31 October 2011
Photographer Dyrk Daniels noticed the 370lb Golden Bengal Tiger had taken an interest in the child, who was leaning against his glass enclosure.
As the tiger, called Taj, headed over to her, Mr Daniels got his camera ready, expecting him to snarl and bang against the glass.
Tender moment: Rather than banging against the glass, the tiger gently put its paw up to the little girl's hand
But amazingly the tiger hung his head, stretched a paw out to her hand and rubbed his cheek against where the girl's face was.
Father-of-two Dyrk Daniels, 47, went to Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah, Washington State, to photograph the Bengal tigers.
When he got to the enclosure there were several children and families in the area, so he decided to let them see the tigers first before he tried to photograph them himself.
‘That is when I noticed this little girl was leaning against the glass with both hands out stretched staring at the ‘big kitties’,’ he said.
Gentle giant: As the tiger headed over to the glass partition towards the little girl, photographer Dyrk Daniels thought the big cat would snarl and frighten her
Bonding: The tiger put its face right down so the little girl could look it straight in the eye
‘I noticed that Taj had taken an interest in the girl and was heading towards her.
‘I thought for certain that the little girl would need therapy after the encounter and fear cats for the rest of her life.
‘I could not believe my eyes when Taj approached the girl, bowed his head and then placed his huge right paw exactly in front of where the little girl's left hand was.
‘It was incredible to watch. Taj let down his right paw, rubbed his cheek against the glass where the little girl's face was and moved off.’
Far from being scared, the little girl was so excited that she started clapping as she walked back afterwards towards her mother.
‘I have never seen such tenderness from such a large predator,’ Mr Daniels said.
Global Warming — RIP. Por Victor Davis Hanson.
Corruption within the climate-change industry explains some of the sudden turnoff. “Climategate” — the unauthorized 2009 release of private emails from the Climatic Research Unit in the United Kingdom — revealed that many of the world’s top climate scientists were knee-deep in manipulating scientific evidence to support preconceived conclusions and personal agendas.
Shrill warnings about everything from melting Himalayan glaciers to shrinking polar bear populations turned out not always to be supported by scientific facts.
Unfortunately, “green” during the last three years has also become synonymous with Solyndra-style crony capitalism. Common-sense ideas like more windmills, solar panels, retrofitted houses and electric cars have all been in the news lately.
But the common themes were depressingly similar: few jobs created and little competitively priced energy produced, but plenty of political donors who landed hundreds of millions of dollars in low-interest loans from the government.
Of course, it didn’t help that the world’s most prominent green spokesman, Nobel laureate Al Gore, made tens of millions of dollars from his own advocacy. And he adopted a lifestyle of jet travel and energy-hungry homes at odds with his pleas for everyone else to cut back.
Then, when “climate change” was not still enough to frighten the public into action, yet a third term followed: “climate chaos.” Suddenly some “green experts” claimed that even more terrifying disasters — from periodic hurricanes and tornadoes to volcanoes and earthquakes — could for the first time be attributed to the burning of fossil fuels. At that point, serially changing the name of the problem suggested to many that there might not be such a problem after all.
We simply don’t know positively whether recent human activity has caused the planet to warm up to dangerous levels. But we do know that those who insist it does are sometimes disingenuous, often profit-minded, and nearly always impractical.
30 October 2011
President Barack Obama goes into the 2012 with a weak economy that may doom his reelection. But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest.Yeah, when I think of "honest presidents", Barack Hussein Obama is the name that jumps to my mind right away....... or something.
But good old Jonnie knows he has feet of glass because he is quick to add:
Although it’s possible that the Solyndra LLC story will become a classic feeding frenzy, don’t bet on it. Providing $535 million in loan guarantees to a solar-panel maker that goes bankrupt was dumb, but so far not criminal or even unethical on the part of the administration.Yeah, nothing "scandalous" or unethical in an administration giving special treatment to a big Obama donor. According to cop killer-defender Van Jones, that was a "noble mistake".
Take a look at the list Prof William Jacobson provides in regard to Barack "Free of Scandal" Obama:
- Fast and Furious – guns missing, border patrol agent dead, Mexican gangs well-armed, and an Attorney General who is incompetent at best, misleading at worst.
- Nixonian control of press access to fundraisers.
- Obamacare – possibly the most deceptive law ever passed, so much so that one of its key cost-saving tools turns out to be too costly to implement.
- The disregard of judicial orders as to Gulf oil leases and the near shutdown of new production.
From today in Denver. Police forced to raise their weapons as protesters from Occupy Denver go on a rampage.
Police raise weapons while making an arrest during the Occupy Denver protest in Denver, CO, Saturday, October 29, 2011. Occupy Denver protesters and law enforcement officers faced off on the steps of the state Capitol and Civic Center this afternoon after protesters marched through downtown Denver for the fourth week in a row. (The Denver Post)
Your average Tea Party rally.
Supporters wave their flags during a Tea Party Express rally in Upper Arlington, Ohio, USA 30 October 2010. Members of the Tea Party, showing their support for conservative candidates and causes, are delivering their message to voters across the country during a 16-day, 34-stop bus tour of 15 states from California to Washington, DC
29 October 2011
Hatred seems to fill islamic hearts.
When I tell people I’m an ex-feminist, I get a strange array of responses. Some people look shocked and offended, as if I had declared myself among those who doubt that the world is round. Others get a look of joy upon their faces as if they are thinking, “Oh, how wonderful that someone else feels the same way I do!”
I am certainly not opposed to women going to college, nor do I think women should be prohibited from pursuing their dreams, whether that means motherhood, medicine or meteorology. However, as someone who lived the feminist agenda for many years, I can attest that giving women more access to education and careers is the mere tip of the feminist iceberg. If you dig a bit deeper, you find a soul-numbing array of lies.
The first lie is one that it took me years to see through. Although I’d been raised in a staid Catholic household, during my junior year in college, I abandoned my Catholic faith as well as my moral principles. By the time I was in graduate school in the 1970s, the women’s liberation movement was under way, and one of the rallying cries of the day centered on “free love.” This euphemism, in fact, had nothing to do with the reality of the behavior, which involved engaging in sex with strangers as if it were just another ordinary activity.
As a budding feminist, I bought into the mistaken notion that casual sex caused no harm to men, and thus, it should be perfectly fine for women, as well. After all, feminists were intent on leveling the male-female playing field, and that meant dismantling traditions like marriage and commitment, and, in the process, encouraging women to imitate masculine behavior.
It was painful becoming intimate with men whom I hardly knew and trying to pretend I expected no commitment from them, but I told myself that over time my emotions would change.
Despite the fact that my female friends and I kept getting our hearts broken, we didn’t arrive at the obvious conclusion: Feminism had it all wrong. Women are created by God to connect sex with commitment and love, since we know in the deepest recesses of our hearts that a baby is the obvious purpose of sexual intimacy. Since I was too naive to see through the lie, I concluded that I had to give the new experiment more time, and I would eventually achieve true “liberation.”
I was also caught in the web of the second big lie of feminism, which proceeds directly from the first. Feminists are well aware that casual sex can lead to pregnancy, even when a woman is using contraception. There simply is no device or chemical that can completely guarantee that a pregnancy will not result from sex. Feminists, however, do not see this obvious fact as a good reason to avoid premarital sex. Instead, in their continued attempt to break the God-ordained tie between sex and babies, they propose another “solution,” one that has led to the deaths of millions of innocents since abortion was legalized.
Tragically, I was one of the women who bought into this deception.
I truly thought that a woman’s freedom to pursue education or a career trumped an innocent baby’s right to be born. Thus, when I found myself pregnant but unmarried, I chose what I thought would be a simple solution. In all the feminist articles that I pored over — and there were quite a few — no mention was made of the emotional repercussions that so often result when a woman ends a pregnancy.
I made the appointment at the feminist clinic, walked in, and signed the paperwork. In my mind, what was about to happen was as matter-of-fact as getting a tooth extracted. What I didn’t realize was that I was about to experience the first chink in my feminist armor, because the “procedure,” as I referred to it, was horrifyingly painful, both physically and emotionally. In truth, as I left the clinic that day, I felt a rush of relief because the immediate “problem,” the unwanted pregnancy, was over.
What I did not realize was that I would be facing many years of much more serious problems, as my womanly emotions reacted with horror and regret over what had really happened that day.
I began experiencing flashbacks and nightmares. I would see a baby in a mall and feel tears stinging my eyes. Worst of all, I felt so terribly alone because even my feminist friends, who surely had undergone the same “procedure,” studiously avoided any mention of their own abortions.
As the years passed, I was filled with a bitter, unending regret. No matter what the feminist pundits claimed in the scholarly articles they churned out, the truth of the matter became blatantly clear: I had taken a life, and I would never quite get over it.
It wasn’t until I came back to the Catholic Church that I could finally see through the lies of feminism. I saw that it is impossible to claim to be pro-woman while also being anti-child. I finally realized that in the feminist game plan, children are the big losers. It was only by coming back to Catholicism that I discovered what it means to be pro-woman in a sane and beautiful way.
Looking at a figure of Mary gazing with love at the Christ Child in her arms reveals the truth that can triumph, once and for all, over the lies of feminism: Taking babies away from their mothers leads to devastating results for mother and child.
I found forgiveness for my sin through the sacrament of confession and was finally able to find emotional healing through Path, a post-abortion treatment and healing ministry run by a merciful Catholic woman. But the scars that are left from the feminist lies will never be completely gone. If I could turn back the hands of time, I would let that little baby thrive. Like millions of other women who regret their abortions, I would give anything if I could gaze on the little face of my precious baby, who never saw the light of day.
Lorraine V. Murray is the author of Confessions of an Ex-Feminist (Ignatius Press). She lives in Decatur, Georgia
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28 October 2011
"In the home, mothers tend to be in charge of child care. Also, China's one child policy makes parents overly protective and inclined to spoil their child," says headmaster Cao Jianping, who says he plans to hire more male teachers to give the boys stronger role models.
As for the girls, they're already tough, according to teacher Wang Jianhua.
"They not only like physical fighting, but also are quite straight-forward and have strong characters," he says.
IF I WERE A LIBERAL ...
If I were a liberal, I would have spent the last week in shock that a Democratic audience in Flint, Mich., cheered Vice President Joe Biden's description of a policeman being killed. (And if I were a liberal desperately striving to keep my job on MSNBC, I'd say the Democrats looked "hot and horny" for dead cops -- as Chris Matthews said of a Republican audience that cheered for the death penalty.)
Biden's audience whooped and applauded last week in Flint when he said that without Obama's jobs bill, police will be "outgunned and outmanned." (Wild applause!)
I suppose liberals would claim they were applauding because they believe Obama's jobs bill will prevent these murders. Which reminds me: Republicans believe the death penalty prevents murders!
Which belief bears more relationship to reality?
In a case I have previously mentioned, Kenneth McDuff was released from death row soon after the Supreme Court overturned the death penalty in 1972 and went on to murder more than a dozen people.
William Jordan and Anthony Prevatte were sentenced to death in 1974 for abducting a teacher, murdering him and stealing his car. They came under suspicion when they were caught throwing the murder weapon from the stolen vehicle in a high-speed car chase with the cops and because they were in possession of the dead man's wallet, briefcase and watch.
The Georgia Supreme Court overturned their capital sentences in an opinion by Robert H. Hall, who was appointed by Gov. Jimmy Carter.
Hall said that the death sentences had to be set aside on the idiotic grounds that the jurors had overheard the prosecutor say that the judge and state supreme court would have the opportunity to review a death sentence, which might have caused them to take their sentencing role less seriously.
(If the facts had been the reverse, the court would have overturned the death sentences on the grounds that the jurors did not take their sentencing decision seriously, under the misapprehension that no judge or court would second-guess them.)
Prevatte was later released from "life in prison" and proceeded to murder his girlfriend. Jordan escaped and has never been found.
As president, Carter appointed Hall to a federal district court.
Darryl Kemp was sentenced to death in California in 1960 for the rape and murder of Marjorie Hipperson and also convicted for raping two other women. But he sat on death row long enough -- 12 years -- for the death penalty to be declared unconstitutional. He was paroled five years later and, within four months, had raped and murdered Armida Wiltsey, a 40-year-old wife and mother.
Kemp wasn't caught at the time, so he spent the next quarter-century raping (and probably murdering) a string of women. In 2002, his DNA was matched to blood found on the fingernails of Wiltsey's dead body. Although Kemp was serving a "life sentence" for rape in a Texas prison, he was months away from being paroled when he was brought back to California for the murder of Wiltsey.
His attorney argued that he was too old for the death penalty. He lost that argument, and in 2009, Kemp was again given a capital sentence. He now sits on death row, perhaps long enough for the death penalty to be declared unconstitutional again, so he can be released to commit more rapes and murders.
Dozens and dozens of prisoners released from death row have gone on to murder again. No one knows exactly how many, but it's a lot more than the number of innocent men who have been executed in America, which, at least since 1950, is zero.
What is liberals' evidence that there will be more rapes and murders if Obama's jobs bill doesn't pass? Biden claims that, without it, there won't be enough cops to interrupt a woman being raped in her own home -- which would be an amazing bit of police work/psychic talent, if it had ever happened. (That's why Americans like guns, liberals.)
Obama's jobs bill tackles the problem of rape and murder by giving the states $30 billion ... for public school teachers.
Only $5 billion is even allotted to the police, but all we keep hearing about are the rapes and murders that Democrats are suddenly against (as long as being "against" rape and murder means funding public school teachers and not imprisoning or executing rapists and murderers).
Finally, did Flint use any money from Obama's last trillion-dollar stimulus bill to hire more police in order to prevent rape and murder? No, Flint spent its $2.2 million from the first stimulus bill on buying two electric buses.
Even if what Flint really needed was buses and not cops, for $2.2 million, the city could have bought seven brand-new diesel buses and had $100,000 left over for streetlights.
Rather than reducing the rate of rape and murder, blowing money on "green" buses is likely to increase crime, since people will be forced to spend a lot more time waiting at bus stops for those two buses.
It's going to be a long wait: The "green" buses were never delivered because the company went out of business -- despite a $1.6 million loan from the American taxpayer.
But if I were a liberal, I wouldn't acknowledge these facts, or any facts. I would close my eyes, cover my ears, demand that MSNBC fire Pat Buchanan and the FCC pull the plug on Fox, and pretend to believe that taxpayer-funded "green" projects and an ever-increasing supply of public school teachers were the only things that separated us from Armageddon.
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27 October 2011
PETA Asks Federal Court To Grant Killer Whales Constitutional Rights, Sues Sea World For “Enslavement”
SAN DIEGO — A federal court is being asked to grant constitutional rights to five killer whales who perform at marine parks — an unprecedented and perhaps quixotic legal action that is nonetheless likely to stoke an ongoing, intense debate at America’s law schools over expansion of animal rights.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is accusing the SeaWorld parks of keeping five star-performer whales in conditions that violate the 13th Amendment ban on slavery. SeaWorld depicted the suit as baseless.
The chances of the suit succeeding are slim, according to legal experts not involved in the case; any judge who hews to the original intent of the authors of the amendment is unlikely to find that they wanted to protect animals. But PETA relishes engaging in the court of public opinion, as evidenced by its provocative anti-fur and pro-vegan campaigns.
The suit, which PETA says it will file Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Diego, hinges on the fact that the 13th Amendment, while prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude, does not specify that only humans can be victims.
Jeff Kerr, PETA’s general counsel, says his five-member legal team — which spent 18 months preparing the case — believes it’s the first federal court suit seeking constitutional rights for members of an animal species.
25 October 2011
When it comes to love, the world is now our oyster - we can choose who to date, live with, marry or divorce.
But it seems having endless options hasn't stopped couples from straying.
A staggering 47 per cent of the British population has admitted to cheating on a partner - whilst 63 per cent have discovered they have been cheated on, a new survey has revealed.
But despite the nation’s infidelities, Brits are a forgiving bunch, with 42 per cent of those surveyed admitting they have taken back a partner after being cheated on.
Some (30 per cent) even confessed they would forgive their partner for having a one night stand.
Commenting on the findings, Sexpert Siski Green, author of How to Blow His Mind in Bed (Piatkus, 2010), said: 'The fact is that most of the population has done it, had it done to them, or at least thought about it.
'Human beings seem to be programmed to crave new things - new flavours in food, new music, new clothes - which is why making a relationship work, can be difficult.
'It means weighing up the pros and cons of an affair and realising that you have far more to lose than to gain with a fling. It also means finding ways to add novelty to your relationship so boredom or complacency doesn't set in.'
Over thirty per cent of respondents said they would let their partner cheat on them if it was with a celebrity.
Proving that she’s still got it, Cheryl Cole took the gong for being the celebrity that people would most likely let their partners cheat on them with (21 per cent), followed by Angelina Jolie (19 per cent) and Kelly Brook (13 per cent).
Surprisingly, Susan Boyle (eight per cent) trumped Tulisa Contostavlos (five per cent) in the celebrity stakes.
Motivation to cheat was usually fuelled by alcohol, with a quarter (25 per cent) of respondents blaming being drunk and not in control of their actions as the primary reason for their philandering ways, the MSN research revealed.
One fifth (20 per cent) of respondents said that revenge was their primary motivation, as they sought to get their own back on a cheating partner.
Jack Hartcup, who is studying a philosophy degree, has played a major part in the demonstrations against capitalism outside St Paul's Cathedral and at the Dale Farm illegal travellers' site.
But until three years ago, the 21-year-old student was living in one of his father's £1.5millon apartments in North London.
Anti-capitalism protester Jack Hartcup is the son of a property developer whose business owns the £10m Eclipse building in North London. Until just a few years ago, the student lived in one of the £1.5m apartments there
He has insisted he does not share his 54-year-old father's ideals.
‘I’m an anarchist and I don’t believe in leadership,' he said.
‘I’m not set to inherit this fortune. I don’t believe in property.
‘My father has done very well for himself but I don’t intend to do what he does. He has gone along with the capitalist system.’
The Anglia Ruskin student, who hopes to become a philosophy teacher, has been a striking figure at the protests, wearing a leather jacket emblazoned with the words 'hate hate' emblazoned across his back.
Different ideals: The student, pictured with a friend, insists he doesn't want to be like his father. He said: 'My father has done very well for himself but I don't intend to do what he does. He has gone along with the capitalist system.'
His Facebook page is crammed with posters and videos encouraging others to protest.
He also boasts about being caught graffiting and having his jacket and trainers confiscated by the police.
In a post on the social networking site he says: ‘I had them repremanded (sic) off me when I was caught spraypainting a wall. both the leather jacket and dms had the same colour paint on them so they took them for evidence’.
Last night he said: 'I’ve been at Dale Farm and I’ve been here, but I’m not the centre of anything.
'I want to see real change in this country at an economic level. I don’t want to see us destroy the planet.
'It’s not something you can do by voting every four years. People are so tied down with jobs and other commitments, they can’t protest.'
His 54-year-old father, James, is the director of Eclipse Building Ltd, which owns the Eclipse building – a £10million development in North London.
Row: Occupy London protesters outside St Paul's Cathedral last night. Their demonstrations have forced the closure of the iconic landmark
Sham? The protests at St Paul's have been accused of being a 'big charade' with only one in ten tents occupied overnight, suggesting that the majority of the 300 'defiant' protesters return home after dark to sleep in warm beds
Violence: Protesters and police clash at the Dale Farm traveller site, where Mr Hartcup also said he demonstrated
Until 2008, Jack Hartcup was registered as living with his father in one of the 14 luxury flats, which sell for more than £1.5million and cost up to £1,500 per week to rent.
His grandmother, Adeline Hartcup, wrote Children Of The Great Country Houses; the book was published by the National Trust and explores the lives of children brought up in a privileged world.
Mr Hartcup's father confirmed he was aware of his son’s involvement with the Occupy London movement - which challenges the very nature of his own business - but refused to comment further.
It comes as the protests at St Paul's - which have forced the cathedral to close - were accused of being a 'big charade’ with only one in ten tents occupied overnight.
Footage from a thermal imaging camera shot by a police helicopter revealed that the ramshackle camp is almost completely empty during the cold nights.
It suggests the majority of the 300 ‘defiant’ protesters at the cathedral return home or to hotels after dark to sleep in warm beds.
A lorry driver ran over a five-year-old boy – and then reversed over him to make sure he was dead in an apparent attempt to avoid footing hospital bills for the child.
The sickening incident happened in Luzhou, western China, when driver Ao Yong hit Xiong Maoke as he left home to walk to school.
Witness Zhang Shifen said: ‘I saw the truck move back a little and then move forward again. Xiong became wrapped up in the wheel and the truck continued forward another ten yards.’
The tragedy comes just a week after two-year-old Yue Yue was knocked down by two vehicles on a busy market street. The child was ignored by 18 passers-by before someone came to her aid. She died in hospital a few days later.
Fatal: Xiong Maoke's mother sits beside the truck that killed her five-year-old son. The image of the child's body has been pixelated by MailOnline
Sickening: The truck that killed Xiong as he was walked home to school in Luzhou, western China
In this latest incident passers-by said the lorry driver jumped from his cab after hitting the boy. They claimed Yong then asked: ‘How much shall I pay?’
After the latest incident, Yong denied reversing over the boy to kill him. Last night, police and government staff insisted Xiong died on impact.
Their investigation ruled that Yong was the first person to call the police after his truck hit the boy in the village of Yunfeng, in Luzhou, Sichuan province.
They said his body was not removed immediately because angry villagers were demanding instant compensation from the driver.
In heartrending scenes, the boy's mother sat shocked next to the covered body of her five-year-old son.
A string of such horrific cases have led to soul-searching in China, where the economic boom has been blamed for fuelling materialism at the cost of compassion.
Handing over compensation if an accident victim dies is seen by many Chinese as cheaper than paying for lengthy hospital treatment. The Communist regime does not provide free healthcare for its 1.3billion citizens.
Ignored: In a similar incident the previous week, Yue Yue was left with horrific brain injuries and never recovered
The fear of high medical bills is also thought to be behind a second accident in China in which toddler Yue Yue was knocked down by two vehicles on a busy market street.
The gruesome ordeal, captured by security cameras, showed the bleeding child was ignored by 18 passers-by before she was picked up by a scrap picker and given to her mother, who rushed to the street looking for her.
A week after the accident, she died in hospital.
Two drivers suspected of running over the Chinese toddler were arrested on Sunday.
The Beijing News and other outlets reported that police in the city of Foshan concluded their initial investigation and ordered the two men formally arrested, a step that almost always leads to a trial.
24 October 2011
In other words, the so-called “99%” are solidly in the minority.
WASHINGTON (AP) – More than one-third of the country supports the Wall Street protests, and even more—58 percent—say they are furious about America’s politics.
The number of angry people is growing as deep reservoirs of resentment grip the country, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.
Some 37 percent of people back the protests that have spread from New York to cities across the country and abroad, one of the first snapshots of how the public views the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. A majority of those protest supporters are Democrats, but the anger about politics in general is much more widespread, the poll indicates.
“Some 37%”? I guess it’ll be party time if they ever manage to crack 40%. Maybe this vaguely familiar-looking former MSNBC buffoon will push them over the top.
23 October 2011
Perhaps hungry to assimilate into American culture, more second and third generation Hispanics raised as Catholics are finding the worship style of evangelical churches in the U.S. more to their liking and leaving the centuries old religion.
Although the trend has been reported in the past, a recent National Public Radio (NPR) article points to the shift led by young Latinos as the major reason for the increasing numbers of U.S. Hispanics leaving the Catholic church.
Even more specifically, a movement toward Pentecostal churches may be where the influx of Hispanics from the Catholic faith is seen most, according to NPR.
Reverend Wilfredo de Jesus of New Life Covenant Church in Chicago believes the Christian Church in the U.S. is hugely impacted by the country's Hispanics.
"No doubt, every denomination would have decreased in membership if it had not been for Hispanic growth, including our fellowship, the Assemblies of God,” De Jesus said as reported by NPR.
In a 2009 study reported on by The Christian Post, the trend was already quite visible and not only toward Pentecostal.
“You cannot help but notice the changing relationship between Hispanics and the Catholic Church,” said George Barna, whose Barna Group published the research. “While many Hispanic immigrants come to the United States with ties to Catholicism, the research shows that many of them eventually connect with a Protestant church.”
Isabel Monje, founder of the Christian outreach ministry called Transformacion Mundial, told CP on Friday that she has seen a revival among Hispanics who were formerly Catholic worldwide during the last three decades.
“This revival (of U.S. Catholics) started in South America,” she said.
Monje said a big reason young Hispanics gravitate to evangelical and Pentecostal churches is because of the Latinos’ love for music.
The shift amongst Hispanics began in the 1980s’ with Marcos Witt, she said. Witt is the son of a missionary couple who lived in Mexico. He is a four-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Christian singer and pastor who has sold more than 10 million records in México, Latin America, and the United States.
“Marcos Witt started in Mexico and then he came to the U.S. and he helped start a revival,” Monje said. “Because of him so many other worship leaders started copying him and followed in his footsteps.
“As Latinos, we are into music. It’s in our blood. Those (in the Catholic community) were not exposed to churches doing concerts. The second generation wants to be more Americanized and they know that American Christians do concerts and seminars,” she explained.
However, Monje said she believes it is something more that worship music that is stirring the Hispanic community.
“Christians are evangelizing more aggressively in the streets, as well as through concerts and such,” she said. “Also, it’s more about the word of God, as we can see, as they say in the last days that the Holy Spirit will be pouring through everybody.
"Christians are [currently more] into missions and into helping the community so all the [Catholics] see that Christians working in the community make a difference. They want to know more about why Christians are doing what they are doing,” she said.
Christian Post Reporter
22 October 2011
A witness said Parker was filming inside tents without permission and displayed the gun more than once after protesters at the camp displayed knives. “He pulled his shirt halfway up and showed me he had a piece,” said Jason Kersten, who works in the camp’s security group. “This is a peaceful protest. You don’t bring a gun.”
Kersten acknowledged that someone used a racial epithet. “The N-word was used by some people in the camp,” he said.
Parker had a license to carry the concealed handgun. He was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct.
'OCCUPY WALL STREET' [HEARTS] WALL STREET
The worst thing about Occupy Wall Street is that it's ruining a good cause: hating Wall Street. Just when opposing Wall Street was gaining momentum, these brain-dead zombies are forcing us to choose between thieving bankers and them.
If the Flea Party were really concerned about the greedy "Wall Street 1 Percent," shifting money around to make themselves richer and everyone else poorer, their No. 1 target should be George Soros.
Of course, we don't know exactly how much money Soros has, since he keeps all his money in offshore bank accounts protected by Sen. Chuck Schumer (Democrat).
We do know that Soros has been convicted of insider trading. And we know that his general modus operandi is to run around the world panicking sovereign nations, so he can pocket the difference when their currencies collapse.
But the Occupy Wall Street protesters love Soros! It's Fox News they hate.
Last week, the great minds of the OWS movement, bored with playing bocce ball and getting stoned, decided to protest at the homes of Wall Street's robber barons. They then proceeded to walk right past George Soros' apartment building in order to protest at the homes of Rupert Murdoch and David Koch.
THEY'RE NOT WALL STREET!
You may not like Koch and Murdoch's products -- fertilizer and media -- but neither one has anything to do with Wall Street. Unlike money manipulators such as John Corzine (Democrat), Robert Rubin (Democrat) and George Soros (Democrat and Obama's biggest supporter), Koch and Murdoch make money from corporations that actually produce something.
They take risks, make things and get menaced by the government. Wall Street schemers take no risks, produce nothing and get bailed out by the government.
Even assuming, for purposes of argument, that Koch and Murdoch are as evil as these morons seems to think, the protesters call their demonstration "Occupy Wall Street," not "Occupy Businesses Whose Products We Disapprove Of."
This would be like protesting the Holocaust by walking past Adolf Hitler's house and protesting at O.J. Simpson's house.
The Flea Partiers try to win good will by pretending to protest "Wall Street" -- but they ignore Wall Street's villains. They claim to speak for 99 percent of Americans, but their sponsor, George Soros, would be delighted if America collapsed and the 99 percent were impoverished. All he cares about is his own power and pocketbook.
Recall that when the markets first opened after 9/11 and little grandmothers in Iowa were patriotically calling their local savings banks to find out how to buy a share of stock so that the American stock market wouldn't crash because of the terrorist attack, Soros said: Sell, sell, sell!
Now he's helping the cretinous Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Liberals love mob movements because you can't get mobs to think, which is perfect for Democratic ideas.
Do the Wall Street protesters even know that Obama got more money from Wall Street than any other candidate, ever?
These pea-brained protesters either admire or have never heard of the most egregious of the Wall Street looters and their co-conspirators: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelick, Jim Johnson, Rahm Emanuel, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. Democrats all!
They have no idea that George Soros has a hand-in-glove relationship with the Democrats, having bought a whole slew of them, including Obama, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Patrick Leahy, John Corzine, Barbara Boxer, Mary Landrieu, as well as the Democratic National Committee.
Hamptons-vacationing, helicopter-flying, Russell Simmons party-attending New York bankers always give about 80 percent of their political contributions to Democrats.
And the Democrats always return the favor.
In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton repeatedly bailed out his friends at Goldman Sachs and Citibank under the tutelage of his Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin -- former chairman of Goldman Sachs. U.S. taxpayers were fleeced to prop up nations that were about to default on risky bonds purchased by Goldman and Citibank, such as Mexico (in 1995), Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea (in 1997), and Russia (in 1998).
Of course, if the bonds turned a profit, only Goldman and Citibank would benefit.
This is the Democrats' idea of "capitalism": Rich, Democratic-donating bankers get to engage in wild risk-taking; if the bets pay off, they keep all the winnings, but if the bets lose, they still keep the winnings, and the taxpayers get stuck with the bill.
Democrats are firm believers in the welfare state for their own constituents, whether that's a crack addict mother of five or a Wall Street banker.
Are the protesters aware that the Democrats' 2010 "financial reform" bill provides for future bailouts of reckless banks? Goldman Sachs and Citibank strongly supported the bill.
The protesters don't care -- they have no interest in actual malfeasance by actual Wall Street bankers. They're too busy denouncing Fox News. (Which did not, incidentally, receive a taxpayer-funded bailout.)
And these are the intellectuals of the Occupy Wall Street movement! Never mind the ones who just think stuff should be free and America is the moral equivalent of al-Qaida. They either know that they are benefiting Wall Street looters or are utterly brainless.
Given a choice between Wall Street looters and protesters defecating in the street, throwing rocks at police and chanting "F—k the USA," most people will choose Wall Street.
As always, the mob is serving liberalism.
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21 October 2011
- Stefan Ramin, 40, went missing in Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
- Dental file sent from Germany positively identifies teeth as those of German adventurer
- Investigators believe he was 'hacked to pieces and burned'
Henri Haiti is on the run after the remains of Stefan Ramin were found round a campfire on the French Polynesian island of Nuku Hiva earlier last week.
A photograph of Haiti, 31, pictures him with a distinctive tattoo just below his left shoulder, which shows a warrior from the Kaioi tribe, who were said to eat their victims.
Link: Henri Haiti's body art on his left shoulder depits a warrior from the Kaioi tribe, who were known for eating their victims
According to experts, the Kaioi tribe used to live on the same island where 40-year-old Mr Ramin's charred remains were found.
Haiti, who was a member of the island's canoe club, sports the image of a Kaioi warrior in a canoe on his upper body, according to German tattoo expert Joerg Klein.
Pacific islanders have denied the claims that Mr Ramin was eaten by cannibals after insisting: 'We prefer hot dogs to people'.
Fears that outdoor fanatic Mr Ramin had been cooked and devoured erupted after his charred remains were found on a campfire on Nuku Hiva following a goat hunt.
Although locals described their shock at the island being linked to cannibalism, a picture of Haiti revealed that he sports a tattoo of a Kaioi warrior on his left shoulder.
Cannibal expert Dr Gundolf Kruger said: 'Polynesians are now Christian and literate, therefore pious and educated. But it is entirely possible that the criminal was led by old rituals into this crime.'
World tour: Stefan Rami and Heike Dorsch at one of the idyllic locations they visited before the horrific episode
Journalist Alex Du Prel on the neighbouring island of Tahiti said locals were shocked at claims Mr Ramin had been eaten.
He wrote in his Nouvelles de Tahiti newspaper: 'Trust me, we'd rather eat hot dogs than humans around here.
'These tales of flesh-craving islanders are totally invented.
'Believe me, French civilisation has taught these people to eat cheeseburgers and canned food, not people. And the wild pigs we breed here are far tastier.'
Mr Ramin had been sailing around the world with girlfriend Heike Dorsch, 37, for three years when they stopped on Nuku Hiva on September 16.
The day he disappeared he had gone with his guide Haiti to hunt goats.
The German traveller is feared to have been eaten during his visit to French Polynesia
Ms Dorsch said Haiti later returned to their boat without Ramin and tied to convince her to come into the jungle, saying her boyfriend had been injured.
When she refused, she claimed he tied her to a tree and tried to sexually assault her.
She escaped and raised the alarm but Haiti had fled, police said.
The hunter is said to have 'an unrivalled knowledge' of the densely forested terrain and would 'probably find it easy' to elude his pursuers, officials said.
The 40-year-old from the small town of Haselau in north-west Germany was on a round-the-world trip with girlfriend Heike Dorsch, 37, when they anchored off the coast of the Polynesian island on September 16.
Mr Ramin and Miss Heike began their travels in 2008 and dropped anchor in Nuku Hiva last month
He went off on a goat hunt with Haiti - a guide registered with authorities on the island - and never returned.
It was only on Wednesday last week that the human remains were found. Among the embers were bones including a jaw bone, teeth and melted metal - believed to be fillings.
Mr Ramin, a fanatical sailor, was a former business adviser. He kept a regular blog of his trip begun in 2008 and one of his last entries read: 'I seek freedom and adventures'.
A family friend said: 'It is a tragedy that a man with such a zest for life should have his days ended in such a brutal fashion.'
He bought his catamaran Baju in Turkey and had planned to spend the next two years island hopping in the South Pacific.
The island of Nuku Hiva has a population of around 2,000
On Facebook, he listed his interests as 'travelling, blue water sailing, kiting, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, diving... actually everything which one can do on and under the water'.
Last month, they dropped anchor in Nuku Hiva, largest of the Marquesas islands, which over the centuries have featured in many reports of cannibalism.
Deborah Kimitete, deputy mayor of Nuku Hiva, told local news website Les Nouvelles: 'No one can believe what has happened. This has never happened here before, this is the first time, it's horrible.'
It was not clear whether Miss Dorsch is still on the island or whether she has returned home to Germany.
Nuku Hiva has a population of just over 2,000 and featured in the stories of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick.
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Ahlquist sued in federal court in April, saying the mural is offensive to non-Christians. Ahlquist has been an atheist since age 10. She is represented by the Rhode Island chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union.
Attorney Joseph Cavanagh Jr., who is defending the city, says the mural is a historical artifact from the school's early days in the 1960s and serves no religious purpose.
He said the prayer is displayed in a secular, not a religious, setting. "It's not forced upon anyone. It's a historical document as a tradition of the school," Cavanagh said.
The prayer encourages students to strive academically and begins with the words "Our Heavenly Father" and ends with "Amen."
The school committee voted in March to keep the mural on display and fight litigation.
A rise in knifepoint robberies was last night blamed on overseas demand for expensive mobile phones.
The number of robberies carried out with a knife went up by seven per cent last year.
Police in England and Wales recorded 14,980 robberies at knifepoint over the 12 months to June, up from 13,994 a year earlier.
Total robberies were up 3 per cent, to 76,786 from 74,887.
Chief constable Jon Murphy, crime spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: 'While there were falls in most police recorded crime and particularly in violence against the person, the increase in robbery and robbery with knives is a cause for concern.
'We believe this is in part driven by demand for mobile phone handsets, which can fetch more than double their worth on the black market abroad.'
He warned users to protect their handsets, such as iPhones and BlackBerrys, with passwords to stop personal details being stolen along with their phones.
The British Crime Survey of more than 40,000 households showed overall crime was up 2 per cent in the year to June, to 9.7million offences.A Downing Street spokesman claimed many of the rises were not 'statistically significant'. But shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the Government 'needs to take urgent action to cut crime instead of just cutting police'.
20 October 2011
Los Angeles school officials say a substitute teacher has lost her job after making anti-Semitic comments during an interview.One more trip down memory lane.
In a statement Tuesday, schools Superintendent John Deasy condemned remarks made by Patricia McAllister during a protest rally last week.
In an Oct. 12 interview with Reason.com at a Los Angeles rally, McAllister said "Zionist Jews and the Federal Reserve" need to be run out of this country.
Deasy says that although freedom of speech is a protected right of public employees, the LAUSD can't set a good example for students while tolerating disrespectful, intolerant or discriminatory behavior.