Judge Who Changed Baby Name Could Be Disciplined

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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — An East Tennessee magistrate who ordered a baby’s name changed from Messiah to Martin has been charged with violating the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change during a paternity hearing Aug. 8.

At the time, the parents were disputing the 8-month-old baby’s surname. Mother, Jaleesa Martin, hoped to keep the name she had given the boy— Messiah Deshawn Martin — and father, Jawaan McCullough, wanted the baby to bear his last name.

Ballew surprised both parents by ordering the baby’s name be changed to Martin Deshawn McCullough, saying the name Messiah is a title held only by Jesus Christ and places an undue burden on him.

That decision was overturned.

Ballew has 30 days to answer the charges.

Read more: http://nation.time.com/2013/10/25/judge-who-changed-baby-name-could-be-disciplined/#ixzz2ilcAPOon

Government Shutdown Forces Unemployment Claims Over 300,000

by Barry Burch Jr.

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The government’s shutting down means something a little different to everyone.  Some see the shutdown as nothing more than political bickering between the same ol’ two opposing parties, and others see it as the worse thing to happen since Hurricane Katrina.  What’s for sure is that there are people out of work, and a growing number of cancer patients who are claiming that they will die, due to their lack of treatment if the government is not able to get back on track. Continue reading

Michael Jackson Earns More Money from the Grave Than Any Living Musician

BY:  John “Hennry” Harris

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Forbes magazine just released a report revealing that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has earned more money in the past year than other musician, dead or alive.

The Jackson estate has earned a whopping $160 millionbetween June 2012 and June 2013, surpassing Madonna, who earned a highly respectable $125 million during the same time frame. Continue reading

Consider the Beaver

“In most places, a world without beavers is a world without water and the life it supports”  (Glynnis Hood, The Beaver Manifesto, p. 5).

By: Stuart Wachowicz

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For more than a hundred years, almost every Canadian 5-cent piece has carried the image of a 60-pound rodent. Some Canadians question why we mint a coin with a rodent, instead of perhaps a magnificent polar bear. Yet Castor canadensis—the beaver—prevails. It remains a symbol of hard work, tenacity and duty. So, what can we learn from this unlikely teacher? Continue reading