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Thursday, March 31, 2011

One of those moments that God gives us to let us know He is still near and still loves us - caught on film: 

oh - and of course that He has a great sense of humor!


Chabad of Beijing Opens Jewish Museum


http://lubavitch.com/news/article/2030685/Chabad-of-Beijing-Opens-Jewish-Museum.html
Elijah’s chair—now 70 years old—that sits on display in the Sino Judaic museum housed in the Bet Yaakov Chabad House and Community Center in Beijing, China used to belong to the ancient synagogue in Tianjin. Along with many other historic artifacts in this museum, like the Siddur printed in 1933 for the synagogue in Shanghai, the chair bears testimony to the continuity of Jewish life in China.


But the chair’s new home in the Bet Yaakov Chabad House is an important part of its story. Over the last decade, Chabad has played a critical role in ensuring the future of Jewish life in Beijing. Arriving here in 2001, Rabbi Shimon and Dini Freundlich have nurtured a Jewish community which today includes a school, Ganenu with 60 children enrolled in nursery through seventh grade, a Chinese themed mikvah, a kosher restaurant and a Kashrut service that provides kosher meat and dairy products for locals, as well, of course, as Shabbat and holiday services, and Jewish educational classes.

In 2001 there were several hundred Jews in Beijing. But this past March, many among the community’s 2,000 Jews joined the opening celebration of the 15,000 square foot Bet Yaakov Chabad House and Community Center, a $3 million building located in the heart of downtown Beijing.

“The new facility is in tribute to the goodwill of the Chinese government toward its Jewish population,” explained Rabbi Fruendlich. “The façade of the building is designed like the façade of the synagogue in Ping Jin; walking through the building is like walking through the history of Jews in China, because the architecture of the interior and exterior mimic the design of parts of other synagogues in China.”

In recent years, the Chinese government has renovated several historic synagogues. With this building, said Freundlich, Chabad of Beijing is showing its thanks to the government “ for preserving the Jewish life and allowing Jews to thrive in China.”

Freundlich embarked on another ambitious project that would become a vital link to the history of Jews in China. Aided by supporters who financed the project, he curated hundreds of Jewish Chinese artifacts which he acquired from collectors around the world.

“Since I moved here, I’ve been in contact with collectors who have antiques that have to do with China,” he says. “In the museum, we now have hundreds of artifacts, from a newspaper clipping about Jews in Shanghai and a Kiddush cup shaped like a Chinese dragon, to a pointer from 1905 inscribed with the words, ‘Ki Mizion Tezei Torah.’”

Jews have lived in China as far back as 58-75 CE during the Hon Dynasty, writes Xi Xun in The Jews of Kaifeng, where he documents early Jewish settlers from Persia. The twentieth century saw large waves Russian and German immigrants who sought a safe haven from both world wars that bolstered the numbers of established Jewish communities already living in China for centuries.

The exhibits in the Sino Judaic museum make a substantial contribution to the rich history Chinese Jewry. The museum will be a way for us “to teach visitors and locals about the history of Jews in China and recognize the hospitality of the government,” said Freundlich.

The state-of-the-art facility will also house the Joseph and Stera Gutnick Shul, offices, an indoor playroom for kids, an internet café for students and Israeli tourists and Dini’s Kosher Restaurant (meat) and Café Miniature (dairy). Ohel Dov, a study hall with a library of over 2,000 titles is also located in the building.

The weekend-long celebration included a Torah dedication, Shabbat services led by popular Chazzan Yitzchok Meir Helfgot, cantor of Park East Synagogue in Manhattan, NY. On Sunday, the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Bet Yaakov Chabad House and the Joseph and Stera Gutnick Shul was followed by a gala dinner.

Now give this some thought:

China's Crackdown on Christians Worsens 

http://www.christianpost.com/news/chinas-crackdown-on-christians-worsens-31104/
 
China's Christians suffer for their faith
 
Persecution of Chinese Christians continues ahead of Olympics
 
It is also interesting to note that China became communist in 1949 - just as the population of Jews in China began to explode!
Dear Friends,
 
The topic for this week's program is a continuation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We are currently discussing the Canon of the Mass, just past the Consecration. It doesn't require too much observation to conclude there are great, essential differences in the Roman Canon of the Tridentine Mass and the Eucharistic Prayers of the New Order of the Mass. After all the Church stated dogmatically about the Mass, it's quite interesting that Modernists had no trouble changing that which the Church had stated could not be changed.
 
The Catholic Faith Radio Program is broadcast each Friday from 2 - 4 p.m. (Central Time) on KRFE AM580, Lubbock, Texas. It is also streamed live on the World Wide Web on www. ustream.com. Simply go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/catholic-faith-radio-program and you will go directly to the website for the live or recorded broadcast.
 
The email address for the program is friarminorlub@suddenlinkmail.com
 
 
Please spread the word and pass the website and email address!
 
May God bless you,
Fr. Joseph, OFM

If you believe this - I have a bridge to sell you!

Soldier, 92, breaks silence over Auschwitz heroics

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/us_auschwitz_book


LONDON (Reuters) – It took him more than 60 years to break his silence, but in a new book 92-year-old Denis Avey tells the story of how he broke into Auschwitz concentration camp twice to witness for himself the horrors of the Holocaust.


Avey was a British soldier captured during World War Two and sent to a labor camp close to Auschwitz where he worked at the IG Farben plant alongside inmates from the concentration camp, nicknamed "stripeys" after their uniforms.

While Avey, a headstrong, battle-hardened soldier, was told about the mass extermination of Jews and experienced the sickening smell from a nearby crematorium, he wanted to see for himself what was happening in Auschwitz. 

(nearly all major cities have crematorium's how many people have you heard complain about the "sickening smell")

While conditions in his own labor camp were appalling, the food was better and treatment less harsh than in Auschwitz.


(conditions in his own labor camp were appalling - remember that)



And as a prisoner of war, Red Cross packages occasionally made it through containing chocolate and cigarettes, which could then be bartered for better provisions and aid survival.



After weeks of preparation, including bribes to a guard, Avey twice swapped uniforms with a Dutch Jew of roughly the same height to sneak into the camp where he spent the night.


(how did he get this uniform from this Dutch Jew in a different camp? - How did he sneak out of not only his own camp, but Auschwitz as well?  If it was so easy for him to sneak out - why not others?  Why didn't he make a run for it and head back to his own lines?)
On both occasions the men managed to change back into their own clothes, despite the risk of discovery and certain death.

"I did my homework over weeks and weeks, but the common denominator of all that was a tremendous amount of luck," Avey said in an interview to promote his biography "The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz," co-written by Rob Broomby and published in Britain by Hodder & Stoughton.


(actually it was a tremendous amount of bovine exrement!)
"My life depended on 50 cigarettes -- 25 in, 25 out. He (the guard) could have shot me easily."

His motivation for risking his life was twofold: to "put one over on the enemy" and to see what was happening so he could tell the world afterwards of the atrocities.


(yea, sure, he wanted to "put one over on the enemy" and risked his life to do it so he could tell the world of the autrocities - and never once thought to escape himself - what a guy)
He recorded seeing piles of "vaguely human" corpses of workers who died each day. They were carried away by fellow inmates who showed no emotion. Body carriers collapsed, earning them a beating and almost certain death.

Men were pulled from lineups and taken away to be gassed, but there was no protest, so weak and dejected had they become.


(too weak to resist, but not too weak to be used for slave labor - does that make sense to you?)



Avey described the "foul air" of the sleeping area and putrid "soup" the men were served which he dared not eat.


(I bet feeding them "putrid soup" made for good workers)



He held whispered conversations with the inmate lying next to him who was in on the plan, finding out what he could about the concentration camp.

"Auschwitz III was like nothing else on earth; it was hell on earth. This is what I had come to witness but it was a ghastly, terrifying experience."


(yea - so terrifying that he went back for more)



After surviving the camp and the "death march" at the end of the war, Avey tried to tell the army about his experiences, but when he came up against what he called the "glazed eye syndrome," he gave up and kept silent for 60 years.


(yea for 60 years he got the "glazed eye syndrome" - actually that is the syndrom of the MORONS who believe bovine excrement like this load of crap)



Even his mother did not know what he had been through, and never asked why he was so emaciated when he returned to England.

For six years Avey had regular nightmares and woke up in a cold sweat. He still recalls his experiences today.

Then, during a radio interview a few years ago he opened up and told his story, and since then has gained recognition for his bravery from Holocaust organisations and politicians.


(wow - shows you the intelligence level of Holocaust organizations and politicians)



The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has honored Avey with a diploma, and a spokesman in Israel said: "We feel that his story is genuine," adding that a fellow survivor corroborated his account to the foundation's satisfaction.


(yea - this story is as genuine as Elvis working as a Walmart greeter in Alabama



Avey said his book was relevant today.

"The difference between right and wrong is fast receding. Awareness is being diluted, people are just saying 'such is life'. People are like this now."


(how about the difference between truth and lies)



Despite its dark content, the story ends on a note of hope.

Avey recently discovered that a Jew called Ernst survived Auschwitz and recorded his testimony on video.

In that testimony he talked about a soldier -- Avey -- who arranged for him to get 10 packs of cigarettes from England which he swapped for food and new soles on his shoes without which he said he would not have survived the death march.


(really and just how did this happen?)



"I thought he was dead," said Avey. "I couldn't believe it."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Broke And Getting Broker: 22 Jaw Dropping Statistics About The Financial Condition Of American Families




Most American families are really struggling in this economy and they see most of the families around them really struggling, but they don't have any hard numbers to back up the feelings of economic despair that they are experiencing. Well, below you will find 22 statistics that prove that American families are broke and getting broker. Today, the financial condition of most middle class families is rapidly deteriorating. The number of good jobs is declining, incomes are down, debt loads are up and bankruptcies and foreclosures just continue to increase. If you step back and really examine the statistics, it becomes really hard to deny that American families are getting poorer. Well, the wealthiest 5 percent are still thriving, but everyone else is really having a tough time. The truth is that a large percentage of the U.S. middle class is slowly but surely going broke. Unfortunately, this is being caused by long-term economic trends that simply are not going to be fixed overnight.

Most Americans had just assumed that the United States would always have a dominant, prosperous economy. But in the world we live in today there are no guarantees.

The era when almost anyone could find a good job is over. Millions of good jobs have already left the United States, and vast numbers of legal and illegal workers have been shipped in to the country to compete for the jobs that are still here.

There are millions of Americans that would give just about anything for a good job right about now. But the good jobs are very few and far between at this point.

Every day there is more depressing news. For example, a recent job fair in Massachusetts was shut down because of a lack of jobs.

In fact, with jobs so scarce these days, more Americans than ever are willing to work for free.

This is not just a "recession" or an "economic downturn". The U.S. economy is fundamentally changing for the worse. Millions of American families are already experiencing economic despair and millions more will be experiencing it very soon.

The following are 22 jaw dropping statistics about the financial condition of American families....

#1 In 2010, one out of every eight American families had at least one family member that was unemployed. In fact, the figure for 2010 was the highest it has been since the U.S. Labor Department began keeping track of this statistic back in 1994. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/unemployments-rising-toll-on-families/

#2 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 8 million Americans are working part-time jobs because they can't get full-time jobs. http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/03/25/Underemployed-Downsized-and-Living-on-the-Edge.aspx

#3 There are now more than 6 million Americans that the government says have given up looking for work completely  http://www.financialarmageddon.com/2011/03/things-are-less-than-they-seem.html

#4 After accounting for inflation, the average income for an American family has fallen 5 percent since the year 2000. http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/flowchart/2010/10/15/how-the-middle-class-is-shrinking

#5 According to the New York Times, as of 2009 the wealthiest 5 percent of all Americans had 63.5 percent of all the wealth in America. Meanwhile, the bottom 80 percent had just 12.8 percent of all the wealth.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/opinion/26herbert.html?_r=2

#6 During this most recent economic downturn, employee compensation in the United States has been the lowest that it has been relative to gross domestic product in over 50 years.  http://www.financialarmageddon.com/2011/03/not-hard-to-see.html

#7 According to the Federal Reserve, between 2007 and 2009 median household net worth in the United States fell by 23 percent.  http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/24/pf/financial_crisis_outcome/index.htm

#8 The Federal Reserve also says that median household debt in the United States has risen to $75,600.  http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/24/pf/financial_crisis_outcome/index.htm
#9 Total U.S. credit card debt is more than 8 times larger than it was just 30 years ago.  http://www.mybudget360.com/financial-dismantling-of-the-american-middle-class-in-8-charts-peak-debt-credit-card-cash-banking-finance-wealth/

#10 Today, 46% of all Americans carry a credit card balance from month to month.  http://blogs.forbes.com/moneybuilder/2010/06/24/one-big-difference-between-chinese-and-american-households-debt/

#11 Of U.S. households that have credit card debt, the average amount owed on credit cards is $15,788.  http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/now-that-the-super-bowl-is-over-here-are-17-facts-which-prove-america-is-a-debt-pig-that-is-deeply-addicted-to-debt-fueled-prosperity

#12 Americans now owe more than $887 billion on student loans, which is even more than they owe on credit cards.  http://www.finaid.org/loans/studentloandebtclock.phtml

#13 A staggering 25 percent of all American adults now have a credit score below 599.  http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/money-crunch-how-can-an-economy-built-on-debt-function-if-nobody-can-get-loans

#14 When you adjust wages for inflation, middle class workers in the United States make less money today than they did back in 1971.  http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=10725

#15 American workers that are unemployed are nearly twice as likely to have been told by a doctor or a nurse that they suffer from depression.  http://www.gallup.com/poll/126518/Emotional-Cost-Underemployment.aspx

#16 In 2010, for the first time ever more than a million U.S. families lost their homes to foreclosure, and that number is expected to go even higher in 2011. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/credability-consumer-distress-index-economic-recovery-failing-to-ease-financial-stress-on-average-us-households-116298504.html

#17 According to RealtyTrac, one out of every 45 U.S. households was hit with a foreclosure filing in 2010.  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/top-10-cities-where-foreclosure-rates-are-highest-2011-01-27

#18 U.S. home values have fallen an astounding 6.3 trillion dollars since the peak of the real estate market. Most of that pain has been felt by ordinary American families.  http://www.mybudget360.com/home-is-where-the-working-and-middle-class-lose-their-money-6-trillion-lost-in-household-real-estate-values-top-1-percent-control-13-trillion-financial-wealth/

#19 Approximately half of all American workers make $25,000 a year or less.  http://www.mybudget360.com/how-much-does-the-average-american-make-in-2010-household-income-new-data-100-million-make-less-than-40000/

#20 According to a survey released very close to the end of 2010, 55 percent of all Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck.  http://tri-statedefenderonline.com/articlelive/articles/5548/1/More-than-half-of-all-Americans-living-paycheck-to-paycheck/Page1.html

#21 1.5 million Americans filed for bankruptcy in 2010. That represented the fourth yearly increase in bankruptcy filings in a row.  http://www.uscourts.gov/Statistics/BankruptcyStatistics.aspx
#22 As 2007 began, only about 26 million Americans were on food stamps, but today over 44 million Americans are on food stamps which is an all-time record high.  http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/29SNAPcurrPP.htm


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Still think that there is not a war on the middle class going on??
Low levels of radiation found in US milk

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110330/ap_on_re_us/us_japan_earthquake_us_milk



WASHINGTON – Very low levels of radiation turned up in a sample of milk from Washington state, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday, but federal officials assured consumers not to worry...
Another example of Amerika the great!



With local governments unable to afford decent wages and benefits, Delaware spends tax money to have this blond Communist thug tear basketball hoops out of peoples' yards?


But then I may be defaming the Communists.

Anyone able to document that Lenin or Stalin told their citizens what sporting equipment they could and could not have at their homes?

Anyone?

(slightly altered Rivero commentary)
Radioactive Iodine-131 in Pennsylvania rainwater sample is 3300% above federal drinking water standard


http://enenews.com/radioactive-iodine-131-in-pennsylvania-rainwater-sample-3300-above-federal-drinking-water-standard
 
Japan Nuclear Fallout Radiation in US Rainwater Now Several Thousands Of Times Above Legal Drinking Water Limits
 

http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/03/30/japan-nuclear-fallout-radiation-rainwater-thousands-times-legal-drinking-water-limits-12593/

EPA: Expect More Radiation in Rainwater



http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffmcmahon/2011/03/28/epa-expect-more-radiation-in-rainwater/
 
The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday reported finding elevated levels of iodine-131, a product of nuclear fission, in rainwater in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The levels exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL) permitted in drinking water, but EPA continues to assure the public there is no need for alarm...

 WATCH OUT PARENTS:

On sex issues in elementary school: "Goal is to reach kids before they absorb their parents values," says school administrator!

POSTED: March 28, 2011
"The goal is to reach kids before they absorb their parents' values. By middle school it's too late."
    -- Elementary school administrator in Massachusetts
We've been saying it for a while: The sexuality agenda is now in the elementary schools, and it's worse than you can imagine.
Although the Boston Herald generally supports the Planned Parenthood / sex-ed / gay agenda in the schools, they occasionally allow an opposing op-ed. This one was published this past Thursday.

Here's a glimpse of what most parents don't have a clue is happening:
Sex ed wrong rite of spring
By Jennifer C. Braceras
Boston Herald, Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pay attention parents! It's spring. And before you know it, Massachusetts public schools will begin their yearly sex-ed lessons for kids as young as 5.

Of course, they won't call it "sex ed." They'll call it "health." But a rose by any other name is still a rose.

Several years ago, my first-born came home from kindergarten with a notice about an upcoming anatomy lesson and a list of words that included not only penis and vagina, but also scrotum and vulva! She presented me with the list and a parental consent form, which I was tempted not to sign.

Friends with older children assured me, however, that the lessons would go right over the kids' heads and that it would be more damaging to my daughter to pull her out of the lesson. OK, I thought, maybe I am overreacting. So I let it go.

My daughter never mentioned a thing about the lesson or ever used the words she had learned.

Phew, I thought. Bullet dodged.

Then came daughter No. 2. Not only did she come home and repeat the words over and over again, she used them in the most inappropriate places - like at Logan Airport, when on our way to Colonial Williamsburg she shouted, "Look, Mom! I think I see the plane to VAGINA!"

But that was only the beginning.

One spring, when my oldest was in third grade, she came home with a notice that the class would soon study HIV. The educational relevance was lost on me. What, I wondered, is the purpose of teaching 8-year-olds, many of whom still believe in Santa Claus, about a deadly, sexually transmitted disease?

When I inquired, school administrators politely informed me that the HIV lessons contained no references to sex. I was relieved, yet confused.

"Since HIV is primarily sexually transmitted," I asked, "how can you possibly teach the subject and ignore the elephant in the room?"

The teacher explained: "Children need to know that this is out there, and that you can get it from other people's blood. We teach them to be careful around blood and to have compassion for people with HIV. We focus on HIV as a status."

A status? As in race or gender? It seemed a stretch.

Clearly, this lesson was bound to raise more questions than it would answer and had the potential to confuse, even scare. (Would kids now become terrified over a classmate's paper cut or bloody nose?)

So, rather than expose my child to some half-truth in the name of political correctness, or a sex-ed lesson she was not yet ready to learn, I pulled her out.

Throughout the HIV unit, the teacher sent my daughter to the library to read her book. True to form, she never asked why. Another bullet dodged.

But, as you might have guessed, child No. 2 was not so easily distracted.

"Mom, everyone says we are learning about HIV tomorrow. What's HIV, and how come you don't want me to hear about it?" Thanks, public schools, for opening up that can of worms!

I can only hope that by the time my last two kids reach the third grade our town will have dispensed with this nonsense. But that is unlikely.

Indeed, when specifically asked why the school presents lessons on HIV in the third grade, rather than in middle school, one school administrator made this shocking admission:

"The goal is to reach kids before they absorb their parents' values. By middle school it's too late."

Article on Herald web site
It's actually gotten worse than this in Massachusetts. The transgender agenda has reached some Massachusetts elementary schools. And the David Parker case was about homosexuality being taught to kids in kindergarten in Lexington, Mass.

The radicals running the public schools see your kids as their social experiments. Watch out.

(
Luckily, the David Parker Parents Rights bill which filed this year in Massachusetts will protect parents. More coming up on how you can help get that passed.)
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Are we safer?


Watch the full episode. See more FRONTLINE.


http://video.pbs.org/video/1750631385

This Frontline video explores just how safe we or perhaps unsafe we are since 9/11. 

You will be shocked by just how big - Big Brother really is and just how dangerous it is to fly today!
GOP introduces anti-union bill


http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/03/08/GOP-introduces-anti-union-bill/UPI-81311299618740/

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- Eight Republican U.S. senators Tuesday introduced legislation that would weaken labor unions by letting workers in union shops choose whether to join.

The National Right to Work Act was introduced by Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, and is cosponsored by Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, James Risch of Idaho, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and David Vitter of Louisiana.

The GOP lawmakers say their bill would end what they call workplace discrimination by allowing individuals to form, join or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities, as they choose...

(This sounds good and has a nice ring too it - sort of like the nice ring that the pro-abortionists use to describe the brutal murder of babies (PRO-CHOICE), but we all know the reality is quite different.  Consider that in a given factory the workers there worked hard and negotiated certain pay and benefit packages over many years and sometimes even after a strike and then all of a sudden the law changes and now you can work there and get the same pay and benefits that the Union members worked hard and sacrificed much to get without paying any Union dues at all - is that just?  is that fair? - This is a way for companies to undermine unions and destroy them - right now less than 9% of the US workforce is union - if someone does not want to belong to a union they can work at any of the 91% of jobs that are non-union or they can try to get the workers at a given factory to vote the union out, but to be able to work and recieve the same pay and benefits that others worked and sacrificed to obtain without paying their fair share is UNJUST)


Anti-union mood moves to Nebraska's modest unions



http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_nebraska_public_arbitration
 
LINCOLN, Neb. – In the struggle between governors and unions over public employee costs, Nebraska would seem like an unlikely battleground. Teacher salaries are modest, workers pay toward their benefits and a right-to-work law prevails.


But Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and the Republican-controlled Legislature have taken a bead this session at one aspect of state law that has produced occasional victories for unionized workers.

Lawmakers unveiled a package this week in response to frustration with the Commission of Industrial Relations, which resolves labor disputes between public workers and their employers. An anti-union sentiment in the wake of union battles in Wisconsin and Ohio led small-government groups and some lawmakers to call for an end to Nebraska's commission and collective bargaining rights...


This is an unprecedented nationwide attack on the middle class - we are soon going to be treated like employees are treated in communist nations that do not have or allow unions!  Even if you don't belong to a union - as most of us do not - this will effect you - because right now many companies pay what they do for fear of the workers organizing a union - once the unions are gone - that threat is a non-issue and there is nothing to stop you from being treated like a worker in communist china!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ACTION ALERT
 
Defund Planned Parenthood in federal budget
Include Pence Amendment in Continuing Resolution
 
In February, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 240 to 185 to pass an amendment sponsored by Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana that would totally defund Planned Parenthood’s national organization and its102 named affiliates. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) performs more than 324,000 abortions annually and receives more than $363 million annually in federal, state, and local taxpayer funds – one third of their annual budget!
 
The Pence Amendment is unique in that it does not alter the funding level of any federal “family planning” program, such as Title X, that feeds organizations that perform or refer for abortions. Rather, it specifically names PPFA and all its nationwide affiliates (including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin) and strips them of all federal funding. To view the text of the amendment, click here.
 
The U.S. Senate failed to pass the Pence Amendment language and both houses have simply passed short-term continuing resolutions maintaining the status quo as they attempt to hammer out a budget for the current fiscal year. But this stalling will come to an end, and it is critical that the final continuing resolution contain the Pence Amendment language.
 
Tell your congressmen to defund Planned Parenthood NOW!
 
Please call or email your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and tell them to include the Pence Amendment in the final Continuing Resolution as a non-negotiable budget item. Urge them to "STOP TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTIONS:  DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD!"
To contact your two U.S Senators, click here.
 
To contact your U.S. Representative, click here.
 
To find out who your U.S. Representative is, please click here: http://www.congress.org/  Under Get Involved in the upper right hand corner please type in your zip code, and the names of your congressmen will appear.
 
Thank you for making your pro-life voice heard!
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/PP_Services.pdf
 
Once again Jon Stewart does an excellent job of using humor to drive home a deeper point!



Radiation is being detected in rainwater across the nation - but don't worry - the government says it is safe - never mind that they told us these were safe too:




They are even taking it a step further with the neo-con briggade of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Charlie Sykes, Glenn Beck, etc... out there telling us that radiation is actually good for us!
Ohio House panel OKs public worker union bill


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110329/ap_on_re_us/us_ohio_union_fight
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A legislative committee approved a measure Tuesday that would limit collective bargaining rights for 350,000 Ohio government workers, a key hurdle as the state moves closer to Wisconsin-style restrictions on public employee unions...
 
it is only a matter of time before similar legilsation is passed regarding private unions
March 29, 2011 - ACTION ALERT                                                                                              
Biotech company using aborted fetal cell lines to test food flavor enhancers

(Largo, FL) Children of God for Life is calling for a public boycott of major food companies partnering with Senomyx, a biotech company that produces artificial flavor enhancers using aborted fetal cell lines to test their products.

In 2010, the pro-life organization wrote to Senomyx CEO Kent Snyder, pointing out that moral options for testing their food additives could and should be used.  But when Senomyx ignored their letter, they wrote to the companies Senomyx listed on their website as "collaborators" warning them of public backlash and threatened boycott.  Food giants Pepsico, Kraft Foods, Campbell Soup, Solae and Nestlé are the primary targets of the boycott.

Senomyx website states: “The company's key flavor programs focus on the discovery and development of savory, sweet and salt flavor ingredients that are intended to allow for the reduction of MSG, sugar and salt in food and beverage products....Using isolated human taste receptors, we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.” 

Their collaborators provide Senomyx research and development funding plus royalties on sales of products using their flavor ingredients.

“What they don’t tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors”, stated Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director for Children of God for Life, a pro-life watch dog group that has monitored the use of aborted fetal material in medical and consumer products for years.

“They could have easily chosen animal, insect, or other morally obtained human cells expressing the G protein for taste receptors”, she added.

In writing to their collaborators, it took three letters before Nestlé finally admitted the truth about their relationship with Senomyx, noting the cell line was “well established in scientific research".

Both Pepsico and Campbell Soup also responded.

Shockingly, Pepsico wrote: “We hope you are reassured to learn that our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers. This will help us achieve our commitment to reduce added sugar per serving by 25% in key brands in key markets over the next decade and ultimately help people live healthier lives.” 

Campbell Soup was more sensitive in their response: “Every effort is made to use the finest ingredients and develop the greatest selection of products, all at a great value. With this in mind, it must be said that the trust we have cultivated and developed over the years with our consumers is not worth compromising to cut costs or increase profit margins."

While Campbell didn’t state they would change their methods, their response, gave Vinnedge hope.

“If enough people voice their outrage and intent to boycott these consumer products, it may convince Senomyx to change their methods”, she noted.  “Otherwise, we will be buying Coca-Cola, Lipton soups and Hershey products!”
 
See www.cogforlife.org/senomyxalert.htm for mailing addresses of Senomyx and the food companies.
More nonsense and attempts to circumvent the law in Wisconsin:

Fight to decide if controversial bill is law yet


http://www.weau.com/news/headlines/Fight_to_decide_if_controversal_bill_is_law_yet_118818744.html



State workers will start to see less money in their paychecks despite controversy over the Governor’s Collective Bargaining Measure. Governor Scott Walker's Administration said Monday they're moving ahead on taking health care and pension contributions as well as stopping mandatory payments of union dues.


On Friday the collective bargaining measure signed by Governor Walker was published to a website. Now republicans say that means the bill is a law and the state can move forward but democratic representatives and others say the state can't because the bill hasn't been officially published.

Monday Democratic Representative Louis Molepske, of Stevens Point, spoke to a small crowd at UW-Eau Claire. He says the Collective Bargaining Bill is still just that, a bill.

"It's a constitutional mandate (to officially publish a law) and as far as I’m concerned it's not a law until the Secretary of State publishes it officially and the State Journal published it,” says Rep. Louis Molepske, (D) Stevens Point.

The Legislative Reference Bureau says it has to put a bill on to its website within 10 working days of a bill being signed but says it doesn't dictate if a bill is a law or not.

"What the Legislative Reference Bureau did on Friday was not publish the law, per say, but rather make it available for publication," says John Frank, CVTC Political Science Instructor.

Frank says right now the Secretary of State is under a court order to not publish the bill. He says there's also more to the word "publication," in the eyes of the law.

"The word publication isn't just a dictionary word it's an official word and in the State of Wisconsin a law isn't published until it appears in the Wisconsin State Journal and placed there by the Secretary of State of Wisconsin, who currently is under a court order not to do so," says Frank.

Republicans disagree saying the bill was published when it was put up on the Legislative Reference Bureau’s website. The Department of Justice also filed documents Monday saying the restraining order is no longer needed against the Secretary of State because the law was published.

Frank says one of the easiest ways to resolve this issue would be for both the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate to get full notice, either 2 hours or 24 hours, and then re-vote.

If this kind of dirty politics was being perpetrated by democrats on an issue that "conservatives" disagreed with - you would never hear the end of it.  Just remember if they get away with it now - it will without a doubt come back to bite us on other issues as well.


Which devil will you support??


Monday, March 28, 2011

Yes Virginia, there are conspiracies!


Indiana prosecutor says deputy urged Wisconsin governor to stage attack on himself


http://www.kansascity.com/2011/03/24/2751293/indiana-prosecutor-says-deputy.html

INDIANAPOLIS

An Indiana prosecutor said one of his deputies resigned Thursday after admitting he sent an email to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker suggesting Walker fake an attack on himself to discredit the unions protesting his plans.

Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said Carlos Lam resigned after acknowledging that he sent the Feb. 19 email to Walker suggesting “the situation in WI presents a good opportunity for what’s called a ‘false flag’ operation.”

“If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the public unions,” Lam wrote.


Anyone who thinks that these neo-cons are any better than the dumbocrats needs to have their head examined and learn to think again instead of just emoting !

The hope that there will be a politician, judge, etc. that will one day be up for election that is not corrupt and is actually Godly and will do what is right is akin to the hope that one day Ratzinger will wake up and become a true Catholic and bring the novus ordo "church" into the Catholic Church..

Standing behind these politicians is akin to the SSPX standing behind these anti-popes!

 ST JOHN CAPISTRANO - FEAST DAY MARCH 28:

Reformer

San Giovanni da Capistrano
When he was not preaching, he was writing tracts against heresy of every kind. This facet of Giovanni's life is covered in great detail by his early biographers, Nicholas of Fara, Christopher of Varese and Girlamo of Udine. While he was thus evangelizing, he was actively engaged in assisting Bernardino in the reforms of the Franciscan Order, largely in the interests of more rigorous discipline in the Franciscan hierarchy. Like St. Bernardine of Siena, he strongly emphasized devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, and, together with that saint, was accused of heresy on this account. In 1429 these Observant friars were called to Rome to answer charges of heresy, and John was chosen by his companions to speak for them. They were all acquitted by the Commission of Cardinals. He was frequently deployed to embassies by Popes Eugene IV and Nicholas V. In 1439 he was sent as legate to Milan and Burgundy, to oppose the claims of the Antipope Felix V; in 1446 he was on a mission to the King of France; in 1451 he went at the request of the emperor as Apostolic nuncio to Austria. Between 1451 and 1453, his fiery sermons against Jews persuaded many southern German regions to expel the entire Jewish population, and at Breslau some were burned at the stake.[2][3] During the period of his nunciature, John visited all parts of the Empire, preaching and combating the heresy of the Hussites; he also visited Poland at the request of Casimir IV Jagiellon. As legate, or inquisitor, he prosecuted the last Fraticelli of Ferrara, the Jesuati of Venice, the Crypto-Jews of Sicily, Moldavia and Poland, and, above all, the Hussites of Germany, Hungary and Bohemia; his aim in the last case was to make conferences impossible between the representatives of Rome and the Bohemians, for every attempt at conciliation seemed to him to be conniving at heresy.
Statue of János Kapisztrán in Budapest, Hungary
The saint's coat of arms, with a sword piercing a crescent moon, on the Papal Ombrellino at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano

The soldier Saint

After the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, Mehmed II threatened Vienna and Rome. In 1454 Pope Callixtus III sent John of Capistrano, who was seventy, to preach a Crusade against the invading Turks at the Diet of Frankfurt. Capistrano succeeded in gathering together enough troops to march onto Belgrade, which at that time was under siege by Mehmed II. In the summer of 1456, these troops, together with John Hunyadi, managed to raise the siege of Belgrade; the old and frail Capistrano actually led his own contingent into battle. This feat earned Capistrano the moniker of 'the Soldier Priest'. Although he survived the battle, Capistrano fell victim to the bubonic plague, which flourished in the unsanitary conditions prevailing among armies of the day. He died at nearby Ilok, Kingdom of Hungary (now a Croatian border town on the Danube).
St. John Capistrano, in spite of this restless life, found time to work, both in the lifetime of his mentor St. Bernardine, and after, at the reform of the order of the minor Franciscans. He also upheld, in his writings, speeches and sermons, theories of papal supremacy rather than the theological wranglings of councils (see Conciliar Movement).
IN WHAT WE SHOULD CONFORM TO GOD'S WILL
Taken from "Preparation for Death" by St. Alphonsus De Liguroi,
Bishop and Doctor of the Church (page 375)





It is necessary to conform ourselves to the will of God not only in
crosses and adversity which come directly from God, such as
infirmities, desolation of spirit, loss of property or relatives; but
also in those which come indirectly from him,- that is, through men, -
such as defamation, contempt, injuries, and all other persecutions.

And let us remember that when others injure us in our property or
honor, God does not will their sin, but he wills our poverty and our
humiliation. It is certain that whatsoever happens takes place by the
divine will. "I am the Lord; I form the light, and create darkness; I
make peace and create evil."(Isa. xlv.6) And Ecclesiasticus says:
"Good things and evil, life and death, poverty and riches, are from
God." In a word, all things, blessings as well as misfortunes, come
from God.


The crosses that happen to us are called evils, because we call them
so, and because we make them evils; if we accepted them as we ought,
with resignation, from the hands of God, they should prove to us, not
evils, but blessings. The jewels which give the greatest splendor to
the crown of the saints are the tribulations which they have borne
for God, as coming from his hands. What did holy Job say when he was
told the Sabeans had taken away his property? "The Lord gave, and the
Lord hath taken away." (Job, i.21) He did not say: The Lord gave me
these goods and the Sabeans have taken them away; but the Lord has
given them, and the Lord has taken them away. And therefore he
blessed the Lord, knowing that all had happened by his will. "And as
it hath pleased the Lord, so it is done; blessed be the name of the
Lord
." (Job, i. 21) When the holy martyrs Epictetus and Athone were
tormented with iron hooks and burning torches, they only said: "Lord,
Thy will be done in us." And their dying words were: "O eternal God,
be blessed for giving us the grace to accomplish in ourselves Thy
holy will." Cesarius relates (lib.l x., cap. vi.) That a certain monk
wrought many miracles, though his life was not more austere than that
of the other monks. Being astonished at his miracles, the abbot asked
him one day what devotions he practiced. In answer he said that he was
more imperfect than his companions, but that he was always careful to
conform himself in all things to the divine will. "And," said the
Superior, "did you feel no displeasure at the injury which an enemy
did to our farm some days ago?" "No, Father," replied the monk; "I,
on the contrary, thanked the Lord, because I know that he does and
permits all things for our welfare." From this, the abbot perceived
the sanctity of this good religious.

We ought to do the same when any cross or adversity happens to us.
Let us accept them all from the divine hands, not only with patience,
but also with joy, in imitation of the apostles, who rejoiced when
they were maltreated for the sake of Jesus Christ. "They went from
the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were accounted
worthy to suffer reproach for the name of Jesus." (Acts, v 41). And
what greater happiness than to bear crosses, and to know that, in
embracing them, we please God? If we wish to enjoy continual peace,
let us endeavor from this day forward, to embrace the divine will,
always saying in all that happens to us: "Yea, Father, for so hath it
seemed good in Thy sight." (Matt. xi. 26) Lord, this has pleased Thee,
let it be done. To this end we ought to direct all our meditations,
Communions, visits, and prayers, always imploring the Lord to make us
conform to his will. And let us always offer ourselves to him, saying:
"Behold me, O my God! Do with me what thou pleasest." St. Teresa
offered herself to God at least fifty times in the day, that he might
dispose of her as he wished.

The 3rd Sunday in Lent Audio Sermon 

Fr. Bonaventure Strandt, OFM Preaches Here 

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AUDIO SERMON FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY IN LENT GIVEN BY BISHOP GILES OFM

Saturday, March 26, 2011

 Now this is living your faith.......

Out-of-work electrician offered major job building a Planned Parenthood turns it down

  • Fri Mar 25, 2011 13:31 EST
The Roach family.
Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit
March 25, 2011 (theCatholicSpirit.com) - A sign in the bathroom of Tim and Nicole Roach’s home in Fari­bault, Minnesota reads, “Gratitude, Always Re­member to Count Your Bles­sings.”
“It should say, ‘August, wash your hands and brush your teeth,’” joked Nicole, referring to her 9-year-old son.
The sign has come in handy re­cently as the family, which be­longs to Divine Mercy parish in Faribault, continues to struggle with Tim’s unemployment, which began in July 2009 when he was laid off of his job as an electrician. And the couple had to take an even harder look at the concept of gratitude when a huge blessing unexpectedly appeared recently, then vanished in a matter of seconds.
In mid-February, Tim, got a call from his local union with the news every laid off worker longs to hear — a job offer.
It couldn’t have come at a better time. Tim’s unemployment benefits were about to run out. He could hardly believe what the voice on the other end was presenting to him —  an offer to be a job foreman for at least 11 months, with a salary of $65,000 to $70,000 a year.
Perfect, Tim thought. Then came the bad news — he would be working on construction of a new Planned Parent­hood Clinic in St. Paul on University Avenue. The highest of highs became the lowest of lows as he quickly turned down the offer.
“The roller coaster started going downhill,” said Tim, 38. “He [union rep] wasn’t really sure if there were going to be abortions there. He kind of sidestepped that, I think, to try to entice me to say yes. But, I said, ‘Wait a minute. It’s a Planned Par­ent­hood.’”
Facing financial fears
And, just like that, Tim went back to being unemployed with no immediate prospects — and his unemployment benefits set to run out sometime this month. Fortu­nate­ly, his wife, Nicole, 37, has a full-time job as a media specialist for Akin Road Elementary School in Farming­ton. Still, things are tight financially for the family, which also includes 11-year-old Adeline.
Though Tim was quick to turn down the offer — the phone conversation lasted only about a minute — Nicole was slower to embrace his decision, mainly because she works with the family budget and has dealt with the financial stress of Tim’s lengthy unemployment.
“The first thing I wanted to do was justify [taking the job],” she said, when Tim called her moments after he turned it down. “It’s just a clinic. No, it isn’t.
“Through this whole process, our faith has deepened,” she said. “We feel like it was a test of our faith. We chose to stand by our faith.”
To some outside observers, this is another important way of being pro-life. Perhaps, not as direct as picketing an abortion clinic, it, nonetheless, sends a message about the sanctity of human life, says Sharon Wilson, respect life coordinator for the archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life.
Decision inspires homily
“What struck me most is that he turned it down immediately,” she said. “He had within himself that sort of moral upbringing that had him immediately recognize that this was not the right thing to do [take the job].”
Shortly after making his decision, Tim’s story was sent out via e-mail. It landed on the computer of Father Erik Lundgren, associate pastor of Divine Mercy, who parlayed it into one of his homilies. In the Gospel reading for that Sunday, Jesus tells his disciples that they can’t serve both God and money.
”I just thought it was an inspiring example to everyone in our parish, in the zeal that’s necessary for us Catholics to take into the pro-life debate, the pro-life struggle,” Father Lundgren said. “It’s inspiring to me as a priest. Here at Divine Mercy, the words, ‘Jesus, I trust in you’ are written on our baptismal font, and that’s what it’s all about.”
That’s the kind of trust the Roach family is taking up as Tim continues to look for a job. Ultimately, his goal is to start up his own company, but he will need to earn and save money to make that happen. In the meantime, he is eager to take any work he can find. One asset that both he and Nicole have is a sense of peace that wasn’t there just a few months ago.
“In the last six months, we’ve learned to take our fears and worries and give them to God,” Nicole said. “It’s really changed me and my faith. I feel like I’m proud to be a Catholic and proud to take a stand against abortion.”
Reprinted with permission from The Catholic Spirit