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Court: Christianity Inimical to Children

Fr. Tim Finigan writes:

Experienced foster parents Eunice and Owen Johns have been told today that their beliefs are inimical to the interests of children. They were not willing to say that the practice of homosexuality was a positive thing. The landmark judgement of the High Court means that Christians who hold to traditional Christian moral teaching on sexual ethics are now not considered suitable foster parents in Britian.
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Oh Boy. Teddy's FBI File. It's Bad

We all thought he was a radical leftist, womanizing drunk. And it turns out we were pretty much right. Dude rented a brothel. Powerline has the FBI's files:

After repeated attempts, Judicial Watch has managed to pry loose certain documents relating to Teddy Kennedy from the FBI. The FBI's original redactions plainly had nothing to do with national security, so the agency apparently was trying to protect Kennedy's reputation.

The most entertaining documents relate to a trip Kennedy took to Latin America in 1961.
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Funniest Media Bias of the Day

You should check out this vid at Newsbusters. It's just so wacko biased it's hilarious:

Chuck Todd has developed an interesting device to delegitimize support for Gov. Scott Walker, depicting his backers as uneducated, frustrated, blue-collar people who are willing to "lash out at government workers."

Yup, there's no respectable basis to support Walker and his call for reforms on a collective bargaining system that has nearly wrecked Wisconsin and many other states. No, there's just the irrational reaction of the embittered, ignorant masses.
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Weiner Is Offended By Art

Never heard him care about anti-Christian art, did you? The Blaze has this tale of hypocrisy and idiocy:

As Wisconsin rumbles and Libya roars, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has his own problems to worry about: the Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives wants New York City to remove “a public statue in Queens that depicts a nude man standing over two prone women and to sell it on Craigslist,” according to the AP.
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Faithful Chinese Bishop Dies

Zenit reports:

Bishop Augustine Hu Daguo of the apostolic prefecture of Shiqian, Shihtsien, in the Chinese province of Guizhou, died on Feb. 17 at the age of 90.

The bishop, who was approved by the Pope and part of the underground Church, spent decades in prison and forced labor camps because of his fidelity to the Pontiff.
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Spaghetti to a Gunfight

Fr. Z writes:

An Irishman was walking down the street one day and, to his delight, he saw a big crowd surrounding a couple of blokes coolly and systematically duking it out. The Irishman, let’s call him Sean, shoved and elbowed his way though the crowd to the inner circle and, in a lull, shouted, “Is this a private fight or can anyone join?!?”

Don’t go to bed tonight without reading Dr. Ed Peter’s response to Sean Michael Winters of the National Catholic Fishwrap in regard to canonical questions surrounding NY Gov. Cuomo’s public reception of Communion while causing public scandal (cf. c. 915).
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Libyan Bishops Ask Muslims for Protection

Zenit reports:

The apostolic vicar who cares for Libya's few thousand Catholics has approached Muslims to ask for protection during the unrest in the country.

Bishop Giovanni Martinelli of Tripoli affirmed that the attempt to squelch the protests seeking to oust Moammar Gadhafi has been very strong, and the "blood that runs here on the streets of Libya impedes a general reconciliation."

The 69-year-old Franciscan, a native of El Khadra, spoke with Italian station Radio 24 on Monday about the people's desire "for more democracy" and the youths' hopes "to enjoy the goods of the country."
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Funny: Man Experiences Childbirth

Check this out:

It's a long video, but I laughed through the whole thing. I suspect my husband wouldn't be stupid enough to sign up for this experiment.
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Jen Doesn't Know How Many Kids She Has

Jen Fulwiler is facing a not so easy question:

Over at the National Catholic Register, I’ve been getting a surprising number of comments about my bio. A lot of folks have offered the constructive criticism about the part that says that my family “currently includes four young children (with one on the way).” Some people say that it sends the wrong message that I didn’t include the baby on the way in my kid count. It’s made me realize that stating the number of children you have can be a surprisingly tricky issue. If you’ve just found out you’re pregnant and aren’t ready to announce it, should you go ahead and include that child in the number? If you’ve lost children to miscarriage, while of course you include them as members of your family, do you add them in when people ask how many kids you have?
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Meeting the New Brother

Dom introduces the baby to the fam. Some great pics of a great moment.

I went home and got Theresa and the kids to bring them to meet their new nephew/brother. They took to him immediately and were very happy to meet him.
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GoogleBombing Abortion/Murder

Pro-aborts at BoingBoing aren't very happy with the latest Googlebomb. I guess they don't like the truth. (Thanks to reader Annie for the heads up on this one):

Someone has spoofed Google into making the Wikipedia entry for "abortion" into the second result in searches for "murder." However you feel about abortion, this Wikipedia page is pretty clearly not the second-most relevant document regarding murder on the entire English-speaking World Wide Web.
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Ha! Eco-Classroom Too Cold to Use

A good laugh for a Friday:

It appears that solar power isn't quite at the stage where it can fight off the chills from globull warming induced cold. A funny story to start off your Friday

Eco-campaigners who built a classroom powered by the sun believed they were paving the way for the future.

Instead they have been taught a valuable lesson - there is not enough sun in North London to sufficiently heat their building.
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Priest Saves Man on Fire in Church

The Blaze reports:

An 89-year-old Long Island, NY man accidentally set himself on fire at his local Catholic church yesterday. The incident apparently happened while the man was lighting a small votive candle. He was taken to the hospital with third-degree burns on about 60 percent of his body and is in critical condition:
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For Punctuation Geeks

Julie Robison offers this excellent run on poem.

On Puncutuation, and Other Civilities
"On Punctuation" by Elizabeth Austen

not for me the dogma of the period
preaching order and a sure conclusion
and no not for me the prissy
formality or tight-lipped fence
of the colon and as for the semi-
colon call it what it is
a period slumming
with the commas
a poser at the bar
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Praying for Baby Joseph and Family

Chelsea Zimmerman writes:

In case you’ve missed this truly awful story. In Canada, a family is fighting for the right to care for their sick 13 month old child. “Baby Joseph” has a severe neurological disorder and is is on a ventilator in a hospital in London, Ontario. His parents are very aware that their son is not going to recover, but they also don’t want him to die in the hospital. So, they have requested a tracheotomy so that he can be cared for and die peacefully at home. Seems like a reasonable request. That’s how they cared for a daughter who died of a similar condition eight years ago But doctors have refused and insist on just removing Joseph’s ventilator and letting him die in the hospital.
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Romney "Proud" of Romneycare?

Social conservatives didn't really trust Romney before and this ain't gonna' help with fiscal conservatives.

Stick a fork in this RINO.

Mitt Romney rejected Mike Huckabee’s call for him to admit that the “RomneyCare” health care program failed, instead saying he’s “proud” of “getting everyone covered” when he was governor of Massachusetts.
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Seniors Oppose Obamacare by 27 Points

The Weekly Standard reports:

The Obama administration’s taxpayer-funded, pro-Obamacare TV ads directed toward seniors don’t seem to be working. The new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows that, by a margin of 27 percentage points, seniors have an unfavorable, rather than a favorable, view of Obamacare. That’s the highest margin of opposition among seniors in the 11 Kaiser Health Tracking Polls that have been conducted since Obamacare’s passage.
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Is "Yuck" a Good Enough Reason?

Do taboos on incest and infanticide have a rational basis? Zac Alstin takes on Peter Singer at Mercator.Net:

The father of modern astronomy, Galileo, did not win converts to his theories through their obvious truthfulness. Rather, the younger generation of astronomers were drawn to the new and exciting research possibilities that came with Galileo's telescopes. Older, more established astronomers doubted that the new technology could be trusted. We moderns take for granted that what we see through the end of a telescope is real. Yet some of Galileo's contemporaries refused to even look through one of his telescopes for themselves.
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Carrie Nation, Sebelius, and Phill Kline

Jack Smith at the Catholic Key tries to figure out what's going on in Kansas:

A priest friend from our neighboring Sunflower State once quipped that “at one time you could legally get an abortion in Kansas, but you couldn’t get a drink.” It’s funny, albeit in a macabre way, because it’s literally true. And it helps explain the peculiar culture that has produced a vendetta ethics trial against former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.
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70 Year Old Iraqi Christian Murdered

Murdered for believing in Christ:

The religious cleansing of Christians from the Middle East continues and so does the deafening silence from the US government.

Baghdad (AsiaNews) — Iraq’s Christian community has been attacked again. A group of armed men stormed the home of a Christian man in Baghdad’s central neighbourhood of Karrad, killing him. The victim’s name is Youssif Isho, a 70-year-old Chaldean. He was stabbed to death.
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Mitch Daniels and Courage

Cranky Con writes:

One gets the impression that if Mitch Daniels were a football coach, he would punt on 2nd and 1 at his opponents 30 – you know, because someone might get hurt if they tried to go for a first down. At least that’s the impression that I get after Mr. Truce on Social Issues caved to the state’s Democrats after they made like the Wisconsin Democrats and fled the state.
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Wisconsin RTL Opposes Personhood

Badger Catholic has their reasons.

Wisconsin Right to Life opposition to Personhood: full statement
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Joy of Family

Rachel Balducci writes of love in a big family:

Two of the boys were recently getting on each other’s nerves a bit, nitpicking and cajoling and dancing that ancient, complicated family rhythm that is Brotherly Love.

Some days, it drives me nuts.

When boys are upset with each other, why must it end in physical interactions (and I don’t mean a hug)? Why is there never silent treatment and the cold shoulder involved? Of course I’m glad things are this way; it’s healthy to deal with grievances out in the open. It’s just that the alternative, while more psychologically damaging, is indeed much quieter.
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Dan Lord Wore Pink

Dan Lord, who blogs at The Strangest of Wars, writes eloquently about Shakespeare, atheists, and spring. It's a good piece. But in it he admitted he wore a pink costume and because I have the mentality of a 4th grader I thought I should put that in the title. (I hope he has a sense of humor):

The modern atheist is a creature without eyes.

I don’t know why they don’t have eyes. Maybe they gouged them out themselves, maybe somebody else did it. Maybe they were born with a congenital eyeball defect. It’s probably a combination of those three as well as some other factors that I’m overlooking at the moment. The point is: the poor things can’t see.
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Vid: Union Thug Hits Girl

Instapundit has video of a union thug hitting a girl:

GETTING “A LITTLE BLOODY:” Video: CWA union thug strikes young female FreedomWorks activist. The activist is Tabitha Hale, whom Helen interviewed at SmartGirlPolitics a couple of years ago. And you’d think someone from the Communications Workers’ union would know better than to strike someone with a camera. But take a look at the video and you’ll see the angry, yet impotent face of today’s labor movement — right before the punch.
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NOW: Bishops are Killing Women!

The hags are really losing it. Tim Graham reports:

The National Organization for Women issued a statement from president Terry O'Neill Wednesday with a clearly anti-religion message. The headline: "U.S. Catholic Bishops Major Force Behind War on Women." It began:

The collusion of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has led to an open declaration of war on the women of this country. The bishops have long sought to enshrine into law those policies of the Catholic Church that subordinate women. And they don't care how badly women get hurt in the process.
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Rachel Campos Duffy's New Real World

Tony Rossi writes:

Though Rachel Campos-Duffy began her career in the public eye on MTV's reality series "The Real World: San Francisco" in 1994, she admits the network and media in general have traveled down a troublesome road during the intervening years. "There is a war, especially on young girls," said the mother of six children during a recent interview on the Christopher Closeup radio show. "There is a cultural pattern that is basically removing girlhood and pushing these kids into adolescence at a rapid rate. What's interesting about having an 11-year-old girl is being able to compare the cultural forces I was dealing with versus now."
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That Poor Camel

As if things couldn't get any weirder in Wisconsin. Troglopundit has video of camel abuse:

At least, that’s how it looks to me, and I’m totally objective.

Adding to the tragi-comic feel of the day, a camel showed up during Monday’s protests and then fell on an ice and slush-covered street near the Capitol square.

The camel was brought by the comedy news program The Daily Show, which is preparing a report on the demonstrations against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill. Demonstrators have repeatedly compared the events in Wisconsin in recent days to the pro-democracy movement in Egypt, providing an opening for satirists.
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"I'm Keeping the Baby"

Credo Catholic writes of her own experience:

I am not convinced that personal experience is the best argument against the practice of abortion, but I do find inspiration from people’s accounts regarding their own encounters at the crossroads of life. I think all of us can relate to being in a situation in which we’ve dug a hole for ourselves and God comes in to ask us if we want to keep digging or if we would like to stop and allow Him to help us out. It is the most beautiful experience to be up to your neck in a mess of your own doing and to realize that God loves you enough to come in after you.
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Notre Dame Blowing Smoke about $$$?

The Cardinal Newman Society wants to know:

An article today in The Observer touts the University of Notre Dame’s fundraising success in the fiscal year 2009-2010. Donations totaled $227.5 million, including $116 million from alumni.

“We are fortunate that our alumni giving rate has always been—in the past 20 and plus years—in the top three schools in the country,” Lou Nanni, vice president of university relations, said. “Princeton, Dartmouth and Notre Dame are in the mix for the highest alumni giving rates.”

But that’s not true, according to the Council for Aid to Education, which manages a national survey of colleges and universities to document private giving.
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Dem: Go Out and Get Bloody!!!

Where's the outrage?

Gee, I seem to recall when violent rhetoric was the bane of political rhetoric, at least when the Left was shrieking about the latent, seething violence of Tea Party activists and Sarah Palin’s campaign maps. The media did a dog-pile on the Right when a lunatic in Tucson shot Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, spending the better part of a week scrutinizing Palin’s utterances and campaign artwork when the shooter’s schizophrenia was known well enough within hours of the massacre that killed six and wounded 14. Now one of Giffords’ Democratic caucus colleagues tells a union crowd that they need to go out and “get bloody,” while pointing out Tea Party counterprotesters across the street:
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Daniels Disappoints Again

As if the "truce" wasn't enough now Daniels is inventing new ways to disappoint. Jim Geraghty isn't too happy with Mitch Daniels.

Color me extremely disappointed with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels right now:
Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should to drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.

Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.

He will not send out state police to corral the Democrats, the Republican governor said. The Democrat minority has right to express its views, he added.

The governor clung to his view that this is not the year to tackle right to work.
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Lila Rose Responds

After what Lila Rose has done to Planned Parenthood why would anyone publicly disagree with her...ever. At EWTN, she responds to those criticizing her tactics:

Lila Rose, president of the pro-life activist group Live Action, has issued a new statement responding to ethical concerns from several top theologians and philosophers about her group's work.

Live Action's Catholic critics overwhelmingly agree with the group's goal of exposing and de-funding Planned Parenthood. What troubles them is the use of “sting” tactics, which employ false identities and statements – such as claiming to be a pimp or prostitute – in an attempt to show Planned Parenthood's willingness to cover up crimes.
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San Fran Vote to Outlaw Circumcision?

So you can kill babies but you can't circumcise them?

Because it’s a human rights issue.

San Francisco voters may be called on to decide whether to ban male circumcision in November. Ballot initiative proponent Lloyd Schofield called the measure a “human rights issue,” the San Francisco Examiner reported.

Schofield said he will have the necessary 7,168 signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot by the deadline of April 26. The measure would make it illegal to “circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18,” the newspaper said.
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"This Is Not a Joke"

A wounded vet is jeered and mocked by Ivy League students. Freedom's Lighthouse has the audio:

Wounded Veteran Jeered and Heckled While Speaking at Columbia University – Audio
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Abby Johnson to Become Catholic

Awesome news from Catholic News Service:

A woman who walked away from her job as a Planned Parenthood clinic director after helping with an ultrasound-guided abortion is preparing to enter the Catholic Church. Abby Johnson, 30, who has been speaking at pro-life events around the country, will become a Catholic, along with her husband, Doug, in her native Texas within the next few months. The couple has a 4-year-old daughter. "When we went to the Catholic Church for the first time, we knew that was where we were supposed to be and we have been there ever since," said Johnson, who said she particularly loves the church's reverence for Mary as the mother of God.
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Advice to Gov. Walker - Be Like Christie

From AlwaysCatholic

Oh, Governor Walker??? Just want to let you know what a terrific job you are doing in Wisconsin. Our Gov, Chris Christie probably thinks you’re cool also.

Imagine that? Governors who want Union members to contribute to their own pensions and health plans instead of us schlubs in the private sector working to support them…Hmmmm….

So, with that in mind, watch how Chris Christie handled the Dem threat to shut down our state government in Trenton.

Pretty funny, enjoy!!

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Allen West vs. CAIR. Guess Who Wins?

Oh boy.

Allen West Rips CAIR Executive a New One During Town Hall: “Don’t Blow Sunshine Up My Butt”…
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Kerry: AGW Deniers are "Neanderthals"

Jammie Wearing Fool writes:

So a constituent of John Kerry demands an apology from the tax-dodging oaf and what does he do? Doubles down on stupid and call everyone who doesn't buy his junk science theories neanderthals.
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Every Prez Candidate Should See This Poll

Despite getting hammered by media and the elites Americans are stadning wtih Governor Scott Walker. Let that be a lesson to all GOP Presidential candidates:

Rasmussen is out with a new poll today that shows Americans are supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over the Unions by a 48%-38% margin:

RASMUSSEN: A sizable number of voters are following new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s showdown with unionized public employees in his state, and nearly half side with the governor.
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Did Huckabee Offend Muslims?

Weasel Zippers reports:

A prominent Muslim civil rights group is asking Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, to apologize for his take on Christian churches that have allowed Muslims to use their worship space.

Huckabee, who also ran for president in 2008 and is mulling a 2012 bid, said on “Fox and Friends” recently that he did not understand why churches would make that sort of decision.

“If the purpose of a church is to push forth the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then you have a Muslim group that says that Jesus Christ and all the people that follow him are a bunch of infidels who should be essentially obliterated, I guess I have a hard time understanding that,” said Huckabee, who has his own show on Fox News.
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ProChoicer Admits They Are Losing

From Matthew Warner

...But the truth is – we are winning. We just have to keep it up. Even honest abortion supporters are coming around to this reality. The truth can only be ignored for so long.

There was a surprisingly honest piece in the Washington Post last weekend that confirms all of this. It’s by a pro-choice woman (former president of Catholics for Choice – which is not Catholic at all) who basically admits that the pro-life argument is a winner and the pro-choice one is failing...

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Bernard Nathanson Dead at 84

NEW YORK — Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, an obstetrician who oversaw the performance of about 75,000 abortions before becoming a leading pro-life advocate and a convert to the Catholic faith, died after a prolonged battle with cancer this morning in New York. He was 84.

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CNN: Pro-Lifers Make For More Sick Babies

...or something. Right Wing News has the video:

CNN has taken a cue from Hamas and Hezbollah - terrorist organizations that to make themselves look justified to the public use their resources to also educate and give medical help to the poor. Thus, their argument is that cutting off funds to those terror organizations will hurt the poor and needy in Gaza and Lebanon, ignoring that keeping them funded will lead to death on top of death. This is pretty much the tact that CNN is now using with Planned Parenthood, itself an organization predicated on creating or saving death:
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Confessions of a Catholic Public School Teacher

Interesting read:

I have been having a terrible difficult time lately. In many ways, these are very trying times for education, though there is more than one opinion on what it is that is that makes them trying. By way of background, the Ohio Senate is proposing a bill, Senate Bill 5, that proposes some fairly sweeping changes to education in the state. Some of you may have seen a similar measure going through the Wisconsin state legislature; for now, it is receiving the bulk of the national coverage, but I am sure as things progress, Ohio will get its “fair share.” What is in Senate Bill 5? Well, as with any piece of legislation, there is more vagueness than details. Then again, I suppose the axiom that the devil is in the details somehow applies.
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Priest Answers Cellphone During Mass

Fr. Z writes:

From a reader:

My wife attended Mass today with my children for our homeschooling co op. There were two priests concelebrating the Mass. The older priest’s cell phone started ringing and he got up and went to the side (Still on the altar) and took the call.

My children keep asking if this is ok? This is very confusing for them since we never see this happen when we attend the Mass in the EF?

How should we proceed?
If you have feather pillows, place them on a horse drawn cart. Then, carefully lifting the pot of tar onto the back of the cart, light your torches and heft your pitchforks.
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Prayer Request

Keep Suzanne Temple in your prayers please.

I got the results of my lab work late today and while the Hcg looks great, my Progesterone is dangerously low. I begin supplementation tomorrow. I have done this once before successfully and so I have reason to hope that all will be well. Still, I worry. Also, I know that you love babies and that prayer changes things. Please think of baby Temple whenever or wherever it is that you pray. We would be forever grateful. Thank you.
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House Vote: Defund Planned Parenthood

Great news from Cubachi:

Great news for fiscal and social conservatives.

Representative Mike Pence’s bill to ban federal funding to Planned Parenthood passes the House in a bipartisan vote: 240-185.

Pence said of the passage:

“This afternoon’s vote is a victory for taxpayers and a victory for life. By banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress has taken a stand for millions of Americans who believe their tax dollars should not be used to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America.
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Polish Priest Killed

Awful. When will Western civilization wake up?

Polish Priest Slaughtered In Tunisia…

I wonder who this “group of extremist terrorist fascists” could be?…

Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s official TAP news agency says a Catholic priest from Poland has been killed and his body had multiple stab wounds and his throat was slit.
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Funny: His/Her Parenting

Gotta' read this one at CatholicMom.com:

Families are the first site for the battle between the sexes. Ever since Adam ate the apple that Eve offered him, it has raged. Surely by the time Cain and Abel were born there were plenty of disagreements. We can just imagine the arguments.

Adam: Cain is just not a masculine enough sounding name. If you don’t give a boy the right name, he’ll be marred for life.

Eve: The boys could choke on those apple slices. After all, that’s what got us into trouble to begin with.
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Priest Sues LifeSiteNews.com

This is madness. Madness. A pro-choice priest is suing LifeSiteNews for calling him pro-abortion. And let's face it, the priest as a member of parliament voted for liberalizing abortion laws. This is so sad. LifeSiteNews writes:

It is with great concern that we have to inform our readers that LifeSiteNews (LSN) Canada has been hit with a lawsuit – by a Catholic priest of all things!

Regular readers of LSN will need no introduction to Fr. Raymond Gravel – he’s the Quebec priest and former Member of Canada’s Parliament who stated on a radio interview in 2004: “I am pro-choice and there is not a bishop on earth that will prevent me from receiving Communion, not even the Pope.”
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BC Hosting Pro-Choice Priest

The Cardinal Newman Society writes a public letter:

Dear Father Leahy:

According to a report dated February 17 in The Boston College Chronicle, an official publication of the College, “the life and work of Robert Drinan, S.J. …will be celebrated at a BC law event next month.”

It is reported that on March 7, the Law School will host a panel discussion featuring Father Raymond Schroth, S.J.—who has publicly supported pro-abortion rights politicians—to promote his new book on Father Drinan. The event will also feature U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, whose opposition to Catholic moral teaching in his personal life and in public policy is well known. He is a strident defender of legal abortion and has voted in opposition to clear Church teachings on the sanctity of traditional marriage.
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Girl Scouts are Killing Orangutans!!!!!!

The horror! The horror! Every time you eat a Thin Mint an orangutan dies. RWN has the story:

Those evil Girl Scouts are facing dissension in the ranks over the long term plans of Big Girl Scouts to kill all the orangutans and bury the world in globull warming created snow! Are Girl Scout cookies killing orangutans?

It's Girl Scout cookie season, but Michigan scouts Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva are finding other ways to support the organization’s mission of "building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place" than selling those famous Thin Mints and Tagalongs. Many varieties of Girl Scout cookies include palm oil, the No. 1 culprit behind deforestation in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Malaysia.
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Union Madness is Wisconsin

I cannot believe what's going on in Wisconsin right now. Complete madness. Pundette has a massive amount of links. To understand how powerful the unions in this country are just know that Democrats fleed the state on a bus to avoid voting against their union overlords.

Union madness in Wisconsin [Updated]

New York Times:

MADISON, Wis. — As four game wardens awkwardly stood guard, protesters, scores deep, crushed into a corridor leading to the governor’s office here on Wednesday, their screams echoing through the Capitol: “Come out, come out, wherever you are!”
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Lucky Number 7

Congrats to Suzanne, one of my favorite bloggers. And I love her husband's reaction:

Seven Quick Takes: We're Expecting Number Seven Edition

1a. We're thrilled!

1b. One of the fun things about your husband working from home half the week is the ability to march into his office in the middle of a conference call he's on with a whole bunch of other lawyers and show him a positive pregnancy test. He just pointed at me and said, "Thank you for that," like I was a secretary handing him a memo he'd asked me to type.
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How the "Hail Mary" Came to Be

Taylor Marshall will be wearing the smarty pants today:

The Hail Mary prayer derives from two verses in Saint Luke's Gospel: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee" (Luke 1 28: Χαῖρε, κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ), and "Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb" (Luke 1:42: Εὐλογημένη σὺ ἐν γυναιξὶν καὶ εὐλογημένος ὁ καρπὸς τῆς κοιλίας σου).

These two verses come into Latin as:
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Reason #4085 to Homeschool

Check out this disturbing vid at Adrienne's Catholic Corner:

These are the faces of the people teaching your children...There have been reports that teachers actually dragged students to some of these protests. Is that even legal without the parents consent?

I have long advocated for the privatization of schools. Dump the Department of Education, the local school boards, over-paid administrators, principals who make more money than the average attorney or doctor, and let the cream rise to the top. Quit stealing money from taxpayers to fund a failed system that turns out functional illiterates.
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College Defines Christians as "Oppressors"

Wow.

This isn’t political correctness run amok, it’s leftist academia pushing its anti-Christian agenda on the rest of society.

More than two dozen Christian students at the University of California at Davis have filed a formal complaint over a university policy that defines religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians.

The definition is listed in a document called, “The Principles of Community.” It defines “Religious/Spiritual Discrimination” as “The loss of power and privilege to those who do not practice the dominant culture’s religion. In the United States, this is institutionalized oppressions toward those who are not Christian.”
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Abby Johnson Joins Lila Rose

Pretty awesome:

Today Live Action announced the addition of Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director and employee of eight years, to the Live Action team as Chief Research Strategist.

“Abby Johnson has seen the abuses inside Planned Parenthood with her own eyes and confirms the danger its clinics pose to women and young girls,” stated Live Action President Lila Rose. “She is a courageous trailblazer despite Planned Parenthood’s desperate attempts to attack her and silence the truth. We are thrilled and very thankful to have Abby join our team and are confident that her first-hand experience, conviction and guidance will provide invaluable counsel to Live Action as we advance our common goal of protecting women and children from the abuses of Planned Parenthood.”
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New "Paul" Movie, Anti-Christian?

Looks like I won't be seeing this one. Big Hollywood has the story:

In a piece last week, I documented what critics have said about an apparent anti-Christian theme in Simon Pegg’s upcoming science-fiction comedy “Paul” — just more of the strident, boorish evangelical atheism we’re seeing from our entertainment overlords these days. In a recent interview, Pegg’s obvious contempt and intolerance for those who don’t conform to his disbelief system comes through quite clearly.
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Poll: Who's Your Candidate?

I'd be interested to see the results of this:

Poll: Which Of The Following Candidates Would You Like To See As The Republican Party’s Presidential Nominee In 2012?
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FCC vs. Freedom of Speech

Weasel Zippers reports:

Sorry, the First Amendment is not going down without a fight, figuratively and literally.

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps made a case for a government hand in media policy in a speech to the FCBA on Tuesday.

“The commission can act now. It should have acted on the media before now. I am disappointed that it has not,” he said.
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Clinton: Cutting Spending a Security Threat

Weasel Zippers reports this foolishness:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday afternoon that the spending levels outlined by House Republicans late last week for the remainder of the fiscal year would endanger the country’s national security.

“The scope of the proposed House cuts is massive,” Clinton told reporters at a Capitol news conference after attending a luncheon meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “The truth is that cuts of that level will be detrimental to America’s national security.”
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Levin: I Can't Vote for Mitch Daniels

Right Scoop reports that radio host Mark Levin is questioning why we're all supposed to just accept Mitch Daniels. I don't and I'm glad to hear someone else saying it:

Levin isn’t happy with CPAC or Mitch Daniels. I was going to try and cut this 11 minute clip down, but to be honest, Levin talks more here than about CPAC and Mitch Daniels. He talks about conservatism and why people like Daniels should embrace all conservatives and not tell them to check their social issues at the door. My edits would have killed that part and I’d hate to give you the wrong impression of what The Great One really means, especially when he is coming out against a candidate.
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CNN: Freedom and Pro-Life Incompatible?

Matthew Balan at Newsbusters watches CNN so you don't have to:

On Monday's American Morning, CNN's Kiran Chetry indicated that individual liberty and the pro-life movement weren't compatible. During an interview of Congressman Ron Paul, Chetry stated, "Freedom to make your own decisions...giving people the ability to make their own decisions, and the right to life movement don't always go together."
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Funniest Valentine's Hate Speech Ever!

I just about fell off my chair reading Simcha's ode to hating Valentine's day!!

Go. Read. It. Now.

"Brothers" Are Lazier Than Mexicans?

Mark Krikorian of The Corner wonders what would happen if a Republican said this:

Deep thoughts on immigration from a state legislator:

An African-American lawmaker in South Carolina said Tuesday that stricter illegal immigration laws would hurt the state because blacks and whites don’t work as hard as Hispanics.

State Sen. Robert Ford made his remarks during a Senate committee debate over an Arizona-style immigration law, eliciting a smattering of nervous laughter in the chamber after he said “brothers” don’t work as hard as Mexicans. He continued that his “blue-eyed brothers” don’t either.
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Is Mitch Daniels Out of Touch?

Dan Riehl questions Mitch Daniels:

This was a profoundly dumb thing for Mitch Daniels to say at CPAC for substantive reasons. I don't want people to think I'm simply defending the Right talkers because one prominent host is a friend. This guy Daniels is starting to sound like a petty scold, or perhaps someone being led around by the nose courtesy of the usual GOP establishment hacks.

"We must be the vanguard of recovery, but we cannot do it alone," he told a packed house in an after-dinner talk. "We have learned in Indiana, big change requires big majorities. We still need people who never tune in to Rush or Glenn or Laura or Sean," Daniels said, referring to talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity. "Who surf past C-SPAN to get to SportsCenter."
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Palin Hits Back at Time Mag

The Blog Prof writes:

One aspect of Palin Derangement Syndrome is that establishment MSM's utter sloppiness in publishing 'facts' about Palin. After getting wind of Palin disparaging Christina Aguilera who blew the national anthem on national TV before the Super Bowl, TIME published Palin's comments. The problem? Palin never made them. TIME has egg on its face. They got snookered, but the fault is their own. It's almost as if these media types breathlessly wait for Palin quotes to come out as they hit the refresh button on their Google searches.
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Anthony Hopkins Couldn't Be an Atheist

The Catholic Herald UK reports:

Sir Anthony Hopkins told the Catholic Herald this week that he “couldn’t live with” the certainty of being an atheist.

The actor, who was knighted in 1993, said: “Being an atheist must be like living in a closed cell with no windows”.

Sir Anthony said: “I’d hate to live like that, wouldn’t you?
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Protest Planned Parenthood Today

Check this out:

After a string of appallling videos, in which managers of several Planned Parenthood clinics across states were recorded knowingly assisting sex traffickers in their exploitation of underage sex slaves, the pro-movement has again risen to action. The incident caused a stir in congress and in the media, and this Valentine's Day, ordinary Americans from across the nation will gather at local Planned Parenthood clinics from noon to 1pm.
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An Obituary To Die For

To write your own obituary, is to be remembered how you are.

So it is that I wish I knew Omer Baumgertner.

...Born on a dairy farm in Walnut, Ill., Baumgartner was prodigious with the movement of manure from an early age, and exercising these and other talents, earned recognition for his National 4-H Grand Champion Dairy Heifer, Clementine's Ramona, in 1930 at the age of 10. After this debut, and as the Depression raged, Baumgartner cut his teeth in the livestock industry while attending hundreds of county and state fairs, showing and selling cattle, frying oysters, skinning rabbits, and drinking whiskey. ...

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What Egyptians Really Want

This is some scary data from Les Femmes, the Truth:

If you are under the impression that Egypt will suddenly jump into the "democracy" column of world governments, you need a reality check. Here's what a Pew Research Center poll last year found according to an editorial in Investors Business Daily:

• 49% of Egyptians say Islam plays only a "small role" in public affairs under President Hosni Mubarak, while 95% prefer the religion play a "large role in politics."

• 84% favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim faith.

• 82% support stoning adulterers.

• 77% think thieves should have their hands cut off.
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Why Vocation Programs Don't Work

Suzanne at Big Blue Wave has an interesting piece on vations and offers some commentary worth a read:

Fr. Damian J. Ference:

Millions of dollars have been spent by vocation offices on prayer cards, lesson plans, vocation week activities, homily helpers, discernment brochures, websites, and an array of other vocation promotion materials, but have these approaches really made a significant impact on our young people? Sadly, the answer is no. For all the effort that has been put into vocation awareness in recent history, our returns have not been very good, but it is not for lack of effort. Bishops, vocation directors, DREs, catechists and parents, have been working diligently to address the lack of vocations in the Church, but very little has changed. Sure, there are some orders and some diocesan seminaries that are doing better than others, but the overall vocation picture remains the same. It seems to me that the real problem is that we’ve misdiagnosed the vocation situation, and therefore, we’ve been spending all our time, effort and money on the wrong things. In other words, we’ve been treating the symptoms without ever recognizing the disease.
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Making Girl Preests Cry

LarryD writes:

Vatican Statistics Show Overall Increase in Number of Priests

L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, published its article Feb. 10 with a small selection of statistics from the yearbook reporting worldwide church figures as of Dec. 31, 2009.
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USCCB Supports Ban on Abortion Funding

Al Kresta has more:

A permanent ban on abortion funding is long overdue, which is why the U.S. bishops support the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act (H.R. 3), said a representative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in February 8 testimony to the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Judiciary Committee.
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Is This Really a Race Issue?

Check this out:

If you didn't see the Super Bowl, you didn't see this ad air. Now that's funny...unless you are an incredibly dense, race baiting Congresswoman:
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Fr. Z On "The Kingdom, The Power, The Glory"

This is what Father Z does best.

Go read Father Z. on the doxology "For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever." Go read it, I say.

Living in Misery with Abortion

Kathryn Lopez writes at Townhall:

She was "small, bubbly and joyful. She had a radiant smile," with a "sweet" face. And yet, she wept.

She was a nun, in full habit, standing outside a Planned Parenthood clinic that Abby Johnson was running in Texas.

The first day Johnson and her staff saw her, they "gawked," and gathered at the clinic window. It was near 100 degrees, and there she was "in a heavy, dark brown habit that swept to the ground," Johnson, in her new book, "Unplanned," remembers: "Her head and hair were completely covered so that only her face showed, a face lifted toward heaven, eyes closed, clearly praying."

And then a "client" left the clinic, a woman who had just had an abortion. The religious sister, as Johnson writes, "fell to her knees and wept with such grief, such genuine personal pain, that I couldn't help but think to myself, She feels something far deeper than I ever will. She is honestly pained. This is real to her -- this grief at knowing that client had an abortion." Sister Marie Bernadette, the nun in question, would return every week on the days the clinic performed abortions.
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Klavan: Stop the Hate

Another great comment on the culture from Andrew Klavan:

ANDREW KLAVAN: STOP THE HATE!
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Sebelius To Testify On Lila Rose Vids?

Weasel Zippers reports some veeeery interesting news:

This line from Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns gave me a Tingles-like leg thrill, “if she lies we’re going to ask the attorney general to investigate her.”

(Politico)- House Republicans are seizing on videos released this month by an anti-abortion group that appear to show Planned Parenthood workers talking to pimps about how to arrange abortions for underage girls.
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The Moral Corruption of America

Pundette writes:

Mark Steyn on Big Government's Back Alley:

This is a remarkable moment in American life: A man is killing actual living, gurgling, bouncing babies on an industrial scale - and it barely makes the papers. Had he plunged his scissors into the spinal cord of a Democrat politician in Arizona, then The New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC and everyone else would be linking it to Sarah Palin's uncivil call for dramatic cuts in government spending. But "Doctor" Kermit Gosnell's mound of corpses is apparently entirely unconnected to the broader culture.
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Dems: We Support Taxpayer $ for Abortion

CNS News reports:

A group of House Democrats -- asked directly if they support the use of federal (taxpayer) funds to pay for abortion -- said yes, they do.

At press conference on Wednesday, the Democrats also voiced their opposition to two Republican-sponsored bills that would prohibit federal funding of abortion.
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Justin Bieber, Christian Role Model

There's no way my kids are going to see this movie but it makes me like the kid a bit. I just hope he can stay a good kid:

With a smooth voice, a signature mop of hair and a string of hits, Justin Bieber has accumulated millions of fans and sold 3.7 million albums in the United States last year. Now Bieber's handlers are showcasing another side of the 16-year-old pop sensation: Christian icon for the tween set.
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NAACP: Racism? What Racism?

Clarence Thomas' conservatism is more offensive than actual racism. RWN reports::

Who can blame them? Clarence Thomas is a conservative, and, liberals obviously can never be guilty of racism against against a conservative. He's been called an "anti-black," and even Obama's 20 year pastor, Jeremiah Wright, referred to Thomas as an "Uncle Tom." And now, according to the Daily Caller

The NAACP won’t directly address the racism displayed by progressive protesters outside a summit hosted by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch at the end of January in Palm Springs, Calif., but the organization did call for an end to all “vitriolic language.”
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Donald Trump: "I'm Pro-Life?"

Laura Ingraham interviewed Donald Trump, who said he was pro-life. Really? (It's at the end of the audio.)

Check out the audio here.

In Defense of Being a Kid

Should kids be treated like adults in training? James Bernard Murphy writes a defense of kid-dom for The Wall Street Journal:

Amy Chua, the “tiger mother,” is clearly hitting a nerve—especially among the anxious class (it used to be called the upper class), which understands how much skill and discipline are necessary for success in the new economy.

What Ms. Chua and her critics agree on is that childhood is all about preparation for adulthood. Ms. Chua claims that her parenting methods will produce ambitious, successful and happy adults—while her critics argue that her methods will produce neurotic, self-­absorbed and unhappy ones.

It took economist Larry Summers, in a debate with Ms. Chua at the World Economic Forum in Davos, to point out that part of the point of childhood is childhood itself. Childhood takes up a quarter of one’s life, Mr. Summers observed, and it would be nice if children enjoyed it.
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Spiritual Oneupmanship

Elizabeth Duffy at Faith & Family Live writes:

Coming into our marriage, I assumed that I was more spiritually advanced than my husband. I’d lived a year in poverty, chastity and obedience after all—an entire year of daily Mass, Rosary, and Benediction, plus frequent retreats, and a virtually guaranteed life of grace. Meanwhile, my husband was just a (crinkling nose) Sunday Mass Catholic.

Once or twice I thought that he was holding me back, that if he just went to one more meeting a week, one more retreat, then we could leap into our status as a spiritual power couple, one that sits in the front pews at Church with perfect kids saying the responses with such sincerity and volume as to edify everyone in the Parish.
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Dems Demand Thomas Recuses Self

Ridiculous:

Consider this a little exercise in pre-emption:

Seventy-four House Democrats are asking Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from any health care reform cases, citing reports that his wife financially benefited from efforts to repeal the legislation.

The members, led by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), ask that he “maintain the integrity of this court.”
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"No One Is Going To Make Me Kill My Baby"

Online for Life writes:

The true story below happened a week ago. Online for Life works with five pregnancy centers in different parts of the country. Our partner center in Pittsburgh, PA has had a dramatic impact on its community for decades. They were kind enough to share how Online for Life sent an abortion-minded family to them and how, by God’s grace, an unborn life was saved.

On February 2nd, the mother of a 15 year-old girl went online and began searching for a nearby abortion facility. The reason? Her daughter had just told her she had taken a pregnancy test.

It was positive.

The mother was upset and began to search immediately for a quick way to fix “the problem.”
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Obama Says He Hasn't Raised Taxes

Warner Tood Huston writes:

John Kartch over at Americans for Tax Reform found President Obama's claim that he hasn't raised taxes a bit, shall we say, quixotic. At one point in the interview with Obama conducted by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and shown on Sunday, Obama stated bald faced that he didn't do so. The truth seems to be a different animal, however.

Employing his best preacher's alliterative mode by repeating it twice, Obama told O'Reilly, "I didn't raise taxes once. I lowered taxes over the last two years. I lowered taxes for the last two years."
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Baseball Coach Donates Kidney to Player

Sometimes a happy ending story about a good person is exactly what's needed:

Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter has donated a kidney to a freshman player who suffers from a disease that can lead to kidney failure.

Both Walter and outfielder Kevin Jordan were recovering Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital one day after the transplant was performed.

“For us, it‘s almost like it’s been divine intervention,” Jordan’s father Keith told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday from Atlanta.
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Great Vid: 26 Years of World Youth Days

Check it out at Mary's Aggies:

A Powerful Experience
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The Confession App

This doesn't seem like a bad idea to me. Of course, there are dangers which Father Z discusses:

About a million people have written to me about the new “confession” app for the iPhone. Well… not a million, but a lot.

I am all for anything that gets people to go to confession. But let’s be clear about something:

The iPhone app is for preparing to go to confession. It is not a substitute for going to confession.

The app costs $1.99 in the iTunes app store. It has an imprimatur from Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne – South Bend.

The app store says that it was developed by Fr. Thomas Weinandy, OFM, the Exec. Director of the Secretariate for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices for the USCCB and Fr. Dan Scheidt, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, Indiana.

WDTPRS applauds their effort.
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I'm Part of an "Outgroup" -Send $ Fast

Professor William Jacobson is part of an outgroup. I think he already knew that though:

Shocking news from the frontlines of the anti-discrimination battles.

Liberals -- particularly in academia and the social sciences -- have a tribal mentality which results in discrimination against conservatives.

What is shocking is not that such tribal mentality exists, but that anyone is expressing surprise.

As reported by The New York Times, for which this really is shocking news, someone just discovered this reality (emphasis mine):
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What Happens to Left Wing Pro-Lifers?

Mark Judge at The Daily Caller writes:

Last week, while Anderson Cooper was in Egypt getting his hair tussled, Nat Hentoff wrote another pro-life column. It’s important to remember the latter when, in a few weeks, America’s brave, fearless journalists start giving themselves awards for the courage they have displayed reporting from Egypt. That is, if they haven‘t started doing so already — I mean, Katie Couric had her walk-and-talk interrupted by protestors!

Nat Hentoff is a journalist with 60 years experience. He has written beautifully about jazz, civil rights, censorship, totalitarian states, and, not least, abortion. Hentoff is a self-described “atheist left-wing pro-lifer.”
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Muslims Kill 2 Christian Teenagers

Weasel Zippers reports:

Nothing an “interfaith” conference can’t straighten out.

NEW DELHI, INDIA– Suspected Islamic militants have killed two Christian teenagers who were reading the Bible in the disputed Kashmir valley, divided between India and Muslim Pakistan, BosNewsLife established Tuesday, February 8.
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I Can Relate to This

Simcha Fisher has me cracking up:

Guess what I did yesterday?

That’s right, I took the four youngest kids and picked up their older brother from the mountain 40 minutes away because he broke his elbow on the school ski trip; got lost, got lunch for the other kids, discovered I was short one lunch and went through the drive-through, picked up the math workbook we left at the dentist’s office a month ago, got gas, realized that if I tried to find the hospital which was closer than our normal one, I’d get lost again; went home, changed the baby, threw in some laundry, raked snow off the roof and dug out the mailbox, took the five kids at home and picked up the other three from their ski trip, dragged them all to the hospital, discovered the elbow was actually just bruised, ran to the supermarket for supper, gave the kids a stern lecture about patience, was thoroughly ignored, went home, and pretended to forget that I had promised severe comeuppance for those among us who bite others among us in parking lots.
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A Christian Nation is Born in Africa

Weasel Zippers reports:

A New Christian Nation Is Born in Africa: South Sudan Votes 98.83% to Secede From Arab Muslim North…

Congratulations to the freedom-loving people of South Sudan.
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The Charnel House of Blackmun

David Kahane writes:

It was the great moral struggle of my father’s generation. When they started out, few gave them a snowball’s chance in hell of accomplishing their noble and selfless goals of making this a better, happier, fairer, more tolerant, more compassionate world. They battled ignorance, fear, and, worst of all, the ingrained prejudices of bitter clingers, but they never gave up. They took the fight all the way to the Supreme Court — and, in a landmark decision, they won. Indeed, we speak of it to this day in the hushed, reverent tones others might use for, say, the Holy Koran.

I’m talking, of course, about Roe v. Wade, which enshrined a Woman’s Right to Choose as the most sacred secular sacrament in our canon of unholy rites.
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The Religious Climate in Your Country?

Fascinating questions and discussion at Conversion Diary:

Back in 2008 I asked readers from outside the United States to tell us about the religious climates in their countries. It ended up being one of the most fascinating discussions we’ve had here on the blog, and so I wanted to bring it up again:

If you live (or have recently lived) outside the U.S., we want to hear from you! Some questions:
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Twilight's Last Reaming?

The Blaze reports on some of the worst national anthem renditions and some of the snarkiest comments about them:

Christina Aguilera was credited with the first fumble of the “Big Game” as she screwed up the lyrics to the song voted “most likely to have it’s lyrics screw-up.” Within seconds Twitter was ablaze with snark and clever comments about it.
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Planned Parenthood Unleashes the Hounds

SBA List might just be my favorite pro-life group.

Today, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) slammed Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) for deploying far left-wing sites in an attempt to smear Lila Rose, whose undercover videos released this week revealed criminal activity at several clinics. The videos, showing employees of clinics in New Jersey and Virginia aiding and abetting in alleged human sex trafficking and prostitution of female minors, have sparked outrage and a call to strip the organization of public funds.
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Orwellian Gay Marriage Bills

Paul Zummo writes at American Catholic:

There are a pair of companions bills working their way through the Maryland legislature. HB 55 and SB 116, titled “The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act” will soon be coming up for debate. Religious freedom and marriage protection – must be a law that good Catholics can get behind. So what do the bills provide for:
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Tolerance?

Ranting Catholic Mom writes:

I find the liberal/progressive mantra for tolerance to lack any genuine concern for others. It seems to me that tolerance is a very low hanging fruit in terms of virtue. My disbelief in tolerance as a virtue comes from life experience. I didn't need to see this video (http://hotair.com/archives/2011/02/03/video-koch-protests-include-calls-to-lynch-clarence-thomas/) to suspect that calls for tolerance lack the kind of concern for one's neighbor that could be considered Christ-like.
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School Board Fires Teachers Union

This is a story to watch. Warner Todd Huston writes:

Now this is more like it. Back in October of 2010 the Summer County, Tennessee School Board decertified the Sumner County Education Association (SCEA), the union for county teachers, because it no longer satisfied the law by counting as members fifty percent plus one of the total number of employees requiring a teaching certificate. This, school board officials said, means that the SCEA can no longer engage in collective bargaining for teachers.
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Great Reagan Tributes

Pundette does a great job rounding these up.

I spent the eight years of his presidency dismissive of the senile old idiot who didn’t have sense enough to raise taxes. I’ve spent the last eight years laboring to atone for those eight, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Unlike so many of you, I never had the chance to enjoy the man while he was in office. But I did turn back towards the light before he died, and living in Los Angeles, I have been to several events at the nearby Reagan Library.
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"Sanctum" Stinks

Steven Greydanus saw James Cameron's newest film so you don't have to:

Sanctum an unholy affront. It is with a mixture of relief and bewilderment that I learn that there was no actual loss of life in the real-life spelunking misadventure on which Sanctum is based.

Relief, not only because everyone was saved, but because it means however rotten the fictionalized movie account might be, at least it doesn’t defame the dead. And bewilderment, because I have a hard time imagining what would possess someone fortunate enough to have lived through the basic premise of the film without loss of life to extrapolate a tale of such perversity and inhumanity.
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Obama Hides Abortion Data

Red State reports:

RedState has uncovered evidence - confirmed by the CDC’s own press office - that the Obama administration is deliberately playing “hide the ball” on nationwide abortion statistics. For apparently the first time in 40 years, the CDC’s annual “Abortion Surveillance Report” was not published, and there are “no plans” for the data to be produced at this time.
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Americans Don't Realize What They've Done

Atlas Shrugs has an editorial by Israel's former Defense Minister:

It's a horror, the consequences of which cannot be understood. Nothing happens for decades, then decades happens in a day. The Obama presidency is a catastrophe.
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Planned Parenthood to Face Inquiry

Thanks to Lila Rose. Cubachi reports:

After Lila Rose and Live Action films revealed Planned Parenthood to aid a pimp with an underground sex ring with minors, a moment in the video captured an employee from Planned Parenthood of Perth Amboy recommending the pimp to head to another town that specializes in underage abortions.
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Hey, Let's Lynch Clarence Thomas!

Instapundit writes:

MORE OF THAT “NEW CIVILITY” WE WERE PROMISED? Video: Koch protests include calls to lynch Clarence Thomas. Note that this was at an event organized by the supposedly mainstream Common Cause. “Will the Southern Poverty Law Center report on the ‘Rage on the Left’ and label Common Cause a racist hate group?” I eagerly await the statement from the ABA criticizing attempts to intimidate the judiciary.
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Chrislam?!

Korans in the church pews? Really? Weasel Zippers reports:

A Protestant renewal organization is concerned about the recent efforts of some mainline Protestant churches to produce an ecumenical reconciliation between Christianity and Islam.

According to a recent blog post from The Last Crusade, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, along with other congregations in Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit, preached sermons and held Sunday school lessons on the founder of Islam, Mohammad, whom Muslims consider a prophet. Qurans were also placed in the pews next to Bibles.
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NYT: Muslim Brotherhood = Catholic Church

These guys are unbelievable. Kathryn Lopez has it:

The Muslim Brotherhood as the Catholic Church. The New York Times makes the following assertion today:

The Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928, is the oldest and largest Islamist movement in the world, with affiliates in nearly every Muslim country and adherents in Europe and the United States
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I'm a Recovering Perfectionist

Colleen Duggan At Faith & Family Live

When I first became a wife and mom, I sincerely desired to do things “right”— which is a nice way of saying I wanted to achieve perfection. (Really, I coveted excellence in accomplishments my entire life but my new vocations unleashed this “need” in a way school and work never had.)

The measure of my perfection was my performance, my ability to master the skills of homemaking. Whereas I once was compelled to make A’s and succeed as ‘Teacher of the Year,’ I now looked for perfection in the completion of my daily duties specific to my vocation — cooking, cleaning, purchasing groceries, meeting the needs of my spouse and children, etc. If I could check it off my list, I was officially a success for the day.

But, if I made a mistake in one of these areas (say by losing my temper with either my husband or my kids) my obvious conclusion was I was a total and complete failure. I was damaged, deficient.

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Catholics, Nazis and Rat Eating Aliens

In what has to be the greatest title to a post in the Catholic blogosphere ever, Tony Rossi at Patheos writes:

It's rare for a TV series to make a Catholic priest one of its primary characters, but that's what the ABC show "V" did when it debuted in 2009. Not only was the character generally positive and even heroic, but as the show has evolved in Season 2, themes that hold special interest for Catholics have garnered a higher profile too.
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Cardinal Wuerl on Civil discourse

Cardinal Wuerl makes some good points on the tone of our debate. It will change nothing, but they are good points.

The preacher's pulpit, the politician's podium and the print and electronic media all bear some responsibility to encourage a far more civil, responsible and respectful approach to national debate and the discussion of issues in our country today.

Over and over again, we are hearing, in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, that it is time to examine the tenor and tone of debate. Sadly, it took something as tragic as the Tucson shooting to generate a conversation about how we debate issues, especially those that engender great emotion.

A wise and ancient Catholic maxim has always insisted that we are to "hate the sin and love the sinner." At the heart of this time-honored wisdom is the simple recognition that some things are wrong and yet we still distinguish between what is done and who does it.

Increasingly, there is a tendency to disparage the name and reputation, the character and life, of a person because he or she holds a different position. The identifying of some people as "bigots" and "hate mongers" simply because they hold a position contrary to another's has unfortunately become all too commonplace today.

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Exorcist Warns of Demonic Websites

The Catholic Herald reports:

An American exorcist has blamed the internet for rising numbers of young people who say they are possessed by the Devil.

Websites dedicated to the occult, witchcraft, Tarot cards, psychics and séances were increasingly exposing young people to demonic influences, said Fr Gary Thomas.
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Stop Glorifying Single Mothers

John Hawkins writes:

So yesterday, I tweeted this, "Single mothers shouldn't be vilified, but they shouldn't be glorified either. They're people who made bad life choices." Naturally, I was deluged with comments from angry single mothers and a few single dads, too. You see, we have an unwritten rule in this country that says, "Single mothers have it hard so no matter what people really think, they can't ever speak a negative word about them." When people get that oversensitive about a topic, it's a good bet that there's a lot of uncomfortable truth that people are thinking, but aren't willing to say out loud. When I run across a topic like that, I love to talk about it because I've already heard every insult in the book five times over, so all the wailing and gnashing of teeth isn't going to do anything except produce more great pieces of hate mail that I can read to my friends for their amusement.
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EPA to Regulate Milk. Really.

Oh boy.

Despite the old saying, “Don’t cry over spilled milk,” the Environmental Protection Agency is doing just that.
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V Monologues at St. Mary's

Does the word "inappropriate" mean anything anymore?

Catholic students are hoping the notoriously lewd play by feminist activist Eve Ensler, The V-Monologues, does not disgrace the campus of Saint Mary’s College of California.

The offensive play is scheduled to show on February 11 at the Soda Center. If the play is not canceled, students will be invited to see a production full of explicit discussions of sexuality and sexual encounters, including lesbian activity and masturbation.
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Vid: Obama Against Individual Mandate

Ha!

Video: Obama Arguing Against His Own Individual Mandate to Buy Health Insurance…
You think we’ll see this video in a few 2012 GOP presidential campaign ads?
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