Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mystic Monk Coffee - Helping the Portiuncula: the Little Portion

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Mystic Monk Coffee - Helping the Portiuncula: the Little Portion

The Carmelite Monks are a Roman Catholic Monastery that has a great passion for Coffee as an incredible fruit of the earth as well as a way to help Catholic culture. The monks love coffee from its growth, drying process to its roast and taste in the cup. Every step adds to the taste of the beans in your cup and the monks find this a delightful past time that compliments their monastery.

The monks hope to add a new chapter in the history of coffee. It is a well known fact that monks discovered the great use of the coffee beans as a delicious drink that helps a sleepy monk.

How do monks know anything about roasting coffee? Monks are perfectionists in all their labors. Monks also love everything natural and earthy because it is very contemplative and recalls God's works to them.

Monks have always been the backbone of Catholic culture. In America ever since the revolution, coffee also has been the backbone of American society. This is why coffee and Catholic monks go hand in hand. The Carmelite Monks know that coffee is so integral to our modern society and see it as a great opportunity to give people everywhere a chance to have a unique relationship with monks. The uniting of coffee and Catholic monks is a perfect combination. For more information about the Carmelite monks and their focus on helping Catholic culture click here: Real monks and catholic coffee

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Monday, September 22, 2008

School Of The Americas Demonstration November 21-23

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

St. Francis used to say we should prefer nothing to the salvation of souls, and he said so for this reason: It is for souls that the only begotten Son of God deigned to ascend the cross.

St. Bonaventure
Major Life 9:4

It would appear that we are now concerned with every whim and doctrine that comes along...except for the salvation of souls:

"Let the brothers love one another, as the Lord says, 'This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you' (John 15:12).

"And let them show by their deeds the love they have for one another, as the Apostle says, 'Our love must be not just words or mere talk, but something active and genuine' (1 John 3:18).

"And they are 'not to go around slandering other people' (Titus 3:2); nor are they to grumble or speak evil, for it is written, 'Libelers and slanderers are enemies of God' (Romans 1:30). And they are 'to be peacable and gentle, and always polite to people of all kinds'" (Titus 3:2).

St. Francis
Rule of 1221 - Chapter XI

So why have we thrown everything that St. Francis believed in and followed hard-line Marxist, Communists?

Yes, there have been some evil men come out of the School of the America's, but is that any reason to shut something down that does so much good? It's like saying we should shut Richmond, Indiana down because the infamous Jimmie Jones came from there. Or should we go a step further, then, and shut Kool-Aid down because Jimmie Jones used it to kill off all his people?

Here is a letter from Sister Rachel West, The Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation. Please tell me if she and these other people are following the way of St. Francis or not. Personally, I believe these people to be the ultimate of evil, but you decide for yourself...

"Led by the School of Americas (SOA) Watch frounder Fr. Roy Bourgeois and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, thousands of protesters marched in solemn procession to the gates of Fort Benning, GA, site of the SOA, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 18. Among the participants were Sisters Jacquelyn McKracken (whose article about the SOA protest appeared in the December 2 edition of the Indianapolis Star), Joan Miller and Maureen Irvin.

"They gathered to protest the continued existence of the school (now known officially as the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation) whose graduates they hold responsible for the murders and torture of thousands of innocent people throughout Latin America. But they gathered as well to protest ongoing wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan and violations of human rights throughout the world. More and more, the annoual SOA vigil, first begun in 1990 to call for the closing of the SOA, has evolved into a massive anti-was and pro-human rights rally, probably the largest in the United
States.

..."This year's protest led, as they always have, to numerous arrests for trespass onto the base. Ten were arrested while entering through a side gate, and another for attempting to scale the main gate during the symbolic funeral procession. ....three other protesters, college students, were arrested and face charges for refusing to relinquish crosses whose size exceeded police regulations."

How sad. How very, very sad.

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School Of The Americas Demonstration November 21-23

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Beware of all pride and vainglory. Keep yourselves from the wisdom of this world and the prudence of the flesh. For the spirit of the flesh is desirous and very eager for words but does little to carry them out. And it does not seek the interior spirit of religion and holiness but desires of religion and holiness only what is outwardly apparent to people. It is of these that the Lord says, "In truth I tell you, they already have their reward" (Matt 6:2).

St. Francis of Assisi
Rule 1221 - Chapter XVII

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School Of The Americas Demonstration November 21-23

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

We encourage anone who is interested in the issue to come in and see us, to sit in classes, to talk with students and faculty, and to review our instructional materials. I would suggest waiting until after mid-January, because there will be several courses in session then, and all our people will be here.

I often joke with our Catholic friends that I am from the Southern
Baptist branch of the Catholic Church, but I do so with a purpose--I
then offer contact with other Catholics who know us well and support us enthusiastically. I don't know if you are in acccord with the very conservative Catholic organization that produced the attached article and interview (both are on their website, along with other pertinent documents: www.tfp.org), but they did some rather thorough
investigative reporting of their experiences here in the area, and the interview allowed me to hit on almost all the issues brought up by our opponents.

By the way, the Franciscan who almost ended up on our board was *** *******. He came down and got to know us, so I don't think he holds
the same uninformed views of his brothers, but he was leaning toward
pacifism anyway, so may not have stayed with us long even if accepted.

I don't mind honest opponents who do not think we should be operating because of their own views on doing the training. The only opponents I challenge are those who accept the falsehoods that we teach illegal, immoral, or unethical things here. The facts do not support their views, and I try to introduce them to reality.

Thanks again, and I look forward to continuing this conversation,
perhaps in person!

Sincerely,
Lee

Mr. Lee A. Rials
Public Affairs Officer
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
35 Ridgway Loop
Ft. Benning, GA 31905

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School Of The Americas Demonstration November 21-23

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Dear Chris:

Good to make contact with you! We certainly appreciate the support.

It is such a shame that this whole SOAW movement has gained such steam under false pretenses.

I have directly engaged many of them and held them accountable for much of the false witness they bear.

Who knows, but the Lord, what will be the outcome of all of this. All I know is that I feel God has called me to this ministry, and now, specifically at WHINSEC. It is an incredibly interesting and exciting ministry that certainly has a international dimension. It has taken me to Honduras, Brazil, and I will be in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Uruguay in the next few months.

I am very impressed by your blog, but could not find where you all have discussed WHINSEC.

I attached a recent NCR article about the protest weekend. My ministry to the ethical dilemmas of Soldiers and Police is discussed in it.

I want you to know, as a good German pastor, I always have a good German Franziskaner hefeweizen in my refrigerator!!!

God Bless You,

John



John W. Kiser, D.Min.
Chaplain (Major) US Army
Command Chaplain/Ethics Instructor
Western Hemisphere Institute for
Security Cooperation
Fort Benning, GA 31905
706-610-9972

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School Of The Americas Demonstration November 21-23

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Behind the gates, a clash of views

National Catholic Reporter

December 7, 2007

Editor’s note: NCR has covered the annual protest at Fort Benning since the early 1990s, always from outside the gates of the fort. This year, we asked Paul Winner to report on the event from inside the fort. Winner’s story and a report by Patrick O’Neill, who has provided detailed coverage of this event for several years, are included on these pages. The full range of O’Neill’s reporting has been posted on our Web site, ncronline.org.

By PAUL WINNER

Fort Benning, Ga.

As a young man, John Kiser sat in a classroom with Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez and posed a direct question: Are Christians called to be pacifists?

Gutiérrez, the 70-year-old father of liberation theology, had come to Princeton Theological Seminary as a visiting professor. Kiser, a novice seminarian, had recently felt himself drawn to service as a military chaplain, but had not completely squared that calling with the Gospels -- at least, not yet.

Kiser, now a Presbyterian minister and one of the chaplains at Fort Benning, spoke recently during the weekend of the annual School of the Americas protest, a largely Catholic show of opposition to the training of Latin American military personnel, many of whom oversaw and committed human rights violations during the civil wars in Central America during the 1980s.

Kiser recalled how he and Gutiérrez pulled out their Bibles and discussed the Roman soldier of Luke Chapter 7, Christ’s measurement of the soldier’s faith, and how at no point did Christ instruct this man -- as he instructed the adulterer in the Gospel of John -- to “go and sin no more.” They finessed the finer points of the Hebrew verbs harag and ratsakh, “kill” and “murder,” as a means of unearthing the exact meaning of the commandment dealing with killing. For in the Torah, according to many Jewish scholars, the correct translation would be “ Thou shalt not murder,” which left open the possibility that even the taking of life could be tacit within the Law of Moses. The founder of liberation theology agreed that in some cases, killing of course takes place without criminal intent. But what cases, exactly? Those in wartime? And what did such a stunning sanction mean for following Christ’s example?

Both men believed that even pacifists retained “a moral imperative to protect innocent life,” and that a responsible Christian could be called into military service, the better to be “an ethical voice within the apparatus itself.”

Kiser ended up writing his thesis on the just war theory, then left Princeton to pursue a doctorate with the Oblates. Within a few short years, he was an officer in uniform, tending to the wounded and dying on both sides of conflict. Most recently, in Tikrit, Iraq, he served as an emergency room chaplain not only to military personnel but also to Muslim civilians, Iraqi children, and those designated by superiors as “enemy combatants.”

“I see the role of the chaplain as both pastoral and prophetic,” said Kiser now. “And I believe that the prophetic tradition in Christianity does not persuade us solely into pacifism.”

He reclines in his chair and rubs his eyes, briefly, then offers me a Coca-Cola from a mini-fridge behind his desk. He is a kindly, compact man in his 40s with a runner’s build and polite, boyish smile. He has been meeting with civilian visitors to Benning all day, and will continue presenting his case for a soldier’s ethical responsibilities well into the weekend.

“Well,” he says, “this is our Superbowl Weekend.”


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It is, for many at the school, possibly the biggest weekend of the year. The reason is not the “God Bless Fort Benning” pro-troop demonstration in nearby Columbus, Ga. Nor does the weekend’s importance stem from the latest, most ominous headline in this week’s Army Times: “If you haven’t gone to war -- you’re about to: 37,000 targeted for deployment.” Rather, the size of the weekend is due to the demands imposed by this chaplain’s latest job, the very job he signed up for years earlier -- attempting to be a voice within the apparatus itself.

Kiser’s most recent post within the U.S. Army is as both chaplain and ethics instructor at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. WHINSEC, as it is called, was formerly known as the School of the Americas -- a training school, transplanted from Panamanian soil, for young officers of Central and South America. Established as a Cold War continuation of the Monroe Doctrine, the school has suffered from an image problem since its dedication on Georgia’s soil, stemming largely from the murderous reputation of Latin American militaries (and paramilitaries) in the latter half of the 20th century. Those forces, dedicated to suppressing dissent, often enjoyed shadowy help from the world’s leading democracy.


Dr. Luis Ramírez, a visiting scholar at WHINSEC who came to Benning from the Peace Secretariat in Guatemala, recently told a group of visiting protesters that he had observed the reputation of the United States in Latin America to be “on the floor” for so many years, he was shocked to witness the latest turnaround in attitudes inside and outside the military. “Now,” he said, “today, you can see in the students here at this school, the desire in them that human rights become the standard.”


This is due, he swore, to the work of the institute.

The School of the Americas closed its doors in December 2000. By the time winter thawed, WHINSEC had opened in its place, with several new courses, a new stated mission and new faculty. Ramírez and Kiser were but two of the new faces arguing human rights down the elegantly curved halls.


Protest against the school, however, did not change. Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois had inaugurated a memorial demonstration outside the gates of Fort Benning one year after the 1989 murders of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador. His mission was to draw national and international attention to the place where many of those responsible for the Jesuits’ murder had trained, and to call for the school’s permanent closure. The protest eventually swelled into the thousands, increasing with each year.

Now, in balmiest November 2007, the protests outside the main gate of the fort will be met by presentations inside the gate by Chaplain Kiser and others about the school’s mission, and they will take questions from the protesters themselves.

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Ten years ago, Gutiérrez and Kiser had stood in the Princeton classroom and been passionately engaged in exegesis. An exercise in contemplative scholasticism, exegesis is the main reason many come to seminary in the first place: to burrow into the Word at the subtlest, most fragile of levels, and better divine the will of God. It may seem like hairsplitting to an outsider, but to someone discerning whether he or she is born to faithful leadership, exegesis is the source and locator of authority, despite the starkly conflicting interpretations which exegesis inevitably brings to the surface.


It is not the best means of dialogue, however, between opposing groups outside of seminary.

This year, on Saturday, Nov. 17, hundreds of protesters -- from veterans’ organizations, peace fellowships, high schools and various colleges -- are crowded loudly into an auditorium on the base. Protesters line the walls and steps. There are banners and peace signs. Many students wear green T-shirts reading “I Will Shut Down the School of Assassins.” They have left school to come here, and have briefly been returned to student status as they sit through a detailed PowerPoint presentation. Slides offer a number of facts (“10 percent of every course content addresses human rights and ethics”), and is followed by an introduction of the afternoon’s panelists, including Chaplain Kiser, Lt. Col. Linda Gould, representing the school’s Board of Visitors; Maj. Tony Raimondo, professor of law and overseer of the school’s human rights courses; and the school’s commandant, Col. Gilberto Perez. Questions from the audience rise, slowly at first, and then with an almost natural force. Microphones are passed through the seats.


The moderator points to the wall. “With the bandana, yes.”
The question -- like many that follow -- begins with an admission of vagueness, the single phrase It is my understanding that ... This one ends with an observation that WHINSEC has been known to train militaries in a civil capacity, policemen and firemen, which seems outside the school’s charter. Panel members agree that the school does and should continue to train “first responders, much like our own National Guard.”

Another hand. “Dreadlocks, there.”


“I keep seeing pictures around this place with, like, a sword. And they’re asking me to follow them.” Several of the students stifle laughter.

Col. Perez jumps in to explain Benning’s infantry symbol -- a bayonet crowned with the words FOLLOW ME -- and how the building they’re all sitting in used to be home to the fort’s infantry school. “I am not,” Perez explains, “authorized to make changes to the school’s façade.”


Another student stands. “This is directed at the chaplain. When the Bible says, you know, ‘Do Not Kill,’ I want to know how that, like, affects your ministry.”


There is increased laughter this time. The mood in the room is changing. Kiser does not speak of the just war tradition, or the private conciliations each person of faith makes with nations at war. Instead, he leans into the microphone and decides to offer some of the exegesis he once shared with Gutiérrez involving Hebrew verbs. By the time he clarifies what he believes is the Mosaic injunction “to not murder,” the audience as a whole has succumbed to groans, hoots, and come on’s.

A blonde, middle-aged woman in jeans leans forward, trying to refocus the attention of the room on history and curriculum. “It is my understanding that interrogation tactics have been taught here?”
Maj. Raimondo takes up the question. “We do not. Teach. Interrogation. Tactics. Here.” Immediately it is clear that no one in the audience believes this -- or they are taking exception to use of the present tense -- inspired, perhaps, by the previous answer’s exegesis. Raimondo delivers an analysis of his chosen subject, international law, presenting the topic in stark contradistinction with the more flexible legal policies of the Bush administration. He concludes with a claim that his program has been sanctioned by the United Nations, and studied with approval by Amnesty International. There is no follow-up to this answer, which hangs in the air between a sea of agitated hands.


A solidly built young man with dark hair and sunglasses perched on his head is waving at each new question. “Hello? Pick me, please? Come on, it’s a democracy ...”


The moderator calls on two others, then cheerfully focuses his attention.


“I believe we have someone with a question.”


The young man lowers his hand. “Thank you,” he says, and proceeds to deliver an otherwise impromptu-sounding speech involving the CIA, the overthrow of President Salvador Allende in Chile, the use of pesticides in Latin America, and the American military being an arm of elite economic interests. He issues a condemnation of “you guys” who claim to “assist in the search for democracy.” He closes with information of his personal experience and points his finger at the panel. “You are protecting a corporate agenda.” As he sits, there is sustained applause.


Lt. Col. Gould asks the crowd to look at the numbers. “Almost 60,000 officers have come through the school since its inception. Five hundred of those officers have been investigated for violations. One hundred have been convicted of a criminal act within their home nations ...” The numbers make a case that the school has enjoyed a 99 percent success rate among graduates.


A girl near the front row asks, “But how do we know? Why can’t you keep better track of graduates?”

Gould says, “We can’t do that. You wouldn’t want us doing that. Keeping tabs on visitors when they go back to their home countries?”
From the back row someone asks, “How presumptuous is it that we train, and teach human rights, given our own record of abuses?”
Kiser takes up the question, insisting that as a man of faith, he can’t work within an apparatus that tolerates abuses to human rights. “These are aberrations. Abu Ghraib is an aberration.”
The session has crept past the 45-minute mark. Several students have stopped paying attention. Many of them whisper jokes, or take pictures of the assembly. A slight, boyish-looking student in a dark shirt stands to quietly condemn the United States government for its role in manufacturing the revolution in his home country of Guatemala in 1954. His voice increases with each sentence until the young man is nearly shouting. “American foreign policy has destroyed Central America. Destroyed South America. Get out. Just get out.”
Through the applause, Gould asks, “Are you an American?”
“No,” he says. “I’m ... from Guatemala.”


“Then why don’t you go back to your home country and work through the democratic process to ask that the government ...”
The young man is momentarily at a loss. “Because!” he finally blurts. “It’s a corrupt government!”


“The school did not exist in 1954. There is no causal link between what you claim and this school. Have there been American foreign policy mistakes? Of course. But this place, this school, doesn’t teach torture, rape, pillaging ...”

“The CIA overthrew Guatemala!”

The moderator informs the audience that time is short. Only a few questions remain. Some thank the panelists for their openness. They hope to continue the dialogue throughout the rest of the day, if not into the coming years. In the room remains a kind of pent-up energy, as if the purpose in today’s open house had not yet been fully brought to fruition. The weekend’s protest, after all, is an argument with history. Considerable energy is directed from all corners of the room against our nation’s total history of secret -- and not-so-secret -- foreign policy decisions that subverted democratic processes or enabled ruthless dictators to be designated friendly.


A muscular staff sergeant -- one who had accompanied these guests of the school on buses from the gate to the auditorium -- appears behind the back row and listens to the general murmur. He takes a sip from a can of Diet Coke.

“Lively group,” he says. “Sorry I missed it.”


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The tensile energy in the auditorium could be described as another variation on the blue-state, red-state divergence that characterizes a depressingly large segment of our political discourse. After an hour in the auditorium, it is clear to many assembled that there are those who simply do not like, or trust, men and women in uniform. And there are those who see the protesters as simply juvenile, not to say ill-informed, and their defiance as tending to the agenda of their own survival.

Kiser returns to the building with the terra-cotta roof. He will continue teaching the school’s expanded curriculum on human rights. He will conduct exercises designed to highlight ethical behavior in crises, peaceful conflict resolution, and the role of a responsible soldier within a democratic populace.

Atrocities in wartime are still aberrations, to him, without a doubt -- a fact that should never go overlooked. But even if atrocities are “less than 1 percent” of the norm, “it is still too much when we’re dealing with human lives. ... All of this troubles me.”

But he reminds me that he is, unlike the soldier in Luke, not a centurion -- merely a pastor to centurions. He does not bear arms. This is a crucial distinction in the calling he answered many years earlier, and vital to understanding his commitment to staying in the service, and at the school.


“I truly believe that God uses voices within the system to change and be that ethical, prophetic voice of morality.” His firm belief, in the end, is in a Christ who wanted centurions who believed “to effect and transform the Roman Empire.”

This is his commitment to God, he said. His faith in such a commitment has gotten more unshakeable over the years. “Who is anyone to question my faith?”


Paul Winner, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York, teaches at a Christo Rey school in East Harlem, N.Y.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Obamessiah, Superstar!

Heybama Obama Bama Bama Hoe
Bama Hey Bama Hoe Bama
Hey Barack J.C., Oh Barack J.C.,
loves to kill babies!
Bama Hoe Bama Hey Superstar!

(Crowd)
Barack B.O., Superstar!
Who and or what do you think you are?

(Obamessiah)
Why waste your breath moaning the Main Stream Media?
Nothing can be done to stop their adoration!
If every tongue was sill the noise would still continue,
The rocks and stones would start to sing!

(Main Stream Media)
Heybama Obama Bama Bama Hoe
Bama Hey Bama Hoe Bama
Hey Barack J.C., Oh, Barack J.C.,
loves to kill babies!
Bama Hoe Bama Hey Superstar!

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Joe Biden Loses Barack Hussein Obama The Catholic Vote

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

By: Gerald Warner
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/

More, as promised, on Senator Joe Biden (why should Sarah Palin get all the coverage?). Remember, you read it here first: on September 11 this blog reported a mounting backlash from Catholic bishops against Biden, Barack Obama's "Catholic" pro-abortion running mate. At that time I estimated eight bishops had come out to denounce Biden; the total is now 55. Beyond that, Biden is being trashed across every state of the Union by Catholic newspapers, TV and radio stations, and blogs. It is a tsunami of rejection.

Archbishop Chaput of Denver had already announced Biden should not receive communion because of his pro-abortion views. Defiantly, Biden took communion in his home parish in Delaware in late August. On September 2 the Bishop of Scranton, Pennsylvania (a crucial swing state) banned him from communion in his diocese. That is effective excommunication. Then came the crucial provocation. On NBC's Meet the Press programme on September 7 Biden grossly misrepresented the Catholic Church's teaching on abortion and audaciously cited St Thomas Aquinas in his own cause.

That did it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had already done the same thing on the same programme, in her instance citing St Augustine. Even the torpid US bishops could not have false doctrine glibly broadcast by public figures, misleading their flock. So the counterattack described here last week began, culminating in a statement from the US Bishops' Conference. The bishops of Kansas City have also issued a pastoral letter on the subject. It is open season on Biden.

There are 47 million Catholic voters in the United States. One quarter of all registered voters are Catholics. At every presidential election in the past 30 years the Catholic vote has gone to the winning candidate, except for Al Gore in 2000. This year 41 per cent of Catholics are independents - up from 30 per cent in 2004. Psephologists claim practising Catholics were the decisive factor in the crucial swing states in 2004: in Ohio 65 per cent of Catholics voted for Bush, in Florida 66 per cent. They were drifting away in disillusionment from the Republicans and split 50-50, until Joe Biden worked his magic. This is electoral suicide by the Democrats.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lay Franciscans Meeting October 4th - The Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"


The Richmond Lay Franciscans will meet on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on Saturday, October 4, 2008, at 11:30 A.M. in the Fr. Minton Room at Seton West School (Holy Family Church).

Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the life of St. Francis!

St. Francis, in as far as he was able, broke forth in this psalm : "I cried to the Lord with my voice: with my voice I made supplication to the Lord." He also invited all creatures to praise God, and by means of the words he had composed earlier, he exhorted them to love God. He exhorted death itself, terrible and hateful to all, to give praise, and going joyfully to meet it, he invited it to make its lodging with him. "Welcome," he said, "my sister death."

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Barack Hussein Obama : 143 Days To Change The World

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

You couldn't get a job at McDonalds and become district manager after 143 days of experience. You couldn't become chief of surgery after 143 days of experience of being a surgeon. You couldn't get a job as a teacher and be the superintendent after 143 days of experience. You couldn't join the military and become a Colonel or Master Chief after 143 days of experience. You couldn't get a job as a reporter and become the CBS nightly news anchor after 143 days of experience.

BUT....

From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United States Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working.

After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World .... 143 days. We all have to start somewhere. The senate is a good start, but after 143 days, that's all it is - a start. AND, strangely, a large sector of the American public is okay with this and campaigning for him. We wouldn't accept this in our own line of work, yet some are okay with this for the President of the United States of America?

Come on folks, we are not voting for the next American Idol!

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Newspaper Boycott: LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Special Announcement: Newspaper Boycott! LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

We are calling on all Americans to boycott Liberal Newspapers throughout the country for one week, starting September 14th and ending September 21st.

As long as they remain pro-abortion,pro-gay, anti-family advocates, let's abort them from our households and workplaces!

LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

(For those of us who feel they would die a thousands deaths going through withdrawl, let me remind you that we have the likes of Drudge Report and WorldNetDaily on internet from which to glean our news...)

http://chrisdickson.blogspot.com/2005/07/radio-talk-show-hosts-hold-gannett.html

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mystic Monk Coffee - Helping the Portiuncula: the Little Portion

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

The Carmelite Monks of Wyoming

Mystic Monk Coffee is roasted by the Carmelite Monks, a Roman Catholic monastery in the silence and solitude of the Rocky Mountains of northern Wyoming. The monks live a hidden life of prayer and contemplation in the pursuit of God. The monastery is inundated with young men who seek to leave everything to pray for the world, in a tradition at least a thousand years old. It is the monks’ great joy and privilege to share the fruit of their life with you in every cup of Mystic Monk Coffee.

What is the Carmelite Monks' goals in roasting Mystic Monk Coffee? They hope that this new monastic industry will help them to establish their catholic monastery in the mountains of Wyoming. Catholics everywhere love coffee and why not buy their coffee from catholic monks who are laboring to take vocations? Catholics need a catholic coffee that supports a wholesome cause like a monastery. Other monasteries have monastery gifts which are particular to that monastery and the Carmelite monks are proud to offer the fruit of their labors with Mystic Monk Coffee to Catholic supporters. Their monastery gift is the catholic coffee called Mystic Monk Coffee

Catholics must learn solidarity and the monks hope that Mystic Monk Coffee will help in this endeavor. To think that catholic money spent every day on coffee could go to a Catholic cause through a catholic coffee. The monks have 40 young men discerning a vocation. Why can't catholic coffee money go to support catholic vocations? Thus the monks hope that this catholic coffee Mystic Monk Coffee will help them continue to flourish through Catholics choosing to use their catholic coffee dollar for Christ and his catholic church.

Every catholic monastery has its own manual labor, a way to support itself by its own hands. Then it usually sells what it makes as its monastery gift item. Coffee is unique in that Catholics everywhere drink coffee daily. So this is a monastery gift for every day of the year. Catholics should find this as another way to integrate the church into their daily lives, through catholic coffee. Every morning as they sip their coffee, why not think of the church and say a morning offering to Christ? The reality that this catholic coffee could help catholic culture is true. Catholics need a culture to sink their roots in and Mystic Monk Coffee hopes to be a big part of this endeavor with the monastery gifts of a catholic coffee.

The Mystic Monk online store serves as the monks' store. They hope that their monastery gifts will sell to Catholics everywhere through this catholic online store.

Simply go to "Portiuncula: the Little Portion" at:

http://portiunculathelittleportion.blogspot.com

Scroll down the Left Hand Side to the "Mystic Monk" Icon and double click.

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Newspaper Boycott: LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Special Announcement: Newspaper Boycott! LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

We are calling on all Americans to boycott Liberal Newspapers throughout the country for one week, starting September 14th and ending September 21st.

As long as they remain pro-abortion,pro-gay, anti-family advocates, let's abort them from our households and workplaces!

LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

(For those of us who feel they would die a thousands deaths going through withdrawl, let me remind you that we have the likes of Drudge Report and WorldNetDaily on internet from which to glean our news...)

http://chrisdickson.blogspot.com/2005/07/radio-talk-show-hosts-hold-gannett.html

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Newspaper Boycott: LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Special Announcement: Newspaper Boycott! LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

We are calling on all Americans to boycott Liberal Newspapers throughout the country for one week, starting September 14th and ending September 21st.

As long as they remain pro-abortion,pro-gay, anti-family advocates, let's abort them from our households and workplaces!

LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

(For those of us who feel they would die a thousands deaths going through withdrawl, let me remind you that we have the likes of Drudge Report and WorldNetDaily on internet from which to glean our news...)

http://chrisdickson.blogspot.com/2005/07/radio-talk-show-hosts-hold-gannett.html

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

WorldNetDaily Exclusive: "Lipstick On A Pig" Was Planned

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"



10:24 am Eastern


By Aaron Klein
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

The official website of the Democratic Party has a blog posting entitled, "McCain's Selection of Palin is Lipstick on a Pig," illustrated by an altered photograph of a pig with makeup, designer glasses and pearls.

"Palin is a red herring, lipstick on the Republican pig to distract Americans from the real issue that under the leadership of the Republicans the last 8 years, our country is falling apart," writes the blogger, Elizabeth Berry, a self-described 49-year-old "progressive" from Texas.

The posting was published 11 days ago, well before Sen. Barack Obama drew sharp criticism yesterday when he jabbed at Palin and Sen. John McCain's idea of "change" by stating, 'You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig.'"

Read Aaron Klein's entire article:

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=74870

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Indiana Right To Life PAC: "Don't Vote For Democrats!"

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Pro-Life Group to Supporters: "Don't Vote For Democrats"

In what is a first for any Hoosier pro-life group, the Indiana Right to Life Political Action Committee has made the decision not to endorse any Democrats running for the Indiana House of Representatives this November. Right to Life explained their decision noting that, "every single bill publicly supported by IRTL since the passage of the 1997 partial-birth abortion ban has been killed in the Indiana House under Democratic leadership including pro-life legislation first passed by the Indiana Senate."

They point out that when Republicans were in the majority and Rep. Brian Bosma was Speaker of the House in 2005 and 2006, six bills publicly supported by IRTL were allowed votes and passed in that chamber. This is in stark contrast to what happens when Democrats hold the majority in the Indiana House. Mike Fichter, President of Indiana Right to Life PAC explained, "For years we have tried to work with Democrat leadership in the House to secure straight up-or-down votes on legislation backed by Indiana Right to Life. Each year is the same: our legislation is assigned to a committee chairperson who kills the legislation by not allowing a vote. It has been made forcefully clear to us that if we wish to pass legislation that will save hundreds if not thousands of lives, we must have a Republican-controlled House."

Mike Fichter noted that defending life should be a bi-partisan effort and that there are many pro-life Democrats in the Indiana House, but when Democrats are in the majority their leadership actively works against their own member's pro-life views.

This is a bold and controversial public move for a single-issue political action committee. This decision was reported on the front page of Indiana Legislative Insight, a well-respected political report widely read by political insiders in Indianapolis. I am sure it made some waves inside the Republican and Democrat State Party headquarters, but I wonder if it made any impact upon the number one culprit behind IRTL's decision: Democrat Speaker of the House, Patrick Bauer in South Bend.

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Newspaper Boycott: LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Special Announcement: Newspaper Boycott! LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

We are calling on all Americans to boycott Liberal Newspapers throughout the country for one week, starting September 14th and ending September 21st.

As long as they remain pro-abortion,pro-gay, anti-family advocates, let's abort them from our households and workplaces!

LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

(For those of us who feel they would die a thousands deaths going through withdrawl, let me remind you that we have the likes of Drudge Report and WorldNetDaily on internet from which to glean our news...)

http://chrisdickson.blogspot.com/2005/07/radio-talk-show-hosts-hold-gannett.html

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Obama Has Lipstick On His Collar And Begins To Hear The Fat Lady Sing!

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Obama knocks press on 'made-up controversy'

Speaking at a high school in Norfolk, Obama took a few moments to address what he calls "the made-up controversy" of the day, Amie Parnes reports.

Obama said the McCain campaign moved to "seize an innocent remark and take it out of context because they knew it's catnip for the news media."

"See, it would be funny, but the news media decided that would be the lead story yesterday. This happens every election cycle. Every four years, this is what we do. This is what they want to spend two of the last 55 days talking about...Enough!" he said.

Obama called the attacks "lies, outrage and swift boat politics."

"These are serious times and they call for a serious debate...spare me all the phony outrage. Spare me all the phony talk about change."

See: http://www.politico.com

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Poor Hussein. He's picking up speed heading into the wall and instead of hitting the brakes, he's tromped down on the accelerator! It appears he wound up with "Lipstick On His Collar" and won't be long now until the "Fat Lady Sings!"

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Obama: "Lipstick on a Pig" Should Just About Do It To End His Campaign.

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Barack Obama says the John McCain-Sarah Palin policies don’t represent change, they’re “just calling the same thing something different.”

“You can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig,” Obama said during a town-hall style event here Tuesday night.

The comment harked back to Palin’s joke during the Republican National Convention when she said lipstick is the only difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom.


The McCain campaign has a press conference call in a few minutes to respond to Obama's statement. I'm guessing there's a pretty strong temptation to cry sexism. Hopefully everyone remembers that Palin's RNC speech was so effective not because she was outraged but because she delivered a devastating attack on Obama with a smile on her face and a stiletto in her hand.

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Personally, I don't know who writes Hussein's speeches, but after "That's above my pay grade," I would have already had that advisor replaced. It would appear he's still somewhere on the Obama Team, advising him of cutsie one-liners (and continues to drive his numbers down, down, down into a total meltdown!)

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Monday, September 08, 2008

YouTube Is At It Again, This Time Censoring For Racists!

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Washington, D.C. – American Life League called on Google and YouTube to explain and end their pattern of protecting bigoted organizations. YouTube recently pulled videos exposing Planned Parenthood's acceptance of donations earmarked to abort black babies.

In February, the video sharing web site pulled American Life League's ALL Report and in July, the site removed a video by Population Research Institute that was critical of a pro-abortion journalist.

"Why is YouTube covering for these racists again?" asked Judie Brown, president of American Life League. "Planned Parenthood has time and again remained true to the identity of its founder, the infamously racist Margaret Sanger. Planned Parenthood was founded to help eliminate the black population and it still is working to reduce the black population. Does YouTube, and its parent company Google, really think this is a good idea?"

Most recently, YouTube took down videos produced by Live Action Films, a pro-life media movement. The videos chronicled Planned Parenthood's willing and eager acceptance of race-motivated donations earmarked for the abortion of black babies.

The documented racism caught media attention and sparked a national movement demanding accountability from Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.

Live Action President Lila Rose said YouTube is discriminating against pro-life and conservative films. Her organization is determined to end the censorship.

"We will continue to apply pressure on YouTube until it restores the videos," Rose said.

Brown finds this unfair treatment of a pro-life organization appalling.

"It's time for Google and YouTube to stop supporting Planned Parenthood's prejudiced agenda," she said. "The censorship of pro-life media must stop."

American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death. For more information or media inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.

To contact YouTube, please call the following phone numbers and send an e-mail to register your disgust at YouTube's blatent attempt to silence the Truth about Planned Parenthood and abortion:
To call: (650) 343-2960‎; (650) 253-0000

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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

Saint Francis of Assisi embraced the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ with indescribable love, because she had made the Lord of Majesty our brother and had obtained mercy for us. After Christ, it was Mary in whom he placed his trust and whom he chose as advocate, both for himself and his brothers.


St. Bonaventure
Major Life - 9:3

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Obama Voted 95% Of The Time With McCain !!!!

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UNCOVERED: Obama voted 95% of the time with McCAIN!!!!
Posted by: Kevin McCullough at 8:12 AM

Procedural votes make up more than 90% of the votes taken in the Senate. (When to open business, close business, begin debate, shut off debate, affirm the new official flower of New Hampshire, issue a proclamation of congratulations to the oldest citizen of Montana, etc...)

90% of votes in the Senate are made up of this sort of stuff.

And if you knew anything about our representative bodies you would've known that was a canard from the beginning...

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Richmond Catholic Community Charismatic Prayer Group

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Richmond Catholic Community Charismatic Prayer Group

Sunday, September 21, 2008 7:00 PM Eastern Time

St. Mary's Church 701 North A Street Richmond, IN

Everyone is welcome to attend!

"In the midst of these experiences that are both painful and delightful together, our Lord sometimes gives the soul feelings of jubilation and a strange prayer it doesn't understand..What I'm saying seems like gibberish, but certainly the experience takes place in this way...

Saint Teresa of Avila
(Doctor of the Church)
The Interior Castle
The Sixth Dwelling Places
CHAPTER 6
Labels: Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Digg, il Poverello d'Assisi, Richmond Catholic Community, St. Teresa of Avila, StumbleUpon

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Lay Franciscans

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Lay Franciscans

The Richmond Lay Franciscans will meet on Saturday, September 13, at 11:30 A.M. in the Fr. Minton Room at Seton West School (Holy Family Church).

Everyone is welcome!

Please plan on attending...

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Special Announcement: Newspaper Boycott! LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"


I am calling for all Americans to boycott Liberal Newspapers throughout the country for one week, starting September 14th and ending September 21st.

As long as they remain pro-abortion,pro-gay, anti-family advocates, let's abort them from our households and workplaces!

LET'S SHUT THEM DOWN!

(For those of us who feel they would die a thousands deaths going through withdrawl, let me remind you that we have the internet from which to glean our news...)

http://chrisdickson.blogspot.com/2005/07/radio-talk-show-hosts-hold-gannett.html

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Senator Inhofe Says Patriotism Question Will Sink Barack Hussein Obama

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"



PATRIOTISM QUESTION

Jim Inhofe and Barack Obama: The senator from Oklahoma suggests voters will question Obama's love for his country.




By JIM MYERS World Washington Bureau
9/6/2008
Last Modified: 9/6/2008 2:17 AM


ST. PAUL, Minn. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe predicted voters' uncertainty over whether Barack Obama really loves his country will help Republicans win the White House again in November.

A spokeswoman for the Democratic nominee said Obama will not let anyone question his love of his country, adding that Americans have grown tired of cynical partisan politics such as challenging an opponent's patriotism.

Inhofe made his comments at a breakfast for the state party's delegation earlier this week at the Republican National Convention.

"I have no doubt in my mind that we are going to win this election, the presidency and vice presidency," the Oklahoma Republican said.

Inhofe recalled Obama's recent trip overseas.

"He had nothing but positive media all the time, and then he goes into their convention and comes out of the convention without a lead,'' he said.

"That's unheard of."

Regardless of what polls show, Inhofe said, voters will have to ask themselves a question once they get behind the curtain in the voting booth on Election Day.

"Do you really want to have a guy as commander in chief of this country when you can question whether or not he really loves his country?" he asked.

"That's the big question.''

Shannon Gilson, spokeswoman for Obama, said Friday that he has a plan to strengthen the economy and offer immediate relief to working families, while Republican nominee John McCain and his Washington friends such as Inhofe are offering four more years of President Bush's failed economic policies.

"Sen. Obama won't let anyone question his love of this country,'' Gilson said.

"Challenging your opponent's patriotism to win an election is the type of cynical partisan politics Americans are tired of — and won't bring the change we need in Washington,'' Gilson said.

After he was asked for an explanation on why voters should question Obama's love for his country, Inhofe issued a written statement on Friday to clarify his earlier comments.

"Let me be clear,'' he said.

"I am not questioning Sen. Obama's patriotism, but you have to question why at times he seems so obviously opposed to public displays of patriotism and national pride, like wearing an American flag lapel pin.''

Inhofe said Americans can show pride in their country in different ways but suggested all should be straightforward.

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Third Branch Conference

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

As you know, in early May we revived the Third Branch Conference around the attached "Third Branch Principles." Together we launched an effort to have our Principles be the basis for a new GOP Platform statement on judicial nominations and the courts.

We were successful in rewriting the GOP Platform. Special thanks to Paul Weyrich, David Keene, Gary Bauer, Connie Mackey and all of you who signed on to the Principles early, and all who supported our efforts on the Platform Committee, and to the Platform leadership and staff for working with us from the start.

Today, because of your efforts, the Republican Party is not only the Party of Life, we are also the Party of:

a.. "Constitutionalist" judges and judicial nominees who show fidelity to the Constitution;
b.. No "stealth" nominees;
c.. No guaranteed results or litmus tests, including on review of past error;
d.. No "religious tests" or other opposition to nominees based on sex or ethnicity, as we saw with Bill Pryor, Leon Holmes, Miguel Estrada and several others.(Remember Chuck Schumer's "deeply held beliefs and Dick Durbin's "he is Latino")

Early on, I decided that this was not the right time to press to affirm our 4th Third Branch Principle: to make Republicans the Party of no obstruction and no judicial filibusters. That is a debate for another day.

I urge you to read (linked below) the entire Platform and to share it with others. It is the finest and most normative platform of our times. Below and attached is the product of your work on judicial nominations. It was also the first spark of an electrifying Convention and another step toward the election of Senator John McCainand Governor Sarah Palin.

http://www.gopplatform2008.com/2008Platform.pdf

Best regards,
Manuel Miranda
Chairman
Third Branch Conference

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Hillary Clinton's Former Top Aides Decry "Sexism!"

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sarah Palin found some unlikely allies Wednesday as leading academics and even former top aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed the Republican charge that John McCain’s running mate has been subject to a sexist double standard by the news media and Democrats.

Georgetown University professor Deborah Tannen, who has written best-selling books on gender differences, said she agrees with complaints that Palin skeptics — including prominent voices in the news media — have crossed a line by speculating about whether the Alaska governor is neglecting her family in pursuit of national office.

“What we’re dealing with now, there’s nothing subtle about it,” said Tannen. “We’re dealing with the assumption that child-rearing is the job of women and not men. Is it sexist? Yes.”

“There’s no way those questions would be asked of a male candidate,” said Howard Wolfson a former top strategist for Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The sexism charge was hurled with new intensity Wednesday afternoon by McCain surrogates, all women, at a news conference just hours before made her acceptance speech here - a speech in which she said this about the media and Washington elite: "I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country."

The tense encounter with reporters showed how McCain’s team has abandoned all pretense that this convention is about anything but Palin, her résumé and her wildly unexpected ascension to the GOP ticket.

A choice that was intended to shake up the race did so with more ferocity than McCain ever intended. The mother of five — with one pregnant teenage daughter and an infant son with Down syndrome — has joined a parade of personalities from Anita Hill to O.J. Simpson to Monica Lewinsky to become a cultural flash point.

As the controversy over her qualifications and McCain’s vetting process overwhelmed events here, hypocritical rhetoric was flowing at full tide on all sides of the debate.

Many conservatives, who spent a generation ridiculing the politics of victimhood and group identity, are now zealously invoking both in the Twin Cities. A common GOP talking point here is that Palin’s gender and experiences as a mother should be counted as an asset among her qualifications. At the news conference, former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift condemned “an outrageous smear campaign” against Palin, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said, “The Republican Party will not stand by while Gov. Palin is subjected to sexist attacks.”

Just last spring, Palin herself scoffed when Hillary Clinton’s campaign complained about a double standard in coverage.

“When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism, or maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, 'Man, that doesn't do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, trying to progress this country,' ” Palin said.

Now, McCain’s team is urgently recruiting female surrogates and loudly crying sexism to deflect legitimate inquiries into Palin’s experience, her record, and the last-minute, improvisational process by which McCain chose a small-state governor who was elected in 2006 after serving of mayor of small-town Wasilla, a far suburb of Anchorage.

It was a process dominated by a small handful of male aides to McCain, consulting no woman other than the candidate’s wife, Cindy McCain.

Even so, many media and liberal voices have made the job easy for McCain’s spin squadrons. Among the eyebrow-raising comments in recent days:

• Democrat Joe Biden, in what he intended as self-deprecating remark, observed, “There's a gigantic difference between John McCain and Barack Obama and between me and I suspect my vice presidential opponent. ... She's good looking."

• A spokeswoman for the National Organization for Women, noting Palin’s opposition to abortion rights and support of other parts of the social conservative agenda, told Politico, “She's more a conservative man than she is a woman on women's issues. Very disappointing."

Read entire article:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13129.html

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Shut Up And Quit Buying Their Newspapers...SHUT THEM DOWN!

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

It’s only going to get worse, ladies and gentlemen, until American’s finally wake up to the fact that our Liberal Media is no more than a propaganda arm of the Communist Party of America!

What is it going to take in order to get Americans fired up enough to quit buying their newspapers, quit shopping their television advertizers and send them down the way of Air America (into their own special pile of Donkey Manure!)

You don't have the right to gripe if you have the New York Times delivered to your house every morning! You don't have the right to gripe if you have the Wahington Post delivered to your house every day! SWITCH! Have the Washington Times delivered instead!

Why not boycott the Television Advertizers? We need someone to monitor who is advertizing on CBS, NBC, CNN, PMSNBC, Pravda, Etc..., and notify all true blooded Americans so that we can all boycott them!

If we got all our news from Conservative Internet News outlets, how long do you suppose it would take to hurt them financially? And MoveOn.org can't keep them all afloat forever!

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Catholic Bishop Refusing Holy Communion For Joseph Biden

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By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/sep/08090212.html

SCRANTON, PENN, September 2, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Catholic bishop of Scranton, Pennsylvania, has confirmed that pro-abortion vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden would be refused Holy Communion in his diocese, according to the Scranton Times.

The Times reports that "when asked whether the Democratic vice presidential candidate would be refused Communion should he tour the region, the diocese held firm" to a statement made by Bishop Joseph F. Martino in 2005 declaring that he would not "tolerate any politician who claims to be a faithful Catholic who is not genuinely pro-life" receiving Holy Communion.

"No Catholic politician who supports the culture of death should approach Holy Communion," said Bishop Martino, who added, "I will be truly vigilant on this point."

The Bishop's firm defense of Eucharist, which Catholics believe is the actual body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, is reflected by the Pope and Vatican officials, who have repeatedly stated that persistently pro-abortion politicians cannot receive Communion.

Canon law 915 states that those who "obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to holy communion".

Although Biden's own bishop has not enforced the church's law regarding Biden, he recently stated that the Democratic vice-presidential candidate would not be permitted to speak in any diocesan facility. He has also "asked" pro-abortion politicians not to present themselves for Holy Communion, but has stated his unwillingness to so far enforce this request.

"It is not my expectation that individual priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of communion will make judgments on their own as to the worthiness of individual Catholic public servants to receive communion," Bishop Michael Saltarelli wrote in a newspaper column in 2004. "That is ultimately my responsibility in light of Catholic moral theology and the Code of Canon Law. At this stage, I much prefer the active engagement and dialogue called for by Catholics in Public Life."

According to NBC, Biden was seen last Sunday at St. Joseph of the Brandywine parish, where he was given Holy Communion by Monsignor Joseph Rebman. Rebman told NBC that the bishop and various priests have spoken to Biden about his pro-abortion stance, but none had ever denied him communion.

Delaware Senator Joseph Biden has consistently cast pro-abortion votes since the 1980s, when he and other Catholic Democrats abandoned their pro-life positions as the party's pro-abortion position solidified.

Biden normally receives a 100% approval rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), which recently issued a statement confirming that "Sen. Biden has consistently expressed support for a woman's right to choose (abortion). While we have not agreed with him on every vote, we have a longstanding relationship with Sen. Biden that is open, positive, and constructive."

Bishop Martino's willingness to enforce Church law is shared by other bishops in the USA and Canada, including Bishop Fred Henry of Alberta, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, Paterson, New Jersey Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, Birmingham Bishop Robert J. Baker, Atlanta Archbishop John F. Donoghue, Charlotte Bishop Peter J. Jugis and former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke who has just taken up the position of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest judicial authority of the Catholic Church besides the Pope himself.

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Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) Speaking At RNC 7:42 P.M. Tonight

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Call To Action

All Eyes Will Be On Sarah Tonight

The media frenzy over Senator John McCain's choice for a running-mate has been fascinating to watch even though it has also revealed yet one more time, the pervasive liberal bias. A lot of the coverage turned negative right out of the box automatically repeating Democratic and far-left blogger talking points. It did not take long for the media to try to create a tarnished image of Governor Sarah Palin with subtle and sometimes not so subtle negative portrayals of her record, background or positions. (For example, I have heard close to a dozen negative references to the Governor's support of creation theories like intelligent design over evolutionary theories of the origin of mankind. In contrast, I have yet to hear one single part of the mainstream media mention Michelle Obama's speech to homosexual convention Democrats pledging her husband's support for same-sex marriage, his opposition to marriage amendments and his upport for military approval of open homosexuality.) As you know, in the last 48 hours it has only gotten worse with the sometimes shameful and even sexist coverage of the Alaskan governor's family.

In any event, all this coverage, the good, bad and ugly, has probably significantly boosted viewer numbers for tonight's Republican Convention speeches. Some observers have predicted that ratings for Governor Palin's speech might now exceed that of Senator McCain's on Thursday.

All this attention today could have a positive benefit for one Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Hoosier politician. Sixth District Congressman Mike Pence will speak tonight. He is scheduled as of this morning to address the delegates at 7:42 p.m. tonight. His speech should be covered live by C-Span. Also you can view live Internet video coverage of the convention at www.gopconvention2008.com

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