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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.


Comments, etc.


I WASN’T able to read or post e-mails yesterday. I was preoccupied with the illness of a relative. I hope to get to comments shortly. A belated Happy Columbus Day!

Inspirationof Christopher Columbus, Jose Maria Obregon; 1856

Inspiration of Christopher Columbus, Jose Maria Obregon; 1856

The Facts of Life


DAN R. writes:

I’d guess many of your readers have already seen this, but in case not, here’s a country duo, Lewis & Lewis, putting the homosexual “marriage” debate in its most basic and truthful terms.

Protesters Wanted


Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

FROM is pleased to announce the first ‘Hug-A-Thug Sunday.’

The initiative is designed to bring peace and harmony to Ferguson, Missouri and surrounding black neighborhoods where gentle giant black teens en route from choir practice to enroll in college are shot dead by racist white police.


States Forced to Abandon Marriage Laws



A couple “marries” in Asheville, North Carolina.

AS laws enacted by democratic means have been effectively overturned in numerous states by the wizened ecclesiastics of the U.S. Supreme Court, there has never been more justification for secession. This week’s events reveal the naked, absolutist power of our federal government like nothing else. Those who have harbored unrealistic hopes are perhaps now enlightened. Today is the beginning of a brighter tomorrow if more people realize what this all means. This is not primarily about homosexual “marriage.” It’s about the cult of freedom. It’s about the worship of the state. It’s about serious defects in the very principles upon which America was founded. It’s about the triumph of money and the failure of community. America is dissolving before our eyes.


She’ll Do It Her Way



BRITTANY MAYNARD is the latest poster child for the pro-suicide movement. Diagnosed with brain cancer not long ago, Maynard, 29, has decided she will kill herself on November 1 to avoid acute suffering. Compassion and Choices, the former Hemlock Society and a leading advocate of laws legalizing assisted suicide, has produced an artful video of Brittany that has gone viral with more than five million views. I was visiting a relative in a nursing home the other day, surrounded by the sick and disabled, when I heard on a nearby screen this self-absorbed woman being interviewed. The media can’t go wrong with a story like this. It rends emotions and stirs controversy. Organized suicide is great for the news business. I wondered how many people in how many nursing homes and hospitals around the country were watching this willful, painfully superficial woman explain how pointless suffering is.

Maynard believes she is entitled to a life of health and adventure. Deprived of that, she has chosen to plan her own suicide, and, while she is at it, promote the idea for others. Some who also have terminal illnesses, understandably agitated by her story, have begged her to reconsider. Little do they know they are playing the part of useful fools to the propaganda machine at “Compassion and Choices.”

Dave Andrusko writes:

Maynard’s case is what groups like Compassion & Choices live for. A beautiful young woman apparently about to be cut down in the prime of her life. It matters not that such cases—terminal illnesses—are always the opening wedge after which, once the principal is established, the “right” to be “assisted” expands to a whole panoply of reasons none of which are about terminal illnesses.

The principles of Compassion and Choices are perfectly consistent with assisted suicide for those who are not terminally ill but are experiencing unhappiness and chronic illness of some kind. Legal suicide, much farther ahead in Europe, has already gone in that direction in Belgium, and it will likely go in that direction in the United States too.

The ironic thing about Maynard’s case is that the art and science of relieving pain are highly developed and she apparently has family and friends willing to care for her. But she sees no point in living a little longer unless she can have it her way. She is planning to continue to travel and have fun after her death too. Sadly, it seems to never have occurred to Maynard that she may experience intense suffering after her death.


Microsoft CEO Apologizes for Offending Women



MICROSOFT CEO Satya Nadella is a clueless man. He had the naiveté to suggest to a gathering of women in computing that hard work matters most in connection with earnings.

It’s not really about asking for the raise,” Nadella said, “but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” according to a transcript of the event provided by Microsoft.

In the long term, Mr. Nadella said, good workers will be rewarded and recognized for their efforts.

This is offensive to The Powers That Be, and Nadella was quickly beat up on social media. His statement implies that women are not victims — whether of male prejudice or of what Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg of Lean In fame says is their own failure to ask for more money. Fortunately, Nadella has apologized and gotten back on script by promising to close the pay gap, admitting to male bias against women in a typical expression of opportunistic male self-hatred.

By the way, readers have probably often seen the figures on how little women make relative to men. Statistics on how much of total family income men provide are rarely reported. Among married fathers, men still make about 65 percent of household income and spend more than 50 percent more hours in paid employment than married mothers. Men don’t have the choice, as women so often do, to take lesser paying work or part-time jobs.

The pay gap is another one of those issues in which there is open deception. Male deference used to entail defending and protecting women. Now it demands coddling them with lies.