Published April 1, 2015 by therasberrypalace

Originally posted on Joan's Rome:


Tomorrow, April 2, Holy Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of the death of St. John Paul II. Having worked for the Vatican for so many years during his pontificate, and having met John Paul on at least 15 occasions, including Mass in his private chapel on three occasions, he was a larger-than-life presence in my personal, professional and spiritual life.

Thus, there is one week in April – April 2005 – that I will never forget, and perhaps even a few days before that during Holy Week when it did seem apparent that we would not have John Paul the Great with us for much longer.

Two days, two anniversaries, come starkly to the forefront of my memories each year. I will never, ever forget April 1, the vigil of John Paul’s death, and then the following day and night…

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Netanyahu catches Obama in Iran-nuclear flip-flop

Published March 31, 2015 by therasberrypalace

Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:


PM points out elements “apparently” in nuclear deal that Obama said last year are things that Iran does not need in order to have a peaceful program.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election flip flop on a two state solution, which he later walked-back, will pale in comparison to a US presidential zig-zag if Netanyahu reported accurately to the Knesset on Tuesday on what will be in the nuclear accord being negotiated in Lausanne.

“The biggest threat to our security and our future was and remains Iran’s attempts to arm with nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said
at the ceremonial opening of the 20th Knesset just hours before the self-imposed deadline for reaching a framework deal between the world powers and Iran.

“The agreement being put together in Lausanne paves the way for that result. Apparently it will leave in Iran’s hands underground facilities, the [hard-water] reactor at Arak, advanced centrifuges. All…

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New questions about Huma Abedin’s “special” status

Published March 31, 2015 by therasberrypalace

Originally posted on tomfernandez28's Blog:

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Senate Republicans are renewing efforts to learn why Huma Abedin, a top assistant to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was allowed to keep working at the agency under a special, part-time status while also being employed at a politically-connected consulting firm.

The new requests are being made by Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, following revelations that both women used a private Internet server and email accounts for State Department correspondence.

Grassley says the earlier requests to the department have been largely ignored, so the new ones have gone to the department’s inspector general and to Secretary of State John Kerry, seeking their involvement.

Grassley’s probe started in 2013, when he requested all communications between Abedin, after she switched from a full-time deputy chief of staff for Clinton to a part-timer, then started working for Teneo, a consulting firm that says it “brings together the…

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*(AND WHERE WAS MR. COOK LAST WEEK WHEN MUSLIMS WERE BURNING GAYS AND KILLING THEM ON THE STREET?)* Apple CEO Hates Christians in Indiana But Does Business With Countries That Execute Gays, Stone Women

Published March 31, 2015 by therasberrypalace

Originally posted on tomfernandez28's Blog:

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is making a particular point to attack Christians in Indiana calling them “dangerous,” but he has no problem at all selling his products in Muslim-led countries that kill gays for being gay and stones women when they are raped. Nor does he have a problem making his product in China, the world’s leading violator of human rights.

If you tool over Cook’s Twitter feed, you’ll see several Tweets of him whining about Indiana’s Religious Restoration of Freedom Act–a law just like those in 30 other states, states that lo leftist is seeking to boycott.

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But as it happens, four of the countries that Tim Cook’s Apple corporation works with are Uganda, Nigeria, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. All of these nations stone, hang and otherwise punish gays. So, how is it that Cook is against Indiana because it is mean to gays…

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