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Archive for August 23rd, 2014

Obama Orders Review of Military Sales to Police

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama Orders Review of Military Sales to Police
President Barack Obama has ordered a review of programs enabling state and local enforcement to buy military equipment, a senior administration official said Saturday. The decision follows public criticism of the use of such assets — including armored vehicles, high-tech weaponry and stun grenades — recently in Ferguson, Missouri. Such force to calm violent protests, in aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, raised questions about what some refer to as the “militarization of police.” Acquisition of military surplus equipment by local police departments became possible through the military’s Defense Logistics Agency, a law enforcement support program established in 1999.

Cuomo Bid to Knock Rival Off Ballot Fails
A New York State appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Zephyr Teachout, a law professor who is running against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Democratic primary, can remain on the Sept. 9 ballot. Cuomo’s campaign questioned whether Teachout, who teaches at Fordham Law School, met the state’s five-year residency requirement to be governor. “With this frivolous lawsuit behind us, I’m hopeful the governor will now agree to debate,” said Teachout, who writes on government corruption and was Howard Dean’s director of Internet organizing in 2004.


Nationals’ 10-game win streak ends, Giants romp

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Nationals’ 10-game win streak ends, Giants romp
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the deficit grew from two to four to eight, even the Washington Nationals — who grew so accustomed to comeback, last-at-bat heroics during their 10-game winning streak — had to admit that their good thing was coming to an end.

Bradford hurts knee in Rams’ 33-14 win over Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford reinjured the left knee he had surgery on last season and the Rams had four other starters hurt in a 33-14 win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night.


Obama administration unveils new contraception compromise

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama administration unveils new contraception compromise
The administration has been seeking ways to guarantee birth control coverage after the Supreme Court struck down Obamacare’s contraception mandate

Obama to Congress: Reauthorize Export-Import Bank
President Obama says the U.S. is exporting more goods than ever before, and Congress needs reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank to sustain that progress.

Rick Perry: If I run, I’ll be more prepared than I was in 2012
The Texas governor lays early groundwork in New Hampshire for his potential 2016 presidential bid


GOP Sees Latino Model in Pearce, NM-2; Dems See Opportunity

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

GOP Sees Latino Model in Pearce, NM-2; Dems See Opportunity
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
The last part in a weeklong special report, “Hispanic Voters: Trends and Opportunities,” running this week and sponsored by Univision. When Republicans began looking for ways to win over some of the Latino vote they so badly lost in the 2012 presidential race, their national party chairman pointed to a congressional district that spans the southern half of New Mexico. The massive and rural district that extends to the Mexico border is something of a rarity these days: The predominantly Latino area is represented a white, conservative Republican. His name is Steve Pearce. In 2012, he garnered…

The Media and the Mob
Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics
Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then — and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything. This is why we have courts of law, instead of relying on the media or mobs. But politics is undermining law. On the eve of a grand jury being…


Hammond: Iraq murder betrays Britain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Hammond: Iraq murder betrays Britain
The apparent murder of a US journalist by an Islamic militant with an English accent is “an utter betrayal of everything British people stand for”, the foreign secretary says.

Leaders set for indyref TV debate
Both sides in the independence referendum campaign are getting ready for the second televised debate.


Pakistan and India Trade Fire

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Pakistan and India Trade Fire
The volume of shelling has increased in recent days along the border in the Jammu region, forcing villagers to flee their homes.



Germany Pledges Aid for Ukraine as Russia Hails a Returning Convoy
The swift return of more than 200 trucks that delivered food and medicine to Luhansk appeared to be a public relations victory for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.



Many Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Sinks Off Libya
As many as 200 people were aboard the boat that went down about a half-mile off the coast.



Latvia’s Tensions With Russians at Home Persist in Shadow of Ukraine Conflict
A persistent rift between Latvians and ethnic Russians who live there as residents, but not as citizens, continues to be divisive in a year of conflict between Russia and Ukraine.




Megapastor’s Own Ministers Accuse Him Of Creating A ‘Culture Of Fear’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Megapastor’s Own Ministers Accuse Him Of Creating A ‘Culture Of Fear’

“I’ll tear his church down brick by brick,” Mark Driscoll allegedly said.

The post Megapastor’s Own Ministers Accuse Him Of Creating A ‘Culture Of Fear’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Mark Driscoll

CREDIT: AP

Twenty-one former ministers of Mars Hill Church filed charges against Mark Driscoll — the influential pastor of the church who is also known as the “Rush Limbaugh of Christianity” — on Friday, lodging their complaints with the church’s top leadership and accusing him of creating a “verbally abusive” environment within the congregation.

According to the 11-page letter, which was first obtained by Warren Throckmorton of Patheos, the ministers charged Driscoll with “verbally assaulting” his own leadership team and creating a “culture of fear” at the church, which is based in Seattle, Washington. The letter cited 25 specific incidents of allegedly inappropriate conduct on the part of the pastor, including:

  • Driscoll denying one man a prominent leadership position by saying, “his fat ass is not the image we want for our church.”
  • Driscoll making “a number of … inappropriate sexually-oriented comments … to and about other men’s wives, particularly in casual social settings.”
  • Driscoll responding to criticism from another elder at a meeting by shouting, “I don’t give a shit what you think. I’m trying to be nice to you guys by asking your opinion. In reality, we don’t need your vote to make this decision. This is what we’re doing.”
  • Driscoll threatening to defame a former elder’s church plant, saying, “I’ll tear his church down brick by brick.”

The charges reportedly only address incidents that occurred at Mars Hill sometime within last four years, although Driscoll has headed the church since 1996. All of signers have left or been let go from Mars Hill, which boasts over 14,000 members, but it includes people like Lief Moi, who helped co-found the church.

“We take these allegations seriously and we are thankful that we have a process in place where allegations will be reviewed by our board and our elders,” Mars Hill representatives said in a statement. “As it is relatively new that these former elders submitted this, at this time we don’t have any information on how long that process will take or what the outcome will be, but we look forward to having Pastor Mark back from vacation this Sunday.”

Driscoll’s sexist ideas and lewd sermons have attracted criticism for years, but the new allegations come amid of a growing storm of controversy circling around the prominent evangelical pastor and his church. Driscoll was accused of plagiarism and artificially inflating his book sales over the past few months, and in July a blogger uncovered more than 100 pages of sexist and homophobic rants — including one where he called gay people “damn freaks” — that Driscoll allegedly posted to an online forum in 2000 under the pseudonym “William Wallace II.” Hundreds of disaffected members of Mars Hill have joined a Facebook group this year after Driscoll dismissed his detractors as “anonymous” in a video message to his congregation, and dozens protested outside his church to make sure their voices were heard. Since then, at least two members of the church’s “Board of Advisors and Accountability” have resigned, and the Acts 29 church network — a group Driscoll co-founded — officially expelled Driscoll and Mars Hill from their fold in early August. As the scandals crescendoed, the church canceled its annual Resurgence Conference, which is traditionally held in October and usually features a line up of famous evangelical speakers.

It remains to be seen how — of even if — Driscoll will address the crisis. The pastor has tried to keep a low profile and even swore off social media since accusations first started to surface late last year, but he returns from vacation this Sunday, according to the Religion News Service.

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