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2:49 PM

Sister Barbara Markey Pleads Guilty For Money Stealing


Sister Barbara Markey Pleads Guilty For Money Stealing

Sister Barbara Markey, N.D., Ph.D., could face up to 20 years in prison for stealing over $300,000 from the Omaha Archdiocese.

She pleaded guilty yesterday, and admits to having gambled most of the money away, while using the rest for gifts and trips.

Curiously, a June 30, 2007 article in the Omaha-World Herald, says Ms. Markey was originally accused of stealing $820,000.

The 73-year-old nun Sister Barbara Markey is an internationally known clinical psychologist who helped develop the FOCCUS marriage-preparation program. She was fired in 2006 as Director of the Catholic Family Life office.

Source: By Was That My Outside Voice

The Archdiocese of Omaha released a statement of satisfaction with Sister Barbara Markey's guilty plea.

The Archdiocese of Omaha is satisfied with Sister Barbara Markey�s guilty plea to theft by deception today in Douglas County District Court. The case relates to funds taken from the Archdiocesan Family Life Office and FOCCUS, Inc., a Nebraska non-profit corporation affiliated with the Archdiocese, while Sister Markey was the director. Financial irregularities discovered in 2006 resulted in Sister Markey�s termination.

The Archdiocese is finalizing a settlement agreement resolving civil lawsuits related to the case. Under the agreement, Sister Markey will make restitution of $125,000 to the Archdiocese and the Archdiocese will not object to any recommendations that Sr. Markey be sentenced to probation.

Rev. Joseph Taphorn, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, says it was clear that the Archdiocese would not recover all of the missing funds. Taphorn added, �Sister Markey�s willingness to plead guilty and make some restitution will hopefully bring this matter to a close. We�re ready to move on.�

Source: Archdiocese of Omaha News

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11:57 AM

Christian Castro wants to adopt

Christian Castro wants to adopt

It's a craze. Angelina, Brad, Spielberg, Cruise, now Christian Castro. After his wife just gave birth to baby number two, the couple says "We're blessed to have these children that God has given us...we want more and we have been thinking maybe our next addition would be an adoption." Developing....
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11:19 AM

Truckers' Strike Starts

My Fox, USA
Truckers' Strike Starts 3-day work stoppage called for, impact unknown Last Edited: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2008, 7:13 AM MDT Created: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2008, 7:13 AM MDT

DENVER  ( - Truckers across the country say they�re going on strike Tuesday to protest rising fuel costs.

It could mean anything from bricks to tissue paper won�t arrive at its destination on time.

Anything hauled by independent truckers - those who own their own trucks and pay for their own fuel - could be affected.

The average trucker is paying at least $4.00 per gallon for diesel fuel, so one who travels all over the country spends about $3,000 a week on fuel.

There are 350,000 independent drivers in the US. Approximately 3,000 of them are based in Colorado. But there's no way to tell how many of them will strike.

FOX 31�s Melissa Mollet found talked to people at a truck stop in Denver, where there was full support for the work stoppage.

However, the National Independent Trucker Association says many of the drivers can't afford to strike. If they don't work, they don't get paid.

�It's hurting the consumer now because all good and services for the most part are brought by truck,� said truck driver Manual Holsey. �As prices rise the price of freight will rise too to the consumer. Everything is passed on to the consumer.�

�Something's gotta� happen,� said truck driver John Stitzel. �They're killing us out here. My boss has four trucks. He's struggling to make it. We can't do it. Even the big guys are starting to lay off drivers or cut back on trucks. $4.00 a gallon is ridiculous.�

The strike is expected to last for 3 days.

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10:49 AM

Secrets of James Bond Revealed in New Book, USA

Secrets of James Bond Revealed in New Book
Mar 30, 2008, 08:04
Posted By Michael Pralin

Secrets of James Bond and Ian Fleming coming April 15th!

Philip Gardiner's

Bookings for interviews now being taken for end of April, Early May

The stories of James Bond are not just popular spy thrillers. This is the remarkable tale of how Ian Fleming and his associations with the world of the occult actually led him to create a masterful series of clever clues, ciphers and codes within his novels, revealing a sacred truth discovered whilst searching for his own inner harmony.

Every time there is a new Bond film produced, the same old Bond documentaries are played on our TV screens. Our book will introduce not just new material, but radically reappraise everything we thought we knew about James Bond.

The words and concepts may sound strange to the reader, such as alchemy and gnosis, but in this book we will reveal their truths in a simple and step by step approach. In fact, the codes within will even make people radically reappraise books such as the Da Vinci Code.

My own journey into the hidden and coded world of Ian Fleming began one winters night whilst watching Live and Let Die. There was a surge of interest for all things James Bond and so, almost every night there was one Bond film or another. I had just finished writing The Ark, The Shroud and Mary and my mind was full of the world of the esoteric, alchemy and psychology. Live and Let Die struck me almost immediately as being a very strange film. Any Bond fan will know that the film involves many references indirectly and directly to the world of the occult � in this instance voodoo. For me at that particular time in my life I was struck by the strangeness of that fact. You see, I had watched all the Bond films many times, having loved them from my childhood, and I had never before considered why Ian Fleming should delve into the dark world of voodoo. Now, having a deeper understanding of ancient psychological methods we know as gnosis, alchemy and a great many other terms, I had to sit down and re-consider things.

That was nearly two years ago now and in that time I have read every Bond novel; searched out every scrap of writing produced by Ian Fleming; researched his background, associations, friends, military history, book collections and even cross-referenced his relatives. What I discovered was to me, simply amazing. I had never considered that Ian Fleming was writing anything other than a simple spy thriller. I had never thought for one moment that the adventurous tales of a fictional British spy would lead me into not just the dark nature of mankind, but the dark world of intrigue he developed and fostered around him.

James Bond became famous in the world at a time when the real British intelligence service was a shambles. SIS (also known as MI6), the Secret Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom was being toyed with by the Soviet KGB to such an extent that I often have visions of them laughing in the Kremlin. Britain was bankrupted after the Second World War and struggling to maintain an Empire, which was crumbling around her. It worked hard at trying to rebuild physically and emotionally along with other European countries. The USSR was a gloomy threat to the stability of the world, and so Britain, along with other nations such as the USA, decided the threat of communism was too great to ignore. And so, they dispatched numerous agents, both home-grown and imported from Balkan countries, into the outlying Russian occupied countries. All the time, the KGB were one step ahead, with deeply entrenched double agents of their own within the heart of Western spy networks. Most of this was hidden from the ordinary public, but it did occasionally surface and hit the mass media, resulting in several scandals such as those surrounding Kim Phillby and of course the infamous McCarthy hounding of the so-called communists in the United States. In short, the public needed reassurance that yet another war was not going to break out and that our glorious leaders had things under control. This kind of assurance only comes from very good propaganda and when Ian Fleming created Bond and Kennedy in the States claimed to have "liked it" a beautiful synergy was created � a super-spy to save the world who was of course British, but needed the help of the Americans on several occasions.

Bond was set for the heights of fame and like Sherlock Holmes, he would become more famous than his creator. But there is so much more to Bond than people may realize, for Ian Fleming was a distinctly unique individual with a great many influences. His mind was not ordinary in any respect and this gave rise to his occult interests and associations which in-turn fed information, codes and clever plots into the Bond novels. These clever devices even inadvertently found their way into the films too. Let's just run through quickly a few of the interesting facts that we discuss in The Bond Code book and film:

The Influences:

During his youth, Ian Fleming was sent to "special" schools in-order to overcome his issues � issues created because of a domineering mother, a dead father and a successful elder brother. In fact we shall find that Fleming simply fooled everyone, including the doctors.

Ian Fleming explicitly said that Bond was Manichean � a concept perfectly in-line with the supposed secrets of certain societies to which Fleming was associated as we shall reveal. These are the very same secrets held sacred by secret societies throughout time.

Relatively unknown to the wider world, Ian Fleming actually translated a lecture given by psychoanalyst Carl Jung on the alchemist, physician and magician, Paracelsus, and we have copies of this transcript in Fleming�s own type and handwriting, which backs up our statements.

Within the books there is the secret of the art of alchemy at play and along with yet more patterns within the novels, reveals Fleming's understanding of the concepts.

We will show how Ian Fleming associated with or was influenced by mystics and spiritually inclined individuals, which reveal his inner and hidden thoughts.

The Bond Code:

We will reveal how the number 007 has a sacred numerological code.

We will also reveal that the other number given to Bond, 7777, by Ian Fleming also has a numerological meaning. Other numerological codes exist such as Magic 44.

We will even show how he named his own retreat, Goldeneye, after certain occult terms. The location was known as Oracabessa and this too has occult references.

Unravelling The Bond Code we will look into the etymology of the very names and words used.

We will show how the Bond books and films are modern day fairy tales working in the same way as the medieval tales of the Holy Grail or Robin Hood and which contain gnostic codes picked up and understood by Ian Fleming.

In short, Fleming lived in a fantasy world of his own making in-order to escape his inner turmoil � something, which lead him into his own death through smoking 70 cigarettes a day and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. This fantasy world led him into the land of the occult and gnostic thought. He created his fantasy alter-ego as a great alchemical work to fulfill his own tumultuous and chaotic mind, just as many before have done. But he left behind a set of clues and codes for us to decipher � just as our medieval friends did hundreds of years ago and linked with his extensive knowledge of ciphers and codes from his wartime experiences he knitted the two worlds together into something of profound beauty.

However, we shall also discover that Fleming associated with radical secret societies both whilst within the secret service and in post-war Britain. The very codes left by Ian Fleming within his work, are the codes to the secret of the societies...

Biography of the writer

Philip Gardiner is an international best selling author of several books including Gnosis: The Secret of Solomon's Temple Revealed, The Serpent Grail, Secrets of the Serpent and The Ark, The Shroud and Mary. He has several DVD documentaries out, which are in chain stores across the world and widely available through Reality Films. He lectures across the world, from the USA and England to France and Australia.

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10:24 AM

Pelosi Comes Out For Baldwin

Queerty, USA
Pelosi Comes Out For Baldwin

The United States government�s queer discrimination runs deeper than we thought. Politico reports this morning that the Pentagon attempted to block Tammy Baldwin from traveling with her long time lover, Lauren Azar, with whom she exchanged domestic partner vows in 1998.

While Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his cronies claim Azar doesn�t count as a �spouse,� Speaker Nancy Pelosi came out in full force for Baldwin.

In appealing to Gates, Pelosi aides said their boss was simply asking the defense secretary to follow a precedent established by her predecessor, former Republican Rep. Dennis Hastert of Illinois. Pelosi told Gates that Hastert had allowed Baldwin to take Azar on a previous trip abroad.

Gates, who was apparently unaware of any earlier trips, told the speaker that she was responsible for the House travel rules and had the authority to make an exception, according to officials on and off the Hill. His only requirement was that Pelosi send him a letter authorizing the trip. Pelosi sent such a letter moments after the phone call ended, and Azar was allowed on the plane.

The Department of Defense makes clear to Politico that their decision simply reflects a deal with Pelosi and should not be taken as a precedent. Aren�t they charming?

This wouldn�t be the first time the government treated its gay employees� differently. Former Romanian Ambassador Michael Guest resigned in protest last year after trying unsuccessfully to amend State Department policy on same-sex couples. While straight partners are granted access to security and language training, their queer counterparts must fend for themselves.

Openly gay Representative Barney Frank blames the Baldwin situation on the current administration, �I think the military was following orders. I think the administration disapproves of same-sex marriage.� It seems to us that the issue goes much deeper than just this administration, but indicates severe flaws in our nation�s political landscape - one that�s clearly skewed toward straight citizens.

If the government wants to shine the light of liberal democracy in places like Iraq, we suggest they do the same here in the States. It�s pretty disheartening that the Department of Defense refuses to include same-sex partners under their spousal guidelines. But, you know, that�s just our homo opinion.

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