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Are Two Jews Too Many of the Court?

Are Two Jews Too Many of the Supreme Court?

Though Jews make up only a minuscule percentage of the population of America they have two justices sitting on the highest court in the land. But it might not be all that bad because Breyer doesn't really go to synagogue all that often or reportedly take his faith all that seriously.

Sounds like a pretty offensive opening paragraph, right? I agree.

But Salon has no problem asking the same question about the number of Catholics on the Supreme Court.

Salon writes:

Are six Catholics too many for the Supreme Court?
If Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, six of the nine justices will be Roman Catholic. Two of the other three justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, are Jewish. John Paul Stevens, at age 89 the oldest and longest-serving justice, would be the only Protestant left on the court. Should that worry us?
Now, Salon has an interesting answer to their question. Initially they say no it shouldn't worry us. But the reason is priceless. We shouldn't worry too much because...Sotomayor's cool because she doesn't go to Church all that often.
It might be really instructive for these five guys to be forced to hang out with a divorced Latina with no kids -- a woman who, as the White House delicately put it, “was raised Catholic and attends church for family celebrations and special events.” Especially because the experience is likely to change Sotomayor as well — and make her an even more formidable counterweight to the male Catholic bloc.

There is nothing more likely to radicalize a “moderate” Catholic woman of even marginal religiosity than daily exposure to Catholic men who think women need to be protected from making money or from making bad and sad abortion choices. Sotomayor, the valedictorian of Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, may feel she's been transported back in time. She will quickly get her fill of rigid , non-empathic, just-don’t-get-it, one-step-removed-from-Catholic-school, hold-out-your-hands-for-a-few-whacks-of-the-ruler decisions.
Sounds a wee bit anti-Catholic to me but what else can you expect from Frances Kissling, the former president of Catholics for a Free Choice.

And are you ready for the anti-Catholic conclusion. Although she said earlier in the column that we shouldn't be worried about the number of Catholics on the bench, she pretty much takes it back here:
Enough, however, is enough. If we believe that diversity is a value on the court, then there can be no more Catholics -- male or female, any ethnicity, I don’t care. Six is enough. No more Catholics till somebody else gets a turn. Maybe even a white Protestant male.
Wow. Now please just imagine for a second the uproar if this had been written about Jewish folks on the bench.

The Killers Own Words?

Says the AP:

Law enforcement authorities in suburban Kansas City have identified a man detained by police after a late-term abortion provider was shot to death in a Wichita church.

Johnson County sheriff's spokesman Tom Erickson says Scott Roeder was the man whose car was stopped on Interstate 35 on Sunday, about three hours after the shooting of George Tiller.

Earlier in the day, Wichita police said the suspect was a 51-year-old man from Merriam, Kan., but they refused to identify him by name.

Roeder has not been charged in the slaying, but he was expected to be taken to Wichita for questioning.

I did some quick Googling and found this. According to the ADL's Militia Watchdog website in 1997: July 7, Kansas: Scott Roeder is sentenced to sixteen months in state prison for parole violations following a 1996 conviction for having bomb components in his car trunk. Roeder, a sovereign citizen and tax protester, violated his parole by not filing tax returns or providing his social security number to his employer.

What is worse is this comment by Roeder just two years ago on Operation Rescue's website via the Google Cache in which he suggests going to Tiller's Church
Bleass everyone for attending and praying in May to bring justice to Tiller and the closing of his death camp.
Sometime soon, would it be feasible to organize as many people as possible to attend Tillers church (inside, not just outside) to have much more of a presence and possibly ask questions of the Pastor, Deacons, Elders and members while there? Doesn’t seem like it would hurt anything but bring more attention to Tiller.

I found this comment by Roeder on the ChargeTiller petition website from Sep 03, 2007
It seems as though what is happening in Kansas could be compared to the "lawlessness" which is spoken of in the Bible. Tiller is the concentration camp "Mengele" of our day and needs to be stopped before he and those who protect him bring judgement upon our nation.

Updated -Tiller Murder: First Reactions

See Updates at the end of this post...

Oh no, oh no, oh no.

While the details are still sketchy at this point and nothing is yet known about the killer, what is clear is that the murder of notorious abortion doctor George Tiller is a horrible thing. It is a horrible thing for George Tiller for he has lost his life and lost any chance he had of repentance. I pray that he sought forgiveness before the end and I pray for his eternal soul. It is a horrible thing for his family and I pray for them as well.

It is also a horrible thing for the pro-life movement. The murder of Tiller validates in the minds of some (many?) that pro-lifers are every bit the extremists that they claim we are.

It is imperative that every single voice of the pro-life movement condemn his murder in unequivocal terms. Murder is murder. An intrinsic evil no matter what the end.

Please pray for George Tiller and pray for all the children whose lives hang in the balance. More to come.

Update: Foxnews, in its front page lede says that manhunt is on for the shooter. (Update: Shooter Caught - See Below)

Update II:
via KWCH

Latest Update:

Police say Tiller's body was removed from the church at 12:30 Sunday afternoon. The FBI is involved in the investigation.

Nationwide alert issued for car and suspect description.

Suspect: white male 50-60, balding in middle, gray hair, white shirt, dark pants, 6'1" 220

Powder blue 93 Ford Taurus, K-State vanity plate, tag "225 BAB".

Update 3 Horrible Crime + Stupidity = Bad News for us.

The folks over at the Daily KOS are already using the stupid comments of some at the Freep to paint pro-lifers as willing murders. This is just the beginning.

Update 4:
This Statement from Operation Rescue:

We are shocked at this morning’s disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down. Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller’s family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

Update 5:

Statement from Fr. Pavone of Priests for Life
“I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it, whether an angry post-abortive man or woman, or a misguided activist, or an enemy within the abortion industry, or a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution. We should not jump to conclusions or rush to judgment.

“But whatever the motives, we at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem. Every life has to be protected, without regard to their age or views or actions.”
Update 6
Andrew Sullivan: "Christianist terrorism is no more defensible than Islamist terrorism." Indeed.

Update 7
More Statements
Statement from Kansans for Life:

"Kansans for Life deplores the murder of Dr. George Tiller, and we wish to express our deep and sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

Our organization has a board of directors, and a 35 year history of bringing citizens together to achieve thoughtful education and legislation on the life issues here in Kansas.

We value life, completely deplore violence, and are shocked and very upset by what happened in Wichita today."

Christian Defense Coalition Condemns Shooting of Dr. George Tiller

"Christian and pro-life leaders will hold a news conference in front of the US Supreme Court on Monday, June 1, at 10:00 A.M. to discuss the impact the shooting of Dr. George Tiller will have on the pro-life movement and the Supreme Court.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Washington, DC based Christian Defense Coalition is presently available for comment at 540-538-4741

Rev. Patrick Mahoney, national pro-life leader, former national spokesperson for Operation Rescue, had just completed leading two weeks of prayer vigils in Wichita during the trial of Dr. Tiller.

Rev. Patrick Mahoney condemns the shooting of Dr. George Tiller."

Update 8
Can we all agree that Randall Terry should SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!!!!!!!!!
Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue states, "George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.
"Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches."

Update 9
They Got Him!
Eyewitness News has confirmed the suspect in the shooting of Dr. George Tiller is in custody in the Kansas City area. Wichita police say the man was arrested near Gardner, KS at around 2:00 Sunday afternoon.

Update 10: Please think about your comments. We're going to have a pretty heavy hand on this one in the combox. Our words will be used against us. Andrew Sullivan among others is hopping around and gathering up the worst comments. So please please focus on prayers for everyone involved in this.

Update 11: Abortion advocates are wasting little time in attacking pro-lifers. Says Life News: Saying that bringing the person who killed Tiller to justice is "not enough," NOW called on the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security to "root out and prosecute as domestic terrorists and violent racketeers the criminal enterprise that has organized and funded criminal acts for decades."

So, in short, they're calling for a federal investigation into the pro-life movement because of the actions of one man. Mind you, we don't even know the man's name yet, never mind his affiliation with the pro-life movement.

And something tells me the term "racketeer" was used carefully as there have been other attempts to use RICO statutes against the pro-life movement.

Update 12: Says the AP:
Law enforcement authorities in suburban Kansas City have identified a man detained by police after a late-term abortion provider was shot to death in a Wichita church.

Johnson County sheriff's spokesman Tom Erickson says Scott Roeder was the man whose car was stopped on Interstate 35 on Sunday, about three hours after the shooting of George Tiller.

Earlier in the day, Wichita police said the suspect was a 51-year-old man from Merriam, Kan., but they refused to identify him by name.

Roeder has not been charged in the slaying, but he was expected to be taken to Wichita for questioning.

The 67-year-old Tiller was serving as an usher Sunday when he was shot in the foyer of Reformation Lutheran Church.

Oh No: Abortion Doctor Tiller Murdered

This is bad. Horrible. The Wichita Eagle is reporting. CMR offers prayers to the family. We also pray that the person who did this wasn't acting in the name of the unborn because this would certainly set back the pro-life cause terribly:

George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning as he walked into church services.

Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th, where he was a member of the congregation. Witnesses and a police source confirmed Tiller was the victim.

No information has been released about whether a suspect is in custody.

Homicide detectives and Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston have arrived at the church.

Members of the congregation who were inside the sanctuary at the time of the shooting were being kept inside the church by police, and those arriving were being ushered into the parking lot. Witnesses are being transported downtown for interviews and other members of the congregation are slowly being released from inside the sanctuary.

Tiller has long been a focal point of protest by abortion opponents because his clinic, Women's Health Care Services at 5701 E. Kellogg, is one of the few in the country where late-term abortions are performed.

Protesters blockaded Tiller's clinic during Operation Rescue's "Summer of Mercy" protests during the summer of 1991, and Tiller was shot by Rachelle Shannon at his clinic in 1993.

Tiller was wounded in both arms, and Shannon remains in prison for the shooting.

Tiller's clinic was severely vandalized earlier this month. According to the Associated Press, his lawyer said wires to security cameras and outdoor lights were cut and that the vandals also cut through the roof and plugged the buildings' downspouts. Rain poured through the roof and caused thousands of dollars of damage in the clinic. Tiller reportedly asked the FBI to investigate the incident.

Sgt. Bart Brunscheen of the Wichita Police Department said there has been no activitiy today at Tiller's clinic, although security crews were being brought in to make sure the building was secure. Officials also were going to check the clinic's security cameras to see if there was any activity over night.

Tiller and his clinic have faced continuous threats and lawsuits. A Wichita jury ruled in March that he was not guilty of illegal abortion on 19 criminal charges he faced for allegedly violating a state law requiring an "independent" second physician's concurring opinion before performing later term abortions. Immediately following the ruling in this criminal case, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts made public a similar complaint against Tiller that was originally filed in December 2008. Tiller's medical license could eventually be suspended or revoked by the board on the basis of the complaint.

CMR at the Movies: "Up" Review

I'll keep this short. I've got one sentence for you. "Up" might be the best Pixar movie ever.

Pixar's the people who brought you Monsters Inc., Toy Story, The Incredibles, Wall-E, and Ratatouille. And this movie, for me, was the best of them.

This is a beautiful film. Yeah, it's billed as a comedy adventure kind of thing and about an unwilling friendship between a 78-year-old grumpy old man and a child. It's hilarious at times. But it's also incredibly touching.

Sure, it's a cartoon. But make no mistake about it, it's art. And it's honestly one of the best movies I've seen in years. Not to wax poetic here but it's about loving and letting go. And living when you didn't think you had anything to live for. It's about dreams and the turns life takes.

It's about how life (even in the little boring moments) is an adventure and I was sitting in the movie knowing that as much as my kids loved it, I know I loved it more.

Go see UP.

Susan Boyle In The Finale

Way to Go!

Update: In what many are calling a shocking upset, Susan Boyle didn't win the competition. She was runner-up to a group of street dancers.

Shark Disproves Special-ness of Jesus

I knew it would happen. Eventually. Frankly, I'm surprised it took so long.

Remember that female shark that got herself pregnant without use of a male shark a few months ago?

National Geographic reported:

A female blacktip shark in Virginia fertilized her own egg without mating with a male shark, new DNA evidence shows.

This is the second time scientists have used DNA testing to verify shark parthenogenesis—the process that allows females of some species to produce offspring without sperm.
Now, I remember reading this story at the time and thinking that somehow this will be used to prove or disprove something about Jesus.

Well, last night it happened. In an email exchange with a friend that got forwarded to me, a long and winding conversation that started with making fun of Boston College but ended up questioning my friend's Christianity.

And then this from the atheist:
"Did you know that mammals have been proven to have "virgin births." A shark recently was pregnant and there were no male sharks around. So since this is a naturally occurring phenomenon, it really takes the wind out of your sails over the whole 'Virgin birth claim.'"

My friend responded:
"Funny. But isn't this the same guy that said he didn't believe in the virgin birth anyway or that Jesus even existed at all?"

And the response:
"I do now. Now that science has proved it. That's the difference between me and you."

I'm not going to get involved other than telling my friend that he should probably let his friend know that sharks are not mammals.

But the argument itself isn't even worth arguing about but I was just happy to finally encounter the transformation of the argument against Jesus' conception from "it can never happen" to "it happens all the time" without even glancing consideration of the world of possibility between.

The Mormons are Coming!

Tolerance. Shmolerance. For years, liberals have been pleading with us obnoxious right wing fanatics to just stop with the politics of personal destruction. They pleaded for us just to get along? They questioned why we couldn't just be tolerant of people different than us.

Even in their efforts to legalize gay marriage, the whole debate hasn't been about marriage at all. It's all been exactly where they want it to be. It's about how us mean old nasty conservatives can be so hateful as to demonize a group just because they're not exactly like us.

But they realized something. Attacking traditional marriage supporters head on wasn't a pathway to success. There were too many of us. So now they're trying a new tactic. Divide and conquer.

Gay advocates have decided that the best way to get gay marriage legalized in many states is to demonize some of their opponents so as to split us up. That's right, gay advocacy groups are taking out ads in newspapers screaming, "The Mormons are Coming. The Mormons are Coming."

The Washinton Post reports:

With the battle moving east, some advocates are shouting that fact in the streets, calculating that on an issue that eventually comes down to comfort levels, more people harbor apprehensions about Mormons than about homosexuality.

"The Mormons are coming! The Mormons are coming!" warned ads placed on newspaper Web sites in three Eastern states last month. The ad was rejected by sites in three other states, including Maine, where the Kennebec Journal informed Californians Against Hate that the copy "borders on insulting and denigrating a whole set of people based on their religion."

"I'm not intending it to harm the religion. I think they do wonderful things. Nicest people," said Fred Karger, a former Republican campaign consultant who established Californians Against Hate. "My single goal is to get them out of the same-sex marriage business and back to helping hurricane victims."

The strategy carries risks for a movement grounded in the concept of tolerance. But the demographics tempt proponents of same-sex marriage: Mormons account for just 2 percent of the U.S. population, and they are scarce outside the West. Nearly eight in 10 Americans personally know or work with a gay person, according to a recent Newsweek survey. Only 48 percent, meanwhile, know a Mormon, according to a Pew Research Center poll.

So, it turns out they're actually cool with demonizing their opponents. Huh, who knew? Look, if they want to play it out there on equal ground I'm all for it. Let's put up Mitt Romney and Glenn Beck vs. RuPaul and Perez Hilton and see who Americans relate to better. But we're not allowed to play that game. That's the funny thing. Everyone I know who's against gay marriage essentially starts out their argument by saying, "I'm not anti-gay" or "I have several gay friends" and then proceeds to explain why traditional marriage is a benefit to society...etc...

Traditional marriage supporters are like Star Trek fans who have to say that they like Star Trek but it's not like they were the pointy ears to conventions or anything. Well, in this analogy, the Mormons wear pointy ears.

So much of this comes down to people want to be cool. And much of society doesn't want to be seen with the pointy eared people. They'd rather go along with the cultural tides. So my bet on the future is that this strategy will probably work.

So I'm thinking that within five years we'll have House Subcommittee on Mormon Activities and they'll be dragging people in who said something against gay marriage for questioning. Congressman Perez Hilton will ask questions like, "Are you or have you ever been a member of the Mormon cult?"

And Carrie Prejean will say that on advice of her lawyer she's not going to answer that question. And she'll be escorted back to her prison cell.

CMR's 8 Signs of Apocalypse (Vol XII)

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Baby vs. Baby

What is the world coming to?

I don't care what anybody says, that baby in lane 4 is clearly juicing.

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Man on Man?

The word 'Gaydar' has officially been added to Oxford English Dictionary.
It's defined as a:
noun (informal) a homosexual person’s ability to identify another person as homosexual by interpreting subtle signals conveyed by their appearance, interests, etc.
Ha. That's the first time I've seen the word subtle and homosexual in the same sentence in a decade.

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Woman vs. Common Sense?

Coffee. Coffee. I really like Coffee. I Love Coffee. I love Coffee Cups. Did I mention I like Coffee? Any want to go to the prom with me and have some Coffee. I love coffee...

One dress, Tall or Vente?

According to the school district website:
Aimee Kick, a senior at Francis Howell North High School, knew she wanted to wear a dress that would not only be elegant and fashionable, but one-of-a-kind at her senior prom. Aimee spends a lot of time at coffee shops in her spare time and has become known as the “the girl with a coffee cup,” which was the inspiration for her dress."
I wonder what happens if it rains? Anyway, I feel sorry for her date. You always ordered light and sweet but once you drive away you realize that you got stuck with black and bitter.

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Robot vs. Man

Oh yeah, these trilobots look all cute but they're the beginning of the end of the human race. Back in the good old days, there was always the hope that after the robot revolution, eventually they'd run out of batteries. But noooooooooo! One inventor had to go and invent a solar powered robot. Thanks. Thanks a lot. My only word of advice to future resistance fighters is we attack at night.
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Man vs ... Um Woman vs... Oh. You Figure It Out!

If this isn't offensive... Reuters:Court frees cross-dressing flashing "nuns"
Seventeen British men stood trial dressed in nun's habits on the Greek island of Crete on Monday for flashing their bottoms in public, but walked free after no one showed up to testify their behavior was offensive.

Police said they had arrested the 17 men, aged between 18 and 65, early on Sunday at the popular resort of Malia and a prosecutor charged them with exposing themselves in public and offending religious symbols.

"They were dressed like nuns, carrying crosses, but wearing thongs under their skirts and showing people their bottoms and the rest," said a police official who declined to be named.

Apprehended in the early hours of Sunday, the men were taken into custody and appeared in court on Monday in the same clothes they were wearing at the time of their arrest.
So let me get this straight. You had 65 year old men exposing their rears and nobody found that offensive? My gaydar is going off. Big time.

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Man Vs. Operator

According to news reports a 62 year old man was lost in the woods and emergency responders were searching for him overnight. The Sherriff had an idea.

Williams said he attempted to use the man’s cell phone signal to locate him, but the man was behind on his phone bill and the Verizon operator refused to connect the signal unless the sheriff’s department agreed to pay the overdue bill. After some disagreement, Williams agreed to pay $20 on the phone bill in order to find the man. But deputies discovered the man just as Williams was preparing to make arrangements for the payment.

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This Guy!

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Man vs. Oh I Give Up

Flushing out the Murderer

According to News of the Weird:
In April, the district attorney in Vilas County, Wis., announced that he was seeking volunteers for a forensic test to help his case against Douglas Plude, 42, who is scheduled to stand trial soon for the second time in the death of his wife. The volunteers must be female, about 5-feet-8 and 140 pounds, and will have to stick their heads into a toilet bowl and flush. Plude is charged with drowning his wife in a commode, but his version (which the prosecutor will try to show is improbable) is that his wife committed suicide by flushing herself.
Seems like a good idea right about now.

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Posted by Patrick & Matthew Archbold

Patrick is "Prominent"

According to LifeSite News, my brother Patrick has hit the big time. In a story about Miguel Diaz, they write:

The appointment of so many nominal Catholics to top positions in the Obama government has prompted one prominent writer and blogger, Patrick Archbold, to refer to Obama’s “Vichy Catholic government” - a reference to the French town of Vichy where a puppet government was set up by the Nazi’s during World War II after France surrendered to the Germans.
And you know how I feel. If it's written somewhere on the Internet it must be true.

I tried to call "Prominent Patrick" but I couldn't get through his people. They penciled me in to talk to "PP" (that's what his people call him, I guess) on June 13 at 1:45 -1:48 p.m.

So, please in the future please only refer to Patrick as "Prominent Patrick" and if you do meet him in person do not look him in the eye or he will go Christian Bale on your non-prominent rear end.

I'm going to live vicariously through him for a while now and soak up this attention and then I'm going to play lawn darts with the neighbors, watch Spike television, and drink Schaefer beer until I can't remember my own insignificant non-prominent name.

When Priestesses Attack

Get this. A self described "Roman Catholic priestess" waiting to see President Obama was standing up for traditional marriage when she was dragged away by the Secret Service...Wait. I'm sorry. Could I just pause over that sentence again. A self described Roman Catholic priestess was standing up for traditional marriage?... Yeah. That's what I thought it said. This is a complex woman.

And hey, where's the rainbows on her cassock?

But anyway, here's what happened, according to Hot Air:

(Brenda) Lee said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that she wanted to hand Obama a letter urging him “to take a stand for traditional marriage.”

She said she asked a Secret Service agent to give the president her letter, but he refused and referred her to a White House staffer. Lee said she refused to give the staffer the letter.

“I said, ‘I’ll take my chances if (the president) comes by here,’” said Lee, who identified herself as a Roman Catholic priestess who lives in Anaheim, Calif. “He became annoyed that I wouldn’t give him the letter.”

Lee, who was wearing what she described as a cassock, said she protested when she was asked to leave…

Two officers then picked her up and carried her out. An Associated Press photographer photographed the incident. “I was afraid you could see under my clothes,” she said, her voice choking up.
Now, you've got to think that many of the other priestesses are embarrassed by this priestess going after Obama and all. I nominate Brenda Lee as the Carrie Prejean of women priestesses. Except Carrie Prejean wasn't as worried about people seeing under her clothes.

Father Alberto Cutié To Join Episcopal Church

CBS News in Miami is reporting that Father Alberto Cutié is set to bail on the Catholic Church in order to become an Episcopalian.

MIAMI (CBS4) CBS4 has learned that Father Alberto Cutié, who has been at the center of a major scandal over breaking his celibacy vow, is expected to leave the Catholic church and join the Episcopal church, according to a source inside the Episcopal church. Cutié is expected to begin the process of becoming an Episcopalian priest, which could take up to a year to complete.
Gosh, do people still do this sort of thing? It is so 1970's. I mean lets face it, there is a large portion of Episcopalians that do not want to be Episcopalians. For me, this is a prime example of Fr. Cutié's complete lack of imagination. He gets caught publicly sinning and he goes down boring road of trying to say that what he did is not a sin, rather it is the Church that has the problem. So in order to keep on keepin' on, he bails on the Church to join an ecclesial community that is not all that interested in such rules, or Jesus for that matter.

I do give him some creativity points for getting caught with a woman, that was a twist. But becoming an episcopalian so he can get married? C'mon. Father I have a suggestion for you. Why don't you do something almost unheard of these days. Repent of your sin and get your act together. Nobody will see that coming.

ht to David Alexander

Whenever Two Or More Are Gathered

"Whenever two or more of you gather in My Name, you need a $10,000 permit"

The City of San Diego says that when 10 or 15 Christians meet in a home for Bible Study that it is an unlawful use of the land and that permits costing tens of thousands of dollars are required.

"The county asked, 'Do you have a regular meeting in your home?' She said, 'Yes.' 'Do you say amen?' 'Yes.' 'Do you pray?' 'Yes.' 'Do you say praise the Lord?' 'Yes.'"

The county employee notified the couple that the small bible study, with an average of 15 people attending, was in violation of county regulations, according to Broyles.

Broyles said a few days later the couple received a written warning that listed "unlawful use of land" and told them to "stop religious assembly or apply for a major use permit" -- a process that could cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Whenever the government does not like a particular behavior, someone always gets the idea that they can tax it or regulate it out of existence. Only problem is that Americans have this funny notion about the free exercise of religion. You can't single out and prohibit Bible studies while allowing poker night, tupperware parties, meetings of the local environmental committee, or even gatherings of disgruntled divorcees. Nope, ban one and you gotta ban them all.

I would also like to remind our overreaching bureaucrat friends in San Diego that folks who cling to religion and the first amendment are also usually fond of the second amendment as well. Just sayin'.

Foxnews has covered the story.

Some Random Thoughts on Diaz

Miguel Diaz wrote an article entitled: "Outside the Survival of Community there is no Salvation." I don't even know what that means but something tells me I wouldn't like it. Sounds a little "liberation-y" to me.

With Obama's recent nominations to the Supreme Court and to the Ambassadorship to the Vatican, one might start to believes Obama needs the Catholic and Hispanic vote.

Obama's recent nominees Sotomayor and Diaz are two creative people. One writes her own Constitution while the other writes his own Catechism.

Commonweal's Cathleen Kaveny was so excited about Diaz's nomination that she left her finger on the exclamation point key. Here's what she wrote:

We have a Hispanic theologian as an ambassador to the Vatican! He’s a Rahner scholar and an ND Ph.D.

By the way, I was misquoted. I said he wasn’t a “big donor or a big politician” . . . not “professor”!
Now, with that first exclamation point, is she excited that Diaz is is Hispanic or a theologian or that we have a nominee? Hard to tell. Maybe all equally.

And the last exclamation point is just over the top. I was misquoted!!!!!!!!!!!! What are we to take from that exclamation point? Happiness that she was quoted? Or anger that she was misquoted? Not sure.

Anyway, I was pretty sure that Commonweal would love the nomination. And they did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, some enterprising blogger has to volunteer to read all of Diaz's columns and articles and books so that we can have fun dissecting them. I nominate American Papist. He's got a degree in that stuff.

Missing The Bleedin' Obvious

Suppose that a semi-prominent person who had long been an advocate for the pro-abortion side decided to delve a little deeper into the subject quite sure that their pro-choice position would be validated. Surprisingly, when this person did begin to explore the reality of abortion they began to openly question their previous position. Perhaps they have not yet come full circle on the subject or fully appreciate the Catholic position on the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, but they are beginning to see more clearly.

So here we have this person, questioning. Maybe not so sure as they once were. What should we as Catholics do? What would Jesus do? I think it is without question that we would applaud them for their courage so far and encourage that person to continue that journey to a more fully Catholic position.

So how about if the subject that the semi-prominent person had begun to question was not the intrinsic evil of abortion but rather the intrinsic evil of torture? How would we treat that person? And what if the question was not "What would Jesus do?" but "What would Mark Shea do?" If that was the question, the answer would be -- kick him in the teeth.

Reality Trumps Ideology ...especially on Talk Radio. One yakker [radio host Erich "Mancow" Muller] for the Rubber Hose Right decided to go get himself waterboarded to prove it's not really torture. Note that highly politically invested locution. He did not want to find out whether it was torture or not. He "wanted to prove it wasn't torture". That's because, contra so many people on the amazing shrinking Rubber Hose Right, there are indeed people who are heavily invested, not in facts, but in marshalling evidence for a fore-ordained conclusion driven by their political allegiances.

Problem is: the facts are against the torture apologists in many, many ways, beginning with the ridiculous claim that waterboarding is not torture. Our yakker quickly bailed when confronted with the claims of reality over the demands of ideology and announced that it's "absolutely torture."

We, as Catholics, should always be mindful that while there are those who are steadfast in their defense of intrinsic evil knowing full well what it is, there are others who have yet to really think things through. I suspect that Mr. Mancow falls into this latter category. When these people show an openness to the truth, even if cajoled through self torture, we should help them to see that truth more fully.

Just yesterday we featured a link on the Reader of a Atheist Denver post columnist who is reconsidering his position on abortion. While I am sure that there is much big stuff that we would still disagree on, he has displayed an openness to the truth and for this we applaud him. For the sheep to return to the fold they must first realize that they are headed in the wrong direction.

Jeff Miller politely pointed out to Mark in the combox:
I say give some credit to Mancow instead of just calling him a yakker. At least he is admitting the truth about this now, so let us rejoice and not diminish him. Now if only other torture apologists would come to their senses via reason and respect for human dignity without having to actually undergo this.
And to his credit Mark admits that his frustrations may have gotten the better of him.
Jeff: You are, of course, right. In my frustration at years of denial of the bleedin' obvious, I failed to acknowledge that this was a real step forward. I applaud Mr. Mancow for breaking ranks with the torture defenders and am glad he is speaking the truth on this matter.
Bleedin' obvious, maybe. But we all should be mindful that we all have topics that while bleedin' obvious to us now, were not always so. One might say it is bleedin' obvious that we should be encouraging to those who show openness to the truth and not respond with "no kidding Sherlock! Duh!" But then again, we all miss the bleedin' obvious sometimes.

Meet Your Vatican Ambassador

Here you have it folks, your new ambassador to the Vatican.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Hispanic Roman Catholic theologian who advised Barack Obama's presidential campaign is the Obama administration's choice to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

The White House announced Wednesday it plans to nominate Miguel H. Diaz, an associate professor of theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., for the post.

Diaz, 45, a Cuban-American, was a member of the Obama campaign's Catholic advisory board. Diaz was among 26 Catholics who signed a statement supporting the nomination of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic whose support for abortion rights was criticized by conservative Catholics.

Diaz, while ostensibly pro-life, has been a vocal supporter of Obama and Sebelius. AP continues.
In an interview with Catholic News Service at Obama's inauguration, Diaz said he was looking forward "to moving beyond the politics of fear to the politics of hope." He said Obama was "committed to working" with people who defend "life in the womb" and deeply respects people who hold positions he does not agree with.

"Wherever we can, we should advance life at all stages," Diaz said.

Reached at his home Wednesday, Diaz read a brief statement expressing gratitude for the opportunity and saying, "I wish to be a diplomatic bridge between our nation and the Holy See, and if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, I will continue the work of my predecessors and build on 25 years of excellent relations with the Holy See."

He declined to answer questions about his positions on issues, saying it would be inappropriate before his confirmation hearing.
President Obama continues to build his Vichy Catholic government that pretends to be against abortion while supporting those who support it.

Stay tuned here at CMR as details about Diaz become available.

Update: Sorry, I just couldn't resist posting this when I saw this. Diaz received his PhD from Notre Dame. Thanks again Notre Dame. Thanks a lot.

Update II: The Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly had this to say about Diaz and a number of other Catholic professors when they supported pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius:
“These professors are giving comfort and aid to those whose stated goals are to advance policies directly opposed to Catholic teachings on life issues, and they do it under the guise of fidelity to Jesus Christ."
So they weren't crazy about Diaz sounding off as a college professor, I can't imagine what they'll say about his new appointment.

Smoke In The Eyes of the Mind

I am convinced that Fr. Barron is poised to become a huge figure in the Catholic Universe. I think this because I don't believe I have ever come across anyone so naturally gifted as a teacher. He simplifies without dumbing down while at the same time challenging our intellect and faith. No matter where you are in the spectrum of Catholic understanding, Fr. Barron can speak to you. I think that these very short clips on the Trinity are a great example of what I am talking about. In just a few minutes see the ground that he covers but it is never overwhelming. Wonderful.

Fr. Barron on the Trinity.

My Wife Looked at me Funny

I was playing with the baby on the kitchen floor this morning while the girls were getting dressed for school when I noticed three marbles in the baby's hand. That's enough to scare any parent so I asked her nicely for the marbles. The baby reached out and just as my hand reached hers she pulled it back and laughed.

My wife, looking over my shoulder, said that was my influence on the children.

The baby repeated this three times until I gave her my serious face and she handed them over. I quickly put them on the kitchen chair behind me and put a shirt over it and distracted the baby by tickling her stomach.

After a minute of that, I called out, "OK Dudes, everyone in the van."

"Dudes?" my wife asked and looked at me kinda' funny.

My six year old sensing I was in some kind of trouble said, "He says that all the time. And he's really really mean and sometimes he gives us cookies for snack even though we like carrots....and..."

I cut her off by announcing to the room "Rotten Egg!" which means that whoever is last in their buckles to go to school is the rotten egg. So this silenced everyone as they scattered out the door, pulling on each other to get in the van first. And my wife just kinda' looked at me.

"I don't call them dudes all the time," I smiled and lifted up the baby.

You see, my wife is somewhat concerned the children are being...hmmm...how shall I say this...overly influenced by me. You see, I'm home with the children every day.

Many years ago we decided it would be best if I worked from home so that the children would have a parent at home at all times. It was the best decision we've ever made. But, on the other hand, the four girls are around Dad a lot. The boy, essentially uses me as a sparring partner all day but I guess that's expected.

But my girls are into superheroes. Not so much Barbies. The Barbies we do have are now used mostly in what I suspect is a game of CSI Barbie in the playroom because there are Barbie body parts in the most unlikely places.

But back to this morning. Now, I've actually been the rotten egg 3068 times in a row but it's not really fair because I have to buckle the baby. And today was no different. As I got in, the six year old put her foot over my buckle and I pretended to struggle with her until my wife could buckle herself. So that's 3068 times now.

Today was a special day at school which was why my wife was home. Today was Wax Museum Day Today for the third graders. Essentially, all the third graders had to dress up as a historic figure, stand as still as nine year olds are able to until someone comes along and pushes a paper button on the floor which prompts them to recite their little speech about who they are, what they did to make them famous, and the date of their death.

My daughter and I, in practicing for this, learned just about everything there was to know about Helen Keller. She had her exactly one minute speech down perfectly. We had it timed well.

But anyway, it was all really quite cute. Within ten minutes everything was set up in the downstairs cafeteria. And my daughter looked great in her costume that my wife made. We walked right up to Helen Keller and said hi. She didn't respond. "Hey dude!" I said and waved my hand, pretending not to know the rules.

My wife said "Ha! You called your daughter dude."

"One time slip up," I said.

My daughter could hardly contain her smile at my expense. But she resisted an all-out smile because, you see, the children were being graded partly on their ability to stay in character and enunciate their memorized one minute speech. Well after I pushed the button with my foot my daughter came alive and delivered her speech loudly and perfectly just the way we practiced. As she finished I winked at her and she couldn't completely contain her smile. I was so proud. Her teacher was right behind us and she told her what a great job she did but my daughter was in character and hardly looked at her.

I noticed the enunciation part was really tough for some of these tiny historical heroes as I walked around to the other historical figures. Henry Ford said, "My zzzzzzz Ford.....January....zzzzhzhhzhzhzh......carriagezzzzhzhzhhzhzzhzhzhzhzhzhzhzhzhzhzzhzhzhzhzhzh....died......"

Honest to goodness that was all I got. I told him he was great. He said, "zzzzhzhzhzh." (I guess he was still in character.)

Amelia Earhart threw a pencil at Pocahontas and St. Francis told on her. That was pretty cool.

But back to my Helen Keller. Never has such a proud and knowledgeable Helen graced the basement of a church. She was loud and articulate and I was beaming. Even the baby in the stroller was awed into silence and only partly because the marshmallow Pop Tart had gummed up her mouth so much that her tongue was stuck to the roof of her mouth.

But then I decided to have a little fun. Every time the baby, my wife and I passed my daughter, I pushed my daughter's button with my foot and she'd have to do her routine again. My daughter is a big rule follower. (She gets that from my wife)

My wife asked me to stop even she thought this was funny the first time. The second time not so much. The third time she was trying to block my way to the button. Helen wasn't too pleased either. Her speech was now a blazing 45 seconds when I pushed the button. I could still see the trace of a smile on her face though.

Then the children from the other grades came down to see the Wax Museum. It sounded like a herd of hippos coming down the stairs. Very noisy hippos. My seven and my six year old were already hand in hand like they always are. They went right up to Helen Keller and pushed the button. There was a big audience now and once again Helen was great. After her speech, we all scattered and walked around to see the other historical figures.

My wife got into a conversation with the principal of the school and I took my one year old to the bathroom because her diaper smelled like she'd eaten some historical figures. Mental note: No more Pop Tarts.

My wife and I met again in front of the best Helen Keller ever. When I got there I could see that Helen wasn't too happy. It seems that my seven year old had been standing there the entire time just pushing the button and smiling brightly at an increasingly perturbed Helen Keller, who was about to go pre-Anne Sullivan on her sister but was still (amazingly) unwilling to break character. The speech was now about 30 seconds and enunciated in a heated growl.

I quickly shooed the seven year old away who joined the six year old at the snack table. And my wife kinda' looked at me funny. Somehow, this was my fault?

When it was over, my nine year old came running up to us for hugs (and snacks). I hugged her and told her she was the best Helen Keller ever and that I think I would remember the speech for the rest of my life. My nine year old said that the first time she did the speech she could see me saying the words right along with her.

And then she added to her sisters, "Oh, I just want to thank you all for pushing the button so many times because it really showed how kind you are and reminded me what wonderful sisters I have."

My seven year old smiled and said, "You're welcome" and giggled with the six year old. Then they grabbed pretzel rods and started giggling together about the things little girls giggle about.

Once again, my wife kinda looked at me funny.

But my daughter's teacher interrupted us by telling us what a great job she did and that she would get the highest mark.

So at the end of the day we all came home together in the van. My four year old boy started talking about the Montauk Monster that was found on the coast of Long Island. The girls chimed in wondering if it was the subject of some government funded mutation device. They knew about the Montauk Monster because they saw it on this blog.

So my wife kinda' looked at me funny for this too but I was driving so I just pretended to stare out at the road.

We both did homework with the children and I gave baths. And around dinnertime my wife went into the kitchen. The one year old just happy to have Mom home followed her everywhere. My wife noticed the shirt sitting on a kitchen chair and lifted it off as she passed it. Of course the marbles I'd hidden there spilled out all around my one year old's feet. The baby looked up at her mother incredulously and said, "Duuuude!"

I think my wife and I are going to have a talk later.

Most Unintentionally Funny Piece of the Day

I try not to read the New York Times mainly because I like it when my ears don't bleed and I'm not running around the house pulling my hair out. But I saw this piece linked up on Big Hollywood and clicked on it. And boy, was I glad I did.

The New York Times has written the most unintentionally funny piece I've read in a long time. In short, The New York Times doesn't think Mike Judge is funny anymore. Mind you, they thought he was hilarious when he created the show 'King of the Hill' because they saw it as mocking middle America but now Judge's new show "The Goodes" is mocking political correctness. And the NYT is not happy.

The Times introduces the piece by saying "King of the Hill" was great because essentially the dumb rubes in middle America didn't know they were being made fun of while the show "mocked provincial mediocrity enough to appease the yen for religious condescension on the coasts."

Yup. They actually wrote that.

The writer then does what every other writer in the media does, they entwine whatever they're writing about with politics. In this case they confuse the fate of the cancelled "King of the Hill" show with the election. Hey NYT, not everything has to do with politics.

Just a few days before the November presidential election, Fox canceled “King of the Hill” after 13 seasons, its ratings having declined, testament perhaps to a national exhaustion with values-bashing even when the bashing produced few scars and little bloodshed.
13 seasons is a long time. Mentioning that it was cancelled a few days before the election is a bit of a non sequitir. It's like saying, "Just a few days before the election, a volcano erupted in Hawaii" or "Just days before the election, another NFL star got into some legal trouble at a nightclub."

In reading about the new show, I've got to admit it seems kind of funny to me. It has a pretty funny premise in that the Goodes are:
a family of zealot, vegan, recycling nutcases who don’t fight over paper versus plastic because they believe in neither. “I know a lot of people are comfortable shopping with reusable bags,” Helen Goode (the voice of Nancy Carell) explains as she piles her groceries into her arms in the checkout line of a pseudo Whole Foods. “But I’m not,” she says. “They’re made in sweat shops.”

The Goodes have a dog named Che that leers at rodents because it isn’t allowed to eat meat, and an adopted teenage son named Ubuntu (Dave Herman) whom they thought was black but who turned out, once they got him from South Africa, to be the blond child of Afrikaners. To compensate for his racist lineage, they dress him each day as if he were being sent off to a parade in honor of Nelson Mandela. His brand new driver’s license identifies him as African-American. When he apologizes for using too much gas during his initial spins around town, his father assures him that it is not really the consumption that matters: “It’s O.K., Ubuntu, what’s important is that you feel guilty about it.”
Now to me, that sounds kind of funny. But the New York Times finds it...wait for it..."aggresively off-zeitgeist."

Here's the graph:
But the show feels aggressively off-zeitgeist, as if it had been incubated in the early to mid-’90s when it was still possible to find global-warming skeptics among even the reasonable and informed. But who really thinks of wind power — an allusion to which is a running visual gag in the show — as mindless, left-wing nonsense anymore?
Look, if ever you write the term "aggresively off-zeitgeist someone should come in with a club and beat you until you stop saying silly things. But I guess I'm one of the unreasonable and uninformed because I giggle when I listen to global warming fanatics.

But then the writer concludes with dragging politics back into things:
Mr. Judge, who remains obsessed with the insanities of political correctness, still has his head very much in the Clinton years, and it is possible to watch “The Goode Family” feeling so thoroughly transported back to another time that you wonder where all the Monica Lewinsky jokes went. Sometimes you’ve just got to move on.
Hmmm. Maybe it's not Mr. Judge who's obsesses with political correctness. Maybe, just maybe, it's the New York Times.

And since King of the Hill ran for thirteen years, it's a strong bet that The Goodes will be still on the air long after the Times has declared bankruptcy and sold for parts and exists only as a punchline on sitcoms created by Mike Judge.

Catholic Church Converting to Blair-ism

In a stunning move, the Catholic Church announced today that it is converting to Tony Blair-ism. The move comes on the heels of recent interviews given by the former Prime Minister, a recent Catholic convert, where he criticised the Church's stance on homosexuality.

Blair, is also, of course, famously pro-choice when it comes to abortion.

Once in the Church, Blair announced that he believed many improvements were necessary, indicating a major "re-thinking" of the Church was necessary.

So, after not much reconsideration, the Church today announced its decision to convert to "Blair-ism."

The move shows a flexibility in the Church which has long been wished for among many non-Catholics. "The Church's willingness to toss aside 2,000 years of the best thinking ever done by saints and Fathers of the Church in favor of some little-thought-out comments from a recent convert shows an adaptability that I think people are looking for nowadays," said one columnist from Commonweal.

No word yet, however, from the Holy Spirit. But many theologians are saying no news is good news on that front. "If God had a problem with this move I'm sure he'd let us know," said one liberal theologian.

"We're all very excited," said a theologian from Notre Dame University who shall remain nameless. "I think a few other 'rethinkings' are in order in the spirit of Blair-ism. Perhaps next the Church could convert to McBrien-ism."

Notre Dame University is already said to be considering changing all of its literature to read, "Notre Dame, an institution of higher learning in the Blairist tradition." No word on how closely they will follow Blair-ism because they didn't follow the Catholic tradition all that closely either.

The gospel at Mass will be introduced by saying, "The Gospel according to (insert scribe's name here) as interpreted by Tony Blair."

Damian Thompson recently reported that Archbishop Nichols had this to say about Blair's criticism of the Church:

“I think it was extraordinary. I also think his political instincts, which are very strong, are not a good guide to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and a bit more reflection is needed as to the relationship between political instinct in general – and certainly his – and the nature of the truth that the church tries to put forward . . . Maybe he lacks a bit of experience in Catholic life.”
No word yet on whether Archbishop Nichols will be forced into a sabbatical to reconsider his thoughts.

The name change from Catholicism to Blair-ism may be difficult for some "traditionalists", said one cardinal. "But we now believe Blair is the repository of truth in this world," he said. "And we couldn't call ourselves Catholics anymore if we believe what Tony Blair believes. The two are incompatible so we just made the jump and did the name change and everything."

Many Catholics are expected to fall right in line as they are a non-thinking group that simply does what they're told. Said one Catholic: "Look, I'm sure Tony Blair has put a great deal of thought into his criticisms of the Church because he wouldn't be so stupid as to criticize the Church just months after joining if he hadn't thought long and hard about the issues, right? I'm sure he's read all the great thinking on human sexuality and the sanctity of life done these past 2,000 years, right? I mean, he wouldn't be so stupid as to sound off with an intention to change the Church without having studied it, right?" Right?

Some said they were pleased because gone forever are the days when people converted to the Catholic Church, they now want the Church to convert to them. "We are all Tony Blairs now" said one Catholic.

The Bully Puppet

It's Official. Obama will nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the SCOTUS.

Some background.

Even the liberals think she is a lightweight.

[TNR] But despite the praise from some of her former clerks, and warm words from some of her Second Circuit colleagues, there are also many reservations about Sotomayor. Over the past few weeks, I've been talking to a range of people who have worked with her, nearly all of them former law clerks for other judges on the Second Circuit or former federal prosecutors in New York. Most are Democrats and all of them want President Obama to appoint a judicial star of the highest intellectual caliber who has the potential to change the direction of the court. Nearly all of them acknowledged that Sotomayor is a presumptive front-runner, but nearly none of them raved about her. They expressed questions about her temperament, her judicial craftsmanship, and most of all, her ability to provide an intellectual counterweight to the conservative justices, as well as a clear liberal alternative.

The most consistent concern was that Sotomayor, although an able lawyer, was "not that smart and kind of a bully on the bench," as one former Second Circuit clerk for another judge put it. "She has an inflated opinion of herself, and is domineering during oral arguments, but her questions aren't penetrating and don't get to the heart of the issue." (During one argument, an elderly judicial colleague is said to have leaned over and said, "Will you please stop talking and let them talk?")

Oh and there is this troubling case that is being reviewed by the Supreme Court...

Oh, and there is her stated intention to legislate from the bench.

Oh, and there is this little nugget delivered in a speech.
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,”

So we have a nominee of questionable caliber of questionable judgment and of a questionable judicial temperament.

So naturally the Repulicans, in order to maintain the record of complete ineffectualness, want to come out unified and neutral on the nomination. From KLo
Over the weekend, I was forwarded a request from the Republican National Committee from someone who was being asked to be a surrogate for the RNC on the Supreme Court pick — that is, talk on TV and radio on behalf of the RNC. The request included the guidance that the RNC is "looking to come out very neutral on the subject."

Neutral? The Left sure isn't "neutral" on the Court or on Republican presidential nominees for the Court. By all means, be reasonable. But the RNC wants to be "neutral"? If the RNC is neutral is there anyone left in America to join the likes of Cheney and Gingrich (as Bill Kristol puts it; scroll down) to oppose Obama-administration moves?

The Best 93 Days of Her Life

We love. That is what we are called to do. And tonight I feel that paucity of my efforts at loving those around me. Tonight, I am heartbroken and inspired by this one mother who loved despite having every reason not to. The Story of Faith Hope is a blog by a mother who loved her daughter for 93 difficult and miraculous days. Baby Faith passed away Saturday but everyday was a miracle. And baby Faith was loved. Please read the post and read the rest of the stories there:

The best 93 days of my life...were spent with my daughter. Faith went to Heaven today. We spent the entire morning and some of the afternoon snuggling together in my warm bed. I told her that I loved her many times. I was holding her in my arms when she passed away. It was around 4:40 in the afternoon. I had just finished changing her diaper and I decided to pick her up and wrap a blanket around her. She made a very sweet smiling face and held it for several seconds... I thought it was very cute. I waited for her to take her next breath, but she didn't. She looked up at me and opened her beautiful eyes, and I realized what was happening. I told her to go with Jesus. I told her that I loved her and that it was ok, that I would meet her in Heaven.
Please go read this, pray, and thank God that this baby had a mother who loved her. No matter what.

Read on...

HT Waltzing Matilda

Hate Crimes Protect 30 Sexual Orientations?

Democrat Admits 'Hate Crime' Bill Will Protect 30 Sexual Orientations, screams the headline at Right Side News.

Now, I've got to be honest with you I didn't know there were more sexual orientations than flavors at your local Baskin Robbins. That's a little disturbing.

I can come up with just two off the top of my head. Oh wait...three. So right away I have to click on this story and see what I'm missing. And then I'm thinking "Do I really want to read what I'm about to read?" But then I thought of you guys languishing in ignorance so I decided to jump in and check it out. That's right. I'm a martyr who's just interested in informing you.

Here's a chunk of the story:

During floor debate on H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) admitted that this so-called "hate crimes" bill will protect the 30 mostly bizarre sexual orientations listed by the American Psychiatric Association.

These 30 sexual orientations/paraphilias are among numerous listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) and in other psychiatric literature...

Here is Hastings' transcript from the Congressional Record, April 29, 2009:
We had an amendment offered by one of our colleagues to this particular legislation. I guess it was done in a creative fashion, and certainly the author of it did spend some time looking in the dictionary or creating new terms. And I apologize to our transcriber, but I am going to put in the Record what we have to put up with in the Rules Committee.

"The term sexual orientation," this proposed amendment said, "as used in this act, or any amendments made by this act, does not include apotemnophilia, asphyxophilia, autogynephilia, coprophilia, exhibitionism, fetishism, frotteurism, gerontosexuality, incest, kleptophilia, klismaphilia, necrophilia, partialism, pedophilia, sexual masochism, sexual sadism, telephone scatalogia, toucherism, transgenderism, transsexual, transvestite, transvestic fetishism, urophilia, voyeurism, or zoophilia."...

This is serious business. Mr. Speaker, we can't legislate love, but we can legislate against hate. This legislation may not rid us of the intolerance and prejudices that continue to taint our society, but it will provide an added deterrent to those for whom these feelings manifest themselves into acts of violence. They will be fully aware that, should they commit a hate crime, there will be no lenience and they will not slip through the cracks of the American legal system.

Further, passage of this Hate Crimes bill will increase public education and awareness and encourage Americans to report hate crimes that all too often are silent.

Mr. Speaker, this bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice, and to guarantee that all Americans, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability--or all of these philias and fetishes and isms that were put forward--need not live in fear because of who they are.
So these groups will all be protected minorities under this hate crimes legislation.

Apotemnophilia is the erotic interest in being or looking like an amputee.

Asphyxophilia is a sexual practice, of arranging to produce asphyxiation during sex.

Necrophilia is the sexual attraction to corpses.

Pedophilia - We all know what that is.

Telephone scatalogia -The love of making obscene phone calls.

Zoophilia -Also known as bestiality,

So while all these folks would be members of protected classes by law, Christians are most certainly not. And little babies in the womb are definitely not protected. Hey maybe that's an idea, someone add fetal-Americans to the list of protected classes by hate crime legislation. Maybe nobody would notice. Maybe that would be a nice end run around the Supreme Court.

It's not like these legislators actually read the bills they vote on anyway. Maybe we should try it.

What a country, huh? A country with legislators who don't read bills that protects people who like to strangle other people during sex but not innocent children.

The Morning Newspapers on Doomsday

"It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine!"

Good Morning. Hope you are all enjoying your long weekend here in the States. Here are some headlines to help you start your day on the right foot.

"North Korea declares it conducted nuclear test." The Norks carried out this test with less than one hours notice. But they weren't done yet.

"North Korea fires three short range missiles." Just in case we weren't clear about their intentions.

So let's take everything that has repeatedly failed in North Korea and try it again in Iran. Quite sure it will work this time.

"Iran general says could stop Israel in 'one strike'" One strike? Whatever could he be talking about? To stop Israel in one strike Iran would have to nu.... Oh. Never mind.

Iran, for its part, seeks to be just as clear in its intentions as the Norks. I wonder why no one seems to believe them. In an unprecedented move...

"Iran sends six warships to international waters" at the same time that...

"Iran's Ahmadinejad rejects Western nuclear proposal"
So is it any wonder that...

"Half of Israelis back immediate strike on Iran" while at the same time Netanyahu makes it clear that he will not be bullied by Obama by...

"Natanyahu Defies Obama: Will build in existing settlements"

If those didn't wake you up, how about these. As fighting surrounds Islamabad...

"Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal grows; nation’s future iffy"

Enjoy the rest of your day. If you live that long.

Susan Boyle Does it Again

If you ask me, she starts off a little shaky but the finale is quite stirring. Funny how she has captured the imaginations of so many.

HT Gateway Pundit

Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

Active Homosexuality

"Hey, I don't care what people do behind closed doors. Not my business."

"Two consenting adults can do whatever they want, it is a private matter."

"Not that there is anything wrong with that."

We have all heard these statements before or variants of them. They are usually voiced by people who know that active homosexuality is wrong but are afraid to seem judgmental or unkind. To avoid the topic altogether, many convince themselves or are convinced by homosexual activist that active homosexuality is merely private matter, a choice that has no impact on anyone else and thus should not be the subject of public policy (or discussion).

It is not the purpose of this post to get into the morality of the gay lifestyle, rather to make the point that it is not merely a private matter between consenting adults that harms no one and thus has no public policy implications. First, some facts. I have excerpted the executive summary of an article by physician John R. Diggs, Jr., M.D.

Executive Summary

Sexual relationships between members of the same sex expose gays, lesbians and bisexuals to extreme risks of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), physical injuries, mental disorders and even a shortened life span. There are five major distinctions between gay and heterosexual relationships, with specific medical consequences. They are:

* Levels of Promiscuity

Prior to the AIDS epidemic, a 1978 study found that 75 percent of white, gay males claimed to have had more than 100 lifetime male sex partners: 15 percent claimed 100-249 sex partners; 17 percent claimed 250-499; 15 percent claimed 500- 999; and 28 percent claimed more than 1,000 lifetime male sex partners. Levels of promiscuity subsequently declined, but some observers are concerned that promiscuity is again approaching the levels of the 1970s. The medical consequence of this promiscuity is that gays have a greatly increased likelihood of contracting HIV/AIDS, syphilis and other STDs.

Similar extremes of promiscuity have not been documented among lesbians. However, an Australian study found that 93 percent of lesbians reported having had sex with men, and lesbians were 4.5 times more likely than heterosexual women to have had more than 50 lifetime male sex partners. Any degree of sexual promiscuity carries the risk of contracting STDs.

* Physical Health

Common sexual practices among gay men lead to numerous STDs and physical injuries, some of which are virtually unknown in the heterosexual population. Lesbians are also at higher risk for STDs. In addition to diseases that may be transmitted during lesbian sex, a study at an Australian STD clinic found that lesbians were three to four times more likely than heterosexual women to have sex with men who were high-risk for HIV.

* Mental Health

It is well established that there are high rates of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts, among gays and lesbians. This is true even in the Netherlands, where gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) relationships are far more socially acceptable than in the U.S. Depression and drug abuse are strongly associated with risky sexual practices that lead to serious medical problems.

* Life Span

The only epidemiological study to date on the life span of gay men concluded that gay and bisexual men lose up to 20 years of life expectancy.

* Monogamy

Monogamy, meaning long-term sexual fidelity, is rare in GLB relationships, particularly among gay men. One study reported that 66 percent of gay couples reported sex outside the relationship within the first year, and nearly 90 percent if the relationship lasted five years.

Encouraging people to engage in risky sexual behavior undermines good health and can result in a shortened life span. Yet that is exactly what employers and governmental entities are doing when they grant GLB couples benefits or status that make GLB relationships appear more socially acceptable.

We have public policy designed to discourage many private behaviors that could possibly harm the participants or those around them(e.g. smoking, illegal drugs,etc). The risks of active homosexuality are frightening. The statistics about promiscuity (most with hundreds of partners) and monogamy prove the lie that homosexuality is about love for most. It is about compulsion. This compulsion leads to higher risks of contracting and spreading STDs and higher risks of injury. The gay lifestyle exposes the participant to other serious health risks resulting in high rates of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts. These are all behaviors and maladies with clear public health concerns. Finally, a study shows that this behavior can reduce overall lifespan by twenty years.

I ask you, what other behavior that carried such risks to the participant with clear implications for public health would be treated as merely a private matter between consenting adults?

So if you have ever used the phrase "Not that there is anything wrong with that," remember these statistics. Next time, for the sake of accuracy, you should say, "Kill yourself, what do I care?"

Chopped up Prayers

Last night the kids and I prayed before bed. Seeing the baby in the crib clasping her hands together and speaking gobbledeygook intentions is one of the cutest things ever.

And no matter how many times I try to slow my four year old down through the sign of the cross he still looks like he's instructing Jesus to steal second base.

But we pray for lots of folks and lots of things. And as we've gone on, the list has grown longer. My kids like to add names to the list from school.

But tonight, my six year old requested that we remove one girl from the prayer list because the girl said she was no longer my daughter's friend and she was mean to my daughter. I told her maybe now that little girl needed our prayers more than ever. This seemed to excite her and she clasped her hands tighter and scrunched her eyes.

After we went through the list of relatives and friends and public officials and I was about to turn out the light when my nine year asked if maybe she could get on the computer tomorrow and come up with a shorter list of people to pray for.

Why? I asked.

"Well," she said, "I think we're praying for so many people that are prayers are getting chopped up and spread out too much."

No, I said. It doesn't work like that.

The seven year old interrupted, suggesting we could switch off nights praying for different people each night that way they'd be more effective. (I'm paraphrasing her because it took her like 800 words to get across that sentiment and I don't want to put you through that ordeal)

My six year old said, "But let's remember to pray for (my friend) because I want to be able to tell her I prayed for her even though she was mean to me."

I turned the light out and told them we all needed to talk tomorrow. And we will. I just have no idea where to start.

Protect Your Home from Joe Biden

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CMR Endorses LarryD

I was just perusing around the Catholic blogosphere and saw that CMR was locked in a battle with Larry D's "Acts of the Apostasy" for "Most Hi-freakin-larious" blog in the Cannonball Awards.

Currently, CMR is slightly ahead of Larry D but we want to endorse Acts of the Apostasy. So please go to The Crescat and vote for Acts of the Apostasy.

If that's not enough to make you do it, then just please throw him a pity vote because we just heard from Larry's doctor and he doesn't have long to live. (That's made up) And it's amazing how funny Larry actually is when you realize how low his IQ is. I mean, it's amazing he knows how to turn the computer on at all. (That's only a little exaggeration) and Larry D is a terribly lonely man with very little in his life except writing his blog. (I think that's actually true)

So please go vote for Acts of the Apostasy today while LarryD is still alive to enjoy it. I think voting closes tomorrow so please go today. Click here.

K-Lo On Notre Dame

National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez says that Obama's speech at Notre Dame muddled the Catholic message...and did nothing to advance the debate.

CMR's 8 Signs of Apocalypse (Vol XI)

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Robot Morality?

We here at CMR are convinced that eventually the robots will turn on us. When it happens, it will happen because of people like Rutgers University philosopher Peter Asaro.
Robots might be better at distinguishing civilians from combatants; or at choosing targets with lower risk of collateral damage, or understanding the implications of their actions. Or they might even be programmed with cultural or linguistic knowledge that is impractical to train every human soldier to understand.
Yes, they might be better at distinguishing civilians from combatants. That way they can be sure to target the biggest threats. It is a wonder that we have lived this long. Besides, who actually lists their job as philosopher? Dude should be suspect just for that.

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The Complete Collapse of Standards

First rule of being chased by police is your car has to be moving -Fail.
First rule of being a police officer is don't go overboard with the force-Fail.
First rule of being a reporter is you don't say "Dude." - Epic Fail.

I think it was when the police tazed him after tear gassing him and sending in the dogs that I started feeling bad about laughing.

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New Montauk Monster!?

Remember the Montauk Monster. Well, they just found another one last week on Long Island. Once is an anomaly, folks. Two is an invasion.
Fox News:
It's hard to dispute some family resemblances, even after death.

The new Montauk Monster, found on a Southold, N.Y., beach earlier this month, probably is closely related to last year's edition, and was likely a stealthy, intelligent, night-ranging creature that may roam alarmingly close to human settlements.

The flesh of the new monster's skull has mostly rotted off, but the beak-like snout, wide back teeth and large eye sockets indicate that it may be of the same species as the original monster, which startled beachgoers in the chic resort town of Montauk, N.Y., last summer.
My original thought was some kind of government genetically altered mutant but now I'm wondering if maybe it's the harbinger of invasions from space. What? You don't think there are space creatures that wouldn't eat us if we gave them half a chance. Well, Mr. Smarty Pants, how do you explain this?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Space That Roared

Great. Just what we needed. As if we didn't have enough problems right here, scientists have discovered something's roaring out in space. And us brilliant humans are trying to find it. Hey, scientists! When you hear a roar you back away slowly and ignore it. In movies, what happens to the guy who says, "Hmmm. That's a curious noise coming from the basement. Let's go check it out." Well. What happens? Yeah. That guy ends up as a stain on the wall. Shut off the microphones boys. Pretend you didn't hear it.Space.com reports:
Mystery Roar from Faraway Space Detected
Space is typically thought of as a very quiet place. But one team of astronomers has found a strange cosmic noise that booms six times louder than expected. The roar is from the distant cosmos. Nobody knows what causes it...
Our experience tells us that when something roars from outerspace, scream like a little girl for help. But in space, no one can hear you scream.

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I Knew Gay Marriage Was A Slippery Slope!

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Nothing says apocalypse like a possessed baby!

Who wants to play?

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This Guy!

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Besides Rome Burning - In Other News!
AP:Police continue a fruitless search for a man wearing an ape costume who has attempted to steal foam banana displays from inside local gas stations. Capt. Steve Klein said Thursday someone donning an ape costume entered two gas stations Wednesday trying to steal the displays and police have received several calls about the suspect hanging around town.While Klein acknowledges that the action may seem funny, they want to talk to the person behind the ape suit because they aren't sure what the suspect's motives are.
Duh. Maybe he's hungry. I mean, what else would a fake ape eat but fake bananas?

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