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… How Barbaric !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 31st,2013

… This one stands for itself . There is this dentist in Oklahoma …

… matter of fact , this ” man ” is an oral surgeon . This is , in eff ect , a dentist who is , in fact , a doctor , i think ? …

… This one , however , is nothing of the sort . He was finally caught by a surprise inspection by the dentistry board in the state . Unfortunately . it was about 25 years too late . More than 7 , 000 of his patients have been advised to get tests for heptatitis C , as well as for AIDS …

… What were they waiting for ? News reports , such as this one , had to have reached Oklahoma City over these many years , and to notkim bergalis & her family do routine inspections is gross malpractice …

… have we forgotten about Kimberly Bergalis , already ?? …

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… Gee , This is “Just Dandy” …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 31st,2013

… this is from a CybercastNewsService(CNS) piece from Friday , March 29th , and i quoted the relevent section , to make my point(s) …

.. the header is “Shorter Lines, Simpler Ballots: Obama-Appointed Panel Seeks to

‘Improve Voters’ Experience at the Polls‘ ..”

…The panel, to be co-chaired by former Rep. Bob Bauer (attorney for the Obama campaign) and Ben Ginsburg (attorney for the Romney campaign), is “advisory in nature,” and it must submit a final report within six months of its first public meeting.   ..The executive order says the commission “shall identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to promote the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots, such as members of the military, overseas voters, voters withdisabilities, and voters with limited English proficiency.”

In doing so, the Commission is directed to consider the following:   — the number, location, management, operation, and design of polling places;   — the training, recruitment, and number of poll workers;   — voting accessibility for uniformed and overseas voters;   — the efficient management of voter rolls and poll books;   — voting machine capacity and technology;   — ballot simplicity and voter education;   — voting accessibility for individuals with disabilities, limited English proficiency, and other special needs;   — management of issuing and processing provisional ballots in the polling place on Election Day;   — the issues presented by the administration of absentee ballot programs;   — the adequacy of contingency plans for natural disasters and other emergencies that may disrupt elections; and   — other issues related to the efficient administration of elections that the Co-Chairs agree are necessary and appropriate to the Commission’s work.   President Obama first mentioned election reform in his 2013 State of the Union Address:   “We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home.

That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That’s why, tonight, I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I’m asking two long-time experts in the field, who’ve recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Governor Romney’s campaign, to lead it. We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy.”

and , to think all about it … [-] .. have not we done this all before , folks .. we keep doing this schtuff , and reforming our voting laws .. and not giving it a chance to work …

[-] .. management of elections .. is generally best left to the states . The federales only should step in when they absolutely have to [the VRA , for example] …

[-] .. mgmt of poll workers .. is a royal pain . It is a one day thing , and getting people to serve for a one – day job is never easy ..

[-] .. tech improvements .. race ahead .. they should be implemented in elections and voting with great care ..

[-] .. initiative warfare and ballot simplicity .. ballots will never really be as

simple as they once were , especially with initiatives , and tax levies , and .. [-] .. timing of primaries , and military ballots .. the primaries need to be moved back some , to better accomodate military balloting , and the mails .. [-] .. mgmt & issuance of provisional ballots .. should be stringent , due to fraud , and perceived fraud .. [-] .. yes , fraud is a problem , dummies ! .. and , voter i.d. is a necessity .. [-] .. voter id is needed ! .. [-] .. Obama ‘ s involvement is hypocritical , as usual .. [-] .. USCCR will muck it up .. the Us Cmsn on Civil Rights is now under control of the left – wing loons . They will mess things up , and try to set things up for the courts .. [-] .. set – up for the courts .. the cmsn and the USCCR will try their best to set the plate for the activist judges to try to interfere in the proper admin of elections …

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… Duh , Jen !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 31st,2013

…Well , what did you expect . Did you think President Obama is having fun and games dealing with split control of Congress ? I would not ,

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to sma...

…POTUS shoots off his big , and I mean BIG mouth …

but I would try to make the best of it . POTUS is not . As Ben Franklin put it , do not make the perfect the enemy of the good . POTUS is , and is having one whole heck of time getting anything done …

… especially when he is being a lazy [bleep] , vacationing as much as he is , and not doing his job , especially things like drawing up and producing a budget …

… Jen Rubin , in her blog post from March 4th , 2013 , quotes merely the obvious . At least the reporters at the Washington ComPost [p] got the White House , for once to admit it …

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… If You were KIng Abdullah II of Jordan …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 31st,2013

King Abdullad II of Jordan,

King Abdullad II of Jordan, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

… would you put your nation ‘ s future , and trust in our President ? …… I sure as hell would not …

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… Happy Easter !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 31st,2013

… or , should it be Hoppy Easter [Ha!Ha!] …

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. in honour of Easter , i wanted to post the official English language translation

provided by the Vatican , of Pope Francis’ Easter Sunday message , originally delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! Happy Easter!

What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it togo out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, inhospitals, in prisons.

Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the

power of sin, of evil! Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious! The mercy of God always triumphs!

We too, like the women who were Jesus’ disciples, who went to the tomb and found it empty, may wonder what this event means (cf. Lk 24:4). What does it mean that Jesus is risen? It means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom. The love God can do this!

This same love for which the Son of God became man and followed the way of humility and self-giving to the very end, down to hell – to the abyss of separation from God – this  same merciful love has flooded with light the dead body of Jesus, has transfigured it,

has made it pass into eternal life. Jesus did not return to his former life, to earthly

life, but entered into the glorious life of God and he entered there with our humanity,

opening us to a future of hope.

This is what Easter is: it is the exodus, the passage of human beings from slavery to

sin and evil to the freedom of love and goodness. Because God is life, life alone, and

we are his glory: the living man (cf. Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, 4,20,5-7).

Dear brothers and sisters, Christ died and rose once for all, and for everyone, but the

power of the Resurrection, this passover from slavery to evil to the freedom of

goodness, must be accomplished in every age, in our concrete existence, in our everyday

lives. How many deserts, even today, do human beings need to cross! Above all, the

desert within, when we have no love for God or neighbour, when we fail to realize that

we are guardians of all that the Creator has given us and continues to give us. God’s

mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf.

Ez 37:1-14).

So this is the invitation which I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of

Christ’s Resurrection! Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let

us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of

this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and

make justice and peace flourish.

And so we ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love,

vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace. Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him

we implore peace for all the world.

Peace for the Middle East, and particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, who

struggle to find the road of agreement, that they may willingly and courageously resume

negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long. Peace in Iraq, that every

act of violence may end, and above all for dear Syria, for its people torn by conflict

and for the many refugees who await help and comfort. How much blood has been shed! And

how much suffering must there still be before a political solution to the crisis will

be found?

Peace for Africa, still the scene of violent conflicts. In Mali, may unity and

stability be restored; in Nigeria, where attacks sadly continue, gravely threatening

the lives of many innocent people, and where great numbers of persons, including

children, are held hostage by terrorist groups. Peace in the East of the Democratic

Republic of Congo, and in the Central African Republic, where many have been forced to

leave their homes and continue to live in fear.

Peace in Asia, above all on the Korean peninsula: may disagreements be overcome and a

renewed spirit of reconciliation grow.

Peace in the whole world, still divided by greed looking for easy gain, wounded by the

selfishness which threatens human life and the family, selfishness that continues in

human trafficking, the most extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century;

human trafficking is the most extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century!

Peace to the whole world, torn apart by violence linked to drug trafficking and by the

iniquitous exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth! Made the risen

Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible

guardians of creation.

Dear brothers and sisters, to all of you who are listening to me, from Rome and from

all over of the world, I address the invitation of the Psalm: “Give thanks to the Lord

for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever. Let Israel say: `His steadfast

love endures for ever'” (Ps 117:1-2).

Greeting

Dear Brothers and Sisters, to you who have come from all over the world to this Square

at the heart of Christianity, and to you linked by modern technology, I repeat my

greeting: Happy Easter!

Bear in your families and in your countries the message of joy, hope and peace which

every year, on this day, is powerfully renewed.

May the risen Lord, the conqueror of sin and death, be a support to you all, especially

to the weakest and neediest. Thank you for your presence and for the witness of your

faith. A thought and a special thank-you for the beautiful flowers, which come from the

Netherlands. To all of you I affectionately say again: may the risen Christ guide all

of you and the whole of humanity on the paths of justice, love and peace.

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… Gee , Isn’t It about Time [Missile Defence] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 31st,2013

… Gee , Isn’t It about Time [Missile Defence] …

Obama admits error on missile defense | Right Turn print

The New York Times has reported “ The Pentagon will spend $1 billion to deploy additional ballistic missile interceptors along the Pacific Coast to counter the growing reach of North Korea’s weapons , a decision accelerated by Pyongyang’s recent belligerence and indications that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, is resisting China’s efforts to restrain him…”

… Duh ! … In this day and age , missile defence is not optional . It is not a choice . It is mandatory …

.. Unfortunately , it is an admission that previous cuts were unwise , dangerous , and reckless. This is one of many examples in which the  liberal infatuation with

slashing defense runs head into the reality that the president is commander in chief

and ultimately responsible for defending the United States and deterring our allies.

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… Do the Democrats understand the Meaning of the Word ” Bribery ” …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 31st,2013

… Do the Democrats understand the meaning of the word “Bribery” …

… the difference between a campaign contribution and an out – an – out bribe is a narrow one … one is given to help support an candidate , or an officeholder ‘ s campaign , the other is given to deliberately subvert the rule of law , and favour one ‘ s self..

.. defined ..Bribery is an act of giving money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.   The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient’s conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or merely a promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.[1]   In economics, the bribe has been described as rent. Bribery in bureaucracy has been viewed as a reason for the higher cost of production of goods and services.

.. right now , the Senate Democrats are , or have gone waaay over the line . Byron York is a fantastic writer for the Washington Examiner , and a veteran of the American Spectator , among other publications . He has picked up on two pieces from the liberal blog , “Plum Line , ” written by Washington Post writer Greg Sargent . I link to them [here] and [here] . Campaign contributions are one thing . I support their deregulation , but also their disclosure .

… What Saergant is describing though , is out-and-out Bribery !

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… are the North Koreans losing their Minds ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,March 30th,2013

North Korea Kim Jong-un

North Korea ” leader ” Kim Jong Un

China is North Korea’s historical ally. Without quiet support from Beijing, analysts say

the Kim dynasty would have collapsed long ago.   Now though, China is losing patience with Kim Jong-Un’s belligerence.   There are few obvious signs of that happening. Either China isn’t bothering with the

pressure, or it doesn’t have as much influence as it would like to think it has (and

everyone else would like to hope it has).   “[Kim Jong Un] finally signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the [Korean People’s Army], ordering them to be on standby for fire so that they may strike any time the U.S. mainland, its military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea,” the state-run KCNA news agency stated.

The B-2 flights, the news service said, showed America’s “hostile intent,” calling them “reckless.”

The United States and South Korea insist the joint military exercises they launched in early March are purely defensive.

the scary thing is about Pakistan . The Pakistanis have , as you will see below , a full nuclear capability , with all three legs of the nuclear triad … air , land , & sea …

English: Barack Obama

English: Barack Obama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

… the Pakistanis have been well known for playing fast and loose with the P.R.C. . Worse , they are actively co – operating in nuclear terms with Iran and North Korea … and they share a border with Iran …

… thankfully , they do not with the D.P.R.K. (North Korea) . It would be very difficult for them to get their hands on more advanced nuclear weapons designs , given Pakistan ‘ s dependence on US $$ , and ever – tighter sanctions that the UN Security Council has placed on them , and their own economic weakness …

You’d think it was in China’s interests to tell the country’s young leader to cool it. The

higher the rhetoric, the more we’ll see sophisticated American military hardware on the

Korean Peninsula.   B-2 Stealth bombers at China’s back door this week can’t have pleased Beijing.   The geo-political implications for China are tricky. Too much pressure on Pyongyang might

cause its collapse. That would be great for the impoverished people inside the country and

a result for the West, but not for China.   There would probably be a massive flood of refugees across the northern border.   Remember the politics too. China and North Korea are both Communist countries – there is a

loose political allegiance.   A collapse would probably lead to a re-unified Korea allied with the Americans – too much

and too close for Beijing to stomach.

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… the Settlements are not the Problem …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,March 21st,2013

… Palestinian acceptance of Israel and her existence is . Judea and Sumaria are part of Israel , and Jerusalem is , undivided and indivisible , Israel ‘ s capital . Case Closed ! …

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… “Partial Birth

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,March 21st,2013

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… In honour of His Inauguration Mass …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,March 21st,2013

[courtesy of the translation by Vatican Radio]

… I am posting here , on the occasion of his Inauguration Mass , and the Feast of Saint Joseph , and in honour of Pope Francis I , a copy of the homily [for non – catholics — sermon] from the Mass …

(Vatican Radio) Homily of the Holy Father at the Inauguration of his Papal Ministry 19 March 2013:

Dear Brothers and Sisters , I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the

Pope Francis Portrait Painting

Pope Francis Portrait Painting (Photo credit: faithmouse)

solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor : we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude.

I offer a warm greeting to my brother cardinals and bishops , the priests , deacons , men and women religious , and all the lay faithful. I thank the representatives of the other Churches and ecclesial Communities, as well as the representatives of the Jewish community and the other religious communities, for their presence. My cordial greetings go to the Heads of State and Government, the members of the official Delegations from many countries throughout the world, and the Diplomatic Corps .

In the Gospel we heard that “Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife” (Mt 1:24). These words already point to the mission which God entrusts to Joseph: he is to be the custos, the protector. The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus; but this protection is then extended to the Church, as Blessed John Paul II pointed out: “Just as Saint Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ’s upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ’s Mystical Body , the Church , of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model” (Redemptoris Custos, 1).

How does Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing Ho presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand. From the time of his betrothal to Mary until the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, he is there at every moment with loving care. As the spouse of Mary, he is at her side in good times and bad, on the journey to Bethlehem for the census and in the anxious and joyful hours when she gave birth; amid the drama of the flight into Egypt and during the frantic search for their child in the Temple; and later in the day-to-day life of the home of Nazareth, in the workshop where he taught his trade to Jesus.

How does Joseph respond to his calling to be the protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church? By being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply to his own. This is what God asked of David, as we heard in the first reading. God does not want a house built by men, but faithfulness to his word, to his plan. It is God himself who builds the house , but from living stones sealed by his Spirit. Joseph is a “protector” because he is able to hear God’s voice and be guided by his will; and for this reason he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to his safekeeping. He can look at things realistically, he is in touch with his surroundings, he can make truly wise decisions. In him, dear friends, we learn how to respond to God’s call, readily and willingly , but we also see the core of the Christian vocation, which is Christ! Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!

The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone ; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and st francis of assisi 0as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!

Whenever human beings fail to live up to this responsibility, whenever we fail to care for creation and for our brothers and sisters, the way is opened to destruction and hearts are hardened. Tragically, in every period of history there are “Herods” who plot death, wreak havoc, and mar the countenance of men and women.

Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world! But to be “protectors”, we also have to keep watch over ourselves! Let us not forget that hatred, envy and pride defile our lives! Being protectors, then, also means keeping watch over our emotions, over our hearts, because they are the seat of good and evil intentions: intentions that build up and tear down! We must not be afraid of goodness or even tenderness!

Here I would add one more thing: caring, protecting, demands goodness, it calls for a certain tenderness. In the Gospels, Saint Joseph appears as a strong and courageous man, a working man, yet in his heart we see great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength of spirit and a capacity for concern, for compassion, for genuine openness to others, for love. We must not be afraid of goodness, of tenderness!     Today, together with the feast of Saint Joseph, we are celebrating the beginning of the ministry of the new Bishop of Rome, the Successor of Peter, which also involves a certain power. Certainly, Jesus Christ conferred power upon Peter, but what sort of power was it? Jesus’ three questions to Peter about love are followed by three commands : feed my lambs, feed my sheep. Let us never forget that authentic power is service, and that the Pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross. He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked Saint Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison (cf. Mt 25:31-46). Only those who serve with love are able to protect!

In the second reading, Saint Paul speaks of Abraham, who, “hoping against hope, believed” (Rom 4:18). Hoping against hope! Today too, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others. To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope! For believers, for us Christians, like Abraham, like Saint Joseph, the hope that we bring is set against the horizon of God, which has opened up before us in Christ. It is a hope built on the rock which is God.

To protect Jesus with Mary, to protect the whole of creation, to protect each person, especially the poorest , to protect ourselves: this is a service that the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out, yet one to which all of us are called, so that the star of hope will shine brightly. Let us protect with love all that God has given us!

I implore the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Saints Peter and Paul, and Saint Francis, that the Holy Spirit may accompany my ministry, and I ask all of you to pray for me ! Amen .

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… Habemus Papam …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,March 20th,2013

Pope Francis Portrait Painting

Pope Francis Portrait Painting (Photo credit: faithmouse)

Habemus Papam !!!! …

Wonder of wonders . We have a new Pope !!

His religious name is : Francis   [ a first , and a surprise , given the influence in and throughout the  Catholic Church of St Francis of Assisi , who , evidently , our new  holy father took the inspiration for his name from

His nationality : not italian , Argentina

hallelujuia , the first from the Americas !

His given name is : Cardinal Jose Maria Bargoglio

Is he a surprise ? More than likely , yes . Unlike almost any papacy in the last 60 years , this papal conclave has had no clear favourite , at all .

In 1978 , J P II was a compromise choice . the Italian cardinals split , and neither side could make up their mind , or would budge . It created an opening , and Stephan Cardinal Wysynski , the Prelate of Poland , opened the door , not for himself , but for his protege — Karol Wotijwa , the future J P II .

It was a guarantee . No American Pope . not yet , at least . No North American Pope , not as of yet , which rules out Mexico . and no Italian Pope , either .

[most of this was written last week on Thursday . I just plum bob forgot ] [to post it in the excitement over the new pope.                         ]

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… Nice One , Dummies !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,March 20th,2013

… if truth is stranger than fiction , than the United States Secret Service pulled a major boner , today …

… The news reports have it that the Service , or someone from it brought in the Presidential Limos , and forgot that Israel , like most Europe

Presidential Limo 2

Presidential Limo

like nations , uses diesel fuel in its cars . the Service generally plans well ahead , and for contingencies like this , but , obviously , someone did not get the message …

… Someone had a major – league world – class brain cramp . You do not put diesel fuel into a vehicle that runs on gasoline . It will not work . Gas works on a fuel – air mixture , that is used in a chamber built for that purpose . Diesel is fuel – only , which is put under great pressure . the engine block is engineered for that purpose . Diesel do not use fuel injectors . Gas – powered vehicles do …

… Very Big Oops !! …

 

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… DUH , cut the crap , folks !! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 19th,2013

Ted Cruz

U S Sen Ted Cruz [R-Tx]

… I am going to post (thanks to Wikipedia) from the bio on U. S. Senator Ted Cruz [R-Tx] . You will notice towards the end …

Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator for the state of Texas, in office since 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Cruz was Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to May 2008, appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the United States, and had the longest tenure in Texas history. He was formerly a partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.[2]

He previously served as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign. In addition, from 2004 to 2009 Cruz was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation.

Cruz was the Republican nominee for the Senate seat which was vacated by fellow Republican, Kay Bailey Hutchison.[3] On July 31, 2012, he defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff, 57–43 percent.[4] Cruz defeated the Democrat Paul Sadler in the general election held on November 6, 2012; he prevailed with 56–41 percent over Sadler.[4] Cruz is endorsed by the Tea Party Movement and the Republican Liberty Caucus.[5]

Early life and education

Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where his parents, Eleanor Darragh and Rafael Cruz, were working in the oil business.[7][8] His father was a Cuban immigrant to the United States during the Cuban Revolution.[9] His mother was reared in Delaware, in a family of Irish and Italian descent.[8][10] Cruz’s family returned to the U.S. when he was four years old.[9]

… You will notice Ted Cruz is a US Citizen by birth , dummies . He is the son of a naturalized American father , and an American mother . Yes , he was born in Canada (which gives him Canadian citizenship , as well , I believe) , but his situation is similar to that of  any other American born overseas in a foreign nation (such as the dependent born to an American serviceman or servicewoman) , like Sen John McCain , or retired wide receiver (and future Hall of Famer) Hines Ward .

 

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… Nope on the Pope …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 12th,2013

… Oh , Well . Their eminences have not made a selection . Not at this time …

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI

… that is what black smoke gets you …

… hopefully , when they do select a new holy father , they have fixed the smoke problem , and that it turns out clearly white , not gray , like the
last time …

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… the Favourites for the Papacy …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 11th,2013

Timothy Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ne...

Timothy Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York

 

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope following the stunning resignation of Benedict XVI. In the secretive world of the Vatican, there is no way to know who is in the running, and history has yielded plenty of
surprises. Yet several names have come up repeatedly as strong contenders. Here is a look at
who they are:

{courtesy of the AP} [with some of my own added]

CARDINAL ANGELO SCOLA [Italy] Archbishop of Milan
He is known as a doctrinal conservative who is also at ease quoting Jack McCarthy.

CARDINAL ODILO SCHERER [Brazil Archbishop of Sao Paulo

At the relatively young age of 63, he enthusiastically embraces all new methods for reaching believers, while staying true to a conservative line of Roman Catholic doctrine and hardline positions on social issues such as rejection of same-sex marriage.

CARDINAL MARC OUELLET [Canada] Archbishop of Montreal(?)
He possesses the qualities that make the 68-year-old popular in Latin America – home to the world’s biggest Catholic population – and among the cardinals who elect the pope have contributed to his poor image in his native Quebec, where ironically he was perceived during his tenure as archbishop as an outsider parachuted in from Rome to reorder his liberal province along conservative lines.

CARDINAL PETER ERDO [Hungary]

Erdo is the son of a deeply religious couple who defied communist repression in Hungary to practice their faith. And if elected pope, the 60-year-old would be the second pontiff to come from eastern Europe – following in the footsteps of the late John Paul II, a Pole who left a great legacy helping to topple communism. A cardinal since 2003, Erdo is an expert on canon law and distinguished university theologian who has also striven to forge close ties to the parish faithful. He is increasingly seen as a compromise candidate if cardinals are unable to rally around some of the more high-profile figures like Scola or Scherer.

CARDINAL PETER TURKSON [Ghana]

Often cast as the social conscience of the church, Ghana’s Turkson is viewed by many as the top African contender for pope.

 

English: Cardinal Peter Turkson Nederlands: Ka...

Cardinal Peter Turkson

 

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN [USA]

Dolan, the 63-year-old archbishop of New York, is an upbeat, affable defender of Catholic

orthodoxy, and a well-known religious figure in the United States.  But scholars question

whether his charisma and experience are enough for a real shot at succeeding Benedict.

CARDINAL LEONARDO SANDRI [Italy]

{originally Argentinian} Leonardo Sandri, 69, is a Vatican insider who has run the day-to-day operations of the global church’s vast bureaucracy and roamed the world as a papal diplomat.  The jovial diplomat has been knighted in a dozen countries, and the church
he is attached to as cardinal is Rome’s exquisite, baroque San Carlo ai Catinari.

CARDINAL LUIS ANTONIO TAGLE [Philipines]

Asia’s most prominent Roman Catholic leader knows how to reach the masses: He sings on stage, preaches on TV, brings churchgoers to laughter and tears with his homilies. And he’s on Facebook. But the 55-year-old Filipino’s best response against the tide of secularism,
clergy sex abuse scandals and rival-faith competition could be his reputation for humility.

His compassion for the poor and unassuming ways have impressed followers in his homeland, Asia’s largest Catholic nation, and church leaders in the Vatican. Tagle’s chances are considered remote, as many believe that Latin America or Africa – with their faster-growing
Catholic flocks – would be more logical choices if the papal electors look beyond Europe.

CARDINAL CHRISTOPH SCHOENBORN [Austria]

Schoenborn is a soft-spoken conservative who is ready to listen to those espousing reform.

That profile could appeal to fellow cardinals looking to elect a pontiff with the widest-possible appeal to the world’s 1 billion Catholics. His Austrian nationality may be his biggest disadvantage: Electors may be reluctant to choose another German speaker as a successor to Benedict. A man of low tolerance for the child abuse scandals roiling the church, Schoenborn, 68, himself was elevated to the upper echelons of the Catholic hierarchy after his predecessor resigned 18 years ago over accusations that he was a pedophile.

CARDINAL MALCOLM RANJITH [Sri Lanka]

Benedict XVI picked the Sri Lankan Ranjith to return from Colombo to the Vatican to oversee the church’s liturgy and rites in one of his first appointments as pope. The choice of Ranjith in 2005 rewarded a strong voice of tradition – so rigid that some critics regard it even as backward-looking. Ranjith in 2010 was named Sri Lanka’s second cardinal in history.

There are many strikes against a Ranjith candidacy – Sri Lanka, for example, has just 1.3 million Catholics, less than half the population of Rome. But the rising influence of the developing world, along with the 65-year-old’s strong conservative credentials, helps keep his name in the mix of papal contenders.

CARDINAL ANDRES RODRIGUEZ MARADIAGA [Honduras]

 

To many, Maradiaga embodies the activist wing of the Roman Catholic Church as an outspoken campaigner of human rights, a watchdog on climate change and advocate of international debtelief for poor nations. Others, however, see the 70-year-old Honduran as a reactionary in the other direction: Described as sympathetic to a coup in his homeland and stirringaccusations of anti-Semitism for remarks that some believe suggested Jewish interests encouraged extra media attention on church sex abuse scandals. Maradiaga, the archbishop of Tegucigalpa, is among a handful of Latin American prelates considered to have a credible shot at the papacy.
CARDINAL SEAN PATRICK O’MALLEY [USA]

As archbishop of Boston, O’Malley has faced the fallout from the church’s abuse scandals for nearly a decade. The fact he is mentioned at all as a potential papal candidate is testament to his efforts to bring together an archdiocese at the forefront of the abuse disclosures.

Like other American cardinals, the papal prospects for the 68-year-old O’Malley suffer because of the accepted belief that many papal electors oppose the risk of having U.S. global policies spill over, even indirectly, onto the Vatican’s image. O’Malley is among the most Internet-savvy members of the conclave.

Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, 69, of Tanzania.

As the elected president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), he has the respect of his peers. He’s also been adept at defending Benedict’s ban on contraceptives in the fight against AIDS without aggravating the argument.

He has, however, called homosexuality one of the most heinous sins on Earth. “Homosexuality is craziness,” he said. “How can people of the same sex have a sexual relationship … they are meeting to do what?”

He has no experience in Rome.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, 67, of Guinea.

Unlike Pengo, Sarah has had considerable Rome experience as the No. 2 man in the powerful Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (officially known as Propaganda Fide), and is the current very hands-on president of the Vatican’s charitable agency, Cor Unum.

He’s had a meteoric rise through the church hierarchy, being named an archbishop at 34. He has said that homosexuality, abortion and contraception to be antithetical to African culture.

The Asians:

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, 65, of Sri Lanka.

Ranjith has extensive Vatican experience, including as a papal diplomat.

 

English: Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith

 

He has a solid

pastoral background, having served as archbishop of Colombo since 2005.

He’s also considered to be on the church’s ultra-conservative fringe.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, 55, of the Philippines.

He is three years younger than John Paul II was when he was elected pope, which means he

could be around for a long time. It’s the biggest obstacle to him being given the nod this

time.

He is a hugely popular, charismatic and powerful communicator, a scholar, a staunch defender of the poor, an environmentalist, and a proponent of the church taking a strong stance against clerical sex abuse. As John Allen, columnist for the U.S. National Catholic
Reporter, says of Tagle: “When he talks, people listen.”

He also has strong pastoral experience but no Vatican experience.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, 70, of Mexico.

Carrera has been such a strong critic of globalization and political corruption that the Mexican government threatened to pass a law forbidding priests from commenting on politics.

He has criticized the U.S. media for exaggerated attacks on the church over sex abuse by clergy. He also has been close to conservative religious movements such as the disgraced Legionaries of Christ (whose leader was instructed to retire to a life of prayer and penitence after being accused of sexual misconduct).

In 2003, he declared that Christians should not consult horoscopes because the only star that truly influences human destiny is the star of Bethlehem.

He has no Vatican experience.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, 70, of Honduras.

He’s Cardinal Cool, tall, handsome, a trained pilot who plays both the piano and the saxophone, speaks six languages, is charismatic and in demand as a public speaker.

He’s shown sympathy for liberation theology, attacked the neo-colonialism of global capitalism and represented the Vatican at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

He’s also said any Catholic politician who supports abortion is automatically excommunicated.

In 2002, he caused an uproar in the U.S. by comparing media criticism of the church’s sex-abuse scandals to persecution by Hitler and Stalin, and suggested the U.S. media was trumpeting the scandals in order to distract attention from the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

These views brought angry reaction from sex abuse victims and the Jewish Anti-Defamation League.

 

 

 

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… Sorry , Folks …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 10th,2013

… It is what happens … when one is sick , especially with a serious illness . In my case , it is two of them . MRSA and Cellulitis . …

… Yeeow . Neither one of them is easy to fight . I had to do so at the same time . thankfully , I am doing much better . I still have to pace myself , though , and be more careful about what I am doing , and how much I do it , while I continue to gain strength …

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