Look who's seeing light of day on ethics

Like wayward men and women who have suddenly found religion, the Pennsylvania state House is at long last embracing reform. Read More

Sin Reporting

(CNS) -- The Vatican newspaper denounced an Italian journalist who posed as a penitent and confessed fake sins in order to write an expose on the sacrament of reconciliation.

"Fake confessions in search of a shameful scoop," the newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, headlined a commentary condemning the cover story of L'Espresso magazine, one of the country's leading weeklies.

"Shame! There is no other word to express our distress toward an operation that was disgusting, worthless, disrespectful and particularly offensive," the newspaper said.

The commentary said the article had exploited the good faith of confessors and offended the religious sentiments of millions of people."It was a sacrilege, because it violated the sacred space in which a self-recognized sinner asks intimately to receive God's merciful love," it said.

The reporter made his false confessions to 24 different priests in five Italian cities, including Rome. The magazine said the idea was to see how priests handle difficult pastoral situations and whether they followed the strict norms laid out by church teaching.

The reporter, for example, told two priests he was HIV-positive and wondered whether he should use a condom when having sexual relations with his girlfriend. One told him no, and the other said it was a question of conscience, the magazine reported.

More than once, the magazine said, priests gave quite different advice on his supposed "sins," which included matters relating to homosexuality, divorce, stem-cell research, euthanasia and prostitution. One issue that found unanimous condemnation by confessors was abortion, the magazine said.


California homes would be forced to become fluorescent. I'll comment when I stop laughing...



The story opens: When Democrats blasted Republicans last fall for taking annual congressional pay raises while blocking numerous attempts to raise the minimum wage, it was an effective campaign tactic. Democrats vowed not to accept the annual cost-of-living hike until Congress increases the minimum wage. But Republicans angered over the political attacks are unwilling to allow Democrats to reinstate the so-called members' COLA, forcing Democratic leaders to scuttle the 1.7 percent pay hike for the entire year.



Failed in the past, the Public Expressions of Religion Act is designed, according to the story, “to prevent activist groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from challenging religious displays on public property and then demanding the government pay attorneys' fees.”

Citizen Link


From the story: The Pentagon is investigating whether a recent attack on a military compound in Karbala was carried out by Iranians or Iranian-trained operatives, two officials from separate U.S. government agencies said. "People are looking at it seriously," one of the officials said. That official added the Iranian connection was a leading theory in the investigation into the January 20 attack that killed five soldiers. (CNN) Meanwhile, another story looks at deadly weapons coming from Iran. (ABC News)

Incredible Pro-Life Video From France

Who would have thunk it, a Pro-Life march in atheist Europe? This is in French with no English sub-titles, but you can get a clear meaning of what is being said.

Ex-Missionary, Daughter Shot To Death In Kenya

(Post Gazette) A retired Presbyterian missionary from Western Pennsylvania, known to thousands of Africans as "Mama Lois" Anderson, was killed with her daughter, Zelda White, in a Saturday carjacking in Kenya. Mrs. Anderson was from Beaver, and had many friends in the area, including members of my local church.

These types of tragedies bring to mind Dr. Dobson’s book, “When God Doesn’t Make Sense”. This family is certainly a witness to their faith.

Hot and Bothered?

A NEW worldwide movement backed by celebrities, musicians, politicians and business leaders is aiming to reverse the effects of global warming over the next decade. Big names including Leonardo Di Caprio, Orlando Bloom, KT Tunstall, Pink, The Killers, Razorlight and Josh Hartnett have thrown their weight behind the worldwide effort to beat climate change.

Well, if Leonardo is on the case I feel much better.

Meanwhile.... Billions of people will suffer water shortages and the number of hungry will grow by hundreds of millions by 2080 as global temperatures rise, scientists warn in a new report. The report estimates that between 1.1 billion and 3.2 billion people will be suffering from water scarcity problems by 2080 and between 200 million and 600 million more people will be going hungry. Rising sea levels could flood seven million more homes, while Australia's famed Great Barrier Reef, treasured as the world's largest living organism, could be dead within decades.

Rising sea levels and a water shortage. Ain't that a kick in the teeth?
On the other side of the fence.....

Two new books say today’s global warming is due not to human activity but primarily to a long, moderate solar-linked cycle. "Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years", by physicist Fred Singer and economist Dennis Avery was released just before Christmas. "The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change", by Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark and former BBC science writer Nigel Calder (Icon Books), is due out in March. Unstoppable Global Warming documents the reality of a moderate, natural, 1500-year climate cycle on the earth. The Chilling Stars explains the why and how.

And still more....

The U.N. environment agency pressured Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on to call an emergency climate summit amid dire reports about the risks from global warming.

Propaganda the kids......

The producer of former Vice President Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth" is hard at work on a new project: writing a book to help school kids "understand why global warming happens."Scholastic, Inc. - one of the world's largest publishers of children's books, including the "Harry Potter" series - announced Monday that its Orchard Books imprint "has acquired world rights to 'The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming' by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, scheduled for publication in September 2007."

These people get paid for this.



From this odd story: … at the urging of his parents, a sample of his sperm was taken two hours after his death and has been stored in a hospital since. When the family tried to gain access to the sperm, however, the hospital refused, on the ground that only a spouse could make such a request. Arguing that their son yearned to raise a family, his parents challenged that decision in court. On January 15, after a four-year legal battle, a Tel Aviv court granted the family's wish and ruled the sperm could be injected into a woman selected by Cohen's family.

How's this for a Hollywood plot: The soldier can have a son with a women he never met. That son can have sex change at 12 and marry the son of the man who killed him. They can adopt Israeli and Palestinian children and go on Oprah.



Last week we had Hugh Hewitt on the show. I've spent some time with Hugh over the years. He works for our parent company and I think has has an amazing talent and intellect.

He had Terry McAuliffe on his show to talk about his new book. (Terry is the campaign manager for Hillary).

Hewitt question him on his so called Catholic faith. The transcript is great. This is just another example of how the Catholic Clergy are not enforcing the teaching of the Church and the teaching of Jesus Christ. Why do people always claim to be what they are not?



“Diagnosed as a transsexual” two years ago, he started receiving hormones. The entire story, from Germany, is stunning.



As part of her “Inspiring Households” episode.



They have the liberals in congress to get things started but may not have the votes to finish. (USA Today) Right in step, ABC News makes a global warming scare story their top headline. (ABC News)

Are Left-Wing Vandals Above the Law?

This past weekend anti-Bush protestors marched on Washington. While the few thousand who showed up paled in comparison to the hundreds of thousands who marched for life earlier in the week, the anti-Bush protestors were given unprecedented access to the U.S. Capitol grounds, and some of them used that access to publicly deface taxpayer's property. According to the local newspaper, The Hill, the protesters were allowed to take the Capitol steps and they began to spray-paint "anarchist symbols" and phrases such as "Our capitol building" and "You can't stop us" around the area.

For any other group, such acts would mean immediate arrest. This time, the Capitol police's hands were tied because they were ordered to stand down by their Chief of Police, who answers to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). To add insult to injury, public employees had to come in on their day off, at taxpayer's expense, to clean up the mess the protestors left behind. The vandals clearly broke federal law.

According to the news reports the rank and file police officers were "livid" that they were ordered not to arrest anyone. Since the Capitol police answer to Speaker Pelosi, the question arises, did the Chief of Police give the "no arrest" order or did it come from someone else? Whoever is responsible for the order needs to explain why the physical destruction of taxpayer property is acceptable.

Rock and Roll (Your eyes)

The Pope may have condemned rock music as "anti-religion" but the Church of England has announced it is to use the songs of a global supergroup in an effort to boost congregations.

The first "U2-charist" in England, an adapted Holy Communion service that uses the Irish rock group's best-selling songs in place of hymns, is to be staged at a Lincoln church in May.

A live band will play U2 classics such as Mysterious Ways and Beautiful Day as worshippers sing along with lyrics which will appear on screen at St Swithin's parish church in the town centre.

The event will focus on the Millennium Development Goals - targets set for the alleviation of world poverty - and a cause promoted by U2 singer and lyricist Bono with fellow Irish musician Bob Geldof.The atmosphere will be further enhanced by a sophisticated lighting system that will pulse with the beat, and striking visual images of poverty and drought.

The Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Rev Timothy Ellis, said the service would be "completely inclusive" with anyone who wished to come along welcome. Seating will be moved in order for the 500-strong congregation to be able to dance and wave their hands.

He said: "The Millennium Development Goals are extremely important for the future of the world."It is also very important that we continue to try and find ways of worshipping that are surprising, challenging and fun. Rock music can be a vehicle of immense spirituality."The idea of a "U2-charist" was first created in the US with the first such service held there in 2005.

I'll bite my tounge on this one...


The example giving is that of twins born to a family. The man divorced years later and discovered he isn’t the father. By then, the twins are six. At the end, the story touches on the tragedy of these kids finding out this isn’t their father, and now there’s a battle to cut off support. From the story: Arnie Goldstein, associate director of the Excelsior Youth Center in Aurora, sees the devastation caused when fathers remove themselves from their children's lives - regardless of the blood tie. "Whoever raises the kid is the father," he said.

Rocky Mountain News


The writer notes “Even if one counts our dead in Iraq and Afghanistan as casualties of the war against terrorism, which brings us to about 6,500, we should remember that roughly the same number of Americans die every two months in automobile accidents.” Concludes of the war on terror: It is a messy, difficult, long-term struggle against exceptionally dangerous criminals who actually like nothing better than being put on the same level of historical importance as Hitler — can you imagine a better recruiting tool? To fight them effectively, we need coolness, resolve and stamina. But we also need to overcome long habit and remind ourselves that not every enemy is in fact a threat to our existence.

LA Times


They’re starting to get it.



A hit book in the Christian market, opens February 9th. Directed by Michael Landon Jr. (Real Talk Reviews) The latest in a string of faith-filled films. From Cal Thomas: Evangelicals don't have to "make friends" with Hollywood, but if they want more movies like these, they had better make tracks to the multiplex. I promise, it will be worth the journey. (Washington Times)
Powerball says: I saw this movie already. It's pretty good. Not your typical Christian film and I don't think I would take young children to see it. But overall I would recommend seeing it. I'd give it 3 out of 4 stars.

You can find more info here.


Six months later, Reid introduces legislation to favor the land seller. It didn’t pass.

LA Times

Pa. Senate Republicans Vow This Time They'll Enforce 'Fiscal Responsibility'

The Tribune Review: The Senate Republican Caucus will be an "aggressive watchdog" of Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell's policies as he starts his second term and presents his fifth annual state budget Feb. 6, Majority Whip Jane Orie said.

I wish Senator Orie well on this attempt, and I hope that her colleagues support her in this effort. Obviously, this was not the case in the past.

The Senate and House Republican leadership has consistently pealed off enough Republican votes to pass Governor Rendell’s 1st term goals. These included a double-digit personal tax increase, the approval of slots, and the borrowing of $1 billion of additional debt.

You Paid for It: Liquor board did high-end traveling

Since 2004, the three men who controlled Pennsylvania's state-run monopoly on wine and liquor racked up more than $100,000 in public travel expenses, including stays in luxury hotels and resorts from coast to coast and beyond. Read More

State's school districts ponder shifting of taxes

As part of a state law lowering property taxes but increasing local income taxes, far more school districts are considering raising earned income taxes than levying new personal income taxes. Read More

Ooops! Pa. sends out 900,000 bad tax forms

If you itemize your federal income-tax deductions, don't use the Pennsylvania state tax form 1099 you received this week. It's wrong. Read More


ABC News gets to the story after heaping praise upon the documentary and notes that an opposing parent “is an evangelical Christian” who believes in creationism.

ABC News


So they can hear if a child is choking. No, I'm not kidding.

Boston Channel


Are we already at war with Iran? I'd say so.

The serial numbers match!


Marriage, a Child Poverty Solution

(Family Research Council) Apart from the tremendous social price, a new study suggests that child poverty costs the U.S. economy $500 billion a year because those affected "are less productive, earn less money, commit more crimes, and have more health-related expenses," reports the Center for American Progress. As Congress considers ways to alleviate poverty, which affects over 37 million Americans, it would be wise to expand the president's programs to strengthen marriage.

Scholar Ron Haskins testified on January 24th that promoting the economic benefits of marriage is an important part of the solution, but many Democrats dismissed the notion.

Newsweek examines “transgender clergy”

Newsweek (or as I call them News Weak) has done it again.

Under the headline "Gender and the Pulpit," Newsweek bemoans the "workplace quandary" facing ministers who have surgically altered their gender. First off these are wolves that have altered themsleves to look like sheep, but I digress. The article examines the difficulties facing a minister who suffers from "permanent gender ambiguity."

The author quotes numerous "transgender ministers" who attended a gathering at Pacific School of Religion, the first "Transgender Religious Summit."

Pacific is an ultra left-wing ecumenical seminary in Berkeley, CA. They prepare students for ordination in Protestant denominations that include United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church and the Disciples of Christ. At its website, Pacific articulates its purpose as "Equipping historic and emerging faith communities for ministries of compassion and justice."

The article is an uncontested platform for "transgender ministers" to air their grievances about conservative religious ideologies that have kept them "in the closet" with regard to their true sexual identity.

"Transgendered people are beginning to find their public voice with more advocates and opportunities for protection," explains Justin Tanis, an ordained minister who helped put together the summit—and who was born female.

Ministers quoted in the article accuse conservative Christians of twisting Scripture out of context in order to treat "transsexuals and other people with ambiguous gender as having psychological defects that can be cured with psychotherapy."

One "female" minister, once a man, quotes Isaiah 56:1-5—a passage that begins with a command of God to "do righteousness," a portion of the verse that is left out of the article— and says she uses it to locate evidence "of God’s love for her unique case."

God does love her or him or whatever. He made us all in his image and some seek to change that image. We all have a unique case and we are called to follow Jesus, not have Jesus follow us.

You have to ask where does the faith of the people truly lie? It revelsed in the words of one "transgender minister". He finds his vindication, not in the gospel, but in the government. Tanis expresses hope that the Democrat party’s recently gained majority in Congress will create a political climate in Washington such that transgender activists will "finally be heard…on the issue of workplace rights."

It's very sad. We need to embrace these people. We need to loving reach out to them, but we also must make sure that they are not confused with Christian clergy.

The entire article may be viewed here

Hot and Bothered?

A forthcoming U.N. report on climate change will provide the most credible evidence yet of a human link to global warming and hopefully shock the world into taking more action, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Thursday.
The IPCC report, due for release on Feb. 2 in Paris, draws on research by 2,500 scientists from more than 130 countries and has taken six years to compile.
"There are a lot of signs and evidence in this report which clearly establish not only the fact that climate change is taking place, but also that it really is human activity that is influencing that change," R.K. Pachauri, the IPCC chairman, told Reuters.

Meanwhile.... An arctic air mass continues to pour out of Canada and into the Midwest and Northeast, bringing the coldest temperatures so far this winter .

And while we are at it.......For males, increasing anomalies in monthly average temperatures associated to a higher monthly suicide mean from May to August and, to a lower extent, in November and December. In January, on the other hand, increasing anomalies in monthly average temperatures appeared to be coupled to a lower number of suicides. For females, the links between temperature and suicides are less consistent than for males, and sometimes have a reverse sign, too.

HOT SHOT: The Next New Thing

The US military has given the first public display of what it says is a revolutionary heat-ray weapon to repel enemies or disperse hostile crowds.

Called the Active Denial System, it projects an invisible high energy beam that produces a sudden burning feeling.

Military officials, who say the gun is harmless, believe it could be used as a non-lethal way of making enemies surrender their weapons.

Moving ever closer to a war where no one get hurt......



Even though Stephen Cohen represents a majority black district, the Congressional Black Caucus has no desire to invite a white man in.



From the story: On a 54-43 vote, liberals lost an effort to advance a House-passed bill that would lift the pay floor from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour without any accompanying tax cut. Opponents of the tax cut needed 60 votes to prevail.

USA Today


The story opens: The Bush administration yesterday unveiled an education plan that would allow poor students at chronically failing public schools to use federal vouchers to attend private and religious schools, angering Democrats who vowed to fight the measure.

Washington Post


Saying sending more troops into Iraq is “not in the national interest." (FOX News) From Hewitt: Yesterday General Petraeus testified that the Biden/Warner resolutions and those like them encourage the enemy. What does it mean, "to encourage the enemy?" It means that the enemy gathers will and strength from the prospect of a collapsing political will to seek victory in Iraq and stability in the region. With that additional strength and will the enemy redoubles and retriples efforts to kill American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. In short, it means that more Americans will die. (Townhall)

Pa. House solicits ideas via new e-mail address

A special House panel studying the need for legislative reforms has established an e-mail address to which people can send ideas for improving the lawmaking process. Read More

State gives Downtown housing a boost

Gov. Ed Rendell issued the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust a $12.3 million check yesterday in support of its half-billion dollar, arts-driven riverfront housing project, which is set to be the biggest in Downtown history. Read More

PETA on Trial

Today, two employees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a radical animal-rights group that opposes meat-eating, are on trial for the strangest of charges: killing animals. Two of its employees stand accused of tossing garbage bags full of euthanized cats and dogs into a Dumpster.

Now, jurors will decide whether PETA was providing humane deaths to animals that would otherwise have been painfully killed in gas chambers -- or whether, as several local officials say, they were taking animals on the promise of finding them homes and secretly killing them.

A PETA spokeswoman, Kathy Guillermo, said PETA never wanted to get into the business of euthanizing animals. But she said the group couldn't ignore the horrible conditions in animal shelters around Norfolk and in northeastern North Carolina. The group now euthanizes thousands of animals a year.

The News & Observer

Hot & Bothered?

Weather forecasts released Thursday suggested that the cold weather expected to hit the U.S. Midwest between Jan. 28 and Feb. 1 will now persist longer than previously expected. One model run by meteorologists at MDA's EarthSat Weather Group in Rockville, Md., forecasts "the coldest outbreak in years" for large parts of the U.S. between Feb. 2-6.

Huh? How could that be? The earth is warming but the midwest is cooling????

Meanwhile, private forecasters WSI Corp in Andover, Mass., predicted that temperatures from February through April will be warmer than normal. However, WSI said it would revise its forecast by week's because of the expected low temperatures in early February.


Radical Hate Crimes Law Silences Man of Faith

An incident in Canada should serve as yet another warning over the end results of "hate crimes" legislation. In British Columbia, a Catholic city councilor has been ordered to pay a homosexual couple $1,000 for publicly saying that their lifestyle is "not normal and not natural."

The man in question, John DeCicco, was simply restating the church's teaching on homosexuality, but instead the state considered his personal beliefs "hate speech" under Canada's hate crimes law. While DeCicco has since apologized to the men, the couple's complaint has resulted in a hefty fine and potential court proceedings.

In an interview, DeCicco said, "In this great nation of ours we can express our opinions, and when you can't there's something wrong." If the U.S. Congress passes H.R. 254, the same scrutiny our northern neighbors face could soon be here, which will have a chilling effect upon free speech.

The pattern is clear: a "hate crimes" law will inevitably lead the government to police our thoughts, and, eventually, our personal opinions and beliefs. Although proponents of the bill claim that the legislation would further tolerance and help end discrimination, the only effect it will truly have is to gag people of faith and conviction who disagree with the homosexual agenda.


“An Inconvenient Truth" received two nominations – one for best documentary feature and the other for best original song. (AP) This comes on the same day that forecasters revise their predictions – seeing this as a colder-than-expected winter. (Dow Jones)


Along with Israel. Ahmadinejad said “the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel will soon come to the end of their lives."

YNet News

State Of The Union Reaction

My favorite part of any State of the Union address is watching the reaction of those in Congress to the different points made by the President. Sometimes more can be learned from watching these reactions than a year’s worth of speeches. Some let their body language say things that they would never be caught dead saying out loud, while others calculate their reactions for the cameras with detailed aplomb.

The Washington Post has an excellent article on the body language displayed last night during the State of the Union Address.

Bears N at'

Ok I have a confession. I'm coming out of the closet. (NOT THAT CLOSET) I'm a Chicago Bears FAN!
Don't get me wrong. I love the Steelers. I root for the Steelers. (Except on the rare occasion they play the Bears)

Last year it was great to see the Black and Gold win the SuperBowl. But this year...... Well let's just say I've been waiting since 1985 for this moment.

See, I'm originally from Chicago, so the hometown team is always the hometown team. All Yinz should get that.

I've been in Pittsburgh since 1989. Wow, has it been that long? According to a recent test I took, I'm 95% Pittsburgh. However on Feb 4th I'll be 110% Chicago.

How Pittsburgh are you? Find out here and let me know the results.

Go Bears N At'........................


Tony Snow told reporters “Health care's a big issue. Energy's a big issue. Education's a big issue. Immigration is a big issue — all of which are, kind of, top-of-mind for Americans. It's worth spending a little more time to walk through how the president analyzes the problem and how he proposes to try to address them and to reach out to members of Congress.” (FOX News) A Gallup poll on the state of the nation. (Gallup)

Life Marches On

The cold and dreary weather in Washington was a fitting backdrop for the 34th Annual March for Life, an event that has even greater significance this year under the new liberal majority in Congress and a growing list of staunchly pro-abortion presidential hopefuls.

Tens of thousands of families flooded the nation's capital to protest the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade, reaffirmed with each step that every person, no matter how small or old, is endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights, the first of which is the right to life, regardless of what the Court may say.

Since 1973, America has suffered under the legacy of justices who hijacked our Constitution and invented a woman's so-called right to choose. Now, 45 million casualties later, we face assaults on the sanctity of human life from every front--in clinics, laboratories, classrooms, and the courts.

While the war against the unborn sometimes seems insurmountable, today is another reminder that Americans have not forgotten the ugly legacy of Roe. Across the country, the pro-life movement is gaining ground. Five states have introduced bills to ban abortion when Roe is overturned. Others are working to pass legislation that would require doctors to tell pregnant women seeking abortions that their unborn child will feel pain. Elsewhere, states are seeking: tighter regulations on abortion clinics, laws enforcing parental consent before a minor seeks an abortion, increased funds for abstinence-only education, and human cloning bans. Together we march on.

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act

U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today reintroduced the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, which would require those who perform abortions on unborn children 20 weeks after fertilization to inform the mother seeking an abortion of the medical evidence that the unborn child feels pain.

"It is a scientific, medical fact that unborn children feel pain," said Brownback. "We know that unborn children can experience pain based upon anatomical, functional, physiological and behavioral indicators that are correlated with pain in children and adults. Mothers seeking an abortion have the right to know that their unborn children can feel pain."

The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, in addition to informing the mother seeking an abortion of the medical evidence that the unborn child feels pain would also ensure that the mother, if she chooses to continue with the abortion procedure after being given the medical information, has the option of choosing anesthesia for the child, so that the unborn child's pain is less severe.
The bill, first introduced in the 109th Congress, has 27 co-sponsors.

Brownback continued, "Today, I participated in the 34th annual March for Life, an event which reminds us that every life is worthy of protection, especially the smallest lives. Unborn children do not have a voice, but we nonetheless must recognize that they can feel pain and should be treated with care."

'Bishop, I Have the Pope on Line One'

This is a bit long but I think it's worthy of reading it in full....

By Thomas J. Craughwell

The other week Pope Benedict XVI phoned a few French bishops, and it wasn't to find out what they got for Christmas. According to Britain's Catholic Herald, the pope was doing a bit of old-fashioned arm-twisting in response to these bishops' very public opposition to Benedict's intention to grant Catholics more access to the pre-Vatican II rite of the Mass.

On October 30, 2006, ten French bishops, including the archbishop of Strasbourg, released a letter expressing their fear that "the extension of the use of the Roman Missal of 1962 makes the direction of the Second Vatican Council relative... [and] would also risk harming unity among priests as well as among the faithful." One of the signers of the statement, Bishop Andre Lacrampe of Besancon, has been quoted as saying, "One cannot erase Vatican II with a stroke of the pen."

Is Pope Benedict about to abolish Vatican II? Not quite. What he is doing, in fact, is implementing one of the council's guarantees, spelled out in its document on the Mass, Sacrosanctum Consilium, "In faithful obedience to tradition, the sacred Council declares that holy Mother Church holds all lawfully acknowledged rites to be of equal right and dignity; that she wishes to preserve them in the future and to foster them in every way." Of course, it didn't pan out that way. In 1969 Pope Paul VI virtually banned the traditional Mass and imposed on the Church the Novus Ordo Missae, the New Order of the Mass that has been the norm in Catholic parishes around the globe ever since.

Paul VI's Mass was no simple vernacular translation of the traditional text; this was a major edit-and-rewrite job that recast the role of the priest, the people, and even God's place in the liturgical life of the Catholic Church. It was, in short, a revolution. And as Robespierre could tell you, once a revolution gets rolling, it's hard to tell exactly where it will end up.

Once the new Mass was put in place, the progressives went on a rampage the likes of which the Church had not seen since the Reformation. On Sunday mornings, while the parish clergy hung out in the rectory, members of the laity distributed Communion to congregations who were instructed to stand, not kneel, to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, and urged to take the Sacred Host, the consecrated bread, in their hands rather than receive it on their tongue. Then came the church "wreckovations" -- altars were smashed, communion rails ripped out, statues hauled away to the dumpster or banished to obscure corners of the church, and elaborately decorated interiors whitewashed. The documents of Vatican II did not call for any of these soul-and-gut wrenching innovations, but when confronted the progressives claimed that their actions were in keeping with "the spirit of Vatican II."

The-not-too-subtle message of this revolution was, if the Mass, the thing the Church held most sacred, could be monkeyed with, then it was open season on doctrine, discipline, religious authority, religious vows, church music, education, sexuality, marriage, and life itself. As the Catholic Church sank into chaos, many Catholics jumped ship. A 1958 Gallup poll found that in the United States 75 percent of Catholics went to Mass every Sunday; today the number has dropped to 25 percent. By the way, on any given Sunday in France, the bishops can count on seeing about five percent of the population.

MASS ATTENDANCE WAS NOT the only thing that suffered in the upheavals that followed Vatican II. Today 53 percent of American Catholics believe that one can have an abortion and still be a good Catholic. And 70 percent of American Catholics in the 18-44 age group say they do not believe that the Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Christ, that it is only a symbol of Jesus.

As for religious vocations, the statistics are dire. In 1965, 1,575 new priests were ordained in the United States; in 2002 there were 450 ordinations. In 1965 there were 600 seminaries in the United States; today there are about 200. In 1965 there 180,000 nuns in the United States, 104,000 of whom were teaching sisters; in 2002 there were 75,000 sisters, only 8,200 of whom were in the classroom. As for the famous Christian Brothers who staffed so many Catholic schools, in 1965 there were 912 young men preparing to take their vows; in 2000 there were only seven. (All these numbers come from Kenneth Jones' Index of Leading Catholic Indicators).

In the aftermath of Vatican II, the Catholic Church has split into roughly two camps. First, there are the liberals/progressives, bishops, clergy, and laity who see Vatican II as a complete break with the Church's past, its doctrines as well as its traditions. On the other side are the conservatives/traditionalists, those bishops, priests, and laity who insist that Vatican II must be read in light of the Church's doctrine and traditions. Until now the progressives have had the conservatives on the run. But since his election, Benedict XVI has said openly that Vatican II is just one in a long series of church councils, and to argue that it swept away everything that came before it is to mangle the council documents beyond recognition.

Naturally the two factions have aligned themselves with two opposing schools of theology. The conservatives defend the Church's traditional God-centered view of the universe. Nothing conveys their perspective better than the traditional Mass in which the priest, the altar boys, and the people all face the altar, with the tabernacle that contains the Host and the crucifix above the altar as the focal points of their prayers. This God-centered perspective also dominates the conservative ideas about themselves and how they interact with their neighbors. It can be summed up in a basic question, "How is one saved?" And the basic answer is, "By keeping God's commandments."

THE THEOLOGY OF THE PROGRESSIVES is decidedly man-centered (oops! make that person-centered). Again, it starts with the Mass, where the priest stands at a table facing the congregation (by the way, the Vatican Council didn't call for that either). The focus then has become the interplay between the priest and the people, and in all too many instances priests have found it hard to resist the temptation to be an entertainer, urged on by his congregation's appreciative laughs and rounds of applause that are common these days in forward-thinking parishes. God is an afterthought in such places. The tabernacle is off in a side room, usually out of sight, and the crucifix is portable, carried in at the start of Mass and carried out when it is over -- and for good reasons: the presence of the Real Presence, the image of Christ dying on the cross make the "worship space" too churchy, which could put a damper on the folksy "I'm okay-you're okay-God's okay" spirit of the congregation. In terms of theology the progressives tend to be utilitarian: the issues of a celibate clergy, same-sex marriage, abortion, and euthanasia are difficult and make many people uncomfortable, so the easiest solution to such thorny issues is to sanction them all.

Then in 1988 Pope John Paul II threw the conservatives a lifeline, granting permission (the ecclesiastical term is indult) for priests to say the traditional Latin rite of the Mass. In a document entitled Ecclesia Dei (The Church of God), the pope declared, "Respect must everywhere by shown for the feelings of all those who are attached to the Latin liturgical tradition by a wide and generous application of the directives already issued some time ago by the Apostolic See for the use of the Roman Missal according to the typical edition of 1962." But there was a hitch: priests who wished to say the old Mass, and Catholics who wished to attend it, had to apply to their local bishop for permission. In response to such requests, few bishops could be described as "generous."

Conservatives cheered when Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI because he had written and preached in support of the old Mass and often celebrated it publicly himself. Ever since the election conservatives and liberals have been waiting to see what Benedict will do. Now he is ready to act.

Unlike the implementation of Paul VI's Mass in 1969, Benedict XVI's decision to take the handcuffs off the old Mass is not a revolution but a challenge. He is not going to abolish the new Mass. Instead he is setting up the traditional Mass with its traditional theology as an alternative to what is available in the typical Catholic parish.

At this writing the document has not been released, and no one at the Vatican who has read it has leaked its full contents. One thing is certain, however: With this document the pope is undermining the monopoly the progressives have had on parish life. For the first time in a long time Catholics who have clung to the traditional teachings of the Church and cherished the traditional liturgy will have a place they can call home.

Thomas J. Craughwell is an author and commentator on Catholic issues. He lives in Bethel, Connecticut.

Bush's Pro-Life Message Marks 'Roe' Anniversary

President Bush believes the Declaration of Independence states that "every person has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," but on the day when the United States marked the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade abortion decision, which has cost at estimated 50 million lives, the president isn't going to philosophize on the application of individual church beliefs.

The World Net Daily article details the issue of the pro-life position of the Catholic Church verses the Catholic members of Congress and their pro-abortion stance. As a Presbyterian elder, we have a similar problem, but in reverse. We have what appears to be a pro-life majority in the pews, pro-life Presbyterian Congressmen and Senators, but those speaking for us at the national denomination level continue to espouse abortion “rights” advocacy.

Our denomination has lobbied against the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, parental notification laws and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. On this anniversary of "Roe", we pro-life Presbyterians have our work cut out for us.


From Frank Pastore: To paraphrase C. S. Lewis, don’t they understand they saw at the log upon which they sit? Without those values there would be no ACLU. Ever heard of a CCLU, a Chinese Civil Liberties Union? Or a MCLU, a Muslim Civil Liberties Union? How does the Left express appreciation for the intellectual soil out of which they have grown? By declaring war on those values that gave them life.



Only 15 percent rate it as poor. Well, it's about time they woke up!



Democratic candidates for president are expected to attempt to appear moderate. (Washington Times) Another story claims “Eager to avoid a resumption of the culture wars, the new Democratic leaders are trying to tiptoe around the abortion issue by promoting legislation to encourage birth control and assist women who decide to proceed with unwanted pregnancies.” (Boston Globe)


great comment from Richard Land: "I'm not going to question their motives. I just know that if I were them, I would be concerned about how it might appear to many people, the timing. Purportedly they're going to hold a convention of several thousand people in Atlanta in early 2008, hosted by two former Democratic presidents, one of whom has a wife seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Some would see that as an overtly political activity."

Washington Post


From USA Today: …as New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton plunges into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, she faces resistance from fellow Democrats who don't like her, don't like her positions on issues or don't think she can win. "We've got to find somebody else," says David Newman, a retired teacher from York, Maine. "I think she's great. If she had a chance of winning, I'd vote for her. She's dragging a ball and chain behind her. There are too many people who have an aversion to her." (USA Today) From the Washington Post: … she signaled that she will use her uniqueness as a woman -- and more specifically as a mother -- to stake out her ground in the crowded presidential field at a time when Democrats across the board are putting children at the center of their imagery and message. (Washington Post) Barone looks at the flawed system. (Townhall)

What in the Wuerl are you Doing????

I'm as respectful I can possibly be. I've respectfully questioned some of the actions of former Pittsburgh Bishop and now Washington, D.C., Archbishop Donald Wuerl over the years. Much of which I've shared here. In most cases, I got no response from him.

I was not very said to see him leave Pittsburgh. It gives my high hopes for the next Pittsburgh Bishop. But back to Wuerl.

Wurel did not (in my opinion) take a strong stand on much of anything. News out of DC shows that nothing has changed.

A response he made recently to questions about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (a self proclaimed Catholic) have infuriated the far-right edge of the Catholic blogosphere, and drawn ire from some of the most conservative Catholic leaders of the anti-abortion movement. Archbishop Donald Wuerl has stuck to the stand he took as bishop of Pittsburgh, refusing to withhold communion from Catholic legislators who support legal abortion.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: A week ago in San Diego he took questions from a conservative Catholic journalist about Ms. Pelosi.

"Do you intend to discipline her at all for being persistent and obstinate about her support for abortion and same-sex marriage?" asked Allyson Smith of the Web site California Catholic Daily.

"I will not be using the faculty in the manner you have described," he replied, referring to his authority.

"Will you make a statement to your priests and deacons to warn them not to allow her to receive if she presents herself for Communion?" Ms. Smith continued.

The archbishop responded: "You're talking about a whole different style of pastoral ministry. No."

LifeSiteNews.com ran outraged responses from Catholic leaders on the conservative wing of the anti-abortion movement.

"I don't believe Archbishop Wuerl is doing his job," said the Rev. Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, adding that Ms. Pelosi should be excommunicated.

Judie Brown, president of the American Life League was "appalled that Archbishop Wuerl not only is not going to do anything about this but has publicly said so."

This was a hot topic during the 2004 election. Some argued no one is really worthy of receiving Christ, so how can we ban a person from communion? It has been the long tradition of the church that the person who presents himself or herself for communion has the primary responsibility to determine whether or not they are worthy to receive it. But when a person openly, repeatedly and publicly sins, it is the duty of the clergy to intervene.

You either call a person to repent and fall back in line with church teaching, or you provide a consequence like with holding communion or for the most egregious cases, excommunication.

We need some solid leadership from the Church. How can you preach on the value of life and turn your head when some of the most public and visible examples of the Catholic faith toss aside that teaching in the public arena? If this is not a "deal breaker" then what in the world is?

Talk of universal health care grows

Health care for all - an elusive goal that has tantalized presidents and governors for decades - is roaring back this year with ambitious proposals in a handful of prominent states. Read More

Are you in favor of government run universal health care?

Hot and Bothered?

Scientists long have issued the warnings: The modern world's appetite for cars, air conditioning and cheap, fossil-fuel energy spews billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, unnaturally warming the world.

Yet, it took the dramatic images of a hurricane overtaking New Orleans and searing heat last summer to finally trigger widespread public concern on the issue of global warming.

Problem is, global warming may not have caused Hurricane Katrina, and last summer's heat waves were equaled and, in many cases, surpassed by heat in the 1930s.

In their efforts to capture the public's attention, then, have climate scientists oversold global warming? It's probably not a majority view, but a few climate scientists are beginning to question whether some dire predictions push the science too far.

Houston Chronicle

Pro-Life Cause Marches On

Usually I'm on my way to Washington, DC to join thousands of others in the March for Life. The way things worked out this year I was not able to make it. However, my thoughts and prayers are with those who did make that trip.

It's mind boggling to know that we worry about junk food kids eat and what movies they watch. We pass smoking bans and outlaw trans fat. We take up the cause of global warming and save the whales. Yet after handing power to a Republican President, Congress and Senate, abortion is still legal in this country.

I cheer all that have responded to speak out against this tragic option. We no longer value life much in the world. Still, we must first seek to change hearts before laws. A women killing her own child is not a decision anyone should have to make.

Iran Fires Missile

Iran has announced three days of military tests and its president says no number of UN resolutions will change the country’s stance on nuclear development.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday: "The UN resolution was born dead and even if they adopt 10 more of such resolutions it will not affect Iran's economy and policies."

Iran's military manoeuvres come days after the US announced that it would deploy a second aircraft carrier, the USS Stennis, to the Gulf.

An unnamed Iranian military commander said: "The manoeuvre is aimed at evaluating defensive and fighting capabilities of the missiles."

In November, Iran test-fired dozens of missiles, including the Shahab-3 which can reach Israel, in exercises it said were aimed at putting a stop to the role of world powers in the Gulf region.

One down, two to go on the axis of evil count.

Port Authority – Cynicism 101

Government agencies have this down to a science. When the need to cut costs rises to critical mass, they don’t cut underutilized services and increase efficiencies, instead, they cut popular services so that the public outcry will lead to a restoration of all services.

So instead of dropping little used bus routes with few riders, the Port Authority proposed dropping a popular bus route to the Pittsburgh Airport.

This time the ploy backfired. If the Port Authority eliminates the popular 28X Airport Flyer buses as it has proposed, a private company said it's willing to pick up much of the slack. Now the Port Authority is saying that the elimination of the popular bus route may not happen! Read more…

God's Friends

One of the "perks" of being in the media biz is every now and then we get a sneak peak at things before they come out. Such is the case with a new documentary to air on HBO called "Friends of God".

It's done by Alexandra Pelosi. Daughter of the new Madame Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She ventures out over a year-long period for up-close and personal encounters with some influential members of the evangelical community, from Joel Osteen, the most-watched TV minister in America, to pastor Ron Luce, the founder of "Battle Cry," a concert tour that has drawn more than two million young people to its events nationwide.

Pelosi also visits with a spectrum of others who embody a wide range of evangelical experiences, among them visitors at religion-themed parks, a Christian comic, creationist educators, Liberty University students and activists in Washington, D.C.

Sadly, one of the main people in this film is disgraced pastor Ted Haggard, who recently stepped down as president of the 30-million strong National Association of evangelicals - the largest evangelical group in the U.S. - following allegations that he had sex with a male prostitute and bought illegal drugs.

It's painful to watch. Not just because it's a far from flattering piece on evangelicals and Christianity in general, but because Pelosi holds up a mirror to those who proclaim Christ and I don't like much of what I see.

Some of it is just odd. The rock concerts for Jesus, the Christian wrestling and the Evangelical Elvis I could without. I know these are well intentioned people, but they make me want cringe and at times I'm embarrassed to be associated in any way with them.

I have no doubt that most non-believers will cheer this film as a hypocritical portrayal of evangelicals. With Ted Haggard as the frontman it's hard to argue that point. We as Christians do more damage to Christianity then any non-believer ever could. We build our own custom Jesus. We pursue our own desires, slap a "God" label on it and think it's great because we feel good and we are doing what we want "for Jesus". With the hyper praise festivals and mega-churches and endless "ministries" that do everything from tattoos to skate boarding, it not hard to see why someone on the outside looking in would think we are all crazy. At times the Evangelical circus is over the top and Jesus becomes more of a brand name rather than the focus.

There are some great Evangelical leaders that are not included in this film. Dr. James Dobson, Rev. Billy Graham and so many other would have been better representatives but that probably would not play as well for the HBO audience.

The one point this film misses is Jesus himself. There is not one perfect Christian out there. If you seek to know Jesus, the worst thing you can do is look at some of his followers. We should be cautious before we buy into a smiling Pastor or a great looking church or a purpose driven distraction.

It's not the greatest film I've ever seen, but it does make you consider how others view Evangelical Christians and many times it's not good.

Premieres Thursday, January 25 at 9pm/8c. on HBO

Penguins meeting ends with no deal

A late-night meeting aimed at working out a deal that would keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh began with a stir but ended without an agreement and with very little comment from the participants. Read More

New Pa. House members get free cars

Nearly half of the 50 freshman members of the State House - many of whom campaigned against free-spending politicians - have jumped at the chance to join the most-generous legislative auto-leasing program in the nation. Even before they were sworn in Jan. 2, 23 first-time representatives lined up their free keys, with most picking out SUVs from the state's growing pool of fleet vehicles, an Inquirer review of House records shows. Read More


That’s the word from the Texas chapter of the NAACP in this story about Ted Nugent.



From the story: And just as disturbingly, the U.N. aid agency bureaucracy has kept the scamming a secret since at least 1999 — while the North Korean dictator and his regime were ramping up their illegal nuclear weapons program and making highly publicized tests of intermediate range ballistic missiles.

FOX News


The story notes “it would be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000, although a legal expert advising her on the proposal said first-time offenders would probably only have to attend parenting classes.” You see how the left confuses “spank” with “hit” in this section of the story:

`Why do we allow parents to hit a little child and not someone their own size?'' asked Nazario, a professor at the University of San Francisco Law School. ``

"Everyone in the state is protected from physical violence, so where do you draw the line? To take a child and spank his little butt until he starts crying, some people would define that as physical violence.'' (Mercury News)

And here’s a real gem: The legislation is being pushed by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, who apparently has no kids. From her website: Sally represents the 22nd District, considered the ‘Heart of Silicon Valley,’ where she lives with her husband David. They are proud to be active in neighborhood and community activities, enjoy hiking and windsurfing and take seriously their role as pet guardians for a politically astute black-and-white cat. Phu-leeese. (CSA)

Carded at the Altar

(CNSNews.com) - A bid by a Nebraska lawmaker to expand underage drinking restrictions to include alcohol consumed in church has drawn criticism from Catholics who say it will infringe on religious rights.

Democratic State Sen. Lowen Kruse has introduced a bill that would eliminate two provisions to Nebraska's underage drinking law which allow minors to drink alcohol in their own homes or at places of worship during religious ceremonies.

While saying the primary goal of the bill was admirable, Catholic League President Bill Donahue worries about the implication for Mass. Catholics and some Protestant denominations use wine in their communion services.

Where are the separation of church and state protesters now?????

Hot and Bothered

This topic just will not go away. Everyday there is another global warming story. So I'm starting a new series "Hot and Bothered". We will see how far this goes. Here is the first in the series:

The Weather Channel’s most prominent climatologist is advocating that broadcast meteorologists be stripped of their scientific certification if they express skepticism about predictions of manmade catastrophic global warming. This latest call to silence skeptics follows a year (2006) in which skeptics were compared to "Holocaust Deniers" and Nuremberg-style war crimes trials were advocated by several climate alarmists.

The Weather Channel’s (TWC) Heidi Cullen, who hosts the weekly global warming program "The Climate Code," is advocating that the American Meteorological Society (AMS) revoke their "Seal of Approval" for any television weatherman who expresses skepticism that human activity is creating a climate catastrophe.

"If a meteorologist can't speak to the fundamental science of climate change, then maybe the AMS shouldn't give them a Seal of Approval. Clearly, the AMS doesn't agree that global warming can be blamed on cyclical weather patterns," Cullen wrote in her December 21 weblog on the Weather Channel Website. [Note: It is also worth taking a look at the comments section at the bottom of Cullen’s blog, very entertaining.] See: http://climate.weather.com/blog/9_11396.html

In addition, Cullen’s December 17, 2006 episode of "The Climate Code" TV show, featured a columnist who openly called for Nuremberg-style Trials for climate skeptics

Intimidating scientists with calls for death trials, name calling and calls for decertification appears to be the accepted tactics of the climate alarmists. The real question is: Why do climate alarmists feel the need to resort to such low brow tactics when they have a compliant media willing to repeat their every assertion without question?

The alarmists also enjoy a huge financial advantage over the skeptics with numerous foundations funding climate research, University research money and the United Nations endless promotion of the cause.

Could it be that the alarmists realize that the American public is increasingly rejecting their proposition that the family SUV is destroying the earth and rejecting their shrill calls for "action" to combat their computer model predictions of a "climate emergency?"

That may be the real Inconvenient Truth. After all, even the UN is reportedly downgrading man’s impact on the climate by 25% and now concedes that cow "emissions" are more damaging to the planet than C02 from cars. EPW) Meanwhile, the frigid winter storm continues. (CBS News)


From the story: The requirements could apply to a preacher who goes on TV or radio and tells listeners to call their congressman in support of a particular issue, such as a constitutional amendment against homosexual "marriage." The story also notes “grass-roots organizations that attempt to "influence the general public" to contact members of Congress would have to register as lobbyists and file financial reports -- or face a $200,000 fine. (Washington Times) Focus on the Family “has launched its first-ever petition drive in opposition to a provision in a Senate ethics bill that would drastically limit free-speech rights.” (PR Newswire) Utah Senator Bob Bennett offered an amendment to fix the problem. (src.senate.gov)

Goodnight Pookie

For those of you who poke around this blog you might discover that I'm a fan of great music of the 50's & 60's. Over the years I've been blessed to meet and work with legendary artists. One of those was a man who was a pioneer in group harmony. Known to the world as Mr. "Pookie" Hudson.

Pookie Hudson was the lead singer and songwriter for the doo wop group The Spaniels, best know for "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" and influenced generations of later artists. Sadly Pookie died Tuesday of complications from cancer of the thymus . He was 72.

Hudson wrote "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" ("...well, it's time to go") for a young woman he was dating at the time. He was staying awful late at the young lady's house and her parents said ... he had to go. Walking home he wrote the song that would close a million oldies shows and provide the soundtrack to films like "American Graffiti".

The Spaniels' signature song was a Top 5 R&B hit in 1954. The McGuire Sisters rushed out a version of "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" that sold even more copies. At the time, only black radio stations played Hudson's version. Here is Pittsburgh it was Porky Chedwick playing The Spainels on WAMO.

Husdon was a prime example of the American dream. The Spaniels first came together at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Ind., where Hudson was raised and began singing in church choirs. He was homeless for a time after he went solo and hit a slump in the 1960s, but he got back to work in the 1980s.

It wasn't until the 1990's the Hudson began receiving regular royalties for "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight". The Spaniels were honored in 1991 by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation with an award that carried a $20,000 grant. The group used the money to record their album "40th Anniversary," which was reissued by Collectables Records.

Thanks for all the music Mr. Hudson. You will be missed. Good Night Pookie..... Good Night.

Congress Preparing To Criminalize Critics?

World Net Daily reports that Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress, as lobbyists are required.

This is ugly. Those of us who routinely email the House and Senate members face up to 1 year in jail if we don’t register and report quarterly to Congress, as lobbyists are required.

Radio Waves

Back when I was in secular radio, it always made me a bit uncomfortable when we made our listeners degrade themsleves to win some stupid prize. I mean come on is any front row concert seat really worth tattoing some lame radio station logo on your forehead?

Sometimes those stunts go way too far. While I don't think there was any ill intent here, the results of this radio contest are truly sad.

Following the unfortunate death of a KDND (107.9 THE END)/SACRAMENTO listener attributed to the death of a listener, apparently from drinking too much water, ENTERCOM/SACRAMENTO VP/Market Mgr. JOHN GEARY released a statement: "Effective immediately, the Morning Rave program is cancelled and ten employees are no longer with the station."

I hope every radio promotion manager remembers this the next time they ask listeners to do something stupid.

In Pittsburgh radio news, the blind continues to lead the blind. WRKZ-FM (93.7) is going to wind up with some share of news-talk content next year. CBS Radio's Keith Clark says the company "has made a real commitment to developing spoken-word formats" and that the revamped 'RKZ will be "a complement" to KDKA (1020), not a competitor. Well as KDKA continues to slip I don't hold out much hope for the too little to late plan of 93.7

CBS will be jumping in to the talk game with everyone else in town. Scott Paulsen is expected to show up on 93.7 in April, and John McIntire is in negotiations with CBS as well. Are you excited? I'm not .....


The insanity continues.... In Tennessee, they’re supposed to buy a stamp and put it on the drug. This way, they can’t be busted for not paying taxes on the drugs they sell. If you don't obey the drug laws what makes them think you care about taxes????



Ignoring the fact that “24” has had terrorists of many nationalities in past seasons, the story claims “The plot of the sixth season of “24” takes place two years in the future and is the most fear-mongering to date. America is being bombarded by Islamic suicide bombers, the president’s chief of staff sets up Muslim internment camps, civil rights and privacy laws are more flexible than Mary Lou Retton (Mary Lou Retton? Is she still flexible?) and the seemingly sweet Muslim teenager next door happens to be a terrorist complicit in the first nuclear attack on American soil.” (Boston Herald) For the record, it was the SECOND nuclear attack on American soil in 24. (FOX television) Dave Barry’s 24 blog. (Miami Herald)


Though the story notes Bush “has not dropped his opposition to mandatory limits on greenhouse-gas emissions.” (Boston Globe) Meanwhile, the blistering cold continues. (FOX News)

McCain Wants 'Dialogue With Dr. Dobson’

Sen. John McCain said Tuesday he hopes to patch things up with conservative Christian leader James Dobson, who recently said he wouldn't support the Republican's presidential bid under any circumstances.

In a radio interview with KCBI, a Dallas Christian station, Dobson argued that McCain didn't support traditional marriage values and said he has prayed "we won't get stuck with him." Read more..

Three legislators file $37,000 costs

Three departing state lawmakers who live within 30 miles of the capital were reimbursed a combined $37,000 for meals and lodging while on official duty, a newspaper reported yesterday. Read More

Terri's Watch: Schiavo's Siblings to Attend March for Life

In loving memory of their sister, and in support of the medically vulnerable patients, the siblings of Terri Schindler Schiavo will attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2007 and spend the weekend prior to the March speaking out in defense of life at various events.

“It’s not just about abortion, anymore,” says Terri’s brother, Bobby Schindler, “the culture of death in our nation is threatening the lives of people like my sister through euthanasia. It is happening quietly every day in nursing homes, hospitals and hospices around our nation. People need to be aware that this could touch a member of their family at any time.”

This sentiment is echoed in Pope Benedict XVI’s recent message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace. “As far as the right to life is concerned, we must denounce its widespread violation in our society: alongside the victims of armed conflicts, terrorism and the different forms of violence, there are the silent deaths caused by hunger, abortion, experimentation on human embryos and euthanasia. How can we fail to see in all this an attack on peace?”

In the 22 months since Terri Schiavo’s court-ordered death by dehydration and starvation, her family has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the growing threat of euthanasia. Through the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, the organization formed initially to save Terri’s life and now runs in her memory, the family works to assist medically vulnerable patients and their families faced with similar life-threatening situations.

“We deal with cases all the time where families are desperately seeking someone – anyone – who can help them deal with medical professionals and facilities that are refusing to provide life-sustaining treatment for their loved ones,” says Suzanne Schindler, Vitadamo, Terri’s sister. “It is absolutely frightening how often this is happening. Families need somewhere to turn.”


But opposition argues “the proposals would make it harder to get convictions and, perhaps, put children in even more danger by giving molesters incentive to kill the only potential witness to their crimes.” A funny argument considering you could say the same for prison in general – or any incentive not to commit a crime.



From the Family Research Council: Now the liberal leadership in the U.S. Senate seeks to silence groups like the Family Research Council from informing you on the issues. Included in S. 1, the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007, is a provision that seeks to establish, for the first time, federal regulation of grassroots activity that is intended to encourage members of the public to communicate with Members of Congress about pending legislative matters - so-called "grassroots lobbying." This is a move to stop us from informing you about the issues you find important. (FRC) An amendment would protect “churches and other public interest organizations and individuals.” (ACLJ)


From the Family Research Council: Now the liberal leadership in the U.S. Senate seeks to silence groups like the Family Research Council from informing you on the issues. Included in S. 1, the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007, is a provision that seeks to establish, for the first time, federal regulation of grassroots activity that is intended to encourage members of the public to communicate with Members of Congress about pending legislative matters - so-called "grassroots lobbying." This is a move to stop us from informing you about the issues you find important. (FRC) An amendment would protect “churches and other public interest organizations and individuals.” (ACLJ)


The Ohio Democrat complained “We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda. We are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible." (FMQB) From the Wall Street Journal: In reality, the Fairness Doctrine ensured that incumbents got "free" TV coverage across their terms while challengers got crumbs. The Fairness Doctrine was also an early nuclear option: If a local broadcaster's news operation made the local congressman or his party look bad, Washington could threaten to blow up his broadcast license. (WSJ) The liberals love it, one explaining “Imagine the effect on our civic discourse if stations had to give time for a response to everyone that Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter smeared on the air!” (Huffington Post)

Here Come the Brides?

The FRC reports that the U.S. Supreme Court is considering taking a case on polygamy. This appeal is from an initial Utah ruling which maintained the state's ban on polygamy.

The man in question, Rodney Holm, was found guilty of participating in "religious marriages" in addition to his legal marriage. Holm argued that under Lawrence v. Texas, which decriminalized sodomy, all private sexual acts should be protected under the Constitution. Slippery slope anyone? Read more...

New Pa. House Speaker Reveals How He Got The Job

Dennis M. O'Brien, the Republican who was elected House speaker two weeks ago with mostly Democratic support, agreed he would not raise campaign cash for lawmakers of either party as part of the deal that got him the position.

In return, Democratic leaders said they would not attempt to install a new speaker during the two-year legislative session, Mr. O'Brien told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview in his Harrisburg office today. Read more...

Harrisburg lobbyist gets 18 months for embezzlement

A prominent statehouse lobbyist was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in federal prison for embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a nonprofit organization to pay off what he said were gambling debts. Read More

Proposed surcharge has racinos up in arms

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is just weeks away from running out of money and is negotiating with gambling operators over the size of a tax surcharge on their revenue. Read More

Muslim students want a place to pray at Northwestern games

The Muslim-cultural Students Association at Northwestern University wants a designated prayer area at for Muslim students for football and basketball games. At one game, the only place students could find was a spot of less-than-clean floor in a public walkway. "We had to pray in front of the concession stand, in front of all the people," he says. (Daily Northwestern)



What a way to increase revenue!

9 News


From the story: The online search giant's nascent political action committee gave 61% of contributions to Republicans, including Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Orrin Hatch of Utah, according to a USA TODAY analysis. The $31,000 spent by Google NetPAC, launched three months ago, is relatively small. Still, the company-controlled PAC's giving came as employees gave about 98% of their money to Democrats in last fall's elections.

USA Today


With the rather hefty requirement that “the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.”

Washington Post


Another story highlights the shortage of women as the one-child effort combined with the ability to abort girls will leave china with 30 million more men than women within 15 years.


Bad Day

Did you ever have one of those days? Today is THAT day for me. The rain makes me really tired but I dragged myslef out of bed after being out of town for a few days. Then on my way to work my car breaks down. So there I am in my dress shoes pushing my car down 65 with people either laughing or mad at me for going 1 mile per hour. In the rain none the less.

Oh my problems are minor but it still makes you want to scream and go back to bed. I'll make it though. It's just a car. (and money, and time and....) John is out sick today so we will have a guest host in on the show.

My thanks to Jim Powers for all the wonderful posts while I took a day off. Thanks Jim!

Hey at least all that rain isn't SNOW! :)

Stagnate Population Growth Leads To Another Loss in Congress

The 435 seats in the U.S. House are redistributed among the 50 states at the start of each decade according to national population shifts. Pennsylvania lost two seats following reapportionment from the 2000 census. The AP reports that recently released federal estimates show the state's current 19-member delegation could be slashed by one after the next head count.

Locally, the population losses continue to mount. Just over the last year, Pittsburgh lost 1.7% of its population. These losses have a huge long-term affects. Pittsburgh has lost over half of its population since 1950, going from 676,806 to 316,718 today. There were more people living in Pittsburgh in 1900 than 2006.

What to do? Certainly PA’s business taxes don’t help. I understand that the combination of PA’s Corporate Net Income Tax and Capital Stock & Franchise Tax makes PA’s total business tax load higher than every other state that touches our border. Perhaps in place of targeted business tax abatements in KOZ areas, a general state business tax reduction would be more beneficial and induce more businesses to stay here.

City May Let Officials Protest Gay Marriage Ban In Oath Of Office

(From the Family Research Council) As part of the campaign for same-sex marriage, the Madison City Council will vote on Tuesday whether to allow elected leaders to take their oath of office with a controversial addition, namely that they are taking the oath under protest and instead pledge to "eliminate the [marriage protection amendment] from the Constitution."

The proposal has raised serious concerns, even from traditionally liberal sources such as the University of Wisconsin's political science department. "[It's] a fundamental breach of the duty of office," said Professor Howard Schweber. This anti-oath could open the door to people who disagree with other state provisions and allow lawmakers to pick and choose which laws they follow in what would amount to an a la carte Constitution. Rather than protest Wisconsin law, these radicals should use it to create the change they seek. Isn't that what democracy is all about? Additional info...

Navy Dismisses Chaplain Who Prayed 'In Jesus' Name'

A U.S. Navy chaplain who prayed "in Jesus' name" as his conscience dictated is being ejected from the military service "in retaliation" for his victorious battle to change Navy policy that required religious rites be "non-sectarian”.

Congress agreed with Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt and rescinded the Navy policy, so chaplains are free again to pray in Jesus' name". Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt told WND, "My sacrifice purchased their freedom. My conscience is clear, the fight was worth it, and I'd do it all again." Read more...

"Pro-Life" Altmire Votes For Embryonic Research

Last fall, incumbent Congresswoman Melissa Hart and her Democratic challenger, Jason Altmire, both ran as pro-life candidates for the 4th Congressional District House seat. Thursday’s vote on federal funds for Embryonic stem cell research did show a substantial difference in the pro-life positions between the newly elected Congressman Altmire, and former Congresswoman Hart.

Pro-life groups lobbied against federal funding for embryonic research. For Altmire's justification of this vote, click here.

I-80 To Be A Toll Road?

A proposal from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission would make Interstate 80 a toll road, adding funds to PennDOT.

For those of us living to the north of Pittsburgh, I-80 is the fastest way of getting to northern New Jersey and New York City. This proposal would make both of the east-west interstates in Pennsylvania toll roads, not leaving any real alternatives for crossing the state. Read more…

Divided House Votes to Allow Embryonic Research

(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 253 to 174, the House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill to lift President Bush's restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research that may hold future medical treatments but destroys early stage human embryos. Full Story

A Window on Rock'n'Roll

I just watched the new video for "Window in the Skies", the new single from Catholic Rockers (Sorry I had to toss that in) U2. It's a work of brilliant editing, the video stars a dazzling cast of rock’n’roll icons from Elvis Presley to Marvin Gaye, Patti Smith to Frank Sinatra... and dozens of others. And everyone is on on lead vocals.

It's amazing. Check it out here.

Fumo told he's target of probe

Federal prosecutors last year sent a formal warning to State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo that he may be indicted, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Read More


To $7.25 an hour. Now on to the Senate. (MSBNC) From Larry Elder on the Democratic attack on the rich: Never mind that America remains the most upwardly mobile country in history. Or, that most rich did not start out that way. Or that, of all the qualities that go into income success, hard work remains the most important. (Townhall)


As Democrats seek more federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (ABC News) despite the recent discovery, as the story explains, “that stem cells are in plentiful supply in amniotic fluid.” (CNS News)

Today, January 11, the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on H.R. 3 - Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007. H.R. 3 will federally fund research on human embryos that supposedly are "leftover" from in vitro fertilization. Instead of promoting the adoption of these human embryos, this bill would require their death. Just as abortion is currently legal, killing human embryos is completely legal. The debate is about federal funding. We don't federally fund abortion even though it is legal. Likewise, we should not force U.S. taxpayers to fund research that requires the destruction of embryos. Please contact your U.S. Representative and let him or her know that you strongly oppose H.R. 3.


Rejecting the Iraq Study Group’s call to withdraw. (Washington Times) (FOX News) Text of the Democratic response. (USA Today) From Hewitt: The president is correct that we are engaged in "the decisive ideological struggle of our time," and that the battle for Iraq is "noble and necessary." He was right to take responsibility for past mistakes, and also to refuse to let those mistakes paralyze the effort to secure Iraq and the region. And he owes the troops and the country absolute bluntness with Iran, even if that message is delivered out of the public eye. (Townhall) The ABC News Headline early this morning: “Americans Not Buying Bush’s New Iraq Strategy.” (ABC News) Bush gets support from Romney. (Boston Globe) From the WSJ: If Congressional Democrats want to be constructive, they can insist that Mr. Bush and his generals truly implement the strategy he is now endorsing. The path Democrats have followed in the minority and are now continuing will only make U.S. success harder--a truth the American people will come to understand, and resent. (WSJ)

Westwood One to Launch Dennis Miller

Westwood One inks comedian/actor Dennis Miller to host his first ever radio show. Miller's daily 3-hour program will offer his unique take on the day's topics with comedy and satire, along with high profile guests. The show will debut in March and WWI will hold all broadcast and digital rights to his program including Dennis Miller's official web site.

"This seems like a great fit for me since I grew up in Pittsburgh where broadcast radio was born," said Miller. "I always knew I would try radio and right now seems like the perfect time. In a world where the stakes are high, the medium is a nice blend of the comfortable and the provocative."

In addition to "The Dennis Miller Show" broadcast, Westwood One will also re-launch Dennis Miller's official web site as a fully interactive digital space offering a host of digital features to support the show, including: premium services; live streams; hands on fan interaction through listener blogs; exclusive audio content and podcasts to download; and more.

Survey finds more people against death penalty

More Pennsylvanians prefer life sentences for convicted murderers to the death penalty, according to a poll released yesterday. Read More

Vatican Welcomes New Stem Cell Advance

The Vatican on Tuesday welcomed a new way of extracting stem cells that does not use human embryos, calling it a significant advance that could help medical research without going against Roman Catholic beliefs.

Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, said the discovery showed medicine can progress without destroying human embryos.



Focusing on these three facts: Tax hikes hurt the economy. Higher rates are ineffective in producing higher revenues, and encourage both laziness and sleazy strategies of tax avoidance. High tax rates are wrong and unfair – and only lead to the growth of government.


Special PA House Position Created For Perzel

In a surprise move, the Pennsylvania Republican House Caucus has created a new leadership position within the caucus for former House Speaker John Perzel. The new caucus-designated position for the former Speaker is “Speaker Emeritus.” As Speaker Emeritus, Representative Perzel will have an office and staff “respectful of a former Speaker”.

Last week, John Perzel lost to fellow Republican Dennis O’Brian in his bid to be re-elected as Speaker. O’Brian was nominated by Democrat House leader Bill DeWeese, with the support of 99 Democrats and 6 Republicans.

During a closed-door meeting on Monday, Republican House leadership unanimously agreed that it was in the “best interest of caucus unity” to create this position. This keeps John Perzel in a leadership position without holding an additional caucus election. The leaders stated to caucus members that, “We believe this is in the best interest of the caucus and will help each member represent your constituents in the most effective manner.” Read more....

Santorum's New Gig

The Ethics and Public Policy Center announcedcRick Santorum is joining EPPC as a Senior Fellow.Santorum will establish and direct a program, titled America's Enemies, that will focus on identifying, studying, and heightening awareness of the threats posed to America and the West from a growing array of anti-Western forces that are increasingly casting a shadow over our future and violating religious liberty around the world.


Though the sample was small, the results were stunning. From the story: the limited sampling found that of the 100 selected aliens, 73 had an average of six arrests each after being released from custody. They were arrested, collectively, 429 times on 878 charges, ranging from traffic violations and trespassing to drug crimes, burglary, robbery, assault and weapons violations.

Washington Times


She kidnapped them over Christmas. Telling note from the story, she was “a single engineer who gave birth to the twins after undergoing in-vitro fertilization.”

ABC News


She wants the expanded funding despite the recent discovery, as the story explains, “that stem cells are in plentiful supply in amniotic fluid.”

CNS News

We're Back

Blogger has been down and may go down again tonight. I'm going to post ASAP and hope for the best!

Ohio Limits Abortion Funding, Counseling

LifeNews.com -- Outgoing Ohio Governor Bob Taft signed a bill Thursday that would limit abortion funding and pro-abortion counseling. The pro-life bill also expresses an official state policy that childbirth is preferred over abortion when it comes to a decision about an unplanned pregnancy.
The key component of the measure is a provision that makes permanent the administrative rules prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortions.

Radio (and TV) Waves

A Former KDKA employee must return data taken. When Carey Robinson, a former administrative assistant was told to clean out her desk she did. And the computer and the file cabinet and the email record.

A federal judge has ordered her to return stolen salary information and other materials to the station. The Post-Gazette says that the former administrative assistant stole proprietary salary information, read private emails and recorded phone conversations without permission during her time with the station. (That won't look good on a resume) The former employee has five days to turn in all of the information.

On the radio side of KD, KD, according to the PG There are more changes in radio news department. Paul Rasmussen has been hired from WQIK in Jacksonville to co-anchor the 5 & 6 PM "Total News Hour" with Rose Ryan-Douglas. Rob Milford will begin a new assignment as street reporter when he returns from a bout with laryngitis. (Devine intervention?) Lisa Alexander left the station last week. Alexander had been with KDKA in 1999.

Speaking of leaving, Ann Devlin has resigned from Pittsburgh Cable News Channel's NightTalk program to spend more time with her family. Devlin has hosted the show since 2003 when she replaced John McIntire. (Man that guy can't keep a gig!) Devlin made her Pittsburgh debut at WTAE-TV where she hosted "Pittsburgh's Talking" in the late 80s/early 90s.