Jason Negri

Jason Negri received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Franciscan University and his law degree as a member of the inaugural class of Ave Maria School of Law. He is a practicing attorney and the elected Treasurer of Hamburg Township in Michigan. He is a member of Holy Spirit Church in Brighton, where he sings in the choir and chairs the parish council. He is also the founder and executive director of the Daniel Coalition, an organization of laity formed to advocate for victims of clerical sexual abuse in the Diocese of Lansing. He and his wife Samantha have 5 children and 3 grandchildren (with another on the way).

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Why I Am Voting Republican

I’m voting Republican because I’m sick of being told that every policy disagreement I have with the Left is rooted in racism, sexism, or some other mean-spirited “ism” on our part.

Men

How Catholic Men Can Rise Up and Fight: A Practical Guide

Last week, Leila Lawler and Leila Miller co-authored an article for Crisis Magazine entitled Catholic Men, Rise Up and Fight. This exhortation is a Cri de Coeur from women who are sick of what’s going on in their Church, and they are begging men to address the problem. Here is one man’s response. Mesdames Lawler … Read more

The famous bullying incident

By now, you all have probably seen the video of Casey Heynes, the bullied Australian boy who put the smackdown on his tormentor.  If not, here it is: [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KakZkh9Iu7U&sns=fb 635×355] I still get a thrill watching Casey defend himself and body-slam the twerp. Justice is so sweet! Both boys have since been on news shows, talking … Read more

Who is mein bruder?

I read an interesting article in Time today about Germany and the economic powerhouse it has become.  Their exports are high, unemployment is down to 6.9% and their GDP rose 3.6% in 2010.  They have recovered from the economic recession that swallowed Europe and their future is bright. What bothered me in the article was the view … Read more

Egypt

BREAKING NEWS: Egypt’s embattled president Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, and Cairo is rejoicing. I wonder what this will mean for Egypt’s Christian population, especially if the Muslim Brotherhood gains in power.

No progress on pro-life?

Political discussions here on IC tend to include numerous commentors who have chastised the Republican Party for paying lip service only to their erstwhile pro-life plank, observing that, since 1973, despite years of GOP control over both Congress and the POTUS, we still haven’t seen any real progress toward outlawing abortions in our nation.  The … Read more

Commies

I’m not a sports fan.  But like many others, I do watch the Super bowl.  It’s my annual opportunity to get together with the guys, engage in some armchair quarterbacking, raise my triglycerides by eating, uh, organic dip, and LMAO at the commercials (hey, can I say “LMAO” on this blog?). Margaret blogged below about … Read more

State by state

In case you’ve not been following it, the push to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide has renewed it efforts, and is being pushed on two fronts at the same time: Hawaii and Vermont. The Hawaii Death with Dignity Act (SB 803) was introduced on January 21, 2011 in the Hawaiian State Senate.  A similar bill is expected to … Read more

The gloves are off

For all of you who’ve been craving a bishop with the …ahem… backbone to assert his authority and engage his erstwhile wayward flock, you’re gonna love Bishop Olmsted in Phoenix, who just took a Catholic Hospital in his diocese to task: “The Catholic bishop of Phoenix will strip St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center of … Read more

Sales goals: a “carrot and stick” approach

Many companies have an incentive process built in to encourage their sales teams to sell more: commission structures, junkets, performance-based bonuses, etc. Well, the Just Born company (makers of candies such as Hot Tamales, Mike & Ikes and other favorites) decided to offer its sales force an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii if they made … Read more

A new cause of action?

Belgium is certainly on the cutting edge of things!  Not only are their doctors boldly euthanizing patients sans request, their lawyers have come up with a new basis upon which to sue: wrongful life. Similar to the already widely-accepted cause of action “wrongful death”, this new twist allows parents to sue a doctor on behalf … Read more

Former abortion clinic director admits to fake bomb scare

This just in from Tulsa: A former director of a Tulsa abortion clinic pleaded guilty Thursday to providing false information about a bomb at the facility.  Linda Meek, 63, former executive director of Reproductive Services of Tulsa, said she called in a false bomb threat in August.  … Meek, who is no longer employed at … Read more

People in “persistent vegetative states” given the ability to communicate

(From PhysOrg.com): Researchers from Cambridge University in the UK have been able to communicate with brain-injured patients in “locked states” commonly referred to as persistent vegetative states (PVS). They predict such patients will soon be able to communicate and perhaps even move themselves around in motorized wheelchairs. This is huge.  I can’t imagine the frustration … Read more

Heaping up Heavy Burdens

It’s a slow day here on the blog, so I thought I’d raise some hackles. Though a cradle Catholic, my adult conversion to the Faith was intimately tied to the writings of C.S Lewis, and thus I take somewhat of an academic approach to it.  Add to this my legal training, and I tend to view … Read more

Mark your calendars. Here it comes!

The much-discussed new English-language translation of the Roman Missal has been issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.  Read the article here. The USCCB has set a date for implementation throughout all US parishes of the First Sunday of Advent, which is November 27 2011.   “Cardinal George announced receipt of the … Read more

From the people who gave you “It’s the Dad Life”

Church on the Move does it again (only click if you like “Queen”): Mommy Rhapsody from Church on the Move on Vimeo. I can’t see any Catholic church I know doing this, but if they did, I’m betting those 3 leads could be sung by Simcha, Danielle and a friend of mine here in MI.

Midlife Crisis

Yes, I’m turning 40 this year.  And I realize that this past year – the last one in my 30’s – I have gone through a minor midlife crisis.  Lacking the funds to purchase a sports car and being too in love with my wife and kids to start flirting with anything that would cause … Read more

How do they teach civics?

Another good reason to homeschool your kids was offered by the high school of Arlington, Massachusetts: they aren’t offering to let students recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom – even voluntarily. 17-year old Arlington high student Sean Harrington has been leading a crusade to allow the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited in … Read more

Today is National Man Day

I had no idea this day even existed. I had to find out on the Facebook page of a 20-year old friend of mine.  Today — June 15, 2010 — is the second annual National Man Day. Started by three brothers as a Facebook page, the idea has caught on with men across the country.  … Read more

Lightning bolt! Roll to determine damage.

A company called “Wizards of the Coast” has re-packaged the iconic role-playing game “Dungeons & Dragons” into a bite-sized version that they’re hoping will attract us 40-something gamers of yore to play a stripped-down, abbreviated version of our old pasttime.  We can recapture just a bit of the fun we had in our youth while not … Read more

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