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Junipero Serra to be canonized during papal visit to US


Catholic News Agency:

In a surprise addition to his fall 2015 trip to the U.S., Pope Francis is planning to canonize the founder of California’s first missions, Bl. Junipero Serra.

“In September, God willing, I will canonize Junipero Serra in the United States,” declared Pope Francis aboard Sri Lankan Air Flight UL4111 on the way to Manila.

Bl. Serra, a Franciscan priest, lived in what is now California in the 1700s. A Spanish-born missionary, he founded the first nine of 21 eventual missions in California. He worked tirelessly with the Native Americans, and is said to have baptized more than 6,000 people, and confirmed 5,000.

“He was the evangelizer of the west in the United States,” Pope Francis beamed.

Bl. Serra’s canonization will be the latest in a systematic action from Pope Francis to give a boost to evangelization efforts throughout the world.

Serra will be the latest “equipollent” canonization – meaning no miracle was verified and the normal process was waived so that the Pope could declare him to be a saint.

Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September and may also be visiting Washington and New York. It is not known where the canonization would take place, but Serra is entombed at Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo in Carmel-by-the-Sea in California (Clint Eastwood was the town’s mayor at one point.)

During the American Revolution, Serra had a collection taken up in mission parishes and sent those funds to General George Washington.

Allegations by some that he mistreated native Americans were dismissed as unfounded during his beatification process. in fact, the truth was reported to be be very different:

Dr. Iris Engstrand, professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of San Diego, described him as “much nicer to the Indians, really, than even to the governors. He didn’t get along too well with some of the military people, you know. His attitude was, ‘Stay away from the Indians.’ I think you really come up with a benevolent, hard-working person who was strict in a lot of his doctrinal leanings and things like that, but not a person who was enslaving Indians, or beating them, ever….He was a very caring person and forgiving. Even after the burning of the mission in San Diego, he did not want those Indians punished. He wanted to be sure that they were treated fairly…”

MD GOP responds to claims about Boehner, Bongino, NRCC funding

Earlier this week, I noted a Breitbart Texas story on Louie Gohmert’s challenge to John Boehner that made the claim that congressional candidate Dan Bongino was denied funding from the National Republican Congressional Committee and other national Republicans because he was expected to not support John Boehner for speaker if elected. I made it clear that it was a report from another website and that “if true” it is damning.

I was contacted by MD GOP officials (and not the NRCC or RNC) who disagreed. Joe Cluster, Executive Director of the Maryland Republican Party, gave me the following statement:

First, the RNC gave money to the State Party that was spent on his campaign and second the State Party held a joint fundraiser with him to try and help raise him money. I wish the NRCC and the RNC would have invested more in this race, but they never had this race or the Governor’s race on their radar. They did not invest in Maryland until the last minute because the numbers were not there until late in the game at which time they had little resources to offer. Dan was a great candidate and ran a great campaign – unfortunately the MDGOP did not have the resources to invest heavily – but out of the $90k we got last minute from the RNC, $40k was spent in get out the vote efforts in the 6th congressional district. FYI: Alex Mooney openly talked about not supporting the speaker when he was running but that didn’t stop the NRCC, the RNC, and the speaker from investing in his campaign. Why? Because that was a seat they had on their list to invest in. Unfortunately the 6th district in MD was thought un-winnable by the DC crowd. Criticize them for that but not this.

I have left a message for Bongino in hopes of getting his comment on this matter. Earlier in the week he tweeted this linking to the original Breitbart piece by Sarah Rumpf:

Then yesterday he retweeted a tweet by @anthropocon that linked to my story:

Report: GOP denied money to Bongino over likely Boehner opposition

Dan Bongino

In a report on Rep. Louie Gohmert’s challenge to Speaker John Boehner earlier this week, Sarah Rumpf of Breitbart Texas reported this tidbit:

One intriguing wrinkle to the mention of Dan Bongino, who came tantalizingly close to winning a Congressional race in Maryland, is that he was unable to get significant support from the NRCC or other official party fundraising operations. A consultant who worked on Republican congressional campaigns last election cycle but did not want to be named told Breitbart Texas that Bongino could not get financial support because it was believed that he would be unlikely to support Boehner or his designated successor.

If true, this is pretty damning. That a potential pickup in a blue state was not funded by the national leadership due to hypotheticals about what might happen in a speaker’s race is ludicrous.

Bob Ehrlich headlining January 5 fundraiser

With the gubernatorial inauguration of Larry Hogan approaching, Bob Ehrlich – a man who is being bandied about as a potential long shot presidential candidate – is headlining a fundraising luncheon for Delegate Pat McDonough.

Without further comment, here’s the McDonough invitation email:

Dear Friend and Supporter,
I am going to kick off the New Year with a special event on Monday, January 5th at the Silver Spring Mining Company in Perry Hall from 12 noon to 3 PM with a hot buffet, including their famous sour beef and dumplings. The Silver Spring Mining Co. is located at 8634 Belair Rd. For driving directions, please call 410-256-6809. This event will feature former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich as our guest speaker. Governor Ehrlich will offer comments on the challenges that the new governor will face and important state issues. The Governor is an exciting and important guest at this time because, in addition to being the State’s former chief executive officer, he is testing the waters for a possible run for the Presidency of the United States. Bob Ehrlich’s broad experience will present us with the rare opportunity to discuss both state and national issues. I hope you can join us for this interesting afternoon. Of course, an update on the Rain Tax issue will be presented. The drawing for the Rain Tax Raffle will be held at this event.

As you may know, Maryland legislators are not permitted to raise funds during the General Assembly (Jan. 14th until April 13th). This will be our last event until the summer of 2015. My family wishes your family a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year! Pat

RIP Jim Edwards

Post & Courier:

Former Gov. Jim Edwards, who went from being a Mount Pleasant dentist to South Carolina’s first elected Republican governor since Reconstruction, died early this morning, according to family members. He was 87. A cause was not immediately released.

James B. Edwards served as a state senator before he was governor. He defeated General William C. Westmoreland in the 1976 Republican primary before defeating Democrat William Jennings Bryan Dorn in the general election (Bryan Dorn was the nominee after Pug Ravenel was disqualified for residency issues.) He was appointed Secretary of Energy by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and resigned in 1982 to become president of the Medical University of South Carolina. Edwards served in the U.S. Maritime Service during World War II and in the U.S. Navy Reserve during the Korean conflict.

Where to see The Interview on Christmas Day in DC and Baltimore


If you can’t wait for YouTube or other online options, you can see The Interview in select theaters tomorrow (12/25.)

In DC you can see it at:

  • West End Cinema
  • Angelika Pop-Up [Union Market]

In Maryland:

  • Baltimore. Eastpoint Movies 10.
  • Brandywine. Xscape 14 at Brandywine.
  • Hagerstown. Leitersburg Cinemas.

In Virginia:

  • Abingdon. 21st Century Cinemas 12.
  • Ashburn. The Alamo Loudoun will be screening the film.
  • Farmville. Sunchase Cinema 8.
  • Hayes. York River Crossing Cinema.
  • Manassas. Manasses 4 Cinemas.
  • Martinsville. Hollywood Cinema.
  • Norton. Cinema City Stadium 9.


Listen to the CIA’s torture playlist


The Anti Media:

According to declassified reports, video evidence and testimony from whistleblower guards and soldiers, the US government used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways.
In some cases, songs would be played in repetition for hours or days on end, as to drive the prisoner to insanity. Music was also used to prevent detainees from sleeping, which is another way of creating delirium and vulnerability in the detainees.
Some songs were chosen because they were annoying, while others were chosen because they may have been offensive to the prisoner’s culture or religion.
Below are some of the songs that have been identified most often as being used by the US military in their torture programs. Some of the songs are annoying and could understandably be considered torture, specifically the Barney & Friends theme song and the Meow Mix commercial.
However, some of the artists featured like 2Pac, Rage Against The Machine and (hed)pe are actually pretty good, and are actually philosophically opposed to what the military is doing.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify below:

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