Monthly Archives: November 2008

Confess Your Sin If You Voted For Obama?


It appears not everyone sees B HO as the “messiah.” Modesto, California Rev. Joseph Illo of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church sent out a letter to over 15,000 parishonersof his Church saying,

“If you are one of the 54 percent of Catholics who voted for a pro-abortion candidate, you were clear on his position and you knew the grav- ity of the question, I urge you to go to confession before receiving communion. Don’t risk losing your state of grace by receiving sacrilegiously.”

The Most Rev. Stephen Blaire, bishop of the Stockton Diocese, where Rev. Illo’s Church is located disagrees. Blaire says,

“Our position on pro-life is very important, but there are other issues. No one candidate reflects everything that we stand for. I’m sure that most Catholics who voted were voting on economic issues. There were probably many priests, and I suspect many bishops, who voted for Obama.”

Illo claims emails and phone calls regarding what he said is running 12 to 1 in support.

Article here

Should the church take a stand on political elections?

Does the call for confession violate Separation of Church and State?

Would we appreciate non-Christian religions taking more political stands?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Confess Your Sin If You Voted For Obama?


It appears not everyone sees B HO as the “messiah.” Modesto, California Rev. Joseph Illo of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church sent out a letter to over 15,000 parishonersof his Church saying,

“If you are one of the 54 percent of Catholics who voted for a pro-abortion candidate, you were clear on his position and you knew the grav- ity of the question, I urge you to go to confession before receiving communion. Don’t risk losing your state of grace by receiving sacrilegiously.”

The Most Rev. Stephen Blaire, bishop of the Stockton Diocese, where Rev. Illo’s Church is located disagrees. Blaire says,

“Our position on pro-life is very important, but there are other issues. No one candidate reflects everything that we stand for. I’m sure that most Catholics who voted were voting on economic issues. There were probably many priests, and I suspect many bishops, who voted for Obama.”

Illo claims emails and phone calls regarding what he said is running 12 to 1 in support.

Article here

Should the church take a stand on political elections?

Does the call for confession violate Separation of Church and State?

Would we appreciate non-Christian religions taking more political stands?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Bail Out: "Government Loss Sharing Agreement…"

Noted economist Thomas Sowell on what’s going on in Washington on this bail out package. Bush, in my view, misguidedly believes bigger government will help reestablish the ‘free’ market, the Democrats see it as an opportunity to install their social engineering policies.

Amid all the political and media hysteria, national output has declined by less than one-half of one percent. In fact, it may not have declined even that much– or at all– when the statistics are revised later, as they very often are.

We are not talking about the Great Depression, when output dropped by one-third and unemployment soared to 25 percent. What we are talking about is a golden political opportunity for politicians to use the current financial crisis to fundamentally change an economy that has been successful for more than two centuries, so that politicians can henceforth micro-manage all sorts of businesses and play Robin Hood, taking from those who are not likely to vote for them and transferring part of their earnings to those who will vote for them.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Bail Out: "Government Loss Sharing Agreement…"

Noted economist Thomas Sowell on what’s going on in Washington on this bail out package. Bush, in my view, misguidedly believes bigger government will help reestablish the ‘free’ market, the Democrats see it as an opportunity to install their social engineering policies.

Amid all the political and media hysteria, national output has declined by less than one-half of one percent. In fact, it may not have declined even that much– or at all– when the statistics are revised later, as they very often are.

We are not talking about the Great Depression, when output dropped by one-third and unemployment soared to 25 percent. What we are talking about is a golden political opportunity for politicians to use the current financial crisis to fundamentally change an economy that has been successful for more than two centuries, so that politicians can henceforth micro-manage all sorts of businesses and play Robin Hood, taking from those who are not likely to vote for them and transferring part of their earnings to those who will vote for them.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Doug Strain, One of the Planters of the Silicon Forest, RIP

I couldn’t believe that there were no more than, idk, 100 people who came to the memorial service today for Doug Strain at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Or.
As someone ruefully said to me, Strain to many people was no more than a picture on a wall to a new generation of high tech workers. I’m not a high tech worker, never have been, (my husband is) but even I know Strain helped PLANT the SILICON FOREST, for goodness’ sake!
Where’s the love? Where were the folks from the Silicon Forest at today’s service?
Strain started his high tech career in what later became Silicon Valley and came to Portland where he eventually started Electro Scientific Industries with his dad, Clayton Strain, Charlie Davis, Rocky Rockwood and Merle Morgan. When their facility burned down, the founders of Tektronix (and others) came to their aid, offering machine shop facilities, work benches and the like to get them back on their feet.
Doug invented measurement devices for what would become the semiconductor industry. As I found here on the blog called Grain of Sand (here):

After ESI moved, over to the Macadam area, the new place burned to the ground the night of some firemen’s ball (no one to answer the distress call — probably couldn’t have saved it anyway, given the high temperatures involved). Fortunately, the insurance came through. And later, State Farm (also insurance) helped grow the Silicon Forest with a lot of investments, as did Hewlett-Packard. HP loved Doug’s ability to measure resistence in micro-ohms — about 350 micro-ohms for a house key — and added Doug’s inventions to its product line.

Doug was a conscientious objector in WWII.
When he started in the biz there was no such thing as high tech and the word “electronics” had not even been coined.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Doug Strain, One of the Planters of the Silicon Forest, RIP

I couldn’t believe that there were no more than, idk, 100 people who came to the memorial service today for Doug Strain at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Or.
As someone ruefully said to me, Strain to many people was no more than a picture on a wall to a new generation of high tech workers. I’m not a high tech worker, never have been, (my husband is) but even I know Strain helped PLANT the SILICON FOREST, for goodness’ sake!
Where’s the love? Where were the folks from the Silicon Forest at today’s service?
Strain started his high tech career in what later became Silicon Valley and came to Portland where he eventually started Electro Scientific Industries with his dad, Clayton Strain, Charlie Davis, Rocky Rockwood and Merle Morgan. When their facility burned down, the founders of Tektronix (and others) came to their aid, offering machine shop facilities, work benches and the like to get them back on their feet.
Doug invented measurement devices for what would become the semiconductor industry. As I found here on the blog called Grain of Sand (here):

After ESI moved, over to the Macadam area, the new place burned to the ground the night of some firemen’s ball (no one to answer the distress call — probably couldn’t have saved it anyway, given the high temperatures involved). Fortunately, the insurance came through. And later, State Farm (also insurance) helped grow the Silicon Forest with a lot of investments, as did Hewlett-Packard. HP loved Doug’s ability to measure resistence in micro-ohms — about 350 micro-ohms for a house key — and added Doug’s inventions to its product line.

Doug was a conscientious objector in WWII.
When he started in the biz there was no such thing as high tech and the word “electronics” had not even been coined.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com