Restoring the Sacred

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Battle of Athens, 1946

The Battle of Athens took place in McMinn County, Tennessee, in 1946.  The following is from Wikipedia:

The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) was a rebellion led by citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the local government in August 1946. The citizens, including some World War II veterans, accused the local officials of political corruption and voter intimidation. The event is sometimes cited by firearms ownership advocates as an example of the value of the Second Amendment in combating tyranny. 
History sometimes repeats itself.  That's just a fact.

H/T: imu46

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Afterburner: Obama's Merchants of Despair

Bill Whittle sums up exactly why Conservatives cannot fail to vote in November 2012.    The stakes are simply too high.

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LMA Obama Cartoons

H/T: edscis

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lovie Smith Wants You to Vote for our Post-Racial President

Some interesting comments on Breitbart.Com about this endorsement.

H/T: jpa1948

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fr. Barron: More on "The Hunger Games"

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Trifecta: Impeachable Treason or Politics?

"Obama was overheard on a microphone delivering a secret message to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev regarding the US missile defense. What is Obama up to, and what does his secret message mean for allies like Israel? Is Obama about to hang Europe out to dry? Is this message treasonous? Find out."

Scott Ott, Bill Whittle, and Steve Green discuss the open microphone incident involving our president and the Russian president this week in South Korea.  What Obama was overheard saying to Dmitry Medvedev could not have offered "hope" or encouragement to the Poles or the Czechs (both of whom have already been abandoned by Obama on missile defense), nor could it have done anything for the Israelis but reinforce their feelings that they are on their own against the lunatic in Iran.  

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"October Baby" a Trailer

"POWERFUL! OUTSTANDING! October Baby is THE must-watch movie for all families in 2012."
Dr. Dennis Rainey, FamilyLife Today

"With so many kids growing up without purpose, this film captures the essence of the importance of every person's life."
Carey Casey, National Center for Fathering

Those are just two of many such endorsements for this outstanding movie, which could make thinking people change their minds about the massive killing of babies since the publishing of the opinion of seven Justices of The Supreme Court in the Roe v Wade case, on  January 22, 1973.

Please visit the movie's website HERE.

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Jeffrey Lord: "The Plot to Get Rush"

Jeffrey Lord, writing at The American Spectator today, exposes the plan of the Left to get Rush Limbaugh off the air.  It's a fascinating and illuminating piece worthy of Lord. It makes abundantly clear how the far Left is orchestrating the media and, in some cases, a totally unaware public, by carefully executing a plan modeled on the French Revolution's "Reign of Terror," Lenin's "Black Book of Communism," the Nazi's "Not for Aryans" campaign, and the favorite weapon of Mao Tse Tung, "Chinese Roulette."  Please read the whole article by clicking on the link below.

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Fr. Barron: "The Hunger Games" (the movie)

Here's the trailer for the movie:

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sundays are for Beauty: Bocelli, Westenra, Salé , and Pelletier

A repeat from June 14, 2009:

Jamie Salé and David Pelletier were co-gold medalists at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. They shared their gold medal with Russians Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze after a bizarre unravelling of a judging scandal. The Russians were initially declared the winners, but, after an investigation of an allegation of cheating on the part of one of the judges, the Canadians and Russians were declared co-champions. Sale and Pelletier are now married and skating professionally.
Andrea Bocelli and Hayley Westenra have both appeared in this Blog before: Bocelli on March 23, 2009, and Westenra, on April 26, 2009. She was only 18 years old at the time this video was made.
Vivo per lei (English: I live for her) was released in December 1997. It was a smash hit in Belgium and France and reached #1 on the charts in both countries.

Have a Beautiful Sunday.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Stand Up For Religious Freedom: Jacksonville

Henry Scanlon posted this on Ricochet.Com after yesterday's rally at the federal building in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.  We were there and can attest that we saw, as Henry says: "A crowd that is calm, courteous, and resolute. Determined.  Priests and nuns and folks, and a sense of injury in the air.  No counter-demonstrators."

In other words, this was not the typical "Occupy" crowd: God was there with us.

Please click on the above link to Ricochet to view more photos, and click HERE to learn more about "Stand Up For Religious Freedom."

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Caroline Glick: "Mohamed Merah - Man of the West"

Caroline Glick writes deeply about the massacre last week in Toulouse, France.  Pictured above are the victims of the jihadist killer: Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and his two little boys (three-year-old Gavriel and six-year-old Aryeh), and eight-year-old student, Miriam Monsonego.   

She compares the handling of this massacre with the handling of two similar massacres here in the United States: the killing of 13 US servicemen at Ft. Hood in 2009, and the attack at the Seattle Jewish Federation building in 2006.

She lays blame for these events not only on the perpetrators of the massacres but also on the "depraved silence, indifference and complicity of Western elites with their jihadist aims."

This piece is a MUST READ for those interested in coming to a fuller understanding of the absolute evil of radical Islam and the fear and failure of the rest of the world to confront it.

Please click on the below link:

Mohamed Merah - Man of the West

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American Education II: The Math Major

If you missed the previous post on Education in America: Failing, go HERE.  Then, if you doubt the statistics shown there, come back here and watch this video again.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Muslims Trying to Reconquer Spain

This video was made by CBN News and came to us in an E-Mail today from Radical Islam.Org.  Take note of the disparity in the birth rates of Muslims and Spaniards mentioned in the video.  Disparity in birth rates between Muslims and the natives of the countries they are "invading" is something to be reckoned with by people not interested in condemning their children and grandchildren to life under Sharia.

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Paul Ryan for President V: Your Country, Your Future, Your Choice

Daniel Henninger, in his column yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, declared: "Ryan's Hat is in the Ring.  We hope Henninger turns out to be prescient in his prognostication; it wouldn't be the first time.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Canadian Critiques Obama and the Pipeline

That’s Ezra Levant.  He hosts a show, The Source, for Canada’s Sun News.  He knows Obama, and is not a fan. 

This is from the website for the show:


Your go-to for controversially Canadian content, The Source is set to be the most provocative and thought-changing multimedia show in Canada. What are the foundations of our freedom, and where are those freedoms under siege? In answering these critical questions, professional pundit and provocateur Ezra Levant turns conventional Canadian values and beliefs on their head with a cultural counter-spin you won't find on any other network.


Hailed as "Canada's no.1 defender of free speech," best-selling author, lawyer, blogger and general trouble-maker, Calgary's Ezra Levant is one of Canada's best-known conservative pundits. A veteran journalist, Ezra covered national politics, the Supreme Court and the Middle East for the National Post and founded the Western Standard magazine, the only Canadian media outlet to publish the Danish cartoons of Mohammed. His best-selling books include Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights and Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands. His non-televised rants appear at

H/T: edscis

Glenn Beck: Obama vs The Catholic Church

H/T: rkwlsn

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Say Goodnight, Brussels.

Muslims now make up twenty-five percent of the population of Brussels.  They do not appear to be interested in the history or culture of their adopted homeland.

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The Feast Day of St. Joseph

From Catholic Fire today:
Today is the solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron of the universal Church. On May 31, we honor St. Joseph as the patron of workers.
Pope Benedict shares the following: "St. Joseph teaches us that it is possible to love without possessing. "

"In contemplating Joseph, all men and women can, by God's grace, come to experience healing from their emotional wounds, if only they embrace the plan that God has begun to bring about in those close to him, just as Joseph entered into the work of redemption through Mary and as a result of what God had already done in her."

"Joseph was caught up at every moment by the mystery of the Incarnation. Not only physically, but in his heart as well, Joseph reveals to us the secret of a humanity which dwells in the presence of mystery and is open to that mystery at every moment of everyday life."

"In Joseph, faith is not separated from action. His faith had a decisive effect on his actions. Paradoxically, it was by acting, by carrying out his responsibilities, that he stepped aside and left God free to act, placing no obstacles in his way. Joseph is a 'just man because his existence is 'ad-justed' to the word of God."

"The life of Saint Joseph, lived in obedience to God’s word, is an eloquent sign for all the disciples of Jesus who seek the unity of the Church."

"His example helps us to understand that it is only by complete submission to the will of God that we become effective workers in the service of his plan to gather together all mankind into one family, one assembly, one 'ecclesia.'"

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sundays are for Beauty: Franz Biebl

(Somethings are so beautiful, they just have to be reprised.  The following is from a post dated November 8, 2009.)

In 1964, when the Cornell University Glee Club was performing in Germany, Franz Biebl asked them to perform his Ave Maria.  They did so, and then brought the piece back home with them, where it has become a favorite of the San Francisco choral group, Chanticleer. The piece is a combination of Gregorian chants and portions of the Angelus and the Ave Maria.

That’s a more recent iteration of the Cornell University Glee Club in the video performing the piece, which music critic Jay Nordlinger calls “one of the most beautiful pieces of music of the twentieth century.” The performance was spontaneous and was performed prior to the start of the actual production, which was to be a performance of another German piece.

Most of us familiar with Franz Schubert’s rendition of Ave Maria may never have heard the Biebl version, but hearing it sung by a chorus (as in the above video) I have to agree with Mr. Nordlinger.   I can think of nothing more ethereal, more sacred, or more beautiful.

Have a Beautiful Sunday.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Paul Ryan for President IV

For earlier calls for Paul Ryan for President, go HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Pray for Our Nation w/Andrea Bocelli

That's Andrea Bocelli performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Please take time to click on the below link and watch this amazing video, and remember to vote on November 6, 2012.

 Pray for our nation

H/T: dcarr9271

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Krauthammer: Obama's Energy Policy

Charles Krauthammer expanded on what he says in the above video in his column today at National Review Online.

Herewith some excerpts (emphasis added):
Yes, of course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices. But the American people know something about this president and his disdain for oil. The “fuel of the past,” he contemptuously calls it. To the American worker who doesn’t commute by government motorcade and is getting fleeced every week at the pump, oil seems very much a fuel of the present — and of the foreseeable future.
President Obama incessantly claims energy open-mindedness, insisting that his policy is “all of the above.” Except, of course, for drilling...
But the event that drove home the extent of Obama’s antipathy to nearby, abundant, available oil was his veto of the Keystone pipeline. It gave the game away, because the case for Keystone is so obvious and overwhelming. Vetoing it gratuitously prolongs our dependence on outside powers, kills thousands of shovel-ready jobs, forfeits a major strategic resource to China, damages relations with our closest ally, and sends billions of oil dollars to Hugo Chávez, Vladimir Putin, and already obscenely wealthy sheiks. 
Obama boasts that on his watch, production is up and imports down. True, but truly deceptive. These increases have occurred in spite of his restrictive policies. They are the result of Clinton- and Bush-era permitting. This has been accompanied by a gold rush of natural-gas production resulting from new fracking technology that has nothing at all to do with Obama.
“The American people aren’t stupid,” said Obama on February 23, mocking “Drill, baby, drill.” The “only solution,” he averred in yet another major energy speech last week, is that “we start using less, that lowers the demand, prices come down.” Yet five paragraphs later he claimed that regardless of “how much oil we produce at home . . . that’s not going to set the price of gas worldwide.”
So: Decreasing U.S. demand will lower oil prices, but increasing U.S. supply will not? This is ridiculous. Either both do or neither does. Does Obama read his own speeches?
It's been fairly obvious over the past three years that Obama has virtually no understanding of economics.  He has now demonstrated that he doesn't even grasp the basic principle of supply and demand.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Freeman: "The Parable of the Broken Traffic Lights"

This parable was published today on The Freeman Online.Org, by Steven Horwitz, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University.

The Freeman is a publication of the Foundation for Economic Education.

Here's a bit of the parable:
Suppose on some sunny afternoon in a large city somewhere in the western world, a man discovers on awaking from a two-hour nap that several hundred car accidents had occurred in the city while he slept.  He wonders why... 
As his brain slowly awakens, he stumbles across the likely culprit: Something must be wrong with the traffic lights.  He concludes that the lights are not working, leaving the drivers to figure out how to negotiate the intersections on their own.  Wouldn’t that, he wonders, cause many accidents?  He turns to his wife and suggests that explanation.  She replies:  “If you came to a traffic light and saw it was not working at all, wouldn’t you slow down and proceed cautiously?  In fact, after Hurricane Katrina didn’t people in New Orleans just treat broken traffic lights like four-way stops, without explicit direction to do so?”  Our fellow acknowledges his wife’s insightfulness and continues to ponder.
Soon it hits him: It’s not that the traffic lights were not functioning at all, but rather they were all green.  If all the lights were green, drivers would have no reason to think the lights were not working and would proceed through every intersection — with the result being the hundreds of accidents...
If you've guessed by now that Professor Horwitz is drawing an analogy by using those traffic lights to somehow represent the actions of the Federal Reserve System in responding to the boom that generated the post-2001 financial crisis, you would be right.  If you click above on "This parable," you can read the whole piece.

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Education in America: FAILING

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dinesh D'Souza - Obama & 2016

This came with an E-Mail from a friend today, which said:
An extremely important movie is coming this summer - Dinesh D'Souza - Obama & 2016 
    Dinesh D'Souza is the author of many New York Times best sellers. The movie is from Gerald R. Molen, producer of the Academy Award-winningSchindler's List
    It explains in plain language who Barack Obama really is, what he stands for, and the dangers of his being reelected for another four years.
The above video is a 14 minute preview of the movie, which is based on the book:
"Roots of Obama's Rage," by Dinesh D'Souza, president of The Kings College and frequent contributor to National Review.

Please watch the whole video and don't miss the movie which will be released this summer.  The election of 2012 will, indeed, be the most important election of our lifetime because, as D'Sousa says: Obama is no ordinary Democrats; ordinary Democrats only want to redistribute wealth.  Obama "wants to realign America in the world."  To those of us who believe in American Exceptionalism, that's very scary.

H/T: jpa1948

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Iditarod 2012: Dallas Seavey First; Aliy Zirkle Second

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That's Dallas Seavey arriving in Nome at 7:29 PM, ADT (11:29 PM ET) last night.  He was followed by Aliy Zirkle exactly one hour later, then Ramey Smyth, 35 minutes behind Aliy.  At the time of this post, only two other mushers (Aaron Burmeister, and Peter Kaiser) have reached Nome.

Seavey's winning time for the 975 miles was 9 days, 4 hours, 29 minutes and 26 seconds.  He is the youngest winner ever of the Iditarod.

You can read the Anchorage Daily News account of this year's race by clicking HERE.

And here's a video of Dallas greeting Aliy at the finish line.  That's Dallas's young wife, Jen, standing with him.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Heritage Action: "Fight for Freedom"

This is what Election 2012 is all about.

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IIditarod 2012: Dallas Seavey First to White Mountain

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That's Dallas Seavey (son of Mitch Seavey, winner in 2004), who arrived at White Mountain about one hour ahead of Aliy Zirkle, and two hours ahead of Ramey Smyth.  They're only 77 miles from Nome so the race will be won later today.

You can click on the route map below to see where all the mushers are now.

Here are photos, courtesy of Google, of the three front runners:

That's Ramey Smyth on top, Aliy Zirkle, and Dallas Seavey.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

The Few, The Proud, The Marines

You can contact a recruiter by clicking on the parachutes under the flags on the right side of this Blog.  Semper Fi!

H/T: rutusmc

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Corruption in Hiring at Holder's DOJ Exposed. Surprised?

Bill Whittle of PJ Media interviews J. Christian Adams and Hans Von Spakovsky about their Pulitzer Prize nominated investigation of the hiring practices of the Obama Justice Department.  Please click on the link below to watch the seven minute interview, then click below the video to read the "Every Single One" reports.  It's an amazing story of corruption in government hiring like none ever before seen .

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