GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The First Amendment is being redefined by the Obama administration

http://catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=37390&page=1

Obama Moves away from ‘Freedom of Religion’ toward ‘Freedom of Worship’?
    * By Randy Sly
   * 7/18/2010
   * Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Words matter – listen carefully to our current administration

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In her article for “First Things” magazine, Ashley Samelson, International Programs Director for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, stated, “To anyone who closely follows prominent discussion of religious freedom in the diplomatic and political arena, this linguistic shift is troubling: “The reason is simple. Any person of faith knows that religious exercise is about a lot more than freedom of worship. It’s about the right to dress according to one’s religious dictates, to preach openly, to evangelize, to engage in the public square. Everyone knows that religious Jews keep kosher, religious Quakers don’t go to war, and religious Muslim women wear headscarves-yet “freedom of worship” would protect none of these acts of faith.”

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One can see the silent assault on “religion” by the growing secular gooferment. They will tolerate no rival for the people’s affection. Like the scifi Highlander “There can be only one!”, it will kill off all it’s rivals.

Then, to whom will us serfs turn to for succor?

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INTERESTING: American “inginuity” … need more of it and less politicians and bureaucrats

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100716/bs_yblog_upshot/did-a-mystery-plumber-design-the-new-bp-containment-cap

Fri Jul 16, 2:22 pm ET
Berkeley prof: ‘Mystery plumber’ may have designed the new BP containment cap
By Brett Michael Dykes

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When BP’s newest spill-containment strategy in the Gulf yielded such encouraging initial results, many asked why the oil giant didn’t hit on this solution earlier in the crisis. The short answer is that the model of the well cap now in place didn’t exist in the earlier stages of the spill saga. But what’s more noteworthy than the timing issue is the likelihood that the device owes its origin to the same authority that any homeowner turns to in order to get a leak plugged: a professional plumber.

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For some reason, this story resonated with me. In a free market economy, this disaster would never have happened. And, this plumber would have stopped the leak much sooner. I can just see all the panels of egg heads that prevented him from getting his idea heard.

Argh!

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I’m a fat old white guy injineer. So I spell “ingenuity”, like I spell “ingineer”! At least someone reads my blog.

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POLITICAL: Pick representatives from the jury duty rolls

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100717/D9H0OT580.html

Obama slams GOP for obstructing economic progress
Jul 17, 7:06 AM (ET)
By JULIE PACE

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is taking aim at Senate Republicans, accusing them of playing politics with measures that would extend benefits to the unemployed and increase lending to small businesses.

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BUZZ, “barbara streisand” alert!

The R’s have NO power; the D’s control the House, the Senate, and the WH. They can’t stop squat. So if you can’t get your own party to agree, don’t blame it on the other guys!

“FRANKLY, MY DEAR, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN” about your excuses!

Time to vote everyone out.

How about we pick representatives from the jury duty rolls or,even better, the unemployment line? At least we’d be giving a job to someone who needed it!

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QUOTES: The cello can’t learn

http://desertedcities.com/cello.html

Musical analogies as to what makes for better pictures stood out even more clearly in my mind as friends, relatives, and former students shared memories in the Berkeley Hills garden of the home where my mother had lived her last sixty years. One ex-student and renowned teacher related how my mother used to say, “I don’t teach the cello. The cello can’t learn. I teach the human being.” She described my mother’s interest as less in prize proteges than in the development of human potential through unconventional approaches that allow people, “whether they are aged seven or seventy, amateur or professional, farmer or nun, to cross personal hurdles toward satisfaction when practicing their chosen art.” I remember coming home from school to find her crawling on the floor with a middle-aged Nobel laureate to demonstrate how his hands could carry lots of weight while his fingers could still move freely. She never confused physical tightness, or mental tightness, with lack of innate ability.

– Excerpt from Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography, by Galen Rowell

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JOBSEARCH: Demographic shift and the implications of it

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The federal government says that 40 percent of all U.S. workers will be 55 or older by the end of the year 2010. Your workforce is part of this demographic shift. What issues with the aging workforce do you and others face, and how will you deal with them?

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Just as the ERISA diktat changed the pension ripoff scam of the aircraft companies, there has to be a significant change in age discrimination law. We can have workers idle from 50 to 65. As the politicians and bureaucrats raise the Social Security retirement age, it’ll worsen the problem. The problem originates in the whole concept of benefits. Like most diktats, it distorts the marketplace. What has to happen is that people buy their own benefits. Employers have benefited form this scam for too long. And, workers over value their benefit packages. It creates a society of serfs who are afraid to change jobs. The new plantation. We need to become a nation of consultants. And the tax diktats have to change to match the new realities. Pensions, social security, and such have to be “personal”.

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GOVERNACIDE: Gooferment has to be charged with these due to inattention to detail

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100716/us_yblog_upshot/record-number-of-u-s-soldiers-commited-suicide-last-month

Fri Jul 16, 11:34 am ET
Army suicides hit record number in June
By Liz Goodwin

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Thirty-two soldiers took their own lives last month, the most Army suicides in a single month since the Vietnam era. Eleven of the soldiers were not on active duty. Of the 21 who were, seven were serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.

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This is a terrible finding. I can guess at what maybe the cause: PTSD, financial problems, marital problems, “sandbox rage”, or even just the trauma of a buddy getting killed, maimed, or injured. Whatever the reason, a nation, if it was truly grateful for these people’s service, then there would be a Herculean effort in finding the cause and dealing with it.

I suspect that other than a few dedicated individuals in the Gooferment, this would like to be forgotten. I’d expect the VFW, AmLegion, AmVets, and the DAV to be leading the charge.

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