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A sign from above? Lightning
strikes Vatican hours after
Pope´s shock resignation

Mirror [UK], by Paul Cockerton

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Posted By:loosbolt, 2/12/2013 12:31:55 AM

This was the moment lightning struck the Vatican today - hours after Pope Benedict XVI´s bolt-from-the-blue resignation. The lightning touched the dome of St. Peter´s Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic churches, after the Pope´s shock admission he lacks strength to do the job. The Vatican stressed that no specific medical condition prompted Benedict´s decision to quit - the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. The move surprised even his closest aides, even though Benedict, 85, had made clear in the past he would step down if he became too old or infirm.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/12/2013 12:49:59 AM     (No. 9171283)

Well,the Pope was in his late 70´s when he got stated on the job so you can´t expect him to continue on forever.Still this is a very shocking announcement and a hard to figure out without a specific health issue.

The Pope is the only moral authority in the world right now and I´m afraid the folks in the Vatican are going to be bullied into picking a PC Pope who will be weak on moral leadership.

The last thing we need is Obama sticking his nose in this but he already has,unfortunately.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/12/2013 1:12:16 AM     (No. 9171288)

Lots of thunder and lightning going on today. Rome, North Korea. But bless the Pope for knowing when he´s not up to the job. Prayers that they pick another strong figure. Perhaps someone from Africa, to confront the Islamist terror and persecution?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 2/12/2013 1:14:24 AM     (No. 9171290)

Don´t tase me, Bro!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 2/12/2013 1:17:29 AM     (No. 9171292)

#2,

Christians who are suffering persecution and dying for their faith tend to be in Africa and Asia these days (Islam and oppressive governments have a lot to do with it). A Pope from one of these parts of the world would be a wonderful gift.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 2/12/2013 1:27:13 AM     (No. 9171300)

Stupid headline. There´s next to nothing in the story about the lightning bolt. How often does lightning strike this steeple? Was there any damage? Did the pope have a comment? Etc. Just another sensationalist, cutesy-cutesy headline.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/12/2013 1:43:42 AM     (No. 9171306)

Yes #5...you´re probably right. But then again...maybe some is sending a message...heh heh heh

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 2/12/2013 1:49:34 AM     (No. 9171309)

...the Pope is aware of the third secret of Fatima, having written on the subject himself. Also knows that it all wasn´t revealed and is smart enough to step down before it all hits the fan...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mackrand, 2/12/2013 1:50:16 AM     (No. 9171310)

Interesting that someone was right there with a camera all focused waiting for the lightning to strike. How fortuitous is that? Or is that a screen grab on a constant video of the Vatican facade?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 2/12/2013 1:58:25 AM     (No. 9171312)

"I´m comin after you, Benedict the XIVV...wait a minute...right there Benedict the XIV...Hold on! You! Benedict the XXVII...oh, for...never mind. I´ll wait for...whoever...tell ´em Lucy sent me...
whoo!"

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Reply 10 - Posted by: belwhatter, 2/12/2013 4:02:28 AM     (No. 9171349)

This Pope has done well at a time when most other men have hung up their skates, and is smart enough to realise at 86 he hasn´t the stamina the positon demands. Let´s hope the College of Cardinals will elect a much younger person who can stand the rigors of travel, leadership,continual appearances and meetings as well as ministering.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: tappin52, 2/12/2013 4:04:07 AM     (No. 9171350)

God still has plenty of energy.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: toodles3956, 2/12/2013 6:06:52 AM     (No. 9171408)

The third secret of Fatima was that he is the last Christian pope of which he is well aware. I´m thinking the next will be the anti-christ and will work closely with our president.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: rockymtnhigh, 2/12/2013 7:31:13 AM     (No. 9171509)

I can think of only one person with enough intelligence, humility, and wisdom to take John Paul II´s place, Barrack Obama! He will humbly fulfill both positions as head of the Free World and Catholic Church. /s

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Reply 14 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 2/12/2013 7:36:28 AM     (No. 9171520)

The Church in the US has been problematically liberal in recent years, although this administration´s behavior has been a wake-up call to Catholic bishops to return to core principles. US cardinals make up about seven percent of the college who will elect the next pope. I´m not too worried that they will somehow go way left. And who exactly would do the bullying to force such a result?
I´ll put my trust in the Lord who promised Peter when He made him the first Pope that "the gates of hell will not prevail against" his Church.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Tarheelkate, 2/12/2013 8:00:08 AM     (No. 9171555)

The lightning bolt struck shortly after Cardinal Mahony announced he is looking forward to voting on the new Pope. Mahony had better be careful while he´s there.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/12/2013 8:02:56 AM     (No. 9171562)

I told my wife last night that my memory of the thought process leading up to the selection of our current Pope was the need to create a spacer between John Paul II and the next longer term pope. Part of the concept was to remind Catholics that the true leader is God and that the Popes are merely his successors on earth. A storm is brewing in the world and Pope Benedict has given God the chance to select the new shepherd of his flock.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: M2, 2/12/2013 8:05:55 AM     (No. 9171570)

#1, I don´t agree that the Pope is "the only moral authority" in the world right now. For Catholics, perhaps, but not for the rest of Christendom. That said, I find it very interesting that the actual dome of the Basilica was struck by lightning. The odds of that happening at all, let alone the day after the Pope´s resignation, is startling.

More and more, while aware Christians watch, biblical prophecies about the corruption of the church and of the culture play out in grand fashion and in technicolor.

Perhaps, as the caption under the MUST READ suggests, God has plans for this White House as well. Since God is our only hope against absolute earthly power, I pray He does have plans I will live long enough to see.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 2/12/2013 8:07:15 AM     (No. 9171574)

Well, I AM worried. As we know all too well in this country, there has been an infiltration of evil influences and force in every known and loved tradition and institution in past decades. The Pope has a very strenuous and difficult job. Evil disguised as benevolence is the worst of evil. We encounter that evil from time to time.

But the Pope has to deal with that evil, up close, all the time.

Lucifer is strong right now. Pray for salvation. And do what you have to do to be worthy of it.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Red Jeep, 2/12/2013 8:10:08 AM     (No. 9171579)

Was somebody just standing outside in the thunderstorm taking pics and just happened to luckily take this shot? ...or was this photo photoshopped?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 2/12/2013 8:30:23 AM     (No. 9171599)

Just to put a little breakfast smile on my fellow L-Dotters´ faces........ Someone said that now this pope will be known as: "Ex Benedict." :-)

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jar, 2/12/2013 8:31:35 AM     (No. 9171602)

Remember when Cardinal Ratziger was picked to be Pope and became Benedict XVI, one of the main reasons for his choice was given his age -- they specifically wanted someone old who would not last that long.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 2/12/2013 8:59:51 AM     (No. 9171662)

I´m not a Catholic (big "C") but I am an uncompromising Christian. During college in my philosophy classes, I was always amazed that the Catholic students were the only students who stood up to the liberal professors. I secretly applauded them while I kept my mouth shut (I was a wuss who just wanted to keep my grades high).

My reading hobby for many decades since college days has been WWII German Theater. When I first read Martin-Niemöller´s famous quotation regarding Hitler´s Germany I made a vow to myself to never keep silent in the face of evil:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn´t speak out because I wasn´t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn´t speak out because I wasn´t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn´t speak out because I wasn´t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn´t speak out because I wasn´t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn´t speak out because I wasn´t a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.


Back then "communists", "socialists", "trade unionists" carried a more benign connotation than those words carry today - they all fought against Hitler. It was the part about coming for the Jews and no one spoke out and then the Catholics and no one spoke out that really hit home.

My vote for a new Pope would be Cardinal Timothy Dolan - for his courage in standing up to Obama. The world must have someone who will - Obama is not God, even though in his delusional mind he may think he is.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: wlazzell, 2/12/2013 9:03:44 AM     (No. 9171668)

So when is Obummer announcing he is running for Pope? And when will Chrissie Matthews slobber that he would be the best Pope ever?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: wherewithal, 2/12/2013 9:12:37 AM     (No. 9171685)

#23, are you asking when one of the strongest candidates ever for the anti-Christ will be elected pope?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: udanja99, 2/12/2013 9:23:22 AM     (No. 9171712)

As far as that lightening bolt hitting St. Peters ("one of the holiest Catholic churches" - duh, try THE holiest) an hour after the announcement being a sign from God, does anyone think that it took God a whole hour to find out about it?

On the other hand, I remember that it was overcast on the day of JPII´s funeral and, as he was carried out of St. Peters and into the square that day, the sun broke through the clouds and a beam of light struck JPII´s coffin.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: LZK, 2/12/2013 9:28:04 AM     (No. 9171721)

Catholic in my heart -- and -- trusting God´s good grace I look forward to another Pope who will be led by his true faith....

AND -- on a political note -- great timing so all the attention won´t be on the dog and pony show in DC....

Exit stage left...................

LZK

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Reply 27 - Posted by: stealthy, 2/12/2013 9:32:22 AM     (No. 9171732)

False prophet not anti- Christ is what you get from the church...geez.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: nonsense, 2/12/2013 9:37:02 AM     (No. 9171743)

I think that as soon as the Pope started a Twitter account he was shocked out of his papal shoes by the hate that flowed in from the Leftists worldwide. More than any human being, even the representative of God on earth, could handle.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: crossmyheart, 2/12/2013 9:37:33 AM     (No. 9171747)

#21, Just to be clear, the electors don´t give press conferences or "reasons" for their votes. You must mean the "speculation" by people, who have no idea what went on during the conclave, that goes on (ad nauseum) before, during and after a Pope is selected.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: RancherJack, 2/12/2013 9:46:47 AM     (No. 9171774)

... Perhaps one day it will hit the White House ...

It will

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Reply 31 - Posted by: FelineFine, 2/12/2013 9:52:59 AM     (No. 9171800)

Global warming.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: jlw509, 2/12/2013 10:16:08 AM     (No. 9171870)

OK, speculations are rampant, so I´ll add mine to the soup:

From the moment he was elected, Pope Bneedict made it clear that he hadn´t wanted to be Pope: he said that the announcement was "like a guillotine blade coming down."

Knowing that at his age he´d only have a few years, and knowing all the sotto-voce skulduggery that goes on in any big institution, including the Roman Curia, I´m betting he has been planning for his successor from Day One back in 2005.

He´s a patient man. He´s planned 15 moves ahead, putting the chess pieces in place. Now, announcing RIGHT before Lent, he´s basically forcing the Cardinals to wrap it up quick, because none of them wants to be out of their Diocese during the Holy Season.

Plus, with Benedict still being alive, they can each of them come in to consult with himn, personally, if they want, about who he has in mind as a good successor. And he can undermine the plotters (yes, I think there are plotters, too.)

This --- I hope --- is the long-term architecture of the thing. I think Benedict´s moves are wise, Spirit-guided, brilliant.

Then, Benedict says he is going to retire to a life of intense prayer in a monastic setting.

Something big coming up.

People: pray, pray. pray.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 2/12/2013 10:16:33 AM     (No. 9171871)

#27, if by ´false prophet´ you actually meant Bride of Christ, then you´re biblically correct, sir.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: NotaBene, 2/12/2013 11:06:34 AM     (No. 9171992)

Benedict XVI was the most conservative Pope we could have hoped for. He provided a counterpoint for Marxists like Obama, Hollande, Castro, Chavez, and so many others from the left in charge of the world. He is a humble man who will not defend himself. Progressives within the Church will tear down his legacy much in the way the Enemedia treated President George W. Bush and Sarah Palin. Ratzinger was a great Pope who brought back the traditional Latin Mass and left all his thoughts in books for posterity.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: hedduk, 2/12/2013 11:36:20 AM     (No. 9172073)

I believe the lightening strike was a sign from God. Although I don´t know exactly how to interpret it, I still believe it was God speaking.

Remember the description of what occurred at Christ´s death? - the curtain in the temple torn in two, darkness falling over the earth for three hours, tombs torn asunder and the dead rising.

God speaks to us every day in many ways. We usually are too busy to listen and we may not understand what he is trying to tell us.

In the silence of prayer and meditation he helps us begin to understand.

I will miss Pope Benedict XVI. He is a quiet and humble man - he had done great things for the Catholic Church. I trust the Holy Spirit to chose his successor well.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 2/12/2013 12:00:18 PM     (No. 9172123)

God has already spoken. It is written down and called ´The Bible´.
Lightning strike, what stupidity.
Catholics would do well to read the Bible and ignore their authoritarian priesthood. If they read the Bible they would know every Christian is a ´priest of God´. According to Peter. What he really needed in life was a wife and children. As God commanded Adam.
Lightning..........so laughable.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: JudithC, 2/12/2013 12:02:42 PM     (No. 9172128)

Jug ears won´t announce he´s running for anything, #23, much less Pope. He´ll announce that he´s named himself Pope by his own executive order and then he´ll add that God has approved his action. Then will come a mailing to the world´s 1.2 billion Catholics telling them to step in line while the world of Islam stands and applauds and laughs.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: udanja99, 2/12/2013 12:24:54 PM     (No. 9172180)

My husband reminded me last night that a majority of the College of Cardinals were appointed by the conservative B16 himself and that´s a good sign for the future.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: mozey, 2/12/2013 12:29:19 PM     (No. 9172189)

My thoughts are as #32. This Pope is brilliant, honorable, and knows the evil geopolitical anti-Christian undercurrent running through the world today. The fact that he will still be alive and can advise on what he already knows is paramount. He is the greatest Christian moral authority in the world today, and even in retirement can be greatly influential to conservative biblical truth as opposed to arrogant atheism. God is working through this good and brave man. Something big is on the way.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: shepsmum, 2/12/2013 12:31:50 PM     (No. 9172196)

#23 -- run for the job? Shouldn´t they just give it to him? He´s so amazing, after all.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: kctiger, 2/12/2013 12:48:10 PM     (No. 9172228)

... Perhaps one day it will hit the White House ...

--It will

MEH;

It´s highly more likely that lightning strike a person during a round of golf...

Oh man, if only!

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 2/12/2013 12:52:01 PM     (No. 9172236)

Thank you #3 for the great laugh! You just added another year to my life.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: peterfleming, 2/12/2013 1:15:43 PM     (No. 9172306)

Remember, please, this overly dressed monarchial fellow´s name is Ratzinger.
It was Ratzinger, for many prior years, the papal propagandist, the Goebbels of the Church, it was Ratzinger who told the worldwide millions of the flock that "there are no borders, you will receive sanctuary wherever you go". He was the never mentioned inter causal driving force of the invasion of illegals that has over run our borders..... to come here and have millons of babies who are all automatically U.S. citizens

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 2/12/2013 2:04:21 PM     (No. 9172444)

Pope Benedict XVI is a brilliant, compassionate, humble, and deeply devout shepherd. Although a bit dismayed upon first hearing the news of this break in a 600-year tradition, I trust that our Holy Father has correctly discerned God’s will. Plus, it reminds the laity that there is a big difference between little “t” and big “T” Church traditions.

I think #32 and #39 have eloquently explained the lay of the chessboard. The Catholic Church is the only remaining institution of western civilization that thinks and acts in terms of centuries, just like our Islamic enemies. I would not be surprised if the next pope is from Africa, and is someone who has witnessed his people suffer the persecution and slaughter wrought by Islam. He will be the “lightning rod”. It makes me shudder when I contemplate what is known of the Third Secret, and observe that we are only four years away from the 100th anniversary of the visions.

I agree it is very significant that the Holy Father announced his retirement just before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, as well as his plans to devote the rest of his life in cloistered prayer. The laity should follow his example. I had been preparing for Lent in a rather routine way (giving up my ice cream, as always), but now I see the opportunities of this penitential season in a new light. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving: our discipline is our weapon. Happy Lent. We’re headed for an historical Easter!

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Reply 45 - Posted by: MargaretM., 2/12/2013 2:30:06 PM     (No. 9172499)

#44 Yes.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/12/2013 4:04:36 PM     (No. 9172651)

#22, I like Cardinal Dolan, too. But his championing of Dorothy Day, communist and editor of the Catholic Worker publication, bothers me greatly.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: crossmyheart, 2/12/2013 4:38:59 PM     (No. 9172708)

#32, Can you reference the quote you atributed to Pope Benedict concerning his election, "like a guillotine blade coming down."? I have never heard it and it doesn´t sound like something he would say.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: olcap, 2/12/2013 4:41:35 PM     (No. 9172711)

I believe the "rest of Christendom" term, is one the Holy Roman Catholic Church would not even acknowledge that it defines any outside sector of humanity. That´s because the Holy Roman Catholic Church States that it is the totality of "Christendom"

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Reply 49 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 2/12/2013 6:45:18 PM     (No. 9172957)

When the Pope asks for a sign, he really gets a sign. I admire him for not clinging to the papacy beyond his ability to perform the duties. Politicians should take note.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 2/12/2013 6:52:02 PM     (No. 9172972)

When a pace maker begins to fail and the man is old and ill it makes no sense in times of extreme world peril to hold onto the guiding office when he can no longer carry the load. Benedict´s step down shows he has no
use for earthly titles and is a very humble messenger from GOD.
His task as leader is finished and he is ready to move on.
A lightning strike can show approval too you should know.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 2/12/2013 6:53:56 PM     (No. 9172979)

P.S. by the way who preserved the Bible for mankind? There were no other Christian denominations at the time.


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Reply 52 - Posted by: sadc, 2/12/2013 8:38:41 PM     (No. 9173159)

You know the joke about the 3rd message from the letter in Fatima is #7? We used to joke that it was the bill for the last supper from Schultz´s delicatessen... with interest.


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Reply 53 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 2/13/2013 1:14:34 AM     (No. 9173469)

Just for your information, #36, in response to your criticism that Catholics do not read the Bible -- Peter was indeed married, unless you can tell me how one can have a mother-in-law without being married. Matthew 8:14

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This was the moment lightning struck the Vatican today - hours after Pope Benedict XVI´s bolt-from-the-blue resignation. The lightning touched the dome of St. Peter´s Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic churches, after the Pope´s shock admission he lacks strength to do the job. The Vatican stressed that no specific medical condition prompted Benedict´s decision to quit - the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. The move surprised even his closest aides, even though Benedict, 85, had made clear in the past he would step down if he became too old or infirm.

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Washington Post, by David Nakamura    Original Article
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – President Obama compared the Republican budget plan to a "stinkburger" or "meanwich" during a speech here Wednesday, using a series of zingers in an attempt to strike a contrast with the GOP on economic issues in an election year. In a speech to an enthusiastic crowd of 1,400 at the University of Michigan, Obama repeatedly mocked Republican ideas about how to improve the economy, as he touted his own proposal to raise the minimum wage. Obama, who visited the local Zingerman´s deli before the speech, said that Republican proposals to cut taxes for wealthier Americans and

CEO of Firefox maker Mozilla steps down
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USA Today, by Brett Molina    Original Article
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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich will step down following uproar over his apparent opposition to gay marriage. In a statement released Thursday, Mozilla -- which makes the Firefox Web browser -- apologized for not reacting more quickly to the controversy surrounding Eich, who made a 2008 donation supporting California´s plan on gay marriage, The Guardian reports. "We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it´s because we haven´t stayed true to ourselves," said Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker in a statement. Last week, Eich attempted to dispel fears on whether he would support equality as the head

Massive Voter Fraud Discovered
in North Carolina’s 2012 Election

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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/2/2014 7:17:55 PM     Post Reply
The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud. 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election. 35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election. 155,692 voters

Sources on ground during
Benghazi attack slam ex-CIA
boss Morell’s testimony

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Fox News, by Adam Housley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/2/2014 9:19:40 PM     Post Reply
Sources on the ground in Benghazi during the 2012 terror attack are pushing back hard on former CIA acting director Mike Morell´s testimony on Capitol Hill, where he defended his role in shaping the administration´s narrative and claimed politics were not involved. As part of Morell´s testimony on Wednesday, the former acting and deputy CIA director acknowledged that he overruled the guidance of the top CIA officer in Libya at the time. That official told Morell the attack was not an "escalation of protests," but Morell said he had to weigh that against analysts who concluded the opposite. He ultimately went

North Carolina drivers to
be charged by the mile?

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WTVD-TV [Raleigh-Durham, NC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/3/2014 6:40:07 AM     Post Reply
Big changes could be just down the road for North Carolina drivers. A proposal is in the works that would change the state tax system to charge drivers by the mile, instead of at the gas pump.The proposal would be to charge a half cent per mile for cars, which would generate almost $500 million in annual state revenue. A driver who travelled 15,000 miles in a year would pay about $75. "Basically you pay per the mile. It´s treating transportation as a utility, much like your water and sewer," said Larry Goode, with the Institute of Transportation Research and
Source corrected by Staff

David Letterman makes big announcement
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CBS News, by Lauren Moraski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/3/2014 5:00:45 PM     Post Reply
It´s the end of an era: David Letterman announced Thursday that he´s retiring from CBS´ "Late Show" sometime next year. He made that announcement during the taping of his program this afternoon. The late-night talk show host, who will celebrate his 67th birthday next week, made his debut on the "Late Show" on Aug. 30, 1993. Letterman got his television start in 1978 on the CBS variety series "Mary," starring Mary Tyler Moore. Months later, he paid his first visit to "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" -- marking the first of 22 appearances. He also guest-hosted "Tonight" numerous times.

Dem Rep.: ‘Members of Congress
Are Underpaid,’ Can’t Afford
to ‘Live Decently’

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Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
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Do you think members of Congress are overpaid or underpaid? Most likely you’d go with the former, but Democratic congressman Jim Moran argues it’s actually the latter. In an interview with CQ Roll Call, Moran says, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid.” The House recently took up a bill to freeze members’ paychecks, placing another halt on the annual cost-of-living pay increases they would normally get and keeping annual salary at $174,000. Moran believes that this is the wrong way to go, not necessarily talking about himself in particular, but saying there

5 Reasons Why Republicans
Should Say No to Jeb 2016

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Daily Beast, by Myra Adams    Original Article
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With Chris Christie in deep trouble, Republican poobahs are reportedly looking to Jeb Bush to save their party in 2016. The former two-term governor of Florida speaks fluent Spanish, is a convert to Catholicism, and has high name recognition. Jeb could raise millions of dollars over night by just saying “yes” to running. Despite all this, there are strong reasons Republicans should say no to him. 1. His last name is poison. Let’s face it, if Jeb Bush had the last name of Something Else he would have already run for president in 2008 or 2012. According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll registered voters were asked if they would definitely NOT vote for Jeb Bush and 50 percent said they would not.

The GOP faithful should
give Jeb Bush a hearing

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Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
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The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking — some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits — askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination. A candidacy by Florida’s former governor would be desirable. But if Republicans want to avoid intra-party carnage, they should be very careful about doing what The Post recently reported: “Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft

Sarah Palin Continues to Discredit Herself
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Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
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Sarah Palin continues to act in ways that confirm some of the more negative things said about her. For example, she’s taken to Facebook to attack the most recent budget plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.(Snip)Whatever differences Ms. Palin may have with the Ryan plan–and perhaps she’ll take the time to offer an actual critique of if rather than a Facebook entry with lots of upper case words–it’s hardly a joke. But what might elicit a roll of the eyes is comparing Ms. Palin’s views now versus what they were nearly four years ago. Consider this: On December

Harry Reid on Koch Brothers:
‘Shadow Billionaires’ Spending
to ‘Rig Our Political System’

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Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
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At a press conference to push legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized industrialists David and Charles Koch, calling them “shadow billionaires” who use their wealth to “rig our political system.” Reid’s sharp comments come on a day when the Wall Street Journal published a commentary written by Charles Koch, in which he described the brothers’ decision to get involved in politics to preserve the individual freedom and free markets that he said are the pillars of the American republic. “These two men are a pair of shadow billionaires spending

Harry Reid Now Spreading Baseless Claim
that Koch Brothers Don´t Pay Corporate Taxes

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Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/2/2014 2:53:59 PM     Post Reply
Senate majority leader Harry Reid has a whole page on his official Senate.gov website devoted to revealing "THE FACTS ABOUT THE KOCH BROTHERS." One of the alleged facts promoted on Reid´s website is that the Kochs do not pay any corporate taxes: “They are known for bankrolling conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party causes and became poster boys for corporate tax reform last year when an Obama Administration official suggested Koch is organized as an S Corp. and so pays no corporate level taxes.” The claim that the Koch brothers don´t pay corporate income taxes was first made by former White House official


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