Show Notes 12-31-15

Thursday show 12-31-15

History of New Year Day
The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox—the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year.
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Churches offer refuge for Central Americans facing U.S. deportation
Leaders of the church-based Sanctuary Movement vowed last Friday to offer their places of worship as refuge for immigrants facing deportation under an Obama administration crackdown on Central American families who entered the United States illegally.
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Only 2 States Say Guard Could House Immigrant Children
Only two states say their National Guard operations could provide facilities to house unaccompanied immigrant children following a request for options from the government.
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Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws
“People don’t want to abandon their illicit crops, but more and more they are realizing that it is no longer good business,” said Juan Guerra, the state’s agriculture secretary.
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Pastor takes Christians to task for owning guns
Rob Schenck, a pastor who chairs the Evangelical Church Alliance, sent a strong message about gun control to fellow Christians, telling them in no uncertain terms in a Washington Post opinion piece those who profess a belief in Jesus should not own firearms.
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Ex-Atheist spends Christmas feeding Christian refugees
His mother was once America’s most famous atheist. He grew up a Marxist and an unbeliever, a product of his dysfunctional family. But as an adult, William J. Murray, son of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, found God, and today the former atheist spends his Christmases helping feed Christian refugee children in the Middle East.
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Catholic Bishops chide Congress for not including conscience protection
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is chiding Congress for its failure to include the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) in its $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill, which was signed by President Obama on December 18.
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Outgoing Philadelphia mayor: Deep poverty holding city back
Mayor Michael Nutter says he believes he is leaving at the top of his game. But even with the notable successes, he said Philadelphia’s deep-seated poverty is stopping the city from reaching its potential.
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Show Notes 02-22-2014

Sunday show 02-22-15

George Washington
George Washington could trace his family’s presence in North America to his great-grandfather, John Washington, who migrated from England to Virginia. The family held some distinction in England and was granted land by Henry VIII.
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Moody’s downgrades Russia sovereign debt to junk
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Russia’s sovereign debt to junk status on Friday, citing the crisis in Ukraine and the falling price of oil. Moody’s cut Russia’s rating to Ba1 from Baa3, with a negative outlook.
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Except for Oakland West Coast seaports in full operation
West Coast seaports were back at full operation Sunday, except in Oakland, California, which has seen another work disruption. It’s unclear what prompted the problems in Oakland. Work at the other 28 West Coast ports is back to normal, Pacific Maritime Association spokesman Steve Getzug said.
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DHS circulates report warning of sovereign citizen extremists
While the White House held a Countering Violent Extremism summit this week to talk about “extremist ideologies that radicalize” – not radical Islam in particular but myriad forms of extremism domestic and foreign – CNN reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has circulated an intelligence assessment on the “domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists.
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Montanans fight to last drop over precious water rights
The American West’s history of conflict between Indians and settlers apparently isn’t over, as tribes in Montana are demanding title to water rights and lands that long have been privately
owned.
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Susan Rice: ‘Who Better Than a Mother to Spot Unusual Behavior in Her Child and Intervene?’
In a speech at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism, National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Thursday said part of the strategy to combat terrorism is training women – especially mothers – to recognize the signs of recruitment and radicalization in their own families.
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Freedom From Religion Foundation says teacher’s memorial violates First Amendment
A West Virginia middle school took down the crosses from a memorial to a beloved teacher, but is standing firm on the angels etched into the stone, despite an atheist group’s threat to sue on constitutional grounds.
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SF archbishop answers disapproving letter from lawmakers
The archbishop of San Francisco sent a letter to California lawmakers on Thursday asking them to respect his right to hire people who uphold Catholic teachings.
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Show Notes 10/26/2014

Sunday Show 10/26/14
Dorothy Day
Dorothy Day was born on November 8, 1897, in New York City. She was the third of five children born to her parents, Grace and John, who worked as a journalist. The family moved to California for his job when Dorothy was 6 years old. They later lived in Chicago.
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Dorothy Day founded the Catholic Worker movement, with combining militant pacifism, radical
economic redistribution and direct service to the poor, including the homeless. 
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Brad Pitt: I’ve been a gun owner since I was in kindergarten
Brad Pitt has been a gun owner for a very long time. The recently married actor told Radio Times he inherited his grandfather’s gun when he was a child.
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Utah rally: End police shootings of dogs
To the Guerreros, dogs are part of the family. So on Saturday, the family — mother, two daughters, a grandson, a granddaughter, a great-grandson and a few four-legged members of the clan — joined a rally on the steps of the Utah State Capitol calling for an end to police shootings of dogs.
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Suspect in killing of deputies was twice deported
Suspect in killing of deputies was twice deportedA man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Northern California was deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, federal authorities said Saturday.
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Religion’s influence waning, study says
When the Rev. Mike Hurt leads counseling sessions in his private office, or answers questions – the difficult ones about life and spirituality and the lessons of God – he often engages on topics relating to the necessity of faith.
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Reprieve for Idaho ministers threatened with jail for not performing gay weddings
Authorities in Coeur d’Alene Idaho have buckled under the pressureof nationwide outrage at their threat to jail two ordained ministers for not performing gay marriage in their wedding chapel and declared the “Hitching Post” wedding chapel exempt from their “non-dsicrimination” law.
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Lapid: Israel-US relations in ‘crisis’
Earlier on Friday, Ynet revealed that the Obama administration refused the Israeli defense minister’s request to meet with other top officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
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Illustration to be Handed Out at Public Schools: Human Bible Sexually Assaulting Woman
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group, is planning to hand out in several Florida public high schools a pamphlet that features an illustration on its cover depicting a humanized Bible sexually assaulting a young woman.
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Guns in senior portraits OK if done tastefully, Nebraska school board says
You’ve seen those senior class photos of kids posing with footballs and musical instruments. Now graduating seniors attending a central Nebraska school district are free to pose with firearms for their school yearbook picture, as long as it’s done tastefully.
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Show Notes 09/28/2014

Sunday Show 9/28/14
Sister of suspect in Pennsylvania trooper ambush says she wants manhunt to end
The search for the suspect in the deadly ambush of state police troopers shifted slightly the dense woods of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains over the weekend, police said Sunday.
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3D-Printed Rocks Could Change Fracking Practices
3D printers have been used to make everything from human stem cells to food to full-size cars, and now researchers are using the technology to build models of rocks to study how fluid seeps underground.
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Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet
The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.
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University launches beer-making program
Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in “fermentation science.”
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In big races, debates are few and far between
Across the country, in some of the most competitive contests for Senate seats and governorships and some of the least, incumbent office-holders are refusing to meet their opponents in front of television cameras.
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6 inexpensive superfoods to add to your grocery list
You’ve probably heard the term “superfood” tossed around without much reference to what it actually means. To put it simply, a superfood is any nutrient-rich food item considered extremely beneficial for health and well-being, going above and beyond regular health foods.
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4 health benefits of spicy foods
Spicy foods do more than add flavor to your favorite meal. Heat-packing foods, particularly chili peppers, jalapenos, habaneros, and cayenne, offer a surprising range of health benefits:
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Georgia high school statue ignites the ire of Atheists groups
A Georgia high school football team’s tradition of touching a stone statue on their way out of the fieldhouse is drawing the ire of two groups that are demanding the statue be removed.
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Russia Says Arctic Well Drilled With Exxon Strikes Oil
Private information stored online by British computer users could be scrutinised by American law enforcement agencies under a wide-ranging new right-to-snoop being pursued by the US government.

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Show Notes 08/24/2014


Sunday Show 8/24/14
New go-to career for New England’s young: Farming
Farming is hip in New England. Across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles, new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading.
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Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus
Citrus has always been synonymous with Florida. The orange adorns the state license plate. The University of Florida’s famed football stadium was named after an orange magnate. There is even a county called Citrus.
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Conservatives praise “Giver” as a cautionary tale about failed utopia
Conservatives are praising “The Giver,” a film depicting a futuristic society that has eliminated both personal freedom and human emotion, as a warning against the temptations of utopianism.
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Atheist group attacks Arkansas pizza parlor over church bulletin discount
Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to Steven Rose, the owner of Bailey’s Pizza in Searcy, Ark., warning him that his pizza parlor’s offer to knock 10% off churchgoers’ tabs amounted to discrimination, local KTHV-TV reported.
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How grandparents can pass down good financial wisdom
It can be tempting for grandparents to spoil their grandchildren; after all, isn’t that part of the job description? But experts warn the money and financial habits passed down from generation to generation are long lasting.
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Birth control mandate: HHS offers new way for religious employers
The Obama administration took steps Friday it said would ensure that women who work for religious employers will have continued access to cost-free birth control coverage, while respecting the views of their employers.
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Homeschool family sues VA social services for removing children claiming parent imagined kids illnessess
A homeschooling advocacy group announced that it is suing social services caseworkers in Shenandoah County Virginia’s Department of Social Services on behalf of homeschool parents that it says are falsely accused of child abuse and had their two children removed from parental custody and placed into foster care for over a month.
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Group think school program turns kids in to sheep
An Oprah-inspired program in public schools described by critics as an intrusive, emotionally manipulative effort with the laudable goal of ending bullying, cliques, gossip and other such behaviors, has been presented to a million students in 400 cities in 47 states.
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China dismisses US complaints about jet fighter intercept
Washington’s protest over a Chinese fighter jet that confronted a US jet by making three close passes was dismissed flatly this weekend by a Chinese defense official who said the fighter pilot acted “professionally” and kept a safe distance in what was a “routine” flight.
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Show Notes 07/20/2014

Sunday Show 7/20/14

Army Vet Raising Therapy Ducks to Cope With PTSD Gets Bad News From the City
An Army veteran who was wounded during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic. Darin Welker, of West Lafayette, was cited with a minor misdemeanor June 23 for having the ducks in his yard.
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New York gun range in business for 73 years forced to close
A New York gun range has been forced to close its doors after more than 70 years in business, following a bitter dispute with its neighbors over noise and safety issues.
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Cops: Dad beats man found raping son
Daytona Beach police are saying a father who walked in on a man sexually battering his 11-year-old son was “acting like a dad’ when he severely beat the molester and won’t be charged with a crime.
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‘ONE GIANT LEAP’ Apollo 11’s historic trip to the moon marks its 45th anniversary
The year was 1969. The turbulent time in America saw troops fighting in Vietnam, and a nation dealing with the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, killed in 1963, and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., both murdered in 1968. Then came that one small step.
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Legendary Film And TV Actor James Garner Dead At 86
Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point.
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Atheist Delivers ‘Invocation’ to Open City Council Meeting
Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Town of Greece v. Galloway that a New York State city council was not violating the Constitution by opening meetings with an invocation, an atheist offered a “prayer” on Tuesday.
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Cardinal George: Religious Freedom Is Being ‘Traded Off’ for Sexual Liberation
The Archbishop of Chicago is warning Americans that their religious freedom is “being traded off in favor of freedom of sexual expression” via birth control and gay marriage.
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SCIENTISTS: ATHEISTS MIGHT NOT EXIST
For Christian evangelist Ray Comfort, author of “God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists,” the idea that everyone at some core level has a cognizance of a higher power isn’t new.
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New Jersey reptile expert reportedly told to ‘keep mouth shut’ about anaconda on loose
A reptile expert said Friday that he wants to go “on the record” and confirm that New Jersey authorities are searching for an anaconda, not a boa constrictor, in the state’s largest lake.
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Hamas attacks Israeli troops with bomb-covered ass
This suicide bomber is a real ass. Hamas militants sent a donkey strapped with explosives on a suicide mission toward Israeli troops in Gaza over the weekend — forcing the soldiers to open fire and blow up the rigged beast.

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Show Notes 06/29/2014

Sunday Show 6/29/14

Obama adviser reasserts U.S. is ‘Islamic country’
An Obama adviser who ruffled feathers last year claiming the U.S. is “an Islamic country with and Islamically compliant constitution” is reportedly at it again. Mohamed Elibiary is a senior fellow of Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Casselberry mom refused to take child to hospital over vegan beliefs
Sarah Anne Markham was arrested Tuesday on a charge of child neglect. According to Casselberry police, a pediatrician told Markham that her baby needed to be admitted to Florida Hospital South for treatment because the child was dehydrated and was losing weight.

Battle between Utahs rural counties and BLM intensifies
When Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins sat down in a conference room with the national director of the Bureau of Land Management’s law enforcement operations, he had a series of numbers in his head.

ISIS crucifies nine people in Syrian villages
A man has survived being crucified by Isis in Syria, after the jihadists raided his village and nailed him to a cross for eight hours. The unnamed man from Al-Bab, near the border with Turkey, was crucified as a punishment, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. He managed to survive the ordeal.

225K to see Hilary students say no
Hillary Clinton is in hot water over a $225,000 speaking fee she will reportedly receive for an upcoming appearance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. UNLV students are demanding Clinton to return what they see as an “outrageous” speaking fee for an October event and have criticized the school for paying her so much money at a time when tuition is scheduled to spike by 17 percent over the next four years.

Admitting faith on resume cuts callback chances
Wanted: Hard-working individual with job experience, demonstrated leadership and a minimum of two references — those with faith need not apply. Most of the country might consider itself religious, but according to two recently released studies admitting one’s faith on a resume can cut the chances for a callback by more than 25 percent.

Top Reps square off on Hobby Lobby
A top House Democrat on Sunday suggested that religious business owners who do not provide birth control to their employees because it violates their faith are “discriminating against women.”

Children forced to watch as Pakistani couple who married for love were muredered as an example
A young couple murdered in Pakistan barely a week after they had married for love were killed as a warning to other girls not to marry without the permission of their parents, according to witnesses.

Appeals court orders atheists justify lawsuit against 911 cross
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered American Atheists to justify its claim that placing the Ground Zero Cross at the National 911 Museum in New York City constitutes a “particular and concrete injury” to atheists and “marginalizes them as American citizens.”