Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Excellent Article: 'Obama and the Alternative Magisterium'

Ya, got to read this post at Catholicculture. Anne Hendershott gives us a little reality check on the state of our Catholic brethren.

Obama and the Alternative Magisterium

Nearly a year has passed since Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States and his speech to more than 200 leaders of Catholic colleges and universities at the Catholic University of America. Much has happened, both on campus and off.

There is the historic election of Barack Obama, a politician described by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput as "the most committed abortion rights presidential candidate of either party since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision." His election can be viewed in the context of that papal visit, for many Catholic college professors and administrators helped make his victory possible.

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Military Coup or Defense of Democracy?

The Honduras turmoil is slowly rising. Hugo Chavez has vowed to invade if the exiled president Zelaya isn't allowed to return.

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, have both condemned the events.

Do we really know what's happening down there? Is our administration really on the right side of this issue. Doesn't America stand for democracy and it's defense?

You need to read this article. I think this administration better read it as well...

Saving Democracy in the Honduran 'Coup'

What is being billed as the "first military coup in Central America since the Cold War" occurred early Sunday morning, June 28. The president of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya, was arrested at his residence by members of the Honduran army. His arrest came only hours before he planned to hold an unofficial vote to determine support for his desire to change Honduran law and run for re-election. Per his request, he was flown to Costa Rica where he had asked for asylum.

At first glance this event seems to be another instance of long term democracy's peril in Central America. After all, Central and South America have seen more coups in post-colonial history than a large flock of doves released at a wedding.

Condemnation of President Zelaya's arrest and exile was swift; President Obama said he was "deeply concerned" and leaders of the European Union, along with Secretary of State Clinton, have condemned the military's actions. Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela and close friend of the leftist Zelaya, has vowed to overthrow whatever successor is chosen to serve the remainder of Zelaya's term.

I am not convinced that the military committed a coup d'etat, per se. With such widespread reaction abroad, what was the reaction from the other branches of the Honduran government?
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Hold your Baby...before it's born


This is truly amazing.
This new technology allows the doctor/technician to take an image of the baby in the womb and use a process called 'rapid prototyping' to generate a actual sized model of the infant.
We use this process here at work to model satellite parts for analysis, to view the part before it's manufactured.
American Papist has the story and a link with more infant models.
Stunning: New Technology allows you to "hold" your baby before birth.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Bones of St. Paul

Amazing. The remains found at the tomb of St. Paul may be the soon verified to be the real bone fragments of Paul himself. Carbon-14 testing will be conducted.

Evidence Points To Authenticity of St. Paul's Tomb.

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 28, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The tomb of St. Paul may indeed contain the remains of the Apostle of the Gentiles, Benedict XVI affirmed in his homily at the closing of the Year of St. Paul.

The Pope presided at first vespers this evening for the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, which marked the conclusion of the Pauline Year. The celebration took place at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, where it has traditionally been believed St. Paul was buried.

"An authentic scientific analysis" conducted on the sarcophagus conserved in the basilica, the Holy Father said, "seems to confirm the unanimous and uncontested tradition that these are the mortal remains of the Apostle Paul."

"A tiny hole was drilled into the sarcophagus -- which over many centuries had never been opened -- in order to insert a special probe, which revealed traces of costly purple colored linen fabric, laminated with pure gold and a blue fabric with linen filaments," Benedict XVI explained.

"Grains of red incense and protein and chalk substances were also discovered," he continued. "There were also tiny bone fragments, which were sent for carbon-14 testing by experts who were unaware of their origin. These were discovered to belong to a person who had lived between the first and second centuries."
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Billy Mays - RIP

Prayer for 'Billy Mays' and his family

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
Act of Contrition

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Honduras Democracy

It's not hard to find out who's on the wrong side and who's on the right side. Who's on the side of democracy and who is trying to defeat it if one just does a little research.

In the case of Honduras, where their president is in exile in Costa Rica, it would appear on the outside that this is just another military coup against the people and an attempt to defeat democracy, but the exact opposite it true.

The backers of the exile president are, let see, Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chavez, and oh yes our very own Hillary Clinton.

It appears the Mr Zelaya (exiled president) was trying to make a change to the country's constitution without legal process. The courts and the legislation smelled a rat and declared that process illegal. Mr. Zelaya proceeded anyway with his dictatorship plans with a little help from his friend Hugo Chavez and the courts and the legislators call him on it. They ordered the military in to help out.

Our own state department is siding with Fidel and Hugo. Something is a miss here.

Read the article:

Honduras Defends Its Democracy

Hugo Chávez's coalition-building efforts suffered a setback yesterday when the Honduran military sent its president packing for abusing the nation's constitution.

It seems that President Mel Zelaya miscalculated when he tried to emulate the success of his good friend Hugo in reshaping the Honduran Constitution to his liking.

But Honduras is not out of the Venezuelan woods yet. Yesterday the Central American country was being pressured to restore the authoritarian Mr. Zelaya by the likes of Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Hillary Clinton and, of course, Hugo himself. The Organization of American States, having ignored Mr. Zelaya's abuses, also wants him back in power. It will be a miracle if Honduran patriots can hold their ground.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

L.A. Blues - Ed, Farah & Michael




A very sad week in Los Angeles. first Ed McMahon earlier this week and then today both Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson went home to our Lord.

Lot's of TV and radio coverage. I work around the LAX vicinity so I'm just down the freeway from the UCLA Med Center. Hearing about Michael just after lunch was very strange and sad.

May they rest in peace. Prayers for them and their loved ones,

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
Act of Contrition

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Global Taxes?

Yikes!
Enough already, I'm tapped out!

Obama-backed plan volunteers Americans to pay global taxes

The United Nations is proceeding, with President Obama’s acquiescence, to implement a global plan to create a new international socialist order financed by global taxes on the American people.
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Novice President - Strong or Weak?

5 months is not a very long time to judge the President on merits of his administration. But this is not a 'Learn on the Job' position.

This is the most powerful position an individual can hold, leader of the most powerful nation and leader of the free world.

Much has happened in these 5 months. A mountain of legislation has been proposed and an even bigger mountain of money has been spent. I'm not sure how much more time we can afford to give our novice president the benefit of the the doubt.

We are definitely stuck with the four year term, but at our spending pace I'm a little ... all right, down right scared out of my pants of what this nation and, well, my family's financial status will be at the end of those four years. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has the 'two-o'clock in the morning meetings' with our thoughts.

I don't think we should just sit back and hope for the best. We need to be pro-active. By that I mean in a 'legal, responsible and law abiding way'.

First with our vote. We can't afford to vote on some lofty ideas and promises that we know very well can't be kept. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

It reminds me of those 6th grade school presidents speeches given. "I promise pizza every Friday and ice-cream every Monday, vote for me" Personally I believe we've fallen for the 6th grade speech.

Second, we need to be pro-active by writing to our representative to voice our opinions on proposed legislation and when we want to voice a positive, "you're doing a good job" or a prodding "you're not doing a good job". Or how about "I support this proposed legislation. As my representative you need to know that". The point being, we need to keep in touch with our elected officials not just on election day, but continually. They need to know we are watching least they slip off to Venezuela or stuff money in their freezers at home.

Thirdly, we need to use the right of protest. To assembly as a community and voice our thoughts and opinions out loud (peacefully of course, but firmly).

Fourthly, we need to pray like the dickens. Prayer in thankfulness of what we have and prayer for those that have not. Pray for our nation to be the light in the world our Father in Heaven wants us to be.

I read this article that does a little 5 month assessment, but I agree with it.

Robust Weakness

WASHINGTON -- The anti-government protests in Iran following the government's rigged elections are doubtless a little more than the "robust debate" among Iranians that President Barack Obama welcomed during the election. Some of the debaters have been shot dead. Others have been hustled off to jail. I wonder if this is an eye-opener for our novice president.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pope B16 Meets with President Obama

... this should be interest to see how the media spins this meeting.

"President Obama advises Pope, news at eleven..."

Pope to meet Obama July 10 during evening audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI will welcome U.S. President Barack Obama to the Vatican July 10 for an audience scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

The Man Can Do No Wrong

Wow, this man can do no wrong. It's very interesting reading/hearing about the actions and reactions of our President Barak Obama.

What a complete 180 degree turn around compared to the coverage of President Bush's administration. At that point Bush could do no right. Now it's the exact opposite.

It's very interesting to see. Case in point, Mark Steyn dissects some of this 'can-do-no-wrong' phenomena concerning the events in Iran.

Bystander-in-Chief

Kathryn, what's striking about the Bystander-in-Chief is that the more he does nothing, the more credit he gets for everything. In the New York Times, Helene Cooper attributes events in Iran to the Obama "stealth effect." The fellows in the street shouting "Death to the dictator!" were apparently inspired to rise up by Obama's outreach to the, er, dictator:

He directed his comments not just to the Iranian people but to Iran’s leaders, and referred to Iran as “the Islamic Republic,” further flagging a willingness to deal with the clerical government. He even went so far as to quote from the vaunted Persian poet Saadi, dead for 700 years now.

So the people's demonstrations against the leaders are a direct result of Obama's willingness to do business with the leaders. Gotcha. What's more, this Moussavi learned everything he knows from Barack:
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Monday, June 22, 2009

Bush's Bioethics Panel Replaced with Obama-Ethics

President slowly dismantling the Bush administration with nothing to stand in his way. The latest casualty is The Bioethics Panel, a public voice on issues stem cell research, abortion, medicine, biology and many others.

Essentially, everyone on the panel got a pink slip. Everyone to be replaced by, you guessed it Obama appointees.

"The council was disbanded because it was designed by the Bush administration to be “a philosophically leaning advisory group” that favored discussion over developing a shared consensus, said Reid Cherlin, a White House press officer. " -NYTimes

Oh, this sounds like a non-partisan group of individuals.

No debate just a "shared consensus".

More on this fiasco:

Dissolution of President's Bioethics Council - Southern Appeal

"Badethics": Obama Plans to Replace Bush's Bioethics Panel- AmP

Obama Plans to Replace Bush's Bioethics Panel - NYTimes

Saturday, June 20, 2009

USA - Our Judeo Christian Nation

Is this great nation of our still a Judeo Christian nation?

Sometimes it appears that that identity is slowly being erased by the our leaders of our government and by those that this Judeo Christian identity interferes with their lifestyles.

This video shows a rare occasion when this identity is being defended.



May God Bless our Nation of America

Father's Day Festivities at the White House


Celebrity Festivities at the White House for Father's Day partying.

Tony Hawk one of the invited takes a skateboard ride down the corridors of the White House.

Tony has his broadcast these festivities, including photo's on his website and twitter account. It's easy to see how the White House is using these celebrities to promote the administration.

"Hey, Tony Hawk is skateboarding in the White House. How cool!"

Let's see, no to National Prayer Day, but let's party it up for Father's day with the celeb's.

How much is that going to cost us?

Sorry Tony, your skateboarding is cool, but you're being used.

Pro skateboarder takes a glide through White House


WASHINGTON – Hey, kids, don't try this at home. Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk on Friday took a brief ride at the White House as part of a Father's Day celebration.

Hawk, 41, skated in the grand foyer and the nearby Old Executive Office Building, with the permission of White House officials.

The skateboarding icon, also known for his popular brand of skateboarding video games, posted photos to his Web site and Twitter page.

One photo shows Hawk on his skateboard with his hands in the air in what appears to be a hallway.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Barbara "Ma'am" Boxer - The arrogance



Every time I listen to that video clip I get a little hot under the collar.

Oh the arrogance. This is an individual who has spent his whole career dedicated to protecting this country and her right to be freely elected to office.

To belittle a brigadier general making him address her by her title of honor brings to mind a passage in scripture.

Matthew 23:1-7,12

1Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples,

2saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;

3therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.

4"They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.

5"But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.

6"They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues,

7and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.

12"Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.


Sen. Boxer Offers No Apology For Rebuking Brigadier General Who Called Her 'Ma'am'.

Iran's Spiritual Leader Senses a Threat to His Power

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is sensing a threat to his power. I doubt he has the spiritual well being of the people he represents.

It's his power he really has concern with, thus his stern warning on Friday to 'Crackdown' on the peaceful protesters.

Here in the States we see the Connecticut State government trying to stifle the Catholic church with cries of 'lobbyist' and threats of fines and such. Not quite the level of Iran but heading none the less in the wrong direction.

Pray for the people of Iran...

Iran's top leader warns of protest crackdown

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sternly warned Friday of a crackdown if protesters continue their massive street rallies, escalating the government's showdown with demonstrators demanding a new presidential election.
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Red Bull or Coffee?

As I sip my morning cup of java, I ration to myself that "It's only one cup."

"I don't drink coffee all day long."

"And it's better than drinking those nasty tasting energy drinks that are bad for you"

"How can anyone drink that stuff... it's so high in Caffeine?"

Well guess what?

I did an internet search out of curiosity to find out the caffeine content of those energy drinks compared to my cup of java.

I'm not switching from my coffee but this is what I found:




ACLU ...I mean ACCU

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) is beginning to sound like the ACLU, defending the ridiculous.

In this case, as CATHOLIC education institutions, they are calling for the U.S. Bishops to tweak a minor Catholic stance:

IS: “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” (Catholics in the Political Life)

CHANGE TO: 'IT'S OKAY FOR' - “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions TO honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should BE be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

Ridiculous... you bet

Catholic College Leaders Lobby Bishops to Withdraw 2004 Policy Banning Pro-Abortion Speakers - Catholics in the Public Square

June 17, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the wake of the Notre Dame commencement scandal, Catholic college leaders representing some of the worst violators of the U.S. bishops’ 2004 ban on honoring public opponents of fundamental Catholic teachings are lobbying the bishops to withdraw their policy.

Yesterday the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), which represents more than 200 Catholic institutions, released its summer 2009 newsletter, including a report on the ACCU’s board of directors meeting last week. The ACCU directors concluded “that it would be desirable for the [U.S. bishops] to withdraw” their 2004 policy, according to the newsletter.
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Look like the Notre Dame scandal has opened up pandora's box...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

LCROSS Satellite Launch Today


The NASA's LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing) Satellite is due to launch in about 1 hour an 45 minutes today. The company I work for makes this Satellite.

You can watch the launch online here: SpaceFlight Now
The story behind this Satellite can be found here: LCROSS - NASA. Nice little video there to show what it does.

Free Iran


I've been reading plenty of the news out of Iran on Twitter. This struggle is very real and needs our attention and prayers.
Freedom comes at a cost and the government of Iran isn't afraid to inflict it on it's people.
I'm not sure what we can do. Obviously prayer is our greatest weapon but the power of the internet can be used to 1) keep informed, and 2) get information into the hands that need to be informed.
I'm posting a few links below:
P.S. Beware of fake blogs and tweets

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Health Care - Gathering Information

Health Care, Health Insurance, whatever you want to call it whether we have it or not, it affects all of us and we should all be apart of the debate.

Here are a few articles I've read this morning on the topic:

Health-Care Alternative - NCRegister

The Bishops, Justice, Health Care and Social Change - Catholic Culture

Health reform bill could cost over $1 Trillion (Ka-Ching) -Politico

House GOP to unveil outlineof health car bill - CNN

ABC NBC CBS News - Just another SITCOM

I'm still kind of P.O.'d about the steady decline of how the news is fed to us by these network news channels.

Yesterday ABC came out of the closet and today they are adamant about the soundness of their decision to televise from the White House. Even when admitting that they will select the people and questions who will highlight the show. Nothing like being fair and balanced.

While ABC plans to go ahead with their info commercial on health care, I didn't fully realize that the other news channels have all had their turn dancing with the White House. For example if you remember the full day coverage of the inauguration day festivities, with the prime time news channels shivering in the cold talking ALL DAY LONG.

Anyway, I hope that the people realize what kind of dilemma we are in and take precautions. Check the facts that these news agencies (and all others as well) are spewing out. Do your research if something doesn't sound kosher. Be pro-active in the information that you gather.

Here's another article on the 'fall of objective jounalism'.

ABC You Later

With their decision to broadcast a primetime special that will highlight the Democrats' relentless pursuit towards government-ran health care and exclude the views of those whom oppose their effort, ABC has signaled they no longer believe in the concept of press independence and the public's right to choose.

Once upon a time the press wasn't simply an advocate for a particular brand of politics, it was their responsibility to be a watchdog of our government and report the facts and subsequently the general public could weigh those facts and form some sort of opinion.
In the Age of Obama, that idea is as foreign as the Votian language.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pictures of Freedom Cries from Iran

(photo: Boston Globe)
American Catholic points to a series of photos (Goston Globe) of the struggles of freedom in Iran.
Take a peek at what others are fighting for, what we have here in the USA and recognize what we might loose if we're not careful.

Iran: Freedom struggle

Hope, Nope, Broke

Poll: 6 in 10 Americans approve of Obams's overall job performance, fewer than half say they approve of how he is handling the deficit and controlling federal spending.

These poll results often leave me confused. We are spending our way out of debt... which totally confuses me.

We did our family budget the other weekend and not once did I consider that financial method of madness.

"Honey, let's spend more to get out of debt"

No... we didn't even consider it. So why does our nation run down this path and 6 out of 10 still think things are honky-dorey? Only half are now starting to figure it out that the water level of national debt now at the eye-brow line.

And hold on to your snorkel gear folks but we're about to spend an additional 3 TRILLION MORE.

American Catholic has a dandy post on the subject.
You mean running up Trillions in New Debt May not be Good Politics?

Death of Objective Journalism

I'm starting this Tuesday with a little rant.

It started with a headline that made me choke on my coffee.

ABC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSE

I think it's safe to say that objective journalism has taken a turn off the road and into a ditch.

When a government, any government can employ and control the content of a public media outlet, that media outlet officially becomes an unreliable source of information.

Why? Because now you are only hearing one side of the story. It doesn't matter if there is a claim of a 'fair debate'. When you're in the lions den the opposing message can be distorted and manipulated.

Such is the case with the decision of ABC news to televise the promotion of the proposed health care policy of the Obama administration from the White House.

While the televised program has not been aired yet, it may seem that I'm not giving ABC a fair shake, but perception is everything.

Just the fact that ABC news is being hosted by the White House to address this administrations side of the story gives the perception that ABC is favoring this policy.

ABC News' objectivity is out the window.

It's been long standing knowledge that the news media (with a few exceptions) has shown itself to be in favor of and promoting of the policies of the present administration without allowing the opposing voice to be heard clearly. We saw this favorablity during the Presidential campaign.

"Straw-man" journalism is the name of the game in today's news.

I guess what erks me the most is that most individuals will believe anything put in front of them without doing the research. So pictures of a major public news outlet sending out a promo from the White House with a message that 'whatever we're promoting is all good to go', doesn't sound like objective journalism to me.

We as Americans like to think of our freedoms as God given. Freedom of thought, speech, the pursuit of happiness, of religion.

Today we see those precepts being challenged right under our noses and the protesting silence is deafening.

In Connecticut, the State government there is calling our Catholic Church lobbyist.

Pro-life advocates are being called terrorist.

News journalist are calling "Obama is sort of God".

... and the silence is deafening.

At times I feel like our nation is sort of like that frog in the pot of boiling water analogy.

Well folks, the heat is being turned up and .... the silence is deafening.

Here's the article. Try not to drink anything hot until you've finished reading.

ABC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSE

On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care -- a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm! Highlights on the agenda: ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House. The network plans a primetime special -- 'Prescription for America' -- originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate.
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Monday, June 15, 2009

A Wing and a Prayer...

Literally ONE wing and a prayer. A friend sent this to me... amazing. Thanks Paul


video

Hypnotized by Glowing Rectangles - A Wake-Up Call


Ironically, I read this while staring at a 'glowing rectangle'.


Whether at work or home or play, we seem to be spending an enormous amount of time staring at our computer screens. We depend on them for almost everything.


At work I stare at two 17" screens everyday. My only breaks are for meetings where I sit in a conference room with a projected image on a full wall length screen viewing PowerPoint slide presentations.


After 12 hours of this I venture home to watch a little boob-tube and yes turn on my Mac to read my latest emails.


This article I read this morning reports a study that says 90% of our waking hours are spent staring at 'Glowing Rectangles'.


I had a scary moment of realization this weekend. We were in our family room and three of us had our Mac's open and the TV was on.


I remember thinking to my self... this is scary.


Luckily, the wife had a few activities for us. We paid a visit to an opening art exhibition at a local art walk. That was cool.


Then on Sunday (after mass) we visited an art exhibition of a priest friend of ours who had a showing down in Laguna Beach.

Wheeewww, saved. But still a startling reality.


Too much time behind the 'glowing rectangle' screen.


Take a break and smell the roses once in a while.


Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, blogging (Cellphones too) all good things. I love conversing with my friends and family, well across the globe literally.


However, we have to remember while we can text internationally, chances are there is someone close by (sometimes sitting right next to you) that could use our attention and warm touch.


And that touch is not the same thing as 'feeling the warmth of another's sincerity by touching the 'glowing screen'. It doesn't work that way. ;-)


Imagine if we spent even a quarter of the time in Adoration in front of our Lord as we do in front of our screens?


Balance is everything...


Report: 90% of Waking Hours Spent Staring At Glowing Rectangles


PALO ALTO, CA—A new report published this week by researchers at Stanford University suggests that Americans spend the vast majority of each day staring at, interacting with, and deriving satisfaction from glowing rectangles.


"From the moment they wake up in the morning, to the moment they lose consciousness at night, Americans are in near-constant visual contact with bright, pulsating rectangles," said Dr. Richard Menken, lead author of the report, looking up briefly from the gleaming quadrangle that sits on his desk. "In fact, it's hard to find a single minute during which the American public is not completely captivated by these shining…these dazzling…."


"I'm sorry," Menken continued. "What were we discussing again?"

More of Chaputs, Please...

SA points out the gold we have in archbishop Chaputs. Ever since I read his book " Render Unto Caesar" I've been a fan.

Response to immigration a 'test of our humanity,' Archbishop Chaput says at forum. (CNA)

Saying the immigration crisis is “a test of our humanity,” Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput on Saturday told an open forum on immigration reform that Catholics must not ignore immigrants in need and cannot remain silent about flawed immigration policy.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Flo the Progressive Girl

(Photo:Progressive)
I was watching the boob-tube this morning, catching up on the latest news. The usual stupid line of male enhancement commercials pop up, this is cable channel TV of course.

I do love the baby commercials where the baby's lips move ... the one that he burps up is my favorite.

There's the gecko car insurance ones that are getting boring. The cavemen they're long gone.

Then there's Flo the Progressive car insurance girl.

Who is she in real life?

I was intrigued so I did a little googling and found this article.

The strange allure of the Progressive insurance girl

What makes normal people fall so hard for the cute and perky pitchwoman known as 'Flo'?

She's bubbly and beaming, high-volume, with a flip of dark hair and a face like a lollipop. She irks as she endears, bemuses as she bewitches. She's a bundle of energetic contradictions, bursting here, retracting there. Her expressions blink and change like a neon sign. Her eyes are popping globes. And she just sold you a bunch of car insurance.
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Health Care

This issue has been on my mind of late. Just got through renewing my health care benefits at work. Happens every June. One can select what health care provider one would prefer (Kaiser, Etna, Blue Cross etc..) and adjust other benefits like dental, life insurance, vision care.

So with my new selections for my family, my cost have increased over $2,000 more per year. The added cost is my choice however the rise in cost is still a concern. The fact the I have the ability to choice the structure of my benefits makes these increases a little more bearable, but it's still a painful deduction from my check every two weeks.

The new proposed changes of Obama, doesn't make me feel any better, in fact it makes me feel worse. Though the price of my benefits has increase that's my own choice. From what I've read so far on this issue not only would my choices disappear but my medical coverage would be limited.

I will be posting a number of articles on the subject. Make your own mind up...

Carl Rove Video

What's wrong with American Health Care? - Southern Appeal


President Obama: Heath insurance a 'moral imperative'

Precepts of the Catholic Church

A cool video clip on the precepts of the Catholic Church over at Catholic Mediahouse. It's produced by Mary's Dowry Productions.

Pick up a copy of the full video

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Sotomayor - Cultural Catholic.. How about you?

Seems the media and the White House (maybe one in the same now-a-days) are not too concerned about the faith of Ms. Sotomayer being Catholic as long as she is a 'Cultural Catholic'.

Definition (NYTimes: "...majority of American Catholics: those who were raised in the faith and shaped by its values, but who do not attend Mass regularly and are not particularly active in religious life. Like many Americans, Judge Sotomayor may be what religion scholars call a “cultural Catholic” — a category that could say something about her (an individuals) political and social attitudes.

NCRegister has an interesting article on [More on] Ms. Sotomayor's Faith.

Interviews with more than a dozen of Judge Sotomayor’s friends from high school, college, law school and professional life said they had never heard her talk about her faith, and had no recollection of her ever going to Mass or belonging to a parish. Her family did not return phone calls for comment.
A White House spokesman, speaking on background, put it this way: “She currently does not belong to a particular parish or church, but she attends church with family and friends for important occasions.”

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It's disturbing to note that the MAJORITY of Catholics in society are considered to be of this strain, cultural catholics that is, as viewed by society. I wonder how many Catholics can describe themselves by this definition?

Today's readings reminds us to "Give to Caesar what is Caesar and give to God what is God's".

For some Catholics, they seem to be handing over a lot more...

Monday, June 01, 2009

GM - Dismantled by 31 year old

I read this over at Southern Appeal , a story ya don't hear on the regular news. An intesting piece on the behind the scenes actions of the GM makeover.

As Obama said in 2008, “When it comes to hiring people in my administration, the litmus test that will apply will not be based on party or ideology or who’s traded the most favors, but on qualifications and experience. We’re going to have experienced, competent people in the White House.” MORE

This story...

The 31-Year Old in Charge of Dismantling G.M.

WASHINGTON — It is not every 31-year-old who, in a first government job, finds himself dismantling General Motors and rewriting the rules of American capitalism.

But that, in short, is the job description for Brian Deese, a not-quite graduate of Yale Law School who had never set foot in an automotive assembly plant until he took on his nearly unseen role in remaking the American automotive industry.
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Now I'm all for getting some young blood in the mix, and I wish Mr. Deese well on his new job, however a little experience goes along way and a lot of experience ...well.

And what does NO experience get one?

Oh ya, the Presidency...

'Ida' Fossil - A link to what?

An interesting article on the so called missing link fossil dub'd 'Ida'.

This discovery doesn't bother me in the least, hoax or no hoax.

Science and Faith go together...

'Missing Link'? Not Quite, Say Catholic Scientists

VICTORIA, B.C. — The announcement of an extraordinary fossil find touted “the missing link” in mankind’s evolutionary development has provoked controversy in the scientific community. But Catholics would do well to stay clear of it, warn several scientists who are believers.
However, Catholic critics of Darwinism say the ongoing debate over evolution is an important one for the faith.


The find, dubbed “Ida,” is a nearly intact fossilized skeleton of a squirrel-sized, 47-million-year-old primate called Darwinius masillae. Ida’s unusual state of preservation provides a wealth of data about one of the possible branches that led to higher primates such as apes and man, said Tim White of the University of California at Berkeley, but it doesn’t decide the issue about which branch — and it doesn’t constitute any kind of a missing link. “The missing link does not exist,” he said. “Evolution is a tree, not a chain.”

White is one of many biologists and paleontologists who quickly criticized the claims attending the discovery, while contrasting it with the much more modest tone of the scientific report.
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George Tiller

No doubt you've already heard about the murder of abortionist George Tiller. This will not help matters for our our pro-life groups especially when we're already labeled terrorist.

Abortionist George Tiller killed during Chruch services - American Papist

"Can the killing of abortionists be justified?" - Insight Scoop

Obama Demonizes Pro-Lifers With Reckless Rhetoric - American Catholic

Scott Roeder, No Connection With Pro-Life Groups - American Catholic

Abortion provider had guards at work, 'rigorous' security at home - cnn

Air France - Prayers


Prayers for those on the missing Air France jet feared lost over the Atlantic. Also for the surviving family members.


Our Father

Hail Mary

Glory Be