Priest Urges Obama Supporters To Confess Mortal Sin

I think this priest needs to look up the meaning of mortal sin.  According to the dictionary a mortal sin is:  A sin, such as murder or blasphemy, that is so heinous it deprives the soul of sanctifying grace and causes damnation if unpardoned at the time of death.

This particular priest feels that because Obama supports abortion anyone who voted for him committed a mortal sin.

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Fox News: Chambliss lies about not knowing what a recession is

This video courtesy of Think Progress.

On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) defended his July claim that he didn’t think we’re in a recession and that he didn’t know what the term meant. He then lied and said he was only quoting Alan Greenspan.

This Year, Why Not Try Something Different For Christmas?

I admit I have not been to a mall in over 2 1/2 years.  The closest I come to that kind of shopping environment is going to outlets once a year.  The retailers that know me best are the Benjamin Moore paint associates and the home improvement folks that have been selling me cedar shingles for my home.

In my own family, I’m in the minority.  I’m the only one that doesn’t participate in the Black Friday shopping battle.  Derrick Jackson talks about the brutality of Black Friday and making a change for Christmas this year.

It seems that it is not enough for Americans to watch football on turkey day. Obviously inspired by our beloved black-and-blue brutality, otherwise sane Americans treat Black Friday as their day in the NFL, blasting through the hole of the store opening to the 20-, the 30-, the 40-, the 50-percent-off sweater department! Then you chop-block the shopper ahead of you to advance from 53d to 52d in the checkout line.

All this sweat, tears, and occasional blood for the argyle for dear old Dad that becomes moth bait.

This year is, of course, different. Black Friday really turned tragic as a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death in New York. This and the economy stinks. President-elect Obama has said for two years the planet is in peril. That originally only referred to global warming. But Americans keep thinking we can pilfer the planet at no peril.

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Global Warming Melts Frosty the Snowman

Climate change policy will be on the agenda for the 111th Congress when it reconvenes in January 2009.  Global warming will be “front and center” according to Senator John Kerry who will lead the Senate delegation to the United Nations climate talks scheduled to occur in Poznam, Poland in 2009.

Climate change policy will get a boost next year from the fact that some of the most senior members of the Obama administration have focused on the issue during their careers, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) told reporters today.

Kerry, who will chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next Congress, said he expected Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Sen. Hillary Clinton — who is expected to be named secretary of state — will both use their new roles to promote a global pact curbing greenhouse gases.

“Both will be exceedingly helpful and important in this effort,” Kerry said during the telephone news conference.

From:  Voices Washington Post

Let’s do what we can do to slow down global warming and save Frosty the Snowman along with the polar bears and other creatures both large and small that depend on a colder climate to survive.  And let us not forget about the vegetation that needs cold temperatures in order for their seeds to germinate.

Interactive Map of Global Warning Signs.

From The Union of Concerned Scientists.

Dick Cheney’s Organized Crime Indictment Evidence

Vice-President Cheney’s financial records could be used to prove that he is engaged in criminal activity.  Gregorio De La Rosa, Jr., was killed by fellow inmates in one of the prisons Vanguard helped finance in 2001.

Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra said elected officials let the jail get away with murder so that they could keep making money.   “Greed will get you discovered … every time, and that’s what happened to Cheney.” Dick Cheney owns shares in the Vanguard Group, an investment company that helps finance prison companies. Guerra estimates those shares are worth $85 million.

Cheney put a stop to the investigation in 2006, into the death and the investigation of Gregorio De La Rosa Jr.

UFCW Local 1500 Responds To Death of Wal-Mart Worker

The Local Union has issued a press release in response to the death of a Long-Island Wal-Mart worker.  They are demanding Federal Safety Agency and Nassau County Prosecutor investigate this incident.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, New York State’s largest grocery workers Union, has called for an immediate investigation by Federal, State and Local authorities into the “avoidable” death of a Wal-mart worker at the Valley Stream, Long Island Wal-mart. Specifically, the Union has called on the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the New York State Department of Labor and the Nassau County Prosecutor to investigate Wal-mart’s failure to provide a safe workplace.

“This incident was avoidable,” said Bruce Both, President of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500. “Where were the safety barriers? Where was security? How did store management not see dangerous numbers of customers barreling down on the store in such an unsafe manner?” asked President Both. “This is not just tragic; it rises to a level of blatant irresponsibility by Wal-mart. UFCW Local 1500 will demand a full investigation by all levels of Government to ensure both justice for the surviving family members and to ensure the safety of current employees and the general public. This can never be allowed to happen again and those responsible must be held accountable,” Both concluded.

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Will Wal-Mart Profit from their Employees’ Death?

Today, Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death by consumers desperate for a good deal. Will Wal-Mart profit from his death?

Right now, your company could have a life insurance policy on you that you know nothing about. When you die — perhaps years after you leave your employer — the tax-free proceeds from this policy wouldnt go to your family. The money would go to the company.

Whats more, the company might use this policy to pay for retirement benefits and other perks not for you or your fellow workers, but for your companys top executives.

Hundreds of companies — including Dow Chemical, Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart, Walt Disney and Winn-Dixie — have purchased this insurance on more than 6 million rank-and-file workers.

These policies, nicknamed dead janitors or dead peasants insurance, soared in popularity after many states cleared the way for them in the 1980s.

Jane St. John had two children and was pregnant with a third when her husband, a butcher at a Winn-Dixie store, was killed in an auto accident. When the Killeen, Texas, woman called the company to ask about insurance, she said she was told about a $17,500 policy to which she was entitled. St. John said Winn-Dixie told her nothing about the $102,000 the company collected from a corporate-owned policy on his life. She found out about it this summer, eight years after his death, from a lawyer who researched court records. The idea that the company would secretly insure lives, and then not share the benefits with the families, “is sick,” she said. “That is creepy.”

Mike Rice was a 48-year-old assistant manager when he died of a massive heart attack at the Wal-Mart store in Tilton, N.H. His widow, Vicki, became the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the company after she discovered Wal-Mart collected $300,000 from a life insurance policy it owned on him. Vicki Rice believes job-related stress contributed to the heart attack and says it is totally immoral for Wal-Mart to profit from his death.

Anger about these practices likely will keep the heat on Congress to make some reforms. Its possible that lawmakers will restrict severely companies ability to write the policies on rank-and-file workers. At the very least, companies probably will have to get workers consent before buying any new policies and clearly disclose that the coverage may extend past the time they leave the company, the ACLIs Dolan said.

But he rejected the idea that corporate-owned life insurance was immoral or a company bet against its workers.

Its an important business planning tool, Dolan said. Companies are using it for extremely valid reasons.

I would like to see just what these valid reasons are. Can anyone enlighten me?

Sounds like calls to Congress are in order. Find your Congress Critter here. Just click on your state.

Two Dead at Toys ‘R’ Us Shooting

Details from the Huffington Post:

Two people were shot to death in a crowded toy store on Black Friday in a confrontation apparently involving rival groups, city officials said.

Palm Desert Councilman Jim Ferguson said police told him two men with handguns shot and killed each other. Ferguson said he asked police whether the incident was a dispute over a toy or whether it was gang-related. He said police told him they were not going to release further details until the victims’ relatives were notified.

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