Perils of a Catholic UpbringingAs I walked down the busy sidewalk with my wife, knowing I was late for Mass, my eye fell upon one of those unfortunate, ragged vagabonds that are found in every city these days.
Some people turned to stare. Others quickly looked away as if the sight would somehow contaminate them.
Recalling my old pastor, Father Mack, who always admonished me to “care for the sick, feed the hungry and clothe the naked,” I was moved by some powerful inner urge to reach out to this unfortunate person.
Wearing what can only be described as rags, carrying her treasured worldly possessions in two plastic bags, my heart was touched by this person’s condition.
Yes, where some people saw only rags, I saw a true, hidden beauty.
A small voice inside my head called out, “Reach out, reach out and touch this person!”
So I did.
I won’t be at Mass this week.
Nazi’s or Commies?
What a choice and our dear elected politicritters, both pointless parties supported this bullshit..
Again, is this what America voted for? Here is part of the HR1388 Bill’s wording:
SEC. 1304. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
Section 125 (42 U.S.C. 12575) is amended to read as follows:
SEC. 125. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
(a) Prohibited Activities- A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following activities:
(1) Attempting to influence legislation.
(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.
(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.
(10) Such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit.
Update: Bill passed in Senate March 26th, 2009.
Senate Roll Call #115 Details
H.R.1388: To reauthorize and reform the national service laws.
Update: April 1st, 2009.
In the GIVE legislation, SEC. 1304. Section 125 was repealed in it’s entirety from the bill. People who opposed the restrictions on church attendance rejoiced. However, closer examination reveals that the text listing Prohibited Activities
was inserted further down in the bill in SEC. 1310 SEC 132A in it’s entirety with the addition of even one more prohibited activity.
See text from edited bill here:
Section 125 (42 U.S.C. 12575) is amended to read as follows:‘SEC. 125. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.‘(a) Prohibited Activities- A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following activities:‘(1) Attempting to influence legislation.‘(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.‘(3) Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing.‘(4) Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements.‘(5) Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office.‘(6) Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials.‘(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.‘(8) Providing a direct benefit to–‘(A) a business organized for profit;‘(B) a labor organization;‘(C) a partisan political organization;‘(D) a nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 except that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and‘(E) an organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph (7), unless Corporation assistance is not used to support those religious activities.‘(9) Conducting a voter registration drive or using Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive.‘(10) Such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit.‘(b) Ineligible Organizations- No assistance provided under this subtitle may be provided to the following types of organizations (including the participation of a participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle in activities conducted by such organizations) or to organizations that are co-located on the same premises as the following organizations:‘(1) Organizations that provide or promote abortion services, including referral for such services.‘(2) For-profit organizations, political parties, labor organizations, or organizations engaged in political or legislative advocacy.‘(3) Organizations that have been indicted for voter fraud.‘(c) Nondisplacement of Employed Workers or Other Volunteers- A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not perform any services or duties or engage in activities which–‘(1) would otherwise be performed by an employed worker as part of his or her assigned duties as an employee or by another volunteer who is not a participant in an approved national service position; or‘(2) will supplant the hiring of employed workers or work of such other volunteers.’repealed.
(As stated above, the wording from SEC. 1304 was inserted further down in the bill into SEC. 1310 SEC 132A with the addition of even one more prohibited activity…see below)
SEC. 1310. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
Subtitle C of title I (42 U.S.C. 12571 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 132 the following:
‘SEC. 132A. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
‘(a) Prohibited Activities- An approved national service position under this subtitle may not be used for the following activities:
‘(1) Attempting to influence legislation.
‘(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.
‘(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of proselytization, consistent with section 132.
‘(10) Conducting a voter registration drive or using Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive.
‘(11) Carrying out such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit
All the more reason to hold tight to your guns and ammo…
What you get for stomping on American‘s Rights…
Hopeless: Job Corps Slams Door on 30,000 Young Adults
by Tony Lee
President Barack Obama campaigned last week to promote his plans for job training and job creation that he claimed would expand the country’s middle class, fully aware that the Job Corps program had suspended enrollment in January due to gross bureaucratic mismanagement of the country’s largest job-training program for low-income youths, particularly African Americans.
The freeze started in January and is expected to last until June 30. That did not stop Obama from making lofty promises in his State of the Union address last week about job creation.
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
****************I got to thinking recently. (THAT is ALWAYS dangerous!) If, as the DHS insists, I live in a Constitution Free Zone of America, and they can do as they darn well please inside this zone, then it also means I can do as I darn well please inside the CFZ, too. Huh?
A registry of American Gun Owners.? SO they can what?
They cannot even control their own corrupt nation and they want this?
Tell them to talk to Holder as he knows what tehy need to! He ran the guns to the cartels!!
Well neither am I…But I will NOT vote for the OblamelessOne, no effing way…
Let’s Take A Closer Look At Obama……….
☹ April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying
they “cling to guns and religion” and have an “antipathy to people
who aren’t like them.”
☹ January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary
of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for
abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.
☹ January 2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding
for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing
taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform
abortions in other nations.
☹ February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience
protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical
activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the
plan in February 2011.
☹ March 2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
☹ March 2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA,
the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely
with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions
and involuntary sterilizations.
☹ April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders
that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making
☹ May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day
(a day established by federal law) at the White House.
☹ May 2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding
for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive”
sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies
and abortions. 31 He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets.
☹ May 2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary
calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use
racism in their “criminal” activities.
☹ July 2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal
benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive
Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense
of Marriage Act.
☹ September 16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC
Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate”
any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively
affect homosexual “equality.”
☹ July 2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in
violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution
to include abortion.
☹ August 2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for
176 abstinence education programs.
☹ September 2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a
judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
☹ October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase
about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence
– an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions.
☹ November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it
is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by
☹ January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial
in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled
that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama
administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law,
and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court.
☹ February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department,
for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom
ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across
the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from
☹ February 2011 – Obama directs the Justice Department to stop
defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
☹ March 2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate
videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers
get abortions for victimized underage girls.
☹ April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges
passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring
protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to
hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates
of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring.
☹ June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references
to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery.
☹ July 2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military,
reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778.
☹ August 2011 – The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers
in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a
philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD – a theory
long taught by civilized nations across the world (except America).
☹ August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health
care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical
workers in the areas of abortion and contraception.
☹ September 2011 – Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders
from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains.
☹ September 2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical
Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials
and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.”
☹ September 2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may
perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal
Defense of Marriage Act.
☹ October 2011 – The Obama administration eliminates federal grants
to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs
that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion.
☹ November 2011 – The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation
Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children
across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity.
☹ November 2011 – The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a
Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans.
☹ November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President
Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial.
☹ November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references
in his Thanksgiving speech.
☹ January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis.
☹ February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student
loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no
longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion.
☹ February 2012 – The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites
three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General
William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because
he is an outspoken Christian.
☹ February 2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of
Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei).
☹ February 2012 – The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read
a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read.