Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rick Perry Says Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme

Michael Tanner of NRO says Yes, It Is a Ponzi Scheme and I agree with him.

Social Security is a tyrannical, coercive ponzi scheme versus the voluntary one used by the original ponzi schemer himself, Charles Ponzi, who duped investors out of their money, absconded with the money by using the later investors' money to pay the later investors instead of using the money to make investments as he claimed he was doing.

Here is Michael Tanner's explanation of how Social Security is a ponzi scheme:

Social Security, on the other hand, forces people to invest in it through a mandatory payroll tax. A small portion of that money is used to buy special-issue Treasury bonds that the government will eventually have to repay, but the vast majority of the money you pay in Social Security taxes is not invested in anything. Instead, the money you pay into the system is used to pay benefits to those “early investors” who are retired today. When you retire, you will have to rely on the next generation of workers behind you to pay the taxes that will finance your benefits.
As with Ponzi’s scheme, this turns out to be a very good deal for those who got in early. The very first Social Security recipient, Ida Mae Fuller of Vermont, paid just $44 in Social Security taxes, but the long-lived Mrs. Fuller collected $20,993 in benefits. Such high returns were possible because there were many workers paying into the system and only a few retirees taking benefits out of it. In 1950, for instance, there were 16 workers supporting every retiree. Today, there are just over three. By around 2030, we will be down to just two.

As with Ponzi’s scheme, when the number of new contributors dries up, it will become impossible to continue to pay the promised benefits. Those early windfall returns are long gone. When today’s young workers retire, they will receive returns far below what private investments could provide. Many will be lucky to break even.

Eventually the pyramid crumbles.

Of course, Social Security and Ponzi schemes are not perfectly analogous. Ponzi, after all, had to rely on what people were willing to voluntarily invest with him. Once he couldn’t convince enough new investors to join his scheme, it collapsed. Social Security, on the other hand, can rely on the power of the government to tax. As the shrinking number of workers paying into the system makes it harder to continue to sustain benefits, the government can just force young people to pay even more into the system.

In fact, Social Security taxes have been raised some 40 times since the program began. The initial Social Security tax was 2 percent (split between the employer and employee), capped at $3,000 of earnings. That made for a maximum tax of $60. Today, the tax is 12.4 percent, capped at $106,800, for a maximum tax of $13,234. Even adjusting for inflation, that represents more than an 800 percent increase.

In addition, at least until the final collapse of his scheme, Ponzi was more or less obligated to pay his early investors what he promised them. With Social Security, on the other hand, Congress is always able to change or cut those benefits in order to keep the scheme going.

Social Security is facing more than $20 trillion in unfunded future liabilities. Raising taxes and cutting benefits enough to keep the program limping along will obviously mean an ever-worsening deal for younger workers. They will be forced to pay more and get less.

Rick Perry got this one right.

Monday, August 29, 2011

FEDERAL FUNDS FOR GROUND ZERO MOSQUE??? Please Sign Petition To STOP Federal Funding of Ground Zero Mosque!!!

If the Ground Zero Mosque, now renamed Park 51, being built right next to Ground Zero, where Muslim extremists murdered nearly 3000 lives on Sept. 11, 2001, isn't pouring salt on the wounds of all those who lost loved ones on 9/11 then their request for $5 million in federal funding surely is.  What the heck has happened to the separation of Church and State?  Why aren't the liberals complaining about the breach of separation of Church and State?  Because they both have the same agenda - and it sure isn't in America's best interest.  This ticks me off!!! Dick Morris has started a petition you can sign to stop this smack in the face request for federal funding. This is a religious institution and it is unconstitutional for them to receive federal funding.  This is outrageous!!! Unbelievable!!

From Dick Morris:

The ground zero mosque, called Park 51, has applied for a $5 million grant of federal funds from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. The Corporation, set up to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9-11 is actively considering the grant request. Imagine! A federal entity set up to rebuild lower Manhattan giving tax money to a mosque designed to celebrate the attacks that killed 3,000 Americans!
The ground zero mosque will offer courses in Shariah Law and will doubtless spawn hundreds of new terrorists eager to pick up where the 9-11 hijackers left off.
Officially, the federal funds would not go to religious activities, but to “fund social service programs for all the residents of Lower Manhattan such as domestic violence prevention, Arabic and other foreign language classes, programs and services for homeless veterans, two multi-cultural art exhibits and immigration services,” according to its grant application.

EAGLE FREEDOM LINKS - Garbage Edition - 8-29-11


American Perspective - Libyan prisoner beheading to "Allahu Akbar" 

America's Watchtower - Rick Perry bills DHS for the costs of detaining illegal aliens in Texas 

Amusing Bunni's Musings - This Little Guy does a better job than...

ARRA News Service - A Tale of Two Recessions 

Atlas Shrugs - Ground Zero Imam Bold-Faced Lies To Advance The Sharia 

It Don't Make Sense - Race Clown Desmond Tutu Proposes a "Piffling" Tax On White People 

A Catholic View - Video: Pius XII and the Jews 

A Conservative Teacher - 2012 Will Be a Battle of Visions?

A Patriotic Nurse - Bloomberg... You can't ban God from Attending the Memorial 

A Western Heart - Social Networking increases risk of teen drug abuse: study 

Acts Of The Apostasy - '56 Rape Victim" Ladies of the World, Don't Abort 

Adrienne's Corner - Top 3 Common Myths Of Capitalism 

Always On Watch - Islamification of France 

Barking Spider - The Truth About the Tottenham Riots

Barracuda Brigade 2012 -  President Bush speaks out on 9/11!!!

BBCW - Science vs. Faith 

Beer, Bicycles and the VRWC - Felonious Munk (Not "Family Friendly")

Beers With Demo - Instavision, capitalism, and morality 

Biblical Conservatism - Set Tax Rates Will Create Jobs, Tax Holidays Will Not 

Big Blue Wave - Pro-Life activist beaten up by police

Black or White Is A Choice - Quotables after all these years

Blog de King Shamus - Leave MLK Alone!

Blowing San #1 - Send your kid to college to become a moronic dingbat  

Blue Collar Philosophy - The Gibson Guitar Raid And The "Obama Haze" Song 

Blue's Blog - Grinding America Down....

Bluegrass Pundit - Gore bashes idea climate change is all about money 

Bonsai From The Right - Hannity vs Former Obama Economic Adviser 

Bread Upon The Waters - Bloomberg bans Clergy from 9/11 Ceremony 

Can We Keep Our Republic? - Virginia Earthquake - Attribution 

Catholic Fire - Priests in China Arrested for not supporting illicit ordination 

Catholic Moms For Santorum - Rick Santorum at CPAC 2011 

Catholic Once Again - How I attended to my mind & soul as I redecorated my kitchen 

Commentarama - Is Warren Buffett a Hypocrite? 

Common Cents - Dick Cheney" "In My Time" 

Conservative Hideout 2.0 - This is what "Democracy" looks like? Progressives attempting to stop a vote on "Amazon Tax"  and Historical Perspective: New England Hurricane of 1938

Conservatives On Fire - Ron Paul Votes Against The Safety Of Our Troops

Conservative Perspective - Note To Self; Don't Die in Wayne County, Michigan 

Creative Minority Report - Greatest Big Brother Evah!!! 

Creeping Sharia - Why did Texas school district remove Remove Rick Perry's Islamic Curriculum?

Cynthia Sees It Right - President Obama's bus tour 

DeanO - Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands 

Don't Tread On Us - Was Jesus A Socialist? and Myths of Constitutional Government 

Down Under On The Right Side - Union fees used for prostitutes 

Eye Of Polyphemus - Formspring Question #231 - Erickson vs Radke Edition

Faith of the Fathers - More arrests and Bibles seized in Iran  

Generational Dysfunction - Tea Party members confront Obama 

Hack Wilson - Iraq Heating Up - Has MLK Jr's Dream Been Realized? 

Innominatus - Terror Elf Update 

Jo-Joe Politico - Divorce Agreement...

Just A Conservative Girl - Quote of the Day - Paul Krugman Edition 

Just An Artist - Our City Art

Left Coast Rebel - Advocates of Capitalism and Rational Self Interest ... Smith and Rand 

Let The Truth Be Known - A Moment With Our Father Part III Conclusion A Warning To All Christian Churches  

Legal Insurrection - Walker Beat Runners 

Lisa Graas - About Perry's Gardasil Mandate...

Logan's Warning - Anjem Choudary: Muslims are Rising up Across the World, Islam Will Dominate!

Lonely Is The Nights - Need Plenty of Prayers

Maggie's Notebook - Aaron Vaughn Navy Seal: Dad Billy Vaughn - Sheep in High Places May Have Put SEALS in Danger 

Mind Numbed Robot - Must Read Articles on Governor Rick Perry 

Motivation Truth - Governor Palin: Setting the Record Straight: Wrong & Misleading 

Musings of a Vast Right-Winger -- Chabot Censors Town Hall - Police Seize Cameras 

My Daily Trek - Obama Executive Order Creates 'Office Of Diversity and Inclusion' 

Nikon Sniper - Curious Wyoming Ground Squirrel 

NoOneOfAnyImport - Mathematic Proof That We Are Screwed

Obama Cartoons - Obama is going blind 

Patriot's Corner - Defenders of Islam and sharia law(Center for American Progress) shills for Islam and worse

Pedaling Fast - 9-11... Coming Up On 10 Years 

Phoebe's Detention Room - PA. School Wants To Ban Skinny Jeans 

Political Realities - Sarah Palin - Presidential Candidate Or Media Hog? 

Proof Positive - Perry and Barry: "Boys will be boys..."

Pundit & Pundette - The Left Fully Understands 

QUICKWIT - War Is Hell 

Randy's Roundtable - Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi are the same person 

Rational Nation USA - A Story of Alligators and Politicians 

Reaganite Republican - Cheney Exposes Unprincipled Obama Pumper Colin Powell for What He Is 

Right Klik - Karl Rove's Sparkling Brilliance 

Robbing America - Beware of a Liberal Fifth Column - A Conservative Third Party 

Saber Point - Libya: A New Fanatical Islamic State 

Sancte Pater - The Rite 

Self Evident Truths - Herman Cain Responds To Janeane Garofalo on Keith Olbermann's Show

Sentry Journal - Friday Ramblings: Is Sarah Palin Organizing The Conservative Community?  and Judge Andrew Napolitano: The Triumph of Human Freedom 

Standing On My Head - Dawkins' Rage and WYD 

STOP MARXISM - President Bush Saved Region From Gadhafi's WMD

Talk Wisdom - Buffett and Soros - The Lefty Billionaires Ruining America 

That Mr. G Guy's Blog - Paul Krugman, Mad Scientist

The Audacity Of Logic - Is Obama Leaking Details of the Bin Laden Killing to Boost His Approval Ratings?

The Blog - Work More 

The Camp Of The Saints - The Spot-On Quote Of The Day...

The Canadian Sentinel - Ron Paul's Unconstitutional, Unconservative Pork Barreling Record 

The Catholic Knight - Immigration - A Southern Catholic Approach 

The Conservative Lady - Senator Rubio's Speech at The Reagan Library and the Q&A 

The Conservative Pup - Campus Crusade For Christ Removing Christ 

The Country Thinker - Candycare (conclusion) 

The Daley Gator - Early Obama Letter Confirms Inability To Write 

The Empress Is Naked - Liberty is Freedom 

The Last Tradition - Obama's illegal Uncle Onyango Obama arrested; 'Uncle Omar' almost hits cop car, tries to call White House 

The Libertarian Patriot - Video: Gary Johnson on Adam vs The Man With Adam Kokesh 8/18 

The Malcontent - Our First Vacationer Michelle Obama 

The Observatorium - Makes Perfect Sense 

The Oracular Opinion - Stimulus Deja Vu 

The Other McCain - Al Gore: If You Disagree With me About Global Warming ... RAAAAACIST!

The Right Guy - Police Do Nothing When Flash Mob Robs Store 

The Scottcarp Dream - Steubenville Gangster

The Wisdom Of Soloman - Racism

The Wyblog - Bloombergistan Only Has Room For One Religion at Ground Zero

Theblogprof - Video of UCLA Professor: Without Media Bias The Average US State Would Like Texas or Tennessee 

Three Beers Later... - Rick Perry's Immigration Policy... It's A Killer 

TOTUS - West Wing Urinal 

Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia - Real Presence in the Eucharist #1

Virtual Mirage - Will History Repeat in 2012? 

Warning Signs - GE Stabs the US in the Back 

We The People... - Gun News 

What Does The Prayer Really Say? - 160 million baby girls selectively aborted in Asia and East Europe in last decades

Weasel Zippers - Iran says it "Discreetly" Sent Aid To Our Libyan Rebel Allies 

Why I Am Catholic - Because Love Went To Madrid, and Its Cup Runneth Over 

Wolf Files - It's Official: Democrats Have Left The Planet 

Woman Honor Thyself - Muzlims Persecute Bahais 

Woodsterman - This Just In ... Earthquake Update 

Zilla Of The Resistance - Terrorist Wants To Be Freed From Jail Because Koran Says It's Okay To Kill Us

Should a weatherman's job include this?

A Fox 5 extreme weather reporter from D.C. was covering Ocean City, MD on site during Hurricane Irene when he thought that he was being covered with "sea foam" but it actually consisted of raw sewage too. That's just so nasty.  He probably doesn't earn that much money so is it worth it for him to stay out there in such bad conditions?  Should other news reporters be obligated to endure similar situations as under their job contracts?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Taylor Swift - Rule 5

More Rule 5 

Randy's Roundtable - Thursday Nite Tart: Holly Weber

The Camp Of The Saints - Rule 5 Saturday 

Eye Of Polyphemus - Miranda Kerr 

Maggie's Notebook - Girls With Guns 

Reaganite Republican - Hot Romanian Chicks II 

The Other McCain - Rule 5 Monday 

American Perspective - Michele Bachmann 

Sick Of ENDO - Here Are Some Funny Cat Videos

Before I leave you with the funnies I must say if I haven't been to your blog lately I am so sorry and I will visit in the near future.  I really haven't been feeling well for the last month or so due to my endometriosis.  A couple weeks ago I had a doctor's visit and found out that I had an infection - didn't know that it was possible to get that type of infection where they discovered it in my body but oh well.  Finally got the medication after I played phone tag trying to explain to the medical staff that I have trouble taking pills and that these capsules were way too big for me to swallow.  I have a small mouth and I have so much trouble taking the medium to big size pills. I've tried all the suggestions and nothing has worked so far. Then some family came to visit and spent some time with them.  It was a good visit. I started to feel better and then felt worse again, then felt better, and now I feel kinda bad again. I feel like a yo-yo with dealing with this endo. I have had this terrible disease for about 15 years and I am at the end of my line for options medically.  Now I am going to try heating castor oil packets or cloths up and laying them on my abdomine to see if it helps.  I'm crossing my fingers and hoping this helps. I will stop by your blogs shortly. I can't wait to see all your great articles.  I am also working on my links posting and that should be done tomorrow or Monday. God Bless, have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the funny vids.

Rick Santorum: Speech at CPAC 2011

H/T Catholic Moms For Santorum 

Ocean City, MD Along with Parts of Wicomico County Ordered To Evacuate, East Coast Braces For Hurricane Irene

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those on the East Coast who will be affected by Hurricane Irene. Please stay safe. 

From Delmarva Now: OCEAN CITY -- An insistent evacuation of Ocean City began at midnight, and the resort hoped to have all residents and visitors out of town by 5 p.m. today, as a hurricane heads for Delmarva.At midnight, Phase 3 of the resort's evacuation plan went into effect, meaning everyone other than emergency workers had to make their way across the bridges and out of town.

The decision was made late Thursday after overnight forecasts nudged the projected path of Hurricane Irene closer to the Delmarva coastline than had been expected Wednesday. Mayor Rick Meehan signed a local state of emergency declaration, which essentially shuts down the entire town. The sale of alcohol is banned, and all businesses were asked to close.

For Ocean City, Irene's eye "will pass very close by or just offshore later Saturday night into Sunday morning," Accuweather Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said Thursday.It will bring heavy rain -- a predicted 9.5 inches in town -- that is expected to cause substantial coastal flooding, along with sustained hurricane-force winds reaching 90 mph, with gusts near 120 mph.

My hometown of Salisbury is located about 35 miles from Ocean City. City officials have ordered the evacuation of all those living in low lying areas around the county. The Wicomico Youth & Civic Center will be used as a shelter.  Some of the streets where people are being urged to evacuate are only a few blocks from where I grew up in Salisbury.  

Here is one tracking model of the storm

I'm not sure whether Hurricane Irene is going to hit Maryland as a category 2 or a category 1 storm.  Hopefully the storm weakens.  
Stay safe folks. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Question On Ron Paul: Is the ignored really ignoring media requests?

Apparently Ron Paul was invited on The O'Reilly Factor after complaining to Megyn Kelly that he was being ignored by the media after his close 2nd in the Iowa Straw Poll. Can complainers be choosers? I mean is Ron Paul really being too choosy with which show he gets interviewed on or is he really being ignored by the media?  I wonder whether he has been invited on other shows and refused to be interviewed?  From my perspective it seems like it is a little of both. What are your thoughts?


From Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs:

Recently a young writer and filmmaker named Layla Merritt wrote to me about work she has been doing researching and working on a documentary that is dear to her heart. While the film is in development, she created a rough cut trailer and uploaded it to YouTube -- it is above. The first day it was on YouTube, she received a serious distribution inquiry from California Newsreel, the premier distributor ofeducation films in ethnic studies films to institutions. But after that, Layla began receiving harassing emails and threats from angry Muslims around the world, who said things like "I can get to you easily, Jew."
Her film doesn't actually attack Islam, but it does highlight the absurd oppression and tragic challenges that American girls face in when they are kept in Islamic communities. Black From Islam also uses the girls whom Layla interviews to make case study comparisons to women in the Islamic Middle East who have been profiled by New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof. Two of Layla's interview subjects grew up in the secretive Islamic group Jamaat al-Fuqra in American cities. A group that originated in Pakistan, Jamaat al-Fuqra is suspected of complicity with the beheading of Daniel Pearl. Layla explains her intention in making Black From Islam this way:  
Black From Islam: African American Women Defectors from Islam
Black From Islam, a film by Layla Merritt, is a one-hour, educational documentary. It features interviews with three ex-Muslim women, two experts, and an informational reference. During the heat of Black Nationalism in the 1970's, African Americans converted in droves to Islam. Black From Islam identifies the historical routes African Americans have taken to Islam in America, rejecting the slavery-linked dogma of Christianity. It closely examines the cultural differences of how Americans live as Muslims in America, through the experiences of three American women. Communities such the Muslims Of the Americas (MOA) are highly reclusive. They live as large families on private compounds or buildings. They practice polygamy and home-school their children; they arrange their daughters marriages. This way of life, virtually foreign to most American teens, is a reality for some American girls who grow up Muslim. BlackFrom Islam takes an intimate look at non-secular, Muslim-American communities through the triumphs and tragedies of the women who left them.
The audience for Black From Islam includes scholars, students, libraries, institutions, African Americans, women, Americans, and internationally, anyone with an interest in the movement and spread of Islam. Says Merritt: "I have been contacted by many Muslims, some who identify with the character in the film and some who are angry and make unsolicited threats. Because the stories of the MOA are so powerful and have never been told before, I expect this film to cause quite a controversy and I realize it's dangerous for me, but I hope that in America I will have enough freedom to take the risk."
Research and Storytelling
Historically, black Americans were drawn to Islam in rejection of oppression. Islam offered a way of life and support community that was about education, respectability, honor, etc... and many poor blacks were attracted to that. At various points during the 20th Century, there were peaks of conversions to Islam by black Americans. The first was in 1930, when an Afghan who went by the name Wallace D. Fard created the Nation of Islam. The second was the 1940's, when Pakistani Muslims spread al-Fuqra, now known as the Muslims Of the Americas. Black From Islam's most powerful aspect is the interviews with former Muslim women. During the rise of BlackNationalism during the civil rights  movements of the 1960's and 70's, African Americans converted in droves to Islam.
The three women interviewed are daughters the converts (if possible, one of the mothers will join her daughter in an interview, but that's not confirmed yet). The women were raised in Muslim sects as children and defected. The film closely examines cultural differences in how Americans live as Muslims in America. Communities like the Muslims Of the Americas are highly reclusive. They live as large families on private compounds or buildings. They practice polygamy and home-school their children. They arrange their daughters' marriages. This way of life, virtually foreign to most American teens, is a reality for some American girl who grow up Muslim. The result is often difficulty co-existing as both Muslim and American, and extreme culture shock.
The story will unfold beginning with the import of African Americans to the Americas. The historical research will be accompanied by commentary from Dr. Jocelyne Cesari. The cultural expert will provide commentary on the political and cultural movements affecting African American religious demography, leading up the 1970's and the peak of Black Nationalism. The film will examine various acts of violence from Islamic groups such as the NOI and al-Fuqra through the stories of Jalila, Yasmina, and Alia. The film will explore the positive and negative aspects of these religious sects for African Americans. It will make ties to the oppression of women in Islam, using the testimonies of the three women as case studies to compare to oppression of women and terrorist foment in Middle East, drawing on research by New York Times journalists and authors of Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wuddun.
Layla has recently secured interviews with the girls from al-Fuqra. This group has rarely been exposed. They are polygamists who occupy secluded land, and the girls are often molested by their stepfathers. Because the group condones and even encourages violence, many defectors are afraid to speak out, but Layla has finally found a girl who is willing to talk. She was so damaged by what she experienced with al-Fuqra that she became a porn star before obtaining her education and building the confidence to move forward.
The trailer doesn't have any of the al-Fuqra/Muslims Of the Americas interviews in it, but that is a huge part of the documentary. Layla is the first person in the world to get insider interviews from former MOA members. It's virtually impossible, because they are afraid of action against them. But Layla needs funds to finish this project.
Layla Merritt is a woman of courage. I am impressed by her perseverance and professionalism. And now she needs money to buy copyrighted images and pay for advanced editing expenses. Please help. Watch the trailer and you will see how worthy a project this is. And then please donate to Black From Islam by clicking the donate button below. 
It is indeed courageous for Layla to speak out.  You can help Layla Merritt by donating right on Atlas Shrugs

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Government Waste: Unwanted Coins Costing Taxpayers' Money

This is one example of waste that can be cut from the budget.  In 2005 Congress ordered the Mint to make Presidential dollar coins and they've been made ever since. While most of these coins are sitting on shelves these coins just keep coming and coming so much so that a new building is being built in order to house all these coins.  This is utterly absurd folks. This is government waste at its worst.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Robert Spencer debates Moustafa Zayed: "Does Islam Guarantee Women Equality of Rights with Men?"

Robert Spencer does a great job in this debate. He stays on topic and refutes the Imam's misinformation about how women are to be viewed and treated according to Islam.  The last quarter of the video consists of a questions and answers session following the debate.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rick Santorum Says that Maxine Waters is a “Caricature of what’s wrong with Congress, she is vile.”

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum discusses topics such as the military conflict in Libya, regulations, Obama, energy policies, and Obama's bypassing Congress, with Steve Malzberg. He also responds to this outrageous comment which Maxine Waters said "I'm not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned, the 'tea party' can go straight to hell."  

I guess this type of rhetoric falls right in line with what Democrats call the "new civility".  Geesh... Progressives are so hateful.  

Rick is spot on! 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stacy McCain is Right - Rick Santorum: "This is the little engine that could campaign"

Glenn Reynolds is dreaming in the land of Oz when he predicts that Rick Santorum will be the next candidate in the GOP field to drop out.  Santorum has some of the most ardent supporters who are willing to back him the whole way to the White House.  Stacy McCain is correct in his analysis.  Rick Santorum is riding on the bump which he received, and continues to receive from both his masterful debate performance and his unexpected fourth place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll.  It was quite unexpected for Santorum to do that well in the straw poll.  Pro-life Catholics and anti-Jihadists are probably Santorum's most ardent supporters, we are very loyal to him and aren't about to abandon Santorum for some other lesser candidate at this point in time.  Rick Santorum keeps on chugging along, working his hardest with a small amount of funds, relaying his message of liberty, religious freedom, economic policies to boost the economy, foreign policy agenda, immigration policy (specifically illegal immigration), and his staunch pro-life message to the American people.  Stacy rightly points out that Rick has even seen an uptick in online donations since last Thursday's debate.  He is gaining momentum so there is no reason for Rick Santorum to hang it up at this stage in the presidential race.  Now I'm not sure whether Newt Gingrich is going to be the next candidate to drop out of the race as Stacy predicts but it is certainly possible with all of his previous campaign troubles.  I think the next GOP candidate to drop out could be either McCotter or Huntsman.

Here is Rick Santorum's exchange with Ron Paul on Iran:

Every innocent human life is precious and Rick Santorum understands this as evidenced by his answer to an abortion question during the debate.

To display that his campaign is gaining momentum Rick Santorum has released a video touting his 4th place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll.

This was a great campaign description by Santorum. He said, "This is the little engine that could campaign".

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

If unions are people then so are corporations

If unions are people then so are corporations.

Who makes up unions? Who makes up corporations? If there were no union members then unions wouldn't exist. If there weren't any owners, investors, inventors, shareholders, businessmen, and employees then there wouldn't be any corporations.  From Wikipedia: "The word 'corporation' derives from corpus, the Latin word for body, or a 'body of people'." To perpetuate the meme that corporations aren't people is absurd.  If corporations are not people what are they?  Have unions survived longer than some union members over the years? Yes. The same type of scenario happens with corporations so unions shouldn't be given preferential treatment with regards to taxes as progressives promote. When companies like GE end up paying no federal taxes something is wrong in my opinion. For this reason I do think that there are loopholes that need to be closed.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Guest Blogger Goofy on Obama - The Reason He Just Went Below 40%!

President Obama's approval rating crashed through the 40% floor, and I think I know why.  The call came through on Friday.  I glanced at the caller ID, did not see a familiar name or number, and let the phone ring.  Unfortunately, G was walking by the phone and pressed the Speaker button.  With his paw.  G is my cat, Goofy.  Boy, did that pollster get an earful!   That poor woman took the brunt of the nearly nearly two years of feline resentment roiling and festering in his big belly.  I had no idea he despised Obama so much!  How could I not put him on as a Guest Blogger?  Below is the open letter to the President he wrote in order to express his displeasure at being lumped in with Wall Street bankers.

From Kitty Goofy

    Mr. President

      Y must u hate on us "fat cats"?  Some ov us havv a glanjewler problim and cant help it u know!
      Mr Obama, U R NOT 4 kitties. U R a basterd.  Im going to come and claw yr eyes out.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Catholic Laity Dictate Church Teachings?!? How Absurd!!

I ran across an article on the HuffPo called How Progressive Democrats Remain Catholic that stated this " The house rules that apply are those set by believers themselves."  Wrong answer.  Church Doctrine is not decided by the laity or by believers but by Tradition that has been handed down for over 2000 years.  Julian Guthrie asserts that dissident Catholics such as Mario Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and John Kerry who undermine Church Teachings are just as Catholic as those Faithful who adhere to Church Doctrine.  This is wrong.  They are cafeteria Catholics and that's being generous. These dissident Catholics are obligated to follow Church teachings on abortion, homosexuals, homosexual "marriage", and women's ordination.   These teachings are non-negotiables.  Just because their bishops have not refused to give them Communion or excommunicated them for publicly causing Church scandal by promoting anti-Catholic positions on issues doesn't mean that they are good Catholics or in good standing with the Church.  This means that the bishops are failing to do their jobs - failing to promote the Faith in accordance with the Magisterium.  The Pope needs to use the rod with regard to bishops who allow dissident "Catholic" politicians to cause scandal to the Faith.  

Here is the Pope on the use of the Shepherd's rod: 

The Church too must use the shepherd’s rod, the rod with which he protects the faith against those who falsify it, against currents which lead the flock astray.

The use of the rod can actually be a service of love. Today we can see that it has nothing to do with love when conduct unworthy of the priestly life is tolerated.
Nor does it have to do with love if heresy is allowed to spread and the faith twisted and chipped away, as if it were something that we ourselves had invented.

The Catechism explains why ordination is only conferred on men and not women.

1577 "Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination." The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry. The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ's return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.

1578 No one has a right to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. Indeed no one claims this office for himself; he is called to it by God. Anyone who thinks he recognizes the signs of God's call to the ordained ministry must humbly submit his desire to the authority of the Church, who has the responsibility and right to call someone to receive orders. Like every grace this sacrament can be received only as an unmerited gift.

1579 All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception of permanent deacons, are normally chosen from among men of faith who live a celibate life and who intend to remain celibate "for the sake of the kingdom of heaven." Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the Lord and to "the affairs of the Lord," they give themselves entirely to God and to men. Celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which the Church's minister is consecrated; accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God.

This is the Church's teaching on abortion: 

2319 Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God.

2322 From its conception, the child has the right to life. Direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, is a "criminal" practice (GS 27 § 3), gravely contrary to the moral law. The Church imposes the canonical penalty of excommunication for this crime against human life.

2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.

2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:

You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish. God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.
2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae," "by the very commission of the offense," and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.
2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation:

"The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being's right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death."
"The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined. . . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child's rights."

2274 Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.
Prenatal diagnosis is morally licit, "if it respects the life and integrity of the embryo and the human fetus and is directed toward its safe guarding or healing as an individual. . . . It is gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent of a death sentence."

Here is the Catholic Church's position on both homosexuality and marriage.

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

2360 Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament. 

892 Divine assistance is also given to the successors of the apostles, teaching in communion with the successor of Peter, and, in a particular way, to the bishop of Rome, pastor of the whole Church, when, without arriving at an infallible definition and without pronouncing in a "definitive manner," they propose in the exercise of the ordinary Magisterium a teaching that leads to better understanding of Revelation in matters of faith and morals. To this ordinary teaching the faithful "are to adhere to it with religious assent" which, though distinct from the assent of faith, is nonetheless an extension of it.

The Church's teaching on abortion,contraception, homosexuals, homosexual "marriage", and women's ordination are all infallible teachings of the Catholic Church.