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Democracy is the political expression of Liberalism, whilst Capitalism is its economic expression...In the political area, Liberalism gave birth to Democracy... This, I discussed in my little book "The Popes and Democracy". In the economic field, we had Capitalism. Capitalism is based on profit alone, not on the needs of man. True, no company or corporation can be expected to work at a loss and, for that reason, the profit motive is quite legitimate, nay, it is the necessary incentive which Socialism destroys wherever it rises to power, thus bringing about complete economic chaos. But, whilst being an indispensable condition, the profit motive must not override other considerations and, although quite justified to increase the production of consumers' goods, it cannot condone speculation on non-existing money created solely by book entries. And this, I am afraid is the essence of Capitalism, as distinct from Private enterprise. To be sure, when you destroy Private Enterprise you destroy also private Capitalism but, contrary to the simplistic solution of the Socialists, it is possible to control Capitalism without destroying Private Enterprise. This will be achieved when the Banks are denied the right to issue non-existing money.
This deal is our best means of assuring that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. And from the start, that has been my number one priority - our number one priority.
"First Obama said we can inspect them any time, any place, whenever we please. Now it turns out ‘whenever we please’ except when they don’t allow it. If they don’t want it it’s up to them..."He concludes:
"Do you know that in the restaurants of New York, they have an inspection system. You can surprise any restaurant without notice that you can walk in and inspect them… So we are protected in this city from a bad tuna fish. We’re not protected from a bomb but we’re protected from a bad quality of a tuna fish,"Does recent history instruct us on whether we can trust President Obama when he assures us "Iran will not have a bomb?" The New York Times reports today "ISIS Transforming Into Functioning State That Uses Terror as Tool"
The health care plan was largely designed so that some health care plans would go away. If not this year, then at some point down the road.
A truly competitive market is an effective instrument for attaining important objectives of justice: moderating the excessive profits of individual businesses, responding to consumers' demands, bringing about a more efficient use and conservation of resources, rewarding entrepreneurship and innovation, making information available so that it is really possible to compare and purchase products in an atmosphere of healthy competition. -- COMPENDIUM OF THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."Now why do they want one of those so badly?
|The plane is nosediving, but |
the cockpit door is locked.
What authority is there in Islam to restrain that awful tendency toward wanton religious fervor, to prevent it, for example, from spawning a sect that is an evil cult of death, laughing as it slaughters babies, women, innocents, anything and everything including civilization itself?
In civilized western countries, the culture restrains. But the culture is unquestionably Judeo-Christian in its traditions, mores, and laws. Thus it must be acknowledged that Islam is moderated by Judeo-Christianity, its two older siblings.
Mohammed did not turn the other cheek, love his enemy, or let himself be crucified for his love of his enemy's eternal soul. Islam sets no example of such love of enemy, only violence to "infidels".
Arguing that "no God condones terrorism" is meaningless to a fundamentalist Muslim because that dogma does not find expression in the example of his chief prophet. Therefore a fundamentalist Muslim has no moral authority mandating the restraint of its violent extremists.
Islam CANNOT stop its own perverted violence. There is only One who can.
...catastrophic civilian casualties ...unless Congress acts ...every single facet of modern human life ...crippled ...men, women, and children ...with ...no access to food, water, or transportation ...catastrophic ...weeks or months at most ...devastation beyond imagination ...almost entirely vulnerable ...catastrophic ...existential threats ...kill 9 of 10 Americans... starvation ...disease ...societal collapse ...America’s adversaries may already have the ability to launch an EMP attack ...wipe out 90 percent of America’s population ...must remain vigilant ...to mitigate the effects of an EMP attack ...devastation ...unthinkable ...cataclysmic ...very dangerous and unthinkable...
"George Gilder, author of 'Knowledge and Power,' sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss his theories of knowledge and capitalism. Specifically, that wealth equals knowledge and that capitalism is not an 'incentive system.'"
Government plan for consolidated online ID unveiledPublished 20 April 2011Last Friday President Obama unveiled a plan to establish federal standards to create consolidated secure online passwords; the ultimate goal of National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is to create a more secure environment for online transactions where users only have to register once and can use a common password for multiple sites; NSTIC lays out the industry standards and technology policies around the new authentication methods but leaves the development and deployment of the technology entirely in the hands of the private sector to avoid the establishment of a government-led national ID; privacy advocates worry that it could create an environment where authentication is increasingly required (link)
Gold is, however, particularly subject to short-term price fluctuations. Nation-states and their central banks hold about half of the globe's aboveground stores of gold, with which they can and do engineer extreme short-term price declines. And, as more than 95 percent of the gold mined in the past still exists, with most of it in bullion bar form, the globe's stores of gold are perhaps a hundred times larger than annual world production of gold - and nearly a hundred times more potentially influential, on the supply side, to short term price movements.
Any listing of human rights becomes less complete and more prone to error in proportion to how specific it is...The prime right is one's right to life, one's own life and no one else's. All other rights, and the delineation of what belongs to whom, derive from this beginning.Thus, that which is pro-life is a right and is moral and that which is anti-life is a usurpation and immoral. All human rights -- and which actions are right (moral) and which are wrong -- can be logically derived from the prime right, the right to life.
The way in which the three traditionally listed rights are logically bound together was well expressed by Justice Sutherland as follows:
The individual has three rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference (from government): the right to life, the right to his liberty, the right to his property. The three rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give a man his life, but to deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes life worth living. To give him his liberty, but to take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is still to leave him a slave.In 1890 Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren wrote an article for the Harvard Law Review urging the creating of a legal right of privacy. New technological methods of snooping have made privacy an even more cherished value. Brandeis was on the Supreme Court in 1928 when it decided that police wire-tapping was not a "search" subject to constitutional restrictions, and in a great dissent he reiterated a passage from his 1890 article:
"The makers of the Constitution...sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions, and their sensations. They conferred, as against the Government, the right to be left alone -- the most comprehensive of rights and the most valued by all civilized men."(Justice Louis D. Brandeis, in Olmstead vs. U.S., 1928)
The Supreme Court since then has adopted Brandeis dissent as the law on wire-tapping and, in general, declared privacy a value respected by the Constitution.
Ten years ago, CHD was exposed as using the Catholic Church as a milk cow to fund organizations that frequently were actively working against the Church’s mission, especially in their support of pro-abortion activities and politicians. Now it turns out that CHD has long been a major funder of ACORN, a national community agitation organization in support of leftist causes, including the abortion license. ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is under criminal investigation in several states. In the last decade CHD gave ACORN well over seven million dollars, including more than a million in the past year. It is acknowledged that ACORN, with which Sen. Obama had a close connection over the years, was a major player in his presidential campaign.
But even as Cardinal Dolan insists that requiring some religiously affiliated employers to pay for contraception services would be an unprecedented, and intolerable, government intrusion on religious liberty, the archdiocese he heads has quietly been paying for such coverage, albeit reluctantly and indirectly, for thousands of its unionized employees for over a decade.
“We provide the services under protest,” said Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York
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Obama appealed for Americans to avoid a rush to judgment, saying people should stay true to the "unity and diversity that makes us strong."(http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/20/us-usa-bombings-boston-obama-idUSBRE93J05I20130420 )