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Freedom of Speech, Flags and Kneeling

What many  Americans don’t  know…

is that the federal law  prohibits using the American  Flag “as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery,” “embroidered on such articles as cushions or scarves, T-shirts, hats and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins, wrapping paper, Kleenex or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard,” “for advertising purposes” or “as a costume or athletic uniform.”

In 1976 an exception was been made for lapel pins.

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The Star Spangled Banner

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

 

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What is Freedom Of Speech?

Freedom of Speech includes the right:

  • Not to speak (specifically, the right not to salute the flag).
    West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).
  • Of students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war (“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”).
    Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
  • To use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages.
    Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).
  • To contribute money (under certain circumstances) to political campaigns.
    Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976).
  • To advertise commercial products and professional services (with some restrictions).
    Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976); Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).
  • To engage in symbolic speech, (e.g., burning the flag in protest).
    Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989); United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).
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Pay Attention to the USA – not China

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United States First and Foremost

The Eight Roles of the President – 

  • Chief of state. Chief of state refers to the President as the head of the government. …
  • Chief of executive. The President is also chief executive, vested by the Constitution with broad executive powers. …
  • Chief administrator. …
  • Chief diplomat. …
  • Commander in chief. …
  • Chief legislator. …
  • Chief of party. …
  • Chief citizen to Care for and protect the United States of America


America First

Warren Buffet can fix Congress: Bam!

Hey! Remember: Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.

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Warren Buffett said, “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,”  he told CNBC.

“You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

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4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses Their Current Health Care System and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.

Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.

The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term’s), then go home and back to work.

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Tell a Friend: If each person contacts a minimum of 20  people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message.

Perhaps it REALLY is time.

 

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If you agree with the above, pass it on. And on. TELL a friend, a  neighbor,  a pal on Facebook

Happy 2018 – The Pope says:

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This life will go by fast.

Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much.

Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.

Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.

Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.

So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look…

Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.

So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.

Proposed Tax Bill is a sin – stealing from everyone else

Wait a Second, Amendment!

 

Shoot, no!

First, the easier it is to get a gun, the easier it is to make use of one.

Second, a violent act involving a gun is far more likely to result in fatalities or multiple casualties than a violent act involving some other type of weapon.

The notion, therefore, that there is no meaningful correlation between the nation’s relatively lenient gun control laws and the extent of the nation’s gun violence simply defies common sense. It also contradicts the empirical evidence.” NY TIMES”

The Second Amendment  was written in 1791. Relevant in 2017?  Hear a resounding ” No! “

It doesnt take a genius to compute: This was Written over 220 years ago 

(NOTE: was written before bullets and revolvers were invented)

adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights

States: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Such language has created considerable debate regarding the Amendment’s intended scope.

Michael Moore proposes:

PROPOSED 28th AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION
“A well regulated State National Guard, being helpful to the safety and security of a State in times of need, along with the strictly regulated right of the people to keep and bear a limited number of non-automatic Arms for sport and hunting, with respect to the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence, this shall not be infringed.”

He continues:

I, Michael Moore, along with all who support an end to this epidemic of gun violence, propose a new Amendment to our Constitution that repeals the ancient and outdated 2nd Amendment

(which was written before bullets and revolvers were even invented),

and replaces it with a new 28th Amendment that guarantees States can have State militias (a.k.a. State National Guards which are made up of citizen-soldiers who are called upon in times of natural disasters or other State emergencies),

allows individuals to use guns for sport and gathering food, and guarantees everyone the right to be free of, and protected from, gun violence (i.e., the public’s safety comes ahead of an individual’s right to own and fire a gun).

 

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Mike and Cindy tell everyone their small arsenal of guns – are to protect their home. While they can’t quote the Second Amenedment – they are card carrying NRA members – who stand behind The Secondn Amendment.

Q.    What kind of guns were used pertaining to  the Bill of Right s was written  in 1791?

A.      Slow, methodical, front loading rifles.

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Genius

Less concerned re: knees, Bishop Barres

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New York: Take a Knee?  Take a Pew….

The Priestly Society of the Holy Cross (aka Opus Die)  is an association of Catholic diocesan priests which is integrally united to the Prelature of Opus Dei.

Some Opus Dei members also serve as Bishops in various dioceses throughout the world, including the United States

and John Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York is a member.

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Barres Doesn’t Want anyone to “Take A Knee” or there will be trouble.

 

The Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York sent out a directive this week warning students against holding any protest during the national anthem.

The NY Diocese said violators would be disciplined on a case-by-case basis.

The reminder comes amid the national debate over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to call attention to

and to protest myriad police killings of unarmed black people

and numerous other racial and social injustices throughout the United States.

 

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News Flash: The Church is  more concerned about pedophilia, crimes, harm of child abuse, top Vatican officials says

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Thank you, Fr James Martin SJ

4And Thanks to A Beacon of Light  Bishop McElroy  who tells it like it is…

Bravo for coming to stand by the side of the well loved, respected,

esteemed, Fr James Martin 

 

“Father James Martin is a distinguished Jesuit author who has spent his life building bridges within the Catholic Church and between the church and the wider world. He has been particularly effective in bringing the Gospel message to the millennial generation. When we survey the vast gulf that exists between young adults and the church in the United States, it is clear that there could be no more compelling missionary outreach for the future of Catholicism than the terrain that Father Martin has passionately and eloquently pursued over the past two decades. There are few evangelizers who have engaged that terrain with more heart and skill and devotion.

Last year Father Martin undertook a particularly perilous project in this work of evangelization: building bridges between the church and the L.G.B.T. community in the United States. He entered it knowing that the theological issues pertaining to homosexuality constituted perhaps the most volatile element of ecclesial life in U.S. culture.”           From America Magazine

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“...The concerted attack on Father Martin’s work has been driven by three impulses: homophobia, a distortion of fundamental Catholic moral theology and a veiled attack on Pope Francis and his campaign against judgmentalism in the church.

The attacks on Building a Bridge tap into long-standing bigotry within the church and U.S. culture against members of the L.G.B.T. community. The persons launching these attacks portray the reconciliation of the church and the L.G.B.T. community not as a worthy goal but as a grave cultural, religious and familial threat.

Gay sexual activity is seen not as one sin among others but as uniquely debased to the point that L.G.B.T. persons are to be effectively excluded from the family of the church. Pejorative language and labels are deployed regularly and strategically.

The complex issues of sexual orientation and its discernment in the life of the individual are dismissed and ridiculed.”

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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

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Top 20 Life Tips – Pope Francis

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A Gentle Reminder

From Pope Francis

This life will go by fast.

Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much. 

Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.

Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.

Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.

So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look…

Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.

So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.

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Divorced Catholics – can they receive Communion?

photo_3447_20070927If all Divorced Catholics in the USA lined up…

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Oh, wait!

They already do…

What will transpire at the Synod?

...Pope Francis finds himself in a daunting position. His immediate predecessors, from Paul VI to Benedict XVI, seemed to lock the church into a series of positions—on divorce, contraception, sexuality, the celibate priesthood, the ordination of women, and homosexuality—that are at radical variance with the beliefs and practices of the majority of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics…

 

The New Yorker

SEE:  OCTOBER 13, 2014
A Bombshell Document at the Vatican Synod
BY ALEXANDER STILLE

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