Saturday, April 17, 2010

Devotional: Have you ever had a crisis...

"Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him . . . and did cast himself into the sea."
John 21:7

Have you ever had a crisis in which you deliberately and emphatically and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of will. You may come up to it many times externally, but it amounts to nothing. The real deep crisis of abandonment is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of external things may be an indication of being in total bondage.

Have you deliberately committed your will to Jesus Christ? It is a transaction of will, not of emotion; the emotion is simply the gilt-edge of the transaction. If you allow emotion first, you will never make the transaction. Do not ask God what the transaction is to be, but make it in regard to the thing you do see, either in the shallow or the profound place.

If you have heard Jesus Christ's voice on the billows, let your convictions go to the winds, let your consistency go to the winds, but maintain your relationship to Him. ...Oswald Chambers image

Hundreds of thousands in Warsaw for President Lech Kaczynski's memorial service

A grieving Poland paid its respects to its dead president and the 95 other victims of the Smolensk air disaster with an emotional service of remembrance in central Warsaw.
By Matthew Day in Warsaw
17 Apr 2010

In bright spring sunshine an estimated 100,000 Poles bowed their heads as the names of the 96 who died on April 10 were read out.

A few minutes earlier at 12 o'clock the city had stood silent for two minutes as air-raid and police sirens wailed across the city.

In the morning the same sirens had signalled the exact time, 8.56am, when the aircraft carrying President Lech Kaczynski had crashed as it approached Smolensk airport in western Russia.

Along with the president and Maria, his wife, the crash killed the heads of the Polish armed services, the governor of the national bank, two ministers and a litany of household names in Poland. the rest

Breakaway Anglican Flock Adds Over 100 Churches

Sat, Apr. 17 2010
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter

More than 100 new churches have been added to a breakaway Anglican group less than a year since its formation.

The Anglican Church in North America has now grown to comprise 809 congregations, some of which were newly planted and many of which severed ties with The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada over scriptural authority and homosexuality.

"When we began in June of 2009, I issued a challenge that we plant 1,000 new churches in the five years of my service as your Archbishop. It is wonderful to see how much progress has already been made," said ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan in a statement.

Among the newest churches in the ACNA is the Church of the Epiphany in Hamilton, Ontario, which started meeting in January. The church began with members who left the Anglican Church of Canada. the rest

Philippines: Bishop fears for life as Muslim separatists attack city

April 15, 2010

Following an April 13 Islamist terrorist attack that destroyed 70% of his cathedral, a Philippine bishop says that he and the other Christians of the city fear for their lives.

“It is the first time we are attacked so directly and with such force,” said Bishop Martin Jumoad of the Territorial Prelature of Isabella. “In the past, I received several threatening letters and intimidation. There have been other smaller attacks, but now it is very different. This could be a tragedy. I seriously fear for my life and the lives of the faithful.”

“I have prepared a pastoral letter calling on Catholics to stay in Basilan, which is our home, and asking them to remain calm, not to react to violence, and to pray for peace,” he added. “Today, a procession of people carrying candles as a sign of peace lit the city. Our hope must not die.” the rest

NJ Grade Schools Makes Kids Dress as Women for Woman’s History Month — Yes Even Boys

April 12, 2010
By Warner Todd Huston

To celebrate women’s history month this year, grade school boys are being forced to dress up like women at the Maple Shade School District in Burlington County, New Jersey and some parents are none too happy about it.

According to Beth F. Norcia, Principal of the Maude Wilkins Elementary School, the cross-dressing scheme was set up as a contest to celebrate women’s history month among the Burlington County schools.

The idea, says Principal Norcia, is for the kids to dress up as women through various periods of American history. When a nonplussed parent called the school to inquire about the dress-up day, the Principal seemed unperturbed by it all saying that women wear jeans, too, so boys didn’t have to wear a dress unless they wanted to. the rest

The Pfleger-ization of the Catholic Church

By Michelle Malkin
April 9, 2010

My syndicated column today follows up on my post earlier this week about toxic Catholic priest Michael Pfleger’s “racial justice lifetime achievement award” from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Read below for Rev. Pfleger’s communications to me about his demagoguery. In defending its award, the Archdiocese stepped in further by defending Barack Obama’s pro-abortion agenda. Cardinal George’s defense of “social justice with love,” remarks he made at the gala for Pfleger and other award winners this week, is here.


Children dying at parents' request

Charlie Butts

A recent study reveals that a few physicians may have facilitated the deaths of terminally ill children at their parents' request.

The study was published in the March edition of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Joanne Wolfe, a palliative pain specialist at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital, interviewed 141 parents of children who died of cancer."They had found that study 19 of the parents had thought about having their child euthanized, 13 had actually talked about it seriously, five spoke to their physician about it, and in three cases, the parents said that the doctor agreed to give their child a lethal overdose and the child died," reports Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC).

He notes that the practice is illegal in all 50 states because it is euthanasia, and he says the study really points out the need for better pain management, whether it is for an adult or a child. the rest

New volcano ash cloud prompts fresh flight doubts

Monday, 19 April 2010

A new ash cloud spreading towards the UK is causing uncertainty over plans to reopen some airspace on Tuesday, air traffic control body Nats has said.

Earlier, it said the flight ban would be lifted over Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.

But Nats said there was now a worsening situation in some areas. The outlook for Northern Ireland is most uncertain.

Scottish airports are still expected to reopen from 0700 BST, but Nats said it would report again at 0300. the rest

Friday, April 16, 2010

Devotional: Peace comes...

Peace comes when there is no cloud between us and God. Peace is the consequence of forgiveness, God's removal of that which obscures His face and so breaks union with Him. The happy sequence culminating in fellowship with God is penitence, pardon, and peace - the first we offer, the second we accept, and the third we inherit. ...Charles H. Brent image by celerrimus

Rio's Christ statue graffitied

Fri Apr 16, 2010

(AFP) – Brazilian officials were Friday cleaning up graffiti on the famed Christ statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, which was vandalized after access was cut off in the wake of devastating rains.

Vandals over the past week took advantage of the rare closure of Mount Corcovado, following deadly landslides, to gain access to the Christ the Redeemer statue, spraying black graffiti up the figure's head and arms, said Bernardo Issa, head of the Tijuca National Park.

On part of Rio's landmark -- one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World -- someone sprayed screeds about violence and unsolved crimes, and the taunting phrase "When the cat's away, the mouse will play." the rest

A Conversation with Bishop Harvey

A.S. Haley: Notes from Oral Arguments in the Virginia Cases

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Exclusive to the Curmudgeon -- Commenter JeffH was at the oral arguments in the Virginia Supreme Court last Tuesday, and took substantive (though not word-for-word) notes, which he has graciously sent to this blog for publication:

Supreme Court of Virginia – Oral Argument – April 13, 2010

NOTE: The following is not a word-for-word transcript. The Supreme Court of Virginia does not allow attendees at oral argument to bring electronic devices into the courtroom, so I am working from handwritten notes. The Court also does not publish transcripts of oral argument or make audio recordings of oral argument publicly available. I have aimed to capture the “gist” of what each speaker was saying. However, others present may have interpreted statements differently.


Barney and Barack's anti-religion agenda

Nondiscrimination act outlaws business owners' practice of Christianity
By J. Matt Barber
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Still suffering indigestion from an Obamacare forced feeding, America may yet have to choke
down some bitter dessert. Democrats' characteristically mislabeled Employment Non-Discrimination Act or ENDA (S. 1584 in the Senate and H.R. 3017 in the House) apparently will be under consideration relatively soon.

Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, ENDA co-sponsor and one of two openly homosexual members of Congress, recently signaled to Boston's EdgeWeb sitethat ENDA will be on the plate sometime after lawmakers return from Easter recess. "The fact is there was no chance of getting [Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi] to focus on this until health care was done. Health care is now done," he said.

According to its leftist proponents, ENDA would merely insulate people who choose to engage in homosexual conduct (sexual orientation) or those who suffer from gender confusion (gender identity) against employment intolerance. In truth, however, this legislation effectively would codify the very thing it purports to combat: workplace discrimination. the rest
ENDA would force - under penalty of law - Christian, Jewish or Muslim business owners to adopt a secular-humanist viewpoint, ignoring all matters surrounding sexual morality while making hiring and firing decisions. Unlike race or sex, homosexual and cross-dressing behaviors are both volitional and mutable. Nonetheless, and despite the reality that such conduct is in direct conflict with every major world religion, thousands of years of history and uncompromising human biology, ENDA would compel business owners with 15 or more employees to leave sincerely held religious beliefs at the workplace door and submit to the demands of the homosexual activist lobby.

New Effort Launched to Protect Rights of Churches

Thu, Apr. 15 2010
By Jennifer Riley
Christian Post Reporter

A Christian legal group has launched a new effort aimed at protecting churches from excessive and unconstitutional government intrusion.

Launched Wednesday, Alliance Defense Fund’s Church Project provides legal information to pastors and ministry leaders on how to defend their religious freedom in America as well as practical guidelines on issues such as public funding and hiring policies.

“Pastors and churches shouldn’t live in fear of being punished or penalized by the government. That’s exactly why the Constitution protects religious freedom,” says ADF senior counsel Kevin Theriot, who heads the Church Project.

But these days, pastors and church leaders are being pressured to be silent on moral issues such as life, liberty, marriage and the family. Government officials from the local to federal level are “determined to muzzle” church leaders who proclaim the biblical views on these issues, ADF contends. the rest

Icelandic Volcano Could Wind Up Costing Billions

Flights Cancelled Across Europe; Economic Impact Rippling Around the Globe
April 16, 2010

Iceland's volcanic eruption could cost airlines and other businesses around the world hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, because of cancelled or delayed flights and lost business, according to experts.

"The costs are going to be enormous, at least into the hundreds of millions of dollars, especially if the eruption drags out over months," said Gregg Gallina, a satellite meteorologist at the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Washington, D.C. "This type of volcanic ash disruption in the heart of the transatlantic flight lanes is unprecedented." The D.C.-based VACC is one of nine such centers around the world tasked with issuing volcanic ash cloud warnings that are specifically aimed at preventing airplanes from experiencing potentially catastrophic failures as a result of ash particles clogging up engines. the rest

In pictures: Volcano erupts in Iceland

The eruption that changed Iceland forever

National Day of Prayer ruled unconstitutional

Federal judge strikes down law signed by President Truman
April 15, 2010
By Art Moore
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

A federal district court in Wisconsin today ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb issued the decision in a case filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist and agnostic group that challenged the constitutionality of a 1988 federal law.

The law gives the president the authority to designate the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer. the rest

Legal Experts Blast Judge’s Decision: ‘If National Day of Prayer is Unconstitutional, the Constitution is Unconstitutional’
Conservative legal experts say a federal district judge in Wisconsin had no legal basis for declaring the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional – and predict the decision cannot stand.

Obama Widens Medical Rights for Same-Sex Partners

April 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday ordered his health secretary to issue new rules aimed at granting hospital visiting rights to same-sex partners.

The White House announced the rule changes, which will also make it easier for gay men and lesbians to make medical decisions on behalf of their partners, in a memorandum released Thursday night. In it, the president said the new rules would affect any hospital that participates in Medicare or Medicaid, the government programs to cover the elderly and the poor.

“Every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindness and caring of a loved one at their sides,” Mr. Obama said in the memorandum, adding that the rules could also help widows and widowers who rely on friends and members of religious orders who care for one another. But he says gay men and lesbians are “uniquely affected” because they are often barred from visiting partners with whom they have spent decades. the rest

Four Reasons You Might Be Aborted: An Open Letter to Fetal Humans

Friday, April 16, 2010
Joe Carter

To my fellow humans who are entering that most precarious stage of human development.
Let me begin by congratulating you on making it through the embryonic stage. Too many of our fellow humans don’t even make it as far as you have now. Many died of natural causes. Others were cut down prior to implantation by an abortifacient. Still others are trapped in the freezers of IVF clinics, in suspended animation awaiting their fate.

You have made it to the second stage of life. But you’re not out of the woods, as they say, until you’re out of the womb. In America there are roughly 250 abortions for every 1000 live births, which means that you have (all other things being equal) a one in five chance of still being aborted. Here are four reasons you might be aborted and what you can do to avoid this gruesome fate...

#1. Don’t be the unlucky third in series of IVF induced triplets...

#2 Don’t be anything other than “chromosomally normal”...

#3 Don’t be a girl...

#4 Don’t squint... the rest

Cardinal Bertone confronts homosexuality

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
By Mary Ann Kreitzer

CardinalTarcisio Bertone is taking a lot of heat for daring to tell the truth about the sex abuse scandals. (See here) It was never about celibacy as the cardinal pointed out. It was almost always ( over 80% of the time according to the John Jay study commissioned by the bishops) about homosexuality. If it were about celibacy other religions that allow clergy to marry would not have abuse problem. But that is not the case. The Episcopal Church, which allows homosexual clergy and even bishops, has a worse problem than the Catholic Church - the same with other segments of society, like the public schools. the rest
The claim that there is no link between homosexuality and abuse is just plain wrong. And the statistics on child sex abuse demonstrate it. Brian Clowes and David Sonnier have researched this issue and provide impressive data showing the link between homosexuality and child sex abuse.

Bishop Seabury parishioners take it day by day

Groton church in fight with Episcopal Diocese doesn't have to give up property yet
By Karen Florin
Publication: The Day

Members of the Bishop Seabury church, including the man who led them away from the Episcopal Diocese in 2007, are taking it Sunday by Sunday.

About 25 parishioners from the Groton church attended a court hearing in Waterbury Thursday to learn whether they would be able to remain during an appeal of a judge's ruling that the church and all of its property must be turned over to the diocese.

The group will be allowed to stay, at least for the near future.

"It's better than nothing," said the Rev. Ronald Gauss, who traveled by bus to the hearing along with about two dozen others.

Gauss retired from the Episcopal Church and led his parish away from the church amid disagreements over several issues, including the church's ordination of an openly gay minister in New Hampshire in 2003. the rest

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Devotional: God has arranged...

God has arranged it so that we are the only Bible that some people will ever hear. If we proclaim the message of the Cross in the power of the Spirit, Jesus will do the rest. Paul wrote, "You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tables of human hearts" (2 Cor. 3:3). Spiritual growth is important not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others who will be changed through the message we carry. ...John Wimber image

Former choirmaster convicted of sex crimes charged again

By Patrick Kahtouni
The Ottawa Citizen
April 15, 2010

OTTAWA — A convicted child molester was arrested Wednesday in Ottawa and transferred to Kingston to face a new charge of a sex crime, Kingston police said.

John Gallienne, 65, has been charged with indecent assault related to abuses alleged to have happened three decades ago, police said.

The complainant brought the complaint to Kingston police alleging the abuses took place when he was a young boy between 1980 and 1982.

A former choirmaster at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Kingston, Gallienne pleaded guilty in 1990 to 20 sex crimes against 13 young choirboys from the church. He was released from prison in 1994 after serving four years of a six-year sentence. the rest


Anglicanism has lost its integrity, conservatives say

by Pat Ashworth
16 April, 2010

THE Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Primates Council has bracketed the UK with Kenya and Uganda as nations “where Christian views are marginalised and ignored”.
England is also defined as an “Associate Par­ticipant”, along with Australia, New Zealand, the Anglican Church in North America, and the Communion Partners of the Episcopal Church in the United States, in the “Fourth Global South to South Encounter” to be held in Singapore later this month.

The Council, which constitutes the Primates of Nigeria, West Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and the Southern Cone, to­gether with the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, and the leader of the Anglican Church in North America, Archbishop Robert Duncan, was meeting in Bermuda as guests of the American businessman Emmanuel Kam­pouris (News, 9 April).

Absent from the Bermuda meeting was the Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Revd Henry Orombi. He demanded of the Archbishop of Canterbury last week that the Primates of the Anglican Communion should meet urgently, without the American and Canadian Primates, and with an agenda set by the particip­ants. the rest

UK scientists have created "designer embryos" containing DNA from a man and TWO women.

By EMMA MORTON, Health Editor
posted April 15, 2010

UK scientists have created "designer embryos" containing DNA from a man and TWO women.

The breakthrough gives hope of healthy children to couples with genetic disorders in their families. It also offers the prospect of eradicating fatal genetic diseases.

But the procedure - dubbed three person IVF - sparked controversy last night.

Researchers at Newcastle University set out to prevent damaged DNA in mitochondria - the "batteries" that power cells - from being passed on to offspring. the rest

Eighty embryos were created but destroyed after eight days.

Iceland's volcanic ash halts flights across Europe

Associated Press Writer
posted April 15, 2010

LONDON – Civil aviation authorities say flights won't start departing or arriving in Britain until at least Friday morning because of a huge ash cloud spewed by an Icelandic volcano.

The National Air Traffic Service said Thursday that non-emergency flights won't be permitted in British airspace until at least 1 a.m. (0500 GMT) Friday.

A statement from the authority said the "cloud of volcanic ash is now spread across the U.K. and continuing to travel south."

The Icelandic volcano was sending up smoke and ash that posed "a significant safety threat to aircraft," as visibility is compromised and debris can get sucked into airplane engines. the rest

Fr. Nigel Mumford Update

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+

My dear friends,

It is with great pleasure that I write with some very good news. As of Monday my Doctor told me I can send all the oxygen paraphernalia back to the suppler. I am now off oxygen. THANKS BE TO GOD Also as of Sunday, At the 10.30am service I felt confident to not to carry the cane anymore... I was able to celebrate the Holy Eucharist unencumbered. I have been able to walk without the cane now for three days!

I have to say that I feel euphoric... We had a prayer meeting with my prayer team this afternoon where I had a wonderful vision. I saw myself walking through the valley of the shadow of death. I looked and I saw the tableaux of the cross, empty with two crosses either side on top of an adjacent mountain. As I looked from peak to peak the tableaux moved to the next peak and so on. Peek to peek the vision traveled... It was as if I saw the Lord with me every step of the sickness... Personally
I feel resurrected.

THANK YOU for your life saving prayers... I am HEALED, I AM CURED... I AM FREE OF SICKNESS..

ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA....All praise and Glory to the Lord... the great physician.

I cannot thank you enough for your prayers...

As my mentor Dr. Francis MacNutt often says,
"People are dying because people are not praying."
I would add a PS to that statement:
"I am alive because people prayed...."

the rest at Albany Intercessor

Albert Mohler: Aborting the “Wrong” Baby?

What is the real scandal here — that this doctor was ready to kill a baby with Down syndrome, or merely that he aborted “the wrong baby?” The answer to that question will tell us all we need to know about the conscience of the age.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The news out of Sarasota, Florida caught many people by surprise. A doctor in the city has lost his license because he aborted what is now described as the “wrong” baby. Back in 2006, Dr. Matthew Kachinas had been asked to perform an abortion on a baby that had been identified as having Down syndrome and other congenital defects. Instead, the doctor aborted that baby’s healthy twin.

As reported in The Miami Herald:

A Sarasota doctor has lost his license for mistakenly aborting a healthy twin during a procedure targeting a deformed fetus. Immediately after the Florida Board of Medicine’s decision Saturday, Dr. Matthew Kachinas was involuntarily hospitalized because he said he planned to commit suicide. Kachinas had blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for the 2006 mistake. He was targeting a fetus with Down syndrome and signs of a heart defect. the rest

Consider what this means for the sanctity of human life. We are now looking at babies as consumer products. We will accept babies that meet our specified qualifications, and abort when medical tests or other factors reveal that the baby does not meet our standards. Human life is reduced to just another consumer product subject to consumer preferences and demand.

AnglicanTV: A Conversation with Dr. Stephen Noll


The ENDA innocence for our children

Andrea Lafferty
Guest Columnist

While many of us were focused on defeating government-run healthcare, the Democrats and their homosexual and transgender allies were working overtime on something equally sinister.

House Democrats have been quietly plotting how to rush through the so-called "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" (ENDA) which will force every public school in America to hire transgendered teachers and forbid their re-assignment out of the classroom. A vote on ENDA in the House Education and Labor Committee is likely on April 21.

Under ENDA, federal, state and local governments, as well as businesses with 15 or more employees, will be forced to employ and affirm men who wear dresses -- including school teachers. the rest

UK: 'Persecuted Christians' join forces

Christians who believe they have been discriminated against at work have joined forces ahead of a critical legal case which is forcing an unprecedented confrontation between the Church of England and the judiciary.
By Peter Hutchison
15 Apr 2010

In a letter published in Thursday’s Daily Telegraph high profile Christians including Caroline Petrie, who was suspended from her work as a nurse for offering to pray for a patient, pledge their support to Gary MacFarlane – a Christian relationship counsellor appealing against an employment tribunal ruling that supported his sacking for refusing to give sex therapy to homosexual couples.

His lawyers, supported by Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, will submit an application on Thursday requesting that a specialist panel of five judges with an understanding of religious issues be set up to hear his case and future cases involving religious rights. the rest

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Devotional: Christians are like the several flowers...

Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have upon each of them the dew of Heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other’s roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of one another.
...John Bunyan image by Nanimo

North Dakota Measure Seeks to Ban Decapitation, Skull Crushing during Abortions

Wednesday April 14, 2010
By Kathleen Gilbert
MINOT, North Dakota

( – A measure to prohibit physicians from decapitating and crushing the skulls of live unborn children during abortions is seeking clearance to begin gathering signatures for the November ballot, a North Dakota grassroots pro-life organization has announced.

Daniel Woodard, head of North Dakota's Stop Decapitation Network, filed the paperwork to the North Dakota Secretary of State and Attorney General on Tuesday. The group aims to collect 12,844 signatures by August 4 in order to place the measure on the 2010 ballot.

"It's unconscionable and unthinkable that any physician who claims to care for the health of others would remove the heads of children or crush them and toss them in the trash," Woodard told in an interview Wednesday. the rest

Nadia Bloom’s parents: ‘It was a roller coaster’ waiting for news


ACNA: One Hundred and Six New Anglican Congregations in Nine Months

“When we began, I issued a challenge that we plant 1,000 new churches in the five years of my service as your Archbishop. It is wonderful to see how much progress has already been made,” said Archbishop Robert Duncan.
April 13, 2010

New Anglican congregations are springing up all over North America. Since the church’s founding in June of 2009 with 703 congregations, an additional 106 new churches have either joined or have been planted by the Anglican Church, bringing the church’s total number of congregations to 809.

“When we began in June of 2009, I issued a challenge that we plant 1,000 new churches in the five years of my service as your Archbishop. It is wonderful to see how much progress has already been made,” said Archbishop Robert Duncan.

One of those new church plants is Restoration Anglican Church in Addison, Texas. The congregation, which began meeting last fall, hosts between 100 and 120 people for Sunday services. the rest

States fear that five words in Obama health law will open door to lawsuits

By Jon Ward
The Daily Caller

The addition to existing law of five words, and a comma, may cause a world of hurt to state governments.

Tucked away on page 466 of President Obama’s 2,704-page health-care bill is a provision that changes the definition of “medical assistance,” the term describing what states are required to provide to Medicaid recipients.

States have in the past been required to provide payment for services to physicians. Now, under the new definition, states will be liable for ensuring provision of “the care and services themselves.”

In other words, states are legally on the hook not only to ensure that Medicaid recipients are paid for, but that they’re seen by a doctor.

Medicaid recipients have found it increasingly difficult to be seen by doctors, as states in extreme economic duress have cut payment rates. the rest

“With the expanded definition, it leaves every state vulnerable to a new wave of lawsuits any time someone cannot access a service, even if that service is limited by virtue of the rates we pay,” said Alan Levine, Louisiana’s secretary of health and hospitals, in a recent memo prepared for fellow state government officials.

Virginia: Former Episcopal churches, diocese spar

Court hears case over award of $30 million in property
By Julia Duin

A group of conservative former Episcopal churches tangled with the Episcopal Church and its Diocese of Virginia before the Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday over a unique state law that awards property to congregations that bolt their parent denomination.

The 90-minute session before a packed courtroom of 140 onlookers, plus more outside, appealed a Fairfax Circuit Court verdict that awarded about $30 million worth of historic property to the 11 churches that broke away from the diocese three years ago.

The 90-minute session before a packed courtroom of 140 onlookers, plus more outside, appealed a Fairfax Circuit Court verdict that awarded about $30 million worth of historic property to the 11 churches that broke away from the diocese three years ago.

Five justices — three others had recused themselves from the case — grilled lawyers about the meaning and constitutionality of the state's division statute. The 1867 law allowed congregations — many of which had differed with their denominations over slavery — to leave with their property.

The justices at one point reduced the lead lawyer for the denomination to a stammer and made her opponent waste valuable minutes explaining the nature of the 77-million-member Anglican Communion, the parent body of the Episcopal Church. the rest

Episcopal hierarchy fights to keep church property

Hundreds Dead in Western China Quake

April 14, 2010

BEIJING — A powerful earthquake in western China killed at least 400 people, injured 10,000 and left many others buried under debris on Wednesday, Chinese state media reported.

The quake, which struck at 7:49 a.m. in Qinghai Province, had a magnitude of 7.1, according to China’s earthquake agency. the rest

Tea-party mania: Taxpayers to storm White House

Citizens take fight for America directly to Obama 'residence'
April 13, 2010
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Thousands of taxpayers from across the nation are planning to descend on the White House Thursday, and a million more are expected to take their fight against excessive spending, growth of big government and soaring deficits to more than 700 rallies in U.S. cities this week. Story

Boston Herald Clown: Tea Partiers Are Like Opponents of Forced Busing or Something

Tea-Party Saboteurs

UK: Why Work...

...when I can get £42,000 in benefits a year AND drive a Mercedes?
By Paul Sims
13th April 2010

The Davey family's £815-a-week state handouts pay for a four-bedroom home, top-of-the-range mod cons and two vehicles including a Mercedes people carrier.

Father-of-seven Peter gave up work because he could make more living on benefits.
Yet he and his wife Claire are still not happy with their lot.

With an eighth child on the way, they are demanding a bigger house, courtesy of the taxpayer. the rest

Tennessee House Strikes Blow to ObamaCare Abortion Coverage

Tuesday April 13, 2010
By Peter J. Smith
NASHVILLE, Tennessee

( – A strong bipartisan majority in the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to exercise its right to opt the state out of the abortion mandate in the new national health care reform law. The measure approved by the House forbids insurance companies receiving public subsidies in the state-run health exchange from offering or requiring abortion coverage.

The House passed HB 2681 on the floor Monday by an overwhelming 70 votes in favor, with 23 against. The legislation states: "No health care plan required to be established in this state through an exchange pursuant to federal health care reform legislation enacted by the 111th Congress shall offer coverage for abortion services." (Click here for the list of votes.)

The bill will not alter the state’s TennCare program, which provides Medicaid subsidies for abortions only in the cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother as mandated by federal law. the rest

Nebraska Enacts First-Ever Abortion Ban Based on Fetal Pain

Doctors face religious conflicts at hospitals

Obligation to patients at issue
By Jennifer Harper
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New research reveals that one in five primary care physicians who practice in religiously affiliated hospitals say they have faced "clinical ethical conflicts" when treating their patients in those facilities, where end-of-life care, abortion and other practices may be restricted.

"Religious hospitals represent nearly 20 percent of our health care system," said Dr. Debra Stulberg, author of the new study and instructor of family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago.

"Yet we know little about how religious policy affects the care doctors give to patients. This study is the first to systematically ask physicians whether religious hospital policies conflict with their judgment. We found that for a significant number of physicians they do." the rest

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

ADV Churches Remain Prayerful, Confident in Legal Footing Following Virginia Supreme Court Hearing

April 13, 2010
(via email)

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the church property case appeal made by The Episcopal Church and Diocese of Virginia challenging the ruling of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. The Circuit Court ruled in favor of nine Anglican congregations in Virginia , under the umbrella of the Anglican District of Virginia (ADV), confirming that the Anglican churches could keep their property.

Steffen Johnson, who argued the case on behalf of the Anglican District of Virginia churches, stated, “We are grateful for the opportunity to defend the appeals in the Virginia Supreme Court today. The argument went very well. It was a lively bench with good questions for both sides.

We continue to feel strong about the positions outlined in our briefs and developed in the extensive record in the trial court, and we look forward to the Court’s decision.”“Our church members are standing firm for the Gospel and will remain in prayer as the Virginia Supreme Court considers the oral arguments made today,” said Jim Oakes, chairman of the Anglican District of Virginia. “I am extremely confident in our case that was eloquently presented by our legal counsel. However, it’s unfortunate that this matter is being discussed in a court of law in the first place after our numerous attempts at amicable negotiations. I, like my fellow parishioners, look forward to and pray for a quick end to the litigation so that we can completely focus our time, money and energy on bringing new believers to Christ and helping those in need. Our doors remain open wide to all who wish to worship with us.”

Bishop David Bena, Contact Bishop for the Anglican District of Virginia, added, “Members of the Anglican District of Virginia have been in a period of intensive prayer and fasting leading up to and including today. As an ordained clergyman, I know that this court case is, as it has been from the beginning, in the Lord’s hands and the will of God will determine where ADV congregations worship in His name.”

Anglican District of Virginia

Confidential document reveals Obama's hardline US climate talk strategy

Document outlines key messages the Obama administration wants to convey in the run-up to UN climate talks in Mexico in November
John Vidal in Bonn
Monday 12 April 2010

The document outlines key messages the Obama administration wants to convey in the run-up to UN climate talks in Mexico in November.

A document accidentally left on a European hotel computer and passed to the Guardian reveals the US government's increasingly controversial strategy in the global UN climate talks. the rest

The Doctor Is Out

The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates a “likely” shortage of 160,000 doctors by 2025.
BY Jeffrey H. Anderson
April 12, 2010

The evidence is mounting that Americans are correct in their overwhelming appraisal that Obamacare, if not repealed, would not only raise health costs and deficits, and would not only involve far too much government control over our lives, but would also reduce the quality of health care. It’s not often that you find something that costs over $2 trillion (from 2014 to 2023) that we’d be better off not having even if it were free.

Obamacare would lead to greater demand for doctors’ services (if it doesn’t, then it truly would be throwing more than $2 trillion down the drain), while at the same time making medicine a far less attractive profession to enter. Today’s American Medical News quotes an estimate by the Association of American Medical Colleges’s Center for Workforce Studies of a “likely” shortage of 160,000 doctors by 2025, including shortages of 46,000 primary-care physicians and 41,000 general surgeons — even after accounting for the supply of international medical graduates. the rest image

Healthcare overhaul won't stop premium increases

Archbishop Ian Ernest: Letter to Rowan Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Revd Rowan Williams,
Lambeth Palace,England.

Your Grace,

As you well know I am totally committed to the health, vitality and effectiveness of our beloved Anglican Communion, and thus also to its healing from the current crisis. I have supported all efforts made by yourself and others to do so and to bring greater clarity and strength to our polity and mission as a communion.

As Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean and the Chair person of CAPA, I feel that I should express the heartfelt feelings of the people of God who are extremely distressed at the disrespectful and high handed manner in which the TEC continues to dismiss the concerns of the rest of the Communion and to undermine the decisions taken by the Primates.

I believe that I have been patient and hopeful that our co-operation and listening, our reasoning and brotherly concern would have brought transformation. However it is now abundantly clear to me and to my people that the Episcopal Church has no intention of honouring any of the commitments it has made whether that be in terms of ‘moratoriums’ or ‘gracious restraint’. It is to my mind hell bent on a course that is in radical disobedience to the counsels of God in Holy Scripture. the rest

Income falls 3.2% during Obama's term

By Joseph Curl
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Real personal income for Americans - excluding government payouts such as Social Security - has fallen by 3.2 percent since President Obama took office in January 2009, according to the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis.

For comparison, real personal income during the first 15 months in office for President George W. Bush, who inherited a milder recession from his predecessor, dropped 0.4 percent. Income excluding government payouts increased 12.7 percent during Mr. Bush's eight years in office.
"This is hardly surprising," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an economist and former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. "Under President Obama, only federal spending is going up; jobs, business startups, and incomes are all down. It is proof that the government can't spend its way to prosperity." the rest

Monday, April 12, 2010

Syracuse NY Tea Party Photos April 12, 2010

Tea Party Express buses arrive.

Crowd at Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse.

Republican candidate for congress Ann Marie Buerkle
addresses the crowd.

Don't tread on me!

Cool T-shirt.

Stop the Bleeding.

Vote him out.

A child's plea.

Against the Value Added Tax.

Lone Obama supporter amidst the tea partiers.

Health care comment.

Photos by Raymond Dague

Gay marriage fails to get on California ballot

Reuters-A challenge to California's gay marriage ban failed on Monday to qualify for the 2010 ballot, leaving gay activists mulling a 2012 push and hoping a federal court will overturn the measure before then.
Mon Apr 12, 2010

Los Angeles-based Love Honor Cherish carried out a volunteer-driven signature-gathering effort after large groups decided there was not enough time to ensure victory this year, even with some polls showing more than 50 percent support for same-sex marriage.

A 150-day period to gather signatures to place the question on the ballot ended on Monday.

Courts and state legislatures have legalized same-sex marriage in five U.S. states and the District of Columbia, but popular votes have always rejected such unions, which are illegal in the vast majority of U.S. states. the rest

60 hospitals cancelled due to new health law

Health Law Bans New Doctor-Owned Hospitals, Blocks Expansion of Existing Ones
Monday, April 12, 2010
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer

( – The new health care overhaul law – that promised increased access and efficiency in health care – will prevent doctor-owned hospitals from adding more rooms and more beds.

These hospitals are advertised as less bureaucratic and more focused on doctor-patient decision making. However, larger corporate hospitals say doctor-owned facilities discriminate in favor of high-income patients and refer business to themselves.

The new rules single out physician-owned hospitals, making new physician-owned projects ineligible to receive payments for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Existing doctor-owned hospitals will be grandfathered in to get government funds for patients but must seek permission from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand. the rest

Will Barbie Save The Episcopal Church?

April 11th, 2010

We Episcopalians seem to be living proof that the old story about the frogs in boiling water must be true. For years we’ve sat passively as things gradually got worse; we’ve become skilled at accepting the unacceptable. Otherwise, surely we would be screaming and leaping about as the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States continues to melt down and fall apart.

On the other hand, we did successfully vet the lyrics of the 700-plus hymns in our hymnbook for ’sexist’ lyrics. We have repeatedly made certain that the world understands that we think that poverty, injustice and war are wrong. There is no fashionable virtue that we don’t praise, no unrealistic aspiration of the foundation left that we don’t sprinkle with holy water. Our procedures and our canons are among the most complex and recondite in Christendom. We tithe mint and dill and cumin while the house is burning down.

I hate to say this, guys, but I think God mocks us and holds us in derision. I think the disasters we have already experienced and the much greater ones that are coming closer every day are signs of his wrath. I think he is giving us the taste of wormwood and gall: he’s letting us face the full consequences of our own silly deeds. He waited patiently for decades as we frittered away the inestimable riches and advantages accrued over centuries. He bore our hypocrisy — incompetent busybodies and Mrs. Jellybys lecturing the rest of the world on how to manage its affairs as our own household fell progressively into deeper disarray — and our general inconsequential messing around with low priority issues like ’sexist’ hymn lyrics as our seminaries edged steadily closer to bankruptcy. But we’ve exhausted God’s patience and spent down our endowments. The Bailiff of Heaven is knocking at our door; the notice of eviction is in his hands. the rest

h/t comments at Stand Firm

Bp. David Bena Editorial: Defending the Faith, and Church Property

April 12, 2010

It's certainly unfortunate that we've come to another round of church versus church, as the Virginia Supreme Court tomorrow will hear the appeal in the church property suit brought by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and Diocese of Virginia against nine faithful Anglican churches in Virginia.

Although we expected the appeal, it is unfortunate that this dispute has continued, and, for that matter, started in the first place.

Several years ago, our orthodox churches made a decision to remain faithful to the teachings of the Bible and the worldwide Anglican Communion after it became clear that TEC was on a wayward path. How did we come to that costly conclusion? TEC formally rejected the authority of Scripture. In its formal response to the Anglican Communion's call to return to the authority of Scripture, TEC said, "We cannot accept what would be injurious to this Church and could well lead to its permanent division."

The painful irony is that TEC's decision to reject the authority of God's Word has been gravely injurious, and has itself caused the very division that TEC's leaders claimed they sought to avoid. Once someone rejects Scripture, then they reject Jesus Christ and Christianity as a whole. It's as simple as that. We could not follow a national body that rejected the very Word of God.

Our Anglican churches (under the umbrella of the Anglican District of Virginia) attempted to resolve matters with the diocese and TEC graciously and out of court, following a process that we spent almost a year developing with diocesan representatives. But the diocese and TEC abruptly broke off discussion of settlement and instead launched a legal confrontation. They sued not only our churches, but also almost 200 individual clergy and volunteer board members. the rest

Virginia Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Church Property Case Tomorrow
Monday, April 12, 2010
FAIRFAX, Va. – Tomorrow, the Virginia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the church property case appeal made by The Episcopal Church and Diocese of Virginia challenging the ruling of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. The Circuit Court ruled in favor of the 9 Anglican congregations in Virginia, under the umbrella of the Anglican District of Virginia (ADV), confirming that the Anglican churches could keep their property. Story

Tea Party Express in Syracuse today at 4:00 pm-Clinton Square!

West Michigan conservatives welcomed the Tea Party Express to Grand Rapids. April 10, 2010

Syracuse Rally

Monday, April 12th at 4:00 pm

Rally Location:
Clinton Square
corner of W Genesee St and S Clinton
Syracuse, NY

Tea Party protesters to gather in Syracuse today and Thursday
‎The Post-Standard

The Christ of the Folded Napkin

by Russell D. Moore
April 9, 2010

My friend and fellow Touchstone senior editor Patrick Henry Reardon wrote something that prompted me to shut down my computer and pray.

In his "Pastoral Ponderings" email, Reardon noted the Apostle John's mention in his resurrection account that the kerchief which had been on Jesus' face "not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself" (John 20:7). Reardon writes:

"That instant of the Resurrection of Jesus was the most decisive moment in the history of the world. It was the event of deepest importance for every human being who ever lived. It was the supreme kairos. The Law and the Prophets were fulfilled in that moment, and the existence of the human race took on an utterly new meaning.

"What, however, was the first thing Jesus did when the Resurrection life came surging into His body? The simplest and plainest thing imaginable: He reached up, pulled the kerchief from His face, folded it, and set it aside, as though it had been a napkin used at breakfast."
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Missing: 300 Somalis Smuggled Into US By Virginia Man Linked to Terrorists

Monday, April 12, 2010
Jim Hoft

No need to panic but… There are 300 Somalis roaming free in the US who were smuggled into the country by a Virginia man linked to an Al-Qaeda terror group based in Somalia.

The Washington Examiner reported:

Federal authorities say they’re certain nearly 300 Somalis allegedly smuggled into the United States by a Virginia man who admitted contacts with an Islamic terrorist group are in the country, but they can’t find them despite a worldwide search for leads.

The search, first reported by the Washington Examiner, started in early February after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Anthony Joseph Tracy on charges that he helped smuggle the Somalis into the United States from Kenya. The 35-year-old has since been indicted on charges of conspiring with Cuban Embassy officials in Kenya to help the Somalis illegally enter the United States. ICE Agent Thomas Eyre has testified that authorities are “concerned” about the contact Tracy admitted having with the Somali terrorist organization Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda ally. the rest

Another Long Lent

Apr 12, 2010
George Weigel

On March 25, the New York Times published a now thoroughly discredited front-page story suggesting that Joseph Ratzinger, while prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had willfully impeded sanctions against a clerical sexual abuser in Milwaukee who had preyed on the deaf children in his care.

Taking that date, and that calumny against Benedict XVI, as an arbitrary American ground zero in the latest round of assaults depicting the Catholic Church as a Rome-based global criminal conspiracy of perverts and their enablers, where do things stand, two and a half weeks into what at first seemed poised to become a scandal as devastating as the Catholic Church in America’s Long Lent of eight years ago?

It’s not 2002. During the Long Lent, the press played an important role in dragging into the light of day awful things the Church had failed to confront, or had confronted ineptly. The shame of that period still stings, as do the wounds suffered by victims. Yet 2010 is not 2002, and that is in large measure due to 2002. the rest

Spring is here!

Raymond took this photo of a lovely, perfectly round little nest that a bird had made in the wreath hanging in the entryway of our house. I'm not sure of the species, but a little online searching showed that the bird might be a house finch. There are now four eggs in the nest since this picture was taken.

We are using our back door as much as possible to avoid frightening the mother. -PD

Obama defense doctrine means pre-emptive disarmament

By Hugh Hewitt
Examiner Columnist
April 12, 2010

President Obama unveiled a radical shift in American military doctrine last week that ought to be known as "the Obama Doctrine: the embrace of unilateral, pre-emptive disarmament."
The new policy was announced in a handful of sentences in the just released "Nuclear Posture Review Report" ("NPR").

The two passages that are genuinely radical and that mark a significant break with all of post-World War II history have not received much attention and deserve underlining and sustained debate, especially in Congress.

The first comes at Page xiv:
"The United States will not develop new nuclear warheads. Life Extension Programs (LEPs) will use only nuclear components based on previously tested designs, and will not support new military missions or provide for new military capabilities." (Emphasis added) the rest

New Planned Parenthood Strategy: Skyping Abortions

by Jeanne Monahan
April 6, 2010

A number of months ago I saw the movie Up In the Air with George Clooney. While the movie successfully relayed deep truths about the inherent relational nature of human beings, in my opinion it did so in a rather dark and somewhat disturbing way. The major character, Ryan Bingham, played by Clooney, had a chosen profession as a “corporate hired gun,” i.e., he was hired to fire people. At one point in the movie, a young college graduate convinced the company CEO that firing could be much cheaper and efficient via computer, rather than the status quo in-person firing meetings. You might guess that the outcome was disastrous, deadly, in fact, with one person jumping from a bridge after being informed by the new college grad she no longer had a job.

Not an organization to shy away from dark deeds or cost savings, Planned Parenthood is taking the deadly fiction from Up In the Air up a notch in real life. The nation’s largest abortion provider is now administering the dangerous medical abortion regime, RU-486, via Skype, instead of in-person consultations with doctors. Follow this link to hear a Planned Parenthood employee describe how the “telemed” process works. the rest

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Gendercide: China's shameful massacre of unborn girls means there will soon be 30m more men than women

By Peter Hitchens
10th April 2010

In the cruel old China, baby girls were often left to die in the gutters. In the cruel modern China, they are aborted by the tens of millions, using all the latest technology.

There is an ugly new word for this mass slaughter: gendercide.

Thanks to a state policy which has limited many families to one child since 1979, combined with an ancient and ruthless prejudice in favour of sons, the world's new superpower is beginning the century of its supremacy with an alarming surplus of males.

the rest-Excellent!

Concerns about iPhone porn among reasons for closed platform, Steve Jobs says

Los Angeles, Calif.
Apr 10, 2010

(CNA).- Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has cited concerns about pornography on Apple iPhones as one reason the company disallows “unsigned” third-party software, unlike Google and its Android mobile operating system. Speaking at a Q & A session Thursday following a preview of iPhone Operating System 4.0, Jobs was asked if Apple has any intention of allowing “unsigned” applications to run on the iPhone.

According to Apple Insider, all third-party software must be approved by Apple for sale on the iTunes App Store.

Jobs responded to the question by noting that there is a “porn store” for competitor Google’s Android system. the rest

Wolf dog sings to a baby to stop his cry