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  • Merry Christmas to the Food Stamp, er, SNAP recipients

    12/26/2009 5:02:53 PM PST · by Publius772000 · 87 replies · 2,902+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 12/26/09 | Michael Naragon
    On Christmas Eve, I, my three small children, and my wife, who works the graveyard shift at a truck stop to supplement our meager income, visited our local Kroger store to pick up a loaf of frozen garlic bread to go with dinner. I refrain from writing much about myself in this blog, as it seems somewhat egotistic to assume anyone would want to read about my personal life. However, on this particular night, we ended up checking out behind a group of ladies. Their hair was newly done, obviously at a salon. Each of them had had their fingernails...
  • Pastor scandals erode trust in pulpit

    06/25/2007 10:42:59 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies · 338+ views
    News-Journal Online ^ | June 24, 2007 | JIM HAUG
    HOLLY HILL -- Lori Lewis' pastor let her family stay in a church apartment when her husband went to jail. Five months later, the pastor joined her husband behind bars. He was not there for inmate ministry. The Rev. Robert N. Riddle was charged in April with swindling an elderly widow out of more than $100,000. While not personally affected by the scandal, the disappointment stung Lewis. "If you can't trust your pastor, who you can trust?" she said. Churches are learning that the preacher in the pulpit should not be accepted on his word alone. Scandalous stories of bad...
  • Ordination permanently out for former local (NJ) deacon

    05/30/2007 7:53:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 615+ views
    Times Tribune ^ | May 30, 2007 | DAVID SINGLETON
    A deacon formerly associated with the controversial Society of St. John will not be a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Paterson, N.J. Deacon Joseph Levine is still a deacon in the diocese, but will not be ordained to the priesthood, Marianna Thompson, the diocesan communications director, said Tuesday. The diocese announced late last week that Deacon Levine would not be ordained Saturday in Paterson as previously scheduled, but released no other details. Four other men were ordained. Ms. Thompson confirmed Deacon Levine’s ordination is off permanently, a result of the “discernment” process during which the deacon and church officials...
  • Saddam Hussein Executed (Updated Links 1-8-07)

    12/29/2006 7:08:40 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 1,176 replies · 66,408+ views
    <p>The Drop Broke Saddam's neck killing him instantly. At the executions following the Nuremberg Trials others were not so lucky.</p> <p>"..The executions, in a brightly lighted prison gymnasium where three looming black wooden gallows had been erected, were witnessed by a handful of Allied military officers and eight journalists, one of whom, Kingsbury Smith of International News Service, wrote a famous newspaper article, "The Execution of Nazi War Criminals, 16 October 1946," based on his eyewitness observations. Although Smith discreetly omitted mentioning it, the experienced Army hangman, Master Sgt. John C. Woods, botched the executions. A number of the hanged Nazis died, not quickly from a broken neck as intended, but agonizingly from slow strangulation. Ribbentrop and Sauckel each took 14 minutes to choke to death, while Keitel, whose death was the most painful, struggled for 24 minutes at the end of the rope before expiring..."</p>
  • Catholic League says Denver Archdiocese subject of witch hunt

    11/06/2006 1:30:12 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 354+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 6, 2006
    New York, Nov. 06, 2006 (CNA) - Catholic League president William Donohue says the request that the Archdiocese of Denver release all church documents related to sexually abusive priests and church employees who covered up priests' actions is “absurd.” The five groups that made the request “should be dismissed as witch hunters,” he said. The groups, including Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and Voice of the Faithful, made the demand at a news conference in Denver on Thursday. The groups also put their request in a letter to Archbishop Charles Chaput, saying they "want the truth exposed.” ...
  • Coral Springs mother of two savaged by her 120-pound pet (dog)

    08/19/2006 6:45:34 AM PDT · by Fawn · 149 replies · 22,623+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | Posted August 19 2006 | By Robert Nolin, Sallie James and Jennifer Gollan
    CORAL SPRINGS · A burly exotic guard dog, one of several that frightened residents of an upscale neighborhood in recent days, ferociously mauled and killed its owner Friday afternoon, apparently in sight of the woman's young daughter. Police said they found the dog, a Presa Canario named Zino, in the backyard of a home in the 9000 block of the Northwest 39th Court in The Hills neighborhood. It was standing over the body of the mother of two.
  • The Suiciding of the Church (SNAP and VOTF go after the Catholic Church)

    05/06/2006 6:02:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 506+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | May 6, 2006 | Richard Leonardi
    "This is an ancient, rigid, secretive, top-down, all-male monarchy. It always has been. It always will be. The answer is not to reform them, but to go around them and to contain them." Whatever constructive role these groups once played in the national “dialogue” about the abuses perpetrated by predatory, largely homosexual priests, it has long since past. In fact, they don’t seek dialogue at all. Clohessy now counsels against dialogue with bishops and instead urges Catholics to lobby state legislatures to exempt dioceses from statutes of limitation that prevent an endless stream of aging, often dubious, claims. High profile...
  • Personnel files show LA archdiocese ignored complaints about priest misconduct for decades

    10/12/2005 6:06:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 465+ views
    AP Wire (direct feed) | October 11, 2005 | Laura Wides
    LOS ANGELES (AP) _ For decades, the Los Angeles Archdiocese ignored parishioners' sex abuse complaints and shipped accused priests between therapy and new assignments, according to newly released personnel records involving 126 clergymen. In many cases, there was little mention of child molestation. Instead, euphemisms such as ``boundary violations'' were used to describe the conduct. The summaries of the personnel records were released Tuesday as part of settlement talks with lawyers for more than 500 accusers who sued the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese. The records, released after nearly three years of legal wrangling, cover priests who were ordained as...
  • Police: Boys Rip Classmates' Clothes Off, Snap Photos

    09/27/2005 12:22:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 211 replies · 6,252+ views
    Local6 ^ | 9/27/05
    Four Central Florida middle school students were arrested Monday for allegedly ripping off the clothes off classmates and then snapping photos with their cell phones, according to a Local 6 News report. Investigators said the boys, ages 12, 13 and 14 years old, attacked the girls Friday at Tavares Middle School in Lake County, Fla., in the back of a school bus. The boys then allegedly groped the girls and took pictures of them. Cell phone video allegedly showed one of the girls screaming for help while the boys touch her breasts, according to the report. Police said the attack...
  • Bankruptcy judge rules parish assets available to victims (Diocese of Spokane)

    08/27/2005 6:05:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 592+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | August 26, 2005
    SPOKANE, Wash. &#8212; A federal bankruptcy judge ruled today that all the parish churches, parochial schools and other property of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane can be liquidated to pay victims of sexual abuse by priests. The decision, expected to have ramifications for dioceses across the nation, was a defeat for Spokane Bishop William Skylstad, who had argued that he did not control individual parishes and thus they were not available to cover settlement costs. "It is not a violation of the First Amendment to apply federal bankruptcy law to identify and define property of the bankruptcy estate even though...
  • Federal prisons at Coleman to start using killer fences

    07/02/2005 7:24:06 AM PDT · by Cowman · 17 replies · 841+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | Jul 1,2005 | By MARK SCOLFORO
    By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer Two high-security federal prisons in central Florida and five others will be getting fences that can kill prisoners who touch them, a $10 million project intended to allow the prisons to operate with fewer perimeter guards. The 12-foot-high "stun-lethal" fences, similar to ones already used at some state prisons, can be set to deliver electrical shocks to prisoners who touch them once and fatal shocks if they are touched a second time. The federal Bureau of Prisons expects to award contracts for the fences in late fall, bureau spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said. "This new...
  • SNAP's Response to USCC Changes

    06/18/2005 6:52:48 AM PDT · by ninenot · 7 replies · 280+ views
    The Provincial Emails ^ | June 18, 2005 | Peter Isely
    American Catholic Bishops this week have made a number of so-called "revisions" to the Dallas Charter that are part of an effort by many bishops and probably the Vatican to eventually remove zero-tolerance for child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Most alarmingly, a new study is being commissioned at the urging of Dr. Paul McHugh of the National Review Board [citing the Baltimore Sunarticle in the post below] McHugh, once head of the department of psychiatry at John Hopkins, has a long and controversial history of taking anti-law enforcement positions on the treatment of child sex offenders. McHugh was...
  • On the Horns of a False Dilemma - How Dissenters Abuse the Gay Sexual Abuse Scandal

    05/22/2005 2:53:25 PM PDT · by Diago · 18 replies · 433+ views
    the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property ^ | the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property
    On the Horns of a False DilemmaAllow Reforms in the Church, or be Labeled an Accomplice to Sexual Abuse How Some Pressure Groups are Fomenting Revolution Inside the Church On June 1, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) sent a letter to the nation’s bishops expressing concern about the Boston-based Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), a movement that sprouted up in the midst of the present Church scandals calling for reform of Church structures. The group’s recent national convention reveals that those concerns were well founded. Over 4,000 people gathered for the first national...
  • Fla. motorist arrested near Williamsburg on drug, assault charges. (Cocaine user freaks out )

    08/13/2004 4:17:01 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies · 748+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 13 August 2004 | STEVE STONE
    Fla. motorist arrested near Williamsburg on drug, assault charges By STEVE STONE, The Virginian-Pilot © August 13, 2004 Last updated: 12:23 AM A Florida man, who allegedly stopped along Interstate 64 near Williamsburg to inject himself with cocaine, attempted to run down a companion Thursday before plowing his pickup into a car, police said. Sgt. D.S. Carr , a state police spokesman, said Alan T. Bowen , 45, of Homosassa , Fla., was heading west on I-64 about 2:30 p.m. when he pulled off at Exit 238 , near Camp Peary. While stopped on the exit ramp, he “injected himself...
  • Victims' group hits church audit

    01/05/2004 11:00:00 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 167+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, January 6, 2004 | By Julia Duin
    <p>Clergy sex-abuse victims were not properly interviewed nor were Catholic dioceses forthcoming in an audit to be released today, a survivors group said yesterday.</p> <p>"These so-called audits are fundamentally flawed," said Barbara Blaine, founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). "Essentially, bishops have defined the rules of the game, decided who plays, paid the umpires and are now declaring themselves the winners."</p>
  • Man Who Was Member of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) Kills Himself

    10/13/2003 4:10:33 PM PDT · by wheelgunguru · 20 replies · 333+ views
    earthlink news ^ | 10-13-03
    NEWARK, N.J. - A man who claimed he was molested by a Roman Catholic priest as a boy, then became an advocate for other victims, committed suicide by stepping in front of a train. Friends of James Thomas Kelly, 37, of Morristown said he was deeply hurt by the abuse. But they stopped short of saying that was the reason for his suicide on Sunday. Kelly was a member of SNAP, or Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and spoke often about his experiences. Kelly helped establish the group's New Jersey chapter, said Mark Serrano, a SNAP board member....
  • Group pushes for top U.S. bishop to stop priests from suing false accusers

    08/31/2002 8:30:23 AM PDT · by Diago · 7 replies · 112+ views
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | August 31, 2002 | Tom Breckenridge
    Group pushes for top U.S. bishop to stop priests from suing accusers 08/31/02 Tom Breckenridge Plain Dealer Reporter A group representing those who say they have been sexually abused by priests is calling on the nation's top bishop to stop priests from suing their accusers. In Cleveland and four other dioceses, priests have filed defamation lawsuits against their accusers. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, calls it a "brutal legal tactic" that will discourage other victims from coming forward. SNAP wants Bishop Wilton Gregory, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to end the...
  • News of abuse scandals spur more victims to seek support

    07/10/2002 10:05:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 523+ views
    Associated Press - direct feed | July 13, 2002 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) _ Gary Mulford never talked much about his years as a teenager and young adult, during which he claims he was molested by a Roman Catholic priest. He blames the experience for shattering his faith and causing the erratic behavior that cost him his job and marriage. Eight years ago, Mulford filed a lawsuit against the Camden Diocese, sharing his story with only lawyers, a therapist, and three of the people closest to him. But since attention surrounding priest abuse this year mushroomed into an international scandal for the Catholic Church, he's been talking _ to relatives,...