OKC Civic Center hosting a Satanic Black Mass led by sex offender

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A group called Dakhma of Angra Mainyu is holding a Black Mass at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21. The permittee (see the permit at the bottom of this post) for the event is Adam Daniels, a registered sex offender. The Civic Center is owned by the city and funded by a foundation that includes a city government official and the head of a Catholic hospital on its board. The event has been condemned by the Archbishop of Oklahoma City. (I first read about this on Fr. Z’s Blog.)

From the Civic Center’s website:

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Adam Daniels has connections to Lucien Greaves (a.k.a. Doug Mesner, a.k.a. Adam Misicko), the organizer of the planned Black Mass at Harvard University (which didn’t take place.)

Dawn Eden had more on that at the time:

Moreover, I am not encouraged by the fact that Greaves is close with registered sex offender Adam B. Daniels, who, along with his wife, run a Satanic worship center in Oklahoma. Here is a video interview in which they talk about why they personally submitted the application for Greaves’ Satanic Temple to build a monument to Satan at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Just this week, Daniels told an Oklahoma news stations of his “conversations” with Greaves.

Look up “Adam B. Daniels” in the national sex offender registry and you will see that he was convicted of sexual battery in 2009. The rap sheet notes that he has satanic tattoos all over his body. The court ruled that he had to remain on the registry for life.

In what appears to be some sort of sick joke, the website of Daniels’ Satanic “church” features a “rape awareness” page decorated with images of flowers.

Greaves too has committed criminal sexual activity. He was photographed last year exposing himself upon the grave site of the mother of the Westboro Baptist Church founder as part of what he called a “satanic ritual,” which you can read about here.

Daniels was previously “Dark Overlord” of the Church of the IV Majesties. That group had planned on holding a fake exorcism at the Civic Center in 2010, which Daniels tried to cancel after he was kicked out of that group. It’s not clear if that event ever took place. Here’s what James Hale, a co-founder of that group, said at the time: “We Satanists don’t deal with sex offenders.”

Earlier this year, The Catholic League was critical of the Civic Center for hosting a performance of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” last December.

The League noted:

When it opened in the East Village in New York in 1998, [William] Donohue said, “it sounds like a routine homosexual play: full-frontal male nudity, filthy language, discussions of body parts, butch lesbians, effeminate gay men, ranting about nature, damning God for AIDS, etc.” The play was a flop, never making it to Broadway. In December, the taxpayers, both nationally and in Oklahoma, paid for it.

If you live in Oklahoma City and you’re offended by this, you should contact the Civic Center and other officials and politely let them know about it. Also, if you’re a Catholic elsewhere who is offended you should make sure your opinion is heard.

The Public Information Officer for the Civic Center is Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock. You can email her here or call (405) 297-3882 to let her know your opinion on the matter. The main business office number for the Civic Center is (405) 297-2584. The Civic Center is also on Twitter – @okcciviccenter.

The Board of Directors includes City Councilwoman Meg Salyer of Ward 6. You can call her at (405) 297-2402. Her email address is ward6@okc.gov. She is on Twitter and her handle is @MegForWard6.

Another board member is Joe Hodges of St. Anthony Hospital. The hospital’s mission statement is: “Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.” St. Anthony Hospital is part of SSM Healthcare, a Catholic organization which was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. Hodges is regional vice president for SSM.  You can contact SSM about Mr. Hodges role on the board of the Civic Center by calling (314) 994-7800 or emailing them here. You can also possibly contact Mr. Hodges directly at the hospital by calling (800) 227‑6964 or the main number at (405) 272‑7000.

The Mayor of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett, might be another good person to contact to express your displeasure. You can reach the Mayor at (405) 297-2424 or email him at mayor@okc.gov. He is on Twitter at @mickcornett.

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Official: Pop tart “gun” suspension of 7-year old should be upheld

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Baltimore Sun:

A hearing examiner recommended the Anne Arundel County school board uphold last year’s two-day suspension of a second-grader who was accused of nibbling a pastry into the shape of a gun.

But an attorney for the family of Joshua Welch said if the county board agrees, he’s prepared to take the matter to the state Board of Education.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to clear this little kid’s name and take the brand off his record,” attorney Robin Ficker said.

Hearing examiner Andrew Nussbaum, who was brought in by the school system to hear the case, sided with school officials in the sanctioning of Welch, then a 7-year-old Park Elementary School student whose suspension in March 2013 drew national media coverage and debate. Kimberly and B.J. Welch have since transferred their son to another school.

The school system has tried to say the suspension wasn’t about the “gun”, but the family’s attorney strongly disagrees with that characterization.

Watch Dolly Parton play the Benny Hill Show theme song

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Trey Barrineau of the Entertain This! blog at USA Today reports:

Parton picked up a tiny saxophone covered in rhinestones (of course) and played the goofy “Boots” Randolph instrumental hit from 1963 that’s now probably best known as the theme music to the lowbrow British comedy series The Benny Hill Show.

Here’s the video:

RNC’s Reince Priebus comments on Obama overreach on immigration, Hobby Lobby

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RNC statement by Chairman Reince Priebus:

“For years, the administration has neglected our borders and precipitated the current crisis through its executive order. President Obama’s reactionary response does not solve the root problem of our broken immigration system and the American people simply don’t trust him with two in three Americans disapproving of his handling of immigration.

After being rebuked 13 times by a unanimous Supreme Court in just 3 years and with the House of Representatives filing a lawsuit to curb Obama’s presidential overreach, you’d think this administration would get the message. Our Constitution is not a list of suggestions. Our Founders were not mistaken when they created three separate branches of government. The President didn’t like the Supreme Court’s affirmation that religious liberty trumps his failed, one size fits all healthcare law. He wants a comprehensive immigration overhaul that’s his way or the highway. But that doesn’t give him the power to rewrite the Constitution or the law.

It is deeply concerning that the White House’s first reaction to today’s ruling in Hobby Lobby is to have their lawyers concoct ways to unilaterally undermine the Court’s decision. Likewise, it’s disturbing that this President believes he can be a one man legislative branch when it comes to our immigration laws.

If this President is so eager for new laws, he needs to work with Congress and listen to the Courts. Not go it alone. Again.”

11th Circuit grants injunction in EWTN’s HHS Mandate suit

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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted EWTN a temporary injunction that bars the federal government from imposing a $35,000 a day fine on the network.

EWTN Global Catholic Network is facing either a $35,000 a day or $12 million a year fine for refusing to comply with the Affordable Care Act that mandates employers cover contraceptives for employees.

The deadline to comply with this ACA provision is midnight on Monday, June 30.

While WBRC claims it might not necessarily be related to today’s Supreme Court ruling, the actual order itself from the 11th Circuit (below) starts with the following phrase: “In light of the Supreme Court’s decision today…”

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Catholic Bishops’ statement on Hobby Lobby ruling

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Via USSCB.org:

June 30, 2014

Americans can follow faith in running closely held businesses
Court leaves open whether ‘accommodation’ violates RFRA

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties means “justice has prevailed,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. The Court ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “preventive services” mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as applied to these employers to the extent that it would have forced them to provide insurance coverage for drugs and devices that violate their religious convictions on respect for human life. The statement follows:

“We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize that Americans can continue to follow their faith when they run a family business. In this case, justice has prevailed, with the Court respecting the rights of the Green and Hahn families to continue to abide by their faith in how they seek their livelihood, without facing devastating fines. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to build a culture that fully respects religious freedom.

“The Court clearly did not decide whether the so-called ‘accommodation’ violates RFRA when applied to our charities, hospitals and schools, so many of which have challenged it as a burden on their religious exercise. We continue to hope that these great ministries of service, like the Little Sisters of the Poor and so many others, will prevail in their cases as well.”

8 facts you should know about the Palmetto State on Carolina Day

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June 28 is Carolina Day in South Carolina. The Battle of Sullivan’s Island took place on June 28, 1776. Troops in the South Carolina Militia successfully repelled an attack from the Royal Navy on Charleston Harbor. The SC troops occupied an unfinished fort (Fort Sullivan, later renamed Fort Moultrie after the militia commander) made of logs from palmetto trees and the spongy nature of the wood helped repel the British cannonade. The 2nd South Carolina Regiment and the 4th South Carolina Artillery occupied the forst that day.

The painting above shows the actions of Sergeant William Jasper, who raised the regimental flag after it was shot down.

Now for, eight facts you may not know about South Carolina. I chose eight since the state was the eighth to ratify the U.S. Constitution (in 1788.)

  1. South Carolina and North Carolina originally formed a single colony called Carolina, which was owned by eight British nobleman calleds the Lords Proprietors. One of the proprietors, Lord Shaftesbury, drafted the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina with the assistance of John Locke, who was his assistant. Some of the names of other proprietors can be found now as names on the map both South Carolina and North Carolina.  Seven of the proprietors sold their land to the crown in 1729, which resulted in two separate colonies being formed. George II created the charter for the colony of Georgia in 1732, removing it from South Carolina territory.
  2. South Carolina’s Strom Thurmond was the first United States Senator to be elected via  a write-in campaign. Thurmond was the only senator elected via write-in until Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski was re-elected via a write-in in 2010 after losing her primary.
  3. The crescent on the state flag was not intended to be a crescent moon. It was adopted from the hat devices of the 2nd SC at Fourt Moultrie when Robert Barnwell Rhett designed the flag in the early days of the War Between the States. In 2007, Brian Hicks of the Post & Courier wrote a good article explaining the nuances and history of that discussion.
  4. The inventor of the maser, a precursor of the laser, was born in South Carolina. Charles Hard Townes was born in Greenville. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964 for his work. He was chairman of the NASA Science Advisory Committee during the Apollo program. He attended Furman University in Greenville for his undergraduate degree.
  5. Larry Doby, a native of Camden, was the first African-American player in the American League in Major League Baseball. Doby started playing for the Cleveland Indians shortly after (3 months later) Jackie Robinson started playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League. Doby and Satchel Paige were the first African-American players to play for a World Series champion in 1948. Doby served in the U.S. Navy in WWII and was the first player to go directly from the Negro Leagues to MLB.
  6. South Carolina is the last state to still elect its Adjutant General. All other states have an appointed Adjutant General, who serves as state commander of the National Guard. This year could be the last year that post is elected in South Carolina since an amendment is on the November ballot to make it appointed.
  7. In March 1776, South Carolina elected John Rutledge as its President and Henry Laurens as Vice President. This made the Palmetto State the first independent government in the colonies. The Constitution of 1788 changed those titles to Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
  8.  Conservative icon Clare Boothe Luce is buried at Mepkin Abbey in Berkeley County. The land originally belonged to one of the Lords Proprietors who sold it to Henry Laurens. Henry Luce bought the plantation in 1936 and he and his wife, Clare Boothe Luce, donated part of the land to the Trappist monks who are still there back in 1949. Besides the Luce family, Henry Laurens and his son John Laurens, who was an aide-de-camp to George Washington in the Revolutionary War, are buried there.

Sore Loserman 2014

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First, we have Claudia Tenney in New York (via Syracuse.com):

State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney today still had not called U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, to concede her Republican primary loss Tuesday in the 22nd Congressional District.

Instead, a bitter Tenney blamed the media, the Oneida Indian Nation and national conservatives who didn’t back her earlier in the campaign for her loss to Hanna by about 1,600 votes.

“Media missed the race,” Tenney wrote in a text message this morning. “(Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray) Halbritter bought Hanna and the race. Tragic.”

She added, “My team was valiant in the face of a fraudulent and abusive campaign.”

Erick Erickson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, and Rick Santorum all supported Tenney. If I lived in the district there’s a very good chance I would’ve voted for her. That still doesn’t make her whining acceptable. She lost and should be classier in defeat than she has been.  

I may very well have voted for Chris McDaniel in the primary and yesterday’s runoff if I lived in Mississippi as well, but he’s also responding in a similar fashion to Tenney:

We haven’t conceded and we’re not going to concede right now. We’re going to investigate.

Naturally sometimes it’s difficult to contest an election, obviously, but we do know that 35,000 Democrats crossed over. And we know many of those Democrats did vote in the Democratic primary just three weeks ago which makes it illegal.

We likewise know that we have a statute, a law in our state that says you cannot participate in a primary unless you intend to support that candidate. And we know good and well that these 35,000 democrats have no intention to do that. They’ll be voting for Travis Childers in November. We know that. They know that. And so that makes their actions illegal.

So we’re going to be fighting this.

Other than him saying he’s “certain” that laws were broken, I’d have to see some actual evidence to believe that.

Sean Hannity, who also endorsed McDaniel, said today he wouldn’t vote for Cochran in November if he lived in the Magnolia State:

“If I was in Mississippi I would not and could not in good conscience vote for Thad Cochran after the way this campaign was run,” he said. “And I know many of you are gonna say, ‘but Hannity, that means we put the seat at risk for a Democrat.’”

“Well what is Thad Cochran?” he asked. “He ran as a Democrat. He ran as somebody who hates the Tea Party. He ran as somebody who hates conservatives.”

“I would not support this man,” Hannity concluded.

Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation has called on McDaniel to run as a write-in candidate in November.

Here’s what Tom Dougherty had to say on Facebook:

The strategies and tactics employed by the Cochran campaign to defeat McDaniel have existed, and been utilized in varying manners, for many decades. They are aggressive and extreme but they are lawful and can be, as seen last night, highly effective.

If they anger, annoy, distress, disturb or cause you angst then your skin is far too thin and your shoulders are much too narrow to spend time in the political arena.

Campaigning and politicking is a blood sport. It is today and has been for a couple centuries, and if you cannot accept that as fact, and acknowledge that every campaign has a winner and a loser, then get out now for you do not possess what it takes to participate in this realm at its highest levels.

Earlier in the day Dougherty blogged about the race. Here are some excerpts:

I will not regurgitate those points here, and will simply cut to the heart of the matter from a political strategist perspective – Chris McDaniel lost because he was out “got” and outplayed, period.

Ask any campaign operative or strategist what their job is and, if they know what they’re doing, you will hear an answer very much like, “I don’t make the rules but my job is to win within the rules, regardless of what they are.”

That is exactly what Thad Cochran’s campaign did, and it is why Chris McDaniel’s camp lost.
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So when the diatribe is stripped away, and the whining is stifled, the bottom line is Chris McDaniel had every opportunity to reach out to the very same voters he knew Thad Cochran was targeting but he didn’t, and that was fatal.

I agree wholeheartedly with Dougherty’s sentiments. I also think that if McDaniel somehow successfully challenges the results and becomes the nominee, I would expect the Cochran camp to deal with it and get behind him for the November election as well.

There’s a third race I heard of similar behavior. An unnamed, unsuccessful primary candidate for governor (who supposedly was the only one who could win in November) in a state I won’t name was rumored to be considering a write-in campaign, but it appears that won’t be happening now.

I lived in an open primary state for the first 32 years of my life, so I’m used to the facts of life in an open primary state when it comes to electoral politics. I even voted in some local Democratic primaries in my home county in South Carolina when it was Yellow Dog Democrat territory and  there were no primaries on the Republican side. I’d much prefer it that way to the closed primary system here in Maryland (which when coupled with the central committee system helps the Democrats keep a stranglehold on power.)

All labels are transitory in a state where you self-identify by choosing to vote in a primary and the direct mail and other targeting has traditionally been done by frequency and recent votes in a particular party’s primary. I think the data will show that the true hardcore partisans won’t cross over to vote in the other party’s primary. The people who are doing that usually aren’t that strong of a partisan in the first place. In the case of Mississippi, I’d say that Democrats might want to go vote for McDaniel because they have he perception he’d be easier to beat in November. That being said, instead of complaining about open primaries being the reason for a loss – maybe people should work to close the primaries if they think that’s best.

I’ve also chastised people who have gotten angry about candidates like Christine O’Donnell, Todd Akin, and Richard Mourdock getting the party nominations in their races before. If their opponents couldn’t beat them in the primary, they likely had little chance to win in November themselves.

If you want to be a part of a political party and want candidates who espouses the principles you agree with to be that party’s nominee, then work your tail off, donate money, and do all you can to legally make sure your candidate wins. Then, if you’re really interested in that party you will support the nominee in November. Otherwise, you leave the party and go to another one or start your own. You have the right to complain all you want about anything at anytime, but others have a right to call you out on it as well.

Think strategically instead of tactically sometimes. It’s a big picture and you can make incremental gains to achieve your goals. That’s the way all the successful movements have achieved their goal. I know I’ll be called a RINO by some for this, but I don’t really care. The people who know me know I’m anything but that.

West Africa ebola outbreak death toll rises past 300

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Mashable has the latest update on the ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has now become the “worst outbreak in history”:

The deadly Ebola virus — for which there is no cure or vaccine — has killed more than 300 people in west Africa since March. It’s now the worst outbreak in history, with Doctors Without Borders calling it an “unprecedented” epidemic that is now “out of control.”

The current Ebola outbreak started in Guinea; it quickly spread throughout the country, and then to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak doesn’t seem to be slowing down, despite the intervention of international health authorities, including the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This is worse than expected,” Robert Garry, a Tulane University virologist currently in Sierra Leone, told NBC News. “I am fearful that it could get much worse.”

The chart, below, shows the total number of reported cases this year, the number of deaths and the “case fatality ratio” — the proportion of deaths within the total number of infections — for each country where there have been reported cases of Ebola, according to WHO data as of June 24 .

The below graphic has more data:
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Terps lacrosse player charged with sexual assault at concert

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This story was originally spotted at Eye on Annapolis.

MyFoxDC reports:

A 19-year-old man is behind bars after police say he sexually assaulted a 49-year-old woman after she fell asleep in the grass at a concert at Jiffy Lube Live last weekend.

According to investigators, the incident happened Sunday night during the Zac Brown Band concert at the venue in Bristow, Va.  The victim woke up and found the man—whom she didn’t know—lying beside her and touching her inappropriately.

Prince William County police say the suspect, Benjamin Chisolm of Davidsonville, Md., walked away from the victim, and was eventually detained by police for public intoxication.  He was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual battery.

Chisolm is being held without bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court on July 17.

Chisolm is a lacrosse player at the University of Maryland. As a freshman this past season, he scored two goals. He played high school at South River and was an all-state player.