Monthly Archives: December 2013

The beer known as “F Word”

Exit 6 check to Starbucks

On December 9, 2013, Starbucks’ lawyer sent Missouri brewer Jeff Britton a cease-and-desist letter. The beer, I mean bone of contention was the micro-brewer’s use of the name “Frappicino” to describe a vanilla creme ale he was serving at his brewpub, Exit 6.

Britton wrote a very apologetic (and funny) letter, enclosing a check for $6.00 to cover the total profits he had made from selling that particular beverage, which (to avoid confusion), he called “F Word” in his letter. Britton then renamed the brew “F Word” and notes that it has become a big seller for Exit 6.

Both letters are posted at Scribd. It’s worth it to go read them. The brewer’s letter to “Mr. Star” is HYSTERICAL.

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Heaven is for Real

I loved the book and I WANT to see this movie! Sadly, it doesn’t even come to theaters until Easter. Dunno when DVDs will be available.

Heaven is for Real Official Trailer #1 (2014) [3:02]

One of the things I loved in the book was the story about a game Colton’s family got into, because Colton had seen Jesus for real. They’d show him an artist’s image of Jesus and ask, “Is this what Jesus looks like?” And he’d say no every time, so they switched to asking, “What’s wrong with this one?” One day, his dad showed him the painting by Akiane and said, “What’s wrong with this one?” and Colton said, “That one’s right.” Wow. When I saw the portrait a nun had painted based on the image on the Shroud of Turin, I had to put it next to Akiane’s painting. Double wow.

The real face of Jesus

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Faith, Science and the Shroud of Turin

This interview is fascinating!

EWTN Live – Barrie Schwortz – Shroud of Turin – 2013-11-6 – Catholic History [56:34]

Zugibe's crucifixion book

Schwortz mentions this book by Dr. Zugibe, who was a leading expert in the field of forensic medicine and chief medical examiner of Rockland County, New York from 1969 to 2002. He spent a good portion of his life studying crucifixion and the Shroud of Turin. I am part way through his book and loving it. His writing is clear and easy for this non-scientist to follow, even when he gets into anatomy, chemistry and other geeky CSI stuff for which I have no background beyond tenth grade biology. Among other things, I’ve learned how Jesus actually died (it wasn’t suffocation) and how the nails went in through his palms and came out at his wrists (they were angled just like you angle a picture hook and for the same reason). Learning in detail what Jesus endured has built my faith and gratitude so much that it’s hard to describe. I highly recommend it.

I got this from my Catholic Catechism emails this week:

The Catholic Church teaches that there is no insoluble contradiction between faith and science, because there is only one truth, to which both faith and scientific reason refer. Faith reminds science that it is supposed to serve creation and not set itself up in place of God. Science must respect human dignity instead of violating it.

Catholic Catechism section

http://www.catholiccrossreference.com/catechism/#!/search/159

Audio CD: Science, The Origin of the Universe, and God by Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ

http://www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org/store/title/science-the-origin-of-the-universe-and-god

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With what measure ye mete

Sermon on the Mount window

Lefties are big on throwing, “Judge not” at Christians in a way that really means, “Shut the hell up.” I’m just guessing here, but I kinda doubt any of them could actually locate this line in the Bible (it’s Matt 7:1) and I’m for fair certain none of them know or care what ELSE Jesus said about judging … for example in the very next verse. Here’s a list of parallel translations for Matthew 7:2, just so we can be sure we’re grasping Jesus’ teaching correctly:

  • For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. [NABRE]
  • For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. [NIV]
  • For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. [NLT]
  • For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. [KJB]

What’s it mean? Suppose you’re at your judgment and God brings up all those times you were Little Miss Tell All and you say, “I’m sorry I was a gossip, Lord.” But see … back when your friend apologized for blabbing your secrets, you told her to go to hell. Jesus is saying that God will apply to your apology the standard you applied to hers. OUCH.*

Right after, Jesus added this gem (Matthew 7:3-5):

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. [NABRE]

Speaking of hypocrites … remember back when Barack wagged his finger at us and said we Christians should pay more attention to the Sermon on the Mount? ICYMI, Matthew 7 is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Just sayin’.

Jesus also said specifically that we are supposed to judge … not that Lefties know or quote that one. It’s John 7:24.

  • Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly. [NABRE]
  • Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly. [NIV]
  • Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly. [NLT]
  • Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. [KJB]

His words here are based on God’s law as given to Moses:

Leviticus 19:15 – You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment. Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your neighbor justly. [NABRE]

Got all this? Jesus never said we were not to judge at all. 

He never wanted for us to be so “tolerant” that we can’t recognize sin for what it is.

He said we must each be very careful to …

… use God’s true standards in our judgments and

… judge ourselves more rigorously than we judge others.

Why did Jesus tell us these were important?

BECAUSE God will judge us all and God hates hypocrites.

*Note: Forgiving another person is not the same as trusting that person again. You can forgive a blabbermouth for breaking your confidence AND choose not to trust her with your secrets ever again.

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Update: Court challenges to HHS Mandate UPDATED

UPDATE 1: Dec 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm An emergency injunction granted just moments ago in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit means that Priests for Life will not have to obey the contraception mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act as its appeal is being heard. It also means that, tomorrow, Priests for Life will not have to cancel health insurance for its employees.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/4846-priests-for-life-wins-emergency-relief-from-the-unjust-hhs-mandate

UPDATE 2: Tuesday night, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor acted on an emergency request from an order of Catholic nuns in Colorado to block the HHS Mandate starting January 1. Justice Sotomayor is giving the government until Friday morning to respond to her decision. … SOTOMAYOR blocked the HHS Mandate?! Did the sun set in the East or something?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/01/us/politics/justice-sotomayor-blocks-contraception-mandate-in-health-law.html

OBAMA All your conscience are belong to us

  • December 16, 2013: U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan in the Eastern District of New York ruled FOR religious liberty in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York v. Sebelius.
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  • December 19, 2013: U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in the Eastern District of New York ruled AGAINST religious liberty in Priests for Life v. Sebelius.

Dec 23, 2013: Fr. Frank Interviewed on Fox News about the HHS Mandate [0:49]

Priests for Life is appealing and has declared that, regardless of the outcome, they will NOT comply with the HHS Mandate.

If you want to help with their legal expenses:

Check

  • Priests for Life
  • PO Box 141172
  • Staten Island, NY 10314

If you have any questions, call Priests for Life toll-free at 888-735-3448.

Sources:

My Priests for Life email

http://www.priestsforlife.org/

RULING: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York v. Sebelius @

http://c9.nrostatic.com/sites/default/files/20131216_EDNY_%20opinion.pdf

NY Judge Rules against Government on HHS Mandate

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2013/12/17/ny-judge-rules-against-government-on-hhs-mandate/

FILING: Priests for Life v. Sebelius @

http://www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/priests-for-life-v-sebelius.pdf

[I couldn’t find a ruling or a news report on the Priests for Life case, maybe because it was a dismissal. As I understand it, the judge just said, “Go away, fools.” Or something.]

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PETE’S PAGE; MONDAY EDITION

Posted by Pistol Pete

Had oldest daughter and her hubby and 4 kids over Saturday. It had been a long time since I had to feed young ‘uns. We ordered two x-large pizzas for supper,the four adults each had two pieces. The 4 chirrens,aged 8-12 descended on the rest like a swarm of grasshoppers in a wheat field. They left nothing but crumbs. DD said:’Try feeding this bunch every day.’ I politely begged off and gave thanks there’s just DW and I to worry about.

We have a big New Years Eve celebration planned: our annual steak dinner at a nice restaurant,no alcohol,home by 7:00 and in bed shortly after,since I work every morning. Then I will be left to ponder knowingly breaking the law for not signing up for O-care.I’m sure there’s other new laws I’m running afoul of. Oh,well.

There has been little news about Barry for over a week. When he says he doesn’t want to be disturbed while he’s kickin’ it,he don’t get disturbed. He’s just played a lot of golf and eaten food I could never afford. If something DID happen,he’d just put on a shirt and jacket,read some crap off the teleprompter and sound sincere and the media would swoon how he has such control over everything.

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ICMYI — PHIL’S OK AGAIN

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It’s times like this I wish I could pull quotes and put in bold type and all the other things CtH can do. I’ll just do the best I can.

A&E Lifts Phil Robertson’s Suspension; ‘Duck Dynasty’ To Resume Filming In Spring

Here’s their statement:

Our values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A&E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

Translation:we’re not about to throw away hundreds of millions of dollars to mollify a bunch of rump rangers.

Never satisfied,the jock-sniffers released their so-angry-I-could-just-spit response:

Text of GLAAD’s response: “Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists. If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers.”

Notice they had to include the Homies. Even though blacks could care less.
Human Rights Campaign assured ‘Duck Dynasty’ family will work with LGBT groups
THIS IS FROM TWITCHY; I WISH I COULD SHOW SOME OF THESE TWEETS… THEY’RE REALLY FUNNY. I’M INCLUDING LINK AT THE BOTTOM
DOES THIS GUY LOOK LIKE HE NEEDS SENSITIVITY TRAINING??

It didn’t take very long for A&E to find out that people of faith went way beyond the Bible belt. In any confrontation,it’s always paramount to know your opponent. The network never dreamed that the Robertsons would not hesitate to walk away from the show because money is not their sole motivating factor,as it is with most liberals. They also do not see that we’ve been mocked,ridiculed and demeaned for as long as we’re going to. The network may already have done irreparable harm to their brand after the ‘indefinite suspension’ of Phil Robertson which lasted all of 8 days.

This is his class photo from his sophomore year at La. Tech..in 1967

Scources:

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/e-lifts-phil-robertson-suspension-duck-dynasty-resume-221004725.html

http://therightscoop.com/glaad-responds-to-phil-robertsons-return-to-aes-duck-dynasty/

http://twitchy.com/2013/12/27/human-rights-campaign-assured-duck-dynasty-family-will-work-with-lgbt-groups/

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The Left’s War on Children

December 27, 2013: A Houston federal court issued an injunction against the Obama Democrat HHS Mandate requiring employers to provide employees with abortion-causing drugs and devices. The ruling said the HHS Mandate – which Democrats drafted and Obama vigorously supports – violates federal civil rights laws. Altogether there are 89 lawsuits challenging the HHS Mandate. Twelve of the cases involving non-profit groups have been decided; nine have resulted in injunctions against the HHS Mandate.

1994: Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the National Prayer Breakfast

The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held in Washington, D.C., on the first Thursday of February each year. It is hosted by members of Congress and typically has two special guest speakers: the President of the United States and a guest whose identity is kept confidential until that morning. In 1994, that president was the pro-abortion Democrat, Bill Clinton, and the guest was the pro-life Catholic, Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Text below begins at about 14:00.

“[I]f we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

“How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, her free time, to respect the life of her child.

“For the child is the greatest gift of God to the family because it has been created to love and to be loved. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble — so abortion just leads to more abortion.

“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

ABORTION Archbishop Chaput

GRAPHIC images of the victims of 12 week abortion.

http://clinicquotes.com/abortion-at-12-weeks-pictures/

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Alec Baldwin is a toxic little hypocrite

2013_06 Alec Baldwin tweets toxic little queen

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About that vet pension cut – UPDATED

If EVERY SINGLE PERSON receiving any kind of government check … pension, social security, food stamps, the works … if EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM was cut by the EXACT SAME PERCENT, I could maybe … just MAYBE swallow the idea of cutting VETERAN PENSIONS. Since that is not what Congress has voted for, well … color me with hair on fire.

UPDATE: I got this at Facebook today (Sunday Dec 29, 2013):

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