Restoring the Sacred

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fr. Robert Barron: Catholicism, The Book

Catholicism by Robert Barron - Random House

Please watch the video, then order the book on Amazon for $18.09.

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Andrew Klavan: Rules for Wannabe Pundits

Andrew Klavan of PJTV has some advice for those so-called political (not-so-prescient) pundits.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

The President Can't Write, But He Can Read

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For all those who are convinced that President Obama is extremely intelligent (after all he was president of the Harvard Law Review), the below linked article from The American Thinker might cause some to reassess that conviction. Herewith some clips:

On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action.

Obama was prompted to write by an earlier letter from a Mr. Jim Chen that criticized Harvard Law Review's affirmative action policies. Specifically, Chen had argued that affirmative action stigmatized its presumed beneficiaries.

The response is classic Obama: patronizing, dishonest, syntactically muddled, and grammatically challenged. In the very first sentence Obama leads with his signature failing, one on full display in his earlier published work: his inability to make subject and predicate agree.

"Since the merits of the Law Review's selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues," wrote Obama, "I'd like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works."

If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that "merits ... have." Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this on one sentence alone. He had vindicated Chen in his first ten words.

Although the letter is less than a thousand words long, Obama repeats the subject-predicate error at least two more times. In one sentence, he seemingly cannot make up his mind as to which verb option is correct so he tries both: "Approximately half of this first batch is chosen ... the other half are selected ... "

Another distinctive Obama flaw is to allow a string of words to float in space. Please note the unanchored phrase in italics at the end of this sentence:

"No editors on the Review will ever know whether any given editor was selected on the basis of grades, writing competition, or affirmative action, and no editors who were selected with affirmative action in mind." Huh?

There's much more in the article, including some convincing evidence that Obama did not author the books which made him millions, and some interesting facts about wife Michelle and affirmative action.

Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability to Write

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Ron Paul: Clueless and Dangerous

It's time to stop saying "anybody but Obama." That's not to say that any of the candidates would be worse than Obama, but there is one (maybe more) who would be just as bad - at least as far as knowing our enemy. How's this for an idiotic statement by Ron Paul?

“I don’t see Islam as our enemy. I see that motivation is occupation and those who hate us and would like to kill us, they are motivated by our invasion of their land, the support of their dictators that they hate.”

As Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch said after reading that quote of Ron Paul:

Yes. When Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “Have no doubt... Allah willing, Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountain tops of the world,” he was just upset about the U.S. invasion of Iran.

If we put one more man in the White House (we've already had two) who want to tell us that Islam is a "religion of peace," we will be in bigger trouble than we already are.

To read more of what Robert Spencer had to say about Ron Paul on his website:, click on the link below.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sundays are for Beauty: Capital Children's Choir

Pay no attention to the dedication, and just enjoy this talented group.

Have a Beautiful Sunday.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Roger Williams: Donkey Whisperer

Roger Williams is running for Congress in Texas, and he has a clear message:

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Word on Fire at World Youth Day 2011

Fr. Robert Barron went to World Youth Day in Madrid and discovered that Word on Fire has many fans in faraway places. He posted two videos on his site yesterday, and they're terrific as usual. You can read what Fr. Barron had to say about the event and watch the videos by clicking on the link below.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

A Heartwarming War Story

That's Herb Heilbrun and John Leahr. They touched each other's lives in the second grade and again 16 years later in the skies over Germany and Czechoslovakia, but weren't even aware of each other until 50 years after the war. Their story is both amazing and heartwarming. Listen to them telling it by clicking on the link below.

H/T: dcbate

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Living Battlefield is Keeping History Alive

That's Heidi Mehltretter, executive director of, an extremely worthwhile educational site. Anyone interested in learning about the history of war and the brave warriors who shaped that history, can learn a lot just by clicking on to the site (which happens to be linked on the right side of this Blog under "My Blog List").

We recently had correspondence with Heidi, and here is part of what she had to say:

"We are trying to put American History firmly back in the forefront of education by creative story telling methods that engage with, as well as enlighten, viewers. Our films are presented by a passionate and eccentric host, who is one of American's favorite European battlefield guides. He has recently been made an honorary captain in the U.S Army.

"Many people are unable to visit the sites of these great campaigns, so we endeavor to bring the action to them. We film in the exact locations, we use the testimony of the men who did the real fighting and we demonstrate, with the use of skilled re-enactments, exactly what the veteran is describing. The series truly combines history with travel.

"As we approach the centenary, we are planning a 4 part series entitled, 'Over There', The Americans in WWI, which will hopefully bring to life a little known, but important period of American History.

" 'The American Road to Victory' was financed by us, without sponsors. We rely solely on the sale of our DVD's to carry on our educational work and lay the foundations for future projects, so publicity and links are immensely important to us."

Thank you for your support.


Heidi Mehltretter

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sign in Alabama

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Need a Scholarship? Join the LGBT Group.

As we race toward the bottom, we find here at Elmhurst College in Illinois, yet another manifestation of our cultural decay.

"Elmhurst College put a question on its admissions application that won’t appear on any other school's application.

"Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?”

"That optional question makes Elmhurst the first school in the country to ask applicants about their sexual orientation or gender identity, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

"Gary Rold, the dean of students at Elmhurst, stressed the question falls in line with the campus’ mission statement to increase diversity.

"A 'yes' answer could put students in line to qualify for a scholarship worth one-third of tuition at the private, liberal arts school affiliated with the United Church of Christ, said Rold."

(emphasis added)

Here's a link to the piece on NBC

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Marco Rubio on American Exceptionalism

Marco Rubio spoke yesterday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Here's what he said about American Exceptionalism:

My grandfather loved being Cuban. He loved being from Cuba. He never would have left Cuba if he didn’t have to. But he knew America was special. He knew that without America Cuba would still be a Spanish colony. He knew that without America the Nazis and Imperial Japan would have won World War II. When he was born in 1899 there weren’t even airplanes. By the time I was born, an American had walked on the surface of the moon.

And he knew something else. He knew that he had lost his country. And that the only thing from preventing other people in the world from losing theirs to communism was this country – this nation.

It is easy for us who are born here – like me – and so many of you, to take for granted how special and unique this place is. But when you come from somewhere else, when what you always knew and loved, you lost, you don’t have that luxury.

My Grandfather didn’t know America was exceptional because he read about it in a book. He knew about it because he lived it and saw it with his eyes. That powerful lesson is the story of Ronald Reagan’s Presidency. It’s our legacy as a people. And it’s who we have a chance to be again. And I think that’s important for all of us because being an American is not just a blessing, it’s a responsibility.

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Vortex: In Service of the Queen

Dear Friend in Christ,

Many non-Catholics marginalize Mary, but even members of the Church should take a moment to see just how important she is. Please take a few minutes to watch our Vortex from Fatima and share it with your friends and family;

GOD Bless you and your loved ones,

Michael Voris
~senior executive producer,

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Tea Party Terrorists in Waco, Texas

Ben Johnson, of Accuracy in Media posted this story and video about his recent visit to the Tea Party Terrorists Training Camp in Waco, Texas at

Don't miss the video of Johnson's interviews with actual terrorists.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Charles Moore on Uncommon Knowledge: The Iron Lady

From the Uncommon Knowledge website:

One of Britain’s most distinguished journalists, Charles Moore is a former editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph newspapers and of the Spectator magazine. Moore is also the authorized biographer of the Right Honorable Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, better known as Margaret Thatcher.

Here is segment 1 of the five part interview of Charles Moore by Peter Robinson of The Hoover Institution.

You can find the other four parts of the Charles Moore interview on the Uncommon Knowledge website. His knowledge of Lady Thatcher is thorough as is his respect for her and her accomplishments. She did for Britain what Ronald Reagan did for us: restored a feeling of exceptionalism (and warded off socialism). Unfortunately the work of both has been all but undone, and both nations are crying out for the likes of "The Iron Lady" and "The Gipper."

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Afterburner: The Deal

Bill Whittle of PJTV explains the connection between air safety, the space program, and the riots in London.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

World Youth Day 2011

World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid ended yesterday, and it was quite a celebration.

Here's a video of the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI.

Click below to watch videos of interviews of WYD participants by Father Mark Mary, MFVA, of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) show "Life on the Rock."

For our prior post on World Youth Day, go HERE.

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Obama and Perry: The Formative Years

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H/T: jpa1948

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sundays are for Beauty: Daves Highway

That's Erika, Delaney and Zachary Daves. Together they're Daves Highway.

Have a Beautiful Sunday.

H/T: elaws

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Run Sarah Run

This was posted at Verum Serum today. Sounds like a candidate, doesn't she?

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Michael Ramirez on The Vacation

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ZoNation: Obama and The Tea Party Terrorists

Alfonzo Rachel of PJTV is not happy about members of the Obama administration calling him, as a member of The Tea Party, a terrorist.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Squishy Law Enforcement and Riots

Joyce Lee Malcolm, Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, is one of the top experts on second amendment rights. She was not at all surprised by the recent rioting in England, and says the only thing surprising about them is that anyone was surprised. She was invited by Scott Johnson of Powerline "to write for us on recent events in England. She has graciously responded with the column-length essay “The English riots: How British law fosters disorder.” You can read Professor Malcolm's insightful essay by clicking here.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Henry Payne on the GOP Derby

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When the Left starts the campaign to malign the Texas economy and record job creation under Governor Rick Perry, please come back to this post and carefully review this piece by Matthias Shapiro of the Political Math Blog. Shapiro is a genius. His work has been posted here before and can be re-visited by clicking on the "Political Math" label below. The current post by Shapiro is long and a little complicated, but relatively easy to sort out. Although Shapiro is no fan of Rick Perry, this piece will make it difficult for anyone trying to disparage what has happened in Texas under his watch. This is from Shapiro:

"My advice to anti-Perry advocates is this: Give up talking about Texas jobs. Texas is an incredible outlier among the states when it comes to jobs. Not only are they creating them, they're creating ones with higher wages."

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