Slate recommends eliminating the supreme court


liberals have never liked federalism or limits on the power of the "democratic" branches of government

Mother Jones

Sounding less like a world-class lawyer and more like a teenager giving an oral presentation for the first time, Verrilli delivered a rambling, apprehensive legal defense of liberalism's biggest domestic accomplishment since the 1960s—and one that may well have doubled as its eulogy.
Ouch! By the way, " liberalism's biggest domestic accomplishment since the 1960s" is President Obama's national health insurance mandate.



 Sure lots of parents need to learn how to discipline their kids better and teach them how to sit still and keep quiet when they’re supposed to. But those families aren’t learning how to do that. Why? Because they are at home by themselves on Sunday morning, making excuses for not going to Mass and not watching how other families do it successfully. Because the few times they mustered the courage to try it, they got snide remarks from the priest or annoyed looks from parishioners. Because they ended up in a crowded cry room like second-class participants. Because they didn’t feel welcome. And they didn’t feel equipped. Because they are still learning how to raise kids. And because they haven’t yet learned how truly important Mass is for their growing family.

We need to teach them. We need to help them. We need to smile at them. We need to encourage them. We need to invite them. We need to celebrate the noise of children. What a beautiful noise to hear at Mass. It’s the sound of a living, breathing, growing Church.


What the Incarnation Means

I am reading Frank Sheed's little book, "A Map of Life," and I am enjoying its wonderful simplicity. Within this book, I have found what is perhaps the most lucid description of the Incarnation I have ever come across:
The distinction between person and nature is not some deep and hidden thing to which philosophy only comes after centuries of study. It is, on the contary, a distinction so obvious that the smallest child who can talk at all makes it automatically. If in the half-light, he sees a vague outline that might be anything, he asks, "What is that?" If, on the other hand, he can see that it is a human being, but cannot distinguish or does not recognize the features, he asks, "Who is that?" The distinction between what and who is the distinction between nature and person....A man may then be thought of as a person - who acts - and a nature - which decides the field in which he acts. In man, there is simply one nature to one person. In Christ, there are two natures to one person...


i recommend listening to india arie

also the avett brothers


Stanley Hauerwas' Question

Everything you need to know about someone you can learn from asking one question: what do you worship? What's of highest value to you; what's most important to you?

boiling the frog