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  • Two more MPs come out as gay to take House of Commons total to 35-more than any other parliament in

    02/21/2016 9:03:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13:25 EST, 21 February 2016 | Sam Tonkin
    Two more MPs have come out as gay to take the total number in the House of Commons to 35 -- more than any other parliament in the world. The SNP's business spokeswoman, Hannah Bardell, and Labour's shadow Welsh Secretary, Nia Griffith, revealed their sexuality at a photoshoot celebrating Parliament's growing diversity. At last year's election there were 32 lesbian, gay and bisexual MPs, which rose to 33 when Scottish Secretary David Mundell became the first openly out Tory cabinet member last month. ...
  • Pointer Wins Dog Show

    02/16/2016 8:20:05 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 42 replies
    2/16/16 | BTLD
    A pointer has won the annual dog show.
  • Cardinal Hopes Gay Masses Can Be Rolled Out Throughout Church in England and Wales

    08/04/2015 5:45:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 7/31/15 | Joanna Moorhead
    A Westminster diocesan initiative to extend a special welcome to lesbian and gay Catholics at a regular Mass has proved so successful that Cardinal Vincent Nichols would like it to be rolled out nationwide, his lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) liaison priest has said. The Masses, at the Jesuit Farm Street Church in central London, replaced the more controversial, so-called “gay Masses” that were designated for LGBT Catholics at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Soho until 2013. Key to the transition was that the Farm Street Masses are an extension of the diocese’s pastoral care for gay...
  • Owner of dog, Rocky, who chewed off part of his leg to get free, won't face criminal charges

    06/01/2015 4:33:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 1, 2015 | Sean Emery
    A Westminster man whose alleged abuse of his dog forced the pup to chew off part of a foot to get loose of a tether had his criminal charges dropped last week, after he took part in an animal neglect prevention program. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss misdemeanor failure to care for animals and cruelty to animals charges after Samer Ibrahim took an active role in completing a 10-class program teaching the 23-year-old how to properly care for dogs. He also agreed to voluntarily provide his DNA to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
  • Vietnamese foodie guide: Critic Brad A. Johnson dishes about 25 best things to eat in Little Saigon

    04/29/2015 2:38:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 29, 2015 | Brad A. Johnson
    Vietnamese foodie guide: Critic Brad A. Johnson dishes about the 25 best things to eat in Little Saigon The scent of Little Saigon hits me in the face. An intoxicating perfume of jackfruit and bananas and the vanilla-y scent of pandanus leaves wraps itself around me in a warm, tight embrace. It’s a sunny Friday afternoon, and the line to purchase something cold and sweet at Thach Che Hien Khanh in Garden Grove stretches out the front door and down the sidewalk, past a vendor of exotic fruits and knickknacks — chopsticks, paper lanterns, plastic Buddhas, various figurines of the...
  • A rare victory for beaglekind at Westminster Dog Show

    02/18/2015 9:13:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2015 | Justin Moyer
    The competition was ruff, but it didn’t matter: Miss P, 4-year-old beagle extraordinaire, took down all comers at the Westminster Dog Show. “She is a princess,” handler Will Alexander told the Associated Press. But P’s royal bearing didn’t prevent her from totally humiliating all members of the species Canis lupus familiaris that dared enter Madison Square Garden to challenge her for Best in Show. Those with their eyes on the prize included a Skye terrier, a standard poodle, an English springer spaniel and a shih tzu owned by former kidnapping victim and pardoned bank robber Patty Hearst.
  • 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    02/15/2015 5:40:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 47 replies
    Just a reminder: MONDAY & TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16-17, 8PM-11PM (eastern) Monday night is LIVE ON CNBC from 8-11 PM Tuesday night is LIVE ON USA from 8-11 PM The American Kennel Club has made the Coton de Tulear (Non-Sporting Group) and the Wirehaired Vizsla (Sporting Group) eligible for competition in 2014 and they will be making their first appearance at Westminster in 2015.
  • Why I Voted against Condemning Russia

    12/11/2014 5:01:57 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 10 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 10, 2014 | Dana Rohrabacher
    Recently, the House passed, by an overwhelming margin, a resolution to condemn the Russian Federation for actions considered hostile and aggressive within its sphere of influence, specifically with regard to the politically torn country of Ukraine. Ten Members voted “nay,” myself among them. I wish to explain why I took this unpopular position. Above all, while Vladimir Putin’s government may well have engaged in questionable behavior toward neighboring countries, Resolution 758 was nothing more than gratuitous, needlessly provocative and shortsighted. Moreover, reasonable observers the world over can see it as tantamount to a declaration that Russia is America’s enemy. The...
  • Westminster Ends Bid To Ban Tobacco Sales After Outcry (Mass.)

    11/20/2014 7:03:30 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 7 replies
    WBZ ^ | 11/20/14 | WBZ
    A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public hearing early. The board had initially said the ban would help keep a variety of tobacco products from young people, but businesses strongly opposed it.
  • Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em: Westminster Won’t Ban Tobacco

    11/19/2014 6:56:39 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 5 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11/19/2014 | Nicole Leonard
    There’s a time and place for everything, but that isn’t the case for a small Massachusetts town that could have become the first municipality in the nation to ban tobacco sales. The Westminster Board of Health withdrew its proposal to ban all tobacco sales on Wednesday after receiving criticism and outrage from the audience at a meeting last week. Board of health members Peter Munro and Ed Simoncini voted against the ban while Chairwoman Andrea Crete voted to keep the proposal for consideration, reported the Boston Globe. “It is obvious the town is against it and therefore I am against...
  • Raucous hearing on tobacco sales in Westminster halted

    11/13/2014 12:17:40 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 20 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | Sean P. Murphy
    WESTMINSTER — An unruly public hearing on a proposal to prohibit the sale of tobacco products came to a sudden and rowdy halt Wednesday evening after shouting and clapping opponents of the ban repeatedly refused the chairwoman’s request to come to order. The ban, proposed by the Board of Health in this Central Massachusetts town, would be the first of its kind in the state. It has led to angry reactions from residents who worry that it will hurt the local economy and allow government too much discretion in controlling private conduct. “This is about freedom; it’s my body and...
  • Massachusetts town weighs nation’s 1st tobacco ban (Westminster)

    11/09/2014 4:25:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2014 2:23 PM EST | Amy Crawford
    The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way. This sleepy central Massachusetts town of 7,700 has become an improbable battleground in America’s tobacco wars. On Wednesday, the Board of Health will hear public comment on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the United States to ban sales of all tobacco products within town lines. …
  • In a first, Mass. town may prohibit tobacco sales

    10/28/2014 4:35:18 AM PDT · by massmike · 19 replies ^ | 10/28/2014 | Kay Lazar
    The Central Massachusetts town of Westminster would become the first community in the state, and perhaps the nation, to ban all tobacco sales under a proposal made public Monday that regulators say is designed to improve health, especially among the young. Draft regulations posted on the town’s website would prohibit sales of products containing tobacco or nicotine, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and even electronic cigarettes, which use batteries to heat nicotine-laced liquid, producing a vapor that is inhaled. The plan has infuriated local store owners, who are circulating petitions to block the action, saying it would drive them out of...
  • Texas Baptist Universities and Westminster Seminary Win Lawsuit Against Controversial HHS Mandate

    12/28/2013 8:58:54 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Aquila Report ^ | 28 December 2013
    Today [December 27, 2013] a Houston federal court delivered a major blow to the controversial HHS mandate ruling in favor of East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University. In a 46-page opinion, the court ruled that the federal mandate requiring employers to provide employees with abortion-causing drugs and devices violates federal civil rights laws, and issued an injunction against the mandate. Religious plaintiffs have now won injunctions in 9 out of 12 such cases involving non-profit entities challenging the mandate. “The government doesn’t have the right to decide what religious beliefs are legitimate and which ones aren’t,” said Eric...
  • California city OKs parade despite gay exclusion (Westminster)

    12/12/2013 5:59:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2013 1:53 AM EST
    A Southern California city granted a private group a permit Wednesday night to hold a Vietnamese new year’s parade, despite objections over its exclusion of the community’s gay and lesbian residents. Members of a gay and lesbian group pleaded with the Westminster City Council to deny the permit to the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California at a meeting, but the vote to grant it was unanimous. …
  • 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (2012) - 2nd night

    02/14/2012 5:07:09 PM PST · by nuconvert · 215 replies
    WestminsterKennelClub ^ | Feb. 14, 2012
    This is the 2nd & final night, culminating in Best in Show. Tuesday, February 14 - 8-11 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network Groups: Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups Best In Show
  • Westminster Dog show best of group results - 2012 (1st night)

    02/14/2012 4:39:53 AM PST · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    Group Results: TOY - 1st place - Ch Palacegarden Malachy Breed: Pekingese Sex: Dog Date of Birth: January 24, 2008 2nd place - Affenpinscher 3rd place - Miniature Pinscher 4th place - Silky Terrier NON-SPORTING: 1st Place - GCH Spotlights Ruffian Breed: Dalmatian Sex: Dog Date of Birth: March 02, 2007 2nd place - Chinese Shar-Pei 3rd place - Lowchen 4th place - Poodle (miniature) HERDING: 1st Place - GCH Babheim's Captain Crunch Breed: German Shepherd Dog Sex: Dog Date of Birth: March 10, 2007 2nd place - Bouviers des Flandres 3rd place - Old English Sheepdog 4th place -...
  • The 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (2012)

    02/13/2012 5:08:23 PM PST · by nuconvert · 113 replies
    Tonight & tomorrow night 8PM ET... Begins on the USA channel and switches over to CNBC after the first hour All Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding breeds and varieties will be judged on Monday, with Groups judged on Monday evening. All Sporting, Working, and Terrier breeds and varieties will be judged on Tuesday, with Groups judged on Tuesday evening. Best In Show will also be judged on Tuesday evening. Six needs breeds will be added this year: AMERICAN ENGLISH COONHOUND (Hound Group) CESKY TERRIER (Terrier Group) ENTLEBUCHER MOUNTAIN DOG (Herding Group) FINNISH LAPPHUND (Herding Group) NORWEGIAN LUNDEHUND (Non-Sporting Group) XOLOITZCUINTLI...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 16 - Of Good Works

    12/20/2010 5:05:10 PM PST · by HarleyD · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Chapter XVI Of Good Works I. Good works are only such as God has commanded in His holy Word,[1] and not such as, without the warrant thereof, are devised by men, out of blind zeal, or upon any pretence of good intention.[2] II. These good works, done in obedience to God's commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith:[3] and by them believers manifest their thankfulness,[4] strengthen their assurance,[5] edify their brethren,[6] adorn the profession of the Gospel,[7] stop the mouths of the adversaries,[8] and glorify God,[9] whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto,[10]...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 15 - Repentence unto Life

    12/16/2010 5:17:53 PM PST · by HarleyD
    Chapter XV Of Repentance unto Life I. Repentance unto life is an evangelical grace,[1] the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the Gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ.[2] II. By it, a sinner, out of the sight and sense not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, as contrary to the holy nature, and righteous law of God; and upon the apprehension of His mercy in Christ to such as are penitent, so grieves for, and hates his sins, as to turn from them all unto...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 14 - Of Saving Faith

    12/13/2010 6:24:04 PM PST · by HarleyD · 7 replies
    Chapter XIV Of Saving Faith I. The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls,[1] is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts,[2] and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word,[3] by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.[4] II. By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein;[5] and acts differently upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to the...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 13 - Of Sanctification

    12/12/2010 12:13:47 PM PST · by HarleyD · 1 replies
    Chapter XIII Of Sanctification I. They, who are once effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart, and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ's death and resurrection,[1] by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them:[2] the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,[3] and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified;[4] and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,[5] to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.[6] II. This sanctification is throughout, in...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 12 - On Adoption

    12/11/2010 2:34:29 PM PST · by HarleyD
    Chapter XII Of Adoption All those that are justified, God vouchsafes, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption,[1] by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God,[2] have His name put upon them,[3] receive the spirit of adoption,[4] have access to the throne of grace with boldness,[5] are enabled to cry, Abba, Father,[6] are pitied,[7] protected,[8] provided for,[9] and chastened by Him as by a Father:[10] yet never cast off,[11] but sealed to the day of redemption;[12] and inherit the promises,[13]...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 11 - Of Justification

    12/07/2010 5:16:56 PM PST · by HarleyD · 11 replies
    Chapter XI Of Justification I. Those whom God effectually calls, He also freely justifies;[1] not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ's sake alone; nor by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them,[2] they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 10 - Of Effectual Calling

    12/05/2010 4:46:54 AM PST · by HarleyD · 1 replies
    Chapter X Of Effectual Calling I. All those whom God hath predestinated unto life, and those only, He is pleased, in His appointed time, effectually to call,[1] by His Word and Spirit,[2] out of that state of sin and death, in which they are by nature to grace and salvation, by Jesus Christ;[3] enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God,[4] taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them an heart of flesh;[5] renewing their wills, and, by His almighty power, determining them to that which is good,[6] and effectually drawing them to Jesus...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 9 - Of Free Will

    12/03/2010 11:44:31 AM PST · by HarleyD · 5 replies
    Chapter IX Of Free Will I. God has endued the will of man with that natural liberty, that is neither forced, nor, by any absolute necessity of nature, determined good, or evil.[1] II. Man, in his state of innocency, had freedom, and power to will and to do that which was good and well pleasing to God;[2] but yet, mutably, so that he might fall from it.[3] III. Man, by his fall into a state of sin, has wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation:[4] so as, a natural man, being altogether averse from that...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 8 - Of Christ the Mediator

    12/02/2010 4:51:08 PM PST · by HarleyD · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Chapter VIII Of Christ the Mediator I. It pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, His only begotten Son, to be the Mediator between God and man,[1] the Prophet,[2] Priest,[3] and King,[4] the Head and Savior of His Church,[5] the Heir of all things,[6] and Judge of the world:[7] unto whom He did from all eternity give a people, to be His seed,[8] and to be by Him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified.[9] II. The Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 8 - Of Christ the Mediator

    12/01/2010 4:28:28 PM PST · by HarleyD
    Chapter VIII Of Christ the Mediator I. It pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, His only begotten Son, to be the Mediator between God and man,[1] the Prophet,[2] Priest,[3] and King,[4] the Head and Savior of His Church,[5] the Heir of all things,[6] and Judge of the world:[7] unto whom He did from all eternity give a people, to be His seed,[8] and to be by Him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified.[9] II. The Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 7 - Of God's Covenant With Man

    11/30/2010 3:54:09 PM PST · by HarleyD · 1 replies
    Chapter VII Of God's Covenant with Man I. The distance between God and the creature is so great, that although reasonable creatures do owe obedience unto Him as their Creator, yet they could never have any fruition of Him as their blessedness and reward, but by some voluntary condescension on God's part, which He has been pleased to express by way of covenant.[1] II. The first covenant made with man was a covenant of works,[2] wherein life was promised to Adam; and in him to his posterity,[3] upon condition of perfect and personal obedience.[4] III. Man, by his fall, having...
  • Westminster Confession - Chap 6 - Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and the Punishment thereof

    11/29/2010 3:58:40 PM PST · by HarleyD · 1 replies
    Chapter VI Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and the Punishment thereof I. Our first parents, being seduced by the subtilty and temptations of Satan, sinned, in eating the forbidden fruit.[1] This their sin, God was pleased, according to His wise and holy counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to His own glory.[2] II. By this sin they fell from their original righteousness and communion, with God,[3] and so became dead in sin,[4] and wholly defiled in all the parts and faculties of soul and body.[5] III. They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of...
  • Westminster Confession - Chapter 5 - Providence

    11/28/2010 12:07:36 PM PST · by HarleyD · 3 replies
    Chapter V Of Providence I. God the great Creator of all things does uphold,[1] direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things,[2] from the greatest even to the least,[3] by His most wise and holy providence,[4] according to His infallible foreknowledge,[5] and the free and immutable counsel of His own will,[6] to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.[7] II. Although, in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first Cause, all things come to pass immutably, and infallibly;[8] yet, by the same providence, He orders them to fall out, according...
  • Westminster Confession of Faith - Chapter 4 - Of Creation

    11/27/2010 1:51:23 AM PST · by HarleyD · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Chapter IV Of Creation I. It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,[1] for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness,[2] in the beginning, to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things therein whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days; and all very good.[3] II. After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female,[4] with reasonable and immortal souls,[5] endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after His own image;[6] having the law of God written in their hearts,[7] and power to fulfil it;[8]...
  • Westminster Confession - Chapter 3 - Of God's Eternal Decree

    11/26/2010 6:39:06 AM PST · by HarleyD · 24 replies
    Chapter III Of God's Eternal Decree I. God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass;[1] yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin,[2] nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.[3] II. Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions;[4] yet has He not decreed anything because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to...
  • Westminster Confession of Faith - Chapter 2 - Of God and the Holy Trinity

    11/25/2010 2:04:20 AM PST · by HarleyD
    Chapter II Of God, and of the Holy Trinity I. There is but one only,[1] living, and true God,[2] who is infinite in being and perfection,[3] a most pure spirit,[4] invisible,[5] without body, parts,[6] or passions;[7] immutable,[8] immense,[9] eternal,[10] incomprehensible,[11] almighty,[12] most wise,[13] most holy,[14] most free,[15] most absolute;[16] working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will,[17] for His own glory;[18] most loving,[19] gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin;[20] the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him;[21] and withal, most just, and terrible in His judgments,[22]...
  • Westminster Confession of Faith - Chapter 1 - The Holy Scripture

    11/23/2010 11:42:21 PM PST · by HarleyD · 7 replies
    Chapter I Of the Holy Scripture I. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable;[1] yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation.[2] Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church;[3] and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the...
  • On the spot where Thomas More was condemned, a stirring defence of the faith (2 historic firsts)

    09/18/2010 6:52:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Mail Online ^ | September 18, 2010 | Robert Hardman
    Until last night, no Pope had set foot in Westminster Abbey, even though it was doing Catholic coronations for 500 years before Henry VIII had other ideas. No Pope had set foot in the Palace of Westminster either, let alone addressed its occupants. So yesterday was a day of profound historic importance here at the very heart of the British state. And yet, it was the street cleaning department of Westminster City Council which threatened to steal the headlines. The arrest of six litter sweepers amid suspicions of terrorist activity undeniably distracted from a day of huge religious significance. But...
  • Benedict XVI warns Western societies against keeping faith out of public debate

    09/17/2010 10:31:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | September 17, 2010
    London, England, Sep 17, 2010 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing a group of political, cultural, business and religious leaders at Westminster Hall on the second day of his state visit to Great Britain, Pope Benedict discussed what he described as “fundamental questions” about the moral responsibilities of government, and the role of religious faith in society. Decrying how Christianity has been marginalized in some Western societies, he urged leaders to engage in a “profound and ongoing dialogue” between reason and faith “for the good of our civilization.” The Pope reflected on the significance of Westminster Hall as the...
  • It's a dog-beat-dog world: Working mutts don't get a fair shake at big show

    02/18/2010 6:17:41 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 139 replies · 2,450+ views
    nydailynews ^ | February 18th 2010
    Meaning no disrespect to Sadie the Scottie, who won Best in Show at this year's Westminster competition, and, really, really, really, really, we mean no disrespect to Sadie, who is as terminally adorable as any lapworthy mutt could be. But, still - another Scottie? Clearly, the judges are not New Yorkers. This is a sin for which they can be forgiven, but their anti-New York-dog prejudices are unpardonable. The city is a working town, but the judges have it in for big, brawny, lunchpail-type canines. There are 26 working breeds, including boxers, Dobermans, Rottweilers and great Danes. In the Best...
  • Scottish terrier Sadie wins Westminster dog show

    02/17/2010 8:01:09 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 66 replies · 1,238+ views
    reuters ^ | Feb 17, 2010 | Chris Michaud
    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- A peppy Scottish terrier known as Sadie was crowned the nation's top dog on Tuesday, winning Best in Show at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club championship. Sadie, a jet-black four-year-old bitch formally known as Ch Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, displayed the ideal combination of breeding standards and confidence, beating out 2,500 entrants at the 134-year-old dog show. "She's the total package," marveled Elliot Weiss, of Eagle, Idaho, who judged the Best in Show round before a cheering, capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden. "This is the complete dog ... That's what you want a Scottie to...
  • Sadie the Scottie wins Westminster after (PETA) protest

    02/16/2010 10:07:14 PM PST · by Zakeet · 51 replies · 6,645+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 17, 2010 | Ben Walker
    Sadie the Scottish terrier won America's top dog show Tuesday night, and that was pretty predictable. What happened moments before she took the title at Westminster was far more startling. Two women walked into the center ring at Madison Square Garden and held up signs that said "Mutts Rule" and "Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs' Chances," the latter a slogan popularized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The crowd of 15,000 gasped at the PETA-inspired protest, then booed the women and cheered as security ushered them away without incident. The women were charged with criminal trespass, police said....
  • Tens of thousands expected to venerate St. Therese relics at Westminster Cathedral [Catholic Caucus]

    10/14/2009 5:46:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 433+ views
    cna ^ | October 13, 2009
    Pilgrims venerate the relics of St. Therese in Aylesford, England. Credit: London, England, Oct 13, 2009 / 09:19 pm (CNA).- As many as 100,000 pilgrims are expected to visit Westminster Cathedral to view and venerate the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux during their month-long tour of England and Wales.Agence France Presse reports that the cathedral has ordered 100,000 candles and 50,000 pink roses to meet the demand. The cathedral expects 2,000 pilgrims every hour until Thursday.St. Therese became a Carmelite nun at the age of 15 and died in 1897 at the age of 24. Known as...
  • Three Strikes and You're Out: FReep/Rally 49 - Westminster, MD 6-27-09

    07/11/2009 8:27:44 AM PDT · by RockerMom2MyHero · 13 replies · 823+ views
    Three times in a row, the moonbats have been a NO SHOW! A little birdie told us their website stated different times and other location on certain Saturdays. So, Lurker Bill and I rushed down early to find them not there. We even stayed a bit longer to make sure they didn't show up and they didn't. I guess they follow the clock in Westminster and think it’s always 12 o’clock, therefore never the right time to protest, especially against a WAR that is no longer Bush’s but Obama’s. BELOW: Time stands still for the moonbats BELOW: 3 strikes and...
  • Deja Vu - No Moonbats: FReep/Rally 48 - Westminster, MD 6-13-09

    06/26/2009 1:05:11 PM PDT · by RockerMom2MyHero · 6 replies · 568+ views
    2 FReep/Rallies in a row and moonbats are a NO SHOW! Since I have no pictures to share, I’m using one from a previous AAR. Seems appropriate, don’t you think? OK, it’s not Under New Management, it’s Under No Management, but you get the picture! We certainly don’t have the numbers we want in Westminster, but there are at least 2 of us there supporting our Troops the 2nd and last Saturday of each month. We cannot let them down, especially in these troubled times. God Bless our Troops and America. We need to take America back! Keep attending those...
  • Perfect Spring Day - Beautiful Weather and No Moonbats: FReep/Rally 47 - Westminster, MD 5-30-09

    06/05/2009 8:37:58 PM PDT · by RockerMom2MyHero · 11 replies · 657+ views
    It's been awhile since our last FReep/Rally and my AAR. We were scheduled to be on Main St. the day before Mother's Day, but were informed that there was a Mother's Day flower show, which shut Main St. down. So, we haven't disappeared like the moonbats did today. Lurker Bill and I held our ground and showed support for our Troops. It was a pretty uneventful day and just like the big clock on Main St., time stood still for a bit. [Mr] Trooprally can attest that time does stand still occasionally in Westminster! BELOW LEFT: Lurker Bill covering traffic...
  • "The Lord Vincent" (enthronement at Westminster) [guess which American Cardinal was present]

    05/21/2009 10:58:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 616+ views
    WITL ^ | May 21, 2009 | Rocco Palmo
    Using the ancient rite that's long installed the archbishops of Canterbury, Vincent Gerard Nichols was enthroned this morning at Westminster Cathedral as the eleventh primate of England and Wales since the Reformation. With the 63 year-old formally at the reins, Pope Benedict's appointees now sit in four of the English-speaking world's top six ecclesial posts. Britain's Catholic Herald has full coverage in real time, including the text of Nichols' homily, given below. * * * My brothers and sisters, I welcome you and I thank you all for coming to Westminster Cathedral today. I appreciate the presence and the...
  • Taking Care of Business: FReep/Rally 46 - Westminster, MD 4-25-09

    05/04/2009 8:07:52 PM PDT · by RockerMom2MyHero · 8 replies · 793+ views
    That's exactly what the guys did! The 2nd all-male Freep/Rally! Not much action to report but Anomoly99, [Mr] Trooprally and Lurker Bill were taking care of business by supporting our Troops. Only 1 moonbat showed up. With 1 lame sign, no other signs set up, or any flags, I don't see how he can possibly think he's having any impact. I guess they think 1 moonbat is better than none. Whether there are 10 moonbats or 1, they are no match for our faithful and dedicated patriots. Spirit is always high even when numbers are steadily low. I would like...
  • Westminster, Maryland TEA Party, Wed., April 15, 2009 AAR

    04/17/2009 2:49:33 PM PDT · by trooprally · 7 replies · 714+ views
    April 17,2009
    Washington’s Tea Party was beckoning all week but we had to settle for Westminster. [Mrs] T, Fraxinus and myself, [Mr] T, arrived around 6:10 and a good size crowd of about 100 was already there. A light rain was falling but nothing like in D.C. earlier in the day. [Mrs] T took off to start taking pictures, Fraxinus held his sign, and I started to put together my flag pole. Another Tea Partier came up to me and asked if he could hang his “Don’t Tread On Me” on yellow background flag on my pole. Getting some plastic ties, it...
  • A Marine's Welcome Home: FReep/Rally 45 - Westminster, MD 4-11-09

    04/16/2009 9:09:13 PM PDT · by RockerMom2MyHero · 10 replies · 973+ views
    Our local Hero and Marine, LCpl. Joshua Staples returned home safely from his 1st deployment! He looks great and we can’t thank him enough for serving our country and making us so proud. Joshua’s Mom, PatrioticMarineMom planned a surprise Welcome Home Party for him and invited a few more family and friends than Joshua expected. He was definitely surprised! We had a great time at The Stables of Westminster, which we decorated with a few signs, flags and centerpieces. The time flew by, but what a night to remember! Our favorite Hero and Marine, home at last, at least for...
  • Archbishop Vincent Nichols to become next Archbishop of Westminster

    04/03/2009 1:43:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 414+ views
    CNA ^ | April 3, 2009
    Archbishop Vincent Nichols Vatican City, Apr 3, 2009 / 10:55 am (CNA).- Today Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham to become the 11th Archbishop of Westminster. The "prayerful" and "consultative" archbishop will take over an archdiocese that is considered the head of the Catholic Church in England.Nichols, who is 63 years old, was once considered a "liberal" by some, according to the Telegraph, but has shown to be a powerful force in the British Catholic Church for defending Church teaching and is not afraid to challenge the media.In a press conference today after the announcement was...
  • Gloomy Weather Brings Them Back Again: FReep/Rally 44 – Westminster, MD 3-28-09

    04/03/2009 12:51:47 PM PDT · by RockerMom2MyHero · 11 replies · 859+ views
    Last week, we occupied moonbat territory. This week, the moonbats were back again. Only 2 though. One came early to leave early and the other came on time to leave the same time as the other. I traveled from the north. [Mr] Trooprally and Lurker Bill traveled from the south. Neither places were quite as cold and windy as the conditions in Westminster, but at least it was just misty and no need for umbrellas. At first, there wasn’t much traffic, but then it was backing up. We started receiving lots of beeps, waves and thumbs. I saw 3 salutes....