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My Dilemma at the Softball Tournament

So I'm at my daughter's softball tournament and I realize my shorts are very loose. Not wanting to embarrass my family, I consider my options. I can run home and get a belt or hit the snack stand.

The snack stand was so much closer.

*subhead*Easy solution.*subhead*

Pope Francis' Latest Off the Cuff Comments are Kinda' Awesome

I'm typically not a fan of Pope Francis' off-the-cuff comments. As far as I'm concerned the Swiss Guard should detain him every time he gets on a plane. But I'll admit that off the cuff comments like these are good to hear.

NY Post:

Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association, ditching his prepared remarks to speak from the heart about families and the trials they undergo. He lamented how some couples choose not to have any children, while others resort to pre-natal testing to see if their baby has any malformations or genetic problems.

“The first proposal in such a case is, ‘Do we get rid of it?'” Francis said. “The murder of children. To have an easy life, they get rid of an innocent.”
Francis recalled that as a child he was horrified to hear stories from his teacher about children “thrown from the mountain” if they were born with malformations.

“Today we do the same thing,” he said.

“Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” Francis said.
The pope urged families to accept children “as God gives them to us.”


Catholicism is NOT the Religion of Nice

One should always be wary of disagreeing with Chuck Norris. Always. But especially when he's speaking truth.

The famous actor and martial artist recently urged parents to consider sending their children to more conservative colleges, including the faithful Christendom College of Front Royal, Virginia. He warned parents that many universities have “become little more than leftist indoctrination camps where too many professors are simply peddling progressive ideologies packaged under the guise of education, and shutting and keeping out anything that would challenge them.”

Most universities, Norris warned, are a “one-sided educational environment” with “restrictive speech codes, bias against conservative students and propagandizing for radical causes and lifestyles.”

Truth isn't something that is especially prized nowadays, especially at colleges and universities. And we have not only allowed this but we've funded it. Instead of teaching our children our faith, we allow them to be shaped by the culture.

Why do we continue to do this? It's almost axiomatic that Christians and pro-lifers will one day emerge victorious in the culture war simply because they tend to have more children than secularists and atheists. But in the end, it's not true. As long as Christians continue sending their children to secularist and atheist indoctrination camps they will lose. So why do we continue to do this? To not make waves? To be nice and polite? We want to be Christians but only of the inoffensive variety?

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>

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Religious People Live Longer than Non-Religious

You know how atheists or "brights" (as they like to call themselves) are constantly telling us that religious people are so stupid? Well if they're so smart, why do they die earlier?

A new study, according to Newsweek, reports that "People with religious beliefs live around four years longer on average than those who don’t."

Scientists at Ohio State University arrived at the figure after studying over 1,000 obituaries from across the U.S. The team also factored in whether the person was married and their sex, which both can affect how long a person will live.

Laura Wallace, lead author of the study and a doctoral student in psychology at Ohio State University, said in a statement: “religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life.”

To investigate whether religious beliefs cold affect the age a person dies, the team first assessed over 500 obituaries in the Des Moines Register, a newspaper in Iowa, from between January and February 2012. They documented the age, sex, marital status, social and volunteer activities listed in the piece, as well as the religious affiliation of the deceased.

The data revealed that those whose obituaries included a religious affiliation lived 9.45 years longer than those who did not - which dropped to 6.48 when
gender and marital status were factored in.

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Irish Prime Minister: Catholic Hospitals MUST Perform Abortions

I'm always amazed how steep the slippery slope has become.

In the wake of that calamitous vote in Ireland to legalize abortion, the prime minister is saying that Catholic hospitals are not exempt from performing abortions.

Irish hospitals with a Catholic ethos will be expected to carry out abortions when new laws on terminations come into effect, the Irish prime minister has said.

Leo Varadkar said doctors, nurses or midwives could opt out of performing procedures on conscience grounds. However, entire institutions will not have that option...

"It will not...be possible for publicly-funded hospitals, no matter who their patron or owner is, to opt out of providing these necessary services which will be legal in this state once this legislation is passed by the Dáil and Seanad (senate)," he added. "I'm happy to give you that assurance."

Mr Varadkar added: "That legislation will allow individuals to opt out based on their consciences or their religious convictions but will not allow institutions to do so.

"So, just as is the case now in the legislation for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, hospitals like for example Holles Street, which is a Catholic voluntary ethos hospital, the Mater, St Vincent's and others will be required, and will be expected to, carry out any procedure that is legal in this state and that is the model we will follow."
Once the right to life is taken, other freedoms are sure to follow.


White House Makes Protecting Iraqi Christians a Priority

Apparently, aid to the persecuted Christian communities in Iraq has been slow walked by the United Nations. I'm not even sure if it's just bureaucracy or anti-Christian animus but it really doesn't matter. That's over now.

The White House:

“President Trump and Vice President Pence made restoring the rights and property of Iraq’s Christian and Yazidi communities, who were nearly wiped out by ISIS’ genocidal campaign against them, a top and unceasing priority of their administration.

To save what remains of these ancient and proud peoples, President Trump directed the United States government to stop using slow, ineffective and wasteful United Nations programs and to instead distribute assistance through USAID in order to provide faster and more direct aid to Christian and Yazidi communities in Iraq.

While progress has been made to help these beleaguered people, there is more to do to fulfill the commitments made to them and not to mention – our own consciences.

The Vice President will not tolerate bureaucratic delays in implementing the Administration’s vision to deliver the assistance we promised to the people we pledged to help.

The Vice President directed USAID Administrator Mark Green to travel to Iraq in the coming weeks to report back with an immediate comprehensive assessment addressing any issues that could delay the process of aid distribution.”
Elections have consequences.


How Long Until Feminists Push Back?

One of the great accomplishments feminists point to is the rise in women's sports in high school, college and beyond. It'll be interesting to see how much damage to female athletics will be acceptable to them by transgender athletes who will surely rewrite the record books and take scholarships that would've gone to biological females. In the end, what will be more important to them, the advancement of women or their leftist agenda? Sadly, I think we all know the answer.


The Transgender Track Kid

My 12 year old son who has four sisters saw the story about the transgender boy who won the track meet and broke the state record. He said, "Ha! This proves that boys, even very confused boys, are more awesome than girls.!!!"

One of my daughters called it "fake news."

*subhead*Fake news.*subhead*

The Caterpillar that Crawled off Trudeau's Face Spotted

The caterpillar that crawled off Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's face was last seen in the wild, presumably making its way towards America which has a much better economy. It is currently wanted for impersonating an eyebrow. Do not approach if you spot it.

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New Strategy for Christian Bakers

I know that some Christians had to say no so that we could fight the religious liberty issue out in court. And God bless them. But for some other Christian bakers there is another route that involves less human rights tribunals and lawyers.

Hey Christian bakers, try this. The next time you're set up and targeted and asked to bake a cake for a gay marriage just smile real broadly and say, "yeah, yeah. Ill bake a reeeeeeeaaal special cake for ya. Real special!

And then smile like this:

And hold that smile for like fifteen seconds. If nothing else, it'll be fun.