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From Marital Outlaw to “Nuptially Agnostic”



IF Oregon’s First “Lady” Cylvia Hayes had been discovered to have formerly been in a sham marriage with another woman, instead of with an Ethiopian man who wanted U.S. citizenship, she’d probably be enough of a star to the Portland elite to survive politically. As it is, she has had to appear before cameras in very moving tears, apologizing for her fraudulent marriage for cash, explaining her purchase of a parcel of land to grow pot and answering charges of ethics violations with regard to consulting contracts with the government. She just can’t get a break, which is shocking given her strong environmental convictions.


Heather Mac Donald on Campus Rape Wars


HEATHER MAC DONALD writes at The Weekly Standard about the campus rape controversy and the spate of new regulations:

If campus rape were the epidemic that the activists allege, there would have been a stampede to create alternative schools for girls. Instead, every year the competition among girls (and boys) to get into selective colleges grows fiercer. Sophisticated baby boomer mothers start their daughters’ preparation for college earlier and earlier. The Obama White House asserts that campus rape “survivors” suffer a lifetime of psychological and physical trauma, yet females are graduating from college in ever more disproportionate numbers, after which they go on to have lucrative careers, with no evidence of crippling mental injury. (Continued)

Local Custom


PAUL writes:

I was told in the last year that New Orleans was the only place in America where people in casual conversation with a newly met person routinely will ask what high school they went to once both know they are fellow Orleanians. We might get a clue as to their breeding/class and the people we both might know. Unusual considering the cosmopolitan nature of New Orleans.

The next question usually is, “When?” Pretty cheeky, but it happens more often than not. I don’t ask the year of a female unless she is significantly younger, my age, or older. Males always ask it of one another. And everyone, I am not exaggerating, knows several people you know. The metro area is a big small town of over one million. Louisiana has by far the highest percentage of people who have never left.


Ebola and the Borderless World


JAMES N. writes:

It’s very important to understand why those in power are opposed to stopping arrivals of passenger aircraft from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

On October 1, 2014, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an opinion paper co-authored by Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Rahm’s brother and an important Obama adviser in his own right. It was titled “Why Should High-Income Countries Help Fight Ebola”, and it contained the following language:

“…there are obligations of global justice to combat Ebola and strengthen health systems and infrastructure in affected countries in the longer term. Advocates of so-called cosmopolitanism – a key position in the philosophical debate about global justice – argue that national borders have no significance and that all people, regardless of where they live, are entitled to the same education, health care services, and other social resources…”

The people in power have been creating a borderless world for at least sixty years. They have achieved functional borderlessness in the U.S.A., using the covert revolutionary tactic “think of it always, speak of it never.” Most Americans still believe we have the ability to close our borders on short notice, when clearly we do not.

In any event, Obama, his Health and Human Services secretary, his Labor secretary, his acting Surgeon General, his Centers for Disease Control Director – all of them would DIE before they agreed to stop the flights, because doing it would affirm our borders as actual physical objects and demonstrate that it could be done, and they are mortally opposed to both of those things.


CHARDIN, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon The House of Cards 1736-37 Oil on canvas, 60 x 72 cm National Gallery, London

CHARDIN, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon
The House of Cards

“Go and Sin Some More”


FROM Novus Ordo Watch:

It is an absolute theological freak show in Rome at this point. Finding “positive” aspects in fornication, adultery, sodomy? Poor St. John the Baptist (see Matthew 14) — he could have kept his head attached to his neck if only he had known about what the “Holy Spirit” would be telling the Vatican in the future. You see, if he had only avoided such “insensitive” language against King Herod, language that clearly “discriminated” against him, making him feel “unwelcome” and “judged”, oh, how much more could have been accomplished! If only the Baptist had recognized the “good elements” in the king’s adultery, all would have been well! ….

Likewise, our Blessed Lord: Instead of “encouraging” the woman at the well to strive for the “ideal” of a valid marriage, He flat-out told her, “For thou hast had five husbands: and he whom thou now hast, is not thy husband” (Jn 4:18). That is so insensitive! What about the positive aspects of her adultery? What about the “fidelity” and “love” she was surely showing to her “Husband No. 5”? Wasn’t she making sacrifices and such? Didn’t she cook him meals? Clearly, the Holy Spirit of 2000 years ago hadn’t yet “smelled the scent of the people.” Good thing we’ve got Bergoglio now to straighten it all out!

Obama Welcomes Africa — and Ebola



There had never been a case of Ebola in the U.S. until a few months ago. Since then, thousands of people have died of the disease in Africa, and millions upon millions of dollars have been spent treating Ebola patients in the U.S. who acquired it there, one of whom has died.

But the Obama administration refuses to impose a travel ban.

This summer, the U.S. government imposed a travel ban on Israel simply to pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu into accepting a ceasefire agreement. But we can’t put a travel restriction on countries where a contagious disease is raging. (Continued)



The highest perfection consists not in interior favors, or in great raptures, or in visions, or in the spirit of prophesy, but in the bringing of our wills so closely into conformity with the will of God, that as soon as we realize He wills anything, we desire it with all our might, and take the bitter with the sweet.

— St. Teresa of Avila

Behind Euthanasia — the Fear of Death



MATTHEW H. writes:

I think the movement toward euthanasia is driven by the fear of death, not the longing for death. Secular materialists who don’t know God are terrified of death, and euthanasia gives them a feeling of “control” over their own mortality. They may not be able to avoid death, but choosing the time and manner of dying allows them to think that they are in “control” of the process.  That’s what the euthanasia movement is really about.

I also think that the proponents of socialized medicine are motivated by a fear of death, too.  Death is terrifying, but the state is strong and powerful, and even though the proponents of socialized medicine are probably aware that the state cannot save them from death, it feels better to have a mighty ally in the struggle against death.

Finally, I think that the recent phenomenon of men and women who are 50 years of age and older obtaining sex change surgery is, once again, motivated by a fear of death.  These people sense that the grim reaper is approaching, and a sex change operation allows them to convince themselves that they have been “reborn” as a member of the opposite sex.

The Pro-Sodomy Pretender


In March, Francis publicly took the hand of Fr. Luigi Ciotti, an openly pro-homosexual priest.

In March, Francis publicly took the hand of Fr. Luigi Ciotti, an openly pro-homosexual priest.

WHEN Jorge Bergoglio uttered his famous phrase, “Who am I to judge?” last year, many Catholics refused to believe that he was saying what he was saying. They made copious excuses. They complained of the deviousness of the media. They said his message of mercy had value. Even as he was lavished by awards and praise by homosexual organizations and publications, they claimed Bergoglio was being misinterpreted. Now perhaps those who were in denial can recognize the truth: Bergoglio does not consider sodomy gravely sinful and believes that homosexuals should be publicly welcomed into the Church. The recent midterm report by the “Extraordinary Synod of the Bishops on Family” goes much farther than Bergoglio’s seemingly off-the-cuff statement in a plane interview. The report was introduced and read in front of Francis, who has not repudiated it.

Would it ever occur to you to say that thieves have good qualities? Thieves and even murderers do have good qualities. But if someone said to you, “Thieves and murderers have much to offer the Christian community,” you would probably find that offensive because a thief cannot offer anything good to a Christian community until he first stops being a thief or the Christian community first stops being Christian. 

The following statement in the synod report is entirely predicated on the idea that homosexual activity is not wrong and that those engaged in the sin of sodomy can be members in good standing of the Catholic Church:


Wedding (and Non-Wedding) Attire


JANE writes:

My reaction to the photo in the entry “States Forced to Abandon Marriage Laws” was a question. Doesn’t anyone ever dress up anymore? Is it shallow that I don’t think someone should wear a T-shirt to their own wedding?

Really, it’s not about the clothes. But I do think appearance can reflect values. We used to dress up for things that mattered — church, ceremonies, weddings. This haphazard gathering reflects the lack of seriousness with which our culture regards marriage.


Lies about Self-Murder


COMMENTS have been added to the entry about Brittany Maynard, the subject of an orchestrated media blitz in favor of assisted suicide. There are so many distortions in her story it’s hard to get to them all. One of the main lies is that laws are somehow preventing people from committing suicide. The goal of the organization Compassion and Choices, formerly the Hemlock Society, is to make suicide publicly affirmed and aided.

As one commenter points out, there can be great financial incentives for the living to support suicide of the old. Brittany Maynard is not old, and that’s why the choice of her as a symbol of the beauty of suicide is so clever and obviously calculated.

The Inactivity Rate for Men in their Prime



THE inactivity rate is the proportion of the population not in the labor force.


Reaction to the Family Synod


A READER writes:

The Synod’s report this week is punditry, not theology; it is intended for public consumption, loaded with liberal clichés and buzzwords. The entire world has already concluded on the basis of the midterm report alone that the Catholic Church has fully embraced the sexual revolution. Whatever comes next is practically irrelevant.


Church of Bergoglio Drops Bomb on Family Life



JORGE BERGOGLIO and his Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family dropped a heavy load of incendiaries yesterday with the synod’s mid-way report, Relatio post disceptationem, which urges the Catholic world to see positive elements in the sins of divorce, cohabitation, homosexuality, same-sex unions and even polygamy and arranged marriages. The smoke is still rising above the debris. Vatican II’s adulteration of Catholic worship, with rock masses and Holy Communion in the hand, leads inevitably to the adulteration of Catholic doctrine — and now to the ultimate project of trashing the Catholic family. Confirming all the worst fears regarding its revolutionary intentions, the Synod report, written by Cardinal Péter Erdő, affirmed the need to proclaim the “Gospel of the Family” with “profound conviction” and then proceeded to bury it in an avalanche of cultural relativism and psychotherapeutic talk of “fragility” and “dialogue:”

Anthropological and cultural change today influences all aspects of life and requires an analytic and diversified approach, able to discern the positive forms of individual freedom.