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  • Gay U.S. ambassador faces backlash in Dominican Republic

    11/29/2013 6:58:40 AM PST · by Innovative · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov 28, 2013 | Diulka Perez and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
    ...U.S. Ambassador James "Wally" Brewster brought one thing with him this week that's a first for a male U.S. ambassador in the Caribbean nation: a husband. High-profile Catholic Church leaders have decried the new diplomatic appointment as a sign of a lack of respect from Obama. "He has not considered the particularities of our people. The United States is trying to impose on us marriage between gays and lesbians as well as adoption by these couples," said Father Luis Rosario, director of youth ministries for the church. A major fundraiser for Obama's 2012 campaign who most recently worked as a...
  • Iranian President Rouhani: 'Iran's nuclear rights recognised'

    11/24/2013 4:57:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 24, 2013
    Iran has reached an agreement with world powers over its nuclear activities. In a televised address, the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, welcomed the deal, saying the country had the right to continue its uranium enrichment programme.
  • What You Hear About Gays in Russia Is 'Largely False,' Expert Says

    11/23/2013 7:59:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/23/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON – Reports of the Russian government abusing its gay citizens are based upon false propaganda by gay rights groups in the United States, Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, claimed at a Nov. 15 symposium hosted by The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society. "Please understand what's really going on in Russia and cast aside all of the propaganda that you hear in the United States and elsewhere. It's just not true," Ruse urged. He was the main speaker at the symposium, "Family Policy Lessons From Other Lands: What Should America Learn?" and...
  • West Point hosts first wedding between 2 men

    11/02/2013 5:38:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 77 replies
    WEST POINT, N.Y. Two West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy's first wedding between two men. Larry Choate III, class of 2009, married Daniel Lennox, class of 2007, before about 20 guests. Choate, 27, taught Sunday school at the U.S. Military Academy's Cadet Chapel and said he always thought of it as the place he would get married if he could. West Point hosted two same-sex weddings of women in late 2012, more than a year after New York legalized same-sex marriage. But Saturday's wedding was the first time two men wed at West Point.
  • American Psychiatric Association Reclassifies Pedophilia, Backtracks

    11/02/2013 6:08:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11/2/2013 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) decision to once again reclassify pedophilia has led to further concerns that the professional organization is attempting to legitimize the disorder, paving the way for its defense and the recommendation of removal of age-of-consent laws.In a press release Friday, Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit organization that promotes the causes of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and the family observed that in its newly published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), APA “changed the classification of pedophilia from a ‘disorder’ to a ‘sexual orientation,’ but, following the public outcry, APA released...
  • Gay rights legislation gains bipartisan support

    11/02/2013 9:50:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 2, 2013 12:33 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    Gay rights advocates from both parties are newly upbeat about the prospects for Senate passage of legislation that would bar employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. … In a sign of the times, the anti-bias legislation has traditional proponents such as the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay and lesbian advocacy group, plus the backing of a relatively new group, the American Unity Fund. That organization has the financial support of big-name Republican donors—hedge fund billionaires Paul Singer, Cliff Asness, Dan Loeb and Seth Klarman—and former GOP lawmakers Norm Coleman of Minnesota...
  • Listen up, California: Colo. school girls told they have no privacy rights [Transgender Agenda]

    10/24/2013 6:48:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10/24/2013 | Becky Yeh
    A California legal group says The Golden State needs to learn a lesson from an incident in Colorado where a male student, who occasionally self-identifies as a female, is being permitted to use the girls' restrooms.Earlier this month, attorneys with Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) sent a legal demand letter to officials at Florence High School in Colorado, asking them to respect the privacy rights of students. The letter was sent in response to the school's decision to allow a teenage boy to enter the girls' bathrooms. According to the female students, the boy also made sexually harrassing comments to the...
  • Anti-LGBTQ group admits it lied about transgender student “harassing” classmates

    10/24/2013 7:48:11 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 32 replies
    Salon ^ | 10/21/2013 | Katie Mcdonough
    Last week, anti-LGBTQ group the Pacific Justice Institute started a conservative media firestorm with its claim that a transgender teenager in Colorado was “harassing” her classmates in the girls’ bathroom. The allegations, after being picked up by Fox News and other right-wing media outlets, were quickly debunked by a transgender advocacy group that reached out to the school’s superintendent, who explained that no harassment had occurred. In reality, the complaint stemmed from one area mother who objected to the school’s policy allowing transgender students to use facilities that correspond to their gender identity. After having its lie exposed, PJI issued...
  • The childhood hell of ‘The Lost Boys’

    10/21/2013 6:40:59 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 60 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/21/2013 | Larry Getlen
    The day Corey Feldman met Corey Haim, when they were 14 years old and preparing to work together on the film “The Lost Boys,” they bonded instantly. Both were young Jewish actors who often competed for the same roles. They shared a first name and even a favorite number, sort of. Haim’s was 222. Feldman’s was 22. As they spoke, it became clear that they also shared horrific histories of abuse. Haim confided in his new friend that on the set of the 1986 film “Lucas,” “an adult male convinced him that it was perfectly normal for older men and...
  • Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle

    10/20/2013 6:37:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/20/2013 | Peter Wallsten
    Almost no elected Republicans support giving gays the right to marry. The party’s influential social-conservative wing sees “traditional marriage” as a defining issue. And while most major Democrats are rushing to embrace same-sex marriage, none of the most prominent potential Republican presidential candidates have taken that step.But a powerful group of Republican donors, who see the GOP’s staunch opposition to gay rights as a major problem, is trying to push the party toward a more welcoming middle ground — where candidates who oppose marriage rights can do so without seeming hateful.The behind-the-scenes effort is being led largely by GOP mega-donor...
  • Signs of rift between Israel and US over Iran

    10/20/2013 1:17:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct 20, 2013 | Joseph Federman
    Just days after the first round of global nuclear talks with Iran, a rift appears to be emerging between Israel and its closest ally, the United States. Israel's prime minister on Sunday called on the U.S. to step up the pressure on Iran, even as American officials hinted at the possibility of easing tough economic pressure. Meanwhile, a leading Israeli daily reported the outlines of what could be construed in the West as genuine Iranian compromises in the talks. Convinced Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes the Iranians are trying to trick the West into easing...
  • Child Trauma Expert: Pro-Pedophilia Groups Are ‘Grooming’ Public to Accept Adult-Child Sex

    10/18/2013 9:48:00 AM PDT · by Sopater · 55 replies
    CNSnews ^ | October 16, 2013 | Alissa Tabirian
    Pedophilia advocacy groups, including the tax-exempt B4U-ACT founded by a convicted sex offender, are trying to “groom the public” into accepting adult-child sexual relationships, child trauma expert Dr. Joyanna Silberg told CNSNews.com. “There is no legitimate scientific work that could justify the action of an adult with a child in a sexual relationship, because by definition a child cannot consent,” said Silberg, executive vice president of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence.“If you look at their backchannel communications,” Silberg continued, “they have clearly stated... that the B4U-ACT public persona is to kind of seduce or groom the public...
  • LA Times: We Don't Print Letters That Disagree With Our Positions

    10/19/2013 3:02:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10/18/2013 | Jeff Dunetz
    Traditionally, letters to the editor are the vehicle for a newspaper's readers to voice their disagreement with an article appearing in the paper. The Los Angeles Times has announced that it won't print any letters from readers who differ with their positions, using climate change as an example: Regular readers of The Times' Opinion pages will know that, among the few letters published over the last week that have blamed the Democrats for the government shutdown (a preponderance faulted House Republicans), none made the argument about Congress exempting itself from Obamacare. Why? Simply put, this objection to the president's healthcare law is...
  • Belgian killed by euthanasia after a botched sex change operation

    10/01/2013 3:31:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/1/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    Nathan, born Nancy, Verhelst, 44, was given legal euthanasia, most likely a lethal injection, on Monday afternoon on the grounds of "unbearable psychological suffering". Wim Distelmans, the doctor who carried out the euthanasia, is the same doctor who late last year gave lethal injections to deaf twins who were frightened they were also going blind. "I was the girl that nobody wanted," Mr Verhelst told Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper in the hours before her death. "While my brothers were celebrated, I got a storage room above the garage as a bedroom. 'If only you had been a boy', my mother...
  • Obama: Raising Debt Ceiling Won’t Lead to More Debt

    09/19/2013 4:33:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    While reading from the teleprompter in front of the Business Roundtable headquarters in Washington DC, President Obama suggested that raising the National Debt Limit would not increase the Nation’s Debt. Well – actually – he didn’t suggest that. . . He simply said it: "Now, this debt ceiling -- I just want to remind people in case you haven't been keeping up -- raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt.” Um. . . Ok. I mean, well, it has increased our debt every other time it’s been raised. . ....
  • Gay marine bids farewell with show of support from colleagues [barf]

    09/14/2013 9:55:19 AM PDT · by kevcol · 52 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sept 11, 2013 | Amanda Holpuch
    Bryan Eberly presented with rainbow flag as mark of service: 'It took everything in my power not to burst into tears' ... He did not officially come out in the marines until repeal day, when he brought cupcakes into work and said: "Oh, by the way, I'm gay. Happy repeal day!" His announcement received nearly as big a reaction as the arrival of surprise cupcakes in the office. ... The flag will be framed and put on the wall of his or his father's living room. When his dad first saw the photo of the flag, he said he was...
  • Putin — Saruman Come Alive [Victor Davis Hanson]

    09/13/2013 10:53:01 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 52 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 12, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    [] He the egoist sparingly uses “I”; our president the supposed consensus builder does so promiscuously. He reminded us of the demonstrably true fact that there are Islamists in the Syrian opposition and of the probably false fact that the Assad government is not using WMD. In general, Putin has conveyed a tougher military stance that has the president of the far more powerful U.S., a more humanitarian image than our smart- and soft-power leadership (do we still remember Hillary’s public chortle over Qaddafi — “We came, we saw, he died”?), and a more internationalist pose than our Nobel-laureate internationalist....
  • Obama meets with gay activists in Russia

    09/06/2013 5:29:35 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 120 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9/6/13 | AP
    Before leaving for home after the Group of 20 summit, President Barack Obama sat down with Russian civil society activists on Friday evening to assure them that he would keep pressing Moscow to respect human rights, some of the activists said. But Obama also explained to them why this wasn't always possible. The meeting was held several hours after two dozen of gay activists rallied in St. Petersburg to protest Russia's new law banning gay propaganda, which prompted some activists to call for the boycott of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Igor Kochetkov, the head of LGBT Network, who...
  • Obama to meet gay activists in Russia

    09/02/2013 3:53:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 202 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/02/13 | Justin Sink
    President Obama will meet with several LGBT groups during his trip later this week to St. Petersburg, a move likely to ruffle Russian President Vladimir Putin after the recent passage of a series of anti-gay laws. The president will meet with human rights activists Lev Ponomarev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva, legal aid NGO director Pavel Chikov, and Coming Out, a St. Petersburg-based LGBT organization, according to a report in BuzzFeed. The decision to meet with the activists in not unprecedented — Obama also met with human rights leaders in 2009 — but comes amid a period of heightened tension with the...
  • Israeli celebrities protest Russia’s treatment of gays

    08/30/2013 4:48:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 08.30.13, 09:42 | Shai Arzoan
    A host of Israeli celebrities are taking part in a unique project that is meant to raise awareness to the string of strict anti-gay laws that have recently become a reality in Russia. The project, led by David and Jonathan Marketing, consists of a series of images showing celebrities dressed as Soviet soldiers, with blood running from their mouths. This is a play on the iconic Pierre et Gilles photograph depicting a soldier with a tear streaming down his cheek. Titled RED FLAG, the project is a response to the seeming anti-gay crusade Putin has been spearheading in Russia. …
  • BUILD UP TO WWIII Anonymous Message to the US on Syria (MUST SEE NOW !!!)

    08/30/2013 2:09:28 AM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 37 replies
    2012 Indy Info ^ | 8/28/13 | Anonymous
    BUILD UP TO WWIII Anonymous Message to the US on Syria (MUST SEE NOW !!!)
  • White House to hold closed-door session on bisexual issues next month

    08/22/2013 11:01:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 22, 2013 | Juliet Eilperin
    The White House will hold a closed-door roundtable discussion on issues facing bisexuals Sept. 23. The event, described in an invitation by White House LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan as a session focused on “issues of importance to the bisexual community,” was first reported Thursday by the Washington Blade. “Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health and bullying,” Raghavan wrote. A White House confirmed Thursday the event will take place, but decline to elaborate. Human Rights Campaign spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz, who said that his group would be attending.....
  • Putin acts in support of Egyptian military

    08/17/2013 11:35:27 PM PDT · by Innovative · 107 replies
    Debka ^ | Aug 3, 2013 | DebkaFile Exclusive
    Russian President Vladimir Putin called an extraordinary session at the Kremlin Saturday to "discuss the situation in Egypt and take the necessary steps to the put Russian military facilities at the Egyptian military's disposal," said an announcement in Moscow, without elaborating. Putin said further that "Russia will arrange for joint military exercises with the Egyptian army." DEBKAfile: Moscow's steps directly conflict with Western condemnation of the Egyptian military's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. They were taken shortly after President Barack Obama cancelled a joint military exercise with Egypt as a mark of US disapproval.
  • The arrogance of a Democratic administration and the misguided Republican senators (Egypt)

    08/17/2013 5:01:19 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    One News Now ^ | August 16, 2013 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    You would have to be living on Mars to not realize that U.S. foreign policy, especially our Middle East policy, is a disaster . With the help of two misguided Republican senators, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the Obama administration has managed to make America despised, disrespected, and mistrusted across the region. The Obama administration has repeatedly said that democracy took hold in Egypt through a free and fair election. That is a mirage. During the mere 12-month reign of the Muslim Brotherhood, we watched: •Churches being burnt •Christians beheaded in broad daylight •Minorities, including Shiites, slaughtered in the streets...
  • U.S., allies were near a deal for peaceful end to Egypt crisis

    08/17/2013 5:52:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2013 | By Anne Gearan and Colum Lynch
    Two weeks before the bloody crackdown in Cairo, the Obama administration, working with European and Persian Gulf allies, believed it was close to a deal to have Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi disband street encampments in return for a pledge of nonviolence from Egypt’s interim authorities. The failed proposal represented the most intensive U.S. involvement to try to avert bloodshed, and demonstrates the new limits of U.S. influence over both the military and Islamists backing Morsi. Both sides have harshly criticized Washington, and each has accused President Obama of backing its opponent.
  • Obama to address the declining Egypt situation from Martha’s Vineyard

    08/15/2013 6:55:23 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 113 replies
    President Obama will break into his Martha’s Vineyard summer vacation Thursday morning to make a statement on the unrest in Egypt, the White House said.
  • US ambassador to Australia marries in private same-sex ceremony

    08/12/2013 12:35:27 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 45 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 12th August 2013 | Matt Young
    US AMBASSADOR to Australia John Berry has married his long-term partner of 17 years in a private same-sex ceremony in Washington D.C. The 54-year-old former head of the Office of Personnel Management - which oversees the US public service - is the first openly gay US ambassador to serve in a Group of 20 nation and the highest ranking openly gay man in United States history. In a short statement, Mr Berry confirmed the nuptials, telling news.com.au, "John Berry and Curtis Yee, partners of 17 years, were formally married on Saturday August 10, at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington...
  • Russian foreign minister tells US to behave 'like grown-ups'

    The chill in relations between the US and Russia grew still frostier yesterday as President Vladimir Putin's foreign minister told the White House to start behaving like "grown-ups". Sergei Lavrov chided the US administration two days after President Barack Obama scrapped a summit with Mr Putin when Russia granted asylum to Edward Snowden, the fugitive US spy.
  • President Obama Opposes Olympic Boycott Over Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

    08/10/2013 4:42:49 AM PDT · by SgtBilko · 26 replies
    abc news ^ | Aug 9, 2013 6:29pm | Mary Bruce
    President Obama today made clear that he rejects growing calls for the U.S. to boycott the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi over Russia’s new anti-gay law. “I want to just make very clear right now: I do not think it’s appropriate to boycott the Olympics,”
  • Bloodbath in Cairo: More than 120 dead and 1,000 injured after police 'shoot to kill' in....

    07/27/2013 2:38:48 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 94 replies
    UK Daily Mail Online ^ | 27 July 2013 | Rosie Taylor and Anthony Bond
    (original title, had to be shortened to fit):Bloodbath in Cairo: More than 120 dead and 1,000 injured after police 'shoot to kill' in violent clashes which have rocked Egypt More than 120 people are believed to have been killed at a protest in support of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, according to the Muslim Brotherhood. Security forces are reported to have started shooting demonstrators shortly before pre-dawn morning prayers at a round-the-clock vigil in Cairo being staged by backers of Morsi, who was removed from power by the army three weeks ago. Makeshift field hospitals around the area near the...
  • Transgender People Are Harassed and Assaulted in Public Bathrooms, Survey Says

    07/13/2013 5:13:09 AM PDT · by Salman · 106 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Jun 25, 2013 | Rigoberto Hernandez
    Relieving yourself outside the comfort of your own bathroom will give even the overly confident some understandable anxiety. But for transgender people, it's more than just nerve-racking, it's dangerous, according to a survey released this week. The survey, published in the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, found that 70 percent of responders have been denied entrance, were harassed or assaulted when attempting to use a public restroom of their identifying gender. And it's no surprise that these traumatic experiences affect the daily life of transgender people, the survey points out. More than half of respondents reported having physical...
  • Obama Nominates Gay Ambassadors to Spain, Denmark

    07/11/2013 3:36:05 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 70 replies
    WASHINGTON — Today the White House announced the nominations of James Costos, an accomplished businessman and current executive at HBO, as the United States Ambassador to Spain, and Rufus Gifford, a former finance official for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Obama for America, and the Democratic National Committee, as the United States Ambassador to Denmark. Last week, President Obama also nominated Daniel Baer, the openly-gay Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, to be Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
  • 90+ Girl Scouts march in San Francisco Gay Pride Parade: first time ever

    07/05/2013 2:01:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 5, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Weeks after their male counterparts stoked controversy by changing their rules to allow openly gay members, Girl Scouts USA made history in their own way after some 90+ of their members and their families marched in San Francisco’s recent Gay Pride Parade - the first time they have ever done so. Girl Scouts of Northern California announced their participation in the parade in a post on their official Facebook page, accompanied by a photo of the girls in uniform carrying a Girl Scouts banner.  "I want them to be able to tell their children they...
  • Lucky Charms Goes Gay

    07/01/2013 12:25:42 PM PDT · by YourAdHere · 106 replies
    Lucky Charms won’t just be at the end of the rainbow anymore. It’ll be right up in front, toeing the line for gay activists and their agenda. According to The Huffington Post, General Mills just announced that Lucky Charms – with little rainbow marshmallows – will be the face for a new gay pride campaign, called #LuckyToBe. “General Mills has come out in support of the gay community for Pride,” wrote HuffPo’s Christopher Rudolph, “and what better way to show their love than with the Lucky Charms marshmallow rainbow?” The new gay-agenda campaign “encourages people with Pride to tweet and...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Leads 700 Facebook Employees in SF Gay Pride [15% of All Facebook Staff!]

    Mark Zuckerberg Leads 700 Facebook Employees in SF Gay Pride JUNE 30, 2013 Two years ago, Facebook employees marched in San Francisco’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration with a contingent of about 70 employees and one jeep with a broken stereo. For this Sunday’s Pride parade, the company geared up to bring a team of 700 — more than 15% of its staff — a decorated trolley, and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, who is expected to march alongside his employees for the first time, the company said. Facebook’s bolstered presence at this year’s Pride reflects a larger push...
  • Whatever Happened to Obama's Global Gay Rights Agenda?

    06/26/2013 10:06:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | Elias Groll
    On the heels of Wednesday's gay marriage rulings at the Supreme Court, a farcical piece of political theater played out on MSNBC. As the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case were making an appearance on the cable network, Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, wandered into the frame with a phone to his ear and announced that he had Barack Obama on the line, calling from Air Force One. The president offered garbled congratulations through an iPhone speaker phone to the plaintiffs -- Kristin Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami, and Jeff Zarillo -- and MSNBC's national audience....
  • Amnesty International condemns 'homophobia' in Africa

    06/25/2013 5:10:16 PM PDT · by Salman · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 June 2013 | BBC
    Homophobic attacks have reached dangerous levels in sub-Saharan Africa and must stop, Amnesty International has said in a report. Governments are increasingly criminalising "homosexual acts" by seeking to impose new laws and draconian penalties, it adds. This sends the "toxic message" that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are criminals, the report says. Some of the continent's leaders say homosexuality is un-African. In 2011, the US and UK hinted that they could withdraw from countries which did not respect homosexual rights on the socially conservative continent. However, Amnesty said US religious groups "actively fund and promote homophobia in Africa", while...
  • Obama: Religious schools encourage division

    06/20/2013 7:57:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 130 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/20/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama actually made this claim at a speech in Belfast on Monday, but it seems to be gaining traction overnight. His claim, aimed at both Catholic and Protestant “schools and buildings,” came in prepared remarks rather than an extemporaneous response to a question. The Scottish Catholic Observer quotes the argument accurately: The US President has made an alarming call for an end to Catholic education in Northern Ireland in spite of the fact that Archbishop Gerhard Müller told Scots that Catholic education was ‘a critical component of the Church.’ President Barack Obama (above), repeated the oft disproved claim that...
  • Which bathroom should transgendered students use?

    06/17/2013 5:48:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 91 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6-16-2013 | Robby Soave
    Maine’s highest court will soon decide which restroom Nicole Maines, a 15-year-old transgendered student, should use. Last week the state supreme court heard oral arguments about whether a school district violated her civil rights when it forbid her from using the girl’s restroom. She was in fifth grade at the time. Maines is biologically male but has identified as female since she was very young. As such, she wished to use the girl’s restroom. State law, however, mandates that boys and girls use separate facilities. Her school told her to use the staff restroom instead. These requirements violate the Maine...
  • Marriage, Democracy, and the Court

    06/19/2013 8:30:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | June 19th, 2013 | Ryan T. Anderson
    A hallmark of democratic self-government is that the people should discuss, debate, and vote on important policy matters. And in America their votes should count, except when they clearly violate the people’s more settled will as expressed in the U.S. Constitution. Where the Constitution is silent, the task of a conscientious judge is to respect the constitutional authority of citizens and their elected officials. That’s what’s at stake in the two marriage cases on which the Supreme Court is expected to rule within the next week or so.
  • Murkowski becomes third Republican U.S. senator to back gay marriage

    06/19/2013 6:32:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | June 19, 2013 | Yereth Rosen
    U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska publicly backed gay marriage on Wednesday, becoming the third Republican senator to do so as she spoke out ahead of potentially landmark rulings from the Supreme Court on the issue. Murkowski, 56, wrote in an essay posted on her Senate website that her decision was swayed, in part, by meeting a lesbian couple from Anchorage, one of whom was in the National Guard, who had adopted four children. "This first-class Alaskan family still lives a second-class existence," Murkowski said in her essay. Her announcement comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule...
  • ‘Straight’ Men Should Be Banned From Driving, Says WH Petition

    06/18/2013 3:39:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 6/18/2013 | Penny Starr
    Men who are easily distracted by “the mere sight of a woman's thigh” should be banned from driving, says a petition posted on the White House website.The petition, entitled “Prohibit Straight Men From Driving,’ was posted on May 26 by someone in Illinois and has more than 12,000 signatures to date. It needs 100,000 signatures by June 25 to merit a response from the White House.“In many public schools, there are dress codes that prohibit students from wearing tank-tops, tube tops, and shorts that are deemed ‘too short,’ as these could distract male students,” the petition reads. “If men can...
  • Military Takes Stern Measures to Ensure Loyalty

    06/16/2013 10:06:16 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 32 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 June 2013 | John Semmens
    Concerned that US troops may have conflicting loyalties, top brass is cracking down on “overt displays of behaviors conducive to a break down in discipline.” By way of making an example, Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year Army veteran based at Fort Myer in Washington, D.C., is facing formal charges for “a litany of offensive behaviors.” The bad behavior includes his choice of reading material—conservative and critical of the Obama Administration—and his choice of menu—sandwiches from Chik-Fil-A—at a party he threw celebrating his promotion to Master Sergeant. Chik-Fil-A is the restaurant famous for its owners views on marriage. “The Army...
  • AT&T to Load iPhones With Emergency Alerts From Obama – That You Can’t Switch Off

    06/16/2013 7:10:15 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 115 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 16, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Just in case you want more Obama in your life… AT&T is loading iPhones with emergency alerts from Barack Obama… That you can’t switch off. AT&T has begun rolling out Wireless Emergency Alerts updates for iPhone 4S and 5, so you won’t be the last folks to know if the entire northern hemisphere is about to be covered in ice ŕ la Day After Tomorrow. You’ll receive a notification from the carrier when your update is ready, but only if you’re using iOS 6.1 or higher. Once installed, AMBER and Emergency alerts are automatically sent to your phone unless you...
  • After the Boy Scouts? For a few, camping with doctrine

    06/14/2013 5:14:16 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies
    Patheos / GetReligion ^ | May 24, 2013 | tmatt
    When considering the forces pulling at the Boy Scouts of America, one thing journalists really needed to consider was a simple statistical chart that can be found (.pdf) on the organization’s homepage. Here are the crucial numbers found at the top of this file: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — 37,856.United Methodist Church — 10,868.Catholic Church — 8,397.Presbyterian Church — 3,597.Lutheran Church — 3,827.Baptist churches — 3,981.These are these numbers? That would be the number of Scouting units hosted by these particular religious groups. I am well aware, as I have written in a previous post, that this...
  • White House: U.S. To Give Syria Rebels Military Aid After Chemical Attacks

    06/13/2013 3:37:49 PM PDT · by edpc · 217 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 June 2013 | Olivier Knox and Rachel Rose Hartman
    In a sharp escalation of the U.S. role in Syria's bloody civil war, the White House announced late Thursday that it will provide military aid to rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad after confirming that his government used chemical weapons on the opposition. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes told reporters on a conference call that President Barack Obama had heard pleas from Syria's rebel Supreme Military Council (SMC) for more help. "Our aim is to be responsive," Rhodes said, underlining that the new assistance would have "direct military purposes."
  • Is Your Food Being 'Poisoned'?

    06/11/2013 3:59:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 102 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    The Oxford English Dictionary defines "poison" as "a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed." The legal definition of the term is "any product or substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount." The medical condition of poisoning is even broader: It can be caused by substances that are not even legally required to carry the label "poison." Therefore, can food become poisonous? Of course it can if it is infected, tampered with or altered...
  • Syrian president has used chemical weapons, crossing "Red Line" (Beware Wag the Dog ALERT!)

    06/14/2013 5:06:52 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 14, 2013 | AP / Fox News
    The White House announced Thursday that the Obama administration has conclusive evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime has used chemical weapons against his opposition, killing up to 150 people in the last year and crossing what President Obama has called a "red line" that would lead to greater American involvement in the crisis. It was not immediately clear what the next U.S. move would be, but a statement by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes said that the use of chemical weapons by Syria has changed the President’s "calculus."
  • Obama Considers Resettling Tens of Thousands Syrian Refugees in the US

    06/10/2013 9:43:15 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 112 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | June 10, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sure most people just see refugees, but Democrats see voters. A number of the refugees will be Christian, but somehow I think Obama isn’t all that interested in Christian refugees. Taking in Muslim refugees from Muslim civil wars in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere has largely been a disaster. The original World Trade Center bombing happened in part because the United States was willing to host Egyptian Islamists who would have been arrested in their own country. And who exactly will be taking in now? If the Muslim Brotherhood Jihadists lose in Syria, their leaders will flee to Europe...
  • Deadbeat dad has 22 kids with 14 women, sued for child support

    06/07/2013 8:38:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 63 replies
    upi ^ | June 7, 2013 | KRISTEN BUTLER
    Deadbeat dad has 22 kids with 14 women, Tennessee pays $7,000 per month. "I was young and ambitious." Orlando Shaw guessed he had fathered 18 children with 17 women, but he really has 22 children with 14 women, making him the "most expensive deadbeat dad" in Tennessee history. Shaw appeared in court in Nashville when Child Support Services sued on behalf of the mothers for tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid child support over the years. "I was young and ambitious and I love women," Shaw, 33, told WTVF-TV. He said that when he was young he wanted 50...