Cardinals will not allowed to access their Twitter accounts during conclave, according to Catholic News Service. This restriction is applicable to the 9 cardinals who have Twitter accounts. In all, there are "117 red-vested princes of the church who are eligible to vote for a new pope." "[T]he College of Cardinals does include at least nine active tweeters," reports the Catholic News Service. "From the moment they enter the Sistine Chapel to cast their ballots, they will be forbidden access to their accounts along with all other forms of communication with the outside world." The pope himself recently joined Twitter
You knew it was coming. Scientific American — which often pushes cultural agendas as much as scientific ideas — has an article informing us that polyamorous people have so much to teach the rest of us about life. From “The New Sexual Revolution: Polyamory May Be Good For You“ One thing that seems to unite the polyamorous community is a real enthusiasm for digging into emotions. Honesty, openness and communication are cornerstones for polyamorous relationships, Holmes has found. “They’re talking a lot, they’re negotiating a lot, they’re bringing their feelings to the table a lot,” he said.
PALM CITY, Fla.-Faced with a long weekend in an empty White House, President Barack Obama figured he needed a getaway, too, so he put together a golf outing with some buddies — and, apparently, a round with Tiger Woods. Tim Rosaforte, a writer for GolfWorld magazine, reported on Twitter that the president and Woods played together Sunday at the Floridian, an exclusive and secluded yacht and golf club on the state´s Treasure Coast. "The President is arriving at The Floridian range. Awaiting is Tiger Woods and club owner Jim Crane. Historic day in golf. Their first round," Rosaforte tweeted
It’s a forum that isn’t known for making news – so Dr. Ben Carson says the buzz created by his speech at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, including a Wall Street Journal staff editorial with the headline “Ben Carson For President” – came as a surprise. “I don’t think it was particularly political,” Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, told ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl during an interview for ”This Week.” ”You know, I’m a physician. I like to diagnose things. And, you know, I’ve diagnosed some pretty, pretty significant issues that I think
Lounging on the steps of a crumbling Soviet-era apartment block on the outskirts of Romania’s most notorious slum, Iordan Rupa is drinking apple brandy and waiting for his mobile phone to ring. Pulling a woollen hat tightly over his ears, he gestures at the filthy streets, filled with packs of stray dogs, mountains of rubble and litter, potholes, and the occasional burnt-out car. ‘Look at this place,’ he says. ‘There is nothing for us here. No jobs, no money. But if God is willing, this telephone will soon bring the chance of a better life.’
More than 500 people headed out this morning from Southeastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey, planning to take part in a climate change rally in Washington, D.C. I´ll be posting some of their quotes here throughout the afternoon. Meanwhile, a bit of background: Organizers are expening about 20,000 or more people to converge on Washington to voice their support for action on climate change and their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oil from the Tar Sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast. The demonstration comes after a week of events in which climate change figured prominently.
CEDAR LAKE | Blind and living on little more than her Social Security check, Dolores Pittman soon may be homeless. Lake County officials have mistakenly traded away the plot of land on which she had been living for 54 years in a tax delinquency sale. "I got an eviction notice Thursday. I don´t know what I´m going to do. Besides being scared that I don´t have a place to live, no one wants to take my cats. Being without my cats ... that would probably just kill me," she said.
The US Navy Seal who killed Osama Bin Laden has been hung out to dry by military chiefs, veteran charities say. The veteran, identified only as The Shooter in a US magazine interview, is now broke, jobless and in failing health since leaving the crack outfit. He claims his health care benefits were cut off the moment he left the crack Seal Team Six last year. Now veterans charities have pledged to do all they can to support him. Unlike other former military personnel who find security work, he never wants to handle a gun professionally again because of
The New York Times and Washington Post have been called out for what grievance industry types like to call racism - treating a person of minority ethnicity more harshly than members of the dominant ethnicity. And the target, unsurprisingly, is Ted Cruz, the brilliant and tenacious new senator from Texas. Make no mistake: Ted Cruz is a serious threat to the liberal establishment because he is so damn smart and has the intestinal fortitude to stand up and call out their misbehavior. John Nolte of Breitbart spotted the racism in what he calls "racially coded" attacks
For an unapologetic capitalist, it´s particularly frustrating when an allegedly pro-capitalist politician lacks the intellectual ammunition to adequately defend the free market. Concessions to statist opponents provide the illusion that statists have the moral upper hand. This is especially self-defeating when a politician -- a successful capitalist in his private life who should recognize the dangers of statist principles -- is reduced to merely quibbling over good and bad applications of an inherently pernicious principle.
This morning, Representative Paul Ryan had no kind words for the president’s proposed immigration legislation and the White House’s decision to leak it yesterday. He explained that “leaking this out sets things in the wrong direction,” “makes [immigration reform] that much more difficult.” The congressman laid out his criticism in blunt terms, saying that the question from the beginning on this immigration debate has been, “Is the president looking for partisan advantage, or a bipartisan law?” The White House’s release of its own plan at this time
We learned this morning that President Obama is impatient with Congress and immigration reform. He is now threatening to do it his way ("decree") and go around Congress: "The White House is circulating a draft immigration bill that would create a new visa for illegal immigrants living in the United States and allow them to become legal permanent residents within eight years, according to a report published online Saturday by USA Today." What´s wrong with this? "Impatient" with Congress? Why didn´t he do something about it when he had 60 votes
Shock new figures today reveal an increase of nearly 40 percent in the number of Romanian criminals in Britain’s jails. As the total of UK-born inmates falls, the ranks of Eastern European prisoners are rising amid a crimewave by migrants exploiting European Union freedom of movement rules. The figures obtained by the Sunday Express raise fresh fears about the impact on Britain when transitional controls on impoverished and crime ridden Bulgaria and Romania are removed next year. [Snip] Fraudsters from the former Eastern bloc country are responsible for 92 percent of all ATM crime in Britain, according to police figures.
Should it be a federal crime for businesses to refuse to hire ex-convicts? Yes, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which recently released 20,000 convoluted words of regulatory "guidance" to direct businesses to hire more felons and other ex-offenders. ... It is difficult to overstate the EEOC´s zealotry on this issue. The agency is demanding that one of Mr. Livingston´s clients—the Freeman Companies, a convention and corporate events planner—pay compensation to rejected job applicants who lied about their criminal records. Headline split by staff
Wisconsin is known for many things, such as our friendly disposition, impeccable beer and cheeses and, of course, our Green Bay Packers. Since I´ve taken office, we´ve gained national recognition for the proven results of our fiscal and economic reforms. We took a principled stand, confronted our shortcomings and transformed them into real solutions. We´re turning things around and heading in the right direction. Unfortunately, the national outlook isn´t as bright. With growing debt and deficit without a clear solution, the problems we face as a nation are daunting.
Police are under investigation for jokingly filling in a witness statement in the name of a force dog. Officers became exasperated when prosecutors asked for an account of a crime from a ‘PC Peach’, not realising Peach was the name of a police dog. So they completed the form as if it had been written by the alsatian, and signed it with a paw print. The dog’s statement read: ‘I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.’ The form was pinned up at a West Midlands Police station last week for the amusement
As Bryan Preston and Stephen Kruiser noted last week, the liberal media has mounted a campaign to destroy Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). He’s a high priority target because he goes against everything the media has said about the Tea Party, and conservatism in general. For all the talk about the Tea Party’s anti-intellectualism, Cruz received his B.A. at Princeton University, and his Juris Doctor at Harvard University. He also clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist. As George Will wrote back in June of 2011, By the time Ted Cruz was 13, he was winning speech Link repaired by staff
There is an adage that reads "never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity... but don´t rule out malice." This is known as Heinlein´s or Hanlon´s Razor (there is only a slight difference between the two). Unfortunately many people only go by the first part of Heinlein´s Razor, leaving out the "but don´t rule out malice" part. People using this heuristic decision-making shortcut often think that even though some things that people do seem very suspect, and even though mental red flags are going up and instinctive alarms are sounding
LADSON--As Jason Mele watched people peering down the sights of Mossbergs, Bushmasters and Remingtons, he couldn’t deny that something felt different this time.[Snip]But the sentiment that drove people to the Exchange Park fairgrounds--a fear that politicians will strip Americans of their firearms after 26 people were slain at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School--was palpable Saturday, which likely went down as the most attended show in its history. This time, it could actually happen, many said. The enthusiasts cited changing times in which Washington lawmakers devise laws despite widespread disapproval. They pointed to President Barack Obama’s health care bill.
Extremely large crowds at the Galleria for NBA All-Star festivities prompted officials to close the mall early Saturday night. The Galleria reached its legal capacity around 8:15 p.m. and began clearing out crowds, according to mall officials. "At no time was there a riot or a disturbance," Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties said. "At no time did anyone get unruly." Officers with an HPD special response team were on hand. Police and mall officials blocked entrances to the Galleria Saturday night. "As always, our primary concern is for the safety and well being
They say that justice delayed is justice denied.If that is the case, then surely the families of Harvey Mad Man and Thomas Running Rabbit can rightly complain that there is no justice in Montana.The two men were murdered execution style in 1982 by Ronald Allen Smith, who during his trial confessed to the murder and said he had wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone.He also rejected a plea bargain for life in prison and insisted on the death penalty.[SNIP] Maybe we can learn from the case of Eddie Anderson.
President Barack Obama reversed course on Saturday, preparing an immigration reform bill that was leaked to USA Today and that would allow illegal immigrants to become full permanent residents within eight years. The White House had previously refrained from offering its own immigration plan, after immigration reform advocates asked him not to do so for fear that his proposals could provoke Republican opposition to any reform bill. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a leader of the “Gang of Eight” that released a bipartisan plan for immigration reform last month, pronounced President Obama’s plan “dead on arrival in Congress.”
Barack Obama is a terrible president. That´s obvious to everyone who isn´t chronically ignorant or incurably liberal. By "liberal" I don´t mean the classic definition of the word which has to do with being open-minded and objective. I mean the modern version of liberal: self-centered, emotional, illogical, and void of reason. Unfortunately, in 2012 ignoramuses and liberals represented the majority of those who voted. I´m not worried about offending them with my harsh words. My very existence offends them, and so does yours if you don´t buy into their worldview. From economic policy to energy policy to
LOS ANGELES — Dozens of protesters rallied outside Los Angeles police headquarters Saturday in support of Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer and suspected killer of four who died after a shootout and fire this week at a mountain cabin following one of the biggest manhunts in recent memory. Protesters told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/11Ndm6i ) they didn´t support Dorner´s deadly methods, but objected to police corruption and brutality, and believed Dorner´s claims of racism and unfair treatment by the department. Many said they were angered by the conduct of the manhunt that led to Dorner´s death and injuries
I SAW “Argo” with Jerry Rafshoon, who was a top aide to President Carter during the Iranian hostage crisis, when six Americans escaped and were given sanctuary for three months by courageous Canadian diplomats. We were watching a scene where a C.I.A. guy can’t get through to Hamilton Jordan, Carter’s chief of staff, to sign off on plane tickets for the escaping hostages, so he pretends to be calling from the school where Jordan’s kids go. “Hamilton wasn’t married then and didn’t have any kids,” Jerry whispered, inflaming my pet peeve about filmmakers who make up facts
In a very oddly worded public response to a question posed to him during an online interview, Barack Obama dances around the topic of using military drones to kill Americans inside of the United States. (Snip) First he begins his answer by stating, “There has never been a drone used on an American citizen on American soil.” Barack Obama doesn’t say there never will be – or that he never intends to do so…he instead chooses – deliberatly, to say that such a thing has not happened…YET.. The president then gets into the meat of his prepared statement