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Monday, January 5, 2009

Catholics Rule Congress, But Others Catching Up

I thought as Catholics we were supposed to set a BETTER example for others. It appears like all other liberal ideas, we want to dumb down our beautilful religion.

By: Rick Pedraza

Protestants, who account for more than half of the upcoming 111th Congress at 54 percent, are losing ground quickly to other religious affiliations that make up today's diverse American population, according to a recently published study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life....

VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: 'Greenland and the polar ice cap are melting'Commentary

Constant Californian writes to respond to my piece on the global cooling of 2008:
"You may be aware of Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish scientist who was long skeptical of global warming," he writes. "He is not anymore. His complaint is with what he perceives as hysteria, and unsound policy. I wonder if your line of reasoning has more to do with ideology and your view of (proposed) policy, than a considered look at the science at work. The mechanism of global warming is well-established. ...

What Disappearing Sea Ice?

Gregory Young
Despite the mountains of contrary evidence, concerns over disappearing sea ice and the unfounded position that the North Pole could melt entirely in 2008, pushed U.S. government bureaucrats to officially list the polar bear as an endangered species in May of 2008.  And then guess what happened....

CNN Places Sarah Palin With 2008's Criminals, Sex Addicts, and the Corrupt

Showing they have no sense of morality, no grasp of corruption and no understanding of what defines a criminal, CNN gives us another one of those ubiquitous year in review stories, this one titled "Politicians who fell from grace in 2008." In this one, CNN has decided to reveal for us their top eight politicians that found 2008 to be a "career-buster" because of their "crimes and misdemeanors" or their outrageous controversies...

As a Potential Victim of Abortion, I Didn't Vote for Barack Obama for President

I'll turn 57 today. What does that have to do with why I didn't vote for President-elect Barack Obama on Nov. 4, 2008? That requires a little back-story.

Global warming fraud

Documenting the global warming fraud

Thomas Lifson
Global warming theory represents one of the greatest scientific con games in history. The putative intellectual foundations are based on data manipulated to support the desired conclusion, and have been conclusively debunked...

Documenting the Global Warming Fraud (continued)

Thomas Lifson
The scientific fraud underlying global warming theory is starting to be exposed (see our first post on the subject), as data manipulations have been discovered,  and now, news of the placement of temperature measuring devices in locations designed to yield artificially high readings, such as next door to a crematorium. The excellent site Watts Up With That exposes the data-gathering scandal:

Hamas and Its Liberal Supporters are Responsible for the Current Crisis

Hamas' covenant is not about achieving a Palestinian state along side Israel, but about replacing Israel with a Palestinian state and pushing the Jews into the sea.
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Bristol Palin's crime

On Bristol Palin, Sarah Palin Tundra asks What would we have her do? Excellent question.

Something the msm hasn't owned up to is this: for them, Bristol's pregnancy has nothing to do with the morality of teen sex. It has everything to do with contraception, abortion, and personal responsibility. If Bristol and her boyfriend were sexually active but there was no baby to prove it, liberals would have no problem with them. Liberals aren't opposed to sex in any form or situation; they're just opposed to seeing spiritual meaning in sex and accepting children as its natural result. They have targeted Bristol Palin for the same reason that they've targeted her mother: through her actions, she's a witness to the sanctity of life. Giving birth to her baby is a silent rebuke to feminists and a powerful testament to the pro-life cause...

Catholic Priests and Professors Share Blame for Kennedys' Pro-Abortion Identity

By Kathleen Gilbert NEW YORK, January 5, 2008 ( - Catholics lamenting the likely appointment of yet another pro-abortion Catholic Kennedy to the senate may be dismayed by a report that the presidential family's alliance to abortion "rights" was actively nurtured by...

Fight FOCA Postcard Campaign Expected for January 24 to Stop Abortion Bill

Washington, DC ( -- The nation's Catholic bishops are sponsoring a nationwide postcard campaign on January 24 to send postcards to members of Congress urging them to oppose the so-called Freedom of Choice Act...


I always enjoy these little stories (maybe because I have more and more Senior moments!!)

A very self-important college freshman attending a recent
football game took it upon himself to explain to a senior
citizen sitting next to him why it was impossible for the
older generation to understand his generation.

“You grew up in a different world, actually an almost
primitive one,” the student said, loud enough for many
of those nearby to hear. “The young people of today are much
more advanced than people your age. We grew up with
television, jet planes, space travel, man walking on the
moon and the internet. We have cell phones, nuclear
energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers, automated
manufacturing, amazing technologies, and…” pausing to
take another drink of beer.

The senior took advantage of the break in the
student's litany and said, “You're right, son. We
didn't have those things when we were young, so we invented them.
Now, young man, what are YOU doing for the next generation?”

The applause was resounding.

Don’t you just love senior citizens?!? !?!?!

Meet the Farahness Doctrine

Meet the Farahness Doctrine
Exclusive: Joseph Farah crafts list of actions to turn America around
Posted: January 02, 2009 1:00 am Eastern 

By Joseph Farah

You've all heard of the "Fairness Doctrine."
Today I would like to introduce you to the "Farahness Doctrine."

Here's the way it works:

Instead of limiting the choices American citizens have for
gathering information, I propose we expand them. Government
has no constitutional authority regulating speech or the
press. I say lift the existing obstacles – like the
McCain-Feingold law that tramples political speech – and
expose attempts to kill the First Amendment altogether by
reinstituting the euphemistically named "Fairness

Instead of new restrictions on our Second
Amendment-guaranteed right to defend ourselves with
firearms, the Farahness Doctrine proposes scrapping the
existing limits on our freedom to bear arms. They're not
biblical and they're not constitutional. What else do we
need to know? Oh yeah. Every dictatorship in the 20th
century maintained control over the population by first
forcibly disarming them. Let us never make the same mistake.
And the facts are in on the big gun-control experiment in
this country. Fewer guns equal more crime. More guns equal
less crime.

Instead of bailing out failing multinational corporations,
why don't we instead provide tax incentives for
production of goods and service right here in the USA? Like
I proposed a couple weeks ago, why not offer, say, a $5,000
income tax credit to Americans who buy cars from U.S.
automakers instead of forking over billions directly to them
-just to keep them hanging on and giving government more
authority to regulate how they do business?
If you like the Farahness Doctrine, you should know
there's a lot more to it. No, there is no political
party yet adopting this agenda.

Instead of handing over bailout money to failing banks and
investment firms and mortgage lenders, why not put the money
back in the hands of consumers through massive tax cuts?
Isn't that a better way to stimulate the economy?
Isn't that the best "stimulus package" money
can buy? I thought the party in power in Washington believe
in trickle-up economics? Doesn't trickle-up economics
mean allowing ordinary working people to keep more of their
own hard-earned money? It seems to me what we are doing with
bailouts is a perfect example of the trickle-down economics
they claim to detest.

Instead of turning our kids over to government schools
where they can't pray, can't study the Bible and are
indoctrinated into the religion (yes, the religion) of
secular humanism and the perversion that comes with it, I
say we all look for alternatives – beginning today, right
now. The Farahness Doctrine holds that parents are usually
the best teachers and homeschooling the best option. But,
for heaven's sake, stop complaining about what the
government school monopoly is doing to our kids and pull
them out of those institutions. What is more important than
the future of your children?

Instead of giving away even more money to foreign
countries, most of which use it to pad the pockets of
corrupt and unaccountable government officials, I say stop
all transfers of taxpayer wealth abroad – today!

Instead of putting your faith in government to take care of
you, I say put your faith in God and work hard. Be an
example of self-governance. Take charge of your own family.
Be a leader in your community. Meet the needs of the widows
and orphans through your churches and synagogues. Get
involved in feeding the hungry and clothing the naked
yourself, as we are commanded to do in the Bible, and stop
believing this is the proper role of government.

Do you like the Farahness Doctrine, so far?
Order Farah's own "Taking America Back."
The book outlines it in much greater detail. It's Joseph
Farah's own "Taking America Back." You can get
it personally signed by the author only from

Motorists' habits spur call for tax increases

That's not all the 'change' that is coming. Wait until they want to tax us for breathing! Think I am kidding? We exhale carbon dioxide which 'polutes' the air.

Oh, and that pesky 'climate change'? Pay no attention to those litte ole sun spots. Oh, and with sunspot activity in remission pay no attention to the forecasts of cooler weather. (Maybe that's why they focus calling it global climate change, and not global warming)
This certainly isn't surprising.

Congress won't be satisfied until they get nearly all our paychecks.
I guess then they can put all of us on the public handout roll and they can control everything that we do - or don't do for that matter.

Yep, you all wanted change - it's sure coming.

Motorists' habits spur call for tax increases

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer Joan Lowy, Associated Press Writer – Fri Jan 2, 1:00 pm ET

Play Video CBS 2 / KCAL 9 Los AngelesCongressional Committee Calls For Gas Tax Boost 

AP – In this Nov. 28, 2008 file photo, gas prices posted at a Shell gas station in Stockton, Calif. A 50 …

WASHINGTON – Motorists are driving less and buying less gasoline, which means fuel taxes aren't raising enough money to keep pace with the cost of road, bridge and transit programs.

A federal commission created by Congress to find a way to make up the growing revenue shortfall in the program that funds highway repairs and construction is talking about increasing federal gas and diesel taxes.

A roughly 50 percent increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes is being urged by the commission until the government devises another way for motorists to pay for using public roads.

The 15-member National Commission on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing is the second group in a year to call for increasing the current 18.4 cents a gallon federal tax on gasoline and the 24.4 cents a gallon tax on diesel. State fuel taxes vary from state to state.

In a report expected in late January, members of the infrastructure financing commission say they will urge Congress to raise the gas tax by 10 cents a gallon and the diesel tax by about 12 cents to 15 cents a gallon. At the same time, the commission will recommend tying the fuel tax rates to inflation.

The commission will also recommend that states raise their fuel taxes and make greater use of toll roads and fees for rush-hour driving.

Although the cost of gasoline has dropped dramatically in recent months, such tax increases could be politically treacherous for Democratic leaders in Congress. A gas tax hike was one of the reasons they lost control of the House and Senate in the 1994 elections. President-elect Barack Obama has expressed concern about raising fuel taxes in the current economic climate.

But commission members said the government must find more road and bridge building money somewhere.

"I'm not excited about a gas tax increase, but the reality is our current gas tax doesn't pay for upkeep of the system we have now," said Adrian Moore, vice president of the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank in Los Angeles, and a member of the highway revenue commission. "We can either let the roads go to hell or we can pay more."

The dilemma for Congress is that highway and transit programs are dependent for revenue on fuel taxes that are not sustainable. Many Americans are driving less and switching to more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, and a shift to new fuels and technologies like plug-in hybrid electric cars will further erode gasoline sales.

According to a draft of the financing commission's recommendations, the nation needs to move to a new system that taxes motorists according to how much they use roads. While details have not been worked out, such a system would mean equipping every car and truck with a device that uses global positioning satellites and transponders to record how many miles the vehicle has been driven, and perhaps the type of roads and time of day.

"Most if not all of the commissioners have a strong belief and commitment that we need a fundamental transformation of the current system," said commission chairman Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a technology policy think tank in Washington.

A study by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies estimated that the annual gap between revenues and the investment needed to improve highway and transit systems was about $105 billion in 2007, and will increase to $134 billion in 2017 under current trends.

Projected shortfalls in revenue led the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, in a report issued in January 2008, to call for an increase of as much as 40 cents a gallon in the gas tax, phased in over five years.

Charles Whittington, chairman of the American Trucking Associations, which supports a fuel tax increase as long as the money goes to highway projects, said Congress may decide to disguise a fuel tax hike as a surcharge to combat climate change.

Transportation is responsible for about a third of all U.S. carbon emissions created by burning fossil fuels. Traffic congestion wastes an estimated 2.9 billion gallons of fuel a year. Less congestion would reduce greenhouse gases and dependence on foreign oil.

"Instead of calling it a gas tax, call it a carbon tax," Whittington said.

Bottlenecks around the nation cost the trucking industry about 243 million lost truck hours and about $7.8 billion per year, according to the commission.


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Have to chuckle at this one !!!

In Florida, an atheist created a case against the Easter
and Passover holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a
discrimination case against Christians, Jews and observances
of their holy days. The argument was it was unfair that
atheists had no such recognized day.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to
the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged
his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed."

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling
saying, "Your honor, how can you possibly
dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter
and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and
Hanukkah. Yet my client and all other atheists have no such

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you
do. Counsel, your client is woefully ignorant." The
lawyer said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any special
observance or holiday for atheists."

The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is
 'April Fools Day.' Psalm 14:1 states 'The fool
says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the
opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no
God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his
day. Court is adjourned."