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  • New Reform Bill May Give Illegal Immigrants A Break

    05/13/2005 1:35:09 AM PDT · by risk · 12 replies · 1,426+ views
    All Headline News ^ | May 12, 2005 10:26 p.m. EST | Danielle M. George
    New Reform Bill May Give Illegal Immigrants A Break May 12, 2005 10:26 p.m. EST Danielle M. George-All Headline News Staff Reporter Washington (AHN) - Senators John McCain and Edward Kennedy have teamed up to introduce a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would take the 10-12 million illegal immigrants and position them for citizenship. The proposal would allow illegal immigrants -who have cleared criminal background checks, passed an English language test and paid a $2,000 fee- to apply for temporary work permits that could last for six years. At the end of the six years, they and their families could...
  • Cinco de Mayo Melee erupts in Richmond (Bay Area)

    05/05/2005 10:16:19 PM PDT · by risk · 74 replies · 1,548+ views
    KTVU (Bay Area Channel 2) - ^ | May 5, 2005 | Julie Haener reporting
    Julie Haener interviewing a Sgt. Ganer who reports that one arrest and two detainments have accompanied suppression of a "melee" or some kind of conflagration between groups of people celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Richmond, CA, a San Francisco suburb. (Map.)
  • M-107 Long Range Sniper Rifle

    05/03/2005 8:10:44 PM PDT · by risk · 175 replies · 8,232+ views
    Army News Service ^ | Apr 3 2005 | Kathy Roa
    M-107 Long Range Sniper Rifle from Army News Service Apr 3 2005 By Kathy Roa PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J -- The Army has approved its new long-range .50-caliber sniper rifle, the M-107, for full materiel release to Soldiers in the field. The M-107 program is managed at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., by the Project Manager Soldier Weapons with engineering support provided by Picatinny’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. The term “full materiel release” signifies that the Army has rigorously tested and evaluated the item and determined that it is completely safe, operationally suitable and logistically supportable for use by Soldiers, officials...
  • Feinstein Seeks Tougher Regulation of Rifle [50 caliber]

    05/01/2005 8:49:51 AM PDT · by risk · 126 replies · 1,730+ views
    cbs5 ^ | 05/01/05 12:40 PDT | By Bay City New Service
    Sunday, May 1 All Times ET/PT 7:00 60 Minutes 8:00 Cold Case 9:00 Riding the Bus with My Sister Bay City News Wire FEINSTEIN SEEKS TOUGHER REGULATION OF RIFLE 05/01/05 12:40 PDT By Bay City New Service Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Friday the introduction of legislation that would classify .50-caliber rifles in the same category as machine guns or sawn-off shotguns. The legislation would change the .50-caliber's classification as a "long gun,'' requiring all future sales to go through a licensed gun dealer and a background check on the buyer, Howard Gantman, a Feinstein spokesman, reported. If the legislation passed,...
  • The End of the Tunnel (1973-1975) [Episode 11: The Fall of Saigon - American Experience (PBS)]

    04/25/2005 10:50:25 PM PDT · by risk · 12 replies · 462+ views
    Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBS) ^ | Airing April 25, 2005 | WGBH/PBS
    NARRATOR: The official silence panicked the population. Within days, thousands of civilians were streaming toward the coastal city of Danang, desperately seeking safety. The Communist leaders, surprised by the Saigon army's disintegration, now moved swiftly. They set a deadline: victory before the rainy season bogged down their troops. Dung's forces closed in on Danang. SERGEANT THO HANG (Army of South Vietnam): The BBC and VOA broadcasts said that Danang was about to fall, and that news further spread panic among us soldiers. Our officers had fled. We talked things over among ourselves, and then decided: Let's go home. NARRATOR: By...
  • Military Observer Outlines Continuing Attacks in Darfur

    04/22/2005 4:16:03 AM PDT · by risk · 11 replies · 600+ views
    Lehrer Newshour (PBS) ^ | April 21, 2005 | Margaret Warner
    A former Marine Capt., who recently spent six months in Sudan's Darfur, discusses the violence in the region he captured through a camera lens. MARGARET WARNER: There are some 3,000 African Union troops in Sudan's Darfur region today, observing a shaky cease-fire between the Sudanese government and local rebel groups. But over the past 18 months, the U.N. says, the Sudanese government and its mostly Arab Janjaweed militias have driven some 2 million black Africans from their villages in Darfur. At least 300,000 of them have died from the attacks or the hard life of a refugee. Former Marine Infantry...
  • Republicans Campaign to Abolish British Monarchy

    04/06/2005 1:56:41 AM PDT · by risk · 62 replies · 1,399+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 6, 2005 03:57 AM ET | Paul Majendie
        Republicans Campaign to Abolish British Monarchy Wed Apr 6, 2005 03:57 AM ET By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - A leading Republican group, galvanized by popular unease at the wedding of Prince Charles to his longtime lover Camilla Parker Bowles, launched a campaign on Wednesday to abolish the British monarchy. "This marriage is making the case for us," said Stephen Haseler, head of the pressure group Republic which believes the time is right to put an end to the House of Windsor. Republic is embarking on its first ever membership drive, with national newspaper advertisements, e-mail petitions...
  • China's creative chaos

    02/13/2005 8:14:11 PM PST · by risk · 38 replies · 663+ views
    St. Petersburg Times online ^ | February 06, 2005 | KRIS HUNDLEY
    CHINA, INC.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World By Ted C. Fishman Scribner, $26, 352 pp Reviewed by KRIS HUNDLEY If you've seen the price of DVD players go down and the price of gasoline go up, you have been affected by the biggest economic revolution of our time: China. In China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, Ted C. Fishman tries to capture the enormous impact of that nation's stunning evolution over the past two decades from an industrial backwater to global powerhouse. Fishman, whose work...
  • (Vanity) Info wanted on WTC flag possibly used by our troops

    02/06/2005 1:10:38 PM PST · by risk · 7 replies · 117+ views ^ | September 11, 2004 | Unknown
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  • Germans fail to find a place for Einstein

    02/05/2005 12:59:15 PM PST · by risk · 10 replies · 569+ views ^ | 21/01/2005 | Kate Connolly
    Germans fail to find a place for Einstein By Kate Connolly in Berlin (Filed: 21/01/2005) Nowhere have the celebrations of Albert Einstein's life provoked as much tortuous soul-searching as in Germany, which seems intent on paying tribute to the physicist without mentioning that he was German. While the world marks the centenary of his theory of relativity with fanfares, the land of his birth appears unsure how to do justice to a great scientist who was born and worked there but was hounded out by the Nazis. Until he fled a month before Hitler became chancellor, he was the target...
  • Bush must embrace the values of open societies

    02/01/2005 2:34:10 AM PST · by risk · 65 replies · 1,176+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | Tuesday, February 01, 2005 | George Soros
     Print Copyright (c) 2005 The Daily Star   Tuesday, February 01, 2005 Bush must embrace the values of open societies By George Soros   President George W. Bush's second inaugural address set forth an ambitious vision of the role of the United States in advancing the cause of freedom worldwide, fueling worldwide speculation over the course of American foreign policy during the next four years. The ideas expressed in Bush's speech thus deserve serious consideration. "It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture,"...
  • Fewer women using birth control [Bad news they say!]

    01/12/2005 2:21:55 AM PST · by risk · 12 replies · 670+ views ^ | 11:30 p.m. ET Jan. 3, 2005 | Ceci Connolly
    Fewer women using birth control Experts see troubling spike in new numbers By Ceci Connolly The Washington Post Updated: 11:30 p.m. ET Jan. 3, 2005 At a time when the medical community has been heartened by a decline in risky sexual behavior by teenagers, a different problem has crept up: More adult women are forgoing birth control, a trend that has experts puzzled -- and alarmed about a potential rise in unintended pregnancies. Buried in the government's latest in-depth analysis of contraceptive use was the finding that the number of women who had sex in the previous three months but...
  • McClintock, Issa jockey for new campaign in '06

    12/29/2004 2:08:58 AM PST · by risk · 10 replies · 506+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | December 17, 2004 | Timm Herdt
    McClintock, Issa jockey for new campaign in '06Lieutenant governor attracts pair if governor, Boxer seek re-electionBy Timm Herdt, therdt@VenturaCountyStar.comDecember 17, 2004Nearly a year and a half before the primary, two of the key figures in the California recall election are engaged in a political game of chicken to dissuade the other from attempting to become Gov. Arnold Schwarz-enegger's unofficial running mate in 2006. Sen. Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks, who stamped his name on the minds of California voters by remaining a candidate for governor throughout the recall campaign, already has formed a committee and is raising money for a...
  • Christian Science (the conclusion) by Mark Twain

    12/08/2004 8:58:36 PM PST · by risk · 5 replies · 335+ views ^ | 1907 | Mark Twain
    Conclusion Broadly speaking, the hostiles reject and repudiate all the pretensions of Christian Science Christianity. They affirm that it has added nothing new to Christianity; that it can do nothing that Christianity could not do and was not doing before Christian Science was born. In that case is there no field for the new Christianity, no opportunity for usefulness, precious usefulness, great and distinguished usefulness? I think there is. I am far from being confident that it can fill it, but I will indicate that unoccupied field--without charge--and if it can conquer it, it will deserve the praise and gratitude...
  • Raffarin calls for ban on Al-Manar TV

    12/02/2004 10:09:15 PM PST · by risk · 5 replies · 403+ views ^ | December 2, 2004 | AFP
    Raffarin calls for ban on Al-Manar TV PARIS, Dec 2 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin on Thursday called for a television channel close to the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah to be taken off air after accusing Israel of exporting AIDS to the Middle East. Al-Manar was authorised to broadcast by satellite inside the European Union only two weeks ago after it signed an agreement with France's Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA) not to incite hatred or violence. But Raffarin told the French Senate "Al-Manar's programmes are incompatible with our values. It is clear they will lead to the termination...
  • Colleges Scramble To Recruit Latinos [Sallie Mae and Ember Media CDROM with Bill Clinton]

    11/30/2004 3:10:42 AM PST · by risk · 4 replies · 648+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Nov 27, 2004 | CHRIS ECHEGARAY
    Nov 27, 2004Colleges Scramble To Recruit Latinos By CHRIS TAMPA - Elida Molina spent hours poring over the Internet her senior year, searching for information on college financial aid and scholarships, her frustrations mounting. She had little support at home. Her mother, a migrant worker with seven children, dropped out after middle school in Mexico and didn't put a premium on education. ``I was stressing over the college applications,'' said Molina, 19. ``I was not good with the standardized tests, the SATs and ACTs, and then you have my mother not really understanding how hard it was to...
  • Jackson rallies for Ohio vote probe

    11/28/2004 5:44:40 AM PST · by risk · 57 replies · 3,289+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 28, 2004 | STEPHANIE ZIMMERMANN Staff Reporter
    Jackson rallies for Ohio vote probe November 28, 2004 BY STEPHANIE ZIMMERMANN Staff Reporter The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition are planning to hold rallies today and Monday in Ohio to press for an investigation of alleged voting irregularities in the closely contested state. Jackson said he will join ministers, academics, elected officials and others in rallies in Columbus today and Cincinnati on Monday. "We need a thorough investigation of this election and a recount," Jackson said Saturday. Two candidates from the Green Party and Libertarian Party have raised the funds required for a recount in Ohio,...
  • America’s privilege, the world’s worry [US Dollar]

    11/28/2004 4:30:08 AM PST · by risk · 69 replies · 3,740+ views
    The Economist ^ | Nov 10th 2004 | The Economist Global Agenda
    America’s privilege, the world’s worryNov 10th 2004 From The Economist Global Agenda The dollar plumbed new depths against the euro this week. The greenback’s fall has unnerved European policymakers. But it is their Asian counterparts who have most reason to worry CHARLES DE GAULLE, founder of France’s fifth republic, famously resented America’s paramount position in the global economy of the 1960s. The United States, he complained, enjoyed an “exorbitant privilege”. Because its currency, the dollar, served as the world’s reserve asset, America could live beyond its means, unconstrained by the periodic shortages of foreign exchange that haunted other, less privileged...
  • Caption Chirac and Compaore

    11/27/2004 2:46:13 AM PST · by risk · 13 replies · 575+ views ^ | November 25, 2004 | AFP Photo
  • French Hostages 'Adjusted' to Captors

    11/27/2004 2:35:07 AM PST · by risk · 16 replies · 731+ views Press Monitor ^ | No 196, 24 Nov 04 | Al-Sabah al-Jadeed (paper)
    FRENCH HOSTAGES ‘ADJUSTED’ TO CAPTORS (Al-Sabah al-Jadeed) – Reliable sources informed the paper that the two French journalists kidnapped by armed groups a few months ago are west of Anbar province near the borders. The sources added that the journalists and their kidnappers move freely, and it seems the journalists have adjusted themselves with their kidnappers. The source, which is close to the so-called “Muhammad’s Army”, said the journalists wear local clothes and sometimes film military operations conducted by gunmen. (Al-Sabah al-Jadeed is an independent daily paper.)
  • On eve of DNC Convention, news anchors gather at KSG to discuss media and politics

    11/26/2004 4:30:34 AM PST · by risk · 30 replies · 2,310+ views
    Harvard GAzette/Harvard News Office ^ | 2004/08.26 | Beth Potier
    HARVARD GAZETTE ARCHIVES Some of TV's major news anchors gathered on Sunday (July 25) at the Kennedy School of Government to discuss 'The Press and the Election.' Among the high-profile panelists were Judy Woodruff (CNN) (from left), Dan Rather (CBS), Jim Lehrer (PBS), Peter Jennings (ABC), and Tom Brokaw (NBC). (Staff photo Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard News Office) On eve of Democratic National Convention, news anchors gather at KSG to discuss media and politics Shorenstein Center panel convenes Brokaw, Jennings, Lehrer, Rather, Woodruff By Beth Potier Harvard News Office A politically polarized nation and corporate concerns have applied increasing pressure on...
  • Wiesenthal Petition: Urge President Chirac to Block Hezbollah'S Antisemitic...[French TV]

    11/25/2004 2:48:05 PM PST · by risk · 17 replies · 412+ views
    Simon Wiesenthal Center ^ | November 24, 2004 | SWC Snider Social Action Institute
    Against the backdrop of continuing hate crimes against French Jewry, France's Broadcasting Authority had banned Hezbollah's Al-Manar viciously antisemitic and anti-Israel TV (see right and below) for violating French anti-incitement laws. Earlier this week, French Broadcasting Authority announced that it had reversed its ban thereby giving Al-Manar the license to continue broadcasting into France and elsewhere in Europe via French satellite television after the Beirut-based mouthpiece of the terrorist Hizbollah organization allegedly agreed not to broadcast any hate programming. The Wiesenthal Center has protested to French Broadcasting Authority President Dominique Baudis (click here to read) and we urge you now...
  • Arrows for India?

    11/19/2004 9:57:59 PM PST · by risk · 29 replies · 2,167+ views
    Washington Institute (posted at ^ | September 3, 2003 | Richard Speier
    POLICYWATCH #785 September 3, 2003 ANALYSIS OF NEAR EAST POLICY FROM THE SCHOLARS AND ASSOCIATES OF THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE ARROWS FOR INDIA? By Richard Speier When Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon visits India on September 911, he is likely to explore the possible sale of Israeli Arrow antiballistic missiles to New Delhi. The United States, which has provided funds and technology for the Arrow since 1986, has a veto right over sales to third parties. U.S. approval of a sale to India would offer both advantages and disadvantages. Advantages Geopolitics. After its August 6-7 meeting in Washington, the U.S.- India...
  • Snipers in need have friend in States []

    11/18/2004 12:29:41 AM PST · by risk · 23 replies · 1,667+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Monday, May 17, 2004 | Lisa Burgess
    Snipers in need have friend in States By Lisa Burgess, Stars and StripesPacific edition, Monday, May 17, 2004 ARLINGTON, Va. — Attention, deployed snipers: Your brothers-in-arms back home want to send you gear. A group of police and military snipers has started “Adopt a Sniper” to donate equipment to deployed military members.It’s the brainchild of Brian Sain, a police SWAT member for 15 years who works as a detective in the Port Arthur (Texas) Police Department.Sain said he was inspired by the close-knit “sniper fraternity,” whose military and civilian police members are unusually interwoven. “A lot of SWAT [members] are...
  • Arlington Cemetery special on PBS now (National Geographic)

    11/10/2004 8:23:01 PM PST · by risk · 14 replies · 483+ views
    PBS ^ | 5 November 2004 | National Geographic
    The National Geographic cameras explored the 600 acres of well maintained grounds last summer and spoke with the people behind the scenes who make sure the more than 5,400 burials a year are performed with grace and dignity. More than 4 million people visit Arlington each year to pay their respects to the more than 270,000 buried there. The special shows Old Guard Soldiers, including a firing party and the caisson platoon preparing for their missions among other jobs.
  • The GROM Factor (Poland's special forces in Iraq - from 2003)

    11/07/2004 1:47:35 PM PST · by risk · 33 replies · 3,585+ views
    Daily Standard ^ | 05/08/2003 | Victorino Matus
    The Weekly Standard The GROM Factor: Haven't heard of Poland's Special Forces? They're real, they're serious, and they're here to save the day. by Victorino Matus 05/08/2003 2:40:00 PM Victorino Matus, assistant managing editor IT CAME AS A SURPRISE to many when the U.S. postwar plans for Iraq were finally revealed. Like Gaul, Iraq would be divided into three parts: an American zone, a British zone, and a Polish zone. But what role did Poland play during the war? It turns out a very important one--albeit one that was kept mostly secret. One of the primary objectives during the early...
  • After the Election

    10/29/2004 11:05:27 PM PDT · by risk · 29 replies · 183+ views ^ | Today | risk
    As the election draws near, it's time to admit that our political system is faltering. We can't trust the "fourth estate," our press, to reveal the truth or criticize the enemies of freedom effectively. Half of the country is supporting a traitor for president. His party is behind his treason, and has begun a new effort to carry it forward from its VVAW days to the days of "support your troops" while stabbing them in the back. With circuit appeals courts ruling for and against literal interpretations of the second amendment, we are witnessing the largest assault on American constitutional...
  • How to be a Good Communist - by Nelson Mandela ("Great Statesman")

    10/24/2004 8:14:31 AM PDT · by risk · 23 replies · 8,860+ views
    Rivonia Trial evidence ^ | unknown | Online Books, Richard Allport
    Mandela - The "Great Statesman" Mandela with SACP boss, Joe Slovo "Nelson Mandela is a symbol, an icon, one of the world's most famous statesmen, recognised and revered by all. He dines with royalty, associates with the world's great leaders and his opinion is sought and valued on all weighty matters. He has achieved an almost divine status in the world, equal to that of the Pope or the late Princess Diana." Most people on the left of the political spectrum would agree wholeheartedly with the above quote. But they run into an unexpected problem when someone asks "why...
  • CA-AB50 in 1775 MA: No Shot Heard Round World?

    09/15/2004 4:31:52 AM PDT · by risk · 4 replies · 561+ views
    Central Virginia's Community Online ^ | 1/22/99 | His Majesty's 64th Regiment of Foot
    The Brown Bess The fully functional Short Land Service Musket (New Pattern) used by the 64th Regiment of Foot replicates the firearm issued by the British Army as a result of the 1768 Clothing Warrant. This musket came to be affectionately called the "Brown Bess". While the exact origin of this nickname has become obscured over the years, one explanation states that the name came from the colour of the walnut stock. Prior to the "Brown Bess", stocks were painted black. The predecessor of the Short Land Service Musket was the Long Land Service Musket, developed during the late 1720s....
  • The NRA And Political Weasels (Ken Schram supports the AWB and the second ammendment?)

    09/09/2004 10:26:29 PM PDT · by risk · 77 replies · 1,086+ views ^ | September 9, 2004 | Ken Schram
    Ken Schram's Commentary: The NRA And Political Weasels September 9, 2004 By Ken Schram SEATTLE - Face it, if the NRA had its way, people would be able to own machine guns. And the more fanatical NRA members would be yammering about how the 2nd Amendment allows it. At the moment however, all the NRA can do is kill an assault weapons ban that a vast majority of Americans think is necessary and worthwhile. In fact, most congressional Republicans and Democrats also believe the weapons ban should be extended, but they're political weasels. They've allowed the NRA to intimidate them...
  • Ted "Helmet" Koppel Hitpiece on the AWB on now (Pacific time)

    09/08/2004 11:45:17 PM PDT · by risk · 33 replies · 1,636+ views ^ | September 8, 2004 | Ted Koppel
    Gun Makers Already Market Assault Weapons Gun Manufacturers, Facing Federal Ban, Already Marketing Assault Weapons, Study Finds The Associated Press WASHINGTON Sept. 7, 2004 — With the federal ban on assault weapons set to expire next Monday, gun manufacturers are marketing military-style firearms and are ready to sell them as soon as Sept. 14, a consumer group said Tuesday. "The gun industry is champing at the bit for the ban to expire," said Susan Peschin, firearms project director at the Consumer Federation of America, a nonprofit association of 300 consumer groups that released the study. The consumer group interviewed gun...
  • Racial Profiling Not Racism: Malkin Protested at UCB

    09/08/2004 11:20:50 PM PDT · by risk · 23 replies · 958+ views ^ | Tuesday, September 7, 2004 | ETHAN LUTSKE
    OpinionRacial Profiling Not RacismProfiling Can Be Intelligent Way to Prevent Future Terrorism BY Ethan LutskeTuesday, September 7, 2004 Political conversations are supposed to be dispassionate. Ideally, we should be able to bandy about ideas freely, in a place where all notions and suggestions are given due consideration, deconstructed through logic, unencumbered by the weighing anchor of fragile emotion. But it rarely happens. A controversial idea will be inevitably blindsided by the accusation of intolerance toward some group. Racist. Sexist. Homophobe. Bigot. Coming to campus tomorrow is a very controversial speaker, one who no doubt will be tagged with an aforementioned...
  • What Is A Vet? (By the author of Zell Miller's "It was the soldier, not the reporter" quote.)

    09/04/2004 6:25:05 PM PDT · by risk · 10 replies · 1,109+ views ^ | unknown | Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC
    What Is  A Vet?   Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC  Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking. What is a vet? He is the...
  • Lynn Cheney: Teaching Our Children about America (Who was Bernard de Voto?)

    09/02/2004 12:58:44 AM PDT · by risk · 12 replies · 586+ views
    AEI ^ | October 12, 2001 | Lynne V. Cheney
    Teaching Our Children about America By Lynne V. Cheney Posted: Friday, October 5, 2001 SPEECHES Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture   Publication Date: October 5, 2001 It is a great pleasure to be here today to celebrate the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture on its twentieth anniversary, and it is a particular joy to help honor Dr. Louise Cowan, whose tireless work on behalf of the humanities has enriched not only Texas, but the nation. Thank you, Louise. Here today among so many people dedicated to education, I thought I would spend a few minutes talking about our...
  • Another Patriot Call to Action: Contact Govern Schwarzenegger on Anti-2nd Amendment Bills

    09/01/2004 1:15:19 AM PDT · by risk · 17 replies · 649+ views
    NRA, other Internet soruces. ^ | September 1 | misc
    SB 1152 Registration and prints for buying ammo. AB-50 .50 caliber ban. SB-1140 Storing ammo with guns will be illegal. SB-1733 Ban gunshows at the Cow Palace. Contacting the Governor: Phone: 916-445-2841 Fax: 916-445-4633 The NRA's summary of these bills can be found here.
  • Bush Administration Fights for Cross in Mojave Preserve

    08/31/2004 2:24:00 AM PDT · by risk · 7 replies · 400+ views ^ | Oct. 23, 2002 | Faultline Magazine
    Bush Administration Fights for Cross in Mojave Preserve Proposal to give away land in the heart of the park draws fire from activists In a last ditch effort to circumvent a federal court order, the Bush Administration is backing a legislative land exchange that would retain a cross in the center of the Mojave National Preserve in private hands. On July 23, a federal district court in Riverside, California ordered the removal of a large white cross from atop a prominent hill on Preserve lands by granting a motion for summary judgment in an ACLU lawsuit brought by Frank Buono,...
  • Bill Moyers on NOW with ABC's Brian Ross: Paying for Politics

    08/30/2004 2:00:08 AM PDT · by risk · 7 replies · 394+ views
    PBS ^ | 8/27/2004 | Bill Moyers
    IN THE NEWS: As the presidential campaign heats up, attention is focusing on campaign coffers. Much of the money of both political parties and interest organizations goes to campaign advertising. Increasingly, controversial attack ads can be traced back to so-called 527 organizations, more so in this election than ever before. Find out how to track who's paying for the message, and how. (more) The Presidency of the United States was an office neither to be sought nor declined. To pay money for securing it directly or indirectly, was in my opinion incorrect in principle. — John Quincy Adams, 1828 Fine...
  • Kerry's Cambodian Problem

    08/29/2004 10:07:57 PM PDT · by risk · 28 replies · 1,067+ views
    LGF ^ | 8/16/04 | Michael Kranish
    The Christmas Eve truce of 1968 was three minutes old when mortar fire exploded around John Forbes Kerry and his five-man crew on a 50-foot aluminum boat near Cambodia. “Where is the enemy?” a crewmate shouted. In the distance, an elderly man was tending his water buffalo — and serving as human cover for a dozen Viet Cong manning a machine-gun nest. “Open fire; let’s take ‘em,” Kerry ordered, according to his second-in-command, James Wasser of Illinois. Wasser blasted away with his M-60, hitting the old man, who slumped into the water, presumably dead. With a clear path to the...
  • Fighting a Phony War (Boston Strangler fought with a typewriter)

    08/29/2004 10:18:21 AM PDT · by risk · 20 replies · 850+ views ^ | Aug. 27, 2004 | Elenor Clift
    Fighting a Phony WarIs the real aim of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to divert attention from Iraq?WEB EXCLUSIVE By Eleanor Clift Newsweek Updated: 3:51 p.m. ET Aug. 27, 2004 ----begin excerpt---- One member of the group recalled how each of them had been issued a 90-pound sea bag, and Kerry sacrificed 10 pounds of socks and clean underwear to pack a typewriter. At the end of a long day of patrols, Kerry would sit hunched over his typewriter plugging away at who-knows-what, the fellow said, so secretive it seemed subversive. They never understood this aloof figure, and the...
  • Ronnie Barrett's Patriotic Plea to California: Dont' Ban the 50!

    08/29/2004 9:27:53 AM PDT · by risk · 14 replies · 871+ views ^ | June 30, 2003 | Ronnie Barrett
    June 30, 2003 Chairman, Public Safety Committee State of California Sen. Bruce McPherson Via: Fax (916) 445-4688 Dear Senator McPherson, United States defense contractors such as Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc., Murfreesboro, TN USA rely on orders from the US Military as a primary source of income but this government income for most contractors is only part of the necessary income for long term survival. Commercial or civilian product sales are also a main source of income that makes payroll and for good working conditions for their employees. We must support these defense contractors in both peace and war and allow...
  • An Autumn of War: Embrace Sherman [VDH from 2002]

    08/29/2004 12:40:24 AM PDT · by risk · 9 replies · 355+ views ^ | 2002 | War Chronicle
    “… much of Sherman's thinking is currently inherent in American military doctrine of the last two decades: despite our power, our forces usually react to the aggression of others, target enemy command and control and the property of the government and elite, and seek—in Iraq, Panama, and Afghanistan—to liberate residents from an oppressive regime. Yet often such attack, however precise, makes life miserable for an enemy citizenry and therefore prompts them to act against the authors of their calamity. The Afghanis, like the citizens of Georgia in their animus shown the plantationists, will come to blame the Taliban for...
  • Table: 120 Democracies

    08/27/2004 3:34:53 AM PDT · by risk · 19 replies · 595+ views ^ | Tuesday, July 23, 2002 5:29:12 PM | Freedom House
    Num. Country Government 1. Albania Presidential-parliamentary democracy 2. Andorra Parliamentary democracy 3. Argentina Presidential-parliamentary democracy (federal) 4. Armenia Presidential-parliamentary democracy 5. Australia Parliamentary democracy (federal) 6. Austria Parliamentary democracy (federal) 7. Bahamas Parliamentary democracy 8. Bangladesh Parliamentary democracy 9. Barbados Parliamentary democracy 10. Belgium Parliamentary democracy (federal) 11. Belize Parliamentary democracy 12. Benin Presidential-parliamentary democracy 13. Bolivia Presidential-parliamentary democracy 14. Botswana Parliamentary democracy and traditional chiefs 15. Brazil Presidential-parliamentary democracy (federal) 16. Bulgaria Parliamentary democracy 17. Canada Parliamentary democracy (federal) 18. Cape Verde Presidential-parliamentary democracy 19. Central African Republic Presidential-parliamentary democracy 20. Chile Presidential-parliamentary democracy 21. Colombia Presidential-parliamentary democracy...
  • [The AB50 in May, '03] Descent Into Madness: 48 Hours In The California Legislative System

    08/27/2004 1:59:07 AM PDT · by risk · 22 replies · 633+ views ^ | May 2003 | Michael Marks May 2003 Descent Into Madness: 48 Hours In The California Legislative System by Michael Marks Stereotypes are a common part of American culture. Often as not they are based on a grain of truth wrapped in a mile of exaggeration. While most of us enjoy a good laugh at the wacky world of California politics, a rational man might think that accounts of strange thinking on the Left Coast, like any good bass fishing story, were a little larger than life. After spending two days in the halls of California state government in Sacramento, it is apparent that the...
  • Bodies of WWI soldiers found in glacier [ww1]

    08/24/2004 5:12:58 AM PDT · by risk · 17 replies · 2,172+ views
    Bodies of WWI soldiers found in glacier ROME - The bodies of three Austrian soldiers killed in World War One have been found frozen and almost perfectly preserved in an Italian Alpine glacier. ADVERTISEMENT Mountain rescue worker Maurizio Vicenzi discovered the mummified bodies on Friday, encased upside down in ice at 11,940 feet altitude on San Matteo mountain near the Swiss and Austrian borders. ``Using binoculars, I saw what looked like a stain on the Forni glacier and went to look,'' Vicenzi, 46, from the northern Italian town of Peio told Reuters on Monday. ``When I got close I discovered...
  • CNN: Woodstock Planner Artie Kornfeld Advocates Renewed Resistance, Invoking SDS/Weathermen/Panthers

    08/23/2004 1:06:11 AM PDT · by risk · 51 replies · 1,352+ views
    CNN ^ | August 22, 2004 | CNN
  • James Dobson of Focus on the Family [was] on CSPAN

    08/21/2004 7:48:36 PM PDT · by risk · 22 replies · 1,235+ views
    www. ^ | August 21, 2004 | CSPAN
  • The Story Behind the Myth [debunking the "napalm girl" myth]

    08/21/2004 4:42:31 AM PDT · by risk · 66 replies · 7,051+ views
    The Vietnam Helicopter Veterans Base Camp ^ | 1998 | Ronald N. Timberlake
    I have never been involved in "veterans' issues", and I find it revolting to see the media's cameras pass a hundred well dressed and well adjusted veterans with their families, to focus on "Viet Nam vets" who display themselves in camouflage that was not even issued until 1980. These men are often "wannabees", who steal honors they never earned, discredit men who did what they lacked courage to do, and try to blame the failures of their lives on the fiery mold of "a terrible war" that many, perhaps most, did not even see. Their "memories" and stories are usually...
  • Dick Cheney, Peace Dividend - a Jack of All Trades

    08/15/2004 10:47:12 PM PDT · by risk · 4 replies · 439+ views
    Memo on the Margin ^ | August 2, 2000 | Jude Wanniski
    Memo on the MarginAugust 2, 2000Dick Cheney, Peace DividendMemo To: Political & Financial Writers From: Jude Wanniski Re: A Jack of All Trades My father was a jack of all trades, master of none. He could do everything passably, nothing to perfection. I could tell countless stories about him, but my favorite was when he discovered in 1950 that it would cost him $4 to have a TV repairman fix the set we had bought just six months earlier. He cut out an ad from a Superman comic book offering a book for $2 or so on how to fix...
  • Missile-Defense Contortions: John Kerry runs from his record, again. [NRO]

    08/10/2004 10:34:10 PM PDT · by risk · 10 replies · 480+ views
    NRO/National Review Online ^ | June 02, 2004, 8:41 a.m. | Robert Moran
    On Tuesday morning, John Kerry woke up to the threat of nuclear terrorism and stated the obvious, in a speech delivered in West Palm Beach, Florida: "We have to do everything we can to stop a nuclear weapon from ever reaching our shore and that mission begins far away." But, as with what seems like near every other issue in this campaign, Kerry was against doing everything to stop a nuclear weapon from reaching our shores before he was for it. The Kerry campaign hopes their candidate's long record of opposing a robust national missile defense will be forgotten. But...
  • The Brains Behind Bush's War

    08/10/2004 2:07:32 AM PDT · by risk · 26 replies · 950+ views
    Bill St. Clair's Home Page ^ | February 1, 2003 | Todd S. Purdum
    The Brains Behind Bush's War WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 — Any history of the Bush administration's march toward war with Iraq will have to take account of long years of determined advocacy by a circle of defense policy intellectuals whose view that Saddam Hussein can no longer be tolerated or contained is now ascendant. Like the national security experts who were the intellectual architects of the Vietnam War, men like McGeorge Bundy, Walt W. Rostow and others branded "The Best and the Brightest" in David Halberstam's ironic phrase, these theorists seem certain to be remembered, for better or worse, among the...