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  • Calling Out Jonathan Rauch

    05/19/2016 9:10:49 AM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 5 replies
    Ethics Forum ^ | May 15, 2016 | Alice C Linsley
    Alice C. Linsley Gay activist Jonathan Charles Rauch describes himself as "an unrepentantly atheistic Jewish homosexual" which is to say that he has completely rejected the traditional wisdom of his ancestors. Jonathan Rauch is so lacking in critical thinking skills as to be dangerous. Rauch’s “Case for Gay Marriage” is full of fallacious arguments, as I have demonstrated to my Ethics students. J. Rauch’s First Premise: Marriage is necessary to providing reliable caregivers. This assumption is not true. It is, in fact, verifiable false since we are able to observe that reliable caregivers exist who are not married to the...
  • Pat Boone Accuses 'SNL' of Anti-Christian Bias After 'God's Not Dead 2' Parody

    04/18/2016 4:04:57 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 43 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 18 April 2016 | Paul Bond
    “This skit was outright sacrilege. They know if they did this to Muslims they’d have to be put into the witness protection program,” the singer-actor said. Pat Boone is calling out NBC and Saturday Night Live for allegedly being anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, cowardly, “diabolical” and even demonic for a skit over the weekend that parodied God’s Not Dead 2, the actor-singer’s latest movie. In God’s Not Dead 2, Melissa Joan Hart plays a public school teacher who is persecuted for answering a student’s question about Jesus. In the SNL skit, a trailer for a movie called God is a Boob Man...
  • Whose Morality?

    04/07/2016 7:13:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- In a recent interview for the BBC2 series Inside Obama's White House," President Obama sounded somewhat wistful as he spoke to an interviewer about how he has tried to use his voice "to move things toward a more ethical and moral outcome." The question of morals and ethics has been debated since the dawn of humanity. It won't be settled by the shifting winds of politics, because not everyone can agree on what is moral and what is not. Dictionary.com defines morality: "Conformity to the rules of right conduct." Ah, but here's the rub. That definition...
  • Clinton Foundation Corruption News (Weekly Update)

    03/26/2016 11:51:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 25, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Reveals More Benghazi, Clinton Foundation Corruption Cover-up on American POWs in Cuba?Clinton Email Scandal PanelJudicial Watch Reveals More Benghazi, Clinton Foundation Corruption This has been an important week in our continuing investigation of Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state. We are uncovering critical links between her official duties and the private interests of her family’s foundation. The 276 pages of internal State Department documents we released this week reveal that within two days of the deadly terrorist attack on Benghazi, Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf, the president of Libya’s National Congress, asked to participate in a Clinton Global...
  • Park Service chief reprimanded after admittedly ignoring ethics rules

    02/25/2016 4:40:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>The chief of the National Park Service knew his book project would be squelched by agency ethics officers, so he went ahead and wrote it anyway without bothering to ask for permission, investigators said Thursday in a report detailing a striking level of negligence.</p>
  • Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump and Evangelicals

    Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump and Evangelicals This morning, like most mornings now, I found myself reading an article on Donald Trump’s candidacy. Everyday I ask myself the question, “How can so many American Evangelicals support such an openly narcissistic, power driven man?” Sarah Palin endorsed him, Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, endorsed him,[1] and not too long ago, a poll was released that showed that Evangelical Christians as a whole are gravitating to Trump.[2] But, this article I read today gave me a much needed answer as to why Americans and specifically republican...
  • The dark past of anonymous sperm donation

    01/25/2016 9:26:45 AM PST · by wagglebee · 42 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 1/25/16 | Michael Cook
    The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is so common nowadays that it’s easy to forget how quickly social attitudes have changed. The Atlantic recently published a feature about the early days of artificial reproductive technology under the headline “The First Artificial Insemination Was an Ethical Nightmare: The 19th-century procedure involved lies, a secrecy pledge, and sperm from a surprise donor”.The implication is that that contemporary ART is far more ethical than it was in the bad old days.Let’s look first at the origins of ART. The first pregnancy after artificial insemination apparently took place in England in 1790. The...
  • Evangelical leader blasts Falwell for hosting Trump

    01/18/2016 11:48:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 234 replies
    Politico | January 18, 2016 | Blake Hounshell
    One of the United States' most influential evangelical leaders blasted Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. on Monday for hosting Donald Trump to give a campaign speech. Russell Moore, who heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, let fly a series of tweets after Falwell gave a glowing introduction to Trump, calling him "one of the greatest visionaries of our time" and saying Trump "lives a life of helping others ... as Jesus taught in the New Testament." Moore appeared incredulous at Falwell's language, which was more effusive than he had...
  • Trump and His Debts: a Narrow Escape

    01/13/2016 5:43:11 PM PST · by dschapin · 87 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 4, 2016 | Peter Grant and Alexandra Berzon
    ... After gaining control of two casinos through deals that loaded them with debt, [Trump] turned in 1987 to the Taj Mahal, a megaproject being built by publicly traded Resorts International Inc. Mr. Trump bought a class of shares that gave him just a slice of Resorts’ equity, but voting control. From that perch, he pushed through a service contract that would have the company pay him $108 million over five years. He told casino regulators the company could raise the cash needed to finish its casino only by assuring lenders Mr. Trump would remain involved, which this contract did....
  • Once again, Alan Grayson violates ethics rules, using House committee clip in campaign ad

    01/02/2016 9:31:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Saint Peters Blog ^ | 12/29/15 | Peter Schorsch
    **SNIP** Most of the ad is standard campaign fare, and not particularly noteworthy, even though the endorsements from Sheen and Moore are several years old. Both were taken from Grayson's House campaign nearly six years ago. But at the 18-second mark, the ad gets really interesting. That is the point where Grayson - to promote his Senate bid - uses an MSNBC clip of him speaking during a congressional hearing - yet another violation of U.S. House rules. Grayson runs afoul of ethics rules on the use of official resources for campaign or political purposes, namely House Rule 11, Clause...
  • Heroin’s surge raises life-or-death medical ethics issue

    01/02/2016 7:14:53 AM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Tampa Bay Tribune ^ | January 1, 2016 | Keith Morelli
    Heroin addicts with recurring heart valve problems caused by their use of dirty needles are forcing surgeons across the state to make difficult ethics decisions on continuing to provide them expensive care. Cardiac surgeons are seeing a 50 percent increase in ineffective valvular heart disorders attributed to the use of dirty needles, said Scott H. Bronleewe, a cardiac surgeon practicing in Tampa for the past 26 years. The cost is staggering: more than $500,000 for the procedure and hospital stay for an uninsured addict, many of whom are back on the operating table within a few months, suffering from the...
  • Poll: Law Enforcement's 'Tenuous' Rebound With The Public

    01/01/2016 1:21:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    With no charges being filed against the Cleveland officers involved in the shooting death of Tamir Rice, you can be assured that the Black Lives Matter movement will continue their activism into the 2016 season. This incident, the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the controversial arrest and death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, took a toll on law enforcement. In June, a Gallup poll showed that confidence in police had reached a 22-year low. Now, the polling company is saying that there has been a “tenuous” recovery: After dipping to 48% in 2014 amid a national...
  • Modest but Meaningful Protection from Human Embryo Genetic Manipulation

    12/17/2015 5:54:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2015 | David A. Prentice
    Genetically-manufactured babies, gene-manipulated human embryos, human-animal chimeras, human clones—all science fiction, right? No, these various types of laboratory-manufactured human embryos are already reality. Last spring, Chinese scientists announced they had experimented with genetic manipulation of human embryos, and scientists in the U.S. want to join in the experiments, also recently approved in law in the U.K. At a recent Washington, D.C. conference, instead of thoroughly debating the ethical concerns, American, British, and Chinese genetic engineers discussed the "glorious potential" of gene-modified humans seeking ways to further, not hinder, experimentation. The headlong rush ignores concerns for safety, ethics, alternatives, and public...
  • Stanford Researchers Urge Lifting of NIH Funding Restrictions on Chimeric Research [Luke 17]

    11/20/2015 9:26:58 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Bioethics.com ^ | 11/05/2015 | Staff
    Citing the "tremendous potential" of research on human stem cells in nonhuman embryos, scientists and a bioethicist from the Stanford University School of Medicine have co-authored a letter urging the removal of funding restrictions imposed on such research last month by the National Institutes of Health. The researchers believe that work on what are called chimeric embryos is vital to advance our understanding of early human development, further our ability to accurately model devastating diseases and facilitate drug testing to ensure that potential therapies are safe and effective. "Currently, it is impossible to accurately recapitulate human development in vitro, and...
  • Grayson Silent On Closed-Door Meeting With Ethics Investigator

    10/25/2015 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/25/15 | Joe Schoffstall
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), known as one of the most outspoken members of Congress, met with a congressional ethics investigator Wednesday and would not discuss the meeting when questioned by Politico. Grayson has come under fire in recent months by the media and watchdog groups for operating hedge funds bearing his name, actions that are prohibited by sitting members of Congress. Additionally, on the same day the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed an ethics complaint against Grayson, he made a $15,000 payment to a law firm using funds from his campaign, which he also refuses to...
  • Hillary aide paid by private firm to stage event with Bill Clinton while at State (Huma)

    09/29/2015 5:29:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 29, 2015 | John Solomon & Kelly Riddell
    Ethics experts question arrangement, see conflicts of interestWhile still working at the State Department, Hillary Rodham Clinton confidant Huma Abedin was paid by the private consulting firm Teneo Holdings to help stage a star-studded reception that included her boss’ husband, Bill Clinton, along with George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as speakers just days after the Benghazi tragedy, The Washington Times has learned. Ms. Abedin’s work on the Sept. 20, 2012 event at the glamorous Essex House in New York City helped entertain potential Teneo clients, wowing them with access to three former world leaders on...
  • More ethics issues for Huma Abedin?

    09/24/2015 10:10:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/24/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    While working as a high-level aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin received a curious waiver to work in the private sector simultaneously — and went to work for a firm politically connected to the Clintons and their foundation, Teneo. The waiver itself is under investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee, a probe that may take on more importance as the FBI succeeds in uncovering more e-mail from Hillary’s server. Politico’s Rachel Bade may have found a quo if not a quid in Abedin’s communications: A spring 2012 email to Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aide, Huma...
  • Billy & Billie [The new sexual "entertainment" perverting television]

    09/15/2015 7:17:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    A TV series that follows two step-siblings as they try and navigate their taboo romance....
  • Show Me Tyranny

    09/13/2015 10:23:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Ron Calzone has committed the most shocking political crime possible: daring to actively participate in his state’s legislative process as a private citizen and as leader of an NGO (non-governmental organization). Wait, no, it’s much, much worse than that: Calzone has also been effective. Now, that is serious. The restless citizens of Mizzouland might be getting [gasp!] organized. Mr. Calzone is the president of Missouri First, an organization advocating constitutional, accountable government. More importantly, this citizens lobbying group does the hard work of communicating with people and finding ways for their voices to be heard in the capitol — their online...
  • Controversial Clinton ally trashed 'alcoholic' John Boehner in emails to Hillary

    09/01/2015 1:31:51 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9-1-15 | Hunter Walker
    Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime Hillary Clinton friend who was an unofficial adviser while she was secretary of state, is trailed by reporters as he takes a lunch break from being deposed in private session of the House Select Committee on Benghazi at the U.S. Capitol in Washington June 16, 2015. A new batch of messages from Hillary Clinton's private email account that was released on Monday evening shows she received advice about political strategy from her controversial confidante Sidney Blumenthal in the leadup to the 2010 midterm elections. Blumenthal's suggestions focused on attacking Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio). Boehner became speaker...
  • An open letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Patrick Marley

    08/29/2015 2:44:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 8-28-15 | M. D. Kittle
    By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog Dear Patrick: You know what I hate – in addition to Hitler, I mean? I hate working until 1:30 in the morning to publish a great story only to find my counterpart at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (this’d be you) ripping me off – and then missing the story. My story, “Explosive email exposes GAB attorney’s partisan motives in John Doe probe,” cited an email that I had exclusively. I actually worked for that email. You found it the way all of my readers did. Wisconsin Watchdog linked to that document. You linked to...
  • Scott Walker Proposes Shutting Wisconsin Ethics Board

    07/21/2015 12:17:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 20, 2015 | JULIE BOSMAN
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said on Monday that he wanted to eliminate the state’s Government Accountability Board, a nonpartisan agency that oversees elections, ethics, campaign finance and lobbying. In 2012, the board voted unanimously to approve an election to recall Mr. Walker, the first governor in the state’s history to face such a challenge, and it later authorized an investigation into allegations of violations by the governor’s campaign in that election. Mr. Walker would replace the board with “something completely new that is truly accountable to the people of the state of Wisconsin,” he told reporters after a bill-signing...
  • How Redefining Marriage Puts Unborn Children at Risk

    07/20/2015 1:23:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2015 | Ryan Anderson
    Last week many of us were disgusted to learn Planned Parenthood is harvesting and selling body parts from aborted children. As the largest provider of abortion in America, Planned Parenthood is part of the problem, on the “supply” side. But as we all learned in Econ 101, there’s both supply and demand. What’s behind the demand for abortion? A major factor is the breakdown of the family. And the Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage is only taking us further down that road, putting even more unborn children at risk. After all redefining marriage redefines parenthood. The best protectors of...
  • Hillary Clinton makes Bob McDonnell look like a chump

    07/11/2015 7:11:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7-11-15 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Post reports, “A federal appeals panel court on Thursday unanimously affirmed the public corruption convictions against former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell, writing in an 89-page opinion that the onetime Republican rising star ‘received a fair trial and was duly convicted by a jury of his fellow Virginians.'” Of most relevance and interest to other pols, McDonnell’s attorneys argued he had not performed any “official acts” in exchange for bribes. The court nixed that complaint: The appeals court panel disagreed, asserting that the government had “exceeded its burden” of proof on the topic of official acts. The opinion cited...
  • Grayson’s Hedge Funds Under Scrutiny For Possible Ethics Violations

    07/02/2015 3:31:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/30/15 | Joe Schoffstall
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) is finding himself in hot water over managing hedge funds that bear his name, actions that are in possible violation of House ethics rules. Sitting members of Congress are prohibited from using their name in titles of entities for personal financial gain, Politico reports. Rep. Grayson has three hedge funds with his name attached to their title. One of Grayson’s funds, Grayson Fund L.P, is based out of Delaware and consists of three investors. According to November regulatory filings, the fund shows sales totaling $13.2 million.
  • Posing Questions of Photographic Ethics

    06/21/2015 6:32:16 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/16/2015 | James Estrin
    Most curators hope to get glowing reviews and popular acclaim when they mount an exhibit. Michael Kamber, on the other hand, is expecting some blowback for his latest show, “Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography,” which opens this weekend at the Bronx Documentary Center. And he’s perfectly O.K. with that. “I think there will be some unhappy people,” said Mr. Kamber, a photojournalist and founder of the center. “That’s good. If people would stop faking photos, then they wouldn’t have to be worried about being called out.” The exhibit, a selection of well-known images that have...
  • Taking Back Thomas Jefferson

    03/13/2015 12:21:52 PM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    The Abbeville Review ^ | March 10, 2015 | James Rutledge Roesch
    Jefferson, a member of the gentry of Old Virginia, was always regarded as one of the best and brightest of his generation, a gentleman of the finest intellect, taste, and manners. Although Jefferson loved and was loyal to the Union, he was a Virginian first and an American second; Virginia, Jefferson avowed, was his “country.” This order of allegiance – State over Union, or “Society” over “the State” – was firmly rooted in the Old South. Accordingly, in the emerging conflict between the North and the South, Jefferson sided with his own country. “It is true that we are completely...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in additional payments

    05/21/2015 8:17:20 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/21/2015 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
    The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups. The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign. The money was paid as fees for speeches by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Foundation officials said the funds were tallied internally as “revenue” rather than donations, which is why...
  • Fox News Poll: Huckabee seen as more ethical than most, Clinton less

    05/14/2015 7:25:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/14/2015 | Dana Blanton
    Hillary Clinton wins! Except this is one race she’d rather lose. The former secretary of state and current presidential aspirant tops the list as being “less ethical” than other politicians. GOP candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is on top as being “more ethical” than others. That’s according to the latest Fox News poll that asks voters to rate several announced and unannounced 2016 contenders as being more or less ethical than “most other politicians.” Some 44 percent of voters think Clinton is less ethical than the typical politician. She’s followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 37...
  • Jim Wright, House Speaker Who Resigned Amid Ethics Charges, Dies at 92

    05/06/2015 6:03:34 PM PDT · by fhayek · 22 replies
    The New York TImes ^ | 5/6/2015 | ADAM CLYMER
    Jim Wright, a driven Texas Democrat who rose to the pinnacle of congressional power before ethics charges forced his resignation as speaker of the House in 1989, died on Wednesday in Fort Worth. He was 92.
  • Watchdog: Team Clinton broke ethics rules meeting with Senate Democrats

    05/04/2015 12:46:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-4-15 | Paul Bedard
    A taxpayer watchdog group is calling for an ethics investigation into meetings between Hillary Clinton's team and key Senate Democrats inside official Senate offices where political activities are barred. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust has asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to probe the "apparent breach of ethics rules" stemming from an April 21 Clinton strategy session in a room just off the Senate floor. The group said that the rules need to be reinforced because it appears that "ongoing" strategy sessions are planned between the Democratic frontrunner and Senate supporters. "The taxpayers expect and deserve that...
  • The 5 Dumbest Ideas That Have Taken Root In America

    04/07/2015 5:18:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Humans are extremely adaptable creatures; so we tend to quickly acclimate ourselves to our circumstances until they become the "new normal." However, sometimes when you have a hole in the bottom of your boat, it's a better idea to try to address it than to just keep bailing water all day long. For example, here in America we seem to believe that... 1) The only religion it's okay to mock is the most popular one, Christianity: Roughly 80% of Americans are Christian; yet which religion is openly mocked by Hollywood and the mainstream media? Is it Judaism? No, that would...
  • The Two Masks of Catholic Relief Services

    03/18/2015 6:24:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 18, 2015 | STEPHEN PHELAN
    Catholic Relief Services is back in the news, this time for charges related to a sex ed program it implemented for the federal government in Kenya. Since such headlines are no longer surprising, some background may be helpful before considering this most recent case.In trying to understand the ongoing controversy regarding “the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States,” there are two primary ways one might err. The first would be to deny that Catholic Relief Services does an incredible amount of good in bringing aid to the poor around the world. The second...
  • Star GOP Congressman Finances Lavish Life with Taxpayer Money (Aaron Schock)

    03/13/2015 10:03:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 13, 2015
    A popular Illinois congressman once considered a rising star in the Republican party is in deep trouble for reportedly using taxpayer money to fund an extravagant lifestyle that includes stays at luxurious hotels, world travel, expensive cars and private jet rides to concerts and pro sporting events. The lawmaker’s name is Aaron Schock and he’s only 33, but he’s a seasoned politician who should have known better than to use public funds as a personal piggy bank. For six years he’s represented a working-class district in Peoria, Illinois in the U.S. House. One national media report says he had a...
  • Dropping the bomb

    03/12/2015 7:17:13 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 137 replies
    http://triablogue.blogspot.com/ ^ | Thursday, March 12, 2015 | Steve Hays
    I'm going to comment on the ethics of nuking Japan. This is one of those perennial issues that America-bashers constantly raise. There are two extremes we need to avoid: "my country right or wrong," and "blame America first." For me the war has a personal dimension. My late father was a WWII vet who served in the Pacific theater. He was radio operator in the Air Force. His squadron conducted reconnaissance over Japan. He had some interesting stories to tell: i) He trained on B-17s in Alaska, then flew on B-29s in Florida. ii) Our pilots discovered the jet stream....
  • Where Are You, Country?

    02/14/2015 7:49:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 14, 2015 | Gary Horne
    Where are you, country? Why can’t I find you? Why have you gone away? Adapting Cindy Lou’s song about the loss of Christmas spirit in Whoville expresses the sadness for what as been lost in my country. When I was a young boy in the small town of Piedmont, Missouri, the local physician, Doc Jones, would come to your house if you were sick. People paid him in cash, or perhaps some other goods. No one imagined they had a “right” to have someone else pay Doc Jones. It was their solemn duty, part of leading a responsible and moral...
  • Some Efficacious Vaccines are Produced Unethically

    02/13/2015 4:24:07 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 13, 2015 | DR. JAY CARPENTER, M.D.
    In recent days a controversy has arisen over whether parents should be required to vaccinate their children. Some politicians with presidential aspirations were criticized for defending the rights of parents to make that decision. As an internal medicine doctor, I believe strongly in the efficacy of vaccines. I also believe strongly that our vaccines (and all of our medical advances) should be safe and derived in a morally principled fashion.There is an ethical concern about the measles vaccine issue that I do not believe the American public is aware: a component of the current MMR vaccine is derived from an...
  • What to do when a city manager is caught in ethics violations

    02/10/2015 2:25:04 PM PST · by hondact200 · 11 replies
    February 10, 2015 | hondact200
    recently, came to my attention after filing a police report, whereby the city manager granted special provisions to his insurance carrier whom was in violation of a zoning ordinance. the zoning ordinance is specific and the city manager allowed the zoning ordinance infraction to be overlooked, a multi-vehicle accident whereby serious injuries ensued. The city manager is claiming doing nothing wrong, but the emails claim otherwise
  • How to Make Sense of an Incoherent America

    02/10/2015 9:23:38 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 2/9/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The United States can be quite an incoherent place at times. Here are a few examples. Diversity Sometime in the 1990s the growing contradictions of affirmative action in a multiracial society became problematic. Ethnic ancestry was often neither easily identifiable nor readily commensurate with class status, and so gave way to a more popular term: “diversity.”
  • Nearly Every Texas Legislator Should Be Audited (Short Title)

    12/29/2014 11:07:10 AM PST · by ziravan · 7 replies
    Hardhatters.com ^ | 12/29/14 | Hardhatters
    After noticing some irregularities in certain legislators’ campaign loans, we took it upon ourselves to examine every sitting State Representative’s and Senator’s campaign and PAC finance reports from their first report until now (prior to January 2015 reports) and audit their loans (more to come from contributions and expenditures at a later date). Very quickly, we noticed that, at the very least, the numbers weren’t reconciling. In some cases, the figures were off by hundreds of thousands of dollars, some by millions.
  • "Potomac Fever" strikes again, Ethics panel slaps Gingrey on way out of Congress

    12/12/2014 7:22:17 AM PST · by BobNative · 8 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | December 11, 2014 | Daniel Malloy
    WASHINGTON — As U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey heads for the exits, the House Ethics Committee issued a “letter of reproval” Thursday for Gingrey’s actions on behalf of an Ellijay bank.The committee publicly revealed its findings that the Marietta Republican gave “special favors or privileges” to the since-failed Bank of Ellijay by allowing it to meet in January 2009 with top Treasury Department officials, a member of Congress and a high-ranking congressional staffer about its pending application for funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Gingrey helped start the bank and his investment in it was worth as much as $500,000,...
  • James O’Keefe Files Bar Complaints Against DOJ Lawyers

    12/05/2014 9:55:19 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 5, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    James O’Keefe has filed an ethics complaint with various bar associations against Department of Justice Civil Rights Attorney Karla Dobinski and three others arising out of a prosecution of police officers in New Orleans. PJ Media has covered Karla Dobinski’s ethical misconducthere and here. Dobinski was in charge of the taint team in the prosecution of New Orleans polices officers on civil rights charges in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The taint team was responsible for protecting the Constitutional rights of the accused police officers. It is responsible for ensuring that evidence obtained in the local internal affairs investigation did...
  • Marquette University's Anti-philosophical Philosophy Instructor

    11/25/2014 5:08:07 PM PST · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2014 | Arnold Cusmariu
    As a former academic, headlines describing what appear to be questionable policies or practices in institutions of higher learning usually get my attention. When the fine print implicates a philosophy department, a subject I used to teach, I take a close look. Now, suppose you are an undergraduate at a large, private Catholic university that is one of the 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. You decide to enroll in a course given by the philosophy department that will explore the intersection between ethical theories and contemporary controversies -- a course of the sort I...
  • Three Days After Re-election, (Texas) Democrat State Rep. Convicted on Six Charges

    11/09/2014 10:06:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Brietbart ^ | November 9, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- It has been an up-and-down week for Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds. On Tuesday, Reynolds, an attorney and Democrat representing Missouri Springs, coasted to an easy re-election, winning 66 percent of the vote against his Republican opponent. Wednesday, he was in a Montgomery County courtroom -- not to represent a client, but to face trial for 10 felony counts of "barratry," the illegal solicitation of clients by attorneys commonly referred to as "ambulance chasing." Finally, on Friday, he managed to avoid a felony conviction, but was found guilty of six misdemeanor counts for a lesser charge of...
  • Senate Ethics Committee: We Lost Complaint On Harry Reid And Obama Admin Getting Visas For Clients

    10/30/2014 2:03:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/29/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Democrat-controlled Senate Select Committee on Ethics said that it never received a complaint pertaining to Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and the Obama administration’s efforts to approve visas for certain investors, according to a government watchdog group, despite previously confirming that it received the complaint — and saying that it opened an investigation. **SNIP** And when The Washington Times wanted comment for a Jan. 21, 2014 report on the complaint, a “spokesman for the ethics committee and Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, said they couldn’t comment on the details of any investigation.”
  • How to train a robot: Can we teach robots right from wrong?

    10/15/2014 2:51:17 AM PDT · by samtheman · 15 replies
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/ ^ | October 14, 2014 | Taylor & Francis
    'Masquerading refers to a person in a given context being unable to tell whether the machine is human', explain the researchers -- this is the very essence of the Turing Test. This type of deception increases "metaphysical entropy," meaning any corruption of entities and impoverishment of being; since this leads to a lack of good in the environment -- or infosphere -- it is regarded as the fundamental evil by Floridi. Following this premise, the team set out to ascertain where 'the locus of moral responsibility and moral accountability' lie in relationships with masquerading machines, and try to establish whether...
  • First lady Michelle Obama to campaign in Milwaukee on Mary Burke's behalf

    09/22/2014 2:48:57 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-22-14 | Jason Stein
    Madison -- First lady Michelle Obama will come to Milwaukee next week to campaign on behalf of Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. Burke's campaign released the news Monday and said it would provide more details in the coming days on the event scheduled for next Monday. A spokeswoman for Burke didn't immediately say whether Obama would raise campaign funds for Burke while in Wisconsin. Burke has taken criticism from conservatives and some liberals for not appearing with Barack Obama during his recent visits to Wisconsin.
  • Landrieu internal review reveals 43 trips inappropriately funded

    09/12/2014 2:59:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) found that over $33,700 in campaign flights were inappropriately charged to her official account in an internal review of her finances released Friday. The report is sure to draw added scrutiny to her use of charter planes just as her main opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), is set to introduce a resolution meant to highlight such spending, which he calls a "waste of Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars." The review , which was released four days after her self-imposed deadline of Sept. 8, found that the senator took 43 trips, which amounted to 136 campaign functions, that...
  • LA's Idea of Using a Lottery to Entice Voters Is a Stinker

    08/21/2014 8:28:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted unanimously last week to ask the City Council to consider "financial incentives, such as a lottery system," to draw voters to the polls. You just know that if the city embraces this new low, then it will spread like a cancer across the land. The City of Angels has a problem. As Ethics Commission President Nathan Hochman put it, campaign "spending is going up, and voter turnout is going down." Last year, 75 percent of registered voters skipped the mayoral race, and less than 10 percent voted in a more recent school board special...