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Aug 25, 2013

"Where are the inflated expressions of outrage from our self-righteous president?"

To President Obama, race relations seem to be a one-way street; blacks are always the victims.

July 25, 2013

Modern day lynching

The federal government and the main stream media are not interested in truth, they are only interested in pushing racism.

June 12, 2013

One woman's testimony about being targeted by the IRS

"I’m telling my government that you've forgotten your place...."

May 12, 2013

The president lied, 4 people died

Judge Jeanine Pirro on the Benghazi investigation; the video is a few minutes long but it clearly describes the Obama administration's decision not to rescue the diplomats being attacked.

April 7, 2013

The Zeitgeist Torquemadas

“Bigot”, however incorrectly uttered, is the new card that will be played and overplayed. Don’t accept it; keep correcting the equation from “To Disagree” = “To Hate” into “To Disagree” = “Disagreement.”

March 29, 2013

We need an exit strategy from Obamacare

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" will not make health care affordable or universal. "Obamacare will cost $1 trillion and will create a quagmire..."

March 10, 2013

‘Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act’ proposed in Maryland

There have been too many of these incidents lately; we need to legislate common sense. Amazingly, "Park Elementary School officials later offered counseling to other students who may have been traumatized by the pastry." My favorite part of the proposed legislation is this: "The bill also includes a section mandating counseling for school officials who fail to distinguish between guns and things that resemble guns."

February 19, 2013

“Why is that same security my daughter enjoys at home with her Dad, not available at school in Newtown?"

I want to cheer every time I listen to what this Newtown father said to Congress.

January 19, 2013

“Do SOMETHING! Even if we know it is ineffective, meaningless and purely symbolic!”

"In past similar incidents, the most effective response to stop the bloodshed has been resistance by gunfire or the presence of a gun in the hands of a potential victim that stopped the killer..."

December 9, 2012

"Dismantling the Dream"

"What we’re witnessing is a calculated attempt to deliberately dismantle the American dream. There will be no reason to strive for financial success if this attack on our way of life succeeds."

December 2, 2012

Religious Persecution in America

Persecution of Christians is a growing threat in America, as our religious freedoms are being eroded.

November 8, 2012

We Are Broke

"Here’s the sad news: if you confiscated all of their money – all the money of everyone making over say 100k, ALL OF IT, you’d run our country for a couple of months."

Sept 30, 2012

The Democrat Party has become anti-Christian

A well-stated appeal to stop alligning with the Democrats.

Aug 19, 2012

A small business owner who has had enough:

Many business owners cannot afford the cost of Obamacare, and to add insult to injury they are being labeled as the enemy.

July 22, 2012

"‘You Didn’t Build That!’ … Oh Yeah?"

Obama said, about people who have small businesses, "You didn't build that!" All that hard work, sacrifice and risk count for nothing - without government infrastructure.
Some argue that it was the other way around — that it was the successful ventures that prompted all the infrastructure.
Also this:
"If you’re one of the millions of Americans counted as part of the eight percent unemployed, you didn’t get there on your own. Somebody else made that happen. And he’s running for reelection."

June 20, 2012

Deacon Greg to NBC: "What the hell is wrong with you?"

Deacon Greg can no longer defend the mainstream media's behavior.

May 13, 2012

"How about a 'life of Julia' panel where she becomes a Republican candidate, and Obama's allies call her filthy names on the air?"

The year of losing touch with reality.

May 4, 2012

"Who the hell is 'Julia,' and why am I paying for her whole life?"

According to the “Life of Julia,” women can’t do anything, not without the guiding hand of Barack Obama.

April 24, 2012

"If we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens, must have the courage not to obey them."

America’s bishops have issued one of their most important statements in years.
An excerpt of Archbishop Chaput's review of the statement is here.

March 31, 2012

NBC will do an "internal investigation" on the way they used an edited version of Zimmerman's 911 call.

The editing constitutes an outright lie that contributed to the rush to judgement of the past week. We need to see serious legal consequences against whoever authorized this.
"People are not symbols. Facts are not plastic, to be heated and molded to produce a narrative." Another look at the whole issue here.

February 13, 2012

"The mandate still compromises religious, economic, and political liberty."

The Sisters of Mary issue a statement on the President's "compromise."

January 17, 2012


There hasn't been enough change to suit him.

December 10, 2011

Teachers promoting bullying

A teacher who dared to support reforms in Wisconsin is being harassed by the union.

October 22, 2011

Six religious liberty concerns arising just since June

" Archbishop Dolan said that, although he and his predecessor as USCCB President, Cardinal Francis George, had sent private letters to President Obama on religious liberty in the context of redefining marriage, none of those letters received a response."

September 29, 2011

Mexico Upholds Right to Life

The Supreme Court of Mexico ruled on Wednesday to uphold the state constitutional personhood amendment of Baja California."Unlike the United States, Mexican states are free from judicial tyranny and the people retain the right of self-determination."

July 28, 2011

Phony Cuts, Real Taxes

In the debt ceiling discussions, when it comes to spending cuts, virtual reality rules.

July 24, 2011

Social Security Checks are Not at Risk

Contrary to Obama's scare tactics, even if the debt ceiling is not raised, social security checks will still go out.

July 6, 2011

Repeal of the estate tax means more tax dollars, not fewer.

Ohio repealed its estate tax and other states are moving in that direction.

June 22, 2011

Texas is fighting the ban on incandescent bulbs

Texans can continue to buy non-hazardous light bulbs that are actually bright enough to read by.

May 20, 2011

Fantasies, Present and Future

The Obama administration's lack of integrity, and what we can expect during the presidential campaign.

April 24, 2011

Taxing the rich will not solve our problems

Even with a 100% tax on those earning $500K or more, the U.S. would still have a $839 billion deficit.

April 9, 2011

Let them buy new cars.

Our clueless president suggests a solution.

Mar 16, 2011

Protection Racket

It's NOT about the children.

Feb 26, 2011

Help-Wanted Ad for the next president: Grownups only need apply

State Budget Battles Herald the Return of the Grown-Ups.

Feb 19, 2011

President Obama and Democrats have placed themselves on the wrong side of the issue in Wisconsin.

There won't be much sympathy for the striking state employees, who get paid more money than the average taxpayer, and go on strike because they don't want to pay a dime toward their own generous benefits. Obama acted stupidly in picking sides against taxpayers.

Feb 12, 2011

Send your old compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to your member of Congress for proper disposal in hazardous-waste landfills, since they contain mercury.

Forcing us to stop buying incandescent bulbs is hardly a "green" idea. CFL's contain mercury; follow the multiple steps recommended in the EPA guidelines if one breaks in your house. An don't bother with LED's either - they contain lead and arsenic.

Feb 6, 2011

Victor Davis Hanson - The Middle East and the Multicultural Nightmare

"Multiculturalism [is] ... a byproduct of Western affluence, which alone provided the margin of safety and affluence to indulge in fantasies."

"Multiculturalism is a fraud of sorts, as the activist who wears the serape to campus never quite agitates for adopting the protocols of the Mexican police or the Mexico City elite's approach to Indian peoples. We do not see signs blaring out: "We want Nigerian speech codes," "Treat women as they do in Saudi Arabia," "Look to the Iranians for gay rights," "Arabs had the right idea about slavery," etc."

Feb 2, 2011

"What's more important? Our relationship with the UK or proof of Obama's mettle after the crushing 2010 elections?"

"The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain's nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty."

Jan 9, 2011

An encouraging sign of hope

Egypt's Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as "human shields".

Dec 28, 2010

Two Californias

An article by Victor Davis Hanson - "The state of California is essentially broke, yet free money showered upon illegal immigrants shows no sign of stopping."

Dec 25, 2010

Global Warming is a good thing for our planet

"GW is a good thing for our planet and our species - and it won't happen over night. People will migrate, new weather patterns will emerge, and we'll adapt.
What's up with the mentality that if the status quo isn't maintained, all hell will break loose. How progressive is that?"
(From comments on Ann Althouse's post.)

Dec 19, 2010

Beautiful Photos of snow crystals

This site has photo galleries of snow crystals and snowflakes.

Nov 26, 2010

What any Republican presidential candidate can look forward to

It's major news in the mainstream media when Sarah Palin has a slip up but when Obama gets the words wrong it's not reported. Why can't both sides get equal treatment from our major news outlets?

Oct 3, 2010

"A tax cut is not a handout. It simply means government steals less."

State and federal governments will tax the rich more and then wonder why jobs disappeared and the expected revenue did not appear.

Sept 14, 2010

"Political Thuggery"

Kathleen Sebelius warns the insurance industry there will be zero tolerance for informing their clients that the rate increases are due to ObamaCare.

Aug 22, 2010

"(NOT) Ground Zero Mosque"

There seems to be a widespread misunderstanding about the location of the mosque or community center. The proposed site is not at Ground Zero.
Map here.

Aug 9, 2010


"This is the troubled crossroads the U.S.A. has reached."

June 21, 2010

"What does it mean when those people say there's a crisis, I agree that there's a crisis, but they refuse to act like there's a crisis?"

"There are several possible explanations for this, and I have no idea which is the most frightening."

June 19, 2010

The administration is now arguing in federal court that Obama signed a massive middle-class tax increase, in violation of his campaign pledge.

In order to protect the new national health care law from legal challenges, the Obama administration has been forced to argue that the individual mandate represents a tax -- even though Obama himself argued the exact opposite while campaigning to pass the legislation.

June 14, 2010

"These lines were not expected to cross for at least another five years."

The payroll tax revenues versus the benefits paid number lines have crossed.

May 18, 2010

Laura is training for the 2010 Denver Rock 'n Roll Marathon in October

Visit her Team in Training Fundrasing Homepage and help her raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

April 23, 2010

"An Open Letter to Hans Kung"

If you get your religious news from the main stream media, George Weigel's article will help explain the truth. Michael Brendan Dougherty has another response here.

April 3, 2010

Light and Shadow - "Why I Remain Catholic"

Elizabeth Scalia has a beautiful essay on faith and hope.

March 10, 2010

(Almost) Unbelievable

At a conference yesterday, Nancy Pelosi actually said, "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."
Full text of her remarks on her own website here.

March 6, 2010

This is why we object to government run health care

Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan wants to know why the only health care option the Democrats will consider is to punish 85% of us and to take away our personal health care choices. He quotes Lincoln: "You can't make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak."

Feb. 27, 2010

How dare he ask how this will be paid for?

Senator Jim Bunning objected to continued so-called "stimulus" programs, and the Democrats angrily denounced him for hours.

Feb. 9, 2010

"Hi Mom!"

Sarah Palin shows a great sense of humor over the left's coverage of the notes she wrote on her hand.

Feb. 4, 2010

NOW: "They aren't actually 'pro-choice' so much as they are

Sally Jenkins, a pro-choice sports writer at the Washington Post, sides with Tim Tebow and the airing of his pro-life ad during the Superbowl, against the "National Organization of Fewer and Fewer Women All The Time".

Jan. 5, 2010

The health care bill is unconstitutional

Michael Connelly, a retired Constitutional Attorney, shows several reasons why the health care bill is not about health care but about an unconstitutional power grab.

Dec. 31, 2009

Sarah Palin, Man of the Year!

Don Surber has chosen Sarah Palin as "man of the year". His article about her is an entertaining read. Also follow the links at the bottom of his article to see the bios of his other 14 finalists.

Dec. 13, 2009

"Faith" vs. Reason

Christopher Monckton interviews a Global Warming Believer and asks her to check the facts.

Nov. 14, 2009

If Obamacare is so good, why the handcuffs?

Ed Morrissey points out that statism always comes with handcuffs.
And Congressman Peter Rosscam asks, if it's so good, why do you have to force people to take part?

Nov. 8, 2009

Why the health care bill is not likely to be passed

Here's an interesting article by Jack Smithat on the Catholic Key blog -
After the senate vote, when the final bill is voted on again in the House, the presence or absence of the pro-life Stupak Amendment to the bill will be much more important. Read the whole article for the details.

Oct. 31, 2009

Speaking truth to who?

In an interview with CNN, Presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett was asked about the White House's attacks on Fox News. She responded that the administration's policy is to "speak truth to power."

Mark Steyn has some amusing comments on this - "She seems to have forgotten that she is the power."

Oct. 13, 2009

"One of the deepest truths of the human predicament is this: If you stand up to evil, you may lose. But if you don’t stand up, you will lose."

Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput praises Belmont Abbey College for standing up for its "right to be Catholic."

Sept. 29, 2009

".....hearing racism whether or not it's warranted. That's called prejudice."

NRO: "...no significant conservative politician, pundit, or intellectual has said that they object to Obama's agenda because he's black. Rather, they've said they oppose his agenda for precisely the same reasons they oppose Nancy Pelosi's and Harry Reid's and Barney Frank's agendas. They stand athwart Obama yelling "Stop!" just as they did with Clinton and Democratic presidents before him." Read the whole article here.

Sept. 10, 2009

Louis F. Aversano, Jr.

Project 2996 remembers the lives of those who were killed on 9/11/01. I am honoring Louis F. Aversano, Jr of Manalapan, NJ, who worked in the World Trade Center.

Sept. 6, 2009

Health care and the common good

"No system that allows or helps fund—no matter how subtly or indirectly—the killing of unborn children, or discrimination against the elderly and persons with special needs, can bill itself as 'common ground.' Doing so is a lie." Read Archbishop Chaput's recent column.

Aug 16, 2009

Tilly Spetgang's Zook Soup on a "Feeling Good" day

I've been making Zook Soup for years, using a recipe my mom sent me, photocopied from the Philadelphia Bulletin (which stopped publishing in 1982.) The story that goes with the recipe is just as wonderful as the soup. It reminds me of the song "It's A Great Day To Be Alive" by Travis Tritt.

Aug 7, 2009

The administration is mocking concerned citizens

Democrats attack those who object to the health care plan.

July 29, 2009

Lessons to be learned from the Gates incident

"A president who announces in a televised press conference that a police officer 'behaved stupidly,' is behaving stupidly."

June 27, 2009

Conversion is the Way to Happiness

An inspiring Homily by P. Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household.

June 21, 2009

Neutrality Isn’t an Option

Mark Steyn's take on “the amazing spectacle of an American president taking an equidistant position between the country he leads and its detractors and enemies.”

May 29, 2009

Only Democrat dealerships get to stay open

Profitable Chrysler dealerships owned by those who didn't donate to the Democrats will be closed.

May 19, 2009

A couple of easy ways to visualize Obama's spending plans

Jimmy Akin's blog has links to two videos that illustrate the coming spending spree.

May 15, 2009

Some say the bishops' objections to Obama's honorary degree are politically motivated.

"Anyone who is familiar with the American episcopacy knows how laughable an assertion this is..." Read Amy Wellborn's article.

April 28, 2009

"One of the dummest things I've ever heard."
Is this administration clueless?

Near panic in Lower Manhattan as residents saw a 747 chased by a fighter plane; it turned out to be a photo shoot of the president's plane.

April 22, 2009

"....the Resurrection goes on, as His Church continues to embrace and protect the dignity of every human person...."

Archbishop Dolan's installation Homily is an encouraging sign of hope; and he got a two minute standing ovation.

(h/t Laura Ingraham.)

April 19, 2009

Top 10 Favorite Tea Party Signs

Kathy Carroll of the "One Clear Call" blog posted her top 10 favorite Tea Party signs along with a link to a good wrap up of various protests around the country.

April 13, 2009

Happy Easter!

The best gift.

April 5, 2009

This is wonderful!

Dancing to The sound of Music in the Antwerp Central Train Station.

March 1, 2009


The Anchoress: If the government is forcing you to do what your conscience tells you not to ... then you are not free.

February 1, 2009

Rush Derangement Syndrome

Michelle Malkin: Rush Limbaugh enjoys being denounced by the Democrats.

January 31, 2009

No, we can't turn up the heat, but the president can.

When it comes to saving energy, it's do as I say, not as I do.

January 24, 2009

"Western governments are becoming increasingly comfortable with the regulation of opinion."

Mark Steyn's latest column.

January 4, 2009

A collection of wedding photos

I haven't seen Laura and Mark's official wedding photos yet, but I gathered up pictures that other people have posted and put them in a Photobucket album here.

December 31, 2008

Mel & Mike are having a baby!!!!

Another picture here.

December 20, 2008

A traditional Christmas carol you've never heard before

Indiana University's men's a cappella group, Straight No Chaser, performs the "Twelve Days of Christmas".

(h/t Creative Minority Report.)

December 6, 2008

A rational view of the state of the nation

Victor David Hanson - "The Hysterical Style".

November 15, 2008

Tolerance is not inclusive

A 14-year-old girl's test of political tolerance in her Chicago school.

October 20, 2008

Obama campaign defeats Joe the Plumber

The Anchoress - "Going after Joe the Plumber"

And another good article -

Orange County Register - "We speak truth to plumber"

September 23, 2008

Name that movie #11:

"May I have ten thousand marbles, please?"

"The last time I spoke with Alex, we had a fight. I yelled at him." "That's probably why he killed himself."

"I have a headache." "It might be a tumor." "It's not a tumor!"

"Hello, my name is Enigo Montoya...you killed my father...prepare to die. "

"Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with Samurai swords."

September 14, 2008

"Enemies of the Normal"

From Mark Shea - "The sheer hatred and terror of the Normal from the manufacturers of Blue State culture is palpable."

September 13, 2008

Is someone trying to sabotage the Obama campaign?

From Roger Kimball, a roundup of reports on Obama gaffes.
"Criticizing McCain for not using a computer would be like criticizing the blind governor of New York, David Paterson, who doesn’t know how to drive a car."

September 5, 2008

"Dumbest Strategy in the History of the World"

Here's a good summary of a very wild week in politics. Some Democrats and Obama supporters would "do almost anything to get elected including destroy a 17-year-old girl."

"Team O focused on ridiculing Palin’s mayoral experience and, somewhat bizarrely, ignored that she is the sitting governor of the state of Alaska, as if no one would notice. "

August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin for VP!

Rachel Lucas on McCain's VP pick; and some of the comments are especially enlightening.

August 27, 2008

More from Archbishop Chaput:
His response to Nancy Pelosi's comments on abortion

Archbishop Charles Chaput's letter to the Catholics of Northern Colorado to clarify the church's teaching on abortion.

August 26, 2008

"Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortion and family suppression services..."

Archbishop Charles Chaput's comments at a Pro-Life Prayer Vigil (also attended by Dr. Alveda King) outside Planned Parenthood of Stapleton, Colorado.

August 14, 2008

What's the point of drilling in ANWR?

The truth about proposed drilling in Alaska.

July 14, 2008

Does Obama have any solid beliefs?

Charles Krauthammer's article from the Washington Post - is there any issue on which Obama hasn't changed his opinion to suit the election cycle?

July 11, 2008

"They should be sleeping outside the 'Life' store."

(Comment by a morning radio host, about people camped out in front of a store, waiting to buy the newest IPhone.)

July 6, 2008

Laura and friends are off to World Youth Day in Australia this week

The group from Detroit heading for World Youth Day has a blog; read it here.

May 31, 2008

Interesting Quote - WWJD

"When someone asks you 'Think about what Jesus would do', remember that a valid option is to freak out and turn over tables." -- Unknown

(Found on the Catholic Pillow Fight blog.)

May 18, 2008

Trinity Sunday

Deacon Greg's homily about the Trinity, on the first anniversary of his ordination.

April 24, 2008

Beyond food and wine pairings

What's the best beer to drink while reading this book?
Meanwhile I'll do more research into the best snack food for reading the mail.

March 27, 2008

"No sane person would sit through his gibberish"

Mark Steyn on Barack Obama and Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

March 23, 2008

A stunning act of Creation

Deacon Greg's Easter homily.

February 29, 2008

William F. Buckley 1925-2008

Peggy Noonan's tribute to "an American original."

February 15, 2008


The Anchoress explains the meaning of the "F" word to Keith Olbermann.

January 20, 2008

Shameless dishonesty

Hillary Clinton is now taking credit for the success of the surge in Iraq, after speaking against it at every opportunity.

January 12, 2008

Great dance video of the Nicholas Brothers

Fred Astaire called this the greatest dance number ever filmed.

December 5, 2007

World's largest Tetris game!

Tech students in Finland are using the windows of a large dorm to create a huge Tetris game. Here's a video of the game, and more info about the project and the building.

October 28, 2007

Mandatory Diversity in the Iowa Workforce

How many Southern Baptists is too many? Will prospective employees be forced to divulge their sexual orientation? Read John Rosenberg's comments on the Iowa governor's new state executive order requiring “diversity.”

October 13, 2007

Get Your Own Dirt

A scientist In Maryland is expected to announce within a few days that he has created the first artificial life form. Safety and ethics aside, it brings us back to the basic question - where did he get the chemicals that he's using in this experiment? "Get your own dirt."

September 15, 2007

We're fighting on two fronts

Kathy Carroll at One Clear Call points out that "The two sides to this war are right here at home."

June 29, 2007

Insensitivity Training: Facing the Crybaby Culture

A very entertaining article by Mark Shea about people and groups who demand that something be done about their hurt feelings.

June 24, 2007

"...If freedom of religion means anything, it surely includes the right of every church to determine who is a member in good standing."

Read Dr. James Hitchcock's column on "Freedom of Religion at Political Crossroad."

May 19, 2007

Socialism or Free Enterprise

Is the well-being of all members of society the goal? Fr. Robert Sirico looks at the free enterprise system and how it affects the common good.

May 5, 2007

Don't abandon Iraq

An article written by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari asks us to look at the progress in Iraq and the consequences of not continuing to support them during their struggle against terrorism.

April 14, 2007

What is on the other side?

This little story is a wonderful way to explain death.

(It has apparently been around for a while, judging by the dates on the many web pages that turned up when I did a search, but I had never seen it before receiving it in an email from my Dad today.)

April 10, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards and her "slummy" neighbor

Elizabeth Edwards is afraid of her "rabid, rabid Republican" neighbor, who she says refuses to clean up his “slummy” property just to spite her family, whose lavish 28,000-square-foot estate is nearby on 102 wooded acres.

More comments, from Mary Katherine Ham, here.

March 25, 2007

Why Did Global Warming Become a Moral Matter?

Interesting essay by Tim Thorstenson.

March 11, 2007


We've just come back from a wonderful trip to Hawaii to visit Laura. Some of our pictures can be seen here.

February 17, 2007

Optimism in Iraq

An email sent this past week (2/15/2007) from a soldier in Iraq, who wonders why we never hear about the progress being made there, and the optimism of the Iraqi people.

Full text of the letter

February 7, 2007

Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?

"Until you have challenged the prevailing wisdom you have no idea how nasty people can be. Until you have re-examined any issue in an attempt to find out all the information, you cannot know how much misinformation exists..."

Another article that looks at the suppression of free speech on this issue.

More here.

January 20, 2007

Re-assessing Iraq

"And what, then, is the solution for dealing with worldwide terror? Until someone can tell me what is the workable alternative to war, can tell me how to keep our children from having to live in a world where free speech is lost to intimidation, cathedral crosses are replaced with minarets, women are stoned to death for the crime of being raped, gays are hung for being gay and jews are simply left for slaughter, I simply can't find the answer."

Full article here

January 17, 2007

Name that movie #10:

"I can't go all my life waiting to catch you between husbands."

"I'd like to dedicate this to my grandpa, who showed me these moves."
"Aww, that is so sweet." "Is he here? Where's your grandpa right now?"
"In the trunk of our car."

"First you must bring us a shrubbery..."

"There was Dallas, from Phoenix; Cleveland - he was from Detroit; and Tex... well, I don't remember where Tex come from."

January 5, 2007


Laura should be seeing this view tomorrow morning, after four seven eight hours of flight delays on United Air Lines.

January 4, 2007

Why should I have to press 1 to continue in English?

For Karl's birthday we had lunch at Geno's Steaks - the best in Philadelphia.

December 3, 2006

Name that movie #9:

"Don't worry. As long as you hit that wire with the connecting hook at precisely 88mph the instant the lightning strikes the tower... everything will be fine!"

"I want to see the look on that man's face when his gold is gone. He stole my father from me, I'm stealing this."

"I'm shocked...shocked to hear that gambling is going on here!"

"Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!"

November 28, 2006

Spiritual Pilgimage with the Pope

On his pastoral visit to Turkey, Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, 2006

Heavenly Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name, we humbly ask that you sustain, inspire, and protect your servant, Pope Benedict XVI, as he goes on pilgrimage to Turkey...

More Here

And Here

November 19, 2006

Remembering what you are thankful for

An idea for Thanksgiving:
Start a list of things that you are thankful for. Then go back and read it once in a while, and keep adding to it. When you are stressed or not feeling well, your list can brighten your day. Include any happy memories, anything that you recognize as beautiful and good, anything that makes you smile.

Hannah's Cupboard has a different perspective.

This book got me started on my list.

A hymn for Thanksgiving: "For the Beauty of the Earth".

November 3, 2006

Name that movie #8:

"I know what Alex would say." "What?" "What's for dessert?"

"Don't shut YOUR eyes!" "Sorry, I'm just a little nervous!" "YOU'RE nervous? An 11 year-old is cutting my hair!"

"You didn't slay the dragon?" "It's on my 'to do' list. Now come on." "But this isn't right. You're meant to charge in, sword drawn, banner flying - that's what all the other knights did." "Yeah, right before they burst into flame."

"And I guess that was your accomplice in the woodchipper."

October 28, 2006

Pumpkin Harvest

We grew all of these from the seeds of one acorn squash.

October 23, 2006

Highlights of a good weekend in Michigan

Exploring Paint Creek Trail, Rochester, Michigan.
Cheeseburger and a raspberry malt at Red Knapp's Dairy Bar. This site lists them among the best burgers in Detroit.
The riverfront and GM's Renaissance Center - here is a good collection of pictures.
The impressive Borealis Sculpture in the Renaissance Center.
And -
Getting back in time to watch the last 10 minutes and 27 seconds of the
Notre Dame vs UCLA game.

October 18, 2006

A Blast of Flavor

If I was a hunter I'd want to try this. Brett Holm, a carpenter in Minnesota, is working on marketing "Season Shot" that will dissolve after use and also flavor the game bird for eating.

October 14, 2006

Pray for the "Other Guy"

An interesting thought - most news reports didn't identify the other person who died in Cory Lidle's plane crash.

Here's a web site asking us to also "pray for the Other Guy", whose name is Tyler, and for his family.

October 9, 2006

Democrats care about Canadian soldiers

From Michelle Malkin: The DNC website has a page telling us how much they care about our soldiers, but they had a picture of a Canadian Soldier featured in the article.

October 6, 2006

Name that movie #7:

"Have you been to any of the football games this season -- ?" "I can't say that I have, no." "Well, Mrs. Jacobs and I feel that there's something missing." "Touchdowns?"

"See if you can guess what I am now.... I'm a zit. Get it?"

"Look at the circles under my eyes. I haven't slept in weeks." "Why don't you try counting sheep?" "That doesn't do any good. I'm afraid of them."

"You hit two cones back there. Those could have been people... they could have been guests at her wedding!" "They were *cones*!"

September 28, 2006

An early Halloween treat

From Julie at HappyCatholic: Why Dogs Bite People.

September 11, 2006


2996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Volunteer bloggers signed up to each post a tribute to one individual. The Day By Day cartoon at the bottom of this page was one of the volunteers; their 9/11/06 page is here.

September 8, 2006

A unique memorial

Pet Harbor has an ongoing project to honor and remember each individual who died in the 9/11 attacks.

September 4, 2006

Name that movie #6:

"I suffer from short term memory loss. It runs in my family... At least I think it does..."

"When I was your age, television was called 'books.' "

"Well, if it isn't Ethel Barrymore!"

"I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is."

"As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion."

August 15, 2006

Our New Granddog

Mary Ellen and Mike just got a cute pug puppy - his name is Bert.
Penny and Bert seem to be getting along just fine.

August 6, 2006

Name that movie #5:

"Light speed, too slow?!" "Yes, we're gonna have to go right to . . . ludicrous speed!"

"Why can't I have a normal boyfriend? Just a regular boyfriend, one that doesn't go nuts on me!" "Everybody wants that, dear. It doesn't exist."

"Yes, Mrs. Castorini. I would love some oatmeal."

"You are without doubt the worst pirate I've ever heard of." "But you have heard of me."

"If they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire..."

August 2, 2006

For the Romantic Geek -

This t-shirt is just perfect.

July 19, 2006

President Bush vetoes embryonic stem-cell research bill

Ignatius Insight Scoop has comments and links to more articles about the veto.

July 17, 2006

Another animal...

We're having fun watching Mary Ellen and Mike's dog Penny this week.

July 8, 2006

NOT the smartest animal...

I never know where Cocoa the Cat will decide to sleep.

July 3, 2006

Name that movie #4:

"What's your sole purpose in this army?" "To do whatever you tell me, drill sergeant!"

"Have you ever had déjà-vu?" "Didn't you just ask me that?"

"You're not so tough without your car, are you?"

"Can you get a mob together?" "After what happened to Luther, I don't think I can get more than two, three hundred guys."

"We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges."

July 1, 2006

Ecumenism or Bigotry - a Muslim student's point of view

Clayton Emmer's "Weight of Glory" site has part of an interesting interview - Fr. Benedict Groeschel interviewed Dr. Peter Kreeft, discussing the state of Catholic higher education in the United States.

June 21, 2006


Mark Shea's comments about it are almost as funny as Gregory Popcak's article.

June 9, 2006

Name that movie #3:

"You said we'd be safe in Philadelphia!" "Well I was wrong!"

"Mr. Reede, one more word out of you, and I will hold you in contempt!" "I hold *myself* in contempt! Why should you be any different?"

"I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way."

"I'll have what she's having."

"I been savin' this money for a divorce, if ever I got a husband."

May 26, 2006

You say it's your Birthday

It's my birthday too--yeah

John Wayne - May 26, 1907
Jay Silverheels - May 26, 1912
Peter Cushing - May 26, 1913
Peggy Lee - May 26, 1920
Miles Davis - May 26, 1926
Stevie Nicks - May 26, 1948
Bob Goldthwait - May 26, 1962
Genie Francis - May 26, 1962

May 22, 2006

How to Pick a Horse

Know almost nothing about horse racing, and get invited to go to Belmont Park for the day.
Go to Belmont on a picture perfect day.
Watch a few races, and try to decipher the statistics in the racing form.
Decide that the only way you can choose is to pick a name that you like -
"Prime Diamond"
Get your more experienced friends (Thanks Janet and Jim) to help you place the bet.
During the race, be disappointed because the electronic display does not list your horse in the front 4.
Be surprised, as they come around the bend, to see that your horse is actually out in front, and winning the race.
Collect your winnings on 6-1 odds, and quit while you are ahead.

May 18, 2006

For those who are falsely accused

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:10-12)

May 11, 2006

Name that movie #2:

"What's the matter with you?" "I can't swim." "Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you!"

"What are you gonna do, bleed on me?"

"I say taco, they say taco." "Taco, taco, taco."

"Oh, yeah, happy birthday sir, what are you, like, 200 today?"

"I watched you very carefully. Red light stop. Green light go. Yellow light go very fast."

April 28, 2006

Government Sponsored Health Care

We need free health care, like the system the Canadians have.

April 25, 2006

Equal time

Mark Shea skewers both the Right and the Left.

April 23, 2006

It's starting to look like spring in Rochester

Pictures of my daffodils, taken today, and some of our Easter eggs.

April 15, 2006

The Easter Bunny

Now THAT'S a Rabbit!
(Thanks to Jimmy Akin; more here.)

April 12, 2006

Can You Be Bothered?

A new look at what Jesus did for you, written by Fr. Robert Barron. Posted by Mark Mossa.

April 5, 2006

Name that movie:

"One of the finest wines of Idaho. Would you like to smell the bottlecap?"

"Old man . . . you give those dogs another piece of my meat and I'll kick ya til ya dead!"

"The Lord tells me he can get me out of this mess. But, he's pretty sure you're f***ed."

"That's the plan, Now I'm gonna go and show the plan to someone else."

"You mean, you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword, and we'll try and kill each other like civilized people?"

April 2, 2006

'Dialogue' About the 'Da Vinci' Movie? No Thanks.

From an article written by Barbara Nicolosi:

"Hollywood wants Christians to have a 'conversation' about a movie in which Jesus is a fraud and church a sham....

...we absolutely do not need to see the film to talk about Jesus. No more than we need to see porn to talk about human sexuality. Or to read Mein Kampf to decide whether we can have an opinion about gassing Jews."

The rest of her article can be read here.

March 31, 2006

Deus Caritas Est

A link to Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical, which I've been planning to read.

March 27, 2006

Facing down a culture where they talk like crazies

Mark Steyn's editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times is an excellent description of the problem we face in Afghanistan and Iraq.

March 25, 2006

One Monk's Homilies

Jimmy Akin recommends "One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict." It's the blog/archive of Father Stephanos Pedrano's homilies.

March 22, 2006

Who Will Save Abdul Rahman?

Michelle Malkin's series of posts about an Afghan man who recently admitted he converted to Christianity and faces the death penalty under the Afghanistan's strict Islamic legal system.

March 21, 2006

What are you doing May 19?

From Quoth The Maven:
"May 19th is the date the Da Vinci Code movie opens. A movie based on a book that wears its heresy and blasphemy as a badge of honor.

What can we as Christians do in response to the release of this movie?
I'm going to offer you the usual choices -- and a new one."

March 19, 2006

Simply Amazing

This is impressive and entertaining...

And this is even more amazing.

(Source: Barking Moonbat)

March 18, 2006

Faith without works is dead

Lisa Fabrizio's article on selectively faithful "Catholic" politicians

March 17, 2006

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

About St. Patrick
St. Patrick's Prayer