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School District Bans Kids from Playing Tag

A school district in Washington is saying tag is too violent for today’s children. In short, we're all doomed.

The Daily Signal:

“The rationale behind this is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students,” wrote school district spokeswoman Mary Grady in an email to Q-13 Fox in Seattle. “School staffs are working with students in the classroom to ensure that there are many alternative games available at recess and during unsupervised play, so that our kids can still have fun, be with their friends, move their bodies and give their brains a break.”
Sounds like the school district is giving their brains a break too.

And then they wonder why the boys are acting out in class. Oh, don't worry, just put them on Ritalin. That always helps.


Check Out the Sycophantic Nature of this Reporter's Question About Hillary

This is just some fun point and laugh material about how in-the-tank the media is for Hillary.

This NPR reporter asked Anne-Marie Slaughter, a top Hillary Clinton aide from the State Department, a question about Hillary. But check out how sycophantic and apologetic the "reporter" is about having to ask a critical question.


The NPR reporter asked, "Need to ask you a – it may sound a little impertinent question but it has come up on this program before – and much as I respect Hillary Clinton, it seems to be asked over and over and over again so I’d like to ask you. She was a wonderful boss and you give real tribute to her, give real props to her in working for her, but it’s often said that as Secretary of State she, the all the travel she did she accomplished nothing could put up on a marquee. There was supposed to be a new start with Russia, there were all kinds of things were in the works and here we are. I mean, what can she really advertise from her work as Secretary of State? And I say this also because we have Neil Ferguson on tomorrow talking about his book on Kissinger."

Remind me, after we defund Planned Parenthood, let's defund these punks too.

Update: And to show how little the media actually knows what's going on and how much is just wishful thinking. This headline from Politico ran just two days ago.

McCarthy in Command
The majority leader believes he's closing in on the 218 votes he needs to succeed John Boehner as speaker.



Whither The GOP?

Wow. Just a month or so ago, the conventional wisdom was that John Boehner had nothing to fear from Mark Meadows assault on his speakership. Just conservative grandstanding with no chance of success, we were told. Then Boehner was gone. The conventional GOP wisdom just last week was that Kevin McCarthy was a shoe in for the Speaker's job. Now he has just dropped out of the race.

All this because forty, just forty conservatives hung together and asserted their will. The is an enormous lesson to be learned by the entire GOP about what is possible if, you know, you actually try.

But what comes next may determine whether or not the GOP lives or dies.

In the wake of the announcement that McCarthy was dropping out. Sahil Kapur said this.

I have no idea if Dent has some inside scoop on the thinking of the GOP establishment or if this is just sour grapes, but I can tell you this.

If the GOP establishment does not embrace the conservatives and accede to some of their very reasonable demands, but instead chooses to ally with Democrats to elect a speaker, the GOP is truly done as a party at the national level. Their journey to the dark side will be complete and there is no coming back.

Let's see what they do, but being the GOP, you can count on them to do the stupidest thing possible.

*subhead*Is this the moment?*subhead*

Meryl Streep Disses the Catholic Church as "Sexist"

Here's what you have to understand. Meryl Streep said she wasn't a "feminist." It's not that she's against anything they stand for, it's some kind of stupid stand against labels or something. Insert burgeoning outrage here. In a quick effort to quell the wrath of the outragers, she goes negative on the Catholic Church and lumps the Vatican in with Saudi Arabia. Ahhhh. The outragers are pacified and go back to trolling Adam Baldwin's twitter feed.

The Daily Beast:

Streep said women were also denied an equal right to power in religion. “I mean the Church is a body that excludes people,” she said. “There are two places you can’t vote in the world—in Saudi Arabia, although they are registering people supposedly, and the Vatican. That seems wrong to me.”
Firstly, the Church doesn't exclude anyone. As far as I know the doors to the Church are flung wife and open. All are invited. So there's that. But precision in language shouldn't be demanded of people who read other people's dialogue. So what she means, I'm assuming, is that women can't be priests.

Interestingly, she admits herself that men and women are different and that's why she's not a "feminist." In complaining that Rotten Tomatoes doesn't have enough women reviewers, she said,
“I submit to you that men and women are not the same, they like different things. Sometimes they like the same thing but sometimes their tastes diverge. If the Tomatometer is slighted so completely to one set of tastes that drives box office in the United States, absolutely.”
So if men and women are different shouldn't they be given different responsibilities? Shouldn't they play different roles in the Church? Or is that just movie reviewers?

But hey, attacking the Church always wins friends, at least temporarily, with the outragers. Even if you don't make sense.


Why Does Nancy Pelosi Keep Bringing up Her Children When Asked About Abortion?

Given that Nancy Pelosi couldn't be more extreme in her defense of abortion, it's telling, I think, to note how she handles the question about the humanity of the unborn.

When asked earlier this year by a journalist whether an unborn fetus at 20 is considered a human being, Pelosi responded by telling a story about someone saying to her that she believes she knows more about having babies than the pope. She added, "Yeah. That would be true."


Now, last week, CNSNews.com asked Pelosi, "In reference to funding for Planned Parenthood, is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?...If it's not a human being, what species is it?"

Pelosi, after being clearly flummoxed and angered, said, "I am a devout practicing Catholic, a mother of five children. When my baby was born, my fifth child, my oldest child was six years old. I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect."

Now, given that Pelosi defends abortion and isn't willing to declare the unborn as humans, isn't it odd that every time she's asked about abortion she brings up giving birth to her actual real live children.

This is a scary thought actually because it's almost easier to believe that pro-abortion politicians are truly deluded about the question of life. It's easier to accept some semblance of invincible ignorance on their part. But the fact that Pelosi keeps bringing up giving birth to children when asked about abortion tells you all you need to know. She knows. She just doesn't care.

And that's a real scary thought.


Pastor Says Hero Saved His Daughter from Oregon Shooter

There is beauty, there is heroism, and there is courage in the world today. Maybe you have to look a little harder to see it, but it's out there- even amid horror.

The pastor of a church in Oregon is saying that a young man, killed in that horrible Oregon shooting, saved his daughter's life.

Christian Times:

During this past Sunday's sermon, Randy Scroggins, pastor of New Beginnings Church of God, told the story of his daughter's horrifying experience being in a writing class at the local community college when 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer walked in, armed with a gun, and began shooting students.

Pastor Scroggins' account, as well as other eyewitness accounts, indicate that Harper-Mercer reportedly asked students if they were Christian before shooting them.

During his sermon, the pastor told the congregation of "[his] family's hero," fellow student Treven Anspach, who, after being shot by Harper-Mercer, rolled his body on top of the pastor's daughter, Lacy Scroggins, to protect her.

Anspach's heroic move then saved Lacy from being shot, as the gunman stepped over Anspach's body and continued shooting.

"I want to tell of my family's hero," Scroggins told the congregation.

"The blood of that boy that covered my daughter saved her life," Scroggins said.
His name, Treven Anspach, is worth remembering.


Euthanasia Law is What Happens When There's No Catholic Vote

There is no Catholic vote. Catholics vote just like the rest of the population. And that fact is hurting our country terribly.

Just yesterday, the bishops put out a statement criticizing Governor Jerry Brown for signing the physician assisted suicide bill saying that law “stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.”

The Catholic Herald reports:

“This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable,” said the California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, in a statement soon after Brown’s action.

The conference added that the legislation “isn’t compassion” and does not support or promote the common good.

“As Catholic bishops in California, we join hands with the disability rights groups, physicians, other health care professionals and advocates for the elderly in opposing physician-assisted suicide as the wrong way to advance the human dignity for those facing a terminal illness,” the conference said.

The prelates also pointed out that the 48 Catholic hospitals in California “provide excellent palliative care services as all medical facilities for terminally ill patients should but often do not.”
But why does this happen in the first place? All of this cannot be laid at the door of Catholics, surely. But aren't we complicit at least a bit. Didn't we stop talking about the sacredness of life? Didn't we veer away from touchy subjects? Didn't we replace real meaningful homilies with bongo solos?

If the Catholic Church does not consistently and steadfastly propose its morality, the world will impose its own. And I assure you, it'll be cruel. With this California law, people's lives just got worse. Put aside the body count for a second, with the legalization of euthanasia, where is the incentive to advance palliative care research?

With the legalization and therefore the normalization of euthanasia, we'll see the numbers of those taking their own lives out of guilt will rise. Who wants to see their sons and daughters spending their own savings on them in their old age? Who will sit back and watch their grandsons and granddaughters be forced to leave work early or eschew a night out with friends so they can babysit grandma? It will be seen as selfish to suffer incapacitation in any way. Depending on others will seem monstrous. Suicide will be the compassionate choice. In fact, they don't even like to call it suicide. They call it "dying with dignity."

It's an amazing thing, somehow the side proposing more death which will result in more pain won the moral high ground on compassion here. Sheesh. We stink at this political game. But we better get good real fast. We all need to speak out on these issues and not be afraid of incurring the wrath of the haters. Catholics will not be as inclined to stand up for the truth unless they hear the truth on a regular basis. They need to feel that their parish, their diocese and the entire Church is behind them.


Out for Blood. 34,000 Sign Petition Against Archbishop Who Invited Kim Davis to Meet Pope

The Archbishop is being accused of heresy, it would seem. The torches and pitchforks are out. No dissent from liberal orthodoxy is allowed.

Reports are indicating that Archbishop Carlo Maria ViganĂ², the papal envoy to the United States, may have arranged the pope's meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky Clerk who refused to issue gay marriage licenses.


Faithful America, a Christian group that organizes social justice actions online, created a petition calling for ViganĂ² to resign from his position as Vatican ambassador to the U.S.

"Inviting Kim Davis to a reception with Pope Francis undermined the pope's message to the United States and was a mean-spirited insult to the Kentucky couples whose marriage licenses she has tried to deny," the organization's petition reads. "For the good of the church, please resign immediately and allow Pope Francis to appoint a new apostolic nuncio."

The petition had collected more than 34,000 signatures by Tuesday afternoon.
These people really don't like Kim Davis. It's not only that she's a Christian. She also looks like a hick. She's not one of the elite. And many of these people want to love Pope Francis and see him as a liberal champion so a meeting between these two cannot be the pope's doing even though he's made his position on religious liberty very clear. So others must be punished.

These are the folks who complain that Davis is attempting to impose her religious beliefs on others. Thank goodness these folks would never do something like that.

*subhead*Get him.*subhead*

John Kasich Believes in Salvation Through Government

I don't. I think when you go to the Pearly Gates, you're going to be asked about how you used your talents to spread love and the message of Christ, not whether you voted for more government programs.

I'm starting to think Kasich doesn't want to be president. Wait, scratch that. Maybe he's the smart one here. Look at the last two nominees - McCain and Romney. Maybe he thinks that the GOP voters will return to form and, in the end, will nominate a squish. We'll see.

But I can't stand the condescension of saying that he introduces opponents of big government to two books, one old and one new. Uhm, you mean the same big government that's funding abortion right now? You mean the same big government that's forcing Christian business owners to take part in gay weddings? You mean the same big government that's wasting billions and billions while the poor grow increasingly poor? And how is that in line with Christianity?

*subhead*The Bible.*subhead*

The Synod's 'Maginot Line'

I have a blog post (my first) over at the Remnant blog entitled "The Synod's Maginot Line" In it, I recall the folly of the Maginot line in WWII and how we are seeing it repeated by the so-called 'conservative' Bishops at the Synod. Preparing for yesterday's battle, tomorrow.

Please give it a read and comment.

*subhead*You are facing the wrong way!*subhead*