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Pope Francis: ´About 2%´
of Catholic clergy paedophiles
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/14/2014 4:43:23 AM     Post Reply
Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper. He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands". But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis´s exact words. The BBC´s David Willey in Rome says there is often a studied ambiguity in Pope Francis´ off-the-cuff statements. He wants to show a more compassionate attitude towards Church teaching than

Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract sells
for more than $1 million
New York Post, by David K. Li    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:43:04 AM     Post Reply
Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract — inked two years before he became a Yankee legend — sold for more than $1 million at a Baltimore auction. The high-end sale came one day after the 100th anniversary of the Bambino’s Major League Baseball debut on July 11, 1914 for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. That contract, which went for $1.02 million, was the highlight of an auction of Ruth and other baseball players’ memorabilia on Saturday night at the Sports Legends Museum in Baltimore. The Sultan of Swat, while best known for his exploits in New York, is also fondly

All Clintoned Out
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/14/2014 4:37:51 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama did not blow apart Hillary Clinton’s huge lead during the 2008 Democratic primaries just because he was a landmark African-American candidate, new to the scene, and a skilled campaigner. Even Democrats were all Clintoned out. By such weariness, I don’t suggest that either of the Clintons is unpopular. Indeed, Americans apparently look fondly back on the high-growth 1990s as the continuation of the Reagan-Bush boom years, and a time when Democrats and Republicans finally fixed budget deficits. (Note well that when Obama went back to the Clinton-era tax rates for the more affluent, the deficit dipped, but certainly did

  


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Obama, the Border, and
Borderline Judgment
Real Clear Politics, by Carl M. Cannon    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/14/2014 4:35:20 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is a political trailblazer, but some of the precedents he’s setting are highly dubious. At the top of my list would be his habit of relentlessly berating his political opponents at the same time he’s asking for their help. Convinced that the huge recent influx of undocumented women and children from Central America requires an emergency federal response, Obama asked last week for nearly $4 billion in emergency funds from Congress. But even while making this supplemental request, Obama couldn’t resist relentlessly mocking the very House Republicans whose votes he needs. “This should not be hard,” Obama explained dismissively. “Congress

A Warhol With Your Moose Head?
Sotheby’s Teams With EBay
New York Times, by Carol Vogel & Mike Isaac    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:32:31 AM     Post Reply
Convinced that consumers are finally ready to shop online for Picassos and choice Persian rugs in addition to car parts and Pez dispensers, Sotheby’s, the blue-chip auction house, and eBay, the Internet shopping giant, plan to announce Monday that they have formed a partnership to stream Sotheby’s sales worldwide. Starting this fall, most of Sotheby’s New York auctions will be broadcast live on a new section of eBay’s website. Eventually the auction house expects to extend the partnership, adding online-only sales and streamed auctions taking place anywhere from Hong Kong to Paris to London. The pairing would upend the rarefied

Israel crisis: Obama´s
obscene moral relativism
Fox News, by Anne Bayefsky    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/14/2014 4:32:06 AM     Post Reply
As Palestinian terror dramatically escalates, the Obama administration is working hard – not to defeat the terrorists, but to tie Israel’s hands behind its back. Sure, there is background noise paying lip-service to an Israeli right of self-defense and babbling about a Palestinian peace partner. The reality, however, is that responsibility for the harrowing transition from the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teenagers by Hamas members to 4 million Israelis running in terror from Hamas rocket attacks leads directly to the White House. Here are the dots that need to be connected. On June 2, President Obama emboldened Hamas by

NHS crackdown to claw back
migrants’ £500m in welfare tourism
Telegraph [UK], by Martyn Brown    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/14/2014 4:29:32 AM     Post Reply
Migrants who travel to Britain from outside Europe for NHS treatment will be charged 150 percent of the cost in a new crackdown on welfare tourism to be unveiled by ministers today. [Snip] Mr Hunt will announce that NHS trusts must take the personal details of foreign patients so they can be traced and made to pay. The hospital will get 75 percent of the cost of the treatment up-front and the same amount again when the patient pays the bill. Hospital trusts that fail to identify and bill chargeable patients will be fined. There are an estimated 260,000 non-European

  


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U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a
Compromised Iraqi Force
New York Times, by Eric Schmitt & Michael R. Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/14/2014 4:29:03 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A classified military assessment of Iraq’s security forces concludes that many units are so deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran that any Americans assigned to advise Baghdad’s forces could face risks to their safety, according to United States officials. The report concludes that only about half of Iraq’s operational units are capable enough for American commandos to advise them if the White House decides to help roll back the advances made by Sunni militants in northern and western Iraq over the past month. Adding to the administration’s dilemma is the assessment’s conclusion that

A fresh GOP voice from the
San Joaquin Valley
Los Angeles Times, by George Skelton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:26:30 AM     Post Reply
Sacramento -Yhe San Joaquin Valley may be struggling to grow food because of the dust-bowling drought. But it´s having no trouble producing Republican leaders. OK, that´s a non sequitur. But maybe not so much. The latest Republican leader to emerge from the San Joaquin is Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto, a conservative with an appealing moderate tone, who nevertheless has strong views about water development. She isn´t easily pigeonholed. Unlike some valley Republicans, Olsen is adamantly opposed — as are many environmentalists — to Gov. Jerry Brown´s obsessive effort to dig two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The

Got a Rash? iPad, Other
Devices Might be the Cause
Associated Press, by Lindsey Tanner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/14/2014 4:20:35 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Monday´s Pediatrics. Nickel rashes aren´t life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr.

White House Press Secretary Claims
Transparency Criticism Unfounded
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by CJ Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:20:06 AM     Post Reply
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is “absolutely” the most transparent presidency in history, contrary to recent complaints from press groups. “There are a number of steps that we’ve taken to give people greater insight into what’s happening at the White House,” Earnest said in a Sunday interview with CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Thirty-eight national press groups and transparency organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists and the Poynter Institute, sent a letter to the White House last week criticizing the Obama administration’s “politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies.” “Over the past two

  


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New home, new job ... before
a bullet ended it all
Chicago Tribune, by Rosemary Regina Sobol    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:13:21 AM     Post Reply
Wil Lewis and his wife had lived in Chicago for about a year and had moved about two weeks ago to a home on Greenview Avenue in Rogers Park, a neighborhood they considered "safe enough," his family said. The 28-year-old from Wisconsin, a photographer by trade, was scheduled to start a new job Monday, a prospect he was "very excited" about, family said. But, about 3:20 p.m. Saturday afternoon, that all changed. Lewis was on a North Side street when a man walked up to him and started firing shots, police said. Lewis was hit in the back and died

Illegal immigrants flown to Bay State
Boston Herald, by Owen Boss and Joe Dwinell    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 4:08:44 AM     Post Reply
Illegal immigrants are being secretly flown to Massachusetts and kept in local lockups in an under-the-radar operation that has alarmed lawmen who are raising health and security concerns amid recent spikes in detainees coming up from Texas during the latest border crisis. “We’re all becoming border sheriffs now with these people being carted all over the country,” said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson. “The blame goes all the way up. It’s a travesty and people ought to be upset,” Hodgson said. “This is un-American and has raised the stakes to the public health and public safety threat.” Hodgson said buses from his

Brazil celebrates rival
Argentina´s World Cup defeat
Agence France-Presse, by Chris Wright and Claire de Oliveira Neto    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:49:47 AM     Post Reply
Rio de Janeiro - Brazilians bitter about their team´s disastrous World Cup celebrated Argentina´s defeat to Germany in the final Sunday by dancing and launching fireworks, relieved that their arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil. In Brasilia and Sao Paulo, fireworks exploded after Mario Goetze scored in extra-time to give the Germans a last-gasp victory at Rio de Janeiro´s Maracana Stadium. At a bar near the stadium, Brazilians chanted "Cry! Cry! Argentina!" in a nod to the song "Don´t cry for me Argentina." Tens of thousands of Argentine fans who had swarmed Rio´s Copacabana beach to watch the game on a jumbo

Riot Rocks Buenos Aires
After Argentine World Cup Loss
Associated Press, by Luis Andres Henao    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:42:33 AM     Post Reply
Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally by Argentines celebrating their team´s gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals. Thousands of Argentines, saddened but proud, had gathered peacefully at the iconic Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires to applaud their team´s best World Cup performance in 24 years. Police initially remained on the sidelines as fans poured into downtown Buenos Aires. But late Sunday night they began chasing down vandals. The youths, many of them with their faces covered and drinking heavily, responded by hurling

  


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Chile Rejects U.N. Court In
Old Bolivian Desert Border Dispute
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:33:55 AM     Post Reply
Globaloney: The United Nations´ International Court of Justice got a reality check this week when Chile rejected its jurisdiction over Bolivia´s claim to its northern coastline. It should be a precedent, given how irresponsible regimes are wrongly using the court to seek redress. ´I have made the decision to lodge an appeal against the ICJ´s authority to start with, by presenting preliminary objections on that court´s jurisdiction," Chile´s President Michelle Bachelet announced in a televised address Monday. "This decision is based on ... an unyielding defense of our territorial integrity and national interests. These interests are fully in line with the essential

North Korean Ship Tests the
Waters Near America´s Shores
Forbes, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/14/2014 3:29:54 AM     Post Reply
It’s not often that North Korean-flagged freighters turn up near America’s shores, but when they do, they deserve attention. North Korea has a prolific record of arms smuggling, narcotics dealing, counterfeiting, terrorist ties and missile and nuclear proliferation. So, let’s hope U.S. authorities are keeping a close eye on a North Korean cargo ship called the Mu Du Bong, which late last month called at Cuba, then vanished from the commercial shipping grid for more than a week. This past Thursday, July 10, the Mu Du Bong reappeared at Havana, then began steaming north of Cuba, and as of this

Governors wary of White House plan
to place immigrant children with states
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/14/2014 1:32:10 AM     Post Reply
State governors from both parties have reacted cooly to efforts by the Obama administration to gain their support for placing thousands of unaccompanied Central American children with friends or family members. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Nashville. According to those who attended the meeting, the governors expressed particular concerns about the costs to states, including that of providing public education for the children. Burwell left the meeting through a side door without talking to

What Real Support
for Israel Looks Like
Power LIne, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 7/14/2014 12:25:41 AM     Post Reply
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement about the situation in Israel: The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region. Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict. Canada is unequivocally

Congresswoman: Cut Foreign
Aid To Pay For Children
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/13/2014 11:57:19 PM     Post Reply
Fort Sill, Okla. - A Republican congresswoman from Tennessee said the U.S. should cut aid to countries that are home to thousands of children who have crossed the border illegally to pay for the cost of caring for them. Rep. Marsha Blackburn made the comments Saturday after touring a temporary shelter at the Fort Sill Army Post near Lawton where more than 1,100 of the children are housed. Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma also toured the facility. Blackburn said Central American countries that the child immigrants are fleeing should be forced to bear the cost of paying for them

  



The 4 NYC teachers banned
from classrooms who rake in millions
New York Post, by Susan Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/13/2014 11:18:14 PM     Post Reply
Three of the city’s longest-running “rubber room” teachers have raked in more than $1 million each for a decade of not working in classrooms, and a fourth is paid a top salary — $100,049 a year — not to teach. The Foul Four — who beat sexual-misconduct charges — can’t be fired by the Department of Education because they are entitled to job protections under state tenure laws, which require “due process.” Educators are entitled to a trial with an independent hearing officer who decides whether any misconduct warrants termination. A group of New York City parents filed a lawsuit

A Bit Scary
National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/13/2014 10:38:52 PM     Post Reply
Ponder for a minute what AFSCME has done. The union has severed ties with the United Negro College Fund because the Koch brothers contributed $25 million to the fund. Or rather, because the fund accepted the contribution. The money will pay for 3,000 scholarships and other needs. To read about this episode, go here. The hatred whipped up against the Koch brothers has become nearly frightening, I think. It is undemocratic, unsettling, intolerant. I’ve never liked it when left-leaning types say, “So-and-so scares me,” or, “This scares me.” There was a bumper sticker in the 2000s that said Bush Scares

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