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  • The dark side of the Ice Bucket Challenge

    09/07/2014 7:19:11 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 31 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | September 2, 2014 | Selena Owens
    [...] Satanic ritual? Yes. Rituals abound in “Christian” America. Whenever spectators watch singers like Beyonce, JayZ, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and especially Nicki Minaj, they are indoctrinated and involved with blatantly satanic rituals that stem from the deep abyss of the occult. Some of these very same artists have taken the ALS IBC. Gaga doesn’t utter a word as she baptizes herself, arrayed in a sexy black leotard, sporting black lips, perched in an ornate black chair. Gaga doesn’t use a bucket; she instead uses a large silver bowl associated with pagan worship. Do you think she would take the IBC...
  • Catholic school superintendent takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

    08/22/2014 1:33:28 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 9 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/22/14 | John Stegeman
    Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the school’s campus. The challenge has taken the nation by storm to raise money in support of research into the disease, which is formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure and no proven treatments. In the challenge, people are asked to share videos through...
  • Ebola cases in West Africa rise to 2,240, with 1,229 dead; quarantine victims to get food

    08/19/2014 12:02:49 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Reuters
    Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries, including Nigeria. While Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and No. 1 oil producer, appears to be containing its smaller outbreak, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus among their populations. On Friday, these small two West African nations and a medical charity chided the WHO for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger.
  • Handout nation: One in 7 Americans turn to food banks

    08/18/2014 9:38:51 AM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 33 replies
    Wonky News Nerd ^ | August 18, 2014
    One in seven Americans – more than 46 million people, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors – rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families, according to a new study from Feeding America, a provider of charitable food assistance to low-income Americans. In what Feeding America says is “the largest and most comprehensive study of people seeking food assistance in the United States ever conducted,” more than 60,000 people confidentially answered questions about their personal circumstances. The study represents findings from 200 Feeding America food banks, which annually provide more than 3...
  • Ebola Doc's Condition Downgraded to 'Idiotic'

    08/06/2014 1:07:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 159 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    I wonder how the Ebola doctor feels now that his humanitarian trip has cost a Christian charity much more than any services he rendered. What was the point? Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan's Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them at one of America's premier hospitals. (This trip may be the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.) There's little...
  • Let Sacrifice Be Your Safe Word

    08/02/2014 6:26:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    Everyone who knew Gershon Burd knew he was "a nice guy." He would purposely sit by an entrance to his yeshiva study group so that he could smile at people as they walked in -- but they really had no idea the depths of his goodness until he died last year, on his 40th birthday, in an accident. Testimonies poured in to his wife of 10 years about how he made lives better -- including through the charity he had quietly established to give money away. By only spending the minimum on yourself, you may find that you have...
  • Health Dept Tells Church Trying To Feed The Needy: Not So Fast

    08/01/2014 9:13:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6:37 PM 07/31/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    A Methodist church in West Virginia was stymied in its efforts to help the needy last week when the county health department told them their plan violated state health codes. The parishioners at First United Methodist Church had decided to install a large refrigerator outside their building that those in need could access at any time. Anticipating concerns about food safety, they planned to stock it with only prepackaged food, and built a cage around it to prevent small children from climbing inside. “We just wanted a way for more people to have access to food, along with some privacy...
  • Pope Francis advances a counterfeit charity based on a "live and let live" philosophy

    07/30/2014 9:17:13 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 4 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | July 30, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    "For generations now, we have denied the food of revealed truth to our children; and we have permitted the moral polluters to dump their garbage into our culture with abandon. Why then, are we surprised that ours has become a stunted and sick society?" - Patrick J. Buchanan The times are growing very dark. Everywhere signs are emerging which point to the appearance of the Man of Sin. A Brazilian heavy metal band is announcing the Age of Antichrist (see here). We have a Pontiff who preaches a "live and let live" philosophy (see here) which is nothing less than...
  • American Generosity Spurred by Entrepreneurs

    07/25/2014 12:29:16 PM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 2 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Scott Walter
    America isn’t just a bit more generous than your typical country. We’re an order of magnitude (and counting) more generous than most countries, including Germany and Japan. ... “American capitalism differs from all other forms of industrial capitalism” because it focuses "on both the creation of wealth (entrepreneurship) and the reconstitution of wealth (philanthropy). Philanthropy is part of the implicit social contract that continuously nurtures and revitalizes economic prosperity." ... nonprofits must learn that they are not in an “independent sector.” They are dependent not just on that abstraction known as the economy but also, horrors, on its heroic leaders,...
  • Esperanza plays crucial role in connecting unaccompanied minors to family

    07/23/2014 2:30:46 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 11 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/23/14 | Maria Wiering
    Williams Guevara-Martinez was almost 17 when he left his home near San Salvador, El Salvador, and headed north with three other youth and a 30-something guide known as a “coyote.” Guevara’s older brother Adam, had paid the coyote thousands of dollars for the 2,000-mile trip, which took 12 days. Guevara traveled by foot and car, finally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in the back of a truck. Fifteen minutes later, immigration officials discovered his illegal entry and sent him to a Texas shelter. He was there 24 days before flying from Houston to Baltimore, where he was reunited with two brothers,...
  • Ramadan Charity Funds Atrocities

    07/23/2014 2:10:58 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    You can watch the 1-minute video "Paying Zakat to non-Muslims" by Sheikh Assim L. Alhakeem by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above. Published on FrontPage Magazine. By Enza Ferreri It's Islam's holy month of Ramadan, and many advertising boards in the streets of London - or, more appropriately, Londonistan, as it befits a city with such a large, influential and radical Muslim population - invite Mohammedans to pay their zakat (Muslim obligatory charity). Zakat donations in the UK have greatly increased in the last few years, and Ramadan is traditionally a time when zakat giving grows. The posters...
  • Ford Pinto owners gather for annual charity drive

    07/20/2014 1:48:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    mlive ^ | July 18, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Michael Wayland
    Roughly 50 Ford Pinto enthusiasts are gathering today for the fourth annual "Pinto Stampede," a three-day event from Dearborn, Mich. to Hell, Mich and back to Dearborn -- the birthplace of the Ford Pinto. The caravan of Ford Pintos, produced from 1971-1980, will make several stops on their journey including a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, the Ford Product Development Center, the Ford & Mercury Restorers Club Car Show and other landmarks on their ride to 'Hell and Back.' "The Pinto Stampede enables Pinto enthusiasts to celebrate our cherished little cars while doing something meaningful for others," said Norm...
  • Beanie Baby billionaire balks at the Big House

    07/11/2014 3:46:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7-10-14 | Kim Janssen
    Lawyers for billionaire Beanie Baby creator and convicted tax cheat Ty Warner say he’s “a self-made man with a generous heart” and a federal judge was right not to send him to the big house. Prosecutors were left fuming in January after Warner was handed just two years probation and 500 hours community service for hiding $100 million in secret Swiss bank accounts to con the IRS. In February, they asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to order Warner be resentenced. But attorneys for the 69-year-old Oak Brook toy industry titan argued in a 57-page court filing Thursday...
  • The Christian Thing to Do (Defends Glenn Beck on the young illegals issue)

    07/10/2014 9:59:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Red State ^ | July 10, 2014 | Erick Erickson, editor
    “He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:18 (ESV)Christians are used to hearing people say “it’s the Christian thing to do.” Most often, it is by people deeply hostile to Christianity who say it. I get this all the time — even more so since I announced I am going to seminary. Liberals with no sense of Christianity want to tell Christians how they must behave and, by and large, hate us when we behave as Christians. Now, I know many of you do not share my faith....
  • Humanitarianism Can Be an Effective Disguise for Profiteering

    07/09/2014 1:10:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Billionaire Hungarian-American oligarch George Soros is an extremely concerned humanitarian who can be counted on to put his considerable bank balance where his concerns are. Lately, those concerns have included Ukraine and other former Soviet satellite states; Syria; immigration rights in America; the U.S. banking system; and the Great Lakes region of Africa, where all the mining opportunities just happen to be. Perhaps he could lay off the generosity long enough for us to recover from it all. Humanitarianism and charity can't always be taken at face value, if only because there is no better front for...
  • Sick: These People Are Demanding That Walmart Stop Giving Money To Charity

    06/12/2014 2:28:36 PM PDT · by blueyon · 15 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 6/12/14 | Floyd Brown
    You may be wondering what could possibly be wrong with free money... As the heirs of many successful entrepreneurs are wont to do, Sam Walton’s make generous donations with their family’s fortune. For example, Wal-Mart (WMT) announced last week that it would distribute $3 million to charities in the Big Apple, including $1 million to the New York Women’s Foundation for job training and $30,000 to Bailey House, a program that distributes groceries to low-income New Yorkers. Yet rather than saying “Thank you,” the liberals of New York City decided to say “No” to the money.
  • Koch brothers donate $25 million to United Negro College Fund

    06/06/2014 12:12:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-6-14 | Sean Sullivan
    The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, known best for shepherding big money to conservative causes and candidates, have given a $25 million grant to the United Negro College Fund, the organization announced Friday. The money will come from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, which are headed by the brothers. Most of the money ($18.5 million) will go toward a scholarship program. The other $6.5 million is provided for general support to historically black colleges and universities and the UNCF, with $4 million set aside for loan assistance. The UNCF is the nation's largest minority education group. Such a...
  • GPS in teddy bear leads Athens police to thief

    06/06/2014 5:30:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    OnLine Athens ^ | 6-5-14 | Joe Johnson
    A GPS device hidden inside a teddy bear on Tuesday led police to a thief. Athens-Clarke County police said that Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall. To combat the thefts, a company manager concealed a GPS device inside a teddy bear and he placed it in a bag of clothing that was then tossed into the collection bin, according to police. At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the manager called police to report that the teddy bear was on the move, headed toward Timothy Road. An officer in the...
  • NYC Council to Walmart: Stop sending your “dangerous dollars” to our city’s charities

    06/05/2014 6:56:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6-4-14 | Erika Johnsen
    I don’t even know what to say. Via the New York Post (hat tip to NRO), more than half of the members of the New York City Council have served Walmart with a letter demanding that the company stop making millions of dollars in charitable donations to local groups: Twenty-six of the 51 members of the Council charged in the letter that the world’s biggest retailer’s support of local causes is a cynical ploy to enter the market here. “We know how desperate you are to find a foothold in New York City to buy influence and support here,” says...
  • City Council Tells Walmart To Stop Donating Money To NYC Charities

    06/05/2014 6:35:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | 06/05/2014
    Walmart, bastion of cheap patio furniture, Mickey Mouse Dolman t-shirts and financially abused workers, has been doing its best to weasel its way into NYC for a while now. And like any good corporation hellbent on destroying the very fabric of the so-called American Dream, it looks like Walmart's trying to curry favor with New Yorkers by funneling cash into charitable funds—but the City Council smells a rat, and they've told the retailer to back off. According to the Post, 26 of the Council's 51 members have penned an open letter to Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation demanding they...
  • City Council members rip Walmart’s charity of ‘dangerous dollars’

    06/04/2014 7:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 4, 2014 | James Covert
    More than half the members of the City Council have fired off a letter to Walmart demanding that it stop making millions in charitable contributions to local groups here. Twenty-six of the 51 members of the Council charged in the letter that the world’s biggest retailer’s support of local causes is a cynical ploy to enter the market here. “We know how desperate you are to find a foothold in New York City to buy influence and support here,” says the letter, obtained by The Post and addressed to Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation. “Stop spending your dangerous dollars...
  • Catholic Worker House steps up to help Spanish-speaking teen killed outside its doors

    06/02/2014 1:17:00 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 9 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/2/14 | Maria Wiering
    A memorial of candles, daisies and a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe clustered around a black-and-white photo of 16-year-old Oscar Torres, who was shot and killed on the spot May 26. Days later, his blood still stained the ground. The memorial was steps away from Viva House, a Catholic Worker House and soup kitchen. Its founders, Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham, didn’t know Torres or his family, but have reached out to his parents and brother who live nearby. Viva House also made a donation to his parents to help them transport his body to his native Mexico, where...
  • Couple Fined $746 For The Crime Of Feeding Homeless People In Florida Park

    05/30/2014 12:13:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/30/2014 | Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog
    <p>If you think about, the homeless actually serve as the perfect scapegoat for a former American middle class slowly being driven into serfdom. Still completely mesmerized by the religion of consumerism, how is a population losing its freedom and financial well-being supposed to feel better about itself. The easy answer is to look at an even more destitute class and treat them like the “elites” treat everyone else. Like a superfluous and unfortunate outgrowth of humanity.</p>
  • Even Jesus Sometimes said “No.”

    05/20/2014 2:07:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/19/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the struggles that many Christians experience is that the needs around us are so great, and yet we are limited, both in personal strength, and in resources. And, lurking in the back of our mind, is a notion that whatever the problem, Jesus would always help and so should we. But, then, is it always wrong to say no when there is need?It is a true fact, Jesus was quite generous with his time, attention, and resources. We too are counseled to be rich in mercy and kindness, expansive in our charity and to be willing to forsake...
  • What Are The Most (And Least) Charitable U.S. States?

    05/10/2014 10:31:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/10/2014 | Bill Chappell
    A map of the U.S. shows the states where residents were the most and least likely to say they had recently donated to charity.Gallup There are only two U.S. states where at least 50 percent of residents say they've recently given either money or time to charity: Utah and Minnesota, according to a new Gallup poll. Nevada and Kentucky tied for the lowest rate of charitable giving.The poll was conducted in the last six months of 2013, when at least 600 residents of each state were asked whether they had donated money to a charity or volunteered at an...
  • How Now Shall We Give? As Joyfully as Zaccheus—Even if Called to Give in a Different Way

    04/16/2014 9:02:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Marvin Olasky
    When Susan and I married in 1976, I joked about a future career editing a small-town newspaper and aspiring to be a cracker-barrel philosopher. Through God’s mercy I can edit a magazine for a national town of several hundred thousand readers, some of whom are foolish enough to ask for advice, all too often on one of three topics: What college should my son or daughter attend? What movies should Christians watch? How, now that God has enriched me, can I help the poor? People ask me that last question because I’ve written four books on aspects of effective compassion,...
  • What is our obligation to those who make bad decisions?

    04/07/2014 5:18:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 4-6-2014 | Bookworm
    One of the things I’ve tried to drill into my children is the truism that the single biggest indicator of poverty is single motherhood. That data, incidentally, does not reflect the old-fashioned kind of single motherhood, which was the result of widowhood or abandonment. Instead, we’re talking about modern single motherhood, the kind that sees women who are deluged with birth control choices nevertheless get pregnant with boyfriends or hook-ups who feel no emotional connection or sense of economic obligation to either mother or baby. One of my children has a part-time job at a cafe and is, for the...
  • Angry mob attacks Ebola treatment centre in Guinea

    04/05/2014 7:43:42 PM PDT · by grundle · 31 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Reuters | April 4, 2014
    CONAKRY (Reuters) - An angry crowd attacked a treatment center in Guinea on Friday where staff from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were working to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, forcing it to shut down, a spokesman for the medical charity said.
  • New Bill Would Prevent Discriminatory Charitable Bin Bans

    04/01/2014 8:09:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/30/2014 | Anne Schieber
    Cities would no longer be able to ban most outdoor recycling bins on private property under a bill introduced in the Michigan State Senate. The bill comes as a relief to charities that have gotten permission from private property owners to install the bins in parking lots. Some municipalities have been working to ban outdoor charitable bins from groups other than those with brick and mortar recycling operations, like Goodwill. Municipalities "can regulate, license and monitor collection bins but can't ban them," said Dan Dalton, an attorney whose clients, Planet Aid and St. Vincent de Paul, have been pushing for...
  • Does World Vision’s Flip-flop Mean Christians Should Continue their Support?

    03/27/2014 9:27:39 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 11 replies
    CST News ^ | March 26, 2014 | Dr. Don Boys
    The U.S. branch of World Vision based in Federal Way, Washington has about 1,100 workers with an annual budget of one billion dollars per year. The current president, Richard Stearns, announced this week that same-sex “marriage” was now acceptable but they would still require their employees to confine their sexual activities to be within marriage. Same sex “marriage” may be acceptable to World Vision but not to God. The Bible still teaches that perversion is still an abomination and is not approved or acceptable by Him and all true believers. Maybe part of World Vision’s problem is they have a...
  • How World Vision Can Regain Trust (After it Reverses Its Decision to Support Gay Marriage)

    03/27/2014 7:51:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/27/2014 | Michael Brown
    In the spirit of forgiveness that God Himself extended to us through Jesus, I believe we should accept World Vision’s statement of repentance with graciousness and offer their leadership the forgiveness they requested, commending them for their contrition. This could not have been an easy thing to do, as they will now have to deal with accusations of being double-minded, not to mention the pro-gay activist backlash they will surely face along with accusations that they were not sincere in their repentance but rather acted out of mercenary concerns, and so we need to be just as vocal in affirming...
  • Deacon Nick Donnelly's charity is perfect while his superiors is not

    03/25/2014 7:35:40 AM PDT · by cleghornboy
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 25, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Writing for LifeSiteNews, Hillary White reported last Friday that Bishop Michael Campbell, "...has pressured one of his deacons to cease blogging in a move described by critics as an effort to silence the deacon’s lively defense of orthodox Catholic doctrine and the papacy." White continues: "Deacon Nick Donnelly’s well-travelled blog, 'Protect the Pope,' now carries the note, 'From its inception to the beginning of March 2014, Rev. Nick Donnelly, was the main author and editor of this blog. At this time he is in a period of reflection and prayer.' Deacon Nick Donnelly The diocese of Lancaster issued a statement...
  • The Conservative Myth of a Social Safety Net Built on Charity

    03/24/2014 6:27:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/24/2014 | MIKE KONCZAL
    Ideology is as much about understanding the past as shaping the future. And conservatives tell themselves a story, a fairy tale really, about the past, about the way the world was and can be again under Republican policies. This story is about the way people were able to insure themselves against the risks inherent in modern life. Back before the Great Society, before the New Deal, and even before the Progressive Era, things were better. Before government took on the role of providing social insurance, individuals and private charity did everything needed to insure people against the hardships of life;...
  • GOOGLE's LARRY PAGE: I Would Rather Give My Billions To Elon Musk Than Charity

    03/20/2014 7:20:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/20/2014 | Jay Yarow
    Google CEO Larry Page has an unusual idea about what should happen to his billions should he die. Instead of giving it to a philanthropic organization, he'd rather hand over his cash to Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City. In a conversation with Charlie Rose at a TED conference on Wednesday, Page said he wanted his money going to capitalists like Musk — those with big ideas for changing the world — according to a report at Wired. He thinks Musk's vision for going to Mars "to back up humanity" is inspired. He said, "That’s a...
  • Charity Gets No Respect

    03/09/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2014 | Hunter Lewis
    There is a common saying on Capitol Hill that those who do not come to the table will become the lunch. This refers to those who fail to hire sufficiently well connected lobbyists or make large campaign contributions. Even those who do come to the table may get carved up. When President Obama called the parties making money from medicine into the White House to discuss what would become of Obamacare, most of the special interests tried to make a deal. With the Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, they knew that defiance would likely backfire. The major insurance...
  • Bill Clinton pictured posing with two PROSTITUTES at star-studded charity event in his honor

    03/02/2014 2:20:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 61 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 1, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Bill Clinton pictured posing with two PROSTITUTES at star-studded charity event in his honor • Former President Clinton was pictured with two prostitutes who work at a legal brothel in Nevada • They were captured chatting at a charity event in Los Angeles on Thursday where Clinton gave the keynote address • The prostitutes- named Barbie Girl and Ava Adora- work at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch and were in California for the unite4:Humanity event Bill Clinton's controversial couplings has reached a new level after he was pictured spending time with prostitutes at a recent charity event. The former President was...
  • Giving Something Back

    03/02/2014 11:14:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Tom Tradup
    Talk Radio—in the parlance of music radio—is known for playing the hits. Obamacare, NSA spying, legalization of marijuana, Supreme Court rulings on forced unionization, and (thanks to Gov. Chris Christie) the on-ramps of Fort Lee, New Jersey. It is the ongoing mission of your friendly neighborhood talk host to toss out issues, offer a personal opinion on them, and then watch the phones light up like a Christmas tree. It is a programming formula that—to talk radio’s critics—appeals to the lowest common denominator in society. To those critics, talk hosts are the linear equivalent of militia members challenging the...
  • Philanthropist Willard Hackerman remembered as supporter of Catholic education

    02/12/2014 2:25:28 PM PST · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 2/12/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Philanthropist Willard Hackerman, president and chief executive officer of Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., is being remembered in the Archdiocese of Baltimore as a generous supporter of Catholic education. Hackerman, who was Jewish, died Feb. 10 at age 95. Since 1996, Whiting-Turner has given more than $1 million to Catholic schools in the archdiocese, primarily for tuition assistance scholarships, said Matthew Anthony, director of development for the archdiocese. According to Anthony, Whiting-Turner made a six-figure gift to kick off the archdiocesan Partners in Excellence scholarship program, founded in 1996 by Cardinal William H. Keeler. “It all starts with his relationship with Cardinal...
  • (Police State) Man Gives Change to Homeless Person, is Handcuffed and Held by Police for an Hour

    01/16/2014 7:12:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 16, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Man gives change to homeless person, is handcuffed and held by police for an hour Greg Snider was in a Houston, Texas parking lot, on the phone making a business call. While in the lot, a homeless man approached his car and asked forchange. Snider gave him 75 cents and then drove off. KPRC Local 2 News reported on the shocking thing that happened next. When Snider pulled onto a nearby freeway, a police car pulled him to the side. Greg was surprised by how aggressive the officer was, telling KPRC, “He's screaming. He's yelling. He's telling me to get...
  • Money raised from Newtown fundraiser goes missing as marathon-running charity partner disappears

    01/11/2014 9:26:35 PM PST · by P-Marlowe · 35 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 1/11/14 | AP
    A charity formed after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been unable to account for more than $70,000 it raised through marathon running, one of its co-founders said Friday. Ryan Graney, of Nashville, Tenn., said only $30,000 of the $103,000 taken in by the 26.4.26 Foundation was used for the organization's purpose.....
  • Restaurant owner sells business to pay brain tumour surgery bill for his teenage waitress

    01/10/2014 4:45:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 99 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | Jan 9, 2014 | Rebecca Pocklington
    Brittany Mathis can't afford the operation because she doesn't have health insurance, so her boss Michael De Beyer is selling his Texas eatery Brittany Mathis, 19, was diagnosed with the small tumour in December but can't afford surgery to remove it because she doesn't have health insurance. Manager and boss Michael De Beyer has offered to sell his Kaiserhof Restaurant in Montgomery, Texas, which he has run for 17 years, to help his employee out.
  • The [#BS]Files: Christina Aguilera feeds war-torn Rwanda

    12/30/2013 5:10:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    africascountry.com ^ | Natacha Nsabimana
    Christina Aguilera, ambassador for World Food Program (WFP), recently went to “war-torn Rwanda” People Magazine tells us. Well thankfully she made it back home safe. War is not an easy thing. Although, I’m not sure exactly which war People Magazine is referring to – last I checked, the civil war and genocide in Rwanda ended twenty years ago. Well, Rwanda has other problems and its government is implicated in violence in neighboring DRC, but it is not war-torn. Also, Rwanda is an entire country. Where in Rwanda was Aguilera? [video] The song the children are singing in the video is...
  • Malpractice?? A meditation on confusing kindness with charity

    09/27/2013 3:00:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 26, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is an unfortunate tendency in our times to confuse or equate kindness with charity. There is the tendency to prioritize never offending or upsetting others, over proclaiming the truth. And while it is true that kindness and not intentionally hurting other’s feelings or causing offense is a good thing, it is not so good that the truth should be suppressed in order to accomplish it.But, it is sadly common today. Consider a priest, who, in order not to give offense or cause others to be upset, does not preach important aspects of the Gospel or the moral law. Consider...
  • World Giving Index 2013: U.S. Is #1

    12/25/2013 5:53:01 PM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    TaxProf Blog ^ | December 25, 2013 | Paul L. Caron
    World Giving 2013: This fourth edition of the World Giving Index again presents giving data from across the globe over a five year period (2008-2012). The World Giving Index 2013 includes data from 135 countries across the globe that was collected throughout the calendar year of 2012. .... The Index is based on an average of three measures of giving behaviour - the percentage of people who donate money to charity, volunteer their time, and help a stranger, in a typical month. ... The United States is ranked first in this year’s World Giving Index (Table 1), reclaiming a position...
  • Is Social Liberalism Compatible With Christianity?

    12/22/2013 8:08:23 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 27 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 22, 2013 | JP
    Karen Owen, a writer for the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia, authored a recent column in which she sneered that “the term Christian conservative” is “an oxymoron.” How, she asked, “can we call ourselves – and practically insist that we are – a Christian nation when we seemingly ignore so many teachings of Christ?” So what examples does she cite to make her dubious case? Well, there’s the decision by greeting card giant Hallmark to alter the lyrics of “Deck the Halls” on a Christmas ornament from “don we now our gay apparel” to “don we now our fun apparel.”...
  • Real Charity

    12/04/2013 7:01:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | John Stossel
    'Tis the season for giving. But when you give, do you know your money will help someone? Social workers say, "Don't give to beggars." Those who do give are "enablers," helping alcoholics and drug users to continue bad habits. It's better to give to charities that help the "homeless." I put "homeless" in quotes because my TV producers have quietly followed a dozen of the more convincing beggars after "work," and all had homes. Once, I put on a fake beard and begged for an hour. At the rate money was coming in, I would have made ninety bucks...
  • Your Daily Cry: This Chef Gave Up a 5-Star Gig to Cook for the Salvation Army

    11/30/2013 7:17:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Braiser / The Associated Press ^ | November 29, 2013 | Marcy Franklin
    This holiday weekend, the Internet is only talking about one chef: Jeff Ansorge. That’s the Minneapolis-based chef, who gave up a cushy job at Capital Grille and a salary of $80,000 to feed the homeless daily. (Because as much as we appreciate chefs taking time off once a year to feed the homeless, this guy does it on the reg — preach.) Now, Ansorge spents his days cooking at the Salvation Army Eastside Worship and Service Center in Minneapolis, where he told the Associated Press that he leads a full life...
  • The Charity Swindle

    11/26/2013 5:20:03 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11-25-13 | Ken Stern
    WASHINGTON — BY all outward indications, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association was a leader in the charitable community. Founded in 2002 to provide support to Navy veterans in need, the charity recorded astonishing financial success. In its first eight years, it raised around $100 million in charitable contributions, almost all of it through a direct marketing campaign. The organization, headed by Jack L. Nimitz, boasted of 41 state chapters and some 66,000 members. This would be a great story of charitable success, except for the fact that virtually everything about the association turned out to be false: no state chapters,...
  • Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees

    11/19/2013 8:04:27 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/18/2013 | Ashley Lutz
    A Cleveland Wal-Mart store is holding a food drive — for its own employees.  "Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner," reads a sign accompanied by several plastic bins. The Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported on the food drive, which has sparked outrage in the area. "That Wal-Mart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers — to me, it is a moral outrage," Norma Mills, a customer at the store, told the Plain Dealer.   
  • How Christian Charity Developed Western Ethics, Hospitals, Schools

    11/16/2013 10:40:18 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 2 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 November 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    This is my second article in reply to Tony, who wrote to me with critical observations on my speech What is Uniquely Good about Western Civilisation Derives from Christianity. The first article is Support for Christianity Should Not Alienate People. My reply is in several parts because he covers many issues, although sometimes using too simplistic arguments compared to the attention they would deserve. The problem I have in answering him is that in the space of a couple of emails he enumerates many things which he finds wrong about Christianity, each of which would require a book (and...