Thursday, October 29, 2009

Infant Baptism: A Child of God

Today my family is celebrating the Baptism of our granddaughter.

We call her Gooo.

That's the sound she makes as she experiments with her new found voice.

So in her honor, a short lesson on Infant Baptism.

Infant Baptism
Fundamentalists often criticize the Catholic Church’s practice of baptizing infants. According to them, baptism is for adults and older children, because it is to be administered only after one has undergone a "born again" experience—that is, after one has "accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior." At the instant of acceptance, when he is "born again," the adult becomes a Christian, and his salvation is assured forever. Baptism follows, though it has no actual salvific value. In fact, one who dies before being baptized, but after "being saved," goes to heaven anyway.

As Fundamentalists see it, baptism is not a sacrament (in the true sense of the word), but an ordinance. It does not in any way convey the grace it symbolizes; rather, it is merely a public manifestation of the person’s conversion. Since only an adult or older child can be converted, baptism is inappropriate for infants or for children who have not yet reached the age of reason (generally considered to be age seven). Most Fundamentalists say that during the years before they reach the age of reason infants and young children are automatically saved. Only once a person reaches the age of reason does he need to "accept Jesus" in order to reach heaven.

Since the New Testament era, the Catholic Church has always understood baptism differently, teaching that it is a sacrament which accomplishes several things, the first of which is the remission of sin, both original sin and actual sin—only original sin in the case of infants and young children, since they are incapable of actual sin; and both original and actual sin in the case of older persons.

Peter explained what happens at baptism when he said, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). But he did not restrict this teaching to adults. He added, "For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him" (2:39). We also read: "Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name" (Acts 22:16). These commands are universal, not restricted to adults. Further, these commands make clear the necessary connection between baptism and salvation, a connection explicitly stated in 1 Peter 3:21: "Baptism . . . now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ."

Honoring the Troops or just another Photo Op?

I hope I'm not getting too cynical in my old age, but I just can't help but think this is just another photo opportunity for the President.

He's under the microscope of late and we're especially watching the clock to see how long he's taking to make a decision on adding more troops to Afghanistan.

Could this be a photo op to show he really cares?

Could this be a sign that will lead to 'NO NEW TROOPS'. One of those "I could bare to see more caskets coming home"

Nobody wants to see our children coming home this way. But do we throw in the towel and wait for another 9/11 to happen?

It's not an easy decision. I only hope he isn't using our fallen children for a photo op.

Honoring the Fallen
Standing in the pre-dawn darkness, President Barack Obama saw the real cost of the war in Afghanistan: The Americans who return in flag-covered cases while much of the nation sleeps in peace.
In a midnight dash to this Delaware base, where U.S. forces killed overseas come home, Obama honored the return of 18 fallen Americans Thursday. All were killed this week in Afghanistan, a brutal stretch that turned October into the most deadly month for U.S. troops since the war began.

Having Babies without Mommy or Daddy

Science without the guidance of God will try to take the place of God

Case in point, scientist at Sanford University have been experimenting with stem cells, from baby embryos (in other words they kill the baby) to create sperm and eggs by artificial means.

They hope to change the process by using skin cells instead one day. The scientist and backers of this experiment hope to what?????

The science also raises the possibility of 'male eggs' made from men's skin and 'female sperm' from women's skin.
This would allow gay couples to have children genetically their own, although many scientists are sceptical about whether it is possible to create sperm from female cells, which lack the male Y chromosome.

What ever happened to finding the cure for cancer?

Instead the focus is on killing babies to create babies outside of Mom & Dad.

No men OR women needed: Scientists create sperm and eggs from stem cells.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Maureen Dowd: Oh Please.....

Seems that the Catholic Church and B16 is the object of the 'beat the pinata' crowd.
Maureen Dowd has joined in.

I love the last paragragh of this article...

The winner for the single stupidest thing written about the Pope and the Church
Now before you are too hard on poor little Maureen for all this magnificent inanity, there is an explanation. This can be seen in the opening anecdote...

Once, in the first grade, I was late for class. I started crying in the schoolyard, terrified to go in and face the formidable Sister Hiltruda.

Father Montgomery, who looked like a handsome young priest out of a 1930s movie, found me cowering and took my hand, leading me into the classroom.

Sister Hiltruda looked ready to pop, but she couldn’t say a word to me, then or ever. There was no more unassailable patriarchy than the Catholic Church.

Nuns were second-class citizens then and — 40 years after feminism utterly changed America — they still are. The matter of women as priests is closed, a forbidden topic.

If only lil' Maureen hadn't been late to class or Sr. Hiltruda had hit her repeatedly upside the head, she might have learned something. Alas alack. MORE

Dear Hollywood: Bashing Catholics Isn't Funny!

Lary David creator of TV's Steinfeld can now be added to the list of Hollywood Catholic bashers. Irreverent in every way, thoughtless and crude.

And those are his good points.

He thinks urinating on a painting of Our Lord to mock miracles is funny. Anything for a laugh. Fame and fortune on earth has no bounderies.

Larry David Blasted for 'Curb' Episode Where He Urinates on Jesus Painting

Comedian Larry David is under attack from critics who say he pushed the mocking of religion and Christian belief in miracles over the edge in the latest episode of his HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm." MORE

Monday, October 26, 2009

Global Warming: Give Up Eating Meat

Boy, the experts are just coming out of the wood work to add their two cents.

Now meat eaters of the world can be blamed for global warming and possibly the demise of the planet!

So says Climate chief Lord Stern, whoever he is....

Lord Stern of Brentford said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”
Direct emissions of methane from cows and pigs is a significant source of greenhouse gases. Methane is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas.

Now I know I'm no expert, however...

I contend that the belief in human-caused global warming as a dangerous event, either now or in the future, has most of the characteristics of an urban legend. Like other urban legends, it is based upon an element of truth. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas whose concentration in the atmosphere is increasing, and since greenhouse gases warm the lower atmosphere, more CO2 can be expected, at least theoretically, to result in some level of warming.

But skillful storytelling has elevated the danger from a theoretical one to one of near-certainty. The actual scientific basis for the plausible hypothesis that humans could be responsible for most recent warming is contained in the cautious scientific language of many scientific papers. Unfortunately, most of the uncertainties and caveats are then minimized with artfully designed prose contained in the Summary for Policymakers (SP) portion of the report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This Summary was clearly meant to instill maximum alarm from a minimum amount of direct evidence.MORE

Oct 26 - This Day In History

This day in history - The OK Corral, 1881

Morning Java: Oct 26

Sipping on my Decaf, perusing the daily news and trying to avoid the Sports page (Angels loose). Most of us saw the lose coming but we were hopeful.

Anyway, lots of news out there. Here's some of what I'm reading this morning. Another HOT day in L.A.

Pope To Bishops: Be Realistic, Not Too Political - Zenit News
There is a double danger when speaking of social issues, says Benedict XVI. The first is to focus too much on politics; the second is to be unrealistic. MORE

Rep. Patrick Kennedy Vs. The Church - NCRegister
Responding to the bishops, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., recently slammed the Church, saying that it was fanning “the flames of dissent and discord” by opposing the health-care reform bills under consideration unless they are amended to explicity prohibit abortion funding. MORE
I guess he know better than the Pope...

Medi-Fraud for Everyone - American Spectator
While it's shocking that government policing efforts are so lax for Medicare that even a convicted murderer can be granted a license to sell equipment and file claims, Gonzalez is actually a small player compared to other cheats. Last June, for instance, the Washington Post ran a story about a high school dropout who scammed $105 million from the federal government by filing 140,000 fraudulent Medicare claims, buying herself a Mercedes-Benz and two condominiums with a portion of the proceeds. MORE

Padre of Guadalcanal - The American Catholic
Immediately following Pearl Harbor, Father Gehring joined the Navy as a Chaplain. In September 1942 he began an unforgettable six month tour of duty with the First Marine Division fighting on Guadalcanal. Marines, although they are often loathe to admit it, are a component of the Department of the Navy, and the US Navy supplies their support troops, including chaplains. (One of my friends served as a Navy corpsman with a Marine unit in Vietnam. After his tour with the Navy he enlisted with the Marines, was commissioned a Lieutenant, and spent his entire tour with a detachment of Marines aboard an aircraft carrier. As he puts it, he joined the Navy and spent his time slogging through the mud with Marines. He then joined the Marines and spent his time sailing with the Navy.)MORE

Anglican Invite - Creative Minority
Oh snap! Didn't see this coming! A senior Anglican Bishop in England has indicated he is ready to convert! This is not one of the breakaway factions or even the TAC. This is just a regular ol' Anglican Bishop. MORE

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Somer Thompson: Rest In Gods Arms

I can't tell you how sad this makes me feel.

Say a prayer for Somer and her family.

Our Father

Hail Mary

Glory Be

Act of Contrition

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Book: the Crucified Rabbi

I've just ordered this new book from Taylor Marshall entitled 'The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity'.
I'm really looking forward to reading it.
Taylor is a former Anglican/Episopalian priest (married). If you've read some of my previous post and other blogs, you know about the decision of B16 to welcome Anglican into the Catholic family.
Taylor has some great resources on his blog 'Canterbury Tales'.
Pay him a visit.

No Apologies Video: Once Saved Always Saved

'No Apologies' website has a number of cool video about the Catholic faith.

Check them out. This ones on the topic 'Once Saved Always Saved'.

More videos: Catholic Online

Obama Admin: EEOC Chai Feldblum

The nomination of Chai Feldblum seems to be adding on to the long line of Obama appointees and administration nominees that have a cloudy view of reality.

Ms. Chai Feldblum has been nominated by Obama for the position of one of five Commissioners on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Check out Ms. Chai's views on Marriage.


I, for one, am not sure whether marriage is a normatively good institution. I have moved away from the belief that marriage is clearly the best normative way to structure intimate relationships, such that government should be actively supporting this social arrangement above all others.

Where does he get these people and why is he surrounding himself with them?

Polygamy as well? Yikes!

The manifesto’s signatories said they proposed a 'new vision' for governmental and private recognition of 'diverse kinds' of partnerships.

A law professor nominated by President Obama to become a commissioner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was a signatory to a radical 2006 manifesto which endorsed polygamous households and argued traditional marriage should not be privileged “above all others.”

Anglicans Come Home - Continuing Coverage

More coverage on the (Traditional) Anglican entrance into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Some say Yea, some say Nea...

I'm all for it!

Three dubious and curious conclusions - InsideScoop

Yesterday's announcement from Rome was quite stunning and historical, and much ink is being spilled, opinions rendered, and spleens ruptured (at last metaphorically) as every stripe of Catholic, Anglican, human, and other biological life form takes aim, makes claim, and—in some cases—cries, "Shame!" Amid the spilling, rupturing, and aiming, here are three negative, even sulking, pieces that caught my attention: MORE

Benedict XVI opens door wide to Anglicans seeking full communion...

In a meeting with journalists held this morning in the Holy See Press Office Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia O.P., secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, presented a note on a new measure concerning "Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church".

Open Thread: Anglican-Catholic Reunification - AmP

Here are the posts AmP published yesterday on the issue of the Vatican announcing special pastoral provisions for traditional Anglicans to be received back into the Catholic Church: MORE

Anglicans Coming! - Catholic Culture

The Holy See took the ecumenical imperative out of the hands of ecumenists, with the result that the reunion of Christians -- at least in one limited area of schism -- ensued. From the Vatican website:

Fr. Pacwa - Nobel Peace Prize

Father Mitch Pacwa weighs in on the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Obama.
Sign up for his newsletter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa

Peace, Peace (Jeremiah 6:13) A variety of arguments have been made about President Barak Obama's surprise reception of the Nobel Peace Prize. Arguments, both from the conservative and liberal sides of the political spectrum, mostly concern themselves with the small amount of time he has been president and the prestigious quality of the award.I, for my part, strongly object to his being awarded the Peace prize because of his policies to spread violence to the most peaceful places on earth.Remember that Mr. Obama was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in early February, about two weeks after his inauguration as president. What has he actually done in those two weeks that might make him unworthy of this peace prize? Among his very first executive orders was his decision to allow the federal government to fund abortions and abortion counseling on January 23, 2009, the day after the thirty-sixth anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision to decriminalize abortions. In fact, on the actual anniversary of Roe v. Wade Mr. Obama wrote, "We are reminded that this decision not only protects women's health and reproductive freedom but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman's right to choose." He highlighted that commitment while a member of the Illinois State Senate, when he refused to vote for a law protecting children who survive an abortion; even though Roe v. Wade recognized that once a child is outside the womb, he or she is a person and deserves the protection of the law. We would do well to remember that on March 9, 2009, one month after his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, Mr. Obama signed another executive order permitting embryonic stem cell research. Not only does he support the killing of children in the womb but also the use of their bodies for research.In a normal world, the womb is one of the most peaceful places on earth. The child within the womb is not hungry, thirsty, or in need of any other shelter. Life exists without conflicts and an amazing unfolding of incredibly complex growth and development takes place. The only conflict comes from outside that safe haven, as when an abortionist wields a knife to dismember the otherwise peaceful and defenseless child.As far as I am concerned, the last award I would bestow on someone who signs orders to spread an inevitable deadly violence against content, safe, and defenseless children in wombs throughout the world is a peace award. I cannot help but take to heart the words of Jeremiah the Prophet: "For from the least to the greatest of them, every one is greedy for unjust gain; and from prophet to priest, every one deals falsely. They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, `Peace, peace,' when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown," says the Lord. (Jer. 6:13-15)

In Christ Jesus

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Health Care: ABC Poll Deceptive

1. 57 % of Americans favor the public option in the health care bill - ABC poll

2. 54 % of Americans DON'T favor the public option in the health care bill - Rasmussan poll

Which on do we believe?

Hugh Hewitt tell the tale of two polls:

Hoaxes and Busted Polling. Just another day in MSM

Take, for instance, the ABC/Washington Post poll out Tuesday morning in the Post. The headline reads Public Option Gains Support - CLEAR MAJORITY NOW BACKS PLAN, by Dan Balz and Jon Cohen. The report on the poll goes into a lot of the breakdowns of how Republicans, Democrats and independents think about the health care issue plodding through Congress by percentage, but the key takeaway from this, which you will see all over MSM news outlets all day, is in this paragraph.

On the issue that has been perhaps the most pronounced flash point in the national debate, 57 percent of all Americans now favor a public insurance option, while 40 percent oppose it. Support has risen since mid-August, when a bare majority, 52 percent, said they favored it. (In a June Post-ABC poll, support was 62 percent.)

57-40 now support a public option? I read that and thought there is no way this can be true, especially when we just read from Rasmussen Reports, the polling outfit that actually got the closest to predicting the real outcome of the election last year, that their brand new poll shows support for Obamacare has slipped to 42-54 against the plan.

Traditional Anglicans Come Home to Catholic Church!

Fantastic news from the Vatican. B16 has announced a 'structure' in which Traditional Anglicans can enter into full communion into the church!

In a press release from the Vatican the announcement came:

“In this Apostolic Constitution the Holy Father has introduced a canonical structure that provides for such corporate reunion by establishing Personal Ordinariates which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony.”

This is monumental. Stay tuned for more details.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Los Angeles - New Football Stadium

I haven't been following this very closely. In fact not at all.

So I was surprised to find that this stadium is a 'rocks throw' from where I live. For those in L.A. I'm all for a stadium however to be completely honest.... just not near me.

Sorry for that, but it goes deeper. For anyone who lives in this proposed area, you know what traffic congestion there is where the 60 freeways and the 57 freeways meet. Right now it's a bottle neck, not to mention that the 60 fwy is a parking lot already coming from downtown.

No wonder Gov. Terminator is signing a 'Wavier' for an environmental study. The word wavier implies 'there's a mistake and we plan to override it'.

Does L.A. deserve a stadium? Sure why not. But as a potential fan I'd be concerned about getting to the game before the second half and home after midnight.

Freeways aren't free way's anymore.

Legalizing Marijuana - One Step Closer

The Obama administration is all about change.

But is it change for the good? For me this issue isn't a slippery slope, it's a cliff. For me this is not a change for the good.

Feds to issue new medical marijuana policy

Federal drug agents won't pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.
Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.


41.6 Million Annual Worldwide Abortions

This number is down from 45.5 million in 2003.

This is good news? 41 million? We should be happy?

Most of these occur in China... no suprise there.

Worldwide annual death toll from abortion: 41.6 million

A new report by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute-- named after a president of Planned Parenthood-- has found that the worldwide number of abortions fell from 45.5 million in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003, a decline of 8.6%.

Remember that number when you ask yourself if you support this new health bill.... which supports abortions paid for by you and me.

Abortion is the New Big Mac

President Obama and his pro-abortion acolytes often say things like "I believe that most women don't make that (abortion) decision lightly."

Can we just be done with that one? Really.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Global Warming - Not Evil Just Wrong

It rained on Monday and Tuesday and today it's 100 degrees outside.


The weather has been colder of late on the east coast. Snow, rain, even the hurricane season has been milder.

Al Gore is still proclaiming doomsday as he rakes in millions of dollars into his bank account. His latest challenge came this week by a gentleman named Phelim McAleer. He was cut off while asking Gore to explain the untruths of his film.

His microphone was cut...

... but McAleer's new film may have the last word.

Not Evil Just Wrong: LINK HERE

Obamageddon - Yikes!

interesting video...

Pray for America

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mayan Calendar - Dooms Day Prediction

I read an article on this the other day and didn't think to much of it. I thought of it as just a bunch of hype.

Ends up that I was right. Tim Jones on Jimmy Akin blog sets the record straight.

You know, I've always thought, even before I was a Catholic, that if you want to find out what Christians believe and why, you ought to ask Christians before you take too much to heart what is said about their beliefs by critics or cranks or even professors.
I have come to apply that same approach to the beliefs of other groups, as well. So, for instance, if I want to know what Buddhists believe, I favor asking Buddhists, rather than some expert in comparative religions who studies Buddhists like insects pinned to a card.
The same courtesy ought to be extended to the modern descendants of the Maya, who would like to make it very clear that they - none of them - are lying awake nights wondering if the world will end in 2012. Not according to
this AP article from Yahoo News, anyway.

Tom Cruise Child at Catholic School

This was a pleasant surprise.

Katie Holmes, Tom's wife has insisted the Suri, their 3 year old attend Catholic school. I'm thinking, Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation...


In response to pressure from his wife, Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise reportedly has allowed the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Suri, to attend a Catholic preschool in Massachusetts.
Cruise is a high-profile member of the controversial Scientology sect.

Mail Online Link: Suri plays hide and seek in the park as Tom Cruise agrees to send her to a Catholic school

U.S. Nuclear Shield Inspection by... Russia

You've got to be kidding!!!???

Tentative Inspection Program Would Allow Russia to Visit U.S. Nuclear Sites

Russia and the United States have tentatively agreed to a weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads.
The plan, which Fox News has learned was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the U.S. has ever accepted.


... why don't we just give them the keys for safe keeping?

St. Damien Relics to Tour California

St. Damiens relics will be in San Francisco and near Oakland. For those that can attend please say a special prayer for our State.

Ask St. Damien to intercede on our behalf.

The nineteenth century Belgian priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary ministered to those isolated to the Molokai leper colony in Hawaii. After sixteen years in service to them, he died of leprosy at the age of 49.
His canonization took place on Sunday.
"Not without fear and loathing," Pope Benedict XVI remarked at the canonization, "Father Damien made the choice to go on the island of Molokai in the service of lepers who were there, abandoned by all. So he exposed himself to the disease of which they suffered.
“With them he felt at home. The servant of the Word became a suffering servant, leper with the lepers, during the last four years of his life."
"To follow Christ, Father Damien not only left his homeland, but has also staked his health so he, as the word of Jesus announced in today's Gospel tells us, received eternal life."

Health Care a Step Closer to Obama's pen

Well, we knew it was inevitable. The Senate (with Sen Olympia Snowe in tow) passed their version of the bill through the committee.

None of our Catholic concerns were addressed of course and the thought of the House bill and this bill being merged in my own mind leads me to believe the final bill will move further away from Catholic teaching.

American Spectator outlines what comes next.

Now Comes the Hard Part

In all the euphoria over the news that the Senate Finance Committee has approved its version of health care legislation, some context was missing. With a 60-vote majority in the Senate and a 79-vote advantage in the House of Representatives, it was all but assured that some sort of health care bill would clear the Democrat-dominated committees. It just wasn't supposed to take this long.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Frontline (PBS) Tonight: Obama's War - Afghanistan

Watch tonight on 'Frontline' (PBS).

Obama's War - Afghanistan

Father Morris vs Michael Moore - Capitalism

Father Morris of Foxnews takes Michael Moore to task for Moores pronouncement that the church is against capitalism.

While many mainstream media types are calling Michael Moore’s new film both moral and “Christian,” others aren’t convinced that Moore’s view is correct.
In the accompanying
video, Fox News’ Father Jonathan Morris takes on Moore’s assertions that “the Church is universally against capitalism.”

Afghanistan - A First Hand Look

If you want to get a real understanding of the conditions in Afghanistan you have to visit Michael Yon's blog.

Yon has been reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan for years. He's almost daily diary of what's happening there is more than you'll ever find on any TV, Cable channel or newspaper.

Reading through some of his reporting, makes me wonder if this President has the fortitude, the right inner circle advising him to deal with Afghanistan. I don't mention experience because, well he doesn't have any He's delay to make a decision on troop levels is sending a very big signal not only to our allies, but to the enemy.

Michael Yon Blog

Kandahar City, Afghanistan
Slowly, surely, the city is being strangled. Signaling the depth of our commitment, security forces are thinner in Kandahar than the Himalayan air. During the days and evenings, there were the sounds of occasional bombs—some caused by suicide attackers, and others by firefights. The windows in my room had been blown out recently and now were replaced. We came here to kill our enemies, but today we want to make a country from scratch.



Here's a post from American Thinker

Monday, October 12, 2009

Capitalism - A Catholic Invention

I want to see Michael Moore's movie on 'Capitalism' but I just can bring myself to hand over $9.00 into his account.

I'll have to wait until I can rent it from the library (I'm sure there will be plenty of copies there) for $1.00.

Meanwhile, it make perfect sense to me why someone like Mr. Moore and others with his mind set would want to proclaim to the world the evilness of 'Capitalism' (aka: America, aka: Catholicism). With Europe making it's shift away from it's Christian roots it seems that there are those that would like to see the United States follow suit.

From what I've read about Moore's movie, capitalism seems to be the prime culprit to poverty in the U.S. and the cause of the poor in the world.

"Why can't we be more like Cuba?" is the call of the movie. Like I said, I haven't seen the movie but clips on the internet show this.

People from Haiti make their way across treacherous waters in small boats and even dingies to escape the poverty of their land.

Let's see, do they stop off in the Bahama's?.....NO!

Do they stop off in any of the Virgin Islands..... NO!

Do they STOP OFF IN CUBA?! ....... Absolutely NOT!

They come to America which is over 500 miles from their homeland. All those other places are closer but they know where to come to escape poverty and Cuba is not a place to escape anything.

It seems Mr. Moore has put is eggs in the basket of man. He doesn't realize that the idea of capitalism is not to blame but the people who apply capitalism. The greed of individuals is to blame, not capitalism itself.

There isn't any other country that can match America and it's capitalistic structure. But like any good thing it can be use for evil self interest.

The American system with it's three branch government is a good example. We may be disappointed from time to time with our politicians (an understatement today) but we don't throw out our system for any other way of government in the world.

Do we want to be like Europe? I think not.

How about Venezuela? I don't think so.

China or Russia... absolutely not.

Capitalism has it's beginnings in Catholicism. I've enclosed a couple of good articles and a blog posting to convey this thought.

A Decaf Morning: Article Roundup

Got in a little late this morning. This cold I have has found a home in my chest and doesn't want to leave. Week two of coughing up my lungs.

I blasted it with antibiotics and a couple of cups of decaf java. We'll see have I feel mid-day.

Morning Artcles:

Debate Over Effects of Leno’s Show - New York Times
I don't watch 'Jay' anyway...

What happened to global warming?- BBC
How can it be that the weather is colder? They seem so confused. Here's an idea. "MAYBE YOUR WERE WRONG!"

Fr. Moloney's melodramatic malarkey - InsideScoop
Fr. moloney's, Bologna

Pope canonizes Father Damien, four others as models of Christian love - CNS
Saint Damien pray for us...

Columbus, Catholicism and courage - American Catholic
Sailed the ocean blue... in 1492.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

13th Day - Fatima Movie

1st Showings of the new Fatima movie will be showing next week, Tuesday, Oct 13th.

Check out the trailer: THE 13TH DAY

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Pelosi, Reid Transparency Clear as Molasses

The administrations call for 'Transparency' I guess has not been heard in the congress. Or maybe it has and these resent actions is a redefinition of the word.

There is an effort to have bills available for 72 hours before they are voted on. The fight is on by the majority in congress to NOT let this happen.

Transparency clear as molasses...

Congressional leaders fight against posting bills online

At town hall meetings across the country this past summer, the main topic was health care, but there was a strong undercurrent of anger over the way Congress rushed through passage of the stimulus, global warming and bank bailout bills without seeming to understand the consequences. The stimulus bill, for example, was 1,100 pages long and made available to Congress and the public just 13 hours before lawmakers voted on it. The bill has failed to provide the promised help to the job market, and there was outrage when it was discovered that the legislation included an amendment allowing American International Group, a bailout recipient, to give out millions in employee bonuses.

"If someone had a chance to look at the bill, they would have found that out," said Lisa Rosenberg, who lobbies Congress on behalf of the Sunlight Foundation to bring more transparency to government.

The foundation has begun an effort to get Congress to post bills online, for all to see, 72 hours before lawmakers vote on them.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Completes... Only You Can't See New Bill

The W.H. is lauding this as health care progress with the Senate finance committee completing work on their portion of the bill.

However one thing they're not telling you is that...


Rare Ann Frank Video

Wow, 1941 footage of Ann Frank watching a wedding has been uncovered.