Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Roman Catholic priests have been banned from using 'heterosexist' language in their churches in case they offend gay worshippers.
They have been told by their bishops not to assume that every churchgoer is a heterosexual and to reflect this 'in language and conversation'.
The advice was welcomed by gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell as a 'positive initiative which will bring great comfort to gay Catholics and their families'.
He said: 'Its sympathetic, understanding message is a big improvement on the past homophobia of some Catholic pronouncements on homosexuality.'
However, he said the 'laudable change of tone' was undermined by the 'homophobic content of the Catholic Catechism' and by Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to gay marriage.
Tolerance can only be defined as complete acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle and nothing less. The Church must change to meet the popular agenda, right?
After a pledge from New York Democratic leaders that their party would legalize same-sex marriage if they won control of the State Senate this year, money from gay rights supporters poured in from across the country, helping cinch a Democratic victory.But now, party leaders have sent strong signals that they may not take up the issue during the 2009 legislative session. Some of them suggest it may be wise to wait until 2011 before considering it, in hopes that Democrats can pick up more Senate seats and Gov. David A. Paterson, a strong backer of gay rights, would then be safely into a second term.
Anti-animal research activists are claiming responsibility for torching two vehicles they thought belonged to a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Activists connected to the Animal Liberation Front say they destroyed the vehicles on Nov. 20 to protest the work of Goran Lacan, a researcher who used animals while investigating treatments for morbid obesity and eating disorders. The group accidentally targeted the wrong address, according to a UCLA press release.*** *** ***Suspected radical animal welfare activists raided a poultry farm in Närpiö in the southwest of Finland Thursday night. The raiders broke eggs, and destroyed electric equipment, causing the ventilation system to break down.Up to 5,000 of the 26,000 chickens are believed to have died for lack of air.
Friday, November 28, 2008
The picture above was taken by one of the shoppers on her cell phone as all hell broke loose. Excuse me for a moment, as my native New Yorker side comes out (profanity will ensue, so if that is a problem, it's time to go to another blog):
A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.
"He was bum-rushed by 200 people," said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. "They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too...I literally had to fight people off my back."
Shots rang out today inside a Toys R Us store in Palm Desert, CA, killing two and causing shoppers at the busy store to scramble for cover.
Palm Desert Councilman Bob Spiegel told The Times that based on early reports, two rival groups shopping at the store had some kind of argument and then shots were fired. Two men were killed in the exchange of gunfire, he said.Sara Frahm, 25, of La Quinta, was shopping for electronic toys at the time of the shooting. She told The Times she heard two women fighting and swearing in an aisle next to her. She said employees went to break up the fight and that all of the sudden a number of people yelled, “He has a gun!” She said she heard six or seven shots.
Commandos who stormed the headquarters of a New York-based ultra-orthodox Jewish group found the bodies of five hostages inside, an Israeli emergency medical crew said, as a fresh battle raged at the luxury Taj Mahal hotel and other Indian forces ended a siege at another five-star hotel.An American father and his teenage daughter were confirmed dead in the terrorist attacks in India by a Virginia foundation.
Song: Step On
Artist: Happy Mondays
Why We Need This Song Today: Because after yesterday's feast, some dance music is needed to burn off that extra helping of stuffing. You talk so hip, man, you're twisting my melon man! Call the cops!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Veronica Lewis bows for President-elect Barack Obama, and his family, from left, Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha, 7, (hidden) Malia, 10, distributing Thanksgiving turkeys at the food bank at St. Columbanus Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago today. (AP Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President-elect Barack Obama and his family spent an hour handing out chickens, potatoes, bread and other Thanksgiving food to poor families on Chicago's South Side Wednesday morning after Obama introduced his latest economic advisors. Then he shook hands with Catholic grade school students ecstatic to see him."Happy Thanksgiving -- hey, don't forget your chicken," Obama said after hugging one woman who screamed when she saw him. Declining to give an autograph, he said, "If I sign autographs, I can't pass out my chickens."As he finished handing out the chickens, Obama turned and looked up at the windows of St. Columbanus School where the pre-K through 8th graders were furiously waving and screaming from their second- and third-floor windows, their screams barely audible through the closed windows."Secret Service for Barack Obama said we'd better gather the children quickly. It was like a fire drill. They said, 'can they make it down in five minutes?'" [the pastor, Fr. Matthew] Eyerman said. "For Barack Obama, they could make it down in five minutes."The enthusiasm was off the charts as Obama entered the room and attempted to shake hands with the children as young as five and pre-Kindergarten. Some grabbed onto his leather jacket sleeves and would not let go, trying to climb up in his arms.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Gift certificates have become a popular holiday gift option, but a controversial new one, already has people talking. For the first time, Planned Parenthood in Indiana is offering gift certificates.The organization said a big increase in calls and visits from newly unemployed and uninsured Hoosiers prompted what it calls the unusual, yet practical gift option.Some Hoosiers 24-Hour News 8 talked to asked if the gift certificates could be used towards abortions. The answer is yes. But, Planned Parenthood said that's not the purpose of the gift certificates.
Puzzled Japanese zookeepers have cleared up a mystery over a lack of chemistry between a couple of polar bears as both turn out to be female, a Japanese zoo said Wednesday.Tsuyoshi, a four-year-old "male" polar bear, and his 11-year-old female partner, Kurumi, have been living together since June at the Kushiro Municipal Zoo in Hokkaido, northern Japan.But much to the frustration and puzzlement of zookeepers, the bear couple, on a breeding mission, showed no signs of chemistry, and Tsuyoshi has never gone into rut even during "his" mating period."Observing his behaviors, we got suspicious as to whether Tsuyoshi was really a male," the zoo said in a statement.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This history books will tell you that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621. Not true.
An interesting bit of trivia is that the first American Thanksgiving was actually celebrated on September 8, 1565 in St. Augustine, Florida. The Native Americans and Spanish settlers held a feast and the Holy Mass was offered.
Monday, November 24, 2008
(Mike, I'll let you explain how old you are, since I can never remember whether it's "plus one" or "plus two" to Mark's age)
The just divorced wrecker of two homes says she wants to build a girls school in Malawi, Africa. She’s posted a video vaguely asking for help for the project even though she could just write a check and send most of the children in that country to school herself.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Steyn, on point, as usual.
Governor Palin has given us a great teaching moment and a perfect snapshot of what my Brit reader would recognize as pre-Thatcher "industrial policy":
When the government decides it can "pick winners" and spare them from the realities of the market, everyone else gets bled to death.
No explanation needed, right?
The Vatican's newspaper has finally forgiven John Lennon for declaring that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, calling the remark a "boast" by a young man grappling with sudden fame.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
"Are you concerned about any state programs being on the chopping block?""It made no sense that at a $140 a barrel, some lawmakers just wanted to spend, spend, spend. We were warning them then . . ."
"For one, you need a little bit of levity in this job . . ."
"And just participate in something that isn't so heavy-handed politics that invites criticism. Certainly we'll probably invite criticism for doing this too but at least this was fun."
Despite those views, Niederauer appeared to reflect the sentiment of Catholics statewide, who comprised 30 percent of the electorate. Exit polls showed that an estimated 64 percent of Catholic voters favored the measure. (While some Catholics view abortion rights as an absolute litmus test for elected officials, the same exit polls showed that 59 percent of the state's Catholics voted for Sen. Barack Obama, who is pro-choice.)
That Niederauer's views would align so closely with the Catholic Church as a whole should surprise no one, said Professor Paul Crowley, a Jesuit priest and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University.
"My institutional church has human frailties," said Kathleen Courtney, 63, a lifelong Catholic and a member of St. Dominic's parish in San Francisco. She believes the church's position on Prop. 8 was wrong. "It's my responsibility to help my institutional church move forward. The people of God lead the way."
First of all, you're damn right it is no surprise that Archbishop Niederauer's views would "align closely" with the teachings of the Church. He is an archbishop, for the love of Pete - actually, there are some who are quite surprised that the views are considered to be aligned with the Church.
Second, someone send a copy of the catechism to Ms. Courtney. It is her responsibility to allow God to "lead the way" - His people follow.
Friday, November 21, 2008
The 37-year-old Lakewood Democrat’s news was first broken today in an op ed column by Patt Morrison of the Times.
Sanchez is not yet married to the father, Jim “Sully” Sullivan, a man her press secretary, Marsha Catron, told me she’s been seeing for about a year and a half. He lives in Connecticut and the two are looking for a place to live somewhere in the Washington, D.C. area.“I know that working mothers everywhere balance their time with parenthood and a career, and a Congresswoman is no different. The only thing I am worried about balancing with this pregnancy are my favorite pair of heels!"
Song: I Don't Want to Wait Anymore
Artist: The Tubes
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I declare November 22, 2008 to be "Victory in Iraq Day." (Hereafter known as "VI Day.")By every measure, The United States and coalition forces have conclusively defeated all enemies in Iraq, pacified the country, deposed the previous regime, successfully helped to establish a new functioning democratic government, and suppressed any lingering insurgencies. The war has come to an end. And we won.What more indication do you need? An announcement from the outgoing Bush administration? It's not gonna happen. An announcement from the incoming Obama administration? That's really not gonna happen. A declaration of victory by the media? Please. Don't make me laugh. A concession of surrender by what few remaining insurgents remain in hiding? Forget about it.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Abdolsamad Khoram Abadi, an adviser to Iran's prosecutor general, said [any website] perceived as immoral, anti-social or un-Islamic will be blocked, including the popular sites Facebook and YouTube. Iranians will not have access to many news sites either.
Internet service providers in Iran are already told to block access to political, human rights and women's sites, as well as anything pornographic, Sky News reported.
They took Mary from Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Newport Beach. Unfortunately, I think the newspaper is right - this is not some sort of retaliatory act, but an economic one, albeit illegal. Let's hope the scrap yard is scrupulous and turns her into authorities.Thieves pried a four-to-five-foot bronze statue of the Virgin Mary off its base at a Newport Beach Catholic church, most likely for its recycling value, Newport Beach police Lt. Craig Fox said.The statue stolen Friday night depicted the mother of Jesus Christ bent in prayer, and sat in front of the Our Lady Queen of Angels Church sign at the corner of Mar Vista and Domingo drives.
"Their rights were respected," said Joe Schmitz, an opponent of Prop 8. "They got a chance to go ahead and pray on the sidewalk and I had the opportunity to express my freedom of speech which is telling them to get out of my neighborhood."Members of the gay community insisted that their reaction to the Christian group was spontaneous. "It was not an organized thing. We're tired of it. It's not religious. It's not a racial thing. It's about hate. We're trying to send a message across the world that we're standing up and we don't want this to go on anymore," said Adam Quintero.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
How is 18 a child? Instead of dropping "kids" that old off at a Nebraska hospital, drop them off at an Army Recruiting Station. They'll take care of them ... (posted by "medialint")*****Glib, coldhearted and ignorant comments like the previous one indicate how far we as a society and culture have to go yet before we can call ourselves civilized. But just to give you a hint, and a clue... a civilized society is one in which it is not considered debatable if a person may be exploited in any way whatsoever. I"m sure if posters reflected (or could, with any courage and depth ) on how they were at 18, calling an 18 year old is not often otherwise than a child, despite that forces and classes in society are all too happy to ignore their often-common plight, in this case here actual plight, to deny their human needs, and making the army a parent or babysitter, expecially these days, makes such advice border on sociopathic and certainly wrongfully militaristic. The issue of drop-offs in Nebraska speaks to the fact that families or parents are often given impossible resonsibilities to meet in isolation, and... so many are too deranged to successfully parent in a healthy way. (posted by "howlingsandy")
Lance Armstrong fears he could be attacked by spectators if he returns to the Tour de France next year.The seven-time Tour champion, who is making a comeback after three years in retirement, said in an interview in The Guardian on Tuesday that he is concerned about his safety.
"I don't want to enter an unsafe situation but you see this stuff coming out of France," said the American rider, who has many critics in France. "There're some aggressive, angry emotions. If you believe what you read, my personal safety could be in jeopardy.
Last night, under the veil of fog, we visited the Church of Latter Day Saints. We left their locks glued with anarchist messages scrawled in spray paint over their boring veneer.
We did this to show our solidarity with all who are resisting heterosexism verywhere, hopefully to spur them into action; and also because we are angry at the amount of money and propaganda that the Mormon church pumped into the homophobic Proposition 8 campaign. From their disgusting commercials to their despicable sermons to those gross lawn signs, we are sick of this parade of bigotry. The Church has to pay.
This is a few reasons why an affinity group of the Olympia, Washington Chapter of Bash Back! decided to attack their church with glue and paint. Let this be a warning to the Mormon church, dissolve completely or be destroyed. The choice is yours..
Thanks to Amy for bringing this to my attention.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Now, for the benefit of any male readers, let me explain something. When you are out on a breakfast date with a lady who expresses depression about her weight, you are supposed to say something like: “There, there, Mrs M, don’t worry, you look gorgeous as you are,” or, “I’m honoured to be seen in a prominent place having breakfast with you,” or even, “Those eggs and bacon are very low calorie really,” for example. What he actually said was: “Why don’t you go on a diet?” and then, before I could recover from the shock and respond, he added: “My secretary has, and she’s lost three stone.”
My most recent encounter with a diplomat, however, was when I took a potential client out to dinner. I was at my charming best, the restaurant was lovely and he was fascinating. We discussed his recent deer-stalking successes in Scotland, and I told him that, until recently, I had stayed away from stalking as I thought it sounded too much like hard work – all that walking, mostly into the wind and uphill, carrying a rifle. But I have finally been persuaded to give it a try, and will be stalking fallow deer in Ireland next month.
As I said goodbye to this prospective client after an excellent Thai meal, I could see him looking at me and could tell he was wondering whether to say what was going through his head. “Enjoy the stalking,” was his farewell remark. “But if I were you, I’d get on the treadmill.”
(See, I like knowing whack jobs . . . makes me look normal.)
We've reacted to anti-gay ballot initiatives in Californaia [sic], Arizona Florida, and Arkansas with anger, with resolve, and with courage. NOW, it's time to show America and the world how we love.Gay people and our allies are compassionate, sensitive, caring, mobilized, and programmed for success. A day without gays would be tragic because it would be a day without love.
On December 10, 2008 the gay community will take a historic stance against hatred by donating love to a variety of different causes.
On December 10, you are encouraged not to call in sick to work. You are encouraged to call in "gay"--and donate your time to service!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Once again, the hills of Southern California are burning.
Montecito. Sylmar. Now homes near the Riverside/Orange County lines.
Holy St. Lawrence, intercede on behalf of those whose lives will be affected by these wildfires. Let them know compassion through the efforts of others to stem this catastrophe. Pray for those firefighters and medics who will risk their lives in their work. Give strength to those who are manning shelters and emergency centers. Though fire may take material possessions, let life be spared. We ask this and all things through Christ, Our Lord. Amen. (+)
A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."
The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.
"Our nation has chosen for its chief executive the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president," Newman wrote, referring to Obama by his full name, including his middle name of Hussein.
And yet, the Diocese of Charleston takes offense:We the People have spoken, and the 44th President of the United States will be Barack Hussein Obama. This election ends a political process that started two years ago and which has revealed deep and bitter divisions within the United States and also within the Catholic Church in the United States.
In response to this, I am obliged by my duty as your shepherd to make two observations:
1. Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exists constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ’s Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation.
2. Barack Obama, although we must always and everywhere disagree with him over abortion, has been duly elected the next President of the United States, and after he takes the Oath of Office next January 20th, he will hold legitimate authority in this nation. For this reason, we are obliged by Scriptural precept to pray for him and to cooperate with him whenever conscience does not bind us otherwise. Let us hope and pray that the responsibilities of the presidency and the grace of God will awaken in the conscience of this extraordinarily gifted man an awareness that the unholy slaughter of children in this nation is the greatest threat to the peace and security of the United States and constitutes a clear and present danger to the common good. In the time of President Obama’s service to our country, let us pray for him in the words of a prayer found in the Roman Missal:
God our Father, all earthly powers must serve you. Help our President-elect, Barack Obama, to fulfill his responsibilities worthily and well. By honoring and striving to please you at all times, may he secure peace and freedom for the people entrusted to him. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Song: God's Gonna Cut You Down
Artist: Johnny Cash
Why I Like This Song Right Now: Listen to it, Obama, listen to it real good. You are gonna have to face the Judge like us all, and what are you gonna say to Him? You might find it hard to speak when you see the children standing around Him in their white robes, white because the Blood has washed them clean.
There is a reckoning for everyone. Celebrity fades, Death is guaranteed. So is Life if you make the right choice.
I'm just saying . . .
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops vowed Tuesday to forcefully confront the Obama administration over its support for abortion rights, saying the church and religious freedom could be under attack in the new presidential administration.
In an impassioned discussion on Catholics in public life, several bishops said they would accept no compromise on abortion policy. Many condemned Catholics who had argued it was morally acceptable to back President-elect Obama because he pledged to reduce abortion rates.
But Dr. Patrick Whelan, a pediatrician and president of Catholic Democrats, said angry statements from church leaders were counterproductive and would only alienate Catholics.
"We're calling on the bishops to move away from the more vicious language," Whelan said. He said the church needs to act "in a more creative, constructive way," to end abortion.
Catholics United was among the groups that argued in direct mail and TV ads during the campaign that taking the "pro-life" position means more than opposing abortion rights.
Chris Korzen, the group's executive director, said, "we honestly want to move past the deadlock" on abortion. He said church leaders were making that task harder.
"What are the bishops going to do now?" Korzen said. "`They have burned a lot of bridges with the Democrats and the new administration."
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
In addition to pursuing the federal lawsuit on behalf of Smelt and Hammer, Gilbert announced he is spearheading a campaign to get an initiative put on the 2010 ballot.That initiative, he said, would call for splitting California into two states. Gilbert's concept of a "New California" will include a new constitution "that will guarantee and recognize the fundamental rights of all people" — specifically, the fundamental right of same-gender marriage.
Maj. James Richards Jr. thought his 22-year Army career was done when he retired in 1993. But when the military called, the 60-year-old volunteered for another hitch and deployed to Iraq.The Fayetteville Observer reported Monday that Richards, a married father of five with several grandchildren, deployed to Iraq two months ago to become the headquarters company commander for the Fort Bragg-based 44th Medical Command."As corny as it may sound ... I was wanting to serve the country again, and I felt like I was still mentally and physically in good enough shape to do that," Richards said in a telephone interview from Iraq.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
This happened right here in the O.C. Now let us praise famous men: (from left to right above) Adam Reidling, Jedediah Stock, John Mick, Colton Oliver, Thomas O'Brien and Josh Hernandez (photo courtesy of the Orange County Register).A half-dozen off-duty Marines who raced through a burning motel on Sunday warning sleeping guests that it was on fire were hailed as lifesaving heroes.Marine Pvt. Colton Oliver said he and two colleagues were walking along a second-floor landing about 8 a.m. when they saw flames and smoke. They rousted their fellow Marines and all six began knocking on doors and windows of rooms, urging people to leave.Amy Amadito-Phelps said she and her husband and 14-month-old son were sleeping in a room near the flames when they were awakened. She said the Marines saved their lives."We were right next to a room completely on fire and we couldn't smell smoke," said Amadito-Phelps. "No fire alarms were going off. The only thing we heard was Marines banging on our windows and telling us to get out."
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Utah's growing tourism industry and the star-studded Sundance Film Festival are being targeted for a boycott by bloggers, gay rights activists and others seeking to punish the Mormon church for its aggressive promotion of California's ban on gay marriage.It could be a heavy price to pay. Tourism brings in $6 billion a year to Utah, with world-class skiing, a spectacular red rock country and the film festival founded by Robert Redford, among other popular tourist draws.
And sometimes you realise you have drunkenly admitted to plagiarism to camera, and spectacularly resigned from your job, shouting "F**k you' to your boss.
- On African preserves, the animals live in harmony and never eat each other - at least Disney had the food cycle in The Lion King franchise, albeit glossed over.
- Big beautiful women are sexy creatures!
- The penguins are funny.
- All giraffes are nebbish hypochondriacs.
- The penguins are really funny, actually.
- If only kids really knew what goes on in a pride of lions when a new alpha male takes over.
- All zebras are Chris Rock, or is it Chris Rock is all zebras?
- A bisexual lemur king gets boring after awhile.
- The penguins should have their own movie without the other four characters because they are hysterical.
And I am sorry - since I called "Shotgun!" first, I get to be the Ambassador to the Vatican City. I am mantilla shopping even as we speak. Or I type. Whatever.
Friday, November 07, 2008
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