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  • The End is Near For Marriage As We Know It

    03/26/2013 1:25:49 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 28 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 26, 2013 | JP
    As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a landmark case that seeks to establish “marriage equality” as the law of the land, my thoughts turned to Kody Brown, David Epstein and Kenneth Pinyan. Brown, who appears with his four brides and 17 children in the TLC reality show “Sister Wives,” faces prosecution for violating Utah’s ban on polygamy. Epstein, a Columbia University political science professor, was charged last year with one count of incest for his three-year consensual sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter. And Pinyan, the subject of a documentary film, “Zoo,” which won an award at...
  • Pope: Bartholomew I, Hope to Unite Eastern Churches and Rome

    03/26/2013 1:22:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    ANSA Med ^ | 3/25/13
    Even if not immediately. Francis can reform Vatican(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, MARCH 25 - The Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I who attended last week the mass inaugurating the pontificate of Pope Francis, believes the reunification of the Orthodox and Rome Churches 1,000 years after the Great Schism of 1054 is possible, the Turkish press reports. Speaking at a meeting at the university of Kadir Has in Istanbul, Hurriyet reports, Bartholomew I said he believed 'there is a possibility for the next generations to see the churches of the East and West reunited'. 'This will probably not happen during my life',...
  • Senators Stampede for Gay Marriage

    03/26/2013 1:18:51 PM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/26/13 | Rick Klein
    By our count - and the day is still young - four Democratic U.S. senators have flipped on gay marriage in the past few days. Senators Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska - have joined Senators Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Mark Warner, D-Va., in renouncing their previous opposition to gay marriage, just since Sunday. They follow, of course, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio - still the only Republican senator to endorse gay marriage - to flip as the Supreme Court takes up the issue today and tomorrow.
  • Islam is The Only True Religion of Peace, not Terror.[Part satire, part not]

    03/26/2013 1:16:33 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 26, 2013 | Dan Miller
    This is a "guest post" by Sheik Mohamed ali-Baba, a well known Islamic scholar, "humanitarian," redistributionist and spokesman for al Qaeda. My own comments follow his rant. I, Sheik Mohamed ali-Baba, graced these otherwise perverted and insignificant pages last year with my endorsement, on behalf of Al Qaeda, of President Obama for reelection. Our endorsement was crucial in securing his reelection -- there could have been no other conceivable reason for his success. His light continues to shine upon us, and ours upon him. May that continue as long as your otherwise vile nation shall continue to exist, Insha'Allah. Otherwise,...
  • FAU student says he was suspended for not 'stepping on Jesus'

    03/26/2013 1:10:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 36 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Al Pefley
    DAVIE, Fla. -- A student at Florida Atlantic University's campus in Davie says he couldn't believe what he and his fellow students were asked to do by their instructor three weeks ago. Ryan Rotela, a junior from Coral Springs at FAU, said what happened was an insult to his intelligence. He said the instructor in his Intercultural Communications class at FAU told everyone in the class to take out a piece of paper, write the word JESUS on it in bold letters, and then put the paper on the floor and stomp on it. Ryan said while some of his...
  • College Student Says He’s Been Suspended After He Refused Prof’s Demand to Stomp on Jesus Sign

    03/26/2013 1:06:36 PM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Ryan Rotela, a junior at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), is waging a bizarre allegation against his professor, Dr. Deandre Poole. The student is claiming that he’s been suspended from his intercultural communications class for refusing to write “JESUS” on a sheet of paper, throw it on the floor and then stomp on it — a request that the instructor apparently made. If you’re already scratching your head, you’re not alone. The curious claim caught the attention of WPEC-TV, a South Florida CBS affiliate. Rotela, a devout Mormon, says he refused to participate in the purported activity and told Poole that...
  • Cyprus to shape future euro bank rescues: Eurogroup head

    03/26/2013 1:01:30 PM PDT · by EBH · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/26/13 | Luke Baker
    A rescue program agreed for Cyprus will serve as a model for dealing with future euro zone banking crises and other countries will have to restructure their banking sectors, the head of the region's finance ministers said. The approach would mark a radical departure for euro zone policy after three years of crisis in which taxpayers across the region have effectively been on the hook for resolving problem banks and indebted governments via multiple rescue programs. "What we've done last night is what I call pushing back the risks," Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads the Eurogroup of euro...
  • Spot The Dijsselbloem Gaffes (Template and “Levy On Wealth Is Defendable In Principle”)

    03/26/2013 12:52:17 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/26/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Between youth riots in Cyprus over the tax levy on deposits and the Eurogroup’s Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s verbal gaffes, it has been a busy day in Europe. First, the announcement of a deal on Cyprus sent the Euro Stoxx index upwards (resolution of uncertainty). Then Dijsselbloem said that the tax levy on Cyprus deposits was a template for other countries (massive creation of uncertainty). Then he said he wasn't sure what template meant. First, can you spot when Dijsselbloem made his template gaffe? Second, how could the CEO of the Eurogroup NOT know what a template is? Then adding gas...
  • How Nixon Won Watergate

    03/26/2013 12:47:35 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    Res ipsa loquitur ("The thing itself speaks") blog ^ | March 26, 2013 | JONATHAN TURLEY
    This month, I spoke at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal with some of its survivors at the National Press Club. While much of the discussion looked back at the historic clash with President Nixon, I was struck by a different question: Who actually won? From unilateral military actions to warrantless surveillance that were key parts of the basis for Nixon’s impending impeachment, the painful fact is that Barack Obama is the president that Nixon always wanted to be. Four decades ago, Nixon was halted in his determined effort to create an “imperial presidency” with unilateral...
  • WBUR Poll: Markey, Sullivan Hold Primary Leads, But Many Are Undecided (Markey takes on the NRA)

    03/26/2013 12:44:35 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    WBUR ^ | March 26, 2013 | Fred Thys
    BOSTON — A new WBUR poll (PDFs – topline, crosstabs) of the special Massachusetts U.S. Senate election finds it wide open on both the Democratic and the Republican sides. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, of Malden, leads his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, of South Boston, by 11 percentage points. On the Republican side, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, of Abington, has the lead over both Norfolk state Rep. Dan Winslow and Cohasset private equity manager Gabriel Gomez.
  • Archbishop Cordileone states case against gay marriage

    03/26/2013 12:43:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    USA Today | 3/26/2013
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  • HELP! Nashville or Bust!

    03/26/2013 12:32:48 PM PDT · by This Just In · 100 replies
    March 26, 2013 | This Just In
    Good day, Freepers. My family and I have decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee. We have worked in the music industry for decades, but stopped playing professionally for a few years in order to raise our children. We've also considered Austin, Texas. We are searching for information concerning housing, environment, climate, the music scene, and any other helpful advice/comments you can provide. My family and I have never visited Austin or Nashville. We are currently researching these topics via the net, but your assistance is deeply appreciated. Thank You, TJI
  • World Exclusive: Chelsea Clinton adopting African baby

    03/26/2013 12:32:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 129 replies
    The National Enquirer ^ | 3-26-13 | Barry Levine -- executive editor
    Big hearted Chelsea Clinton plans to adopt a baby from Africa, the Enquirer has learned exclusively.
  • Obama’s Religious Freedom Appointee Involved in Muslim Event Calling for Limiting Freedom of Speech

    03/26/2013 12:30:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 3/26/2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    America’s free-speech model is in desperate need of an update, says an American-Muslim human rights activist who recently spoke at an event linked to an Obama administration appointee. Dr. Qasim Rashid argued that cyber-bullying laws could be used to limit freedom of expression – such as the burning of Korans -- in war time: “When a nation is at war, many things that might be said in times of peace are a hindrance to this effort,” Rashid said on March 19 at Howard University. “And their utterance will not be endured so long as men fight and…no court can regard...
  • More than a Vacation a Month for Obamas in 2013

    03/26/2013 12:30:14 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies ^ | March 26 2013 | Dan Halper
    In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.
  • CBO: America Will Never See Full Employment Under Obama

    03/26/2013 12:21:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 26, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Congressional Budget Office is now projecting that the U.S. economy will never achieve full employment during the eight years Barack Obama serves as president. That would make Obama the only American president during the post-World War II era who never presided over a year in which the U.S. economy offered full employment to the American people. The CBO defines “full employment” to be when the national unemployment rate is at or below what it calls the “natural unemployment rate.” …
  • Senate Democrats Vote to Keep White House Closed to Tourists

    03/26/2013 12:19:05 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Mar 2013 | John Semmens
    A GOP attempt to make a modest change to the budget in order to overturn the Administration’s decision to use the sequester as an excuse to shut down tourist access to the White House was shot down in the Democrat -controlled Senate by a 54-45 vote. “Every sector of our society must bear its share of the pain caused by the sequester’s budget cuts,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev). “Wrecking vacations and disrupting school field trips helps convey the importance of maintaining the full measure of spending the President wants.” As it turns out, though, not every sector...
  • Cypriot youth protest as banks stay shut

    03/26/2013 12:14:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/26/13 | Michele Kambas and Costas Pitas
    Cypriots vented anger in the streets on Tuesday and were desperate to learn what would happen to their savings, with the government yet to reveal details of controls it will impose to prevent a run when banks reopen after a painful bailout. A special administrator was appointed to run the country's biggest bank, which will take over accounts from the second biggest bank as part of the restructuring package designed to bail out and rein in the oversized financial sector. Cyprus's banks were ordered to remain closed until Thursday, and even then will operate under as-yet-undisclosed capital controls imposed to...
  • Jim Carrey mocks gun enthusiasts in 'Funny or Die' 'Hee-Haw' spoof

    03/26/2013 12:11:19 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 40 replies
    Entertainment on Today ^ | 03/25/13 | Drusilla Moorhouse
    Reckon Jim Carrey lost a few of his 10 million Twitter followers Monday? In a biting "Hee-Haw" themed Funny or Die spoof, the outspoken comedian takes aim at America's "heartless" gun enthusiasts -- including Charlton Heston, the late actor and former NRA president. Carrey performed double duty in the video, as both Heston and the twangy lead singer of the band performing the catchy "Cold Dead Hand." (The title is an allusion to Heston's rifle-toting 2000 NRA address, in which he referenced the famous slogan "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.")
  • Driving Is Deadlier Than Terrorism, Why Isn't It Scarier?

    03/26/2013 12:10:12 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 19 replies
    Newton Blog ^ | 3-26-2013 | Ross Pomeroy
    Whether you're driving in a car, walking down the street, or merely sitting in a chair, there are about a hundred ways that life could end: instantly, slowly, ironically, stupidly, early, or even painfully. Yet despite the precariousness native to existence, most of us manage to soldier on. Every so often, however, we get hung up on something, and our stoic composure gets tossed out the window. Topics like nuclear power, genetically-modified foods, and more recently, horse meat in food, bring out humanity's true nature, "guided by emotion rather than by reason, easily swayed by trivial details, and inadequately sensitive...