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  • China blogger beaten to death

    01/11/2008 3:14:47 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 8 replies · 98+ views
    CNN ^ | January 11, 2008 | Staff
    Authorities have fired an official in central China after city inspectors beat to death a man who filmed their confrontation with villagers, China's Xinhua news agency reports. The killing has sparked outrage in China, with thousands expressing outrage in Chinese Internet chat rooms, often the only outlet for public criticism of the government. The incident has also alarmed advocates of press freedom, who say municipal authorities had no right to attack a man for simply filming them. Police have detained 24 municipal inspectors and are investigating more than 100 in the death of Wei Wenhua, a 41-year-old construction company executive,...
  • Saudis Confirm Detention of Blogger

    01/01/2008 9:27:52 PM PST · by ricks_place · 14 replies · 204+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/2/2007 | KATHERINE ZOEPF
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — An outspoken Saudi blogger is being held for “purposes of interrogation,” the Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed Tuesday. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman reached by telephone, said the blogger, Fouah al-Farhan, was “being questioned about specific violations of nonsecurity laws.” Mr. Farhan’s blog, which discusses social issues, had become one of the most widely read in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Farhan, 32, of Jidda, was arrested Dec. 10 at his office, local news sources reported. Two weeks before his arrest, he wrote a letter to friends warning them that it was imminent. “I was told that...
  • Middle East censors seek to limit Web access

    12/26/2007 8:20:29 PM PST · by BGHater · 7 replies · 139+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 26 Dec 2007 | Hannah Allam
    CAIRO, Egypt — In Iran, a large red icon pops up on computer screens. In Syria, there's a discreet note from the filter. Other Arab nations display "blocked" in bold lettering or issue crafty "page not found" replies. However the censors put it, the message is clear: You're not permitted to see this Web site. Governments in the Middle East are stepping up a campaign of censorship and surveillance in an effort to prevent an estimated 33.5 million Internet users from viewing a variety of Web sites whose topics range from human rights to pornography. As a result, millions of...
  • The Second Amendment is an Anachronism in Need of Repeal

    11/30/2007 6:31:14 AM PST · by rface · 357 replies · 327+ views
    The Harvard Crimson ^ | November 30, 2007 | Crimson Staff
    Written in an age in which minutemen rose to dress and fight at a moment’s notice, the Second Amendment was no doubt motivated by a young nation’s concern for its own safety and stability. But now, when the United States is protected by the most powerful security forces on the globe, the Second Amendment is neither relevant nor useful. Rather, it has become an impediment to vital public policy, and it should be repealed and replaced with nuanced federal legislation. Despite the controversy surrounding the Second Amendment, arguments about its relevancy have not surfaced in the Supreme Court since 1939,...
  • Taliban Execute Teen for Teaching English in School

    11/16/2007 9:32:32 AM PST · by RDTF · 16 replies · 292+ views ^ | Nov 16, 2007 | Fox News, AP
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A teenage boy who was teaching English at a local school was dragged into the street and executed by Taliban militants, the provincial police chief reported. The brutal killing sparked a clash that left two suspected Islamist fighters and two policemen dead, an official said. "The boy, who was teaching English to other students after school hours, had been warned by the militants to stop teaching," provincial police chief Esmatuallh Alizai said. Taliban militants have killed several teachers and students in the past for attending the government-run schools, which they regard as un-Islamic. -snip-
  • (John) Edwards tussles with journalism school

    10/26/2007 9:43:56 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies · 206+ views
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | October 26, 2007 | Ryan Beckwith
    A UNC-Chapel Hill professor says John Edwards' presidential campaign tried to kill a student's video story about the campaign's headquarters. In an interview with State Government Radio, Associate Professor C.A. Tuggle said that he received phone calls from two top staffers for the former North Carolina senator. The journalism professor said the staffers threatened to cut off access to Edwards to all UNC student groups if the student-run television program aired a segment critical of the location of the Chapel Hill headquarters. "I'm dumbfounded by it," Tuggle told the radio station. "I can't imagine that a national campaign would spend...
  • The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy

    10/23/2007 10:12:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 135+ views
    Social Science Research Network ^ | 2006 | Zvi. S. Rosen
    Abstract: "The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy" analyzes the shift in the role of the Supreme Court following the movement towards a democratic Senate which culminated in the Seventeenth Amendment. The Supreme Court's shift is presented as the inevitable result of the system of mixed government that underlies the constitutional order, which orders American Government into democratic, aristocratic, and monarchical parts. While in the original conception of the constitution the Senate was the aristocratic part, the Senate would become part of the democratic part with the Seventeenth Amendment and prior procedural changes. Into...
  • Rush Limbaugh to auction off Harry Reid's letter to CLEAR CHANNEL on EBAY

    10/11/2007 7:36:39 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 102 replies · 4,239+ views
    <p>FLASH: Rush Limbaugh to auction off Harry Reid's letter to CLEAR CHANNEL on EBAY; Money goes to Marine Charity.... Developing...</p>
  • Dump Rush [Mad Bomber of Bosnia Alert]

    10/04/2007 8:45:04 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 56 replies · 1,487+ views ^ | October 2, 2007 | Wesley Clark
    DUMP RUSH We can't let Rush Limbaugh call our troops "phony soldiers" - email Congress and urge them to take Rush off Armed Forces Radio! October 2, 2007 We're far from giving up. Last week, Rush Limbaugh labeled any American soldier who supports an end to the war in Iraq as "phony."1. We challenged Limbaugh through an email campaign to invite's Jon Soltz to his show and repeat these same insults to an Iraq war veteran's face. Over 10,000 of you responded and emailed Rush -- but to our disappointment, he has refused to respond to our request....
  • Online Slime Machine Media Matters Co-Founded by Hillary Clinton

    10/03/2007 1:48:50 PM PDT · by Baladas · 24 replies · 1,553+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | October 02, 2007 | John Gibson
    I want to talk about an online slime machine known as Media Matters for America. It is a tax-exempt organization which states its purpose as countering conservatives in the media. I have said before that Media Matters was started with help from Hillary Clinton and took George Soros' money. Media Matters has written to me and all my bosses saying my charge is a lie, that it is an independent organization which plays no political favorites and has never received slime machine cash from Soros-funded Democracy Alliance. Here are the facts: Media Matters was started in offices provided by the...
  • Wesley Clark: Nix Limbaugh From Armed Forces Radio

    10/03/2007 9:40:33 AM PDT · by RDTF · 131 replies · 3,138+ views
    Newsmax ^ | October 3, 2007 | not specified
    In a blog to the Huffington Post, former NATO Supreme Commander Wesley Clark called for Congress to immediately take steps to remove conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh from Armed Forces Radio. Last week, Rush Limbaugh labeled any American soldier who supports an end to the war in Iraq as "phony," noted Clark. "We challenged Limbaugh through an email campaign to invite's Jon Soltz to his show and repeat these same insults to an Iraq war veteran's face. Over 10,000 people responded and emailed Rush -- but to our disappointment, he has refused to respond to our request. "It's time...

    10/02/2007 4:20:59 PM PDT · by RDTF · 140 replies · 430+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | Oct 2, 2007 | Drudge
    Washington, DC—Senate Democrats today sent the following letter to Mark P. Mays, CEO of Clear Channel Communications, calling on him to publicly repudiate Rush Limbaugh’s characterization of troops who speak out against the Iraq war as “phony soldiers.” Despite recent Republican comments condemning verbal attacks on our troops, when given the opportunity to join us in signing this letter, not a single one did so. The text of the letter is below and attached: October 2, 2007 Mr. Mark P. Mays CEO, Clear Channel Communications Inc. 200 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 Dear Mr. Mays, At the time...
  • Text of the Udall Resolution (Condemning Rush Limbaugh in House of Representatives)

    10/01/2007 10:35:59 AM PDT · by mojito · 28 replies · 1,063+ views
    The Colorado Index ^ | 9/29/2007 | Mark Udall
    110TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION H. CON. RES. Honoring all Americans serving in the Armed Forces of the United States and condemning the attack by broadcaster Rush Limbaugh on the integrity and professionalism of some of those Americans. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. UDALL of Colorado submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Honoring all Americans serving in the Armed Forces of the United States and condemning the attack by broadcaster Rush Limbaugh on the integrity and professionalism of some of those Americans. Whereas on September 26, 2007, the broadcaster Rush Limbaugh told...
  • Failing to Live up to Left-Wing Ideals (Ashley Herzog blasts elitist intellectuals)

    09/17/2007 12:32:54 PM PDT · by blitzgig · 64 replies · 118+ views ^ | 9/14/07 | Ashley Herzog
    It looks as if the media will have to find another pretentious intellectual to refer to as “the conscience of the American theater” (according to The Boston Globe), “the moralist of the American theater” (The New York Times), and, most gratuitously, “the moralist of the past American century” (The Denver Post). In fact, given their track record, elitist intellectuals should probably refrain from using the word “moralist” altogether. Those words were written about Arthur Miller, the playwright who became famous by penning dreary plays about America’s alleged failures. Miller’s pompous liberalism has been forced upon high school and college students...
  • Global Swarming (Are babies the new SUVs?)

    09/12/2007 1:52:30 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 55 replies · 1,105+ views
    Slate ^ | Monday, Sept. 10, 2007 | Daniel Engber
    Oh, if we all just disappeared. According to The World Without Us, Alan Weisman's strangely comforting vision of human annihilation, the Earth would be a lot better off. In his doomsday scenario, freshwater floods would course through the New York subway system, ailanthus roots would heave up sidewalks, and a parade of coyotes, bears, and deer would eventually trot across the George Washington Bridge and repopulate Manhattan. Nature lovers can take solace in the idea that the planet will thrive once we've finally destroyed ourselves with global warming. But Weisman takes the fantasy one step further: Let's not wait for...
  • Will Riots Greet GOP at Convention?

    09/08/2007 5:42:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies · 2,264+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 07, 2007 | Katherine Kersten
    Last Friday, I inadvertently found myself in the midst of the opening salvo of a battle to turn the Twin Cities upside down next year. I was driving home at rush hour from downtown Minneapolis, when several hundred bicyclists blocked the street leading to Interstate 394. My fellow motorists and I sat obligingly for several minutes, missing green light after green light. Finally, folks began angrily honking their horns. If two police cars hadn't moved the riders along, people might have leaped from their cars to take on the bicyclists themselves. Later, the protest ride turned ugly. Two officers tried...
  • Death-for-Rushdie Advocate (Yusuf/Cat Stevens) Headlined Live Earth Concert

    07/08/2007 6:48:08 AM PDT · by Orwells Ghost · 12 replies · 1,228+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 8, 2007 | Peter Barry Chowka
    Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, headlined Al Gore's Live Earth concert in Hamburg July 7. This is a man who advocated author Salman Rushdie's death. In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the execution of Rushdie. Yusuf, who converted to Islam in the 1970s, was asked about the fatwa during a UK TV program on April 15, 1989. Geoffrey Robinson: “You don't think that this man deserves to die?” Yusuf: “Who, Salman Rushdie?... Yes, Yes.” After all of the denials and obfuscations by Yusuf, the smoking gun is now available on YouTube where Yusuf can be seen and...
  • Live And Let Live (John Stossel: A Libertarian Looks At Freedom On July 4th Alert)

    07/03/2007 11:38:09 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 31 replies · 952+ views ^ | 07/04/2007 | John Stossel
    Last week, I bemoaned New York Times columnist David Brooks's eagerness to have government impose force on others. He was promoting programs like "National Service." Why are many conservatives so eager to wield force? Conservatives used to complain when so-called liberals did that. That same week I happened to interview filmmaker Michael Moore for "20/20." Moore wants government to monopolize health care. His new film, "Sicko," argues that Canada and France approach paradise because their governments provide health care and more. This brought him standing ovations in Cannes. "But government is force," I said to him. He was incredulous. Michael...
  • Plan to Re-impose the Fairness Doctrine Still Completely on Track: Tied and Hate Crimes Legislation

    07/02/2007 1:42:41 PM PDT · by rface · 22 replies · 978+ views
    EarthTimes ^ | 02 Jul 2007 | Accuracy in Media
    .....the liberal argument will be: how can anyone object to protecting people from “hate speech?” The liberal success in the Imus case shows the potent political impact of such a charge. It guarantees that the liberal media will not rally to the defense of freedom of speech by conservative broadcasters. The reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine will likely follow the Congress passing¯and a Democratic president signing¯a bill outlawing “hate crimes.” Bush has promised a veto of a “hate crimes” bill if it passes the U.S. Senate (it has already passed the House). ...... USNewswire/ -- In a column and special...
  • ABC's Overnight Anchor Jokes About a ‘Skinny Death Match' Between Paris Hilton and Ann Coulter

    06/28/2007 8:58:23 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 66 replies · 2,570+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 6/28/2007 | Matthew Balan
    ABC's "World News Now," a news program that airs at 3:30 am Eastern, when most people in the U.S. are fast asleep, replayed Jake Tapper's earlier "World News" report on the war of words between Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards, and Ann Coulter during its broadcast on Thursday.At the conclusion of the report, hosts Taina Hernandez and Ryan Owens had a brief exchange, in which Owens proposed an "Ann Coulter blackout," similar to a "Paris Hilton blackout" that the program apparently has, and Hernandez, as a counterproposal, joked, "Or we can pit them together in...