Tuesday, December 8, 2009
By Carl AndersonNEW HAVEN, Connecticut, DEC. 7, 2009 (Zenit.org).-
For decades, Americans have been subjected to the arguments of certain Catholic politicians who argued that while "personally opposed" to unjust policies like abortion, they were nonetheless unwilling to "impose" that view on the rest of the country.The argument was disingenuous, premised on the fact that somehow a "Catholic" conscience had to be put to the side in the public square.
Now, the very people who argued that they couldn't bring their private conscience into a secular public square are poised to use the law to impose a particular view on their fellow Catholics.By working and voting to include abortion coverage in health care legislation, several Catholic politicians stand at the precipice of being the deciding votes in forcing a particular immoral view on their fellow Catholics, by forcing them to fund abortion through their tax dollars.
While professing that they cannot impose their conscience on anyone else, these politicians seem to have little hesitation about imposing a political view -- one they claim to oppose in principle -- on the consciences of their fellow Catholics.
Far from Kennedy
Catholic politicians willing to forsake their own consciences and impose a directly anti-Catholic view on others have come a long way from the legacy of American history's highest profile Catholic statesman, John F. Kennedy, who while discussing his role as a Catholic and candidate for president said: "If the time should ever come -- and I do not concede any conflict to be even remotely possible -- when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office; and I hope any conscientious public servant would do the same."
And while some might consider that Catholic politicians have disagreed with the public policy recommendations of their bishops in a variety of areas, the key is this: Many issues are prudential and open to reasonable disagreement; but the inalienable right to life in the context of abortion is not -- it is fundamental and it may not be compromised.
As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger -- now Benedict XVI -- noted about Catholic politicians in 2004:
"Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion."He added: "While
the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise
discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be
permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital
punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics
about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to
Catholic politicians must now consider the effect of national legislation mandating Catholic cooperation in abortion. In his famous pro-life encyclical, "Evangelium Vitae," Pope John Paul II said: "The passing of unjust laws often raises difficult problems of conscience for morally upright people with regard to the issue of cooperation, since they have a right to demand not to be forced to take part in morally evil actions."
He said further: "Christians, like all people of good will, are called upon under grave obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God's law. Indeed, from the moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil.
[…]"This cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for theIt is doubly ironic that a law that would force millions to violate their conscience by paying their taxes and would entangle thousands of Catholic physicians, nurses, hospitals and charities in the evil of abortion is being considered at precisely a time when the majority of Americans -- in greater and greater numbers -- are increasingly becoming more pro-life.
freedom of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or
requires it. Each individual in fact has moral responsibility for the acts which
he personally performs; no one can be exempted from this responsibility, and on
the basis of it everyone will be judged by God himself" (74).
Catholic public officials in Washington have the power to prevent this moral tragedy from happening. They should not hesitate to do so.
* * *Carl Anderson is the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus and a New York Times bestselling author.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
May God bless our efforts and may we persevere and win this battle.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
They are not interested in telling the truth, being transparent, or remotely bipartisan. They have no interest in sharing the limelight with the 'other side.' This president is not the president of the entire nation, only the ones that agree with him. The other side are just those that need to be corrected and put in the corner powerless.
Many on Twitter are calling the POTUS a manchild in a big and rich playground. I agree, he plays golf while men and women are in harms way waiting for reinforcements. He gambles with our money and jobs in his continual power-grabs of our representatives, forcing them into situations where voting on legislation is nearly impossible. He has surrounded himself with shock-thinkers he wishes he was more like, but isn't brave enough, and he is way to sensitive. This is not the characteristic of a winning national leader, much less a world leader.
George Washington stated in his first Inaugural address,
"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible hand whichWashington went on to say further in his Inaugural address,
conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every
step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems
to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency; and in the
important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government
the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities
from which the event has resulted not be compared with the means by which most
governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along
with a humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to
"I behold the surest pledges that as on one side no local prejudices orThe present situation in our country is the result of defiance of these initial pledges of our first president. Basically, the present POTUS probably never read these goals that came from one who saw first hand, was shot at, nearly killed, drudged through snow, heat, and rain on barely enough rations to keep sustained for weeks and months in pursuit of his newly formed constitution and nation. The present POTUS never fought in a war, never was surrounded by others with kindred hearts for cause of their country and liberty. He never felt the pang of slavery, hunger, only spoiled privileges and favors.
attachments, no separate views nor party animosities, will misdirect the
comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of
communities and interests, so on another, that the foundation of our national
policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality,
and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes
which can win the affections of its citizens and command the respect of the
Our nation is in the wrong hands, our nation is in the wrong direction, our nation has lost respect of the history of blood, sweat, and tears spent on such a noble cause as freedom, independence, and just pure motives for getting along as one united nations of states.
How do we get back to where we came from? We must all revisit our history and revisit the founding fathers and what they said, did, and went through. We need to be re-educated.
Especially this POTUS.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes. (Reported in House)
HR 2918 RH
Union Calendar No. 79
H. R. 2918
[Report No. 111-160]
Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.
June 17, 2009
Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, from the Committee on Appropriations, reported the following bill; which was committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed
Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.
For salaries and expenses of the House of Representatives, $1,375,300,000, as follows:
Including Members' Clerk Hire, Official Expenses of Members, and Official Mail
For Members' representational allowances, including Members' clerk hire, official expenses, and official mail, $660,000,000.
Standing Committees, Special and Select
For salaries and expenses of standing committees, special and select, authorized by House resolutions, $139,878,000: Provided, That such amount shall remain available for such salaries and expenses until December 31, 2010, except that $1,000,000 of such amount shall remain available until expended for committee room upgrading.
Committee on Appropriations
For salaries and expenses of the Committee on Appropriations, $31,300,000, including studies and examinations of executive agencies and temporary personal services for such committee, to be expended in accordance with section 202(b) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 and to be available for reimbursement to agencies for services performed: Provided, That such amount shall remain available for such salaries and expenses until December 31, 2010.
For compensation and expenses of officers and employees, as authorized by law, $200,301,000, including: for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Clerk, including not more than $23,000, of which not more than $20,000 is for the Family Room, for official representation and reception expenses, $32,089,000 of which $4,600,000 shall remain available until expended; for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Sergeant at Arms, including the position of Superintendent of Garages, and including not more than $3,000 for official representation and reception expenses, $9,509,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer including not more than $3,000 for official representation and reception expenses, $130,782,000, of which $3,937,000 shall remain available until expended; for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Inspector General, $5,045,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of Emergency Planning, Preparedness and Operations, $4,445,000, to remain available until expended; for salaries and expenses of the Office of General Counsel, $1,415,000; for the Office of the Chaplain, $179,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Parliamentarian, including the Parliamentarian, $2,000 for preparing the Digest of Rules, and not more than $1,000 for official representation and reception expenses, $2,060,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House, $3,258,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the House, $8,814,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of Interparliamentary Affairs, $859,000; for other authorized employees, $1,249,000; and for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Historian, including the cost of the House Fellows Program (including lodging and related expenses for visiting Program participants), $597,000.
Allowances and Expenses
For allowances and expenses as authorized by House resolution or law, $317,940,000, including: supplies, materials, administrative costs and Federal tort claims, $3,948,000; official mail for committees, leadership offices, and administrative offices of the House, $201,000; Government contributions for health, retirement, Social Security, and other applicable employee benefits, $278,378,000, including employee tuition assistance benefit payments, $3,500,000, if authorized, and employee child care benefit payments, $1,000,000, if authorized; Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, $27,698,000, of which $9,000,000 shall remain available until expended; transition activities for new members and staff, $2,907,000; Wounded Warrior Program, $2,500,000, to be derived from funding provided for this purpose in Division G of Public Law 111-8; Office of Congressional Ethics, $1,548,000; Energy Demonstration Projects, $2,500,000, if authorized, to remain available until expended; and miscellaneous items including purchase, exchange, maintenance, repair and operation of House motor vehicles, interparliamentary receptions, and gratuities to heirs of deceased employees of the House, $760,000.
Child Care Center
For salaries and expenses of the House of Representatives Child Care Center, such amounts as are deposited in the account established by section 312(d)(1) of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1992 (2 U.S.C. 2062), subject to the level specified in the budget of the Center, as submitted to the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.
Sec. 101. (a) REQUIRING AMOUNTS REMAINING IN MEMBERS' REPRESENTATIONAL ALLOWANCES TO BE USED FOR DEFICIT REDUCTION OR TO REDUCE THE FEDERAL DEBT- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any amounts appropriated under this Act for `HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES--SALARIES AND EXPENSES--MEMBERS' REPRESENTATIONAL ALLOWANCES' shall be available only for fiscal year 2010. Any amount remaining after all payments are made under such allowances for fiscal year 2010 shall be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction (or, if there is no Federal budget deficit after all such payments have been made, for reducing the Federal debt, in such manner as the Secretary of the Treasury considers appropriate).
(b) REGULATIONS- The Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives shall have authority to prescribe regulations to carry out this section.
SEC. 102. Effective with respect to fiscal year 2010 and each succeeding fiscal year, the aggregate amount otherwise authorized to be appropriated for a fiscal year for the lump-sum allowance for each of the following offices is increased as follows:
(2) The allowance for the office of the Minority Whip is increased by $96,000.
For salaries and expenses of the Joint Economic Committee, $4,814,000, to be disbursed by the Secretary of the Senate.
Joint Committee on Taxation
For salaries and expenses of the Joint Committee on Taxation, $11,451,000, to be disbursed by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives.
For other joint items, as follows:
Office of the Attending Physician
For medical supplies, equipment, and contingent expenses of the emergency rooms, and for the Attending Physician and his assistants, including: (1) an allowance of $2,175 per month to the Attending Physician; (2) an allowance of $1,300 per month to the Senior Medical Officer; (3) an allowance of $725 per month each to three medical officers while on duty in the Office of the Attending Physician; (4) an allowance of $725 per month to two assistants and $580 per month each not to exceed 11 assistants on the basis heretofore provided for such assistants; and (5) $2,366,000 for reimbursement to the Department of the Navy for expenses incurred for staff and equipment assigned to the Office of the Attending Physician, which shall be advanced and credited to the applicable appropriation or appropriations from which such salaries, allowances, and other expenses are payable and shall be available for all the purposes thereof, $3,805,000, to be disbursed by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives.
SALARIES AND EXPENSES
Statements of Appropriations
For the preparation, under the direction of the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives, of the statements for the first session of the 111th Congress, showing appropriations made, indefinite appropriations, and contracts authorized, together with a chronological history of the regular appropriations bills as required by law, $30,000, to be paid to the persons designated by the chairmen of such committees to supervise the work.
For salaries of employees of the Capitol Police, including overtime, hazardous duty pay differential, and Government contributions for health, retirement, social security, professional liability insurance, and other applicable employee benefits, $263,198,000, to be disbursed by the Chief of the Capitol Police or his designee.
For necessary expenses of the Capitol Police, including motor vehicles, communications and other equipment, security equipment and installation, uniforms, weapons, supplies, materials, training, medical services, forensic services, stenographic services, personal and professional services, the employee assistance program, the awards program, postage, communication services, travel advances, relocation of instructor and liaison personnel for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and not more than $5,000 to be expended on the certification of the Chief of the Capitol Police in connection with official representation and reception expenses, $61,914,000, to be disbursed by the Chief of the Capitol Police or his designee: Provided, That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the cost of basic training for the Capitol Police at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for fiscal year 2010 shall be paid by the Secretary of Homeland Security from funds available to the Department of Homeland Security.
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
SEC. 1001. TRANSFER AUTHORITY- Amounts appropriated for fiscal year 2010 for the Capitol Police may be transferred between the headings `SALARIES' and `GENERAL EXPENSES' upon the approval of the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Salaries and Expenses
For salaries and expenses of the Office of Compliance, as authorized by section 305 of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1385), $4,335,000, of which $884,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2011: Provided, That the Executive Director of the Office of Compliance may, within the limits of available appropriations, dispose of surplus or obsolete personal property by interagency transfer, donation, or discarding: Provided further, That not more than $500 may be expended on the certification of the Executive Director of the Office of Compliance in connection with official representation and reception expenses.
Salaries and Expenses
For salaries and expenses necessary for operation of the Congressional Budget Office, including not more than $6,000 to be expended on the certification of the Director of the Congressional Budget Office in connection with official representation and reception expenses, $45,165,000.
SEC. 1101- MODIFICATIONS TO EXECUTIVE EXCHANGE PROGRAM- (a) EXPANSION OF NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS- Section 1201(b) of the Legislative Branch Apropriations Act, 2008 (2 U.S.C. 611 note) is amended by striking `3' each place it appears and inserting `5'.
(1) by striking subsection (d) and redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (d); and
(2) in subsection (d), as so redesignated, by strking `Subject to subsection (d), this section' and inserting `This section'.
(c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Legislatve Branch Appropriations Act, 2008.
For salaries for the Architect of the Capitol, and other personal services, at rates of pay provided by law; for surveys and studies in connection with activities under the care of the Architect of the Capitol; for all necessary expenses for the general and administrative support of the operations under the Architect of the Capitol including the Botanic Garden; electrical substations of the Capitol, Senate and House office buildings, and other facilities under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol; including furnishings and office equipment; including not more than $5,000 for official reception and representation expenses, to be expended as the Architect of the Capitol may approve; for purchase or exchange, maintenance, and operation of a passenger motor vehicle, $109,392,000, of which $8,950,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2014.
For a payment to the Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund established under section 1201, $60,000,000, to remain available until expended.
For necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and operation of the Capitol, $32,800,000, of which $6,241,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2014.
For all necessary expenses for care and improvement of grounds surrounding the Capitol, the Senate and House office buildings, and the Capitol Power Plant, $10,920,000, of which $1,410,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2014.
For all necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and operation of the House office buildings, $100,466,000, of which $53,360,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2014.
For all necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and operation of the Capitol Power Plant; lighting, heating, power (including the purchase of electrical energy) and water and sewer services for the Capitol, Senate and House office buildings, Library of Congress buildings, and the grounds about the same, Botanic Garden, Senate garage, and air conditioning refrigeration not supplied from plants in any of such buildings; heating the Government Printing Office and Washington City Post Office, and heating and chilled water for air conditioning for the Supreme Court Building, the Union Station complex, the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building and the Folger Shakespeare Library, expenses for which shall be advanced or reimbursed upon request of the Architect of the Capitol and amounts so received shall be deposited into the Treasury to the credit of this appropriation, $125,083,000, of which $31,560,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2014: Provided, That not more than $8,000,000 of the funds credited or to be reimbursed to this appropriation as herein provided shall be available for obligation during fiscal year 2010.
For all necessary expenses for the mechanical and structural maintenance, care and operation of the Library buildings and grounds, $41,937,000, of which $15,750,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2014.
For all necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and operation of buildings, grounds and security enhancements of the United States Capitol Police, wherever located, the Alternate Computer Facility, and AOC security operations, $26,364,000, of which $7,750,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2014.
For all necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and operation of the Botanic Garden and the nurseries, buildings, grounds, and collections; and purchase and exchange, maintenance, repair, and operation of a passenger motor vehicle; all under the direction of the Joint Committee on the Library, $11,263,000, of which $900,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2014: Provided, That of the amount made available under this heading, the Architect may obligate and expend such sums as may be necessary for the maintenance, care and operation of the National Garden established under section 307E of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1989 (2 U.S.C. 2146), upon vouchers approved by the Architect or a duly authorized designee.
For necessary expenses for Capitol Visitor Center operations costs, $23,166,000.
Sec. 1201. HISTORIC BUILDINGS REVITALIZATION TRUST FUND- (a) ESTABLISHMENT- There is hereby established in the Treasury of the United States, as an account for the Architect of the Capitol, the Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund (hereafter in this section referred to as the `Fund').
(b) Use of Amounts- Amounts in the Fund shall be used by the Architect of the Capitol for the revitalization of the major historical buildings and assets which the Architect is responsible for maintaining and preserving, except that the Architect may not obligate any amounts in the Fund without the approval of the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate.
(c) Effective Date- This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2010 and each succeeding fiscal year.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Earlier this past summer, I reported on an interview that Ms. Shriver gave a Catholic News agency about how she deems herself a devout, even a GOOD Catholic even though she doesn't adhere on all the basic Church teachings, including pro-life issues. She even when as far as to say that she and the pastor of her parish are great friends. She receives communion, probably doesn't attend penance services, but again, she has no reason to feel responsible for her actions.
Does this give you the creeps? Or at least anger you that the average Citizen can't get this same treatment? We would be paying fines, given tickets, etc.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
They speak of equality, they talk about morality, they are pushing their agendas with words like responsibility, equality, fairness, and acceptance. Feldbaum speaks of a "war that needs to be fought, not in Iraq or the middle East, but right here, to convince people that morality demands homosexuals be accepted!"
This POTUS, has no faith, no church, no close walk with Christ for guidance, just lobbyists, corporations, and sponsors continually whispering in his ears, "We will make you big and strong, we will make you the hero of all, everyone will love you and honor you as the savior of our country and the WORLD!! You, our dear Obama, will be bigger than MLK, bigger than Elvis, bigger than Jesus Christ Himself! You will be written in the books of history as the Change the world could and DID believe in! Keep walking our walk, keep talking our talk because you don't have your own design, just ours. You are our puppet, just like all the other gays in the limelight right now, we will use you to our convenience. We use people who will stand up for anything that will get them fame and money and power. So, that's is, keep on talking our talk, you are doing our mission much good."
So, what can we do? Organizations like NC Family Policy Council, Christian Action League are places to start learning how this government is trying to both approve of and implement this thinking into our schools, churches, medical centers, as well as media. Also, we should not just sit back and accept these alternative ways of thinking. We are NOT powerless, we do have a voice, and possibly, just possibly it is our job in society to speak up for the return to good moral living, thinking, and parameters for if we don't there will not be a black and white, right or wrong, up or down, just lots of gray, no direction, and no parameters to keep. Chaos, only chaos without the security of knowing where one stands.
The bottom line here is this: Children, raised in a responsible home, have parameters to which their conduct is taught, staying in and knowing where they are gives them security and confidence. We are no different, only older. If one doesn't stand for something, one falls for anything. Fight for what is right and be persecuted for it, be not afraid, our society is worth fighting for, our children are worth fighting for, our country is worth fighting for.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The 9 Principles
America Is Good.
I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.
I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington
The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson
If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson
I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson
I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington
It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington
The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Who works for whom?
“I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of
all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson
The 12 Values*
Saturday, October 3, 2009
View from the Domestic Church: Visiting the EWTN studio this past week to film my new series!#comment-form
View from the Domestic Church: Visiting the EWTN studio this past week to film my new series!#comment-form
Thanks, Donna, you are an amazing woman!!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Personally, Chicago has a bad reputation of both corruption and gang violence. Notably, there is no doubt in my mind that other countries would be very concerned about sending their athletes in a very violent atmosphere.
To me this is just a big DUH!!!
Glenn Beck started a movement called 9/12 and they have taken it and run with it.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Acts of the Apostasy: Holy Father, Meet Daddy Long Legs#links#links
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Date: 14th century
1 : oppressive power
2 a : a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler; especially : one characteristic of an ancient Greek city-state b : the office, authority, and administration of a tyrant
3 : a rigorous condition imposed by some outside agency or force
4 : a tyrannical act
: the act or process of globalizing : the state of being globalized; especially : the development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets
Global Village: The world regarded as having become a single community by the effects of mass media, rapid travel, etc.
1 : the action of polarizing or state of being or becoming polarized: as a (1) : the action or process of affecting radiation and especially light so that the vibrations of the wave assume a definite form (2) : the state of radiation affected by this process b : an increase in the resistance of an electrolytic cell often caused by the deposition of gas on one or both electrodes c : magnetization 2 a : division into two opposites b : concentration about opposing extremes of groups or interests formerly ranged on a continuum
1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.
: the political, economic, and social principles and policies advocated by Marx; especially : a theory and practice of socialism including the labor theory of value, dialectical materialism, the class struggle, and dictatorship of the proletariat until the establishment of a classless society
— Marx·ist \-sist\ noun or adjective
: a wrongful act other than a breach of contract for which relief may be obtained in the form of damages or an injunction
Which means that Tort Reform would be needed to help defray insurance costs for the outrageous number of malpractice suits in our courts today?
I am sure there are more words that are being used today.....I just can't remember them, but I will and as I do, they will be promptly looked up and recorded here.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
HT: Adrienne's Catholic Corner
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Not a fan by any far reaching thought of Odrama and his dog and pony show, however there is material to be used on his behalf. With the current extremely racist president at the nation's helm, we have yet one more clear example of just how racial he really is. Below is his "apology" to the police officer in Cambridge, MA, along with my opinion of his comment in bold.
The White House released the official transcript of President Barack Obama’s remarks this afternoon on the controversy surrounding the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 24, 2009
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
2:33 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Hey, it’s a cameo appearance. Sit down, sit down. I need to help Gibbs out a little bit here.
He thinks he's so cool, he isn't very formal and smart as he talks this way in public. No one respects him, he doesn't command respect by the way he acts....Mr. Cool!
Q Are you the new press secretary?
THE PRESIDENT: If you got to do a job, do it yourself. (Laughter.)
I wanted to address you guys directly because over the last day and a half obviously there’s been all sorts of controversy around the incident that happened in Cambridge with Professor Gates and the police department there.
His continued informal speak (You guys)is very Unpresidential and immature for this office.
I actually just had a conversation with Sergeant Jim Crowley, the officer involved. And I have to tell you that as I said yesterday, my impression of him was that he was a outstanding police officer and a good man, and that was confirmed in the phone conversation — and I told him that.
And because this has been ratcheting up — and I obviously helped to contribute ratcheting it up — I want to make clear that in my choice of words I think I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sergeant Crowley specifically — and I could have calibrated those words differently. And I told this to Sergeant Crowley.
"I think I....gave an impression that I was maligning with CPD..and should have calibrated those words differently!!!" You are the freaken President of the US! You think you should choose your words more carefully!!! Holy Cow, what a revelation!
I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Professor Gates out of his home to the station. I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Professor Gates probably overreacted as well. My sense is you’ve got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve the incident in the way that it should have been resolved and the way they would have liked it to be resolved.
You continue to think?? That's not what you said originally! You blamed it on the officer!
The fact that it has garnered so much attention I think is a testimony to the fact that these are issues that are still very sensitive here in America. So to the extent that my choice of words didn’t illuminate, but rather contributed to more media frenzy, I think that was unfortunate.
You THINK it's a testimony that we still have sensitivity in the area of racial issues?? You THINK!! You THINK your words...ILLUMINATING the issue was unfortunate!?? Really!!
What I’d like to do then I make sure that everybody steps back for a moment, recognizes that these are two decent people, not extrapolate too much from the facts — but as I said at the press conference, be mindful of the fact that because of our history, because of the difficulties of the past, you know, African Americans are sensitive to these issues. And even when you’ve got a police officer who has a fine track record on racial sensitivity, interactions between police officers and the African American community can sometimes be fraught with misunderstanding.
JUST African-Americans!!!??? Just African-Americans??
My hope is, is that as a consequence of this event this ends up being what’s called a “teachable moment,” where all of us instead of pumping up the volume spend a little more time listening to each other and try to focus on how we can generally improve relations between police officers and minority communities, and that instead of flinging accusations we can all be a little more reflective in terms of what we can do to contribute to more unity. Lord knows we need it right now — because over the last two days as we’ve discussed this issue, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but nobody has been paying much attention to health care. (Laughter.)
"A teachable moment" for whom? The people of the US? African-Americans? Us white-folk? or you, Mr. POTUS with the big, stupid mouth who threw the biggest accusation of all toward the police officer? By the way, why don't you talk to your press and see if possibly they could stop covering this stuff so one-sidedly, if at all making it bigger than it ought to be in the first place?
I will not use this time to spend more words on health care, although I can’t guarantee that that will be true next week. I just wanted to emphasize that — one last point I guess I would make. There are some who say that as President I shouldn’t have stepped into this at all because it’s a local issue. I have to tell you that that part of it I disagree with. The fact that this has become such a big issue I think is indicative of the fact that race is still a troubling aspect of our society. Whether I were black or white, I think that me commenting on this and hopefully contributing to constructive — as opposed to negative — understandings about the issue, is part of my portfolio.
The only reason this has become a big issue is because YOU STEPPED INTO IT!!! This is a local issue and your narcissist personality seems to prevent you from thinking you can do wrong local, state, corporate, or Federal...and the WORLD!!! You had no business in this local issue, much less in foreign, corporate, and financial, but hey...you are narcisstic and the 'Chosen One'
So at the end of the conversation there was a discussion about — my conversation with Sergeant Crowley, there was discussion about he and I and Professor Gates having a beer here in the White House. We don’t know if that’s scheduled yet — (laughter) — but we may put that together.
Sheesh! Yea, right...you just needed another laugh didn't you. We won't be holding our breath for this meeting any more than we would hold our breath for your appearance with Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh!!
He also did say he wanted to find out if there was a way of getting the press off his lawn. (Laughter.) I informed him that I can’t get the press off my lawn. (Laughter.) He pointed out that my lawn is bigger than his lawn. (Laughter.) But if anybody has any connections to the Boston press, as well as national press, Sergeant Crowley would be happy for you to stop trampling his grass.
Ok some clarification here, the Washington, DC lawn is NOT YOUR lawn it's our lawn! and yes, you DO have pull to get the press off his lawn....you just refuse to do it since you want this to continue to fester, don't you?
All right. Thank you, guys.
Again with the "guys" thing.....Odrama, you are way too immature for this position.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
House Passes Granger IMF Amendment07/09/09
Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX), the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee for State-Foreign Operations, reinforced the will of Congress today with an amendment to prohibit funds in the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill from being used by the Secretary of the Treasury to negotiate any agreement in breach of enacted provisions in the War Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 that was signed into law in June.
The Granger amendment reaffirms Congress' role in controlling the Administration as it spends hundreds of billions of dollars in multilateral foreign assistance. In a show of bipartisan support, the House passed the Granger amendment by an overwhelming vote of 429-2. Granger released the following statement after the passage of the amendment:
“I appreciate the bipartisan support for my amendment. I think we can all agree that now more than ever we need to keep a watchful eye on how we spend money – regardless of whether it’s spent domestically or overseas.
“Sending money overseas, and to an organization such as the IMF with no commitment from the Administration to ensure the funds are used properly or will not be given to any state sponsor of terrorism is completely unacceptable,” said Granger.
Last month, the Democrat majority in Congress provided President Obama with $108 billion in new funding for the International Monetary Fund as well as approved for the IMF to sell 13 million ounces of gold with proceeds providing a cushion for their internal operating expenses. In doing so, Congress provided for an unprecedented expansion of IMF resources and powers.
On June 24, when President Obama signed the fiscal year 2009 supplemental into law, he issued a signing statement saying he would ignore guidelines put in place by Congress when the IMF funding was approved. The very provisions ignored by President Obama provide some of the only oversight that the United States exercises over the IMF – an organization that will triple in size this year because of the supplemental allocation.
On June 23 during the markup of the State-Foreign Operations bill, the full Committee accepted an amendment by Congresswoman Granger that severely limited the IMF’s authority, including a requirement that the US contribute no more than 20% of the total to the IMF’s emergency loans and a requirement that the U.S. contribution to the IMF emergency credit line expire after 5 years.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
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Sunday, June 21, 2009
By Joy Tiz Friday, June 19, 2009
Telegraph reporter Stephanie Gutmann describes her reaction to Barack Obama’s appearance in Berlin: “After it was over I picked up the phone and called a friend back home. ‘It’s worse than we thought,’ I told him. ‘The guy’s actually crazy.’”
Guttman was talking about candidate Obama’s agenda as he presented it that day, in which he promised to take on the terrorists in Afghanistan, take on the drug dealers, rebuild Afghanistan, eliminate the building nuclear threat, secure all loose nukes, decrease arsenals from another era, form a new global partnership that will end terror networks, redistribute wealth, save the planet, withdraw all troops from Iraq, keep the oceans from rising, end famine, and reduce carbon output. Most politicians would have quit after two or three such ambitious proposals.
Incredibly, there are Obamanutz among us who honestly don’t realize that Barack Obama is a narcissist of the worst kind. Most people erroneously presume that narcissism is something akin to egomania or an unusually high sense of self-esteem. The truth is the reverse. Narcissists suffer from self-loathing, not too much self-love.
It takes a bit of narcissism to wake up in the morning and think, “Hey, I really ought to be leader of the free world.” Coming to such a conclusion in the fourth grade is, to say the least, ambitious. Having some narcissistic traits does not a narcissist make. However, according to the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, grandiosity is the most important single trait innarcissism.
Obama’s grandiosity is striking. It’s in his body language and posturing. It’s in his derisive comments about “bitter clingers.” In office, Obama has demonstrated early on his sense of entitlement and his belief that he is above the law.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM IV-TR) is the diagnostic manual used by mental healthprofessionals. A diagnosis of narcissism requires five out of nine characteristics. Note these traits must endure over time and must not be reactions to a particular situation or environmental stressor:
- Grandiose sense of self-importance.
- Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, beauty, or ideal love.
- Sense of specialness, belief he can only be understood by or should associate only with other special or high-status individuals or institutions.
- Need for excessive admiration.
- Heightened sense of entitlement, leading to unreasonable expectations that others should treat him especially favorably or comply automatically with his expectations.
- Tendency to be interpersonally exploitive. A person with NPD does not hesitate in taking advantage of others to meet his own ends.
- Lack of empathy, an inability or unwillingness to recognize or identify with the feelings or needs of others.
- An envy of other people, or conversely, a belief that other people envy him.
- A tendency toward arrogant behavior or attitude.
- In his essay on Obama’s narcissism, Sam Vaknin references Obama’s haughty body language and condescending attitude. Vaknin also points out Obama’s “emotion free language.”
The narcissist in chief’s cavernous lack of empathy becomes more obvious as his presidency rolls on. It could hardly be called empathic behavior when Obama decided to drop all charges against Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri before Obama’s scheduled meeting with the families of the Cole victims.
Barack Obama lied to us throughout the campaign and continues to do so as the president. How did over half of the country not notice? The simple answer is that we are just not very good at recognizing when someone is lying to us. Our deception detection skills are inadequate.
Barack Obama is acting out his pathology at our expense. His appalling treatment of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown could be written off as another example of this administration’s incompetence. But it also looks as if Obama also has his own ax to grind with the Brits and lacks the emotional maturity to deal with it like a grown-up.
When children experience overwhelming trauma, they protect themselves as best they can with a variety of defense mechanisms. There is no question that life for little Barry Soetoro was traumatic, full of chaos and abandonment, as well as genuine fear. The adults in his life betrayed him and taught him hate and mistrust. Otto Kernberg, in his research on narcissism, states that it evolves as a defense against a cold and unsympathetic parent. The child withdraws part of himself from the unavailable parent and turns it back toward himself, creating a grandiose sense of self. Healthy emotional development was just not possible in young Barry’s environment.
The truth about No Drama Obama is that his early life was perpetual drama, which had to have done plenty of damage. What is most disturbing is his failure to deal with it. People do recover from early trauma and abuse, but only if they acknowledge it and allow themselves to experience the feelings that they had to block when they were too little to manage them. Eventually, the experiences have to be integrated into the adult personality; and not infrequently, abuse survivors benefit from professional support.
The current leader of the free world is not in touch with reality. The toady press gleefully accepts his fabrications and denials. And mental health professionals have shown a remarkable lack of curiosity about the mental health of the President of the United States.
It’s not in the nation’s best interest to put a narcissist in the White House. Bill Clinton’s debauchery demonstrated his willingness to put his need for narcissistic supply ahead of the well-being of the country he was hired to serve. Clinton’s narcissism was manifestly less toxic than Barack Obama’s.
For all of the narcissist’s grandiosity, he is driven by a relentless need to pursue and maintain a source of narcissistic supply. A narcissist is at his most menacing when he perceives a threat to his perpetual supply of admiration and affirmation. No drama Obama is already showing the truculence typical of narcissists when they sense a threat to supply. The same president who remains steadfast in his willingness to meet with Iran’s barbarian in chief, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, is bleating about imagined desecration by Fox News. That would be the same network which liberal hack, Terry McAuliffe, applauded for its fair and balanced reporting during the 2008 primaries.
The narcissist in chief has been needling private citizens on talk radio and Fox News for insufficient veneration. The leader of the free world is impelled to use his standing to rebuke talk radio hosts while Iran is on fire, his economic policies are having catastrophic repercussions, and lunatics in North Korea are planning to launch a missile at Hawaii.
For the narcissist, nothing matters more than maintaining his supply. From Obama’s perspective, being chided by a cable news commentator really is a more pressing exigency than the possibility of Iran amassing nuclear weapons.
It’s no coincidence that many, if not most domestic abusers are narcissists. Domestic violence experts concur that the most perilous time for the victim is when she endeavors to flee from her abuser. The victim’s abandonment is felt as an inexorable threat to his narcissistic supply and will evoke panic and rage.
As Obama’s poll numbers drop and continue to slide as his ruinous failures accumulate, expect his acting out to escalate. This is not the psychological profile of a guy we want as commander in chief.
Excerpted from: Obamanutz: A Cult Leader Takes the White House. Available 8/11/09, pre- order 7/24/09.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Our country is more corrupt than every before. We have mountains to climb, obstacles to move, values to protect, and freedoms to preserve.
The Republican party has the right mindset, values, and we need to make sure that all Republicans get out and vote for the things.
People to watch and listen to:
Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and his brother, David, Neil Boortz, just to name a few.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
One is the message for this summer is Virginia and New Jersey. Both states are looking at special elections for governors. The Obama administration focusing on them big time in their deadly "community organizing" techniques. So the Republican party really needs to get the conservative voters out and vote for the Republican candidates there.
Another thing is how to use FaceBook and other online resources to benefit the Republican Women of Pitt county of which I am the president. I need to get the word out to as many Pitt county Republican women (and men) as possible about this club and work on getting more younger and more technically functional members.
Our new State Chair is Mr. Tom Fetzer and his Vice Chair is Dr. Timothy F. Johnson, of which both are highly spirited Republicans. I truly wish them all the strength, wisdom, and good direction they can have. We have a lot of work to do.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Attending a Tea Party yesterday in my small city, I felt something true, real, and totally ignored by the mainstream media. We have 3 media sources here in Greenville, NC a university town with student channel along with channel 9, 7, and 12. Channel 7 came out to cover the story. This morning, my husband, up before me, scanned the television for all the major medias and found not a word about these tea parties and the message from the people of our country.
WHAT THE HELL??
People kept coming up to me and each other yesterday asking, "What's next?" I looked around and asked myself that question...yesterday. Today, I have the answer. We need to change the media, they need to be changed. They are not for the truth and this is a travesty!
Media, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC? You are going to be changed, we have had enough of your control of what is covered and what is not. We have had enough of your choosing what we know and what isn't important enough to cover. We have had enough of your liberal, elitist attitude toward us, we are going to rise up against you and demand that you do your job....tell the truth and reveal what is right and what is really wrong in our country and the world.
Monday, April 13, 2009
So, yes! Today,
Is only the beginning of what will be the end of a society that was strong, moral, and secure.
Monday, April 6, 2009
So many people call into the Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Neil Bortz and Rush even talks about people feel like they are given the "talk to the hand" treatment in DC.
AND!! to add insult to injury, the country's very own leader touring Europe, makes a speak about how his country, Americans are arrogant and that he'd rather talk to Europeans!
Americans have had a very short-term memory as of recent decades, but I wonder how many of us will remember the POTUS bad mouthing us in foreign lands, and kissing up to them. I know I will.
Friday, March 13, 2009
What has this country come to? Where is this country going? How can we go there together? How did it ever get this bad?
I want to be a peacekeeper. My husband and I want peace and unity.
It is political warfare and the Democrats are on the move to conquer the Republicans. The Republicans are on the move to win back what was lost the past 2 elections.
We are all AMericans, people!! We are ONE country!!! What do you want!????