APTOPIX Biden Inauguration

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband, Doug Emhoff, holds the Bible during the 59th presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

When Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath Wednesday to become America’s second in command, women and little girls all over the country — and the world, for that matter — witnessed history that has been a long time coming.

Some were decked out in their “Chucks and Pearls,” which paid homage to Harris’ choice of wearing Chuck Taylor tennis shoes on the campaign trail, and the pearls are a tribute to her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. Others just soaked it all in while watching the historical event at our nation’s Capitol on television.

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com 

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Bailey Jones

[thumbup]

Michelle Aycoth

Need an organized woman to keep Joe organized and remind him what he is suppose to do and where he is at.

Andy Aycoth

Dan Freeman

True for most men. Ask their wives.[beam]

Thomas Carpenter

The sons and daughters of America fought and died to enable this historic moment. It buoys the spirit to be part of such a momentous achievement. Vice President Kamala Harris shattered the old patterns and created a new paradigm, one that all children can dream of achieving. Madame Vice President does have a nice ring to it. Madame President sounds even better!

Bailey Jones

[thumbup] Yes - it's so rare that we use formalities like "madame" and "gentleman" anymore. And it's a great day for South Asians and Caribbean descendants of slaves - two groups that have done much for our country. To have them brought together in the person of Madame Vice President speaks volumes to what really makes America great - our diverse immigrant roots.

Carlos Ponce

So Bailey Jones thinks we should judge people not by the content of their character but by the color of their skin. Strange for Bailey to think this way just a few days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Bailey Jones

OK, Carlos - let's talk about character. You don't pay your debts and can't admit that you're wrong. A fine example for all of your former students and colleagues.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, have you placed yourself above God? The Lord your God has said this isn't over. When that day comes, have your checkbook ready!

Charles Douglas

Be careful what.you wish for because you just might get It! I look for Kamala to take over for Joe China, after One year, or before one year. He as much as admitted it one day on national TV! That is why they kept Joe locked up most of the time and would not allow questions of significance to be asked of him! He won't make it, of that you can be sure! Even OBAMA thinks that. He was overheard saying to a Democratic confidant, " Don't ever underestimate JOE'S ability to ..[censored] ..something up!" It is one of the reasons Obama did not endorse Biden until after Kamala Harris dropped out, and until it looked like Crazy Bernie was going to get the nomination! I know some more but I'm gonna keep that silver bullet in my gun-belt for later! [smile]

Jim Forsythe

Bailey, the election is over and Joe Biden is now our President. If a person does nor honor their debts, they lower their standing because they can no longer be trusted too keep their word. As the agreement was between you and Carlos, and not you and God ,a person that keeps their word, would not hide behind God.

Mark 7:20 :And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.

1 Corinthians 4:2 :Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.

Bailey Jones

Yes, Jim, and it's sad because it really debases discourse. As I've mentioned before, I think the reason you don't see more intellectually honest and critically thinking conservatives in this forum is the circus clown aspect of some of those that we do have here - pearls before swine, if we're quoting the Bible. Imagine if all you knew of conservatism were the letters to the editor and comments you read in the GCDN. It's not a good look. But I remain ever hopeful that some will step up now that the defeated president has had his megaphone taken away, and allowed some oxygen into the room.

Carlos Ponce

I would prefer to believe God, rather than Satan or one of his messengers. Wait and see what happens.

Carlos Ponce

“My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.” - Economics Professor Donald Harris commenting on daughter Kamala's comments on her Jamaican heritage

Raymond Lewis

Mr. Jones, I suppose 'God" instructed Mr. Ponce not to pay his fairly public debt. We used to say, "His mouth made a bill his butt couldn't pay." Or something to that effect.

Good piece Angela.

Bailey Jones

Youtube "oracles", no doubt. I much prefer an honest liar than one who hides behind self-serving religiosity. At least own your own deceit.

Paula Flinn

Kamala Harris was asked if she smoked pot when she was young. She said, “Are you kidding? Half my family is Jamaican...”.

Her father’s over-the-top reaction told more about him than it did about her—that he was a “stuffed shirt” with no sense of humor.

She was told to look after her little sister when she was young. Her mother and father were divorced when she was very young.

Carlos Ponce

Her father knew all that, Paula. Her statement was still a disappointment to him.

Paula Flinn

I’m not posting to her father, Carlos. I suppose he didn’t raise her, and she did not have a close relationship with him, so who gives a darn what he thinks? Instead of being so proud of her, he’s worried about what the dead grandmas would think!

You just have to say something negative and run her down, don’t you.

Bill Broussard

Pay your debt Carlos and I would appreciate it if you were silent until you do. Don’t give me any of that first amendment stuff. I’m not speaking to an American as much as I am a jabber mouthed welch

Carlos Ponce

I did not say a word, Paula. Her father did.

Carlos Ponce

Bill Broussard, as for me and mine we will obey the Lord.

Bill Broussard

Pay your debt Carlos and regain your voice

Carlos Ponce

Bill Broussard, you are not GOD.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Yes, Madame Vice President sounds lovely and elegant. Finally, women are in the room and at the table holding the pen.

George Laiacona

There goes Carlos again with his white supremest Republican attitude again. Trumpers like him will always have a negative comment.

Carlos Ponce

George L., are you posting the ideas of Professor Donald Harris don't matter? Don't shoot me, I'm only the messenger.

Bill Broussard

Irrelevant and George was not remotely referencing your professor. Pay your debt. There was no Devine intervention and what you bet wouldn’t happen did.

Carlos Ponce

Bill, I will obey God, not man.

Bill Broussard

Carlos. God versus man is not the issue and to try to make it that is pure smokescreen.

The issue is you and the value of your word and nothing else....nothing else

You made a bet and out of hubris ranted about it. Currently, your word is about as good as Your latest conspiracy theory. If i were looking for God, you would definitely be the wrong place to look

The book you love says “and the word was made flesh” but you need the edited edition that reads “ and the word was made hollow, empty and worthless”

When I graduated from catholic high school I considered for some time taking vows and becoming a priest....Maryknoll to be precise

If you were on the other side of the curtain, I would tell you to pay your debt, resolve never to be arrogant again and make a good act of contrition

Carlos Ponce

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Jim Forsythe

Good post Bill, and you would have made a wonderful priest.

As you said, The issue is you and the value of your word and nothing else....nothing else.

Carlos Ponce

"When I graduated from catholic high school I considered for some time taking vows and becoming a priest....Maryknoll to be precise."

Looks like the Lord did not give you that calling. God knows why not. [innocent]

Carlos Ponce

Bill Broussard, I suggest you listen to Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. You might reconsider accepting a man who has no problem with killing babies and with a stroke of a pen has committed our tax dollars to that goal overseas.

And as the flames climbed high into the night

To light the sacrificial rite

I saw Satan laughing with delight

The day the children died

God hates hands that shed innocent blood. You should have learned that in Catholic high school. Proverbs 6:17

I listen and obey God.

Bill Broussard

Pay your debt Carlos and regain your voice

Carlos Ponce

Bill Broussard, you are not GOD.

George Laiacona

Great article Angela. Even if the Republican Trumpers don’t agree with it.

Paula Flinn

Very good article, Angela!

I miss you so much!

Bill Broussard

Carlos. You can dance whichever way you want—-from abortion to the latest version of your arrogant piety—and at the end of the day, you still will not have paid your debt after everyone on this blog knows you owe one

Since your word is worth exactly what you’ve paid, please keep your worthless words to a minimum

Carlos Ponce

Bill Broussard, the Lord says this is not over.

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Carlos Ponce

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Wayne D Holt

A great man once said: " Can't we all just get a loan?"

Ted Gillis

Ha! That’s funny.

Dan Freeman

It is important to inform ourselves about Father Frank Pavone. He is the National Director Priests for Life (PLF). Bishop Patrick Zurek of the Amarillio, Texas diocese, noted that Priests for Life, which is based in Staten Island, N.Y., is not a Catholic, but a civil institution and therefore not under the diocese's supervision. PLF has been investigated for a lack of financial transparency and spends less than 65% of its revenue on programs. Bishop Zurek of the Diocese of Amarillo suspended him for ministry outside of Amarillo. He cannot minister outside the Diocese without specific permission.

Subsequently, Father Pavone made a video with “…what he claimed was the body of an unclothed aborted fetus and placed it on an altar.” Bishop Zurek said the video, was "...against the dignity of human life and is a desecration of the altar," and "is not consistent with the beliefs of the Catholic Church. We believe that no one who is pro-life can exploit a human body for any reason, especially the body of a fetus."

Based on this it is evident that neither Bill Broussard nor anyone else should listen to such a vile man.

Bill Broussard

Apparently, Carlos does Dan, along with whatever other crud he listens to before he jumps on the blog and bloviates, avoids honoring his word by quoting charlatans.

While we're at it, have you noticed how often he brings up the abortion of "black babies"? Each time he says those two words together it's reminiscent of saving my lunch money in the first grade to give to the Nun so I would "own" a "pagan baby" in some heathen part of the world and make sure they had enough food while they were being convertee. Even at that age, "Pagan Baby" just sounded so wrong and so does Carlos' "Black Baby"

BTW: I like Richard Rohr myself.

Carlos Ponce

Richard Rohr? That figures.

"Rohr makes it very clear that he does not want to be limited to having to call God 'Father.' "

Jesus called God, "Abba" which means daddy or father. So Richard Rohr has a problem with what Jesus said.....

"Fr. Richard Rohr adheres to some very questionable, if not dangerous, beliefs."

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=6819

And Bill Broussard, a disproportionate number of abortions are on those with African-American ancestry. That fulfills Margaret Sanger's dream of eliminating what she termed "undesirables".

Bill Broussard

Carlos. Thanks for the reference on the narrative by Fr Sibley. I read every word and found it thoughtful

In the two volume set on the monastery’s of

My Athos, it’s pretty well documented that the monks are very aware of the stages a young novitiate passes through as the rise to the occasion of a life devoted to Christ or, more precisely, a life in the presence of Christ

So clinging to dogma is about as predictable as over adorning in spiritual regalia after the first experience of the lord. All of that to say I don’t find much of Fr Sibley’s hair splitting any more interesting than Fr Rohr’s sweat lodge revelations. Frankly, we would all be much better off if we thought and spoke less including those two

Fr Rohr is Franciscan. Since the days Francis walked to Rome, two matters are predictable from the order: they will always keep the covenants of the Catholic Church and with their expanded view of brotherhood, poverty and Devine love ( Francis was an ecstatic after all) they will always be considered odd or eccentric—especially by a secular priest making his home in Louisiana. None of this is new or novel to the Franciscan order-/been there since Francis

Finally, ask your Father Sibley if you should pay your debt. He ministers right down the road in Louisiana My bet is he would say you should—-ooops, I didn’t mean that literally since you don’t pay your bets

Carlos Ponce

Father Sibley would say OBEY GOD. Gee, you people are so impatient. The Lord has said this is not over. Are you trying to RUSH God?

Carlos Ponce

PLF????? You can't even get the initials, right. Try PFL. Get it? Priest For Life!

"Priests for Life (PFL) is an anti-abortion organization based in Titusville, Florida.It functions as a network to promote and coordinate pro-life activism, especially among Roman Catholic priests and laymen, with the primary strategic goal of ending abortion and euthanasia and to spread the message of the Evangelium vitae encyclical, written by Pope John Paul II.

On April 30, 1991, Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco officially approved Priests for Life as a Private Association of the Faithful, a term drawn from the 1983 Code of Canon Law. The organization was later listed in the Official Catholic Directory. Priests for Life have formed an international association of Catholics called "Gospel of Life", and has requested the Holy See to grant appropriate status and structure in the Church. Bishop Patrick Zurek of the Diocese of Amarillo has said that Priests for Life is a civil institution, not a Catholic organization."

No problem securing permission to minister outside the Diocese. Father Pavone is a good priest. Of course, Liberal BABY KILLERS want to demonize him. That is to be expected.

"Father Pavone has remained a priest in good standing in the Amarillo Diocese."

"In a Sept. 12, 2011, letter to the U.S. bishops, Father Pavone said Priests for Life had provided the Amarillo Diocese "with full and complete annual audits of the finances of the association every year since I have been incardinated in Amarillo." He said independent audits were conducted on Priests for Life between 2005 and 2010."

So what Dan Freeman posts is OLD news, something that has been dealt with.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2012/05_06/2012_06_29_USCatholic_VaticanSays.htm

George Laiacona

Carlos I a couple of the many versions of the Bibles I have read, Christ is to have said and I quote “ Render unto Cesar that which is Cesar’s and render that which is God’s onto God”. I understand that to mean that Government elections belong to Cesar and problems like abortion and suicide belong to God. Did I misquote Christ?

Carlos Ponce

(Ἀπόδοτε οὖν τὰ Καίσαρος Καίσαρι καὶ τὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ τῷ Θεῷ).

So tell us your opinion: does Torah permit paying taxes to the Roman Emperor or not?"

Yeshua, however, knowing their malicious intent, said, "You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me?

Show me the coin used to pay the tax!" They brought him a denarius;

and he asked them, "Whose name and picture are these?"

"The Emperor's," they replied. Yeshua said to them, "Nu, give the Emperor what belongs to the Emperor. And give to God what belongs to God!"

Elections as we know them are not conducted in Jesus' time which had kingdoms and empires.

So I ask you, why are you trying to trap me?

Bill Broussard

Perhaps George just wants you to give unto Bailey the things that you owe Bailey and stop putting the lord between you and the debt. After all, keeping whatever you think god is telling you separate from what you owe Bailey is scriptural!

Bill Broussard

Btw: does your parish priest know that you go around in public telling people you talk to God? Just curious.

Carlos Ponce

Everyone in my church tals with God. We call it PRAYER. Try it sometime.

Carlos Ponce

Speak to the sky when ever things go wrong

and you know you're not talkin' to the air, to the air

and the world will look better from up there

Speak to the sky 'cause things can get ya down

and you know when you're talkin' to the Lord, to the Lord

the world will look better than before

And if I stumble and it seems that I am blind

or if the road I'm on seems awful hard to find

and though my conversation doesn't always rhyme

I always try to find some time to ...

Speak to the sky and tell you how I feel

and to know sometimes what I say ain't right

It's all right

cause I speak to the sky every night

And if I stumble and it seems that I am blind

or if the road I'm on seems awful hard to find

and though my conversation doesn't always rhyme

I always try to find some time to ...

Speak to the sky and tell you how I feel

and to know sometimes what I say ain't right

It's all right

cause I speak to the sky every night

Sung by Rick Springfield

Bill Broussard

Pay your debt Carlos and regain your voice

Bill Broussard

😊 I thought you would say that. So, pray that you end up in the right side of your debt with both God and the folks in this blog

Which leads me to an idea. Why not just give Bailey the money you owe him now and he’ll give it back to you when the miracle happens. That way, we’ll know you did the right thing in your secular life while we all wait for your spiritual life to manifest ? Ya see, as far as I can remember, the bet was on who would win the election and even the crazy’s in congress know this election is over

Anyway, I’ve had my fun with you for today. You’ve said nothing inspiring enough to keep me interested past 7:15 pm. Keep working on both your style and your honesty my man. I don’t think you’re anywhere near enough inspiring to follow up the steps of the capital...flags ablaze.

Carlos Ponce

Be patient.

Bill Broussard

Pay your debt Carlos and regain your voice

Carlos Ponce

Bill Brossard, you are not GOD.

Bailey Jones

Bill, the $1000 that Carlos lost when his icon, #worldsbiggestloser, lost the election doesn't go to me - that would be crass. It was a wager for charity. Carlos owes the good people at Galveston Island Humane Society.

But don't waste your breath. Keeping your word and paying your debts is something you do based on religious convictions or personal morality, or because your dad always told you that a man's word is paramount. All of that goes out the window when you join a cult. Words have no meaning, there is no righteousness, no morality, no familial respect, only the slavish obeisance to the personality at the center of the cult. The fact that none of the other Trumpsters here ever comment on Carlos' moral failure is all the proof of this that you need.

Carlos will never pay up. I knew that when I made the wager. That's why I made it - a simple demonstration of the lack of character and moral principle at the heart of Trumpism - or where the heart would be if there was one. And as a moral test for the rest of the Trumpsters here.

As I expected, all have failed the test. But their loyalty to the personality-in-chief is stronger than ever, indeed, it's all they have left.

Carlos Ponce

Wait for it Bailey! Have your checkbook ready!

Bill Broussard

Bailey. With some people you have to say the same thing over and over so you can say you gave them every chance to recover themselves.

Redemption is possible but in the case at hand, not likely 😊

Thomas Carpenter

"Be patient" ... a miserable fascist hiding behind the holy cloak of religion to avoid paying his debt. Nothing Ponce predicted came to pass. Perhaps a new prophet is in order, maybe Muhammad?

Carlos Ponce

No, Thomas Carpenter.

You remind me of the student who demanded attention while I was working with another student.

Me: Please be patient.

Mikki: I can't be patient!

Me: Patience is a virtue.

Mikki then ran out of the classroom. It wasn't a restroom pass request she was making so I was puzzled. A few minutes later the school counselor was at the door and asked what had occurred. I relayed what happened. Mrs. Howard then smiled and told me: "You said 'patience is a virtue' but what she heard was 'Be patient or I'll hurt you."

Be patient, Thomas Carpenter but "patience" is not as you describe.[beam]

Bill Broussard

Everyone would be much better off if Ms Howard threw you out right then and believed the student cause it does sound like something you might say....especially if you owed the kid money

Carlos Ponce

Bill Broussard, I made Teacher of the year that year!

Bill Broussard

Your a real Tom Brady. After a short retirement you cam out and made welcher of the year in 2031

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