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My Grandmother Died with Real Dignity

Maria Knox writes as Live Action:

Earlier in August a former New York Times reporter, Jane Gross, published a book about her experience where she allowed her elderly mother to die of starvation and dehydration while in hospice care.

She talks about how “dignified” her mother’s 13 day slow ordeal was while inside she wished her mother would “hurried up and die – especially since her mother was not terminally ill. Her mother was depressed because she was not independent anymore.
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Perry Pledges Pro-Life Veep

Rudy hardest hit. Hot Air has the story:

When Rick Perry signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s pro-life pledge last week, it raised a few eyebrows among those who recall his endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008, a noted pro-choice Republican. Perry insisted that a President Giuliani would appoint conservative jurists to the bench and that his personal views would not be relevant. Four years later, Perry now says that, if nominated, he will make sure his running mate is not just pro-life, but an advocate for the cause:
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Santorum: Why Limit Marriage to 2 People?

Great point.

Santorum: If marriage is for people who ‘love,’ why limit it ‘to just two people? Why not 10?’
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Bill Nye: Global Warming Caused Irene

Idiocy.

Bill Nye “The Propaganda Guy” would be more appropriate.

(CBS News) — We tend to avoid outright politics here on SmartPlanet, but Bill Nye — known as “The Science Guy” after his popular television show on PBS — recently visited the Fox Business channel’s Freedom Watch to explain to host Charles Payne and his viewers the intricacies of drawing a line between Irene’s destruction and climate change as a whole.
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Politico: Is Rick Perry Dumb?

Pundette says "I'm with Stupid."

Here's a fun headline from Politico: Is Rick Perry Dumb? By the article's end, the answer seems to be no, not really (though the implication in the headline is meant to linger in readers' minds). But the type of intelligence he's credited with is rather suspect:
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Catholic Colleges Don't Say They're Catholic

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

Colleges’ websites have taken major supporting roles in communicating their mission, purpose, objectives, academic programs, and overall student experience. Presumably, colleges that are ostensibly Catholic “express” this identity to all prospective and current students clearly and unambiguously. The purpose of this study was to assess the nature and extent of ways in which U.S. Catholic colleges publicly explicate their Catholic identity through their official websites.
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Barking Doesn't Solve the Problem

Funny and well done story at Wrigleyboys:

Like many men I love to grill. I like it best with a little bit of music playing in the back ground, a cold beverage near by and the boys playing contentedly in yard. There’s just something about fire and meat that is cause for jubilation in one’s heart, something that reaches back to the origins of time.

Recently during one of these momentary man-raptures I was taken away by incessant barking from our young, black lab Mattie. After closer investigation, I could see that Mattie had dropped her drool laden, mud and grass speckled, generally disgusting tennis ball at the edge of her hidden fence and it had rolled down the drive and across the street, leaving a distinct snail trail to its place of rest. I watched as Mattie became more and more frustrated, passing back and forth at the edge of the DMZ, momentarily looking for eye contact with any of the five boys and then returning her gaze to the ball, all the time increasing her volume and her cadence of barking.
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10 Things I wish I Knew as a Freshman

Marcel writes:

10 - Ask for help before you are in real trouble. This goes for all situations. If you are struggling in class, talk to a professor. If you are struggling spiritually, talk to a priest or campus minister. If you are struggling in another way, find someone to talk to. Remember that the older folks that work in and around colleges are there to help you.

9 - College is not just about getting a job. I am not saying that grades are not important. I am not saying you don't want to get a good job. I AM saying that college is about learning about the big questions - Who am I? What is life about? What plan does God have for me? etc. If you figure this out, college will be a success.
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Union Glues Catholic School's Doors

Sick and demented.

Officials at a Milwaukee Catholic school say they’re very disappointed that a visit by Gov. Scott Walker this afternoon has already been marred by vandalism.

Staffers at Messmer Preparatory School in Milwaukee’s inner-city were changing the locks today after some of them were filled with metal and super glue during the night.
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The War on Adulthood

The American Spectator has a great piece on the vanishing of adulthood:

A longtime acquaintance of mine -- we'll call him Sam -- recently announced that he'd joined an adult kickball league. Now the important thing to know about Sam is that he is the 48-year-old twice-married father of three adult children.

I once played kickball with Sam. That would have been in the early seventies at St. Mary's Grade School. After fifth grade, I hung up my sneakers for good. This, apparently, makes me a bit of an oddball.

I say that because kickball is the latest big thing, the newest fad. And fads are not just for children anymore. They're for grown-ups too. Or at least those people in their twenties, thirties, and forties we used to think of as grown-up.
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NUmber of Catholic Converts Declining

Monsignor Pope writes:

A recent report from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) indicates the need for continuing sobriety among members of the Catholic Church in terms of the critical need for personal evangelization. We cannot remain unconcerned when it comes to declining numbers. More on this in minute. But first, I’d like to present excerpts from the CARA blog, written by Mark Gray. The full post can be here: Research on Catholic Replacement Matters.
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The Parents Are Not All Right

Nancy French writes at the Home Front about the problem not necessarily being the kids, but the parents:

Joel Bakan, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, has two teenagers who sometimes ignore him. I know this because his recent New York Times op-ed called “The Kids Are Not All Right” begins this way:
When I sit with my two teenagers, and they are a million miles away, absorbed by the titillating roil of online social life, the addictive pull of video games and virtual worlds, as they stare endlessly at video clips and digital pictures of themselves and their friends, it feels like something is wrong.
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Fr. Barron on the Pope's Young Army

Great column at CNA:

I have just completed one of the most extraordinary weeks of my life. For the past eight days, I participated in World Youth Day in Madrid, a gathering of some 1.5 million Catholic young people with Pope Benedict XVI. I met enthusiastic teen and 20-something Catholics from the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, Nigeria, England, Australia, New Zealand, China, the Philippines, India, Denmark, and many other countries. The universality of the Church has never been, for me anyway, on fuller and more thrilling display. My Word on Fire team and I were especially encouraged to see so concretely the outreach that the Internet and the new media provide. To hear, over and again, and in dozens of different accents, that our videos and podcasts have made a difference in people’s lives was deeply gratifying.
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NYT's Keller: Belief in God Like Belief in UFO's

Newsbusters reports:

Bill Keller’s upcoming column for the New York Times’s Sunday magazine, “Asking Candidates Tougher Questions About Faith,” raised familiar liberal paranoia about the conservative religious views of Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry. The official headline for the upcoming print edition: “Not Just Between Them and Their God.” Keller had no time for respectful criticism: "Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are Mormons, a faith that many conservative Christians have been taught is a 'cult' and that many others think is just weird."
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Dad Charged for Protecting Kids from Bear

Moonbattery has the story:

A government as overbearing and depraved as our own does not have the consent of the governed. For example, Jeremy Hill of Porthill, Idaho stands charged in federal court of killing a grizzly bear to protect his children. His peers are hardly taking the government’s side.

The most dangerous kind of grizzly — a mother with its cubs — invaded the property where Hill is raising six children. They attacked pigs kept in a pen. Hill sensibly shot one of the bears, scaring the others off.
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A Missing Monument to Religious Freedom

George Washington's letter to a group of Jews is pretty awesome and it's probably something that more people should read:

The annual reading of George Washington's letter to the Jews—which took place this weekend at the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I.—will echo with extra significance this year, as a campaign is now under way to make the original letter available for public viewing.

The campaign was launched earlier this year by the Jewish Daily Forward after the newspaper discovered that Washington's letter—in which he vowed that the new American government would "give to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance"—is locked away in storage by an owner who is loath to share access with the rest of his countrymen.
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CNN on Porn: Smart People vs. Bible Folk

Terry Mattingly of Get Religion parses a CNN story:

It seems that the comments pages at the CNN religion blog have been on fire for several days — with good reason. That’s what happens when you publish a feature about Christians hooked on pornography and you top it with a photo of a man reading a copy of Playboy hidden inside his Bible.

That staged illustration didn’t freak me out, truth be told, although I must admit that I share many readers’ doubts that CNN would have run the same photo with a Playboy inside a Koran.

The more serious issue, for me, is the story itself.
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Before Kids Put a Ring On It

Kathry Lopez interviews W. Bradford Wilcox about cohabitation and its effect on children:

More than 40 percent of children in the United States spend time in a cohabiting household. That’s among the findings of the new “Why Marriage Matters” study from the Institute for American Values and the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.

W. Bradford Wilcox, director of UVA’s Project, chaired the team of family-scholar experts — including William Galston and Ron Haskins of Brookings, as well as David Popenoe of Rutgers and Judith Wallerstein of Berkeley — who put the study together. In an interview with National Review Online, Wilcox talks about the findings and how they can be put to practical use.
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Party of Death Rallies for Business of Death

Dems circle the wagons around Big Abortion.

The chair of the national Democratic party headlined a small rally in Florida yesterday for the Planned Parenthood, in what is the latest event having Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz working with the abortion business.
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Fr. Bill on Toning Down the Rhetoric

Fr. Bill at Ramblings of a Country Pastor writes:

In writing this post, I am getting that 'hypocrisy vibe alert' for I know that have been as guilty as the rest in participating in the to be mentioned behavior, but as of late, I have refrained from the behavior for the most part. I say for the most part because the St Louis Cardinals underachievement is rising to new heights. The problem though is angry rhetoric. There seems to be no shortage of it. There seems to be no arena in which it is not just common but is now the norm. Within the halls of our churches, the halls of governance, the halls of industry and finance, and within the lives of everyone, especially the famous, we feel the right and necessity to castigate at will.
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Adventures with Me and Flat Stanley

Sherry writes:

I think I hate Flat Stanley. There I said it.

Look at any second grade wall the first month of the school year and the photo essays staring this pressed paper hero will showcase trips to museums, Europe, cruises, salt water fishing for prize Marlins, making salt water taffy but not eating it, rodeo elephant rides, free style skydiving, hiking the Appalachian trail, meeting NFL and NBA stars on the street for a pick up game, trying out for Broadway shows and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. You'll see dance recitals that rival the Joffrey and ice cream sundaes that require building permits, great pictures of kids shaking hands with world leaders, rides in helicopters, winning the slots at Vegas and professional cooking classes with Iron Chef Michael Simon.
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The Priest 1, Conan the Barbarian 0

Ignatius Insight has the review:

Fr. Stephen Grunow crosses swords with "Conan the Barbarian"

It's hard to believe that almost thirty years have passed since an "Auuhhh-stree-ühhn" body builder named Arnold Schwarzenegger—with many muscles exposed and far fewer skeletons in the closet—had his breakthrough role as a lovable, pre-historical troglodyte-romancer in "Conan the Barbarian". Since that film is now ancient history and Hollywood is what it is, a remake was recently released and is now showing in a cave theater near you (and in 3-D! Rock on!)
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The Funniest Pic of the Day

D.C. Earthquake devestation.

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Scary! Abortion Clinic After Dark

Abby Johnson writes of hearing the babies scream:

When I was at Planned Parenthood, I used to work a lot…I mean, a lot. Sometimes, I would work as many as 80 hours in one week. In order to do that, I would have to go in at night. Lots of buildings are eerie at night…none are creepier than an abortion clinic.

I remember going into the clinic by myself for the first time in the morning. I used to go in with a group of employees. But I had gotten there before anyone else, so I went ahead and decided to make my way in. One of the guys that worked there had there had made a joke about being in the clinic alone. He said that when you there alone, you could hear babies crying. I always thought that was a weird joke…but we made lots of weird jokes there. I knew it certainly wasn’t true. Even still, this first day I went in alone, I was a little nervous about it.
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Nothing Wrong with American Nuns a Decade Won't Fix

Philip Lawler writes at Catholic Culture "How the Vatican can restore trust among American nuns: Just wait a bit:

While he was prefect of the Congregation for Religious, Cardinal Franc Rodé began an apostolic visitation of women's religious orders in the US, motivated by the concern that many communities had "simply acquiesced to the disappearance of religious life" while others were drifting away from the universal Church. But now Cardinal Rodé is gone, the Congregation for Religious is under new management. Today the new leadership concentrates on reassuring American women religious. The goal now, it seems, is not to have American religious communities that the Vatican can trust, but to have a Vatican that the women religious can trust.
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Dog Keeps Watch over Fallen Seal's Casket

Heartbreaking pic.

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8 Tips for Staying Sane on the Internet

Jen at Conversion Diary writes:

There’s been a fair amount of smack directed my way on the ol’ internet lately. For those of you who haven’t been following the fun over at my Register blog, there was was this, then this, and this, and this, and this. I could list a bunch more examples, but you get the idea. Between all the posts, their comments, and the comments to some of my posts, I’ve read at least 1,000 nasty remarks directed at me in the past month alone.
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Katy Perry Prays for Israel. Outrage Ensues

Michelle Malkin writes:

Katy Perry is a pop singer/songwriter who churns out annoying Billboard hits (“Firework,” “Teenage Dream,” “Hot N Cold”) that your tween-age kids love and you love to hate (yes, I speak from experience). She made news this week after tying Michael Jackson’s record of scoring 5 #1 Billboard hits off a single album.

She also made some little-noticed waves on Twitter that should be newsworthy.

In a response to a fan of hers on Monday, she tweeted:
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Obama at -26 Approval Index

But don't worry he says it's not his fault. Pundette has his reasons.

Maybe Mr. Rasmussen should change the name to "disapproval index." Obama has been underwater on this for a long, long time. But today he hits a new low: 19% strongly approve, 45% strongly disapprove. The graphic isn't up yet for today but the numbers are in the trend chart, here.

Even this he blames on someone else: Congress did it!
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Great Story That's Not About Lip Gloss

Sarah at Virtuous Planet writes:

I was just looking for concealer. I am a mom; under-eye circles are par for the course. Running low, I snuck away for a few coveted moments alone at the mercedes-benz of makeup counters, Sephora. A few minutes into my search and clearly in over my head, a woman with bright blue eyeliner, more than a few tattoos, and a purple flower in her hair approached and asked if I needed help finding a shade. “Am I that obvious?”, I asked with a smile.
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Catholic Charities Loses in Illinois

Children's welfare takes a back seat to political correctness. American Thinker writes:

The state of Illinois is about to throw the foster care system in chaos because a large provider - Catholic Charities - opposes placing children with same sex couples.

The 2200 children placed by Catholic Charities will now be transferred to other social welfare agencies. The state says they will try to keep the kids with the same foster parents, but there are no guarantees that this will occur during the transition.
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CNN: Stupid Separation of Powers!

Obama needs more power!

Self-Described Obama Advisor And CNN Host Fareed Zakaria: Having A Presidential System Led To America’s Credit Downgrade…
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Rick Perry, Porn King.

Political Junkie Mom writes:

Seriously? Obama’s ties to radical lefty terrorists no biggie, but Perry bought stock in a movie rental company that also rented porn. THAT’S a scandal!

Desperation.

No one cared about Obama’s associations with avowed communist terrorists who blew up buildings and killed a few people back in the 60s. But that Rick Perry once invested and sold stock in a southern company that rented porn in a backroom, that’s a scandal? What a long 15 months this will be:
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Abp Chaput: Don't Trust the News

CNS News reports:

The news outlets CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and MSNBC do not “provide trustworthy information about religious faith,” said Philadelphia’s incoming Archbishop, Charles Chaput, at the Catholic World Youth Day ongoing this week in Madrid, Spain.
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5 Reasons Contraceptives Suck

I just found Bad Catholic. I like this guy:

...and an alternative to said suckage.
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This Almost Makes Me Want a Dog. Almost.

Wrigleyboys has a great post about his dog:

He doesn’t bark much anymore and he no longer cares about a ball. He was once that black pup that had a bark far larger than his palm size frame and would chase a ball till he could no longer move. That old dog we call Tucker now rarely gets up the gumption to climb the stairs, he rarely replies when you call his name and often scraps fall from the table and he doesn’t notice. But this wasn’t always the way.
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A Tiny Whispering Sound

CatholicMom.com has a great story about how God is in the small things:

In the first Book of Kings, read a few weeks ago at Mass (9: 91, 11-13a), we were reminded of a time Elijah was at the Mountain of God, Horeb, standing before a cave where he’d come to find shelter. While there, the Lord God spoke to him, saying, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by.”

Soon, a “strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord – but the Lord was not in the wind.” Not long after, an earthquake came, “but the Lord was not in the earthquake.” After that, a fire came, “but the Lord was not in the fire.”
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Biden's China Diplomacy Succeeding Wildly

Ha!

At the same time as Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Beijing in hopes of improving relations between the U.S. and China…
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Great WYD Story!!

Mary's Aggies has the story:

103 Year-Old Nun To Leave Convent For First Time in 84 Years To Meet Pope

She has spent every day of the past 84 years inside the walls of her convent in central Spain.

Now, however, 103-year-old nun Sister Teresita will finally emerge into the outside world on Friday for a very special occasion.
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Ha! Priests Pray for Thief to Get Diarrhea

Ha! I love this. Sure, it's probably not a good and healthy reaction but it's just so human that I think it's funny:

You're probably thinking "What!?!" But here it is, straight from the Weird News desk...
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WYD Photos Belie the Dying Church Meme

Thomas Peters has some WYD photos. Pretty amazing stuff.

[Updated With More] Stunning Photos from World Youth Day
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Mercy at World Youth Day

Kathryn Lopez writes:

Hey, gals, there’s a one-time-only “special” on forgiveness in Madrid this week! Had an abortion? No problem, as they say in Spain. The Pope in Rome has waived your culpability — just this once!!

That is how way too many news stories about World Youth Day read. “Pope dangles ‘fruits of divine grace’ to excommunicated Catholics who admit, during Madrid event, to terminations,” the Guardian tells us.
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Awful Vid of a Hate Crime in Philadelphia

Philly is going down the tubes:

Hate Crime: Woman Assaulted by Teen Girl Gang in Philadelphia…
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The 8 Most Terrifying Holes on Earth

Crazy pics from Doug Ross.

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NPR Has Only Detractors of Pope for WYD

They can't seem to find any of the 400,000 happily heading over to WYD. Matthew Balan has the story:

NPR pretended that there wasn't a single supporter of Pope Benedict XVI in Spain on Friday's Morning Edition, choosing to devote an entire report on the "many people are grumbling at the cost" of the upcoming papal visit to the country. Correspondent Lauren Frayer not only failed to mention the 428,000 people from around the world who are registered for the World Youth Day event with the Pope, but also omitted the leftist bent of the protesters who are organizing a boycott.
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Dresses Rule, Pants Drool

Julie Robison likes dresses. A lot. But don't tell her she can't wear pants.:

I'll never forget standing in line for dinner at college. First of all, I'm in line for food I pre-paid for but did not want at present, minus the cereal bar, which I could have eaten in my dorm room.

Secondly, I was standing behind a girl and her boyfriend. The girl had been on the hall I was an RA for; the boyfriend was Trad-Catholic. She said hi and introduced us. I was wearing jeans. He told me girls shouldn't wear pants. I asked him where Jesus forbade women from wearing pants; was it before or after he gave us the Golden Rule to love our neighbor as ourselves?

Our relationship, as you can guess, did not blossom.
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Church Proved Right. Again.

One of CMR's favorite bloggers Rebecca Taylor writes a great piece at Mary Meets Dolly:

The Catholic Church's stance on reproductive technologies is wildly unpopular. I think it is for two reasons. The first is that the U.S. Supreme Court has made up a constitutional right that is not actually in the U.S. Constitution, the "reproductive right." It is the idea that not only do we have the ultimate right to destroy our offspring in the womb if we don't want them, but we also can create genetic offspring anyway we see fit. Even if it means putting those offspring at greater risk of birth defects, being implanted in the wrong uterus, being destroyed by embryonic stem cell researchers or dying in the deep freeze. The idea of "reproductive rights" has spread all over the world.
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Girl Saving for IPhone Wants Free Abortion

Disgusting:

Fail: Girl Seeks Free Abortion … Because She’s Saving for a New iPhone

Andrew A Blair (@ProLifePolitics) pointed out this outrageous example of selfishness:
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Fr. Z on the Fecundity of Chaos

Fr. Z has some fun with the LCWR:

Today on the invaluable site of NCFishwrap we learn that at the meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) the gathered sistren are turning to a brand new plan in the face of their dwindling numbers.

Here are a few excerpts.
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Biz Owner Shot for Being Non Union?

Shooters scraped the word "Scab" on the victim's car. The Blaze reports:

We’ve all heard the stories of shakedowns and bullying that occurs to many non-unionized workers and private business owners. However, the thuggery might have gone beyond the pale recently when one Ohio business owner was repeatedly harassed, then shot and almost killed, for allegedly being non-union.

John King reportedly owns one of Toledo’s largest non-union electrical contracting businesses. With 25 employees and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, King’s business reportedly often thrives while other unionized electrical contracting businesses fail due to their higher rates.
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Don't Know Much About The Assumption

Faith & Family Live has a fun video with Fr. Jack Collins quizzing people on the street about the Assumption.

Here’s an amusing video review of what we’re celebrating.
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Nanny State Madness

Subvet takes on what might become THE most ridiculous law in America.

Oh. Please.

Nanny State Madness: California‘s Proposed ’Fitted Sheet’ Law

Look, I'm sorry that some folks will have to be hotel maids all their working lives. It's a damned lousy job and no mistake about it.
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Prominent Pro-Lifers Swimming the Tiber

Kevin Birnbaum of OSV writes:

When Bryan Kemper was getting started in pro-life activism about 20 years ago, he "was kind of paranoid at first" about working with Catholics, he said, having been taught by other Protestants that the Catholic Church was the whore of Babylon. "I was hellbent on saving all the Catholics," he recalled recently.
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Sowell Said It, Not Me

Thomas Sowell writes:

Someone at long last has had the courage to tell the plain, honest truth about race.

After mobs of young blacks rampaged through Philadelphia committing violence -- as similar mobs have rampaged through Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee and other places -- Philadelphia's black mayor, Michael A. Nutter, ordered a police crackdown and lashed out at the whole lifestyle of those who did such things.

"Pull up your pants and buy a belt 'cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt," he said. "If you walk into somebody's office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won't hire you? They don't hire you 'cause you look like you're crazy," the mayor said. He added: "You have damaged your own race."
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Flash and Wonder Woman to the Rescue

Sailorette has this awesome little story about a kid getting lost at Comic-con. Too good to miss. Head on over there and click on the link there please:

Asking The Flash for Help because you know him!

Score one for superheroes.

The levels of adorable are just incredible.
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Douthat Doesn't Like Rick "The Id" Perry

Ross Douthat, the supposed Conservative in the NY Times, doesn't seem to like Governor Rick Perry all that much. Well, not at all. It wouldn't appear that Jay Anderson of Pro Ecclesia has much patience for Douthat. In fact, as you can tell from his language, he doesn't like Douthat's latest at all.

Ross Douthat Cements His Position as Second-Douchiest "Conservative" Pundit in America

Of course the douchiest just so happens to be the other house "conservative" at the left-wing "newspaper of record". But Douthat is determined to give Brooks a run for his money:
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British Historian Explains the London Riots

American Catholic has the essay which is scathing and unflinching.

We live in a low and dishonest age. Political considerations cause almost all politicians and vast sections of populations to refuse to make fairly obvious statements of fact about the time in which we live. I therefore take notice when someone decides to break this taboo. Max Hastings, a British historian, we see a sample of him at work in the above video, shatters one great taboo by honestly describing the process by which modern Western society all too effectively produces amoral barbarians within its midst.
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ACLU Sues Kansas to Fund Abortions

Weasel Zippers reports:

ACLU Sues To Make Kansas Fund Abortions In Obamacare…

Apparently the “civil liberties” in ACLU don’t apply to babies still living in the womb.
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Letters to my Unborn Child

This is pretty funny and beautiful stuff from Mothering Spirit:

Dear Baby,

A lot of women wax eloquent about the beauty of pregnancy. I do not think they threw up for five months like I did.

But I do think it is a mind-boggling process. And it’s very weird to me that you are growing in the same spot that your brother grew. Two babies, each started out from two tiny cells, grew into two whole human beings inside me. That is “Alien” freaky. (You cannot watch that movie until you’re 18. So take my word for it. On second thought, you will roll your eyes at the wildly outdated special effects. Forget it.)
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The Sex-Ed Fallacy

Dr. Ann Nolte writes:

When I hear that New York City has mandated that sexual education be taught in all middle schools and high schools, as a doctor, I can appreciate the motivation behind the mandate. Teen sexual behavior and risk-taking is a serious problem with serious consequences.

But when I see that the content involves a token nod to abstinence and an emphasis on “safer sex” practices, I’m reminded of a saying made popular by Alcoholics Anonymous: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”
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Pro-Abortion Propaganda

Jewels Green, a former pro-choicers, writes:

I have been hearing a lot from the pro-abortion movement lately about how pro-life “slacktivists” aren’t doing anything but waging a “war on women” by “elevating clumps of 32 cells above the level of a living, breathing, thinking human woman.” Obviously, I know (now) those misguided, ill-informed pro-abortion folks couldn’t be more wrong, but it reminds me too much of what I was like when I was one of them.
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Seminaries Afraid of the Extraordinary Form?

Fr. Chris Smith writes:

I had just entered the seminary when Cardinal Ratzinger’s book, The Spirit of the Liturgy, came out. I had an English copy expressed to me and brought it with me into the chapel as my spiritual reading during our daily community Holy Hour. One of the older men knelt next to me as I was engrossed in Ratzinger’s chapter on Rite and whispered, “Do you want to get kicked out of the seminary? Change the book cover now.”
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NYTimes: Perry is "Horrific"

The Weekly Standard calls 'em out:

Apparently, there was a kerfuffle earlier today because Rick Perry said the following: "If this guy [Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke] prints more money between now and the election ... I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we -- we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous -- or treasonous in my opinion.”
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I've Gotta' Get This Book

Amy Welborn recommends a book I've never heard of but now absolutely can't wait to get my hands on. In fact, I just ordered it about 30 seconds ago. Amy writes:

You’d think that when it came to the coming-of-age novel, Catholics would be the masters. It’s the story of redemption after loss—isn’t that the basic Catholic story? Loss of innocence, exposure to the real world, hints of redemption, recollections glimmering like small jewels worked into an antique tapestry… you’d think.
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Catholics for Capitalism or Distributism?

Which economic system is more compatible with Catholicism? An excellent piece in Dappled Things which offers arguments for and against both capitalism and distributism being more compatible with Catholicism:

“It’s the economy, stupid.”

It is a phrase most people associate with Clinton and capitalism, but I find it equally worthy of Marx: all human realities are ultimately reducible to economic ones. It is also a cliché, by the way, and one so popular that it has spawned counter-clichés of its own. One of my favorites goes “It’s the culture, stupid,” which perhaps is not surprising given my involvement in this literary journal. Man—the lover, the poet, the builder, the philosopher, the worshiper, even the murderer—is a far larger and more mysterious reality than homo economicus. Yet for all that, it would be vain to deny, especially after the financial disasters of the last few years, that the economy (like other realities) has a powerful influence over the manner in which human beings live their lives, organize societies, and develop cultures. Hence, for those of us trying to pursue a Catholic vision of the good life, and a society that is compatible with it, economics is not a subject we can afford to ignore.

Newsweek: GOP/Christian Plot for World Domination

Lunacy:

Daily Beast/Newsweek: Perry And Bachmann Have A “Christian Plot For Domination” Similar To Radical Islam…
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Cheering for the Pope?

Trista wonders if cheering for the Pope is the right reaction.

When I first saw footage of people greeting and listening to the Pope, one aspect struck me as odd: Why did everyone cheer for him? He isn’t a rock star or a celebrity and cheering for him seemed so out of place. Shouldn’t they be bowing their heads, whispering a prayer, or just plain clapping? I wondered. What’s all the hooting and hollering about?
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Perry Says He Was Wrong on HPV Vaccine

This is huge.

This is one of the things that I’ve said makes me nervous about Rick Perry, and I’m glad he’s clearing it up so early.
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Win! Informed Consent vs. Undue Burden

SBA-List reports:

Yesterday the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the legislation passed by Arizona’s legislature in 2009 is constitutional, overturning the previous ruling and injunction issued by the Maricopa County Superior Court.
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Krugman Wishes Aliens Would Attack

Or something.

NYT “Economist” Paul Krugman Calls For Space Aliens To Attack Earth Requiring Massive Defense Spending To Stimulate Economy…
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Wow! Pawlenty Drops Out of Race

Didn't see that coming.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is dropping out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would announce on ABC’s “This Week” that he was ending his campaign after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday.
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Dear Showtime, Jesus Isn't a Serial Killer

Brent Bozell takes on the sick and twisted ad campaign from Showtime:

This fall, the Showtime movie channel will air its sixth season of "Dexter," their show glorifying a just serial killer. They recently finished a fourth season of a show called "Californication," which debuted in 2007 with a dream sequence in which the lead character receives oral sex from a nun in a church. So it might seem surprising (or....perhaps not) that Showtime's new promotional package for the fall wraps Showtime characters around...Christianity. The new slogan is "Showtime Saves."
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Photos: Why Women Live Longer Than Men

This is hilarious. Trust me.

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Bachmann Not Running for Wife-in-Chief

Nancy French nails this issue:

When John Kennedy ran for president, he had to dispel the notion that the Pope would be calling the shots. Michele Bachmann’s Christian faith has put her in a similar position pertaining to her husband.

“Given the insistence of Christian theology on male supremacy,” Leslie Bennetts writes in the Daily Beast, “female candidates who put that religion front and center in their campaigns should be required to explain what that means in terms of how they would govern, if elected.”
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Fr. Bill Peckman on Fatherhood

A great post from Ramblings of a Country Pastor:

18 years ago next week, I re-entered the seminary. I say re-enter because I had left twice before, the 2nd of those two times I left in such anger that I swore I would never enter the grounds of a seminary in my life again. I really need to watch my use of absolutes. My re-entrance was less than spectacular; an act of reluctance and hoping once and for all that someone would tell me that priesthood was not my calling. After a semester in which I piled on damage upon myself, I went home for Christmas break and ran into my ex who informed me that we could pick up where we left off; she was a wonderful young lady whom I could see myself marrying and fathering a large family with.
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Aliens vs. Sea Monsters

Paige Kellerman fears being eaten by sea monsters and argues with her husband about it.

Anyone who's been married for more than two seconds knows about recurring arguments. Marriage therapists like to tell people that having the same fights over and over means something's wrong - I'm starting to realize those stupid arguments are the glue which binds and fills the boredom void. For example, when two people are still dating, they've got dinners, movies, bars, really fun stuff, no worries, miniature golf, a non-existent mortgage, imaginary kids, and love-blind compliments to fill their time. Once you both compliment each other enough to say "I do", Saturday night sneaks up, and finds you sitting on the couch, filling your time with this conversation:
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SBA-List Roundup of States Defunding PP

Hoping that someday Pennsylvania is on this list:

Indiana: On behalf of 41 members of Congress, the American Center for Law & Justice filed an amicus brief in federal court on Monday supporting Indiana's defunding of Planned Parenthood. Indiana passed a law earlier this year prohibiting funding from going to Planned Parenthood, but it was struck down by a federal court; the congressional amicus brief was filed in the appeals court where the case is being appealed
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On Bachmann and Submissiveness

Janice Shaw Crouse writes at On Faith:

Few biblical passages cause more confusion than Ephesians 5:21-33 that calls for wives to submit to husbands. It is bad enough that the secular world misconstrues those verses to envision Stepford wives; it is even worse when they try to fit Christian leaders into their distortions of the biblical principle of submission. Michele Bachmann, who has served notably as a United States congresswoman and is currently a presidential candidate, is now under scrutiny regarding how she could, as a Christian president, balance submission and leadership.
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Dumb Luck or Design?

Msgr. Charles Pope writes:

What with Stephen Hawking’s show “Curiosity” on full display, I too would like to express my curiosity about something in the Universe. And that something, is “order.” We are told by scientists that the universe seems to have exploded into being almost 14 trillion years ago. And this explosion is still flying outward at almost 100 million miles an hour at the edges.
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83 Year Old Gets Breast Implants

Oh boy.

This story really makes me sad.

Marie Kolstad, of Orange County, is the mother of four, the grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother to 12. Last month, Kolstad decided she needed a little boost in her breasts. So she spent $8,000 for a three-hour procedure. She figured her family wouldn’t approve, so she didn’t tell them about the surgery until a day before she was scheduled to go under the knife. Kolstad is not unique.
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Controversy over Bin Laden Movie

Brian Koenig reports:

Well it’s been nearly a decade since September 11th, but not much time since Osama bin Ladin’s assassination, and apparently, the movie’s already in production.

Katheryn Bigelow, screenwriter and director for the Iraq war movie “The Hurt Locker,” is bringing May’s historic raid to Hollywood, and it will be released on October 12, 2012. But there is controversy, and not the typical Hollywood-esque controversy that so often surfaces from the film industry (i.e. “The King’s Speech,” King George VI was a Nazi!).
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Beware the Catholic Puppet of Doom

You won't believe it unless you see it.

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"Youths" Torch Catholic Church in Nigeria

Weasel Zippers reports:

Authorities say a clash between soldiers and youths in northeastern Nigeria over the arrest of suspected members of a radical Muslim sect has killed one person and wounded two.

Army Lt. Olumide Olukoya says fighting started Tuesday in Biu city in Borno state. He says a woman died from gunshot wounds in the clash after authorities arrested clerics and suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

He says about 150 rioting youths later torched a government building and a Catholic church.
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Feral Children of the Sexual Revolution?

Aimee Cooper writes:

A British journalist writing in the UK’s Daily Mail has fairly well pinpointed the causes of the current youth riots going on in England, in essence the same as the flashmobs and other acts of criminal brutality currently being carried out by youth here in the US. Chillingly, but not without cause, he terms them “feral children.”
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Is the Red M&M a Bully?

Government had to decide:

Australia‘s Advertising Standards Bureau took two months to decide if M&M’s red M&M was a bully that would pass on bad habits to kids.
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Gro-beast Government is Always Hiring

Pundette writes:

Yes, Obama really said this:
Last week, we reached an agreement that will make historic cuts to defense and domestic spending. But there’s not much further we can cut in either of those categories.
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Abandoned Church Becomes Museum

Sad and inspiring video:

The Buffalo Religious Arts Center was established to collect and preserve fine art from the many houses of worship that have closed their doors in the Western New York area. The Art Center is one of the first galleries in the United States housed in a former church and dedicated to the preservation of religious art.
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In Defense of Santorum

Lisa Graas thinks Santorum's the only one who gets it:

This post is for those of you who understand that we are now living in a culture of death that is reaching even into the Catholic Church.

If you don’t understand that, please go browse on YouTube and read no further because you’re just going to be bored here.

It is for those of you who understand that the law “teaches”.
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Newspaper: Catholic Say Pope is "Divine"

TMatt catches this hilariously dopey report from the Toronto Star:

What we have here is an example of a very serious religion-news story, one that is worthy of serious coverage in the mainstream press. A newspaper has covered it and that is good.

Kind of.

However, this story from Toronto also contains one of the scream-out-loud hilarious mistakes that I have seen in the entire history of GetReligion. You literally could not make this one up. No way.
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Unions for 0 for 2 in Wisconsin

Hot Air reports:

No, I’m not talking about last night’s tally of recall districts, which went Republican 4-2. That narrowly denied unions in Wisconsin (and let’s not kid ourselves, nationwide) the ultimate victory they needed — a change in control of the state Senate that would have produced gridlock for at least the next several months. In the end, they could only capture the Senate seat from a strong Democratic district and another from a scandal-plagued Republican, and neither one of those impressively.
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Sisters Support Pro-Abort Unions in WI

Franciscan Sisters support the union backed pro-abortion candidates in the recall election. Badger Catholic has their release. I'm sorry to read it but I can't say I'm surprised:

Wisconsin will hold elections on Tuesday to recall six Republican seats from the state legislature. These recall elections were a strong and pointed reaction to the attacks on unions made by Walker this past winter.
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Women Religious Notice They're Dying Off

So they've come up with a plan. LarryD doesn't think it'll work.

The LCWR (League of Crazy Women Religious) kicks off their annual assembly tomorrow, as 600 or so sisters will be convening in southern California over the next four days.

Normally, their annual meeting schedule is filled with talks, presentations and discussions regarding upcoming strategic plans - such as, which corporation to protest, or what nuclear weapon plant to chain themselves to, or what Environmental Injustice to rally around. But not this year.
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Saintly Planning

A new classic from Jeff Miller at the Curt Jester:

One of the things about becoming a saint is that there is some planning involved besides just living a life of heroic sanctity. For one planning the day you die. You really want to pick a day on the calendar where you will not be eclipsed by a more famous saint. If you are down to your last breath check the liturgical calendar and if it’s a famous saint’s feast day try to hold off till the next day. If you plan to be a martyr you might have less flexibility about this, though the benefit is that the investigation into your cause will go much faster.
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Vid: Rioters Rob Injured Young Man

Some nasty language in this awful vid but Charlie Cooke wonders how Mr. Livingstone can spin this.

A challenge to those who would defend the rioters: Spin this behavior into the Austerity Measures Are Causing Unrest narrative:
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Photos of the Fallen

Take a moment and please acknowledge their service and say a little prayer for these brave men:

Photos Of The Fallen: Americans Killed Aboard SEAL Team 6 Helicopter In Afghanistan…

Rest in peace, brave American heroes, you served your country well.
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What's Wrong with HHS Contraception Mandate?

Sheila Liaugminas writes:

Let’s count the ways…

So why is the federal deparment charged with the health and human services of its citizens suddenly requiring a massive implementation of an ideologically based scheme to cover birth control, sterilization and morning-after pills at great cost to insurers and taxpayers, and at a time when the federal government is in a budget crisis already?

To say this makes no sense is to state the obvious.
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Sunday After Church in Cuba

Jay Nordlinger at The Corner writes:

What’s a typical Sunday like in Cuba? Well, it depends on who you are. If you’re a member of the Ladies in White, it can be terrifying. If you’re a member of a government mob, or the interior ministry, it can be pretty exciting — bone-cracking time.
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London Burns, Government Yawns

I guess it's better than fiddling, but not by much:

The Daily Mail has a predictably lurid round-up, but the photos are the photos, and the story is the story. The spectacle is revolting, not revolutionary.

As noted by Michael earlier, Theresa May, Britain’s Home Secretary, has come out with a statement so asinine one can only assume she has drunk too much of her own Kool-Aid. The Daily Telegraph has more on the depressing details:
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Obama Talks, Dow Tanks

Weasel Zippers reports:

Meltdown: Dow Now Down 525 Points After Mr. Wonderful’s “Blame S&P” Speech – Update: Dow Crashes Over 630 Points, Nasdaq Down 174…
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How to Spruce Down You Home

I found this hilarious. And calming because it reminds me of my home. Simcha writes:

We’ve had a lot of doctor’s appointments lately, so I’ve been reading a lot of dumb magazines. My favorite features are the ones that show some enviable tableau from someone’s home, and then glibly explains how to achieve this effect.

I don’t mean to promote envy, but it occurs to me that my house is full of uncommon little scenes which you may or may not want to recreate in your own home, depending on how much crack you’re smoking. And so I present:

Seven Quick Ways To Spruce Down Your Home
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How God Ruined Everything, Part 3

If you missed the first two parts they're definitely worth a read. Dan Lord writes:

So, I beat up a man for—what? Being rude?—feeling I had every right to do so, and now I was in handcuffs and en route to the Hoosegow. The Big House. The Pen. The Cooler. The Belly of the Beast. Tuscaloosa County Jail.

And, I must say, it was everything you look for in a jail, assuming you love jail: ugly and harsh, filled with the sounds of buzzers and heavy sliding iron gates and a large, cold room with several dozen incarcerated men coughing and grumbling and absent-mindedly adjusting their private parts. On one half of the room there were two dozen thin white cots arranged in top and bottom metal racks. These were cots which I intended to avoid for one million, trillion years, if necessary.
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Fr. Cummings, a Hero

American Catholic details the history of a great priest:

William Thomas Cummings, pictured viewer’s left in the above photograph, is known for the phrase, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” This is the story of the priest behind the phrase.
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Minister: Abortion a "Scriptural Commitment"

Live Action reports:

The Huffington Post is once again displaying its support for a pro-abortion agenda with pride. Live Action bloggers have called attention to the site’s agenda on multiple occasions and their bias towards abortion has been clearly exposed. Like my fellow blogger, Lisa Graas, reported on four days ago, the Huffington Post was using a Christian religious leader to defend the very anti-Christian practice of abortion. Well they are doing it again. The Huffington Post posted an article, on August 3rd, by Rev. Debra Haffner, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. In this article, Haffner takes a few interesting positions.
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The Real Population Bomb

is the birth dearth. Colleen Carroll Campbell writes at Catholic Lane:

In 1968, Stanford biologist Paul R. Erlich opened his bestselling book, “The Population Bomb,” with this declaration: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can be done to prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate….”

Erlich’s doomsday scenarios never came true. Nor did his wish for a strict population control program in the U.S., one enforced “by compulsion if voluntary methods fail.” Today, demographers fret about a catastrophe Erlich never saw coming: a global birth dearth that threatens to transform much of the world into an economically depressed geriatric ward.
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Check out this Vid!

Marcel has a great vid:

Please. Do yourself a favor. Watch this and appreciate your life. Your day will change. Maybe your life.
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A Vatican II Baby

A funny one about kids in Church from Ed Snyder of Catholic DRE:

Have you ever been around a person who takes Vatican II just a little too far? You know who I'm talking about. They're the ones that take "active participation" to a whole new level. Well, I just found out that we have one of those types in our family. Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for "active participation" properly understood. I sing joyfully. Heck, I've even been known to give a vigorous handshake at the sign of peace, but this guy just goes too far. He makes little comments during the homily, distracts other parishioners and, worst of all, insists on talking along with Father at the consecration. I just don't know how my baby became a "Spirit of Vatican II" type.
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Wackiest Pelosi Quote Ever?

I have to put the question mark because she's said some doozies over the years. Weasel Zippers has the audio:

Pelosi: “Republicans Only Interested In Destroying The Public Space, Education, Clean Air, Food Safety, Public Safety, You Name It They’re There To Destroy It”…
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Beyaz Yourself!

Elizabeth writes on the unnatural contraceptive culture:

"You know what you want today, but you never know what you might want tomorrow. It's good to have choices..." This is the introduction to the most recent Beyaz™ commercial.

Hey ladies! Life is like shopping! Yeah, in your designer outfits, perfect hair, and thin bodies, you walk around a pale pink store placing life decisions in the shopping cart, one by one!

First stop: grad school. How could you pick up a degree? Well, having sex outside of marriage is a given, of course. Are you expected to complete a degree without the occasional stress release? So, the next logical step is birth control.
(I don't own the rights)

Now, which birth control should I use?
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Chesterton on Vows of Marriage

The Imaginative Conservative has a great Chesterton quote which is even more relevant today than it was when he wrote it:

The revolt against vows has been carried in our day even to the extent of a revolt against the typical vow of marriage. It is most amusing to listen to the opponents of marriage on this subject. They appear to imagine that the ideal of constancy was a yoke mysteriously imposed on mankind by the devil, instead of being, as it is, a yoke consistently imposed by all lovers on themselves.
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Judge: "Staff are often attracted to children."

Children are just playthings, to be used and discarded, I guess. Pundette has the story:

Fury as judge frees paedophile teacher and tells him 'Staff are often attracted to children'

A judge has let a paedophile teacher walk free after telling him she did not criticise him for being attracted to children.
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Mass Insights

Cecilia writes:

“This is my seventh mass this weekend and I never tire from hearing that gospel.” There was no denying the passion in Father’s voice as he began his homily about the multiplication of loaves and fish at Sunday’s noon-thirty mass. I was admittedly exhausted after a late night and a morning rehearsal, but Father spoke with such conviction that I sat a little straighter in my pew and made more of an effort to concentrate. Icy waves of air conditioning that crashed into me periodically also assisted my effort.
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163 Million Missing

The legacy of population control. Rebecca Taylor of Mary Meets Dolly writes:

163 million women are missing from Asia. That is the entire female population of the United States. The culprit is sex selective abortion according to Mara Hvistendahl's fascinating book Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men. Hvistendahl is not pro-life nor is she Catholic, but that is what, I believe, makes this book courageous. Of course in typical pro-choice fashion, she refuses to address the facts of when human life begins, but she does tackle the sacred cows at the root of the devastation that now faces Asia: widespread abortion and the population control movement of the West.
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ACLU Sues Catholic Charities

Weasel Zippers has the story:

Over Rejection Of Same-Sex Adoptions…
(Chicago Tribune) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois got the go-ahead Monday to intervene in a lawsuit and join the state’s battle against Catholic Charities’ policy of turning away prospective parents who are in civil unions.
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Angry Atheists Strike Again

David French writes at The Corner:

To add to what Michael wrote about the Air Force’s suspension of the class called “Christian Just War Theory” taught by chaplains at Vandenberg Air Force Base: Never mind that for literally centuries just-war theory has played a critical role in military history and military ethics. Never mind that just-war principles underly not just the Geneva and Hague conventions but also the U.N. Charter itself. Never mind that just-war theory is critically important to thousands of current American service members and that questions about just-war theory are common and recurring (I heard them while deployed to Iraq). All of that is less important, apparently, than the fact that a few delicate souls were offended by a PowerPoint.
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Insane Flying Wrestler Move

For realz.

The Flying Squirrel Suplex!

Northern Michigan University wrestler Ellis Coleman goes airborne at the junior world championships (and takes the bronze medal).
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Breastfeeding Baby Doll

Lisa Hendey of Faith & Family Live asks if it's creepy or cuddly.

I first saw the news this weekend on CNN, a small piece about “Breast Milk Baby”, a toy doll designed to simulate and promote breastfeeding. It cropped up again today in an email from my sister about an article at the Chicago Tribune where “Baby” gets a little snarkier treatment.

Here’s the basic blueprint of this $89 baby doll:
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Indiana Still Fighting Planned Parenthood

Live Action reports:

Indiana Continues to Fight! Appeal Papers Filed in Attempt to Keep Funding Away from PP
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"School of Life" is Path to Freedom

Chelsea Zimmerman writes at Catholic Lane:

Abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, divorce, sexual immorality — the culture of death has many faces. The recent untimely death of the young English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse is a reminder of one of those faces that doesn’t really get discussed a lot in the pro-life movement: drug and alcohol addiction. Not only does addiction slowly kill the addict (physically, spiritually and emotionally), but sexual impurity is often associated with drug and alcohol abuse, which leads to many unplanned pregnancies and abortions. A friend of mine sees this everyday at the pregnancy resource center she works at.
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Iraq: Terrorists Car Bomb Christian Church

It wasn't destroyed by a "Christian terrorist" so MSM will remain silently perplexed:

Iraq: Islamist Detonate Car Bomb Outside Christian Church, 23 Injured…

Happy Ramabomb!
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New Evidence of PIus XII Opposing Hitler

First Things has the story:

In 1939, on the eve of World War II, Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain published a book stating that anti-Semitism had become a “pathological phenomenon.”

Maritain’s warning was welcomed by concerned believers, and even the secular press. The New York Times praised Maritain’s insight that “hatred of Jews and hatred of Christians spring from a common source; and the same men who began persecuting Jews are now persecuting Christians, and more or less for the same reason.”
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CBS: Birth Control Mandate "Good News"

And oddly, they can't find anyone unhappy with it for their story. CMR buddy Matthew Balan writes:

On Monday's Early Show, CBS slanted towards supporters of a new Obama administration mandate which requires private insurance companies to cover contraception as part of women's "preventative services." Anchor Chris Wragge labeled the development "good news," while correspondent Michelle Miller failed to include sound bites from opponents during her report on the new regulation.
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NY Times Loves Womynpriests

Dave Pierre of Newsbusters takes them apart rather well:

For the second week in a row, the New York Times has embraced the mission of trumpeting the fruitless cause of female "priests" in the Catholic Church. What gives?

As faulty as Laurie Goodstein's article was last week, the offering from Dirk Johnson (Sun., 7/31/11) doesn't fare much better. Johnson's one-sided piece omits a number of important facts in reporting the issue.

Johnson's article is essentially a positive profile of a dissident, Chicago-based group named Call to Action (CTA).
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Feds Violate Religious Liberty

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

New health plan guidelines announced today by the Obama Administration would significantly violate the religious liberty of Catholic colleges and universities and the families who entrust students to Catholic education.

“The HHS guidelines would force Catholic colleges to violate the law or violate the Catholic faith,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “Neither option is acceptable.

“It appears that Catholic colleges will be forced into the untenable position of helping students as well as employees obtain free contraceptives and sterilization,” Reilly said. “Our religious freedom is under attack.”
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Feds: Free Contraception for All

Lunacy from Mary's Aggies:

As I predicted last week, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines today that REQUIRE insurance companies to cover birth control and sterilization. This is scary. There is no conscience clause (they say there is but it doesn't work unless you primarily serve those that believe as you do!), which means there is no opting out. They are also giving money to Planned Parenthood through the backdoor.
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SBA List to go to Trial

This lawsuit against the SBA List is one of the most dangerous cases going on in courts today:

A federal court today ruled that former Rep. Steve Driehaus’s defamation lawsuit, alleging that the Susan B. Anthony List cost him his job and a “loss of livelihood” by educating constituents about his vote in favor of taxpayer funding of abortion in the health care bill, should go to trial. The court also dismissed a challenge by the Susan B. Anthony List to Ohio’s False Statement law which empowers state officials to enforce stiff fines—even prison time—for criticism of candidates that they deem to be “false.”
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Biden Calls Republicans "Terrorists"

Come on. If the GOP were terrorists, Obama would've bowed to them and given them everything they wanted.

Joe Biden on Republicans: “They have acted like terrorists” … Update: RNC Chief “Demands” Biden Apologize
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Bloomberg Defends the Cross

And he's absolutely right.

Does a cross belong among the artifacts to be displayed at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum? The question, apparently, has become a point of contention.

At The Blaze reported last week, some — mainly atheists — say that a steel cross that was formed when the Twin Towers collapsed back in 2001 should not be included in a new museum intended to remember the lives lost during the tragic terror attack.
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Kindness is Contagious

Kate Wicker writes at Faith & Family Live:

Several months ago, I was getting ready to pull out of a parking lot when I noticed a mom with her minivan’s side door open. I saw that she was trying to mop up a lake of juice from her car with only two napkins. I was in a hurry and thought of just pulling away.
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Reflections after a BoyBand Concert

Bonnie at Learning to be a Newlywed writes:

To help me celebrate my 30th birthday a good friend drove me to Indianapolis for the NKOTBSB concert. It was a blast. For the most part the audience was women like myself, between the ages of 25-40, nicely but modestly dressed, there to relive their youth a little bit and sing along to some favorite songs from the past.
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NBC Says What ?

Brian Williams and Andrea Mitchell bemoan that some congressmen can't be bought. Seriously. Ace has the transcript:

Watched a few minutes of NBC Nightly News for July 31st and was stunned by this piece with Brian Williams and Andrea Mitchell. This was a few hours before the President's announcement. Things were moving fast - Brian and Andrea were reading from a script so a bit of the veil came off.
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Black Caucus: Deal is "A Sugar Coated Satan Sandwich"

Sooo...I'm guessing they didn't like it?

President Barack Obama’s rightward lurch to reach a $3 trillion deficit reduction deal with no guarantee of additional revenues had liberals fuming and Republicans all but declaring victory Sunday afternoon.
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