Daily Archives: January 10, 2014

December Jobs Numbers

December 2013 saw 74,000 new jobs added to the American economy.

  • Economists had expected December 2013 would produce a minimum of 120,000 new jobs.
  • American businesses need to add 200,000 new jobs each month just to keep pace with population growth.

How did Democrat leaders respond to news of yet another increase in the number of unemployed Americans?

At 8:00 a.m. on January 10, 2014, the White House crowed about how many jobs had been created on their watch.

2014_01 10 800 am WH tweet

Three minutes later, Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid shook his finger at Republicans for stalling on extending unemployment benefits. 

2014_01 10 803 am Reid tweet

Do these people talk to each other?

Harry Reid government

So how is it … if the economy produced way fewer jobs than needed just to keep unemployment even, the “Unemployment Rate” number somehow dropped from 7.0% to 6.7%?

Simple. The “Unemployment Rate” is a phony statistic that totally ignores those who have given up hope.

2014_01 Unemployment for real

Any media report crowing about Obama’s economic recovery is lying to cover his Democrat butt.

Sources:

H/t itooktheredpill

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PETE’S PAGE; FRIDAY FUN

Posted by Pistol Pete

REALLY late start today. Been real busy,but I still wanted to leave you with some fun stuff for the weekend.

I promise to try not mentioning Kristie Kreme or Nobama.

I think it was Ting who queried who came first,Walter or Plugs. You decide:

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2014 World Watch List

Pray for the persecuted

The annual World Watch List ranks countries by the intensity of persecution that Christians face for demonstrating their faith in all spheres of life – private, family, community, national and church.

For the 12th straight year, North Korea is numero uno on the Open Doors list of “worst places to be a Christian.” In North Korea, a Christian can be executed or forced into a lifelong labor camp along with several generations of his or her family just for possessing a Bible or for spending time in prayer.

NoKo is Atheist Communist. However, worldwide it is Islamic Extremism that is the worst persecutor of Christians. Overall, persecution of Christians worldwide continues to increase. It is estimated that 100 million Christians are actively being persecuted. A total of 2,123 Christians are known to have been martyred in 2013 compared to 1,201 in 2012. Syria had the most martyrs with 1,213. The death total in North Korea is not available.

Source:

http://www.religiontoday.com/news/north-korea-remains-number-one-persecutor-of-christians.html

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HHS Mandate challenge scheduled for Feast of Annunciation

SCOTUS calendar announcement:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius (consolidated for one hour of argument) – whether the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employee health plans include birth control and other pregnancy-related services violates the religious rights of corporations and their owners

March 25th is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary which marks the day the Archangel Gabriel came to Mary and told her she would be the mother of the Messiah.

Modern Annunciation icon

This feast day is celebrated by In the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental and Eastern Catholic liturgical calendars. In the west, the date is moved if necessary to prevent it from falling during Holy Week or Easter Week or on a Sunday. In the east, it is always celebrated on March 25th.

This year, the feast will be celebrated on March 25th around the world.

Sources:

SCOTUS calendar @ http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/01/march-argument-calendar-day-by-day-2/#more-203278

Painting @ http://reinkat.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/icon-of-the-annunciation-2/

About the feast @ http://www.ewtn.com/library/FAMILY/MARCH25.TXT

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A pastor with the smell of sheep

2014_01 08 Pope Francis greets Father Baez

Father Baez is a parish priest in Pope Francis’s former Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. He arrived in Rome late Jan. 7 and headed over to St. Peter’s Square the next day.

Pope Francis saw him from a distance and yelled to him, “What are you doing here?”

And he yelled back, “I came to see you!”

The pope had the driver stop the vehicle. He gestured to the priest to come.

“And I ran as best I could,” squeezing past the people pressed in front of him, past the large wooden barricades snaking through the square and past a large security detail that is now used to protocol being thrown to the wind.

The pope said, “Come, get on!” and gave the priest an empty seat next to his papal assistant.

Father Baez said that later, when he thought about it, he felt that phrase “Come, get on” was also meant for the whole world.

“When he invited me, he invited all priests to be near the people,” he said, and the pope was also inviting all people “to stand up, rise up and go,” and lift their hearts and lives up to the Lord.

Father Baez spoke very fondly of his former bishop. “He showed all of us priests how to be a priest, how to care for people, to be a pastor with the smell of sheep.”

Pope Francis’ homily Jan. 9 during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, was about what Jesus meant by love.

Jesus “speaks to us of concrete things: feed the hungry, visit the sick. When there isn’t this concreteness, one can be living a Christianity of illusion because the person doesn’t really understand the core of Jesus’ message,” he said.

The pope said there were two things that make Christian love concrete. “First, love with actions, not with words. The wind whisks words away; today they’re here, tomorrow they’re not,” he said.

The second thing is “for love, it’s more important to give than receive. A person who loves, gives and gives,” he said, while someone who doesn’t love “is self-centered, always tries to receive, always looks to have things, have perks.”

Instead, people need to have an “open heart” that isn’t hardened against God.

Sources:

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1400084.htm

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/08/pope-francis-friend-argentina-popemobile

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Understanding Obama vs. The Little Sisters

“You don’t have to assassinate that guy yourself. You just have to contract a hit man to do it for you.”

That’s the whole thing in a nutshell. Obama will graciously allow nuns who care for poor elderly folks to not provide birth control and abortion pills in their health insurance plan, provided they require another health insurance plan to do it for them. Riiiight. Cuz paying someone else to do something is morally SO different from doing it yourself. NOT.

This is what Progressives call “religious freedom.” I saw that kind of “freedom” when I visited Budapest in 1965 and Moscow in 1972.

Below is a good, clear explanation to assist you in getting up to speed on this important issue.

Little Sisters of the Poor Case: The Administration’s Position Goes from the Absurd to the Surreal

By Matt Bowman – January 6, 2014

The Obama administration told the Supreme Court that nuns running an elder-care facility should have to provide “free” abortion drugs through their health-insurance plan. Witness your tax dollars at work.

There is hope, though, that your hard-earned pay won’t be wasted on absurdities like this much longer. Religious freedom is so embedded in American law that Obamacare has suffered court orders against its mandate in 53 of 60 rulings so far.

Yet despite having many opportunities to promote abortion without involving people of faith, the Obama administration refuses to cut its losses. Instead it has doubled down ferociously – insisting on coercing even nuns to participate in its anti-life, anti-religious agenda.

Read the rest @ http://m.nationalreview.com/node/367564/print

I recommend you follow his links. The background information is informative and he also includes a link to the actual text of the Obama Supreme Court filing.

H/t Bluebird of Bitterness

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