Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mene, Tekel

According to Paul Joseph Watson, Gerald Calente [the CEO of Trends Research Institute], "The man who predicted the 1987 stock market crash and the fall of the Soviet Union is now forecasting revolution in America, food riots and tax rebellions..."

Our Lady had already forewarned us about this back in 1990. But we didn't listen. Hearts were hardened in sin. Selfishness and materialism have reigned. America has become an idolatrous nation. And once again the handwriting may be seen on the wall: "You have defied the Lord of Heaven, you have had the vessels from His Temple brought to you, and you, your noblemen, your wives and your singing women have drunk your wine out of them. You have praised gods of gold and silver, of bronze and iron, of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear or understand; but you have given no glory to the God Who holds your breath and all your fortunes in His hands. That is why He has sent the hand which, by itself, has written these words. The writing reads: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin. The meaning of the words is this: Mene, God has measured your sovereignty and put an end to it; Tekel, you have been weighed in the balance and found wanting; Parsin, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and the Persians." (Daniel 5: 23-28).


Anonymous said...

At Vatican II, the Council Fathers urged the faithful to be open and attentive to the ways in which the Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church, including private revelations: "Such gifts of grace, whether they are of special enlightenment or whether they are spread more simply and generally, must be accepted with gratefulness and consolation, as they are specially suited to and useful for, the needs of the Church....Judgements as to their genuineness and their correct use lies with those who lead the Church and those whose special task is NOT TO EXTINGUISH THE SPIRIT but to examine everything and keep that which is good."

I suspect that those who dismiss Our Lady's messages to Father Gobbi do so because the messages paint a rather unflattering portrait of negligence and even evil which has crept into the Church and such people are more concerned with maintaining the status quo than they are with respecting the demands of truth.

Michael Cole said...

An out-of-control government, hell-bent on embracing socialism, plans on placing such a heavy tax burden on Americans that the whole economy is going to collapse. The following article highlights this fact:

AP Interview: Transportation secretary says taxing how much we drive may replace gasoline tax

Associated Press Writer

7:17 AM EST, February 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn — an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed.

Gasoline taxes that for nearly half a century have paid for the federal share of highway and bridge construction can no longer be counted on to raise enough money to keep the nation's transportation system moving, LaHood said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled," the former Illinois Republican lawmaker said.

Most transportation experts see a vehicle miles traveled tax as a long-term solution, but Congress is being urged to move in that direction now by funding pilot projects.

The idea also is gaining ground in several states. Governors in Idaho and Rhode Island are talking about such programs, and a North Carolina panel suggested in December the state start charging motorists a quarter-cent for every mile as a substitute for the gas tax.

A tentative plan in Massachusetts to use GPS chips in vehicles to charge motorists by the mile has drawn complaints from drivers who say it's an Orwellian intrusion by government into the lives of citizens. Other motorists say it eliminates an incentive to drive more fuel-efficient cars since gas guzzlers will be taxed at the same rate as fuel sippers.

Besides a VMT tax, more tolls for highways and bridges and more government partnerships with business to finance transportation projects are other funding options, LaHood, one of two Republicans in President Barack Obama's Cabinet, said in the interview Thursday.

"What I see this administration doing is this — thinking outside the box on how we fund our infrastructure in America," he said.

LaHood said he firmly opposes raising the federal gasoline tax in the current recession.

The program that funds the federal share of highway projects is part of a surface transportation law that expires Sept. 30. Last fall, Congress made an emergency infusion of $8 billion to make up for a shortfall between gas tax revenues and the amount of money promised to states for their projects. The gap between money raised by the gas tax and the cost of maintaining the nation's highway system and expanding it to accommodate population growth is forecast to continue to widen.

Among the reasons for the gap is a switch to more fuel-efficient cars and a decrease in driving that many transportation experts believe is related to the economic downturn. Electric cars and alternative-fuel vehicles that don't use gasoline are expected to start penetrating the market in greater numbers.

"One of the things I think everyone agrees with around reauthorization of the highway bill is that the highway trust fund is an antiquated system for funding our highways," LaHood said. "It did work to build the interstate system and it was very effective, there's no question about that. But the big question now is, We're into the 21st century and how are we going to take care of our infrastructure needs ... with a highway trust fund that had to be plused up by $8 billion by Congress last year?"

A blue-ribbon national transportation commission is expected to release a report next week recommending a VMT.

The system would require all cars and trucks be equipped with global satellite positioning technology, a transponder, a clock and other equipment to record how many miles a vehicle was driven, whether it was driven on highways or secondary roads, and even whether it was driven during peak traffic periods or off-peak hours.

The device would tally how much tax motorists owed depending upon their road use. Motorists would pay the amount owed when it was downloaded, probably at gas stations at first, but an alternative eventually would be needed.

Rob Atkinson, president of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, the agency that is developing future transportation funding options, said moving to a national VMT would take about a decade.

Privacy concerns are based more on perception than any actual risk, Atkinson said. The satellite information would be beamed one way to the car and driving information would be contained within the device on the car, with the amount of the tax due the only information that's downloaded, he said.

The devices also could be programmed to charge higher rates to vehicles that are heavier, like trucks that put more stress on roadways, Atkinson said.

Anonymous said...

Michael Brown writes "In St. Augustine, Florida, the nation's oldest city, there is motion spotted in a trash dumpster and it turns out to be a man scrounging through the garbage. Down the road, near Daytona Beach, hitch-hikers are returning to highways and on U.S. 1 a man with a bike tugs a little train of wagons piled with all his worldly possessions. In Lehigh Acres, near Fort Myers, "laid-off construction workers in flannel shirts scavenged through trash bags at a home foreclosure, grabbing wires, CDs, anything that could be sold," reports a newspaper.

Is it the beginning of a breakdown? Might there one day be roaming gangs? Are we heading into a time of upheaval, of chaos? Could the United States one day "break" into regions that are more like republics? Or will governments coalesce to bring about a "new order"?

These are questions of the hour. For years, we have expressed concern that if immorality continued in the U.S., it would one day be reduced to something that resembles a third-world country"

My neighborhood is beginning to look Fort Apache the Bronx. Deserted businesses, foreclosed homes, drug dealers, gangs of restless teens roaming about. I think America is dying a quick death now. For too long we have abandoned God's Commandments and His plan for us. This is why a once-thriving nation is now in decay.

Anonymous said...

Reuters is reporting that George Soros said "..the turbulence [current economic crisis] is actually more severe than during the Great Depression, comparing the current situation to the demise of the Soviet Union.

He said the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in September marked a turning point in the functioning of the market system.

"We witnessed the collapse of the financial system," Soros said at a Columbia University dinner. "It was placed on life support, and it's still on life support. There's no sign that we are anywhere near a bottom."

His comments echoed those made earlier at the same conference by Paul Volcker, a former Federal Reserve chairman who is now a top adviser to President Barack Obama.

Volcker said industrial production around the world was declining even more rapidly than in the United States, which is itself under severe strain.

"I don't remember any time, maybe even in the Great Depression, when things went down quite so fast, quite so uniformly around the world," Volcker said.

Catholics are deserting the Church as the Apostasy spreads darkness everywhere. The economy is collapsing. The hierarchy are opposing one another. The Man of Sin is about to reveal himself.

Pray Pray Pray!

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