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  • Is it really 'unchristian' to resist forced settlement of refugees?

    11/24/2015 11:57:56 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 54 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | 11-24-2015 | Alec Rooney
    Let us share a trend from Christian Action Network’s Facebook page, where supporters “Like” the things we do and haters bombard us with profanity and/or insults. When we announced our recent petition drive to keep Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe from settling Syrian refugees in our home state (it’s still open; sign it here), the negative reactions all had a similar tone: that we are “unchristian” for opposing a huge, hasty and very political importation of strangers into our midst from a region known for terrorism and extremist violence. Here are some choice examples: How Christian of you.. WWJTA? (Who would...
  • Petition to keep Syrian refugees out of Virginia

    11/23/2015 7:22:31 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 12 replies
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has stated that Virginia would not be among the growing number of U.S. states seeking to block Syrian refugees, despite calls from Republicans for the state to close its doors as a security precaution following the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris. More than two dozen governors, most of them Republican, said they would attempt to block the settlement of Syrian refugees in their states after the attacks in France, believed to be the work of the Islamic State, that killed nearly 130 people and left hundreds more wounded. The United States does not have the ability...
  • Push the Islamic cuckoo egg out of our nest

    11/05/2015 11:55:00 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 10 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | 11/5/2015 | Alec Rooney
    The cowbird (in America) and the cuckoo (in Europe) both have a sneaky way of carrying on their species. Both birds are called brood parasites. The mother bird and her mate build no nest, but instead lay their eggs in the nest of some other bird species. Very often, the host bird never quite gets what has happened. She raises a big cuckoo or cowbird baby that will even push her real chicks out of the nest. It’s automatically hard to accept that such criminal, unfair behavior should be allowed to occur in nature. One can’t help but have a...
  • A God who delights in his children's despair

    10/06/2015 12:26:00 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 24 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | 10/1/15 | Alec Rooney
    The video was even more heartbreaking than most coming out of Syria. Posted on the mirror.uk newspaper web site, it claims to show a young fighter leaving on his final, suicidal mission against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Fua, Syria. There is no date on the video, but Fua has been the scene of intense fighting for the past few months. He climbs into a Soviet-era armored personnel carrier, probably captured from government forces, which the news story describes as packed with explosives. Men are all around him, offering encouragement, taking video with their phones,...
  • In a world of fakes and freaks, don't forget what courage really looks like

    08/28/2015 10:58:57 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 3 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | 8/28/2015 | Alec Rooney
    At one point in Laura Hillenbrands World War II book Unbroken, the top turret gunner of a B-24 bomber over the Pacific stays doggedly at his post and keeps on firing, trying to ward off an attacking Japanese fighter plane. Eventually he succeeds. Staying focused on saving the lives of ones comrades under such terrifying conditions is admirable enough. Stanley Pillsbury did it after one of his feet had been practically blown off by a cannon shell from the enemy aircraft. When they got his boot off after the engagement, his foot was shredded. His big toe stayed inside the...
  • Saudi Arabia says: Butt out. Stay out. Keep out. Got it?

    08/24/2015 7:44:29 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 38 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | Aug. 20, 2015 | Martin Mawyer
    Thats the message from Saudi Arabia. Do not meddle in their internal affairs. If they want to lop off heads, leave them alone. If they want to flog their apostates, whats that to you? And if they want to shred the hands of people reading the Bible, at least theyre not your hands. So shut up. Canadian officials heard that message loudly when they decided to criticize Saudi Arabia for torturing a blogger, Raif Badawi, with 1,000 lashes for criticizing the kingdoms religious clerics. The Saudi ambassador told Canadas National Assembly that his country does not accept any form of...
  • The left's love of lying labels

    08/11/2015 9:27:00 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 11 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | 8/11/2015 | Alec Rooney
    The phrase anti-immigrant is loose in media land, being used to describe politicians and everyday Americans alike. How can anyone be anti-immigrant? Immigrants are hard workers! We are a nation of immigrants! The phrase is used recklessly by the New York Times, U.S. News and of course MSNBC, as well as many others. Never mind that there is a huge difference between immigration and illegal immigration. Thats a difference as profound as renters versus squatters, or even customers versus burglars. To be anti-illegal-immigration is NOT the same as to be anti-immigration. Yet the phrases are being used interchangeably in the...
  • S.C. county commission: No more prayers allowed since controversy over Muslim invocation

    08/10/2015 8:32:24 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 17 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | 8/6/15 | Alec Rooney
    Out of concern for religious freedom one county in North Carolina has banned all prayers. You read that right: In Lincoln County, N.C., religious freedom now translates to nobody having the freedom to pray out loud at the opening of a meeting. It all went down thanks to a local Muslim activist who arrived to play the part of the victim, and thanks to a group of elected commissioners who granted that victim status and agreed to abridge everyones rights. Until recently, Christian prayers had been said at Lincoln County Commission meetings to focus board members on their duties,...
  • The Supreme Court ruling only seems to bring more anger, division and lunacy

    07/15/2015 5:12:47 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 15 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | 7/15/15 | Alec Rooney
    The June 26 Supreme Court ruling is being hailed as a victory for inclusivity, tolerance and love. It is also being described as a long-sought destination a place where the soldiers of marriage equality could rest and savor their hard-won gold star of normalcy. It is already proving to be neither of these things. The soldiers arent resting. Theyre reaching for more. Not more equality and normality, mind you, but more destruction and desecration of cultural institutions they blame for their unhappiness. The U.S. military is an enormous cultural institution that has been under relentless attack recently, and now...
  • Look who is defining sin. Say what?

    07/13/2015 12:13:06 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 10 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | July 13, 2015 | Martin Mawyer
    For those unfamiliar with the NEA, it is the nations largest labor union not just the largest teachers union, mind you. But the largest labor union in the country. Period. It has over three million members. Its mission is to advocate for education professionals blah, blah, blah. In other words, they are an organization of teachers who unite to demand more money, benefits, better work environments and whatever else they can get their hands on. They also advocate for just about any left-wing liberal cause that enrages conservatives, even if it has nothing to do with teaching. One of...
  • Photo gallery of pro-USA demonstration in Benghazi, Libya

    09/12/2012 6:07:09 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 47 replies
    posted on Imgur/Reddit ^ | 9/12/12 | username "Libya"
    Photos here
  • Local paper still defending O's "you didn't build that" speech

    07/20/2012 9:50:16 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 22 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | 9/20/2021 | The Roanoke Times
    A new Romney ad out this morning uses two isolated sentences from the Obamas speech to portray the president as demonizing business owners, continuing a push Romney and the Republicans have been making for a week. As Mason Adams noted earlier this week, a full reading of Obamas remarks makes it apparent that the president was arguing that government has a role in building the infrastructure roads, bridges, schools that support commerce.
  • "Jump Start" in Sunday comics (Palin reference)

    12/27/2009 2:53:35 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 21 replies · 2,029+ views
    comics.com ^ | 12/27/2009 | Robb Armstrong
    Read the comic ... What's your take?
  • Palin visit to Roanoke still on ("Web site glitch" blamed for CANCELLED message)

    11/18/2009 7:09:14 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 12 replies · 621+ views
    Roanoke Times ^ | Wednesday, November 18, 2009 | Katelyn Polantz
    Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palins book-signing event slated for Sunday in Roanoke has not been canceled by the publisher, despite online and local media reports to the contrary. Deanna Lemburg, Barnes & Noble regional community relations manager, said the confusion arose because of a glitch in the stores computer system. The store had rescheduled the events start time to 10 a.m. from noon and had to take down the original posting.
  • If Obama loses, theres still hope! (great video!!)

    10/09/2008 5:04:37 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 8 replies · 739+ views
  • African immigrants, African Americans at odds in apartment complex

    04/24/2008 6:53:31 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 53 replies · 294+ views
    The Ronaoke Times ^ | 4/24/08 | Rob Johnson
    The small barren courtyard that separates the apartment buildings of Dwan Dillard and Mohamed Adin in Northwest Roanoke might as well be an ocean, so deep is the dislike that the American-born black woman and the Somali Bantu refugee have of each other. "That out there is a war zone," said Dillard, whose four children live with her at Maple Grove Apartments, a blighted complex of four buildings with a total of 40 units on Pilot Street near Melrose Avenue. "The African children attack ours. They throw rocks." Adin, who lives with his wife and nine children, blames "the Americans."...
  • Gun incident, lockdown this morning at Ferrum College (Southwest Virginia)

    02/26/2008 8:02:23 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 8 replies · 285+ views
    According to Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt, this morning's lockdown at Ferrum College began with an incident around 7:30 a.m. Hunt said a white male carrying a handgun was seen by a housekeeper walking into Bassett Hall. The man told the housekeeper not to say anything. There was no shooting incident, Hunt said, but two people were detained and questioned as persons of interest. Officials are still looking for the suspect now, Hunt said, and they are searching dorms and buildings on campus.
  • AP Alerts Staff Britney Is Now 'A Big Deal'

    01/08/2008 4:27:47 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 32 replies · 41+ views
    Gawker ^ | 1/08/08 | Gawker
    In an internal email issued this afternoon, Los Angeles Associated Press assistant bureau chief Frank Baker notified his staff of a major policy change."Now and for the foreseeable future," he wrote, "virtually everything involving Britney is a big deal." OMG, did you hear? Britney is a BIG DEAL, y'all! Nervous breakdowns are totes the most efficient way to achieve household name status. Memo after the jump.
  • Needs satisfied for shoe repair business (Positive mention of Rush in Dinosaur Media column)

    11/01/2007 5:17:15 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 22 replies · 78+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | 11/01/07 | Shanna Flowers
    Randy Mitchell and Chris Lowe come at life from different angles. Mitchell tunes his radio dial to Rush Limbaugh and Neal Boortz. Lowe prefers Soulja Boy's "Crank That," and anything else WJJS 106 FM plays. Mitchell is an older white guy who dropped out of corporate America. Lowe is a young black man who dropped out of college. Mitchell, gregarious and lively, wears his gray hair neatly trimmed. Lowe, soft-spoken and unfailingly polite, wears his neatly cornrowed. Yet somehow in the back-room clutter of Mitchell's business -- Schafer's Shoe Repair on Brandon Avenue -- amid Birkenstocks, Allen Edmondses and Liz...
  • Man grabs home invader's pistol, shoots him four times

    12/19/2006 7:53:08 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 34 replies · 1,603+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune | 12/19/06 | Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    BRADENTON -- A man who was shot early Saturday during a botched home-invasion robbery in the Braden Crossing neighborhood was arrested Monday on an attempted murder charge. Authorities say Bradenton resident Clayton Nathaniel Dowling, 23, was one of four men who barged into a house in the 5500 block of 47th Court East while pretending to be police officers. The victim, Jerry Johnson, was hiding in a closet when Dowling confronted him, according to sheriffs reports. Johnson punched Dowling and grabbed the pistol that was tucked in the mans waistband. Johnson fired at Dowling, striking him four times, sheriffs Detective...
  • New program featuring Arabic signs aims to dispel fears about Muslim community

    12/18/2006 4:14:57 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 90 replies · 2,263+ views
    International Herald Tribune & AP ^ | 12/18/06 | By Kristen Gelineau
    <p>RICHMOND The small beige signs bearing black Arabic script have been appearing all over town on buses and at colleges.</p> <p>Are they secret messages from terrorists, one panicked bus rider asked? Should the FBI be contacted? What do they mean?</p> <p>Actual translation: Paper or plastic?</p>
  • Iraq convoy leader blasts ABC News report

    10/04/2006 7:03:21 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 28 replies · 1,358+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | 10/04/06 | John Cramer
    A Virginia Army National Guard convoy leader and an American truck driver on Tuesday angrily denied an accusation that the guardsmen abandoned a civilian supply convoy that was ambushed in Iraq. U.S. Army and Guard officials also criticized ABC News for reporting the accusation last week from one civilian contractor driver without getting comment from military commanders, soldiers and other contractor drivers, all of whom said the U.S. troops reacted properly in the firefight on Sept. 20, 2005. The soldiers, including several from Southwest Virginia, were members of the Rocky Mount-based 1173rd Transportation Company. The ABC News report included video...
  • Man wakes up with bullet in head

    12/30/2005 3:54:14 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 27 replies · 690+ views
    AP wire | 12/30/05 | AP
    PORT ORANGE A man who woke up and found his head bleeding, drove to work and left a note for his boss before going to the hospital to find he had a bullet lodged in his brain, authorities said. His girlfriend later apparently killed herself when contacted by police. When Glen Thomas Betterley, 53, noticed the blood Thursday morning, he asked Emma Lorene Larsen if she had struck him. Larsen, 65, said she didnt know. He cleaned himself up and laid down to rest, but when the bleeding wouldnt stop he drove to work, left the note and then...
  • Gay students seek, find official recognition (SW Florida)

    10/08/2005 6:53:30 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 17 replies · 578+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | 10/8/05 | Anna Scott
    PORT CHARLOTTE -- When Asher Levine hosted the kick-off meeting of Charlotte County's first gay-straight alliance on Monday, a police officer stood outside the classroom to guard against disruptors. Levine's teachers at Port Charlotte High School had told him not to be surprised if no one showed up. But they did -- 76 students, gays and other students who supported them. The club, the Gay Straight Alliance, is being embraced by some. But it's also forcing the school system to address what has traditionally been a sensitive and sometimes uncomfortable subject: how to talk about students' sexuality. While there are...
  • Gun law critics fear state will become O.K. Corral

    10/01/2005 5:54:23 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 165 replies · 2,583+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | 10/2/05 | Latisha Gray
    Joe Brower says everyday life is like "Wild Kingdom." It's survival of the fittest. And in his world, criminals don't attack people with guns; people with guns are the strong ones. If some criminal mistakes him for prey, as of today, a new law gives him the right to shoot with the gun he keeps at his side. "A lion out in Africa doesn't go for the strongest zebra," said Brower, a 44-year-old software engineer. "It goes for the weakest. Human predators do the exact same thing. If you are armed, that makes you stronger." The "Stand Your Ground" law...
  • Freepers at Rogue Beers? Maybe?

    02/13/2005 5:29:23 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 16 replies · 344+ views
    Old Crustacean [Back to Top] In Britain, seasonal brews for winter are high in alcohol, robust, malty, and dark. The two main styles of these brews are Old Ales and Barleywines. As the name suggests, barleywines are similar to wines in alcohol and need aging but are derived from grain, not the grape. Rogue's barleywine is described by beer expert Stuart Ramsey as: "A masterful, intense creation from brewer John Maier....it has achieved a depth and complexity usually associated with well-ages strong ales. I hope the brewery bottles some before it disappears." We call it the cognac of beers....
  • How do you verify a person's military service?

    07/29/2004 3:04:08 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 57 replies · 2,757+ views
    I have seen this topic discussed often on Freep, in regard to people faking their service/medals/rank etc. Is there a readily accessible way to check someone's claims?
  • Sculpture redefines "Endowment for the Arts"

    05/13/2004 7:50:01 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 4 replies · 181+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | 5/13/04 | Mitra
    BRADENTON -- A decade ago city officials set the stage for an artists colony near downtown. They created a special zoning category for the artists, allowing them to sell art out of their homes. They offered grants that helped the artists renovate houses and paint them in bold colors. But now it seems an artist has gone beyond the bright paint and moderate designs in Village of the Arts, and it's making some city leaders uncomfortable. Mark Runnals erected a shiny piece of metal work, "The Loss of Innocence," in front of his 12th Avenue bungalow. The 10-foot-high aluminum sculpture...
  • Unemployment rate among hot young women holding at zero percent

    04/03/2004 8:50:58 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 29 replies · 477+ views
    Washington, D.C. -- Economic analysts were abuzz Monday following the release of February's Labor Department figures, which showed the unemployment rate for hot young women in the U.S. holding steady at zero percent for the 302nd month in a row. "What these figures say is that if you're looking for work in America right now, you'll have no problem finding it - as long as you're a totally smokin' hot young chick, that is," senior U.S. economist Cary Leahey said in a television interview Sunday. "From small businesses to major corporations, companies across the board are hiring cute young hotties...
  • Teacher in trouble; killed baby rabbits as students watched

    03/24/2004 1:03:57 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 96 replies · 584+ views
    AP | 3-24-04 | AP
    A veteran Plant City High School agricultural science teacher faces fines and criticism after killing two day-old rabbits with a shovel as her stunned class looked on, authorities said Tuesday. But Jane Bender wont face criminal charges for killing the sickly rabbits, which had been rejected by their mother, officials said. Investigators said Bender killed two rabbits and buried them in a field near the agricultural lab with two others from the same litter that had died. We felt this person had to be held accountable, said Hillsborough County Animal Services investigator Dennis McCullough, whose agency filed two civil counts...
  • Man kills old woman; "Destiny" is to blame (clueless media alert)

    02/22/2004 6:47:35 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 8 replies · 258+ views
    AP (TBO) | 2-21-04 | AP
    Paths of Two Lives Cross, With Tragic Results By Allen G. Breed Associated Press Writer Published: Feb 21, 2004 Trudi Nadel settled in behind the reel-to-reel recorder at Insight for the Blind's Studio 4 and clapped the headphones over her ears. For years, she had volunteered several hours a week producing audiobooks for the Library of Congress, working as a producer while others recorded. She still had a strong Bavarian accent, having fled Nazi Germany as a girl. This particular day - May 13, 1983 - the text was a collection of essays by Loren Eiseley. In one, "The Chresmologue,"...
  • Maybe no caption needed for this Kerry pic

    01/01/2004 4:39:21 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 38 replies · 711+ views
  • 2nd MOAB test planned at Eglin

    11/14/2003 8:56:49 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 15 replies · 219+ views
    AP | 11/14/03 | AP
    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE People in the western Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama may hear a loud boom and see a column of smoke Tuesday from another test of the Mother of All Bombs, Air Force officials said Friday. The second test of MOAB, officially the Massive Ordnance Air Blast but nicknamed otherwise, is planned between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. CST, if the weather cooperates Rain is in the forecast for early next week and that may postpone the test, probably until the next clear day, said Eglin spokesman Jake Swinson. MOAB, which weighs 21,000 pounds, including 18,000...
  • FDA approves chewable contrceptive

    11/14/2003 6:21:43 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 21 replies · 234+ views
    AP | 11/14/03 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Women are about to get their first chewable birth-control pill. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a chewable, spearmint-flavored version of a contraceptive tablet called Ovcon 35. A woman can either swallow the pill whole or chew it, as long as she then drinks a full glass of liquid immediately afterward to ensure that the full dose reaches the stomach and no residue is left in the mouth, the FDA said. Warner Chilcott Inc. of Rockaway, N.J., will market the chewable contraceptive. The company has not announced when the pill will go on sale.
  • Women use rum to disarm intruder

    10/30/2003 8:47:21 PM PST · by hemogoblin · 14 replies · 118+ views
    AP wire | 10/30/03 | AP
    TAMPA Two women in the their 60s say they used kindness, food and rum to subdue a shotgun-wielding man who broke into their house. Police eventually came and arrested a 52-year-old man after he became groggy from the liquor and passed out. Cathy Ord and Rose Bucher said they tried to make friends with the man after he burst in through a kitchen window toting a sawed-off shotgun Tuesday night. They made him a ham sandwich, gave him a bottle of rum and suggested he take a shower. We just treated him with kindness, said Bucher, 63. The intruder...
  • Could this be the Democrats' 9-11? (vanity)

    10/01/2003 9:31:30 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 27 replies · 78+ views
    vanity | Hemogoblin
    This is my first (and probably last) vanity post ever - but look at what is going on. They have been fighting with the Ba'athists against the Pentagon for months, and now they are flying into the twin towers of Bush and Limbaugh in the same week. If the attacks fail, their political suicide is greatly accelerated. The similarity of tactics (and motives) is incredible.
  • (put on your protective goggles and) Caption This!

    09/03/2003 3:13:10 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 57 replies · 154+ views
  • Charles Bronson dies (2003)

    08/31/2003 7:19:53 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 147 replies · 1,139+ views
    AP alert
    That's it - just came in our newsroom
  • U.S. troops using, liking confiscated AK-47s in Iraq

    08/24/2003 4:17:32 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 128 replies · 3,574+ views
    AP | 8/24/03 | AP
    BAQOUBA, Iraq An American soldier stands at the side of an Iraqi highway, puts his AK-47 on fully automatic and pulls the trigger. Within seconds, the assault rifle has blasted out 30 rounds. Test fire complete. U.S. troops in Iraq may not have found weapons of mass destruction, but theyre certainly getting their hands on the countrys stock of Kalashnikovs and, they say, they need them. The soldiers based around Baqouba are from an armor battalion, which means they have tanks, Humvees and armored personnel carriers. But they are short on rifles. A four-man tank crew is issued...
  • AP dissects Powell's case for war, point by point

    08/09/2003 3:41:37 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 17 replies · 160+ views
    AP | 8/9/03 | AP
    (DROPCAP)The most detailed U.S. case for invading Iraq was laid out Feb. 5 in a U.N. address by Secretary of State Colin Powell. Six months later, months of war and revelation, the Powell case can be examined in a new light, analyzed here by a journalist who watched from a nervous, skeptical Iraqi capital. By CHARLES J. HANLEY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS On a Baghdad evening in February, in a stiflingly warm conference room high above the citys streets, Iraqi bureaucrats, European envoys and foreign reporters crowded before a half dozen television screens to hear the reading of an indictment. There...
  • Should NASA put shuttle debris on public display?

    07/20/2003 3:08:37 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 34 replies · 303+ views
    Associated Press | 7/20/03 | AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL NASA officials are delicately seeking advice about what to do with the 84,000 shattered pieces from Columbia, cautiously broaching the idea of putting some shuttle parts on display. There are mixed feelings among the survivors of the astronauts. It touches everybody who sees it, said Jonathan Clark, husband of astronaut Laurel Clark. It has a tremendous impact on you. It makes you realize the importance of space exploration. Kirstie McCool Chadwick, sister of pilot Willie McCool, said she supports the debris being used for research, but I dont know what the purpose of displaying it in public...
  • The whole world hates us! Er, well ... sort of.

    07/12/2003 5:59:55 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 19 replies · 100+ views
    Associated Press | 7/12/03 | Associated Press
    LONDON History has seen many superpowers, from the empires of Rome and ancient China to the vast colonial conquests of Britain and France. But never has a single nation so dominated the planet as America at the start of the 21st century. This, in the eyes of many around the world, is far from a good thing. They worry that America is a superpower out of control, unrestrained by any laws or any conventions other than its national interest, said James Rubin, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state who lives in London. In the wake of the Iraq...
  • Newspaper's apology for referring to "the Left" in a headline - (Quick read)

    07/01/2003 9:18:29 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 26 replies · 203+ views
    Lou Gelfand: Some question political direction of 'left's turn' in headline Published June 29, 2003 RR29 "The left's turn," read the headline at the top of page one June 21.The story was about six of the nine top Democratic Party presidential candidates who made pitches to 200 members of the Association of State Democratic Chairs who were meeting in St. Paul.George Farr, DFL state chairman from 1961-67, asked: "Did a Republican copy editor write the headline? The only reference in the article to the word 'left' was a quote from a Republican politician."Ed Gillespie, senior adviser to the Republican...
  • Giddyup Katherine! (great photo - thank me later)

    06/02/2003 7:25:10 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 180 replies · 739+ views
  • EXPOSED: School Board says Lord's Prayer before meetings

    05/25/2003 7:17:03 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 14 replies · 318+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.) ^ | 5/25/03 | LAURA GREEN
    MANATEE COUNTY -- Before they begin every meeting, the five members of the School Board stand -- asking those in the audience to join them -- bow their heads and recite the Lord's Prayer. While factions may form during their meetings, the board is unanimous in its belief that prayer -- the one from the New Testament in particular -- is the way to begin their meetings. Others don't agree. Steven Rosenauer of Bradenton said he came to a School Board meeting this month full of pride for his son who was to be recognized as part of Haile Middle...
  • Inclusion an Illusion on National Prayer Day in Muncie (their headline)

    04/30/2003 8:14:57 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 3 replies · 196+ views
    LA Times newswire | 4/30/03
    <p>MUNCIE, Ind. For the past decade, the Rev. William Keller has stood on the broad steps of City Hall on the first Thursday in May with city officials, local judges and a police chaplain at his side to pray in the name of Jesus Christ.</p> <p>He planned to mark the National Day of Prayer the same way this year: A welcome from the mayor, a fervent plea that God guide civic leaders to act wisely, an echoing choir of Amen from the crowd of several hundred gathered in the noon sun.</p>
  • Fla. schools bicker over their cash windfall -- Must be Jeb Bush's fault

    04/28/2003 7:21:47 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 3 replies · 117+ views
    At schools where parents, teachers, and other school employees quickly agree on how to spend their award money, the states School Recognition Program has been a morale booster for all parties. Some schools turned the financial reward, the results of their success on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, into a hi-tech computer lab. Others gave bonuses to teachers, often more than $1,000, that usually arrived in time for Christmas. But at dozens of schools across the state, differing philosophies about how to divvy up the taxpayer dollars have led to clashes between the people the money was supposed to reward....
  • Not the jihad they expected

    04/10/2003 4:48:14 PM PDT · by hemogoblin · 19 replies · 183+ views
    AP ^ | 4/10/03 | AP
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - It was a phenomenon of Arab brotherhood: From across the Mideast and even farther afield, hundreds of young men made their way to Iraq to fight the U.S. and British "invaders." But with the fall of Baghdad and the absence of Iraqi leadership, some volunteers are returning home, disillusioned and angry at the failure of their jihad, or holy war. "We volunteered to defend Baghdad," said Firas Ali Abdullah, who returned to Syria with seven other Syrians and Lebanese on Wednesday. "Instead of giving us weapons to fight, they used us as human shields." Scores of...
  • LA Times' apology for altered war photo

    04/02/2003 10:44:49 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 61 replies · 6,212+ views
    LA Times ^ | LA Times
    On Monday, March 31, the Los Angeles Times published a front-page photograph that had been altered in violation of Times policy. The primary subject of the photo was a British soldier directing Iraqi civilians to take cover from Iraqi fire on the outskirts of Basra. After publication, it was noticed that several civilians in the background appear twice. The photographer, Brian Walski, reached by telephone in southern Iraq, acknowledged that he had used his computer to combine elements of two photographs, taken moments apart, in order to improve the composition. Times policy forbids altering the content of news photographs.See...