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  • Europe must drop the euro, Germany abandon mercantilism

    10/20/2014 2:25:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/20/2014 | Peter Moricici
    Europe faces yet another recession, and the prospect is shaking global financial markets. To eliminate the persistent threat of collapse, Europe must drop the euro, and Germany must abandon mercantilism. When the euro was adopted in 1999, domestic prices -- the face values for bonds and loans -- and bank accounts were translated into euros according to prevailing exchange rates for national currencies at the time. Initially, the single currency posed few significant problems. Over time, however, differences in labor market policies and geographic conditions that are difficult for governments to alter caused productivity to grow more rapidly in Germany...
  • Caribbean, South American Countries Close Borders to Combat Ebola

    10/18/2014 2:06:09 PM PDT · by EBH · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/17/2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Colombia, Jamaica, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago have all announced travel bans as Ebola concerns grow. Colombian authorities announced that anyone entering their country from Ebola-stricken countries will face heavy scrutiny. Colombia’s National Health Institutes have said they developed a questionnaire to determine who should be under suspicion of potentially having contact with Ebola. Colombian newspapers have reported that some have already been detained due to the newly instituted executive actions. Fernando Ruiz, Colombia’s vice minister of health, said of the reports, “The cases are not suspicious. They are simply people who have traveled to places where Ebola is present....
  • Ohio inmate has leprosy, officials say; case is first ever found in state prison system

    10/16/2014 5:47:11 PM PDT · by EBH · 47 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jeremy Pelzer
    For the first time in Ohio history, a prison inmate has been diagnosed with leprosy, state corrections officials said Thursday. The inmate, whose name was not released, was diagnosed with the chronic bacterial infection on Tuesday at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The infected prisoner is a native of Micronesia, a region of islands in the Pacific Ocean, and has served time at three other Ohio prisons since 2011, according to Stuart Hudson, the DRC's managing director of health care and fiscal operations. He's now being treated at Ohio State University Medical Center...
  • MAP: Ebola scare's reach in Northeast Ohio

    10/16/2014 5:42:18 PM PDT · by EBH · 20 replies
    NewsNet5 ^ | 10/16/2014
    As closings and alerts pour into the newsroom from organizations taking extra precautions after a woman visiting contracted Ebola, the staff at newsnet5.com is compiling a map of affected areas. Click the markers on the map to see details about each location. We will continue to update this map as more precautions are announced.Go to the link for the interactive map.
  • Now ISIS Clashes Spread Across Europe: (truncated title)

    10/11/2014 5:28:25 AM PDT · by EBH · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/8/2014
    Ethnic Kurds clashed overnight with alleged members of a hardline Islamist movement in Hamburg last night, as ISIS clashes spread far from Syria. Police in the northern German city say 14 people were injured overnight in the violence involving hundreds of demonstrators before riot police were able to quell the disturbance. Police spokesman Karina Sadowsky said this morning that fighting began after hundreds of Kurds held a protest against the Islamic State group... ...Last night's violence in Germany came as at least nine Kurdish demonstrators were killed by police in Turkey as demonstrations against the government's failure to help Syrian...
  • Autistic Bay Village, Oh Teen Pranked With Human Waste In Ice Bucket Challenge

    09/04/2014 2:26:42 PM PDT · by EBH · 23 replies
    WTAM ^ | 9/4/2014
    Police are investigating after a group of teens in Bay Village, Ohio, allegedly tricked an autistic 15-year-old into creating an ice bucket challenge video, then dousing him with urine, feces, spit, and cigarette butts. The video was filmed on the boy's cell phone and posted to Instagram, according to his mother, Diane. (Local news outlet WJW withheld the family's last name to protect the boy's identity.) The victim's brother, Jacob, told WJW: I mean, the first thing that popped into my mind was like, why could someone – how could someone do this? How could someone really be this cruel...
  • Landmark Ruling: Animals Can Legally Be Considered Victims, Just Like Humans

    08/25/2014 1:10:35 PM PDT · by EBH · 59 replies
    The DoDo ^ | 8/22/2014 | Melissa Cronin
    The Oregon Supreme Court this month passed a landmark ruling that will change the way animals are treated under the law in the state for the better. The ruling will ensure that any animal can be seen as a legal “victim” in a case, affording animals more basic rights to protect them from abuse. The ruling was made on the case of a man who was convicted of starving 20 horses and goats on his property. The judge’s decision allotted a separate count of second-degree animal neglect for each animal, noting that each animal was a separate victim on his...
  • White House Rolls Out New Birth Control Accommodation For Nonprofits

    08/23/2014 6:20:28 AM PDT · by EBH · 19 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 8/22/2014 | Laura Bassett
    The Obama administration announced on Friday a new accommodation for religious nonprofits that object to covering the full range of contraceptives in their employee health care plans. The new accommodation will allow religious nonprofits, such as Catholic schools and hospitals, to opt out of covering birth control by notifying the Department of Health and Human Services of their objections. HHS and the Department of Labor will then arrange for a third-party insurer to pay for and administer the coverage for the nonprofits' employees so that women still receive the contraceptive coverage guaranteed to them by the Affordable Care Act. “Women...
  • Could Saudi Arabia Be the Next ISIS Conquest?

    08/17/2014 6:40:48 AM PDT · by EBH · 18 replies
    Vovativ ^ | 6/24/2014 | Rachael Levy
    If Saudi Arabia does become the next ISIS target, it may be even easier than the group’s push into Iraq. A groundswell of ideological support combined with wide-reaching corruption could pave the way for ISIS’ penetration into the country. Saudi Arabia, unlike Iraq, is almost 90 percent Sunni. Iraq’s growing resistance to ISIS comes largely via the swelling ranks of a Shiite militia, the Mahdi army, with Shiite fighters returning from Syria to defend their country against the radical Sunni insurgency that is sweeping the nation. Saudi is also a major source of support for ISIS. Since the latest offensive...
  • Real History Of The Crusades,The

    08/09/2014 1:09:08 PM PDT · by EBH · 57 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | Thomas F. Madden
    As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to get the real scoop. What were the Crusades?, they asked. When were they? Just how insensitive was President George W. Bush for using the word "crusade" in his remarks? With a few of my callers I had the distinct impression that they already knew the answers to their questions, or at least thought they did. What they really wanted was an expert to say it all back to them. For example, I was frequently asked...
  • Ebola sparks states of emergency across west Africa

    08/07/2014 6:29:41 AM PDT · by EBH · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/7/2014
    In Liberia, where the dead lay in the streets, lawmakers gathered to ratify a state of emergency while Sierra Leone sent troops to guard hospitals and clinics handling Ebola cases. Nigeria held out hope it could receive an experimental US-developed drug to halt the spread of the virus. Since breaking out earlier this year, the epidemic has claimed 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people across west Africa, according to the World Health Organisation Ebola causes severe fever and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding. It is transmitted through close contact with bodily fluids, and people who live with...
  • Liberia shuts hospital where Spanish priest infected, Ebola death toll hits 932

    08/06/2014 7:18:26 AM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies
    ChicagoTribune ^ | 8/6/2014
    In Saudi Arabia, a man suspected of contracting Ebola during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone also died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said. Saudi Arabia has already suspended pilgrimage visas from West African countries, which could prevent those hoping to visit Mecca for the Haj in early October. Liberia, where the death toll is rising fastest, is struggling to cope. Many residents are panicking, in some cases casting out the bodies of family members onto the streets of Monrovia to avoid quarantine measures. Beneath heavy rain, ambulance sirens wailed through the otherwise quiet streets of...
  • World Bank pledges $200 million to fight Ebola

    08/04/2014 4:05:28 PM PDT · by EBH · 23 replies
    Medical Press ^ | 8/4/2014
    The World Bank said Monday that it would provide up to $200 million to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the West African nations contain a deadly Ebola outbreak. World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, himself an expert on infectious diseases, said he has been monitoring the spread of the virus and was "deeply saddened" at how it was contributing to the breakdown of "already weak health systems in the three countries." "I am very worried that many more lives are at risk unless we can stop this Ebola epidemic in its tracks," Kim said. The funding will help...
  • US govt lab mixed up potent flu strain

    08/04/2014 4:02:43 PM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    Medical Press ^ | 7/11/2014 | Kerry Sheridan
    A US government laboratory mistakenly mixed a common flu strain with a dangerous and deadly type of bird flu and shipped it to another lab, authorities said Friday. The latest news followed admissions of mishandled anthrax and forgotten smallpox vials at separate US government labs, and raised new concerns about the safety of dangerous agents which could be used as bioterror weapons. No one was endangered by the mixed flu strain, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden, who nevertheless said he was "astonished" that protocols could have been violated in that way. "Everything we have looked...
  • 'God has a call on my life': U.S. doctor infected with Ebola, WHY he moved his family to Liberia...

    08/04/2014 12:35:48 PM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 8/4/2014
    Before Brantly went to Liberia last October, he returned to his hometown of Indianapolis and gave a sermon at the Southeastern Church of Christ, which has been obtained by The Blaze. 'For two years we will live and work and serve among the people who, until the last 10 years of peace, had known nothing but the violence and devastation of war for the previous 20 years,' Brantly told the congregation. 'I've never been to Liberia. '(I'm going) because God has a call on my life.' 'On difficult days, when I want to give up or when I wonder if...
  • Water in Toledo, Ohio, remains undrinkable pending more tests (Ban Lifted)

    08/04/2014 3:21:01 AM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/4/2014
    Tests conducted by both the state and federal Environmental Protection Agency showed high levels of toxin levels in two neighborhoods in Toledo, Mayor D. Michael Collins said early Monday. Instead of isolating the two neighborhoods, the Mayor said he'll keep the ban on drinking or using tap water in the entire city of Toledo until additional retests are completed. He declined to provide specifics on the name of neighborhoods in question and how high the toxin levels are. "A majority of areas are satisfactory, but we have two areas of concern," he said at a news conference. As many as...
  • State of emergency declared for NW Ohio counties over water contamination

    08/02/2014 2:13:59 PM PDT · by EBH · 111 replies
    Fox8News ^ | 8/2/2014 | Shannon Carney
    <p>Gov. John Kasich says water will be flowing into the Toledo area from all corners of Ohio to help the 400,000 people who are being warned not to drink the city’s water.</p> <p>Toledo’s mayor says water is coming from Akron, Cincinnati and even a prison near Columbus.</p>
  • West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Ghana Bans West African Flights

    08/01/2014 10:53:01 AM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    CAJNews ^ | 8/1/2014 | Masahudu Kunateh
    GHANA has banned flights from other West African countries following the outbreak of Ebola virus. The Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company, Charles Asare, said this was part of elaborate emergency measures the authorities are implementing to contain the virus. In addition to this, restrictions have been imposed on the movement of Liberian refugees still at the Buduburam Refugee Camp. There is an outbreak of the Ebola disease in the West African sub-region which has already claimed over 600 lives. Affected countries include Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Ghana's Health Ministry has announced that efforts are underway to...
  • Nigeria: Ebola - One Out of 15 Airport Contacts Down With Ebola Virus Disease

    08/01/2014 10:41:21 AM PDT · by EBH · 11 replies
    Vanguard ^ | Chioma Obinna, Gabriel Olawale and Bosede Oyelohunnu
    THE Lagos state government has however allayed fears that some of the contacts may have been manifesting symptoms of the virus. Already, medical personnel from Canada are already in Nigeria working with their counterparts at the hospital where the victims died on how to control the spread of the virus. Hotlines have also been provided to enable members of the public pass information on any suspected case of the virus. INDICATIONS emerged, yesterday, that one of the 15 airport contacts that assisted the late Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, that died of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, may have contracted the deadly...
  • Nigeria: Ebola - Nigerian Travellers Commend NCAA, Arik Over Quick Response

    08/01/2014 10:35:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies
    All Africa ^ | 8/1/2014 | Chinedu Eze
    Nigerian air travellers have commended the decision of the nation's major carrier, Arik Air and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to ban operations to the Ebola endemic countries in West Africa. Arik Air last Sunday announced it has stopped operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone, two countries where the dreaded disease is endemic and in a swift reaction last Monday, NCAA stopped the operations of Asky Airlines to Nigeria, the airline that brought the first victim of the disease into the country. Explaining why Asky had to be stopped, the acting Director-General of NCAA, Benedict Adeyileka, said the regulatory...
  • Nigeria begins screening for Ebola virus at airports

    08/01/2014 10:29:29 AM PDT · by EBH · 7 replies
    Nigeria has begun the screening of passengers entering the country through the airports. The World Health organisation (WHO) announced yesterday that the death toll from Ebola has topped 700 worldwide. In Anambra State, there was uproar following fears that a body brought in from Liberia is believed to be of a person who died from the virus. The mortuary where the body was deposited has been sealed by the state government Twenty-five patients and the staff of the hospital have been quarantined while a specialist team from the Federal Ministry of Health were being awaited. Apart from Anambra, Edo, Bayelsa...
  • More in New York, New Jersey infected with chikungunya: CDC

    08/01/2014 3:43:30 AM PDT · by EBH · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/30/2014 | Daniel Kelley
    (Reuters) - Cases of chikungunya virus, a painful, mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean in recent months, spiked higher in New York and New Jersey in the past week, according to new federal data. ... Symptoms, which develop three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, include high fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash. In rare cases it is fatal. Small children and the elderly are more likely to develop severe cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC said the United States averaged 28 cases of chikungunya each year...
  • Obamacare Dividends Pile Up for Hospitals as Patients Pay

    07/30/2014 3:42:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 7/30/2014 | Alex Wayne and Shannon Pettypiece
    Even as Obamacare continues to be attacked by foes and challenged in court, hospital chains and insurers are making more money, more patients using ERs are paying for their care, and the country as a whole is enjoying slower growth in its health-care spending. HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), the largest for-profit hospital chain, yesterday raised its forecast and reported a 6.6 percent drop in uninsured patients at its 165 hospitals, a reduction that grows to 48 percent in four states that expanded Medicaid, a top initiative of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. WellPoint Inc. (WLP), which made the...
  • Ebola has spread across the globe: ...officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of US victim

    07/30/2014 12:20:42 PM PDT · by EBH · 102 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 7/29/14 | Lizzy Parrie
    Fears of a global Ebola pandemic are 'justified' an expert has said as Nigerian health officials try to trace 30,000 people at risk of contracting the deadly disease following the death of Patrick Sawyer. The U.S. citizen boarded a flight in Liberia carrying the disease to Nigeria, potentially infecting 'anyone on the same plane'. It comes as Nigerian actor Jim Iyke sparked outrage, posting a picture of himself wearing an Ebola mask while sitting in a first class airport lounge as he fled Liberia. The 'Nollywood' star posted a message on his Instagram page saying he had cut short a...
  • Ebola outbreak: Is it time to test experimental vaccines?

    07/29/2014 5:46:41 AM PDT · by EBH · 32 replies
    CNN Health ^ | 7/29/2014 | By Meera Senthilingam
    Ebola virus disease is sweeping across West Africa in the largest outbreak of the virus to date. Mortality rates are currently at 60% in a disease where up to 90% of infected people can die. But despite this lethality there remain no licensed treatments or vaccines available, nearly 40 years after the disease was first discovered. In March, Ebola was reported for the first time in Guinea, West Africa, in districts that border neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. This proximity meant that unlike previous outbreaks in other parts of Africa, the usually remote Ebola virus had the opportunity to cross...
  • Amazing Sand Art on Ukraine's Got talent - Kseniya Simonova

    07/22/2014 12:38:46 PM PDT · by EBH · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2012 | Kseniya Simonova
    Reading all of today's headlines here on Free Republic, brought to mind this artist. No I have no idea what the words mean, but the Art speaks for itself. Youtube video so click through to watch
  • Travelers will start paying higher TSA Fees...paydown deficit

    07/18/2014 5:48:40 AM PDT · by EBH · 8 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 7/18/2014 | Alison Grant
    Congress estimated the new system would result in TSA fees of $36.5 billion over the next 10 years, a $16.9 billion jump from the current system. The Treasury will take $12.63 billion of the new collections for the general fund, with the rest going to offset TSA costs. "I think we've created another black hole to throw our money into," said Anthony DeMarco, a sports TV director from Columbus who flies 200 to 250 segments per year and says he has logged 2 million "butt in seat" miles. Robert Erzen of Westlake, a retiree and overseas leisure traveler, said the...
  • Banish the Playdate

    07/17/2014 6:00:58 AM PDT · by EBH · 34 replies
    DadNCharge ^ | 7/17/2014 | Chris Bernholdt
    When I was a kid and I wanted to play with my friends, I would call them up on the rotary phone. If I was lucky enough to get the push button phone, if my older brothers weren't on it, I would call them in succession running down a list of my go-to guys. "Brian, this is Chris, can you play?" He'd check with his mom or dad and come back on the phone or I'd hear the entire thing as if I was there "MOOOOOMMMM! CAN CHRIS COME OVER?" After confirmation, I'd jump on my bike and head to...
  • Google Is Being Forced To Censor The History Of Merrill Lynch — And That Should Terrify You

    07/03/2014 7:10:15 AM PDT · by EBH · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/3/2014 | Jim Edwards
    The European Union's new law giving people a "right to be forgotten," which requires Google to remove links to information about them, is having exactly the effect its critics predicted: It is censoring the internet, giving new tools that help the rich and powerful (and ordinary folk) hide negative information about them, and letting criminals make their histories disappear. Exhibit A: Google was required to delete a link to this BBC article about Stan O'Neal, the former CEO of Merrill Lynch. O'Neal led the bank in the mid-2000s, a period when it became dangerously over-exposed to the looming mortgage crisis....
  • Arlington officer praised for helping pit bull

    06/28/2014 4:23:52 PM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies
    Fox Arlington ^ | 6/27/2014
    <p>ARLINGTON, Texas - An officer in Arlington is getting some praise for helping a lost pit bull that alarmed residents.</p> <p>A post about the incident on the Arlington Police Department's Facebook page has more than 2 million views and thousands of likes.</p>
  • Are We Willing to Die for the Mass?

    06/19/2014 6:04:16 AM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    CNA ^ | 6/18/14 | Chris Stefanick
    In a brief, two-and-a-half minute YouTube video entitled “Mass”, the well-known Catholic public speaker paints a powerful picture of what a privilege it is to attend Mass in freedom and how this can be so easily taken for granted. On one hand, Stefanick recalls a recent text from a friend of his in Irag: “Please pray for our church, where all the people are held captive by terrorists.” A few hours later, another text followed: “Lord have mercy.” Shortly thereafter, everyone in that Catholic Church – men, women and children – were gunned down and killed. On the other hand,...
  • ISIS, Are We Witnessing One of the Women of Revelations? (Vanity)

    06/17/2014 5:46:27 AM PDT · by EBH · 51 replies
    Who is ISIS or Isis? Quite a coincidence is this acronym. During the Egyptian Spring I drew many conclusions that indicated the muslims of this southern kingdom would play an important role in the nearing end times. I submit to this group that the many interpretations of just who the Great Harlot or Whore are may be grossly incorrect and we have been looking in the wrong places. It is not America, nor is it Rome or the Catholic Church. But this harlot who is clothed in red & purple, riding the beast is the caliphate we see forming in...
  • Iraq: ISIS guerilla’s have U.S. Stinger’s, Spec Ops enroute

    06/16/2014 6:17:52 PM PDT · by EBH · 46 replies
    Seano.org ^ | 6/16/2014 | SEANO
    In only a scene from a bad movie, The Pentagon has now stated that the violent ISIS Sunni guerilla insurgency that is destroying Iraq-have captured American made, advanced Stinger Missiles from abandoned U.S. military bases. President Obama hastily withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq in a move even former UK prime minister Tony Blair is now blasting. The missiles, ‘most likely captured in overrun abandoned military bases’, have the capability to shoot down military aircraft, defeat chaff counter measures, and can easily take down a passenger jetliner. Maj. Gen. Bob Scales (ret.) tells Fox News it may be as many as...
  • Bill Maher and not understanding either faith or the Bible

    06/16/2014 5:45:16 PM PDT · by EBH · 7 replies
    CNA ^ | 6/16/2014 | Father Robert Barron
    don’t know what possesses me to watch “Real Time With Bill Maher,” for Maher is, without a doubt, the most annoying anti-religionist on the scene today. Though his show is purportedly about politics, it almost invariably includes some attack on religion, especially Christianity. Even during a recent interview with former President Jimmy Carter, whom Maher very much admires, the host managed to get in a sharp attack on Carter’s faith. Just last week, his program included a brief conversation with Ralph Reed, the articulate gentleman who used to run the Christian Coalition and who is now a lobbyist and activist...
  • For ISIS, Iraq's Spoils Could Tip Balance in Eastern Syria

    06/16/2014 12:10:43 PM PDT · by EBH · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/14/2014 | KAREN LEIGH, Syria Deeply
    On Wednesday, images surfaced of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) driving U.S.-made humvees across the Iraqi border, into the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. If real, the photos prove that the border between Iraq and Syria is now an open road for ISIS fighters hoping to establish a Sunni caliphate in the region. To the leaders of the extremist group, the battles in Iraq and Syria are part of a single, broader fight. Analysts say the financial and strategic spoils of ISIS's capture of Mosul and Tikrit could provide a significant, nearly unstoppable boon to...
  • Syria pounds ISIL bases in coordination with Iraq: NGO

    06/16/2014 12:06:06 PM PDT · by EBH · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 6/15/2014
    Beirut (AFP) - Syria's army has been pounding for 24 hours major bases of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in coordination with the Baghdad government, a monitor said Sunday. The strikes against ISIL -- which has spearheaded a week-long jihadist offensive in Iraq -- have been more intense than ever, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "The regime air force has been pounding ISIL's bases, including those in the northern province of Raqa and Hasakeh in the northeast," which borders Iraq, said the Britain-based group. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad was responding to the fact...
  • Chart of the Week: Is food too cheap for our own good?

    05/26/2014 6:09:15 AM PDT · by EBH · 52 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | 5/23/2014 | Drew DeSilver
    As you scarf down burgers and potato salad this long Memorial Day weekend, consider this: Americans have the cheapest food in history, and that unprecedented abundance is largely responsible for why we’re so fat. According to a new article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Americans in the 1930s spent a quarter of their disposable income on food. That share has fallen steadily through the decades, to the point where today less than 10% of Americans’ disposable dollars go for food. (That varies across income groups, of course: The poorest 20% of Americans still spend about a third of...
  • Ordination of 6 women in Cleveland comes 20 years after pope affirmed ban

    05/25/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by EBH · 26 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 5/22/2014 | Tom Feran
    "I don't accept the verdict that I am excommunicated," said Mary Collingwood of Boston Heights, who will be ordained a "servant priest," as she put it, by Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan of Sarasota, Florida. "The men made that rule, and a man-made rule can be changed -- especially if it's unjust. "I align myself with the belief that I am part of the people of God," she said, noting that saints from Joan of Arc to the Australian nun Mary MacKillop, canonized in 2010, once were declared excommunicated. Susan Guzik of Eastlake, who will be ordained as a deacon, said...
  • Catholic school morality contract is unChristian:

    05/25/2014 7:56:18 AM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 5/24/2014 | Regina Brett
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Last week I asked the question posted on billboards all over Cincinnati: "Would Pope Francis sign the new Catholic teacher contract?" I heard from hundreds of readers who wish they knew the answer. Bishop Richard Lennon and the Diocese of Cleveland want teachers at Catholic elementary schools to sign a "morality" clause that bans "public support of positions contrary to Roman Catholic teaching." That includes euthanasia, assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination and "so-called homosexual or same-sex marriage or unions..." That teacher would like to see this addendum to the contract: Role...
  • PetSmart, PetCo to stop selling pet treats made in China

    05/21/2014 6:53:21 PM PDT · by EBH · 45 replies
    fox news ^ | 5/21/2014
    PetSmart is the latest major pet food retailer to say it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China because of ongoing fears that they are making pets sick. The company plans to have the treats off all of its store shelves by March 2015. "This is something we've been working toward for some time, and feel it's the right thing to do for pets and our customers," said PetSmart spokeswoman Erin Gray. Investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration haven't been able to prove that treats made in China are making pets ill. But since 2007,...
  • Vatican Grilled Again By UN; This Time On Sex Abuse As Torture

    05/05/2014 2:52:16 PM PDT · by EBH · 2 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 5/5/2014 | John Heilprin
    At the Holy See's first appearance before the committee, experts mainly peppered the Vatican with tough questions to be answered Tuesday. For instance, they asked why the report on its implementation of the treaty was almost a decade late, and why the Vatican believes its responsibility for protecting against torture only applies within tiny Vatican City, a nation of less than 1,000 inhabitants. "I wonder if you could tell us how you ensure that the criminal prohibition against torture in Vatican City covers all individuals for whom the Holy See has jurisdiction," asked committee member Felice Gaer. Experts said a...
  • UN's 'Torture' Slam of Catholic Church's Abortion Dogma;

    05/05/2014 2:43:38 PM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 5/5/2014 | Matthew Balan
    John Heilprin of the Associated Press played up how the Catholic Church supposedly "sought to limit its responsibility for the global priest sex abuse scandal" in front of a United Nations committee on torture. Heilprin repeatedly underlined how the Holy See underwent a "grilling" by the UN panel for allegedly violating an "international treaty against torture and inhuman treatment" in its handling of the scandal. However, the correspondent glossed over the committee's ideologically-tinged slam of the Church's longstanding stance against abortion, which it labeled "psychological torture." By contrast, Reuters' Philip Pullella and Stephanie Nebehay mentioned this attack near the end...
  • Obama's Red Guard

    04/30/2014 5:56:24 AM PDT · by EBH · 32 replies
    4/30/2014 | EBH
    When Chairman Mao was failing and about to lose his government, he initiated the Great Cultural Revolution. The documentary, Morning Sun, describes this as a Revolution on the revolution. I believe we are witnessing the "revolution" in America less than 60 years later. Yesterday's events have struck a disturbing cord within my heart and soul. While the meme is what happened to Sterling was right and just...while I still have the ability to speak freely regarding the matter, I shall raise my voice to question this idea of "social justice," as we witnessed it applied yesterday. What happened to our...
  • 3-alarm fire rips through historic downtown Garrettsville (OH)

    03/22/2014 4:32:44 PM PDT · by EBH · 9 replies
    NewsNet5 ^ | 3/22/14 | Dena Greer, Veronica McGraw
    GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio - Firefighters are battling a massive 3-alarm blaze in the Village of Garrettsville. Flames swept throughout Garrettsville’s historic downtown buildings and businesses on Route 82 (Main Street), just east of the Route 88 intersection, around 1:15 p.m. Saturday. The blaze is not under control, but spreading. Buildings from the 1800's are a total loss. Sources tell NewsChannel 5 that water is being pulled from the Silver Creek River to help battle the massive fire. A person witnessing the blaze said that it feels like the whole downtown portion of the village is on fire. Auburn, Aurora, Bainbridge, Boardman,...
  • ST PATRICK, BISHOP, CONFESSOR, APOSTLE OF IRELAND—A.D. 464

    03/17/2014 4:23:52 AM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    ST PATRICK, BISHOP, CONFESSOR, APOSTLE OF IRELAND—A.D. 464 Feast: March 17 The Irish have many lives of their great apostle, whereof the two principal are, that compiled by Jocelin, a Cistercian monk, in the twelfth century who quotes four lives written by disciples of the saint; and that by Probus, who, according to Bollandus, lived in the seventh century. But in both are intermixed several injudicious popular reports. We, with Tillemont, chiefly confine ourselves to the saint's own writings, his Confession, and his letter to Corotic, which that judicious critic doubts not to be genuine. The style in both is...
  • Animal Planet’s Jackson Galaxy speaks out on behalf of attack cat

    03/12/2014 12:16:31 PM PDT · by EBH · 24 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 3/12/2014 | Monique Balas
    He acknowledges that he hasn’t visited the Palmer home but he deals with aggressive cats on a near-daily basis. “If you watch my show, you know that within five minutes, the human component is really identified,” Galaxy said during a phone interview. “We realize this behavior doesn’t occur in a vacuum. That’s really the important thing, is that there’s always a context.” Lux may have scratched a 7-month-old boy, but the attack began after the boy pulled his tail. When he reacted by scratching the child, owner Lee Palmer kicked the cat. It was at that point that Lux “went...
  • Supreme Court Skeptical of EPA’s Greenhouse Limit Approach

    03/12/2014 12:06:28 PM PDT · by EBH · 1 replies
    Stateline ^ | 2/24/2014 | Jake Grovum
    Specifically, those challenging the EPA say it is reading too broadly its authority to regulate greenhouse gases, carrying over limits from vehicle transmissions and applying them to stationary sources such as power plants. They also say the EPA is picking and choosing which parts of the law to enforce by establishing a permitting scheme for greenhouse gas emitters, because its threshold for when those regulations take effect is above the law’s limits. The government argues a lower limit would potentially ensnare millions of buildings nationwide beyond the intent of the regulations, including public schools and some apartment buildings. It argues...
  • Ted Cruz: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is Taking a Page Out of the Castro Playbook

    02/22/2014 10:03:14 AM PST · by EBH · 4 replies
    Tea Party News Network ^ | 2/22/2014 | Matthew Burke
    In the face of the massive violence taking place in Venezuela, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, in a statement released today, sharply criticized Venezuela President and hand-picked successor to Marxist Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro as using strongman tactics similar to Cuban communist tyrant Fidel Castro: “As opposition protests drag into their second week in Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro is taking a page out of the Castro playbook to violently oppress Venezuelans who are demanding an end to his disastrous rule. Activists have been detained and abused, and even shot dead in the streets.” Cruz went onto call out Maduro for arresting...
  • Venezuela's Maduro wants talks with Obama

    02/22/2014 9:50:16 AM PST · by EBH · 23 replies
    cnn ^ | 2/21/2014 | Karl Penhaul, Esprit Smith and Chelsea J. Carter,
    "I call for a dialogue with you, Obama," Maduro said. "You can designate (U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry or whoever you want to come to this dialogue and I will send my foreign minister ... for this high-level meeting." At the same time, Maduro accused Obama of failing to live up to a commitment not to "interfere with Venezuelan affairs." "What you have said has not been carried out," he said. The United States and Venezuela have not had resident ambassadors since 2010, although they have maintained diplomatic missions and active embassies. Maduro's call to exchange ambassadors comes after...
  • Venezuela threatens to expel CNN over protest coverage

    02/21/2014 3:52:31 AM PST · by EBH · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/20/2014
    A spokeswoman for the US network, only available on cable in Venezuela, told the BBC it did not have any immediate comments about Mr Maduro's comments. Last week, the government removed Colombian TV news channel NTN24 from channels offered by Venezuelan cable operators. The government has been highly critical of international media coverage, while protesters say they are concerned with a lack of media freedom, says the BBC's correspondent in Caracas, Irene Caselli. Mr Maduro also ordered the expulsion of three US diplomats this week. US President Barack Obama said the Venezuelan government should address "legitimate grievances" of the country...