Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Teens claim they were used as fake rehab clients

Victoria Byers said that as a teenager, her group home took her to So Cal Health Services in Riverside, California, for rehab even though she didn't drink or do drugs.
(CNN) — Victoria Byers did not drink alcohol. She did not abuse drugs. But when she was a teenager in foster care, several times a month, she would board a van at her group home and go to rehab.

Byers couldn’t figure out why she had to take drug tests and sit in group therapy sessions on addiction at So Cal Health Services, a clinic tucked in an office park in Riverside, California.

“And I told them, you know, ‘Why should I be here? I have no drug issue,’ ” said Byers, now a slow-to-smile 22-year-old.

The director of Byers’ group home confirmed Byers was clean but said she sent all six girls under her care to the clinic because she didn’t have enough staff to separate those with substance abuse problems.

The arrangement was strange. It was also a scam.  (more...)

Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature

Preface to the Report

Any adult misconduct or sexual abuse in schools is of grave concern to students, parents, educators, and the Department of Education. This literature review of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct responds to the mandate in Section 5414 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, to conduct a study of sexual abuse in U.S. schools. To satisfy this mandate, the Department of Education contracted with Dr. Charol Shakeshaft of Hofstra University. Using the limited research that is available in this area, her literature review describes, among other topics: prevalence of educator sexual misconduct, offender characteristics, targets of educator sexual misconduct, and recommendations for prevention of educator sexual misconduct. We note that the author offers several new recommendations that may be worth considering, although some may be at odds with current law.  (more...)

Prosecutors detail fifth-grade teacher’s alleged molestation of 10-year-old boy

A fifth-grade teacher in a tiny town in Washington State pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that she sexually molested a 10-year-old male student.

The previous Friday, local prosecutors filed documents detailing the single count of first-degree child molestation against teacher Lisa Davis, reports Spokane CBS affiliate KREM-TV.

Davis, 48, resigned from her job at Scootney Springs Elementary School soon after a criminal investigation began.

In late May, another local teacher informed school officials that something fishy might be going on between Davis and the unidentified fifth-grader, who was in the teacher’s reading class.  (more...)

Officer being investigated in fatal streetcar shooting identified

Sammy Yatim's shooting sparks ombudsman review


TORONTO - Ontario's ombudsman will take a closer look at the Toronto Police shooting of Sammy Yatim to determine if a wider investigation is needed.

Andre Marin said he has directed his staff to "conduct a case assessment" to determine whether such a probe into the 18-year-old's death is "warranted."

"The ministry has the power to set standards for Ontario police services," Marin said in a statement released Wednesday.

"The latest shooting by a Toronto Police officer raises the question of whether it is time for the ministry to direct Ontario police services on how to de-escalate situations of conflict before they lead to the use of fatal force."

A knife-wielding Yatim was on a Toronto streetcar early Saturday when he was shot nine times during brief confrontation with police, allegedly by Const. James Forcillo.

The dramatic confrontation, captured on video by bystanders, has prompted outrage across the country.  (more...)

From Rio de Janeiro to Rome, from Poetry to Prose

ROME, July 31, 2013 – Wisely, Pope Francis put off until the end of the voyage, on the return flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, the question-and-answer session with the journalists traveling with him.

If he had done this on the flight of departure, topics like the lobbies, gays, the divorced, the curia, the IOR would have inevitably monopolized the attention of the media. Who instead, as soon as they landed in Rio, were able to dedicate themselves first of all to the pope's vehicle, which ended up by mistake in a traffic jam and assailed by admirers, who were even able to lean inside the cabin of the vehicle, with the window fearlessly rolled down.

From that first day on, the accounts of the voyage in Brazil of pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio were an uninterrupted crescendo of successes, culminating in the record-setting event of the vigil and Mass on the beach of Copacabana.  (more...)

Cultural Marxists Take Over Civil Rights Movement

Bill O'Reilly's monologue last week about the race problem in America sparked huge reaction. In it, he slammed “race hustlers and the grievance industry” as well as the “civil rights industry” – in other words, cultural Marxists and proponents of critical race theory. Unlike the civil rights movement in the past which sought to end slavery and give women the right to vote, the civil rights industry that exists in North America today consists largely of groups of leftists who benefit politically and financially by inciting racial division. Critical race theory is peddled by liberal pundits like MSNBC's Chris Matthews and Al Sharpton, President Obama, and radical leftists in academia.

While most people believe Canada to be a more diverse society that lives in cultural harmony, Canada has also been plagued by the so-called “civil rights industry”. In Canada's “human rights” courts, authors and publishers such as Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant have been prosecuted and were forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees for the “crime” of insulting Islam in Canadian publications. Christians have been prosecuted, censored and fined for opposing homosexuality.  (more...)

Mike McQueary takes witness stand

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Longtime Penn State head coach Joe Paterno said that the university mishandled its response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a former assistant coach testified Monday during a hearing for three top school officials accused of a cover-up.

Star witness Mike McQueary appeared in a courtroom for the third time since Sandusky's November 2011 arrest and told the court that top school officials knew that he had seen Sandusky molesting a boy in a locker room shower.

But the former Penn State assistant coach and quarterback also delivered some unexpected testimony: that the late Hall of Fame coach had told him over the years that "Old Main screwed up" -- referring to university administrators -- in how it responded to McQueary's allegation against Sandusky.

Pressed by defense lawyers on his discussions of the subject, McQueary brought up a specific exchange at football practice in the hours before Paterno's firing on Nov. 9, 2011 -- four days after Sandusky's arrest.

He recalled the head coach saying the school would come down hard on McQueary and try to make him a scapegoat. Paterno also advised McQueary not to trust the administration or then-university counsel Cynthia Baldwin, the former assistant testified.  (more...)

Family of teen shot on Toronto streetcar moved to Canada for safety, security


TORONTO -- Just moments before he was shot and killed by police, did Sammy Yatim beg to borrow a cellphone to call his father who was away on a business trip?

It is among the key mystery moments on that streetcar that SIU investigators are looking into.

"I would like to know myself," his uncle, Mejad "Jim" Yatim, said.

He wonders if such a call could have helped.

"He liked and respected his dad," Jim said Tuesday.  (more...)

The College Degree Scam

For years we've heard the propaganda line that everyone needs to go to college -- that a degree will improve your status and standard of living.

It has become politically incorrect to even suggest that a higher education degree might not be right for every young American. So it's not surprising that those without a college degree often feel inferior and marginalized.
Has a college degree become the litmus test for whether a person is well educated and successful? These highly successfully individuals would likely disagree with that premise.

Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Simon Cowell, Barry Diller, Ted Turner, Ralph Lauren, Governor Jan Brewer, Governor Scott Walker, Governor Gary Herbert, Peter Jennings, Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor, William Safire, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Woody Allen, Karl Rove, and 33 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

What do they all have in common? Not one received a college degree!  (more...)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Toronto School Board refuses to say why it reinstated teacher who posted graphic gay sex brochures

TORONTO, July 30, 2013 ( - Toronto District School Board (TDSB) officials have refused a request to make public the reason for reinstating Wade Vroom, a grades 7/8 teacher at Delta Alternative Sr. School who posted graphic sex pamphlets in his classroom and was subsequently removed from his class.

A Freedom of Information request was made by QMI Agency for records surrounding Vroom's reinstatement, according to a Sun News Network report.

The request turned up a few documents relating to the situation, but nothing that explained why the board decided to reinstate a teacher who, after Sun News broke the story in May, became the subject of investigation by the police.  (more...)


Toronto's school board is refusing to release the reasons they reinstated the teacher who posted inappropriate sex-ed posters in his classroom.

Why Exactly is Betty Crocker Weighing in on Marriage Anyway?

General Mills is pushing its marriage redefinition agenda even further, this time using a fictional character to assist. General Mills' culinary "spokeswoman" Betty Crocker decided to take time away from her baking to weigh in on the marriage debate in Minnesota:

If you haven't made the Dump General Mills pledge, please take two minutes to join the 26,000 others who have already done so!



Alexandra Gunn provides new details of the police shooting aboard a Toronto streetcar, including a statement from the victim's family.

Protest over police shooting of Toronto teen


TORONTO -- Sammy Yatim's mother just wants to hold her son again.

The grieving woman broke down and wept during a downtown rally Monday evening attended by hundreds protesting his weekend shooting death by Toronto Police.

"Anything I say will not give my son back," Dr. Sahar Bahadi said, while her nephew hugged her. "I want to hold him.

"I'm sorry for his last moments."

Yatim's devastated sister, Sarah, also expressed the family's anger.

"Are we going to let this stand?" she shouted during the protest, which began at 5 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square and concluded outside Toronto Police's 14 Division headquarters.

"Justice for Sammy" and "accountability" were the rallying cries as hundreds marched against Saturday's shooting death of the 18-year-old native of Syria.  (more...)

Human trafficking investigators play catchup as criminals go hi-tech

Human trafficking investigators have been forced to adapt quickly in an increasingly digital age.
In June, law enforcement authorities in Chişinău, the Moldovan capital, received an email from a parent reporting that their child had been kidnapped. Police and prosecutors traced the message to the kidnapper, a skill that is becoming essential in an increasingly digital age.

Thankfully, it was only a training exercise. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) visited Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, at the request of authorities there, who were ill-equipped to deal with an increase in cybercrime and internet-based human trafficking.

UNODC provided three days of training in basic forensic techniques, such as tracing a criminal across the internet and finding images and other information on a locked computer.

"[It's] old-fashioned detective work in a digital age," Adam Palmer, a senior expert in cybercrime and emerging crimes at UNODC, told IPS.  (more...)


When viewed through the lens of economics and statistics, today’s prevalent campus hook-up culture favors men – by a wide margin – according to one professor’s analysis of data and surveys on the subject.

Despite being the “suppliers” of sex, women allow men to dictate the terms of its purchase, notes Dr. Mark Regnerus, associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas, Austin.

But if women affirmed their own value and refused to be seen as cheap goods, they would no longer be the chief victims of the hook-up culture, rather its chief antagonists, Regnerus’ analysis suggests.  (more...)

3 ex-Penn State officials set to go before judge

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Longtime Penn State head coach Joe Paterno said that the university mishandled its response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a former assistant coach testified Monday during a hearing for three top school officials accused of a cover-up.

Star witness Mike McQueary appeared in a courtroom for the third time since Sandusky’s November 2011 arrest and told the court that top school officials knew that he had seen Sandusky molesting a boy in a locker room shower.

But the former Penn State assistant coach and quarterback also delivered some unexpected testimony: that the late Hall of Fame coach had told him over the years that “Old Main screwed up” — referring to university administrators — in how it responded to McQueary’s allegation against Sandusky.  (more...)


An 87-year-old Ontario man was allegedly beaten up by police in his London, Ontario home after his wife who suffers from Alzheimer's disease told a passerby that "a bad man" was in the home.

T.O. board won't make public reason for reinstating teacher behind explicit sex-ed brochures

TORONTO -- A paper trail documenting the controversial decision to reinstate a teacher who put up sexually explicit brochures in a public school will not be made public, Toronto District School Board (TDSB) officials say.

A Freedom of Information request made by QMI Agency for records surrounding Wade Vroom's reinstatement returned a dozen pages -- some of which are e-mails a sentence long that shed little light on the quiet move.

"Further access to other responsive records is denied," wrote Maria Mavroyannis, TDSB's freedom of information co-ordinator, citing a section from the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Wade put up the brochures -- including ones with that said "If You Like to F---" and "Use Your Head When Giving It: Blow Job Tips" -- in October at Delta Alternative School in his Grade 7 and 8 classroom. The school made headlines in May after the brochures, distributed by the AIDS Committee of Toronto, were discovered.  (more...)

Monday, July 29, 2013

105 children lured into prostitution are rescued by FBI in biggest ever bust of its type in U.S. history

FBI agents went undercover and met girls in hotel rooms to identify victims of child sex trafficking
The FBI rescued 105 teenagers over the weekend who were forced into prostitution in the largest child sex trafficking sting in U.S. history, which encompassed 76 cities, the agency said Monday.

The youngest child rescued was 13 years old, the FBI said.

The raids resulted in the arrests of 150 'pimps' involved in the sexual exploitation of both adults and children, said Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal investigative division.

The FBI said 60 percent of the children rescued were in foster care or group homes when they ran away.

'With no way to survive on their own they are lured into a life of being trafficked for sex,' Hosko said.  (more...)

Where Religion Went Wrong in America

In his latest book, Ross Douthat, a public intellectual and a Catholic, argues that “bad religion” poses a greater danger to our nation than does secularism. His book is divided into two parts: in the first he chronicles the decline of traditional Christianity since 1965; in the second he examines four heresies that have flourished since then.

Douthat begins by looking back at the Indian summer after World War II, when the Christian faith seemed to be a “moral bulwark against totalitarianism,” and our public intellectuals, such as W.H. Auden, C.S. Lewis, and Christopher Dawson, were notably Christian. He examines in detail four key figures of that era: Reinhold Niebuhr, who restored Christian thinking at Union Theological Seminary; Billy Graham, who won the cooperation of mainline Protestants and Catholic leaders with his revivals and made the evangelical faith “not only relevant but modern”; Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who addressed an audience of thirty million on television and showed that Christian thought was our “natural common ground”; and Martin Luther King Jr., who led the civil rights movement as a virtual Christian revival. Yet Douthat wonders if these men succeeded “only insofar as they met the American Way of Life halfway.”  (more...)


Crime specialist Ross McLean speaks with Michael Coren about the deadly police shooting aboard a Toronto streetcar.

Catholic charities compromising with the devil

Catholic Social Justice programs are playing a dangerous game of compromise. American Life League explains how the leadership of programs like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Charities USA are opening the gates of the Catholic Church to the enemies of Christ.

America’s Foster Care System: Test Lab For Big Pharma, Cash Cow For Caretakers?

“Tristen,” a former foster child, tells of his experience being overprescribed psychiatric drugs as a child, during a Foster Care Alumni of American meeting.
Hours after Texas Child Protective Services removed 5-year-old Tristen from the care of his mother and placed him in a foster home, Tristen’s foster parents took him to see a psychiatrist, citing concerns the young boy was depressed. That day, a psychiatrist prescribed Tristen three medications: one for anger, one for depression and one to help the 5-year-old relax.
Now an adult and out of the foster care system, Tristen says he recognizes he was depressed that day, but he says he never needed any medication — his feelings were only natural given the circumstances.
“They just took the thing that meant the most to me,” he said. “My family.”
Passed from foster home to foster home all over the state of Texas, Tristen says no one ever asked him how the pills made him feel, despite the fact that he would often spend time in his room crying because he felt his medicines were slowly tearing his chest apart.
Doctors also never tested Tristen to see whether the drugs were working or whether the combination of medications he was on was safe. And whenever he asked his case worker or foster parents if he could stop using the drugs, they threatened to call the police, take him to a psychiatric hospital or kick him out of the foster care system.
Unfortunately, stories like Tristen’s are all too common in the U.S.  (more...)

Faustina Actress Found - A Personal Message From Leonardo Defilippis

Thanks to you, to your prayers and to your generous support, I have wonderful news! Miraculously God has cleared from our path the roadblock we faced, and I can now introduce you to the actress whom He has chosen for the role of Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy. This is so exciting!

You know, by doing something like this, producing a live drama on a beautiful saint, I will continue to face overwhelming obstacles. But I have courage, thanks to you! With you beside me on this adventure, praying and sacrificing, God will overcome every difficulty placed in our way, and we will share His Divine Mercy to your family and friends, bringing hope and new life.

So now, without further ado, I introduce to you the talented actress whom God has sent to play Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy.

Playboy recruitment prompts controversy

An effort to recruit Stanford community members for a Playboy photo shoot met with controversy and backlash yesterday, amidst concerns over the inappropriate use of University resources and the apparent focus of solicitation on communities of color.

According to an email sent late Tuesday evening to mailing lists predominantly used by black, Hispanic and Caribbean students, Playboy planned to table outside the CoHo on Wednesday afternoon, seeking three Stanford affiliates to model for a Pac-12 issue. Those selected would be paid $500 to pose, or $1000 for posing

Playboy representatives failed to appear outside the CoHo at the scheduled time on Wednesday afternoon.   (more...)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The vigilante paedophile hunters

Holding up his smartphone, the founder of an organisation called Letzgo Hunting scrolls through a long series of tiny internet profile pictures of men.

Some are in their 20s and grinning inanely, others are middle-aged with blank expressions. A few are pensioners.

All of these men, says Jamie — or ‘Scumm Buster’ as he likes to be known — are paedophiles grooming under-age girls in chatrooms and on social networking and dating sites such as ‘badoo’ and ‘’, each of which have more than 100 million members worldwide. ‘We are currently in online contact with about 30 such men who are talking to us in a sexually explicit way as we pose as teenage girls on the web,’ Jamie says.

‘They are cunning and expert at targeting children.’  (more...)

The Reason for Veteran Suicides

People think their soldiers return home to parades. I know better. And it's time you all learn.

This is the reason for veteran suicides. Broken families. Broken homes. Children legally kidnapped from their capable fathers due to bitterness and hatred from a failed marriage. When you rip children away from their parents, you commit the soul murder of two human beings: The child who will never know the true fullness of life, and the parent who loses their deepest connection with their kid.

Suicide statistics gathered and verified by CBS.

All end statistics were verified and collected by a 20-year combat veteran sergeant in the US Army. Non-public records were used in the gathering of these statistics.

The federal government does not acknowledge the true numbers and its own statistics do not include Coast Guard, Reserve or National Guard. The public figure of 4.3% veteran divorce rate released is a cover up by the Pentagon. After all, if the standard rate for the population is 50%, how could there be such a drastic difference?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Feminists target lecture on boys’ education

Men’s Rights Edmonton has arranged a lecture event to be held on July 29th at 7pm at the Edmonton Public Library (Stanley A. Milner branch) with Dr. James Brown, author of Rescuing our Underachieving Sons.

The Stanley A. Milner Library is located downtown at 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square.

Dr. Brown, a career educator with a doctorate in education and post doctoral diplomas in Educational Administration and in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership, will be discussing the challenge of improving boys’ education.

Due to opposition by local feminists, promoting the event has been a challenge.

According to Eric Duckman, posters advertising the event have been vandalized with paint or torn down almost instantly after being put up.

This leads to the question, why would feminists be so opposed to a lecture by a highly respected and credentialed educator on improving boys’ performance in school?  (more...)

Why are men going their own way when it comes to relationships?

In 1970, more than 94 percent of women in the UK were either married or had been married by the time they were 40 years old. Since then, marriage rates have plummeted, and over all age groups, married couples are now in the minority. The decline of marriage is a popular topic of discussion in the media with many commentators putting it down to changing lifestyles and freedoms for women. Indeed, there is a general consensus that young women are putting careers ahead of relationships, and as a result, the number of marriages taking place per year has almost halved over recent decades.

For much of the last 40 years or so, it is undeniably true that women have been postponing both marriage and childbirth. I would argue, however, that there is now a new phenomenon taking place, one that is a harbinger of radical change for the relationship between men and women. In the years to come, it will be men, not women, who will be the ones driving down marriage and birth rates.

Men are beginning to recognize their appalling vulnerability when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex, and they are individually waking up to the ridiculous risks they face. Almost 70 per cent of divorces are now initiated by women, and typically it is the man who stands to lose everything — his children, his home, his future income and his reputation. With suicide being the biggest killer of young men in the UK, and with those experiencing relationship breakdown being at the highest risk, he also stands to lose his life. In response, many men are now avoiding long-term commitment, or are simply turning their backs on relationships with women altogether.  (more...)

'I'm guilty but I didn't do it': Mia Farrow's brother facing ten years in jail for sexually abusing two boys, aged 8 and 9

Plea deal: John Villers-Farrow entered an Alford plea after
facing child sex abuse charges, his sister is actress Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow's brother has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexually abusing two young boys, but also claimed his innocence as he entered an Alford plea in court on Friday.

Businessman John Villers-Farrow made the plea at his hearing in Maryland's Annapolis court as a way to reduce his sentence while asserting that he was innocent.

The father was accused of 39 counts of abusing two boys, who lived near his home, over a five-year period.

Villers-Farrow, told the court he entered the plea because it was the quickest way he could serve time and get home to his wife, Sandra Hall, according to the Capital Gazette.

He now faces up to ten years in prison when sentenced later this year.

If found guilty on all 39 counts he could have been sentenced to 50 years, according to NBC Washington.  (more...)

UConn Considering Ban On Student-Faculty Sexual Relationships

The University of Connecticut is considering banning certain faculty-student relationships
The University of Connecticut is looking to implement a new policy in the fall semester banning professors and students from having sex with each other, after longtime music professor Robert Miller was placed on leave for a sexual misconduct probe.
Miller, 66, is accused of sexual contact with children, sex with UConn students, visiting freshmen dorms and providing drugs to students, according to the state attorney general's office. The university first received word of the allegations in February, and Miller was placed on leave in June, the Associated Press reported. Miller, however, has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
Currently, UConn just "strongly discourages" romantic and sexual relationships between faculty and student or between supervisor and employee. University spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz confirmed they are looking to change that policy language for the upcoming academic year  (more...)

Friday, July 26, 2013

12 Signs That The Decay of Society is Accelerating

What in the world is happening to America?  All around us there are disturbing signs that the slow-motion collapse of society is accelerating.  With each passing year, criminals seem to be getting more desperate and more twisted.  Some of the sick things that some people are willing to do to their fellow human beings are simply beyond description.

What kind of psychotic individual would hold elderly men captive for a decade in order to get their Social Security and veteran benefit checks?

How depraved do you have to be before you are able to convince yourself to rape a 16-year-old girl and then throw her body off of a roof?

What kind of heartless teens would pour gasoline on an innocent boy walking home from school and then set him on fire?

The social decay that is eating away at our nation like cancer is starting to get a lot worse, and yet there are still lots of people out there that will flat out deny that society is collapsing.  (more...)

For years I fought against secret courts breaking up families. At last there's hope

For a long time now, thousands of British families of every class and background have been secretly torn apart by this country’s child protection system in one of the biggest scandals of our age.

Children have been dragged off by the State into the care system and, despite the pleas of their parents, often given to adoptive families.

This has been happening increasingly frequently in a process overseen by a network of Family Courts, which operate in secrecy in every town and city in the land, violating the principle of openness which has underpinned British justice for centuries.

As a result of the decisions of these courts, as many as 12,000 children and babies are forcibly taken into care in England each year, the equivalent of 230 or so every single week.  (more...)

The Story Behind Russian’s Gay Adoption Ban

Mark Newton (right) and Peter Truong with their adopted son outside their home in Cairns, Australia
During the same month that U. S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was issuing his opinion that the Defense of Marriage Act “humiliated tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples,” Russia’s House of Parliament voted unanimously to ban the adoption of Russian children by same-sex couples from abroad.  The House also voted to forbid single people who are citizens or permanent residents of countries that allow same sex marriage to become adoptive parents or legal guardians of Russian children.

Children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov vowed to do everything possible to “ensure that Russian orphans are only adopted by traditional, heterosexual families.”

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who has already expressed support for the adoption ban, has promised to sign the bill once it is submitted for its final reading during the Russian parliament’s autumn session. Putin has strong support from the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, who sees the recognition of same sex unions as a “portent of doom” and has called upon Russians to ensure that sin is never formalized by the rule of law. In a Sunday service in Red Square’s Kazan Cathedral on July 20th, the Patriarch said “we face enormous temptations when countries start approving sin and codifying it into law in order to justify it.”  (more...)

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn charged with 'aggravated pimping' over hotel sex parties

Former International Monetary Fund head Strauss-Kahn has been charged with pimping in Lille
Dominique Strauss-Kahn could face up to 10 years in prison after judges said he will stand trial for pimping.

The former International Monetary Fund chief thought he had been cleared of a string of vice charges centred on the Carlton Hotel in Lille, northern France.

Strauss-Kahn, 64, was told in June that prosecutors had dropped a charge of ‘aggravated pimping as part of an organised gang’ because of ‘insufficient evidence’.

But investigating magistrates have now decided he should face trial along with 12 other men.

The principal allegation is that Strauss-Kahn was knowingly using prostitutes paid for by two businessmen who were illegally using company funds to organise orgies in Europe and America.  (more...)

Scouts Canada volunteer faces 18 sexual assault charges

OTTAWA — A 30-year-old Scouts Canada volunteer faces 18 charges after three boys claimed to have been sexually assaulted.

The alleged assaults happened between 2012 and 2013 when he was working as a Scouts Canada volunteer, police said.

The three victims were under the age of 16, police said.

Scott Graham Stanley, 30, was arrested on Thursday and charged with six counts of sexual assault, six counts of sexual interference with a person under 16, three counts of invitation to sexual touching, one count of telecommunication with a person under the age of 14 for specific criminal offences and two counts of telecommunication with a person under the age of 16 for specific criminal offences.  (more...)

On October 27, 2014, make Catholic Trustees accountable to the faith

Vote for Catholic Education on October 27, 2014 
In Toronto's next municipal elections scheduled for October 27, 2014, parents, especially those with children in the school system, should pay particular attention to the person they elect as their trustee. Voters will choose a mayor, a councillor and a school board trustee. If Ontarians want trustees to protect the role of parents in education, they must make sure the candidate they select will represent their views. Parental rights have been weakened since the last election and in some cases their input has been completely removed from the governance and the implementation of educational policies. The government attitude has been dictatorial: we know what's best in educating your children.

When it comes to Catholic trustees this is particularly true. In Ontario, we have elected trustees who as a group have failed miserably to defend Catholic education and parental rights.  (more...)

Disgraced school board head Chris Spence breaks his silence

The former leader of Canada’s largest school board says he takes full responsibility for the plagiarism that led to his abrupt departure this year – but also says his research assistants are partly to blame.

In his first interview with The Globe and Mail since he stepped down as director of education of the Toronto District School Board, Chris Spence addressed the explosive allegations of plagiarism that date back 17 years to his time as a graduate student at the University of Toronto.

“I never ever sat down to take someone else’s ideas. It was unintentional. I also had some support … research assistants and things like that. But I approved everything, I signed off on everything. I put my name on it, so I own it. I take full responsibility for that,” Dr. Spence said in an interview Thursday. “But it is complicated and there are some layers to it, some mitigating circumstances, if you will, not to point the finger at anybody else.”  (more...)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Deception Unveiled, Francis "Will Know What To Do"

Statement of the nuncio in Montevideo. Confirmations and new background on the case of the prelate of the IOR. But another storm is already approaching. On a strange appointment (photo) at the newly created commission for the reorganization of the Vatican administrations

ROME, July 25, 2013 – It is enough these days to enter the offices of the Institute for Works of Religion to understand how flimsy the argument is that has been advanced in defense of Monsignor Battista Ricca, the prelate of the IOR whose scandalous past has been revealed by L'Espresso:

Three floors below the window of the pope's Angelus, in two rooms facing the colonnade of Saint Peter's Square, across large monitors scroll movements of money, past and present, of the clients of the IOR, before the eyes of auditors hunting for suspicious operations. The team is led by Antonio Montaresi, with solid experience in the United States, the new Chief Risk Officer of the controversial Vatican "bank."  (more...)

Ontario Ed. Minister says she would sign controversial sex-ed curriculum without reading it

Education Minister Liz Sandals
TORONTO, July 25, 2013 ( – Ontario’s Education Minister has provoked criticism after admitting that she would sign off on the formerly shelved sex-ed curriculum — the development of which was overseen by the former deputy minister of education who stands accused of making child pornography — without even reading it.

“I couldn't even tell you right now what's currently under review,” Liz Sandals said at a press conference Monday, in video footage released by the Sun News Network.

“Eventually somebody will come to me … saying, ‘It's ready to be released Minister. Here are the primary things that we have changed.' And I will say ‘fine’, and I'll sign off and it will go out to the system.”   (more...)

Deputy Ed. minister accused of child porn opposed criminal checks for adults working with children

Dr. Benjamin Levin
TORONTO, July 23, 2013 ( – As evidence mounts regarding the influence former Ontario Deputy Minister of Education Dr. Benjamin Levin exerted in developing the province’s temporarily shelved “sexual diversity” sex-ed curriculum, it has been revealed that the alleged child pornographer also criticized criminal background checks for adults working with school children.

In the cover story of the June 2013 Literary Review of Canada, Levin argued that “all adults working with students” should not have to “undergo criminal record checks.” The essay, titled Getting to Better Schools, appeared only days before his July 8 arrest.

Levin mentioned in the essay how schools could provide a better education experience for students if they partnered with community groups. He said, however, that such partnerships “can be made more difficult by various rules with good intentions but sometimes bad consequences, such as the requirement that all adults working with students must undergo criminal record checks.”   (more...)

‘Hook Up Culture’ Greatest Threat to Education, Kreeft Tells Christian Classical Educators

Boston College philosophy professor Peter Kreeft was honored last week at a conference of Christian classical educators with the annual Russell Kirk Paideia Prize, recognizing him as a “great man of faith and letters.”

The award was presented in Baltimore by the CiRCE Institute (Consulting and Integrated Resources in Classical Education), which strives to “support teachers and parents who want to cultivate wisdom and virtue in their students through the truths of Christian classical education.” CiRCE founder and president Andrew Kern presented the award together with the 2012 winner, Laura Berquist.


But Kreeft also identified challenges facing Christian educators, of which he said the greatest is the “hook up culture” of loose sexuality and reluctance to engage in meaningful personal relationships, which are at the heart of classical learning and human development.  (more...)

As Wise as Pigeons: Lessons Never Learne

Why must the children of light always be ten revolutions and a hundred years behind the children of darkness?  If we cannot always defeat our enemies on the battlefield, can’t we at least learn to recognize their tactics so that we won’t be fooled the next time?  Never mind that.  Can’t we learn to recognize, from the bullets whistling past our ears and our comrades lying beside us shot through the heart, that they are our enemies?

Several days ago I was at a tent meeting with some of the oddest of the children of light.  These Christians preach Christ, and Him crucified.  Indeed, they preach so doggedly about Christ’s atonement for our sins and our complete helplessness to save ourselves, that they never get around to talking our new life in Christ.  Every day is Good Friday, and what happened on Easter merely confirms the power of Christ’s blood and so redirects our attention to the Cross.

None of this is wrong, as far as it goes.  But it doesn’t go far.  (more...)

Gestational Serfdom of India’s Destitute Women

India allows its most destitute women to be exploited as if they were brood mares. A surrogacy industry recruits illiterate women, and pays them a pittance to gestate babies on behalf of well off (mostly) Westerners who can’t (or don’t want to) bear their own children.

A new Indian study on the industry illustrates some of the serious problems associated with this form of biological colonialism–including forced abortion, sex selection, and baby abandonment.  (more...)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Who Knew What And When Certain To Emerge In UConn Scandal

UConn's Storrs campus has been roiled by allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against music Professor Robert Miller, who has been placed on administrative leave.
University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst doesn't wear a miter, a chasuble and a pair of red shoes, but she may be starting to know what the last few popes have felt like. The first public stirrings of an appalling sex scandal at the state's largest public university are raising uncomfortable comparisons with the Roman Catholic Church and its troubles with dirty doings between the powerful and their prey.

The story begins with allegations of sexual misconduct against Robert Miller, a 66-year-old, $135,741-a-year music professor at UConn. He's been at the university since 1982 and was placed on administrative leave last month and denied access to the campus. A variety of law enforcement agencies are investigating accusations of years of inappropriate behavior with minor children by Miller, according to Attorney General George Jepsen's office.

Enough is known at this early stage to conclude this is one nasty web that will catch some people who preferred to look the other way when confronted with allegations that should have been investigated, not ignored.  (more...)


Brian Lilley and Jerry Agar can't believe how Liz Sandals bragged about not bothering to read her curriculum documents.

Female Sexual Abuse of Children

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