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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 · 43 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....
  • California bar: Illegal immigrant should get law license

    06/19/2012 12:25:55 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 29 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6/19/2012 | Miranda Leitsinger
    An illegal immigrant applying for a law license in California should be allowed to receive it, the State Bar of California argues in a filing to the state Supreme Court. Sergio Garcia, 35, of Chico, Calif., has met the rules for admission, including passing the bar exam and the moral character review, and his lack of legal status in the United States should not automatically disqualify him, the Committee of Bar Examiners said Monday. “ … Mr. Garcia’s status in the United States, should not, ipso facto, be grounds for excluding him from law licensure. He has met all of...
  • Boy Scouts review controversial anti-gay policy

    06/07/2012 9:03:45 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 75 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 7, 2012 | Miranda Leitsinger
    The Boy Scouts of America is considering a resolution that calls for ending a 102-year-old policy they’ve grappled with in recent years: banning gay scouts and scout leaders, gay advocates told msnbc.com on Wednesday. Though the organization said it would review the proposal, a spokesman insisted there were no plans to change the policy. The new policy would throw out the national ban and allow local chartering organizations to decide whether or not they would accept gay youth and leaders, said Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout who has advocated for the change, citing unidentified people who attended the group's national...
  • Are airlines unfair to families?

    05/29/2012 8:18:29 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 29 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 5/29/2012 | Karen Datko
    The airlines are making it much more difficult for families with children to travel these days. In recent developments: United Airlines joined US Airways and American Airlines in no longer offering preboarding for families with kids flying in coach. Families are having more difficulty getting adjoining seats. That's because airlines are reserving more seats for frequent fliers and those willing to pay, usually $50 round trip, for the most desirable seats in coach -- window and aisle, and closest to the front of the plane.
  • Quake reveals day of Jesus' crucifixion, researchers believe

    05/24/2012 8:35:52 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 35 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 5/24/2012 | Jennifer Viegas
    Geologists say Jesus, as described in the New Testament, was most likely crucified on Friday, April 3, in the year 33. The latest investigation, reported in International Geology Review, focused on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea, located 13 miles from Jerusalem. The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 27, mentions that an earthquake coincided with the crucifixion: “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.”
  • Absentee dads hinder children’s understanding of God, Pope says

    05/23/2012 6:02:13 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 7 replies
    CNA ^ | May 23, 2012 | David Kerr
    Vatican City, May 23, 2012 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dads who are absent from their family make it more difficult for their children to understand God as a loving father, Pope Benedict XVI said on May 23. “Perhaps modern man does not perceive the beauty, grandeur and profound consolation contained in the word ‘father’ with which we can turn to God in prayer, because the father figure is often not sufficiently present in today’s world, and is often not a sufficiently positive presence in everyday life,” the Pope said in his weekly general audience address. He underscored that the...
  • Newspaper: 4 witnesses change stories in Trayvon Martin shooting

    05/23/2012 8:44:15 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 47 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 22, 2012 | MSNBC Staff
    At least four key witnesses have changed their stories about what they saw the night George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday. The report comes after state prosecutors released about half the evidence they have in their second-degree murder case against Zimmerman. The witnesses, known publicly only by numbers, first talked to Sanford police and later to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and state prosecutors Witness 2: A young woman from the Retreat at Twin Lakes community, where Martin, 17, was shot Feb. 26, first told investigators she saw two men running...
  • 3 NATO Activists Accused Of Plotting Attacks

    05/20/2012 9:47:16 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2012 | Michael Tarm
    CHICAGO (AP) — Three activists who travelled to Chicago for a NATO summit were accused Saturday of manufacturing Molotov cocktails in a plot to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets. But defense lawyers shot back that Chicago police had trumped up the charges to frighten peaceful protesters away, telling a judge it was undercover officers known by the activists as "Mo" and "Gloves" who brought the firebombs to a South Side apartment where the men were arrested. "This is just propaganda to create a climate of fear," Michael Duetsch said. "My clients came...
  • What the Pill is doing to our water supply

    05/18/2012 9:57:44 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 17, 2012 | Rebecca Oas
    May 17, 2012 (Zenit.org) – In 1960, the combined oral contraceptive pill was first approved for use in the United States. Seven years later, “the Pill” was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, illustrating its enormous societal impact[1]. Roughly two generations later, statistics from the United Nations show that, within more developed nations worldwide, just under 16% of “partnered” women use contraceptive pills, a number which does not include usage among single women[2]. However, even as the popularity of oral contraceptives remains high, the drugs themselves have been evolving in response to further discoveries about the human reproductive system,...
  • Organized religion ‘is where all the trouble comes from’: DePaul commencement speaker

    05/16/2012 10:35:49 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 15, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, May 15, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The nation’s largest Catholic university will feature a commencement speaker who believes “the rest of life would benefit enormously” from the extinction of mankind, considers Christianity “the most dangerous of devotions,” and boasted about weakening the “dissolutive, oppressive institutions of organized religion.” Population guru E.O. Wilson will address a combined ceremony of DePaul University‘s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and its College of Science and Health on June 10. The date is his 83rd birthday.
  • West Virginia bishop denies sexual abuse allegations

    04/19/2012 1:07:58 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | April 19, 2012 | CNA
    Charleston, W.Va., Apr 19, 2012 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charelston, W.Va. denied allegations of sex abuse against him during April 18 court proceedings in the criminal trial against a Pennsylvania priest. “To now be unfairly included in that group and to hear the horrific allegations that are being made of me is unbelievable and shocking,” Bishop Bransfield said in an April 19 statement. A witness in the trial against Monsignor William Lynn – who is accused of covering up sex abuse accusations within the Philadelphia Archdiocese – told the court that he was sexually...
  • ‘Your God’s wrong’: Judge erupts in angry tirade, sends pro-life activist back to jail

    03/22/2012 4:12:07 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Mar 22, 2012 | TONY GOSGNACH
    TORONTO, Ontario, March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Ontario Court of Justice judge erupted in a lengthy, angry tirade against pro-life activist Mary Wagner – and ejected a spectator from the public gallery – in a downtown Toronto courtroom Wednesday. The judge then sent Wagner to jail for an additional 92 days, added to 88 days already served prior to trial, after finding her guilty of mischief and two counts of failing to comply with probation orders. The charges related to Wagner’s November 8 arrest at the site of the Bloor West Village “Women’s Clinic.” Wagner has been arrested on...
  • Did St. Patrick sell slaves to the Irish?

    03/17/2012 3:03:31 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 35 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/16/2012 | MSNBC Staff
    LONDON -- St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, may well have been a tax collector for the Romans who fled to Ireland where he could have traded slaves to pay his way, according to new research by a University of Cambridge academic published on Saturday. The generally accepted account of the saint's life, albeit based on scant evidence, says Patrick was abducted from western Britain as a teenager and forced into slavery in Ireland for six years during which time he developed a strong Christian faith. Afterwards, the account continues, he escaped his captors and went back to Britain before...
  • Dance Moms hits a new low...

    03/11/2012 3:13:33 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 March, 2012 | Daisy Dumas
    Lifetime's Dance Moms has hit new lows by asking its child contestants - the youngest of whom is just eight-years-old - to dress in nude bikinis and perform a burlesque routine on stage. The raunchy dance moves are usually the domain of striptease experts, the X-rated acts brimming with nudity, nipple tassels and sexually explicit poses. But a clip from this week's show sees dance teacher Abby Lee Miller dressing the children in tan bikinis to give the audience the impression of full nudity, before asking them to act as if a man 'cant' afford' them.
  • “Food Deserts” not the Obesity Culprit

    03/09/2012 8:07:01 PM PST · by caldera599 · 31 replies
    Among the food-related bogeymen that activists blame for America’s bulging waistlines is the so-called “food desert,” an urban or rural area that has a shortage of supermarkets. At first blush, it might seem like living in one of these “deserts” would to reduce a person’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables. However, there’s little evidence that these conditions are actually preventing people from finding nutritious foods if they want them. Regardless, activists ask for “supermarket subsidies” and restaurant zoning prohibitions. But there’s now more evidence that “food deserts” aren’t causing America’s kids to get fat. Researchers from the RAND Corporation...
  • Study Connects Cola Dye Ingredient to Cancer (BS Study Alert)

    03/08/2012 3:35:25 PM PST · by caldera599 · 16 replies
    Delish.com ^ | 3/8/2012 | Zoe Bain
    Could an ingredient found in the dye that provides cola with its traditional brown shade cause cancer? A controversial report released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says yes. According to CBS News, the consumer interest group, CSPI, published a report, which linked Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Pepsi, and Diet Pepsi, as well as some other brown-hued sodas to a cancer-causing chemical. The chemical, 4-methylimidazole, more commonly referred to as 4-MI or 4-MEI, has been proven to cause cancer in lab rats and mice. The CSPI has petitioned the FDA to enforce a labeling system that would...
  • Hungary Defies Critics With New Family Law

    01/26/2012 1:20:51 PM PST · by caldera599 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    C-FAM ^ | 1/26/12 | Susan Yoshihara
    New York, January 27 (C-FAM) Hungarian leaders have passed a law protecting the traditional family, defying ongoing criticism that their new constitution would curtail abortion and homosexuality. The new law says the family, based upon marriage of a man and a woman whose mission is fulfilled by raising children, is an "autonomous community...established before the emergence of law and the State" and that the State must respect it as a matter of national survival. It says "Embryonic and foetal life shall be entitled to protection and respect from the moment of conception," and the state should encourage "homely circumstances" for...
  • Student reports being hit, Va. Beach teacher charged

    01/21/2012 10:23:11 PM PST · by caldera599 · 17 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 1/20/12 | Cindy Clayton
    Police have charged a Landstown High School math teacher with abduction and sexual abuse after a student reported being hit several times with a belt after school. Police in a news release said the female student stayed after school Wednesday for a tutoring session and had failed to complete an assignment. She accused the teacher of hitting her across the buttocks as punishment. The girl reported that to a school nurse, and the nurse called police and Child Protective Services. Police charged Michael David Shanklin Jr., 37, of the 2500 block of Hunters Run Trail. He was jailed without bond....
  • Head of Pro-Life Women’s Group Backs Rick Santorum

    01/16/2012 2:38:37 PM PST · by caldera599 · 9 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 1/16/12 | Steven Ertelt
    In one of the first endorsements for former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum following this weekend’s meeting of evangelical and social conservative leaders that had them supporting his campaign, the head of a pro-life women’s group has backed the GOP presidential hopeful. Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America, issued an endorsement for Santorum in her personal capacity, not speaking on behalf of the organization that represents hundreds of thousands of pro-life women.
  • NBC Paints Santorum’s Pro-Life Abortion Views as Extreme

    12/29/2011 12:36:41 PM PST · by caldera599 · 5 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12/29/2011 | Brad Wilmouth
    As GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum appeared as a guest on Thursday’s Today show on NBC, substitute co-host Savannah Guthrie focused the interview on the former Pennsylvania Senator’s views on abortion and contraception, and whether he would be acceptable to “middle of the road voters.” (Video below) After her first question dealt with whether Santorum would just be the latest candidate to surge and then fade, the remaining three questions she asked focused on whether his social conservatism would appeal to mainstream voters.
  • NBC Paints Santorum’s Pro-Life Abortion Views as Extreme

    12/29/2011 12:35:51 PM PST · by caldera599 · 13 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12/29/2011 | Brad Wilmouth
    As GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum appeared as a guest on Thursday’s Today show on NBC, substitute co-host Savannah Guthrie focused the interview on the former Pennsylvania Senator’s views on abortion and contraception, and whether he would be acceptable to “middle of the road voters.” (Video below) After her first question dealt with whether Santorum would just be the latest candidate to surge and then fade, the remaining three questions she asked focused on whether his social conservatism would appeal to mainstream voters.
  • Hackers post cops’ personal data to avenge Occupy movement

    12/20/2011 5:34:26 PM PST · by caldera599 · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | Shaun Waterman
    Computer hackers are avenging the Occupy movement by exposing the personal information of police officers who evicted protesters and threatening family-values advocates who led a boycott of an American Muslim television show. In three Internet postings last week, hackers from the loose online coalition called Anonymous published the email and physical addresses, phone numbers and, in some cases, salary details of thousands of law enforcement officers all over the country. The hackers said they were retaliating for police violence during evictions of Occupy protest camps in cities around the country, but law enforcement advocates slammed the disclosures as dangerous.
  • Six arrested as police break up Occupy Norfolk camp

    11/10/2011 9:30:29 AM PST · by caldera599
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 11/10/2011 | Patrick Wilson
    NORFOLK Police arrested six protesters this morning while disbanding the Occupy Norfolk campsite at Commercial Place downtown. The protesters' tents were removed in a move by the city that they said was unexpected. The arrests were peaceful, although some protesters taunted police in riot gear while officers blocked off the park so public works crews could take down tents and clean it. Shortly after 9 a.m., two people were placed into handcuffs as protesters shouted at officers who would not allow them back into the park.
  • Appeals court upholds Obama health care law

    11/08/2011 3:13:57 PM PST · by caldera599 · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/8/2011 | Nedra Pickler
    WASHINGTON — A conservative-leaning appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care law, as the Supreme Court prepares to consider this week whether to resolve conflicting rulings over the law's requirement that all Americans buy health care insurance. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a split opinion upholding the lower court's ruling that found Congress did not overstep its authority in requiring people to have insurance or pay a penalty on their taxes, beginning in 2014. The requirement is the most controversial requirement of Obama's signature...
  • The sex slaves next door: New form of trafficking invades US

    04/04/2011 5:00:05 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/24/2011 | Azriel James Relph
    Cristina was just 24 years-old, living in a rural farming village in Mexico, when Amador Cortes-Meza told her he was falling in love with her. He promised her marriage and a good job, and then brought her to the United States. But when she arrived in the Atlanta area, he physically abused her and forced her to work as a prostitute. “That's when I realized he was not telling me the truth,” said Cristina (not her real name). “A man who loves a woman would not make them do that. I lived under his humiliation, I lived under the beatings,...
  • Pro-Lifers: Don’t Support American Cancer Society Relay for Life

    04/04/2011 7:25:59 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 8 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 04/01/2011 | Josh Brahm
    Its springtime and Relays for Life, the American Cancer Society’s main fundraiser, are happening in cities all across the country over the next several months. It can be difficult for pro-life advocates to decide exactly how involved to be in events like this, as we can all agree that curing cancer is an important goal, even something worth supporting. Unfortunately the American Cancer Society is not an organization I can support, as they have been linked to organizations that support abortion, human cloning and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (HESCR).
  • Senate Committee Hearing on Pro-Abortion Goodwin Liu This Week

    03/30/2011 10:28:52 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 3 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 03/28/2011 | Steven Ertelt
    The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on pro-abortion federal appeals court nominee Goodwin Liu, whom President Barack Obama picked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Liu, liberal a University of California law professor, is slated to come before the panel on Thursday, where he will face strong opposition again from Republicans. He is a left-wing abortion supporter who conservative legal guru Ed Whelan observed was so left-wing that former “White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel initially vetoed” his candidacy for the Ninth Circuit “on the ground that Liu’s left-wing record made him too controversial.”...
  • $30,000 lottery ticket in church collection plate

    03/30/2011 9:37:37 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 14 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 03/20/2011 | WBALTV.com
    BALTIMORE — Maryland Lottery officials said the pastor of a struggling parish recently came across a generous donation in the collection plate — a $30,000 scratch-off ticket. Lottery officials didn't release the name of the church but did say the ticket had been scratched off when it was placed in the collection plate earlier this month. The pastor found the ticket when tallying that Sunday's contributions.
  • Durbin to hold anti-Muslim bigotry hearings

    03/28/2011 8:12:25 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 18 replies
    The Washington Examiner | 03/28/2011 | Michael Warren
    In what is likely a response to Rep. Peter King's relatively tame hearings on Muslim extremism and homeland security earlier this month, Senator Dick Durbin will be holding a hearing this Tuesday to investigate the supposedly growing problem of anti-Muslim bigotry in America. USA Today reports: "Our Constitution protects the free exercise of religion for all Americans," said Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who will chair the hearing. He said it follows a spike in anti-Muslim bigotry over the past year. Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy organization based in San Francisco, said...
  • Kucinich probably won't try to impeach Obama

    03/27/2011 2:19:32 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 03/27/2011 | David Freddoso
    Liberal, anti-war Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, has joined forces with a motley crew of conservative and liberal congressmen who are speaking out against American involvement in Libya's civil war. But Kucinich, who in 2008 proposed impeachment articles against President George W. Bush over the Iraq War, poured cold water on the idea that he might repeat this performance. "There's not going to be an impeachment," he said. But he added in an interview on FOX News just now, "There's no question the president exceeded his constitutionally authorized authority."
  • Jihadis who fought U.S. in Iraq, Afghanistan now enjoy American support in Libya

    03/26/2011 11:14:35 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 03/26/2011 | Byron York
    Evidence is emerging that United States forces are waging war in Libya on behalf of rebels whose ranks include jihadis who fought against the U.S. in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. Britain's Daily Telegraph reports that Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, a leader of U.S.-supported rebel forces in the fighting around Adjabiya, went to Afghanistan in 2002 to fight against the "foreign invasion" -- that is, U.S. troops who invaded Afghanistan in retaliation for the September 11 attacks. The Telegraph says al-Hasidi told an Italian newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore, that he was captured in 2002 in Peshawar, Pakistan. "He was later handed over...