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Stunning Videos Out Of Japan

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March 11, 2011 at 23:26

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Difference Between Christianity and Other Religions in a Nutshell

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From here.

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March 11, 2011 at 23:19

Ordinariate News: How Many Priests and People Will Come?

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Catholic Herald:

There’s been a lot of speculation about the numbers for the new Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and varying reports on how many Anglican priests ceased their ministry on Ash Wednesday in order to join the ordinariate. They have begun preparation for reception and ordination. The numbers have ranged from 20 priests and 200 people to 75 priests and almost 1,000 people.

Fr Keith Newton, the Ordinary, said today that at present “it looks like over 60 priests and about 750 lay people” are set to join the ordinariate.

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March 11, 2011 at 15:15

Planned Parenthood

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Not nice, but makes the point.

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March 11, 2011 at 14:59

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Axeing Charlie Sheen Is Not Enough

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The real problem is the executives who hired the disgraced TV star, nurtured him, cosseted him, and helped to destroy him.


Charlie SheenDomestic violence, drug addiction, drunkenness, two and a half divorces, two live-in prostitutes. Sounds like a typical script for one of the most popular comedies on American television, “Two and a Half Men”. In fact, it is the recent life of the show’s star, Charlie Sheen.And when Sheen started acting out in real life the kind of script that Hollywood producers wrote for him, they fired him. “After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on ‘Two and a Half Men’ effective immediately,” said the press release.

The trigger for this move was an anti-Semitic tirade against one of the show’s producers after Sheen’s latest alcohol-drug-and-sex-fuelled bender.

Of course, anti-Semitism is deplorable. But why did the network wait until Sheen showed his bigoted side to wield the axe? Sheen had been behaving badly for years. At least one of his two ex-wives (the third has only just commenced divorce proceedings) and at least one ex-girlfriend has asked for restraining orders. Police have been often called to his home and hotels during domestic incidents. His attitude to women is unspeakable.

But, hey, that’s an exact match with the way Warner Brothers describes Sheen’s popular show:

“It’s a comedy about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, sibling relations, surrogate families, money and, most importantly, love. More specifically, it’s about the lives of two brothers, one brother’s son, and the many women who surround them. Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) is a well-to-do bachelor with a house at the beach, a Mercedes in the garage and an easy way with women.”

If Hollywood were held to the exacting social responsibility standards applied to any other industry or company, its reputation would be in tatters and its spin doctors would be in damage control overdrive. A corporate executive – even at CBS or Warner Brothers – behaving the way Sheen has done would have been dismissed long ago.

But Hollywood is different. It is allowed to destroy lives – not just of actors, but of audiences…

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March 11, 2011 at 14:06

Deadly Earthquake Hits Japan; Tsunami Follows

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Japan was hit by a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake this morning which rocked buildings in Tokyo and triggered a tsunami that dashed ships onto Japan’s northeast coast, sweeping cars through the streets of coastal towns.

The Telegraph (UK):

The Japanese ministry of defence has sent up 10 aircraft to obtain an aerial survey of the damage caused by the wave, which early warnings said could be up to 10m high.

Along Japan’s coast, television footage showed massive damage from the tsunami, with dozens of cars, boats and even buildings being carried along by waters. In Tokyo the car park of Disneyland was reported flooded.

A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK. In Tokyo several fires were reported and the underground railway was evacuated.

A tsunami warning has also been issued for Taiwan, Russia, the Philippines and the Mariana Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. National broadcaster NHK was warning those near the coast to get to safer ground.

Japan’s Earthquake Research Committee has warned of a 70 per cent chance that a great, magnitude-eight quake would strike Tokyo within the next 30 years.

The last major quake to hit Tokyo was in 1923, when the Great Kanto Earthquake claimed more than 140,000 lives, many of them in fires. In 1855, the Ansei Edo quake also devastated the city. More recently, the 1995 Kobe earthquake killed more then 6,400 people.

The first 8.9 quake struck at 2.45 pm local time about 237 miles northeast of Tokyo at a depth of 15.2 miles, the US Geological Survey said, revising the magnitude from an earlier 7.9…

Thirty minutes after the quake, tall buildings were still swaying in Tokyo and mobile phone networks were not working. Japan’s Coast Guard has set up task force and officials are standing by for emergency contingencies, Coast Guard official Yosuke Oi said.

“I’m afraid we’ll soon find out about damages, since the quake was so strong,” he said.

Russian Today has the news:

Tsunami Alert for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and others. Waves expected over the next few hours, caused by 8.9 earthquake in Japan.

Pray for the people of Japan!

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March 11, 2011 at 13:35

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