Reporters for Kaiser Health News asked people around the country to answer the following question: "If you ended up in an elevator with Rep. Boehner, what single thing would you urge him to do about health care in this country?"
American voters made plain their anger over the economy and their frustration with the party in power. But they often did something else: they supported clean energy where they could.
Peter Lehner's blog on the Natural Resources Defense Council Web site claims that this week's election showed support for climate legislation and clean energy, even as Democrats in many places were defeated as the economy trumped all other issues.
"California voters defeated an oil industry attempt to undermine the state’s climate law, and most members of Congress who helped pass clean energy and climate legislation in 2009 kept their seats.
"The vote in California was particularly significant. This was the first time climate solutions were put to a public referendum. And despite the millions of dollars that fossil fuel companies poured into the race, Californians made it clear they want to build a cleaner energy future."
Monsignor Patrick Brown, longtime pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic church in Long Hill, N.J., admitted in federal court Wednesday that he stole nearly $64,000 from the church to buy relatives' gifts, pay credit card bills and fund trips to Ireland, Hawaii and Colorado.
Brown, a 59-year-old Stirling resident who also maintains a residence in Budd Lake, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to the criminal charge of tax evasion.
Did you see this from Religion News Service?
LONDON (RNS) A leading bishop in the Church of England has triggered fury in British religious circles by likening the debate over allowing female bishops to the “serious threat” of warfare posed by the Nazis on the eve of World War II.
Religion in the 2010 Elections: A Preliminary Look, report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a Chicago area pastor has been discussing the idea of women deacons in the weekly bulletin, and has even contacted Cardinal George about the idea:
His parish, St. Nicholas, has been kicking around the topic for months, and a longtime female member has expressed interest in becoming a deacon should the Vatican open up the option to women.
Pope John Paul II closed off internal debate on allowing women to become priests. Among the church's arguments: Jesus selected only male apostles. But there's no ban on talking about female deacons.
Supporters note that the New Testament references female deacons, though the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops indicates "there is no conclusive evidence that this office or the persons who fulfilled these roles were truly 'ordained' like the male deacons."
A good read from Eureka Street, the Jesuit publication from Australia:
Read the full story: Questions miracles raise
Health-care reform and economic stimulus efforts may have cost Democrats the election. Was it worth it? Over on the Commonweal blog, Paul Moses says, "It was worth it.."
Dana Milbank, op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, has piece about the election aftermath titled: Crowing at Fox News
"It's a comeuppance," Fox News contributor (and Post columnist) Charles Krauthammer contributed.
"I have one word," said Sean Hannity. "Historic."
And Chris Wallace struggled for words. "A gigantic - not a wave election but a tidal wave election," he envisioned.
Purchasing meat directly from the farm has many benefits for both the farmers and the eaters:
- The entire purchase price goes to the farmer.
- You get high-quality, delicious meat from farmers you can get to know over time.
- You avoid the cruel and destructive system of industrial meat production.
Buying beef, pork, lamb, bison, poultry and other meats this way is vastly different from the meat counter at your local supermarket and it will take some adjustment. Consider:
1. Most local farmers produce seasonally on a small scale and have limited marketing outlets. Consequently, they sell only frozen meat because it's not feasible for them to sell all the meat they produce before it spoils.
2. Producers prefer to sell beef and pork by the half (side) or quarter, but sometimes they offer a bundle of mixed cuts in 20-25 pound lots. These are processed in facilities that have been inspected by the state and/or federal government and come in marked butcher paper or labeled plastic. Some sell at farmers' markets by the individual cut.