Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I Believe That...

A Birth Certificate shows that we were born A Death Certificate shows that we died!
I Believe That ...
• just because two people argue, It doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do love each other.
• we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
• no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you, every once in a while and you must forgive them for.
• true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
• you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
• it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
• you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
• you can keep going long after you think you can't.
• we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
• either you control your attitude or it controls you.
• heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
• my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
• sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.
• sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
• maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
• it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.
• no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief.
• our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become.
• you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.
• Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
• your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.
• even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
• credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
• the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

'The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; They just make the most of everything they have.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Term Limits.
• 12 years only, one of the possible options below.
o Two Six-year Senate terms
o Six Two-year House terms
o One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Why is there Evil?

"I sought whence evil comes and there was no solution", said St. Augustine, and his own painful quest would only be resolved by his conversion to the living God. For "the mystery of lawlessness" is clarified only in the light of the "mystery of our religion". The revelation of divine love in Christ manifested at the same time the extent of evil and the superabundance of grace. We must therefore approach the question of the origin of evil by fixing the eyes of our faith on him who alone is its conqueror. (CCC 385)
If God the Father almighty, the Creator of the ordered and good world, cares for all his creatures, why does evil exist? To this question, as pressing as it is unavoidable and as painful as it is mysterious, no quick answer will suffice. Only Christian faith as a whole constitutes the answer to this question:
• The goodness of creation,
• The drama of sin and the patient love of God who comes to meet man by his covenants,
• The redemptive Incarnation of his Son,
• His gift of the Spirit,
• His gathering of the Church,
• The power of the sacraments
• His call to a blessed life to which free creatures are invited to consent in advance,
• They can also turn away in advance.
There is not a single aspect of the Christian message that is not in part an answer to the question of evil. (CCC 309)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Should a Child Witness Childbirth?

Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call. The house was very dark, so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a 3-year-old girl, to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby.
Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Heidi pushed and pushed and after a little while, Connor was born. The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and patted him on his bottom. Connor began to cry. The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked the wide-eyed 3-year-old what she thought about what she had just witnessed. Kathleen quickly responded, 'He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place........spank him again!'

Refuse The New Dollar Coins

This simple action will make a strong statement. Please help with this. Refuse to accept these when they are handed to you. I received one from the Post Office as change and I asked for a dollar bill instead. The lady just smiled and said 'way to go' , so she had read this e -mail. Please help out. Our world is in enough trouble without this too!
The U.S. Government is releasing new dollar coins without, you guessed it, 'in God we trust'. It is gone! If ever there was a reason to boycott something, this is it! Do not accept the new dollar coins as change. Together we can force them out of circulation.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Catholic Shampoo

Two nuns were shopping at a 7-11 store. As they passed by the beer cooler, one nun said to the other, "wouldn't a nice cool beer or two taste wonderful on a hot summer evening?" The second nun answered, "indeed it would, sister, but I would not feel comfortable buying beer, since I am certain it would cause a scene at the checkout stand." "I can handle that without a problem" the other nun replied, and she picked up a six-pack and headed for the check-out.
The cashier had a surprised look on his face when the two nuns arrived with a six-pack of beer. "we use beer for washing our hair" the nun said, "back at our nunnery, we call it catholic shampoo. Without blinking an eye, the cashier reached under the counter, pulled out a package of pretzel sticks, and placed them in the bag with the beer. He then looked the nun straight in the eye, smiled, and said: "the curlers are on the house."

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Julie Andrews Turns 69

Julie Andrews Turns 69 and to commemorate her birthday, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'. Here are the lyrics she used:

Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.