HEROS NO MORE: COMMUNITY POLICE HAVE TRANSFORMED INTO PARAMILITARY THUGS

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You will often here talk about respect for the police. In the United States we enshrine the officers hired to protect us as the vigilant heroes of our community. The underappreciated guardians that watch us while we sleep. We make movies and television shows about them and tell our children that they are heroes.

Even the Police themselves seize upon this image. On NYPD Police cars you will often see the acronym CPR  (Courtesy Professionalism and Respect)  and on others across the nation you will see the common “to protect and to serve.” 

The problem with this is that the Police are no longer worthy of the respect of the people. When I see an officer I no longer respect him, I fear him. I fear his power and I wonder if he’s going to arbitrarily decide to ruin my day, or even my life. He has the power, and one only need to look as far as google for a litany of human rights and abuses against human dignity perpetrated by the police.

That is not to say that all cops are bad but the problem, dear reader, is that we cannot know which cops are good or bad without experience, and that has become a risk. No longer part of the community, the police have elevated themselves to paramilitary knights and lords that oversee the serfs that were once the civilians in the community they are supposed to be serving.  This is a terrible perversion of law enforcement culture in our country and has come on the heels of the American Drug War and the War on Terror.

This is an awful tragedy, because we no longer can feel safe, not from the criminals, but from the ones that we ask to protect us. When our guardians become tyrants, it is high time to examine our government and ourselves and loudly demand that these abuses end. 

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Martin Luther – a priest “in good standing!!”

News from Rome that Martin Luther has been restored “to his rightful position in the Church” and has had his faculties restored posthumously,  has been greeted with lots of hugs and squeals of delight from the members of the group known as HERETIC.

A spokesperson for HERETIC stated that:

“It is only right that, in our inclusive non judgemental Church,  we right the errors committed by less enlightened Catholics in the past.”

Rumours abound that Archbishop Cranmer, Richard Topcliffe and Oliver Cromwell are to have their causes for beatification put forward this year and that some miracles have been attributed to Vlad the Impaler and Pol Pot who may also be put forward for sainthood at a later date.

 

CINO University of Notre Dame revokes Permission for traditional marriage table

Young Catholics Not Welcome at the CINO University of Notre Dame

Officials at the University of Notre Dame revoke permission for pro-marriage table, tell young Catholics to “cease and desist” promoting natural marriage on campus.


Sound Bend, Indiana: April 29, 2014 — Young volunteers with Tradition Family Property Student Action were ordered to “cease and desist” promoting traditional marriage at the University of Notre Dame on Friday, April 25.

“Permission to have a table had been granted through an officially recognized on-campus student group,” said TFP Student Action director John Ritchie.  “But that permission was revoked for some odd reason.  Police officers arrived soon after we started giving out pro-family literature and cut the event short, informing us that we were no longer welcome to talk to students about the importance of preserving the sanctity of marriage between 1 man and 1 woman, which fully agrees with 2,000 years of Catholic teaching,” Ritchie explained. 



The TFP handout, 10 Reasons Why Same-Sex “Marriage” is Harmful and Must Be Opposed, was being warmly received by students and faculty members alike. However, several pro-homosexual students ripped up the flier, shouted obscenities, and expressed their desire to deprive the pro-true marriage volunteers of their right to free speech.

Read more – http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/what-we-do/news-and-updates/young-catholics-not-welcome-at-notre-dame-shut-down-for-promoting-real-marriage.html

E-Mails Link White House to False Benghazi Blame-YouTube Narrative; Networks Ignore!!

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Newly-surfaced e-mails link the White House directly to false talking points that were disseminated days after the Benghazi attacks in September of 2012, but the broadcast networks ignored the story on Tuesday evening.

As Judicial Watch reported, e-mails from the White House to then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice instructed her to “underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.” Rice was roundly criticized for appearing on five Sunday talk shows and blaming the attacks on a protest of an anti-Islam internet video, information that turned out to be false.

Nonetheless, the broadcast networks ignored this important new development in the post-Benghazi saga. Instead, ABC devoted a segment to the Amanda Knox trial in Italy and each of the networks gave a news brief to the announcement of the cast members of the new Star Wars movie.

Fox News’s Special Report led with the story. As anchor Shannon Bream reported: “There is new evidence tonight that Obama administration aides were primarily concerned with protecting the President’s public image seven weeks before the election, and advancing the false explanation blaming an internet video for the Benghazi terrorist attacks.”

Below is a partial transcript of FNC’s April 29 report at the top of the 6 PM EDT Special Report with Bret Baier:

SHANNON BREAM: There is new evidence tonight that Obama administration aides were primarily concerned with protecting the President’s public image seven weeks before the election, and advancing the false explanation blaming an internet video for the Benghazi terrorist attacks. Chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge says the new revelations go to the heart of the administration.

CATHERINE HERRIDGE: An e-mail sent three days after the Benghazi attack leads directly to the White House and suggests a senior adviser to President Obama played a essential role preparing former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for the Sunday talk shows where she blamed an anti-Muslim internet video for the deaths of four Americans. Among more than 100 pages of documents obtained by Judicial Watch as a part of a federal lawsuit is an e-mail from Ben Rhodes, an assistant to the President and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. With the subject line “PREP CALL with Susan,” Rhodes writes to a dozen members of the administration’s inner circle, including key players on the White House communications team such as spokesman Jay Carney, that one of the goals is, quote, “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video and not a broader failure of policy.”

http://mrc.org/biasalerts/e-mails-link-white-house-false-benghazi-blame-youtube-narrative-networks-ignore

How St. Catherine Brought the Pope Back to Rome

In the pantheon of great women in Church history, pride of place should be accorded the young mystic from Siena, St. Catherine, whose feast we celebrate today.

Born in 1347 to a humble wool-dyer, Catherine became one the most influential persons of fourteenth-century Christendom. After she became a Dominican tertiary at the age of nineteen she embarked on a life of intense spiritual practices. Her reputation for great holiness spread quickly, and she found herself answering letters from some of Europe’s most powerful people, seeking her advice on matters spiritual as well as political and even military (she was a supporter of the Crusading movement).

But the topic which most concerned her was the return of the papacy from Avignon, France, where popes had lived since 1309. Catherine took up the mantle of encouraging the pope to return home to Rome after the death of St. Bridget of Sweden (1303 – 1373), who first exhorted the papal return in 1350 and spent twenty years trying to convince popes to move back to Italy.

Late thirteenth-century Christendom had witnessed a titanic struggle of egos and wills  between King Philip IV, “the Fair,” of France (r. 1285–1314) and Pope Boniface VIII (r. 1294–1303). Philip and the Boniface clashed over the authority of the pope in France, primarily especially over the raising and spending of clerical taxes. Philip used money raised for Church expenses to finance his personal wars and Boniface responded with a series of biting pronouncements, including a papal bull entitled Ausculta fili, or “Listen, son!” Philip responded by arresting the papal legate and Boniface threatened the king with excommunication.

Entire article – How St. Catherine Brought the Pope Back to Rome

Killer dies of heart attack after FORTY MINUTES writhing in agony

  Horrific crimes he committed!  Justice for all!!

Killer dies of heart attack after FORTY MINUTES writhing in agony and sitting up to say ‘something’s wrong’ when experimental drug execution causes his veins to explode

  • Clayton Lockett execution halted 20 minutes after first drug administered
  • The cocktail of injections have not been tried in Oklahoma before
  • For reasons unclear the drugs didn’t kill him
  • Lockett sat up 14 minutes in and said ‘something’s wrong’
  • The inmate finally suffered a massive heart attack and died at 7.06p.m.
  • Lockett was sentenced to death for shooting a 19-year-old Perry woman 
  • Refused last meal as it exceeded $15 price limit

A death row inmate spent forty minutes writhing in agony before dying of a heart attack following a new cocktail of drugs administered in a lethal injection on Tuesday night.  

 

Oklahoma prison officials halted Clayton Lockett’s execution after the experimental drug left the man writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney.

 

The 38-year-old, who was found guilty of shooting a woman and watching his friends bury her alive, was declared unconscious ten minutes after the first of the state’s new three-drug lethal injection combination was administered.

 

Three minutes later, though, he began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow. 

 

It later emerged his vein had ruptured. 

 

The blinds were eventually lowered to prevent those in the viewing gallery from watching what was happening in the death chamber, and the state’s top prison official eventually called a halt to the proceedings.  

 

Lockett died of a heart attack a short time later, the Department of Corrections said. 

 

Local media present said Mr Lockett sat up and said ‘something’s wrong’ 13 minutes into the procedure.

 

‘It was a horrible thing to witness. This was totally botched,’ said Lockett’s attorney, David Autry.

 

‘His body was sort of bucking. He was clenching his jaw. Several times he mumbled phrases that were largely unintelligible,’ she said.

 

A Tulsa World newspaper claimed that Lockett was ‘still alive,’ and lifted his head as prison officials lowered the blinds.

 

Tuesday was the first time Oklahoma used the drug midazolam as the first element in its execution drug combination.

 

Other states have used it before; Florida administers 500 milligrams of midazolam as part of its three-drug combination. Oklahoma used 100 milligrams of that drug. 

 

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin ordered stay of execution for Charles Warner who was scheduled to die two hours after Lockett

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin ordered stay of execution for Charles Warner who was scheduled to die two hours after Lockett

 

 ‘They should have anticipated possible problems with an untried execution protocol,’ Autry said. 

 

‘Obviously the whole thing was gummed up and botched from beginning to end. Halting the execution obviously did Lockett no good.’ 

 

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin ordered a 14-day stay of execution for an inmate who was scheduled to die two hours after Lockett, Charles Warner. 

 

She also ordered the state’s Department of Corrections to conduct a ‘full review of Oklahoma’s execution procedures to determine what happened and why during this evening’s execution.’ 

 

Robert Patton, the department’s director, halted Lockett’s execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered.

 

He later said there had been vein failure. 

 

The execution began at 6:23 p.m., when officials began administering the first drug, the sedative midazolam.

 

A doctor declared Lockett to be unconscious at 6:33 p.m. 

 

Once an inmate is declared unconscious, the state’s execution protocol calls for the second drug, a paralytic, to be administered. 

 

The third drug in the protocol is potassium chloride, which stops the heart.

 

43 AGONIZING MINUTES: HOW THE BOTCHED EXECUTION PLAYED OUT

6:23 p.m. – The injection process begins. Lockett has heavy, slow blinks, laid still

6:29 p.m. – Consistently closed his eyes

6:30 p.m. – First check of consciousness; still conscious

6:33 p.m. – Announced Lockett was officially unconscious

6:34 p.m. – Lockett started to move his mouth

6:36 p.m. – Lockett began convulsing and mumbling

6:37 p.m. – Lockett sat up and said ‘something’s wrong’

6:39 p.m. – Prison officials lowered the blinds

7:06 p.m. – Lockett dies of massive heart attack

Source: KJRH.com

 

Patton said the second and third drugs were being administered when a problem was noticed. 

 

He said it’s unclear how much of the drugs made it into the inmate’s system. 

 

Lockett began writhing at 6:36. At 6:39, a doctor lifted the sheet that was covering the inmate to examine the injection site. 

 

‘There was some concern at that time that the drugs were not having that (desired) effect, and the doctor observed the line at that time and determined the line had blown,’ Patton said at a news conference afterward, referring to Lockett’s vein rupturing. 

 

After an official lowered the blinds, Patton made a series of phone calls before calling a halt to the execution. 

 

‘After conferring with the warden, and unknown how much drugs went into him, it was my decision at that time to stop the execution,’ Patton told reporters. 

 

Lockett was declared dead at 7:06 p.m.

 

Autry, Lockett’s attorney, was immediately skeptical of the department’s determination the issue was limited to a problem with Lockett’s vein. 

 

‘I’m not a medical professional, but Mr. Lockett was not someone who had compromised veins,’ Autry said.

 

‘He was in very good shape. He had large arms and very prominent veins.’

‘After weeks of Oklahoma refusing to disclose basic information about the drugs for tonight’s lethal injection procedures, tonight Clayton Lockett was tortured to death,’ said Madeline Cohen, an attorney for Warner.

Adam Leathers, co-chair of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, accused the state of having ‘tortured a human being in an unconstitutional experimental act of evil,’ reported CNN. 

In Ohio, the January execution of an inmate who made snorting and gasping sounds led to a civil rights lawsuit by his family and calls for a moratorium.

mily and calls for a moratorium.

 

Nightmare: Patton said the inmate was writhing on the gurney, pictured, and shaking uncontrollably about 13 minutes into the execution

FUEL DEBATE OVER ABILITY OF STATES TO ADMINISTER LETHAL INJECTION 

Tuesday was the first time Oklahoma used the drug midazolam as the first element in its execution drug combination.

Other states have used it before; Florida administers 500 milligrams of midazolam as part of its three-drug combination. Oklahoma used 100 milligrams.

The problems with the execution are likely to fuel more debate about the ability of states to administer lethal injections that meet the U.S. Constitution’s requirement they be neither cruel nor unusual punishment. 

That question has drawn renewed attention from defense attorneys and death penalty opponents in recent months, as several states scrambled to find new sources of execution drugs because drugmakers that oppose capital punishment – many based in Europe – have stopped selling to prisons and corrections departments.

Defense attorneys have unsuccessfully challenged several states’ policies of shielding the identities of the new sources of their execution drugs. Missouri and Texas, like Oklahoma, have both refused to reveal their sources, but both of those states have since successfully carried out executions with their new supplies.

The state has stood by the execution but said Monday that it’s boosting the dosages of its lethal injection drugs. 

A four-time felon, Lockett was convicted of shooting 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman with a sawed-off shotgun and watching as two accomplices buried her alive in rural Kay County in 1999 after Neiman and a friend arrived at a home the men were robbing. 

Warner had been scheduled to be put to death two hours later in the same room and on the same gurney. 

The 46-year-old was convicted of raping and killing his roommate’s 11-month-old daughter in 1997. 

He has maintained his innocence. 

Lockett and Warner had sued the state for refusing to disclose details about the execution drugs, including where Oklahoma obtained them. 

The case, filed as a civil matter, placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted calls for the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices after the court last week issued a rare stay of execution. 

The high court later dissolved its stay and dismissed the inmates’ claim that they were entitled to know the source of the drugs. 

By then, Fallin had issued a stay of her own – a one-week delay in Lockett’s execution that resulted in both men being scheduled to die on the same day.

Warner was served a final meal Tuesday of 20 boneless chicken wings, potato wedges, cole slaw, two fruit cocktail cups and a 20-ounce soda.

Lockett’s request of steak, shrimp, a large baked potato and a Kentucky Bourbon pecan pie was denied because it exceeded the $15 limit.

He declined a separate offer from the warden for a dinner from Western Sizzlin’, prison officials said.

NEVER-BEFORE-TESTED DRUGS THAT TORTURED DEATH ROW INMATE ARE KNOWN TO HARM BREATHING AND HEART FUNCTION

Oklahoma changed its execution protocols twice this year, leaving State officials with five options for lethal injections, including a new three-drug mixture that was used for the first time Tuesday.

Two of the drugs used carry warnings that they can suppress the respiratory system and the third warns that cardiac trouble can occur at high but non-lethal doses, and lists specific steps to take if a medical patient receives too much of the drug but doesn’t die.

  • MIDAZOLAM (sedative): Warning labels that accompany packages of midazolam say intravenous use of the drug has been associated with respiratory suppression or respiratory arrest. Monitoring is required in case there is a need to intervene with life-saving medical treatment. Overdoses can result in a slow heart rate, as well.
  • VECURONIUM BROMIDE (paralytic): The package labeling warns that a way to give artificial respiration and oxygen therapy should be available while patients are given vercuronium, which is often used to relax muscles for intubation or during surgery. Respiration ‘insufficiency’ is listed as a possible adverse reaction.
  • POTASSIUM CHLORIDE (stops heart): The labels include strong warnings that potassium chloride must be given at a slow, controlled rate when administered for the treatment of a potassium deficiency. At higher doses, such as that used in executions, the drug stops the heart. For higher doses that aren’t lethal, medical literature says to discontinue the infusion immediately and use injections of dextrose and insulin at certain rates, absorb excess potassium and engage in dialysis. Respiratory paralysis is also possible. Medical literature at the National Institutes of Health says potassium intoxication can cause cardiac arrest and that EKG abnormalities can illustrate trouble.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2615631/Oklahoma-prepares-execute-2-inmates.html#ixzz30NI6JmTo 

Bergoglio finally gets it!!

Pope Francis: ‘Matrimony Is a Lifelong Covenant Between One Man and One Woman’!!!!

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 (CNSNews.com) — Although Pope Francis was named Person of the Year by the homosexual magazine The Advocate, which supports same-sex marriage, he repeated the Church’s teaching on marriage on Friday, stating that it is a “lifelong covenant between one man and one woman.”

The Pope also said that real marriage fosters an environment that helps people steer away “from illusory notions of sexual freedom,” and noted that “abortion compunds the grief of many women” who have succumbed to the “pressures of a secular culture which devalues God’s gift of sexuality.”

 Pope Francis made his remarks in an Apr. 25 address to the Catholic bishops of South Africa who were making an ad limina, or obligatory, visit to the Pope at the Vatican. Such visits are required of all bishops at certain times.

 To strengthen families and communities,  the Pope said, “[t]he holiness and indissolubility of Christian matrimony, often disintegrating under tremendous pressure from the secular world, must be deepened by clear doctrine and supported by the witness of committed married couples.”

 “Christian matrimony is a lifelong covenant of love between one man and one woman,” he said.  “[I]t entails real sacrifices in order to turn away from illusory notions of sexual freedom and in order to foster conjugal fidelity.”

Pope Francis also spoke about how many Catholic families are having fewer children and how this contributes to a decline in the number of young men to pursue the priesthood and young women to enter religious life.

 Contributing to this problem is abortion, he said.

“Abortion compounds the grief of many women who now carry with them deep physical and spiritual wounds after succumbing to the pressures of a secular culture which devalues God’s gift of sexuality and the right to life of the unborn,” said Pope Francis.

“In addition, the rate of separation and divorce is high, even in many Christian families, and children frequently do not grow up in a stable home environment,” he said.  “We also observe with great concern, and can only deplore, an increase in violence against women and children.”

“All these realities threaten the sanctity of marriage, the stability of life in the home and consequently the life of society as a whole,” said the Pope.

There are 25 bishops who oversee the Catholic community in South Africa, which is comprised of about 3.3 million Catholics.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/pope-francis-matrimony-lifelong-covenant-between-one-man-and-one

Yes, I am Really Getting Tired of It!!


Excuses

 Steve Skojec at his blog takes aim at the endless excuses many Catholic commentators come up with to ignore the obvious:

Is anyone else getting really, really tired of this game?  

Pope Francis consistently says things that cause serious concern among Catholics who know what the Church teaches. No sooner have the words left his mouth (and of course, been reported on far and wide) than the spin machine goes into high gear – powered in large part by Catholic bloggers who make a living promoting the status quo within the Church (no conflict of interest there!) — telling us why we should not worry about the obviously controversial thing because of one of the following reasons: 

It’s a translation issue

It’s a contextual issue

When he said “X” it’s clear that he probably meant “Y”

The source is unreliable

The information is not first-hand

We must look at the issue through the Argentinian cultural lens

The media is misrepresenting what he said

He contradicted himself in another thing that he said during a homily last week

Fr. Lombardi says it ain’t true

Take your pick. There are probably others. I imagine the Catholic apologists in the tank for this nonsense have a sort of flow chart they pass around every time they add a new option. “Did the Pope speak in Italian? –> IF YES, it’s not his native language. Lost in Translation. IF NO…”

 

Read more: http://the-american-catholic.com/2014/04/25/yes-i-am-really-getting-tired-of-it/#sthash.sHLFu9WP.IhXa1ujV.dpuf

 

Saint for Today – St Catherine of Siena

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St. Catherine of Siena ora pro nobis!
 
Catherine was a maiden of Siena, and was born of godly parents.  She took the habit of the Third Order of St. Dominic.  Her fasts were most severe, and the austerity of her life wonderful.  It was discovered that on some occasions she took no food at all from Ash Wednesday till Ascension Day, receiving all needful strength by taking Holy Communion.  She was engaged oftentimes in a wrestling with devils, and was sorely tried by them with divers assaults: she was consumed by fevers, and suffered likewise from other diseases.  Great and holy was the name of Catherine, and sick folk, and such as were vexed with evil spirits were brought to her from all quarters.  Through the Name of Christ, she had command over sickness and fever, and forced the foul spirits to leave the bodies of the tormented.

While she dwelt at Pisa, on a certain Lord’s Day, after she had received the Living Bread which came down from heaven, she was in the spirit; and saw the Lord nailed to the Cross advancing towards her.  There was a great light round about him, and five rays of light streaming from the five marks of the Wounds in his Feet, and Hands, and Side, which smote her upon the five corresponding places in her body.  When Catherine perceived this vision, she besought the Lord that no marks might become manifest upon her flesh, and straightway the five beams of light changed from the colour of blood into that of gold, and touched in the form of pure light her feet, and hands, and side.  At this moment the agony which she felt was so piercing, that she believed that if God had not lessened it, she would have died.  Thus the Lord in his great love for her, gave her this great grace, in a new and twofold manner, namely, that she felt all the pain of the wounds, but without there being any bloody marks to meet the gaze of men.  This was the account given by the handmaiden of God to her Confessor Raymund, and it is for this reason that when the godly wishes of the faithful lead them to make pictures of the blessed Catherine, they paint her with golden rays of light proceeding from those five places in her body which correspond to the five places wherein our Lord was wounded by the nails and spear.

The learning which Catherine had was not acquired but inspired.  She answered Professors of Divinity upon the very hardest questions concerning God.  No one was ever in her company without going away better.  She healed many hatreds, and quieted the most deadly feuds.  To make peace for the Florentines, who had quarrelled with the Church, and under an Ecclesiastical Interdict, she travelled to Avignon to to see the Supreme Pontiff Gregory XI.  To him she shewed that she had had revealed to her from heaven his secret purpose of going back to Rome, which had been known only to God and himself.  It was at her persuasion, as well as by his own judgment, that the Pope did in the end return to his own See.  She was much respected by this Gregory, as well as by his successor Urban VI, who even employed her in their embassies.  The Bridegroom took her home, when she was about thirty-three years old, after she had given almost countless proofs of extraordinary Christian graces, and manifestly displayed the gifts of Prophecy and miracles.  Pope Pius II enrolled her among the Virgin Saints.