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Mr. Trump, Please Stop Talking About Abortion

One of the things people say they love about Donald Trump is that he doesn't give pat answers. He's shoots from the hip. Well, he just shot from the hip into his own foot. And the pro-life movement was injured in the melee as well.

Trump just got bullied by Chris Matthews into saying women should be punished for seeking an abortion.

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>

*subhead*War on women.*subhead*

Exhortation of Desolation "Joy of Love" Next Friday

Wanderer: Cardinal Schönborn, Cardinal Baldisseri, and Married Couple to Present Widely Anticipated ‘Amoris Laetitia’ on Love in the Family

•March 31, 2016•ZENIT Staff

Pope Francis’ widely-anticipated post-synodal document will be released next Friday.

During an unexpected briefing in the Holy See Press Office this morning, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, its director, informed journalists present that next Friday April 8th at 11:30 a.m. the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (Latin for ‘Joy of Love’) will be presented.

*subhead*The End is Nigh.*subhead*

How is This North Carolina Bill Controversial?

A law that ensures that people use only restrooms and locker room that match the gender on their birth certificate is being labeled "controversial" and being targeted by the media, the ACLU, the NFL, and the NBA.

All I can ask is how is this controversial?

Because of this law, the NBA which is reconsidering whether to have next year's all-star game in Charlotte.

On top of that, governors of three states, New York, Washington, and Vermont, have mandated that many state employees not to travel to North Carolina on official business.

The media, in their coverage of the bill, seems unable to find anyone who supports the bill. He's right.

North Carolina's governor is calling it a nationwide smear campaign. And he's right.

The thing is, the law says that you can have your birth certificate changed so if you're really serious about doing it, you can. But this way, it protects women and children from creeps in public restrooms. And pardon me, I thought the safety of women and children was pretty important.

I guess it takes a backseat to the trans agenda. Sheesh, talk about war on women.

*subhead*War on women.*subhead*

Wait, They Said Unicorns Were Mythical. Turns Out They Were Wrong

Who knew?


The discovery of a fossilized skull in Kazakhstan is making paleontologists rewrite the timeline of the Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum. This impressive animal was a real-life unicorn, though it didn’t match the image most of us have for the fairytale creature.

Closer to a rhino than a horse in appearance, it was similar in stature to the mammoth. Measuring up to 6.5 feet tall and almost 15 feet long, it weighed up to 9,000 pounds. Its most recognizable feature was its single horn, which is thought to have been much longer than a rhino’s, up to multiple feet long. Its habitat was the vast territory from the Don River in Russia to east of modern Kazakhstan.
They're saying that unicorns and humans probably existed at the same time. Here's what they're saying it looked like:
Not as cute and cuddly as previously imagined but still kinda' cool.

I like it when things people scoff at are proved true. I guess as a Christian I always feel a little solidarity with the scoffed-at. Even though this strong streak of schadenfreude is probably not really Christian of me.


Admission. I judge people based upon...

Admission. I judge people based upon which picture they post of Mother Angelica.

*subhead*nuff said.*subhead*

State Dept.: Ya' Think Those Terrorists Killed Christians on Purpose?

They said they were there to kill Christians on Easter Sunday. They killed Christians on Easter Sunday. Now, the State department is wondering what their motive was.

Hey, maybe it was a video.

CNS News:

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Monday that he did not have “the fidelity of information to confirm overtly” that the massive suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday was specifically targeting Christians celebrating Easter.

Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, the breakaway Taliban faction claiming responsibility for the attacks, told the Associated Press on Sunday that the suicide bomber “deliberately targeted the Christian community celebrating Easter.” He also said the attack was meant to protest Pakistan's military operation in the tribal regions.


Republican Vetoes Religious Freedom Bill

Bucking under to media pressure and threatened boycotts from the NFL and the NBA, Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has vetoed religious freedom legislation. The media keep reporting it as an "anti-gay" bill and keep putting scare quotes around "religious freedom" as if it were some kind of code.

You see, Deal doesn't believe in the kind of religious liberty that actually ensures liberty for actual people. Well, to put a point on it, he doesn't like anything that might make him unpopular with the media. He says he believes in religious freedom for clergy but not for regular people. Because you know the Constitution wasn't at all concerned with religious liberty for regular people and all.

Coward. Dude's heart pumps Kool-Aid instead of blood.

Note: Prostitutes usually accept payment in advance, Governor Deal. Just so you know, they don't settle for "good press to be named later."


Easter: Suicide Bombings, a Crucified Priest, and a Scare in New York

My family and I had a blessed Easter. We didn't turn on the television, the radio, or the internet the entire day and spent a wonderful day together. This morning I was so saddened to see the news from this weekend.

Everyone was aware last week that an ISIS related group had taken Fr. Tom as a hostage and was threatening to crucify him on Good Friday. We all prayed it wouldn't occur. But sadly, it seems it has. The Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, told a congregation gathered in St. Stephen's Cathedral that Fr. Tom had been crucified, according to the Daily Mail. Thus far there's been no video confirmation but this certainly seems like a terrible tragedy may very well have occurred.

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>


Please Pray for Fr. Tom

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, a prisoner of a barbaric group possibly related to ISIS since a massacre earlier this month in Yemen, could be crucified today on Good Friday.

Although there are many conflicting reports, please pray for Fr. Tom.

The Franciscan Sisters of Siessen reportedly recently posted on Facebook that they were “informed that the Salesian priest, Fr. Tom, who was kidnapped by ISIS from the Missionaries of Charity Home in Yemen is being tortured and is going to be crucified on Good Friday. This calls for serious concerted prayers from all of us.”

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>

(Sorry link didn't work earlier. Now it's fixed.)


The Exhortation Of Desolation: A Remiinder

Well, we are just a week or two from the Exhortation of Desolation. I originally wrote these words over a year ago, but I think I have another article saying the same even earlier than that but I am too lazy to look for it right now.

I have been trying to tell people for the longest time that the real danger was not from the Synod, but from some document that would come after. In one of my many dealings with the subject, I said:

I want you to remember that we hardly ever hear of the divorced and remarried being denied communion. So like gay marriage, the ultimate goal is not the sacrilege itself, but something else. What that will look like is anybody’s guess, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised at the following scenario or others similar to it.

The synod documents might make a basic statement about the indissolubility of marriage with no specific mention of the divorced and remarried receiving communion, knowing that anything other than this is impossible now. But the documents might also contain the now boilerplate calls for pastoral consideration. In conclusion, either the synod itself or perhaps the Pope himself in a following document may make a request for local Bishops’ conferences to explore ways for the divorced and remarried to be better integrated into parish life.

With those vague statements giving plausible deniability to the hierarchy, several Bishops’ conferences starting with Germany will issue norms allowing the divorced and remarried to receive communion after confession or some such other nonsense, which they are already likely allowing.

And the Church will do nothing. And then the practice will spread like wildfire. Think Communion in the hand. With the barn door left open, the horses are gone.
Now, this is what Roberto De Mattei has to say about the same:
What will these “innovative practices” be? The document’s key word is “integration”. Those who are in an irregular situation will be “integrated” into the community: they could become catechists, liturgical animators, godparents for Baptism and Confirmation, best men/bridesmaids at weddings and so on; all activities the traditional praxis of the Church to this day has forbidden them owing to their state of public sin. Yet, Alberto Melloni writes in “La Repubblica”, March 19th “on Communion for the divorced and remarried no novelties are expected. Seeing as the problem is to legitimize a praxis (…), not establish it theologically”. The document does not anticipate a “general rule” of access to the Eucharist, but would allow confessors and individual bishops to permit admission to the Sacraments “case by case”. The novelty, Melloni explains, is based on facts not on words, “by giving responsibility and restoring effective powers to bishops, marking, as Cardinal Kasper said, a real “revolution”.
I hate to say I told you so, but I may have to.

*subhead*I hate to say it*subhead*

Yup. Donald Trump Actually Retweeted This

Republicans, please do not nominate a man who would do something like this.


Even USA Today Can't Deny Obama Asshattery on HHS Mandate

Here's a good measuring stick -if your enemy is the Little Sisters of the Poor, you're probably the bad guy.

USA Today:

If the Obama administration had thought long and hard about the meaning of religious freedom, one of the nation’s most fundamental rights, it would not have ended up in the Supreme Court on Wednesday doing battle over free birth control with Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious non-profits.

But while writing rules for Obamacare in 2012, the administration decided to compel religiously affiliated groups to assist in offering health care plans that violate a central tenet of their faiths.

From a purely health care standpoint, Obamacare’s mandate that all employers provide birth control coverage without co-pays makes sense. As the prestigious Institute of Medicine found, this is an important part of preventive care for women.

Wisely, the administration exempted churches and other houses of worship from the start. Unwisely, it failed to exempt religiously affiliated colleges, charities and other groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns who provide care to the elderly poor, and Priests for Life, who galvanize clergy against abortion.

The administration's position was constitutionally suspect and politically foolish.
For Obama, Christians are the enemy of his transformation of America. For Obama, the Little Sisters of the Poor are people from yesteryear who haven't accepted his Hope and Change sermon. They're still clinging to their religion, the poor dears. Well, he'll just have to make them.


Father Tom to be Crucified By ISIS on Good Friday?

So as of now it seems that the Franciscan sisters are saying that Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who is believed to be in the hands of jihadis, may be crucified on Good Friday. But others are saying this may be just a rumor.

Catholic News Agency:

Yesterday the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen, based in South Africa, warned on Facebook of the impending torture, and the rumor has since spread across social media platforms. Salesian Church officials, the order to which Fr. Uzhunnalil belongs, have dismissed the claims as rumors and said they have no new information about the priest’s whereabouts or situation.

On March 4, four gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, killing 16 people including four Missionary of Charity sisters. Fr. Uzhunnalil was kidnapped by the gunman during the attacks, which are thought to have been perpetrated by Islamic terrorists, though no specific group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

“We have absolutely no information” on Fr. Uzhunnalil, said Father Mathew Valarkot, spokesman for the Salesians’ Bangalore province to which the kidnapped priest belongs. His comments have been reported both by ANS news, a Salesian news agency, and UCA News, an independent Catholic news source in Asia.

The original rumor appears to have stemmed from an unverified e-mail, speculating about the possibility of torture and crucifixion, but “these are all rumors,” the spokesman reiterated.

Father Valarkot said the Salesians have been pressuring the government for help in locating Fr. Uzhunnalil. Church offices in Vatican and Vatican diplomatic channels are also working to locate the priest and secure his release, reports UCA News.

“But even today we do not know who has taken him and what their motives are because no one has claimed responsibility,” Father Valarkot said.
Be assured that if he is not crucified it is not out of respect for Fr. Tom or for Christianity but for lack of usable wood.

Keep praying.


If That Stone Hadn't Been Moved

I just came back from a Living Stations of the Cross done wonderfully by the eighth graders at our Catholic school. So moving.

I couldn't help but think how different the world would be if that stone hadn't been moved? How impoverished we would all be? I couldn't help but be grateful for all He did (and does) for us.

*subhead*Holy week.*subhead*

Wait, Trump is Hanging Out with Thugs?

Donald Trump is inciting violence, right? He is but the media's obsessed with it and all the blame is going one way. But the media seems unconcerned with the violence being done on those who publicly disagree with Raul Castro in Cuba. Reports indicate that Castro has many political prisoners.

You think pictures like this will encourage those opposing Castro and who support freedom or the thuggish dictator?

Caption this limp wristed diplomacy.


Kasich: All You Deranged People Who Believe What I Say, Stop Doing That

Y'know, I'm starting to think John Kasich is kind of a jerk who hates regular people. So Kasich said in numerous interviews that he would consider nominating Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, the liberal Merrick Garland, if he became president. He didn't just say it once, he said it twice.

So people thought that hey maybe that said something about the kid of justice Kasich would like to see. What?! No, you morons. Kasich thinks you need to "take a chill pill." Ok, let's first never mind that he used a catchphrase from the 1990's. Let's focus on the fact that he said he would consider nominating this guy. And then the guy who's been yelling at people to take his candidacy seriously gets made when people actually take what he says seriously.

Check out the condescension here:

NBC News:

Kasich also said he would consider Garland while speaking to CBS on Saturday.

But the governor stepped back from his comments while speaking to reporters in Utah later Saturday, calling his earlier remarks an attempt at being "polite."

"In an effort to be polite today, I've created little bit of a situation," Kasich said after a campaign event in St. George. "Look, you know, Garland is — I'm gonna have my own picks for the Supreme Court. You know, the fact is, I said that they ought to meet him and talk to him and, you know, I'm not gonna pick somebody who's, you know, obviously not a respecter of the Second Amendment. I don't want people making law and so, nobody should be confused, worked up or upset. He's not gonna be my pick for the Supreme Court."

Kasich noted that his "gut reaction" was that people like Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, had spoken favorably of Garland in the past. "He got a lot of votes. But you know, I'm just trying to be polite sometimes, you know? There's nothing wrong with that. … Everybody just take a chill pill."


I Saw "Miracles from Heaven" and Loved It

I don't do a lot of reviews but I saw "Miracles from Heaven" and absolutely loved it. It's a good film. It's like Terms of Endearment meets Jesus.

My kids loved it too and there's nothing inappropriate about it. Jennifer Garner is so good in the movie. She really seems like a mom who's kinda' losing it because she can't figure out why her daughter is fading away. See this one guys.

Don't worry is you think the trailer gave everything away, it doesn't. There's a lot more going on here. And it's about much more than it seems.

*subhead*Must see.*subhead*

American College of Pediatricians Calls Transgender Ideoology "Child Abuse."

The American College of Pediatricians issued a strongly worded statement that transgender ideology is "child abuse" and that “a person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.”

This seems like something. A bunch of you are smarter and more knowledgeable about these subjects so I wonder what you have to say about this. But it seems pretty counter-cultural to me.

Here's some highlights:

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.

1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sex development (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex.1

3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).5 The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.2,4,5

The report goes on to say that puberty-blocking hormones are dangerous and that while many young men and women can become confused about their gender, that "98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty."

And then there's this which has been known but little discussed but seems kind of important because...death. But to many people, people dying is secondary to the furtherance of their ideology:

Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT – affirming countries.11 What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty as many as 88% of girls and 98% of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health?

And then they say "Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse."

Seems kinda' wow to me.


How Many Kids Do You Know Exactly Like This One?

I coach a lot of sports in little kids' leagues. And I can tell you I've seen an awful lot of kids just like this one. The world could use a little Mayberry nowadays.

HT Free Republic


GOP Governor Expected to Veto Religious Freedom Bill Because...Jesus

The Georgia General Assembly yesterday passed the Free Exercise Protection Act which contains wide-ranging religious freedom protections including those for churches, religious institutions, and businesses.

Religion Clause:

5.The bill enacts RFRA language. The government may not substantially burden a person's religious exercise, except in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest that is furthered by the least restrictive means. This provision, however is limited by several exceptions, including a provision that the RFRA language shall not be construed to "permit invidious discrimination on any grounds prohibited by federal or state law." It should be noted that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity are not prohibited by Georgia law, or by federal law as traditionally interpreted.

6.The bill waives sovereign immunity for suits seeking injunctive or declaratory relief or reasonable attorney's fees in various suits against the state under the statute.
Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has vowed to veto any bills that allow for what he calls discrimination because Jesus.
“What the New Testament teaches us is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcasts, the ones that did not conform to the religious societies’ view of the world … We do not have a belief in my way of looking at religion that says we have to discriminate against anybody. If you were to apply those standards to the teaching of Jesus, I don’t think they fit.”
It seems to me that Deal has chosen politics over religion.


Notre Dame Priest, Winner of Laetare Medal, Reportedly Commits Suicide

This is the last thing you want to hear. Awful. Awful. Awful.


A priest on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame died Monday in San Antonio from an apparent suicide.

Catholic News Service reported Father Virgilio Elizondo was found dead in his home Monday from a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound. Elizondo was 80 years-old.

A report from Catholic News Service says Elizondo was known as "the father of U.S. Latino religious thought," and co-founded the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, later renamed the Mexican American Catholic College. Elizondo joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2000, after receiving the Laetare Medal in 1997.

Last May, Elizondo was named secondarily in a lawsuit alleging he sexually abused a young boy who was living in a San Antonio orphanage in the early 1980's. Catholic News Service reports Elizondo denied the claim in a statement and in conversations with friends, and claimed he was prepared to fight the allegations in court.


The Exhortation of Desolation is Coming And It's Gonna Be Bad

According to La Stampa, the Apostolic exhortation following the synods, all two hundred friggin pages of it. will be signed this week and published in April.


I have been warning for 2 years that the real danger was not the Synod itself, but the post-synodal document. Man, I hate being right.

This is what Cardinal Kasper, that heretic that started this whole thing, has to say about the document.

“The document will mark the start of the greatest revolution experienced by the Church in 1500 years.”

We are in for it. Gird your loins. The crisis in the Church is about to move to the next level.

*subhead*Oh crap*subhead*

Giant Texas cross sparks atheist lawsuit (and you won't believe why)

Here's the key line from this story by the great Todd Starnes.

Think about that for a moment -- the atheist sued a preacher for building a cross on church property in a city named Body of Christ.
Atheist dude completely lost it.

Hey, he'll probably win.

I know this is a weak post but I've got kids home sick today so...deal. Check it out at Todd Starne's page.


Were the White Sox Right to Tell Player to Keep His Son out of the Locker Room?

Veteran Chicago White Sox slugger Adam LaRoche is retiring from baseball and walking away from $13 million – because team officials told him to stop bringing his 14-year-old son into the clubhouse every day.

LaRoche, who is 36, officially announced his retirement on Twitter, saying: “Thank u Lord for the game of baseball and for giving me way more than I ever deserved! #FamilyFirst”

Look, I'm a stay at home Dad and my initial thought was wow, what a great guy he is or more accurately, what a great father he is. Impressive devotion to his son.

But his son was in the locker room every single day and I was kinda' thinking, if most people brought their kids into their work every day, it'd be a little weird, wouldn't it? Having kids around changes the nature of the workplace a little, I think. Obviously, the White Sox have every legal right to say they don't want kids in the locker room every day but is it the right thing to do?

I've worked for a number of publications in my time home with the kids and I've had to take them to certain meetings along the way. But every day?

LaRoche is clearly a devoted father but I don't think he can demand that his son come with the team everywhere they go, except if something like that were worked out beforehand.

Interested in your thoughts.


Secretary of State John Kerry: Yup, It's Genocide


Hot Air:

More than two years after ISIS began its sweep across Iraq and into Syria, massacring thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands more, the US finally declared ISIS guilty of genocides. Secretary of State John Kerry made that declaration earlier today, according to the Associated Press, after first hinting he would miss today’s deadline on that determination. Kerry refers to ISIS as “Daesh” in his statement this morning:
This is a major step in the right direction. I can't imagine what took them so long and why the Obama administration waited until the last moment to do it but it's still good news.

Now that we declare it genocide, the question is, what are we going to do about it?


Top Ten Sales Pitches for Pope's Fiat

One of the two Fiats Pope Francis used during his visit to New York in September of last year will be driven in the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade today. Monsignor Robert Ritchie, Rector of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, will drive the car to the Cathedral where it will be reviewed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and driven the remainder of the parade route.

The Fiat 500 will then be available for bids on the auction site www.charitybuzz.com, and all of the proceeds of the auction will be used to support Catholic schools in the archdiocese, Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

So if you're interested in purchasing the Fiat for a good cause, here's my top ten sales pitches:

10) Enough headroom for a mitre!

9) You could get one of those stick figure popes for the rear window

8) It’s not the throne of Peter and it won't last 2,000 years but it gets much better mileage.

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>


Our Government is Run by a Bunch of Vincent Vega's

Remember that scene in Pulp Fiction where Travolta, who played Vincent Vega, killed the dude in the car and it's all bloodied up. So they go to Quentin Tarantino's house who tells them they can clean up the car and the body but his wife will be home soon and she'll call the cops if they're not gone.

So they call Harvey Keitel, the Wolf, to make it happen. When he barks orders, Vega demands he say "please." It's a stupid and immature thing to do as time is of the essence. If they don't act fast, they'll all be carted off to jail. But Vega, whose pride and idiocy are his paramount character traits and ultimately seal his fate, still insists on Keitel, who is there to save them, saying please.

In much the same way, Senate Republicans are demanding that Ted Cruz apologize before they allow him to save them from Donald Trump. Our government is run by a bunch of Vincent Vega's. They know that Ted Cruz is the only one who can stop Trump but still, they can't help themselves. Pride and idiocy makes them do prideful and idioting things.

Hot Air:

Republican senators said that Cruz must return to Capitol Hill and make the case directly to his colleagues to help ease long-festering tensions. And a large number of Republicans said the fence-mending starts with this: Apologizing to McConnell for calling him a liar last year on the floor of the Senate.

That message — to smooth things over with Senate Republicans in a private session — was personally delivered by fellow Texan and McConnell’s chief deputy, Sen. John Cornyn, who spoke with Cruz by phone after the candidate won their home state’s primary earlier this month.

“I actually made that suggestion to him when I talked to him last,” Cornyn said when asked if he thought Cruz should apologize for his McConnell remarks. (A spokesman later said that Cornyn did not seek an apology but urged Cruz to speak directly to the Senate GOP Conference.)

Others had similar suggestions for Cruz.

“I think he’s got some bridges to build here,” said Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican. “I think it would be helpful obviously for him — if he thinks he is going to be the guy or wants to be the guy — to come back here to mend some of those fences that he tore down when he was here.”
If he wants to save us, he'd better grovel to us.

Say, how did Vega end up at the end of the movie:

Oh yeah.

*subhead*Middle school.*subhead*

Vid: Michelle Malkin Says Drudge Report Anti-Christian

My goodness, how the right is coming apart. Michelle Malkin is 100 percent right here. Drudge's huge headline about a Christian pastor laying hands on Ted Cruz and asking for a blessing was meant to make him look like a wacko.

I personally don't see how the GOP comes together after this debacle. I just don't mean this particular debacle. I mean all the debacles together which comprise quite a nice sized calamity


House Unanimously Declares ISIS Violence Against Christians "Genocide"

This is big news. The pressure builds on the White House and Secretary of State to remove their heads from...the sand. (C'mon, what did you think I was gonna' say?)
Fox News:

The House approved a resolution Monday that declares the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East -- putting even more pressure on the Obama administration to do the same ahead of a deadline later this week.

The resolution passed the House with a unanimous vote of 383-0.

The resolution came to a vote just days after the release of a graphic new report by the Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians on ISIS' atrocities. The report made the case that the terror campaign against Christians and other minorities in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East is, in fact, genocide.
They have two days to declare it genocide. It's not even a question that it is. It's just the Obama administration doesn't want to admit it. If they fail in this, history will not treat them well.

Keep praying.


Non-Genocidal Radical Muslim Kills Christians. Again.

Update: title fixed because...dumb.

Please remember, this is not a genocide. I repeat not a genocide.

Radical Muslim terrorists killed at least 16 people at an Ivory Coast beach resort Sunday.

CNS News:

Some witnesses said the assailants fired at random, while others said the killing was more targeted. Witness Marcel Guy said that gunmen raced across the beach in small groups, toting Kalashnikov rifles and hunting for victims.

One gunman, who had a long beard, approached two children on the beach and Guy said he heard the man speaking Arabic. One of the children then knelt and started praying. He was spared, while the other boy was not.

"The Christian boy was shot and killed right in front of my eyes," Guy said.
Please pray.

Christians all around the globe are living in fear while the rest of the globe ignores their plight.


Dr. Carson Endorses Trump Because Trump's a Liar

Being a man of strong ethics, Dr. Ben Carson eschewed the dirty politics of Ted Cruz, but endorsed Donald Trump precisely because he is a liar.

I'm not kidding.

Please remember, Dr. Carson essentially became a political enemy of Ted Cruz by accusing him of “lies and dirty tricks” after Cruz's campaign manager retweeted a CNN story.

But, Carson, whom I've always respected, just announced that he's supporting Donald Trump because Trump's a liar. Mind you, he's referring to Trump lying to the American people as a feature, not a bug.

The Hill:

“I needed to know that he could listen to other people, that he could change his opinions, and that some of the more outlandish things that he’s said, that he didn’t really believe those things,” Carson said.

When asked which statements Trump might back away from, Carson demurred.

“I’ll let him talk about that because I don’t think it’s fair for me to relay a private conversation,” he said.
I love how, in this wacky political season, one politician calls another politician a liar. And he's complimenting him.

The news here is not that Trump is a liar. That's a given. It's just news to me that Ben Carson is ok with it.


Oldest Living Man, Auschwitz Survivor Has Some Words of Wisdom for You

Profound words.

Hey, when the world's oldest man, who is a survivor of Auschwitz, has something to say, it's time to look up from your Kindle, put down the phone, shake off your earbuds and listen for a moment.

Born in Poland, near the town of Zarnow on 15 September, 1903 to parents Moszek-Dawid and Brucha Krystztal, Mr Kristal has lived through both World Wars and survived Nazi war camp Auschwitz in the 1940s before relocating to Israel.
Kristal claims the title at the age of 112 years and 178 days as of 11 March 2016, and was awarded his certificate at his home in Haifa, by Guinness World Records' Head of Records Marco Frigatti.

Upon being confirmed as the world's Oldest living man and receiving his Guinness World Records certificate, Mr Kristal said: "I don't know the secret for long life. I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why. There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost."
His words feel Tolkienesque, if you know what I mean.

HT Guinness

HT Bookworm Room


Summorum Pontificum: Lifeline, or Anchor?

Over at the Remnant, I discuss the good and the bad of Summorum Pontificum. I am very much interested in your thoughts. Please give it a read.

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Priest Waves Bloody Shirt, Begs U.S. to Label Anti-Christian Violence "Genocide"

Father Douglass Bazi, a Chaldean Catholic priest in Iraq, held up a bloody shirt at the National Press Club this week while begging the U.S. State department to recognize ISIS' targeting of Christians in Iraq and Syria as officially genocide.

“I’m begging here--begging people of America to recognize it as a genocide," said the Iraqi born priest, according to CNS News. “They call my church the church of martyrs or the church of blood.”

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Some Random Thoughts about Politics

Just some random observations and thoughts about politics.

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Some people say that Rubio supporters are like Trump supporters in their intransigence and denial of basic facts. I don't think so. Trump supporters are their own thing. But why are so many Rubio supporters unable to see the writing on the wall and support Cruz? Honestly, you can talk policy til you are blue. It isn't about policy. There is a certain percentage of people who get it in their heads who is "electable" and who isn't. Rubio has many outward attributes that are very attractive and they decided early on he is electable. No reason, policy, or argument can be deployed to dissuade them from their emotive conclusions. Generally, these people care little for actual principle and policy detail, they just magically "know" who can win. Ya know, like Romney.

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Gov. Kasich last night exuded that smug sense of calm superiority that only the unprincipled can perfect. He is everything wrong with GOP. I learned one thing last night. I wouldn't vote for Kasich to be the 4th selectman in a village with only 3 selectmen.

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Religion, politics, and running are the 3 things about which everyone thinks they know everything there is to know without even spending 5 minutes studying them. Alas and alack, these are the 3 things that occupy most of my free time.

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I will be accepting apologies in the comment box below from all those who insisted 3 weeks ago that Ben Carson was the only principled alternative to Donald Trump. That didn't work out so well for you, did it?

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My main takeaway from last night's debate: It is shocking how ill-equipped Trump is to be President.

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Comments are welcome, but don't be a jerk or annoying, or both.

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Oy With the Busywork Homework Already

I saw that Time Magazine ran a piece by Heather Shumaker, essentially positing that kids, especially little kids, are being assigned too much homework.

I'm not against homework. But I am against busy work. Far too often I see assignments coming home that have very little benefit for my children. It's just poorly thought out time wasters. People wonder why childhood obesity is a problem nowadays. Maybe it's too much homework.

And there's evidence that all that homework for the little one's isn't all that effective:

Time Mag:

We’re currently enmeshed in a high-pressure approach to learning that starts with homework being assigned in kindergarten and even preschool. Homework dominates after-school time in many households and has been dubbed the 21st century’s “new family dinner.” Overtired children complain and collapse. Exasperated parents cajole and nag. These family fights often ends in tears, threats, and parents secretly finishing their kid’s homework.

Parents put up with these nightly battles because they want what’s best for their kids. But, surprise, the opposite is more likely to be true. A comprehensive review of 180 research studies by Duke University psychologist and neuroscientist Harris Cooper shows homework’s benefits are highly age dependent: high schoolers benefit if the work is under two hours a night, middle schoolers receive a tiny academic boost, and elementary-aged kids? It’s better to wait.

If you examine the research—not one study, but the full sweep of homework research—it’s clear that homework does have an impact, but it’s not always a good one. Homework given too young increases negative attitudes toward school. That’s bad news, especially for a kindergartener facing 12 more years of assignments.
Another thing I've noticed is that with some of my kids clearly don't know the stuff they're being assigned to do at home and I'm hopping online to teach to learn the concepts to teach them what they're clearly not learning in school. So sometimes I think teachers are assigning homework to make up for their deficiencies in the classroom.

I'm not hating on teachers. Many good ones out there doing a job that I just don't have the patience for. But over two hours of homework for my little ones is a bit much.

Just a rant. Sorry.


Polygamists Follow the Game Plan

So you've got nice looking people with children holding signs that say things like "Families, not felons" and "My Dad is not a Criminal." Polygamists are acting like victims.

This is the same game plan that was used to legalize gay marriage.


It has been banned since the state was a territory, but the law often had a don't-ask-don't-tell quality about it. If you're an otherwise law-abiding man married to multiple women (and that's almost always the gender ratio), the state would mostly leave you alone. The ban was most often called into effect when officials prosecuted members of a controversial religious sect that engages in polygamy with underage girls.

But reality TV may have changed all that. In 2010, TLC's cameras sought to humanize a family of polygamists in their hit show "Sister Wives." The show's characters -- and its success -- threw the ban's future up in the air. It has has spent the past few years being litigated in court, and as a result, this week Utah's Republican-controlled state legislature is trying to reinstate it.

That's causing some controversy among polygamists. Nearly 150 of them and their supporters came out of the shadows this week and onto the steps of the state capitol to protest the law. Many argued that Utah is trampling on their civil liberties and trying to demonize their religious and life choices.
I love how they say they're stepping out of the shadows. That's verbiage right out of the playbook the left has used to normalize illegal immigration.

The gameplan:
1) Call yourself victims
2) Label opponents "haters"
3) Watch media eviscerate opponents.
4) Watch opponents flee.
5) Win.
6) Repeat

Hey, remember when folks argued that if you legalize gay marriage, polygamy was next. It was mockingly called "the slippery slope" argument. The thud you just heard was the bottom of that slope.

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Ted Cruz too Jesus-y?

"You know me Matt, I go to Church on Sunday, but I think Ted Cruz is way to Jesus-y for America today."

That's what someone told me yesterday. They said this as a way of explaining that they weren't supporting Ted Cruz and were actually supporting Trump because they didn't think Cruz could win. You see, they weren't saying that they minded Cruz wearing his religion on his sleeve, it's just that they thought other people would.

Look, I understand. Whenever Cruz is talking and he goes on for anything over eight seconds about his faith, I start wondering if he's losing people. I do. Don't go full Tebow, you know. But it seems to me that my neighbor's view if sort of a self fulfilling prophecy.

But here's the thing, we're not called to be political prognosticators. We're called to be Christians and that should inform everything we do, including electing leaders. We have to stop worrying that this candidate is talking too much about his faith because others might not appreciate it.

Because that's how we end up being comfortable with candidates who only give drive-by references to their faith like it's a box they have to check now and again. Like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

In these times when the persecution of Christianity is increasing and religious liberty is all but disappearing, having candidates willing to get all Jesus-y are in short supply. We should applaud them, not cringe at the mention of Christ.


Oh Noooo. Biden To Be Honored by Notre Dame

This is really not good.

Notre Dame has announced that it will grant its highest honor for Catholics, the Laetare Medal, to pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden.

Please allow me to bring you a story about Biden. It's written by Paul Kengor at The Center for Vision and Values. It's horrifying:

Is he pro-life or pro-choice? That was the giant unknown hanging in the balance one day in 1990 as President George H. W. Bush nominated a mystery man named David Souter for a Supreme Court seat. Both sides of the abortion issue badly wanted answers.

I remember those debates, and especially the uncertainty. America got its answer in 1992 in Casey v. Planned Parenthood, a seminal decision bearing the name of Pennsylvania’s pro-life Democrat governor. In that landmark case, Justice David Souter was the decisive swing vote in the narrow 5-4 majority, enshrining Roe v. Wade as law of the land. Among those most euphoric over Souter’s vote were two liberal Senators from opposing parties: Senator Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Senator Warren Rudman (R-N.H.). Rudman had pushed the Souter nomination. He ensured liberal colleagues that Souter was their guy.

Rudman, a pro-choice Republican, had been Souter’s boss at the New Hampshire office of attorney general. He privately concluded that Souter would not vote against Roe. Rudman’s reasons, which he acknowledged only after he left the Senate, ranged from the legal to humanitarian: Given that Souter was “a compassionate human being,” averred Rudman, he would naturally support continued legalization of abortion—which has produced the deaths of over 40 million unborn babies since 1973. But Rudman’s allies on the Democratic side weren’t so sure. And Rudman had to walk a fine line, since his pro-life president wanted a pro-life justice. So, Rudman quietly sought to assuage liberals. He urged them to trust him. That silent trust was critical, since Souter’s position on abortion had to be dealt with stealthily. In fact, it was handled so delicately that the nominee’s true thinking was apparently unknown even to the White House.

Alas, with Casey v. Planned Parenthood, America had its answer, as Souter authorized the sanctity of Roe v. Wade.

As fate would have it, on that same day Senator Rudman and Senator Joe Biden bumped into each other at the train station, not in Washington, DC but in Wilmington, Delaware. “At first, I didn’t see Joe; then I spotted him waving at me from far down the platform,” Rudman later recorded in his memoirs, Combat: Twelve Years in the U.S. Senate.

“Joe had agonized over his vote for David, and I knew how thrilled he must be. We started running through the crowd toward each other, and when we met, we embraced, laughing and crying.” An ecstatic Biden wept tears of joy, telling Rudman over and over: “You were right about him [Souter]! … You were right!” The two men were so jubilant, so giddy—practically dancing—that Rudman said onlookers thought they were crazy: “[B]ut we just kept laughing and yelling and hugging each other because sometimes, there are happy endings.”
Not so much a happy ending for millions of unborn children but hey, Joe Biden danced when abortion was kept legal. He danced.

So Joe Biden can say he's personally pro-life all he wants but doesn't want to impose his views. No. You can't say that when you danced.

I'm sick over this. Just sick.

You can read more about this travesty at The Cardinal Newman Society.


When the Last Christian is Killed in the Middle East, Will it be Called Genocide?

When the last Christian in the Muslim dominated Middle East is put to the sword by ISIS, will the mass slaughter then be labeled "genocide?"

As of now, the Obama administration is still mind-bogglingly refusing to label the anti-Christian violence "genocide."

Pope Francis confirmed last year that “a form of genocide is taking place” against Christians in the Middle East. The European Parliament passed a resolution labeling ISIS’s slaughtering of religious minorities as “genocide” in the Middle East. Hillary Clinton herself has called ISIS's killing of Christians a "genocide." But Obama refuses. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest explained that the legal definition of genocide "that has, at this point, not been reached."

So the question is why?

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26 Documents Pending

My daughter asked me to proof read a Chemistry assignment and print it out while she went to bed. Glad to do it. So I read it and then translated it into English as best I could. (I'm kidding. Kinda'.)

So I hook up the computer to the old printer which I'm convinced works only because a colony of gerbils have infested it and using a chisel and ink, inscribe my children's papers. So just as I press print the printer whirrs to life and I hear it printing. OK. I go watch the rest of "Better Call Saul" and when the next commercial comes on I hear the printer still printing. I walk out just as the last sheet of paper gets sucked in. I scramble for more paper but can't find any.

And then I look at all the pages it's already printed and I see about 18 pages of the same tyrannosaurus waiting to be colored in. Obviously, my son really wanted this printed out and thought that pressing "print" over and over would do it. I canceled 8 more documents pending which we're all the same T-Rex.

So the good news is that we now have enough T-rex's to wallpaper the boy's room. The bad news is that I now have to run to Wal-Mart to pick up paper so I can print out my daughter's Chemistry assignment.

I love my son but I really hate dinosaurs.


Pope Mourns Nuns Murdered in Yemen

This is heartbreaking.

Oddly, the media love to report everything the pope says except when it's calling out the world for indifference to violence against Christians.

CNS News:

Pope Francis said Sunday that four nuns from the Missionaries of Charity were who were murdered in war-torn Yemen on Friday were victims not just of their killers but also of global “indifference.”

Delivering his weekly Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square, the pope said the slain nuns, who belonged to the order founded by the late Mother Theresa, had given their lives for the church.

The pontiff said he was praying for them, and for others killed in Friday’s attack on a home for the elderly in the southern port of Aden, and for their families.

“These are today’s martyrs,” he said. “They are not on the front pages of the newspapers – they are not news. They give their blood for the church.”

Pope Francis asked Mother Teresa to accompany her “martyr daughters of charity” in paradise.

The gunmen also killed others and destroyed statues and crucifixes. I say this just because there are people out there who would willfully misinterpret the violence in order to continue supporting their indifference.

There is also a priest missing so keep Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian Salesian priest, in your prayers. He had been staying there because his Church was burned down a year ago.

But nothing to see here.


Pastor Who Prayed with Ted Cruz Shot 6 Times

Could you just imagine for a moment the speculation that would be occurring in our beloved mainstream media if some minister appeared with Hillary Clinton and was shot the following day?

Well, an Idaho pastor was shot the day after praying with Ted Cruz but it's not being speculated about in any major way by the media. It's really not getting much play at all. And I'm not saying this is necessarily a bad thing. Until the police catch the shooter, who is still on the run, and ascertain a motive it's best just to stick to the facts.

But could you just imagine...


On Saturday, pastor Tim Remington put his arm around Ted Cruz and then delivered a rousing invocation at a campaign rally in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Now Remington is on the receiving end of prayers after being shot in the skull and back after his Sunday sermon.

Early Monday morning, authorities identified a suspect in the unholy shooting: a 30-year-old local man and former Marine named Kyle Andrew Odom.

As authorities launched a manhunt for Odom, questions remained over a possible motive, particularly whether the shooting was in any way related to Remington’s appearance with Cruz roughly 24 hours earlier.
Say a prayer for Remington who has somehow survived this terrible incident.

The guy, who is married with four kids, seems to have really committed his life to helping those struggling with drug ad alcohol issues.


Celebrity Scientist/Agnostic Says Jesus Would Vote for...

For an agnostic, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a lot to say about Jesus.

Tyson, who is widely claimed by atheists as one of their own, always calls himself an agnostic. But the other day, he took it upon himself to teach us who Jesus would vote for on twitter. Because, you know, if you're looking for theological accuracy you should be on Twitter. Id' bet it likely was right in line with who Tyson would vote for.

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Science Equates Chimps Throwing Rocks Nonsensically with Religious People

So scientists have discovered that sometimes chimps do stupid things that make no sense. And they are therefore equating this with humans who do stupid things that make no sense - like believe in God and act all religiousy and stuff.

The Independent:

New footage shows chimpanzees engaging in bizarre behaviour — which might be a form of sacred ritual that could show the beginnings of a kind of religious belief.

Chimpanzees in West Africa have been spotted banging and throwing rocks against trees and throwing them into gaps inside, leading to piles of rocks. Those rocks do not appear to be for any functional purpose — and might be an example of an early version of ritual behaviour.

The discovery might help researchers learn more about the basis of human religion and rituals, and how such activities formed in our own history.
Bizarre behavior. I mean, from the scientists.

You've got to love how these weirdoes need to search for an explanation for religious people. They view the religious as so "bizarre" and then see corollaries in the activities of chimps. The interesting thing is that they're acting like chimps themselves, striving to be alphas and looking down their nose at others. And because they're scientists you just know there's no alphas there. Let's just say high school wasn't a fun time for them so they're exacting their revenge.

And let's posit for a moment that perhaps this strange rock throwing and piling business does seem to suggest some belief in God by the chimps. Then that would just make the chimps smarter than the scientist.


This is What GOP Politics Has Come To. Small Hands Means What?

I remember when I was a kid, my teacher used to offer extra credit to anyone who watched the presidential debate. I can't even have my kids watch the presidential debate anymore.

This is sickening. Americans must ask themselves if we really want a president who's talking about the size of his penis on national television?


If ABC Wants a Real Catholic Sitcom, Watch "That Darn Domestic Church."

So ABC created a one joke wonder, the unlaughable “Real O’Neals,” to let everyone yuck it up about those crazy Catholics. Except the show is anything but Catholic, and even more sinful, it’s not funny. Family life and the foibles of trying to live a faith are ripe for humor, or would be in the hands of someone who wanted to laugh with, rather than at the people depicted in this tiresome, tacky charm free show. Serving these microwaved leftover stereotypes as entertainment, I have to wonder, have they ever met any practicing Catholics or any real families for that matter?

But, in the spirit of fraternal love, and in this year of Mercy, I have a solution for ABC. Yes, I’ve taken it upon myself to write up twelve episodes of That Darn Domestic Church. The incidents described in these 10 episodes in no way are reflective of anything that has ever taken place in my own personal life ever.

Episode 1: Friday Lenten Nights. After Cheese Pizza, Homemade Mac and Cheese, and Pancakes, Mom and Dad opt for the local K of C Fish Fry...but they arrive too late and so it's drive thru Fish Filet for everyone. Commentary on whether fasting or eating is more penance ensues.

Episode 2: Grade School Uniform Free day. The terror of the children coming down the stairs in their own creations...and the mom who must keep her mouth shut. Even better, it’s picture day.

Episode 3: Modestly Promposals Finding a dress for prom that Mom and daughter won't hate is harder than either thought. When the daughter sets herself on a gown that isn’t appropriate and won’t listen to Mom’s reasons, Mom puts on the gown herself to prove the point. It isn’t pretty.

Episode 4: The Quest for Advent Candles. Finding three purple and one pink is harder than you think. When the local place she always gets them from, closed, Mom resorts to temper paint and white candles to get the job done. Meanwhile, Dad is in charge of the Christmas pageant. Navigating the ins and outs of adolescents angry over being cast as the sheep and the angels may require a miracle.

Episode 5: Volunteeritis. When the kids start their service projects, it’s the parents that wind up being stretched too thin. When Dad finds himself needing to gain the grace of bilocation to manage everyone, it’s time for a family meeting and a change of plans.

Episode 6: Lock Out. Mom goes on a scrupulosity spree, changing the wi-fi, cable, iphone and kindle code words in an attempt to get her family to communicate with each other. She wrote the passwords down and mailed them to their house. The weekend will be spent actually with each other, but it starts out rough, because everyone is mad at Mom.

Episode 7: Petitions. The kids learn a new way to pray the rosary, with petitions, which after initial promising and well intentioned attempts degrades in some cases into lobbying God and the family via public prayer. “Can we get milkshakes?” “Can I go to this movie on Friday?” “Can we get a puppy?” When the kids invoke the intercession of Saint Francis of Assisi and a stray dog shows up on the doorstep, the parents have to decide, will the answer to this prayer, be yes?

Episode 8: Saint Anthony on Speed dial. A series of near disasters averted by the timely finding of key things…like shoes, purse, keys…a paper…lead the kids to suspect, either Mom has a super power (finding stuff) or Mom’s hiding things on purpose. It’s neither, and the kids learn, the Saints are real, and they’re friends worth knowing.

Episode 9: You Must Be Catholic. Expecting a sixth child, mom and dad must endure the slew of “You must not know how this works…” and work on coming up with the right response in such circumstances while the kids argue over who will have to share more room in their rooms.

Episode 10: Get me to the Church on Time. A series of mishaps over the course of weeks with respect to making it leads to the family devising all sorts of methods to get everyone into the car and to Saint Joseph’s on time for mass including a bet with the neighbors who also attend the same parish.

I’ll be waiting by the phone for a call from my agent.

(This post was written by the great Sherry Antonetti who blogs at Chocolate for Your Brain.)


Well That Didn't Take Long. Planned Parenthood Hearings Compared to Witch Trials


The Republican controlled House is holding hearings on Planned Parenthood so, of course, Dems are talking about the Salem Witch trials.

“I feel like I’m a time traveler to the Salem Witch Trials,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D -Dumb). “Unfortunately, this time, those being burned at the stake are our scientists, who hold future medical breakthroughs in their hands. They are joined by brave women’s healthcare workers who are simply trying to care for their patients.”
Not giving millions to Planned Parenthood is now akin to burning people as witches? Huh?

And oh yeah, Joseph McCarthy was mentioned as well.

You've got to love these folks. They've got one playbook and just keep running the same play over and over. Sadly, for decades it worked. But if the GOP can just get out of their own way and get a Republican president then Planned Parenthood will likely be defunded.

I just wish some Republican would ask someone, "Are you or have your ever been an employee of Planned Parenthood?" Dems would completely lose it. It'd be kinda' fun. What? I don't get out much.


Shock. New Sitcom Based on Unfunny and Anti-Catholic writer is Anti-Catholic and Unfunny

Yeah, that new show the Real O'Neals is about as unfunny and anti-Catholic as you probably expected. Can you believe it?

So, according to theNew York Post, there's a picture of the Virgin Mary above the toilet and the Catholic mother serves Jesus shaped pancakes to her three very disturbed children. You see, that's supposed to be funny.

And then you get the sidesplitting humor concerning one son's bout with anorexia. Because nothing says funny like anorexia, right? Another son comes out as gay and the girl is stealing from the collection plate. Oh, and the parents are getting a divorce.

The Post called it a "witless collection of offensive anti-Catholic clichés" and says "if “The Real O’Neals” went to confession, a thousand Hail Marys wouldn’t be penance enough."

Dan Savage, who serves as the show's co-creator and whose life is an inspiration for the show has a looooooooong history of anti-Catholicism. According to The Catholic League, when Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement, Savage wrote: “That Motherf***ing Power-Hungry, Self-Aggrandized Bigot In the Stupid F***ing Hat Announces His Retirement.”

I expect in a few weeks, I'll be able to write "Very Confused, Talentless, Power-hungry, Self Aggrandizing bigot's show in cancelled."


Breaking: Cecile Richards to Speak at Jesuit University

This from the ever-vigilant Cardinal Newman Society.

The Lecture Fund at Georgetown University is planning to host Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards on campus this April, The Cardinal Newman Society has learned.

“This is the latest in a long history of scandal at Georgetown University,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “Disguised as an academic event, this is nothing more than a platform for abortion advocacy at a Catholic university and under the nose of the Catholic bishops, featuring a wicked woman who defends the sale of baby body parts and is responsible for the deaths of millions of aborted children.”

The student chairperson of the Lecture Fund confirmed via an email to the Newman Society that Richards will speak at Georgetown in April, but said a final decision has yet to be made on the exact date and speaking topic. The format is also still being decided, but the Lecture Fund is planning a 30 minute question and answer session as part of the event. However, the event will not be open to the public. Only invited guests and media, and those with a Georgetown University identification card will be allowed to attend.

The Lecture Fund “is a non-partisan student-run organization that exists to enrich the academic experience of the Georgetown community. The Lecture Fund strives to bring speakers to Georgetown’s campus to enlighten, educate and, occasionally, entertain.”
Enlighten, educate and enrich. Oh, and don't forget entertain. Because nothing is more enlightening, educational, enriching and oh yeah entertaining than some grizzled peroxided fleabag reciting euphemisms for tearing babies apart for money.

This is especially sickening in that Republicans have finally made a realistic push to defund the abortion giant and now a Catholic university (yeah, I use that term loosely) is hosting Cecile Richards so as to run cover for the murder machine.

You can read more at The Cardinal Newman Society.

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That's Not What the Pope Said. Round 3,749

Here's the headline:

'We don't want your dirty money', pope tells rich patrons
Except that's not what he said.

Here's the actual story in which he is quoted as saying a number of things including reportedly:

"I think of some benefactors of the Church that say 'take this offer for the Church', and it is profit from the blood of those abused, treated as slaves, workers with poorly paid jobs," he told the faithful on Saint Peter's Square.

"I say to these people: 'Please, take back your cheque, burn it'. The people of God, the Church, does not need dirty money," he said at the end of his weekly general audience at the Vatican.

The Argentine has repeatedly denounced those who profit from slavery, corruption or exploitation, including several heated attacks on the mafia, from Italy to Mexico.
So what the pope said is not a blanket condemnation of "rich patrons" as some in the media would have you believe.

Fox News Latino had a more responsible headline:
Pope Francis to church benefactors: We don't want your money if it's dirty
Look, Pope Francis says some things that make me cringe a little bit (or a lot of bit) but I can't stand when the media twists his words to fit their own agenda. They do this all the time.

I mean, c'mon media, at least wait until Pope Francis says something outrageous. You don't have to force it. It'll happen.

The Self Fulfilling Prophecy of a Brokered Convention

All this talk of a so-called brokered convention may, I think, be enticing all the candidates -even those with zero chance of winning the nomination- to stay in the race all the way.

It appears that no candidate in the Republican field will reach the magic number (1,237) in order to secure the nomination.

Let's face it, Kasich isn't going to win the votes to win nationally but as the Governor of Ohio, a must-win state for any GOP ticket, he has a chip in the game at the convention. First, he must win his home state. If he does that, he might just stay in until the convention in the hopes of getting a veep nod.

And Rubio, who is the establishment favorite, probably sees a brokered convention as his big opportunity so he'll stay in. Somehow, after he loses his home state of Florida, he'll deliver a victory speech for his amazing second place finish and call for Ted Cruz to get out of the race.

Cruz is the guy who has very very very limited chances to win a brokered convention...mostly because everyone in the establishment hates his guts. So I think his only path to the nomination is if these other candidates bow out gracefully and their supporters get behind him as the anti-Trump candidate. But the promise of a so-called brokered convention might just keep them all in it and make a brokered convention a reality.


Lindsey Graham: Hey, Maybe We Have to Rally Around Cruz.

Whoa. That's a seismic shift.

Ted Cruz won two states last night and dozens of delegates. But perhaps even more importantly, there's a thaw in the icy relations he has with other GOP Senators.

Lindsey Graham was on CBS just now and said "we may be in a position where we have to rally around Ted Cruz."

Cruz should be on the phone with him RIGHT NOW. And unfortunately, he may have to let Graham actually speak at such a press conference. But please make it short. Then tell him to get on his plane and go home.

Update: It looks like Rubio will win Minnesota so expect him to be saying he's a winner and everyone else should get out and coalesce behind him in order to defeat Trump.


The Liberal Establishment Gave us Trump

Everyone's always saying that the GOP establishment is responsible for Trump's popularity. There's truth to that. By completely ignoring so many of its own voters, discontentment grew.

But for decades, liberals have been in charge of the media and the classrooms. All of it. From Pre-k to PhD. It's theirs. Conservatives have essentially ceded that ground. I don't know if it was a plot by liberals to do so but in any case, they're responsible for education of the youth and information for all. And they've dumbed us down.

C'mon, we've all seen those man on the street interviews where people don't know the first thing about American history. Not the first thing, other than George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners. My own daughter at a Catholic school was required to read a story about Jefferson's illegitimate daughter from a mother who was a slave. But they were never required to read the Declaration of Independence. That tells you all you need to know, doesn't it?

So we're all dumb. Pretty much all anyway. But definitely me. This, I believe, has helped the party willing to speak dumb more fluently. Barack Obama's Hope and Change campaign was advertising for the dumb. And he won. Poor Mitt Romney was up there talking about tax breaks and free market and Obama's telling us he'll control the levels of the oceans! Guess who wins, the bigger liar.

But now Donald Trump has come along and out-dumbed even the Dems. He's out-lying them too. He's gone full lowest common denominator on us and is prospering. Kudos to him. But our destruction is upon us. And I'm not even blaming Trump. It's us. We elected Obama. Twice! And now we may elect either Trump or Hillary Clinton who would be indicted if we had a more well informed populace. But we don't. So...doom.

The moment secular liberals took over the media and schools, it was done. Now we're just seeing the consequences.

I guess I'm in a mood.


Newspaper Labels Clarence Thomas "It"

The Daily Mail refers to Clarence Thomas as "it." Their headline:

IT SPEAKS! Justice Clarence Thomas asks a question in court for the first time in 10 YEARS in gun case

Can you just imagine if a conservative organization de-humanized an African-American liberal?

The thing is, I don't think they did this just because he's black. They're doing this because he's a black conservative Christian. And that's not allowed so therefore he's fair game for dehumanization. He is the "other."

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