Friday, March 30, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. One computer and now six people who all want to use it for some reason or another. The moment I'm on, someone is behind my back and annoying me until I get off. I refuse to get another computer, until we really need to use it from homework. Meanwhile another issue is noise and disruption. I also refuse to place the computer in a non-public area. We need to keep it public, for safety reasons and being open on what we each do online. (I was disrupted about a dozen times writing this post.)

2.

Most Catholics who read blogs have seen this photo.

3.Volunteering at the Department of Children and Families, here in Lowell I get to actually see the good that happens. Here is some info in regards to preventing child abuse, Family Engagement and Retention in Prevention Services.

4. Did I mention I'm Catholic, which means I'm against the death penalty. I am. No death penalty here in Massachusetts. Mark Shea covers it in a post, concerning how the United State is pretty much barbaric on the issue.

Catechism 2267

2267 Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor. If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm – without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself – the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically non-existent.”

5.

Down in Texas, a gynecologist talks about long term use of IUDs and sterilization by means of blocking the fallopian tubes permanently and that costs have not been a barrier.

Rumsey has been in private practice since 1995, and over the years, he has seen more women moving toward longer-term birth control options, though he guesses that the most common form of contraceptive locally is condoms or natural family planning.

“I think that the (intrauterine device) and the Essure are the ones I’m seeing increasing...

Rumsey doesn’t believe more women will start to use contraceptives once the national health care plan goes into affect. He also doubts it will affect their decision.

6. Good news from the Supreme Court, no one can own you. Not even a part of your DNA. From Mary Meets Dolly

I believe gene patents are not just a legal issue, but a moral issue. The patenting of genes allows what I believe to be an unethical practice: the systematic claim of ownership of the human body. You own your DNA while it is in your body, but if someone extracts it and identifies the purpose of it, they now own it. Even though it is still your DNA from your body. This naturally reduces the human body to pieces that can be bought and sold.

7. A fresco in a church cave at Cappadocia.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

New sign for Marion's on Bridge St.

Plus a new DCU at 6th, plus a new Auto Zone and Olympia Sports @ the new Market Basket. Keep Bridge St. litter free and this city has a chance.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ovulation and its other effects.

I always find studies on fertility more interesting then others, because I'm against contraception. Contraception does more then prevent pregnancy, it prevents a lot of other things apparently. Fertile imagination: Ovulating women have more sex fantasies from MSNBC
The researchers paid 27 single heterosexual women, mostly college students, to keep a daily online diary of their sexual fantasies for one month. None of the women were on hormonal birth control. By counting back from the last menstrual period, the researchers targeted a 10-day window in which each woman would likely ovulate.

While I can't condone sexual fantasies, it is pretty clear our bodies are working with a reason. They're working with a purpose, even if we're not in a sexual relationship. Ovulation is normal and healthy. It happens. Be aware, and I guess find a hobby to avoid temptation.

We can learn in a respectable manner how our bodies work. You don't want to end up like the poor fool dressed up as giant vagina at Harvard's Sex Week.

Really sad joke over there in Cambridge. It isn't that we hate sex, we just don't approve when others twist it into a purely as a narcissistic endeavor void of meaning

Friday, March 23, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. I know every town/city is like this, and I have no problem with nepotism. It is how trust/loyalty is built, when it comes to creating a political staff/team. I didn't know until my mother-in-law told me, the previous mayor's aide for the past SIX mayors was related (by marriage) to a past city councilor. It was time to make a jump out of the political gene pool.

Some people are taking this change very personally, but for them it is like seeing a family member being let go. Despite the uproar, our Mayor did the right thing, and in the right way. Some others suggested he should of given relevant individuals a heads up, but our Mayor didn't make it political. Instead he sought out advice for the city solicitor (counsel) and worked with HR on the termination.

2. I checked in with my gynecologist, she didn't care I wasn't using contraception. "Same husband?" "Yes." "OK."

3. Funny, she asked if I had the same husband. Good for her not to assume anything.

4. I'm actually going to a spiritual retreat tomorrow. Several years ago I use to attend the Red Mass for Catholic Lawyers, but being inactive from law. This weekend, it's a spiritual retreat for lawyers here in Boston.

5. Over in the mid-west, they have doctors specializing in Natural Family Planning. "The new face of Natural Family Planning"

"It's not the old rhythm method that your grandmother once used," she said. "St. Louis has been outstanding in its leadership and support."

6. More bad news for civilization: Recent Generations Focus More On Fame, Money Than Giving Back

The American Freshman survey, the proportion of students who said being wealthy was very important to them increased from 45 percent for baby boomers (surveyed between 1966 and 1978) to 70 percent for Generation Xers (surveyed between 1979 and 1999) and 75 percent for millennials (surveyed between 2000 and 2009). Likewise, the proportion who said it was important to keep up to date with political affairs decreased, from 50 percent for boomers to 39 percent for Generation Xers and 35 percent for millennials. "Becoming involved in programs to clean up the environment" decreased, from 33 percent for boomers to 20 percent for millennials. "Developing a meaningful philosophy of life" decreased the most across generations, from 73 percent for boomers to 45 percent for millennials.

7. That's right, less then half of young adults do not think it is important to develop any meaning to life!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I don't want to be tough.

From the Lowell Sun

Next week in Los Angeles, shooting begins on a 30-minute pilot episode for a proposed Fox-TV network comedy-drama series based in Lowell. The show is centered around an "academically gifted-but-street-tough," 11-year-old boy named "Audie Murphy," the pilot's co-writer Mike O'Malley announced yesterday.

Over the past 18 months, I have been a volunteer at the Department of Children & Families. Being street-tough may make a good Hollywood sitcom, but it is scary to be emotionally insecure and exposed to the dangers that can scar children. There are children and young adults, who have no parent due to substance abuse, exploited by family friends, and recruited by gangs if there is no healthy father figure.

I want Lowell NOT to be tough. It is nothing to be proud of or to glorify in our media (even in a fictional sitcom) as entertainment. I want it to be a loving place with strong commited families and a safe community without fear, a place where we don't have to be tough to live.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

For Greater Glory

The timing of this movie, concerning the HHS Mandate targeted against Catholic Institutions, is appropriate.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Running Water and Women's Freedom

For some reason it just hits me how great I have it, when I turn on the faucet and water at the perfect temperature and pressure comes out. We consider it basic plumbing, and we take it for granted. We can't go for an hour without the kitchen/bathroom sinks, dish washer, the washing machine, and a toilet. Life would turn itself up-side-down.

I've never had to walk down to the banks of the Merrimack River with buckets and walk back up to wash our clothes or bathe my children. Even when my family 'camps' we have a hot shower.

From Cardinal Dolan of New York

I was in the village with a delegation from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the acclaimed international assistance agency supported by the Catholic community of the United States. We had just been enthusiastically welcomed to this small village to bless and start-up their new well, dug and outfitted by CRS.

The hundred-or-so inhabitants were all ecstatic over the new well . . . but the happiest, the leader told me, through the translator, were the little girls. Why? I inquired.

“Because up to now everyday was the same for them, as it has been for centuries of our women. The girls are the ones designated to walk the daily two-hour trek to the river, to fill up the buckets with water- – enough for their hut and family – - and walk two hours back. Each day, the men go out to the fields; the boys go off to school; the women stay in the village to care for their families . . . and the young girls ‘take the walk.’ They’ll do it until they marry and have a baby. The survival of the village depends on them. But this means,” the chief wrapped-it-up, “that they can never go to school. If they did, who would get the water? But now” he pointed radiantly to the jubilant girls, “they can go to school because we have good water right here because of our new well.”

From Catholic Relief Services:
Your support of Catholic Relief Services puts wells and pumps minutes from a family's doorstep. Not only is the water clean and safe, the wells free hours a day to improve family and community life. That translates into education for girls, profitable work for women, increased personal safety—and improved health.

Monday, March 19, 2012

I will pay.

A bill for my son's emergency room/overnight visit.

I will no longer see paying co-pays, deductables, and out-of-pocket expenses as a responsibility I have for the cost of health care (in addidtion to the premimiums I pay). I now see these addidtional costs are there to ensure that the other funds from the insurance pool are to cover a woman's federally mandated right to free contraception. 


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Stop believing in God, just take a pill, and give me your money instead!

Read this over at the National Catholic Register, a blog post by Mark Shea. A lovely (sarcasm) piece from the 'Freedom from Religion Foundation' ranting against the Catholic Church asking liberal/nominal Catholics* to leave their 'incensed fogged rituals', as an advertisement in the New York Times. They totally fail to bother to study what the Church teaches (it's all online), which is simply states to understand and respect the sexual nature of our bodies. The teachings of the Church are not oppressive, unless you think the knowledge of our natural biological function of our bodies to be oppressive. As noted in a previous post, the war isn't against the Church (while it may be a symbol), those who rail against it are instead against nature.

And yes, I do find it funny at the bottom of their complaint they ask for money as they spread their self-serving gospel. They're no dummies, but not sure about the people who actually donate to them?

*Remember, We're all Catholics.

Every part of our body serves a purpose, what is philosophically and scientifically wrong with the HHS mandate

Every part of our body serves a purpose, in evolution it's called an adaptation. Currently society may tell us all aspects of our fertility is a nuisance and an inconvenience. The President's HHS mandate is enforcing this ideal that it is essential to women's health to teach that fertility in its natural state shouldn't exist as a normal regular function!

Homo-sapiens are the only species who attempts to undo/destroy their adaptations. It's not the good I see in nature, that re-enforces my Catholic faith but this twisted ability for human-kind to royally mess things up for some short-term goal, with long term consequences. Just think of our financial bubble/economic collapse!

Ovulation doesn't exist just to get a woman pregnant, it serves a purpose long before we even consider having a child with a man. Long before this, as in the first time we have a conversation with a man.

How a Fertile Woman Affects the Way Men Talk from Time Magazine

Jacqueline Coyle, an adjunct professor
of human factors and systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, followed 123 male undergraduate students who interacted with five female undergraduate students at various points throughout the women’s menstrual cycles. The women, whose menstrual cycles were tracked, weren’t relying on hormonal contraception.

In the study, a man and woman alternated describing a picture to one another. The woman used a script in order to help researchers more clearly see how men’s sentence structure correlated with women’s. Where a woman was in her monthly menstrual was also noted.

The closer to ovulation a woman was in her cycle, the less likely a man was to mimic her sentence structure. “This finding demonstrates that men may use creative or non-conforming language as a means of attracting a potential romantic partner,” says Coyle....

“Many people in the general population may not realize that the effects of a woman’s fertility level go well beyond chocolate cravings, moodiness, and one’s chances of conception.”

Being a woman is not a disease, while there is a war on woman but it isn't the Catholic Church that is waging it.

Friday, March 16, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

(By my daughter)

1. Green finger nail polish.

2. Green toenails.

3. We're not Irish.

4. Neither was Saint Patrick.

5. Leprechauns do not exist.

6. There's no homework, because it is Friday.

7. She will not be alone at the 7am Mass, she will have a fellow alter server.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Obama loses another Catholic

"Joanne McPortland gives it to him with both barrels, more in sorrow than in anger." -Mark Shea

It's March and I'm Mad, Mr President

You have managed this really well from your end, manufacturing a "war on women"--Catholics want women to be pregnant or die!--while waging war on the First Amendment. I sometimes wish the Catholic bishops hadn't jumped at the bait, too (because I truly don't think this is the hill we want to die on), but you knew they would, and knew that Catholics are already hated enough (for our own sins, in too many cases) in this country to make dissing us equal an automatic double-digit bump in your popularity stats. That's my biggest disappointment--that you're nothing but a Chicago pol after all.

So I can't love that you're here, and I can no longer love election season, this poli sci minor's usual idea of heaven. See, there's no way I can vote for you, because as Nancy Pelosi, the Lady Macbeth of Catholics, says, I have "that conscience thing." And I sure as hell can't vote for any one of the Republicans or anyone else out there, because they're no closer to being what Americans need and what my Church teaches me is truly just and enlightened leadership than you are. You've disenfranchised me, Sir, and that's one sin I just can't forgive.

A reader's comment on her blog

I love your honesty. I am a registered Democrat for 44 years because I have believed in many of their policies in the past. I got turned off by how they treated Gov. Casey at the convention but hung in there. Now I hang in as a thorn in their side since I believe they have betrayed what it really meant to be a Democrat. I pray and hope for a return to the values of the party but haven't been able to vote for either major parties in years. Time to change the system and the process. It has all become too insane and unreal!

Rep. Blackburn Op-ed: ObamaCare's Illegal Fee on Faith Rep Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)

Rep. Blackburn Op-ed: ObamaCare's Illegal Fee on Faith Rep Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)

Democrats have overreached in trying to make this an issue about access to contraception -- which it is not -- out of desperation. They are employing the politics of fear because they know the effect of the new mandate is that it will force religions to pay fines for freely practicing their faith and living the Gospel outside the brick walls of their respective churches.

When a religiously affiliated soup kitchen doesn't meet HHS's definition of being religious enough, it could be fined millions of dollars or be forced to stop serving the poor if it wants to stay true to deeply held religious beliefs.

But what will be the punishment for those religious institutions who wish to provide needy Americans of different faiths with the valuable social services that are needed? Are we not supposed to be our brother's keeper? The government's new price to practice your faith: a $100 fee per person, per day.

This is not the partisan issue some have described. Congress can point to 10 different laws from the past 30 years that protect conscience rights for religious beliefs and moral convictions.

The Democrats are claiming there is a 'War on Women', but I don't see any pending legislation from the government to fine women to the point of bankruptcy for her choice to use contraception or having abortion.

Being Catholic is more then just one hour a week, each Sunday celebrating Mass. It's always been pretty clear, we have a duty as Catholics to serve freely as Catholics and not be ashamed we're Catholic. We just reheard James, chapter 2 at my son's penance service last week.

"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day,and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

The celebration of Mass, like any other religious service by other persons of faith, is not an empty cultural ritual. I missed the opportunity, but my pastor had a special Mass in which after every part he would pause and explain the purpose and meaning of what just occurred.

And when my son nervously awaited his first penance, we quietly studied the stain glass windows within our parish. Each window was displayed an image of a biblical story, and below was an image of how it would be applied in out lives. For example there is an image of the adulterous women about to be stoned, and Jesus forgives her and tells her "from now on do not sin any more." (We tend to forget that part of the passage. Stoning is bad, but adultery is wrong too.) Right below of that image on the window is an image of an individual at confession.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Speechless

New Poll Shows How Strongly Americans Oppose the HHS Mandate
Majorities of both men and women in the New York Times/CBS News poll also voiced support for religious and moral exemptions to the mandate. Those polled believe by a 57% to 36% margin that religiously affiliated employers should be able to “opt out” of covering the full cost of birth control and related drugs if they have objections to doing so.

Really surprised!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Reason for visit? It's been a while.

It's been a while since I've been to my gynocologist, there is little for her to do anyways. Nothing to fix, maintain, or control. I do have go, due to an update of family history, and I figure why not now. Simply by the aging process, my ovaries are considered older and no longer in their prime. I don't want to be menapausal in the future, and have a doctor lecture me about not seeing any for 20 years.

Online as I updated my records, there was no option for NFP. Just a question if I used contraception. When I answered no, it prompted a list of what I would be interested in. Again no proper option for NFP(aka fertility awareness methods), but it did list rhythym/withdrawl!!!!

I'm assuming this questionare is standard, but they can be customized. There are serveral doctors in this office, and no one advocates any form of natural based family planning as an option?

Most women are on their own, we do educate ourselves by third parties. We dread going to the doctor and defend our choices. Hopefully it can be a positive one.

But after having four children two years apart, I'm sure they miss me.

Free Birth Control or Sex Strike?

DarwinCatholic: Bring It On

Catholics call it periodic abstaining in our bedrooms. My husband and I do it mutually with love, without being manipulative or controling. It is becoming apparent, contraception may give a woman a sense of control, but no one considers a tug-a-war the ideal of peace and balance between woman and man.


Monday, March 12, 2012

No such thing as a Catholic in Name Only

We’ve have labeled other Catholics, usually politicians with such a term. Simcha Fisher, over at the National Catholic Register spoke on ‘Catholic Jezzies’ from the website Jezebel, which is owned by the media outlet, Gawker. Catholics, who dislike everything about the Church, but still want to be Catholic. We have to remember these Catholics have been baptized and have not converted to any other religion. They are still Catholics.

From Simcha Fisher

This is a phenomenon which has always baffled me: Catholic-hating Catholics who continue to call themselves Catholic long after they’ve shed every discernible manifestation of their faith. What the heck is in it for them? ….But they always drift back. Without even thinking about it, they instinctively like to be in the place where they get fed.

There have been points in my past, where I was anything but Catholic in practice, but I held on to that identity as I apologized for being Catholic.

“I’m Catholic, but…”

Sounds familiar?

We’re all Catholics. No buts, no ifs, no maybes, and no “in name only”s.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tacos and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

My son had his First Penance this weekend. Afterwards without any siblings, my husband and I took him out for his favorite meal of tacos. We made a deal during the meal, every time he went to confession; I would make tacos. Only one child really seemed reluctant to go up, all the children were so restless but patient as they waited for their time. My son says I’m nervous, before I go to the Sacrament.. Next time I have to remember to reward myself, after I go.

Women speaking up against contraception.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Physician-assisted suicide a possibility in Massachusetts

The practice of physician-assisted suicide “is being presented as a way for the terminally ill to have greater freedom at the end of life,” “However, it would create pressures to limit our freedom, because it could establish an expectation that certain people will be better served by being dead, a dubious premise indeed.”

Cardinal O'Malley Delivers Strong Message About Why Suicide Is Wrong from the National Catholic Register

The Lowell Sun noted the hearing on March 6th on Beacon Hill.

Commentary: Anti-Catholicism and the American Experience

Commentary: Anti-Catholicism and the American Experience by Father Barron
The history of anti-Catholicism in relation to the American experience is one of the most under-examined cultural dynamics in the United States. Perhaps the worst case scenario in this regard happened across two days in August of 1834. An Ursuline Convent in Charlestown Massachusetts was placed under siege, and then sacked and burned to the ground in what was remembered by some as one of the most egregious examples of anti-Catholicism in our country's history.

Friday, March 9, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. If 72% of Catholic Democrats think caring for the poor is important, then why are the remaining 28% calling themselves Democrats. In the same research 61% of Catholic Republicans, considered thought it was also important to care for the poor. Considered high for those who label themselves, conservatives.

2. “It is not about contraception. It is not about women’s health. We’re talking about an unwarranted, unprecedented, radical intrusion” into “a church’s ability to teach, serve and sanctify on its own," said Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

3. If you’re in an active open homosexual relationship and consider yourself a Buddhist, you may not take Holy Communion, even at your mother’s funeral. Why? Why? Why? You are no longer Catholic; and you’re an adult. It seems the local parish was more then charitable in with your antics. Someone called you on it. Don’t cry. Stop your temper tantrum. It isn't that we don't love you, it's that you're being an obnoxious jerk.

4. Upper class people more likely to be unethical. Water is wet too.

5. An alternative to marriage? Every man gets a DNA test at birth of his child in New Jersey. No court order, make it mandatory. People seemed outraged at the idea, I think it is novel.

6. Why is #5 a good idea? Court: Man owes child support for children, not biologically his own. “The Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that a man whose estranged wife conceived twins through in vitro fertilization must pay child support even though the children are not biologically his and despite a signed agreement between the couple that he is not financially responsible for them.”

7. My son is making his First Penance, this Saturday at Saint Michael’s. Confession really isn’t that bad. I suggest make an appointment, if it’s been a long while.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Better women's health requires the weening of our dependency on contraception.

Baby steps.

I willing to work in baby steps, when it comes to dealing with contraception. The Pill is self-defeating. We use the Pill to treat gynecological health symptoms, but fail to address the illness.

Still there is research out there to help women, without relying on the Pill as a crutch.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Cardiovascular Disease

One in 15 women of childbearing age is diagnosed with a disorder commonly referred to as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Given the ambiguity, there is no universal protocol for treating women with PCOS-related CVD factors, according to Berga. "Some women need intervention based on existing guidelines, either to control their blood sugar to head off diabetes, or reduce their cholesterol to moderate the risk of premature heart disease. For the rest, it's a matter of treating each woman based on their individual needs. We know that PCOS puts these women at risk for CVD-related disease, but we do not yet understand the extent to which it does so."
Can birth control pills affect PCOS?
Many women with PCOS are often prescribed oral contraceptives to help regulate an irregular or absent menstrual cycle. However, this merely regulates the period artificially, without changing the underlying problem causing PCOS, namely Insulin Resistance. When the contraceptives are discontinued, the PCOS symptoms will persist. In addition, a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility showed that birth control pills may exacerbate Insulin Resistance.

"The Secret Lives of Women (Who Don't Use Contraception)"

Jennifer Fulwiler writes on the the recent events, and in turn over the past decade I've come to the conclusion that contraception is well anti-woman.

Anti-what?

Brainwashed by the Church, one might easily conclude for anyone who rejects contraception. Fulwiler comes across this passage written by a feminist.

Our biology reduced us to a kind of chattel...
There it was, at least the author wasn't blaming the Church or anyone else. The author was not hating men or God, but herself. She hated that fact she could bear children, and the obligations held to her own blood. She hated the way she was born, the ability to give life. She wasn't cursing Eve, but instead cursing Darwin.

You can't control nature, but by all means you can work with it.

The Catholic Church gives a woman knowledge, the government mandates a pill.

Which is more controlling?

Anonymous FAIL

In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers’ Tactics
Their goal — according to YouTube messages delivered by an Anonymous figure in a Guy Fawkes mask — was to disrupt the event and draw attention to child sexual abuse by priests, among other issues. The videos, which have been viewed more than 77,000 times, include a verbal attack on the pope and the young people who “have forgotten the abominations of the Catholic Church.”
Guy Fawkes was a convert to Catholicism, and....
joined Sir William Stanley, an English Catholic and veteran commander in his mid-fifties who had raised an army in Ireland to fight in Leicester's expedition to the Netherlands. Stanley had been held in high regard by Elizabeth I, but following his surrender of Deventer to the Spanish in 1587 he, and most of his troops, had switched sides to serve Spain. Fawkes became an alférez or junior officer, fought well at the siege of Calais in 1596, and by 1603 had been recommended for a captaincy.[3] That year, he travelled to Spain to seek support for a Catholic rebellion in England. He used the occasion to adopt the Italian version of his name, Guido, and in his memorandum described James I as "a heretic", who intended "to have all of the Papist sect driven out of England."

Monday, March 5, 2012

But marriage isn't in the Constitution

Yes, I know. Almost everything and the kitchen sink isn't in there also.

We're free to define words legally and culturally. We define and redefine words merging concepts and leaving behind old definitions, while rolling of the eyes when we see them in historic context.

As human beings with languange, we're free to make up words and change their meaning. Yes, I acknowledge that freedom.

The question isn't that we are not free to redefine words, like marriage, but rather is it a good idea to do so. Do we have any obligation to the language we speak, and the meaning of words we create?

In law, we debate what words mean all the time. We reassign meaning to them. Today corporations and PACs, are treated as equally as individuals in the name of political speech under the 1st Amendment. And strangely somehow the death penalty isn't cruel, under the 8th Amendment. (I oppose both Super PACs and the death penalty.)

I've seen legal cases determining what's a sandwich? Why is a burrito not a sandwich, but a grilled wrap one?

Before we had a word like marriage, as homosapiens, males began to stick around beyond the conjugal act. Males began to have the ability to be useful to females, when females became mothers.

In this change of behavior, we began to evolve not just as habitual bipeds primates, but we began to evolve into what we call now a society. We created a culture complex, yet woven.

The thread has been unraveling, more then we want to admit.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Unbeknowst to the Georgetown law student.

I see headlines that birth control should have bi-partisan support, but what about bi-partisan support of our 1st Amendment Rights?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It is all very surreal, but simply it's a real issue that has grave consequences. Unbeknownst to the Georgetown law student who testified on the issue of her Catholic College to cover contraception, over at the Georgetown Institute of Reproductive Health they been doing a lot of medical research on women's health all without contraception.
Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) was awarded the 5-year Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAM) Project in September 2007 by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The goal of the FAM Project is to increase access to and use of FAM - in particular the Standard Days Method® (SDM), the TwoDay Method®, and the Lactational Amenorrhea Method® (LAM) - within the framework of informed choice. The FAM Project builds upon the experience of previous USAID-funded projects in which IRH developed, tested and introduced FAM in diverse family planning programs in over 20 countries worldwide. With continued emphasis on research-to-practice, the FAM Project engages with partners at the community, national, and international levels to create a supportive policy environment for FAM, build capacity and develop tools to offer high-quality FAM services, and generate and apply best practices.
Catholicism isn't the religion of slut shaming, rather it is the religion of truth and love all wrapped up with knowledge, compassion, and understanding.

Friday, March 2, 2012

"Oh, to be young again!"

"Oh, to be young again!", She said.

Quoting my parents' eighty year old neighbor.

It wasn't until now, the children could go sledding. She enjoyed so much watching them with us.

The upside of burdening yourself with children

You Can’t Helicopter-Parent Three Kids by Laura Vanderkam
Trying to keep track of everyone in the house, I’ve started to see that one reason 1950s moms let their kids wander around all afternoon is that it was too hard to keep tabs on that many kids all the time. Smaller families make it possible to plan and monitor a child’s every move, and that possibility makes people think they should. If everyone had four small kids, leaving the three younger ones in the care of an 11-year-old while you ran a quick errand to the post office wouldn’t seem so nutty. Whatever can go wrong is probably not nearly as bad as what can go wrong with four small kids tromping across a parking lot.

We have no "choice" but to limit our families with the Pill.

Her limited family size has not liberated her, rather it made her fall into a two-income trap. Romney, Santorum and archaic ideas on fertility
This shouldn’t be news to anybody, but apparently, in 2012, it is. Family planning is good for families. In an economy where nearly all mothers work, where their ability to earn money doesn’t merely allow them the occasional splurge at the department store but actually pays the mortgage and the college bills, the romantic idealization of biblically abundant families is a retrograde dream.
We HAVE to work full time, or else we couldn't have a mortgage or send our children to college. Look over time, as family size decreased the cost of everything increased. The only thing the two income trap gave us, is an inflated cost of home ownership and as we all know too well the inflated cost of college. So well, I'm living that retrograde dream. Awesome!

Getting rid of people isn't medicine

Sebelius: Fewer Babies Born Will Save Health Care Costs
In an exchange with pro-life Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), Sebelius claimed, “The reduction in a number of pregnancies compensates for the cost of contraception.” To which Murphy responded, “So you’re saying by not having babies born, we’re going to save money on healthcare?” The exchange becomes just another example of the Obama Administration’s willingness to trample on basic rights of conscience in order to pay for the massive 2010 federal healthcare law and expand abortion.
Fewer old people will reduced health care costs, and fewer disabled people? You know where this is going, and it has nothing to do with women's health care. Crap!

Catholics, Sex, and a banned YouTube video

"Style, Sex, and Substance" book trailer from Hallie Lord on Vimeo.

This post is up at Conversion Diary, it's about sex and Catholics. They don't know why the video is wan't banned.

"Glendon addresses politics as vocation at seminary talk"

To see a female Harvard Law professor addressing men in collars, isn't the image the media would ever share in this climate.
From the Boston Pilot
Before moving into the historical subject matter, she spoke as a contemporary in the admissions process at Harvard and Boston College who saw students apply to college and law school intent on serving in public office. "Many of those young people say that they are seeking legal education because they are drawn to public service, and that they are drawn to public service because they 'want to make a difference,'" she said. She said many of her best and brightest students change their minds within three years, as they become disillusioned with the current state of politics and question the viability of not compromising their ethics, family life or religious beliefs.