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word: quail


quail

Definition: (verb) To shrink back in fear; cower.
Synonyms: cringe, flinch, recoil, wince
Usage: The little boy quailed at the teacher’s angry voice. Discuss.

Fifa re-elects Blatter president


Fifa re-elects Blatter president

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Sugar warning over fruit snacks


Sugar warning over fruit snacks

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From BBC news : ‘Give HIV drugs at diagnosis’


  ‘Give HIV drugs at diagnosis’

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From BBC w Pocket optician ‘good as eye charts’


Pocket optician ‘good as eye charts’

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Saint of the Day for Thursday, May 28th, 2015: Bl. Margaret Pole


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Bl. Margaret Pole

Martyr of England. She was born Margaret Plantagenet, the niece of Edward IV and Richard III. She married Sir Reginald Pole about 1491 and bore five sons, including Reginald Cardinal Pole. Margaret … continue reading

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Edvard Grieg – Lyric Pieces Op. 65 No. 6 – Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Pianist: Gerhard Oppitz


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Group photograph showing Edvard Grieg, Percy Grainger, Nina Grieg and Julius Rontgen, at Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen, in July 1907 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

historic musical bits: Arthur Rubinstein – Chopin – Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21/ London Symphony Orchestra André Previn, conductor Classical Vault 2 Classical Vault 2


Arthur Rubinstein – Chopin – Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21

Hector Berlioz – Waverly Overture Op.1 (1828)


 

Hector Berlioz – Waverly Overture Op.1 (1828)

 

Rick Santorum, Catholic and Republican, to run for US president :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


 

Rick Santorum. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Pittsburgh, Pa., May 28, 2015 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Second-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced his campaign for the U.S. presidency on Wednesday, standing behind his goals to shrink the government, heal the middle class, and focus on social issues, while honing in on his image as a “blue collar conservative.”

“I am proud to stand here among you and for you, the American workers who have sacrificed so much, to announce that I am running for president of the United States,” Santorum stated May 27 in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Santorum will try to appeal to Catholic voters in the 2016 race, although he is among two other Republican contenders with a Catholic affiliation – Jeb Bush, a convert from Episcopalianism, and Marco Rubio.

Santorum’s 2012 campaign for president bolstered his transparency on faith, revealing his belief that God and the importance of religion are pivotal in American democracy. The former U.S. Senator has made it clear over the years that he is devoted to his faith, and that the Church has helped shape some of his political stances.

“I am proud of being Catholic. I’m proud of the teachings of the Church,” Santorum told CNA in 2011, upholding the belief that faith and reason go hand in hand.

“When the reason is right and the faith is true, they end up in the same place,” Santorum continued.

The New York Times called Santorum the “boldest candidate in the race” because of his stance opposing abortion and same-sex marriage, making him stand apart from what could be a dozen republican runners.

During his two terms as a U.S. Senator, Santorum worked resolutely to ban partial-birth abortion and continues to oppose the practice. He also told CNA that the “faith teaches very clearly that life is life at the moment of conception.”

Santorum also defended religious-based organizations and helped them receive more assistance during his time as a senator in the 1996 welfare overhaul. He has also spoken out against homosexual acts and supports marriage between one man and one woman, publicly supporting the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996.

Although Santorum admitted on NBC earlier in the year that he had spoken rashly about some sensitive issues during his 2012 campaign, but he is still resolved to speak openly about the importance of family and traditional values.

The former senator, age 57, joins an already crowded race, but his history of winning 11 states against Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican primaries could prove helpful in the continuously brimming bids.

Although recent polls place him 10th among his fellow Republicans, Santorum will work to make his way towards the early debates in August, pushing his themes of restoring traditional American values and defence against the country’s enemies.

Santorum spoke boldly this week about the impending threat of radical Islam, saying he has been dubbed as an enemy by the Islamic State in one of their English-language magazines. Nevertheless, Santorum believes America should be wary of the brewing storm that extremist Islam may pose.

Other candidates for the Republican nomination include former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Texas senator Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson, a retired surgeon.

Tags: 2016 Presidential Race

via Rick Santorum, Catholic and Republican, to run for US president :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).


 

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

Today in History
May 28

585 BC   A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside of Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw.
1805   Napoleon is crowned in Milan, Italy.
1830   Congress authorizes Indian removal from all states to the western Prairie.
1863   The 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-American recruits, leaves Boston, headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina.
1859   The French army launches a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
1871   The Paris commune is suppressed by troops from Versailles.
1900   Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa.
1940   Belgium surrenders to Germany.
1953   Melody, the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers.
1961   Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded.
Born on May 28
1759   William Pitt the Younger, prime minister of England (1783-1801).
1738   Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotine, French inventor of the execution device which bears his name.
1779   Thomas Moore, Irish poet.
1807   Jean Agassiz, naturalist and educator.
1818   P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate general during the American Civil War.
1888   Jim Thorpe, American athlete.
1908   Ian Fleming, British novelist, created the character James Bond.
1910   T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist and singer.
1912   Patrick White, Australian writer (The Tree of Man, The Eye of the Storm).
1916   Walker Percy, writer (The Moviegoer, Love in the Ruins).
1918   Herb Shriner, radio humorist.
1919   May Swenson, poet.
1932   Stephen Birmingham, novelist and biographer.
1936   Fred Chappell, poet and novelist.
1940   Maeve Binchy, Irish writer (Circle of Friends, The Copper Beach).

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quotation: George Eliot


Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

today’s image: Civil War Soldier Col. Alfred N. Duffie, 1st Rhode Island Cavalry, U.S.A



Civil War Soldier
Col. Alfred N. Duffie, 1st Rhode Island Cavalry, U.S.A. is poses for a photo during the American Civil War. Note the flag in the tent behind him.

Photo: Library of Congress

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today’s holiday: Ethiopia National Day


Ethiopia National Day

A military junta called the Derg brought an end to the Ethiopian Empire and Haile Selassie‘s rule on September 12, 1974. The Derg socialist military regime was overthrown by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) in 1991, commemorated by the May 28 holiday. A constitution was adopted in 1994 and Ethiopia‘s first multiparty elections were held in 1995. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Battle of Halys (585 BCE)


The Battle of Halys (585 BCE)

Also known as the Battle of the Eclipse, the Battle of Halys was fought between the Medes and the Lydians in 585 BCE at the Halys River in what is now Turkey. The final battle of a 15-year war between Alyattes II of Lydia and Cyaxares of Media, the fight ended abruptly due to a total solar eclipse, which was perceived as an omen that the gods wanted the war to end. After a truce, the river was declared the border of the two nations. How is the exact date of the ancient battle known? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Carl Larsson (1853)


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Trapphall i Nationalmuseum i Stockholm med “Midvinterblot” av Carl Larsson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carl Larsson (1853)

Larsson was a popular and imaginative Swedish illustrator and painter whose watercolors, particularly of his family and home, became popular worldwide. He is perhaps best known, however, for his last monumental work, Midvinterblot, or “Midwinter Sacrifice,” a large oil painting depicting a scene from Norse mythology. Considered Sweden’s most debated painting, it was commissioned by the National Museum in Stockholm but was rejected by the board upon its completion. Where does it now hang? More… Discuss

The Nutcracker


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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, a celebrated ballet by Tchaikovsky, tells the story of a young girl whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker turns into a prince and leads her to a magical land. In 1954, George Balanchine choreographed and premiered his New York City Ballet version, which was later made into a feature film. Mikhail Baryshnikov choreographed another enormously popular version for the American Ballet Theatre. What novel instrument did Tchaikovsky use in the Nutcracker score? More… Discuss
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The Nutcracker Suite (Full Album) – Tchaikovsky

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Song titles for Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker in order:
1. Op. 71 – 2. March 0:00
2. Op. 71 – 4. Dance 2:47
3. Op. 71 – 5. Scene & The Grandfather Dance
4. Op. 71 – 6. Scene
5. Op. 71 – 7. Scene
6. Op. 71 – 8. Scene
7. Op. 71 – 12. Arabian Dance, “Coffee”
8. Op. 71 – 13. Waltz Of The Flowers
9. Op. 71 – 14. Pas De Deux
10. Op. 71 – 15. Closing Waltz & Grand Finale

word: girth


girth

Definition: (noun) The distance around something; the circumference.
Synonyms: circumference, perimeter
Usage: It was an enormous tree, its girth twice as great as what a man could embrace. Discuss.

What’s streaming on Netflix in June


What’s streaming on Netflix in June

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India’s scorcher: What’s behind heat wave?


India’s scorcher: What’s behind heat wave?

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Dennis Hastert Fast Facts


Dennis Hastert Fast Facts

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From BBC : ‘New species’ of ancient human found


‘New species’ of ancient human found

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32906836

From BBC : Earliest evidence of human violence


Earliest evidence of human violence

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From BBC news : IS ‘kills 20 men at Palmyra site’


IS ‘kills 20 men at Palmyra site’

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32920614

From BBC w Lenovo phone beams virtual keyboard


Lenovo phone beams virtual keyboard

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From BBC news : Putin makes troop deaths state secret


Putin makes troop deaths state secret

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From France 24 :


Federer and Sharapova cruise into French Open’s third round

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From CNN : Pope Francis’ powerful signal to the poor (Opinion)


Pope Francis’ powerful signal to the poor (Opinion)

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http://www.cnn.com//2015/05/27/opinions/reyes-romero-pope-francis/index.html

From CNN : Rubio warns of ‘danger’ to Christianity


Rubio warns of ‘danger’ to Christianity

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http://www.cnn.com//2015/05/27/politics/rubio-gay-marriage-hate-speech/index.html

From BBC news : Marriage vote ‘defeat for humanity’


Marriage vote ‘defeat for humanity’

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32900426

From BBC news : Nebraska abolishes death penalty


Nebraska abolishes death penalty

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From BBC news : IS ‘driven from Assyrian villages’


IS ‘driven from Assyrian villages’

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32898914

From BBC news : US military shipped Anthrax to labs


US military shipped Anthrax to labs

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32910020

From BBC news : France honours Resistance heroes


France honours Resistance heroes

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32910113

this pressed: Think you’re important because you have money? Think again, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


PHOTO:  Pope Francis celebrates Mass with new cardinals Feb. 15, 2015. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

Vatican City, May 26, 2015 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned against the “counter-witness” of those who seek to follow both Jesus and worldly temptations, saying that to follow Christ means denying oneself and serving others.

“There are three things, three steps that take us away from Jesus: wealth, vanity and pride,” the Pope told attendees of his May 26 Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse.

Riches, he said, are dangerous “because they immediately make you vain and you think you are important. And when you think you are important, you build your head up and then you lose it.”

Francis took his cue from the day’s Mark Chapter 10 Gospel reading in which Peter asks Jesus what the disciples will get in return for following him. The scene takes place right after Jesus had told the rich young man to sell all of his possessions and give them to the poor.

Instead of talking about wealth, the Lord gives an unexpected answer when he says that the disciples will gain the Kingdom of Heaven, but only “with persecution, with the cross.”

“When a Christian is attached to (worldly) things, he gives the bad impression of a Christian who wants to have two things: (both) heaven and earth,” the Pope said, explaining that that the daily cross of denying ourselves is the remedy.

From a human perspective following Jesus “is not a good deal” because it means serving others, he said. If the Lord gives you the opportunity to be first you have to act like the one in last place, and the same goes for wealth, he continued.

Pope Francis also indicated the Gospel passage in Matthew when the mother of James and John asks Jesus to secure a place for her sons at his side.

By essentially telling Jesus to “make this one prime minister for me, (and) this one, the minister of the economy,” the disciples’ mother took the worldly path in following Jesus, the Pope noted.

When a person wants to be “with both Jesus and with the world, with both poverty and with riches…this is a half-way Christianity that desires material gain. It is the spirit of worldliness,” he warned.

To follow the Lord freely, he said, “is the answer to the gratuitousness of love and salvation that Jesus gives us.”

Francis observed how the frequently the attitude of worldliness prevails in the Church itself, saying that “it’s sad” to see Christians – laypersons, priests and bishops included – who strive after both heavenly and worldly things.

“(It) is a counter-witness and furthers people from Jesus,” he said, and encouraged attendees to ask the Lord to teach them the “science of service,” which provides a lesson in humility and in placing ourselves last so as to serve our brothers and sisters in the Church.

The Pope closed his homily by telling those present to continue the Mass with both Peter’s question and Jesus’ answer in mind.

“The recompense that (Jesus) will give us is resemblance to Him. This will be our ‘recompense;’ to be like Jesus!”

Tags: Vatican, Pope Francis, Humility, Wealth

via Think you’re important because you have money? Think again, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

On Peppergrass Trail Heading Southwest


On Peppergrass Trail Heading Southwest

From the Hill : 1000 Yards up un Peppergrass Trail


From the Hill : 1000 Yards up un Peppergrass Trail

Going ‘Wild': Women seeking out adventure


Going ‘Wild': Women seeking out adventure

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http://www.cnn.com//2015/05/22/health/trail-hiking-women/index.html

Legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark dies at 75


Legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark dies at 75

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http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/26/news/mary-ellen-mark/index.html

From the Hill : More Flora


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What’s wrong with the Iraqi army?


What’s wrong with the Iraqi army?

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http://www.cnn.com//2015/05/26/world/iraqi-army-explainer/index.html

Sanders takes aim at Wall Street


Sanders takes aim at Wall Street

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http://www.cnn.com//2015/05/26/politics/bernie-sanders-campaign-launch-vermont/index.html

From CNN : Criminals use IRS website to steal data on 104,000 people


Criminals use IRS website to steal data on 104,000 people

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http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/26/pf/taxes/irs-website-data-hack/index.html

From NPR News: How Dorothea Lange Taught Us to See Hunger And Humanity


How Dorothea Lange Taught Us To See Hunger And Humanity

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From BBC news : Inside Jordan’s fight against extremism


Inside Jordan’s fight against extremism

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32782439

From BBC news : Jason Rezaian trial: What are Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Courts?


Jason Rezaian trial: What are Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Courts?

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32890565

From BBC news : Why I started a ‘tampon tax’ campaign


Why I started a ‘tampon tax’ campaign

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-32883598

From BBC news : Internet used by 3.2 billion in 2015


Internet used by 3.2 billion in 2015

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32884867

From BBC news : Strict oversight for Cleveland police


Strict oversight for Cleveland police

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32887033