More Phony Vatican News

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The Center for Constitutional Rights says in a press release issued this afternoon that the Vatican has been called before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in response to a report issued to the Committee by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The UN committee has summoned . . . . Continue Reading »

Not Your Mother’s Operation Rescue

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Operation Rescue of old was the movement that massively blocked abortion clinics, with the most famous one taking place in Wichita, Kansas, in 1991 led by Randall Terry, who has faded from the scene. It has been taken over in recent years by Troy Newman, a fearless and creative pro-life leader. No . . . . Continue Reading »

Creepiest Ad of the Year?

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This has to be one of the more creepy ads of the year, right up there with Lena Dunham’s voting-is-like-sex ad for Obama. Ryan Bomberger is an African-American pro-lifer who runs the Radiance Foundation. He said this, “The Center for Reproductive Rights, like Planned Parenthood, . . . . Continue Reading »

The Battle for Marriage in Ireland

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One of the most effective groups on the pro-life and pro-family scene in Ireland is the Iona Institute run by David Quinn who is one of our side’s most effective spokesman on national television. Of course, David and his colleagues are in the thick of the current battles over legal abortion . . . . Continue Reading »

The Catholic Church, a Hate Group?

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The White House has started a cockamamie procedure where regular citizens can launch petitions and if they get 25,000 signatures the White House will respond. Some are serious, like the one to exempt Hobby Lobby from the HHS contraceptive mandate. Some are silly, like the one asking for Joe Biden . . . . Continue Reading »

Do We Still Love Romney?

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I missed this report from before Christmas in the Boston Globe and I wish I missed it altogether. Romney’s son Tagg, one of Romney’s closest campaign advisers, says his father did not really want to become president. “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my . . . . Continue Reading »

The Pope as Tony Soprano?

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This cannot be good news: In Showtime’s first pilot order for 2013, the pay cable network has greenlighted a high-profile drama from Oscar nominees Paul Attanasio and Ridley Scott. Titled The Vatican, the project is described as a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, . . . . Continue Reading »

Charlotte Allen Touches a Nerve on Newtown

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The wonderful Charlotte Allen has really stirred the pot at National Review Online. She posted a short essay about her reactions to Newtown and what she said has gone viral and vicious. They are up to 1000+ mostly hateful comments at National Review and even the Esquire blog has gone after her. And . . . . Continue Reading »

Emptying the Mental Institutions

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Not long after the shooting in Newtown, I happened to be reading a biography of Neal Cassady, who was muse to both Jack Kerouac in On the Road and Visions of Cody and several poems by Allen Ginsberg. The book tells one story of Cassady and Ginsberg visiting writer William Burroughs at his . . . . Continue Reading »