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man.. i am not sure if i am ready for either obama or palin becoming the next president… geez they both have no experience.  they both speak well but palin seems to have more energy.

but then i remember that it is obama v mccain.

they are both one heart beat away from handing the presidency to the vp selections… and i am not sure if either biden or palin are good choices…. i think biden ran 3 times now for president and this is the closest he has gotten.. cause the obamas and clintons hate each other

i think that people are coming around now.. on the experience thing and focusing on obama v mccain

i was so glad that tina fey made an appearance on saturday night live … and as expected… played sarah palin.. and she was awesome

there is so much talk about barack being such a great speaker.. and granted… he does read speeches well like his acceptance speech.

the issue seems to be when he is off prompter and in sit down interviews… he uses ‘ummm’ almost every few words, hem and haws, pauses, uses things like ‘come on’, ‘you know’, makes gaffs like the ‘my muslim faith’ and ’57 states’ things that are just goofy, and just makes me so frustrated listening to him that i want to punch him in the face through the tv or the youtubes or the radio

on the other hand, sarah palin has given a well read speech as well during the convention and also had to deal with a teleprompter that lost its mind and she basically was off prompter for the second half of her speech and she still did a fine job.

i was trying to compare the interviews that obama has given over the many months .. actually years now, compared to the week 2 weeks of sarah palin getting the full on frontal barrage that she has had to deal with… and this.. being her first nationally televised interview

for someone that is touted as being very articulate and a great speaker… i do  not see that when he is off prompter or in live forums….

also… i thought the body language was interesting… note that barack kept leaning forward and trying to touch bill oreilly on the knee or something… 😉

these are baracks interview with bill oreilly

here are sarah palins interviews with charlie gibson

ok there is a lot of talk about barack calling sarah palin a pig when he used the pig and lipstick line…

yeah.. i think he was taking a jab at her but so what… really … is that what this politcal season is all about?

it is also stupid of barack to not just apologize and move on.  if he really just misspoke or meant no harm… then he would not have been so caught by that overnight ad about the hockey mom and lipstick and putting lipstick on a pig and it still being a pig..

get over it.. my 5th grader is above that crap

these are some statements from barack from his acceptance speech here at invesco field at mile high that made me cringe… stream of consciousness comments inline

With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.  really? so much humility that you moved your speech from the pepsi center that would have held 20,000+ participants … to an outdoor stage created by britney spears’ prop director that looked like a greek temple in front of 80,000 .. hmmm

Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story — of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.  enough about your dad and mom … maybe you should blame your mom for not being able to keep multiple marriages together… and picking guys that were douche bags. we read your 2 memoirs … wait .. how old are you… and why do you have 2 memoirs in book form already..

Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit card bills you can’t afford to pay, and tuition that’s beyond your reach.  and it is all george bushs fault right?  he made you buy a house that you could barely afford

These challenges are not all of government’s making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.  ahhh.. there it is … all bushs fault all the time

This country is more generous than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment he’s worked on for 20 years and watch it shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news.  again.. george bush sold the company that moved to china right?  did he go out and find another job?

We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty; that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes.   and we never had homeless vets before george bush

But the record’s clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time. Sen. McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time? I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change.  do the democrats have nothing more than bush bashing?  george bush is not running again…. dont you have any new ideas? so what if he voted for most of the republican issues… he still went off in the weeds on some major issues… and 10% difference of issues over 8 years is still a lot

Now, I don’t believe that Sen. McCain doesn’t care what’s going on in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesn’t know. Why else would he define middle class as someone making under $5 million a year? How else could he propose hundreds of billions in tax breaks for big corporations and oil companies but not one penny of tax relief to more than 100 million Americans? How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people’s benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement?    umm.. have you gone to  for 2007, there were less than 90 million receipts … so where is he getting the 100 million value… there is also 300 million people in the united states per the census… just trying to figure out where the 100 million tax payers are coming from.  especially with the baby boomers retiring… starting now

It’s not because John McCain doesn’t care. It’s because John McCain doesn’t get it.  is he trying to say mccain does not understand cause he is OLD? is barack an agist?  why does he hate old white men?  his grandpa is an old white man… he should go up to mccain and ask for a werthers and sit on the porch and tell stories about fishing….

For over two decades, he’s subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy — give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is you’re on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps — even if you don’t have boots. You’re on your own.   wait.. barack.. in your 2 memoirs… isnt that YOUR story?  born into modest means, got yourself into ivy league colleges and earned millions… living the american dream… that anyone from ANY circumstance can do anything?

Well, it’s time for them to own their failure. It’s time for us to change America.  why change america?  change it into what?

Because in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton’s Army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the GI Bill.   see… you do see mccain as your grandpa … a war hero

In the face of that young student who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree; who once turned to food stamps but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships.  boohoo… pick yourself up by the bootstraps wait .. they do and they succeed

When I listen to another worker tell me that his factory has shut down, I remember all those men and women on the South Side of Chicago who I stood by and fought for two decades ago after the local steel plant closed.  wait.. so you waited 20 years to start fighting for people that already had no jobs or stannding around cause their plant closed?  they did not go out and look for other work in those 20 years?  so as a community organizer … is that what you did… have flash mobs in front of steel mills that closed 20 years prior?

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.  so why did nancy polosi up and leave for 5 weeks when the people of this country are asking for an energy bill

That’s the promise of America — the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper.  if you are your brothers keeper and you are using that as an example… geez.  your brother lives over in africa in a hut on $1 a month… why dont you help him out with a few bucks… a couple hundred … that would go a long way over there for your brother… from another mother… i prob would not bring that line up again

That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need right now. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president.    ooooo the shivaaahs .. i am so excited

Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.  I dont see john mccain giving tax breaks to companies that outsource… but barack acknowledges that tax breaks are needed for companies to function

I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.  what is the definition of a small business?  and with cap gains taxes.. you need to make more than $500,000 right?  so how small of a business are you talking about?  and how many startups have capital gains?  they have investors and angel funds that they need to pay back first and usually are not EBITDA positive enough to pay capital gains taxes… so this is just a bunch of words that dont mean anything

I will cut taxes — cut taxes — for 95 percent of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.  wow.. with the top 5% of income taxes paying for more than ~75% of all taxes… that remaining ~25% really need that tax cut…. and actually that tax cut you are proposing would net about $16 a month ish for most families… wow… at least that is more than your brother lives off of for a whole year…

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president: in 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.  HOW? now is the time you need to be giving us details about this stuff… not just adding to the piles of other promises

Washington’s been talking about our oil addiction for the last 30 years, and John McCain has been there for 26 of them. In that time, he’s said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Sen. McCain took office.  Uh.. and your running mate has been there just as long… and they have owned the congress for longer than the republicans… so… what were you saying?

Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stopgap measure, not a long-term solution. Not even close.  but tuneups and tire pressure are … hmmm.  i am not saying not to do that… and common sense says this is true… but it does not offset the complete gain of offshore drilling that you stated.. not even close… that is why the right wingers are  making fun of you about tire pressure

As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies retool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced. so is tapping different than drilling?  how are you gonna get to the natural gas… and isnt natural gas a fossil fuel?  or does it sound better cause it has the work natural in it?  cleaner coal?  we have loads of coal that has some sulfur in it that is not being used because of environmental regulations… and that coal is cleaner than that used in most of the rest of the world.. china does not care about sulfur content.. if it burns… they burn it.  and sulfur has a greenhouse negating effect….so maybe we can blame the environmentalists that have prevented us from burning sulfur rich coal for global warming…. is the united stated getting into the car making business?  they tried that in europe.. and gave us the YUGO.  how much subsidies are you gonna give car makers to give us cheaper, more affordable cars?  will it offset the subsidies you keep talking about … that we give oil companies?  is that $150 billion from your book sales?  hmm.. over 10 years.  weird.  you are running for a 4 year job.  and $15 a year … does not really seem like much to fix the world… how are you going to create 5 million jobs … when wind and solar do not take any human intervention?  maybe the initial installation and product creation… but after that, you only need a maintenance crew… the sun and the wind do not need or create jobs.

America, now is not the time for small plans.

Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy. Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don’t have that chance. I’ll invest in early childhood education. I’ll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries and give them more support. And in exchange, I’ll ask for higher standards and more accountability. And we will keep our promise to every young American: If you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.  so… what have the teachers unions and the government done to improve education in the past 20 years… why did we have to pull our kids from public schools, because no matter how much money and beauracracy you threw at the ‘problem’ kids today are less educated and have lower scores even when all they do is study for the CSAPs and OHIO and other standardized exams.  the kids that have a chance are those that actually GO to school.  and what kind of college are you talking about…. community college courses?  or the high faluting ivy league schooll like that harvard you went to?

Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don’t, you’ll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.   who promised health care for every american…. i did not see that on the greencard application?  what part of socialized medicine not working do you not understand?  and every insurance company has different coverage… and course of treatment… some medications are formulary and some are not… are you sasying you are going to standardize that? make everything formulary?  make everything and every treatment available… no matter the cost?  and how do you weigh the lower premiums with higher costs to the companies and doctors?  oh… more subsidies from the guvmint… what percentage?  do you get insurance if you are not working or looking for work?  premiums indicates you either are buying it through your employer or self insured… just wonder how close to hillary-care this is..

Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.  who has to make that choice at this time?  can you provide some names of people fired cause they took sick time or a day to take care of a sick kid?  dont we already have the family medical leave act?  i know i used it back in 1998 when my daughter was sick for a week… and i had a job to come back to

Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social Security for future generations.  wait.. the bankruptcy laws were just reformed… how are you going to tell a company that thinks and forecasts growth and rewards CEOs with raiding pention plans that are generally different funds… and isnt social security reform a gorge bush thing… more of the same barack…

And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.   Still talking about the glass ceiling huh… awesome that you selected a woman for the VP position… uh wait… no you didn’t that was mccain and hillary is pissed… way to lead us with your actions barack.  next time your daughter wants a job with us… we will give the position to someone that said you are clean for a black man.

Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I’ve laid out how I’ll pay for every dime — by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don’t help America grow. But I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less — because we cannot meet 21st century challenges with a 20th century bureaucracy.   so you are gonna get rid of things like the teachers union, nea, and welfare right?

And just as we keep our keep our promise to the next generation here at home, so must we keep America’s promise abroad. If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next commander in chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.  didnt you say you would have a debate anytime anywhere already.. and saddleback forumwas the first time you were in the same building as mccain this whole time.. and it was not even a debate…

For while Sen. McCain was turning his sights to Iraq just days after 9/11, I stood up and opposed this war, knowing that it would distract us from the real threats we face. When John McCain said we could just “muddle through” in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell — but he won’t even go to the cave where he lives.   does barack know where osama is?  in a cave somewhere?  why not help capture him, get the glory, and the $25 million reward and use it for your campaign… or better yet.. your brother in the hut

And today, as my call for a time frame to remove our troops from Iraq has been echoed by the Iraqi government and even the Bush administration, even after we learned that Iraq has a $79 billion surplus while we’re wallowing in deficits, John McCain stands alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war. so does barack want to swap budgets and economies with iraq?  how do you even compare the two

That’s not the judgment we need. That won’t keep America safe. We need a president who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping at the ideas of the past.   um but those that do not learn the lessons of the past are bound to repeat them.. and military philosophies and tactics have not changed much… we have just self limited the rules of engagement that prevent our troops from taking more desisive action and that could have won the war a long time back…

You don’t defeat a terrorist network that operates in 80 countries by occupying Iraq. You don’t protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington. You can’t truly stand up for Georgia when you’ve strained our oldest alliances. If John McCain wants to follow George Bush with more tough talk and bad strategy, that is his choice — but it is not the change we need.   umm… where have you been the last 7 years… obviously that plan is working… a bit bumpy and poorly executed.. but the plan has worked for the most part

We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don’t tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country. Don’t tell me that Democrats won’t keep us safe. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans — Democrats and Republicans — have built, and we are here to restore that legacy.   you keep digging yourself into a bigger hole.  roosevelt entered a war in europe when japan attacked us… why?  more soldiers died on normandy in the first day than have died in this war on terror.  kennedy confronted and faced off against russia and set off the bay of pigs… cuba did not attack us… that is the legacy barack

I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression. I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation; poverty and genocide; climate change and disease. And I will restore our moral standing, so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future.   whoa… there you go again talking about fixing and being the cure from everything from terrorists to global warming and even disease…  is that how you are gonna pay for health care.. you just heal everybody … after you lower sea levels and heal this earth?

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang violence in Cleveland, but don’t tell me we can’t uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. Passions fly on immigration, but I don’t know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. This, too, is part of America’s promise — the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.   hmmm… lump abortion, guns, and gay rights into a single segment… who is preventing gays from visiting their loved ones in the hospital… there are legal methods to allow that kind of visitation.  why are anchot babaies of illegal immigrants an issue… they know the risk.. just like the abortion issue.. there are a lot of choices BEFORE you get pregnant.  you say keep the jobs in the united states.. and that is what some of these companies are doing by hiring illegals… cause americans will not work in those jobs for the wages being offered…. but the illegals not only make a living here, but also send billions back to mexico … so at some point, there are making a decent living…

I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values. And that’s to be expected. Because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.  umm… barack.. you do not have the record to run on.

<<<< uggg i cant do any more…. my head hurts and the rest was more happy talk… need to save some fury for mccains speech

so.. i am not a mccain fan… one of the things that i hated recently by mccain was the gang of 14.

this was part of the confirmation debacle of supreme court justice sam alito.  when the then republican majority leader frist said that he would invoke the nuclear option to kill the filibuster options available by the minority specific to judicial nomination… john mccain lead a group of seven replublicans and seven democrats that at that last minute… the 11th hour… t – minus 10 seconds…

the replublicans said they would not support the nuclear option… and the democrats said they would not block 3 judicial nominations made by president bush… and then pinky promised not to filibuster any more nominations… except under extreme conditions/crcumstances … really???

the republicans could have killed the stupid and petty filibuster being used by the democrats for judicial nominations for good… and those rules would have applied to the replublicans once and if they were ever in the minority

that is one of the reasons that conservatives dislike john mccain… because in his rogueness and maverick status and liberal media darling … he weakened the party and lead to a backlash of conservatives not voting for those that took part in the gang of 14 and eventually leading to the loss of the house and the senate…

we appreciate bucking convention and bi-partizenship… but mccain always gives and never gets anything of worth in return…

so with the selection of alaskan governor sarah palin, are we gonna be able to get old mccain to drill there if he takes office in november?

I sure hope so …. cause I hate caribou and want them all to die… die… die!!! wait.  they will not die cause they dont live in the part of anwr (alaskan national wilderness refuge) they want to drill in… some of them just walk through the area every 6 months or some crap like that…

although nobody knows who she is… Her name has been floating around since the beginning… i think she was one that put the kibosh on the bridge to nowhere and corruption in her state…

i think they are gonna attack her lack of experience.. but actually she has run more stuff than barack and ran the state of alaska and has 80-90% approval ratings as the governor … they prob will attack her as being in with the big oil crowd.. but you know what… why is that bad?  the alaskan pipeline.. the existing one that has been there for 30+ years and minimal issues … and there has not been the impact to the animals or environment that they claim.. and our technology is so much better now…

maybe i am a bit biased cause i worked for an oil company for a year.. am i in the pocket of big oil cause of that?  maybe.. maybe not… just practical.

i want the magic hydrogen car that flies and emits rainbows and orgasms … uh not on you.. but make you have them… but we were told that flying car technology was going to be in the 90s and we still have huge land locked cars…. so not sure how much stock to put into the alternative energies plans.

i will take the democrats seriously on alternative energies when they fly on commercial flights to their home states and take buses and rail to work and not in sup’d up tahoes and suburbans and fly to engagement after engagement talking about global warming .. wait that is not the word… global climate change… whilst using more energy than all of ususe in a year in probably a week in all of their mansions and private flights.

i will take republicans seriously on oil use when they actually stop spending money on stuff we didnt ask for and actually spend money for the troops and not putting us in a deficit and return to true conservative principles that led us to being a super power in the world and the US that we all want to return to…

hey dnc … thanks for … uh … traffic jams and inconveniencing workers in the downtown area … and all those protests… mmmm … i love hearing f bombs dropped around little kids

you know what… dont let the door hit ya on the ass on your way out of town.

so denver… how much of a boost in revenue did you see because of them being here?  oh wait, you had to pay for extra security, extra electricity to power up the stadium instead of the pepsi center… print out 70,000+ signs instead of 20,000 if it would have just been at the pepsi center… had to shut down an interstate highway cause it was at invesco field….

if the rnc ever comes to denver… i would tell them the same thing.

how about webcasts so you are not spending and using up fuel to drive or fly to denver from wherever you came from and being green.  did all of you buy your carbon offset credits from al gore yet? how about just watching it on tv or the internets.  all of us are gonna lie about being there in person like we all do about concerts like U2 at redrocks

ooo… i bet the people of st paul are feeling the same way about the rnc as i did about the dnc being here…

there has beena lot of talk about how the stage looks like a greek temple or even nuremburg columns … but who cares…

the thing i find funny is that mccain ran the paris hilton/britney spears star commercial, and comes to find out that the stage designer is the set/prop designer for britney spears… awesome.

i guess they were going for the lincoln memorial look since it is the anniversary of the ‘i have a dream’ speech by dr martin luther king jr.

i watched the speech, and that was no ‘i have a dream’ … but it is the culmination of the speech, where a man of color has a 50/50 chance of becoming the president of the united states.  i just am judging the man by the content of his character and find him wanting.  just a lot of experience that he does not have.  and some of the things that he talked about giving everybody is gonna cost loads and loads of money that does nto exist

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oh my gawd,,,,

i am not a catholic… but i love that denver has the honor of having archbishop charles j. chaput serving at the archdioceses of denver.

yesterday, nancy pelosi was on meet the press with tom brokaw and made statements about abortionwhen asked about barack obamas answer at the saddleback forum…  i knew she was a little batty… but these answers were just goofy… and completely against her catholic faith.

i love that he smacked her down with the bonhoeffer spanky stick

spank you very much mr chaput… we have known that nancy pelosi has been a little kooky .. like her saying that we need to move away from our dependance on fossil fuels and move to natural gas (which IS a fossil fuel.. and her family has investments in natural gas… hmmm maybe a bit of conflict of interest?)

click here (pdf) to download the official letter by archbishop chaput

To Catholics of the Archdiocese of Denver:
Catholic public leaders inconvenienced by the abortion debate tend to take a hard line in talking about the “separation of Church and state.” But their idea of separation often seems to work one way. In fact, some officials also seem comfortable in the role of theologian. And that warrants some interest,not as a “political” issue, but as a matter of accuracy and justice.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them.

Interviewed on Meet the Press August 24, Speaker Pelosi was asked when human life begins. She said the following:
“I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition . . . St. Augustine said at three months. We don’t know. The point is, is that it shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose.”
Since Speaker Pelosi has, in her words, studied the issue “for a long time,” she must know very well one of the premier works on the subject, Jesuit John Connery’s Abortion: The Development of the Roman Catholic Perspective (Loyola, 1977). Here’s how Connery concludes his study:
“The Christian tradition from the earliest days reveals a firm antiabortion attitude . . . The condemnation of abortion did not depend on and was not limited in any way by theories regarding the time of fetal animation. Even during the many centuries when Church penal and penitential practice was based on the theory of delayed animation, the condemnation of abortion was never affected by it. Whatever one would want to hold about the time of animation, or when the fetus became a human being in the strict sense of the term, abortion from the time of conception was considered wrong, and the time of animation was never looked on as a moral dividing line between permissible and impermissible abortion.”
Or to put it in the blunter words of the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

“Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.”
Ardent, practicing Catholics will quickly learn from the historical record that from apostolic times, the Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil. In the absence of modern medical knowledge, some of the Early Fathers held that abortion was homicide; others that it was tantamount to homicide; and various scholars theorized about when and how the unborn child might be animated or “ensouled.” But none diminished the unique evil of abortion as an attack on life itself, and the early Church closely associated abortion with infanticide. In short, from the beginning, the believing Christian community held that abortion was always, gravely wrong.
Of course, we now know with biological certainty exactly when human life begins. Thus, today’s religious alibis for abortion and a so-called “right to choose” are nothing more than that – alibis that break radically with historic Christian and Catholic belief.
Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life. It is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it. Catholics who make excuses for it – whether they’re famous or not – fool only themselves and abuse the fidelity of those Catholics who do sincerely seek to follow the Gospel and live their Catholic faith.
The duty of the Church and other religious communities is moral witness. The duty of the state and its officials is to serve the common good, which is always rooted in moral truth. A proper understanding of the “separation of Church and state” does not imply a separation of faith from political life. But of course, it’s always important to know what our faith actually teaches.
+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Denver
+James D. Conley
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver

at this moment… i am sooooo happy that i am not working in downtown anymore… just because the traffic and mass of people in downtown would have driven me to work from home or punch somebody

it would have been fun to participate in some of the stuff… but i hate crowds so i guess not

i didnt get tickets to the thursday night event either so… we will just have to watch on tv

my sister-in-law is having to park elsewhere as she normally parked at the pepsi center parking lot.. and my lightrail trip in would have sucked

so i am loving working in DTC and not having to deal with closed roads and i-25 being shut down during the event at invesco field thursday night

so i alluded to this earlier, but i noticed that the picture of obama on the biden selection was very overexposed and washed out and light…

this was counter to the hillary campaign that was blasted for running an ad with obama looking ‘darker’ than he normally was…

i am just wondering wich is the real obama.. and is he playing the color game the other way….

obama… the other white meat? you tell me… is barack playing a reverse race card?

would it not be sweet if john mccain chose hillary for veep?  that would destroy obama more than everything in the past few days has…. and what was with the 3am saturday email with the biden selection?  was that a throwback to the 3am phone call?

look at all of the millions of votes that would come with her… i guess the only thing you would have to worry about would be ending up like vince foster on a hill and shot in the head … so watch out mccain

just a random thought… cause obama _should_ have selected hillary.. cause that is how you do it… generally picking the runner up for veep is the classy thing to do…


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