As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like - I'll serve up more next Friday...
[There's a lot of material here. Hey, at least you can't say that I ignored the Democratic Convention after i spent so much time on the Republicans.]
Democratic platform puts culture wars ahead of fixing the economy - "For all the attention the Republican Party platform's abortion plank received last week (the GOP is against it), the liberal mainstream media has completely ignored what the Democratic platform says on the matter."
Democratic Party Platform Includes Abortion, Same-Sex 'Marriage,' While Excluding God - [Well, the *God* part they changed - sort of - but by golly they're keeping their aborted babies and fake marriage.]
God restored to Dems platform, fools nobody - "As for God, Obama professes belief, but continues to preside over what may be the greatest persecution of the American Catholic Church in history. His likely unconstitutional healthcare edict continues to see implementation without meaningful accommodation and respect for the First Amendment rights of believers and their freedom of conscience."
And here's a post with a video showing the moment when Democrats boo God and Jerusalem.
‘Booing God’? Principles, Not Procedure, at Fault - "The evidence is clear: Democratic Party leaders are uncomfortable with religion and more than willing to oppose it, but they don’t want Democratic voters to notice when election-time comes."
Dems to God: Just Kidding, Sort Of - [A funny summary of events at the Convention]
Oh Boy: Obama Signed Off on Changes That Led to Platform Debacle - "...Obama was entirely comfortable with the controversial exclusions -- until people actually noticed, at which point his overwhelming political self-preservation instincts took over."
First Republican Ad Hits Democrats for Booing, Rejecting God - [Video included... It's pretty effective.]
CAMPAIGN 2012: Burke vs. Hobbes? - "This is a contest, to take symbolic reference points, between Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) and Edmund Burke (1729-1797)." [Analysis from George Weigel]
Democrat Platform Supports Taxpayer-Funded Late-Term Abortions - "Barack Obama heartlessly refused to support a ban on sex-selection abortion and late-term abortions past the point at which unborn children feel pain, he voted four times to deny constitutional protection to children born alive after a failed abortion – preferring to leave their fate to the abortionist who, only moments before, sought to kill them..."
Democrats Make Choice Clear: More Obama Means More Abortions - "Virtually every speaker made a reference to abortion, to the pro-abortion HHS mandate that violates the religious liberty of church groups and religious employers, and top Democrats from President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden on down to lesser-known elected officials all mentioned their support for abortion."
Michelle Obama: My Husband Stands for Promoting Abortion - [Yeah, that about sums it up...]
Obama, Biden Promote Abortion in Democratic Convention Speeches - "Knowing he has to campaign on an economic message due a troubled economy, President Obama didn’t spend much time on the issue of abortion, but he made sure to mention it during the latter stage of his speech."
No Balloon Drop for Obama? Maybe Drop Condoms or Dancing Vaginas - "The radical pro-abortion group Code Pink brought them to the Republican convention in Tampa, but then two of its members were thrown out for interrupting Mitt Romney’s speech."
Pro-Abortion Leaders Brag About Speaking at Democrat Convention - "The president of Planned Parenthood and the head of the pro-abortion group NARAL are both excited to be speaking at the Democratic convention. This is the convention sponsored by the party that will approve a platform calling for unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense."
NARAL Pro-Abortion President Rips Mitt Romney at DNC Convention - [You can tell a lot about a man by seeing who his enemies are.]
Sandra Fluke Ignores Women Dying From Botched Abortions - "Fluke is trying to perpetuate the myth that pro-life legislation kills women, when it is actually today’s abortionists that are all too often landing women on a slab in the morgue..."
Corrupted Women Take the Stage at the DNC: Abortion is Not a Woman's Prize - "Well, I can't tiptoe around the truth. I say with as much kindness as possible that they are corrupt. They are corrupt because they have united themselves with the ultimate corruption and made it their prized possession."
Bart Stupak Suffering From Voter’s Remorse on Pro-Abortion Obamacare - "In a Democrats for Life panel during the Democratic National Convention, Stupak expressed his disapproval of the 'HHS mandate,' which requires most private insurance plans to cover life-ending drugs and devices, and requires nearly all employers to offer (and pay for) the plans to their employees or pay a stiff penalty."
Pro-Life Democrats: None So Blind - "A group of pro-life Democrats gathered in a hotel near the convention the way that a teenage boy stalks the house of the girl who dumped him, with love unrequited."
Lila Rose: Pro-Lifers Must Expose Obama’s Abortion Record Now - "Given the Democratic establishment’s casting of its convention as largely one about abortion and their anti-religious freedom, anti-First Amendment, HHS mandate, the pro-life community has a golden opportunity this coming week to promote life and freedom."
Liberals’ Selective Compassion: Help the Poor, Ignore the Unborn - "Our selective refusal to imagine the vulnerability of the unborn gives the lie to claims of 'compassion' and 'inclusion.'"
Paul Ryan and Joe Biden: A Tale of Two Catholics? - "...toleration of an intrinsic evil in those circumstances where it may be warranted is something altogether different than promotion or support of an intrinsic evil. And it is in the area of intrinsic evils where the comparison of Ryan and Biden as a 'tale of two Catholics,' falls apart."
The Happy Priest on Defending the Unborn - "If anyone has the right to terminate the life of an innocent human being, not only are those who are being terminated no longer equal under the law, but proponents of abortion are laying the ground work for choices to be made about the extermination of other groups of people.
New Polling Confirms: Women Not Buying Obama’s “War on Women” Pitch - "I think the Democratic party is so ideologically and practically beholden to abortion (and contraception) that they are unable to admit or acknowledge that its this message which is turning off female voters."
Caroline Kennedy Promotes Abortion in Speech to Democrats - [Another Kennedy who disgraces the name "Catholic"]
Dolan Asks for Protection of the Unborn During DNC Benediction - "Thus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us the courage to defend it. Life without which no other rights are secure. We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected." [Includes video]
Democrats Tweet F-Bombs to Cardinal Dolan After Pro-Life Prayer - [Of course they did. If the Democrats booed God then why should the Cardinal be treated any better. - Warning: explicit language.]
11-yr-old pro-life girl brought to tears by pro-abortion activists outside DNC Convention - "I could write a lot about this and how much I am sickened by what happened, but I wanted to let Zoe tell you in her own words how what happened and why she will never quit being a Stand True Activist."
DNC Delegate Says: “I Would Like to Kill” Mitt Romney - [Don't believe it? Watch the video... I know, a lot of people will say that there are kooks on both sides. I agree. But this is a DELEGATE at the convention! Not just some wacky protester.That says something about the Democratic Party at its core. No wonder they support the slaughter of innocents.]
Democrats, New York Times Attack Family with War on Men - "In light of the DNC’s convention, and its unrestrained worship of abortion and non-reproductive marriage, we are being bombarded with a destructive liberal narrative that wants, so desperately, to rewrite reality."
How the Contraceptive Mindset Helped Pave the Way to Same-Sex “Marriage” - "Like the rest of Western culture, the majority of baptized Christians no longer understand marriage as do Christ and His Church, and contraception has had a decisive role."
Men and Women Are Different! Blame Biology, Not Pro-Lifers - "It is noble to fight for equal rights. Be that as it may, though, men and women are biologically different."
This Demands To Be Read - One Convert's View of Bullying, Same-Sex Attraction, and Her Own Conversion Experience - "...as a Catholic, I cannot in good conscience support a club name that would reduce students’ identities to a simplistic definition of who they may or may not want to sleep with."
Leaving the Culture of Death Behind - "After my pro-life conversion, I wanted to tell the world about the senseless slaughter."
An NFL quarterback who uses NFP?! You bet! - [Great to see a prominent person standing up for NFP. This will take you to a link for an excerpt from article from "Family Foundations" magazine.]
The Success of the Catholic Church - "Community has replaced the individual’s relationship with God, failing to see that authentic community comes not from artificial social constructions but rather through the collective individual response to the God of the Universe received through the most Bless Sacrament."
The Grip of Ritual - "We learn through what we do with our hands, with our voices, with our bodies. At very least, we learn obedience. But at most, we learn something about the Incarnation: about how the body does the work of the divine."
Pope Benedict: Faith Must Be Lived With Integrity - "...in the Bible, the Law is not seen as a burden, an overwhelming limitation, but as the Lord’s most precious gift, the testimony of his fatherly love, of his desire to be close to his people, to be their ally and write with his people a love story."
The Eminent Reasonability of “Because the Church Says So” - [Sometimes that's all the reason you need.]
The Truth About Catholic Women and Contraception - "And many aren’t. For more than two generations, there has been only silence from the majority of our Church’s pulpits on the issue of contraception. Too many pastors and shepherds of souls have kept mum on the question, instead leaving it to the culture to form the Catholic conscience. Or, more accurately, malform the Catholic conscience."
Mary as Queen Mother, Ark of the New Covenant, and New Eve - [Great summary of Mary under these titles.]
Communion received on the tongue and while kneeling - [From the official Vatican website]