Friday, September 3, 2010

Bishop Olmsted responds to attempted ordination of women | Sept. 1, 2010

Bishop Olmsted responds to attempted ordination | Sept. 1, 2010

Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1577: “Only a baptized man validly receives sacred ordination. The Lord Jesus chose men to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry. The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ’s return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.”

Seems pretty clear to me. Where's the confusion?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

That Would Be as Stupid As...

That Would Be as Stupid As...

Songs From the Soul of America

Our nation is under seige-- relentless, grinding seige from people who do not care about our way of life. They only want to impose their way of life upon us, the free people of the United States of America. Tyranny. Totalitarianism. Dictatorship.Oligarchy. Whatever label one places on those who seek to usurp the freedom of Americans doesn't matter. What matters is that we continue to fight against them. Fight when you are fired up and full of fury when American citizens are burned alive in buildings. Fight when you are saddened by the loss of another son or daughter. Fight when you are so bone weary from worry and work that you feel you simply cannot face another moment of animosity. Fight when you want to give up. Fight when you are mocked and ridiculed. Fight in everyway you know.

When we stop fighting, we lose. Everything. Keep going. Never surrender.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday's Photos

I am taking a break today. No gloom and doom for me! Now that the summer heat is finally behind us here, I'm going to spend the day poking about in my gardens. It is almost time for mums! These are some photos I took this past spring and early summer. I hope you enjoy and for added enjoyment, listen to the video while you consider the wonders God has created, just for you and just for me.

Te Deum laudamus: te Dominum confitemur.

Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur.

Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi caeli et universae Potestates;

Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant:

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.

Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae.

Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,

Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,

Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.

Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia,

Patrem immensae maiestatis:

Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;

Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.

Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.

Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.

Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum.

Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.

Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.

Iudex crederis esse venturus.

Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.

Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.

V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.

R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.

V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te.

R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.

V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.

R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri.

V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.

R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.
O God, we praise Thee, and acknowledge Thee to be the supreme Lord.

Everlasting Father, all the earth worships Thee.

All the Angels, the heavens and all angelic powers,

All the Cherubim and Seraphim, continuously cry to Thee:

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!

Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.

The glorious choir of the Apostles,

The wonderful company of Prophets,

The white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.

Holy Church throughout the world acknowledges Thee:

The Father of infinite Majesty;

Thy adorable, true and only Son;

Also the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

When Thou tookest it upon Thyself to deliver man,

Thou didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.

Having overcome the sting of death, Thou opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all


Thou sitest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.

We believe that Thou willst come to be our Judge.

We, therefore, beg Thee to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy

Precious Blood.

Let them be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory
V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thy inheritance!

R. Govern them, and raise them up forever
V. Every day we thank Thee.

R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yes, forever and ever.
V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.

R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.

V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.

R. O Lord, in Thee I have put my trust; let me never be put to shame.

Te Deum - Arvo Pärt

Oohhh My!! Rep Issa (R-CA) has a big monkey wrench for the Obama Propaganda Machine

For many months now, Representative Issa R-CA has been hard at work delving through reams of reports and information, gathering potential evidence to use in subpoenas. And he plans on serving them when the Republicans regain control of the house this fall.

"Cabinet officers, assistant secretaries, directors — I will be able to take on everybody that the president hires and relies upon; the people who tell him that everything is fine,” pledges Issa, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in an interview with National Review Online....David Bossie, who worked as chief investigator for Burton, says Republicans should embrace the subpoena as “an incredibly powerful tool” that will enable Congress to keep a “true check and balance on power.” Being able to bring in officials for deposition, he says, “will be a game-changer,” with witnesses being forced to answer questions truthfully or risk the penalty of perjury."

Now, with that article in mind, the folks over at Hillbuzz have done an awesome job of grinding up Rep Issa's report , you will need to click over to their page, because their stuff is all nicely linked up and I don't want to break any of their links.

Keep this in mind: It is against the law for US taxpayers money to be used for propaganda. Yes, I know what the liberals are going to say---well Booosh did it! Yes, he did. In eight years there were four times. In the last four administrations there were seven in 28 years. Contrast that with 11 in just the last 18 months!

Here is the link to Hillbuzz--you can also read the report for yourself.

Hold on Lady Liberty, we are coming.
Remember November.

SALT IN THE WOUND written by Rita W. Jones

"All you really want to do is rub salt in the wound..." The truth in it's purest form.

h/t Infidel Bloggers Alliance

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So What Happens if the Ground Zero Mosque Moves a Few Blocks?

So What Happens if the Ground Zero Mosque Moves a Few Blocks?

Stella Paul in American Thinker.
Pity the poor New York politician. Take Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was merrily reigning over New York, banning bake sales in public schools because he doesn't trust parents to monitor their children's cupcake ingestion. Now, all of a sudden, just because he trusts a sharia-spouting imam with mysterious Mideast millions to preach peace and love at Ground Zero, the whole country is mad at him. Why, he can practically feel his plan to sweep to the presidency on a "Make Mosques, Not Cupcakes" platform crumbling before his eyes.

And spare a tear for forlorn Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. A bland hedgehog of a man, he glowed with confidence that all he had to do was call his fellow New Yorkers "outright haters and bigots" for opposing a Ground Zero Victory Mosque and they would clasp him to their hearts and crown him mayor. Now he's stuttering that he didn't know...didn't think...while waking up in a cold sweat at 3 A.M., realizing that every red-blooded American with a dollar will send it to whoever runs against him

As the Victory Mosque for the Nineteen Martyrs debacle explodes across the headlines, New York's courageous politicians are running for cover, crying for mommy. Even ardent endorsements by Hamas and President Obama haven't helped.

Because it is an immutable law of nature that no New York politician will ever stand for any principle higher than his survival, the Great Do-Over must now be underway. How can these worthies save their darling little hides? What can they do to get that dang thing out of the headlines and lull everybody back to sleep once more? And what will happen when they do?

Well, dear reader, fortunately for you, Stella knows all. Join me now as we peer into Stella Paul's Crazy Crystal Ball.

Prophecy 1: Very soon, Imam Rauf will take time from his busy schedule of fundraising in the Middle East on the U.S. taxpayers' dime and meeting with genocidal Iranians to make the following announcement:

"My fellow Americans, all I want for our mosque is to bring peace and understanding. Unfortunately, un-American bigots are now twisting the beauty of Islam to attack us, and their intolerance is placing every Muslim in danger. My own family has received death threats, and my face, which seeks only to turn with love to Allah and the Statue of Liberty, has been showered with spit from New Yorkers more hate-filled than Nazis.

"Therefore, because of the great danger to peace-loving Muslims and my Daisy, I am agreeing to move the mosque a few blocks away. This whole tragedy for Muslim-Americans began when Mayor Bloomberg and many Jewish leaders told us that New Yorkers would welcome a mosque at Ground Zero with open arms. Because we Muslims are trusting and have only friendship in our hearts, we fell into their Zionist trap." [Editor's note: a day after publication, the Ground Zero Mosque fiasco is being blamed on Zionists by Muslim spokesmen. 8/19/10 8:17 AM PDT]

Prophecy 2: Delirious with gratitude to Imam Rauf for agreeing to move the mosque, Mayor Bloomberg announces the city will donate a magnificent site. After a brief hubbub about separation of church and state, a red-faced Bloomberg withdraws his proposal but offers to buy the site with his own money. When Imam Rauf sulks about the city's betrayal, Mayor Bloomberg frantically agrees to pay for the entire mosque: $100 million for the biggest, best, most beautiful mega-mosque in North America! It's all on him!

(As you may remember, Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston giggled through constitutional barriers when he donated $2 million of public land to the Islamic Society of Boston for their Saudi-funded mega-mosque. But Roxbury is not quite as visible as Ground Zero.)

Prophecy 3: At the Victory Mosque's grand opening on 9/11/11, Bloomberg, Obama, all Democratic members of Congress, the cabinet, and half the Supreme Court all reverently file in and bow down in a pageant of multicultural splendor. Outside, a group of picketers from St. Nicholas Church protests the fact that their church was destroyed on 9/11 and bureaucratic barricades still keep them from rebuilding ten years in. The picketers are tear-gassed and clubbed away from the site, and the next morning, The New York Times blasts them for their insensitivity to the peace-loving Muslim community.

Prophecy 4: Like the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the new Victory Mosque quickly spins out headlines about violent plots and jihad-drenched rhetoric emanating from its associates. Meanwhile, the long-promised civil trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed begins in downtown Manhattan, a few blocks away. Thousands of Muslims converge on lower Manhattan, praying five times a day at the Victory Mosque, then surging to the courthouse to scream threats about justice for Khalid. The streets of downtown New York are a madhouse.

Prophecy 5: Over time, as more Muslims decide to live next to the Victory Mosque, Lower Manhattan becomes a no-go zone, like certain areas in France and Sweden. Wall Street firms are the first to flee to Connecticut, New Jersey, and finally, Switzerland, taking with them thousands of New York's most productive citizens. The already damaged fiscal base of New York City collapses. As the years go by, demographic pressures create a civic death spiral, just like in Antwerp or Rotterdam. Finally, the city's new mayor, Hussein bin Mohamed, comes up with a perfect solution: the mother of all bailouts. It seems Saudi Arabia has generously agreed to save New York. All they ask is the women agree to a slight adjustment in their style of dress.

Now who's going to tell me I'm wrong?

Stella Paul blogs at StellaPundit.

US Dominican Province Welcomes Its Biggest Class of Novices in Decades

US Dominican Province Welcomes Its Biggest Class of Novices in Decades

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Statistics show a drastic fall in the number of people entering religious life since the 1960s, yet during ceremonies Aug. 7, the Dominican Province of St. Joseph formally accepted 21 men as novices -- the province's largest novitiate class since 1966.

Father Bill Garrot is the province's outgoing vocations director. He is the man who the current vocations director appointed this summer, Father Benedict Croell, said played a key role in the "harvest" that yielded the 21 novices, who received the Dominican habit during an ancient ceremony called "vestition" at St. Gertrude's Priory in Cincinnati...

How wonderful!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Meeting Mary 3-7

I am very much in need of great consolation and especially of your Son's grace, because I am utterly unable to help myself. but if you, most merciful Mother condescend to look upon my littleness, you can in many ways help and strengthen me with abundant consolation. Therefore, as soon as I feel burdened with difficulties and temptations, I shall have immediate recourse to you, for where grace abounds, mercy is more at hand.

If, then, I would attempt to grasp your exceptional glory and greet you in a worthy way from the depths of my heart, I must advance with a very pure spirit, for those who presume to approach your door without due reverence obtain not glory but a justified disgrace. Anyone approaching you must proceed with the greatest reverence and humility, but also with great hope of being admitted in virtue of your mercy and clemency.

I come to you, therefore, with humility and reverence, with devotion and confidence and with the greeting of Gabriel on my lips --- a greeting that I joyously repeat with head bowed in respect and with hands open in deep devotion. I pray that this greeting may be repeated a hundred, a thousand, and even more times on my behalf by all the heavenly spirits. Indeed, I do not know anything dearer and more worthy I can offer you than this greeting.

Listen now to one most enamored of your name:"Heaven rejoices and earth is amazed when I say : Hail, Mary! Satan flees, hell trembles when I say: Hail, Mary! The world becomes contemptible, the flesh foul, when I say: Hail, Mary! sadness disappears and joy returns when I say: Hail, Mary!
     "Tepidity vanishes and the heart is inflamed with love when I say: Hail, Mary! Devotion grows, compunction is born, hope intensifies, and consolation is increased when I say: Hail, Mary! The soul is renewed and the inclination to good is strengthened when I say: Hail, Mary!"

So intense is the sweetness of this blessed greeting that it cannot be expressed in human words. It remains forever loftier and more  profound than any creature can grasp. Therefore, I kneel again before you, Most Holy Virgin Mary, and say: "Hail, Mary! Full of grace."

My most merciful Lady, Holy Mary, accept this very devout greeting and, with it, me as well, so that there may be something in me that pleases you, strengthens my trust in you, enkindles in me an ever increasing love, and keeps me forever devoted to your holy name.

Thomas A Kempis "The Imitation of Mary"

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Meeting Mary

Although I am without merit and am, indeed, conscious of my many sins, I havethe utmost trust in Your Passion, Lord Jesus, and in the merits of Your Mother, the glorious and holy Virgin Mary. It is upon her that I wish to dwell for a moment; I pray, therefore, that I may be made worthy of doing so, since I dare not approach her without first being given permission.

I am well aware that due to my unworthiness I ought not present myself before this supremely worthy woman whom even the Angels admire and venerate, while exclaiming:"Who is this that arises from the desert of the world and overflows with the delights of paradise?"

Therefore, dearest Mary, it is unseemly that I should dare to dwell on the thought of your beauty and your greatness, for I am but dust and ashes and am even the vilest creature on earth since I am a sinner and inclined to every kind of perverse act.

You, however, have been made higher than the heavens, you have the world beneath your feet and are worthy of honor and reverence because of the exalted state of your Son. Your ineffable kindness, which transcends every imagination, enchants me and draws my affections to you, for you are the comfort of the afflicted and always ready to help wretched sinners.

Thomas A Kempis "The Imitation of Mary"

Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News


Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Monday, August 16, 2010

Rep. Melissa Bean IL8 sends in the thug **EDIT**

The face of a Thugocracy. I watched this video about 15 minutes ago, and I am still shaken by the naked agression in the face of that big guy. I can't believe what I just saw. How DARE she! She acted like she was at an AA meeting with all her concern about people's privacy. It was a PUBLIC meeting with a PUBLIC official, for crying out loud.
I was saddened to notice there weren't very many objectors to Lurch roaming around the meeting though, so perhaps the inimidation did work, although the phrase "win the battle, but lose the war" comes to mind. Just a note: I sure hope none of the congresscritters pull a stunt like that down here--we tend to be a rowdy bunch anyway and damned sure wouldn't allow that sort of intimidation.
November is coming. We are ready.

They called down the thunder, and now they are about to reap the whirlwind.
                        Crank it UP!!

Edit 1**If you are as disgusted by this crackpot and her minion, make a difference for the opposition. Here is the website for her opponent, Joe Walsh @ Joe Walsh For Congress

From an eyewitness to the intimidation:
Commentor : JeanWTPUSA
On Thursday, August 12, I was there at the meeting with Representative Melissa Bean (IL-8) that was held at the Round Lake Library. The meeting was billed as a Financial Education seminar to teach citizens how to manage their credit card debt. What happened at this meeting was anything but educational. During the meeting, which I attended, citizens started to ask questions about jobs, government spending and the federal deficit. As you can see from the video, every time a citizen would attempt to ask a question, Melissa Bean’s THUG, who we were told worked for the Round Lake Library, would walk over to that person and hover over them to intimidate them. This is exactly what was shown in the video even though it has been edited. The THUG was not bending down to reading anything. He was bending over a person who was asking Bean a question to intimidate her. I was about 6 feet away and saw it all. This Thug exhibited the same behavior which went on during the course of the entire meeting without Bean saying a word about the blatant intimidation she knew her constituents must be feeling.
It is obvious from Bean’s obfuscation that she chose this type of forum so she would not have to answer any direct questions about her voting record. Instead of having an open Town hall forum where citizens are free to have a dialogue with their Representative, Bean chose to have a representative from the Illinois State Treasury come in and lecture her constituents on how they should pay down their credit card debt and start saving. How ironic when the Federal Government has spent over 13 Trillion dollars and the majority of the states are on the verge of bankruptcy
I, along with many others in attendance, felt that every attempt to ask Bean a question was either “shut down” by Bean personally or through the intimidation tactics of her THUG. Is this the type of “transparency” we were promised? Why does Bean feel that Thuggery is acceptable?

If you don’t approve of Bean’s tactics, please DONATE to Joe Walsh her opponent at Bean is well financed and Walsh isn’t. Money for Joe will help Bean go in November!

Edit 2 * Fox Nation has their teeth in this story now. Don't expect to see it go away anytime soon Congresswoman Bean.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sarahcuda Nails Obama to the Great Wall of Truth...again

Dear Lord, I love this woman and I beg your protection for her and her family in the years to come. Amen.

As usual, plainspoken Mrs. Palin nails the Emperor to what I like to call the Great Wall of Truth.
"And no, this isn't above your paygrade." she says.
Location of proposed site for Ground Zero Mosque

Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade.
If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive "cross-cultural engagement" and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven't they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite? Mr. President, why aren't you encouraging the mosque developers to accept Governor Paterson's generous offer of assistance in finding a new location for the mosque on state land if they move it away from Ground Zero? Why haven't they jumped at this offer? Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as "hallowed ground"? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask.
- Sarah Palin

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Obama Defends Ground Zero Mosque

Shocked. Stunned. Horrified. Disgusted. Furious. I didn't believe he would bow to this level of obsequious dhimnitude. But, he has. Thank you, Emperor Obama for finally undeniably removing the last traces of doubt about just whose side you are on in this global struggle against the tyranny of jihad.

"President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed plans for a Muslim mosque two blocks from ground zero in New York City, declaring that “Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country.” Is he so stupid as to honestly believe this is about preventing Muslims from practicing their religion? Why is he deliberately misleading with that statement? Is that his message to the rest of the world who may not understand fully America's staunch committment to protecting the right to worship---that he is standing up for the rights of Muslims? Is he trying to curry favor in ohh say Iran?

He has forgotten September 11, 2001. He has forgotten that our countrymen died horrible, frightening deaths because of Islamic terrorists. He is the enemy of freedom loving Americans.

November is coming. We will remember.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pro-life group adds AOL, Hilton and Trader Joe’s to boycott list :: EWTN News

Let me just say that I do not believe that to simply stop shopping at these places is as effective as a organizing a letter writing campaign within your parish or community asking them to stop funding Planned Parenthood. I never want to see a company close down because of lack of business--companies hire folks from my community, I don't want to see them out of work either. However, if the letter campaign fails to convicne them, then it is time to take your business elsewhere.

Time to update my list.

A pro-life group has released its revised edition of a boycott list of corporations which support Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest pro-abortion group. New companies on its list include AOL, Hilton hotels, Staples, Trader Joe’s, and Toys “R” Us.

Life Decisions International (LDI) said new additions also include the Mrs. Fields cookie stores, Kohl’s department stores, and the ING financial services company. Darden Restaurants, which include Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, Olive Garden and Red Lobster, have been added to the list along with Ignite Restaurants which include Brickhouse Tavern + Tap and Joe’s Crab Shack.
Hilton Worldwide hotels include Conrad Hotels, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns/Suites, and Homewood Suites.

Reappearing on LDI’s boycott list are The Gap and the federal government-sponsored mortgage corporation Freddie Mac.

Corporations with a continuing presence on the boycott list include Wells Fargo, Nike, Time Warner, Bank of America, Walt Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Chevron, and Nationwide Insurance.

"As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 256 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood," said Kenneth C. Garvey, director of communications at LDI. "This should serve as a testament to those who thought it impossible to change corporate philanthropic behavior."

LDI estimates that the boycott has cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million since the pro-life group’s Corporate Funding Project began more than 17 years ago.

Garvey criticized pro-life organizations which continue to use PayPal despite its owner eBay being targeted for boycott.

“Most pro-life groups are aware that it is a boycott target because it has funded Planned Parenthood, but they have consciously chosen to continue doing business with the company. Doing so is indefensible," he charged.

The LDI official said alternatives to PayPal exist and he would help anyone who has difficulty finding them.

"Corporate officials are learning that those who value life are among the most dedicated people on earth. We will not go away until corporate involvement with Planned Parenthood comes to an end," commented LDI chairman Thomas C. Strobhar.

The LDI Boycott List also includes a “dishonorable mention” section for charitable groups associated with Planned Parenthood or its agenda. Listed groups include the Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Rotary Clubs, the Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire Girls and Girl Scouts.
The American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Easter Seals, Ronald McDonald House Charities, YWCA and YMCA are listed, as are the Salvation Army and the charity America Gives Back, which is associated with the television show American Idol

Pro-life group adds AOL, Hilton and Trader Joe’s to boycott list :: EWTN News

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The President and First Lady surprise returning troops!

President and Mrs. Bush surprised about 150 returning troops at DFW as they returned home from combat tours of Afghanistan and Iraq...wait...what? You didn't expect it was the current president did you?

Could you in your most fevered imaginings ever imagine Barack and Michelle Obama standing at an airport greeting returning troops...war weary Americans, many of them probably on their 3rd or 4th tour? Yeah, I can't either. Anyway, click the link for great pictures. I treasure the looks of surprise on the faces of the soldiers.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present a real American President and his classy First Lady.
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Monday, June 7, 2010

June 6, 1944

Growing up in the 60s and 70s I was a typical farm kid. I fed cows, carried firewood, hauled hay, picked blackberries, weeded the huge vegetable garden, fished and swam when I could sneak away. I never remember being particularly in awe of my father back then, he just seemed like "Dad" He was one of those dads right out of the 40s and 50s tv shows--because he believed in those values and still does.

Dad and I frequently fought about everything back then, he just seemed like a dinosaur from the "dark ages" and I was an up and coming women's libber of the first degree! He just didn't get things like equality for women and freedom. He couldn't possibly understand the concept of freedom. What would an old "dino" like him know about the struggle of women in the 1970's to be free from the male dominated society...

I am ashamed to admit it now, but back then it never occurred to me that I was living with a man who had the courage to drive an LST onto the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. He never mentioned it to me in all my eighteen years of living at home. I think I was in my late 20's before I ever found out and it wasn't until just a few years ago I actually got him to sit down and talk to me about those years of WWII. I suppose, for a man like my father, there are just some things a father doesn't tell his daughter and I respect that about him.

I have some of his stories from those years on video and I will share them with my sons and their sons. They must know of the bravery and courage of these men! I shudder to imagine what our world would look like if not for their courage and determination to stand brave and true against the Nazi machine.

Today, I am proud to admit that my father was among those who took that stand. By the time 1944 rolled around, my father was already a combat hardened veteran of 21. He was in it for the "duration". My father is one of those men for whom the words duty, honor, and country are not a curse, but a privilege.

So, even though this is a day late, I honor and salute those veterans who did the unimaginable that day...and created for us a world of freedom from tyranny. It is up to us now to hold on to that freedom or lose it. But, the heroes of my father's age have done more than their fair share.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Never Forget

Memorial Day 2010

By Oliver North (Archive) · Friday, May 28, 2010

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. -- This is the place that receives the most attention on Memorial Day, though it is but one of 141 national cemeteries in the United States and 24 others located on foreign soil. Many of our countrymen will observe this "last Monday in May" holiday with travel, shopping and picnics. But those who take the time to visit one of these hallowed grounds will have an unforgettable experience.

These are the final resting places for more than 3 million Americans who served in our armed forces -- as soldiers, sailors, airmen, Guardsmen and Marines -- including the nearly 5,500 who have perished in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A visit to one of these quiet memorials is a tribute to those who made history by wearing our nation's uniform and taking up arms to preserve our liberty and free tens of millions of others from tyranny. In words written on stone markers, these places tell the story of who we are as a people.

Regardless of when they served, all interred in these cemeteries sacrificed the comforts of home and absented themselves from the warmth and affection of loved ones. Since 1776, more than 1.5 million Americans have lost their lives while in uniform.

At countless funerals and memorial services for those who lost their lives in the service of our country, I hear the question, "Why is such a good young person taken from us in the prime of life?" Plato, the Greek philosopher, apparently sought to resolve the issue by observing, "Only the dead have seen the end of war." I prefer to take my solace in the words of Jesus to the Apostle John: "Father, I will that those you have given me, be with me where I am."

My sojourns to this "Sacred Ground," as Tom Ruck calls our national cemeteries in the title of his magnificent book, remind me that among those here are veterans who served with my father and all of my uncles in the conflagration of World War II. Only a handful of those 16.5 million from that "greatest generation" remain. Others resting in these consecrated places were tested just five years later in our first fight against despotic communism -- on the Korean Peninsula. They braved stifling heat, mind-numbing cold and an enemy that often outnumbered them 10 to one.

Here are headstones of those who served in the decade between Korea and Vietnam. More than 12 millions young Americans donned military uniforms in what was called "the cold war." It was only cold for those who didn't have to fight in it. They served on land, air and sea in lonely outposts, dusty camps, along barbed wire barriers in foreign lands, on guard against those who would have done us harm if they had the chance.

Between 1964 and 1975, more than 7 million young Americans were committed to the bloody contest in Southeast Asia. The names of 58,267 who died from that fight are on the wall of the Vietnam War Memorial -- some of them were my Marines and my brother's soldiers. Headstones in cemeteries all across this land testify to more of their selfless sacrifice -- and serve as a reminder that the victory denied in that war should never happen again.

In the three-and-a-half decades since Vietnam, not a single year has passed without Americans in uniform being committed to hostile action somewhere around the globe -- including Grenada, Beirut, Panama, the Balkans and Kuwait. We are not a warlike people. But for more than two centuries, ours has been the only nation on earth willing to consistently send its sons and daughters into harm's way -- not for gold or oil or colonial conquest, but to offer others the hope of liberty.

Since Sept. 11, that great legacy has been borne by volunteers serving in the shadows of the Hindu Kush, along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates, in the Persian Gulf and on anti-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean. These young Americans are engaged against a merciless enemy who has proven repeatedly that there is no atrocity beneath them -- and that they will do whatever it takes to kill as many of our countrymen as possible.

Those now in uniform deserve our thanks, for no nation has ever had a better military force than the one we have today. And no accolade to those presently in our country's service is greater than honoring the veterans who preceded them on Memorial Day.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin

Poor Obama can't catch a break, not from the far left moonbats,not from the moderates,not from the "far right domestic terrorists". Obama is pretty much despised now by practically everyone, even Chris "Ive got a tingle" Matthews, not even the flying unicorns can save him now, it seems.

I'm checking to see if I have any sympathy for this ...person who currently occupies the White House. Nope. None.

Not one ounce of sympathy for a person who slams my beloved nation as racist. Not one ounce of sympathy for a person who refuses to honor our traditions and our fallen warriors. Not one single stinking ounce of sympathy for a person who continues to slam an American wife and mother for simply voicing her opinion. Not one stinking ounce of sympathy for a person who leads the way when mocking and ridiculing honest American citizens for exercising their RIGHT as Americans to peacefully protest.

Not one stinking ounce of sympathy for a person who believes it is perfectly fine to leave a helpless infant to die alone, cold and unloved in a medical waste bin. Not one ounce of sympathy for a person who advocates for and finances the murder of millions of helpless, innocent human beings around the world. Not one ounce of sympathy for a person who has labelled me and millions of other Americans like me as a potential domestic terrorist, just because I believe that every life is precious, not just those who are old enough to vote for the sociali....I mean democrats.

I wish him nothing but good health. I hope he lives a very, very long time. Because our nation will recover from the "Obama years" Our nation will rise again from the ashes of the progressive movement. Our nation and her people, MY people, will become less and less trusting of the government and learn once again the value of teaching our children the truth about our history and the great men and women who lived and died according to their deeply held beliefs in God and our country.

And I hope Obama lives a very long time and has to bear witness to the unraveling of all of his machivellian schemes and I hope every day is a bold reminder of his failure to completely gut this great nation. And I hope every day Obama is confronted with the greatness of the American people as we stand, resolute on the domestic front lines with our shoulders squared and say "This far---no farther!"

November is coming, Mr. President. Don't get too comfortable.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

How to Start a Civil War

How to Start a Civil War:

Step 1. Identify your opposition
Step 2. Isolate the leadership
Step 3. Marginalize the target
Step 4. Ridicule the target
Step 5. When all the above steps fail---force a "situation" i.e. send 500 trashy, low class people to a private citizens house to"protest", but what that really means is terrorize the family...

And that is exactly what the SEIU thugs did--under the protection of the D.C Metro police department. Remember though, your government considers peacefully protesting TEA partiers as domestic terrorist---these SIEU thugs are organizers..

"A caravan of SEIU buses receive a Metropolitan (D.C.) Police Department escort to a private home in Maryland where the protesters, from all appearances, violate Montgomery County law by engaging in a stationary protest. The Montgomery County police were not informed by their cross-jurisdictional colleagues of the impending, unusually large protest pending in their jurisdiction.

What’s up with that? Had the mob decided to torch the house, the D.C. police would not have been authorized to intervene. Not their jurisdiction. They’re just escorts. Meanwhile, a teenage boy is home alone, frightened by what’s happening outside his front door.

There’s something very wrong with this picture."

read it all here at BigJournalism

For your consideration:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. (exerpt from the Declaration of Independence)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Phoenix Catholic Hospital Questioned Over Abortion to Save Mother's Live

Of course there are those who will claim the Catholic Church hates women and value the unborn child over the mother's life...and those people are always wrong. As the Bishop clearly says "there are two lives to consider---the mother and her unborn child"

Phoenix Catholic Hospital Questioned Over Abortion to Save Mother's Live

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Baby Survives for Two Days After Abortion

"A baby boy abandoned by doctors to die after a botched abortion was found alive nearly two days later.

The 22-week infant later died in intensive care at a hospital in the mother's home town of Rossano in southern Italy.

The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled.

However the infant survived the procedure, carried out on Saturday in the Rossano Calabria hospital, and was left by doctors to die.

He was discovered alive the following day – some 20 hours after the operation – by Father Antonio Martello, the hospital chaplain, who had gone to pray beside his body."

Baby Survives for Two Days After Abortion

Salve Regina: Hail Holy Queen

Oh Mary, my mother, pray for me.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How the Catholic Church Handles Pedophila Cases


VATICAN CITY, 13 MAR 2010 (VIS) - Given below is the text of an interview, published today by the Italian newspaper "Avvenire", with Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, promoter of justice of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concerning the investigative and judicial activities of that dicastery in cases of "delicta graviora", which include the crime of paedophilia committed by members of the clergy:

Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna is the "promoter of justice" of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He is effectively the prosecutor of the tribunal of the former Holy Office, whose job it is to investigate what are known as "delicta graviora"; i.e., the crimes which the Catholic Church considers as being the most serious of all: crimes against the Eucharist and against the sanctity of the Sacrament of Penance, and crimes against the sixth Commandment ("thou shall not commit impure acts") committed by a cleric against a person under the age of eighteen. These crimes, in a "Motu Proprio" of 2001, "Sacramentum sanctitatis tutela", come under the competency of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In effect, it is the "promoter of justice" who deals with, among other things, the terrible question of priests accused of paedophilia, which are periodically highlighted in the mass media. Msgr. Scicluna, an affable and polite Maltese, has the reputation of scrupulously carrying out the tasks entrusted to him without deferring to anyone.

Question: Monsignor, you have the reputation of being "tough", yet the Catholic Church is systematically accused of being accommodating towards "paedophile priests".

Answer: It may be that in the past - perhaps also out of a misdirected desire to protect the good name of the institution - some bishops were, in practice, too indulgent towards this sad phenomenon. And I say in practice because, in principle, the condemnation of this kind of crime has always been firm and unequivocal. Suffice it to recall, to limit ourselves just to last century, the famous Instruction "Crimen sollicitationis" of 1922.

Q: Wasn't that from 1962?

A: No, the first edition dates back to the pontificate of Pius XI. Then, with Blessed John XXIII, the Holy Office issued a new edition for the Council Fathers, but only two thousand copies were printed, which were not enough, and so distribution was postponed sine die. In any case, these were procedural norms to be followed in cases of solicitation during confession, and of other more serious sexually-motivated crimes such as the sexual abuse of minors.

Q: Norms which, however, recommended secrecy...

A: A poor English translation of that text has led people to think that the Holy See imposed secrecy in order to hide the facts. But this was not so. Secrecy during the investigative phase served to protect the good name of all the people involved; first and foremost, the victims themselves, then the accused priests who have the right - as everyone does - to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The Church does not like showcase justice. Norms on sexual abuse have never been understood as a ban on denouncing the crimes to the civil authorities.

Q: Nonetheless, that document is periodically cited to accuse the current Pontiff of having been - when he was prefect of the former Holy Office - objectively responsible for a Holy See policy of covering up the facts...

A: That accusation is false and calumnious. On this subject I would like to highlight a number of facts. Between 1975 and 1985 I do not believe that any cases of paedophilia committed by priests were brought to the attention of our Congregation. Moreover, following the promulgation of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, there was a period of uncertainty as to which of the "delicta graviora" were reserved to the competency of this dicastery. Only with the 2001 "Motu Proprio" did the crime of paedophilia again become our exclusive remit. From that moment Cardinal Ratzinger displayed great wisdom and firmness in handling those cases, also demonstrating great courage in facing some of the most difficult and thorny cases, "sine acceptione personarum". Therefore, to accuse the current Pontiff of a cover-up is, I repeat, false and calumnious.

Q: What happens when a priest is accused of a "delictum gravius"?

A: If the accusation is well-founded the bishop has the obligation to investigate both the soundness and the subject of the accusation. If the outcome of this initial investigation is consistent, he no longer has any power to act in the matter and must refer the case to our Congregation where it is dealt with by the disciplinary office.

Q: How is that office composed?

A: Apart from myself who, being one of the superiors of the dicastery, also concern myself with other matters, there are the bureau chief Fr. Pedro Miguel Funes Diaz, seven priests and a lay lawyer who follow these cases. Other officials of the Congregation also make their own vital contribution depending upon the language and specific requirements of each case.

Q: That office has been accused of working little and slowly...

A: Those are unjustified comments. In 2003 and 2004 a great wave of cases flooded over our desks. Many of them came from the United States and concerned the past. Over recent years, thanks to God, the phenomenon has become greatly reduced, and we now seek to deal with new cases as they arise.

Q: How many have you dealt with so far?

A: Overall in the last nine years (2001-2010) we have considered accusations concerning around three thousand cases of diocesan and religious priests, which refer to crimes committed over the last fifty years.

Q: That is, then, three thousand cases of paedophile priests?

A: No, it is not correct to say that. We can say that about sixty percent of the cases chiefly involved sexual attraction towards adolescents of the same sex, another thirty percent involved heterosexual relations, and the remaining ten percent were cases of paedophilia in the true sense of the term; that is, based on sexual attraction towards prepubescent children. The cases of priests accused of paedophilia in the true sense have been about three hundred in nine years. Please don't misunderstand me, these are of course too many, but it must be recognised that the phenomenon is not as widespread as has been believed.

Q: The accused, then, are three thousand. How many have been tried and condemned?

A: Currently we can say that a full trial, penal or administrative, has taken place in twenty percent of cases, normally celebrated in the diocese of origin - always under our supervision - and only very rarely here in Rome. We do this also in order to speed up the process. In sixty percent of cases there has been no trial, above all because of the advanced age of the accused, but administrative and disciplinary provisions have been issued against them, such as the obligation not to celebrate Mass with the faithful, not to hear confession, and to live a retired life of prayer. It must be made absolutely clear that in these cases, some of which are particularly sensational and have caught the attention of the media, no absolution has taken place. It's true that there has been no formal condemnation, but if a person is obliged to a life of silence and prayer, then there must be a reason...

Q: That still leaves twenty percent of cases...

A: We can say that in ten percent of cases, the particularly serious ones in which the proof is overwhelming, the Holy Father has assumed the painful responsibility of authorising a decree of dismissal from the clerical state. This is a very serious but inevitable provision, taken though administrative channels. In the remaining ten percent of cases, it was the accused priests themselves who requested dispensation from the obligations deriving from the priesthood, requests which were promptly accepted. Those involved in these latter cases were priests found in possession of paedophile pornographic material and, for this reason, condemned by the civil authorities.

Q: Where do these three thousand cases come from?

A: Mostly from the United States which, in the years 2003-2004, represented around eighty percent of total cases. In 2009 the United States "share" had dropped to around twenty-five percent of the 223 cases reported from all over the world. Over recent years (2007-2009), the annual average of cases reported to the Congregation from around the world has been two hundred and fifty. Many countries report only one or two cases. There is, then, a growing diversity and number of countries of origin of cases, but the phenomenon itself is much reduced. It must, in fact, be borne in mind that the overall number of diocesan and religious priests in the world is four hundred thousand, although this statistic does not correspond to the perception that is created when these sad cases occupy the front pages of the newspapers.

Q: And in Italy?

A: Thus far the phenomenon does not seem to have dramatic proportions, although what worries me is a certain culture of silence which I feel is still too widespread in the country. The Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) offers an excellent technical-juridical consultancy service for bishops who have to deal with these cases. And I am very pleased to observe the ever greater commitment being shown by Italian bishops to throw light on the cases reported to them.

Q: You said that a full trial has taken place in around twenty percent of the three thousand cases you have examined over the last nine years. Did they all end with the condemnation of the accused?

A: Many of the past trials did end with the condemnation of the accused. But there have also been cases in which the priest was declared innocent, or where the accusations were not considered to have sufficient proof. In all cases, however, not only is there an examination of the guilt or innocence of the accused priest, but also a discernment as to his fitness for public ministry.

Q: A recurring accusation made against the ecclesiastical hierarchy is that of not reporting to the civil authorities when crimes of paedophilia come to their attention.

A: In some English-speaking countries, but also in France, if bishops become aware of crimes committed by their priests outside the sacramental seal of Confession, they are obliged to report them to the judicial authorities. This is an onerous duty because the bishops are forced to make a gesture comparable to that of a father denouncing his own son. Nonetheless, our guidance in these cases is to respect the law.

Q: And what about countries where bishops do not have this legal obligation?

A: In these cases we do not force bishops to denounce their own priests, but encourage them to contact the victims and invite them to denounce the priests by whom they have been abused. Furthermore, we invite the bishops to give all spiritual - and not only spiritual - assistance to those victims. In a recent case concerning a priest condemned by a civil tribunal in Italy, it was precisely this Congregation that suggested to the plaintiffs, who had turned to us for a canonical trial, that they involve the civil authorities in the interests of victims and to avoid other crimes.

Q: A final question: is there any statue of limitation for "delicta graviora"?

A: Here you touch upon what, in my view, is a sensitive point. In the past, that is before 1889, the statue of limitations was something unknown in canon law. For the most serious crimes, it was only with the 2001 "Motu Proprio" that a statute of limitations of ten years was introduced. In accordance with these norms in cases of sexual abuse, the ten years begin from the day on which the minor reaches the age of eighteen.

Q: Is that enough?

A: Practice has shown that the limit of ten years is not enough in this kind of case, in which it would be better to return to the earlier system of "delicta graviora" not being subject to the statue of limitations. On 7 November 2002, Venerable Servant of God John Paul II granted this dicastery the power to revoke that statue of limitations, case by case following a reasoned request from individual bishops. And this revocation is normally granted.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Baptist Pamphlets Spew Anti Catholic Rhetoric

As a Catholic child of the South, these false beliefs about the Catholic faith are nothing new to me, however, it shocked a good friend of mine (from "up North") enough that she sent it to me. We both were saddened that this erroneous and very false teaching about the Catholic faith and the faithful is still going on in this day and age. I reminded her that I encountered some very anti- Catholic rhetoric on my local newspaper's website, not too long ago, including the ridiculous statement that Catholics are not Christians, we do not read a Bible, our spiritual leader is the anti-Christ, etc, etc.

I just do not understand why anyone would deliberately spread such falsehoods about other Christians. It isn't that hard to call the local Catholic church and ask them to verify or help explain some of the concerns one might have about the Catholic faith. OR jump on the web and use some genuine resources for information. If one is truly interested in knowing what Catholics believe about Holy Communion it is not that hard to find out. It seems to me, that finding out the truth about another Christian religion before spreading falsehoods, would be a great act of charity.

Nevertheless, the irony of these ugly pamphlets appearing as we Christians are deep into the season of Lent preparing for the Easter season, does not escape me either.

Baptist church pamphlets cause controversy with Catholic church in Pigeon Forge
PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Two Baptist church pamphlets are causing controversy with a Roman Catholic church in Pigeon Forge.

The pamphlet suggests the Roman Catholic church isn't Christian and the pope is an anti-Christ.
While some people say the pamphlet expresses religious freedom, others say it's a hate crime.

Father Jay Flaherty, of Holy Cross Catholic Church, said he first learned about the pamphlets when one of his youth brought one to him.

read it all here

Monday, March 1, 2010

Go Ahead and Call Me A Racist

“Those of us who care about the civil rights of all Americans, born and unborn, oppose Obamacare because we oppose the expansion of the most racist industry in America – the abortion industry.” Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

I cannot count the number of times I've been called a racist because I stand against abortion. It doesn't matter to me except for one thing: it illustrates the absolute ignorance of the anti-life people and that ignorance costs unborn babies their lives. During the elections Obama said he wanted unlimited access to abortion because he didn't want his daughters to be "punished" with a baby. Besides the obvious, one of the problems I have with that mentality is that it completely removes any responsibility from the man and reduces women to nothing more than an object of sexual gratification---consequence free.

In January I attended the Rally for Life in Nashville and one of the speakers Rev.Walter B. Hoye, opened my eyes to the terrifying reality of blacks and abortions in this country. Reverend Hoye was arrested in Oakland, earlier this year, for his anti-abortion protests. He was carrying a sign with the message "Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help you!"

During his talk in Nashville, this past January, he spoke of the urgent need to inform people of the overwhelming numbers of black women who abort their children.
Here are some facts of Black History you won't find in the mainstream media.

* Since 1973 14.5 million black babies have been murdered because of abortion, 1200/day.

* Black women are five times more likely than white non Hispanic women to have an abortion

* Number of abortions per live births among black women: 450 abortions per 1000 live births

* Abortion remains the leading cause of death among Blacks in America

* For every 100 Black babies born alive, 77 Black babies are aborted

* 3346 Negros were lynched in America by the KKK; Abortion in the Black Community kills more babies in 3 days than the Klan could kill in 86 years

* More Black babies are killed in less than 2 months through abortion than the total number of American deaths in Viet Nam.

* Black Americans have been systematically targeted by bigoted, eugenic minded people:3 out of every 4 abortion clinics are located in poor, minority neighborhoods. Blacks make up approx 12% of the American population--yet are responsible for 37% of all abortions. Consider half of the 12% is female that gives you 6%, then consider half of the Black female population is of child bearing age--that gives you roughly 3% of the American population is responsible for 37% of abortions.
Margaret Sanger would be so proud--remember she pushed for the elimination of these "human weeds" and the sterilization of genetically inferior races. Can you guess who she deemed "genetically inferior"?

It would seem she is getting her wish--and every single pro-abortion person in this nation is guilty of helping her.

So go ahead and call me a racist right wing nut because I stand against abortion. But, we all know who the real racists are--those who are pushing abortion. You cannot escape the truth.

"The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their rebellious members."
Margaret Sanger, October 19,1939