More than 140 cardinals are set to begin the process of selecting a new pope following the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Timothy Dolan didn’t offer any hints as to who may be the next pope, but in response to a reporter’s question asking if the new pontiff would bring radical change, he said “yes.” Dolan is among the cardinals handpicked by the retired pope to choose his successor. While the process normally doesn’t start until 15-20 days after a pope is out of power, the outgoing pope amended the rules to start the process sooner. During the election process, the conclave will be sealed off from the outside world. The College of Cardinals will vote each day until a two-thirds supermajority vote is reached; signifying the election of a new pope. As was the case when a successor to Pope John Paul II was chosen in 2005, Mount Laurel ADT, a smoke signal from the Sistine Chapel will announce to the world that a decision has been made. Pope Benedict is expected to quietly spend his time at a monastery in a life of prayer. Church officials hope to have a new pope in place before Palm Sunday on March 24th.
The discussion of illegal immigrants and government is more a discussion about money than it is about the rights of citizens.
A government hemorrhaging money and looking for sources of income has turned to partnering with the private prison system to generate income.
Holding illegal immigrants provide very little income for these prisons when compared with holding citizens.
When holding an illegal immigrant, the government is responsible for the care of that person. That person must be fed, sheltered and clothed all on the dime of the taxpayer. That immigrant will have no family Read the rest of this entry »
The stock market has rocketed upward after reaching its nadir in 2009. However, there are sufficient troubling signals and intrinsic instabilities that it is unlikely that the upward trend will be able to continue forever.
Widening income disparity is not a good sign for the stock market. Although it means that the people who are doing well are doing very well, it also implies a narrowing base of committed individuals. In the long run that is not a firm foundation for secure business.Didn’t catch that? < Read the rest of this entry »
In 2009, a perceived attempt to down Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s plane as it landed in El Salvador resulted in Chavez himself saying,”I have no doubt that the U.S. intelligence services are behind this.”
When a leader of a major oil power and a pariah to the international established order dies in the prime of life, at age 58, conspiracy theories are going to inevitably surface. When Hugo Chavez died in March 2013, allegedly of complications Read the rest of this entry »
President Obama signed the sequester into law. It will affect all government spending. A reduction in military spending by 550 billion dollars will remove funds from national security and military operations. The sequester will not affect military spending for wars or military personnel.
The sequester is projected to have devastating effects on national defense capabilities, soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines with almost 55 billion cut from the Department of Defense (DOD) budget. Subject to sequestration are the DOD funds not committed to military contracts by January 2, 2012. A reduction in funding for the war operations Read the rest of this entry »
And you thought these things only happened in the bible……..
Reports are pouring in from Egypt and Israel of a plague like something straight from the pages of Exodus. Moses and Pharaoh were unavailable for comment, but Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture says that swarms of locusts the size of small birds have been observed in Cairo, the Sinai Peninsula, and from the southern Negev Desert all the way to northern Israel. Not content to interfere with transportation by smearing up countless car and truck windshields, the bugs have brought ruin Read the rest of this entry »
More than 140 cardinals are set to begin the process of selecting a new pope following the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Timothy Dolan didn’t offer any hints as to who may be the next pope, but in response to a reporter’s question asking if the new pontiff would bring radical change, he said “yes.” Dolan is among the cardinals handpicked by the retired pope to choose his successor.
While the process normally doesn’t start until 15-20 days after a pope is out of power, the outgoing pope amended the rules to start the Read the rest of this entry »