The front runners in the race to lead the Liberal Party of Canada, former Ontario NDP Premier Bob Rae and former Harvard Professor Michael Ignatieff are both vowing to force all Liberal MPs to reject a Conservative Party motion to reconsider the law which redefined marriage'. The Canadian Press reports today that Ignatieff has previously vowed to whip the caucus to force the vote against the Conservative Party's attempt to restore the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Yesterday, at the Liberal convention in Montreal, leadership contender Bob Rae told reporters, he too would force all Liberals to vote against traditional marriage.
An Edmonton man is guilty of distributing hate propaganda on the Internet, a Canadian Human Rights Commission tribunal ruled yesterday. The tribunal found that Glenn Bahr operated a website called Western Canada for Us and moderated forums that spread hatred against Jews, mentally disabled people, Natives, gays, lesbians, Chinese, Arabs, blacks and other non-whites.
A dinosaur. A large, unwieldy creature that has survived merely because it had no natural enemies that could bring it down. So it grew fat and tired and predictable, then toppled over and became a fossil. Watch them run around in panic at their convention this weekend as they choose a new leader, who will remain in charge for a few years before strolling off to some lucrative post in business, law, a university or government. Listen to their self-important chatter about the future of Canada and what Canadians supposedly want. Then shake your head, relish the real Canada, hug the kids and ignore the Quebec question and the Liberals for years to come.
"The liberal media sensationalized the murder of homosexual Matthew Shepard, which was shamelessly exploited by 'gay' groups to promote national 'hate crimes' legislation. Meanwhile, when a deranged homosexual man murders a Chicago Catholic and mother of four, Mary Stachowicz, it goes largely uncovered. Shepard is a household name, but try asking a friend or co-worker if they've ever heard of Mary Stachowicz and you'll likely get a 'Mary who?' in response."
The stampede to globalism is conducted by a small group of individuals with aspirations for global dominance. It should be noted again that there are members of the global "core" who are not members of the Trilateral Commission. In general, they are driven by lust for money and power. They have clearly made an end-run around the American people in order to achieve personal goals that, in many cases, are diametrically opposed to U.S. interests. If the American people fully understood the magnitude of the deception and power-grab, they would immediately and totally repudiate these individuals and their self-serving global schemes.
Pro-life Democrats plan to test the waters in the 110th Congress by bringing up a measure for a vote at the start of the new session. The move, part of their "95-10" initiative to reduce the abortion rate by 95 percent in ten years, suggests a new attitude that assumes the new Democratic Party leadership is willing to include pro-life priorities in the House agenda.
A coalition of pro-family and Christian leaders is asking "Purpose-Driven Life" author Rick Warren to address head-on the issue of homosexuality and "gay" promiscuity as prime contributors to the spread of HIV in the United States, as Warren leads a "Global AIDS Summit" at his Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
The 17,000-member Christian Medical Association (CMA) today urged passage of a federal bill that would inform women considering an abortion about the potential pain experienced by their babies after 20 weeks of development. CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens said, "One thing both sides of this issue should be able to agree upon is that women should be fully informed about the medical science concerning their developing babies. The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act states the medical science and requires that women be fully informed before proceeding with an abortion."
From a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics comes the realization that women want to know about all the possible risks related to elective medical procedures, especially abortion ... 95 percent of patients want to know about all the risks of a procedure, and 69 percent want to know about all alternative treatments - not just the ones their doctors recommend.
An abortion business in Huntsville, Ala., should be closed down after the state Health Department cited the location for violating 10 state laws, according to the front-line pro-life Operation Rescue. According to officials, the Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives was found to have been forwarding after-hours medical emergencies to non-medical personnel, routinely failing to document the gestational age of the unborn baby, and releasing abortion patients without following the mandatory 20-minute recovery period, according to a statement from Operation Rescue.
A number of reports have documented a slight decline in Wal-Mart's income for Black Friday, the big sales day right after Thanksgiving, while other retailers were reporting increases, and activists who staged an "information explosion" to tell customers about the corporation's developing support for the "gay" agenda were pleased.
The Sundance Film Festival announced Wednesday that Seattle filmmaker Robinson Devor's documentary "Zoo" has been accepted into the 2007 festival's documentary competition. The film examines the widely reported case of an Enumclaw man who died in 2005 after having sex with a horse.
US President George W. Bush pledged US commitment to the global fight against AIDS and said abstinence was "the only sure way" to avoid the spread of the HIV virus that causes the disease ... "This includes the ABC approach encouraging abstinence, being faithful, and using condoms, with abstinence as the only sure way to avoid the sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS," he said.
Vietnamese scientists have successfully cloned small pigs and monkeys, the Vietnam Biotechnology Institute said according to state media reports. Researchers, with foreign scientists' technical assistance, had cloned a small wild pig species as well as long-tailed macaques and rhesus monkeys, said the Vietnam News Agency. However, most of the cloned animals had survived no longer than 60 days, said the report.
Pope Benedict's tour of Turkey winds up on Friday looking like an across-the-board success for his effort to repair battered relations with Turkey's Muslims. Benedict infuriated many Muslims in September with a speech implying Islam was a violent faith, but won Turkish praise when he arrived on Tuesday by backing Ankara's bid to join the European Union and praising Islam as peaceful.
Politics isn't sexy? Tell that to the thousands of delegates at the Liberal convention. Forget the hunt for undecided delegates, people here want to get their hands on the sought-after "I'm Liberal" thong underwear. Five hundred pairs were ordered, in both official languages, and already size medium is sold out in French and English.
The Liberals would easily be beaten by Stephen Harper's Conservatives no matter which of the four main leadership contenders headed the party if an election was held now, a major new poll has found. The poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid for CanWest News Service/Global News and released Thursday, also found that none of the four leading candidates has caught fire among Canadians as someone who would persuade them to vote Liberal.
Under the guise of combating the stigma of mental illness, the U.S. government will soon begin a massive campaign of psychiatric indoctrination, designed to increase the acceptance of psychiatric chemical imbalance theories and labeling, and to pave the way for national psychiatric screening, driving more Americans into seeking psychiatric drug treatment.
The election of several pro-life Democrats in the November election may have marked a defining moment in the future of the pro-life movement in the party, the head of Democrats for Life of America says. Election Day saw Democrat Bob Casey Jr., son of the late outspoken pro-life Pennsylvania governor and a pro-lifer himself, win a U.S. Senate seat from the Keystone State. In the House, a handful of Democratic pro-life candidates -- including Heath Shuler of North Carolina and Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth -- also won. All of them were key to the Democrats taking control of the House and Senate.
Bob Knight, director of the Culture and Media Institute at the Virginia-based Media Research Center, believes NHL officials are unlikely to win any more fans for the League by endorsing this homosexual-themed movie. "They're going to alienate many, many people who take their kids to hockey games," he says. "The NHL has had enough problems in recent years packing their arenas, and this is not going to help them at all."
Antiabortion groups are assailing one of the nation's most influential evangelicals, the Rev. Rick Warren, for inviting Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to speak at a conference on HIV/AIDS at his Southern California megachurch this weekend. In a statement, 18 antiabortion leaders called on Warren to rescind the invitation because Obama supports keeping abortion legal.
A third of British internet users watch less television once they have broadband, while 27% read fewer national newspapers and almost a fifth switch off their radios, according to new research from the telecoms regulator Ofcom. The picture is similar across France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S., highlighting the threat posed by the web to traditional media.
Monday's news of a potential male contraceptive pill in development at a British university, boldly emblazoned across the top of Drudge Report online, was met with extreme skepticism among New York doctors - and sheer terror among New York men. "This Pill sounds way too scary," says Matt, a 25-year-old entertainment executive. "I can't imagine anyone I know taking it. I know I wouldn't."
As all of Gritdom assembles here for three days of partying, politics and picking a new leader (in that order), it is perhaps fitting that the most popular souvenirs selling at the trinkets-and-trash tables are the skimpy "I'm a Liberal" thongs. If the Grits get this one wrong, they will be lucky to get out of the next election with their shorts. Even if they get it right, Liberals know that choosing the best on the ballot this Saturday is still a far cry from beating the pants off Stephen Harper.
The Conservative government is taking an axe to Status of Women Canada, closing three-quarters of its regional offices and outraging critics in the process. Heritage Minister Bev Oda said yesterday that 12 of the federal agency's 16 regional offices will be shut down by April 1.
If CUSA really believed in the values inherent in the word "choice," the organization might have more respect for those students on the Carleton campus who, rightly or wrongly, oppose abortion on demand. But CUSA's actions are not really about choice. They have become an example of the kind of tyranny of thought that George Orwell, who has long been a favourite of university students, would rail against. Orwell, most famous for his books Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, was passionately opposed to such intolerance.
"Despite declines in the teen pregnancy rate, close to 40,000 teens become pregnant each year and most of these pregnancies are unintended," it says. "Sexually transmitted infection rates among Canadian teens are unacceptably high and have been rising." In fact, chlamydia rates climbed 41.9 per cent between 1997 and 2002 among 15- to 19-year-old females.
In 1981, he raised a furor by directing the Register to accept paid advertisements from an anti-abortion group recommending that voters reject Tory candidates in the Ontario election. Campaign Life had placed ads to say Conservative candidates were poor choices for voters and blamed then-premier William Davis for supporting Pierre Trudeau's constitutional package, including a Charter of Rights. Entrenchment of the Charter, it warned, would lead to abortion on demand, homosexual marriages, adoptions by homosexuals, and the loss by women of financial support from their husbands.
The "woman" bit him several times, including one painful bite to his shoulder that drew blood. "I don't know if I'm allowed to tell this or not," said Draper. "But she had AIDS and I'm still getting blood work every five or six months. But so far, everything is OK" ... Waters said he noticed Abdi coming and going from the building and suspected she was either a prostitute or a drug dealer ... "Either she was doing sexual favours or dealing drugs. She would come and go with different men" ... Hamilton police Constable Michael Page said he found hypodermic needles and cocaine paraphernalia in the eighth-floor apartment where Abdi had been staying. He also found vials of pills that were prescribed for her.
Benedict is the lone figure of global standing in the West who speaks from within the same thought-world that many Muslims sympathetic to the jihadists inhabit ... A detour into the recent history of Islamic thought illustrates the potential for common ground.
Seniors more than 85 years old won't get critical care during a flu pandemic under rules created for the province by a Hamilton doctor. The rules list who gets care and who doesn't the next time a flu pandemic hits and overwhelms Ontario's intensive care units (ICU) ... Those being refused the care include patients with:
* end-stage cancer;
* end-stage organ failure requiring transplant;
* severe trauma and burns;
* advanced untreatable neuromuscular disease;
* severe cognitive impairment;
* advanced and irreversible compromised immune systems;
* severe and irreversible nervous system conditions.
For many if not most people, the term "eugenics" gives rise to one of two images: Nazi Germany's attempts at "purification" and creating an Aryan master race or the science fiction predictions of such films as Gattaca. Fewer are aware (and some who are aware would rather forget) that there was a powerful eugenics movement in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. And though it would be comforting to think the movement was the product of a radical fringe, it boasted such champions as Alexander Graham Bell and Oliver Wendell Holmes who declared in the Buck vs. Bell (forced sterilization) decision of 1927, "Three generations of imbeciles are enough."
The City Council here voted late Tuesday to ban certain giant retail stores, dealing a blow to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s potential to expand in the nation's eighth-largest city. The measure, approved on a 5-3 vote, prohibits stores of more than 90,000 square feet that use 10 percent of space to sell groceries and other merchandise that is not subject to sales tax. It takes aim at Wal-Mart Supercenter stores, which average 185,000 square feet and sell groceries.
China has executed up to 15 members of an underground Protestant church sect for the alleged murders of people in another group, a religious rights body and a lawyer said. The Texas-based China Aid Association said in a statement three leaders of the Three Grade Servant church had been put to death in northeast China's Heilongjiang province over the past week. It said another 12 members of the congregation had also been previously executed, bringing the total number to 15.
It is not right or fair for CUSA, a group that represents all undergraduate students, to make such a sweeping judgment against pro-life and anti-choice groups ... Is it ever possible to say that one side of this type of moral issue is right and another wrong? No. And to start down the slippery slope of censorship is a scary path indeed. Restricting pro-life and anti-choice discussion is not healthy for the university or condusive to an individual’s right to autonomy.
On an individual level, we learn about predatory “peacekeepers” as rapists, murderers, and sex slave traffickers; about nepotistic appointees that would shame even Chicago democrats; about bureaucrats who excel at cover ups; about wheelers-and-dealers like Kofi Annan’s son, skimming billions from the UN-administered Iraq “oil for food” program. About poseurs, dilettantes, socialists, thugs and criminals.
On an institutional level, we learn about a blind eye to the Rwanda and Darfur genocide; about insidious subversion of America’s educational system; about a scheme to tax our citizens to support the organization’s world government goals; about UNESCO’s drive to “re-orient the moral compass of the planet” economically, politically, intellectually, and esthetically; about presidential approval of international control over some of our nation’s most important landmarks; about the threat to private property rights through environmental strategies; about the control of procreation in the name of resource conservation; about the internationalization of natural resources; about open borders; about the potentially devastating surrender of American jurisdiction to the International Criminal Court; and, in the end, about a world army commanded by UN Secretariat bureaucrats (who will have first disarmed all American citizens)—no doubt with troops from such countries as Syria, Iran, China, North Korea, Zaire, Uganda, Venezuela, and Cuba.
"No matter what, you can overcome your past," he said. "With help, if you look to God, you can overcome your past and be reborn." Hmm. That's an interesting quote. You may be wondering who said it ... Would you believe, Rocky Balboa? Or, to be more accurate, Sylvester Stallone, the actor who created and starred in the iconic series of films about the down-and-out boxer who became the heavyweight champion of the world — several times over several movies.
A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film "The Nativity Story" might offend non-Christians.
It is something one half of the population has long suspected - and the other half always vocally denied. Women really do talk more than men. In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day - 13,000 more than the average man.
Vatican officials have given the latest Hollywood re-enactment of the Gospel accounts of Jesus' birth a thumbs up after hosting the film's world premiere Nov. 26. Praise for "The Nativity Story," due out in U.S. theaters Dec. 1, came from the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano; the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone; and the head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, U.S. Archbishop John P. Foley. "It's well done," Cardinal Bertone told journalists after seeing the film in the Vatican's Paul VI hall together with more than 7,000 other invited guests.
CBC president Robert Rabinovitch noted in a recent interview that viewership of the news hours is "abysmal." Most CBC newscasts' ratings have long lagged behind private competitors', but it was in 1990, when the public network shut down 10 stations to save money, that the regional operations took a serious dive. In a cost-saving move in 2000, Rabinovitch cut the remaining newscasts in half, from 60 minutes to 30, killed late night local news and announced the creation of a new suppertime national news show, Canada Now. It's been downhill ever since.
Billions of litres of untreated urban sewage and toxic effluents that flow into the Great Lakes each year are threatening a critical ecosystem that supplies drinking water to millions of people, a landmark study to be released Wednesday concludes.
A mother was arrested on suspicion of murdering her newborn daughter by microwaving the baby in an oven. China Arnold, 26, was jailed Monday on a charge of aggravated murder, more than a year after she brought her dead month-old baby to a hospital. Bail was set Tuesday at $1 million. "We have reason to believe, and we have some forensic evidence that is consistent with our belief, that a microwave oven was used in this death," said Ken Betz, director of the Montgomery County coroner's office.
The federal Conservative government has served notice it will deliver on its promise to revisit same-sex marriage. Debate on the issue is expected to begin as early as next Wednesday. The government confirmed yesterday the debate will be followed by a vote before the House breaks for the Christmas holidays.
Islamic sharia law is gaining an increasing foothold in parts of Britain, a report claims. Sharia, derived from several sources including the Koran, is applied to varying degrees in predominantly Muslim countries but it has no binding status in Britain. The Koran is one of the sources that Sharia derives from. However, the BBC Radio 4 programme Law in Action produced evidence yesterday that it was being used by some Muslims as an alternative to English criminal law.
"You might win your lawsuit and wind up with nothing." Expecting a bundle from a big lawsuit? Don't start spending it yet. You may be shocked to learn how little you'll get to keep. Lawyers may not like to mention it, but federal taxes — at a rate of 25 to 35% — can easily wipe out most of the money you win in civil lawsuits; bodily injury suits are the only exemption. You'll probably even have to pay federal taxes on the part that's earmarked for your attorney.
The Health Ministry has stopped the administration of flu vaccines after four people died this week and last week shortly after receiving the inoculations ... The four persons who died are Shimon Amar, 76, from Kiryat Gat; Yitzhak Azoulay, 68, Kiryat Gat; Nadav Yerushalmi, 53, Moshav Shekef; and Ziggo Kalenstein, 67, of Petah Tikva. The Health Ministry said Sunday that all four were inoculated with vaccine from the same series and purchased from the same manufacturer, the French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi-Aventis, which markets the vaccine all over the world.
It seems you can’t escape Big Brother when you climb behind the wheel of your car, either. New black-box technology has allowed insurance company Norwich Union to keep track of where people drive and for how long under a new pay-as-you-drive insurance scheme. It started off as a trial period among 5,000 young motorists, but has proved so successful that it will now be offered as an alternative to conventional schemes.
However, there’s the controversial element that these black boxes can also record how fast motorists have been travelling, which could potentially incriminate thousands of people who creep over the speed limit on a daily basis. The question is, who has access to this information and, crucially, will the police be allowed to get their hands on it?
Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen ... Triton® X-100 ... sucrose ... gelatin ... thimerosal ... gentamicin ... tri-butylphosphate ... polysorbate 80 ... After detailing this vivid description of the manufacture of the influenza vaccine, the thought of injecting this into your body - or the body of your baby - should be repugnant. For those not repulsed by the idea of injecting the previously described solution into your body, perhaps knowing that the vaccine won't prevent you from getting the flu will add to your perspective.
The Council of Foreign Relations, as well as the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London ... The Bilderberg group ... The European Central Bankers who control our money system. Members of the Bilderberg Group are included along with George Soros and David Rockefeller. David Rockefeller is the founder of the Trilateral Commission and honorary chairman of the CFR. The several bankers who own the Federal Reserve include the Rothschild Bank of London, Warburg Bank of Hamburg, Rothschild Bank of Berlin, Lehman Bros. of New York, Lazard Brothers of Paris, Kuhn Loeb Bank of New York, Israel Moses Seif Banks of Italy, Goldman Sachs of New York, Warburg Bank of Amsterdam and the Chase Bank of New York.
The power elite's favorite means of controlling people is the dialectical process. This often involves creating a "threat" to a particular population ... I advise people to look at any incident not just in terms of its face value, but also in terms of how it might fit into the power elite's dialectical process.
Here is the government's plan and strategy to attack rural landowners and their economy. TAKING our land - for their use.
The mainstream media will focus on protests against the Pope, and pay scant attention to anything he may say, if he says anything at all, about the oppression of Christians in Turkey. And that, in the final analysis, may lead the Turkish government – for all its security precautions - to hope that the protestors will turn out in force.
I have long been concerned about the serious medical consequences which result from the gay-affirming attitudes that predominate in the San Francisco Bay Area. For example, I knew personally a prominent dermatologist, a dentist, an engineer, and a hairdresser that died in their mid-forties of infectious diseases related to their homosexual behavior patterns. I know of many others that have died young as a result of living a gay lifestyle.
A FIREFIGHTER disciplined for refusing to hand out safety leaflets at a gay parade has spoken for the first time about his family's "terrible ordeal". Devout Catholic John Mitchell - who was hand-picked to be lead pall-bearer at the funeral of First Minister Donald Dewar in 2000 - objected to revellers at the march being dressed as nuns. But Mitchell, 38, was given a written warning by his bosses at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue for snubbing the Pride Scotia event in Glasgow in June. He was one of nine firemen who boycotted it.
Earlier this month, a census was distributed by the Toronto District School Board to students in Grades 9 through 12 ... The next question is, "What is your ethnic or cultural background." Out of the 34 options, religious affiliation is nowhere to be found. Too sensitive a question, I guess. Identity politics seems to have written religious groups out of existence ... Immediately after this, almost as if a sub-category of the above, appears what for children might be the most personal question of all: "How do you identify your sexual orientation?" The options present a bewildering menu for even the most broad- minded of families: "Heterosexual (straight), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Two-spirited, Questioning, and Not Sure." It's probably a failing in my education, but the distinctions that no doubt exist between gay and queer, bisexual and two-spirited, transgender and transsexual, were beyond me.
A CHRISTIAN magistrate has mounted a legal challenge against the Government that he was wrongly forced to resign from family court duties because the "political correctness" of new rules clashed with his religious and moral beliefs. Andrew McClintock had served for 15 years on the family division of the magistrates service and one of his duties was to decide whether children needed to be taken from troubled families and put into care.
Sparks flew during question period at a Nov. 21 Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council meeting after a motion that would prevent pro-life groups from assembling on CUSA space was tabled. The motion — moved by Katy McIntyre, CUSA vice-president (student services), on behalf of the Womyn’s Centre — would amend the campus discrimination policy to state that “no CUSA resources, space, recognition or funding be allocated for anti-choice purposes.” The motion was met with resistance from Carleton University Lifeline, a pro-life student organization that was denied CUSA club status at an Oct. 26 council meeting.
Carleton University's student government is proposing an anti-abortion group be barred from some parts of the Ottawa campus because it espouses views discriminatory against women.
Women are finding it more acceptable to have an abortion than to drift into an unplanned pregnancy, the head of Britain's leading abortion agency said yesterday. Ann Furedi, the chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), said one women in five was now childless at the age of 45 and an increasing number were making the choice not to have children at all.
The controversial broadcast of MADONNA's CONFESSIONS tour special on U.S. TV failed to lure viewers and ended up finishing fourth in its time slot. U.S. network NBC made headlines when it censored the concert and refused to broadcast controversial footage of the pop star hanging from a crucifix during one of her songs.
As part of the Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, Liberty Counsel has created a "Naughty and Nice" checklist (available online in pdf or MSWord) which catalogs retailers who either censor or recognize Christmas. The list was compiled from information gathered by Liberty Counsel supporters.
A recent study by global research group AC Nielsen found 57 per cent of Canadians, who spend hundreds of millions of dollars in cosmetic surgery every year, believe the 60s are the new middle age. Healthier eating, longer life spans and higher disposable income have helped to turn back time, not only on the outside but the inside, on a global scale. However, for many people, the biggest boost is coming from the surgeon's scalpel, the survey found.
A prominent leader in the evangelist movement is denying an MP's claim that he once boasted about being able to get Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the phone “in two minutes.” Charles McVety, president of Canadian Christian College in Toronto and president of the Canadian Family Action Coalition, said Monday he never made the comment.
Within the next 25 years, AIDS is set to join heart disease and stroke as the top three causes of death worldwide, according to a study published online yesterday. When global mortality projections were last calculated a decade ago, researchers assumed the number of AIDS cases would be declining. Instead, it's on the rise.
Conservative Leader John Tory used marijuana as a high school and university student, once favoured lighter sentences for pot traffickers and even drove while "stoned."
Paul Burrell is suing the province of Nova Scotia for negligence,
claiming it is responsible for his gambling losses of $500,000 over a three-year period at the Nova Scotia Casino. The Sydney man names eight parties, including the Nova Scotia Gaming Corp., in his notice of intent filed with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Thursday afternoon in Halifax.
Even though the media (are) owned by huge corporations, there are honest, crackerjack journalists out there who will dig and fight in order to expose the real story. However, I would counter, editors kneel at the altar of a corporate boss. The U.S. is tied for 53rd in the world for press freedom with Botswana, Croatia and Tonga.
A fifth of your genes belong to someone else. That’s because the U.S. Patent Office has given various labs, companies and universities the rights to 20% of the genes found in everyone’s DNA — with some disturbing results. Many U.S. labs won’t perform certain genetic tests because of patent restrictions or fees. One company that holds a license for a gene connected with Alzheimer’s has refused to let other labs work on its gene. The company that “owns” a genetic mutation for breast cancer charges up to $3,000 for a breast-cancer gene test.
In several of the largest school systems across the country - from Baltimore to Cleveland to Atlanta and Oakland, Calif. - half of the students are dropping out. And the problem is not only in the big cities.
The modern theory of intelligent design was not developed in response to a legal setback for creationists in 1987. Instead, it was first formulated in the late 1970s and early 1980s by a group of scientists-Charles Thaxton, Walter Bradley, Roger Olson, and Dean Kenyon-who were trying to account for an enduring mystery of modern biology: the origin of the digital information encoded along the spine of the DNA molecule. In the book The Mystery of Life's Origin, Thaxton and his colleagues first developed the idea that the information-bearing properties of DNA provided strong evidence of a prior but unspecified designing intelligence. Mystery was published in 1984 by a prestigious New York publisher-three years before the Edwards v. Aguillard decision.
When Pope Benedict XVI visits Turkey for four days starting Tuesday, he will try to ease anger over his recent remarks linking Islam and violence. But he is also expected to press the 99 percent Muslim country to give its Christian community more rights. Some of those Christians are forced to worship in so-called "apartment churches," and suffer prejudice, discrimination, even assault.
As of November 1st, 2006, after accepting its 1,000th member, the Christian Real Estate Network (CREN) has moved into position as the largest faith-based real estate network and association in the world. Begun in January 2001, the network looks to connect buyers and sellers with Christian real estate agents, loan officers and other real estate professionals across North America.
Why is business good everywhere else, but going south for “America’s favorite store?” I would suggest that it is for the very same reason that things went south for the Republican Party this past election cycle. Wal-Mart has forsaken God and it has forsaken the people who love Him.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today announced the release of a special report, New Clinton White House Records Raise Disturbing Questions about Hillary Clinton and Abortion ... “Judicial Watch’s research of Clinton Archives has turned-up additional, never-before-seen records detailing Team Clintons’ strong support – both politically and ideologically – for attacking the pro-life movement and aggressively expanding the ‘culture of death,’ especially with public funding.”
Not only do the news media need to change in order to report more accurately and justly on evangelical Christians, but evangelicals themselves can do things differently to affect their portrayal, panelists at a recent theological meeting said. A panel consisting of a Southern Baptist ethics leader, a Christian radio talk show host, an ABC News producer and former religion writers for two major news magazines discussed evangelicals and the media during a Nov. 17 session of the annual Evangelical Theological Society meeting at the Washington Hilton.
China Aid Association learned that another Christian was arrested in Xinjiang, which is the 3rd religious persecution event in Xinjiang in the past 2 months ... Christian Sister Tian Maishi, a 53-year-old retired English teacher from Kashi Educational Institute was arrested.
Somewhat lost in reports from the meeting was the approval of a new document from the U.S. church's anti-abortion committee aimed at young Catholics who are engaged or recently married. Called "Married Love and the Gift of Life," the document reaffirms the church's stance that artificial contraception is immoral, even between husband and wife. The document passed with 95 percent of bishops voting in its favor and no debate on the floor.
The Rand Corp. has a new study ... According to the study, based on interviews with nearly 1,500 teens, those who said they listened to sexually explicit music were almost twice as likely to start having sex within the following two years than those who listen to little or none of that music. This holds true for boys and girls as well as for whites and non-whites, even after accounting for a list of other personal and social factors associated with adolescent sexual behaviour.
It's easy to characterize religion as a bloodthirsty enterprise. History seems to be strewn with the wreckage of witch hunts, crusades, and religious jihad ... Thomas Friedman writing in the New York Times called it "religious totalitarianism." Friedman’s solution: pluralism, the idea that "God speaks multiple languages." No one faith is exclusively true. Instead, all faiths are legitimate paths to God and anyone who claims otherwise is the enemy. Friedman’s call to arms, however, is misguided for three reasons.
A movie about the birth of Jesus Christ made its world premiere Sunday at the Vatican, the first time a feature film debuted (at the Vatican). Some 7,000 people showed up at the benefit screening of "The Nativity Story" in Paul VI Hall, the auditorium regularly used for audiences with pilgrims, although Pope Benedict XVI was not present.
In a story unusual even for a soap opera and believed to be a television first, ABC's "All My Children" this week will introduce a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman. The character, a flamboyant rock star known as Zarf, kisses the lesbian character Bianca and much drama ensues. The storyline begins with Thursday's episode of the daytime drama.
IN THE latest sign that the “God gap” between Republicans and Democrats is narrowing, one of America’s biggest evangelical churches will this week welcome Senator Barack Obama, the rising African-American star of the Democratic party who has become a leading contender for the 2008 presidential elections. Obama will appear on Friday at the Saddleback church in Lake Forest, California, where at least 20,000 conservative Christians gather each week for services led by Pastor Rick Warren, the evangelical author of the bestselling inspirational book The Purpose Driven Life.
In God We Trust," the official national motto since 1956 and a familiar sight on U.S. coins and currency, will be hard to find on the new presidential dollar coins scheduled for release to the public Feb. 15, 2007. The new gold-colored dollar pieces, featuring images of U.S. presidents, will move the inscription from the face of the coin to the thin edge, along with the year and the previous national motto, "E Pluribus Unum," Latin for "Out of Many, One."
THE POPE has refused repeated requests to wear a bullet-proof vest – as he heads into a cauldron of hate in Turkey this week. Benedict XVI, who arrives in Ankara tomorrow, is making his first visit to a Muslim country since causing uproar with controversial remarks about the prophet Mohammed. In Istanbul yesterday, 25,000 protesters demonstrated against Tuesday’s planned four-day visit. Now, Vatican security chiefs fear that the Pope could be a genuine target for murder.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accused of snubbing Pope Benedict on his first official trip to a Muslim country, says he has agreed to meet the pontiff when he arrives in Ankara on Tuesday.
A federal review of the television sector that begins today in Gatineau, Que., is being called one of the most crucial meetings of the Canadian industry since TV made the leap from black and white to colour. Operators of the conventional national networks, including CanWest Global Communications Corp., CTV Inc. and CHUM Ltd. (which is in the process of being acquired by CTV's parent, Bell Globemedia, which also owns The Globe and Mail) want the federal broadcast regulator to let them charge cable and satellite companies for their signals. They also want the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to loosen the restrictions on TV advertising, allowing more commercial minutes per hour and putting fewer limits on product placements and infomercials.
The Liberal Women’s Caucus today released The Pink Book: A Framework for Canada’s Future, Volume 1, which recommends a series of policies to deal with the most pressing social and economic issues facing women in Canada, particularly, working women, their families, caregivers and seniors.
The debate about same-sex “marriage” is often reduced to outrage toward those who dare offer opposition. Rarely is there a calm debate over the real issues involved. Instead, pro-family promoters are brutally stereotyped as hate-filled Bible-thumping conservatives who are attempting to push their narrow-minded beliefs down the throats of all in society. Their in-your-face attitude is labeled dangerous and irrational. It is ironic that those liberals who rail against stereotyping should be so ardent in practicing it.
The federal Liberal women's caucus is accusing the Conservative government of trying to keep females “barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen,” saying the government is pursuing an ideological agenda that ignores women's needs and cuts funding to those who need help the most.
Recently, the some of the pro-life community have noticed a disturbing trend of Conservative candidates being forced to refuse to answer questionnaires relating to fetal rights, abortion and other pro-life issues. As you may know, these questionnaires are vital pieces of information as dedicated pro-lifers use this information to choose their candidates on Election Day. Certain officials in the Conservative Party of Canada are pushing forward with an unwritten policy of forcing candidates, especially new candidates, to not answer these questionnaires.
LifeSiteNews.com has learned that the Conservative Party of Canada is once again enforcing a policy barring its candidates from responding to questionnaires that would allow voters to cast an informed vote on issues of importance to them. The party policy is especially targeted at the controversial abortion issue. Despite denials by Conservative Party officials, the policy was in place during the last federal election in January and LifeSiteNews.com obtained a memo from party headquarters forbidding candidates to answer a pro-life questionnaire.
As Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy, lay dying in a London hospital, regular bulletins on his condition were supplied not by his family and only rarely by the hospital. The head messenger was the energetic and voluble Alex Goldfarb, who described himself as a close friend of the stricken agent. He could also have been described, no less accurately, as the right-hand man of Boris Berezovsky, the fugitive oligarch exiled in Britain who heads the list of Russia's "most wanted."
There are just too many people out there for the conspirators to control, so they want to eliminate some of them. The “ideal society” that results would include the few conspirators at the top and the rest of us slaves at the bottom to serve them. Over the years, they have concocted many spurious justifications for the purpose, including the “ecology movement,” Zero Population Growth, phony energy “shortages,” etc. That is one of the reasons the birth rate has fallen among bamboozled American women – and especially among European women – while it booms among illegal aliens.
Fluoride is a poision that can be a harmful substance when it comes in the body in certain amounts. Health researcher Dan Stockin worries that severe dental fluorosis like this is a warning to a deeper danger. "It's turning out now that thyroid disease, kidney damage, bone cancer in young boys, a number of these things are tied to drinking fluoridated water." Just this month the American Dental Association warned that powdered baby formula should not be mixed with fluoridated tap water due to a higher risk of fluorosis.
Organized religion is coming in for harsh criticism in many parts. English singer Elton John said religion turns people into "hateful lemmings." He also accused it of lacking compassion ... In the United States, talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell likened Christianity to radical Islam ... Across the Pacific, Pamela Bone, writing in the Australian newspaper on Aug. 15, rejoiced over data which, she argued, showed that "in nearly all prosperous liberal democracies, atheism is strong" ... Meanwhile, in Canada, author Christopher Hitchens recently explained why he "hates religion."
Cherie Blair has launched an extraordinary attack on the media claiming there is "no professional morality in journalism". The Prime Minister's wife took her revenge on a profession that has bedevilled her for years when invited to address students at Roehampton University on Wednesday. She told a stunned audience that it was "not a noble calling" and journalists "have no ethics."
POLICE and councils are considering monitoring conversations in the street using high-powered microphones attached to CCTV cameras ... The microphones can detect conversations 100 yards away and record aggressive exchanges before they become violent. The devices are used at 300 sites in Holland and police, councils and transport officials in London have shown an interest in installing them before the 2012 Olympics.
There is something terrible going on in Kansas, and you should know about it ... The deal is this: If you want to walk away from your pregnancy at any time, just contact Dr. Tiller; he'll help you out. But only if you have at least $5,000. The doctor, known as "Tiller the baby killer" among some people who object to his practice, lays it all out on his web site. He'll terminate your baby, and even cremate it for you if you wish. He's one-stop shopping.
Atlanta’s reputation as a magnet for gay men and lesbians was bolstered by a recent analysis of population and demographic data that ranked the city among the top three major U.S. cities with the highest percentage of gay residents. Some 12.8 percent of Atlanta’s adult population — about 39,085 residents — identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to the analysis conducted by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy.
A Turkish woman, wearing a headband that reads:"The ignorant and sneaky pope who insulted Islam and our Prophet should not come to Turkey", chants Islamic slogans during an anti-pope rally in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006. Thousands of Turks gathered in an Istanbul square to protest against the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI, planned for Tuesday, to this predominantly Muslim country.
Child development experts say that physical and behavioral changes that would have been typical of teenagers decades ago are now common among "tweens" kids ages 8 to 12. Some of them are going on "dates" and talking on their own cellphones. They listen to sexually charged pop music, play mature-rated video games and spend time gossiping on MySpace. And more girls are wearing makeup and clothing that some consider beyond their years.
The wireless Internet revolution has changed the face of the media landscape and traditional media have to change their approach in order to survive, says the CEO of Quebecor Inc. Pierre Karl Peladeau said yesterday that newspapers and network television have been hardest hit by the massive technological change.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is forging a foreign policy for our nation with morality as the bottom line. Well, that surely makes a change from the weasel-like policies of former PMs Paul Martin, Jean Chretien and Pierre Trudeau. This is a dramatic shift, and one that bodes well for our image. From the Far East to the Middle East to Europe to the U.S. to Latin America we're rebuilding alliances with friends and refusing to kowtow to our enemies.