Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ben Nelson coward

Ben Nelson caves.

From Michelle Malkin

Yep. Around 7:30am Eastern on the Saturday before Christmas. When normal people are making breakfast for the kids, wrapping last-minute presents, cleaning their houses for out-of-town guests, or still sleeping.

Who conducts business this way?

Only people with something to hide.

Only furtive power brokers doing everything in their power to avoid full, public scrutiny and an open, deliberative process.

Welcome to another sneaky Saturday in the Senate brought to you by theDemocrat culture of corruption.

The remaining holdouts to put on your phone list:

Olympia Snowe:

Mailing Address: 154 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-5344 Toll Free: (800) 432-1599 Fax: (202) 224-1946

Email form here.

James Webb and Claire McCaskill:

Webb contact info…

Washington, D.C. 248 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-4024 Fax: 202-228-6363

Toll Free Number 1-866-507-1570

Friday, October 23, 2009

Focus on the good

Some good news from across the border.

SASKATOON, SA, October 22, 2009 ( - Yesterday morning, before delivering an address at TCU Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for a crowd of about 2,000, former U.S. President George W. Bush joined the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association (SPLA) at a business breakfast where the pro-life group presented him with an award for his "very public determination to protect the unborn while he served two terms as President."

The Humanity of the Unborn Child Pro-Life Award, as it is called, was given to the former President "in recognition of [his] resolve and initiatives in the protection of human life." The award, said the pro-life organization, "is presented to an international politician, but also with the intention of making pro-life progress here domestically, for example to get our provincial government to stop using tax dollars to fund abortions." Read it all here.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Good news, an Oogedy Boogedy Bishop

Some good news for the Pro-Life Movement. Archbishop Raymond Burke has been appointed to the Congregation for Bishops.

Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha nominato Membri della Congregazione per i Vescovi l’ Card. Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefetto della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti, e l’ Mons. Raymond Leo Burke, Arcivescovo emerito di Saint Louis, Prefetto del Supremo Tribunale della Segnatura Apostolica.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Deep Sedation and Slow Death of Europe

"deep sedation as currently practiced in the Netherlands has become a widespread form of passive euthanasia. Dr. Jochemsen explained that the cause of death nowadays is usually not the disease but lack of food and hydration -- in short, patients are routinely starved and dehydrated while drugged into an unconscious state, a fact not revealed by the doctors.
Needless to say, these deaths while under deep sedation are not counted as euthanasia in Holland, even though they account for more than four times as many deaths as the "official" euthanasia numbers. (For more information on these issues, visit"
Read more from Joseph Meaney here.
Food for thought: "Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial." Matt 26.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Theater of the Absurd

Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize. What has he done lately to halt legal abortion in America or anywhere else for that matter?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Obama U

"Many of the former Professor Obama’s problems so far hinge on his administration’s inability to judge public opinion, its own self-righteous sense of self, its non-stop sermonizing, and its suspicion of sincere dissent. In other words, the United States is now a campus, we are the students, and Obama is our university president."
from Victor Hanson, read it all here.
And we all know at this university there is no room for the Pro-Life Club.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Entirely Non-Violent

"But I can’t remember anything this size that was entirely non-violent. That’s rather miraculous for a two-million person demonstration and deserves the highest praise, though I doubt the mainstream media will say much. They’re still digesting how much they’re despised."
This from Roger L. Simon on the 9/12 March on Washington. Obviously, Pajamas Media hasn't yet caught on to the yearly January 22nd March on Washington (see photo right).

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009


God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events. Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.
--Pope Benedict XVI Prayer at Ground Zero New York, 20 April 2008

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Will the Kennedy Catholics always be with us?

Some thoughts from Fr. Robert Sirico:
James Joyce once remarked that the Catholic Church was “Here comes everybody,” and while I relish the experience of being part of a Church rather than a sect, a Church in which there are a host of matters on which faithful Catholics can disagree, I also recognize that there are some defining issues from which are derived the very sense of a shared identity. From my own life and in my pastoral work, I understand that not everyone lives up to the demands of the faith all the time. Graham Greene’s famed “whiskey priest” in The Power and the Glory was the prototype of an essentially good, yet flawed man.
Yet there are some matters so grave that they go beyond mere flaws and work to diminish or even fracture an identity. I fear that this will be part of Ted Kennedy’s legacy, notwithstanding his other personal weaknesses.
What might the face of the Democratic party, indeed American politics, today look like if Ted Kennedy had, instead of reversing himself, maintained the unflinching stance of his late sister Eunice in her consistent defense of vulnerable human life
— whether that of a mentally handicapped child or sister or an infant in the womb? Instead, the senator took the dubious advice of certain Boston Jesuits to abandon that tradition and hence those most vulnerable.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Give me a break, we've seen this all before

Federalist lawyer and husband of the late and much eulogized 911 victim, Barbara Olson, is now on board to argue the case for same sex-marriage before the Supreme Court.
How does this happen? Ask the chippy, young, 4th wife Lady Booth Olson (yes, that's really her name).
We've seen it all before. The old widower and the younger woman. Except look at this, the admittedly irregular church-goer, 61 year old Olson marries his "4th Wife" a year after Barbara's death. No. 4 is a young, blonde, tax attorney from Kentucky who supported the Obama election campaign.
Here is what Olson said to the LA Times:
You eventually remarried, to a lawyer named Lady Booth, a Democrat and Obama supporter. Has she influenced your political thinking? Well, she thinks that she has! She's working on me. It's important to be surrounded by people who think differently than we do. We don't learn anything if we surround ourselves by people who think the same way we do.
Um, isn't it more important to surround ourselves by people who's thinking is motivated by the Truth. 61 years old and Ted hasn't bothered to get the answer to that famous question, "What is Truth?"
In so many ways, everything about this whole case, from the lawyer to the Prop 8 hearing, says it all about the present state of America.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise,
making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.
Ephesians 5:15
Second Reading for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Obama Administration and Abortion

The amazing Fr. Z hits the nail on the head:
"Say you want to eliminate, just for example, slavery. You stand up in public and make speeches especially to, for example, the student body of the fictional William Willberforce University. You protest that you are going to do your best to reduce the number of slaves.
At the same time, you are working through international agencies to pressure anti-slave countries to expand slavery laws. You then decide that you will work to reduce the number of slaves by expanding slave owners rights.
This is all hypothetical, of course."

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Whole Foods health plan

Today's WSJ op-ed:

At Whole Foods we allow our team members to vote on what benefits they most want the company to fund. Our Canadian and British employees express their benefit preferences very clearly—they want supplemental health-care dollars that they can control and spend themselves without permission from their governments. Why would they want such additional health-care benefit dollars if they already have an “intrinsic right to health care”? The answer is clear—no such right truly exists in either Canada or the U.K.—or in any other country.

Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.

Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity—are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices.

Recent scientific and medical evidence shows that a diet consisting of foods that are plant-based, nutrient dense and low-fat will help prevent and often reverse most degenerative diseases that kill us and are expensive to treat. We should be able to live largely disease-free lives until we are well into our 90s and even past 100 years of age.

Health-care reform is very important. Whatever reforms are enacted it is essential that they be financially responsible, and that we have the freedom to choose doctors and the health-care services that best suit our own unique set of lifestyle choices. We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health. We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health. Doing so will enrich our lives and will help create a vibrant and sustainable American society.

—Mr. Mackey is co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc.

Paglia on Palin and the Brave New World

As a libertarian and refugee from the authoritarian Roman Catholic church of my youth, I simply do not understand the drift of my party toward a soulless collectivism. This is in fact what Sarah Palin hit on in her shocking image of a "death panel" under Obamacare that would make irrevocable decisions about the disabled and elderly. When I first saw that phrase, headlined on the Drudge Report, I burst out laughing. It seemed so over the top! But on reflection, I realized that Palin's shrewdly timed metaphor spoke directly to the electorate's unease with the prospect of shadowy, unelected government figures controlling our lives. A death panel not only has the power of life and death but is itself a symptom of a Kafkaesque brave new world where authority has become remote, arbitrary and spectral. And as in the Spanish Inquisition, dissidence is heresy, persecuted and punished.
-from August 12, 2009 Salon
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. And now for something completely different...
Perhaps Paglia would like to revisit the "authoritarian RC church" by approaching "Caritas in veritate":
"Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dodd a Disgrace

Sen. Chris Dodd (D.-CT), is one of the biggest embarrassments in the United States Senate – and that covers a lot of territory. He is an even bigger embarrassment if you are a Catholic.

Never mind his fingerprints being all over the whole sub-prime lending disaster. Or his own questionable loan from one of the firms his senate committee was supposed to be regulating. Now this grand master of mellifluous mental confusion is moving on to creating a brave new world of health care.

Consider his statements about mandating abortion coverage and federal funding in the health care bill :

“We like the idea that people have choices and, indeed, the law of the land permits people to make those choices, and we respect that, and we are going to pursue that,” Dodd told last week when asked about abortion funding in the bill. “Again, we do not want to discriminate when people have--they have convictions, moral convictions and religious convictions.”

Here the great Dodd tells us that not only is abortion a legal right – it may even be an act of piety, a religious conviction no less, and we cannot discriminate against people’s practice of their religion.

Some religion. Some convictions.

And since when do Democrats favor funding people’s practice of religion? Obviously it is hard to respond logically to the illogic of Sen. Dodd’s sophistic hit and run rhetoric.

But the real question is, what is Sen. Dodd’s own religion and what are his moral convictions? They are not Catholic. Is it too late for someone in authority in the Church to tell him that and ask him to either inform his conscience, leave, or be expelled? As it is, he brings grave disrepute on the Church and its members in Connecticut by claiming there is a legitimate religious right to abortion that must be enshrined in American law.

A number of years ago a priest in Connecticut submitted his immediate request for retirement rather than continue in a parish in which the disreputable Dodd was being honored. As St. Augustine said, what we tolerate we soon emulate, and this priest chose not to tolerate this. The question those in authority in the church need to now ask is, how many other Catholics are they allowing Sen. Dodd to take over the cliff with him?

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A Leading Cause of Breast Cancer

Fascinating article today by Tom Hoopes, who ponders how Abortion Kills Twice:
"In 1996 she [Dr. Angela Lanfranchi] read a metanalysis of the relevant studies by Joel Brind, Ph.D., a biology professor at Baruch College in New York, who had put the pieces together. According to his article, the first study that showed a link between breast cancer and abortion had been published when Brind and Lanfranchi were children. It appeared in 1957 in the prominent English-language Japanese Journal of Cancer Research. Japan was one of the few places where abortion was legal in those days (importantly, for abortion/breast-cancer link activists, Denmark was another). The study found that breast-cancer patients were three times more likely to have had abortions than the general population. If abortion was a contributor to breast cancer elsewhere, it went unreported. At that time, though abortion was becoming prevalent in the West, it wasn't mentioned in polite society or on medical charts."
Read the whole thing here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Justice Ruth Ginsberg and Eugenics

After a slow start, folks are now beginning to examine what exactly Ruth meant when she was quoted by the NYTimes Magazine in a piece that ran last weekend:
"Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe [v. Wade] was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”
Commentary here: The Catholic Thing and here by Jonah Goldberg.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Thinking about running

Reminded me of this:
"Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it,..."
More here.

Run Sarah Run

But Sarah Palin isn’t a quitter. I know this because, well, because just last night I read her interview in Runner’s World. Sample quote (noting that she is, to my knowledge, the only political figure who is consistently quoted phonetically: (RW)"What about in a race? Could you beat the president? (SP)"I betcha I'd have more endurance. My one claim to fame in my own little internal running circle is a sub-four marathon. It wasn't necessarily a good running time, but it proves I have the endurance within me to at least gut it out and that is something. If you ever talk to my old coaches, they'd tell you, too. What I lacked in physical strength or skill I made up for in determination and endurance. So if it were a long race that required a lot of endurance, I'd win.”
Sarah Palin is running a marathon.
-check out the whole post by "Jude" at TownHall

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

All the Reds are now Green

Back in the days when the Communist world was collapsing, the recently deceased Msgr. William Smith of New York, summed the situation in what he liked to call Van Courtland Park logic: “All the Reds are now green.” And sure enough, environmental excuses for grabbing more and more power were upon us, with global warming being its latest manifestation.
I use the word excuse because salesman are taught to always tell the difference between a reason and an excuse. There are reasons for not to buying something and there are excuses. Most green-liberal argumentation is based on excuses for curtailing various personal freedoms. Excuses, like the current ones for cap-and-trade rules, which claim they will “prevent greenhouse gases” and stop so-called global warming, are annoying in the extreme because an excuse can’t be analyzed. Fundamentally it is just a smokescreen to mask an act of the will. You certainly can’t realistically argue against it because excuses are devoid of real meaning.
If you don’t know the difference between reasons and excuses then you can easily misread one aspect of Christ’s critique of those who said they could not follow him because they had to bury the dead (certainly a virtuous act). “Let the dead bury the dead,” He said. In youth this might sound harsh, but with age the excuse game and the countervailing call to responsibility become clearer through experience. In many cases the virtue being alluded to is a smokescreen, “looping the loop” as the salesman would say. It is the pretty girl to avert gaze from the magician’s slight-of-hand and disappearing act from responsibility.
That is why the global warming argument, like the overpopulation argument before it, is so tiresome to opponents. As facts eventually break through the media blackout, showing up the absurdities of these positions, the global greens simply shed their snake skin, and present new excuses which will, with no compunction, be as easily shed later.
Time wasting and intellectually dishonest in the extreme, the green-liberal’s excuses aim at one prize: to grab the power needed to manage the world based on the principles of practical materialism. This kind of leadership is a tragedy for those who care about the environment while respecting human freedom. But, it is a potent political reality that must be reckoned with. Their will-to-power is nothing if not tenacious, and patient, persistent opposition is needed now more than ever.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Go Green

Join the boycott here:
Boycott Nokia for Iran Crackdown

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Terri's Foundation event this weekend

Of special note for those living in the Mid-Atlantic:
The Second International Symposium on Assisted Suicide being held at the National Convention Center near Dulles Airport in Virginia on May 29-30.
Terri's Foundation will be co-sponsoring the Symposium and it will host some wonderful speakers including: Rita Marker, Wesley J. Smith, Diane Coleman, Stephen Drake, Dr. William Toffler, Dr. Bob Orr, Dr. Mark Mostert, Ian Dowbiggin, Randy Richardson, Alison Davis, Dr. Peter Saunders, Colin Harte, Lionel Roosemont, Nancy Valko, Alex Schadenberg and many more.
More information here.

Monday, May 18, 2009

March for Life Canada 2009 - Huge success

12,000 strong came out in the Ottawa rain. More here. Some good photos here, scroll down to May 14.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Megan McCain is the future....

the horrid future predicted by Pope Paul VI in his encyclical letter Humanae Vitae; the future of an anti-life culture.
We think of Megan less as the new face of the GOP and more like the Poster Child for the 1930 Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Church.
Her self-centeredness, cult of self, "I am the Celebrity I imagine myself to be" is the natural by-product of a culture which embraces recreational sex, the homosexual lifestyle, and all manner of anti-family and anti-child policies.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Some thoughts on the Savage Thing

A shout out to brother Michael Savage, the flame throwing talk show host who has spread the pro-life message to areas most pro-lifers can only dream of reaching. Need we add that we don’t always agree with brother Michael? Of course, one suspects he doesn’t always agree with himself, which is why he is such a rarity in the talko-sphere - a radio talk show host who is capable of changing his mind every now and then. Wow!
He does stream of consciousness like no one else, and gives the public a pure breath of fresh air straight from the soul of that long lost island nation of County Queens, the memory of which lives on in the Savage Nation.
Is it a coincidence that Jacqui Smith, the official United Kingdom gatekeeper, has banned Savage from setting foot in not-so-Great Britain at the same time United States Homeland Security has also labeled all pro-life Americans as terrorist suspects? Certainly not. The culture of death is on the march and wants to silence any voices it finds too effective. Its aim, pure and simple, is to marginalize and financially cripple anyone who speaks out , and to use any means at their disposal, fair or foul.
While there are times we wish Savage was more civil in his discourse, less biting in his mockery, more charitable in his assessment of his opponents, one can sympathize with his outbursts when we see how clearly he has to deal with vicious political hacks like British Homeland Jacqui Smith.
For those who wonder why we had an America revolution – one need look no further than Britain’s current attitude towards this outspoken American upstart. Everything old is new again. And as in that first Revolution , they might find that this peaceful Revolution of ideas, being fought so effectively by General Savage, could bring the current British system, stepped in the culture of death and seemingly so secure, tumbling down.

Friday, May 8, 2009

To Be or Not To Be

"If we as individuals are not willing to accept the burdens" of the Catholic witness to the right to life, "we are not worthy of the name Catholic."
-Archbishop Raymond Burke at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, May 15, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

White Rose Notre Dame - We are your bad conscience

"Why do German people behave so apathetically in the face of all these abominable crimes, crimes so unworthy of the human race? ... The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these fascist criminals.." -From the White Rose Leaflet # 2
Notre Dame Response Demonstration, the White Rose of our century.
"ND Response has received official permission to hold a prayerful and constructive demonstration on the South Quad of the University of Notre Dame between 11am and 4pm on the day of Commencement. The students of this coalition would like to extend an invitation to all those interested in joining us on campus on May 17th as we respectfully give witness to Notre Dame's Catholic identity and pro-life principles." Details here.
Need to learn more about the White Rose Resistance? Here and here.
"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!" - Motto of White Rose

Monday, May 4, 2009

Coincidentally Speaking

2 interesting tidbits from the Spirit & Life: Human Life International e-newsletter:
"The swine flu scare was "officially" announced on Friday, the 24th of April. .... However - and this is the connection - it was also on April 24th, two years ago to the day that abortion was legalized in Mexico City."
"... our HLI affiliate in Mexico told us about another very curious effect of the epidemic: namely, that the pro-abortion Minister of Health, Dr. José Angel Córdova, who was scheduled to fly to the United States this week to receive an award for his role in getting abortion legalized in Mexico City, had to cancel his trip in order to attend to the disaster before him."

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Give me a Break

National Day of Silence, oh please.
Peter Kirsanow writes: Celebrate Diversity . . . except veterans, small-business owners, practicing Catholics, gun owners, talk-radio listeners, tea-party attendees, Texans, smokers, limited-government proponents, pro-lifers, taxpayers, NASCAR fans, Boy Scouts, oil-company employees, secure-border advocates, capitalists, global-warming agnostics, Cuban refugees, school-choicers . . . The Corner
Better still...
"And can we talk about the insanity of a national day in honor of the sad state of gays? Can you name another special interest group that (a) MUST have at least one representative on every television series and (b) that character can only be the witty, saintly sage to whom the pathetic heterosexuals go for guidance?
Give me a break.
How about a National Day of Silence for middle-aged white Christian men, arguably the most maligned group in the world right now.
Better yet, how about a National Day of Sanity?"
Karen Hall's Some Have Hats

Monday, April 13, 2009

Getting Away with Manslaughter?

The recent arrest of an abortion clinic operator in Hialeah, FL was too little too late. Even the chief of police was scandalized at the absurdity of the situation.
Baby Shanice was born alive at between 21 and 23 weeks on July 20, 2006 and put into a biohazard trash bag. Six days later Hialeah police were tipped off by three individuals and found the body in a closet. In the interim, the body may have been concealed on the clinic’s roof. By secreting the body in the July heat, the clinic operator, Belkis Gonzalez, effectively thwarted investigators and prevented the medical examiner from determining “exactly the cause of death of the infant,” State Attorney’s office spokesman Ed Griffith told the Florida Catholic.
The absurdity of the State Attorney’s office’s decision, after two years, to now pursue a minimalist course of prosecution was not lost on the chief of police.
“I would have liked for it to have become a bona fide homicide charge. However, we do not make the laws. If anyone is outraged, I share it with them, but they have to understand we operate within the legal system,” Mark Owens, Hialeah Police Chief told the Miami Herald.
John Wayne meets the pointed headed bureaucrats, and, as usual, the bureaucrats won. After all, how can we prosecute manslaughter here when we have already ignored over 50 million other cases?
The consolation prize is that Ms Gonzalez has been arrested for tampering with evidence and practicing murde….we mean medicine, without a license. The penalty is a minimum of one year, and a max of 15 in the slammer.
Given the handling of the case so far, the betting window is open as to whether madam abortionist will plea bargain it down to community service. Perhaps she can clear road kill off the Florida highways, since that is about the only value prosecutors in the Sunshine state put on human life.
For more on these stories see these in the Florida Catholic,,

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ah, Holy Jesus

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended, That man to judge thee hath in hate pretended? By foes derided, by thine own rejected, O most afflicted.
Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee. Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee; I crucified thee.
Lo, the good Shepherd for the sheep is offered; The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered; For man's atonement, while he nothing heedeth, God interceedeth.
For me, kind Jesus, was thine Incarnation, Thy mortal sorrow, and they life's oblation; Thy death of anguish and thy bitter Passion, For my salvation.
Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee, I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee, Think on thy pity and thy love unswerving, Not my deserving.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Writing shortly after the Second Vatican Council, then Joseph Ratzinger said, “The processes of history take time.” Now as Pope, he is preparing a new encyclical letter dealing with the elements of a just economy, and he is taking time in completing it. Why? Because as he goes deeper and deeper into the subject, with the live laboratory of the current meltdown in front of him, he has come face to face with the acting human person that undergirds all economic activity. There he sees all the competing ideals, emotions and weaknesses that can only make sense when seen through the humanity of Jesus Christ.
It is Christ that has to be found in the vortex of the countless prudential decisions and competing values and virtues that make an economy workable. And if people don’t find him there, they probably won’t be find him at all. And without Christ at the center, there can be no genuine human work, just the ceaseless activity of men chasing each other frantically around an open grave until one by one they have heart attacks and fall in.
In all economic matters the important, but unspoken part of the question is the phrase “to or for whom?” One need only to take the term frequently used in real estate, “highest and best use,” and apply it to some of the more controversial eminent domain cases to see how many values are packed into day to day economic decisions. And since God made the world, not man, theories about what is highest and best should logically take his viewpoint into consideration.
In a book written after the last great period of economic soul searching in the 1930s, the noted Jesuit writer C.C. Martindale commented that compared to his involvement with questions related to work, business and labor relations, dealing with sexual matters in the confessional was child’s play. He tells the story of being in a taxi and saying to the driver that the man with him was an ardent Red. To which the driver responded that in his experience, once people lost their money they were happy to be Communists, and once they had money they were just as happy to be capitalists. One wonders if that man is driving a taxi today in Washington, D.C.
In that great city, in contrast to the care and caution being exhibited by the Pope, Congress runs wild through the street strewing money left and left. And while Rome struggles to be rational, faith-filled, and principled, Washington is so frantic it doesn’t even take time to read the very bills it has written. Mark Twain, that great American theologian, had it figured out long time ago, “To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman.” Like the men described by the taxi driver, oscillating between two radical extremes, they have lost both their nerve and their wits. One hopes that through the process of time, with a little help from what the Pope has to say, they will regain both their nerve and their wits.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Death Comes for the Midwest

"This is a highly cynical act, contemptuous of the Church's prophetic voice in civil society and wagering that there will be no retribution. If a midwestern school seeks attention by granting Mr. Obama an honorary doctorate in law, the next logical step would be to grant Judas Iscariot posthumously an honorary doctorate in business administration."
-Fr. George W. Rutler writing for the National Review Symposium on the Notre Dame Commencement invitation scandal.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Death Comes for Connecticut

Frank Trotta from the Our Greenwich blog writes of the new assisted suicide bill brought to you by the same folks who wanted to take control of the Dioceses of Hartford, Bridgeport and Norwich.
"The dust was just settling after the skirmish this week between the Catholic church and Senator Andrew McDonald, a prime mover of a bill to regulate the governance of the Catholic church in Connecticut. Now, the Catholic Bishops are ringing a second alarm bell to the faithful, asking them to oppose a bill coming before McDonald’s Judiciary Committee permitting assisted suicide in Connecticut.
The legislation, which according to one source comes from McDonald, is labeled the “An Act Concerning Death with Dignity” and is raised bill 1138.
Were the bill to become law, Connecticut would be one of the few states to permit (in Connecticut’ case require) doctors to prescribe drugs to assist patients in killing themselves. Oregon has an assisted suicide law and the state of Washington passed a referendum in November allowing it."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Constitution State is on the March

Marching & Fighting in Connecticut, March 11, 2009. Get the Rally schedule, maps, song sheets, and other information at American Papist.
Kudos to the folks organizing this event. Must be all those years of attending the March for Life.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Nutmeggers Unite to Fight Tyranny!

"This bill, moreover, is a thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church on the important issues of the day, such as same-sex marriage."
Catholics across the State of Connecticut are mobilized to fight Proposed Bill #1098/2009.
Learn more about how you can stop same-sex marriage in Connecticut.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Guilty Pleasure

Repent and be saved.... Yet one can't help but hope that Bishop Martino's second open letter to Sen. Casey signals that an excommunication is on the way, given that Casey persists in "cooperating with evil".
Perhaps just the thing to get others to repent and believe.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Pelican Brief

Ann Althouse has it right. The shock and awe of reading the pundits
who panned Jindal, came from the surprise at their overt racist
Sorry, can't post Althouse link right now. Check back.
Sent from my iPhone
UPDATE: Here's the link.

Of pelicans and politics

Shocked and awed by the harsh response of the conservative pundits to Bobby Jindal's opposition response to the Obamamessiah. Of course, they may've just been cranky, having wasted all that time watching the One. We didn't. We DVR'ed Homeland Security USA and NCIS and cut straight to the chase. [By the way, how many times do we have to tell you to watch Homeland Security USA? That 300 dollar sandwich! Never mess with the Beagle].
From our own little part of Dixieland, where the major city and county of the state are both facing corruption charges worthy of ...Chicagoland, it was nice to hear that in Louisiana it is no longer "politics as usual." Couldn't help but be envious.
Although the FOX All-Stars panned the non-theatrical setting of the governor's mansion, we couldn't help but stare at the Louisiana state flag. Yes, the pelican is the state bird, but why THAT particular image? Hint: haven't you seen it before carved in marble or in a mosaic under an altar? How about here.
Weren't you subconsciously mumbling something to yourself? Something from, of all people, St. Thomas Aquinas? Something that went ....
Pie Pelicane, Iesus Domine. O loving Pelican! O Jesus, Lord. Unclean I am, but cleanse me in Thy Blood; Of which a single drop, for sinners split, Is ransom for a world's entire guilt.
Ah, the REAL response to the Obamamessiah. Now, we're talking. There is only One who saves us, and by his own blood no less. How masterful....the opposition message staged in Louisiana on Fat Tuesday. Those who panned Jindal, don't know much about the real response to idolatry. For that matter, they don't know much about real stagecraft.
Bonus: Another translation... Once a nesting pelican gashed herself to blood, For the preservation of her starving brood; Now heal me with your blood, take away my guilt, All the world is ransomed if one drop is split.
Extra Bonus: Haven't yet seen Mira Nair's excellent Mississippi Marsala featuring a young Denzel Washington? All about different aspects of yearning for one's homeland, making a new start in a new land, and, well, racism. Specifically, the film follows a family of Indian background exiled from their home in Uganda (for not being Black African) and making a new life in Mississippi were they are subject to prejudice from both the white and black population. (Warning: movie is not for the kiddies).

Pie Pelicane, Iesu Domine

More thoughts later on Jindal's very good speech last night.
Meanwhile, some hints.... no coincidence that the pelican is on the
Louisiana flag...

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Men of Honor, Part II

Remember how way back on December 7, 2008 we posted:
"And speaking of men of honor, two men who have their Oogedy Booedy in the right place: Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Anh “Joseph” Cao, the Vietnamese immigrant, philosophy professor and pro-lifer, who won a seat in Congress representing Louisiana, beating out a more widely-known Democratic opponent who has a penchant for hiding bribe money in his Frigidaire."
Well, it seems that Congressman Cao is still sticking to his guns and voting his conscience,
This past Friday, I voted against the so-called stimulus bill. I wanted a bill that would stimulate the economy without wasteful spending and that would answer the needs of my district. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. Voting no was a tough decision -- my most difficult yet in Congress -- but I believe it was the right decision.
President Barack Obama's intentions with this bill were good, but the result is loaded with big government spending and dubious initiatives that will do little to help the average American. The costs of the stimulus bill far outweigh the benefits. Even the White House's own analysis ranked the 2nd District dead last in terms of the number of jobs created yet the bill will increase 2nd District citizens' share of our national debt to more than $38,000 per person.
The passage of the stimulus bill was neither fair nor transparent. The entire process was characterized by traditional Washington back-room dealing and was intended to ram through a trillion-dollar spending frenzy with as little debate and scrutiny as possible.
Some will say I bowed to political pressure to "fall in line" with the Republican Party. This could not be further from the truth. My first and only responsibility is to the people of the 2nd District; I am committed to working with Republicans and Democrats alike to pass important legislation, such as the critically needed children's health insurance program we passed earlier this year.
As your representative, I have worked tirelessly to bring jobs back home, securing $129 million to assist local hospitals and moving forward the backlog of local FEMA projects to restore basic services like firehouses, health clinics and schools. If we can get even a fraction of these projects off the ground, it will do far more for the 2nd District than the stimulus bill.
U.S. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao
Anti-stimulus vote tough but justified, Cao says Posted by Letters to the Editor February 16, 2009 4:44PM

Friday, February 20, 2009

The End of Catholic Spain

Spain prepares to fully legalise abortion Spain is preparing to fully legalise abortion for the first time to allow women to have terminations on demand in the early stages of pregnancy. -read more at the Telegraph

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Personhood of all human beings

BISMARCK, North Dakota, February 19, 2009 ( - The rights of unborn children gained a victory in North Dakota on Tuesday, as the state House of Representatives voted to recognize the personhood of all human beings, from conception.
"For purposes of interpretation of the constitution and laws of North Dakota, it is the intent of the legislative assembly that an individual, a person, when the context indicates that a reference to an individual is intended, or a human being includes any organism with the genome of homo sapiens," reads part of The Personhood of Children Act (House Resolution 1572).
Led by American Life League Associate group North Dakota Life League, North Dakota's Personhood Movement celebrated the passage of the bill, introduced by State Rep. Dan Ruby, in a 51-41 vote. A grassroots personhood campaign had spurred the outcome, with thousands of calls asking legislators to support the bill in its unaltered form.
Fifteen other states are currently pursuing personhood legislation.
The Senate vote is expected in the next two to three weeks. North Dakota will become the first state in the Union with personhood legislation if the measure passes the Senate.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Pope speaks of Life to Pelosi

(18 Feb 09 - RV) Following the General Audience the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, together with her entourage.
His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More Hope!

More hope for the future. Or should we have titled this entry "Meet the Kids Who'll Be Paying Off the Generational Theft Bill."

Thursday, February 12, 2009

We have seen the future....

And it's not completely bleak. Here are some more photos from March for Life 2009. There is hope yet.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mourning Italian Style

"Rome's mayor, Gianni Alemanno, announced the Colosseum would be lit all night Tuesday in a sign of mourning for "a life that could have and should have been saved." The Colosseum, a symbol of Italy's fight against capital punishment since 1999, has been lit up every time a death sentence is commuted somewhere in the world or a country abolishes capital punishment."
More here for the Vatican's response to the killing of Eluana Englaro.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Death Italian Style

Under Mussolini, the trains ran on time.
Under Napolitano, death arrives on time, if not ahead a little bit ahead of schedule.
Eluana Englaro died today. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Very curious that the clinic was doping her with sedatives, inducing death before the Italian Parliament could act to stop this murder.
Need to brush up on the nature and kinds of cooperation with evil? Look here.

Eluana and the animals

Over the weekend we all saw that pitiful footage of the black lab trembling in the frigid, icy water waiting rescue. How happy we all were to hear the dog was saved.
Why then so much empathy for an animal and so little for Eluana who's father is attempting to starve her to death in Italy.
Perhaps everyone has a mistaken idea about death by starvation. Do we all collectively think it is like hypothermia where we slowly drift to sleep and death only to "wake up" in heaven?
The death that Eluana's father proposes for her is much more like the poor canine and feline friends in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Locked in their homes or chained to fences, without food or water, tongues swelling and dying of thirst. The American public did not tolerate such cruelty to animals. Many, many volunteers worked tirelessly to rescue these creatures.
You can save Eulana.
Please contact the Embassy of Italy at (202) 612-4400, or (202) 612-4444 asking them to communicate to the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano that he should IMMEDIATELY sign the decree which would prevent Eluana’s inhuman dehydration death.
Keep up to date here.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

PORK is only for Cuban Sandwiches!

We sincerely imitate Michelle Malkin who has it right, "Kill the bill. Stab it. Stick a fork in it. Then start from scratch."
Kill the Generational Theft Bill of 2009!

Weekend Reading

What a priest learned in Marine Boot Camp.
Why the Intellectual Elites hate Sarah Palin (and us).
How Mommylife got her gun.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves

Cher is reported to have said that Republican rule "nearly killed her."
We think the Generational Theft Bill of the Democrat ruled House and Senate is intended to kill the United States. It's not too late to call and tell them, "Pork is only for Cuban Sandwiches!"
Friday bonus: Cher doing her Tramp thing.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Can We Really Create Jobs Out of Thin Air?

Can I really create 5 million jobs out of thin air? Yes, I can! - Nancy Pelosi
And so ends our study of the marketing in DC Metro system during March for Life Week 2009.
Marching orders for tonight:
Pray that the Generational Theft Bill, er, Stimulus bill dies a horrible death in the Senate (Don't go wobbly now, Republicans!). Remember, pork is only for Cuban Sandwiches!


Today's Marching Orders:
Pray for Fr. Richard Ho Lung of the Missionaries of the Poor as he addresses the Jamaican Parliament this morning, February 5th. Fr. Richard will present the case against legalizing abortion in Jamaica.
Learn more about the Missionaries here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Marketing Breast Cancer

Another installment in our on-going study of marketing in the DC Metro during March for Life Week 2009. looks like the folks at Avon want you to walk for 2 days in May to end breast cancer. Obviously, March for Lifers are made of tougher stuff because we march for 1 day in the middle of winter. Anyhow, back to the study.
The Avon people claim "an extraordinary experience of a lifetime awaits you!" An interesting choice of words considering the abortion-breast cancer link. The traumatic "extraordinary experience" of abortion is perhaps the leading cause of the very cancer these ladies are trying to prevent.
Wouldn't it be simpler just to eradicate abortion and thereby prevent the possible cause of breast cancer?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Homeland Security USA

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog to remind you to set your DVR every Tuesday night to Homeland Security USA.

Monday, February 2, 2009

George Soros Marketing One Child Policy

If Nancy Pelosi is for the Contraceptive State, can a One Child Policy be far behind?
George Soros, er,, is already out there marketing the One Child Lifestyle (gives one more quality time for fitness, volunteer work with Vets, and reading to one's child in Spanish....hmmm, doesn't mention that with all the money you'll be saving with your one child, you'll finally be able to afford the finer things in life like wagyu steak ). Pictures paint a thousand words. This ad and many more like it were all over the D.C. metro system during March for Life Week 2009.
Making the USA more like China, is this the Hopenchange everyone was waiting for?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Marketing Genocide

Pepsi isn't the only one in the niche marketing game. Planned Parenthood (PP), the largest abortion provider in America, has been at it since the early 1900s.
PP founder and eugenist, Margaret Sanger, was a lot less subtle about revealing her real agenda when she said, "Colored people are like weeds and are to be exterminated." ( for more stats).
With 78% of Planned Parenthood clinics located in minority communities and with 35% of abortions being performed on Blacks it would seem that her racist "niche marketing" is succeeding.
So it should come as no surprise that Planned Parenthood now stands to gain a market share with the lifting the Mexico City Policy, which allows federal funds to promote overseas abortions. Hispanic is the new black. Ay caramba!
Cardinal Nicolas Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo recently said that Obama's decision would have "dramatic consequences" for the Dominican Republic because, "in our country there are many institutions dedicated to the promoting of abortion and killing children that will now receive American dollars" (EWTNews)
In other words, President Obama, we don't want your stinking money!
Learn how you can dismantle the racist, anti-life agenda of Planned Parenthood at Stop Planned Parenthood and

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Niche Marketing

Soul. Hooray. Howdy. All aboard. Obama Cola signs as seen at L'Enfant Plaza metro station in D.C. during March for Life week. So very progressive of Pepsi. Then again, they have a long history of niche marketing. In the 1940's PepsiCo president Walter Mack, "realized African-Americans were an untapped niche market and that Pepsi stood to gain market share by targeting its advertising directly towards them"(Wiki). Now Pepsi has found a new niche. Pepsi gave $500,000 to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). HRC gave 2.3 million in an attempt to defeat Prop 8. Pepsi must really think that gay is the new black. Boycott Pepsi, all aboard!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Sheik of Araby-TV

Oh, I'm the Sheik of Araby
And all the women worship me.
In honor of Al-Arabiya scoring President Obama's first television interview, we present the 2009 March for Life: Best Poster Celebrating President Obama's Multi-Cultural Background.
Bonus: Fats Domino singing  "Sheik of Araby"

Monday, January 26, 2009

The End Does Not Justify the Means

The end does not justify the means; acting for a good purpose does not make the act good.
Ironic isn't it that the great Moral Theologian, Msgr. William B. Smith, passed away on Saturday, January 24th, the day before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's idiotic defense of contraception on ABC's THIS WEEK. Too bad Nancy (Biden, Kmiec, et al) failed to pick up a copy of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's 1968 warning about the dangers of widespread contraceptive use. 
Thankfully, another great Moral Theologian, Janet Smith, has summed (or is that summa-ed) everything up.
Widespread Use of Contraception Will Lead to...
1. Lowering of Morality
2. Disregard of women's well-being
3. Coercive use of contraceptive method by governments
4. Treating our bodies like machines
5. Increase in divorce
6. Less bonding and growth in virtue between married couples
7. Contraception facilitates adultery
8. Sexual involvement before marriage
9. Cohabitation
10. Increase in unwanted pregnancies and abortion.
(as predicted by Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

March for Life 2009 Pilgrimage ~ Thanksgiving

We are thankful for a successful 2009 March for Life pilgrimage. The weather was remarkably good (sunburn is always preferable to frostbite) and the gathering was large (Lifesite estimates 300,000), enthused, and full of young people. 
While we continue to download our photos, check-out Mommylife's March for Life 2009 album (over 400 photos). Also, Walk for Life West Coast (30,000 attended) now has photo links too. 

March for Life 2009: Best Protest Button

What the FOCA?!
We saw quite a few of these around. 
Visit their website.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Circle is complete

We walk the whole route, listened to some testimonies at the Supreme Court, tried to get in Rayburn Bldg for a reception, walked all the way back to 4th street the Rally site, and only NOW have the last of the marchers turned the corner on to Constitution Ave. and started the road up to SCOTUS.
UPDATED WITH PHOTO: Photo shows the long line of Pro-Lifers trying to get into the Rayburn Bldg where the Team Sarah meet-and-greet was going on Post-March.

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Where are you?

Most overheard cellphone conversation at the Supreme Court: "I'm in front of the Suprme Court, where are you?"

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And they march

The front of the line is just passing the National Gallery at 2:13. Crowds are lined all along the streets.

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Baby it's warm outside

Don't think it's been this sunny and relatively warm since the March in 2002.

The speakers are good and zipping thru their speaking times. Kinda interesting. While it' freezing cold they speak longer.

The crowd is tremendous. Very moving sight to see. We'll post photos later.

The front on the March is being lined up in anticipation of the start.

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Kids today

Don't recall EVER seeing so many college groups at the March.
UPDATE WITH PHOTO: And we don't ever recall seeing these January "Ice" Gators before. Welcome!

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Here comes everybody

Walked to the back of the Rally which backs up to 7th st, looked up 7th and here comes a sea of humanity. The Verizon Center Mass has just let out.

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Behold, we stand at the door and knock

Actually, we stood in the vestible. Then we moved through the throngs into the narthex. By the final prayer we made it all the way up to the last pew. Yup, it was standing room only (as usual) at the Vigil for Life at the National Shrine.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Late Night Edition

Smooth metro ride in to DC.

Strolled over to the White House. Watched the true believers walk where He walked during the Parade. Meanwile, the police were busy watching a gaggle of Code Pinkers doing their thing.

Carnies, carnies everywhere. U name it, they're selling it.

WWII Memorial in the afternoon sun.

More later.

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-Lots young men mugging in front of the life-sized Obama poster at the Inauguration Shop at Reagan National. -Spikey, silver, short-haired woman with rhinestone "peace" sign pin. -Loads of black fedoras for the men -Animal print for the ladies is all the rage on the outbound flights. -Winter hats. I hate them, but old age and bitter cold makes one think twice about things we once scorned.

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And so it begins

Let the Pilgrimage penance begin. That means you, Hacking Cough in 7C and you Miss Stinky Perfume.

As you can tell we're not on the's worse.... Hartsfield Intl.

Random notes: Good to see Mother Angelic and Mother Teresa in the Inspirational bookrack at the gift shop.

Widows of Eastwick? I thought John Updike was dead. Whatever.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hope Springs Eternal

The Vodkapundit, Stephen Green of  Pajamas Media, had it about right today when he wrote:
"10:25 AM This is an interesting speech. Maybe even a revealing one. Obama sounds the most liberal on issues where he's least likely to do anything, such as finding something to replace oil all of a sudden. And on fake issues, like "world peace" and "free hugs for poor people in foreign lands" or whatever. He sounds the most conservative, sometimes even neoconnish, on issues of substance. Let's hope he governs like he speaks."

Blogging so you don't have to

Was gonna call this post Not So Live Blogging but that didn’t sound appropriate.
As we have already explained, it’s a Mac vs PC world and, well, we’re traveling light. Just a matter of convenience... isn’t that always the excuse given? We have our money on the iPhone but may the best hardware, survive the cold. Anyhow, look for the full MARCH FOR LIFE Pilgrimage 2009 photos debriefing at

Monday, January 19, 2009

Welcome and stick around awhile

Just a few days until the main event in Washington, DC, the Annual March for Life Pilgrimage 2009.
Stay tuned for photos and such. We'll keep you posted whenever we can get somewhere warm and indoors.
Meanwhile, learn more at the Marching, Fighting and Clinging headquarters

Get on the bus

Acts 2:38 A woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services, when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the manin the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled: 'Stop! Acts 2:38!' (Repent and be Baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven.) The burglar stopped in his tracks. The woman calmly called thepolice and explained what she had done. As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar: 'Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture verse number at you.'' Scripture?' replied the burglar. " I thought she said she had an Ax and Two 38s!'
Yuk, yuk. Apologies to all. A little levity forwarded to us from a fellow Oogedy Boogler to brighten the hours before getting on the bus. Charity to one’s fellow March for Life bus seat neighbor is always part and parcel of the January 22nd Pilgrimage Challenge (as if being in DC with all the Obama-tourists isn’t going to be enough of an ol’ heroic virtue challenge). So pack your Bible, your copy of Milton Berle’s Private Joke File, and some earplugs for those two behind you who won’t stop talking....and get on the bus already. For those of you who will be foregoing the journey to DC or San Francisco, check out the TV viewing links at the MARCH page.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Clothing Line for Kids with T21

Hat tip to Cause of Our Joy which has just posted a link to It’ll Fit’ll (It Will Fit Well), which will feature a clothing line specifically sized to fit kids with Down.

Gentlemen start your engines

And ladies too. Today marks the start of 9 days of prayer and fasting to ward off that voodoo known as FOCA (Freedom of Choice Act). Nine days end on January 22nd, our National Day of Prayer and Penance for Life. Also, time to start getting out those marching boots, gloves and scarves. Looks like D.C is planning on being chilly as usual. Rally for Life starts at noon sharp. Onward soldiers.