teenagerAccording to the latest numbers from the federal government’s National Center for Health Statistics, [the birth rate among American teens is at its lowest since the mid 1940s. Officials with the reporting agency, part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), credited “strong pregnancy prevention messages” for the decrease, and added that use of contraceptives “may have contributed.”

The "bio" of legendary New York journalist Jimmy Breslin says he "has been a columnist since 1963, when he won national attention by covering John F. Kennedy's assassination from the emergency room in the Dallas hospital and, later, from the point of view of the President's gravedigger at Arlington Cemetery." Small wonder, then, that he became even more famous as the chronicler of the New York Mets in their maiden season, with a book called Can't Anybody Here Play This Game? A man who would dig up a story from the vantage point of the gravedigger would be the perfect storyteller of the worst team in modern baseball history. The team somehow won 40 games in that 1962 season while losing 120, some of them in ways never before seen by the team's manager, Casey Stengel, who by that time had, by his own rough count, "been in baseball a hundred years."

Can man alone make Heaven on Earth?  That has been the theme of secular collectivists for more than one hundred years. But as Pope Benedict XVI stated in his Easter homily this year, without God the scientific and technological advances of man are as much a curse as a blessing:

A Massachusetts elementary school that got in over its head when it censored religious language from a song planned for a student concert, has reversed its politically correct decision after an uproar from parents.

According to Baptist Press News, parents of fourth-graders at Stall Brook Elementary School in Bellingham, Massachusetts, reacted strongly after administrators removed the word “God” from the popular and patriotic Lee Greenwood (left) song “God Bless the USA” (video below) changing the stanza so students instead sang, “We love the USA.”

The song was to be sung by the youngsters as part of a program demonstrating what they had learned in a unit on the nation’s 50 states.

Thomas Kinkade, whose sentimental paintings of country churches, cottages on snowy evenings, and peaceful glowing villages hearkened back to the goodness of an improbable America past, died April 6 at age 54. The devoutly Christian artist, whose mass-produced works were particularly popular with evangelical Christians and Americans committed to traditional values, “once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell,” noted an Associated Press obituary: “He wanted to make people happy.”

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