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Vatican Standing by its Decision to Award Dutch Abortion Advocate

Vatican Standing by its Decision to Award Dutch Abortion Advocate
Early this month, Catholics throughout the world were outraged upon learning that Pope Francis awarded abortion advocate Lilianne Ploumen with the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory, an honor traditionally conferred upon those who demonstrate outstanding service to the Holy See or to humanity. Ploumen, who boasted in a video broadcast that she had received a “high distinction from the Vatican” was granted the award in June 2017 when she assisted the Dutch Royals in their visit to the Holy Father.

In the wake of conservative backlash, the Vatican is not backing down from awarding Ploumen with the Pontifical honor, but is doubling down on the action. A Vatican official recently told NCR reporter Edward Pentin that this was “a very traditional procedure” for such a “historic occasion” and was really meant as a way of “honoring the king.” If that’s the case, why didn’t the king get the award?

By David Martin - Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Full Story

Bears burned in California wildfires treated with fish skins

Rescuers brought two adult bears, a cub and a young mountain lion to veterinarians with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the University of California, Davis. Veterinarians used acupuncture, fish skins and other alternative medical treatments to help wild animals recover from the burns.

By Fox News - Friday, January 26, 2018 - Full Story

Turning the Heat on Firewood

Turning the Heat on Firewood
There is something about a wood fire that appeals deep down inside most of us. As Jerry Smith has observed, “Playing with fire is bad for those who burn themselves. For the rest of us, it is a very great pleasure.”

First though there is the fuel for the fire. This comes down to two considerations: which wood and how is it supplied?

By Wes Porter - Monday, January 22, 2018 - Full Story

Blade Runner sequel was meant for 4K -  and ‘IT’ isn’t too bad if given a chance

Blade Runner sequel
Warner Brothers may have pulled off the impossible with Blade Runner 2049. They’ve taken a movie for which no sequel or remake was needed, and given it a sequel/remake that’s worth seeing and owning. Heck, it’s much better than I expected going into it.

It’s much the same with IT, a remake of a Stephen King story about a clown that terrorizes innocent people in a manner reminiscent of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Two D’oh! 

It’s a 4K twofer!

By Jim Bray - Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Full Story

Slick Willy

Slick Willy
In barbershops, even the most sanctimonious listeners accept professional grade lying as entertaining tall tales.

One day, while Larry the barber clipped the white scraggly hackles festooning my haggard old head, he related a tall tale, after which one of the waiting customers said, “Reed, you make a living out of lying by writing stories that never fall within the realm of truthfulness; tell us one that will top Larry’s.”

“I’ll bet the cost of this haircut that he can’t,” Larry boasted.

By Jimmy Reed - Saturday, January 20, 2018 - Full Story

Flags and Flowers Honor Veterans Every Day, Not just on a Holiday

Flags and Flowers Honor Veterans Every Day, Not just on a Holiday
When I called Preston Sharp, he answered the phone.  I heard the voice of a very young person.  However, as the conversation ensued, I heard words of commitment, well beyond the age of the person on the other end of the line.

When I met Duane Ehmer in Red Bluff, California, he handed me the business card of Preston C. Sharp.  He had obtained the card when he visited Preston at a cemetery where Sharp was busy planting flags and artificial flowers (Red Carnations) on the graves of military veterans.

Duane, a veteran himself, knew that I was a Vietnam Veteran, and felt that I would be interested in this story.  That has become an understatement, as I interviewed with Sharp.

By Gary Hunt - Friday, January 19, 2018 - Full Story

‘Sniffing’ out counterfeit liquors

'Sniffing' out counterfeit liquors
Watered-down or fake liquors can reap financial rewards for nefarious individuals, but the adulteration of liquor cheats consumers and can even lead to health hazards from added contaminants. Scientists now report in ACS Sensors a portable device with an advanced sensor array that can identify liquors and determine if they’d been altered, offering a strategy for liquor quality assurance.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Slugs as Pollinators

Questions We're Often Asked: Slugs as Pollinators
Slugs pollinate aspidistras. The assertion dates back about a hundred years to Europe. Observers there noticed slugs around the ground-level flowers of the popular houseplant and concluded this was their mode of pollination. (Hopefully this was in a greenhouse and not a dwelling). Amongst flowering plants, this remains unique—or is it?

A September 2014 paper in the American Journal of Botany labelled it “highly controversial” while admitting to a “most unusual pollination biology” for this complicated genus. Researchers cited mollusks, crustaceans, flies, collembolans; a species from Vietnam was confirmed as being pollinated by gall midges.

By Wes Porter - Monday, January 15, 2018 - Full Story

‘All we need is Jesus’, A Belated Christmas Story

'All we need is Jesus', A Belated Christmas Story
This holiday season I was especially looking forward to Christmas, much due to the yearly reminder of the unconditional love and blessings that I need so badly and that I’ve been given in Jesus - coupled with the reunion of my beloved family members. It had been an extremely rough year for me. And I was looking to hide from some of my grief by just celebrating God’s unfailing love in the company of my beloved, visiting Christian children. My (now grown) babies are great gifts of unconditional love from my Heavenly Father. And they are this old man’s joy in the face of even life’s darkest moments.

As we prepared for the day, my wife sneaked down to the basement to get our Nativity scene. I love the reminder of Jesus’ birth that I’ve seen traditionally since I was a boy. And she knew that my seeing that all set up would brighten my day. Just as I realized she was missing, I heard a loud crash from beneath our living room floor. A few minutes after that, she reappeared and sadly told me that our beautiful, classic Nativity pieces were destroyed - all but the baby Jesus. She had dropped the box containing the fine porcelain figures , and its contents were shattered. I used that moment’s last bit of strength to assure her that it was ‘no big deal’. Nevertheless we were both really disappointed.

By Dave Merrick - Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Full Story

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a fabulous foray onto 4K

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is a fabulous foray onto 4K
Hot on the heels of his tour de force from 2017, Dunkirk,  Christopher Nolan’s previous film has also arrived on 4K disc now and it’s well worth your time and/or money.

Nolan, who before Dunkirk was probably most famous for his excellent "Dark Knight" trilogy (also available in 4K), really pulled out all the stops when he followed up "The Dark Knight Rises." "Interstellar"  is a science fiction tale of hope for the future of Mankind (oops, Personkind,  for all you in the ranks of the perpetually offended) that begins on a dying earth that’s threatening to starve its billions of residents and ends up with a re-energized human (or huperson, if you will) race reaching for the stars.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story



Wintertime winds are brutal in the Mississippi Delta. They are soaking with humidity, and howl unchecked across ironing-board flat fields. Delta folks call these winds “cuttin’ body hawks.”

At daybreak one freezing January morning, the body hawk unleashed its full fury upon us two duck hunters: my lifelong best friend and mentor, the beloved old black man everyone called Jaybird, and me.

Just as we stepped into a field of rice stubble in which we had built a blind, I looked down and spotted a shivering puppy, crying pitifully. He resembled a Doberman pinscher — solid black with rust-colored jaw patches and feet, and a long nose. When I squatted before him, his dull, mucous-clouded eyes, filled with fear and hopelessness, looked straight into mine.

By Jimmy Reed - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Full Story

How “GAADD” Is Slowly Killing North Americans

GAADD, Generalized Ascorbic Acid Deficiency Disease
A wise sage once remarked, “It’s not things you don’t know that gets you into trouble, it’s the things you know for sure that ain’t so!” Most doctors and patients are convinced cholesterol-lowering drugs (CLDs) prevent heart attack. I say, it ain’t so. So what may prove me right? And why is GAADD so important?

Fact # One
Years ago I interviewed Dr. Linus Pauling, a two-time Nobel Prize winner. He explained that animals make their own vitamin C and rarely suffer a heart attack. For example, guinea pigs manufacture 13,000 milligrams of C daily, but if infection occurs these animals increase the amount to 100,000 mg daily! It indicates that nature provides vitamin C for health. Unfortunately, humans, due to a genetic quirk, lost the ability to manufacture vitamin C eons ago. Now, heart attack is our great killer.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - Full Story

Spanish Moss: Decorator’s Delight

Spanish Moss: Decorator's Delight
Neither Spanish nor a moss Tillandsia usneoides, along with peach trees and live oaks, is often associated with the U.S. antebellum South. Nevertheless, those travelling further afield will discover its silvery-grey thread-like masses trailing at every vantage point southwards as far as Argentina and Chile.

Strands up to 25-feet long absorb moisture from the air so effectively that they can dispense with roots. Indeed, so efficient are they that it can happily exist and even flourish on telephone lines and power wires, much to the displeasure of utility companies, who are forced to repeatedly clear them.

By Wes Porter - Monday, January 8, 2018 - Full Story

Jim Caviezel Promotes “Paul, Apostle of Christ”

By News on the Net - Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Full Story

Jim Caviezel: We must be ‘warriors’ ready to risk our lives for the Gospel

Jim Caviezel: We must be 'warriors' ready to risk our lives for the Gospel
It appears that Mel Gibson’s epic film The Passion of the Christ has made a rare and genuine Catholic disciple out of actor Jim Caviezel, who played the part of Christ in the movie.

Speaking at a gathering of Catholic college students in Chicago this past Wednesday, Caviezel said that we have to be “warriors, ready to risk their reputations, their names, even our very lives, to stand for the truth.” He said that to be with Christ we must stand apart from the world and bring the sword of truth, without compromise, without making concessions. “Set yourselves apart from this corrupt generation,” he challenged those in attendance. “Be saints. You weren’t made to fit in. You were born to stand out.”

By David Martin - Friday, January 5, 2018 - Full Story

K-12: Sight-Words vs. Vocabulary Words

K-12: Sight-Words vs. Vocabulary Words
Many people use the phrases “sight-word” and “vocabulary word” interchangeably, when they are quite different. This confusion, I believe, serves a sinister purpose for our Education Establishment.

A sight-word is a one-dimensional object. You know it visually, that’s all. When you see the graphic design, you are supposed to respond in an automatic or conditioned way. You say the sound represented by the design. The Education Establishment pretends this is “reading” but it’s not.

On the other hand, a vocabulary word is a multi-dimensional object. Most importantly, you know it phonetically. You say the sounds represented by the letters. This is real reading although the Education Establishment would like to pretend otherwise.

By Bruce Deitrick Price - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - Full Story

Prophecy 2018—History and Prophecy on a Collision Course

Prophecy 2018--History and Prophecy on a Collision Course
This is the tenth message in a series which began with an article entitled, “Prophecy 2008.” While many of the changes in our world have been negative, such as the same sex marriage ruling of “Obergefell v. Hodges,” and the many destructive policies of the Obama administration, the rest of the world hasn’t done much better than America.

Europe is being subdued by the seventh century paganism of Islam, while her long and proud heritage is being cast into a waste heap of terror, oppression and fear.

By Rev. Michael Bresciani - Monday, January 1, 2018 - Full Story


Delicious scents of hyacinths and narcissus
Supermarket floral sections and local grocery stores are bursting forth with pots of spring-flowering bulbs. Delicious scents of hyacinths and narcissus are wafted to distract from the winter weather. Any and all add a similar touch to the home. True they will be fleeting visitors, but their sojourn can be prolonged with a little of the proverbial tender loving care. Bulbs are amazingly thirsty. Check twice a day. Position in bright light and keep as cool as possible. Avoid radiators or hot air vents. Flower stems will continue to elongate, and some support may be required. When the blooms fade, trim back their stalks but retain the foliage. Keep watering until the leaves fade, then allow to dry and store in a cool, dry place until they can be planted out in the garden. They may take a year or two to recover but why waste?

By Wes Porter - Monday, January 1, 2018 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Christmas Trees

Readers of these columns will be gratified to learn that people are coming back to the natural tree. Whether it’s plastic pollution, pricey artificial imports or simple nostalgia for the real thing, everywhere sales of live pines, spruce, firs and hemlock are climbing.

And why not? Christmas tree farming is environmentally sound. The stands, often on land little suited for anything else, provide a welcoming habitat for vast array of wildlife as well as employment in areas where such opportunities are often scarce on the ground. Cut-your-own operations not only offer an additional source of revenue to tree farmers but to surrounding communities where the visitors stop to shop. Once home, they bring joy and happiness before finally ending their days biodegraded as municipal mulch.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, December 30, 2017 - Full Story

Old School Parenting at Christmastime

Old School Parenting at Christmastime
Like millions of lower to middle income American families back in the day, my parents did an awesome job at Christmastime. With little money, they always found a way to give their kids happy Christmases. As the 9-year-old eldest, I babysat my 4 siblings. I knew mom and dad did not have a lot of money. And yet, I never thought we were poor or felt shortchanged at Christmas. I don’t remember my 3 brothers and sister ever feeling shortchanged at Christmas. How awesome is that? Given their financial challenges, my parents had to be magicians to pull off that trick. Somehow, they performed their magic every year. I kind of took it for granted. Looking back, all I can say is, “Wow!”

The arrival of the Montgomery Wards catalog was a major exciting event. Each of us kids circled the toys we wanted for Christmas.

I remember, my Roy Roger’s pistol and holster. On Christmas day, I left my pistol outside for a moment. When I came back, it was gone. Mom was extremely annoyed at me.

By Lloyd Marcus - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - Full Story