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  • Youth need Catholic vision of sexuality, Pope tells American bishops

    03/09/2012 1:30:42 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | March 9, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur Vatican City, Mar 9, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address that tackled attempts to redefine marriage, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the bishops of the United States to teach young people an authentic Catholic vision of sex and love. “The richness of this vision is more sound and appealing than the permissive ideologies exalted in some quarters; these in fact constitute a powerful and destructive form of counter-catechesis for the young,” he said March 9. The Pope was addressing the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. They are currently in...
  • Talk to me...

    02/23/2012 5:31:36 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | February 23, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    What usually is a treasured opportunity for cross generational chit-chat became a silent car ride as a luminescent glow eerily lighted his facial features in the back seat. My grandson has mastered a hand-held electronic thinga-ma-jig which muted what had previously been a casual forum for conversations about life-in-the-now and even life-everlasting. No knock-knock jokes. No “Hey, look, a horse trailer and it has horses inside!” No seemingly insignificant queries such as, “Justin says there is no God. Is that true?” Where once we easily conversed about hurt feelings, roadside beggars, birthdays, bullies and the like, this day the unilateral...
  • Centre tells Supreme Court gay sex immoral, calls for new ban [India]

    02/23/2012 2:58:22 PM PST · by James C. Bennett
    The Times of India ^ | February 23, 2012 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday opposed the dilution of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by the Delhi High Court, which decriminalised sexual acts, in private, between consenting adults of the same sex and urged the Supreme Court to reverse the landmark ruling. The UPA government told the Supreme Court that the HC had erred because a vast section of the Indian society still considered homosexuality immoral. The Delhi High Court on July 2, 2009, had delivered a historic judgement to amend a 149-year-old law - Section 377 of the IPC - and decriminalise private consensual sex...
  • Senate approves same-sex marriage on 28-21 vote - 2nd Story (More barfing details)

    02/02/2012 1:33:11 PM PST · by illiac · 24 replies
    SeattlePi ^ | 2/2/12 | SeattlePi
    The Washington state Senate, in an historic action, voted 28 to 21 on Wednesday night to legalize marriage between same-sex partners. "We ask for your support tonight because marriage is the way society says you are family," said state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, chief sponsor of the legislation and a gay man in a two-decade partnership. Regardless of how his colleagues voted, Murray added, they will receive a wedding invite from him. A practicing Catholic, Murray has said he is pained that he will not be able to marry in his church. The House of Representatives is expected to approve...
  • Washington State Senate approves gay marriage

    02/02/2012 1:25:27 PM PST · by illiac · 14 replies
    SeattlePi ^ | 2/2/12 | SeattlePi
    Kara Haney, left, and her partner of 8 years Kate Wertin, right, react as a bill in the Washington State Senate passes during a viewing party at The Lobby Bar in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Washington State Senate passed a bill that would legalize gay marriage in Washington State on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Dozens gathered at the bar to watch the debate via TV on the senate floor. Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM
  • Fr. Rutler: “What Happens When a Government Tries to Chain the Conscience?”

    01/29/2012 6:32:38 AM PST · by NYer · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | January 26, 2012 | Fr. George Rutler
    Fr. George Rutler was kind enough to share his latest parish bulletin concerning the recent HHS mandate with the Cardinal Newman Society.He writes:Our many fellow Catholics now enchained for the Faith of our Fathers in such places as China, Syria, and Egypt are, as Father Faber’s hymn says, “in heart and conscience free.” But what happens when a government tries to chain the conscience itself?A few weeks ago, in a remarkably unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the attempt of the present Administration in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC to restrict religious freedom. Chief Justice Roberts...
  • The Society for the Protection of Iranian Nuclear Scientists

    01/17/2012 4:20:57 AM PST · by expat1000 · 3 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Monday, January 16, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    After having exhausted the indignant possibilities of protesting the extinction of whales, pelicans and polar bears, the left has found a new endangered species to be outraged about. Iranian nuclear scientists. It's one thing to hug a polar bear or a tree, but it's another to embrace an Iranian nuclear scientist, who may well be a jolly and colorful fellow with a family and a paint by numbers coloring kit of an atom, but also happens to be a participant in a plot to kill millions of people. The left which has all the moral sense of a squashed peanut...
  • The Multicultural Departure Lounge

    12/26/2011 11:08:59 PM PST · by zippythepinhead · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 12/18/2011 | Mark Steyn
    I've been critical of Newt Gingrich in recent days, so let me say that one thing I agree with him on is that, ultimately, culture trumps economics. That's why these "war on Christmas" stories aren't small things. When you decide you need to give equal space to a cruicified skeleton Santa (as in this weekend's Christmas column) you're calling the cops to bust up a performance of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (as in my 2006 column below), you're on a slippery slope from societal decadence to dementia: I passed through Shannon Airport in Ireland the other day. They've got...
  • Awkward Christmas family photos (Part II

    12/25/2011 11:18:46 AM PST · by illiac · 3 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 12/25/11 | MailOnline
    It's the most wonderful time of the year, so the song goes. But it can also be oddest, when families find themselves suddenly jammed into close proximity - with the pubs shut and nowhere to go. As a result, it can lead to some pretty embarrassing moments, particularly when the time comes for the inevitable family photos.
  • Women on Top, Men at the Bottom

    12/13/2011 3:01:50 AM PST · by Mad Dawg · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Books ^ | 12/11/11 | Philip Brand
    Sit on a bench on the Thompson Hall lawn -- the "green" at the University of New Hampshire -- and watch the students walk past. Scattered among legions of women you may sight the occasional male. Observe his attire, and you will likely see a discordant trifecta: Timberland work boots, sweatpants and a backpack. Is he headed to the field and manual labor, to his dorm room for a Donkey Kong marathon, or is he shooting towards a professional career? We're told to dress for the job we want. If their dress is any indication, these young men reply firmly,...
  • Republicans vs. Democrats TV survey results: Lefties want comedy, right wingers like work

    12/06/2011 1:33:23 PM PST · by Feline_AIDS · 18 replies · 1+ views
    EW ^ | 12-6-2011 | James Hibberd
    Republicans don’t watch MTV’s Jersey Shore. But they dig ABC’s Castle. Democrats don’t like Discovery’s Deadliest Catch. But they swoon for NBC’s Parks and Recreation. ... In the findings, “sarcastic” media-savvy comedies and morally murky antiheroes tend to draw Dems. While serious work-centered shows (both reality shows and stylized scripted procedurals), along with reality competitions, tend to draw conservatives... LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT FAVORITES: – The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central): As you might expect. – 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation (NBC): Literate media-savvy comedies score high among Dems in general, notes Experian-Simmons senior marketing manager...
  • Searching for Christmas…

    12/02/2011 9:49:51 AM PST · by thesaleboat · 2 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 2 Dec 2011 | TFP Student Action
    One Christmas night, Our Lord came down into a modern city to see what people were doing. Every­one was celebrating “Happy Holidays!” Christ met a policeman directing traffic and asked: “What does ‘Happy Holidays’ mean?” The policeman eyed Him suspiciously. “Where are you from?” “From Bethlehem.” “Where?” “Bethlehem,” Our Lord repeated. “Oh…Don’t you know it’s a holiday for kids?” “What is the origin of the holiday?” Our Lord asked. “Look, you ask too many questions. Can’t you see I’m busy? At the RestaurantNext, Christ paused by a restaurant advertising “Christmas Party—$50.00.” Ladies and gentlemen in elegant attire were entering. He...
  • Russian anchor fired over middle finger - flipping the bird about U.S. President Barack Obama

    11/24/2011 1:29:39 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 63 replies · 1+ views
    upi ^ | Nov. 24, 2011
    MOSCOW, - A Russian TV station said it has dismissed a news anchor for flipping the bird while reading an item about U.S. President Barack Obama. REN TV said it dismissed anchor Tatiana Limanova after she made the obscene gesture while saying the president's name during a Nov. 14 story about the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, RIA Novosti reported Thursday. However, officials with the TV station said Limanova's gesture was not aimed at Obama but rather at "editorial staff" colleagues who were attempting to distract her from off-camera. "This does not diminish her guilt and cannot be considered an...
  • Wilderness Society cuts staff, citing weak economy

    11/21/2011 7:08:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 11/19/11 | Bettina Boxall
    Wilderness Society cuts staff, citing weak economyBy Bettina Boxall - Los Angeles Times Updated: 11/19/2011 05:48:14 PM PST The weak economy has taken a big bite out of the Wilderness Society, which last week laid off 17 percent of its staff. Headquartered in Washington, the organization is one of the nation's most venerable land preservation groups and has been a major force behind the creation and expansion of the federal wilderness system. After increasing its staff and spending in recent years, the group is retrenching. "The Wilderness Society, like so many other organizations, has been feeling the effects of a...
  • Gingrich would invite Darwin to hypothetical dinner party (Newt after Jesus, before Lennon on list)

    11/18/2011 4:27:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 17, 2011 | Justin Sink
    Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich would invite mostly scientists and entrepreneurs — including Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution — to a hypothetical dinner party in which he could select the guest list from historical figures, living or dead, he told the Bio channel. "He was the most influential scientist in the modern world, and an extraordinary observer of nature," Gingrich said of the evolutionary scientist. The topic of evolution has become a hot-button issue in the Republican field, after Rick Perry said that it was "a theory that is out there — and it's got some gaps...
  • Jerry Sandusky book ‘Touched’ riles Amazon customers

    11/11/2011 12:16:31 PM PST · by illiac · 6 replies
    seattlepi ^ | 11/11/11 | seattlepi
    A decade before Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually assaulting young boys, he wrote a book about his life. The book, oddly titled “Touched,” is listed (but not currently available) via, and its sales page is fast becoming a gathering place for those angry at Sandusky for what appears to be a long history of sexual abuse. “Jerry Sandusky’s book is appropriately titled,” wrote one Amazon customer. “It shows the deeper evil that he lives with everyday. We just found out what type of person he really is: a low life animal! He has brought...
  • Baristas: We weren't 'hot' enough, so laid off (you be the judge)

    11/04/2011 1:43:49 PM PDT · by illiac · 51 replies · 1+ views
    KENT, Wash. - Business has been bad at a coffee stand in Kent lately, but are wrinkles the reason? Former baristas Shirley Stagner and Tina Holcombe say they were laid off, and losing their jobs didn't just hurt their incomes, it hurt their pride. "I'm not a sexy young thing," Holcombe said. Stanger, 47, and Holcombe, 48, believe they're not "hot" enough anymore to work at the "Hot Java Hunnies" coffee stand. "I have to lay you off and I have have to younger girls in here," Holcome said she was told by her boss. The baristas claim their boss...
  • Corporatism is not Capitalism, or "Why can't I find a decent job"?

    11/02/2011 1:23:28 PM PDT · by andy58-in-nh · 8 replies
    Is it just me? | 11/2/11 | andy 58-in-nh
    Many corporations today are merely extensions of government. They devote much of their time and capital not to innovation or maximizing shareholder value or to efficiency, but to serving government mandates. It's a relationship far less symbiotic than parasitic, but in time the hosts seem to get used to it... Instead of finding and rewarding the best available talent - American companies hire the perfectly calibrated, Human Relations (does that name creep you out, too?) Department-approved number of Accredited Victims... ignoring experienced, older white males in favor of inexperienced non-white females. After all: white, traditional heterosexual men are surely guilty...
  • State suspends surgical assistant accused of playing with patient's nipple

    10/28/2011 12:13:04 PM PDT · by illiac · 12 replies ^ | 10/28/11 | Vanessa Ho
    State medical authorities have suspended the license of a Snohomish County surgical assistant accused of playing with the nipple of an unconscious female patient during a breast reconstruction surgery. Stanley Romes, a surgical technologist, was assisting on a surgery at a Swedish Medical Center outpatient clinic in April of 2010. The patient was undergoing reconstructive surgery of one of her breasts, after having a mastectomy. During the procedure, the surgeon saw Romes touching the woman's nipple and asked what he was doing, according to state officials. "After being questioned by the surgeon, (Romes) laughed and continued playing with the patient's...
  • Will Obama be Remembered as the Zombie President?

    10/26/2011 7:51:52 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 10 replies
    Graewoulf | October 26, 2011 | Graewoulf
    All of Obama's efforts to turn America into a Nation of Zombies, (NOZ), have been wildly successful. Youths on the streets in over 140 cities in this country alone, proclaim that THEIR zombieness represents 99 % of America! Obama has kept 9.1 % of America's working population as the permanent zombie-unemployed class. Following the 2008 Federally-Regulated Bankruptcy of the Federal Housing Authority, (FHA), Obama has made sure that over a million home loan owners are still held in foreclosure-zombieland. Not satisfied with his obvious skill at turning voters into zombies, Obama has turned non-voting children and grandchildren into National-Debt-Zombies for...