Monday, December 22, 2008

That's my Papa!!

Pope puts stress on 'gay threat' from BBC News Europe
"If tropical forests deserve our protection, humankind... deserves it no less."
Pope Benedict has called for "an ecology of the human being."

Pope Benedict XVI has said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.
He explained that defending God's creation is not limited to saving the environment, but also protecting man from self-destruction.
The pope was delivering his end-of-year address to senior Vatican staff.
His words, later released to the media, emphasised his total rejection of gender theory.
Pope Benedict XVI warned that gender theory blurs the distinction between male and female and could thus lead to the "self-destruction" of the human race.

Gender theory
Gender theory explores sexual orientation, the roles assigned by society to individuals according to their gender, and how people perceive their biological identity.

Gay and transsexual groups, particularly in the United States, promote it as a key to understanding and tolerance, but the pope disagreed.
When the Roman Catholic Church defends God's Creation, "it does not only defend the earth, water and the air... but (it) also protects man from his own destruction," the pope said.
"If tropical forests deserve our protection, humankind... deserves it no less," the 81-year-old pontiff said, calling for "an ecology of the human being."
It is not "outmoded metaphysics" to urge respect for the "nature of the human being as man and woman," he told scores of prelates gathered in the Vatican's sumptuous Clementine Hall.
The Catholic Church opposes gay marriage. It teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are.

'Rock festival'
The pope uses his traditional end-of-year speech to offer his Christmas greetings and say a few words about what he considers the important issues of the day.
This year, Pope Benedict also deplored the tendency to depict the Catholic church's World Youth Day, which he attended in Sydney earlier this year, as mere spectacle.
He stressed that the event should not be considered a "variant of modern youth culture, as a kind of ecclesiastical rock festival with the Pope as the star," but as the fruition of a "long exterior and interior path".

Bagel Rolls at ThaiCoon Sushi


Mmm... thought I'd post my favorite roll... Ray thinks it's funny that, given Japanese food's reputation for being healthy, that my favorite dish is deep fried. (ThaiCoon Sushi deep fries each piece, unlike in the picture.)
It is a DEElicious roll of rice and nori, of course, with salmon, cream cheese, and scallions. The frying causes the salmon to become cooked, so this might appeal to those of you who do not like raw fish.
ThaiCoon Sushi is on the corner of Clifton and Briarcliff. It's yummy!

sybaritic

|ˌsibəˈritik|
adjective
fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure; self-indulgent

Grove Park Inn


My new indulgent pleazure...

Iron Man

Sleekly effective science-fiction tale about a devil-may-care playboy weapons manufacturer (Robert Downey Jr.) who, after being captured by an ambitious Afghanistan-based warlord (Faran Tahir) and ordered to build a replica of his most advanced product, with the help of another captive and scientist (Shaun Toub), instead constructs an impregnable suit of armor, escapes, and begins to re-evaluate his life, with the support of his loyal girl Friday (Gwyneth Paltrow) and despite the doubts of his junior partner (Jeff Bridges) and military liaison (Terrence Howard). In between the impressive special effects, executive producer-director Jon Favreau's screen adaptation of this popular comic-book series charts its main character's conversion from callous genius to dedicated defender. Nongraphic sexual activity, torture, a graphic medical procedure, sci-fi violence, occasional crude language, a brief profanity, sexual humor and innuendo. A-III -- adults. (PG-13) 2008

News a Distributionist like me appreciates reading...

Caterpillar Cuts From The Top
Ruthie Ackerman
Machinery maker will slash executive pay by up to 50%.

Caterpillar is taking the high road to cutbacks: the maker of tractors and other construction and mining equipment, said Monday it would drastically slash senior-level compensation, while making shallower cuts lower down in the ranks.

“Good companies become great companies when facing and addressing adversity, and over the decades that has been the case for Caterpillar,” said Chief Executive Jim Owens. “During these uncertain times we will position the company for long-term growth, continued industry leadership and global competitiveness.”

For 2009, the company will cut executive pay by up to 50.0%, compensation for senior managers by 5.0% to 35.0%, and other management and support staff by up to 15.0%. The company will also halt merit pay increases for management and support employees and has instituted a hiring freeze.

Caterpillar is also offering buyouts until Jan. 12 to management and support employees in the United States.

The news comes on the heels of another announcement by the company that it would lay off 814 workers at its Mossville, Ill., engine assembly.

Even as the economic downturn hit the United States, Caterpillar was able to weather the storm because of its strong international presence and the global commodities boom, which motivated its clients to continue investing in equipment. (See “Caterpillar Shifts Into Low Gear.”) But by November commodity prices were receding, and although Caterpillar hadn’t felt the pain yet, falling demand for raw materials was expected to hurt its international sales. (See “The CAT’s Meow.”) Last month, Owens said the company would lay off or transfer an unspecified number of employees at U.S. plants in Sanford, N.C., and Mossville, and in Leicester, England and Grenoble, France.

Caterpillar said its individual business units will continue to reduce costs through temporary factory shutdowns and job cuts as economic conditions call for action.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Code Pink!

Stepbrothers

Frantic confrontational comedy in which two middle-age but immature stay-at-home sons, one a would-be singer (Will Ferrell), the other an aspiring drummer (John C. Reilly), become unwilling roommates and violent rivals after their respective single parents (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins) wed, later bonding as friends based on their common hatred of the former's smarmily successful younger brother (Adam Scott). Affirmations of familial loyalty and enduring idealism lose out, in director and co-writer Adam McKay's film, to all manner of distasteful excess. Nongraphic premarital and adulterous sexual activity, frontal male nudity, pervasive sexual and scatological humor, drug and pornography references, pervasive rough and crude language, and some profanity. O -- morally offensive. (R) 2008