Tuesday, November 3, 2015

MORE FYI POTPOURRI




Somehow a whole beautiful like it should be fall day is coming to closure without my feeling that I have accomplished much. Not that I have to do so being retired. Now I am awaiting the local election results.

I did spend two hours reading the Times and later scanning the WSJ. As I noted yesterday there is so much going on in the world that we do not have the time to assimilate and comprehend.

The third day and final long article in the Times about how we can lose the personal right of civil law in disputes-and this is the killer- in cases when religious law or biblical passages are determined to be the law. This has been held up in courts

In can be invoked by institutions with a religious affiliation as well as certain religions that contain such provisions in its creed. The one that we may be most familiar with is Scientology although other autocratic Christian, Jewish and Islamic sects also claim that right. If an attempt is made to circumvent the religious route or an appeal to the legal system after an unfavorable result from the designated religious process it can result in “excommunication.”

Although the plaintiff has been denied civil court access, some of the institutions after an unfavorable decisions have turned to the civil law courts on appeal. One must read this to believe it.

Still in the field of religious institutions there apparently is a strong faction in the Vatican that is opposing the Popes efforts to modernize the faith. These ultra conservatives may have been strong enough to alter some of his plans and perhaps this fractionalization played a role in Popes Benedict’s unprecedented resignation, Shades of the ultra-right caucus in the Republican Party.

Of interest in today’s paper there is a report of two Vatican officials being arrested for leaking information to the press about the irregularities in the Vatican banking.

Other news is that after under Russian pressure Iran was invited for the first time to participate in the Syria peace talk conference being held in Vienna. After the first day Iran has threaten to boycott the talks because of the presence and influence of its arch rival Saudi Arabia at the table.

Senate Democrats recently blocked "Kate's Law," legislation intended to impose mandatory prison terms on illegal immigrants convicted of major felonies who have been deported but have again entered the United States illegally. The law was named after Kate Steinle, the young woman murdered this summer in San Francisco by just such a person.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Likely U.S. Voters favor a five-year mandatory prison sentence for illegal immigrants convicted of major felonies who return to America after being deported. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% oppose such legislation, while 18% are undecided.





 For dog lovers  An alarm is being raised tonight about a potential danger to your pet -- a sweetener used in some sugarless gum and other products could kill a dog. Xylitol is safe for humans but can cause severe low blood sugar, seizures -- even liver failure in dogs.

Sugar-free gum is the biggest culprit. But Xylitol is also used in some sugar-free candies, chewable vitamins, even some baked goods and peanut butter. 


By morning we can be a position to return to normalcy a deal with the results of today's elections.

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