Mitt takes a stand for “life”

Stones Cry Out has a terrific post regarding Mitt Romney's courageous stance against creating embryos for the sole purpose of using embryonic stem cells for research.Sez SCO: What is most impressive about Romney's decision, however, is that he has surprised the political establishment by elevating the ethics of life above personal and family interests.Here are the details.Proponents of a bill that would allow creating embryos for the purpose of conducting "assumed they would have the backing of … [Read more...]

Reuters covers Easongate – from the “Hollywood Reporter”

Well, the story is definately breaking into the mainstream press.But filed by Reuters...from the Hollywood Reporter.CNN on Thursday sought to quell the media frenzy enveloping a top executive who suggested that U.S. troops were deliberately firing on journalists in Iraq (news - web sites).By Paul J. GoughNEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - During a Jan. 27 session at the World Economic Forum (news - web sites) in Davos, Switzerland, CNN executive vp/chief news executive Eason Jordan reportedly said … [Read more...]

Mr. Bush makes them feel small and cheap

For years now I have been marvelling at how President Bush, since coming into office, has pulled the masks off of everyone in politics, both in America and abroad. Sick with hate, people who had managed for years to present themselves as reasonable people suddenly could not maintain the pretence. Masks fell left and right. Sometimes, in watching members of the press and the government expose themselves, I would feel like I was an observer at a mad masquerade just after the clock struck midnight: … [Read more...]

Mr Friedman is soundly contradicted

James Glassman of the American Enterprise Institute has a nice article at Tech Central Station which soundly, roundly, profoundly contradicts Tom Friedman's recent, relentlessly negative assessment of Europe and President Bush's influence there.Of course, Friedman had written his dirge prior to the Iraq elections, and now - as Mr. Glassman demonstrates, it is a new day."There is nothing Europeans want to hear from George Bush, nothing that will change their minds," wrote Thomas Friedman of the … [Read more...]

Advice to Anchoress: Shut up and be a monk!

The quietness of mind cultivated by silence is also the fruit of purity and simplicity of heart. For this reason the monk, in a spirit of joyful penitence, is to embrace willingly those means practiced in the Order: work, the hidden life and voluntary poverty, together with vigils and fasting.- O.C.S.O. Constitutions, no. 25And, of blogging and ranting in time of Lent. So I am off to Vespers, and signing off for the night!Pax … [Read more...]

More Debate on MSM vs Bloggers

A friend in the MSM pointed out this hearty defense on their behalf by blogger/journalist Steve Silver. I think he makes some good points and some silly ones, but to my way of thinking, the mainstream media did incalculable damage to themselves when they utterly refused to cover any part of the Swift Vets charges against John Kerry, except as they could try to discredit the vets. To my way of thinking - way beyond Easongate - this is the damning evidence against the press, that they are out of … [Read more...]

You VILL fall in lockschtep vit ze pahhty, or ve haf vays….

So...remind me again, because I'm always fuzzy on this...just WHO are the Nazis? … [Read more...]

It’s not new, but it is true: This German gets it

Had an email sent to me concerning an essay by one Mathias Döpfner, CEO Axel Springer, and written as an editorial for Die Welt. In the essay Döpfner gives Europe a smackdown for its complacency and timidity in confronting Islamic fanaticism.The sendee had no url, so I googled it and found a link to the whole editorial at Free Republic. But since there was, even there, no url, I checked with and found that yes, the editorial is genuine, but not especially new. It was printed in Die W … [Read more...]

I think Geraghty is correct on Easongate

And I am glad he wrote what he did, here about the need for the blogosphere to put away the sledgehammers on Easongate, and bring out their trenchcoats.I've only written one or two posts on Easongate, for several reasons. First - I'm terribly dyslexic and all those headlines and links were making me dazed - (note that for future reference; if you see me not commenting much on something, very likely it's because the wealth of writing on the issue has my brain twisted into a knot).The second … [Read more...]

Forensics try to capture the face of Jesus – at 12.

Thanks to What Attitude Problem (via via The Revealer ) who brings this to the fore...Forensic Scientists Create Image of Christ as a ChildUsing equipment usually used for solving crimes, forensic scientists have created an image they say Jesus would have looked like at the age of 12.It sounds impossible, but within the last few years, forensic scientists created a picture of Jesus from the shroud of Turin.Now they’ve back aged that image, taking off more than 20-years to construct the picture o … [Read more...]

Boy Reagan gets his own show…

Just as I always suspected: Only glorious mediocrities fail upward. … [Read more...]

Rod Dreher: Where are the Catholic Men?

He's angry, and read it all. Hard but necessary Lenten reading.Here we are on the fourth Ash Wednesday of the church's long scandal-ridden Lent. As we examine our consciences in Mass today, we ought to be asking ourselves what our sons and daughters, if they remain Catholic, surely will one day: Where were you when the church needed good men to stand up to defend what's right?We don't have to stay silent. Look what the men (and women) of Rockwall's Our Lady of the Lake parish – who had enough of … [Read more...]

The Tradition of Lenten Reading…

In monastic houses, particularly in those following the Rule of St. Benedict (Benedictines and Trappists, among others) part of Lenten observation was to be spent in reading.During the days of Lent, they should be free in the morning to read until the third hour. . . . During this time of Lent each one is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These books are to be distributed at the beginning of Lent. RB, 48:14-16.St. Benedict deemed that study and … [Read more...]

Buster update: There is something about ashes…

First Reading:Psalm:Second Reading:Gospel:Joel 2:12-18Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 172 Corinthians 5:20 - 6:2Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel. -- Ash WednesdayIt's really funny about Ashes and Catholics...tell Catholics they HAVE to do something, and they stick their chests out and fume, "oh yeah? Who are YOU, the Pope?"Sometimes, as with the issuance of Humanae Vitae, they even say it TO the pope. In a manner of speaking.But tell them they don't HAVE to recieve … [Read more...]