Goldilocks wrote one of the most idiotic comments of his/her time: The poor create jobs! Police courts DHS addiction programs prisons/jails etc. . Catholic Capitalist Replies To The Pope
Dear Comrade Goldilocks,
You are hereby notified that there is an official embargo on your comments in the email and hate mail columns effective with this notice. You recent offerings have been so obtuse, so off-topic, so unintelligible that even Jay Carney, White House Press Jester could only shrug when I asked him to translate.
Your comments read like the proclamations of a Japanese emperor:
The hallowed spirits of Our Imperial Ancestors guarding Us from above, We rely upon the loyalty and courage of Our subjects in Our confident expectation that the task bequeathed by Our forefathers will be carried forward, and that the sources of evil will be speedily eradicated and an enduring peace immutably established.
Please adjust your medication accordingly.
Because you aren’t a Japanese emperor. Just a reminder.
Emberato wrote: What must I do to obtain Eternal Life?, the rich man asked.”Keep the Commandments,” Jesus said to the RICH Wall Street Broker.”This I have done my whole life’ replied the CEO of the world’s largest bank. “Sell all that you have and give it to the Poor; then you can follow me.” Yeshua HaMashiah COMMANDED. The man sadly departed; as he was VERY rich—and did not want to share through voluntarily giving… Catholic Capitalist Replies To The Pope
Dear Comrade Emberato,
Yes, except Jesus didn’t say that to a rich, Wall Street broker. He said it to the rich man.
As a priest pointed out to me a few weeks ago, whenever somebody goes by the name “rich man” in the bible, it doesn’t end well for him.
That’s because it denotes what is most important to the man.
But it’s not the quality that is most important to Jesus.
Jesus, being the Son of God, knew that while the rich man observed all the rites and rituals and commandments, his wealth was more important to him than anything.
There are plenty of people in the bible with whom God and Jesus are pleased and who are also rich.
Joseph of Arimathea is a notable example. Joseph provided the burial tomb for Jesus. King Solomon was reputed to be the richest- and wisest- of men in his time and he was most favored by God.
Proverbs 19:17 – He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
1 Samuel 2:7 – The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
Proverbs 13:7- There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
Jose19601 wrote: John, as usual, you kinda miss the point. It’s called “Social” security for a reason. You’re paying into a pool to help your fellow citizens in what may be their time of need. Allowing everyone to simply invest their money in the stock market is what’s known as “private investing” and there’s no need for government in that. Catholic Capitalist Replies To The Pope
Dear Comrade Jose,
No. I have not missed the point.
The only point that I see in your comments is the one at the top of your head.
We don’t pay into a Social Security pool to help in people’s time of need. We pay into a pool to pay everyone who has paid into the pool previously.
It’s a scheme that doesn’t work. It doesn’t pay as you go, unless you raise taxes and cut benefits.
There are fewer workers paying more taxes to support more in benefits.
So basically what politicians are telling us is that though someone like me has worked since I was 15 years old, I won’t get the same benefits unless someone else pays higher taxes when I retire.
You’re right about this though: it’s “social” all right. But I’d like to remind you, so is syphilis.
Chipsmydog wrote: Well said, John.
“You must be Born Again.” says Jesus Christ. To legislate morality without a change of heart is futile. The Pope tries to be the behavior coach to the world. Never a good plan. Why are you still a R.C., John? Why not champion Christianity and declare that the office of the Pope and the R.C. institution is founded on man centered lies? Martin Luther was right, and still is. Catholic Capitalist Replies To The Pope
Dear Apostate Chip,
Sam had a dog just like yours. He also had a son.
Look, I’m a member of the oldest surviving religious institution ever created. While you can quibble with a few things, you have to admire the longevity. When I go to an Eastern Catholic Church and celebrate Divine Liturgy, I’m celebrating, unchanged, a liturgy that is closest to the original Christian church.
I think Catholicism is one of the most dynamic of all Christian faiths. When others embraced abortion, Catholics condemned it.
They lead the fight about morality in the public square.
There is an old saying about the Catholic Church. When Protestants have differences of opinions they peel off and form a new church. Catholics stay and fight.
I very much admire all Christian faiths. I’m a Catholic, though, even if I quibble here and there with the Pope.
Bobmabel wrote: The biggest capitalists are the church organizations of Baptists & Catholics with their property they OWN in the USA earning them billions in the USA that they get TAX FREE. . Catholic Capitalist Replies To The Pope
Dear Comrade Bambi,
And you wonder why we call you comrade?
This is the same type of language that the Soviets deployed against the church in Russia in order to steal their property. They tied capitalism and religion together, and, just like Democrats, they used children to gain sympathy.
(Poster says: Cursed are Those Who Hypocritally Shield Themselves Behind Religion and Don’t Save These Children with Church Gold)
While weather played some part in the Famine of 1921, the bigger role was played by the Soviet confiscation of grain, and mismanagement of railroads.
Guess who saved the day?
The dirty, terrible, Laissez-faire capitalists in the United States:
“In August 1922,” writes The American Experience, “a full five months after the initial shipments of corn were sent to Russia, American Relief Administration officials were still feeding almost 11 million Soviet citizens each day in 19,000 kitchens. By the end of the famine that fall, five million Russians had starved to death, but the toll would have been significantly higher without Hoover’s unprecedented humanitarian commitment.”
This how I can be both a Catholic and a capitalist at the same time. It is also why I deplore socialism.
Face it: Capitalism Saves Lives!
Ken325 wrote: First of all, pointing to a tragedy and doing whatever you can to prevent it from happening again is NOT politicizing the tragedy. The gun control measures that were attempted after Sandy Hook were not political – they were attempting to prevent the next Sandy Hook. To the point of the article – this writer advocates that any shooter is justified if they “feel” they were threatened, no matter how unreasonable that belief. [No doubt the writer also feels Bush’s pre-emptive strike against Iraq was justified too]. So, taking the author’s opinion to its natural conclusion, we should all be armed and start shooting each other if we feel threatened by everyone’s guns. Never Let The Dead of Sandy Hook Go To Waste, Or Rest In Peace
Dear Comrade Ken,
Gun control prevents people who have a legitimate right to defend themselves from having the opportunity to defend themselves. That right of self-defense is a natural right. It’s also enshrined in the constitution as our right to keep and bear arms in order to maintain our freedoms against a tyrannical government.
You might take a peek at my article published yesterday about crime in Chicago. Chicago has some of the toughest gun-control measures in the country, yet there are places where violent crimes are committed at 680 times the national average.
These are places where carrying a gun is only done by outlaws.
The truth is that while Sandy Hook gets all the pub, the real tragedy happens everyday where rich, white liberals never go for a photo op, like the East Garfield neighborhood in Chicago.
Mass shooting like Sandy Hook account for 1 percent of all murders.
“Yet mass killings account for just 1 percent of all murders nationally. Public massacres,” writes the Clarion-Ledger, “such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Dec. 14 or the rampage at a movie multiplex in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, 2012, account for one in six deaths by mass killing.”
Most of the rest are family murders.
But doing the math that means that the types of shootings like Sandy Hook account for only 0.17 percent of all murders.
“Economists John Lott and William Landes conducted a groundbreaking study in 1999,” writes John Fund in the National Review, “and found that a common theme of mass shootings is that they occur in places where guns are banned and killers know everyone will be unarmed, such as shopping malls and schools.”
In fact, Lott says that disarming the citizens makes them unable to protect themselves and that’s why mass shooting happen where guns are absent.
“With just one single exception,” says Lott, “the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”
Witness please the Arapahoe High School shooting recently.
This is only a few miles from my home. The killer lived within two miles of me. I passed within a couple of blocks of his house every day I take my son to high school.
Yet, I don’t worry much. Because here in Colorado we take proactive steps to crime prevention. A police officer assigned to the high school was on the scene within 80 seconds from the time the gunman entered the building. The killer knew the officer was there and shot himself before the officer arrived.
Arapahoe, not coincidentally, is in the same district in which Columbine is.
They learned the lesson.
Imagine what a single guy—as the Arapahoe killer was– with over 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition, three Molotov cocktails and a machete could do if no one had been there to prevent him?
You don’t have to. You only have to look at the Navy Yard shooting. 13 people died because –unaccountably—guns weren’t permitted in the Defense Department facility.
Way to go government. Disarm the soldiers and sailors.
Did that make them safer? Nope.
Which goes back to my original point: Why would a government use Sandy Hook to advocate gun policies that– if people are being honest with themselves– only make the citizenry more vulnerable?
John G.wrote: Ransom…You are a disgusting piece of human garbage. Latest evidence of this is your new article on using SANDY HOOK MASSACRE anniversary as a motivation for pushing weapons ownership, the NRA and gun manufacturer’s agenda. Since you have no sense of shame, there is no use shaming you. Just want you to know that the public knows what a troll you are and how despicable your publication isNever Let The Dead of Sandy Hook Go To Waste, Or Rest In Peace
Dear Comrade G,
Let’s be clear about who used what.
It was president Obama who used the anniversary of Sandy Hook to promote anti-gun laws.
From Fox News and the Associated Press: “President Obama on Saturday led a national day of remembrance for the victims of the fatal Sandy Hook elementary school shootings while renewing his call for tighter gun control and more focus on mental-health care, on the anniversary of the tragic event.”
And if you are going to be upset with anyone for helping gun manufacturers, you should start with the president.
His anti-gun ballyhoo has done more to help sell guns in the United States than anything else.
The White House unintentionally is proving to be the best thing to happen to gun sales in decades.
In late April, Sturm Ruger (RGR) reported first-quarter results that exceeded targets. Net sales for the largest publicly traded gun manufacturer surged 39% to $155.9 million, compared to $112.3 million a year earlier.
The gun maker’s earnings came in at $1.20 per share, up from 79 cents per share in the same period last year. Analysts on Wall Street were expecting earnings of $1.01 per share with revenue of $112.3 million, according to Thomson Reuters.
Doctor Roy wrote: My guess is that when the Republican Corporatists are in power their campaign contributors get the government contracts and tax breaks and they move into the two percent. Then when the Democratic Corporatists take control they get the contracts and breaks and they move back into the top two percent while their GOP counterparts fall slightly below. It’s like a gigantic see-saw. Six of one half dozen of the other. Oh No! America Makes More Rich Than Ever Before
Dear Comrade Doctor,
Wow. You figured this all out by yourself?
This is why conservatives like me call the IRS tax code one of the most corrupt documents in the history of our Republic.
How do you suppose these “corporatists” favor their friends?
Every time you give the federal government power to regulate, you open up the ability to pick winners and losers in the economy.That means more money to lobby over.
You have often said that you’d like to get money out of politics. And I have often replied that the only way to do that is to get politics out of business.
Open your eyes, Doc. When you make the government all-powerful, you also make it all-corrupting.
Sandra wrote: It’s true we cannot fix the problem by taxing the rich, however but people who are not wealthy are paying a horrible price and increasing the taxes on the wealthy would help. The folks at the bottom are getting tapped out. Not because they are lazy people either. A lot of people spend only a year or two receiving care and bust their butts to learn a skill to get a job, a different job, get well so they can work. I have worked in afdc and the people I saw weren’t trying to use the system. I am not saying that people don’t use the system and it’s really really aggravating. I respect your opinion of Messrs.’Ryan and Cruz but I still really believe they are sociopaths and the welfare they are look out for is their own. I also appreciate the opportunity to have this conversation with you. Thank you. . Oh No! America Makes More Rich Than Ever Before
Then go tell your friend president Obama to stop taxing working people. He promised that tax increases would only affect households making $250,000 or more. And then at the first of the year, he increased taxes on every person who gets a paycheck in this country.
He’s also taxed the elderly for healthcare. He’s also taxed the working poor with regressive taxes on things like cigarettes.
Obama’s the sociopath. It’s possible that Ryan and Cruz are too. I don’t know them well enough to make a judgment.
My experience is that most politicians have some sort of a personality disorder and the farther you get in political life, the more pronounced it is.
But we’ve seen enough from Obama to say with a great degree of certainty that the man has little conscience.
I mean how can a guy like Obama look people in the eye after promising them they could keep their insurance? The rest of us– the normal people who do all the working in this country—would be mortified if we made a public promise like that and then didn’t keep it, or even mean to keep it.
But Obama has no remorse at all.
That’s the very definition of a sociopath.
Don’t even get me started on Benghazi.
The Gospel of Luke
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;23 (As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.