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Covering Up Rape For Jesus at Bob Jones University

Covering Up Rape For Jesus
Because morality.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — For decades, students at Bob Jones University who sought counseling for sexual abuse were told not to report it because turning in an abuser from a fundamentalist Christian community would damage Jesus Christ. Administrators called victims liars and sinners.

All of this happened until recently inside the confines of this insular university, according to former students and staff members who said they had high hopes that the Bob Jones brand of counseling would be exposed and reformed after the university hired a Christian consulting group in 2012 to investigate its handling of sexual assaults, many of which occurred long before the students arrived at the university.

Last week, Bob Jones dealt a blow to those hopes, acknowledging that with the investigation more than a year old and nearing completion, the university had fired the consulting group, Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, or Grace, without warning or explanation. The dismissal has drawn intense criticism from some people with ties to Bob Jones, and prompted some victims and their allies — including many who were interviewed by Grace investigators — to tell their stories publicly for the first time, attracting more attention than ever to the university’s methods.

On Friday, Stephen Jones, president of the university and great-grandson of its founder, addressed students and employees, saying, “We grew concerned that in the process, Grace had begun going beyond the originally outlined intentions,” but he would not elaborate. He said the university had not told Grace what its concerns were and wanted to discuss them with the consultant but could do so only face to face and felt compelled to fire the firm first.


Hillary Clinton Regretted Speaking With Bob Woodward & thought the press were "complete hypocrites"

Report: Hillary Clinton Regretted Speaking With Bob Woodward

Hillary Clinton regretted speaking with famed reporter Bob Woodward after his chronicle of the Clinton White House's early days hit bookshelves, CNN reported Wednesday.

A note dated July 1994 from the archive of deceased Arkansas-based political scientist Diane Blair, whom Clinton described as her "closest friend" in a 2003 memoir, revealed that the former first lady rued speaking with the Watergate scandal reporter after his book "The Agenda" went on sale.

“She said twice or more that she now regrets having spoken to Woodward, said she felt she had to (because) he was writing it anyway; I guess that’s his schtick,” Blair wrote, as quoted by CNN.

Other notes from Blair's archive showed how deeply Clinton distrusted the media throughout her time in the White House. Blair wrote in 1996 that Clinton thought the press were "complete hypocrites," according to CNN, and elsewhere Blair described her attitude towards the press corps' attention as contemptuous.


- Great news. A court has ruled Gitmo hunger strikers can sue over force feeding

Guantánamo hunger strikers able to challenge force-feeding, court rules
Judges decline to end practice at detention camp but detainees can challenge the conditions of their confinement

Hunger-striking detainees in Guantánamo Bay will be able to challenge in federal court the force-feeding to which many are being subjected, a Washington appeals court ruled on Tuesday, though the judges declined to put an immediate end to the practice.

In a split judgment from the US court of appeals for the DC circuit that deals with Guantánamo, the judges ruled by 2-1 to allow detainees to challenge the conditions of their confinement, specifically force-feeding, in habeas corpus petitions to the federal courts. The decision overturns two earlier rulings by separate district judges who had suggested the military commissions in Guantánamo effectively stripped the federal courts of jurisdiction over detainees and their custodial conditions.

Though the appeal court ruling will do nothing instantly to change the plight of the hunger-striking detainees, it does open the door to challenges against force-feeding in the federal courts. Shayana Kadidal, managing attorney of the Guantánamo project at the Center for Constitutional Rights, predicted there would now be a wave of claims from detainees relating to solitary confinement, force-feeding and policies that prevent the men being able to work with their lawyers on a regular basis.




Michael Sam's Dad went drinking after learning son is gay...‘I’m a man and a woman type of guy’

Michael Sam’s dad: ‘I’m a man and a woman type of guy’
By Zach BrazillerFebruary 12, 2014 | 9:28am

Five days before he told the world he was gay, Michael Sam informed his father of the revelation via text message.

The former University of Missouri football star’s announcement, made through ESPN and the New York Times, went over better with people he didn’t know.

Michael Sam Sr. received the text message: “Dad, I’m gay” Feb. 4 as he was celebrating his birthday at a Denny’s in Dallas. He immediately left the party, the New York Times reported on its website Tuesday.

“I couldn’t eat no more, so I went to Applebee’s to have drinks,” Sam Sr. said. “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment.


How Obama Officials Cried ‘Terrorism’ to Cover Up a Paperwork Error

How Obama Officials Cried ‘Terrorism’ to Cover Up a Paperwork Error

After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error.

FBI agent Kevin Kelley was investigating Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 when he checked the wrong box on a terrorism form, erroneously placing Rahinah Ibrahim on the no-fly list.

What happened next was the real shame. Instead of admitting to the error, high-ranking President Barack Obama administration officials spent years covering it up. Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and a litany of other government officials claimed repeatedly that disclosing the reason Ibrahim was detained, or even acknowledging that she’d been placed on a watch list, would cause serious damage to the U.S. national security. Again and again they asserted the so-called “state secrets privilege” to block the 48-year-old woman’s lawsuit, which sought only to clear her name.

Holder went so far as to tell the judge presiding over the case that this assertion of the state secrets privilege was fully in keeping with Obama’s much-ballyhooed 2009 executive branch reforms of the privilege, which stated the administration would invoke state secrets sparingly.


Palin Olympics Update

Guy In TX Wearing Banana Suit & Carrying AK-47 Gets Cited-But Not For Banana Suit Or AK-47

02.11.2014 – 12:07 PM EST
So Many Things Going On Here

Guy in Texas wearing a banana suit and carrying an AK-47 gets cited -- but not for wearing a banana suit or carrying an AK-47.

The 18-year-old man had a drum magazine with a 50-round capacity attached to the rifle, police told 12 Now News. He was detained briefly and cited for soliciting near a roadway, a police spokesperson said.

Poe, the store owner, was charged with disorderly conduct in December for carrying an assault rifle across in his back in a local mall where his store was previously located, according to 12 News Now.


KRUGMAN: We Live In Age Of The Angry Billionaire-Furious If Anyone Suggests They Are Not Entitled

Inequality and Indignity


Let’s talk, in particular, about dignity.

It’s all very well to talk vaguely about the dignity of work; but the idea that all workers can regard themselves as equal in dignity despite huge disparities in income is just foolish. When you’re in a world where 40 money managers make as much as 300,000 high school teachers, it’s just silly to imagine that there will be any sense, on either side, of equal dignity in work. And one demonstration of this reality is the angry reaction people like me get when we cite facts like this; nobody, and I mean nobody, on the right that I’ve encountered seems willing simply to accept the fact and argue that it’s justified. Instead, they regard pointing out the reality of extreme inequality as somehow inherently outrageous — because they know how explosive that reality is.

As it turns out, by the way, the people who seem least inclined to value work in itself, even if it doesn’t pay very well, are the winners: we live in the age of the angry billionaire, furious if anyone should suggest that his wealth doesn’t entitle him to acclamation as well as luxury.

Now, one way to enhance the dignity of ordinary workers is through, yes, entitlements: make it part of their birthright, as American citizens, that they get certain basics such as a minimal income in retirement, support in times of unemployment, and essential health care.

But the Republican position is that none of these things should be provided, and that if somehow they do get provided, they should come only at the price of massive government intrusion into the recipient’s personal lives — making sure that you don’t take advantage of health reform to work less, requiring that you undergo drug tests to receive unemployment benefits or food stamps, and so on.



Kicking the Habit

17-year-old East Meck HS student has become the first transgender teen crowned Homecoming King in NC

East Meck crowns transgender homecoming king


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 17-year-old East Meck High School student has become the first transgender teen crowned Homecoming King in North Carolina.

The announcement was made during a halftime ceremony inside the school gym Friday Night.
Senior Blake Brockington received national attention following the nomination by his peers.

"Throughout my life I haven't always been treated equally as a male, so I've always wanted this and everybody has told me I couldn't do it. ‘You are a girl,' even though I've always identified myself as a male," said Brockington.

There were 13 seniors vying for the coveted title as king. Brockington won, collecting the most money for the school's chosen charity, Mothering Across Continents. It's a non-profit organization that funds the building of schools in the Sudan.

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