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  • [illegal] Migrant dies in Channel Tunnel trying to reach Britain, say French authorities

    07/07/2015 4:07:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/7/15 | Henry Samuel
    A migrant died on Tuesday trying to reach Britain through the Channel Tunnel, French authorities in the Pas-de-Calais region have confirmed. One of the six sections of the tunnel was closed for investigation, but train traffic had not stopped. It was as yet unclear how the migrant died. “Following the detection of migrants on a freight shuttle early this morning, the shuttle was immediately stopped,” said the Pas-de-Calais prefecture, the local state authority. “During a security inspection by border police, a deceased migrant was found in the tunnel”, it said in a statement. Gilles Debove, of the police union Unité...
  • Jindal: Sanders And Clinton Will Turn US Into Greece

    07/07/2015 4:02:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/6/15 | Philip DeVoe
    In a Monday tweet, 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal stated that a presidency of Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton would result in the nation following in Greece’s footsteps to economic turmoil.The Louisiana governor, who formally announced his bid for the presidency in late June, slammed two of the Democratic frontrunners over the failure of Greece’s economy and its similarity to progressive economic programs. Sunday, Jindal made a splash for comments accusing President Barack Obama and Clinton’s policies of being socialist and progressive.“I’m running [for president] because I want to stop President Obama and Secretary Clinton from turning the American dream...
  • HSBC staff sacked over mock Islamic State execution ["team building exercise"]

    07/07/2015 3:59:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Week ^ | 7/7/15
    Britain's largest bank has fired six of its employees for taking part in a video showing a mock Islamic State-style execution. The seven-second clip shows HSBC staff members in balaclavas standing over an Asian colleague dressed in an orange jumpsuit, whose hands are tied behind his back. A coat hanger is used by one the men as a pretend knife. One of them then shouts "Allahu Akbar" — Arabic for "god is greater" – a phrase used by Islamic State militants during executions. The stunt was filmed while the employees were on a corporate team-building exercise and was posted on...
  • Maryland State Police trooper charged with first degree sex offense

    07/07/2015 3:51:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    WJLA ^ | 7/6/15
    A Maryland State Police (MSP) trooper was charged with first degree sexual offense and a handgun charge, according to Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD). Brian Tucker, 43, an 18 year veteran with MSP's Automobile Safety Enforcement Division, was arrested around 2 a.m. early Monday morning in the area of Rochell Avenue and Hazelwood Drive, according to police. A PGPD officer noticed an SUV in a cul-de-sac in a commercial area and decided to investigate. He discovered Tucker and the victim outside of the vehicle, standing near the passenger side. The female victim told the officer that Tucker had a...
  • Religious persecution of Christians around the globe - the future prognosis

    07/07/2015 2:24:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Independent Catholic News ^ | 7/6/15 | David Alton
    Franz Werfel's disturbing and prophetic novel, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh), written in 1933, tells the story of genocide against Armenian Christians and foreshadows the rise of Hitler - whose Nazi thugs were burning Werfel's books, in his native Austria and in Germany.In this centenary of those events it is worth reminding ourselves of how the Ottomans attempted to eradicate the Armenian Christians and perpetrated further acts of genocide against their other Christian minorities, including Greeks and Assyrians - incubating that most dangerous pestilence: the hatred of whole peoples.Not only should we recall...
  • 4 killed as ISIS destroys another Mosul church

    07/07/2015 2:20:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 7/7/15
    The Islamic State, or ISIS, has blown up on Monday an historic Christian church in Mosul known as the Mother of Aid. Saeed Mamuzini, media officer of the Mosul branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party(PDK), told Rudaw the jihadists also killed four children who were near the church at the time of its destruction. Mamuzin said the church was located in central of Mosul dates back to thousands of years. Mosul fell in early June after the rapid capitulation by the Iraqi military, whose members reportedly abandoned their posts as the jihadists advanced. After one year of controlling Mosul, the...
  • Beyonce's Curves Inspire Elenberg Fraser's Design for Melbourne Tower

    07/07/2015 2:03:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Arch Daily ^ | 7/6/15 | Karissa Rosenfield
    Beyonce's Ghost has inspired plans for a curvaceous, 226-meter-tall in Melbourne. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, the dubbed "Premier Tower" has received planning permission and will be built at 134 Spencer Street, adjacent to the Southern Cross station. According to the architects, the mixed-use project's "complex form" was shaped by climatic restraints and after Beyonce's moving body seen in her recent music video Ghost. It is set to rise 68-stories on a stepped podium in the city's central business district. Once complete, it will house 660 apartments, a 160-room hotel, and retail space. "This project is the culmination of our significant...
  • Catholic Hardware Store Sued for Refusing to Sell Gay Extension Cord [Satire? or Prophetic?]

    07/07/2015 1:48:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 7/6/15 | John White
    The Catholic owners of “Joe’s Hardware” in Atchison, Kansas are defending themselves against a federal lawsuit that accuses them of violating equal protection laws because they refused to sell a same-sex extension cord to a customer last month.The plaintiff in the lawsuit is Flip Rosco, a poodle trainer from Greenwich Village. During a press conference announcing the lawsuit, Mr. Rosco caused some initial confusion when he was asked what he was doing in Atchison in the first place. “Looking for a Catholic hardware store to sue,” he proclaimed, to a few raised eyebrows. “Love wins,” he quickly added, which seemed...
  • A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO “DIGNITY” [More Liberal PC Garbage Alert]

    07/06/2015 7:29:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 7/6/15 | Elizabeth Price Foley
    A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO “DIGNITY”: Jonathan Turley has an intriguing oped in the Washington Post, discussing why Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion in the same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, may portend a much broader and more nefarious right to “dignity”: In reality, he has been building to this moment for years, culminating in what might now be called a right to dignity. In his 1992 Casey decision, he upheldRoe v. Wade on the basis of “personal dignity and autonomy [that] are central to the liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.” Kennedy wove this concept of protected dignity through a series...
  • OPM's Return to Paper Security Clearance Processing Roils Contractors, Lawmakers

    07/06/2015 7:24:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 7/6/15 | Eric Katz
    The Office of Personnel Management has decided to take a step back in an attempt to move forward after hackers breached files containing sensitive data on millions of current and former federal employees, but some stakeholders are not fully on board with the plan. The agency sent an advisory last week to federal offices instructing them to temporarily collect paper copies of employees’ background investigation forms, rather than processing them electronically. OPM reached that decision after it shut down e-QIP, the Web tool that tracks employee background investigations, due to vulnerabilities that led to a breach of the personal information...
  • South Carolina Senator Starts Flag Debate With Gay Marriage Rant

    07/06/2015 7:13:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/6/15 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Republican South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright started off a debate about the Confederate flag by denouncing the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling and calling on people of faith in South Carolina to “rise up.”“I heard our president sing a religious hymn, and then Friday night I watched the White House be lit up in the abomination colors,” Bright said on the South Carolina Senate floor Monday. “It’s time — we’ve got amazing grace, we’ve got people in the stands here of faith — it’s time for the church to rise up. It’s time for the state of South Carolina to...
  • A gay Jewish president? Dreaming big, post-Supreme Court decision [Barf Alert]

    07/06/2015 6:53:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7/6/15 | Brian Schaefer
    During Pride festivities in the United States last weekend, tears flowed as freely as the celebratory libations, and pure joy mixed with utter disbelief following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country – an accomplishment that seemed preposterous only a few years ago. The victory, of course, derives from decades of struggle and strategy, pain and persistence.“As a marriage equality activist since the 1980s, I prayed and worked to see this day,” said Rabbi Denise Eger, the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, California, and the newly appointed, first openly gay president of...
  • Chicago cops give wide berth to pot-smoking Deadheads

    07/06/2015 6:39:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/6/15 | FRANK MAIN AND FRAN SPIELMAN
    On Chicago’s lakefront bike path, across the lawns of the museum campus and in the stands of Soldier Field, Grateful Dead fans toasted to the band’s farewell tour this weekend by lighting up. A pungent fog of marijuana smoke wafted throughout the arena packed with 70,000 Deadheads over three straight nights of concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But almost none of those fans needed to fear any repercussions for breaking the city’s ordinances prohibiting public weed consumption. Chicago Police officers made only one arrest for possession of cannabis on Friday and wrote only two possession of cannabis tickets Sunday...
  • Gay rights advocates decry Virginia House GOP's religious freedom agenda

    07/06/2015 6:38:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Democratic lawmakers and gay rights advocates on Monday fired back at Republican leaders in the House of Delegates for wanting to make religious freedom legislation — which they see as discriminatory against same-sex couples — a top priority in the 2016 General Assembly session. “While Virginia Democrats are focused on creating jobs, Republicans have admitted that their top legislative priority is discriminating against people,”said Democratic Party of Virginia chairwoman Susan Swecker. “Focusing on Indiana-style discrimination laws instead of growing our economy is irresponsible, dangerous and hopelessly out of touch.” While Republicans say they will abide by the recent historic U.S....
  • Syria: Obama-backed rebels persecute Christians, force them from their homes

    07/06/2015 6:32:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/6/15 | Robert Spencer
    The “moderates” are behaving a great deal like the “extremists.” No one who doesn’t buy the establishment line should be surprised, as the distinction between the two in Syria was always arbitrary.“Syrian Christians Face New Threat From Rebel Alliance,” by Alison Meuse and Deborah Amos, NPR, July 3, 2015: Syrian Christians face new threats from a rebel coalition that is fighting both the self-declared Islamic State and the regime.RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:Christians living through Syria’s civil war face a new threat as an Islamist rebel alliance surges in the country’s north. Today, in the heaviest fighting for months, the Islamist alliance...
  • Even in left wing ‘dhimmi’ la-la land of California, anti-Muslim sentiment is allegedly on the rise

    07/06/2015 6:30:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Of course, it is far from what designated terrorist group CAIR cracks it up to be. Mostly graffiti and name-calling…but CAIR would like you to think Muslims are being gunned down in the streets on a regular basis.pKPBS Reports of discrimination against Muslims in California nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest report published by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy organization. (Please note that according to FBI official reports, Muslim ‘hate’ crimes against Muslims are about 1/5 of hate crimes against Jews in America: FBI 2013 religious hate crime statistics)As evidenced by...
  • YouTube Removes Christian Movie Trailer About Homosexuality ["Commercially deceptive content"]

    07/06/2015 6:24:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/6/15 | Trey Sanchez
    Evangelist Ray Comfort has many video clips on YouTube showcasing his trademark style of sharing the Gospel with strangers on the street. But Comfort's latest project, a scripted film about the biblical view of homosexuality titled Audacity, has been removed from YouTube because of violations. Over 130,000 people have viewed the trailer, but anyone visiting today will see the following message displayed: This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube's policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content. Comfort told The Blaze that he believes someone at YouTube did not like the content of the video and pulled...
  • [Catholic Caucus] God Will Not Be Mocked

    07/06/2015 4:24:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court mocked the good Lord. Instead of looking towards Mt. Sinai for answers, they looked towards Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Our president called evil good and lit up the White House in the colors of a perverse pride making our nation a target for Divine retribution. St. Augustine said, Lex iniusta non est lex...An unjust law is not a law. Whether a positive human law is constitutional or not is not the primary question. Rather the question of a particular law being approved or not primarily comes down to this, namely, does it mirror...
  • Fortran: 7 Reasons Why It’s Not Dead

    07/06/2015 3:51:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 67 replies
    Information Week ^ | 7/6/15 | Curtis Franklin Jr.
    Fortran: Where general-purpose programming began.The list of high-tech tools in continuous use since the early 1950s isn't very long: the Fender Telecaster, the B-52, and Fortran.Fortran (which started life as FORTRAN, or FORmula TRANslator) was first created by IBM programmer John Backus in 1950. By the time John F. Kennedy was inaugurated, FORTRAN III had been released and FORTRAN had the features with which it would become the predominant programming language for scientific and engineering applications. To a nontrivial extent, it still is.Whereas COBOL was created to be a general purpose language that worked well for creating applications for business...
  • The New Totalitarians Are Here

    07/06/2015 3:06:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 7/6/15 | Tom Nichols
    There’s a basic difference in the traditions of political science between “authoritarians” and “totalitaritarians.” People throw both of these words around, but as is so often the case, they’re using words they may not always understand. They have real meaning, however, and the difference between them is important.Simply put, authoritarians merely want obedience, while totalitarians, whose rule is rooted in an ideology, want obedience and conversion. Authoritarians are a dime a dozen; totalitarians are rare. The authoritarians are the guys in charge who want to stay in charge, and don’t much care about you, or what you’re doing, so long...
  • Newspaper: Wisconsin prison guard suspended for Obama post

    07/06/2015 2:57:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 7/6/15
    Documents show that a Wisconsin prison guard was ordered to serve a one-day suspension for a joke he posted on Facebook about President Barack Obama and lynching, according to a newspaper report published Sunday.Collin Visser posted in December a photo of Christmas tree ornaments depicting Obama and the text: "Look guys. Obama Christmas ornaments. Suddenly it's legal to hang a black man from a tree again!" the Wisconsin State Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1H0kn2U ). The newspaper said it obtained documents last week revealing his punishment months after first requesting them under the state's open records law.Visser, who has worked at the...
  • Orissa, a Pentecostal pastor in prison on false charges of forced conversions

    07/06/2015 2:31:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 7/6/15 | Nirmala Carvalho
    The Orissa police yesterday arrested and imprisoned Rev. Sisir Nayak, accused by Hindu radicals in the area of ​​ illegally converting Munda tribe members. According to the complaint lodged with the police, in a year and a half the Pentecostal pastor "attracted " more than 300 people in the village of Raiguda (Keonjhar district) to Christianity. Speaking to AsiaNews, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), defines the police version as "unacceptable. The rhetoric of [forced] conversions is often an incitement to crimes against Christians. " Rev. Nayak is now in prison after a local...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘He Could Have Been Shot. Over Politics’

    07/06/2015 2:09:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/6/15 | David French
    It was still dark outside when “Jonah” (not his real name) heard the pounding on his front door. As luck would have it, he was awake — or mostly awake. He’d gotten up at 4:00 a.m. on October 3, 2013, to see his parents off to the airport. They were leaving on a quick trip to raise money for the children’s charity his father runs. Jonah was 16 at the time, old enough to stay home alone for a short time, but not old enough to deal with what awaited him on the other side of the door. The pounding...
  • Calling for Day of Prayer and Penance on July 4th

    07/03/2015 6:38:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Etheldredasplace ^ | 7/2/15 | Supertradmum
    Will you readers join me, please? Nothing to celebrate but many things for which to pray and mourn.
  • Did Obama Reopen Middle Eastern Slave Markets by Executive Order?

    07/03/2015 6:27:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/2/15 | David Forsmark and Timothy Imholt, PhD July 2, 2015
    Wednesday, President Obama publicly announced that he is issuing an executive order that the U.S. government will no longer criminally prosecute families of American hostages for paying ransom.In so doing, he created a public market for the selling of American citizens—and raised the price on their heads considerably. <-- PJM_300_by_250_middle --> In real life, no American family has ever been prosecuted for paying ransom; but apparently the president wants to make sure that the terrorists know for sure, and that they can get their money without that nasty FBI getting in the way.We can’t have the families of hostages dealing...
  • Chairman of Fordham’s theology department marries another man

    07/03/2015 6:19:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 7/3/15 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Somehow, I missed this little item in last Sunday’s New York Times. A reader sent it my way: Patrick Anthony Bergquist and J. Patrick Hornbeck II were married Saturday in Manhattan. The Rev. Matthew J. Moretz performed the ceremony at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, where he is an associate rector.Mr. Bergquist, 35, is the director of children, youth and family ministries at St. Bartholomew’s. He graduated from Anderson University in Indiana and received a master’s degree in theology from Northern Seminary in Lombard, Ill……Dr. Hornbeck, 33, is the chairman of the theology department and an associate professor of medieval and...
  • [Macon, GA] Catholic School Teacher Fired for Same-Sex Marriage Files Federal Lawsuit

    07/03/2015 6:09:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    A Catholic school in Macon, Ga., is facing a federal discrimination lawsuit from a former teacher whose employment was terminated in 2014 after the school found that he would be legally marrying his same-sex partner. “The argument being made in this suit—that a Catholic school’s commitment to upholding Catholic teaching on marriage is discriminatory toward homosexual employees—is a grave threat to Catholic education,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “A Catholic school exists for the very purpose of teaching the faith and forming young people for God,” he continued. “The implication is that our religion itself, rooted...
  • ACLU Of Kentucky Files Class Action Suit Against Rowan County And Its Clerk [sodomite marriage lic.]

    07/03/2015 5:58:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    WLEX ^ | 7/2/15
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four Rowan County couples, two same-gender couples and two opposite-gender couples, denied marriage licenses by County Clerk Kim Davis, a press release from the ACLU confirms. Davis is standing firm on her decision to stop issuing marriage licenses, despite dozens of protesters who gathered outside the courthouse. "My conscience will not allow me to issue a license for a same sex couple," says Kim Davis, "because I know that God ordained marriage from the very foundation of this world to be between a man and a...
  • 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off Philippines coast

    07/03/2015 5:43:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit 22km northwest of Santa Monica in the Philippine province of Surigao del Norte on Friday (Jul 3) at 2.43pm local time. The quake was recorded by the US Geological Survey (USGS) to be at a depth of 33.0km. According to the USGS Green Pager, weak to light impact was felt in areas including Butuan, Cebu and Tacloban. USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related facilities and economic losses, reporting there to be a low likelihood of casualties and damage. It said that overall, the population in the region resides in structures that are a mix of...
  • [Ed Peters:] Excommunication of same-sex ‘marriage’ Catholic SCOTUS Justices for Heresy

    07/03/2015 4:54:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/2/15 | Fr John Zuhsdorf
    From Ed Peters, distinguished canonist, on Catholic SCOTUS Justices (Kennedy, Sotomayor) who ruled for Obergefell v. Hodges: Obergefell and canonical criminal lawDcn Greg Kandra calls attention to a question floating around out there, namely, [QUAERITUR…]should Catholic justices who voted to impose “same-sex marriage” on America be excommunicated? We can deal with most of that question pretty quickly.Excommunication can impact any Catholic (there are no exemptions for those in high civil office), but it can be incurred only for twelve specifically delineated crimes (CLSA Comm. 932, not counting a couple of excommunicable crimes listed outside the Code). Now, voting to impose...
  • [TN] Demonstrators with Confederate flags greet president

    07/01/2015 5:05:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Supporters of the Confederate flag were seen waving the flag outside of the school this afternoon where President Barack Obama is scheduled to give his remarks on health care later in the day. The demonstrators were gathered across the street from Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Madison. They said they hope the president will come outside and speak to them so he will understand what they’re all about. “We just want him to understand that this is heritage, that there is not any bit of hate coming from these flags. We can’t be held accountable for one man making that...
  • The first Norwegian municipality allows Muslim call to prayer

    07/01/2015 4:48:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Speisa ^ | 6/28/15
    The mosque in Sandnessjřen starts with call to prayer using outside loudspeakers. It is met with very mixed reactions among the citizens, NRK reports. The Muslim Association in Sandnessjřen begins with outdoors call to prayer in connection with Friday prayers. A loudspeaker will be placed outside the premises of the mosque and the call to prayer will be heard over the entire neighborhood. The municipality has given the permission, but that this will become a weekly fixture in the town center, has created harsh reactions among people in the municipality. - We are not in Mecca - It is unusual...
  • Rainbow White House: Whatever your views, don’t treat the White House like a bumper sticker

    07/01/2015 1:23:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/1/15 | Glenn T. Stanton
    I write this post not as a partisan, but as an American. The White House should not ever be used as an icon or celebration for any particular political or even social cause or purpose, regardless of our personal belief on the rightness of that cause. It just shouldn't.There are many reasons.First there's whose house it is. It's the people's House which we happily and proudly present to every President to conduct his solemn business of leading our nation and for the protection, enjoyment, and relaxation of his family. It is not one person’s, administration’s, or particular group’s house to...
  • EU launches Internet Referral Unit to combat online extremism [twitter war!!!]

    07/01/2015 1:16:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Computer Weekly ^ | 7/1/15 | Warwick Ashford
    Europol has officially launched the European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) to combat terrorist propaganda and related violent extremist activities on the internet. The move is in response to the increase in terrorists' use of the internet and social media. According to Europol, Jihadist groups, in particular, have demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of how social networks operate. They have launched well-organised, concerted social media campaigns to recruit followers and to promote or glorify acts of terrorism or violent extremism. To tackle this phenomenon, EU member states have agreed a co-ordinated European prevention approach, which includes establishing the EU IRU...
  • SSPX Bp. Fellay: “we are on the eve of important events that we cannot yet define”

    07/01/2015 1:13:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/1/15 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    In other news, the head of the SSPX, Bp. Bernard Fellay, gave an interview to Present in which he spoke of the status quaestionis these days, both within the Society (a priestly society, remember) and outside. HERESamples: Present: In an interview with Fideliter in 2001, you mentioned the “movement of profound sympathy from the young clergy for the Society.” Has this movement grown, especially with the motu proprio in 2007?Bishop Fellay: Without a doubt! The motu proprio gave this movement a new impetus. And it is important to insist upon Benedict XVI’s interest for the liturgy in general. He truly...
  • Bagnell Dam opens flood gates at Lake of the Ozarks [Drought alert]

    07/01/2015 1:00:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    KY3 ^ | 7/1/15
    Ameren Missouri has opened the flood gates at Bagnell Dam at Lake of the Ozarks. Consulting engineer Alan Sullivan said 11 of the dam’s 12 flood gates were opened to 10 percent after the area recorded three inches of rain in the overnight hours. More than 40,000 cubic feet per second are flowing through the gates. Operators also ordered Truman Dam to close its gates to relive the pressure downstream on Bagnell Dam. Sullivan said Ameren is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the impact of the flooding on farmers and property owners downstream, but added that...
  • Girl Scouts Raise $250K for Transgender Cause

    07/01/2015 10:18:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7-1-15 | Christine Niles
    A Girl Scouts troop in the state of Washington has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the caveat that it could not be used to support transgender scouts. In an interview Tuesday, Megan Ferland, CEO of the Girls Scouts of Western Washington, said, "Girl Scouts is for every girl, and that is every girl regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion. Every girl is every girl." This includes boys who think they're girls. The Girl Scouts claim their policy is one of "inclusivity," and they welcome transgender scouts, and in fact have several such members...
  • Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil companies

    07/01/2015 7:40:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-30-15 | Yeganeh Torbati
    An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state's energy companies. Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and gas industry's practice of injecting massive volumes of saltwater left over from oil and gas drilling. The state saw nearly 600 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in 2014, compared to just one or two per year prior to 2009, according...
  • UN asks Nigeria to ease abortion restrictions for Boko Haram rape victims

    07/01/2015 7:32:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | 7-1-15
    The United Nations rights chief Wednesday urged Nigeria to show compassion and make it easier for women and girls who became pregnant in Boko Haram captivity to access abortions. Boko Haram militants are estimated by Amnesty International to have kidnapped more than 2,000 women and girls in northeastern Nigeria since the beginning of 2014, including the 276 girls seized from their school in Chibok last year in a kidnapping that sparked global outrage. "During their captivity, lasting in many cases for months or even years, women and girls have been sexually enslaved, raped and forced into so-called 'marriages'," Zeid Ra'ad...
  • THE SAINT OF THE TITANIC: THE LAST VOYAGE OF FR. THOMAS BYLES

    07/01/2015 7:24:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    The Catholic Gentleman ^ | 7-1-15 | K.V. TURLEY
    Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. On board in all directions there was the sound of running feet. It was clear there was something wrong. Before hearing anything, however, one had somehow sensed it. Some indiscernible threat had impacted and was quickly making its presence felt throughout the ship. At that moment a priest with breviary in hand was praying Night Office as he walked on the upper deck; nevertheless, as the alarms sounded he knew something had gone seriously wrong. The priest in question was Fr. Thomas Byles, and the ship’s...
  • 12 Quotes Against Sodomy That Every Catholic Should Know

    07/01/2015 3:34:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    For millennia the Catholic Church has consistently opposed unnatural vice. Here is a brief sampling of useful quotes from Saints, Doctors of the Church, Church Fathers and Ecclesiastical Writers who condemn homosexual vice in their writings. Please share this post with all your Catholic friends. 1. Athenagoras of Athens (2nd Century) Athenagoras of Athens was a philosopher who converted to Christianity in the second century. He shows that the pagans, who were totally immoral, did not even refrain from sins against nature: "But though such is our character (Oh! why should I speak of things unfit to be uttered?), the...
  • The Rise of Priests Who Encourage Sins Against Faith

    07/01/2015 1:54:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 6/30/15 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Though the 24-hour news cycle has long moved on from applauding the Irish referendum in favor of same-sex "marriage," this catastrophe for the Church and future of Ireland should still be the focus of thoughtful reflection by faithful Catholics. Just as outward physical symptoms reveal the presence of disease and disorder throughout the body, the abandonment of the Faith in Ireland is the outward manifestation of a virulent spiritual disease infecting the entire Church in the West. This deadly disease infecting the Church in Western society has three inter-related symptoms — heresy, apostasy and schism. The Catechism of the Catholic...
  • Anti-gay beating sparks new row in Morocco

    06/30/2015 5:11:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | 6/30/15
    Videos showing a crowd attacking a presumed homosexual in public in Morocco because of his appearance triggered fresh controversy on Tuesday over social intolerance in the conservative Muslim country. The website Goud posted a three-minute video of the man trying in vain to take shelter in a taxi to escape angry youths in the central city of Fez. His appearance in what looked like a white dress and his gait had upset the youths, it said. The man is seen in the video collapsing to the ground under an avalanche of blows from an expanding circle of youths. He finally...
  • A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear

    06/30/2015 5:03:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/30/15 | Phil Lawler
    Having read scores of essays, op-eds, and blog posts about the Obergefell decision, I keep coming back to this outstanding piece by Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s commission on ethics and religious liberty. Moore drives home the point that marriage will endure, and the Church will endure, because both are established by God, who is not subject to the velleities of Supreme Court justices. That does not mean the cultural change wrought by last week’s decision will be painless, Moore warns; on the contrary. But in the end, “the Gospel doesn’t need ‘family values’ to flourish."...
  • You've been warned, America, gay marriage is just the beginning

    06/30/2015 4:04:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/30/15 | Cal Thomas
    “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North Africa might also be said about Friday’s narrow 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court legalizing marriage between people of the same sex. That the majority threw a bone to religious people, their churches and institutions, saying they could continue to preach and teach that homosexual marriage is wrong, will almost certainly be challenged by gay activists and secularists whose goal is to drive...
  • Islamic State 'beheads women for sorcery' in Syria

    06/30/2015 3:43:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/30/15
    Islamic State (IS) has beheaded two women in eastern Syria, the first time the jihadist group has decapitated female civilians, activists say. The women were killed along with their husbands in the city of Deir al-Zour and the town of al-Mayadeen, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. All four were accused of sorcery.
  • French beheading suspect acted on Islamic State orders, says prosecutor

    06/30/2015 3:41:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/30/15 | Rory Mulholland
    The French man who beheaded his boss and tried to blow up a chemical plant had a "terrorist motive" and links to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria, despite his claim that he carried out his grisly act for purely personal reasons, a prosecutor said. "This corresponds very precisely to the orders of Daesh [Isil] which calls regularly for acts of terrorism on French soil and in particular to cut the throats of unbelievers,” said Paris chief prosecutor Francois Molins. "The decapitation recalls the habitual modus operandi of this terrorist organisation," he told reporters.
  • Pastor, Worshipers Beaten After 200 Hindu Radicals Storm and Devastate Protestant Church in India

    06/30/2015 3:32:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 6/29/15 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Evangelical Fellowship of India has reported a violent attack against Christians in the country that was committed earlier this month when over 200 Hindu radicals stormed a Protestant church in the town of Attingal, Kerela, beating up the pastor and some of the worshipers, and breaking the altar.EFI shared the news with Fides News Agency, reporting that the attack took place on June 14. The radicals apparently shouted slogans like "Bharat Mathaki Jai" ("Hail Mother India") during the attack, which was broken up after police arrived.Christians in Attingal have since staged a protest march in the city, calling for...
  • Robert Mugabe ‘proposes to Barack Obama’ [Zero a laughingstock]

    06/30/2015 3:08:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    During his weekly interview with the national radio station, the Zimbabwean president joked that he planned to travel to Washington DC ‘get down on one knee and ask his hand’. Mugabe, who is known for his brutal crusades against homosexuality, was responding in bizarre fashion to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees gays and lesbians the same right to marry as heterosexuals. Speaking on on Saturday, Mugabe said: ‘I’ve just concluded – since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people and enjoys an attractive countenance – thus if it becomes...
  • With Weak Protections For Conscience, "Obergefell is Roe on Steroids"

    06/30/2015 2:55:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 6/30/15 | Joan Desmond
    Liberals and conservatives have compared the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision with Obergefell v. Hodges. Both are landmark rulings, in which the high court takes sides in a fractious national debate that was far from decided in the minds of many voters. But Bill McGurn, the Wall Street Journal columnist, takes issue with that assessment, at least as it involves the likely impact of the court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage. McGurn does not dispute the grave immorality of legal abortion. Rather he argues that the weak, ambiguous language on free-exercise protections in Justice Kennedy's majority opinion in...