Penny:  Alright, remember when I auditioned for that workshop production of Rent, but I didn’t get it and I couldn’t figure out why?
Sheldon:  I have a conclusion based on an observation.
Leonard:  No you don’t. No he doesn’t.
Penny:  Well, the girl they picked to play Mimi, she dropped out and they asked me to replace her.
Leonard:  Oh, congratulations, what a lucky break.
Penny:  It’s not a big deal, just a one night showcase, but they invite a lot of casting people and agents so, you never know.
Sheldon:  I think I know.

The Big Bang Theory, The Loobenfeld Decay 2008

This morning while I was having breakfast at a Karen Polito event in Leominster I noticed this story from the Catholic Free Press concerning an order of Religious Sisters in Springfield:

Sister Maxyne D. Schneider, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, has announced the signing of a purchase and sale agreement for their 52-acre Mont Marie campus in Holyoke. Completion of the sale, which includes the Mont Marie Health Care Center, is expected this fall.

If you read the piece you will find some dry analysis as to why the nuns couldn’t hold onto the property they had since before I was born, but all the explanation you need is kindly provided by this photograph I took of the image that graces the article.Caption contestIf all you saw was that picture and nothing else how would you caption it?  Would you have any idea that this story involved an order of Catholic Nuns?

You see in the mid 60’s when I was not yet walking there were over 1000 Sisters of St. Joseph in that area, but then, as explained in the orders’ “our history” page, something happened:

Then following the Second Vatican Council, the Sisters restructured their community life. Many moved out of convents and into small houses and apartments in local towns and cities. 

And as they left their communities they shed their habits and eventually even an abbreviated veil became indistinguishable from any other social worker or teacher that a person might see.

Oddly enough once they abandoned the trappings of the faith somehow young women abandoned them:

The congregation, which numbers some 238 women, whose median age is 76, has been in talks with contractors to possibly develop more low-income housing on the site.

In fact according to an article not online the youngest woman in the order is 57 years old.  That’s six years older than me.

And along with the lack of young sisters to sustain the order the money dried up as well.

Now I’m certainly not going to question a single one of their vocations, but let’s contrast their situation with the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word in Alabama.  Their median age is not only younger than me, when I visited them I met women young enough to be my children both discerning vocations and active as nuns.

Take a look at the images in their “about us” page and see if you can draw a conclusion based on an observation as to why one order is dying out and the other is not.

By A.P. Dillon

Apparently, Senate Democrats have noticed that “nondescript, virtually unnoticed, hugely important Senate race” in North Carolina and have hit the panic button. Scratch that, they are pounding on the panic button to the tune of $9 million dollars and a negative ad campaign blitz that will have fact checkers drooling.  Will that money help? Time will tell, but it didn’t help Elizabeth Dole who outspent Hagan by $6 million in 2008 and lost by 8 points.

Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report sees Hagan’s campaign having to go with negative with ads and this large of a money dump points to a candidate in trouble.

The ad buy, the largest so far in North Carolina, would be paid out through the end of the campaign. It reflects both the outside interest in a race that will help decide control of the Senate and, some say, concern about Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

“It tells me a couple things,” said Jennifer Duffy, an analyst with the Washington-based Cook Political Report. “One, that she really is in trouble. They’re not going to spend that kind of money defending an incumbent who’s in reasonably good shape.

“Two, they’re going to do the negative ads because I don’t think her approval ratings can take any more hits.”
– Charlotte Observer 8-13-14

That money also represents a huge blow to Hagan’s credibility and campaign theme of attacking ‘outside money’ flowing into North Carolina’s Senate race. Like Obama, she can’t run on her record — She’s not passed a single bill of her own in six years.  And just like Obama, since she can’t run on her record Hagan has to make the focus shift from her failures to twisting the successes of her opponent, Thom Tillis. Folks, Hagan is already doing it.


#NCsen is going to get ugly in epic fashion.
If you add the hypocrisy on “dark” money to her past attacks coming back to haunt her, then factor in the anger is still palpable for half a million NC citizens who had their insurance canceled due to her vote for to Obamacare. This race is going to get ugly really fast.

Then again, Hagan’s campaign is familiar with ugly.

Remember Senate Majority PAC’s creepy tax ad? Their record with ads in North Carolina have been far from accurate, which earned them 3 Pinnocchios from Washington Posts’s Glenn Kessler. The Washington Post article mentions the figures came from the NC Budget and Tax Center, an outfit run by NC Justice Center. Keep in mind NC Justice Center spawned Blueprint NC. That same Senate Majority PAC ad was also proven false by and local Raleigh media outlet WRAL.

P.S. -NC Citizens shouldn’t  bother trying to get Kay on camera. Like Obama, transparency is not her thing.

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this week the Vatican put out what I consider one of the most important statements yet about the slaughter of Christians in Iraq:

The Vatican has called on Muslim leaders to denounce unambiguously the persecution of Christians andYazidis in Iraq – and hinted that it is considering breaking off dialogue with Islamic representatives if they fail to do so.In a statement on Tuesday, the department in charge of inter-religious dialogue said: “The dramatic situation of the Christians, the Yazidis, and other minority religious and ethnic communities in Iraq demands that religious leaders, and above all Muslim religious leaders, people engaged in inter-religious dialogue and all people of good will take a clear and courageous stance. All must be unanimous in their unambiguous condemnation of these crimes and denounce the invoking of religion to justify them.”

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there were quite a few Islamic voices that were ahead of this call including CAIR

“American Muslims view the actions of ISIS as un-Islamic and morally repugnant. No religion condones the murder of civilians, the beheading of religious scholars or the desecration of houses of worship. We condemn the actions of ISIS and reject its assertion that all Muslims are required to pay allegiance to its leader.“CAIR strongly urges American imams and other community leaders to continue to speak out against American Muslims traveling abroad to join extremist groups and sectarian militias. While ISIS uses romanticized imagery in its propaganda materials, its human rights abuses on the ground are well-documented.”

Via Deacon Greg over at Pathos who lists other Muslims who have stepped up  to the plate and notes:

MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute), which could never be accused of being apologetic to Islam or Muslims, has just published a “Special Dispatch,” in which it gives a platform to several significant editorials written by Muslims in important Middle Eastern newspapers — condemning the atrocities taking place in Syria and Iraq in no uncertain terms.

Some highlights:

Given what we’ve seen from radical Islam it’s nice to see people step up to the plate here.  It’s particularly worth noting that the CAIR statement came out in early July well before the video that finally caught the media attention’s on this story.

Now regular readers know I’ve never had much use for CAIR and frankly trust them even less that I do  this administration, nevertheless as I’ve not been shy about hitting them in the past it would be bad form on my part if I did not acknowledge this statement as a positive step and complement them for making it a full month before the Vatican issued its call.

You’ve got to start somewhere.