes The Drink

There are people who don’t understand drinking at all. You can tell who they are because they say things like,”Isn’t it kind of cold for beer?” or “I guess it’s okay, as long as you don’t feel like you depend on it” or “Yes, I had a Bahama Mama last weekend, and it was yummy!”

These people are drinkers in the same way as Thomas Kinkade is a painter: there are enough superficial similarities to the real thing that the casual observer might be taken in — and yet, at the heart, there is this gulf which is vast. Vast.

I think what people don’t understand is that your relationship with alcohol develops over time, just like in a good marriage. At first it’s all infatuation and fireworks and throwing up. But it’s only later, after many years of fidelity and forgiveness, missteps and recovery, that you and your drink can look each other in the eye and say, “Yes, I need you, and you need me....

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#IamPro-Life R U

Danielle Bean on responding to pro-aborts on Twitter:

Last week’s Twitter trend of tweeting “I had an abortion” started people talking about life issues on Twitter.

I wrote a column for the Washington Post that challenged the wisdom of women cheerfully tweeting about their abortions and shutting those who regret their abortions out of the conversation.

Then I was officially “in it” on Twitter.
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Homeschooling vs. Public Schools

These are some pretty amazing facts. Check out Mary's Aggies:

Interesting to say the least.
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No Obama, We're Not Talking About You

This is priceless:

It’s all about me, me, me!…

(DC Examiner)- Jake Tapper flags this priceless exchange from Obama’s meeting with CEOs in India. The president is talking to Spice Jet founder Bhupendra Kansagra, and it’s pretty telling glimpse into the President’s mindset:
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Palin Resigning Just Like Chappaquiddick

Except there was no body count and Sarah Palin wasn't drunk but other than that Mark Shields is right on, right? Gateway Pundit has the vid:

Aren’t you glad your tax dollars is paying for this unhinged commentary?
PBS’s Mark Shields says that Palin quitting as governor is like Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick.
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Abortion Clinic 14 Years No Health Inspection

Pro-Life Corner reports:

Over Fourteen Years Without A Health Inspection At Rockford, IL Abortion Mill According To Official Records.

Rockford Il. (By James-) There’s an old song that goes “Thank heaven for little girls, for little girls get bigger every day”; that’s not true at the Rockford abortion mill. Half of the babies aborted at that “clinic” will never get bigger every day. Instead, they died.
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What's the Antonym of Dignity? Oh Yeah...

You've gotta' see this pic from Bad Vestments:

Dignity
1. The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect.
2. Inherent nobility and worth: the dignity of honest labor.
3. a. Poise and self-respect.
b. Stateliness and formality in manner and appearance.
4. The respect and honor associated with an important position.
5. A high office or rank.

Antonym: That guy in the picture.
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Liberal Priests Oppose CCHD Reforms

Catholic Culture reports:

Even as lay Catholic activists have renewed their criticism of ties between the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and radical activist groups (see today’s separate CWN story), liberal priests in the Chicago archdiocese are urging Cardinal Francis George to roll back reforms of the local CCHD effort.

Last year, prompted by heavy criticism of the CCHD, archdiocesan officials in Chicago took extra steps to ensure that grants would not be directed toward organizations that promote abortion, same-sex unions, and other causes at odds with Catholic moral principles.
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Jen F. Is Just Like Pontius Pilate

Great piece from Jen Fulwiler:

When I read the Bible for the first time a few years ago, I had a hard time getting into it. With little knowledge of Christianity and no knowledge of Judaism, I often felt a great distance between me and the events depicted on the wispy pages of this brand new book. Even the New Testament seemed very strange and foreign, and it would be a long time before I was able to feel a connection to even the figure of Christ himself. But there was one exception. One event described in all four of the Gospels jumped off the page to me in its vividness, because I felt a strong familiarity with one of the main people involved:

Pontius Pilate.
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Simcha Votes for the Stink Party

Simcha Fisher cracks me up. Read the whole thing.

I have this newspaper picture framed:

The article, which I believe ran in what was then the Monadnock Ledger, went like this:

Junkyard owner Daniel Kingery can strip used cars, but he can’t host strippers, according to zoning board members.

The board on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Kingery, who sought to run a strip club in his junkyard by calling it a “cultural facility.”
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Shocked? Bag of Votes Found in Connecticut

Who'd a thunk it? How come they never find ballots in Republican districts? Ace has the story:

Never saw this coming, huh? Except, we kind of did.

In what has become one of the stranger twists in an already bizarre Governor's race, a bag of uncounted ballots was found in Bridgeport Thursday night.

Republican officials were approached by Democratic operatives and told about the surprise ballot bag, according to Bridgeport GOP Chairman Marc Delmonico.
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Pope Warns Young of False Idea of Love

The Catholic Herald reports:

The idea of love widely presented by the internet and the media is not love but egotism, Pope Benedict XVI told young people last week.

Young people, he said, should not adapt themselves “to a love reduced to a commodity to be consumed without respect for oneself or for others, incapable of chastity and purity”, because love as a commodity did not offer freedom.
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The GOP Hates DeMint, Palin and Tea Party

Why? John Hawkins has the answer:

First off, let me give you a little history lesson. Before Sarah Palin or the Tea Parties made a big splash, Jim DeMint was on point in the Senate, fighting on behalf of conservatives. Time and time again, conservatives would be cheering themselves hoarse because of something DeMint was doing and yet, his staffers would be telling me that behind-the-scenes, he'd be catching hell for doing the right thing. Then along came Palin. A lot of the same people who hated DeMint, hated Palin. Next up were the Tea Parties and again, a certain element in the Republican Party wasn't happy.
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Stop Eating! You're Lighting the World on Fire

More craziness from the global warming crowd:

Alternate title: it's not about the 2010 midterm elections. Every person emits 2 tons of carbon dioxide a year through eating: Study:
A new study has shown that every person emits the equivalent of approximately two tonnes of carbon dioxide a year from the time food is produced to when the human body excretes it, representing more than 20pc of total yearly emissions.
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Is Notre Dame Paying the Price?

OneNewsNow.com reports:

After honoring President Barack Obama during last May's commencement ceremonies, the University of Notre Dame has seen less contributions and is feeling financial heat.

In May 2009, debate was heated over the fact that Notre Dame, a Catholic university, invited President Obama to speak at its graduation. It was controversial mainly because some of Obama's policies are contrary to church doctrine. Katie Walker of American Life League (ALL) tells OneNewsNow the school has paid a price.
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Worthy Analysis and Advice

Pundette has a roundup:

Go here for Charles Krauthammer's words of wisdom about last night (video). He sticks his fork in the Obama agenda and finds it done. And he makes a compelling argument that yesterday's show of the will and power of the electorate will shift the Senate in a rightward direction. Those up for reelection in 2012 may be a lot less willing to walk the plank for the Obama agenda from now on.
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Kinsley: America's Not So Great

Wow. Michael Kinsley really doesn't understand what American exceptionalism is about:

Perhaps Mikey is looking for a little attention, just wanting to make a splash. Perhaps he really believes this filth of an opinion piece. Regardless, this has to be one of the most disgusting things I have read from a major news outlet in quite some time, even with Eugene Robinson still being employed by the Washington Post and the loonies at the NY Times: U.S. is not greatest country ever
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Diocese Sees Record # of Seminarians

Good news from EWTN:

A record number of 13 seminarians have begun formation for the Diocese of San Bernardino at Bl. Junipero Serra House of Formation in Grand Terrace, Calif.

The men range in age from 18 to 40. Entrants credited priests, discernment nights, and volunteer work for helping them decide to pursue their vocations to the priesthood.

"I’ve never had doubts," Cesar Morales told the diocesan newspaper the Inland Catholic Byte. "I’ve always been involved in the community and always been involved in the Church in some way."
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Californians Bury California

Monty at Ace of Spades says its all over for California:

That sound you just heard was the State of California irretrievably flushing itself down the toilet.

This is financial news for several reasons, and it's really the only financial story that matters today.
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Al Qaeda: All Christians "Legitimate Targets"

Awful.

Quick, someone organize a “multi-faith” conference!…
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — All Christians in the Middle East are now “legitimate targets,” al Qaeda in Iraq announced Wednesday, as the group’s deadline for Egypt’s Coptic church to release alleged Muslim female prisoners expired.
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From Defeat to Rout

The editors of National Review sum up their thoughts on last night. Worth reading:

They can’t say they weren’t warned. The polls showed independents beginning to turn away from President Obama in the spring of 2009. Town halls in the summer showed strong grassroots resistance to the Democrats’ health-care plan. In November 2009, Republicans won big in Virginia and New Jersey — both states Obama had carried the year before. A few months later, opposition to the health-care law helped Republican Scott Brown to win the seat that Ted Kennedy had occupied for decades.
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2010. The Year Dem Pols Cried Rape

Politics at its ugliest. The Weekly Standard reports:

You know what the problem with the Democrats is: they just don't fight dirty like the Republicans do.

Or so we were told in the wake of the 2004 presidential campaign, when the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacked Vietnam veteran John Kerry for his 1971 congressional testimony in which he relayed (false) stories that fellow troops had murdered, raped, and otherwise tortured civilians on a "day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command."

Whether or not you think the SwiftVets' attack was fair (they also raised questions about whether Kerry deserved all of his medals), Democrats can't claim that they suffered defeats this time because they were too principled to engage in gutter politics. In 2010, Democrats far and wide have deployed one of the nastiest lines of attack in recent memory: Republicans don't care about rape victims.
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Healing After Abortion

A great story from the St. Louis Review about a woman's long journey to forgiveness after an abortion:

Maria Thompson was a teenager when she became pregnant. The 18-year-old was living in Mexico City. The father, 11 years older than her, didn’t want anything to do with the baby. Her parents, as she recalled, “would not tolerate any deviation.” So when they found out she was pregnant, “I had no place to go.”

The year was 1973. Abortion was illegal in Mexico, and the father of her child sent her to have an abortion. At that time, abortions were performed in the home of the doctor, Thompson recalled.

For the first several months after the abortion, Thompson said it was “very difficult for me to see a baby.”
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Races to Watch if You Care About Abortion

Tim Carney has a list at the Washington Examiner:

With 435 House races, 37 Senate races, and 37 Governor races across 50 states today, it could be tough to follow them all. So we’ve decided to divide up some of the races by theme. You might care mostly about abortion, or government reform. We’ll be looking for trends in the suburbs and among Tea Party insurgents.

So, let’s start with one issue that was largely under the radar — Abortion.
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Heartache! Olby Cans “Worst Person in the World”

Now I will never have my chance. I think I could have received this honor within a few years. Ah, why worry. Ya know Olby will bring it back in no time. He can't help himself.

Via Mediaite. And to think, you guys said nothing good would come from the Stewart rally. Now, the next time he calls Michelle a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick,” it’ll be in the course of his normal commentary, not as part of some contrived “Enemies List” segment. Thanks, Jon Stewart!

Exit quotation from lefty Tommy Christopher: “To many of the show’s viewers, this is the best part of the show.”

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We'reStupid. They're Smart. Klavan Responds.

Great essay from Andrew Klavan:

This weekend, leftist comedians John Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a large “Rally to Restore Sanity,” in Washington DC. If sanity has to be restored, the implication is that Americans right now are insane.

Leftist President Barack Obama doesn’t think we’re insane necessarily. He just thinks we’re too overcome with fear to think clearly. “Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” the president says. “And the country’s scared.”
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Heartbreaking Details of Church Attack

This makes me sick.

At sunset yesterday, Raghada al-Wafi walked excitedly to mass with news for the priest who married her a month ago. Tonight, exactly 24 hours later, she returned to the Our Lady of Salvation church – this time carried by her family in a coffin that also contained her unborn child.
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Warning to the GOP

I have little faith that the GOP will fulfill their promises to us and will completely misinterpret this election but I also have absolute faith that the Democrats would do worse:

Approximately 40-48 hours from now, the results of the 2010 Mid-Term election will be clear. The Republican party will have near historic gains in the house and may very well win control of the Senate. The size of this political tsunami poses a great danger to the GOP, they may very well misinterpret their victory tomorrow just as much as the Democratic Progressives misinterpreted their victory in 2008.
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