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LA Archbishop Mahony kept altar
boy list from police - deposition
KABC-TV [Los Angeles], by Darsha Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/21/2014 12:17:14 PM     Post Reply
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES -- New details are surfacing about the role Archbishop Roger Mahony played in the investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. When Los Angeles police were investigating allegations of child abuse by a Roman Catholic priest in 1988, they asked for a list of altar boys at the last parish where the priest worked. According to a deposition made public on Wednesday and obtained by the Associated Press, Mahony told a subordinate not to give the list, saying he didn´t want to scare the boys who knew nothing about the investigation. Detectives investigating allegations against Nicolas Aguilar

Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Fail
Bloomberg, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/21/2014 12:08:01 PM     Post Reply
I’m on the road this week, giving talks on my new book about learning to fail better: that is, first, to give ourselves the permission to take on challenges where we might very well fail; second, to pick ourselves up as quickly as possible and move on when things don’t work out. This is, I argue, vital on a personal level, as well as vital for the economy, because that’s where innovation and growth come from. The other day, after one of my talks, a 10th-grade girl came up and shyly asked if I had a minute. I always have a

Why one Girl Scout is selling
cookies outside a pot clinic
CBS News, by Aimee Picchi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 11:51:36 AM     Post Reply
Aside from selling long-time fan favorites such as Thin Mints and Samoas, the Girl Scouts´ cookie program has another goal: To teach girls and young women to become savvy business thinkers. One 13-year-old Girl Scout is exemplifying that mission with her clever selling strategy: Pitching her cookie stand outside a medical marijuana dispensary.The girl, Danielle Lei, set up the stand outside The Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, stocking her table with favorites such as Tagalongs and Samoas. She sold about 117 boxes in two hours. Lei´s mother told CBS station KPIX by phone that the location allowed

  


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Ex-President Bush hosts summit
on helping vets enter civilian life
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 11:45:53 AM     Post Reply
DALLAS — Efforts must be made to end the stigma attached to post-traumatic stress disorder, which can hinder military veterans’ transition into civilian life and employment, former President George W. Bush said Wednesday. Addressing a summit at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Bush said some veterans are reluctant to seek help and that employers often don’t realize the condition can be treated. “As a result of public misunderstanding, employers sometimes cite it as a reason for not hiring vets,” Bush said. “As most doctors today will tell you, post-traumatic stress is not a disorder. Post-traumatic stress or PTS

Do Christians care if ‘Noah’
movie jibes with the Bible?
Survey says … yep
Fox News, by Hollie McKay    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 2/21/2014 11:43:29 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES – Paramount Studios has poured an estimated $125 million into the production of “Noah,” casting big names like Emma Watson and Russell Crowe, and trusting their baby to Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky. But six weeks ahead of its theatrical release, concern is brewing that the flick may not be popular with Christians at the box office. Faith Driven Consumer – a movement connecting Christian consumers with companies compatible with a biblical worldview – issued the results of an online survey, first published in Variety, that indicated a whopping 98 percent of faith-driven consumers are “unsatisfied with (the) Bible-themed

Arizona Legislature OKs religion
bill; on way to Gov. Brewer
Republic [Arizona], by Alia Beard Rou    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/21/2014 11:08:20 AM     Post Reply
The Arizona Legislature has passed a controversial religion bill that is again thrusting Arizona into the national spotlight in a debate over discrimination. House Bill 2153, written by the conservative advocacy group Center for Arizona Policy and the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, would allow individuals to use religious beliefs as a defense against a lawsuit. The bill, which was introduced last month and has been described by opponents as discriminatory against gays and lesbians, has drawn national media coverage. Discussion of the bill went viral on social media during the House floor debate Thursday. Opponents have dubbed it

Is Ann Coulter now turning
on Ted Cruz?
Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/21/2014 10:55:20 AM     Post Reply
First conservative icon Thomas Sowell turned on Ted Cruz, now it appears that Ann Coulter is souring on the Texas Republican as well. Sowell published two columns this week slamming Cruz for being self-serving. Coulter praised the first of Sowell’s columns in a tweet Wednesday. Later, in an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” Wednesday night, Coulter doubled down on her praise of Sowell’s anti-Cruz column: ”I never push anyone else’s column but mine. Today everyone has got to read Thomas Sowell’s article.” During the “Hannity” segment, Coulter attacked tea party groups for being filled with “shysters” and “conmen,” naming specifically the Senate Conservatives

  


  

America, the irrelevant
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 10:45:44 AM     Post Reply
Do you want to know what the Ukrainians think about American policy? So would Defense Secretary Chuch Hagel. He´s been trying to call the Ukrainian defense minister all week but no one is picking up the phone. Politico: "We haven´t been able to connect with anyone at the defense ministry," Kirby told Pentagon reporters, who repeatedly pressed him on the issue. "How long do you let [the phone] ring," one quipped. "We´ve been trying pretty diligently all week," Kirby said, noting this is the first time, as far as he knows, that Hagel has been unable to reach to his counterpart in another

Mexico to trump Japan as
No. 2 car exporter to US
Associated Press, by Adriana Gomez Licon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2014 10:41:50 AM     Post Reply
CELAYA, Mexico- Mexico is on track to replace the Asian automotive giant, Japan, as the second-largest exporter of cars to the United States by the end of the year.An $800 million Honda plant opening Friday in the central state of Guanajuato will produce about 200,000 Fit hatchbacks a year, helping push total Mexican car exports to the U.S. to 1.7 million in 2014, roughly 200,000 more than Japan, consulting firm IHS Automotive says. And, with another big plant starting next week, Mexico is expected to surpass Canada for the top spot by the end of 2015. "It´s a safe bet,"

NY lawmaker: Parents should
take parenting classes
FOX5 News, by Liz Dahlem    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 2/21/2014 10:38:58 AM     Post Reply
New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz Jr. introduced a bill that would require parents of elementary school children to attend a minimum of four parent support classes. If parents don´t go, 6th graders won´t move onto 7th grade. Leslie Venokur, the co-founder of Big City Moms, called the idea "crazy" and "insane." She said that what is most concerning that the education commissioner and Board of Regents would develop the parenting guidelines. She said the Regents should "stick to what they´re good at which is teaching kids and staying away from the parents."

Obama plan: Cut tax breaks for
richest retirement savers
Marketwatch.com, by Robert Powell    Original Article
Posted By: karmageddon2008- 2/21/2014 10:31:45 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress in early March, as part of his fiscal 2015 budget, to reduce some of the tax advantages for employer-sponsored retirement plans for higher-income earners, according to published reports. Plus, the president wants to limit the value of all tax deductions, defined contribution exclusions and IRA deductions to 28% of income — and include an overall cap on all retirement accounts, including pensions, that could bring in $1 billion a year in new tax revenue, according to a Pensions & Investments report.

  


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Why People Think Adelina Sotnikova´s
Figure Skating Gold Medal Was Rigged
Atlantic, by Alexander Abad-Santos    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/21/2014 10:26:47 AM     Post Reply
Adelina Sotnikova and her many Russian fans are very happy about the 17-year-old´s new gold medal in figure skating. The rest of the figure-skating world isn´t as enthused, and some are even claiming that Sotnikova benefitted from Russian judges and a hometown crowd, and that without that outside help, she could never have beaten South Korea´s Kim Yu-na and Italy´s Carolina Kostner. "If Adelina was not from Russia, she would never get those marks," Dave Lease, America´s figure skating expert boyfriend, told The Wire on Thursday night. Lease is one of the brilliant minds behind The Skating Lesson, a blog focused

Public Sector Cuts Part-Time
Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law
New York Times, by Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/21/2014 10:22:33 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, state and local officials say. The cuts to public sector employment, which has failed to rebound since the recession, could serve as a powerful political weapon for Republican critics of the health care law, who claim that it is creating a drain on the economy. President Obama has twice delayed enforcement of the health care law’s employer mandate, which would subject larger employers to tax penalties

Attacking Diversity of Thought
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/21/2014 10:21:40 AM     Post Reply
Cancel the philosophy courses, people. Oh, and we’re going to be shuttering the political science, religion, and pre-law departments too. We’ll keep some of the English and history folks on for a while longer, but they should probably keep their résumés handy. Because, you see, they are of no use anymore. We have the answers to the big questions, so why keep pretending there’s anything left to discuss? At least that’s where Erin Ching, a student at Swarthmore College, seems to be coming down. Her school invited a famous left-wing Princeton professor, Cornel West, and a famous right-wing Princeton professor, Robert

Scott Walker is the next target
of the MSM knockout game
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/21/2014 10:16:06 AM     Post Reply
Having successfully demonized Chris Christie over the closure of traffic lanes on a bridge, the leftist mainstream media are now targeting Scott Walker, another very promising potential GOP candidate for president. All of this in the context media downplaying and outright ignoring revelations of lies under oath in a scandal that cost four American lives including an ambassador that reflects badly on Hillary Clinton. The Washington Post offered a front page story intimating Scott Walker faces a scandal in an ongoing investigation launched by his political enemies in Wisconsin (who are legion because he successfully took on the public employee unions

  


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Ukraine defense minister ignores
repeated phone calls from Chuck Hagel
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 2/21/2014 9:51:12 AM     Post Reply
Ukraine Defense Minister Pavel Lebedev has refused to take multiple phone calls made personally by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Pentagon said Thursday. "Secretary Hagel has been trying, himself, since early this week," Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters. Lebedev refuses "to communicate, to accept a phone call" from Hagel or the Pentagon. "We haven´t been able to connect with anybody from the Defense Ministry there in Ukraine," he said. "We´ve been trying pretty diligently here in the Pentagon, we´ve been trying pretty diligently this whole week. I´d say it´s pretty unusual." Perhaps Hagel´s team thinks that

Keystone XL: Sachs Strikes Back
American Magazine, by Benjamin Zycher    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 2/21/2014 9:43:28 AM     Post Reply
Herewith, some observations on Professor Jeffrey Sachs’s response to my critique of his criticism of the recent State Department analysis of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in the context of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A summary of his original criticism of Keystone XL is as follows: • “The world is on a trajectory to raise the mean global temperature by at least 3 degrees C by the end of the century.” • “The world is experiencing a rapidly rising frequency of extreme climate-related events such as heat waves.” [Snip]

Items from Van Cliburn’s estate to
be auctioned through Christie’s
Fort Worth Star-Telegram [TX], by Marilyn Bailey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 9:40:47 AM     Post Reply
One year after his death, hundreds of items from the estate of Van Cliburn are going on sale at Christie’s auction house in New York. The pianist, who died in February 2013, filled his Westover Hills home with items encountered during his world travels — fine art, furnishings, tableware — and selected with a veteran collector’s eye. Two years ago, Cliburn parted with some of his most valuable treasures at a Christie’s auction of what was billed as “The Van Cliburn Collection.” That sale earned almost $4.4 million, beating a presale estimate of $3 million. The most valuable item, a pair of

Capital Murder Charges Dropped
WKRG [Mobile, AL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 2/21/2014 9:40:19 AM     Post Reply
Mobile, AL - According to court documents filed Wednesday morning, Capital Murder charges against the three suspects in the beating and stabbing death of Carrol Jordan have been dropped. Carlos Nottingham, Deangelo Smith and Yasmine Munnerlyn were originally arrested on Attempted Murder and Burglary charges but following Jordans´ death, the three with charged with Capital Murder. District Attorney Ashley Rich has called a 2:00pm press conference to discuss the latest developments, News 5 will be there and will provide details as they become available

In Grapevine, a Tea Party
leader says no to — Methodists?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, by Bud Kennedy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2014 9:15:34 AM     Post Reply
Ever busy ridding Tarrant County of evil, a local Tea Party has found a new threat. The co-founder and president of the NE Tarrant Tea Party has come out against Methodists. Republicans should vote for a straitlaced fellow Southern Baptist instead of a Methodist for a vacant judgeship because Methodists believe “everything goes,” Tea Party co-founder and president Julie McCarty of Grapevine wrote on Facebook. Arlington lawyer Don Hase, the Methodist, replied on his page: “ God does not want politicians spinning to the public.” Hase is one of three three candidates for County Criminal Court No. 1 along with

  



Tea Party Takes on Boehner
The Daily Beast, by Patricia Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/21/2014 9:11:27 AM     Post Reply
Conservative groups like the Madison Project are using a candidate’s support for House leaders as a litmus test in the mid-term elections.{SNIP}“The base is ubiquitously unhappy with everything they stand for, their associations, and the way they operate,” Horowitz said. “There is no purpose in asking people to walk the neighborhood to canvass for someone who would support the status quo.”

The Next Last
of the Mohicans?
American Thinker, by Deborah C. Tyler    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/21/2014 9:02:35 AM     Post Reply
The revolutionary guerrilla network, the Sons of Liberty, was a grassroots reaction to unjust taxation. It got off to a roaring start in 1765 by burning the Boston commissioner of stamps in effigy, and burning his home and offices to the ground. (snip) these Tea Party patriots are more psychologically similar to the indigenous peoples of the colonial period who were conquered, whose cultures were crushed and land taken by the European occupation, than they are to the painted marauders who overthrew the greatest military power on Earth. Will they be the last generation to enjoy the God-given liberties defined

Ukraine crisis: Deadly snipers
extinguish lives of Kiev´s protesters
Telegraph (UK), by David Blair    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/21/2014 8:52:17 AM     Post Reply
For a moment, the white blanket serving as a shroud fell back, revealing the dead man’s frozen face and a crimson bullet wound on the left side of his head. A single round penetrating above the ear had killed this Ukrainian protester, who looked to be in his 20s. His corpse lay beside those of six of his comrades under the awning of a café in the heart of Kiev on Thursday. “It was a sniper,” said Dr Vasyl Lukach as he stood beside the bodies, placed carefully in two rows. “They all have one or two bullets each in the head

Texas Tribune Duped by Dem
Operative on Battleground
Texas Scandal
Breitbart Texas, by Ken Klukowski    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/21/2014 8:45:58 AM     Post Reply
Follow-up to Breitbart News’ major national story on Battleground Texas, an ACORN-like organization supporting Democrat Wendy Davis for governor, whose operatives appear to violate Texas law by registering voters on behalf of the state, but then illegally copying voters’ telephone numbers into their private database for partisan use later. Now Democrats are responding with a defense so lame that it seems more likely than ever that in fact crimes are being committing by these Democratic operatives. One national expert compared their comments to squealing pigs. It began with a story in the Texas Tribune, in which Battleground Texas characterizes its

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