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Catholic Professors Criticize Boehner in Letter

Posted on May 11th, 2011 at 20:58 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


More than 75 professors at Catholic University and other prominent Catholic colleges have written a pointed letter to Mr. Boehner saying that the Republican-supported budget he shepherded through the House of Representatives will hurt the poor, elderly and vulnerable, and therefore he has failed to uphold basic Catholic moral teaching.

“Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings,” the letter says. “From the apostles to the present, the Magisterium of the Church has insisted that those in power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress. This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it.”

The letter writers go on to criticize Mr. Boehner’s support for a budget that cut support for Medicare, Medicaid and the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, while granting tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. They call such policies “anti-life,” a particularly biting reference because the phrase is usually applied to politicians and others who support the right to abortion.

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner, responded by e-mail: “The Speaker will be delivering a personal, non-political message at the Catholic University of America that he hopes will speak to all members of the graduating class, regardless of their backgrounds or affiliations. He is deeply honored to have been invited by CUA to address the school’s graduating class, and is looking forward to receiving an honorary degree from the only Catholic college in our country that is chartered by Catholic bishops.”

So, to translate Boehners reply: suck it, and give me my degree.

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  1. To refine that, noting that there’s a difference between some faculty members writing a letter and the college doing so, he’s saying, Suck it if you can’t even get your own college administration to cancel my speech.

  2. Crikey, why doesn’t the pope give him a knighthood? Taking advantage of the weak and poor is so, ya know, Catholic.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says

Posted on May 11th, 2011 at 18:07 by John Sinteur in category: News


Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader announced on Sunday.

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  1. While I understand the point they are trying to make. Doesn’t this make the US the Empire and Al-Qaida the Rebels. How many of you cheered the Empire? Doesn’t the Empire eventually fall to the rebels? Does that mean the US will fall to Al-Qaida

Rome braces for ‘prophet-predicted quake’

Posted on May 11th, 2011 at 15:19 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Thousands of people are reported to be staying out of Rome for the next few days, over fears the city will be hit by a huge earthquake.

The panic was sparked by rumours that seismologist Raffaele Bendandi, who died in 1979, predicted the city would be devastated by a quake on 11 May.

Officials have insisted quakes cannot be predicted and special programmes have run on state TV calling for calm.

Experts also say there is no evidence Bendandi even made the prediction.

But many people said they were leaving the city to be on the safe side.

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  1. And I thought all the kooks were in America … 🙂

  2. There were a couple of earthquakes in southern Spain today. Moderately strong but not devastating, with ten casualties.

    Either this is a complete coincidence or god both has bad aim and isn’t very powerful.

  3. Good morning everybody!

    It’s May 12, Rome is still standing, and there is another entry on the (very, very long) list of utterly failed prophecies.

  4. Not true, Steffan. I predicted that that prophecy would not come true. 🙂

FBI: If We Told You, You Might Sue

Posted on May 11th, 2011 at 11:59 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security


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There you have it. The government doesn’t want you to know whether your internet or phone company is cooperating with its dragnet surveillance program because you might get upset and file lawsuits asserting your constitutional rights.

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  1. It’s not the government that’s worried about this. It’s the businesses that are afraid they’ll lose customers.

  2. Isn’t the simple solution to force *all* of these service providers to provide the data to the FBI? Then there’s no competitive difference and they can just disclose it.

  3. I suppose it would, Desiato, but I like the notion of them going through the formality of getting a warrant or having to cite some law.

So that’s why…

Posted on May 11th, 2011 at 11:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. The birth of SkyNet? Yeah, I can believe that! So, I am switching to Google Talk, and encouraging my Skype fellows (family, clients overseas) to do so likewise.

  2. It’s interesting that Microsoft is arguably more likely to produce the first successful true AI than they are to produce a successful phone.

  3. And all of the Skype is done at the expense of the users’ bandwidth.