Friday, March 27, 2009

News Updates, 3/27

RealCatholicTV SURVEY - Obama at ND, make your views known!
No doubt you have heard about President Obama being invited to Notre Dame to give the commencement address, and will have heard that faithful Catholics – including prominent bishops – are up in arms about this. Well, tell us what YOU think! Please visit this website:
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Pro-Obama Catholics need to ‘step up’ and respond to president’s policies, official says
Pro-Obama Catholics and Catholic organizations should “step up” and respond to the pro-abortion “rights” president’s policy decisions, George Wesolek, the Director of Public Policy and Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of San Francisco said in a recent article...

Newt Gingrich converts to Catholicism
'Any obstacles to joining the Church have been resolved'

Notre Dame coalition condemns Obama invitation
Students' ad hoc committee to protest commencement

Notre Dame not budging on Obama invitation
Official stand by decision for commencement address

Mexico destroys 'Death Saint' revered by criminals
Officials in Nuevo Laredo destroy more than 35 statues

Cardinal says 'new feminism' must include God
Christian women must lead in its discovery, promotion

Casey drops appearance at Catholic campus
Pennsylvania senator gives no reason for backing out

Vatican official rededicates Mass. menorah
Cardinal Kasper reaffirms 'need to work for peace'

Vatican concerned for Christians in Gaza
Holy See asks bishops to contribute to Holy Land fund

Vermont diocese appeals sex abuse suit payout
Wants state court to overturn an $8.7 million award

Other Issues

Are the Big Banks Gaming the Taxpayer?
Multiple sources for this story - this is not a tin oil hat sort of story. Anyone who thinks this is "innocent" should ask why Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) were not buying these securities 3 months ago? or 6 months ago? Welcome to corporate socialism 101 and the unintended consequences - aggressively buy securities that the taxpayer is going to subsidize hedge funds and private investors to buy in a few weeks/months - you never lose in reverse Robin Hood America. Watch for the new HGTV show: Flip that MBS (Mortgage Backed Security)!

European Industrial Orders Plunge 34%, Most on Record
European industrial orders dropped the most on record in January as the global recession forced manufacturers to cut production, reducing demand for equipment and machinery....

Vigil held for suspected Oakland cop killer
As the city prepares for a massive public funeral for four police officers slain in the line of duty, dozens took to the streets in a show of support for the man authorities say was their killer. Organized by International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, the march Wednesday evening took participants near a police substation...
[This child rapist and cop killer "hero" was worse than a monster! May God have mercy on all of us!]

Brazil’s leader blames white people for crisis
Brazil’s President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva on Thursday blamed the global economic crisis on “white people with blue eyes” and said it was wrong that black and indigenous people should pay for white people’s mistakes.

Default Rate Rises for Student Loans, U.S. Government Report
Student-loan default rates for people who recently left school rose to 6.9 percent from 5.2 percent a year earlier as a deteriorating economy weighed on borrowers, the U.S. government said.

Obama: Start goose stepping
Soon we may see Obama’s Mandatory Volunteerism Plan come to light. Sound oxymoronic doesn’t it? Mandatory Volunteer? Somehow last week both houses of congress pushed forward an expansion of the Americorps national service plan. If you recall last year, the Obamassiah proposed a civilian national security force that’s “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the U.S. military.

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