A group of priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester in New Hampshire is asking fellow priests to contribute money to help those who were stripped of their ministry for sexually abusing minors.
The Rev. Michael Griffin, president of the newly formed Organization of Concerned Priests, tells the Union Leader newspaper, they began to sympathize with the men involved in the scandal. He said, “We could not imagine how we could have coped if we were in their shoes.”
In other news, the Vatican demands an immediate investigation into what the atheists knew and when they knew it.
–In its battle to win the hearts and minds of recruiting-age Americans, the Army is replacing its main ad slogan — “An Army of One” — with one it hopes will pack more punch: “Army Strong.”
Army Strong. Tarzan strong. Tarzan join army. Tarzan see Jane in army. Tarzan lay down rifle, pick up gun.
Tarzan say hubba hubba!
Levy County’s public libraries are struggling to get books checked out or reshelved because retirees who usually handle many of those chores have balked at a requirement that they “pee in a cup” as part of a mandatory drug test for all county volunteers.
“It’s not like we are a high-risk group for coming in drunk or high or stoned or whatever,” said one volunteer. “This is just a common-sense issue – why are we spending tax money to test 75-year-old grandmothers for marijuana? We should be using that money to buy more books and computers.”
The situation has gotten to the point where the pool of 55 volunteers has dwindled to two and the number of hours worked by volunteers in the county’s five libraries plunged from 330 in September 2005 to 11 this September, according to county library records. None of the former volunteers contacted by The Sun wanted to be publicly identified in a story about drug-testing.
The video should be up on Fox here any time now.
If you can’t see the error right away, check the party affilications of the candidates. In the screenshot it appears the R candidate is winning, but….
Even Pravda under Stalin had more shame than Fox.
One after another, embarrassing videos of U.S. senator for Montana, Conrad Burns, have been posted in recent months on YouTube.com by somebody identified only as “Arrowhead77.” There was the one of the 71-year-old Republican lawmaker nodding off at a farm hearing. Another where he warned constituents about people who “drive taxicabs in the daytime and kill at night.” A third showing Mr. Burns joking about the immigration status of the “nice little Guatemalan man” who works at his Virginia house. (See videos posted by Arrowhead 77.)
The tapes are hampering Mr. Burns’s bid to win a fourth term in November. They’re getting widespread attention in the local press, feeding his reputation as gaffe-prone, and helping his opponent for the seat — Democratic state senator Jon Tester — run even, if not a bit ahead, in recent polls.
That’s exactly the point. “Arrowhead77″ is a 23-year-old staffer on Mr. Tester’s campaign named Andy Tweeten, who posts the videos from his iBook notebook, having mixed them with music and added titles. Mr. Tweeten gets his raw footage from a fellow Tester aide, 24-year-old Kevin O’Brien. Since April, Mr. O’Brien has put 16,000 miles on his gold Nissan Sentra stalking Montana’s folksy senior senator with a Sony camcorder in hopes of capturing embarrassing moments on tape.
It’s an increasingly used tactic in the 2006 campaign, the first election in the age of easily accessible Internet video.
Jason Klindt, a Burns spokesman, says, “I don’t think Montanans are voting based on a YouTube ad. I don’t think it has a big impact.”
Yeah, that’s why your campaign also posts ads on Youtube, and that’s why Google just paid 1.6 billion for YouTube. Internet news has already taken over from print news for a lot of things, it looks like video news is next. Oh, and Burns is not the only R getting burned by YouTube. Let’s support the troops:
Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift
is the Navy lawyer who took the case of defending Salim Ahmed Hamdan (aka Osama bin Laden’s driver). A quick plea-bargain was expected, but Swift managed to get his client a hearing before the Supreme Court in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. While a complicated and nuanced decision, most would agree that “Swift, one of five judge advocate general lawyers assigned to represent the first round of commission defendants, determinedly stepped through this looking glass, defying skepticism at home and abroad that he and his colleagues would do more than a perfunctory job.” However, despite all of his efforts and obvious legal abilities, he was recently passed over for promotion and effectively fired under the military’s “up or out” promotion system. (Previously:   )
The lawyers who defend the Constitution are not needed anymore. Seems obvious now that you think about it.
Here’s video of Clint Curtis, a former programmer for Yang Enterprises (YEI) in Florida, testifying under oath that Representative Tom Feeney asked him to write a voting machine program to rig elections. Feeney is Republican Congressman who was the Speaker of the House of Florida at the time, as well as a lobbyist for Yang Enterprises, and Yang Enterprises’ corporate attorney. (Feeney was also named one of the “20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress” by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington).
In the video, Curtis testifies that Feeney asked him to write a program for touchscreen voting machines that could undetectably “flip the vote 51-49 to whoever you wanted it to go to and whichever race you wanted to win.”
Yang claims that Curtis’ allegations are untrue, and Tom Feeney denies ever meeting Curtis. But in 2005, Curtis was given a polygraph test.
The test was given by Tim Robinson, the retired chief polygraph operator and 20-year veteran of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The test did not detect any attempt at deception on the part of Curtis in any of his responses. Curtis has stated that the test was based on all the allegations in the affidavit that was provided to Conyers’ Voting Forum.
Now, Curtis — who was a lifelong Repulican, has swtiched parties and is running for US Congress against Feeney.