It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. -- Thomas Jefferson

Friday, September 30, 2011

LACK OF ETHICS IN ECONOMIC STRUCTURES WORSENS THE CRISIS

VATICAN CITY, 30 SEP 2011 (VIS) - On 27 September Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States, addressed the sixty-sixth General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, focusing his remarks on the principal challenges facing the international community: humanitarian emergencies, lack of religious freedom and the economic crisis.

  On the first of these subjects, Archbishop Mamberti recalled how "in certain parts of the world, such as the Horn of Africa, we find ourselves facing grave and dramatic humanitarian crises which cause millions of people, mostly women and children, to flee there homes, and many have fallen victim to drought, hunger and malnutrition. The Holy See wishes to renew its appeal to the international community, an appeal repeatedly voiced by Benedict XVI, to increase and support humanitarian policies in those areas".

Christians are the most persecuted religious group

  The secretary for Relations with States then went on to consider the question of respect for religious freedom, which he described as "the fundamental way to build peace, to ensure recognition of human dignity and to protect the rights of man".

  "Unfortunately, many situations exist in which the right to religious freedom is denied to followers of various religions. At the same time we are seeing an increase in religiously motivated intolerance, and we note that Christians are currently the religious group suffering the greatest number of persecutions on account of their faith. Lack of respect for religious freedom is a threat to security and peace", the archbishop said.

  The solution to the problem lies "in a shared commitment to recognise and promote the religious freedom of each individual and each community". This requires "sincere inter-religious dialogue, promoted and practised by representatives of the various religious and supported by governments and international institutions".

  Archbishop Mamberti then turned his attention to the global economic crisis. "We know that a fundamental part of the current plight is a lack of ethics in economic structures", he said. "The economy cannot function only through market self-regulation, and even less so through agreements limited to balancing the interests of the most powerful groups. It needs an ethical raison d'etre to ensure that it works for mankind. The idea of producing goods and services ... without seeking to do good - in other words, without ethics - has shown itself to be an illusion, either ingenuous or cynical, but always with fatal results. All economic decisions have moral consequences. The economy needs ethics ... focused on the person and capable of offering prospects to the new generations".

  "The Holy See has repeatedly highlighted the need for fresh and profound reflection on the significance and objectives of economic activity, and for a clear-sighted revision of global financial and commercial structures in order to correct their dysfunctions and distortions. This revision of international economic rules must take place within the framework of a global model for development".

  Such a model has to take account of the notion of "family of nations" so as to pay greater attention to the needs of poorer peoples. "By its nature a family is a community founded on interdependence and mutual trust. ... Its full development is based not on the supremacy of the strongest, but on care for the weakest, ... and its responsibility extends to future generations". Thus, Archbishop Mamberti concluded, "development strategies must be created which focus on people, favouring solidarity and responsibility towards everyone, including future generations".

  On 26 September, the day prior to addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Archbishop Mamberti received a doctorate "honoris causa" from St. John's University in New York.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Iranian Navy Plans To Send Ships Near U.S. Waters | Fox News

Iranian Navy Plans To Send Ships Near U.S. Waters | Fox News

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Senator Santorum comments on potential Republican primary election calendar changes

Senator Santorum comments on potential Republican primary election calendar changes

Suspend Elections | Beverly Perdue | Audio | The Daily Caller

North Carolina Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue continues to make the news regarding her bizarre statement that Congressional elections should not be held but consideration given to "suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover."

Click the link below to read this article from "The Daily Caller", complete with audio. Doesn't sound like a "joke" or "hyperbole" to me.

Suspend Elections | Beverly Perdue | Audio | The Daily Caller

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Perdue jokes about suspending Congressional elections for two years | newsobserver.com projects

 
The following are some excerpts from “The Raleigh News & Observer” in regard to comments made by North Carolina Democratic Governor Bev Perdue :

Speaking to a Cary rotary club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.

"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that," Perdue said. "You want people who don't worry about the next election."

The comment -- which came during a discussion of the economy -- perked more than a few ears. It's unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious -- but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea.

Later Tuesday afternoon, Perdue's office clarified the remarks: "Come on," said spokeswoman Chris Mackey in a statement. "Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve."

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 Perdue jokes about suspending Congressional elections for two years | newsobserver.com projects

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Time to Act: Defending Israel and Doing What is Just - Adam Hasner - Townhall Conservative

 The following are excerpts from Adam Hasner's article, "A Time to Act: Defending Israel and Doing What is Just". The emphases are mine.
  • For decades, the world knew America would stand beside its allies.
  • In World Wars, and Cold Wars, in good times and bad, an alliance with America meant that even at the cost of blood and treasure, our allies could count on this nation to honor its commitmentsNow, President Obama has again put that hard-won reputation at risk by failing to fight a vote in the United Nations that threatens the very existence of Israel, our most faithful ally in the region and the one nation in the Middle East that shares our values.
  • If America is truly Israel’s greatest ally, we should not be asking it to put its citizens and future at risk by forcing the establishment of a hostile Palestinian state as the only option. Israel is vital to America’s strategic interests and we should be fighting to defend its sovereignty and security, and immediately move to slash funding to the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations.

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A Time to Act: Defending Israel and Doing What is Just - Adam Hasner - Townhall Conservative

If Israel Disappears - Cal Thomas - Townhall Conservative

 The following are a couple of excerpts from Cal Thomas' article "If Israel Disappears":

  • Israel -- like the Jewish people for centuries -- has become the fall guy for people who prefer their anti-Semitism cloaked in diplomatic niceties. The Palestinians could have peace any time they wish and probably a state, too, if they acknowledged Israel's right to exist and practiced verbal, religious and military disarmament. One has a right to question the veracity of a people who claim they want peace, while remaining active in ideological, theological and military warfare aimed at its publicly stated objective: the eradication of the Jewish state.

    The UN can't handle the truth and few member states will like hearing it. The blood of the Jewish people will be on their hands if they continue to empower individuals and nations whose goal is to create Holocaust II and a "Palestine" without Jews.
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If Israel Disappears - Cal Thomas - Townhall Conservative

Sunday, September 18, 2011

No Worries Mate! Hamas is in Charge - Michael Youssef - Townhall Conservative

The following excerpt is from the article. Please click the link below the excerpt to read the article in its entirety.

  • It is a well-known secret that since President Mubarak was ousted in February 2011, Egypt has become a bastion for Hamas – indeed the center of Hamas’ power shifted from Damascus to Cairo on that day. Having had a clandestine – and sometimes not so clandestine – alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood for years, Hamas operatives and leadership immediately began to move into the Egyptian heartland. Sinai has now become a center of operation for several Islamic groups from Al Qaida to Jamaat-e-Islami. Now that the Gaza/Sinai border has become very porous, Hamas is calling the shots inside Egypt.

No Worries Mate! Hamas is in Charge - Michael Youssef - Townhall Conservative

Monday, September 12, 2011

Senator Santorum returns to South Carolina

Senator Santorum returns to South Carolina

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

CNS STORY: Austrian cardinal continues dialogue with priests calling for reforms

CNS STORY: Austrian cardinal continues dialogue with priests calling for reforms

Solyndra Investigation: Probe Into White House Role in Massive Energy Loan - ABC News

Solyndra Investigation: Probe Into White House Role in Massive Energy Loan - ABC News

Monday, September 5, 2011

Vallely: Iran Goal EMPs on US Coastal Cities in Reach - Bob Beauprez - Townhall Finance

Vallely: Iran Goal EMPs on US Coastal Cities in Reach - Bob Beauprez - Townhall Finance

From this article:

  • The phrase “increasingly concerned” has not appeared in previous reports discussing Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons work and reflects the frustration felt by IAEA chief Yukiya Amano over the lack of progress in his investigations. His report said that choice of language is due to the “possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed nuclear related activities” linked to weapons work. In particular, said the report, the agency continues to receive new information about “activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile.”

Electromagnetic pulse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Electromagnetic pulse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  •  In July 1962, a 1.44 megaton (6.0 PJ) United States nuclear test in space, 400 kilometres (250 mi) above the mid-Pacific Ocean, called the Starfish Prime test, demonstrated to nuclear scientists that the magnitude and effects of a high altitude nuclear explosion were much larger than had been previously calculated. Starfish Prime also made those effects known to the public by causing electrical damage in Hawaii, about 1,445 kilometres (898 mi) away from the detonation point, knocking out about 300 streetlights, setting off numerous burglar alarms and damaging a telephone company microwave link.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Religion A Hot Issue In 2012 GOP Race | FoxNews.com


  • Voters have started pushing for specifics because they no longer consider belief separate from action and faith unrelated to policymaking, said Kathleen Flake, who specializes in American religious history at Vanderbilt University. The nation's Catholic bishops, more vocal than ever on the duty of Catholic lawmakers to follow church teaching, underscored that way of thinking. Bishops have said repeatedly that a true Catholic cannot support any policy that allows abortion.
  • "The voting public no longer believes, as they did as late as the 1950s, that religion was about what you thought and not what you did," Flake said.
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Religion A Hot Issue In 2012 GOP Race | FoxNews.com

Friday, September 2, 2011

AP Interview: On 9/11, Cardinal Consoles A City | FoxNews.com



  • "He noticed that an intern nearby was trembling and asked what was wrong. The physician said his father worked on the 102nd floor of the north tower, so the cardinal suggested the two go into a side room and talk. The young man declined. "He said, 'I am a doctor. The injured are coming. This is my place,'" Egan recalled. A couple of months later, Egan would recount this story to Pope John Paul II, who would send a check to the young physician to help cover his medical school costs."


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AP Interview: On 9/11, Cardinal Consoles A City | FoxNews.com