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  • Gay Athletes Planning Protests Over Indiana Law Around Final Four

    03/31/2015 6:41:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 31, 2015 | RICK KLEIN
    Gay Athletes Planning Protests Over Indiana Law Around Final Four Mar 31, 2015, By RICK KLEIN Several prominent, openly gay athletes will be among those protesting the new Indiana religious freedom law this week, despite Gov. Mike Pence’s promise to "fix" the law before the Final Four begins on Saturday, according to local activists. Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis and former NBA player Jason Collins are among those coming to the state this week for press conferences or other public events. The effort to keep attention on the law around the college basketball showcase in Indianapolis caps a week where...
  • Catholic Archbishop: "Current White House May Be Least Friendly to Religious Concerns in.."

    03/30/2015 8:49:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 30, 2015
    Catholic Archbishop: 'Current White House May Be Least Friendly to Religious Concerns in Our History’ March 30, 2015 (CNSNews.com) - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia gave a speech to seminarians in his archdiocese on March 17 in which he examined the threats to religious liberty arising around the world—including in the United States. In his speech, the archbishop said: “The current White House may be the least friendly to religious concerns in our history.” He also said: “We need to remember two simple facts. In practice, no law and no constitution can protect religious freedom unless people actually believe...
  • Nine CEOs Call on Gov. Pence to Revise Indiana Law

    03/30/2015 8:26:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 86 replies
    Wall St.J. | March 30, 2015
    Mar 30, 2015 Nine CEOs Call on Gov. Pence to Revise Indiana Law Corporations are ratcheting up pressure on Indiana over its religious-objections law. Nine chief executives wrote a letter to Republican Gov. Mike Pence calling on the him to revise the law. The full text of the letter, which was written by CEOs from Angie’s List Inc., Anthem Inc., Cummins Inc., Dow AgroSciences, Eli Lilly & Co., Emmis Communications Corp., Indiana University Health, Roche Diagnostics Corp. and Salesforce Marketing Cloud, is below. Read more on the law here and an opinion piece by Mr. Pence. March 30, 2015 Honorable...
  • GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law [Cruz:"I want to commend Governor"]

    03/30/2015 8:06:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 30, 2015 | BILL McGUIRE and ALANA ABRAMSON
    GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law Mar 30, 2015 By BILL McGUIRE and ALANA ABRAMSON Key Republican presidential hopefuls are backing Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act amid growing concern over possible discrimation against gays and lesbians when the law takes effect. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in an interview on conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt's show today, expressed support for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the legislation. "I think Governor Pence has done the right thing," Bush said, according to the New York Times. "I think once the facts are established, people aren't going to see...
  • CONNECTICUT TO BOYCOTT INDIANA OVER RFRA, FORGETS IT HAS ITS OWN

    03/30/2015 8:01:12 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 30, 2015 | Emily Zanotti
    CONNECTICUT TO BOYCOTT INDIANA OVER RFRA, FORGETS IT HAS ITS OWN By Emily Zanotti on 3.30.15 Presient Obama isn't the only person who has selective memory when it comes to voting for and passing a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This morning, the governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, announced that he would be the first governor in the union to sign an executive order limiting state-sponsored travel to Indiana because of Indiana's ostensibly "discriminatory practices."
  • Indiana Republicans To Amend 'Religious Freedom' Law In Face Of Backlash [Shameful Backpedaling!]

    03/30/2015 7:44:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 30, 2015 | Amanda Holpuch
    Indiana Republicans To Amend 'Religious Freedom' Law In Face Of Backlash Amanda Holpuch Monday 30 March 2015 Indiana’s Republican legislative leaders said on Monday they were working on adding language to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to make it clear that it does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. The move comes amid widespread outcry over the measure that prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of “person” includes religious institutions, businesses and associations. Brian Bosma, the speaker of the Indiana house of representatives, and David...
  • The White House Doesn’t Like Indiana’s Religious-Liberty Law, but Won’t Say Why It’s Different...

    03/29/2015 10:37:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | March 28, 2015 | PATRICK BRENNAN
    The White House Doesn’t Like Indiana’s Religious-Liberty Law, but Won’t Say Why It’s Different from the One Obama Supported by PATRICK BRENNAN March 29, 2015 When Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a religious-liberty-protection statute into law this past week, he probably didn’t expect the activist backlash and accusations that he’d just endorsed or legalized discrimination. In part, that would be due to the fact that dozens of states and the federal government have had similar laws for years and there’s been no epidemic of discrimination against gays and lesbians. Now, Indiana’s law is not quite identical to the federal law...
  • How To Make Pax Cakes, A Palm Sunday Tradition [Taken With Glass of Ale]

    03/29/2015 9:41:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | March 28, 2015 | Leah Hyslop
    How To Make Pax Cakes, A Palm Sunday Tradition Mark Palm Sunday with your family by making pax cakes, a forgotten Herefordshire sweet treat Palm Sunday treat: Mary-Anne Boermans' lenten biscuits Photo: Mary-Anne Boermans By Leah Hyslop 29 Mar 2015 The Easter period is inextricably connected with certain foods – eggs, roast lamb and hot cross buns. But not many people in Britain today will enjoy a pax cake. These little treats, which seem to have originated in Herefordshire, were once handed out by churches after the service on Palm Sunday, the day which marks Jesus's triumphant entry into Jerusaleum....
  • Tim Cook: Apple Will Oppose Bills Like Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

    03/29/2015 9:23:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 267 replies
    NBCNews ^ | March 28, 2015
    Tim Cook: Apple Will Oppose Bills Like Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Sunday broadened his criticism of a new law in Indiana, which opponents say could be used to discriminate against gay people, to other states that he says have similar laws. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law Thursday, sparking an outcry from those, including Cook, who say it could be used to protect businesses that refuse to serve gay people. The law's supporters say it will prevent the government from forcing business owners from providing services that go...
  • Seattle Mayor Prohibits City Employees From Traveling to Indiana

    03/29/2015 8:15:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 58 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 28, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    Seattle Mayor Prohibits City Employees From Traveling to Indiana Mar 28, 201 By EMILY SHAPIRO The mayor of Seattle today prohibited municipal employees from traveling to Indiana on city funds, as the backlash spread against the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's decision comes in response to the law signed Thursday by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that allows businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians for religious reasons. Murray said Indiana's new law "doesn't reflect the values" of Seattle. "Seattle has been a leader in the fight to protect civil rights and ensure equality for all...
  • GOP: 'Even Nixon Didn't Destroy the Tapes'

    03/28/2015 7:39:54 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    March 28, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    GOP: 'Even Nixon Didn't Destroy the Tapes' 1MAR 28, 2015 • BY DANIEL HALPER Hillary Clinton is worse than Richard Nixon, says the Republican National Committee. "Even Nixon didn't destroy the tapes," RNC chair Reince Priebus says in a statement in response to reports that Hillary Clinton wiped her email server clean. "It's imperative an independent third party review the server immediately. Unless Mrs. Clinton went to extreme lengths to wipe this server, there are ways to recover this data. "Unfortunately it appears Clinton went above and beyond to eliminate email traffic as Secretary of State. There isn’t a separate...
  • Senate GOP Asking New Questions About Emails For Clinton And Abedin, Who Had Special...

    03/28/2015 6:17:12 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 28, 2015
    Senate GOP Asking New Questions About Emails For Clinton And Abedin, Who Had Special Employment Status Published March 28, 2015FoxNews.com Senate Republicans are renewing efforts to learn why Huma Abedin, a top assistant to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was allowed to keep working at the agency under a special, part-time status while also being employed at a politically-connected consulting firm. The new requests are being made by Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, following revelations that both women used a private Internet server and email accounts for State Department correspondence. Grassley says the earlier...
  • BENEDICT XVI ON PALM SUNDAY: The Theological Einstein of Our Times (Catholic Caucus)

    BENEDICT XVI ON PALM SUNDAY St Peter's Square 26th World Youth Day Sunday, 17 April 2011 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Dear young people! It is a moving experience each year on Palm Sunday as we go up the mountain with Jesus, towards the Temple, accompanying him on his ascent. On this day, throughout the world and across the centuries, young people and people of every age acclaim him, crying out: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” But what are we really doing when we join this procession as part...
  • Fresno's Deputy Police Chief Arrested On Drug Charges [From Obama Down: Collapse of Law And Order!]

    03/28/2015 4:01:57 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 28, 2015 | MATT HAMILTON
    Fresno's Deputy Police Chief Arrested On Drug Charges Fresno's deputy police chief was among four people arrested on federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin, authorities said Thursday. By MATT HAMILTON Second-in-command of Fresno police department and four others held on federal drug charges, authorities said. The second-in-command of the Fresno Police Department and four others were arrested Thursday on federal drug charges, authorities said. Keith Foster, who joined the department in 1986 and worked as deputy chief since 2007, is accused of conspiring to distribute heroin, oxycodone and marijuana, according to the federal criminal complaint unsealed...
  • Iran Nuclear Talks 'Enter Endgame' In Switzerland [Israel Sold Out!]

    03/28/2015 3:56:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    BBCNews ^ | March 28, 2015
    Iran Nuclear Talks 'Enter Endgame' In Switzerland How close is a final nuclear deal on Iran? Talks on Iran's nuclear programme have entered their "endgame", Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said. Negotiators from six world powers are attempting to strike a deal with Iran to restrict its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. The parties have set a deadline of the end of March to reach an agreement.
  • Decorated Boston Police Officer in Coma After 'Unprovoked' Shooting

    03/28/2015 10:45:25 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 28, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    Decorated Boston Police Officer in Coma After 'Unprovoked' Shooting Mar 28, 2015 By EMILY SHAPIRO A Boston police officer was shot during a motor vehicle stop in Roxbury on March 27, 2015. ABC News A police officer decorated for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop, the city's police commissioner said today. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans called the shooting of Officer John Moynihan on Friday night "unprovoked." He and five other officers had pulled over a driver in Roxbury,...
  • Clinton Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over Emails

    03/26/2015 8:21:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2015
    March 25, 2015 Clinton Hit With Racketeering Lawsuit Over Emails By Jesse Byrnes The conservative group Freedom Watch has filed a racketeering lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that accuses her of failing to produce documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The civil suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, argues that Clinton used her private emails to sell access to other officials in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation. It alleges that, during her tenure, Clinton withheld documents requested under FOIA regarding State Department waivers given to...
  • California Loosens Jessica's Law Rules On Where Sex Offenders Can Live

    03/26/2015 8:14:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | By KATE MATHER
    California Loosens Jessica's Law Rules On Where Sex Offenders Can Live By KATE MATHER State will stop enforcing Jessica's Law provision that prohibits all sex offenders from living near schools California officials announced Thursday that the state would stop enforcing a key provision of a voter-approved law that prohibits all registered sex offenders from living near schools. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said it would no longer impose the blanket restrictions outlined in Jessica's Law that forbids all sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park, regardless of whether their crimes involved children. California...
  • Obama’s Mideast Vacuum [Obama's Policies Have Left Behind a "Region On Fire"]

    03/26/2015 8:10:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | March 26, 2015
    Obama’s Mideast Vacuum March 26, 2015 An abiding goal of President Obama’s foreign policy has been to reduce America’s role in the Middle East, in the belief that it would lead to greater stability and serve U.S. interests. Has a policy ever been so thoroughly repudiated in so short a time? Mr. Obama has succeeded in his retreat, but the vacuum he’s left has produced a region on fire that is becoming a broad Sunni-Shiite war. That’s the context for this week’s meltdown in Yemen, which has now escalated with the military intervention of Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab...
  • Because Mary Said “Yes…” — A Reflection For The Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord

    03/25/2015 10:46:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 674 replies
    SaltAndDignity ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fr. Thomas Rosica
    Because Mary Said “Yes…” — A Reflection For The Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord March 25, 2011 by Fr. Thomas Rosica Standing in the middle of the present day city of Nazareth is the mammoth Basilica of the Annunciation, built around what is believed to be the dwelling of Mary. In a grotto-like room at the heart of the basilica is a small inscription on an altar. It reads, “verbum caro hic factum est,” here the Word became flesh. There, it is believed, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, and her response changed the world forever. Imagine yourself...
  • Study Shows Humans Are Evolving Faster Than Previously Thought

    03/25/2015 10:01:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 61 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | March 25, 2015 | Hannah Devlin
    Study Shows Humans Are Evolving Faster Than Previously Thought Hannah Devlin 25 March 2015 Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population. Scientists reached the conclusion after showing that almost every man alive can trace his origins to one common male ancestor who lived about 250,000 years ago. The discovery that so-called “genetic Adam”, lived about 100,000 years more recently than previously understood suggests that humans must have been genetically diverging at a more rapid rate than thought. Kári Stefánsson, of the company deCODE Genetics and senior author of...
  • Medi-Cal Rolls Could Swell Under Obama's Deportation Relief Plan President Obama

    03/25/2015 9:27:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 25, 2015 | SOUMYA KARLAMANGLA
    Medi-Cal Rolls Could Swell Under Obama's Deportation Relief Plan President Obama Immigrants living in the U.S. without permission can't enroll in Obamacare, but California allows those granted temporary relief from deportation to sign up for Medi-Cal. ( By SOUMYA KARLAMANGLA Medi-Cal sign-ups could soar under President Obama's executive actions on immigration Half a million more Californians could apply for Medi-Cal under Obama's deportation relief plan, a study says President Obama's executive actions on immigration, which have sparked a fierce political backlash nationwide, could also provide an unlikely boost for another of his goals: increasing health insurance signups. Immigrants living in...
  • Groups May Boycott Indiana Over Religious Objections Bill [Christian Group Sides With LGBT!]

    03/25/2015 9:16:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    CruxNow ^ | March 25, 2015 | Tom Davies
    Groups May Boycott Indiana Over Religious Objections Bill By Tom Davies March 25, 2015 INDIANAPOLIS — Organizers of at least two major conventions set for Indianapolis have joined some business leaders in urging Republican Gov. Mike Pence to veto a religious objections bill that opponents say could provide legal cover for discrimination against gay people. In a letter to Pence sent Wednesday, leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) warned the legislation was causing them to reconsider plans to hold their 6,000-person General Assembly in Indianapolis in 2017. The CEO of a gathering of gamers considered to be the...
  • Top Homeland Official Alejandro Mayorkas Accused of Political Favoritism [Hillary's Brother]

    03/24/2015 10:41:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 24, 2015 | MATTHEW MOSK and BRIAN ROSS
    Top Homeland Official Alejandro Mayorkas Accused of Political Favoritism Mar 24, 2015 By MATTHEW MOSK and BRIAN ROSS Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tainted the image and integrity of the immigration program he oversaw by fostering “an appearance of favoritism and special access” in how the agency treated projects that would bring visas and Green Cards to wealthy foreign investors, a new report from the agency’s Inspector General says. “The juxtaposition of Mr. Mayorkas’ communication with external stakeholders on specific matters outside the normal procedures, coupled with favorable action that deviated from the regulatory scheme designed to ensure fairness...
  • Of Course Ted Cruz Could Win

    03/24/2015 6:24:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | March 24, 2015 | by
    Of Course Ted Cruz Could Win by KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON March 24, 2015 Columnists and their headline writers have a habit of offering hostages to Fate — e.g., “Let’s not even pretend Ted Cruz has a chance of becoming president,” “Let’s be serious about Ted Cruz from the start: He’s too extreme and too disliked to win,” “Opposition from Republicans who care about winning in 2016 will doom the chances of a senator whose tactics . . . have established him as a loudmouth loser.” We have heard this sort of thing before. “Reagan can’t win, Ford says.” That’s the...
  • Bob Jones III Apologizes For Saying Gays Should Be Stoned

    03/23/2015 8:52:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | March 23, 2015 | Ed Payne
    Bob Jones III Apologizes For Saying Gays Should Be Stoned By Ed Payne, CNN March 23, 2015 (CNN)Three and a half decades after calling for homosexuals to be stoned, former Bob Jones University President Bob Jones III has apologized. "I take personal ownership of this inflammatory rhetoric," Jones said. "This reckless statement was made in the heat of a political controversy 35 years ago." The weekend apology came days after the conservative Christian school in South Carolina received a petition asking for an apology for a statement Jones made to the Associated Press in 1980 at the White House. "I'm...
  • Sarkozy Staves Off Surging National Front, France Exit Polls Suggest

    03/22/2015 4:18:57 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    BBCNews ^ | March 22, 2015
    22 March 2015 Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP and its allies led voting in the first round of French local elections, exit polls suggest. They pushed the far-right National Front into second, with President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists in third. Voters are electing representatives in 101 departments, or counties, charged with issues like schools and welfare. A second round of voting will take place in a week's time.
  • Clinton Foundation's Chickens Coming Home To Roost In Haiti? [Stolen Money!]

    03/21/2015 8:20:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Thomas Lifson
    March 21, 2015 Clinton Foundation's Chickens Coming Home To Roost In Haiti? By Thomas Lifson It has always been apparent to me that the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation was a poorly disguised vehicle for bribery, kickbacks, and political operations, all under the guise of tax-deductible fundraising. A veneer of do-gooderism, adopting popular racially correct causes like AIDS treatment and relief for Haitians, would suffice to denounce any queries into the real nature of the money pot as harming sacred victim groups. But somehow or other, the usual Clinton immunity has worn off – perhaps because, as Ed Klein...
  • Russia Moves To Stop Same-Sex Spouses Receiving UN Staff Benefits

    03/21/2015 7:34:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | March 21, 2015
    Russia Moves To Stop Same-Sex Spouses Receiving UN Staff Benefits Russia asks UN to put recognition of same-sex marriage for 43,000 staff worldwide to a vote, in attempt to thwart policy change Prior to the UN's recognition of same-sex marriages among its staff, workers’ personal status was determined by the laws of their country of nationality. Chris Johnston 21 March 2015 Russia is attempting to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to same-sex spouses. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced in July 2014 it would recognise same-sex marriages among its 43,000 staff worldwide, allowing them to receive the...
  • In The Headlong Rush For 'Rights’, Children Are An Afterthought

    03/21/2015 7:27:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 21, 2015 | By Charles Moore
    In The Headlong Rush For 'Rights’, Children Are An Afterthought Traditional views of parenthood are being drowned out by a form of gay rights sharia By Charles Moore 21 Mar 2015 It is a cunning feature of general elections, designed by the parties who compete in them, that most issues which matter cannot be discussed. Today I want to write about children. The word “children” – or, more likely, “kids” – is seldom off the lips of politicians (“our children’s future”, “We all want to do what’s best for our kids”). There are innumerable policies about child care, schools, child...
  • Jay Leno Called ‘Kind of Racist’ By Intern For Disliking Mexican Food

    03/21/2015 11:51:58 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 91 replies
    March 21, 2015
    <p>By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2015 Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno lamented that “college kids” these days don’t understand what real racism is during an interview on “Late Night with Seth Myers” Thursday night.</p>
  • Obama Uses Weekly Address To Push Loretta Lynch Vote, Says It’s ‘Purely About Politics’

    03/21/2015 11:20:47 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2015
    Obama Uses Weekly Address To Push Loretta Lynch Vote, Says It’s ‘Purely About Politics’ By Colby Itkowitz March 21 President Obama and Democrats are losing patience with the Republican-controlled Senate's refusal to bring his attorney general nominee up for a vote, using interviews, social media and now the president's weekly address to express their mounting frustration. The president on Saturday morning reiterated comments he made in an interview with the Huffington Post that Loretta Lynch, who was nominated in early November, is qualified and deserves a yes-or-no vote on her confirmation. "Republicans promised that Congress would function smoothly with them...
  • Police: Suspect Admits Destroying Bodies Of Food Network Finalist, Spouse

    03/20/2015 9:14:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 20, 2015 | RYAN PARKER AND CHRISTINE MAI-DUC
    <p>Man suspected of killing Food Network contestant and husband admitted to destroying their bodies, police say The man suspected of killing Cristie Schoen Codd, a contestant on "The Next Food Network Star," and her husband told authorities that he had stored and destroyed the couple's bodies at his home, according to documents released by North Carolina authorities Thursday.</p>
  • To Many, Fat Stigma Makes Obesity Smell Foul

    03/20/2015 8:56:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 88 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 20, 2015 | MELISSA HEALY
    To Many, Fat Stigma Makes Obesity Smell Foul New evidence of our unconscious prejudice against obese individuals comes in a study from UCLA psychologists. ( By MELISSA HEALY Below our level of awareness lies prejudice, and it doesn't smell good Obese people have been shown to prompt more disgust than such stigmatized groups as the homeless Has the "war on obesity" claimed casualties among the obese? Experimental subjects who were tricked into thinking they should smell something reported they smelled less pleasant odors when they viewed pictures of overweight and obese people than when they gazed at trim individuals, new...
  • Should State Senator Apologize for Calling Hinduism a ‘False Faith’? [Hindu Legislature Prayer]

    03/20/2015 8:42:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    PJMedia ^ | March 19, 2015 | Rod Kackley
    Should State Senator Apologize for Calling Hinduism a ‘False Faith’? Idaho lawmaker says she's "really opposed to having prayer that wasn't Christian" in legislative body. by March 19, 2015 - 2:07 pm (Pic in URL) A crowd of naysayers that ranged from her cousin in the state of Washington, to Buddhist leaders in Boise, Colo., to a rabbi in Nevada has called on Idaho Sen. Sheryl “Sherry” Nuxoll (R) to apologize for calling Hinduism a “false faith with false gods.” While the self-described mother, housewife and co-manager of a farm/ranch in Cottonwood, Idaho, has admitted she could have turned a...
  • Why I Left Protestantism for Catholicism

    03/20/2015 6:36:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 97 replies
    Jeffrey A. Tucker
    Why I Left Protestantism for Catholicism He is a Fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and the Managing Editor of The Free Market. I am no fan of "conversion" essays, which are sometimes pompous and self-serving. My purpose is to achieve a greater spirit of mutual respect. How rare are Protestant conversions to Catholicism? More rare than reverse, but I know enough cases, including my own, to make the subject worth exploring. J.I. Packer recently wrote in Christianity Today (May 1989) that the contrast between the "zany wildness" of Protestantism and the "at-homeness" of Catholicism alone is sufficient to...
  • Catholic Leaders Backing Cruz’s D.C. Resolution

    03/20/2015 6:21:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 20, 2015a | Bridget Bowman
    Catholic Leaders Backing Cruz’s D.C. Resolution By Bridget Bowman March 20 Influential Catholic leaders sent a letter to senators Friday urging them to support Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma’s effort to block two D.C. bills. This week Cruz introduced two joint resolutions of disapproval, with Lankford as a co-sponsor, aimed at striking down the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act, which the D.C. government approved in January. The senators say the bills violate religious freedom, and the Catholic leaders agree. “In effect, both RHNDA and HRAA would compel religious institutions,...
  • Two Convicted In Canada VIA Rail Terror Plot Case [Obama's Safe World!]

    03/20/2015 5:01:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | March 20, 2015
    Two Convicted In Canada VIA Rail Terror Plot Case Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two suspects accused of plotting with al-Qaida in Iran to derail a train in Canada, arrives at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto 23 April 2013 Chiheb Esseghaier said he only wanted to be judged by the Koran Two Canadian men accused of plotting to attack a passenger train going from New York to Toronto have been found guilty on multiple terror charges. Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were arrested in 2013 after a surveillance and undercover operation. Jurors spent 10 days in deliberations before returning guilty...
  • That 'Cyanide' Letter to White House Actually Contained Smoker's Spit

    03/20/2015 4:58:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 20, 2015 | PIERRE THOMAS, JACK DATE, MIKE LEVINE
    That 'Cyanide' Letter to White House Actually Contained Smoker's Spit Mar 20, 2015, By PIERRE THOMAS, JACK DATE, MIKE LEVINE Authorities believe a suspicious item sent to the White House on Monday actually contained a smokers saliva. Authorities believe a suspicious item sent to the White House on Monday actually contained a smoker's saliva. Cancer.gov The suspicious letter sent to the White House on Monday was as dangerous as a warm bucket of spit. Literally. When the piece of mail -- containing a plastic bag and a suspicious liquid -- was initially tested at an off-site screening facility, the results...
  • ISIS Destroys Historic Christian And Muslim Shrines In Northern Iraq [Obama's JV-Team At Work!]

    03/20/2015 4:56:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 20, 2015 | Kareem Shaheen
    ISIS Destroys Historic Christian And Muslim Shrines In Northern Iraq Structures destroyed include fourth-century Assyrian memorial Patriarch of Syriac Catholic church tells west: ‘Condemnation is not enough’ A picture released by Isis of a Christian shrine in Hamdaniya being destroyed. Kareem Shaheen 20 March 2015 Islamic State militants appear to have destroyed Christian and Shia Muslim shrines in northern Iraq – including a fourth-century memorial built by an Assyrian king – in the group’s latest rampage against the embattled country’s religious and cultural heritage. On Thursday, Isis’s “Nineveh province media office” released photographs showing the apparent destruction of the holy...
  • Model Railways Showed An Idealised England Until 'Sexy Scenes' Came Along

    03/20/2015 1:07:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | March 20, 2015 | Michael Simkins
    Model Railways Showed An Idealised England Until 'Sexy Scenes' Came Along Forget housewives in headscarves or children waving from the road, the latest figures from Buffers Model Railway will shock you Models of nudists playing volleyball (Pic in URL) One of the risque scenes sold by Buffers By Michael Simkins 20 Mar 2015 I’d always considered the world of model railways to be the last surviving example of a rose-tinted Britain that no longer exists. Enthusiasts of this quaint and captivating hobby invariably seem to use 1950 as their cultural template when designing their layouts. In the real world it...
  • Netanyahu Tactics Anger Many U.S. Jews, Deepening a Divide

    03/20/2015 12:22:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 48 replies
    NYTimes ^ | March 20, 2015 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    Netanyahu Tactics Anger Many U.S. Jews, Deepening a Divide By LAURIE GOODSTEIN MARCH 20, 2015 Long before the latest election in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu was a polarizing figure among American Jews. But even many of his supporters said this week that they were appalled at his last-minute bid to mobilize Jewish voters by warning that Arabs were going to the polls in droves, and his renunciation of a two-state solution to the Palestinian crisis. Mr. Netanyahu’s party won the election and cheers from harwkish American Jews. But in interviews this week, rabbis, scholars and Jews from across the country and...
  • The Race Conversation Starbucks Wants You to Have

    03/20/2015 11:39:15 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | March 20, 2015 | MONA CHAREN
    The Race Conversation Starbucks Wants You to Have by MONA CHAREN March 20, 2015 Unfortunately, it’s likely to be just as “honest” as all the previous ones. Starbucks is hoping to lead a national conversation about race. According to a video released by founder Howard Schultz, Starbucks barristas are encouraged to scrawl “race together” on coffee cups before placing them in the hands of customers. This hollow bit of moral exhibitionism is supposed to encourage “compassion,” “honesty,” “empathy,” and “love.” Does Starbucks sell caffeine-free compassion? Each and every time we’re hectored to engage in an “honest conversation” about race, it’s...
  • Don’t Confirm Loretta Lynch

    03/20/2015 10:48:56 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | March 20, 2015 | RICH LOWRY
    Don’t Confirm Loretta Lynch by RICH LOWRY March 20, 2015 An unanswerable question hangs over the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general: Is Republican opposition to her more racist or sexist? As an African-American woman, Lynch represents a gloriously double-barreled opportunity to accuse Republicans of sub-rosa hatreds. The political benefit of what feminists call intersectionality — membership in two or more historically oppressed groups — is not having to choose which accusation of bias to make. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin went to the Senate floor to effectively accuse Republicans of racism in the nomination fight, even though Hillary Clinton...
  • Former Secretary of State Baker: I Signed Exit Form

    03/20/2015 10:45:20 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | March 20, 2015 | ELIANA JOHNSON
    Former Secretary of State Baker: I Signed Exit Form by ELIANA JOHNSON March 20, 2015 State has no record that Clinton signed form certifying she handed over fficial documents. Former secretary of state James Baker said through a spokesman on Friday that he signed a separation statement from the Department of State when he stepped down as secretary in 1992. The State Department stirred controversy Tuesday when it said it has no record that Hillary Clinton had signed the same form, known officially as OF-109, which requires employees to attest they’ve turned over all official records before their departure. According...
  • Obama Tells Netanyahu The U.S. Will 'Reassess' It's Relationship With Israel....

    03/20/2015 9:46:50 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | DAVID MARTOSKO | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Obama Tells Netanyahu The U.S. Will 'Reassess' It's Relationship With Israel After Newly Re-Elected Leader Shifted His Position On Two-State Solution With Palestinians White House official said the president told Netanyahu 'that we will need to reassess our options following the prime minister's new positions' Netanyahu had earlier told Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that he never ruled out a Palestinian state in the run-up to Tuesday's elections Also told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell he wants 'a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution, but for that circumstances have to change' 'We need a demilitarized state that recognizes a Jewish state' By DAVID MARTOSKO...
  • Horrific Moment Mob Beats Afghan Woman To Death Before Burning Her Body And Dumping...

    03/19/2015 10:17:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | March 19, 2015
    Horrific Moment Mob Beats Afghan Woman To Death Before Burning Her Body And Dumping It In A River Because She Set Fire To A Koran This is the moment a woman was beaten to death by a mob before her body was set on fire and dumped in a muddy river in the heart of Afghanistan's capital. Shocking video has emerged of crowds of men repeatedly stamping on the 27-year-old, named only as Farkhunda, near the Shah-e Doh Shamshira shrine and mosque in the heart of Kabul. At one point, one of the attackers can be seen striking the woman...
  • Judge: Sanctions Possible In Obama Immigration Court Case [DOJ Lawyers Lied!]

    03/19/2015 9:59:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 19, 2015 | JUAN A. LOZANO
    Judge: Sanctions Possible In Obama Immigration Court Case By JUAN A. LOZANO .BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal judge who has blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it misled him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures. During a sometimes testy court hearing, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen went back and forth with the Justice Department over whether it had mislead him into believing that a key part of Obama's program would not be implemented before he made a ruling...
  • Clinton Charity Tapped Foreign Friends [Big Time Crooks In Skirting The Law!]

    03/19/2015 9:00:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | March 19, 2015 | JAMES V. GRIMALDI and REBECCA BALLHAUS
    Clinton Charity Tapped Foreign Friends Foundation agreed not to seek donations from other governments, but cash kept flowing from individuals with connections to them By JAMES V. GRIMALDI and REBECCA BALLHAUS March 19, 2015 The Clinton Foundation swore off donations from foreign governments when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. That didn’t stop the foundation from raising millions of dollars from foreigners with connections to their home governments, a review of foundation disclosures shows. Some donors have direct ties to foreign governments. One is a member of the Saudi royal family. Another is a Ukrainian oligarch and former parliamentarian. Others...
  • Obama Tells Iran Of 'Historic' Opportunity [Like ISIS Obama Plants Seeds For Nuclear War?]

    03/19/2015 8:41:46 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    BBCNews ^ | March 15, 2015
    19 March 2015 Obama Tells Iran Of 'Historic' Opportunity President Obama: "Together, we have to speak up for the future we seek" US President Barack Obama has told the Iranian people that a deal to transform the relationship between the two countries could be within reach. "We have the best opportunity in decades to pursue a different future between our countries," he said in a video message for Persian New Year. Six world powers are negotiating a deal aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear activity, with a March deadline near. The president conceded there were still "gaps" in negotiations but was...