Rescuers find baby trapped in rubble 22 hours after the Nepal earthquake
So wonderful to hear a glimmer of good news amidst such an awful tragedy.
A 4-month-old baby was rescued from a destroyed building in the town of Bhaktapur at least 22 hours after the quake struck, the newspaper Kathmandu Today reported.
A Nepali military team had failed to notice the child during its search but returned after his cry was heard, the newspaper said.
The little boy, whose name is Sonit Awal, was reported to be in stable condition without any internal injuries, according to initial examinations. CNN hasn’t independently confirmed Sonit’s rescue, but the newspaper published photos showing the dust-caked infant being lifted by Nepali soldiers in the ruined structure.
British sniper saves boy and father from ISIS beheading with incredible half-mile shot
Now this is some military heroism worth cheering about!
An SAS ground unit had moved into position just outside the village where the gruesome punishment was being meted out.
“Through binoculars, the soldiers could see that the crowd were terrified and many were in tears,” the source said.
Soon, a man and his young son were pulled from the crowd, blindfolded, and placed on their knees.
“A tall bearded man emerged and drew a long knife,” the source reportedly said. “He began addressing the crowd and slapping the father and his son around the head and kicking them onto the floor.”
The knife-wielding jihadist was flanked by two men toting AK-47s.
That’s when the SAS sniper killed the executioner using a .50-caliber rifle shot from 1,000 meters away, more than half a mile.
“The ISIS thug who was about to decapitate the father was shot in the head and collapsed,” the unnamed source told the Daily Star. ”Everyone just stared in confusion. The sniper then dispatched the two henchmen with single shots – three kills with three bullets.”
After the militants were killed, the boy and his father were untied and ran away toward the Turkish border.
The Star reported that the sniper plan gelled after the unit rejected calling in an aerial drone attack due to the risk that innocent bystanders would be killed.
Baltimore rioters burn down new senior center built by church
This is truly tragic. A new senior center that was being built by a church in order to provide affordable housing for the elderly in the community was apparently burnt down by the Baltimore rioters. Here is a photo of the pastor as he looks on in sadness and disbelief:
Hot topic of the moment. Not everyone agrees with the Pope’s encyclical, and I have little ‘faith’ that the environmental community will do anything more than wave the Pope’s call around for political gain. I doubt they (well, ‘we’ since I am clearly part of the enviro-community!) will change behaviors to pivot to help others. We won’t agree to get involved in political decision making (are you going to run for office or go to your city council meetings?). I doubt we’ll make serious and effective efforts to basically reverse the western way of life. And I am firmly confident the enviro-left will absolutely reject his call to reduce investments and dependence on new technologies.
So, what will change because of his call? After all, conservatives and business leaders around the world have openly condemned Pope Francis as a temporary blip. The right are masters of the ad-hominen attack (namely because the media eats it up). The right thinks the Pope no longer has influence. So, to them, it’s not risky to throw a world-religious leader under the bus. For me, I wonder if there are changes, how will people be held accountable if they don’t act? How will possible changes be monitored and measured? Climate denial knows no bounds.
1. Climate change is real, and it’s getting worse.
Though some politicians in the U.S. still argue about the reality of
the climate change, Pope Francis doesn’t mince words: “Climate change is
a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social,
economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one
of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day,” he says. “If
present trends continue, this century may well witness extraordinary
climate change and an unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with
serious consequences for all of us.”
2. Human beings are a major contributor to climate change.
While many agree that climate change is real, some believe that human
beings don’t contribute to it. The science suggests otherwise, and Pope
Francis—a trained chemist—says human beings do have an effect on the
Earth: “We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled
to plunder her at will.”
3. Climate change disproportionately affects the poor. Climate
change’s worst impact, Pope Francis says, “will probably be felt by
developing countries in coming decades. Many of the poor live in areas
particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means
of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic
services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry.” This environmental
inequality creates a strange economic phenomenon: Poor countries are
often financially indebted to rich countries. The world has what Pope
Francis calls a “social debt towards the poor … because they are denied
the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity.”
4. We can and must make things better. Some
of those who study climate change believe this process to be
irreversible, too far gone. But Francis—whose first major letter was
entitled Joy of the Gospel—says he doesn’t believe we should be
robbed of hope. “Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also
capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and
making a new start”
5. Individuals can help, but politicians must lead the charge. Francis
argues that personal responsibility is an important step toward
reversing climate change, but that political and structural
transformations are needed for lasting change. “Every effort to protect
and improve our world entails profound changes in lifestyles, models of
production and consumption, and the established structures of power
which today govern societies.”
It’s things like this that are the reason why Twitter exists. Today, a hashtag exploded with raucous and hilarious jabs at the on-campus politically correct culture that has turned the University of Missouri upside down. Friend of Poor Richard’s News Iowahawk started #NationalOffendACollegeStudentDay. Here are some of our favorite tweets. Fair warning: there are belly laughs ahead.
It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.
Oregon officials now going after the home of bakers who refused to bake for lesbian wedding
For the LGBT activists in Oregon’s government, forcing this Christian couple to close their business isn’t enough. Now they’re going after their home, ordering them to pay $135,000 by Monday or face a lien on their mortgage.
from Todd Starnes:
Two Christian bakers who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages by July 13 or else the state of Oregon could place a lien on their home.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were punished by the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) for unlawfully discriminating against a same-sex couple.
The Kleins, who are devout evangelical Christians, argued that baking the cake would be a violation of their religious beliefs.
The BOLI ruling ordered the mom-and-pop bakers to pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple. They were also slapped with a gag order that prohibits them from speaking publicly about their refusal to participate in or bake wedding cakes for same-sex unions.
And now - they have until July 13 to pay the damages or else face additional fines and a possible lien on their home.
“This is intimidation and bullying - that’s exactly what it is,” Klein told me in a telephone interview.“ They are trying to strong-arm me into handing over $135,000 to the two girls and if I win on appeal - they will never pay me back.”
A BOLI spokesman confirmed they sent a standard payment letter to the Kleins’ attorney.
“The letter informs them that if we do not hear from them, we may turn the matter over to the Department of Revenue, which can place a lien on real property,” the spokesman told me.
BOLI said they would also be willing to accept either a full payment or payment arrangements.
“Of course, they can also ask for a stay of enforcement while they pursue their appeal,” the spokesman said.
But there’s a catch. The person who will determine whether or not to stay the order — is BOLI Commissioner Brad Avakian — a vocal supporter of the LGBTQIA movement.
“The judge, jury and executioner are all in one place,” said Anna Harmon, the Kleins’ attorney. “He is intent on using his office to root out thought and speech with which he personally disagrees.”