Daily Archives: February 28, 2012

Dow Hits Highest Point Since May 2008

The Dow on Tuesday closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008 after a twenty-five-point gain on lower crude prices and a strong consumer report.

While the 13,000 level is not technically significant, it is a psychological milestone.

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China Sends North Korean Refugees Back Over South Korean Objection

China repatriated at least nine North Korean refugees last weekend, despite requests by Seoul not to send them back.

Seoul will bring up the issue at a meeting with the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva next week.

At least thirty North Koreans were detained in China in separate incidents this month.

The South has called on China to follow international law in its treatment of the refugees and has also adopted a resolution asking China to stop repatriating North Koreans.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak also spoke out on the issue earlier this week.

Activists in the South have urged China not to send the North Koreans back, saying they face severe punishment or even death.

China has said that the North Koreans are “illegal economic migrants” who must be returned home. It has sent back those it finds within its borders for many years.

More than 20,000 North Koreans have fled to the South since the 1950s. Most of them escape via China.

Via the BBC.

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Supreme Court Won’t Close Locks to Stop Carp

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The Supreme Court won’t order closure of shipping locks on Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

On Monday, the high court refused to hear an appeal from the Great Lakes states, who have tried to shut down the locks to halt the carp’s northward march from the Mississippi River toward Lake Michigan.

The high court already has rejected the request from Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin twice.

The states have a lawsuit to sever a link between the Mississippi and Great Lakes drainage basins. They wanted a court order to close the locks while their suit is pending.

Via Cleveland.com.

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BREAKING: Third Chardon High School Student Dies from Shooting Wounds

A third victim of Monday’s school shooting in Chardon, Ohio, has died, according to a statement from MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Demetrius Hewlin died this morning, his family said in a statement released by the hospital.

Student Russell King Jr. was declared brain dead early today, according to the medical examiner’s office, and student Daniel Parmertor died on Monday.

Two other students remain hospitalized.

The suspect in Monday’s shooting at Chardon High School will likely face charges as an adult, the state attorney general said today.

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JFK Speech Makes Santorum “Throw Up.” A Lot.

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Rick Santorum (R-PA) has been criticized in the past for his statement that he “almost threw up” when he read John F. Kennedy’s 1960 comments about the role of religion in public life. This weekend he took time out to say that he would still like to throw up.

If you recall, Mr. Kennedy used the speech to discuss anti-Catholic prejudice and doubts raised over his ability to be independent of Rome. He famously said the following:

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

The statement made most Americans feel proud. It made Mr. Santorum feel woozy.

Last year at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, New Hampshire, Mr. Santorum told the crowd, “Earlier in my political career, I had the opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up. You should read the speech.”

This weekend, Mr. Santorum left no doubt about his rejection of separation principles: “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.”

He continued. “To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up.”

It is the greatest expression of faith-based politics. It is the type of intermingling of faith and government that our enemies find appealing. Around the world, nations are reeling from the influence of religion on politics. Yet, in this island of stability, Mr. Santorum appears to want to tear down the wall that has long defined our political system.

With the latest comments, we all may feel a bit woozy.

Via The Washington Post

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