Lost and clueless 6


By Tom Quiner

I just received the brief story below via e-mail. I have no clue who wrote it, so I’m sorry to the author for lack of attribution. However, it’s pretty funny and worth sharing.

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A woman in a hot-air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be a Republican.”  “I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your  information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to  me.”

The man smiled and responded, “You must be an Obama Democrat.”  “I am,”
replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”

“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are or where you are going.
You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large  quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.”

Lord of all hopefulness Reply


By Tom Quiner

I played this song at last night’s Thanksgiving Mass at my church. I love this old Irish tune and posted a beautiful instrumental version above performed by the O’Neill Brothers.

The lyrics by Jan Struthers are worth reading this Thanksgiving Day:

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Lord of All Hopefulness

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares can destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

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These tender words remind us that our hope flows from God. Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for many things including the faithful readers of this blog.

 

Why does the president want to raise taxes? Reply


By Tom Quiner

It’s a fair question, don’t you think?

The president and his party want to raise income taxes on America’s most productive workers. In other words, he wishes to create a deterrent for more productivity out of them by letting them keep less of the fruits of their labor.

It’s a terrible idea, because taxes on productivity don’t bring in much revenue for the government during a bad economy. In fact, it might bring in even less than leaving rates alone. Watch the video above for a quick tutorial.

The president knows this. So why does he really want to raise taxes on this elite one percent of highly productive Americans? Let’s analyze his comments on the subject over the last few years:

In an interview with Charlie Rose, the interviewer pointed out the concerns I expressed above. What did Mr. Obama say?

“Well, Charlie, what I’ve said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.”

The president isn’t concerned with revenue, he’s concerned with redistribution.

Do you remember what Mr. Obama said to Joe the Plumber?

‘‘It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.’’

The president isn’t concerned with revenue, he’s concerned with redistribution.

At a press conference in Illinois last year, the president said:

“We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy.” [Emphasis mine.]

The president isn’t concerned with revenue, he’s concerned with redistribution. He wants to tax successful people for being too successful, even though the share of the nation’s wealth owned by the top 1% has been dropping for over three decades; even though the rich have paid a growing share of the nation’s tax burden over the past three decades.

So much for the American Dream.

What is the president’s campaign strategy? “Vote for me and I’ll take money from the most successful Americans and give it to you.”

 

What kind of person is Nancy Pelosi? 2


By Tom Quiner

I am awed by the beauty of the Catholic faith.

Critics of Catholicism typically don’t know Catholicism. I know how that goes, because I wasn’t Catholic for half of my life. I was critical with aspects of Catholicism before I became Catholic. The more I learn about my faith, the more I am in love with it.

That’s why I am so disheartened when I hear “Catholic” politicians like Nancy Pelosi work so ferociously against the teachings of the church in the public arena.

The former Speaker of the House has worked against her Church’s position on abortion throughout her political career.

Yesterday, she was livid that the U.S. Catholic Bishops disagreed with her that Big Government should force private insurance companies to provide contraception and abortion services to their customers.

“[Those who disagree] may not like the language, but the truth is what I said. I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it . . . but they have this conscience thing [that puts women at risk.]”

Let us dissect her remark.

“I’m a devout Catholic …”

The word devout suggests someone is devoted to a personal interest, or a cause, or a belief system. Ms. Pelosi is certainly not devoted to the Catholic belief system or she wouldn’t so forcefully and publicly work to undermine the Church’s position on abortion and contraception.

“I honor my faith …”

To honor is to esteem, to exalt and publicly pay respect to your belief system. Ms. Pelosi surely honors Planned Parenthood, but she dishonors the Church by spreading the use of abortion and contraception.

“I love my faith … ”

There are different kinds of love. The noblest is known as agape, or sacrificial love. Ms. Pelosi doesn’t love her church enough to sacrifice her political ambitions. She has jettisoned her Catholic beliefs and thrown herself into an illicit affair the abortion lobby.

“But THEY have this conscience thing that puts women at risk” [emphasis mine].

Ms. Pelosi obviously doesn’t have this conscience “thing” and makes sure we know with her use of the word “they” to separate her from the rest of us dreamy-eyed Catholics who love to put women at risk. (For the record, each abortion puts two human beings at risk: the baby AND the mother).

The Catholic bishops sure disagree with her current and past remarks on this subject, such as this remark she made a few years ago:

” … 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. And Senator—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.”

Bishop Lori disagrees. He said Ms. Pelosi …

“misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church against abortion.”

Cardinal Francis George disagrees:

“The teaching that covers evils such as abortion could not be clearer.”

Seventeen bishops went on record in disagreement.

Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John Kerry, and the late Senator Ted Kennedy represent a few of the Catholic politicians on the national scene who are political enemies of their church on a core life and death issue.

What kind of person claims to be an ardent practicing Catholic, and yet so despises what her or his church believes in?

The exquisite beauty of human life 3


By Tom Quiner

I am typing this post on a MacBook Pro. What a piece of engineering it is. Thank-you Steve Jobs and Apple Computer.

Do you know anyone who would think that this cool laptop could have been created by naturalistic forces? In other words, do you think it is possible for a MacBook Pro to be created by random chance over billions of years by the primal forces of the universe?

In other words, do you think it is possible that the chips, the plasma screen, the hard drive, the keys with the alphabet arranged in a certain order, the jacks, the battery and the thousands of parts involved in making this machine would just kind of fall into place through random luck?

Atheists do.

They believe there is no God, that there is no Intelligent Designer of the universe. They believe that a much more complex machine than a MacBook Pro, a human being, just came about through the vagaries of chance.

This requires a very big leap of faith. I can’t buy the atheists’ religion. I like a more believable religion like Christianity.

I watched a video last night that was extraordinary. I posted it above, and it is worth watching. The speaker is Alexander Tsiaras, president and CEO of Anatomical Travelogue, Inc. He has worked with Yale and NASA in different capacities. He uses sophisticated imaging to create beautiful recreations of human creation.

This video is you.

He says that at just four weeks after conception, this little human being is creating a million new cells a second!

He says that the complexity of the mathematic models necessary to explain this process is beyond human comprehension.

Mr. Tsiaras,  who is a mathematician, asks “how do we have this biological mechanism within our bodies? How do these instruction sets not make mistakes as they build what is us? It’s a mystery. It’s magic. It’s divinity.”

Evidently, we have a blueprint in us. Where does it come from?

Who designed us? Darwin or God?