For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ---Ephesians 6:12

"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Milwaukee Planned Parenthood Abortuary The Latest Caught In Sting Effort

Here is the latest video from Lila Rose and Jackie Stollar of Live Action showing a continuing pattern of unlawful behavior by Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation.  The Milwaukee clinic shown in the video above was caught last July in the Mona Lisa Project's well publicized sting operation, which brought to light Planned Parenthood's protection of statutory rapists, in which young girls seeking abortion were advised to keep quiet about the age of their impregnating boyfriends.

In this particular case the girl claimed to be 14 and said her boyfriend was 31.  In Wisconsin it is a felony for any adult to engage in sexual activity with anyone under the age of 16, and health care clinicians are required to report sexual abuse against minors to authorities; so naturally the Planned Parenthood clinician advises the young girl to hush up about their ages, and makes sure the boyfriend will pay for the abortion. 

Please visit the Mona Lisa Project website for links to see videos of other violating clinics, as well as to view the violations map showing many red dots representing violating clinics whose videos are yet to be  shown.   God bless everyone at the Mona Lisa Project for exposing this anathema.

(h/tp:  Bryan Kemper)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Glenn Beck's CPAC Keynote Speech --- All Six Parts Here

Here are all six parts of Glenn Beck's CPAC Keynote speech.  I heard most of it as I was cruising down the highways, and thought it good enough to post in full.

Glenn Beck was invited to make this speech for a reason.  Glenn gets it.  Watch it... and hopefully you will, too.

(h/tp:  American Power, who has many great posts on CPAC)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Obama's National Debt Gimmicks Are Path To Ruin

I've been thinking about our country's ever-growing national debt of more than $12 trillion, and have wondered just how our politicians planned to deal with it.  The obvious would be to balance the budget year after year, while collecting additional revenue with which to gradually pay down the accumulated debt--> painful but simple, right?  Have you done the math?  

Based upon the size of your average pocket calculator, most of which don't allow enough digits to enter the trillion category, I doubt many of you have.  But my iPhone has a calculator which, when turned horizontally, transforms itself from a simple basic layout of simple math into an advanced powerhouse of trigonometry and calculus.... and many more digits.  Like our economy, my iPhone can just barely hold 12 trillion.  It looks like this:  12,000,000,000,000.  That's right, twelve zeros in a trillion.

The next step is to figure out how much our Congress thinks they can raise, on average year after year above a balanced budget, in the amount of surplus revenue to start paying down the debt.  One must factor the likely boom years as well as the bust years, along with any wars, recessions, depressions, or big bull markets.  Most might say $10 billion.  I was feeling generous and chose $100 billion, which is an awful lot of money and therefore not very realistic considering the very nature of Washington politics and recent history.  So we will look at both figures just for argument's sake.

First, if you take $12,000,000,000,000 (12 trillion) and pay it down in increments of $100,000,000,000 (100 billion) each and every year, it will take us 120 years to pay off the national debt!

But if you only pay an average of $10,000,000,000 (10 billion) year after year, which is much more realistic but still high, it will take 1,200 years to pay it off!  And you know that if the budget is balanced and Congress manages to pay down the national debt by 50 Million, they'll be slapping themselves on the back and claiming the crisis is over.  Not so.

Paying off the national debt requires long term commitments and sacrifice.  And considering that long term thinking doesn't get anyone re-elected, only short term remedies on the path of least resistance do (IMHO), paying off the national debt will never come to pass.

What then will be done?

President Obama has signed a bill into law increasing the debt ceiling to just over $14 trillion, and by doing so has suggested that more borrowing is on the way.  He has done this in spite of the "pay-as-you-go" provision, which, of course, is nothing but a gimmick.  Money has to be spent, but first borrowed, in order to boost our economy and get more tax revenue pouring in (so the liberal theory goes...).

Just how high will we go before we either go belly-up or run out of things to bail-out?  Considering the health care bill (which will be passed, unfortunately), future medicaid and medicare bail-outs, and the looming social security crisis (the biggest bail-out yet to come), I would estimate (wildly guess) that total national debt figure to be around $20,000,000,000,000 (20 trillion).  

It is at the $20 trillion point that President Obama would suddenly jump aboard the constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget to save the nation from itself (I mean himself), and require the government to spend an amount each year no more than it takes in each year (a more draconian and much less gimmicky version of "pay-as-you-go").  The national debt would then be frozen at $20 trillion.  And it would stay that way for many years, requiring a huge percentage of our annual tax revenue for interest payments each year that are unavoidable.  It will stay that way until the GDP (gross domestic product) hopefully grows so large that the $20 trillion debt looks miniscule by comparison.  It would most likely take several decades for this to happen, if at all, during which we would suffer through rampant inflation, a crashing dollar, high taxes, putting up with China bossing us around (they own $4 trillion of our debt in the form of bonds), and the rise of an Islamic super-state (Muslim nations joined together by force or "anschluss") which we would be powerless to stop (no money, no muscle).

There is only one problem with this plan.  It won't work.  It is all contingent on the hope that we will continue to be an economic powerhouse with an ever-increasing GDP, and that without muscle our nation would still be able to leverage in foreign affairs in order to protect our economic interests abroad.  It would be contingent on China NOT getting fed up with us and cashing in the $4 trillion in bonds we sold them, or for that matter not attacking Taiwan during our condition of weakness.  It would be based on interest rates not going up and causing the interest on the debt we pay each year to be unmanageable.  To put it simply, would have to defy gravity.  And it won't.

Now get off your butt and get involved.

Read more HERE and especially HERE.


Friday, February 12, 2010

EMBRACE LIFE -- Very Cool Video!

I don't usually post public service announcements, but this one struck a nerve --as it should with everyone.  For we all have known someone killed in an auto accident; and we have all attended an accident victim's funeral, complete with crying widow/widower and lost-looking children. 

Perhaps you could pass this on to someone who needs to see it... like everyone for instance.