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I have read where Pope Francis is helping the homeless in Rome by installing showers for them. In San Francisco (Cathedral Catholic Church), they are giving the homeless unwanted "showers" -- they installed a watering system to keep the homeless away from the church.

KCBS has learned that Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways.
The executive director of the Coalition on Homeless said,
“It’s very shocking, and very inhumane. There’s not really another way to describe it. Certainly not formed on the basis of Catholic teachings.”
I write this diary because the richest country in the world has not taken seriously the plight of the homeless in the USA.

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Sat Jan 31, 2015 at 06:56 AM PST

Another MSNBC failure

by varii

So last night MSNBC decided to run a live "Morning Joe" to replace Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow. I refuse to watch Morning (Republican) Joe, but I found this review helpful:

Unless their intention is to run Chris Hayes' and Rachel Maddow's ratings down to nothing, it might not be wise for the network to repeat this little experiment again any time soon. They replaced what is generally two hours of intelligent broadcasting that informs the viewers with two hours of banal claptrap that insults their intelligence instead, and with Joe Scarborough playing the bully-boy in prime time rather than the mornings, when most of their audience is half asleep.
MSNBC gives me more and more reasons not to watch them. I like Alex Wagner, for example. But her "special guest" was Chuck Todd the other day. Are you kidding me?

As far as I am concerned, the quality of MSNBC has gone downhill. Maybe it's time to pull the plug on them. What do you think ?

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Marriage equality began yesterday in Miami-Dade county in Florida and as expected, a Catholic bishop threw a hissy fit about it.  The bishop of Miami warned his employees that

“All employees should note that, because of the Church’s particular function in society, certain conduct, inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day and outside the strict confines of work performed by the employee for the Archdiocese.”
In other words, don't even think about marriage equality, it's bad for you!

Just to make sure that you understand his need for power and control,

Archbishop Wenski’s letter continued warning employees that the conduct requirements also extend to the Internet.
The bishop is upset that marriage equality has begun in Miami, and that he did not get his way on the issue--that is how I see it. His letter is nothing more than passive-aggressive behavior.

As I finish, I'm not interested in discussing whether or not the bishop is within his right to issue this letter. I understand that it is within his right to instruct his employees, but I do wonder if he is taking away their right to free speech.

The bishop's "rights" are not in question, but his behavior looks like power and control to me.

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Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 09:57 AM PST

Thank you to my donor!

by varii

I'm sorry that this is just a short "thank you" diary, but I just received a gift of a subscription and I am so grateful! I did not know where else to put my "thank you card". Thank you to the person who did this! I promise, if I am ever in a position to do so, I will pay it forward.

And I want to thank and remember all of those who have given gift subscriptions. You are great people, and it shows how much you love the people here on Daily Kos.

This community has meant so much to me over the years. I feel challenged when I come here. I learn. I contribute my thoughts.

Thanks again, to the person who gave me this gift. You kindness has touched me.

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Oh Boy. The incoming Nevada House Speaker is really a piece of work. He trashes everyone!
He composes his fine writing under a Confederate flag, to begin with. As the title of the diary shows, he is a bigot. But wait! There is more:

His thoughts on homosexuality and feminism are equally regressive. For years, he wrote, he kept a “rough tally on homosexual/heterosexual molesters as reported locally,” and found that “roughly half of all molestations involve homosexual men preying on boys,”
Then:
As for women, he wrote that their proclivity for filing sexual harassment suits made them unfit to serve their country...
I think Nevada is in for some difficult days!

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Well, here is a new one. A teacher took some time off because she was going for
 in vitro fertilization treatment. However, she was teaching in a Catholic school, and the Catholic Church is against such treatment.
The teacher was fired.

And after church officials were alerted that Herx was undergoing IVF—making her, in the words of one monsignor, "a grave, immoral sinner"—it took them less than two weeks to fire her.
The teacher filed a discrimination lawsuit in 2012. The school said they were within their boundaries to fire her because of their ""religious freedom".

But now the church has gone one step further. They content that they do not have to court at all, because of "religious freedom"

"I've never seen this before, and I couldn't find any other cases like it," says Brian Hauss, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union Center for Liberty. The group is not directly involved in the lawsuit but has filed amicus briefs supporting Herx. "What the diocese is saying is, 'We can fire anybody, and we have absolute immunity from even going to trial, as long as we think they're violating our religion. And to have civil authorities even look into what we're doing is a violation…It's astonishing."
It appears that this is a dangerous precedent that the Church is trying to set,
claiming that "religious freedom" makes you immune from just about anything that they claim is part of their "religious freedom".

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Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 08:02 AM PST

Sandy Hook and the election.

by varii

I have a friend who did not bother voting in last week's election. I asked him why.
He started talking about the slaughter of the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
He said that after that terrible incident, everyone was taking about the fact that "something had to be done".
But nothing was done about it in Congress, he said. "Even after the killing of innocent children, Congress could not pass anything in response".
He went on to say that he feels that Congress is simply unresponsive to the wishes of the voters. I did nothing but listen to him, because there was hurt and disappointment in his voice. He went on to say that that he did not vote because it did not make a difference, that Congress is deaf to the desires of the American people. I will talk to him about this at a later time, but that was not the time to engage in a political discussion.

I talked to a few other friends. Some of them voted, some of them did not. I did not mention the discussion I had with my friend. I did ask them one question though: "Do you think that Congress listens to the wishes of the American people?".
They all answered "No or "Sometimes"".

You can take these responses for what they are worth. But I see a problem: perhaps people don't vote because they see Congress as unresponsive to their needs, wishes, and ideas. They perhaps think that members of Congress don't care.

Now I believe that there are some members that DO care. But to those who don't follow politics closely, I fear that Congress is leaving a bad impression.

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Normally, I would watch the election results on MSNBC. I have done so many times. I won't watch CNN, especially since they have been so pro-Republican these past few weeks.

On MSNBC, I can watch Rachel Maddow give the election results, even though she gets kind of hyper on election night. My problem is with Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell. Matthews comes across as a know-it-all, and Andrea Mitchell offers nothing but vapors.

So I am trying something new. I will stay with Daily Kos only to get the election results and analysis.

How about you?

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Much has been written that the Vatican was changing its approach to homosexual persons at its Synod meeting.
Some conservative bishops expressed displeasure with this new tone. Now,

The Vatican has released a new English version of a draft report on attitudes to homosexuals, altering content and diminishing the welcoming tone in the Italian original.
In the new text, it speaks of granting homosexual persons "valuable support", whatever that means.

However, some see this change being at least something:

Francis DeBernardo of the New Ways Ministry, a leading US Catholic gay rights group, said the new development was a "mixed bag".

"It would have been nicer if they kept the earlier version, but the fact that were still speaking of 'valuable support' is positive," DeBernardo told Al Jazeera.

I myself would not be satisfied with the crumbs that the Vatican is throwing to homosexuals, but to each his own.

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Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 12:05 PM PDT

Cable TV News is really, really bad.

by varii

So I get home and I want to see the latest on the situation in Iraq. I turn on the TV, and CNN is on. And the discussion is with the "expert" opinion of...Newt Gingrich.

I turn to MSNBC. The "expert" opinion this time comes from....Chris Matthews.

Does it get any worse than this ?

And how long does "breaking news" have to last before it is no longer "breaking" ?
Both CNN and MSNBC offer "breaking news" that two  bombs were dropped in Iraq....almost seven hours ago.

OK, lesson learned: cut the cable, stick with Daily Kos for news.

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Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 04:00 PM PDT

I'm not proud of our government.

by varii

I just read two stories and both of them made me sick. First of all, President Obama signed the bill which gives Israel an additional $225 million dollars for their "dome".

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Then I read an article, in which a ER doctor in Gaza says: "I'm begging the world to help us!".

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Such a contrast. If Israel needs the "dome", fine. Let them pay for it. They have a strong economy.
And as far as I am concerned, we should be giving money so that the wounded in Gaza
can be helped towards recovery. Give the money to that ER doctor, and to his hospital.

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Well, here we go...to the Supreme Court ? Talking Points Memo reports that a separate appeals court (the 4th court) has "upheld Obamacare against a sweeping challenge to its federal subsidies on Tuesday."

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