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120,000 Sign Petition to Withdraw Invite to Obama

March 24, 2009

Almost 120,000 people (as of March 25 at noon) have signed a petition objecting to the University of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Barack Obama to receive an honorary degree at the University and to participate at the University’s commencement.

The Catholic university has often endorsed liberal views and has accepted speakers of almost all views on the grounds of educational freedom.

Bishop: Notre Dame has ‘chosen prestige over truth’ by inviting Obama

But the current furor is over objections to Obama’s pro-abortion and pro-stem cell research policies.

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Obamadome at Notre Dame?

The student newspaper, The Observer, is asking students and members of the community to discuss the issue.

Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris commented from Rome by saying, “The Catholic Church protects life from conception.”

He said “some moral waffling” has gotten the Catholic Church into trouble in recent years.

“We need to reaffirm our identity and go back to core values,” Father Jonathan said.

Liberal media personality Phil Donahue who is Catholic and graduated from Notre Dame, urged a more liberal view, saying the Catholic Church was dying because it did not open itself to the views of people like Obama….

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Consider the petition:
http://notredamescandal.com/Signt
hePetitiontoFrJenkins/tabid/454/
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Related:
http://marysanawim.wordpress.com/
2009/03/24/notre-dame-and-the-a
udacity-of-obama/

By Madeline Buckley
From The Observer
Student newspaper, Notre Dame

Several religious and pro-life groups nationwide are expressing outrage and threatening to protest in South Bend after the University announced President Barack Obama will deliver the 2009 Commencement address at Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony May 17.

Assistant Vice President for News and Information Dennis Brown told The Observer a rumor that University switchboards were overwhelmed with callers and had to be shut down Friday night is false – a claim made by a March 20 article on pewsitter.com.

Although many outside groups are protesting University President Fr. John Jenkins’ decision, The Observer reported in an Oct. 8, 2008 article that Obama led the student body with 52.6 percent of the vote in a mock election held by student government, in which 2,692 undergraduates and graduate students voted.

The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) – a group dedicated to “renewing and strengthening Catholic identity at America’s 224 Catholic colleges and universities,” according its mission statement – launched a Web site, http://www.notredamescandal.com, that acts as an online petition asking Jenkins to withdraw the invitation for President Obama to speak based on Obama’s pro-choice stance.

The site currently claims over 47,000 signers, as of press time.

David Costanzo, CNS communications director, told The Observer that the Society believes Obama is an inappropriate choice for Commencement speaker because the decision goes against a statement made by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a 2004 document titled “Catholics in Political Life,” which reads: “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

Read the rest:
http://media.www.ndsmcobserver.com/media/stor
age/paper660/news/2009/03/24/News/Cathol
ic.Groups.Outraged.Over.Obama.Selection-3680
391.shtml

Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100da
ys/2009/03/24/critics-blast-obamas-notre-
dame-commencement-address/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/2
4/we-prayerfully-implore-you-to-halt
-this-travesty-immediately/

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Here is why Notre Dame thinks this is OK:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-d
yn/content/article/2009/03/23/AR2
009032302584.html

Public Outrage Could Devour Obama Presidency

March 22, 2009

The president is getting what he asked for, but perhaps not what he had in mind. During the campaign, Barack Obama beckoned Americans to put aside their cynicism about politics and re-engage as active citizens. They are now doing so with red-hot anger. They are outraged by events and forcing their way into congressional affairs and behind closed doors where policy wonks discuss issues with cerebral civility. The president is now trapped between these two realms — the governing elites who decide things and the people who are governed. Which side is he on? If he does not choose wisely, the anger could devour his presidency.

By William Greider
The Washington Post

The immediate impetus is the latest outrage from the financial sector. AIG, the failed insurance giant on government life support, proceeded to hand out $165 million in employee bonuses. Because Washington has pumped $170 billion into this zombie corporation, people quickly grasped that AIG was redistributing their tax money. On March 13, the White House sent out Larry Summers, the president’s economic adviser, to explain things. Government has no choice, Summers said, because this is a government of laws and we must honor contracts. On Monday, the president scrapped that line, hoping to dodge the outrage.

Something fundamental has been altered in American politics. Encouraged by Obama’s message of hope, agitated by darkening economic prospects, many people have thrown off sullen passivity and are trying to reclaim their role as citizens. This disturbs the routines of Washington but has great potential for restoring a functioning democracy. Timely intervention by the people could save the country from some truly bad ideas now circulating in Washington and on Wall Street. Ideas that could lead to the creation of a corporate state, legitimized by government and financed by everyone else. Once people understand the concept, expect a lot more outrage.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte
nt/article/2009/03/19/AR2009031902511.ht
ml?hpid=opinionsbox1

Read the rest:
Financial Advice, Recovery, Trumped by Obama, Congress, Media, Polls

Protesters At Homes Of AIG Execs

Wall Street Journal: “Geithner Incapacitated;” President Voices Support

Government To Have Bigger Role in All American Lives; Obama Seeks to Increase Oversight of Executive Pay

Dodd Caper, House Vote on 90% Tax, Highlights Founders Hopes; Modern Reality

Obama’s mythical mystique of government and science and their inherent moral benevolence

March 13, 2009

Presiden Obama is now on track to federalize schools, health care, some aspects of the media, science and just about every aspect of your American life.

Alarmist?

Maybe.  You judge for yourself.

The point is: some people do not believe that federal government rules for our schools will lead to better education across the board.

Some people do not believe that government control of health care will really mean better “care.”

Some people do not believe it is time to tax coal and gas and oil companies while we harvest the wind….There might still be too much hot air in the energy/climate change discussion….

Some people no longer beliive our national intelligence system: they said there were weapons of mass destruction is Iraq, they missed the fall of the Soviet Union, they now say what about Iran and nukes and the president wanted an anti-Isreal and pro-China guy named Freeman for a key intelligence job. Politicized?  Maybe.

Some people do believe that the spending, taxing and socialist trends we are now seeing will lead to a bankrupt America with the social life the Netherlands or Sweden.

And some people suspect that when the White House Chief of Staff engineers an assault on a private American citizen speaking his mind (Rush Limbaugh) and some folks talk about  ……  free speech will be curtailed before long.

I no longer believe in the benevolence of government.  And I surely suspect trouble in the promised benevolence of science, government and stem cell research….

And I just don’t believe in the promises of Barack Obama: the post-partisan, post-racial hope-filled future was a lie….

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By Charles Krauthammer
The Washington Post
March 13, 2009

Last week, the White House invited me to a signing ceremony overturning the Bush (43) executive order on stem cell research. I assume this was because I have long argued in these columns and during my five years on the President’s Council on Bioethics that, contrary to the Bush policy, federal funding should be extended to research on embryonic stem cell lines derived from discarded embryos in fertility clinics.

I declined to attend. Once you show your face at these things you become a tacit endorser of whatever they spring. My caution was vindicated.

Preident Bush had restricted federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to cells derived from embryos that had already been destroyed (as of his speech of Aug. 9, 2001). While I favor moving that moral line to additionally permit the use of spare fertility clinic embryos, President Obama replaced it with no line at all. He pointedly left open the creation of cloned — and noncloned sperm-and-egg-derived — human embryos solely for the purpose of dismemberment and use for parts.
I am not religious. I do not believe that personhood is conferred upon conception. But I also do not believe that a human embryo is the moral equivalent of a hangnail and deserves no more respect than an appendix. Moreover, given the protean power of embryonic manipulation, the temptation it presents to science and the well-recorded human propensity for evil even in the pursuit of good, lines must be drawn. I suggested the bright line prohibiting the deliberate creation of human embryos solely for the instrumental purpose of research — a clear violation of the categorical imperative not to make a human life (even if only a potential human life) a means rather than an end.

On this, Obama has nothing to say. He leaves it entirely to the scientists. This is more than moral abdication. It is acquiescence to the mystique of “science” and its inherent moral benevolence. How anyone as sophisticated as Obama can believe this within living memory of Mengele and Tuskegee and the fake (and coercive) South Korean stem cell research is hard to fathom.

That part of the ceremony, watched from the safe distance of my office, made me uneasy. The other part — the ostentatious issuance of a memorandum on “restoring scientific integrity to government decision-making” — would have made me walk out.

Restoring? The implication, of course, is that while Obama is guided solely by science, Bush was driven by dogma, ideology and politics.

What an outrage. Bush’s nationally televised stem cell speech was the most morally serious address on medical ethics ever given by an American president. It was so scrupulous in presenting the best case for both his view and the contrary view that until the last few …

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy
n/content/article/2009/03/12/AR20
09031202764.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03
/12/laughingstock-president-doom-
does-a-180-cancels-fear-mongering/

Obama’s Hope, Post-Partisan, Post-Racial Promises Were All BS

Never Wrong? U.S. Intelligence Says Iran Does Not Nave Any Highly Enriched Uranium
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http://johnbrodigan.com/2009/03/12/epi
sode-v-the-republicans-strike-back/

Republicans: If You Can’t Agree On Core Values Now, Commit Harakiri

Obama has little reason to fall in with the G20

March 8, 2009

“REDUCED cost of government, adequate government income, and ability to service government debts are all so important to ultimate stability . . . The United States seeks the kind of dollar which a generation hence will have the same purchasing and debt-paying power . . . Our broad purpose is the permanent stabilisation of every nation’s currency.”

By Irwin Stelzer
The Times (UK)

So wired Franklin D Roosevelt to the representatives of the 66 nations attending the London Economic Conference on July 3, 1933. Sailing on his yacht at the time, the president decided to torpedo prime minister Ramsay MacDonald’s plan for international action to deal with war debts and currency stabilisation.

Gordon Brown is less concerned about maintaining the value of his currency than that old dissimulator FDR professed to be. He needs a successful, or at least big and glitzy international conference for other reasons, not least for the political uplift that a sprinkle of Obama stardust might provide. But enough cynicism. Equally important is the prime minister’s belief in the need for international co-ordination and a strong stand against protectionism.

So he is relieved to have avoided MacDonald’s fate: the American president will attend the April 2 London conference of the G20 nations.

The important question is whether the conference can achieve its goal of a co-ordinated response to the world recession. There are reasons to doubt it.

The first is that Brown’s plea to a joint session of Congress to avoid “a protectionism that . . . in the end protects no one” fell on deaf ears. The White House and the Congress have assured their trade-union funders that Doha is dead, and there will be no more trade-opening measures. Indeed, existing agreements are to be tightened. Washington has more in common with French president Nicolas Sarkozy than with Brown when it comes to trade.

The second obstacle to close co-operation was made clear by the president in a press conference with the prime minister. Brown talked of grand bargains, a global new deal. Obama spoke vaguely of better co-ordination of financial regulation, and expressed no enthusiasm for co-ordinating American recovery efforts with those of the EU, except to call on Britain and Europe to do more. The president faces a bailout-weary Congress, and one that wants any additional borrow-and-spend directed at the plight of America’s homeowners. Indeed, even when it comes to regulation, the White House and key congressional figures let it be known that America has no intention of ceding any of its powers to an international body.

Perhaps the only area of solid agreement was a distaste for “tax havens” — those places to which over-taxed individuals and companies can legally flee. Nothing appeals to the leaders of nations such as high-tax Britain and soon-to-be-high-tax America as the possibility of a cartel that can impose its policies by disciplining “cheaters”.

The third obstacle in the path of a Brown triumph at the conference is money. The prime minister wants a larger role to be assigned to international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. But that would mean a larger contribution from cash-strapped Obama, which is not on the cards, especially since America is already under-represented at the IMF and the administration is taken with the scathing criticism of the IMF from economists it respects, such as Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

Fourth, Obama has no sentimental attachment to Britain or to Europe. He has a broadly leftist ideology, but other than that he is a “whatever works” sort of guy, to borrow from Tony Blair. Which is why his primary attention is on Asia, where Japan and China must continue to purchase Treasury IOUs if the Obama domestic programme is to be financed.

It is no surprise that Japan’s prime minister Taro Aso beat Brown for the prize of first foreign leader to be granted access to the Obama Oval Office. Or that Hillary Clinton slid over the little matter of China’s human-rights violations when she visited the regime’s leaders.

Finally, Obama knows that his presidency is doomed if there is another attack on the homeland that George Bush kept safe for seven years. That is why he has felt it necessary to make the war in Afghanistan, home of plotters aiming to do harm to America, Obama’s War. So he wants more troops from his European allies. And troops that will fight, not merely “reconstruct”, or patrol peaceful areas, or remain in barracks at night. But the Europeans are having none of it, which Obama — who already knows this — will have officially confirmed to him at the Nato meetings to which he will fly after the G20 session.

Read the rest:
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/busine
ss/columnists/article5864579.ece

Uh Oh, White House Seeks Economic Advice From Twitter

March 6, 2009

Twitter cofounder and CEO Ev Williams is headed to the White House today.

The administration invited him to join a “young business leaders” summit to discuss the economic crises.

As Ev himself puts it — in a Twitter message, of course — “[this] must mean they’re *really* out of ideas.”

A reminder: With 6 million members and 700% plus growth, Twitter makes no money in the US. (It sells some ads in Japan).

–From Business Insider

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Related:
Dow’s Decline Is Fastest for a New President in Nearly a Century

Geithner’s Top Two Treasury Assistants Withdraw; 17 Unfilled Top Jobs At U.S. Treasury

Most Obama “Economic Advisors” Raised Money for Democrats

 Obama’s Economic Strategy Akin To LBJ’s Vietnam Fiasco: “Pour In More”

Public Support for Economic Recovery Plan Slips to 42%

January 29, 2009

Scott Rasmussen said today that public support for President’s Economic stimulus, as it passed in the House yesterday, is slipping.

Rasmussen said many people say they support the bill “just because they like Obama.”

This goodwill from the public during the president’s honeymoon is already ebbing badly where laws are made: in the House and Senate.  Despite a pledge of bipartisanship, not one Republican could bring themselves to vote for the Democratic stimulus.  Now onward to the Senate….

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From Rasmussen Reports

Public support for the economic recovery plan crafted by President Obama and congressional Democrats has slipped a bit over the past week. At the same time, expectations that the plan will quickly become law have increased.

Forty-two percent (42%) of the nation’s likely voters now support the president’s plan, roughly one-third of which is tax cuts with the rest new government spending. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 39% are opposed to it and 19% are undecided. Liberal voters overwhelmingly support the plan while conservatives are strongly opposed.

Read the rest:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_co
ntent/business/general_business/public_sup
port_for_economic_recovery_plan_slips_t
o_42

More Ideas on Stimulus, Bipartisanship from Rush Limbaugh in the Wall Street Journal

January 29, 2009

Rush Limbaugh came on to the President’s radar screen for his attacks on the Democrats’ stimulus bill.

Limbaugh even said, “I hope the president fails.”  Democrats responded with an on line petition against Limbaugh and the president himself urged Republican lawmakers not to listen to Limbaugh.

But now that not one Republican voted for the president’s stimulus bill in the House, it might be a good time for some new thinking….

Right-of-center radio talkshow host Rush Limbaugh, seen here ...

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By Rush Limbaugh
The Wall Street Journal
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There’s a serious debate in this country as to how best to end the recession. The average recession will last five to 11 months; the average recovery will last six years. Recessions will end on their own if they’re left alone. What can make the recession worse is the wrong kind of government intervention.

I believe the wrong kind is precisely what President Barack Obama has proposed. I don’t believe his is a “stimulus plan” at all — I don’t think it stimulates anything but the Democratic Party. This “porkulus” bill is designed to repair the Democratic Party’s power losses from the 1990s forward, and to cement the party’s majority power for decades.

Read the rest:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123318906
638926749.html

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President, Democrats Attack Rush Limbaugh

Fox News

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched an online petition to express outrage at conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for saying he wanted President Obama to “fail.”

“Jobs, health care, our place in the world — the stakes for our nation are high and every American needs President Obama to succeed,” the petition reads. “Stand strong against Rush Limbaugh’s Attacks — sign our petition, telling Rush what you think of his attacks on President Obama.”

The petition comes after Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill Friday that they need to quit listening to Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.

On Monday, Limbaugh shot back at Obama, opening his show by saying, “I’m the man you should not be listening, according to President Obama.”

“I think [Obama] wants me to fail,” Limbaugh said. “He’s more frightened of me than he is of John Boehner, which doesn’t say much for our party.”

The remarks came after Limbaugh said last week on his radio show: “If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down. I don’t want this to work. So I’m thinking of replying to this guy, say ‘okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails’.”

Gaza: International Community Allowing Isreal To Bleed Hamas?

January 4, 2009
The international community, headed by the U.S. and Egypt, is giving Israel time to carry out the ground offensive in Gaza, so it will severely damage Hamas’ regime. The rationale behind such a move is that a weakened Hamas would improve the chances of achieving a stable agreement in Gaza once the fighting subsides.

And so there is a degree of foot-dragging in the diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire. The most visible sign of this was the decision to postpone the United Nations Security Council discussion on Gaza planned for Monday.

Haaretz Newspaper

 

Smoke from artillery shelling and fires rises into the sky during ... 
Smoke from artillery shelling and fires rises into the sky during clashes between Hamas fighters and Israeli forces on the edge of Gaza City. Thousands of Israeli troops and scores of tanks have advanced into Gaza, battling Hamas fighters and surrounding the main city on a mission to end militant rocket attacks.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)

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http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052330.html

Related:
 Gaza: Israel Strikes Before Bush Departs

Pope’s Message of Peace, Stability: Warns of Ruin in Selfishness

December 25, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI has called for peace in the Middle East and stability in Africa in his Christmas Day message.

Speaking from the Vatican, the Pope prayed for the opponents of the “twisted logic of conflict and violence” to prevail in the Holy Land.

BBC

The Pope decried instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan and Somalia, and lamented the plight of ordinary Zimbabweans.

He also called for solidarity in the face of an ever more uncertain future.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates christmas night holy mass at the ... 

Read more:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7799628.stm

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By FRANCES D’EMILIO, Associated Press Writer

Pope Benedict XVI in his Christmas message Thursday warned that the world was headed toward ruin if selfishness prevails over solidarity during tough economic times for both rich and poor nations.

Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on the day Christians commemorate Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, Benedict declared that the “heart of the Christian message is meant for all men and women.”

The traditional papal Christmas Day message “Urbi et Orbi” — Latin for “to the City and to the World” — usually covers the globe’s hot spots, but this year Benedict also addressed the gloomy economic conditions worrying many across the planet.

Amid near daily news of layoffs, failing companies and people losing homes they can no longer afford in many parts of the world, Benedict’s words seemed tailored in part to the global economic crisis.

He said his Christmas message also applied to “wherever an increasingly uncertain future is regarded with apprehension, even in affluent nations.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081225/ap_o
n_re_eu/eu_vatican_christmas_15

Obama Overconfident?

December 23, 2008

He’s “The One.”  He’ll take the oath on Lincoln’s bible and will not shy away from comparisons to Linoln. He’s not phased by Putin, Medvedev, Ahmadinijad or Hu….He says he can win over enemies and calm internal and international turmoil. And he has embraced both Rick Warren and Jeremiah Wright….

 

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Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) thinks that President-elect Obama picked same-sex marriage opponent Rick Warren to give the inauguration invocation because Obama “overestimates” his ability to unify people.

“Oh, I believe that he overestimates his ability to get people to put aside fundamental differences,” said Frank, the first House member to come out of the closet voluntarily.

Frank, on MSNBC on Monday, said that he’s delighted Obama was elected and that the country is headed into the “best time” for public policy since the New Deal.

“But my one question is, I think he overestimates his ability to take people, particularly our colleagues on the right, and, sort of, charm them into being nice,” Frank said. “I know he talks about being post-partisan. But I’ve worked, frankly, with Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, the current Republican leadership. The current Republican leadership in the House repudiated George Bush. I don’t know why Mr. Obama thinks he’s going to have them better than George Bush.

“And so, to be honest, when he talks about being post-partisan, having seen these people and knowing what they would do in that situation, I suffer from post-partisan depression,” Frank said jokingly.

By Walter Alarkon
The Hill

Related:
‘Overwhelming’ expectations worry Biden

Read the rest:
http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2008/12/22/rep-frank-obama-overestimates-ability-to-charm/