Friday, October 24, 2014

Sister Cristina Performs Madonna's "Like A Virgin"

Sister Cristina Scuccia, winner of Italy's "The Voice," has recorded her rendition of Madonna's 1980s hit "Like a Virgin." When I first hears this, I was skeptical, to say the least. Madonna? I thought. Like a virgin? Nooooo.

My regular readers will know that I am NOT a Madonna fan. At least Madonna the American entertainer. But having watched Sister Cristina perform Madonna's song in this video, I am struck by several things.

(1) Sister Cristina's version is slower and actually prayerful. Just as she transformed Alicia Keys' song "No One," she has transformed this song to show her devotion and love for her Savior, Jesus Christ. I considered religious life in my younger years, and it was that level of devotion to Christ that I sought. Thinking of him as my one-and-only was what I felt and desired. Sister Cristina has achieved that goal.

(2) The filming of this video is incredibly artistic -- the scenery in modern yet ancient Italy is profound. Moreover, the use of black and white captures an important essence -- either we believe in God or we do not. That belief comes through faith -- a gift freely given if we but accept it.

Enjoy Sister Cristina's prayer, and pray along with her.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

YOLO: The Real Meaning of You Only Live Once

When I read stories about women who choose to abort their babies because the child is the "wrong" sex or because they learn of a birth defect, it breaks my heart.
 An estimated 92 percent of all women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to terminate their pregnancies, according to research reviewed by Dr. Brian Skotko, a pediatric geneticist at Children's Hospital Boston.
I weep for the children who never had a chance to exist outside their mothers' wombs.

Stories about people choosing to end their lives early due to infirmity, unhappiness, hopelessness, or just being tired of living are inconceivable in my mind. And what are we to make of a first-world government that kills its aged citizens when costs get too great? Whether you call it "mercy killing" or euthanasia, it is a conscious choice to end what God has so graciously and freely given: the greatest gift of all.

We hear so much about ending life when someone is not satisfied with the perceived quality that the helpless or disabled human being will have or, more selfishly, the quality of life the person's life will afford to others. That is why stories like the one of a Brazilian man named Claudio shown in the video below are especially inspiring to me.

Here is a man born with such severe abnormalities (congenital malformation) that his very existence is mind-boggling. It makes me wonder why some people value human life so much more than others do.



The will to live is naturally strong. It makes sense that the desire for OTHERS to have the chance to live should be equally as strong. There is a glimmer of hope that the message of "survival of the fittest" is not as clear-cut as some people would have us believe.

I am also troubled by the decision by our government recently to redefine pregnancy terms, narrowing the definition of "full term" from 37 weeks to 39 weeks of gestation. What initially seems innocuous could also be the segway into allowing abortions at a much later time in the pregnancy. To say that a child can be aborted anytime before "full term: would now mean that fully viable babies (at 37 weeks) could be killed and discarded, even though they could live outside the womb without any medical assistance. It is not a stretch to think that this is a motivation behind the re-defining of pregnancy terms by our federal government.

My choice to vote for pro-life candidates--ones who value life from birth to a natural death--is not just a Catholic decision as much as it is a recognition that all human life is a precious gift. It is in recognition of the reality that once you renounce that gift--on your own behalf or on behalf of another--you cannot get it back. You only live once.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When No Means No, Yes Means Yes, and Fifty Shades of Gray Means "Meh"

Can someone please explain to me how the following two stories can co-exist, even in the liberal progressive world?

This past Sunday and before, stories out of California have reported that the legislature in that liberal bastion is ready to pass a law that says "only YES means yes." It is purportedly a corollary to "No means no." It tells college students that when it comes to sexual encounters, there must be an affirmative acceptance to what is about to happen from both parties. Either a verbal okay or an affirmative nod of the head has to be signaled in order for the festivities to progress. Isn't that special?

Now, that attempt in California to legislate sexual behavior comes at the same time as the second story: Live Action catching Planned Parenthood employees on camera encouraging minors to engage in sadomasochistic behavior.


So here is the question: When the law in many states provides for crimes such as statutory rape, where children under a certain age are presumed to be unable to consent to sexual intercourse, how can a Planned Parenthood employee get away with telling a fifteen year old that she can consent to whips and chains and beatings and other abnormal activities? Is this not a crime in and of itself? How can a child consent to behavior when s/he does not even know what it entails? What is wrong with the world?

I don't get it. And I don't think I want to. As long as my stepdaughters know right from wrong and Yes from No, that is about all I have the strength and the inclination to worry about.
 

The Giver: A Movie About Life under Liberal Progressive Control

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
in The Hunger Games
Several years ago I spent the summer reading the Hunger Games trilogy on my Kindle. Despite the story being targeted for an audience of adolescents, I was completely enthralled with the three books. I spent a lot of time pondering whether the events that Katniss Everdeen and her comrades faced could indeed happen in our future.

When inevitably the first movie came out in March of 2012, I waited until it left major theaters and then went to the see it at a local cinema and draft house with my husband. There are fewer children in theaters of this nature -- just a fact. We both enjoyed immensely the first installment of the four-part movie series. (Like both the Twilight and Harry Potter series, the final book has been broken down into two movies, to milk the story's popularity.)

The Hunger Games movie was relatively true to the book, compared to some adaptations. For months after seeing the first episode, I looked forward to seeing the second part when it was released -- titled Catching Fire. Well, although the second installment has been out for nine months now, I have not yet gone to the theater. I even bought the DVD so that I can watch it when I want at home. But it still sits in its original packaging, unopened. Since it is two and a half hours long, it requires a bit of a time commitment to watch, and in the summer I would rather be outside in the yard as much as possible. I will get around to watching it, eventually. Hopefully before the third movie is released later this year!

But I am now intrigued by the upcoming release of another movie about the future. This one is called The Giver, and it is based on a book of the same name written twenty years ago by renowned author Lois Lowry. Here is how the back cover of the book introduces the story.


My younger stepdaughter had to read the Newberry Award winning book The Giver for a class several years ago. I read it at the same time so as to be able to discuss it with her and quiz her on it. Although Lowry wrote this book for a young audience, it has a plot and a message that all American adults should heed.

I could go into greater detail on the story, but there have already been many synopses of the book written over the last two decades by more eloquent reviewers than I. There are also reviews of the movie available if you are interested in reading more before deciding to see the movie. The trailer below will give you a feel for the movie and its darkness.


Until I have seen these two movies, I will refrain from my urge to predict that these societies--one of fakeness and one of sacrifice --are where we are heading in this country. The desires of many in political leadership to control all of the aspects of our everyday lives -- from the size of our Big Gulps to the food served in school lunches to who gets to live and die (government control over health care funding, access to birth control, euthanasia and suicide on demand) -- are signals that we could be headed to either a Panem or to a world of Elders in a futuristic "utopian" society where a Giver and a Receiver are needed to carry the pain and memories for all of the others whom the leaders have judged to be too weak or too inept to be saddled with the truths of life.

Catholics should see this movie because it portrays a life that is completely in opposition to the freedoms that are the basis for Catholic Christian anthropology.

The Giver opens in theaters tomorrow..

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Monday, July 21, 2014

True Freedom in Christian Anthropology

Yesterday I went to Mass at St. John the Beloved in McLean, Virginia. Our seminarian-in-residence for the summer authored a brilliant piece that was published in the parish bulletin. I am including it below as it is one of the simplest explanations of a complex subject that I have ever read. Please, please take time to read it.


This explanation of what true freedom is about, with regard to the immersion into sin that befalls those who do not have a God-centered view of life and freedom, is also behind the actions of people like those in my post earlier today. In those two videos we saw the actions of two people who both maliciously and willfully interrupted the peaceful and lawful protests of Christians who sought only to draw attention to those whose rights are truly being trampled through abortion -- the unborn.

I pray for people like Mississippian Mike Peters and the violent, angry Ohio woman. May their hearts be converted and may they come to understand what true freedom is all about.

Life: The Most Important Inalienable Right at ALL Stages

Anyone who thinks that an unborn child is just a bunch of unrecognizable cells while in the mother's uterus should watch this video.

Warning: This video is necessarily extremely graphic. It is real. It is heart-breaking.


These children will never get the chance to be embraced in the arms of their mothers or fathers or siblings. They died because their mothers and their mothers' doctors (or other medical personnel) did not want these babies to live.The fact that babies continue to move even after being extracted prematurely from their mothers' bodies is unfathomable. All of these babies are brutally terminated before they have the chance to live as God intended.

If a woman with an ounce of love in her heart really stopped to think about the images in this film, she could NEVER choose abortion, regardless of how she was impregnated.

Let us pray: Dear Heavenly Father, please let all women who become pregnant realize that they are carrying a gift from You inside their wombs. Break through the selfishness or the shame or the fear or whatever drives women to decide that the child within their womb does not have a God-given right to life that trumps their man-made "right" to purge their womb of Your gift. Let all women around the world Respect Life, most especially the vulnerable, fragile life that may come to grow within their wombs. AMEN.

Mississippi Police Do Nothing As Man Blatantly Steals Signs of Pro-Life Group

The video below was posted a few days ago after an incident on the streets of Jackson, Mississippi.
On July 17, 2014, Created Equal visited Jackson, MS, site of the state's last remaining abortion facility as part of Day 4 of our Summer Justice Ride. Upon arrival, and despite several attempts by Created Equal's Mark Harrington to convince police to intervene, our property was stolen while police stood by idly.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution applies to the 50 states. Certainly these protesters have the right to display their message in a public place. Indeed, the police officer even told them so at the beginning of the video. And without a doubt, the man (men) who moved their signs from the street to the hallway had no right to do so. The police officers did not react to the pleas of the owners of the signs to stop the offending man from taking away their signs. Why not?

The video did not show the outcome of this incident. We do not know why the man was moving their signs. He moved them into an off-street entryway, so it is reasonable to guess that he did not want the signs to be seen. The video indicates that the owners of the signs intended to file charges for theft of property against the sign-taking man or men. The question is, will they be successful in criminal court?

There are dozens of witnesses to what transpired. Indeed, it was captured on film that has been seen by thousands of people. Is the man not guilty as sin?

The answer and the likelihood of success of a theft charge against the man will depend on how the criminal statutes of Mississippi define "theft" or "larceny" and how those statutes are interpreted. Here is a simple explanation:

What is Theft?

The term theft is used widely to refer to crimes involving the taking of a person's property without their permission. But theft has a very broad legal meaning which may encompass more than one category, and multiple degrees, of crimes. Theft is often defined as the unauthorized taking of property from another with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. Within this definition lie two key elements:
1) a taking of someone else's property; and
2) the requisite intent to deprive the victim of the property permanently.
The taking element in a theft typically requires seizing possession of property that belongs to another, and may also involve removing or attempting to remove the property. However, it is the element of intent where most of the complex legal challenges typically arise in theft-related cases.
Clearly, the element that is most troubling is the one that says the person taking the property must have an intent to deprive the owner permanently of his property. The man in this incident never says a word, and he does not take the property out of sight of the owners. So he will argue in defense that he did not intend to permanently deprive the owners of their property. He will argue that he was just moving it out of sight because he found it to be offensive.

Does this make it right? Of course not. Is there anything the owners can do? They did not attempt to stop the man from taking their signs. They did no go into the hallway to try to retrieve their signs. Thus, there was not physical altercation. If they had gone into the hallway to get their property, they would have been charged with trespassing on private property.

I am sure that the man taking their signs was well-versed in the law and he knew that he has "lack of intent" as a defense. The owners reacted as he hoped -- they passively watched as he took their signs and removed them from public sight. If he eventually moved the signs back onto the sidewalk, perhaps after traffic died down or area businesses closed their doors, then he perhaps has a valid defense and will not be convicted. If he shut the door and did not return the property to a location where it was accessible to the owners without their having to commit a violation of the law (trespassing) to retrieve it, then again it is not likely that he could be convicted of theft.

Mississippi law also has a provision for "robbery." The victims in this case could assert that the man's actions constituted robbery, which is a more serious crime than mere theft.
In Mississippi, robbery is defined as “feloniously [taking] the personal property of another, in his presence or from his person and against his will, by violence to his person or by putting such person in fear of some immediate injury to his person . . . .” Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-73. This is “simple robbery,” or it is sometimes referred to as “strong arm robbery.”
In order to convict you of robbery in Mississippi, the State must prove:
  1. That you had a “felonious intent;”
  2. that you used force or putting in fear as a means of effectuating a theft; and
  3. that you took and carried away someone else’s property from the victim’s person or in the victim’s presence.
Moore v. State, 942 So.2d 251 (Miss. 2006). If you are convicted of simple robbery (without a weapon), you can receive up to 15 years in the state penitentiary. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-75.
The victims could assert that the man's silence, the fact that he had at least one accomplice, and the stowing away in a private hallway were all intimidating factors intended to scare them, thus putting them in fear of immediate injury if they tried to retrieve their rightful property. This is what would be required to prove there was a "felonious" intent, and it just might work.

Whatever happens in the criminal case, the victims here can also pursue civil tort charges against the man who took their property. If he damaged any of their signs he could be forced to pay restitution.

I am not defending the inaction of the officers. But if they were knowledgeable of the elements of the crime of theft, then they may have known that a charge of theft would be difficult to prove. Or perhaps they were just happy to see the protesters being harassed and deprived of their visual aids. Either way, the attention that the sign-taker and the inactive police officers have drawn to this situation has caused it to gain wider viewing than if the incident had never happened or the police had simply intervened.

UPDATE
7/21/14
Life Site News provides an update of what followed the video above. Higher level police arrived, and the man who stole the signs was identified as Mike Peters, owner and developer of Fondren Corner, the building into which the man took the signs.




Indeed, sign-owner CreatedEqual is the same organization whose member was a victim a few weeks ago when he was attacked by a woman in Ohio while he was protesting against abortion. This incident was also caught on video tape.


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jaw-Dropping Conversation Between Planned Parenthood Employee and Fifteen-Year-Old Girl

Over the last few years on this blog, I have pointed out the insidious nature of Planned Parenthood. (A quick search for "Planned Parenthood" will reveal those previous posts.) And just when I thought nothing more that the God-forsaken organization could do would surprise me, I saw this story and video.

An undercover woman, pretending to be a 15-year-old, entered a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and recorded a lengthy discussion with a scrubs-clad employee. The things that this employee tells the 15-year-old girl caused my jaw to drop. Here's the description for this video on You Tube:
A Planned Parenthood employee advises an undercover investigator, posing as a 15-year-old girl, on how to experiment with sexual bondage/sadomasochism, including gagging, whipping, defecation, emulating pornography, and going to sex stores to "get educated." Footage was obtained by Live Action at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Littleton and Lakewood, Colorado.

 

I cannot fathom my 15-year-old having this conversation with a strange woman in a clinic. Has our society really come to this? An employee of a non-profit organization gets away with flouting the law just because the things a young girl can learn to do with her boyfriend are "fun" and "feel good"? What the heck does any of this have to do with planning for parenthood?

The employee did not act as if this was an unusual conversation for her to have. In fact, she is extremely comfortable and "hip" with her answers. As the old proverb says, where there is one visible cockroach there are dozens more that go undetected. In this situation there are probably thousands of these conversations every day that go undetected. This employee suggesting that a 15-year-old go to sex shops and watch porn with her boyfriend and use her cell phone so as not to get caught -- thus instructing her to hide life-threatening actions from her parents -- this advice is unconscionable, beyond the pale. Death by asphyxiation -- known as auto-erotic asphyxiation (AeA) -- has been documented for decades. It is this self-gratifying sexual behavior that killed actor David Carradine (of Kung Fu fame) and Michael Hutchence (of INXS). And this Planned Parenthood employee tells a 15-yer-old child to explore it because it is fun? Absolutely appalling.

We have heard and read about "grooming" of minors by adult perpetrators for decades now. The Catholic clergy and sexual abuse scandal continues to make headlines in mainstream media at any possible chance when grooming is suspected to have occurred, even though no physical touching occurs. How are these actions of a Planned Parenthood employee any less despicable and illegal? Why is this not also classified as "grooming"? Indeed, this employee's actions are worse because she recommends that the child break the law by entering adult sex shops, engage in deviant and dangerous sexual behavior, and use a cell phone paid for by her parents to access pornography -- another illegal action.

Are the employee's actions less reprehensible and illegal because she is not grooming the child for herself but rather for some unknown boyfriend? As the news story at the start of this video clearly shows, minors engage in sexual activity with adults, as in the case of the 16-year-old girl who strangled the 43-year-old man. This Planned Parenthood employee is taking away this 15-year-old child's innocence and is setting her on a course of self-destruction. I am out of adjectives to describe how nauseating this employee is to me.

But we all know that under the banner of Planned Parenthood, this employee will never be held accountable -- she effectively will be getting away with murder and will never be held to pay for her actions.She was just doing her job -- on the taxpayers' dime.

Your daughter or granddaughter could be next.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Fourth of July, Lou Gehrig, and Bad Breaks

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, the date on which we celebrate the brave men who gathered in a quiet Philadelphia room in 1776 and, with no fanfare or crowd adulation, risked their lives to sign a parchment that declared that the United States would no longer bend to the tyranny of distant oppressive authorities. We owe our collective freedom to these selfless men, and we should be thinking of them as we barbeque and swim on Independence Day.

One hundred sixty-three years after that world-changing historical event, a hundred and three miles up the highway, a lone brave man stood before thousands of people on that memorable summer day in New York and made a declaration of a different kind. Lou Gehrig had just learned that he had a disease that would eventually steal his career, his movement and his life. Bravely he took to the field to convey personally his farewell message to his teammates and their fans.

Major League Baseball put together this video, pulling together players from rival baseball teams, to honor the 75th anniversary of Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" speech.


One cannot help but feel the emotion as Gehrig bravely took to the microphone to effectively tell his fans that he was dying. But his humility and gratitude are what will be remembered from his short two-minute speech. How painful and emotional it must have been for him to utter those initial two sentences: "For the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

Yes, the "Iron Horse" was human. How devastating that must have been for Yankees fans. My own father, who passed away in 1995, was a Yankees fan. He was only 8 1/2 years old when Gehrig made his farewell speech. I do not know if he heard it live when Gehrig gave the speech. It is unlikely, since Dad lived on a farm in the country and was secluded from everyday goings-on. But he certainly knew of Gehrig's bravery and his influence on the sport that is called "America's pasttime." I suspect that there are many current Yankees' fans who follow in the footsteps of fathers and grandfathers who remembered first hand the "Luckiest Man" speech and the honorable man who spoke the words that warm July 4th of 1939.

What about the rest of us? Even now, Gehrig's speech makes us face our mortality and put things in perspective. The disease that would claim his life less than two years after he said goodbye to baseball would also take his name -- Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Gehrig was 17 days shy of his 38th birthday when the Lord took him home to Heaven.

Gehrig's immortal words should be a guide for all of us as we face growing turmoil and division in this country that we love so much. Despite the frustration and anger and bickering and judgment, we should all remember how Gehrig ended his remarkable speech. "So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for." And so do all Americans.

May God bless each of us on our Nation's 238th birthday, and may God bless the United States of America.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Tragic Phenomenon of Children Being Herded Like Cattle Across Our Southern Border

The travesty that is happening at our southern border evidences the epic failure of the Obama administration's immigration policy. Obama's choice not to enforce the laws of our country has resulted in the influx of hundreds of thousands of people from Central and South America through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Yesterday Brandon Darby was in Laredo, Texas, and he posted the two videos below showing what is going on in that border town.


Now, unless the border authorities sit there in their patrol cars 24-7, there is no way to stop these swimmers from waiting and trying again in an hour or a day or a week. They are below one of two bridge crossings, presumably with border entries and guards just above them. It looks like there are several whole families trying to cross down river from where this is taking place. And three men in between as well.

Google maps show the relation of these two bridges.

This is the location from where the video above was shot, closer to the river. It appears to be a pedestrian bridge.

This is a closer screenshot (from the road) of the second bridge where vehicles cross the river.

Evidently these crossings are not an unusual occurrence. Witness the next video showing the local Laredo Greyhound bus station overcrowded with primarily Hispanic men, women and children sleeping on the floor. Apparently they are waiting for buses. If they lived in Laredo, why would they get to the bus station so early that they have to camp out? No, these are border crossers, and they are sleeping there because they have nowhere to go while they wait for buses to take them to relatives or friends who are already in the United States.


The Google map below shows the section of Laredo where these two bridges are located.


You can see from the map where these particular crossings are occurring that the Mexican side is not a desert area. It is not destitute. It has streets and buildings and other accommodations and necessities. The people entering illegally into the U.S. from Mexico at this location are not deprived, starved, wretched people fearing for their lives in Central America. Wanting a "better life" is understandable. However, there is a vehicle bridge and a pedestrian bridge within a few hundred yards of each other. If these people want to come to United States, they should do so legally, like the people using the bridges.

 Now, I want you to look back up at the last map. Take a good look and see if anything odd pops out at you. Here are a a couple of other maps that should bring home my point.



I know the print on these maps is small, but do you spot it? When I first started Googling Laredo for this story, I was confused at the name of the river showing up on the Google maps. Since my earliest school days I had always been taught that the river forming the border between the U.S. and Mexico is the Rio Grande. So when I saw "Rio Bravo" as the moniker for the entire length of that border river on Google, I literally looked up the Rio Grande to see if I was delusional. Although Wikipedia is not an authority to trust for scholarly works, for something this simple I trust its accuracy.


It turns out that Rio Bravo is the "Spanish name" for the river. What? The "Spanish name"? Is not Rio Grande Spanish? What Google means is that the Mexicans call the river the Rio Bravo. So Google has chosen to confuse not only me but undoubtedly every school child in America who looks up the U.S.-Mexico border river on a Google map.

Or does Google know something that we do not? Are there more Mexicans Googling "Rio Bravo" such that Google felt it was necessary to ascribe the "Spanish name" for the river on its map? Or perhaps this is Common Core at work. If so, all the more reason to chuck the systematized indoctrination.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Tragic Phenomenon of Children Dying After Being Left in Cars

With the arrival of summer, we will again hear horror stories about children being left in cars in sweltering heat. Many die. Last week alone there were at least two reported cases of this type, and each time we are shocked by the stories.

It is not a new phenomenon by any means. But the furor in the wake of reports of such tragedies seems to be growing.

Someone put together this powerful short film to illustrate one scenario of how this could happen and how people who pass by SHOULD react.



The man in this next video is just an ordinary father trying to understand this phenomenon.He decided to see what a child feels when accidentally closed up in a car when the temperature is 80-90 degrees outside. He posted this video on Facebook, and it is spreading. You can disagree with some of what he says, but he does make some insightful remarks that probably are widely shared by others.


This eleven year old boy in Nashville, TN became aware of the infant-car-death phenomenon, and he also decided to take action.What an amazing young boy he is. He invented the EZ Baby Saver.


Here is an interview with a father who left his child in the car twelve years ago. The child died.
Todd Costello of Medina, Ohio, lost his son, Tyler, in 2002 after forgetting the 9-month-old in the back of his car in his office parking lot. He's had to find a way to live with the guilt.


My heart goes out to all those whose lives have been affected by someone's careless, deadly mistake.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jason Mattera Asks Hillary to Sign His Copy of Her Book to Ambassador Stevens

As an Catholic voter, I plead with my fellow Americans to listen carefully over the next 29 months: you will learn a great deal about Hillary Clinton and what she really stands for if you just listen and learn! Jason Mattera got in a great one today while she was strolling out of yet another book-promotion interview.

 

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Shy Man Stuns Judges and Audience with His Version of "The Rose"

As I wrote earlier this week, Sister Cristina Scuccia was a hit in Italy where she win The Voice. It seems, each year there is someone whose performance stuns the audience because the person is unassuming or does not fit the mold for celebrity. We all remember Susan Boyle on "Britain's Got Talent" or whatever show she was on. And then there was Paul Potts.

The video below is almost two years old, but I am not one of the 19,000,000 people who had seen it until today. This young man, Christopher Maloney, captured my heart with his humility, his desire to succeed, and his love for his Nana. It's another feel-good story of hidden talent brought into the light.


I do not know the final outcome of Chris' journey, and I am not sure I want to at this point. I was captivated by his moment of glory, and the aftermath is not that important to me. I just hope he gained confidence in himself and changed the minds of those who discouraged him.

God bless Christopher Maloney.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Sister Cristina Scuccia Wins The Voice in Italy

A few weeks back I posted a video of Italian Sister Cristina Scuccia (Suor Cristina) and the amazing debut she made on the Italian competition of The Voice. That video has been seen tens of millions of times. The competition has come to an end, and it is no surprise that Suor Cristina has been declared the winner! Her coach, Jax, helped her through the competition, and her fans supported her "Sister Acts" (or Sister Ax, rather).

Jax coaching Suor Cristina

Suor Cristina gets hashtagged

Here is one of her final performances to the song "What a Feeling" from the 1980s movie Flashdance starring Irene Cara.


The words to the song are here: 
 "Flashdance... What A Feeling"

 First when there's nothing
But a slow glowing dream
That your fear seems to hide
Deep inside your mind

All alone, I have cried
Silent tears full of pride
In a world made of steel
Made of stone

Well, I hear the music
Close my eyes, feel the rhythm
Wrap around, take a hold of my heart

What a feeling
Being's believing
I can have it all
Now I'm dancing for my life
Take your passion
And make it happen
Pictures come alive
You can dance right through your life

Now I hear the music
Close my eyes, I am rhythm
In a flash, it takes hold of my heart

What a feeling, being's believing
I can have it all
Now I'm dancing for my life
Take your passion
And make it happen
Pictures come alive
Now I'm dancing through my life

What a feeling

What a feeling (I am music now)
Being's believing (I am rhythm now)
Pictures come alive
You can dance right through your life

What a feeling (I can really have it all)
Being's believing
(Pictures come alive when I call)
I can have it all (I can really have it all)
Have it all (pictures come alive when I call)
(Call, call ,call, call, what a feeling)
I can have it all (being's believing)
Being's believing (take your passion)
 Most young people today have not seen the movie where the song originated. Not to take anything away from Suor Cristina's vocal performance, but to really appreciate the beauty of the song, you have to see the dancing that went along with it in the movie. Here is Irene Cara and her body double in the (supposedly) official Flashdance video.

Irene Cara's character performed by putting her entire being into the celebration of life ("being's believing"). Suor Cristina is praising God with her voice and her own version of the Dance.

Suor Cristina, back-up dancers, and the giant hand of "God" holding a microphone
 Congratulations, Sister Cristina! Bellissima!


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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sixteen-Year-Old Bests Nancy Pelosi in Classic Confrontation

I know Nancy Pelosi is Catholic, but I do not know (for the life of me) know why anyone votes for this woman.



The 16 year-old student bests her and makes her look foolish! All she can do is BLAME BUSH!!

This young man has a future in politics!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rivalries Do Not Have to Keep Us Apart

Many moons ago when I was a teacher of junior high, one of the schools where I taught had an annul play that the 7th and 8th graders would put on. One year they performed the classic musical by Rogers and Hammerstein called Oklahoma. I doubt many people born after 1970 have ever seen the musical. But the original movie production (starring Shirley "Partridge" Jones) has some unforgettable classic song and dance routines. One of my favorites is the song "Territory Folk Should Stick Together," otherwise known as "Oh the Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends." Here is a YouTube video of the rowdy song.

 

 A few years later another musical came out that also featured a rivalry -- this time it was between two local gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The opening number of Westside Story in 1961 introduced the rival gangs in a classic dance scene that simulated fighting through dance. 


Now, if you took the time to watch those two videos in their entirety, you are nearly 15 minutes into this blog post. If you skipped the videos, that's okay too. I'm not asking you to vote on which you prefer: the Cowman or the Farmer? or the Jets over the Sharks?

Kasi (left) and Mtani (right)
Instead, I thought of these two classic rivalries earlier today when I saw a story that actually came out a few months ago. It was in the UK Daily Mail, and featured an animal friendship between a cat and a dog. In fact, the article was titled "Who said cats and dogs can't be friends?" The story features some amazing pictures of these unlikely companions in Tampa, Florida.Kasi the Cheetah and Mtani the Labrador are inseparable, and their friendship shows that even natural enemies can find common ground.

So, my only question is this: which would Mtani prefer as a chew toy: an antler or a ChurpiChew? These rival treats can co-exist side by side on the same store shelf or in your cupboard.

You'll find lots of naturally healthy dog treats at AntlersAnd Chews.com.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Third Times Charms? Bill Maher Again Agrees with Conservatives

Once was a fluke.

Twice was a mind boggler.

Three times is scary.

I'm not trying to be cryptic. It's just that Bill Maher is not someone with whom I am accustomed to seeing eye-to-eye. In fact, I detest almost everything that he stands for. But even a broken clock is right twice a day. But three times?

The most recent Bill Maher video that has my head spinning is below.


Why do liberals still insist on protecting the radical factions that have high-jacked their professed religion? The profession of Muslims who say that their religion is based on peace comes into question when the most visible Muslims are terrorists, without question. For liberals to stand behind Muslims who profess peace but do not deliver, stands in stark opposition to the observable actions of radical Muslims on the world stage. It is beyond me.

The terrorist actions of radical Muslims is the one thing that we could come together on in this country in a time when we are divided along every possible line. And therein lies the answer -- division for the sake of division. Liberals could never attract the Muslim vote on the merits of what they practice and profess -- everything about liberals is anathema to the Muslim world. So instead, liberals boost Islam and condemn conservatives who point out the hypocrisy of radical terrorists who happen to be Muslims.

Bill Maher sees the lies that liberals are living. When will the rest of the liberal followers open their eyes?

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Woman Shares Abortion Video to Entice More Women to Abort

This video is being promoted today by pro-abortion advocates. The woman who filmed herself (from the waist up) having an abortion and enjoying it works at an abortion clinic. So, she decided to be a walking advertisement for her trade.



So this woman named Emily is advertising her sins in order to attract more women to perform the same reviling sinful act. She whitewashes the procedure by selfishly referring only to herself and how it makes her feel. She does not mention whatsoever the life that she is so callously and sinfully snuffing out. She does not mention the man whose sperm contributed half of the DNA that created this life. She never speculates on the pain that being ripped apart causes to the innocent baby growing inside her. And she does not let her audience see the remains of her baby or the process by which the child is brutalized while she is smiling devilishly in her relaxed position. It's no wonder she feels no guilt after the procedure -- if you have no conscience then there is no guilt to be felt.

I wonder if pro-abortion Emily has ever seen the video below. Since she works in an abortion clinic, she probably has seen only the bits and pieces from the dessicated corpses of babies that are murdered and extracted by suction during an abortion. But the video below indisputably proves that that "thing" inside a woman's body is a living entity, capable if living for some time (albeit short without placental support) outside the woman's body.


That video was reportedly made after a car accident in which the entire amniotic sac protecting the baby was extracted from the mother's body. Sadly, I do not know whether the mother lived or died in that instance. Nor is it clear where the video was filmed. From the language being spoken, it is likely not in the United States.

After watching that disturbing but enlightening video, take a few minutes and watch this video taken inside an Arizona abortion clinic. It starts with snippets from the testimony last year of a Planned Parenthood spokesperson trying to convince Congressmen to reinstate funding for Planned Parenthood.The lying woman testifying before the committee members feigns innocence and ignorance about the specifics of how babies born alive are treated. It's shocking how she can stand there with a straight face and bold-face lie to members of t-our country's legislature. But then again, this is more proof that lack of a conscience also means lack of feelings of guilt.


Yes, I am being judgmental. But I am convinced in this area of human interaction I am right. I side with Pope Francis in a tweet that he made today.


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Now you can film your own hidden camera videos and expose the truth.
 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Video with Profound Message: Turn off Your Phone and Look Up!

It's not likely that you will see some one's video and have them tell you to stop watching the video and turn off your electronic device. But that is precisely what this young man has done. The great thing is that I found it on Facebook -- and it has over 17,000,000 views so far.


I only joined Facebook two months ago, mostly so that I could promote my online business. I have yet to get that opportunity since my website is still in development. I hope that if you, my Readers, leave social media behind, you will still stop in and shop at my website, AntlersAndChews.com, when I get it up and running really soon!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

SFGate Compares Pelosi to Pope Francis

A picture prominently displayed on the SFGate website shows San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi assisting a minister in washing to feet of an immigrant at a Holy Thursday service last night.  

Notice the halo? That's because the story on the website compared Saint Nancy's actions to those of Pope Francis. Last year while presiding over his first Holy Week Triduum services, the new Pontiff broke with tradition by washing the feet of disabled persons rather than sticking with the tradition of washing the feet of priests at the liturgy. The Pope can do that, since it is he who is legislator, judge, and executor of the Church's law. Not so with Saint Nancy.

What the SFGate story mentions only in passing is that the photo of Pelosi was taken not at a Catholic service but rather at an Episcopal church service. Why is a woman who, at every opportune time, pronounces herself to be a devout Catholic, "assisting" at an Episcopal service? It's the photo op that she is seeking, naturally. If photographers had not been there, Pelosi would not have any interest in flouting Catholic teaching in a way at which she has grown so proficient.

That's right, this is not the first time she has flouted Catholic teaching. Ironically, Pelosi  is always saying that religion and politics should not mix. She must have added a caveat, however. They mix when there is a photo op that will elevate her in the eyes of her deluded San Francisco constituency.

Today is Good Friday. Catholic churches all over the country generally have Stations of the Cross in the afternoon and a Good Friday service in the evening. The question is, will we see on tomorrow's SFGate website a photo of Saint Nancy carrying a cross through the Streets of San Francisco? You can be sure it will only happen if there is a photographer there.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another Even Holier Version of "Hallelujah" by Kelley Mooney

Last week I posted a video of the Catholic priest who surprised a bride and groom and sang a specially tailored version of Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah." The video went viral and has millions of hits, and deservedly. But I think I have found an even more profound version of the song, and just at the right time. It's Holy Thursday when I post this, and tomorrow is Good Friday. I will watch this again myself tomorrow -- over and over.

 

 Thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying for my sins...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Laughing Adults Force Infant to Inhale Marijuana Smoke

In my last post I wrote about the beautiful brotherly love of two siblings whose parents have modeled for them what love is all about. Sadly, a disturbing video has gone viral, and it epitomizes the evil of a culture that has so turned away from God that it's doubtful that love will ever come to some children.  Here is the disturbing video (a Vine) showing adults encouraging and facilitating an infant in taking a drag from a marijuana joint. Worse yet, they laugh about the child inhaling the smoke.
Such behavior is unfathomable, and the crime they perpetrated against this child is unforgivable. I pray that these scoundrels are caught and put in jail for the rest of this child's life. He should never have to be subjected to their barbarian actions again.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

A True Case of Brotherly Love

I have five brothers and five sisters, and I know that any of them would do anything for me, and vice versa. Having said that, I'd be lying if I said things were always that way. I am not sure whether we would have sacrificed much for each other in our pre-teen years the way the older brother in this video has sacrificed for his younger brother. What a testament to brotherly love. This story gets my vote for the most heart-warming story that I have seen so far in 2014.



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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Japanese Dancers of Pleiades Celebrate God's Light

And God said, "Let there be light. And there was light."

And Jesus said, "I am the light of the world."

This video of Japanese dancers of the "Pleiades" is mesmerizing.

 

The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, is a cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus. Although its name hails from Greek mythology, the light that it emanates is from the one and only Creator God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. His name be praised!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Catholic Priest Sings Hallelujah at Wedding

Father Ray Kelly gets my vote for the best Presider at a Catholic wedding! Enjoy!
[The video was pulled from You Tube, so I will try to find its original post. I fund it on UK Daily mail so if this video is yanked, maybe you can find it here.]

Students and Teachers Both Have Secrets, Learn from Each Other

We have probably all run into people in our lives who surprise us by doing something that seems out of character. That's what the students in Jim O'Connor's math class encountered earlier this year. They thought they knew their stern math teacher, until they learned he had a softer side. This video actually came out on Valentine's Day, but I just came across it. And I am glad I did.

 

Before learning Mr. O'Connor's secret, these students would probably have voted for him as the grumpiest teacher. Now, they have a better understanding of what makes him tick. It's amazing what can happen when you take the time to get to know someone.

In contrast, another group of students who DO know their teacher decided to play a prank on him last week for April Fool's Day. The teacher had a policy that if your phone rang in class you had to answer it on speaker so everyone could hear who was calling. Another student made a video as the prank played out.


Now, the students in the second video had high regard for their teacher. And he did not disappoint with his reaction. To his credit, he did not get mad or punish the students for the prank. This time it was the teacher who learned a secret about a student -- albeit a false secret. But he changed his policy after this joke, and he no longer requires them to answer aloud for all to hear. That is probably a wise thing. I can imagine the lawsuit if that had been real rather than a rank!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bill Maher Says There Is a Gay Mafia

I just got up and looked outside. Why? To see if the sky is falling. A week ago I posted a video that I thought I would never post -- because it came from liberal Bill Maher and it exposed (however briefly) the hypocrisy of a couple of liberals on his show. Now, I thought that show was just a fluke, a fleeting moment of sanity in Maher's otherwise insane liberal world. But now Maher has made another comment that is likely to inflame liberals. Here's the video to prove it.


Either Maher is losing his way or he is channeling Steven Colbert. If it happens a third time, I'll eat my ... dinner in front of the TV.

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