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Gallup: Percentage of Americans who say they’re LGBT rises for sixth straight year

Who could've seen this coming? Yeah, everyone.


In 2012, 3.5 percent of the public identified as LGBT. Six years later, 4.5 percent — about an additional three million people — do. Two possible explanations. One: It’s not that there are more LGBT people now than there were 10 years ago, it’s just that they feel more comfortable admitting it. The more accepting the culture seems of gay/trans lifestyles, logically the more gay/trans Americans will own up to having them. Although if that’s the explanation, you’d expect this trend to level off sometime soon-ish.
Let's be honest. It's super chic right now to be LGBT. On top of that, right now we're in the victim Olympics and nothing gets you medals in the victim Olympics more than declaring yourself team LGBT. I would suspect that a majority of the increase is young girls experimenting but that's not broken out in the data. It does say, however, that while those identifying as LGBT among boomers and seniors actually declined, young people are now approaching something like 10 percent identifying as LGBT.

10 percent!?


Catholic seminary has no applicants for fall program

Here's some not so good news that is completely unsurprising.

NY Post:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence says no men have applied for its seminary program in the fall.

The Rev. Chris Murphy tells WPRI-TV it’s rare that there are no new applicants to Our Lady of Providence Seminary. Between two and six men have entered the seminary each fall over the past five years. Murphy said Tuesday the church is not in crisis mode. He says it is looking at new ways to reach men who may be thinking about priesthood.

Pope Francis previously said there is a global shortage of priests, and he blames the issue on scandals within the church and changing cultural trends.
The more you try to make the Church cool and just like everyone else, the more people will believe it. And if there's nothing radically different about the Church, there's no reason to make a radical decision like devoting your life to it.

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It's the Silence that's Killing Us

Can we please remember that the sum total of scientific evidence supporting the "born this way" theory is...zero.


A victim of clerical sexual abuse has said that Pope Francis told him that God made him gay and that his sexuality "does not matter."

Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse, spent three days with Pope Francis at the Vatican in April, in which he discussed his sexuality and the abuse he suffered at the hands of a Chilean priest.

Describing his encounter with the Pope to CNN, Cruz said: "You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter. God made you like this. God loves you like this. The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say."...

The Pope's words would amount to a significant departure from the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, which considers homosexuality "objectively disordered" and contrary to God's law.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told CNN on Monday: "We do not normally comment on the Pope's private conversations."
And that's the catch. So those who say Pope Francis said it and meant it are confronted by those who say we can't trust secondhand accounts. And that's where the conversation ends and the arguments begin. And then we usually get the name calling such as "Pharisees" or "sedevacantist" or "heretic."

So putting aside whether Pope Francis said exactly that or not, the question is in light of what's being reported, why wouldn't the Vatican reiterate the Church's teaching on sexuality? Whether Pope Francis said it or not, one would think he'd be uncomfortable with CNN blasting out false reports. So the question to me isn't whether he said it or not because I don't know. What I do know is that it's terribly damaging to Catholics to have reports out there that he did say it. And he's not doing anything about it. The thought that he's comfortable with that silence, is profoundly disquieting.


Pelosi on Trump's "Animal" Quote: "Doesn’t he see the spark of divinity in all people?"

How about this for hypocrisy? Nancy Pelosi, who leads the cheer for killing babies in the womb, pretends to be standing up for human dignity by scolding President Trump for calling MS-13 gang members who brutalize, rape, and kill innocents "animals." You see, she pretends like much of the media, that he was talking about all illegal immigrants. He wasn't.

Disgusting. Sometimes I honestly wonder if Nancy Pelosi is trolling babies when she constantly brings up "dignity of life" and "spark of divinity" comments.

Question for Pelosi: When does that spark of divinity ignite? First trimester? Second? Or only when you can be used by the Democrats and media to bash political opponents.


Science News!!! You should believe in space octopi but not God!!!

You've gotta' love this headline: "Science news: Octopuses came to Earth from space as frozen eggs millions of years ago." This article's been everywhere the past few days. I really love the headline because it makes it sound like a pronouncement from SCIENCE!!! when in reality it's just a theory from some scientists who were faced with a problem and then dreamed up a solution.

This story is actually very big news, however. Just not for the reasons they think. For one of the first time, SCIENCE is openly admitting that macro evolution does not explain where all life on Earth came from. For years, we were told that any thought that all forms of life that exists or existed on Earth was the product of random mutation over billions of years.

Anyone who said different must be one of those crazy oogedy boogedy fundamentalist nutjobs force feeding the Bible down children's throats. Any questioning of macro evolution being the sole cause of all the varied forms of life was verboten.

But SCIENCE has come to realize that given the fossil records, this theory doesn't hold water. To be honest, they've known this for a while but have refused to admit that Darwinism can't fully explain life in its myriad forms on Earth. So now they're allowing the theory of panspermia to fill in the gaps. That's right, space octopi!!!

The Express:

Science news: Octopuses came to Earth from space as frozen eggs millions of years ago

OCTOPUSES are “aliens” which evolved on another planet before arriving on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago as “cryopreserved” eggs via a process known as panspermia, radical new research has suggested.

The extraordinary claims were made in a report entitled Cause of Cambrian Explosion – Terrestrial or Cosmic? which was co-authored by a group of 33 scientists and published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology journal.

The paper suggests that the explanation for the sudden flourishing of life during the Cambrian era – often referred to as the Cambrian Explosion – lies in the stars, as a result of the Earth being bombarded by clouds of organic molecules.

But the scientists go on to make an even more extraordinary claim concerning octopuses, which seem to have evolved on Earth quite rapidly something like 270 million years ago, 250 million years after the Cambrian explosion.

The paper states: “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes more than is present in Homo sapiens.

“Its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the ability to switch colour and shape are just a few of the striking features that appear suddenly on the evolutionary scene.

“The transformative genes leading from the consensus ancestral Nautilus to the common Cuttlefish to Squid to the common are not easily to be found in any pre-existing life form – it is plausible then to suggest they seem to be borrowed from a far distant “future” in terms of terrestrial evolution, or more realistically from the cosmos at large.

“One plausible explanation, in our view, is that the new genes are likely new extraterrestrial imports to Earth - most plausibly as an already coherent group of functioning genes within (say) cryopreserved and matrix protected fertilized Octopus eggs.

“Thus the possibility that cryopreserved Squid and/or Octopus eggs, arrived in icy bolides several hundred million years ago should not be discounted as that would be a parsimonious cosmic explanation for the Octopus' sudden emergence on Earth circa 270 million years ago.”

The 2016 film arrival features the first contact between people and a race of alien octopuses
The suggestion is all the more interesting because octopuses have frequently been touted as a possible model for extraterrestrial beings.

Cephalopods, especially octopuses are regarded as the most intelligent of all non-vertebrates, with the highest brain-to-body ratio.
In ten years, panspermia will be just as untouchable as the theory of macro-evolution. And those who doubt the space octopi theory will be crazy fundamentalist types.

Just add this to the list of things you have to believe to not believe in God.


Uh-oh. Ron Howard Considering Making Willow 2

Ron Howard just gave us some scary news.

"I don't want to give away too much, but there is a little talk of Willow," Howard told ComicBook.com. "We wouldn't call it Willow 2, I think it would focus a lot on Elora Danan, although Willow would have to be significantly involved."
You might recall, this movie was made because the Tolkien estate thankfully refused to allow George Lucas anywhere near Lord of the Rings. So Lucas and Howard got together and made their own Tolkienesque fantasy story starring a midget instead of a hobbit -as those are particularly hard to find.

So they just borrowed an awful lot from LOTR without making it too obvious.

You have a small person living in some small village tasked with a great responsibility and in his travels he is accompanied by a few comedic sidekicks and eventually one stranger who is a great warrior but we're unsure of his motivations. Sound familiar?

The bad guy looks like Sauron and Darth Vader had a baby.

To be honest, I'd sooner go see Willow 2 before I saw the next Star Wars movie. But I don't want to do either. Willow was my first meh movie. As a kid I loved all movies. I thought Bad News Bears go to Japan was an all-time classic. And I was super excited for Willow and I came out and said "meh." The world doesn't need a sequel to meh.


Trump Ends Obama's Transgender Prison Policy

Breitbart: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ deputies are ending President Barack Obama’s last-minute decision to impose the transgender ideology in federal prisons.
Obama’s January 2017 transgender policy directed prison officials to allow men to move into women’s prisons if the men claim a female “gender identity.”

So the good news is that the transgender agenda will no longer be forced on prisoners, just students from elementary school students to college.

*subhead*Good news.*subhead*

Cultural Appropriation Confusion

So we're supposed to believe that cultures are untouchable because each one is so different from each others and anyone who tries to mix them is guilty of "appropriation" but then we're told that people from other countries and cultures should be able to enter the United States and it's racist to notice that they're not culturally American. What?

Call me confused.

And why is there not something called country appropriation. I mean seriously, we live in a pretty messed up time when a girl's prom dress dominates the headlines but a horde of refugees approaching our southern border is essentially ignored.


Statement from Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland is a Disaster

This is nothing short of a horror. And totally emblematic of the state of much of the Church today.

The Association of Catholic Priests, which is a doctrinaire liberal organization but, according to the National Catholic Reporter has 1,000 members, has worked to confuse Catholics on this issue with this horrific statement about the abortion debate going on in Ireland right now:

In the midst of the debate and discussion in our country about the forthcoming referendum to repeal the 8thAmendment of the Constitution, we, the leadership of the Association of Catholic Priests, issue the following statement.

As an association representing Catholic priests we fully endorse the Catholic teaching that all human life, from beginning to end, is sacred, and that every human person shares in the fundamental right to life.

We are also aware, and are constantly reminded in our ministry, that human life is complex, throwing up situations that are more often grey than black and white and that demand from us a sensitive, non-judgemental, pastoral approach. Also, as leadership of an association made up of men who are unmarried and without children of our own, we are not best placed to be in any way dogmatic on this issue.

We do not wish to tell anyone how they should vote. But we encourage both ourselves and any citizens who may be interested in our viewpoint, to do the best we can to acquaint ourselves with exactly what we are being asked to vote for, and what the possible consequences of our vote may be. Having done that to the best of our ability, and following it with the, often painful and difficult, task of consulting our conscience, let us cast our vote.

A vote cast in accordance with each person’s conscience, whatever the result, deserves the respect of all.

There is undoubtedly a moral content to this referendum, but as with many other issues, there are also social, political and pastoral dimensions. For that reason we are concerned that some Catholic parishes are allowing their pulpits to be used by campaigners during Mass. As there are, among faithful, Church-going Catholics, a great variety of opinions on this vote, we believe this is inappropriate and insensitive and will be regarded by some as an abuse of the Eucharist.

We believe it would be better if this practice ceased for the rest of the campaign.

We wish the Irish people well in this immensely important decision awaiting all of us. The leadership of the Association of Catholic Priests will have no further engagement in this debate.
Because that's what Jesus said, right folks? Life can be messy. Make up your own minds.

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Actual CNN Headline

Actual CNN headline: "People have tried to stop lava from flowing. This is why they failed."

Me: Uhm...because it's LAVA!!!!!

Exit question: How stupid do they think we are?

Me: Not stupid enough to watch CNN.

*subhead*Oh my.*subhead*