Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Godless Americans Group Announces Endorsement Of Kerry-Edwards
A newly formed group encouraging political action on behalf of “Godless Americans” has announced that it is endorsing the Sen. John Kerry for president and Sen. John Edwards for vice president in the 2004 national elections.

Catholics Against Kerry Launch New Radio Ads http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/8/30/214630.shtml
While the efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have captured the attention of the media, Catholics Against Kerry is also planning a major ad campaign highlighting Kerry's problems with the Catholic Church.

When the big hand says Thirteen Moon Calendar
by Judi McLeod, Canada Free Press
The United Nations, which has a finger in every global pie, and ambitions to take over the World Internet, is inching its way towards calendar reform.
Why is the UN itching to change the method by which the world tells time?
It’s the Gregorian Calendar. Having replaced the Julian Calendar, the Gregorian was instituted by papal decree in the year AD 1582 and adopted by virtually all nations as the common world standard.
Accepted by virtually all nations notwithstanding, the Gregorian Calendar is irksome to New Agers because the whole world marks time based on the Birth of Jesus Christ. And as far as the occultist UN is concerned, that will never do.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Smallest Surviving Baby Enters High School
Madeline Mann is seen shortly after her birth in June 1989. Born at 27 weeks into her mother's pregnancy, she weighed just 9.9 ounces, less than any surviving baby in medical history. Next week, she enters high school as something even more extraordinary: an honors student who plays violin and likes to rollerblade.

Aborted baby's head left inside woman
Couple horrified to find face of child after returning home
A British hospital is now investigating the case of a woman who had an abortion, but then was shocked to find out the head of her unborn baby had been left inside her.

Catholic Answers has a political forum. I am responding to some posts.
[QUOTE=melv9]"Bush is also in favor of abortion in cases of incest, rape, and when the life of the mother is in danger. He also lead us into an pre-emptive war which does not meet the "just war" requirements. Add to this that is he is a liar and favors the rich. It is a sin to vote for Bush.[/QUOTE]
The practical reality is that there is no consensus to abolish abortion from the moment of conception. The best we could possibly hope for is the additional exception for "incest, rape, and when the life of the mother is in danger." I wish it weren't this way, but I have to take the option that is closest to the Catholic point of view and the one who has done the most for the pro-life cause.
Part of the just war theory says it is OK to prevent harm. Saddam was a mass murderer that needed to go. If that was unjust, then it was also wrong to take Hitler out because Germany did not attack us first. The world has got to stop genocide.
As for saying Bush is a liar, that isn't true. [B]Everyone[/B], including Clinton and Kerry and foreign leaders, thought Iraq had WMD. Twenty/Twenty hindsight tells us different now. Have you ever thought you were right, but later found out you were wrong? Should you be called a liar for that?
Favoring the rich? You do you think hires people? Poor people? The best welfare program is a paying job. Class warfare - rich v. poor - does not let people keep what they have legally earned or promote the equality of persons. If we are truly equal, why should one person pay a higher percent than another? It promotes a "why work? the government will take care of me!" attitude for the poor and a "why work? the government will take away everything I earn" attitude for the hard-working. Welfare is not compassionate - it is for buying votes. If you want to be compassionate, donate to the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief, etc. That way the government won't take their slice of administrative costs out of your donation. There are much better ways to fight poverty than robbing from the hard-working Americans through higher taxes. Like one-on-one volunteering to help those in need. Give people a hand, not just a hand out.

[QUOTE=YinYangMom]Nope. Never claimed that Kerry is influenced by the Holy Spirit. I am saying that because he is baptized into the Catholic faith he is a step closer to knowing the Truth than GW and therefore we have a better chance to get him to see the light than GW.QUOTE]
The Catechism says, Para. 1861: "Mortal sin is a radical possibility of human freedom, as is love itself. It results in the loss of charity and the privation of sanctifying grace, that is, of the state of grace. If it is not redeemed by repentance and God's forgiveness, it causes exclusion from Christ's kingdom and the eternal death of hell, for our freedom has the power to make choices for ever, with no turning back. However, although we can judge that an act is in itself a grave offense, we must entrust judgment of persons to the justice and mercy of God."
Being baptized Catholic is not an automatic ticket to heaven. You can lose salvation through mortal sin. I'm not judging Kerry's soul, but it seems to me that it is a mortal sin to be in the position to abolish abortion and not do anything to bring it about. It is not just a sin of omission. Kerry has a 100% voting record for pro-abortion. He knows it is wrong, but he votes this way anyway. When he tries to pass himself off as a devote Catholic when he is a counterfeit Catholic gives scandal. Also, 1 Cor 11 says that those who eat the body and blood unworthily bring condemnation upon themselves.

Taste Test: Busch beer v. Rainier Beer
Bear Passes Out After Only 36 Beers
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A black bear was found passed out at a campground in Washington state recently after guzzling down three dozen cans of a local beer, a campground worker said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

First San Francisco, now Massachusetts ...

Calif. Top Court Annuls San Francisco Gay Marriages
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's Supreme Court annulled more than 4,000 gay marriages in San Francisco on Thursday after finding the city acted improperly in granting marriage licenses earlier this year in defiance of state law.

Canadian tax authority warns churches to be silent http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=31431
Janet Buckingham, legal counsel for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), and Jennifer Leddy, legal counsel for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, were warned by revenue officials that should they become involved in "partisan" political activity during the then-upcoming 2004 federal election they would risk losing their tax-exempt status.
According to the federal agency, to avoid being "partisan" means not addressing issues on which the competing political parties have opposing views. Dawna Lynn Labonte, a media relations officer for the federal Minister of National Revenue, said that not only would churches be penalized for telling congregants to vote for a certain party or candidate, they would also be penalized for coming out strongly on an issue on which the parties were opposed, such as abortion or same-sex "marriage".

Massachusetts Will Nullify Out-of-State Gay Marriages
BARNSTABLE, Mass. — Gov. Mitt Romney's top legal adviser said Tuesday that if local clerks issue marriage licenses to out-of-state gay couples, that will make the marriages void and could result in legal repercussions for the clerks themselves.

Mass. AG: Gay Marriage for Residents Only
BOSTON — The state's landmark gay marriage case applies only to Massachusetts residents and explicitly protects other states' rights to define marriage in their own way, according to a brief filed Monday by the attorney general.

Mass. Judge Upholds Law Limiting Marriage
BOSTON — A Superior Court judge on Wednesday declined to halt enforcement of a 1913 state law barring out-of-state couples from marrying in Massachusetts.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Kerry thinks he is a miracle worker.
Cloning by any other name still smells
Terence Jeffrey
If John Kerry fulfills the campaign promise he made in last Saturday's Democratic radio address, he is truly a miracle worker. He pledged to undo what was never done.
"Three years ago, the president enacted a far-reaching ban on stem-cell research, shutting down some of the most promising work to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, AIDS and so many other life-threatening diseases," said Kerry, opening his address. He concluded: "(W)e're going to lift the ban on stem-cell research."....
The president's policy stopped government from forcing taxpayers to fund the cloning and killing of human beings. It also aimed at stopping America from becoming a nation that tolerated -- perhaps even profited from -- the wholesale abuse of innocent life....
Just as Kerry says he wants to lift a ban on stem-cell research that Bush never imposed, he also wants to legalize the cloning and killing of human beings while pretending to prohibit cloning and serve human life.

Let's review the basics.
Economics 101
Walter E. Williams
Economic ignorance allows us to fall easy prey to political charlatans and demagogues, so how about a little Economics 101?...when politicians come to us pretending they're Santa Clauses or tooth fairies delivering benefits only, we should ask what's the cost, who's going to pay and why.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

The Rise and Fall of Christianity
Roll Over, Martin LutherLong the dominant faith affiliation in the U.S., Protestantism may no longer boast a majorityBy DAVID VAN BIEMAThe University of Chicago's respected National Opinion Research Center (NORC) has reported that the proportion of adult Americans calling themselves Protestants, a steady 63% for decades, fell suddenly to 52% from 1993 to 2002. Not only that, the study's authors projected that "perhaps as early as this year the country will for the first time no longer have a Protestant majority." The heads-up provoked some spirited discussion about how important the eclipse might be, to whom, and why.

Could this happen in the USA if Democrats get their way?
The grass is not greenerBruce Bartlett Europeans are frustrated. They have been behind the United States economically for years and thought this was due to lack of economic integration. So they created the European Union, with a common currency and virtually free mobility of goods, capital and labor throughout the continent. Yet Europe continues to lag.
....In short, Europeans don't work because it just doesn't pay to work after the government takes its cut. And because welfare benefits are so high, the cost of not working is low. Thus, when workers compare what they make after-tax with what they can make by doing nothing, the gap is very small.

Monday, August 09, 2004

More about the Missouri primary election...
"In Missouri on Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly chose to amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage, by a margin of 72 percent to 28 percent. Even more remarkable about that election was that turnout was much higher on the Democratic side, where a closely contested Democratic primary for governor brought more than 800,000 Democrats to the polls, while only 533,000 Republicans showed up to vote for their nominee, Matt Blunt, who was a prohibitive favorite. In this battleground state in an election where turn-out was dominated by Democrats, traditional marriage scored a huge win. Elite media sniffs at this issue, but it drives people to the polls, and it resonates even in otherwise solid Democratic constituencies such as African-American church goers.
...all evidence points to a decisive advantage among church-goers in support of George W. Bush....Don't be surprised if this constituency--unnoticed by pollsters or hostile to their advances--turns some state races thought to be too-close-to-call into walk-aways for Bush. And in races like the Daschle-Thune contest in South Dakota, the issue of marriage may spark stunning rejections of those senators like Daschle (and Murray in Washington state and Boxer in California) who have obstructed judges and denied the states a chance to debate the marriage protection amendment."
Missouri voters vow ' I don't ' to same-sex marriageKathleen Parker "In Missouri, an unprecedented number of people turned out to vote for a state constitutional amendment clarifying the definition of marriage. The amendment passed by a 71 percent vote, which is considered not just a landslide but an avalanche. Voter turnout was 42.8 percent for a primary election that usually only draws between 15 percent and 25 percent.
Who knew?
Certainly not those leading opposition to the amendment, some of whom expressed not only disappointment, but hurt, according to The New York Times, which buried the story of the amendment's success on page A-16. Editorial comment noted.
Activists for same-sex marriage say they will study Missouri to try to figure out why their strategy failed in hopes of preventing similar outcomes elsewhere. After all, they spent $450,000 to no avail, compared to just $19,000 the amendment's supporters doled out. What, good money can't buy deeply held values?"
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN), Chairman of the 2004 Platform Committee, today announced the creation of an online Platform Portal and invited Americans to participate in the development of ideas for the 2004 Republican Platform. The web-based tool, which goes live today at 12 p.m. and can be accessed at www.gopconvention.com/platform, allows Republicans across the nation to contribute to the creation of the party’s platform.
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth John Kerry has been able to convince about 13 men who served on Swift boats in the Mekong Delta to support him, 7 or 8 of whom were at various times crew members on his own 6-man boat. Those are the men the Kerry campaign so prominently featured at the Democratic Convention. The photograph we have posted at SwiftVets.com shows Kerry with 19 of his fellow Swift boat OICs (Officers In Charge) in Coastal Division 11. Four OICs were not present for the photograph. Only one of his 23 fellow OICs from Coastal Division 11 supports John Kerry.
Overall, more than 250 Swift boat veterans are on the record questioning Kerry's fitness to serve as Commander-in-Chief. That list includes his entire chain of command -- every single officer Kerry served under in Vietnam. The Kerry game plan is to ignore all this and pretend that the 13 veterans his campaign jets around the country and puts up in 5-star hotels really represent the truth about his short, controversial combat tour.

This is one reason I like Alan Keyes.http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=34270On the establishment of religion: What the Constitution really says

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Voters Approve Ban on Gay Marriage JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday to ban gay marriage, the first such vote since the historic ruling in Massachusetts last year that legalized same-sex weddings there.
Vote On Amendment 2 Could Affect Race For White House
(KSDK) -- Voters in Missouri confronted an important ballot question on Tuesday. They casted vote for or against a constitutional amendment that effectively bans same sex marriage.
The outcome of the referendum may give us a hint of how important this controversial issue will be in the presidential election.
Bishops of Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Dioceses of Charleston and Charlotte say, "Because of the influence that Catholics in public life have on the conduct of our daily lives and on the formation of our nation's future, we declare that Catholics serving in public life espousing positions contrary to the teaching of the Church on the sanctity and inviolability of human life, especially those running for or elected to public office are not to be admitted to Holy Communion in any Catholic church within our jurisdictions....We undertake this action to safeguard the sacred dignity of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, to reassure the faithful, and to save sinners. "
Kerry's campaign theme: Judge me by my words alone This is the first of two columns — one won't be enough — addressing the audacious statements in John Kerry's convention speech.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

I'm back from vacation! I had a great time. We left 7/10. We went to Pike's Peak, Florissant Fossil Beds, rafted on the Arkansas river, went to Black Canyon of the Gunnison Nat'l Park, mine tour in Ouray, CO, Mesa Verde Nat'l Park, north rim of Grand Canyon Nat'l Park, Zion Nat'l Park, Bryce Nat'l Park, Capitol Reef Nat'l Mnt, hubby & son climbed Mt. Elbert in Leadville, CO, kids went to Six Flags - Denver and we visited relatives in Denver. We camped except for 2 nights. It rained the last 2 nights, so we headed home a little early. I took 9 rolls of film, lots of digital ones, and 2 video tapes.
I'm caught up at work, so I have time to blog a bit.

Missouri vote first battle in marriage war
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri votes today on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex "marriage," marking the first such vote in the nation since Massachusetts legalized homosexual "marriage" last year.
The truth gapCal Thomas
In his nomination acceptance speech Thursday night (July 29), today's JFK claimed there is a huge economic gap. Really? Not according to Business Week magazine in an article that says the economy is creating more high-paying jobs than low-paying jobs.
A Few Questions for the Presidential Candidates
by Deal W. Hudson On Sunday July 4th, John Kerry told Iowa's Telegraph Herald that he personally opposes abortion and believes that life begins at conception. The exact quote is as follows: "I oppose abortion, personally. I don't like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception."
New Ultrasound Rekindles Abortion Debate LONDON — Some in Great Britain are calling for the government to rein in the abortion-at-anytime laws that have been on the books since the late 1960s.
Boogie to BaghdadWhat the 9/11 Commission says about Iraq and al Qaeda.
The publication of the September 11 Commission report may force a reassessment of the now-conventional wisdom about the links — or, as critics of the Bush administration contend, the absence of links — between Iraq and al Qaeda.
Politically Correct Cartoons - on Sandy Berger stealing secret documents