The State of Missouri executed Earl Ringo Jr. on Tuesday, Sept. 9 for committing two murders in 1998; Ringo left behind a note with his final words and a quote from the Quran.
"O my Lord bestow wisdom on me, and join me with the righteous," Ringo wrote before the execution took place.
After all last-minute appeals were exhausted, Ringo was taken to the execution chamber in the Bonne Terre prison, where he was injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital. He was pronounced dead just nine minutes later, according to Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections. more >>
Amid the run-up to the mid-term election, football began in earnest last week. The NFL is a nice respite for all who hate politics and political ads and yet still enjoy the primal pleasure of watching millionaires ripping each other to shreds. And now, some NFL teams are untangling themselves from lawsuits alleging poor working conditions and inadequate pay brought by former team cheerleaders.
Last week the Oakland Raiderettes settled with the team for $1,250,000 --- or, as their lawyers told them, a quarter million dollars. The settlement gives past Raider cheerleaders about $3,800 each and the lawyers Bentleys. Such is the nature of class actions lawsuits in -- where else -- the People's Republic of California.
There are large pay differences for cheerleaders among NFL teams. The Jets "Flight Crew" cheerleaders were paid the most, about $150 per game. But they had to watch the Jets games, so things have a way of balancing out. more >>
The federal government has decided to continue its legal action regarding a lawsuit from a Catholic order seeking an exemption from the Health and Human Services Department's contraception mandate.
In a "supplemental brief for the government" filed Monday in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the government decided it will continue to defend the mandate against a suit by the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church tried to wipe out links tying his church to Xtron Productions, the management firm behind his wife Sun Ho's pop career, the prosecution argued on Monday. Kong and five other church members are being accused of misusing $19.2 million to fund Ho's career.
"The reason why you were trying to sweep the transactions with Xtron under the carpet is because that's what you do if your house is dirty and a visitor might be turning up unexpectedly," said Deputy Public Prosecutor Christopher Ong.
Hans Christian Anderson's famous story, The Emperor's New Clothes, teaches that we should strive to discern and declare truth in the face of mounting political pressure. This vitally important lesson was exhibited last week by district court Judge Martin Feldman in his remarkable and courageous ruling upholding the Louisiana constitutional provision that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Contrary to popular belief, traditional marriage is not dead (or at least not yet). In last year's much ballyhooed decision of U.S. v. Windsor, the Supreme Court did not strike down the traditional meaning of marriage. Though this nuclear option was squarely before the Court, and strenuously sought, the Court opted to go in another direction. Justice Kennedy, speaking on behalf of the majority, held deference ought to be afforded states in the realm of marriage, allowing states to define marriage for themselves and their citizens an opportunity to participate in the democratic process on this important social issue.
But following this decision, akin to Anderson's tale of swindlers selling imaginary clothes to the Emperor, same-sex marriage activists developed a clever plan to fool judges and everyone else. They put together talking points boasting of a new right for same-sex couples to marry, though none in truth exists. Coupling this fictional guarantee with the on-going, slick marketing campaign that links their cause to the virtue of equality, these activists trumpeted the Windsor decision as precedent triggering a massive overhaul of the marriage institution. more >>
Pennsylvania mother Ann Whalen has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for giving her 16-year-old daughter pills to cause a miscarriage.
Whalen's daughter became pregnant in 2012 and decided that she did not want the baby; Whalen told police that she could not find a local abortion clinic and did not want to take her daughter out of the state to have the procedure, which would have been 74 miles away, according to Reuters. Instead, she went online and ordered the pills from a company abroad.
Unfortunately, after taking the pills, the girl (now 18), experienced extreme abdominal pain and bleeding and was hospitalized with an "incomplete abortion and a urinary tract infection," records state. The hospital informed police of the situation, which led to Whalen's arrest. She was charged with giving her daughter pills to induce abortion – Pennsylvania law requires that a physician be present for the procedure. more >>