Jan 30, 2011

Are you eating food sacrificed to idols (Hallal) ?

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Many Christians and Jews find it offensive to eat meat slaughtered according to Islamic ritual. The issue for many Christians is that in halal slaughter, an imam offers the animal up as a sacrifice to Allah which makes it meat sacrificed to idols.

Are you eating food sacrificed to idols? from El Shaddai Ministries on Vimeo.

Call to condemn 'Kill all Jews' statement at the United Nations in Geneva

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From Examiner

An urgent appeal has been made to High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and Director-General Geneva Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze to take notice to the Hamas call to kill all Jews made at a film-showing at University College, London, three days ago.
The hateful prayer reads, "Oh Allah, loosen your power and strength on the Jews. (Amen.) Please Allah, kill them all… And don’t leave any of them alive. (Amen.) Oh Allah, with your great power. Allah! We are asking you with your infinite power, dear Allah. Allah! Please dear Allah, take revenge for our martyrs’ blood. Allah! Please Allah, get rid of the Jews. Bring them down. They are not as powerful as you. Please Allah, make the earth shake and destroy the pillars of their civilisation. Please Allah, cast fear and terror into their hearts. Oh Allah disperse them so they become lost once again. Oh Allah, show us a sign. Oh Allah, surprise them in a way they don’t expect. Oh Allah, cast fear and terror into their hearts."
The film was shown at an event organized by the SOAS Palestine Society, leaving people shocked.
In a missive to the Pillay and Ordzhonikidze, David G. Littman, NGO representative of the World Union of Progressive Judaism at the United Nations in Geneva urged them, to speak out strongly today at the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust to condemn this growing ‘culture of hate, following in the footsteps of Nobel Peace Laureate Henri Dunant, who strongly condemned ‘Jew-hatred’ when founding the Red Cross in 1864."

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Call to condemn 'Kill all Jews' statement at the United Nations in Geneva - Baltimore Foreign Policy | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/foreign-policy-in-baltimore/kill-al-jews-statement-condemned-at-the-un-geneva?CID=examiner_alerts_article#ixzz1CX7JuzEm

Jan 29, 2011

Understanding that led to friendship between my sons.

 A friend invited my son Billy, 7,  to a birthday party at Dave and Busters - an amusement center.

 Besides food and drink, all the kids got a $25 card to use at the games there.

At the end of the celebration, Billy collected a small bucket full of tickets.

He redeemed them for 2 water pistols, instead of getting a bigger prize for himself.

When he got home, he gave one of the guns to Bob, 11, his older brother.

At first they were enjoying a friendly game then things got out of hand.  Bob overpowered Billy in the shoot out, cornered him and emptied the magazine.  It turned ugly.

Billy ended up crying miserably.  He went to his dad and told him how deeply grieved he was that Bob used his very gift to torture him mercilessly.

The wise old father called Bob over and said words that would make the two brothers, the best of friends.  "You must understand Bob", the father started, "that Billy owned nothing in this world all his life.  The tickets that he won at Dave and Busters were the only things that he truly owns.  And rather than getting himself a nice toy, he thought of you and the fun times that you two would spend playing together.  That is why he got two water pistols.  He wanted to enjoy your company.  What hurt his feelings was that you went beyond playing and tortured him with it - specially when he was cornered and unable to shoot back or run.  It was neither fun nor friendly anymore.  And I guess he felt sad that you did that to him despite his gift.

Bob understood how Billy looked up to him and enjoyed his company.  From then on, he was no longer mean to Billy.

TimeLapse March for LIFE DC 2011 (100s of thousands)

TimeLapse took 1.5 hrs. to pass through.

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Jan 26, 2011

US Public schools promotes Islam and downplays other religions.

If video fails click here or go to  http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2011/01/us-public-schools-promotes-islam-and.html    US Public schools promotes Islam, omits Islam motivation in terrorism, the subjugation of women in Islam, the  repression and punishment of apostates.  It also omits or downplays other religions.  Please contact your representative today and protest this subversion of other faiths and the propaganda for Islam at the tax payers' expense.

Rep. Michele Bachmann Delivers Tea Party Response to State of the Union

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Jan 25, 2011

Right to Life March 2011 at DC. Catholic News estimates hundreds of thousands participants

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Washington D.C., Jan 24, 2011 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of thousands of people packed the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24 to show their support for the human rights of the unborn at the annual March for Life.

This year's march marked the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade.

For the first time ever, the morning rally events that preceded the March for Life took place at two locations – the Verizon Center and D.C. Armory – to accommodate larger-than-usual crowds. Growing youth participation, possibly assisted by online social media, has nearly quadrupled the size of the march during the past decade.

Fr. Mark Ivany, a priest from Bethesda, Md., told the crowd at the Verizon center on the morning of the march that they were speaking on behalf of those who would never be able to speak for themselves.

"The greatest difference between other civil rights movements and this one,” Fr. Ivany reflected solemnly, “is that most of the people affected by Roe v. Wade can't march on Washington. They can't give great speeches.”

H/T TO Catholic View

4 out of 10 unborn kids are murdered in NY. What have they become & why?

41% pregnancies aborted in NY. Among African Americans, it is 60%. And while contraception is readily available there, it obviously does not prevent pregnancies and STD.

Furthermore legal abortions sends the wrong message i.e. that it is OK thus coarsening the moral sensibility. If a mother can kill her child, whom can she not kill?

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H/T to CMR

Jan 23, 2011

Eucharistic Miracle Captured on Tape

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Video description: Miracle captured on video by Daniel Sanford of New Jersey. On 11/13/98, as part of the pilgrimage, he went to see the Bleeding Host of Betania at the Chapel of the Augustinian Nuns in Los Teques. The Spiritual Director, Father Mazzarella, said Daily Mass. When they finished, he opened the Tabernacle door, which contained the Bleeding Host. The Host was in flames, bleeding, and there was a pulsating heart bleeding in the center of the Host. Daniel watched this for about 30 seconds or so, then the Host returned to normal. HOWEVER, He did manage to film this miracle with his camcorder!
Visit http://www.InDefenseOfTheCross.Com for more

Jan 22, 2011

SOTU address, another pep rally for Obama. Don't make it so.

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If he lies, shout it out.

If the Democrats rise and applaud, don't be carried by their fake enthusiasm. Remember how they disregarded the people's will.

He will talk about jobs but his policies caused businesses to leave or fold. He should own up to his faults in their loss instead.

He and his Democrats won't support the repeal. So, I do hope people simply stand and walk out of his speech. He has nothing to tell us but lies. He deserves not our audience.

Islamic writings indicate that Mohammed is gay.

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Urge the Senate: Repeal ObamaCare

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Find your senator here or go to http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Jan 21, 2011

Tactics of the devil and counter measures.

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Most people turn to God when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.  It may not be cool or sound intelligent to talk about the devil - as though it is a tale for the superstitious and the gullible.  But the reality is, the devil exists and is as active in the world as before.  He may not take possession of people as shown in this movie, but he does make us sin.

From Cuskelly's "A Heart to Know Thee"
There are certain artifices of the devil, who, after all, is a very intelligent being....
(i)  He takes the soul by its weak point (whence the need for self-knowledge),
(ii) in moments of negligence and distraction (hence the need of vigilance),
(iii) proposing good ends, but indiscreet (whence the usefulness of taking counsel),
(iv) in little things if the soul's resistance to grave falls is proved,
(v)  dissimulating vice under the appearance of virtue, which is the same as making us fall victims to illusion.

Jan 20, 2011

On repeal & uncivil rhetoric. Lewis, Lee, Cohen and King set new records in absurdity and stupidity.

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My new intro was made here: http://taliesen.net/ .

John King Apology: http://goo.gl/UuynE

Rep. John Lewis: http://goo.gl/CHi1s

Rep. John Lewis 2: http://goo.gl/lMI7e

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: http://goo.gl/Fv1eS

Rep. Steve Cohen: http://goo.gl/w2nGE

Parents: http://goo.gl/5Zpe4

Please Support Bill to Ban Federal Funding for Abortion Procedures (HR3)

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Please Support Bill to Ban Federal Funding for Abortion Procedures (HR3) by contacting your Congressman and Senator and expressing your support.  Contact info available at links on the right hand margin labelled "Contact Congress" & "Contact Senate".

Thank you.  The lives of the unborn depend on our political action and spiritual efforts.   God bless.

Following text from FoxNews
The "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," given the numerical designation H.R. 3 to emphasize its prominence, would make permanent in existing law any language that bans abortion. It also would provide medical workers with "conscientious protections" that allow them to refuse to participate in abortion procedures against their will.

The legislation will "ensure that the taxpayers -- through huge majorities clearly show do not want their money being used to pay for abortions -- no longer are coerced into using taxpayer funding to subsidize the killing of an unborn child and the warping of his or her mother," Smith said in a press conference with Boehner on Capitol Hill
"Our members feel very strongly about the sanctity of human life. We listened to the American people. We made a commitment to the American people under the Pledge to America and we're continuing to fulfill our commitment," Boehner said.

Separately, Reps. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., and Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., are introducing a bill to prohibit any money from the new health care law from going to fund abortions.

Jan. 21 is “Ask Them What They Mean By ‘Choice’ Blog Day,”

Click at source for more details.

"...spend some amount of their day tomorrow disallowing pro-aborts from posting about their ambiguous blathery “Blog for Choice Day” unanswered. Pro-lifers will ask them to explain what “choice” actually means.  And we’re not just talking blogging. All pro-lifers can participate by posting on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, too.

On Twitter use the hashtag #prochoice and copy @NARAL and @JillStanek if you have room on your messages. Then track the #prochoice hashtag throughout the day and respond to pro-abort tweets. 
Bloggers – FB and tweet links to your posts, including the hashtag and @NARAL, @JillStanek."

Jan 19, 2011

Fight "Operation Demoralize" of Obama's Media

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  From Legal Insurrection
The mainstream media will undertake, and already has undertaken, a concerted effort to blame the Republican House for everything that goes wrong, for not living up to promises, for living up to promises, for failing to compromise, for selling out, etc.

Do not fall for it.
Holding the Republican House to its commitments is one thing; falling for Operation Demoralize is something else.

If you think that the mainstream media is not still 100% in the tank for Obama, think again.

Keep your eye on 2012. They are.

Let's continue taking back our country. Don't get stymied by their gimmicks and lies. We're the good guys here and we have a big job to do.

Is it OK to be uncivil if someone pees on your leg and tells you it's rain?

It's about the Democrats in the Senate and the White House who keep disrespecting the will of the people. We voted them out primarily to repeal Obamacare. I think they know what the people want but decide to pursue their own agenda instead. So, they're saying that even if the repeal passes the House, they're not even taking it up in the Senate - just because it is going against their law. Aren't they supposed to serve the people. In this case, they're blocking the people's will. Then they're telling us to calm down, to be sane, to not use inflamatory rhetoric. And some people believe them. I am going to be a tad crude here but, when someone pees on my leg and tells me it's rain then I reserve the right to assert my human dignity - whatever is left of it.

I think Conservatives are too rational, too religious. What I mean is that the Lord did not redeem us with His Innocent Blood so that some Liberal jerk can mess with us. And if we let him do it, then we are not being our brother's keeper as we let him sin, become unjust, corrupt and negligent.

Conservatives need to storm the Capitol and demand that the Senators vote the people's will. Playing party politics is not acceptable. We need to get mad because they're robbing us blind and making a mockery of the Democratic process.

Cartoon by Robert Ariail

Escort the repeal to the Senate

Here in DC, WTOP keeps reporting on the vote to repeal Obamacare as futile, a show, a promise to be fulfilled but not going anywhere because Senate will not pass it.  Why would Senate continue to defy the people who have spoken loudly and clearly?  Is there anything we can do to dissuade them from this disservice to the nation?  Can we escort the bill to them like these bikers who rode with the boy who wanted to fly the flag in his bike?  If video fails, go to http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2011/01/escort-repeal-to-senate.html

Jan 18, 2011

Joint Pro-life & Repeal Obamacare Rally on Jan. 24th, 2011

Please save the date. If you're against legalized abortion and Obamacare, join us in the March to Life this coming Monday, Jan. 24th, 2011 at the National Mall.

Details from sourceE-mail
We are receiving so many inquiries on such a large variety of subjects that it is impossible to address all of them individually.  However, the following information and links should be helpful:   
Hotel Reservations:  We have a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, and at the Washington Court Hotel across the street from the Hyatt.  The rate at both hotels is $161 plus tax for a total of $184.35 per night.  We also have some information on other hotels in downtown Washington and in the Virginia suburbs.  Hotels in the suburbs are located near subway lines and are significantly less expensive than downtown locations.  Please send your inquiry toMarcherRooms@aol.com 
Rose Dinner:  The Rose Dinner will be held on the evening of January 24, 2011, the same day as the March for Life.  Our keynote speaker is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-6).  The social hour will begin at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM.  You can click on the Rose Dinner button in the upper left corner of the home page and follow the links to purchase tickets on line.     
March for Life Convention:  Information will be posted  as it becomes available.    
March for Life Exhibit Hall:  The Exhibit Hall will be located on the lower level of the Hyatt Regency hotel.  The hours of operation are 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Saturday, January 22, 2011; 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 23, 2011; and from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and approximately 3:00 PM (following the March) until 6:00 PM on Monday, January 24, 2011.     
Tour Bus Information:  The following links should answer most of your questions. 
Subway and Public Transportation Information:  http://www.wmata.com for general information andhttp://www.wmata.com/metrorail/systemmap.cfm for subway routes and stations. The closest Metro Stations to the Rally site are Smithsonian and  L’Enfant Plaza.   
March for Life Mini-Rally at the White House:  We will have a gathering in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on January 23, 2011, the day before the March for Life.  An agenda will be posted on our website as soon as it is finalized.   
March for Life Rally-January 24, 2011:  The location this year is the National Mall at 4th Street NW. The rally will begin at 12:00 PM and continue until about 1:30 PM, followed immediately by the March. Please dispose of your trash properly.  Use the receptacles on the mall.  If you can’t find a receptacle, or if the receptacles are full, please take your trash with you – do not leave it on top of, or on the ground next to, a full trash can.  Do not leave trash anywhere on the mall where someone else will have to pick it up.   March for Life-January 24, 2011:  The March will begin immediately after the rally and follow its customary route up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill.  If you are returning to the Hyatt Regency or Union Station upon completion of the March, please continue past the Supreme Court building, turn left on East Capitol Street and left again on 2nd Street.  That will allow you to proceed to your destination without going against the flow of marchers who are still arriving at the Supreme Court.  Please do not leave your signs, or trash of any kind, on the streets or anywhere along the route of the March.  Take it with you to your destination and dispose of it properly.   
March for Life Annual Report Messages:  Please go to the Annual Report Messages button on the homepage to download the forms.  You can place messages through the website, or by fax or mail. Deadline is January 5, 2011. 
National Prayer Vigil on Sunday, January 23, 2011:  Go to www.usccb.org.   
Youth Rally and Mass for Life on Monday, January 24, 2011:  Go to www.adw.org.

1000+ sinful infants stoned, choked, left to die in Islamic Pakistan

From YahooNews

Pakistani volunteers are seen taking the corpses of two infants from the cold storage of a private charity's...

by Hasan Mansoor Hasan Mansoor – Mon Jan 17, 2:40 am ET

KARACHI (AFP) – The lifeless bodies of two tiny babies are being given their final bath before burial in Karachi, after they were left to die in the southern Pakistani city's garbage dumps.

"They can only have been one or two days old," says volunteer worker Mohammad Saleem, pointing at the two small corpses being gently washed by his colleagues at a charity's morgue.
In the conservative Muslim nation, where the birth of children outside of marriage is condemned and adultery is a crime punishable by death under strict interpretations of Islamic law, infanticide is a crime on the rise.
More than 1,000 infants -- most of them girls -- were killed or abandoned to die in Pakistan last year according to conservative estimates by the Edhi Foundation, a charity working to reverse the grim trend.
Tragic tales abound.
Kazmi recounts the discovery of the burnt body of a six-day-old infant who had been strangled. Another child was found on the steps of a mosque having been stoned to death on the orders of an extremist imam who has since disappeared, he says.

POTUS a Chinese celebrity.

A wallet and a T-shirt bearing an image of U.S. President Barack Obama's face, in place of the usual image of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong, are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in Beijing, January 18, 2011. (Reuters Pictures)

It takes one, to know one - I guess.  What is the White House not telling us?  Should I enroll my kids to learn Mandarin?

When vocations happen to kids

Last night, my 7 yr old daughter, "Gigi", told me that she wants to become a sister when she turns 18.  This wasn't the first time that she's mentioned it.  A year ago, she met a nun after our Saturday Confessions to whom she confided this wish.  A nun gave her a big medal as a keepsake.

My 11 yr old son, "Grumpy", also said that he wants to enter the seminary and become a priest after high school.  Of course I am overjoyed but I remain subdued because those are long and hard journeys and I want them to do it not to please me but to follow God. "It's not what you want but what God wants that is important" I repied.  "You need to find out what God wants you to do."  Then I speak about the possibility of becoming holy in different ways e.g. being married as well as giving oneself completely to the love and work of God.  I may tend to romanticize the ordained ministry and religious life unconsciously but, I keep them open to all possible callings e.g. my girls have this collection of princess story books where the ending is always finding a loving prince.

But religious life or not, I strive to prepare my children to live a life of holiness from their youth till they die.  And I do pray for my children and did mention to the Lord once that if He would want them in His service, then I would be the happiest to have my children serve Him.

A means that St. John Bosco used to promote vocations is to inculcate the love for purity.  Purity is charity lived out in the body and is manifested by modesty in attire and bearing.  It consists in chastity in thoughts, words and deeds.  The main tool that the enemy uses to destroy purity is the media.  So, we don't have cable.  And the TV antenna is not set up.  My wife has her own portable set because she gets bored;  but, we don't have a fully functioning big screen entertainment center. I made my mind up about that when I saw borderline shows at Nicklodeon.

Then, the net access is filtered for content.  But even that is not enough because when I checked my son's history, I saw web pages with borderline nudity on the side - even if the main page was about tips for an online game.  To that end, I'll move my son's PC to the living room where we can better monitor what he sees.

I also transferred him to a Catholic school this year so his peer group is somewhat pre-selected.  The others are still in public school where the kids are not so malicious yet.  But during pre-adolescence, peers become most influencial factor that is why I spend the extra cash for some extra protection or sheltering.  And there is no culture of sex in the campus. 

I also train them to practice temperance and not give in to gluttony.  They learn to "Eat to live and not live to eat."  And while they have to eat as they are growing kids, I guide them to eat slowly.  That way, they learn to rein in the impulse or drive to woof everything down without chewing.  And temperance in eating becomes transferable to self-control in other things.

Restricting him is not enough though so, we provide some healthy outlets for his energy and gregariousness.  He is with the scouts where they do a lot of outdoor stuff like campings.

Finally, the entire family is steeped into grace as we go to Confession and Communion weekly.  We also pray the Rosary and night prayers before sleeping.  That's when I give them my customary good night talk - in the manner of St. John Bosco to plant a seed of good thought based on some experience during that day followed by the monastic "great silence" where they spend the last minutes of their day thinking and listening to God.

Jan 16, 2011

Applause prompted by jumbotron at Obama's speech in AZ memorial

Free T-shirts, $3 draft beer - just applaud when prompted.  He's gotta bribe his fans nowadays?  I don't mind that as long as it's on his dime and not the taxpayers.

Related post:

If White House Was Surprised by Applause at Tucson Pep Rally… Why Did They Ask For It On Jumbotron?

Campaign slogans 2012 - suggestions for Obama

Source  DougRoss

 "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You, Ask How You Can Illegally Contribute To My Campaign"

 "Your long national nightmare is not over"

• "It's Mourning Again in America"

• "Keep America Strong through Surrender & High Taxes"

• "Vote for Barack: Satan compels you"

• "Building a bridge to September 10th"

• "I'm with Worf!"

• "Vote Obama. It’s Easier Than Thinking"

• "Don't Ask What He's Done: Ask What He Says He's Done!"

• "Isn't It Time You Were Disappointed Again?"

• "Read My Lips: No New Tax Cuts"

• "Why Work If You Can Just Vote Democrat Instead?"

• "Change you can be fooled by -- again!"

• "Your friends at the SEIU say: Vote Obama and No One Gets Hurt"

• "Keep Racial Tensions Alive!"

• "Help Wipe Out Capitalism in Our Time"

• "I can't believe it's not Socialism!"

Jan 15, 2011

Obama's "Let me be clear" statements

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Prefacing a statement with, "Let me be clear." does not make it any clearer. That should be decided by the audience. However, dishonest or intellectually challenged speakers pull that trick to put the burden of understanding to the audience instead of taking the burden of clarifying to himself. BS can bring a person up but doesn't guarantee to keep him there.

Awkward Situation Room 1 from RightChange on Vimeo.

About Pope John Paul II's Life

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related post: CNA on JPII Beatification
reference:  The Process of Canonization (Being Made a Saint) in the Catholic Church

Pakistanis Vow to Spread Blood Everywhere For Blasphemy Laws

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