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These babies are too adorable. Not only are they twins, one hour old, and super cute, they are clearly conversing with each other. According to the YouTube information:

“A precious moment that will bring a smile to your face! Watch as these adorable newborn twin girls, about an hour old, have their first “conversation” with one another to make sure they got out all right! Thankfully, they both made it out just fine.”

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When the Pope speaks, people listen. When he came out in support for breastfeeding, women cheered. Now the Vatican is criticizing plastic surgery.

In a paper, “Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference,” for a church plenary assembly it was clear that elective plastic surgery is not healthy.

“Plastic surgery that is not [necessary] can be aggressive toward the feminine identity, showing a refusal of the body in as much as it is a refusal of the “season” that is being lived out. If the body is the place of truth of the feminine self, in the indispensable mixture of culture and biology, it is also the place of the “betrayal” of this truth.”

The paper says there is a link between plastic surgery and eating disorders. The bottom line is that women need to learn to appreciate who they are and how they are made.

Should the church offer opinions on topics like plastic surgery?

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During the Super Bowl, an ad ran concerning domestic violence. It seemed a bit odd to have such a sobering topic in a Super Bowl commercial, but this year it seemed necessary. The NFL was faced with controversy involving the Ray Rice situation.


This was an ad they needed to run, if for no other reason, to show where they stand on domestic violence.  The 911 call is real and was recorded by a 911 center.  The man answering the call only took a few seconds to realize this call could save a life.  Here is the transcript from the ad:

“I’d like to order a pizza for delivery.”

“Ma’am, you’ve reached 911. This is an emergency line.”

“Yeah, a large with half pepperoni, half mushrooms.”

“Um, you know you’ve called 911? This is an emergency line.”

“Do you know how long it will be?”

“OK, ma’am, is everything OK over there? Do you have an emergency or not?”


“…and you’re unable to talk because?”

“Right, right.”

“Is there someone in the room with you? Just say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’”


“OK, um, it looks like I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?”


“Can you stay on the phone with me?”

“No. See you soon. Thank you.”


What a powerful impact this could have on so many people. Hopefully, it will give anyone being abused, the strength to reach out. Maybe it will give someone the insight to stop and listen. Here is what is all about: is a movement to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault launched in 2013 by a coalition of leading corporations, advocacy and service organizations. NO MORE is supported by hundreds of domestic violence and sexual assault organizations at the local, state and national levels that are using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility and funding to address these critical issues. Any individual, organization, or corporation that wants to end domestic violence and sexual assault can use the NO MORE symbol to show their commitment to this cause.

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Some parents are outraged at their children’s school assignment complaining to Santa.  That’s right, the kids, in second and third grade, were told to write a complaint letter to Santa regarding what they did or did not receive for Christmas.  They were told to “use adjectives to describe their gifts and how they felt when they opened their gifts.

“Write a letter to Father Christmas to complain about the presents you received for Christmas. Use adjectives to describe the presents and how you felt when opening them. “

Parents spoke out on Facebook: “I teach him to be grateful for what he’s given not complain about it as other children are not so fortunate.”

“I was appalled when Cole come home with his homework stating this…sufficed to say he’s not doing it!”

The Principal of the school said it was a misunderstanding.

The Daily News

“Lots of the children understood what the home work was about – writing a letter of complaint.”

“We chose Santa as they are used to writing letters to Santa”

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Do you drive an inexpensive, small car? Maybe your teen drives one of these cars or your looking to buy a car for your teen. Take a look at these safety ratings first.  A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked at “large-sales volume vehicles between the 2008 and 2011 model years.” They found that four-door cars like Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, and Hyundai Accents had the highest rate of driver deaths per million registered vehicles.

The bottom line is that small and light vehicles have higher death rates, with only two exceptions, small cars make up the top ten.  Occupant compartments crush more and that hinders the seat belts and air bags from doing their job. Although it seems the highest death rates are in smaller cars, smaller cars have been improving in safety.  Cars from 10 -15 years ago, like the Dodge Neon had passenger compartments that collapse completely in crash tests.

The reviewers did acknowledge that drivers could be an issue, primarily young, male drivers, and they took that into consideration.

Here’s the list of the models with the highest death rates, and the number of deaths over the study period:

  1. Kia Rio four-door, 149
  2. Nissan Versa, 130
  3. Hyundai Accent four-door, 120
  4. Chevrolet Aveo, 99
  5. Hyundai Accent two-door, 86
  6. Chevrolet Camaro, 80
  7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew, 79
  8. Honda Civic, 76
  9. Nissan Versa hatchback, 71
  10. Ford Focus, 70