Because the “Trust Clause” of the PC(USA)’s constitution gives the local Presbytery the right to a church’s property should the congregation decide to leave the denomination, expect more fights like this one. One such fight in Ohio now has the state’s Attorney General involved. The story….
Makes one wonder if the PHEAA has legal council that actually understands the state’s Right To Know law.
Calling it the second chapter in Pennsylvania gambling, a powerful state lawmaker will introduce legislation next month to allow table games - from blackjack to roulette - to operate side by side with slot machines at state casinos. Read More
Meanwhile, two sociologists, one from Boston College and one from the University of Massachussetts, are arguing, essentially, that modern marriage is a negative force: "Marriage and community are often at odds with one another…. Instead of bolstering community involvement, marriage diminishes ties to relatives, neighbors and friends." [Washington Post]
Unqualified talk about the goodness of marriage is hard to come by.
After his verbal degradation of the President’s legacy in American history and glorifying the spread of Islamic terrorism to all regions of Islamic backed conflict, the surfer-turned-terrorist’s list of non-negotiable demands included:
In Iowa, Obama claimed that his plan would save the average customer about $2,500 a year. "My plan begins by covering every American. If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change for you under this plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums will be less," he said.
Obama's plan also calls for the creation of a National Health Insurance Exchange to monitor private sector companies that provide the coverage. When pressed about the cost of such a proposal, Obama was vague but admitted that it would be "high." "To help pay for this," he responded, "we will ask all but the smallest businesses who don't make a meaningful contribution to the health coverage of their workers to do so to support this plan. And we also will repeal the temporary Bush tax cut...," including, apparently, its pro-family features.
Senator Obama must know that the Democrats' budget, for which he voted, already designates the revenue from the expiration of the Bush tax cuts to other projects. His proposed funding stream for what could be a $1.3 trillion program has plenty of other thirsty animals waiting at the trough. Moreover, he does not make clear what would happen to the existing tax scheme that favors employers and disfavors family ownership of health insurance. What should the U.S. health system look like? We need a health care system that protects, encourages prudence, ensures portability, and promotes family ownership, not another government program.
Conservative religious leaders were quoted, mentioned or interviewed in television and print news stories 2.8 times as often as were "progressive" religious leaders, according to a report released by the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America and the religious group Faith in Public Life. Read more…
Another misguided pitch for the Fairness Doctrine?
Supporters said the Schoolchildren's Religious Liberties Act, which passed on a 110-33 vote, would protect districts from lawsuits by setting guidelines for students' religious expression while protecting students from being admonished, for example, if they talk about Jesus in an assignment about Easter.
"Freedom of religion should not be taken as freedom from religion," Gov. Rick Perry said. "This was a vote for tolerance of diverse views in our education system so that students are not admonished for wishing a soldier overseas a 'Merry Christmas' or for any other harmless forms of expression." Read more…
Maybe the ACLU can finally get out of the religious censorship business.
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Bill Maher, host of the talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO, recently showed the hatred Maher and the other Hollywood types have for Christianity and Christians.
Just three days after Rev. Jerry Falwell's death, Maher began his weekly HBO program with a verbal assault on Rev. Falwell and then escalated into a vicious attack on Christianity in general and Catholics in particular.
Maher: "We weren’t having sex, officer. I was performing a very private Mass, here in my car. I was letting my rod and staff comfort him. Take this and eat of it, for this is my roommate Barry...and for all those who believe there is a special place for you in Kevin."
Time-Warner, owner of HBO, issued no apology for the on-air explicit homosexual mockery of Scripture and Catholic theology. Neither did the mainstream media bring it to the public’s attention as they did with Don Imus. For the mainstream media, Christians are the only religious group in America against whom such bigotry is allowed.
When citizens “raid” their own 401k Funds for non-emergencies, there are tax penalties.
(Philadelphia Inquirer) A Pennsylvania lawmaker who had a worrisome revelation on the first-base line at his son's Little League game wants to ban metal bats in organized baseball and softball, from the high school level down. Read more..
Shouldn’t this be a league decision, not requiring state intervention?
Ban MP3 Players and Cell Phones at School
(Harrisburg Patriot News) When the Central Dauphin School District locked down two schools this week after threats of violence, a number of parents first learned of the scares from text messages their children sent from cell phones. That could change under a bill introduced by a Philadelphia lawmaker. The proposal would make it illegal in Pennsylvania for students in almost all circumstances to carry cell phones to school, to school activities or on school buses. Read more..
Shouldn’t this be a school district’s decision, not requiring state intervention?
Ban Trucks Passing other Trucks
(Post Gazette) Pa State Senator Gennleaf’s bill, Senate Bill 369, would restrict truckers to the right-hand lane of the highways, even if a truck doing less than 60 was already traveling in that lane. In other words, the faster truck wouldn’t be allowed to pass the slower truck. Read more…
Good luck enforcing this one. No mention of banning cars that “hog” the passing lane.
I will not be posting until Tuesday 5/29 in honor of Memorial Day. My thoughts and prayers go out to all our troops who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Especially the more than 170 Pennsylvania soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please click on the tribute below to honor them.
This could get interesting...
"It's just a PR stunt," Stephen Miskin, spokesman for House Minority Leader Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney, said of Crawford's words. "Part of the Rendell doctrine is to instill fear and create a crisis." Read more..
This is the first budget showdown where the governor does not have his Republican legislative leaders working on his behalf to peal off enough Republican votes to insure passage. These leaders have either been voted out of office (Brightbill and Jubelirer), or had their leadership positions stripped away (Perzel).
(Reuters) - A bill prohibiting public funds from being used for most abortions has become law in Oklahoma after a deadline passed for the state's governor to veto the measure.
"If the governor doesn't act, it becomes law," said his spokesman, Phil Bacharach. Gov. Brad Henry had until midnight on Wednesday night to veto the bill. Read more..
UK Parliament Faces Fight Over Abortion Counseling, Waiting Periods
(CNSNews.com) - Britain's parliament looks set for another fight over abortion this summer as a lawmaker pushes for a mandatory waiting period for women wanting the procedure.Ann Winterton, a Conservative member of parliament from northwest England, plans to introduce a bill on June 5 requiring women seeking an abortion to receive counseling from a doctor or qualified professional. After getting information about possible alternatives and assistance that may be available, the woman would then have seven days to decide whether to go ahead with ending the pregnancy. Read more..
I'm sure he would want to talk about your "pro-choice" stance as well Ed.
The Middle-East resolution calls for "phased, selective divestment as a means of ending [Israel's] military occupation" of Palestinian territory and asks the United Methodist pensions board to divest from any multinational corporations "profiting from the occupation." One endorser is ethicist J. Philip Wogaman, former pastor to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Another resolution would urge striking the language from the United Methodist Book of Discipline that says, "The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching." If passed, the proposal will go before the 2008 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, which meets next May in Fort Worth, Texas.
Additionally, a closed session of the clergy will discuss the situation of the former Rev. Ann Gordon, a United Methodist minister in Baltimore who now reportedly professes a male identity as Rev. Drew Phoenix.
There should be no sadness when a healthy baby boy is born to two loving parents, but this case is different.
Homosexual parenting involves intentionally denying a child either a mom or a dad. In this case, young Samuel David -- who, as a Cheney, will surely enjoy privileges and comforts greater than most children will be missing a father.
I know this is unpopular to say but the media has an odd way of reporting stories like this. Mary Cheney and Heather Poe were not both involved in the baby's conception here. Therefore they are not both his parents. But to say that brings calls of intolerance and hatred and brings unwanted attention to the unnaturalness of "gay parenting." We can fool ourselves all we want, still God will not be mocked or persuaded into acceptance. That is precisely the two homosexuals cannot create a baby.
USA Today reports that Vice President Dick Cheney has "bristled at questions on the topic." It's his daughter and grandchild so I can certainly understand the concern. But one can not deny this goes against nature, common sense, and God's design of the family no matter how many people you love are involved.
I don't doubt for a moment this baby will be loved and cared for. I hope he is not used in any political agenda on either side and maybe someday Mary Cheney and Heather Poe will embrace God's true plan for their lives.
Eric recently posted a piece on David Howard, one of the members of the ETS executive committee, writing a piece in the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, in which he states the following:
"Responses to Mr. Beckwith's conversion run the gamut. A small number of evangelicals have reacted as if he committed an act of betrayal. Among many more, including us on the executive committee, the response has been one of cordial disagreement on some critical matters, accompanied by an acknowledgment that we nevertheless have much in common as fellow Christians."
Eric writes: This kind of statement speaks volumes about the state of the so-called evangelical leadership. Howard and the rest of the executive committee are now scrambling for answers to questions such as how the anemic and poorly worded ETS "Doctrinal Basis" can exclude a Roman Catholic, and what the real differences are between Evangelical Protestantism Roman Catholicism. They seem to be genuinely lost, as this statement from Howard well illustrates. Howard doesn't give us any evidence that he is even aware that nearly 500 years ago there was something called "the Reformation," and that the primary issues of that Reformation were the question of authority and the nature of the gospel.
I have news for Eric and all the others who thrive on division and fortifying the walls that Satan has built. The "I'm right, you're wrong" attitude has got to go. The reformation is over. The results were a disaster and the division continues to weaken and separate the church.
Eric continues: The Roman gospel, as defined by Trent, officially anathematized the gospel of Jesus Christ. Francis Beckwith has traded the sufficiency of Christ and the "once for all"-ness of His propitiatory sacrifice on the cross for an endless series of sacramental obligations and religious works he is now required to keep to "merit" his ongoing justification before God. Has Beckwith "committed an act of betrayal"? Of course he has. The fact that this simple affirmation is now being called into question among "evangelical leaders"--something which would have been a given in evangelicalism fifty short years ago--shows just how far "evangelicalism" has strayed away from its roots.
That's truly sad. First there is no "Roman Gospel" Eric has no idea what the Catholic Church really believes or teaches. Either that or he refuses to admit it because it's bad for his brand of theology.
I applaud Frank Beckwith for his willingness to pursue what he thought was right, despite being unpopular. I also appreciate everyone at ETS who is willing to prayerfully consider Roman Catholics as fellow Christians even though we may not fully agree on every issue. I'm willing to listen to anyone who wants to move beyond cheering for our team and work toward Christan unity.
Eric ends his post be saying "I don't even know what "evangelical" means anymore." If that means the line that separates one Christian from another is undefined then I'm glad. I'm Sorry you are so confused Eric. Truth has a habit of getting in the way and sometimes it's painful.
Recently, Republican strategist Rich Galen told USA Today that Congress' intervention in the right-to-die case of Terri Schiavo in 2005 was "a pivot point" for many Republican voters. A majority of voters disapproved of the lawmakers' actions in the case of the brain-damaged Florida woman."
Gibbs disagrees with Galen. Gibbs said, "When given correct information, the vast majority of American people favor protecting innocent life as our founding fathers did. Most Americans do not favor giving death row convicts more due process of law protection than we provide for senior citizens or disabled Americans!"
The leading Republican presidential candidates demonstrated during their initial debate with moderator Chris Matthews that they do not understand the important disability issues involved in the 2005 Terri Schiavo case. Gov. Mitt Romney said he thought it "was a mistake" for Congress to get involved and the matter should have been left at the state level." Sen. John McCain said Congress "probably acted too hastily." Mayor Rudy Giuliani continues to see the matter as merely a "family dispute."
Only Sen. Sam Brownback and Rep. Duncan Hunter, both of whom participated in the Congressional action in 2005, got this issue right, correctly pointing out that all Congress did was to give Terri a chance to appeal her state death sentence to a federal court and reminding Americans of President Ronald Reagan's admonition to always "err on the side of life."
Bobby Schindler explains that his sister's case "was not about someone's 'right-to-die', nor was it an 'end- of-life' issue as was so often reported. Instead, heinous criminals on death row have more protection and are treated with more dignity than people like Terri. Congress saw this and intervened to protect her. Not only was it appropriate for Congress to try and help Terri, but it is what they are morally obligated to do in such cases."
Gibbs explains, "America needs to know what really happened to this lady because Terri's death by dehydration should never have been permitted in a civilized society. These candidates must understand the truth because if elected, they will be making policies that impact all of us."
Gibbs has released a video giving an insider's perspective to the life and death of Terri Schiavo. This emotional, dynamic presentation can be downloaded at www.fightingfordearlife.com
The special PA House “Committee As A Whole” session last September permitted state legislators to vote anonymously on various gun control measures. Since each vote was anonymous, gun control advocates thought that this would “give cover” to those wanted to pass gun control legislation without having to face 2nd Amendment advocates, or the NRA, FOAC, etc. Despite the anonymity, each gun control measure failed overwhelmingly.
This certainly puts a different perspective on Youth Group activities.
Bottled water is the world's biggest scam. It costs more then gas but all we complain about is the gas. Water covers most of the earth. You don't have to drill for it. You don't need a pipeline though some terrorists backyard. Heck it falls from the sky! So why are they selling it to me for two bucks a bottle?
Speaking of overpriced water, Starbucks. If the person if front of you orders something like a "decaf grande half-soy, half-low fat, iced vanilla, double-shot, gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one sweet-n'-Low, and one NutraSweet," you know you are in line with a complete jerk and so is the person behind you. It's hot flavored water. All I want is a medium coffee with some cream. No, I don't want to finance it either. See the bottled water section if you are confused.
I'm not a cashier! By the time slide my card, enter my PIN number, press "Enter," verify the amount, deciding no, I don't want cash back, and press "Enter" again, my milk is spoiled, the bread is stale and the kid who is supposed to be ringing me up is standing there eating my Almond Joy.
Is it too much to ask for something new? You go to the movies and you have a choice of Spiderman 3, Shreck 3 or Pirates of the Caribbean 3. Let's be honest and call it "Taking Your Money Again 3"
No more gift registries. It used to be just for weddings. I can accept that. But now it's for babies and new homes and graduations from rehab. Picking out the stuff you want and having other people buy it for you isn't gift giving, it's creative looting.
For all you out there graduating, here is some free advice... If you ever hope to be a credible adult and want a job that pays better than minimum wage, then don't pierce or tattoo anything visible.
Captured in Yemen, ELBANEH was housed at a Yemeni jail until he and 22 other Islamic terrorists escaped on February 3, 2006. The FBI has yet to confirm that ELBANEH is in custody.
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Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican, made the announcement in Harrisburg on Monday. Metcalfe is demanding "full cooperation" from federal, state and local governments to "secure America's borders against unlawful invasion." That includes eliminating all economic attractions and incentives - such as welfare and other taxpayer-funded public benefits, education and job opportunities -- that may prompt foreigners to sneak across the border, Metcalfe said.
"Since Washington, D.C., remains AWOL on fulfilling its Constitutional responsibilities to secure our nation's borders against foreign invaders, it is not only incumbent, but the obligation for state lawmakers to step up and do the job that our federal government refuses to do," Metcalfe said in a news release announcing the formation of the coalition. Read more...
In the interests of full disclosure, I’m a volunteer for State Rep. Metcalfe.
With 5 other PC (USA) churches in the Pittsburgh Presbytery considering to leave the denomination, Pittsburgh is becoming the epicenter of discontent within the PC (USA) denomination. I am currently serving on the Denomination Concerns Task Force of the Beaver-Butler Presbytery, and we are also encountering similar issues.
France's unemployment rate is 8.7 percent; the U.S. rate of 4.5 percent. Among persons under age 25, a cohort that supported Royal, the rate is 21.2 percent, and is apt to stay there unless Mr. Sarkozy can implement reforms that irritate rioters. Read more..
An entrenched sense of entitlement spanning several generations can be difficult to overcome.
Let me pay carbon credits for my huge carbon footprint to a company that I have a financial interest in, while telling you to do with one piece of toilet paper.
Francis Beckwith resigned on May 5 as president of the Evangelical Theological Society. One week earlier the Baylor University philosophy professor rejoined the Roman Catholic Church, his home until age 14. He spoke with Christianity Today editor David Neff about the reaction to his decision, theological misconceptions, and evangelical strengths and weaknesses.
From Fred Thompson: With this bill, the American people are going to think they are being sold the same bill of goods as before on border security. We should scrap this bill and the whole debate until we can convince the American people that we have secured the borders or at least have made great headway. (NRO)
From Senator DeMint: According to reports, the bill contains a new 'Z Visa' that allows those who entered our country illegally to stay here permanently without ever returning home. This rewards people who broke the law with permanent legal status, and puts them ahead of millions of law-abiding immigrants waiting to come to America. I don't care how you try to spin it, this is amnesty. (DeMint)
Fact sheet, as prepared by the White House. (White House) Key provisions. (USA Today) Meanwhile, some illegal immigrants find this path to citizenship “overly burdensome and impractical.” (AP)
These attempts never seem to stop.
After months of work, the latest local school property tax scam was rejected.
Pennsylvania voters' widespread rejection Tuesday of an income tax to replace a portion of their school property taxes now has state leaders considering alternatives, including a statewide sales tax increase to reduce the property tax and controls on school spending. I like the spending controls but why is that they always have to raise a tax to lower a tax? That not accomplishing anything but moving money from one pocket to the other. I guess they think we are too stupid to notice.
The well-known pastor and author, who broadcasts nationwide from his mega Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, has been seeking to help Jewish groups raise money from Christians for Israel.
Fundamentalist Christians like Hagee believe they have a Biblical injunction to bless Jews and the State of Israel as God's "chosen people."Some critics, however, decry that Hagee's biblically based views on Israel do not serve the Jewish state.
Hagee's bestselling book, "Jerusalem Countdown," for instance, argues that Biblical interpretation reveals that Iran will lead a coalition of Islamic countries, also supported by Russia, in a nuclear attack on Israel. The event Hagee says will kick-off the real mother of all battles – Armageddon, the final great earthly war first mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Not exactly a happy prospect for the Jewish state or an idea Judaism itself endorses.
But he has not been seen in a church of his professed Anglican faith except on official occasions. To be received officially into the Church, he will be expected to take part in a service of baptism, followed by confirmation and Holy Communion.
1. Thou shalt never endanger listeners.
2. Racism is always a dumb idea.
3. Complacency on the inside loses listeners from the outside. Work at your art.
4. Contests must always be straight forward. (Being too cute with contests can be costly.)
5. Advertisers pay you. They are your friends.
6. Have a delay button (preferably 20 seconds or more) and when in doubt use it.
7. Don't dis someone's religion.
8. Don't let anyone curse in your studio ever. Get them out of that habit. If they are comfortable with cursing, it can someday accidentally get on the radio
9. Instruct guests on your radio standards so they don't get you in trouble.
10. Do good. (We're not on earth to mark time. We're here to make a difference).
I have to tip my hat to Mancow. You can count me in. I hope others will take these to heart and take the responsibility of broadcasting to neighbors, our kids and our community seriously. Most radio folks do. Sadly it's those that are in it for all the wrong reasons that don't consider anything beyond a punch line and a bottom line.
The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) today said "Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) and seventeen other members of Congress who describe themselves as Catholic not only are ignorant of their faith but also need a civics lesson."
Father Euteneuer was responding to their rebuke of Pope Benedict XVI in a press release from DeLauro's office which stated that the Pope's recent comments that Catholic politicians risk excommunication and should not receive Communion by saying, "Such notions offend the very nature of the American experiment and do a great disservice to the centuries of good work the church has done."
Father Euteneuer said, "It is an embarrassment that a Catholic, much less a member of Congress should make such an absurd statement. Even if this statement were true, the Holy Father answers to a Higher Power than Rep. DeLauro and the Gang of 18."
"The truth is," Father Euteneuer said, "nothing threatens the American experiment more than the legal but unjust killing of human beings by abortion which stands in stark contrast to the very first right enumerated by our Declaration of Independence: The Right to Life. The humanity of the unborn child is no longer even debated. It is a scientific fact. Abortion is murder, and murder is against the law. Like Dred Scott before it, which violated certain citizens' Right to Liberty, Roe v. Wade is bad, dishonest law and will eventually fall."
"Excommunication is a pastoral and medicinal penalty, not a political one. The Pope is well within his free expression of religion guaranteed by the US Constitution-and his pastoral duty-to warn any Catholic when their eternal salvation is jeopardized by their actions" Father Euteneuer said. "This is what the Catholic Church teaches and what Catholics believe. If the Gang of 18 believes otherwise, honesty and integrity requires they find another church that tells them what they want to hear. If they have that much of a problem being Catholic, no one is forcing them to stay. We certainly don't need their hypocrisy."
Reducing the number of children couples have is the best way to fight climate change, according to a British environmental group.The UK's Optimum Population Trust (OPT) says in a report that population growth is one of the main causes of "global warming" but adds that both politicians and other green groups are loathe to talk about it.
No they are loathe to sound stupid....
PA’s gasoline tax, on top of the federal tax, brings the total tax to over 48 cents per gallon.
Dobson’s dilemma may play out for a lot of us should Giuliani become the nominee.
The majority of those that took the time to vote agreed with me. Western Pennsylvania residents voted a strong "no" against shifting some of their property taxes to larger income taxes, a pattern that appeared throughout the state.
Gov. Ed Rendell had pushed hard for the referendum. His spokesman, Chuck Erdo, said, "The governor doesn't believe that the defeat of the local tax shifting question is an indication of anything other than confusion."
Oh yeah, there's confusion alright. I'm confused how Rendall promised us a property tax reduction if we approved gambling, yet we have to now vote for a tax increase to get it. This is not what the Governor promised us.
Then comes the news that Opie and Anthony have been suspended by XM Satellite Radio for 30 days for making offensive sexual comments. Suspended? Excuse me, but didn't they mean fired?
Their "suspension" came after a bit about the raping of the Secretary of State, The First Lady and The Queen of England. In fact, Opie and Anthony laughed as they imagined the look of horror on Condoleezza Rice's face if she were punched in the face during a violent sexual encounter. Do we really need this on any radio, satellite or otherwise?
O&A are no strangers to this stuff. These are the same guys that aired a couple having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. I'm all for freedom of speech but major corporations don't need to hire, promote, broadcast and profit off this stuff. These two men have a responsibility to broadcast in the interest of their listeners and the nation. The vast majority of us find this unacceptable and extremely offensive.
There should be no suspension here. Their bosses should fire them immediately. They should not be allowed to air on any radio station. If you want to talk about that stuff, do it in your basement not on the radio. If those that are entrusted with the public airwaves can not recognize blatantly offensive and distasteful elements then Opie and Anthony are not the only ones that should be sent to the unemployment line.
Don Imus was recently fired for his comments. It disturbs me that anyone associated with Opie and Anthony allowed this to happen in light of the sudden decency awareness. It is time for America to clean up all these ridiculous acts of Shock Jocks, Rap Musicians and anyone else who is in the entertainment business. It's not funny any more and most sensible Americans refuse to buy it.
This issue happens right here in Pittsburgh. If you have to bleep out words of a songs DON'T PLAY THE SONG. If an artist is not a positive influence, DON'T PLAY THE ARTIST. If a person can't get a laugh without some sex or drug reference then they have no talent and need to find another job. I can't believe the trash that comes out of the speakers when John McIntyre is on. The times I listened I was disgusted and while I don't like to see anyone lose their job, John should be fired immediately. But then again this is the same station that airs Opie and Anthony for Pittsburgh to "enjoy". I can only hope that will change.
Giuliani getting the highlight with his quick response to Ron Paul’s assertion that 9/11 was a result of the United State’s bad foreign policy. (FOX News)
An unscientific FOX poll had Romney winning… But Ron Paul finishing second. Very unscientific. (FOX News)
A bunch of great Townhall blogging on the event. From Hewitt: Mayor Giuliani and Governor Romney are light years ahead in electability and seriousness than the other eight. (Townhall) Prior to the debate, polls show Giuliani’s lead slipping. (Gallup)
Ron Godwin, the university's executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, was found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but he said Falwell "has a history of heart challenges."
Remarkably, a senior adviser to Pelosi admitted "Conservative radio is a huge threat and political advantage for Republicans and we have had to find a way to limit it. Second, it looks like the Republicans are going to have someone in the presidential race who has access to media in ways our folks don't want, so we want to make sure the GOP has no advantages going into 2008."
Then this from the story: Pelosi and her team are focused on several targets in the fight, including Rush Limbaugh and the Salem Radio Network. In fact, Kucinich's staff has begun investigating Salem, one of the fastest growing radio networks in the country, which features such popular -- and highly rated -- conservative hosts as Bill Bennett and Michael Medved, and Christian hosts such as Dr. Richard Land. "They are identifying senior employees, their political activities and their political giving," says a Government Reform committee staffer. "Salem is a big target.” (American Spectator)
From Hugh Hewitt: I invited Speaker Pelosi to appear on the program to discuss just this specific issue, an invitation that was declined. Her press secretary, Drew Hammill, wrote back to tell us that the story is "false" and that we could quote him on that subject. It would be very easy for the Speaker to put this one to bed quickly and with a short announcement or interview stating that she will not support the return of censorship to the airwaves. She hasn't. You can draw your own conclusions and watch for the introduction of the legislation attempting to outlaw criticisms of the Democrats. (Townhall)
A high school senior who was issued the former cell phone number of Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has been bombarded at all hours with calls for the state’s chief executive, at first getting at least six a day. “This experience hasn’t given me any political aspirations,” student Katie Kamar said. Last week the governor left a voicemail for Kamar, apologizing for the calls and thanking her for being so courteous. I wonder if she will pardon the Gov?
Speaking of pardons.... Paris Hilton is desperately trying to avoid jail for repeatedly driving on a suspended license, and flattery seems to be part of her legal strategy. Her petition seeking a pardon from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praises him: “Let me first begin by saying that I grew up as a child enjoying all of your wonderful films. You really are the truly great action hero for our time. You are doing a great job in the great state of California,” Hilton wrote. I'm impressed she can spell Schwarzenegger.
A Texas bill to charge a $5 entry fee to strip clubs and use the money for sexual-assault prevention and treatment got strong support in a preliminary vote. Three years ago, Gov. Rick Perry supported a similar fee to raise money for schools, but lawmakers killed it because they said it was unseemly to link strip clubs to education. Gee ya think?
"It's not 'if' but 'when,' he will announce," one Protestant evangelical leader says of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering for position in the 2008 race.
A prominent Roman Catholic social conservative says the three Republicans who have raised the most money and have led the polls -- former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- fall short of social conservatives' expectations, but Mr. Thompson doesn't. "He's right on the issues ... He's better than all of the above."
Both the Protestant and Catholic activist, like other Christian conservatives, spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity.
Note: NO it's not me. They said "prominent" and I'm far from that. To be honest I'm not thrilled with anyone so far and my early prediction is we may see President Obama.
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Hugh Hewitt interviewed Time Magazine writer Nancy Gibbs about her article on Romney’s faith. (Townhall) Romney’s son pitches for his dad in Townhall. (Townhall) Meanwhile, Giuliani hits a few snags. (Townhall)
Pope Boniface VIII in 1302 wrote this:
"We declare, say, define and pronounce, that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff." It declares that those who resist the Roman Pontiff are resisting God's ordination.
Now before you launch into rage stay with me. When a pope declares, says, pronounces, and defines, he is using the formula to make crystal-clear that he is delivering not his personal opinion but the dogmatic teaching of the Catholic Church. The fact is, Boniface VIII committed the Church to this proposition for the rest of her history. We cannot dodge this with a convenient “that was then, this is now.” If it was dogma once, it still is.
However, the Second Vatican Council 660 years after Unam Sanctam formulated Lumen Gentium, in which she declared, “The Church knows that she is joined in many ways to the baptized who are honored by the name of Christian, but do not profess the Catholic faith in its entirety or have not preserved unity or communion under the successor of Peter.”
Hummm... What to do now? I admit this sounds like a flat contradiction. Yet the Church, centuries before Vatican II, regarded Orthodox sacraments as valid, which is awfully hard to do if you don’t think Christ can be found anywhere but in the Catholic Church. Similarly, it has always regarded the baptism of non-Catholics as valid—and a valid baptism means you are, in some sense, in union with Christ. In fact Rev. Leonard Feeney was excommunicated for insisting that only people in visible communion with the Catholic Church could be saved. So this simplistic “We’re in, you’re out” reading of Unam Sanctam (and the corollary that Lumen Gentium “cancelled” it) doesn’t fly.
Scripture speaks to this. John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is for us“ (Mk 9:38–40).
Jesus’ point is in following Him, both the man casting out demons and the apostles—whether the man or the apostles realized it or not—were brought into some kind of union with one another through Him. It didn’t matter whether the apostles or the man were conscious of it. Their mutual obedience to Him put them in relationship to each other. The fact is, it is His Spirit, who is the principle of unity holding His Body together and drawing its members into ever more perfect union with each other.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that unity with the Body of Christ doesn’t matter. For to be brought into union with the Body of Christ at all is to be brought into the order that Christ has established for that Body.
If one is a Christian at all, one is, as Lumen Gentium says, in some kind of union with the Church, the Body of Christ. It's the extent of that unity that is questioned. This is why the Church teaches and has always taught that “outside the Church, there is no salvation.” For the Church is the company of the saved.
There is but one source that has remined infalliable. That source is not confined to a human being, despite the physical presence of any chosen pope. Rather it is the position and office itslef that is guided, protected and sustained by the Holy Spirit. Therefore anyone who seeks to be led by the Holy Spirit is in fact subject to the pontiff. While many non-catholisc might not be conscience of this fact, it is the Catholic church that at the root of faith Christian faith.
To be in the most perfect union possible a Christian should be in the fullness of Christ’s revelation in the Catholic communion. That includes the common life, common worship, and common teaching of the Church; as well as the seven sacraments, the accumulated wisdom of the Tradition both in Scripture and in the life of the Church, the Magisterium (including the papacy), and the “riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (Eph 1:18). Other churches use elements in various combinations and to varying degrees but in order to accpect the fullness of God's plan, believers do well to avail themselves of as much of God’s gifts as they can.
At least two large congregations in the presbytery are on the verge of leaving the denomination, but Dr. Mead, 60, cited pressing family concerns as his reason for returning to the West Coast.
This needs to STOP.
Meanwhile, another story notes “Svante Arrhenius, the father of the greenhouse effect, would be called a heretic today. Far from issuing the sort of dire predictions about climate change which are common nowadays, the Swedish physicist dared to predict a paradise on earth for humans when he announced, in April 1896, that temperatures were rising -- and that it would be a blessing for all.” (Spiegel)
Hugh Hewitt notes Rutgers player Katie Adams “is from Ogden, Utah. I don't know if she is LDS, but if so, hasn't Al Sharpton slandered a Rutgers player?” (Townhall) Instead of apologizing, Sharpton took another swipe at Romney and the Mormon church, saying “If you have a church built on racial discrimination, then I do not believe you are a true believer in God." (NY Daily News)
Well Mr. Sharpton, if you call yourself a reverend but support abortion and same sex marriage then I don't believe you are a follower of Christ much less part of any genuine clergy.
Superior Court Judge L.A. McConnell imposed the mandatory sentences on Jade Sanders, 27, and Lamont Thomas, 31. Their son, Crown Shakur, weighed just 3 1/2 pounds when he died of starvation on April 25, 2004.
The couple were found guilty May 2 of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children. A jury deliberated about seven hours before returning the guilty verdicts.
Defense lawyers said the first-time parents did the best they could while adhering to the lifestyle of vegans, who typically use no animal products. They said Sanders and Thomas did not realize the baby, who was born at home, was in danger until minutes before he died.
But prosecutors said the couple intentionally neglected their child and refused to take him to the doctor even as the baby's body wasted away.
"No matter how many times they want to say, 'We're vegans, we're vegetarians,' that's not the issue in this case," said prosecutor Chuck Boring. "The child died because he was not fed. Period."
Although the life sentences were automatic, Sanders and Thomas begged for leniency before sentencing. Sanders urged the judge to look past his "perception" of the couple."I loved my son - and I did not starve him," she said.
When the judge told the defendants they could ask for a new trial, Thomas hung his head low.
"I'm dying every day in there," he said, "and that could take three years."
This information is derived from the video the terrorists had attempted to get converted into a DVD for further distribution. Videographic details within the recording reveal there were a total of 10 jihadists live-firing assault weapons, calling for jihad along with the traditional "allah hu akhbar" refrain.
A remainder of at least 4 members of the cell are still-at-large and, also based upon the video evidence of assault weapons training, must be considered heavily armed and extremely dangerous. Additionally other sources indicate that as many as 6 other individuals who acted in support roles for this cell also remain at-large. It must also be surmised that ongoing interrogations of the 6 arrested terrorists by federal law enforcement is focused upon locating the remnant cell members. Additionally, the cell members may all have known the location of the video store. That still unidentified business and its employees acted heroically and without regard to potential retribution.
The suburban nature of this terror plot can not be overlooked. These terrorists homes are in urban America. Other terrorists of this exact same type are living in a neighborhood somewhere in suburban or urban America, perhaps as the people of Cherry Hill learned they may be living near or literally across the street from your own home. Sulejman Talovic lived in such a neighborhood, as did John Muhammed (aka the "DC Sniper"). So did Mohammed Atta and the 9/11 highjackers. So did Hussein al-Husseini, both before and in the aftermath the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. He recently disappeared.