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Monday, August 31, 2009

Urban Legends: Snopes is a Reliable Source - NOT!

Many people use Snopes.com to check on stories that sound fishy, believing the website to be authoritative. It ain't! as the story below shows. It's run by a liberal couple who often don't check their sources. Now one can be liberal and honest, but if you have an agenda and don't investigate a story, that's just plain sloppy. Who can you trust? Hard to say. Just use these so-called urban legend sites with caution. They may know less about the matter than you do.

And in case you're curious about the site name, the Snopes dynasty was the creation of William Faulner who wrote three novels centering around the pernicious white, southern laboring family who had "little regard for southern tradition, heritage, or lineage. The Snopes, often regarded as Faulkner’s metaphor for the rising 'redneck' middle class in the South, more interested in avaricious commercial gain than honor or pride." Read more about Faulkner here if you're interested.

Snopes Uncovered

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Tyranny or Freedom: Godless Socialism or a Constitutional Republic?

Pastor Stephen Broden will no doubt be called an "Uncle Tom" just like Clarence Thomas, J.C. Watts, and other black conservatives who dare to escape the liberal plantation. Pray for more of these articulate men and women of color to step forth and speak the truth with courage. "We must fight....we must win!" Don't you wish our Catholic pastors spoke with this kind of zeal?



Good-bye to the First Amendment



The first amendment to the Consitution is supposed to protect free speech rights, even the right to display what others find offensive. I personally would not carry a sign with a picture like that although I understand the feelings of those who do. (Where's the compassion for the disenfranchised?) The gentleman could have refused the officer's unjust order and allowed himself to be arrested. It is only by challenging the unconstitutional activities of these people that we can protect our rights. Under Obama they are fast being destroyed. No doubt carrying a picture like that will soon be labeled a hate crime. Funny, you never heard anything about the nastiness of those who displayed pictures of Bush as Hitler. There is a double standard that threatens only one side of the debate.

If you are a conservative (Bush was no conservative; he was hated for being a Republican.), you are presumed guilty of intolerance and hate; if you're a liberal you are compassionate and tolerant no matter how viscious your attacks. Remember Sarah Palin. Heck, remember poor Bristol Palin. Heck, remember the poor folks going to town hall meetings!

Hate is not a family value unless you happen to be in the liberal family tent that houses abortionists, pornographers, sodomites, champions of same-sex marriage, playboys and their bunnies, the Hollywood elite, PETA people who think animals have more rights than people, Rahm Emanuel and his dead fish, and every other nutcase on the planet. When they depict people they don't like as Hitler, they're just telling the truth.

The Pope and the Senator -- is there more to the story?

In another move to sanctify Senator Ted Kennedy, excerpts from the Senator's letter to Pope Benedict and a reply from the Vatican were read graveside in Arlington Cemetery by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a Kennedy family friend. Friend indeed, After the 2007 Red Mass in D.C. McCarrick motioned to Kennedy and the two recessed together down the aisle, the liberal senator and the liberal cardinal, dare I say both cafeteria Catholics? Pro-abortion Catholic politicians were always welcomed to receive Communion sacrilegiously in Washington, D.C. under Cardinal McCarrick as they are still under his successor, Archbishop Donald Wuerl. Some things never change.

McCarrick's graveside performance reminds me of another Vatican letter, one he downplayed and concealed from the American bishops in 2004 because he disagreed with its contents. That letter too was from the pope, when he was still known as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. And it also relates to the Kennedy drama since it unequivocally stated that pro-abortion politicians, in accordance with Canon Law 915, should not present themselves for or be given Communion. Cardinal Ratzinger wrote at the time:
5. Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.

6. When "these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they were not possible," and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, "the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it" (cf. Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts Declaration "Holy Communion and Divorced, Civilly Remarried Catholics" [2002], nos. 3-4). This decision, properly speaking, is not a sanction or a penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgement on the person’s subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.


Now with regard to the current papal letter, we have no way of knowing whether Cardinal McCarrick repeated his 2004 performance and concealed portions of the pope's letter. Even those parts read offer little more than a promise of prayers and encouragement to seek God's will, good advice for any Catholic facing death. Was there more?

This week has been a teachable moment. Unfortunately, those with he greatest obligation to teach the truth, have chosen instead politically correct silence and promotion of worldly respect for a man who was little more than a celebrity because of his name, his siblings, and his fortune. Despite all the nonsense about Ted Kennedy's greatness, the only "great" impact he had was in advancing the culture of death and the enemies of the Church. Cardinal O'Malley could have shown courage in gentleness by calling for a private family funeral. Perhaps the dynasty would have rebelled at such a humble display and gone elsewhere. Many of them are elsewhere already in rebellion against the faith. Maria Shriver made it clear a few months ago that she's a cafeteria Catholic and, in fact, appears to revel in the label. Claiming to be "Catholics in good standing" while opposing key doctrines of the Church seems to be a Kennedy dogma.

In view of the fact that those with authority to teach are failing to do it, the laity must once again, speak the truth. It is charitable to do so. Hell is forever and those who think God is captive to their opinion of themselves need to read the parable of the pharisee and the publican (Luke 18:9-14). Kennedy's letter to Pope Benedict sounded very much like the pharisee patting himself on the back for all his good works. But, Jesus tells us, it was the repentant publican who went home from the temple justified. Cardinal O'Malley lost a golden opportunity to teach his flock about the importance of repentance and final perseverance. Instead, he fostered the belief, common among most people these days, that no matter what we do here on earth our sugar daddy in the sky will welcome us to Candyland on the last day. That fairy tale could not be further from the truth.

Teddy, We Knew Ye Well

Scandal Time

Human Life International's Statement on the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Final Question

Obama's Health Czar Favors Rationing

Among the reasons America's health care is so expensive are advances in treatments in the last twenty to thirty years that offer a better quality of life as people age and a greater probability of cure. Consider the difference that knee and hip replacements have made in pain-free mobility for the elderly. Dialysis offers those waiting for kidney transplants a longer window of opportunity. In-utero surgery saves babies who wouldn't have survived the pregnancy twenty years ago. Advances in cancer treatment have made the word less terrifying as more and more Americans beat the disease.

Ezekiel Emanuel would like to see health care rationed and one can presume that his views are shared by the man who appointed him as an advisor. And yet, do you think he would have recommended rationing for Ted Kennedy? He wants to eliminate options for those with dementia, how about an incurable brain cancer? Would he have urge Kennedy to forgo the aggressive treatment that enabled him to live 15 months beyond his diagnosis and call for palliative care only?

The elite always have two sets of rules: one for themselves and the rest for the unwashed masses. If you want to understand how it works, read George Orwell's Animal Farm. All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Don Feder Describes the Real Man behind the Kennedy Myth

We'll be listening to drivel for the next week or two about the "greatness" of Teddy Kennedy. But the only great thing about him was his waistline and his capacity for self-delusion. He will be buried at Arlington cemetery among men whose boots he wasn't fit to untie.

KENNEDY WAS A FITTING SYMBOL FOR LIBERALISM

Bad Precedent for Home Schoolers

New Hampshire Court orders Christian homeschooled girl to attend public school

Ted Kennedy was a "man of quiet prayer"


ABC News reported on Ted Kennedy's death Wednesday with a surreal account that must make those who truly fear God fall to their knees in fear and trembling for the man's soul.

The Rev. Patrick Tarrant, who was present with the family during those final hours, said he was impressed by Kennedy's spirituality and faith as he faced death.

The priest said family members were crying and that in his final moments Kennedy was "a man of quiet prayer....The truth is, he had expressed to his family that he did want to go," Tarrant told WCVB, ABC News' Boston affiliate. "He did want to go to heaven. He did want to die... He was ready to go."


The article went on to describe how prayerful the final scene was with family members crying and praying around the Senator's bedside.

Well, a fair question to ask is, who exactly were these folks praying to? Ted Kennedy spent his entire career supporting the murder of the innocent through abortion, abortifacient birth control, and stem cell research. He championed sodomy as well making him an apostle for two of the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance. He led the calumny and slander brigade against an eminently qualified constitutionalist, Justice Robert Bork, when he was named to the Supreme Court and attemted "to bork" others who did not uphold his murderous liberalism.

God offered Kennedy a long warning of his impending death giving him ample time to publicly try to undo the scandal of his life working for the evil one. And yet there isn't one shred of evidence of public repentance. The scandal of his life will be continued at his funeral when our abortion president gets up and eulogizes his political twin. So Kennedy died as he lived. Where is the sign of conversion?

A requirement for a good confession is making a sincere purpose of amendment. Did Fr. Tarrant even remind the senator of that, or was he so starstruck that he let this man die without repenting? One unconfessed mortal sin, as St. Ignatius of Loyala reminds us in the Spiritual Exercises, condemns us to hell. Did Kennedy repent of his abortion advocacy, his support for sodomy, his defense of cannibalizing embryonic babies? A woman who aborts kills one baby; a politician like Kennedy kills millions. Judas didn't nail Christ to the cross but his betrayal killed Him.

The reporting during this entire episode reminds me of another champion of child murder, Justice William Brennan, the real author of Roe v. Wade and a Catholic. He also died as he lived, proud of his record of enabling abortion. Bill and Hillary Clinton sat in the front row at his funeral honoring a man who fulfilled their liberal dreams. He was eulogized by a colleague on the court and by the homilist, his pastor, a priest of the diocese of Arlington who gushed about how much he learned from the judge. Father described holding Brennan's newborn great grandchild, his first, at the wake. He seemed oblivious to the irony of all the unborn infants who would never see the light of day because of Roe v. Wade. Brennan, like Kennedy, apparently did not learn in his final hours that one has an obligation to try to undo the damage of his public scandal. He never publicly repented or asked that an apology be made at his funeral. In fact, Brennan spent his final days expressing the wish to be buried, not from his home parish in Arlington, Our Lady of Lourdes, but from St. Matthew's Cathredral in Washington. Even in death he craved honors.

And so also with Ted Kennedy. Eulogies aren't allowed at Catholic funerals, but Barack Obama will give one and he is the best man for the job. An advocate of murdering the innocent will stand up and praise another murderer of the innocent. Judas will praise Judas. The living Judas will rack up more political points among "cultural Catholics" who know little about their faith and care less.

One can argue that Kennedy should receive a Catholic funeral since a priest was called to his side to give him the last rites. But certainly his funeral should be a humble, private affair in view of the public scandal of his life. That those with the authority to stop this travesty allow it go on is one more indication of the collapse of the faith of the hierarchy in America. It's a reminder that the tower of Babel continues to be built by churchmen more enamored by the worldly Babylon than the City of God.

Will God be impressed?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Marine Corps Vet Nails His Congressman!

It's been interesting to see the manipulation of the Town Halls by ACORN operatives and liberals while they rant about the "brownshirt" locals who dare to disagree with Obama-no-care. Watch the camera pan this town hall meeting in Washington State. The entire crowd cheers on this Marine Corps vet as he challenges Congressman Brain Baird on health care.

The Notre Dame Scandal Has Long Tentacles

The August issue of America Magazine features a pastoral reflection by the Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, Bishop John D'Arcy about the controversy at Notre Dame's commencement. Fr. John Jenkins may think the scandal is behind him, but major questions remain unanswered. Bishop D'Arcy's thoughtful reflection should be read by every Catholic who cares about higher education.

The Church and the University

Monday, August 24, 2009

More Protestants Breaking Up Over "Liberal Drift"

Like the traditional Episcopalians who recently broke away from ECUSA (Episcopal Church U.S.A.)to form the ACNA (Anglican Church in North America), traditional Lutherans are fed up with sodomy being sold as sanctity as well. They are exiting the liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in droves. Many are exploring the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) founded in 2001, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), and the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, largest of the conservative branches with 2.4 million members.

The exodus from these liberal churches can be expected to grow as mainline Protestant churches become more and more pagan. Like the cults of Baal and Molech among the pagan people of Israel, the liberal churches embrace not only sodomy, but often fornication and abortion as well.

But the truth is not high up in the sky. It's easy for anyone to see if he wants to. Jesus said, "If you love me keep my commandments." The commandment against adultery encompasses other acts of lust like sodomy and fornication. While those enslaved to these sins insist that scripture passages explicityly condemning them don't really mean what they say (like Romans 1), faithful Christians recognize the lie for what it is.

We are in a time of separation with the sheep moving toward Christ and goats away from Him. It's time to choose who we will serve. Those faithful to the true God will embrace Joshua's response, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Breakups in protestant denominations are frequent. But there is one church that has maintained the truths of its teaching for 2,000 years. Rather than split up once again, the disintegration offers an invitation from God to come home to Rome where Peter still resides. Jesus founded one true Church, not Henry VIII, Martin Luther, or John Calvin.

"Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." The Catholic Church is the only Church that can trace its beginning in a direct line back to St. Peter. The new breakaway churches are simply the latest in a long line of Protestant sects, forming, breaking away, changing doctrines, etc. Study scripture, Church history, and the Fathers of the Church from the early centuries. The Catholic Church selected the canons of the Bible. Revolutionaries like Luther objected to some true abuses, but also threw out doctrines they didn't like. The Episcopal Church was founded by a syphilitic adulterer who wanted his own way, made himself head of the church, and who, along with his successors, murdered thousands of citizens for the "crime" of refusing to abandon their faith.

Pray, ask the Lord to help you do His will, and search for the truth. That is one prayer the Lord always answers.

Lutheran schism feared after votes on gays

I'm Not Catholic . . . But I'd Like to Know More

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Do You Want to Leave Me Too?

Today's gospel is from John chapter 6, the teaching on the Holy Eucharist, the "Bread of Life." Jesus' meaning is unmistakable for those "with eyes to see and ears to hear." Only by ignoring what He says, can anyone believe that He is speaking in symbolic terms.

Say a prayer to the Holy Spirit and listen to His words:

"I myself am the living bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread he shall live forever; the bread I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world.... [At this point the Jews begin to murmur and quarrel about His meaning so He reaffirms it.] Let me solemnly assure you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you."

Does this sound like symbolic language? Jesus goes on becoming more and more explicit, "He who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has life eternal, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood real drink. The man who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him....Unlike your ancestors who ate and died nonetheless, the man who feeds on this bread shall live forever."

One must be willfully disbelieving to think this language is talking about a symbolic meal. How can that be? Many disciples left Him because of his insistence that His "flesh is real food" and His "blood is real drink." Why would they leave if He was speaking symbolically? And why do so many Christians believe this misinterpretation when their own common sense should speak the truth to their hearts?

Jesus was not a liar. When He says He is the Messiah Christians believe Him. When He says He is the Son of God; they believe Him. Why don't they believe His profession that "My flesh is real food?"

This is the essence of the Catholic doctrine of the REAL PRESENCE and it is the meaning of the daily bread we beg from God in the Our Father. God loves us so much that He remains with us today on the earth in every tabernacle in the world and He comes down from heaven at the Consecration of every Catholic Mass. He invites us to become part of His mystical body by eating His flesh and drinking His blood so that we might become more united to Him and "live forever."

When He showed His wounds to Thomas the week after His resurrection Jesus said, "Be not disbelieving, but believe." Today He calls all men in the same way to have faith in His Real Presence on the earth. Won't you respond as Thomas did? "My Lord and My God."

"If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Big Brother - Will He Track Your Internet Use? Need you ask?


Since 2000 a ban has been in place preventing the Federal government from tracking internet visitors to the federal government's web sites. That may be about to change. Now what exactly will the government do with all that data? Hmmm?

Recently, the administration sent out thousands of unsolicited spam e-mails to Americans around the country. So one prospect for this intrusion is constant administration lobbying for your vote targeting the administration's disinformation right to your inbox.

More intrusive and negative possibilities exist also. Identifying conservative Americans and targeting them for harrassment: IRS audits, adding to a list of "domestic terrorists" if they visit second amendment and conservative sites, etc.

Were you aware the Office of Management and Budget was taking citizen input on this? I didn't, and the deadline for submissions was August 10th. Why wasn't it on the evening news? Do they really want input? Or only the input they solicit from friendly sources?

Remember Reagan's definition of the most terrifying words in the English language? "Hello, I'm from the government and I'm here to help you." Do you think that's what the FBI said to Randy Weaver before they shot his 12-year-old son in the back and shot his unarmed wife? Or what the BATF said when they arrived at David Koresh's farm in Waco and threw procussion grenades against the door to announce their presence before they killed 74 men, women, and children there, basically for being different?

I admit it, I'm worried about domestic terrorists, but I think most of them work for the federal government and come out of the wordwork under liberal administrations. Nixon's coverup of the Watergate break-in didn't leave bodies behind and sent plenty of Republican operatives to jail and forced his resignation. Clinton's body count was significant and none of the killers ended up in jail, only the victims.

U.S. Web-Tracking Plan Stirs Privacy Fears

Government rethinks ban on tracking Web site visitors

Some agencies already track website visitors

Obama: Every move you make, I'll be watching you online

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccine -- Is it Worth the Risk?

During the 1976 flu outbreak more people in the U.S. died from the vaccination than from the flu. With millions of doses being developed for the latest swine flu strain and the scaremongering about a pandemic like the one in the early 1900s that killed millions of people what are the facts?

Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America

Critical Alert: The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction?

Monday, August 17, 2009

How much are we in debt? 11 trillion and it's going up by over 3 billion every day!

Check out the National Debt Clock

And from a government site if you don't mind risking Big Brother's cookies

Top Canadian Doctor Says System is "Not Sustainable"

Overhauling health-care system tops agenda at annual meeting of Canada's doctors

Al Gore: Making a Mint Off of Cap and Trade

Cap-And-Trade: Al Gore's Cash Cow

Al Gore talks a lot about saving the planet. "Yadda, yadda, yadda...." Somehow his actions fall a little short of his words. He lives in an energy-gobbling mansion in Nashville, flies around the world in his private jet spewing carbon, rides around town in his gas-guzzling limo. This guy would be laughable if people didn't take his nonsense so seriously. Maybe they will when they have to buy carbon credits to carpool in their mini van to soccer games. Gore left office worth $2 million. He's now up around $100 million and with his investments in companies that will benefit from cap and trade, he stands to make multi-millions more. This greenie is no greenhorn when it comes to capitalizing on his global warming agenda, but don't you feel a little uneasy about the level of integrity involved in this business? Sort of like a Wall Street insider who gets advance notice of a company's boom?

Was Ronald Reagan a Prophet?

"One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. . . . Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it." - Ronald Reagan

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe Continues to Witness Miraculously

Our Lady of Guadalupe ‘completely beyond' scientific explanation, says researcher

Juan Diego's tilma should have disintegrated years ago, but still it witnesses to Our Lady's visit to Mexico almost 500 years ago. Its existence is "completely beyond any scientific explanation."

Mary told Juan she was his mother and her image reminds us of that still. She wants to bring us straight to her Son. She is the patroness of the Americas.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us and for our poor country.

Go here for extensive information about Mary and her apparitions to Juan Diego in 1531.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Obama's plans have all been tried and failed before -- in California!

You'll never get IOUs from the federal government for your tax return like citizens in California. The feds will just print more money which will be worth less and less. There is absolutely nothing innovative about Obama's and the liberal democrats solutions to our economic crisis. They've all been tried before and failed -- in California.

California's Morality Play in Three Acts

By Jon Huey

I know that everybody likes to poke fun at California – but I can tell you right now that despite all of its problems, California remains one of the best places in the world to build a successful small business.

All you have to do is start with a successful large business.

Laugh if you will, but let me remind you that when these policies finish wrecking California, there are still 49 other states we can all move to – and yours is one of them.

I should also warn you of the strange sense of déjà-vu that I have every day on the House floor as I watch the same folly and blunders that wrecked California now being passed with reckless abandon in this Congress.

We passed a “Cash-for-Clunkers” bill the other day – we did that years ago in California.

Doubling the entire debt every five years? Been there.

Increasing spending at unsustainable rates? Done that.

Save-the-Planet-Carbon-Dioxide restrictions? Got the T-Shirt.

To understand how these policies can utterly destroy an economy and bankrupt a government, you have to remember the Golden State in its Golden Age.

A generation ago, California spent about half what it does today AFTER adjusting for both inflation and population growth.

And yet, we had the finest highway system in the world and the finest public school system in the country. California offered a FREE university education to every Californian who wanted one. We produced water and electricity so cheaply that many communities didn’t bother to measure the stuff. Our unemployment rate consistently ran well below the national rate and its diversified economy was nearly recession-proof.

One thing – and one thing only – has changed in those years: public policy. The political Left gradually gained dominance over California’s government and has imposed a disastrous agenda of radical and retrograde policies that have destroyed the quality of life that Californians once took for granted. (Continue reading....)

"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little one too!"

Abortion is not a respecter of women. Mothers are just collateral damage in the battle for abortion on demand on every continent, every country, every city, and every village no matter how small.

UN Health Data Show Liberal Abortion Laws Lead to Greater Maternal Death

Countries with the lowest maternal mortality rates are those with the strictest abortion laws. Abortion kills children and their moms too. Promoters of abortion masquerade as Glinda, but they're really the Wicked Witch of the West.

Psst! Want to buy a historic covered bridge -- cheap?

Religious freedom is guaranteed under the first amendment of the Constitution, right? Do you think that matters to those who have a secular liberal agenda? Take a look at the Belmont Abbey College case. The college developed a health plan that removes coverage for abortion, sterilization, and contraception. Eight faculty members filed a complaint with the North Carolina Department of Insurance saying that the school was violating state law and didn't qualify for a religious exemption. Their case was dismissed. Then, with the support of the National Women's Law Center, they went to the local EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in Charlotte, NC claiming "gender discrimination." The case was dismissed there as well.

Funny thing, though. Two months later the school received another letter reversing the decision. According to college president, Dr. William Theirfelder, "My understanding is it went to Washington, and that it was in Washington where this was decided, not the Charlotte office."

So a Catholic college MUST provide health coverage for immoral procedures condemned by Catholic doctrine.

Watch developments in this story. It throws light on the treatment Catholics can expect for not only Catholic schools, but every Catholic organization in the country that has employees. If you think Obama health care will respect the religious liberty of Catholic health workers and Catholic facilities, I have a nice historical covered bridge outside Woodstock that I'd be glad to sell you. All reasonable offers considered.

See the LifeSite story.

Friday, August 14, 2009

John Stossel Crushes Obama Health Care Plan

Watch this and start barking at your town hall meetings!


Worldwide Rosary Crusade

An international movement inviting people all over the world to pray the rosary simultaneously takes place this year on Sunday, August 16 at 5:00 PM Paris time (11:00 AM Eastern Time). Larry and I will be praying our rosary in the car on the way to see my brother John who had a stroke a few weeks ago and is in a stroke rehabilitation center in Baltimore. Won't you join as well praying the Glorious Myseries asking the Blessed Mother's intercession for our troubled world? Life's short, pray hard!

You don't need to be Catholic to pray the rosary which is a scriptural prayer made up of the Creed, the Our Father, Hail Marys, and the Glory Be. I invite Protestants to join us as well. Jesus honored his mother and he invites all of His followers to honor her as well. Remember the fourth commandment? Can anyone seriously believe that the Lord did not fulfill this commandment to perfection? Mary is a powerful intercessor and prayer partner. Let us not neglect her because she cares for all her children as a good mother and wants to bring us home.

Good News for Chocoholics!

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but after a heart attack, a little chocolate every week can help keep the grim reaper at bay. Now the question is which brand has the best medicinal qualities? I'm partial to Ghiradelli - especially dark chocolate with raspberry filling. Lindt is good too. They have a great hazelnut chocolate bar. But for an absolutely incomparable treat check out The Toffee House. I'm sure the variety with dark chocolate must be good for the heart! It's also a great way to say I love you to someone special. Like fine wine, it should be taken in small quantities and savored.

The Church has fast days and feast days. Fast and pray with all your heart on days of penance, and feast with joy on special days like tomorrow - the Feast of the Assumption. I never tire of sharing Hilaire Belloc's philosophy - "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, there's music and laughter and good red wine." Break out the Merlot and the chocolate for Mary's feast day! And praise God for His goodness. He could have made eating just an instinct for survival, but he has made all our appetities pleasurable. The challenge to our fallen nature is satisfying those appetites according to His wonderful will which brings about true joy. When we make our satisfaction the goal, however, they make us sick, literally.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Physician Congressman Tom Price Takes Democrats to Task on Health Care




Please Help a Pro-Life Champion

I sent this message out this evening to my email list. Please help!

Dear Friends,

I've written before asking your financial and prayer support for solid pro-life, pro-family candidates. And I'm asking again for a man who is a great pro-lifer and a personal friend, Bob Marshall.

It's hard to believe that a Virginia House of Delegates member could become a national target of the homosexual lobby, but Bob is the top target of national and state pro homosexual groups and abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL whom he's fought for years.

For example, the homosexual advocacy group, Equality Virginia PAC, wrote recently:

Defeating Marshall (like our prior defeats of Delegates Dick Black and Brad Marrs) would echo resoundingly in the Republican caucus and among some conservative Democrats … EVPAC is continuing our work to build collaborations with … national groups to provide … effective backing for pro-equality campaigns.


Their purpose is not just to defeat Bob. It is to ensure that other legislators across the United States will not challenge the homosexual agenda and to eliminate lawmakers who take their faith seriously. Last October 31, 2008, Time Magazine ("The Gay Mafia That's Redefining Liberal Politics”) showed how out-of-state homosexual money already defeated two Virginia pro-family state delegates in 2005.

Bob Marshall does not duck difficult questions. Bob flew pro-life activist Julie Mackama (who was conceived as a result of sexual assault) into Virginia for a Richmond legislative hearing. Julie spoke for Bob’s bill which blocked tax-paid “Morning After Pills” at state colleges. (Bob’s bill passed the House of Delegates, but failed in a Senate Committee.)

Former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) lost in 2008, because she ran out of money and could not answer fabricated claims brought against her by the same homosexual and abortion groups now trying to beat Bob Marshall. Bob Marshall is running in his 10th general election, and he needs our help!

Bob is holding a fund-raising event at Rappahannock Cellars on August 30 from 5:30 to 7:30. If you live in the Northern Virginia area come on out. I'll be there to support Bob and I'd love to meet you.

You and I can ensure that the state legislator and All Saints parishioner who authored Virginia’s Constitutional Marriage Amendment in 2006, and Virginia’s ban on Partial Birth infanticide abortions does not lose his office this November for lack of support from those of us who have the gift of Faith.

Go to Bob's web site to see his broad appeal. I ask you to join me in supporting Bob Marshall’s reelection with a check, the largest you can make. Virginia has no limit on campaign donations and corporate money is allowed. You can donate on-line at the website or mail your check to Friends of Bob Marshall P.O. Box 421 Manassas, VA 20108.

I know these are hard economic times, but if we love the unborn and value family we really need to come through for people like Bob who are more than politicians. Bob is a warrior for the Lord. He needs our prayers and our pocketbooks.

May the Lord reward you for whatever you can do to help Bob be re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates this November.

With a grateful heart,

Mary Ann Kreitzer

You Can't Fool Mother Nature: i.e., Pope Paul VI was right

Pope Paul VI was a prophet when he predicted the negative effects of artificial birth control. Particulary on target were his statements about the evil effects on the relationships between men and women:

Another thing to be dreaded is that men who have come to take contraceptive practices for granted, will lose all sense of reverence for women. With no heed for their physical or mental balance, they will make them mere instruments of their lust. No longer will women be looked up to by men as companions to whom they owe love and respect.

It isn't just relationships that have been poisoned, however. Women are paying the price for their "reproductive freedom" in their own bodies. Hormonal birth control is a woman's daily dose of poison. She may not die of it today, but the damage to her body is irrevocable and the increase in the likelihood she'll die of breast or other form of cancer is significant. Who really benefits from women "controlling their bodies?" Rapacious men who want the enjoyment of sex without any of the responsibility. They used to have to go to hookers to get it. Now they just "hook up."

The danger to women from chemical birth control are well known and have been for years, but the unpopular truth has been suppressed. The government medical community has aided and abetted the silence and enabled the exploitation of women, especially teens. Approving over the counter sale of the morning after bill, which contains a mega-dose of hormones, ensures that young women will suffer serious health consequences in the future. How many times will young girls, encouraged by their boyfriends, resort to the pill during their teen years? How many will die of breast cancer before they're 50?

Who cares after all? Women have always been seen as sex objects by immoral and irresponsible men. The playboy's greatest coup was convincing women that to be equal to men they needed to be equally irresponsible. But women are the ones who pay the biggest price for their so-called freedom.

Read Humanae Vitae and see all the prophecies that have come to pass since its release: loss of respect for women, more infidelity, government using birth control and abortion against their people, more divorce and breakdown of the marital bond. There are plenty of problems in the Catholic Church because, while it's an institution founded by Christ, he uses men and some of them are Judases. Nevertheless, the fullness of truth is in her doctrine whether anyone follows it or not.

Noted Endocrinologist Dispels the Myth of Health Benefits of the Pill

Noted Endocrinologist Explains How the Birth Control Pill Causes Abortion

Birth Control Pill Linked to Hardening of the Arteries

THE PILL IS DEADLY TO BABIES AND WOMEN

Vatican Newspaper Publishes Article Detailing Birth Control Pill as Cause of Abortion and Cancer

Injectable Birth Control Causes Obesity

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

One of the Republican plants who dares to ask a question - NOT!

Turns Out the Hitler Poster (that Illustrates Conservative Extremism) was carried by a Lefty Plant!

BUSTED!: "Obama As Hitler" Poster Was A Democrat/Union Plant At John Dingell Townhall! UPDATED with video interview!

One more example of liberals using Alinsky tactics to demonize and "freeze" the opposition. It's a game folks, but only one side knows it. And they are playing honest folks for patsies and fool. This is liberalism at its corrupt and dishonest best!

Selective Reporting Once Again from the Liberal Media


MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and other liberal talking heads are going ballistic over the "scare tactics," racism, and "mob" action of conservatives protesting the Obama attempted takeover of health care. Oh, those scary, mindless conservatives!

When have these paragons of journalistic integrity shown the same vigilance to report on liberal "mob action"? Oh, excuse me, there's no such thing because liberals are tolerant, compassionate, and they luuuuuuuuv every living thing. Just check out their bumper stickers. Next to the "Prayerfully Pro-Choice" one you'll find "Practice Random Acts Of Kindness And Senseless Acts Of Beauty." (Pause here for a moment of edified silence.)

I once left a note on a car in the Giant parking lot with those very bumper stickers inviting "dialogue." I wrote, "Is killing babies one of your random acts of kindness? Why don't you pick on someone your own size. I'd be happy to discuss this with you." I signed my name and phone number. The recipient promptly went to the police department to report on how "threatened" he/she felt. Next thing I received a phone call from the local constable threatening me. Initially he put me on the defensive, then I thought, "Wait a minute!" I asked him what law I broke and talked about the first amendment. After I politely but assertively pressed the officer to give me the statute number for my "crime," he hung up on me. So I called his boss. I suspect the cop was a friend of the terrified motorist who knew my name and number but was anonymous to me.

That's what I love about liberals. They're brave enough to kill babies in the womb, but a grownup who disagrees with them and challenges them to dialogue makes them quake in their boots. My words were just soooooo hurtful. Pass them a crying towel.

Where have you read in the mainstream media about left-wing "mob action?" Here are a few examples that illustrate, once again, liberal hypocrisy.

Analysis: Press Largely Ignored Incendiary Rhetoric at Bush Protest

Race-Baiting Group Hitting TV's Glenn Beck Was Founded By Obama's Communist Green Jobs Czar

When the Right Protests, It Must Be Wrong

Pelosi and Hoyer Were For Drowning Out Opposing Views Before They Were Against It

Wrong Strategy at the Town Halls -- In Other Words, They Want You to Get Angry!

The Town Hall Meetings show a population angry about what the government is trying to ram down taxpayers' throats. But the strategy of angry shouting is a loser. I always advise people: "When you get mad, smile and lower your voice."

The Alinskyites love people to get angry. It's part of the "freeze" 'em strategy. ("They're an angry lynch mob who need to be controlled by reasonable government bureaucrats like us.") Wes Pruden talked about that in his editorial, Recycling the Contempt, a few days ago. "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."

The conservative American taxpayer is the target and liberals have us in their sights. Getting angry and allowing the situation to escalate to violence serves their purposes. Alinskyites use the Delphi technique to manipulate a perceived "consensus" for their agenda when none really exists. Read about the Delphi Technique in this article by Lynn Stuter. I'll give a brief overview of the contents with a few suggestions of my own mixed in. (Thanks to Catherine of Siena at Threshing Grain for the reminder.)

1) There's a preset outcome; the "dialogue" is just for show. The meeting is geared to give participants a sense of ownership of the result and the feeling that they were heard, but the organizers manipulate it from start to finish to get what they want. It is essential to the method that the facilitator be liked. (This obviously isn't working with the town hall meetings since many people distrust and dislike their members of Congress. However, Barack Obama, the figurehead, is still relatively popular; people want to like him.)

2) The meeting facilitator is trained to identify factions in the group and use a divide and conquer strategy. Tension and conflict are desired and used to introduce the "reasonable" compromise. The Delphi managers target members in the group who disagree, make them angry or appear ridiculous, etc. Once the group is polarized the Delphi managers become the consensus builders recommending their ideas as the compromise position.

3) Often the group is divided for discussion with Delphi members "reporting" what each group says, but conveniently leaving out or diluting opinions that differ with their goal.
"This technique is a very unethical method of achieving consensus on a controversial topic in group settings. It requires well­trained professionals who deliberately escalate tension among group members, pitting one faction against the other, so as to make one viewpoint appear ridiculous so the other becomes 'sensible' whether such is warranted or not."

So how do you fight the Delphi Technique? You can disrupt it in a number of ways.

1) Never get mad! Smile, be charming. Don't play into their tactic of increasing tension. Bring a group who recognizes the Delphi and disperse them through the room. Meet ahead of time to plan your strategy. For example, develop questions you want answered with the goal of forcing the facilitator to respond.

2) Stay focused. Have your questions written down and be persistent in sweetly asking for an answer. Often they will rephrase or distort questions to make them negative or hostile. Correct them sweetly. Often they will try to avoid answering the question altogether by going off on a long tangent. Listen politely. When they finish say, "You didn't answer my question" and repeat it. Allies can also say, "You didn't answer her question." Be polite and persistent.

3) If you have an organized group, never congregate in the room. Delphi managers are trained to spot organized dissent and will "freeze" you out. Rather, go to them and listen to what they are saying as they "work" the room and attempt to disrupt their activities by polite questioning. Talk to other participants making observations about how the facilitator is "unresponsive" and won't address concerns. Ask whether people feel manipulated in the process. Don't accuse; put it in the form of a question.

Lynn Stuter closes her article with this question:
So why have the meetings at all if the outcome is already established? Because it is imperative to the continued well­being of the agenda that the people be facilitated into ownership of the preset outcome. If people believe the idea is theirs, they support it: If the people believe the idea is being foisted on them, they will resist. Likewise, it is imperative to the continued well­being of the agenda that the people perceive that their input counts. This scenario is being used very effectively to move meetings to a preset conclusion, effectively changing our form of government from a representative form of government in which individuals are elected to represent the people. to a 'participatory democracy' in which citizens, selected at large, are facilitated into ownership of preset outcomes, perceiving that their input resulted therein, when the reality is that the outcome was already established by people not apparent to the citizen participants.


The Delphi Technique is being used, not only at town hall meetings, but in the larger "meeting" in the press. Pelosi, Reid, the liberal talking heads, etc. are all "freezing" and "polarizing" the opposition. Note that the concerns of Americans are dismissed as misrepresentations of the plan. The very real concerns are treated as ridiculous and "fishy" and questions are never answered.

Consider just two examples - abortion and protecting the conscience rights of medical personnel. The organizers will NOT ensure that taxpayers won't be forced to fund abortion. In fact, Planned Parenthood and NARAL demand it since it's in many private insurance plans now. There is no doubt that abortion will be mandated by government insurance. By the same token, health care professionals will be forced to participate in killing children. Obama has made it clear that abortion is a centerpiece of his administration. He will not be deterred.

The American people need to fight and fight smart. "Be as wise as serpents, and as gentle as doves," says the Lord. It's a winning strategy even if we end up on the cross.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Home Schoolers Achievers


New Study Shows Homeschoolers Excel Academically
Homeschoolers, on average, scored 37% above public school students on standardized achievement tests

No surprise. They don't spend their academic day on sex ed, drug ed, safe touch programs, new age nonsense, politically correct claptrap, etc. Kudos to the parent teachers who do their job so well!

White House Calls out the Thugs!

Communities Organize Against Health Care, While Professional Protestors Organize at White House Behest

"'If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard!' Jim Messina, the White House Deputy Chief of staff, told Senate Democrats in a meeting to prepare them to respond to constituent protests according to staffers. In a similar vein, labor union bosses, such as the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), sent out memos urging their members to turn out in force and 'drown out' opponents’ voices."

And they aren't just whistling Dixie. Check out these stories.

Cameraman Caught in Middle When Town Hall Erupts Into Violence

The video below from MSNBC show how biased "reporters" manipulate the story. Note the presumption that the "violence" is the fault of those protesting the health care plan. (Last time I broke up a kid's fight there were two involved.) See how the AFL-CIO rep is NOT challenged. The assumption is the "mob" is the conservatives not the union and ACORN thugs who were let into the meeting in Tampa while protesters were shut out. Note also how they blame the groups urging Americans to make their voices heard and accusing them of inciting violence. The fact that the meetings are manipulated and supporters are given early entry and fill the rooms is left completely unaddressed by these "reporters." They ask what responsibility the group has for the actions of the protesters, a question they NEVER asked Obama's campaign team about their responsibility for ACORN's voter fraud. Just one more example of liberal hypocrisy.



If citizens organize, we're compared to the KKK and unAmerican. When the White House calls out ACORN and union thugs, they're just pushing back. We have rarely in the history of this country seen gangster government like this. As the town meetings continue to be contentious watch the liberals 1) cancel them and 2) manipulate who gets in. Oh wait, they're already doing that. What's next, the dead fish in the mailbox?

San Francisco Government Adoption Agency Advertises for Parents on Sado-Masochistic Homo Website

Adoptive Dads Sought on S/M Webpage

We all know that homosexuals who practice sado-masochism make the best parents, don't we? Especially for little boys who are such cute little chicks who would definitely enjoy living with the chicken hawks. What a great way to spend tax dollars, eh? After all, liberals tell us marriage is whatever you think it is and apparently so is parenting. Choose your partner from the following list and then sign up for adoption:

* same sex
* opposite sex
* one of each
* group according to taste
* man's best friend
* appetite of the day

The evil (and crazy) Roman emperor Caligula married (and murdered) his sister and made his horse a senator. He was a man ahead of his time. We think he'd be comfortable among today's liberals, especially in San Francisco.

Great Editorial from Wesley Pruden on the Town Hall Meetings

PRUDEN: Recycling the contempt

Cash for your Clunker Cadillac?

We were down at our local car dealers this morning having some maintenance done on our gas-guzzling SUV (that pulls our camper and serves bus duty when our grandkids visit) and my husband asked if they were benefitting from the cash for clunkers program. The service department employee said yes. He went on to share a story about someone bringing in a loaded Cadillac (98 or 99): leather seats, great sound system, the works. It had fewer than 100,000 miles on it and was in great condition. He asked if they could salvage anything off the car. The answer was no. It made him sick, he said, to destroy a car in such good condition. The buyer bought a new Impala subsidized by the taxpayer.

And this is good for the economy? Anybody have a clunker Mercedes or Lincoln they want to trash? Obama has this great program to subsidize the rich. (Hey, isn't that the accusation always thrown at conservatives?)

Journalists Move to Obama Administration - any wonder he got such great press?

If you thought the media was biased for Obama during the election cycle you were right. And now they're getting their payback moving into the administration. Thirteen journalists have been rewarded so far. Read about it here. The thirteenth is listed in a "related story" underneath the article.

Journalists used to be unbiased and reported both sides of news stories. Now days most think their job is advocating for their own political agenda. Personally I often read the London papers because you get less biased news about the states from British reporters than from the crew at the New York Times and ABC. Give it a try. You may even find youself getting the conservative side of a story.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Yes, Virginia, Abortion and Euthanasia are in the bill!

Obama "Reality Check" Web Site Doesn't Dispute Abortion in Health Care Plan

House Health Care Bill Gives Doctors Financial Incentive to Push Euthanasia

Martyrs of the Nazis remind us of the cost of atheistic humanism






At his Angelus address yesterday given from Castel Gondolfo, Pope Benedict described two martyrs of the Holocaust, St. Edith Stein and St. Maximilian Kolbe. Edith Stein, a Jewish university professor turned contemplative nun, offered her life for the end of the war. Sent to the death camp because of her Jewish heritage she died at Auschwitz in 1942. Fr. Kolbe also died at Auschwitz. After an escape several prisoners were randomly selected to die in the "starvation bunker." One man selected fell to his knees and begged for his life because he was a husband and father. Fr. Kolbe stepped out of the line of prisoners and offered to take the man's place. Despite having only part of one lung he was the last survivor, acting as a chaplain preparing the other prisoners for death. The Nazis finally killed him after two weeks of suffering by lethal injection.

The pope spoke of "the antithesis" between Christian humanism and atheistic humanism "which spans history, but that with the contemporary nihilism, has come to a crucial point.... The Nazi concentration camp - as every death camp, can be considered an extreme symbol of evil, of the hell that comes to earth when man forgets God, and when He is replaced, usurping from Him the right to decide what is good and what is evil, to give life or to take life. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is not confined to the death camp."

In the 21st century, our enlightened age, death camps thrive in every major city. They are called "women's reproductive centers" and disguise their bloody holocaust as choice. And the men playing God work there or in the halls of Congress where they write health care legislation mandating that taxpayers participate in the murder. Some things never change. The nihilists in every age continue their deathly rampage.

Pray God they can be stopped. St. Edith and St. Maximilian, pray for us.

Cash for Clunkers Hurts the Poor!

Do you hear the Twilight Zone music playing? Here are a few problems with "cash for clunkers":

1) The government requires destruction of the clunkers, the very cars the poor can afford. I actually heard an interview on public radio with an auto dealer describing how they fill the oil tank with a mixture, then turn on the engine until it dies. One more car body for the landfill. And one less used car for someone who can't afford to buy new.

2) Do the poor benefit? No, but the auto workers' union sure does. This is a liberal payback.

3) Who's buying the cars? Folks who can afford them -- those who are relatively affluent. They get a deep discount on a new car courtesy of the taxpayers (including the poor). This is welfare for the wealthy!

4) Some auto buyers say the cost of a new car is higher. Auto dealers are jacking up the prices of new, fuel efficient models.

"Cash for Clunkers" is pretty on the outside but when you lift the hood there's no engine to run it.

Cash for Clunkers program a tax cut for the rich

Embryonic Stem Cells Mean Big Bucks for the Culture of Death

Everybody makes a buck off the babies, but the moms get the least. They should go on strike for higher pay for killing their chidren! Why should the cosmetic firms and spas rake in all the dough?

Clinics Use Tissue From Babies Killed in Abortions for Cosmetic Injections

Gangster Government and Community Organizing! Have they bled us dry yet?

If the health care bill passes it will more likely be due to gangster government than the merits of the case. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel who is a chief health care advisor to the administration (He believes health care should be rationed and refused to the elderly and handicapped.) has this advice for getting the bill passed.

"Every favor to a constituency should be linked to support for the health-care reform agenda. If the automakers want a bailout, then they and their suppliers have to agree to support and lobby for the administration's health-reform effort."
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel

Blackmail and bribery are the m.o. under the Obama administration. In politics horse-trading is the rule rather than the exception, but this administration has brought it to new levels. Toe the line or else.

Which is why the current uproar over the Town Hall meetings is so funny. To see the liberal community/union organizers going ballistic over conservative organizing is hilarious. How dare the uppity conservatives borrow a page out of their playbook. Shaking rubber sharks at bank board meetings is ACORN's idea. The teaparty organizers have no right to wave all those "Don't tread on me flags" around. And sending teabags to Congress? Cut it out!

Liberal hypocrisy is very entertaining. Where were the buses filled with ACORN employees heading out to demonstrate at the homes of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae executives who made obscene bonuses by cooking the company books? The AIG executives were pikers compared to the government thieves. No demonstrators for them! The masses just need to understand. Government theft=good, private profit=bad!

My dad used to say when 49% of the taxpayers were carrying the other 51% there would be a tax revolution. Seems like we're about there. Productive citizens are being bled dry by government cheats, corporation fat cats, union and community organizers, as well as low-life politicians whose only concern is lining their own pockets. It's time to revolt before the citizen body is a corpse.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Do You Know What's in the Health Care Plan?


Liberty Counsel has a rundown of the Obama health care plan with identification of issues by section and page number in the bill. There are lots of people saying critics are lying about what's in the bill. Even when we quote chapter and verse, the Obama administration scream "right wing conspiracy." Read it for yourself. It's as bad or worse than what you've heard.

Here's the bill (all 1000+ pages).

Here's Liberty Counsel's rundown on some of the serious issues that should concern taxpayers.

Now I'll itemize a few that concern me (N.B. The numbers in the text are the lines on the page):

1) Rationing. The bill establishes a committee to determine what benefits will be allowed. "There is established a private-public advisory committee which shall be a
15 panel of medical and other experts to be known as 16 the Health Benefits Advisory Committee to rec17ommend covered benefits and essential, enhanced, 18 and premium plans." (p. 30) In view of the fact that the President says the bill will be funded in part by cuts in Medicare, this should raise red flags. What services will be denied to those considered too old or too handicapped to be worth the cost?

2) Illegal Aliens get free care paid for by citizens. "(2) NONRESIDENT ALIENS.—Subsection (a) [which imposes a 2.5% tax] 2 shall not apply to any individual who is a non3 resident alien." (pg. 170)

3) The government will limit and control hospital capacity, another form of health care rationing. "(C) PROHIBITION ON EXPANSION OF FA22CILITY CAPACITY.—Except as provided in para23graph (2), the number of operating rooms, pro24cedure rooms, or beds of the hospital at any25 time on or after the date of the enactment of •HR 3200 IH 1 this subsection are no greater than the number 2 of operating rooms, procedure rooms, or beds,3 respectively, as of such date." Should the feds really be deciding how many beds are available in every community in America? Some things are best decided at the local level. The Catholic Church calls that "subsidiarity."

4) Mandatory end-of-life counseling. This requirement goes on for ten pages (424-434) and gets very specific about counseling on palliative and hospice care, living wills, etc. Having been involved in both the Hugh Finn and Terri Schiavo cases where brain damaged individuals who were NOT comatose and were NOT terminally ill were deliberately murdered by dehydration and starvation, this section gives me the willies. It is clearly oriented toward urging people to refuse life-sustaining treatment when they are not imminently dying. Included in the document is government control over which health professionals can write an end-of-life order. Consider when these documents talk about chronic diseases that are "incurable" encompassed in that language are diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, kidney disease, Down Syndrome, heart disease, and many other chronic conditions.

5) School based health clinics. Those in the pro-life movement have been fighting these clinics for years. They often provide contraception and referral for abortion without parental knowledge or consent. While the bill claims to follow state laws, what is the guarantee tht will be the case. The past is prologue to the future. School-based clinics usurp parents rights and often encourage fornication. (pg. 992 and following)

These are just a few of the items that concern me. There are dozens of others: the government having direct access to your bank account, home visitation programs for pregnant women and families with young children, government data networks of medical records, etc. ad infinitum. The more I read, the less I like it. Government already controls too much of our lives and this bill expands that intrusion exponentially.

Take a look at some of these things for yourself and you'll understand why folks are going out in droves to Town Hall meetings to protest Obama's health plan.

Doctors oppose Obama Plan

Physicians speak out on health care bill
Many say the costly plan won't fix problems

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Reasons Medical Care Costs are so High -- Waste, Fraud, & Abuse

Waste, fraud, and abuse, are already rampant in government-run health programs. If government can't control the problem now, how does expanding their role make any sense? Billions of taxpayer dollars are burned up every year with nothing to show for it. Give taxpayers more control over their health care and costs will go down. That's one of the recommendations of the CATO Institute. It's worth serious consideration. President Obama's intimate connections with one of the most fraudulent organizations in the country, ACORN, should also give taxpayers pause. The expression "Physician, heal thyself," comes to mind. If the president can't recognize rotten acorns, why should we trust him with the oak tree forest?

Just Miami – $3B Yr In Medicare Fraud

Health care (Medicare and Medicaid) fraud

Opinion: Waste, fraud, and abuse the weird sisters of healthcare costs

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Obama's Dancing with the Czars and Giving the Boot to the Auto Franchises

In the dumbed-down culture of the United States, citizens are likely to spend more time thinking about American Idol and Dancing with the Stars than our Constitutional form of government and the threats coming from the Obama administration on all levels. Consider just two items for today: The Obama czar-making machine and the auto industry takeover.

Part 1 - Dancing with the Czars:
As Rep. Michele Bachmann states in the video in the post below, the administration is making an end-run around Congress by naming czars to run just about everything. Consider that cabinet posts are subject to the "advice and consent" of the Senate. Who is consenting to these czars? Obama! He is creating a massive parallel government of elitists who are unelected and unaccountable to the American people. There is absolutely no Congressional oversight of these unelected and, in at least some cases, unqualified people.

Using the word "czar" certainly fits the effort because these positions create an imperial group who answer to no one but the president/king. Some have more authority than cabinet posts. Obama didn't begin the practice and it may not be unconsitutional since presidents can appoint advisers. However, former presidents dating back to FDR, had only one or two. Obama has taken the practice to new heights with over three dozen (so far). Obama's list of czars is mind-numbing. He has an "infotech" czar, a "faith-based" czar, an "energy" czar, a "terrorism" czar, a "TARP" czar, an "urban" czar, a "Guantanamo closure czar, a "health reform czar...and on and on. There is even a "non-proliferation" czar who is obviously not working on the non-proliferation of czars! (My nephew is out of work and available to serve as the "unemployed" czar.)

Each "czar" is making between $100k and $180K a year and has a support staff ballooning the costs. Has anyone examined these appointments in depth? You can pay off a lot of political debts with such a crony system. Here are a few examples of these "czars": "Pay Czar," Kenneth Feinberg, a lawyer with no executive experience, has the power to set the wages of the executives of any company getting bailout money. "Science Czar" John Holden has advocated for compulsory abortion and mandatory population control. Some "czars" like Cass Sunstein, are spouses of other Obama advisors -- keeping it in the family so to speak. There's even a former "czar," "car czar" Steve Rattner who resigned in what looks like a brewing financial scandal. (Will we be surprised?) One things for sure, this violates at least the spirit of Obama's promises to the American people about running an ethical and transparent administration. There is virtually no public scrutiny of these appointments.

Americans not outraged over this are probably working for one of the czars. Keep in mind that none of these folks had to apply for the job under Civil Service Rules. They are all patronage appointments, pure and simple. While a few are in positions confirmed by the Senate, most were not. They are new jobs set up by the administration in one more government expansion. Congress, of course, ostensibly has oversight of the Executive branch of government but with a Democratic administration and a Democratic Congress there is currently NO CONTROL. The Obama/Pelosi team will fund whatever our liberal president wants and the taxpayers be damned.

Part 2 - Stealing businesses:
Michele Bachmann (again in the video below) illustrates how the government is taking over and destroying small businesses in the the auto industry. Chrysler executives say they didn't make the decision about which dealerships to close; a White House task force did. Many in the car industry say there appears to be no rhyme nor reason to the closings. Some franchieses that were doing well were targeted which led to concern that closings were politically motivated. Since most car franchises are small businesses the owners are likely to be Republican. Regardless, once government is involved in decisions about which businesses stay open and which close politics gets into the act. Who benefits when the government decides what businesses can operate? When politicians, like Barney Frank, influence which franchises survive (He saved at least one in his district.) what happens? Will the politician who took big bucks from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (and let his boyfriend run a gay prostitution ring in his Capitol Hill home) expect something for his help? What if he doesn't get it? Does the franchise close next year?

Running businesses is not the responsibility of government and the potential for corruption and cronyism when they do is significant. It is interesting that the first "czar" to resign was the one involved in making these decisions over GM and Chrysler. An in-depth investigation of the hundreds of dealerships closed, the political contributions of their owners, etc. would make fascinating reading I'm sure.

With the 2010 elections coming up, a sensible strategy would be CHANGE! Kick out the liberals who have increased the national depth, taken over a large percentage of the private sector with the prospect of gobbling up even more, and have adopted policies driving us into double-digit unemployment.

Throw out liberalism and adopt conservatism. America has problems, but she has a lot that's worth portecting and defending. Don't let liberalism destroy her!

Gangster Government Destroys Local Businesses!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Dems Upset about Americans Daring to Criticize them at Local Town Hall Meetings

It is always so entertaining to listen to the rhetoric of the liberal left. They are upset at the fact that patriotic Americans have the unmitigated gall to actually challenge their enlightened plans for the hoi polloi (that's us). So they are crying about "mob rule" and calling the challenges at town halls orchestrated events. (If they are it just illustrates that conservatives are finally imitating the tactics of ACORN, gay activists, left-wing anti-everything protesters, etc. only without the violence and the total shutdown of free speech.) Check out Michelle Malkin's video example of mob rule! And the left dares to call citizens questioning the health plan quislings "mob rule?" Get real.

Here's the first one to whet your appetite showing lefties storming a Minuteman meeting at Columbia University. This type of treatment is typical on campuses when pro-lifers speak. Hey, I've been at meetings like that. Free speech? Anyone? Anyone?

Where's the ACLU when it comes to ending liberal censorship?

YouTube, a Google, subsidiary hates censorship, right? They let folks post videos desecrating the Blessed Sacrament. (Try that with the Koran.) They tolerate Christian bashing of all stripes. But let an investigative group show undercover footage of Planned Parenthood enabling statutory rape and what happens? CENSORSHIP!

Live Action, a group of students dedicated to undercovering the dark side of Planned Parenthood, has had several videos on YouTube showing PP employees instructing underage girls how to protect adult predators who they believe got them pregnant. Now YouTube has CENSORED the videos in violation of their own rules. Prosecutors in several states have used these videos to call for full investigations of PP for prosecution. The videos are in full compliance with YouTube requirements. So why are they CENSORING Live Action? Visit their website and sign the petition calling on YouTube to back off and repost the videos!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Surprise! Geithner & Summers won't rule out tax hike on middle class


"Read my lips; no new taxes." Remember when Bush the elder said that? Well...politicians tend to say what they need to get elected and Obama obviously had his fingers crossed when he promised no new tax burden on the middle class. Now we're told he said he would not "primarily" raise taxes on the backs of the middle class. (Heh, heh...gotcha!)

On yesterday's Sunday talk shows, administration reps Timothy Geithner (Treasury Secretary) and Lawrence Summers (White House economics advisor) said the administration will do whatever is necessary.

Reporting this morning, The Washington Times writes:

When asked about tax increases, "you're not ruling it out, you can't rule it out," Mr. Geithner responded: "I think that what the country needs to do is understand we're going to have to do what it takes. We're going to do what's necessary."

His remarks differed from Mr. Summers' words in March and contradicted what Mr. Obama called "a firm pledge" that no one other than the rich would have taxes raised.

"I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes," he told an audience Sept. 12 in Dover, N.H.


Tighten your belts, folks. Get ready to pay more for less, especially you baby boomers. Do your duty and sign up for a quick exit via assisted suicide or a slow exit via dehydration, starvation, and no antibiotics.

Welcome to the Brave New World of Obama no-care!

Tell Congress to Use Government-run Health Care if they Inflict it on us.

Congressman John Fleming, a medical doctor from northern Louisiana, has introduced a bill calling on members of Congress to use the same health no-care they plan to inflict on the citizens of America. Unfortunately, the bill does not make it a requirement. For more information about Congressman Fleming's bill and to express your opinion to Congress go here.