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  • Rise of the Christian left: Why the religious right’s moment may be ending (Salon)

    07/21/2014 4:34:55 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/21/14
    It’s hard to tell if the near-constant stream of millennial-centric political think-pieces are perpetuating or reflecting growing curmudgeonly fears about the future of the country. Maybe it’s a little of both, and Fox is probably observing within its competency when it pegs more than a handful of us as “deluded narcissists” – but it appears there’s room for some political optimism among all the moral panic and the reign of the religious right. With millennial religious and political attitudes in flux compared to our predecessors, the upcoming years could be the Christian left’s big moment. Which isn’t to say the...
  • Is There a Brain Region Associated with a Belief in Social Justice?

    06/17/2014 7:31:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    IO9 ^ | June 17, 2014 | Anale Newiitz
    Is There a Brain Region Associated with a Belief in Social Justice? Some people believe that we could live in a just world where everybody gets what they deserve. Others believe that's impossible. Now, neuroscientists say they have evidence that the "just world hypothesis" is a cognitive bias that's connected with a specific part of the brain. This does not mean there is a "social justice center" in your brain. What neurologist Michael Schaefer and colleagues discovered is that there is a slightly different pattern of electrical impulses shooting through the brains of people who believe in a just world....
  • Obama Reminds the Greatest Generation How He's Changing the Military

    06/06/2014 6:40:05 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 57 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/06/2014 | Susan Jones
    At a ceremony commemorating some of the bravest Americans of World War II, President Barack Obama reminded the "greatest generation" how the U.S. military has changed under his command, by slipping in references to immigrants and women. "Rock, I want you to know that Staff Sgt. Melvin Sabillo Martin, who is here today, is following in your footsteps. He just had to become an American first. Because Melvin was born in Honduras, moved to the United States, joined the Army. After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was reassigned to the 82nd Airborne. And Sunday, he'll parachute into Normandy. "Wilson,...
  • Privileged, White Male Writes Common Core Standards His Own School Won’t Use

    05/28/2014 2:55:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 23, 2014 - 10:35 AM | Barbara Boland
    “The reason why I helped write the [Common Core] standards and the reason why I am here today is that, as a white male in society, I am given a lot of privilege that I didn’t earn,” said Dr. David Pook at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The irony here is that this self-professed “privileged white male” teaches at an expensive school for the white privileged and that the Common Core standards he helped design are not good enough for his students. …
  • Feminists for Nonviolent Choices excluded from peace parade for being pro-life

    05/28/2014 12:51:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    live action news ^ | Lauren Enriquez
    Every year in Rochester, NY, an organization called Metro Justice holds a Peace Parade on Memorial Day . The organization claims to fight for “economic, social, and racial justice,” but their efforts have been compromised in the past where the pre-born are involved. The pro-life organization Feminists for Nonviolent Choices (FFNVC) became a victim of Metro Justice’s dichotomous view of peace when they were excluded from the organization’s peace parade earlier this week. After attending planning meetings where the organization was told by Metro Justice that they would be allowed to participate as long as their message focused on peace,...
  • Obama looks to bypass Congress and promote racial spoils in Hawaii

    05/27/2014 8:51:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | 5-26-14 | Paul Mirengoff
    When we pledge allegiance to the flag, we also pledge allegiance to the Republic for which it stands — “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The modern American left has put each of these qualities up for grabs. For example, implementing “social justice” would make it logically impossible to provide justice for all of us as individuals. The left is also unfavorably disposed to the idea of one indivisible nation. The Akaka Bill was a good example. As Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow explained, this legislation, which the House passed in 2010, would have enabled...
  • Homeland Security may reduce deportations of nonviolent immigrants

    05/24/2014 7:34:59 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 24, 2014 | CHRISTI PARSONS, BRIAN BENNETT
    As city and county jails across the country increasingly refuse federal requests to hold foreigners who have overstayed their visas or slipped across the border, the Obama administration is moving toward a new policy that would limit deportations chiefly to immigrants who have been convicted of violent crimes.Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is expected to recommend small but significant changes to Secure Communities, a controversial program that now ranks repeat immigration violators alongside violent criminals on the priority list for deportation.The change would slow the pace of deportations and potentially ease concerns of immigrants who now fear any contact with...
  • Welcome to Tumblr! (Vanity)

    05/02/2014 11:27:24 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 2014 | JelloApocalypse
    This video explains a lot. We're doomed as a society, I tell you. DOOMED. These people walk among us. They are our future. Gasp! Welcome to Tumblr!
  • Archdiocesan leader pleased with child protection measures in ‘ban the box’ bill

    04/29/2014 8:56:50 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 16 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/29/14 | Maria Wiering
    The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s head of child protection praised Baltimore’s “Ban the Box” bill for including provisions to protect children and vulnerable adults. The City Council passed the controversial bill April 28. “We are very pleased with how the City Council has amended the bill,” said Alison D’Alessandro, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Child and Youth Protection. “It’s important everyone works together to be advocates for our children,” she said. The bill prohibits employers from checking applicants’ criminal history prior to extending a conditional job offer, in an effort to curb discrimination against ex-convicts in hiring practices. The Archdiocese...
  • Navy losing sailors and SEALs over emphasis on social issues

    04/28/2014 7:10:58 PM PDT · by armydawg505 · 59 replies
    www.allenbwest.com ^ | 4/28/14 | Allen West
    Hate to say “I told you so” but President Obama’s disinterest in enhancing our combat capability in favor of social egalitarianism and a warped sense of social justice is indeed having an impact on war readiness. According to the Washington Times, “A Navy F-18 fighter pilot and former Top Gun instructor is publicly warning admirals that retention is beginning to suffer from the military’s relentless social conditioning programs. Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass said sailors are becoming fed-up with the constant emphasis on social issues — an apparent reference to gays in the military, women in combat and ending sexual harassment.”
  • Thomas Piketty Views on Taxation Reveal the Lefts Punitive Instincts

    04/24/2014 7:07:37 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 4 replies
    The Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | April 24, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    While an anxious world holds their collective breath over the disturbing events in the Ukraine and elsewhere, these are high times for the political left. With the revelation that the latest Marx re-boot, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has reached the top of the best sellers list, progressives at long last have found (ironically enough) the commercial justification for their self-righteousness. While French academic Thomas Piketty’s views have leftists waxing poetically on social justice, his work reveals the more sinister instinct of using taxation as a punitive weapon of class warfare rather than a means for combating income equality. While...
  • Insidious political cliché alert: Stop saying it’s all about the kids

    04/21/2014 11:59:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Salon ^ | April 21, 2014 | Kathleen Rooney
    "........At best, this for-the-children rhetoric is passive, saying, “Well, somehow, things — the environment, racism, civil rights, the pay gap — will get better down the line.” It leaves hard-to-combat problems up in the air where some mysterious and benevolent force — the Time Fairy, essentially — will bring about progress for us. This lets us, the people existing in America right now, off way too easily. At worst, this for-the-children rhetoric is an active pawning off of responsibility, saying, “Well, our unborn generations will work hard to figure all this out after we’ve been unable to.” It shrugs the...
  • This is easily the most reasonable definition of "social justice" I've ever seen...

    04/21/2014 11:18:32 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 25 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-21-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I don't think there could be a better counter-point/rebuttal to the social "justice" loons than this...
  • Voter Fraud: The Left's Tool For Social Justice

    04/11/2014 2:43:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/11/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Why did Democrats applaud the loathsome community organizer Melowese Richardson, a freshly released, unrepentant voter fraud felon, at a recent "voting rights" rally in Ohio? Because, like Richardson, they believe they are entitled to vote more than once against a system they see as unjust.  Some serial voters do what they do in order to exact revenge against a society they feel did them or their ancestors wrong.  Richardson is far from alone.  Double-voting is distressingly common. Many leftists have contempt for the electoral process because they don’t believe in the electoral system as it is constituted in capitalist America. ...
  • Vietnam, Con Dau Catholics suffer more land seizures and demolitions

    04/04/2014 2:41:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/2/2014
    Several families driven from their homes, houses razed to the ground and land seized: Vietnamese authorities continue to subject Catholics to raids against in Cồn Dầu, Cẩm Lệ district, Da Nang province (south-central Vietnam), at the center of a land ownership controversy. For six years, Hanoi has tried in every possible way to justify its actions with claims that they are motivated by "ecological" needs, although in reality the real goal is the construction of a luxury tourist resort. The faithful try to resist and keep the historical community alive, even if their number is dwindling with the passage of...
  • National Baptist Candidate Calls Black Church Too Quiet, Passive, Disconnected

    04/02/2014 3:57:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Houston Forward Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | Hazel Trice Edney
    Tallahassee, Fla. Pastor Dr. R. B. Holmes, whose leadership against hazing and the infamous "stand your ground laws", has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the National Baptist Convention USA., Inc. At a National Press Club announcement last week, Holmes called on the Black church to arise and take back its historic role in fighting social justice issues. "The Black church has become too quiet, too passive, too disconnected when it comes to challenging policies programs and persons that degrade and devastate our people" said Holmes, flanked by dozens of church and community leaders. He also announced the formation...
  • It's a SAD day for liberalism when you just can't tell if they're being mocked or taken seriously

    03/27/2014 10:10:49 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-27-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I cannot tell if this piece is satire or if some liberal photoshopped some sort of leftist dream toy.Thoughts?
  • The Progressive Dream Lives on at Harvard: "Freedom Gets in the Way of Social Justice”

    02/25/2014 2:03:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    A Harvard senior, and columnist at the Harvard Crimson, has decided that what’s really holding Academia back is intellectual freedom. (Wait… Don’t laugh. It turns out, that she’s serious.) Despite the fact that academia seems to be dominated by the American left, Sandra Korn has come to the conclusion that dissenting opinion should be banned out-right, and only liberal notions of “social justice” should be tolerated on university campuses. In fact, her subtitle pretty much summed up her dream of a tyrannical thought-policed academia: “Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justice.” Well, at least the she’s being...
  • Greenfield:

    02/16/2014 10:41:35 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 8 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Saturday, February 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Saturday, February 15, 2014 The Inequality of Access Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog A day after Bill de Blasio's Tale of Two Cities address in which the wealthy Park Slope resident once again made inequality his focus, the radical pol intervened to spring one of his biggest supporters from prison. The New York Post, a tabloid that unlike the Daily News is much less enamored with the lefty dreamboat of the moment, responded with a cover page reading, "A Jail of Two Cities." Aside from being the commonplace corruption that one ought to expect from a...
  • Is President Obama part of reinventing American civil religion – God and the public square?

    02/04/2014 1:26:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | February 4, 2014 | Wayne Slater, Texas Faith blog
    Author and speaker Diana Butler Bass suggests that we are in the process of reinventing American civil religion, the way we think about God and national purpose. And she says President Obama is part of that process. Obama, like his predecessors in the White House, has generally drawn the older form of civil religion complete with biblical language, social justice evangelicalism, and the themes of orthodox theology. But, she suggests, something has changed in the last couple of years. His speeches have included a view of God with an appeal to a wider faith audience, she says. “Gone is the...
  • Folk music icon Pete Seeger dies at 94

    01/28/2014 1:01:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 27, 2014 | unattributed obituary
    <p>By the 1990s, no longer a party member but still styling himself a communist with a small C, Seeger was heaped with national honors.</p> <p>Official Washington sang along - the audience must sing, was the rule at a Seeger concert - when it lionized him at the Kennedy Center in 1994. President Clinton hailed him as "an inconvenient artist who dared to sing things as he saw them."</p>
  • Mr. Obama’s Brand of “Christianity”

    01/24/2014 8:56:58 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    MichaelYoussef.com ^ | 1-24-14 | Michael Youssef
    For twenty years, Mr. Obama drank from a particular brand of religion—Liberal Christianity. To be sure, most Bible-believing Christians would not consider that brand to be Christianity at all. But liberal Christians would consider their brand to actually be the enlightened one. Over time, Liberal Christianity has developed a humanistic understanding of what the Christian faith is about. They claim that Christians who still believe the Bible is God’s perfect self-revelation are stuck back in the 1st century. Society has evolved, they say. And because society has evolved, God must be evolving also. After all, why else would He allow...
  • "The Right Priorities: Health, Education, and Literacy"

    01/12/2014 3:00:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    PBS ^ | December 21, 2004 | Miren Uriarte
    "Cuba's achievements in social development are impressive given the size of its gross domestic product per capita. As the human development index of the United Nations makes clear year after year, Cuba should be the envy of many other nations, ostensibly far richer. [Cuba] demonstrates how much nations can do with the resources they have if they focus on the right priorities - health, education, and literacy." -- Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, April 11, 2000 When Cuba's revolution came to power in 1959, its model of development aimed to link economic growth with advances in social...
  • A millenial's tired old 'solutions'

    01/11/2014 11:28:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 11, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    “In America,” Oscar Wilde quipped, “the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.” And they often do it in the pages of Rolling Stone. The magazine posted a mini-manifesto titled “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For.” Jesse A. Myerson's essay captures nearly everything the unconverted despise about left-wing youth culture, starting with the assumption that being authentically young requires being theatrically left wing. Writing with unearned familiarity and embarrassingly glib confidence in the rightness of his positions, Myerson prattles on about how “unemployment blows” and therefore...
  • ObamaCare’s latest whopper (Here come the Deathpanels)

    01/01/2014 3:40:53 PM PST · by Innovative · 106 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jan 1, 2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    In 2013, the American people learned what whoppers the key promises of ObamaCare turned out to be. But the biggest whopper about the Affordable Care Act is yet to be exposed: the tightening grip the federal government will have over your doctor — even if you’re paying with private insurance. Section 1311(h)(1)(B) of the health law gives the secretary of Health and Human Services blanket authority to dictate how doctors treat patients. Not just patients in government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, but patients with private plans they pay for themselves. On Dec. 2, 2013, we learned from the Federal...
  • A Hate Crime in Texas

    12/30/2013 3:41:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 12/30/2013 | Colin Flaherty
    First came the shock. Then disbelief. Then the questions: Why him? Why now? Why did Attorney General Holder choose to file hate crime charges against a white man in Texas for allegedly playing the Knockout Game against a black man?And the biggest question of all: When will public officials and the media stop ignoring — and denying — the black mob violence and black on white crime that exists exponentially out of proportion?As examples, many point to recent episodes of large scale black mob violence; smaller but lethal cases of black on white crime; and even more bouts of the...
  • The Hunt for White Privilege

    11/21/2013 12:00:50 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 15 replies
    LPSullivan.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | LP Sullivan
    Much has been said lately about something called ‘white privilege’. I had never actually seen this creature, so I decided to do a little bit of investigating. ‘What does it look like? How will I know if I cross its path?’ I have asked several people. The problem then is the responses: no two are alike. It seems this white privilege thing is quite controversial, and while no two people who believe in this thing can agree on specifics, they all agree it exists. Apparently it’s not a physical creature at all but a ‘societal truth’. It’s kind of like...
  • Salon…and On and On

    11/07/2013 12:24:42 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 2 replies
    takimag.com ^ | 10/31/2013 | James E Miller
    It has become taboo to “shame” anybody for violating basic norms—including sexual deviance, poor manners, or even violent behavior. (Of course, that has not prohibited shaming that is deemed politically correct. It’s perfectly fine to make a public display of spurning racists or people who think men and women are, in fact, different. That’s called “enlightened” humiliation.) In short, progressivism has won the PR war. So why the constant yammering on social justice? My only guess is that leftism’s bitter warriors will not halt until all advantages are vanquished from society. Screeds decrying racism, prejudice, sexism, ableism, and all of...
  • Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

    11/06/2013 4:51:29 PM PST · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6 Nov 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    It's exactly what critics of the Common Core school curriculum warned about: Partisan political statements masquerading as English lessons finding their way into elementary school classrooms. Teaching materials aligned with the controversial national educational standards ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,” “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation” and “the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.” The sentences, which appear in worksheets published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, are presented not only for their substance, but also to...
  • Islamic finance in the global era

    11/04/2013 7:50:34 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Asia News ^ | 11/04/2013 16:52 | Daniele Atzori
    Rome (AsiaNews) - With the ninth World Islamic Economic Forum, held in London between 29 and 31 October, Islamic finance has come into its own and gone mainstream. Until a few years ago, Islamic finance was unknown to most people. Some even equated it to the financing of Islamic terrorism. In fact, in the years right after 9/11, anything about Islam was viewed with concern. Now things are different. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who spoke at the forum, said that London is no longer happy to be the main Islamic financial centre outside Muslim countries; it now wants to...
  • "Petition 18" - THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT - 2013 Conference of WNCCUMC (Methodists - NC)

    10/25/2013 8:27:32 AM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    The Western NC Conference of the UMC ^ | Submitted By: Mark Denton, Retired Clergy
    PROPOSAL: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (Petition 18) Whereas, The God of the Bible revealed through the prophets and incarnated in Jesus seeks wholeness and wellness for all his children; and Whereas, John Wesley advocated personally for the poor, and encouraged early Methodists to advocate for healthcare for the poor; and Whereas, The tradition of Methodism has always sought for justice for the poor; and Whereas, The Affordable Care Act passed by the United States Congress and signed by President Obama will help many, many poor people in the WNC Conference to receive medical care through Medicaid, which is a...
  • Dr. Deal W Hudson: Don't Call Me a Conservative Catholic Anymore

    10/21/2013 7:33:34 AM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/17/2013 | Deal W. Hudson
    WASHINGTON,DC (Catholic Online) - Labels in politics and religion serve a purpose: There are discernible groups and coalitions within and between the worlds of the Church and government. Words used as labels serve the purpose of enabling us to distinguish between one group and the other. But I don't want to be called a "Conservative Catholic" anymore. In the last few months, I've read two headlines beginning with the phrase "Conservative Catholic" which contained comments that have effectively made the label, if not meaningless, represent a group of Catholics who are now spreading the virus of an identity crisis....
  • Choosing Welfare Benefits Over Marriage

    10/09/2013 10:21:02 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 4 replies
    ParaPundit ^ | Randall Parker
    Hanna Rosin takes a look at lower class usage of "fiance" to refer to partners in long-time unmarried relationships. Lavelle asks Big Toya to marry him, but she turns him down flat, because she doesn’t want to lose “her freedom, her food stamps or her subsidized apartment.” But he persuades her to let him call her his fiancée anyway. That succinctly sums up the impact of the welfare state on lower class marriages. You might guess by their names that they are black. But marriage rates among lower class whites have plummeted as well. Rosin found that welfare-over-marriage story in...
  • Poll: majority of Catholics who attend Mass weekly support same-sex marriage, women’s ordination

    10/08/2013 2:47:48 AM PDT · by ClaytonP · 92 replies
    A majority of Catholics in the United States who attend Mass weekly support same-sex marriage and the ordination of women to the priesthood, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released October 4. The survey found that 56% of Americans, 53% of Catholics who attend Mass weekly, and 65% of Catholics who attend Mass less frequently would support “a law in your state that would allow same-sex couples to get married.” Support was stronger among Catholics of ages 18-49 (64%) than ages 50-64 (62%) or 65+ (46%). According to the survey, 72% of Catholic women back same-sex marriage, while 49% of...
  • Ugly scene as Oakland’s illegal “sideshows” make comeback

    09/23/2013 3:41:20 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sep 23, 2013 | Henry K. Lee
    Sideshows are rearing their ugly head once again in Oakland. Take a look at this video shot in the aftermath of a crash during a West Oakland sideshow, showing a hostile crowd accosting a woman they believe was responsible. (Warning: profane language) Oakland police said the incident happened about 4:15 a.m. Saturday on the 2500 block of Middle Harbor Road at the Port of Oakland. A woman in a burgundy Mazda apparently was following too closely as the driver of a white Chevy Camaro was “doing donuts,” or spinning around in circles, which is typical sideshow behavior
  • Russell Kirk on Social Justice, 1954

    09/03/2013 11:13:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Bradley J. Birzer
    In the early to mid 1950s, especially after publishing The Conservative Mind, Kirk began to develop his own own three pillars of a good society, “Order, Justice, and Freedom” as he would frequently put it in the 1970s and 1980s. In this 1954 article (excerpts below), published in the University of Notre Dame’s Review of Politics, Kirk–fully within the Christian Humanist tradition–considered the virtue of Justice from a classical as well as a Christian perspective. Harmony, not contention, brought together the two traditions. Only a true Justice–the recognition of “giving each man his due”–would allow the flourishing of a well-ordered...
  • Archbishop won’t deny communion to Irish pols over abortion bill

    08/20/2013 3:04:17 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 4 replies
    CANTERBURY, England — Irish Catholic politicians and Parliament members who voted for a controversial law that allows abortion under certain circumstances will not be excommunicated or denied Communion, the future primate of Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, said.
  • Vanity: I need insight into Social Justice

    08/13/2013 1:29:27 PM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 80 replies
    8/13/13 | me
    I need help/ammo. My kids go to a small Seventh Day Adventist school in Orlando. There's a new humanities teacher and the information that's in the pamphlet about him says the 'big subject' for 8th grade is "social justice". I know what we conservatives consider SJ, and I agree with it but there are varying definitions on line. When I meet with this guy and the head of curriculum I want to be armed with as much accurate information as possible. I'm trying not to be really pissed off that this is going on. I am arming my daughter with...
  • No joke! Meet Obama's new 'nudge' czar

    08/01/2013 6:40:28 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 44 replies
    WND ^ | July 31, 2013 | Aaron Klein
    Maya Shankar, a White House adviser cultivating a team tasked with subtly influencing Americans’ behavior, previously worked closely with the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, WND has learned. Shankar has discussed utilizing cognitive science for social activism and is a champion of so-called social justice.
  • Lion and the Lamb: A national tragedy (Reportage from a Parallel Universe)

    07/30/2013 2:38:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Crossville Chronicle ^ | July 30, 2013 | Ted Braun
    CROSSVILLE — The drama that has taken place in Sanford, Florida, has all the marks of a great American tragedy. Beginning with the shooting of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, and coming to a climax but not an ending with the acquittal of George Zimmerman by a jury of six women (five white and one Puerto Rican) on July 13, 2013, the drama has brought to light a number of key issues before our nation today. One issue is what kind of community life we will seek to have in our country. It was not accidental that the shooting...
  • Pope scolds rich, demands social justice in visit to Brazil slum

    07/25/2013 7:58:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 112 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 25, 2013 | By Philip Pullella and Anthony Boadle
    Pope Francis on Thursday issued the first social manifesto of his young pontificate, telling slum dwellers in Brazil that the world's rich must do much more to wipe out vast inequalities between the haves and the have-nots. The pope also urged Brazil's youth, who have taken part in recent protests showing discontent with the status quo, to keep alive their "sensitivity towards injustice" and be a catalyst in the fight against corruption. The first Latin American pope, who has rallied the Church on behalf of the poor and who lives more austerely than his predecessors, called for a "culture of...
  • HUD's New 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data for Every Neighborhood in U.S.

    07/22/2013 9:59:36 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/22/2013
    To ensure that "every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of," HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in. The goal is to help communities understand "fair housing barriers" and "establish clear goals" for "improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation." “This proposed rule represents a 21st century approach to fair housing, a step forward to ensuring that every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of – where they...
  • Centuries-old trees destroyed as rainforest is chopped down for Pope's visit to Brazil (edit)

    07/16/2013 4:45:56 AM PDT · by haffast · 12 replies
    Daily Mail - UK ^ | UPDATED: 02:56 EST, 15 July 2013 | Matt Roper
    Authorities in Brazil have denounced church leaders as criminals for chopping down more than 300 centuries-old trees in a national park - so pilgrims can celebrate mass during the Pope’s visit to Rio de Janeiro. Pope Francis will make his first international trip to the world’s largest Roman Catholic country later this month. Organisers of an event in the diocese of Sao Sebastiao de Itaipu, in the city of Niteroi, claimed they needed to clear an area of Atlantic rainforest to accommodate the expected crowd of up to 800 pilgrims. A total of 334 trees at the edge of the...
  • Racial Morality Play

    07/09/2013 5:48:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2013 | Mona Charen
    There is nothing the cable channels love more than a good murder trial, especially if the violence is spiced with the irresistible seasoning of race. But you don't understand much about America if you don't know that only some racial recipes are newsworthy. If the victim is white and the killer is black, it's not interesting (unless the killer is a celebrity). If the victims are both white, it's only interesting if the victim or the murderer is a comely blond female (preferably a nymphomaniac). If the victim and killer are both black, it's a yawn. If the victim is...
  • Dark-skinned and plus-sized: The real Rachel Jeantel story (Hilarious and sad, at the same time)

    07/01/2013 2:24:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Salon ^ | June 28, 2013 | Brittney Cooper, Asst professor, Women's & Africana Studies, Rutgers
    Defense attorney Don West questions Rachel Jeantel during George Zimmerman's trial in Sanford, Fla., June 27, 2013.Trayvon Martin’s trial might be intriguing, fascinating cultural theater to some. To me, it is more akin to a cultural trauma: a continual reminder of how unsafe all those young black men that I love actually are as they move through the world — and how tenuous and torturous it would be to seek justice on their behalf. Troubled, though, by the negative characterizations of Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel, after her first day of testimony, I tuned in yesterday in a show of...
  • At 81, Baptist a Moral Monday protester

    06/29/2013 8:55:03 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    ABP News ^ | June 28, 2013 | Jeff Brumley
    When Baptist Jacqueline Allen of Chapel Hill began participating this month in the Moral Monday protests against the Republican-led North Carolina legislature, she got a loving-but-firm admonition from her daughter and son-in-law: don’t get arrested. “An 81-year-old doesn’t need to be in jail,” Allen said with a laugh today while attending CBF General Assembly in Greensboro, N.C. “I don’t want to get arrested.” But she does want to join the thousands of other protesters, many of them driven by religious beliefs, and make known her dismay at budget cuts that threaten education, health care and other social programs in North...
  • Archbishop Gomez Says Immigration Tests America's Identity

    06/25/2013 4:55:39 PM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 06/25/2013 | CARL BUNDERSON
    The American dream is at stake in the debate over immigration reform, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles told a group of journalists, saying the issue provides a chance for the nation to renew its soul.

 “Our national debate about immigration is a great struggle for the American spirit and the American soul,” the Mexican-born American citizen said June 21 at the Catholic Media Conference in Denver.

“It’s also a defining historical moment for America, a moment for national renewal.”

 He told those who are engaged in media as a “witness of service to the Church” that the need for immigration...
  • Mob of Pro-Illegal Immigrant Goons Storm Kansas Secretary of State’s Home (Video)

    06/18/2013 1:32:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 18, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Hundreds of pro-immigration goons stormed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s home this past weekend. The mob brought megaphones and rallied on his front porch. And they hurled threats at his family. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The leftists dared the Secretary of State to come outside. Todd Starnes at Townhall reported: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is calling for a criminal investigation after a huge mob of illegal alien supporters surrounded his private home Saturday and held a rally on his front porch. At least 200 members of Sunflower Community Action were bussed into Kobach’s Kansas City-area neighborhood on Saturday – to...
  • Ushackle Us From Progressive Mob Rule

    06/14/2013 4:43:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2013 | John Ransom
    Barbara1247 wrote:  The Republicans have helped bring us to this sorry state of affairs. - How About More Scandal, Incompetence, Venality, Hubris, Vanity and Error to Start Dear Comrade 1247, You’re a liberal, so even when you are right- like you are now- it’s accidental. So as a public service, let me explain to you, in the simplest terms, what you got right, accidentally. Certainly the GOP has helped establish a track record of what might be the sorriest 25 years of governing in American history. But it’s because they have supported watered-down versions of the Democrat agenda. For every...
  • The "French Way of Life" on Collision Course with Germany

    06/09/2013 5:23:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    I received still more emails from French and Canadian readers on preserving culture. Since it's a slow news day, let's take a look at them. Olivier writes "Wouldn't a true conservative pay at least some respect to local cultural norms instead of trying to impose some economic diktat from on down?" Talk about getting things ass backwards. It is the social police attempting to impose cultural and economic diktats to preserve the local bookstore and the local farm to the point of absolute absurdity. Email From Canada Reader Mike from Canada writes ... Hi Mish, I totally agree with the...