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THE GROUP OF AMERICAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS & THEIR INVOLEMENT IN POLITICS

THE GROUP OF AMERICAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS & THEIR INVOLEMENT IN POLITICS

A minority of American Catholic bishops would deny church communion to president Joe Biden for what they claim is his conflict of position with their interpretation of Church teachings on policies regarding sexuality and abortion. These bishops would deny communion to president Biden and any other politician with views in conflict with  theirs. Why? Well, because they say to receive Communion, which is a central part of the Mass service, Catholics cannot “be conscious of grave sin as it would…

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THE NEW WASHINGTON STATE PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR IS FAMILY MEMBER PETER MAYER

THE NEW WASHINGTON STATE PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR IS FAMILY MEMBER PETER MAYER

My  sister Anita’s son, and my nephew, Peter Mayer was just named by the Washington State Parks Commission as the agency Director after a nation wide search. Peter’s history involved spending five years as chief operating officer of the Snohomish County health agency, which serves 772,000 residents with an annual budget of $16 million. Before that he devoted 16 years to running parks and recreation operations in Clark County, Mercer Island and Skagit County. He also is past president of…

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WELL, TEXAN REPUBLICANS, HOW DO YOU LIKE DE-REGULATION NOW?

WELL, TEXAN REPUBLICANS, HOW DO YOU LIKE DE-REGULATION NOW?

Texas, the “go it alone” state, has had a lesson about not regulating vital public industries like electrical service provided to a state or community. Texas rejected federal electricity regulations and a shared high-voltage connection with neighboring states. Republican political leaders in Texas have prized the states “self-reliance”, and it’s” go it alone” ideas and it’s cheap power. They brag about the states deregulation of the grid for bringing inexpensive electricity to the states resident and businesses. Rick Perry, former…

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SCIENCE, RELIGION & THE UNIVERSE

SCIENCE, RELIGION & THE UNIVERSE

Penguin Press has published a book written by Frank Wilczek titled “Fundamentals: 10 Keys to reality.” Wilczek was a 2004 winner of the Nobel prize in physics with two other scientists for his contributions to quantum chromodynamics. It involves a study about the interaction between sub atomic particles. As a scientist he discusses an understanding of the universe as it is known today. In doing so he reviews such things as the nature of time and space, the qualities of…

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WHY DO WE “THROW GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD” IN OUR DECISION MAKING?

WHY DO WE “THROW GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD” IN OUR DECISION MAKING?

We have all had in our lifetime the experience of trying to talk someone out of making the same bad decisions they have made in the past that led them to pain and trouble. In spite of all of the logical good reasons we use, while saying they agree with us, they nevertheless have continued to make the same bad decisions again. In fact, if we are honest with ourselves, we do the very same thing. We repeat conduct which…

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THE UN-PRESENDENTIAL NON-DEBATE – WHAT A NATIONAL DISGRACE!

THE UN-PRESENDENTIAL NON-DEBATE – WHAT A NATIONAL DISGRACE!

There are a lot of ways to describe the out of control circus American voters were subjected to last night. NBC News veteran Andrea Mitchell called the debate a disgrace. NBC's Chuck Todd called it a train wreck. CNN's Jake Tapper called it “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck.” Some called the debate the “worst thing I’ve ever seen.” With no commercial breaks, viewers were subjected to 90 minutes of uncontrolled interruptions and a total…

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PRESIDENT TRUMP’S “NATIONAL EMERGENCY” & THE SPINELESS WONDER

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S “NATIONAL EMERGENCY” & THE SPINELESS WONDER

In an article by Elizabeth Goitein in the January/February 2009 Atlantic Magazine a “national emergency" declaration was explained. The article pointed out the premise underlying emergency powers is simple: The government’s ordinary powers might be insufficient in a crisis, and amending the law to provide greater ones might be too slow and cumbersome. Emergency powers are meant to give the government a temporary boost until the emergency passes or there is time to change the law through normal legislative processes….

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WILLIAM H. TAYLOR ANACORTES COACH AND MENTOR 1922 – 2002

WILLIAM H. TAYLOR ANACORTES COACH AND MENTOR 1922 – 2002

On January 24, 2002 William "Bill" Taylor died in Anacortes. He was one of Anacortes's most successful basketball coaches. He also was a positive influence in so many young men's lives, including mine. He was a great coach and mentor to me. I've published a full account of my high school relationship to this great coach and his profound influence in my life: https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/01/william-taylor.html . In addition, I published a background of this unique man who was so important in guiding…

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ELIZABETH “BETTY” BARNETT  1910 -12/20/1985

ELIZABETH “BETTY” BARNETT  1910 -12/20/1985

Betty Barnett was my wife Lita's mother who died December 20, 1985. I've written about this remarkable woman many times. See https://www.paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2013/12/my-mother-in-law-elizabeth-barnett-1910-1995.html It was my privilege to have known her. She was extraordinary  in so many ways. She was very intelligent, wise and a great judge of people. I loved her like my own mother for her many qualities and her understanding. This is a woman who attended Holy Names in Spokane where she was taught proper table settings, good manners and social skills. She…

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