Tuesday, August 18, 2009

News Updates, 8/19

Bishop Nickless: "No Health Care Reform is Better than the Wrong Health Care Reform"
In his latest column, Bishop R. Walter Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City joined a growing number of Catholic leaders in stated opposition to the Obama health care legislation, which is poised to expand abortion by mandating abortion coverage and providing taxpayer subsidies to abortion providers. Niclkess also noted that the Catholic Church has no position for or against any kind of health care distribution, and argued that the structure proposed by the legislation would ultimately be detrimental to distributing health care according to need...

Oklahoma Bishop Explains Return to 'Ad Orientem' Worship
Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has returned to the practice of celebrating the Eucharistic liturgy ad orientem in his cathedral. Bishop Slattery explained in his diocesan newspaper that he recognized the advantages of the Mass celebrated with the priest facing the people, but...

Health Care Bills Could Result in 300-600K More Abortions, Scrap Pro-Life Laws
So-called health care reform could become the worst thing to happen to abortion rates since Roe v. Wade. When you hear the phrase “health care reform,” you might think of cutting costs, eliminating arcane rules, and ensuring coverage for the hard-to-insure. Raising abortion rates would not seem to be a logical part of the equation...

The Lady is the Champ: Senate Expunges Palin's "Death Panels" from ObamaCare Bill
The US Senate has sounded a hasty retreat on "death panels" in health-care reform by striking out the provision on "end-of-life counseling" from the bill. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), announced last week that the Senate Finance Committee has now expunged all "end-of-life" provisions from the Senate version of health-care reform in order "to avoid unintended consequences."

What is going on at Ignatius Press?
A Status Report

US Church leaders urge Obama to end Cuba embargo
Opportunity to bridge an 'immense psychological distance'

Catholics fight against abortion in Obamacare bills
Bishops urging faithful to contact their legislators

Some trad Catholics oppose JPII beatification
Hardliners claim late pontiff damaged the Church

The truth about Pius XII and the Nazi 'ratlines'
No reason to believe the wartime Pope was complicit

Vatican publishes DVD to promote Latin Mass
Instructional video introduces faithful to old rite

Catholic columnist Robert Novak dies at 78
'Old school, hard-working, practical and passionate'

Florida bishops to governor: Stop executions
Execution of convicted murderer scheduled for Aug. 19
[Capital punishment is licit, and necessary...]

French-Muslim cabinet minister urges burka ban
To help stem spread of the 'cancer' of radical Islam

Uruguay bishop warns against same-sex adoption law
Says proposal to cause serious consequences for society

Other Issues

Catch Me If You Can (Obama's health care lies)
Last week, Barack Obama treated us to a traveling road show crusading for his heath care overhaul plan. But what he actually said at those staged, orchestrated, town halls packed with his fervent supporters was so unhinged from the reality of the Congressional legislation he is supporting that he must have consciously decided to challenge us all with the dare: "Catch me if you can." [Chairman] Obama keeps repeating over and over that his plan does not include any cuts in Medicare. But the legislation he is supporting specifies $500 billion in reduced funding for Medicare, scored by CBO...

Will It All Come Tumbling Down?
...At 5% of non-performing loans a bank is at risk of being insolvent. But the entire banking system in The United States had its non-performing loan ratio increase from 5.58% in the first quarter to 6.49% in the second, a record, and higher than the 5% level at which the survival of a bank(ing system) is threatened with collapse....

ObamaCare Is All About Rationing
Although administration officials are eager to deny it, rationing health care is central to President Barack Obama's health plan. The Obama strategy is to reduce health costs by rationing the services that we and future generations of patients will receive.

Barack Obama - Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?
Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist...Granted, only a qualified mental health diagnostician (which I am not) can determine whether someone suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and this, following lengthy tests and personal interviews. But, in the absence of access to Barack Obama, one has to rely on his overt performance and on testimonies by his closest, nearest and dearest.
[Having lived with a person with NPD, I'm betting that Obongo has a malignant form of NPD - such people are dangerous! And there is little to no treatment for NPD.

Note: Sam Vaknin is considered by many as the world's renowned expert on Narcissism. He is the author of the book, "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited". He states that after spending over a thousand hours of watching and analyzing tapes and videos of Barack Hussein Obama, examining his body language, his gestures and speeches that Obama demonstrates that he suffers from NPD, or 'narcissistic personality disorder'. Narcissists are people who project a grandiose but false image of themselves. They can be and often are, dangerous people.]

US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 710

Dollar to Decline Amid Concern It 'May Lose Reserve Status'

UK SYSTEM: Woman gives birth on pavement 'after being refused ambulance'

When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

-Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

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