7:28 minutes of 9/11 reality

Was just checking out this thread - part of a forum commenting on this remebrance of the "falling man" of the WTC - at Lucianne.com. Reply #19 posted this.#22 gives you a direct link.It's easy to forget, to lose sight of perspective and context, when you never see the reality of what happened to this nation in 2001.Osama bin Laden saw the weak horse. We cannot allow him - or his ilk - to see it again.Related: 9/11 transcripts, read and remember. … [Read more...]

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Economy “slips” into a “sweet spot?”

How do you like that. It was an accident. The economy has slipped into a sweet spot.If you say it like that, you don't have to give anyone credit, do you?Another beaut from our unbiased media.The economy has slipped into a sweet spot of steady growth and low inflation, a seemingly perfect soft landing after a long housing boom, energy price shocks and devastating natural disasters.Economic growth looks set for a strong rebound in the first quarter after a very weak fourth quarter, with … [Read more...]

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Abdul Rahman’s fate is still not clear

SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATEIs it just me, or does it feel like a giant, cosmic gauntlet has been thrown down from on High? Like in this Lenten season, leading up to Easter, the Christian nations are being put to a test - the test being, as Mark Steyn asks in his outstanding and brave column, Will We Stick Our Necks Out for His Faith?The answer is very important, I think.The fragile Afghan state is protected by American, British, Canadian, Australian, Italian and other troops, hundreds of whom … [Read more...]

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The psychology of ingratitude

Dr Sanity takes a long hard look at the rescued peace activists and their disdain and ingratitude toward their rescuers and reaches some conclusions in a long and thoughtful piece. She applies it to others, too:Think of it this way--these are people (both my patient and the peace activists) who not only are incapable of looking directly into the eyes of evil and recognizing its guilt; but they are equally incapable of looking into the eyes of the good and appreciating its innocence. And for … [Read more...]

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The Eucharist and its meaning for the Jews

Very interesting post from Eagle and Elephant - a look at some writings by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, part of a some retreat preaching he did before John Paul II, in 1983. The Eagle and the Elephant has excerpts and thoughts on what he is reading. Very interesting and yes, provocative.He made of his death an act of prayer, an act of adoration. ... [H]e cried "with a loud voice" the opening words of Psalm 21, the great Psalm of the just man suffering and set free: "My God, my God, why hast thou … [Read more...]

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AI: Elliott Yamin, Moody’s Mood for Love

I don't often remember to turn the TV on for American Idol - I think Chris Daughtry is pretty exciting, and certainly charismatic, and I caught Elliot Yasmin (who looks a lot better with his hair growing out) doing "Teach Me Tonight" last week, and he was pretty dang impressive on so difficult a song.Yasmin seems to make a habit of choosing very tough, very sophisticated tunes, though. Someone clued me in to this performance of Moody's Mood for Love. Again - awfully good. His voice and … [Read more...]

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Fruits of the Funeral, Part III

Thanks to The Curt Jester, I found this terrific piece on some Utah folks who found their way back to church via the death and funeral of John Paul the Great. Including a seminarian candidate.Tilley marveled over the devotion of the crowds in St. Peter's Square and arose in the night to watch the live funeral broadcast, even though he had long before stopped attending the Roman Catholic Church with his mother, immersed himself in the Baptist and FourSquare churches and wandered from the pews … [Read more...]

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Baseball, O Baseball

This season cannot start soon enough. And in anticipation of it, I am adding this terrific-looking book into the bookshelf.Many years ago, George Plimpton was a "Paper Tiger," training with a football team and writing about his experiences therein. Here, Sam Walker of the Wall Street Journal enters his first Fantasy Baseball Tournament. From the Publisher's Weekly review at Amazon:He figures that because he can get to the ballparks in his journalistic capacity and talk to the players … [Read more...]

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Liberals consider an end-run around the Constitution

This is very troubling. If you can't win elections the right way, change the rules.The question of how we elect a president is up for debate again, with advocates of a majoritarian philosophy having invented a new device for moving to a direct popular vote for the chief executive.Rather than going through the labors of amending the Constitution to replace the electoral college system with a national tally for president, which has failed every time it has been attempted, they have come up … [Read more...]

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Yo, WaPo! Consider Ed Morrissey!!

I didn't pay much attention when the Washington Post brought Ben Domanech into their paper as a columnist from the right. I thought it was good of the WaPo to make the gesture, but I wondered why they had chose him, especially, when the rightwing blogosphere is so chock full of writers who seemed quick with an interesting topic or pithy turn of phrase.Turns out, I was right to be only "whelmed" by Domanech's pearls - they look now, to have been recycled.Domanech has resigned his position … [Read more...]

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I still dig my Alpha Male President

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Kids explain God and the Scriptures

Supposedly these are real kids answers to Sunday School quizzes. Awfully cute. When I remember that my nephew came out from his first confession and announced, "I gotta recite an Act of Nutrition," I figure they might be real. I like 12 and 14 the best.1) In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off. 2) Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark and the animals came on in … [Read more...]

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Researchers look at prayer and healing

A complicated issue, and an interesting study. … [Read more...]

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A Eucharistic Miracle? UPDATED

UPDATE: I'm late to the party - that's what I get for being sick, and falling behind on my reading. This particular one is NOT a miracle. It's fungus and bacteria! Amy Welborn and Gerald had it covered. I suspected something like that when I'd heard that the Host was put into water and turned a month later. Ah, well. The real ones are still pretty interesting! :-)Parishioners at St. James Church say a piece of bread used in a communion service there turned to blood.Father Juan Vicar … [Read more...]

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