The Fruit of Thy Womb

Luke 1:42

And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

THERE IS NO ROSE

There is no rose of such vertu [virtue]
As is the rose that bare Jesu.
Alleluia, alleluia.

For in this rose conteinèd [contained] was
Heaven and earth in litel space,
Res miranda, res miranda [marvellous things].

By that rose we may well see
There be one God in persons three,
Pares forma, pares forma [equal form],

The angels sungen the shepherds to:
Gloria in excelsis,
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gaudeamus, gaudeamus [Let us rejoice].

Leave we all this werldly [worldly] mirth,
And follow we this joyful birth.
Transeamus, transeamus, transeamus [Let us pass over].

Alleluia, res miranda, pares forma, gaudeamus,
Transeamus, transeamus, transeamus.

http://www.4shared.com/file/171402101/287166c2/01_Gabriel_From_Evene_King.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171402199/f76855b9/02_Salva_Nos_Stella_Maris.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171402868/826426f/03_Miri_It_Is_-_Estampie.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171402931/d4f64b9/04_Salve_Virgo_Virginum.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171403120/d5fc53b3/05_Ave_Maria_Virgo_Virginum.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171403226/3ed948df/06_Procendenti_Puero.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171403291/434904b7/07_Ecce_Mundi_Gaudium.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171403347/1e46b5f8/08_Ut_Iam_Cessit_Calamitas.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171403474/a92da104/09_Gabriel_From_Evene_King__Un.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171404159/7eb64569/10_Untitled_Instrumental_Piece.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171404292/47976db4/11_Vide_Miser_Et_Iudica_-_Vide.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171404536/bf5a57a2/12_Estampie__On_The_Above_.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171405719/a6eb9bba/13_Ther_Is_No_Rose_Of_Swych_Ve.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171406492/e913d98d/14_Ther_Is_No_Rose_Of_Swych_Ve.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171408896/7bb93c3/15_Lokay_Lolay_Als_Y_Lay_On_Yo.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/171409687/db85d87b/16_Nowell_Nowell_Nowell_This_T.html

The Holy Name of Mary

 

Just as the salvation of the world began with the Hail Mary, so the salvation of each individual is bound up with it. This prayer brought to a dry and barren world the Fruit of Life, and if well said, will cause the Word of God to take root in the soul and bring forth Jesus, the Fruit of Life … The Hail Mary is a heavenly dew which waters the earth of our soul and makes it bear its fruit in due season. The soul which is not watered by this heavenly dew beats no fruit but only thorns and briars, and merits only God’s condemnation.

We know from experience that those who show positive signs of being among the elect, appreciate and love the Hail Mary and are always glad to say it. The closer they are to God, the more they love this prayer … I do not know how this should be, but it is perfectly true; and I know no surer way of discover­ing whether a person belongs to God than by finding out if he loves saying the Hail Mary and the rosary …

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It is the perfect compliment the most High God paid to Mary through his archangel in order to win her heart. So powerful was the effect of this greeting upon her, on account of its hidden delights, that despite her great humility, she gave her consent to the incarnation of the Word. If you say the Hail Mary properly, this compliment will infallibly earn you Mary’s good will.

 

 St. Louis de Montfort

The very wonderful Sinfonye performing the medieval hymn to Mary ‘Ther is no rose of swych vertu’, from their 1993 recording ‘Gabriel’s Greeting.’

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50 Responses to “The Fruit of Thy Womb”

  1. blessedistruth Says:

    Confirmation for the diplomatic role played by the ‘tall Grays’ comes from William Cooper, former Navy Intelligence Advisor, who claims he saw classified documents where the ‘tall Grays’ did negotiate agreements with the Eisenhower administration in meetings beginning in 1954.

    “Later in 1954 the race of large nosed Gray Aliens which had been orbiting the Earth landed at Holloman Air Force Base. A basic agreement was reached. This race identified themselves as originating from a Planet around a red star in the Constellation of Orion which we called Betelgeuse. They stated that their planet was dying and that at some unknown future time they would no longer be able to survive there.”

    Haven’t viewed in entirety yet, but at first glance looks worth your time:

    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_cooper18.htm

  2. blessedistruth Says:

    Here is website mentioned in video I linked above.

    http://www.hourofthetime.com/

    It was a bit eerie for me watching, as I’ve been to Eagar, AZ once when my husband and kids were skiing nearby.

    Probably Cooper is/was like a few select people who have experienced something unforgettable.

    That experience in and of itself makes one a little nuts.

    And then all too human interpretation sets in.

    Still I was glad that I watched.

  3. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.jimnicholsufo.com/briefing-paper/

    Meade Layne, the director of Borderland Sciences Research Associates (now Borderland Sciences Research Foundation), had heard these rumors too, but had paid little attention to them until about three months later when, on April 16, 1954, he received a startling letter from one of his associates, Gerald Light of Los Angeles.

    In his letter Light stated that he had spent some forty-eight hours at Edwards Air Force Base in the company of three other men—journalist Franklin Allen of the Hearst Newspapers, financier Edwin Nourse of the Brookings Institute, and Bishop (later Cardinal) James F. A. McIntyre of Los Angeles—and had seen no fewer than “five separate and distinct types of aircraft being studied” by military scientists and officials.

    Light said he was so shaken by what he had seen that he qualified his reactions as giving him “the distinct feeling that the world had come to an end with fantastic realism.”

    No wonder!

    The letter follows:

    Gerald Light, 10545 Scenario Lane, Los Angeles, California

    [Letter received 4-16-54]

    Mr. Meade Layne, San Diego, California

    My dear friend:

    EXCERPT

    President Eisenhower, as you may know, was spirited over to Muroc one night during his visit to Palm Springs recently.

    And it is my conviction that he will ignore the terrific conflict between the various “authorities” and go directly to the people via radio and television—if the impasse continues much longer.

    From what I could gather, an official statement to the country is being prepared for delivery about the middle of May.

    I will leave it to your own excellent powers of deduction to construct a fitting picture 0f the mental and emotional pandemonium that is now shattering the consciousness of hundreds of our scientific “authorities” and all the pundits of the various specialized knowledges that make up our current physics.

    In some instance I could not stifle a wave of pity that arose in my own being as I watched the pathetic bewilderment of rather brilliant brains struggling to make some sort of rational explanation which would enable them to retain their familiar theories and concepts.

    And I thanked my own destiny for having long ago pushed me into the metaphysical woods and compelled me to find my way out.

    To watch strong minds cringe before totally irreconcilable aspects of “science” is not a pleasant thing.

    I had forgotten how commonplace things as dematerialization of “solid” objects had become to my own mind.

    The coming and going of an etheric, or spirit, body has been so familiar to me these many years I had forgotten that such a manifestation could snap the mental balance of a man not so conditioned.

    I shall never forget those forty-eight hours at Muroc!

    G.L.

  4. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.borderlands.com/archives/meade.htm

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  6. blessedistruth Says:

    I believe Chanukah began yesterday at sunset:

  7. blessedistruth Says:

    More Like This:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&suggested_categories=10&search_sort=video_date_uploaded_reverse&search_filter=0&search_query=fiddler+on+the+roof+guru006

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  9. blessedistruth Says:

    Lieberman, Nelson: Public-option compromise still not good enough

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/71967-lieberman-nelson-public-option-compromise-still-cause-for-concern

    Two key senators criticized the most recent healthcare compromise Sunday, saying the policies replacing the public option are still unacceptable.

    Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) both said a Medicare “buy-in” option for those aged 55-64 was a deal breaker.

    “I’m concerned that it’s the forerunner of single payer, the ultimate single-payer plan, maybe even more directly than the public option,” Nelson said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

    Lieberman said Democrats should stop looking for a public option “compromise” and simply scrap the idea altogether.

    “You’ve got to take out the Medicare buy-in. You’ve got to forget about the public option,” he said.

    If Democrats stick to relying primarily on the bill’s subsidies, the legislation would pass easily and with bipartisan support, Lieberman argued.

    Nelson’s comments are somewhat surprising, considering he was one of the 10 Democrats tasked with putting together the compromise.

    He said this morning that he participated simply “to be a friend of the process.”

    “What we’ve put together is something to get scored,” he said.

  10. blessedistruth Says:

    Video:

    The panel discusses agreements on health care reform. They also discuss Olympia Snowe and the public option. Sen. Lieberman says it is time to “get reasonable.”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/12/13/sens_rockefeller_nelson__lieberman_on_health_reform.html

  11. blessedistruth Says:

    Meanwhile, Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, backed Mr Blair’s stance.

    The foreign minister, a member of a government brought into being as a result of the invasion, was a senior Kurdish official during the 1990s.

    In 1988 Saddam attacked the Kurds in northern Iraq using chemical weapons.

    Mr Zebari told the BBC: “As Iraqis who have gone through the suffering and the agony of Saddam Hussein’s regime, we support Tony Blair’s statement.

    “I believe it was worth it. I believe Saddam Hussein’s regime was an affront to the international community, to the international consciousness because of the atrocities, the crimes, he has committed.”

    ***

    Video here:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8410071.stm

    (God Bless Tony Blair and George W. Bush. And May God Bless Barack Obama, too. And may he more closely align his will with Divine Will.)

  12. blessedistruth Says:

    Obviously I’m not an atheist, but this is classic Christopher Hitchens!

  13. blessedistruth Says:

    Robert Wright, left, of Bloggingheads.tv and Christopher Hitchens of Vanity Fair debate the causes of the Fort Hood shooting.

    http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/12/11/opinion/1247466091478/bloggingheads-behind-fort-hood.html

  14. blessedistruth Says:

    Updated Link after deletions:

    http://www.4shared.com/play/10329682/efdae9dd/sharing.html

  15. blessedistruth Says:

    A lot of searches which lead people here have to do with the following:

    December 11th, 2009 : Dr. Steven Greer & Linda Willitts

    A Report from the November Ambassadors Training
    in Joshua Tree, CA

    November 15th – 21st CSETI had an Ambassador’s Training in CA with field work in Joshua Tree National Park.

    It is at the Joshua Tree field work in November ’07 that the first Orion Transmissions were received with a poignant follow-up in November ’08. Please tune in to hear Dr. Greer and Linda Willitts discuss the amazing contact experiences at this year’s training.

    http://www.CSETI.org

    ***

    http://www.worldpuja.org/archives/2009-12-11/

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  17. sisterrosetta Says:

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Lieberman strongly rebutted charges Monday that he flip-flopped to oppose the expansion of Medicare as part of health care legislation, as Democratic leaders struggled to get President Barack Obama’s top domestic initiative on track for passage by Christmas.”Contrary to the claims of anonymous aides, Senator Lieberman told (Majority Leader Harry) Reid on Friday that he had problems with the Medicare provision,” said Marshall Wittman, a spokesman for the Connecticut Independent.”This position was also told to negotiators earlier in the week. Consequently, Senator Lieberman’s position came as no surprise to the Democratic leadership. Any contrary charge by aides who cowardly seek to hide under the cloak of anonymity is false and self-serving,” he added.

  18. blessedistruth Says:

    Wow! These are abysmal numbers!

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/obama_approval_index_history

    1 Date
    2 Presidential Approval Index
    3 Strongly Approve
    4 Strongly Disapprove
    5 Total Approve
    6 Total Disapprove

    1 12/14/2009
    2 -18
    3 24%
    4 42%
    5 44%
    6 55%

    Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That’s the lowest level yet measured for this president.

    (Is Obama losing the hard left? That was inevitable. He needs to pick up independents and centrists.)

    (These are the same people who support Joe Lieberman.)

  19. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=34821

    Still, it was good to hear him decrying “genocide in Darfur, systematic rape in Congo or repression in Burma,” hailing “the hundreds of thousands who have marched silently through the streets of Tehran” and denouncing Islamists for their attacks on innocents in the United States and elsewhere.

    Every American president since the 1940s has balanced, in different ways, the need to seek American interests with the goal of advancing human rights. This president has tilted the balance heavily against human rights, in favor of propitiating enemies like Iran and hostile powers like Russia.

    The results have been disappointing, to say the least. “As the world grows smaller,” Obama said in Oslo, “you might think it would be easier for human beings to recognize how similar we are.” But you would be wrong, as it seems Obama has been wrong in his hopes to reach accord with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or to secure some quid pro quo for his unilateral concessions to Vladimir Putin.

    Is it too audacious to hope that Obama’s assertion that “evil does exist in the world” and his emphasis on human rights signal a U-turn in a foreign policy that has seemed a reflexive rejection of everything his predecessor said and did? Maybe not.

    (One can hope!)

  20. blessedistruth Says:

    Video:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., continues to push his party to approve health care overhaul legislation before Christmas, but concerns over many issues, including abortion funding and a possible early buy-in for the Medicare program, could cause that timetable to slip.

    Senate floor action may quicken once Reid receives an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office of a series of provisions — including the Medicare buy-in proposal — he is assembling in hopes of winning 60 votes for his health care plan.

    http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Multimedia/2009/December/121409HOTH.aspx

  21. blessedistruth Says:

    Partial Transcript from above video:

    ERIC PIANIN: I think that the challenges for Harry Reid are great and the clock is ticking and there is real concern now among the Democrats that they may not be able to make their deadline of getting a vote in the Senate by Christmas, and the larger concern is the longer this thing drags on, the more opportunity Republicans have to try to undercut it.

    Republicans have a lot going for them. The polls are turning against the Democrats. More and more Americans are having reservations about the entire approach. The more the Democrats struggle to put together a winning formula, the more unwielding the package becomes and the more vulnerable it becomes to critics like Mitch McConnell who goes on television and says the American people don’t want this plan. We ought to cut it back. We ought to go back to the drawing boards, and this is what Joe Lieberman was saying on television over the weekend as well.

    The initial plan wasn’t too bad, except for the public option, which he is adamantly opposed to in part because his state has a big concentration of insurance companies, but also he raises a legitimate point, the more you pile onto this thing, the more unwielding it becomes, the more expensive potentially it could become, more questions that are raised about the wisdom of moving ahead.

    JACKIE JUDD: Well, Mary Agnes, what is your prediction, if I may ask that there will be a vote by the 23rd?

    MARY AGNES CAREY: That is such a great question and I want to say I want to stop predicting but I can’t help myself. I think that they will get a vote by the 23rd. You’ve just got to think this through.

    If you don’t have a vote, if you don’t have passage, or a vote either way, before they go home for Christmas, it just makes it phenomenally difficult to start it again when they get back. They certainly could. There has been talk if there is not a vote for Christmas, maybe they would be there between Christmas and New Year’s.

    There is nothing of course finalized. The schedule is extremely fluid. But I think there is a very strong chance that we will see a vote in the Senate before they go home, but I could be wrong, before they go home for Christmas, rather.

  22. blessedistruth Says:

    Ahh! An honest reporter!

    “We ought to go back to the drawing boards, and this is what Joe Lieberman was saying on television over the weekend as well.

    The initial plan wasn’t too bad, except for the public option, which he is adamantly opposed to in part because his state has a big concentration of insurance companies,

    but also he raises a legitimate point,

    the more you pile onto this thing, the more unwielding it becomes, the more expensive potentially it could become, more questions that are raised about the wisdom of moving ahead.”

    (A very legitimate point!)

  23. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/12/joe-lieberman-smarter-than-brer-fox.html

    So what do Lieberman and Nelson want?

    I think they’ve actually made this rather clear.

    They want liberals to give up the public option and not get anything for it.

    If liberals do, they’ll probably get a health care bill.

    If they don’t, they probably won’t.

    After the promise of the br’er rabbit compromise, that’s going to feel like a huge setback for the liberals.

    But it really isn’t:

    objectively speaking, liberals are in pretty much exactly the same position that they were a week ago, in a position where it appeared that they they had to simply capitulate on the public option if they wanted health care reform.

    You capitulate, and you probably get Lieberman’s vote (although his mendacity should not be overlooked), you may get Ben Nelson’s vote (although the abortion issue is another hurdle), you may get Olympia Snowe’s vote, and you may get Susan Collins’ vote.

    There’s also the drug importation issue, which is somewhat orthogonal to all of this.

    So no guarantees.

    But — I’m not going to put an exact percentage on it — you’re somewhere safely north of 50 percent for passing a bill.

    But of course, politics isn’t purely objective:

    it’s a people business, and now you have some people (liberals) who are going to lose a lot more face than they would have by making the same capitulation a week ago, and moreover will have to lose it to Joe Lieberman, a person whom they singularly detest.

    So, while I know what I think should happen here, I just don’t know that it will.

    (Gosh, I know just how Joe feels! If I were Obama, I’d be on the phone with Reid and Pelosi pleading with them to give Joe what he wants.)

  24. blessedistruth Says:

    orthogonal

    extraneous, immaterial, impertinent, rectangular

    hmmm.

  25. blessedistruth Says:

    Updated Link:

    http://www.4shared.com/play/10329682/efdae9dd/sharing.html

  26. blessedistruth Says:

    Anne Marie Cupo funeral:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&suggested_categories=22&search_sort=video_date_uploaded_reverse&search_filter=0&search_query=annemariecupofuneral

    I think you’ll like some of this.

    http://www.4shared.com/play/10329682/efdae9dd/sharing.html

  27. blessedistruth Says:

  28. blessedistruth Says:

    More Like This:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&suggested_categories=27%2C28%2C24&search_sort=video_date_uploaded_reverse&search_filter=0&search_query=borcer+%22james+fox%22+%22i+know+what+i+saw%22

  29. blessedistruth Says:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/12/is_the_senate_health-care_refo.html

    A lot of progressives woke up this morning feeling like they lost. They didn’t.

    The public option and its compromised iterations were a battle that came to seem like a war.

    But they weren’t the war. The bill itself was.

    When liberals talked about the dream of universal health-care insurance 10, 20 and 30 years ago, they talked about the plight of the uninsured, not the necessity of a limited public option in competition with private insurers.

    (Exactly right! So why exactly have conservatives and progressives been at each other’s throats over the “unnecessary” public option? Conservatives were right to demand NO MORE GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE! We’ve all been manipulated.)

  30. blessedistruth Says:

    Rasmussen Obama Approval (Likely Voters)

    46% — 53%

  31. blessedistruth Says:

    From Ezra Klein

    “That means Reid has to finish his bill by the end of next week.

    Moving to the manager’s amendment — the “deal” amendment, as it is — will take a few days.

    Voting to replace the underlying bill with the manager’s amendment will take a few days.

    And then voting on the modified bill will take a few days.

    Each step is delayed by the day or so required for a cloture vote to ‘ripen,’ and then the 30 hours of post-cloture debate.

    So an accelerated schedule would see the first cloture vote called Thursday, with the vote to move to the manager’s amendment on Saturday.

    Cloture would then be called to actually vote on the manager’s amendment on Sunday, and the manager’s amendment would be approved the following Tuesday, the 22nd.

    And cloture would be called for the actual bill on Wednesday, Dec. 23rd, with the final vote coming, at the earliest, on Friday, the 25th — Christmas Day.”

    (Reid won’t begin this process until he has 60 cloture votes to end debate. Some are saying that an agreement will already have been reached between Reid and Pelosi. So that House will pass bill with NO changes. So no need for conference. Then off to Obama’s desk for signature.)

    (I surely hope if a bill is going to pass, and that is looking more and more likely, I surely hope centrist Repubs exchange a yes vote to improve the bill. Tort reform? It may be too late for that, especially since we’ve wasted all this time and energy on the “unnecessary” public option.)

  32. blessedistruth Says:

    The Ping-Pong Strategy [Ramesh Ponnuru]

    Mickey Kaus suggests that House Democrats should simply pass whatever health legislation passes the Senate without holding a conference committee.

    The question this strategy raises for me is:

    How many of the 215 House votes against Pelosi’s bill are available to pass a Senate bill?

    It’s not clear to me why a Democrat who voted against Pelosi would vote for it now.

    But it is possible to see how some of the people who voted for the Pelosi bill would vote against the Senate bill.

    The Senate version lacks a Stupak amendment, which would probably cost the votes of Stupak and Cao and may cost a few other votes too.

    Opponents only need three more congressmen to flip against it than flip for it.

    (Expect Stupak language to be in Reid’s manager’s amendment.)

  33. blessedistruth Says:

    Hugh Hewitt sounds as if he’s resigned to the fact that Obama will indeed sign into law HCR.

    ***

    Finally, start preparing the ground for the battle in the House if the Senate does move this mess forward.

    The only way to peel away votes from Nancy Pelosi’s machine will be to signal certain political defeat for House Democrats on the bubble.

    The best way to do that is with a donation to ReverseTheVote.org which is targeting 24 Democrats who voted for Obamacare on the last go-around.

    If a handful of these can be turned, Obamacare can be stopped in the House.

    (Highly unlikely!)

  34. blessedistruth Says:

    It will be interesting to hear what Rush Limbaugh has to say on HCR today:

    http://gateway.andohs.net/player/?sid=826&nid=2920

  35. blessedistruth Says:

    From James Pethokoukis blog

    Byron York analyzes the various motivations after to talking to a Dem strategist:

    “In the House, the view of [California Rep. Henry] Waxman and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi is that we’ve waited two generations to get health care passed, and the 20 or 40 members of Congress who are going to lose their seats as a result are transitional players at best,” he said.

    “This is something the party has wanted since Franklin Roosevelt.”

    In this view, losses are just the price of doing something great and historic.

    (The strategist also noted that it’s easy for Waxman and Pelosi to say that, since they come from safely liberal districts.)

    “At the White House, the picture is slightly different,” he continued.

    “Their view is,

    ‘We’re all in on this, totally committed, and we don’t have to run for re-election next year.

    There will never be a better time to do it than now.’”

    “And in the Senate, they look at the most vulnerable Democrats — like [Christopher] Dodd and [Majority Leader Harry] Reid — and say those vulnerabilities will probably not change whether health care reform passes or fails.

    So in that view, if they pass reform, Democrats will lose the same number of seats they were going to lose before.”

  36. blessedistruth Says:

    From James Pethokoukis blog

    4) One of the main reasons that the banks are not lending is that the Federal Reserve is pegging the federal funds rate at zero.

    As a result, investors have scrambled to buy corporate bonds at a record pace.

    So corporations with access to the bond market have been able to raise lots of money.

    Indeed, many have raised more than they need, and they used some of the proceeds to pay down their bank lines of credit.

    Less fortunate borrowers are stuck with trying to get loans from their bankers.

    The problem is that many of them have become less credit worthy because the economy remains weak.

    The banks already have lots of problem loans and don’t want to make more such loans, especially with bank examiners on their backs.

  37. blessedistruth Says:

    Where financial regulatory reform is heading

    http://blogs.reuters.com/james-pethokoukis/2009/12/15/where-financial-regulatory-reform-is-heading/

    As it stands, the House bill is hardly radical.

    But even bits that reformers favor face diminution or elimination.

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd’s more radical proposal to strip the Fed of regulatory oversight and create a single super-regulator has been a total non-starter.

    A Consumer Financial Protection Agency for gadfly Elizabeth Warren to lead looks possible, but it will be severely weakened from the House version.

    A proposed $150 billion bailout fund financed by banks could easily disappear.

    So, too, could language that would force secured creditors to accept a 10 percent haircut if a financial firm needs a government rescue.

    As for the Fed, one possible compromise would be for the central bank to monitor systemic risk but leave it to existing agencies to take action.

    Prioritizing financial over healthcare reform might have led to a tougher final bill worthy of Obama’s harsh rhetoric.

    By multi-tasking, however, the White House’s need to get something done before midterm elections will undoubtedly lead to compromise or downright dilution.

    This is just the sort of unfortunate scheduling Wall Street would understandably celebrate.

  38. blessedistruth Says:

    http://twitter.com/jimpethokoukis

  39. blessedistruth Says:

    Well it sounds as though even Mr. Limbaugh has concluded that Obama will sign into law HCR.

  40. blessedistruth Says:

    Know Your Enemy!

    Siraj Haqqani

    An image of Haqqani can be seen at 3:51

  41. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/world/asia/15haqqani.html

    Demands by the United States for Pakistan to crack down on the strongest Taliban warrior in Afghanistan, Siraj Haqqani, whose fighters pose the biggest threat to American forces, have been rebuffed by the Pakistani military, according to Pakistani military officials and diplomats.

    The Obama administration wants Pakistan to turn on Mr. Haqqani, a longtime asset of Pakistan’s spy agency who uses the tribal area of North Waziristan as his sanctuary. But, the officials said, Pakistan views the entreaties as contrary to its interests in Afghanistan beyond the timetable of President Obama’s surge, which envisions reducing American forces beginning in mid-2011.

    The demands, first made by senior American officials before President Obama’s Afghanistan speech and repeated many times since, were renewed in a written message delivered in recent days by the United States Embassy to the head of the Pakistani military, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, according to American officials. Gen. David H. Petraeus followed up on Monday during a visit to Islamabad.

    The demands have been accompanied by strong suggestions that if the Pakistanis cannot take care of the problem, including dismantling the Taliban leadership based in Quetta, Pakistan, then the Americans will by resorting to broader and more frequent drone strikes in Pakistan.

    (i.e. Neuter Haqqani or we’ll kill him!)

  42. blessedistruth Says:

    Images of Siraj Haqqani? AKA Sirajuddin Haqqani

    (Images of his father sometimes mistaken for son.)

  43. blessedistruth Says:

    Long War Journal has slideshow of Haqqani network.

    http://www.longwarjournal.org/multimedia//Haqqani-Network/index.html

  44. blessedistruth Says:

    Background on the Haqqani Network

    The Haqqani Network is active in the Afghan provinces of Khost, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Logar, Wardak, and Kabul, and provides support to Taliban networks in Kunar, Nangarhar, Helmand, and Kandahar provinces.

    The Haqqanis have extensive links with al Qaeda and with Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence. These relationships have allowed the Haqqani Network to survive and thrive in North Waziristan. The Haqqanis control large swaths of North Waziristan, and run a parallel administration with courts, recruiting centers, tax offices, and security forces. Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan and a stronghold of the Haqqanis, is a hub of activity for jihadis from all over the world.

    Siraj Haqqani, a son of Jalaluddin, has risen in prominence over the past few years. He is believed to be the mastermind of the most deadly attacks inside Afghanistan and to be the senior military commander in eastern Afghanistan. The US military has described Siraj as the primary threat to security in eastern Afghanistan.

    Siraj is considered dangerous not only for his ties with the Afghan Taliban, but also because of his connections with al Qaeda’s central leadership, which extend all the way to Osama bin Laden. On March 25, the US Department of State put out a $5 million bounty for information leading to the capture of Siraj.

    Siraj is believed to be a member of al Qaeda’s military shura, or council, US intelligence officials told The Long War Journal.

  45. blessedistruth Says:

    “Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan and a stronghold of the Haqqanis, is a hub of activity for jihadis from all over the world.”

    (It would seem that those who piloting these drones are getting close!)

    ***

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/12-saleh+somali+killed+in+pakistan+drone+attack+us–bi-04

    Pakistani security and intelligence officials said a missile strike killed three suspected militants in the northwestern tribal belt.

    They said the attack targeted a car in Aspalga village, about 12km southeast of Miramshah in North Waziristan.

  46. blessedistruth Says:

    December 15, 2009

    Updated Link:

    http://www.4shared.com/play/10329682/efdae9dd/sharing.html

  47. blessedistruth Says:

    A Jerusalem Conference to Combat Global Anti-Semitism

    http://pajamasmedia.com/phyllischesler/2009/12/15/a-jerusalem-conference-to-combat-global-anti-semitism/

    The Greatest Battle of the 21st Century

    http://www.rights.no/publisher/publisher.asp?id=1

    … we, Israelis, Americans, and Europeans, have not “caused” this jihad. I know this in my bones—and I learned it the hard way, the best way.

    Once, long ago (as my readers here already know), I lived in Kabul, Afghanistan. Almost every day, my Afghan mother-in-law pressured me to convert to Islam. (Yes—my first marriage was to a descendant of Abraham’s first son, Ishmael.) Thus, long before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan or the emergence of the Taliban, I experienced Islamic gender and religious apartheid up close and personal. Women wore shrouds, sheets, and sat at the back of the bus. Servants were treated like slaves. I was endangered there as a Jew, as a woman, and as an American.

    I learned that Islamic fundamentalism and doctrines of superiority, which include fear, suspicion, and hatred of the “infidel,” are not caused by the West, the Zionists, the imperialists, or the colonialists.

    Orwell would best understand how language has been used to pervert the truth. Israel is not an apartheid state. Rather, Islam is the largest practitioner of apartheid and of slavery. Israel is not a colonialist, occupying power; rather, it is Islamic history that is characterized by imperialism, colonialism, conversion by the sword, and suppression of dissent. Freud would also understand how the jihadic mind projects and scapegoats Jews and Israel for the sins and crimes of Islam.

    Still, Islamic gender and religious apartheid is a human rights violation and cannot be justified in the name of cultural relativism, tolerance, anti-racism, diversity, or political correctness. As long as Islamist groups continue to deny, minimize, or obfuscate the problem, and to project their own crimes onto Israel, we all remain in danger. By we, I do not mean only the West. I am also including Muslim dissidents, Muslim feminists, Muslim homosexuals, Muslim freedom lovers—and the large number of Muslims who simply want to lead peaceful lives free from tyranny.

    In my view, the larger battle of good versus evil, of modernity versus barbarism, the battle for the preservation of western values, will ultimately be won or lost as a function of whether the world supports or sacrifices Israel—and on the field of womens’ rights.

    I do not think that radical Islamists can yield on the subject of women’s rights any more than they can yield on the subject of Israel’s right to exist, true democracy, freedom of religion, or tolerance for homosexuals and for dissent. Here, then, is exactly where the greatest battle of the 21st century is joined.

  48. blessedistruth Says:

    New Thread:

    https://blessedistruth.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/love-is-gonna-win/

  49. blessedistruth Says:

    Christopher Logan

    http://loganswarning.com/

    Submitted on 2009/12/16 at 2:01am

    Islam is the anti-thesis of life as we know it.

    ***

    Good morning, Christopher!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    I understand the need for your warning, I just don’t know quite how to proceed, or how our government should proceed.

    The few Muslims I know are very proud of their heritage, including their religion.

    And they hate what is being done in their name.

    We need our Muslim allies to help us fight the terrorist threat.

    And they are fighting and dying.

    As a woman, what I fear the most is the spread of sharia.

    We don’t need an unenforcable climate change treaty to save the world.

    What we need is the spread of Western economies as far and as wide and as soon as possible.

    Women in these underdeveloped countries will start having fewer children and eventually will enjoy rights comparable to women in the developed world.

    Christopher, are you aware of these two anti-sharia sites?

    http://womenagainstshariah.blogspot.com/

    http://www.reformislam.org/

    Also, if you wouldn’t mind paying a visit to RosettaSister, I’m sure the gang would like hearing about your website.

    http://rosettasister.wordpress.com/

    Thanks, again.

    Rose

  50. blessedistruth Says:

    ***

    New Thread:

    https://blessedistruth.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/love-is-gonna-win/

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