For October 21,2011

Rev. Father Deacon Christopher Herman News (DCHN) Presentations:'s note, opinion and commentary: 

We thank Rev. Father Deacon Christopher Herman, the son of our former spiritual father, Vladyka Michael Peter Herman of reposed memory for providing us the articles and their various links.

We believe that what is presented is a step in the right direction to bring our Orthodox Faith alive to all and a means to cure some of the ills that separate our Roman faithful from the root, ground and base of all things Christian: being Orthodox Catholic Christianity that began in the A.D. 800's and culminated in the official schism of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church from Orthodoxy in 1054 A.D. 

By presenting these articles and informational pages and subsequent, hoped for, weekly presentations, this endeavor will reach a wider audience and provide a means for dialogue.  For it is in and through the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, our Savior, that love, compassion and understanding may come about.  In saying this truth, it also means that we make another attempt to fulfill the ideal of why we are called "Christian" ...

Orthodoxy is not a religion.  It is CHRISTIANITY itself! To a true Christian, the events taking place through out the world and locally in the USA today is important because of how it may (and in some instances has) affected our religious rights and freedoms here in the U.S.A and in some other Western World Countries already.

Initially we had begun by "Subject" but found that by "DATE" is a better format.  Thus, the former entitled "Concerning" below are a form of archival resources while the remainder is by dating. 

As Thou, Father, art in me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17:21)


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Christopher Herman 1:40pm Oct 21
"The law allows the government to set prices in an economy it deems “hyper-monopolised”, and forces banks to divest assets including insurance companies, asset managers and brokerages. It also allows the president to override its requirements via simple executive decree, as long as such a decision “favours the public interest” or represents “affirmative action in favour of the popular and solidarity economy.” Fines handed out by the antitrust watchdog will run from 8-12% of the preceding year’s sales—a figure that runs in line with international standards, but is high enough that it could bankrupt companies altogether and wind up reducing competition if it is not employed judiciously."
An uncompetitive competition law
WITHIN months of becoming Ecuador’s president in 2007, Rafael Correa (pictured) announced that he wa...

Christopher Herman 1:33pm Oct 21
Dotty, loopy, or just cross?
In 2009 CMU's Dr van Ahn told Babbage that computer vision might catch up with CAPTCHAs in as little...

Christopher Herman 12:15pm Oct 21
"Regardless of what happens to his reputation, Dubrinsky says he's worried about losing longtime staffers who he describes as good workers as well as good people. "They're like family to me," he says. Despite a national unemployment rate above 9 percent, he says that finding non-Latino workers willing to toil in his hot kitchen for modest pay has not been easy, just as many farmers are having a hard time finding non-Latino workers willing to pick their fields.

"It's easier said than done," says Dubrinsky.

To prepare for his vacancies, Dubrinsky offered a job to a woman at $8.25 per hour a couple of weeks ago. After initially accepting, she called back to say she couldn't take it because she'd lose her food stamps and government-funded health care. More recently, Dubrinsky hired a man to work the grill in the kitchen. He showed up on Sunday but didn't last long.

Dubrinsky says the man disappeared after just two hours, leaving only an apron in his place."
Alabama Immigration Law: Deli Owner Defends Documented Latinos, Pays Price
When Alabama's sweeping new immigration law went into effect last month, Birmingham business owner S...

Christopher Herman 11:58am Oct 21
GAO Throws Water on Postal Bailout | Downsizing the Federal Government
The Government Accountability Office has weighed in on the controversy over whether the federal gove...

Christopher Herman 11:57am Oct 21
"A mob-abetted execution isn't the ideal way to inaugurate an era of liberty. That Libya's interim government couldn't even match the low standard of justice set by Iraq's trial of Saddam is a reminder of how far we are from a successful end. Few political arrangements are more horrible than the reign of a corrupt autocrat. But rule by 'armed militias that answer to no central authority' might just be one of them."
Qaddafi’s End and Libya’s Future by Ross Douthat | NY Times
"It's hard not to feel a certain mordant satisfaction at the ignominious way that one of recent hist...

Christopher Herman 11:53am Oct 21
The Fracking Industry's War on the New York Times -- and the Truth
Superb investigative journalism by the New York Times has brought the paper under attack by the natu...

Christopher Herman 11:48am Oct 21
Gaddafi gold-for-oil, dollar-doom plans behind Libya 'mission'?

Christopher Herman 11:41am Oct 21
The real problem for Marco Rubio
He's probably not the serial embellisher a new story makes him out to be, but it's still a sign of a...

Christopher Herman 11:39am Oct 21
Even though I suspect I would be more inclined to the educational position of the corporate donors, my point here is the interaction of monied interests and local elections, which is newsworthy by itself...
W. enters my wife’s schoolboard race
When the same elites who fund federal elections start pouring unfathomable sums of money into our co...

Christopher Herman 11:36am Oct 21
Herman Cain's Abortion Comments Roil Iowa Republicans
WASHINGTON -- The first signs of real damage to Herman Cain's campaign emerged Thursday as his posit...

Christopher Herman 11:30am Oct 21
Wow! At least one thing I can agree with Obama about!
Barack Obama Not A Fan Of The Kardashians, Michelle Says
He may have his finger on the pulse of crises around the world, but Barack Obama has no interest in ...

Christopher Herman 11:22am Oct 21
Charity And Its Discontents: Politics And Philanthropy On The Presidential Stage
WASHINGTON -- Charity is at once a virtue, a wedge, a symbol and a prism. For those who believe in l...

Christopher Herman 11:03am Oct 21
The Consumption Tax: A Critique
The seemingly common-sense view that a retail sales tax will readily be shifted forward to the consu...

Christopher Herman 10:59am Oct 21
Piers Morgan Scolds Herman Cain and Then Says 'I Agree with Ron Paul'
Are the OWS protestors the same people who lost their homes because of the banks?

Christopher Herman 10:56am Oct 21
This demonstrates that however far the message of Austrian economics has been spread, it hasn't yet made its way to Hollywood - the people who pride themselves on being open-minded are not aware of this intellectual current...
Alec Baldwin on Ending The Fed, Ron Paul, SEC & Bank Corruption
Alec Baldwin showed up Tuesday night at Occupy Wall Street and talked to Luke, Rob, and Matt of We A...

Christopher Herman 10:52am Oct 21
"We like to think of the 1 percent as evil bankers — oh, and they totally are. But it is also our movie stars and television icons, and their fans are making that inequity possible. As Brent Cox explained for the Awl last month, even adjusted for inflation, Hollywood has never before paid the kind of psycho money it’s hemorrhaging on its stars now. In 2011 money, Marilyn Monroe would have clocked in at a modest under $2 million for “The Misfits.” Leonardo DiCaprio, in contrast, stands to make $50 million for “Inception.”

To pay for the stars, studios have gutted the number of movies they make by 20 percent. And while Depp earns enough to buy himself a small planet, Jack Sparrow’s home at Disney is laying off hundreds of employees. This is the same studio whose sense of proportion is so out of whack that it prides itself on sticking to a $215 million budget for a remake of “The Lone Ranger,” starring, of course, Johnny Depp. In a harrowingly grandiose statement of out-of-touchness, Jerry Bruckheimer told the Hollywood Reporter this week, “For the smaller scenes [we] laid off the extras, the effects people, the makeup people … We bunched together scenes with Tonto and the Lone Ranger, so we had a much smaller crew. We saved about $10 million just by doing that.” Wait, that’s how you saved money? Laying off effects people?

Now imagine a studio looking at its bottom line and saying to a star, “Yeah, maybe $10 million bucks and a small cut of the profits is plenty for this one, pal.” Honest to God, what, aside from Will Smith’s or Angelina Jolie’s pride, would make that insulting? And in the meantime, with more funds freed up, Hollywood could go about the business of taking risks and nurturing new talent and making more movies. That we audiences might even support. With our money. Because we’d have some freaking jobs.

And what if we invested in ourselves once in a while, too? If we put the price of a movie ticket toward helping someone in need? You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10, right from your phone. What if we gave that ticket price to Donors Choose, to help a school fund a dream project or get needed supplies? What if, instead of spending an hour watching “NCIS,” for which Mark Harmon will earn $13 million this year, we spent that hour working with the local outpost of Habitant for Humanity?"
It’s time to Occupy Hollywood!
It's time to stop paying Johnny Depp "stupid money." Celebrities make too much -- and we can do some...

Christopher Herman 10:32am Oct 21
Hezbollah chief Nasrallah: Next war with Israel will start in Tel Aviv

Christopher Herman 9:30am Oct 21
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Christopher Herman 9:26am Oct 21
Witness to Evil: Mothers Kill Children to Survive
For 28 years, Kim Hye Sook languished as a prisoner inside North Korea's oldest concentration camp, ...

Christopher Herman 9:00am Oct 21
"Dr. Ramzi Amri, of Harvard Medical School, believes that Jobs, who had a mild form of cancer which is not usually fatal, may have ushered along his own death by delaying conventional treatment in favor of alternative medicine.

Dr. Amri wrote his theory in a detailed post to Quora, an online Q&A forum popular among Silicon Valley executives: "Let me cut to the chase. Mr. Jobs allegedly chose to undergo all sorts of alternative treatment options before opting for conventional medicine. Given the circumstances, it seems sound to assume that Mr. Jobs' choice for alternative medicine has eventually led to an unnecessarily early death."

Dr. Amri said neuroendocrine tumors are so "mild" that "in my series of patients, for many subtypes, the survival rate was as high as 100% over a decade."

In Jobs's case, surgical removal may have saved him if performed early enough, writes Dr. Amri: "In many cases, a simple enucleation (just cutting out the tumor with a safe margin around it) is enough and leaves no residual side-effects."

Noting that the cancer also spread to all the major parts of Jobs' liver, Dr. Amri says: "The only reason he'd have a transplant would be that the tumor invaded all major parts of the liver, which takes a considerable amount of time."

Dr. Amri said the Whipple procedure and liver transplant were clear signs the cancer was out of control and should have been stopped earlier.

"It seems that even during this recurrent phase, Mr. Jobs opted to dedicate his time to Apple as the disease progressed, instead of opting for chemotherapy or any other conventional treatment."

When contacted by, Dr. Amri expressed his "profoundest respect" for Jobs and said that "I do not pretend to know anything about the case on a personal level and I never participated in the care of Mr. Jobs. I base all my cancer figures on my own research or sources from biomedical research known to me... I have done 1.5 years of research on the type of tumor that affected Steve Jobs and have some strong opinions on his case.""
Did Steve Jobs Doom Himself with Alternative Medicine?
The official word from Apple was that company co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs died after a long battle...

Christopher Herman 8:58am Oct 21
"Most pancreatic cancers are aggressive and always terminal, but Steve was lucky (if you can call it that) and had a rare form called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which is actually quite treatable with excellent survival rates — if caught soon enough. The median survival is about a decade, but it depends on how soon it’s removed surgically. Steve caught his very early, and should have expected to survive much longer than a decade. Unfortunately Steve relied on a diet instead of early surgery. "
Skepticblog » Steve Jobs Succumbs to Alternative Medicine
There is no evidence that diet has any effect on islet cell carcinoma. As he dieted for nine months,...

Christopher Herman 8:53am Oct 21
"Predictably, first out of the box is the despicable crank known as Mike Adams. As I've written about in the case of Patrick Swayze, Tony Snow, Farrah Fawcett, and others, Adams has made a not-so-savory name for himself for ghoulishly (and gleefully) taking advantage of the death of celebrities in order to blame "conventional" medicine for having killed them. It's a depressing and predictable pattern that continued with Steve Jobs. Indeed, Adams produced an article on Steve Jobs' death so quickly (within hours of the announcement of Jobs' passing) that I have to wonder if he had already had it written and teed up, just waiting for Jobs to die. Whatever the case, Adams entitled his article, again predictably enough given his past history, Steve Jobs dead at 56, his life ended prematurely by chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer, which begins with a typical charge (from Adams):

It is extremely saddening to see the cost in human lives that modern society pays for its false belief in conventional medicine and the cancer industry in particular. Visionary Steve Jobs died today, just months after being treated for cancer with chemotherapy at the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California. In recent months, he appeared in public photos as a frail shadow of his former self. The thin legs, sunken cheek bones and loss of body weight are all classic signs of total body toxicity observed in chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients.
Or, of course, it could have been the recurrent cancer progressing. Cancer does that, you know.

Adams then goes on and on about how gaunt Jobs looked in his last few public appearances, and, indeed, it's true. Jobs did start to look quite unhealthy in the time leading up to his liver transplant in 2009, and, even after recovering from his surgery, he never quite looked the same; certainly his gaunt appearance never quite rebounded. In public photos, Jobs never looked truly healthy again, and speculation abounded about the cause. Again, I've discussed this in detail multiple times before, most recently in my repost. In 2008, I speculated that maybe he had dumping syndrome from his Whipple operation, and this was before his liver transplant was ever revealed. After his transplant, the reason was less clear.

Be that as it may, Adams then concludes, again quite predictably for him:

In other words, there is no question that Steve Jobs underwent multiple conventional cancer treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
In the end, however, even Steve Jobs could not overturn the laws of biochemistry. When you poison the human body, the result is the deterioration and eventual shut down of the body. Chemotherapy does not work! This fact should now be obvious, and yet every year, more and more people choose chemotherapy to their own demise -- people like Farrah Fawcett, Peter Jennings, Patrick Swayze, Michael Douglas and many others (

Don't they see that conventional cancer treatments do not work?


Yet his remaining life was stolen from him by the cancer industry and its poisons. This is yet another frustrating example of how the modern medical system harms our society. It steals from us the longevity of visionary individuals who have so much more to offer our world in terms of creativity and innovation.
Of course, you can't blame the cancer industry for causing Jobs' cancer in the first place. Some other cause had to have been present to get the cancer growing -- probably a combination of nutritional deficiencies and exposure to environmental toxins. And yet the cancer establishment says nothing to people about correcting obvious nutritional deficiencies that lead to cancer, even when most cancers can be prevented for mere pennies a day.

The truly ironic thing, of course, is that Jobs lived a lifestyle very similar to the one that Adams touts as an all-purpose cancer preventative. For example, Jobs was widely reported to be a vegan. Indeed, Jobs' veganism was such "common knowledge" that comedy pieces were written about it. Actually, it's not clear that Jobs really was a vegan. For instance, it's been widely reported that he was in fact a pescatarian, which is a vegetarian who will sometimes eat fish, and was a Zen Buddhist. It is, however, clear that Jobs did not eat meat and that the animal rights group PETA has paid homage to him after his death for being a vegetarian and sympathetic to animal rights causes. The point, of course, is that Steve Jobs ate a diet and lived a lifestyle far more similar to the kind that Adams touts as a cure-all or prevent-all for cancer than the "typical" fat- and meat-laden American diet that Adams lambastes.

It goes further than that, though.

As I discussed back when it was first revealed, when Jobs was first diagnosed with his cancer, he decided to try to avoid surgery by undertaking a special diet. Indeed, in the Fortune story (The Trouble With Steve Jobs) that first reported this, Jobs was described as "skeptical of mainstream medicine" and having decided to "employ alternative methods to treat his pancreatic cancer, hoping to avoid the operation through a special diet.""
Steve Jobs, neuroendocrine tumors, and alternative medicine : Respectful Insolence
It's been a mere two days since Steve Jobs died. Although it hasn't yet been revealed what his speci...

Christopher Herman 2:45pm Oct 20
More bad news for U.S. workers — and Obama
Meek signs of economic growth don't come close to balancing the long-term decline in American living...

Liz Franklin 1:18pm Oct 20
Confused Cain Says Abortions Should Be Both Legal And Illegal

Christopher Herman 8:02am Oct 20
How Bank of America Covered Up Fraud by Silencing Whistleblowers |
Countrywide made life hard for an internal investigator, and a court ruled that when BofA took over,...

Christopher Herman 7:51am Oct 20
VIDEO: ECPA at 25: How to Modernize the Law to Better Protect Privacy
Featuring Julian Sanchez, Brandon Arnold, Will DeVries and Charles H. Kennedy

hristopher Herman 7:50am Oct 20
Here’s why Yahoo! puts out anti-Occupation propaganda—and one thing you can do about it #ows :: News
The chairman of Yahoo! is Roy Bostock, who also serves on the board of directors of Morgan Stanley. ...

Christopher Herman 9:51pm Oct 19
Herman Cain And Mitt Romney Used Campaign Funds To Enrich Themselves And Their Associates
WASHINGTON -- Over the past several months, businessman Herman Cain has spent tens of thousands of d...

Christopher Herman 6:57pm Oct 19
Wells Fargo Debit Fee Questioned As Bank Records Record Profit
Just days after Wells Fargo announced a $4 billion profit over the past three months, Sen. Dick Durb...

Christopher Herman 6:20pm Oct 19
"EDITOR'S ALERT: Holy Bailout! Federal Reserve Now Backstopping US$75 Trillion of Derivative Trades ... That's the headline over at the Daily Bail (no relationship to us) reporting on a Bloomberg wire that "Bank of America Corp. ... has moved derivatives from its Merrill Lynch unit to a subsidiary flush with insured deposits..." It brings the Fed closer to the target that we have set in previous articles of US$100 trillion. That's what we long-ago estimated the bailout would eventually cost the American taxpayer, and apparently this day is rapidly approaching. In fact, since there is perhaps US$750 trillion in notional derivatives, the total is virtually limitless should the Fed actually have to step in. It's stupid money, of course, and the main reason we have been writing for several years that the dollar reserve system is basically dead. "This is a recipe for Armageddon," writes the Daily Bail, "Bernanke is absolutely insane.”"
The Daily Bell - Bernanke: Let's Not Blow Bubbles
These bubbles have got to go! Where they came from, I don't know. But they need to be popped, not ju...

Christopher Herman 6:13pm Oct 19
"It seems quite remarkable, even outlandish. Given the graveness of the charges and the outlandishness of the story, we want to view it with some skepticism. We should also keep in mind that the Iranian government gets blamed for lots of things, not all of which it does, and the United States government makes lots of claims, not all of which prove to be accurate.

With regard to the sloppiness, the Iranians tend to be very, very professional, but they can also be very amateurish. If this is the first time they operated on US soil, they probably don't have the assets or the network to do it the way they otherwise might.

Assuming this did come from the Iranian government, we don't know who in the government actually authorized it. We know that Iranian terrorist operations are sometimes authorized and sometimes they are not. In the case of the Mykonos restaurant assassinations in Berlin in 1992 (when three Iranian-Kurdish opposition leaders and a translator were killed), it's clear that the government did authorize them. But in 2009, according to the information available, the Revolutionary Guard seized British sailors on its own. That, too, would be an operation where any Westerner would ask 'Why didn't they have the approval at the highest levels to do this?'"
Intelligence Analyst Pollack on Assassination Plot: 'The Evidence Seems Fairly Impressive' - SPIEGEL
In an interview with SPIEGEL, Middle East intelligence expert Kenneth Pollack discusses the situatio...

Christopher Herman 6:08pm Oct 19
California's Governor Brown Delivers for Labor Unions
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law preventing cities from banning union-supported agreements f...

Christopher Herman 5:56pm Oct 19
"Romney scored with a basic truth here–the individual mandate is a Republican idea, which came out of the way-conservative Heritage Foundation in the early 90s and that Gingrich supported it. This is an absolutely crucial truth about both Obamacare and Romneycare: its most basic provisions–the individual mandate and health-care exchanges (the superstores where consumers will be able to shop for coverage)–are both Republican ideas. To be sure, Obama’s vast expansion of Medicaid did not come out of the Heritage foundation and it isn’t a very good idea in the long term. But this was, as the President might say, a teachable moment. It is important for rank-and-file Republicans to understand that their idea factories gave birth to Obamacare."
The Debate in Vegas: BAM! POW!! OOOF!!! | Swampland |
I am just loving these Republican debates. There was a moment last night, when Mitt Romney put his h...

Christopher Herman 5:55pm Oct 19
Mitt Romney- "I'm Running for Office! I Can't Have Illegals!"

Christopher Herman 5:50pm Oct 19
Citigroup earnings up 74% :: News From Underground
The bank that received some $476.2 billion in cash and guarantees during the bailout — the most of a...

Christopher Herman 5:50pm Oct 19
Meet the Guy Who Snitched on Occupy Wall Street to the FBI and NYPD
The Occupy Wall Street protests have been going on for a month. And it seems the FBI and NYPD have h...

Christopher Herman 9:24am Oct 19
Dr. Ross' focused on the science related content in Job, which he found was the book in the Bible that had the most comprehensive information creation and science. As he continued his research he discovered more treasures in the book of Job. He found connections between the biblical account of natural history. He also says Job emphasizes how the higher animals are designed to teach us about God and ourselves, and it predicted global warming and cosmic darkness.

Dr. Ross feels that Job is a forgotten resource for science-based apologetics and hopes Christians will consider the science and creation content in Job to help answer their questions about the Christian faith, heal divisions within the church, and challenge nonbelievers with biblical evidence they may not have thought about.

The book of Job shows many mistakes in Darwin's ideas. Genesis 1 describes three distinct origins of Earth's life: life that is physical (plants and insects); life that is physical and soulish (birds, mammals, and reptiles); and life that is physical, soulish; and spiritual (only humans). Job also gives significant information about these three sets of life-forms, how God designed them, and how they relate to one another. Genesis 1 also refers to the physical and soulish category of life by the Hebrew term nepesh. This is the word used for “soulish” creatures, or animals with the capacity for a limited range of thought, choice, and feeling, but without the spiritual [qualities] that humans have. Job shows how these higher animals relate to humans and how God gave each soulish animal unique capacities to serve and please humans in their own way. Ten specific animals (lion, raven, goat, deer, donkey, wild ox, ostrich, horse, hawk, and eagle) are shown to help in the launch of civilization and sustaining humans today. There are several lessons that humans can learn from observing and relating to animals.

In Job 12 it says to look at the beasts and they will teach you. Here are some lessons we can learn from the animals:

*Animals will do what they normally wouldn’t do in their natural habitat to please and serve humans. When we develop a powerful relationship with God we will rise to the occasion and achieve what we
normally wouldn’t achieve

*We were created to serve God, but sin caused us to run from God. Just like sin causes animals
to run from humans.

*Like animals can form a strong bond with humans, we can form a strong bond with God.

*Every single animal species that is created serves a specific purpose. It is the same with humans.

Dr. Ross has always loved hiking. In his early 20s he wanted to do an experiment. He chose an area where the animals had no human contact in remote part of Canada. After a period of time the animals came close to him and interacted with him. They showed no fear. Dr. Ross concluded that this was how God originally intended it to be before sin entered the world.
Hugh Ross: Hidden Treasure in The Book of Job - CBN TV - Video
Author Hugh Ross shares how the book of Job provides information on the relationship between humans ...

Christopher Herman 9:18am Oct 19
Did Canada Steal Our Tenth Amendment?
Under the U.S. Constitution, the federal government was assigned specific limited powers, and most g...

Christopher Herman 9:07am Oct 19
I have seen several "Vendetta" masks in the footage of the crowds...
Poll: One-Third of OWS Protesters Support Violence, Not Average Americans « Commentary Magazine
Up until now we’ve been relying mainly on the incoherent ramblings of Occupy Wall Street activists t...

Christopher Herman 8:10am Oct 19
"The appeal to the anti-conservative fallacy is in any event not the only dubious aspect of liberal and libertarian criticism of conservative attempts to "legislate morality." For as we've seen, liberals and libertarians themselves appeal to certain moral principles in defending their favored policies. So how can they consistently criticize conservatives for doing the same? Isn't the liberal trying to "legislate morality" when he advocates redistributing wealth in the name of fairness? Isn't he thereby "imposing his moral views" on the wealthy? Aren't libertarians also "imposing their moral views" on liberals by trying to stop such redistribution? If libertarians who think that redistributive taxation amounts to theft could enact a law forbidding it, wouldn't this too amount to "legislating morality"? And if a liberal or libertarian responded by saying "Well, my moral views are the right ones!" why wouldn't this be just another instance of the same sort of dogmatic intolerance that conservatives are so often accused of?

The claim that "we shouldn't impose our personal moral views on other people" is in fact a very curious one. It seems to convey the idea that all moral views are merely "personal" in the sense of reflecting nothing more than individual tastes or preferences, and thus cannot justifiably be "imposed" on those who do not share those tastes or preferences. Their constant appeal to this idea in criticizing conservative policies is thus probably the main reason liberals and libertarians are often suspected of being moral relativists. But since, as we've noted already, liberals and libertarians can be quite absolutist about their own moral beliefs, and are not at all reluctant to tell others that they ought to abide by them, it is evident that their views are not genuinely relativist at all. Indeed, the idea that "we shouldn't impose our personal moral views on other people" sounds itself like an absolute moral imperative. So what exactly is going on here?

It seems clear that what liberals and libertarians really mean when they criticize conservatives for "imposing their moral views on others" is not that there is anything wrong with letting moral views, even controversial ones, guide public policy. Rather, what they mean is that specifically conservative moral views shouldn't be allowed to guide policy -- either because such views are not, strictly speaking, really views about morality per se in the first place but are rather mere expressions of personal taste, or because they are views about morality, but views that happen to be false. To state their objection to conservative policies more frankly, though, would be less rhetorically effective. If a liberal or libertarian said "My views are genuinely moral ones, and conservative views are mere expressions of personal taste" or "My moral views are correct and conservative views are not," then it would be obvious that he was making what are nothing more than undefended and highly debatable assertions. Far better, then, to say something like "No one should impose his personal moral views on other people." That way, the liberal or libertarian seems to be saying something obviously true (namely that no one should impose idiosyncratic and subjective personal tastes on others) when in fact he is making an extremely controversial claim for which he has offered no justification (namely that liberal or libertarian moral views, but not conservative ones, should be allowed to guide public policy).

Rhetorically effective as this move is, though, it is intellectually dishonest. To be sure, liberals and libertarians who talk this way probably don't consciously realize that they are engaging in a kind of sleight of hand. Most of them are no doubt just muddle-headed, and don't see the inconsistencies and confusions inherent in their view. But the inconsistencies and confusions are there all the same. If you are going to take a controversial position to the effect that all discrimination or wealth redistribution is wrong (as liberals and libertarians, respectively, would say) and therefore ought to be forbidden by law, you can't consistently say that controversial moral views shouldn't be enforced via legislation. If you believe that your own favored moral principles are objectively valid and binding on everyone, you shouldn't speak in a way that conveys the misleading impression that moral judgments in general are as idiosyncratic and subjective as tastes in ice cream. And of course, whatever other objections you might have to conservative policy proposals, it is hardly legitimate to rely on fallacious reasoning in criticizing them -- as those who commit what I've called "the anti-conservative fallacy" do.

Not all moral principles ought to be enforced by the power of government, but almost everything government does is based on some moral principle or other. It is fatuous, then, to hold that "we shouldn't legislate morality," if this means that controversial moral principles shouldn't guide public policy. And almost every moral principle is controversial to a significant extent: even when people agree that murder is wrong, they often disagree about what counts as murder, as the disputes over abortion, euthanasia, and even the killing of animals attest. The question, then, is not whether controversial moral principles ought to inform our laws, but rather which controversial moral principles -- liberal, conservative, libertarian, or whatever -- ought to inform them. As the Schiavo case illustrates, it is inevitably going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to settle these matters in a way that is going to satisfy all members of a pluralistic society. But it is no use pretending that the difficulty doesn't exist -- or that it is only conservative moral scruples that give rise to it."
On 'Legislating Morality': The Anti-Conservative Fallacy
The recent Terri Schiavo controversy has raised once again the question of whether government ought ...

Christopher Herman 7:38am Oct 19
Tory fury at government whip on EU debate
However much the Government may now wriggle, there is no doubt that people went to the polls in May ...

Christopher Herman 7:37am Oct 19
"Here is video of the arrest. You see that I was standing completely still and speaking very calmly to the officer, on a sidewalk that the permit specified protesters could march if they did not obstruct foot traffic which they were not; they were in single file and there was about twelve feet on either side of them/us. My arrest was for 'disorderly conduct.' PLease decide for yourself if my completely still position, calm voice and compliance with what I knew to be the terms of the permit can be construed in that way:"
Naomi Wolf v. NYPD 10.18.2011
Naomi Wolf getting arrested on Hudson Street for walking with Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Christopher Herman 8:17pm Oct 18
A Guide To The Smear Campaign Against Occupy Wall Street
The right-wing media have engaged in a relentless smear campaign against the Occupy Wall Street move...

Christopher Herman 4:46pm Oct 18
LRA Survivor Responds To Limbaugh: "My Heart Breaks" | Media Matters for America
On Friday, Rush Limbaugh delivered a defense of the Lord's Resistance Army, a murderous cult. Seekin...

Christopher Herman 4:44pm Oct 18
Sen. Rand Paul Questions Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner at Hearing - 10/18/11
Sen. Paul questions Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at Small Business Committee Hearing

Christopher Herman 3:12pm Oct 18
A remarkable Arab op-ed oozes shame: "When will we see an Arab official assuring a family that the government is doing its utmost to secure the release of an Arab captive abroad as did Israeli prime ministers with Shalit's family? As long as we, Arabs, do not respect ourselves nobody will ever respect us, and we will always exchange thousands of Arabs for one single Israeli Israeli soldier."
Israel's Shalit eclipses Arab 'Shalloots' by Faisal Al Qasim | Gulf News
"No wonder Israel is releasing a large number of Arabs for one person. It must have seen the Arab ar...

Christopher Herman 2:39pm Oct 18
"[Farmer]Lana Boatwright ... said many of the people she has tried to hire since the law went into effect were concerned about losing their government disability payments if they worked in the fields."
Alabama Immigration Law: Experiment To Replace Workers With Unemployed Coming Up Short
By Jay ReevesThe Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

Christopher Herman 7:37pm Oct 17
""There is [sic] precisely zero mentions by any of the Founders that the Fifth Amendment is supposed to prevent the president from killing enemy combatants, even if they are U.S. citizens." Of course, there's also no case of U.S. citizens being targeted for death by Presidents during the time of the Founders.

But we do have the exact opposite example from George Washington during the Whiskey Rebellion. President Washington did order rebellious citizens to "disperse and retire peaceably to their respective abodes," and he did call out the militia to stop what he labeled "overt acts of levying war against the United States" during the Whiskey Rebellion. But that was only after Washington received permission to use force from Congress and had sent a delegation to meet with the violent insurgents in western Pennsylvania. And even after that, Washington used minimal force. He did not automatically try to "take out" any insurgents as Obama has done in the war on terror. After the Whiskey Rebellion ended, the U.S. Senate applauded Washington's "lenient and persuasive measures" that avoided unnecessary bloodshed.

In fact, when a man and a boy were killed by federal militia under Washington's command, Washington ordered both shooters arrested and handed them over to Pennsylvania state prosecutors. Washington did this even though the man had been killed while clearly resisting arrest. Judges later ruled that both shootings were accidental and set the militia members free, but Washington's example in the only two deaths under his command is a sharp contrast with Obama's assassination list today. As Thomas Slaughter noted in his book The Whiskey Rebellion, "Federal officials had hoped to instill fear among dissidents, but not necessarily to kill them; friends of order had no wish to open themselves to charges of oppression or to create martyrs useful to the political opposition."

Instead of taking "war" as a license to kill, George Washington arrested rebel insurgents during the Whiskey Rebellion. He then ensured that every one of the rebels who had been warring against the U.S. government received a civilian trial. When two of the defendants in the Whiskey Rebellion were found guilty of treason and sentenced to death, Washington pardoned both offenders.

By way of contrast, Obama made no attempt to get the permission of Congress (which had given permission to go after only the actual perpetrators of the September 11 attacks in the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force law) and made no known attempt to arrest Awlaki before killing him. Moreover, Obama (supposedly the openness President) has refused to release any information about Awlaki's guilt in actually planning a terrorist incident or any information about the secret death panel that supposedly condemned Awlaki."
Forbes Claims Ron Paul Was Wrong About the Fifth Amendment
Forbes said Ron Paul has the 5th Amendment wrong on Obama's killing of al-Awlaki, but George Washing...

Christopher Herman 11:49am Oct 16
"It was a belligerent (and selectively misquoted) speech directed at the rebels that gave the French President a fleeting opportunity to intervene in the uprising in Libya that he did not miss. His claim to be concerned about the people of Libya and ‘to protect the civil population’ sits uneasily with the report in the usually well-informed newspaper Canard Enchainé that French intelligence agents have been active in stirring up rebellion in Libya since well before the outbreak of hostilities. Khadafy has raised the standard of living of his people to one of the highest in Africa so the tenacious rebellion has come as something of a surprise. The “Brother leader” was not beloved of all his people but it sounds awfully like another case of a western use of the intelligence services lighting the blue touch-paper and then shrieking for the military fire brigade in the inevitable ensuing mayhem. At a very deep level was Sarkozy acting as a stalking horse for Obama or some other element in US governmental circles?

However that may be, Sarkozy seized a fleeting opening and, through the unorthodox medium of the intellectual Bernard Henri-Lévi, met and then granted the rebels in Benghazi diplomatic recognition. Resolution 1973 was then scrambled through the UN Security Council authorising a no-fly zone to protect the civilian population and calling for a ceasefire. Notably Brazil, India, China, Russia, and Germany abstained – a big chunk of international opinion.

Only nine days later the Sarkozy French initiative had morphed into a full-blown NATO aerial attack on Libya with the stated objective of the defence of the civil population, free movement of humanitarian aid and the forced return of the Libyan army to barracks."
Sarkozy’s Libyan War
June 23, 2011 Sarkozy’s Libyan War By Robert Harneis French President Nicolas Sarkozy sta...

Christopher Herman 11:47am Oct 16
"The European-instigated NATO involvement in the Libyan civil war was no doubt seen as just such a prestige-building exercise. The EU nations were in need of some action that could show they were, as Jacques Chirac said in 1995, an “essential pole” in the “multipolar world” created by the end of the Cold War. In the 1990s that boast had been exposed as hollow after the horrors in the Balkans––ethnic cleansing, massacres of civilians, torture and mutilation of prisoners in concentration camps––were stopped not by the Europeans and the UN, but by an American bombing campaign conducted under the patina of NATO authority. The subsequent wars against jihadist terror likewise have been American affairs, undertaken against the advice, wishes, and obstructions of major powers like France and Germany. The whole edifice of EU “postmodern” foreign policy, predicated on the “soft power” of diplomacy and international law, is nothing but an exercise in bad faith if American soldiers and cruise-missiles have to be called on to punish aggressors.
The civil war in nearby Libya, with its mostly flat terrain and Mediterranean coastline, seemed like a lovely little prestige-building intervention for the Europeans. The patent sadistic lunacy of Gaddafi, evident in his bluster about exterminating the “rats” in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, added a moral imperative to the logistical conveniences. And an American president eager to “lead from behind” and allow the Europeans to do most of the bombing on America’s nickel, all in the name of “multilateralism,” thrust into the shadows the perennial unpleasant fact that NATO is institutional camouflage for American military power, an organization necessary for those military-scrimping nations that NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson once called “military pygmies.”
Yet despite the downfall of Gaddafi’s regime, the Libyan adventure is unlikely to fool anybody into respecting Europe’s geopolitical clout. Too many unpleasant contradictions and unanswered questions still hang around the campaign. Everyone knows that American cruise missiles and intelligence were critical to the campaign. Rules of engagement designed for political rather than military efficacy, an unwillingness to risk ground troops, Obama’s disappearance, and squabbling between NATO states unnecessarily prolonged the conflict to the detriment of those nations’ prestige. It is unlikely that any aggressor is going to be deterred by a coalition which, enjoying superiority in the air and armed with high-tech weaponry, took several months and 20,000 sorties to defeat a glorified gangster like Gaddafi. As Stanley Kurtz points out, “If this is what it takes for America and its allies to dislodge an unpopular dictator in open terrain, our more dangerous potential adversaries cannot be feeling much fear right now.”"
A Lovely Little NATO Intervention | FrontPage Magazine
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Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 


Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 


Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.


Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

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