Saturday, April 21, 2007

Trans-Sexual to Run for 'Prom King'

When school officials announce the name of the Fresno High School prom king on Saturday, Cinthia Covarrubias will be wearing a tuxedo just like the six boys vying for the honor. School officials this week added the 17-year-old's name to the ballot for prom king, reversing a previous district protocol that allowed only males to run for king and females for prom queen.

Student Suspended for Wearing 'I Am Straight' Sticker

A Christian student has been punished by his Michigan high school for demonstrating opposition to a school event celebrating the homosexual lifestyle. The boy's father, a pastor, says he's frustrated the rights of Christian students are being constantly trampled on campus.

1 in 30 Babies Survives Abortion

One in 30 babies aborted for medical reasons is born alive, a study has found. They lived for an average of 80 minutes - although in some cases foetuses survived for over six hours. Most of the babies were born between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, but some had been in the womb for as little as 17 weeks.

'Devastating' Probe of the Media and the Iraq War

The most powerful indictment of the news media for falling down in its duties in the run-up to the war in Iraq will appear next Wednesday, a 90-minute PBS broadcast called "Buying the War," which marks the return of "Bill Moyers Journal" ... Several prominent media figures, prodded by Moyers, admit the media failed miserably, though few take personal responsibility.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Miss Mexico Mocks Catholic Martyrs

Mexican Catholics are outraged over a floor-length dress adorned with crosses and scapulars as well as images of the executions of 1920s Cristero martyrs that the country's Miss Universe contestant had planned to wear ... The floor-length dress is accented with crosses, scapulars and a sketch of a man facing a firing squad. Designers who helped select the dress from among 30 entries argued it represented the nation's culture and history, especially since Mexico City is hosting the pageant in May.

Radio Giants in Payola Scandal

CBS Corp., Clear Channel Communications Inc. and two other radio station owners agreed to pay a combined $12.5 million to settle investigations into whether they received secret payments to play certain songs, the Federal Communications Commission announced on Friday. The consent decrees between the agency and the four broadcasters came more than a year after the FCC started investigating possible secret payments made by the music industry to radio stations in exchange for playing certain songs on air. The practice is also known as "payola."

Supreme Court Upholds Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure Wednesday, handing abortion opponents the long-awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench. The 5-4 ruling said the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law in 2003 does not violate a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

Pope's Book a Runaway Success

A book on Jesus by Pope Benedict XVI is a runaway success in Italy with 50,000 copies sold on the first day and a second edition already planned, the publishers Rizzoli said Tuesday. "Jesus of Nazareth" was launched on the pontiff's 80th birthday on Monday and is billed as his answer to popular publications such as Dan Brown's best-selling "The Da Vinci Code."

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Svend Robinson Moving to France

Former Burnaby Member of Parliament and confessed ring thief Svend Robinson is leaving Canada for France. In an e-mail passed on to The Canadian Press, Mr. Robinson says he is both sad and excited to take on a new job with Public Services International, based in France.

British May Fingerprint 6 Million Students

Almost six million children at 17,000 schools could have their fingerprints taken, intensifying fears of the growth of a "surveillance society" where personal information is gathered from cradle to grave. As soaring numbers of schools require pupils to have biometric checks to register in the morning, buy canteen food or borrow a book, it emerged that less than one-quarter of local education authorities have banned collecting fingerprints.

'I Had to Rethink' on Abortion

That's why I couldn't kill my Granny: although her life was ebbing, she was still there enough to ask me to kill her. I could recognise her. Killing a person, a recognisable human being, is murder. That's why late abortion will always be tricky. Who are we to say whether the life inside is a person, or not?

Ah, To Be a Politician ...

I call it the Great Canadian Job Gap. Politicians and CEOs treating themselves to fat-cat pay hikes and gold-plated parachutes -- while average Canadians struggle to get pay hikes that keep pace with inflation. Meanwhile, many aren't lucky enough to have a pension, which is going the way of the dinosaur.

'Pro-Choice' = Pro-Censorship

It is a disgrace that Canada is the only civilized nation in the world without an abortion law. As far as our criminal code is concerned, there is no difference between aborting a weeks-old embryo and a viable, full-term fetus. This must change: Even most of those Canadians who self-identify as "pro-choice" recognize the moral distinction between a microscopic ball of cells and a fetus that's weeks away from breathing fresh air with its own lungs.

The Truth About Hospitals

Almost 24,000 people die annually from in-hospital errors, the Canadian Institute for Health Information says. The death toll exceeds those from auto accidents, HIV and breast cancer combined. That's why it is critical to know how our Ontario hospitals stack up for quality of care. You can get books on the reliability of car models, but hospital administrators are reluctant to release their figures, fearing legal difficulties.

Monday, April 16, 2007

More Proof That We Live Under Socialism

Taxes are taking a bigger chunk out of the average Canadian family income than food, clothing and housing combined, a new survey suggests. The Fraser Institute says the Canadian Consumer Tax Index is up significantly in the past 45 years. The average Canadian family earned $63,000 in 2006, with nearly 45 per cent of that going to taxes.

Political Interference Alleged in 'Plan B' Approval

Conservative pro-family groups have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against the Food and Drug Administration less than a year after the over-the-counter version of the "Plan B" morning-after pill was made readily available to women 18 and older at pharmacies nationwide. Among its many complaints, the lawsuit filed on Thursday charged the FDA decision to approve the morning-after pill for over-the-counter use of having been made under political pressures from Democratic Senators Hilary Clinton of New York and Patty Murray of Washington.

A New Paradigm to Help People with Sexual Orientation Conflicts

Two prominent clinicians have crafted a framework, endorsed by an American Psychological Association past-president, that will help counselors and clients address such conflicts in order to achieve a valued sexual identity. This new paradigm is authored by Warren Throckmorton, Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy with the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College and Mark Yarhouse, Professor of Psychology at Regent University and Director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity.

Christian Prof Says Conservative Views Cost him Tenure

An academic who received awards for excellence and produced several peer-reviewed publications said he fell from grace when he began espousing "religious beliefs and [a] conservative political viewpoint" and is now suing his university for denying him promotion. Criminologist Mike Adams has filed suit against the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, saying the school refused to promote him because his superiors disagreed with his religious and political beliefs.

British Doctors Refusing Abortions

Katherine Guthrie, a spokesman on family planning for the RCOG, said: "You get no thanks for performing abortions. You get spat on. Who admits to friends at a dinner party that they are an abortionist? There is an increasing number of young doctors who are not participating in training. The Department of Health is really worried."

Hypocrisy and the Imus Controversy

If people found radio host Don Imus' comments about the Rutger's women's basketball team offensive, why are people at South Carolina State University lining up to hear similar words from rap artists? In one song from a performer at Friday's concert, the n-word is used more than 100 times.

Crackdown Coming on Homeschoolers?

A growing crackdown on homeschool families – most of whom are Christian – is the "edge of the night that's coming" for believers, according to an expert in the field. Michael P. Farris, cofounder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, says his concern is not just for Germany, where the government is being especially intolerant, but other democracies, too.

Teens Rally Against Our Evil Culture

One recent weekend at San Francisco's AT&T Park, almost 25,000 teens gathered to proclaim their faith and devotion to God, all while rejecting the negative influences of today's pop culture. The two-day concert event is known as BattleCry and takes place almost every weekend around the country. "The media is just cramming garbage down their throat. … It is absolutely immoral. I wish it was illegal, but the whole idea is we have people making money, not caring what they are doing, what they are doing to kids," said Ron Luce, the founder of BattleCry.

Hopeful Signs From Pope Benedict

Last month, the Pope issued a magnificently well-written document, Sacramentum Carititatis, ignored by the English bishops, which contained explicit instructions about the greater use of Latin and plain chant. Soon, liberal bishops in Europe and America could find their loyalty really put to the test. Benedict is rumoured to be on the verge of removing restrictions on the celebration of the ancient Tridentine Rite, which liberals see as elitist. For two years, Catholics have wondered what sort of papacy this will turn out to be. Now they are about to find out.

Sudan Edges Toward Catastrophe

The widening of the conflict threatens, in turn, to trigger a new humanitarian disaster. The shock of the Tiero and Marena attacks sent more than 10,000 villagers from the immediate area fleeing into the bush, bringing to about 140,000 the number of Chadians uprooted by the violence. Many - particularly women and children - died of thirst on the road, having left in too much of a hurry to take water. Those that survived will have to share the available food aid with quarter of a million Darfuri refugees, and there may not be enough to go round. Pauline Bellaman, Oxfam's programme manager in the area, described the situation as "catastrophic", with barely two months left before the rainy season makes food delivery impossible.

The Establishment Rethinks Globalization

The church of global free trade, which rules American politics with infallible pretensions, may have finally met its Martin Luther. An unlikely dissenter has come forward with a revised understanding of globalization that argues for thorough reformation. This man knows the global trading system from the inside because he is a respected veteran of multinational business. His ideas contain an explosive message: that what established authorities teach Americans about global trade is simply wrong--disastrously wrong for the United States.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Patients Tired of Waiting in Canada's Medical System

Governments across Canada say they are working to bring down wait time for various surgeries and medical procedures. Some patients are getting tired of waiting and are choosing what is a growing trend: getting their operations performed in exotic locations like India.

Imus Canned; Catholic-Bashers Run Wild

Weighing in on the Don Imus controversy, Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented Wednesday on the way Catholic bashers are treated compared to the morning radio talk-show host. "Two years ago, Penn Jillette [of the comedy team Penn and Teller] went on 'Showtime' calling Mother Teresa ‘Mother F***ing Teresa’ and called the nuns who worked with her ‘f***ing c**ts.’ 'Showtime' is owned by Viacom and that is why I wrote to its chief, Sumner Redstone, to register a complaint. He wrote back extolling the merits of ‘artistic freedom’ and ‘tolerance,’" Donohue stated ... "In other words, Catholic bashing is humorous and an exercise in liberty. Racism is awful. Bigotry, then, is neither good nor bad — it just depends who the target is.”

Seven Lesbians Attack Man

A man who was beaten and stabbed after a street fight with seven avowed lesbians testified Wednesday that he thought he was going to die after they jumped him last year. "I remember being surrounded, my hands up in my face," Dwayne Buckle testified at the trial of four of the women. "I went up into a defensive position. I felt a nick in my abdomen. I had my two hands in front of my face."

Liberal ... Tory ... What's the Difference?

What, really, are the great differences that divide Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives and Stephane Dion's Liberals these days? ... Abortion, same-sex marriage, the death penalty - the great "culture war" issues of our time? The position of both parties is now the same. Neither plans to re-open abortion, same-sex marriage is a fait accompli and any bid to restore capital punishment is dead on arrival, whether Tories or Liberals are in charge.

Young Nuns on the Rise

Helped by aggressive recruiting, media campaigns and Web sites, Roman Catholic convents around the country say they are experiencing an upturn in new nuns for the first time in decades, drawing from a millennial generation inspired by Pope John Paul II and looking for an alternative lifestyle that draws them closer to God.