Brundage said there is no connection between Pope Benedict and the Father Lawrence Murphy case, then Cardinal Ratzinger. He sees this all as an attempt by the mainstream media to smear the pope and the Church. Brundage said the Church investigated the allegations, even though the statute of limitations ran out and that he had devoted a year and a half to the internal investigation which was never halted save for Murphy's death. He said that Archbishop Bertoni in Rome did send a letter asking if there were other remedies since Murphy was near death. He said, however, there was not pressure to halt the investigation at any point and that if there had been, he would have asked for it to be continued. He said the case was dropped by the civil authorities due to the statute of limitations. Brundage said he was never contacted by the New York Times for their story. He said it was the most difficult case he ever dealt with. He said he was misquoted in the Times who attributed quotes to him that were written by someone else. He said there was some reticence in the deaf community to go public with this and the information was sketchy. He said that these cases are dealt with on a local level. He said that as the scope of the case became known, and that they all tried hard to bring this to justice. Brundage said that the Catholic Church today is probably the safest place for children with multiple background checks, training and signs to alert people where to call if there is any potential abuse. He said there is a latent anti-Catholic attitude in the mainstream media, especially the New York Times.
Ward said three things are going on. The country is active over a number of issues and engaged which is a good thing. The downside is that there are individuals and organizations who are using this as an opening for going over the line. Ingraham asked what the parameters are for incitement and listed some instances where liberals have ripped into Republicans. He said commitment is good but there is something else is going on beyond motivating people and there are people interested in tearing the country apart.
Ward mentioned the blog Alternative Right which he says is a Palin/Buchanan brand of conservatism. Ingraham asked how people can speak out without being branded a racist.
Ward mentioned Gordon Liddy and Rep. Broun as going over the line while Ingraham said that there are examples on all sides and 50% of the country thinks they were railroaded on the health care bill. Ward said that people disagree from both the left and right on the bill.
Kudlow said Rep. Maxine Waters is a pure socialist and noted how corporations are getting hosed by the health care bill's provisions and are getting criticized for actually doing what they are legally required to do.
Kudlow said that the Tea Party movement is difficult for the White House to control and that if they do rail against them to much, it will be to their detriment. Ingraham said it's an assault against the American voter. Kudlow said the mortgage bailout is creating another backlash. Kudlow said that the TARP money is being paid back with profit, but it is still wrong and that too big to fail must be terminated. He said we are getting killed on GMAC, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG. Ingraham noted that the TARP money is not being used to pay down the debt and Kudlow said it will be used for mortgage bailout.
Kudlow said that some of these corporations are guilty of cozying up to politicians.
'Lourdes? It's like a holy Blackpool' from the UK Guardian is a first person report by Sara McCorquodale who was an aide as a 17 year old at Lourdes for a summer experience and who now reviews, compares and contrasts her experiences with the new film "Lourdes" - quite different from "The Song of Bernadette". Lourdes outside the grotto is a bustling, commercial tourist center with all the good and bad that brings. However she concludes:
In the film, bathing in the grotto's holy water is an anti-climax, yet going into the baths was one of the most intense experiences I have ever had. Kneeling in heart-stoppingly cold water to pray while two nuns held my hands left me, inexplicably, in floods of tears. Of course, every pilgrimage is different. And things have undoubtedly changed over the past 10 years. But cinema-goers should not take this film as gospel – the real Lourdes is far more compelling. The mix of tacky commercialism and a sense of spiritual fulfilment for its pilgrims is something you'll see nowhere else on earth.
Barack Obama faces potential Chinese death trap from the UK Telegraph reports that even as President Obama savors the passage of the health care bill and is thus energized to push through the rest of his expensive, liberal agenda, he may be leading the nation into a Chinese death trap if he doesn't zero in on three - trade relations with China, deficit reduction and financial reform.
There is no point in trying to halt or reverse this trend. Instead the challenge for President Obama and his successors is to work with China for mutual advantage, as the two countries have succeeded in doing for many years now. I fear for the consequences if the hawkish approach demanded by many in the US is applied. As I say, healthcare reform would look but a transitory triumph if the world sinks back into the inter-regional conflicts of the past.
Magnets can modify our morality from BBC News reports that magnets implanted in the brain can affect moral judgement. The MIT study was done on 20 volunteers and pinpointed theright temporo-parietal junction (RTPJ) which is behind and above the right ear.
The MIT team pinpointed the region in volunteers using a sophisticated functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scan. They then targeted the area using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to create weak electric currents that temporarily stop brain cells working normally. In one test, volunteers were exposed to TMS for 25 minutes before reading stories involving morally questionable characters, and being asked to judge their actions. In a second experiment, volunteers were subjected to a much shorter 500 millisecond TMS burst while being asked to make a moral judgement. In both cases, the researchers found that when the RTPJ was disrupted volunteers were more likely to judge actions solely on the basis of whether they caused harm - not whether they were morally wrong in themselves. Morally dubious acts with a "happy" ending were often deemed acceptable.
What a way to close the education budget gap - but the extracurriculars are a bit out of bounds!
City and school officials are not happy about the arrangement between Club Damani and the Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, which serves about 450 children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said in a letter to Harambee on Monday that "a school and a nightclub cannot coexist in the same space and (the arrangement) must cease immediately," according to a school district statement.
The "Ingraham Angle" with Laura Ingraham on "The O'Reilly Factor" focused on the coverage of alleged acts and words of violence on the right and left and how each side is covered as well as specifically the case of the Christian militia who were plotting to murder a cop, commit more violence to somehow take down the government and the despicable Wesboro Baptist Church who has picketed various military funerals with their heinous charges that the military protects homosexuality.
Ingraham referenced her appearance on "Today" on Monday when she called out Matt Lauer for biased coverage of alleged violence words and/or actions on the right and left. She and O'Reilly defined the lines of acceptable speech and behavior as using words, however distasteful, as acceptable as long as violence isn't provoked and that privacy is observed - which is why the Westboro church's activities are wrong. Ingraham warned against going too far in shutting down free speech as the mainstream media and the left seem intent on doing - conflating words with deeds.
Inraham and O'Reilly discussed the 4th Circuit Court's ridiculous decision to make the father of Sgt. First Class Matthew Snyder pay for the court costs of thir lawsuit against the heinous Westboro Church for disrupting his son's funeral. Ingraham noted that this is a private situation where a grieving family is mourning the loss of a child and thus the inappropriate actions of the church shouldn't be condoned and O'Reilly offered to pay the costs for the family.
Geneva atom smasher sets collision record from AP reports that the Large Hadron Collider has pulled off the largest scientific experiment in attempting to emulate the first moments of the Big Bang within its labs.
In a control room, scientists erupted with applause when the first successful collisions were confirmed. Their colleagues from around the world were tuning in by remote links to witness the new record, which surpasses the 2.36 TeV CERN recorded last year. Dubbed the world's largest scientific experiment, researchers hope the machine can approach on a tiny scale what happened in the first split seconds after the Big Bang, which they theorize was the creation of the universe some 14 billion years ago. The extra energy in Geneva is expected to reveal even more about the unanswered questions of particle physics, such as the existence of antimatter and the search for the Higgs boson, a hypothetical particle that scientists theorize gives mass to other particles and thus to other objects and creatures in the universe.
German Firm Wins Right to Make Beer Called 'Fucking Hell' from Der Spiegel reports that the German word for light ale is "hell" and that there is an Austrian town called "Fucking" - however, that doesn't have a brewery. Nevertheless, the German consulting firm Tittelconsulting is going forward with its promotion of the beer.
The EU's trademarks authority has permitted a German firm to brew beer and produce clothing under the name "Fucking Hell". It may be an expletive in English, but in German it could refer to a light ale -- Hell -- from the Austrian town of Fucking. Whether it will be brewed there is another question.
California, New York and other states are showing many of the same signs of debt overload that recently took Greece to the brink — budgets that will not balance, accounting that masks debt, the use ofderivatives to plug holes, and armies of retired public workers who are counting on benefits that are proving harder and harder to pay.
Laura Ingraham hosted Kary Dimilo, Georgetown University junior with "Hoyas for Reproductive Justice".
Dimilo said he is a devout Catholic, but decided to fund his girlfriend's late term abortion. He said he and his girlfriend tried to practice safe sex and said he isn't proud about funding his girlfriend's abortion. He said his organization promotes the idea that women have choice in their reproductive situation. He said the fact that he is speaking publicly could help others. Ingraham said she predicts he will think differently years down the road about aborting his potential son or daughter. Dimilo hopes to become a liberal activist after graduation.