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It's Always the Dumb Majors

Whenever you read about something truly stupid or outrageous being said or done on a college campus, you know some student with a major like "gender studies" or "sociology" is involved.

You never hear "The Accountants Club on campus set fire to..." or finance majors yelling about the "heteronormative hierarchy." They're too busy memorizing actual terms to make up terms like "heteropatriarchy."





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FBI Nabs Two Bank Robbers Dressed as Nuns

Headline: FBI nabs 2 women suspected of trying to rob a bank dressed as nuns.

Me: Hmmm. How could they tell? Pantsuits? Or yoga mats?



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A Catholic Education Report Card

Catholic education leaders cheer HHS mandate revision
U.S. bishops and Catholic education leaders cheered the Trump administration’s newly announced religious and moral exemptions to the HHS contraceptive mandate.
“We welcome the news that this particular threat to religious freedom has been lifted,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chair of the U.S. bishops’ religious liberty committee, said in a statement.
Franciscan University of Steubenville’s president welcomed changes to the mandate, saying that the Newman Guide college is, “grateful that our constitutional right to free exercise of religion has been restored.”
Franciscan was among the first 42 Catholic organizations from around the country to join in filing lawsuits challenging the HHS contraception mandate in May 2012.
“The government has recognized that Franciscan University has the freedom to provide a health plan that does not violate its core religious beliefs as a Catholic institution,” Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, said in a statement. “We see the rule as a hopeful step toward restoring the constitutionally protected religious and moral freedoms of Catholics and all Americans.”

Father John Jenkins, CSC, president of the University of Notre Dame, released a brief statement supporting the new exemptions despite the university’s compliance with the mandate. By complying, Notre Dame disregarded the U.S. bishops’ pleas to Catholic organizations to refuse to provide employee health insurance that covers artificial contraception and sterilization.

“We welcome this reversal and applaud the attorney general’s statement that ‘except in the narrowest circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law,’” Fr. Jenkins said.

No word yet from the university on reversing its decision to comply with the mandate.

Senate committee advances Catholic professor’s nomination
In a party line vote, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move the judicial nomination of University of Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett to the full Senate.
Barrett’s nomination process became national news when committee Democrats questioned her about her Catholic faith. Senator Diane Feinstein infamously said she was concerned that Catholic “dogma lives loudly” within Barrett.
Prior to the vote, Republicans criticized Democrats for essentially attempting to impose a religious test (or more accurately a non-religious test) on judicial nominees.

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Notice to Parents: Little Kids Don't Remember Anything!

A new parent asked me for advice. I told him that parenting five children has taught me exactly one nugget of wisdom - dont take your little kids on expensive trips because they won't remember them. I mean, nothing. They won't remember the car you drove there. They won't remember the pool they loved. They won't remember the fact that you waited in line for 17 hours to meet a costumed character so they could experience one moment of underwhelming sorta' confused happiness.

In fact, my advice to parents is don't do much of anything until they get a phone because then they'll be able to take pictures or call child services so you'll be forced to be a good parent then.


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Pope Invites Prisoners to Lunch, And Promptly Escape

I've always said that Catholicism sets you free.


Catholic World Report
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They were supposed to be having lunch with Pope Francis.

During his Oct. 1 trip to Bologna, the Holy Father was scheduled to dine with 20 prisoners from a local drug rehabilitation facility, along with refugees and the poor of the area, during a “Lunch of Solidarity” at San Petronio Basilica.

Instead, two of the Italian prisoners shirked their invitation for what they saw as a prime opportunity for escape.

According to Bologna newspaper Il Resto del Carlino, the prisoners escaped sometime during the hour, though it is unclear whether they first ate lunch.
They have yet to be found.


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Hollywood's Booming Gongs and Clashing Cymbals

It's time for Hollywood to listen rather than lecture.

Harvey Weinstein is a problem. But he's not THE problem. It goes far deeper. We all know that Harvey Weinstein is a symptom of a diseased culture.

I enjoy going to the movies but I've noticed something disturbing in recent years. It's hit me a few times when I'm watching a movie that the people who made the film don't actually like people. You can see it in the way they portray suburban life as if it's something merely to be mocked. You can see it in the way the movies depict businessmen and women as if they're always up to something nefarious. You can see it in the casual way pedestrians are crushed or killed by an explosion while the caped protagonist battles the supervillain. Sometimes those deaths are even played for laughs as if the death were retribution for being an extra, a normal person.

It hit me that Hollywood is angry. I think I'm understanding why.

The men in charge in Hollywood use and abuse women. The men view the women as objects and the women see men as oppressors and potential assaulters. And to at least some extent, these are the people creating our cultural conversation.

Is it any wonder that people in Hollywood believe that all businesses require a drastic increase in oversight and regulation? Is it a shock that many in Hollywood talk about the #waronwomen? or #rapeculture? Is it a surprise that they talk about the women's movement like it's still the 1940's? Maybe that's because in Hollywood nothing much has changed since then. They thought they were describing the country but in reality it was a call for help from Hollywood.

Maybe it's time that Hollywood caught up to the rest of the country. Maybe these cultural elites should listen to us normals for a little while.

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Don't Mock Conspiracy Theories About Vegas

I just want to elicit a promise from everyone right now that we will not mock conspiracy theorists about the Las Vegas shooting. We have been fed timelines that are nonsensical and conflicting. There have been corrections and revisions and finally, it seems, a shrug and a sighed "we may never know."

Well, "we may never know" isn't good enough.

The news media have moved on, leaving giant blank spaces for us to fill in like a gruesome Mad Libs. It should come as no surprise that people will attempt to make sense out of the nonsense we've been fed. I don't blame them.

We no longer trust those who are "in charge." We don't trust them because we know they don't trust us. There's certain information that we are not trusted with. That's why certain killings were called "workplace violence" even though we all knew exactly what had occurred was terrorism. They thought the truth would inflame us so they said it was something other than we knew it was. That kind of obvious deceit creates a divide. We no longer look at the person standing at the podium for truth because we know they're lying to us and what's worse is that they're not even lying well.

And most us would laugh at the suggestion that we look to a media which clearly prizes "the narrative" over facts. I think that, at this point, people feel they're being played and when faced with either a cover up in Las Vegas or just incompetence, they're going to look to fill in the facts themselves.

So, what we're left with us many people essentially crowdsourcing this. We have people all over the internet with shreds of information trying to pull it all together into something that makes sense. I, for one, won't mock this. I think it's probably necessary and I commend those who take it seriously.




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Hillary Compares Russian Election Games to 9/11. Yeah. 9/11.

Hillary Clinton called Russian interference in the 2016 election a “cyber 9/11” on Sunday.

So thousands of people's deaths as compared with one demented woman's dream of becoming president dashed. Yeah, I see the similarities.


Weasel Zippers
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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called Russian interference in the 2016 election a “cyber 9/11” on Sunday.

“I think there a lot more connections that have yet to come to light,” Clinton told a London audience. Clinton added that if she had been elected, she “would have called for an independent commission to get to the bottom of it.”

“We had really well-respected security, intelligence veterans saying this was a ‘cyber 9/11′ in the sense it was a direct attack on our institutions,” Clinton said, according to BuzzFeed. “That may sound dramatic, but we know that they probed and tried to intrude into election systems, not just the social media propaganda part of their campaign.”
Monstrously narcissistic. Lady, get out of your own head.

I'm wondering now about all the similarities between all those people in the World Trade Center calling their families and leaving voice mails about how much they love them in the minutes before the building collapsed to poor Hillary's concession speech the night of the election. Oh wait, actually she couldn't drag herself out of her own morbid stupor that night to address the nation. But other than that it's totally similar.


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Christian Baker Asked to Bake Cake for Satanists

You might remember the baker Jack Phillips from being vilified on ABC, NBC< CBS, the Home Shopping Network, A&E, the Oxygen Network and pretty much every newspaper in the country for believing that marriage is between a man and a woman. Well, now he's received a request to make a cake for Satanists. Should the government force him to make it?

The Daily Signal
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Lawyers for "cake artist" Jack Phillips say someone emailed a request for him to design and bake a cake celebrating the birthday of Satan. Phillips, a Christian who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, is headed to the Supreme Court in December after declining to make a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding.

The Christian baker in Colorado who was sued for declining to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding reception received a strange request last month: Design and bake a cake celebrating Satan’s birthday.

“I would like to get a quote on a birthday cake, for a special event,” the email request to baker Jack Phillips, sent Sept. 30 and exclusively obtained by The Daily Signal, reads.

It continues:
It is a cake that is religious in theme, and since religion is a protected class, I am hoping that you will gladly bake this cake. As you see, the birthday cake in question is to celebrate the birthday of Lucifer, or as they [sic] are also known Satan who was born as Satan when he was cast from heaven by God.

The request for Phillips to quote a price for the cake also asks for an “upside down cross, under the head of Lucifer.”

The incident exemplifies the complexity of government laws mandating that those in creative occupations violate their religious beliefs in serving clients or customers.

This is a danger that lawyers for Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, say they’re raising before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June agreed to take the baker’s case.

Phillips gained nationwide attention after declining to make the wedding cake for the gay couple, and eventually being found guilty of discrimination by a Colorado state agency and the courts.

Phillips has told The Daily Signal and others that his Christian faith not only doesn’t allow him to design and make cakes celebrating same-sex unions, it prevents him from designing cakes that involve such elements as witchcraft or explicit sexuality.

“The request for Jack to make a cake celebrating Satan proves the danger of using these kinds of laws to force people in the artistic profession to create artwork that violates their beliefs,” Jeremy Tedesco, a senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

“The request from the Satanists is essentially the same as the request that Jack Phillips received from the same-sex couple to create a cake that violates his beliefs, because in both instances, the requester can say the law covers my request. For the Satanists, they’re going to say it’s religious discrimination for you to say no to a cake that I’m requesting because of my protected status.”
Or do we just judge rights based on whether it's people w approve of. Gay people? Yup, they get rights! Satanists? Meh. Christian bakers? No way.

That's the thing with BIG GOVERNMENT which is in the right granting business. Once government is in the business of granting rights, rather than just guaranteeing them, they hand them to groups they like and revoke them from those they don't like.



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Ridiculous Couple Sues Catholic Charities over Adoption

This. Is. Nuts. So pretty much a random day in the life of 21st century America.

The AP reports:

A North Dakota couple is suing Catholic Charities for $6.5 million, alleging that the group didn't allow them to adopt a girl because they were living together and hadn't gotten married yet.

James and Tahnee Young, of Fargo, say they were matched up with a 15-year-old girl who was living in foster care five months before their July wedding date and had hoped to have the teen as a bridesmaid in the ceremony. They never met the girl but they had a 90-minute interview with the teen's social worker, who allegedly told them she "would get things moving" in the hopes that the adoption could be completed before the wedding.

"Everything was fully disclosed up front and there was absolutely no concern whatsoever," James said, referring to the fact they were not yet married.

The Youngs said they became suspicious when they failed to receive the necessary paperwork and were eventually told the adoption was off because they were living together as an unmarried couple.

"The social worker said we had to abide by the church's teachings," James said. "They said we were living in sin and it goes all the way back to the Pope."
So...they wanted a girl they never met to be a bridesmaid in their wedding ceremony? That's how they wanted to introduce themselves to her? On THEIR wedding day. Something tells me if they really wanted the child they would've just gotten married and then adopted the child. But instead they want to raise a stink and sue to more than $6 million dollars.


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