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August 31, 2012

a long but interesting interview

Filed under: My Life and Rants, News, opinion — Scottie @ 15:26

I saw this on Randy’s blog.   I admit it took me several viewings.  I got angry half way through and needed to step back, regroup and recenter my self.  I even told Randy I wouldn’t watch it….but I ended up doing so.   Fact is a lot of information came out, you can see the science and good will by Dan Savage in this.  He is trying to be a good host.  You can also see the bigotry and unscientific approach the other side takes.   About half way through I had to stop or I would explode, and then as I watched the rest the whole other side of the marriage equality began to resolved into bigotry that simply couldn’t be supported nor would the other guy admit it…he had nothing to argue back so he he stuck to old time worn outdated attacks.    I give my I am sorry’s to Randy, as when I watched this I got so upset I said I couldn’t so it.  Turns out I could if I took a deep breath and made myself be calm and tried to hear what what was being said instead of thinking the worst.  But that is the kind of guy Randy is…full of smarts and strengths, and some one who should be listened too.   Hugs 


Filed under: Animals, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 14:15

Milo just complained to me as he was kissing my hand that I had been practicing magic with out a license.  I did not know I needed one?

Or Words to that Effect…: How to create an enemy

Filed under: My Life and Rants, opinion, Web sites I like — Scottie @ 11:58

Hello Everyone.  Everyone knows I have issues that I feel strongly about, that are important to me.   Sadly while I have the passion for these causes, I lack the training, and the ability to clearly and concisely write out my points of interest.   To say what I am trying to convey is not easy for me to do.  I have a real hard time remembering specific facts, times and dates, and relevant detailed data for the topics I am writing on.  Not to say I don’t know what I am talking about or that I am not thinking about what I want to say, just that it is hard for me to write from the brain aspect, instead I write from the heart.   I am very  lucky in that I have wonderful friends who have great minds, abilities and passion on some of the same subjects as I do.  These friends have the abilities I lack and I am often in awe of the clear way they make their points.   Randy is one of these people.  He could easily be a well known author, or a top journalist.  He wrote the post I link to below and I would love everyone to jump over to his site, read his post and then if you would , leave a comment for him.      For my self I wish to say I agree completely with what he wrote and I am thankful he did so.  It is not easy sticking up for those who have no ability to so so for themselves, and Randy is a grand champion.    Hugs

Or Words to that Effect…: How to create an enemy.

The start…a platform of…

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RNC 2012 – The Road to Jeb Bush 2016 – Paul Ryan’s Speech – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 08/30/12 – Video Clip | Comedy Central

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 10:32

RNC 2012 – The Road to Jeb Bush 2016 – Paul Ryan’s Speech – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 08/30/12 – Video Clip | Comedy Central.

RNC 2012 – The Road to Jeb Bush 2016 – Paul Ryan’s Convenient Truths – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 08/30/12 – Video Clip | Comedy Central

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 10:29

RNC 2012 – The Road to Jeb Bush 2016 – Paul Ryan’s Convenient Truths – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 08/30/12 – Video Clip | Comedy Central.

NY priest apologizes for saying child is often seducer in sex abuse cases – U.S. News

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 10:18

Please read the post before this one and the note I wrote then read this one….thanks.   Hugs

NY priest apologizes for saying child is often seducer in sex abuse cases – U.S. News.


NY priest apologizes for saying child is often seducer in sex abuse cases


NBC’s Anne Thompson reports on a new controversy from Pope Benedict’s personal preacher who compares the recent child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church, to the collective violence and anti-Semitism of the Jewish people.

By NBC News wire services

NEW YORK — A New York priest says he “deeply regrets” if he hurt anyone by his comments that priests accused of child sex abuse are often seduced by their accusers and that a first-time offender should not go to jail.

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal apologized Thursday for the comments he made in an interview with the National Catholic Register, published this week. The conservative, independent Register removed the story from its website and posted an apology for publishing the comments. Groeschel and the friars did as well.

“I did not intend to blame the victim. A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible,” Groeschel said in his post on the website. “My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be. I have spent my life trying to help others the best that I could. I deeply regret any harm I have caused to anyone.”

Judge dismisses child sex-abuse case that accused Vatican

The friars expressed regret for the remarks and highlighted Groeschel’s medical history. They said he had been in a car accident several years ago, and that “in recent months his health, memory and cognitive ability have been failing.” They described the comments as “out of character.”

In expanding on his answer, Groeschel also referenced Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach convicted of sexually abusing boys, referring to Sandusky as “this poor guy” and wondering why no one said anything for years.Asked in the Register interview about working with priests involved in abuse, Groeschel had said, “Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”

He also added later that anyone involved “on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.”

‘Rubbing salt into the wounds’
Editor in Chief Jeanette De Melo posted a note apologizing for “publishing without clarification or challenge Father Benedict Groeschel’s comments that seem to suggest that the child is somehow responsible for abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our publication of that comment was an editorial mistake, for which we sincerely apologize.”

Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior U.S. Catholic clergyman convicted in the church’s sex abuse scandal, became the first U.S. church official convicted of a felony. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

The Archdiocese of New York also repudiated the comments in a statement posted on its website, calling them “simply wrong.”

Philadelphia monsignor gets 3-6 years for cover-up in Catholic priest sex abuse

“Although he is not a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, what Father Groeschel said cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged. The sexual abuse of a minor is a crime, and whoever commits that crime deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” spokesman Joseph Zwilling said.

David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said there needs to be consequences for figures like Groeschel, “who say incredibly hurtful and mean-spirited things.”

“He’s rubbing salt into the wounds of already-suffering victims,” Clohessy said.

Comments like Groeschel’s “discourage victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from reporting horrific crimes both known and suspected,” he said.

Colleagues of Groeschel suggested on Thursday that he was recovering from a fall and was mentally frail.

The Rev. Glenn Sudano, a spokesman for the Franciscan Friars, likened him to an elderly relative.

Roman Catholic Church official convicted of endangerment in priest-abuse trial

“He said something like grandpa would say and it’s like ‘Grandpa, why would you say that?'” Sudano told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“Obviously we don’t agree with what he said. Obviously it’s terribly disappointing that people are hurt or upset,” Sudano said. “We feel very bad about it.”

Sudano said he did not know if Groeschel would face any consequences for his remarks.

The Penn State child abuse scandal is dredging up memories of the massive sex abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church, including the diocese where the university is located. NBC News’ Michael Isikoff reports.

The Catholic Church has been rocked in recent decades by accusations that it tried to cover up the sexual abuse of children by priests and has paid out billions in settlements to abuse victims, bankrupting several U.S. dioceses.

Similar scandals have shaken the lucrative world of college sports, most notably the conviction of Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, most of them in the campus football showers.

In Interview, the Rev. Benedict Groeschel Says Abuse Victims Can Be Seducers –

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 09:57

Ok I think this guy had an idea in his head, and the words did not come out right.   I think two points he is trying to make is A) young adults, minors who are not yet 18 but have gone through puberty, have sexual needs and desires.  They have they human bodies and human needs.  They have strong desires to experiment and learn, grow, and be part of the human experiences.  I think the second point he wanted to make B) People who make a mistake and have a consensual non forced sexual episode with a person who is under 18 yet gone through puberty needs to be judged on the facts of the individual cases.  Not that they should not have done what they did, nor that they are blameless, they were the adults, but each case must be judged on its own merits.   A 16 year old boy asking a man to meet him for a date and sex is NOT the same as a man forcing a 6 year old to submit to him or even an adult forcing a teen to pleasure them.   There is a difference between these acts.   I think the priest was trying to make these points and did not word him self correctly.   I my self have said the USA is getting to be hysterical about anything dealing with sex and we have become so repressive in our view of the human body that any nudity is thought to be both sexual and abusive, and people are frightened of their own bodies.  

Lets be clear, I am not advocating blaming the victim for any sexual assault.  I am saying we need to leave hysteria behind and use our brains.   All people are not the same, and should not be treated the same.   Hugs.

In Interview, the Rev. Benedict Groeschel Says Abuse Victims Can Be Seducers –

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A prominent Roman Catholic spiritual leader who has spent decades counseling wayward priests for the archdiocese provoked shock and outrage on Thursday as word spread of a recent interview he did with a Catholic newspaper during which he said that “youngsters” were often to blame when priests sexually abused them and that priests should not be jailed for such abuse on their first offense.

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The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, who made the remarks, is a beloved figure among many Catholics and a founder of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a conservative priestly order based in New York. He hosts a weekly show on the Eternal Word Television Network and has written 45 books.

The comments were published on Monday by The National Catholic Register, which is owned by EWTN, a religious broadcaster based in Alabama.

“Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him,” Father Groeschel, now 79, said in the interview. “A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”

He added that he was “inclined to think” that priests who were first-time abusers should not be jailed because “their intention was not committing a crime.”

On Thursday, the comments were taken off the publication’s Web site after the controversy erupted, and the editors, Father Groeschel and his religious order apologized.

“I did not intend to blame the victim,” Father Groeschel wrote in a statement published on The Catholic Register’s site. “A priest (or anyone else) who abuses a minor is always wrong and is always responsible. My mind and my way of expressing myself are not as clear as they used to be.”

Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, denounced the comments as “terribly wrong.” But he said the church was unlikely to discipline Father Groeschel, in part because as a member of a religious order, he was not officially a priest of the diocese.

For the past 38 years, Father Groeschel has counseled priests at the Trinity Retreat House in the New York suburb of Larchmont; he founded the retreat at the direction of the archbishop at the time, Cardinal Terence J. Cooke. The retreat is a place of treatment and reflection, and the archdiocese has sent priests credibly accused of sexual abuse to live there, but not since 2006, Mr. Zwilling said.

More recently, priests struggling with problems like alcoholism have been sent there for counseling. Father Groeschel, who has a doctorate in psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University, has also taught pastoral counseling for more than 40 years at the archdiocesan seminary, St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.

But though he told The Catholic Register that he continued to teach at the seminary, the archdiocese said that the previous academic year had been his last because of what it described as advancing senility and other health problems. The Rev. Glenn Sudano, another founder of the Friars of the Renewal, whose adherents take vows of poverty and work extensively with the poor, said the remarks might have been the result of Father Groeschel’s advancing age and failing health, as well as the aftereffect of a near-fatal 2004 car accident in Orlando, Fla.

“Poor Father Benedict,” he said. “It is painful for us, seeing someone who was so much an advocate and a defender for the underdog, say that.”

In the interview, Father Groeschel said that he continued to counsel priests and that he worked some 12 hours a day.

Asked if he counseled priests who were abusers, he said yes, and then offered a sympathetic portrait. “People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath, but that’s not the case,” he said. Asked why a child might act as a seducer, he said: “A kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own — and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.”

He also expressed sympathy for Jerry Sandusky, the retired Penn State football coach who was recently convicted of serial child molesting, calling him “this poor guy.”

Many New York priests and others — including advocates for victims of child sexual abuse — reacted with anger at the remarks. “Blaming the abused for their abuse is indefensible,” said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit commentator for America Magazine.

Fact Checkers Ding Romney On A Few Familiar Points : It’s All Politics : NPR

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 09:40

Fact Checkers Ding Romney On A Few Familiar Points : It’s All Politics : NPR.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Among the things the Republican Party’s presidential candidate is hearing this morning about the address he gave Thursday night is that “in a speech heavy on anecdotal history but short on policy details, Mitt Romney avoided major falsehoods.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but that analysis from the nonpartisan is cheery compared to what the organization said about the acceptance speech that GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan gave to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. It contained “several false claims and misleading statements,” FactCheck concluded. (We rounded up the morning-after fact checks of Ryan’s speech here andhere.)

Still, as with nearly all speeches given by candidates from both major parties, the fact checkers are finding fault with some of the things Romney said at the close of the GOP convention in Tampa:

— is giving Romney its “pants on fire” rating for saying that President Obama began his term in office with “an apology tour.” According to PolitiFact, “a review of Obama’s foreign travels and remarks during his early presidency showed no evidence to support such a blunt and disparaging claim.” It has flagged Romney for that “apology tour” claim before, as have other fact checkers.

— Romney said “let me make this very clear unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class.” The Associated Press writes that, “Obama has enacted several laws that could raise taxes for some middle-class families. Other Obama laws, however, have reduced taxes for many more such families.”

— President Obama, according to Romney, has cut $716 billion from Medicare that will “both hurt today’s seniors, and depress innovation.” But The Washington Post‘s Fact Checker says “the savings mostly are wrung from health-care providers, not Medicare beneficiaries — who, as a result of the health-care law, ended up with new benefits for preventive care and prescription drugs.” Romney’s Medicare comment is another one that’s been called false before.

—, while saying Romney avoided major falsehoods, does say: “We found a few bits of exaggeration and puffery. He exaggerated the loss in family income that has occurred under Obama, for example, including 13 months of losses that actually occurred before the president took office. And he made a back-handed accusation that Obama has raised taxes on middle-class taxpayers, when in fact the president has lobbied for and signed several temporary reductions.”

As we said at the top, though, the fact checkers aren’t issuing alarming alerts about what Romney said. And they’re also noting some of the claims he made that are very true. The AP, for instance, writes:

“Romney: ‘President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet.’

“The Facts: Really?

“Yes, pretty much.

“In a June 2008 speech marking his victory in the Democratic primaries, Obama said generations from now, ‘we will be able to look back and tell our children that … this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.’ “

Two Afghan children beheaded in separate incidents | Reuters

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 09:35

OK after all these years, deaths, money, we simply have not changed the thug culture present in some of these areas.   Our approach was wrong.  I think education, security in knowing the thugs wont just come back, pride in moving forward instead simply trying to live.  To them there is no difference in ‘living” and just “existing”.

Two Afghan children beheaded in separate incidents | Reuters.

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(Reuters) – An adolescent boy and a young girl have been beheaded in two separate incidents inAfghanistan, local officials and police said on Friday, in the latest brazen attacks that have raised fresh questions about a splintering Taliban.

A 12-year-old boy was kidnapped and killed in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, his severed head placed near his body to send a warning to police, said provincial governor spokesman Jawid Faisal.

The brother of the boy, neither of whom were named by officials, was a member of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), a U.S.-trained militia charged with making Afghans in Taliban strongholds, like Kandahar, feel more secure, Faisal said.

“It’s a Taliban warning to the ALP and to others who support the government,” Faisal said of the killing, which happened in Kandahar’s Panjwai district.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf denied the group was involved.

Separately, a 6-year-old girl was beheaded in eastern Kapisa province on Thursday, said provincial police chief Abdul Hamed.

“We are not sure if she was beheaded by her family or the Taliban, but we know the Taliban control the area,” Hamed said of the killing in Jalukhil village. He added that he could not send investigators to the area out of fears for their safety.

The murders follow the shooting or beheading of 17 young revelers attending a party in southern Helmand province this week, which officials said was the work of the Taliban, a charge the group also denied.

That massacre raised fresh concerns about Taliban leaders’ grip on their scattered fighters, amid on-again, off-again peace moves by the group with the Afghan government.

It also suggested that there are grassroots insurgent fighters who are not in a mood for compromise.

“What we’re seeing could be a new tactic by the Taliban to behead civilians to intimidate the population,” said Faisal.

In Kandahar’s Zhari district, officials also said on Friday that a 16-year-old boy accused by the Taliban of spying for the government was beheaded and skinned in late July.

Such incidents highlight the difficulty that Taliban leaders have in enforcing discipline across an estimated 20,000 fighters spread from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

The central Taliban leadership is trying to improve the group’s image in case it wants to push forward tentative reconciliation steps and perhaps even enter mainstream politics. But some militant units are hard to control, roaming the countryside and attacking those deemed immoral.

NATO will withdraw most of its combat troops by the end of 2014, leaving Afghan forces in the lead security role.

August 30, 2012

Video Warning Dan Savage Of ‘Terrible Danger’ Removed: VIDEO| News | Towleroad

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 21:13

Video Warning Dan Savage Of ‘Terrible Danger’ Removed: VIDEO| News | Towleroad.

Video Warning Dan Savage Of ‘Terrible Danger’ Removed: VIDEO


Religious activist Charles Carter uses his YouTube page to “a spiritually militant response to a malignant sin”.

That sin, of course, is homosexuality, which he actually has deemed an “extra-ordinary sin”, one so powerful that it will bring “terrible danger” to pro-equality activist Dan Savage, according to a video he posted today.

Carter has since removed the video, which is really quite ominous, but Jeremy at Good As You snatched a copy. I’ve included it below. Oh, if you don’t like what Carter has to say, it’s because “God’s truth offends you”.

Watch his message to Savage AFTER THE JUMP.


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This Is A Real Thing Found At The RNC| News | Towleroad

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 21:12

This Is A Real Thing Found At The RNC| News | Towleroad.



Barack Hussein Obama or Jesus H. Christ. There can only be one, according to some wingnut at the Republican National Convention.

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Maddow: GOP-Led Voter Registration Laws ‘Devastated’ Florida Democrats: VIDEO| News | Towleroad

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 21:11

Maddow: GOP-Led Voter Registration Laws ‘Devastated’ Florida Democrats: VIDEO| News | Towleroad.

Maddow: GOP-Led Voter Registration Laws ‘Devastated’ Florida Democrats: VIDEO


Republican lawmakers from coast-to-coast have been using the power and positions to slowly erode voter registration laws, thereby blocking ballot box access for millions of Americans, most of whom lean Democrat.

In a Tuesday night segment over at MSNBC, Rachel Maddow took a deep, long look at what’s been happening in Florida.

Today the Florida Times Union released some remarkable new analysis on voter registration in Florida that I almost cannot believe.

[In] ’04, 159,000 new Democrats registered to vote over that time period. In ’08, same time period, 13 months, it was pretty much the same story… Democratic voter registration surging in the same time period before the election.

But then last year, Florida Republicans made it harder to register to vote in the state. Look at what has happened in the lead up to this year’s election over an equivalent time period. Look. New Democratic voter registration has disappeared in Florida. It has fallen off a cliff, over the same amount of time – look, the Republican numbers have been basically static.

Watch Maddow and Chris Matthews discuss Florida and other states where voter registry have been decimated AFTER THE JUMP.

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Justice Department Closes Investigation Into Deaths Of Two Detainees : The Two-Way : NPR

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 21:08

Again a secret organization which doesn’t get public scrutiny has gotten away with doing illegal acts.   We now have secret police, secret prisons, prisoners held with out charges, some prisoners being held as political prisoners, and the people detained have no access to due process in any way.   Is this the land of the free and home of the brave….or a country that would turn the founding fathers stomachs?  Hugs

Justice Department Closes Investigation Into Deaths Of Two Detainees : The Two-Way : NPR.

The Justice Department has closed an investigation into the deaths of two detainees in American custody in Iraq and Afghanistan without bringing any criminal charges.

Attorney General Eric Holder said prosecutors had declined to proceed “because the admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The decision brings to a close more than two years of investigation by veteran Connecticut prosecutor John Durham and a special team of federal agents who worked alongside him. Durham had initially been handpicked by President George W. Bush’s final Attorney General to examine the destruction of CIA videotapes that depicted detainee mistreatment after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But Holder expanded the prosecutor’s mandate in 2009, to include possible violations of the anti torture statute by CIA interrogators and contractors.

The probe opened a rift between the Justice Department and the intelligence community, which protested that its operatives had acted well within the guidelines in place during the Bush years. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and other top Republicans blasted Holder for picking through the past.

But in his statement Thursday, Holder gave little ground. He pointed out that the investigation was “limited to a determination of whether prosecutable offenses were committed and was not intended to, and does not resolve, broader questions regarding the propriety” of the detainee treatment.

Update at 8:15 p.m. ET. Human Rights Groups Denounce Decision:

Calling the Justice Department’s decision a “scandal” and “shocking,” advocacy groups have issued statements in response.

Jameel Jaffer, the deputy legal director for the ACLU, said not filing charges “is yet another entry in what is already a shameful record”:

“That the Justice Department will hold no one accountable for the killing of prisoners in CIA custody is nothing short of a scandal. The Justice Department has declined to bring charges against the officials who authorized torture, the lawyers who sought to legitimate it, and the interrogators who used it. It has successfully shut down every legal suit meant to hold officials civilly liable.”

Human Rights First, which conducted a report in 2006 on deaths of almost 100 detainees, also released a statement. Advocacy counsel Melina Milazzo said, in part:

“These cases deserved to be taken more seriously from the outset. When you don’t take seriously the duty to investigate criminal acts at the beginning, resolution becomes even more difficult a decade later. It’s shocking that the department’s review of hundreds of instances of torture and abuse will fail to hold even one person accountable.”

CIA director David Petraeus told agency employees in a note that the cases would be closed.

“As intelligence officers, our inclination, of course, is to look ahead to the challenges of the future rather than backwards at those of the past,” he said. “Nonetheless, it was very important that we supported fully the Justice Department in its efforts.”

Bradley Manning’s Trial Set To Begin In February In WikiLeaks Case : The Two-Way : NPR

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 21:03

I am sorry but I am unable to see this as anything other than a politically motivated, made to be as punitive as possible, “kangaroo trial” or ‘show trial”.   The Government was embarrassed the got caught in so many outright lies and the military was embarrassed twice as much. Everything they have done shows clearly that the military already has judged and sentenced this young man to guilty, and wants him to pay a humiliating and painful price.   But we have always supported whistle blowers who shed light of truth on the harmful lies.  So why not this time?   It smells that the who power of the government and military is against the one slight built small man.  His Lawyer can’t get anywhere, has no ability to even build a case as the people who control the information he needs are the same ones who have decided his client is guilty and want him punished.  In this case the fox is in charge of the hen house.  Very sad our country has sank to this.   Hugs

Bradley Manning’s Trial Set To Begin In February In WikiLeaks Case : The Two-Way : NPR.

The trial of Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of passing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website, has been scheduled to begin in early February. That news came on the last of three days of pretrial hearings held in Fort Meade, Md., this week.

Of the court date, Wikileaks tweeted, “Manning full trial has been scheduled for Feb 4. He will have spent nearly 3 years detained without trial. Legal max is 120 days.”

If convicted, Manning would face a possible life sentence. The 22 charges filed against him range from aiding the enemy to transmitting defense information, and fraud and related activity in connection with computers.

At the hearings, defense lawyers for Manning, who is being confined in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., argued for the full release of more than 1,300 emails that relate to the conditions in which the accused soldier is being detained. The government had previously released only about half of the emails sought by Manning’s team.

The judge in the case, Army Col. Denise Lind, has said she will review those emails to determine whether they should be released.

Thursday, Lind ruled that government prosecutors would be able to introduce details about Manning’s military record at the trial, including reported incidents of misconduct.

More hearings have been scheduled before the February court date, to handle questions about Manning’s detention, his right to a speedy trial, and how to handle classified information during the court proceedings.

Hurricane Isaac Blamed On New Orleans’ Southern Decadence Gay Festival By Pastor, Locals

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 20:50

A church going nurse I work with read this and told me stuff like this makes all of them look foolish and tarnishes the name “christian”.

Hurricane Isaac Blamed On New Orleans’ Southern Decadence Gay Festival By Pastor, Locals.

Hurricane Isaac Blamed On New Orleans’ Southern Decadence Gay Festival By Pastor, Locals

Posted: 08/30/2012 1:23 pm

Hurricane Isaac

A number of Christian extremists are openly linking Hurricane Isaac’s life-threatening weather to New Orleans’ annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) festival.

Isaac’s arrival — a full seven years after the devastating Hurricane Katrina — coincides with Southern Decadence, which is often billed as the “Gay Mardi Gras” and draws an estimated 120,000 LGBT visitors to the city each year.

“The hurricane is scheduled to hit the New Orleans area on Wednesday, Aug. 29 which is the beginning of an annual homosexual event in New Orleans called ‘Southern Decadence,'” Defend & Proclaim The Faith’s Pastor John McTernan writes in a blog. “Isaac, of course, is a biblical name meaning laughter.”

McTernan continues:

“The church, city and nation have not repented and the homosexual agenda is far worse than it was in 2005. New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city. It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s patience with America’s sin is coming to an end.”

You can read the full blog here.

McTernan’s views have done little to dampen the spirit of Southern Decadence revelers so far. According to the official website, the festivities — which run from Aug. 29 through Sept. 3 — will currently proceed as scheduled, despite the weather.

Still, a number of locals seem to be sharing the pastor’s sentiments. WND quotes Robin Cox, a lifelong Gulf Coast resident, as pondering, “A hurricane hitting a celebration of decadence…twice in seven years. What are the odds?”

Mary Starkey, another local, echoed those sentiments to the publication: “Does it seem God has it in for New Orleans? Just contemplating why this has happened twice in seven years at exact same time of year.”

The hurricane has already prompted a number of questionable responses from various extremists and pundits. Reverend Jesten Peters of Keys of Authority Ministries told the Christian Broadcasting Network that her group successfully “prayed Isaac away” from Tampa, thus preventing it from affecting the Republican National Convention, according to South Florida Gay News.

Similarly, Rush Limbaugh suggested that the Obama administration had somehow tampered with the forecasts of the storm to hurt the Republicans, as the GOP’s convention proceedings had to be canceled on Monday with the threat of the storm.

“What could be better for the Democrats than the Republicans to cancel a day of this?” he said. “…I’m alleging no conspiracy. I’m just telling you, folks, when you put this all together in this timeline, I’m telling you, it’s unbelievable!”

As Towleroad notes, among those to take a more jovial look at the response was Stephen Colbert, who quipped, “Hurricanes form from rising moisture created by hot steamy man action aboard a gay Caribbean cruise. When that sin gets high enough it makes the angels cry and those tears fall to earth in the form of massive precipitation because homosexuals are a vital part of the water cycle.” That’s why the gay symbol is a rainbow!”

Republican Platform Shows Contempt for the Mainstream –

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Republican Platform Shows Contempt for the Mainstream –

Contempt for the Mainstream

TAMPA, Fla. – The campaign platform adopted by the Republican party this week became instantly notorious for its plunge to the right, deleting all memory of moderation in previous years. The document might be even more remarkable, however, for its tone of utter defiance.

No one expected the party to soften its support for gun rights, even after the Aurora shooting. But despite the national horror at the deaths of 12 people and the injuries to 58 others, Republicans deliberately added a plank to this year’s platform intended to inflame the gun debate.

As the Associated Press reports, the platform contains this new line: “We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines.” High-capacity magazines, which allow attackers to shoot more people quickly, without reloading, were used in both in Aurora and in the Tucson shooting that injured the former congresswoman Gabby Giffords and killed six. There is no Second Amendment right to shoot without reloading, and even many supporters of the right to bear arms oppose the easy availability of big clips, which used to be illegal.

The platform also supports the “stand your ground” laws that played a role in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Florida earlier this year. Where the 2008 platform said that citizens have the right to a gun at home for self-defense, the new one adds a line supporting “the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be.”

On another contentious issue, the platform reverses course on disclosure of political donors, sticking a thumb in the eye of previous generations of Republicans who believed that full disclosure was the antidote to unlimited contributions. As Paul Blumenthal of the Huffington Post reported today, earlier platforms going back to 1996 supported full disclosure, but the current version says exactly the opposite.

“We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage Americans from exercising their constitutional right to enter the political fray or limit their commitment to their ideals,” the document says, explaining why it opposes passage of the Disclose Act, which would end the use of secret donations fueling so many of this year’s attack ads.

After the Citizens United decision, Republicans realized they would gain a huge financial advantage if corporations and executives were allowed to give unlimited sums without fear of public embarrassment. Led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, they constructed a First-Amendment theory to fit this benefit, saying that secrecy protects free speech (for corporations) without worry of harassment.

Now the party has enshrined that political greed and expediency in its fundamental declaration of principles. Although “principles” seems too high-minded a word for these statements of contempt for the mainstream.

10-Year-Old Maine Girl Charged in Infant’s Death – ABC News

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Does a 10 year old posses the mental capacity to understand what she is charged with and help in her own defense.  I question charging children so young with a criminal crime.  I wonder if a more civil procedure would be more appropriate.  What is the child’s home life like, is she neglected?     Is the brain and emotions developed enough to handle the gravity of this.   After all they can’t control any other aspect of their bodies or life, so now they are to be responsible for not being watched or raised properly.   Hugs

10-Year-Old Maine Girl Charged in Infant’s Death – ABC News.

10-Year-Old Maine Girl Charged in Infant’s Death


A 10-year-old girl was charged Thursday with manslaughter in the death of an infant whose mother said had ingested medication and been suffocated.

The girl, who is not being identified, is the youngest person to be charged with manslaughter in Maine in at least 25 years. The infant, Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway, of Clinton in central Maine, had been left overnight with an adult baby sitter in nearby Fairfield.

The sitter called police early July 8 to report that the infant was not breathing, authorities said. Emergency workers who arrived minutes later reported that child was unresponsive.

The death of any child under age 3 triggers an automatic investigation in Maine, and detectives uncovered some “troubling signs” before the state medical examiner declared the death a homicide, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The death was declared a homicide Wednesday, but investigators withheld further details on the cause of death.

Brooklyn’s mother, Nicole “Nicki” Greenaway, of Clinton, said the 10-year-old was the sitter’s daughter. Authorities told her the baby had ingested medication to treat attention-deficit disorder and been suffocated, she said, adding that she also saw bruises on her daughter’s body.

“I feel a little bit of relief that they’re charging her daughter at this point, but the mom really needs to be responsible. She’s the one I left my daughter with,” Greenaway said.

The 10-year-old girl was already in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services when a summons was delivered to her attorney on Thursday, McCausland said.

Police declined to identify the girl, who is due in juvenile court in October. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

Greenaway said that the 10-year-old had changed her baby’s diaper in the past, but that she had told the sitter an adult needed to be present at all times. Instead, the infant, who was reportedly fussy that night, was sleeping in a portable crib in the same room as the 10-year-old, Greenaway said.

When Greenaway finally saw her daughter at a funeral home, the infant had a black eye, bruises on the bridge of her nose and marks that looked like fingerprints on her cheeks, she said.

McCausland said he couldn’t comment on whether charges could be brought against the sitter. A person who answered the phone at a listing for her said Thursday evening that she was not available. The AP is not naming the sitter because it could make the juvenile suspect’s identity known.

The charge against the 10-year-old was filed after detectives consulted with the attorney general’s office, which determined manslaughter was most appropriate, said Brenda Kielty, a spokeswoman.

Unlike murder, which generally involves an intentional act, manslaughter charges are brought when a homicide is caused by reckless actions or criminal negligence.

The charge is extremely unusual because of the defendant’s age.

The state doesn’t have data on the youngest person ever to be charged in a homicide in Maine, Kielty said. But it’s been at least 25 years — and possibly longer — since someone so young has been charged with manslaughter or murder in the state, officials said.

Nonetheless, such cases aren’t unprecedented.

In January, a 10-year-old was taken into custody after a 12-year-old was stabbed to death in El Cajon, Calif. And a Florida boy was convicted in 2001 of killing a 6-year-old playmate when he was 12.

AP Mobile: FACT CHECK: Ryan ignores parts of his own record

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FACT CHECK: Ryan ignores parts of his own record

thumbnailWASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican National Convention is drawing to a close with some factually slippery statements coming from the stage. Most prominently, on the eve of presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s speech closing the convention Thursday night, running mate Paul Ryan ignored conspicuous parts of his own record on budget cuts, the stimulus and Medicare in his haste to accuse President Barack …

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