Sarah Palin is not a household name. Unless you live in an igloo. She is the Governor of Alaska.
But that's not the story.... In December, her doctor told her that prenatal tests indicated the child she was expecting would be born with Down syndrome. One year into her governorship and with four children at home, a child with Down syndrome would present a serious challenge.
There was an easy way out. More than 80 percent of prenatal Down syndrome diagnoses end in abortion.On April 18, Sarah Palin gave birth to a 6-pound, 2-ounce son. He was born with Down syndrome."We've both been very vocal about being pro-life," Palin told the Associated Press, speaking of herself and her husband, Todd. "We understand that every innocent life has wonderful potential."The day after the birth, the Palins released the following statement: "Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."I can only hope that we as a nation are provided with more leaders who view all life as worthy and valued.
A pro-life woman as VP. Thank you John McCain.
GOP Retains Pro-Life Plank That McCain Criticized
From the story: The sanctity-of-life plank approved by the Republican platform committee this week includes essentially the same uncompromisingly pro-life language that has been in Republican platforms dating back to the Reagan years, and that Republican presidential candidate John McCain has criticized in the past.
The Bad News:
GOP Platform Draft: Global Warming is Man-Made
From the story: A final draft of the Republican Party platform includes a first-ever plank on global warming that says human activity has contributed to climate change. "The same human activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere," the draft reads. "Increased atmospheric carbon has a warming effect on the earth."
The party states that it "strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right." Read more…
Pennsylvania attorney Phillip Berg filed for DECLARTORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF against Obama and the DNC.
Obama committed Fraud upon Plaintiff and the American Citizens by running for President claiming to be eligible knowing he was not eligible as a result of his failure to regain his United States Citizenship and by maintaining multi citizenships with Kenya and Indonesia.
Obama further committed Fraud upon Plaintiff and the American people by falsifying information on his Illinois State Bar Registration and Public Disciplinary Record. Obama stated on his Application to the State Bar of Illinois, as proven by the Illinois State Bar Registration and Disciplinary Record, stating he never used any other names. Obama signed his application/registration for the Illinois State Bar under the penalty of perjury knowing the information to be false.
The fact of the matter is Obama used the name Barry Soetoro in Indonesia and was registered as a citizen of Indonesia on his school records. Obama further used the name Barry Obama and it is further believed Obama used the name Barack and/or Barry Dunham.
Obama attempted to defraud Plaintiff and the American people by allowing an altered and forged Hawaii Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) to be placed on his campaign website. Obama was well aware the Government issued COLB was altered and forged as the original document was in the name of Maya Kasandra Soetoro born in 1970. Maya Kassandra Soetoro Obama's half sister who was born in Indonesia and her birth was later registered in Hawaii.
Obama further attempted to defraud Plaintiff and the American People by claiming to be a United States Citizen, knowing this information to be false. Obama is well aware when his mother married Lolo Soetoro, a citizen of Indonesia and took up residency in Indonesia with Obama, they both naturalized in Indonesia expatriating their United States Citizenship. Obama's mother failed to regain her citizenship after her divorce to Lolo Soetoro, when Obama was a minor and Obama himself failed to regain his United States Citizenship by taking the oath of allegiance, which is recorded when he turned eighteen (18) years.
Furthermore, Obama is well aware he is not a United States Citizen and does not qualify as a "natural born" citizen. Obama traveled to Pakistan in 1981, at which time he was twenty (20) years old and used his Indonesian Passport, not a United States passport.
Moreover, as stated above, Obama was registered in School in Jakarta, Indonesia as Barry Soetoro, a citizen of Indonesia, born in 1961 in Hawaii and his religion was registered as Islam.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is supposed to represent and protect the interests of working Americans, which includes securing a Democratic Nominee on the Presidential Election ballot who represents the Democratic vision and who is qualified and eligible to run for Office of the President under the qualifications of the United States Constitution. The DNC has failed to inquire into Obama's eligibility status.
For the above aforementioned reasons, Obama needs to immediately step down and withdrawal his candidacy for Presidency.
I'm no legal expert but WOW! Let's see if any of this get reported.
You can see the 20 page full complaint here
Pelosi said Sunday on NBC's ``Meet the Press'' that ``doctors of the church'' have not been able to define when life begins. That prompted swift rebukes from Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl and Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, who said Pelosi was incorrect and that Catholic teaching has consistently condemned abortion.
Cardinal Edward Egan of New York voiced similar sentiment Tuesday. Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William Lori, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Doctrine, also issued a statement correcting Pelosi.
Brendan Daly, a spokesman for Pelosi, said in a statement Tuesday that she ``fully appreciates the sanctity of family'' and based her views on conception on the ``views of Saint Augustine, who said: '... the law does not provide that the act (abortion) pertains to homicide, for there cannot yet be said to be a live soul in a body that lacks sensation ...'''
The statement from Rigali and Lori said ``uninformed and inadequate theories about embryology'' in the Middle Ages led ``some theologians to speculate that specifically human life capable of receiving an immortal soul may not exist until a few weeks into pregnancy. While in canon law these theories led to a distinction in penalties between very early and later abortions, the Church's moral teaching never justified or permitted abortion at any stage of development.''
Don't let reality get in your way Nancy........
Fox News reported in March 2008 that [Trinity United Church Pastor Jeremiah] Wright is moving into a new, 10,340 sq. ft. home paid for by Trinity United. He stepped down from his post on June 1, and Pastor Otis Moss took over as senior pastor. Read more..
Rather amazing that a church whose pastor makes numerous charges against the U.S. government also collects a sizable government “subsidy”.
They noticed in Denver...
The Bishops of the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, site of the Democratic convention, issued a letter directed to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Denver entitled "Separation of Sense and State: A Clarification for the People of the Church in Northern Colorado:
To Catholics of the Archdiocese of Denver: Catholic public leaders inconvenienced by the abortion debate tend to take a hard line in talking about the "separation of Church and state." But their idea of separation often seems to work one way.
In fact, some officials also seem comfortable in the role of theologian. And that warrants some interest,not as a "political" issue, but as a matter of accuracy and justice.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them.
Interviewed on Meet the Press August 24, Speaker Pelosi was asked when human life begins. She said the following: "I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time.And what I know is over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition . . . St. Augustine said at three months. We don't know. The point is, is that it shouldn't have an impact on the woman's right to choose."
Since Speaker Pelosi has, in her words, studied the issue "for a long time," she must know very well one of the premier works on the subject, Jesuit John Connery's Abortion: The Development of the Roman Catholic Perspective (Loyola, 1977). Here's how Connery concludes his study:
"The Christian tradition from the earliest days reveals a firm antiabortion attitude . . . The condemnation of abortion did not depend on and was not limited in any way by theories regarding the time of fetal animation. Even during the many centuries when Church penal and penitential practice was based on the theory of delayed animation, the condemnation of abortion was never affected by it.
"Whatever one would want to hold about the time of animation, or when the fetus became a human being in the strict sense of the term, abortion from the time of conception was considered wrong, and the time of animation was never looked on as a moral dividing line between permissible and impermissible abortion."
Or to put it in the blunter words of the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder."
Ardent, practicing Catholics will quickly learn from the historical record that from apostolic times, the Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil. In the absence of modern medical knowledge, some of the Early Fathers held that abortion was homicide; others that it was tantamount to homicide; and various scholars theorized about when and how the unborn child might be animated or "ensouled."
But none diminished the unique evil of abortion as an attack on life itself, and the early Church closely associated abortion with infanticide. In short, from the beginning, the believing Christian community held that abortion was always, gravely wrong.
Of course, we now know with biological certainty exactly when human life begins. Thus, today's religious alibis for abortion and a so-called "right to choose" are nothing more than that - alibis that break radically with historic Christian and Catholic belief.
Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life. It is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it. Catholics who make excuses for it - whether they're famous or not - fool only themselves and abuse the fidelity of those Catholics who do sincerely seek to follow the Gospel and live their Catholic faith. The duty of the Church and other religious communities is moral witness.
The duty of the state and its officials is to serve the common good, which is always rooted in moral truth. A proper understanding of the "separation of Church and state" does not imply a separation of faith from political life. But of course, it's always important to know what our faith actually teaches.
Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
+Archbishop of Denver James D. Conley +Auxiliary Bishop of Denver
I think Nancy need to go back to school on this issue.
Barack Obama has made his decision on a running mate and as everybody knows, he has chosen Senator Joseph Biden. Obama, aware of how weak he is in the area of foreign policy (given that he was dog catcher in Illinois just 15 minutes ago), he chose someone who is perceived to have a strong CV in this area by virtue of his long tenure on the Senate Foreign Relations committee.
Now some might argue that his membership on this committee does not endow him with any special insight into foreign relations and foreign policy, diplomatic or otherwise. Like I said, some may argue. However, I am not going to argue this today. Rather, I am going to make a parallel argument, that Joe Biden's long time membership in the Catholic Church clearly has not provided him any insight into what it means to be a Catholic. You can extrapolate from there. All the following quotes are taken from a weirdly informative article in the Christian Science Monitor.
Thus far, seven of the eight accused marines have been cleared of all charges. The eighth is still pending.
This week, Congressman Murtha will be attending the Democrat National Convention in Denver. While there is no doubt that Congressman Murtha will be in front of the TV cameras through the week, it seems that no one in the national media is interested in asking Murtha for a comment on these developments, much less for an apology.
Perhaps if the DNC really "supports the troops", the DNC can run the video below and ask Murtha to respond.
The comments, reported by Politico, came during what were supposed to be the closing remarks at the Shorenstein Center-sponsored panel discussion with the three anchors of the Sunday news shows.
"Ladies and gentleman, the coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing," said Rendell, in the ballroom at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel. "It was embarrassing."
“MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign," Rendell said, who called their coverage "absolutely embarrassing."
Chris Matthews, Rendell said, "loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons.”
At that point, PBS's Judy Woodruff, who was moderating the moderators event, said: "Why don’t we let Governor Rendell sit down." Read more….
Interesting that Rendell’s criticism comes up now. Will he still feel the same when Obama’s opponent is a Republican?
From the story: Local leaders once again are looking to taxpayers to foot the bill for chronic operating deficits at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
For the third straight year, the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority is requesting $2 million in Allegheny Regional Asset District funding to cover the shortfalls in 2009.
That request came even though the authority in July began receiving state gambling revenues intended to cover the deficit. But Executive Director Mary Conturo said those amounts fall short of what is needed.
TOUGH!!! If you can't run a brand new state if the art facility without losing money then we have a management problem. Close the doors. Sell the place. Make it a homeless shelter for all I care ,but don't ask me for another dime so these yahoo's can continue to build their own personal utopia.
A choir belted out a gospel song followed by a rabbi reciting a Torah reading. Helen Prejean, the Catholic nun who wrote "Dead Man Walking," spoke on the death penalty and young Muslim women in headscarves joined in on the fun.
It doesn't end there. There will be four "faith caucus" meetings, blessings to open and close each night, and panels and parties run by Democratic-leaning religious advocacy groups.
One hallmark of Democratic faith efforts at the convention is diversity. That can be a volatile mix. I know Obama is not running for head pastor, but Republicans are often blasted for mixing religion and politics. Will the Dems suffer the same objections?
It all part of a carefully orchestrated efforts to gain votes and Obama is not leaving anyone out. The campaign is giving a platform to people who otherwise would not have been invited to or attended a Democratic convention. One example is Joel Hunter, a moderate evangelical megachurch pastor from Orlando, Fla.
They have crafted language in the Democrats' abortion platform that acknowledges the need to help women who want to keep their pregnancies. Evangelical leader Jim Wallis helped with the "Christianese" as were new front groups such as Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. The thought being is you use the word "Catholic" some will fall for it.
Despite all the effort, there is little evidence religious votes are shifting. A Pew poll released last week showed the political preferences of religious voters, including highly sought Catholics and white evangelicals, have scarcely budged since 2004.
Get ready for the dog and donkey show. Just remember to read between the scripted lines and production pizazz.
You can read the official statement from the Diocese of Virginia concerning the latest ruling of the court concerning the property of eleven Virginia Churches that have left The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virgninia.
The state attorney general announced today that a Mt. Lebanon High School chemistry teacher has been caught in a child predator sting.
Nicholas Salvo, 34, of Mt. Lebanon, is accused of using the Internet to send sexually explicit photos to someone he believed was a 14-year-old girl.
With all due respect to the Bishop, agents who refuse to do the job they were hired to do should be FIRED as conscientious objectors.
Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin asked for a blanket moratorium on immigration raids in Rhode Island until the nation adopts comprehensive immigration reform. Tobin made the requests in a letter sent Tuesday to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Boston.
Imagine of the Federal government sending a letter asking Catholic priests to stop preaching until the whole Catholic -protestant debate was settled. How would that sit with Bishop Tobin?
Tobin's action comes during a heated debate over illegal immigration in heavily Catholic Rhode Island. Authorities recently raided six courthouses looking for illegal immigrant maintenance workers and Gov. Don Carcieri, himself a Catholic, signed an order requiring state police and prison officials to identify illegal immigrants for possible deportation.
"We believe that raids on the immigrant community are unjust, unnecessary, and counterproductive," the bishop's letter says. It urges individual federal agents to consider the morality of their actions and refuse to participate if their conscience dictates.
These are not raids on the "immigrant community". They are raids on criminals who broke the law. They cheated theior way in to this country. To call law enforcement officers immoral is just wrong. To make faithful Catholics choose between an honorable job and their faith is uncalled for.
You can read the interview here
“It really is as if California has banned its citizens from having moral consciences,” said Gary McCaleb, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a conservative group.
The ADF is defending two San Diego-area Christian doctors who the court said were required to artificially inseminate a lesbian, even though doing so would have violated their religious beliefs.
Justices on the California Supreme Court unanimously held Monday that Drs. Christine Brody and Douglas Fenton, who work at the North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group in Vista, Calif., could not use the First Amendment’s protections of freedom of religion and free speech to be exempt from a lawsuit filed by Guadalupe Benitez, a lesbian. Read more...
Exempting freedom of speech and religion, especially in a private practice, sets a dangerous precedent. Where else will the court suspend basic constitutional rights?
They are trashing Georgia (The country not the state for all you bulldog fans) and are not happy about a missle shield in Poland.
Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the U.S. missile shield plans are clearly aimed at weakening Russia. The U.S. says the missile defense system is aimed at protecting the U.S. and Europe from future attacks from states like Iran.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Polish counterpart signed a deal Wednesday to build a U.S. missile defense base in Poland, an agreement that prompted an infuriated Russia to warn of a possible attack against the former Soviet satellite.
Rice dismissed blustery comments from Russian leaders who say Warsaw's hosting of 10 U.S. interceptor missiles just 115 miles from Russia's westernmost frontier opens the country up to attack.
Check the calendar comrades! "When you threaten Poland, you perhaps forget that it is not 1988," Rice said. "It's 2008 and the United States has a ... firm treaty guarantee to defend Poland's territory as if it was the territory of the United States. So it's probably not wise to throw these threats around."
The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City and St. Joseph says a tentative $10 million deal has been reached to settle 47 sexual abuse claims against a dozen clergy or former clergy.
Bishop Robert W. Finn tells priests in a letter released late Tuesday night that the agreement is subject to his approval after he consults with two diocese boards.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the nonmonetary conditions included in the proposed settlement are more important than the money.
Several sources at the RNC told FOX News that in the last 36 hours, senior McCain advisers and aides have told RNC officials that McCain “got the message” last week that choosing a running mate who supports abortion rights would not be helpful.
GOP pundits had been vocal in urging the presumptive presidential nominee not to pick a running mate who supports abortion rights. Ridge, the first homeland security secretary, was said to be on McCain’s short list, and the only candidate who explicitly supports abortion rights. Read more…
Let’s savor this moment.
Party leaders thought that a McCain – Ridge ticket would help place Pennsylvania back into the red column - a false premise at many levels. The RNC and PA GOP have many times counted on the pro-life contingent to deliver election victories, but then ignore pro-life concerns when they smell an election victory with a pro-abortion candidate. (The Earll – Shogan Superior Court race being the most recent example where party leaders were on the wrong side of the life issue.)
This may be wishful thinking, but just maybe, party leaders will stop forcing pro-abortion candidates on the Republican Party and expect the pro-life contingent to simply “fall in line”.
By Jay Sekulow
I want to make a couple observations concerning Barry's recent post on the Saddleback Forum. First, the concern that I had regarding the content of the questioning was certainly alleviated during the presentation. Throughout the two-hour Saddleback Forum, we learned more about the candidates and their worldviews than in all the previous debates combined.
Father Thomas is a martyr: he sacrificed his life for the poor and marginalised. But he did not die in vain, because his body and his blood enrich the Church in India, particularly the Church in Andhra Pradesh”.
Those are the words of Msgr. Marampudi Joji, archbishop of Hyderabad and secretary of the bishops’ conference of Andhra Pradesh (a state in South East India), commenting the barbarous killing of the Carmelite priest Thomas Pandippallyil, 38, assassinated on the night of August 16th.
This newest martyrdom reflects an emergence of militant Hindu extremism with a particular hostility toward Catholics and other Christians.
Did you see this video? The guy is in really bad shape due to the fact that a building impeded his air surfing progress!
The whole time I'm thinking, dude let go. Hanging ten should be your toes not your fingers.
See the video here
Construction of the North Shore casino is set to go after the group headed by Chicago billionaire Neil Bluhm closed on more than $550 million in financing this morning.
Some workers are expected to be back at the casino site, where work has been suspended since June 30, as early as today, said Dan Fee, a spokesman for Pittsburgh Gaming Holdings. Mr. Fee said full construction should resume by the end of the week.
Mr. Bluhm will honor the commitments Mr. Barden made to fund the replacement for Mellon Arena at $7.5 million a year for 30 years and to provide $3 million each to the Hill District and the Northside Leadership Conference for redevelopment and neighborhood initiatives.
Two doctors at the North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group in San Diego County said they had declined for religious reasons to artificially inseminate an unmarried woman and argued that their rights to free speech and free exercise of religion protected them from being compelled by the government to do so.
Seven justices of the California Supreme Court said this was not the case and that doctors were compelled by California law to artificially inseminate lesbian patients. Read more..
WPTT-AM (1360) is switching to a new format and will be eliminating Ms. Cullen's show, which airs from 9 a.m. to noon.
SALEM COMMUNICATIONS has formally announced its deal to use STREAMAUDIO for streaming its 95 U.S. radio stations on the Internet. The company switched to STREAMAUDIO earlier this year.
The baby girl, born during the 23rd week of gestation, still has an uncertain future. Hospital spokesman Ziv Farber said that any premature infant of that weight and age had only a 10 percent chance for survival. But five years ago, he added, "we had a baby weighing only 580 grams, and she survived."
The 26-year-old mother and her husband have a five-year-old son at home. When she gave birth after going into premature labor at the hospital, the doctor on the scene pronounced it dead and it was taken to the morgue.
The father, Ali Majdub, told Channel 2 that his wife realized the child was alive after asking to see her dead daughter one last time.
"When we unwrapped the baby to see her, she realized it was moving. I began screaming and ran with it toward the doctors," he said.
She was then rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit,where doctors are fighting for her life.
By Keith Fournier
On August 16, 2008, two intense competitions captured the attention of America and much of the rest of the world. One occurred, in Beijing, where the sports phenomenon, Michael Phelps, made history by earning his eighth gold medal in the competition. The other involved a verbal competition for the hearts and minds of an American electorate set to vote this Fall for the next President of the United States.
The contenders were Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain. Without diminishing the significance of what occurred in the Beijing Olympics, what occurred in Lake Forest, California, at the “Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency” held in the Saddleback Church and hosted by its Pastor, Rev. Rick Warren, was significantly more important. In fact, it may have turned the tide in what is one of the most significant elections in modern American history.
First, this was a very significant forum. Indeed, it was historic and may have changed the face of election politics in America. In an age where the American vision of the Separation of Church and State has sometimes been misinterpreted and wrongly applied in efforts to silence people of faith from active participation in the electoral process, this was a great example of the proper role of the Church, indeed all religious institutions, in the American experiment. In fact, Pastor Warren got it exactly right when he began the Forum with these words "We believe in the separation of church and state but we do not believe in the separation of faith and politics." He went on throughout the night to underscore the fact that, in his words “faith is a worldview”. I might say it a bit differently, “faith informs a worldview”, but we arrive at the same place.
In fact, as a Catholic Christian, I must admit that I was quite impressed with the Pastors understanding of the social implications of our shared Christian faith. The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church is a treasure for all Christians, indeed all people of faith and good will, who sincerely want to understand how that process of allowing our faith to inform our worldview and then compel our civic and social participation should proceed. I for one am thrilled that our evangelical Protestant friends are speaking to the full spectrum of issues associated with such a worldview, including our commitment to respecting life from the womb to the tomb, protecting, supporting and promoting marriage and family, exhibiting a love of preference for the poor, promoting true and responsible freedom, being responsible stewards of our environment and practicing Peace in our relationships on the local, national and international level. The first winner of the Gold for the evening was Pastor Rick Warren who presided over the forum with excellence.
His comfortable demeanor and charitable manner evoked candor from both candidates. He also showed courage by not failing to ask the kinds of questions which are at the beating heart of this election. Unfortunately, too many of his fellows in the Christian community had prejudged him even before the event began and put out their Press Releases accordingly. His efforts to provide a forum where we can learn to disagree “without demonizing the other” and to “restore civility” were a breath of fresh air. I have tried to encourage just such an approach myself, especially on the internet. I think he has opened the forum of the Church for such future activities precisely when it is needed the most. It is the Christian Church which has been at the forefront of so many of the great social crusades in our shared history, such as ending slavery and eradicating institutional racism. The Gospel simply does have social implications.
But, he said, whomever Sen. John McCain picks as a running mate should defer to McCain on the issue.
McCain opposes abortion, but he riled some conservatives last week when he suggested his running mate could - like Ridge - support abortion rights. Read more…
Looks like Ridge’s comment means that he is on McCain's short list for V.P. But in addition to abortion, there are other concerns regarding Ridge. Ridge lines up left of center on gun control, national defense, capital gain taxes and a host of other issues.
The Denver coroner says a Canadian man found dead in a hotel room with a pound of sodium cyanide nearby died of cyanide poisoning.
The cause of death was announced Thursday, but authorities haven't determined whether 29-year-old Saleman Abdirahman Dirie committed suicide.
Police say they don't suspect foul play and the FBI says there's no apparent connection to terrorism.
Officials have not said why he had the poison or why he was in Denver, where the Democratic Convention starts in less than two weeks.
Dirie, of Ottawa, was found dead Monday. Acquaintances say the Dirie family came from Somalia and are now Canadian citizens.
The chairman of Allegheny County's Republican committee is suing Democrats on County Council, saying they met in secret last month before voting on a ballot referendum on a 10-percent drink tax.
Jim Roddey, a former county executive, says the Democrats are using their veto-proof majority to abuse their power. Democrats hold 11 of 15 seats on council.
The November referendum in question gives voters the right to keep the drink tax or choose higher property taxes. A citizens group has gathered petitions for its own competing referendum that would cut the drink tax to 0.5 percent.
Council president Rich Fitzgerald says Roddey's suit is "political" and that council didn't hold illegal meetings.
But is Senator Bob Casey really his father’s stalwart pro-life advocate?
From the Philadelphia Bulletin: "If a Democrat voted with the National Rifle Association two out of every three times, no one in his right mind would call that person an advocate of gun control," said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League."
Yet Bob Casey Jr., who has a NARAL voting record of 65 percent - meaning that he votes with the radical pro-abortion group two out of every three times - is somehow considered pro-life."
Because Mr. Casey's pro-life credentials are suspect and because the party's platform still reads, "the Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay," some political observers contend the recent development is an attempt to woo younger, progressive Christians to the Democratic fold.
Did you get that? “…regardless of ability to pay…” That means that you and I will be forced to pay, through our tax dollars, for abortion.
How is it that the most militant pro-abortion convention ever, along with the most militant pro-abortion candidate for president ever, is doing everything possible to hide their true beliefs? If America truly believed as these militant pro-abortionists believed, there would be no need to cloak their actions in false pro-life pretensions.
Mr McCain said in an interview with The Weekly Standard: "I think that the pro-life position is one of the important aspects or fundamentals of the Republican Party."
Mr Ridge, Mr McCain told the magazine, would be more palatable to social conservatives who make up the base of the Republican Party.
"And also I feel that - and I'm not trying to equivocate here - that Americans want us to work together," Mr McCain added.
"You know, Tom Ridge is one of the great leaders and he happens to be pro-choice. And I don't think that that would necessarily would rule Tom Ridge out. Read more…
Based on the conservative hopes expressed in the story below posted yesterday (Wednesday), this story gave these hopes a short, 24-hour shelf life.
Saleman Adbirahman DIRIE, 29, a Somalian native who had been living in Canada, was dead for at least six days when found inside room 408 at the Burnsley Hotel, 1000 Grant Street, Denver, Colorado.
The law enforcement source stated that "police found two large bottles of a powdered cyanide-based substance inside of the room, in addition to other materials consistent with the storage and handling of cyanide."According to authorities, no passport was found on Dirie or inside of his room.
The Burnsley Hotel is located about four blocks from the State Capitol building, and not far from many events associated with the Democratic National Convention scheduled in Denver later this month.
Despite the circumstances surrounding his death, authorities are downplaying the incident and are being intentionally vague about the identification of the substance. According to public news sources, FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis stated "that nothing so far has been found to link the case to terrorism or the coming convention."
"We conservatives believe that you dismissed our serious quest for responsible, limited government," said a woman at the town hall-style meeting at the York Expo Center.
"As a senator, I understand that you have had to adopt a compromising stance with the Democrats to get legislation passed," she said. "But in your quest for the presidency, we want to know if it is in you to become a passionate and forceful leader with a conservative agenda to fight the lure of socialistic programs promoted by Senator (Barack) Obama?"
McCain's one-word response -- "Yes" -- brought a roar of applause from a crowd estimated at nearly 3,000. Read more..
Well, let’s hope so. One of the least compelling reasons for voting for someone is the “he is not as bad as the other guy” attitude. This attitude spills over into the make-or-break activity among political activists. “Yes, I’ll vote for him, but going door-to-door, manning phone banks, or placing a sign in my yard, forget it!”
Conservatives have been burned in Pennsylvania. The sting of having a conservative pro-life Pennsylvania senator doing primary endorsements of several pro-abortion congressional candidates and one U.S. senate candidate over their respective pro-life challengers is still felt.
McCain needs to go to the mat for a conservative cause. Yes, he’s pro-life, but is he willing to limit his candidate endorsements to pro-life candidates, or his V.P. pick to pro-life candidate?
The anti-tax group’s 2008 study evaluated states by the state and local taxes paid by residents, dividing the amount by total state income to compute a tax burden measure.
According to the report, Pennsylvania taxpayers pay 10.2 percent of their income on state and local taxes, including taxes paid to other states. Read more…
Pennsylvania’s Corporate Net Income Tax is the 2nd highest in the nation, and then Pennsylvania adds the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax to the business tax mix. The result produces enough disincentives for businesses to locate elsewhere. Try though he may, no amount of cardboard checks from the governor can overcome this negative business environment.
The wife of megachurch evangelist Joel Osteen told jurors Friday she was "dumbfounded" and "shook up" after a flight attendant accused her of assaulting her over a spill on a first-class seat. Victoria Osteen, in court because the flight attendant is suing her, said she pushed no one and even ended up cleaning the spill that sparked the incident herself.
Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown claims Victoria Osteen grabbed, elbowed and pushed her before the start of a 2005 flight to Vail, Colo. Victoria Osteen and her husband, who also had been on board and testified earlier Friday, denied that account.
"I love people. I'm guilty of that," Victoria Osteen said.
Dressed in an orange pant suit, Victoria Osteen was animated while testifying, often moving her hands while she talked. A couple of times during her testimony, she cried.
Joel Osteen called the incident "an unfortunate misunderstanding." He testified that his wife never raised her voice or grabbed the flight attendants, though he said he could not hear his wife's voice from his seat.
"We would never disrespect authority or disrespect" the flight attendant, Joel Osteen said.
The couple are co-pastors of Houston's Lakewood Church, a converted basketball arena that draws about 42,000 people each week for services. Joel Osteen's weekly television address is broadcast nationally and internationally and he has written books that have been sold around the globe.
On Thursday, another flight attendant on the plane, Maria Johnson, testified that Victoria Osteen demanded special attention to clean up a half-dollar-sized spill on her armrest.
When Victoria Osteen didn't get her way, Johnson testified, the passenger became verbally and physically abusive to both flight attendants. She said Osteen eventually grabbed Brown by the shoulders, elbowed her in the chest and pushed her out of the way in an attempt to get into the cockpit.
But both Joel and Victoria Osteen, who were called to the witness stand by Brown's attorney, disputed Johnson's testimony.
Victoria Osteen said when she first told a flight attendant about the spill, she was handed some napkins. She said she responded, "'It's not my job.' I didn't say it in an ugly tone of voice."
Victoria Osteen denied Johnson's claim that she later grabbed Johnson and pulled her in order to have her see the spill.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a detailed list of inappropriate behaviors for priests, saying they should not kiss, tickle or wrestle children.
The newest version of the archdiocese's Decree on Child Protection also prohibits bear hugs, lap-sitting and piggyback rides.
But it says priests may still shake children's hands, pat them on the back and give high-fives.
Victim advocates who have criticized the Roman Catholic archdiocese for its handling of abuse cases say they support the new measures as a step toward better protection of children.
The Cincinnati archdiocese says it updates the rules every five years. The latest version, issued last week, also mandates background checks for contractors working with children.
The Obama campaign has called for Georgia and Russia to each exercise restraint, perhaps giving us a glimpse into the moral equivalency and over-reaching attempts at objectivity and fairness that an Obama Administration will bring to foreign affairs. The McCain campaign hit back hard and accurately at the statement issued by Obama’s spokesperson.
In retaliation, Obama’s campaign is alleging that McCain’s stance reflects the influence of one of his top foreign policy advisors who acted as a lobbyist for Georgia. Read the McCain Report’s article here.
This demonstrates a remarkable lack of respect for opposite viewpoints. Apparently not understanding that someone can have a different view point besides moral relativity on the Russian-Georgian conflict, the Obama campaign ties McCain’s viewpoint to former Georgian lobbyists.
Either the Obama campaign is so convinced that the opinion of McCain (and those who agree with him) is so illogical that it can only be attributed to foreign subversion, or they are so desperate to score political points that they’re willing to overlook the victimization of Georgia. Either is disgraceful
"I look forward to 2010. We have a great candidate for governor right here - (former U.S. Attorney) Pat Meehan. He would be excellent. If (Pennsylvania Attorney General) Tom Corbett decides he wants to run, he's another good candidate. Whether (former Senate candidate) Pat Toomey runs or not, I don't know. He's made noise about it, but I'm not sure he appeals enough to mainstream voters. But he certainly has a place in the party. All voices have a place in the GOP, and always have. That's why I loved it when we had both Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter as senators. It was a big tent, and sometimes you agree with one, and other times with the other, but they did a good job." Full Interview
It would be telling to have Mr. Asher define what constitutes the beliefs of the “mainstream voters”. Eastern and Western Pennsylvania may be 300 miles apart, but philosophically, the chasm is greater regarding conservative beliefs.
With an electrifying speech from the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday, the Catholic fraternal organization has begun mobilizing its members for one of the most ambitious political operations since Roe v. Wade: liberating the Catholic vote from pro-abortion politicians.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson addressed the 126th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization, in Quebec City and pledged the Knights to fight abortion promoting politicians, who buy Catholic votes with their stand on other issues.
"We have heard a great deal this year about the need for change," said Anderson in a clear reference to the mantra of Barack Obama, the presumptive pro-abortion nominee of the Democratic Party. "But at the same time we are told that one thing cannot change - namely, the abortion regime of Roe vs. Wade."
"It is time that we demand real change, and real change means the end of Roe vs. Wade," he said. In contrast to other Catholic social justice issues like poverty and the death penalty, Anderson asked delegates, "What political issue could possibly outweigh this human devastation" of nearly 50 million abortion deaths in the US since 1973? "The answer, of course, is that there is none," Anderson said.
He added, "Abortion is different. Abortion is the killing of the innocent on a massive scale." "It is time to put away the arguments of political spin masters that only serve to justify abortion killing." Anderson then committed the Knights to "end the political manipulation of Catholic voters by abortion advocates," whom he accused of entangling "Catholic people with abortion killing." "It is time to stop creating excuses for pro-abortion candidates. Catholics should no longer be asked to be partners in the abortion regime by voting for politicians who support abortion." "We will never succeed in building a culture of life if we continue to vote for politicians who defend and support a culture of death," said Anderson to thunderous applause from the assembly.
"It is time that Catholics shine a bright line of separation between themselves and all those politicians of every political party who defend the abortion regime of Roe vs. Wade." The Knights of Columbus speech comes at a critical time in this election year, especially with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again justifying her advocacy of abortion and same-sex "marriage" while publicly describing herself as a "faithful Catholic," despite the jarring juxtaposition.
Gay partnerships pose the same ethical questions as those between a man and woman and the key issue for Christians is that they are faithful and lifelong, he believes. “Dr Williams is known to be personally liberal on the issue but the strength of his views, revealed in private correspondence shown to The Times, will astonish his critics.
The disclosure threatens to reopen bitter divisions over ordaining gay priests which pushed the Anglican Communion towards a split, as conservatives seek uphold the Biblical opposition to homosexuality. As Archbishop of Canterbury, he recommitted the Anglican Communion to its orthodox position that homosexual practice is incompatible with Scripture at the Lambeth Conference which closed on Sunday. In an exchange of letters with an evangelical Christian, written eight years ago when he was Archbishop of Wales, Dr Williams describes his belief that Biblical passages criticizing homosexual sex are not aimed at people who are gay by nature. Instead, he argues that scriptural prohibitions are addressed “to heterosexuals looking for sexual variety in their experience”.
He says: “I concluded that an active sexual relationship between two people of the same sex might therefore reflect the love of God in a way comparable to marriage, if and only if it had about it the same character of absolute covenanted faithfulness.” Although written before he became Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002, Dr Williams describes his view in the letters as his “definitive conclusion” reached after 20 years of study and prayer. He refers to it as his “conviction”. He draws a distinction between his own beliefs as a theologian, which are liberal, and his position as a church leader for which he must take account of the traditionalist view of the majority of Anglicans. He has stuck to this position ever since.
“If I’m asked for my views, as a theologian rather than a church leader, I have to be honest and admit that they are as I’ve said,” he writes. The letters, written in the autumn of 2000 and 2001, were exchanged with Dr Deborah Pitt, a psychiatrist and evangelical Christian, who lives within his former archdiocese in south Wales and wrote challenging him on the issue. In reply, Dr Williams describes how his view changed from that of opposing to gay relationships when, in 1980, his mind became “unsettled” by contact as university teacher with Christian students who believed the Bible forbade promiscuity not gay sex.
Dr Williams, who was ordained priest in 1978, became a lecturer at Cambridge two years later and was appointed Dean of Clare College in 1984. He writes that by the end of the 1980s he had “definitely come to the conclusion” that the Bible did not denounce faithful relationships between people who happened to be gay. He cites two academics as also pivotal in influencing his view, one of whom ironically is Dr Jeffrey John, the celibate homosexual whom he later forced to withdraw as Bishop of Reading after an outcry from conservative evangelicals. Until now the clearest statement of Dr Williams’ liberal views was an essay, “The Body's Grace”, published in 1989 in which he argued that the Church’s acceptance of contraception meant it acknowledge the validity of non-procreative sex. This could be taken as a green light for gay sex.” Of course for Catholic observers, and for some Anglo-Catholics within the Church of England, the position of the Archbishop of Canterbury that the acceptance of contracepted sex at an earlier Lambeth conference, after its unbroken rejection for close to two millennia in Christian history, undermined the classical Christian teaching on the unitive and procreative dimensions of the conjugal act. However, to now go even further down the road to heresy and say that this error now opens the doors to equating sexual actions between homosexual sex partners and conjugal love between married heterosexual spouses is sure to raise serious concern throughout the entire Christian community.
If the Times report is accurate, it reveals a clear divergence from orthodox Christian teaching on the ends of marriage, the dignity of human sexuality, and an errant vision of theological anthropology and Christian morality. It is also sure to send shockwaves through the Anglican world and raise anew the specter of its further dissolution.
A Muslim separatist group in China has made a new video threat against the Beijing Olympics, warning Muslims to keep their children away from the games, a US group that monitors extremists said Thursday.
The nearly six-minute video shows flames consuming a Beijing Olympics logo and an explosion over a venue for the competition, and features a masked, turbaned speaker clutching what appears to be an riffle.
The IntelCenter released a copy of the recording, attributed to the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), an ethnic Uighur and Muslim organization seeking to create an independent state out of China's heavily Muslim Xinjiang province.
The SITE Intelligence Group, meanwhile, translated some of the message, which was delivered in the language of the Uighurs, and said that the speaker identified himself as a TIP member and issued a threat against the Games.
The speaker urges Muslims to keep their children from the competition, and warns "Do not stay on the same bus, on the same train, on the same plane, in the same buildings, or any place the Chinese are," SITE said.
In July, the Washington-based IntelCenter said TIP had taken credit in another video statement for a deadly bus bombing in Shanghai in May and warned of new attacks in China during the Olympics.
The former first lady did not rule out the possibility of having her name placed into nomination at the convention, being held Aug. 25-28 in Denver. But she also said no decisions had been made. Read more…
Then there is this from Newsmax:
When Obama and Hillary "kissed" and made up during their unity rally in June, both made a private pledge to each other to help raise $500,000 from their donors for the other's campaign.
Though deep in debt, Hillary quickly fulfilled her promise. But cash-rich Obama has yet to cough up the dough from his backers.
Just when you thought that the Obama – Hillary race was over long ago....
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson will announce the fatherhood initiative during his annual report at the 126th annual Supreme Council convention, being held this year in Quebec City, Canada. The Supreme Knight's report, and other portions of the convention, will be carried live on Catholic television networks in the U.S. and Canada, including the Eternal Word Television Network, Salt & Light Television and Catholic TV.
That shrewd observer of the Anglican scene, Damien Thompson, has posted some thoughts on what a sudden influx of Anglicans might mean for the Catholic Church -- and how it might happen:
The really good news, from the Catholic point of view, is that Rome and the two flying bishops seem to have agreed on the bare outline of a deal between Romeward-bound Anglicans and the Vatican. If it seems presumptuous for Anglicans to ask for a deal, remember this: in the mid-1990s, after the Church of England ordained women priests, many Anglo-Catholics drew back from union with the Holy See because the Bishops of England and Wales were so unwelcoming, and because they were so depressed by the low standard of liturgy in our parishes. The situation now is very different. Pope Benedict XVI is an old friend of conservative Anglo-Catholics in England and America; he shares their dismay at the shoddy state of the liturgy in many churches, and he is seeking to renovate the vernacular Mass by exposing Catholics to the treasures of pre-1970 Latin worship. All this would have been inconceivable in 1994, as would a Ratzinger papacy, and old-fashioned "Sandalista" liberals are still hoping to wake up from their bad dream.
The cheering from the Anglo-Catholic sidelines at these developments has been hearty and loud - much louder, I'm sorry to say, than that from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. Yet it is now looking less likely, thank God, that our diocesan bishops will dig in their heels and refuse to allow special measures for former Anglicans. Roma locuta est, I suspect - quietly and diplomatically, but decisively. (One thing I do know, though it is a different issue, is that Ecclesia Dei has instructed the English and Welsh hierarchy to implement the Motu Proprio.) So what might an agreement between Rome and former Anglo-Catholics look like? Here are some informed guesses:
1. Rome will set up an "apostolic administration" under a Catholic bishop to offer pastoral care to former Anglican priests and their parishioners.
2. The ex-Anglicans will form an umbrella organisation called something like the Fellowship of St Gregory the Great. The Fellowship, under the guidance of their new Catholic bishop, will consist of former Anglican priests who have been ordained into the Catholic priesthood. Their parishes, though open to anyone, will consist largely of ex-Anglicans.
3. Some Fellowship parishes will occupy their former church buildings, though this will require an unprecedented degree of co-operation with the Church of England.
4. Former Anglican communities may - if they wish - be allowed to use parts of the Book of Common Prayer adapted for Catholic use, as in a few American parishes. In practice, there will be little demand for this concession, I suspect.
5. Former Anglican priests will undergo an accelerated programme of study allowing them to be swiftly ordained. (Conditional ordination is unlikely to be on offer.) Marriage will be no bar to ordination, but no actively gay priest will be knowingly ordained, and this will be strictly enforced.
6. However there will be no question of married lay former Anglicans becoming priests, since this would effectively abolish the rule of celibacy in the Western Church.
7. There will therefore be no Uniate Anglican-Rite Church; there is not enough demand for it, and it raises too many questions about celibacy and jurisdiction.
8. That said, there could well be a future for the Fellowship of St Gregory once its original supply of ex-Anglicans has died out. The treasures our new brethren will bring with them - a poetic and contemplative spirituality, glorious prayers, fine music - will permanently enrich the Catholic Church in England; they belong to us all.
As I say, these are just informed guesses. The link at Catholic Online has more info. Check it out. And keep our Anglican brothers and sisters in your prayers.
It does appear that my partnership with Townhall.com will continue at least for now.
Those sites are owned and operated by Salem. Since I am no longer employed by them I guess they thought it was best to get rid of anything having to do with me.
But Powerblog! remains in my control and I will continue to post here.
I'm hoping to announce some things very soon. My thanks to all who continue to visit and send your well wishes.
One thing is certain all the FM's are now taking bids. CBS can focus on the large market stations by selling smaller markets. Pittsburgh is 24th in size.
According to the Post-Gazette, CBS folks declined to comment which stations/cities were on the block, but anything below the top 15 markets could be a possibility. If so, it would more than likely include FM sisters WBZW-FM (93.7), WZPT-FM (100.7) and WDSY-FM (107.9).
Tom Taylor of Radio-Info.com says that the Pittsburgh cluster could be a candidate but that will depend on who is named as potential buyers and whether or not they are interested in this market.
If he were to challenge U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010, Chris Matthews, the talkative host of "Hardball'' on MSNBC, would do well in the state's two largest counties, according to a poll out today.
Mr. Matthews, a native of the Philadelphia area, won support from 45 percent of the respondents from Philadelphia and Allegheny counties, compared to 32 percent for Mr. Specter in Philadelphia and 38 percent in Allegheny County, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll.
But the longtime Republican senator beat the talk show host in other areas of the state.
Mr. Matthews hasn't said if he's interested in running, but he has been mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate in some recent news stories around the state. His brother, Jim Matthews, is a Montgomery County commissioner and ran for lieutenant governor in 2006 with GOP gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann.
A Spanish toll roads company has offered nearly 13 billion dollars to operate the Pennsylvania turnpike for 75 years. The proposal includes a cap on toll increases and protects the turnpike's union workers at least until their contract ends in 2011. Do you support or oppose this proposal?
29 percent support
60 percent oppose
Do you support or oppose putting tolls on Interstate 80 across Pennsylvania?
29 percent support
63 percent oppose
How much have you heard or read about Bonusgate, the legislative payrollbonus scandal - a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
20 percent - a lot
44 percent - some
15 percent - not much
12 percent - nothing.
Which political party do you blame for political corruption in the state legislature the Democrats or the Republicans or both parties equally?
Both equally - 73 percent
Democrats - 9 percent
Republicans - 15 percent.
Do you think House Majority leader Bill DeWeese should step down because of Bonusgate?
Yes - 53 percent
No - 11 percent
Don't know - 35 percent