“Why hasn’t the Catholic Church been prosecuted under the federal RICO laws of organized crime? It was set up to get the mafia; an organization involved in felony, of covering it up—all the molestations and all that, those are felonies and this is an organization involved in perpetrating those felonies. That’s what the RICO laws were written for: why have they not been charged?”—Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. (via goodreasonnews)
I covered the American cleric sex abuse scandal when I was covering the Vatican for the New York Times a few years ago. And I would say it was very disappointing to me, as a practicing Catholic, that it was very much seen as an American problem and they had no problem just saying ‘this is just the Jewish-American media, enemies of the church. That was just right out there.
…but you have to believe me, from sea to shining sea, in the united states of America every time the bishops, my bishops, had a chance to protect the children or to protect their own Derriere, they did not make the right call.
…The Italian view is: This has been going on forever, it’s no big deal…sex with little boys is not real sex.
When the United States defeated Mexico in 1848, the Mexicans living in the newly annexed territories became Mexican-Americans. Under the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Congress was required to pass legislation making them full U.S. citizens. This was done as part of the bills that admitted the various new states to the union. But Arizona avoided being admitted to the union until 1912. During the 64 years that Arizona was a territory, generations of Mexican-Americans were required to obey all federal, state, and local laws and pay taxes, but with their citizenship in limbo they could not vote for the politicians who passed those laws and taxes. Nor were they allowed to vote for the authorities who adjudicated their pre-1848 land, water, and mineral rights. Even after Arizona finally allowed itself to become a state and Latinos gained the legal right to vote, widespread denial of voting rights continued. So much so that Arizona was (and continues to be) one of those states specifically called out by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Native-Americans comprise a significant portion of Arizona’s population. Native Americans in Arizona were required to pay taxes, obey all laws, and submit to the draft, but under the quaint theory that they were citizens of “sovereign Indian nations” (meaning the reservations) they were not considered United States citizens when it came to the right to vote. Congress finally got around to correcting this injustice in 1924. Arizona politicians then quickly enacted state legislation designed to nullify the federal effort to grant full Indian citizenship and continue denying voting rights to Arizona’s Native-American population. It was not until 1948 that the federal courts over-turned state laws that explicitly denied Native people the right to vote. So for 100 years after Arizona became part of America, native people in Arizona had all the obligations of citizenship, but not all of the rights.
Principal Oatts replied in his e-mail, “I thought about asking a guy who snorted cocaine and got arrested for DUI when he was 30 to come and speak to our kids, but, President George W. Bush was not available.”
Controversial research published in New Scientist, demonstrating that apes suffer self-doubt, has given scientists an important clue into how religion may have originated in our early hominid ancestors.
In the research, apes first watched a human researcher place food in one of two covered…
GA State Rep. Mark Hatfield (R-Waycross) has just introduced legislation that would require Barack Obama – should he run for re-election – to provide proof of his citizenship before being granted a spot on the 2012 Georgia presidential primary ballot.