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Barbara Curtis RIP

Prayers for her family:

Barbara Curtis, mother to many and mentor to many mothers through her blog MommyLife.net, died yesterday. To say she will be sorely missed is a gross understatement. Please pray for her family. I only met Barbara in person once, over coffee at Panera, where we talked as quickly as we could, exchanging our "stories" (we're both Catholic converts) in the limited time we had free. As the note on her site today says, "She was a testimony to God's grace and transforming power." Exactly right. I admired her humility and honesty, rare enough qualities today and virtues which allowed her to connect to so well with all the moms who read her blog and benefited through her experience and wisdom.
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Why Catholics Will Choose President Romney

Hope they will:

Because they can. Sixty million Americans are Catholic. One in every four American voters is Catholic. This election is about jobs, jobs, jobs -- and about that ubiquitous Catholic "swing" vote in 10 key states where electoral votes will be determined by the Catholic margin: Wisconsin, Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, the new toss-up states of Pennsylvania and Michigan, and the key states of Florida and Ohio. With 134 Catholic "swing state" electoral votes on the line, Catholics are about to head to polls and choose the next president of the United States:
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Do People Who Commit Suicide Go to Hell?

Fr. William Byron S.J., writes at Catholic Digest:

No one can appreciate the unimaginable pain that is the ultimate explanation for such a tragic action. No one, therefore, can judge a person whose choice we cannot fathom, whose life we can remember, but cannot restore, and whose pain we cannot understand. This is how the Church tends to look upon suicide today. The Church teaches that suicide is wrong; it is contrary to the Fifth Commandment. It is an action that runs counter to the proper love of self, as well as love for God, the giver of life. We are stewards of our lives, not owners. The person who takes his or her own life also wrongs others — those who remain experience loss, bewilderment, and grief. You won’t find anything in that teaching about going to hell.
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ND's Fr. McBrien Compares Self to Moses, Says Bishops Can't Reach onto Catholic Campuses

Nuts.

Many "progressive Catholics" remain in the Church only because they have found refuge on college campuses "where the long arms of a bishop cannot reach," writes Fr. Richard McBrien, the Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, in his latest screed against the Vatican and the U.S. bishops. Father McBrien writes in The National Catholic Reporter that "ultra-conservatives" are staging a "wholesale assault" on nuns for the soul of the Church. And McBrien is also looking forward to the next pope who, he predicts, will lead the Church more in line with his own progressive vision for the Church.
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Generation Fluke is on the Rise

Give. Me. Condoms!!!

Students at Boston College have reportedly begun a petition demanding that the health center on campus distribute contraceptives.
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Forget Abortion! NPR Promotes The 'Rights' and 'Souls' of Plants

Figures:

As liberal reporters obsess and nearly faint in the waning days of the campaign that conservatives would dare to assert a right to life for a human being conceived in rape, NPR.org offers a better idea: Plants deserve rights. The NPR headline: “Recognizing the Right of Plants to Evolve.” Unborn babies have no rights...unlike the sensitive weeds in your garden? Pro-choice, but anti-chili pepper?
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Exorcist's Blatty Horrified by Georgetown

The Jesuit university's Catholic identity is truly scary.

It’s no Halloween tale. Sadly, The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty’s account of Georgetown University’s failings—published in today’s Georgetown campus newspaper, The Hoya—is all too true. But now the master of suspense has Georgetown officials wondering what’s lurking around the next corner. Blatty reminds them that he and other Georgetown patriots are about to file their promised canon law petition, urging Church and University officials to attend to Georgetown’s substantial decline in Catholic identity. Blatty also asks the Georgetown community to join his Father King Society “to unite students, faculty, parents and alumni to make Georgetown honest, Catholic and better.”
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Patricia's Story: Planned Parenthood and the Body Parts

A horrible story with a conversion story happy ending (thank God.) But it's pretty horrible, I warn you.

My name is Patricia. I have the best childhood memories. The only thing missing in our family was God. We never went to Mass on Sundays, never read the bible, and I had no idea how to pray the rosary. Since we didn’t have a strong religious foundation in our family, my mother practiced new-age beliefs and my parent’s marriage (and our family) fell apart. My parents divorced and my younger brother and I decided to live with our father. The divorce deeply wounded us all.
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The Most Heartbreakingly Beautiful Story of the Day

Manti T'eo, Heisman candidate, writes to family of dying young girl. Check this out.

Character is revealed behind closed doors. In today’s me-first culture where sports "heroes" allow their need for the limelight to dominate and define their ethics, a story of real character and human connection isn’t easy to find. Bridget Smith loved Notre Dame football and got to watch the Irish beat Michigan on Sept. 22. Manti Te’o didn’t even know Bridget Smith. They were two people from two worlds: A Mormon football star at Notre Dame who is a Hawaiian of Samoan descent. A dying 12-year-old Catholic girl from suburban Detroit.
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Mark Steyn is a Must Read on Benghazi and Obama

This is perfectly done.

We're going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video," said Hillary Clinton. No, not the person who made the video saying that voting for Barack Obama is like losing your virginity to a really cool guy. I'll get to that in a moment. But Secretary Clinton was talking about the fellow who made the supposedly Islamophobic video that supposedly set off the sacking of the Benghazi consulate. And, indeed, she did "have that person arrested." By happy coincidence, his bail hearing has been set for three days after the election, by which time he will have served his purpose. These two videos – the Islamophobic one and the Obamosexual one – bookend the remarkable but wholly deserved collapse of the president's re-election campaign.
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'Mom, go upstairs. We're all liberals.'

Here's a scary story for Halloween:

Ouch. Monday night was the first time I heard my daughter apply that label to herself, and the word didn't please me. She and six friends/coworkers were about to watch the final Obama-Romney debate on the large-screen TV in our suburban basement. These twenty-something kiddies were enjoying our hospitality because it was free. They're a company (founder, partners, contractors, trainee), part of the start-up trend whereby young persons hang out at coffee shops, staring into laptops, trying to start the next Foursquare or Fab and make a billion dollars. Until that happens, they can't afford things like airfare or hotels. So in order to attend a conference in the city near us, they had driven cross-country in a minivan and were staying at our house for four and a half days.
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You Won't Believe What Biden Said to Father of Former Navy SEAL Killed in Benghazi

He asked him, "Did Your Son Always Have Balls the Size of Cue Balls?." There is something very wrong with these people.

The father of one of the former Navy SEALs killed in the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya says President Barack Obama wouldn’t even look him in the eye and Vice President Joe Biden was disrespectful during the ceremony when his son’s body returned to America. He also says the White House’s story on the attack doesn’t pass the smell test.
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Reggie Kennedy Tells Anna Maria U: “Democratic Politics and Religion Were Intertwined.”

What an outrageous comment from a pro-abortion rights advocate:

Anna Maria College, a Catholic college in Massachusetts, finally heard pro-abortion rights Victoria Reggie Kennedy speak, according to news reports. As reported by The Cardinal Newman Society in March, Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., honored the wishes of Worcester Bishop Robert McManus and disinvited the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy as commencement speaker because of concerns about conflicts with Catholic moral teaching. Then the College asked Bishop McManus not to attend the commencement ceremony, claiming he would be a “distraction.” And now the College re-invited Kennedy to speak on campus, this time as part of its fall symposium on “Faith and the Public Square: Balancing Religious Beliefs with the Common Good.” Kennedy reportedly received a standing ovation from the crowd when she stood to speak.
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David L's Son Could Use a Prayer or Two

David L. writes:

I received a call from Atlanta this morning. My son Paul would not wake up. They called 911, and the ambulance arrived. They were able to revive him, at which point he was disoriented, and complained about a severe headache. Paul had a history of migraines in high school, and this hadn't happened in a few years, but he has been stressed with finishing his last year of college, as well as his consulting work -- success can be almost as hard as failure -- so it might be getting to him.
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Trump Will Give $5 Million to Charity if Obama Releases His College Records

Ha! I didn't see this coming. I've got to say I don't see this as being helpful at all because there's no way Obama will do so. No way. View the video>>>

New Ad By Clint Eastwood

Pretty effective if you ask me:

American Crossroads has a new ad out today, one that features a familiar face and voice — Clint Eastwood. Taking a distinctly more serious approach than his lighthearted, extemporaneous skit speech at the Republican Convention, Eastwood warns about rising dependence on China’s credit and the prospect of another four years of Barack Obama. America needs a turnaround artist, Eastwood says, and fortunately we have one at the ready:
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Voris: It's About Abortion, Stupid

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SSPX: Williamson Removed

Drama.

Rorate has learned and can confirm that Bishop Richard Williamson, one of the four bishops consecrated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and co-consecrated by Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer on June 30, 1988, in Écône, Switzerland, for the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) has been removed from membership in said society by its Superior General, and can now be considered a former member.
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The Story of You: A Letter to My Unborn Child

A letter of love and loss:

Thursday – January 8, 2009 My hands were shaking; my whole body trembled as I watched the home pregnancy test, now sitting on the counter on account of my shaky hands, turn positive. Pregnant? Really? I holler for your Dad to come to the bedroom. He cried he was so happy. You see, you were planned, we just didn’t expect you. We had tried for quite a while, but never were we blessed with actually becoming pregnant.
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Jane Russell, Pro-Lifer

A tragic abortion leads to hope:

After her abortion, the late Jane Russell was unable to bear children and later she became an outspoken pro-lifer and adoption advocate.
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Michelle Obama Defended Partial Birth Abortion

Ugh.

In 2004 Michelle Obama wrote a campaign letter on behalf of her husband’s campaign saying that killing a child when it was halfway out of the womb was a “legitimate medical procedure” (thus clarifying her husband’s idea of what constitutes a “surgical” attack) and that bans on it were “clearly unconstitutional and must be overturned.”
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Organization Deceives Catholic Funding Agency?

Uh-oh. Again.

The Reform CCHD Now Coalition (RCN) Uncovers Fraud and Deception By Network of Grantees Receiving Catholic Funds. The 24 member Reform CCHD Now Coalition (RCN) released its latest report on organizations receiving funds from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The 2012 report reveals that one of the CCHD’s longest-running grant recipients, the Gamaliel Foundation, attempted to deceive the CCHD regarding its relationship with an organization promoting homosexuality.
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The Pinterest Bible

Funny stuff:

I’m on Pinterest. (You should follow me.) Wait, isn’t that just for girls? It is. In fact, if you’re a guy I would really appreciate if you’d continue believing that and give me a head start of about a year or so. Whatever you do, don’t read articles that point out Pinterest is 72% female and Twitter is 62% female. (It’s that extra 10% that makes Twitter OK for men to use.) I digress. Recently on Pinterest I saw a Bible verse posted. Here is what it was:
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Bullying Gay Atheist NBA Star Gives Anti-Bullying Talk on Catholic Campus?

But Mr. Tolerance has called religious believers delusional morons.

Former professional basketball player, atheist, and gay activist John Amaechi spoke at the University of Scranton “Day of Inclusion” in front of more than 100 people last week. The Jesuit university said it was “an effort to promote an inclusive, culturally competent, and mindful environment, free of bullying and harassment.” But inclusiveness doesn’t seem to describe Amaechi’s feelings towards religious believers. Amaechi, a self descried atheist, said in interviews he finds the idea of an afterlife “so crazy” and that “the delusion is just ridiculous.”
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Bp. Olmsted Removes “Catholic” Status from Another Hospital

Sad. Necessary.

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, a 212-bed hospital that served about 85,000 patients last year, mostly from the East Valley, has been stripped of its Catholic status. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix temporarily revoked the Catholic status of the hospital on Thursday. Mercy Gilbert had been the last Catholic hospital in the Phoenix area.
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North Carolina: 583 Democrat Votes Over the Age of 112

Nothing to see here:

North Carolina: 583 Democrat Votes Over the Age of 112 the Age of 112
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Texas to Shut Down Health Program if Planned Parenthood Involved

Governor Rick Perry is going to the mattresses on this one:

A Texas health program that benefits 100,000 women in households will be terminated if Planned Parenthood is allowed to continue participating, the state's health and human services chief declared. Planned Parenthood has since asked a federal appeals court to reconsider a lower court ruling that allows Texas to ban it from the program
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DOJ Lends Support to Planned Parenthood

Hmmm. Planned Parenthood spends millions to re-elect Obama and Obama files a lawsuit for them against Arizona:

In May, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act (H.B. 2800), aimed at preventing the flow of taxpayer dollars to organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, that offer abortion procedures in the Grand Canyon State. In retaliation, Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit claiming that the state law is in violation of federal law, with regards to the money secured by the state for Medicaid. Currently, the law has been challenged in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
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PC Elementary School Bans Halloween

Weasel Zippers reports:

Seattle Elementary School Bans Halloween Costumes To Avoid “Offending Other Cultures”… PC insanity. SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) – A Seattle school has banned students from celebrating a new holiday this year: Halloween.
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Allred's October Surprise?

You know something's coming. Allred recently met with Obama, not she's playing coy about client/attorney privilege on an October Surprise:

Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred will not confirm or deny Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge’s speculation that she will soon “make a move” to affect the presidential election. “Here she comes. Hearing Gloria Allred out there again, about to make a move.” Drudge tweeted Thursday. “After all, it’s her time of the campaign. Team O at the ready!!” Allred is so far not commenting 0n the rumor, chalking her silence up to client privacy.
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Whoopi Thought Mormons Were Quakers Or Something

Funny. In a sad pathetic way:

Ann Romney appeared on The View and fielded what was an attempt at a “gotcha” question from Whoopi Goldberg, but I don’t think Whoopi got the payoff she was looking for:
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Call Planned Parenthood to Schedule your Imaginary Mammogram Day!

This is awesome. Live Action has more:

If you were watching the 2nd presidential debate last night, you probably remember President Obama’s claim that Planned Parenthood does mammograms. (Aww, bless his heart. Obama actually thinks that his buddies at the abortion-giant Planned Parenthood do mammograms.)
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Notre Dame to Host Debate on Gay "Marriage"

I wonder if for Maggie Gallagher this counts as a home game or an away game:

The University of Notre Dame will host a public debate on the issue of gay “marriage” next week between traditional marriage advocate Maggie Gallagher and a Wayne State University philosophy professor who bills himself as “the gay moralist.” The October 25th debate will see Gallagher, president for the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, debate John Corvino, philosophy professor at Wayne State University. They will reportedly discuss the arguments from the book they co-authored, “Debating Same-Sex Marriage.”
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Concerning The Ordination of Women to the Diaconate

David L. writes:

In 1976, the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued its declaration Inter Insigniores, against the possibility of ordaining women to the ministerial priesthood. A commentary which accompanied the decree confessed to having passed over the issue of women deacons because "it is a question which must be taken up fully by direct study of the texts, without preconceived ideas."
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Pope: Europe Will Rediscover the Faith

Hope so.

Europe will rediscover her Christian heritage, Pope Benedict XVI assured an interviewer, because “the search for God is profoundly inscribed into each human soul and cannot disappear.”
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France Considers Ban on Homework

France has swirled itself down the civilizational toilet. Now, we're just listening to the gurgle.

It’s actually come to this. For the sake of creating a more level playing field for students who might not have home lives as conducive to productive learning as others, the national — I repeat, not some local or regional government or association or something, but the national — French government is actually floating a plan that would disallow schools from assigning their pupils homework, via TIME:
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"Professor" is Hate Speech to Elizabeth Warren

Lunacy from Massachusets. Where else?

Honestly, I did it as a sign of respect. But apparently, calling Elizabeth Warren by her professional title is hate speech. Prefacing my question “Professor,” in a room full of women gathered to hear Warren and liberal icon Sandra Fluke talk about women’s issues, drew gasps.
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A Priest's Banned List of 10 Church Buzzwords

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Jester Has Ten More

Words to be Banned by Catholics:

So this got me thinking about my own list of buzzwords and phrases I could do without. Now I would admit that some of the ones I am going to list might just be perfectly acceptable and even be used correctly in faithful circles. I am going by mostly my own reactions to them and the negative connotations they have for me. So that should be enough of a disclaimer.
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Film on Muslim Birthrates Raises Ire at Synod

They seem upset they had to watch it rather than disturbed by the facts presented:

On Saturday evening, a seven-minute YouTube video warning of the rise of Islam in Europe was shown to the bishops at the synod on the new evangelization. “I think it would be fair to say that several in the room questioned the veracity of the facts followed by ‘who can this be attributed to?’ and ‘who actually wanted this film to be shown?’” Father Thomas Rosica, the English-language briefing officer for the synod, told journalists.
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Cold Case Papal Unit Says Pope's Death Wasn't Murder

Wait. Did the albino monk have an alibi?

The postulator for the beatification cause of Pope John Paul I has reported that new evidence puts to rest the rumors that the “smiling Pope” was murdered.
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You've Got To See all the Stuff on G'Town's Calendar for Coming Out Week

#notexactlyCatholic.

Georgetown University is celebrating “Coming Out Week” with an array of activities including a “kiss-in,” an “LGBTQ BBQ,” and a Buddhist meditation for LGBTQ students and allies to relieve the stress.
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Francis Beckwith on The First Freedom

A great piece:

In a class I teach at Baylor University, “Law and Religion in the United States,” I begin the semester by asking my students this question: If you were writing the Constitution from scratch in this day and age, would you include the religious free exercise and dis-establishment clauses? As you would guess, the students enthusiastically affirm their commitment to these principles. But then I follow up with these queries, “But why? What is so special about religion, its beliefs, and its practices, that require that your Constitution protect those of its citizens that embrace them?
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Clinton Takes Responsibility, Blames Underlings

Shock.

Hillary Clinton: "I Take Responsibility" For Benghazi (But It Was An Underlng's Fault) —Ace But of course she blames it on lower-level advisers. She says "I am responsible" for the security of State's 60,000 workers, but then says she's not responsible at all: "The decision about security aspects are made by security professionals
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Napolitano: Another 9/11 Virtually Impossible

What is she thinking?

Big Sis: Another 9/11 Is “Virtually Impossible”… Feeling safe yet?
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Obama Campaign: Biden Right, Bishops Wrong

Double down.

In the face of a statement that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued Friday saying that Vice President Joe Biden had spoken falsely when he said no Catholic institution would be required under an Obamacare regulation to "refer," “pay for” or “be a vehicle” for someone to get contraception, President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign said it is standing by what Biden said
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Marquette's "National Coming Out" Weekend Was a Doozy

Jesuits.

The Gender Sexuality Alliance at Marquette University (GSA) celebrated “LGBTQA diversity” on campus with an event called “Chronicles of the Closet” last week which is described on the university’s website as “an open-mic night for sharing coming-out stories.” And in honor of National Coming Out Day on October 11, the university’s campus ministry, according to Badger Catholic, tweeted out this photo:
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An Akin Comeback?

Wow.

Nearly two months ago, Todd Akin bought time on Missouri television to ask forgiveness from voters over regrettable remarks he made about rape. Most scoffed that electoral forgiveness would be forthcoming, and predicted doom and defeat for Republicans in a Senate race most had assumed they would win against unpopular incumbent Claire McCaskill. As soon as it became impossible for Akin to withdraw, McCaskill began bombarding Akin with ads over his statement, and few gave Akin any hope for a comeback. A new poll from Wenzel Strategies (via James Hohmann at Politico’s Morning Score) might show a glimmer of that hope, however.
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Catholic Schools Told They Can’t Teach Abortion is Wrong

Oh my. Can't say we didn't see this coming.

On Wednesday, Ontario’s Minister of Education rocked Ontario taxpayers, sending a shockwave across Canada, and even beyond our borders, with an announcement that can only be described as “totalitarian”.
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TWS on Randall Terry and "Dead Babies"

Few people create more arguments among pro-lifers than Randall Terry. The mere mention of his name creates division among pro-lifers. Here's a marathon length piece from The Weekly Standard. I'm honestly just about halfway through it but I'm posting it because it's pretty interesting.

Of all the divergent byways the Road to the White House provides, there are none so curious as the detour that has me pushing out to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia to spend a week with Randall Terry, his family, and his hive of pro-life activists. Here, I will hunker down with the head of the Society for Truth and Justice, Terry’s current organization.
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Notre Dame To Award Sisters of Life Evangelium Vitae Medal

Good news:

The University of Notre Dame will honor Mother Agnes Mary Donovan and the Sisters of Life with the 2013 Evangelium Vitae Medal, which honors those who defend the sanctity of human life from its earliest stages.
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Gay Student Leaders at Catholic Colleges Form National “Equality” Organization

This is what you get when you muddle Catholic teaching. You get organized muddling:

In honor of National Coming Out Day, student leaders of several lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) student groups based on Catholic college campuses –most of them Jesuit — announced the founding of a national organization called the Catholic Association of Students for Equality (CASE). CASE, according to a public letter that appeared in the Washington Post’s On Faith site from a student leader at Georgetown University, is a national network with a central goal toward establishing “a pro-LGBT rights position grounded in Catholic values.”
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He Spilled His Vote Upon the Ground

For all those pro-life who refuse to vote for either side, read this.


He Spilled His Vote Upon the Ground

I Said I liked the Novus Ordo. Mayhem Ensued

Burn her! A witch!!!!

Last week over on Facebook, I happened to mention that I had attended a Tridentine Mass, and that I left with a renewed appreciation for the Novus Ordo.
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Leftist Catholic Academics Plan Another Attack on Ryan

Marquette Warrior has the email:

The following is from an e-mail sent out to Marquette Theology Faculty: From: Theological Studies Editor Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2012 6:48 PM To: Theo-Faculty Subject: FW: statement in advance of the Ryan/Biden debate--please sign if you can From: Charles Camosy [mailto:ccamosy@gmail.com]
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A Vasectomy Tale

Spitting in the face of God:

Theirs was a love story like many others — cradle Catholics who’d known each other since parochial school, fell away from their faith in college, married at 22, and finally returned to the church after the birth of their first child 18 months later. But they returned to the church on their own terms, still using abortifacient — euphemistically known as birth control — pills. As Mark Faas recalls, “We were ‘cafeteria Catholics,’ for sure.”
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Trey Gowdy Blasts Administration over Benghazi

Now that's passion. And rightly placed:

Outrage located Yesterday I asked where the outrage was over the debacle in Benghazi. Found it:
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The Catholicism of Biden and Ryan

A difference:

The differences about to be exhibited in the Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan couldn’t be more striking, and no I don’t mean in just the political arena but in the religious realm as well. The Vice President proudly states he was never a “John Paul II guy, I was a John XXIII guy.” He relishes the fact that in class he openly doubted such central teachings of Transubstantiation during his Catholic school days. He tells us that when he went to Rome his mother told him; “don’t kiss the Pope’s ring.” (Boy it is a good thing Mrs. Biden didn’t know my soft spoken mother, otherwise she would have received an uncharacteristic earful. Heaven help her if she met my German grandmother (my mom’s mother) who would have undoubtedly pulled a rolling pin, a frying pan and whatever else she could come after her with to put the fear of God into her.)
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Docs Wanted Boy Dead, Now in Rehab

Wesley Smith writes:

Look into the future if Obamacare remains. Texas has a futile care law permitting a hospital bioethics panel to refuse wanted life-sustaining treatment if they don’t think the patient’s life is worth the cost or has sufficient quality. It is like the old signs over restaurant doors, “We reserve the right to refuse service.” (I have warned against Futile Care Theory often, including here at NRO.)
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Bus Driver Tells Child He Should've Been Aborted for Romney Sign

Tolerance.

A bus driver told a 12 year-old student that he should have been aborted because his family had a Romney-Ryan sign in their yard.
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CCHDebacle

More upsetting news:

American Life League is just days away from publishing the latest report on groups receiving funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Without revealing too much of what ALL has discovered, it must be said that it is upsetting to find so many pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, pro-contraception, and Marxist organizations receiving funding from a project of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). One of the organizations profiled in this year’s report is a group called the Chelsea Collaborative
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WaPo Scolds "Fox News Bishops"

I think that means she doesn't like them:

In her October 9 column “Ryan v. Biden: the Catholic ‘Thrilla in Manila,’” Washington Post “She the People” columnist Melinda Henneberger made a common journalistic error when discussing the Catholic Church, introducing a false dichotomy between “liberal” Catholicism’s emphasis on social issues and “conservative” Catholicism’s emphasis on pro-life issues. Predictably, she came down hard on “conservative” Catholics and “Fox News bishops” for “unwittingly whittling away at their own influence with the increasingly secular Democratic party.” (And, needless to say, that’s the only influence that matters at The Washington Post.) But the Catholic Church has not altered her moral teaching. It’s Democratic politicians that have changed and increasingly embraced policies directly opposed to Church teaching, such as same-sex marriage and abortion. Henneberger herself noted the Democrats' enthusiastic embrace of abortion at their convention just over a month ago
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Christian University Blocks Conservative Student Group

Figures.

A Christian university blocked conservative students from forming a Young Americans for Freedom chapter on campus last week. Azusa Pacific, a private Christian university near Los Angeles, California, took issue with “divisive language” on the website of YAF, an advocacy group for college-aged conservatives. University officials also feared that replacing the existing conservative student club with a YAF-affiliated one would limit membership options for students
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1571: The Battle of Lepanto

This is a good article about one of the most important battles in Western civilization that's almost completely ignored.

The Turkish fleet came on imposing and terrible, all sails set, impelled by a fair wind, and it was only half a mile from the line of galliasses and another mile from the line of the Christian ships. D. John waited no longer; he humbly crossed himself, and ordered that the cannon of challenge should be fired on the “Real,” and the blue flag of the League should be hoisted at the stern, which unfurled itself like a piece of the sky on which stood out an image of the Crucified. A moment later the galley of Ali replied, accepting the challenge by firing another cannon, and hoisting at the stern the standard of the Prophet, guarded in Mecca, white and of large size, with a wide green “cenefa,” and in the center verses from the Koran embroidered in gold.
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Oh My. Obama's Ring "There is No God But Allah."

Hmmm. I figured he only believed in the god of his own making named Obama. I don't know what to make of it but it's starting to make the rounds so here's the story:

As a student at Harvard Law School, then-bachelor Barack Obama’s practice of wearing a gold band on his wedding-ring finger puzzled his colleagues. Now, newly published photographs of Obama from the 1980s show that the ring Obama wore on his wedding-ring finger as an unmarried student is the same ring Michelle Robinson put on his finger at the couple’s wedding ceremony in 1992. Moreover, according to Arabic-language and Islamic experts, the ring Obama has been wearing for more than 30 years is adorned with the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith, the Shahada: “There is no God except Allah.”
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Have Your Voters Registered?

A great resource from Lisa Hendey at Faith and Family:

This morning, I heard on the radio that today is the deadline for voter registration in several states to vote in this year’s state and federal elections. In states like Indiana, your registration form must be postmarked or hand delivered to your county’s registrar’s office by close of business today. You can find a complete list of voter registration deadlines for all fifty states here.
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Penny Marshall Casually Talks of Her Abortion

Ugh.

Penny Marshall, director of Hollywood hits like Big and Jumping Jack Flash and star of TV’s “Laverne and Shirley,” released a tell-all memoir this week, My Mother is Nuts. One of the many revelatory confessions included in its pages is the abortion she had when she was in her 40s. So, this is Hollywood we’re talking about. It’s not the fact that Marshall had an abortion that is shocking. But the language she uses to describe it is jaw-dropping in its callous disregard for human life.
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How a Woman Can Win. Don't Play the Game.

Another strong piece from Ignitum Today:

“New research shows that The Pill reduces lubrication, arousal, and a woman’s ability to orgasm, thus lending credence to my theory that a lot of hormonal birth control “controls” whether or not you give “birth” by making you never want to have sex. We just can’t win with our ladyparts, can we?” –Jezebel We women can’t win because we’re playing the wrong game. The Jezebel article sounds like a team of short people complaining that they just can’t win against the team of tall people in basketball. If you want to win, don’t play a game where the deck is stacked against you.
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Can the Government Veto a Sermon?

Fr. Frank Pavone has much to say on this topic. All of it awesome:

It is based on a simple question: May the government filter, edit, or veto the contents of a sermon? No court has ever heard a case regarding whether the Internal Revenue Service can do so. Yet every day – and especially in these weeks prior to an election – preachers act as if their sermons have to be vetted and approved by the IRS.
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All Hail Fluke!!!

The media hearts Sandra Fluke. Check out this piece of objective journalism:

Feminist sensation Sandra Fluke had her 15 minutes of fame extended by a Washington Post puff piece by reporter David Fahrenthold on Tuesday. “Not done testifying” was the headline. Fluke aspires to be an "independent voice," despite the article displaying she was discovered earlier this year in a Google search by Democrats and has campaigned for Democrats ever since. The official excuse for this extension of fame was “a debate between [no label!] Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and conservative Bill O’Reilly.” The Fox News star proclaimed Fluke should buy her own birth-control pills
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Muslim Group Kills 30 Christian Students

To be a Christian in a Muslim-dominated country is a death sentence. Prayers for all the Christians in danger throughout the world. I Own The World has this incredibly sad story:

Muslim group separates, names then executes up to 30 Christian students US media silent, intentionally ignoring. via Christian Students Executed by Boko Haram in Nigeria Multiple sources have confirmed that about 25 to 30 Christian college students were massacred at a university in northeastern Nigeria late Monday night, causing Christians to pray for a “change of heart” among the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram to put a stop to the continued violence.
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Oh Nooooo! Michelle Obama as Wonder Woman!!!

To be fair, Michelle is interested in the invisible plane to continue her vacations:

Oh No: Comic Book Artist Draws Michelle Obama As Wonder Woman… Just a tad creepy
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Schools Allow Obama Campaign in, Refuse Romney

It seems they're now registering middle schoolers to vote?

Florida Republicans are outraged after a school district allowed a pro-Obama organization to conduct student voter registration drives and deliver speeches to classes – but denied the Romney campaign similar opportunities. Pasco County Schools confirmed to Fox News that volunteers from Organizing For America were given access to as many as a half dozen high school and middle school campuses. “They did register students to vote,” spokesman John Mann told Fox News. “We don’t know how many children were registered – (but) we have an ongoing investigation.”
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Dining at the Spiritual Buffet

The Cafeteria is open. 24/7.

We’ve heard it repeated so many times in various ways in recent years: “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” It’s a catchphrase that connotes the embrace of an independent, self-styled belief system that rejects or at least defies affiliation with any single organized religious institution. It has become a cultural marker of our time, one that encompasses a growing number of individuals who, ironically, tend to coalesce into a community unto themselves. There’s even a lively website for spiritual-but-not-religious persons claiming to be “your home for open-source spirituality,” displaying a homepage banner that solemnly proclaims, “All Religions Contain Some Wisdom… But No One Religion Contains All Wisdom.”
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Cdl. Dolan on the Relevance of St. Francis

He touches on religious freedom and the election as well.

Before I leave for Rome tomorrow, and the all-month meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, I wanted to share some thoughts with you on this beautiful feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis was a completely unexpected man: suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, came a unique figure, perhaps the most Christ-like of saints in the two millennia of Christian history, beloved ever since by peoples across the globe of all creeds or none at all. That a St. Francis could happen at all is a reminder that God is full of surprises—for it was God who raised up this singularly Christ-like figure—and that history often takes unexpected turns.
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Bible Publisher Sues Obama

The more the merrier.

‘Tyndale was left with no alternative but to go to court,” explains Mark D. Taylor, president and CEO of Tyndale House Publishers. On the day before the first presidential debate, the company, which Taylor’s parents started when he was eleven years old, filed the 31st lawsuit over the Department of Health and Human Services’ abortion-drug, sterilization, and contraception mandate.
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Obama Accepting Illegal Donations

This is one of those things that everyone knows is true but the MSM ignores:

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has been soliciting foreigners for donations, an explosive report from the conservative Government Accountability Institute (GAI) shows. Those foreign donors are allegedly visiting the Obama campaign’s donation solicitation Web pages through a social media website the campaign controls, and through an outside website that serves mostly Internet users from outside the United States. About 20 percent of visitors to the “my.barackobama.com” social media website “originated from foreign locations,” the report found. That Web address is owned and controlled by the Obama re-election campaign. “At no point during the [website's] subscription process is a visitor asked whether he or she can legally donate to a U.S. election,” GAI notes
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Lara Logan on the Biggest Lie of the Obama Administration

Wish all the MSM would be this honest:

Lara Logan: ". . . there is a major lie being propagated" Wow. Lara Logan, who in 2011 was brutally beaten, raped, and almost killed by a mob of animals as she covered the "Arab spring" in Cairo for CBS News, recently spoke very bluntly about the status of what we once called the war on terror and the Obama administration's white-washing of the dangers: “I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent.
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Black Actress Supports Romney. Called Every Name in the Book

Tolerance.

Obama Supporters Berate Black Actress As “House Negro,” Uncle Tom,” “Oreo” After She Backs Romney…
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Shock Poll! Romney 49-44!

And way ahead with independents.

Battleground Poll: Romney Up Sixteen Points With Independents; Among Those Most Likely to Vote, Leads 52-46 In Swing States
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Catholic College Supports Radical Bill Redefining Family

Cafeteria:

A radical attempt to legislatively redefine the family in California had an unlikely ally in a Catholic college. While many Christian organizations spoke out against a bill that would allow judges to establish that a child may legally have more than two parents, the University of San Diego, a Catholic college, has publicly supported the bill. In fact, the Children’s Advocacy Institute at USD’s Law School “co-sponsored” the bill along with the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
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ND and BC Theologians Undercut Bishops

Sad.

In a story in the National Catholic Reporter, two theologians from Notre Dame and Boston College seem to undercut a number of bishops who have publicly stated that Catholics could not in good conscience vote for pro-abortion and pro-gay “marriage” candidates when alternatives are available. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, recently told Catholics in The Catholic Times that their salvation was in “serious jeopardy” should they vote for such a candidate. He pointed out the “intrinsic evils” in the Democratic Party’s pro-abortion and pro-gay “marriage” platform. He wrote that “a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.”
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EPA's Human Experiments?

I hope this is not true.

If the shocking allegations contained in a lawsuit filed last Friday by responsible science advocate Steven Milloy are accurate, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a major scandal on its hands. As reported by the National Legal and Policy Center, Milloy initiated litigation in U.S. District Court in Virginia, based on evidence he accumulated via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He alleges that the EPA engaged in disturbing experimentation that deliberately exposed human beings to airborne particulate matter the agency itself considers lethal. The experiments were conducted at EPA’s Human Studies Facility at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “That EPA administrator Lisa Jackson permitted this heinous experimentation to occur under her watch shocks the conscience,” said Milloy
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He Fell off the Surfboard and Into Catholicism

Faithful colleges make evangelizers:

Michael Van Hecke, the headmaster of Saint Augustine Academy in Ventura, California, came to California’s Thomas Aquinas College not to study, not to be a better Catholic, but to learn to surf. That was all. He planned to learn to surf and transfer out. He told The Cardinal Newman Society that he was only there because his parents made him apply. He said that during his high school years in Wisconsin he transferred between what he called “typical” Catholic schools and “typical” public schools. He said his parents wanted to find a “great educational experience” for their son. Sadly, they didn’t. But the problem wasn’t so much the schools themselves as it was Michael Van Hecke.
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Cardinal: Yeah, Pushing Abortion in 3rd World is Probably Racist

Kudos to Cardinal Turkson:

Programs pushing contraception and abortion on the developing world under the guise of women's health care and "reproductive rights" may have an underlying racist agenda, Cardinal Peter Turkson said in a Sept. 28 interview.
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Deneen: Obama's Campaign for Leviathan

Definitely worth a read:

Based on a report in yesterday’s Bloomberg, the decision by the Obama Administration to require many religious institutions to provide contraception through existing health care plans is bearing electoral fruit: President Obama leads Mitt Romney among women by a remarkable 18-point margin. Though the HHS mandate represents an expansion of government power into the heart of many religious institutions, efforts to resist this expansion were portrayed by HHS Secretary Sebelius as a “war against women,” a label that has stuck and a narrative that the Democratic party during its Convention sought to make a dominant theme of the campaign—it would seem, with considerable success.
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NFL Man of the Year For Traditional Marriage

Good news:

While many professional athletes have spoken out in favor of the Gay Agenda, the 2012 NFL Man of the Year, Baltimore Ravens football center Matt Birk, has published his support for the Minnesota amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman. Birk's YouTube video from the Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) urges Minnesota citizens to vote in November to preserve God's design of the family.
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Chaput: "We Need to Deal with the Debris of Failure."

Protect the Pope reports:

Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia has given a strongly worded address to a congregation of 1,550 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels’ Plaza that honestly talks about signs of failure in our Church, including the clergy sex abuse crisis, a decline in priestly vocations, struggling Catholic schools and parishes, years of deficit spending and unrealistic financial management, and drastic demographic changes.
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"I'd Hate-Shag Rick Santorum"

Sarah Palin's a nut because she said some congressional districts are "targeted." But somehow Joy Behar and some Bravo channel dude talking about which conservative they'd kill, shag, or marry is just fine. This is outrageous. And maybe it's just me but when the left which approves of abortion and euthanasia starts talking about body counts I tend to listen:

Andy Cohen plays a ridiculous game on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live called "Marry, Shag, or Kill" in which he gives three names to his guests, and they have to choose who they'd marry, shag, and kill. On Current TV's Say Anything Monday, host Joy Behar played this game with Cohen with the subjects being conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, Republican presidential nominee Paul Ryan, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary).
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USCCB Blog: Fighting False Balance in the Media

Sr. Mary Ann Walsh writes:

Margaret Sullivan now wears the public editor hat at The New York Times and with a recent ombudsman column took on a huge media problem: False balance aka false equivalency. False balance reports are those that appear fair because they have two sides, except that one side reflects neither knowledge nor a right to speak. Reports on Catholicism are especially vulnerable to false balance, and often it is achieved through manipulation of the name “Catholic” and religious symbols such as veils and Roman collars. More media than The New York Times fall prey to it. Some agenda groups who oppose one or more Catholic teachings, for example, use the name “Catholic,” even when there seems little evidence of Catholics in their ranks and no evidence that they represent Catholic teaching. Catholics for Choice, once known as “Catholics for a Free Choice,” comes to mind.
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Infertility and Sex-Selective Abortions

The "miracle" of modern science:

A lot of people, conservatives in particular, tend to idealize the past. We like to wax lyrical about simpler times, the "good old days." Of course, if we are honest we have to admit that those good old days weren't always so great. The passage of time and progress of society have brought many blessings – civil, cultural, and technological. Society today is freer, fairer, safer, and more comfortable. Unfortunately many of the blessings of progress come at a cost. The same technologies that make life healthier and more comfortable can also present us with previously unimagined ethical dilemmas. This principle was illustrated recently in an open letter published in Slate magazine's "Dear Prudence" feature. "Prudence" dispenses "advice on manners and morals" to those struggling to navigate the complexities of life in the 21st century.
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Is Homeschooling Selfish?

Rebecca Frech has a run in with people who tell her she's selfish for homeschooling.

I spent several days last week with my husband's high school teacher cousin and her husband who works for the teachers' union in California. To say they are Liberal would be to undersell their political stances in the same way that calling me a Conservative wouldn't begin to cover it. As they are nice people, it was an enjoyable weekend of back-and-forth political banter. They support the President. We don't. We both knew that going in which made any mention of politics more play than work. Neither one was going to be persuaded which made it about the intellectual exercise. No one offered any new arguments to me until we began to discuss education. They seemed very interested in our decision to homeschool, the book I'm writing about it, and the children we're raising. They both conceded that we appear to be succeeding in raising and educating children who are both well-informed and socially normal. It was then that she shook her head slightly and stated, "I think you're doing a great job at it and you obviously have a love and a passion for teaching, which is what makes it even more selfish.
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Dale Is Not Loving the New "Revolution" Show. Here's Why.

It's kinda' mindless though Billy Burke is pretty good:

For the moment, I'm going to completely bracket the fact that NBC's Revolution is a blatant, soulless rip-off of my friend Steve Stirling's Emberverse series. Instead, I'm going to give it an objective analysis, focusing on the strengths and flaws of the series, as based upon my viewing of the first two episodes. 1. It's a blatant, soulless rip-off of the Emberverse series. OK, I tried. But there's no getting around this fact, and this fact ripples throughout the plot. The fact that it is a thinly-disguised ripoff ("How about we let guns work? That'll keep him from suing, right?") with hot-rod flames here and there and a new monkey-fur dashboard warps the storytelling, rendering it a mess that doesn't work on its own terms.
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Arrested for Praying? Yeah, Really

So, it's gotten this bad already, huh?

Just before the first presidential debate, pro-lifers are speaking out on the critical issue of religious liberty and getting arrested as part of a new strategy of active “resistance” to the Obama Administration’s pro-abortion and pro-homosexual policies. Speaking at a “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rally in Washington, D.C., Catholic Priest Marcel Guarnizo urged the Catholic hierarchy to take the fight to the Obama Administration and publicly denounce Catholic politicians who promote abortion and homosexual marriage. He singled out Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley for criticism
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Mom in Catastrophic Accident Refuses Abortion

An amazing pro-life story:

Already the mother of one, she was led to believe she was unable to have any more children. She and her husband Marcus were not willing to give up easily, and she has since given birth to a healthy boy named Max. Lander's car spun out of control on a wet manhole cover as she drove to work in July of 2011.
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Hilarious Satire

Perfect.

Celebrated historian Bertram Oxley has uncovered a memorandum from former Japanese Emperor Hirohito to Admiral Yamamoto dated December 6, 1941, showing that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was motivated by an offensive film made by Charlie Chaplin ridiculing Japanese cuisine
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How Stable are "Stable" Same Sex Couples?

Politically incorrect science must be silenced. You didn't read this, you hear?

The October issue of Journal of Marriage and Family published an analysis by Charles Lau of a British probability sample, “The Stability of Same-Sex Cohabitation, Different-Sex Cohabitation, and Marriage.” Lau found that cohabiting same-sex couples in Great Britain are twice as likely to break up as cohabiting opposite sex couples — and married couples (all opposite-sex in Great Britain) are at least five times more stable than same-sex couples:
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Obama Push Call: How Can You Vote for a MORMON!!!?

Deal Hudson reports on this disgusting push call:

Just a week ago, I reported a call from an Obama supporter received by a Catholic in Pennsylvania. The caller, identifying herself as Catholic, insisted Obama was not pro-abortion and Planned Parenthood did not encourage abortions.
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Obama Tells Contractors to Hold off Layoffs Until After Election

CNN is reporting on this now. That's good. Because this is really bad. Ace has the story:

Scandalous: White House Tells Contractors to Break Federal Law and Not Inform Workers They Will Be Laid Off; Further Tells Them The Administration Will Pay Their Fines For Breaking the Law
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Record Number of Justices Attend Red Mass

Hooray?

Six of the nine Supreme Court justices attended the annual Red Mass at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday. The event’s speakers spoke about using faith in decision-making but largely stayed away from the controversial issues the court will face in the coming months. Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Elena Kagan all attended the 60th annual Mass. This was Kagan’s first Red Mass.
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Finally! Abortions 100% Free in France

Just what France needed. Less French people. Sure hope you like Sharia folks:

France’s Socialist Government Announces Abortions Will Now Be 100% Free…
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Judge: HHS Mandate Not a Burden on Religious Freedom

We're in big trouble. And this election may be the only thing that could possibly save us:

A federal district court in Missouri dismissed in its entirety a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services’ HHS contraceptive mandate brought by a Catholic business owner, saying the mandate does not constitute a substantial burden on religious freedom. U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson, a George H.W. Bush appointee, ruled against Frank O’Brien and O’Brien Industries and in favor of the HHS’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
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Yawn. Teenagers Killed with Fast & Furious Guns

Nothing to see here:

Ho hum: Mexican teenagers slaughtered with Fast and Furious guns
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LarryD is Completely Wrong

LarryD is a Catholic blogger I agree with much of the time. But in this post he is 100 percent wrong. He says this is the "worst movie death scene ever." Is he not looking at the screen? This is the greatest movie death scene ever. Shame on LarryD.

Too funny to not post.
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No Actor's Life for Him

I love personal stories like this about individual Catholics working towards holiness:

Oscar Wilde once famously said, “I love acting. It is so much more real than life.” An actor was what 53-year-old Mike Garcia always had wanted to be, and he realized his dream by earning Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity cards that gave him access to paying jobs. Garcia was born to Fred and Stella Garcia in Alexandria and raised in Arlington Forest. His parents were both first-generation Americans. He was the fifth of seven children, all of who attended St. Thomas More elementary school and Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington.
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