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  • Russia This Week: Ultranationalist Politician Urges Men to Rape Women Reporters on Good Friday

    04/19/2014 7:36:24 AM PDT · 19 of 21
    sitetest to elhombrelibre

    How much different is this ass from our own Harry Reid?

  • Nebraska School Gives Most Idiotic Advice Ever to Deal with Bullies

    04/18/2014 3:54:18 PM PDT · 51 of 52
    sitetest to massmike

    Obvuously written by demon-infested dammocrap bullies.

  • Perilous times for the church in America (vanity)

    04/18/2014 5:03:04 AM PDT · 18 of 59
    sitetest to JPX2011

    No problem.

  • Perilous times for the church in America (vanity)

    04/18/2014 4:45:12 AM PDT · 13 of 59
    sitetest to JPX2011

    Dr. Kreeft is at Boston College.

  • Who Are the Real Saboteurs of Immigration Reform?

    04/17/2014 8:03:41 AM PDT · 64 of 67
    sitetest to 9YearLurker

    Yes, we cross-posted.

  • Who Are the Real Saboteurs of Immigration Reform?

    04/17/2014 6:53:13 AM PDT · 51 of 67
    sitetest to 9YearLurker; xzins
    Dear 9YearLurker,

    I think xzins believes that if the laws are rigorously enforced - especially employment laws, illegal immigrants will self-deport over time.

    I agree with him.

    If the federal government aggressively enforces laws against employers hiring illegal immigrants, AND we refuse direct welfare payments to illegal immigrants, AND we control our borders and enforce strictly our laws at our borders, illegal immigrants who are currently here will find jobs for them disappearing, and no other way to obtain the money to live their lives, and send back to the home country.

    If our country ceases to be an economic opportunity for those currently here, they will leave.

    And if we control our borders, new folks won't come in.

    In ten years, when the number of illegal immigrants has dwindled to a small number, then we can have a big debate on what to do with the rest.


  • How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    04/15/2014 9:20:33 AM PDT · 66 of 76
    sitetest to dangerdoc
    Dear dangerdoc,

    I live in a semi-rural area that is within spitting distance of two large cities, so I think because of the density of population, it may be easier here.

    Also, our state “reformed” health insurance some years ago, and we've been living with Deathcare-like rates for a long time. I took my company to a high-deductible plan with an HSA a long time ago, so we've had over a decade for the health economy in our region to “mature” to a point where concierge medicine is more on par with regular health insurance, cost-wise.

    I suspect that if Deathcare isn't repealed or dramatically altered, this model will become increasingly appealing, because the costs for Deathcare will exceed the costs of this model. Alternatively, if folks were to wake up, we'd find that it'd be a good idea to replace Deathcare with a legal infrastructure that supported and encouraged this model.


  • How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    04/15/2014 9:19:43 AM PDT · 65 of 76
    sitetest to Osage Orange


  • How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    04/15/2014 8:06:14 AM PDT · 55 of 76
    sitetest to dangerdoc
    Dear dangerdoc,


    And, at least where I live, many practitioners and providers are quite happy to offer this price if they don't have to work through the insurance company.


  • How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    04/15/2014 6:28:41 AM PDT · 42 of 76
    sitetest to dangerdoc; Alberta's Child
    Dear dangerdoc,

    “If you seem to be getting a deal paying cash it is probably about what the provider would receive from the insurance company.”

    Ah... that's kinda the point. In fact, that's precisely the point of my wife's surgery. It cost us the same with or without the insurance. With insurance, it was $15K with us paying a $3K co-pay. Without the insurance, it was a cash payment of $2,900.

    Alberta's Child's comment was, "One basic problem with the medical profession is that a doctor provides services that most of his patients simply can't afford."

    My point is, we're already affording these services, we're already paying for them. The idea that the insurance companies are actually paying the bulk of our health care costs, and we're just making a small contribution thereto often just isn't the case.

    In my wife's case, the final cost to me for the surgical facility (NOT the doctor's fee, NOT the anesthesiologist's fee, but the actual brick-and-mortar facility, the actual operating room, etc. - one of those high-priced things we worry about paying if we had no health insurance) cost me the same amount with or without the insurance. The difference is, if I didn't have to pay for the “comprehensive” health insurance I now have, I'd save the cost of the insurance. Which is low five-figures per year.

    Having health insurance didn't save me any money at all from what I actually had to pay. The idea that somehow I'd be unable to afford my health care if I didn't have health insurance is mostly untrue.


  • How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    04/15/2014 5:50:33 AM PDT · 22 of 76
    sitetest to Alberta's Child
    Dear Alberta's Child,

    In my region, the rise of “concierge medicine” reduces costs dramatically, often 50% or more. We're starting to investigate it. My son's regular, routine MRIs generally run about $2500 through the insurance company. With a $5K+ deductible, and a 20% co-pay then until we have over $10K out of pocket each year, using the insurance company is no bargain. Add that to the five-figure health insurance premium costs each year, and in a bad year of usage, I'm already spending $25K+ on my family's health.

    I've seen published rates for MRIs in the region, on a cash basis, of $500. My wife had surgery early in 2013. Our insurance didn't cover the outpatient clinic where it was performed. The price to the insurance company would have been $15K (and we'd have been expected to pay roughly $3K of that). The cash-basis price (we showed up with a credit card) was $2,900.

    For those of us affording our own health insurance, we're already spending tens of thousands of dollars per year. If we purchase a catastrophic, indemnity-type policy, and just divert the money otherwise spent on insurance, deductibles, and co-pays to direct payments of the practitioners, a form of self-insuring becomes very viable for many people, and I know that many doctors and providers are happy to move to this model.

    I once read that in order to deal with insurance companies and other third-party payers, a single, actual health care provider requires 2.5 support personnel. There's a lot of bureaucracy in the system that goes away once you move back to a system of direct payment by the patient.


  • Teacher at private Christian school allegedly calls 12-year-old girl ‘SASSY SLUT’

    04/12/2014 7:14:53 PM PDT · 38 of 38
    sitetest to markomalley

    I guess the question is, is she a sassy slut or not?

  • Boston Marathon victim storms off Meet the Press set after interview ambush

    04/11/2014 4:13:41 PM PDT · 41 of 65
    sitetest to Oldeconomybuyer

    You would trust a law-breaking drunk?

  • Jesuit Priest Championed Conservative Catholic Values in Era of Change

    04/11/2014 2:45:53 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    sitetest to kidd
    Dear kidd,

    I like that - “The KKK branch of the FreeRepublic...”

    Very accurate description.


  • Will The Latest Catholic Mass Translation Get Another Overhaul?

    04/10/2014 8:12:47 PM PDT · 6 of 43
    sitetest to Tax-chick
    Dear Tax-chick,

    I rather like “consubstantial.”

    In fact, I rather like just about all the changes, although I think I'd have changed this prayer to this: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” I think the extra syllable in “enter” is a little difficult.

    But my son, who writes verse in Latin and Greek, says the meter is better the way they did it.

    Who am I to judge? LOL!


  • Andrew Cuomo, the Catholic Anti-Catholic

    04/09/2014 4:12:24 PM PDT · 33 of 50

    If Cuomo’s new bishop doesn’t ban him from the sacraments, then all he will be good for is to be paving material in Hell.

  • The Poverty Hoax: Cases of Destitution in America are the Exception.

    04/09/2014 6:26:10 AM PDT · 29 of 31
    sitetest to crazycatlady
    Dear crazycatlady,

    During the school year, Mr. Napier has an all-you-can-eat meal plan at his college, as reported by his college.

    Of course, the cafeteria is only open 12 hours per day, so maybe he just gets a little peckish in the very early morning hours before breakfast.


  • Sad news: An English lion has died (bass-baritone opera singer John Shirley-Quirk)

    04/08/2014 12:52:30 PM PDT · 3 of 4
    sitetest to EveningStar; .30Carbine; 1cewolf; 1rudeboy; 31R1O; ADemocratNoMore; afraidfortherepublic; ...

    Classical Music Ping List ping!

  • Catholic Schools in U.S. Court China’s Youth, and Their Cash (secular source)

    04/08/2014 5:58:07 AM PDT · 4 of 13

    My sons’ high school (which is my own alma mater) has always had a sprinkling of international students, but this coming fall will begin a formal program of welcoming Chinese students to the school. The initial number for this coming year’s enrollment will be 10, I think.

  • Is college worth it?: Too many degrees are a waste of money.

    04/05/2014 9:25:03 AM PDT · 28 of 31
    sitetest to Betty Jane
    Dear Betty Jane,

    It's true that admission to top-tier schools is difficult. Stanford, I think, had an overall admissions rate of 5.1%. That may have been just about the lowest in the country of the top schools. Harvard's regular decision (factoring out the early action kids) was a record-low 3.1%. University of Chicago is now sub-10%. But there are still a number of top-tier, or near top-tier schools with admissions rates of 15% - 25%, or even higher. Duke admits 14%. Notre Dame admits 23%. Boston College admits 29%. Boston University is at 49%. In the USNWR ratings, Duke's top-10, Notre Dame is top-20, and BU is top-50.

    So, for top kids, there's a wide range of really good schools that give pretty good to great financial aid that, if you apply to more than one or two (or three or five), you should get in somewhere.

    Each student's needs and desires are different, but neither of my sons applied to any of the schools around the country that sent them unsolicited offers of full scholarships. With the exception of our state flagship, they pretty much only selected schools from around the top 50 in the US.

    For both my sons (the younger one is on the cusp of finishing the process as he is a high school senior this year), that was the "backup" plan - state flagship + a wide selection of top schools.

    Both were admitted to our state flagship with substantial scholarship offers. Both were admitted to multiple other top-50 schools with offers of aid ranging from affordable to very affordable.

    Interestingly, there seems to be an incipient move away from loans in the top schools, at least to some degree. Several of the schools that accepted my younger son came back with no-loan financial aid packages. The use of loans in my older son's financial aid package from Hopkins was probably the deal-breaker for us. That was two years ago. My younger son's offer this month came with a scholarship specifically designated to replace the normal Hopkins loan package of about $20K. The scholarship program is funded by ex-NY mayor Michael Bloomberg (JHU, '64).

    We're all chucking that Mike Bloomberg’s money may help to send a right-wing crazy conservative pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, anti-statist Catholic kid to college.


  • Is college worth it?: Too many degrees are a waste of money.

    04/05/2014 8:24:02 AM PDT · 23 of 31
    sitetest to Betty Jane
    Dear Betty Jane,

    I don't think the chart's numbers are too low for Harvard. Over 60% of folks at Harvard get Harvard grants for financial aid, and there are other scholarship and aid programs that bring the total up to as much as 70% or even a little more.

    Harvard financial aid phases out, with one student in college, as one’s family's household income approaches about $250,000. At Harvard, median household income is somewhere around $200,000, and thus, that's why, even with the fairly generous financial aid limits, you still have 30% or so of students without any grant assistance or scholarships.

    I don't know how these folks calculated the four-year cost of these schools, but it may be that they're normalizing the data to median income levels in the entire population, rather than just looking at the Harvard population in isolation.

    My own son's experience was that the best deal came from our state flagship, where he was offered everything but the kitchen sink. No, wait, I think they offered that, too.

    But after that full scholarship, full room and board, books, educational stipend, + spending money deal, Harvard's offer was best. Johns Hopkins, my son's first choice, was worst. And it was a pretty substantial difference. And included loans in the package (Harvard doesn't use loans in their financial aid packages).

    For top students applying to the top schools, it's usually the better the school, the better the offer.


  • The Chinese Are Buying Large Chunks Of Land Across America (And Zillow Is Now Enabling It)

    04/04/2014 1:42:03 PM PDT · 36 of 43
    sitetest to Cringing Negativism Network
    Dear Cringing Negativism Network,

    The topic of trade deficits, though not unrelated, is nonetheless, not the issue of the article.

    The article seems to suggest that China is going to buy up all of America, including our real estate. It mentions figures of 10%, 20%, and 30% of our real estate.

    But the truth is that last year, China in the aggregate bought real estate valued at the equivalent of about four hundredths of one percent of just our residential real estate. At this rate, by 2040, they'll own one full percent!!

    And by 2040, it's likely that China will be a spent force.

    We have problems, and some of them are related to China. But this isn't in the top 10.


  • The Chinese Are Buying Large Chunks Of Land Across America (And Zillow Is Now Enabling It)

    04/04/2014 11:28:54 AM PDT · 33 of 43
    sitetest to Cringing Negativism Network
    Dear Cringing Negativism Network,

    “We are holding the short end in this deal. Big time.”

    Maybe. Maybe not.

    My own view is that China is on a short fuse. Demographically, they are, right now, at the their peak. It's pretty much downhill from here. The Chinese are no longer the low wage economy of the world. Any number of other countries have up-and-coming employment sectors where workers will work for less than the Chinese. The Chinese have likely squandered stupefyingly large amounts of capital on dead-end capital projects in their own country, and the downsides of these projects haven't yet become apparent.

    There are any number of reasons to think that the Chinese are peaking, and that by, say, 2030, folks who worried about China “buying” the US in 2014 will seem like folks in the late 1980s and early 1990s who thought we'd all be working for the Japanese by now.

    To provide a little perspective, the Chinese own less than $1 trillion in US dollars. While that's a considerable chunk of change, if they spent the ENTIRE WAD on US real estate, they wouldn't own but a couple of percent of our real estate.

    The US has a lot of problems. I don't know whether, as a country, we'll outlast and overcome those problems. But letting Chinese buy some of our real estate is not one of the five or ten most pressing problems our country faces in the next 10 or 20 years.


  • Pro-life couple buys building with abortion clinic, kicks out clinic

    04/04/2014 11:17:22 AM PDT · 19 of 27
    sitetest to topher

    My impression is that folks in Montana tend more toward libertarianism than conservatism.

    Some libertarians are pro-life, but many are pro-baby-killing.

  • The Chinese Are Buying Large Chunks Of Land Across America (And Zillow Is Now Enabling It)

    04/04/2014 11:12:29 AM PDT · 31 of 43
    sitetest to SeekAndFind

    “So what happens when we get to the point when the Chinese government and/or Chinese citizens own 10 percent of all the real estate in the entire country?

    “Will it be a problem then?

    “What about if we get to 20 percent or 30 percent?”

    The residential housing stock of the United States, without counting any commercial real estate, is valued at over $25 trillion.

    “Chinese buyers spent more than $11 billion on U.S. real estate last year,...”

    At that rate, it will take a little while to get to 1% of our total real estate value, no less 10% or 20% or 30%.

  • The 20 Best Conservative Colleges in America

    04/02/2014 1:38:18 PM PDT · 37 of 42
    sitetest to TexasFreeper2009

    Thanks. It’s been a blast, so far.

  • The 20 Best Conservative Colleges in America

    04/02/2014 1:06:51 PM PDT · 35 of 42
    sitetest to TexasFreeper2009
    Dear TexasFreeper2009,

    Then we should encourage solving these problems where they begin - at a very young age.

    Trying to fix the problem by applying the band-aid of sending our children off to colleges and universities that don't offend our sensibilities seems to me to just prolong their adolescence, and does nothing to wage the battle to establish beachheads in our elite institutions, with the long-term goal of re-taking them.

    Of course, you pinged the homeschool list, and we were homeschoolers through grade school. It was the single best educational, social, psychological, moral, and spiritual decision we made for our sons.

    And most important of all for parents is, pray constantly. A lot. Because it's God Who really does it.


  • The 20 Best Conservative Colleges in America

    04/02/2014 12:43:48 PM PDT · 32 of 42
    sitetest to TexasFreeper2009
    Dear TexasFreeper2009,

    “It is my belief that the years between 18 and 25 are the most important to determining your character as an adult.”

    I disagree. I think character is formed at a much younger age.

    “Send them to a ivy league liberal arts college or a ‘party school’ and when they get out (if they even graduate).. you wont even recognize them or what they have become.”

    Again, I disagree. My son is nearing the halfway point through an Ivy League and is probably more conservative than the day he left home. By the way, the graduation rate at the Ivy League schools is somewhere in the high 90s%.

    Like I said, character is formed by the time they leave high school.

    There are some decent schools on this list (and I agree that Baylor should be on it, and might well be the star of the list if it were on it), but this list has more than one lacuna.

    As well, this list is a tacit admission that we have ceded the heights of our culture to the barbarians, at least in the field of education, and further, we have no hope of recapturing those lost territories.

    The first point is undeniably true - we HAVE ceded the heights of our culture to the barbarians. I'm unwilling to concede on the second point.


  • Anderson Cooper Will Not Receive an Inheritance From Mom Gloria Vanderbilt

    04/02/2014 8:41:48 AM PDT · 58 of 92
    sitetest to SeekAndFind

    I coulda been very happy as the idly-rich scion of a wealthy family.

  • Kass exclusive: Suburban officer charged in 95-year-old's death (ILLINOIS)

    04/02/2014 8:36:08 AM PDT · 5 of 30
    sitetest to KeyLargo

    I don’t know. Looks more like felony murder to me.


    04/01/2014 6:40:10 AM PDT · 17 of 38
    sitetest to shove_it

    Having income of a million dollars per year - or even six million - doesn’t make you rich. Not if your income is derived from your labor, and it’s ordinary income. In many states, you’ll only get to keep roughly half your marginal income, meaning that a million becomes a little over a half million, and even six million nets to three million, or even less, in some states.

    Rich is if you have sufficient financial assets to generate a million dollars in passive income, which would be in the range of around $20 million - $25 million in investments.

    It’s not what you make, it’s what you keep that makes you financially wealthy.

  • San Francisco Archbishop: Those Dissenting from Church Teachings Shouldn’t Receive Communion

    04/01/2014 6:30:52 AM PDT · 12 of 42
    sitetest to utahagen
    Dear utahagen,

    Nope. Sorry. No credit at all.

    The fact is, most bishops have been mouthing these lines for a couple of decades, now. Nearly none have done the hard thing and ban from receiving those who give public scandal by publicly embracing baby-killing.


  • San Francisco Archbishop: Those Dissenting from Church Teachings Shouldn’t Receive Communion

    04/01/2014 6:27:55 AM PDT · 11 of 42
    sitetest to albie
    Dear albie,

    Would that that were true.

    There are many prominent Catholic politicians who attend Mass and receive the Blessed Sacrament who embrace doctrines and teachings far from the Church's.

    Many Catholic politicians openly and publicly dissent on the Church's teachings on abortion, other sanctity of life issues, the homosexual agenda, etc., who ostentatiously proclaim their Catholicity, and who insist on receiving the sacrament.

    In the archbishop's own archdiocese is the example of Nazi Pelosi, the venomous baby-hating pro-abort moral horror who has stated that abortion is sacred ground, who nonetheless claims to be a Mass-going, faithful Catholic.

    Apart from prominent folks like Pelosi or Biden, many ordinary Catholics who are at Mass in the pews, week in and week out, disregard the Church's teachings on a range of issues, including artificial contraception, abortion, homosexuality, etc.


  • San Francisco Archbishop: Those Dissenting from Church Teachings Shouldn’t Receive Communion

    04/01/2014 6:18:29 AM PDT · 3 of 42

    So, what’s the archbishop going to do about it?

  • Homosexuality promoted through Catholic Charities [vanity]

    03/31/2014 7:05:14 PM PDT · 182 of 208
    sitetest to Religion Moderator

    I understand, but we posters have eyes to see.

  • Homosexuality promoted through Catholic Charities [vanity]

    03/31/2014 6:44:59 PM PDT · 180 of 208
    sitetest to Religion Moderator; dsc
    Dear Religion Moderator,

    Not to give offense, but I'd wager good money that you certainly aren't a Catholic, in that over time, some of your posts show a non-Catholic approach to Catholic issues.

    I'm not asking you to confirm or deny your religious affiliation, but there is good reason to believe that you are a non-Catholic, and fairly likely a Protestant.

    Thus, for the Catholic poster, it is fair, without further information from you, to assume that you are a Protestant.


  • Why is Mitch McConnell smiling?

    03/31/2014 2:34:45 PM PDT · 7 of 30
    sitetest to jeffc

    Ms. Rubin is a slut, not a whore. She gives away for free that for which others charge.

  • PA:Robbers Killed by an Armed Citizen, Now The Families Want To Sue

    03/31/2014 6:39:51 AM PDT · 14 of 107
    sitetest to marktwain

    Of course there should be a lawsuit!

    The hero-citizen should sue the scum families that spawned these creatures for emotional trauma.

  • Did Justice Kagan embarrass herself during the Hobby Lobby oral arguments?

    03/30/2014 4:07:59 PM PDT · 37 of 37
    sitetest to Nachum

    By living and breathing, this minion of Satan embarrasses itself.

  • Harry Reid to Redskins’ owner: He’s throwing a few blankets to the Indians

    03/29/2014 4:15:47 PM PDT · 28 of 58
    sitetest to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    Wow. I never thought anyone could make a sympathetic character out of the Boy Owner.

  • Only 5.3 Percent of Unborn Babies Diagnosed With Down Syndrome Escape Abortion

    03/28/2014 6:18:31 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    sitetest to slumber1

    Dear slumber1,

    We were thusly told, that our older son would have Down Syndrome. Our son, not quite 20, is a sophomore at Harvard. I guess they didn’t get his diagnosis quite right.


  • Editor of ISI College Guide Explains Why Gonzaga Was Dropped

    03/28/2014 1:22:11 PM PDT · 8 of 9

    “... a Knights of Columbus chapter on campus,...”

    The author, Mr. Archbald, should do a little better reporting, especially as he is allegedly a Catholic journalist. Knights of Columbus don’t call their main membership bodies “chapters,” but rather “councils.”

  • Iowa Senate: Braley (D) 41%, Jacobs (R) 38%

    03/27/2014 10:16:44 AM PDT · 19 of 31
    sitetest to iowamark

    Ms. Ernst is the clever lady looking to go to Washington, DC to try out her hog-castrating skills on the federal government. I don’t know much about the lady, but I love the ad.

  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America

    03/27/2014 5:05:26 AM PDT · 117 of 118
    sitetest to NKP_Vet; Arthur McGowan
    Dear NKP_Vet,

    The episcopate, corporately, isn't especially pro-life. At least, not when it conflicts with other purposes, goals, and desires.

    As a Knight of Columbus, I can tell you that our order is officially pro-life, and we try our best to put our money where our mouth is. Corporately, we engage in the political arena, the social arena, and we just try our best to help women in crisis pregnancies. We help do the logistics for various marches for life around the country, we engage in letter-writing campaigns, we provide the manpower to drive parish-level, diocese-wide pro-life efforts.

    We tax each member a small bit of money to raise millions of dollars per year to provide for pro-life and pro-family activities and advertising in the wider society, to try to influence people generally to acknowledge the right to life. Some folks in the wider society have criticized us for these efforts, seeing us as little more than a propaganda arm for the Republican Party.

    Local councils have built housing for women in crisis pregnancies, have conducted campaigns to collect money, food, clothing for these women. Local councils in conjunction with Supreme have bought numerous ultrasound machines to give to crisis pregnancy centers so that women can see their unborn child before making any decision to have him or her killed.

    Yet, we have “men” within our ranks who are pro-abort. Some of these men are Democrat politicians. At the grassroots level, many councils have tried to remedy the scandal of publicly pro-abort K of C politicians by relieving these vermin of their membership within the order.

    I have spoken with officials as high as State Deputy (the top Knight in each state), and essentially, it is the bishops who stay our hand. Some folks criticize us, and perhaps some day, we will have to break with the evil bishops on this, and just do the right thing and hang the pro-abort bastards out to dry. But that would be a radical and sad step, as the Knights have always tried to be in step with the hierarchy, not off doing our own “Catholic” thing against the hierarchy. If we were to break with the bishops on this, part of the purpose of our order would be vitiated.

    The bishops have higher priorities than unborn babies. They have presidents to meet and see, to wine and dine. They have to entertain and maintain their political viability. They don't want to be seen as too partisan. The closeted homos among them would like to remain in the closet. They like their French cuffs and their beautiful cufflinks and other finery. They have their thug union brothers to consider, their neo-Marxist agendas, their mansions, hot tubs, and swimming pools.

    And for those who ostentatiously live "humbly" and "simply," they have their reputations for simple living to keep intact.


  • Pope accepts resignation of German 'bling bishop'

    03/26/2014 4:43:00 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    sitetest to tomsbartoo

    Excellent post. Thanks.

  • Little Girl Taken Out Of Christian School After Told She's Too Much Like A Boy

    03/25/2014 12:37:00 PM PDT · 28 of 98
    sitetest to Dallas59

    I have little sympathy for the family.

    Both my sons attended a local Catholic high school. Both my sons wore fairly robust sideburns. Between the graduation of my first son and this year, my younger son’s senior year, the new rector has tightened hair standards. The sideburns with which my older son graduated are no longer acceptable, and my younger son was asked to “trim” (more like “truncate”) his sideburns. He came home, told us, and then shaved his sideburns off.

    No muss, no fuss, no crying, no complaining. No newspaper coverage, no nothing.

    The school has a right to have and enforce dress and grooming standards.

    Just gee whiz, some people are drama queens.

  • Contraception Mandate Trampling Religious Freedom?

    03/25/2014 6:19:17 AM PDT · 8 of 27
    sitetest to AppyPappy
    Dear AppyPappy,

    Like it or not, to the degree that you rely on the health care available from the health insurance provided by your employer, your employer is making health care decisions for you.

    What hospitals, what doctors for which you may use your health insurance, what treatments will be covered, etc., all are part and parcel of the plan that your employer provides.

    You're always free to use your own money to obtain health care not paid for by the insurance provided by your employer, just as someone who wants to buy one of the four baby-killing “contraceptives” may do so. The difference is that buying one of these four “contraceptives” may set you back ten or twenty, or maybe, I don't know, fifty bucks. Obtaining medical services from a hospital and a doctor not in your network could cost you many thousands of dollars.

    Under the model of employer-provided health insurance, your employer will always have something to say about your health care.


  • Pope speaks of media’s sins, warns against clericalizing laity

    03/24/2014 6:38:39 AM PDT · 4 of 12
    sitetest to markomalley

    Perhaps he is learning. Trial by ordeal.

  • Losing My Religion: Student Thanks Boston College for making him an Atheist

    03/22/2014 8:48:05 PM PDT · 45 of 165
    sitetest to Diago
    My son is considering Boston College (should he be admitted). Academically, it's a school with a very good reputation. As a Catholic institution, less so.

    I don't really have much hesitation to send my son, should he wind up there.

    It's all in the preparation. My parents (and my wife's parents) had no idea that the culture had turned against them and their faith even by the 1950s (when our older siblings were very young). They thought that the culture would support them in raising their children Catholic. By the time they realized that they were losing their children to the culture wars, it was too late.

    My wife and I saw what happened to our siblings. By the grace of God, we managed to hold onto our Catholic faith, cooperated with God to deepen it, and deepened our understanding of it. We prayed for more faith, and God never refused us.

    When we had our own children, we were bound and determined that the most important part of our vocation as parents was to transmit the faith, bring our sons up in the faith, and equip them with everything they needed to keep the faith. We prayed a bunch, we homeschooled, and instead of merely giving them the intellectual and spiritual tools to defend their faith, we also taught them how to go on the offense for Jesus and His Gospel. My guys are Warriors for Jesus. Don't get in the way. It could be bloody.

    My wife and I are blessed in that their intellectual faith is informed by real spiritual lives, alive by their relationship with God, Himself. Each of them has experienced the power and presence of God in their lives, and thus, they believe first-hand, so to speak, rather than merely on the witness of others.

    But the best defense is a good offense. My older son is at a university that most would consider the belly of the Beast. He sought out the local Catholic community, joined the local Knights of Columbus council, got involved in serving others through the Knights and the local Catholic community, has found a competent confessor, and seemingly has far more effect on non-believers than they have on him.

    Parents, you don't need to see your children go off to college to lose their faith. But you DO need to understand that transmitting the faith and giving your children all the moral, intellectual and SPIRITUAL gifts they need to sustain and grow their faith is the most important part of being a parent.

    You cannot, of yourself, force the Holy Spirit to directly nourish them with a personal relationship with the Most Holy Trinity, but you can make sure that the Holy Spirit will have a clear field to do His thing. And he will. Every single time. Jesus promised.

    And you have to start early. The earlier, the better. We started when we found out we were pregnant. We asked the Holy Spirit to come be with our children in the womb, and to never let them out of His care.

    I know that it is God's will that we do NOT abandon the high places of our culture. It is NOT God's will that we cede institutions like Boston College to the enemy, but rather, that we do what we must to counter-invade and counter-attack, and make the enemy disgorge his ill-gotten gains. We must do battle and prepare our children for battle, as well.

    For Catholic parents, finally, one really big piece of advice: pray the Rosary, teach your children to pray it, and pray it frequently with them.

  • Pope to Italian Steel Workers [Catholic Caucus]

    03/22/2014 8:23:26 PM PDT · 36 of 39
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