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  • Al-Qaeda faces rebellion from the ranks (many are tired of the 'barbarity')

    07/23/2007 5:32:49 AM PDT · by FeeinTennessee · 716+ views
    The Times Online ^ | 7-23-07 | Deborah Haynes
    Al-Qaeda faces rebellion from the ranks Sickened by the group’s barbarity, Iraqi insurgents are giving information to coalition forces Deborah Haynes in Doura Fed up with being part of a group that cuts off a person’s face with piano wire to teach others a lesson, dozens of low-level members of al-Qaeda in Iraq are daring to become informants for the US military in a hostile Baghdad neighbourhood. The ground-breaking move in Doura is part of a wider trend that has started in other al-Qaeda hotspots across the country and in which Sunni insurgent groups and tribal sheikhs have stood together...
  • Racially Charged Murder Trials Getting Scant National Press

    05/18/2007 1:07:46 PM PDT · by FeeinTennessee · 31 replies · 1,020+ views ^ | May 18, 2007 | Randy Hall
    Racially Charged Murder Trials Getting Scant National Press By Randy Hall Staff Writer/Editor May 18, 2007 ( - A judge in Knox County, Tenn., Thursday scheduled separate trials during the summer of 2008 for four defendants charged with the carjacking, rape and murder of a young couple even as the case of black-on-white crime remained mostly untouched by the national media. Letalvis Cobbins, 24, and 25-year-old Lemaricus Davidson were slated to go on trial May 12 and June 16, 2008, regarding 46 charges including first degree murder, kidnapping and rape regarding the deaths of 21-year-old Channon Christian and Christopher...
  • China deports Americans over Tibet Olympic protest

    04/27/2007 5:04:27 AM PDT · by FeeinTennessee · 8 replies · 406+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 27,2007
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China deported five American tourists after they demonstrated for a free Tibet and protested against the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the base of Mount Everest, and said it had urged Washington to prevent a recurrence. China made "solemn representation" with the United States, demanding it ensure American tourists abide by Chinese laws and not engage in any illegal activities, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
  • Israelis Complete Settlement Evacuation

    02/02/2006 12:36:36 PM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 18 replies · 274+ views ^ | 2-1-06
    Israelis Complete Settlement Evacuation Wires Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006 AMONA, WestBank -- Club-wielding riot troops dragged away thousands of stone-throwing Jewish settlers from rooftops and behind barbed wire Wednesday, evacuating this illegal WestBank outpost in the fiercest clash over settlements since Israel's Gaza pullout. The demolition of nine houses at Amona, a hilltop enclave in the heart of the WestBank, was seen as a test for acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has said he would act with determination against settlers violating the law. Olmert is widely expected to withdraw from more areas of the WestBank and dismantle additional...
  • Court Favors Euthanasia for Massachussetts Girl, Though She's Doing Better

    01/26/2006 1:27:50 PM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 38 replies · 888+ views ^ | 1-19-06 | Steven Ertelt
    Court Favors Euthanasia for Massachusetts Girl, Though She's Doing Better by Steven Ertelt Editor January 19, 2006 Boston, MA ( -- The Massachusetts state Supreme Court has ruled that a hospital can end the life of a badly abused 11 year-old girl, even though she is doing better and beginning to respond to stimuli. Haleigh Poutre was abused by her birthmother and placed in a foster care home with her adoptive mother and stepfather. The allegedly beat her nearly to death with a baseball bat, in what left Poutre in a comatose state. Poutre was placed in state custody...
  • Jimmy Carter Has High Hopes for Hamas

    01/21/2006 1:52:46 PM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 72 replies · 1,250+ views ^ | Jan 21, 2006
    Jimmy Carter Has High Hopes for Hamas Former President Jimmy Carter expressed optimism Friday over Hamas's participation in next week's Palestinian parliamentary elections, saying that while the group may be terrorists, at least they're not corrupt. Interviewed Friday, Carter said that although Hamas were "so-called terrorists," so far "there have been no complaints of corruption against [their] elected officials." In quotes reported by the Jerusalem Post, Carter did concede that "there is an element within Hamas who deny Israel's right to exist." Citing his own negotiations with Palestinian Liberation Organization chief Yassir Arafat, however, Carter said sometimes you have to...
  • White House criticizes Pat Robertson

    01/06/2006 12:23:37 PM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 350 replies · 4,053+ views ^ | 1-06-06
    White House Criticizes Pat Robertson The White House sharply criticized Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson on Friday for suggesting that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for "dividing God's land." "Those comments are wholly inappropriate and offensive and really don't have a place in this or any other debate," presidential spokesman Trent Duffy said as Bush traveled to Chicago for a speech. Robertson made his comments about Israel and Sharon on his TV program, "The 700 Club." He said, "God considers this land to be his. You read the Bible and he says 'This is my land,' and...
  • GOP Road to White House May Start in Tennessee

    01/03/2006 6:30:01 AM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 58 replies · 873+ views ^ | 1-03-06
    GOP Road to White House May Start in Tennessee Wires Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006 MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Some of the Republican Party's presumed presidential hopefuls will be in Memphis this March to meet with party activists and try to gain momentum for their campaigns. The Southern Republican Leadership Conference will meet March 9-12 at the Peabody Hotel. A number of presumed candidates, including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, are scheduled to attend and speak. Also confirmed are Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, another possible presidential candidate, and Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. "I'm...
  • Calling all FREEPERS...Freep this MSNBC poll

    12/26/2005 2:28:45 PM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 60 replies · 1,581+ views
    Live Vote Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment?
  • University Adminstrator declares Christmas "forbidden"

    12/18/2005 8:46:42 PM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 118 replies · 2,736+ views ^ | 12-16-05 | Nathan Burchfiel
    University Administrator Declares Christmas 'Forbidden' By Nathan Burchfiel Correspondent December 16, 2005 ( - An administrator at California State University, Sacramento has banned decorations pertaining to Christmas and the 4th of July, among other holidays, from her office because they represent "religious discrimination" and "ethnic insensitivity." "Time has come to recognize that religious discrimination, as well as ethnic insensitivity to certain holidays, is forbidden," Patricia Sonntag, director of the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities, stated in the directive she e-mailed to members of her staff on Dec. 9. Cybercast News Service obtained the directive from the non-profit...
  • Library Stands Down; Jesus (and Mary, Joseph) will be allowed in Nativity display

    12/08/2005 3:20:36 AM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 22 replies · 604+ views ^ | 12-7-05
    Library Stands Down; Jesus Will Be Allowed in Nativity Display Dec 7, 2005, 09:40 PM CST Nativity Dispute Followup: George Brown Brandi Chambless is one happy woman after hearing her nativity scene will be now allowed in the Bartlett Library. It took an order from Bartlett's mayor to put Christ back into this Christmas display. Chambless is thrilled, "It means so much and we're very thankful to the mayor for doing that." Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald heard the library had banned the religious figurines from a nativity display and would only allow barnyard animals to be shown. That's when he...
  • Tennessee town's (Bartlett)library keeps baby Jesus out of nativity display

    12/06/2005 8:35:18 PM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 46 replies · 932+ views ^ | 12-6-05
    Bartlett library keeps baby Jesus out of nativity display Dec 6, 2005, 10:02 PM CST You can see Santa on the door here, there are also Happy Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Merry Christmas signs inside, but you won't find any nativity scenes because the library won't allow them and that could land the library system in court. But a close look at this nativity scene at the Bartlett Public Library has something missing: Jesus, Mary or Joseph? Library officials banned the figurines from a public display. "I took one piece out at a time and I said, what about this donkey...
  • Moderate drinkers show lower obesity risk (oh really?)

    12/05/2005 11:26:52 AM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 57 replies · 1,111+ views
    MSNBC/Reuters ^ | 10-05-05
    Moderate drinkers show lower obesity risk Study reveals a drink a day can keep the fat away Researchers found that among more than 8,200 U.S. adults, those who said they enjoyed a drink every day were 54 percent less likely than non-drinkers to be obese. Updated: 2:15 p.m. ET Dec. 5, 2005 NEW YORK - People who have an alcoholic drink or two a day may have a lower risk of becoming obese than either teetotalers or heavy drinkers, a study published Monday suggests. Researchers found that among more than 8,200 U.S. adults, those who said they enjoyed a drink...
  • House Eyes IRS Rules on Religious Speech

    12/05/2005 8:09:23 AM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 11 replies · 437+ views ^ | 12-5-05
    Reprinted from Monday, Dec. 5, 2005 10:30 a.m. EST House Eyes IRS Rules on Religious Speech Support is building in the House of Representatives to lift IRS restrictions banning political speech from the pulpit. The Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act, also known as HR 235, would give clergy the freedom to discuss politics with their congregations without putting their church's tax exempt status in jeopardy. Rep. Walter B. Jones, who sponsored the measure, has picked up 165 co-sponsors for his legislation, with House Speaker Denny Hastert and Majority Leader Tom DeLay said to be sympathetic. Under the...
  • President Signs H.R. 4145 to Place Statue of Rosa Parks in U.S. Capitol

    12/01/2005 10:14:46 AM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 16 replies · 496+ views
    President Signs H.R. 4145 to Place Statue of Rosa Parks in U.S. Capitol Room 350 Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building 10:33 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Welcome. Please be seated. Thank you all for being here. Laura and I thank you for joining us on this special day. Fifty years ago an African American woman named Rosa Parks helped set in motion a national movement for equality and freedom when she refused a bus driver's order to give her seat to a white man. The bill I'm about to sign calls for a statue of Rosa Parks to be placed...
  • Ruling: Pregneant Moms can harm babies at will (vomit)

    12/01/2005 9:38:32 AM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 50 replies · 1,454+ views ^ | 11-30-05 | Joe Kovacs
    LAW OF THE LAND Ruling: Pregnant moms can harm babies at will Court says unborn children not 'human,' mothers can't be prosecuted for conduct -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: November 30, 2005 11:14 p.m. Eastern By Joe Kovacs © 2005 The Supreme Court of Hawaii has ruled that unborn children are not "human beings," and therefore women cannot be prosecuted for causing the death of babies by harmful behavior during their pregancies. The unanimous decision overturns the manslaughter conviction of 32-year-old Tayshea Aiwohi, who was found guilty in connection with the death of her newborn son by smoking crystal methamphetamine shortly before...
  • Judge: Legislative Prayers Can't Mention Jesus

    12/01/2005 9:33:55 AM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 42 replies · 860+ views
    Judge: Legislative Prayers Can't Mention Jesus Ruling Follows Lawsuit From ICLU POSTED: 2:40 pm EST November 30, 2005 UPDATED: 6:20 pm EST November 30, 2005 INDIANAPOLIS -- Prayers that typically open sessions of the Indiana House of Representatives can no longer mention Jesus Christ or advance a religious denomination, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge David Hamilton issued a permanent injunction barring House Speaker Brian Bosma from permitting sectarian prayer as part of the official business of the House. Bosma can continue the legislative prayers, but must advise those giving the invocations not to advance one faith...
  • Military Demographics Representative of America, Officials say

    11/28/2005 1:25:56 PM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 10 replies · 418+ views ^ | 11-23-05 | Jim Garamone
    Military Demographics Representative of America, Officials Say By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2005 – The U.S. military is not a "poor man's force." That's the conclusion Defense Department officials reached following examination of enlisted recruiting statistics gathered over the past year. "There is an issue of how representative of America is the force," said Curt Gilroy, the director of DoD's accessions policy in the Pentagon. DoD tracks "representativeness" - as Gilroy calls it - very closely. And representativeness can take a whole host of forms - race, education, social status, income, region and so on....
  • Taste of Freedom: A Soldier's Letter to America

    11/22/2005 10:46:57 AM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 42 replies · 1,301+ views ^ | 11-21-05 | Soldier: 101st Airborne Div.
    Taste of Freedom: A Soldier's Letter to America USA/SGT Walter J. Rausch & 1st Platoon 101st Airborne Division November 21, 2005 - The following is a letter sent to the Mother of an American soldier currently serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. Per his request - via his Mother - we offer it to you. Special thanks to Jack and Carol Ott for getting this to us: Mom, Be my voice. I want this message heard. It is mine and my platoon’s to the country. A man I know lost his legs the other night. He is in...
  • Soldiers Not Sold on "Mecca" Merchandise

    11/22/2005 10:12:30 AM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 40 replies · 1,143+ views ^ | 11-21-05 | Marc Morano
    Soldiers Not Sold on 'Mecca' Merchandise By Marc Morano Senior Staff Writer November 21, 2005 ( - Some U.S. military veterans are upset that bases across the country are selling a clothing line called "Mecca: Since Day One," which is made in Pakistan. Many veterans and active military interviewed by Cybercast News Service view the name and slogan on the civilian hip-hop clothing line as a direct reference to the Islamic holy city in Saudi Arabia, and they do not think it is appropriate for such items to be sold at the military's Post Exchange (PX) System on U.S....