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Jesus Malverde

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December 22, 2013

US Senate Condemns Iran's Discrimination Against Bahais

Source: Arutz Sheva Staff and AFP

The US Senate has urged Iran to free jailed members of the Bahai faith, raising human rights concerns as President Barack Obama pursues diplomacy to curtail Tehran's nuclear program.

In a resolution approved unanimously Friday amid a flurry of activity before a holiday break, the Senate called on Iran to free seven Bahai leaders among other detained members of the religion, including 12 educators.

The Senate "condemns the government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Bahai minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights," said the resolution, the latest in a series of similar appeals from the US Congress.

Iran's clerical regime allows relative religious freedom for several minorities but targets the Bahai faith among others. Bahais consider Bahaullah, an Iranian born in 1817, to be the latest prophet sent by God, a major divergence from Islamic orthodoxy. Despite their pacifistic beliefs, Bahais are regularly persecuted and face systematic discrimination, including a blanket ban on attending Iranian universities.


Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175387#.UrY2OZG9XOE



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1'%C3%AD_Faith
December 21, 2013

Gay marriage catches conservative Utah off guard

A day after a judge’s surprise ruling overturned Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, at least one county clerk intended to open early Saturday to issue licenses.

About 40 minutes north of Salt Lake City, about 300 hundred people showed up at the Weber County Clerk’s Office on Saturday afternoon but were later turned away without marriage licenses.

Clerk Ricky Hatch apologized and said that county officials had told him that opening for special circumstances may violate constitutional guarantees of equal protection. Hatch told The Associated Press he was also told the county’s standard security requirements were not in place for a Saturday opening.

The confusion Saturday and reports of other crowds scrambling to find an open office illustrated how gay marriage caught many in Utah off guard.

On Friday, more than 100 couples rushed to wed in Salt Lake County shortly after the ruling was released. State officials slammed the decision and moved to stop licenses from being issued.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/gay-couples-wed-in-utah-after-judge-overturns-ban/2013/12/20/6599357a-69d5-11e3-997b-9213b17dac97_story.html

December 21, 2013

Dear ‘Duck Dynasty’ Haters: You Do Know It’s All Fake, Right?

Dear ‘Duck Dynasty’ Fans: You Do Know It’s All Fake, Right?

Amid the turmoil caused by the suspension of “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson in relation to an interview he gave with GQ, an outpouring of support has emerged from those defending the bearded A&E star.

Which only begs the question whether these people really know whom exactly it is they’re defending.

However real and natural it might appear, “Duck Dynasty” is a sitcom. Not all the dialogue is written, but as even the Robertsons freely admitted on the “Today” show, “They come up with ideas and we just get to be ourselves in the situation.”

So while Robertson can be taken at his word that he’s a man of faith, the character that people know from TV is just that: A character.

Other websites, some with way too much time on their hands, have meticulously detailed the staging that goes into the show. But suffice it to say that the Robertsons have thrived in part because they and their producers have been adept at making themselves seem authentic. As one reality TV producer suggested when discussing the show, even if the situations are all phony, you couldn’t create those guys.

Still, the full-throated defense on behalf of the Robertsons primarily reflects two things: The very effective tactic of making Christians feel like they are disrespected and persecuted by the mainstream media; and most germane to this discussion, the sorry lack of media literacy in the U.S., where people might insist they’re in on the gag, but if they’re seeing something on TV, they tend to assume it’s true.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/columns/dear-duck-dynasty-fans-you-do-know-its-all-fake-right-1200980709/

This article was written for the fans. The reason I directed it at the haters is because they have become part of this media product.

This bloviating millionaire masters degree holding yuppie will rise from the ashes in a most watched tale of redemption.

You're all being played for the holidays by professionals who understand the American television consumer.

Just like the fake money hungry republicans whose dog whistles serve as substance. This TV sitcom is feeding their audience a sad diet of bile and hate.

If our ire should be directed anywhere, it should be the producers, who cynically created this cultural excrement for financial gain.
December 21, 2013

Broken Heart Syndrome Really Does Exist

How many times have you heard someone say they’re so sad about something that they have a broken heart? More often than not, they don’t really have a broken heart but it can actually happen. Broken heart syndrome is a serious medical condition caused by sadness.

When Janet Ghise’s 14-year-old dog, Maggie died unexpectedly at a kennel while she was on vacation, she was devastated.

“She was just the nicest dog,” said Ghise.

So upset, she nearly died of a broken heart.

“I said to my husband, ‘I’m going to the doctor’s, to the cardiologist, to see if he can fix my broken heart.’ It’s exactly what I said,” Ghise said.

Luckily, she just happened to have a doctor’s appointment a few days later.

“To tell you the truth, I was really short of breath, but I didn’t put any weight on it. I thought, well, this is because I’m upset,” she said.

“She walked into the office, and she just did not look well,” said Dr. Jeffrey Friedel, a cardiologist. “She was very pale; she was breaking out in a cold sweat. She was short of breath, and she was complaining of a lot of chest pressure.”

He sent her to the hospital where a heart cath showed the problem, an actual illness called broken heart syndrome.

“The heart becomes severely weakened in a very characteristic shape, and it’s usually in response to an intensely stressful event,” said Dr. Friedel. “They can be in heart failure, they can be in shock; and in the worst case scenario, they can present in full cardiac arrest.”

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/12/20/broken-heart-syndrome-really-does-exist/

December 20, 2013

Detached dads mostly a myth, survey suggests

The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

The national survey shows fathers' involvement has increased slightly since the government first asked in 2002, coinciding with research since then that bolsters the benefits of hands-on fathering.

The results are encouraging and important "because others have found the more involved dads are, the better the outcomes for their children," said Jo Jones of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She co-authored the report released Friday.

More academic success, fewer behavior problems and healthier eating habits are some of the ways fathers' involvement has been linked with children's well-being.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Detached-dads-mostly-a-myth-survey-suggests-5080923.php

December 20, 2013

NYC expands smoking ban to include e-cigarettes

Source: AP

Years after being exiled to New York City's sidewalks by a ban on smoking in indoor public places, some smokers relished electronic cigarettes as a way to come in from the cold.

Now they're down to their last few puffs after the City Council voted 43-8 Thursday to expand the ban to include the devices.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign the measure before leaving office in a few days. The ban would take effect in four months.

Also Thursday, the council paved the way for an eventual ban on plastic foam containers and approved the creation of a website that will help the public track federal dollars budgeted for Superstorm Sandy-related damages. The flurry of activity — more than two dozen introductions and resolutions were passed — came on the council's last legislative session of the year.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/NYC-expands-smoking-ban-to-include-e-cigarettes-5081675.php

December 20, 2013

Report: Putin Backs Israel's Security Needs in Middle East

Source: Arutz Sheva

Maariv report claims in private meeting Netanyahu and Putin forged security pact for Israel's safety.

A pact was forged between Moscow and Jerusalem to ensure Israel's security during a private meeting last month, according to a Friday Maariv report.

The report claims that a 90-minute conversation took place between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin during Netanyahu's last-minute attempt to prevent an interim nuclear deal between Western powers and Iran.

While Moscow - which has been rumored to be involved in a nuclear arms deal with Tehran - refused to accede to Israel's stance on the nuclear Iran issue, Putin did allegedly promise to ensure Israel's security in the region.

Netanyahu asked Putin "not to push" the demilitarization of the Middle East from all nuclear weapons, according to the report. Israel has faced mounting international pressure to sign the UN's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/175364#.UrRhz5G9XOF

December 20, 2013

Is Don Siegelman a political prisoner?

Looking at the LBN thread on President Obama commuting the crack dealers I see some posts pointing out that Don Siegelman has not been pardoned.

I don't know much other than I think he was a southern politician convicted of corruption.

Is Don Siegelman a political prisoner or something else?

December 20, 2013

Armed robber terrorizes passengers aboard Seattle bus

Prosecutors released video Wednesday of a confrontation on a Metro Transit bus between a gun-wielding robber and a rider. The images show the man react quickly when face-to-face with the pistol, then pull the gun from his hand and begin tackling the suspect.

That suspect, 19-year-old Trevonnte Brown, is charged with two counts of First Degree Robbery and one count of Attempted First Degree Robbery.

As the bus wound through West Seattle November 25th, video shows Brown getting on and rob at least one woman, flashing a gun in her face and taking her cell phone quietly.

Video then shows Brown approach a man sitting immersed in his own cell phone. As soon as his eyes notice the firearm, he grabs its end, jumps up, rips the gun from the suspects hand and begins throwing punches.

http://www.king5.com/news/local/Surveillance-video-released-from-West-Seattle-bus-robbery-236508751.html

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Jesús Malverde, sometimes known as the generous bandit or angel of the poor is a folklore hero in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. One day we\'ll live free and no longer in fear. Fear of losing jobs, fear of being raided, your dogs shot, your children kidnapped by the state. Your land stolen, and maybe even your life lost. Fear no more, the times are a changing.
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