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  • Vanity: Looking to buy a new Macbook - 11-inch Air or 13-inch Pro?

    06/12/2013 9:07:00 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 67 replies
    Basically what the title thread says. I've been looking at these two models to replace my Dell and I'm unsure as to which to get. Any Mac users here that can help out?
  • Scholars reveal how they scrambled to authenticate Gospel of Judas

    04/08/2013 8:06:25 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 44 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/08/2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    A long-lost gospel that casts Judas as a co-conspirator of Jesus, rather than a betrayer, was ruled most likely authentic in 2006. Now, scientists reveal they couldn't have made the call without a series of far more mundane documents, including Ancient Egyptian marriage licenses and property contracts. The Gospel of Judas is a fragmented Coptic text, traced back to Egypt, which portrays Judas in a far more sympathetic light than did the gospels that made it into the Bible. In this version of the story, Judas turns Jesus over to the authorities for execution upon Jesus' request, as part of...
  • Who here thinks that anti-discrimination laws may be unconstitutional?

    03/27/2013 9:25:03 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 15 replies
    3/28/2013 | Myself
    I've been doing some thinking in light of recent events where homosexuals have brought suits against Christian-owned businesses because they wouldn't cater to their "weddings". It seems to me that the laws in place violate, at least, the First Amendment protections for freedom of religion. Anyone else get this feeling?
  • State-funded Irish charity promoted sexual “threesomes” for teens as “a bit of fun”

    03/25/2013 9:23:38 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 03/25/2013 | Kirsten Anderson
    DUBLIN, March 25, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – An Irish sex-education group’s state funding is being called into question after lawmakers became aware of an article on the website SpunOut.ie offering advice about sexual threesomes to their teenage audience. The Sunday Independent called attention to the article over the weekend, reprinting quotes from the piece that suggested threesomes were a way for teens to “inject serious passion into their bedroom shenanigans.” According to the Independent, the group warned readers not to pick anyone for whom they have real feelings. “If you are in a relationship, but secretly have a thing for someone...
  • Gosnell’s defense plays the race card

    03/22/2013 9:26:39 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 5 replies
    Live Action ^ | 03/19/2013 | Cassy Fiano
    I guess we should give Kermit Gosnell’s lawyer, Jack McMahon, a bit of leeway. It can’t be easy having to defend the man responsible for such atrocities. The defense strategy that McMahon has chosen to play, however, is not only laughable, but also insulting. Gosnell and his defense team have chosen to play the race card.
  • Argentine LGBT group: Pope Francis will oppose 'diverse family structures'

    03/18/2013 8:42:24 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 17 replies
    LSN ^ | 03/18/2013 | Ben Johnson
    BUENOS AIRES, March 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The head of a radical homosexual lobby in Argentina has said the election of Pope Francis is not a boon for advocates of same-sex “marriage.” The Argentine LGBT Federation (FALGBT) said the election of the former Cardinal of Buenos Ares, Jorge Bergoglio, as pope, “marks a clear desire of the Vatican to radicalize its position against the recognition of diverse family structures.”
  • Review: Spec Ops: The Line

    03/17/2013 9:05:30 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 1 replies
    Plugged In ^ | 06/2012 | Plugged In Online
    At first glance, Spec Ops: The Line looks like nothing more than a straight-ahead military shooter. Its story tells of some future date when the desert-bound high-tech city of Dubai is being blasted by incredibly deadly sandstorms. These biblically proportioned tempests are leaving luxury hotels and skyscrapers buried beneath shifting dunes and swirling debris. Dubai's wealthy elite initially downplay the situation before evacuating in secret, leaving countless "lesser" citizens behind. And so, the United States steps up to help evacuate the populace with an infantry battalion led by American hero Col. John Konrad. By the time gamers are inserted into...
  • Will 'transgender rights' drive Catholics out of public schools?

    03/17/2013 8:43:07 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 40 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 03/16/2013 | Mary Hasson
    The Massachusetts Board of Education recently issued formal “guidance” to the state’s public schools, telling them how to implement new laws protecting against gender identity discrimination. The Board of Education insists that schools must not only provide equal access to educational activities programs but also proactively “create a culture” that would make gender-nonconforming and transgender kids “feel safe, supported, and fully included.” The result? Transgender children must be allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex, if they so choose. Teachers will “work with” other students who object to the invasion of privacy, helping them over...
  • Why Pope Francis May Be a Catholic Nightmare [barf alert]

    03/14/2013 8:20:02 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 18 replies
    Slate ^ | 03/13/2013 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    There are two ways to look at the election of Pope Francis. He takes the name of the famous saint, whose life was defined by a vision in which he was commanded by a crucifix to “rebuild my Church, which is in ruins.” That name, combined with rumors that Cardinal Bergoglio impressed his fellow Cardinals at preconclave meetings with his willingness to clean up the Curia, may be a signal that reform is on the way. His choice of name may also signal an affiliation with the Jesuit saint Francis Xavier, an exemplary evangelist and missionary. Cardinal Bergoglio is known...
  • California Animal Control Officer Slain At Foreclosed Home

    11/30/2012 6:41:06 AM PST · by caldera599 · 40 replies
    Officer.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | The Associated Press
    GALT, Calif. (AP) -- An unarmed animal control officer was shot and killed in Sacramento County on Wednesday while trying to retrieve pets from a home whose owner was evicted the previous day. The officer had gone to the home to rescue dogs and cats authorities thought had been left behind, a day after Joseph Francis Corey was served an eviction notice and a sheriff's deputy changed the locks. The officer - Roy Curtis Marcum, 45, of Elk Grove - and a bank employee knocked on the door when Corey fired a shotgun through the door, striking the officer in...
  • VIDEO: Dan Savage: America’s ‘bully-in-chief’

    11/24/2012 3:18:00 PM PST · by caldera599 · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/23/2012 | Life Site News
    Nov. 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A leading pro-family group has released a telling exposé charging that Dan Savage, the founder of the massively popular ‘It Gets Better’ homosexual anti-bullying campaign, is himself the country’s “bully-in-chief.” Savage writes the syndicated sex column Savage Love, where, in his own words, he “traffics the skeeziest sex practices known to man.” He is famous for his campaign defaming Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum by using a technique known as “Google-bombing” to associate his name on the search engine with a grotesque aspect of sodomy. In the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign, Savage encouraged people...
  • Gay Scouts come out, rally around teen's Eagle Scout bid

    10/09/2012 6:11:06 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/09/2012 | Miranda Leitsinger
    Matthew Kimball walked away from the Boy Scouts in 2005. Since he was gay, Kimball knew that his sexual orientation would be at odds with the Boy Scouts of America’s policy banning gay Scouts and leaders. Kimball was both: an Eagle Scout and an assistant Scoutmaster. Kimball had not revealed his sexual orientation during his Scouting years. But he decided, like a number of other gay Scouts, that he could no longer stay publicly quiet about the organization’s membership policy after learning that Ryan Andresen, a teen from his own Troop 212 in Moraga, Calif., had been denied the Eagle...
  • Police: Connecticut man kills suspected burglar, then learns it's his teenage son

    09/28/2012 7:20:23 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/28/2012 | NBCConnecticut
    NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A popular fifth-grade teacher fatally shot a masked, knife-wielding prowler outside his house during what appeared to be a late-night burglary attempt, only to discover he had killed his 15-year-old son, police say. Police said 15-year-old Tyler Giuliano was shot at about 1 a.m. Thursday in New Fairfield, a town just north of Danbury. The teacher's sister was alone in her house next door to his when she believed someone was breaking in. She called her brother, and he grabbed a gun and went outside to investigate, police said. The father confronted someone wearing a black...
  • Emergency Prayer Requested

    09/27/2012 7:47:39 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 76 replies
    I have been out of work for nearly six months and have had nearly all my job applications rejected. I have student loans due, seemingly no prospects and I don't know what to do. Please pray hard for me that I may find employment soon.
  • Bishop Paprocki warns of 'intrinsic evils' in Democratic platform

    09/27/2012 8:43:29 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 09/27/2012 | CNA
    Springfield, Ill., Sep 27, 2012 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drawing particular attention to the Democratic Party platform’s support for “intrinsic evils” like abortion and “same-sex marriage,” Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill. has said Catholics need to “think and pray very carefully” about their votes in the upcoming election. “My job is not to tell you for whom you should vote. But I do have a duty to speak out on moral issues,” Bishop Paprocki said in his Sept. 23 column for the Catholic Times diocesan paper. “I would be abdicating this duty if I remained silent out...
  • 11-yr-old pro-life girl brought to tears by pro-abortion activists outside DNC Convention

    09/05/2012 11:01:56 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 09/04/2012 | Bryan Kemper
    September 4, 2012 (StandTrue.com) - I want you to meet my friend and fellow abortion abolitionist, 11-year-old Zoe Griffin. In a world when grown adults ignore, deny or just don’t care about the abortion holocaust that has claimed over 55 million of Zoe’s generation, she is willing to take a stand no matter what people think. Zoe joined her mother and friends to lay thousands of roses outside the site of the Democratic convention and pray for the babies, the politicians and this generation. While Zoe was praying, pro-abortion activists who claim to stand up for women began to belittle...
  • Christian organizations’ ‘Yardstick’ evaluates anti-bullying policies for pro-LGBT bias

    09/03/2012 11:50:39 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 08/31/2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, August 31, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Two leading U.S. Christian advocacy groups have joined forces to create a guideline to assure school anti-bullying policies protect all students from bullying and are not being used simply to advance the homosexual agenda. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), in a joint effort with Focus on the Family, has announced the “Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick,” which allows public schools and the general public to evaluate thelegal aspects of a school’s anti-bullying rules. “All students deserve to be protected from bullying, not just ones favored by certain political activist groups,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel...
  • In final interview, liberal Cardinal says Church '200 years out of date'

    09/02/2012 1:22:52 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 91 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 09/02/2012 | Reuters
    ROME (Reuters) - The former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Catholic Church was "200 years out of date" in his final interview before his death, published on Saturday. Martini, once favored by Vatican progressives to succeed Pope John Paul II and a prominent voice in the church until his death at the age of 85 on Friday, gave a scathing portrayal of a pompous and bureaucratic church failing to move with the times. "Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up, our rituals and our...
  • Calif. Clown Caught With IPad Stolen From Steve Jobs' Home

    08/20/2012 12:05:45 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 5 replies
    Officer.com ^ | 8/20/2012 | Garance Burke
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Families waiting for San Francisco's cable cars on a recent morning couldn't help but notice Kenny the Clown, who wore a curly rainbow wig as he twisted brightly colored balloons into animal shapes for visitors, blasting Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" from an iPad at his feet. Little did the clown know that the tablet doubling as his stereo would turn out to have been stolen from the home of the late Steve Jobs. "The thing that is embarrassing to me is I'm a huge fan of Steve Jobs," said Kenneth Kahn, 47, a professional entertainer who...
  • Oklahoma police captain sues department over mosque assignment

    08/19/2012 1:09:52 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/16/2012 | Mike Jaccarino
    A Tulsa police officer and devout Christian is suing his department after being punished for refusing to go to a mosque for a mandatory cultural event. Police Capt. Paul Campbell Fields, a 17-year veteran, was docked two weeks' pay, transferred, reduced to the graveyard shift and made ineligible for promotions for at least a year, after he told his chief his faith made it impossible for him to attend a "Law Enforcement Appreciation Day" at the Islamic Cultural Society of Tulsa, according to the lawsuit. Fields, 43, is a non-denominational Christian, who quoted Scripture in legal explanation of his insubordination....