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  • Iceland walks out on EU membership talks

    08/23/2013 5:29:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 23 August 2013
    Iceland said yesterday (22 August) that a recent election that brought euroskeptic parties to power had been interpreted by constitutional advisors as a signal to stop EU accession talks. … Iceland was put on a fast track to EU accession, as it had already taken on board much of the EU legislation as member of the European Economic Area (EEA). It formally applied for EU membership on 16 July 2009 and started accession talks only one year later. The process has taken much longer for any other applicant country. But Iceland is a special case, as the country’s powerful fishing...
  • ICE agents union to AFL-CIO president Trumka: ‘You don’t speak for us’

    02/01/2013 10:01:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Caroline May
    ICE agents union to AFL-CIO president Trumka: ‘You don’t speak for us’ Posted By Caroline May On 12:34 PM 02/01/2013 @ 12:34 PM In DC Exclusives - Original Reporting,Politics,Yahoo! Linkbox,Yahoo! News | No Comments The ICE Agents union responded forcefully to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka’s assertion Tuesday that “unions did have at one point some differences” but “the entire labor movement is entirely behind” the president’s immigration reform agenda now. “No President Trumka, there are still differences within the AFL-CIO, and you don’t speak for us,” the ICE union dispatched in a press release this week. According to the union,...
  • Unions suffer steep decline in membership

    01/23/2013 8:19:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2013 10:15 AM EST | Sam Hananel
    The nation’s labor unions suffered sharp declines in membership last year, led by losses among public sector workers in cash-strapped states, cities, counties and towns. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unionization rate fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of all workers, the lowest level since the 1930s. …
  • NRA Membership Increasing 8,000 A Day After Sandy Hook Shooting

    12/21/2012 1:51:55 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | December 20, 2012
    NRA membership rolls are rising rapidly at a record-setting pace, increasing by 8,000 new NRA members per day since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. According to Fox News, both the number of individual contributions to the NRA and their average amount have risen significantly in the period following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Unlike many who are using the school shooting as a political club, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been staying quiet out of respect for the Newtown victims. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, on Tuesday the NRA released a statement:
  • Report: Union membership dwindles in WI, across U.S.

    02/02/2012 5:55:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-1-12 | Kirsten Adshead and Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — If labor unions’ strength lies in numbers, a new report indicates unions’ most powerful days may be behind them. Membership in organized labor unions dropped last year in Wisconsin by 16,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That left 13.3 percent of the employed population — 339,000 workers — represented by unions, down from 14.2 percent in 2010. “I think at this point, we’ve gotten to the point where the unionization rates are so low that for many workers, they don’t have any exposure to unions and unions are not seen as...
  • Mormons opening up in an Internet world [& Losing members accordingly]

    02/01/2012 3:38:25 AM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 1, 2012 | Michael DeGroote
    Richard L. Bushman...wrote in 2005 "Rough Stone Rolling..." "I first became aware of the problems shortly after 'Rough Stone Rolling' came out...I thought I was getting these emails asking for help..." Then Bushman heard that many other scholars were also being beset with queries from members of the LDS Church who had encountered something on the Internet that had shaken their faith. He began to hear the same thing from ordinary Mormons who had friends or family who were having problems. He also heard from people at BYU how it was a problem there as well. People were encountering things...
  • Number of faithful Mormons rapidly declining

    02/01/2012 3:37:56 AM PST · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    Salt Lake City ABC 4 News ^ | Jan. 31, 2012 | Brian Carlson
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is losing a record number of its membership. A new report quotes an LDS general authority who said more members are falling away today than any time in the past 175 years. At meetings like General Conference, Utahns may be used to seeing members of the LDS Church show up in record numbers. But according to a recent Reuters article citing LDS General Authority Marlin K. Jensen, for the church as a whole, the record in going in a different direction. Elder Jensen told the...
  • Palestinian U.N. Membership a Very Bad Precedent

    10/05/2011 10:54:58 AM PDT · by kathsua · 1 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 10/05/11 | reasonmclucus
    Granting United Nations membership to the Palestinians would create a vary dangerous precedent. The Palestinians aren't the only ethnic group that desire to have their own country independent of the one in which they live. Nor are they the only group that has used violence to try to gain independence. The Kurds have long desired to set up a country they would call Kurdistan including land currently a part of Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. If the U.N. grants membership to the Palestinians, shouldn't it also grant membership to Kurdistan? The Kurds have their own culture and language. The Palestinians...
  • What Does the Bible Say About Church Membership and Attendance?

    Does the Bible say that we need to attend church? Is it okay for a Christian to not attend church? With so many TV and Internet evangelists, can they replace the local church? Is the local church irrelevant in this modern day and age? Is church membership essential to one’s walk in Christ and to a person‘s salvation? What the Bible Says About Church Membership The writer of Hebrews clearly says that we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves as is the manner of some in Hebrews10:25: “…not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit...
  • FIRST-PERSON: From decline to decision

    09/04/2011 5:24:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 06/13/2011 | Ed Stetzer
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--It is time for the Southern Baptist Convention to move from denial to decision. It has happened again. The SBC reported membership has declined, again. And, baptisms are at their lowest level in 60 years. I remember the first time the membership declined, just a few years ago. I pointed out (based on data from LifeWay's now-retired statistician Cliff Tharp) that it was not an aberration, but a pattern. The 50-year membership trend was moving into negative territory. "Put simply," I wrote in light of 2007 data, "membership may go up next year, but the trend points to...
  • Facebook's Fascism in Group Membership Elimination

    05/24/2011 11:50:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    atlas shrugs ^ | 5/24/11 | pamela geller
    A couple weeks back I described a deeply disturbing development at Facebook here. Facebook management is dismantling groups, eliminating their memberships with an "upgrade" that is only available to some groups. Neil Munro over at The Daily Caller has picked up on the story and done some digging: Facebook upgrade spurs fears of political bias Facebook’s managers are deploying a new software upgrade that will dismantle myriad groups of like-minded political activists unless they get a special software-key from the company. But Facebook managers are providing very limited information about which groups are being favored with the new key, prompting...
  • Unions see sharp membership declines again

    01/21/2011 10:04:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/21/11 | Sam Hananel - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's labor unions saw another steep decline in membership last year, even as the economy showed signs of recovery and job losses slowed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that unions lost 612,000 members in 2010, dropping the unionized share of the work force to 11.9 percent from 12.3 percent in 2009. That follows a loss of 771,000 workers in 2008, continuing a steady decline from the 1950s when more than a third of workers belonged to unions.
  • LDS Resignation: Ex-Letter Instructions

    01/02/2011 4:35:21 PM PST · by Colofornian · 56 replies
    Concerned Christians ^ | 2009 | Concerned Christians, Inc.
    The following are helpful instructions to expedite the process for having your name(s) removed from the membership records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1. One copy of your exit letter should be sent by U.S.P.S. Certified mail with a Return Receipt Requested, addressed to: Thomas S. Monson, President Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 50 East North Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 A carbon copy, also Certified mail with a Return Receipt Requested, should be sent to the home address of the Bishop or Stake President of the last Ward you attended, where your...
  • How unions lost touch with workers

    09/04/2010 4:47:04 PM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 4, 2010 | Linda Chavez
    The labor movement doesn't have much to celebrate this Labor Day. Congress first established the na tional holiday in 1894 at unions' behest. Since then, the US labor movement's fortunes rose to their zenith in 1956, when more than three-in-10 workers were union members, only to decline each year after. Today, only 12 percent of workers hold union cards. If you discount union members who are public employees, barely 7 percent of private-sector workers are union members. So why has union membership declined so far in the last 54 years? Some of it has to do with the changing American...
  • Main parties losing their membership in Arizona [31% list no political affiliation]

    08/18/2010 8:57:44 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    SIERRA VISTA Herald/Review - Capitol Media Services | Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Arizona voters continue to desert the two main parties. New figures Tuesday from the Secretary of State’s Office show 953,503 people who are signed up to vote in next week’s primary listed no political affiliation. That is approaching 31 percent of the more than 3.1 million registered voters. By contrast, independents were only about 27 percent of the electorate two years ago. And a decade ago, the total was fewer than 16 percent. The disdain for organized parties seems to have taken roughly equal bites out of both the Democrats and the Republicans. At the 2000 primary, Democrats...
  • ELCA Reports Biggest-Ever Drop in Membership

    08/11/2010 3:20:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/10/2010 | Joshua Goldberg
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America witnessed its biggest-ever drop in membership last year, according to a recently released analysis. By the end of 2009, ELCA membership stood at 4.5 million – 90 thousand less than the year before, reported the ELCA Office of the Secretary and ELCA Research and Evaluation. Before the latest drop, the biggest loss was 79 thousand – a drop witnessed in 2005. The ELCA congregation count, meanwhile, was recorded as 10,348 – 48 less than the year before. The largest-ever drop in the congregation count was recorded in 2004 – a drop of 72. Despite...
  • Total U.S. Churches No Longer in Decline, Researchers Say (More churches being started than closed)

    05/13/2010 8:25:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 288+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 05/13/2010 | Lillian Kwon
    We often hear about churches closing their doors in the U.S. But some may be surprised to hear that the total number of churches is not in decline anymore. An important shift happened in recent years, according to researchers Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird. After decades of net decline, more U.S. churches are being started each year than are being closed. The credit largely goes to the recent increase in enthusiasm for church planting. Stetzer, who leads LifeWay Research, says church planting has become the "it" thing right now and the new evangelism. So many new churches are springing up...
  • NRA Offering Free Membership to Active-Duty Military

    02/26/2010 9:24:57 PM PST · by greatdefender · 5 replies · 321+ views
    Chattanoogan.com ^ | February 25, 2010
    The National Rifle Association's connection to the military goes back well over a century. Indeed, it was military men who founded the organization. Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association was to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to a magazine editorial written by Church. Military veterans have played a role in NRA ever since. They make up a significant part of NRA's membership and Board of Directors. They shoot...
  • (Leftist) BNP votes to ditch whites-only membership rule (Black Caucus not available for comment)

    02/14/2010 12:46:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies · 320+ views
    BBC ^ | 2/14/10
    BNP votes to ditch whites-only membership rulePage last updated at 18:57 GMT, Sunday, 14 February 2010 The British National Party has voted to scrap its whites-only membership rules after an extraordinary general meeting. Members who had gathered in Essex voted to amend the party's constitution to let black and Asian people join. The BNP had been threatened with a possible court injunction over its whites-only membership policy by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The party must now go back to court in March when a judge will decide if the new rules meet race relation laws. It is thought...
  • Union Membership Drops 10% (in 2009)

    01/22/2010 1:56:45 PM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies · 675+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 22, 2010 | Kris Maher
    Organized labor lost 10% of its members in the private sector last year, the largest decline in more than 25 years. The drop is on par with the decline in total employment but threatens to significantly limit labor's ability to influence elections and legislation. On Friday, the Labor Department reported that private-sector unions lost 834,000 members, bringing membership down to 7.2% of the private-sector work force, from 7.6% the year before. The broader drop in U.S. employment and a small gain by public-sector unions helped keep the total share of union membership flat at 12.3% in 2009. Labor experts said...
  • Glenn Beck joins forces with the NRA

    01/05/2010 10:50:36 AM PST · by aquapub · 15 replies · 925+ views
    As government continues trampling the Constitution with impunity to empower itself at our expense, it is more important now than ever to stand united behind our 2nd Amendment rights. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is to join the NRA. Now, Glenn Beck has given We the People an extra incentive to step up and strengthen our voice...
  • Supreme Court takes on case about college student group's membership code

    12/15/2009 9:43:31 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 955+ views
    cna ^ | December 15, 2009
    The U.S. Supreme Court Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2009 / 06:59 am (CNA).- In a case which could greatly affect organized Christian activity on college campuses, the United States Supreme Court has decided to consider whether it was constitutional for a public university to bar a Christian student group on the grounds the group’s rules against sex outside of marriage were discriminatory towards homosexuals.The Christian Legal Society (CLS) chapter at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law applied to the college for standing as a registered student organization, United Press International (UPI) reports. The national CLS requires voting...
  • AARP Membership

    09/29/2009 3:03:00 PM PDT · by MsLady · 45 replies · 1,149+ views
    Myself | Sept. 29, 2009 | MsLady
    Today I received, actually my husband received a nice letter from AARP asking him to join. I started to just throw it away. But, then a light bulb went off in my head. Why not send it back? So I write on the nice letter, NO WAY, I'd never join. Seeing that I don't have to pay for the stamp, it will be off in the mail tomorrow. Give those postal workers something to do. And maybe the AARP a clue.
  • VANITY: Are the ranks of FreeRepublic growing?

    08/07/2009 10:03:13 AM PDT · by rarestia · 63 replies · 1,918+ views
    7 August 2009 | RareStia
    Given the American Conservative pot is boiling and bubbling, I wonder if the ranks of FreeRepublic are growing? Is there any way to track if the numbers of members on FreeRepublic have increased in number since the election and inauguration of President Obama? I truly believe that forums like this are necessary to the freedom of our country, and I want to be heartened by the news that, yes, the numbers of new members and activities of old members are time for the masses to peaceably assemble and get really, fires-of-Hell mad. This administration and the Liberals in this country...
  • Question About Joining the Lions Clubs

    07/10/2009 11:48:53 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 15 replies · 577+ views
    As some of you may know, the International Lions Clubs concluded their week-long national convention here in Minneapolis. Yesterday afternoon, I received a call from an acquaintance asking me to stop by and meet some people who were members. They asked me if I would consider joining their chapter that meets in downtown Minneapolis each month. I said I'd consider it. After a little bit of research, it sure looks to me like the Lions Clubs are a worthy group that pretty much stays away from politics and concentrates on improving peoples lives. I realize that each chapter has different...
  • Mormon critic says most converts leave within a year of joining

    02/16/2008 9:27:17 AM PST · by Zakeet · 102 replies · 668+ views
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | February 14, 2008
    Author Ed Decker, a former Mormon who has been one of the religion's staunchest critics for decades, says a vast majority of people who convert to Mormonism leave the religion within a year because they realize it's not Christian. Decker's latest book is called My Kingdom Come: A Mormon Quest for Godhood. He says the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sends out about 60,000 volunteer missionaries around the world -- but most of the 300,000 annual converts, he notes, do not stick around. "Eighty percent [of converts] actually leave the Mormon church within the first year," states Decker....
  • CAIR concedes membership down

    08/21/2007 11:18:46 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 19 replies · 628+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 22 August 2007 | Audrey Hudson
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it's suffering a decline in membership and fundraising and blames the Justice Department for listing it as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Texas case against a charity accused of ties to terrorists. CAIR asked a U.S. District Court in Dallas to strike it from the list of more than 300 other Muslim groups named as unindicted co-conspirators in the government's case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. The case is being tried in Dallas. "The public naming of CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator has impeded its ability to collect donations...
  • Iffy interstate: Harris County pulls out of I-69 Alliance

    05/28/2007 1:14:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 695+ views
    Victoria Advocate ^ | May 28, 2007 | Rebecca Holm
    The future of an interstate planned to run through Victoria appears murkier than ever. Harris County, a key point along the proposed Interstate 69 route, pulled out of the I-69 Alliance in mid-May. In an article in the May 15 Houston Chronicle, Bill Murphy and Rad Sallee wrote that Harris County pulled out of the I-69 Alliance after county commissioners decided too much was spent annually in membership costs. The county hopes that a bill in legislation right now is passed, because it would give them access to build a toll road as part of the Trans-Texas Corridor parallel to...
  • EU Commission Urges Suspension of Turkish Entry Talks

    12/03/2006 7:20:38 AM PST · by longtermmemmory · 2 replies · 335+ views
    The European Union's executive body urged a suspension of accession talks with Turkey because of its embargo on EU member state Cyprus, a step that may kill the Turkish entry bid. The European Commission recommended freezing about a quarter of the accession program to punish Turkey for barring ships and planes from Greek-speaking Cyprus. The proposal would also prevent entry negotiations on issues including trade, transport and agriculture. ``Failure to meet legal obligations cannot remain without consequences,'' Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said at a news conference in Brussels today. Foreign ministers from the EU's 25 nations, which have the final...
  • 'Connect and Join' Announces America Supports You Membership

    05/19/2006 7:18:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 192+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md., May 19, 2006 – America Supports You welcomed a new corporate team member today during the Joint Service Open House here for Armed Forces Day weekend. The Connect and Join booth, part of the Joint Service Open House held at Andrews Air Force Base, offered some projects suggested on its Web site. Lindsey Stinger helps her daughter, Grace, 3, with a piece of sand art. Her other daughter, Caroline, 5 (left) and two sons, Jack, 8, and Michael, 5 (far right) also enjoyed peeling paper shapes off large sticker sheets and applying colored sand...
  • Clubs Offer Free Membership to Troops' Kids

    01/25/2006 4:49:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 267+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Jan 24, 2006 | Steve Buckley
    MILLINGTON, Tenn., Jan. 24, 2006 - Through a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative, children of active-duty and Reserve Sailors and Marines can receive free memberships to their local Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA), effective immediately. “These free memberships allow our Sailors to stay focused on the Navy’s mission because they know their children are in good hands while they’re away from home,” said Larrie Jarvis, Child and Youth Programs analyst for Commander, Navy Installations Command. “We are very fortunate to have this partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.” According to Jarvis, every Navy youth center...
  • Methodist High Court Sides with Pastor Who Denied Membership to Practicing Gay Man

    11/01/2005 9:20:23 AM PST · by xzins · 28 replies · 523+ views
    UCM ^ | 31 Oct 05
    Oct. 31, 2005 By Neill Caldwell* HOUSTON (UMNS) — United Methodist ministers do have the power to decide who becomes a member of the local church, the denomination’s top court has ruled, supporting a pastor who blocked an openly gay man from joining the congregation. The United Methodist Judicial Council, holding its regular fall meeting Oct. 26-29, issued two decisions related to the case of Rev. Ed Johnson, who was serving as senior pastor at South Hill (Va.) United Methodist Church until he was placed on involuntary leave of absence in June. In Decision 1031, the council dealt with the...
  • New setback for Turks(EU membership fading. MSM asleep.Bush's Harris promising more ties)

    09/29/2005 6:17:44 PM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 20 replies · 640+ views
    By Sibel Utku Bila - Agence France-Presse ANKARA - Turkey hinted yesterday that it may shun the start of EU membership talks next week as political tensions rose over the country's place in Europe, leading Britain to warn of a «huge betrayal» if the door was slammed shut on Ankara. Raising the risk of a political showdown, the European Parliament issued a stern warning to Ankara to recognize Cyprus and acknowledge that the Ottomans committed «genocide» against Armenians during World War I, two highly sensitive issues that have already strained ties. The Parliament did, however, endorse the start of talks...
  • Politics is Breaking up That Old Gang of 'Whine' - (only "big union" left is gov't employees)

    07/27/2005 3:22:20 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 435+ views
    Union riveter Chester A. Riley would know what to say: What a revoltin’ development this is. Two major unions broke away from the AFL-CIO this week with others likely to follow. When the dust settles, the labor federation stands to lose a third of its membership. After 50 years of dominance in representing unionized workers, the AFL-CIO will now confront that which it abhors, competition. Union power is predicated on monopoly. Use our members or go out of business, Mr. Employer. Pay our dues or go without a job, Mr. Worker. Protect us from overseas competition, Mr. President. AFL-CIO boss...
  • PCUSA loses 43,175 members during 2004; 2nd highest since reunion (Liberal Presbyterians)

    06/21/2005 1:18:57 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 532+ views
    Layman Online ^ | June 21, 2005 | John H. Adams
    The Presbyterian Church (USA) lost 43,175 members in 2004, the third straight year that more than 40,000 people have left the denomination. The 2004 loss was both the second highest numerically and as a percentage of membership since the Southern and Northern streams of mainline Presbyterians merged in 1983 to form the PCUSA. The 43,175 departing members represented 1.79 percent of the 2003 membership. The loss in 2003 was the highest – 46,658, or 1.9 percent of the 2002 membership. The ongoing declines have reduced the membership of the PCUSA by 401,869 since the mainline Presbyterian merger – down from...
  • Probe Shows Boy Scouts Lied About Black Membership

    05/31/2005 10:14:03 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies · 471+ views
    NewsNet5 ^ | 05/31/2005 | Associated Press
    Atlanta-Area Director Resigns POSTED: 2:45 pm EDT May 31, 2005 ATLANTA -- An independent investigation of the Atlanta-area Boy Scouts found that the organization inflated its number of black Scouts by more than 5,000 in a program for inner-city youth. The executive director of the Atlanta Boy Scouts resigned after the report was released. Auditors said Scout officials assigned to inner-city areas may have felt pressure to demonstrate membership growth, which is a part of their performance evaluations. Membership numbers also are used to help determined funding from the United Way, a major Scouts donor. The audit found that former...
  • Catching up with Pat Toomey... 10 minutes with president of the Club for Growth

    04/19/2005 8:23:09 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 445+ views
    When he was named president of the Club for Growth (clubforgrowth.org) last year, Pat Toomey didn't need anyone to tell him how important it was having the Republican lobbying group on his side in a tight political race. When the former Lehigh Valley congressman almost unseated Arlen Specter in the Senate primary last spring, the club — which specializes in helping candidates who favor small government, free markets and low taxes — contributed nearly $1 million to his campaign. I asked Toomey about his new job and his future political plans, when I called him at his offices in Washington:...
  • China:CCP Tries to Inspire Loyalty as Withdrawals Continue

    04/17/2005 8:47:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 1,314+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | 04/16/05 | Riordan Galluccio
    CCP Tries to Inspire Loyalty as Withdrawals Continue By Riordan GalluccioThe Epoch Times Apr 16, 2005 Chinese soldiers "voluntarily" swear to be loyal to the CCP in Shanghai April 5. Scenes like these are being repeated nationwide in attempts to forestall the mass resignations already underway.(Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images) The upper levels of government are taking notice as the number of withdrawals from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rapidly approaches the one million mark. Since the publication of the "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party," the question of membership in the CCP has taken center stage in China's everyday affairs. Responding...
  • BTK Suspect's Arrest Upsets (his) Kansas Church

    02/27/2005 6:57:47 PM PST · by xzins · 87 replies · 1,213+ views
    LasVegas Sun ^ | 27 Feb 05 | ROXANA HEGEMAN,
    BTK Suspect's Arrest Upsets Kan. Church By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer Sunday, February 27, 2005 (02-27) 17:40 PST Wichita, Kan. (AP) -- They worshipped next to Dennis L. Rader for years, sharing the same pews and singing from the same hymnals. They knew him as a Cub Scout leader, a respected church official, a kind friend. Now, members of Christ Lutheran Church must confront the possibility that 59-year-old Rader is something else: The BTK serial killer, blamed for 10 deaths in the Wichita area from 1974 to 1991. "We feel dismay, anger, devastation, utter shock and disbelief. The very...
  • Churches agree to pursue merger(PC(USA)losing members, church can't afford present buildings)

    12/16/2004 2:57:47 PM PST · by telder1 · 11 replies · 345+ views
    Pittsburgh Live.com/ Tribune Review ^ | 12/16/2004 | Craig Smith
    In a 2003 report on membership, ministers and finances, the research arm of the Presbyterian Church USA said the denomination continues to lose membership. The church has lost 42.4 percent of its membership since 1965. That accumulated loss of more than 1.8 million has resulted in an increase in the number of churches with small congregations. There were 4,171 congregations of fewer than 100 members in 1984, but 5,004 in 2002. The median contributions of those small congregations was $44,678. Older Americans are dropping out of organized religious activity in significant numbers, a research firm that tracks church trends said....
  • EU to expand to the Middle East

    10/07/2004 1:01:50 AM PDT · by OldGuardChampion · 36 replies · 529+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Oct 7, 2:46 AM EDT | ROBERT WIELAARD
    Turkey Gets Nod From European Union By ROBERT WIELAARD Associated Press Writer STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- The European Union has recommend Turkey be put on the path to full membership, a historic move that could push Europe's borders to the Middle East and stoked fears among Europeans wary of bringing a poor Muslim country into the prosperous bloc. Reflecting widespread misgivings, the 30-member EU executive commission on Wednesday set tough conditions to prevent Turkey from backtracking on sweeping democratic and human rights reforms, prompting a sharp response from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. ... Erdogan bristled at any suggestion...
  • VetsCoR Announces Junior Auxilary

    07/15/2004 12:09:33 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 15 replies · 623+ views
    VetsCoR Board of Directors | 07/14/04 | VetsCoR
    VetsCoR is pleased to announce the new VetsCoR Junior Auxilary By a vote of the Board of Directors at a regularly scheduled meeting held on Tuesday, July 13, 2004, a new category of membership was established. Previously, there were three categories: Voting members - any Honorably Discharged/Retired veteran Non-voting associate - any Spouse of veteran/any Active Duty Service Member Non-voting associate - Any non-veteran, age 18 or older The new category is non-voting. Any minor dependant of any category of member listed above, may be signed up as a member of the VetsCoR Junior Auxilary, for $10.00 per year....
  • Tribe ejects more than 100 members (California)

    03/20/2004 11:48:50 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 23 replies · 206+ views
    AP ^ | 3-20-04
    TEMECULA, Calif. -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians have ejected about 130 members from the tribe on grounds that they cannot trace descent from people who lived on the reservation. The members, all from one extended family, comprise about 10 percent of the tribe's membership and received more than $15 million a year from its casino revenues. Each will lose $10,000 a month in casino payments along with tribal housing, health care and education benefits. They received a formal notice last week from the tribe's enrollment committee. "To be a member of the Pechanga band you must be...
  • CA: For tribes, members only - Hundreds in state have been ousted

    02/15/2004 12:03:41 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 189+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 15, 2004 | Stephen Magagnini
    <p>Last year, one of the largest families on the Redding Rancheria committed what Indians call the ultimate desecration: They dug up the remains of two of their ancestors for DNA testing.</p> <p>"It's a sacrilege, it's totally disrespectful, but I had to do it," said Bob Foreman, elder statesman of the 76-member clan.</p>
  • Supreme Court Won't Stop `Spirit of Satan' Defamation Suit

    10/28/2003 6:13:52 AM PST · by xzins · 21 replies · 210+ views
    Crosswalk.com ^ | Kevin Eckstrom
    An Iowa judge will now decide if the phrase "spirit of Satan" is basis for a slander suit after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in a dispute at a rural Iowa church. (See blockquote below for details of story and case) Last week, the nation's highest court rejected a petition by the United Methodist Church in Iowa to dismiss the case. That move sends the 2-year-old case back to a judge in rural Butler County, Iowa, for trial. On its face, the case is a simple defamation suit, but church-state watchers say it could hold important precedent on...
  • Government Work (organized labor)

    09/01/2003 9:48:05 AM PDT · by Isara · 1 replies · 214+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2003 | Editor
    Unions: Now that organized labor has settled into the public sector, it's less of a counterweight to private capital and more of a thorn in the taxpayer's side.A lot of history goes into Labor Day, along with a touch of irony. The holiday was conceived more than a century ago by workers who were fighting to organize for better wages and a better life. But the same labor movement that invented this delightful day off in the fading glow of late summer has itself been fading — with one notable exception.These days, most American workers to whom this day is...
  • Israel, Stay Out of "Entangling Alliances"

    07/11/2003 12:43:57 PM PDT · by yonif · 5 replies · 135+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 11 July 2003 | Ariel Natan Pasko
    In his farewell address of 1796, the first American president, George Washington, set out his vision of what would make the United States a truly great nation. He called for men to put aside party politics and unite for the common good, to create an "American character" wholly free of foreign attachments. The United States, he said, must concentrate only on American interests, and while the country ought to be friendly and open its commerce to all nations, it should avoid becoming involved in foreign wars. Although some have portrayed Washington as an isolationist, Washington did not call for isolation,...
  • Czechs Say Loud 'Yes' to EU Entry

    06/14/2003 7:53:48 AM PDT · by yonif · 16 replies · 294+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat June 14, 2003 10:06 AM ET | Radek Narovec
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic voted overwhelmingly to join the European Union, paving the way to entry into the bloc of wealthier Western states 15 years after a "Velvet Revolution" toppled communist rule. An exit poll showed 81 percent voted in favor of joining the EU in a two-day referendum, making the Czech Republic the seventh of 10 candidate states to vote in favor of joining the currently 15-nation EU in May 2004. The vote set the stage for the achievement of Prague's main foreign policy goal since the fall of Communism in 1989 in what was then Czechoslovakia...
  • E.U. rebuffs Putin - Summit leaders refuse Russians easier entry to other European nations.

    06/02/2003 3:09:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 236+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Sunday, June 1, 2003 | MICHAEL WINES The New York Times
    <p>SUMMIT SHOW: Ballet dancers perform in front of fireworks Saturday at Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.</p> <p>STRELNYA, Russia - Having wined, dined and entertained about 45 global leaders long into Friday night, President Vladimir Putin shuttled Europe's heads of state to an opulent czarist palace outside St. Petersburg on Saturday morning to request politely they open their borders wider to visiting Russians.</p>
  • Calling All Los Angeles Area Freepers

    03/19/2002 1:15:53 AM PST · by DoughtyOne · 149+ views
    FRN Los Angeles Chapter ^ | 03.19.2002 | DoughtyOne
    Los Angeles Area Freepers: Every once in a while I like to ask any of our Los Angeles area Freepers that haven't already, to contact us to sign up and participate in our activities.  If you would like to join our chapter or simply provide updated contact information, please email your request to me so that I can assist you.During the next few weeks and months we are going to have a number of activities and events that we would like you to be a part of.Please contact me by FreepMail at your earliest convenience. Cordially;   Ron DoughtyDoughtyOneD1President - FR Los Angeles...