Jul 22, 2010

Video: Civil disobedience - immanent

One of Chuck Colson's leading theological advisors and co-architect of the Manhattan Declaration, Dr. Timothy George, joins Mr. Colson in explaining the Christian duty of civil disobedience under certain circumstances. Mr. Colson also highly recommends you read T.M. Moore's, "When Not To Obey: A study on civil disobedience" and the other important resources listed below the video to learn more about this important subject.



Video description:  Chuck Colson talks about civil disobedience and cases where Christians may need to practice it. Drawing on the Manhattan Declaration, which refers to civil disobedience as a possibility (if government encroaches too much on religious freedom), Colson also brings in Dr. Timothy George, a co-drafter of that document. Mr. Colson also highly recommends you read T.M. Moore's, "When Not To Obey: A study on civil disobedience" and the other important resources here: http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-cente...

Jul 20, 2010

Video: Fighting words from LTC Allen West - insurgency and subversion?

“We need to meet in places and start talking about restoring our liberty and fighting against a tyrannical government… If we are not willing to take a stand right now and take this country back and put it back on the right track of the principles and values it was established on… you’re complacent! …You better understand it’s a fight, and you better be willing to fight for this country!  If you are ready to get your musket, fix your bayonet, and charge into the ranks, then you are my brother and sister in this fight…. Don’t go home and let your children down!“  If video fails, go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/07/video-fighting-words-from-ltc-allen.html

Jul 19, 2010

Muslim behavior based on clout; comparative patterns from 50 countries

Here are Dr. Hammond's observations on how Muslims operate in various countries.  Their behavior varies depending on their numbers but it does reveal a pattern that occurs consistently.   I wonder how this is related to Obama's efforts in promoting Muslim accomplishments.
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Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life.

Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a beard for all of the other components.

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges.
When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well..

Here’s how it works:
As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens.

This is the case in:
United States—Muslim 0..6%
Australia—Muslim 1.5%
Italy—Muslim 1.5%
China—Muslim 1.8%
Norway—Muslim 1.8%
Canada—Muslim 1.9%

At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.

This is happening in:
Denmark—Muslim 2%
United Kingdom—Muslim 2.7%
Germany—Muslim 3.7%
Spain—Muslim 4%
Thailand—Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves—along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:
Switzerland—Muslim 4.3%
Philippines—5%
Sweden—Muslim 5%
The Netherlands—Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago—Muslim 5.8
France—Muslim 8%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:

Guyana—Muslim 10%
Kenya—Muslim 10%
India—Muslim 13.4%
Russia—Muslim 15%
Israel—Muslim 16%

After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:
Ethiopia—Muslim 32.8%

At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:
Bosnia—Muslim 40%
Chad—Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon—Muslim 59.7%

From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:
Malaysia—Muslim 60.4%
Albania—Muslim 70%
Sudan—Muslim 70%
Qatar—Muslim 77.5%

After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:
Bangladesh—Muslim 83%
Indonesia—Muslim 86.1%
Syria—Muslim 90%
Tajikistan—Muslim 90%
Egypt—Muslim 90%
Jordan—Muslim 92%
United Arab Emirates—Muslim 96%
Pakistan—Muslim 97%
Iraq—Muslim 97%
Iran—Muslim 98%
Gaza—Muslim 98.7%
Morocco—Muslim 98.7%
Palestine—Muslim 99%
Turkey—Muslim 99.8%

100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’—the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:
Afghanistan—Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia—Muslim 100%
Somalia—Muslim 100%
Yemen—Muslim 100%

Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.
‘Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel.—Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’

It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos.  There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrasses. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.

Today’s 1..5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world’s population. But their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world’s population by the end of this century.

Source: Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.

Video: Common sense not common in USA anymore.


If video fails go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI4xaNoDZ3E&feature=player_embedded

Jul 18, 2010

Commerce argument fails. Obamacare defended as a tax.

Report excerpt:
Changing Stance, Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax

WASHINGTON — When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”
And that power, they say, is even more sweeping than the federal power to regulate interstate commerce.
Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case in defense of the health care overhaul and its individual mandate, now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and several private organizations.
More from source

Video: Deleted video restored. Obama Deception

This video had 6 million hits, got deleted from YouTube.

Video: 2011 tax cuts expire, rates increase, deductions/exemptions phase out, credits cut

First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief
In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for investors, small business owners, and families. 

These will all expire on January 1, 2011:

Personal income tax rates will rise. The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed). The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent. All the rates in between will also rise. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates. The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:

- The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%
- The 25% bracket rises to 28%
- The 28% bracket rises to 31%
- The 33% bracket rises to 36%
- The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%

Higher taxes on marriage and family. The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income. The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child. The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level. The dependent care and adoption tax credits will be cut.

The return of the Death Tax. This year, there is no death tax. For those dying on or after January 1 2011, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million. A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.

Higher tax rates on savers and investors. The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent in 2011. The dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 39.6 percent in 2011. These rates will rise another 3.8 percent in 2013.

Second Wave: Obamacare

There are over twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare. Several will first go into effect on January 1, 2011. They include:

The “Medicine Cabinet Tax” Thanks to Obamacare, Americans will no longer be able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin).

The “Special Needs Kids Tax” This provision of Obamacare imposes a cap on flexible spending accounts (FSAs) of $2500 (Currently, there is no federal government limit). There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children. There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States , and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education. Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington , D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education. 

The HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike. This provision of Obamacare increases the additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.

Third Wave: The Alternative Minimum Tax and Employer Tax Hikes

When Americans prepare to file their tax returns in January of 2011, they’ll be in for a nasty surprise—the AMT won’t be held harmless, and many tax relief provisions will have expired. The major items include:

The AMT will ensnare over 28 million families, up from 4 million last year. According to the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, Congress’ failure to index the AMT will lead to an explosion of AMT taxpaying families—rising from 4 million last year to 28.5 million. These families will have to calculate their tax burdens twice, and pay taxes at the higher level. The AMT was created in 1969 to ensnare a handful of taxpayers.

Small business expensing will be slashed and 50% expensing will disappear. Small businesses can normally expense (rather than slowly-deduct, or “depreciate”) equipment purchases up to $250,000. This will be cut all the way down to $25,000. Larger businesses can expense half of their purchases of equipment. In January of 2011, all of it will have to be “depreciated.”

Taxes will be raised on all types of businesses. There are literally scores of tax hikes on business that will take place. The biggest is the loss of the “research and experimentation tax credit,” but there are many, many others. Combining high marginal tax rates with the loss of this tax relief will cost jobs.


H/T http://regularthoughts.blogspot.com/2010/07/regular-guy-speaks-at-tea-party.html video
H/T http://shoutfirst.blogspot.com/2010/07/bracing-for-big-tax-hit.html text

Montana Public Schools to teach oral sex and anal penetration in 5th grade if proposal passes sex-ed.

If the proposal passes:
"By fifth grade, they are taught there are several types of intercourse, and by the sixth grade, the draft document states that students should, “Understand that sexual intercourse includes but is not limited to vaginal, oral, or anal penetration; using the penis, fingers, tongue or objects.”"

Feds shut down 1000s of blogs; ignore due process & 1st amendment


Folks if  http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/ ever gets shut down, I own another domain named 
http://www.divine-ripples.com/ where I will continue informing you of the news.

Excerpt:  July 17, 2010

"Once again, the Obama administration has violated the Bill of Rights. Earlier this month, the feds took down a free Wordpress blogging platform and disabled more than 73,000 blogs. The action was completely ignored by the corporate media. The site, Blogetery.com, was told by its hosting service that the government had issued orders to shut down the site due to a “a history of abuse” related to copyrighted material."...
"Blogetery.com claimed the shut down of 73,000 blogs “was not a typical case, in which suspension and notification would be the norm. This was a critical matter brought to our attention by law enforcement officials. We had to immediately remove the server.”
“That seems odd,” notes Techdirt, a website that covers government policy, technology and legal issues. “If there was problematic content from some users, why not just take down that content or suspend those users. Taking down all 73,000 blogs seems… excessive.”
The DMCA’s takedown actions are a direct violation of the First Amendment under prior restraint. However, explains law professor Wendy Seltzer, because “DMCA takedowns are privately administered through ISPs… they have not received… constitutional scrutiny, despite their high risk of error.” Seltzer adds that “because DMCA takedown costs less to copyright claimants than a federal complaint and exposes claimants to few risks, it invites more frequent abuse or error than standard copyright law.”
TorrentFreak worries that the Blogetery.com case has set a precedent. “Fears remain… that this action is only the beginning, and that more sites will be targeted as the months roll on. Indeed, TorrentFreak has already received information that other sites, so far unnamed in the media, are being monitored by the authorities on copyright grounds,” writes a blogger on the site."

Jul 17, 2010

American lives. Be mindful and grateful.


You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.


You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.



You talk trash about your 'buddies' that aren't with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.


You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.




You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.
He does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.


You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn't get to eat today.





He stays up for days on end. So you stay up for 16 hours.


You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.


You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.



You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.


You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.


You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You complain of a 'headache', and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

Video: Obama BS removal kit - for your car & your soul

For your car.  H/T http://www.thedailypledge.com/


For your soul...

Warning! Did You Vote For Obama?

Then, “I urge you to seek the mercy of Jesus through the Sacrament of Confession that you may be absolved from the great evil this president says he will do.”
Why?  “Those who voted for this president will now share in the indirect responsibility and guilt for these killings.”


Jul 16, 2010

Quick test if you are racist.


Do you like him any better now?

If you answered yes, then your are a racist.

If you answered no, then your are not a racist.

Source http://www.peekinthewell.net/blog/racism-test/

Jul 14, 2010

Video: Oppose Kagan unless you know Karate and are bullet-proof.

Oppose Kagan unless you want to hunt with a bow & shoot vermin with a slingshot.  Or you can use a baseball bat to fight off an intruder.  The problem is those guys have guns.

Contact you senators before it is too late.  Use link on the side panel to find info.  If video fails, go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/07/video-oppose-kagan-unless-you-want-to.html

Archbishop calls for civil disobedience to protest abortion; Manhattan Declaration?

(From Fr. Z)  CNA Reports: " Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin warned this week there is no right to kill an innocent human being and therefore no obligation to obey to the new law on abortion. Rather, “direct opposition without distinction” must be mounted, he said.

“Let’s be clear: this law is not a law, although it is presented as such by some politicians and lawmakers. It is no law because nobody has the right to take the life of an innocent human being. For this reason it is not obligatory. Moreover, it demands direct opposition without distinction,” the archbishop said in a letter.

He underscored that reason cannot recognize abortion as a right because it constitutes the killing “of a person who is not guilty.” “The right of a person to exist who has already been conceived, although not yet born, is not a belief stemming from any religion. One does not need to be a believer to hold that an innocent person has the right to be defended and respected in his or her integrity. Common sense dictates that one cannot take a human life in order to solve another problem or to “get money or votes,” he said. ... "

But this was in Burgos, Spain.  Today, the Obama administration approves the use of tax monies to fund abortions under Obamacare - contrary to the president's signed commitment.  I've read that the signers of the Manhattan Declaration were ready to engage in civil disobedience too to protest the use of their tax payments for abortion.  But I haven't heard any activities towards this end.  Also, the USCCB has not issued any calls to do the same.

Courage comes from the word cour that means heart - a symbol of love.  Could it be that this Spanish bishop loves the unborn and God more than anyone in the USCCB?  Fortitude comes from fortis meaning strength.  Perhaps, this Spaniard works out in the spiritual gym more or maybe the bishops here need to eat more chili and watch matadors face off with the toros.  Or maybe they just need to pray more, just as I need to pray for them.

Obama admin OKs first tax-funded abortions under Obamacare. Keehan? Stupak?

What happened to that note that Obama signed assuring Stupak that taxes won't fund abortions under Obamacare?  Were they naive and gullible or were they part of an act?  Either way, what they did just promoted the carnage of unborn Americans.  I doubt if they give a damn though.

And does Keehan, LCWR and CHA believe the bishops now?  Shame on these unfaithful nuns for facilitating this genocide.  The blood of the aborted is now on their consciences.

LifeNews.com reports:
"The Obama administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program. This is the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned about when Congress considered the bill.
The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new "high-risk" insurance program under a provision of the federal health care legislation enacted in March.
It has quietly approved a plan submitted by an appointee of pro-abortion Governor Edward Rendell under which the new program will cover any abortion that is legal in Pennsylvania.

The high-risk pool program is one of the new programs created by the sweeping health care legislation, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama signed into law on March 23. The law authorizes $5 billion in federal funds for the program, which will cover as many as 400,000 people when it is implemented nationwide.

"The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million in federal tax funds, which we've discovered will pay for insurance plans that cover any legal abortion," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee."

Jul 13, 2010

Humor: Democrat-speak - translation guide

The bold statement is what Democrats say followed by the English translation.

Our opponents refuse to compromise on this issue: The Republicans refuse to do everything we want.

That charge is outrageous: That charge is true but you shouldn't have brought it up in public.


Honey I need a little quiet time right now: I got drunk and drove a car containing a campaign worker I was boffing off a bridge. She's dead, the car is at the bottom of a tidal pool, and I have influential relatives to call and people to bribe before I call the cops so can you cut me a little slack?

Every vote must be counted in this election: Except for the military vote because they tend to go Republican.

The era of big government is over: But the era of Godzilla sized government is just beginning if I can help it.

I did not have sexual relations with that woman: We had sex on every piece of furniture in the White House.

I think we need to take a closer look at what's going on in this industry: I think we need to strangle this industry with red tape and new regulations until it's so screwed up that we have to take over.

We must address the root causes of this problem: We must not do anything to effectively address this problem. Instead we must raise taxes and pour dump trucks worth of money into whatever unrelated issue we have decided is the cause of the problem.

No justice, no peace: Give us money and we'll find someone else to bother.

He's in the pocket of big oil: He was once seen filling up the tank of his car with gas.

I didn't inhale: I was so stoned that I thought I could fly.

I have no information about where my former intern is: That's technically true. I told the guys I hired to kill her that I didn't want to know any details. 

Video: Dem. Congressman freaks out when lie was challenged.



Defending his vote for Obamacare, Rodriguez claims:  "If we had not done anything in the next eight years based on CBO, congressional budget office, numbers it would have cost us $4.1 trillion."  Rep. Rodriguez lied.  Here are the final CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation cost and revenue estimates for Obamacare. Where exactly does it say that doing nothing would cost $4.1 trillion? Where exactly does it say passing Obamacare would save us $4.1 trillion?

It doesn’t.  On the contrary, it states the opposite as
CBO Director Doug Elmendorf actually wrote about Obamacare this May: "The central challenge is straightforward and stark: The rising costs of health care will put tremendous pressure on the federal budget during the next few decades and beyond.  In CBO’s judgment, the health legislation enacted earlier this year does not substantially diminish that pressure. In fact, CBO estimated that the health legislation will increase the federal budgetary commitment to health care (which CBO defines as the sum of net federal outlays for health programs and tax preferences for health care) by nearly $400 billion during the 2010-2019 period."
If video fails, go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/07/video-dem-congressman-freaks-out-when.html  Watch for my follow-up post on Democratspeak.

Video thiller: Dem. Congressman denies hearing of Panther case; bad move

Video clip of a town hall meeting in the 27th Congressional district of California, represented by Democrat Brad Sherman.  Congressman Sherman claims not to have heard of the New Black Panther case or its dismissal by the Justice Department.  And the crowd goes wild.  If video fails, go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/07/video-thiller-dem-congressman-denies.html

Video: Restoring market forces damaged by Obamacare

Repealing Obamacare is like putting toothpaste back in the tube.  It's messy but it must be done to kept the situation from getting worse.  The next steps involve reviving the market forces that will bring back the efficiencies.  If video fails go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/07/video-restoring-market-forces-damaged.html

Video description: Government programs and intervention were making a mess of the healthcare system, even before Obamacare was enacted. Repealing Obamacare is a good idea and will prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. This CF&P Foundation video explains, however, that repeal is just the first step if we want to genuinely restore a free market and create an efficient and cost-effective healthcare system. http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/

Say who ... ( is the racist). NAACP vs. Tea Party


This is them - the racially segregated NAACP.  They asked the Tea Party to denounce the racist elements in their organization.






This is us - the racially integrated Tea Party. 






Jul 12, 2010

About summer of 2010. ( vacation, movies, drowning, blogging, video games... )

Political Involvement.
Lately, I've been so involved with the Tea Party, that I have been paying the older kids to mind the 2 year old whenever she comes to pull me away from my writing.  I remember the classic movie "Mary Poppins" and that is enough to remind me how the window of childhood quickly passes.  Also, building a good relationship with them now ensures my continued influence through adolescence and beyond.  So, I make them my priority.  Others may do a far better job on writing about politics or spirituality but I and I alone am tasked with the job of being a daddy to my kids.

Recreation.
Vacations were meant to recreate our energies for the coming year.  Watch the video for more about this.
If video fails, go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/07/about-summer-of-2010-movies-drowing-etc.html


Wasting time.
I remember that another word for love is time. One of the people I admire is Frank Padilla, a Harvard MBA who founded the ecclesial movement 'Couples for Christ'. Lately, I've been seeing a lot his pictures at Facebook with his grandchildren. Looks like he's been hanging around there a lot. The thought that came to mind was that someone like him can make $1000/hr. and yet he spends his time on an activity that can be done by a 12 year old girl. And knowing the man, he continues to work in the ministry. Then again, it is not all dollars and cents because if money can bring joy, then we wouldn't see suicide among rich folks.

Movie.
Toy Story 3 got good reviews from the Vatican newspaper. More here.

Water Safety.
Drowning can happen in seconds. And drowning does not look like drowning. There's no splashing or yelling. So, beware when the kids turn quiet. More here.

Videos: Funny - on Church decorum. De la bella figura

At Church, I really want to focus on the Lord and the celebration.  However, some ladies use the occasion for a fashion show.  Here are a couple of videos about the proper decorum when going to worship.

If videos fail, go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/07/videos-funny-on-church-decorum-de-la.html


You don't have to wear Ann Taylor, even Wal-Mart is fine.

Video: Kantian ethics in 3 minutes.

Ethics is that branch of philosophy that deals with morality.  It treats the subject using reason alone; it does not consider the perspective of  religion or faith.  The video presents Kant's thoughts in a bite, but it is food for thought nonetheless.  If video fails, go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/07/video-kantian-ethics-in-3-minutes.html

Jul 11, 2010

Democrats' documentary alleging rampant voter fraud by Obama campaign

I don't know why this is coming out now.  Is it a way for the Democrats to distance themselves away from Obama?  It could be a gimmick then again it tarnishes even more the legitimacy of his office and erodes his moral authority.  If anything, it alerts and alarms people to be more  solicitous in guarding the sancity of the coming elections.


Excerpt:
"This documentary is about the disenfranchising of American citizens by the Democratic Party and the Obama Campaign. We the People have made this film. Democrats have sent in their stories from all parts of America. We want to be heard and let the country know how our party has sanctioned the actions of what we feel are Obama Campaign "Chicago Machine" dirty politics. We believe this infamous campaign of "change" from Chicago encouraged and created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters, stalk them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling places, silence their voices and stop their right to vote, which is, of course, all documented in "We Will Not Be Silenced."

"We Will Not Be Silenced" is about the people who fight back by simply telling their stories: Teachers, professors, civil rights activists, lawyers, janitors, physicists, ophthalmologists, accountants, mathematicians, retirees - all bound together by their love of America and Democracy. They will tell us their experiences and how they feel betrayed by their own party. They will discuss how their party has disenfranchised them and how, when they saw and reported multiple instances of fraud, everyone turned a blind eye. Rather than support and protect the voices and votes of its loyal members, the DNC chose to sweep this under the rug by looking the other way, or using ceremony and quasi-investigations to assuage angry voters. It is our opinion there never before has been such a "dirty" campaign; the campaign that has broken the hearts and spirits of American voters, who once believed in the Democractic voting system.  More at source. "

Humor: 24 Types of Authoritarians

Theocrat, Green Zealot, Deluded, Stockholm Syndrome, Nanny Stater, Entitled, Drug Warrior, Freeloader, Xenophobe, Elitist Snob, Public Mandate, Humanitarian, Dreamer,

Video: Muslim leader presents Islam honestly and it is not like what Obama says.

There may be peaceful and peace-loving Muslims, but that doesn't change the doctrine of Islam. As this leader explains, it is not a religion of peace.  Could an undiscerning compassion and political correctness be the death of us?
For people who want to escape its grasp cfr. http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/04/leave-islam-safely.html


Video description: CBN News traveled to London to talk with Anjem Choudary, a leading Muslim radical who says Islamic teachings are what shaped his pro-jihad message.  Hear in his own words that Islam is NOT a "religion of peace", but rather that Jihad and the killing of Christians and Jews is authorized by the Koran.


If video fails, go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/07/video-muslim-leader-presents-islam.html

Video: Getting close to God by eating to live and not living to eat.

I used to say casually that I have one vice and that is enjoying food too much.  It sounded harmless enough compared to others but then it is still a sin.  Now that sin has caught up with me as I became a diabetic.

If you also think the same way, then check out this article.
Excerpts:  " Gluttony seeks after immediate gratification, pleasure and comfort with little regard for the needs of others.  Eating more than you want or need just to prevent others from getting your share would also be gluttony.  This deadly sin leads to an unbalanced, addictive and materialistic existence that excludes God.... An aid in overcoming gluttony is periodic fasting – of two small meals and one regular-sized meal with no snacks in between (as the Church recommends).  Abstinence of meat, a favorite food or even eating something I don’t like (like brussel sprouts) is also recommended in mastering gluttony.  It is not necessary to eliminate pleasurable things but only to limit them. "


Video:  How someone overcame her habit of over eating.  Practical tips.


The spiritual aspect:  the sin of gluttony

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