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  • John Bunyan's Last Sermon

    10/02/2003 10:47:25 AM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 77 replies · 151+ views
    The Reformed Reader ^ | July 1688 | John Bunyan
    John Bunyan's Last SermonPreached July 1688 "Which were born, not of blood,  nor of the will of the flesh,  nor of the will of man,  but of God;" — John 1:13. The words have a dependence on what goes before, and therefore I must direct you to them for the right understanding of it. You have it thus, —"He came to his own, but his own received him not; but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them which believe on his name; which were born, not of blood,...
  • A Message from Doug Ibendahl (re: Judy Baar Topinka)

    06/06/2003 10:17:27 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 10 replies · 4+ views
    e-mail | Fri, 6 Jun 2003 | Doug Ibendahl
    For a while now I've been on the mailing list of a group called Republican Young Professionals. I never bothered to block it since it gets delivered to my junk mail folder and deleted. This, however, is worthy of reposting. Well, the last couple of days have been interesting to say the least.  Now that Cathy Santos, my fiancé and RYP Co-Founder has come forward to publicly air her story about her experience in the Treasurer's Office last year, I feel like we have a duty to you - our members - to answer some questions that I'm sure you...

    04/08/2003 7:07:16 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 77 replies · 308+ views
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prints a small card that is normally entitled "Seventeen points of the True Church." At times the front of the card will read "Does it meet the Test?" Whatever the form, many Christians have been handed this card. What of its claims? Are the 17 listed points true? Do the claims made by the LDS Church stand the test of the Bible? This article will examine, briefly, the claims made by this little card. It is not intended to be an in-depth doctrinal treatise on each point, as the card hardly attempts...
  • Joe Smith, Tyrant

    02/09/2003 6:53:45 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 36 replies · 379+ views
    I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. --The First Amendment 22. The printing presses shall be free to every person, who undertakes to examine the proceedings of the general assembly or of any branch of government; and no law shall ever be made to restrain the right thereof. The free communication of thoughts and opinions is one of the invaluable rights...
  • Failed Prophecies of Joseph Smith

    02/03/2003 6:49:48 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 180 replies · 1,827+ views
    Joseph Smith bore many titles in his lifetime, Elder, Seer, President, Mayor, even Lieutenant General, but he is probably best known as the Prophet. And prophesy he did, often with great passion, invoking the powers of heaven and the name of God. What follows are seven prophecies of Joseph Smith, notable for their specificity and appeal to divine authority. These are taken from official Mormon sources — either the Latter-day Saint scriptures or the History of the Church (HC), a seven volume history published under the authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). Each are given...
  • Utah Baby Names (That distinctive name that says, "I'm Mormon.")

    01/24/2003 4:41:20 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 555 replies · 2,591+ views
    The Utah Baby Namer ^ | Wes and Cari Clark
    What's In a (Utah) Name? by Cari Bilyeu Clark When my husband and I moved from Utah to the Washington, D.C. area seventeen years ago, we knew nothing of the inadvertent legacy we carried from our four years in Utah. Shortly after we arrived in our new home, we saw a television commercial for a local grocery store chain. The spokeswoman's name was the unusual "Odonna." "She's gotta be from Utah," I said to my husband. "That's a Utah name if I ever heard one." We eventually learned that Odonna was, indeed, Utah born and bred. It dawned on...
  • 50 Reasons Lord of the Rings Sucks

    12/22/2002 9:05:26 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 237 replies · 17,699+ views
    50 Reasons why LORD OF THE RINGS sucks Fellowship of the Rings was shoved down our throats. I've heard some students are even forced to read some novelization of the movie in their literature classes. Ridiculous. Does Hollywood run our classrooms now? Greed. Hollywood can't make a movie these days without crapping out a sequel the next year to squeeze more money out of the sheep. Guess what; there's ANOTHER LOTR movie coming this Christmas. Gee, I wonder what will bring Rocky out of retirement this time? Quality Control at New Line. Millions of copies of the LOTR DVD have...
  • Vacant Lott [Michelle Malkin on Lott's idiocy]

    12/13/2002 3:56:24 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 33 replies · 332+ views ^ | December 13, 2002 | Michelle Malkin
    Trent Lott, the Republican Party's eternal Maalox moment, has given the Beltway's liberal pontiffs on race exactly what they crave: a big, fat excuse to extract legislative payoffs to ease their collective "pain." On Wednesday, the Senate Republican leader went on Fox News and CNN promising more race-conscious government remedies to make amends for his tacit endorsement of segregation. In interviews with Sean Hannity and Larry King, Lott cravenly pledged support for "community renewal" (more minority set-asides); said he would "put more money into education so no child is left behind" (more federal spending for failed urban programs); and boasted...
  • Internet spammer can't take what he dishes out

    12/06/2002 3:43:37 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 31 replies · 227+ views
    The Detroit Free Press ^ | December 6, 2002 | MIKE WENDLAND
    West Bloomfield bulk e-mailer Alan Ralsky, who just may be the world's biggest sender of Internet spam, is getting a taste of his own medicine. Ever since I wrote a story on him a couple of weeks ago (, he says he's been inundated with ads, catalogs and brochures delivered by the U.S. Postal Service to his brand-new $740,000 home. It's all the result of a well-organized campaign by the anti-spam community, and Ralsky doesn't find it funny. "They've signed me up for every advertising campaign and mailing list there is," he told me. "These people are out of their...
  • Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Vitellius

    12/02/2002 1:51:21 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 17 replies · 314+ views
    Translated by J. C. Rolfe.[Arkenberg Introduction]. Rolfe's annotations appear in brackets with no attribution; mine are noted. I have also replaced modern place names, as used by Rolfe, with those in use by the Romans and Hellenes; thus, for example, Rolfe's "Italy" is now "Italia". I. OF the origin of the Vitellii different and widely varying accounts are given, some saying that the family was ancient and noble, others that it was new and obscure, if not of mean extraction. I should believe that these came respectively from the flatterers and detractors of the emperor, were it not for...
  • Reviving Two Old Series

    11/27/2002 4:15:06 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 63 replies · 1,673+ views
    I used to do two series of threads. One was about politics and government in the Greco-Roman civilization, and the other was my own columns. Here's a list of them: Ancient Politics and Government The Athenian Constitution, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and Part Five by Aristotle Chapter One of Polybius and the Founding Fathers by Marshall Davies Lloyd Deeds of Augustus by Caesar Augustus Cicero by Plutarch The Conspiracy of Catiline by Sallust Lives of the Twelve Caesars by Suetonius JuliusAugustusTiberiusCaligulaClaudiusNeroGalbaOtho The American Constitutionalist-In Defense of "Underage" Drinking -Anarchy vs. the Right to Life -Calling a...
  • Scholars: Oldest evidence of Jesus? (James, son of Joseph, Brother of Jesus)

    10/21/2002 10:44:47 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 64 replies · 179+ views ^ | October 21, 2002 | Jeordan Legon
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A limestone burial box, almost 2,000 years old, may provide the oldest archeological record of Jesus of Nazareth, according to several experts who announced the finding Monday.</p> <p>The ossuary, as the bone boxes are known, dates to A.D. 63 and has an inscription in Aramaic which translates to: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," said Andre Lemaire, an expert in ancient writing who identified the writing on the box in Jerusalem last spring.</p>
  • Any Scriptura Means Sola Scriptura

    09/08/2002 10:15:16 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 29 replies · 5+ views
    Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. (2 Thessalonians 2:15) The Scripture quoted above is usually understood by Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox as referring to Tradition as understood by their denomination. I believe it does not. There are two things I'd like to establish early. 1. The traditions mentioned include things communicated in Scripture -- the epistles. (And even if it didn't, Scripture would still be true, which is really all I need.) 2. The traditions don't contradict each other. Galatians 1:8 says, "But though we, or...
  • God failed?

    07/28/2002 12:34:13 AM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 175 replies · 8+ views
    I went down to Boystown earlier today. We were planning to go somewhere else, but we spent so much time getting sushi it was too late, so we went to The Alley instead. The Alley is, as the first line indicates, in Boystown, which is the Chicago gay district. There was parking in The Alley's alley, so we entered via the back door past stacks of free publications (gay and alternative newspapers and old copies of the Onion). The Alley is... different. It's basically a kind of all purpose store for punks, goths, and other people who're unique, just like...
  • Was Anyone Saved at the Cross? (Limited Atonement)

    07/18/2002 8:49:17 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 307 replies · 800+ views
    We say Christ so died that he infallibly secured the salvation of a multitude that no man can number, who through Christ's death not only may be saved, but are saved, must be saved, and cannot by any possibility run the hazard of being anything but saved. ---Charles Haddon Spurgeon There was a time when I called myself a "four-point Calvinist." There are a lot of people who use that term, and, almost all the time, the one point of the five that they reject is the terrible, horrible, "L". Limited atonement. There is just something about the term that...
  • Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Otho

    03/06/2002 2:03:28 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 21 replies · 767+ views
    I. THE ancestors of Otho came from an old and illustrious family in the town of Ferentium and were descended from the princes of Etruria. His grandfather Marcus Salvius Otho, whose father was a Roman eques but whose mother was of lowly origin and perhaps not even free-born, became a senator through the influence of Livia Augusta, in whose house he was reared; but did not advance beyond the grade of praetor. His father Lucius Otho was of a distinguished family on his mother's side, with many powerful connections, and was so beloved by Tiberius and so like him in ...
  • In Defense of "Underage" Drinking

    03/04/2002 10:49:56 AM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 287 replies · 3,478+ views
    Mercurial Times ^ | March 1, 2002 | Aaron Armitage
    The situation is already bad enough. Every state in the union has already been forced by federal blackmail to raise the drinking age to 21. Now a group called the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is trying to whip up hysteria about the evils of people drinking a few years before they get government permission. They came out with attention getting claims that 25 percent of alcohol consumption is by &quot;children&quot;, which to them apparently includes a number of potential voters. It turns out the real number is 11 percent, including, it should be noted, people over 18. ...
  • Guess That Nonsense

    02/27/2002 11:52:26 AM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 41 replies
    Guess what each piece of nonsense really is, and you'll win a prize! Not really, but guess anyway. Each numbered item is derived from a well-known piece of text. See if you can figure out what that text is. 1. Our person United States is considerable and in order to form the process of shoes founding the union which is complete in our descendants namely us soak, domestic insurance tranquil namely support together protects the general material of promotion of free heaven axis luck, this constitution which it strengthens and it stipulates, establishes is United States. 2. We draw up ...
  • Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Galba

    02/13/2002 2:35:15 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 19 replies · 633+ views
    Ancient History Sourcebook ^ | Many moons ago. | Suetonius
    I. THE race of the Caesars ended with Nero [Nero was the last who bore the name because of connection with the family of Augustus; after him it became a designation of rank]. That this would be so was shown by many portents and especially by two very significant ones. Years before, as Livia was returning to her estate near Veii, immediately after her marriage with Augustus [38 B.C.E.], an eagle which flew by dropped into her lap a white hen, holding in its beak a sprig of laurel, just as the eagle had carried it off. Livia resolved to ...
  • Anarchy vs. the Right to Life

    02/12/2002 3:33:17 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 169 replies · 1,165+ views
    Mercurial Times ^ | February 11, 2002 | Aaron Armitage
    Joe Sobran, as evidenced by his recent columns, seems close to being convinced, if not already convinced, by Hans Herman Hoppe's book, Democracy: The God that Failed. As you might have guessed from the title, Hoppe thinks democracy was a bad idea, but he goes further than that; he thinks government, in any form, was a bad idea. He's an anarcho-capitalist. In an anarcho-capitalist society, instead of using police and an official court system to punish criminals, individuals would hire defense agencies, in much the same way we hire insurance agencies now. Then, if you're robbed, your agency would ...
  • Exposition of Ephesians 1:1-23 (Spurgeon)

    01/28/2002 4:57:48 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 105 replies · 1+ views
    The Spurgeon Archive ^ | C.H. Spurgeon
    The Epistle to the Ephesians is a complete Body of Divinity. In the first chapter you have the doctrines of the gospel; in the next, you have the experience of the Christians; and before the Epistle is finished, you have the precepts of the Christian faith. Whosoever would see Christianity in on treatise, let him "read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest" the Epistle to the Ephesians. 1, 2. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus; grace be to you, and peace, from ...
  • Woman In Burqa Condemns Woman In Chador

    12/04/2001 5:58:43 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 7 replies · 9+ views
    The Onion ^ | 5 December 2001
    &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; GHAZNI, AFGHANISTAN&#151;Outraged by the recent loosening of dress codes in her country, burqa wearer Uliya Salah condemned fellow Afghani Raheela Asaad Monday for appearing in public wearing an upper-face-revealing chador. &nbsp; Above: The burqa-wearing Salah, who is outraged by Asaad's (far right) immodest dress. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &quot;Just look how she dresses, the bridge of her nose visible for all the world to see,&quot; said Salah, watching Asaad walk past her in downtown Ghazni. &quot;Has she no shame?&quot; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Not wanting to risk the chance that a stranger might be forced to hear a ...
  • Record Number of Vetoes for Governor

    11/30/2001 10:36:00 AM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 16 replies · 1+ views
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) &#151; Months after Texas Gov. Rick Perry vetoed 79 bills in one day, resentment over the dead legislation endures, creating a political sore spot for the governor as an election year approaches. The new Republican governor killed so much legislation on June 17, the final day of bill consideration for the session, that his liberal use of the veto pen was dubbed the ``Father's Day Massacre.'' ``I believe he was totally irresponsible,'' said state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a Democrat whose Medicaid restructuring bill was vetoed. Before June 17, the governor had vetoed only three bills during ...
  • The Problem

    11/29/2001 10:29:12 AM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 402 replies · 253+ views
    Jim Robinson posted Is Free Republic a Fraud? Is it time for Free Republic to go away? this was my reply, which wasn't really "on topic", given what he said in his article, but I think the problem I discuss is worth talking about. Maybe it's just growing pains with all the new people coming in, but even then, I think we ought to talk about it. In an important sense, Free Republic already has gone away. Too many people here, especially the newbies but also some of the ones from way back, use Free Republic for shouting their love ...
  • "Harry Potter Declares Death for All!"

    11/21/2001 6:15:20 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 76 replies · 3+ views
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  • Enumerated Powers and National I.D. Cards

    11/19/2001 9:21:07 AM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 78 replies · 2,484+ views
    Mercurial Times ^ | November 16, 2001 | Aaron Armitage
    After delivering a speech in Columbia, Missouri, Justice Scalia was asked if he thought national I.D. cards would be unconstitutional. He said that the Fourth Amendment doesn’t mention I.D. cards. True enough, as far as it goes (which isn’t very far at all). Scalia then added that opponents should try to pass an amendment to the Constitution. “If you think it's a bad idea to have an identity card, persuade your fellow citizens.” Not only is a national I.D. card not mentioned in the Fourth Amendment, it’s not mentioned in Article I, Section 8, or any other part of the ...
  • Bush sends Ramadan greetings to Muslims

    11/16/2001 1:27:00 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 6 replies · 4+ views
    FT ^ | Nov 16 2001 14:24:53 | Reuters
    President George W Bush has sent Ramadan greetings to the Islamic world, avoiding mention of the bombing campaign in Afghanistan while emphasising humanitarian efforts there.The United States had rejected Muslim appeals for a pause in the bombing for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan but the bombs have in fact slowed due to the defeat of the Taliban militia in most of Afghanistan."As the new moon signals the holy month of Ramadan, I extend warm greetings to Muslims throughout the United States and around the world," Bush said in a statement.Bush indirectly referred to the war in Afghanistan, saying "Americans ...
  • Industrial Activity Drops in Oct.

    11/16/2001 1:26:57 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) &#151; Aftershocks from the terror attacks helped to depress industrial activity in October for the 13th straight month, the longest stretch of declines since the Great Depression. All the economic weakness, however, had a silver lining: Consumer prices fell. The latest batch of economic reports released Friday painted a picture of a sinking economy that many analysts believe has slid into a recession. Against this backdrop, companies have cut prices to bolster sales and energy prices have fallen in response to weak worldwide demand, thus keeping a lid on inflation. The Consumer Price Index, a key gauge ...
  • Rumsfeld: Forces in Ground Combat

    11/16/2001 1:26:56 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 3 replies · 1+ views
    GREAT LAKES, Ill. (AP) &#151; U.S. special forces have been involved in ground combat in Afghanistan, killing Taliban and al-Qaida fighters, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday. No Americans have died or been wounded in the operations, he said. ``They are armed and they're participating,'' the Pentagon chief said, describing the ongoing battle to erase the al-Qaida terrorist network and the Taliban militia that supports them. ``They have gone into places and met resistance and dealt with it,'' Rumsfeld said. He declined to say specifically how many forces are there. ``We have hundreds.'' Troops from U.S.-allied countries also ...
  • Taliban Looted and Vandalized a Panicked City When They Fled

    11/16/2001 1:19:44 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 5 replies · 431+ views
    IHT ^ | Thursday, November 15, 2001 | Keith B. Richburg
    KABUL They came to power five years ago as a highly disciplined movement aimed at cleansing society, opposed to corruption and faction infighting and committed to restoring security and imposing strict Islamic morals on this war-ravaged capital.But when the Taliban left here under cover of darkness late Monday, their departure was marked by confusion, panic, looting and wanton vandalism. Taliban troops ransacked offices and stole vehicles. They marauded through currency exchange shops smashing open vaults and stealing cash. They looted the city's museum. In at least one military facility they left behind for the city's new conquerors debris-strewn offices with ...
  • Rebels claim more towns as they advance on Kabul

    11/12/2001 2:04:34 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 3 replies · 1+ views
    FT ^ | Nov 13 2001 | Guy Dinmore in Tehran, Richard Wolffe in Washington and Brian Groom in London
    Rebels claim more towns as they advance on KabulBy Guy Dinmore in Tehran, Richard Wolffe in Washington and Brian Groom in London&nbsp;-&nbsp;Nov 13 2001 00:00:00Northern Alliance fighters in Afghanistan claimed to have captured more important towns from the ruling Taliban on Monday as they made rapid advances towards the capital Kabul. Rebel commanders said they had seized the western town of Herat and were close to securing the central town of Bamiyan and Kunduz in the north. The fall of Herat could open the way to Kandahar, the southern stronghold of the Taliban, 300 miles to the south. Pentagon officials ...
  • Objectively Pro-Terrorist Pacifists

    11/12/2001 12:06:18 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 65 replies · 1,292+ views
    Mercurial Times ^ | November 8, 2001 (but more on that below) | Aaron Armitage
    During WWII, George Orwell observed that pacifism was objectively pro-fascist because it weakened the war effort and thus was, in its effects, in favor of the other side. Honesty compels us to the same conclusion about some of our fellow countrymen: they are with the terrorists. There are two wrong ways to react to the terrorist attacks on September 11, neither of which, fortunately, is being pursued by our government so far. One is to create a wider war between the West and Islam, which we would win in the end, but at too high a cost to ourselves. A ...
  • Bolstering Rebel Offensive, Special Forces Open New Western Front

    11/11/2001 5:35:15 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 1+ views
    IHT ^ | Monday, November 12, 2001 | Steven Mufson and Thomas E. Ricks
    WASHINGTON Special forces troops have opened a new front for the U.S. bombing campaign in western Afghanistan, the latest element of an evolving Pentagon strategy that has become fiercer, broader and far more reliant on Afghan rebels than planners had originally envisioned.A U.S. government source said Saturday that special forces were for the first time coordinating air strikes to bolster Ismail Khan, a rebel leader, in the far western part of the country. Air support from the United States could help the veteran commander, considered by some to be the most militarily effective of all opposition commanders, to launch an ...
  • Europe Aims to Bar Hate Content From Web

    11/11/2001 5:28:17 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 10 replies · 1+ views
    IHT ^ | Monday, November 12, 2001 | Paul Meller
    BRUSSELS The Council of Europe is trying to ban racist and other hate-based content from the Internet by adding a protocol to its convention on cybercrime that is scheduled to be ratified at a meeting Nov. 23 in Budapest.The text of the convention, which was stamped for ratification by the 43-member council Thursday, defines as cybercrimes activities such as online child pornography, online fraud and electronic vandalism, and it sets rules for signatory countries on how the Web should be policed.The new protocol would add racist Web page content and hate speech over computer networks to the list of cybercrimes, ...
  • Notes on Nationalism

    10/29/2001 6:27:39 PM PST · by A.J.Armitage · 63 replies · 3,522+ views
    Somewhere or other Byron makes use of the French word longeur, and remarks in passing that though in England we happen not to have the word, we have the thing in considerable profusion. In the same way, there is a habit of mind which is now so widespread that it affects our thinking on nearly every subject, but which has not yet been given a name. As the nearest existing equivalent I have chosen the word "nationalism", but it will be seen in a moment that I am not using it in quite the ordinary sense, if only because ...
  • Cockpit Intruder Is Subdued

    10/09/2001 9:14:25 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 7 replies · 6+ views
    IHT ^ | Wednesday, October 10, 2001
    CHICAGO Passengers aboard an American Airlines jetliner acted quickly to subdue a man described as being mentally ill who broke into the cockpit. During the struggle Monday, the pilot made a distress call and two F-16 fighters intercepted Flight 1238 from Los Angeles and escorted it to Chicago, an FBI spokesman said. No one was injured, and the plane landed safely at O'Hare International Airport with 153 passengers and a crew of nine. A passenger, Bill Neff, said the man had entered the cockpit of the Boeing 767 before being tackled by fellow passengers. "I heard a stampede," he said. ...
  • Deadly Virus Strikes Refugees in Pakistan

    10/05/2001 11:11:47 AM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 1 replies · 2+ views
    IHT ^ | Friday, October 5, 2001 | Douglas Frantz
    QUETTA, Pakistan A 40-year-old truck driver bled to death Thursday four hours after arriving at a hospital in Quetta, the 34th fatality in 16 months from what doctors suspect is the world's deadliest outbreak of an Ebola-like virus.The deaths from the tick-borne Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in this frontier city have raised alarms because most of the cases have been tracked to villages and towns along the road between Quetta and Kandahar, Afghanistan, the main population centers in the region.Medical experts warned that the limited treatment capacity in this province would be overwhelmed if the disease is carried by even a ...
  • Before attacks, US was ready to say it backed Palestinian state

    10/01/2001 7:56:46 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 31 replies · 289+ views
    Financial Times ^ | October 2 2001 | Jane Perlez and Patrick E Tyler
    Before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, the Bush administration was on the verge of announcing a Middle East diplomatic initiative that would include United States support for the creation of a Palestinian state, administration officials said, and it is now weighing how to revive the plan. The initiative was to have been detailed in a speech by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell at the United Nations General Assembly and represented the first time a Republican administration has backed a Palestinian state. Senior members of the Bush administration had been critical of former President Clinton's aggressive efforts to broker ...
  • Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Nero

    10/01/2001 3:52:20 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 63 replies · 1,323+ views
    I. OF the Domitian family two branches have acquired distinction, the Calvini and the Ahenobarbi. The latter have as the founder of their race and the origin of their surname Lucius Domitius, to whom, as he was returning from the country, there once appeared twin youths of more than mortal majesty, so it is said, and bade him carry to the Senate and People the news of a victory which was as yet unknown. And as a token of their divinity it is said that they stroked his cheeks and turned his black beard to a ruddy hue, like that ...
  • Secret evidence bill raises concerns

    09/30/2001 1:44:01 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 10 replies · 3+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 30, 2001 | Stephen Franklin and Ken Armstrong
    Since the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, the Bush administration has urged Congress to expand the Justice Department's authority to detain and deport suspected terrorists. But the government handed similarly vast powers to immigration officials only a few years ago when terrorism flared up, and regret set in soon after. Before Sept. 11, the push in Washington was to restrict the powers of immigration authorities, not extend them. Courts, legislators and even President Bush had criticized federal agents about their use of classified or secret evidence, called "poisonous" by one judge and "obnoxious" by another. The Immigration ...
  • British reporter may face Taliban spy charges

    09/30/2001 1:32:42 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 9 replies · 169+ views
    Independent ^ | 30 September 2001 | Patrick Cockburn and Rupert Cornwell
    Yvonne Ridley, the British journalist detained by the Taliban, is under investigation for spying, Kabul radio announced last night. If charged, she would face a possible death penalty. The development comes amid warnings that military strikes against targets in Afghanistan are likely within days. The prospect of a British citizen being sentenced to death would also add considerably to the pressure on Tony Blair to take decisive action. Ms Ridley, a Sunday Express reporter, was arrested on Friday with two Afghan companions in the Dour Baba district in the east of the country. She was disguised in the traditional head-to-toe ...
  • Extremists target European gas pipelines

    09/30/2001 1:21:07 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Independent ^ | 30 September 2001 | Elizabeth Nash
    Algerian Islamists linked to Osama bin Laden have threatened to declare war on British and other "vital Western interests" by blowing up oil and gas pipelines that run from North Africa to Europe. The threat follows the arrest last week in Spain of six members of Algeria's extremist Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (SGPC), after an MI6 tip-off, for their role in a plot to blow up the US embassy in Paris. The message sent to the Algerian media named France, Germany, Britain and Belgium as the "European countries that persecute Islamists and cooperate with the US in their ...
  • Israel gives Arafat 48 hour deadline

    09/30/2001 1:13:26 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 50 replies · 78+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September, 30 2001 | Herb Keinon, Arieh O'Sullivan
    JERUSALEM (September 30) - With the cease-fire brokered by Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat shattered over the weekend by Palestinian riots and non-stop violence, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon convened the security cabinet late last night to reassess the situation. However, because of widespread feeling that the violence came about to mark the anniversary of the intifada, the security cabinet is giving Arafat 48 hours to fulfill his cease-fire obligations. United States Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer told Jerusalem Post Radio the next 72 hours are crucial. To hear his comments click here. The cabinet says ...
  • Cease-fire crumbles under deaths, heavy fighting

    09/30/2001 1:08:47 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September, 30 2001 | Margot Dudkevitch
    JERUSALEM (September 30) - In one of the most violent weekends in recent weeks, at least 12 Palestinians were killed and scores wounded, and 12 Israelis were wounded aruond the territories. The upsurge in unrest came despite efforts by Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat at Gaza's Dahaniya Airport on Wednesday to enable a cease-fire and the resumption of security talks in Tel Aviv on Friday. Two Palestinians were killed and six wounded near the Samaria community of Homesh in the latest incident this morning, apparently by IDF fire, after reportedly trying to evade an army ...
  • Tougher penalties for club drugs sought

    09/29/2001 3:49:35 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 15 replies · 3+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Sept. 28, 2001 | CORISSA JANSEN
    With club drugs such as Ecstasy gaining in popularity among suburban Wisconsin youth, two state lawmakers want to make possession a felony offense, carrying penalties similar to those for illegal drugs more commonly found in urban areas. "There should not be a distinction between the dangerous drugs used by suburban kids and the dangerous drugs used by kids in inner city Milwaukee," said Rep. Gregg Underheim (R-Oshkosh). Underheim is co-sponsoring a bill that police and drug counselors believe also would funnel more young club-drug users into treatment if it is enacted. An Assembly committee is to address the measure next ...
  • USA in the flesh

    09/29/2001 3:41:52 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Sept. 28, 2001 | PETER MALLER
    A surging number of Wisconsinites are having their true colors - red, white and blue - emblazoned on their skin. Requests at many tattoo parlors for American flags, eagles and other patriotic symbols have soared since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "The demand is up about 600 percent," said Dave Weir, who operates Body Ritual, a tattoo parlor at Prospect Mall in Milwaukee. "Before the attack on the World Trade Center, we were doing maybe one or two a month. Now it's five or six a week." This patriotic trend, noted in news ...
  • Afghanistan delays trial of eight Christians for a day

    09/29/2001 3:32:25 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 19 replies · 3+ views
    Financial Times ^ | September 29 2001
    The trial of eight foreign aid workers accused of spreading Christianity in Afghanistan was postponed for a day on Saturday amid legal procedures to arrange their defense by a Pakistani lawyer, officials said. Taliban Chief Justice Noor Mohammad Saqib said the two Americans, two Australians and four Germans would be summoned before the court on Sunday. They have been detained in a Taliban religious police jail since August 5, along with 16 local staff. The second session of their trial had originally been scheduled for Saturday. "Both parties -- the detainees and the lawyer -- will come here to decide ...
  • More deaths as intifada passes 12-month milestone

    09/29/2001 3:27:48 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 1+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Sep 28 2001 | Ralph Atkins
    Jerusalem was tense but largely violence-free on Friday's anniversary of the start of the revolt against Israeli occupation. But elsewhere, six Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded; and Saturday brought another fatality as Israeli troops shot dead an 18-year-old stone-thrower in central Gaza. In the Old City of Jerusalem, a scuffle had broken out between some Arabs and the Israeli police controlling access to the Muslim religious compound of Haram al-Sharif - Temple Mount to Jews. The rapid scattering of the crowds hinted at a repeat of last year's events - when riots erupted after the controversial visit to the ...
  • Museum plans to return art taken by Nazis

    09/29/2001 3:20:01 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 28, 2001 | AP
    MIAMI -- A 500-year-old painting stolen by the Nazis from Poland's National Museum during World War II has been part of the collection at Vizcaya Museum since 1980 and will be returned. The Holy Trinity, Seat of Mercy, is a small oil on wood painting by Nuremberg-born Georg Pencz. "There's no doubt on this," Richard Farwell, Vizcaya's director said Thursday of the final identification. "There's a repaired crack through the middle of it, and in a picture from (the Warsaw museum's) catalog, you can very clearly see the crack." He said the painting will be returned to Poland, but ...
  • Illinois Democrats score another victory

    09/29/2001 3:06:55 PM PDT · by A.J.Armitage · 2 replies · 3+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 29, 2001 | Rick Pearson
    A three-judge federal panel on Friday handed Democrats a significant victory in the partisan fight over legislative redistricting when it rejected Republican challenges to a lottery that broke a partisan stalemate over the remapping process. Democrats won a recent lottery to control the Legislative Redistricting Commission, which on Wednesday approved a map that Republicans contend was drawn deliberately to cost them control of the state Senate and significantly fatten the size of the Democratic majority in the House. The unanimous ruling by the federal panel will make it extremely difficult for Republicans to derail the Democratic map, drawn to ...