Monthly Archives: April 2008

James Caviezel adopts disabled children from China

I really like this guy, both as an actor and a human being. He has a great talent, and I hope his career gets a well-deserved comeback.

This man, Rusty Leech (what an appropriate name), a paralytic, claims he now has some feeling in his legs after two months of embryonic stem cell “therapy,” but he can’t walk!

Meanwhile, Jacki Rabon, paralyzed by a 2003 car accident, can now walk because of adult stem cell therapy she received in Portugal. So can Laura Dominguez and Susan Fajt, who also received adult stem cell therapy in Portugal. An exception is Melissa Holley. She has regained bladder control and movement in her limbs thanks to the use of adult immune cells, in a treatment she received in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Here are some others, from the Free Republic:

Paralysis/Spinal Cord Injury – Maria da Graca Pomeceno of Brazil regained her
ability to walk and talk after a bone marrow stem-cell transplant from her
pelvis. 13
Paralysis/Spinal Cord Injury – Treatment using stem cells derived
from umbilical cord blood allow Hwang Mi-Soon of South Korean to walk again with
the aid of a walker. “This is already a miracle for me,” says Mi-Soon. 14

One less abortuary in the world

Thanks to 40 Days for life, one abortuary has closed its doors, and two Planned Parenthood “clinics” have stopped performing abortions.

Biotechnology is not against Catholic teaching

The Holy Father’s beverage of choice

I always love to find out that people I admire for their artistic, intellectual and/or spiritual achievements shares things in common with me in terms of their “regular” lives.

Pope Benedict’s is known for liking things that are German, classy, and/or intellectual (his love for Mozart exemplifying all three).

Thus, when one considers what his favorite drink might be (until recently, I never though to consider what a Pope’s favorite drink was, or even if he had one!), one might think Schnapps, or some kind of lager, or some kind of wine.

But, in fact, the Holy Father rarely drinks alcohol. His favorite drink is, in fact, Fanta Orange!

I never knew that Fanta was a German brand, and, apparently, Fanta Orange in Europe is more like carbonated orange juice than the US version. But the US version has always been one of my favorite sodas, so I’m pleased as punch by the notion, and I went out and bought a carton of Fanta in honor of the B16 Bomber.

Fast food chains are really trying to improve our family’s health

Last fall, we realized that, like our daughter Gianna, I’m allergic to wheat (and so are, apparently, Josef and Clara). So that has severely limited our choices for dining out.

At face value, one would think that it’s more economical *not* to eat out, but, in this day and age, it can cost as much to buy food as to get it at a restaurant. And, when you work part-time, you interpret all time as money. So, for example, eating at home requires a great deal of time for setup, cooking and cleaning, all of which, when we tally the time it takes, times our hourly pay rates, versus what it costs to eat out, means that, if we eat out frugally, we save money, or at least in theory.

Plus there are the issues of fatigue, always being on the go between various jobs, doctors and other errants, etc.

Anyway, like many young families these days, we tend to eat out too much than is healthy. Since giving up wheat almost completely as a family, we’ve limited our choices to *where* we eat out.

While the total bill is cheaper than, say, making a big family meal at home, there are foods that are cheaper and easier to make at home, so I dont’ see the point in buying them at restaurants.

Since we don’t eat the buns, for example, I don’t see the point in wasting money on burgers when I can cook them at home.

So, when you look at wheat-free foods at restaurants that are affordable, that are worth eating out versus making at home, the choices are few.

Last year, we stopped shopping at Arby’s because they had a slogan on their bag that corrupted a saying from the Gospel (I think it was “Man does not live on bread alone,” but I can’t remember). Mary contacted them in protest, and they never replied. The slogan was bad enough, but it was their lack of a response that really ticked us off.

Recently, we decided to start boycotting McDonald’s because of their endorsement of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

We like Chick-fil-A, and we stop there occasionally, but they fall under the “I’m not going to pay full price for a sandwich when all I’m eating is the meat” category.

We eat at Taco Bell (we call it “Taco Barrell,” because that’s what Gianna called it when she was younger) a lot, and it’s nice because the local franchises in Columbia promote themselevs as a Christian company.

Since we stopped eating at McDonald’s, we’ve been going to Wendy’s more often. In one sense, this is fine with me, because I really like Wendy’s–in other sense, it’s all the more frustrating, because I’ve always loved their sandwiches, and it’s a lot harder to resist buying a sandwich at Wendy’s than buying a sandwich at McDonald’s.

Now, comes the sad news that Arby’s is buying Wendy’s.

This is how evil and scary Barack Obama is

I never thought I see the day when (legitimate) Catholic and pro-life sites were happy to see Hillary Clinton win anything:

From LifeSite News
From Catholic Online
“Clinton Wins . . . but What?”