NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Consumer outrage about AT&T's 3G service for iPhones is boiling over, but the dropped calls and spotty service reflect a greater lack of foresight in the wireless industry.
Analysts say AT&T's problems would have happened on any network that carried Apple's (AAPL, Fortune 500) iPhone because of the overwhelming amount of data downloaded by iPhone users. Over the past three years, AT&T's data traffic increased 5,000% because of the iPhone.
"The challenges that AT&T has are being faced by a lot of operators around the world: Very rapidly growing usage coupled with dense populations," said Daniel Hays, wireless expert and partner at consultancy PRTM. "Would it have been different on Verizon? Probably not."
AT&T accurately states that it has the nation's fastest 3G network but it "probably bit off more than it could chew," said Doug Helmreich, program director at consultancy CFI Group. "Now some of their customers are paying the price."
"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Bouguereau's depiction of Mary holding Jesus (Pieta) after being lowered from the cross (same Mary, same outfit, only looking older) inspired Mel Gibson to search for an actress with the same intense look to play Mary in The Passion.
Below is an excerpt from A Christmas Sermon by St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.):
“Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became man.
You would have suffered eternal death, had he not been born in time. Never would you have been freed from sinful flesh, had he not taken on himself the likeness of sinful flesh. You would have suffered everlasting unhappiness, had it not been for this mercy. You would never have returned to life, had he not shared your death. You would have been lost if he had not hastened ‘to your aid. You would have perished, had he not come.
Let us then joyfully celebrate the coming of our salvation and redemption. Let us celebrate the festive day on which he who is the great and eternal day came from the great and endless day of eternity into our own short day of time.
He has become our justice, our sanctification, our redemption, so that, as it is written: Let him who glories glory in the Lord.
Truth, then, has arisen from the earth: Christ who said, I am the Truth, was born of the Virgin. And justice looked down from heaven: because believing in this new-born child, man is justified not by himself but by God.
Truth has arisen from the earth: because the Word was made flesh. And justice looked down from heaven: because every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.
Truth has arisen from the earth: flesh from Mary. And justice looked down from heaven: for man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.
Justified by faith, let us be at peace with God: for justice and peace have embraced one another. Through our Lord Jesus Christ: for Truth has arisen from the earth. Through whom we have access to that grace in which we stand, and our boast is in our hope of God’s glory. He does not say: “of our glory”, but of God’s glory: for justice has not come out of us but has looked down from heaven. Therefore he who glories, let him glory, not in himself, but in the Lord.
For this reason, when our Lord was born of the Virgin, the message of the angelic voices was: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to men of good will.
For how could there be peace on earth unless Truth has arisen from the earth, that is, unless Christ were born of our flesh? And he is our peace who made the two into one: that we might be men of good will, sweetly linked by the bond of unity.
Let us then rejoice in this grace, so that our glorying may bear witness to our good conscience by which we glory, not in ourselves, but in the Lord. That is why Scripture says: He is my glory, the one who lifts up my head. For what greater grace could God have made to dawn on us than to make his only Son become the son of man, so that a son of man might in his turn become son of God?
Ask if this were merited; ask for its reason, for its justification, and see whether you will find any other answer but sheer grace."
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
EVIDENCE OF COUNSELING ABUSE AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD CONTINUES TO SURFACE IN UNDERCOVER STUDENT VIDEO
Contact: Lila Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org , (323)454-3304
Appleton, December 9 -- New undercover footage from an Appleton, WI Planned Parenthood abortion clinic shows clinic staff, including the abortion doctor, lying to two young women about fetal development and encouraging the one who is pregnant to obtain an abortion because "women die having babies."
In the undercover video, when the two women ask a Planned Parenthood counselor if the pregnant woman's 10-week-old unborn child has a heartbeat, the counselor emphasizes "heart tones," and answers, "Heart beat is when the fetus is active in the uterus--can survive--which is about seventeen or eighteen weeks." On the contrary, embryologists agree that the heartbeat begins around 3 weeks. Wisconsin informed consent law requires that women receive medically accurate information before undergoing an abortion.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
The Bear and the Atheist
An Atheist was walking through the woods, admiring the "accidents" that evolution had created. "What majestic trees! What powerful rivers" What beautiful animals!" he said to himself.
As he was walking along side the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. Turning to look, he saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge toward him. He ran away as fast as he could up the path.
He looked over his shoulder and saw the grizzly was closing. Somehow he ran even faster, so scared that tears came to his eyes. He looked again, and the bear was even closer. His heart was pounding, and he tried to run faster. He tripped and fell to the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up, but the bear was right over him, reaching for him with its left paw and raising its right paw to strike him.
At that instant the atheist cried, "Oh my God!"
Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. Even the river stopped moving.
As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky, "You deny my existence for all these years, teach others that I don't exist, and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?"
The atheist looked directly into the light and said, "I would feel like a hypocrite to become a Christian after all these years, but perhaps you could make the bear a Christian."
"Very well," said the voice.
The light went out. The river ran. The sounds of the forest resumed. Then the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed its head, and spoke: "Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful."
---Source unknown; submitted by David Holdaway, Scotland.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
- Turning 9-11 Anniversary from a day of infamy on which we were attacked by terrorists into a National Day of Service, thereby watering down the true meaning of the day and doing disservice to the memory of those murdered in the attack. Is that not an insensative slap-in-the-face to the friends and relatives of those who perished? Is that not an offense to New York City, the great city who was attacked? Is that not an insult to every American who cried that day or felt fear?
- Although it seemed mildly bothersome at the time, Obama's visit to Ground Zero with Senator John McCain was quite revealing. When laying roses at the exact site of one of the towers Senator McCain bent down, and with much care, gently laid his rose among the other items of remembrance put by others. But Obama, while standing erect, tossed his rose on the pile like a piece of garbage on a heap. He served to reminded one of a self-absorbed, aloof teenager being ordered by his parents to show respect he did not feel.
- Cap and Trade. President Obama's environmental plans are at best draconian and at worst economically suicidal. He has been quoted as saying that he will intentionally bankrupt the coal industry to "save the planet," thereby throwing hundreds of thousands of middle class people out of work.
- And worst of all--- The Born Alive Infants Protection Act was first proposed and passed by the Illinois State Legislators when Barack Obama was merely a state senator. It was proposed because of a new type of abortion called the Induced Labor Abortion which caused babies to be delivered prematurely, after which they were either strangled outside the womb or left out on a table to die from suffocation (those born prematurely cannot breathe on their own). On the IL Senate floor, Obama was the only one to speak out against the bill banning this procedure. When it came up for a vote he voted "present" thereby voting NO. The You Tube video below showing then nurse Jill Stanek being interviewed by Bill O'Reilly fills in the details of the horrific procedure. When a similar bill came before the US Senate, it was passed by a 98-0 vote. Only the most cold-hearted could find a way to vote against this bill, and Obama is that cold-hearted.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
In response to a Catholic-bashing column by Maureen Dowd which appeared in late October in the New York Times, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan issued a slightly shorter version of his rebuttal seen below which the Times rejected. Like President Obama and other leftists, the Old Gray Lady cannot handle constructive criticism.
Here is the full article by Archbishop Dolan:
By Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
October is the month we relish the highpoint of our national pastime, especially when one of our own New York teams is in the World Series!
Sadly, America has another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism.
It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. Scholars such as Arthur Schlesinger Sr. referred to it as “the deepest bias in the history of the American people,” while John Higham described it as “the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history.” “The anti-semitism of the left,” is how Paul Viereck reads it, and Professor Philip Jenkins sub-titles his book on the topic “the last acceptable prejudice.”
If you want recent evidence of this unfairness against the Catholic Church, look no further than a few of these following examples of occurrences over the last couple weeks:
- On October 14, in the pages of the New York Times, reporter Paul Vitello exposed the sad extent of child sexual abuse in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community. According to the article, there were forty cases of such abuse in this tiny community last year alone. Yet the Times did not demand what it has called for incessantly when addressing the same kind of abuse by a tiny minority of priests: release of names of abusers, rollback of statute of limitations, external investigations, release of all records, and total transparency. Instead, an attorney is quoted urging law enforcement officials to recognize “religious sensitivities,” and no criticism was offered of the DA’s office for allowing Orthodox rabbis to settle these cases “internally.” Given the Catholic Church’s own recent horrible experience, I am hardly in any position to criticize our Orthodox Jewish neighbors, and have no wish to do so . . . but I can criticize this kind of “selective outrage.”
- On October 16, Laurie Goodstein of the Times offered a front page, above-the-fold story on the sad episode of a Franciscan priest who had fathered a child. Even taking into account that the relationship with the mother was consensual and between two adults, and that the Franciscans have attempted to deal justly with the errant priest’s responsibilities to his son, this action is still sinful, scandalous, and indefensible. However, one still has to wonder why a quarter-century old story of a sin by a priest is now suddenly more pressing and newsworthy than the war in Afghanistan, health care, and starvation–genocide in Sudan. No other cleric from religions other than Catholic ever seems to merit such attention.
- Five days later, October 21, the Times gave its major headline to the decision by the Vatican to welcome Anglicans who had requested union with Rome. Fair enough. Unfair, though, was the article’s observation that the Holy See lured and bid for the Anglicans. Of course, the reality is simply that for years thousands of Anglicans have been asking Rome to be accepted into the Catholic Church with a special sensitivity for their own tradition. As Cardinal Walter Kasper, the Vatican’s chief ecumenist, observed, “We are not fishing in the Anglican pond.” Not enough for the Times; for them, this was another case of the conniving Vatican luring and bidding unsuspecting, good people, greedily capitalizing on the current internal tensions in Anglicanism.
- Finally, the most combustible example of all came Sunday with an intemperate and scurrilous piece by Maureen Dowd on the opinion pages of the Times. In a diatribe that rightly never would have passed muster with the editors had it so criticized an Islamic, Jewish, or African-American religious issue, she digs deep into the nativist handbook to use every anti-Catholic caricature possible, from the Inquisition to the Holocaust, condoms, obsession with sex, pedophile priests, and oppression of women, all the while slashing Pope Benedict XVI for his shoes, his forced conscription -- along with every other German teenage boy -- into the German army, his outreach to former Catholics, and his recent welcome to Anglicans.
The Catholic Church is not above criticism. We Catholics do a fair amount of it ourselves. We welcome and expect it. All we ask is that such critique be fair, rational, and accurate, what we would expect for anybody. The suspicion and bias against the Church is a national pastime that should be “rained out” for good.
I guess my own background in American history should caution me not to hold my breath.
Then again, yesterday was the Feast of Saint Jude, the patron saint of impossible causes.
(h/t: Lisa Graas)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
"The idea that every human being has an innate, inalienable and sacred dignity is not accepted by pro-choice activists. The pro-choice arguments for abortion are based on a very dangerous and erroneous assumption that human rights are not inherent in the person but are assigned to the person by society. I don't know if many pro-choice advocates actually philosophically consider their position. Where do human rights come from? Where does the right to life originate? They are given by God, not by society. Society and government have no right to deny these fundamental rights of the human person. They are inherent in human beings as human beings. They are not based on the person's race or color, on the person's age or health, or on the person's location within or outside the womb.......Our teaching has always been and always will be a great yes to human life. We support research and medical science which serves human life, which overcomes or corrects pathologies. But we reject whatever involves the intentional destruction of human beings or which uses means that contradict the dignity of the human person. Why such respect for human dignity? Because each human being carries in an indelible way his or her own dignity and value. It is not something given by society or by legislators. It is innate. This is what pro-choice advocates reject or ignore. As followers of Christ, we also believe that at every stage of his or her existence, the human person, created in the image and likeness of God, also reflects the face of his only-begotten son. We believe that God's love for every one of us, including our brothers and sisters in the womb, is boundless. In the words of Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II, 'human life is always a good, for it is a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory.'"
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
"The Americans are enjoying the present at the cost of selling off ever larger chunks of their future. Arguably, the imminent economic crisis is the most thoroughly predicted one in recent history. Rather than refuting the crisis, the current US economic boom merely heralds it. Biologists have observed similar phenomena in plants contaminated by toxins. Before they wither, they produce one last batch of healthy shoots---to the point that they can hardly be distinguished from healthy plants. Some speak of a panic bloom" ----Gabor Steingart, America and the Dollar Illusion, October, 2006
"For a time in the wake of the panic, the dollar benefited from a flight to the relative safety of US Treasuries and other dollar assets... In a storm, the dollar was thought to be less risky than other investments. But as this overall global risk aversion has ebbed, the risk calculus has turned and the dollar itself has become more dangerous to hold than nondollar investments."
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
UPDATE: ABC news is now claiming they were misquoted and that the crowd was actually in the 10's of thousands. I was there. I have also been to the Rose Bowl (1984) that holds around 76,000. There were several Rose Bowls of people on The Mall yesterday. And 2 million seems like a rational number if you consider that many people left after a few hours while others were arriving late morning/early afternoon. My figure stands for the sum total for the day. They were elbow to elbow back to 8th St. I know that because when I left to find a men's room (lines to port-o-potties on site were too long) that's how far it stretched. The Daily Mail agrees with Michelle Malkin and myself.
See also American Power for his first-hand view of the tax protest in Los Angeles.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A great little snippet from Dragnet with Obama footage thrown in. President Hussein gets the lecture he so desperately needs.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
- With all the bad economic news and stories about horrible Obama appointees in the headlines, I've decided to get away from all that and partake in something called "7 Quick Takes..." that's hosted at Conversion Diary. This involves blurting out 7 thoughts about things happening in your life, or something. At least that's what everyone whose participating in it seems to do. It kind of looks like a condensed phone call, like when you call a friend and cover about 7 topics before hanging up. This was number one. I hope the rest are better...
- For those of you who don't know, I drive a semi for a living. It isn't pretty, but it pays the bills...for now. Freight is moving very slowly these days (not enough loads available for the drivers waiting for them), and most of us over-the-road drivers are paid by the mile, not by the hour. Well, everywhere I deliver I run into someone driving for the same company I drive for and hear the same stories: "Four of us were waiting for loads and the guy paid the least per mile got the best one, even though he got empty last." And everyone telling this story says he was one of those drivers. I must have heard this 50 times in the past month. Rumors fly when times get tough.
- I received separate emails today from writers Matt Kaufman and Peggy Noonan. One of Matt's emails was about Peggy which he wrote himself. Peggy's email was probably automated. Okay, definitely automated.
- My blood pressure test comes up before the beginning of November and I must drop at least 20 lbs before then. I always get nervous when a doctor or nurse takes a reading on me when my job is on the line. It's always close. It has to be below 140/90 or I get suspended until it comes down, lest I lose my job. And what a time to be unemployed! I have resorted to walking 30 minutes per day at a speed fast enough to exert myself, but slow enough to maintain a conversation. I saw someone on PBS 18 years ago who said that was the best way to burn fat. If you go so fast you're huffing and puffing, you're no longer burning fat, just sugar. Then your sugar level goes down and you start craving sweets. From October to December last year I lost 40 lbs doing this along with dieting.
- My cat, Buster, accompanies me on the road in the semi during the 4 to 6 weeks I'm out driving around the country. My employer is trying to pressure myself and others to remove our pets from the trucks permanently by keeping us out of the newer models. Since I live alone I and therefore cannot leave him at home, I will have to part company with Buster if my employer has their way. Or I will keep Buster and quit my job. Or I will keep him by getting fired. This morning I earned a ticket from the Louisiana State Police putting me one step closer to the unemployment line. Buster looked pleased.
- In trying to find foods lower in sodium and fat (for my blood pressure) I discovered a salsa with only 25 milligrams of sodium and zero fat per serving. Most have 300+ mgs sodium. It's made by Desert Pepper and is called Peach Mango Salsa. I've been eating it for a year and am not tired of it yet. Of course I need to watch the sugar content, too.
- Are we almost done? Last one? Okay... I'm thinking of joining a Monastery. Since becoming a Catholic last April I've felt a calling to a faith vocation of some sort, and after ruling out the priesthood for various reasons, I think it would be as a monk. At least for a couple of years or so for a thorough spiritual clensing. I don't know if I could handle the vow of poverty just yet...