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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-17

    12/17/2017 9:13:32 PM PST · by Salvation
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2017 Monday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:"The LORD our justice." Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, "As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt";but rather, "As the LORD...
  • Tax bill released

    12/17/2017 9:13:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    Club for Growth e-mail | December 16, 2017 | Rachel Slobodien
    The conference committee for the tax bill released its draft this week, and it appears both houses will likely bring the measure up for passage early next week. As we’ve said all along, the bill is not perfect, but there are some important victories that Club for Growth had been pushing for that were adopted in the revised version out of conference. Among the highlights include: The back-door capital gains tax on individuals was removed. Club for Growth President David McIntosh made the case against this provision in an op-ed in The Hill earlier this week. As David explained in...
  • Now Chicken Wing Producers Are Whining Over NFL Protests

    12/17/2017 9:10:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Eater ^ | Dec 15, 2017, 4:03pm EST | Chris Fuhrmeister
    Another food behemoth is blaming slumping sales on protests at National Football League games. Sanderson Farms, a poultry outfit headquartered in Laurel, Mississippi, is pointing to the protests, in which some NFL players kneel during the pre-game national anthem, as a possible reason for a recent decline, reports Fortune. “The only thing puzzling me right now is wings,” chief executive officer Joe F. Sanderson Jr. said in an earnings call on Thursday. “It’s just been reported to us that some of our customers think that their traffic is down because of the demonstrations by some of the NFL players.” Chicken...
  • ‘Saturday Night Fever’ is Hollywood’s Greatest Insult to Italian-Americans

    12/17/2017 9:06:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 16, | Steve Cuozzo
    I’ve hated “Saturday Night Fever” since the first time I saw it in 1977. It’s the only Hollywood movie that offends me as an Italian-American. Sure, it’s “iconic” — but that debased term is now used for every pizza joint that closed because of a rent hike. I admit that I love the pulse-pounding opening sequence where John Travolta prances under the 86th Street tracks in Bensonhurst to the beat of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” Who doesn’t? But the next 116 minutes make my blood boil. Movies about Mafia gangsters, which some Italian-Americans grumble about, rarely bother me. The...
  • 100 Men and Women We’ll Test Today…and 100 Wear the Green Beret…

    12/17/2017 9:04:52 PM PST · by pboyington
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 17, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    You are an eyewitness with a front row seat, watching the death of the US military right before your eyes. What’s happening right now in the US military is the final act, in a Shakespearean tragedy filled with gutless leaders lacking in moral courage, perfumed princes who only care about punching a ticket on their way up the army ladder, feminist and liberal fools who think that they’re providing equal opportunity, even if it’s obtained fraudulently, and finally, a few brave souls who know the hour of the total clusterf**k is near and are desperate to do something before a...
  • Gov. says senator should resign over misconduct allegations [PA]

    12/17/2017 9:03:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2017 10:54 PM EST
    Pennsylvania’s governor said Sunday a state senator should resign over published allegations he behaved inappropriately toward women. Gov. Tom Wolf’s call for Sen. Daylin Leach to quit followed a story quoting former campaign and legislative staffers and advisers who accused Leach, 56, of behavior ranging from highly sexualized jokes and comments to touching they considered inappropriate. Wolf called Leach “a leader on important policy issues”, but said, “this conduct cannot be excused.” Leach, a legislator since 2003, is seeking the Democratic nomination next year for Congress in the Philadelphia suburbs. In a statement, Leach blamed the accusations on an unnamed...
  • CNN contributor jumps to conclusions and is left eating crow

    12/17/2017 9:03:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 17, 2017 | Max Jaeger
    She had to eat her words. CNN guest commentator Hilary Rosen is on the hot seat after she publicly and baselessly panned a Georgetown University sports fan as anti-Semitic — because he was wearing a bacon suit during his school’s recent basketball game against Syracuse University. It turns out the fan’s name is Michael Bakan, and he regularly wears the get-up just because his last name is pronounced like the non-Kosher breakfast staple.
  • Forensic scientists caught a deer munching on a human carcass for the first time ever

    12/17/2017 8:58:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Popular Science ^ | May 5, 2017 | Sarah Fecht
    It’s gruesome, but could help investigationsForensic scientists have to do a lot of weird things in order to solve crimes and identify bodies. Sometimes that involves leaving corpses outside to rot, to better understand what happens during and after decomposition. In fact, there are entire facilities devoted to studying the decay of donated human remains, like the 26-acre Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF) in San Marcos, Texas. In July 2014, researchers left a body in a wooded part of FARF. They wanted to learn about how different scavengers leave their marks on human remains, so they set up a motion-sensitive...
  • Homeless Man Finds $354K in Room at Paris Airport

    12/17/2017 8:48:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KRON4 ^ | December 17, 2017
    French police say a homeless man found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave the complex with 300,000 euros ($354,000). Two police officers, who are not allowed to speak publicly on the case, said Thursday that video surveillance showed the man looking in the trash and leaning against a nearby door.
  • Massive Scribal Hangovers: One Ninth Century Confession

    12/17/2017 8:40:13 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 3 replies
    Medieval Irish scribes were habitually recording their emotional and physical state as they labored at the task of copying manuscripts. These scribal glosses range from pious prayers ("God bless my hands today" Laon MS 26, f18v) to curses on pens, parchment, and careless work by fellow scribes. ***** One Irish ninth century copy of a Latin grammar, the Institutiones grammaticae by Priscian (c. 500), contains alongside the usual prayers and complaints a curious marginal gloss in ogham script. Ogham script was used by the Irish possibly as early as the fourth century AD, mainly in grave monuments scattered over Ireland...
  • Dutch School Lets Children Dance to (Geert) 'Wilders F-- Off'

    12/17/2017 8:11:09 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-17-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    Pupils of the St-Gregorius College (a high school) in Utrecht, the Netherlands, recently participated in an event organized by DOX, a left-wing organization. DOX got the pupils to sing and dance to a song with lyrics such as (Geert) "Wilders rot op!" ("Wilders F--- Off!"). [VIDEO AT PJMEDIA] While Dutch politicians claim that they believe education should be unbiased, the school clearly feels and acts quite differently. Instead of letting children make up their own minds about politics, they're hiring a left-wing organization that uses music and dance to spread their propaganda against Geert Wilders. And that propaganda includes cussing....
  • It's that Simon Game

    Flashing lights. Had to remember how they went and then you had to push the buttons to repeat the sequence or you would get it wrong and lose the game. Those beeps seemed high tech - at the time. Millennials would not understand.
  • Bridge commission moving forward on new headquarters in Lower Makefield

    12/17/2017 7:53:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | December 14, 2017 | Chris English
    The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has taken another step toward its planned new headquarters in Lower Makefield. Commission officials recently awarded a contract not to exceed $529,869 to Joseph Jingoli & Son of Lawrence Township, New Jersey, to serve as construction manager on the project. The new 37,000-square foot, two-story commission headquarters building will be constructed at the 10-acre park-and-ride just off Interstate 95 the commission bought from Lower Makefield last year for $800,000. Officials from the DRJTBC hope to award bids for the new building early next year and have it open by the summer of 2019....
  • The End of China Inc?

    12/17/2017 7:20:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 18 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Sep 16, 2016 | Unknown
    There's a magic formula to becoming a millionaire in China - borrow big to earn big. For years, individuals, state-owned companies and municipalities have taken massive loans
  • The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook

    12/17/2017 7:20:30 PM PST · by T Ruth · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | recent? | Josh Meyer
    An ambitious U.S. task force targeting Hezbollah's billion-dollar criminal enterprise ran headlong into the White House's desire for a nuclear deal with Iran. How Hezbollah turned to trafficking cocaine and laundering money through used cars to finance its expansion. In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.
  • NFL Attendance Continues To Plummet As Empty Seat Epidemic Enters Week 15

    12/17/2017 7:13:49 PM PST · by blam · 72 replies
    Newz Sentinel ^ | 12-17-2017
    As the NFL copes with a ratings slump and ESPN slashes $80 million in salaries after losing 15,000 subscribers a day in October, another major issue facing the league continued to play out in week 15 – terrible attendance. Ravens vs. Browns, Start 2nd Qtr While many blame the kneeing epidemic of unpatriotic players refusing to stand for the National Anthem – which started in the summer 2016 pre-season by former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, others point to a boring season, cord cutters and broke millennials staying home. Either way, it’s ugly. Since most NFL attendance figures are...
  • Catholic Police Officer Gets Suspended for Going to Church While on Duty

    12/17/2017 7:09:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/15/17 | Doug Mainwaring
    MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania, December 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A Pennsylvania police officer has been suspended for ten days for going to Catholic Mass on a day of obligation while on duty and in uniform. Officer Mark Hovan, a 20- year veteran of the Middletown, Pa., police department, attended Mass in uniform on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation for Catholics. “Hovan, who said he is a devout Catholic, said it was necessary at times because of shift changes for him to go to church while on duty on occasion,” reports...
  • New Polish PM Sees Return to Christian Roots as Only Way to Stop Europe’s Decline

    12/17/2017 7:04:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/14/17 | Natalia Dueholm
    December 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Mateusz Morawiecki, the new Prime Minister of Poland, spoke about re-Christianizing Europe during the first interview after his nomination. His Law and Justice party has been under constant attack by the EU political elites. Last Friday Morawiecki, 49, was appointed Prime Minister by President Andrzej Duda. He replaced Beata Szydło, who had served only half a term. Morawiecki had been Minister of Development, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister in Szydło’s government. He was sworn into office last Monday, and gave his first interview the previous Friday. The topics of the conversation with a...
  • I'll Be Home For Christmas

    12/17/2017 7:03:46 PM PST · by Twotone · 22 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 17, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    We began our celebration of the big hits from the Christmas songbook with Mark and Irving Berlin's daughter gathered around her father's piano to recall the family tragedy behind "White Christmas". This week's song is one of many written in the wake of "White Christmas" and in the shadow of war, as Mark and Linda Purl note in the video below. Linda has been a fixture on American TV screens from "Happy Days" to "The Office", "Matlock" to "Homeland". Click here to see Linda's marvelous performance, and afterwards Mark will tell the story behind the song: (audio at site) If...
  • Italy Deals Church Third Big Political Loss, This Time on Right-to-Die

    12/17/2017 6:58:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/15/17 | Claire Giangravè
    ROME - Just days before the 11th anniversary of the death of an Italian man whose battle to be allowed to die stimulated wide debate in the country over euthanasia, the Italian senate on Thursday approved a “living wills” measure strongly backed by right-to-die advocates. For the Catholic Church here, the vote marks a third major political setback in the last two years, coming on the heels of its failures to block adoption of civil unions in 2016, which the Church saw as a step toward gay marriage, and to push through a ius soli law granting immigrant children citizenship...