Wednesday, October 6, 2010

400-408 – Fr. Robert "Bob" Spitzer, is the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith (, and the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership ( in Irvine.  Robert was born and raised in Hawaii, before going on to earn four graduate degrees:  an M.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University, an M. Div. in Theology from Gregorian University in Rome, a Th.M. in Theology from Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Catholic University.  He joined the Jesuits in 1974, at the age of 22, and has been an ordained priest since 1983.  He's published 5 books, numerous scholarly articles, started 6 national institutes, and from 1998 to 2009 was the President of Gonzaga University (pdf bio).

• [I heard about Magis and Fr. Spitzer when I met his Chief of Staff, Joan Marie Jacoby, at the Legatus ( event at the Pacific Club, on September 14, 2010.]

• His academic specialties are:  (1) Philosophy of Science, particularly space-time theory and transcendent implications of contemporary big bang cosmology;  (2) Metaphysics, particularly the theory of time and philosophy of God;  and (3) Organizational Ethics and its relationship to personal and cultural transformation.

• His books are:  1) Spirit of Leadership: Optimizing Creativity and Change in Organizations (Executive Excellence, 2000);  2) Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom and the Life Issues (Ignatius Press, 2000);  3) Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life: A Practical Guide to Prayer for Active People (Ignatius Press, 2007);  4) New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy (Eerdmans, 2010);  and 5) Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues (Ignatius Press, 2010).

• Magis is "dedicated to showing the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary astrophysics, philosophy, and historical study of the New Testament," and Spitzer is "dedicated to personal and cultural transformation that supports principle-based ethics and leads to noble and enduring success."

• YouTube (9/3/2010) The Curious Metaphysics of Dr. Stephen Hawking.  Watch the video response that mobilized thousands across the web, leading to Fr. Robert Spitzer's appearance on Larry King Live on 9/10/2010.  In The Curious Metaphysics of Dr. Stephen Hawking, Fr. Spitzer addresses the logical fallacies contained in the book The Grand Design recently released by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.

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458-508 – Charles Stanley, New York Times best-selling author of over 35 books with over 6.5 million copies sold.  Since 1971, he's been the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and can be seen on his nationally televised program In Touch With Charles Stanley, and heard weekdays here on KKLA at 9:30am.  His next book releases this week and it's entitled Surviving in an Angry World:  Finding Your Way to Personal Peace. 

508Todd Brooks, the Home Loan Specialist and owner of Three Reasons Financial at 877-900-TODD.

512-523 – • Washington Post (10/6/2010) Medal of Honor to Green Beret killed in Afghan war.   Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, 24, an Army Green Beret, was awarded the Medal of Honor today for losing his life in the successful attempt to save his patrol from a Taliban ambush in a snowy Afghan valley two winters ago.

// In pre-dawn darkness on Jan. 25, 2008, his patrol was moving in to survey the damage when a much larger Taliban force opened fire. After ordering his comrades to fall back, Miller rushed forward, firing his weapon and hurling grenades in a bid to draw off the enemy attack.

"The fighting was ferocious," Obama said, recounting the recollection of comrades who survived. "Rob seemed to disappear into clouds of dust and debris, but his team could hear him on the radio, still calling out the enemy's position ... And then, over the radio, they heard his voice. He had been hit."

Accepting the award from Obama were Miller's parents, Philip and Maureen Miller, while all seven of his brothers and sisters - and 12 members of his patrol - looked on. Obama noted Miller's brother Tom is currently undergoing Green Beret training.

// Miller, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was the third U.S. service member from the Afghan conflict to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest medal for gallantry

Soon, Obama will award the medal to a fourth, and the first living recipient: Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, being honored for bravery during a Taliban ambush in 2007.

• AP (10/5/2010) Driver cuts off truck, abducted Calif. girl flees.  Fresno resident and hero Victor Perez rescued little 8-year-old Elisa Cardenas from her raptist-captor Gregorio Gonzales – a member of the Bulldogs street gang with numerous arrests, currently on probation for felony domestic violence.

(2:32) ABC's Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, and reporter Yunji de Nies, talk with hero Victor Perez and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

(4:28) GMA Hero part 2.

(:07) Victor Perez 1. "I said that could be the truck, and I had like a split second to call 9-1-1 or go after it, and I decided to go after it."

(:15) Victor Perez 2.  "I decided to, you know, go after him again when the conversation was cut so short.  The second time I caught up to him, he got very upset, and the little girl had like a second to show her face, and that's when I knew this is the guy we're looking for."

(:09) Victor Perez 3.  "He proceeded to take off again, and I just kept chasing him until, he eventually, I blocked him off, and he let the little girl off."

• (:23) Victor Perez 4.  "The second time I reached him, I ugh, the way he acted, yes I was, for a split second, I was nervous, till I saw the little girl and, ugh, all fear was out the window after that.  I wasn't thinking, like for me no more, I was just thinking we need to get the little girl to safety.  And that's what kept me going, and I wasn't going to give up, I couldn't give up, and that's what happened."

(:08) Police Chief Jerry Dyer.  "If not for, obviously, Victor, being as brave as he is, we may have never recovered her, and   so, we're very fortunate."

(3:18) Shepard Smith interviewed hero Victor Perez today (10/6/2010) on Fox News.

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• This Friday, October 8, 2010, we'll be at the Regency Foothill Cinema 10 at Citrus Crossing in Azusa celebrating the special opening of the award-winning film Like Dandelion Dust now playing throughout Southern California.  We'll be interviewing some special guests involved with the making of the movie, plus we'll have some great give-aways from KKLA and great stuff from Like Dandelion Dust, like movie T-shirts, books, and DVDs.  So come on out this Friday to the Regency Foothill Cinema 10 at Citrus Crossing in Azusa, located right across the street from Azusa Pacific University, for our show from 4-7, then afterwards, watch the movie!  See you there!

558-608 – Hero Calls. "Robert the Sheriff" called in to let us know there are three ways to report a crime anonymously – you can call 800-222-TIPS, you can access the website, or you can text "tipla" plus the crime information to the word "crime."  Plus, there's lots of free information available at the website.

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• New York Post (10/1/2010) There is no Meg Whitman-housekeeper scandal.

• Bonnie Goldstein (10/3/2010) How Meg Whitman Was Ambushed by Her Maid.