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  • REVEALED: Trump Just Promised Former GOP Candidate Prominent Role In His Administration

    03/14/2016 7:53:36 PM PDT · 20 of 67
    Frank Sheed to Forty-Niner

    Health and Human Services... runs/disburses federal grant money and sets health policy. Much better than Surgeon General which is a figurehead position.

  • TRUMP: US SHOULD ‘HELP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE,’ WITH REFUGEE CRISIS, ‘POSSIBLY’ LET SOME IN

    09/07/2015 3:19:23 PM PDT · 440 of 702
    Frank Sheed to onyx

    Thanks for providing the quote and not a sound bite!

  • Pink Floyd Officially Breaks Up

    08/17/2015 12:15:02 PM PDT · 30 of 106
    Frank Sheed to Red Badger

    And the General sat while the lines on the map moved from side to side....

  • Cardinal Wuerl: Same-sex marriage ruling is ‘law of the land’

    07/05/2015 9:26:27 AM PDT · 35 of 71
    Frank Sheed to headstamp 2

    That would cause a schism. You can’t change the words of Christ...

  • Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

    07/05/2015 9:22:13 AM PDT · 10 of 26
    Frank Sheed to curmudgeonII

    It is commonly believed that the Catholic Church persecuted Galileo for abandoning the geocentric (earth-at-the-center) view of the solar system for the heliocentric (sun-at-the-center) view.

    The Galileo case, for many anti-Catholics, is thought to prove that the Church abhors science, refuses to abandon outdated teachings, and is not infallible. For Catholics, the episode is often an embarrassment. It shouldn’t be.

    This tract provides a brief explanation of what really happened to Galileo.

    Anti-scientific?

    The Church is not anti-scientific. It has supported scientific endeavors for centuries. During Galileo’s time, the Jesuits had a highly respected group of astronomers and scientists in Rome. In addition, many notable scientists received encouragement and funding from the Church and from individual Church officials. Many of the scientific advances during this period were made either by clerics or as a result of Church funding.

    Nicolaus Copernicus dedicated his most famous work, On the Revolution of the Celestial Orbs, in which he gave an excellent account of heliocentricity, to Pope Paul III. Copernicus entrusted this work to Andreas Osiander, a Lutheran clergyman who knew that Protestant reaction to it would be negative, since Martin Luther seemed to have condemned the new theory, and, as a result, the book would be condemned. Osiander wrote a preface to the book, in which heliocentrism was presented only as a theory that would account for the movements of the planets more simply than geocentrism did—something Copernicus did not intend.

    Ten years prior to Galileo, Johannes Kepler
    published a heliocentric work that expanded on Copernicus’ work. As a result, Kepler also found opposition among his fellow Protestants for his heliocentric views and found a welcome reception among some Jesuits who were known for their scientific achievements.

    Clinging to Tradition?

    Anti-Catholics often cite the Galileo case as an example of the Church refusing to abandon outdated or incorrect teaching, and clinging to a “tradition.” They fail to realize that the judges who presided over Galileo’s case were not the only people who held to a geocentric view of the universe. It was the received view among scientists at the time.

    Centuries earlier, Aristotle had refuted heliocentricity, and by Galileo’s time, nearly every major thinker subscribed to a geocentric view. Copernicus refrained from publishing his heliocentric theory for some time, not out of fear of censure from the Church, but out of fear of ridicule from his colleagues.

    Many people wrongly believe Galileo proved heliocentricity. He could not answer the strongest argument against it, which had been made nearly two thousand years earlier by Aristotle: If heliocentrism were true, then there would be observable parallax shifts in the stars’ positions as the earth moved in its orbit around the sun. However, given the technology of Galileo’s time, no such shifts in their positions could be observed. It would require more sensitive measuring equipment than was available in Galileo’s day to document the existence of these shifts, given the stars’ great distance. Until then, the available evidence suggested that the stars were fixed in their positions relative to the earth, and, thus, that the earth and the stars were not moving in space—only the sun, moon, and planets were.

    Thus Galileo did not prove the theory by the Aristotelian standards of science in his day. In his Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina and other documents, Galileo claimed that the Copernican theory had the “sensible demonstrations” needed according to Aristotelian science, but most knew that such demonstrations were not yet forthcoming. Most astronomers in that day were not convinced of the great distance of the stars that the Copernican theory required to account for the absence of observable parallax shifts. This is one of the main reasons why the respected astronomer Tycho Brahe refused to adopt Copernicus fully.

    Galileo could have safely proposed heliocentricity as a theory or a method to more simply account for the planets’ motions. His problem arose when he stopped proposing it as a scientific theory and began proclaiming it as truth, though there was no conclusive proof of it at the time. Even so, Galileo would not have been in so much trouble if he had chosen to stay within the realm of science and out of the realm of theology. But, despite his friends’ warnings, he insisted on moving the debate onto theological grounds.

    In 1614, Galileo felt compelled to answer the charge that this “new science” was contrary to certain Scripture passages. His opponents pointed to Bible passages with statements like, “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed . . .” (Josh. 10:13). This is not an isolated occurrence. Psalms 93 and 104 and Ecclesiastes 1:5 also speak of celestial motion and terrestrial stability. A literalistic reading of these passages would have to be abandoned if the heliocentric theory were adopted. Yet this should not have posed a problem. As Augustine put it, “One does not read in the Gospel that the Lord said: ‘I will send you the Paraclete who will teach you about the course of the sun and moon.’ For he willed to make them Christians, not mathematicians.” Following Augustine’s example, Galileo urged caution in not interpreting these biblical statements too literally.

    Unfortunately, throughout Church history there have been those who insist on reading the Bible in a more literal sense than it was intended. They fail to appreciate, for example, instances in which Scripture uses what is called “phenomenological” language—that is, the language of appearances. Just as we today speak of the sun rising and setting to cause day and night, rather than the earth turning, so did the ancients. From an earthbound perspective, the sun does appear to rise and appear to set, and the earth appears to be immobile. When we describe these things according to their appearances, we are using phenomenological language.

    The phenomenological language concerning the motion of the heavens and the non-motion of the earth is obvious to us today, but was less so in previous centuries. Scripture scholars of the past were willing to consider whether particular statements were to be taken literally or phenomenologically, but they did not like being told by a non-Scripture scholar, such as Galileo, that the words of the sacred page must be taken in a particular sense.

    During this period, personal interpretation of Scripture was a sensitive subject. In the early 1600s, the Church had just been through the Reformation experience, and one of the chief quarrels with Protestants was over individual interpretation of the Bible.

    Theologians were not prepared to entertain the heliocentric theory based on a layman’s interpretation. Yet Galileo insisted on moving the debate into a theological realm. There is little question that if Galileo had kept the discussion within the accepted boundaries of astronomy (i.e., predicting planetary motions) and had not claimed physical truth for the heliocentric theory, the issue would not have escalated to the point it did. After all, he had not proved the new theory beyond reasonable doubt.

    Galileo “Confronts” Rome

    Galileo came to Rome to see Pope Paul V (1605-1621). The pope, weary of controversy, turned the matter over to the Holy Office, which issued a condemnation of Galileo’s theory in 1616. Things returned to relative quiet for a time, until Galileo forced another showdown.

    At Galileo’s request, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, a Jesuit—one of the most important Catholic theologians of the day—issued a certificate that, although it forbade Galileo to hold or defend the heliocentric theory, did not prevent him from conjecturing it. When Galileo met with the new pope, Urban VIII, in 1623, he received permission from his longtime friend to write a work on heliocentrism, but the new pontiff cautioned him not to advocate the new position, only to present arguments for and against it. When Galileo wrote the Dialogue on the Two World Systems, he used an argument the pope had offered, and placed it in the mouth of his character Simplicio. Galileo, perhaps inadvertently, made fun of the pope, a result that could only have disastrous consequences. Urban felt mocked and could not believe how his friend could disgrace him publicly. Galileo had mocked the very person he needed as a benefactor. He also alienated his long-time supporters, the Jesuits, with attacks on one of their astronomers. The result was the infamous trial, which is still heralded as the final separation of science and religion.

    Tortured for His Beliefs?

    In the end, Galileo recanted his heliocentric teachings, but it was not—as is commonly supposed—under torture nor after a harsh imprison- ment. Galileo was, in fact, treated surprisingly well.

    As historian Giorgio de Santillana, who is not overly fond of the Catholic Church, noted, “We must, if anything, admire the cautiousness and legal scruples of the Roman authorities.” Galileo was offered every convenience possible to make his imprisonment in his home bearable.

    Galileo’s friend Nicolini, Tuscan ambassador to the Vatican, sent regular reports to the court regarding affairs in Rome. Many of his letters dealt with the ongoing controversy surrounding Galileo.

    Nicolini revealed the circumstances surrounding Galileo’s “imprisonment” when he reported to the Tuscan king: “The pope told me that he had shown Galileo a favor never accorded to another” (letter dated Feb. 13, 1633); “ . . . he has a servant and every convenience” (letter, April 16); and “[i]n regard to the person of Galileo, he ought to be imprisoned for some time because he disobeyed the orders of 1616, but the pope says that after the publication of the sentence he will consider with me as to what can be done to afflict him as little as possible” (letter, June 18).

    Had Galileo been tortured, Nicolini would have reported it to his king. While instruments of torture may have been present during Galileo’s recantation (this was the custom of the legal system in Europe at that time), they definitely were not used.

    The records demonstrate that Galileo could not be tortured because of regulations laid down in The Directory for Inquisitors (Nicholas Eymeric, 1595). This was the official guide of the Holy Office, the Church office charged with dealing with such matters, and was followed to the letter.

    As noted scientist and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead remarked, in an age that saw a large number of “witches” subjected to torture and execution by Protestants in New England, “the worst that happened to the men of science was that Galileo suffered an honorable detention and a mild reproof.” Even so, the Catholic Church today acknowledges that Galileo’s condemnation was wrong. The Vatican has even issued two stamps of Galileo as an expression of regret for his mistreatment.

    Infallibility

    Although three of the ten cardinals who judged Galileo refused to sign the verdict, his works were eventually condemned. Anti-Catholics often assert that his conviction and later rehabilitation somehow disproves the doctrine of papal infallibility, but this is not the case, for the pope never tried to make an infallible ruling concerning Galileo’s views.

    The Church has never claimed ordinary tribunals, such as the one that judged Galileo, to be infallible. Church tribunals have disciplinary and juridical authority only; neither they nor their decisions are infallible.

    No ecumenical council met concerning Galileo, and the pope was not at the center of the discussions, which were handled by the Holy Office. When the Holy Office finished its work, Urban VIII ratified its verdict, but did not attempt to engage infallibility.

    Three conditions must be met for a pope to exercise the charism of infallibility: (1) he must speak in his official capacity as the successor of Peter; (2) he must speak on a matter of faith or morals; and (3) he must solemnly define the doctrine as one that must be held by all the faithful.

    In Galileo’s case, the second and third conditions were not present, and possibly not even the first. Catholic theology has never claimed that a mere papal ratification of a tribunal decree is an exercise of infallibility. It is a straw man argument to represent the Catholic Church as having infallibly defined a scientific theory that turned out to be false. The strongest claim that can be made is that the Church of Galileo’s day issued a non-infallible disciplinary ruling concerning a scientist who was advocating a new and still-unproved theory and demanding that the Church change its understanding of Scripture to fit his.

    It is a good thing that the Church did not rush to embrace Galileo’s views, because it turned out that his ideas were not entirely correct, either. Galileo believed that the sun was not just the fixed center of the solar system but the fixed center of the universe. We now know that the sun is not the center of the universe and that it does move—it simply orbits the center of the galaxy rather than the earth.

    As more recent science has shown, both Galileo and his opponents were partly right and partly wrong. Galileo was right in asserting the mobility of the earth and wrong in asserting the immobility of the sun. His opponents were right in asserting the mobility of the sun and wrong in asserting the immobility of the earth.

    Had the Catholic Church rushed to endorse Galileo’s views—and there were many in the Church who were quite favorable to them—the Church would have embraced what modern science has disproved.

    NIHIL OBSTAT: I have concluded that the materials
    presented in this work are free of doctrinal or moral errors. Bernadeane Carr, STL, Censor Librorum, August 10, 2004

    IMPRIMATUR: In accord with 1983 CIC 827
    permission to publish this work is hereby granted.
    +Robert H. Brom, Bishop of San Diego, August 10, 2004

  • EXCLUSIVE: Fox drops contract with Sarah Palin

    06/24/2015 7:39:51 AM PDT · 22 of 34
    Frank Sheed to equaviator

    Interesting comment... I found that irritating too. If she had a sexy (”throaty”) voice like Suzanne Pleshette (former actress) she would have been taken far more seriously.

  • Ten Thoughts on the Irish Debacle

    05/26/2015 9:39:58 AM PDT · 24 of 31
    Frank Sheed to epow

    We don’t have a book of the Apocalypse. We have the Book of Revelation written by Saint John.

  • Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos

    04/22/2015 3:24:56 PM PDT · 24 of 42
    Frank Sheed to dp0622

    Well you can get a virus like SARS that now infects humans. Other than the possible end of all human life due to a pandemic from some off the wall infection, no...

  • Prominent Catholics call on pope to oust S.F. archbishop

    04/15/2015 7:31:42 PM PDT · 8 of 27
    Frank Sheed to fidelis

    I understand the liberal Episcopalians have plenty of room for these disaffected CINOs....

  • No Shutdown For Now: Congress Passes Week-Long Homeland Security Patch

    02/27/2015 7:20:51 PM PST · 7 of 47
    Frank Sheed to 11th_VA

    I thought close to 50 Pubbies voted “Nay” which fires a shot over Boehner’s bow....

  • The 25 who stood against the Obama-Boehner Chess game should form their own party

    01/07/2015 9:10:57 AM PST · 17 of 29
    Frank Sheed to Boogieman

    Denies Romney or Bush the election, that’s what!

  • It's Official (He's Running) Dr. Ben Carson Just Made a Major Announcement

    11/07/2014 1:47:28 PM PST · 139 of 184
    Frank Sheed to kidd

    Folks here underrate him at their peril! He is strict Constitutionalist and I know many die-hard Conservatives who are ready to vote for him instead of another attorney who wants a feedbag in DC. He’s messed inside people’s brains for years in a field where blacks had slight success becoming a world famous pediatric neurosurgeon! Those folks have nerves of steel. Trust me—listen more and read his books!

  • No winner yet in Virginia's Senate race

    11/05/2014 7:25:56 AM PST · 9 of 49
    Frank Sheed to SeekAndFind

    Tell that Governor-Elect Larry Hogan (R) of Maryland who got 22% of the Baltimore vote and won by 100,000 votes with Brown conceding at 12:30 AM.

  • 'We told you so' - Baltic jitters grow over former ruler Russia

    09/02/2014 10:14:19 AM PDT · 9 of 9
    Frank Sheed to cloudmountain

    “Am I wrong?”

    The average Russian woman has 5-7 abortions. Russia has land but no people. Their medical industry has collapsed and the life expectancy for men has fallen (never seen in a major civilized country). Mark Steyn’s book, “America Alone”, years back pointed out that the Chinese could wait until 2030 and simply walk across the border to annex Siberia (all of it). The elderly Russians are in the hinterlands, the young in cities and the country could do nothing about losing all that mineral wealth. So, yeah, you’re wrong. Russia has a birth rate in the 1.3 area well below replacement level.... And the Chinese don’t hit the replacement wall until a lot later...

  • Paul Ryan Is the Odds-On Favorite to Win the Republican Nomination in 2016

    02/06/2014 8:28:58 PM PST · 75 of 90
    Frank Sheed to 2ndDivisionVet

    Draft Dr. Benjamin Carson...only guy who can annihilate the opposition....

  • Leonardo DiCaprio Addresses ‘Wolf’ Controversy: ‘We’re Not Condoning This Behavior’

    12/31/2013 1:46:40 PM PST · 22 of 47
    Frank Sheed to Tax-chick

    Happy New Year, Mrs. Tax. Hope you, Der Prinze and the assorted Chicklets had a great Christmas!

    Francis Xavier Sheed, III

  • Dems instructed to go on O-Care offensive

    11/28/2013 8:49:17 AM PST · 24 of 39
    Frank Sheed to Washi

    Another option is:

    Gubmint now runs your Health Care! What could go wrong?

  • RUSH LIMBAUGH SCORCHES POPE FRANCIS

    11/27/2013 8:34:39 PM PST · 98 of 358
    Frank Sheed to vette6387

    “Not so long ago ( before the Drug Cartels became the government) Mexico was completely subjugated by the RC Church. All you had to do is drive through all the dirt poor outlying towns and villages and the one thing that struck you was the relative opulence of the local RC Church building. The Church was bleeding an abjectly poor populace and with it’s doctrines, kept them all barefoot and pregnant. Shameful.”

    Which is why the Socialist Mexican Oligarchs allowed Trotsky to live in Mexico. Which is why Catholic priests were taken from Churches and placed before firing squads. Which is why Andy Garcia was involved in a movie showing how the Catholic Church was persecuted in Mexico under Oligarch governments. You need so stop reading the Jack Chick tracts, pal.

    Also, this Pope in his comments was coming from the Distributist wing of economic philosophy which was promulgated by Pope Leo XIII and Pope Pius XIV. It also had proponents such as Gilbert Keith Chesterton and Hillaire Belloc of England and Dorothy Day in the U.S. The idea is that distributists own their own means of production (such as a plumber who owns his tools). They ARE not against private ownership—they insist on it. The philosophy rejects an economic system in which funds are held by enormous banks at high interest and would rather see things like credit unions in which the funds of those in the credit union are used to distribute to the members with decreased interest rates.

    In Africa and India at this moment, people are being lent funds as low as $25 and starting their own businesses which benefits their communities and allows them to increase capital and to lend to others. So, appreciate that this Pope is speaking to an audience of the world and not to only the U.S.

  • Last Night, We Got Our First Look At Chris Christie With The Woman He Might Pick For Vice President

    11/06/2013 1:30:38 PM PST · 8 of 89
    Frank Sheed to caww

    There is this little state named IOWA in his way, folks. And they have a lot to say in this matter. I hope more than Mr. Christie wants to hear...

  • Boehner Statement on Bipartisan Senate Agreement to Reopen Government, Avoid Default

  • Boehner Statement on Bipartisan Senate Agreement to Reopen Government, Avoid Default

    10/16/2013 12:49:08 PM PDT · 40 of 103
    Frank Sheed to kristinn

    We are now in a formal Constitutional Crisis. The House leadership has allowed the Executive Branch to preempt its “power of the purse.” See the clips by Mark Levin and Bob McClintock that have been on various threads to see why I make this comment. And this House leadership allowed that to happen.

    Sad day for this country...

  • Judge tells Congress 'go to hell,' urges confrontation over furloughs

    10/14/2013 1:48:41 PM PDT · 21 of 30
    Frank Sheed to LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

    THIS!

  • Senate GOP rallies around rival plan on debt ceiling, shutdown

    10/10/2013 1:11:57 PM PDT · 22 of 33
    Frank Sheed to Cincinatus' Wife

    Charles, they are not writing speeches for Mondale, fool!

  • Ted Cruz Punches Back

    09/20/2013 11:14:59 AM PDT · 79 of 141
    Frank Sheed to Timber Rattler

    Every Senator, members of their staff and sundry “government workers” will still get their Cadillac insurance plans whether this fight is won or lost. How DARE they accuse or vent at someone, a Senator, who is willing to be with the people who are left UNREPRESENTED so that the oligarchs can throw games and circuses for the masses.

    These Senators will still have the best health care anywhere and made sure to carve out a slice of the pie solely for themselves and too bad for those who elected them!

  • Cruz says he would filibuster to defund Obamacare

    09/19/2013 11:19:31 AM PDT · 15 of 83
    Frank Sheed to Mr. K

    The filibuster appears nowhere in Robert’s Rules. It is a legislative concept peculiar to the US Senate. So, Robert’s has no rules on filibuster. That said, I believe that the speaker may “hand off” to another speaker who he/she recognizes. That may not be true. The purpose, of course, is to totally tie up/stop any further business as long as the speaker holds the floor.

  • The new Fox News primetime lineup

    09/17/2013 1:45:37 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    Frank Sheed to Rodamala

    Nice move for Greta. She’s the only I’ll watch out of that whole lot! The rest don’t do journalism; they do entertainment.

  • Tylenol maker tries new warning cap to curb overdoses

    08/30/2013 10:56:39 AM PDT · 31 of 49
    Frank Sheed to American Constitutionalist

    Recommended dose was dropped to below 3.5 grams per day (extra strength tabs are 500 mg each so 7 tabs per day is maximum). If you take the time to read the literature, you can diminish the hepatotoxic effects by taking 600 mg of N-acetyl-cysteine as well as vitamin C. NAC is what is used in emergency rooms for an overdose. The problem is that as has been said, acetaminophen is used in so many other products that the dose becomes cumulative; pharmacists are concerned that a lot of the “high dose” pain killers contain acetaminophen as well. That is why the recommended dose was dropped.

    As for ibuprofen, that also causes problems with the kidneys when used to excess. I’ve sworn off the stuff completely.

  • FOX NEWS: U.S. Warships on the Move, Kerry To Speak at 2:00PM

    08/26/2013 10:30:33 AM PDT · 41 of 83
    Frank Sheed to Old Sarge

    Classic post, Sarge!

  • Vanity - Kubrick and The Shining. Questions.

    08/09/2013 7:25:51 PM PDT · 19 of 78
    Frank Sheed to Gay State Conservative

    “The Shining” was based on a Stephen King novel. The book was fairly interesting, but the adoption of the finger movements by the kid when he was “shining” was totally absurd. Popeye’s wife played the woman lead and Nicholson was over the top. I consider this movie one of Kubrick’s worst. He also tried to do “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and that was a bomb as well.

    In general, Kubrick is a genius and had some really great flicks, but those two are total bombs, IMHO.

  • Vanity: WHY ARE EMBASSIES CLOSED? FOR DECLARATIONS OF WAR, USUALLY!

    08/06/2013 10:49:24 AM PDT · 26 of 51
    Frank Sheed to RaceBannon

    To give cover to this:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3051373/posts

    Congress is in recess for 5 weeks, and this deflects attention away from what transpired in the link above. Simple Alinksy tactic...

  • Senate Republicans Cave: Filibuster ‘Compromise’ Keeps NLRB Firmly Under Union Control

    07/16/2013 1:13:11 PM PDT · 23 of 36
    Frank Sheed to Digger

    Time for the Freedom Party with Levin and Palin leading the charge. These clowns in the R party are beyond belief.

  • Michele Bachmann: If ‘Amnesty’ Passes, We’ll Never Again See Another GOP President

    06/13/2013 1:22:35 PM PDT · 138 of 149
    Frank Sheed to IamConservative

    “Given Michelle is retiring, I have to wonder if her fight against the leadership is not a veiled attack on Boehner’s speakership. I hope it is!”

    Last night, Mark Levin went on a tirade that lasted for over an hour. He had invited Paul Ryan to appear to talk about amnesty, but got no response (and no dates were apparently available). After spelling out how the Senate would pass this bill and how Boehner would let the bill pass, he had on Michelle Bachmann. She went into detail about what’s going on. She said the last time this amnesty thing was brought up, that the blowback from constituents melted the DC switchboards. She also said that the Congress critters were frightened, had their fingers to the wind, but the scandals were letting this bill slide under the table and out of sight. She said the only thing that would work was to put intense pressure on Congress. She said that unless their is more blowback, Boehner has decided this is “the most important issue we now face.” Levin was livid at this response.

    There it is: speak up now or else they pass this bill and then spend the rest of 2013 politicking and saying how much that fought the administration on all the scandals (sadly, too bad that amnesty has now become law!). Great piece on the Daily Caller about all this yesterday...

  • The Real Reason Millennials Don’t Buy Cars and Homes

    06/01/2013 1:07:29 PM PDT · 76 of 144
    Frank Sheed to grania
    "Maybe what this is showing is that generation is more sensible than we give them credit for. They did, after all, grow up seeing their parents struggle with housing and car payments, and they're already saddled (in many cases) with stupid college loans." You can stop at the second bolded comment. Wonder how many put in a hitch with the USMC and came out dependent on anybody? Some I know still insist that a Universal Draft would be the best thing this country ever did; check with the Israelis and see how it is working for them.
  • Why Rush Limbaugh's Radio Network May Want Him Off The Air

    05/09/2013 10:39:08 AM PDT · 75 of 100
    Frank Sheed to Biggirl

    Do you realize how many advertisers are MIA especially with Mother’s day coming Sunday?

    Sharri’s Berry’s
    ProFlowers.com

    Rush carried those on his back; now you can only find them as internet ads on FB or on some cable TV channel at midnight. Sheesh!

  • China May Not Overtake America This Century After All

    05/08/2013 12:50:04 PM PDT · 5 of 72
    Frank Sheed to warchild9

    “The near-future belongs to India.”

    You do know that China sent a platoon of troops into Indian territory in/near the Himalayas, right? Situation described as “tense.”

  • Watching Japan Rise

    04/30/2013 1:01:25 PM PDT · 7 of 12
    Frank Sheed to Kaslin

    Mark Steyn deals with this in his book “America Alone.” The problem in Asia is that the birth rate in Korea, Japan, China and even in India is close to 1.3 - 1.5 which is population suicide level. Japanese elders tend to be extremely healthy and they actually have robots for these people to care for them so that they don’t develop dementia. One of the largest problems in Asia (and now being imported to the US) is the suicide of the young. The US had a birth rate above 2.0 when Steyn wrote his book, but it has now fallen; not even the large families of immigrants is able to keep US growth above 2.1.

    Japan may wish to go this route, but where will their military arise? They have a very severe policy on immigrants, and even those who stay for many years are not accepted as native.

  • Why Big Cities Make Media Liberal—and Why the Koch Brothers Can't Do Anything About It

    04/25/2013 1:18:20 PM PDT · 13 of 32
    Frank Sheed to cardinal4

    The auteur forgets that virtually all the READERS of the newspapers printed in the cities live in the SUBURBS! That’s why the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, etc. are going down the wormhole; the suburbanites see the total disconnect between what is printed and what is actually news. It may have something to do with urban education and journalism degrees of the reporters (sic)!

    Nyuk!

  • Melissa Harris-Perry Doubles Down: 'We Need To Impinge On Individual Freedoms' For 'Common Good'

    04/14/2013 7:05:36 PM PDT · 57 of 100
    Frank Sheed to 2ndDivisionVet

    “We’ve decided to search your home without a search warrant ‘for the common good’, M’am.”

    Let’s put things in that context and try it on for size...

  • A molecular “superglue” based on flesh-eating bacteria

    04/14/2013 6:58:30 PM PDT · 5 of 7
    Frank Sheed to BenLurkin

    You could glue your eyelids shut permanently.... I hate when that happens.

  • Senate overcomes filibuster, votes to open debate on gun bill

    04/11/2013 10:11:11 AM PDT · 70 of 123
    Frank Sheed to Old Sarge
  • Francis I on the throne of Peter

    04/06/2013 1:22:55 PM PDT · 13 of 26
    Frank Sheed to aMorePerfectUnion

    “Your argument appears to be that we can make up anything and pretend Christ said it...”

    And Christ said, “This is MY BODY...” I guess you believe that too, or do you ‘splain it away as most Bible Christians do?

  • Bond 24: Live And Let Die Remake With Idris Elba?

    04/05/2013 12:07:29 PM PDT · 35 of 37
    Frank Sheed to dfwgator

    And when I see Craig, I still him as the top drug honcho in “Layercake.” Move on, dude. They’re only playing a character....

  • Bond 24: Live And Let Die Remake With Idris Elba?

    04/05/2013 12:02:44 PM PDT · 33 of 37
    Frank Sheed to Vendome

    Roger that! Fiennes is a great actor and could have that gig as a sideshow for years just as Judie Dench did. And the kid playing Q could make for a lot of fun. Just when I thought the Bond franchise was dead, they upped the ante and have revitalized it. Gotta say that Daniel Craig as Bond is perfect.

  • Bond 24: Live And Let Die Remake With Idris Elba?

    04/03/2013 7:59:32 PM PDT · 16 of 37
    Frank Sheed to Vince Ferrer

    Craig is making two more Bond movies and “M” is definitely going to be Ralph Fiennes... He got the nod at the end of Skyfall...

  • Sorry, Mates, Strictly Business: Australia Wants To Cut Out US Dollar In Trade With China

    04/01/2013 10:09:22 AM PDT · 6 of 22
    Frank Sheed to jimfree

    Sorry mates! No more shrimps on the barbie! Have a fun time keeping the Malacca Straits open for business without the US Navy...

  • First female general to lead Parris Island Marine base says women can handle combat

    03/16/2013 7:11:52 PM PDT · 44 of 89
    Frank Sheed to stylin19a

    “Goodnight Chesty Puller, wherever you are”

    Chesty Puller is surrounded and he has the SOBs just where he wants ‘em!

  • GOP House Approves CR That Funds All Obamacare—Including Regulation Attacking Religious Freedom

    03/06/2013 7:46:55 PM PST · 41 of 48
    Frank Sheed to PizzaDriver

    H.R. 933: Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013

    Republicans voting NAY

    Salmon, Matt, AZ 5th
    McClintock, Tom, CA 4th
    DeSantis, Ron, FL 6th
    Posey, Bill, FL 8th
    Kingston, Jack, GA 1st
    Broun, Paul, GA 10th
    Gingrey, Phil, GA 11th
    Massie, Thomas, KY 4th
    Amash, Justin, MI 3rd
    Bridenstine, Jim, OK 1st
    Duncan, John, TN 2nd
    DesJarlais, Scott, TN 4th
    Gohmert, Louie, TX 1st
    Stockman, Steve, TX 36th

  • Why is Justice Scalia Wearing Sir Thomas More’s Hat?

    01/22/2013 11:01:14 AM PST · 35 of 57
    Frank Sheed to eCSMaster

    St. Thomas More’s final words, “I am the King’s good servant, but God’s first.”

    I think that message rings loud and clear especially for a Catholic Christian Justice of the US Supreme Court. And while Mr. Justice Thomas doesn’t get his due, he is probably my favorite Justice of the Supreme Court: a real Constitutional originalist.

  • Time for a new Fox? (Now an all pro-amnesty lineup)

    01/22/2013 10:53:20 AM PST · 37 of 73
    Frank Sheed to IamConservative

    Amazing observation! Personally, I haven’t watched FAUX News for over 2 years.

  • NASA Finds Long-Term Climate Warming Trend

    01/15/2013 7:31:07 PM PST · 16 of 20
    Frank Sheed to American in Israel

    So they’re showing people in California where it is 25-35 degrees showing off fields of frozen oranges and lemons. Global warming must be causing that to happen!

    Oh wait...