Chicago priest crosses border illegally to highlight immigration reform | CLTV

Father Graf’s incredible adventure:

A Catholic priest from Chicago’s Southwest side crossed the border from Mexico into the United States illegally to call for immigration reform.

Father Gary Graf from Saint Gall Church did the border crossing in Nogales, Arizona recently, by hopping a fence.

He then turned himself into federal agents, and asked for forgiveness.

He returned to Chicago Saturday night and celebrated mass Sunday morning.

Father Graf hopes the crossing sparks authentic dialogue on immigration laws.

I get the protest part. But forgiveness? What the . . . ? Like if stopped for speeding, you tell the cop you’re sorry? What the . . . ?

Kentucky woman ordained as priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church – Chicago Tribune

She will not be moved:

“[Excommunication] is a Medieval bullying stick the bishops used to keep control over people and to keep the voices of women silent. I am way beyond letting octogenarian men tell us how to live our lives.”

Phew. Next thing, she will be defying septuagenarian ones. Slippery slope here.

The late Andrew Breitbart was right on a big story, NYTimes story demonstrates

The so-called Pigford scandal:

Today he is vindicated by a New York Times story on page A1.

The compensation effort sprang from a desire to redress what the government and a federal judge agreed was a painful legacy of bias against African-Americans by the Agriculture Department. But an examination by The New York Times shows that it became a runaway train, driven by racial politics, pressure from influential members of Congress and law firms that stand to gain more than $130 million in fees. In the past five years, it has grown to encompass a second group of African-Americans as well as Hispanic, female and Native American farmers. In all, more than 90,000 people have filed claims. The total cost could top $4.4 billion.

It’s rare that we suggest this about a New York Times article, but read the whole thing.

In the NYT piece:

Public criticism came primarily from conservative news outlets like and from Congressional conservatives like Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, who described the program as rife with fraud. Few Republicans or Democrats supported him. Asked why, Mr. King said, “Never underestimate the fear of being called a racist.”

Yes, weapon of choice by cornered liberal.

Bullshit, dangerous talk from local socialists

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Poverty is very much with us, but we can eradicate it | Articles | News |

Dangerous? Hold out hope like that, and either you are hopelessly sentimental or you want to justify just about anything in governmental interference in the lives of men, women, and children.

This at the heart of the “progressive” impossible dreaming. Tut-tut.

Poverty is structural and can be eliminated. In 1962, [socialist] Michael Harrington’s The Other America: Poverty in the United States, was published. This groundbreaking work made American poverty visible. It is credited with kick-starting America’s War on Poverty, launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The U.S. poverty rate declined from 19% in 1964 to a low of 11.1% in 1973.

via Bullshit, dangerous talk from local socialists.

LBJ’s “war” made things much worse for all of us, digging the debt hole deeper and deeper, harming most of all the…

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Maybe It’s Time For Modern Science To Back Off | Taking A Second Look

Maybe It’s Time For Modern Science To Back Off | Taking A Second Look.

A neatly stated case vs. cross-fertilization run wild.

Lets begin with the indisputable fact that modern science — especially in the fields of medicine and communication — has been a boon to mankind. But sometimes boon becomes bust when you overplay your hand. I think some of our scientists have. Especially when they start crowding such equally distinguished fields like Religion and the Humanities.


Getting religion changed Tamerlan’s life

It happened during a rough spot for him as a failed boxer, among other things, per Wall St. Journal. At his mother’s urging, he got very serious about being a Muslim.

During this turmoil, his mother [then living in the
U.S.] encouraged him to turn to Islam. “I told Tamerlan [Tsarnaeva, the dead
marathon brother] that we are Muslim, and we are not practicing our religion, and how can we call ourselves Muslims?” Mrs. Tsarnaeva said. “And that’s how Tamerlan started reading about Islam, and he started praying, and he got more and more and more into his religion.”

Relatives and friends say they saw a shift in the young man. Neighbors noticed that the parties stopped. “I’m telling you, something turned,” said Mr. Vasquez. “And it was dramatic.”

Tamerlan wasn’t the only Tsarnaev who was changing. His mother grew more religious alongside him. She quit her job at the spa and started doing facials in her home, saying she didn’t want to work on men. “I started reading and started learning, I started reading with my Tamerlan,” Mrs. Tsarnaeva said.

Her sister-in-law, Maret, said she was startled by the transformation. She recalled having a Skype conversation with Anzor, while he was in Makhachkala, and spotting Zubeidat in the background covered in a veil. “We’re not used to seeing her like that because she used to wear high heels and a low dress,” Maret said.

He got religion and went overboard. Major religion story here.