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It seems Pope Francis needs to brush up on his Tertullian!

It has been reported (in The ChristLast Media, I must note) that the current Pope does not like the phrase "lead us not into temptation...

"Let no freedom be allowed to novelty, because it is not fitting that any addition should be made to antiquity. Let not the clear faith and belief of our forefathers be fouled by any muddy admixture." -- Pope Sixtus III

Friday, March 04, 2011

BYU whacks hoops star for fornication.

Obviously, I'm no fan of mormonism, but Catholic schools could learn a few things from BYU's code of honor. McMahon flouted these rules for the entire time he was at BYU, but he won football games. When his eligibility ran out they told him to leave.

Why BYU's Brandon Davies Suspension May Help College Sport

In suspending a key basketball player for having premarital sex, Brigham Young University might have shattered a dream season. Here's why fans of the game should cheer
Time.com via Yahoo! News

Here is the above mentioned honor code. Once upon a time, kiddies, such words were not considered hate speech.

Honor Code Statement

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. . . . If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things (Thirteenth Article of Faith).

As a matter of personal commitment, faculty, administration, staff, and students of Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University—Hawaii, Brigham Young University—Idaho, and LDS Business College seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will

    Be honest
    Live a chaste and virtuous life
    Obey the law and all campus policies
    Use clean language
    Respect others
    Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
    Participate regularly in church services
    Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
    Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

Specific policies embodied in the Honor Code include (1) the Academic Honesty Policy, (2) the Dress and Grooming Standards, (3) the Residential Living Standards, and (4) the Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement. (Refer to institutional policies for more detailed information.)

Of course, the Lizard Whisperers don't always enforce their rules uniformly. Just ask Jim McMahon.

McMahon flouted these rules for the entire time he was at BYU, but he won football games. When his eligibility ran out they told him to leave.The honor code wasn't as important as putting BYU sports on the national radar. Does any of this sound familiar to you Notre Dame fans?

The jug-eared killer commie's war against Catholics [and others of good will] continues apace.

From Washington's other newspaper:

Obama administration replaces controversial 'conscience' regulation for health-care workers

After two years of struggling to balance the rights of patients against the beliefs of health-care workers, the Obama administration on Friday finally rescinded most of a federal regulation designed to protect those who refuse to provide care they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds.

Conscience only gets quotation marks if the conscience in question is a properly informed one.
This is the way our moral and intellectual superiors view God's law.

What'd he do, forget Secretary's Day?

From AP via Yahoo! News:

Fired workers burn Indian executive to death
BHUBANESHWAR, India – Indian police detained two people after an angry mob of fired workers burned to death a senior executive of a steel factory, an official said Friday.

After learning they were laid off, about a dozen workers attacked a vehicle carrying Radhey Shyam Roy as he was leaving the factory in eastern Orissa state on Thursday, dousing the Jeep with gasoline and setting it on fire, said police Superintendent Ajay Kumar Sarangi.

Two other people in the vehicle were allowed to flee but Roy, 59, was trapped inside and later died of severe burns, Sarangi said.

Police were questioning two workers and their formal arrest on murder charges was likely, Sarangi told The Associated Press. The steel factory is in Bolangir district, nearly 250 miles (400 kilometers) west of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa state.

Incidents of industrial violence are common in India, where workers often target executives in cases of wage disputes and job losses.

In 2008, scores of dismissed employees of an Italian manufacturing company, Graziano Transmissioni India, used iron rods and wooden sticks to beat to death the company's local chief executive officer on the outskirts of New Delhi.


From Yahoo's The Daily Least comes this bigoted, pubic hair covered tirade from the Grand Kleagle himself, Paul Campos:

Throw Thomas Off the Bench
The criminal-law scholar George Fletcher once quipped that the maxim "ignorance of the law is no excuse" is one of the few fundamental principles of law that most people actually know. As harsh as this principle may sometimes be when applied to ordinary citizens, applying it to justices of the Supreme Court seems only reasonable.

Thus it's difficult to feel sympathy for Clarence Thomas, as he finds himself embroiled in a controversy over his failure to reveal the sources of his wife's non-investment income (or indeed that she even had any such income). The 1978 Ethics in Government Act requires all federal judges to fill out annual financial-disclosure forms. The relevant question on the disclosure form isn't complicated: Even if Justice Thomas wasn't a lawyer, he shouldn't have needed to hire one to explain to him that the box marked NONE next to the phrase "Spouse's Non-Investment Income" should only be checked if his spouse had no non-investment income.

In fact Ginni Thomas was paid nearly $700,000 by the Heritage Foundation, a "conservative think tank," [Bingo! Now we know what's going on here. - F. G.] between 2003 and 2007, as well as an undisclosed amount by another lobbying group in 2009. Justice Thomas' false statements regarding his wife's income certainly constitute a misdemeanor, and quite probably a felony, under federal law. (They would be felonies if he were prosecuted under 18. U.S.C. 1001, which criminalizes knowingly making false statements of material fact to a federal agency. This is the law Martha Stewart was convicted of breaking by lying to investigators.)

Thomas' defense is that he didn't knowingly violate the law, because he "misunderstood" the filing requirements. This is preposterous on its face. Bill Clinton was impeached—and subsequently disbarred—for defending his false statements about his affair with Monica Lewinsky with an excuse that wasn't as incredible as the one Thomas is now employing.

If you are a 28 year old Han Chinese man, now's the time to start your bank-robbing career.

From Yahoo! News:

The most typical face on the planet

National Geographic Magazine released a video clip, below, [Above, actually. I know how visually needy you kids are. -F.G.] showing the most "typical" human face on the planet as part of its series on the human race called "Population 7 billion."

The researchers conclude that a male, 28-year-old Han Chinese man is the most typical person on the planet. There are 9 million of them.

The image above is a composite of nearly 200,000 photos of men who fit that description.

Don't get used to the results, however. Within 20 years, the most typical person will reside in India.

Uh-oh, Rajeev...

Roger Cardinal Mahony now has some time to repent before he faces judgement.

Cardinal Roger Mahony retires on Sunday

In recent weeks, the Sunday morning Masses celebrated by Cardinal Roger Mahony at the downtown cathedral have drawn larger-than-usual crowds, heavily populated by the poor and undocumented of Los Angeles.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - Feb 26 10:42pm

As Cardinal Roger Mahony steps down, what is his legacy?

Once a shining star of the Catholic Church in the U.S., Cardinal Roger Mahony had once been considered a long-shot possibility to succeed Pope John Paul II.

Yeah, right.

But in the decade that passed between when Mahony's name was mentioned and the death of the pope, a lot changed, reports The Times' Mitchell Landsberg.

More and more people have realized the Church's job is saving souls. Imagine that.

As Mahony prepares to retire in the coming week as head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Landsberg writes that he will leave a legacy that church historians will puzzle over for years.

His reputation suffered from his handling of the sexual-abuse scandal that shattered the lives and trusts of many Catholics and led to the largest civil settlement by any archdiocese, a staggering $660 million. Despite that, he remained a deeply respected and beloved figure to many, Landsberg reports. Mahony continued to be a fierce champion for social justice and Latino immigrants and was able to keep the archdiocese from financial collapse despite the massive settlement. - Los Angeles Times

Cardinal Mahony's legacy - National Catholic Reporter

As Cardinal Roger Mahony prepares to step down in a few days after 25 years of leading the nation's largest archdiocese, The Los Angeles Times delivers a fair and reasoned assessment of his impact on the church here and nationwide.

Roger Cardinal Mahony is the proper way to refer to the man. This speaks volumes about the National Catholic Reporter.

The Times' report focuses particularly on three areas of Mahony's legacy: his commitment to social justice; his campaign to build a controversial new cathedral; and his handling of the sex abuse scandal within his archdiocese.

1. There is no justice in encouraging poor people to abandon their homeland and become criminals.

2. The LA cathedral is an architectural horror show that is not conducive to prayer and worship. In fact, it actively discourages both.

3. He covered it up, then paid out hundreds of millions of dollars.

The paper gives Mahony high marks on the first two, and is actually uncharacteristically reasonable in its look at the cardinal's approach to the priest abuse scandal.

In part, the Times does not assign bad motives to Mahony, but says he may be a victim of bad luck -- rising through the ranks of church hierarchy just as sexual abuse was becoming more common, and achieving the height of his influence as this scandal broke open in a society no longer willing to keep quiet about such dark secrets.

Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles and confidant of the cardinal, sums up the dilemma: "He did as good job as you can do... but obviously people are going to remember him more for that, which is sad."

See, kiddies? If you are a leftist cleric who doesn't mention things like sin and Hell [except for those evil people who own businesses, of course], you get a pass for permitting homosexuals to disguise themselves as priests in order to procure little boys.

Still, the Times' assessment at least takes a broad view of this influential figure -- reporter Mitchell Landsberg even notes that the paper has often been criticized by some Catholics for being anti-Mahony. It's true that the paper has covered the sex scandal with a rare vigor, but it has also been on Mahony's side in social justice issues, especially immigrants' rights.

As the report notes, it is a complicated legacy that Mahony leaves -- but there is no doubt about his influence on American Catholicism, and on the politics and culture of Los Angeles.

The Party of Blasphemy, Buggery, and 'Bortion continues its war against the people.

On the Wisconsin Front:

Wisconsin Senate votes to detain absentee Dems

The Wisconsin state Senate approved a resolution Thursday that would hold absentee Democratic lawmakers "in contempt of the Senate" should they not return to the Capitol by late afternoon.
Meanwhile, on the Indiana Front:

Absent Dems could face fines: Indiana House still gridlocked.
INDIANAPOLIS -- If Democrats in the Indiana House of Representatives continue their legislative boycott next week, Republicans want to make sure they pay a price -- $250 per day, to be exact.
- South Bend Tribune

Frank Buckles, Requiescat In Pace.

Sadly, the First World War continues apace.

Frank Buckles, last WWI doughboy, dies at 110 -The Carthage Press

Buckles enlisted in World War I at 16 after lying about his age. He died Sunday on his farm in Charles Town, nearly a month after his 110th birthday. He had devoted the last years of his life to campaigning for greater recognition for his former comrades, prodding politicians to support a national memorial in Washington and working with friend and family spokesman David DeJonge on a biography.

"We were always asking ourselves: How can we represent this story to the world?" DeJonge said Monday. "How can we make sure World War I isn't forgotten."

Buckles asked his daughter, Susannah Flanagan, about progress toward a national memorial every week, sometimes daily.

"He was sad it's not completed," DeJonge said. "It's a simple straightforward thing to do, to honor Americans."

When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last survivor, Buckles said simply, "I realized that somebody had to be, and it was me."

Only two known veterans remain, according to the Order of the First World War, a Florida group whose members are descendants of WWI veterans and include Buckles' daughter. The survivors are Florence Green in Britain and Claude Choules in Australia, said Robert Carroon, the group's senior vice commander. Choules, who served in Britain's Royal Navy, was born in that country but now lives in Australia.

Green turned 110 on Feb. 19, and Choules turns 110 in March, he said.

Born in Missouri in 1901, Buckles and his family lived in northeast Missouri until 1910 when his father bought a farm in Vernon County, near the town of Walker. In 1916, his family moved to Oklahoma. Buckles visited a string of military recruiters after the United States in April 1917 entered what was called "the war to end all wars." He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18.

More than 4.7 million people joined the U.S. military from 1917-18. By 2007, only three survived. Buckles went to Washington that year to serve as grand marshal of the national Memorial Day parade.

Unlike Buckles, the other two survivors were still in basic training in the United States when the war ended, and they did not make it overseas. When they died in late 2007 and 2008, Buckles became the last so-called doughboy — and a soft-spoken celebrity.

He got fan mail almost every day, DeJonge said, and had enough birthday cards to fill several bushel baskets.

DeJonge had visited Buckles late last week and was driving back to Michigan with about 5,000 letters to organize and answer when he got the call telling him his friend had died.

"The letters are so heartfelt," he said. "Each night, Susannah would go in and sit at Papa's bedside and read them to Frank. That kept him going."

Buckles had been battling colds and other minor ailments this winter, but he was not ill at the time of his death.
The day before he died was warm, DeJonge said, and he spent three hours sitting in the sunshine on the porch of his farmhouse, talking with his daughter.

She worked diligently to keep Buckles in his own home, even though it exhausted his life savings. DeJonge said home health nurses and other medical care cost about $120,000 a year.

Details for services and arrangements will be announced later this week, but the family is planning a burial in Arlington National Cemetery. In 2008, friends persuaded the federal government to make an exception to its rules for who can be interred there.

President Barack Obama ordered that the day Buckles is buried that all U.S. flags on official buildings be lowered to half-staff.

Buckles had already been eligible to have his cremated remains housed at the cemetery. Burial, however, normally requires meeting several criteria, including earning one of five medals, such as a Purple Heart.

Buckles never saw combat but once joked, "Didn't I make every effort?"

In spring 2007, Buckles told The Associated Press of the trouble he went through to get into the military.

"I went to the state fair up in Wichita, Kansas, and while there, went to the recruiting station for the Marine Corps," he said. "The nice Marine sergeant said I was too young when I gave my age as 18, said I had to be 21."

Buckles returned a week later.

"I went back to the recruiting sergeant, and this time I was 21," he said with a grin. "I passed the inspection ... but he told me I just wasn't heavy enough."

Then he tried the Navy, whose recruiter told Buckles he was flat-footed.

Buckles wouldn't quit. In Oklahoma City, an Army captain demanded a birth certificate.

"I told him birth certificates were not made in Missouri when I was born, that the record was in a family Bible. I said, 'You don't want me to bring the family Bible down, do you?'" Buckles said with a laugh. "He said, 'OK, we'll take you.'"

Buckles served in England and France, working mainly as a driver and a warehouse clerk. An eager student of culture and language, he used his off-duty hours to learn German, visit cathedrals, museums and tombs, and bicycle in the French countryside.

After Armistice Day, Buckles helped return prisoners of war to Germany. He returned to the United States in January 1920.

After the war, he returned to Oklahoma, then moved to Canada, where he worked a series of jobs before heading for New York City. There, he landed jobs in banking and advertising.

But it was the shipping industry that suited him best, and he worked around the world for the White Star Line Steamship Co. and W.R. Grace & Co.

In 1941, while on business in the Philippines, Buckles was captured by the Japanese. He spent more than three years in prison camps.

"I was never actually looking for adventure," he once said. "It just came to me."

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capitol and the rest of West Virginia's congressional delegation were also working Monday on a plan to allow Buckles to lie in repose in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

According to the Architect of the Capitol's website, the last person to do so was President Gerald Ford.

The honor is reserved mostly for elected and military officials, but others have included civil rights activist Rosa Parks and unknown soldiers from both World Wars and the Korean War.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller called Buckles "a wonderfully plainspoken man and an icon for the World War I generation" and said he will continue fighting for the memorial Buckles wanted.

"He lived a long and rich life as a true American patriot," said Sen. Joe Manchin, "and I hope that his family's loss is lightened with the knowledge that he was loved and will be missed by so many."

The family asked that donations be made to the National World War One Legacy Project. The project is managed by the nonprofit Survivor Quest and will educate students about Buckles and WWI through a documentary and traveling educational exhibition.

"We have lost a living link to an important era in our nation's history," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. "But we have also lost a man of quiet dignity, who dedicated his final years to ensuring the sacrifices of his fellow 'Doughboys' are appropriately commemorated."

Can you spot the racist ad?

If you can, you might be a racist.

Actually, they're Penis Bad, Vagina Good ads.

Forget The Singularity, technology has already triumphed.

Gyro Bowl™ Children's No Spill Bowl | Official Site

This just in from Virginia: Kids 1 Big Babykilling 0

What could get the babykillers' tails in a twist? Make their "health clinics" meet hospitital standards.


Abortion clinics fear new law could shut them down

Virginia abortion clinics believe a new state law requiring them to meet hospital standards could force some to close, even though several newly-built clinics are designed to meet structural and architectural standards hospitals.
- The Staunton News Leader

After vote, Virginia's abortion clinics face new regulation
The 20-20 vote on Senate Bill 924, which now heads to Gov. Bob McDonnell, represents a significant victory for anti-abortion activists.
- Richmond Times-Dispatch

VA bill a reminder that abortion rights can't defend themselves
A major parliamentary bungle by Virginia Democratic legislators and their abortion-rights supporters.
- Washington Post

Stop me if you've heard this one.

1 in 6 Americans lives in poverty.
1 in 6 American kids is starving.
1 in 9 elderly Americans is abused.
36,000 Americans die annually from the flu.
12,000 Americans die annually from the flu.
1 in 160 American kids is born with autism.
1 in 150 American kids is born with autism.
1 in 110 American kids is born with autism.
60 million American adults are obese.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Frankly, Louie, Rihanna is evidence that God [and not the aliens] loves us.

From the pages of The King Abdullah Gazette:











Not the most attractive shade of red, but it's still pretty hot.

The Crutch Of Scatology and The 'Nation' Of 'Islam' climb into bed together: Beam me up!

Sorry, kiddies, but when your religion depends on spaceships to take true believers to the planet Lovetron, you might be a dumbass.

Chicago Tribune: Farrakhan: Mideast uprisings will come to U.S.

Nation of Islam leader also praises Scientology to crowd at Allstate Arena Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan predicted on Sunday that America faces imminent uprisings that mirror those in the Middle East.

It was just a matter of time before these two mass frauds came together. L. Ron "Old Mother" Hubbard and Wallace D. Fard Muhammad must be spooning together up there in "The Wheel" with big smiles on their faces...

...Wait a minute...Nope, they're rotting in Hell...

all 34 news articles…

Necole Bitchie: Minister Louis Farrakhan Says Rihanna Is “Filthy”
Nation of Islam Leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan doesn’t think too highly of Rihanna. During a speech in front of 18,000 people on Sunday, he criticized her performances and referred to her fans as Swine. Via The Chicago Sun Times: He also criticized the sexually charged performances of popstar Rihanna, saying they were “filthy”...

From The Death Of Western Civilization Department...

...and The Get Your Kids Out Of The Government Indoctrination Centers Department:

Flocabulary - Hip-Hop in the Classroom
Flocabulary produces educational hip-hop music and engaging curricular materials to teach academic content for grades K-12. The programs are proven to raise scores on state reading tests and are being used in over 10,000 schools nationwide. Heralded as "groundbreaking" and "necessary"...
Vocabulary / Reading

Smells like liberals.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Low-flow toilets cause a stink in SF

San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink.

Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months.

The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem.

Now officials are stocking up on a $14 million, three-year supply of highly concentrated sodium hypochlorite - better known as bleach - to act as an odor eater and to disinfect the city's treated water before it's dumped into the bay. It will also be used to sanitize drinking water.

Smells like the unintended consequences of dumbass power madness.

That translates into 8.5 million pounds of bleach either being poured down city drains or into the drinking water supply every year.

Ol' Gaia's gonna love that.

Ok, scientific community, this one sounds pretty cool.

From the Daily Mail:

Scientists make diesel fuel using sun, water and carbon dioxide

Scientists have genetically engineered an organism that secretes diesel fuel wherever there is sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.

Biotechnology company Joule Unlimited claims it can produce diesel fuel and ethanol on demand at unprecedented rates.

Researchers at the firm, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said they can produce the fuel that runs jet engines using the same ingredients that make grass grow.

They also claim to be able to make it in facilities both large and small and at costs comparable to the cheapest fossil fuels.

Joule's website describes the breakthrough as 'energy independence', although many remain sceptical.

Chief executive Bill Sims said: 'We make some lofty claims, all of which we believe, all which we've validated, all of which we've shown to investors.

'If we're half-right, this revolutionises the world's largest industry, which is the oil and gas industry.

'And if we're right, there's no reason why this technology can't change the world.'

Wet blanket alert!

But National Renewable Energy Laboratory scientist Philip Pienkos said Joule's technology is exciting but unproven, and their claims of efficiency are undercut by difficulties they could have just collecting the fuel their organism is producing.

Timothy Donohue, director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said Joule must demonstrate its technology on a broad scale.

Perhaps it can work, but 'the four-letter word that's the biggest stumbling block is whether it "will" work,' Mr Donohue said.

'There are really good ideas that fail during scale up.'

Mr Sims said he knows 'there's always skeptics for breakthrough technologies'.

The Arab street learns a lesson: Jews hate dictators too.

Israeli YouTube clip mocking Gaddafi an Arab hit

Of course I have posted the version with the dancing babe. I am thinking of your heart health, kiddies.

JERUSALEM (Roto-Reuters) – A YouTube musical clip mocking embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has become a hot hit in the Arab world, its Israeli creator said on Tuesday.

"Zenga Zenga," created by Tel Aviv music journalist and blogger Noy Alooshe, shows Gaddafi in repetitious sequences banging his fist on a podium and raising it defiantly during a speech he made last week.

The modified music of "Hey Baby," a song by U.S. rappers Pitbull and T-Pain, blasts from the video, but words from Gaddafi's address have replaced the lyrics.

The Arabic word "zenga," which Libyans use for small neighborhood, stood out for Alooshe, who does not speak the language, and he made it the recurring theme of the clip

"When I saw Gaddafi speaking it struck me that his cadence and his movements were perfect for a clip. It was so musical," Alooshe told Reuters in a telephone interview.

His original two-minute video shows a gyrating female dancer in skimpy olive-green underwear -- a homage, he said, to Gaddafi's famed female bodyguards -- either side of the Libyan leader as he delivers his speech.

Alooshe said the clip had registered about 1.8 million views early on Tuesday and that he also created a version without the dancer after being told by some viewers the video was too risque.

He said he had received positive feedback on his Facebook page and by email from many viewers in Arab countries, even after they discovered from his details on the social networking site that he was Israeli.

"Of course there were those who hurled the usual abuse and I was even branded a Mossad spy, but I have many friend requests pending for my Facebook page," he said.

Alooshe said he believed the popularity of the clip was proof that social networking sites were playing an influential role in the current political upheaval in the Arab world, which has seen leaders ousted in Tunisia and Egypt by popular movements.

The clip elicited hundreds of comments on the YouTube page, one of which, posted by "bhamdan11" read: "Great clip, I just hope one day we can overthrow all of our dictators and live free."

Amen to that, Brother.

Betsy Hart gets it.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

In Iowa, chivalry goes to the mat
By BETSY HART [www.betsysblog.com]

In an Iowa state high school wrestling tournament recently, Joel Northrup forfeited an early match because it would have meant going up against a girl. He said his personal and religious convictions prevented him from engaging in such activity against a young woman.

The wrestler, one of the favorites to win his weight class, said in a statement, according to the Chicago Sun-Times: “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy and Megan [the young women who qualified for the tournament] and their accomplishments. However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner.”

Now, that’s a real man.

I love his instinct. Real men physically protect women. And our society should back them up on it.

The physical-strength advantage that most males have over most females puts them at a huge advantage over women. So men — with all that testosterone behind that strength — can use it to intimidate and dominate women, or they can use it to protect them and, of course, children, too.

There’s a reason that most of our prison inmates are men, and the vast majority of those are single. When a man doesn’t have a woman and children to provide and care for — he can too easily turn that strength and aggression to base purposes and, wow, can it lead to trouble.

Of course, most single men don’t turn to lives of violence or crime, and some married men do, even against their own wives. Still, few would argue that having a large percentage of young adult single men in a community is a good thing for anyone.

There is concern in our culture now, and rightly so, about the prolonged adolescence of young men, who in ever-larger numbers are delaying marriage, living in their parents’ basements and flitting from woman to woman.

The Manhattan Institute’s Kay Hymowitz put it this way in a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, “Where Have the Good Men Gone?” Speaking to this new era in which we see a plethora of young single men, she wrote that “relatively affluent, free of family responsibilities, and entertained by an array of media devoted to his every pleasure, the single young man can live in pig heaven — and often does.” Exactly.

There are a number of reasons for this, surely including that today women are so commonly sexually available outside of marriage. But I’m also convinced it’s partly due to the fact that we less and less expect men to physically protect women.

One classic example? The military. Ever more gender-integrated, essentially even in combat roles, men have to see women differently there so that they don’t put themselves or others in danger. There are documented accounts of men having to undergo military training in which they listen to a woman screaming and literally learn to overcome their natural orientation to help her. Nice.

In a civilized society, men protect and care for women and children. And women should learn to expect that from a good man.

In the case at hand, all the parties involved apparently operated with grace. But Joel Northrup behaved as a real man in a culture that increasingly stands against such fellows.

In my book, the “win” goes to him.

Behold as Fyodor neatly ties the last few posts together.

From the Hamilton Spectator:

Gadhafi’s voluptuous Ukrianian ‘nurse’ bails out

As Libya’s popular uprising closes in on Moammar Gadhafi, he has been abandoned by top military officers, diplomats and even entire military bases, which have flipped to the opposition.

Now he may have lost someone even more important: his Ukrainian nurse.

According to leaked American diplomatic cables, Gadhafi has rarely gone without the companionship of his personal nurse. The cables hinted at something more than a medical relationship with the woman, described by the State Department as a “voluptuous blonde.”

A Ukrainian newspaper reported Sunday that the nurse, Galyna Kolotnytskaya, was on an evacuation flight home over the weekend.

Kolotnytskaya’s relationship to the eccentric 68-year-old leader remains unclear, though she was certainly among the inner circle of female figures whom Gadhafi at times trusted more than men. He also often travelled with a posse of female bodyguards.

The report in the newspaper Segodnya, based on an interview with Kolotnytskaya’s daughter, could not be independently confirmed.

The report, like the diplomatic cables, raised but did not answer lingering questions about Kolotnytskaya’s role in the pre-uprising leadership structure in Tripoli. It noted speculation in Ukraine on whether she had a romantic relationship with Gadhafi, who is married to two other women, one of whom is also a nurse, and what influence she might have had with him.

The American diplomatic memorandums released by the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks said Kolotnytskaya was constantly by Gadhafi’s side when he visited New York in 2009 for a UN General Assembly meeting. The cables, though, also described Gadhafi as a hypochondriac, lending support to those who argue that her primary duties were medical.

Kolotnytskaya’s flight arrived in Kiev early Sunday morning, the newspaper reported. The Ukrainian Ministry of Emergency Situations has been staging a major airlift of medical personnel out of Libya. Before the uprising began two weeks ago, an estimated 3,000 Ukrainian doctors and nurses worked in hospitals throughout Libya.

In the interview, Kolotnytskaya’s daughter, Tetiana Kolotnytskaya, played down any special relationship between her mother and the Libyan leader. She said that her mother went to Libya nine years ago, initially to work in a hospital in Tripoli, and that she was later on Gadhafi’s personal nursing staff.

“Other Ukrainian women are also working as his nurses,” she said. “Mom is one of them. For some reason, he does not trust these matters to the Libyans.”

Ukrainian politics make men healthy.

From AFP via Yahoo! News:

Ukrainian group makes bare breasts political weapon

KIEV (AFP) – The doors of an old car fly open, and four young women with bare breasts step out with protest signs, preparing to chant slogans.

It's the latest protest by Ukraine's Femen movement, who have become famous for using unusual and bare-fleshed tactics to protest against discrimination, sex tourism, prostitution, and the lack of women in government.

With flower wreaths decorating their hair in the Ukrainian folk tradition, they gathered near the railway station in Kiev and shouted "Impeach (President Viktor) Yanukovych!" before the cameras.

"It's through them that the West knows Ukraine," said leading Ukrainian novelist Oksana Zabuzhko, whose latest work was reviewed in a German magazine next to a photograph from a Femen protest.

This time, the protestors' ire was directed at Yanukovych, for his "sexist" invitation to foreign investors at the World Economic Forum in Davos to come to Ukraine in the spring when "women begin to undress themselves."

Femen exhibit not only their breasts but also their behinds, pretending to defecate to show that the President "has crapped".

The movement boasts some 300 young activists in Kiev alone, and has no trouble finding issues to protest via public striptease, be it the absence of female representation in the government, lack of press freedom, or even municipal water supply cuts.

Among their more daring coups was a protest against "the rape of Ukraine" at the polling station where Yanukovych cast his vote during the presidential election last February.

Despite the fame brought by their nudity, their first bare-chested appearance in 2009 was accidental. The women were protesting prostitution with signs on their bare backs when a photographer made a frontal shot.

After seeing it in the press, they decided to carry on topless.

"We understood that the only way to attract the maximum attention to a problem is to protest with bare breasts," said the group's leader Anna Gutsol. "It's still a peaceful protest, but the most effective."

"We have minimum money to develop our organisation, but we have our bodies, our brains, and our creativity. First one looks at our breasts, then our banners," she said.

At times the banners are equally shocking: last October the Femen group said they "won't sleep with Kremlin dwarfs", apparently referring to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who was in Kiev on an official visit.

The protestors say their goal is to change the role of women in a patriarchical society. "In Ukraine, women don't have the same rights as men, many marry at 20 and have neither career nor financial independence," said Gutsol.

"We would like to create a culture of defending women's rights," said another activist, Sasha Shevchenko.

Not everyone agrees, however.

"They abuse the tactic of undressing and have largely compromised it," said Zabuzhko. "Resorting to striptease every time will eventually lead to losing sight of the political message but boil down to a show by naked girls."

Other observers have spied a commercial motivation in the movement.

"The point of their activities is to sell their breasts for a large sum of money to any sort of political organisation," said Andriy Taranov, co-founder of Kwendi communication group in Kiev.

"It's a well-constructed project, and there is more brain matter behind their breasts than it may seem when looking at them," he said.

Femen vehemently deny being a sell-out. "Selling one's idea is like selling one's child," said Gutsol, who is considering together with her comrades to turn the movement into a political party.

The group claims to function on about 700 euros per month (1,000 dollars) that come from sponsors and proceeds from sales of 'breast-o-graphs': prints made by dipping breasts into paint and then on canvas.

"Whatever your protest may be, you have very little chance to change things while remaining in front of parliament," said Shevchenko. "Right now, the main goal of Femen is to really take power and resolve problems."

Finally, something from the scientific community we can actually use.

From The MedGuru:

Stare at boobs for longer life: Study

Frankfurt, Germany, December 6 -- A rather bizarre study carried out by German researchers suggests that staring at women's breasts is good for men's health and increases their life expectancy

According to Dr. Karen Weatherby, a gerontologist and author of the study, gawking at women’s breasts is a healthy practice, almost at par with an intense exercise regime, that prolongs the lifespan of a man by five years.

She added, "Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female, is roughly equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out."

A five-year research on 500 men
Researchers at three hospitals in Frankfurt, Germany did an in-depth analysis of 200 healthy males over a period of five years. Half the volunteers were instructed to ogle at the breasts of women daily, while the rest were told to refrain from doing so.

At the close of the study, the researchers noted that the men who stared at the breasts of females on a regular basis exhibited lower blood pressure, slower resting pulse rates and lesser episodes of coronary artery disease.

Sexual desire linked to better blood circulation
The researchers declared that sexual desire gives rise to better blood circulation that signifies an overall improved health.

Weatherby explained the concept stating, "Sexual excitement gets the heart pumping and improves blood circulation. There's no question: Gazing at breasts makes men healthy.

"Our study indicates that engaging in this activity a few minutes daily cuts the risk of stroke and heart attack in half. We believe that by doing so consistently, the average man can extend his life four to five years."

In addition, she also recommended that men over 40 should gaze at larger breasts daily for 10 minutes.

Oh, well...I guess not.

From The Christian Science Monitor [hee-hee]:

Libya crisis: neighbors brace as tide of refugees rises

Monday, February 28, 2011

At least we could count on this guy to secure our southern border.

From Roto-Reuters comes news of another option for the leaderless Home of the Formerly Free and Land of the Emasculated:

Exile an option for Gadhafi: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Going into exile would be one way for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to meet international demands that he leave power, the White House said on Monday.

After days of violent unrest in Libya, President Barack Obama said on Saturday it was time for Gaddafi to leave, but he did not spell out how he envisioned that happening.

"Exile is certainly one option for him," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.

Carney would not discuss whether the United States would help facilitate such an exile.

At a news briefing, Carney also said the United States and its allies are in talks on whether to create a no-fly zone over Libya.

Nice timing, jackasses. The fighter-bombers and helicopter gunships have been in the air for a couple of weeks.

Charlie's cheaper too. And he'd be too busy doing drugs to steal what's left of our freedom.


I'm not kidding. A trained chimp [Racist.] could do better.

AP: Charlie Sheen says he wants a raise to return to show
NEW YORK – Charlie Sheen says he wants a raise to come back to the CBS show "Two and a Half Men."

The troubled star appeared on dueling morning show interviews Monday to continue an attack on CBS and producers of his hit sitcom for shutting down the show because of his off-set behavior. Both ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC's "Today" show aired lengthy segments of their interviews in their first and second half hours.

It was startling television that overshadowed morning-after Oscars coverage. Sheen boasted about his "epic" partying, said he's fueled by "violent hatred" of his bosses, said he cleaned up from drugs at home at his "Sober Valley Lodge" and said he's "tired of pretending I'm not a total, bitchin' rock star from Mars."

NBC interviewer Jeff Rossen appeared taken aback when Sheen said he wanted to be paid $3 million an episode to return to the show. He's reportedly paid $1.8 million an episode now, one of the highest-paid actors on television.

"You want a raise?" Rossen asked.

Replied Sheen: "Yeah, look what they put me through."

On ABC, Sheen said to correspondent Andrea Canning that he planned to sue his bosses.

"Wouldn't you?" he said. "I've got a whole family to support and love. People beyond me are relying on that. I'm here to collect. They're going to lose. They're going to lose in a courtroom, so I would recommend that they settle out of court."

While Sheen said in a radio interview last week that it would be impossible to do a ninth season of "Two and a Half Men" with the show's creators in charge, he said in the television interviews he's ready to work another season.

He said CBS owes him an apology, "publicly, while licking my feet."

Sheen, who was hospitalized three times in three months, said that he's bored now with cocaine. But he said he "exposed people to magic" when they partied with him and that he loved doing drugs.

"What's not to love?" he said on ABC. "Especially when you see how I party. It was epic. The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger, Richards just look like droopy-eyed armless children."

ABC and Radar Online had Sheen's blood and urine tested for drugs over the weekend.

The results were "a big win for Charlie Sheen, no question," said Radar's Dylan Howard. He said the dual tests revealed Sheen hadn't had drugs in at least 72 hours.

"I am on a drug," Sheen said. "It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available because if you try it you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body."

When Canning asked Sheen whether the people who supplied him with drugs were out of his life, Sheen hesitated.

"That's nobody's business," he said. "I think you know the answer to that."

The interviews heightened the competition between the two top-rated morning shows. ABC spokeswoman Alison Bridgman said Sheen had promised Saturday that ABC would get the only television interview last weekend but "changed his mind." Both "Today" and "Good Morning America" said they planned to air more segments of their interview on Tuesday, and ABC is planning a "20/20" special with Sheen on Tuesday.

Both networks had their own boasts: "Today" said Sheen had given NBC his "first morning show interview," while ABC said it had gotten the "first television interview since the controversy erupted."

Still, he's cheaper than Obama.

AP: Son of African dictator orders $380 million luxury super yacht

JOHANNESBURG – The son of Equatorial Guinea's dictator of 30 years commissioned plans to build a superyacht costing $380 million, nearly three times what the country spends on health and education each year, a corruption watchdog said Monday.

The statement from Global Witness said that German company Kusch Yachts has been asked to build the yacht, housing a cinema, restaurant, bar and swimming pool, though construction has not yet started.

Global Witness has been urging Washington to institute sanctions against Teodorin Obiang, whose extravagant lifestyle currently includes a $35 million-dollar mansion in Malibu, California, a $33 million jet and a fleet of luxury cars, while earning a salary of $6,799 a month as agriculture minister.

The government press office in Equatorial Guinea confirmed that the president's son had ordered the yacht design, but said he "then dismissed the idea of buying it."

It said that if the order had gone ahead, he would have bought it with income from private business activities and not "with funds derived from sources of illegal financing or corruption."

President Teodoro Obiang, who reportedly is grooming his son to succeed him as president, took power in a bloody 1979 coup. Forbes has estimated his wealth at around $600 million.

Teodorin Obiang justified his wealth in a sworn affidavit to a South African court questioning his ownership of luxury mansions and expensive cars in Cape Town in 2006.

He stated that public officials in his country are allowed to partner with foreign companies bidding for government contracts and said this means "a Cabinet minister ends up with a sizable part of the contract price in his bank account."

The tiny West African nation may be oil rich, but U.N. statistics show that 20 percent of children in Equatorial Guinea die before reaching the age of 5, and the average citizen is unlikely to live beyond 50. The State Department report on human rights also has condemned killings by security forces and the torture of prisoners.

Meanwhile, writer Juan Tomas Avila Laurel is in the 17th day of a hunger strike demanding justice for the people of Equatorial Guinea, inspired by the popular revolutions that have ousted longtime leaders of Egypt and Tunisia and now threaten Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.

Avila Laurel, 44, left Malabo for Barcelona, Spain, amid fears for his safety the day he began his hunger strike Feb. 11. He joins one-third of the population living in voluntary or enforced exile, according to the U.S. State Department.

The government has reacted to the author's hunger strike by denouncing "the web of gossip, lies and miserable maneuvers" surrounding reports about Equatorial Guinea.

"Nonetheless, we hope this person's example also serves to silence many mouths who continuously speak of lack of freedom and respect for human rights in Equatorial Guinea since, as is more than evident, this person has acted at all times with absolute freedom," it said in a statement on its website.

From The It Takes One To Know One Department:

AP: Madoff calls U.S. government a Ponzi scheme in new interview

NEW YORK – Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff said in a magazine interview published Sunday that new regulatory reform enacted after the recent national financial crisis is laughable and that the federal government is a Ponzi scheme.

"The whole new regulatory reform is a joke," Madoff said during a telephone interview with New York magazine in which he discussed his disdain for the financial industry and for its regulators.

The interview was published on the magazine's website Sunday night.

Madoff did an earlier New York Times interview in which he accused banks and hedge funds of being "complicit" in his Ponzi scheme to fleece people out of billions of dollars. He said they failed to scrutinize the discrepancies between his regulatory filings and other information.

He said in the New York magazine interview the Securities and Exchange Commission "looks terrible in this thing," and he said the "whole government is a Ponzi scheme."

A Ponzi, or pyramid, scheme is a scam in which people are persuaded to invest through promises of unusually high returns, with early investors paid their returns out of money put in by later investors.

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First of all, the word is SEX, not GENDER. If you are ever tempted to use the word GENDER, don't. The word is SEX! SEX! SEX! SEX! For example: "My sex is male." is correct. "My gender is male." means nothing. Look it up. What kind of sick neo-Puritan nonsense is this? Idiot left-fascists, get your blood-soaked paws off the English language. Hence I am choosing "male" under protest.


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