Saturday, February 10, 2007

Giuliani Meanders on Abortion

In recent weeks, as he has courted voters in South Carolina and talked to conservative media outlets, Giuliani has highlighted a different element of his thinking on the abortion debate. He has talked about how he would appoint "strict constructionist" judges to the Supreme Court — what abortion rights advocates say is code among conservatives for those who seek to overturn or limit Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court ruling declaring a constitutional right to abortion.

Catholic League Cites Hateful Attacks

Over the next week, we will contact hundreds of organizations throughout the nation informing them of the kind of people that John Edwards is proud to have on his payroll. We will give them the exact comments made by Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan—nothing will be censored. They will read for themselves the most hate-filled, blasphemous and obscene remarks—all of which were brought to the attention of Edwards—that have ever been written by any employee of a presidential candidate.

Domination of Church By State

Churches whose teachings fail to conform to the Charter should be denied charitable status in Canadian tax law and exemption from property taxes. To my knowledge it was the first time the tax threat was seriously levied. It will seek to force the churches to accept gay rights, abortion and (in the case of the Catholic and Orthodox churches) female priests.

The Charter: Encoding Trudeau's Statist Spirit

Canada's Charter exists to protect us from ourselves - and it's not doing a very good job. That's partly because it was born too late. Individual freedom is a liberal idea, and by 1982 the age of liberalism was gone.

Putin Becomes More Assertive

Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked the United States for what he said was its "almost uncontained" use of force around the world. America's "very dangerous" approach to global relations was fuelling a nuclear arms race, he told a security summit.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Video: Bush Then and Now

Evangelical Lutherans Defrock Gay Pastor

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said Thursday it is removing from the clergy a gay minister from Atlanta who announced he has a partner. The Rev. Bradley Schmeling, who has led St. John's, Atlanta's oldest Lutheran church, since 2000, will be removed from the roster effective Aug. 15, according to a report from the ELCA's disciplinary committee.

Federal Investigation Urged Into Tiller Case

Two national pro-life leaders have met with members of the Kansas Congressional delegation and the Department of Justice to ask for a federal investigation into why Kansas officials are not prosecuting late-term abortionist George R. Tiller on thirty criminal charges brought by the former Kansas Attorney General ... (They) ask for a federal inquiry into the lack of willingness by certain Kansas officials to uphold Kansas laws. The leaders expressed concern that by not enforcing the abortion laws, women’s civil rights have been placed “at serious risk and jeopardy.”

Death Sentence in Killing of Fetus

A former youth pastor was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a teenager and her fetus in what is believed to be the first such order in Texas, the nation's busiest death penalty state. Adrian Estrada, 23, was convicted Friday of one count of capital murder for the death of Stephanie Sanchez and the fetus, of which he was the father.

Surge of Religion Among Chinese

A new government-sponsored survey on spirituality in China has found that the number of religious believers among the country's 1.3 billion people is far higher than generally known, amounting to as many as 300 million. The findings, based on a poll of 4,500 people conducted by professors at East China Normal University in Shanghai, supported growing indications that many Chinese are searching for new value systems to replace the communist doctrine that has been jettisoned in favor of market economics and a race for prosperity.

Climate Change Madness Continues

A series of concerts "bigger than Live Aid" is being planned for July, in a bid to put the subject of climate change before an audience of a global audience of 2bn. The event, scheduled for July 7, will feature co-ordinated film, music and television events in seven cities including London, Washington DC, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and Kyoto, with major broadcasters and media owners aiming to extend the reach of public awareness of global warming.

Vatican Denies Pledging Silence on Social Issues

In a brief but firm communiqué Thursday morning, Father Federico Lombardi S.J., Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, denied the validity of a story in the Italian daily "La Stampa." Lombardi said the story’s purported “revelations” which claimed that the Vatican Secretary of State has agreed to a request from the government of Italy to keep quiet on social issues and that the Holy See is receiving pressure from certain bishops over the appointment of the next President of the Italian Episcopal Conference are both false.

Liberals Set to Bar Men

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion is prepared to take “extraordinary measures” to boost the ranks of women candidates in the next election, including barring men from seeking nominations in some ridings.

Income Splitting Not Ruled Out: Flaherty

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says he hasn't ruled out including income-splitting for families in his coming federal budget. Flaherty says the option is still on the table for the budget, expected March 20, despite media reports that he had decided not to pursue it.

Bravo - Harper Stands Up to China's Economic Threats

Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned China today not to threaten Canada on economic issues in the hope of getting his government to back off on human rights criticisms, including the case of Huseyin Celil. Speaking with reporters in Halifax, Mr. Harper suggested China has more to lose if the economic relationship between the two countries becomes fractured.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Fears Over European Court

For eurosceptics, the European Court of Justice ruling in September 2005 was like giving a child a loaded gun. It opened the way for the European Union to designate a new class of pan-European crimes, and how they should be punished.

An Eternal Embrace


Yesterday at Mantua, in an amazing echo of that heartrending story, archaeologists revealed the discovery of a couple locked in a tender embrace, one that has endured for more than 5,000 years.

Pagans Resurrect in Greece

For years, Orthodox clerics believed that they had defeated Greeks wishing to embrace the customs and beliefs of the ancient past. But increasingly the church, a bastion of conservatism and traditionalism, has been confronted by the spectre of polytheists making a comeback in the land of the gods.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Haggard Now 'Completely Heterosexual'

The Rev. Ted Haggard emerged from three weeks of intensive counseling convinced he is "completely heterosexual" and told an oversight board that his sexual contact with men was limited to his accuser. That is according to one of the disgraced pastor's overseers, who on Monday revealed new details about where Haggard has been and where he is headed.

U.S. Teen Pregnancies at All-Time Low

The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is at an all-time low, while the rate of Caesarean deliveries is at an all-time high. At the same time, the birth rates for mothers aged 30 and older rose in 2005 to levels not seen in nearly 40 years.

Gay 'Marriage' Pastor on Child Pornography Rap

A prominent pastor in a small Toronto denomination has been charged with possession of child pornography, after police seized videos and photos of children as young as five from his residence, the Toronto Sun reported Feb.3 ... An activist for homosexual rights, Dunleavy boasted in 2004 of having performed hundreds of same-sex weddings, many of them for U.S. citizens planning to seek legal recognition at home, according to a report by the Oregonian in January 2005.

Dallaire Pleads for Action on Darfur

Retired Canadian general Romeo Dallaire blasted the U.S. and Canada on Monday for failing to rally the world and provide the political will to save people in Darfur. The reason so many people have been allowed to die in Sudan already, Dallaire told a Senate subcommittee, is simple. "There's no self-interest. Who cares about Darfurians? They're sub-Saharan Africans. They're like Rwandans."

Monday, February 05, 2007

RFID: A Threat to Civil Liberties


What if the government could identify each and every product made on Planet Earth? What if the government could identify the specific products you own and use contain identification to tell if you had attended a political protest? If you don’t like the idea of the government collecting a huge database of phone numbers, you won’t like plans by the government and large corporations, such as Proctor and Gamble and Wal-mart, to label every item manufactured on earth with uniquely numbered Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tags.

Rockefeller Admitted Elite Goal Of Microchipped Population

Hollywood director Russo goes in-depth for first time on the astounding admissions of Nick Rockefeller, including his prediction of 9/11 and the war on terror hoax, the Rockefeller's creation of women's lib, and the elite's ultimate plan for world population reduction and a microchipped society.

U.S. Victory in Iraq Called 'Massacre'

There are growing suspicions in Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication. The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre.

Actual Courtroom Testimonies

ATTORNEY : How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS : Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY : How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS : Forty-five years.

Putin Lashes Out at the West

Vladimir Putin said that Russia faces unfair criticism and needless military threats from the West. The Russian President lashed out in an annual news conference at US plans for missile defence sites in former Soviet satellite states and at suspicions that Moscow is wielding its energy wealth for political purposes.

Our Murderous 'Culture'

"We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal." - Carl Bernstein.

'Carnivore' Devours Americans' Right to Privacy

See PDF at: http://www.epic.org/privacy/carnivore/carniv_final.pdf.

Could You Pass This 1954 Grade 8 Test?

What more proof do we need that our children are being deliberately dumbed down than this standard 1954 civics test on the U.S. Constitution on which Kenny Hignite received a 98 1/2 ...

Huge FBI Surveillance of the Internet

The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed. Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing, agents conducting investigations appear to be assembling the activities of thousands of Internet users at a time into massive databases, according to current and former officials. That database can subsequently be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords.

It's Our Turn, Our Time

Most people don't think of themselves as "living history," but we all are. While there are those in the headlines who are "making history," we are living history. It is our turn, our time. How will we impact society? How will we impact our families? How will we impact our neighbors, towns, and cities? The choices we make to be engaged or not to be engaged will determine our answer.

Video: John Perkins - Why the War in the Middle East?

Maine School Teaches Kids 'Transgendering'

The Christian Civic League of Maine is denouncing a high school's celebration of transgender that included a student currently undergoing sex-change therapy. The observance, says the group's spokesman, is part of the state government's taxpayer-subsidized promotion of the homosexual agenda.

Pro-Abortionist Speaks at Catholic School

Catholic pro-life activist Judie Brown of the American Life League is expressing outrage over a decision by Loyola University Law School in New Orleans to have the head of NOW, a prominent leader of the abortion rights movement, speak on the Catholic campus.

Embattled Abortionist Lets Licence Expire

The Georgia-based doctor who worked at a Birmingham abortion clinic that was shut down after investigators found numerous health care violations has let her license to practice in Alabama expire, medical officials said Friday.

'Purity Balls' the Next Big Thing

Welcome to Colorado Springs’ Seventh Annual Father-Daughter Purity Ball, held at the five-star Broadmoor Hotel. The event’s purpose is, in part, to celebrate dad-daughter bonding, but the main agenda is for fathers to vow to protect the girls’ chastity until they marry and for the daughters to promise to stay pure.

Can't Benny Hinn Heal Vision Problems?

Isn't it amazing how many of Benny Hinn's followers claim to be "healed" of all-types of diseases, ailments, pains, and disorders (such as AIDS, cancer, arthritis, leg and back problems, diabetes, eye problems, etc.), yet they walk on and off the stage still wearing their eyeglasses? They seem oblivious to the fact that their visual impairment was not healed along with the ailments they claim to be healed of.

Court Rules Against Gay Benefits

Public universities and state and local governments would violate the state constitution by providing health insurance to the partners of homosexual employees, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. A three-judge panel said a 2004 voter-approved ban on homosexual "marriage" also applies to same-sex domestic partner benefits. The decision reverses a 2005 ruling from an Ingham County judge who said universities and governments could provide the benefits.

Christian University Fires Transgendered Professor

A private, Christian university is firing a transgender professor who began appearing as a woman on campus in 2005. John Nemecek, 55, who goes by Julie Marie Nemecek and often wears a wig and dress, is fighting the dismissal by Spring Arbor University, which takes effect June 1.

'Sexpresso' Cafe in Seattle

At the Sweet Spot Cafe in the northern suburbs of Seattle, you get more than a foam topping on your cappucino. You get a waitress in a bikini, or maybe a tight-fitting T-shirt, and a choice of drinks with names such as Wet Dream (with caramel and white chocolate), Sexual Mix (a caramel macchiato) or Erotic Pleasure.

Catholics Protest New Orleans Parade's Mockery

For the second consecutive year, groups of Catholics on Saturday staged a prayerful protest of the Krewe du Vieux's satirical, sometimes bawdy Carnival parade because the activists said the krewe mocked Jesus, the Virgin Mary and the eucharist in its 2005 parade.

Pope Blasts Abortion, Euthanasia

Pope Benedict on Sunday renewed his appeal to Catholics to reject abortion and euthanasia, saying life was God-given and could not be cut short under "the guise of human compassion."

'Boneheads' Launch Blasphemy Campaign

More than a month after atheists launched a campaign encouraging young people to blaspheme God in an online video clip, more than 800 people have done so, and a conservative analyst said the "boneheads" behind the initiative could only be pitied.

MP Seeks Aid for Sudan

A London aid team's shocking visit with Darfur refugees struggling for food, water and medicine has prompted a city MP to press Ottawa for $8 million in aid to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.

UN Turns Down Canadian, Swedish Gay Groups

A U.N. committee rejected credentials of a Canadian gay and lesbian organization seeking consultative status with the United Nations' and deferred the application of a similar body from Sweden, according to documents circulated on Friday.