Politics

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Presbyterians withdraw funds from Israel because of harm to Palestinians

CHARLOTTE, NC, July 28, 2014 — There is an old saying about not mixing religion with politics when you travel. That’s also good advice in social situations. Apparently the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) didn’t get the memo or, like Barack Obama, they just don’t care. Recently, a matter of days before the current conflict between Israel and

RNS photo courtesy Danny Bolin via PC(USA)

Presbyterians withdraw funds from Israel because of harm to Palestinians

CHARLOTTE, NC, July 28, 2014 — There is an old saying about not mixing religion with politics when you travel. That’s also good advice in social situations. Apparently the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) didn’t get the memo or, like Barack Obama, they just don’t care. Recently, a matter of days before the current conflict between Israel and

RNS photo courtesy Danny Bolin via PC(USA)

Presbyterians withdraw funds from Israel because of harm to Palestinians

CHARLOTTE, NC, July 28, 2014 — There is an old saying about not mixing religion with politics when you travel. That’s also good advice in social situations. Apparently the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) didn’t get the memo or, like Barack Obama, they just don’t care. Recently, a matter of days before the current conflict between Israel and

King Kigeli of Rwanda

Americans love Downton Abbey, but not real monarchy

OCALA, Fla., July 28, 2014 — It is said that Americans don’t like titles. Or at least not monarchy titles. Of course, not all titles are referred to here. What mother hasn’t dreamed of her son becoming a doctor? The specific type of doctor usually isn’t considered, just so long as sonny can be called

King Kigeli of Rwanda

Americans love Downton Abbey, but not real monarchy

OCALA, Fla., July 28, 2014 — It is said that Americans don’t like titles. Or at least not monarchy titles. Of course, not all titles are referred to here. What mother hasn’t dreamed of her son becoming a doctor? The specific type of doctor usually isn’t considered, just so long as sonny can be called

King Kigeli of Rwanda

Americans love Downton Abbey, but not real monarchy

OCALA, Fla., July 28, 2014 — It is said that Americans don’t like titles. Or at least not monarchy titles. Of course, not all titles are referred to here. What mother hasn’t dreamed of her son becoming a doctor? The specific type of doctor usually isn’t considered, just so long as sonny can be called

King Kigeli of Rwanda

Americans love Downton Abbey, but not real monarchy

OCALA, Fla., July 28, 2014 — It is said that Americans don’t like titles. Or at least not monarchy titles. Of course, not all titles are referred to here. What mother hasn’t dreamed of her son becoming a doctor? The specific type of doctor usually isn’t considered, just so long as sonny can be called

Entertain Us

Santa Fe Opera's Crosby Theatre, via Wikipedia. Photo illustrates the unusual "sails" designed to keep out New Mexico's summer monsoon rains during performances.

Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 summer season gets underway

SANTA FE, N.M., July 28, 2014 − The Santa Fe Opera kicks its 2014 summer season into high gear this evening as it rolls out six operas-two of them being one-acts-in five days at its marvelous outdoor amphitheater just outside New Mexico’s picturesque capital city. All the productions are new, and three (well, four) of

Dustjacket for Paul Ryan's upcoming book.

Caught in the act: FEC to hobble sales of new Paul Ryan book

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 – Think the IRS is the only politicized Federal agency trying to silence Republican voices? Think again. Democrats on the Federal Election Commission (FEC)—comprised of three Republicans and three Democrats—managed to get a fourth vote Wednesday in favor of imposing some restrictions on Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisconsin) publisher regarding the

Image courtesy Dominican House of Studies Schola.

Recorded in Washington: Review of ‘In Medio Ecclesiae’



COLLEGE PARK, May 16, 2014 – There is simply no substitute for authenticity. Where sacred vocal music is concerned, the truth of this maxim is amplified significantly. As polished as certain professional performances of the sacred masterworks may be, these recordings are often eclipsed by groups that may be short on professional accolades, but long

Screenshot of scene from Universal's new "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer.

Just out: Hot new trailer for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (video)

HOLLYWOOD, July 24, 2014 – Universal released today its first trailer for “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” the sexy, much-anticipated film that’s based on E.L. James’ eponymous blockbuster book. James’ erotic novel has sold over 100 million copies, and the studio is hoping to spin the turnstiles for the new movie, scheduled for what Deadline Hollywood

Santa Fe Opera's Crosby Theatre, via Wikipedia. Photo illustrates the unusual "sails" designed to keep out New Mexico's summer monsoon rains during performances.

Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 summer season gets underway

SANTA FE, N.M., July 28, 2014 − The Santa Fe Opera kicks its 2014 summer season into high gear this evening as it rolls out six operas-two of them being one-acts-in five days at its marvelous outdoor amphitheater just outside New Mexico’s picturesque capital city. All the productions are new, and three (well, four) of

Santa Fe Opera's Crosby Theatre, via Wikipedia. Photo illustrates the unusual "sails" designed to keep out New Mexico's summer monsoon rains during performances.

Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 summer season gets underway

SANTA FE, N.M., July 28, 2014 − The Santa Fe Opera kicks its 2014 summer season into high gear this evening as it rolls out six operas-two of them being one-acts-in five days at its marvelous outdoor amphitheater just outside New Mexico’s picturesque capital city. All the productions are new, and three (well, four) of

From L: Julian (Alex Podulke) and Claire (Barbara Kingsley).

CATF: Thomas Gibbons’ ‘Uncanny Valley’ is uncannily good

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va., July 19, 2014 – Back in the late 1960s, science fiction author Philip K. Dick wrote a novel whose title posed a most interesting question: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In 1982, a script loosely based on Dick’s haunting tale came to life in “Blade Runner,” a now classic science fiction

Business

Zillow Logo. (Via Wikipedia, Creative Commons 3.0)

Zillow buys Trulia, Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 − Wall Street woke up this morning to doubly stunning news on the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) front. Online real estate listing giant Zillow [Z] announced it will buy its fierce rival Trulia (TRLA) for $3.5 billion. Meanwhile, cut-price retailer Dollar Tree (DLTR) announced a deal to buy one of its

Screen shot of video purporting to show larger form factor of iPhone 6.

Apple [AAPL] reports OK Q3 numbers, stock off in after-hours

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple (AAPL) released its eagerly anticipated third-quarter earnings report after Tuesday’s closing bell. The company earned $7.7 billion, $1.28 per share, for the three-month period ending June 28, which was a 12% increase from 2013’s Q3 earnings of $6.9 billion, $1.07 per share. On the other hand, while revenue jumped 6% from

LGBT Divorce Issues

LGBT marriage, divorce, and overall legal chaos

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2014 — Marriage in the LGBT community is a constant uphill battle. With legislation often leaning against their rights, many find it difficult to become legally wed with their significant other. And now, in the age of modern marriage, the problem has extended to divorce. Equal protection of the law, a clause written

U.S. Army practices with Beretta pistols on firing range.

Change: Beretta moves manufacturing from Maryland to Tennessee

ACCOKEEK, Md., July 23, 2014 – Earlier this year, Beretta U.S.A announced that it was relocating some of its gun manufacturing activities from anti-gun Maryland to a new facility in Tennessee, a state where the company is being enthusiastically welcomed with open arms. Today, the other shoe dropped, as the American division of this internationally

Screenshot of new Sebelius music software packaging. (From the Avid Sebelius web site.)

Music and Technology: Review of Sibelius 7.5



WASHINGTON, July 4, 2014 – The Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius was unable to complete his eighth symphony before he died, just short of his 92nd birthday. The Avid music notation software named after him long seemed destined to have concluded its existence at a seventh effort. That is, until the company recently released Sibelius 7.5.

Zillow Logo. (Via Wikipedia, Creative Commons 3.0)

Zillow buys Trulia, Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 − Wall Street woke up this morning to doubly stunning news on the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) front. Online real estate listing giant Zillow [Z] announced it will buy its fierce rival Trulia (TRLA) for $3.5 billion. Meanwhile, cut-price retailer Dollar Tree (DLTR) announced a deal to buy one of its

Commentary

RNS photo courtesy Danny Bolin via PC(USA)

Presbyterians withdraw funds from Israel because of harm to Palestinians

CHARLOTTE, NC, July 28, 2014 — There is an old saying about not mixing religion with politics when you travel. That’s also good advice in social situations. Apparently the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) didn’t get the memo or, like Barack Obama, they just don’t care. Recently, a matter of days before the current conflict between Israel and

Travel

Mount Rushmore@Greg Sanchez

Mt. Rushmore: One of America’s iconic national monuments

BLACK HILLS, SD, July 28, 2014 — Even before you get to this iconic symbol of democracy, even before you are able to see the faces of the four presidents carved into the Black Hills, as you are walking towards the monument itself, your heart is pounding. One cannot deny the excitement of seeing America’s most iconic

Life

Seniors have the memories of clean streets and trash-free roads

The small actions we take count

LISA WORKING ON THIS MISSOURI, July 28, 2014 — How true that it’s the little things that count. Everybody manages the big and obvious things of life. However, it’s also the little things in life that one must pay attention to in order to have completeness. As a part of society and a part of

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