Today’s highly interesting read (01/23/22): Biden’s First Year on Life and Religious Liberty — by the Numbers

On this Sunday today’s read is from Bill Donohue, president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. Here’s an excerpt:

We tallied 18 abortion policies enunciated by Trump that were overturned by Biden in his first year, 12 policies on religious liberty were reversed, and six policies on sex (or what they erroneously call gender) were overridden.

Trump is not a Catholic; Biden identifies as one. Indeed, Biden considers himself to be a “devout Catholic,” and carries rosary beads to prove it. Yet in 2021, we found 69 instances where his polices departed from Catholic teachings. 

Read the entire column for more details here.

Masks on kids; war against unvaxxed; Biden’s 1st year botches; March For Life; no jab for me; Christ & COVID

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (01/21/22): The Cult of Masked Schoolchildren


3RD UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (12/17/21): Declaring war on the unvaxxed


Today’s highly interesting read (01/20/22): A Scandal For Every Month: The Biggest Botches Of Joe Biden’s First 12 Months In Office


Today’s highly interesting read (01/19/22): One Last March for Life?


Today’s highly interesting read (01/18/22): How the Left Uses Fear to Control Your Life


Today’s highly interesting read (01/17/22): I’m Never Getting A Covid Vaccine, And I’m Not Alone


2ND UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (12/17/21): Declaring war on the unvaxxed


Today’s highly interesting read (01/16/22): Christ in the Midst of COVID

Today’s highly interesting read (01/21/22): The Cult of Masked Schoolchildren

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Today’s read is from Vinay Prasad is a hematologist-oncologist, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, and author of Malignant: How Bad Policy and Bad Evidence Harm People with Cancer. Here’s an excerpt:

History will not look kindly on our evidence-free decision to make kids suffer most.

Masking is now little more than an appealing delusion. It arms us with a visible symbol that communicates our commitment to minimizing the pandemic’s damage. It makes some of us feel empowered by giving us something “we can do” in the face of a largely invisible threat. To a certain extent, this is understandable. But most of the masks worn by most kids for most of the pandemic have likely done nothing to change the velocity or trajectory of the virus. The loss to children remains difficult to capture in hard data, but will likely become clear in the years to come.

Less forgivable is the decision we’ve made as a society to shift the anxieties of adults onto the youngest members of society, who count on us to defend their interests before our own.

Read the entire column here.

3RD UPDATE: Today’s highly interesting read (12/17/21): Declaring war on the unvaxxed

Previously on This Just In…

The update:

The results of a new Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey were released last week, finding that “a majority of Democrats embrace restrictive policies, including punitive measures against those who haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Here are some of the findings:

Nearly six out of 10 Democrats surveyed — 59% — believe the U.S. government should force Americans who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine to stay in their homes “at all times except for emergencies.”

On the other hand, 79 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of unaffiliated voters opposed a house arrest scheme like this.

The study also found that more than half — 55% — of Democratic voters would support “a proposal for federal or state governments to fine Americans who choose not to get a COVID-19 vaccine …  compared to just 19% of Republicans and 25% of unaffiliated voters.”

In addition, nearly half of Democrats surveyed — 48% — supported fines and incarceration in prison for those who merely “publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications.”

In addition, of the Democrats surveyed:

45% would support internment camps for the unvaccinated.

• 47% would agree to surveillance and tracking of those who refuse vaccination.

• 29% “would support temporarily removing parents’ custody of their children if parents refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine.”

And from Dan Gelernter, columnist for American Greatness:

Your Democratic neighbors won’t be ordered to vote for laws that ostracize you from society, steal your property, or send you away to a concentration camp. They will do it burning with pride.

Read Gelernter’s entire column here.


Today’s highly interesting read (01/20/22): A Scandal For Every Month: The Biggest Botches Of Joe Biden’s First 12 Months In Office

Today’s read is from Elle Reynolds, an assistant editor at The Federalist. Here’s an excerpt:

Joe Biden has been in the Oval Office (or that weird set in the Eisenhower building’s South Court auditorium with the greenscreen windows) for a year now, and he’s already managed to make his short presidency known for a long line-up of scandals, botches, and slip-ups.

It’s too hard to narrow the list down to one top failure, although his disgracefully handled Afghanistan withdrawal may be the most sobering and inflation may be the one that played the biggest role in Biden’s tanking approval ratings. Even though Biden’s mess-ups tally up to far more than 12, it’s not hard to remember a Biden-enabled disaster for every month of the septuagenarian’s first year at the stern … or in the basement.

Read the entire column and list here.

Today’s highly interesting read (01/19/22): One Last March for Life?

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Today’s read is from Emmy Griffin. Here’s an excerpt:

Imagining a world where the March for Life is a victory parade; where we’re holding family instead of holding signs.

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With the looming SCOTUS decision to possibly overturn Roe v. Wade, participants in the March for Life may be marching their last steps on Friday, though none of the participants will be sad to hang up the marching shoes — because it would mean the sanctity of life prevailed.

Read the entire column here.

Today’s highly interesting read (01/17/22): I’m Never Getting A Covid Vaccine, And I’m Not Alone

Slide 8 of 19: Demonstrators protest on the Roosevelt Bridge against the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Stuart. The protest was in support of healthcare workers who will face unemployment because of the mandate.

Today’s read is from John Daniel Davidson, a senior editor at The Federalist. Here’s the obligatory tease:

Back in September I got Covid, and got it bad. For two weeks I was too sick to work or do much of anything except sit on the couch or lie down in bed.

No matter what else happens in this pandemic, I’m never going to get a Covid vaccine. Ever. I’m one of the “unvaccinated,” and I’m going to stay that way. 

A lot of people, upon hearing this, won’t want to listen to anything else I have to say. They’ll conclude I’m a crank and a conspiracy theorist — or just a blithering idiot.

Yet at least 40 percent of the country remains unvaccinated. You can’t just write off 130 million Americans as conspiracy theory-addled rubes, or decide it’s okay to dance on their graves if they die of Covid. That’s a recipe for a poisoned public discourse, and it’s fundamentally un-American.

Read the entire column here.



Today’s highly interesting read (01/16/22): Christ in the Midst of COVID

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My lifelong parish, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Milwaukee, WI

Stunningly beautiful, St. Anthony’s offers a liturgy that’s high quality. It’s not uncommon for visitors to briefly stop in just to take pictures and videos.

Last spring parishioners hoping to attend the weekly 10:00 Sunday Mass resplendent with beautiful organ and choir were met with locked church doors with a sign stating there would be no 10:00 Mass until further notice.

What happened? The Reader’s Digest: The young pastor got upset that many churchgoers were refusing to wear masks. He himself is a maskaholic. Crying to the archdiocese the priest got to shut down the popular Mass.

Unfortunately there was an element of race to this story. It was learned that the Columbian pastor was upset with a handful of 10:00 Mass patrons who criticized him. They happened to be white. The 10:00 is comprised of predominantly white fannies in the pews.

So for four consecutive weeks the church locked down but only for that one particular Mass.

Eventually the Mass returned but people found elsewhere to go on a Sunday morning. They’ve never come back. Attendance has plummeted along with weekly collections.

On this Sunday today’s read is from Emmy Griffin. Here’s a brief excerpt:

In spite of lockdowns, some churches kept their doors open. And that has made all the difference.

Read it all here.