The Food and Drug Administration notified manufacturer Barr Laboratories Inc. early Monday that it wanted to meet within seven days to iron out new steps the company must take in its three-year battle to sell the pill, called Plan B, without a prescription to at least some women.
The Los Angeles Times story does note Hollywood’s ability to forgive those who sexually abuse children. (LA Times) Ari Emanuel, a powerful Hollywood agent, wrote “People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him, even if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line.” Caution, there’s foul language in the post.
Ari Emanuel also happens to be Michael Moore’s agent. (Huffington Post) Others don’t believe his career is over. (AP) From ABC News: "You know, I'm not a done deal. I'm a work in progress," Gibson said in 2004. "And I'm extremely flawed. And I better continue to think that way, too, because — because it's the truth." (ABC News)
The journey continues ........
Platters pretenders and conning Coasters beware -- states are cracking down on copycat musical groups who steal gigs from authentic artists and cheat fans. Five states have laws requiring that performing groups include at least one original member in order to use a group’s name in advertisements or performances, and more states are considering following suit.
I heard you in the past say you were in favor of the death penalty. This is hypocritical to oppose abortion and at the same time support the death penalty. Doesn't this go against the Catholic Church teachings?
Putting the hypocrite accusation aside, the death penalty has not been outlawed by the Catholic Church. In fact, I believe it to be perfectly consistant in being pro-life and pro-death penalty. The punishment of death displays how valuable life is.
The Church's traditional position is that society has the authority to inflict punishments upon its members, and even to deprive a criminal of his life for specific reasons:
(1) to vindicate the moral order
(2) to defend itself
(3) to deter other would-be-offenders
(4) to reform the criminal.
Given these purposes, an execution may take place if the following conditions are met:
(a) the guilt of the prisoner is certain
(b) the crime is of major gravity
(c) the penalty is to be inflicted, after due process, by State authority, not by private individuals or by lynching
(d) the prisoner is given the opportunity to make his peace with God.
Pope Pius XII answered it this way: "Even in the question of the execution of a man condemned to death, the State does not dispose of the individual's right to life. It then falls to the public authority to deprive the condemned man of the good of life in expiation of his fault after he, by his crime, has already deprived himself of his right to life."
While the federal government deliberates on a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex “marriage” and individual states are being turned into legal battlefields, businesses and service organizations across the country have been quietly rendering the struggle moot for years. The Post reports that Procter & Gamble, Health Alliance, Toyota and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Ashland, Federated Department Stores, Delta Air Lines and E.W. Scripps all offer marriage or domestic partner benefits to employees.
This is despite the fact that in 2004, Ohio passed one of the strongest prohibitions against equating in any way homosexual partnerings with true marriage. The law not only prohibits the state from recognizing as legitimate gay “marriages,” but forbids benefits for “domestic partners” for state employees, including cohabiting heterosexual couples. The legal ban in Ohio does not put a prohibition on such benefits in private companies.
The Post reports that Ohio’s Miami University is being sued by Republican state Rep. Tom Brinkman of Cincinnati to halt its recently established domestic partner benefits policy.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:
“The ruthlessness of this IRS complaint, which is bogus on the face of it, should mobilize all principled civil libertarians to protest its implications for free speech. Regardless of whether one supports or objects to the intentional killing of human embryos, the immediate issue is a First Amendment matter: All non-profit organizations that speak to public policy issues have a stake in this debate.
“IRS issued a fact sheet in February regarding ‘Election Year Activities and the Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention for Section 501 (c) (3) Organizations.’ Nothing in that document suggests that it is a violation of the IRS tax-exempt code for a religious group to urge candidates for public office to return contributions from any individual or organization. Indeed, it would be impossible to mandate such a stricture without trespassing on the First Amendment guarantees of free speech and religious liberty.
“If the Missouri Catholic Conference were advocating that candidates for public office return monies donated by the Klan, no IRS complaint would have been filed. But because the Catholic group is fighting the fat cats—millions have been raised in Missouri by PAC’s promoting all kinds of genetic research—the censors are out in force. Not only do they seek to advance a utilitarian agenda, they seek to promote a gag rule on those who disagree with them.
“Missouri is blessed to have such courageous bishops and an equally courageous Catholic Conference.”
I've seen Swann and his campaign go through the motions. They had some great national attention because of the celebrity status of Swann himself. The bus tour is rolling. Swann is making stops across PA. However, celebrity will only carry you so far before you must prove yourself. That time has come.
In order to win, Swann must defeat Ed Rendell by a decisive margin in the western part of the state. He will also have to run close in the southeastern section of the state in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs.
Swann will have to do a great deal to reach out to black voters who never vote for any GOP candidate. If Lynn Swann can't win those voters in the southeastern part of the state this November, then Swann will not will.
It's high time we begin to hear Lynn Swann speak to the issues. Not in some press conference or photo op. Not at some pre-game party in a parking lot. Get real and get to the people. Talk to us Mr. Swann. Tell us who you are and why we should vote for you. Then keep the promises you make. I get alot of "fluff" and promises of "big things to come" from the Swann campaign. Now it's time to run the race Mr. Swann.
The criticism was written by Pennsylvania resident Mohammed KHAKU, who is also the past president of the Al-Ahad Islamic Center and the Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Pennsylvania (SIJPA). KHAKU is associated with the Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley, of which the Stroudsburg Islamic Center is also associated. His writings have appeared on the web site of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a top Wahhabi organization with numerous ties to radical Islam.
During his speech on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum called for regime change in Iran and described "Islamic fascism" as the "great test" of this generation, as threatening to the United States as last century's German Nazism and Soviet communism. Way to go Rick!
In response to the speech by Senator Santorum, KHAHU described the statements as “prejudicial remarks (that) were derogatory, and highly unbecoming for a member of US senate. KHAKU added, “The Senator rhetoric in a public forum demeans both himself and the party he represents, particularly at a time when entire Middle East is in turmoil. Muslim of Lehigh Valley strongly condemned Senator remarks outrageous, inflammatory and un-American. The Senator's inflammatory comments do nothing to advance America's role in the world as the leading voice for tolerance and religious freedom and should be soundly condemned as election rhetoric and appeasing the neo-conservatives and American extremism…”
Mohammed KHAKU further stated: “True to form, Senator Santorum has crossed the line and shows his clear hatred of Muslims. It is irresponsible that such comments are coming from someone who self-righteously claims to be holier than thou. Elected officials should be a voice of moderation and peace, not a voice of hatred and violence… His speech was irresponsible and ill informed, and he remarks are likely to fan hatred of Americans in parts of the Middle East. Senator’s goal was to instill fear… Zionist and the pro-Israel lobby continue to instill fear in Americans by escalating unsubstantiated threats against them and fabricating a vast web of lies to justify their actions against Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran."
Well now, let’s take a look at some of Mohammed KHAKU’S associations and recent writings. First, if by Senator Santorum remarks he has shown “his clear hatred of Muslims,” than by Mohammed KHAKU’s own writings, he has shown “his clear hatred of Jews.” KHAKU is an outspoken critic against Israel, accusing them of engaging in “war crimes.”
In a recent editorial published in the Express Times and posted on PennLive.com, KHAKU states, “The U.N., the international community and U.S. must repudiate and condemn Israel's aggression, especially the targeting of the Palestinian civilian infrastructure, which is considered a war crime and must be condemned by the Bush administration.”
More importantly, it was less than two weeks before Senator Santorum’s speech that the Stroudsburg Islamic Center, in association with the Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley had a fundraising event that featured Siraj WAHHAJ, Imam of the Masjid At-Taqwa in Brooklyn, NY as the keynote speaker.
WAHHAJ, the first Muslim to deliver the daily prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1991, later preached to an audience of New Jersey Muslims that if only Muslims were more clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. "If we were united and strong, we'd elect our own emir [leader] and give allegiance to him. . . . [T]ake my word, if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us."
Incredibly the same Imam who presided over a prayer session in the U.S. House of Representatives, WAHHAJ also served as a character witness in the trial for the “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel RAHMAN in 1995.
RAHMAN, of course, was found guilty of conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States.
An editorial in the New York Daily News described Imam WAHHAJ as "an unindicted co-conspirator linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing."Mohammed KHAKU, the very same Islamic leader who has condemned a United States Senator for his “hatred of Islam,” his position on Islamic fascism, and the terrorist regimes of Iran and Syria, is closely associated with an organization who is embracing an allegedly unindicted co-conspirator of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
"Baby Got Book" is a rap video that celebrates girls who carry big Bibles. It's also a spoof on a somewhat less flatering pop song.
The Rev. Dan Smith who also calls himself "Southpaw" and "Whiteboy D.J." created the song and he has earned a spot on PowerBlog! HERE.
The question is will this be a hot or miss with Christians? Make it, or break it?
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I'm thinking of dropping the forum but I want to know what you think? Should it stay or go?
Please let me know your thoughts.
"We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will...authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president's acts declared unconstitutional," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor.
The City Council and the Lubbock County commissioners are expected to adopt resolutions this week asking local residents to both pray and fast for rain this Sunday.
So far this year, Lubbock has received about half of its normal 10 inches. In the weeks since June 1, the growing season for cotton, rainfall has been a scant .75 inches, far less than the normal 4.43 inches.
Officials have tried prayers before and say they were answered. In January 2004, after a year of drought, the city and county set aside a Sunday to pray for rain and got the second-wettest year since records have been kept.
A small but growing band of anti-abortion campaigners and Roman Catholic clerics — including some who have backed Amnesty's activities in the past — claim the Nobel Prize-winning group is drifting away from its principles of unbiased advocacy.
They have threatened to pull away members and donations, and have called for a flood of protest letters to Amnesty offices — the same strategy Amnesty uses to pressure for the release of political prisoners and others.
Why not try teaching for a change!
Kathleen McGowan, a married mother of three, is about to tell her story in a "partly autobiographical" novel that hopes to trade directly on the vast worldwide audience captured by Dan Brown.
Simon & Schuster is publishing her book and ploughing a marketing budget of more than a quarter of a million dollars into promoting it. When asked how a publisher could authenticate the author's claim about her heritage, he said: "It's impossible to verify. It's all to do with a matter of faith. She makes a very convincing argument."
Today in my in-box I received an email from Governor Howard Dean, M.D. Head of the Democratic National committee.
I'm appalled at the approach he took to the action by the President. You can read it for yourself:
Today George Bush chose political posturing over human life, denying hope to millions of Americans, their families and loved ones who are affected by debilitating diseases.
He used his first-ever veto to stop the discovery of new cures for diseases like juvenile diabetes, leukemia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and many others. More than 70% of Americans from every walk of life -- whether in the faith community, the science lab, the hospital or at the bedside of a sick relative -- and majorities in both chambers of Congress disagree, but that didn't stop him.
The bill he vetoed wasn't a sweeping change -- it was a small, practical measure that would have made a big difference for medical research based on sound science. But the consequences are sweeping: the proposed law would have allowed research on excess embryos generated during processes like fertility treatments -- embryos that would otherwise simply be discarded.
If George Bush truly believed his rhetoric about stem cells, he would do something about the processes that create the excess embryos in the first place. But he won't. They will continue to go unused (his spokesman limply calls it a "tragedy"), and cures will continue to be beyond our reach.
Bush may not be willing to choose cure discovery over his right-wing base, but the vast majority of Americans support cure research.
Even after his veto, Democrats in Congress will continue to keep the pressure on to get more votes. If Republicans refuse to join the cause and override Bush's veto, it will have to be decided at the ballot box in November. Democrats will continue to fight to keep this hope for the discovery of new cures alive.
The Congress and the rest of the country are paying attention right now, and we have to seize this moment to build the coalition of support for cure discovery.
As a medical doctor, I'm offended at the political meddling in potentially life-saving research. All of our families could be touched by hope found through stem cell research: from juvenile diabetes to Alzheimer's, it offers the opportunity for new cures. Yet this important research has been dwindling because of restrictions put in place by Bush five years ago.
That's half a decade we have lost. How much longer will those suffering and their families have to wait?
People can disagree in good faith on this issue, but Bush's extraordinary action doesn't meet that threshold -- it smacks of political calculation. The opportunity to save lives of people with debilitating diseases, and to reduce suffering for them and their families, requires that a president respect the will of the people and the Congress.
History will judge this veto as a sad political calculation.
Just a few votes stand in the way. With your support we'll get them -- either now, or in the new Democratic Congress you elect in November.
When we do, we will restore hope through life-saving research and cure discovery.
Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
Anyone up for a pre-emptive strike?
With the rapid advances in the biotechnology field today, it is hard to stay abreast of the changes. Human cloning, embryonic stem cells, and human/animal hybrids or chimeras are some examples where, if left unchecked, it would be very easy for us to lose our humanity while searching for ways to prolong our lives. Y
The Fetus Farming Prohibition Act, introduced by Senator Rick Santorum, forbids researchers from obtaining human tissue from fetuses when they know the pregnancy was deliberately initiated to create human "spare parts." Think this cannot happen here?
Right now, New Jersey law allows researchers to gestate a human clone all the way up until birth, at which point they have to kill the baby. The only reason to bring a fetus to term, and then kill it, would be to obtain body parts. Science has a lot to offer in helping us deal with pain and illness, but science without ethics destroys the very humanity we seek to protect.
The suit alleges that Planned Parenthood never got parental consent to perform an abortion on the girl, as required by Ohio law.
Clinic President Becki Brenner said the clinic will appeal Wednesday's ruling by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Dinkelacker.
The records are needed to determine whether the clinic has a pattern of failing to notify parents, said attorney Brian Hurley, who represents the family. Patients' names would be blacked out on the documents to protect their privacy, Hurley said.
"We're very concerned about the exposure of private medical information," Brenner said. "Anyone that has private medical information should be fearful."
The family's lawsuit alleges that the girl's 21-year-old boyfriend took her to the clinic and identified himself as her stepbrother, and the abortion was performed without notifying the girl's parents.
For decades Christians have questioned whether the problems of the day could be the tell tale signs of the End Times. Some chalk this up to a few "Jesus Freaks" who cry "the end is near" to passing crowds who could care less, but it's much more than that.
William Miller"s 100,000 followers were so sure of his prediction that October 22, 1844 would be the exact date of the "seventh day of creation" and Jesus Christ's return to earth, that they sold their farms and businesses to prepare for it. 100,000 people duped in 1844, and here we still are today.
In the 1960s the U.S. faced the Cuban Missile Crisis. People wondered was this the beginning World War III? The sense of impending doom was so strong that 200,000 American households built bomb shelters. The also wondered if this was the end times as they hunkered under desks and in shelters.
Those claims from the past are back again. Louis Sahagun, writing in the Arab-American News, claims that many Christians are "laying the groundwork for Armageddon" in order to "speed the promised arrival of a messiah". I don't think anything we do will speed up or slow down God's plan.
Even in Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suggested that the elimination of Israel would herald the return of a 9th-century Muslim cleric known as the Mahdi, the 12th Imam. He hopes to welcome that messiah to Tehran within two years. So now we are in a race for the messiah?
The questions must be asked. Could we be experiencing the first days of World War III? If so, is World War III the final prelude to Christ's return?
The Bible, in the third chapter of Second Timothy, says: "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power." Sadly, we fit that description.
I'm not convinced that we are in the end times. I am convinced we live in a fallen world. But I'm not selling the farm and building a shelter to wait for the return of Christ. I don't think we are called to do that. Instead, I believe we should all live like the end is only a day away. Not to withdraw from the world, but to embrace it. Change the priorities of your daily life like the end is near. No one is ever promised a moment beyond now.
If we are in the last days before Christ's return, what would you change about your life? Let's stop trying to figure out God's schedule and live like the clock is ticking, even if there wasn't a crisis going on in the Middle East.
Be sure to tune in today at 4PM for a live interview from Israel. Aussie Dave is a 31-year-old Jewish guy, originally from Perth, Australia. He now lives in Israel and has been live blogging the war on his site http://www.israellycool.com/
The picture on his site of Israeli girls writing messages on shells has garnered attention here in the U.S. I was fortunate to track him down and he has agreed to join us on the show. Don't miss it.
There are some well educated people on both sides of this issue. That is what makes it so interesting to me. It's not about racism or some underlying hatred of foreigners. At least it is not in my case.
There are some very good reasons for us to enforce the law, insist those who break the law are punished and deported and to secure our borders. This is not just a border state issue, it's an American issue.
Steven Malanga wrote a wonderful piece in the City Journal about how a handful of industries get low-cost labor, and the taxpayers foot the bill when it come to illegal immigrants.
America does not have a vast labor shortage that requires waves of low-wage immigrants. Even if we did, who are we to allow people to exsist in the shadows and work for an unfair wage. That's exploitation and it's not what this country is about.
We are about to raise the minimum wage. That makes unskilled legal labor more expensive. It also makes illegal labor cheaper and therefore more tempting. That increase will spawn a whole host of additional problems.
The minimum wage is not supposed to support a family. It's not supposed to be a career. It is an entry level wage. A person is expected to enter the workforce at the minimum wage and work to educate, train and better themselves. Thereby rising above the minimum wage level. No, it's not easy. That why it's called work.
The problem is many low wage workers are not interested in bettering themselves. They expect their minimum wage job to pay for a house, car, children and any other bills they incur. When that paycheck fails to do so, instead of working to earn more, they turn to welfare and social-service handouts. Illegal immigrants do the same thing and tap into that same pool of money provided by those who do work and earn their money.
Right now we have more people taking money out of these welfare programs then putting money in. People know they don't have to work to survive. There is free money if you are unskilled and don't want to work. I'm not saying we don't need compassion for those who need help getting on their feet. Yet I believe that if an able bodied person wants shelter and food to eat, they should earn it. With the additonal drain on the system from those who are not here legally, we must take action now.
This immigration issue has put the spotlight on some festering American wounds. It about time we look in the mirror and decide if we are going to be the hard-working nation of our past, or be takers of government hand outs who sleep while America decays.
I suggest you read Steven's article
A deacon purchased juice from the store, which sickened more than 40 parishioners who drank it during a communion service.
That nurse is Mary Brown. She has been on the show before and a greta pro-life voice in this region.
Today we see more and more efforts to scrub Christianity from the landscape. The Alliance Defense Fund spends $20 million a year seeking to protect what it regards as the place of religion -- and especially Christianity -- in public life.
Read the article here
In notices to more than 15,000 tax-exempt organizations, numerous church denominations and tax preparers, the agency has detailed its new enforcement program, called the Political Activity Compliance Initiative, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Under the initiative, the IRS plans to expedite investigations into claims of improper campaigning, no longer waiting for an annual tax return to be filed or the tax year to end before launching a probe. A three-member committee will make an initial review of complaints and then vote on whether to pursue the investigation in detail.
LOS ANGELES (AP)
Olmert: Israel will stop when Hizbullah disarms...
Palestinians Stream Into Gaza From Egypt...
Vatican condemns Israel for attacks on Lebanon...
Hezbollah fires 300+ rockets at Israeli towns...
General warns range greater than thought...
200,000+ now staying in bomb shelters...
Syria UN Ambassador tells TIME: Hezbollah could attack Israel nuke sites, 'could have radiation spread all over region'...
USA warns against travel; authorizes personnel evacuation...
(AgapePress) - A speaker once told those gathered at an academic meeting that everyone -- particularly those who have read their Bible carefully -- says they love the poor. Even so, said the presenter, what we need to start doing is asking each other the more pointed and specific question: "What are the names of the poor people you love?"
At a Washington, DC, event called "Pentecost 2006" the Rev. Jim Wallis introduced Hillary Rodham Clinton to the gathered crowd as "someone who quotes Matthew 25 often, and she quotes it right!" He was referring, in part , to the words of Jesus:
"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
This allowed Ms. Clinton to launch into her prophetic utterance: "I missed the Sunday school lesson about how we help the poor by giving tax cuts to the rich," she opined. "The budget is a moral document!"
Indeed it is. And an immoral one, given the spendthrifts of both parties.
She continued: "Behind those numbers are decisions. How are we going to give a boost up the economic ladder when too many tools have been removed to make that happen?"
Actually, for many liberals and none too few conservatives the "decisions" that are made are about federal monies actually do precious little to help the poor but do indeed position politicians as those who are compassionate in the face of dire need. But, really, the question for Clinton and all of us is "The names? Who are the poor that you love ... not just pass legislation for?"
Ms. Clinton and this columnist share a Methodist tradition. I am therefore reminded of John Wesley who encouraged all Methodists -- the rich, the middle class, and the poor -- to be involved in loving the impoverished. Once in response to some well-off Methodists who wanted to pay a physician to tend the sick with the obvious assumption that he could probably do more for the ill than they, Wesley was adamant:
... this would not excuse you: his going would not fulfill your duty. Neither would it excuse you, unless you saw them with your own eyes. If you do not, you lose a means of grace; you lose an excellent means of increasing your thankfulness to God, who saves you from this pain and sickness, and continues your health and strength; as well as of increasing your sympathy with the afflicted…
He also said that
All therefore who desire to escape everlasting fire and to inherit the everlasting kingdom are equally concerned ... to practice this important duty. It is equally incumbent on young and old, rich and poor, men and women, according to their ability.
It would be difficult to understand Matthew 25:31-46 any other way.
The poor don't need more help from the federal budget and American tax dollars. And they don't need more sermons from Ms. Clinton, Barack Obama, Howard Dean, and Jim Wallis. What they need is Clinton, Obama, Dean, Wallis, you and me to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Pentecost, remember?) and then move with that Spirit to the needy with compassion, accountability, personal responsibility, and God.
Anything less might just be perceived as political posturing and, yes, immoral.
ECUSA is getting set to ordain a bishop who is twice divorced and in his third marriage. Barry Beisner is to become bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California on September 30, despite concerns raised by some members of the nominating committee. They noted the Bible says a bishop must be "above reproach" and "the husband of one wife."
By a vote of 4 to 1, Hazleton's City Council on Thursday approved the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, which imposes severe penalties on landlords who rent space to illegal immigrants, suspends the licenses of businesses that employ them, and declares English the city's official language.
From the Mayor
John Cline (formerly of the defunct B-94 moring show) has left the morning show of WZPT (Star 100.7) as of Wednesday. His image has been scrubed from the station website.
Another sad leadership act brought to you by Infinity broadcasting.... where good stations are destroyed. Don't miss the implosion of KDKA. Coming soon from Infinity and CBS.
Beginning on Monday, The show will begin at 4PM with new shows airing from 3-4PM. Stayed tuned for more coming soon.
Jerry has just released an official statement on his situation:
I'm very grateful for the hundreds of emails and cards and letters that I've gotten since leaving my talk show in February. I'm feeling much better now and I'm sure that having so many people pray for me helped quite a bit. Many of you said that you were looking forward to my coming back to my show. I'm very sorry to disappoint you, however, but I won't be coming back. After four months out of the picture, my health is improving, and I'd like to keep it that way.
Over the years, I've worked very hard at many different jobs, often at the same time. Daily radio was the toughest for me. When a person subjects himself to high levels of stress over a long period of time, it takes a toll. When my doctor (and my wife and kids) ordered me to cut the stress, it was easy to know what should go.
When a football player blows out a knee, if he knows how to, he coaches. That's what I'm going to be doing. Coaching the amazing and wonderful Susan Bowyer on how to manage a media company, and coaching seven astonishing kids on life and faith and entrepreneurship.
Leadership Radio will continue on the air (it currently resides on WPIT 73 am, Saturdays at 1 p.m.). It will be in good hands. Our new hosts, Glen Meakem, Mike Kauffelt, Bill Green, Mark Desantis and Tom Balya know much more than I do about history, finance, leadership, international affairs and politics. We also have Mike Turzai and Fred Baker as top-notch co-hosts. They are each highly accomplished in their fields. That's our broadcasting model: don't try to turn a disc jockey into a political expert, but turn knowledgeable and accomplished people into hosts.
The folks at Salem have been great too, from Ed Atsinger and Russ Hauth to Dave Armstrong and Chuck Gratner. If I could host radio shows for anybody in the world, these would be the guys I'd want to host radio shows for.
We will also shortly begin to blast out audio clips of the show. Glen and Mike and Bill and Mark and others are hosting very, very well, and I'm sure you'll learn a lot from them. The shows are also being posted on JerryBowyer.com and on the blog page of Crosswalk.com.
I'd like to ask a favor of you. If you like the shows, please forward the links to other people who you think might like shows with a leadership rather than a 'red meat' approach.
The political action committee formed by Michael Schiavo - whose wife, Terri, died after a seven-year court and political fight that reached Capitol Hill - has raised about $25,000 and is targeting races in Colorado, Florida and Texas.
Schiavo came to Colorado on Wednesday to support Democratic candidates for the U.S. House, including Angie Paccione, who is challenging Rep. Marilyn Musgrave. Musgrave spoke last year on the floor of the House against allowing Terri Schiavo's feeding tube to be removed.
"I want to ask Marilyn Musgrave who gave her the right to speak about Terri," Schiavo said. "Who gave her the authority to bring Congress into my family decisions?"
"It looks like they want to end live broadcast TV," said one executive, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. "We already know that they aren't afraid to go after news."
Tapes requested by the commission include live broadcasts of football games and NASCAR races where the participants or the crowds let loose with an expletive. While commission officials refused to talk about its requests, one broadcast company executive said the commission had asked for 30 tapes of live sports and news programs.
The South Dakota abortion ban is considered the most restrictive in the United States, banning abortions at all stages of a pregnancy, even those that result from incest or rape or harm a woman's health. The law was to take effect July 1, but opponents gathered enough signatures to petition the state to put the matter before voters in the November mid-term election.
Backers of the law expected it to be challenged in court and they have said they would like the issue to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court where they hope a more-conservative group of justices will overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.
The Reverend Dr. Bill Lawson compared Lay with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus Christ, and said his name would eventually be cleared.
"He was taken out of the world right at the right time," he said. "History has a way of vindicating people who have been wronged."
Reverend Dr. William Lawson: "He reached out to touch many people from many backgrounds ... many economic levels ... that included minorities like me."
"Ken Lay was neither black nor poor, but I'm angry because Ken Lay was a victim of a lynching."
"The folks who don't like him have had their say. I'd like to have mine ... (Like Jesus Christ) he was crucified by a government that mistreated him."
“We feel that Catholic Mobile is a tool that will enhance the mobile experience for users of our service,” said Catholic Mobile spokesman Alejandro Bermudez.
Catholic Mobile provides families and individuals with inspiring Catholic content that will enrich their daily wireless experiences. Catholic Mobile users can receive messages by subscribing or selecting from a range of services anytime, anywhere, from their cell phones, PDA’s or smart phones. Using a text messaging service (SMS or Short Message System), daily prayers, the saint of the day, or daily scripture readings will be sent directly to the individual’s cell phone or mobile device. Users will also be able to personalize their phones by downloading Catholic wallpapers and ring tones.
“The Catholic community looks for new ways to remain centered on God and our Catholic faith as well as to bring the message of peace and hope to as many people as possible,” stated Alan Napleton, President of The Missionaries of Faith Foundation (MOFF).
Catholic Mobile and Móvil Católico will launch their new mobile content solution by offering the service to users in the United States, Canada, Argentina and Mexico. Catholic Mobile plans to make their service available to users in Brazil, Spain, and Australia by early 2007.
Joel Hollander tells staffers “this afternoon we gave notice to a number of our colleagues” and says it’s “part of an initiative designed to manage costs as we move to re-shape and re-structure our radio group.” He calls it “an altogether necessary step” to ensure competitiveness. Among the names (not confirmed by CBS) – WCBS-FM, New York GM Chad Brown and KROQ-FM, L.A. GM Trip Reeb. Today's cutbacks are apparently all that Hollander foresees - "I don't anticipate additional plans along these lines." No word yet on any Pittsburgh effects, but I know a few names that ought to be on the list.
As with any political campaign, Robinson has commercials he is running. The spots are direct, honest and pull no punches. We need more people like him. Here's to you Mr. Robinson.
Clark, 61, died on Father's Day, June 18, after a car crash. In life, family and friends relished his wit. In death, thousands more witnessed it on Page B8 of The Times-Dispatch.
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The US defence secretary said on Wednesday: "We're at a point now when the security situation depends as much on the reconciliation process and on the strengthening of [government] ministries.
"It's as much a political task as anything."
He was speaking to reporters travelling with him on a visit that follows stops in Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
While I respect both men, I disagree. Both viewpoints run contrary to the law of the land. No man is called by the Bible to subvert the law or undermine it.
Bowyer says in his article, "The Bible is explicit. In the Torah, Moses commanded, "Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt." The problem is no one that I know of is calling for mistreatment or oppression.
I understand many of the people who come here are fleeing oppression, but that does not mean we must provide a safe haven for every person who wants to flee their country. If that's the case, we should a have round the clock flights landing from Darfur, North Korea, Cuba and a thousand other places.
When a person willing defies our immigration laws, jumps ahead of those who have legally applied to be citizens and has no respect for what we do and do not allow in this country, they are then oppressing the law abiding. There must be a a penalty for that action.
If President Bush says we can not kick people out then he is granting amnesty and encouraging other to come here agaist the law. He is offering amnesty for those who have broken our laws.
I'm not against immigration, I'm against illegal immigration. Immigrants have built this country and still continue to do so. However, that greatness has been achieved by submitting to a system of laws and government. It's that system that causes people to want to come here in the first place.
The continual argument I hear from the other side is "You can't deport 10 to 20 million people." Jerry Bowyer uses the term "concentration camp" to guilt those who take a hard line on the issue.
First, this is the USA. We can do anything we put our minds to. If we can put a man on the moon, we can enforce the law.
I suggest giving all those who are in those in this country illegally 6 months notice. You have that time to get your affairs in order. Within 6 months you must return to your own country. If you choose to ignore that grace period, state, federal and local law enforcement will begin to seek those who remain.
Employers who hire undocumented workers will be responsible for paying a hefty fine and the cost of deporting those workers. Same with those who supply housing for they are aiding and abeting.
All those who return to their home country will be able to apply for citizenship upon return. They would be granted citizenship within 7 years pending a criminal background check and required language and educational requirements.
If you are caught in this country after the grace period, you will be deported within 48 hours and can not apply for citizenship for 10 years. If you are caught more then once, you are banned for life. I know it's hard. I know many people have been here for years. Still they are the one who chose to break the law and we must not forget that.
Under this plan most people would finally be able to right thier wrong and become legal residents of this great country.
The law of the land is clear on what happens to lawbreakers. They are punished. Those who break immigration laws are deported. This should be no exceptions to that law. When amy person publicly waivers from that, more illegals make their way across the boarder and we might as well toss out the welcome mat. Let's start the 6 month clock and try defending our own soil.
To prove it, a film was released by the Mujahideen Shura Council and posted on a prominent al Qaeda forum. The short 4:39 second film was one of the most hideous films ever. It only reinforces the fallacies and lies regarding Islam, the “religion” of Peace, Love and Tolerance.
The two kidnapped soldiers were Pfc. Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker of Madras, Oregon and Kristian Menchaca of Houston,Texas kidnapped and killed in Youssifiyah south of Baghdad, Iraq. I extend my deepest condolences to their families. Your sons died bravely.
The posting in Arabic with the film states that soldiers were killed out of revenge for the alleged rape and murder of an Iraqi girl in March. In a previous as Sahab video just released this last week, American al Qaeda Islamic convert Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki made a similar statement.
The film is so sick there is not a single frame that I would post here. The film doesn’t show their actual killing but instead shows their mutilated bodies, one soldier has his head laying next to his body, until the terrorist props the head onto the body. The second terrorist in the film is using his foot on the head of the other soldier as if to see if the head will break free from the body easily. There is substantial trauma to the bodies with large gashes cut into the chest area of the beheaded soldier.
The bodies in the film were apparently left on a bridge overlooking a river in the area. There are audio messages from both Osama Bin Laden and Abu Musab al Zarqawi contained in the film.
The only reason I decribe this to to inform those unfamiliar with Qu’ranic law, what the “mainstream media” refused to acknowledge or even accurately describe. The victims of those hideous murders were savagely beheaded while alive, suffering a cruel and tortuous death.
It is a fallacy that we are fighting a “normal” enemy and the executions were unrelated to the religious doctrine as outlined in the Qu’ran. For those who say we are to turn the other cheek, the ememy will gladly cut both sides of your face off!
The three-term Democratic senator faces a tough Aug. 8 primary challenge from businessman Ned Lamont. Lieberman, whom fellow Democrats have criticized for his support of the Iraq war and a perceived closeness with President Bush, is popular among many unaffiliated and Republican voters in Connecticut.
"The president is emphatic about this," Rove said in the meeting Monday, according to a story posted on the Denver Post's Web site.
The House has already passed the stem cell legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del.
Rove said he believes the legislation will pass the Senate with more than 60 votes sometime this month - "and as a result the president would, as he has previously said emphatically, veto the Castle bill."
India's major cities were put on high alert after the blasts, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called an emergency Cabinet meeting.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the bombings, which came in quick succession _ a common tactic employed by Kashmiri militants that have repeatedly targeted India's cities.
Mayor Bob O'Connor was admitted to UPMC Shadyside this afternoon for treatment for primary central nervous system lymphoma, his spokesman said.
It will be treated aggressively with chemotherapy starting tonight, according to spokesman Dick Skrinjar, who said that doctors "don't expect it to seriously affect his abilities to perform the duties of the mayor of Pittsburgh."
The diagnosis was the result of the third battery of tests conducted after Mr. O'Connor, 61, was admitted for flu-like symptoms Thursday night.
As people spend when taxes are lower. But the New York Times couldn’t stand that idea. From the story: Democrats and many independent budget analysts note that overall revenues have barely climbed back to the levels reached in 2000, and that the government has borrowed trillions of dollars against Social Security surpluses just as the first of the nation's baby boomers are nearing retirement. "The fact is that revenues are way below what the administration said they would be a few years ago," said Thomas S. Kahn, staff director for Democrats on the House Budget Committee. "The long-term prognosis is still very, very bleak, and the administration doesn't have any kind of long-term plan." (NY Times) The Washington Times treated the good news more like good news. (Washington Times)
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Last week's headlines prove the point: North Korea fires missiles, Iran talks of nukes again, Iraq carnage continues, Israel invades Gaza, England observes one-year anniversary of subway bombing. And, oh, yes, the feds stop a plot to blow up tunnels under the Hudson River. World War III has begun.
What do you think?
Japan was badly rattled by North Korea's missile tests last week and several government officials openly discussed whether the country ought to take steps to better defend itself, including setting up the legal framework to allow Tokyo to launch a pre-emptive strike against Northern missile sites.