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!!!