How Mel Brooks saved my life

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Resolved: Jeffrey Imm is a moron, and so is anyone who wants to sanitize the power out of comedy.Imm's complaint is that Mel Brooks' The Producers makes fun of Nazis, and therefore doesn't pay proper respect to the horrors of the Holocaust.  As Walter Hudson points out in PJ Media, "The irony of protesting fascism with a blanket declaration of what can’t be laughed at appears to be lost on Mr. Imm."It's not really worth arguing beyond that. If you're a soldier, you use a gun to fight evi … [Read more...]

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A simple reminder: Pray for police

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Every siren should be a reminder that someone is in trouble -- a victim, a perpetrator, an officer who is ready to the the right thing, and an officer who is in danger of doing the wrong thing.Read the rest at the Register.*** photo credit: Governor Haley signs body camera legislation via photopin (license) … [Read more...]

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Expose your kids to art! (Or vice versa)

Expose your children to art! Or vice versa.

The other week, we visited the Worcester Art Museum in MA. I heartily recommend it if you're in the area (and it's free all through August!). They had a world class collection with tons of variety, from pre-Columbian art to this guy; it was quite kid friendly (a docent in the armor display helped the kids try on helmets and gauntlets), the docents were genial and well-informed, and they had the exhibits arranged well to really help you see them. We saw everything in about three hours, and had … [Read more...]

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On complaining honestly about NFP (and other crosses)

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Want to complain about NFP? Far be it from me to stop you! You could even go ahead and write a whole book about how hard NFP can be, and see where that gets you. (Psst, it's still on sale! $5 paperback, $2.99 eb0ok) . Couples who are struggling are very grateful to hear that they're not the only ones who hate NFP. There's nothing worse than feeling like, not only are you having a miserable time, but you're the only ones who aren't lovin' every minute of it. . Happily, the conversation about N … [Read more...]

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What can American parents learn from a doll?

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  In wealthy, progressive Seattle, polio vaccination rates are lower than in Rwanda. Parents in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Algeria, El Salvador, Guyana, Sudan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Yemen are doing more to protect their children from this crippling and often deadly disease than some American parents.This dangerous trend is due, in part, to historical amnesia. There are fewer and fewer people around who remember the devastation of the polio epidemics of the late 1940's and ea … [Read more...]

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Mother Eye/Father Eye

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(Going through my archives as I put my new book together, and I found this post from a few years ago.)We went for a quick evening dip at the town pond. First I had the camera:and then, seconds later, my husband had it:Heh. And they were both true!  … [Read more...]

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Great news for Los Angeles (and prayers for Uncle Joe)

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 The Pope has appointed three new auxiliary bishops to serve in the massive archdiocese of Los Angeles. One is Fr. Robert Barron, the wildly popular author, speaker, and founder of Word on Fire ministries. I'm not familiar with the second pick, Msgr. David O’Connell, but I do know the third, Msgr. Joseph Brennan -- "Uncle Joe" to us. He's my husband's uncle, and we are thrilled for Los Angeles.Read the rest at the Register.*** photo credit: bells via photopin (license) … [Read more...]

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