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So which stories / subjects / topics get your attention this weekend?



Friday's NEWS JOURNAL carries a front page story - just beneath the masthead - about the three new Roman Catholic priests within the Diocese of Wilmington all receiving their parish assignments: "They are native sons who returned to serve the community of faith where they were raised." But with retirements and deaths, the Wilmington diocese, like others across the country, still confronts the challenge of replenishing its ranks.

As if to underscore the challenge, Friday's editions of The BALTIMORE SUN and The PITTSBURG POST-GAZETTE carried clergy sexual abuse stories: The Archdiocese of Baltimore reported a former Archbishop Curley High School student has accused a priest and former teacher with sexually abusing him on several occasions. In Pittsburgh, the Reverend David Dzermejko pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and maintaining contact with teenage boys he met on jaunts to Thailand. (What is it about Thailand?)



A former school principal in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to two years behind bars for possession of child pornography. Troy Czukoski of Exton had been principal of the Springton Lake Middle School, and principal at Phoenixville Middle School before that. He earlier pleaded guilty to possessing images of child porn, but expressly denied that he had traded that material with others.




St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington has terminated its girls basketball coach Tom Ferrier, citing a violation of the school's ethical and behavioral standards, no specifics given. St. E's administration insists it has no reason to suspect a "criminal issue" at this time. Ferrier led the St. E's girls basketball team to the DIAA state championship this past spring.



Have you been following the U.D. frathouse hazing trial? I confess I have as little use for college fraternities as I do for most sports. And whether or not it's hazing, I'll never understand what possesses young people to consume large amounts of hard liquor in short periods of time.



New Castle County Police continue to investigate bizarre hate messages delivered to the same residence in the Autumnwood development near Hockessin - very close to the state line. The twisted anti-Semitic messages apparently target County Executive Gordon's Chief Administrative Officer David Grimaldi, who happens to be Italian AND Jewish. Neither Gordon nor Grimaldi has ANY connection with that residence or neighborhood, which makes the messages all the more inexplicable. One of the messages: "Tommy. Please get rid of your goon, Grimaldi. He is tarnishing our govt. and he is a bad apple! Send him back to New York! And we will leave your neighborhood alone!" (By the way, whomever drew that swastika on a disc demonstrated his ignorance of the classic Nazi swastika by drawing it in the opposite direction, more like a native American swastika.) The Anti-Defamation League's office in Philadelphia is now monitoring this bizarre case.



Bowing to mounting criticism from many corners (including a "Pants on Fire" finding by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, fact-checking website, Politifact.com), President Obama has apologized to Americans who were forced off their health-insurance plans by his Affordable Care Act despite "assurances from me". Interviewed by NBC News, the President conceded he did not do enough to ensure Obamacare did not force the cancellation of insurance policies that people like, because those policies don't meet the health-care overhaul's new coverage requirements.




One thing I hate about Wall Street is that investors always seem to HATE even modest good news about the economy, for fear the Fed will begin easing up on the stimulus. So, Thursday saw a statistic that the U.S. economy had grown at a rate of 2.8% in the third quarter, although admittedly, a rise in business inventories fueled the gains. Still, Wall Streeters responded in panic because of fears about the Fed easing on the stimulus. I must confess my surprise that Wall Street indexes climbed Friday, with the DOW finishing in record territory, given the positive jobs report which came out Friday.


Based on a revised census measure, the number of poor people in the United States is three million higher than the official count, meaning a full one-in-six Americans falls below the official poverty line.



The Food & Drug Administration moves to virtually eliminate trans-fats (typically partially hydrogenated oils) - the artificially created, artery-clogging substance - from processed foods. Many companies have already been phasing out trans-fats. Food makers and restaurant chains have used to trans-fats to preserve flavor, extend the shelf life for certain products, etc. While the Food & Drug Administration says Americans' consumption of trans-fats has gone done almost 80% over the past decade, the F.D.A. believes a further reduction might head off 20-thousand heart attacks and seven thousand deaths in the United States each year.




Ex-President Jimmy Carter professes to be excited and proud that his grandson, Jason, has decided to run for Georgia Governor in 2014. Jason Carter's entry is sure to energize Georgia's Democratic Party, which has suffered from anemic finances and a decidely negative position since Georgia Republicans claimed every statewide office in 2010 (almost the mirror opposite of Delaware). Current Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal faces two primary opponents, and even if he wins, would face a likely well-financed, Carter campaign. Still, can a Democrat win a Governorship in the Deep South? The Republicans have been the party to beat in the Peachtree State since 2002, when Sonny Perdue became Georgia's first G.O.P. governor since Reconstruction.

Also energizing Georgia Democrats: Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Georgia Democratic Senator Sam Nunn, running for the United States Senate in 2014. What is it about family dynasties in U.S. politics?



Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Geneva, Switzerland, in the expectation of a pact between Western nations and the Islamic Republic of Iran to freeze Iran's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of some economic sanctions against Tehran. Obama Administration officials have described the negotiations as the last, best chance to yank Iran from the nuclear threshold, giving diplomats time to put together a more sweeping agreement. But, the Israelis, the Saudis, and indeed, the U.S. Congress will do everything possible to undermine any deal, saying the Obama Administration got snookered in the Persian nuclear bazaar.



CBS's "60 Minutes" has apologized for misleading information in its October 27th Benghazi story, specifically the account of an ex-security officer who called himself Morgan Jones (Real name: Dylan Davies). Lara Logan concedes discrepancies as to his whereabouts the night of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consular mission.




Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan - who had largely limited his tirades in recent months - has provoked a storm of protest by calling for a ban on coed dormitories in state universities and even off-campus housing shared by male and female students.



The credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's cuts its credit rating for France by one notch, from AA+ to AA.



The family of Toronto's embattled mayor - Rob Ford - concedes he has a problem -- but Ford's mother and sister say his problem isn't necessarily drugs, but his weight. The family's reaction came after Ford confessed to smoking crack cocaine during a drunken stupor... then, a new video surfaced showing the mayor acting unhinged and screaming threats with many obscenities.



New research from The Center for Theoretical Study, Charles University, Prague & The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic: A study assessing facial differences between homosexual and heterosexual men finds "significant morphological differences". This study finds gay men were rated as more stereotypically "masculine" than heterosexual men. (Interestingly, this goes against some people's stereotypical assumption that gay men tend to look more feminine.) The researchers concede the study would have to be replicated within different ethnic/racial groups and involve bigger sample sizes.




Posted at 7:51am on November 8, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

EarlGrey
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 9:09am
*edit*

"Bowing to mounting criticism from many corners (including a "Pants on Fire" finding by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, fact-checking website, Politifact.com), President Obama has apologized to Americans who were forced off their health-insurance plans by his Affordable Care Act despite "assurances from me". Interviewed by NBC News, the President conceded he did not do enough to ensure Obamacare did not force the cancellation of insurance policies that people like, because those policies don't meet the health-care overhaul's new coverage requirements."-Allan Loudell

The lies told by this president about ACA were much larger and affected millions more citizens than Bernie Madoff's scam...so do you think if Bernie said he was was sorry he would be OK to go back to "business as usual"?

The passage of ACA was based on lies and intentionally vague language hidden within thousands of pages of legal-speak.

How many people would sit back and continue to support their one-and-only cable provider if this provider took away your Basic Cable (what best suited your needs & budget) after telling you for months that you can keep your Basic Cable PERIOD?

Then they force you to purchase the Supreme Package (because they have confirmed it's better for you and the collective). And, if you choose not to purchase the Supreme Package you will now be charged a service fee for failure to comply...and the next year if you continue to refuse Supreme Cable you will face a higher fine and possible jail time. You will also be called uncaring, selfish, and mean, because you just want to refuse others Supreme Cable due to your logic of using what you need and keeping to a rational budget.

People would be marching in the streets over the "evil" Cable Company...demanding their Basic Cable freedoms!

btw, the Cable Company in this scenario also has put all competing cable companies out of business and the EPA found satellite TV and internet TV harmful to small children and so (for the sake of the children) both have been deemed illegal to own.

kavips
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 9:40am
There is a development in Virginia. Don't know if you are on top of it, but it looks like some absentee votes are missing in a Fairfax County precinct which could flip the Democrat and Republican Attorney-General's race which is now, a margin of 777 votes. Here is the external evidence...

Virginia-11: 13,354 absentee ballot requests/11,503 returned votes: 86.1% return rate

Virginia-10: 7,665 absentee ballot requests/6,782 returned votes: 88.4% return rate.

Virginia-08: 8,387 absentee ballot requests/4,168 returned votes: 49.7% return rate.

Don't know if major media will pick it up... since they are too worried about the campaign of 2016 to even care.
But that position in Virginia is a must-have if Conservatives are to be a force anywhere in the nation come 2014.

Because the A.G. decides which litigation gets sent to courts and the Virginia legal department has so far been filling up the Supreme Court rosters pretty fully the past 4 years...

kavips
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 10:11am
Earl, you are so full of it. As fully explained on every media outlet, the Obamacare story of dropping insurances, pretty much consists of fabricated actors soliciting local TV stations, and then parking their children in front of the TV to see either Mom or Dad talking into a microphone... People wanting personal attention; their 15 seconds is all it is... Actually true stories like those of your niece or nephew that you gave, are far more credible and enlightening.

Allan lists a fake one above, and I told you and everyone else reading, about the previous CBS interviewee who when another reporter walked her through all the options for his story on camera, and she saw what she could really get, whe was overjoyed and said Obamacare was "a blessing in disguise...."

Everyone reading here and elsewhere already knows that everyone bad-mouthing Obamacare, hates Obama and realizes this Affordable Healthcare Act makes him look like he walks on water. They just can't stand a black man being so successful... Every President since Truman has tried to get an Affordable Health Care Act through Congress, and like shooting 100 points in basketball, it took a black man to finally get it done.

And some white People just hate that... :)

So, Obama stepped up and apologized for the misunderstanding over keeping one's health insurance. That is a smart move to take away the opportunity of really idiotic, and rather stupid Republicans to get on TV and demand he apologize. Because we all know Republicans are like autistic children, focused on one thing which has to be addressed before they can more on, to focus on the next thing, which has to be addressed. If he didn't apologize, they would continue ad-nauseum like Rick Jensen does on his afternoon show. At least with Rick Jensen, unlike an autistic child, you can change the frequency.

(lol, maybe he'll nominate me for a weasel... snark, shark. Just kidding, unfortunately there are 315 million others in America far more qualified than me for that lofty position. I'd feel bad taking it away from one of them... )

Back to Obamacare: If one looks at the numbers of people signing up, and compares them to Massachusetts when it went live, no big deal!

True, the website has issues, but don't all gigantic website openings have issues? That has been my experience....

I think it is hilarious that Tea Partiers who probably have no qualms cheating the government out of thousands with fake claims while on Medicare, are pretending that Obamacare is going to ruin the country...

It looks like only people who don't want to see a black man succeed are worried... The stock market has hit 7 records I believe since health insurance went on line...

If absolutely everyone else thinks the U.S. markets are a very safe place to invest, I don't think Obamacare is going to ruin the country anytime soon... :)

We understand. For you, it's the new Benghazi.... and as you well know, by now, no one listens to Tea Partiers. They can't even win in Virginia!!!!!! How bad is that? In Virginia of all places. A Tea Party candidate CAN"T win? How on earth would they win New York or California or Ohio? They can't even win in the former slave state of Virginia...

What losers! I guess no one wants to vote for idiots these days; what a shame! Anyone who shuts down the government and then, can't remember why they shut it down, I guess by most people, is considered an idiot these days. lol. ... Oh how you guys must miss your mint juleps...

kavips
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 10:16am
Don't know if you are looking for trivia, but here is one I definitely did not know... it was a shock, really.

Who is the biggest employer of mathematicians in the United States?

Allan Loudell
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 10:33am
kavips---

Generally, academic institutions, but for a specific entity, the Government of the United States of America, more precisely, the National Security Agency of the United States!

EarlGrey
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:04am
kavips: As I have said over and over and over...I don't give a rats arse what color this president happens to be but you really should open your eyes up to the reality of this man lying his own arse off and now saying he's sorry. Your loyalty is blind and your reasoning does not exist.
Just because you can find a counter story on the DailyKos or ThinkProgress does not mean the story is not true for millions of others! Your counter story also does not tell the truth.. there were two people in that story and one was happy and the other quite the opposite. Stop spinning; you are getting dizzy.

Get over it, your messiah lied and you can't handle the truth.

And no, this is not the "new Benghazi"...that is an entirely different scandal that is still being pursued.

This is yet another example of this leader lying and hoping the media will pamper him...but they have started to challenge him and "the most intelligent president ever" is not able to cover all the lies...N.S.A., Benghazi, F&F, I.R.S. ...

Nixon must be rolling around in his grave...he only bugged two offices and got impeached!

EarlGrey
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:21am
Delaware has so far signed up four people for its exchange...is that big government doing things "better"?
http://capitolcityproject.com/delaware-spends-4-million-on-obamacare-enrollment-signs-up-four-people/

Of course that is better than South Carolina...one person has almost been signed up "successfully" but that lone person has also been targeted by a scammer...
http://charlotte.cbslocal.com/2013/11/08/rocky-start-for-north-carolina-health-care-exchanges/

kavips
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 4:33pm
Earl... You may not care what color this president is. But the rest of the Tea Party surely does...

And the only scandal anyone cares about is the N.S.A. ....

No one is interested in Benghazi, F*F, or the IRS. Those are invented scandals. The N.S.A. is real.

Bottom line is not whether I can handle the truth. It is that the Tea Party can't even get enough votes in Virginia to get elected. How on earth do they think they'll win the Presidency?

Magic?

"Uh, hello Christine O'Donnell, this is the Tea party. Are you free up until 2024? ... You still have some magic left, don't you? "

EarlGrey
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 5:30pm
kavips: If the Tea Party is so racist why do they love Herman Cain and Allen West and Ted Cruz so much? It's not the color of the skin it's the content of character and issues.

If the Republicans run a Tea Partier like Christine O'Donnell, they are toast, but if they run a Princeton/Harvard-educated Constitutionalist who happens to be Hispanic...that would be a serious contender.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 5:58pm
EarlGrey: So we should make the same mistake we made in 2008 by electing another 1st-term U.S. senator, rather than someone who's been a real leader, like Chris Christie? Mr. Cruz will give Dems plenty of material for their attack ads dealing with how this so-called fiscal conservative cost the taxpayers around 2-Billion dollars with HIS government shutdown, etc. Just because he went to Yale & Harvard doesn't mean he's smart. Didn't Bush Jr. go to one of those Ivy's as a "legacy" & he's definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer - heh heh.

EarlGrey
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 10:48pm
Mike: I'm not saying that Cruz should be the Republican nominee (though I do like him)...I merely wanted to point out Tea Party leaders are far from the caricatures the media has portrayed them to be.

And, I refuse to ever again vote against the other candidate...I will only vote for a candidate that I actually like/support.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 9:11am
EarlGrey: I understand, but many are the lesser educated, thus the stereotype. Many are Fundamentalist's Christians who also seem to be anti-Science, anti-learning, etc, thus adding to the stereotype of being slightly illiterate. Problem with stereotypes is they are not totally true, but unfortunately there is an element of truth in them as well.

Gee, if I only voted for a candidate I actually liked completely and supported all their views completely, I'd never vote. It always ends up being a compromise. I voted for Bush over Gore, Bush over Kerry [yet I don't like Bush, but considered him to have been the lesser of the two evils]. I voted Obama over McCain/Palin for obvious reasons I've expounded here many times, Romney over Obama because Mitt I liked and believed would be the best choice, yet I certainly do not agree with his Mormon beliefs, or all of his ideas, etc. So, from where I sit, it's always a compromise on some level.

If Christie is nominated, at this point I could support him as I like him and what I've seen of his leadership in NJ, but as he gets vetted more I may have to revise that opinion. Now as much as you and Mrpizza dislike Hillary, I'm shocked you guys would stay home or vote for the Communist rather than vote for Christie if he were the GOP candidate. He, like Castle, votes with the GOP 75% of the time, which would be far better than Hillary, just like Coons, who'd vote with the GOP 0% of the time.

This is one of those "crazy" parts of the TEA party that causes me to not take the movement seriously and view its leaders as a bunch of crackpots. They'd rather have a liberal DEM win and move the nation even further left than it is than a moderate GOP who'd agree with them most of the time, but not all of the time. So if they can't get their way 100% then lets just sink the ship. Sorry, can't see that attitude as serving our nation very well.

mrpizza
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 9:22am
Well, well, well. So Chris Christie is the new master of "reaching across the aisle", or in other words, the "new McCain".

Let me tell you how it is. The definition of "bipartisanship" is as follow:

If you're a Republican, you give the Democrats everything they want exactly how they want it. Then, you bend over and grab your ankles.

I'll leave it to your imagination what happens next.

billsmith
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 10:28am
"CBS's "60 Minutes" has apologized for misleading information in its October 27th Benghazi story, specifically the account of an ex-security officer who called himself Morgan Jones (Real name: Dylan Davies). Lara Logan concedes discrepancies as to his whereabouts the night of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consular mission."

How come CBS fired Dan Rather but not Lara Logan? The double standard at work yet again? She excels at self-promotion and was able to bring herself to prominence by getting groped during a riot in Egypt. Like Julie Chen, she's able to use her wiles to her career advantage despite actual job performance.

kavips
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 1:17am
billsmith: The answer to your question is that no one today cares about American media people anymore. We know they are only actors. There is no credibility by anyone on any American television network...

The only place there is credibility anymore is in the foreign media, and American newscasters who report on the stories covered in the foreign media by going directly to the sources....

Not sure if you've heard, but the anti-Hillary book being promoted was published by a CBS-owned publishing house, and that publisher has now asked book stores to pull it and send it back. It is completely fabricated. So is Issa's testimony as was recently again, pointed out by the Democratic co-chair. So is Earl Gray's belief that Benghazi is the crime of the eon...

Seriously, the uproar of Benghazi is the dumbest thing that has happened in our lifetimes, and some people who haven't caught on, still harp on it... It is the equivalent of stopping the world, because you felt a hair growing out of your nose...

billsmith
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 5:20am
kavips: Your comment is going to put a certain right-wing talk show host into cardiac arrest. ;)

But I agree. Journalism, I have long contended, is the most pretentious branch of show business. It is so pretentious that it won't even admit it's a branch of show business.
"I watched your 6 o'clock news today; it's straight tabloid. You had a minute and a half of that lady riding a bike naked in Central Park; on the other hand, you had less than a minute of hard national and international news. It was all sex, scandal, brutal crime, sports, children with incurable diseases, and lost puppies. So, I don't think I'll listen to any protestations of high standards of journalism when you're right down on the streets soliciting audiences like the rest of us." - From "Network"

Politics, the saying goes, is show business for the ugly. Journalism is show business for the lazy and marginally talented, failed actors, talk show hosts or DJs.

Dan Rather, I read, is miffed because CBS didn't invite him back to participate in its 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination programs. With good reason. He was a producer in Dallas (not a correspondent yet) and he told the desk in New York that Kennedy was dead before he was and CBS put it on the air. Fortunately for Rather, Kennedy did die and therefore his career did not.

When CBS turned down one of Lara Logan's stories she went online and posted it and urged people to share the story and pressure CBS. When a rival correspondent embedded with troops in Afghanistan reported a general's critical comments about Biden (and the general was fired), Logan said publicly he should have stuck to the official military line (just as the US media did during Viet Nam until near the end). But she's a South African and married to a Texas defense contractor, so what would you expect?


mrpizza
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 11:05am
I have another point about bipartisanship, which I direct mainly to Mike from Delaware:

Jesus didn't compromise with or "reach across the aisle" to the pharisees. Instead, he overturned the tables on their Bingo game.

We at the TEA party are likewise not going to compromise with the political equivalent of the pharisees, the GOP/Democrat Washington establishment.

So if the political establishment crucifies us as the religious establishment crucified Jesus, so be it.

mrpizza
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 11:09am
billsmith: I'm not so sure you're accurate in saying that Rather reported Kennedy as dead before he was. It was a distraught Walter Crankcase who announced the president's death, as per this video link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBMs8JlYcgQ

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 1:57pm
Mrpizza: Interesting point about Jesus and the Pharisees. They were religious leaders, and yes they also were the Jewish rulers, but in America, we do not have religious leaders running the government thankfully, but have a "secular" government. THAT makes a big difference. So as the religious leaders, the people who affected the spiritual life of the people, Jesus had a lot to say to them, but just as with the Roman's the "secular" leaders, Jesus didn't bother with them.

One thing [Spiritual] has eternal ramifications, the other [Secular] is only for here in our "earthly life". Jesus was focused on the eternal.

An interesting side bar to this topic. I heard an interesting teaching on why Jesus didn't preach about homosexuality on Lutheran Public Radio recently. Essentially Pastor Eckstein said, that Jesus generally preached on things that the Scribes and Pharisees were not doing correctly with the Jewish Law or where Jesus was stepping it up, for example: no longer an eye for an eye, but turn the other cheek; no longer adultery but if you look at a woman with lust in your heart you've committed adultery with her in your heart, etc, etc. So the fact that Jesus DIDN'T preach about homosexuality means that Jesus had no problem and did agree with the Jewish Law in Leviticus. Just as he didn't preach on Bestiality, having sex with your sister, etc, etc, from Leviticus, again he was in agreement with the Law. Both he and the Pharisees were already in agreement with the Jewish Law on these issues.

The final piece to this is how Jesus dealt with sinners, I don't condemn you, BUT go and sin no more. This is an important part of this that too often the church fails to do. As fallen humans, we tend to want to condemn such sinners rather than loving them as Jesus would. We aren't to say its a fine alternative lifestyle either, but simply we as the church do not condemn you, because we too are sinners who also struggle with our sins, so we offer no condemnation, but offer the love of Christ to you and simply say, go and sin no more, just as Jesus says to us in our time of sin. THAT is a key part of this that gets overlooked to our shame.

To hear the entire discussion click on the link below:

http://issuesetc.org/2013/10/15/3-jesus-on-homosexuality-pr-tom-eckstein-101513/

billsmith
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 3:48pm
Pizza: As I said, Rather was new to CBS and assigned to produce their coverage. He was not on the air. As I also said, he told the desk in New York that Kennedy was dead and immediately over the phone heard Alan Jackson announce Kennedy's death tp the CBS radio network. Cronkite made the announcement from a UPI bulletin. At the time, Cronkite and TV news operated from the Graybar Building on Madison Avenue adjoining Grand Central Depot. Radio still operated from Studio 9 in CBS' building at 485 Madison Avenue (about 10 blocks away). So Cronkite probably did not get Rather's report.

MikeFromDelaware: You really should do your homework on 1st century Judaism. You don't know what you're talking about. If you insist on injecting religion into discussions, the least you can do is get it right. In fairness, it's not entirely your fault since preachers are often misinformed, uninformed or willing to twist things to suit themselves.

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 8:08pm
Someone posted this on FB earlier, its a short test to see which side of your brain you use the most. I took the test, and according to this test I use both sides of my brain 50/50. Give it a try, it would be interesting to see where we all line up on this, even Allan.

http://sommer-sommer.com/braintest/?token=2fe1c1a503177bd4daf0eafbb2ffe7d7f922ce11

mrpizza
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 2:28am
There may be some difference between religious and civil government as you illustrate, however the attitudes of the religious establishment of that day and the political establishment of today are the same, and in both cases hold innocent people hostage.

This is why the TEA party will continue upending the tables on the political establishment's bingo game.

Whether we get elected or not, we're obviously making a difference, otherwise there wouldn't be all the hysteria on the left about it. They're obviously scared of us, and will continue to be as long as we continue pushing the buttons. Harry Reid even called us Jihadists. How's THAT for "reaching across the aisle"?

billsmith
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 5:29am
You are such hateful bigots. The best evidence that there is no god: You two, and others like you, have not been struck by lightning.

Here you are flaunting passages of scripture demanding the death penalty for male homosexuals (although not for lesbians, interestingly enough). Since you two are so fond of the slippery slope: First you want to repeal marriage equality. Then anti-sodomy laws. Then make homosexual acts a capital crime.

Add to that the anti-Semitism shown in your comments about Pharisees (even though you have not a clue who they were and what they stood for).

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 8:14am
Billsmith: Welcome back.

You took my post completely out of context. Yes I realize the Old Testament wanted stoning to be the penalty for gay men caught in the act [so you'd be OK with it if lesbians were stoned too, but not just gay men??].

I didn't say I agreed with the idea of stoning gays, all I said was the reason Jesus didn't teach on it was he was in agreement with the existing Jewish Law. Don't make more of it than I was posting.

I do agree that homosexuality be it gay or lesbian is NOT part of God's plan, but part of the fallen world as ALL sins are. Yep, you won't like that or agree with it, I get it. But I'm not advocating folks like you get zapped by God or anyone else.

My belief is what you do behind closed doors is between you and God, as long as it is with consenting adults [if not then it's a civil matter for the police, not the church]. If you feel the need to tell the world and the church about being gay or bisexual, etc, don't get offended if some folks even out side of Christianity and the Christian church say it is a sin, because even non-religious folks find that offensive, and for the Christian that behavior is not what the Bible teaches as God's standard, yep I get it you don't agree with that and truly hate the Bible and any of us fools who believe it, got it.

No church denomination [other than maybe the Westboro Baptists who I don't consider to be followers of Jesus] are advocating stoning gay/lesbians, but on the other hand we're not going to go against the Word and say its OK either. Simply what I DID say above was, we don't condemn you, because who are we to condemn when we too are sinners, so go and sin no more, just as we are to go and sin no more. That's the same standard Jesus has for us and the same standard he has for you and others. Anything less isn't of God. I don't judge you, again, who am I to do that? But you can rant until the cows come home or the rapture happens and I won't go against my understanding of what God's word says.

This wouldn't even be an issue with most folks, but you folks want everyone to say its "normal" and many GLBT folks use the arguement that Jesus never said homosexuality was wrong, so he must be OK with it. So I simply offered a point of view that makes sense to me as to why Jesus never discussed homosexuality. That isn't being hateful.

I get it, you don't agree, that's fine, I didn't expect you to. Be at Peace.

mrpizza
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 8:48am
Hey Bill, I don't mind being a bigot, as long as I can be YOUR bigot!

mrpizza
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 9:02am
To my good friend EarlGrey: To answer your question above, it's very simple. Herman Cain, Allen West, and Ted Cruz aren't black or hispanic, according to the left's definition of that. It's just like your health-care being cancelled because it's doesn't meet the Obamascam standards.

I should also point out that Alan Keyes has been running for president for more than 20 years. America could have elected a black president long ago, but that ain't what it's about. It's about promoting a liberal communist agenda using race and ethnicity as a backdrop.

Sorry, but Alan Keyes, Allen West, and Herman Cain aren't really black, and Ted Cruz, who I assume is a legal citizen, is not really hispanic. You have to jump the border in order to have that status with the left.

kavips
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 11:32pm

Drop In Infrastructure Spending

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 8:20am
Kavips: I'm confused by your graph. I know you are an Obama supporter and believe he's the best President in our lifetimes, etc., etc. [You are entitled to your opinion; I just don't agree, but then I may be older and have a larger pool of good Presidents in my lifetime from which to choose than you].

If I'm reading this graph correctly, President "I walk on Water Obama" has done less for our infrasturcture than Bush Jr. I'm confused; why is that a good thing?

Our infrastructure is crumbling so that would be excellent stimulus for the economy while fixing the crumbling infrastructure. Some commentary is needed to go with your graph.

EarlGrey
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:10am
That graph seems to follow the same trend as Obama's approval rating ;)

billsmith
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 1:36pm
Pizza: You are not my bigot. Archie Bunker was my bigot. You don't come close.


EarlGrey
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 4:34pm
The Left has already started to turn on the Moderate from NJ (much sooner than I would have guessed):
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/11/don-t-believe-the-chris-christie-hype-look-at-his-economic-record.html

"...the 2016 race for president will not pit Christie against an unknown, underfunded candidate competing for votes among a small pool of voters who already feel a connection to him. Christie will be moving up from an intramural basketball game in New Jersey to the equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters on the national Republican primary stage."

kavips
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 5:20pm
Mike, the graph speaks for itself... Notice the recession drop, then a rise. Then notice what happened in 2010 and beyond. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with what the Tea Party has done to Congress since 2010?

We are not investing what we need to back into our infrastructure. The spending bills never make it through the House.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 6:18pm
Kavips: So you are saying Obama & the Dems in Congress tried to pass legislation to fix the infrastructure & the TEA/G.O.P. folks in the House stopped this from happening. Do you have any news links? I've not heard any bills like that being proposed since 2009 with auto bailouts & stimulus programs that did pass.

mrpizza
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 8:11pm
Hey Bill, got poop?

mrpizza
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 8:23pm
MFD: I can tell you what's going on. The Obama dictatorship has spent so much money destroying people's health insurance that there's no money left for infrastructure.

Let us also not forget all the other waste going on, such as $500 hammers and paying farmers to not grow crops. I sure wish the government would pay me for not delivering pizzas and not going to work at the post office every day.

Oh wait, they're paying lots of people not to work. Hey Kavips, you think I could get in on some of that free money?

kavips
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:35pm
Pizza fell of the bandwagon and hit his head, I see.

Mike, here is an old politico report mentioning the Republican obfuscation. If you remember from last years campaign, the Jobs bill was ready to go, but Republicans held it up. The Jobs bill had 50 billion slated for infrasturcture improvements.

Republican blockage is the reasons 1 in 10 American bridges are rated unsafe.

kavips
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:37pm
Oops. Forgot the link...

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/67458.html

mrpizza
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 2:33am
If the Republicans are the reason 10% of the bridges are unsafe, then why didn't your communists on the left fix them before the Republicans took over? Huh? What about that Kavips?

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 8:16am
CBS News reports: "Former President Bill Clinton believes that President Obama should keep his promise that those who liked their health insurance coverage before the Affordable Care Act became law could keep that coverage -- even if it means changing the law, he said in a recent interview."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57611993/bill-clinton-says-obama-should-honor-health-care-promise/

kavips
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 11:29pm
first of all Mr. Pizza, there are no communists on the left. When the Soviet Union collapsed, all the communists came to the US and embedded themselves in the South. They are now the Tea Party... How else can you explain their Stalinist tendencies?

The Democrats are cool like the US Chamber of Commerce. I don't think you will find any communists there. They are all in the Tea Party. You are probably one yourself. Do you have a red card?

I think the name "Communist Pizza" would sell a lot of pizza's..... When you came to the door, we could say.." Hail, Comrade Pizza." That would be too cool.


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