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  • A born performer! The incredible moment baby starts clapping in the womb

    03/28/2015 2:17:27 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3-28-15 | Giorgina Ramazzotti
    Rhythm isn't something most babies are born with. But this one - which is yet to be born - seems to have it in abundance. In this incredible video of an ultrasound scan, the 14-week-old foetus appears to clap its hands together, as the mother sings If You're Happy And You Know It Clap Your Hands. The parents can be heard laughing in the background as the doctor then rewinds the tape to make it look like that baby was clapping along to their singing. The 15-second video that was uploaded to YouTube yesterday by Jen Cardinal, who is based...
  • Pro-Lifers Arrested For Praying Outside Boehner’s Office

    03/25/2015 10:54:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 14 replies
    CNS ^ | March 25, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    U.S. Capitol police on Wednesday arrested seven pro-life protestors while they were praying outside the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Those arrested, who included prominent pro-life activist and nurse Jill Stanek, were protesting the House Republican leaderships' failure to call a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit aborting an unborn child in or after the 20th week of gestation. The House Republican leadership shelved the bill less than 24 hours before it was set to come up for a vote on Jan. 22 after some Republican congresswomen, led by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)...
  • University of Minnesota Duluth offers minor in LGBTQ studies to ‘prepare students for life’

    03/19/2015 8:19:41 AM PDT · by redreno · 26 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 03/19/2015 | By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times
    The University of Minnesota Duluth will begin offering a minor in LGBTQ studies so that students can be better prepared for life in “an increasingly diverse society.” To complete the minor, students will have to take classes such as “An Introduction to LGBTQ” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer), “Queer Theory,” “Queer Media,” “Queer Cinema in International Perspective” and “History of the Homosexual Rights,” Campus Reform reported. “This minor will prepare students for life,” Gesa Zinn, head of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, told Campus Reform. ” ‘The job’ the LGBTQ minor prepares students for is to understand and...
  • An Indiana jury says Purvi Patel should go to prison (Indiana feticide law)

    03/18/2015 2:28:02 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 18 replies
    PRI ^ | March 13, 2015 | Amy Gastelum
    There’s a lot that’s still confusing about the case of Purvi Patel. But one thing is clear: The 33-year-old from South Bend, Indiana, is facing up to 70 years in prison as the first pregnant woman to be convicted under Indiana’s “feticide” law. t’s a case that cheers some anti-abortion advocates but has reproductive rights groups and doctors worried about how laws originally passed to protect pregnant women are now being used against them in court. Patel comes from a family of Hindu immigrants from India. In the mostly Irish-Catholic town of South Bend, they kept to themselves. Patel worked...
  • Facing Mortality

    03/18/2015 11:59:59 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 29 replies
    None ^ | 3/18/2015 | Taxcontrol
    Last month my brother-in-law passed unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. He appeared to be in good shape, he worked out and even had is annual physical a week prior to his passing. He had just purchased a house that he was going to remodel and had a really good job. He was 46 years old. Far too young to be leaving us by our standards. He was loved. The good news is that I know he was a Christian. Perhaps not the ideal but he was a baptized believer in Christ. I know in my heart that he is...
  • Rediscovering the will to win--democracies can't defend themselves without 'identity.'

    06/01/2008 7:43:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 99+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-1-08 | JONATHAN TOBIN
    Some three and a half years ago, former Prisoner of Zion and Israeli cabinet minister Natan Sharansky was George W. Bush's favorite author. Sharansky earned an unexpected boost when the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. invited him and co-author Ron Dermer to the White House and told the world that everyone should read their book, The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny & Terror. While this was not the equivalent of an invitation to Oprah Winfrey's guest couch, Sharansky's tome did make it onto The New York Times bestseller list. After the easy overthrow of Saddam...
  • Scott Walker Shows How Pro-Life Presidential Candidates Can Avoid the Media’s Abortion Trap

    03/12/2015 8:30:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | March 12, 2015 | Joel Brind Ph.D.
    One really encouraging aspect of the GOP Presidential field shaping up for 2016 is that virtually all of the serious potential candidates are reliably pro-life. We neither have candidates who claim to be “pro-choice”, nor any who have had a politically convenient pro-life conversion this time around. We do need to listen carefully to what all the candidates say, and make sure there is no compromise on principle, but we do not have the problem of needing to be convinced that a candidate with a strong pro-life record is the real deal. No, this time around we have the luxury...
  • Scientists Transplant Organs for Aborted Babies Into Rats for Future Harvest (Worse than Sodom)

    03/06/2015 2:34:48 PM PST · by xzins · 62 replies
    CNS ^ | March 6, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Live Science reported in January on research being done by scientists at Ganogen, Inc., a biotech company in California, that transplants organs from aborted babies into lab rats with the goal of growing them for use in patients who need organ transplants. “Researchers say they have developed a new technique that will get more kidneys to people who need transplants, but the method is sure to be controversial: The research shows that it is feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus, and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size,”...
  • Scott Walker Backs Legislation to Protect Infants from Late-Term Abortion

    03/03/2015 1:17:52 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 3, 2015 | John McCormack
    In an open letter released on Tuesday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker said he would sign legislation banning most abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy, the point after which infants can feel pain and survive if born prematurely. "As the Wisconsin legislature moves forward in the coming session, further protections for mother and child are likely to come to my desk in the form of a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level," Walker wrote. "I was raised to believe in...
  • The Christian Life, and how it is to be lived

    03/01/2015 4:32:57 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 15 replies
    Middletown Bible Church | 03/01/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    The Christian LifeAnd How It Is To Be Lived   "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me"...
  • (Texan) Terrorism links under investigation

    12/10/2002 8:47:34 PM PST · by JohnathanRGalt · 37 replies · 1,726+ views
    Daily Texan ^ | December 10, 2002 | Jonathan York
    Terrorism links under investigationFBI spokesman says 24 Texas suspects came from watch list By Jonathan York (Daily Texan Staff) December 10, 2002 Massive and oblique, the investigation into Texas terrorism connections has continued, but its traces remain in an FBI "watch list" dating from immediately after Sept. 11, 2001. The connections spread into Houston, where links to a foreign airline and two addresses are unexplained. They haunt Dallas, where a tangle of odd business involving an Internet service provider caused the United States to shut down its largest Islamic charity. Of about 370 suspects on the list, 24 are...
  • my FAVORITE Jonny Quest eipsode

    02/17/2015 2:33:22 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 64 replies
    TRILULILU ^ | 1965 | no idea
    Jonny Quest 20 The Invisible Monster
  • Article Ponders the Rarity of Earth ... How Astronomical Are the Odds Against Life in/Universe!

    12/29/2014 7:55:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 88 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-25-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Recent Article Ponders the Rarity of Earth And How Astronomical Are the Odds Against Complex Life in the Universe! By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe have discussed on the blog before the potential flaws in the mere statistical presumption that because there are so many stars there must be billions of other Earth-like planets in the universe that likely support life similar to ours. Why? Because it is not just one or two things that make Earth what it is; it is many, many essential things that make Earth capable of sustaining life for long enough that our civilization has...
  • As Republicans Win Fights Against Abortion Rights, They Just Want To Go Further

    02/09/2015 11:57:10 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    Think Progress ^ | February 9, 2015 | BY TARA CULP-RESSLER
    The percentage of Americans who say they’re satisfied with the current abortion policies in the United States has dropped to the lowest point in more than a decade, according to new polling from Gallup. Researchers found that the decline is largely driven by people who think the country’s abortion laws should be even stricter. ~~sinp~~ The real battleground in the fight for abortion access is at the state level, where abortion opponents have enacted a record-breaking number of new restrictions since taking control of statehouses across the country in 2010. Thanks largely to the draft legislation circulated by right-wing groups,...
  • Approval of abortion polices drops to record low

    02/09/2015 11:45:00 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2015 | By Sarah Ferris
    Just one-third of Americans say they are satisfied with the country's policies on abortion, the lowest rate in more than a decade, according to a new poll. Approval among Republicans has plummeted to 21 percent this year, compared to Democratic approval which has hovered around 46 percent for several years, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The percent of Republicans who dislike the country's abortion policies has steadily dropped under President Barack Obama, falling from a high of 44 percent approval rating under President George W. Bush. While abortion has largely stayed off Congress' agenda under Obama, abortion has...
  • WOW: 'I Aborted My Baby Because It Was A Boy'

    02/09/2015 11:32:42 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | February 9, 2015 | by Batt Vespa
    Last night, I read this blog post and felt nauseous. It’s horrible. A woman named Lana admitted to aborting her child because she was going to have a boy. She also said if this “curse” returned (i.e. finding out she’s pregnant with a boy) she would do it again. This comes after she proudly states she has a healthy 1-year-old girl, who will “be just as strong and driven as her mother.” Nothing wrong with having girls, but sex-selective abortion–or any abortion–is especially wrong.
  • Enough With the Gruesome Abortion Articles

    02/09/2015 1:20:15 AM PST · by PittsburghAfterDark · 63 replies
    Vanity | February 9, 2015 | Self
    I know this thread and topic is going to go over like a lead balloon but I have to say it. The constant, prevalent and gruesome pro-life themed articles are really becoming a nuisance to this long time reader and occasional poster. This is not a call for a pro-choice viewpoint, I'm not advocating that personally and realize that will, thankfully, never happen here. However there becomes a point when preaching to the choir about the horrors of abortion in heinous detail either visually or in writing just becomes disgusting. I frequent this site overnight and scanning from top to...
  • Dad Refuses to Give Up Newborn Son With Down Syndrome

    02/05/2015 6:21:35 PM PST · by mountn man · 25 replies
    GMA/ Yahoo ^ | 02/05/15 | NICOLE PELLETIERE
    When Samuel Forrest of Armenia heard a baby crying from outside his wife's hospital room, he knew his life would change forever. Not only had he become a father, but he would soon receive some unexpected news about his newborn son. "This pediatrician walks out of the room with a little bundle -- that was Leo," Forrest said. "She had his face covered up and hospital authorities wouldn't let me see him or my wife. When the doctor came out, he said 'there’s a real problem with your son.' Forrest followed doctors and nurses into a room where he'd finally...
  • Is There Life After Delivery, & Does Mother Really Exist?

    02/03/2015 10:09:05 PM PST · by Yellowstone Joe · 16 replies
    Christian Worldview facebook page ^ | 2/3/14 | Útmutató a Léleknek
    Is There Life After Delivery, & Does Mother Really Exist? In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?” The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we...
  • Photos from the 2015 March for Life

    01/31/2015 1:57:15 PM PST · by nd76 · 5 replies
    My Canon Rebel T3i Camera ^ | 01/22/2015 | ND76
    Here is my photo gallery from the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 22, 2015. I hope you enjoy the photos!!!
  • Tampa Bay Celebration of Life Rally February 6 & 7, 2015

    01/31/2015 1:11:44 PM PST · by Patton@Bastogne · 3 replies
    Tampa Bay Celebration of Life Rally 2015 ^ | 2015-01-31 | Patton@Bastogne
    . Tampa Bay Celebration of Life Rally 2015 Looks like a great event ... Internet Links: http://tampabayprolife.org/ https://www.facebook.com/events/334270623447110/ Address: Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg 8900 Us Highway 19 N, Pinellas Park, Florida 33782 .
  • Anglican Bishops March Proclaiming "Every Life is a Gift"

    01/26/2015 10:01:33 PM PST · by Tyndales Child · 4 replies
    Virtueonline ^ | January 23, 2015 | Jeff Walton
    By Jeff Waltonhttp://juicyecumenism.com/ January 23, 2015A delegation of one dozen bishops from the Anglican Church in North America joined in the annual March for Life on Thursday, January 22 in Washington, D.C.Led by Archbishop Foley Beach, the Anglican group was organized for the third year by Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic Bishop John Guernsey and Georgette Forney of Anglicans for Life.The March for Life is the largest annual protest in the United States, regularly drawing tens of thousands of people to mark the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that struck down state restrictions on abortions in 1973....
  • End Obamacare, and people could die. That’s okay.

    01/23/2015 5:09:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Michael R. Strain
    Say conservatives have their way with Obamacare, and the Supreme Court deals it a death blow or a Republican president repeals it in 2017. Some people who got health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act may lose it. In which case, liberals like to say, some of Obamacare’s beneficiaries may die. Columnist Jonathan Chait wrote recently that those who may die are victims of ideology — “collateral damage” incurred in conservatives’ pursuit “of a larger goal.” If these are the stakes, many liberals argue, then ending Obamacare is immoral. Except, it’s not. In a world of scarce...
  • Abortion clinics should be inspected annually (IL)

    01/23/2015 7:44:41 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 2 replies
    The Southern ^ | 1/23/15 | Robert Gilligan
    ... Among the more startling revelations in the report is that 54 percent of abortion facilities are not licensed by the state of Illinois. They have never received a health and safety inspection. The state Department of Public Health has no authority over unlicensed abortion facilities even if they perform surgical abortions. The remaining 46 percent of facilities that are licensed by the state of Illinois went nine to 13 years without an inspection between 2000-2014. It is hard to imagine how lawmakers can turn a blind eye to inspecting abortion facilities every year when lawmakers have recognized the need...
  • It's happening all across the country! Young People Marching for Life!

    01/22/2015 6:26:12 PM PST · by alexmark1917 · 1 replies
    It's happening all across the country! Young People Marching for Life! #MarchforLife pic.twitter.com/G9f4FTGZeg — Markeece Young (@YoungBLKRepub) January 22, 2015 Every Life is a Gift. #marchforlife — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 22, 2015 Why my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, marches: "Because Pro-Life is Pro-Woman." #WhyWeMarch#ProLife#MarchforLifepic.twitter.com/Uabcqa1B2H — Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) January 22, 2015 House Votes to End Taxpayer-Funded Abortions to Mark March for Life Rally Let us continue to march forward to shine the light on the work that still needs to be done. #MarchForLife https://t.co/wLtbzKf1i5 — Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) January 22, 2015 The House voted Thursday to permanently end taxpayer-funded abortions,...
  • March for Life Live Thread

    01/22/2015 8:18:13 AM PST · by cyclotic · 5 replies
    1-22-2014 | Cyclonic
    Please post your experience at 2015 March for Life
  • Sun shining over Chicago the Yellow LIFE Balloon

    01/19/2015 9:21:54 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/19/15 | Judi McLeod
    It started when 20 braver than brave, elementary-school aged girls sent skyward a yellow balloon, handmade, 75-foot-long rosary from Chicago’s Michigan Avenue bridge claiming the Magnificent Mile for Mary. The school girls had to carry their rosary, cross-first, through downtown Chicago. That was in August of 2011. “The reaction…. “Homeless people gave high fives. Street preachers burst into the singing of Gospel songs. Semi-truck drivers shook the streets sounding their truck horns in approval. (Canada Free Press, August 15, 2011). “A passerby tweeted, ‘A balloon rosary in the air. My faith confirmed:)’
  • Science, God, and the Improbability of Life, 'LIKE' IT OR NOT

    01/14/2015 10:01:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Break Point ^ | 01/14/2015 | Eric Metaxas
    I’m not a scientist, and I don’t play one on TV. But I can examine scientific evidence and ask the question, “How is life possible?” This past Christmas, the Wall Street Journal ran an essay of mine entitled “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God.” The content will be familiar to those who have read my latest book, “Miracles,” or heard me talk about it here at BreakPoint. I noted that the initial euphoria over the possibility that there were a septillion -- that’s one followed by 24 zeros -- planets capable of supporting life in the universe was followed...
  • It's Always A Shock

    01/06/2015 8:05:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    By now the cast of thousands all know their well-worn roles. And so does the national audience, which has seen this pageant performed again and again. The whole production has become as familiar as an old standard in the repertory of an opera company. Only the actors may change from time to time, though some seem to hang on forever, reciting the same old lines and practicing the same old demagoguery. Only this isn't an opera. It's more of an outdoor drama re-enacted in different settings across the country -- from little Ferguson, Missouri, to metropolitan New York, and reported...
  • Is Life Better in America’s Red States?

    01/04/2015 12:01:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/04/2015 | By RICHARD FLORIDA
    The new Congress that starts work this week is the latest reminder of America’s stark political divisions: The parties in Washington are more polarized than they have been in decades, the partisanship gap between rural Republicans and urban Democrats has grown, and the battle for suburban voters keeps intensifying. Much less is said, however, about the equally significant economic division between conservative “red states” and liberal “blue states.” Blue states, like California, New York and Illinois, whose economies turn on finance, trade and knowledge, are generally richer than red states. But red states, like Texas, Georgia and Utah, have done...
  • Activist Says Switzerland Should Harvest Organs of People Killed in Euthanasia

    12/19/2014 6:06:30 AM PST · by xzins · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/18/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    I warned this would happen back in my first anti-assisted suicide article–Newsweek, June 28, 1993–in which I wrote: "Of greater concern to me is the moral trickledown effect that could result should society ever come to agree with Frances [to legalize assisted suicide]. "Life is action and reaction, the proverbial pebble thrown into the pond. We don’t get to the Brave New World in one giant leap. Rather, the descent to depravity is reached by small steps. First, suicide is promoted as a virtue. Vulnerable people like Frances become early casualties. Then follows mercy killing of the terminally ill. From...
  • Catholic midwives lose abortion case at UK Supreme Court

    12/17/2014 5:19:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 17, 2014
    The UK's highest court has told two Catholic midwives they do not have the right to avoid supervising other nurses involved in abortion procedures. The Supreme Court in London ruled that Mary Doogan and Connie Wood should have to support staff who are caring for patients having terminations. Ms Doogan, from Garrowhill in Glasgow, and Mrs Wood, from Clarkston in East Renfrewshire, were employed as labour ward co-ordinators at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Gillian Smith, RCM director for Scotland, said: "This ruling is sensible and both women and midwives will welcome it. "The ruling gives extensive definition to...
  • NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

    12/16/2014 4:22:20 PM PST · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    JPL ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Staff
    NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill. "This temporary increase in methane -- sharply up and then back down -- tells us there must be some relatively localized source," said Sushil Atreya of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a member of the Curiosity rover science team. "There are many possible sources, biological or non-biological, such as interaction of water and rock."
  • A New Physics Theory of Life

    12/10/2014 2:18:28 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 45 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 1/22/14 | Natalie Wolchover
    A New Physics Theory of Life Katherine Taylor for Quanta MagazineJeremy England, a 31-year-old physicist at MIT, thinks he has found the underlying physics driving the origin and evolution of life. By: Natalie WolchoverJanuary 22, 2014 Comments (151) print Why does life exist?Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and “should be as...
  • Your Screwed Up Life Is Your Own Responsibility

    12/09/2014 2:04:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-9-2014 | John Hawkins
    “There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.” — P.J. O’Rourke “We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society whereno one is responsible for what he himself did,but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past.” – Thomas Sowell It’s truly bizarre how often in Obama’s America that we are being presented with “victims” we’re supposed to feel sorry for without anyone even seeming...
  • "Most People Misunderstand Life."

    12/06/2014 12:34:50 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 48 replies
    Most people misunderstand life. November 17, 2014 What we can all learn from a 75-year-old sailor building a 10 ft boat to circumnavigate the globe. (nonstop) Sven Yrvind, a 75-year-old Swedish boat builder, designer, sailor and writer, has something to say about life.  He’s chosen to communicate this philosophy through taking on tough challenges. Faced with a future of scraping by on a crap pension, surfing channels in a retirement home, Sven had different ideas.“TV is not for me. I must have something to live for, problems to solve. Most people misunderstand life. Money does not make you happy. Comfort...
  • Martian meteorite may contain evidence of extraterrestrial life

    12/03/2014 6:49:23 AM PST · by etl lll · 64 replies
    cnet.com ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Michelle Starr
    A meteorite from Mars that landed on Earth in 2011 contains a carbon compound that is biological in origin. (snip) "We cannot and do not want to entirely exclude the possibility that organic carbon within Tissint may be of abiotic origin," Lin wrote, meaning the carbon maybe physical in origin rather than organic -- devoid of life.7 "It could be possible that the organic carbon originated from impacts of carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. However, it is not easy to conceive bywhich processes chondritic carbon could have been selectively extracted from the impacting carbonaceous chondrites, selectively removed from the soil and later...
  • It’s a Wonder-filled Life: A Meditation on the Mystery and Unlikely Chances of Our Very Existence

    12/02/2014 7:20:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-01-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    ItˇŻs a Wonder-filled Life: A Meditation on the Mystery and Unlikely Chances of Our Very Existence By: Msgr. Charles PopeMost of you have seen the movie, ˇ°ItˇŻs a Wonderful Life,ˇ± which airs so frequently at this time of year. More on that in a moment. But for now, the word ˇ°wonderfulˇ± is most commonly understood to mean ˇ°really great.ˇ± But the word ˇ°wonderfulˇ± actually means ˇ°filled with wonder.ˇ±Who among us can understand the incredible mystery of his own life? And not merely considered in itself, but also how it interacts with the lives of others and the events of this...
  • A Thankful Heart

    11/24/2014 9:25:16 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/14 | Jimmy Reed
    I vowed to banish from my life the weakness of taking for granted the countless blessings a loving, heavenly Father bestows upon me every day. I vowed to express my love for Him with what matters most: a thankful heart Work had been demanding. I needed the upcoming Thanksgiving break; I needed to sleep late; I needed to enjoy good food; I needed to be with family. But then, what I saw in a hospital parking lot made me realize what I needed most of all: a thankful heart. I watched a family loading a small boy into a van....
  • India: Eight Women Die After Mass Sterilisation

    11/11/2014 5:53:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 11, 2014 | By Neville Lazarus
    Eight women have died in India and dozens more are in hospital, many in a critical condition, after a state-run mass sterilisation. Some 83 women underwent laparoscopic tubectomy operations in a hospital at a family planning camp organised by the state government outside Bilaspur city. "Since Monday eight women have died and 64 are in various hospitals," said Sonmani Borah, a government official in the state of Chhattisgarh, where the sterilisation camp was held. Dr Kamalpreet Singh, director of the state's health services, said: "Certainly there was some lapse somewhere. We are trying to find out its causes." Under the...
  • Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

    11/10/2014 1:52:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Motherboard ^ | November 7, 2014 | Jason Koebler
    In high school biology, we are taught that there are three types of life: eukaryotes (that's us, and most everything else we often think of as life), bacteria, and archaea (extremophiles and other very primitive life forms). But some scientists are pretty sure that there are entirely different, undiscovered lifeforms that could be prevalent on Earth, and they remain undescribed because we're not good at looking for them. In a new paper published in Science, Tanja Woyke and Edward Rubin of the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute note that "there are reasons to believe that current approaches [to discovering...
  • Pope Francis, hatred of truth, and the vocation to defend life

    11/09/2014 3:38:35 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 1 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | November 9, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Today there is a demand for sex without love, for a licentiousness in sex which has wrought a heartless society in which individuals do not care for anyone but themselves. The fruit of this demonic theology is the slaughter through abortion and euthanasia of human beings created in the Imago Dei. It is a theology of violence which is rooted in hatred of truth. For at the heart of immorality is falsity, the hatred of truth. Fr. Vincent P. Miceli, in an essay entitled "The Taproot of Violence," explains: "...violence entered creation from the rebellion of Lucifer. This rebellion arose...
  • Terminal cancer patient, Brittany Maynard, 29, exercises her right-to-die

    11/02/2014 6:01:40 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 172 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 2, 2014 | Wills Robinson
    A 29-year-old terminal cancer sufferer who had previously spoken of her right to die has ended her own life surrounded by her family. According to friends and family of Brittany Maynard, she passed away in her Portland, Oregon, home after her condition worsened and the tumor took over. However she was able to choose to die before she lost her ability to function. People.com said she wrote on Facebook : 'Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. 'Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness,...
  • The Climate-Change Solution No One Will Talk About

    11/01/2014 8:21:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 1, 2014 | by JASON PLAUTZ
    The equation seems fairly simple: The more the world's population rises, the greater the strain on dwindling resources and the greater the impact on the environment. The solution? Well, that's a little trickier to talk about. Public-health discussions will regularly include mentions of voluntary family planning as a way to reduce unwanted pregnancies and births. But, said Jason Bremner of the Population Reference Bureau, those policies can also pay dividends for the environment. "And yet the climate-change benefits of family planning have been largely absent from any climate-change or family-planning policy discussions," he said. A 2010 study published in the...
  • Medicare Weighs Paying for End-of-Life Counseling

    10/31/2014 2:10:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC Local News ^ | October 31, 2014
    Medicare is asking for public comment on whether it should pay doctors for counseling patients about their options for end-of-life care. Friday's announcement came in a voluminous regulation on physician payment. Spokesman Aaron Albright says it will "give the public ample opportunity to weigh in on the topic." Five years after a similar proposal triggered a political backlash against President Barack Obama's health care legislation, the administration is dipping its toe in the water.
  • The Hand of God is always there

    10/21/2014 8:16:55 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/21/14 | Judi McLeod
    In the middle of life’s struggle, it is stories like these that come along to prove that, while so many of us wait for heroes to deliver us from the evil of current Western society, we have bypassed the real Hero of all life on Earth Even amid the doom and gloom seeping out from the deliberate destruction of America by its own president; even in the despair that comes along with the increasing perversion of the current Pop Culture, the Hand of God is always at work. Yes, the Marxists, who have thrown in with ISIS, are on a...
  • Lindauer Links- the Enemy Within--

    03/11/2004 4:43:49 PM PST · by backhoe · 32 replies · 781+ views
    various FR links | 03-11-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1095652/posts Accused spy for Iraq worked for California congresswoman (Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose)Sac Bee ^ | 3/11/04 | AP- Washington Lockerbie Trial Document: Susan Lindauer Susan Lindauer Revolving Doors   http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1095691/posts Saddam Spy Suspect Lindauer: 'I'm an Anti-war Activist'NewsMax ^ | 3/11/04 | Limbacher     http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1095762/posts American charged in Iraqi conspiracy [Andy Card's distant cousin]CNN ^ | March 11, 2004     http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1095744/posts How Susan Lindauer Was Caught NRO ^ | 11 March 2004 | Byron York"discussed the need for plans and foreign resources to support [resistance] groups operating within Iraq." Lindauer is a former journalist for U.S. News...
  • Joan Rivers’ life lessons — can we talk?

    09/25/2014 10:36:53 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 18 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | September 25, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    God knows Joan Rivers had much to atone for every Yom Kippur, considering her trenchant wit, off-color jokes and celebrity takedowns — though sidesplitting. Never deferential to fame and status, Rivers claimed, “I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” Hence, Liz Taylor was “so fat, she puts mayonnaise on aspirin” and “hamburgers on hot dogs,” and HBO-star Lena Dunham’s ever-present breasts “look like Michael J. Fox drew them and Stevie Wonder filled them in.” Alas, the trailblazing performer can’t Think Again and repent this year. Known for resilience and career rebirths springing from fearlessness, a legendary work ethic...
  • Pope Francis adviser hints at rethink on contraception ban

    09/23/2014 11:19:19 AM PDT · by BurningOak · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | John Bingham
    A leading reformist Cardinal close to Pope Francis has hinted at the possibility of a reinterpretation of the Roman Catholic Church’s blanket ban on artificial contraception. Cardinal Walter Kasper said it was “the responsibility of the parents” to decide how many children they should have. He also said that so-called natural family planning, which is promoted by the Church as an alternative to contraception, also has an “artificial” element. His comments in an interview with The Tablet, the Catholic weekly, are likely to reopen debate about one of the most contentious areas of Catholic teaching just weeks before a special...
  • GOOD NEWS: Your Odds of Being Killed in a Freak Vending Machine Accident are Only 112M-to-One

    09/23/2014 5:23:24 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 17 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 23 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    This according to the Book of Odds- below are more amusing stats, which might be better called 'frequencies', since as 'chances' they can't possibly apply to all people (not everybody uses vending machines, for instance): Odds of any child being born with at least one extra finger or toe? 1-in-500 The odds of any American boy born in 1950 being named 'Robert' are just 21.8-to-1 You're not paranoid if you're Honduran, they really are after you (and odds are pretty good they'll getcha, too): 1 of every 1100 citizens of that Central American country will be murdered there over the course of...