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Monday Afternoon News Roundup

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Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down as Pope. Here’s a look back. I would like to take a moment and talk about the Catholic Church. First, as a caveat, I’m not Catholic. On the other hand, I do respect what the Catholic Church stands for. I am Christian. As a Christian, I’ve been deeply saddened by the lack of responsiveness that the Catholic Church has shown to its members. We have seen, over the last 5-10 years, the Catholic Church suffer a slow death by a thousand cuts. The problem with priests molesting children was originally exhibited as a tale of an isolated crazed individual, but it was much more than that. So, in this era of modern communications, instant messaging and 24-hour news service, one would figure that the Church would get out ahead of the story and admit its culpability, stand up and say that this type of behavior is unacceptable and will never be tolerated. Unless I missed it, I never heard that kind of admission. To me, as someone who is on the outside of the Catholic faith, this is an unfortunate legacy of Pope Benedict XVI. Finally, I just don’t understand the tradition of electing somebody who is in their late sixties or early seventies.

The cause of the Dinosaurs’ extinction has been theorized to be a meteor. There is now more evidence to support this theory.

In Oregon, protesters decided to exercise their rights by showing up to the State Capitol with guns.

By |2013-02-12T20:57:45-04:00February 11th, 2013|Mass Shooting, Religion, Science|6 Comments

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Wednesday Evening News Roundup
  • Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker testified in front of the Senate Banking Committee today. He has several ideas to increase regulation. He wants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to cease being this hybrid of public and private institutions. Instead, they should be government agencies. Interesting.
  • A physician at Little Rock Arkansas was the victim of a car bomb. When I first heard the story I thought it was strange… until I heard that he was on the state medical board. The state medical boards of most states have an incredible amount of power and very little oversight. I would encourage authorities to look at disgruntled physicians or nurses. Very sad story.
  • Last week, in a very strange move, Pope Benedict XVI reversed the excommunication of four bishops. I’m not Catholic, but I’ve never heard of any pope reversing an excommunication. Of these four bishops, Richard Williamson is by far the most interesting. He’s been very public in stating that he does not believe that there is any credible evidence to support the Holocaust. (I guess the photos that Americans took after liberating concentration camps was not evidence enough. I guess the meticulous records that were kept at some concentration camps was not convincing to this guy.) The Vatican has demanded that Bishop Williamson recanted statements and apologize. To show you just how much of a big deal this is German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the pope to clarify his position all the Holocaust.

  • A lot more information just became available about the most wanted Nazi criminal, Aribert Ferdinand Heim. He was known as Dr. Death. He died in 1992 in Cairo but only recently has a lot of the information become available. This is a fascinating story.
  • There are many rumors that are surrounding the economic stimulus package. One of them seems to be that Obama and the Democrats will have to shrink the $900 billion plan. My question, of course, is why? Economists say that we need a stimulus package that is equal to approximately 4% of our gross domestic product. In my opinion, President Obama and the rest of the Democrats should not make any compromises without specific promises from specific Republican senators pledging support of the bill. Also, we must stop listening to House Republicans. I have not heard one thoughtful new proposal from any House Republican. Did I miss one?
  • Two British judges ruled against releasing information on the treatment of a British detainee who was held at Guantánamo Bay. They stated that the United States said it would withhold intelligence information from Britain if the information was released. “We did not consider that a democracy governed by the rule of law would expect a court in another democracy to suppress a summary of the evidence… relevant to the allegations of torture and cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment, politically embarrassing though it might be,” said the judges in a written statement. The Bush administration will continue to be a national embarrassment for years to come.
  • The blog Crooks and Liars asks an obvious question. Why don’t any of the major networks have several economists discussing the economic stimulus package? Why is the story always the same — a Republican and a Democratic “consultant” yelling at each other?  It is because this is not about information. It is about entertainment.
  • Newly elected representative Larry Kissell missed an important vote after pledging that he would not miss any votes. Congressman Kissell flew back to North Carolina to be at the funeral of staff Sergeant Justin Bauer. Hat tip to the congressman. I like this guy. He’s a former teacher.
  • Representative Hilda Solis, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, is officially in limbo. Republicans are holding up her nomination. What is her sin? She supports workers rights.  Obama needs to stand strong.  I think that Solis is a good pick for this position and I think that she has all of her taxes paid!!
By |2009-02-04T21:32:56-04:00February 4th, 2009|Bush Administration, Congress, Economy, Obama administration|Comments Off on What's going on – News Roundup

Random Thoughts

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  • Was that a debate or wrestling match? The current ABC link to the debate says “Clinton vs. Obama, Rumble in Philadelphia.” Since I was on-call last night, I was only able to see a piece of it yesterday. Today, I saw the whole thing and I’m nauseated. Was this debate hosted by People Magazine? We spent more time talking about flag pins, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Bosnia, and bitterness than talking about the economy, Iraq, global warming, job creation, or torture. ABC should fold up their tent and go to 24 hour reality TV. Extremely disappointing.
  • I am continuing to look at the math but I still can’t figure out how Senator Hillary Clinton can win. Her only chance, is to gain 70% to 80% of the remaining superdelegates.
  • The latest corporate super-merger is between Delta and Northwest airlines. I suspect, as with other mergers, this isn’t good news for consumers. Service will continue to plummet while prices will increase.
  • On one hand we have the political administration and these “corporate business shows” telling us that the prime mortgage debacle is limited. We’ve also been told that it only affects a few companies. On the other hand, we read that Bear Stearns has gone belly up. Today, Merrill Lynch announced that it lost $6.5 billion in the last quarter (That’s billion with a “B”). This means that over the last three quarters, Merrill Lynch has lost more than $30 billion. Even more, Merrill Lynch announced that it will cut 2,900 jobs. This is in addition to the 1,000 jobs they announced cuts for earlier this year.
  • The Pope was in town! It is nice to see the Pope visit America but I am struck by the way he addressed the sexual abuse by priests. Pope Benedict XVI was extremely involved in some of the sex abuse cases when he was a mere Cardinal. He acknowledged no personal role in the game of checkers that the Catholic church played with these abusive priests. Today, he spoke of healing and reconciliation. I just hope and pray that the Catholic church has really turned over a new leaf. They need to compensate victims. They need to oust suspected priests. They need to be honest with the public and the parishioners. These acts will go along way towards healing and reconciliation.
By |2008-04-17T18:33:05-04:00April 17th, 2008|Domestic Issues, Economy, Election 2008|2 Comments
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