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  • Progressives: Puritans with a Different God

    04/06/2015 4:30:35 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 1 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 4/6/15 | Steve Berman
    Indiana has gone from becoming a standard-bearer in the battle for religious liberty, to a routed coward who unhands the ensign, careful not to trip over the pole on the way to the rear. State versions of the federal RFRA are a red herring, which in no way inform legislative or social policy, except in very specific situations (such as a city council passing a narrow ordinance compelling businesses to participate in same-sex weddings—just to pull one out of a hat). We conservatives take it for granted that those city ordinances will now be passed in Indiana, as they have...
  • Three of Utah's eight death row inmates have CHOSEN to die by firing squad

    03/24/2015 11:34:39 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 March 2015 | Kieran Corcoran For Dailymail.com
    It is a macabre choice to make - and almost unique to some inmates on Utah's death row: would you be injected with toxic chemicals, or shot in the heart? But, amid cries of outrage against the southwestern state bringing death by firing quad back into law, almost half of those due to die that way have picked the punishment themselves. Ron Lafferty, who slit the throats of his sister-in-law and her baby daughter in 1984, is one of three who has opted to die by the bullet. Two others in Utah's eight-strong death row have made the same choice,...
  • School policy under fire after 1st-grader tardy [Oregon]

    02/26/2015 8:10:48 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 53 replies
    KOIN6.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Amy Frazier
    A first-grader made to sit alone during lunch because of tardiness is forcing the Grants Pass school district to revisit its policy.
  • Florida mother sends badly bruised child to school wearing T-shirt proclaiming ‘good woopin’

    02/24/2015 1:06:50 PM PST · by redreno · 63 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 02/24/2015 | By Elahe Izadi
    The child arrived at a Florida school Friday with bruises all over. But it was the T-shirt the child was wearing that gave it away. “I currently have all F’s in all of my classes. I am not aloud to have a boyfriend no time soon,” the shirt read. “So back off before I get another good woopin like I got last night.” That attempt at public shaming led to the arrest Friday of Melany Joyce Alexander, 31, who was charged with child abuse. She posted a $2,500 bond a day later. “She beat the child with a belt, and...
  • Hell

    02/21/2015 7:50:13 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 111 replies
    Bible Researcher ^ | Feb.21,2015 | R.C Sproul
    HELL by R.C. Sproul We have often heard statements such as “War is hell” or “I went through hell.” These expressions are, of course, not taken literally. Rather, they reflect our tendency to use the word hell as a descriptive term for the most ghastly human experience possible. Yet no human experience in this world is actually comparable to hell. If we try to imagine the worst of all possible suffering in the here and now we have not yet stretched our imaginations to reach the dreadful reality of hell.Hell is trivialized when it is used as a common curse...
  • Pondering Punishment as an Act of Love

    02/05/2015 7:38:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Punishment as an Act of Love By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the first reading from today’s Mass (Wednesday of the fourth week of the year) came this admonition:My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.In our times, we have tended to set love and punishment in opposition; we also set mercy and punishment in opposition. But this is wrong. It is possible, at least with human beings, that a certain punishment can be excessive. But of itself, punishment...
  • Barber offers free haircut to mis-behaving kids.

    02/05/2015 6:24:26 AM PST · by HenryArmitage · 16 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | Feb 04, 2015 | David Yirchott
    SNELLVILLE, GA (CBS46) - Have a kid who is acting out and out of control? Three days a week, a Snellville barbershop offers a free haircut called the "Benjamin Button Special," that'll make your misbehaving child resemble a senior citizen. A picture of the cut was posted to Instagram by Russell Fredrick, who owns A-1 Kutz in Snellville and goes by the name Master Barber Rusty Fred on the social site. The picture was accompanied with the following text: "So you wana act grown...well now you can look grown too👴. The grown-up kids special by: @rusty_fred GOT TO REACH EM...
  • Obama Celebrates 42 Years of Abortion: Roe “Gives Our Daughters Rights and Freedoms” (BARF)

    01/22/2015 4:14:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    LIFENEWS.COM ^ | 1/22/15 | Steven Ertelt
    President Barack Obama issued a statement today celebrating the 41-year-old Roe v. Wade decision that allowed for virtually unlimited abortions. In a written statement that celebrated killing little boys and girls in abortions as giving “our daughters rights and freedoms” The United States marks 42 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states at any time for any reason throughout pregnancy on January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Since that time, there have been approximately 57,762,169 abortions that have destroyed the lives of unborn children. Hundreds of thousands of pro-life people today participated in...
  • Missouri Executes Inmate for 1998 Hammer Death

    12/10/2014 6:37:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 10, 2014 | By JIM SALTER
    A Missouri inmate was put to death early Wednesday for fatally beating a 63-year-old woman with a hammer in 1998, the state's record 10th lethal injection of 2014 to match Texas for the most executions in the country this year. Paul Goodwin, 48, sexually assaulted Joan Crotts in St. Louis County, pushed her down a flight of stairs and beat her in the head with a hammer. Goodwin was a former neighbor who felt Crotts played a role in getting him kicked out of a boarding house. Goodwin's execution began at 1:17 a.m., more than an hour after it was...
  • Sowell: Racial Quota Punishment

    11/17/2014 1:02:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal government and the Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes. Under the Obama administration, both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have been leaning on public schools around the country to reduce what they call the "disproportionate" numbers of black male students who are punished for various offenses in schools. Under an implicit threat of losing their federal subsidies, the Minneapolis Public Schools have agreed to reduce the disparity in punishment of black students by 25 percent...
  • Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge (switched his child)

    09/12/2014 7:42:44 PM PDT · by xzins · 305 replies
    NBC 4 ^ | Sep 12, 2014 | Sam Schulz
    An arrest warrant was issued Friday in Texas for Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted on a child abuse charge for using a branch to spank his son. He won't play in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The Vikings said they had deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game Friday evening, just after his lawyer and the Montgomery County sheriff's office confirmed he was Read Adrian Peterson's lawyer Rusty Hardin's statement in full below: Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a...
  • For whistleblowers, a bold move can be followed by one to department basement

    08/04/2014 9:51:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-4-14 | David A. Fahrentold
    PHOENIX — On her 71st workday in the basement, Paula Pedene had something fun to look forward to. She had an errand to run, up on the first floor. “Today, I get to go get the papers. Exciting!” she said. “I get to go upstairs and, you know, see people.” The task itself was no thrill: Retrieve the morning’s newspapers and bring them back to the library of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital. The pleasure was in the journey. Down a long, sunlit hallway. Back again, seeing friends in the bustle of the hospital’s main floor. Then, Pedene got back...
  • Records show Arizona inmate was injected 15 times during lengthy execution some call botched

    08/01/2014 8:12:40 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 62 replies
    Fox News/Associated Press ^ | Published August 01, 2014 | Associated Press
    TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona executioners injected Joseph Rudolph Wood with a lethal combination of drugs 15 times during the nearly two hours it took for him to die, according to documents released Friday. Records released to Wood's attorneys show he was administered the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone in 50-milligram increments 15 times between 1:53 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., for a total of 750 milligrams of each drug. He was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m. after gasping more than 600 times while he lay on the table.
  • Punishment Is Good for You

    07/25/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 15 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Leftists - namely the socio-communist end of the totalitarian bloc, the other being the Nazi-fascist - keep telling us how terrible, inhumane and even ineffective prisons are. The truth, as usual, is the opposite of what they say. Not only prisons maintain offenders in the impossibility to offend while the sentence lasts and, if there is a high probability of punishment (which, alas, is not the case in Britain now), the criminals' knowledge of arrest and imprisonment acts as a deterrent, making jails the most effective way to reduce crime, so they are good for the innocent. They are...
  • Convicted Spy Arthur Walker Dies in Prison

    07/13/2014 2:52:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    Military.com ^ | Jul 10, 2014 | Lauren King, The Virginian-Pilot
    Arthur Walker, one of four men convicted of selling secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has died in federal prison. He was 79. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website confirmed that he died this month. A spokesman said he died over the holiday weekend, and Walker's family told Pete Earley, who wrote "Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring," that he died Friday of acute kidney failure. Walker was serving three life sentences plus 40 years for copying and conspiring to deliver secrets to the Soviet Union. He was sentenced in 1985.
  • Mother of slain 7-year-old hopes Attorney General Bill Schuette can help keep killer locked up

    05/30/2014 7:59:22 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | John Agar
    ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI – The 1967 rape and killing of her 7-year-old daughter, Sonya Santa Cruz, is never far from Edith Siordia’s thoughts. Her daughter’s killer, Theodore Glenn Williams, isn’t, either. How can they not be? Williams killed Sonya after he grabbed her while she walked home from Stocking Elementary in Grand Rapids. He raped and killed Laura Jo Sutliffe, 13, of Sparta, the previous year. Every year, Williams, who is held under a defunct criminal-sexual psychopath law, can petition Allegan County Circuit Court for release. His latest request is pending. In response, Siordia fired off a round of letters...
  • The NFL has a proportion and consistency problem

    05/13/2014 10:24:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/13/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The Miami Dolphins hit defensive back Don Jones with a fine and an indefinite suspension for tweeting his reaction to the seventh-round selection of Sam by the Rams, or more likely, the televised kiss from Sam’s boyfriend as they celebrated the selection. The Dolphins and the NFL have had some embarrassing episodes of late about bullying in the locker room, and whether Jones likes it or not, he’s a public figure whose communications reflects on his team and the league. So a fine seems reasonable, and a lengthy session of butt-chewing does too. But the indefinite suspension is wildly disproportionate...
  • Citing International "Law," UN Demands U.S. End Death Penalty

    05/03/2014 6:50:05 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | 02 May 2014 | Alex Newman
    Citing International “Law,” UN Demands U.S. End Death Penalty The New American 02 May 2014 After the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the UN “human rights office” called on authorities across America to end the death penalty.
  • What is was like watching the botched Oklahoma execution

    05/02/2014 5:10:37 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 57 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 2, 2014 | Mark Berman
    *** Oklahoma was using a new lethal injection drug for the first time, and the secrecy surrounding the drugs had caused a protracted argument that extended to the state’s courts and lawmakers. Branstetter had been there in January when Michael Wilson was killed with a three-drug mix that had been obtained from a compounding pharmacy. Wilson’s final words, spoken after the injections: “I feel my whole body burning.” So she wanted to go to see what was different this time. At the beginning, the only thing that was different was that the execution was late. At 6:23 p.m., 23 minutes...
  • Milwaukee man gets 9 months in jail for voting twice in 2012 election

    03/04/2014 3:48:31 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3-4-14 | Bruce Vielmetti
    A Milwaukee man was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in jail, with work-release privileges, for voting twice in the 2012 presidential election. Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Leonard K. Brown, 56, to more than a year in prison, a harsher punishment than handed down in the few other cases of double voting. "I'm shocked, to be honest, that the state thinks this is a prison case," defense attorney Christopher Hartley told Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Timothy Witkowiak. "It's outrageous." Hartley said Brown is caught in the political debate over making voters show photo ID to vote, with one...
  • A 69-Year-Old Man Is Still In The Mental Hospital He Entered After Stealing A $20 Necklace In 1971

    02/02/2014 11:25:27 AM PST · by Innovative · 29 replies
    Yanoo Finance ^ | Feb 2, 2014 | Lauren F Friedman
    In 1971, Franklin H. Frye was accused of stealing a $20 necklace from a woman on the street, and the court found him not guilty by reason of insanity. He was committed to Saint Elizabeths Hospital, where he has spent almost all of the past four decades, The Washington Times reports. His lawyers have been trying to free him for many years. In 2005, his lawyer asserted in a motion that "Mr. Frye has recovered his sanity and no longer suffers from a mental illness as defined by law." It wasn't the first time he's sought release.
  • Freep a Poll!(Should celebrities be punished for bigoted statements?)

    12/20/2013 5:53:08 PM PST · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 12-20-13 | Orlando Sentinel
    Poll: Controversial celebrity comments Should celebrities be punished for bigoted statements? Yes No
  • In Defense of Flogging by Peter Moskos

    10/23/2013 10:00:51 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 2 replies
    B.P. Terpstra ^ | 23 October, 2013 | B.P. Terpstra
    Peter Moskos, an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York, and the author of In Defense of Flogging, is coming to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. But don’t feel sorry for Australian criminals just yet. Indeed, Moskos is more about closing prisons than punishing offenders. Actually, In Defense of Flogging should be retitled In Defense of Demonising Prisons because Moskos’ book is devoted to paying out expensive prisons. As for justice, he argues that criminals should be given the choice between a good flogging and jail time. It’s not a compelling argument....
  • Obama had armed SWAT agents raid a law-abiding guitar factory because it was owned by a Republican

    05/24/2013 5:21:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    wordpress ^ | May 24, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog President Obama had armed SWAT agents raid a law-abiding guitar factory because it was owned by a Republican donor President Obama had armed SWAT agents raid the Gibson guitar factory, ordered the employees to leave, and seized guitars and other property from the factory – and all of this happened without any charges being filed.It was later reported that Gibson had not broken any U.S. laws.Obama’s so-called justification for the raid was that Gibson had broken environmental laws from India regarding the imported wood that Gibson had been using.Gibson claimed that it had not broken any...
  • Girl, 13, made to hold punishment sign

    03/22/2013 7:07:45 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 43 replies
    upi ^ | March. 21, 2013
    CRESTVIEW, Fla.- A Florida couple who punished their 13-year-old daughter by making her hold an embarrassing sign at the side of the road said the punishment was a last resort. Gentry and Renee Nickell said their teenage daughter's behavior had become increasingly worse since Renee's brother was killed in Afghanistan in December 2011 and the sign punishment they used Saturday was an idea they had been given by a Christian counselor several years ago, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported Thursday. "I'm a Self-entitled teenager w/no Respect for authority. I'm also super smart, yet I have 3 'D's' because I...
  • Father Exposes13-Year-Old Daughter For Lying About Her Age On Facebook (Video)

    02/26/2013 3:06:21 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/26/2013 | Youtube
    Video Linky Here
  • BATTFIELD315 YouTube Cartoon: The Liberal View of Crime & Punishment

    01/16/2013 7:21:25 PM PST · by doug from upland · 2 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 1-2013 | Battlefield315
    THE LIBERAL VIEW OF CRIME & PUNISHMENT
  • IRS Threatens Employers

    01/16/2013 12:09:28 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 48 replies
    CCHF ^ | 1-16-13 | Twila Brase
    The gloves are coming off. We're 11 months from full implementation and the real-world impact of Obamacare is hitting the newswires. Taco Bell and Wendy's just cut the hours of hundreds of employees to avoid the Obamacare employer health insurance mandate. These workers will not only not have health insurance, they will have less money to pay for it and may be forced into Medicaid under the individual mandate. Now, the Internal Revenue Service is warning employers not to avoid the employer mandate. The IRS issued a 144-page notice which says they will soon issue proposed regulations with "anti-abuse rules."...
  • Kids who bullied bus monitor suspended for a year, assigned to reform school

    06/30/2012 10:06:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 215 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    You need closure. Following individual meetings this week with school and district administrators, each family waived their right to a hearing and agreed to one-year suspensions from school and regular bus transportation. The Greece Central School District is legally required to provide all students ages 5 to 16 with an education, therefore, during the 2012-13 school year, the students who have been suspended will be transferred to the district Reengagement Center, located in a non-school facility. This alternative education program keeps middle school students on track academically while providing a structured opportunity for students to take responsibility for their actions...
  • Critics of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s ‘Tent City’ Announce Protest, Then Chicken Out of Meeting

    06/08/2012 2:41:20 PM PDT · by montag813 · 7 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 06-08-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona A pro-illegal alien activist group announced what they promised to be a "massive" protest to "demand" that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's famous Tent City be "shut down", but then chickened out when Arpaio invited them to his office to discuss it. "Puente", a left-wing, Soros-funded  group which advocates for illegal alien amnesty and against Arizona immigration law S.B. 1070, declared their intention to "take on" the "racist Sheriff Joe" and show they are "unafraid". But that all changed after this Sheriff Joe Facebook post: Evidently Puente does not like my 19 year old successful tent...
  • DOJ Breaks Off Negotiations With Defiant Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    04/03/2012 7:55:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/3/12 | Jason Ryan
    The Justice Department has cut off negotiations with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and officials with the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office in its effort to install an independent monitor to rein in the unconstitutional tactics used by officers there. Arpaio, who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” defied the Justice Department suggestion that it could sue the county and the sheriff’s office to force the issue. “I am the constitutionally and legitimately elected Sheriff and I absolutely refuse to surrender my responsibility to the federal government,”
  • Teacher gets year for spanking student

    03/29/2012 10:02:33 PM PDT · by Tom87 · 28 replies
    WAVY-TV ^ | 3/29/12
    A Virginia Beach high school teacher accused in the sexual battery of one of his students has been found guilty. Back in Jan., the student accused Michael Shanklin, Jr. of spanking her. Police arrested Shanklin, 37, and charged him with abduction and sexual battery of a minor. Shanklin was tried Thursday on the sexual battery charge, found guilty and sentenced to 12 months in jail. Police said on Jan. 18 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a student at Landstown High School stayed after school for a tutoring session. The student failed to complete an assignment and the teacher reportedly felt the...
  • Scalia: Reading entire health care law would be cruel and unusual punishment

    03/28/2012 1:34:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/28/12 | Byron Tau
    Arguing about whether the court could keep some provisions of the health care law intact, Justice Antonin Scalia says that reading all 2,700 pages of the statute would constitute, basically, torture: Justice Scalia: Mr. Kneedler, what happened to the Eighth Amendment? You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? (Laughter.) Justice Scalia: And do you really expect the Court to do that? Or do you expect us to -- to give this function to our law clerks? Is this not totally unrealistic? That we are going to go through this enormous bill item by item and decide each
  • DA: Death penalty out in all but one of four torture slaying suspects

    03/09/2012 8:32:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 38 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    It's official. Death is no longer a possible fate for three of four defendants in the January 20007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple. Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price has filed notice of an intention to seek the death penalty as punishment in the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, only against alleged ringleader Lemaricus Davidson. Price this month notified attorneys for Davidson's brother, Letalvis Cobbins, and Cobbins' friend, George Thomas, that he will push for a fate in their cases no more than life without possibility of parole. Because Cobbins' girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman,...
  • Marin judge rejects lethal injection procedures

    12/17/2011 8:57:24 AM PST · by KingofZion · 16 replies · 1+ views
    mercurynews.com ^ | December 17, 2011 | Paul Elias
    A judge tossed out California's newly adopted lethal injection procedure on Friday, throwing the state's already stalled capital punishment system into further doubt. Marin County Superior Court Judge Faye D'Opal, finalizing a tentative ruling she issued a day earlier, said prison officials failed to properly explain why they rejected a one-drug process using only a barbiturate when one of their experts recommended it as being superior to the three-drug mixture that was adopted to execute inmates. *** Prison officials will now either have to appeal or again revise their lethal injection procedures and submit them to public comment, a process...
  • Video of South Texas Judge beating daughter sparks outrage, investigations

    11/02/2011 3:29:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 68 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 11/2/2011 | Star Telegram
    Video Linky Here
  • The death penalty: valid yet targeted

    10/27/2011 9:52:42 AM PDT · by american_steve · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 26, 2011 | David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew Grossman
    No serious constitutional argument can be made against the death penalty. The endless campaigns to ban it cost taxpayers millions to defend. By David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew Grossman On the September night that the state of Georgia put Troy Davis to death, a crowd of several hundred gathered at the Supreme Court in Washington to protest America's continued practice of capital punishment. But they were in the wrong place. The protesters should have assembled 600 miles southeast, in Atlanta.
  • (FL)Lawmaker Wants To Bring Back Firing Squads (& Electrocutions!)

    10/13/2011 3:43:22 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 24 replies
    WESH 2 Orlando ^ | October 13, 2011
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida state lawmaker is calling for a return to the electric chair and firing squads for those sitting on the state's death row. Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, this week filed a bill that would end the use of lethal injection. Instead, those with a death sentence could choose between electrocution or a firing squad. Drake said the idea came to him after having a conversation at a DeFuniak Springs Waffle House over the legal battles associated with the September execution of Manuel Valle. Valle's lawyers tried to stop the execution by arguing that a new drug...
  • Landlords face no punishment for discrimination in online ads (Muslims Only)

    10/06/2011 3:54:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    national post ^ | 10/6/11 | Sarah Boesveld
    There’s a two bedroom basement apartment for rent in Toronto’s northwest end —one bathroom, newly painted and renovated with a side entrance. The ad, posted on popular classified site Kijiji.ca, comes with the typical caveats —no pets allowed, no smokers. And then, a less common request: Only Muslims need apply. It’s the exact kind of specifications the Ontario Human Rights Commission recently warned landlords against putting in their online classified ads —any denial of a prospective tenant due to race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age and disability, among other things, is grounds for discrimination according to the Ontario...
  • 'Don't trust me. I will steal from you as I'm a thief': Mother makes young son wear humiliating sign

    08/23/2011 3:00:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd August 2011 | Richard Shears
    A seaside town in Australia is in uproar over the punishment a mother has handed out to her young son, making him wear a sign in public saying he's a thief. 'Do not trust me. I will steal from you as I am a thief,' the sign around his neck read as he stood in a park in the Queensland town of Townsville. He remained standing with his head lowered in shame while his family ate lunch nearby. But his humiliation did not end there - he was made to wear Shrek ears and was also seen writing lines, believed...
  • Ruben Rosario: Will the death penalty endure? Not if this attorney can help it

    08/19/2011 7:26:26 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 50 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-19-11 | rube rosario
    Wells, like many attorneys who plunge into this protracted and rewarding but frustrating legal venture, is morally and philosophically opposed to the death penalty. Although 34 states have it, there are other reasons Minnesota should continue to oppose it. Several credible national studies conclude, and nearly 90 percent of the nation's top criminologists in a recent survey agree, that the death penalty has very little, if any, effect at all on deterring violent crime. So agrees the law enforcement community. A national poll of police chiefs placed it dead last, pun intended, on ways to reduce violent crime. The chiefs...
  • Dollar to drop on S&P move; safe-haven demand seen

    08/07/2011 3:57:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 8/7/11 | Saikat Chatterjee
    The U.S. dollar may weaken and Treasury yields rise when Asian markets reopen on Monday, though any selling in response to ratings agency S&P's downgrade of the United States is likely to be tempered by the escalating crisis in the euro zone. The S&P cut in the U.S. long-term credit rating by a notch to AA-plus is an unprecedented blow and results from concerns about the nation's budget deficits and climbing debt burden. It called the outlook "negative," signaling another downgrade is possible in the next 12 to 18 months. "The initial reaction will be a high degree of uncertainty...
  • The Super-Lux Super Max

    07/27/2011 1:22:19 PM PDT · by Immerito · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | July 26, 2011 | Alex Masi
    The man allegedly behind Norway's devastating terror attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, is now under arrest. And he should count himself lucky for—if entirely undeserving of—a penal system in that country that is among the cushiest in the world. There's no capital punishment, and the longest jail term allowed is 21 years (a caveat: if a prisoner is deemed to still be a threat, his sentence can be extended in five-year blocks indefinitely, though it's highly unlikely, according to Norwegian officials). In Norway, rehabilitation is the guiding principle, not punishment—a somewhat difficult notion to swallow given the gravity and callousness of...
  • Michelle Obama heads to Africa, stirs criticism

    06/21/2011 4:18:51 AM PDT · by bgill · 16 replies
    The Ticket ^ | June 20, 2011 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    ...the trip is already provoking disappointment from Africa advocates who argue that President Obama, whose father was Kenyan, hasn't devoted enough time to the continent since winning the presidency. Mwiza Munthali, public outreach director of TransAfrica Forum, argues that U.S. officials "are not seeing Africa as a big priority. There has been some ambivalence." The president has made just one trip to sub-Saharan Africa since his Jan. 2009 inauguration and has chosen not to accompany his wife on her journey. This isn't the first time the First Lady has come under fire for travel plans. Below we review some of...
  • Capital Punishment, Abortion, and Gov. Quinn

    04/28/2011 11:51:56 AM PDT · by MintyHippo1980 · 5 replies
    The Bloviating Hammerhead Blog ^ | 04/28/11 | Jim Bennett
    A Facebook post by nephew Billy got me thinking today. He wrote, "If it's legal to get an abortion, it should be legal to abort a child molester. Just sayin'." It occurred to me that, since Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation abolishing the death penalty on March 9, 2011, he established curious moral inconsistency, given his radical, enthusiastic support for another death penalty: Abortion. In the State of Illinois, an unborn human being who has never committed a crime can be executed, but due to the repeal of the death penalty here, Cecil S. Sutherland, who abducted, raped and...
  • Hell and The Glory Of God...pt 2

    For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.(Deuteronomy 32:22-24)The doctrine of the Divine judgment of sinners is terrible to truly contemplate. So terrible that many evangelicals are retreating from it...
  • Dorothy Dixon's Hell, and Her Executioners Soft Punishment (A Sad Story)

    04/19/2011 7:17:32 AM PDT · by OneVike · 29 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 4/19/11 | Chuck Wolk
    Her name was Dorothy Dixon, and she was betrayed by a person the state told her she could trust. The person, Michelle Riley, worked as a coordinator for a regional center that helps developmentally disabled people get food, clothing, and a place to live. Dorothy had the mind of a child, so she needed all the help she could get to survive in a world of adults who usually have very little time for the mentally disabled. In her capacity of helping Dorothy, Michelle would eventually strike up a good friendship with her. It wasn't long before Michelle decided that...
  • Justice Delayed...Indefinitely

    03/13/2011 8:49:28 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 7 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 03-14-11 | stolinsky
    A man just died at the age of 88. True, he had a long life, but he would have had an even longer one if he had not been in an automobile accident. If these were the only important facts, we would be saddened by his death, but we would be grateful for his long life. If we add the fact that he was a retired Marine officer, we would be even more grateful − for his service to our country, and for the fact that he survived it. But when we add another important fact, our mood changes. We...
  • Illinois Governor Signs Legislation Limiting Death Penalty

    03/13/2011 7:04:39 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 12 March 2011 | John Semmens
    People’s Republic of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) signed legislation that would restrict the imposition of the death penalty in his state to those under nine months of pre-birth age. The signing was accompanied by the commutation of the sentences of all those currently on “death row” in the state’s prisons. The Governor rejected arguments that the heinous acts committed by those sentenced to death might warrant the punishment. “The inhumanity of the death penalty has been a blot on our society for too long,” Quinn said. “We have been subjecting human beings to anxiety and terror. Being held behind...
  • Army to Punish Nine Officers in Connection With Fort Hood Shootings

    03/10/2011 3:41:41 PM PST · by STARWISE · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-10-11 | Justin Fishel