Saturday, March 31, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
A civil jury has awarded $4.9 million to a Seal Beach woman who claimed that the Orange County Department of Social Services violated her parental rights by taking her two pre-teen daughters away in 2000 and placing them in foster care.Lawyers for Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick contended that two social workers fabricated negative evidence and suppressed positive evidence to support their decision to remove the girls, who were then 6 and 9.
The jury in Superior Court Judge Ronald Bauer's courtroom voted 10-2 that Fogarty-Hardwick's right to raise her children free of governmental interference had been violated, said Shawn A. McMillan, one of her attorneys.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Escalating Los Angeles' battle for a living wage ordinance for hotels near Los Angeles International Airport, City Council President Eric Garcetti has urged potential visitors to boycott the LAX Hilton because of ongoing labor problems.
In a seven-paragraph letter addressed to "hotel patrons" and obtained Thursday by the Los Angeles Daily News, Garcetti details workers' calls for a boycott amid labor disputes and urges visitors to book at other locations in the city away from the LAX area.
"This is a labor dispute, and the government should not be sending out letters like this," Englander said. "The last time I looked, the convention and tourism business brings in a lot of money to the city. I don't see how it is responsible for a city official to get involved like this."
The LAX Hilton is one of a dozen hotels in the area that is in court with the city about a proposed living wage ordinance. Under the ordinance, 13 hotels along the Century Boulevard corridor would be required to increase workers' pay to $9.39 an hour with health insurance, or $10.64 an hour without health benefits.I have a problem when politicians try to regulate the marketplace by what they think is "moral" without considering the relationship of their proposals to reality or the impact it would have on the local economy. It makes no sense to set an arbitrary wage for a janitor above what the market would pay for such labor. The idea is noble - but why do a dozen hotels have to foot the bill for the councilman's largesse?
This phrase has irritated me for years. When a woman refers to a priest that way she's saying that the only men who should serve God are the ones who are uglier than a fatherlesss billy goat and/or so socially inept that no woman would want them.
Interestingly, one priest who was at a parish to which I once belonged spokeof his Roman collar being a "chick magnet," in that he would encounter rather forward women - women who were quite frank about their feelings that if he would just give them the chance, they could show him what he has been "missing." I suppose those are the same who cannot respect the "no pest strip", i.e., wedding band, on the left hand of a man they find attractive.
But that does not mean we ladies cannot appreciate an attractive man, be he priest, firemen, judge, carpenter, Mark Harmon, or a UPS deliveryman. Or, in my case, my dearest Husband, who gets both my love and appreciation . . .
Thursday, March 22, 2007
"The judge rejected the application for a speedy divorce by referring to a passage in the Koran that some have controversially interpreted to mean that a husband can beat his wife. It's a supposed right which is the subject of intense debate among Muslim scholars and clerics alike. 'e exercise of the right to castigate does not fulfill the hardship criteria as defined by Paragraph 1565 (of German federal law),' the daily Frankfurter Rundschau quoted the judge's letter as saying. It must be taken into account, the judge argued, that both man and wife have Moroccan backgrounds."
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
If you know of a parish (i.e., it's either your parish, or you go there regularly) that is using any Latin on a regular basis, or using any Gregorian chant, please post here. (I'd ask that this not be a place for folks to post opinions pro and con.) I ask that you identify the parish by name, city and diocese. If you can provide a link to a webpage or something else with more information, even better!Oh, just to be clear--nothing against the classic, "Tridentine" Roman rite, but I'm not talking about that, either; that has to be in Latin. I mean celebrations of parish Masses (i.e., not private/special occasion Masses) according to the current, Vatican II rite of the Mass, And if that is being done with any--or even, all--in Latin, by all means, include that.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Terry Franklin, Belle Meade's building officer, said the town only allows power generating equipment to be placed on the ground level. "Solar panels are generators," Franklin said. "We told them they couldn't do it," he said. "They wanted to try anyway, but we convinced them it was something the board wouldn't allow."
Friday, March 16, 2007
A Letter to the Child We've Chosen Not to Have
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Will someone please make sure Sanjaya Malakar leaves "American Idol" before my husband drives up to Los Angeles and physically removes him? After watching him perform on Tuesday, the only explanation I can offer is that all those customer service representatives that were outsourced to India are votin' on the job.
Today the family and I have to vacate our house while the downstairs floors are refinished. A couple of days in a hotel will excite the kids, at least. Saturday morning, I'm sleeping in and calling room service.
Time for coffee . . .
Sunday, March 11, 2007
"[Jonathan] had told his parents that 16 men in his unit had died in two days of battle in Ramadi. At home, he was drinking hard to stave off the nightmares. Though he managed to get a job as a roofer, he was suffering flashbacks and panic attacks so intense that he couldn't concentrate on his work. Sometimes, he heard in his mind the haunting chants of the muezzin—the Muslim call to prayer that he'd heard many times in Iraq. Again and again, he'd relive the moments he was in a Humvee, manning the machine gun, but helpless to save his fellow Marines. "
"Already, the war has made it harder for the military to recruit new soldiers and more expensive to retain the ones it has. If we fall down in the attention we provide them, who's to say volunteers will continue coming forward?"
"Daniel Cooper, the VA's under secretary for benefits, confirmed his department was coping with a backlog of 400,000 applications and appeals; 75 percent of them were still within a "reasonable" reviewing time frame, he says. Yet, most of those claims were filed by veterans of previous wars (a veteran can file or appeal a claim even decades after discharge). As more servicemen and women return from Iraq, the backlog is likely to increase."
"In Vietnam and Korea, about three Americans were wounded for every one who died. The ratio in WWII was nearly 2-1. In Iraq, 16 soldiers are wounded or get sick for every one who dies. The yawning ratio marks progress: better body armor and helmets are shielding more soldiers from fatal wounds. And advanced emergency care is keeping more of the wounded alive. The VA's Kussman says that soldiers who survive the first few minutes after an explosion have a 98 percent chance of surviving altogether. But that means an increased burden on the VA's health-care system."
Friday, March 09, 2007
However, that does require that first step - recognizing it as sin. And here is where Fr. Bussen fails. I find it disturbing to read this view towards his homosexuality:
"My bishop gave me the supportive counsel," he writes. "I was right in claiming, embracing and cherishing this dimension of my life. ... This holy fire is sacred, not secret. It must not be trashed by anyone."
Holy fire? I usually try not to jump too far in my logic but if homosexuality is seen as "sacred", what then would be problematic about sharing it with others . . . such as NAMBLA advocates?
Homosexual behavior is a disorder in the eyes of God. As is promiscuity in hetereosexual relationships. Or adultery. Or pornography. If one has any inclination towards sinful behavior, that lizard must be killed.