Glenn Reynolds has linked Elizabeth Scalia’s piece on the great Vagina wars but while it was an amusing piece the real big news came from a different piece at her site where the media’s favorite Pope continues to act, well Catholic:

“I think of Blessed Paul VI,” he said. “In a moment of that challenge of the growth of populations, he had the strength to defend openness to life.”

In 1968, Pope Paul VI released the encyclical Humanae Vitae, which upheld Catholic teaching on sexuality and the immorality of artificial contraception, predicting the negative consequences that would result from a cultural acceptance of birth control.

“He knew the difficulties that families experience, and that’s why in his encyclical, he expressed compassion for particular cases. And he taught professors to be particularly compassionate with particular cases,” Pope Francis said.

“But he went further. He looked to the peoples beyond. He saw the lack and the problem that it could cause families in the future. Paul VI was courageous. He was a good pastor, and he warned his sheep about the wolves that were approaching, and from the heavens he blesses us today.”

What!  Pope Francis attacking contraception and calling Pope Paul VI correct?  Why what will our liberal friends think, before you know it he’s be critiquing Gay Marriage or something:

“The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life,” warned Pope Francis, speaking Friday

I have the odd feeling this is not going to be much press in the MSM.

I wonder why?



By A.P. Dillon

The next wave of bills to repeal the Common Core State Standards has hit.

Multiple states have filed bills to remove the standards and their associated tests. Alternately, there have been calls from the Governors of Georgia and Wisconsin to review and potentially replace the Common Core.

Here are some of the states with recent Common Core ‘repeal’ bills filed.

  • Colorado: Bill filed to “repeal current academic standards”. The bill also calls for withdrawl from the PARCC assessments. Bill Link: HB 15-1105
  • Mississippi: The bill was touted as a repeal, but the language says parents can ‘opt-out’ of the Common Core curricula, certain student data. This ‘opt-out’ also includes any assessments employed by Mississippi such as PARCC and SBAC. Bill Link: SB 2468
  • New Mexico: Calls for discontinuing the implementation Common Core and withdrawl from the PARCC assessments. Bill Link: SB 196

On the national level, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) has introduced a bill meant to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to protect state sovereignty in education. The short name for the bill is LOCAL, which stands for ‘‘Learning Opportunities Created At Local Level Act’’.  The bill is supported by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Rob Portman (R-OH). Related: 42 House Members Condemn Coercive Common Core

The main thrust is described in the bill as an act  “to prohibit Federal education mandates, and for other purposes.” Common Core’s adoption in the states is accurately seen by many as usurping state and local control in the way it was created, adopted and locked into place by what was arguably monetary coercion or incentives in the form of the Race To The Top grants.

The LOCAL bill has come along just in time, as the Obama administration’s education budget has more of the same methods packed into it including more waivers tied to the language of “career and college ready” as Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute notes in his article, Common Core End Game.
More from the LOCAL bill:

“prohibits the Federal Government from mandating, directing, or controlling a State, local educational agency, or school’s curriculum, program of instruction, or allocation of State and local resources, and from mandating a State or any subdivision thereof to spend any funds or incur any costs not paid for under such Act.”

“prohibits the Federal Government from funding the development, pilot testing, field testing, implementation, administration, or distribution of any federally sponsored national test in reading, mathematics, or any other subject, unless specifically and explicitly authorized by law.”

Governor Jindal’s lawsuit is in the same vein as LOCAL; calling out the conditions and incentives tied to the Race To Top grants. Those Race To The Top grants included the condition of adopting “College and Career Ready” standards. Common Core was the only set of standards around making that claim at the time – what a coincidence!

For more information on LOCAL, see Breitbart’s thorough article on this bill’s attempt to curtail federal intrusion and coercion.

The Common Core Standards were adopted across the country in waves. We’ve seen one wave hit already and with it, significant backlash. The next wave is coming and the indication is that this will be a 2016 election year hot topic.

If these recent bill filings are any indication, more backlash will likely be coming. It is worth noting that during the first wave, Common Core supporters had originally blasted parents for their complaints about the standards. Lately I’ve noticed a shift from that bash the parent tactic. Given the activity in state houses, supporters are now shifting to bashing the experts being brought in.  Just worth keeping in mind when your state enters into the fray.

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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

Sarris: Do you think I’m a fool? That the commander does not know every bolt, every weld in his ship?

Galaxy Quest  1999

You may not appreciated the necessity for uniformity , gentlemen, unless you make use of your imagination. A single document may well be accepted, but you must think of a series. After receiving, let us say, six genuine documents, someone receives one spurious one. The recipient naturally lays them together in the course of the routine of his office. If one is markedly different from all the others –even if one is different in only a small degree–attention is clamorously called to it. Hine illac lachrymae. And if that document has a content somewhat unusual–even though in other circumstances it might have passed-then the fact is in the fire and Bow Street is called in. Et Ego in arcadia vixi, gentlemen.

C. S. Forester Hornblower during the Crisis 1967



On the radio yesterday the only thing anybody wanted to talk about was the Patriots and under-inflated footballs.

I’ve been hearing all the excuses:  “Everybody does it”, “They won by 30+ points”,and “how many of the Patriots actually knew?”, or “how much difference can you tell between ball inflation?” etc etc etc.

All of that is simply rubbish.

Consider coach Belichick.  He runs an incredibly tight ship, with a strong system, the word “methodical” is too light a description for how he builds a team.

There is no question that the success of his teams comes from the hard methodical work but does anyone believe that someone that methodical leaves any such thing to chance?

Additionally these guys aren’t avg guys.  They handle footballs for a living all week every day, they know a ball that is regulation or not because unlike us they live eat and breathe football, they are the elite of football in the world.

Furthermore I’m the type of guy who still believes when George Brett was initially called out for using an illegal bat in the pine tar game it was the right call.  The rules are what they are  and  I think, while the Pats  have no doubt earned their place in the superbowl by their performance this is a case of breaking the rules pure and simple.

All those involved should suffer the full measures of the penalties specified for such offenses superbowl or no.