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White House: Tax? What Tax? It's a Penalty!!!

Unbelievable:

The White House said Friday that the Obamacare insurance mandate tax is a penalty for not having insurance – a statement that directly contradicts what the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. According to press reports, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One that the penalty was not a tax but a penalty. “It's a penalty, because you have a choice. You don't have a choice to pay your taxes, right,” Carney is quoted as saying by Yahoo News. In a 5-4 ruling issued just one day before, Chief Justice John Roberts stated that the mandate was not a penalty and was, in fact, a tax.
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Almond Joy Has Nuts, David Doesn't

A recommendation on how to celebrate Ss. Peter and Paul day.

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Obama & Roberts Hi Five

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Join the 1 Flesh Revolution

Check this out. Marc Barnes and friends want to bring sexy back:

If anything can be said of our generation, it’s this: We want sexy back. Our parent’s generation, well, they lost it. They delivered to us a world with sky-high rates of divorce, abortion, and STDs; a world bored with sex and bored with romance; a world in which more and more people are turning to pornography to find sexual satisfaction; a world in which 1 in 5 women report being sexual assaulted, and the human body — the sexiest thing in the universe — is used to sell cars. After extremely little consideration, we decided we don’t want that. We want awesome relationships and mind-blowing sex lives. We want women and men to be respected and loved for who they are, to the very depths of their being. We want sex free from fear, love free from use, and a world of people who love and respect their own bodies. In short, we want sexy back. In fact, we demand it.
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NCReporter Calls Obamacare a "Blessing"

Paying for abortion and contraception is a "blessing?"

In an editorial praising the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the editors of the National Catholic Reporter this afternoon urge the Catholic bishops and faithful not to be so distracted by that religious freedom thing that they are blinded to the “blessings” of Obamacare:
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Sarah Palin Thanks SCOTUS

I absolutely agree with her. Although I think this is immediately a terrible blow to the country, this could be the thing which opens up people's eyes.

Thank you, SCOTUS. This Obamacare ruling fires up the troops as America’s eyes are opened! Thank God. This proves to be such an unsettling time in America as we undergo the fundamental transformation that Barack Obama promised he would do to us if elected. Obamacare was dealt in deception and confusion by flooding the public with an overwhelming amount of conflicting “rationale” via thousands of pages of unread legislative detail, which is the radical left’s M.O. Obama promised the American people this wasn’t a tax and that he’d never raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. We now see that this is the largest tax increase in history. It will slam every business owner and every one of the 50% of Americans who currently pay their taxes. The other 50% are being deceived if they think they’re going to get a free ride – because Medicaid is broke. Recipients of Obama’s “free health care” will have fewer choices and less accessibility. Trust me – this much more expensive health care WILL be rationed; to claim otherwise defies all economic and common sense.
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Holder Found in Contempt

Some good news coming out of D.C. today:

House moving forward with afternoon contempt vote against Holder; Update: Holder found in contempt; 17 Dems vote yes, rest walk out without voting
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Is the Pope Catholic? Are Kosher Hot Dogs Kosher?

The Becket Fund's blog reports on a zany lawsuit with far reaching implications:

You might not think that courts should decide these sorts of questions. But the plaintiffs’ lawyers at Minnesota firm Zimmerman Reed think it’s a great idea. So great, in fact, that they brought a class action lawsuit against the makers of Hebrew National hot dogs for potentially millions of dollars. The basis for their claim? That hot dogs rabbis have declared to be kosher are not, in fact, kosher.
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Overheard from a Kindergarten Classroom

Funny stuff from Parenting is Funny:

Talking to one of the 3rd graders one day, I asked him how his year was going. He said to me, “Oh, it’s going okay. I’ll be really glad when we’re done with fractions, though.” I shook my head understandingly, “Tough, huh?” Without missing a beat he said, “Well, not exactly, but they make my parents fight.” A fellow teacher’s student mentioned something about his mom going to the salon to get her hair cut. Another student replied, “Oh wow! That’s funny. My mom actually goes to the salon to get hair put on.”
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When You Care Enough to be Brutally Honest

This is a great piece from Confessions of the Chromosonally Enhanced:

If you thought her emails were funny, you should be lucky enough to receive one of her homemade cards. After discussing Leanne's birthday card to Josie ("Happy Birthday Adopted Down Syndrome Baby!") my mom and I were reminiscing about some of the other greeting card doozies Leanne has created over the years. You won't find sentiments like this perusing the aisles at your local Hallmark store: One time my Dad had the stomach flu and Leanne made him a "Get Well" card, complete with a graphic drawing of my Dad vomiting.
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Ha! Obama Epic Fail!

Too funny:

Obama Cites Tax-Dodging Celebrity Marc Anthony In Speech On Wealthy Paying More Taxes…
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Waiting on the Supremes

Tom Petty was right. The waiting is the hardest part. Unless of course the Court upholds Obamacare and then that'll be the hardest part.

We’re all waiting to see if Obamacare will be spared, gutted, or tossed into the ash heap of history by the Supreme Court on Thursday. In a new Purple Strategies survey of former Supreme Court clerks and attorneys who have argued before the Court, 57 percent believe the individual mandate, the heart of the law, will die. In April, Obama himself engaged in some gallows humor after the Supreme Court justices roughed up his law in oral argument: “In my first term, we passed health care reform. In my second term, I guess we’ll pass it again.”
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Queen's 1st Visit to Catholic Church in N. Ireland

Interesting:

Queen makes first visit to Catholic church in Northern Ireland Meeting with IRA bombing victims in Enniskillen church comes ahead of historic handshake with Martin McGuinness
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Fr. Pavone Situation--Clear As Mud

Vatican: “Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended”

But does it change anything?

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NFP And The Contraceptive Mentality--Hogwash!

If you read Catholic or NFP blogs long enough — or have a wife who does — you’ll eventually run across the phrase “contraceptive mentality.” Most of the time it is in the form of a warning: “Using NFP with a contraceptive mentality is just as bad as contraception itself.”

There’s just one problem with this claim. It is complete rubbish.

Let’s look at the history of the term.

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Is Mayor Bloomberg Certifiable?

Adrienne asks.

Mayor Bloomberg marches in "gay pride" parade - has message for Americans... "New York is a place where you can do whatever you want to do," Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared before he joined the Fifth Avenue parade at noon. He said he had a message for the rest of America: "The government should get out of your personal life."
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1st Year of Homeschooling Over...Finally

But first she had to present all she did to THE COUNTY! This is pretty funny stuff from the blog ".":

Our first year of homeschooling has come to an end. I think that the year was a success, but who am I? I am just the dad. The real judge is some lady from the County. We, and by we, I mean Cheryl, are required to make a presentation to the County detailing the year's progress. Kind of a daunting task but Cheryl was determined to make it the best presentation the world has ever seen.
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Modern St. Gianna?

Sacrifice.

Tragic young mother, 28, loses battle with cancer after declining treatment to save life of her unborn son
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Abortionists Offer Discounts on Sunday

I bet they do this to offset the hit they take from pro-life protesters on weekends.

Abortion Clinic Mocks Christianity, Offers Sunday Discounts…

Sick stuff.
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Catholic Schools Better? Or Better Parents?

Whenever my kids tell me that some kid at school never does his homework I don't think to myself that it's a bad kid. I wonder what those parents are doing.

It’s the parents, stupid! That is the overwhelming reaction to my column praising the success of Catholic schools in New York City.

Readers, including public-school teachers, don’t deny that Catholic schools do a better job of educating minority children who come from poor families, and at far less cost than public schools. They concede that those kids, about 40 percent of whom are not Catholic, are more likely to succeed in life as a result.
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Porn Domains. A Good Idea?

Practicing Catholic doesn't think so. On principle.

We sometimes struggle with our domain name. After all, who are we to own ThePracticingCatholic.com? As if we’re the epitome of what practicing Catholics should be. Hardly. Still, it does convey a message, a sense of mission. It tells you something about who and what we aspire to be with our digital presence.
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Where's Hillary's Outrage over Killed Christians?

Pete Winn writes at :

There was something about the way Hillary Clinton said it that touched a nerve.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

“People are dying,” the Secretary of State said forcefully and finally – with an emphasis on the word “dying” that can only be born of outrage.
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Very. Very Demotivational

Funny. And by funny I mean kinda' sad. The most interesting thing to me here is that someone snapped pics instead of actually just helping him. Continue reading>>>

Tumour op in womb saves Unborn Baby

Simply amazing. So they can operate on the unborn but they're not human?

Surgeons have removed a tumour from the mouth of a foetus, in what has been described as a "world first" procedure. After a scan at 17 weeks, mother Tammy Gonzalez said she "could see a bubble" coming out of her baby's mouth. Doctors said it was a very rare tumour called an oral teratoma and there was little chance her daughter would survive.
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NYTimes: Redistribute Your AC to Poor Countries

NY Times: Should Rich Countries Redistribute Their Air-Condtioning To Poor Nations?…

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Father's Day IHOp Run Turns Into PC Lecture

ha! I noticed the same exact thing recently.

Last weekend, my husband wanted to start his Father’s Day with IHOP pancakes. No doubt missing his own late father, he wanted to eat in a place he frequented as a child.

So, we hauled our three young boys down the road to the local IHOP. Shown to our seats, the waitress handed us three folded placemats containing crayons. My boys love these little giveaways — pictures of horses and racecars and cats and dogs to color; maybe a simple crossword puzzle or a maze to tackle. These fun distractions keep my boys somewhat calm until their food arrives.
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Rorate Caeli Has A Mark Shea Moment

New Catholic at Rorate Caeli channels Mark Shea in a friendly attempt to expose the weakness of the argument.

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Notre Dame Law Professor: HHS Mandate Is “Radical Form of Coercion”

O. Carter Snead is one of the brightest Catholic lights at Notre Dame.

University of Notre Dame Law School Professor Carter Snead debunked the notion that the Obama administration had offered a genuine compromise on the HHS contraception mandate yesterday on a legal panel at the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.

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SDG Reviews "Brave"

I think out of all the movie reviewers out there I trust Steven Greydanus the most. He's one of the only movie reviewers who actually seems to enjoy movies.

Family is king in the pioneering animation studio’s first fairy tale, a rare mother-daughter story that charts an unconventionally traditional moral path.
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Democrats for Life Come out in Opposition to HHS Mandate

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Rendell "Reporters Violated Neutrality" for Obama

Rendell says media gave Obama a pass but it's over now. I agree with the first part, not the second. But it's still good to see a top level Dem admit the media bias.

Giving him a free pass is putting it lightly. A top Obama surrogate said the president will not have to worry about a swooning media or crowds overcome by fainting spells in 2012. “The media and the population saw him as this transformative figure [in 2008]; he was the first serious black candidate, a new, young, promising figure,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. “People have sobered to that; the newness has faded and people now see him as another practical politician.”
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Obama Invitees Flip Bird to Reagan Portrait

Sickening.

Last Friday, an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception. There, they danced to the sounds of a Marine Corps band; they dined on crab cakes and canapés; they hand-delivered letters from concerned citizens like this 18-year old who has had four people close to him gunned down, and noted rhyming raconteur CA Conrad; and some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger.
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Cherie Blair Denigrates Motherhood

Hardly surprising:

The Telegraph reports on a speech given by Cherie Blair: Cherie Blair attacks 'yummy mummies' who choose children over careers. Speaking to top people at a posh hotel in London, she said:
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23 Reasons a Priest Should Wear His Collar

Good reasons.

Msgr. Charles M. Mangan & Father Gerald E. Murray. “Why a priest should wear his Roman collar.” 1) The Roman collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. As a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolizes the union they enjoy, so the Roman collar identifies bishops and priests (and often deacons and seminarians) and manifests their proximity to the Divine Master by virtue of their free consent to the ordained ministry to which they have been (or may be) called. 2) By wearing clerical clothing and not possessing excess clothes, the priest demonstrates adherence to the Lord’s example of material poverty. The priest does not choose his clothes – the Church has, thanks to her accumulated wisdom over the past two millennia. Humble acceptance of the Church’s desire that the priest wear the Roman collar illustrates a healthy submission to authority and conformity to the will of Christ as expressed through his Church.
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You Can Be Catholic and Pro-Gay Marriage. Just ask CNN

I'm starting to think CNN doesn't really like the Catholic Church. Newsbusters has CNN's advocacy piece against the Church:

Never exactly reticent in the cause of promoting gay marriage, CNN continued its long tradition of gay advocacy by highlighting dissenters against Church teaching.

In a June 20 article on CNN’s Belief Blog titled “Can ‘true Catholics’ support same-sex marriage,” Chris Welch highlighted two Catholics who remained within the Church, yet declared opposition to the Church’s teaching of gay marriage.

Welch first mentioned Jim Smith, an ex-priest who founded a group dedicated to overturning laws on gay marriage. Smith founded a group, Catholics for Marriage Equality-Minnesota, which seeks “to encourage Catholics to consider the profound sacredness of same-gender relationships.”

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What Not to Say

I'm always looking for the right thing to say to folks going through a rough time. Inevitably, I say something ridiculous or terrible.

Here’s a great article written by a woman battling breast cancer, who lists the things better left unsaid to someone in her situation. It’s quite helpful really, and worth the read.
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This Sickens Me!

Priest's sister asked a disgusting question. Badger Catholic was there.

Last night, I was at an art fundraiser at a high-rise condo in downtown Milwaukee. I was with a friend, and her brother is a priest (ordained 2-3 years ago.) Throughout the course of the evening, one of the people that we met asked about our siblings. My friend, who is very proud of her brother and his vocation to the priesthood, is very open that her brother is a priest.
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Vid: Trey Gowdy Blasts Obama

This guy is quickly becoming one of my favorite congressman:

Here it is: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) blasting Obama at the hearings today (a 'must see" video)...
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Air Conditions Sit in Boxes as School Children Overheat

This would be hilarious if it weren't actually happening. 10 air conditions sit in boxes in the basement of a NYC public school because it has 18 rooms and it's better if they all overheat than some get the benefit of A.C. This is true. I'm not kidding. Pundette has more:

It's going to be hellishly hot today in New York City, where schools are still in session. No doubt lots of learning will take place in the 36% of public schools that have no air conditioning: New York City's 1.1 million public school students are still in session for another week, and just 64 percent of classrooms are air-conditioned. Temperatures are expected to hit 97 in the city both days, about 20 degrees hotter than it was in Central Park on Tuesday.
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Too Bad It Can’t Fit on a Bumper Sticker

Now this is funny graphic!

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Vid: Biden Loses It

Ace has the vid:

Joe Biden Channels His Inner Al Gore And Screams At People I turned on my TV and this greeted me. Scared the hell out of me.
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If Obama Had Nothing to do with Fast and Furious...

how could he possibly assert executive privilege about it? And Hot Air has vid of Obama knocking Bush upside the head for invoking executive privilege. Ed Morissey writes:

The assertion of executive privilege creates a huge problem for the White House. As Rep. Darrell Issa said today at the Fast & Furious hearing, Attorney General Eric Holder and other DoJ officials have repeatedly asserted that the White House and President Obama had no involvement or knowledge of the gun-running operation. If that was true, then executive privilege cannot apply. That only relates to the President, as that office is separately elected and accountable to the voters. Attorneys General answer to both the President and to Congress, and do not have executive privilege.
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If You're Missing a Loaf of Bread...

I love this story.

An Australian man says his golden retriever has been bringing him presents in the past few days -- 12 loaves of bread and two packages of muffins. Michael Shaw said he would like to know where the dog, Gillie, has been getting the baked goods, The Daily Telegraph of Sydney reported. Shaw lives in Theresa Park in a rural area southwest of Sydney and the nearest store is at least a 10-minute drive.
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Six Proofs Religious Liberty is Threatened in U.S.

The Catholic University of America President John Garvey seems kinda' brilliant:

The Catholic University of America President John Garvey addressed the General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Atlanta, Ga., last week and offered six reasons to believe that religious liberty is under attack.

Garvey compared the current situation with regard to religious liberty in the U.S. to that of Tudor England, a time and place synonymous with religious persecution. “We are not the kind of violent and intolerant society Tudor England was,” he said. “But in recent years the landscape of religious freedom has changed. Its purview has narrowed considerably. Let me give six examples.”
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Pic of the Day: Alec Baldwin Hits Photog

Dude looks possessed:

Pics of The Day: Rageaholic Moonbat Actor Alec Baldwin Punches Photographer…
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Chaos Theory: A Unified Theory of Muppet Types

Love this. I'm definitely a chaos muppet. But I married an order muppet so I'm OK.

Dahlia Lithwick conducts a very important study at Slate that might change the way you look at yourself forever: Muppet Theory, a little-known, poorly understood philosophy that holds that every living human can be classified according to one simple metric: Every one of us is either a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet. Chaos Muppets are out-of-control, emotional, volatile. They tend toward the blue and fuzzy. They make their way through life in a swirling maelstrom of food crumbs, small flaming objects, and the letter C. Cookie Monster, Ernie, Grover, Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and—paradigmatically—Animal, are all Chaos Muppets. Zelda Fitzgerald was a Chaos Muppet. So, I must tell you, is Justice Stephen Breyer.
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Being Truly Catholic Now

Kathryn Lopez with another great interview:

A bishops’ meeting in Atlanta and nuns on a bus tour may be in the news, but the Catholic Church is not reducible to press releases and competing headlines. It’s a body united to Christ, with laity in it as well as priests, religious sisters, and others in consecrated life. It’s a body of people praying, trying to live a call to something eternal in the temporal world. And it means something: a commitment to teaching and learning, evangelizing and serving. Austen Ivereigh is co-founder of a group called Catholic Voices, established in the United Kingdom before Pope Benedict XVI’s visit there in 2010; I’ve played a role in helping to establish it in the United States. Ivereigh is the author of How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot Button Issues, and he talks with me about how to do just that. – KJL
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British Med Journal Endorses Euthanasia

LifeSiteNews.com reports:

One of the top peer review journals in the medical field has formally adopted a stand in favor of legalized euthanasia, telling British doctors’ associations that they must adopt a “neutral” stand and never oppose efforts to liberalize the law. In its latest edition three articles, including one formal editorial and two op-eds, lash out against the opposition to euthanasia or assisted suicide among medical professional bodies, saying it is a matter to be decided by the public.
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Komen Ponies Up to Planned Parenthood

Komen essentially says, "If we agree to help you kill babies, will you like us again?"

Another Komen affiliate is sending thousands of dollars to the nation’s biggest abortion business following the national controversy over Komen’s initial decision, and subsequent reversal, to deny Planned Parenthood funding. The North Jersey affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Friday that Planned Parenthood is among the recipients of more than $1.2 million in total grants to 18 local organizations. A news report reveals the Komen chapter had given a $20,000 grant to the local Planned Parenthood abortion business last year and chose to renew the grant this year.
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Church Would be Forced to Perform Gay Marriages

William Oddie writes:

How far can we trust the government of David Cameron when it claims that its proposed legislation purporting to establish “gay marriage” will not apply to marriages in church — as though that was our main concern? It isn’t, of course: marriage is marriage: what we are objecting to among much else is the sheer impertinence of a local legislature, at one particular point in history, claiming to have the authority to change what through the ages has been universally accepted: that marriage (civil or religious) is between one man and one woman. What Cameron now intends to do is to make a distinction between religious and civil marriage of a kind that nobody has previously accepted: marriage is marriage. A civil marriage is accepted by the Church as being as valid as a religious one. Now that will change.
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Pro-Life School Bus Fire Bombed

Pro-Life Corner reports:

A large school bus, owned by Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy, that is well known throughout Rockford for its beautiful pro-life pictures and words asking people to “pray to end abortion”, was fire bombed on Friday night. The damage was extensive to the bus as windows were broken in on both sides and fire bombs were thrown inside to cause maximum damage.It has been speculated that this bombing of a pro-life Christian school bus is in retaliation for the closing of the Rockford abortion mill that is located not far from where the school bus was attacked.
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Sherry on the Real Cost of Children

The great Sherry Antonetti is dubious about the reported cost of children:

This just in, just in time for Father's Day, kids cost too darn much! By now you've seen the article that explained how expensive kids are today. I went to the government report to dig inside the numbers that created the sensational headline, "Ouch, that bundle of joy will set you back 234,900.00!"
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Barack Obama’s 20 Most Impossibly Self-Absorbed Moments

Barack Obama’s 20 Most Impossibly Self-Absorbed Moments

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Catholic Health Association Defies The One

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Terry Jeffrey: Shorten the School Year

Lots of folks want to make school just a form of public day care. Not Terry Jeffrey:

Vincent Gray, who is the mayor of Washington, D.C., which has some of the worst public schools in America, has an idea he believes will improve them: Keep children there longer. "It is time for us to get rid of what I think is an agrarian concept," Gray told a Washington radio station this spring, "and that is the days, in the 19th century, when it was thought that children had to get home early to help out with the chores, when they had to get out of school in June and go back at the end of the summer to help out with the farming.
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29 Homilies by Origen Found!

This is pretty cool. Let me know when I can download them to my Nook:

The Vatican newspaper reports that 29 previously unpublished homilies said to be the work of one of the most important early church fathers have been discovered in a German library. The 3rd Century theologian Origen of Alexandria is considered to have played a critical role in the development of Christian thought. Pope Benedict, himself a theologian, dedicated two of his 2007 weekly church teaching sessions to the importance of Origen's life and work.
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New Mexico Assaults Religious Liberty

The latest battleground is New Mexico. In 2008, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission found Elane Photography, an Albuquerque photography studio co-owned by Elaine Huguenin and her husband, Jonathan, guilty of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for refusing to photograph Vanessa Willock’s same-sex “commitment ceremony.” The court ordered the business to pay $6,600 in attorney’s fees.

If it was little surprise that the commission found in favor of Willock, it was a shock when, last month, the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld the ruling.

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Reagan's Sign Of The Cross Speech

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Amy Breaks Down Mad Men. Good & Bad

Oh, and I also rewatched a slew of Breaking Bad eps in the middle of it, and the obvious and bracing superiority of BB over MM gave me a slight case of the shrugs in regard to the latter.

So all can do is offer random thoughts, and wait for you all to chime in:

Mad Men is good. It’s one of the best things on television these days, by far. But it’s not a game-changer. It’s not like The Sopranos in that sense. It’s no Breaking Bad. Weiner isn’t really doing anything brand new or groundbreaking in Mad Men thematically or even, when you take out the high-gloss period sheen...

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The Conflict Lies Within New Atheism

Interesting:

Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens, collectively known as the “new atheists,” embody one of the most aggressive recent manifestations of both “scientism” and ”naturalism.” This new atheism is characterized by extreme forms of both scientism, a view about knowledge that holds that only what can be demonstrated scientifically deserves to be considered knowledge, and naturalism, a view about reality that holds that only the material world is real. Hence it is hostile to religion in all forms, viewing it as merely a kind of superstition; it is likewise hostile to much “folk” understanding, including traditional claims about the nature and source of morality.
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Australia Awards Infanticide Guru Highest Civic Award

This is a disgrace: Peter Singer has won Australia’s highest civic award. From the Princeton press release:

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Catholic Confusion on Enhancements

Rebecca Taylor breaks down why Catholicism don't truck with genetic engineering:

I have to confess that I am a bit disheartened. I find that my fellow Catholics are having trouble really connecting with the Church’s teaching regarding genetic engineering. Some very smart, thoughtful and faithful Catholics are having difficulty with the distinction between gene therapy, which is genetic engineering to fix a genetic pathology, and genetic enhancement, which is genetic engineering to an otherwise healthy person to make them super-human in strength, intelligence, or infused with non-human traits like night vision or glow-in-the-dark skin.
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Singing to Drown Out the Holocaust

This is a pretty darn amazing story:

Comfort is such a nice word. It’s so easy to live in comfort and never take a chance. Never get in there and try to make a difference. We could live our lives in the comfort zone, never standing up for what is right, never speaking out against what we believe is wrong. But how can we just live our lives like everything is okay while every day, thousands of children are murdered? It’s time for us to get out of the comfort zone and stand up against abortion! It is wrong to distance ourselves from what’s happening in abortion clinics. It is wrong to sit at home and ignore what is really going on.
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Study Suggests Risks from Same-Sex Parenting

This will be largely ignored or shouted down.

Two studies released Sunday may act like brakes on popular social-science assertions that gay parents are the same as — or maybe better than — married mother-father parents. "The empirical claim that no notable differences exist must go," University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus said in his study in Social Science Research. Using a "gold standard" data set of nearly 3,000 randomly selected American young adults, Mr. Regnerus looked at their lives on 40 measures of social, emotional and relationship outcomes.
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Has Pelosi Even Read the Catechism?

Adrienne writes:

...or is she so far down the path of self-delusion she actually thinks she makes sense. When asked about the Catholic institutions suing over the HHS mandate (which, I might remind everyone, does nothing to limit access to birth control), she said this: “Well, I don’t think that’s the entire Catholic Church,” Pelosi responded. “Those people have a right to sue, but I don’t think they’re speaking ex cathedra for the Catholic Church. Ex cathedra, Nance?
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The Wildest Thing I've Ever Seen...

You've got to see the vid of this dude's drag race car exploding and I mean exploding in slow motion and then to see him jog away is just too awesome. Continue reading>>>

On Marrying Young

Pundette takes on those who argue against marrying young.

Steven Crowder, in defending under-25 marriage against an "argument" that the government should ban it, touches on a subject that's dear to my heart. I didn't get married until I was 26, but #1 son and his bride went retro, taking the plunge at almost exactly the median ages for marriage in 1970:
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Douthat on the Past and Future of Eugenics

Excellent piece by Ross Douthat of the New York Times.

THE current issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine includes a portrait of Irving Fisher, a Yale economics professor in the 1920s and ’30s and a giant of his field. The author, Richard Conniff, takes note of Fisher’s prodigious professional accomplishments and his private decency in order to foreground the real subject of his article: the economist’s role as one of his era’s highest-wattage proponents of eugenics.
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Obama Leaks Classified Info to Help Re-Elect

And tells the world that Israel invented Stuxnet.

Israeli Mossad agents told Haaretz that Stuxnet was developed by Mossad and not the Bush Administration. The agents also claim the Obama Administration disclosed the program to help Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. Israel Matzav reported:
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LarryD's Great Send Up of The Vatican Assault

Funny stuff:

Run to the Seven Hills! The Vatican will be launching a “major assault” this October!! Let’s go straight to the AoftheA News Desk for this breaking story!!
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Shameful Deeds and Sex-Selective Abortions

A note from Princeton professor Robert George on sex-selective abortions and the Catholics who vote for them:

Shameful deeds are almost always accompanied by shameless lies. Some members of Congress who shamefully voted against the prohibition of sex-selective abortions are shamelessly claiming (or permitting their spokesmen or surrogates to claim) that the proposed legislation was unnecessary because sex-selective abortions don't occur in the United States or are so rare as to make legislation unnecessary. The National Right to Life Committee has helpfully provided a link to the most up-to-date (2011) research paper on the question:
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Pope: Vatican II Did Not Reject Eucharistic Adoration

CNA reports:

Pope Benedict XVI says the Second Vatican Council did not reject Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass, including the Corpus Christi procession that he led this evening in Rome. “One unilateral interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has penalized this dimension, restricting in practice the Eucharist to the moment of celebration,” the Pope said during his homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi on June 7.
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Dems Cool with Gay Selective Abortions too?

I'm betting not. Check out Zo's latest vid:

So, I wonder if the gay community can count on the Democrat Party that they’re so beholden to, to protect defenseless babies if it can be discovered that they’re homosexual in utero.
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The Misunderstood Orthodoxy of the LWCR

The Curt Jester writes:

Hey this is great to know since there is actually no problem they will have no problems complying with CDF oversight since it was all just a big misunderstanding in the first place. Really the LCWR has been getting a bum rap since after all they are quite orthodox in their beliefs.
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The Mystic, the Doubter, the Pope and the Dumb Ox

The origins of Corpus Christi at Southern Fried Catholicism:

Today, many throughout the Catholic Church celebrate a uniquely Catholic feast day: the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, better known by the Latin title "Corpus Christi." Though originally and traditionally celebrated on "the Thursday following Trinity Sunday," in parts of the Church where it is not kept as a Holy Day of Obligation (like here in the U.S.), the feast is transferred to the following Sunday. But in many parts of the world, Corpus Christi is celebrated today. In fact, in many European nations, today is a public holiday.
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Chariots at the Bottom of the Red Sea?

This is pretty cool as it could give credence to the biblical account of the crossing of the Red Sea.

A news report that stunned the world nine years ago about the discovery of possible ancient chariot wheels at the bottom of the Red Sea is suddenly gaining fresh attention with new video claiming “irrefutable evidence” that corroborates the find. In June 2003, WND interviewed Bible enthusiasts who dove the waters of the Red Sea, alleging they found and photographed parts of chariots that may be the actual remains of the catastrophe brought upon the Egyptian army which pursued the Israelites, according to the Book of Exodus in the Bible. “I am 99.9 percent sure I picked up a chariot wheel,” said Peter Elmer, a forklift mechanic from Keynsham, England, who made two diving trips to the Gulf of Aqaba branch of the sea. “It was covered in coral.” “I believe I actually sat in an ancient chariot cab,” he told WND at the time, referring to his time exploring a submerged item in the underwater junkyard. “Without question, it is most definitely the remains of the Egyptian army.”
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The Kind of Science that Scares Me

I wish I could regard in utero screening research with the joy it deserves. But I've seen too clearly what we tend to do with the information scientific advances provide. The latest from Wesley Smith is definitely worth reading:

The news that scientists can test a fetus’s genome through non-invasive means presents a crucial challenge to the moral integrity of society. Will these tests be used by parents and doctors to help prepare the family for a potentially special-needs child? Or instead, will this science accelerate the ongoing search and destroy mission to eugenically cleanse our progeny? In other words, will the fictional world of Gattaca now become fact?
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Nun Wars: Is the Pope Catholic?

Terry Mattingly on the LWCR controversy as its being played out in the media. The writers at Get Religion are astoundingly good.

Truth be told, for several days now I have been trying to find ways to avoid writing about the whole nun-wars story. I mean this thing just keeps going on and on. The key is that the story was already several years old when it broke, yet the mainstream press continues to act as if this conflict is brand new and that the powers that be at the Vatican picked this fight. At the same time, it continues to be hard to find coverage that accurately quotes the document at the heart of this story — the “doctrinal assessment” from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
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Catholic College Prof. is Planned Parenthood Board Member

Sad.

A psychology professor at the College of Saint Rose in New York whose “teaching interests” include “Psychology of Women and Gender” as well as “Intimacy, Relationships, and Sexuality” is also an active board member of Planned Parenthood. Ellen Cole, who acted as a board member of Planned Parenthood in Alaska from 2003-2007, was hired by the College of Saint Rose in Albany as a full-time visiting professor in 2010. She wrote on the St. Rose website that the college’s commitment to “passion, knowledge, and purpose” enticed her.
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Oversampling Dems

I'm a bit of a poll geek. I think it stems from my time in politics. This piece in NRO really exposes the oversampling of Democrats going on in many major polls:

How important is it for polling organizations to include the correct proportions of self-identified Republicans and Democrats in their polls? The short answer is: Extremely. In this hyper-partisan age, the partisan ratio can not only determine the poll’s top-line results, but also shape the ensuing media interpretation of what it all “means.” That interpretation defines the expectations game, which, in turn, affects fundraising, voter enthusiasm, and turnout.
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Canadian Crackdown on Trad Marriage Nuts

Michael Coren in National Review shows that believing that marriage is between a man and a woman can land you in legal trouble:

A considered and empathetic opposition to same-sex marriage has nothing to do with phobia or hatred, but that doesn’t stop Christians, conservatives, and anybody else who doesn’t take the fashionable line from being condemned as Neanderthals and bigots. This is a lesson that Canadians have learned from painful experience. Same-sex marriage became law in Canada in the summer of 2005, making the country the fourth nation to pass such legislation, and the first in the English-speaking world. In the few debates leading up to the decision, it became almost impossible to argue in defense of marriage as a child-centered institution, in defense of the procreative norm of marriage, in defense of the superiority of two-gender parenthood, without being thrown into the waste bin as a hater. What we’ve also discovered in Canada is that it can get even worse than mere abuse, and that once gay marriage becomes law, critics are often silenced by the force of the law.
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Dowd Compares Church to Islamic Morality Police

Does she understand what would happen to her in an Islamic country?

NYT’s Maureen Dowd Compares Catholic Church To Saudi Arabia’s Feared Islamic Morality Police… Amazingly, Dowd claims the Vatican is worse than the Mutaween.
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Walker "Survives" "Close Vote"? Seriously?

Remember when Obama won with 53% of the vote. I don't remember the media saying he "survived a close vote."

What’s “close” about a 54% to 46% drubbing?
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Video: AZ Abortion Clinics Arrange Sex-Selective Abortions

One little problem -it's illegal in Arizona. Lila Rose strikes again!

Why is the location important? Arizona is one of only four states that bars sex-selective abortions. These two Arizona abortion clinics keep telling this Live Action undercover reporter that sex-selective abortion is illegal in Arizona. And yet, neither of the clinics stop her from pursuing the abortion based on the baby being a girl, but just tell her not to talk about it:
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Court: Christian Photogs Can't Refuse Gay Marriage

The ironic part is that New Mexico, where this case took place, doesn't even recognize same sex marriage. This kind of thing is exactly why elections matter - so we can get good judges.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that it is illegal for a photography business owned by Christians to refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony—even though New Mexico law does not permit same-sex marriage. The court based its judgment on the text of the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA), which makes it illegal “any person in any public accommodation to make a distinction, directly or indirectly, in offering or refusing to offer its services . . . to any person because of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, spousal affiliation or physical or mental handicap.”
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Brilliant Satire: Bloomberg to Issue Carbonation Credits for Soda Ban

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EPA Official:Destroying Coal is Painful...For Some

The thing about the left is they cant help it but slip up sometimes and say exactly what they think:

Top EPA Official: Obama Coal Regulations Will Be “Painful Every Step of the Way” As They Destroy Communities That Depend On Coal…
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Funny Vid: The Glory of Male Communication

Funny 'cause it's true:

Expressed with perfection in this Verizon commercial:
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Great Vid: Sununu Takes Out Soledad

I saw this vid the other day at Adrienne's Catholic Corner and meant to put it up but somehow things got in the way. But it's sooooo worth watching. John Sununu hits CNN's bias right on the nose. Continue reading>>>

Cdl. Dolan: NY Times Doesn't Seem Fair and Accurate

Gateway Pundit reports:

Cardinal Dolan: NY Times Does Not Have Reputation of Fair & Accurate Reporting Regarding the Church.
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Axelrod: VP Rubio Would be "Insult to Hispanics."

What a maroon. Because, you know, the only things hispanics care about is open borders:

In an interview that aired Sunday on “Al Punto,” the Spanish-language network’s political talk show, Mr. Axelrod said picking Mr. Rubio, a Florida Republican, doesn’t make up for Mr. Romney’s stances that are important to Hispanic voters. “I think it would be an insult to the Hispanic community to choose Senator Rubio if the thinks that that is somehow — if Governor Romney thinks that’s sort of a get-out-of-jail-free card for all of the things and the positions that he’s taken,” Mr. Axelrod said.
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An Open Dead Letter to Priests

I wouldn't like to the original piece at the Nat'l Catholic Reporter but I'll certainly link to LarryD's takedown:

The beat goes on at the NCDistorter. This time it’s an “Open Letter To American Priests”, written by Mary Gordon (Mary Gordon is an American writer and the McIntosh Professor of English at Barnard College). I’ll jump to the pertinent parts. The blue in the brackets are my comments.
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Most Terrifyingly Narcisistic Obama Pic...Evah!

This Memorial day pic is just unbelievable. Pundette has more and more on Obama's weakness being his own ego:

Finding himself unable to run on his record, Candidate Obama tries to snuggle up to various voting groups. But being Obama, he can't keep his ego from jumping into things. So he doesn't pretend to be a mere friend of Jews; he has to ludicrously hold himself up as an expert on Judaism. And he can't humbly honor American military service members who died in Viet Nam. He has to superimpose his glorious self over their sacrifice. Behold the White House photo of the day on Memorial Day:
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What Happens When State No Longer Forces Workers into Union?

Opting out of the union?

Popquiz, hotshots*: You have public-employee unions that force public-sector employees to pay dues and make the state act as their bagman. The state refuses to collect dues and changes the law to make dues and union membership entirely voluntary. What do people do? That’s easy … they quit paying the dues:
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Jealous God Obama Attacks Rival Religions

It's time to decide to whom we kneel:

Thou shall have no other gods before Obama. For Obama is a jealous god who demands total obeisance. In 2008, Americans voted to deify a unique man of history. Obama is much more than the first president to be raised by a transsexual nanny in Indonesia. He's also the very first commander-in-chief to thank his drug dealer in his high school yearbook, instead of his mom.
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Ron Paul Voted Against Sex Selective Abortions

I can't imagine why he would've done this. You?

Somebody has to call Ron Paul out. It might as well be me. LifeNews is reporting that Democrats defeated the House’s proposed ban on sex-selection abortion. How about we take a look at the individuals, not the parties? Check out the voting record. Twenty Democrats voted for the ban. Seven Republicans, including Ron Paul, voted against the ban.
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First Lady: Gay Marriage Teaches Kids "Basic Values"

So her values can be enforced but those values which are thousands of years old must be discarded:

Wait, what does it teach them? Via The Hill: First lady Michelle Obama, adding her support to her husband’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, said this week she supports marriage equality because she believes in the “basic values” of fairness and equality she taught her daughters.
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