Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Even City Officials Like To Photoshop.....

Check out this article on the drastic photoshopping that resulted in the below published ad. When you read the article, check out the original photo at the bottom of it and read the words of the shocked model who didn't agree to any alteration of his image.......

Daddy Is Home.....

This video made me openly weep. A deployed soldier surprises his little girl on her birthday. As she rests in his arms and touches his head with her little hand, she says, "the only thing I wanted for my birthday is you."

This speaks so deeply to the yearning we have for our Father and His yearning for us.

love it!

Monday, January 30, 2012

'We Will Not Comply With This Unjust Law"

check out this ROCKING letter from the Conference of Catholic Bishops headed up by Archbishop Dolan.
I am so glad they are standing up for what is right and true and encouraging all of us to take a stand.

Friday, January 27, 2012

"It seems to mean more and more to our kids..."

from foxnews.com
Is seems marriage isn’t off the table anymore for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Brad admits, “We’d actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids.”
What about waiting until gay couples have the same rights like they once said they would? “We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can,” he says. “But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out.” (Reuters)

Interesting statement from Brad Pitt who seems to be recognizing a foundational truth about children- that the most important security for kids is that their parents love one another and are unconditionally committed to one another. Hope Brad and Angelina do the right thing....

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Wonders In Space....

While all of us are fighting down here on earth, check out the beauty in the heavens captured from Sweden. Simply amazing.....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Allen West Preaches It......

cool clip from yesterday's March for Life in D.C.
(as a side note, the clip is taken from C-SPAN and is the second media outlet i have seen that doesn't report the event as a march in respect for pro-life, but as an "anti-abortion rally". Simple semantics? I think not.....)

Head Scratcher.....

something is a little off here......cant quite put my finger on it.......

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Most Important Things....

Two deaths this past week brought me to a deep pondering of reality. Most people know that renowned Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died yesterday at the age of 85 after a battle with cancer. Up until a few months ago, "JoePa" as his fans called him, was about to go down in history as the winningest football coach in the NCAA Division 1 tier. He was widely respected as an intelligent, integrated and upstanding man.

Then certain cracks began to appear. His former assistant coach was charged and arrested for child sexual abuse. Then the news came that the allegations were known by certain members of the staff but that the assistant coach remained employed and undisciplined. People began to wonder, "how much did Joe Paterno know? Why didn't he do anything?"

Apparently Coach Paterno knew about the allegations and took what he thought were appropriate actions but it wasn't enough. Perhaps he didn't know quite what to do. In a previous post about this topic, I mentioned that it's the denial in many organizations that causes the greatest ongoing grief.

Whatever the case may be, Coach Paterno was fired in his last season by Penn State. Shortly after, his battle with cancer returned and on Sunday January 22nd, God called him home.

What are the most important things in life?

Winter X Games freeskiing champion Sarah Burke also died this past week as a result of an injury sustained during a training accident. One of her jumps went wrong and she landed on her neck and fell into a coma. After several days, it became apparent that the damage to her brain was unrepairable and she passed away at the age of 25.

Both of these people were very famous. Both of these people had achieved worldly success. But I wonder, what's the most important thing?

There are debates surrounding both of their deaths. Should Penn State have fired Joe Paterno? Was it his fault that the abuse went on for so long? Should he be honored as a coach when a member of his staff was involved in such grievous affairs? Should people be allowed to participate in such dangerous sports like freestyle skiing? Should the stakes go up every year with higher jumps and more difficult terrain? Should she have had better safety equipment? Isn't one death from this sport already too many?

These questions are left for those left on earth to try and answer. I wonder if we were to ask Joe and Sarah what the most important things are, would they say a stellar career? money? fame? risk?

I doubt it.

Washington State Has Enough Votes To Legalize Gay "Marriage"

God help us all.....first contraception, then abortion, then euthanasia and legalized physician assisted suicide, now legalization of gay "marriage." 

WAKE UP AMERICA!

This is the systematic attack and destruction of the covenantal love of man and woman and the unification of the nuclear family.

These decisions will never bring peace or harmony, they will only wound us ever more profoundly.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Seattle Sleeps...

After three days of snow and now ice, the streets of Seattle are sparse with inhabitants and quiet with a thick blanket of winter cotton. I hear rain is on the way.....


Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Priest Responds to the "I Hate Religion" Youtube Video

This is VERY clever! love it, Father. Thanks to Lindsey for sending it to me.



Untitled from John Hollowell on Vimeo.

Football = 0 for 3

New Orleans Saints getting beat at the last minute= sorrow and despair

Tim Tebow and the Broncos getting completely spanked by the Patriots= wailing and gnashing of teeth

The Packers closing the door on hoped for teams in the Super Bowl= just poopy....

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Confrontation In The Rain...

Love this scene from Pride and Prejudice. Interesting how we can all so easily misunderstand one another....

The Nearness Of You.....

In the everlasting quest for awesome music, no one does this song like Norah Jones....

Size 6 Is The New "Plus Size" Model

Check out this article featured originally at foxnews.com--

"A size 6 is now plus size in the fashion world, and most runway models meet the physical criteria for anorexia, according to a report that offers shocking insight into the disparity between models and the real-life women they are purporting to represent.

In the January issue of PLUS Model Magazine, plus size model Katya Zharkova and a straight size model are seen in the nude in an attempt to “open the minds of the fashion industry," which is stepping further away from reality, according to PLUS founder and editor-in-chief, Madeline Figueroa Jones.

The magazine reveals that some of today’s plus size models are wearing the same size as models Christie Brinkley, Paulina Porizkova and Cindy Crawford at the height of their fame in the 1990s. Zharkova, 28, wears a size 14.

The photos appear alongside statistics about today's sometimes dangerously thin straight size models and the continuously shrinking frames of plus size models. Among the revelations: “Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Today she weighs 23 percent less” and “most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.”

When Jones first saw the images, shot by photographer Victoria Janashvili, her reaction was immediate and emotional.

“I nearly cried,” she told Fox411.com. “The images were submitted to other mainstream magazines and while they loved what they were seeing, they would not publish them. When they came to me, there was no hesitation on my part. I knew this would be amazing for people to see and that if we added the correct statistics, the impact would be powerful.”

And powerful it was. When PLUS model magazine published a blog post, boldly titled “Plus Size Bodies, What Is Wrong With Them Anyway,”  it spread like wildfire.

The post asks why the fashion world is afraid to cater to plus size women in advertising, but is willing to accept their dollars.

“This is not about healthy vs. non-healthy women,” Jones tells Fox411. “Because if that was so, most of the models on the runway in New York and Paris would not be walking. Not eating for days at a time can’t be healthy. But I don’t see anyone proclaiming how unhealthy it is and yanking them off the runway and denying them fashion.”

Jones added that the feature is simply about “those plus size women who do embrace their size and want to be treated, marketed to and accepted as equals.”

The response to the blog post blew Jones and her team away. It received more than 300,000 hits within the first days of being published, as well as more than 7,000 Facebook shares and more than 1,000 on Twitter.
“The statistics and photos in this article have had a global impact,” Tulin Reid, Executive Marketing and Creative Director of PLUS said in a statement. “As a plus size fashion magazine, we are thrilled with the results as it expands the conversation that we have monthly between advertisers, designers, readers and the modeling industry.

“We are not advocating an unhealthy lifestyle, but the right to have as many fashion options as the next size 2, 6 or 8 woman,” Jones said. “There are all sorts of epidemics right now besides obesity, which include cancer, auto immune diseases and a myriad of eating disorders.”

Most of the comments on the post have offered support of the message and include shared accounts of painful shopping experiences.

Still, the response hasn’t been all positive and Jones admitted that the experience was an eye-opener for her.
“I knew that we would get some backlash but I did not expect for plus size women to be compared to drug addicts,” Jones said. “Some of the feedback was so bad, we couldn’t even approve it for the public to see. But we want the conversation to happen because it gives us the opportunity to help them see that this is not a health issue. It’s an equal rights issue.”"

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Religion = Hypocrisy?

Someone sent me this video and asked me comment on it--



I think this is an interesting work by a young man who raises a lot of valid points but also has some things that are convoluted as well. Let's take it apart--

It seems his main topic of argument is that religion in general is toxic and hypocritical- that religion is man-made and not something God intended. This young man is making some broad generalizations here but also mentions some good points.

He mentions that we don't become holy by playing dress up and pretending that we are "good people" just because we profess a certain faith. He talked about going to church on Sunday but being addicted to pornography. Many people are caught up in that facade and think "well, I will just go to Church on Sunday and I will be a good person."

Often people hide behind a version of religion to look down on others and judge them and this is surely not what Jesus wants. He exposed the hypocrites in his day and called them "white washed tombs" who "look beautiful on the outside but are full of dead man's bones" (Matt 23:27)

It is true that religion- a systematic belief- will have little effect on the transformation of our lives until we open our hearts to a living encounter with Jesus (daily, not once when we were 12 years old) that Pope Benedict so often speaks of.

However, Jesus did not hate religion and never promoted individualistic beliefs that vary from person to person. He tells St. Peter, "You are Peter and upon this rock, I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt 16:18) and in St. Paul's letter to Timothy, he writes "the Church is the pillar and foundation of truth" ( 1 Tim 3:15)

So, it appears that we must look deeper into this reality. We cannot hide behind a name and say we are Catholic, for instance, when our daily lives profess an opposite belief (been there, done that) but we cannot say that religion is evil and we have no need for it.

It seems to me that a lot of people, when they are "anti-religion", are often struggling with something they don't want to give up and so rather than convert and be purified, they would rather condemn religion so they can do what they want.

I don't know which church this young man was referring to in his negative appraisal of religion, but the Catholic Church is one of biggest philanthropic organizations on the face of the earth. It wouldn't be true at all to say that the Catholic Church doesn't give money to the poor or feed the homeless. Most of the biggest pro-life movements are also within the Catholic Church- we do help unwed mothers and stand in defense of life from conception to natural death.

Here's the deal- all of us, every single person on earth has some measure of hypocrisy within them. We all have some measure of being a "pretender on stage". An ongoing personal encounter with Jesus combined with a solid and authentic belief system will transform us and the world.

We can have the House and Senate filled with pro-life people and have the President praying in front of Planned Parenthood but until we as individuals decide to seek healing, live in the truth, and undergo conversion nothing much will change. No one can live for us. We must intentionally decide to say yes and travel along the journey.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Binge Drinking Is Not Your Friend

Check out this new article put out by the CDC about new findings regarding binge drinking.

Those who need to binge drink are often what we call "alcoholic." 

Find a meeting here! Get healthy!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Beary Embarrassing.

Beary can no longer bear to watch LSU's humiliation by Alabama....He just can't take it anymore....

Ricky Martin Wants A Daughter...

Latin Popstar Ricky Martin said recently that he would like to welcome a daughter to his growing family. Sounds great, right? Wait one second- read the story within the context he speaks (from people.com):

Ricky Martin says he'd like to add a daughter to his family – which already includes 3-year-old twin sons Matteo and Valentino – but that, contrary to reports that surfaced over the weekend, the openly gay star has no plans to marry boyfriend Carlos GonzĂ©lez Abella on Jan. 28. Or any time soon. 

In 2008, Ricky had twin sons via surrogate mother and is now seemingly wanting more children...to bring into an unstable environment with men who have homosexual appetites.

I don't get this. Since when did children become a right of personal creation? Because someone wants children, do they have a right to create them by any means possible?

When I hear stuff like this, it makes me want to grab people by the lapels of their Dolce and Gabbana suits and plead with them, "YOU CANT DO STUFF LIKE THIS!! STOP IT!!"

But the problem here is really on a much deeper level than a man who has sex with other men and who wants to create children outside the natural order (let's be honest, that's what really is going on, the media usually presents a "sanitized" version of same-sex relationships).

I had the deep joy of attending a 30 hour intensive course last week taught by Dr. Janet Smith on the topic of John Paul II's book Love and Responsibility. She is easily one of the most learned, wise and down to earth people I have ever met. Her course was outstanding.

As she was speaking very thoughtfully and honestly about same-sex attraction and healing, she said something very true and profound. Dr. Smith said, "the problem really isn't with gay activists, per se, the problem, first and foremost, is with heterosexual people whose sexual appetites are out of control."

Very. Well. Said. She went on to say, "we are all disordered in our sexuality and we all need healing- it's just a matter of how wounded we are."

So, in general society- if people are using contraception and having abortions, if they are creating children via IVF and are routinely unfaithful in their marriage vows, what ground is there to stand on to say that homosexual appetites are disordered? If married couples are cutting themselves off from the fullness of the marital act and rendering their fertility sterile, it's not such a jump to accept homosexual acts as "normal."

The whole thing is disordered and we must strive for integration and healing. Just because we want to do something or feel strongly about something, doesn't mean that it is true or right. We must always hold up our thoughts and actions to the light of Truth and live according to the Truth.

Anything less than truthful living will leave us unhappy, barren and restless.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

An Open Letter to Continental/United Airlines

Dear Continental/United Airlines
(or is is United/Continental ? Unitinental? or Conited? not really sure...anyhoo),

It came to my attention, I believe last year, that your two distinct and separate airlines had decided to merge with one another.

When I look up the word "merge" in the dictionary, it reads: to combine, blend, or unite gradually so as to blur the individuality or individual identity of.


Perhaps when your two companies announced this "merger", you felt the operative word in this statement was "gradually." Because I sure do.

An innocent traveler, I assumed that a common logo painted boldly on all your airplanes symbolized a unity between the airlines and a common mission. I guess I didn't get that it meant "gradually."

Although I am grateful for a seat on a plane that took me across the United States plus an entire 12 ounce can of soda during the 3 1/2 hour flight, the check-in process was a bit alarming.

You see, dear airlines, I followed the directions! I checked in online and paid my baggage fee, all I really wanted to do was to appear at the airport, drop my bag off and receive two boarding passes. And it eventually did happen...gradually.

Your employees in your respective companies (company?), seem to be a little confused as well because the check in process went like this:

Try #1

Me: Hi, I need to drop my bag off, I have already checked-in and paid the fee.

United Employee: Oh, you are in the wrong line. You need to check in with Continental.

Me: okay.......

(I leave the line and shuffle over to the Continental counter)

Try #2

Me: Hi, I need to drop my bag off. I have already checked in and paid the fee.

Continental Employee: Oh, you are in the wrong line. You need to check in with United.

Me: Uh, they told me to come over here and check in. I have already been there.

Continental Employee: (rather rudely) Ma'am, trust me, you need to go over to the United counter and check in there.

Me: (smile fading) I understand that, but they told me to come over here

Continental Employee #2: They don't know what they are talking about. You need to go back over there.

Me: (deep breath) okay......

(I stride back over to United)

Try #3 

Me in line at the United counter, man who told me to go over to the Continental counter eyes me questioningly

Me: They told me to come back over here, I just need to drop my bag off.

United Employee: Go to the end of our counter and talk to someone else

Try #4 

Me waiting to talk to a new employee, not sure which airline she works for.....

Me: I have been back and forth a few times already, I just need to drop my bag off.

Mysterious Employee: Did you purchase two separate flights?

Me: No.

Mysterious Employee (after spending several minutes typing mysteriously on the computer): okay, here is your baggage tag.

Me: Can I please have my boarding passes?

Mysterious Employee (who is now revealed to work for United): I can only issue one boarding pass, you have to go to Continental to get the other.

Hands me one (ONE!!!) boarding pass, for exactly 2/3 of my journey. I look at her like, "seriously?"

No Longer Mysterious Employee: We do not issue each other's boarding passes

(My private inner monologue responds: "oh, of course. I thought merge meant one company, i should have known that a merged company doesn't issue each other's boarding passes")

(I skulk over to Continental)

Try #5

Me: Can I please get a boarding pass for the other half of my journey?

Continental Employee: Yes, we don't issue each other's boarding passes

(My private inner monologue at this point shall not be published)

Anyway, Continental/United corporation, I am no longer a satisfied customer. I feel confused (and it seems some of your employees feel so as well). I thought that the common logo meant a merged company. And perhaps it will be....gradually.

In the meantime, my bag, boarding passes and I shall shop for another means of flying. Maybe one day I will return to Unitinental.

Gradually......

Interesting Case of Cause and Effect.....

this one made me smile! ha!