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The Media's Portrayal of America vs. Reality

If you were new to the planet and just watched American media, you'd think that Nazis were a solid 25 percent of the country, gays were about 20 percent of the population, and there might be like a dozen or so Christians somewhere deep in the South who have inexplicably taken over and are oppressing everyone else.



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#TAKETHEKNEE PLEASE

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The Democrat Party is soooo different than it was 10 years ago...

I've often heard it said that the Democrat party of today is nothing like it was ten or twenty years ago. True. It is, however, almost exactly like it was 100 years ago with its support of eugenics and racism. #themorethingschange


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Sweden's Twitter Account Gives Perfect Reason for its Demise

Since 2011, Sweden's twitter account has been handled by one regular person a week. This week it's @Sweden/Sara. And she gives the perfect reasons for Sweden's demise.



I don't know about this jam and meat thing but could you come up with a better basis for a country's doom?

Don't believe in God and trust the state more than the families? Doom. Doom, I say.

HT twitchy

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So, has the Catholic teaching on murder not been "received?"

Based on the murder rates all around the world, can one assume that the Church's teaching about killing has not been "received" and is therefore non-binding?

HT Fr. James Martin



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Finland Has a "Massive Baby Problem"

The headline states that Finland has a "massive baby problem."

No. Not THIS kind of Massive Baby problem.


This kind.

And empty cribs coupled with a huge socialist state is not...oh what's the word the kids like today...oh, sustainable.

Bloomberg:
Finland, a first-rate place in which to be a mother, has registered the lowest number of newborns in nearly 150 years. The birth rate has been falling steadily since the start of the decade, and there's little to suggest a reversal in the trend. 

Demographics are a concern across the developed world, of course. But they are particularly problematic for countries with a generous welfare state, since they endanger its long-term survival.

For Heidi Schauman, the statistics are "frightening."

"They show how fast our society is changing, and we don't have solutions ready to stop the development," the Aktia Bank chief economist said in a telephone interview in Helsinki. "We have a large public sector and the system needs taxpayers in the future."
To do that, the fertility rate should equal two per woman, Schauman says. It was projected at 1.57 in 2016, according to Statistics Finland.
That's a surprisingly low level, given the efforts made by the state to support parenthood.
So...the bigger the state, the smaller the family. Sounds like a truism.



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Muhammad Most Popular Baby Name in UK.

Five years running.

Breitbart:

Muhammad is the top name for baby boys in the English regions of London and the West Midlands in 2016, and was the top scoring across the whole of England and Wales in the year when slight variations in spelling are taken into account.

The annual release of the most popular names for baby boys and girls by the Office for National Statistics also reveals that Muhammed has pushed traditionally popular boy’s name William out of the top 10 in the past recorded year.
This is not good for Britain. Or the world.



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Victory! Farmer Can Sell at Farmers Market Even Though He's Catholic!

A federal court ruled that the city of East Lansing can't bar a Catholic organic farmer from their 2017 farmer’s market after the city specifically created an ordinance for the purpose of banning him because he posted about his support of traditional marriage on Facebook.

“Just like all Americans, a farmer should be free to live and speak according to his deeply held religious beliefs without fear of government punishment,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kate Anderson, who argued in favor of the order on behalf of Tennes. “As the court found, East Lansing officials changed their market policy to shut out Steve because they don’t like his Catholic beliefs regarding marriage."

The court's ruling is temporary while the case moves forward but said, “On the evidence before this Court, the City amended its Vendor Guidelines and then used the changes to deny Country Mill’s vendor application. There exists a substantial likelihood that Plaintiffs will be able to prevail on the merits of their claims for speech retaliation and for free exercise of religion.”

That sounds like victory to me.

These kinds of stories kinda' make my day. I love when Christians push back a bit. I've grown a bit tired of the view that being a Christian means acquiescing to every outrageous demand made on you by our government overlords. Christianity is not supposed to be the religion of nice. And sometimes we confuse nice with good. Doing good sometimes requires not being seen as nice. It's a hard faith we have. It's about love, forgiveness, and accepting truth.

Sometimes we only think we've been told to turn the other cheek in every possible situation. But please remember, Jesus also protected Mary Magdalen from the mob. And right now, when a Christian stands up for themselves against government infringement of religious liberty, they're also standing up for other, future victims.

I know many of the big supposedly Catholic colleges and universities make a practice of bowing to the government. But don't be like them. Make like the Little Sisters of the Poor and fight back.


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Remember, Trump Said he was Wiretapped. Well...

Remember how we all laughed and laughed when Donald Trump alleged that the Obama administration wiretapping him. Hahahahahaha. Soooooooo wrong. The Obama administration merely wiretapped Trump's campaign manager's phone with whom Trump spoke frequently.

Hot Air:

There’s a lot here so let’s walk through it. First, we’ve known for a while that Manafort has been under investigation, so the wiretap doesn’t come as a complete surprise. CNN hints that the results of the wiretap “sparked concerns” about collusion with Russia but in the very next sentence adds “the evidence is not conclusive.” However, the fact that the wiretap came from a FISA court seems to prove that investigators believed Manafort was acting on behalf of a foreign power.

Second, CNN doesn’t know whether President Trump was caught up in any of the wiretapping efforts, the story only says it’s possible. Trump famously alleged on Twitter back in March that President Obama had wiretapped him at Trump Tower. It doesn’t appear Trump was the target, but CNN does note that Manafort has a residence in Trump Tower. It’s not confirmed that Manafort’s phone there was wiretapped but it may have been.

Third, even if Trump wasn’t personally wire-tapped, it seems rather unusual for the administration of one party to wire-tap the campaign chairman of the other party weeks before an election. CNN reports that the FBI was not listening in on Manafort in June when he was part of the meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer. (Apparently, Manafort’s notes on the meeting didn’t contain anything incriminating.) Manafort eventually resigned his position with the campaign on August 19th. Did the wire-tapping begin prior to that?
So yeah, we have the Democrats wiretapping Republican campaign manager's phones but somehow this story is still not going to focus on that.



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I think what Harvard did to Bradley Manning was terrible

I think it was horrible of Harvard to try to make Bradley Manning a "fellow" when he spent all that money on women's clothes and makeup and all. Just terrible. I'm glad they backed away from that.

Please just let the traitor go back to being a national hero please.



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