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  • Excommunicated US priest laicized for public dissent on ordination of women

    11/23/2012 3:32:15 AM PST · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/21/2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    MARYKNOLL, NY, November 21, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has canonically dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his public dissent from the Catholic Church’s teaching on the ordination of women. Bourgeois’ dismissal was announced by the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, also known as the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, in a Nov. 19 statement. As a Maryknoll priest during 2008, Bourgeois participated in a mock ordination of a woman and a simulated Mass at a Unitarian church in Lexington, Kentucky. The radical feminist group Roman Catholic Womanpriests staged the ceremony....
  • Facebook Asks Users If It Can Abolish Their Right To Vote On Future Site Governance Changes

    11/23/2012 2:29:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    techcrunch.com ^ | November 21, 2012 | Josh Constine
    Today Facebook will send its largest email blast to date, informing all 1 billion users that it’s proposing to modify the site’s governance structure and remove the ability for users to vote on changes. Currently if proposed changes get over 7,000 comments all users may vote on them, and if over 30 percent vote for or against the changes, their decision is binding. Facebook wants to replace this system with a focus on soliciting high-quality feedback through new features. This would prevent votes from being triggered by copy and pasted comments drummed up by fringe privacy activists like Europe Vs...
  • Krauthammer: Why Was There War in Gaza?

    11/23/2012 1:44:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 22, 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    Why was there an Israel–Gaza war in the first place? Resistance to the occupation, say Hamas and many in the international media. What occupation? Seven years ago, in front of the world, Israel pulled out of Gaza. It dismantled every settlement, withdrew every soldier, evacuated every Jew, leaving nothing and no one behind. Except for the greenhouses in which the settlers had grown fruit and flowers for export. These were left intact to help Gaza’s economy — only to be trashed when the Palestinians took over. Israel then declared its border with Gaza to be an international frontier, meaning that...
  • Sea Tensions Erupt at Asian Summit [Obama Fails Again]

    11/23/2012 1:43:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 20, 2012 | NATASHA BRERETON -FUKUI, CHUN HAN WONG and ENDA CURRAN
    ... Obama supported Southeast Asian nations' proposed multilateral approach to tackling territorial tension in the South China Sea, pushing back against Beijing as a major international meeting became bogged down in acrimony for the second time in five months..
  • Study questions value of mammography screening [Obamacare War on Women]

    11/23/2012 1:31:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | November 21, 2012 | Monte Morin
    About a third of all tumors discovered in routine mammography screenings are unlikely to result in illness, according to a new study that says 30 years of the breast cancer exams have resulted in the overdiagnosis of 1.3 million American women. The report, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, argues that the increase in breast cancer survival rates over the last few decades is due mostly to improved therapies and not screenings, which are intended to flag tumors when they are small and most susceptible to treatment. Instead, the widespread use of mammograms now results in the...
  • Iowa straw poll on the outs with GOP establishment (time to move on)

    11/23/2012 1:08:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 22, 2012 | Brian Bakst
    DES MOINES, Iowa - In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover. For Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, it starts with the smallest of actions: abandoning the state's now-infamous straw poll. Once a festive checkpoint on the road to the leadoff Iowa caucuses, the poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled good candidates and kept others from competing in the state. "It's just something that's gotten...
  • Black Friday Begins (Early): Walmart Workers Already Striking in at Least Seven States

    11/22/2012 11:31:32 PM PST · by matt04 · 126 replies
    It’s on. A year and a half after retail workers announced the founding of a new Walmart employee group, five months after guest workers struck a Walmart seafood supplier, and seven weeks after the country’s first multi-store Walmart strikes, the Black Friday strike has begun. ... Expectations are high for a historic strike. Given Walmart’s role as the dominant employer of our era, the current wave of work stoppages is already among the country’s most consequential twenty-first century strikes. But in interviews this month, workers and organizers described today’s actions as a turning point, not a climax, in their struggle...
  • Obama given servant's greeting by Cambodian first lady

    11/22/2012 11:25:38 PM PST · by Arthurio · 33 replies
    -snip- Before the dinner, Sen introduced Obama to his wife, Bun Rany, who greeted Obama with a traditional "sampeah" pressed-hands greeting that is normally reserved for servants. "Was the first lady getting her own back over the president's harsh words earlier to her husband or did she simply forget that she was shaking hands with the leader of the free world?" the Daily Mail asked. According to the Daily Mail, the slight was not noticed by Obama or his advisers, but it "would have been picked up by a great many people throughout Southeast Asia region."
  • Israel says it arrests Tel Aviv bus bomber

    11/22/2012 11:02:14 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 22, 2012 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities arrested an Arab Israeli on Thursday on accusations he planted a bomb on a bus in Tel Aviv that wounded 27 people and threatened to sabotage efforts to broker a cease-fire to end the fighting in Gaza, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man, from the village of Taybeh in Israel, was connected to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups.
  • Earthquack

    11/22/2012 9:56:42 PM PST · by LynnHam · 82 replies
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  • Citing Deadlock, Egypt’s Leader Seizes New Power and Plans Mubarak Retrial

    11/22/2012 9:04:39 PM PST · by lbryce · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 22, 2012 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MAYY EL SHEIKH
    CAIRO — With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court as the guardian of Egypt’s revolution, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak. Mr. Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first elected president, portrayed his decree as an attempt to fulfill popular demands for justice and protect the transition to a constitutional democracy. But the unexpected breadth of the powers he seized raised immediate fears that...
  • Argentina at risk of default after US court ruling on debt

    11/22/2012 8:45:46 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/22/2012 | Garry White
    Argentina is at risk of defaulting on $24bn (£15bn) of debt after hedge funds were awarded more than $1.3bn by a US court, a move which its economy minister called “legal colonialism”. “All we need now is for [Judge Thomas] Griesa to send us the Fifth Fleet,” said Hernán Lorenzino. However, New York District Court Judge Grisa was firm. “Argentina owes this and owes it now,” he said. “After 10 years of litigation this is a just result.” A deadline for payment was set for December 15. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina’s outspoken president, had vowed that the government will...
  • Boehner comments show tough road ahead for "fiscal cliff" talks

    11/22/2012 8:33:45 PM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - New comments from top Republican lawmaker John Boehner slamming health care reforms illustrate how hard it will be for Washington to reach a deficit reduction deal when talks resume next week, analysts said on Thursday. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress will begin negotiating next week on a plan that could avert tax hikes and spending cuts set to begin in January that economists worry could push the U.S. economy over the "fiscal cliff" and into recession. Boehner did not explicitly mention the "fiscal cliff" talks in an opinion piece published in the Cincinnati...
  • Massive pileup shuts I-10 in Texas; 2 dead

    11/22/2012 8:20:56 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 50 replies
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | November 22, 2012 | unattributed
    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 100 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage. The collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions at about 8:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast city about 80 miles east of Houston. A man and a woman were killed in a Chevy Suburban SUV crushed by a tractor trailer, the Texas Department of Public Safety told KFDM-TV. Officials...
  • After Butt Fumble, The Jets Are Officially The Worst Football Team

    11/22/2012 8:14:42 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 178 replies
    BuzzFeed Sports ^ | 11-22-2012 | Kevin Lincoln
    November 22, 2012 After Butt Fumble, The Jets Are Officially The Worst Football Team Let me show you why with a few horrifying, hilarious GIFs. Kevin Lincoln 1. EXHIBIT A: In their Thanksgiving night game against the Patriots, the Jets trail 14-0. Then Mark Sanchez runs into Brandon Moore's ass, fumbles, and the Pats take it for a score.
  • Exclusive: US urges Israel not to build in E-1 areas

    11/22/2012 7:26:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 11/23/12 | HERB KEINON
    Washington is urging Israel not to allow construction in the area known as E-1 between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim as a possible response to the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition next week at the UN, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Building in E-1, which would create contiguity between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim to the northeast beyond the Green Line, is something various Israeli governments have long wanted to do, but which US opposition has prevented.
  • Barack Obama’s open mockery of the Sign of the Cross

    11/22/2012 6:32:26 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11-22-12 | Judi McLeod
    ‘Father Barack Obama‘ mocked the Sign of the Cross at the White House yesterday. It was an open mockery of the Christian prayer that is accompanied by the immortal words used by peasants and kings over the centuries: “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. Obama, who is left-handed, made the sign of the cross with his left hand, which out of respect for the centuries-long Christian practice, no one ever does. Obama’s left-handed sign of the cross was made over a gobbling turkey during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation Ceremony, that takes place at...
  • CBS Incorrectly Claims Hamas Was Elected to Power in Gaza

    11/22/2012 6:32:10 PM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    One of the recurring myths sometimes repeated about the Gaza Strip's relationship with Hamas is that the terrorist group gained control through the electoral process. On both the Monday and Tuesday editions of the CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley devoted a brief segment to providing background information on the Gaza Strip. And, on both nights, he erroneously suggested that Hamas came to power through election. (Video below) But, in reality, Hamas came to control the Gaza Strip by staging a violent coup in June 2007 overthrowing the rival Fatah party's executive authority. After Hamas narrowly won the popular vote...
  • Did Obama Allow Morsi to Become a Tyrant in Exchange for Hamas Ceasefire?

    11/22/2012 6:29:05 PM PST · by Arthurio · 13 replies
    As with so much else about this war, the timing is “intriguing”. A day after the ceasefire, Morsi assumed near-dictatorial powers in Egypt. The timing of that is not likely to be a coincidence. Either Morsi had cleared the assumption of such powers beforehand with Obama or assumed that he had demonstrated his importance to such an extent that Obama would not dare protest this action. It’s likely to be one or the other. And that raises one more troubling question. Did Morsi give Hamas the go-ahead to launch a conflict with Israel in order to be able to broker...
  • MSNBC vs. Thanksgiving: Blasts Genocidal Pilgrims; Gives Tips to ‘Shut Up’ the ‘Family Conservative’

    11/22/2012 5:59:39 PM PST · by montag813 · 53 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 11-22-2012 | John Hill
    One would think hosts on MSNBC would be very thankful this holiday that the President they so tirelessly worked to re-elect prevailed on Election Day. But there is truly no rest for the weary, bitter leftists on Comcast's disgraceful propaganda outlet. MSNBC host and professional race-baiter Melissa Harris-Perry starts things off by trying to dampen our spirits by attacking the Thanksgiving story: “The kindergarten story that you learned about grateful Pilgrims and happy Indians is not even close to the historic reality of how European settlers brought violence, disease and land theft to the indigenous peoples who were already in...