Saturday, November 13, 2010

Retina implant restores partial sight in some blind patients, study shows


By Janet Stobard, Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2010

LONDON -- A retinal implant could help people suffering from an inherited form of blindness called retinitis pigmentosa become partially sighted. The incurable condition begins in childhood with sight that diminishes to eventual blindness.

A recent published report refers to the 15-year research by professor Eberhart Zrenner of Germany's University of Tuebingen along with colleagues at a private company, Retina Implant AG, who initially tested their sub-retinal microchip on 11 people. The research was published recently in Proceedings B, the biological research journal of the London-based Royal Society. the rest

Catholic Church to welcome 50 Anglican clergy

The Catholic Church will announce this week that 50 Anglican clergy are defecting to Rome following the Church of England's moves to introduce women bishops. By Jonathan Wynne-Jones,
Religious Affairs Correspondent
13 Nov 2010

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, will reveal on Friday the Vatican's plans to welcome the departing priests - including five bishops - who are expected to be received into the Catholic Church early in the new year.

Hundreds of Anglican churchgoers will join them in the Ordinariate - a structure introduced by Pope Benedict XVI to provide refuge for those diaffected with the Church of England.

The number of worshippers who leave the Church is predicted to double as the new arrangement finally begins to take shape. the rest

Film on climate change bad boy says 'Cool It' over panic


Nina Larson
November 14, 2010

Humanity has what it takes to adapt to global warming and there's no need to panic: so goes the message in a new documentary on the bad boy of the climate change debate, Bjoern Lomborg.

The towering Dane, who catapulted onto the global stage in 2001 with his book "The Skeptical Environmentalist", was emphatic in a telephone interview with AFP ahead of the release of the aptly entitled "Cool It".

"Panic is not a good state of mind if you want to make sound decisions," said the 45-year-old whose book challenged the mainstream global climate debate, which he says is exaggerating the dangers. the rest

WSJ: Controversial ‘Cool It’ Documentary Takes on ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

National Cancer Institute Should Tell Women of Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

by Bill Saunders
Washington, DC
LifeNews.com
11/9/10

For years the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has denied a link between abortion and breast cancer. But NCI may soon have to apologize to the women it has misled—because one of its own researchers is starting to acknowledge the link.

In the last 18 months alone, five studies have demonstrated an increased risk of breast cancer following abortion. One of those studies, co-authored by Louise Briton, a NCI branch chief, found a statistically significant 40 percent increased risk of breast cancer following abortion.

The study also acknowledged that its findings were “consistent with the effects observed in previous studies on younger women. Specifically, older age, family history of breast cancer, earlier menarche age, induced abortion, and oral contraceptive use were associated with an increased risk for breast cancer.” the rest

UK cancer death rates for women are among the worst in Europe
British women are more likely to die from cancer than women living elsewhere in Europe and the gap is widening, figures showed.
By Tim Ross, Social Affairs Editor
 11 Nov 2010

The UK has the fifth highest cancer death rate for women among the 27 European Union countries but spending on health is lower in Britain than other leading economies.

Only Poland, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Hungary had worse records for deaths from cancer among women.

The figures came in the latest Social Trends report from the Office for National Statistics, which included detailed comparisons of Britain’s position within the rest of Europe.

The ONS report said: “Breast cancer is the most common form of female cancer in England and Wales. It is also the second most common cause of cancer deaths in women, after lung cancer.”
the rest-no mention of abortion as a possible factor in the article of course

‘I Had an Abortion’ Twitter Campaign Will Not Silence Thousands Who Regret Their Abortions

Useful Dog Tricks performed by Jesse



(h/t Secondhand Smoke)

Albert Mohler: The Glory of God and the Life of the Mind

Christianity honors the life of the mind, not because it celebrates the power of human intellect, but because Christ himself instructed Christians to love God with heart, soul, and mind.
Friday, November 12, 2010

To be human is to think, and to think is to operate within a worldview. Every individual operates out of a basic set of convictions about reality, truth, meaning, and how the world works. As thinking creatures, we create, perceive, absorb, and base our thinking upon certain intellectual assumptions that, in essence, allow the world to make sense to us.

There is nothing distinctively Christian about having a worldview. The very process of intellectual activity requires some framework, and no idea is independent of prior assumptions. As human beings, we can hardly begin each moment of intellectual activity without dependence upon assumptions that are, in essence, pre-philosophical. This is true for all human beings, regardless of the actual content and shape of their worldviews. the rest image

As Anselm of Canterbury, a leading Christian theologian of the 11th century, classically affirmed, the Christian task is well defined as “faith seeking understanding.” In other words, the Christian faith honors intellectual responsibility and the life of the mind. The faith that justifies sinners is a faith that requires a certain knowledge and then leads to a responsibility to advance in knowledge and understanding in order to move “from milk to meat” in terms of intellectual substance.

Obscenities in primetime skyrocket


276 'f-words' found in only 2 weeks
November 12, 2010
By Drew Zahn
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Obscene language on primetime television, according to a new study, is on a meteoric rise in both frequency and intensity – with the 'f-word,' for example, being spoken or bleeped 25 times as often as it was only five years ago.  the rest image by Jerine Lay

Amazon.com pulls one pedophilia book -- but not all
After 3,000 comments, customer outrage and threats of boycotts, Amazon.com removed "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" from its Kindle eBook listings Thursday.

But the decision, which came after Amazon defended selling the book Wednesday, affected just the one book. At least one other publication offering guidance on pedophilia, "Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers," remains for sale on Amazon...

Dublin primates meeting in doubt

 November 11, 2010 by George Conger

The Archbishop of Canterbury has proposed suspending the Primates Meeting—the fourth ‘instrument of unity’ in the Anglican Communion—in favour of holding multiple small group gatherings of like minded archbishops.

In a letter to the primates dated Oct 7, Dr. Rowan Williams suggested that given the “number of difficult conversations” and the threat of a boycott of its meetings, a regime of separate but equal facilitated small groups sessions might better serve the primates’ “diverse” perspectives and forestall the substantial “damage” to the communion a full-fledged boycott would entail.

Dr. Williams also called for a reform of the structure of the meetings, suggesting that an elected standing committee be created and the powers and responsibility of the meeting of the communion’s 38 archbishops, presiding bishops and moderators be delineated. the rest

Planned Parenthood Says Graphic Sex Guide for Youth is a Best Seller



Thursday November 11, 2010 By Seana Cranston, J.D.
NEW YORK

(C-FAM) - The world’s leading abortion provider is continuing to promote a graphic brochure advocating casual sex among youth. According to International Planned Parenthood Federation, the brochure called “Healthy, Happy and Hot” has become their most popular publication.

Aimed at young people with HIV, the brochure contains sexually explicit language and promotes casual sex with multiple partners, as well as oral, anal, and homosexual sex. the rest

The Obamacare Burden To Your State Budget

November 12th, 2010
Conn Carroll

Facing a $25 billion deficit for their next two-year budget cycle, Texas lawmakers are considering closing the gap by dropping out of Medicaid. “This system is bankrupting our state,” State Representative Warren Chisum told The New York Times. “We need to get out of it. And with the budget shortfall we’re anticipating, we may have to act this year,” he said.

And Texas is not alone. American Legislative Exchange Council director of the health and human services Christie Herrera tells NYT: “States feel like their backs are against the wall, so this is the nuclear option for them. I’m hearing below-the-radar chatter from legislators around the country from states considering this option.”

Medicaid already eats up a huge share of state budgets. In Texas, for example, more than 20 percent of the state budget is spent on Medicaid. The crisis facing states across the country is that Obamacare forces states to massively expand their already burdensome Medicaid rolls. Starting in 2014 states must expand Medicaid to all non-elderly individuals with family incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. At first, Obamacare picks up the first three years of benefit costs for expansion. But in 2017 states begin to shoulder a larger and larger share of these benefit costs, maxing out at 10 percent by 2020. the rest

School Choice in Canada: Lessons for America

by Mark Milke
The Heritage Foundation
November 08, 2010

Canada might be perceived as having “socialized” education, akin to its “top down” health care system. In reality, several Canadian provinces have a flourishing “bottom up” choice-based primary and secondary education system. The province of Alberta has been especially supportive of school choice. Under the Canadian constitution, education is a provincial responsibility, with which the federal government has not interfered. In Alberta, parents expect—and have—a wide variety of educational options for how to educate their children, a policy outcome that American states should emulate.  the rest
Because of constitutional and other differences between the United States and Canada, several of Alberta’s choice-based options would not translate into the context of American states. But the key aspect of Alberta’s school system that can be copied anywhere is the climate of choice that the province has long encouraged.

Sarah Palin Warns ObamaCare ‘Biggest Advance’ of U.S. Abortion Industry

Friday November 12, 2010 By Peter J. Smith
DALLAS, Texas

(LifeSiteNews.com) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a massive crowd of pro-life advocates at a Dallas fundraiser that the new health care law passed by Congress in March would lead to an unprecedented expansion of abortion.

"The biggest advance of the abortion industry in America has been the passage of Obamacare," Palin said at Dallas’s Majestic Theatre to a crowd of 800 people.

"It is even worse than what we had thought. The ramifications of this legislation are horrendous." the rest

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Top Episcopal bishop sees less conflict over gay issues

By Kristen Moulton
The Salt Lake Tribune
Nov 11, 2010

The number of Episcopalians leaving the church over same-sex unions and gay clergy has dropped, according to the faith’s presiding bishop.

“There were very, very few in the past year,” the Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori said during a visit to Salt Lake City last weekend for the consecration of Utah’s 11th Episcopal bishop, the Rev. Scott Hayashi.

In an interview, she expressed confidence that the Episcopal Church will grow by attracting those drawn by its “transcendent worship,” sense of social justice and diversity. the rest
“It takes a long time for people’s prejudices and people’s justifications for things we think are wrong to be overturned,” she said. “My hope is that eventually people will come to understand human sexuality in a broader context.”

But the Rev. Daryl Fenton, canon for provincial and global mission for the Anglican Church in North America, says that will happen only “if they, too, abandon scripture.”

Whoops!



Ohio power station tower is demolished, but falls the wrong way

South African hospital pleads guilty to organ trafficking case

A South African hospital has pleaded guilty in an organ trafficking case, which included the removal of organs from five children.
 10 Nov 2010

South African police spokesman Col. Vishnu Naidoo said that Netcare KwaZulu, a hospital in South Africa's eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, will pay 7,820,000 rand (£704,000) in fines. The fine was handed down at Durban's commercial crime court after a plea-bargain agreement over the scandal at the city's St Augustine's hospital, run by the Netcare group, which runs the largest private hospital network in South Africa.

The plea agreement came after the hospital was charged in September with conducting 109 illegal operations between 2001 and 2003. the rest

Iraqi Christians living in fear after latest attack in Baghdad


by Michelle A Vu, Christian Post
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Extremists are behind a “religion-cide” in Iraq, said a ministry leader Wednesday after receiving news that five more people were killed in Iraq’s Christian neighbourhoods.

Less than two weeks after the deadliest attack against Christians, when 56 believers were killed, local police reported that at least 11 roadside bombs exploded within an hour in three Christian neighbourhoods in Baghdad Wednesday. Five people, who have not been identified yet but are thought to be Christians, were killed in the coordinated attacks. the rest

Iraqi Christians suffer a plague of persecution

Iraqi Christians welcome in north, Kurdish leader says

Anglican bishop predicts 'thousands' will enter Catholic Church

November 10, 2010

One of the five Anglican bishops who plans to enter the Catholic Church has predicted that “thousands, not hundreds” of lay Anglicans will make the same move.

Anglican Bishop John Broadhurst said that many Anglicans are watching carefully as plans for an Anglican ordinariate within the Catholic Church take shape. Roughly 1,000 Anglican parishes in Great Britain have voted not to accept women as priests: an indication that a substantial fraction of Anglicans would be in sympathy with the “Anglo-Catholic” approach. the rest

80 million Bibles printed in China - and counting

by Michelle A Vu, Christian Post
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The only authorised Bible-printing company in China marked the printing of its eighty-millionth Bible on Monday, the government’s official press agency announced.

Amity Printing Co, located in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, says it now prints one million copies a month. Since its founding in 1988, the printing company has grown to be one of the largest Bible publishers in the world.

“The production of 80 million Bible copies can be attributed to the world of China’s Christians, and, more importantly, the country’s reform and opening-up policy,” said Zhonghui Qiu, chairman of the board of Amity Printing Co, according to Xinhua news agency. the rest

12,000 American Muslims to make pilgrimage to Mecca

Nov 10, 2010
by Omar Sacirbey

(RNS) Some 12,000 American Muslims are expected to join an estimated 2.5 million pilgrims in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca for the hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage that this year runs between Nov. 14 and 18.

The number of pilgrims expected is about the same as in recent years, said Nail Al-Jubeir, a spokesman for the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, D.C., which limits pilgrims to making the pilgrimage no more than once every five years. the rest

Colorado Judge: Religious Groups Not Second Class

November 10th, 2010

On October 28, 2010, Colorado District Judge Mullins rejected an atheist group’s attempt to relegate religious groups to second class status. The National Day of Prayer Task Force (“NDPTF”), led by Shirley Dobson, has asked state governors for many years to issue a proclamation acknowledging the annual National Day of Prayer. Colorado, like most states, allows any group to request such a proclamation from the governor, and suggest language for it. For instance, the Colorado Governor has issued proclamations for groups supporting the Turks and Armenians.

But a radical athiest group from Wisconsin thinks groups like the NDPTF shouldn’t have the same access to this opportunity because they are religious. So they sued Governor Ritter, and asked the Colorado District Court to enter an order prohibiting prayer proclamations in the future. The plaintiffs claimed the prayer proclamations violated two provisions of the Colorado Constitution: (1) “no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his opinions concerning religion,” and (2) “[n]or shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.” the rest

Judge details rationale for halting anti-Shariah law measure

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Devotional: You need to be in fellowship of a church...


You need to be in fellowship of a church...If you separate a live coal from the others, it will soon die out. However, if you put a live coal in with other live coals, it will be a glow that will last for hours. ...Billy Graham image by Jo Naylor

Police Raid Australian Abortion Mill after 58 Patients Contract Hepatitis C

Monday November 8, 2010
By Wanda Skowronska
MELBOURNE, AU

(LifeSiteNews.com) - Police have raided an abortion mill in Melbourne Australia linked to an anaesthetist alleged to have infected patients with hepatitis C. Anaesthetist Dr. James Latham Peters was suspended in February after numerous woman were found to have been infected with hepatitis C after being treated by Peters in a suburban Melbourne abortion facility.

In the period between 2006 and 2009, the ABC reports that 58 women at the abortion centre have tested positive to hepatitis C and that of these, 35 cases have been linked back to Peters, who is himself infected with the disease. the rest

Education Protest in London Turns Violent


By SARAH LYALL
November 10, 2010

LONDON — A demonstration against government proposals to cut education spending and steeply increase tuition for university students turned violent on Wednesday as a core of protesters, evidently angling for a fight, attempted to storm the building that houses the Conservative Party.

 The protesters scuffled with police officers, set off flares, burned placards and kicked at windows until they shattered.

As of midafternoon, the protesters and police were at a standoff outside the building, Millbank Tower in Westminster. Some protesters had climbed onto a nearby roof terrace. Others continued to try, sometimes successfully, to enter the building, only to be escorted out again by the police. At one point the fire alarm went off and some workers left, but many then returned. the rest

Court: No campaign finance limits for small groups

Nov 9, 2010
By P. SOLOMON BANDA
Associated Press

DENVER (AP) -- A federal appellate court ruled Tuesday that requiring small groups who promote ballot initiatives to file campaign finance reports is so burdensome that it's unconstitutional, dealing the latest blow to open-government advocates.

A libertarian legal group, the Institute for Justice, believes the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling in a case over Colorado requirements for campaign reporting could help overturn similar laws in other states.

Steve Simpson, an attorney for the Arlington, Va.-based group, said it is the first ruling in the nation where reporting requirements for issues groups were deemed so burdensome that they violate the First Amendment. He said the latest decision splits from a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last year that dealt with small amounts of money, but didn't examine the burden the reporting requirements placed on the First Amendment. the rest

Anglican leader to visit Vatican

 November 11, 2010
AFP

Anglican leader Rowan Williams will travel to the Vatican next week, Vatican radio reported on Wednesday, following the departure of five Anglican bishops to the Roman Catholic Church.

Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the world's Anglicans, is to visit on November 17 for the 50th anniversary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the radio station's documentation service said.

His visit comes after the Roman Catholic Church on Monday announced that five Church of Anglican bishops were to convert to Catholicism under a controversial offer from Pope Benedict XVI to accept Anglicans disgruntled with their church. the rest

Increasingly, nurses facing violence on the job

Wed, Nov. 10, 2010
By Jane M. Von Bergen
Inquirer Staff Writer
Amber Knierim, 20, wanted to be a nurse when she grew up, her MySpace profile says.

Instead, she's in jail for beating one up - a Temple University Hospital emergency-room nurse who was attacked when she tried to keep Knierim from grabbing needles from an empty examination room on June 21.

"She picked the wrong person to mess with," said Joan Meissler, 53, of Northeast Philadelphia, now working on light duty until she heals from the beating that wrecked her finances and left her in permanent pain, angry, and disheartened.

On Wednesday, 180 nurses and other health-care workers will convene in a ballroom at the Philadelphia Airport Hilton for a booked-to-capacity session on workplace violence for health-care workers, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, a union. the rest

US bishops seek to boost number of exorcists

By Dennis Sadowski
Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Bishops in America are sponsoring a two-day conference on exorcism in response to a growing interest in the rite and because of a shortage of trained exorcists nationwide.

The Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism, on November 12-13, will be attended by 56 bishops and 66 priests.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, said he knew of perhaps five or six exorcists in the United States. They are overwhelmed with requests to perform the rite, he said.

“There’s this small group of priests who say they get requests from all over the continental US,” Bishop Paprocki said. the rest

A Response to the “Pastoral Guidelines” and the September 14 Ordination in the Diocese of Toronto

Written by Catherine Sider Hamilton and F. Dean Mercer
ACI
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

On September 14, 2010, Archbishop Colin Johnson ordained priest in the Diocese of Toronto a woman married (by civil law) to another woman. On November 3, the College of Bishops issued “Pastoral Guidelines” for the formal and liturgical blessing of same gender commitments in the Diocese of Toronto.

These actions are problematic both in their content and in their form.

The first action contradicts the doctrine, discipline and worship of the church and disregards its marriage canon. The second does one of two things. In one case, it gives the church’s formal blessing to a civilly married same-sex couple. In the other, it blesses a sexual relationship that is not a marriage. In either case it departs from the historic teaching of the church and its moral vision, both as to the nature of marriage and as to the role and limits of sex. the rest

Gay Episcopal bishop says he isn't being 'run off'

V. Gene Robinson says his detractors have not shaken his commitment and he'll merely scale back when he steps down in January 2013.By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2010

It was less than a month ago that V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church, appeared in a YouTube video assuring gay and lesbian teenagers who were "in a dark place" that their lives would get better.

"I am an out and proud gay man who is also the bishop of New Hampshire," he said, staring into the camera, dressed in the purple shirt of his office. "And I am living proof that it gets better."

On Saturday, Robinson stood before a shocked diocesan convention and delivered a different message. Citing the strain of constant controversy, including death threats, he said he had decided to step down in January 2013, when he will be 65, seven years younger than the usual retirement age for an Episcopal bishop. the rest

Plan to tag new babies causes outcry

French company's scheme to identify all young children electronically is opposed as an invasion of privacy
Laure Belot
Guardian Weekly,
Tuesday 9 November 2010

A French company, Lyberta, has just dropped plans to fit children in several nurseries in Paris with electronic tags, after a newspaper revealed the scheme. Trade unions, councils and civil liberties groups were indignant at the invasion of privacy. But the response to the idea in online forums was much more divided: "I have been longing for this ever since my first child was born," a woman wrote. "My three-year-old daughter walked out of her infant school and the teachers found her in the next street … I would rather put a tag on my child than sign up for a kidnap warning scheme."  the rest image

National Cancer Institute Should Tell Women of Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

by Bill Saunders Washington, DC
LifeNews.com | 11/9/10

For years the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has denied a link between abortion and breast cancer. But NCI may soon have to apologize to the women it has misled—because one of its own researchers is starting to acknowledge the link.

In the last 18 months alone, five studies have demonstrated an increased risk of breast cancer following abortion. One of those studies, co-authored by Louise Briton, a NCI branch chief, found a statistically significant 40 percent increased risk of breast cancer following abortion.

The study also acknowledged that its findings were “consistent with the effects observed in previous studies on younger women. Specifically, older age, family history of breast cancer, earlier menarche age, induced abortion, and oral contraceptive use were associated with an increased risk for breast cancer.”  the rest

UK: Schools get go-ahead to teach Paganism alongside major religions

By Daily Mail Reporter
 9th November 2010
A council is allowing its schools to teach Paganism to pupils, it emerged today.

Lincolnshire County Council raised the issue of whether Paganism should be added to the Religious Education curriculum at a recent meeting.

The county's RE advisor questioned whether study of Pagan doctrine should be added to the six world religions currently studied in schools.

It was decided that individual schools can choose whether they wish to teach Paganism to pupils or not. the rest

Cafe fan banned in case smell of bacon offends Muslims

How an Iraqi Christian school became 82 percent Muslim

By Jane Arraf, Correspondent
November 9, 2010

Down a battered street in the working class neighborhood of New Baghdad, next to a Shiite mosque frequented by followers of hard-line cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, children play in the school courtyard of St. Elia Catholic Church.

This was once a mixed neighborhood, home to Sunnis, Shiites, and – before the war – 2,500 Christian families. But the particularly fierce ethnic violence that raged here engulfed everyone and left a mostly Shiite neighborhood surrounding the Catholic school and church. the rest
Sectarian violence and a Christian exodus has left Baghdad's St. Elia Catholic school largely surrounded by Muslims, who were drawn to the school's no-hitting rule.

De Facto Shariah Law in America

November 09, 2010
By Janet Levy

Is the United States today a de facto shariah state? A close look at recent events points to some alarming conclusions about the tenets of shariah law taking hold in our once-proud constitutional republic and the unwitting, unequal application of existing U.S. laws. The result is that when it comes to religious expression, Muslims now enjoy more freedom of religion and speech under our Bill of Rights than non-Muslims. Equal protection under the laws of our country holds for Muslims far better than for non-Muslims. Several recent examples illustrate this point.  the rest
Under Islamic shariah law, Christians may not even speak to Muslims about Christianity nor provide them with any literature about Christianity. With the recent arrests of Christians in Dearborn juxtaposed with prostrate Muslim worshipers in Manhattan (where a mosque is planned at Ground Zero at the same location where a church will not be rebuilt), it appears that the principles of Islamic supremacy and prohibitions against Christian proselytizing have begun to gain traction in America.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Devotional: To Thee, O Jesu, I direct my eyes...

To Thee, O Jesu, I direct my eyes;
To Thee my hands, to Thee my humble knees;
To Thee my heart shall offer sacrifice;
To Thee my thoughts, who my thoughts only sees;
To Thee myself,-myself and all I give;
To Thee I die; to Thee I only live.
-attributed to Sir Walter Raleigh

Mysterious Missile Launches over Southern California



Mystery Missile Launch Off California Coast

How the Presidency Is Invading Your Home


Tuesday, November 09, 2010
 by Ben Lieberman

The Obama administration isn't satisfied giving the American public vast things we don't want — from stimulus packages to bailouts to ObamaCare. Witness its attempt to redesign home appliances.

In the pipeline are dumb regulations for almost everything that plugs in or fires up in your home.

Just weeks after taking office, the president ordered the Energy Department to speed up the process of issuing harsh new energy-efficiency standards for appliances. Since then, the agency boasts, it "has issued or codified new efficiency standards for more than 20 different products," and still more are on the way. the rest image

Church of England 'is like failing coffee chain' says bishop

By Steve Doughty
9th November 2010

A bishop who is converting to Rome has likened the Church of England to a ‘coffee chain going out of business’.

The Right Reverend Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, said there were signs the Church was losing a sense of where it came from.

He said: ‘If Costa Coffee, every time you went to a branch, did something different and you didn’t know what the product was, they would go out of business.

‘We have got to the stage now in the Church of England where there are so many different products that you don’t know what you’re going to get.’ the rest

In case you haven't seen this yet....

The Final Verdict on Activist Judges

by Thomas Sowell
Nov 9th, 2010

Results of the recent elections showed that growing numbers of Americans are fed up with “public servants” who act as if they are public masters. This went beyond the usual objections to particular policies. It was the fact that policies were crammed down our throats, whether we liked them or not. In fact, laws were passed so fast that nobody had time to read them.

Whether these policies were good, bad or indifferent, the way they were imposed represented a more fundamental threat to the very principles of a self-governing people established by the Constitution of the United States.

Arrogant politicians who do this are dismantling the Constitution piecemeal— which is to say, they are dismantling America.  the rest

Woman Gives Birth to Homosexual Son's Baby

Tuesday November 9, 2010
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
 Latin America Correspondent

 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A fifty-year-old Mexican woman has given birth to a child whose biological father is her homosexual son, according to the Mexico City newspaper Reforma.

Reforma reports that the woman, whose name has been withheld, decided to offer her womb to her 31-year-old son "Jorge," a single homosexual businessman who wanted a child. A childhood friend, who is married, contributed the ovum. Jorge's son was conceived through in-vitro fertilization with the assistance of obstetrician-gynecologist Juan Manuel Casillas and implanted in his mother's womb.

Jorge's mother, who gave birth to her own grandson by cesarean section on November 1, has been released from the hospital after 48 hours of observation, and is now nursing the child. The attending doctors say that there have been no complications. the rest

Opera Company of Philadelphia "Hallelujah!" Random Act of Culture

Planned Parenthood Makes Post-Election Appeal to Donors for Help in Saving Its Taxpayer Funding From 'Dangerous Politicians'

Monday, November 08, 2010
By Penny Starr

(CNSNews.com) – In a letter sent to supporters by e-mail on the day after Republicans were swept in as the new majority in the House of Representatives and gained seats in the Senate, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards used the election results to press for an “emergency donation” to help fight against “dangerous politicians who oppose women's health and the right to choose.”

“Even before yesterday's election, women's health was under attack,” Richards wrote in the e-mail, which was sent on Nov. 3. “Anti-choice Republicans like Congressman Mike Pence from Indiana have introduced legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.” the rest

Look out, your medicine is watching you

By Ben Hirschler
NEW YORK
Mon Nov 8, 2010
 (Reuters) - Novartis AG plans to seek regulatory approval within 18 months for a pioneering tablet containing an embedded microchip, bringing the concept of "smart-pill" technology a step closer.

The initial program will use one of the Swiss firm's established drugs taken by transplant patients to avoid organ rejection. But Trevor Mundel, global head of development, believes the concept can be applied to many other pills.

"We are taking forward this transplant drug with a chip and we hope within the next 18 months to have something that we will be able to submit to the regulators, at least in Europe," Mundel told the Reuters Health Summit in New York. the rest

Young Pro-Life Father Nearly Lost Son to Abortion

Says Fathers Have No Legal Rights
Monday November 8, 2010
By Hilary White

DUBLIN (LifeSiteNews.com) – Joseph Lee, who serves as the development officer for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in Scotland, is the father of a four-year-old boy. But he almost lost his son just over four years ago, thanks to the fact that Britain’s abortion laws do not allow men to be taken into account in abortion decisions.

Lee told his painful story to LifeSiteNews.com at a conference this weekend in Dublin.

At 22, Lee’s girlfriend became pregnant and intended to abort. Despite the fact that he wanted to have the child and believed that abortion was morally wrong, he found himself with no legal recourse whatever to save the life of his unborn child. the rest

Christian persecution continues in Orissa

 November 8, 2010
Anti-Christian repression continues in the Kandhamal despite the government’s claims of normalcy, a fact-finding team has revealed.

Although police contingents now guard several villages, Hindu radical groups’ social and economic boycott of Christians persists, the team reports.

The four-member group that visited Kandhamal district on Nov. 5 said lawlessness still prevails in villages with Christians living in fear and insecurity. the rest

Benedict XVI in Spain: "Indissoluble love between man and woman is the framework for human life"

Monday, November 08, 2010

Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate

By JESSE WASHINGTON
 Ap National Writer
Nov 6, 2010

HOUSTON – One recent day at Dr. Natalie Carroll's OB-GYN practice, located inside a low-income apartment complex tucked between a gas station and a freeway, 12 pregnant black women come for consultations. Some bring their children or their mothers. Only one brings a husband.

Things move slowly here. Women sit shoulder-to-shoulder in the narrow waiting room, sometimes for more than an hour. Carroll does not rush her mothers in and out. She wants her babies born as healthy as possible, so Carroll spends time talking to the mothers about how they should care for themselves, what she expects them to do — and why they need to get married. the rest

ADV prayer request from Bishop Bena

Anglican District of Virginia
November 8, 2010
(via email)

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

The attorneys for our ADV churches who are being sued have turned in their briefs to Judge Bellows. He and his staff will now review the briefs before hearing oral arguments this Friday at 2 pm. I am calling all ADV clergy and laity and parishes to daily prayer for the judge and his staff, that God will bless them. Please pray that the Anglican congregations of Church of the Apostles, Fairfax; Church of the Epiphany, Herndon; The Church of Our Saviour, Oatlands; St. Margaret's Anglican Church, Woodbridge; St. Paul's Church, Haymarket; St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Heathsville; The Falls Church, Falls Church; Truro Church, Fairfax; and Church of the Word, Gainesville will retain their properties and do many signs and wonders as they use their properties to lead people into the Kingdom of God.

Your Fellow Servant in Christ,

Bishop Dave Bena, Contact Bishop

Attack of the Food Police

Why the government has no business banning Happy Meals
Steve Chapman
November 8, 2010

The government tells us what medicines we may take and what recreational substances we may ingest, but when it comes to food, we decide what goes down our gullets. Gun-owning barbecuers coexist peacefully with Humane Society vegans. To paraphrase the old adage, your freedom ends where my stomach begins.

But not everyone is keen on emancipated eating. Public health puritans, appalled at the spread of excess weight, think the government should forcefully guide our dining choices. And when it comes to policy, they are getting a place at the table. the rest image by Gareth Simpson

Food justice?

Iraqi Christians Hold Mass In Assaulted Church

by The Associated Press
Sunday Nov. 7, 2010.

The walls were still splattered with blood and pieces of flesh as Iraqi Christians celebrated Mass on Sunday in the church that just a week before had been the scene of a horrific bloodbath in which dozens died.

Parishioners holding candles and wearing black gathered in Baghdad's Our Lady of Salvation church, which had been stripped bare of pews and still bore bullet holes along its walls, while overhead the chandeliers and ceilings were stained with blood. the rest

"We will pray for those who assaulted our church and shed the blood of our martyrs."

Poland set to unveil world's tallest Jesus statue



2010-11-07
Moscow

 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The construction of the world's tallest Jesus Christ statue that rises to 167 feet in a Polish town has been completed.

The statue's torso, head and crown were installed Saturday, marking an end to the five-year construction, the PAP news agency reported.

The works were initially scheduled for Friday, but were delayed due to strong winds. the rest image

More and more college bookstores offering rentals


Students facing 'ridiculous' textbook prices get a bright spot
 November 8, 2010
BY KARA SPAK Staff Reporter

For college students and their parents, there's a small bright spot in the increasingly bleak world of college costs: the cost of textbooks.

That's because the number of college bookstores offering textbook rentals has exploded this year, leaping from just 300 nationwide in 2009 to 1,500 this year, according to the National Association of College Stores, which represents 3,000 college bookstores.

"The students have been grateful -- they want [books] to be cheaper," said Bradley Bridges, director of the Illini Union Bookstore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "The price of textbooks is really ridiculous. If a book that cost $150 cost $20, we wouldn't even be having this conversation." the rest image

Scientists turn human skin cells directly into blood cells

The technique someday could help meet the need for alternative sources of blood.
By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
November 8, 2010

Canadian scientists have turned human skin cells directly into blood cells, the first time one kind of mature human cell has been converted into another, according to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature.

The transformation was completed without first rewinding the skin cells into the flexible pluripotent stem cells that have most frequently been used to grow tissues. By skipping the pluripotent step, the researchers believe they have skirted the risk that the replacement cells might form dangerous tumors. the rest
By tweaking the formula, the team was able to produce different types of blood cells, he said. For example, when they left out the protein called erythropoietin, the skin cells generated neutrophils and macrophages, types of white blood cell used by the immune system.

The tunnel people of Las Vegas

How 1,000 live in flooded labyrinth under Sin City's shimmering strip
By Daily Mail Reporter
4th November 2010

Deep beneath Vegas’s glittering lights lies a sinister labyrinth inhabited by poisonous spiders and a man nicknamed The Troll who wields an iron bar.

But astonishingly, the 200 miles of flood tunnels are also home to 1,000 people who eke out a living in the strip’s dark underbelly.

Some, like Steven and his girlfriend Kathryn, have furnished their home with considerable care - their 400sq ft 'bungalow' boasts a double bed, a wardrobe and even a bookshelf. the rest

Five Anglican bishops quit Church of England for Rome

Five bishops have resigned to join the Roman Catholic Church as an exodus of Anglicans begins.
By Tim Ross, Religious Affairs Editor
 08 Nov 2010

The five will convert to Roman Catholicism in the first wave of protests over plans to ordain women bishops in the Church of England for the first time.

The Roman Catholic Church backed their move, which was first reported in The Daily Telegraph, and promised a "warm welcome" to all Anglicans who decide to switch allegiance to Rome.

Senior Catholics are finalising plans for the English Ordinariate, a new body created by the Pope to accommodate Anglican converts who cannot accept women bishops.

The Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, Alan Hopes, the Roman Catholic representative leading the development of the Ordinariate, confirmed the identities of the five converts today.  the rest

Archbishop of Canterbury accepts resignation of Anglican bishops