InternetSafety.com says new .xxx domain will create twice the porn

    PR Newswire: “Under the ICANN guidelines, sites with adult content are not required to purchase a domain ending in .xxx or to abandon their existing .com addresses. Therefore, existing adult sites will be able to purchase .xxx versions of their domains and simply use the new address to point traffic to their existing .com site, effectively doubling their presence on the Internet.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: www.prnewswire.com

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Afghan Christians detained as politician calls for converts’ execution

CLS v Martinez: The Alliance Defense Fund responds

CWA objects to pornography industry getting .xxx domain

    Christian NewsWire: “CWA objects to ICANN giving so-called ‘adult entertainment’ respectability in the Internet world. … Penny Young Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA) said, ‘Since the new .xxx domain is voluntary, it will not isolate all pornography in one area, but it will cause parents and others to think that the Internet is safe for children. Worse, it continues to ease the seepage of pornography into the popular culture, making it an acceptable aspect of daily life. Any initiative that mainstreams pornography is harmful to children and society.’”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: www.christiannewswire.com

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Graham Signals willingness to support Kagan

Reason, will, appetite, and the end of education: Considering the role of evolutionary theory in modern teaching methods

    Andrew Kern writing at The Circe Institute: “My conviction is this: when you apply naturalistic evolutionary teaching to education, you undercut education itself. … When Darwin was believed to have demonstrated that humanity descended through an evolutionary process so that God was no longer a necessary concept and the soul was ‘a needless hypothesis,’ any Christian classical conception of reason and will were dismissed. Knowledge was no longer regarded as the internalization of an external object into a soul that no longer existed through a contemplative process that no longer could happen. Now it was, as Dewey said, ‘the adaptation of an organism to its environment.’ The will was no longer regarded as the faculty by which the individual overcame his appetites, but as a supreme appetite to propagate the species. Consequently, the twentieth century is the story of the neglect of reason and will and the exaltation of appetite. It may be that modern education is summarized in that single sentence.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: circeinstitute.org

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Day 1 of Senate hearings offers tale of 2 Kagans

    Breitbart: “To those hearty souls who tuned in to C-SPAN on Monday it must have sounded like a tale of two Kagans. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the panel, previewed the GOP lines of attack—reaching all the way back to her college thesis on socialism, which he said ‘seems to bemoan socialism’s demise.’ … For every GOP thrust, there was a Democratic parry. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont called her legal credentials ‘unassailable.’”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: www.breitbart.com

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Archdiocese of Mexico City: Legalizing “gay adoption” doesn’t make it moral

Christian leader arrested for praying outside abortion clinic to plead “not guilty”

Why does Washington Post need a reporter to cover conservatives?

    Byron York writing in The Washington Examiner: In the past several years, newspapers have assigned reporters to specifically cover conservatives, but they haven’t done the same thing for liberals. It started in January 2004, when the New York times chose David Kirkpatrick to cover the conservative movement. The goal, as Times editor Bill Keller told then-ombudsman Byron Calame in 2006, was to identify ‘the [conservative] thinkers and the grass roots they organize’ and explore ‘how the conservative movement works to be heard in Washington.’ ‘We wanted to understand them,’ Keller said of conservatives. If you were trying to craft the most concise statement of the distance between mainstream media figures and conservatism, it would be hard to do better than that.”


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  • Source: www.washingtonexaminer.com

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“Porn’s new domain is good news”

    Lance Ulanoff writing at PCMag.com: “Some conservative leaders have been quoted arguing that a porn-only domain would only serve to validate the porn industry. In other words, this multi-billion dollar business with thousands of employees, print services, video production operations and its own trade show is not already ‘validated as an actual business’. This has to be the silliest argument I’ve ever heard. The constitution of an official TLD for adult material will have no more impact on the validation of the porn industry than a teenage boy picking up his first Playboy.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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Chinese psychiatric hospitals used to incarcerate political opponents

India may legalize commercial surrogacy

British researchers may have found way to communicate with people in “vegetative state”

CT: Fertility center fined for giving patient wrong embryos

BeautifulPeople.com launches virtual sperm bank

US bishops clarify abortion “for” mother’s health

What to do about pornography

    Zenit: “Peter Kleponis, a Catholic psychotherapist who specializes in marriage and family therapy, . . . spoke with ZENIT about his extensive work with pornography users and their families, the success stories and how virtue plays a role in recovery. … Zenit: ‘What problems do you see in single men and how to you counsel them?’ Kleponis: ‘We tell single young men that by engaging in pornography they’re giving into profound selfishness, which is undermining their ability to relate in a healthy way to young women . . . Also, pornography use contributes to overreacting in anger as men lose a sense of refinement and true manly confidence in how to relate to a woman. The women they see in pornography don’t have feelings, needs and opinions. When the men leave their fantasy world and meet a real woman who does have emotions and opinions, they often don’t know how to deal with her, and withdraw due to insecurity or overreact in anger.’”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: www.zenit.org

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Kagan hearings witness list released

“How Hollywood activists seized control of the fight for gay marriage”

    Chuleenan Svetvilas writing in California Lawyer: “As Chad Griffin tells it, the idea for filing a federal challenge to Prop. 8 took shape ten days after it passed with 52 percent of the vote. Griffin and Kristina Schake, his business partner in the Los Angeles communications firm Griffin/Schake, had joined director Rob Reiner and his wife, Michele, for lunch at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel. Griffin had produced three television ads and raised money for the ‘No on 8′ campaign; the Reiners were contributors, as well as Griffin’s longtime clients. The four discussed the failed campaign and other election results.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: www.callawyer.com

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Children win as Louisiana enacts special needs scholarship program

A media welfare state?

    Adam D. Thierer writing in The City Journal: “Imagine a world of ‘post-corporate’ newsrooms, where the state serves as the primary benefactor of the Fourth Estate. Billions flow from bureaucracies to media entities and individual journalists in the name of sustaining a ‘free press.’ And this new media welfare state is funded by steep taxes on our mobile phones, broadband connections, and digital gadgets. Sound Orwellian? Well, it’s the blueprint for a press takeover drawn up by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols in their new book, The Death and Life of American Journalism.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: www.city-journal.org

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Study: Competitive effects of means-tested school vouchers

Wall Street Journal: The Keynesian dead end

    Wall Street Journal Editorial: “What the world has now reached instead is a Keynesian dead end. We are told to let Congress continue to spend and borrow until the precise moment when Mr. Summers and Mark Zandi and the other architects of our current policy say it is time to raise taxes to reduce the huge deficits and debt that their spending has produced. Meanwhile, individuals and businesses are supposed to be unaffected by the prospect of future tax increases, higher interest rates, and more government control over nearly every area of the economy. Even the CEOs of the Business Roundtable now see the damage this is doing.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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Kagan vows to be unbiased, deferential to Congress

Reformed churches agree to unite in vote at Calvin College

    The Grand Rapids Press: “The world’s largest association of Reformed churches can now break bread together as one ecclesiastical body. An estimated 400 delegates approved Friday at Calvin College a constitution that merges the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council into the World Communion of Reformed Churches.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: www.mlive.com

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Court rejects MN activist group’s attempt to ban free speech at public park

Guidelines – When is someone brain dead?

Clinic Stats: “86% of all STD’s among 45+ found in swingers and gay men”

10-year-old boy used as Grand Marshal of Arkansas homosexual fest

GOPers flag Kagan’s abortion, “gay” advocacy in confirmation opening remarks

New study denying fetal pain lacks scientific basis pro-life groups say

    LifeNews: “Mary Spaulding Balch, a National Right to Life attorney who has overseen the development of legislation in the Unite States informing women of the pain unborn children experience in an abortion, told LifeNews.com that most scientific research says the pain exists. ‘An objective expert in neurobiology would be appalled by the stunning lack of scholarship in the RCOG article,’ she said. … Balch says the RCOG authors ignore the seminal 2007 publication of ‘Consciousness without a cerebral cortex,’ in the medical journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences and dismiss its evidence that children born missing virtually all of the cerebral cortex nonetheless experience pain.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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Kagan called judicial activist in Supreme Court hearing, Democrats cite lack of record

Camille Paglia: The sexes are “suffering from over-familiarity”

    Camille Paglia writing in the New York Times: “In the discreet white-collar realm, men and women are interchangeable, doing the same, mind-based work. Physicality is suppressed; voices are lowered and gestures curtailed in sanitized office space. Men must neuter themselves, while ambitious women postpone procreation. Androgyny is bewitching in art, but in real life it can lead to stagnation and boredom, which no pill can cure. … Nor are husbands offering much stimulation in the male display department: visually, American men remain perpetual boys, as shown by the bulky T-shirts, loose shorts and sneakers they wear from preschool through midlife. The sexes, which used to occupy intriguingly separate worlds, are suffering from over-familiarity, a curse of the mundane. There’s no mystery left.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Justice Ginsburg’s husband dies at age 78

    Law.com: “Prominent tax lawyer and professor Martin Ginsburg, husband of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for 56 years, died Sunday at their home in Washington, D.C. Martin Ginsburg, who was 78, died from complications of metastatic cancer, according to an announcement from the Court’s public information office. Ginsburg was a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and was of counsel to the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: www.law.com

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Abortion budget cuts upset NJ Dems

Is the public school the symbol of democracy?

Michael McConnell writes in support of Elena Kagan’s nomination

Supreme Court hearings: “Vapid and hollow” or substantive and illuminating?

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court opinions: links and summaries

Arizona immigration comes to U.S. Supreme Court – Employer E-verify database

    Fox News | Live Shots: “A controversial measure Arizona lawmakers passed to crack down on illegal immigration will now go before the Supreme Court, the justices announced Monday, but this is a different law from the one recently passed–and yet to go into effect–that has generated so much attention. The Court’s decision to take the case places a harsh spotlight on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for an apparent reversal on her views of how best to address immigration problems. It also puts added focus on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and her role as Solicitor General in asking the high court to take the case . . . The 2007 Arizona law . . . forces employers to participate in the national E-Verify database that tracks employment eligibility.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com

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George F. Will: More questions for nominee Elena Kagan

Stevens ascends to his final day on bench

    USA Today: “Retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will ascend the court’s mahogany bench today for the last time, as the justices hand down the final cases of their annual term. … Also today, through a fluke of Senate timing, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Stevens, Elena Kagan, will begin her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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The triumphant decline of the WASP

    Noah Feldman writing in the Wall Street Journal: “But satisfaction with our national progress should not make us forget its authors: the very Protestant elite that founded and long dominated our nation’s institutions of higher education and government, including the Supreme Court. Unlike almost every other dominant ethnic, racial or religious group in world history, white Protestants have ceded their socioeconomic power by hewing voluntarily to the values of merit and inclusion, values now shared broadly by Americans of different backgrounds. The decline of the Protestant elite is actually its greatest triumph.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Supreme Court won’t review case claiming Vatican liable for priest abuser

“The last person out of the closet? The bisexual male”

    CNN Living: “More than 50 percent of Americans accept the idea of a gay or lesbian relationship, signaling growing support for same-sex couples, according to a Gallup poll in May. The poll, however, doesn’t address the issue of bisexuality, often defined as having a romantic attraction to both men and women. It’s a sexual orientation some advocacy groups and researchers say remains challenging because neither the gay community nor the straight population advocates for men and women who are attracted to both sexes.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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NY: Pagan sect fights town for religious property status

German court opens door to limited euthanasia

“Obama’s agenda: Overwhelm the system”

Religious limits on arbitrators invalidated by British Appellate Court

Why Friedrich Hayek is making a comeback

    Russ Roberts writing in the Wall Street Journal: “[N]ow that the stimulus has barely dented the unemployment rate, and with government spending and deficits soaring, it’s natural to turn to Hayek. He championed four important ideas worth thinking about in these troubled times. … Despite the caricatures of his critics, Hayek never said that totalitarianism was the inevitable result of expanding government’s role in the economy. He simply warned us of the possibility and the costs of heading in that direction. We should heed his warning. I don’t know if we’re on the road to serfdom, but wherever we’re headed, Hayek would certainly counsel us to turn around.”


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Supreme Court upholds Hastings Law School’s all-comers policy for registered student organizations

Kagan: another “ruling class” slap in the face to the American majority

NY: Little noticed budget provision expands “gay marriage” recognition

A broken immigration court system

    National Center for Policy Analysis: “Many people do not realize that illegal aliens who are caught end up in immigration courts that are part of the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). These courts are presided over by administrative judges; they are not Article III federal courts, says Hans A. von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a former Justice Department official. According to Mark Metcalf, a former immigration judge: From 1996 to 2008, the United States allowed 1.8 million aliens (many of them here illegally) to remain free upon their promise to appear in court when their cases were scheduled to be heard, and 736,000 of them never showed up for their hearings. After 9/11, court evasion by illegal aliens exploded — from 2002 to 2006, over 50 percent of all aliens summoned to court disappeared.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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Number of childless American women in their 40s rising

Kagan set to break silence as hearings commence

    FindLaw (AP): “Elena Kagan, a trailblazer for women and the law, is hitting a new path that could be strewn with a few rough patches: the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings. Kagan’s chances are bright as she heads into a marathon week of high-pressure vetting before the Judiciary panel, pressing to portray herself as a mainstream, impartial addition to the court. She’s set to break weeks of public silence in sworn testimony before the panel reviewing her nomination.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: news.findlaw.com

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“Gay pride marchers celebrate with parades, parties”

Primer on senators judging would-be Justice Kagan

    Associated Press: “What’s new is the experience level of committee members. Three have chaired confirmation hearings before. There are no rookies; even the junior senators toward the end of the dais participated in the questioning last year of Obama’s first nominee for the high court, Sonia Sotomayor. … Republicans are examining her experience from other angles. She’s never been a judge. As an adviser to President Bill Clinton, she showed a political shrewdness that GOP lawmakers say isn’t appropriate for an impartial justice. Most of all, they’ve taken aim at Kagan’s brief refusal to give military recruiters access to the law school’s career services office, over the ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy against openly gay soldiers.”


  • Posted: 06/28/2010
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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“Man claims Stayton city officials wrongly prohibit anti-abortion posters”

Hastings anti-bias rules upheld

World leaders take the deficit pledge

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit against Obama Administration over embryonic stem cell research

Court case seeking protection for signers of pro-marriage petition

Town of Richmond to pay St. Benedict Center in discrimination case

Sweden: State “child-napping” escalates to international court

Judge says evangelist can preach at “gay-pride festival”

David French: Sometimes, the good guys (or gals) win

Supreme Court: Calif. university’s policy upheld, but school still barred from targeting Christian group

Minneapolis Schools Sued for Denying Equal Access to Good News Clubs

Belgium church panel on sex abuse shuts after raid

“Iceland PM weds partner as gay marriage legalized”

Pakistan’s sex trade: Part II