Saturday, April 25, 2009

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God bless!

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Michele Bachmann--Sec. Napolitano Cracks Down on Conservatives

This video, her comments, speak to my concerns very succinctly. Also in her blog. I think I may have a new heroine to add to my list.

Republicans take to the floor to call to question the recent
Homeland Security department memo referring to
conservatives as "right-wing extremists"
who pose a potential threat to the security of the nation.
Rep. Bachmann urges her to answer questions
before Congress and potentially tender her resignation.

I wonder if, in addition to those listed, those of us that are also calling no fault, forced, unilateral divorce would fit into the 'terrorist' category. My readers already know that I am pro-life, against euthanasia, pro-second Amendment... etc.

Lord, have Mercy!

God bless!

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Update: Notre Dame offers to pay for Obama's visit

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Update: Notre Dame offers to pay for Obama's visit

Not sure that I would be too thrilled, if I were a N D alumus, or even a student there.

God bless!

Friday, April 24, 2009

From The Washington Times: 'EDITORIAL: Murder, Inc.'

EDITORIAL: Murder, Inc.

I could not have said it better myself.

God bless!

Obama Speaks About Holocaust.

"It is the grimmest of ironies that one of the most savage, barbaric acts of evil in history began in one of the most modernized societies of its time,
where so many markers of human progress became tools of human depravity:
science that can heal, used to kill;
education that can enlighten, used to rationalize away basic moral impulses;
the bureaucracy that sustains modern life, used as the machinery of mass death,
a ruthless, chillingly efficient system where many were responsible
for the killing, but few got actual blood on their hands."

I wish he could 'hear' what he is saying! Does he only speak what he thinks will go over to whatever audience he has at the moment?

Read more (context) here, and also here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Catholics Who Saved Jews

Catholics Who Saved Jews

Posted by Tom McFeely

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 12:44 PM

Last week New York City honored a Polish Catholic hero for his efforts to save Jews from the Holocaust.

Like Oskar Schindler and Irena Sendler, Jan Karski was a Catholic who risked his life in the cause of saving Jewish lives.

It’s especially timely that New York City has just recognized Karski’s heroism by renaming the intersection of Madison Avenue and East 37th Street in Manhattan as “Jan Karski corner.”

That’s because next month Pope Benedict XVI will travel to the Holy Land. And anti-Catholic groups can be expected to try to spoil the occasion by recirculating their false claims that Catholics stood by and did nothing to help save Jews from Nazi Germany’s death camps.

In order to illustrate in the most personal way possible how false that claim is, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has launched a worldwide appeal for testimonies of Jews saved by Catholics during the Holocaust.

“During World War II, a great number of Catholic men and women in the European continent risked their own lives to save the Jews persecuted by the Nazis,” the foundation stated to Zenit news service. “Only a fraction of these saviors were duly recognized.”

The following is excerpted from the text of an April 19 press release by the Downstate New York Division of the Polish American Congress, detailing what one Polish Catholic — Jan Karski — did to try to save as many Jews as he could:


The City of New York paid special tribute to the legendary World War II hero of both the Polish and the Jewish people by renaming the intersection of Manhattan’s Madison Avenue and East 37th Street “Jan Karski Corner.”

A ceremony unveiling the street sign was conducted at that intersection across from where the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland is located on April 16th.

Mr. Karski was a Polish Catholic diplomat of Poland’s government-in-exile in London while the country was under German occupation and served as a courier for the Polish Underground.

At the pleadings of Jewish leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto, he carried out a secret mission to Great Britain and the United States to warn the Western Allies the Germans were conducting a campaign of genocide against the Jewish people and to urge them to take action to stop the Holocaust.

After delivering this sobering information to the British, Karski arrived in Washington in the summer of 1943 to bring the same message to President Roosevelt. Regrettably, the response of the American president was disappointing.

Also disappointing was his attempt to persuade the Jewish community to exert its political influence on the American government to help the Jews in Poland.

Karski presented the grim facts to Justice Felix Frankfurter of the U.S. Supreme Court — a former presidential advisor and a Jew. Unfortunately, Justice Frankfurter bluntly told Karski “I am unable to believe you.”

Even to this day, it still remains unclear if Frankfurter’s rebuff to Karski came from a reluctance to even imagine the Germans could be so brutal and barbaric or if it came from some latent anti-Polish prejudice.

Because the Germans became aware of Karski’s overseas mission and would execute him if he returned to Poland, he stayed in the U.S. and began his studies and eventual teaching career at Georgetown University.

Mr. Karski died in 2000 at age 86.

The Consul General of Poland, Krzysztof Kasprzyk, presided at the street sign unveiling in cooperation with the Georgetown University Alumni Association.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent his greetings on the occasion. Former N.Y. Mayor Ed Koch was present to express his own personal tribute to Karski. Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka represented the president of Poland.

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GE CEO Confronted at Shareholder Meeting

This video opens with the horrendous accusation of Janeane Garofalo. Listen to the reaction of those in attendence to the Q and the A.

This will, apparently, be on O'Reilly tonight on Fox News.

HT to Michelle Malkin

God bless!

A MUST See Video from Real Catholic TV

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Bishop Conlon restores Friday abstinence from meat in Diocese of Steubenville

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Bishop Conlon restores Friday abstinence from meat in Diocese of Steubenville

I left a comment, and did not realize how long it was until after it posted. (Sorry AmP)

My comment:

I usually try to abstain from meat, regardless, if at all possible, and have done so for a long time. However, I also have to be VERY careful not to get into the 'going out for fish' mentality that so many Catholics in our area have always had, including before the big change was made. To me, it has always defeated the purpose of abstaining from meat--when one goes out to one's favorite eating establishment for dinner and drinks, eating shrimp, lobster, haddock, seafood platters, etc until stuffed. I used to do this without even thinking, just because it was Friday. One day it dawned on me that it was no penance at all, since I LOVE seafood. True, I also love a good steak, and had to forego the 'combo' of steak and lobster or steak and shrimp, or steak and haddock.... boy, what a hardship.

I have noted that none of the fine eating establishments that serve Fish specials, etc, around our area have ever lost any business on Fridays as a result of the change after we no longer had to abstain from meat. My mother would lament that change every Friday, saying "I wish they'd go back to no meat on Friday". I just grinned at her and said--Mom, you still go out for Fish on Fridays!!

Most people had no idea (whether never told, or forgotten) that we were supposed to substitute another penance for that day....for many, forgoing the weekly Fish Fry would be a greater sacrifice than abstaining from meat.

God bless!!

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Text: CSC Superior General's (of Notre Dame) letter to Barack Obama

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Text: CSC Superior General's (of Notre Dame) letter to Barack Obama

From American Papist:

" This letter was forwarded to me today by Dawn Eden over at The Dawn Patrol. I believe it is genuine:

Here is the full text of the 13-page letter to President Obama from the Rev. Hugh W. Cleary, C.S.C. Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross, which oversees Notre Dame.
update: this is evidently a public letter published in America. More on Fr. Cleary here. "

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Papist Picture of the Day - 04/21/09

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Papist Picture of the Day - 04/21/09

Sometimes I just read/see something that gets my funny bone tickled, and I can't stop chuckling. This is one of those times.

It is just cute.

God bless!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Senator Jon Kyl Explains Vote (against Governor Sebelius)

I cannot tell you how many times since I came online in mid 1999 I have tried to tell people that we are in danger, and that T4 thinking was increasing, as well as other aspects of the philosophy/beliefs/actions of the Nazi era, esp in regard to the area of health care, etc.

I cannot tell you how often I have written about it on forums, yahoo groups, or even on my own blog. I cannot tell you how often I have seen glimpses of this in my nursing career, and even, to some small extent, in my dental career...

Today, thanks to Jill Stanek, I have read this, and I cannot tell you how frightening this information is...T4 thinking... who is worthy of life... and who are 'non-productive eaters' or 'useless eaters'... futile care (as determined by others)... too expensive to treat.... As if her pro-abortion activity and association with Dr Tiller isn't enough... we now also have this to think about:

April 21, 2009

Andrew Wilder or Ryan Patmintra (202) 224-4521

Senate Republican Whip Opposes Sebelius Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Finance Committee today reported out the nomination of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be Secretary of Human and Health Services. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl, a member of the panel, voted against her nomination and made the following statement:

"I appreciate Governor Sebelius' efforts to clarify her relationship with Dr. George Tiller and my concern about the use of comparative effectiveness research to deny or delay health care to Americans under proposed health care reform.

"Comparative effectiveness research can be used to provide patients and doctors with information so that they may make informed health care decisions. But, without the appropriate safeguards, the government can misuse comparative effectiveness research to deny coverage.

"Unfortunately, Governor Sebelius' answers made it clear that the Administration is unwilling to support pro-patient safeguards. She left me with no assurance that HHS, federal health care programs, or any new entity—such as the Federal Coordinating Council—will not use comparative effectiveness research as a tool to deny care. And this should be a matter of concern to all of us.

"Her justification relied on two points which were inaccurate and contradicted one another, raising more doubt than providing assurance. I would like to briefly address those points.

"'The law prohibits Medicare from using comparative effectiveness research to withhold coverage.' She is referencing the 2003 prescription drug bill which is considerably insufficient as it only applies to prescription drugs, not all of the other aspects of treatment.

"'When authorizing comparative effectiveness research in both the Medicare Modernization Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress did not impose any limits on it.' This is precisely the problem—NIH is already taking the steps necessary to make cost-based research a priority.

One recent project description reads 'cost effectiveness research will provide accurate and objective information to guide future policies that support the allocation of health resources for the treatment of acute and chronic conditions.'

"'Allocation of health resources' is a euphemism for denying care based on cost. Yet, Governor Sebelius did not agree to pull this project.

"I believe in the right of every American to choose the doctor, hospital, and health plan of his or her choice. No Washington bureaucrat should interfere with that right or substitute the government's judgment for that of a physician."

"I will oppose Governor Sebelius' nomination because of her insufficient commitment to these principles."


Edward Peters Wonders about those who Murder their Family, Self

I know that some have a different take on the term 'family annihilator' that is not quite as literal as the use here (referring to the actions of no fault, forced, unilateral diivorce).

But this is a question that truly needs an answer. There have been so many family murders...

There was a day when some WERE refused burial on Sacred (Blessed) Ground... as in parish cemeteries.

God bless!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Edward Peters
Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 7:26 AM

Are "family annihilators" owed a Church funeral?
Pretty obviously, the term "family annihilator" is one that Catholic pastoral ministers are going to have to add to their lexicon.  
This horror will doubtless continue to show up in Catholic circles, and it seems time to decide what approach should be taken in regard to granting, or withholding, ecclesiastical funeral rites for murders and their victims.
My thoughts here:
LightoftheLaw URL:

Canon law Blog: A canonical look at Saint Louis' new archbishop

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From: Edward Peters
Date: Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 9:39 AM

A canonical look at Saint Louis' new archbishop 

Mixed feelings, of course: Bp. Robert Carlson will be sorely missed here in Michigan, but he's a terrific choice for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. While others can better describe his work with, say, the Institute for Priestly Formation, Cursillo, or Charismatic Renewal, it's Carlson the canonist who interests me.

My thoughts here:

LightoftheLaw URL:

Religious Freedom Doesn't Mean Religious Silence

This article, especially these two sections of it, are both clearly part of my own thoughts on the latest attempts to silence those with religious conviction/beliefs. It is why any form of freedom of conscience ban must be fought against.

The rights of conscience, Pope John Paul II once wrote, are the "primary foundation of every authentically free political order." If that is so, then we better redouble our vigilance. Here in the United States, where we fancy ourselves religiously tolerant, recent high-profile cases suggest that First Amendment rights are widely misunderstood.

What is frightening to me is that so many just fall in line with the thinking that EVERYONE must accept and tolerate the murder of innocent children via abortion on demand, the destruction of marriage and family via no fault, forced, unilateral divorce and same sex 'marriage', and that anyone in health care MUST tolerate, accept, and possibly aid in Abortion, Euthanasia (via dehydration/starvation, Terminal Sedation, assisted suicide, or direct killing), EMBRYONIC Stem Cell Research (even though it has proved NOTHING yet, vs the Stem Cell Research that HAS provided real answers...and eventually possibly Cloning.

The least that 'Tolerance' of today means is that if we do not agree with the above, we SHUT UP, and DO NOTHING. With any removal of Freedom of Conscience protection, that will change to demanding that we also participate in it, if we are in any way connected to Health Care, and it will not take long.  If our Federal Legislators don't uphold this, our current Court System may soon 'overturn' any protection we have via Court Orders--thus MAKING LAW, as has been done in the past.

It should be obvious that this is no way of building a pluralistic society that is free and peaceful. The American Founders knew better when they fashioned an amendment forbidding the national government from establishing a church, guaranteeing all people the right to practice their faith, and leaving the rest to local custom and personal freedom.

Recognizing the influence of religion, tyrants have always begun their quest for absolute power by coopting religious leaders. Where they have failed in that enterprise, would-be despots have neutralized them by undermining their authority or doing away with troublesome ministers altogether. History's tyrants recognized the progression that some of us have forgotten: Where people are free to act according their consciences, they will demand the right to determine their political destiny. Where they choose their political leaders, they will seek the space to exercise economic freedom as well. The many dimensions of freedom tend to rise — and to fall — together.

These are the connections that John Paul II, a churchman under Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, understood and articulated. Those who love freedom, be they of devout religious faith or none at all, should resist attempts to silence believers under the auspices of a perverted notion of separation of church and state.

If Nationalized Health Care comes in, there is even MORE danger for the terminally ill, the disabled, the children not deemed to be perfect while in utero (often mistakenly!!) as well as many accident victims who CAN recover with time and rehab!!!!

Living Wills are NOT the answer, as much that is on them CAN and WILL be distorted. A Will to Live (as from National Right to Life) and a DPA-HC are better protection, but again, only if you know that the person appointed will carry out your wishes.

Terri Schindler Schiavo is a clear indication of a Court ordering the death of a disabled woman. Do we really think that acting on our conscience is 'safe'???

Read again that last paragraph above from the article.

The rest of the article can be found here.