John Kennedy speaks to us 50 years ago regarding issues of pressing concern to all Americans today~

Term 35th President of the United States (1961–1963)

Born May 29, 1917, Brookline, Mass.

Nickname “JFK,” “Jack”

Education Harvard College (graduated 1940)

Religion Roman Catholic

Marriage Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929–1994), September 12, 1953

Children Caroline Bouvier (1957– ); John Fitzgerald, Jr. (1960–1999); Patrick Bouvier (1963)

Career Author, U.S. Navy Officer, Journalist, Public Official

Political Party Democrat

Writings Why England Slept (1940); Profiles in Courage (1956)

Died Nov. 22, 1963, Dallas, TX

Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

A Life in Brief

From The American President by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

John F. Kennedy was born into a rich, politically connected Boston family of Irish-Catholics. He and his eight siblings enjoyed a privileged childhood of elite private schools, sailboats, servants, and summer homes. During his childhood and youth, “Jack” Kennedy suffered frequent serious illnesses. Nevertheless, he strove to make his own way, writing a best-selling book while still in college at Harvard and volunteering for hazardous combat duty in the Pacific during World War II. Kennedy’s wartime service made him a hero. After a short stint as a journalist, Kennedy entered politics, serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 and the U.S. Senate from 1953 to 1961.

Kennedy was the youngest person elected U.S. President and the first Roman Catholic to serve in that office. For many observers, his presidency came to represent the ascendance of youthful idealism in the aftermath of World War II. The promise of this energetic and telegenic leader was not to be fulfilled, as he was assassinated near the end of his third year in office. For many Americans, the public murder of President Kennedy remains one of the most traumatic events in memory—countless Americans can remember exactly where they were when they heard that President Kennedy had been shot. His shocking death stood at the forefront of a period of political and social instability in the country and the world.

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Our film today recounts ~~An impressive compendium of Jack’s thoughts on the road to prosperity
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Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

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Don’t ask~don’t tell–true, lasting, Bi-partisanship has finally come to Washington, my dears~watch your wallets carefully!!

TOP Secret~~Hush~Hush~~this sale is very, very PRIVATE~

It seems American politicians can be plenty public about selling out the citizens to the fat wallet crowd~~no TOP SECRETS about all that~

Bi~partisanship~~oh yeah~~we got Bi-partisanship right here, son~~

Bipartisanship at work~

CNNMoney: Senate Tax Reform Proposals to Be Top Secret

Monday, 29 Jul 2013 08:07 AM

By Michael Kling

When it comes to tax reform, secrecy is a good thing in the Senate.
The Senate Finance Committee plans to keep Senators’ tax reform ideas top secret for the next 50 years.Their proposals won’t be released to the public until the end of 2064, unless changed enough so that the Senator submitting the idea cannot be indentified.

Only the Committee chairman, the ranking member and a small number of staff members will see the proposals. Paper filers will be kept in a safe, and digital versions will be kept on a password-protected server, according to CNNMoney.A Senate staffer says the 50-year secrecy rule is standard operating procedure. But congressional scholar Thomas Mann called it “gimmicky.””It’s one thing if they wanted to have some closed hearings for a general discussion before proceeding to an open mark-up. That would be constructive,” Mann told CNNMoney.Senators could submit a proposal while simultaneously criticizing it in public. However, Mann doesn’t understand the purpose of the secrecy since Senators will eventually have to vote for or against tax reform plans.

“Plenty of things are classified. But this is different,” he noted. “This is a normal public policy thing. If something then gets included in a package, the member is either going to be for it or against it.”

Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told The Hill that more Senators would offer proposals because of the secrecy. “Several senators have said to me how important that is to them. It’s quite significant.”

The intent is to give Senators protection from powerful Washington lobbyists who will work hard to preserve tax breaks for their industries, possibly derailing tax reform.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said many Republican Senators will give him proposals verbally.

“We’re getting a lot of input regardless,” Hatch said. “All I want is input. I don’t care how they do it, whether it’s in writing or whether it’s personally.”

The committee’s leaders may be risking their credibility by pledging to keep proposals confidential in a town where secrets are difficult to keep for long.

“I think that, unfortunately for them, people around here tend to believe that anything in Washington — there are no secrets,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said, according to The Hill. “But they’re doing their best.

“That should be somewhat reassuring. I think people will feel a little bit more freedom.”

Oh, my, the perversity of money in politics, my dear me~~

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 Ole Frank Roosevelt used to talk about Republican “economic royalists,” when for 12 years, he wore the crown himself~~

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American politicians appear to be even stupider than I’d thought them capable~and I didn’t think that was even remotely possible~today we learn the little darlings publicly announced that they want to keep TOP SECRET~~the very things that they will be later compelled to publicly debate~can one get more stupid than that?  I’m sure we’ll soon find out that the answer will be YES~my dears~

Don’t ask~don’t tell–true, lasting, Bi-partisanship has finally come to Washington, my dears~watch your wallets carefully!!

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Tenth part of a green dollar bill~

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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

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~~THEOS EK MĒCHANĒS~~

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Money for nothing~~chicks for free~

AHH~ Mia Roma~Eternal City of God~In Summer~By Your Lake~Albano

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Looking down onto Lake Albano~~it does not get any more beautiful than this~~on this earth, my dears~~

President George W. BushMrs. Laura Bush and their daughter, Barbara, visit with His Holiness Pope John Paul II Monday, July 23, 2001, at the papal retreat Castel Gandolfo in Rome. Photographs by Eric Draper from Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush(Copyright © 2013). For more information visit http://www.utexaspress.com

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One needn’t be a President or a Holy Pope to take a pretty little picture on Lake Albano~

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Luncheon on the Lake Albano~~wee lucky devils~~

THE PARK OF CASTELLI ROMANI

A route between the towns of Lanuvio, Genzano, Ariccia, Frascati and Castel Gandolfo

Villages, ancient towns, villas, medieval castles, archaeological ruins animate the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani, in the province of Roma. Placed on the Alban Hills, in the past this was the favorite resort of the noble families of the capital and of the popes. 9500 hectares of protected land, where live many animal species, such as badgers, martens, peregrine falcons, porcupines, and especially the wolf, which plays a key role in this ecosystem. There are 16 municipalities that are part of the Park of the Castelli Romani, however, to have an exhaustive panorama of the area you can organize a tour in six of them. You can start from Lanuvio, a medieval village that is located near Velletri.


The center of this village is enclosed by walls in peperino, through which, you will enter into an ancient atmosphere, thanks to the perfect state of preservation of houses, palaces and churches. Walking through the streets and alleys, you will reach the fourteenth-century fortress, with two striking cylindrical overlapping towers, in the past was a jail, now is the municipal wine shop. Here you can taste the fine Doc wines of the Lanugini hills and you can admire the interesting exhibition of instruments used for agriculture and wine-making. 
You can not miss the Baronial Mansion of the fifteenth century, built by the Colonna family and the nearby fountain of the Scogli, designed by Carlo Fontana in 1675, the medieval  collegiate church of Santa Maria Maggiore, restored in the seventeenth century, Loreto bridge, built in peperino, dated around the second century BC, and the Church of Madonna delle Grazie, dating back to the sixteenth century that retains the painting that each year is carried in procession as a sign of devotion.
Roses lovers can not miss the fair-market, “Lanuvio in Pink”, on May the 1,  where you can see over one hundred varieties of old, modern, and English roses.

From Lanuvio, along a scenic road you get in Genzano di Roma, a picturesque town placed along the Via Appia, on an outer slope of the crater lake of Nemi.
The historic center is rich in history and art, including the eighteenth-century Palazzo Sforza Cesarini surrounded by an huge park, the Capuchin church of the seventeenth century and the church of the Holy Trinity. The three main streets, called “the trident of Bacchus”, start from Piazza Fiasconi: the first is via Garibaldi, which leads to the route of Lake Nemi, the others are via Buozzi and via Berardi, through which you reach the church of Santa Maria della Cima. Via Berardi, in occasion of the feast of Corpus Domini, is completely covered by an artistic flower carpet of about 2000 m², becomes the protagonist of the ancient and famous event of Infiorata.
Through the Via Appia you reach Ariccia, artistic treasure of the Castelli Romani.

Here you can visit one of the finest architectural examples of European Baroque, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Carlo Fontana: The monumental complex of Piazza di Corte. The complex includes: the Chigi Palace, with its rich halls and stucco decorations, precious antiques, as well as the ornaments of the walls made by original leather of Cordova, the large park surrounding it, and the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.
Two other religious complexes worth a visit: the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Galloro and the deconsecrated church of San Nicola in Bari. For food lovers we remind that this country is famous for its “fraschette” where you can taste the delicious Ariccia pork.
After crossing the famous bridge of Ariccia, a monumental viaduct sixty metres high and built by Pope Pius IX, and continuing for two kilometers you will arrive in Albano Laziale.

Picturesque village that lies on the volcanic Alban Hills and on the shores of Lake Albano, famous, thanks to the majestic Cathedral of St. Pancras in the Baroque style, and to the many finds of Roman times: the Romanesque church of Santa Maria of circular shape, the door Pretoria, with three openings in lava stone, the Cisternone, underground storage built by Septimius Severus and still used for water supply of the city, the Roman amphitheater, the tomb of the Horatii and Curiatii, a majestic building of parallelepiped shape built in tuff, known as the tomb of the legendary heroes.
The catacombs of St. Senatore and the Civic Museum are worth a visit. The Catacombs date back to the third century and represent the largest suburban cemeteries. In the Civic Museum, housed in the luxurious villa Ferrajoli, are collected valuable finds that date back to prehistory and protohistory.

Another stop of the tour of Park of the Castelli Romani is Castel Gandolfo. This village overlooking Lake Albano is the holiday destination of popes, cardinals and prelates of the Roman Curia, who stayed in the former residence of the Savelli, transformed by Urban VII in 1623 into a Papal palace. In the Residence Savelli there is the most important astronomical observatory, known as “the Vatican observatory.”

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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

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Papa Benedictus looks upon Lake Albano and smiles~~how could he not~

Group member Harrison’s young cousin today provides us with a compelling analysis of the new Vatican encyclical~Lumen Fidei~and~in doing that~raises for the group an interesting ethical question~as to sin

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Where’s the Sin?
July 23, 2013
Nathaniel Peters
The word sin never once appears in the English text of Lumen Fidei, the new encyclical letter released last month by Pope Francis. (It does, however, appear in a quotation in the Latin text that is clipped in the translation.) Neither Francis nor Pope Benedict XVI (whom Francis acknowledges as the author of the encyclical’s first draft) are afraid to speak of sin. Yet Lumen Fidei discusses faith as it relates to Scripture, salvation, reason, theology, the Sacraments, and society, all without much explicit mention of sin.

On the one hand, that’s a problem. Part of preaching the good news entails reminding people explicitly of the bad news. You can’t fully talk about salvation without talking about why we need it. And no one is ever saved in an abstract sense; we’re always saved from something. Yes, Jesus called some “blessed,” but he said “woe” unto others. To acknowledge this is not to wish that the encyclical had had more hellfire and damnation in it. It is to say, however, that more explicit mention of sin would have enhanced the pope’s message, not diminished it.

On the other hand, an unexpected word does appear in Lumen Fidei: idolatry. As is characteristic of his evangelical boldness, Francis notes that in the story of the golden calf, “the opposite of faith is shown to be idolatry.” Faith demands a kind of patience. It requires us to abide the hiddenness of the God we long to see. The pope notes Martin Buber’s definition of idolatry, which he in turn took from the rabbi of Kock: “Idolatry is ‘when a face addresses a face which is not a face.’” Idolatry takes place when we refuse to abandon ourselves to God, when we look at a faceless thing that we can grasp instead of the face of God which sometimes remains invisible. The pope writes,

[Idols exist] as a pretext for setting ourselves at the centre of reality and worshiping the work of our own hands. Once man has lost the fundamental orientation which unifies his existence, he breaks down into the multiplicity of his desires; in refusing to await the time of promise, his life-story disintegrates into a myriad of unconnected instants. Idolatry, then, is always polytheism, an aimless passing from one lord to another. Idolatry does not offer a journey but rather a plethora of paths leading nowhere and forming a vast labyrinth.

Sin and idolatry fragment us. They keep us from living whole, integrated lives. When our hearts do not have the one who is the Good itself at their center, we run hither and thither pursuing lesser goods. Freed from obedience to a higher law, we become slaves of our own whims and desires. We buy more stuff. We trade sexual partners like cards and then drink to cover the pain. We harbor jealousies against our co-workers. We kill the inconvenient. We forget the poor.

Faith, on the other hand, grounds us. It gives us the lenses through which we see the world rightly and thereby begins to put our desires back in order. Faith frees us from the tyranny of self-mastery. Francis continues: “Herein lies the paradox: by constantly turning towards the Lord, we discover a sure path which liberates us from the dissolution imposed upon us by idols.”

Dissolution, after all, does not mean only immorality, but being broken apart, in this case by desires that leave a bitter taste in our mouths when we satisfy them. By contrast, God is able “to gather into one the scattered strands of our lives.”

The law of God is a roadmap to wholeness, the thread that lets us escape the labyrinth of our conflicting desires and live lives of mercy and love. But the law of God is not a do-it-yourself manual. In a passage that could be helpful for ecumenical dialogue, the pope makes clear that people who consider themselves justified on the basis of their own works are in fact self-centered. They forget that goodness comes from God: “Those who live this way, who want to be the source of their own righteousness, find that the latter is soon depleted and that they are unable even to keep the law. They become closed in on themselves and isolated from the Lord and from others; their lives become futile and their works barren, like a tree far from water.”

By contrast, Francis asserts, “The beginning of salvation is openness to something prior to ourselves, to a primordial gift that affirms life and sustains it in being. Only by being open to and acknowledging this gift can we be transformed, experience salvation and bear good fruit.” This accent on the priority and necessity of Christ’s love serves as a welcome vaccine against the soft Pelagianism present in many circles of Catholicism. It reminds us that we cannot be good or do good without the gift of God’s love.

What about those who do not have explicit faith in Christ? Earlier this year, reporters jumped on some remarks Pope Francis made in a homily and suggested that the pontiff had declared that atheists could go to heaven if they do good. Lumen Fidei explains what Francis meant. First, we should note that the blanket termatheists is imprecise. Francis is thinking not of those who want to disbelieve, but those who find themselves unable to believe. The difference is not so much in the intellect as in the will, not so much a matter of strict reason as a disposition of heart. These men and women who do not have faith in Christ “desire to believe and continue to seek.” And so, Francis writes:

To the extent that they are sincerely open to love and set out with whatever light they can find, they are already, even without knowing it, on the path leading to faith. . . . Saint Irenaeus of Lyons tells how Abraham, before hearing God’s voice, had already sought him “in the ardent desire of his heart” and “went throughout the whole world, asking himself where God was to be found,” until “God had pity on him who, all alone, had sought him in silence.” Anyone who sets off on the path of doing good to others is already drawing near to God, is already sustained by his help, for it is characteristic of the divine light to brighten our eyes whenever we walk towards the fullness of love.

These men and women are not along a generic road to an unspecified God; though they are not fully aware of it, they are on the way to Jesus Christ. Perhaps in this life they will discover that; perhaps they will wait until the next. That decision lies hidden in the mystery of God’s providence. In the mean time, to the extent that they are able to do genuine good, they do it by the grace of God. And by that grace, God draws them ever closer to himself.

Is this picture of human beings too optimistic? What about the depth of sin? It is no coincidence that Francis cites Irenaeus and not Augustine here. And yet Francis’ understanding is founded on one of the axioms of Catholic theology, that grace perfects nature. It presupposes that whatever embers of goodness and truth might exist in a person are further enkindled by approaching God, not snuffed out: “This respect on God’s part for our human eyes shows us that when we draw near to God, our human lights are not dissolved in the immensity of his light, as a star is engulfed by the dawn, but shine all the more brightly the closer they approach the primordial fire, like a mirror which reflects light. . . . There is no human experience, no journey of man to God, which cannot be taken up, illumined and purified by this light.” That light is the light of Christ, who enlightens every man that cometh into the world, who promises that he will not quench a burning wick and that those who seek, shall find.

At the same time, in Lumen Fidei as in other writings, Francis is clear about just how easy it is to become ensnared in the idolatry of the world. We need grace, the sacraments, and the preaching of the gospel. Those who do not profess Christ are not simply doing well on their own. Some of them may be on the way, but the dangers of sin are great. Hence the need for faith in Christ, for assent to the truth that sets us free. Hence the need for preaching that truth amidst the clamor of idols. Thus it may be that those who seek the Lord in truth—who could never seek him but for his own prior search for them—may find him and, by grace through faith, be set free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of their lives.

Nathaniel Peters is a doctoral candidate in theology at Boston College.

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Group member Harrison’s young cousin today provides us with an interesting analysis of a new Vatican encyclical~Lumen Fidei~and~in doing that~raises for the group an interesting ethical question~as to sin~

POPE FRANCIS RELEASES FIRST ENCYCLICAL: LUMEN FIDEI, ‘LIGHT OF FAITH’

 Pope Francis in reflection~
 5 Jul 2013 

Pope Francis’ first encyclical, released on Friday, is actually, as he himself described it, the work of “four hands.” A joint effort by himself and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the papal letter, entitled Lumen Fidei which, in Latin, means “The Light of Faith,” completes the trilogy of papal teachings on the three theological virtues that was begun by Benedict. The Pope Emeritus had issued his encyclicals, Deus Caritas Est, on Charity, in 2005, and Spe Salvi, on Hope, in 2007.

Philippa Hitchen, at Vatican Radio, reports that Benedict passed on his draft of the letter on Faith to Pope Francis.

Hitchen describes the encyclical:

The document certainly continues many of Benedict’s favourite themes, from the complementarity of faith and reason, to the joy of a personal encounter with Christ. Firmly situated in the Year of Faith, it’s also set in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, which re-established the central role of Faith at the heart of all human relationships.

Divided into four chapters and a short introduction, the encyclical sets out to show how Faith in the Risen Christ can lead us beyond the narrow confines of individual existence into the all-inclusive community of God’s love. Rather than the notion of ‘blind faith’, which impedes scientific progress and must be kept to the private sphere of personal convictions, we’re called to rediscover the light that can guide all people from the darkness of selfish desires towards a more just and fraternal world, grounded in the faithful promises of God the Creator.

Below are quotes from the encyclical itself.

In Paragraph 4, Pope Francis teaches that the “light of faith” is so powerful that it cannot come from humans, but from God:

The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence. A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source: in a word, it must come from God. Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which precedes us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives. Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise of fulfilment, and that a vision of the future opens up before us.

In Paragraph 16, the Pope describes the greatest sign of love:

If laying down one’s life for one’s friends is the greatest proof of love (cf. Jn 15:13), Jesus offered his own life for all, even for his enemies, to transform their hearts. This explains why the evangelists could see the hour of Christ’s crucifixion as the culmination of the gaze of faith; in that hour the depth and breadth of God’s love shone forth.

In Paragraph 18, Pope Francis explains that Christians come to know and trust God through the person of Jesus, His Son:

In many areas in our lives we trust others who know more than we do. We trust the architect who builds our home, the pharmacist who gives us medicine for healing, the lawyer who defends us in court. We also need someone trustworthy and knowledgeable where God is concerned. Jesus, the Son of God, is the one who makes God known to us (cf. Jn 1:18). Christ’s life, his way of knowing the Father and living in complete and constant relationship with him, opens up new and inviting vistas for human experience.

In Paragraph 25, the Pope asserts that contemporary culture is suspicious of the real Truth, which comes from God, because it is not the result of “technology,” and not so subjective that it only pertains to one individual:

In contemporary culture, we often tend to consider the only real truth to be that of technology: truth is what we succeed in building and measuring by our scientific know-how, truth is what works and what makes life easier and more comfortable. Nowadays this appears as the only truth that is certain, the only truth that can be shared, the only truth that can serve as a basis for discussion or for common undertakings. Yet at the other end of the scale we are willing to allow for subjective truths of the individual, which consist in fidelity to his or her deepest convictions, yet these are truths valid only for that individual and not capable of being proposed to others in an effort to serve the common good. But Truth itself, the truth which would comprehensively explain our life as individuals and in society, is regarded with suspicion.

In Paragraph 26, Francis teaches that the recognition of God’s love transforms and leads to faith, which, by its light, changes our perception of reality:

Faith transforms the whole person precisely to the extent that he or she becomes open to love. Through this blending of faith and love we come to see the kind of knowledge which faith entails, its power to convince and its ability to illumine our steps. Faith knows because it is tied to love, because love itself brings enlightenment. Faith’s understanding is born when we receive the immense love of God which transforms us inwardly and enables us to see reality with new eyes.

In Paragraph 46, Pope Francis teaches how the Decalogue, or Ten Commandments, can guide our lives:

The Decalogue is not a set of negative commands, but concrete directions for emerging from the desert of the selfish and self-enclosed ego in order to enter into dialogue with God, to be embraced by his mercy and then to bring that mercy to others. Faith thus professes the love of God, origin and upholder of all things, and lets itself be guided by this love in order to journey towards the fullness of communion with God. The Decalogue appears as the path of gratitude, the response of love, made possible because in faith we are receptive to the experience of God’s transforming love for us.

In Paragraph 52, Pope Francis teaches that the first experience of faith is in the human family in which one man and one woman bring forth new life, a sign of God’s love on earth:

The first setting in which faith enlightens the human city is the family. I think first and foremost of the stable union of man and woman in marriage. This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh (cf. Gen 2:24) and are enabled to give birth to a new life, a manifestation of the Creator’s goodness, wisdom and loving plan.

In Paragraph 57, the Pope likens Faith to a lamp that guides our way, even through our pain and suffering:

Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light. In Christ, God himself wishes to share this path with us and to offer us his gaze so that we might see the light within it. Christ is the one who, having endured suffering, is “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:2).

John L. Allen, Jr., writing at National Catholic Reporterdescribes the tone of Francis’ first letter:

The text is marked by striking outreach towards people open to God who have not yet arrived at the fullness of Christian belief.

“To the extent that they are sincerely open to love and set out with whatever light they can find, they are already, even without knowing it, on the path leading to faith,” it says.

It suggests that a genuine concern for others, even among non-believers, represents the stirring of faith.

“Anyone who sets off on the path of doing good to others is already drawing near to God,” it says.

While insisting that Christian faith reflects objective truth, the encyclical also says that Christians must not be arrogant about it.

“One who believes may not be presumptuous,” it says. “On the contrary, truth leads to humility.”

The 90-page encyclical was presented at a Vatican news conference by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops. Observing the joint effort of the papal letter by two pontiffs, Ouellet said that it “illustrates in an extraordinary way the most fundamental and original theme it develops, the dimension of communion in the faith.”

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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

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~~THEOS EK MĒCHANĒS~~

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Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican in May (CNS)

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Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican in May (CNS)

Pope Francis’ first encyclical, “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”), is a celebration of Christian faith as the guiding light of a “successful and fruitful life”, inspiring social action as well as devotion to God, and illuminating “every aspect of human existence”, including philosophy and the natural sciences.

The document, released today, completes a papal trilogy on the three theological virtues, following Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclicals Deus Caritas Est (2005) on charity and Spe Salvi (2007) on hope. Publication of the encyclical was one of the most highly anticipated events of the Year of Faith which began in October 2012.

Pope Benedict “had almost completed a first draft of an encyclical on faith” before his retirement in February 2013, Pope Francis writes, adding that “I have taken up his fine work and added a few contributions of my own.”

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Go Navy!!!~A good American Naval Officer today remembered~neigh on 30 years later~

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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

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The coming out of America

Moses At The Red Sea Painting

Moses At The Red Sea

by Vladimir Bibikov

Moses parted the seas of despair and delivered to his people~~a way across~~a way out~~of bondage~~America needs a similar deliverance~~from her poverty and  fear~~and America needs that deliverance to come now~~

Soon, very soon, America is simply going to explode~unless a real leader steps forward and forces the repatriation of all jobs back to America that have been shipped overseas~~where is he~~our missing Moses?

We must find our American Moses at once!! Our Moses will deliver the Americans from the vice grip of poverty and despair~~

“The Mother of Moses,” an oil painting by the Jewish artist Simeon Solomon (1840-1905), as part of its British Pre-Raphaelite collection~~

What American mother will bring that American baby Moses to us~~

now~~

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Today, The Associated Press tells the harrowing tale of a once proud America~now descending~~ faster and faster~~into ruin~

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Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.

Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.

The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration’s emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to “rebuild ladders of opportunity” and reverse income inequality.

As nonwhites approach a numerical majority in the U.S., one question is how public programs to lift the disadvantaged should be best focused — on the affirmative action that historically has tried to eliminate the racial barriers seen as the major impediment to economic equality, or simply on improving socioeconomic status for all, regardless of race.

Hardship is particularly growing among whites, based on several measures. Pessimism among that racial group about their families’ economic futures has climbed to the highest point since at least 1987. In the most recent AP-GfK poll, 63 percent of whites called the economy “poor.”

“I think it’s going to get worse,” said Irene Salyers, 52, of Buchanan County, Va., a declining coal region in Appalachia. Married and divorced three times, Salyers now helps run a fruit and vegetable stand with her boyfriend but it doesn’t generate much income. They live mostly off government disability checks.

“If you do try to go apply for a job, they’re not hiring people, and they’re not paying that much to even go to work,” she said. Children, she said, have “nothing better to do than to get on drugs.”

While racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poverty, race disparities in the poverty rate have narrowed substantially since the 1970s, census data show. Economic insecurity among whites also is more pervasive than is shown in the government’s poverty data, engulfing more than 76 percent of white adults by the time they turn 60, according to a new economic gauge being published next year by the Oxford University Press.

The gauge defines “economic insecurity” as a year or more of periodic joblessness, reliance on government aid such as food stamps or income below 150 percent of the poverty line. Measured across all races, the risk of economic insecurity rises to 79 percent.

Marriage rates are in decline across all races, and the number of white mother-headed households living in poverty has risen to the level of black ones.

“It’s time that America comes to understand that many of the nation’s biggest disparities, from education and life expectancy to poverty, are increasingly due to economic class position,” said William Julius Wilson, a Harvard professor who specializes in race and poverty. He noted that despite continuing economic difficulties, minorities have more optimism about the future after Obama’s election, while struggling whites do not.

“There is the real possibility that white alienation will increase if steps are not taken to highlight and address inequality on a broad front,” Wilson said.

Nationwide, the count of America’s poor remains stuck at a record number: 46.2 million, or 15 percent of the population, due in part to lingering high unemployment following the recession. While poverty rates for blacks and Hispanics are nearly three times higher, by absolute numbers the predominant face of the poor is white.

More than 19 million whites fall below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four, accounting for more than 41 percent of the nation’s destitute, nearly double the number of poor blacks.

Sometimes termed “the invisible poor” by demographers, lower-income whites generally are dispersed in suburbs as well as small rural towns, where more than 60 percent of the poor are white. Concentrated in Appalachia in the East, they are numerous in the industrial Midwest and spread across America’s heartland, from Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma up through the Great Plains.

Buchanan County, in southwest Virginia, is among the nation’s most destitute based on median income, with poverty hovering at 24 percent. The county is mostly white, as are 99 percent of its poor.

More than 90 percent of Buchanan County’s inhabitants are working-class whites who lack a college degree. Higher education long has been seen there as nonessential to land a job because well-paying mining and related jobs were once in plentiful supply. These days many residents get by on odd jobs and government checks.

Salyers’ daughter, Renee Adams, 28, who grew up in the region, has two children. A jobless single mother, she relies on her live-in boyfriend’s disability checks to get by. Salyers says it was tough raising her own children as it is for her daughter now, and doesn’t even try to speculate what awaits her grandchildren, ages 4 and 5.

Smoking a cigarette in front of the produce stand, Adams later expresses a wish that employers will look past her conviction a few years ago for distributing prescription painkillers, so she can get a job and have money to “buy the kids everything they need.”

“It’s pretty hard,” she said. “Once the bills are paid, we might have $10 to our name.”

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Census figures provide an official measure of poverty, but they’re only a temporary snapshot that doesn’t capture the makeup of those who cycle in and out of poverty at different points in their lives. They may be suburbanites, for example, or the working poor or the laid off.

In 2011 that snapshot showed 12.6 percent of adults in their prime working-age years of 25-60 lived in poverty. But measured in terms of a person’s lifetime risk, a much higher number — 4 in 10 adults — falls into poverty for at least a year of their lives.

The risks of poverty also have been increasing in recent decades, particularly among people ages 35-55, coinciding with widening income inequality. For instance, people ages 35-45 had a 17 percent risk of encountering poverty during the 1969-1989 time period; that risk increased to 23 percent during the 1989-2009 period. For those ages 45-55, the risk of poverty jumped from 11.8 percent to 17.7 percent.

Higher recent rates of unemployment mean the lifetime risk of experiencing economic insecurity now runs even higher: 79 percent, or 4 in 5 adults, by the time they turn 60.

By race, nonwhites still have a higher risk of being economically insecure, at 90 percent. But compared with the official poverty rate, some of the biggest jumps under the newer measure are among whites, with more than 76 percent enduring periods of joblessness, life on welfare or near-poverty.

By 2030, based on the current trend of widening income inequality, close to 85 percent of all working-age adults in the U.S. will experience bouts of economic insecurity.

“Poverty is no longer an issue of ‘them’, it’s an issue of ‘us’,” says Mark Rank, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis who calculated the numbers. “Only when poverty is thought of as a mainstream event, rather than a fringe experience that just affects blacks and Hispanics, can we really begin to build broader support for programs that lift people in need.”

The numbers come from Rank’s analysis being published by the Oxford University Press. They are supplemented with interviews and figures provided to the AP by Tom Hirschl, a professor at Cornell University; John Iceland, a sociology professor at Penn State University; the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute; the Census Bureau; and the Population Reference Bureau.

Among the findings:

—For the first time since 1975, the number of white single-mother households living in poverty with children surpassed or equaled black ones in the past decade, spurred by job losses and faster rates of out-of-wedlock births among whites. White single-mother families in poverty stood at nearly 1.5 million in 2011, comparable to the number for blacks. Hispanic single-mother families in poverty trailed at 1.2 million.

—Since 2000, the poverty rate among working-class whites has grown faster than among working-class nonwhites, rising 3 percentage points to 11 percent as the recession took a bigger toll among lower-wage workers. Still, poverty among working-class nonwhites remains higher, at 23 percent.

—The share of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods — those with poverty rates of 30 percent or more — has increased to 1 in 10, putting them at higher risk of teenage pregnancy or dropping out of school. Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 17 percent of the child population in such neighborhoods, compared with 13 percent in 2000, even though the overall proportion of white children in the U.S. has been declining.

The share of black children in high-poverty neighborhoods dropped from 43 percent to 37 percent, while the share of Latino children went from 38 percent to 39 percent.

—Race disparities in health and education have narrowed generally since the 1960s. While residential segregation remains high, a typical black person now lives in a nonmajority black neighborhood for the first time. Previous studies have shown that wealth is a greater predictor of standardized test scores than race; the test-score gap between rich and low-income students is now nearly double the gap between blacks and whites.

Going back to the 1980s, never have whites been so pessimistic about their futures, according to the General Social Survey, a biannual survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Just 45 percent say their family will have a good chance of improving their economic position based on the way things are in America.

The divide is especially evident among those whites who self-identify as working class. Forty-nine percent say they think their children will do better than them, compared with 67 percent of nonwhites who consider themselves working class, even though the economic plight of minorities tends to be worse.

Although they are a shrinking group, working-class whites — defined as those lacking a college degree — remain the biggest demographic bloc of the working-age population. In 2012, Election Day exit polls conducted for the AP and the television networks showed working-class whites made up 36 percent of the electorate, even with a notable drop in white voter turnout.

Last November, Obama won the votes of just 36 percent of those noncollege whites, the worst performance of any Democratic nominee among that group since Republican Ronald Reagan’s 1984 landslide victory over Walter Mondale.

Some Democratic analysts have urged renewed efforts to bring working-class whites into the political fold, calling them a potential “decisive swing voter group” if minority and youth turnout level off in future elections. “In 2016 GOP messaging will be far more focused on expressing concern for ‘the middle class’ and ‘average Americans,'” Andrew Levison and Ruy Teixeira wrote recently in The New Republic.

“They don’t trust big government, but it doesn’t mean they want no government,” says Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who agrees that working-class whites will remain an important electoral group. His research found that many of them would support anti-poverty programs if focused broadly on job training and infrastructure investment. This past week, Obama pledged anew to help manufacturers bring jobs back to America and to create jobs in the energy sectors of wind, solar and natural gas.

“They feel that politicians are giving attention to other people and not them,” Goeas said.

© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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We thank the AP for bringing us this very important~~if very discouraging~~ news today~

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Soon, very soon, America is simply going to explode~unless a real leader steps forward and forces the repatriation of all jobs back to America that have been shipped overseas~~where is he~~our missing Moses?  We must find our American Moses at once!! Our Moses will deliver the Americans from the vice grip of poverty and despair~

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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

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~~THEOS EK MĒCHANĒS~~

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Moses parting the Red Sea

Moses parted the seas of despair and delivered to his people~~a way across~~a way out~~of bondage~~America needs a similar deliverance~~from her poverty and  fear~~and America needs that deliverance to come now~~

America awaits her deliverance~~

from the captivity and bondage of poverty~~

occasioned by~~

flight of her jobs across the seas~~

America awaits her coming out~~

Her deliverance from poverty and despair~~

She Awaits~~

Her Moses~

To lead her people~~out~~

Pope Francis is a good servant to God and His Church and to the poor~who are God’s most special ones. Above all, Holiness is a good credit to his namesake~Saint Francis of Assisi~The Greatest Saint of God’s Holy Church

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Cristo Redentor statue on top of Corcovado, a mountain towering over Rio de Janeiro. In the background the Ipanema and Leblon beaches separate the lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean

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Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent, the 76-year-old Argentine said as dozens of people took a dip in the ocean.Picture: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis draws millions to Rio beach for Mass to cap week~long trip~~

 

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Millions of people crowd Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on July 28, 2013 as Pope Francis celebrates the final mass of his visit to Brazil.

By Anne Thompson, Mary Murray and Daniel Arkin, NBC News

A reported three million people jammed Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach Sunday to get a glimpse of Pope Francis as he brought a whirlwind trip to his home continent to a close with a Mass, during which he called on young people participating in World Youth Day to extend their Catholic faith “to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent.”

“The church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you,” Pope Francis said to the massive crowd, one of the largest turnouts for a papal Mass in recent history, according to The Associated Press.

“Where does Jesus send us?” the pontiff asked the audience. “There are no borders, no limits: he sends us to everyone. The Gospel is for everyone, not just for some. It is not only for those who seem closer to us, more receptive, more welcoming. It is for everyone.”

Millions of people packed Brazil’s Copacabana beach Sunday, and more were expected, to attend the Pope’s final Mass of his trip to the country. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.
The celebration of the Mass marked the climax of his week-long trip to the capital of Brazil and neighboring Sao Paulo, where legions of fans and the faithful celebrated a pope who has quickly gained in popular appeal. It also crowned World Youth Day, a biannual gathering of young Catholics.

Over the course of Francis’ visit — his first foreign tour since he was elected March 13 — the pontiff presented a broad sketch of his key papal priorities: charity for the poor, bringing priests closer to the people, and re-evangelizing regions where Catholics have left the church — particularly Latin America, where the Catholic population has dramatically shrunk.

“I would like Christ’s command — ‘Go’ — to resonate in you young people from the church in Latin America, engaged in the continental mission promoted by the bishops,” Francis said in his homily Sunday. “Brazil, Latin America, the whole world needs Christ!”

Many of the pilgrims who packed Copacabana beach early Sunday slept overnight to secure a spot at Mass, some pitching tents and camping out in sleeping bags. Normally a sea of bikinis and swimsuits, the world-famous beach was, instead, crammed with Bibles, rosaries and crucifixes as worshipers convened to hear Francis.

“We were dying of cold but it was worth it,” Lucrecia Grillera, 18, told the AP. “It was a tiring day, but it was a great experience.”

The Vatican said that over 3 million people flooded the beach for closing Mass, based on data provided by World Youth Day organizers and local authorities, eclipsing the one million people at 2011 ceremony in Madrid and the 850,000 on hand for the 2002 ceremony in Toronto, according to the AP.

And yet the Rio crowd fell short of the estimated 5 million people who swarmed Pope John Paul II’s 1995 closing Mass in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, according to the AP.

Francis announced Sunday that the next World Youth Day would be in Krakow, Poland in 2016.

En route to the beach, Francis received a welcome befitting a rock star, as admirers flung well-wishes, kisses and gifts at the pontiff as he rode to the service in an open-sided car. Straight-laced Vatican bodyguards smiled as they moved along the pope’s vehicle, swept up in the ecstatic energy surrounding the convoy, according to the AP.

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The pontiff is making his first visit overseas since he was elected in March. An estimated 2 million people are expected to greet him.

 It was Francis’ second day addressing a massive audience on the beach. He spoke on Saturday to a crowd estimated by the Vatican to have climbed above 2 million people.

In his speech, he encouraged Brazil’s young people, who have protested against corruption in their country, to continue their efforts to change society by fighting apathy and offering “a Christian response.”

He received yet another rapturous reception, stopping his popemobile several times to kiss babies.

On Thursday, Pope Francis underlined his mission to lead a “church for the poor” Thursday, preaching against “selfishness and individualism” in an address to a rain-soaked Rio slum.

He was cheered by residents of the Varginha favela who hung out of windows and stood on rooftops just to get a glimpse he gave his address from a vast, muddy soccer field.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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We thank the NBC news and the Associated Press as annotated, for their wonderful report today~

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The head of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics hammered home his plea for young believers to go and make disciples of all nations during a trip aimed at stirring passion in a faith losing followers in nations like Brazil.Picture: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

 

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Pope Francis is a good servant to God and His Church and the poor~~who are God’s most special ones.  Above all, Holiness is a good credit to his namesake~~Saint Francis of Assisi~~Greatest Saint of God’s Holy Church~

Who could ask of Pope Francis~~more than that?

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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

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Pope Francis celebrated a farewell mass before three million pilgrims on a Brazilian beach, urging young Catholics to spread the gospel as he ended a trip aimed at re-energizing his flock.Picture: AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Kettle’s on Luvs~’Tis Time for our Tea Party~

Tea parties can be both bucolic and bumptious~~as  you like it~~my dears~~

Our Hedrick, born a subject of His Majesty George V, and Chris, who, I think, wishes he’d likewise been born subject to His Majesty, touch upon the central question of America–there is only one you know, it has never changed and never will.

That question is~~how to safeguard the rights of the little fella from the men of the big cities and the central government.  It has never been resolved and never will be resolved–in fact–it can’t be~~as long as there is an America.

The singular most important election in our history was the election of 1800–in which Jefferson was the self-assessed defender of the little fella against Adams and his puppeteer, Hamilton, on the side of the big banks, the big cities, the nascent big industrialization. That election was absolutely a death sport–nothing in recent years can touch its significance, fury, animus and animosity.

The founders disagreed sharply about America–and what she was and would become. The Southern gentlemen: Washington, Madison, Monroe, Jefferson–who were the lead players on that side of the net–were obsessed with how to best safeguard the voice of the little fella in the little towns and villages from the machinations of Hamilton and the other representatives of the interests of the big guys.

They never resolved that–and it had been the central issue of America long before the Revolution–what sort of country was she to be?

This question dominated the 19th century–first in the run-up to what is most erroneously called the Civil War–it was not–it was a war of secession–the Syrians now have a civil war–in which the revolutionaries intend to invade and sack Damascus and kill or banish Mr. Assad–the seated ruler–replacing himself with themselves.

Our war of secession was not a civil war, as the intent of the men of the south was not to lay waste to the north and take over things but simply to leave the union–and they wanted to do that for the same, repeating reason, of our history–the voice of the small town little guy had been drowned out by the big city~-and, by then, primarily~~ northern~~ interests.

The Civil War–as it is erroneously called by us–resolved nothing more than the sack, rape and plunder of the south by radical Republicans~~yes—-those people~~ and the area became a bastion–through my  grown years–of arch-conservative Democrats~~yes, those other people~~ whose singular purpose was to re-write the ending of the war of secession.

In between times, this thought line of little guy v. big guy mutated into–among other things–Populism, Progressivism and many other isms.

Today, that central question of America is found in Tea Party.

Tea Party is savagely vilified–in the big cities and the bastions of central power.

Yet, Tea Party is simply the newest iteration of the central question of the Americans–how to protect the little fella in the little towns from the big guys.  That is all it is.  It will resolve nothing–but the sentiment will not ever go away and will find expression in yet another mutation later.

We should be glad of that–as, when we reach a stage on which, the voice of the little fella is not amplified by anyone or any group–the idea of America will be asked, answered, and, sadly, resolved.

Gentlemen–the tension between these conflicting groups within America is the central issue and question of America.  It will and must remain in the body politic as a counterweight for the little fella against  the ever-expanding influence of the big guys.

Particular issues raised today in the club by Hedrick and Chris– such as managing modern cities and, how to, or not, gerryrig elections–the latter of which I have had a personal hand in doing~~ and could write books about which I assure you would never be read by anyone–even fond family relatives–are, both and all~~ a far second fiddle to the central theme of protecting the little guy from the big guy.

As a parenthetical, it is a curiosity that protecting the rights of the little guy now falls to mine–the patrician Party–when–for most of its past, it was the hobby-horse of–the other Party.

Life twists and turns~

And, yet, that dance goes on–how to protect the little guys from the big guys–and pray God it always does~~as that dance is America herself.

Yes, sirs~~ Her~~very–own~~self.

I am most pleased to note that general comments–and, more startling so–sidebar comments—in our little club, remain the most gentlemanly and thoughtful and varied area of ideas I have encountered in all on the Internet, and that is a credit to all of you and I thank you for that~~

Pax vobis

John

A swell tea it was this afternoon, dears~~
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Rejoice and Glad!!

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Kettle’s on, Luv~~

I can say you are my~ A~door~ble~one~

Ah~dorr~ble one ♫ My Adorable One – Percy Sledge http://t.co/GpwxCoPGGm ‪#‎NowPlaying‬

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My Adorable One, a song by Percy

I can say you are my~ A~door~ble one~

Mr. Percy Sledge couldn’t pronounce the word adorable but he sure as hell could sing a slow drag midnight song~~that either makes that girl go home and dance all night with me~~or~~she can’t dance at all with nobody~~anywhere~

There will be no tomorrow when you are gone~~

Praise Jesus~

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Bad buzz~was you ever bit by a dead bee~club member Danny asks us~you say no?~Well~you may just have to learn how to be~

Outlawing a type of insecticides is not a panacea.  AP Photo/Ben Margot

 

BEE APOCALYPSE NOW

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

By Todd Woody @greenwombat July 24, 2013

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought.

Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once.

When researchers collected pollen from hives on the east coast pollinating cranberry, watermelon and other crops and fed it to healthy bees, those bees showed a significant decline in their ability to resist infection by a parasite called Nosema ceranae. The parasite has been implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder though scientists took pains to point out that their findings do not directly link the pesticides to CCD. The pollen was contaminated on average with nine different pesticides and fungicides though scientists discovered 21 agricultural chemicals in one sample. Scientists identified eight ag chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by the parasite.

Most disturbing, bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected by the parasite. Widely used, fungicides had been thought to be harmless for bees as they’re designed to kill fungus, not insects, on crops like apples.

“There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own and I think what it highlights is a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals,” Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, told Quartz.

Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity but such precautions have not applied to fungicides.

Bee populations are so low in the US that it now takes 60% of the country’s surviving colonies just to pollinate one California crop, almonds. And that’s not just a west coast problem—California supplies 80% of the world’s almonds, a market worth $4 billion.

In recent years, a class of chemicals called neonicotinoids has been linked to bee deaths and in April regulators banned the use of the pesticide for two years in Europe where bee populations have also plummeted. But vanEngelsdorp, an assistant research scientist at the University of Maryland, says the new study shows that the interaction of multiple pesticides is affecting bee health.

“The pesticide issue in itself is much more complex than we have led to be believe,” he says. “It’s a lot more complicated than just one product, which means of course the solution does not lie in just banning one class of product.”

The study found another complication in efforts to save the bees: US honey bees, which are descendants of European bees, do not bring home pollen from native North American crops but collect bee chow from nearby weeds and wildflowers. That pollen, however, was also contaminated with pesticides even though those plants were not the target of spraying.

“It’s not clear whether the pesticides are drifting over to those plants but we need take a new look at agricultural spraying practices,” says vanEngelsdorp.

Killer Bees~~Danny warns~~these little fellas might soon be all killed themselves~~

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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSgqrrWyF0Y

Walter Brennan – To Have And Have Not

I must say~For God-Fearing men~It is difficult to understand how some men can blithely revel in great wealth in the face of this calamity among their brother Americans~

A discouraging picture of America presents itself to us~~

TARP Audit: Housing Recipients Re-Defaulting in Alarming  Numbers

             Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 01:27 PM

            By Sandy Fitzgerald

Nearly one-third of the homeowners who got help through the  government’s main foreclosure prevention program are defaulting again on their  mortgages, according to a government watchdog’s report.

The Home  Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has worked on 1.2 million mortgage  modifications since it started four years ago. Of those, more than 306,000  borrowers have defaulted again on their loans, and another 88,000 are at risk as  well, reports CNN.

The Special  Inspector for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), which conducted the  review, said homeowners are also more likely to default again on the modified  loans the longer they stay in the program, with 46 percent of those involved in  the program since 2009 defaulting on their loans again.

The re-defaults  have cost taxpayers some $815 million, according to SIGTARP. So far, the  Treasury Department has allocated $19.1 billion to HAMP, and $4.4 billion has  been spent. The program was recently extended for another two years, until the  end of 2015.
 The Obama administration’s Treasury Department created  HAMP to help borrowers avoid foreclosure by making their house payments more  affordable through a combination of reduced mortgage principals and interest  rates and extended loan terms.
But borrowers are dropping out of the  program as they default again on their loans, and SIGTARP Director Christy  Romero said Treasury needs to research why so many people drop out of a program  that kept their homes safe from foreclosure.
People who default are  following “clear patterns,” the SIGTARP report found. For example, homeowners  most likely to default again are the ones who got the smallest reductions in  their mortgages, who were still “underwater” on their mortgages, or who had  subprime credit scores and high debt when their mortgages were modified.
A Treasury official said Tuesday that the department is researching HAMP  program modifications and ways to improve the new default rates, noting that  most of the defaults were coming from modifications that were approved for  high-risk homeowners, and completed during the foreclosure crisis.
“It  must be remembered that mortgage modification programs include an inherent risk  of homeowner default, given the difficult situations homeowners face when they  seek assistance (like job loss),” said Treasury Department spokesman Mark McArdle. ” One of the  policy challenges of designing a program like HAMP, particularly given the  severity of the recent housing crisis, is giving as many struggling homeowners  as possible the chance to keep their home while recognizing that not all will  succeed.”
SIGTARP suggested that the Treasury Department start working  with mortgage companies to create a system that reaches out to at-risk  homeowners before they default. Treasury Department Assistant Secretary Timothy  Massad, in a letter to Romero, said the department is taking several  steps to curb the re-default rate, and HAMP still remains the best option for  people in danger of losing their homes.
Not encouraging~~as the child says~~don’t just look away~~

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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

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Fiscal policy news today from Washington is not encouraging my dears~~not encouraging~~

I must say~~For God-Fearing men~~It is difficult to understand how some men can blithely revel in great wealth in the face of this calamity among their brother Americans~

The Final Intersection of American Decision~at which we pray for a new Ford in our future~ushering in~an American Renaissance~

Poverty Or Wealth Directions On A Signpost - csp8077277

We have arrived, my dears~~at~~The Final Intersection of American Decision~~which way will we turn, friends?

Ford English School

Established in 1914, the Ford English School taught the company’s immigrant workers more than just how to speak English. It taught them about American culture and history and instilled the importance of such virtues as thriftiness, cleanliness, good manners, and timeliness. Pictured below are a classroom at the Ford English School (top) and the school’s graduating class emerging from the “Melting Pot” (bottom), a symbol of their having put aside their ethnic identity and become good Americans, on July 4, 1917. Between the photographs is an excerpt from “Factory Facts About Ford” (1915) that describes the English School and includes a typical lesson.

Ford English School (excerpt taken from the publication “Factory Facts From Ford,” 1915 pp. 51-53)

When the work of the Advisors was started, a serious problem presented itself. It was found that a large percentage of the employees in the factory could not speak the English Language, which necessitated the employment of a large number of interpreters to work with the Advisors.

It had been ascertained that it is almost essential that a workman have a knowledge of English, from a “Safety-First” standpoint, so that he be able to understand the explanations of safety devices in the factory, as well as to thoroughly understand the requirements of his work. This knowledge also helps to make better citizens, and protect them against the many pitfalls which lurk in the path of the unwary foreigner.

To remedy these conditions the Ford English School was organized. That the men appreciate what is being done for them is clearly shown by the number of letters received from employees, which are sent without solicitation, and express, in good English, the sincere obligation they feel toward the work, which is enabling them to enjoy the advantages and comforts previously unknown to them. After careful investigation into the methods of teaching, the cumulative, dramatic system was adopted. This plan is very similar to the well-known Berlitz system, the early lessons of which are particularly adapted to home study, and teaching in the Ford shops. Following is given the first lesson under this plan:

ENGLISH FOR FORD MEN-LESSON NO.1       Going to the Public Library

1. I finish my supper at 6 o’clock P. M.

2. I get up from the table.

3. I look out doors.

4. It is raining.

5. I go into the cloak room.

6. I get my overcoat, rubbers and umbrella.

7.   I clean my overcoat with a hand broom.

8. I put the rubbers on my feet.

9. I put my overcoat on.

10. I button my overcoat tightly about my neck.

11. I brush my hat.

12. I put on my gloves.

13. I take my umbrella.

14. I open the door.

15. I say “Goodnight” to my family.

16. I go to the Public Library.

Fact — There are many good books in the Public Library.

In using these lessons the teacher reads the verbs, having the class repeat them after him until they are fixed in their minds. After this the teacher reads the sentence, the class repeating it after him. So that the thought to be conveyed can be clearly understood, in reading this sentence the teacher goes through the motions of the thought conveyed, or has the object referred to in his hands. As an example, in the seventh sentence of this lesson the teacher will have a hand broom in his hand, and goes through the action of using it. This pantomime interpretation of the lessons thoroughly instills in the student’s mind the practical illustrations of the verb, or name of the article in the lesson.

When the school was organized there was a single instructor, and only a score or so of students. Today there are more than 150 instructors, and over 2,500 students. The instructors are all employees in the factory, composed of foremen, machine operators, clerks, and plain workmen, who voluntarily give their time to this commendable work.

Many types come before the instructors. There is the type which has a good education in his native tongue, but knows no English; and the type that has a fair education in the mother-tongue, and knows a few disconnected English words, usually slang. Then there is the group which possesses little, if any, education, either native or English. The first and second classes progress rather rapidly, some of the men being able to read, write and speak English with a fair degree of correctness at the end of three months, though the average time for completing the course is six months. One class, set aside by itself, is very slow, completing but ten lessons in ten months.

Henry Ford did not build automobiles~~he built America and~~paid his men well~~and taught them our common culture and our common language~~American English~~ 
We must ask~~Just where is America on her line of historical progression~~club member Wendy has sent tonight a sobering note containing a suggested answer~~one that is not pretty~
The Americans today are doubtless the most self-aware of men in all the history of mankind.  We reflect that in The Industrial Revolution, no one living in it ever heard those words as no one in the Great Depression had ever heard those words~~so we have today the unique advantage of direct introspection~~and, in that context we are happy tonight to receive the following note from our club member Wendy~~sent now along to our other friends for their reflection on the current condition of America~
DEE~TROIT~~CYT~EE~~once so proud~~Motor Town~~
2 – Detroit, Michigan
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Not long ago, at all~~
There was a different time~~there was a different place~~in old DEE~TROIT CYT~EE~~

The Edsel and Eleanor Estate, End View
19-APR-2009

The Edsel and Eleanor Estate

Thinking Americans ask~~What has happened?~~

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

 “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

>From bondage to spiritual faith;

>From spiritual faith to great courage;

>From courage to liberty;

>From liberty to abundance;

>From abundance to complacency;

>From complacency to apathy;

>From apathy to dependence;

>From dependence back into bondage.”

The latter-day Obituary of Empire follows:

Born 1776,  Died 2016

 

It doesn’t hurt to read this several times.

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Obama: 19   Romney: 29

Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000   Romney: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million   Romney: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2   Romney: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.

If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom..

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A life made possible by the American automobile industry~
Bloomingfield Hills, MI~~
Initially financed by American grit and muscle~~in Detroit~~
A city now on the eve of destruction~~old Motor City~~
The Americans today are doubtless the most self-aware of men in all the history of mankind.  We reflect that in The Industrial Revolution, no one living in it ever heard those words just as no one in the Great Depression had ever heard those words~so we have today the unique and remarkable advantage of direct introspection~~and, in that context we are happy tonight to receive the following notes from our club member Wendy~~sent along to our other friends for their reflection on the current condition of America~
It is surely impossible to know just where one is on an historical line of progression when one is contemporaneous to that line itself~~yet~~as we must ask~~just where is America on her path of history today~~our note just now posits an unnerving postulation in response to that question~ that is not pretty~
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~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

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John Daniel Begg

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Washington, District of Columbia

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Wednesday, 24 Juillet, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013~

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JOHN DANIEL BEGG

PRESIDENT

john daniel begg public affairs and speechwriting

4853 Sedgwick Street
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Washington, DC 20016-2323533
USA
Voice Telephone: 1-(202) 966-8029
Telefacsimile: 1-(202) 966-4125
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Can all this be turned ’round~~we pray~~we hope that there yet are right-minded industrialists such as Henry Ford~~who will step forward in Detroit and all over America and arrest the decline~~and resurrect a Renaissance in America~~

Young Henry Ford dreamt great dreams~~and made himself a rich man and made his workers the most prosperous in the world~~