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More Anti-Catholic Falsehoods from Dowd

Are there any editors at the New York Times? Dave Pierre rips apart Maureen Dowd's weak arguments against the Catholic church:

Can the New York Times' Maureen Dowd address the topic of the Catholic Church without promulgating falsehoods? It doesn't seem like it.

Dowd's recent rant, released on Easter Sunday (Sun. 4/24/11), contains a number of false statements.
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Fla. Bans Abortion Coverage in Obamacare

Great news from Weasel Zippers:

Florida Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortion Coverage in State’s Health Insurance Exchange Mandated by ObamaCare…

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Daniels to Sign Pro-Life Legislation

This is great news. And although I'm still wary of Daniel's presidential ambitions this definitely helps:

Mitch Daniels has just announced that he will sign the legislation that will defund Planned Parenthood and ban abortions after 20 weeks.

“I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position,” said Daniels in a statement.
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Emily's List Lies About Rep. Steve King

No great surprise that pro-aborts lie, I guess. Duane Lester calls them on it:

Emily’s List author, Lisa McIntyre, wants her readers to think Rep. Steve King is a sexist. So much she is willing to lie about it.

The progressive pro-abortion, feminist organization posted an article today slamming Rep. Steve King as a sexist, claiming he would not debate possible Congressional candidate Christine Vilsack because she was a woman.

They continued the lie by claiming King said he would be willing to debate her husband because he was a man.
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Those Wacky Episcopalians

Steven Hayward writes:

Yesterday I brought news here of the Episcopal Church’s fascination with gender bending, but not content with that, today brings news that the Episcopal Church has developed an expertise in toxicology and regulatory policy, with a press release embracing an “interfaith” effort advocating heightened government regulation of synthetic chemicals. There appears the standard boilerplate:
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Teach the Children Well?

Adrienne thinks we're doing something wrong:

The "adults" of this country are teaching the kids...to act like they act.

Students disrupt a school board meeting by shouting and banging on tables. The problem? They didn't want a course that taught history from a Mexican perspective to be cut. How about hitting the library or going on-line for your precious history, you little savages? Supposedly they couldn't be removed because they were chained together. No bolt cutters in Tucson??
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Christian Pastor Ambushed by Islamists

I'm sure most of the world will ignore this but that doesn't mean we have to:

A Christian woman was also abducted and raped.

Lahore (AsiaNews/Agencies) — Anti-Christian violence continues in Pakistan, after Easter was celebrated in memory of Shahbaz Bhatti, the country’s Minority Affairs minister assassinated in March. Yesterday, an extremist group ambushed a Protestant clergyman travelling with his family, seriously wounding his 24-year-old son. A few days ago, a young Christian woman was abducted and raped over several days by a man claiming to be a police officer. After she was let go, he fled without leaving a trace.
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Kathryn Lopez Interviews Fr. Morris

Wonderful interview called Easter and the Self Help Aisle:

There may be lip gloss and car chases, short skirts and original programming at the most unrespectable of hours, but there is also a priest on the Fox News Channel.

Fr. Jonathan Morris is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of New York, serving its oldest parish, Old Saint Patrick’s, on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. Fr. Morris, a Fox News contributor, is currently en route to Rome, where he has lived and studied, to cover the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.
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Comedy Writer Becomes Catholic

I heart conversion stories. Maybe it's the happy endings:

My name is Tom Leopold and I’m a comedy writer (Seinfeld, Cheers, Will and Grace...). I am a Jewish comedy writer, although I always felt saying that was kind of redundant. So much of my humor — practically all of it I suppose— comes from who my people are, what they’ve been through and how they were able to turn it all on its head and find the funny side, even and especially if there was none to find.

I know it sounds odd, but I always liked Jesus.
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Cardinal George Suspends Fr. Pfleger

I think we all saw this coming:

In light of Fr. Michael Pfleger’s claim that he will leave the Catholic Church if forced to submit to a routine transfer, Cardinal George has suspended him.
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Man struck by lightning. And walks away. Watch until the end at Viral Footage:

YIKES! Man Gets Struck By Lightning And Walks Away
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White House Releases Birth Certificate!!!

It's online. Check it out. (Now if we can just get the college transcripts!)

Not a joke. More to follow.

The White House released President Obama’s original birth certificate Wednesday.

The surprise release follows recent and sustained remarks by businessman Donald Trump, among others, that raised doubts as to whether the president was born in the United States.
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Libraries, No Longer for the Literate

I use the library often so that my kids can take out books, not read them, and return them a month later and I pay a fine. But Christian Schneider writes at The Corner that libraries aren't what they were made to be.

Yesterday, public-library officials in New York City made official what we all knew what was coming: They declared watching pornography on public-library computers to be permissible, protected by the First Amendment.*

Set aside for a moment the whole issue of whether people should be watching porn on public computers in public areas and turn to the broader issue: The mission of libraries has morphed into something completely unrecognizable.
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Use Your Heads, Pro-Lifers

Imagine if you will a pro-lifer who doesn't like babies all that much. Hilary White writes:

I was recently invited to Dublin to give a talk to about 200 representatives of the new breed of young pro-lifer that seems to be taking over the whole pro-life world, even in Europe. If you’ve been to the March for Life in Washington, you’ve seen them in their glorious thousands, chanting, clapping, waving flags, grinning and laughing, impervious to the January-in-DC cold.
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Hungary's Constitution Kinda' Christiany

I'm sure most of Europe is horrified by the mention of Christianity and the definition of marriage. Mundabor writes:

I already admired Hungary for many things: their composers like Liszt and Lehar, their inventors like Rubik and of course the well-known, astonishing beauty of their women (though in that respect I think that they cheat, and put something in the water). I even like their probably most famous liquor, called Unicum and very popular in Germany.

Today (thanks once again to Lux Occulta‘s Shane) I have one more reason to admire this little, but in its way great nation: their new Constitution.
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Ha! Palin Mocks Couric

Gotta check this out at Gateway Pundit:

Sarah Palin got in one last shot on liberal journalist Katie Couric who announced this week that she will step down from her spot on CBS nightly news. Sarah Palin was on with Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday night:
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Catholic League vs. Voice of the Faithful

The Voice of the Faithful is up to no good but the Catholic League calls them on it:

The Greater Philadelphia chapter of Voice of the Faithful is the subject of this commentary by Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

Voice of the Faithful is a dissident Catholic group that has now launched an agenda to manipulate priests and the public in the Philadelphia area. It recently sent a letter to the 900-plus priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia asking them to agree with its position that Pennsylvania lawmakers should abolish the statute of limitations for sexual abuse, opening a two-year window for civil suits.
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Christ Died For our Sins? No Silly!

Wow. Donald McClarey of American Catholic takes down an awful National Catholic Reporter piece:

Jamie Manson of the National Catholic Fishwrap Reporter doesn’t think much of the dogma of the Catholic Church that Christ died for our sins, viewing that as a silly pre-Vatican II guilt trip. Unfortunately for her, two of the finest masters of the art of fisking decided to take notice of her scribblings.

First up, Christopher Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal who I have designated Defender of the Faith because of the number of times, he, a non-Catholic, has taken up the blogging cudgels in defense of the Faith:
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The Resurrection of School Choice

@marcthiessen writes in the Washington Post of a great consequence of the GOP surge:

Easter Monday is a good day to celebrate a resurrection story — in this case, the resurrection of a movement to rescue children trapped in failing public schools.

In a little-heralded achievement, House Speaker John Boehner used the recent spending negotiations to restore school choice in the District of Columbia — bringing back to life a program that President Obama and congressional Democrats had killed two years before. Despite the fact that students with D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program achieved graduation rates of 91 percent (more than 30 points higher than their D.C. public school peers), teachers unions and their allies in Congress were determined to smother the program in the cradle. They knew that if school choice was successful in our nation’s capital, it would strengthen those fighting to establish similar programs across the country, and demand could spread like a brush fire.
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46% Says "No Way" to Obama

Weasel Zippers reports:

Then again, who are we going to beat him with? Certainly not Huckabee and Romney.

(Ballot Box) — Forty-six percent won’t vote for Obama, but about the same percentage say the same for Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.

Forty-six percent of Americans say they definitely won’t vote for President Obama in 2012, but at least as many say the same about Obama’s would-be Republican challengers.
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5 Truths About Planned Parenthood

Charmaine Yoest writes at National Review:

As the 2012 budget battles began, Clare Coleman, CEO of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, took to the pages of the Washington Post. In a piece called “Five Myths about Planned Parenthood,” she argued that defunding the organization was an ignoble goal for members of Congress looking to cut the bloated federal budget.

She said she wanted to address “misperceptions” about the abortion-industry giant. She was joined in her goal on the front page of the Washington Post by reporter Sandhya Somashekhar, who painted a picture of Planned Parenthood that minimized the role abortion plays at the organization’s health-care affiliates.
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Newt: Why I Became Catholic

Newt Gingrich writes of his entrance into the Catholic Church at the National Catholic Register:

I am often asked when I chose to become Catholic. However, it is more truthful to say that over the course of several years I gradually became Catholic and then decided one day to accept the faith I had already come to embrace.

My wife, Callista, is a lifelong Catholic and has been a member of the choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for 15 years. Although I was Southern Baptist, I had attended Mass with Callista every Sunday at the basilica to watch her sing with the choir.
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She Meant A Lot to Someone I Loved

This is a beautiful story from Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda who went in search of the resting place of someone she never knew:

I walked the ground, cold beneath my feet, cold all around, with the wind whipping me, almost trying to force me back into the van where the children were already seeking shelter. We were ill prepared for this sudden alteration in temperature and atmospheric conditions. My denim jacket did it's best to shield me but the lashing of my own hair stung while my fingers clutched the camera shoved into the wide pocket in front refusing to let go of it not from stubbornness, but rather numbness.

I walked that ground for an hour or more. Searching.... imploring...
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Part two is simply an email message but puts some closure on it.

Dems: GOP Budget "a Dagger in the Heart"

Check out the release at Weasel Zippers. So much for the new civility, huh?

New civility!
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Obama Fails to Issue Easter Proclamation

It's all a big misunderstanding, you know. And, of course, the White House mocks reporters for even questioning why. The Daily Caller lists all the days the White House did recognize:

American presidents issue lots of proclamations. At a rate of more than one per week, President Obama has issued official proclamations for national holidays, both religious and secular, advocacy campaigns, and even one for the “The 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.”

But left out off this year’s list of official proclamations was Easter, the holiest holiday for Christians.
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An Important Church/State Case

Notre Dame Professor Richard Garnett writes for USA Today about the Hosanna-Tabor case that could have major implications for us all:

The Supreme Court’s religious-freedom decisions are usually about symbols, speech and spending: war memorial crosses in the desert and Ten Commandments monuments near public buildings, scholarships that allow poor kids to attend parochial schools and funding for “faith-based” social services, Pledge of Allegiance, and so on.

In late March, the justices agreed to review a Michigan job-discrimination case with none of these familiar eye-catching and attention-grabbing features. It does involve, however, fundamental questions about church-state relations and the limits of government authority — questions at the core of the First Amendment’s concerns — and it could prove to be among the court’s most important religious-liberty cases in many years.
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"The Exorcist" and the Church

Brad Schaeffer writes at Big Hollywood that "The Exorcist" is one of the last movies that had something nice to say about the Catholic Church:

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four decades since William Peter Blatty’s best-selling horror classic, The Exorcist hit the bookshelves. Having just re-read it for the first time since I was in middle school I was able to discern a theme from the magnum opus that escaped a younger mind more interested in the frightening aspect of demonic possession than the image it presented regarding the Catholic Church. For those who either have never read the book, or may have seen the film a long time ago, both are worthwhile investments of your time. What you may find refreshing is that Blatty’s story is far more than a good scare. It is an intelligent work, and one that presents that rarest of memes in Hollywood: a positive take on the Catholic Church.
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Ross Douthat Defends Hell

Great reading at the New York Times. Wish they would do more of this:

Here’s a revealing snapshot of religion in America. On Easter Sunday, two of the top three books on Amazon.com’s Religion and Spirituality best-seller list mapped the geography of the afterlife. One was “Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,” an account of a 4-year-old’s near-death experience as dictated to his pastor father. The other was “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived,” in which the evangelical preacher Rob Bell argues that hell might not exist.
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WaPo Celebrates "User Friendly" Jesuits

The media loves them some Jesuits. Tim Graham writes:

Liberal reporters just can’t seem to grasp the idea that making Christianity more "user-friendly" – that is, more liberal and "relevant" and free of conservative "dogma" that opposes divorce, abortion, and homosexuality – doesn’t end up attracting users. Just like liberal "mainline" Protestant churches are in decline, inside Catholicism, the Jesuit order is shrinking in America. On Easter Sunday, Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein never found anyone to notify her that it’s exactly the "user-friendly" liberalism that’s shrinking it.
Jesuit theology, which tends to be open and positive, is well suited to American spirituality in 2011, said the Rev. James Martin, a corporate executive turned priest and writer. He calls his order "user-friendly" and wrote "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything" last year, aimed at a non-Catholic audience.
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The Easter Sunrise of My New Life

Great post from Marcia Morrissey about a very special Easter morning:

About 4 a.m. on April 16, 1995, our phone rang, waking us from a sound sleep. Since Ed was the manager of a 24/7 alarm call center at the time, this wasn't unusual; he always needed to be available, so the phone would often ring in the middle of the night.

But this time was different. I heard Ed say, "Hi Marnya!" with surprise in his voice. She was the transplant coordinator at St. Joseph's hospital in Orange County, California. My first thought was why was she calling at this hour? Then I woke up as though I had been doused with cold water; there was a transplant available, for me, and we needed to come up to the hospital to check in as soon as possible. I was instantly out of bed with nerves jangling. Ed packed some things while I took a very quick shower, and he called his dad to come to stay with our young son.

As we drove up to the hospital Ed said to me, "The sunrise is beautiful!" The sun was just coming up—it was sunrise on Easter Sunday morning!
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Wounded Hands: A Good Friday Prophecy

Taylor Marshall goes all Old Testament:

"And they shall say to him: What are these wounds in the midst of thy hands? And he shall say: With these I was wounded in the house of them that loved me. Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
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Pope on Suffering in Rare TV Appearance

The Catholic Herald reports:

Benedict XVI answered questions posed by Christians and non-Christians about global conflicts, inter-religious relations and human suffering in an unprecedented television appearance today.

One of the most moving questions came from a seven-year-old Japanese girl who lost friends in the recent earthquake and tsunami, who asked: “Why do I have to be so afraid? Why do children have to be so sad? I’m asking the Pope, who speaks with God, to explain it to me.”

In his response, pre-recorded and broadcast on Italian state television on Good Friday, the Pope assured the girl that one day she would understand better that “this suffering was not empty, it wasn’t in vain, but behind it was a good plan, a plan of love. It is not chance.”
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15 Hilarious Predictions from 1st Earth Day

IHatetheMedia reports:

What was once Earth Day has now morphed into Earth Hour and Earth Week. The success of the celebration can only be explained by the fact that no one ever bothers to go back to check the accuracy of the eco-wackos’ past predictions.

For example, the predictions made at the first Earth Day in 1970 were wrong. No, wrong isn’t a strong enough word. They were spectacularly wrong. Let’s cover all the tenses and say they were wrong, they are wrong, and then make our own prediction and say they will be wrong in the future.

Need proof? Here are some of the hilarious, remarkably wrong predictions made on Earth Day 1970.
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How to Behave During Islamic Massacres

IMPORTANT ADVICE FROM ANDREW KLAVAN: How To Behave During An Islamic Massacre.
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Insurrection, Not Resurrection

A communist Catholic praises the revolutionary Jesus. Trevor Loudon has it:

Hank Millstein is a practising Roman Catholic in San Francisco. He also serves on the National Committee and the Religion Commission of the Communist Party USA.

To Hank, Easter isn’t about the Resurrection, or even Easter Bunnies. Its about revolution, and “its already on its way”.
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Oklahoma Limits Abortions

Al Kresta reports:

Today, Oklahoma became the fourth state to enact legislation that protects from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain.. Oklahoma joins Kansas and Idaho this year, and Nebraska last year. Meanwhile, an Alabama Senate committee held a hearing today on a similar measure that has already passed that state’s House of Representatives.
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How Science Ushered in the Holocaust

Scary scary video from Rebecca Taylor at Mary Meets Dolly:

This video from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum about their exhibit "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" is a reminder that doctors and scientists helped implement the genocide of the Holocaust.
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Roswell To Blame for So Much

Michael Hirsh has uncovered a scandal of Roswellian proportions. Guy's got a great sense of humor:

Some of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, a little over 60years ago, witnesses claim that an unidentified flying object (UFO)with five aliens aboard crashed onto a sheep and mule ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico. This is a well known incident that many say has long been covered up by the U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies and organizations.

However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of April 1948,nine months after that historic day, the following people were born:
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Paul Ryan, Repent!!!

The On Faith blog says the Republican needs to repent of his budget plan. Hey, what happened to the separation of church and state?:

Are you a Christian who also is supportive of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan? Then you'd best repent of your sin and be renew your mind with the social gospel.

That's the pronouncement of liberal theologian Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite in an April 18 post at the Washington Post/Newsweek "On Faith" website.
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The Clownishness of Trump

Pundette writes:

I linked to this Jonah Goldberg column earlier but in case you missed it, here's a sample of the Awesome Clownishness of Trump:

Check out his recent interview with CBN’s David Brody. Discussing his religious beliefs, he volunteered, “I think the Bible is certainly, it is the book. It is the thing.” That sounds more like a Larry King blurb than a declaration of faith. And can you just feel the passion when asked how often he attends church? “As much as I can. Always on Christmas. Always on Easter. Always when there’s a major occasion. And during the Sundays.”

Oh well, “during the Sundays.” Never mind then.
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Kassie Becoming Catholic on Easter

I just discovered this site "Secret Vatican Spy" through some other sites I frequent and it's run by a young girl who's becoming Catholic on Easter. So read her site. It's really good. And send some prayers her way.

Thank you to everyone who has been keeping me in their thoughts and prayers, and especially to Calah, Hallie, and Kimberlie. Growing pains are never fun, but who wants to stay a baby forever? It’s, you know, technically my Catholic rumspringa so. . .if anyone’s been aching to commit a mortal sin with me, you have ’til Saturday. (kidding, kidding).
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Drive-Thru Wakes?


Hey, we're all busy right? There aren't enough hours in the day for some folks to even get out of bed and brush their teeth. So who has the time to get out of the car and pay their final respects?

From FoxNews.com: Drive-thru Casket Viewing in California Offers Mourners a Last Look on Wheels
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I Think My Ears Are Bleeding!!

Tell me no taxpayer funds paid for the creation of this "song."

EPA Releases Global Warming Rap Song … Hilarity Ensues…

Between this and today’s earlier post on Code Pink’s “rap” song I think my ears are bleeding.
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Flourescent Death Bulbs

At least you'll die knowing you saved the planet. Verum Serum has the story:

CFDB: Compact Fluorescent Death Bulbs

Okay, I’m overstating it for effect, but let’s face it the other side is doing the same thing. We have to use these damn twisty light bulbs to save the planet, right? Well, what if they aren’t very good for us?
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Parental Consent for TSA Search, Not Abortion

Highlighting liberal lunacy, SusanAnne Hiller writes:

Parental consent for TSA pat-downs, but not for abortions. Outrage over the video posted on YouTube of a six-year old girl being “patted down” by a TSA employee triggered this potential change to TSA procedures:
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Ayn Rand -Not What She Seems

Adrienne writes:

Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged...not always what it seems.

While it appears that the country is on some sort of "I adore Ayn Rand" movement, the truth of who she was and what she believed is not always fully comprehended.
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Defining Divinity Down

Kathryn Lopez writes:

This is a loving, caring Jesus,” is how the director of a play involving abortion described a leading man to the New York Times.

The play, written by a Notre Dame grad, recently took to stage at the University of Delaware. The dialogue includes a gal asking Christ: “Did you ever say, ‘I’m Jesus, and I say that stupid girls who let guys talk them into going to the back seat of their cars have to have babies?’ Did you say that ever?”
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Freeze Tag Bad for Kids. Condoms Good.

Gateway Pundit writes:

New York bureaucrats identified potentially hazards facing children this summer- kickball, freeze tag and Wiffle ball.

The New York Daily News reported:

State bureaucrats have identified a potentially deadly hazard facing our children this summer – freeze tag.
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Dostoevsky on Loving Humanity or Humans

Simcha has a guest post from some dude named Dostoevsky. Not bad. Guy might have skillz:

My husband and I have started rereading The Brothers Karamazov, and are zipping through it the blinding pace of nearly 2-3 chapters per week. At this rate, we’ll have it finished before our kids borrow the book for college. I thought you guys might appreciate this passage, as the monk Fr. Zosima recounts a conversation with a famous doctor:
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Snoop Dogg Should Sue Jen F.

Libel! Slander! Jen F. is one of the best writers on the interwebs but her attacks on poor Snoop are unwarranted and nasty. Check out her 7 Takes:

It’s been a strange Lent. I keep feeling tempted to say it’s been “bad” or an “EPIC FAIL” because I haven’t experienced the spiritual growth that I have in other years; I don’t feel like my relationship with God is a whole lot better than it was on Ash Wednesday (though, on the plus side, I don’t think it’s worse). I’ve been trying to remind myself that just because the Lord didn’t hand me any incredible insights or thunder-and-lightning experiences doesn’t mean anything’s wrong. The spiritual life has plenty of plateau periods that are, well, not all that exciting. And that’s okay. Maybe I’ve even grown a little bit spiritually that I can recognize and accept that.
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Priest Who Paid for Abortions Unpunished

What?! LifeSiteNews.com has the sickening story:

A Catholic priest who financed the abortion of two young girls in his care will not be excommunicated nor otherwise punished, the Archdiocese of Barcelona declared yesterday on behalf of Cardinal Archbishop Lluís Martínez Sistach.

The archdiocese also claims that it has support for its decision from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which it says ruled in favor of the priest in 2009.
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UConn Star Reads First Book!!!

Future NBA player Kemba Walker admitted that he just read his first book ever. He's a junior at UConn. Kudos to Jason Fertig of Phi Beta Cons for this great catch:

I love getting my daily dose of satire from The Onion, but sometimes I wonder if reality is more humorous. Consider this excerpt from a Sports Illustrated article on NCAA basketball champion UConn:
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Obama Snaps at Reporter

Doug Powers writes:

President Obama did sit-down interviews with four Texas TV stations at the White House yesterday. Beforehand, Mike Allen at Politico explained why these kinds of interviews are conducted:
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Oklahoma City was Catholic Terrorism?

Oh boy. Gabriel Malor writes:

I usually commemorate this anniversary with quiet thought about the event and its aftermath. I've tucked my reflection from two years ago below the fold. This year I'm more concerned about the increasing number of politicians and academics who want to use the bombing as an excuse for their own pet prejudices.

Here's Obama's U.S. Attorney for Eastern Michigan, a truly ignorant woman named Barbara McQuade:
"Blaming all Muslims and Arabs for the acts of the hijackers of 9/11 is like blaming all Catholics for the acts of Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City," U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said Monday, referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the 1995 bombing of a federal building.
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WaPo Covering for Planned Parenthood

Only two measly abortions? That's nothing.

On Sunday, the Washington Post ran in its Outlook section a story called “5 Myths About Planned Parenthood.” Today it debuts yet another pro–Planned Parenthood piece masquerading as a news story, “In Montana and elsewhere, Planned Parenthood serves broad function.” Unfortunately for Planned Parenthood’s publicists, the truth is hard to hide.

The writer begins with a description of a typical Friday in the Planned Parenthood clinic in Billings, Montana: “Of the 24 patients seen that day, two had abortions.” To lead with that admission, in a piece clearly designed to burnish Planned Parenthood’s reputation, is pretty chilling. There are only 104,170 people in Billings, Montana. And “only” two abortions on a typical Friday?
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Why Don't Christians Help Christians?

Great article from Dennis Prager:

In 1969, at the age of 21, I was sent to the Soviet Union. I was a young American Jew who spoke Hebrew and Russian and who practiced Judaism. My task was to bring Jewish religious items into the Soviet Union, and the names of Jews who wished to leave the Soviet Union out of that country. Upon returning to the United States, I became the national spokesman for the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, one of the most effective organizations for Soviet Jews in the world.
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Ayn Rand's Philosophy is Unliveable

An interview with "Ayn Rand: Architect of the Culture of Death" at Ignatius Insight:

Here, contra some of the arguments made in James Kidd's essay "Ayn Rand Attack on Christian Morality", is an except from "Ayn Rand: Architect of the Culture of Death", by Dr. Donald DeMarco, an essay that became (in a longer and somewhat different form) a chapter in Architects of the Culture of Death (Ignatius Press, 2004), by DeMarco and Benjamin Wiker:
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The GenderFunk Drag Ball at Georgetown

Cardinal Newman Society reports:

‘Genderfunk Drag Ball’ Concludes ‘Pride Week’ at Georgetown

At Jesuit Georgetown University, The Hoya reported, last week GU Pride ran its annual Pride Week “aimed at increasing the acceptance of LGBTQ students on campus.” The article indicated that events concluded on Saturday with an event titled “Genderfunk Drag Ball.”
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Obama: Passover Just Like Muslim Uprisings


Shockingly, Jews have a problem with this.

(INN) — Passover recalls the bondage and suffering of Jews in Egypt and the miracle of the Exodus, but U.S. President Barack Obama says its message is reflected in Muslim uprisings.
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Some Ol' Fashioned American Can Do

A CMR reader sent this amazing article to us as it features his brother Dr. Paul Hagerty doing some amazing things along with other heroes in a rough situation.

When facing a dire situation, making split-second decisions can lead to mistakes.

Indecision, however, could cost lives.

With the clock ticking, medical staff of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group performed an unconventional procedure to help save a patient's life.

Members of the Air Force Theater Hospital emergency staff here recently performed a rare therapeutic hypothermia procedure to help save the life of a Soldier who suffered blunt force trauma to his chest. The decision allowed the patient to be well on his way to recovery within a matter of days.
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Govt Takes Lots, Gives Little

Troglopundit is quoting Arthur Laffer:

And, really, the government can’t spend a dollar until it takes more than a dollar away from somebody. The bureaucracy has to be fed, too.

That’s a point I enjoy making as often as I can. And lo, Arthur Laffer has a slightly different take in the Wall Street Journal today:
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Good Grief--Gay Cavemen?

Gimme a break.

Father Z has a laughable story about the ridiculous conclusions people will jump to on zero evidence to support their foregone conclusions.

Read the story.

16 Year Old Girl Suffers Botched Abortion

If only abortion were legalized...oh wait. Prayers for all involved.

By no means a rare occurrence.

Local pro-life advocates have obtained more details concerning a woman who was recently victimized by a botched abortion at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Everett, Washington.

The facility sent a woman in to the hospital in late March and local pro-life advocate Mary Emanuel was at the abortion facility at the time and snapped pictures of the ambulance that whisked the woman away. John Hubert of the blog Abortion in Washington, obtained the tapes of the phone call from Planned Parenthood staff to emergency personnel requesting the ambulance.
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What the Hell?

Sister Anne from Chicago has interesting thoughts on the kerfuffle about Hell:

Pastor Rob Bell has a new book out, and some readers are finding that he's selling hell short.

He calls that good news?

Bell isn't really introducing anything new: he's repackaging speculation that goes all the way back to 3rd century Egypt. (In Catholic circles, this was done by Hans Urs von Balthasar, who was named a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II.) But that Bell's book made the cover of this week's “Time” magazine underlines our cultural obsession with the thought of hellfire and damnation (along exorcisms and the fate of Judas).
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Was Lincoln an Atheist?

A "rediscovered" letter says so but it's written by someone not named Lincoln:

Here we go again. This sort of nonsense that passes for journalism rehashing our history, and badly at that, always comes up when there’s some sort of anniversary in the offing. This time it is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War which gave Discovery News an excuse to cast Lincoln as the new atheist hero all based on a “rediscovered letter.”

This “rediscovered letter” is, as Discovery News and Emily Sohn claim, “raises questions about Abraham Lincoln’s views on religion.” Sohn tries to lead readers into imagining that Lincoln was a closet atheist because the letter claims that Lincoln’s religious views were “driven not by faith, but by politics.”
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US Castigates Holy See

Oh why won't Catholics join the 21st century like all the dying countries? Fr. Z has the story:

NEW YORK, April 14 (C-FAM) The contrast between the priorities of the developed and developing world was as clear as night and day.

“It is detrimental to not have adequate family planning resources,” a visibly US delegate told the room. “Why is there a resistance to acknowledging access to family planning as a necessity?”

The soft-spoken delegate from the small island nation of St. Lucia replied, “How do we get our fertility rate to rise? We were told we needed to reduce our fertility rate –now we have an aging population.”
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Is Porn a God Given Right?

There's no right to life but there's a right to porn?

Is porn, or the free access to porn a right of all American adults? Many of our nation’s public libraries are acting that way.

Prompted by a story in the LA Times about the Los Angeles City Council debating on how to provide adequate access to hard-core porn for adults, while protecting children, on the nearly 3000 public computers in libraries, I began looking into the topic of ‘Public Library Porn Access.’ The findings are quite surprising.
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11 is the New 18

If some random guy did what the government does and says what the government says to your children you'd knock their teeth in. James Lileks writes:

My daughter will be 11 in three months. She’s interested in art, fiction, silly Japanese animation, animals, and Switzerland. It’s a great age - heck, they’re all great ages, if you have a happy child. There’s something about the pre-teen years, though, that combines a charming imitation of grown-up mannerisms with the simple pure passions of unsullied youth. I can trace much of what I love now to my own childhood, and I hope my daughter feels the same sense of connection some day with the person she is today.

Which is why we all worry about the internet, right?
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Just in Time for Easter

Because nobody's covered the sex abuse scandal before.

As Christians observe Holy Week and the anticipation of Easter, PBS' Frontline program will air another investigation into abuse by clergy of the Catholic Church. In an episode entitled, "The Silence," the program (Tue. 4/19/11) is scheduled to profile the awful abuse from decades ago of under-aged Native Americans and Eskimos in Alaska.

The network claims that it is covering "a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story." Yet the narrative is hardly "little known." The New York Times, for example, has run a number of articles in the past few years about this topic, while the Los Angeles Times ran a humungous front-page piece about these cases a while back. (We even commented on it at the time.)
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A UN Ministry of Mother Earth? Really?

Human rights for Mother Nature?

As part of its initiative “to end capitalism” and realize “harmony” with Mother Earth, Bolivia will propose a U.N. treaty this month for the protection of what it calls nature’s fundamental rights. A “Ministry of Mother Earth” would be created, with an ombudsman to hear nature’s cries and translate them for bureaucrats. From the Vancouver Sun’s coverage:
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Doc Tells Sofia Prayers Work.

Some good medical news for CMR buddy Sofia. Keep the prayers coming:

As some of my readers already know I have been off from working the blog for awhile now. Also, my trusted intern Jenny has her hands full at home and hasn’t been posting or Tweeting either.

Well, first, I am doing much better and was scheduled to come back this past weekend on Saturday. My Confessor came to see me and ordered me to continue my”rest” for a few more days. His order was for a few days of spiritual rest, devoted to things of the soul. Good advice.
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What's Gay History Anyway?

Liberal lunacy in our schools. Adrienne has this wacko story:

Each day the sun comes up and I say to myself, "surely the loony left can't possibly come up with one more crazy thing to do." Guess what?" Everyday they manage to do just that.
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The Credulous Gail Collins

Maybe she should read a biology textbook. Ramesh Ponnuru writes:

Naturally she buys the absurd spin that abortion is a peripheral part of the business of the country’s largest abortion provider. But that wasn’t the most questionable claim in her column.
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Parents, You're Doing It Wrong

Does self-esteem lead to happiness or morality? I'm thinking no. Margaret Cabaniss writes an excellent piece at Inside Catholic:

An interesting pair of articles this week -- one from the Wall Street Journal, one from the New York Times -- gives the impression that parents today are doing both too much and too little when it comes to raising their kids.

First, the bad news: Richard Weissbourd says that too many parents are focused on making sure their kids are happy, rather than making sure they are kind or good -- and in the process, the kids don't end up kind or happy.
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Faithful Dissidents

The Curt Jester writes:

CNSNews.com) – A Catholic priest who works with a group that advocates “full equality” of homosexuals would not say whether he agrees with the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.

Equally Blessed, which describes itself as “a coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people both in the church and in civil society,” held a Mar. 30 briefing on Capitol Hill.
An oxymoronic description in the way they mean it. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people already have full equality in the Church and are called to holiness and chastity just as every single other person in the Church. What this group wants is not equality, but Animal Farm equality where some are more equal in that the sin of homosexual acts is to be accepted while everybody else’s sins are to be repented of.
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Christians Fleeing Egypt

You think NATO will protect them?

It was bad under Mubarak, it’s going to be infinitely worse under an Islamist regime.
(Israel Today) — A growing number of Egypt’s 8-10 million Coptic Christians are looking for a way to get out as Islamists increasingly take advantage of the nationalist revolution that toppled long-standing dictator Hosni Mubarak in February.
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Crisis Pregnancy Center Vandalized

DaTech Guy writes:

Our friends on the left often complain about pro-life protesters and never fail to point out any untoward word. Here is a bit of news they might not have caught. Today at 8 a.m. when the people who volunteer at Problem Pregnancy came in they found this threat on their fence.
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Stupak's New Gig

This guy sickens me. Paul Zummo writes:

Sit down, folks, because I’m going to share a piece of news that will completely flabbergast you. Bart Stupak – the ever courageous pro-life Democrat who so valiantly fought against abortion funding in Obamacare until the administration offered him an easily breakable and meaningless compromise – yeah, that dude. Well now he’s a lobbyist for a law firm. And among the firm’s clients . . . Planned Parenthood of Maryland.
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China Bans Time Travel

Marty McFry hardest hit.

This week, China decided to ban time traveling from Chinese movies. That may sound like a joke, but the Chinese government is not fooling around, and it’s not willing to take any chances.

The reason? Time travel in films “disrespects history.”
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Santorum Announces for Prez

Fox News reports:

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum announced late Wednesday that he has formed a presidential exploratory committee.
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Martin Sheen's Wife Conceived in Rape

LifeSiteNews.com reports:

Well-known for his role as President Bartlet in the television drama “The West Wing,” actor Martin Sheen, born Ramon Estevez, has given an interview in which he reveals the startlingly personal reasons for his ‘strong’ anti-abortion stance. In the interview he also discusses his Catholic faith, which he says includes praying the Rosary, belief in trans-substantiation, and the communion of saints.

Sheen, a complex character whose Catholic devotional life and pro-life views have not stopped him from backing the presidency of Barack Obama, was interviewed by Gay Byrne; the interview was released on Irish broadcaster RTE’s website April 3.
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Teacher Holds Slave Auction in Class

Dumbest idea ever.

Via Liz Dwyer at Good.is is a story of a Norfolk, Virginia elementary school teacher who earlier this month turned her classroom into a slave auction during class–dividing her students, along racial lines, into slaves and slave masters:

Jessica Boyle, a fourth grade teacher at Sewells Point Elementary School in Norfolk chose to teach a lesson on the Civil War by turning her classroom into a slave auction. Boyle segregated her students—black and mixed race students on one side of the room, and white students on the other. The teacher then had the white students, all around ten years old, play the role of slave master and take turns purchasing their black and biracial peers.
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Undercover Boss Prayer On CBS

And you thought television was a wasteland. Awesome catch by Jason Mattera:

Christian conservatives often decry the silencing of faith by major network television.

But Sunday night on CBS’ hit reality TV series “Undercover Boss,” people of faith had their breath taken away by what they witnessed, sparking a Facebook and Twitter avalanche of support and praise.

On Facebook, Kini Se remarked, “Loved the episode of 'Undercover Boss' last night. It is the BEST one yet. It is great to see you praising the Lord on National television. The entire time, I had tears running down my face. It was real, it was true and inspirational. God bless you and your family.”
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Tax $ May Support Abortionists

The Weekly Standard reports:

In the debate over defunding Planned Parenthood, supporters of legalized abortion and reporters point out again and again that federal law prohibits direct taxpayer funding of abortion.

While that's technically true (at least until Obamacare goes into full effect), the law does nothing to prevent tax dollars from subsidizing abortionists.
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Exodus, Google Style

This is fun from Danielle Bean:

I thought this was too cute not to share. Modern Moses!
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The Absence of Tenderness

Pop songs indicate where we are. And it's not good. Pundette writes:

Mark Steyn's song of the week is Rogers & Hart's There's a Small Hotel. It embodies, as Mark says, something basic that seems to be dying out:
It’s not the vulgarity of current pop that alarms me (Katy Perry’s “F**k You” , Pink’s “F**kin’ Perfect”), nor the crassness (Kesha’s “Take It Off”) nor even the grunting moronic ugliness (“Sex Room” and “Candy Shop”, the latter apparently a synonym for the former). I’m way beyond that: Driving around and roaming the dial, I’m struck, even in the non-effin’, disrobin’, sex-room humpin’ numbers, by something more basic - the absence of tenderness.
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Teachers Union Supports Cop Killer

'Cause remember it's all about the kids. The Daily Caller reports:

Between negotiating for more benefits and teaching their students, the California Federation of Teachers has adopted a resolution of support for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
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Gender is a Social Construct?

Idiots with PhD's may be the death of us. John Hawkins writes:

Gender IS NOT a social construct. Let me repeat that, because it’s important. Gender IS NOT a social construct. In fact, believing that gender is just a social construct is an exceptionally stupid belief that ironically, is often held by very smart people.

It’s surprisingly similar in many ways to the error that Leftists make with Communism. The thinking there goes that mankind’s behavior can be changed by conditioning. That’s true. Unfortunately, Leftists came to believe that with enough conditioning, we could completely rewrite the way human beings behaved. That’s not true and untold misery was caused by the attempt.
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School Bans Lunch from Home

Hot Air reports:

If only there was a pop-up version of “Atlas Shrugged” available for children to raise their awareness at an impressionable age. It’d be fantastic: 500 pages long, and the last 150 would be pop-ups of John Galt’s head where you move his jaw while he talks and talks and talks…

Wasteful, expensive, counterproductive, irritating to countless people who are subject to it: Clearly this is a policy the feds should consider taking national.
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Christian Prisoner of Conscience in Egypt

Uh-oh. Mideast Watch has the story:

A very bad precedent, indeed:

An Egyptian blogger was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for criticizing the military in what human rights advocates called one of the more alarming violations of freedom of expression since a popular uprising led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubaraktwo months ago.
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Huckabee/Trump 2012?

How much of a nightmare would this be? Hot Air has audio:

Silly fun from today’s Laura Ingraham show, the highlight of which is Huck’s recounting of a recent tete-a-tete between the two. Diplomatic, deferential, and an electoral asset on a national ticket: Clearly, the job profile of a vice presidential candidate screams “Donald Trump.” Although, in fairness, they do complement each other nicely. Deep south and NYC, blue collar and white collar, Christian and Mammon, governor and businessman. Huck’s only problem is figuring out how to convince Trump to be second on the ticket instead of at the top. Has the Donald ever been beta to another guy’s alpha? Maybe we should be thinking about Trump/Huckabee instead.
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On Faith: Tea Party "Un-Christian" and Racist

Newsbusters reports:

If Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite actually believed in Hell, she'd probably preach that Tea Partiers were headed there unless they repented and backed higher taxes and more government spending.

The liberal seminary professor and Washington Post/Newsweek "On Faith" contributor last Wednesday lashed out at the "fundamentalism" of Tea Party calls for fiscal restraint, insisting that conservative takes on the federal budget were un-Christian, "tribal" and racist in nature:
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PA School Choice Bill Up for Vote?

On the heels of the Supreme Court's ruling that vouchers are constitutional, Pennsylvania's Senate might just pass landmark legislation. According to the PA Independent via PoliticsPA:

Controversial school voucher legislation could clear the state Senate by the end of next week, according to Republican senators.

The bill, S.B. 1, would create a voucher program for the state’s poorest students who currently attend failing schools. Over the course of three years, the voucher program would expand to provide school choice to all low-income students regardless of school district.

It would also add $25 million to the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which provides scholarships to low income students who attend private schools. EITC is capped at $75 million annually.

Several Senate Republicans confirmed plans to have a final vote on the bill before the end of next week. The bill has to clear the Senate Appropriations Committee before a final vote, but the committee will address the bill on Monday or Tuesday, said state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, the committee chair.
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Vandals Torch Jesus Statue in Minnesota

Weasel Zippers has the video:

People’s Republic of Minnesota: Controversial Jesus Statue Set on Fire…

I’d bet good money it was a lib (and there is no shortage of them in Minnesota these days).
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Ex Proponent of Assisted Suicide Talks

Wesley Smith writes:

Dr. Diane Meier was once a vocal proponent of assisted suicide. She is one of the nation’s top palliative care experts–along with Dr. Kathleen Foley. Here are her credentials: she was a winner of a McArthur (genius) Fellowship and Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Director of the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute; Professor of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Some years back, Meier saw the light and wrote a piece in the New York Times reversing herself on assisted suicide,
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PP: 1 Abortion Every 95 Seconds

Ugh. And we fund them:


(CNSNews.com) – Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions in the United States in 2009, according to a fact sheet the group published last month.

That is about as many as the 333,012 people who lived in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The 332,278 abortions Planned Parenthood performed over the 365 days of 2009 equals an average of 910 lives terminated per day–or about 38 per hour, or one every 95 seconds.
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Finding Marizela

Michelle Malkin writes:

Friends of my missing cousin Marizela Perez are holding a coffehouse/fundraiser for her at her hometown high school, Egg Harbor Township HS in EHT, NJ tonight.

If you can make it out to support the family and the private search efforts for Marizela, please join them! I’ll be there in spirit and I know so many of you who can’t travel out to the event will be there in spirit, too. The kids will be selling the orange support bracelets I mentioned a few week ago (directions on how to get yours here). Admission is $5.
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Wind. Even More Useless Than You Thought

John Hawkins writes:

You’d think the first requirement for a source of energy that’s going to replace coal, oil, or natural gas would be that the new source of energy could actually keep the lights on. However, when it comes to wind power, no one seems to worry about such petty concerns. Yet, the reality is that unless there’s a miraculous improvement in our technology, wind is NEVER going to shoulder a significant part of the energy burden in this country no matter how much money we waste on it.
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School: Easter Eggs Now "Spring Spheres"


Political correctness is a cancer.

A sophomore at a local private high school thinks an effort to make Easter politically correct is ridiculous.

Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.

“At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that,” Jessica said.
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Chilean Gov't Produces and Airs Pro-Life Ads

Good story at Aggie Catholics!

This is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful! Ads from a pro-life government. So pro-life they recently won a pro-life award for their constitutional protections of life.

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Priest Calls Terrorist a Terrorist, Faces Charges?

This seems outrageous to me. There has to be more to this, right?

A priest in Finland faces being defrocked after describing one of the world’s most-wanted criminals as a ‘terrorist’. He was referring to Doku Umarov — the man behind the Moscow metro and airport bombings, among other crimes.

He received death threats and when he reported them to police, he was prosecuted for hate speech crimes. He is now considering moving to Russia because he believes it there is more liberty there than in politically correct Finland.
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What Women Don't Want

These guys might medically be men. But that's it. David L. has the sad sad sad story:

If you are to believe such drivel, Gay Hendricks, Arjuna Ardagh and a group of alleged "conscious men" from around the world grovel their apologies for what they call "thousands of years of imbalance between masculine and feminine energy, as well as vision of a new era of co-creation."

(Hang on, this gets better.)
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Media Hypocrisy on GOP Budget

Newsbusters reports that death panels couldn't even be mentioned but referring to the GOP budget as a "Death trap" is perfectly fine:

On Tuesday's NBC Nightly News, a report on the Republican 2012 budget proposal included a sound bite from Democratic Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who decried the plan and ranted: "Medicare would become little more than a discount card. This plan would literally be a death trap for some seniors."

Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O'Donnell setup the outrageous quote by simply noting: "Democrats call the Republican plan too severe, saying it would hurt the most vulnerable." After the clip of Schultz, O'Donnell went on to conclude her report without offering any rebuttal to the claim.
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Christie: Teachers' Union Political Thugs

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie Says State Teachers’ Union “are a Group of Political Thugs”
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Planned Parenthood Still Missing Millions?

The Washington Times asks where it's gone:

Last June, we broke the story titled “Planned Parenthood’s missing millions” that fo- cused on $1.3 billion of government money received by Planned Parenthood from 2003 to 2008, which was left unaccounted for when the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the expenditures of federal funds by the abortion giant.

Our question to Planned Parenthood was: Where are those missing millions?
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Confusing Hedonism with Happiness

Liesure time is good...to a point. John Hawkins writes:

For whatever reason, a few of the liberal blogs have gotten all worked up about a fairly innocuous quote from Kay Hymowitz.

“Before [today], the fact is that primarily, a 20-year-old woman would have been a wife and a mother,” author Kay Hymowitz told the crowd of about 100 for the Manhattan Institute in New York City. Men would have been mowing lawns and changing the oil in their family sedans instead of playing video games and watching television. In previous decades, adults in their 20s and 30s were too busy with real life for such empty entertainment, Hymowitz says. “They didn’t live with roommates in Williamsburg in Brooklyn and Dupont Circle in D.C.

Is it controversial to note that people in their twenties are a lot less grown up and responsible than they used to be?
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Cody's Dreaming Big

Chelsea has a great vid about a little boy with big dreams:

As I’ve said multiple times on this blog, we have such a tendency to focus on everything that a disability takes away that we lose sight of all that is still possible. Come on, people! This is the 21st century, where there are incredible opportunities and advancements in medicine and technology that allow people with disabilities to live “normal”, productive and very active lives! Just ask Cody – it’s amazing what you can accomplish when you stop focusing on the negative and think big:
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Matthews: God's Will that GOP Unreasonable

Chris Matthews is just plain nuts. Newsbusters writes:

As NewsBusters reported, MSNBC's Chris Matthews went on quite a Republican-hating rant Monday linking murder and violence in Afghanistan to GOP "zealots at home."

Such conservative bashing continued till the end of "Hardball" when the host finished with a two minute segment excoriating the Republican Party as one where "you can't say you believe in science, you can't say you believe in evolution or in climate change or in gay rights, or even in separation of church and state" concluding "Maybe this is God's will, that Obama not have a reasonable opponent out there" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
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Obama, The god That Failed

Paul Kengor at American Thinker writes:

As someone who has studied, taught, and written about the Middle East for years, I'm the first to concede that President Obama has a tough task. What would I do about Libya if I were president? How about Egypt?

I'm not exactly sure. The situations are complex, with too many daunting unknowns. Chief among them, who, or what, precisely, is behind the opposition? Would a Gaddafi or Mubarak be replaced by Muslim democrats or theocrats, by an Ayatollah, by a Hamas, by a Hamid Karzai, by a Saddam or Sadat, or perhaps by the first Thomas Jefferson in the Arab world?
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Jesse Compares Union Bill to "Crucifixion"

Bombast. How long has it been since Jesse Jackson had any credibility whatsoever outside the mainstream media?

Unreal: Jesse Jackson Compares Union Bill to “Crucifixion of Dr. King” at Final Wisconsin Rally…Shameless.
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Supremes Rule on Vouchers!

This could be great news. Axis of Right has the story:

The anti-religious folks got a bit of a pounding today as the Supreme Court upheld an Arizona school voucher program. I’ll give you one guess what the vote was… 5-4 you say? You betcha!

The program in question allows a parent to use a $500 tax credit/voucher to send their kids to a private or religious school if they so choose. Private school, public money? Run to the hills! The Establishment Clause is on fire!
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Graham's Kinda' Against free Speech


As ace pointed out the other day, this whole "kindness about Koran burning" has become a luxury. I really don't give a rip about this self-aggrandizing "minister" who keeps pimping himself in the media with his stupid "lookitme!lookitme!" crap.

I do care, very much about our men and women in harm's way. But here's the thing about that. They know it. They aren't idiots.
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Burning Koran Worse than Burning Bible

Gotta' love MSNBC:

Why, because Christians don’t get on a bloody rampage?

GHOSH: The thing to keep in mind that’s very important here is that the Koran to Muslims, it is not — it is not the same as the Bible to Christians.

The Bible is a book written by men. It is acknowledged by Christians that it is written by men. It’s the story of Jesus.
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Pro-Lifers, You're Not Alone

CMR buddy Rebecca Jordan sent this over. I thought it was great to remind us that we're not alone in this fight over abortion.
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When Spouses Disagree About NFP

Great post at Faith and Family Live:

Simcha Fisher has written a very good post about why the church doesn’t make a list for what constitutes a good reason to avoid pregnancy.

“If the Church seems distressingly vague, it’s because she doesn’t want to get in the way of the conversation you could be having with God.”
That conversation seems to me the most critical element of practicing NFP. The conversation remains open between husband and wife, and between each individual and God. And my guess is that there will be varying degrees of tension and some disagreement between each participant in the marriage at various times throughout the fertile years about whether or not to conceive.
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Would You Run Into This Burning Building?

Interesting thoughts at CatholicMom.com:

If your child were in this burning building, would you attempt to rescue him or her?

The other day on Catholic radio, a priest (can’t remember his name unfortunately) was discussing God’s love for us, as well as His great desire to forgive us. And he used the words of a saint (again, I’m not sure which one, but I believe it was St. John Vianney) to make his point:
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Nation of Takers


More Americans Work For The Government Than In Manufacturing, Farming, Fishing, Forestry, Mining And Utilities. . . Combined
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Scott Brown Lied, Fiscal Responsibility Died

Jay Anderson sums up my feelings exactly:

One year ago, Sen. Scott Brown (RINO-MA) declared:

And make no mistake, I am a fiscal conservative. And when it comes to issues affecting people’s pockets, and pocketbooks, and wallets, I’ll be with the Republicans if they are in fact pushing those initiatives.

They all are. From Schwarzenegger to Crist to Murkowski to the Maine Twins to ... you name it. If some politician proclaims himself or herself to be a "fiscal conservative" but social "moderate", that person is a LIAR because that person is neither.
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