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Obama to Sue Seal Who Killed Bin Laden?

It seems Obama doesn't like leaks, huh? Except when he does them, I guess.

There’s no way they would take legal action against one of the men who killed Osama bin Laden, right?
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College Offers Credit to Students Who Work for Obama

Come on parents. Keep spending $100,000 to have your kids turned against all the values you taught them:

A public university in Colorado may have violated state law by offering students course credit if they volunteered with President Obama’s re-election campaign. A blog post on the Adams State University website billed the opportunity as a “12 week long organizing internship for the Obama Campaign.”
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Noah and The Ark, According to Kids

This is priceless:

Noah and the Ark, New Revised Kid Version Whew, did they have fun with this one...
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Court Rejects Texas Voter ID Law


A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November. A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.
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Abortion and the Courts

This is some fine thinking here from Michael Fragoso on why it is a mistake to say, as some do, that "because Republican judges helped to give us Roe v. Wade, it doesn't really make a difference which party is in charge of nominating and confirming judges." :

A longstanding complaint from certain pro-lifers is that the history of abortion jurisprudence is a history of Republican appointees liberalizing abortion laws and keeping the abortion license unrestricted. It is a complaint that soi dissant pro-lifers echo to discredit Republicans not infrequently, and one that has occasional currency among some broader segments of the conservative movement. In all cases, the point of the complaint is the same: despite claims to the contrary, a given election is not an essential “judges election” because Republican judges are—at best—part of the problem and—at worst—the heart of the problem.
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ND's Fr. Jenkins Promises "Fresh Look" at LGBT Issues


In an interview with the student newspaper, the president of the University of Notre Dame, Father John Jenkins, spoke at length of the university’s decision to not add sexual discrimination to its nondiscrimination clause. But he cryptically added that it’s time for the university to take “a fresh look” at issues relating to LGBT students. The decision to not alter the university’s nondiscrimination clause was announced at the end of the last semester and sparked a number of protests including a student led vigil, a number of professors speaking out, and over 100 faculty on campus signing a public letter urging the administration to change its mind.
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8 Keys to Campus Ministry


Franciscan University of Steubenville. Benedictine College. Christendom College. University of Dallas. Wyoming Catholic College. Ave Maria College. Thomas Aquinas College. University of Nebraska. All these schools have something in common: a significant and outspoken population practically dripping with Catholic identity. A few days ago, my friend Fr. Robert Matya, the pastor at the University of Nebraska Newman Center, posted this image on his Facebook wall. This was the first Mass of the new school year, packed with standing room only. It was not a Sunday Mass. It was not a Holy Day of Obligation. This Mass was Thursday, August 23, at 10pm. Imagine: college students on a (very) secular campus arriving in droves for Mass late in the evening in the middle of the week. To the doomsayers who insist the Church must change or face extinction, I give you proof to the contrary. The faith is alive and well among the youth of the Church.
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Priest who said Future of Church Rested on Family Rosary Dies

Wonderful story about a great priest from The Catholic Herald:

A Jesuit priest who inspired Catholics across the country has died at the age of 95. Fr Hugh Thwaites converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism following his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War and later became a Jesuit priest. He was a strong supporter of the Extraordinary Form Mass and the Legion of Mary, and he linked the abandonment of the rosary with a loss of faith, writing: “If we want in any way to be like Jesus, we must do what His Mother asks. If we do not, can we expect things to go right? We cannot with impunity disobey the Mother of God.”
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Pregnancy Less Likely After Rape

So Akin was right. Still shouldn't have said it. But he was right.

Dr. Thomas Hilgers, a Creighton University obstetrics professor and director of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, has revealed that statistics show women are less likely to become pregnant when they are raped than when they engage in consensual intercourse.
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Rams QB Catholic By Blood

Great interview:

Kellen Clemens has been playing football as far back as he can remember. After learning the game from his father on their cattle ranch, he went on to set high-school records for the state of Oregon in passing yards and touchdowns. At the University of Oregon, he set single-season passing records and ended his collegiate career as the school’s No. 3 man in both passing yards and touchdowns.
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Notre Dame Claims Immediate Harm from HHS Mandate

Sounds convincing to me. Who knows what the courts will say:

The Obama administration has had some success with getting lawsuits against the HHS mandate tossed on technical grounds, arguing that they are still working to accommodate religious objections and that because the mandate hasn’t affected religious institutions as of yet, the lawsuits are not ripe. That argument has worked against the lawsuits brought by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College. So it was no surprise earlier this month when the Obama administration filed a motion to have the lawsuit by the University of Notre Dame dismissed on those same technical grounds. But the university is reportedly pushing back.
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Moms Sometimes Fail

Wow. This one really hit home with me even though I'm a dude. Sometimes maybe I take my eye off the ball a bit. Sarah Mae writes:

I love moms. I have a profound respect for the fact that motherhood is one of the hardest gigs in the world, when we choose to invest in it. The day in and day out of taking care of little ones can be especially intense, exhausting, lonely, confusing, stressful, and mind-numbing. There are days when mothers just need a bed to curl up in and hide under the covers to regain some semblance of composure. Or to just get a break.
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"October Baby" Hits DVD

If you missed this strong pro-life movie in theaters it's certainly worth checking out now:

The surprise hit OCTOBER BABY—an independent film that topped $5.3 million at the box office, sparked debate in national media and touched audiences nationwide with its entertaining love story and compelling message about the sanctity of life – debuts Sept. 11 on DVD with more than 2 hours of bonus features.
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Muslims Warn Tomatoes are a Christian Food!!!


A Salafi group called the “Popular Egyptian Islamic Association” has warned Muslims against eating tomatoes on the grounds that the fruit is a “Christian food,” NowLebanon.com has reported. The group based its claim on the fact that a shape resembling a cross is revealed when one cuts a tomato in half.
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First Day of School

The big day. I think it can be more stressful for parents than the kids. Arwen Mosher writes:

Today my daughter Camilla started school. She’s almost six and in first grade, but she’s never gone to school before, as we chose to homeschool her in kindergarten for a number of reasons. But she’s ready for school this year, and we’re ready to send her. We’re lucky to have some great local Catholic school options, and we chose the one we thought would be the best fit for our family. We applied, tested, enrolled, counted down the days with excitement, and this morning here we were. The First Day.
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32 States Enacted Pro-Life Laws Since 2010

Elections matter. It's no coincidence that these occurred after the GOP swept local and national elections:

Backlash To Obama’s Pro-Abortion Policies: 32 States Have Enacted Pro-Life Laws Since 2010…
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Clint to Speak at the GOP Convention?

That would be kinda' cool:

Townhall‘s Guy Benson has word from a source that the actor is headed to Tampa. The A-lister’s name has been among those bandied about as the advertised mystery speaker for Thursday night. Inbound?
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Pregnant in Auschwitz

The following story was printed last week in the National Post: Miriam Rosenthal was four-months pregnant, starving, bone-tired, cold, filthy and afraid when an SS officer in big black boots and a crisp uniform appeared before the barracks in Auschwitz with a loudspeaker in hand. All pregnant women line up, he barked. Line up, line up — your food portions are being doubled. Continue reading>>>

Cardinal George Looks to God as 2nd Cancer Fight Begins


Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is encouraging others to use his recent cancer diagnosis as a time to “reflect upon God’s goodness and grow closer to Christ.” If people use his diagnosis for spiritual growth, he said, “then even my sickness and, at some point at a still unknown time and way, my death will be an answer to what I prayed many years ago: that I and all those God has given me to know and love here might live in such a way that God’s will for the salvation of the world will be realized.”
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Obama’s America Is #1 New Movie Over Weekend

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The Gentle Voice of God

Beautiful and true.

Slow down. Slow way down. Washing dishes in the sink. Running errands in the car. Rushing around the house in the morning madness before work. A dozen times in the past few weeks, I’ve heard the voice, simple and steady, speaking somewhere between mind and heart. Slow down. Slow way down. I ignored it for a while. Bothersome, distracting.
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Dude, You Are Only Supposed To Think It

Not do it!

Man plots murder kidnap of "bride" who used him.
A seemingly mild-mannered Houston man is awaiting sentencing in what authorities say was a bizarre international murder-for-hire plot whose target was a would-be Ukrainian Internet bride.

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Mary's Shelter

I am certain that I will remember the night as one that changed my life. At least I hope I will. I hope I will take the stories, the inspirations, the not-at-all-subtle prompting of the Holy Spirit and let them have their way with me. Continue reading>>>

Poll: Obama Losing Catholics

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CNN Poll: Majority of Americans Want Abortions Prohibited

Liberal media hardest hit: CNN has released the results of a new poll showing a majority of Americans want all or most abortions prohibited — a clear pro-life majority. The survey asked: “Do you think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, legal under only certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?” Some 62 percent want abortions illegal in all cases or legal only in certain instances while just 35% want abortions legal for any reason. Breaking down the question further, CNN asked, “Do you think abortion should be legal in most circumstances or only a few circumstances?” Continue reading>>>

Jennifer Granholm Says God Shut Down RNC

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How the Fifth Pope Dealt with Church Growth

Taylor Marshall writes: The exile of Saint Clement from Rome left the Church of Rome in need of a new shepherd. Pope Saint Evaristus succeded Clement as the fifth Bisohp of Rome, having reigned from about AD 99 to 107 AD. His name in Greek means “well pleasing.” According to the Liber Pontificalis, he was “born in Greece of a Jewish father named Judah, originally from the city of Bethlehem.” Saint John, the last of the living Apostle, died either just before or during his pontificate. His pontificate was the first in which the personal authority of the Apostles was absent. This makes Saint Evaristus the first post-apostolic pope of the Catholic Church. Continue reading>>>

Darn Those Good Samaritans!


Police say a thief got away on Monday after two good Samaritans grabbed the wrong person on a northern New Jersey street.

The men were reportedly driving when they saw a woman being assaulted, so they leaped out of the car to her defense, firmly restraining the man.

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Remember The Maine! Senate Up For Grabs?

With the fiasco in Missouri, maybe we should pay attention to Marc Thiessen and Maine.

Here’s a message to the GOP from Vacationland: Maine is not lost!

When Sen. Olympia Snowe announced her retirement last year, many Republicans wrote Maine off — and with it their chances of taking back the U.S. Senate. At the start of July, a Portland Press Herald poll showed independent former governor Angus King with a 28-point lead over his closest rival, Republican Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers (Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Dill came in third with 7 percent).

But then the Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce got into the race, launching an ad campaign that declared the former governor the “King of Spending” and the “King of Mismanagement.”

“When King was governor, state spending skyrocketed to $2.6 billion,” the ad declared to the tune of medieval music. “When King left office, he left Maine with a $1 billion budget shortfall. Declare your independence from this king.”

Result: After just two weeks, King’s lead over Summers dropped 10 points.

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How Long Until Obama Blames The Robots?

Robots doing jobs Americans won't do....

DRACHTEN, the Netherlands — At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electric shavers. That is the old way.
The iEconomy

Articles and multimedia in this series examine the challenges posed by increasingly globalized high-tech industries.

At a sister factory here in the Dutch countryside, 128 robot arms do the same work with yoga-like flexibility. Video cameras guide them through feats well beyond the capability of the most dexterous human.

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Parental Rights in California Gone?

A first-of-its-kind state law that would restrict parents from trying to "cure" their minor children's same-sex attractions seems headed to the governor's desk. If both state houses can agree on the final language, the legislation, which would ban all sexual orientation change effort (SOCE) treatment for minors, will be sent to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature sometime in September. But, so far, there has been no indication from his office on whether he will sign the bill into law. Continue reading>>>

The Silence of the Pulpits

If you are even slightly awake about the world news today, it is no surprise that Christians are being killed, raped, and brutalized throughout the Islamic world. However, there is a place where you can go to escape the dreadful and relentless details of Christian annihilation by Islam. You can just go to church. For example, Christians were killed this week in Nigeria. Nothing out of the ordinary -- indeed, in the world of Christian persecution, this is routine. Continue reading>>>

20 Years After Ruby Ridge, Forgiveness

When Sara Weaver saw her father Randy struck in the shoulder by a government sniper's bullet in the Idaho wilderness in August 1992, she began to sprint back to the family's cabin on a mountaintop called Ruby Ridge. As the 16-year-old closed in, her mother, Vicki, opened the cabin door and stood behind it, holding Sara Weaver's 10-month-old sister in her arms. Just then, a sniper's bullet struck her mother in the head, killing her. For the next nine days, the surviving Weavers holed up in the cabin while hundreds of federal agents laid siege in a standoff that helped spark an anti-government patriot movement that grew to include the Oklahoma City bombing. Today, 20 years later, Sara Weaver has left the anger behind, finding religion — and forgiveness. Continue reading>>>

Gay Activists Yell at Priest Praying Rosary

Gay activists yell and jeer at priest praying the rosary in their midst. At Wednesday’s repeat performance Chick-fil-A protest by Chicago gay activists, picketers emulated last Friday’s taunting of an elderly black man reading the bible by screaming and pointing at a priest praying the rosary in their midst. Continue reading>>>

Neumayr: Obama Roasts Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Timothy Dolan's geniality makes him ill-suited to head up an embattled church in America -- a problem that the unfolding fiasco of the Al Smith dinner illustrates.

The New York prelate's invitation to the Church's most powerful foe, President Barack Obama, has outraged Catholics across the country, who want to know from Dolan: Why would you invite our enemy to a night of merriment? Why would you honor him at an event for a charity that his contraceptive mandate will break? And why would you let him use such an occasion to dupe Catholics into voting for his reelection?

They interpret the invitation as a symbol of episcopal waffling and a worldly church's penchant for prizing prestige over principle, as if guarding the marquee status of the Al Smith dinner were more important than avoiding scandal.

Cardinal Dolan took to his blog...

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NYT on Gender Creative Children

Some would have us believe that gender is not only malleable but that gender differences are non-existent:

One afternoon in Ithaca, N.Y., my kids were playing on the swing sets in the park when a little tike wearing a football jersey ran into my daughter’s path. I lunged for the swing — I jerked the chain so abruptly that I feared whiplash — and shared a “wow, that was close” exchange with the kid’s mom. “How old is he?” I asked. The lady looked at me as she placed her kid on the swing and said with no trace of irony, “His name is Jill, and she’s three.”
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Above My Pay Grade 4 Years Later

This still sickens me four years later:

Four years ago yesterday, on August 16, 2008, then-senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain joined Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., for the “Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency.” The most memorable moment of the evening, by far, came when Pastor Warren asked Senator Obama about his views on human life. Coming only a few days after his notorious remarks about bitter midwesterners clinging to their guns and religion, Obama’s now infamous response was but one in a long line of comments and gestures that have come to exemplify that galling blend of condescension and nonchalance that, for many, define this president.
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Skipping the Shooting at FRC

Ignoring liberal violence:

Floyd Corkins, a volunteer for the last six months at the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, marched into the Family Research Center with a gun and serious ammunition, denounced FRC's policy positions and shot a security guard in the arm before being subdued. Another hate crime, but this time against, perhaps, the pre-eminent pro-family organization in America. CBS gave the story 20 seconds. NBC spent 17 seconds. Imagine a volunteer for the Family Research Council marching into some gay group's headquarters with a gun, and after shouting his opposition to the homosexual agenda, opened fire and wounded a guard before being subdued. Never mind evening news. This would be breaking news! and for days there would be seemingly endless coverage of continued conservative hatred.
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Paul Ryan's Former Pastor Goes Negative on His Budget


Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s former parish priest says that the Republican vice presidential candidate’s budget plans are not in line with Catholic teachings.
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More British Schools Don't Mention Holocaust...

..for fear of offending Muslims. What? It seems to me many of them would love the Holocaust. Just don't tell that that the Nazis were defeated and they'll be happy:

More British Schools Drop Holocaust History Lessons To Avoid Offending Muslim Students…
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Dolan: Ryan is a "Great Public Servant"

Ayn Rand hardest hit. Oh, and Democrats.

Dolan: Ryan Is a ‘Great Public Servant’ This VP nomination marks a milestone for Catholics.
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Vid: Formula One Racecar Sings National Anthem

I just thought this was awesome. I wonder if I can get my minivan to do this:

It may sound a bit like Zippy from Rainbow, but the boffins at Red Bull have managed to get one of their Formula One cars to 'sing' the American national anthem. The Austrian team managed to rig the engine so it could rev the relevant notes to make up the Star-Spangled Banner. The stunt was performed by the team's showcar in New York's Liberty Park in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.
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Ryan's Pro-Life Views are "Frankenstein Monster"

Chris Matthews is a joke.

Sorry to break the bad news to you, Tingles, but the majority of Americans are pro-life.
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Paul Ryan’s Bishop Defends Him

Now, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Ryan’s bishop, has waded into this election-year minefield, clearly concerned that a valued member of his flock is being unfairly attacked by partisan forces.

In a column posted on his diocesan website Aug. 16, Bishop Morlino vouches for Ryan’s Catholic bona fides, but stresses that his remarks should not be viewed as an endorsement of Ryan or any candidate.

“I know him very well. He is in regular communication with his bishop.

“I am defending his reputation because I am the one who, as his diocesan bishop, should have something to say about this, if anyone does,” Bishop Morlino told the Register during an Aug. 15 telephone interview.

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Sherry: Why I'll Vote for Romney

It's the mandate, stupid:

Because of Obamacare. That’s it. That’s all. Everything else, I can deal with, but the HHS mandate is the straw. It is what made me from a person who follows politics and cares, into an irritated voter. This Tea Partier who up until now felt a bit timid about calling herself as such, is mad. I am a mother of ten children. I have a master’s in special education. I have worked, loved, thought, read and managed to live these past 46 years without needing Think Progress or any other group to tell me how to think or speak for me. I have read enough of the Health Care law and the subsequent policy fig leaf accommodations to know that I object to this law. It is bad policy. I am not a puppet of the GOP. I am tired of being dismissed because the media disagrees with my opinion. I am Catholic and I am American.
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Al Smith Dinner Willing To Accept Pro-Abortion Group


The Al Smith Foundation is happy to include a pro-abortion group table and take their $25,000. Sadly, with the permission of Cardinal Dolan, the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York is honoring the most radical pro-abortion president in American history.
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This is Actually Pretty Funny

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Scandal: Saint Louis U. Law Dean Represented Woman Who Wanted Abortion

Wrongful life lawsuit by a dean of a Catholic law school. Horrific. Check out the details at The Cardinal Newman Society:

A Catholic Jesuit law school has announced that its new interim dean will be a personal injury lawyer who in 2010 reportedly represented a mother in a “wrongful life” lawsuit, claiming doctors had failed to detect that her child had a congenital condition leading to the loss of the baby’s left foot. Had she known, the woman said she would have aborted the baby. Following the abrupt resignation of the previous dean, Saint Louis University announced last week that alumnus Thomas Q. Keefe Jr. would be the interim dean of SLU’s School of Law. Keefe, whose email includes the words “Isuedocs,” reportedly represented Amber Gray in 2010, after federal courts declined jurisdiction over her suit filed in 2008.
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Catholic College Profs Among "Catholics for Obama"


Relying heavily on left-leaning academics at Catholic colleges and universities, the Obama campaign on Monday unveiled its “Catholics for Obama” team for 2012 in an effort to boost its Catholic vote. Among those leading the group are several pro-abortion rights politicians along with faculty members at Catholic colleges including Sister Jamie Phelps, director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans; Nicholas Cafardi, a canon and civil lawyer who teaches at the Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh; Thomas Groome of Boston College, a theologian; and Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University of America.
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Study: Geeky Kids Make Happy Adults

Good news:

Feeling good was good enough for Janis Joplin and her Bobby McGee, but most parents want a little more for their kids, perhaps including a sense of coherence, positive coping, social engagement, and pro-social values. In short: well-being. A study published this week in the Journal of Happiness Studies shows how children and adolescents get this well-being as adults. In short, social connectedness massively overwhelms academic achievement.
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Monastery where Christian Saint was Martyred is Uncovered on Eigg

Cool discovery.

An ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig on a Scottish island has unearthed the remains of what is thought to be a monastery founded by one of the country’s first Christian saints. St Donnan brought Christianity to many places in the West Highlands in the seventh century before settling on Eigg. According to local folklore, he became a martyr after he was killed by Norsemen, along with 50 monks, while giving Mass on Easter Sunday in the year 617.
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Awww. Major Setback for Planned Parenthood

ACLJ lawsuit advances against the abortion giant:

Our federal lawsuit against Planned Parenthood in Texas alleges that the abortion giant defrauded taxpayers by charging state and federal governments for services not actually provided, medically unnecessary services, and services that are not covered under Medicaid and other programs. On Friday, a federal court agreed with the ACLJ that these allegations, if proven, constitute fraud in violation of federal law. The federal court in Texas denied Planned Parenthood’s attempt to have this critical case against the abortion giant thrown out.
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Wayne Brady Makes Fun of Trig

This is disgusting:

Comedian Wayne Brady was booed on Comedy Central's Roseanne Barr Roast Sunday when he made a truly tasteless joke about Sarah Palin's Down's Syndrome son Trig. When this occurred, Brady actually defended himself by mentioning that during the roast, other people were mocking him (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary, serious vulgarity warning):
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Middle Schooler Sues to Mention God in Grad Speech

Atheist group now involving itself:

A Washington, D.C.-based church-state watchdog group has filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of a New York public school being sued by a student who wanted to include a religious message in her graduation ceremony.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed the amicus brief earlier this year in support of Taconic Hills Central School District, which did not allow a middle school student, identified only as "A.M.," from quoting Numbers 6:24-26 in her graduation speech.
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Andrea Mitchell: Ryan Not a Pick for Women

Objective journalism:

After Mitt Romney announced his choice of Paul Ryan today, NBC Chief White House Spokeswoman Correspondent Andrea Mitchell took the the baton handoff from the Obama administration for her leg of the “war on women” relay:

Andrea Mitchell loses her voice while reacting to the Paul Ryan speech: “This is a base election. This is not a pick for suburban moms, this is not a pick for women.”

Hey, if women don’t mind Mrs. Alan Greenspan speaking on their behalf about what they find appealing, that’s their business, but I think many of them will object.
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Tolerance Nazis Vandalize Chick-Fil-A


Leftist thugs vandalized a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Frederick early Sunday morning. Video surveillance of the suspect were collected at the scene.
The Frederick News Post reported:
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No Greater Love...

Admiration for the bravery and heroism of a three year old boy and prayers for his family:

Every now and then, we hear about incredible acts of bravery; acts that defy belief because of any of a number of reasons. This is one of those stories.

I’d like to introduce you to four-year-old Xander Vento.
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Obama's Psychotic Statement on the HHS Mandate

This is unbelievable...and by unbelievable I mean totally predictable but insane. The American Catholic writes:

The Catholic News Agency published some remarks made by President Obama in Denver yesterday (Aug. 9) regarding the HHS contraception mandate that are so deluded and irrational that it becomes difficult to imagine how this country can possibly continue forward. We are dealing now with a level of dishonesty that is so open and aggressive that reasonable discourse, upon which social peace ultimately rests, is fast becoming impossible.

This is what Obama said about Mitt Romney’s opposition to the mandate:
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Paul Ryan’s Catholic Financial Principles

I am no economist and I have little patience with politics, but I do understand that my Catholic faith is opposed to both socialism and unrestrained capitalism. It is opposed to both because it is in favor of the principle of subsidiarity. This principle is easily understood as being “in favor of the little guy and the homegrown solution”. The Catholic faith is for personal freedom and personal responsibility. Therefore we distrust both big government and big business.

This article explains how Paul Ryan’s economic plans echo the Catholic principle of subsidiarity. What interests me most is why the principle of subsidiarity is a Catholic principle. It is Catholic because...

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Gold Medalist Holds up Picture of Virgin Mary

Great moment. One of my favorite Olympic moments:

Ethiopian athlete Meseret Defar provided one of the most emotional moments of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she crossed the finish line in the 5000 meter race to win the gold.

She then pulled a picture of the Virgin Mary out from under her jersey, showed it to the cameras and held it up to her face in deep prayer.
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SBA-List Loves Them Some Paul Ryan


Today the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a national pro-life organization, praised the selection of U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential running mate.

“By selecting Congressman Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, Governor Romney demonstrates his commitment to protecting American women and unborn children,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List. “A longtime pro-life advocate and a strong fiscal conservative, Congressman Ryan has insisted that there can be no ‘truce’ when it comes to advancing the rights of the unborn and achieving fiscal responsibility. He has a pristine pro-life voting record and will be an asset to Governor Romney’s campaign.

“Pro-life voters are a key demographic and help secure victory in critical elections,” continued Dannenfelser. “The addition of a second strong pro-life leader to the ticket energizes the pro-life base – we are thrilled with this pick.”
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U.S. Medalist Waves Mexican Flag?

Don't like the idea of that. Not one bit. This is actually a very good column by someone I probably wouldn't agree with much. I tried to think how I would feel if an American medalist of Irish descent waved the flag of Ireland as a tip of the hat. I wouldn't like it at all:

Every few years, I reassess how I feel about Mexican-Americans who wave Mexican flags. Much of it has to do with who is doing the waving and under what circumstances.

In 2006, I wrote a column saying it was a bad idea for immigration reform advocates to wave Mexican flags as they marched through U.S. cities such as Phoenix, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. It's illogical to show your allegiance to one country while demanding accommodation from another.

But in 2007, I penned another column after attending a Luis Miguel concert in Las Vegas where fans of the Mexican singer unfurled Mexican flags. Nothing wrong with that, I concluded.
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Some Random Paul Ryan Awesomeness

A tutorial on the awesomeness of Ryan:

A collection of Paul Ryan on the economy, foreign policy and America in general….

First and foremost, Ryan schools Obama face to face on the realities of health care reform and the budget.
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Vid: Ryan's First Speech as Veep Nominee

He wastes no time taking it to Obama:

Video: Paul Ryan’s First Speech As Romney’s Running Mate…
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Cool. 30% of Nashville Seminarians are Converts

Opinionated Catholic has the link to the story.

Almost 30 Percent of Catholic Diocese of Nashville Tennessee Seminary Class Are Converts
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Obama Supporters Stumped Why Gov't Should Pay for Contraception

Great vid:

Revealing Politics.com sent a cameraman out to meet women voters at Obama’s Colorado rally Wednesday, where he was introduced by the country’s most famous adult woman incapable of making a run to the CVS, Sandra Fluke.
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Greatest Dad...Evah!

Dad builds a roller coaster in the backyard for his boy. Awesome:

Okay, Here’s a Dad That Doesn’t Buy Into the Whole “Kids Need Helmets and Safety Nets” BS
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She's Baaaack. Fluke to Campaign for Obama

Politics. It's all politics:

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student turned contraceptive activist, will hit the campaign trail in Denver for President Obama today.

While Fluke previously endorsed Obama, this is clearly a sign that the Obama campaign intends to keep the HHS mandate in the forefront of the political campaign while the economic news grows increasingly desperate. This political calculation is important because unmarried women reportedly supported Barack Obama by a 70-to-29 percent margin in 2008. If the Obama campaign wants to win re-election they need to keep and perhaps even build on that support. Clearly, the campaign believes the presence of Fluke on the campaign trail helps this effort.
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Ha! Allen West Ordered Chick-Fil-A for Black Caucus

This is just too awesome.

Allen West Ordered Chick-Fil-A For Entire Congressional Black Caucus…
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Donohue Stunned By Romney's Silence on Chick-Fil-A

I'm disgusted but not surprised. I don't expect Romney to jump into every issue. I know he's got a message and he wants to stick to it but come on. Everyone's talking about Chick-Fil-A and it's such an easy hit to take on these nutty mayors trying to block chicken restaurants from opening up because of the owners stance on gay marriage:

Catholic League Chief ‘Astonished’ By Romney Chick-fil-A Stance

The Romney campaign’s decision to duck the Chick-fil-A controversy over gay-marriage appears to have reopened old wounds with social conservatives, who were never fully sold that the former Massachusetts governor would represent their concerns in the marbled halls of Washington.

“This is the most disheartened that certainly I’ve felt looking at this entire race,” said Catholic League president Bill Donohue. He told Newsmax in an exclusive interview that social conservatives will now have to decide whether to sit out the race.
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Bishop: Why Not Bigamy and Incest?

It's exactly the right question but I'm sure he'll be excoriated for it.

Bishop: if same-sex marriage is legalized,http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif why not bigamy, incest?

As Scotland’s government takes steps towards the legalization of same-sex marriage, Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen asked why bigamy and incest should not be legalized as well.
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Vid: Abortionist Defends Killing "Ugly Black Babies"

You've got to see this. This guy is admitting to racist eugenics right on camera:

The abortion industry has always had a racial component — since the days of Margaret Sanger and her eugenics past — and more evidence of the inherent racism within abortion has come to light.

Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union, is alerting people to a video that shows abortion practitioner Ashutosh Ron Virmani referring to the black children that he kills as “ugly black babies.”
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My Two Mommies Screwed Me Up

"Many gays don’t realize what a blessing it was to be reared in a traditional home."


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Vid: Pro-Gay Libs Harass Homeless Street Preacher

You are not allowed to express an opinion different from the left. You must be harassed, mocked, and drummed out of society:

A group of far left anti-Christian protesters harassed and “chalked” a homeless street preacher in Chicago this weekend.

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Bad, Bad Robot

Robot trading loses firm $440 million in 45 minutes

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DNR My Child? A Life Worth Living

If you have ever had a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ order (aka: a DNR) shoved in your face, you know that it is an experience you are unlikely to forget. If the DNR form in question concerns your child, well, let me tell you, that goes double. I’ve had the awful experience three different times for My Mighty Z, and I remember each and every time vividly.

My husband and I were first presented with a DNR when Mighty Z was 3-months old. It happened...

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To the Woman I was 3 Years Ago

Good writing about how life changes when you become a parent:

Dear you, All 28 years of you, fresh-faced from grad school, ready to take on the world. All 35 extra pounds of you, waddling around with an aching back and a bulging belly. All 37 weeks of you, still counting down days till the due date, still full of wonder and waiting and expectation. You have no idea how life’s about to change.
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Fr. Longenecker: The Triumph of the Ordinary

The Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day yesterday was historic. It was historic because it marks a new method of mass protest. I even hesitate to use the word ‘protest’ because it wasn’t a protest. There wasn’t any anger. There wasn’t any hate. There wasn’t any bullying. There were no unwashed crowds of unhappy people holding a sit in and causing other people stress, inconvenience and expense. There were no protest signs, no marches, no noise makers and attention grabbers. There were no revolutionary slogans, no clenched fists, no class warfare, no sullen adolescents in a stroppy mood.

The classic signs ...

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Maeve Binchy Shunned the Dark Side

Sad to see her go.

Maeve Binchy and I were young journalists together in Dublin. She was woman’s editor of the Irish Times, while I was woman’s editor of the Irish Press – now, alas, defunct – and we would drink together at the famous Pearl Bar in Dublin – now also, alas, defunct – where the storytelling was hilarious and the boozing heroic. We were rivals but friends, and I was disappointed when Maeve turned to writing novels, since I thought journalism more fun than fiction. She had been a brilliantly acute reporter, with an eye to the humorous and a deft take on humanity’s more pretentious elements. But Maeve metamorphosed from the sometimes sharp reporter into a novelist whose take on life was sunny, warm, generous, even wholesome. Hemingway once said that a writer must find an inner truth, and Maeve found her success through a truthful pursuit of her own instincts.
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Reporter Lashes Out at Chick-Fil-A Customers

All they did was say they support traditional marriage and now Chick-Fil-A is enemy number one. It's so bad that newspapers are sending reporters out to interview Chick-Fil-A customers as if we're a recently discovered tribe of backward Neanderthals:

Mark Krzos, a reporter for the News-Press in Southwest Florida, was clearly depressed after returning from a local Chick-fil-A restaurant on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. “I have never felt so alien in my own country as I did today while covering the restaurant’s supporters,” Krzos wrote on his Facebook page. “The level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad. I can’t even print some of the things people said.”
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Man texts, "I need to quit texting," before driving off cliff

Can't make it up.

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Cdl George To Rahm: Could Jesus be a Chicagoan?

Great question. Short answer? No.

Cardinal George to Rahm Emanuel: "Could Jesus be accepted as a Chicagoan?" [updated] Cardinal George has written an excellent response to Mayor Emanuel and his "Chicago values."
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This is Disgusting

Harry Reid says Mitt Romney's dad would be embarrassed by his son. That's pretty low. And he says this based on a supposedly anonymous phone call he received:

Lest anyone doubt his opposition to Mitt Romney’s candidacy, Harry Reid made some pretty strident anti-Romney remarks in an interview with the Huffington Post today: “His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said, in reference to George Romney’s standard-setting decision to turn over 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in the late 1960s.
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