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Niceness undermines manhood?

December 30, 2013 --

by Rick Johnson
Better Dads Ministry,
Roseberg Oregon

Our culture currently promotes being “nice” as the highest virtue a boy or man can achieve. After all, like the bumper stickers say, “Mean people suck.” It is easier to drift along with the current of the culture than to try and swim against it. All the newer “guy” movies inspire males to be lovable, “nice,” slackers, with no aim in life but to smoke pot, bed women, and get by without working as much as possible. But they are very “nice” so it’s okay. And young women today seem drawn to soft, passive, quiet men who do not ruffle feathers and who do what they are told. It’s a nonthreatening, but uninspired vision of manhood.


While on the surface this may seem like a grand virtue, niceness may not serve your son’s best interests in the long run. Teach your son that being “nice” isn’t the highest aspiration a man can live up to (mom—I know this goes against your nature but bear with me). In fact, sometimes, I think niceness is the enemy of courage. Many times in life a man, husband, or father is forced to make decisions in the best interest of his family or society that do not appear to be “nice” on the outside. I’ve been forced as a father to make decisions that my children perceived at the time as heartless, mean-spirited, or just plain stupid. But they were always in their best interest in the long run.

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Vatican endorses film on heroic homeless girl

December 27, 2013 --

His Excellency Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, provided his glowing endorsement of GIMME SHELTER, a forthcoming movie with a distinctly pro-life message.

Here is his full endorsement:

“The remarkable narrative of GIMME SHELTER expresses a powerful reality and the heroic love of a mother for her unborn child. Exploring the hard questions regarding the meaning of life, family, love and suffering, our heroine, “Apple,” fights against all odds and finds hope in the kindness of some key people, including a hospital chaplain who expresses the true nature of a priestly soul of service, guidance, and the deep Love of God for every single man, woman and child from the moment of conception. Out of rejection shines the courageous beauty of a mother’s love, and out of tragedy, shines hope!”

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Secret Christmas wish for cancer mom unfolds amazingly

December 23, 2013 --

This mom who died of cancer left a secret Christmas a wish for the future. She penned a letter and gave to a friend to send it to the local radio station at some point in the future after her imminent death. The radio station does an annual make a wish special during the holidays. This was teh year the letter was delivered and it shocked the radio station, the surviving family and the community. Please watch.

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Portland “Veggie Tale” Christmas theft


A Portland family is known as the Veggie Tale House for their hand-made Veggie Tale Christmas decorations on their lawns, is trying to uncover who stole their decorations this year. Veggie Tales are a popular Christian children’s program. Please watch video for more.

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Duck Dynasty sins vs. Bill Maher

December 20, 2013 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue wonders why Bill Maher has not been fired:

Phil Robertson is suspended from A&E for comments he made about homosexuality. Martin Bashir is fired from MSNBC for comments he made about Sarah Palin. But Bill Maher, who weekly insults Pope Francis, and his predecessors, as well as 40,000 American priests, bishops, and cardinals, keeps his job at Home Box Office (HBO is owned by Time Warner).

Newspapers can print, and TV news broadcasters can say, what Bashir and Robertson said, but they cannot, and will not, print or say what Maher repeatedly says about the pope and priests. In fact, CNN, a responsible Time Warner holding, wouldn’t repeat what Maher says.

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Wyden: No child sex trafficking in child welfare bill

December 18, 2013 --

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Press Release

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio applauded the inclusion of provisions aimed at fighting domestic child sex trafficking within a larger child welfare bill.

The Senate Finance Committee today marked up the Supporting At-Risk Children Act, which includes key provisions from the Wyden-Portman Child Sex Trafficking Data and Response Act of 2013. The Wyden-Portman provisions require state child welfare workers to identify and document victims of sex trafficking within the child welfare system, which would help provide accurate statistics on these crimes for the first time.

Further, child welfare workers would also be required to immediately report information on missing and abducted children to law enforcement authorities for entry into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

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Police crisis call turns into Christmas blessing

December 17, 2013 --

When Portland police responded to a troubled call they found a mom in tough situation. The two officers turned this event into something special. See video below.

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Death penalty support lowest in half century

December 16, 2013 --

Trend: Are you in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder?

by Jeffrey M. Jones
From Gallup,

Sixty percent of Americans say they favor the death penalty for convicted murderers, the lowest level of support Gallup has measured since November 1972, when 57% were in favor. Death penalty support peaked at 80% in 1994, but it has gradually declined since then.

Gallup first asked Americans their views on the death penalty using this question in 1936, and has updated it periodically since then, including annual updates since 1999.

Americans have typically favored the death penalty; in fact, support has exceeded opposition in all but one survey, conducted in May 1966, during an era marked by philosophical and legal challenges to the death penalty from the mid-1950s through the early 1970s. Americans’ support for the death penalty waned during that time. The culmination of that era was the Supreme Court’s 1972 Furman v. Georgia decision, which invalidated all state death penalty statutes on technical grounds but stopped short of declaring the practice itself unconstitutional. Four years later, the court ruled that several newly written death penalty laws were constitutional, and executions resumed in the U.S. shortly thereafter.

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Top Catholic says ditch the holiday party rules

December 13, 2013 --


By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on office Christmas parties:

Many label us conservative, but we’re not the uptight ones when it comes to the annual office Christmas party. We know how to party.

Helen Sorrentino of The Alternative Press advises employers to limit office parties to “a few hours.” I manifestly disagree—ours is open-ended and could go on all night. She says to “end the service of alcohol 30 minutes prior to the end the party.” No way—this is not a baseball game where you can’t get a beer after the seventh inning. Indeed, most of us grab a roadie before leaving.

Charles Purdy at the Orange County Register seconds the advice of some party pooper who says employees “should prepare a list of people it would be beneficial to talk to.” I recommend preparing a list of people you want to ignore—that way you can have a good time. “If you’re female,” he says, “dress conservative and make sure you’re not revealing bare arms or any cleavage.” As long as I am president of the Catholic League, I pledge never to author such a draconian policy.

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Human sex trafficking at Beaverton club

December 11, 2013 --

Beaverton club questioned over human sex traffickingpolice-car
By Faith News Note:

Two men were arrested at a Beaverton strip club for human trafficking. The two men were charged with various offenses including rape, sodomy & giving drugs to minors. The two suspects for being forced into prostitution are both 13-year old girls. The Beaverton strip club, Stars Cabaret, denies any connection to the crime of the two men at the center of the investigation. Although one of the men charged is a manager for the Stars Cabaret in Tualatin. The club owner states that he has worked to prevent human trafficking in Oregon including working alongside local law enforcement to prevent such occurrences.

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