Saturday, May 17, 2008

Statement on CA Supreme Court same sex marriage decision

May 15, 2008 7:33 pm EST

Bob Barr, former Member of Congress from Georgia and current candidate for President for the Libertarian Party, today issued the following statement in reaction to today's decision by the California Supreme Court allowing for the recognition of same sex marriage in that state:

"Regardless of whether one supports or opposes same sex marriage, the decision to recognize such unions or not ought to be a power each state exercises on its own, rather than imposition of a one-size-fits-all mandate by the federal government (as would be required by a Federal Marriage Amendment which has been previously proposed and considered by the Congress). The decision today by the Supreme Court of California properly reflects this fundamental principle of federalism on which our nation was founded.

"Indeed, the primary reason for which I authored the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 was to ensure that each state remained free to determine for its citizens the basis on which marriage would be recognized within its borders, and not be forced to adopt a definition of marriage contrary to its views by another state. The decision in California is an illustration of how this principle of states' powers should work."

Statement from Bob Barr on Mike Huckabee’s remarks at NRA National Convention

May 17, 2008 2:20 pm EST

Bob Barr, former Member of Congress from Georgia and current candidate for President for the Libertarian Party, today issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Mike Huckabee’s recent remarks at the National Rifle Association’s National Convention:

“Mike Huckabee showed incredibly poor taste when he joked about a gun pointed at Senator Barack Obama. His words were reckless, callous and harmful to the sports men and women of America and to those of us who fully support the Second Amendment.

“Every candidate for public office inflames the passions of people who fervently disagree with them. To suggest, as Governor Huckabee did, the misuse of a fire arm toward a political candidate is reckless. His attitude toward proper, legal and safe use of fire arms was demeaning to all of us who advocate the right to bear arms. His reprehensible use of a threatening and violent scenario involving a firearm at the NRA's National Convention was beyond belief.

“I call on all supporters of the Second Amendment and all supporters of civil discourse in our political races to demand a public apology from Governor Huckabee.”

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Catholics - It Is Alright To Believe In Aliens

I have always felt that it was arrogant to assume there is intelligent life only on Earth. Now, even the Vatican is saying it is alright to believe there may be life out there. Do we really think that God is only limited to those abilities we can see and understand? Do we really believe that we can put God into a cozy and understandable box we can control? Do we really believe that God has always existed and never thought to create intelligent life before us?

Vatican: It's OK to believe in aliens

New ethics complaint targets Ramos-Compean prosecutor - Contends public domain facts show Johnny Sutton 'willfully misleading'

Posted: May 12, 2008
9:06 pm Eastern


© 2008 WorldNetDaily

A Christian pastor says he has filed an ethics complaint with the Texas Bar Association seeking an investigation into U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's "willfully misleading" statements in the case against former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

Don Swarthout, president of Christians Reviving America's Values, today confirmed his ethics complaint cites Sutton's actions in the case in which Ramos and Compean were convicted of shooting at a drug smuggler who had dropped a load of marijuana near the Texas border and was fleeing back into Mexico.

An announcement from his organization confirmed, "Swarthout charges Sutton's office willfully misled the jury in order to convicted Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean." [read more]

Catholic League News Release

HAGEE REGRETS OFFENDING CATHOLICS;
CONTROVERSY ENDS


Pastor John Hagee sent a letter today [click
here] to Catholic League president Bill Donohue that effectively ends the dispute the two men have had. Donohue comments as follows:

“After weeks of meeting with various Catholic leaders, and accessing scholarly literature on Catholic-Jewish relations, Pastor John Hagee has demonstrated an improved understanding of the Catholic Church and its history. In his letter to me, Hagee says, ‘I want to express my deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful.’ He specifically cites his emphasis of ‘the darkest chapters in the history of Catholic and Protestant relations with the Jews,’ and has pledged to provide a more complete and balanced portrayal going forward that will not reinforce mischaracterizations of the Catholic Church. And while he stresses that his invocation of terms like ‘apostate church’ and the ‘great whore’ were never meant by him to describe the Catholic Church, he acknowledges that anti-Catholics have long employed such language.

“The tone of Hagee’s letter is sincere. He wants reconciliation and he has achieved it. Indeed, the Catholic League welcomes his apology. What Hagee has done takes courage and quite frankly I never expected him to demonstrate such sensitivity to our concerns. But he has done just that. Now Catholics, along with Jews, can work with Pastor Hagee in making interfaith relations stronger than ever. Whatever problems we had before are now history. This case is closed.”


Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1436
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Official Announcement

Daughter fails math test, so dad thrown in jail

Pop gets 6-month sentence for contributing to delinquency
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Posted: May 11, 2008
8:17 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Brittany Gegner (courtesy WCPO-TV)

A northern Kentucky man is in jail today – serving a 180-day sentence – because his 18-year-old daughter failed a math test and didn't get her General Equivalency Diploma, or GED, as a previous court order required.

Brittany Gegner, the daughter, says if anyone should be jailed, it should be her.

"It's like I should, if anybody should be punished for this," Brittany told WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. "I would way rather me go to jail than my dad."

Even Brian Gegner's ex-wife agrees the judge's decision is absurd. [read more]

New Jersey Senate Candidate Lautenberg Gets Pro-Abortion Group's Backing

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 12, 2008


Trenton, NJ (LifeNews.com) -- One of the leading pro-abortion groups has endorsed pro-abortion Sen. Frank Lautenberg for re-election, calling him one of the most vocal and visible champions of abortion in the Senate. Lautenberg faces an abortion advocate in the Democratic primary and one of three GOP candidates in November.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL says that whenever there is an attack on abortion, "New Jersey residents can count on Sen. Lautenberg to stand up and speak out for their state's pro-choice values." [
read more]

Pope Benedict XVI Condemns Italy Abortion Law, Says It Hurts Women

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 12, 2008


Rome, Italy (LifeNews.com) -- Pope Benedict XVI gave a speech Monday in which he condemned Italy's laws allowing legal abortions. He said the 30 years of abortions has destroyed countless lives -- not only of unborn children but of women as well -- and the speech comes after heated elections during which abortion was a key topic.

"Allowing the termination of pregnancies not only did not resolve the problems afflicting many women and more than a few families, but has also opened more wounds in our societies," the pope told members of an Italian pro-life group. [
read more]

Northern Ireland Political Parties United Against Pro-Abortion Amendment

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 12, 2008


Belfast, Northern Ireland (LifeNews.com) -- Leaders of the four major political parties in Northern Ireland have united for the first time on a significant political issue. They are standing together against a proposal in the British parliament to have the Abortion Act extended to Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland has been exempted from the 1967 law that legalized abortions in the rest of Great Britain. [
read more]

The 2008 Green Bay Packers: Don't Stop Believin'

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mothers Day Reflections

Sorry for the neglect of the blog this week, but this week was an exciting and busy one. My two oldest children started swimming classes and then capped it off with a graduation concert from Kindergarten to First grade on Friday. The last couple of months of drama class really paid off as they both sung loud and proud through out the entire concert. I am so very proud of them. Each of the classes wrote their own song as well as putting considerable effort into their Mother's Day gifts. This year they made their mom all the gifts they gave her including some expertly designed (if I may say so myself) flower pots for mothers day each complete with a plant.

Just wanted to take a quick moment and recognize my beautiful soul mate, wife, and mother of my four beautiful children for the hard work and dedication she devotes to this family. She is truly my better half and I would be lost without her; so Happy Mothers Day Sweetie. I love you!