Cliff Kelley Show 9-8-2015
3:00-3:00: Mandatory Civics Class
Guest: The Robert R. McCormick Foundation Civics program’s Civic Learning and Engagement Scholar, Shawn Healy. Civics Teacher at Bartlett Highschool, Larry Pahl. Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins
3:30-4:00: 3:30 Focus with Wintrust Financial
Guest: Pullman Bank & Trust Branch Manager Eric Thompson
4:00-5:00: Damon Waynes Defends Cosby Show
Article: Comedian Damon Wayans shared his theory on the reasons behind the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby when he visited Power 105’s The Breakfast Club on Friday.
“Tell the truth,” Wayans said about his advice for the Cosby Show star. “If I was him, I would divorce my wife, give her all my money and then I would go do a deposition. I would light one of [those] three-hour cigars. I’d have some wine and maybe a Quaalude, and I would just go off, because I don’t believe that he was raping. I believe he was in relationships with all of them, and then he’s like, ‘You know what? It’s 78. It don’t work like that no more. I can’t get it up for any of y’all. Bye, b**ches,’ and then they’re like, ‘Oh, really? Rape!’ ”
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Wayans called the claims against Cosby a “money hustle” and feels that some of the women found it hard to deal with rejection.
“If you listen to them talk, they go, ‘Well, the first time …’ The first time? Bitch, how many times did it happen? Just listen to what they’re saying and some of them really [are] un-rape-able. I just look at them and go, ‘You don’t want that. Get out of here,’ ” Wayans said.
He added: “How big is his penis that it gives you amnesia for 40 years?”
The comedian also noted that other famous Hollywood names haven’t received the same backlash as Cosby for alleged sex crimes. Wayans called out Woody Allen and “7th Heaven’s” Stephen Collins as examples.
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“You know what Bill Cosby did wrong?” Wayans continued. “He started criticizing young black men. Then he lost us, and so we’re not supporting them. They see that opening, so you know what? Attack him, kill him. But the dude from ‘7th Heaven’ — his show is still on TV. Woody Allen is making shows and movies.”
Wayans also discussed co-creating “In Living Color,” being fired from “SNL” and the struggles of comedians before touching upon Tracy Morgan’s horrific car accident. According to Wayans, Morgan settled with Walmart to receive $90 million, although Morgan’s rep told TMZ that Wayans would have no knowledge of the exact figure.
5:00-6:00: Marriage Anullments
Guest: Civil Rights Activist and Roman Catholic Priest Father Michael Pfleger
Yahoo News Article: VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Tuesday made it simpler and swifter for Catholics to secure a marriage annulment, the most radical such reform for 250 years, and told bishops to be more welcoming to divorced couples.
Under the old norms, it often took years to win an annulment, with hefty legal fees attached. Francis said the procedure should be free and the new rules mean that a marriage might be declared null and void in just 45 days in some cases.
The announcement came the week after Francis signaled a more merciful approach to women who had obtained abortions and was another sign of his drive to shake up the hidebound Roman Catholic Church and try to soften some of its more rigid rules.
In a document known as a Motu Proprio, Latin for “by his own initiative”, Francis reaffirmed traditional teaching on the “indissolubility of marriage”, making clear that the Vatican was not in any form promoting or sanctioning divorce.
However, he said he would make it easier for separated couples to obtain an annulment — a ruling whereby the Church decides that a marriage was not valid in the first place because certain prerequisites such as free will, psychological maturity and openness to having children were lacking.
Francis eliminated a previously mandatory review of an annulment decision by a second tribunal and gave bishops sweeping powers to judge quickly the most clear-cut cases.
He said he had decided to streamline procedures so that Catholics who sought annulments should not be “long oppressed by darkness of doubt” over whether they could have their marriages declared null and void.
MOST CHANGE IN 250 YEARS
Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, dean of the Vatican appeals court that rules on annulments, told a news conference the new rules were the most substantive changes to the laws since the papacy of Benedict XIV, who reigned from 1740 to 1758.
“The pope is seeking to respond pastorally to the tens of thousands of couples who are experiencing profound pain and alienation as a result of broken marriages,” said Father James Bretzke, theology professor at Boston College.
Francis took charge of the 1.2 billion member Church in 2013, replacing Pope Benedict, a theological hardliner well liked by conservatives for seeking to reaffirm traditional Catholic identity.
The Argentine pope has appeared a much more approachable figure and has spoken repeatedly of the need for the Church to show mercy and understand the needs of Catholics struggling to live by its rules.
Catholics who divorce and remarry in civil ceremonies are considered by the Church to be still married to their first spouse and living in a state of sin. This bars them from receiving sacraments such as communion.
While not changing this position, Francis wrote on Tuesday that bishops should show “particular pastoral concern” for divorced and remarried Catholics.
Many couples and priests have complained that the complex procedures discourage even those with legitimate grounds for an annulment from trying to obtain one.
Some 50,000 annulment procedures were launched last year, nearly half of them in the United States, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.
Francis is due to pay a landmark visit to the United States next month, where his progressive views on climate change and condemnation of rampant capitalism look certain to put him at loggerheads with Republican presidential hopefuls.