Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Brand theft by China

At first glance, the new car unveiled at a motor show appeared to be an updated model of the Range Rover Evoque.

With its signature body shape, lights and radiator grill and silver logo across the front edge of its bonnet, it was the spitting image of the British bestseller.

But in fact, it was a brazen copy of the hugely popular UK-designed ‘baby’ off-roader and a fraction of the price.

Its uncanny similarity to the £40,000-plus Evoque’s distinctive design provoked an angry response from Jaguar Land Rover, which may take legal action to protect its brand.

The British manufacturer has just opened its first car factory in China in a venture with local firm Chery.

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Ferguson Witness Told Investigators That Michael Brown Charged Cop "Like a Football Player. Head Down"

"You're too much of a pussy to shoot me."

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The victim's stepfather screamed: "Burn this b**** down"

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Hey Ferguson protestors, you never wanted justice, you wanted vengeance.

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Police, fail

A Missouri court has ruled against police in a 2011 case involving a homeschooling family that was raided without a warrant, tased, pepper sprayed, and relieved of their children.

The police raid was prompted by a social services workers requesting an investigation into the home because it was allegedly "messy." The family complied with the first inspection, but objected when the social worker made a second visit.

Parents Jason and Laura Hagan were charged with child endangerment and resisting arrest after denying access to their home to a police raid team, led by Nodaway County Police Captain David Glidden, who demanded to be allowed inside without a warrant.

A complaint filed by the Missouri homeschool family, asserts Captain Glidden forced entry to their home, tased, pepper sprayed, and assaulted them.

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Where are the hurricanes?

A combination of cooler seas and a quiet West African monsoon season made for a less active Atlantic hurricane season, giving the South and East Coasts of the United States one of their lengthiest reprieves in history from a major hurricane, forecasters said on Monday.

"This is the longest without a major hurricane hitting the U.S. since the Civil War era," said Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist for Weather Underground.

The Atlantic Basin, which includes the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, saw only eight named storms, including six hurricanes, two of which reached major Category 3 status, during the season that began June 1 and closes Nov. 30, according to an end of season summary by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Burger King, fail

Following earlier reports of poor hygiene, the fast food giant announced Wednesday that it was terminating contracts for 89 franchised outlets because of continued poor treatment of staff.

The move was effective immediately, Burger King Europe said at its Munich offices. But German franchise holder Yi-Ko said it will keep operating the outlets at least until food stocks ran out.

Then move affects 89 of the fast food chain's almost 700 German outlets, and 3,000 employees now face an uncertain future.

The "difficult but necessary decision was taken after Yi-Ko repeatedly failed to observe contractually fixed working conditions for its 3,000 restaurant staff", Burger King said.

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Russell Brand, fool

British vaudeville comedian Russell Brand needs better staff. He’s touring the U.S. promoting his book "Revolution" while impishly equating Che Guevara with Jesus Christ and Gandhi. The look on Brand’s face as he looked around the stage and crowd while detonating these devilish observations on Jimmy Fallon was pitifulin the most genuine sense of the word. Brand deserves pity for imagining this was a bomb-throwingly clever way to shake-up the U.S. "establishment."

Somebody should enlighten the poor fool. In 2000, for instance, Time magazine-- a sturdy pillar of the U.S. media establishment--honored Che Guevara in their "Heroes and Icons" alongside Anne Frank, Andrei Sakharov, Rosa Parks and Mother Theresa. "This obscure Argentine doctor," starts Time’s eulogy, "who abandoned his profession and his native land to pursue the emancipation of the poor…"

Typically for the topic of Che in the mainstream media the very first sentence of the Time encomium contains a lie. In fact, no record of Ernesto Guevara’s medical degree exists. He was a medical student. Not a doctor.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Symantec researchers have identified a particularly sophisticated piece of malware, called "Regin" that was likely developed by a nation state and has been used to spy on governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers and individuals since at least 2008.

"Regin displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen," Symantec said in a statement Sunday, released along with a technical white paper about the malware. Indications are that Regin "is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state."

Researchers have identified its use in 10 countries, mainly Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as Mexico, Ireland, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Belgium, Austria and Pakistan.

Regin is a back-door-type Trojan, "customizable with an extensive range of capabilities depending on the target," Symantec said, adding that "it provides its controllers with a powerful framework for mass surveillance." Its development probably took months "if not years" and "its authors have gone to great lengths to cover its tracks."

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Lasting damage

The only mystery about the last six years is how much lasting damage has been done to the American experiment, at home and abroad. Our federal agencies are now an alphabet soup of incompetence and corruption. How does the IRS ever quite recover? Will the Secret Service always be seen as veritable Keystone Cops? Is the GSA now a reckless party-time organization? Is the EPA institutionalized as a rogue appendage of the radical green movement with a director who dabbles in online pseudonyms? Do we accept that the Justice Department dispenses injustice or that the VA can be a lethal institution for our patriots? Is NASA now a Muslim outreach megaphone as we hire Russia, the loser of the space race, to rocket us into orbit?

Will anyone again ever believe a U.S. red line, step-over line, or deadline? Will Iran ever accept that it should not have a bomb or fear the consequences of trying to get one? Is Iraq (omnis effusus labor) a sort of rescued Eurydice that was abruptly lost on the trek up from the Underworld? Will Afghanistan become Saigon, 1975? How could Putin ever again be worried about offending a U.S. president, or could China or North Korea? Are we now always to be allies of Islamist Turkey and indifferent to its enemies like our once-allied Kurds, Cypriots, Greeks, and Israelis?

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Quote of the day

"A major reason why Al Gore’s deceptive use of the melting Arctic ice was so effective is because most people have little idea what the real world is like. They have no image of the Arctic Oceans, shape or size, partly because they effectively live in a two-dimensional world. That is not a problem for them or society until someone exploits it. Gore was part of a global political agenda that exploited it. It was an agenda that expanded H L Mencken’s comment about politics to a global scale." -- Dr. Tim Ball

Science and the medieval mentality

Thanks to this synergistic coexistence, modern science and modern society have achieved heights of sophistication, complexity and affluence far beyond the dreams of medieval savants. Society enjoys the fruits of labor-saving machinery, electronic technological wizardry, health care expertise and agricultural and industrial productivity that science has made possible. At the same time societal support has allowed modern science to master the microworld of atoms and molecules, the vastness of the cosmos, the secrets of stars and planets, the mysteries of the Earth’s environs and its innards, the mechanisms of life and the origin of its multiplicity of species not to mention the architecture of the human body and brain. Modern society, and modern science, could not be more different from their medieval predecessors.

But then again, in some ways both science and society have remained very much the same. Society still embraces superstitions and prejudices. Greed, corruption and violence do not seem to be in any danger of disappearing. And modern science, for all its progress and achievements, has not resolved many of the issues that arose in medieval times. In many, many ways, modern science retains a medieval mentality, by which I mean a frame of mind mired in deep physical, philosophical and technical problems that impede the path to a profound and indisputable grasp on truth.

Nobody denies that science has made enormous progress in comprehending nature, or that today’s best theories and analytical tools far exceed the scope and explanatory power of medieval beliefs and methods. Yet deep questions remain unsolved, and scientists today struggle with issues very similar to those that occupied the best medieval minds.

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Lake effect snow

I have a special place in my heart for lake effect snow. Living in Sault, Michigan as a teenager is what got me interested in weather and started me down my career path.

But it’s hard to compete with what Buffalo, New York gets for lake effect snow. Over six feet of snow fell in some areas on the south side of town in the last 48 hours, most of it in a 24 hour period.

The all-time U.S. record for a 24 hour snowfall is 76 inches in Silver Lake, Colorado way back in 1921, and it is possible this was exceeded yesterday. We will have to wait and see what NOAA decides. (There’s a rumor going around Facebook that the record was beat, but I think that was just a misunderstanding of a Facebook post by NWS/Buffalo personnel.)

The reason why Buffalo gets pounded so bad is the shape of Lake Erie…long and narrow, so a cold wind blowing down its length generates a single, intense snow band. You are either in it or out of it. Driving down the road, you can be in sunshine one minute, and in white-out conditions the next. This pair of pictures taken at the same time only 5 miles apart in Buffalo during the storm illustrates the fickle nature of lake effect storms.

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People of numerous faiths believe in reincarnation, but is there any validity to the idea that we’ve lived past lives and will live future lives? Some parents have been kind enough to share their experiences with their children speaking of lives they had already lived. Could it be that they’re experiencing a life lived already, or is it simply the creativity of a young person’s mind? You be the judge. Let us know what you think!

1. When my son was 3, he told me that he really likes his new daddy, he’s really nice. My husband is his one and only daddy. I asked ‘Why is that?’ He replied: ‘My old daddy was really mean. He stabbed me in the back and I died. But I really like my new daddy, he’d never do that to me.’

2. When I was a little girl, I lost [it] when I saw some guy at the grocery store. It was unusual, because I was generally quiet and well behaved. I never had to be taken out of somewhere for misbehaving, but we had to leave the store.

When my mom asked what was wrong when we got in the car, I told her he took me away from my first mom and hid me under his floor and made me sleep for a long time until I woke up with my new mom. I then refused to sit in the seat of the car on the ride home, but insisted on cowering under the dash board so he couldn’t take me again. It freaked her … out, as she is definitely my biological mother, so obviously my ‘first’ mom.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Welcome to the Matrix

Quarks and leptons, the building blocks of matter, are staggeringly small. Even the largest quarks are only about an attometer (a billionth of a billionth of a meter) in diameter. But zoom in closera billion times morepast zeptometers and yoctometers, to where the units run out of names. Then keep going, a hundred million times smaller still, and you finally hit bottom: This is the Planck length, approximately 1.6 x 10-35 meters, believed by physicists to be the shortest possible length in the universe. Beyond this point, they say, the very notion of distance is meaningless.

How small are we talking? It would take more Planck lengths to span a grain of sand than it would take grains of sand to span the observable universe.

Still, the idea of a finite size limit may seem bizarre. After all, if you can define a distance, you can just cut that distance in halfad infinitum, right? Not necessarily. One of the great discoveries of the 20th century was that at small scales, many physical properties, like angular momentum and energy, can take only certain discrete values, or "quanta." That principlesupported by decades of experimentsis the foundation of quantum mechanics.

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Royal Order of Jesters, fail

On February 15, 2008, I launched the first ever investigation into the Shriners’ secret sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters by publishing "Jesters Exposed." It alluded to rumors of prostitution but actually focused on how the Jesters appealed property tax decisions by the Marion County assessor to tax their "nonprofit" headquarters 100%. Nineteen days later, I published "Jesters" To Testify about Illegal Drugs, Child Prostitution?" then twelve days after that, I published "Judge Resigns, Police Captain to Plead Guilty as FBI Investigates Royal Order of Jesters for Prostitution." Since these three stories broke within 33 days of each other four years ago, I have exposed, detailed and documented the greatest nonprofit fraud of our time; human trafficking and prostitution at taxpayer expense.

This seemingly boring property tax story began when attorney Ron Pruitt filed nonprofit incorporation documents with Texas’ Secretary of State on 7/11/2003. These documents were then filed with the IRS, where Lois Lerner, the former Director of Exempt Organization Rulings and Agreements, decided the Royal Order of Jesters deserved 501(c)(3) status as a charity and, on July 24, 2004, approved their application that classified their new headquarters as a "museum." The Jesters then filed as a foreign corporation business entity with the Secretary of State of Indiana to qualify their new Indianapolis headquarters for property tax exemption. Additionally, the Jesters were afforded other nonprofit benefits including reduced postal rates, possible exemption from state income, sales, and employment taxes, tax-deductible contributions and exemption from Federal income tax. According to, "Tax-exempt means that a nonprofit (1) does not pay taxes to the federal government and (2) that its donors can take a tax deduction for their donations to the organization."

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SSDI, fail

Lawyers have raked in more than $7.5 billion in fees from the federal Disability Insurance program since 2009, according to a Manhattan Institute report issued Friday. And that money has come directly out of the pockets of workers through the Social Security payroll tax.

The report, "Wheels of Fortune," finds that fees paid by the Social Security Administration to those representing disability applicants totaled $1.23 billion last year.

By October of this year, these fees had already topped $970 million.

The way the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program works is that, if a person secures legal representation while applying for benefits, and then qualifies for the program, the advocate gets a cut of the money.

The idea behind these payments which are capped at $6,000 per enrollee is to make sure that no one is denied disability benefits simply because they can't afford to navigate the system.

But as the Manhattan Institute report notes, lawyers have "found ways to exploit legal rules in disability statutes to their personal benefit." The paper highlights allegations of fraud, kickbacks and other schemes to get the maximum number of people on the disability rolls.

In addition, those who've been turned down twice by the program can appeal their denials to an administrative law judge, some of whom have a record of approving 90% or more of those appeals.

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Why are so many Koreans named Kim?

A SOUTH KOREAN saying claims that a stone thrown from the top of Mount Namsan, in the centre of the capital Seoul, is bound to hit a person with the surname Kim or Lee. One in every five South Koreans is a Kimin a population of just over 50m. And from the current president, Park Geun-hye, to rapper PSY (born Park Jae-sang), almost one in ten is a Park. Taken together, these three surnames account for almost half of those in use in South Korea today. Neighbouring China has around 100 surnames in common usage; Japan may have as many as 280,000 distinct family names. Why is there so little diversity in Korean surnames?

Korea’s long feudal tradition offers part of the answer. As in many other parts of the world, surnames were a rarity until the late Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). They remained the privilege of royals and a few aristocrats (yangban) only. Slaves and outcasts such as butchers, shamans and prostitutes, but also artisans, traders and monks, did not have the luxury of a family name. As the local gentry grew in importance, however, Wang Geon, the founding king of the Goryeo dynasty (9181392), tried to mollify it by granting surnames as a way to distinguish faithful subjects and government officials. The gwageo, a civil-service examination that became an avenue for social advancement and royal preferment, required all those who sat it to register a surname. Thus elite households adopted one. It became increasingly common for successful merchants too to take on a last name. They could purchase an elite genealogy by physically buying a genealogical book (jokbo)perhaps that of a bankrupt yangbanand using his surname. By the late 18th century, forgery of such records was rampant. Many families fiddled with theirs: when, for example, a bloodline came to an end, a non-relative could be written into a genealogical book in return for payment. The stranger, in turn, acquired a noble surname.

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Water bills

What was your last monthly water bill?

Less than Samsung’s. The electronic chip manufacturer pays roughly $700,000 a month for its water, according to David Schneider, director of facilities at Samsung.

He cited the figure during a tour last week of upper Colorado River sites hosted by the Colorado River Alliance, a nonprofit that undertakes river education and cleanup projects.

The bill is so high because, put simply, Samsung uses an enormous amount of water. The Northeast Austin plant, which needs the water for its manufacturing processes, including the rinsing of chips with ultra-pure water, uses four million gallons of water a day.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Joseph McCarthy

Flashback from 2007...

When I wrote a ferocious defense of Sen. Joe McCarthy in Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, liberals chose not to argue with me. Instead they posted a scrolling series of reasons not to read my book, such as that I wear short skirts, date boys, and that "Treason" was not a scholarly tome.

After printing rabidly venomous accounts of McCarthy for half a century based on zero research, liberals would only accept research presenting an alternative view of McCarthy that included, as the Los Angeles Times put it, at least the "pretense of scholarly throat-clearing and objectivity."

This week, they got it. The great M. Stanton Evans has finally released Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies. Based on a lifetime's work, including nearly a decade of thoroughgoing research, stores of original documents and never-before-seen government files, this 672-page book ends the argument on Joe McCarthy. Look for it hidden behind stacks of Bill Clinton's latest self-serving book at a bookstore near you.

Evans' book is such a tour de force that liberals are already preparing a "yesterday's news" defense -- as if they had long ago admitted the truth about McCarthy. Yes, and they fought shoulder to shoulder with Ronald Reagan to bring down the Evil Empire. Thus, Publishers Weekly preposterously claims that "the history Evans relates is already largely known, if not fully accepted." Somebody better tell George Clooney.

The McCarthy period is the Rosetta stone of all liberal lies. It is the textbook on how they rewrite history -- the sound chamber of liberal denunciations, their phony victimhood as they demean and oppress their enemies, their false imputation of dishonesty to their opponents, their legalization of every policy dispute, their ability to engage in lock-step shouting campaigns, and the black motives concealed by their endless cacophony.

The true story of Joe McCarthy, told in meticulous, irrefutable detail in "Blacklisted by History," is that from 1938 to 1946, the Democratic Party acquiesced in a monstrous conspiracy being run through the State Department, the military establishment, and even the White House to advance the Soviet cause within the U.S. government.

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Loretta Lynch, crony

I started investigating Loretta Lynch, Obama’s pick for Attorney General and immediately could see an interesting connection. I read an article stating that when Loretta Lynch started Harvard, she co-founded an African-American sorority. There was only one other girl in this sorority, Sharon Malone. The name rang a bell.

The name of the wife of AG Holder is Sharon Malone, she is the sister of a known civil rights leader Vivien Malone -Jones (one of 2 black students who enrolled in all white University of Alabama).

I checked the age: both were born in 1959 and both went to Harvard at the same time. There were very few African American students in Harvard in 1977-1981, so I am rather certain that Loretta Lynch is an old college friend of Sharon Malone, the wife of the current AG Eric Holder.

Why this connection is important? Holder will be investigated by Congress for totally lawless gun trafficking to Mexican drug cartels in Fast and Furious, IRS scandal, VA scandal, DOJ, NSA, EPA, FEC and other scandals. Most importantly, Holder covered up Obama’s use of a stolen CT Social Security number of Harrison J. Bounel 042-68-4425 and Obama’s use of bogus IDs. It seems that a long time college friend of Holder’s wife was picked up as a gate keeper to continue all of the cover up by Holder and shield Holder and Obama from criminal prosecution.



Quote of the day

"What do we want? Darren Wilson! How do we want him? Dead!"

GOP caving again?

You people are being played by the GOP. Remember when the GOP wanted to raise the debt ceiling, but claim they would oppose it. They voted to raise it, but then Congress could vote to stop the raise. The President could then veto the stoppage and the debt ceiling would raise. But the GOP could claim they opposed him.

That is happening again. This time it is with amnesty.

The House GOP is going to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government. Then, in January, they will try to defund what they’ve already funded. The President will veto it, but the GOP can say they tried.

They won in a historic wave election against the President with a majority of the public on their side on this issue and they are going to cave.

Already, the House Appropriations Committee has released a statement saying the appropriations process cannot stop the President. The statement reads....

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Another leftist traitor

American investigators intercepted a conversation this year in which a Pakistani official suggested that his government was receiving American secrets from a prominent former State Department diplomat, officials said, setting off an espionage investigation that has stunned diplomatic circles here.

That conversation led to months of secret surveillance on the former diplomat, Robin L. Raphel, and an F.B.I. raid last month at her home, where agents discovered classified information, the officials said.

The investigation is an unexpected turn in a distinguished career that has spanned four decades. Ms. Raphel (pronounced RAY-full) rose to become one of the highest-ranking female diplomats and a fixture in foreign policy circles, serving as ambassador to Tunisia and as assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs in the Clinton administration.

Ms. Raphel, 67, considered one of the leading American experts on Pakistan, was stripped of her security clearances last month and no longer has access to the State Department building.

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High heels for men

High heel shoes are today a form of footwear worn almost exclusively by women. Yet, the history of high heels shows us that this was not always the case. On the contrary, high heels were, at various points of time in history, worn by men as well. In addition, whilst high heels are worn today for aesthetic purposes, it has not always been so in the past, as it served practical purposes at times.

Whilst it is unclear when high heels were first invented, it seems that it was used by ancient Greek actors. The ‘kothorni’ was a form of footwear worn from at least 200 BC, which raised from the ground by wooden cork soles that measured between 8 and 10 cm. It is said that the height of the shoes served to differentiate the social class and importance of the various characters that were being portrayed on the stage. Thus, this form of raised footwear served neither a practical nor aesthetic purpose, as it was a piece of garment worn exclusively by members of a certain profession, theatre performers in this instance, when they were at work.

The next appearance of high heels can be traced to the Middle Ages in Europe. During this period, both men and women wore a kind of footwear known as pattens. The streets of many Medieval European cities were muddy and filthy, whilst the footwear of that period were made of fragile and expensive material. Thus, to avoid ruining these garments, both men and women wore pattens, which were overshoes that elevated the foot above the ground.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Simpson-Mazzoli Act

November 6th marked a dubious anniversary in the history of America. On that day 28 years ago President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act, IRCA. Also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, it was an amnesty for illegal aliens, the effects of which we live with today.

IRCA was the most comprehensive reform of our immigration laws since 1952. In 1981 the Reagan Administration asked Congress to pass a comprehensive legislative package that included employer sanctions, other measures to increase enforcement of immigration laws and the legalization of illegal aliens. The Employer Sanctions program was supposed to be the key element that would remove the incentive for illegal immigration by eliminating the job opportunities which was, and is, the number one reason that illegal aliens come to our country.

Whatever its intention, it is undeniable that the IRCA Amnesty of millions of illegal aliens failed to solve the problem of illegal immigration. Instead, the legalization of people who broke our laws and sneaked into our country and were allowed to jump the line in front of legal immigrants only encouraged more illegal immigration by creating a worldwide expectation that if you could just get to the United States, that you too would eventually get amnesty.

The plan was controversial at the time. There were doubts that it would work. It was remarked by some that the bill was proceeding amid massive confusion about how it would work, how much it would cost and how many people it would amnesty.

In June of 1984, amidst the Presidential campaign, three candidates for the Democrat Presidential nomination; Walter Mondale, Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson opposed Simpson-Mazzoli.

Cesar Chavez, who had his union members calling the INS to report illegal aliens working in the fields so that they could be deported, encouraged the U.S. government to include provisions in the Immigration Reform and Control Act (1986) applying sanctions against employers who knowingly hired illegal aliens.

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Lesbian relationships

Robin Teresa Beck, 59, lived through 12 lesbian relationships over the course of 35 years before her dramatic conversion to the Catholic faith and healing from homosexuality, just five years ago. She shares her story with LifeSiteNews.

LSN: You went from one lesbian relationship to another 12 in total always hoping that the woman you were with would be the last one. At one point in one of your last relationships you felt that everything in your life would be fine if only you could figure out how to create a "healthy gay relationship." One thing you saw as a pattern in all your relationships was that as soon as they became sexual, things deteriorated. Why is that? What is the mechanism at play here?

Beck: I believe that when something becomes sexualized, it just brings up your totality of who you are and I think that most people who are in a gay lifestyle are wounded. So then when the sex begins, all the woundedness kind of shows up. And I think when you have got two people together in intimacy who are both dealing with a lot of psychological and spiritual hurts and wounds on their souls, it’s just bigger than anything they can cope with.

It’s my belief that all gay folks are wounded. Many people, including good solid Christians, take issue with that stance. But I have yet to meet a person active in this lifestyle or who has come out of it who is not harboring some pain, rejection, etc., from years gone by, usually from childhood.

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Tears don't prevent murder

The Israeli raid on the PLO terrorists in Beirut's Muslim Quarter missed one important target. Arafat. And so, on another September day, some later, September 13, 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Rabin shook hands with Arafat and proclaimed, "Enough of blood and tears! Enough!"

But the blood and tears had only begun, as a PLO on its last legs was revived and built its terrorist infrastructure inside Israel's borders.

By 1993, the year of the infamous Rose Garden handshake, 45 Israelis had been killed and 34 injured in Muslim terrorist attacks. A year after the handshake, the toll stood at 109 Israelis dead and 456 wounded. By 2002, the year that Israel's patience finally broke and Sharon sent forces storming into Arafat's compound, the numbers for that year were a horrifying 451 dead and 2,348 wounded.

Today, some 40 years after that September in Munich and two decades after the even worse tragedy of that September in Washington D.C., with over 1,500 dead since that fatal handshake, there have been rivers of blood and tears. And a shortage of bullets.

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Another Ebola death in New York

A woman who dropped dead at a New York salon with blood pouring from her nose and mouth did not have Ebola, tests confirmed today.

The Fire Department sent in Hazmat teams after the woman, who returned to the U.S. from Guinea three weeks ago, died at Amy Professional African Hair Braiding in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Tests on her body came back negative for the virus, the New York City Department of Health told MailOnline on Wednesday. Her identity has not been released.

An eyewitness who saw the woman, who was reportedly 40 years old, said there was blood coming from her 'face, nose and mouth'.

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A lawyer with a gun

Myron De'Shawn May, the accused gunman who shot three early Thursday at the Florida State University library before being fatally shot by police, worked for a Houston law firm.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

When 25 isn't enough

The Tennessee deadbeat who has fathered 26 children with 20 different women has again been ordered by a judge to make child support payments, this time for a two-year-old Arkansas boy, court records show.

Terry Turnage, a 50-year-old Memphis resident, was ordered this month to pay $60 per week to Miesha Davis, mother of the pair’s son Ja’Voin. The support order came as a result of a paternity complaint filed on Davis’s behalf by Arkansas’s Office of Child Support Enforcement.

A Circuit Court judge also ordered Turnage to "maintain health care insurance" for the child "when reasonably available" through his employer, and pay $365 in court fees.

In addition to Davis, two other Arkansas women have recently secured child support orders against Turnage, who has gained notoriety for impregnating assorted Tennessee women (many of whom also have secured child support orders to which Turnage has failed to adhere).

According to Arkansas court records, state officials have filed income withholding notices with a Memphis company that operates a McDonald’s restaurant where Turnage has supposedly worked (and earned $247.28 weekly).

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Discrimination against Asians

Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the nation.

The federal suits allege Harvard and UNC rely on race-based affirmative action policies that impact admissions of high-achieving white and Asian American students. The Harvard lawsuit also contends that the Ivy League university specifically limits the number of Asian Americans it admits each year.

The Project on Fair Representation, an Alexandria, Virginia-based legal defense fund, said Monday’s filings will be the first in a series of legal challenges against colleges across the country in an effort to ban race-based admission policies outright.

"Allowing this issue to be litigated in case after case will only perpetuate the hostilities that proper consideration of race is designed to avoid," state the lawsuits, both of which cite "Students for Fair Admissions" as plaintiff, a nonprofit group based in Austin, Texas made up of recently rejected applicants, prospective students and parents. "Racial preferences are a dangerous tool and may only be used as a last resort."

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(What's good for the goose is also good for the gander)

Out with the evil Whites

Environmentalists say they’ve moved past their 19th century patron saint John Muir because he represents the monied, white privilege that continues to haunt the environmental movement to this day, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In an effort to connect more with Latinos and African Americans, some environmentalists are considering ditching Muir as their intellectual godfather. Environmentalists say that while they respect his ideas, they represent rich, Anglo-Saxon values that likely alienate minority communities.

"Muir’s legacy has to go," Jon Christensen, a historian at the University of California in Los Angeles’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability, told the Times. "It’s just not useful anymore."

"The conservation movement reflects the legacy of John Muir, and its influence on a certain demographicolder and whiteand that’s a problem," Christensen said.

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It's like Halloween in Gaza

Two Palestinian youths stormed a synagogue in Jerusalem and killed five people with meat cleavers and guns. Four of those slain were rabbis, and the fifth was a policeman. Afterwards, crowds of Palestinians celebrated the attack and gave out candy in the streets of Gaza.

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Flag of Palestine

If you are like me, being mystified by Middle Eastern politics, here's another twist for the toxic mixture. The flag of Palestine in 1939.

Annie, get your gun

On November 3, 1926, legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley died of natural causes in Greenville Ohio. To escape her poverty-stricken childhood, she capitalized on her extraordinary marksmanship and later joined Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. Annie was the first female superstar in the once male-dominated profession.

Phoebe Ann Moses, who later changed her name to Annie Oakley, was born in 1860. Her father died when she was very young, and Annie helped support her family by taking to the woods and shooting game which she sold to local shopkeepers. Her expertise was such that she was able to pay off the mortgage on her family’s home, an incredible boon to her widowed mother.

It also led to a shooting contest with touring champion Frank Butler on Thanksgiving Day 1875. Much to the 28 year old Butler’s surprise, the 15 year-old girl bested him in the competition. The pair also fell in love and were married a year later.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How myths are born

During Sarah Palin's 11 September 2008 appearance on ABC News, her first major interview after being tapped as the vice-presidential nominee, interviewer Charles Gibson asked her what insight she had gained from living so close to Russia, and she responded: "They're our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska".

Later on Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey parodied Sarah Palin with this line, "And I can see Russia from my house."

And which statement do you think got the most publicity? And which became the truth?

Bit of a loophole, eh?

A trio of men have attempted to enter Parliament with one wearing a Ku Klux Klan mask, and the others wearing a niqab and a motorcycle helmet as part of a protest against the burqa.

All three were forced by Parliament security to remove their facial coverings.

Sergio Redegalli, Nick Folkes and Victor Waterson call their protest movement "Faceless" and oppose the burqa being worn in public spaces. They also expressed strong views against what they said was the "political ideology" of Islam which they said was "contrary" to Australian beliefs.

The Ku Klux Klan is a secretive, far-right organisation that has been responsible for violence against black Americans.

The protesters were stopped between Old Parliament House and the Parliament House forecourt and told by police that the men wearing the Ku Klux Klan hat and motorcycle helmet would be forced to remove their facial coverings but the person in the niqab would be allowed to keep theirs on.

"One of the requirements of coming into Parliament House is that the motorcycle helmet is going to have to come off, your headdress is going to have to come off and your burqa ... your identity will be checked," the security guard told the protesters.

Mr Redegalli removed his Ku Klux Klan mask to reveal a niqab underneath. He said "so I guess this is the time to say that I'm now allowed into Parliament House am I?" "No," responded the security guard.

"Bit of a loophole, eh?" Mr Redegalli questioned.

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Cowardice in Britain

British bobbies have been ordered to ditch uniforms when off-duty and be extra careful on social media websites amid fears of a Lee Rigby-style terror plot to murder a cop.

The Security Service (MI5) has informed the police of a specific plan by Islamic fanatics to kill one or more police officers on the streets of the UK.

It is feared jihadists are monitoring officers online in preparation for an attack.

The intelligence prompted police to raise their internal threat level last month from "moderate" to "substantial".

Senior officers at the Met, which takes the lead on national policing matters, are instructing officers on the ground to keep a low profile outside of work.

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Quote of the day

"We have a very robust investigative plan that will kick off in December. And, Megyn I can tell you my goal was to have an investigation where witnesses who had never been talked to before felt comfortable coming forward because of the seriousness of our investigation and that is precisely what is happening. It is not with a lot of fanfare and there aren’t a lot of public hearings but trust me when I tell you we are making tremendous progress." --Congressman Trey Gowdy

Blacks rethinking their loyalty

For decades, the black vote in the United States almost uniformly has gone to Democrats.

How’s that working out? Black unemployment is twice the national average, poverty rates are higher than before Democrats offered "help," and the education system fails a disproportionate number of black children. That’s what 50-plus years of blind voting loyalty to Democrats has earned. And, thanks to those same Democrats and the nation’s first black president, it’s about to get a lot worse.

President Obama is set to legalize upwards of 5 million illegal aliens, with the dream of granting amnesty and citizenship to 6 million to 25 million more, based on estimates and chain migration. These aren’t Ph.D.s with seed capital ready to start tech companies; they’re low- and no-skilled workers with limited English skills ready to take any job available, especially entry-level jobs.

After decades of embracing Democrats on a national and local level, the black community is disproportionately poor and, therefore, a higher percentage of the Americans likely to be competing for those entry-level jobs.

Just six years ago, this extra thumb in the eye to a loyal Democratic voting base would have been unthinkable, but Hispanics are the new dominant minority in American politics. In the future, the black vote is going to be less and less necessary to Democrats, which means they will be taken for granted even more than they have been. Loyalty in politics lasts only as long as the last election.

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Fungus causes many diseases?

There is reason to believe that fungus could be the hidden cause of many diseases from the flu all the way to cancer.

Sounds like a big claim and a sweeping generalization, but when you take a closer look at it, you will be staggered to discover just how ubiquitous the humble fungus is, and how much ill-health it can cause.

Let’s start at the beginning. Nature has a way of eliminating old, decaying matter, whether plant or animal: the fungus. While bacteria are also decomposers, fungi are largely unrecognized for the role they can play in disease, and breaking down the human body prematurely.

Not all every kind of fungus is "bad" or harmful to your health. For example, many of the Chinese and Japanese medicinal mushrooms, such as reishi, shiitake and maitake, are among the greatest stimulators of the immune system and are superb natural remedies. Other mushrooms like the common button mushroom are also good for your health and high in certain nutrients like vitamin D, which is hard to get from food sources.

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