God is Against Me

There is a new excerpt from Witness up on the appropriate page. Probably the last.

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Al Sharpton ought to be required to share his desk at Msnbc with this guy. Or maybe given the Chair of African-American studies at a major university, if there are any left:

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Actress to Artist

Best known as the cute little blonde girl Lex in Jurassic Park, Ariana Richards seems to have left all that behind and is now an accomplished artist. Her last film was 1998′s Race Against Fear. Her film history is on this page, and her gallery is here.

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Why Catholic Marriage Matters

Maggie Gallagher makes a plea both restrained and impassioned to the Pope and the Fathers of the upcoming synod on marriage and matters sexual:

… that strategy doesn’t work at all for the problem of divorced and remarried Catholics. Remarried Catholics cannot just go to confession for their sins, because they intend by their public act of remarriage to keep on sinning against their original vow…I have a confession to make of my own: This public debate within the Church saddens me, precisely because it was the Catholic Church’s teaching on life, sex, marriage, and especially divorce that pulled me back into the practice of my faith…In our whole postmodern culture, the only visible witness to the reality of the connectedness between sex and babies, between love, mothers, and fathers, that I saw was the Catholic Church…So, with the humility of a child, I beg of the Fathers of my Church: Do not do this to millions of other hungry human beings searching for meaning in our chaotic world. Do not make our lives and our marriages harder. Do not deprive any of our non-Catholic brethren, either, of this unique witness.

In the course of it she quotes Cardinal Kaspar, whose remarks are stunningly incoherent.

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While the West dithers

More from Breitbart and from a Kurdish website.

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New slideshow…

…on this page. Something I slapped together quickly to see how the Movie Maker in Windows 7 works. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has abilities that the XP version did not, such as conversion to the MP4 and DVD formats, pan and zoom, and a few other things. This is good for picture clarity and fullscreen resolution. Of course, I’m watching on a Samsung hi-def 20 incher. I don’t understand people who spend all day on a mobile device.

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Ave Maria

Sung by Elina Garanca:

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The New Issue of The Christendom Review…

…(I forgot to mention) is now online.

It contains lots of poetry and two fine essays, one philosophical on God’s relation to Time – by Lydia McGrew – and another poetic – by Beth Impson – about how, if you listen to a mockingbird sing, you might hear more than just a song.

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The War on Christians…

…is the title of an article by Paul Marshall:

For at least three reasons, the contemporary persecution of Christians demands attention: It is occurring on a massive scale, it is underreported, and in many parts of the world it is rapidly growing. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that Christians are suffering persecution in more places today than any other religious group; between 2006 and 2012, Pew says, they were targeted for harassment in 151 countries—three-quarters of the world’s states…

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With Age Comes…

You know how disarmingly charming, charmingly harmless, saintly quaint, and completely sweet some old people can be? Well, if you live in the same house with one, you might want to sleep with one eye open.

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