Daily Archives: December 31, 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


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


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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.


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?


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.
  • 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:


  • 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.


My Priests for Life email


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

Click to access 20131216_EDNY_%20opinion.pdf

NY Judge Rules against Government on HHS Mandate


FILING: Priests for Life v. Sebelius @

Click to access 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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