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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-03-12, M, St. Francis Xavier, Priest

    12/02/2012 9:48:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 3, 2012   Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest   Reading 1 Is 2:1-5 This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come,The mountain of the LORD's houseshall be established as the highest mountainand raised above the hills.All nations shall stream toward it;many peoples shall come and say:"Come, let us climb the LORD's mountain,to the house of the God of Jacob,That he may instruct us in his ways,and we may walk in his paths."For from Zion shall go forth instruction,and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.He shall judge between the nations,and impose...
  • Pictures: Typhoon Bopha Takes Detour — Palau Is Spared

    12/02/2012 9:43:53 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 3 replies
    Palau Travel and Dive ^ | December 3, 2012 | Oceania TV News
    In what seems a miracle of mercy, Palau has been spared the full wrath of Typhoon Bopha. While it wailed and howled and sent piercing noises through the trees and outside of our windows, at the very last minute the Typhoon turned west and its path jogged south of Palau. Early reports have the Typhoon passing more than 50 miles south of Koror, the nation’s city-centre. Surprisingly despite its thunderous whistle, there was very little rain. It is early morning here in Palau and as of yet, it has been difficult to communicate within Palau because the phone lines are...
  • Anger at California 'maternity mansion' where Chinese pregnant woman [sic] pay to give birth so ...

    12/02/2012 9:24:11 PM PST · by filbert00 · 14 replies
    Mail Online ^ | Dec. 2, 2012 | -----
    Dozens of Chinese mothers are giving birth to their babies in a house atop a hill in a wealthy neighborhood of Chino Hills, California - and they're paying thousands of dollars for the privilege. Neighbors say the home is a 'maternity mansion,' a hotel where Chinese women stay for the last few months of their pregnancy so their children are born on American soil - and are therefore American citizens. Experts say the practice is widespread and that authorities are nearly powerless to stop it. The 14th Amendment guarantees that any person born in the United States is an American...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Quadruple Lunar Halo Over Spain

    12/02/2012 9:17:35 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | December 03, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Sometimes falling ice crystals make the atmosphere into a giant lens causing arcs and halos to appear around the Sun or Moon. This past Saturday night was just such a time near Madrid, Spain, where a winter sky displayed not only a bright Moon but as many as four rare lunar halos. The brightest object, near the top of the above image, is the Moon. Light from the Moon refracts through tumbling hexagonal ice crystals into a 22 degree halo seen surrounding the Moon. Elongating the 22 degree arc horizontally is a circumscribed halo caused by column ice crystals....
  • On Bearing Witness to the Christian Faith

    12/02/2012 9:15:48 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 28, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Bearing Witness to the Christian Faith "The God of Jesus Christ has Revealed our Grandeur as Persons Redeemed by Love" VATICAN CITY, NOV.28, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, The main question that we ask today is: how can we speak of God in our time? How can we communicate the Gospel, to open roads to his saving truth in the hearts, that are often closed, of our contemporaries and in...
  • Major Televised Event Will Expose Obama's Ineligibility Before Electoral College Certification?

    12/02/2012 9:15:11 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 113 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Carl Gallups
    Carl Gallups of PPSimmons says he "has exclusive inside information that a surprising and potentially devastating eligibility event is scheduled to happen before the January 6th Electoral College Certification. Perhaps by the middle of December. This event most likely will be aired on national cable television and around the world exposing Obama's ineligibility. The person doing the exposing is a very important person with constitutional standing to do the exposing of the evidence against Obama."
  • Goodbye NetFlix

    12/02/2012 9:14:13 PM PST · by foundedonpurpose · 51 replies
    self ^ | 12/2/12 | self
    Sad to say, but Netflix is going away! I went in to look for a family movie, and on their main browser page, I just noticed they have a category for Gay/Lesbian content. It will be hard for the kids, but I will not support this.
  • Koontz case to protect property rights (at Supreme Court; Bureaucrats unfairly charge for permits)

    12/02/2012 8:49:58 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 2 2012 | Ilya Shapiro and Timothy Sandefu
    The right to build a home or a business on your own land is basic to the very concept of property rights. Of course, government can impose reasonable conditions for health and safety, but too often, officials misuse land-use permitting to enrich the public sector rather than for legitimate regulation. In fact, many bureaucrats view the right to develop one’s property as a privilege landowners must purchase, sometimes at the cost of their constitutional freedoms. Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court recently accepted a Florida case that could force an attitude change on regulators across the country. Koontz v. St. Johns...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Evangelisation: why and how?

    12/02/2012 8:49:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    SanCarlo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli `
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Who should win the Heisman? Johnny Football or Manti Te'o

    12/02/2012 8:39:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 90 replies
    ESPN ^ | Sunday, December 2, 2012 | Me
  • Pope Benedict calls Virgin birth "unequivocal" truth in new book

    12/02/2012 8:35:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/03/2012 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict published the last part of his trilogy on the life of Jesus on Tuesday, delivering an early childhood narrative which strongly reaffirms the doctrine of the virgin birth as an "unequivocal" truth of faith. In the book, 137 pages in its English version, Benedict also urges his readers to stop seeing God as someone who limits personal freedom. "The Infancy Narratives - Jesus of Nazareth" will be published around the world in some 20 languages. It goes on sale on Wednesday. It is bound to be another international bestseller like the previous volumes. The...
  • 8 to Go: The Story of a Cat and His Destructive Descent Into the World of Deejaying [video]

    12/02/2012 8:33:20 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 12 replies
    Video at source, Oscar in 2013.
  • Prosecutors: Girlfriend stabs man found watching TV with another woman

    12/02/2012 8:32:46 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 2, 2012 | Mitch Smith
    Lakeshia R. Hall came back to her West Town home Saturday to find her boyfriend watching television with another woman, leading her to believe he had been unfaithful, prosecutors said today. That sight launched Hall, 28, into a violent rage that earned her an attempted murder charge and sent her boyfriend to the hospital, prosecutors said.
  • Where George W. Bush succeeded, Mitt Romney fell short

    12/02/2012 8:32:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Tribune Media Services ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a “leave me alone coalition”: Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and...
  • (Hardline Islamic) Protests Flare in Bahrain for Kim Kardashian Visit

    12/02/2012 8:07:00 PM PST · by drewh · 12 replies
    By REEM KHALIFA Associated Press MANAMA, Bahrain Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom. The clashes took place just before Kardashian opened the Bahrain branch of her Millions of Milkshakes shop. An Associated Press journalist saw protesters chanting "God is Great" near the shopping complex in Riffa, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital Manama. The demonstrators were cleared before Kardashian appeared late Saturday. Earlier, she posted glowing remarks about Bahrain...
  • Michelle Obama’s Next Move (President? Supreme Court Justice?)

    12/02/2012 7:42:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 3, 2012 | Allison Samuels
    Chatting with a group backstage on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October, Michelle Obama made it clear that she wasn’t thinking about what she might do in the future. “I’m just looking ahead to getting Barack back in office and continuing the work he’s been doing,” she said. “Supporting him is my focus.” But others think the first lady—who spent the past four years seeking to better the lives of military families and fighting to end childhood obesity before becoming one of the stars of her husband’s reelection effort this fall—could have bigger things ahead of her, if...
  • Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family

    12/02/2012 7:41:40 PM PST · by blam · 108 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-2-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family By Michael Snyder December 2nd, 2012 Do you think that is an alarmist headline? Well, I am not the one saying this. Law enforcement authorities all over the country are telling citizens that they can no longer deal with all the crime and that people need to lock their doors and prepare to defend their families. Just recently, the city attorney of San Bernardino, California told citizens to "lock their doors and load their guns" because there is not enough money to pay for adequate police protection any longer. The murder...
  • School Replaces Baby Jesus with Frosty the Snowman

    12/02/2012 7:40:55 PM PST · by massmike · 24 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 12/02/2012 | Todd Starnes
    Frosty the Snowman is there — and so is Santa Claus. But the Baby Jesus is stuffed inside a closet at Cottondale Elementary School — leaving many residents of this small town in the Florida panhandle outraged. The Nativity scene had been a part of the school’s holiday lawn decorations for years. But this year the yuletide display is strictly secular. Principal Brenda Jones told television station WJHG the decision to keep Baby Jesus in the closet came after an official with the Dept. of Education dropped by to discuss the separation of church and state. “The Dept. of Education...
  • Alarm In Tehran & Moscow Over Bushehr Nuclear Reactor’s Near-Explosion

    12/02/2012 7:38:52 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 1, 2012, 13:13
    Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr was shut down for fear of an explosion. Saturday Dec. 1, an authoritative Russian nuclear industry source revealed the cause of its malfunction: “Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.” Moscow sources report this information came from a source in the office of Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian nuclear energy authority Rosatom, which supervised the construction of Iran’s first atomic reactor at Bushehr. According to our intelligence sources, Russian scientists and engineers were rushed from Moscow to Bushehr when...
  • The Pigeon Movement – A rallying cry for French startups

    12/02/2012 7:24:31 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    The Rude Baguette ^ | 01 October 2012 | LiamBoogar
    60% Capital Gains tax – the real innovation killer Forget taxing the wealthy, forget big government, the French government is eliminating the one tangible reward for building new companies, creating innovation, and providing the French government with a few hundred new employees. This come at a time where France’s big companies are beginning to show their anti-global competitiveness roots - Peugeot is laying off thousands, Bouygues is laying off thousands, and this is just the beginning. For the record, the current Capital Gains tax is set at 32.5%, an 84.6% tax hike. The Pigeon Movement – France’s Last Hope for...