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  • The Mumbai atrocity is a wake-up call for a frighteningly unprepared world

    12/02/2008 3:22:06 AM PST · by Alia · 41 replies · 1,019+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/02/08 | Melanie Phillips
    Around the world, people have reacted with horror to the vile atrocities in Mumbai. For three days, our TV screens transmitted images of carnage and chaos ... Despite the fact that Western citizens were caught up in the attacks, there is nevertheless a sense that this was nothing to do with us — a horrible event happening in a faraway place. Among commentators, moreover, there has been no small amount of confusion. Were these terrorists motivated by the grievance between Muslims and Hindus over Kashmir, or was this a broader attack by Al Qaeda? If British and American tourists were...
  • How I Bombed an Abortion Clinic and Still Got Tenure [SATIRE ALERT for the nervous]

    10/27/2008 3:27:51 AM PDT · by Alia · 27 replies · 1,607+ views ^ | October 27, 2008 | Mike S. Adams
    Some years ago I was involved with a radical anti-abortion group that was frustrated with efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade. We targeted two abortion clinics – one in Birmingham and the other in Atlanta - for bombings. We successfully carried out both of those bombings without killing anyone on the premises. We wanted to send our message – at least initially – without any unnecessary bloodshed.After we carried out the bombings in Birmingham and Atlanta we gathered together in Charlotte, North Carolina for the express purpose of making a number of bombs that would be used in additional attacks...
  • Parents' Day, July 27, 2008

    07/27/2008 9:17:32 AM PDT · by Alia · 45+ views
    Office of the Press Secretary, Whitehouse ^ | July 25, 2008 | President George Bush
    Parents' Day, 2008 A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America Parents teach their children timeless values to help them make the most of life's opportunities and overcome its challenges. On Parents' Day, we pay tribute to the parents who provide their children with guidance, support, and unconditional love and who help make our country a better place. Mothers and fathers are a source of stability and great comfort in society, and they have a vital obligation to love and care for their children. Through patient instruction and a loving example, they instill in children the principles...
  • Obama Lies

    07/15/2008 4:25:07 AM PDT · by Alia · 12 replies · 105+ views
    "You arrogant ass! You've killed US!" The line comes from an enraged Soviet Navy officer to his superior, Captain Tupolev, in the film version of Tom Clancy's thriller The Hunt for Red October. Clancy fans will remember Tupolev as the Soviet submariner tasked with destroying the Russian super-sub Red October, captained by Tupolev's old teacher, the defecting Marko Ramius (Sean Connery). Egotistical, obsessed with getting Ramius, in the heat of battle the not very bright Tupolev impulsively launches a torpedo against the advice of his senior officer. Too late he realizes the torpedo has been led back to a target...
  • Roy Huffington, Oilman and Philanthropist, Dies at 90

    07/14/2008 6:38:51 AM PDT · by Alia · 5 replies · 120+ views
    FOX News ^ | 7-14-08 | staff
    HOUSTON — Roy M. Huffington, an oilman who played a major role in developing Indonesia's oil and natural gas sector and later served as a U.S. ambassador to Austria, has died. He was 90. Huffington died Friday while traveling out of the country, according to the funeral home George H. Lewis and Sons. Huffington also founded the Huffington Foundation, which donated millions of dollars to Houston charities, and also served as the chairman of the New York-based Asia Society for more than seven years in the 1980s. Huffington served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and upon his...
  • Suspensions point to trouble in schools (SF Bay Area, CA)

    05/20/2008 5:30:37 AM PDT · by Alia · 20 replies · 90+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2008 | Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (05-18) 18:59 PDT -- California public school educators suspended students more than 332,000 times for violence or drugs last year - a jump of nearly 16,000 from the prior year. That's 6 out of every 100 students, up from 5 per 100 the year before, a Chronicle analysis of state records shows. << Find suspension rates at your child's school >> It means that beneath the studious demeanor of California campuses runs an undercurrent of trouble: students harming students, intimidating peers, packing weapons and even making terror threats. That reality is often ignored or stuffed away as bad publicity for...
  • America, You Have Been Had

    04/29/2008 4:26:54 AM PDT · by Alia · 31 replies · 64+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 04-29-08 | Christopher Chantrill
    Liberals are right about the "Right-wing Noise Machine." It really is a wonder to behold, and last week it was performing like a well-tuned NASCAR race car. They say that liberals are all prepared for the inevitable "swift-boating" of Barack Obama. Look behind you, liberals. It already happened and, like last time, it was an own-goal scored by liberals. This time it's Bill Moyers' fault. Why, oh why, Bill, did you decide that you had to put Reverend Wright up Bill Moyers Journal on April 25, 2008 so that we could all hear his side of the story? You must...
  • Hillary's Threat

    04/12/2007 4:09:02 AM PDT · by Alia · 35 replies · 1,370+ views ^ | 04-12-07 | Dick Morris
    We spend about 33% of our gross domestic product on state, local and federal government. Britain spends about 39 or 40%. France spends 48%, Germany 51%, Sweden 55%. And Hillary would like us to move into the high 40s and the low 50s. And she’d like that to fund free higher education, free healthcare, free daycare, free extra nutrition, more food stamps, more welfare; the whole bit. And if you think that those are good goals, and if you think that’s the way to achieve it, support her. Because she really will do that. It’s really what she wants to...
  • Creator of 1984 video revealed

    03/22/2007 5:03:31 AM PDT · by Alia · 29 replies · 995+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03-21-07 | Clarice Feldman
    Blue State Digital was founded by four Howard Dean supporters: History of Blue State Digital In the final months of Howard Dean's Presidential Campaign in 2003-04, Jascha Franklin Hodge, Clay Johnson, Ben Self and Joe Rospars -- four principals of Dean's Internet Team -- conceived of Blue State Digital. As leaders of a campaign that made history for its innovative use of the Internet, the four wanted to continue developing best practices for online communications, fundraising, organizing, and technology. So, on March 5th, 2004, the four founded Blue State Digital. About two years later, Blue State Digital operates offices in...
  • CSU faculty union OKs statewide strike

    03/22/2007 4:07:25 AM PDT · by Alia · 20 replies · 439+ views
    The Press Democrat ^ | 03-22-07 | BOB NORBERG
    A union representing professors, librarians and coaches at Sonoma State and 22 other California State University campuses has voted overwhelmingly to approve a strike, which could occur over several weeks beginning in April.Because of the size of the CSU system, Travis said, "if we strike, it will be the largest strike in the history of higher education in this country."New CSU tenure-track faculty start at about $50,000 a year, the average salary for tenure-track is $71,000, and the average for faculty with 20 years of experience is $86,000.Instructors, who teach 60 percent of CSU classes, earn an average of $58,000...
  • Venezuela Wants Sub Fleet for Conflict with U.S.

    02/19/2007 11:43:30 AM PST · by Alia · 133 replies · 2,623+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 2-19-07 | NewsMax Staff
    Venezuela is spending $3 billion to build nine submarines, a fleet of undersea craft that would be the largest in the region -- and ready to be used against the U.S. in event of a conflict between the two countries.The navy is considering bids from Germany, France, and Russia, which is said to be the odds-on favorite, according to the Washington Times.Venezuela says it is beefing up its military capabilities -- including plans to develop an enlarged submarine fleet -- in preparation for what it called any "asymmetrical conflict" with the U.S.
  • The Half Hour News Hour (vanity)

    02/19/2007 5:29:54 AM PST · by Alia · 185 replies · 4,306+ views
    FreeRepublic | 02-19-07 | Alia
    I've checked and seen nothing posted about the premier pilot of the 1/2 Hour News Hour on this forum.I want more of this show. I laughed throughout. The satire was crisp, delivery was very good.The best thing about parodies and satires which grab at one's funny bone is that they are true and factual. The jabs delivered last night were true and factual. And Real.I and my family enjoyed the 1/2 Hour News very much, and wish it were more than 1/2 hour long -- and covering the range of "news du jour".How about you?
  • Courthouse Named for Rush Limbaugh

    02/13/2007 12:36:03 PM PST · by Alia · 27 replies · 1,129+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 02-13-07 | NewsMax Staff
    Democrats joined Republicans on Monday in voting to name a Missouri courthouse after Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. A thank-you gesture for the conservative radio host who has made a career of scourging Democrats and their liberal allies? Not quite. The man whose name will be carved into the new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Mo., was the commentator's grandfather, a prominent attorney and civic leader who died in 1996 at age 104 after practicing law for nearly 80 years. Before his death he was thought to be the oldest working lawyer in the country. The measure was sponsored by Rep....
  • Failed 'Hillarycare' Taught Me a Lesson, Says Sen. Clinton

    02/10/2007 7:35:36 AM PST · by Alia · 56 replies · 1,433+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 02-10-07 | Newsmax Staff
    Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that her unsuccessful health care reform effort in 1993 makes her more effective on the issue now as she seeks the presidencyThis week, rival John Edwards offered his plan for universal health care that calls for a tax increase to ensure health care coverage for all and a requirement that businesses provide insurance. The tax increase would pay for the plan's cost of up to $120 billion a year."The president can propose, but the Congress has to dispose, and if we don't have a consensus in the country that our present system is...
  • Move to Dump Electoral College Defeated in Montana, North Dakota

    02/09/2007 4:55:25 AM PST · by Alia · 111 replies · 1,895+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 2-9-07 | AP via Newsmax
    A movement to essentially dump the Electoral College and give the presidency to the winner of the nationwide popular vote has been defeated in North Dakota and Montana, after opponents said it would eliminate any influence states may have in presidential contests. Thursday's votes represented the first legislative setbacks this year for the National Popular Vote plan, said spokeswoman Breeanna Mierop. It is a proposed agreement among states to cast their electoral votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote. "If you look at the population trends ... if this were to become the law, our presidential elections...
  • Humble Chief Gains National Attention

    02/02/2007 12:18:55 PM PST · by Alia · 4 replies · 478+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 11-10-06 | Staff Sgt. Jeremy Larlee
    11/10/2006: Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt, superintendent of the 22nd Wing Medical Group here, recently gained worldwide attention for a photo of him holding an injured Iraqi child. The photo was taken about a month ago, while he was deployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq. The young infant had received extensive gunshot injuries to her head when insurgents attacked her family killing both of her parents and many of her siblings. The chief had a knack for comforting her and they often would catch a cat nap together in a chair. While deployed to Iraq, the chief tried to...
  • What does it take to shock San Francisco?

    02/02/2007 5:59:57 AM PST · by Alia · 55 replies · 1,310+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 2-1-07 | Thomas Lifson
    snip:In San Francisco, all politics is local, and the local political establishment is highly incestuous. This diagram from the Fog City Journal portrays some of the family and financial connections between Speaker of the House Pelosi and Newsom. They are related by virtue of marriage. One can only assume that in her role as a grandmother, Speaker Pelosi will decry the concept of adultery. But will she urge Newsom to retire from politics? I doubt it very much.
  • Rep. Charles Rangel: 'No Animosity' Toward Cheney

    11/01/2006 3:58:31 AM PST · by Alia · 12 replies · 1,142+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11-1-06 | Newsmax Staff
    Rep. Charles Rangel feels bad - but not too bad - about directing a curse word at Vice President Dick Cheney. Rangel, a Harlem Democrat who regularly exchanges verbal volleys with the vice president, called Cheney a "son of a b...." on Monday when asked by the New York Post about comments Cheney made about him in a television interview. He repeated his comments in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, but added, "I shouldn't have said it."..."The vice president is going to continue to talk about the clear record on taxes - Republicans voting to lower taxes...
  • Rep. Charles Rangel: Cheney Is 'S.O.B.'

    10/31/2006 9:56:08 AM PST · by Alia · 100 replies · 3,297+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10-31-06 | NewMax Editorial Staff
    Cheney touched off the war of words when he said that Rangel - who is set to become chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee if the Democrats win the House in the upcoming elections – wouldn't continue "a single one" of President Bush's tax cuts. ... "I think that would be bad for the economy," Cheney told CNBC News. "I don't know if the stock market would like it." He then said on the Fox News Channel: "Charlie doesn't understand how the economy works . . . "So if a man like Charlie Rangel were to be...
  • WRAL Investigation Prompts Bill On DNA Testing For Rape Victims (from 2002)

    04/16/2006 5:21:37 PM PDT · by Alia · 3 replies · 230+ views ^ | June 17, 2002 | staff
    (June 14, 17, 2002)State Shelves DNA Testing Due To Lack Of ResourcesRALEIGH, N.C. -- State leaders are responding to a WRAL Investigation on DNA testing for rape victims. One lawmaker has filed legislation on the victims' behalf. (...)Because of limited resources, the SBI crime lab typically will not analyze DNA evidence unless there is a suspect in the case. Miner's bill would require the lab to test DNA in every rape case if the survivor makes the request.(...)The bill will be introduced in the House on Monday.
  • CA: Caltrans may ditch program for minority contractors

    02/08/2006 4:05:08 AM PST · by Alia · 6 replies · 418+ views
    Times Sacramento Bureau ^ | 02-07-06 | Edwin Garcia
    SACRAMENTO - Just when California is poised to ramp up road construction, Caltrans may roll back a civil rights program that has steered tens of thousands of federally funded contracts to woman- and minority-owned small businesses across the state. State Department of Transportation officials say they prefer to continue administering the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program -- which pushes contractors to give a percentage of their contracts to women and minority subcontractors -- but a federal court decision could kill the decades-old quota system. A ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May would force Caltrans to prove...
  • NC: Shearon Harris Chosen As Potential Site For New Nuclear Reactor

    01/24/2006 10:49:02 AM PST · by Alia · 30 replies · 632+ views
    WRAL ^ | Jan 23, 2006 | Cullen Browder, Reporter
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Progress Energy officials say more customers and a higher demand for power are pushing the need for a new nuclear reactor that could be built at its existing Shearon Harris nuclear plant about 20 miles southwest of Raleigh. The energy company, which serves 1.4 million customers in the Carolinas, said it chose Shearon Harris after evaluating 13 potential locations in North Carolina and South Carolina, based on its available transmission lines and proximity to cooling water. The Harris Plant site was originally planned for four nuclear reactors, but due to changing economic conditions in the 1970s and...
  • NC: Child-Sex Offender Website (Jessica's Law)

    01/20/2006 6:31:24 AM PST · by Alia · 10 replies · 719+ views
    FamilyWatchDog ^ | anon | FamilyWatchdog
    John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted and a supporter of Family Watchdog issued a statement last week when he learned of the country's first partnership between the sex offender tracking and mapping website and the state of Florida. “I applaud Governor Bush and Attorney General Crist for taking this pro-active initiative to keep Florida the number one state in protecting Florida’s most valuable resource; its children. Family Watchdog will give all Floridians the ability to keep their communities safer. Everyone should have the right to know if a convicted sex offender is living in their neighborhood. I’m very honored...
  • Sensenbrenner Statement on Status of PATRIOT Act Conference Agreement

    11/18/2005 4:23:14 PM PST · by Alia · 7 replies · 366+ views ^ | 11-18-05 | staff
    Contact: Jeff Lungren or Terry Shawn, 202-225-2492, both of the House Judiciary Committee Staff WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) released the following statement regarding the status of the House-Senate PATRIOT Act conference agreement: "Two days ago, House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement on a conference report that provides those entrusted with protecting the American people with the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs. The agreement was reached after an extensive and bipartisan legislative and oversight process. The House Judiciary Committee, which I chair, takes its oversight responsibilities...
  • FBI Document Labels Michigan Affirmative Action and Peace Groups as Terrorists

    08/30/2005 5:43:39 AM PDT · by Alia · 6 replies · 424+ views
    ACLU WEBSITE ^ | 08-29-05 | ACLU
    NEW YORK -- The American Civil Liberties Union today released an FBI document that designates a Michigan-based peace group and an affirmative action advocacy group as potentially "involved in terrorist activities." The file was obtained through an ongoing nationwide ACLU effort seeking information on the FBI's use of Joint Terrorism Task Forces to engage in political surveillance. ... The document released today is an FBI report labeled, "Domestic Terrorism Symposium," and describes a meeting that was intended to "keep the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies apprised of the activities of the various groups and individuals within the state...
  • Former Supporters & Samoan Caller Against Akaka Bill

    08/18/2005 7:17:37 AM PDT · by Alia · 27 replies · 723+ views
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 08-17-2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    There's been a story that we've been following on this program since its early days, and it's this bill in Hawaii sponsored by Senator Daniel Akaka, and it would basically create a racially exclusive government by and for native Hawaiians who satisfy a blood test. In other words, it would Balkanize the United States and set up a separate government in Hawaii run exclusively by and for native Hawaiians, and at first this had some support in the Senate. It had some support around the country because people didn't quite understand what it was, but there are two original supporters...
  • “End Race Preferences”: The fight continues in Michigan.

    08/18/2005 6:42:30 AM PDT · by Alia · 9 replies · 521+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 08-18-2005 | Jennifer Gratz
    The debate over race and gender preferences is always an intense one. Proponents of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) believe that all people should be treated as equal individuals. We believe that any time a preference is given to an individual of one "race" over an individual of another "race," or to one gender over the other, treatment cannot be equal. We believe that all people should be judged based on character, merit, and accomplishments — not skin color or gender. I, for one, do not want to be given a preference over my brother solely because I am...
  • Breastmilk processing facility opens in Monrovia

    08/05/2005 4:05:58 AM PDT · by Alia · 13 replies · 586+ views
    Prolacta Bioscience has opened the first large-scale breastmilk processing facility in the nation. The Monrovia facility will accept donated milk from milk banks around the nation and use various pasteurization, formulation and filling processes to produce high-quality donor milk with specific calorie, fat and protein content meant for premature babies. After processing, the milk can be shipped to hospitals nationwide to help treat premature babies. "By opening this facility, we will take the burden of processing this donor milk off the shoulders of the local milk banks and provide a system that can be relied upon by physicians, nurses and...
  • NC: House gives tentative approval to ban smoking inside N.C. prisons

    08/04/2005 6:45:58 AM PDT · by Alia · 33 replies · 488+ views
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | 08-03-05 | AP
    RALEIGH, N.C. - The House on Wednesday tentatively approved a smoking ban inside all North Carolina prison buildings as health care concerns won out over questions of security and freedom behind bars. The bill, which gained tentative House approval by a 58-52 vote, also orders the department to ban smoking completely in at least one prison as a pilot project. The state would provide optional smoking cessation programs to staff and prisoners. Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, the House's chief proponent of the Senate bill, said it makes sense to bar cigarettes because of their inherent health risks. Many public buildings...
  • Bush's speech at Black Expo boon for both

    07/13/2005 12:57:15 PM PDT · by Alia · 29 replies · 833+ views
    South Bend Tribute (Indiana) ^ | 7-13-05 | Martin DeAgostino
    INDIANAPOLIS -- President Bush's scheduled visit this week to Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration is a win-win opportunity for him and Black Expo, according to Expo officials and political observers.For Black Expo, it brings presidential prestige and national media exposure that no amount of in-house publicity could buy.Bush gains, too, by reaching a significant black audience the very week he is skipping the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Milwaukee. ... Bush will speak at Expo's Corporate Luncheon and Awards, where about 3,000 executives, managers and others are expected. Attendance at all Summer...
  • Freedom Rider: Not another Clarence Thomas

    07/09/2005 5:34:52 AM PDT · by Alia · 73 replies · 2,078+ views
    The Black Commentator ^ | 7-7-05 | Margaret Kimberley
    It was inevitable. George W. Bush was eventually going to nominate a Supreme Court justice. The resignation of Sandra Day O’Connor is the moment the right wing have been waiting for. Actually they didn’t sit around waiting. They made it all happen when they stole the 2000 presidential election. Bush may be inarticulate and suffering from some sort of learning disability but he is a very shrewd politician. Just as Thomas was a replacement for a black justice, O’Connor’s replacement will probably be female and to add icing to the cake may also be black. ... Many years have passed...
  • Judge Tosses Bid to Revive Reparation Suit

    07/06/2005 5:18:34 PM PDT · by Alia · 28 replies · 740+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 07-05-05 | Mike Robinson, AP Writer
    CHICAGO - An effort by slave descendants to gain reparations from corporations that allegedly benefited from slavery was dismissed Wednesday by a federal judge. Judge Charles R. Norgle characterized the issue as basically political, and said it should be decided by the legislative or executive branch. He added that the plaintiffs have failed to show a link between themselves and the 17 corporations named as defendants, and that the statute of limitations rules out damages for wrongs committed before slavery was abolished in 1868. ... Attorneys for the slave descendants say they want to use any damages to create a...
  • SF:Baring their anti-war feelings Fighting in Iraq is indecent, not their nakedness, they say

    07/06/2005 5:43:28 AM PDT · by Alia · 27 replies · 1,628+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 07-01-05 | Meredith May
    A dozen anti-war activists from Mendocino County took their tops off at high noon in San Francisco's Union Square shopping district Thursday, using what they said was their best weapon to get the public's attention. ... Members of the Breasts Not Bombs contingent, which included seven women, three men and two young girls, said the war in Iraq is indecent, not their nakedness. After more than two years of opposition to the war, protesters are having a hard time grabbing headlines, said Sheba Love, size 40D...."Hey! Explain this to me!" said an agog visitor from Florida, approaching San Francisco police...
  • World Press Fits Villaraigosa Into the Big Picture

    07/02/2005 6:55:51 AM PDT · by Alia · 13 replies · 445+ views
    LA Times ^ | Jessica Garrison and Daniel Hernandez
    Days after Antonio Villaraigosa was elected mayor, Nasser Hssaini, a correspondent for the Arab news channel Al Jazeera, flew to Los Angeles from Washington seeking an interview. "Certainly, the Arabs are watching," he said. "Here is an example of a Latino young man, who worked his way hard, and the system accepted him. America accepted him…. This is an example of a perfect integration of foreigners into the system. This is the man who could rally everybody: Jews. Muslims. Latinos." ... The question of immigration was also chewed over by European papers, but from a slightly different perspective. With cities...
  • Hackensack mayor will yield post after year

    07/02/2005 6:46:34 AM PDT · by Alia · 7 replies · 284+ views ^ | 07-02-05 | PAUL H. JOHNSON and SCOTT FALLON
    HACKENSACK - Marlin G. Townes Jr. was sworn in as Hackensack's first African-American mayor Friday, but the City Council also announced a power-sharing arrangement under which he will serve just a year. The council also selected Councilwoman Karen K. Sasso as deputy mayor and hired Joseph Zisa, the cousin of former Mayor Jack Zisa, as city attorney. Traditionally, the mayor is the council member who received the most votes in the general election. Joseph DeFalco had been the front-runner to be the next mayor, but he died the morning of May 10, just hours after voting began. Instead, Townes received...
  • Moms tell recruiters: ‘Leave My Child Alone!’

    07/02/2005 6:08:14 AM PDT · by Alia · 253 replies · 4,596+ views
    People's Weekly World ^ | 06-30-05 | Tim Wheeler
    WASHINGTON — Megan Watson, leader of Mainstream Moms, is so angry at military recruiters for invading schools to sign up unwary youth for combat in Iraq that she and her group launched an online movement, “” “They offer these trinkets to lure our children to enlist,” Watson said in a phone interview from her home in Bolinas, Calif. “This is very aggressive, demographic targeting to have conversations with our kids that should not be happening.” All branches of the military are falling short of recruiting goals as parents say, in effect, “Hell no! My kids won’t go!” Watson blasted the...
  • Corporate Cowardice Backfires

    06/22/2005 3:40:40 AM PDT · by Alia · 83 replies · 2,146+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 6/22/05 | John Carlisle
    Wachovia Corporation's ridiculous apology for its alleged ties to slavery has backfired.Chicago City Council aldermen are vowing to strip from Wachovia a $9.4 million loan to build affordable housing units as punishment for the bank's supposed failure to disclose that its predecessor banks were involved in slave-related business deals. This serves as a warning to other companies that believe they can buy peace with the slave reparations movement. Wachovia thought it would be good for business to cave in to the demands of reparations activists. Now, not only is the company out of a multi-million dollar contract, it has made...
  • Whistling Fairness: Taking on Corporate Preferences

    06/16/2005 6:12:52 AM PDT · by Alia · 1 replies · 452+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 06-16-05 | Roger Clegg, Center for Equal Opportunity
    Preferences on the basis of race, ethnicity, and sex — a.k.a. “affirmative action” — are found principally in three areas: education (notably university admissions), contracting (like minority set-asides), and employment (both public and private). For a variety of reasons, employment preferences — particularly in the private sector — have proved harder to uncover than the others. This is too bad, because sunlight is the best disinfectant: If preferences are exposed, they will often be abandoned, because corporate general counsels know that they can get the company into legal hot-water, no matter how much the politically correct human-resources types push them.It...
  • MI: Business execs favor ban on preferencesPoll: Majority would vote for amendment

    06/08/2005 3:50:35 PM PDT · by Alia · 11 replies · 362+ views
    Crain's Detroit Business ^ | 06-06-05 | Crain's Detroit Business
    A majority of small and midsize business owners and managers surveyed in a Crain’s poll support a state constitutional amendment banning racial, gender and ethnic preferences in state government and universities.The findings mirror another poll by John Bailey & Associates, which was commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber. Crain’s poll, conducted by EPIC-MRA, had a larger sample size. (See box, Page 88.) ... Ward Connerly — a former University of California regent and a nationally known opponent of racial preferences — is backing the Michigan initiative. A group called the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative circulated petitions in the state. Jennifer...

    03/26/2004 5:59:25 PM PST · by Alia · 14 replies · 303+ views
    Michigan Civil Rights Initiative ^ | 03-26-04 | Tim O'Brien
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 26, 2004, CONTACT: Tim O’Brien 313.550.9000, SOUTHGATE, MIJUDGE REJECTS REQUEST TO HALT MICHIGAN CIVIL RIGHTS PETITION DRIVEIn a sharply worded opinion, Wayne County Circuit Judge Susan Borman, denied a request by two attorneys to halt the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative petition drive to amend the state constitution by prohibiting race and gender preferences by state and local government.Two attorneys brought the motion claiming that the circulation of the petitions should be barred because the effect of the amendment would be to undo the recent Grutter v. Bollinger decision by the US Supreme Court that permitted government...
  • MI: Preface by 209 co-author Tom Wood to BAMN's assertions

    03/23/2004 10:55:26 AM PST · by Alia · 15 replies · 172+ views
    By Any Means Necessary ^ | Poss March 16-04 | known but not provided
    Preface by 209 co-author Tom Wood; see Americans Against Discrimination and Preferences ( Thomas E. Wood, President and Moderator ***************************************NOTE FROM THE MODERATOR (Tom Wood):The BAMN email below bundles together a number of errors that were made by the No on 209! campaign in California.Opponents of 209 were desperate to depict it as a prohibition of affirmative action, but the charge that CCRI/209 was "anti-affirmative action" was rejected by the California courts, because the measure prohibits preferences but not affirmative action, and there are some forms of affirmative action (e.g., race-neutral outreach) that are not preferential.BAMN also repeats what was...
  • CA: University of California regents affirm new admissions style

    03/23/2004 10:30:05 AM PST · by Alia · 8 replies · 137+ views
    Sign On San Diego, AP ^ | 3-19-04 | Michelle Locke
    SAN FRANCISCO - Tensions over the role of race in University of California admissions erupted as members of the governing Board of Regents sharply rebuked their own chairman for criticizing the way students are selected at the flagship Berkeley campus.Voting 8-6, the board passed a resolution Thursday endorsing their admissions process and disavowing the views expressed by regents' Chairman John Moores in a Forbes magazine opinion piece.The censure, a highly unusual move, came after a lengthy and occasionally passionate debate."This isn't right. This makes no sense," said Regent Ward Connerly, who opposed the resolution. "I don't think it's appropriate for...
  • CA: On Regents and Reality

    03/23/2004 10:21:11 AM PST · by Alia · 7 replies · 158+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3-23-04 | Dow Jones Reprint
    <p>Californians probably think racial preferences in college admissions ended in 1996 when voters approved Proposition 209. But John Moores, chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of California, says some UC administrators have been manipulating the system and defying the law for the past eight years. Last week Mr. Moores's fellow regents voted 8-6 to censure him for expressing these views in a recent Forbes magazine opinion piece. A medal is more like what the man deserves.</p>
  • CA: Foes of Affirmative Action Push Colleges to Reveal Policies on Race-Conscious Admissions

    03/23/2004 10:11:06 AM PST · by Alia · 4 replies · 234+ views ^ | 3-23-04 | PETER SCHMIDT
    The National Association of Scholars is undertaking a campaign to use state open-records laws to force selective public colleges to reveal exactly how they are considering race and ethnicity in admissions. The association is conducting the campaign, which it plans to announce today, in tandem with two organizations that also have been highly critical of affirmative action: the Center for Equal Opportunity and the Center for Individual Rights.As of today, 20 of the association's state affiliates have sent requests for information dealing with race-conscious admissions policies to selective public colleges in their states. The requests, in letters addressed to each...
  • John Kerry shaking hands with Ortega

    03/18/2004 5:50:07 PM PST · by Alia · 74 replies · 4,789+ views
    Anyone make sense of this?
  • Not a Chance: The electoral journey of Proposition 54.

    10/15/2003 10:47:32 AM PDT · by Alia · 15 replies · 168+ views
    National Review ^ | 10-15-03 | Ward Connerly
    In July 2002, the California secretary of state certified that enough signatures had been submitted to qualify the "Racial Privacy Initiative" (RPI) — an initiative to ban government classification based on race and skin color — for the ballot in the next statewide California election. Little did anyone know at the time that the next statewide election in California would be a special election in October 2003 to recall Governor Gray Davis. According to California's election code, any ballot initiative that has qualified for the ballot is automatically rolled over to the next statewide election, a fact that doomed RPI.A...

    10/10/2003 5:08:25 PM PDT · by Alia · 58 replies · 303+ views
    Yes on Proposition 54 ^ | 10-09-03 | Justin Jones
    SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—Ward Connerly, chairman of the Yes on Proposition 54 campaign, today denounced Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante’s graceless, shameful attempt to demonize Proposition 54 and its supporters in a concession speech Bustamante gave on October 7. Bustamante, who lost decisively in his bid to become California’s next governor, bitterly mischaracterized the initiative that was written to be a first, measured step towards a “color-blind” government and society as a racist plot, even though he claims to want a color-blind society himself.“Proposition 54 was bad for health care, public safety and education,” Bustamante said, despite Prop 54’s blanket exemption for all...
  • Vanity: California Recall Election -- Prop 54

    10/08/2003 7:08:53 AM PDT · by Alia · 7 replies · 218+ views
    Internet | 10-08-03 | Alia
    To You,I thank you for your help and support, your distribution and authorings of materials, your YES Vote in support of California's Proposition 54! As I'm sure you are aware -- Proposition 54 did not win; but certainly NOT for lack of heroes in all aspects of public and private life doing all within their power to assert "these truths" and against one of the most well-funded Political-Smear campaigns in California History. Compared to 54's approx $200K in funding -- opposition to 54 'acquired' approx $10 million to fight Prop 54. As far as the percentages in results went and...
  • If Prop. 54 fails, Connerly says he plans revamped version

    10/07/2003 10:02:45 AM PDT · by Alia · 32 replies · 181+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10-07-03 | Tanya Schevitz
    <p>If Proposition 54 fails in today's election, the author and leading proponent of the initiative said he will make another go at banning the state from collecting racial and ethnic data after cleaning up "flawed" and confusing language in the measure.</p>
  • Prop 54: Donors deny link to recall: Anti-Prop 54 forces say governor's race a separate issue

    10/04/2003 10:13:07 AM PDT · by Alia · 17 replies · 224+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10-04-03 | Jim Sanders
    <p>Ward Connerly, leader of the Proposition 54 campaign, charged this week that big money flowing into opponents' coffers is a thinly veiled attempt to influence the gubernatorial recall.</p> <p>"It's all about the governor's race," Connerly said. "This is clearly about getting out the minority vote, getting those communities revved up."</p>