I went to church. The building: a small chapel on a university campus. The members were teens and young adults who were dressed in jeans and sweatshirts. The music was provided by an acoustic guitar and
Archive for January 15th, 2012
LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul scored 33 points, Blake Griffin had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Lakers 102-94 on Saturday night despite 42 points by Kobe Bryant.Chauncey Billups added 19 points, former Laker Caron Butler had 13 points and DeAndre Jordan had 10 rebounds in the Clippers’ second win in four days over one of the NBA’s elite teams.The Clippers beat Miami 95-89 in overtime on Wednesday and have won five of their last six.Bryant notched his fourth straight game of 40 or more points but the Lakers had their five-game winning streak snapped by their Staples Center co-tenants, who beat them twice in the preseason.
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This week was a tumultuous one around the world. U.S. officials condemned a “deplorable” video showing Marines urinating on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters in Afghanistan — and categorically denied any U.S. involvement in the car bomb killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist in
‘Sister, Sister’ is a recurring column about the adventures of real-life sisters Allison (17) and Natalie (15) from Kansas City, Missouri. You can also find them on DartNewsOnline.com, their official high school newspaper.
Almost every little kid learns the lesson of sharing early on in their life. There are books, TV shows and even preschool songs that teach us the importance of sharing our toys with other children. We’ve both learned the lesson, but why is it so hard, then, as sisters in high school, to share things with each other? We’ve talked about sharing a bathroom before, but now we get serious as we talk money, clothes, electronics and food.
Allison: Let me tell you what’s
Zuccotti Park may be emptied and the Wall Street no longer occupied, but the anger of the 99% hasn’t abated one iota as they watched CEOs cash in on the recovery and hedge funds make money hand over fist whether the market is going up or down. This shouldn’t be a surprise. The fact is, because of the structure of their compensation, CEOs are rewarded for share price volatility not share price performance. And hedge funds make big money on the volatility that CEOs are incented to
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During the health reform debate, there was controversy and disappointment over the failure to include a public option in the Affordable Care Act. Not only did the public option idea not die, it is alive and well in California.
In northern California last week, Kaiser Health News correspondent Sarah Varney interviewed the CEO of the Alameda Alliance for Health, Ingrid Lamirault, about their intention to participate in the California Health Benefit Exchange when it goes live in 2014. The Alameda Alliance is a non-profit insurer (governed locally) that competes with private for-profit plans in the county to deliver health services to Medicaid beneficiaries (called “Medi-Cal”) and public employees.
California does not have a monolithic or centralized Medicaid
Today, more than ever, we need to come together to understand the interconnectedness of people, faith and, of course, nature in our lives. It is only by recognizing the sacredness of all creation can we honor and protect it. Climate change calls for us to serve Mother Earth (Bhumi Seva) which sustains us. (Note: Hindu American Seva Charities launched its Bhumi Seva initiative at the historic White House conference in July 29 and, with our esteemed partners, is working to promote greening in our contemporary faith
National Football League players, even when their union is locked out by their bosses, rarely connect on an economic level with laborers in the general population. Some athletes’ salaries are closer to those of the 1 percent who hold most American economic power than to those of the 99 percent who don’t.
Last week, a half dozen NFL guys from Indiana made a halfhearted gesture of solidarity when they opposed the onerous Republican-sponsored so-called right-to-work bill that will reduce the power of unions in the Hoosier State.
But it was not as if Jay Cutler, Rex Grossman, Courtney Roby, Trai Essex, Mark Clayton or Kris Dielman promised even an informational picket line when all the Rush Limbaugh-type swells descend from their private jets to feast at the corporate Woodstock of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 5.
By then, the battle could be over and the unions may have lost. Governor Mitch Daniels, one of several anti-worker Republican governors in the industrial Great Lakes region, appears to have the votes and the momentum to successfully conclude a right-wing attack on unions in a presidential election year.
Late Wednesday, the Indiana House announced a few round of hearings on the bill to take place next Tuesday, with a vote possible later in the week.
However — perhaps! — winning could be counterproductive, igniting a backlash like the recall campaign against
On Friday, Arianna joined US News & World Report editor Mort Zuckerman and Time’s Fareek Zakaria on CNN’s Your Money to talk about the best way to fix capitalism.
In a segment called “Capitalism: On Trial,” host Ali Velshi asked each panelist to name the best solution they’d heard for repairing America’s battered system.
Arianna said she would look to a businessman, a professor, and a judge for solutions. The businessman is Jim Stengel, former global marketing head of Procter & Gamble, whose book “Grow” focuses on “the need for business to align their bottom line with the social impact they’re having.”
The professor is Roger Martin, a University of Toronto professor, whose book “Fixing The Game” proposes that the “shareholder value theory” has wrongly “put traders rather than customers at the center of business decisions.”
The third person is prominent judge Jed
The electrifying oratory has long been silenced: the fearless personal passion ended. But Dr. Martin Luther King’s message still resonates. Nearly 60 years after King climbed the white steps outside Dexter Avenue Baptist to begin ministry there, 50 years after the Freedom Riders boarded buses to challenge a fundamentally immoral transport system, and 20 years after President George
One of the most memorable moments in my life was when I was introduced to Dr. Martin Luther King.
I remember when I was an undergraduate student completing a homework assignment given to me by my professor. Little did I know I would be introduced to a man who would impact my life
Though I was certainly not surprised, I was saddened when recently I read a statement on marriage for same-sex couples issued by a wing of Orthodox Judaism and signed by over 100 Orthodox rabbis reaffirming its position laid out in July 2010 on marriage for same-sex couples. That 2010 document, the “Statement of Principles on the Place of Jews with a Homosexual Orientation in Our Community,” asserted that though “All human beings are created in the image of G-d and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect (kevod habeniyot) … Halakhic (legal) Judaism views all male and female same-sex sexual interactions as prohibited … [and] cannot give its blessing and imprimatur to Jewish religious same-sex commitment ceremonies and weddings, and halakhic values proscribe individuals and communities from encouraging practices that grant religious legitimacy to gay marriage and couplehood.”
The reaffirmation, “Orthodox Rabbis Stand on Principle,” released November 2011 was in response to an Orthodox rabbi who conducted a marriage ceremony for two men at a Washington,
The phrase “Biblical Israel” often passes on the lips of Republican presidential contenders, representatives of the Netanyahu government, and Israeli settlers. But where exactly is this Israel of the Bible to be found?
Not in the Bible itself. The Hebrew Bible (known to Christians as the Old Testament and to Jews as the Torah or Tanakh) contains five different “maps.” These “maps” aren’t pictures, but lists of boundaries that define the Promised Land. None of them resemble the modern-day “Biblical Israel.” One map — surprisingly found in the book of Joshua, which describes an all-out holy war — suggests a regional federation in which the tribes of Israel overlap and coexist with local
Since the 1960s a conscious shift has been making its way to our doorstep. Across the globe various movements and non-sectarian groups have been hard at work teaching ways in how we all can benefit from a higher state of consciousness. Yet there are those who scratch their head in skepticism while saying: “I’m conscious every day, I wake up and drink my Starbucks, what more is there?”
Utilizing a visual comparative, higher consciousness would be like seeing oneself as Norman Rockwell did while painting his Triple Self Portrait — giving us an opportunity to recreate anew, that which we seek to exert, in a wide range color palate — while a lower rung of consciousness would be better served, illustrated as Film Noir where cynicism reigned, set against the black and white backdrop of confusion and unclear thoughts.
Higher consciousness concerns with a proactive, simultaneous three-dimensional view of oneself, others and the world (not to be mistaken with generosity and thoughtfulness). Yes, these two nurturing qualities play a significant role in the overall awakening of self, but can also unconsciously entrap us as victims within our own needy
The Volvo Ocean Race, a yacht race around the world, began in Alicante, Spain in October, stopped in Cape Town, South Africa and was redirected to a secret port due to potential pirate attacks in the Straight of Hormuz. The six participating boats raced into Abu Dhabi, where they were greeted by the band Coldplay.
“There’s no luxury — we don’t even have a mattress to sleep on,” said Ian Walker, the two-time Olympic silver medalist and skipper of the Abu Dhabi boat. “We just boil water in a kettle and make food from
Edward Burns, the Tribeca-based filmmaker, is fast becoming a New York treasure. With Newlyweds, which premiered last week at the Crosby Street Hotel, Burns zeros in on a kind of Gotham Everyman — at least the subset that lives below 14th Street — exploring with disarming accuracy, humor and charm how a promising marriage can be sabotaged by the demands of family.
Amazingly, Burns made this rondelay about embattled couples and their relatives over 12 days and at a cost of $9,000. Yes, you read that
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Earlier this week Google announced that search is going “social,” so that what you find when you do a Google search will be influenced by what your friends on Google+ are saying. In a blog post, Google said that it’s “transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships.” In addition to putting your friends posts and pictures front and center in search (subject to the privacy options they chose when the posted it), Google now presents search results based on what your friends are saying. So, if your Google+ friends like a certain restaurant, its more likely to come up higher on a search. And if you search for a person and that person has a Google profile, that’s what’s likely to pop up.
Privacy and antitrust concerns
As the New York Times pointed out, some privacy advocates are concerned and others worry about antitrust issues, arguing this gives Google a competitive advantage over Twitter and Facebook that don’t happen to own a dominant search
I will admit it, I am a Marriage Proposal Planner and I am proud of it. I help people come up with customized proposal ideas and then I execute the idea for them to make sure it goes perfectly. I watch from a distance as women cry tears of joys and men stand proud knowing that they brought on that joy by creating a sentimental proposal. After the proposal I normally talk to the woman and even get invited to the
My boyfriend and I haven’t even been dating a year and we’re already fighting about a divorce settlement. Not our divorce settlement, but everyone else’s. He seems to think that Kobe Bryant’s wife is not entitled to the $75 million dollars she is likely to get. And I am outraged.
In California, without a prenup, husband and wife must split equally everything that was earned during the
The White House yesterday demanded that Mitt Romney apologize for attacking President Obama. “Since the president won 53 percent of the popular vote and 67 percent of the electoral college vote,” said press secretary Jay Carney, “any criticism of him is tantamount to putting our democracy on trial. Doesn’t the governor believe in the lyrics of America the Beautiful?”
Carney issued the following statement:
The creators of South Park have produced a 28-minute film called The Envy of Mormanism and have persuaded Warren Buffett to donate $1.7 billion to a super PAC run by Sasha Obama to air ads in Florida and Ohio in the general election based on the slogan “Romney hates America because he hates her president.” President Obama said that, while he himself doesn’t think that Governor Romney hates America, he has not spoken to Sasha about the ads, so they are completely legal under Citizens United and FEC decisions that have ruled 3-3 in favor of such independent commercials.
Romney’s family in fact comes from Mexico since his ancestors fled there to avoid prosecution in America for polygamy, according to a Thursday night report by Matt Taibbi on NBC Nightly News. Governor Romney couldn’t be reached for
The editorial board of Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal has a simple game. They want to cut taxes for the rich and government services for the rest, and end regulations of banks and the environment. They support taxpayer-financed bailouts of Wall Street when needed. They will twist any facts in the service of these goals.
Today’s lead editorial, with its graph of “Obama’s Growing Payroll,” is a perfect example of how the WSJ misleads rather than
At the elegant National Board of Review’s Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street this week, fine films were respectfully feted, with Hugo winning Best Picture, its director Martin Scorsese honored. Christopher Plummer, Best Supporting Actor for Beginners, and Will Reiser for his 50/50 original screenplay were among those honored. But, those speeches! On this occasion coming up on the Golden Globes weekend, a subtext emerged. Were they thinking about Oscars?
Viola Davis, reluctant spokesperson for the Best Ensemble award, and backed by a lovely Greek chorus from The Help including Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, marveled at the popularity of this movie given that no one in it has sex.
A clever pairing of presenters, Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, each in a volatile relationship with Spotlight Award recipient Michael Fassbender, in A Dangerous Method and Shame respectively, introduced the versatile
I concede my lens might be skewed, but from where I sit, a fundamental point has been lost amid all the talk of the latest book about the Obamas (called, The Obamas.) So far there has been an outcry over whether author Jody Kantor really calls Michelle an Angry Black Woman (not anywhere I could find in the 358-page book) and a kerfluffle over whether Michelle squabbled with Rahm Emmanuel. (Does anyone NOT squabble with Rahm Emmanuel?)
Somehow, lost between among the accusations and headlines, is the fact that “The Obamas” is a book about parenting.
The story of the Obamas learning to be politicians is also the story of them learning to be parents. They were married in 1992; Barack began commuting to his new job as an Illinois State legislator in 1997; Malia was born in 1998; and Sasha followed in