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  • Photos: New Year 2011 at the Vank Christian Church in Isfahan - Iran

    01/02/2011 5:59:20 PM PST · by sionnsar · 37 replies
    Payvand ^ | 1/02/2011
    The Vank Cathedral was one of the first churches to be established in Isfahan by Armenian immigrants settled by Shah Abbas I after the Ottoman War of 1603-05.Church construction is believed to have begun in 1606, and completed with major alterations to design between 1655 and 1664 under the supervision of Archbishop David..Vank means cathedral in the Armenian language.. The cathedral consists of a domed sanctuary, much like a Persian mosque, but with the significant addition of a semi-octagonal apse and raised chancel usually seen in western churches. The cathedrals exteriors are in relatively modern brickwork and are exceptionally plain...
  • Who Is Janet Trisk?

    08/16/2010 5:19:21 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 3 replies
    e-mail ^ | 8/16/2010 | Sarah Hey
    Dear members of the long-inactive Traditional Anglican Ping List: It's been years since we (well, I) decided to let go of TEC and its antics and to tell the truth I've been much the better for ignoring it, but this e-mail today from Stand Firm in Faith's own Sarah Hey rocked me back a bit. Note that this "movement" she describes is not limited to TEC and CofE but reaches rather a bit further, apparently including Rome and others. See if Rudyard Kipling did not capture it accurately. And beware.
  • The "FReepers stranded in Europe" thread

    04/17/2010 11:36:51 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 133 replies · 2,271+ views
    vanity | 4/18/2010 | sionnsar
    Fellow FReepers stranded in Europe, this thread is for you. Who are you, where are you, what do you see and hear? Maybe we can get together...
  • Breaking: A Letter from Archbishop Orombi to Archbishop Rowan and all Primates and Moderators

    04/10/2010 1:50:35 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 293+ views
    Stand Firm in Faith ^ | 4/09/2010 | Matt Kennedy
    Main Entry: pri'mate Etymology: Middle English primat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin primat-, primas archbishop, from Latin, leader, from primus Date: 13th century 1 often capitalized : a bishop who has precedence in a province, group of provinces, or a nation2 archaic : one first in authority or rank : LEADER 3 [New Latin Primates, from Latin, plural of primat-, primas] : any of an order (Primates) of mammals comprising humans, apes, monkeys, and related forms (as lemurs and tarsiers) -pri'mate-ship \-*ship\ noun --pri-ma'tial \pr*-*m*-sh*l\ adjective "... How can we expect the gross violators of Biblical Truth to...
  • A Question of Liberty and Limited Government: Senate Passes Enhanced 911 Tax

    04/01/2010 11:13:09 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 8 replies · 357+ views
    LibertyLive ^ | 4/01/2010 | Brett Davis
    Earlier today the Washington State Senate passed SB 6846, which would, among other things, add a statewide tax up to 25 cents per month per cell phone to boost current 911 emergency communications services. According to the Office of Financial Management, the enhanced 911 tax would bring in nearly $79 million over 10 years. See the chart below. Year Enhanced 911 Tax 2010 2011 2,419,000 2012 6,562,000 2013 7,365,000 2014 8,192,000 2015 9,043,000 2016 9,920,000 2017 10,824,000 2018 11,754,000 2019 12,712,000 Total: $ 78,791,000 SB 6846 passed 29 to 12. Click here to view the roll...
  • Happy Norooz!

    03/20/2010 12:32:43 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 70 replies · 1,480+ views
    FarsiNet ^ | 3/20/2010
    Nowruz 2569 (1389) will begin on: با شادباش نوروز - تحويل سال نوتحويل سال نو ۲۵۶۹ - ساعت ۹ و ۲ دقيقه و ۰۰ ثانيه بعد از ظهر شنبه اول فروردين ۱۳۸۹ در ايران Tehran: Saturday:      09:02:00 PM      March 20, 2010 New York: Saturday 01:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Chicago: Saturday 12:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Denver: Saturday 11:32:00 AM March 20, 2010 Los Angeles:      Saturday 10:32:00 AM March 20, 2010 London: Saturday 05:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Paris: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Rome: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Berlin: Saturday 06:32:00 PM March 20, 2010 Athens:...
  • Why you are glad you are not in France [Obama-worship continues]

    02/14/2010 7:12:47 AM PST · by sionnsar · 16 replies · 572+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/13/2010 | Don Surber
    Cutline: A float called Yes we can be ecologist depicting U.S. President Barack Obama, parades during the 126th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Nice, southern France. The carnivals theme this year is King of the Blue Planet.Makes him look like a Disney superhero. And there is this What The Hell shot:And this: ...
  • Iran's political winds are shifting ["signs are emerging that the government could collapse"]

    01/17/2010 5:36:26 PM PST · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 599+ views
    LA TImes via "Payvand News of Iran" ^ | 1/17/2010 | Iason Athanasiadis
    In late December, I received a New Year's e-mail from a former Iranian diplomat. The contact surprised me. I had known the man when I lived in Tehran from 2004 to '07, but I hadn't heard from him in more than two years. ... ... "The current regime has broken the social bonds that tie it to the public and thus is eventually due to fall," Bill Beeman, a Persian-speaking professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota and former president of the Middle East section of the American Anthropological Assn., told me recently. "Iran is a hierarchical society. Folks...
  • Things Are Going to Be Bitter in Olympia [WA] This Year

    01/11/2010 2:30:34 PM PST · by sionnsar · 10 replies · 593+ views
    Seattle Weekly ^ | 1/08/2010 | Laura Onstot
    Every year CityClub, a local non-profit that hosts political debates and forums, holds a luncheon to preview the legislative session with the the leadership from down in Olympia. Two years ago, Senate Majority Lisa Brown (D-Spokane), Minority Leader Mike Hewitt (R-Walla Walla), Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (D-Seattle) and the now-floppy-haired House Minority Leader Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), joked around about the 520 bridge, Seattle hatred, and the Sonics leaving for Oklahoma. This year's preview forum, however, was far less cordial. There's one agenda item dominating the short session which starts Monday--resolving the $2.6 billion budget deficit. And on how...
  • Anglo-Catholic Fight Song

    01/11/2010 2:19:07 PM PST · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 563+ views
    ... For now, the words to the "Anglo-Catholic Fight Song" (sung to the tune of "The Church's One Foundation"): Our church is mighty spikey with smells and bells and chants And Palestrina masses that vex the Protestants. O happy ones and holy who fall upon their knees For solemn Benediction And mid-week Rosaries. Though with a scornful wonder men see our clergy, dressed In rich brocaded vestments as slowly they process; Yet saints their watch are keeping lest souls be set alight Not by the Holy Ghost, but by incense taking flight. Now we on earth have union with Lambeth,...
  • Are planned airport scanners just a scam?

    01/02/2010 6:20:06 PM PST · by sionnsar · 30 replies · 979+ views
    The Independent | 1/03/2010 | Jane Merrick
    [Material cannot be posted; Mods, please delete if links are also impermissible. "Yes," says an 'expert.']
  • Two Cheers for Airport Security: It's not as bad as you think

    12/30/2009 1:34:43 PM PST · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 768+ views
    WSJ Opinion Online ^ | 12/29/2009 | Holman Jenkins
    Considering the ease with which a suicide bomber could stroll into a Starbucks in any American city and kill a dozen people, you have to wonder at al Qaeda's obsession with targeting commercial airliners. If 19 terrorists (the number who carried out the 9/11 attacks) each blew himself up at one- or two-week intervals in a shopping mall or a movie theater, America likely would become a seething nation of paranoid shut-ins. That it hasn't happened tells you something: Al Qaeda doesn't have a ready supply of competent suicide bombers, domestic or imported, to carry off serious attacks. That it...
  • Physicist Howard Hayden's one-letter disproof of global warming claims [pre-Climategate]

    11/27/2009 2:01:23 PM PST · by sionnsar · 49 replies · 2,953+ views
    Mises Economic Blog ^ | 10/29/2009 | Stephan Kinsella
    Physicist Howard Hayden, a staunch advocate of sound energy policy, sent me a copy of his letter to the EPA about global warming. The text is also appended below, with permission. As noted in my post Access to Energy, Hayden helped the late, great Petr Beckmann found the dissident physics journal Galilean Electrodynamics (brochures and further Beckmann info here; further dissident physics links). Hayden later began to publish his own pro-energy newsletter, The Energy Advocate, following in the footsteps of Beckmann's own journal Access to EnergyI love Hayden's email sign-off, "People will do anything to save the world ... except...
  • Treemometers: A new scientific scandal [couple months back]

    11/24/2009 5:13:43 PM PST · by sionnsar · 21 replies · 641+ views
    The Register ^ | 9/29/2009 | Andrew Orlowski
    A scientific scandal is casting a shadow over a number of recent peer-reviewed climate papers. At least eight papers purporting to reconstruct the historical temperature record times may need to be revisited, with significant implications for contemporary climate studies, the basis of the IPCC's assessments. A number of these involve senior climatologists at the British climate research centre CRU at the University East Anglia. In every case, peer review failed to pick up the errors. At issue is the use of tree rings as a temperature proxy, or dendrochronology. Using statistical techniques, researchers take the ring data to create a...
  • Leaked Email Reveals Dem Astro-Turf Operation [WA]

    08/24/2009 5:43:10 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 25 replies · 1,222+ views
    NW Digest ^ | 8/24/2009 | Andrew
    A leaked email originating from Congressman Jay Inslees office may reveal a widespread astroturfing effort on behalf of Washington Democrats and liberal interest groups to pack town halls with grassroots supporters of government-run health care. In stark contrast to a spontaneous grassroots groundswell against President Obama and Congressional Democratss government-run health plan, it appears both overt and covert efforts are underway to orchestrate support for the Presidents agenda from the highest-levels of the political Left.In the email which follows below the jump, Inslees official Congressional scheduler forwarded to State Democratic Chairman Dwight Pelz a list of upcoming town halls the...
  • Spotted owls block Skamania wind farm expansion [WA]

    08/24/2009 4:19:09 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 795+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 8/24/2009
    VANCOUVER, Wash. Plans for a wind farm on some state land in Skamania County are on hold because it's spotted owl habitat. The Department of Natural Resources is no longer considering leasing 2,560 acres to the SDS Lumber Co. for possible future expansion of the proposed Whistling Ridge Energy Project. ...
  • Revolutionary Types: Iran's is a peaceful uprising

    07/25/2009 9:13:36 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 494+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 7/20/2009 | John O'Sullivan
    Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler would undoubtedly have regarded the Iranian demonstrations as not really serious. There was no attempt to seize power, neither tanks in the streets nor the storming of a presidential palace. The demonstrators confined themselves to civil disobedience. Only the authorities used violence and only demonstrators were killed. Indeed, the poster girl for the Iranian democratic resisters is a young woman bleeding from a fatal wound inflicted by a government sniper. Yet a revolution was assuredly being attempted indeed, a more genuine revolution than would have been, say, the arrest of Iran's "supreme leader," the Ayatollah...
  • Tales of Persias Wondrous Past [The Shahnameh mourns the loss of Irans pre-Islamic...]

    07/25/2009 7:51:02 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 1,349+ views
    Wall Street Journal: Leisure & Arts ^ | 7/25/2009 | EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH
    Before the Islamic Revolution dimmed the Iranian literary imagination in 1979, and before an expanding Islam swept Iran into its Arab empire in the seventh century, there existed the rich and colorful Iran recounted in Ferdowsis Shahnameh, or the Book of Kings. Nearly four centuries after the Arab conquest, the Shahnameh tells the story of pre-Islamic Iranwhen Persian civilization was at its zenith. The epic proceeds through the reign of many monarchs, chronicling the at times legendary, at times mythological, and at times quasihistorical stories of each reign. Then, with the Arab conquest, the chronicle comes to an end. This...
  • The Laptop, Circa 1968

    07/04/2009 5:35:25 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 65 replies · 2,260+ views
    Technologizer ^ | 7/04/2009 | Harry McCracken
    In 2009, portability is the default state of affairs with computers, since laptops outsell desktop PCs. But in the 1960s, the typical computer was a room-filling mainframe; minicomputers, which were merely the size of a refrigerator, were the small computers of the day.Which didnt mean that folks werent craving the concept of mobile computing even back then. I was just rummaging through Googles invaluable archive of several decades of Computerworld, and came across a short item from March 1968 on carrying cases for the typewriter-like Teletype terminals that were then used to interface with mainframes and minis. Anderson Jacobson sold...
  • Reichert Issues Reasoning for Economy Killer Cap and Tax Vote

    06/29/2009 12:39:17 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 27 replies · 913+ views
    NW Bloggers ^ | 6/27/2009 | Aurelius
    From the Seattle Times: Washington, DC - Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) released the following statement today after the U.S. House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act: Energy independence and our national security are critical issues for America. These issues transcend politics. The future of this country is on the line and we can spare no effort when it comes to leading on these issues at a global level. This bill is not perfect, but it is a vital step toward energy independence. America cannot maintain global leadership without innovation and new ideas, and we cannot lead if we...
  • Hamed Nikpay "The Owner of This Land" (Maalek-e Een Khaak) [Iranian music video]

    06/29/2009 12:34:03 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 12 replies · 380+ views
    YouTube ^ | 6/2009 | Hamed Nikpay
    Link This is SO Persian!
  • 1 service to launch Episcopal church; parishes get letters [And so it begins in San Joaquin]

    06/23/2009 5:20:10 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 384+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | 6/21/2009 | Sue Nowicki
    There are several updates to the continuing Episcopal/Anglican saga in our area. ... Also last week, the nine other self-incorporated parishes with ties to the Anglican diocese headquartered in Fresno received letters from Lamb "to arrange the transition of all properties and assets back to the Episcopal Church." Two of those parishes are St. Francis in Turlock and St. James (the historic Red Church) in Sonora. Because of their independent status, those parishes were not named in the lawsuit the Episcopal Church filed against Anglican Bishop John-David Schofield and the rest of the parishes after they voted in December 2007...
  • 45-Year-Old Modem Used To Surf the Web

    05/29/2009 8:10:41 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 75 replies · 2,155+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 5/28/2009 | timothy
    EdIII writes with this awesome snippet from Hack a Day: "'[phreakmonkey] got his hands on a great piece of old tech. It's a 1964 Livermore Data Systems Model A Acoustic Coupler Modem. He recieved it in 1989 and recently decided to see if it would actually work. It took some digging to find a proper D25 adapter and even then the original serial adapter wasn't working because the oscillator depends on the serial voltage. He dials in and connects at 300baud. Then logs into a remote system and fires up lynx to load Wikipedia. Lucky for [phreakmonkey] they managed to...
  • Obama Names New NASA Leadership

    05/23/2009 10:45:36 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 19 replies · 730+ views
    WaPo ^ | 5/23/2009 | Scott Wilson
    President Obama yesterday nominated a former Marine aviator and space shuttle astronaut to become the new head of NASA and oversee a broad review of the agency's ambitions for manned and robotic space exploration. Retired Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. would become the first African American to run the space agency if approved by the Senate. In addition to his long rsum of military and NASA experience, Bolden served more recently as chief executive of a defense and aerospace consulting firm. He briefly worked as an aerospace lobbyist, until the fall of 2005. Bolden would take over NASA at...
  • Gregoire sidesteps legislative discord, signs executive order to stop climate change [WA]

    05/23/2009 9:52:18 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 23 replies · 1,019+ views
    Despite much fanfare, grandstanding and a whole bunch of twenty-somethings packing hearings with hopeful faces and "Cap & Invest, YES!" stickers, Governor Gregoire's requested climate change legislation failed. No matter. The governor signed an executive order today that all state agencies must "develop emissions reduction strategies and set benchmarks for industry emissions." If you can't beat 'em, steamroll 'em, right? She is, of course, within her legal right to do so. More details on her executive order from the TVW blog. Governor Gregoire is showcasing Hayek's classic dilemma of the economic planner. Essentially, Hayek notes the obvious--that agreement...
  • Newly discovered fault could produce huge quakes [WA]

    05/23/2009 9:48:03 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 20 replies · 650+ views
    MyNorthwest.com ^ | 5/23/2009 | CHRIS SULLIVAN
    The earthquake danger in our state could be a lot worse than anyone thought. A small fault around Whidbey Island actually extends through the Cascades across the state. The fault was believed to be limited to around Whidbey Island, but new mapping shows it stretches 250 to 300 miles from Canada to at least Yakima. Geologists say the fault is capable of producing a 7 magnitude or greater earthquake . "They said they're already doing exercises based on this in Pierce County. They're taking action almost as we speak," said Congressman Norm Dicks, who was briefed Friday morning. Dicks is...
  • Bagpipes get an ethically sound sound

    05/07/2009 11:19:50 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 46 replies · 969+ views
    News.Scotsman.Com ^ | 4/30/2009 | Jenny Haworth
    GUILT-FREE bagpipes are to be created from ethical sources of wood for the first time. All Highland bagpipes and many other traditional Scottish pipes are made from African blackwood, which comes from the rare and threatened mpingo tree found only in certain parts of Africa. But now two communities in Tanzania have been awarded certification for managing their forests sustainably. The villages the first to get the award in Africa are focusing on growing sustainable stocks of African blackwood. The certification, by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes responsible management of the world's forests, means a market for...
  • Iran 'continues PJAK bombings in Iraq'

    05/06/2009 6:56:37 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 227+ views
    PressTV (Iran) ^ | 5/06/2009
    Iranian artillery and fighter jets have allegedly resumed attacks against the outlawed Party for Free Life (PJAK) base in the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniya. Iranian armed forces bombed Kurdish rebel positions in Banjawin district east of Sulaimaniya on Tuesday with no casualties having been reported, Kurdish news sources said. Iran reportedly used aircraft against Kurdish militants for the first time on Saturday. Kurdish officials including a spokesperson for the Peshmerga forces in Iraq's Kurdistan region, Jabbar Yawer, have repeatedly confirmed activities of PJAK in northern Iran-Iraq region. Yawar said the PJAK militants last week attacked a police station in...
  • McDermott [D, WA] wants your kids in mandatory public service

    05/05/2009 10:27:05 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 29 replies · 1,644+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | 5/03/2009 | Ron Hebron
    Our Congress with the help of Republicans is squeezing out private charity with paid "volunteers." They are paid - AmericaCorps - but called volunteers; it sound so good. What do they work on? What the politicians want; you have no say. And they tripled its funding. But what if there aren't enough volunteers for paid "volunteer" service. Force! It might be unconstitutional under the 13th Amendment's ban on involuntary servitude. But Jim McDermott (D, Washington) wants your children to serve his favorite causes. Robert Knight at Townhall ... Mandatory national service has reemerged in HR 1442, the "Congressional Commission on...
  • How to break the National Popular Vote [NPV]

    04/30/2009 3:22:58 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 10 replies · 886+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | 4/30/2009 | pudge
    Should the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact get 270 electoral college votes and go into effect, it would be fairly simple to break it, in various ways. Federal law requires that the electors in each state meet on the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December. Federal law does not require that every state make their votes publically available. One or more states could withhold their vote totals (depending on state law, of course, which can be changed) until the following Tuesday, after the electors of all states were required to vote. This makes it so that the NPV...
  • Many cancel trips to Mexico [tip: DON'T turn off aircraft A/C]

    04/30/2009 9:07:29 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 13 replies · 590+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | 4/29/2009 | D.R. Stewart
    ... While U.S. airlines are stocking their planes, preparing for health emergencies and making sure their cabin crews are vigilant for ill passengers, Byron Jones has a simple bit of advice: Don't turn off the aircraft heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems while the plane is at the gate or awaiting takeoff. Because of the high passenger density in aircraft cabins, contaminant levels can increase rapidly if ventilation is shut off, he said. Jones, associate dean for research at Kansas State University's College of Engineering, helped develop an aircraft air quality standard as leader of the committee for the American...
  • Obituary: Rev Dr Peter Toon - 19392009 [Trad. Anglican]

    04/26/2009 4:38:49 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 18 replies · 614+ views
    Obituary: Rev Dr Peter Toon - 1939 2009 April 26th, 2009 Peter, son of Thomas Arthur and Hilda Toon, was born in Yorkshire, England, soon after the start of World War II. After him came Paul, David and Christine. He attended Hemsworth Grammar School, Cliff College, Sheffield; Kings College, London; The University of Liverpool and Christ Church, Oxford University. He held three Masters degrees and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford. He was married to Vita for forty-seven years and they have one daughter, Deborah, who lives in California, and is married to Michael, a Naval Officer. Vita...
  • Mocking Sarah in Helsinki? [a vanity but...]

    04/25/2009 8:38:22 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 20 replies · 1,580+ views
    Vanity, vanity, all is vanity... | 4/25/2009 | myself
    I've been seeing this ad for several days on buses in Helsinki (Finland) but didn't have the opportunity to take a snapshot of it until just three hours ago -- and seeing it up close confirms my suspicion that the close resemblance to Sarah Palin is no accident. I can understand liberals in the U.S. wallowing in the gutter with stuff like this, but overseas???
  • In the footsteps of the Culloden night raiders

    04/18/2009 10:01:55 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 32 replies · 722+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | 4/17/2009 | Mike Wade
    Click here to launch the picture gallery It was the dead of night and in a deep, dark forest six miles from the site of the Duke of Cumberlands camp at Nairn a squad of fearsome men dressed in plaids and carrying muskets gathered around an officer. Captain Ian Deveneys voice rang out: Help yourselves lads. My sporrans full of Maltesers. A huge bearded man appeared out the darkness. Why not? Theyll keep the blood sugar up, said Callum Mitchell in a cheerful, sing-song voice. This ragged band of 20 men had set out to recreate one of the most...
  • Henry Waxman Has a Plan . . . for your living room, showerhead, jacuzzi

    04/10/2009 4:27:41 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 33 replies · 1,135+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | 4/10/2009
    Cap-and-trade theologians love to invoke markets: Merely put a price on carbon, they say, and the invisible hand will shoo us toward an eco-friendly future. Of course Congress has its own ideas. Take the climate bill just offered by House powers Henry Waxman of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts. The 648-page "discussion draft" ducks the most important policy questions about what Democrat Ben Cardin calls "the most significant revenue-generating proposal of our time" -- namely, how the tax will be levied and the proceeds spent. But it does find space to impose thousands of new environmental regulations on the...
  • CHEER, CHEER FOR SOPHISTRY DAME! [on awarding degree to Obama]

    04/10/2009 10:09:10 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 259+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | 4/09/2009 | Christopher Johnson
    There is only one possible word to describe Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins justification for the fact that the allegedly-Catholic college he heads intends to award an honarary degree to radical pro-abortionist Barack Obama. And that word is Episcopalian: In June 2004, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement, Catholics in Political Life. A number of people have quoted this document with regard to Notre Dames invitation to President Obama to be its Commencement Speaker and receive an honorary degree. Our interpretation of this document And were off.is different from the one that has been imposed...
  • Spokane man finds message in a bottle [--] from 1913

    04/08/2009 3:16:12 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 15 replies · 1,842+ views
    The Spokesman Review ^ | 4/07/2009 | JIM KERSHNER
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Darin Winkler was out walking the banks of the Spokane River with his kids last weekend when he saw something that looked... Well, let me put it this way: After you hear this story, the song "Message in a Bottle" may be stuck in your head for days. "Spring and high water brings up various kinds of things on shore," said Winkler, who lives in the River Run subdivision on the Spokane River, just south of Spokane Falls Community College. "We saw an old flattened basketball and a bunch of bottles. Mostly they were whiskey bottles,...
  • Second [sic] Anglican Diocese Forms in Pacific Northwest; Diocese of Cascadia...

    04/05/2009 6:31:55 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 240+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 3/17/2009 | David W. Virtue
    A second Anglican diocese has formed outside of The Episcopal Church, but inside its ecclesiastical jurisdiction. In a historic decision this week signaling a unified faith among Anglican believers in the Pacific Northwest, seven Anglican congregations in Western Washington have come together to form The Diocese of Cascadia. The first Anglican diocese - the Diocese of the Southeast - was formed recently with 73 Anglican clergy and wardens in Jacksonville, Florida, under vicar general the Rev. Neil Lebhar. Lay and clergy representatives from seven Anglican churches met March 7 at St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Shoreline, Washington, for the first...
  • Bishop-Elect Forrester Replaces New Testament Reading with Quran Passage [TEC of course]

    04/04/2009 10:08:08 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 17 replies · 878+ views
    Stand Firm ^ | 4/03/2009 | Greg Griffith
    Those who fulfil Allahs pact, and break not the covenant; And those who join what Allah has commanded to be joined, and fear their Lord, and dread the evil reckoning; Here is the bulletin insert [46kb PDF] on the Second Sunday After Epiphany, January 20, 2008, for St. Paul's Marquette, at which Kevin Thew Forrester presided, and substituted a passage from the Quran (13:20-23) for the New Testament reading. The Quran reading is at the top of page 3. Reader: A reading from the Quran In the name of God most merciful most compassionate. Is he, then, who knows that...
  • [WA] Reserve soldier sues UW, alleges discrimination [for serving in Iraq]

    04/03/2009 10:21:55 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 12 replies · 927+ views
    SeattlePI.com ^ | 4/02/2009 | LEVI PULKKINEN
    An Army reservist employed at the University of Washington has filed suit against the institution, asserting in court papers that he has been harassed and discriminated against for serving in Iraq. Employed by UW as an electrician since 1992, Army Reserve Lt. Col. James Lukehart had risen in the ranks of the university's facilities department and was working as a maintenance manager when he was ordered to deploy to Iraq in June 2006. Before he went overseas, a group of his coworkers had told him he would be "engaging in immoral, if not illegal, action" if he went to Iraq...
  • [WA] Gov. Gregoire: State income tax won't solve this budget crisis

    04/03/2009 10:02:54 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 321+ views
    Political Buzz ^ | 4/03/2009 | Joe Turner
    After all the talk about bills that propose an income tax for Washington state -- on millionaires and-or others -- Gov. Chris Gregoire was prompted to chime in. "I do not support a state income tax," she said. "The new proposal will undoubtedly raise constitutional and legal challenges and probably wouldnt bring in new revenue in time to address the economic crisis we face." (Of course, if the Legislature did put such a measure on the ballot, it would bypass the governor. But that doesn't mean the guv can't have an opinion on it.) She's right about the timing. ...
  • The Global Warming Heretic [Freeman Dyson]

    03/29/2009 7:29:05 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 11 replies · 698+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 3/28/2009 | Soulskill
    theodp writes "In The Civil Heretic, the NYT Magazine takes a look at how world-renowned scientist Freeman Dyson wound up opposing those who care most about global warming. Since coming out of the closet on global warming, Dyson has found himself described as 'a pompous twit,' 'a blowhard,' and 'a mad scientist.' He argues that climate change has become an obsession for 'a worldwide secular religion' known as environmentalism. Dyson has been particularly dismissive of Al Gore, calling him climate change's chief propagandist and accusing him of relying too heavily on computer-generated climate models and promoting 'lousy science' that's...
  • Ontario Court Orders Website To Disclose Identity of Anonymous Posters [FreeDominion]

    03/25/2009 4:33:38 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 16 replies · 721+ views
    Michael Geist ^ | 3/25/2009 | Michael Geist
    An Ontario court has ordered the owners of the FreeDominion.ca to disclose all personal information on eight anonymous posters to the chat site. The required information includes email and IP addresses. The case arises from a lawsuit launched by Richard Warman, the anti-hate fighter, against the site and the posters. The court focused heavily on the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure, which contain a strong duty of disclosure on litigants. The discussion includes a review of many key Internet privacy cases, including the CRIA file sharing litigation (which the court distinguishes on the basis of different court rules) and the...
  • Illegal Speech in Washington State

    03/23/2009 9:37:37 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 18 replies · 938+ views
    e-mail to Friends of Toby Nixon | 3/22/2009 | Toby Nixon
    It appears that some legislators now want to make it illegal to tell legislators that their actions might result in the loss of jobs.   Isn’t that great? We love the First Amendment!             -- Toby P.S. the new language is subsection (g) at the end of the bill. _____________________________________________  HOUSE BILL 2316 _____________________________________________ State of Washington 61st Legislature 2009 Regular Session By Representatives Williams, Chase, Hasegawa, Nelson, Ormsby, Sells, Simpson, and Wood Read first time 03/20/09.   Referred to Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs.      AN ACT Relating to lobbying restrictions; and amending RCW 42.17.230.BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE...
  • Seattle P.I. - The Chickens Come Home

    03/17/2009 5:37:21 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 21 replies · 1,074+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | 3/16/2009 | warrenpeterson
    Yes, there were numerous factors leading to the death of the Seattle Post Intelligencer. TV with its 24/7 news channels, Al Gore's World Wide Web with free access to newspapers local and national, rising costs, competition from the "P.I in the mirror" Seattle Times all helped doom the paper even in a liberal market like Seattle. When all the reasons are finally cataloged, they should include the Letters to the Editor section in what turns out to be the final Sunday edition (March 15, 2009) of the P.I. It contains a couple of "Good riddance, the P.I. is too liberal...
  • Lawmakers thwart Gregoire's cap-and-trade plan on climate [WA]

    03/16/2009 7:46:04 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 18 replies · 674+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 3/16/2009 | Warren Cornwall
    Gov. Chris Gregoire's attempt to push Washington to the forefront of climate-change regulation appears dead mortally wounded in the state Legislature by fears it could hurt the economy and be vulnerable to rip-offs. Both the state House and Senate have balked at adopting the so-called "cap-and-trade" system that would have forced industries to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to fall below a cap or buy extra permits in something resembling a stock market. While a climate-change bill passed in the Senate and is headed for the House, it bears little resemblance to the comprehensive legislation Gregoire unveiled at a January news...
  • Urgent Prayer Request for Baby Eva [Update: Requiescat In Pace]

    03/14/2009 8:17:15 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 283 replies · 5,150+ views
    FReepmail | 3/13/2009
    Received from a Traditional Anglican Ping List member last night: Eighteen months ago, friends of ours adopted a baby with Downs syndrome. A month ago the baby was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. Two days ago she was diagnosed with fungal pneumonia. Tonight she is not expected to make it. Please pass this to Granny and the other prayer warriors on FR. We need a miracle!
  • Former state lawmaker going to prison for mail fraud [guess the party -- story names it]

    03/09/2009 8:18:49 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 4 replies · 373+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 3/09/2008 | Seattle Times staff and news services
    A former state lawmaker has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for mail fraud. Paul H. King formerly lived in Mountlake Terrace and represented the 44th District as a Democrat in the state House from 1983-89. ...
  • Pacific Northwest no longer the least religious part of the country [NE is]

    03/09/2009 10:39:21 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 28 replies · 756+ views
    KVAL ^ | 3/09/2009
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that Northern New England has surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious part of the country. ...
  • Robin Williams in South Florida hospital [heart trouble, prayer request]

    03/04/2009 6:36:58 PM PST · by sionnsar · 123 replies · 4,097+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 2/04/2009
    We know the reason Robin Williams postponed all four performances of his one-man show in Florida: Sources say he's currently at a Miami hospital with heart issues and could be laid up for a while. Williams, 57, has been on his ''Weapons of Self Destruction'' tour since September.