VATICAN LAUNCHES ASTRONOMY CLASS, GOOD MOVIES, AND OTHER ITEMS

I was surprised to learn that the Vatican has an Observatory. I have always known they did scientific research and space research but never really thought about how.

VATICAN LAUNCHES ASTRONOMY CLASS, THE VATICAN OBSERVATORY, an astronomical research and educational institution supported by the Holy See(that’s us Catholics) has announced that for the first time it will be hosting a workshop analyzing the RELATIONSHIP OF FAITH AND ASTRONOMY for parish educators, which is slated to take place in 2015. THE WORKSHOP, which will take place January 19-23, 2015, at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Tucson, Arizona, will be led by Br. Guy Consolmagno,SJ, an American research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Observatory.  The course is designed to give those who work in Catholic parishes and updated vision of what is happening in the universe and will touch on topics ranging frpom the BIG BANG to the search for life in the universe and our exploration of the planets. (CatholicNewsAgency.com)

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DID YOU KNOW?   WORLD DAY OF PEACE IS ON JAN. 1ST EACH YEAR. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has announced the theme selected by Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace in 2015.  The theme “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters” was the title of the pope’s message for the 48th World Day of Peace, Jan.1,2015. It marked the second time Pope Francis celebrated the Day of Peace since rising to the papacy.  the World Day of Peace, initiated by Pope Paul VI is celebrated on the first day of each year, by the Catholic Church and others, world wide. The Holy Father’s message is sent to all the world’s foreign ministers and indicates the Holy See’s diplomatic line during the coming year.

This may explain his current trip to SRI LANKA which took place this week and his trip to the Philippines this week also.  I is talking to all different religious leaders to try to bring cooperation and peace between the different religions in those areas.

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LIST OF GOOD FILMS FOR THE LENTEN SEASON WHICH STARTS IN FEBRUARY.

AMAZING GRACE (2006); VEGGIETALES:AN EASTER CAROL (2004); HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (2014); THE ULTIMATE GIFT (2006)’ THE ROBE (1953); THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (2003); THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004); A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966) The Gospel of John, The Passion of the Christ and A Man for all Seasons all received an A+ on DecentFilms.com -From the description all the films but Veggietales, I would say good for teens and up. You all know Veggietales is good for kids.

The Gospel of John is a retelling of St. John’s Gospel, it is a literary film that is taken almost verbatim from the American Bible Society’s Good News translation. Depicting the story of life of Jesus as witnessed by John, very accurate telling.

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THESE FILMS DURING LENT.

All this information came from my copy of the CATHOLIC DIGEST, Jan/Feb 2015 FAITH AND FAMILY LIVING.

WE THE PEOPLE – 9 PRINCIPLES, 12 VALUES

THE 9 PRINCIPLES

1. AMERICA IS GOOD.

2. I  BELIEVE IN GOD AND HE IS THE CENTER OF MY LIFE. God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” From George Washington’s first Inaugural address.

3.I MUST ALWAYS TRY TO BE A MORE HONEST PERSON THAN I WAS YESTERDAY.  Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington

4. THE FAMILY IS SACRED. MY SPOUSE AND I ARE THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, NOT THE GOVERNMENT. Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our NATURE, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson

5. IF YOU BREAK THE LAW YOU PAY THE PENALTY. JUSTICE IS BLIND AND NO ONE IS ABOVE IT.  Justice, “I deem one of the essential principles of our government…equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson

6. I HAVE A RIGHT TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF EQUAL RESULTS.  Life, Liberty, &The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson

7.  I WORK HARD FOR WHAT I HAVE AND I WILL SHARE IT WITH WHO I WANT TO. GOVERNMENT CANNOT FORCE ME TO BE CHARITABLE.  Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.”George Washington

8. IT IS NOT UN-AMERICAN FOR ME TO DISAGREE WITH AUTHORITY OR TO SHARE MY PERSONAL OPINION. On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington

9. THE GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR ME. I DO NOT ANSWER TO THEM, THEY ANSWER TO ME. Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson

THE 12 VALUES:

HONESTY

REVERENCE

HOPE

THRIFT

HUMILITY

CHARITY

SINCERITY

MODERATION

HARD WORK

COURAGE

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

GRATITUDE

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This was the 912 Project from Glenn Beck 2010

I believe this should be passed on to every Senator and Congressman/woman in Washington and the State House.

IF WE LIVE BY THESE 9 PRINCIPLES AND 12 VALUES AND DEMAND OUR LEGISLATURES DO ALSO, AMERICA WOULD BE A DIFFERENT LAND AND CORRUPTION WOULD END IN WASHINGTON DC AND ELSEWHERE.

PLEASE PASS THIS ON…………………………………..

PARENTALRIGHTS AMENDMENT

HAVE YOU heard about the PARENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT?? It has been in different committees since 2010 because of the CRPD.

Know what that is?  The United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child.   This is the United Nations trying to interfere in the raising of children in the United States and the world.  This Resolution basically takes away the rights of raising of YOUR CHILDREN and gives it to the UN. This has been around awhile and signed by all the countries except SaraLanka and the U.S.  I believe one of our Presidents have already signed it, but we are not committed to this until approved by the Senate which so far has refused.  You need to read what this includes, to see how bad it is.

The reason the PARENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT was started.  As of Sept. 2014 the resolution to approve this Amendment to the Constitution was in subcommittees. In the Senate, SJRes42, in the House, HJRes 50.  I cannot tell you how important this Amendment is.  It will stop any resolution of the UN from controlling how we raise our children.

I SUGGEST YOU ALL LOOK UP BOTH THE CRPD AND THE PARENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT ON PARENTALRIGHTS.ORG.    http://www.parentalrights.org   We also need to make sure the Senate does not ratify the UN resolution because f it does, we have NO way out and they are in charge of raising our children.   Please take action.  Write to the new and old congressmen/women, call or email.

SENATOR COBURN’S -“WASTEBOOK”

Apparently Sen. Coburn’s been publishing a book that outlines squandered Tax money every since 2010. He is retiring this year so Govt. Bureaucrats(whoever they are) can relax.  Here are some examples:

1. The National Institutes of Health funded a $387,00 study to give mechanized, Swedish messages to rabbits following exercise, to see how it affected their recovery.

2. The Pentagon spent $1 billion to destroy $16 billion worth of surplus munitions–enough to pay the wages of 54,000 Army privates.(  GOVT. WASTE IN THE MILITARY BUTGET?)

3. A $856,000 National Science Foundation grant trained mountain lions to run on a treadmill. It promised to “greatly inform public knowledge and opinion of large mammal behavior and conservation

4. DOD PAYS 16 TIMES THE ACTUAL PRICE OF HELICOPTER PARTS: 9 MILLION(PART OF MILITARY BUDGET?) They paid more than $8,000 apiece on helicopter parts that actually cost $500. BELL HELICOPTER OF TEXTRON, INC. RECIEVED $9 MILLION in excess payments from the DOD for 33 of 35 replacement spar parts. (WANT TO CUT DOWN THE MILITARY BUDGET?)

5. the Pentagon spent $1 billion to destroy $16 billion worth of surplus munitions, enough to pay the wages of 54,000 Army privates

AND SO ON: Sen. Coburn’s last remarks: “I have learned from these experiences that Washington will never change itself. But even if the politicians won’t stoop stupid spending, taxpayers always have the last word.”   (DO WE? DO WE EVER LET ANYONE KNOW HOW ANGR WE ARE WITH ALL THIS WASTE? WRITE TO YOUR CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN

DO WE REALLY NEED TO CUT THE THINGS WE NEED OUT OF THE MILITARY BUDGET? OR CAN WE LOWER THE COSTS BY CUTTING WASTE. We need an up to date, efficient military, get rid of the waste and I expect some of the head honchos.  Tell Bell Helicopter and all the rest of them, WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK.

WOULDN’T WE HAVE MORE MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF THE POOR, IF IT WASN’T BEING SPENT ON GRANTS FOR SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING FOR SEA MONKEYS? $50,000.

IT’S UP TO ALL OF YOU, WRITE OR CALL OR EMAIL YOUR CONGRESSMEN.

JESUS CHRIST-THE SOLUTION

I love this hymn(no author)

HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION, you saints of the Lord,

Is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!

What more can he say than to you he has said,

You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

In every condition, in sickness, in health;

In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;

At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,

AS THEY DAYS DEMAND SHALL THY STRENGTH EVER BE.

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Happy the man who fears the Lord, who takes delight in all his commands. His sons will be powerful on earth; the children of the upright are blessed.

Riches and wealth are in his house; his justice stands firm for ever. HE IS A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS FOR THE UPRIGHT: HE IS GENEROUS, MERCIFUL AND JUST.

THE GOOD MAN TAKES PITY AND LENDS, he conducts his affairs with honor.  The just man will never waver: he will be remembered for ever.

He has no fear of evil news; with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord. With a steadfast heart he will not fear; he will see the downfall of his foes.

Open-handed, he gives to the poor; his justice stands firm for ever. His head will be raised in glory.

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If everyone actually went by these lines, there would be no corruption in Washington, no mistreating of the poor and helpless, no using other people to achieve ones own goals and no using others tax money to become rich.

I would say:  BUILD THE CHURCH, SAVE THE COUNTRY. If every Christian and other morally good person actually stood by what they believe and stood by those beliefs, this Country would be changed in a month or two.

Glory Be to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit……

NEW COMMITTEE LEADERS IN SENATE, CONT’D

ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS

The likely ascent of Oklahoma’s James Inhofe, 79, represents one of the biggest sea changes on a Senate committee with Republicans in charge.

Inhofe, one of Congress’ most vocal deniers of the scientific consensus of climate change, wrote in a 2012 book that global warming was “a hoax.” He will replace Californian Barbara Boxer, who introduced climate change legislation in 2009 and was an ally of the environmental community and Obama.

Inhofe, by contrast, is a thorn in the side of the Environmental Protection Agency and has argued that more regulation will kill the economy and jobs. Inhofe has called on the EPA to abandon stricter rules on refinery air pollution and to reject their own scientists’ recommendation to tighten a standard for the main ingredient in smog. Inhofe is likely to boost oversight of the agency and try to thwart its agenda at a time when Obama wants to shore up his climate legacy.

FINANCE

The 2010 health care law is in the GOP’s crosshairs, and Utah’s Orrin Hatch, 80, is likely to use his position to take the first step at chipping away at it.

Hatch has called the law’s tax on medical devices “stupid” and is determined to roll it back. He is likely to gain some Democratic support for the effort.

Hatch could be a free-trade ally for Obama if the president pushes more trade agreements.

Overhauling the nation’s complicated tax laws also is a priority for Hatch. But it’s a heavy lift.

Administration officials say Obama will offer new specifics in the coming year on how he would like to reshape corporate taxes, which now feature the highest rate in the industrialized world. But bridging the divide between Republicans and Democrats on major tax legislation would require a level of bipartisanship that has largely been absent during Obama’s first six years as president.

Hatch has worked with Democrats in the past; his friendship with the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts is legendary. Hatch will need to work with Democrats again if he is to advance an overhaul of the tax code.

FOREIGN RELATIONS

Tennessee’s Bob Corker, 62, has criticized Obama’s foreign policy as tepid in dealing with Russia, Libya and Syria. Like several other Republicans on the committee, Corker has deep reservations about the administration’s negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Some Republicans have said the GOP will push new penalties this month that target Tehran.

Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Congress for new war powers in the fight against the Islamic State group. Corker has raised the possibility that he could work with the administration on the issue.

Obama’s ambassadorial picks and other nominees would face a rough outing before the committee.

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HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS

Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander, 74, is a former education secretary under President George H.W. Bush, governor and president of the University of Tennessee.

A lawyer by trade, he helped form a corporate childcare company in the private sector. Alexander said he wants to fix President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind education law that’s been due to be renewed since 2007 and update the Higher Education Act.

He’s called the health care law a “historic mistake” and supports repealing it. He’s also said modernizing the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration is a necessity, and he is seeking to examine the FDA’s process for drug and device review. On workers’ issues, he’s sought to turn the National Labor Relations Board into what he says is more of an umpire role.

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JUDICIARY

A farmer, not an attorney, Iowa’s Charles Grassley, 81, has been on the Judiciary Committee since his 1980 election to the Senate. But this will be his first stint as its chairman.

In that post, many expect him to continue his long-running interest in protecting whistle-blowers who reveal details of alleged fraud by government contractors and others. He’s also expected to continue oversight of programs like the Justice Department’s bungled “Fast and Furious” operation, under which federal agents lost control of guns they were tracing to Mexican drug lords. Many also expect him to work on legislation easing federal regulations on businesses.

Grassley opposed last year’s Senate-approved bipartisan immigration bill, arguing that it needed to do more to secure the country’s borders before granting legal status to people in the U.S. illegally. He’s also pressed for more information about the National Security Agency’s ability to gather information on Americans, though he’s cautioned that the agency must be able to protect national security.

A decade ago, Grassley spent time as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and played a role in winning approval of President George W. Bush’s 2001 tax cuts and the 2003 addition of prescription drug benefits to Medicare.

HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, 59, has been a tough questioner of administration officials about the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. The question will be whether the panel’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation opens another Benghazi inquiry in Congress as well as other reviews of the Democratic administration.

Under the leadership of Delaware Democrat Tom Carper, the committee focused primarily on the internal workings of the sprawling Homeland Security Department, including low morale ratings from rank-and-file employees and contracting issues.

Johnson has focused on those rankings in the past and led an investigation of complaints from whistle-blowers about the department’s former acting inspector general. His report, co-authored with Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill, prompted DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to suspend the former top internal investigator.

While the committee has addressed immigration issues in the past, senators on this panel have not taken as prominent a role as their counterparts on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the coming months, however, any administrative changes put in place by Obama are almost certain to be reviewed.

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS:

Georgia’s Johnny Isakson, 70, has stressed mental health needs of veterans and voted in favor a bill to provide two-year funding for veterans’ benefits, so veterans would continue to receive benefits even in a government shutdown.

Aides say Isakson’s priorities as chairman would include oversight of the new Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, which was approved this past summer in response to a scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking health care and falsification of records to cover up delays.

Isakson strongly supports a provision in the law that makes it easier for veterans to seek Department of Veterans Affairs-paid care from local doctors. Bringing competition into the VA health care system will improve services, he says. Isakson also said the new law provides an opportunity for the VA to assess the quality of it leadership and management, and said underperforming executives and managers should be fired.

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Like I said:  write to these new leaders, give them specifics, if they get enough email and letters, they will listen.

 

NEW COMMITTEE LEADERS IN THE SENATE

Here are some of the new Senate Committee Leaders, If you have suggestions after you read this, write to them.  From Newsmax

AGRICULTURE

Kansas’ Pat Roberts, 78, will consider renewal of child nutrition programs that have been pushed by the White House and expire next year. Roberts has criticized efforts to make school lunches healthier, calling for studies on the costs of the program and economic impact on schools.

Roberts has been a recent dissenter on the normally bipartisan panel, voting against the five-year farm bill that Congress passed in May. Roberts supported the bill’s boost in crop insurance for farmers but said other subsidies needed more changes. He called the entire bill “a look in the rear-view mirror.”

Like his Republican counterparts in the House, Roberts has championed cutting back spending for food stamps, saying the farm bill’s estimated cut of $8 billion over 10 years was insufficient.

Roberts held the gavel of the House Agriculture Committee 20 years ago and during his tenure

APPROPRIATIONS

The gavel of the powerful panel responsible for drafting approximately one-third of the federal budget will return to Mississippi’s Thad Cochran, who turned 77 in December and was just re-elected to a seventh term.

Cochran was in charge during the last two years of the previous GOP majority and was a driving force behind more than $100 billion in funding to help Gulf Coast states recover from Hurricane Katrina. He was also a big practitioner of earmarks, those home-state goodies such as highway projects, economic development grants and university research dollars.

GOP leaders have banned earmarking, but Cochran is sure to back Navy shipbuilding efforts. Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, which makes a variety of Navy ships such as modern destroyers, is Mississippi’s largest private employer.

Republicans are expected to use the 12 spending bills to challenge Obama on policy issues, such as health care, financial services, immigration and the environment.

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ARMED SERVICES

Leading the committee has been a long-sought goal for 78-year-old John McCain of Arizona, the former Navy pilot, Vietnam prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate who lost to Obama in 2008.

McCain, who has hinted he might seek a sixth term in 2016, stands as one of Obama’s fiercest critics on national security, casting the administration as weak and ineffective in countering threats overseas. He has repeatedly called for arming and training moderate Syrian rebels and favors more U.S. forces in Iraq to battle Islamic State militants.

McCain has been critical of Pentagon contracting. Increased examination of defense manufacturers and acquisition policy is certain. The Pentagon can largely forget about scrapping the A-10 Warthog aircraft, which McCain heavily favors, and can expect close scrutiny of the costly F-35 fighter jet.

BANKING, HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS

The wily Richard Shelby, 80, makes a return tour as head of the committee. High on his agenda will be changes to the financial overhaul law enacted in response to the 2008 crisis, known as Dodd-Frank. The 2010 law that brought stricter regulation of banks and Wall Street has been a burr in the side of Republican lawmakers, and the GOP-controlled House has passed numerous bills to unwind it.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the next majority leader, put it plainly at his day-after-the-election news conference: “The Banking Committee is certainly going to look at Dodd-Frank.” The big banks, he said, “are doing just fine under Dodd-Frank. The community bankers are struggling.”

Besides bank rules, the committee under the Alabama senator also may focus on curbing the authority of the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau over auto lenders and credit card companies. The bureau was created by the financial law.

Also likely to get committee attention is legislation to reshape the housing finance system and wind down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Shelby succeeded as head of the panel from 2003 to 2007 in blocking bank regulation proposals.

BUDGET

In a surprise, Wyoming’s Mike Enzi will become chairman of the Senate Budget Committee after Jeff Sessions of Alabama stepped aside. Sessions had been the top Republican on the committee the past four years.

Enzi, 70, said he will work to craft a budget “that cuts spending, targets executive overreach and reduces the size of government.”

He will be called upon to craft a budget framework that could serve as a template for follow-up legislation to repeal Obama’s health care law and, perhaps, tackle expensive benefit programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.

COMMERCE, SCIENCE AND TRANSPORTATION

South Dakota’s John Thune, 53, faces a heavy workload — reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and Amtrak, net neutrality and transportation.

The committee will have to address the auto safety portions of the highway bill in the aftermath of General Motors faulty ignition switch recalls, now linked to more than two dozen deaths, and the Takata air bag recalls, also linked to several deaths. Proposals to toughen federal oversight of the auto industry are likely. Some lawmakers have called for eliminating the $35 million cap on how much the government can fine automakers in such cases.

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ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

An energy policy expert from an energy-producing state, the 57-year-old Murkowski wants to unlock as much of America’s energy as safely possible.

Murkowski has argued for opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling, as well as Alaska’s offshore, and has opposed regulations that block energy production. She believes EPA regulations to curb coal-fired power plant pollution to deal with global warming will threaten the reliability and raise the costs of electricity.

She supports exporting U.S. natural gas and has led the charge on pressuring the administration to lift restrictions on exports of crude oil. She has backed the immediate approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which McConnell has said will be first on the new agenda.

Murkowski, unlike others in the GOP, believes global warming is happening and that Alaskans are already experiencing the effects of rising water temperatures and thinning ice.

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