Friday Free-for-All: February 18

It’s Friday morning, so it must be time for links:

Does she support his positions on: gun control, amnesty, the appointment of an Islamist to the bench, the green agenda, his campaigning for Mike Castle, his MIA on health care litigation, etc.; and how does she think this would energize the base outside of New Jersey?  Has the Tea Party even in NJ been pushing for his candidacy?  No.  Yes, he’s solid in his YouTube battles with teachers and his efforts to try and address NJ’s budget problems, the outcome of which have yet to be determined. But the federal government is a vast enterprise that requires a solid conservative at the helm, especially now.

About abortion, Bieber said: “I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s like killing a baby?”

But he backed down when asked to talk about abortion in cases of rape or incest:  “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”

I suppose this is a good thing, though I’m just not terribly impressed. But maybe his hair is clouding my judgment. What do you think?

  • A homeschooling sophomore defaulted in the Iowa state wrestling championships rather than wrestle a girl. While Joel Northrup said he respected Cassy Herkelman’s achievement as one of only two girls to qualify for the championship in 85 years, he wrote in a statement, “Wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner.”
  • “The Diocese of Albany has sold a closed parish to the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity for $250,000.” I’m not sure there’s enough holy water in the world to bless that place now.
  • From the Catholic Phoenix: Four Catholic musical diseases and their cures. I confess that I can be susceptible to choleric musicoencephalitis at times.
  • Check out this amazing video of The Icebook. The backdrops are all paper cut-outs illuminated by lights and superimposed with projections of the actors. Beautiful. (via Open Culture)
  • The Ice Book (HD) from Davy and Kristin McGuire on Vimeo.

    Margaret Cabaniss


    Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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