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  • IRS Attack Against Tea Party Assaulted Civility

    05/17/2013 12:17:53 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 51 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 16 May 2013 | Editorial
    Democracy: The IRS targeting of Tea Party groups is mind-boggling not only for its abuse of government power. It's also disturbing for what it intended to do: destroy civil society, opening a door for tyranny. The formation in 2009 of hundreds of Tea Party groups at the rallying cry of CNBC news editor Rick Santelli, from places as diverse as Lowell, Mass., Pleasanton, Calif., Asheville, N.C., Yuma, Ariz., and Lincoln, Neb., among hundreds of others, was a spontaneous reaction by ordinary American citizens to an overspending, oversized government whose overreach called into question its constitutionality. Yet it was these very...
  • Dick's Supermarket ( Another KC Vanity Post)

    02/15/2013 9:07:07 PM PST · by KittenClaws · 47 replies
    Kitten Claws | Today | Kitten Claws
    As I walked through the Supermarket today, I passed through the isle that was full of children's toys of all kinds. Little racing cars, coloring books, transformers, Barbie dolls and baby dolls, stuffed bears, plastic airplanes, little ponies, bouncing balls, basketballs and something called slime. There were several children there, taking full advantage of the bounty as if it were provided for free. One opened a package of baubles that I could not identify while the other drooled on a basketball before throwing it in the general direction of the other child. And my old mind could not help but...
  • The Power of Civil Society

    10/08/2011 8:35:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2011 | Ed Feulner
    Conservatives and liberals clash frequently on a wide array of issues, from taxes to trade, from deficits to defense. But their greatest conflict may lie in their contrasting attitudes toward civil society. Conservatives regard the institutions of civil society -- families, churches and communities -- as sources of hope and renewal. Self-styled "progressives" see these institutions as seedbeds of prejudice and ignorance. Conservatives believe that poverty stems largely from a lack of spiritual resources, resources that are typically transmitted through private, voluntary groups. Progressives view poverty as a simple lack of resources. Conservatives believe that social justice is best pursued...
  • WikiLeaks founder warns of huge leak as last resort

    01/30/2011 4:36:27 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 69 replies
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | January 30, 2011 | N/A
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Sunday detailed a plan to release a deluge of secret documents should the whistleblower website be permanently shut down. In an exclusive interview with CBS News's "60 Minutes," Assange said his group had a "system whereby we distribute encrypted backups of things we have yet to publish." "There are backups distributed amongst many, many people, 100,000 people, and all we need to do is give them an encrypted key and they will be able to continue on," he said. The WikiLeaks founder, who is currently under US criminal investigation over the leaking of hundreds of...
  • Morning Bell: Libel is No Path to a Civil Society

    01/10/2011 7:53:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | January 10, 2011 | The Heritage Foundation
    All of us at The Heritage Foundation were profoundly saddened by the tragedy that occurred this past Saturday morning in Tucson, Arizona. We mourn all of those who lost their lives and are praying for a full recovery by all of the surviving victims. As Speaker John Boehner said Saturday, “An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve.” Unfortunately, some have chosen to use this tragedy for political gain. Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, the Democrat who refused to enforce SB 1070, told FOX News‘ Megyn Kelly this weekend that the shooting was caused by...
  • UN mulls internet regulation options

    12/19/2010 6:19:42 AM PST · by TheRevolution1776 · 9 replies
    itNews for Australian Business ^ | Dec 17, 2010 9:51 AM | John Hilvert
    The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonize global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet. Establishment of such a group has the backing of several countries, spearheaded by Brazil. At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would attempt to create global standards for policing the internet - specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks. The Brazilian delegate stressed, however, that this should not be seen as a call for a "takeover" of the internet. India,...
  • The Glenn Beck solution: turn to God. It is not so easy.

    08/30/2010 7:28:32 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 83 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 30th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Do you believe in God? Every time I answer the question honestly I lose friends. Still I tell the truth: I don’t believe in God. I don’t believe in the evolution either. I just believe we don’t have enough knowledge to know the world yet. If you are still reading, I appreciate your tolerance. Glenn Beck’s answer to America’s troubles is turning to God. Where does it leave us: the non believers? Beck’s solution reminds me of my godmother, who is a nun in an Eastern Orthodox Monastery on the Balkans. When I visited her she answered every question...
  • Earth Charter undone: Henry Lamb explains how town nixed 'syrupy' eco scheme

    04/21/2002 1:32:57 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 40 replies · 477+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Sunday, April 21, 2002 | Henry Lamb
    Sanibel, Fla., was one of the first U.S. cities to endorse the Earth Charter nearly a year ago as a part of Earth Day celebrations. It was also the first U.S. city to withdraw its endorsement. This controversial document, promoted by Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong for a decade, is seen by many to be an effort to create a new "16 Commandments" to serve as the foundation for a new global religion. Sanibel citizens were not happy about the endorsement. Forty-two citizens and five former mayors signed an open letter, published in a local newspaper, demanding that the endorsement...
  • Revenge of the Dirty Dozen: 12 Policies that Undermine Civil Society

    11/13/2009 4:13:47 AM PST · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 1,182+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | November 9, 2009 | Katherine Bradley and Chuck Donovan
    Last April, The Heritage Foundation released a WebMemo titled "The Dirty Dozen: 12 New Policies That Undermine Civil Society."[1] Seven months later, many of these policies being advocated by Congress and the President have moved closer to becoming law. In addition, several new issues have emerged that deserve illumination. Taken as a whole, these policies serve to undermine traditional families, devalue life and human dignity, and weaken civil society in American life. National PolicyMassive Expansion of the Welfare State. Within his first two years in office, President Obama will have increased spending on means-tested programs for the poor by 30...
  • Ignorance is a B.A.

    12/05/2008 11:20:54 AM PST · by bs9021 · 9 replies · 501+ views
    Campus Report ^ | December 5, 2008 | Jesse Masai
    Ignorance is a B.A. by: Jesse Masai, December 05, 2008 Americans, including elected officials, earn a failing grade when tested on American history and economics. The recently-released third Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) Report on Civic Literacy suggests there is an epidemic of historical, political and economic ignorance in America and that colleges ought to be the main part of the cure. “Fewer than half of all Americans can name all three branches of government, a minimal requirement for understanding America’s constitutional system,” reads the report referring to its test of civic literacy in which liberals score 49%, conservatives 48%, and...
  • The Pathology of Presidentialism

    08/25/2008 10:54:57 AM PDT · by Publius · 16 replies · 115+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 25 August 2008 | David Sirota
    You have to hand it to John McCain — his campaign ads are (inadvertently) the most incisive commentary on the death of Jeffersonian democracy ever broadcast. Superficially, they lambaste Barack Obama's worshipful crowds and messianic promises that a heavenly "light will shine down" on his candidacy. But what the ads really lampoon is what Vanderbilt Professor Dana Nelson calls Presidentialism: our paternalistic view that presidents are godlike saviors — and therefore democracy's only important figures. "The once-every-four-years hope for the lever pull sensation of democratic power blinds people to the opportunities for democratic representation, deliberation, activism and change that surrounds...
  • Other Russia Vows It Will Hold March

    12/14/2006 3:22:21 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 2 replies · 271+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | December 15, 2006 | Maria Levitov
    The Other Russia, a coalition of opposition groups, vowed Thursday that it would defy the authorities and press on with its March of Dissenters on Saturday. Moscow officials this month banned the march, which is meant to protest what opposition leaders describe as Russia's slide into the authoritarian abyss. United Civil Front leader Garry Kasparov blasted the city for trying to shut down the demonstration, citing federal law No. 54. "This is an absolute violation of our constitutional rights," Kasparov said. Kasparov, a former chess champion, spoke with other members of The Other Russia at a news conference at the...
  • Furious Villagers Take on Moscow City Hall (Russian Protests against Property Confiscations)

    06/20/2006 2:28:26 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 21 replies · 569+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | June 21, 2006 | Nabi Abdullaev
    A ramshackle plywood house on a plot worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the edge of Moscow is at the center of a fierce battle that is pitting its residents and several federal officials against the seemingly omnipotent Moscow government. The outcome promises to show how far and for how long politicians are ready to support a real grassroots protest. The case could also help raise the status of the Public Chamber as a defender of public interests. "This is the barbaric persecution of us here. My mom had to be treated by doctors and is now resting at...
  • Police Pull Over Cars During Drivers' Protest (Russia)

    02/13/2006 10:12:50 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 10 replies · 283+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | February 13, 2006 | Carl Schreck
    Traffic police stopped hundreds of drivers for document checks and purported traffic violations in western Moscow on Sunday, breaking up a protest of at least 1,000 drivers over the conviction of a fellow driver and the use of flashing blue lights and sirens on bureaucrats' cars. In all, thousands of drivers took to the streets across the country over the weekend to denounce VIP cars and the conviction of Oleg Shcherbinsky in the car crash that killed Altai Governor Mikhail Yevdokimov last year, said the rally's organizer, the Free Choice Motorists' Movement, a nongovernmental organization. Similar grassroots protests have been...
  • National Protests Set for Sunday (Russia)

    02/10/2006 11:23:32 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 7 replies · 216+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | February 10, 2006 | Francesca Mereu
    Thousands of drivers intend to honk their horns and jam streets on Sunday, while scores of other people plan to gather in protest on Pushkin Square and at other locations across the country. In a possible sign of things to come, the protests are being organized not by any political party but by grassroots organizations that are frustrated with the authorities and no longer feel they can count on the parties for help. The drivers aim to express their indignation over the recent conviction of a driver in the car crash that killed Altai Governor Mikhail Yevdokimov, while the others...
  • NGO Crackdown in Iran (Ahmadinejad Orders)

    01/14/2006 9:25:42 PM PST · by Khashayar · 12 replies · 1,868+ views
    roozonline.com ^ | Sunday, Jan 15, 2006 | Shahram Rafizadeh
    Iran's hardline Interior Ministry has decided to control and crackdown the NGOs by preparing a list of groups that it claims are planning to overthrow the Islamic regime. Conservative Qods daily has exposed a plan by the ministry to deal with Iranian NGOs. Based on Qod’s report, the Interior Ministry has accused some NGOs of misusing money, supporting members of the former government of Khatami and secretly communicating with foreign agents. During the last days of President Mohammad Khatami's reform government, Ashraf Boroujerdi, social affairs deputy at the Interior Ministry had stressed the existence of plans to fight NGOs and...
  • Iran, Blogging Against the Regime

    01/14/2006 5:18:16 AM PST · by Khashayar · 16 replies · 466+ views
    Iran va Jahan ^ | Saturday, January 14, 2006
    Described by Reporters Sans Frontieres as "the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East" -- where, in the last six years, 41 daily newspapers have been banned -- Iran has long lacked a public forum for independent voices. But it hasn't been immune to the user-driven web revolution. In April 2003, Iran became the first government to imprison a blogger: Sina Motallebi of the popular weblog RoozNegar.com. (Despite anti-censorship public outcry, the Iranian government still uses extensive filtering to block out Internet content deemed inappropriate.) It seems that as the regime has tried to crack down on "immorality," dissent...
  • Russian MPs act to 'curb' NGOs

    11/23/2005 11:52:13 AM PST · by lizol · 14 replies · 380+ views
    BBC News ^ | 23 November 2005
    Russian MPs act to 'curb' NGOs Russia's lower house of parliament has backed in principle a bill that will give the state greater control over non-governmental organisations. In a 370-18 vote, the State Duma approved in the first reading the bill that would require all NGOs to re-register with a state commission. The bill's sponsors say the aim is to prevent money laundering and improve financial oversight. NGOs say it will significantly curb their activities. More than 1,000 NGOs have been urging the house to reject the bill. It is clear that the Kremlin is determined to crack down on...
  • Freeper Investigation: Original Intent and Constitutional Jurisprudence

    09/18/2005 9:30:23 PM PDT · by betty boop · 204 replies · 2,964+ views
    Freeper Research Project | September 19, 2005 | Jean F. Drew
    Freeper Investigation: Original Intent and Constitutional Jurisprudence by Jean F. Drew English and Anglo-American law’s core principle is the opposition to abusive power as exercised by the state. As Dan Gifford writes in “The Conceptual Foundations of Anglo-American Jurisprudence in Religion and Reason,” “The law is not the law regardless if it be good, bad, or indifferent. There is a higher moral law, originating within ancient Jewish law, which requires individual responsibility for opposing evil and promoting goodness. It is from this basic tenet that English law and Anglo-American law embody the following principle: The individual has rights against the...
  • Civil Society To Cuba’s Rescue

    07/12/2005 1:13:40 PM PDT · by CAWats · 3 replies · 345+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | 07/12/05 | CAWats
    Democracy: As Cuba digs out from one of the worst hurricane sever to hit the island, Fidel Castro faces a new challenge to his tyranny. It’s not just the failure of Cuba’s infrastructure. It’s also what’s filling the void. That something is the use of technology as a lifeline to the construction of a civil society. As Hurricane Dennis slammed through Cuba, an interesting change happened: Cubans lost their fear of the state and provided minute-by-minute reporting about conditions by cell phone, e-mail or short-wave radio on the hurricane to their Miami brethren.
  • Young Entrepreneurs of the Americas: Forum for the Participation of Civil Society

    05/07/2005 12:56:11 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 7 replies · 301+ views
    IDB YOUTH TO HOLD VIRTUAL FORUM ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP DURING MAY IN PREPARATION FOR FOURTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS Young Entrepreneurs of the Americas: Forum for the Participation of Civil Society The Inter-American Development Bank will hold a series of virtual forums May 2-27 to promote a wide dialogue on the concerns of young entrepreneurs and business people have related to employment in Latin America and the Caribbean.All young people who would like to discuss and make recommendations on employment, competitiveness, business environments, education, technology, leadership, good citizenship, and democracy are welcome to participate. Members of the IDB Youth Network can...
  • SITUATION IN COMMUNIST CUBA

    04/24/2005 8:16:16 PM PDT · by captainrp · 12 replies · 671+ views
    Subject: Situation in Communist Cuba Date: April 20, 2005 at 10:18 pm PST A group of organizations inside Cuba are planning to have large demonstrations for democracy and human rights on May 20th 2005 in Havana, Cuba. Castro's crimes against humanity and democracy have to stop. Please talk to your congressman, newsmedia and others to support and protect this unprecedented demonstration in Cuba. The Assembly to Promote Civil Society in Cuba is a coalition of 365 independent civil society groups within Cuba, which can be truthfully called non-governmental organizations. All these groups – although having solicited official recognition, have been...
  • Bashkortostan: Opposition Denounces ‘Dictatorship’ At Moscow Protest

    04/08/2005 12:50:23 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 30 replies · 511+ views
    RFERL ^ | 04-08-2005 | Claire Bigg
    This week, over 200 protesters from the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan gathered in Moscow to call for the dismissal of Bashkir President Murtaza Rakhimov. Bashkortostan’s opposition accuses the president and the republic’s authorities of human-rights abuses and corruption. But its demands are likely to fall on deaf ears.
  • The real people behind people power (is Bush orchestrating the revolutions in former Soviet states?)

    04/05/2005 7:37:04 AM PDT · by dead · 14 replies · 828+ views
    The Guardian via SMH ^ | April 6, 2005 | John Laughland
    The US is turning on old friends in Europe, writes John Laughland. Before he denounced the "prevailing influence" of the US in the "anti-constitutional coup" that overthrew him, President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan used an interesting phrase to attack those who were stirring up trouble in the drug-ridden Ferghana Valley. A criminal "third force", linked to the drug mafia, was struggling to gain power. Originally a label for covert operatives shoring up apartheid in South Africa before it was adopted by the US-backed "pro-democracy" movement in Iran in November 2001, the third force is also the title of a book...
  • Iraq : U.S.-Backed Iraqi Exiles Return to Reinvent Nation

    05/03/2003 8:40:43 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 222+ views
    NYT via Yahoo! News ^ | 05/03/03 | DOUGLAS JEHL
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  • Civil society, PA-style

    08/14/2002 3:58:38 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 169+ views
    National Post ^ | Augustus 14 2002
    This is what passes for political dialogue in the Palestinian Authority. At secret meetings in Gaza this month, delegates from 13 Palestinian groups, together known as the Higher Committee of National and Islamic Forces, tried to cobble together a draft unity platform for reforming Yasser Arafat's corrupt administration. But apparently, all they could agree on was that terrorism is fantastic. "We stress the legitimacy of our resistance against the aggression and the occupation, and the Israeli settlements," a draft document reads. The only dispute is over what should be blown up. Some groups reportedly want to end suicide bombings against...
  • Self-Government and the Distinctive Character of American Civil Society

    04/01/2002 4:00:36 PM PST · by Fzob · 1 replies · 228+ views
    Ideas on Liberty ^ | February 9, 2002 | Hans Eicholz
    Self-Government and the Distinctive Character of American Civil SocietyPosted on February 9, 2002by Hans Eicholz Hans Eicholz is a Liberty Fund senior fellow and author of Harmonizing Sentiments: The Declaration of Independence and the Jeffersonian Idea of Self-Government (Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2001). When America resisted British taxation, Parliament was amused. The Americans would get their comeuppance by force of arms because America had forsaken the law and order of the empire. As days moved to weeks, and weeks to months, the amusement changed to frustration and the frustration to shock. Edmund Burke explained why: We were confident, that the...