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[Taken from ZENIT]  An ad that promotes the potential of all life will not be shown on NBC during the Super Bowl on the grounds that it involves “political advocacy or issues.”

After several days of negotiations, an NBC representative in Chicago advised CatholicVote.org on Wednesday of it’s decision not to run an ad that features President Barack Obama and concludes with the tagline, “Life: Imagine the Potential.”

Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org said there was “nothing objectionable in this positive, life-affirming advertisement.”

He then noted the irony that while NBC refused their ad for being advocacy-based, an ad of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — an advocacy group — was rejected because it depicted “a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.” The organization was then given a detailed list of edits that would make the spot acceptable.

“NBC claims it doesn’t allow advocacy ads, but that’s not true. They were willing to air an ad by PETA if they would simply tone down the sexual suggestiveness,” said Burch.

“The purpose of our new ad is to spread a message of hope about the potential of every human life, including the life of Barack Obama,” said Burch. “We are now looking at alternative venues to run the ad over the next several weeks.”

The ad aired on BET in Chicago on Inauguration Day. It has become an Internet hit with over 700,000 views in seven days. The ad was in the top 10 “most viewed’” category on YouTube on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.

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A CHILD’S WISDOM ABOUT MARRIAGE?

bridegroomAttending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her
mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?”

The mother replied, “Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.”

The child thought about this for a moment then said, “So why is the
groom wearing black?”

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Refusing to speak to pro-life advocates in today’s March for Life, Obama made a statement that reiterated his support for Roe V. Wade: “We are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.”

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It is suspected that President Obama will soon issue an executive order  reversing the Bush administration policy that bans the use of federal dollars by non-govermental organizations that discuss or provide abortions outside of the United States. It was thought that Obama would sign the executive order on the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states. 

Some of us are going to really miss President George W. Bush.

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Yes, the answer is a TERRORIST PLOT!

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The CHANGE is HERE!

Headlines On This Date 4 Years Ago:

“Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops die in
unarmored Humvees”

“Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times”

“Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary
Americans get the shaft”

Headlines Today:

“Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million”

“Obama Spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party”

“Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate”

“Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration”

The “change” is here.

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OBSERVATIONS

Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, ‘Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.’

Lillian Carter (mother of Jimmy Carter)

I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: – ‘No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.’

Eleanor Roosevelt

Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement.

Mark Twain

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.

George Burns

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.

Victor Borge

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

Mark Twain

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

Socrates

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.

Groucho Marx

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe.

Jimmy Durante

I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.

Alex Levine

My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.

Rodney Dangerfield

Money can’t buy you happiness. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.

Spike Milligan

I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.

Bob Hope

I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.

W. C. Fields

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.

Will Rogers

Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.

Winston Churchill

Maybe it’s true that life begins at fifty? But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.

Phyllis Diller

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.

Billy Crystal

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This concert was at the Lincoln Memorial. Isn’t U2 and Irish group?

A lot of entertainers came out to celebrate!

The prophet that was shot down and the promise that would not die.

The fulfillment of the promise, only for some or for all…

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a REPUBLICAN and PRO-LIFE???

Farnces Rice writes: “It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.”

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SK George L. Chapman, Jr., PFN passed away peacefully at his home in Laurel, MD, on Friday, January 9, 2009. With his passing I feel free to tell you an incredible story that many did not know about George. Back in the late 1940’s there was another boy, only thirteen years old, who had been introduced to the occult and who suffered a spiritual invasion through his aunt’s Ouija board. Seemingly on their own, objects moved around, furniture fell over, and “his desk at school moved about on the floor similar to the plate on an Ouija board.” This latter evidence of telekinesis forced the boy to quit school because of embarrassment. Things got even worse at home. Not yet Catholics, they called their Lutheran minister but he found the situation uncontrollable. Any chair in which they placed the boy tipped over. Resting him on a floor rug, it moved on the wood floor entirely on its own.

Having a relative married to a Catholic, the boy’s mother described the situation to him. His response was “If what you say is true, then you should consult a priest.” The family called the nearby parish, St. James Catholic Church. The boy’s father made an appointment to talk to one of the priests. The clergyman gave him various sacramentals: holy water, blessed candles, and some recommended prayers. “Once when the mother had sprinkled the holy water around the room, she placed the bottle on a dresser and it was picked up by the spirit and smashed. When one of the candles was lighted, the flame shot up to the ceiling, and the candle was extinguished for fear that the house might be set on fire.” The suggested prayers seemed to make the phenomena worse. Deciding to call back the priest, the clergyman heard a great crashing sound. The mother of the boy told him that the telephone table she was using had broken into a hundred pieces.

This anxious situation refused to end and matters grew tenser. The priest, Fr. E. Albert Hughes, went to the chancellor of the archdiocese. He was warned to move slowly and not to leap to rash judgments. The young priest explained that he had done as much. After a meeting with the archbishop, Most Reverend Patrick A. O’Boyle, he was authorized to initiate the exorcisms. Fr. Hughes resisted, hoping that an older and more experienced man might be chosen instead. He “understood that this should be done by a very holy man because the devil is wont to expose the sins of the priest; so the Father went to Baltimore and made a general confession. But the devil is the father of lies, and there is a theological opinion that he is unable to reveal sins that have been forgiven.”

The archbishop insisted. The young priest had to offer the ritual. It would prove a terrible miscalculation. Between February 27 and March 4, 1949, the boy was moved to Georgetown University Hospital. A young man and altar server (George L. Chapman, Jr.) who was known for his abilities in high school football was drafted by the priest to assist him. Side-by-side with his priest, George would look straight into the devil’s face! He told me that he had a terrible struggle to hold the possessed boy down; that he could spit across the room with deadly accuracy. Indeed, the spittle would fly around the book and still hit the priest in the face. The ritual book dissolved somewhat from the fluids expelled. At one point George lost his patience and even slugged the other boy to keep him under control. He saw himself as the popular priest’s body guard. The priest made him go to confession and pledged him not to tell his mother and friends at that time the details of the encounters. They tied the hands and feet of the boy to the bedposts. He reacted violently to the ritual. Loose items in the room crashed to the floor. The bed shook uncontrollably. Strenuously the large server sought to hold the bed down. The victim was a small boy and yet he possessed incredible strength. The priest warned his young assistant not to enter into dialogue with the boy, only to give the required responses to the ritual words of the priest. Strange words came forth from the restrained boy, supposedly Aramaic, a form of ancient Hebrew. Previously the boy had taunted the priest in Latin. Objects were thrown around the room. The boy growled like an inhuman animal. Then it happened. Somehow the boy had gotten a hand free of the restraints. He secretly tore through the heavy mattress and ripped out a metal spring. The server responded to the words uttered by Fr. Hughes in the ritual. At the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer, the possessed boy attacked the priest and tore a gash into the cleric’s arm from his shoulder to his wrist. Blood exploded over everything! The ritual prayer book was caked in the priest’s blood! He screamed out! George tried to restrain the demoniac and was hit hard in the eye. The exorcism had ended in failure. The priest’s life was saved by the efforts of his server and the quick actions by the doctors; his arm ended up with a long track of a hundred plus stitches. He would have lingering problems with the arm and it would visibly drag at the consecration during Masses.

As an interesting aside, the young server in this episode having been struck in the eye by the afflicted boy, would develop a black eye and it was joked that maybe the priest had socked him. When the priest mysteriously left the parish, only he knew the true reason. The good priest would need to recuperate from his terrible encounter and injury. After this event, colleagues of the priest said that Fr. Hughes was never quite the same. He became quieter. He was intensely reserved about what had happened. One remarked that it was as if he was a haunted man. He died in 1980. Now his faithful server has joined him in eternity. Other exorcists would finish the exorcisms in St. Louis and the demoniac would eventually be freed of his infirmity.

A few days ago an obituary matter-of-factly announced the death of SK George L. Chapman, Jr., PFN. Many of our members are new Knights and would not know him. His death notice noted that he was “a devoted father of Brian (Karen) Chapman and Michael Chapman and is also survived by two grandchildren, Cody and Corine; brothers, Francis and Paul; sisters, Geraldine Daily, Eileen Issing, Regina Shouse, and Claire Rollins; and numerous nieces and nephews.” Yes, he was a good family man and like all the rest of us mortal. But, he was also a faithful Catholic who trusted the promises of Jesus his Savior. Working to the very end, he was serving as Lecturer this fraternal year for P.G. Council 2809.

I felt his passing very personally and lamented that I could not make his funeral. We lost a great Knight of Columbus, a Catholic gentleman who epitomized everything a Knight should be. George played a part in the degrees that first brought me into the Knights of Columbus over 20 years ago. I can recall his strong and dramatic voice and the way he moved in his ceremonial robes. The candidates were mesmerized by every word he spoke, not just memorized, but words that had melded as part of him. Over the years, I would repeatedly run into him at the various functions of our order. Always busy, he even acted as a host for informational video presentations sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. You may have seen some of them on cable. A few of them are available on YouTube. Just as his dear priest friend once used the words of the ritual against Satan, George never forgot the power of words and used his gifted voice to inspire faith and service in other Catholic men, particularly his beloved Knights of Columbus.

Rest in Peace!

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Patrick Joseph McGoohan (March 19, 1928 – January 13, 2009) was a two-time Emmy winning Irish American actor, raised in Ireland and England, who rose to fame in the British film and TV industry by starring in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent [Man] in the US) and the cult classic The Prisoner.

He wrote, directed, produced and acted in many episodes of THE PRISONER.

When he wanted to quit DANGER MAN, he agreed to a new contract if there was no kissing. Offered the part of THE SAINT on TV and JAMES BOND in the movies, it is also rumored he turned down the parts on similar strict moral grounds. It seems that he embraced off screen the same self-determination and freedom that he fought for on THE PRISONER.

McGoohan died January 13, 2009, age 80, at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California after a brief illness.

At the time of his death, McGoohan was living in Los Angeles with his wife of 57 years, Joan Drummond McGoohan. He had three daughters and five grandchildren.

CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE:

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Irish actor Patrick McGoohan, best known to television audiences for his title roles in the 1960s’ CBS drama series “Secret Agent” and “The Prisoner,” died Jan. 13 in Los Angeles. He was 80 years old. Funeral arrangements for the actor were not announced. McGoohan, a Catholic, introduced himself as “Drake. John Drake” in the style of James Bond for the series “Secret Agent.” But that’s where the comparison ended. While the Bond character was — and remains — quite the womanizer, McGoohan said his faith made him resist having his Drake character fall into the same lifestyle as Bond. The series debuted in England under the name “Danger Man.” It was picked up for U.S. viewers with a new title, which was buttressed by the theme song, “Secret Agent Man,” a version of which became a top pop hit for singer Johnny Rivers.

FIRST POST, UK:

The son of an Irish farmer, he was born in Long Island, New York and raised in England and Ireland. He entered acting after a brief flirtation with becoming a Roman Catholic priest and managing a chicken farm. After some success on the stage and a few television roles, he landed the part that put him on the road to success, Danger Man, in which he played secret service agent John Drake.

This became a hit in the US and he was offered the part of James Bond off the back of it, but instead persuaded Lew Grade, head of Associated Television, to commission The Prisoner, a surreal mixture of spy thriller and science fiction which was first screened in 1967. 

 Number Six spends the entire series attempting to escape from The Village – Portmeirion in Wales – and trying to find out the identity of his captor, the elusive Number Two. As he frantically explores his environment, he discovers that its inhabitants are identified by number instead of by name and have no memory of a prior existence or outside civilisation. He repeatedly declares: “I am not a number – I am a free man!”

CATHOLIC STANDARD:

He won two Emmy Awards for separate guest-starring roles on “Columbo” in 1975 and 1990.  He played four different murderers in episodes of the long-running series, more than any other actor; directed three of the episodes; and became a close friend of Peter Falk, the actor who played Columbo on television.

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OBITUARY: Ricardo Montalbán was born in Mexico City, the son of Ricarda Merino and Jenaro Montalbán, a store manager. He had a brother, actor Carlos Montalbán, and a sister, Carmen. He was a practicing Roman Catholic and once had said that his religion was the “most important thing” in his life.

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He remained a Mexican citizen by choice, having never applied for American citizenship. He married Georgiana Young, an actress, in 1944; they had four children. She was half-sister of the actresses Sally Blane, Polly Ann Young, and Loretta Young, who nicknamed her “Georgie”. After 63 years of marriage, Georgiana Young de Montalbán died on November 13, 2007, at the age of 84. Montalbán died on January 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 88. His cause of death has not yet been identified.

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I remember that Delores Hope used to take vacations and pilgrimages to holysites with Loretta Young and Georgie Montalbán.

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Ricardo Montalbán was a close friend to the late Father Peyton and did a number of documentaries on the faith, particularly in regard to the Virgin Mary, the Rosary and various Apparitions. He was a religious and moral anchor for many in the Hollywood scene. I recall that along with his wife, they were the godparents to Lonnie Anderson’s child after her breakup with Burt Reynolds.

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The election is over and in a few days we will have a new president.  Catholic priests are generally silenced regarding partisan politics, but given that the election is over, there are a few YouTube videos that I would like to share. 

Paul has been described as conservative, Constitutionalist, and libertarian. His nickname “Dr. No” reflects both his medical degree and his insistence that he will “never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.”

“Abortion is murder!  A popular academic argument for abortion demands that we think of the child in the womb as a parasite, but the same argument justifies infanticide, since it applies just as well to an infant outside the womb.  Newborns require even more attention & care.”

“People ask an expectant mother how her baby is doing. They do not ask how her fetus is doing, or her blob of tissue, or her parasite. But that is what her baby becomes as soon as the child is declared to be unwanted.”

The Revolution: A Manifesto, by Ron Paul, p. 59-60 Apr 1, 2008

“Roe v. Wade decision was harmful to the Constitution.  The federal government should not play any role in the abortion issue, according to the Constitution. Apart from waiting forever for Supreme Court justices who rule in accordance with the Constitution, Americans do have some legislative recourse. Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to strip the federal courts of jurisdiction over a broad categories of cases.”

The Revolution: A Manifesto, by Ron Paul, p. 60 Apr 1, 2008

“Define life at conception in law, scientific statement. On the right-to-life issue, I believe, I’m a real stickler for civil liberties. It’s academic to talk about civil liberties if you don’t talk about the true protection of all life. So if you are going to protect liberty, you have to protect the life of the unborn just as well.”

“I have a Bill in congress I certainly would promote and push as president, called the Sanctity of Life Amendment. We establish the principle that life begins at conception. And someone says, ‘oh why are you saying that?’ and I say, ‘well, that’s not a political statement — that’s a scientific statement that I’m making!”

“I know we’re all interested in a better court system and amending the constitution to protect life. But sometimes I think that is dismissing the way we can handle this much quicker, and my bill removes the jurisdiction of the federal courts from the issue of abortion, if a state law says no abortion, it doesn’t go to the supreme court to be ruled out of order.”

Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

“The Constitution is very clear that the president is commander in chief of the military, but the president is not the commander in chief of the economy or of the people. When we get reflection of conventional wisdom, but of a lot of lack of understanding of how the economy works. The president is not supposed to manage and run the economy. The people are supposed to do this. The government is supposed to give them sound money, low taxes, less regulation. The people are supposed to run it.”

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies. There is an alternative to national bankruptcy, a bigger police state, trillion dollar wars, and a government that draws ever more parasitically on the productive energies of the American people. It’s called freedom.”

“In times of war, personal freedoms are threatened at home. That is why a proper foreign policy is so critical: so that freedoms at home are never again threatened. We have been able to recover some of the freedoms taken from us in times of war, but the real danger is that someday–under war conditions, preparation for war, or economic chaos brought on by inflation–our freedoms will be permanently lost.”

 

PEACE ON EARTH & PEACE IN THE WOMB!

“Protecting the life of the unborn is protecting liberty.  Liberty is the most important thing, because if we have our liberties, we have our freedoms, we can have our lives. But it’s academic to talk about civil liberties if you don’t talk about the true protection of all life. So if you’re going to protect liberty, you have to protect the life of the unborn just as well. I have a bill in Congress which I would certainly promote and push as President. But it’s been ignored by the right-to-life community. My bill is called the Sanctity of Life bill. What it would do is it would establish the principle that life begins at conception. That’s not a political statement, but a scientific statement that I’m making. We’re all interested in a better court system, and amending the Constitution to protect life–but sometimes that is dismissing the way we can handle this much quicker. My bill removes the jurisdiction of the federal courts from the issue of abortion. If a state law says ‘no abortion,’ it doesn’t go to the Supreme Court to be ruled out of order.”

Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

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Formerly known as DEFEND LIFE this is a personal Blog operated by a true Pro-Life Champion, Joseph Healy.  He is a devout family man who is actively engaged against the culture of death.

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The sub-text for his Blog is as follows:  “Pre-natal Murder (abortion) news and commentary from the great state of Maryland. This blog is entirely independent and is not a member, associate, or affiliate of any organization.”

http://defendlife.blogspot.com

Why You Must Choose:  “Abortion either takes a human life or it does not. If not, then abortion should be no different than plastic surgery. If it does, then abortion is pre-natal murder and is the most heinous atrocity in the history of the human race. There is no middle ground. You cannot be ‘personally opposed, but…’ You can probably guess which side of the issue I fall on; how about you?”

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