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Posts by ALPAPilot

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  • TSA pilot screening? (vanity)

    03/27/2015 7:28:19 AM PDT · 24 of 26
    ALPAPilot to Leaning Right

    Pilots have to get physicals every 6 months, the AME (aviation medical examiner) is suppose to include mental states of pilots. HR departments and chief pilots need to monitor as well. But at the end of the day, you have to close the cockpit door and have faith the crew will so there job.

  • TSA pilot screening? (vanity)

    03/27/2015 5:24:55 AM PDT · 17 of 26
    ALPAPilot to Leaning Right

    The U.S. has a two person rule. The airplanes all have a wicked crash axe in the cockpit. No need to bring your own.

  • TSA pilot screening? (vanity)

    03/27/2015 5:22:20 AM PDT · 15 of 26
    ALPAPilot to Erik Latranyi

    Most crewmember go through “known crewmember”. We show our passport and scan our ID. The computer brings up our data for the TSA agent, a they let us through. Our bags are not screened and we do not go through the x Ray machine.

  • Officer charged with killing unarmed driver laying facedown

    03/24/2015 11:54:32 AM PDT · 16 of 55
    ALPAPilot to E. Pluribus Unum

    Don’t we need to se her picture before we decide whether or not she is guilty?

  • School math question. Your input?

    03/10/2015 7:06:00 PM PDT · 114 of 228
    ALPAPilot to MNDude

    The area of the boarder is the boarder width times the perimeter plus four times the width of the boarder squared.

    A=pb+4b^2

    the problem only gives the area of the object to which the boarder is attached. The perimeter can be any value from four times the square root of three times pi up to infinity. Therefore A can be your favorite number. Mine happens to be e=2.718281828459045.

  • School math question. Your input?

    03/10/2015 5:53:35 PM PDT · 12 of 228
    ALPAPilot to MNDude

    That is not a math question, its a question for the lady at the fabric store.

  • Defense secretary taps general from Chicago to be senior assistant

    02/17/2015 10:34:07 AM PST · 7 of 12
    ALPAPilot to Citizen Zed

    A black kid, with a father at home who kept him out of public high school, becomes a success. Amazing!

  • Is Christian Grey Our New Mr. Darcy? (Mega Hurl)

    02/17/2015 8:52:54 AM PST · 9 of 14
    ALPAPilot to oldplayer

    If Jane Austen (another bestselling female British author) came back to life and read this book, she would kill herself.

    Dave Berry

  • What 'American Sniper' Got Right and Wrong, According to SEAL Who Helped Train Chris Kyle

    01/23/2015 10:05:36 AM PST · 15 of 19
    ALPAPilot to Shimmer1
    I thought his complaints were sort of petty.

    He seemed pretty fair. It's sort of like coming back from an aircraft carrier deployment as a pilot and watching Top Gun. Some of it was good, some funny and true, other parts dorky and unreal.

  • Bill Belichick claims ignorance of deflated footballs, throws controversy on Tom Brady

    01/22/2015 10:37:02 AM PST · 27 of 73
    ALPAPilot to dware
    These rotten cheating screwballs should be tossed from the Bowl, plain and simple. This is twice - New England couldn’t win by playing fair.

    Should be vacate all of Gaylord Perry's wins? And kick him out of The Baseball Hall of Fame?

    All I know, that NFL is basking in the publicity. I have to laugh.

  • NFL finds Patriots used underinflated footballs

    01/21/2015 8:37:26 AM PST · 166 of 281
    ALPAPilot to Phlap
    The NFL has to make a ruling. If they don’t this story will fester like a teenagers forehead.

    I think the whole thing is a marketing ploy. NFL makes money off the love AND the hate - it's the indifference that's costly.

  • NFL finds Patriots used underinflated footballs

    01/21/2015 8:28:32 AM PST · 158 of 281
    ALPAPilot to Pollster1
    You are quite likely right, and this is a valid if legalistic defense. If the Patriots inflated the balls to the minimum allowable pressure in a warm room and then took them outside early enough to cool off before the game, the balls would end up about 2 psi below the designated pressure.

    The balls were about 15% defeated. 2 psi low for 13 psi ball. Because temp and pressure are proportional, that would equate to a 40 degree celsius drop in temperature or 72 degrees F. The T in the ideal gas law is based off of the Kelvin scale.

  • Stupid Move: Navy Will Buy V-22 Ospreys To Replace Its C-2 Greyhounds

    01/15/2015 4:49:04 AM PST · 28 of 34
    ALPAPilot to PAR35
    Compare the cruising speed and capacity of the two planes. Osprey wins on capacity, Greyhound wins on range (if you ignore aerial refueling) and they are pretty well matched on cruising speed. So at this point, I wonder what the writer’s agenda is.

    Yes, I don't know what the authors beefs are. The C-2 was a decent aircraft. (I did two tours flying the thing), but at least on Wikipedia information, the V-22 has many advantages. The Greyhound does have some better range, but the difference would likely only be a factor on shore to shore missions. Flights to and from the carriers were less than 500 miles - well within the published range of the V-22. The refueling capability of the V-22 could also be a plus. There is always a tanker overhead the carrier. (at least there used to be-I haven't been there in a while)

    If I was a current C-2 guy I would be excited to do the transition.

  • The Tricky Waters Of Defending Charlie Hebdo

    01/09/2015 4:43:10 AM PST · 6 of 33
    ALPAPilot to Kaslin
    This is, of course, a matter of taste. You may appreciate a cartoon of Pope Francis holding a condom over his head as if it were a communion host, saying “This is my body.” I’m guessing millions of Catholics do not. You may appreciate their twitter profile image: a cartoon of “Petit Jesus” popping bug-eyed out of the spread legs of a buck-toothed Virgin Mary. I do not.

    I couldn't care less.

    It is not Jesus that needs me to defend him, it is I that needs Jesus.

  • CONGRESS, CATHOLICS, AND THE VANISHING PRO-LIFE DEMOCRAT

    01/06/2015 4:45:48 PM PST · 6 of 20
    ALPAPilot to Ann Archy

    Pro-Choice Catholics? They must hang with the atheist Catholics Jewish Catholics, Agnostic Catholics, Unitarian Catholics etc. when did heresy get removed from the dictionary?

  • Author Says a Whole Culture -- Not a Single 'Homer' -- Wrote 'Iliad,' 'Odyssey'

    01/05/2015 1:36:51 PM PST · 14 of 66
    ALPAPilot to Tax-chick

    Shakespeare used Petrarch so he didn’t write Julius Ceaser. FedEx use ATC so Fred Smith didn’t build that. Apple uses Al Gore’s internet so Steve Jobs didn’t build that.

    I do added that Homer matters.

  • Army-Navy Game Thread 2014

    12/13/2014 12:33:12 PM PST · 46 of 109
    ALPAPilot to nascarnation

    Ford was a better football player than president.

  • Surrender:Why does anyone ever vote for Republican Party…at least one run by Boehner & McConnell?

    12/09/2014 1:43:59 PM PST · 59 of 128
    ALPAPilot to 5thGenTexan
    "Just hold your nose and do it", "lesser of two evils", "let's get the majority, THEN demand action", "if you stay at home, you are voting for the other side" ...

    Need I go on?

    So, they have been given the majority, and it looks like they will use there new found power to advance the liberal agenda. But, we won...

    Trent Lott would not be bad mouthing Ted Cruz if the Conservative were not gaining power. Just because Chris McDaniel barely lost, is no reason to give up now. We are battling for control of the Republican Party in order to put forward our agenda. Rejoice in the little victories (Eric Cantor), after bitter defeats (like McDaniel) you pick yourself up and keep fighting until you breathe your last, You either pledge your life, fortune, and sacred honor, or you don't -

    Never Ever Ring the Bell.

  • Dems unlikely to ram through Obama’s attorney general pick

    11/11/2014 6:15:21 PM PST · 32 of 34
    ALPAPilot to entropy12
    Proposed AG will last only 2 years.

    Newly appointed Federal judges will last 30 years.

    Pay attention to which is more serious. A slew of liberal judges will doom the country lot longer than any voter ID issues for 2 years.

    Agreed - The AG changes nothing at the DOJ. No Federal Judgeships for the next two years unless they are Scalia's or Thomas' allies.

  • ISIS Leader "Critically Wounded" In US Airstrikes, Al Arabiya Reports

    11/09/2014 5:44:21 AM PST · 11 of 49
    ALPAPilot to Enlightened1

    So when is he being brought here for medical treatment?

  • Scott Walker limps toward 2016 (uh, 7 point victory!)

    11/05/2014 2:17:55 PM PST · 35 of 39
    ALPAPilot to polymuser

    Liberals don’t understand conservatives.

    Nope, nor natural law, reason, real stewardship, logic, truths, inalienable rights, simple math, morality, personal responsibility, or real charity. IMO.

    That’s a great list - thanks

  • It’s Time to Take the Islamic State Seriously (Excellent Analysis!)

    09/24/2014 7:07:26 AM PDT · 34 of 47
    ALPAPilot to NYer

    bttt

  • Vanity: Pope Benedict’s significant failure

    08/22/2014 9:42:36 PM PDT · 27 of 37
    ALPAPilot to ebb tide
    Like I said: I get that Hollywood, Liberal Academia, Islam, ACLU types are a threat

    Benedict also said this:

    "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached". The emperor goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. "God is not pleased by blood, and not acting reasonably is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats... To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death...".

    The decisive statement in this argument against violent conversion is this: not to act in accordance with reason is contrary to God’s nature. The editor, Theodore Khoury, observes: For the emperor, as a Byzantine shaped by Greek philosophy, this statement is self-evident. But for Muslim teaching, God is absolutely transcendent. His will is not bound up with any of our categories, even that of rationality. Here Khoury quotes a work of the noted French Islamist R. Arnaldez, who points out that Ibn Hazn went so far as to state that God is not bound even by his own word, and that nothing would oblige him to reveal the truth to us. Were it God’s will, we would even have to practise idolatry.

    This attempt, painted with broad strokes, at a critique of modern reason from within has nothing to do with putting the clock back to the time before the Enlightenment and rejecting the insights of the modern age. The positive aspects of modernity are to be acknowledged unreservedly: we are all grateful for the marvellous possibilities that it has opened up for mankind and for the progress in humanity that has been granted to us. The scientific ethos, moreover, is the will to be obedient to the truth, and, as such, it embodies an attitude which reflects one of the basic tenets of Christianity. The intention here is not one of retrenchment or negative criticism, but of broadening our concept of reason and its application. While we rejoice in the new possibilities open to humanity, we also see the dangers arising from these possibilities and we must ask ourselves how we can overcome them. We will succeed in doing so only if reason and faith come together in a new way, if we overcome the self-imposed limitation of reason to the empirically verifiable, and if we once more disclose its vast horizons. In this sense theology rightly belongs in the university and within the wide-ranging dialogue of sciences, not merely as a historical discipline and one of the human sciences, but precisely as theology, as inquiry into the rationality of faith.

  • Vanity: Pope Benedict’s significant failure

    08/22/2014 8:08:42 PM PDT · 16 of 37
    ALPAPilot to ebb tide

    I not questioning the morality of the Masons. I just don’t think they are relevant - Hitler was evil, but he’s dead. Perhaps we should condemn Pope Benedict because he didn’t write an encyclical condemning Hitler. Or maybe, perhaps, we should fight the battles of the 21st century.

  • Vanity: Pope Benedict’s significant failure

    08/22/2014 7:19:49 PM PDT · 12 of 37
    ALPAPilot to ebb tide

    Okay, I get Modernism is the worst heresy. Pope Benedict has been fighting that his whole career - with everything he’s written. And who listens to the Free Masons? They’re not exactly on the forefront of the culture wars - are there any Free Masons under the age of 60? Doesn’t seem very big with the hip younger crowd to me - but I could be wrong.

    I get that Hollywood, Liberal Academia, Islam, ACLU types are a threat - I don’t even know any Mason - seems a bit tin hat-ish.

  • Vanity: Pope Benedict’s significant failure

    08/22/2014 5:44:17 PM PDT · 5 of 37
    ALPAPilot to ebb tide

    From 2007? It’s all Benedict”s fault because he didn’t condemn freemasonry? Really?

  • A Righteous Blog Pimp Zot. Yes, Really.

    07/28/2014 11:25:26 AM PDT · 25 of 122
    ALPAPilot to Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Christ didn’t judge. How could I?

    Really

    “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.

    Can we please dispense with the cuddly teddy bear Jesus?

  • IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for ‘Electioneering’

    07/22/2014 2:24:30 PM PDT · 17 of 34
    ALPAPilot to P-Marlowe
    The rule prohibiting churches from advocating for any candidate is unconstitutional.

    You must think the constitution says something like:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

    It should be fun watching the IRS go in a shut down churches.

  • When Beliefs and Facts Collide

    07/05/2014 8:22:27 PM PDT · 5 of 41
    ALPAPilot to SeekAndFind

    Let me get this straight. The NYC public school system cannot teach the majority of their children to be proficient in algebra, but they can teach them enough statistical physics and error analysis to set them straight on climate change? Maybe they could teach them enough about differential equations so they can teach them to calculate the half life of carbon-14 too.

  • Pension chaos hits Chicago, Illinois budgets

    07/05/2014 4:55:22 AM PDT · 39 of 72
    ALPAPilot to Kozy
    As Charles Dickens said about small town France before the revolution:

    The village had its one poor street, with its poor brewery, poor tannery, poor tavern, poor stable-yard for relays of post-horses, poor fountain, all usual poor appointments. It had its poor people too. All its people were poor, and many of them were sitting at their doors, shredding spare onions and the like for supper, while many were at the fountain, washing leaves, and grasses, and any such small yieldings of the earth that could be eaten. Expressive sips of what made them poor, were not wanting; the tax for the state, the tax for the church, the tax for the lord, tax local and tax general, were to be paid here and to be paid there, according to solemn inscription in the little village, until the wonder was, that there was any village left unswallowed.

  • Higgs boson scientists: The universe should have collapsed

    06/23/2014 11:32:53 PM PDT · 14 of 32
    ALPAPilot to Citizen Zed

    I thought is was settled science????

  • Rice fires back on Bergdahl criticism (Hussein's Constitutional responsibilities)

    06/01/2014 4:23:06 PM PDT · 24 of 51
    ALPAPilot to Libloather
    "No, actually Congress began to be notified when Sgt. Bergdahl was in American hands which was actually before the prisoners had left," Rice said.

    ????? We had him back and then we gave prisoners back???????

    Is that just Obama helping out his friends?

  • Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism

    05/31/2014 8:35:39 PM PDT · 90 of 136
    ALPAPilot to Fantasywriter
    In context, it is clear that salvation is the gift. Below is a link that explains, via the larger context coupled with the specifics of Greek grammar, exactly why ‘salvation’, not ‘faith’ is the ‘gift’. I hope you find the link helpful.

    http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=11&article=1246

    Thanks, that was an interesting page

    Those who believe that faith is a gift (i.e., miraculous imposition) from God, often point out that in this verse “faith” is the nearest antecedent of “that” (“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”).

    Since Greek is an inflected language, I would think that the gender matching would matter far more than position. Unfortunately, my Greek is not nearly as good as my Latin. In the Vulgate the gender of the Latin is less certain. Grace is in the feminine, Salvation is in the masculine, Faith is feminine, but the pronoun hoc is neuter. I guess, then, that the whole process - salvation through grace by means of faith - is the antecedent in the Latin

    I have to admit that Faith, as a virtue, seemed more understandable to me as something that is strived for rather than a gift that is given while salvation is a gift that we receive.

  • Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism

    05/31/2014 4:38:36 PM PDT · 35 of 136
    ALPAPilot to boatbums
    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

    Is it being saved by Grace that is the gift of God, or is it faith that is the gift of God?

  • Navy official: Pings not thought to be from Flight 370's black boxes

    05/28/2014 10:34:24 PM PDT · 23 of 38
    ALPAPilot to DJlaysitup
    and planes just don't hit the water and easily descend below the waves without stuff coming out.

    Yes they do; nothing came off the U.S. Airways plane that landed in the Hudson.

  • Father of slain Santa Barbara student calls on politicians to 'get to work and do something'...

    05/28/2014 3:37:24 AM PDT · 20 of 52
    ALPAPilot to SoFloFreeper

    Maybe he can hashtag something just like Michele and the Nigerian girls.

  • What China Knows That You Don't: U.S. Economists Are History's Biggest Patsies

    05/27/2014 12:53:53 AM PDT · 29 of 29
    ALPAPilot to Soul of the South
    If free trade were as beneficial as its advocates suggest, the United States should be enjoying a period of great prosperity and economic growth today. At one time I believed in free trade. No longer. I believe what I’ve seen and the history of the US economy. Time to end the experiment and slap a 30% tariff on imported goods. Watch manufacturing, jobs, and economic growth return to this country.

    Really? So you think taking another big chunk of money away from the middle class and giving it to the politicians in Washington will solve our economic ills? The last 25 years have seen the highest ratio of government revenue per gross domestic product in the countries history. In addition government regulations at all levels (local, state, federal) have grown apace. We have also seen the highest debt to GDP ratios since World War II.

    As the article points out, it's the Chinese ability to use their dollars which they have received from trade to invest in Treasury Bonds that is harmful. The Chinese have a limited number of things they can do with the dollars they receive.

    a) They can convert them to RMB and drive the exchange rate up along with the prices of Chinese goods.

    b) They can buy U.S. products thereby equalizing the trade balance.

    c) They can invest in the productive private sector of the U.S. economy, thereby improving our productive capacity.

    d) They can lend money to our bloated bureaucracy so EBT card users can visit Disney World and Solyndra Executives can golf on well watered courses in California. Then sit back and wait for our children to toil away to pay them back.

  • The Philippines' forgotten generation

    05/23/2014 8:41:18 AM PDT · 30 of 34
    ALPAPilot to PapaBear3625
    So, by your words, you would be in favor of punishing women who become pregnant by some guy who she knows is unable to support a child

    . What sort of punishment would you favor? Jail? Forced sterilization?

    If a women gets pregnant by consensual sex with a married man with children we should make her wear a scarlet A.

  • The Philippines' forgotten generation

    05/23/2014 7:41:28 AM PDT · 28 of 34
    ALPAPilot to PapaBear3625
    I suppose you also want to jail all men who engage in non-marital sex? Do you want to jail the women too? If not, why not?

    How about prostitutes who have had IUDs or other reliable birth control inserted?

    We already jail prostitutes and those who solicit them. (They show it on cops all the time.)

    Those who contract an obligation who are unable to fulfill it should be punished.

  • The Philippines' forgotten generation

    05/23/2014 7:22:14 AM PDT · 27 of 34
    ALPAPilot to Teacher317
    Moronic. There is no such "right", in law or in religion. Just your own baseless feel-good opinion.

    Mine and William Blackstone - Book I Chapter 16

    THE duty of parents to provide for the maintenance of their children is a principle of natural law ; an obligation, says Puffendorf, laid on them not only by nature herself, but by their own proper act, in bringing them into the world: for they would be in the highest manner injurious to their issue, if they only gave the children life, that they might afterwards see them perish. By begetting them therefore they have entered into a voluntary obligation, to endeavour, as far as in them lies, that the life which they have bestowed shall be supported and preserved. And thus the children will have a perfect right of receiving maintenance from their parents. And the president Montesquieu has a very just observation upon this head : that the establishment of marriage in all civilized states is built on this natural obligation of the father to provide for his children; for that ascertains and makes known the person who is bound to fulfil this obligation: whereas, in promiscuous and illicit conjunctions, the father is unknown ; and the mother finds a thousand obfsacles in her way ; --- shame, remorse, the constraint of her sex, and the rigor of laws ; --- that stifle her inclinations to perform this duty : and besides, the generally wants ability.

    The municipal laws of all well-regulated states have taken care to enforce this duty : though providence has done it more effectually than any laws, by implanting in the breast of every parent that natural sopyn, or insuperable degree of affection, which not even the deformity of person or mind, not even the wickedness, ingratitude, and rebellion of children, can totally suppress or extinguish.

    Ignorantia juris non excusat

    The willful ignorance of our "teachers" have led us to abortion on demand and "gay marriage." Please tell me your not a teacher.

  • The Philippines' forgotten generation

    05/22/2014 5:26:46 AM PDT · 11 of 34
    ALPAPilot to csvset

    And this, dear libertarians, is why prostitution should be illegal. Children have a natural right to have a father. If you violate that child’s natural right, you belong in jail.

  • Pope Francis: 'Tea Party Catholic'?

    05/10/2014 11:13:12 PM PDT · 32 of 122
    ALPAPilot to ExpatGator
    And what the Pope was endorsing is employing the force of the State to do it involuntarily. There is a vast chasm between voluntary and involuntary “giving”. To conflate the two is perverse.

    If you bother to read his actual speech (not the AP take on it) you will find that he said "to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands." And when describing the tax collector Zacchaeus he says, "he simply inspires him to put everything, FREELY yet immediately and indisputably, at the service of others.

  • Pope Francis' Wealth Redistribution Is Economically Fallible

    05/10/2014 2:00:16 PM PDT · 21 of 24
    ALPAPilot to Mr Rogers

    In addition, why are these remarks considered aimed at the G7 countries. Perhaps the target of his remarks are places like North Korea, Venezuela, Myanmar, Syria, or any other place where the populations are truly poor and oppressed?

  • Pope Francis' Wealth Redistribution Is Economically Fallible

    05/10/2014 1:57:01 PM PDT · 20 of 24
    ALPAPilot to Mr Rogers
    “When the Pope uses the word “legitimate”, why is that not interpreted as in accordance with the mosaic law?” Because in the same sentence, he wants GOVERNMENTS to do the redistributing: “by the LEGITIMATE redistribution of economic BENEFITS by the State” Do you know of a Godly government, devoted to Christ? Me neither.

    Perhaps the Pope is implying that the current redistribution system is illegitimate. Especially since in many cases that redistribution is not done "freely."

    My point is that the AP took two words from the speech - redistribution and legitimate, and then added their own word - wealth. If we are going to criticize the Pope, I think we should criticize what he actually said instead of the stuff the AP makes up for him.

  • Supreme Court justice agrees: First Amendment limits only Congress

    05/10/2014 12:25:57 PM PDT · 36 of 93
    ALPAPilot to Jim Robinson
    No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
  • Pope Francis' Wealth Redistribution Is Economically Fallible

    05/10/2014 11:01:18 AM PDT · 12 of 24
    ALPAPilot to SeekAndFind
    Okay, here is the entire speech

    I thank all of you, who are primarily responsible for the international system, for the great efforts being made to ensure world peace, respect for human dignity, the protection of persons, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and harmonious economic and social development.

    The results of the Millennium Development Goals, especially in terms of education and the decrease in extreme poverty, confirm the value of the work of coordination carried out by this Chief Executives Board. At the same time, it must be kept in mind that the world’s peoples deserve and expect even greater results.

    An essential principle of management is the refusal to be satisfied with current results and to press forward, in the conviction that those gains are only consolidated by working to achieve even more. In the case of global political and economic organization, much more needs to be achieved, since an important part of humanity does not share in the benefits of progress and is in fact relegated to the status of second-class citizens. Future Sustainable Development Goals must therefore be formulated and carried out with generosity and courage, so that they can have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger, attain more substantial results in protecting the environment, ensure dignified and productive LABOR for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family, which is an essential element in sustainable human and social development. Specifically, this involves challenging all forms of injustice and resisting the “economy of exclusion”, the “throwaway culture” and the “culture of death” which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted.

    With this in mind, I would like to remind you, as representatives of the chief agencies of global cooperation, of an incident which took place two thousand years ago and is recounted in the Gospel of Saint Luke (19:1-10). It is the encounter between Jesus Christ and the rich tax collector Zacchaeus, as a result of which Zacchaeus made a radical decision of sharing and justice, because his conscience had been awakened by the gaze of Jesus. This same spirit should be at the beginning and end of all political and economic activity. The gaze, often silent, of that part of the human family which is cast off, left behind, ought to awaken the conscience of political and economic agents and lead them to generous and courageous decisions with immediate results, like the decision of Zacchaeus. Does this spirit of solidarity and sharing guide all our thoughts and actions, I ask myself?

    Today, in concrete terms, an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others.

    The account of Jesus and Zacchaeus teaches us that above and beyond economic and social systems and theories, there will always be a need to promote generous, effective and practical openness to the needs of others. Jesus does not ask Zacchaeus to change jobs nor does he condemn his financial activity; he simply inspires him to put everything, FREELY yet immediately and indisputably, at the service of others. Consequently, I do not hesitate to state, as did my predecessors (cf. JOHN PAUL II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 42-43; Centesimus Annus, 43; BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 6; 24-40), that equitable economic and social progress can only be attained by joining scientific and technical abilities with an unfailing commitment to solidarity accompanied by a generous and disinterested spirit of gratuitousness at every level. A contribution to this equitable development will also be made both by international activity aimed at the integral human development of all the world’s peoples and by the LEGITIMATE redistribution of economic BENEFITS by the State, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.

    Consequently, while encouraging you in your continuing efforts to coordinate the activity of the international agencies, which represents a service to all humanity, I urge you to work together in promoting a true, worldwide ethical mobilization which, beyond all differences of religious or political convictions, will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded.

    So the leftists in the media come out and interpret this as "take wealth from the rich and giver to the poor." When the Pope uses the word "legitimate", why is that not interpreted as in accordance with the mosaic law? Specifically the prohibition of stealing and coveting? The Pope makes use of the word "freely." Why did the leftist media bury that idea.

    Why isn't the interpretation that governments are suppose to reform the system that makes the political class wealthy at the expense of the common man?

    Isn't Harry Reid the present day Zacchaeus? The one that should give his money away?

    Can you really read this speech and come away thinking that what the Pope is advocating is that Harry Reid should take more money away from hard working private sector people so he can BENEFIT his friends at places like Solendra?

    Now I'm not saying that the Pope is a dyed in the wool free marketeer. But the government does have a proper role: enforcing contracts, prohibiting fraud, etc.

  • Pope Francis demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

    05/09/2014 8:07:41 AM PDT · 86 of 307
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    You think that is better? Means exactly nothing to me. What in the world is a benefit?

    That is the question - what exactly was he talking about. The reference he made (Luke 19:1-10) about the tax collector giving his money to the poor. Why doesn't the press take the meaning to be that IRS employees need to give back their salaries.

    I think the Pope made a silly statement that was transformable by a satanic media.

  • Pope Francis demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

    05/09/2014 7:27:54 AM PDT · 26 of 307
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    The Vatican website say that Pope Francis said “legitimate redistribution of benefits. Why did the AP change that to redistribution of wealth? That’s what I want to know.

  • Homeschoolers Need Not Apply: Will This Be the Face of Common Core?

    05/07/2014 11:14:21 AM PDT · 45 of 53
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    That's their loss. These kids will become smart, hard-working employees for somebody - just not them.

    Homeschoolers will end up owning the company and employing public school graduates to rake the leaves at their homes.

  • Ticket Sales a Matter of Property Rights

    05/07/2014 7:55:40 AM PDT · 3 of 7
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    I think that the writer is mistaken that this involves property rights. This issue properly falls under contractual law.

    I do agree that the government has no business forbidding resale. This is a matter for the those selling tickets and those buying the tickets. Whatever they agree to should be fine with the government.