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  • Major Crandall's Honor

    02/26/2007 12:47:04 PM PST · by ReleaseTheHounds · 54 replies · 1,933+ views
    National Review - The Corner ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    From just a little earlier today at the White House: THE PRESIDENT: Welcome. I am pleased that you all are here on a very special day. Presenting the Medal of Honor is one of the great privileges for the President. The medal is the highest military decoration a President can confer. This medal is awarded for actions above and beyond the call of duty... If Major Crandall had stopped here he would have been a hero. But he didn't stop. He flew back into X-Ray again and again. Fourteen times he flew into what they called the Valley of Death....
  • A short history of self-esteem

    02/14/2007 2:04:54 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 26 replies · 3,035+ views
    Cener for Confidence UK ^ | 2006 | Carol Craig
    The rise of the self-esteem movement From the late 1960s on self-esteem became a fashionable and influential idea. One of the first exponents was a young psychology professor called Stanley Coopersmith from California. A more influential figure was Nathaniel Branden. Branden was a psychtherapist and devotee of the philosopher Ayn Rand. He has written countless books on self-esteem and is considered the intellectual father of the self-esteem movement. As we shall see in another section, Branden’s work is sophisticated and his definition of self-esteem, and notions of how it can be boosted, is a far cry from the exhortations to...
  • Are Protestants Heretics?

    02/01/2007 5:52:17 PM PST · by AlbionGirl · 26 replies · 694+ views
    First Things ^ | Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 10:42 AM | By Edward T. Oakes, S.J.
    My lucubrations for today’s webposting would like to argue just this one single point: Doctrinal clarity is lost when Catholics call Protestant heretics. To be sure, that habit of unthinkingly hurling accusations of heresy at Protestants pretty much died out after the Second Vatican Council, when talk of “separated brethren” became all the rage. But a random spot-check of some Catholic blogsites of a conservative bent–where heresy is often used as the term of choice when these bloggers are in their Colonel Blimp harumphing mood–tells me it’s time for some clarity here. Which prompts the following reflections. First of all,...
  • Unusual vapor trail causes speculation[Top-Secret 'pulse jet' tests]

    01/15/2007 5:46:27 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 68 replies · 4,220+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 08 Jan 2007 | Jim DeBrosse
    A photograph taken in Beavercreek has some hoping it's proof of top-secret 'pulse jet' tests. BEAVERCREEK — A Beavercreek man's photograph of an unusual aircraft condensation trail has sparked a high-flying debate among scientists and aviation fans over whether the Air Force or NASA is flying an aerospace vehicle with an exotic new propulsion system. The photo of the vapor trail, taken Nov. 10 by amateur meteorologist Bill Telzerow from his backyard, shows a distinctive "doughnuts-on-a-rope" shape. The photo has raised questions about whether an experimental propulsion system that uses pulse detonation engine technology is being tested here. The propulsion...
  • Changing the Tunes to Get Teens to Church

    10/26/2006 5:38:37 AM PDT · by alpha-8-25-02 · 28 replies · 695+ views ^ | 10/26/06 | ALPHA-8-25-02
    Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – It’s not often that Catholic churches turn into rock concerts, but that’s what’s been happening Wednesdays at St. Michael’s on Onondaga Hill. Wednesday nights are revived thanks to a man who says kids relate to an MTV-style church. Justin Fatica moved to Syracuse about a year ago with a challenge: to inspire Middle and High Schoolers to care about God and each other. One day he wants to transplant the pews in stadium seating. “I told people that and they laughed at me,” he says, “Even my bosses were like, you're going to get hundreds of kids...
  • United Church of Christ's National Office Hosts Terrorist Art Exhibit

    10/17/2006 5:29:50 PM PDT · by AllTheRage · 14 replies · 365+ views ^ | October 17, 2006 | James Hutchins
    No issue has bothered me more than the UCC's relationship with convicted Puerto Rican terrorists that are responsible for over 150 bombings in the U.S. during the 70's and 80's. There is no moral or theological reason for defending members of this group who have killed and injured dozens of people. What is further shocking and completely contradictory to any of our beliefs is that there is no record (in the nearly 30 years that the UCC has been advocating for these terrorists) that our denomination ever reached out to the victims of FALN violence. From November 16 until December...
  • The Myth of Thomas Szasz

    10/04/2006 6:06:27 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 17 replies · 969+ views
    The New Atlantis ^ | Summer 2006 | Jeffrey Oliver
    By the 1960s, American institutional psychiatry was a very large elephant caught in a seemingly inexhaustible growth spurt. “Nothing of human concern is really outside psychiatry,” proclaimed Dr. Karl Menninger, the profession’s unofficial dean. “So in one sense I have no hobbies. They are all part of my work.” This was to be the beginning of a golden age in psychiatry’s relationship with the American public. Psychoanalysis was busily remaking psychiatry after its own image—a new medicine born equally of natural and spiritual sciences. Practitioners were more than mere medics, they were soul doctors. The profession, as one practitioner predicted,...
  • Indict the New York Times ("The Newspaper Of Record[ed] Treasonous Acts")

    09/29/2006 4:21:25 AM PDT · by seasoned traditionalist · 13 replies · 975+ views
    Front Page Magazine | September 29, 2006 | Mark Holtzer
    It is an article of faith on the Left and among its fellow travelers that the Bush administration stole two elections, made war on Iraq for venal reasons, tortured hapless foreigners, and conducted illegal surveillance of innocent Americans. A corollary of this mindset is that the press, primarily the Washington Post and The New York Times, has a right, indeed a duty, to print whatever they want about the administration—even if the information compromises national security. Not true. The press is not exempt from laws that apply to everyone else. The press is not exempt from laws protecting our national...
  • Taxes Take Chunk of Bartender's Hefty Tip

    09/08/2006 12:38:51 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 45 replies · 2,681+ views ^ | 9 7 06 | associated press
    HUTCHINSON, Kan. (Sept. 7) - A bartender who last week was left a $10,000 tip by a regular customer now has more than the excitement of the offer: she has the cash. Cindy Kienow received a check Tuesday from Applebee's franchise owner JS Ventures Inc. for about $6,300, her share of the tip after taxes. The customer gave Kienow the hefty tip Aug. 27 on a $26 meal. But since he paid by credit card, the restaurant wanted to make sure it was a valid charge before giving Kienow the money. "I've had a lot of fun," Kienow said of...
  • Desperate Flight Of Failed British Suicide Bomber

    09/05/2006 6:49:55 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 851+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-6-2006 | Nick Britten
    Desperate flight of failed British suicide bomber By Nick Britten (Filed: 06/09/2006) Britain's first suicide bomber fought with locals, escaped being held at knife point and evaded a huge police manhunt after his mission to blow up a cafe failed, an inquest heard yesterday. Attempts by Omar Sharif to escape justice after his botched attack in Israel were disclosed for the first time Sharif, 27, from Derby, and another Briton, Asif Hanif, 21, from Hounslow, west London, travelled to the Middle East in 2003 intent on blowing themselves up. As Hanif's bomb went off, killing three people and injuring 65...
  • IRS Announces Refund of Telephone Taxes

    08/31/2006 10:18:10 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 38 replies · 1,723+ views ^ | 8 31 06 | MARY DALRYMPLE
    WASHINGTON (Aug. 31) - Consumers can claim a standard $30 to $60 refund next year for a tax on long-distance telephone calls that the government declared invalid, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday. Telephone customers had been paying the 3 percent federal excise tax on local and long-distance service. The government this month stopped collecting the tax on long-distance calls after businesses repeatedly fought the tax in court and won. Next year, consumers can use their 2006 tax returns to claim a refund on long-distance telephone taxes paid since March 2003. The standard refund starts at $30 and increases by...
  • Israel becomes fodder in US congressional war

    08/16/2006 5:29:25 PM PDT · by familyop · 12 replies · 454+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 17AUG06 | DAVID J. SILVERMAN/JTA
    When is asking "is it good for Israel" not so good for Israel? Democrats and Republicans, politicking hard ahead of midterm elections that could end Republican control of the US Congress, are battling over which party was more supportive of Israel in its war with Hizbullah in Lebanon. "Republicans only offer support to Israel when they think that they'll get something for it," Democrats howled after the Republican-led Congress feted Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister who stood with Hizbullah in the recent conflict. A ranking Democrat "is publicly supporting a terrorist organization," Republicans barked back after Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)...
  • Ignatius stops sale of Charlotte Church works after singer's TV pilot

    08/14/2006 12:07:57 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 197 replies · 7,786+ views ^ | 8 14 06 | Simon Caldwell
    LONDON - The U.S. publishing company Ignatius Press has refused to sell any works by Welsh singer Charlotte Church after she called German-born Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi and mocked the Catholic Church. The directors of Ignatius Press said they were offended when the Welsh singer mocked the Catholic Church in the pilot of a proposed eight-part television chat show. Church, dubbed the "Voice of an Angel" before she turned her talents to popular music, also dressed up as a nun and pretended to hallucinate while eating "communion" wafers imprinted with smiling faces signifying the drug Ecstasy. She smashed open...
  • Rare Photo of Florence Nightingale Shown

    08/07/2006 7:34:18 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 20 replies · 2,840+ views ^ | 8 7 06 |
    LONDON (Aug. 7) - A rare photograph of Florence Nightingale went on display Monday to mark the 150th anniversary of the famous nurse's return to Britain from the Crimean War. The faded black-and-white photo, taken in May 1858, shows Nightingale reading on the grounds of her family home in Hampshire, southwest of London. It is one of only eight known photographs of one of nursing's most important figures. She shunned publicity, believing it would detract from her efforts to improve conditions in British hospitals. The photograph, which is going on show at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, was taken...
  • What the British Jews think of Israel's war

    08/05/2006 9:54:58 PM PDT · by familyop · 13 replies · 1,285+ views
    The Times Online (UK) ^ | 06AUG06 | David Rowan
    There are doubts about tactics, but also resentment of media bias, says David Rowan When two shipwrecked Jews were finally discovered on a tiny desert island their rescuers could not understand why they had spent their days building three synagogues. “Isn’t it obvious?” one of the dishevelled survivors shrugged. “An Orthodox one for me, a Reform one for him — and a third that neither of us would ever set foot in.” When I began editing The Jewish Chronicle three months ago I was warned that this ever-so-slightly opinionated community of 300,000 or so people might drive me to empathise...
  • Mel Gibson link to Aussie anti-Semitic group

    08/05/2006 3:42:51 PM PDT · by familyop · 32 replies · 1,200+ views
    Melbourne Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | 06AUG06 | LINCOLN WRIGHT
    MEL Gibson once had close links to the Australian League of Rights, a Far Right group notorious for its anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. The league claims the world is run by a secret society of Jews. The Hollywood star's foray into Far Right activist politics in Australia occurred in 1987 when he campaigned for a friend, Rob Taylor, who stood unsuccessfully for the northern Victorian federal seat of Indi. Charles Pinwill, a former Queensland state director of the League of Rights, said he knew Gibson's father, Hutton, and said Gibson was interested in the league's ideas. "They were...
  • More Pieces Of Hidden Bog Book Found (Psalms)

    08/05/2006 12:19:38 PM PDT · by blam · 59 replies · 1,477+ views
    Irish Times ^ | 8-5-2006 | Sean Mac Connell
    More pieces of hidden bog book found More fragments of an ancient manuscript concealed in a Co Tipperary bog over 1,000 years ago with a view to later recovery, have been found by the National Museum of Ireland, writes Seán Mac Connell The discoveries also include a fine leather pouch in which the manuscript was originally kept. Museum experts have excavated the site at Faddan More, in north Tipperary, since the discovery of the manuscript last month by excavator driver Eddie Fogarty. He found the book on July 20th while digging peat on a bog owned by brothers Kevin and...
  • The Glover Tape Caught in the Act of Innocence

    07/27/2006 11:08:23 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 1,449+ views
    JPFO began our campaign to "Boot the BATFE" ( in January of 2005. The instigating factor was a tape we received, a tape that indisputably showed BATFE agents attempting to frame an innocent gun owner, John Glover. That tape -- which we promptly copied and began distributing as _BATFE Fails the Test_ ( -- was something the BATFE _never_ intended you to see. Thanks to it, the charges against Glover were dropped and all but one of his firearms returned. Eighteen months later, we offer you something else the BATFE was hoping wouldn't get out: John Glover's story, straight from...
  • The Irrelevant U.N.

    07/23/2006 2:29:57 PM PDT · by jennivinson · 13 replies · 672+ views
    1440 KEYS AM Radio ^ | January 4, 2005 | Jenni Vinson Trejo
    The Irrelevant UN By Jenni Vinson Trejo January 4, 2005 On January 8, 1918 President Woodrow Wilson explained to the US House and Senate that the world had gotten smaller and that nations now affected each other so we needed to form a group of nations who agreed to work together. The world was embroiled in World War I. Wilson put forth fourteen points intended to serve as the basis for an alliance and world peace. Point 14 says: "A general association of nations should be formed on the basis of covenants designed to create mutual guarantees of the political...
  • Disco Pirates? Has hollywood gone too far?

    Obviously pirates are hot right now, but how far will Hollywood go to cash in on the craze? Are we going to have to endure Pirates the musical pretty soon? The link to this short video suggests perhaps we will.