Every year I cannot wait for October. I love October soooo much! I start feeling light and mellow. I imagine wearing muted fall colors of red, yellow and green with tinges of violet. When I’m driving I sheepishly glance at the glass window shops of beautifully dressed and autumn colored mannequins. I wish I were one of those mannequins in the store. I would just stare like the rest of them and be so happy. I sense the odor of fine cuisine more acutely. I start getting really hungry for pumpkin and sugar or acorn squash and butter. I want to eat all the different kinds of Spanish tapas in one sitting. The moon appears to talk to me. It has funny faces and makes me laugh to myself. At twilight the sunlight brightens me directly and everywhere I turn, it colors me first. When I’m in October, I’m in love with all that is there.
The following is the list of Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential (veep) candidates, as exposed by the Wikileaks hack . The veep list falls into various “food groups,” a term cast by her campaign chief, John Podesta, to represent the various demographic groups of her campaign. The categories are: five Hispanic men, seven white women senators, seven white men, seven black men, three prior high-ranking officers, and nine rich people. Bernie Sanders made the list at bottom all alone.
Here is the list:
WikiLeaks breach shows John Podesta’s veep list for Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton’s campaign team considered naming Bill Gates or Melinda Gates as her nominee for vice president – two of nearly 40 names on the initial long-list submitted by campaign chief John Podesta, according to hacked emails released by WikiLeaks on Tuesday. Mr. Podesta broke the names down by what he called “food groups” – which… (more…)
The Saint Francis prayer was written long ago.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
Truly, the part that says dying is mysterious. Often, I do not agree with that statement. But I have to admit that it is the only way I can be truly happy.
The part that says “grant that I may not so much seek … to be loved as to love,” applies to me specifically. I want to be more loved. But I do not desire to love. It is the logical opposite.
I find that when I pray this part of the prayer that I actually become more happy. In a way I have shed a slavery to my own selfish attitude. I have taken off something that looks ugly. I have become more free. Yet, I find that I am not loved or respected by a certain human. I find that I might be respected by humans from whom I never expected respect and love. I feel as if the Lord has sent me on a mission to others of whom I do not know and by whom never knew me.
On Sunday, I heard a sermon on the value of money. That money is more valued by the rich and that the poor have no money even to value. That in this world the poor are cared for by the rich. But in the next life the rich are cared for by the poor. This means that the poor have learned eternal values by not having any money and the rich have learned earthly values by having all the money.
There is nothing to worry. We are all cared for. However, one has to stop and think. How are the rich cared for by the poor in heaven? It is very simple, if you understand how to be poor on earth. There is a spirit of poverty one can follow, although, I must confess my wife does not like me for spreading this idea. She just represents the difficulty that those have in practicing the spirit of poverty. But she knows and has practiced the spirit of poverty her whole life.
It means this. Say to yourself slowly the following eternal values: for instance – strength, joy, wisdom, honesty, self-restraint, patience, praying, generosity, self-effacement, sense of humor, sharing, meditation, community living, helpfulness, humility, hunger for the truth, painful experiences, loss of loved ones, service of country, hospitality, friendliness, kindness, gift-giving, letter-writing, caring for the elderly, laughing at oneself, service of neighbor, contemplation, well-wishing, speaking well, spiritual exercises, and inability to make a living.
In this short poor story, I cannot list the endless number of eternal values. Most are practiced by the poor and the poor in spirit. The poor have learned these values so well on earth, that in heaven there are a sufficient number of poor people who would unhesitatingly care for the rich.
Thanks Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA19)!
My congressional district Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA1) voted “NO” on agreeing to the Amendment to H.R. 4870, the Thomas Massie (R-KY4) of Kentucky Amendment. Rep. Wittman does not agree with limiting NSA surveillance of American records. This goes against the U.S. Constitution Amendment IV (Fourth), against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Rep. Wittman is less conservative on this issue, even less than Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA19) who is one of the members sponsoring the amendment and championing surveillance reform.
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President Barack Obama is in Texas today.
Texas is the center of the current crisis at the border. From Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, thousands upon thousands of children are pouring into the United States.
This flood of foreign children is not a problem of border security. They are not sneaking across the border illegally. Under the Feinstein Amendment of 2008, unaccompanied minors from these countries can present themselves at a legal border crossing, claim to be political refugees and seek asylum.
The argument on the left is that these three countries have violent gangs and therefore we have a moral obligation to take in their children. One Democratic senator told me that the real key was to end violence in those three countries.
Given last weekend’s 82 shot and 16 killed in Chicago, I wanted to ask that senator how he thought his policies would be more successful in Central America than they have been in our third-largest city.
It is in this context of the liberal fantasy — that we owe the world everything, we can do nothing to protect ourselves and everyone else is innocent while we Americans somehow have an extra burden to take care of their problems — that you have to view the President’s current actions.
The President’s trip highlights vividly the failure of Obama-ism.
It is clear he wants our money.
He is doing two big Democratic fundraisers in Texas this week to get political money.
He has just sent up a request to Congress for an additional $3.7 billion to address the immigration crisis on the southern border — the majority of which would go toward caring for the unaccompanied minors crossing the border. Still, this request is larger than the entire U.S. Border Patrol budget in 2013.
Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, on CNN’s “Crossfire” Tuesday night, demolished the President’s proposal.
“That’s $60,000 per child that we’re going to spend, in emergency money,” he pointed out. (Parents and students trying to get through college should contemplate that number.) “That shows just how incompetent we [are] — we can’t do that for three or four thousand per child?…If we can’t do that, the Border Patrol is as bad as the VA.”
“For $8 million,” he pointed out later in the show, “we can put them all on a first-class seat back to their homes.”
Actually, he exaggerated a little bit. A business class flight from San Antonio to Guatemala City is about $450. Lowest economy ticket is $318. For the 60,000 young people entering the United States this year under the Feinstein Amendment, flying home commercially would be in the range of $18 to $26 million plus the cost of staffing etc. So the Coburn plan might cost (once staff, etc. is included) in the $40 million to $80 million range.
That means, of course, that the Coburn plan would save at least $3.62 billion over the Obama plan.
Why is the Obama plan so expensive? Simple. Left-wing Democrats wake up every morning knowing the answer is bigger government and more money. They just don’t know what the question is.
The border crisis is a new opportunity for Obama to create even bigger government, spending even more of our children’s money. In a rational world it would be an absurdity, but this is the world of Obama and Sen. Harry Reid, and nothing involving more spending and bigger government is absurd to them.
Coburn also noted that the current scale of the border crisis would disappear if Congress would simply repeal the Feinstein Amendment.
Chairman Bob Goodlatte of the House Judiciary Committee also noted that there are a number of executive actions the President could take which would end the open borders for foreign children policy. The Obama administration policy of “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” was an executive decision to begin with (and one of questionable legality). The President certainly has the authority to enforce immigration law.
The Obama policy instead assumes the border will remain open and he wants to use taxpayer money to fund the lengthy process of getting children from Central America involved in the American legal system. It is a great excuse to have the government hire even more lawyers.
House Republicans should immediately repeal the Feinstein Amendment and call on the President to do everything within his power to stop this rush on our borders. Let’s see how long Democratic senators up for reelection can allow Reid to bottle up a solution to the flood of foreign children coming into our country.
Three cheers for Senator Coburn and a loud “no” to President Obama is the right response to this mess.
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It is not too late to start the novena!
The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is on July 16th. The novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins on July 8th, and the novena prayer can be found at the link below.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel novena has a rich tradition all the way to the prophet Elias (1 Kings 18:44). Some of the first Christians under St. John the Baptist departed Jerusalem after the Pentecost and settled on Mount Carmel to erect a Christian hermitage and church dedicated to Our Lady. Mount Carmel rises 1,742 feet and overlooks the modern-day Haifa on the mediterranean, and has limestone rocks that appear as a cliff-like landscape.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel was the promise by God of the Virgin who would bear a child, the Messiah, who would save the world. Elias, himself, was a virgin, and he promised to live a…
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