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  • Players Are Not Cool With Australian Open Heat Policy (only one stoppage in four brutal days)

    01/17/2014 9:30:20 AM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 17, 2014 | Greg Bishop
    MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian Sauna Championships continued Friday, disguised as a Grand Slam tennis tournament. Advancement here depended on survival, on remaining upright, on shade and hydration and on the coolest accessory in sports, something called an ice vest. Much of the first week of the Australian Open had unfolded like an extreme sport. For four days, starting Tuesday, the temperature climbed over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). It was the longest heat wave in the Melbourne area in more than 100 years, according to the Herald Sun. The newspaper said 243 people had gone to the hospital for...
  • Rice: No time to think about Benghazi 'false controversy'

    12/23/2013 7:44:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 98 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/13 | Peter Sullivan
    National Security Advisor Susan Rice expressed no regrets over her interviews following the assault on the American consolate in Benghazi, Libya, saying she does not have time to think about an issue blown out of proportion. [WATCH VIDEO] “I don’t have time to think about a false controversy,” Rice said in an interview that aired Sunday night on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” “In the midst of all of the swirl about things like talking points, the administration’s been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security of our embassies and our facilities. That’s what we ought to be...
  • Playoff selection snit shouldn't overshadow the last season of BCS

    10/08/2013 11:37:17 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 8, 2013, 11:10 a.m. | Chris Dufresne
    It seems almost sacrilege that controversy over a new college football playoff system should be allowed to overshadow the last season of the controversial BCS. The BCS deserves center stage as it takes its last walk down the halls of horror. All this talk about whether Condoleezza Rice should be on a selection panel she has not yet been named to yet is a slap in the face to a BCS system that for 15 years has misfired more often than a Yugo. The first BCS Standings will be released Oct. 20 -- that's only a week from Sunday. Shouldn't...
  • Quebec Kippah Ban Stokes Controversy in Ethnic 'Tapestry' Canada

    09/22/2013 1:53:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Quebec’s separatist government is betting on broad popular support with a proposal that prohibits public workers from wearing headscarves, skullcaps and other religious symbols, yet it is dividing the movement that advocates independence from Canada. The proposal, unveiled by the ruling Parti Quebecois last week, plays with the explosive issue of minority rights in a part of Canada, a country that prides itself as being a tapestry of immigrants rather than a U.S.-style melting pot. The government’s proposed Charter of Quebec Values would ban teachers, doctors and other public workers from wearing highly visible religious symbols, including yarmulkes, headscarves and...
  • Dunkin’ Donuts ‘Charcoal Donut’ ad dubbed racist; causing international controversy

    08/31/2013 7:58:11 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 25 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | 8 -31- 2013 | Janeen Capizola
    One of the world’s leading human rights groups is upset over a new “bizarre and racist” donut ad airing in Thailand claiming Americans would “howl” with outrage if we saw it. Which we won’t because Dunkin’ Donuts Thailand and America are separate organizations. Dunkin’ Donuts in Thailand has launched a new ad for its “Charcoal Donut” that features “a female model with dark skin and bright pink lips,” the Daily Mail reported. Dunkin Donuts ad Photo Credit: The Daily Mail. “It’s both bizarre and racist that Dunkin’ Donuts thinks that it must color a woman’s skin black and accentuate her...
  • Forgery of The Century? Israel in Decade-Long War Over Biblical Artifacts

    08/22/2013 4:32:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Fox News ve=1 ^ | August 19, 2013 | Sasha Bogursky
    A 10-year legal battle is drawing to a close in the Holy Land over several astounding biblical relics, including a limestone box said to have held the bones of the purported brother of Jesus and the first-ever relic of biblical King Solomon's First Temple. But are they real or the greatest hoax in a hundred years? Last year, the Israel Antiquities Authority failed to prove in court that the items were forged by antiquities collector Oded Golan. Now the IAA seems to have changed its tune, and the two parties found themselves in court again in early August. Now Israel...
  • Rodeo Clowns- Then and Now

    08/20/2013 9:00:22 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 August 2013 | Reaganite Republican
  • Lech Walesa shocks Poland with anti-gay words

    03/03/2013 11:08:43 PM PST · by MaryLou1 · 72 replies
    AP ^ | 3/3/2013 | VANESSA GERA
    "Walesa said in a television interview on Friday that he believes gays have no right to sit on the front benches in Parliament and, if represented at all, should sit in the back, "and even behind a wall." "They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things. And not rise to the greatest heights, the greatest hours, the greatest provocations, spoiling things for the others and taking (what they want) from the majority," he told the private broadcaster TVN during a discussion of gay rights. "I don't agree to this and I will never...
  • Intimidation, Threats Take Place of Civil Discourse

    05/25/2012 8:57:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/22/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Last week, Heartland Institute CEO Joe Bast said in a letter on the organization's website that donors to Heartland in the past two years have been the subject of hate mail, letter-writing and telephone campaigns, and online petitions demanding that they stop funding the think tank. The letter highlighted an emerging strategy of some individuals and groups who think that winning the debate isn’t the goal — instead the endgame is putting the other side out of business. The United States Supreme Court ruled that people's privacy is protected when they join private groups. While discussing the 1958 Supreme Court...
  • Climate, Controversy And Strangers On A Plane

    03/29/2012 9:14:16 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | March 29, 2012 | Adam Frank
    He looked like a former linebacker, tall and solidly built. After stowing his wife's luggage in the overhead, he squeezed past me, sat down and looked straight at the astronomy textbook I was reading. "You're a scientist?" he asked. "Are you involved in that big controversy over climate?" I looked into his face and could see he wasn't angry or hostile or combative. He seemed like a good guy and, by the way his wife gently rolled her eyes, I could see he liked to talk. So I took a chance and replied. "What controversy?" What followed was a long...
  • Navy ship-naming by Secretary mired in controversy The USS John Murtha?

    02/15/2012 7:54:31 AM PST · by bestintxas · 31 replies
    Am Thinker ^ | 2/15/12 | Rick Moran
    The USS Medgar Evers? The USS John Murtha? The USS Cesar Chavez? Our Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus, has this diversity thing down cold. Each one of those ships was in a class that previous names of their sister ships had nothing to do with civil rights, or corrupt Democratic politicians. Ships are usually named after states, cities, even famous explorers and war heroes. But Mabus has injected partisanship into this tradition, naming another ship for Democrat Gabriel Giffords, who has shown courage in her recovery from an assassination attempt but had expressed little interest in the military during her career...
  • Palin on Obama's Contraception Controversy

    02/15/2012 8:51:08 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies · 1+ views
    February 14, 2012 Palin on Obama's contraception controversy Former Alaska governor takes on president's 'accommodation' to the Catholic Church and why battle is not over
  • Growing Controversy Over Gingrich's Reagan Connection

    January 26, 2012 Growing controversy over Gingrich's Reagan connection Michael Reagan weighs in
  • Soros Surfaces on the Edge of White House Controversy Involving LightSquared

    Billionaire financier and liberal activist George Soros has been financially linked to LightSquared, which is at the center of allegations that the White House pressured a Pentagon commander to change his prepared congressional testimony to benefit the Virginia-based telecom company that once received a $90,000 investment from President Obama. LightSquared is seeking to establish a new wireless broadband network that many, including Air Force Gen. William Shelton, believe could interfere with critical GPS systems used by the U.S. military. But Shelton, head of Space Command, confided to lawmakers that he thought his testimony had been leaked to LightSquared, and that...
  • Obama: Planned Parenthood Controversy ‘Manufactured’

    02/21/2011 11:56:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/21/11 | NBC 12
    Planned Parenthood has already fired one employee and has instituted re-training for their entire national staff due to this "manufactured" story.
  • Body Scanner Controversy Making Bang Within the Corporate Media

    11/17/2010 8:10:25 AM PST · by FS11 · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Intel Hub ^ | 11-17-10 | Ambellas
    Napolitano asks fliers for ‘patience’ on body scanners The nation’s Homeland Security chief asked for air travelers’ “cooperation” and “patience” with full-body scanning and pat downs this holiday season amid a growing public backlash that the airport tactics are intrusive. “Each and every one of the security measures we implement serves an important goal,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano writes in a column for today’s USA TODAY, which asks the public to be a partner in defending against terrorism. Will the Dept. of Homeland Security drop the hammer on the unhappy U.S. population and go against the people’s wishes? Will...
  • In wake of NPR controversy, Fox News gives Juan Williams an expanded role

    10/21/2010 2:14:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 10/21/10 | Matea Gold
    The cable news network signs the analyst to a new three-year contract for nearly $2 million. Meanwhile, conservative figures blast the public radio network for its response to Williams' comments about Muslims. Reporting from Washington — As National Public Radio weathered a storm of criticism Thursday for its decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams for his comments about Muslims, Fox News moved aggressively to turn the controversy to its advantage by signing Williams to an expanded role at the cable news network. Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes handed Williams a new three-year contract Thursday morning, in a deal...
  • Lack of Foresight Lets Mosque Controversy Balloon (Just a few phone calls would have avoided it)

    08/18/2010 4:02:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/18/2010 | Johnah Goldberg
    The Ground Zero mosque controversy is one of the stupidest debates of our time. I don’t mean the substance of the debate (though there’s no shortage of stupidity on that front either). I mean that we are having it at all. The CIA usually defends its existence by pointing out that we never hear about its successes, only its failures. The bombs that don’t go off don’t make headlines. Politics works the same way. Good politicians instinctively see down the road and around the corner. Great politicians do this not just with political headaches but with weighty affairs as well....
  • Upside Down American Flag Upsets Neighbors

    05/30/2010 8:40:33 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies · 1,338+ views
    WFTV ^ | May 30, 2010 | WFTV
    OCOEE, Fla. -- In Ocoee, American flags can be seen flying proudly along the city's streets, ahead of the holiday honoring the men and women who have served this country in the armed forces. But an upside down flag on Bluford Avenue is causing some controversy.
  • A Modest Proposal to Promote Domestic Tranquility

    05/21/2010 9:47:54 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 2 replies · 299+ views
    Opinion Forum ^ | May 20, 2010 | Dan Miller
    Huff and Puff and down fall the houses of falsehood Here [link] is a truly fascinating article from Huffington Post by Jim Taylor, PhD in psychology and lecturer at the University of San Francisco, a well known bastion of unbiased intellectual thought. Mr.* Taylor complains that the sources of information nowadays are too many, too prolific and too motivated by politics and/or ideology, and that we lack the resources, intellectual and otherwise, to distinguish “facts” from “falsehoods” and from opinion. President Obama recently said much the same. They are, of course, [right] correct.
  • Sunset S/S 2010: Tugce Kazaz by Koray Birand (Controversial Miss Turkey models swimwear)

    04/08/2010 8:15:19 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 8 replies · 954+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Apr 8th, 2010 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    The languid warm days of summer and the beach beckon: Former Miss Turkey, and a bit of controversial model in her own right, Tugce Kazaz, looks fabulously well showing off the delicious Sunset S/S 2010 collection of super stylish, cosmopolitan and flirty, and always sexy beachwear, swimwear and swimsuits.
  • Apex Teacher Suspended After Parents Question Facebook Comments

    02/16/2010 2:32:18 AM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 20 replies · 1,629+ views
    wral.com ^ | 2/15/2010 | Adam Owens, Capital Broadcasting Co
    Apex, N.C. — An eighth-grade teacher at West Lake Middle School in Apex has been suspended for five days with pay pending an investigation, Wake County school officials said Monday. School district spokesman Greg Thomas would not go into details over Melissa Hussain’s suspension due to employee confidentiality obligations, but a parent said the concern started as the class was learning about evolution and some students challenged the teacher on Christian beliefs. Following the evolution discussion, Hussain wrote on her Facebook page that a student left a Bible on her desk with a card that read Merry Christmas with “Christ”...
  • Underground Democrats Get Nasty!

    12/31/2009 8:21:07 PM PST · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 32 replies · 1,414+ views
    ConservativeAmerican.org ^ | 12/31/9 | Peter Andrew
    Getting nasty at the ultra-liberal Democratic Underground website is nothing new. This time one of their "posters" decided to go after our Obama Death Count story and our list of soldiers who have died since January 20th, 2009. I guess we hit a little bit too close to home for them. The truth hurts! You can read the Obama Death Count story by clicking here to see what all the fuss is about. Our January post, written days after the inauguration, pointed out the stupidity of the Bush Death Counts the left kept. It clearly states we are using the...
  • Obama’s Ambassadorial Nominee Receives Heavy Scrutiny

    12/25/2009 7:13:39 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 7 replies · 614+ views
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 12/25/2009 | Personal Liberty Desk
    President Barack Obama has nominated Mari Carmen Aponte to become the next ambassador of El Salvador, a decade after she was forced to withdrawal her name from consideration for a similar post following concerns about alleged ties to Cuba, Newsmax.com reports. A former FBI official told Fox News that Aponte’s 1998 nomination by president Clinton began receiving attention after the foreign relations panel questioned her about a past relationship with Roberto Tamayo, who was alleged to have "possible ties to the Cuban government" and made "repeated trips there." Current White House spokesman Tommy Vietor responded, "as has been previously reported,...
  • Is ABC's new sci-fi show anti-Obama?

    11/04/2009 8:19:02 AM PST · by nutsonthebus · 52 replies · 1,975+ views
    www.daveweinbaum.com ^ | Nov. 4, 2009 | ABC
    "V" takes on Obamamania. Clip at www.daveweinbaum.com.
  • Why is the local NAACP trying to abridge my right to FREE SPEECH?

    11/04/2009 4:29:03 AM PST · by nutsonthebus · 3 replies · 424+ views
    www.daveweinbaum.com ^ | October 29, 2009 | Dave Weinbaum
    This column is in answer to the linked NAACP objection to my column(s.) Below are the column in question and the letter. Please read both before perusing my response. http://www.daveweinbaum.com/column100109.html http://www.therolladailynews.com/opinions/letters_to_the_editor/x1340500084/NAACP-takes- issue-with-Weinbaum-online-column First I want to thank the NAACP for providing me with column fodder as this can be problematic on a weekly basis.
  • Cross-Like T-Shirt Design at Penn State University Sparks Controversy

    10/26/2009 1:10:50 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 63 replies · 3,470+ views
    Fox News. ^ | 10/26/09 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A blue, cross-like design emblazoned on T-shirts at Penn State University has some critics seeing red. The shirts — intended to foster school spirit — sport a vertical blue line down the center with the words "Penn State White Out" emblazoned across the chest, forming a design that some say resembles a cross. The back of the shirt depicts the same blue line obscured by the words, "Don't be intimated … It's just me and 110,000 of my friends." Roughly 30,000 of the shirts have been sold. Penn State says it has received six complaints about the shirt, including one...
  • Losing their census: Every 10 years, a national poll drives some Americans crazy

    10/25/2009 3:32:30 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 896+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 25, 2009 | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    It’s as old as the Bible, the taking of a census. The ancient Romans did it. Medieval England did it. It’s written into our Constitution that a census be conducted once every 10 years, and yet, every 10 years, the idea of the government counting the population breeds varying levels of controversy, fear and suspicion. Which, in a way, is normal; distrust of intrusive government is encoded in the American DNA. “We’ve been doing this 200-odd years,” says census historian Margo Anderson, “and every decade, there is some issue with the census. Because it’s a fairly rare event, when the...
  • Eugencis, Population, Louis Farrakhan, and Bill Maher

    10/22/2009 5:07:07 AM PDT · by Jenny Hatch · 6 replies · 611+ views
    The Natural Family BLOG ^ | October 22, 2009 | Jenny Hatch
    The past few weeks I have been conducting serious research on the internet about the H1N1 Flu and the Vaccines that have been created to treat it. I am now absolutely convinced that a deeper agenda of Population Control and Eugenics is at the heart of this campaign.
  • Freeper to Be On MSNBC This Afternoon 3:30 p.m. EDT 7/13/09 [Update Video link added to article]

    07/13/2009 10:27:25 AM PDT · by kristinn · 627 replies · 26,126+ views
    Monday, July 13, 2009 | Kristinn
    <p>I'm scheduled to be on MSNBC this afternoon to talk about the controversy over the pulled Free Republic thread about Malia Obama.</p> <p>The segment should air live around 3:30 p.m. EDT barring any breaking news, etc.</p> <p>David Shuster and Tamran Hall will be co-hosting the segment.</p>
  • Canadian Chefs Serve Seal, With a Side of Controversy

    07/02/2009 4:58:27 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies · 1,009+ views
    NYT ^ | 6/30/2009 | Micheline Maynard
    ONE evening last week, almost every seat was occupied at Au Cinquième Péché, a bistro in the bustling neighborhood called the Plateau. And almost every table was sampling an appetizer plate that included a specialty of the restaurant’s French-born chef, Benoît Lenglet: a seared, rare loin, dark red in color, with a texture and taste akin to beef tenderloin. But the meat was not beef. It was seal. Across town, at Les Îles en Ville, Andrée Garcia, an owner and chef, has elevated seal from an occasional specialty to a regular feature. The most frequent preparation there, Ms. Garcia said,...
  • Attorney Provides Playboy Emails; Carrie &#8216;is being persecuted for same-sex marriage&#8217; bel

    06/13/2009 8:12:54 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 30 replies · 2,223+ views
    breitbart ^ | June 13, 2009 | Big Hollywood
    Miss California USA Pageant Director Keith Lewis explained the decision to fire then-Miss California Carrie Prejean in the following statement: “This was a decision based solely on contract violations including Ms. Prejean’s unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization.” But In an exclusive interview with Big Hollywood, Ms. Prejean’s attorney, Charles S. LiMandri, who says that he and his client learned of the firing during a phone call from gossip site TMZ, vehemently denies those allegations. “She greeted troops, ‘Fox and Friends,’ she was lined up for the Special Olympics this weekend. It is pure...
  • Big Hollywood Exclusive: Miss California Speaks Out After Pageant Firing

    06/13/2009 8:07:21 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 35 replies · 1,580+ views
    breitbart ^ | June 13, 2009 | Carrie Prejean
    Let me begin by saying I treasure the opportunity I’ve had to represent the great State of California, and I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the thousands of Californians, and other Americans, I have met and who have stood with me through this controversial firestorm. One of the many enduring things about being Miss California USA was the opportunity to get to meet and know so many wonderful people. I would not be the strong, courageous woman I am today without your support, and prayers. I would like to thank Mr. Donald Trump and his organization for...
  • Section III - Religion and Science - Pew Research Poll 2006

    05/27/2009 6:11:29 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 3 replies · 280+ views
    The Pew Forum ^ | August 24, 2006 | Pew Research
    Section III - Religion and Science Despite recent controversies over issues at the intersection of religion and science, such as evolution and stem cell research, there is broad agreement that scientific advances help mankind. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) take a positive view of scientific advances; just 19% say they harm mankind. Solid majorities in every major religious group say that scientific advances help rather than harm mankind. The view that science is helping mankind varies from 63% among mainline Protestants to 72% among white Catholics. But the issue of evolution and the origins of life remains highly divisive. Specifically,...
  • Controversy Over Legislature Declaring Islam Day in Hawaii

    05/14/2009 11:16:56 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 31 replies · 1,300+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 5/8/2009 | By Daniel de Gracia,
    Recently the Hawaii State Legislature recognized September 24th as "Islam Day" through the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 100 and House Resolution 79. It has been argued that it was necessary to recognize Islam in order to promote religious tolerance, but if that is true, why did the Legislature fail to even give a hearing to House Bill 1282 and Senate Bill 136 which would have established "Religious Freedom Day" in Hawaii for the celebration of not one, but all faiths and religions in Hawaii? The decision to pick a day to honor a single religion versus a day that...
  • New York targets smokers where it hurts the most, their children

    04/02/2009 7:10:14 PM PDT · by Melissa 24 · 93 replies · 1,404+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | April 2, 2009 | By Nikki Weingartner.
    In an effort to further their successful campaign against smoking, there is some heated controversy over a new commercial being shown in New York. The target is no longer individual health, but instead focuses on the loss of a parent due to smoking. Article and Video:
  • New Revelations In Case of Olbermann v. Twitter

    03/29/2009 8:39:57 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 13 replies · 1,489+ views
    Red State.com ^ | 03/29/09 | Caleb Howe
    On Thursday, Twitter was atwitter and blogs were abuzz about Keith Olbermann’s embarrassing “Worst Person” fail, following a post by Greg Pollowitz at National Review Online highlighting the hilarity. Olbermann named Twitter his “Worst Person in the World” because he mistakenly believed he wasn’t on Twitter. He was. So I thought I’d do something that Olbermann’s entire staff consistently fails to do: research. The first lapse in research you already know about. Keith predicated his entire segment on the notion that he had no Twitter account, therefore the account in his name was fraudulent. Of course, it wasn’t true. MSNBC...
  • Rush Limbaugh Makes an Idiot of Himself (Punkin leading Viking Kitty Charge)

    03/03/2009 2:05:58 PM PST · by minn7rules · 221 replies · 5,027+ views
    Two Big Boobs Blog ^ | March 3, 2009 | Chef Boy R M
  • News to Note: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    02/28/2009 8:32:31 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 4 replies · 540+ views
    AiG ^ | February 28, 2009
    News to Note, February 28, 2008 (go to link below to read stories) 1. CBC News: “Montreal Scientists Unlock Mystery of Early Molecular Mechanism”. Have Canadian scientists uncovered the key that makes an evolutionary origin of life plausible? 2. Forbes: “The Dangers of Overselling Evolution” Philip Skell, a member of the National Academy of Sciences for more than three decades, cautions against protecting Darwinism through censorship. 3. The Boston Globe: “Cod in the Act of Evolution” Another example of “evolution in action”—-need we even bother examining the reality to confirm this isn’t what Darwin predicted? 4. BBC News: “‘Ghost Peaks’...
  • Peter Schiff Rebuttal- A Response to My Critics

    02/02/2009 8:57:06 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 820+ views
    Market Oracle ^ | 01/29/09 | Peter Schiff
    Peter Schiff Rebuttal- A Response to My Critics Stock-Markets / Managed Accounts Jan 29, 2009 - 04:47 PM By: Peter_Schiff My popularity on television and the internet has led a very small money manager to use his popular financial blog to promote his fledgling business by attacking the recent poor performance of my long-term investment strategy. The post is causing quite a stir and compels me to provide some badly needed context. To achieve his ends, this individual has distorted much of what I have been saying and writing, and has twisted the facts to support his own preconceived conclusion....
  • CVC opens, can’t shake controversy ($621 million Capitol Visitor Center)

    12/02/2008 9:01:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/2/08 | Jordy Yager
    Following years of delays and skyrocketing costs, Tuesday’s opening of the $621 million Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) was marked by more controversy and criticism. At a morning dedication ceremony, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) offhand comment about how the taxpayer-funded center meant he and other lawmakers would not have to smell sweaty tourists raised eyebrows. By the afternoon, a Republican senator had claimed the center was godless, while a budget watchdog raised familiar arguments about the project’s wasteful spending. That followed poor reviews of the center’s architecture in two newspapers. House and Senate leaders largely ignored the four years...
  • China plunges into controversy with Internet backflip

    07/30/2008 9:49:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 227+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/08 | AFP
    BEIJING (AFP) - The Beijing Olympics were plunged into another controversy on Wednesday as China announced a backflip on Internet freedoms for the thousands of foreign reporters covering the Games. China's decision to reverse a pledge on allowing unfettered web access proved an embarrassment for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which had repeatedly said foreign press would not face any Internet curbs in Beijing. It was also the latest in a long line of issues to have tarnished the run-up to the Olympics, which start on August 8, following controversies over pollution, human rights and terrorism threats. Beijing Olympic organising...
  • Obama’s Explanation For His Long-Term Association With Wright Strains Our Credulity

    03/17/2008 1:20:04 PM PDT · by beacon street bandit · 24 replies · 1,161+ views
    Beacon Street Journal ^ | 3/17/08 | John Kinsellagh
    From the very start, Barack Obama's attempt to distance himself from the controversial sermonizing and policies of his pastor Jeremiah Wright has resembled someone trying to thread a needle. When asked at the Democratic debate in Cleveland about the racist Louis Farrakhan's endorsement of his candidacy, Obama's visage became strained, and his subsequent response to the question about whether he agreed with the views of Farrakhan, was measured, pained, judicious and less
  • Old JFK documents may stir controversy (found in an old safe in a Dallas courthouse)

    02/17/2008 1:28:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 148+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/17/08 | Reuters
    DALLAS (Reuters) - A batch of old documents linked to the slaying of President John F. Kennedy has reportedly been unearthed, including a highly suspect transcript of a conversation between assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and Oswald's killer Jack Ruby, the Dallas Morning News said on Sunday. The newspaper said the Dallas County district attorney's office, which uncovered the documents, would display its discovery at a news conference on Monday morning. The Morning News said the items found in an old safe in a Dallas courthouse included personal letters from former District Attorney Henry Wade, the prosecutor in the Ruby trial....
  • Maazel Departs for Pyongyang Amid Controversy (NY Philharmonic conductor criticizes America)

    02/08/2008 2:12:19 PM PST · by MaestroLC · 37 replies · 463+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | February 7, 2008 | KATE TAYLOR
    On the eve of the New York Philharmonic's departure on an Asian tour that will include a visit to Pyongyang, its music director, Lorin Maazel, suggested that Americans are not in a position to criticize the North Korean regime, because America's own record on human rights is flawed. "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw bricks, should they?" Mr. Maazel told the Associated Press. "Is our standing as a country — the United States — is our reputation all that clean when it comes to prisoners and the way they are treated? Have we set an example that should...
  • Jesus 'Tomb' Controversy Reopened

    01/17/2008 4:18:50 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 55+ views
    Time - CNN ^ | 1-16-2008 | TIM MCGIRK
    Jesus 'Tomb' Controversy Reopened Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 By TIM MCGIRK/JERUSALEMThe Talpiot tomb. Discovery / EPA When the Discovery Channel aired a TV documentary last year raising the possibility that archeologists had found the family tomb of Jesus Christ in the hills behind Jerusalem, it caused a huge backlash among Christians. The claim, after all, challenged one of the cornerstones of Christian faith — that Jesus, after his crucifixion, rose bodily to heaven in his physical form. The Lost Tomb of Jesus, made by Hollywood director James Cameron and Canadian investigative journalist Simcha Jacobovici, was shown only once on Discovery....
  • N.M. alien tourism ad stirs controversy

    11/26/2007 2:27:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 199+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/26/07 | Mark Evans - ap
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Instead of highlighting New Mexico's picturesque desert landscapes, art galleries or centuries-old culture, a new tourism campaign features drooling, grotesque office workers from outer space chatting about their personal lives. The 30-second TV spots — which lead in roundabout fashion to the tag line that New Mexico may be "the best place in the Universe" — are provocative, funny and bold. But to increasingly vocal critics, the state-financed ad campaign is a possible threat to the well-being of the state's $5.1 billion tourism industry. In other words, while the ads may yield a chuckle or two, the...
  • McCain: Senate should apologize for slavery

    10/18/2007 9:13:32 AM PDT · by freespirited · 143 replies · 210+ views
    Examiner ^ | 10/18/07 | Bill Sammon
    Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Wednesday the Senate should apologize for slavery and segregation, calling them “dark chapters in our history.” McCain said he would support a planned resolution by fellow Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, who is also seeking the presidency, to apologize for racist laws, some of which ended more than a century ago. “They were federal policies,” Brownback told the Boston Globe on Monday. “They were wrong. The only way for us to move forward . . . is at the end of the day acknowledging those, taking ownership for it, and asking for forgiveness.” McCain agreed...
  • Gender Bias

    10/10/2007 1:44:56 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 11 replies · 437+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 10, 2007 | Nirmala Punnusami
    Gender Bias by: Nirmala Punnusami, October 10, 2007 Long after former Harvard University president Larry Summers tracked the subject, a debate continues in academia over whether women avoid the sciences out of choice or necessity. According to the authors of the 2006 report of the National Academy of Sciences, “Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering,” there is an exclusion of many talented women from the scientific fields of physics, engineering, computer and mathematics. It also states that this is a direct “threat to our nation’s competitiveness.” This report concludes that women are...
  • Methodists Vote to Install Obese Bishop

    07/11/2007 6:41:34 PM PDT · by ensignsj · 22 replies · 562+ views
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN – In a highly controversial vote that may divide the denomination, the Free Methodist Church of North America voted today to install Dr. Jack Harvey, an openly obese man, as the bishop of the western conference of the church. Harvey is the first admitted obese person to have been installed as a bishop in the FM Church. The vote, which came after several hours of intense debate at the annual Free Methodist General Conference, fell in Harvey's favor by a margin of 421-385.