Monday, July 30, 2012

Solidarnosc (Solidarity) Stands with Obama as Romney Vacations in Poland

Poland's storied Solidarnosc (Solidarity) trade union, which led the fight leading to the downfall of Communism Poland has rejected Mitt Romney's anti-labor policies during the GOP candidate's visit to Poland.

Upon Romney's visit to the Gdansk shipyards, the site of historic Polish worker strikes during the Soviet era, Solidarnosc issued a press release saying it is "in no way involved" in the Romney visit.

The union expressed dismay at Romney's anti-worker stances, saying it stood with American workers and the American labor movement in support of Obama.

"Regretfully, we have learned from our friends in the American trade union central AFL-CIO representing over 12 million workers about Mitt Romney's support for the attacks against trade unions and labor rights," Andrzej Adamczyk, the head of the union's international department, wrote. "In this respect, I wish to express... our solidarity with American workers and trade unions. [Solidarity] will always support the AFL-CIO in their struggle for the right of workers to organize and bargain collectively."

Contrary to Romney's views on unions, Catholic social teaching says that the right of workers to form unions is a non-negotiable human right.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Romney Starts Anglo-Saxon Heritage Tour By Hob-Nobbing With Socialists

Imagine if we wrote posts the way the conservative bloggers do.

Well, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has landed in London, and his first public event is a get together with two leading (gasp!) SOCIALISTS. Romney started his Anglo-Saxon heritage tour by conferring with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and current Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. Blair is a former Vice President of the Socialist International and Miliband is a self-declared and unabashed socialist.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The President Tells It Like It Is

"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government ...research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

"The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.... We say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That's how we funded the GI Bill. That's how we created the middle class. That's how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That's how we invented the Internet. That's how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that's the reason I'm running for President -- because I still believe in that idea. You're not on your own, we're in this together."

- Barack Obama

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pittsburgh Priest Joins In for Obama Campaign Rally

While Mitt Romney was speed boating and vacationing at one of his many homes, President Obama was taking the campaign to Pittsburgh last Friday.  A huge crowd of supporters lined up in the summer heat to rally with the President, including Father Neil McCaulley,  a priest at Epiphany Roman Catholic Parish in the Uptown section of Pittsburgh.  The black clerical attire might not have been the best in the hot sun.

Father declared  “I want people to know there are Catholics for Obama.”  He praised the president on immigration and Iraq. “Every time he does something you say, ‘that was the right thing to do.’”

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Biden Visits With the Sisters

Vice President Joe Biden stopped to visit with the Sisters of Mount St. Francis during a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa last week.  Press travelling with the Vice President were wondering where Biden was taking the ice cream and cookies he bought.  Told it was to a gathering with some old friends, it turns out those friends were the Sisters of St. Francis at Mount St. Francis.

Vice President Biden is old friends with many of the nuns at the Motherhouse and in previous social visits had brought them treats.  About 150 of the sisters enjoyed ice cream with the Vice President.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Romney Profiting from Abortion

This is a little gruesome. We have noted in the past that conservatives seem to have a high degree of tolerance to abortion in the private sector. Romney invested $75 million in Stericycle, making him a major owner of the medical-waste disposal firm that has been attacked by anti-abortion groups for disposing aborted fetuses collected from abortion clinics. Pro-Life groups compared Stericycle to German firms that provided assistance to the Nazis during the Holocaust.

The company had other woes as well. According to press accounts it accumulated a troubling safety record along the way. In 1991, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited its Arkansas operation for 11 workplace safety violations. The facility had not provided employees with sufficient protective gear, and it had kept body parts, fetuses, and dead experimental animals in unmarked storage containers, placing workers at risk. In 1995, Stericycle was fined $3.3 million—later decreased to $800,000—by Rhode Island for knowingly exposing workers to life-threatening diseases at its medical-waste treatment facility in Woonsocket.

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