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  • Republicans Already Smearing Themselves

    03/06/2007 5:49:10 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 15 replies · 653+ views
    Salon ^ | March 7, 2007 | Michael Scherer
    Republicans Already Smearing Themselves Vicious mail, anti-Mormon slurs, a man-size dolphin and a weeping girl turn the race for the White House into a race to the bottom. By Michael Scherer March 7, 2007 | WASHINGTON -- With 10 months left before the first ballot is cast, the Republican presidential primary has begun to get dirty. Unsigned e-mails have been sent to voters in South Carolina touting "dark suspicions" about Mitt Romney's Mormon faith. Anonymous letters have shown up in mailboxes in the state calling Mike Huckabee a "Huckster" and Romney a "Say Anything" politician. A man-size dolphin, without a...
  • U.S. Friendly Fire Video Leaked to Media

    02/06/2007 1:06:05 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 25 replies · 1,426+ views
    SF Gate, Associated Press ^ | , Associated Press | http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/02/06/international/i050804S43.DTL
    U.S. Friendly Fire Video Leaked to Media A leaked video in which an American pilot is heard saying "I'm going to be sick," then "we're in jail, dude," after U.S. troops killed a British soldier during a friendly fire incident in Iraq was released by The Sun newspaper Tuesday. Lance Cpl. Matty Hull died when troops fired on his convoy in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on March 28, 2003. [...] The transcript printed in The Sun records the alleged exchange between the pilots after they realize what has happened. Pilot 1: "I'm going to be sick." Pilot 2:...
  • What's the best adultery song?

    02/05/2007 11:39:18 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 267 replies · 5,766+ views
    SF Gate ^ | February 02 2007 | Dave Morey
    What's the best adultery song? In light of current events, KFOG's Dave Morey conducted a contest this morning for the best adultery song ever. His listeners (of a certain demographic) nominated a bunch, including the Eagles' "Lyin' Eyes," Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," and Derek and the Dominos' "Layla" -- which has the advantage of being about the most famous adulterous affair since, what, Paris and Helen of Troy? Dave's winner: "Me and Mrs. Jones," by Billy Paul, which isn't much musically but does have lyrics that resonate with people who've got a thing going on. Even...
  • Posing as a Family, Sex Offenders Stun a Town

    02/01/2007 3:34:32 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 32 replies · 1,706+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 1, 2007 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    February 1, 2007 Posing as a Family, Sex Offenders Stun a Town By JENNIFER STEINHAUER EL MIRAGE, Ariz., Jan. 31 — To neighbors, Casey Price was a seventh grader with acne and a baseball cap who lived an unremarkable life among a bevy of male relatives. [...] In nearby Surprise, where Casey was enrolled as a 12-year-old in a public school for four months, he was regarded as a shy, average student with chronic attendance problems. A man identified as his uncle had registered him, attended curriculum night and e-mailed his teachers about homework assignments. Now Casey is in jail,...
  • Woman Jailed After Reporting Rape

    01/30/2007 2:42:26 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 63 replies · 1,882+ views
    Associated Press - SF Chronicle ^ | January 30, 2007 | PHIL DAVIS,
    Woman Jailed After Reporting Rape - By PHIL DAVIS, Associated Press Writer Tuesday, January 30, 2007 (01-30) 12:43 PST Tampa, Fla. (AP) -- A woman who told police she had been raped was jailed for two days after officers found an old warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a 2003 theft arrest. While she was behind bars, according to the college student's attorney, a jail worker refused to give her a second dose of the morning-after contraceptive pill because of the worker's religious convictions. The 21-year-old woman was released Monday only after attorney Vic Moore reported her...
  • Hawks knock surge plan's command structure

    01/29/2007 9:32:08 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 5 replies · 557+ views
    Salon ^ | Jan. 29, 2007 | Mark Benjamin
    Hawks knock surge plan's command structure Buried in the Bush escalation plan is a who's-in-charge nightmare that violates U.S. military doctrine. Now even John McCain and Frederick Kagan are balking. By Mark Benjamin Jan. 29, 2007 | As the Senate nears an unprecedented debate on President Bush's escalation of the Iraq war, almost all the public criticism has been aimed at the inadequate size of the new forces being sent to Baghdad (21,500 troops) and the extreme difficulty of reversing the course of the civil war. But last week, little noticed by the press and public, the Bush plan began...
  • Why I defend "terrorists" (open letter to Cully Stimson, dep. Sec of Defense)

    01/18/2007 12:34:51 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 27 replies · 930+ views
    Salon ^ | Anant Raut
    Why I defend "terrorists" An open letter to Cully Stimson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, from a lawyer representing five men at Guantánamo. By Anant Raut Jan. 17, 2007 Cully Stimson Deputy Assistant Secretary for Detainee Affairs Department of Defense Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. Stimson, I am an associate in the Washington office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, a New York-based, international firm with 1,100 lawyers. I practice general corporate litigation. I also represent, on a pro bono basis, five men who are being held as "enemy combatants" at the U.S. detention center in Guantánamo Bay,...
  • Barack Hussein Obama: Once a Muslim, Always A Muslim

    12/20/2006 1:48:52 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 84 replies · 6,048+ views
    Debbieschlussel.com ^ | Dec 19, 2006 | Debbie Schlussel
    Barack Hussein Obama: Once a Muslim, Always A Muslim By Debbie Schlussel Many months ago, readers began asking me whether Barack Obama is Muslim. Since he identifies as a Christian, I said, "no," and responded that he was not raised by his Kenyan father. But, then, I decided to look further into Obama's background. His full name--as by now you have probably heard--is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. Hussein is a Muslim name, which comes from the name of Ali's son--Hussein Ibn Ali. And Obama is named after his late Kenyan father, the late Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., apparently a Muslim....
  • "These people should be court-martialed" (Weinstein on military evangelicals)

    12/13/2006 10:01:10 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 175 replies · 2,061+ views
    Salon ^ | Dec. 13, 2006 | Alex Koppelman
    "These people should be court-martialed" Former Air Force officer Mikey Weinstein says evangelicals are trying to turn his beloved military into a "frickin' faith-based initiative." By Alex Koppelman Dec. 13, 2006 | When a Christian group shot a video inside the Pentagon that featured uniformed senior military officers talking about their evangelical faith, Mikey Weinstein went on the attack. Himself a former Air Force lawyer and Air Force Academy grad, Weinstein, who is Jewish, is the founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. He founded the MRFF earlier this year to oppose the spread of religious intimidation in...
  • A devil food is turning our kids into homosexuals

    12/12/2006 5:28:00 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 187 replies · 5,264+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Dec 12, 2006 | Jim Rutz
    A devil food is turning our kids into homosexuals Posted: December 12, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern There's a slow poison out there that's severely damaging our children and threatening to tear apart our culture. The ironic part is, it's a "health food," one of our most popular. Now, I'm a health-food guy, a fanatic who seldom allows anything into his kitchen unless it's organic. I state my bias here just so you'll know I'm not anti-health food. The dangerous food I'm speaking of is soy. Soybean products are feminizing, and they're all over the place. You can hardly escape them...
  • Santorum defends Iraq war (uses Lord of the Rings analogy)

    10/18/2006 2:26:04 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 47 replies · 1,086+ views
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | October 17, 2006 | ALISON HAWKES
    Santorum defends Iraq war By ALISON HAWKES Bucks County Courier Times Embattled U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said America has avoided a second terrorist attack for five years because the “Eye of Mordor” has been drawn to Iraq instead. Santorum used the analogy from one of his favorite books, J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy classic “Lord of the Rings,” to put an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq into terms any school kid could easily understand. “As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used...
  • Book (by David Kuo) says Bush just using Christians

    10/12/2006 8:49:21 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 60 replies · 3,543+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Oct 11, 2006 | David Kuo
    Oct. 11: "Countdown" has obtained a copy of new book that suggests the White House repeatedly uses evangelical Christians for their votes, while consistently given them nothing in return. More than five years after President Bush created the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, the former second-in-command of that office is going public with an insider’s tell-all account that portrays an office used almost exclusively to win political points with both evangelical Christians and traditionally Democratic minorities.[..] “National Christian leaders received hugs and smiles in person and then were dismissed behind their backs and described as ‘ridiculous,’ ‘out of control,’ and just...
  • A Splendid Achievement (Terry Jones on W)

    10/10/2006 1:53:25 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 19 replies · 691+ views
    Guardian ^ | October 10, 2006 | Terry Jones
    I write to you in my capacity as secretary of the World League of Despots. It is with great pleasure that I am finally able to extend an official invitation to you to join our ranks. For many years, we have watched your efforts to fulfil the requirements necessary to join our number. From the start, we were greatly impressed by your disdain for democratic principles - the way you wrested power from the democratically elected candidate in the 2000 election, and again in 2005 when you managed to swing what was clearly going to be a victory for your...
  • Why Mommy is a Democrat

    10/04/2006 1:52:02 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 70 replies · 2,382+ views
    Why Mommy is a Democrat ^ | October 4, 2006 | Jeremy Zilber
    Why Mommy is a Democrat may look like a traditional children's book but it definitely isn't just for children. With numerous subtle (and not so subtle) satirical swipes at the Bush administration, Why Mommy will appeal to Democrats of all ages!
  • Putting a Different Face on Islam in America (woman president Islamic Society of North America)

    09/20/2006 9:38:52 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 19 replies · 752+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 20, 2006 | NEIL MacFARQUHAR
    In an Islamic history class, a saying ascribed to the Prophet Muhammad that translate, “Whenever God wants the destruction of a people, he makes a woman their leader.” The professor, Ingrid Mattson, suggested that the phrase be analyzed in its historical context when Islamic societies consisted largely of tribal raiding parties. A male Saudi student contended that all such sayings were sacred and not to be challenged, the argument growing so heated that he stormed out of the classroom. Professor Mattson stood her ground, as was her style. Now she is challenging convention again. This month, Professor Mattson, a 43-year-old...
  • Cardinal Warns About Colombia Abortion

    08/30/2006 3:19:02 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 98 replies · 1,418+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 30, 2006 | Associated Press
    Cardinal Warns About Colombia Abortion BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A leading cardinal said the Vatican will excommunicate the doctors who performed Colombia's first legal abortion on an 11-year old girl who allegedly was raped by her stepfather. Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, made the announcement in an interview with RCN television Tuesday. ''Every Christian Catholic who submits to an abortion, whether it be directly or indirectly, will be excommunicated,'' Lopez said. It was not immediately clear if he also was referring to the girl and her family. [... cut to excerpt] The...
  • The Believer (Interview with Francis Collins of Human Genome Project)

    08/07/2006 2:57:40 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 28 replies · 666+ views
    Salon ^ | Aug 7, 2006 | Steve Paulson
    The believer Francis Collins -- head of the Human Genome Project -- discusses his conversion to evangelical Christianity, why scientists do not need to be atheists, and what C.S. Lewis has to do with it. By Steve Paulson Aug. 07, 2006 | As the longtime head of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins is one of America's most visible scientists. He holds impeccable scientific credentials -- a medical degree as well as a Ph.D. in physics -- and has established a distinguished track record as a gene hunter. He's also an evangelical Christian, someone who has no qualms about professing...
  • Conrad Burns chastises Hotshots over Billings fire - said visiting firefighters did a "poor job."

    07/27/2006 2:59:34 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 8 replies · 844+ views
    Missoulian State Bureau ^ | July 27 2006 | JENNIFER McKEE
    Conrad Burns chastises Hotshots over Billings fire By JENNIFER McKEE of the Missoulian State Bureau HELENA - Republican Sen. Conrad Burns chastised a group of firefighters over the weekend for doing a “poor job” of squelching a 92,000-acre blaze near Billings, a state report shows. Burns and the firefighters - members of the Augusta Hotshots from the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest in Virginia - were at the Billings Logan International Airport awaiting flights, according to Burns and U.S. Forest Service representatives. Burns approached the firefighters and told them they had “done a poor job” and “should have listened...
  • Smithsonian tweaks show after Mormon complaints

    07/25/2006 11:35:38 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 35 replies · 1,437+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | July 25, 2006 | Associated Press
    Smithsonian tweaks show after Mormon complaints Associated Press Salt Lake City, Utah — Smithsonian Museum curators changed a new Washington exhibit after two Utah congressmen and others complained that it portrayed Mormon church founders in a negative light. The National Portrait Gallery's American Origins display pays tribute to influential Americans from 1600 to 1900, including Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Brigham Young, the second leader of the faith. The text accompanying portraits of Smith and Young offended at least two Washington-area church members who got a sneak preview of the display. The...
  • AUSTRALIAN ARCHBISHOP DEFENDS SHOWING OF DA VINCI CODE

    05/17/2006 10:09:47 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 1 replies · 159+ views
    Salon ^ | 5/16/06 | Staff
    AUSTRALIAN ARCHBISHOP DEFENDS SHOWING OF DA VINCI CODE The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Australia has parted ways with several other Catholic clerics and has refused to support a boycott of The Da Vinci Code. In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corp., Archbishop Philip Wilson said today (Tuesday), "I think people should go and see the movie. I'm sure that many people have read the novel. ... If they take it at that level, remembering it is a novel, it is a story." At the same time, he remarked, "The church has a responsibility to help people to see the...
  • Top Cardinal Plays Down Priest Shortage (Divorcees to receive communion?)

    10/03/2005 10:35:36 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 138 replies · 1,475+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 03,2005 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Top Cardinal Plays Down Priest Shortage By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press Writer October 03,2005 | VATICAN CITY -- A senior cardinal played down the shortage of clergymen that has left many churches without priests to celebrate Mass, saying at the start of a meeting of the world's bishops Monday that access to the Eucharist was a gift, not a right for Catholics. But Cardinal Angelo Scola, the relator, or key moderator of the Synod of Bishops, hinted at some flexibility on another divisive issue facing the church: its ban on giving communion to divorcees who remarry without getting an annulment....
  • Bill Bennett - Abortion and African Americans

    09/29/2005 10:22:29 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 9 replies · 1,167+ views
    Salon ^ | Set 29, 2005 | Tim Grieve
    Bill Bennett: Fewer black babies = less crime in America If Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman is serious about wooing African-American voters, he can throw all his energy into speaking to African-American groups and recruiting African-American candidates. Either that, or he could just ask Bill Bennett to shut up. Bennett, who served as secretary of education under Ronald Reagan before writing the beloved-by-the-right "Book of Virtues," explained on his radio show yesterday that America could reduce its crime rate by eliminating African-Americans. Media Matters has the audio. The gist of it: A caller to Bennett's radio show suggested that...
  • Bill Bennett- Abortion and African Americans

    09/29/2005 10:20:00 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 126 replies · 3,974+ views
    Salon ^ | Sept 28, 2005 | Tim Grieve
    Bill Bennett: Fewer black babies = less crime in America If Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman is serious about wooing African-American voters, he can throw all his energy into speaking to African-American groups and recruiting African-American candidates. Either that, or he could just ask Bill Bennett to shut up. Bennett, who served as secretary of education under Ronald Reagan before writing the beloved-by-the-right "Book of Virtues," explained on his radio show yesterday that America could reduce its crime rate by eliminating African-Americans. Media Matters has the audio. The gist of it: A caller to Bennett's radio show suggested that...
  • Hostage Gave Meth to Atlanta Fugitive

    09/27/2005 10:11:33 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 127 replies · 7,370+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 27,2005 | GREG BLUESTEIN
    Hostage Gave Meth to Atlanta Fugitive By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer September 27,2005 | ATLANTA -- The woman who says she gained the trust of suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols by talking about her faith in God discloses in a new book that she gave him methamphetamine during the hostage ordeal. Ashley Smith did not share that detail with authorities after she talked her way out of captivity. In her book, "Unlikely Angel," released Tuesday, Smith says Nichols had her bound on her bed with masking tape and an extension cord. She says he asked for marijuana, but she...
  • A Reaganite Republican says Bush should apologize for his grievous failures on Iraq.

    09/13/2005 10:12:42 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 41 replies · 1,194+ views
    Salon ^ | 9/1/05 | Doug Bandow
    Opinion Look in the mirror, Mr. President A Reaganite Republican says Bush should apologize for his grievous failures on Iraq. - - - - - - - - - - - - By Doug Bandow July 28, 2005 | In the wake of the London bombings, President Bush continues his attempts to rally public support for his policies in Iraq. Instead, he should apologize to Americans for those policies. Republicans have been demanding a lot of apologies from Democrats recently. On "Meet the Press" on July 17, Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman said Democrats should apologize to Karl Rove...
  • Barbara Bush: It's Good Enough for the Poor

    09/07/2005 11:15:41 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 101 replies · 4,112+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sept 6, 2005 | John Nichols
    Barbara Bush: It's Good Enough for the Poor John Nichols Tue Sep 6, 1:08 PM ET The Nation -- Finally, we have discovered the roots of George W. Bush's "compassionate conservatism." On the heels of the president's "What, me worry?" response to the death, destruction and dislocation that followed upon Hurricane Katrina comes the news of his mother's Labor Day visit with hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston. Commenting on the facilities that have been set up for the evacuees -- cots crammed side-by-side in a huge stadium where the lights never go out and the sound of sobbing...
  • Why racial profiling doesn't work

    08/22/2005 2:29:41 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 52 replies · 1,861+ views
    Salon ^ | 8/22/05 | Kim Zetter
    Why racial profiling doesn't work Terrorist attacks have been carried out by people of all ethnicities. What police need to look for is strange behavior, not dark skin. - - - - - - - - - - - - By Kim Zetter Aug. 22, 2005 | By anyone's standard, Anne-Marie Murphy didn't look like a terrorist threat. In 1986, Murphy was a 32-year-old hotel chambermaid from Dublin, Ireland, who was six months pregnant and on her way to marry her fiancé in Israel. Authorities discovered a bomb in her carry-on bag as she boarded a plane in London on...
  • Bush gives the finger to the press!

    07/28/2005 11:14:48 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 42 replies · 2,066+ views
    One Good Move ^ | 7/28/05 | Staff
    To my knowledge, this is an undoctored video of President Bush flipping off the press!
  • The Academic Left and the Christian Right, Part II (common ground?)

    02/14/2005 4:11:19 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 23 replies · 551+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | Jan 4, 2005 | William J. Stuntz
    Font Size: The Academic Left and the Christian Right, Part II By William J. Stuntz Five weeks ago, I wrote a column ("Faculty Clubs and Church Pews") that suggested an odd political coalition: intellectuals and evangelicals. A lot of people have e-mailed me about that column, and a number of blogs have commented on it. For which I'm very grateful -- especially so since the comments have mostly been kind and generous. In the midst of all the kindness and generosity, though, one criticism crops up again and again: the idea is nuts. There simply can be no common ground...
  • Human Rights Watch: Torture Continues at Hands of New Government in Iraq

    01/25/2005 11:40:06 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 12 replies · 274+ views
    Human Rights Watch ^ | January 25, 2005 | HRW
    Iraq: Torture Continues at Hands of New Government Police Systematically Abusing Detainees (Baghdad, January 25, 2005) -- Iraqi security forces are committing systematic torture and other abuses against people in detention, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 94-page report, The New Iraq? Torture and Ill-treatment of Detainees in Iraqi Custody, documents how unlawful arrest, long-term incommunicado detention, torture and other ill-treatment of detainees (including children) by Iraqi authorities have become routine and commonplace. Human Rights Watch conducted interviews in Iraq with 90 detainees, 72 of whom alleged having been tortured or ill-treated, particularly under interrogation....
  • Levada takes heat over abuse inquiry Panel member resigns, says church suppressed results

    11/12/2004 10:05:52 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 5 replies · 386+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | November 12, 2004 | Don Lattin
    The founding chairman of a panel formed by San Francisco's Roman Catholic Archdiocese to look into allegations of priestly child abuse has resigned from the board, accusing church leaders of "deception, manipulation and control'' for refusing to release the investigation's results. James Jenkins, one of six members of the Independent Review Board and its chairman until last December, said Archbishop William Levada has blocked the release of the panel's findings on sexual-abuse allegations involving 40 priests. At least nine of those priests have agreed to refrain from "public ministry," the archdiocese said Thursday without identifying them. "There has been no...
  • Chart of Bush Approval vs Terror Warnings

    08/11/2004 4:07:02 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 17 replies · 1,186+ views
    JuliusBlog ^ | 8/5/04 | Julius Civitatus
    Chart of Bush Approval vs Terror Warnings
  • Californians road-tripping to register Nevada voters

    07/26/2004 10:03:36 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 9 replies · 526+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | July 26, 2004 | Joe Garofoli
    Californians road-tripping to register Nevada voters Home thought safe for Kerry, so focus is on swing states - Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer Monday, July 26, 2004 Las Vegas -- His shirt soaked with sweat after 21/2 hours of walking door-to-door in the 107-degree morning heat of Las Vegas, Santa Clara construction worker Dan Yoshida put down his clipboard and counted how many Nevadans he had registered to vote. Three. He had caravanned 10 hours with 24 other Bay Area residents to this most unsexy suburban corner of northwest Vegas to offer help in a "swing" state where polls say...
  • From hit to miss (Disney and America's Heart and Soul)

    07/23/2004 9:44:03 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 13 replies · 650+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 23, 2004 | Dan Glaister
    From hit to miss First Disney dropped Michael Moore's anti-Bush blockbuster Fahrenheit 9/11. Now it's got a huge patriotic flop on its hands. Dan Glaister finds out what went wrong Friday July 23, 2004 The Guardian One is a film that celebrates the wholesome things in American life: men on horseback, women weaving tapestries, oil well firefighters in Texas. The other is a film that highlights the strength and resilience of the American people even when its government is conspiring against it: mothers of teenage war veterans, hopeless youths stuck in middle America, trusting border guards patrolling remote frontiers for...
  • Five days in the life of an invisible war (Blood Money in Iraq?)

    07/19/2004 1:14:12 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 3 replies · 314+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 19, 2004 | The Guardian
    Five days in the life of an invisible war The rebels attack because the marines are there. The marines are there because the rebels attack. In an extraordinary dispatch, foreign correspondent of the year James Meek describes life in a Catch-22 world where a human life is valued at $500, the mercury rarely falls below 40 and the daily carnage goes largely unreported Monday July 19, 2004 The Guardian One morning earlier this month a fan turned too slowly to stir the air much in a dark little room in al-Karmah, a town west of Baghdad between Abu Ghraib and...
  • How Disney bypassed God to preach the gospel of dreams coming true

    07/19/2004 8:57:27 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 35 replies · 882+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 19, 2004 | Stephen Bates
    How Disney bypassed God to preach the gospel of dreams coming true Entrepreneur who became icon of family values shied away from religious imagery, and none of his company's theme parks contains a church Stephen Bates, religious affairs correspondent Monday July 19, 2004 The Guardian Disney may have colonised the imagination of the world's children for the best part of 80 years, but - remarkably in one of the world's most ostentatiously Christian countries - the entertainment company has done so without the aid of God, a new book points out. The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust and Pixie...
  • Does Torture Work? (Battle of Algiers)

    06/21/2004 9:18:48 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 67 replies · 725+ views
    Salon ^ | Darius Rejali
    Does torture work? The French military's use of torture in Algeria is often cited as a success story. But the real story is more complex. By Darius Rejali June 21, 2004 | Torture apologists point to one powerful example to counter all the arguments against torture: the Battle of Algiers. In 1956, the Algerian FLN (National Liberation Front) began a terrorist bombing campaign in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, killing many innocent civilians. In 1957, Gen. Jacques Massu and the French government began a counterinsurgency campaign in Algiers using torture. As English military theorist Brian Crozier put it, "By such...
  • Communion tied to Catholic loyalty - Colorado bishop bans sacrament if voters defy church

    05/14/2004 7:58:00 AM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 68 replies · 159+ views
    SF Chronicle / New York Times ^ | May 14, 2004 | Laurie Goodstein
    Communion tied to Catholic loyalty Colorado bishop bans sacrament if voters defy church Laurie Goodstein, New York Times Friday, May 14, 2004 ©2004 San Francisco Chronicle The Roman Catholic bishop of Colorado Springs has issued a pastoral letter saying that Catholic Americans should not receive Communion if they vote for politicians who defy church teaching by supporting abortion rights, same-sex marriage, euthanasia or stem-cell research. Several bishops in the United States have warned that they will deny Communion to Catholic politicians who fail to stand with the church, but Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs is believed to be the...
  • Condi's conundrum (questions you can expect Rice to be asked when she testifies...)

    03/31/2004 8:57:35 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 15 replies · 36+ views
    Salon ^ | March 31, 2004 | David Corn
    When Condoleezza Rice appears before the 9/11 commission, here's what she should be asked. - - - - - - - - - - - - By David Corn March 31, 2004 | After battling the 9/11 commission, the Bush White House has capitulated. For months, it claimed that National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice could not testify publicly and under oath before the commission because that would discourage future presidential advisors from providing no-holds-barred advice to the commander in chief. But in the wake of former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke's dramatic appearance before the commission, the Bush administration has suddenly...
  • National Catholic Reporter - The anti-Christian 'Passion of the Christ'

    03/18/2004 9:56:22 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 30 replies · 56+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | March 19, 2004 | TOM BEAUDOIN
    National Catholic Reporter The Independent Newsweekly Issue Date: March 19, 2004 Passion stirs passion Even before it opened, Mel Gibson?s movie ?The Passion of the Christ? was controversial, with some claiming the movie was anti-Semitic or could fuel latent anti-Semitism. The controversy has not been put to rest with the movie?s opening. In their discussion of the historical truth of the Gospels, the movie?s portrait of Christ and Christianity and the charge of anti-Semitism, these writers (Miller, Beaudoin and Tapia) reflect some of the divergent responses the movie has occasioned. -- Margot Patterson, opinion editor The anti-Christian 'Passion of the...
  • The origins of Trader Joe's and why Americans don't drink more wine

    03/04/2004 11:47:11 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 48 replies · 2,083+ views
    NapaNews ^ | February 26, 2004 | PAUL FRANSON
    The origins of Trader Joe's and why Americans don't drink more wine By PAUL FRANSON Register Correspondent At the recent Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, some of us had the pleasure of meeting the real Trader Joe and hearing how he started the cultish chain. To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, the California Association of Winegrape Growers invited Joe Coloumbe to address at its annual meeting. Telling a tale worthy of PBS's "Nova," he enthralled the audience about why the Little Ice Age kept Americans from drinking wine, how the breakdown of an international monetary agreement affects the wine...
  • The passion of Howard Stern

    03/04/2004 9:20:12 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 50 replies · 1,121+ views
    Salon ^ | March 4, 2004 | Eric Boehlert
    The passion of Howard Stern The shock jock says radio colossus Clear Channel fired him because he criticized George Bush -- and he's sure as hell not going to go quietly. - - - - - - - - - - - - By Eric Boehlert March 4, 2004 | From the moment last week when Clear Channel Communications suspended Howard Stern's syndicated morning show from the company's radio stations, denouncing it as "vulgar, offensive and insulting," speculation erupted that the move had more to do with Stern's politics than his raunchy shock-jock shtick. Stern's loyal listeners, Clear Channel foes...
  • What will Rudy say to his gay friends?

    02/26/2004 11:02:49 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 20 replies · 100+ views
    Salon ^ | Feb 26, 2004 | Eric Boehlert
    What will Rudy say to his gay friends? Speculation that Bush might replace unpopular veep Dick Cheney with the popular -- and extremely gay-friendly -- Rudolph Giuliani came to an abrupt halt when the president called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. - - - - - - - - - - - - By Eric Boehlert Feb. 26, 2004 | Whether President Bush's decision to back a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages will hurt his Democratic opponent in the 2004 election campaign remains to be seen. But it's clear that the White House announcement was a setback for...
  • Cartoon steps into the real world (reward for National Guard witnesses)

    02/24/2004 10:43:24 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 12 replies · 48+ views
    BBC News Online Magazine ^ | 24 February, 2004 | Giles Wilson
    Cartoon steps into the real world By Giles Wilson BBC News Online Magazine Can a mere cartoon strip change the world? Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau is putting his money where his characters' mouths are and may well find out. Garry Trudeau has been one of the most influential and persistent voices of liberal America since he started drawing his Doonesbury cartoon strip in 1970. And yet, before the last US presidential election, he was backing George Bush. The reason was simple. Like all satirists, he said, he was hoping for a Bush victory because "Gore's a moving target; Bush is...
  • A GOP trickster rents Al Sharpton

    02/05/2004 4:20:14 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 10 replies · 221+ views
    Salon Magazine ^ | Feb 3, 2004 | Joe Conason
    A GOP trickster rents Al Sharpton The pompadoured preacher's alliance with a right-wing operative may delight conservatives but should disgust his constituents. - - - - - - - - - - - - By Joe Conason Feb. 3, 2004 | In the twilight zone of political chicanery, operatives often cooperate across ideological lines. Whenever their interests coincide, seasoned mischief-makers can set aside superficial disagreements to harass a common enemy. To anyone familiar with the buccaneering careers of Al Sharpton and Roger Stone, their convergence in the 2004 presidential campaign is not quite as "unlikely" as the New York Times...
  • Opening statements begin in hit-and-run trial of Roman Catholic bishop in Phoenix

    01/20/2004 3:31:08 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 2 replies · 79+ views
    AP - SFgate ^ | January 20, 2004 | WALTER BERRY
    <p>Bishop Thomas O'Brien slammed into a pedestrian with his Buick last summer and sped off without even stopping, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday at the start of the clergyman's hit-and-run trial.</p> <p>Prosecutor Anthony Novitsky said fibers from the victim's shirt were found embedded in O'Brien's smashed-in windshield. Hair, tissue and blood from the pedestrian were also found on the car, he said.</p>
  • Neo-Conservatism, Hard Core

    01/13/2004 3:59:40 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 21 replies · 148+ views
    IPS News ^ | Jan 12, 2004 | Jim Lobe
    Neo-Conservatism, Hard Core Analysis - By Jim Lobe If hard-core neo-conservatives Richard Perle and David Frum had their way, the Bush administration would be issuing ultimatums on virtually a daily basis. WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (IPS) - In their new book, 'An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror', Perle, the well-connected former chairman of the Defence Policy Board (DPB), and Frum, a former White House speechwriter, call for the administration to, among many other things: - Actively promote, presumably through direct action, the secession of the oil-rich eastern province of Saudi Arabia, unless the Saudi government provides...
  • "No President has ever done more for human rights than I have."

    01/12/2004 1:30:57 PM PST · by Stone Mountain · 68 replies · 395+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 1/12/04 | Lloyd Grove
    W & aides broadcast media hate He didn't free the slaves. He didn't rid the world of Hitler. He didn't even - like his father - preside over the destruction of the Berlin Wall. Yet George W. Bush tells New Yorker writer Ken Auletta: "No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." With stunners like that, no wonder he spends so little time with journalists. The President's eyebrow-raising assertion comes during some Oval Office chitchat after Auletta - writing about the testy relations between the Bush White House and the news media - sits in on...
  • Sex-club raid called 'harassment'

    12/10/2003 9:49:22 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 242 replies · 362+ views
    The Arizona Republic ^ | Dec. 9, 2003 | Dennis Wagner
    <p>Phoenix police raided a controversial social club again Saturday and arrested the manager in an ongoing dispute over whether swingers have a constitutional right to openly engage in sex at the establishment.</p> <p>"Uniformed officers had to ask people to stop fornicating after they entered the room," said Assistant City Attorney Jimmy Hays, describing activities at Club Chameleon. "They found patent sex acts, open and obvious, occurring on the premises."</p>
  • Bullet fired during KKK ceremony hits participant

    11/24/2003 11:41:48 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 11 replies · 102+ views
    AP (Salon) ^ | Nov. 24, 2003 | AP
    Bullet fired during KKK ceremony hits participant Nov. 24, 2003 | JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A bullet fired in the air during a Ku Klux Klan initiation ceremony came down and struck a participant in the head, critically injuring him, authorities said. Gregory Allen Freeman, 45, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in the Saturday night incident that wounded Jeffery S. Murr, 24. About 10 people, including two children, had gathered for the ceremony. The man who was being initiated was blindfolded, tied with a noose to a tree and shot with paintball guns as Freeman fired...