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  • Obama: No shirtless pictures

    12/28/2010 2:20:02 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies · 5+ views
    Obama: No shirtless pictures By Ian Swanson - 12/28/10 04:34 PM ET The White House is taking extra steps to prevent photos of a shirtless President Obama on vacation in Hawaii. The president and his family are on a snorkeling trip in Haunama Bay State Park, and traveling press are under “explicit instructions that there will be no long lenses or other sneaky attempts to take pictures,” according to a pool report. Photos of a shirtless president on a Hawaii vacation after his win in the 2008 presidential election caused a stir two Christmases ago. Washingtonian magazine even ran a...
  • Sir Elton John Welcomes Baby Boy

    12/27/2010 9:05:12 PM PST · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 77 replies · 6+ views
    TV Guide ^ | 12.28.2010 | Natalie Abrams
    Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish have welcomed a baby boy to their family, according to US Magazine. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born on Christmas in California via a surrogate. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. "We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment," John, 62, and Furnish, 48, told the magazine. "Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents." This is the first child for the couple, who wed in 2005 after 12 years together.
  • Unintended effects: How the ELCA’S aim for unity fractured the church

    12/27/2010 5:08:40 PM PST · by rhema · 21 replies · 5+ views
    WordAlone ^ | Dr. Robert Benne
    In its 2009 Churchwide Assembly in August of 2009 the Evangelical Lutheran Church took the momentous step to allow for the blessing of gay and lesbian unions as well as for the ordination of gays and lesbians in partnered relationships. It was the first major confessional church to take those steps. In anticipation of much disagreement about its decisions, the church struck what it thought was a compromise so that we could “journey together faithfully” even though there was no consensus on these issues. The instrument for compromise was the “bound-conscience” doctrine. Realizing that we now had no authoritative teaching...
  • In E-Mails, NYC Pushes for Mosque Near Ground Zero

    12/24/2010 10:45:55 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office worked behind the scenes to help the organizers of a mosque and community center near ground zero, intervening with city administrators to get a temporary prayer service permit and having an official ghostwrite a letter to community leaders.
  • Police: 18-Day-Old Boy Dies After Beating

    12/23/2010 8:51:51 PM PST · by Wile E Coyote Genius · 15 replies
    SCOTTSBURG, Ind. -- Police said an 18-day-old boy who died was beaten. Indiana State Police said the baby boy was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night, clinging to life after being beaten. He was pronounced dead shortly after 12 p.m. Wednesday. Police will not say who they think is responsible for this crime. "It's very hard to comprehend how anyone could harm a child," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin of Indiana State Police. "This is a tragic crime no matter when it happens, but here at Christmas time, it adds more heartbreak. It really does." Police said Gaven Henderson's mother called...
  • Bishop: ELCA is doing well despite challenges

    12/10/2010 8:23:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT) ^ | 12/10/10 | JaNae Francis
    OGDEN -- There may be some congregations that are leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for other Lutheran sects, but the state of the church is good, even locally. This was the message Sunday delivered by Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain ELCA Synod when he paid a visit to Ogden's Elim Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rocky Mountain Synod includes 175 congregations in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. He is currently chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops. Bjornberg said the synod continues to open new congregations. "There are always more opportunities than there...
  • ELCA Council Acts on Structure, Governance Proposals, Other Topics

    11/23/2010 10:30:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 1+ views
    CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) recommended constitutional amendments to the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly regarding a 3-year cycle for churchwide assemblies, council membership, eliminating program committees and strengthening interrelationships. . . . David D. Swartling, ELCA secretary, said a committee of the "Living Into the Future Together: Renewing the Ecology of the ELCA" task force, proposed the four constitutional amendments on structure and governance. The council adopted the amendments and sent them to the 2011 Churchwide Assembly, which must approve amendments to the ELCA Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions. The council...
  • Wi-Fi Makes Trees Sick, Study Says (Wageningen U, Netherlands)

    11/22/2010 11:25:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    PC World ^ | 11/22/10 | René Schoemaker
    Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands. Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands. All deciduous trees in the Western world are affected, according to the study by Wageningen University. The city of Alphen aan den Rijn ordered the study five years ago after officials found unexplained abnormalities on trees that couldn't be ascribed...
  • Couple Asks Internet To Vote On Whether Or Not They Should Have An Abortion

    11/18/2010 9:54:24 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 48 replies ^ | 11/18/2010 | Jon Bershad
    Finally, there’s something that both the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life camps can agree on (besides the fact that the terms “pro-choice” and “pro-life” are patently ridiculous). That something is the fact that this is really creepy and gross. Last night, Gawker reported on a Minneapolis couple who is letting Internet users vote on whether or not they should have an abortion. I totally understand the impulse. The other day I asked my Twitter friends if it was warm enough for me to go outside without a coat which is totally the same thing…What? No, it’s not? At all? Oh. Yes, Pete...
  • How Gay Days Made a Home at Disney World

    11/04/2010 5:58:35 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 68 replies · 1+ views
    Time ^ | June 21, 2010 | John Cloud
    Like pretty much every child who walks up Main Street U.S.A. at Disney World for the first time, Alix, 10, and her brother Evan, 11, can barely contain their anticipation. Evan wants to ride Space Mountain. Alix is so excited, she can't even say what she wants to do. She is jumping up and down. It's a typical Disney scene, except that Evan, Alix and their sister Jamie, a desultory 4-year-old shielded from the sun in a stroller, have come to the Magic Kingdom with their two moms. It is the 20th anniversary of Gay Days at Disney, and...
  • Sick of campaign ad avalanche? TV stations aren't

    10/29/2010 11:02:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/10 | Andrew Vanacore - ap
    NEW YORK – For TV viewers, this cutthroat election year is a riot of attack ads and media saturation made possible by big-money donors. For TV stations, it's a stimulus package. One research group expects TV political spending to hit a record $3 billion. The windfall may continue well past Election Day because regular advertisers are getting squeezed out of the schedule and could spend their ad budgets later. Coming out of a recession that put some broadcasters in or near bankruptcy protection, political spending is emerging as a critical — but temporary — source of revenue. Several factors created...
  • New hope for prospective parents as Florida ends gay adoption ban

    10/23/2010 12:44:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | October 23, 2010 | Georgia East,
    For 33 years, Florida forced them to hide behind a veil of secrecy. But now, prospective parents who are gay can legally adopt a child in Florida. Already, some are stepping forward, putting the process in motion. For others, it means a quicker end to their legal limbo. "We've had a lot of sleepless nights and a lot of tears,'' said Melanie Leon Alenier, who with partner Vanessa Alenier has been fighting the state over the right to adopt 21-month-old Ethan, a biological relative who has been with them since he was nine days old.
  • I Support Gay Rights in The Civil Domain'[+Rowan]

    10/21/2010 9:54:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    BANGALORE: Archbishop of Canterbury Reverend Rowan Williams is known to be broad-minded, liberal and outspoken in his thoughts. As the Archbishop was about to rush in his car to a programme after the inter-faith dialogue at ECC concluded, TOI asked him what his view on gay rights was. Williams replied: "The answer to this question is a long one. But yes, I support gay rights as a personal and legal right in the civil domain." Dr Mani Chacko, director of ECC, said: "The Archbishop of Canterbury is broad-minded and liberal. It is true that he had proffered gentle criticism of...
  • Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka welcome fraternal twins

    10/16/2010 5:32:13 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 74 replies · 9+ views
    Examiner ^ | 10/16/2010
    Neil Patrick Harris, star of "How I Met Your Mother" and "Doogie, Howser, M.D." has become the proud father of twins with his partner David Burtka. Harris welcomed a baby boy and a baby girl on October 12, 2010. Neil Patrick Harris used Twitter to send a message to his followers about how babies Gideon Scott and Harper Grace are doing at home. The message Harris sent on Friday, October 15, 2010: "All of us are happy, healthy tired, and a little pukey." No stranger to Twitter, a previous post from the star of television and Broadway sent a Tweet...
  • At least 15 fall ill at Obama rally in Md.

    10/07/2010 12:58:24 PM PDT · by FromLori · 98 replies ^ | 10/7/2010
    BOWIE, Md. - About 15 people have been treated for illness during a rally featuring President Obama at Bowie State University. Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady tells WTOP numerous ambulances have been sent to the rally after people started fainting and became dizzy. The problems could be related to warmer temperatures today. Brady says crowds at the rally were outside and packed shoulder to shoulder. Two people have been taken to the hospital so far, Brady says. The rest have been treated at the scene.
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Tells ELCA Leaders it's Time to Move Forward

    10/05/2010 12:12:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 5 October AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Tells ELCA Leaders it's Time to Move Forward 10-261-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In a report to leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, said it is time for the church to move forward and get over being "timid" about mission and ministry. "In the name of Jesus Christ our days of timidity are over," Hanson told the ELCA Conference of Bishops, ELCA synod vice presidents and ELCA seminary presidents Oct. 2. "I just think we have to say it. And we have to say it with the...
  • Sick PCs should be banned from the net says Microsoft

    10/06/2010 12:08:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 90 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/6/10 | Staff
    Virus-infected computers that pose a risk to other PCs should be blocked from the net, a senior researcher at software giant Microsoft suggests. The proposal is based on lessons from public health, said Scott Charney of the firm's Trustworthy Computing team. It is designed to tackle botnets - networks of infected computers under the control of cybercriminals. Putting machines in temporary quarantine would stop the spread of a virus and allow it to be cleaned.
  • Illegal immigrant sentenced to 35 years for child rape

    09/06/2010 11:59:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies
    The Loudoun Times-Mirror, Leesburg, Va. ^ | 2010-09-01 | Jana Wagoner
    A 23-year-old illegal immigrant from El Salvador who was living in Leesburg will spend the next 35 years in prison for brutally raping his 4-year-old family member. “No child anywhere in the world should ever be subjected to this sort of crime,” Judge Burke McCahill told Carlos M. Ruano just before sentencing him in a Loudoun courtroom Aug. 27. Ruano pleaded guilty March 22 to raping a victim younger than 13, a Class 2 felony. The rape occurred Nov. 29, 2009. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a June 1, 2009 sodomy charge in the case, which also...
  • Patrons eat at taco stand, as body lies

    08/13/2010 6:53:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies
    Patrons eat at a taco stand, as the body of a man lies on the pavement, in Ciudad Obregon August 10, 2010. According to local media, the man died after suffering a fatal heart attack. Picture taken August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Francisco Gonzalez Bolon/Expreso
  • Disco-Ball Dresses and Spandex. A dispatch from transgender camp for kids.

    08/12/2010 5:29:48 PM PDT · by Salman · 25 replies
    Slate ^ | Aug. 2, 2010 | Bedford Hope
    he face of a young man in a baseball cap fills the screen at the center of a circle of 30 or so children. "It's Johnny!" they yell, meaning Johnny Weir, the "flamboyant," figure-skating Olympian.* The kids are part of an annual gathering of gender-variant and transgender kids—kids born boys who look and act like girls. Outside of this camp weekend, it's rare for them to hear "how great I think you all are … being true to yourselves," as Weir tells them. He says he loves the electric-blue spandex suit with the lime-green lightning bolt designed by one boy....
  • Dutch Arrest Woman for Committing Infanticide without Doctor Approval

    08/12/2010 4:33:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/12/10 | Peter J. Smith
    NIJ BEETS, Netherlands, August 12, 2010 ( – A woman has been arrested for killing her four newborn children and packing their remains away in suitcases in the Netherlands - a country where infanticide is legal as long a doctor administers the dose. According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the unnamed 25-year-old woman was a well-known and liked dentist’s assistant in the rural town of Nij Beets, in the Dutch province of Friesland. She managed to keep the infanticides secret for years until her Wednesday arrest, and remains now in police custody. Police were tipped off by a suspicious neighbor who...
  • Lawyer: Father kept daughter's body out of love (Yes, it's California)

    08/09/2010 11:43:12 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 14 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | Aug 09, 2010 | Unknown - AP
    SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A man accused of torturing and killing his daughter kept her body in a freezer for two years because he loved her and couldn't bear to be parted, a defense attorney told jurors Monday.
  • [CATHOLIC / ORTHODOX CAUCUS] Restoring Greater Reverence to Sick Calls

    08/04/2010 2:52:01 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/3/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    In my Parish I work with the men of the Holy Name Society and also the women of the Sodality to ensure that the numerous sick in our parish are visited regularly. I try to visit the sick at least quarterly on a rolling basis to ensure they have had confession and anointing of the Sick. But, since I am without an assistant priest, as a general rule, I depend on them to bring communion regularly.We met as a group this past week and had an interesting discussion about a concern that a number of them expressed, that of reverence....
  • Man says he killed dog that was possessed

    08/02/2010 9:01:21 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 25 replies · 6+ views
    GULF BREEZE, Fla. -- A Panhandle man has been charged with killing and skinning his family dog because he believed it was possessed by the devil. The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies responded Sunday to a Gulf Breeze home, where 25-year-old Matthew O. Foote had reportedly killed the dog. Investigators say Foote calmly explained that the 7-year-old dachshund-Chihuahua mix was possessed by Satan. Read more:
  • Abercrumbie & Flitch Under Fire: Old People Should Stay Out of Malls

    07/24/2010 8:31:56 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/24/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Abercrumbie & Flitch, the trendy fashion retailer, is under fire from customers and the media for its newest sales campaign. The retailer is calling it “Old sCOOL” and features scantily clad elderly folks modeling the store’s latest line of apparel. Store spokesman and mastermind of the campaign, Stewart Kindly, said that the new campaign is meant to bring older customers back into the stores because, “Old people are cool, ya know?” Mr. Kindly said that increasingly, older Americans are feeling left out of the loop in America’s malls where the retailer has most of its outlets. The chain felt that...
  • Sarah Palin stikes back at Journolist's 'sick puppies'

    07/22/2010 11:51:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 76 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/22/10 | Jonathan Strong
    From a remote location on an island off Alaska’s coast, former Governor Sarah Palin is blasting what she describes as the “sick puppies” in the media who immediately and ruthlessly attacked her when Sen. John McCain picked her as his running mate during the 2008 presidential campaign. In exclusive remarks to The Daily Caller, Palin described “hordes of Obama’s opposition researchers-slash ‘reporters’” descending upon Alaska in the days after she was picked by McCain. She said the media became a key reason she decided not to finish out her term as governor and faults, in part, the McCain campaign for...
  • Montana Parents Weigh In on Proposed Kindergarten Sex Ed

    07/14/2010 8:12:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 49 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 14, 2010 |
    HELENA, MONTANA -- An overflow crowd jammed the Helena school board meeting Tuesday night to voice their concerns -- and support -- about a proposal to extend sex education to children as young as kindergarten age. According to the 62-page draft proposal, beginning in kindergarten, school nurses will teach students proper terms such as "nipple, breast, penis, scrotum and uterus." Once they are promoted to first grade, children will learn that sexual relations could happen between two men or two women. By the time students are 10 years old, instruction will include the various ways people can have intercourse, be...
  • Man Throws Baby Into Traffic

    07/12/2010 3:21:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 3+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 07/11/2010 | Harry Harris and Sean Maher
    A 21-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he threw his daughter into oncoming traffic and then attacked witnesses and police who were trying to subdue him, authorities said. The 18-month-old girl was not badly injured. The wheels of an oncoming Volkswagen Jetta did not touch her, but she was burned and scraped by the car's undercarriage, police said. The suspect, John Taylor, was stunned with a Taser and suffered minor injuries. Police did not release the girl's name but said she lives with her mother in an East Bay city. She was visiting her father Saturday, and they had been...
  • Man allegedly throws toddler in front of moving car (Oakland, CA)

    07/11/2010 1:05:49 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 42 replies · 1+ views
    SF Gate (SF Chronicle) ^ | July 11, 2010 | Henry Lee
    <p>A man who violently shook his toddler and then threw the girl in front of a moving car was arrested by an off-duty Oakland police officer who witnessed the incident and hailed a citizen's vehicle to help chase him down, police said today.</p>
  • Books with gay themes for young readers take off

    06/28/2010 7:40:39 PM PDT · by narses · 86 replies · 7+ views
    At his Kentucky elementary school, kids taunted Brent on the playground about being gay, whatever that was. By eighth grade, he realized what they meant and came out to a friend – and vice versa. She was an avid writer, he a voracious reader. They headed to their school library in search of stories that spoke to their lives: gay, gay in the South, gay and fearing stereotypes like “disgusting” and “worthless.” “There were tons of books about gangs and drugs and teen pregnancy and there were no LGBT books,” says Brent, now 15 and heading into his sophomore year...
  • 'Gay'-pride parade features 10-year-old grand marshal

    06/24/2010 7:39:35 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 74 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 24, 2010 | Chelsea Schilling
    A 10-year-old boy has been named grand marshal for a gay pride parade this weekend – prompting a family advocacy group to call the decision "child abuse" and urge the local mayor to withdraw city support for the event. The American Family Association spoke out against Will Phillips' scheduled participation Saturday in the Northwest Arkansas Pride parade in Fayetteville, Ark. "It's shameful that adults would abuse a brain-washed child in this way," AFA President Tim Wildmon wrote in a press release. "He's obviously just parroting the nonsense he's been told by manipulative adults. For gay activists to trot out this...
  • Obama Makes Father's Day Nod To 2-Dad Families (BARF)

    06/18/2010 6:17:01 PM PDT · by Drango · 34 replies · 813+ views
    White House ^ | June 18, 2010 | Barrack 0bama
    Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a stepfather, a grandfather, or caring guardian. We owe a special debt of gratitude for those parents serving in the United States Armed Forces and their families, whose sacrifices protect the lives and liberties of all American children. For the character they build, the doors they open, and the love they provide over our life times, all our fathers deserve our unending appreciation and admiration. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of theUnited States of America, in accordance with...
  • Imperial Adjustments

    06/02/2010 11:56:16 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 5 replies · 323+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: May 27, 2010 | By KUMIKO MAKIHARA
    TOKYO — The drizzly weather didn’t dampen the excitement at the annual spring imperial party last month as the royal family strolled along Tokyo’s Akasaka Palace grounds. Mao Asada, the Olympic figure skating silver medalist, was so overwhelmed when Emperor Akihito spoke to her that she managed only to repeatedly reply “yes,” and “thank you very much.” It was a typical reaction that shows the magnetic hold the emperor and empress have over the Japanese people. Missing as usual from the festivities was Crown Princess Masako who suffers from a stress-related disorder that causes anxiety and distress and only occasionally...
  • Caption our scrawny, metrosexual POTUS (barf alert)

    06/01/2010 9:26:24 AM PDT · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 134 replies · 3,613+ views
    Daylife Photos ^ | 5/29/10 | staff
  • Man Accused Of Offering Baby For Beer Or Drugs

    05/18/2010 4:20:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 390+ views
    WBZ ^ | May 18, 2010
    Police say a Northampton man tried to swap his 3-month-old daughter for beer or drugs. A maintenance man at a gas station in Chicopee claims 24-year-old Matthew Brace offered him his baby girl Monday. "He said, 'For two 40's you can have her,'" Chicopee Police Chief John Ferraro, Jr. told reporters at a Tuesday morning news conference. "It's my understanding 40's are those large oversize beers," he added. "He was trying to trade the baby for beer." However, hours after the news conference, police said that "40" is also slang for crack cocaine. Now investigators are not sure whether Brace...
  • A Lesbian Mother's Complaint: I Want To Be the Only Mommy on Mother's Day

    05/07/2010 1:58:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 55 replies · 1,553+ views
    Slate ^ | 07 May 2010 | Erika Milvy
    As the toddlers say, I don't want to share. ___ A few years ago, my daughter and I were browsing through the card kiosk, trying to select a Mother's Day card. "Mom you're the best!" read one. "#1 mom" raved another. "Queen mother!" pronounced yet another. I got to choose because she couldn't yet read, and I chose none of the above. Let's go home and make homemade cards, OK? On cream-colored card stock, those bards at Hallmark have put their finger on the problem I have with Mother's Day: For me, it can't be about bests and greatests and...
  • Hamas releases cartoon about captured Israeli

    04/25/2010 10:30:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 720+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/25/10
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas has sent a sharp warning to Israel in the form of an animated film about an Israeli soldier it has held in Gaza for nearly four years. The short film appeared Sunday on the website of Hamas' armed wing. .
  • Why are so many girls lesbian or bisexual?

    04/12/2010 2:04:43 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 128 replies · 4,782+ views
    Psychology Today ^ | 04/03/10 | Leonard Sax, MD
    Psychologist John Buss estimates that for most of human history, perhaps 2% of women have been lesbian or bisexual (see note 1, below). Not any more. Recent surveys of teenage girls and young women find that roughly 15% of young females today self-identify as lesbian or bisexual, compared with about 5% of young males who identify as gay or bisexual (see note 2, below). As a physician and a psychologist, what I found missing in the noise surrounding the Constance McMillen story was any serious discussion of why a growing number of girls self-identify as lesbian or bisexual. Not that...
  • Yemeni child bride dies of internal bleeding

    04/09/2010 7:15:18 PM PDT · by Antioch · 37 replies · 1,186+ views
    CNN ^ | April 9, 2010 5:31 p.m. | Mohammed Jamjoom,
    A 12-year-old Yemeni bride died of internal bleeding following intercourse three days after she was married off to an older man, the United Nations Children's Fund said. The girl was married to a man at least twice her age, said Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. Her death is "a painful reminder of the risks girls face when they are married too soon," Kaag said Thursday. Amal Basha, chairwoman of the Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights, a Yemeni human rights group, identified the girl Friday as Elham Mahdi. "Elham was married on March...
  • President Weirdo (he is the sick one)

    04/04/2010 8:35:08 AM PDT · by no-llmd · 33 replies · 1,453+ views
    PajamasMedia ^ | 4-3-2010 | Roger L Simon
    This is our country — all of us, Republican, Democrat and Independent. And I am now convinced of what I have long suspected — the United States has a president with a serious personality disorder. Now I admit I am not a professional psychiatrist or psychologist, nor do I see myself even remotely as a paragon of mental health, but I have made a decent living for over thirty years as a fiction writer whose stock in trade is perforce studying people and this is one strange dude. He makes Richard Nixon seem almost normal.
  • Spiritually Rooted Diseases [H Wright et al via Life Application Ministries]

    01/19/2010 12:24:35 PM PST · by Quix · 61 replies · 1,169+ views
    PLEASANT VALLEY CHURCH, THOMASTON GEORGIA ^ | unclear Jan 18 2010? | unknown; Henry Wright a source;
    "If you are sick & tired of being sick & tired, I believe that Life Application Ministries (LAM) may be your missing link. This is a ministry based on the Word of God. It is the Word of Truth that sets people free, ALL people!" "Life Application Ministries, LAM, ministry, Word of God, word of god, Linda Lange, linda lange, six basic principles, spiritually rooted diseases, diseases and their root cause, the meeting place, healing and health in body, soul and spirit, introduction & foundation, relationship with god, spiritual roots preventing healing, blocks preventing healing, five r's to freedom, family...
  • Coverage Now for Sick Children? Check Fine Print

    03/28/2010 9:34:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 746+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/28/10 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — Just days after President Obama signed the new health care law, insurance companies are already arguing that, at least for now, they do not have to provide one of the benefits that the president calls a centerpiece of the law: coverage for certain children with pre-existing conditions. Mr. Obama, speaking at a health care rally in northern Virginia on March 19, said, “Starting this year, insurance companies will be banned forever from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.”
  • { ELCS } Lutheran bishops to welcome gay clergy

    03/12/2010 7:55:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 326+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 3/12/10 | Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
    Bishops in the nation's largest Lutheran denomination have approved preliminary steps to welcome a group of openly gay and lesbian ministers as official clergy with new liturgical rites. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Conference of Bishops approved a draft proposal on Monday (March 8) for the new rites, which include prayers and the laying on of hands by the local bishop, according to the denomination's news service. The proposal only applies to 17 pastors who had followed normal ELCA procedures for education and ordination, but remained barred from the denomination's official clergy roster because of their sexuality. The clergy...
  • Woman Draws Pro-Life Shock by Live Blogging Abortion on Twitter, YouTube

    02/24/2010 1:09:59 PM PST · by julieee · 64 replies · 1,641+ views ^ | February 24, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Woman Draws Guffaws, Live Blogs Abortion on Twitter, YouTube Washington, DC -- A woman who calls herself Angie the Atheist is drawing guffaws from pro-life advocates for live-blogging her drug-induced abortion and putting update on Twitter as she goes through the process. Angie recounts the process in graphic terms and displays a hatred for pro-life detractors.
  • { ELCA } A house divided

    02/21/2010 1:44:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 422+ views
    The Herald (Puyallup, WA) ^ | 2/21/10 | Joan Cronk
    If Pastor John Vaswig or Pastor Kim Latterell were to leave their East Pierce County Lutheran churches, their congregations could replace them with a gay or lesbian clergy member. In August 2009, the church-wide assembly of the Ecumenical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) voted to allow churches to call pastors who are in a committed, same-gender relationships to head up their congregations. Many other important issues were discussed and voted on at the assembly meeting in Minneapolis, but this decision is the one that generated the most interest. John Brooks, spokesman for the ELCA, said that most of the churches...
  • Praying for Baby Mindy update on her condition- Update: Mindy will not need surgery

    02/13/2010 9:16:21 AM PST · by MsLady · 42 replies · 416+ views
    MsLady | 02/13/2010 | MsLady
    I just talked to Mindy's sister. She said that the babie's intestines had folded over on itself. She had been fussy and when she spit up and poo'd it had blood in it. That's how they knew Mindy was sick. The doctors did a barium enema and the intestines untwisted. They will keep her over night for observation and if things keep going well they will release her to go home tomorrow. The dotor will have to operate if the part of her intestines that was damaged, doesn't stop bleeding. That's the danger now. So keep praying, prayer warriors, I...
  • Disabled Woman's 'Friends' Attacked, Killed Her

    02/12/2010 9:16:09 PM PST · by Justaham · 47 replies · 1,351+ views
    GREENSBURG, Pa. — A mentally disabled woman was forced to eat detergent and urine — and to write her own suicide note — before she was stabbed to death and dumped in a school parking lot, police said Friday. Six suspects are in custody, including some people she had apparently called her friends. The head of 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty had been shaved, and she had been bound with Christmas decorations and clothing; she also was hit with a towel rack, vacuum cleaner hose and a crutch, according to an affidavit. Her face was painted with nail polish, and she was...
  • Prayer for a very sick little baby

    02/12/2010 6:04:50 PM PST · by MsLady · 120 replies · 1,379+ views
    The babys sister | 02/12/2010 | MsLady
    My girlfriends baby sister needs prayer. Her name is Mindy and she's 7 months old. She is bleeding internally and they don't know why. She was rushed to a small local hospital today and they are now transporting her to a larger hospital in another city. Please pray!!!
  • New Mass. senator Scott Brown says nude Cosmo photos helped get him where he is today

    02/01/2010 5:13:28 PM PST · by presidio9 · 29 replies · 1,199+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, January 31st 2010 | Elizabeth Hays
    Newly-elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown on Sunday defended his nude photo spread from his college days - and said the racy pictures helped get him where he is today. "If I hadn't done that ... I never would have been sitting here with you," said Brown in an interview with Barbara Walters on ABC News' "This Week." "It's all connected," added Brown, a Republican who was elected to fill the seat of the late Ted Kennedy in an upset that has put President Obama's agenda in turmoil. Brown, who took it all off for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1982, said the...
  • The world's SECOND pregnant man is 'blissfully happy' as boy next month

    01/26/2010 2:45:54 PM PST · by traumer · 34 replies · 939+ views
    A transgender couple have revealed they are expecting their first baby in a month’s time. Scott Moore - thought to be only the second ‘pregnant man’ to go public - is due to give birth to a boy in February, with husband Thomas by his side. The couple were both born girls and have undergone surgery to transform their sex. Scott, 30, who is legally married to Thomas because he still has a female birth certificate, says he is eagerly looking forward to giving birth. They have decided to call the child ‘Miles’. ‘We know some people will criticise us...