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  • GOP admits small government no longer its driving force

    01/02/2005 12:44:40 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 2,191+ views ^ | 12 31 04 |
    Republicans have given up the pretense that their party is the party of small government. “One of the most misunderstood parts of Hoosier culture is that Hoosiers are reluctant of change of any kind,” State Rep. Luke Messer told Brian Howey, publisher of Indianapolis Eye News, in an article that identifies an undercurrent in Indiana to have a constitutional convention. “If we have a strong leader, Hoosiers are willing to step up and make big changes. Bob Knight and Larry Bird were pretty big figures in Hoosier culture and they have been willing to make big changes. What we want...
  • Republican county attorney in Kansas changes registration to Libertarian

    12/31/2004 12:18:54 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 57 replies · 1,503+ views ^ | 12 30 04 |
    After being elected twice as a Republican to the position of county attorney in Anderson County, Kan., Fred Campbell decided following the Nov. 2 elections to drop his Republican Party affiliation in favor of the Libertarian Party, saying the GOP has abandoned the idea of minimal government. Campbell was re-elected in November with no opposition. He has been a Republican for years, primarily because he's "always been in favor of less government rather than more," he said. "I've always thought that the Republican Party was the major party that went along with that philosophy," Campbell explained. "But in the last...
  • PC on earth for Santa: Boy Claus booted out of N.H. school dance

    12/23/2004 10:29:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 970+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 24, 2004 | Kevin Rothstein
    A 12-year-old New Hampshire boy who wanted to jolly up his junior high dance by dressing in a Santa suit instead got a lesson in political correctness when his Scroogelike principal turned the student away, fearing he might offend his classmates.
  • Medical marijuana: The real stakes

    12/17/2004 9:12:14 AM PST · by inquest · 441 replies · 4,112+ views ^ | 12-10-04 | Jeff Jacoby
    Ashcroft v. Raich, the Supreme Court's medical marijuana case, isn't really about medical marijuana. It's about power -- the power of Congress to exert control, and the power of the Constitution to rein Congress in. The named plaintiff in this case is Angel McClary Raich, a California mother of two afflicted with an awful array of diseases, including tumors in her brain and uterus, asthma, severe weight loss, and endometriosis. To ease her symptoms, doctors put her on dozens of standard medications. When none of them helped, they prescribed marijuana. That did help -- so much so that Raich, who...
  • Shoes With a Matching Suit(Woman Sues Bloomingdale's Over 'Deceptive' Sale)

    11/14/2004 2:35:20 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 1,467+ views ^ | 11 14 04 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    NEW YORK (Nov. 14) -- For some New Yorkers, a shoe sale is an incidental thing, a chance to pick up a pair of loafers, or rummage through racks of heels. For Lorraine Koppell, shoes are a matter worth suing over. Ms. Koppell, a lawyer and the wife of G. Oliver Koppell, a city councilman and a lawyer himself, is part of a class-action lawsuit filed in Manhattan Civil Court this month. Her adversary is Bloomingdale's. The suit, filed by a neighbor who went to the same Bloomingdale's sale, claims that the store misled shoppers in a sale flier last...
  • stock market simulation game for freepers(vanity)

    11/13/2004 2:03:33 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 4 replies · 868+ views ^ | 11 13 04 | freepatriot32
    I just joined and have created a group for freepers.Its a stock market simulation game that lets you pick real stocks from the stock market and track how well you do with them.They give you 1 million dollars to start out with and they track the rise or fall of the stocks in each group.The group I created is called freepers rule and the password to join the group is freeple.Once you sign up go to the left hand side of the page and click groups then scroll down the list of groups. freepers rule is about 1/4 of...
  • Inalienable Rights & Libertarianism

    11/11/2004 9:34:13 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 137 replies · 1,693+ views
    Inalienable Rights - what they are, and are not! Libertarianism is a political philosophy that holds that consent is the basis of morality and therefore that any activity - prostitution, "assisted" suicide, you-name-it between consenting adults ought to be legal. Libertarians also believe that man "owns" himself, and therefore may do anything to himself he pleases - use drugs, commit suicide, again, you-name-it. It is logically impossible for Libertarianism to be America's founding philosophy. At least 30 years ago, most Americans could quote the beginning of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be...
  • Complete election results for ALL presidental candidates(updated at 4 30 pm eastern)

    11/03/2004 2:46:38 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 3 replies · 910+ views ^ | 11 3 04 | Chon LaLonde
    Update at 4:30 pm nov 3 results for all presidental candidates ALL CANDIDATES CANDIDATE VOTE TOTAL VOTE % John Kerry, Democrat 55,104,702 48% George W. Bush, Republican (incumbent) 58,640,799 51% Ralph Nader, independent 392,219 0% Michael Badnarik, Libertarian 374,741 0% Michael Peroutka, constitution party 129,162 0% David Cobb, green party 104,591 0% Leonard Peltier, peace and freedom party 21,616 0% Gene Amondson, Prohibition Party 1,895 0% Andy Andress, Unaffiliated (no websites for candidate or party )716 0% Walter Brown, Socialist Party USA 10,258 0% Roger Calero, socialist workers party 5,263 0% Earl F. Dodge, Prohibition party 122 0% Thomas Harens,...
  • dont drink and vote

    11/01/2004 2:50:16 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 459+ views
    There's been a lot of vitriol hurled at both Democrats and Republicans this election, but I'd like to focus on one party that has, until this point, largely escaped some richly deserved criticism. The voters. That's right, the precious American voters: Sacred stewards of democracy. You don't have to spin around in an election cycle for long to discover that a shocking number of voters are in fact gullible, greedy, oblivious to facts, or simply fundamentally retarded. However, three types of voters deserve special mention for taking their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote, and essentially wiping their with it. Let's...
  • Real debate between vice presidential candidates in Ohio tonight

    10/05/2004 11:12:17 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 553+ views ^ | 10 5 04 |
    The vice presidential candidates' debate tonight between Republican Vice President Dick Cheney and Democrat Sen. John Edwards, touted by the mass media as a possible pivot point in the presidential election, is missing a vital component -- four other candidates for the same office. Because several candidates were excluded from the "official" debate, there will actually be two debates between vice presidential candidates tonight in Cleveland, Ohio. Libertarian Richard Campagna, Pat LaMarche of the Green Party, Ralph Nader's independent running mate Peter Camejo, and Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party all plan to take part in a debate for "third...
  • Spider mite upsets evolutionary theory

    08/10/2004 10:16:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 1,185+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 19:00 28 June 01 | Hazel Muir
    The false spider mite has been revealed as the first known animal to make do with only one set of chromosomes, challenging traditional theories of evolution... Using standard sequencing techniques, Weeks's team found the mites' chromosomes to be very different. As far as the researchers could tell, none of the mites carried two identical copies of any particular gene. They conclude that the species is exclusively haploid. Weeks thinks being exclusively haploid might give the animals an evolutionary advantage... This genetic state may be rare simply because diploidy was "frozen" early in evolution and other animals haven't had the...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Virtual Dopers Crave High Scores

    05/31/2004 8:24:32 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 8 replies · 245+ views
    wired news ^ | May. 25, 2004 | By Daniel Terdiman
    <p>The world of massively multiplayer online games is often a dangerous place, what with constant threats from bloodthirsty monsters and murderous non-player characters. But now players have even more peril to contend with: addictive drugs that can incapacitate or kill their characters.</p>
  • Pot smokers aren't terrorists

    05/06/2004 11:53:32 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 31 replies · 431+ views
    the orion ^ | may 5 2004 | Adrian Aguila
    Yes, I inhale. I am one of more than 100,000 California medical cannabis patients. I use cannabis, marijuana, pot or whatever you want to call it, to alleviate symptoms from post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorders. Cannabis allows me to forget about my neuroses and live a productive life as a student, volunteer, and activist. The U.S. government likes to paint cannabis as an evil monster, but that is not true. Most taxpayers are tired of billions of dollars being spent to wage a drug war that's done nothing but widen the profit margin of drug dealers and placed millions of...
  • Drugbusters invade Muslim compound (religion of peace alert)

    04/28/2004 2:59:56 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 825+ views ^ | 04/29/2004 | Katherine Adraneda
    A team of military intelligence and police drug enforcement units rounded up some 50 Muslim residents of the Al-Salam Mosque Compound in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City as part of intensified operations against illegal drugs and firearms in the metropolis. Senior Superintendent Procopio Lipana, chief of the Central Police District-Criminal Investigation Unit (CPD-CIU), said 12 suspects remained under their custody while the rest were released. Lipana identified the 12 as Dawabe Ben Albi Maulana, businessman from Basilan; Musa Sabaddin Abdurahman, 27; Awop Wadja Ignus, 26; Radjail Karawan Tirih, 34; Raquel Francisco Mabajo, 26; Pamaran Alain Awali, 48; Abubakar Cuevas Zunco, 34;...
  • Plain Meaning Of The 2nd Amendment

    04/25/2004 7:51:09 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 1,409+ views ^ | 4 21 04 | Judge Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    KOZINSKI, Circuit Judge, dissenting from denial of rehearing en banc: Judges know very well how to read the Constitution broadly when they are sympathetic to the right being asserted. We have held, without much ado, that "speech, or... the press" also means the Internet, see Reno v. ACLU, 521 U.S. 844 (1997), and that "persons, houses, papers, and effects" also means public telephone booths, see Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967). When a particular right comports especially well with our notions of good social policy, we build magnificent legal edifices on elliptical constitutional phrases -- or even the...
  • Censorship in arts 'healthy,' Pat Boone says

    04/23/2004 4:32:12 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 114 replies · 649+ views
    washington times ^ | 4 23 04 | Steve Miller
    A healthy society needs censorship to survive, 1950s musical icon Pat Boone said yesterday. He added that he would welcome strong content restrictions governing movies and other artistic works. "I don't think censorship is a bad word, but it has become a bad word because everybody associates it with some kind of restriction on liberty," said Mr. Boone, who is in Washington making the rounds as the national spokesman for the 60-Plus Association, a conservative senior citizen lobby.
  • Court to sitcom writers: dirty jokes are actionable

    04/23/2004 8:14:07 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 325+ views
    Amaani Lyle was fired four months into her job for Warner Brothers as a writers' assistant on "Friends" because she couldn't type fast enough to record the writers' dictation accurately. She sued for sexual harassment because the comedy writers would regularly make jokes about women and sex in the process of writing a sitcom about the sexual adventures of six thirty-somethings. A California appeals court has decided that a jury should resolve whether the jokes made by the comedy writers were appropriate for writing a sitcom or whether they created an actionable "hostile working environment for women." Summary judgment was...
  • Britain debates: to spank or not to spank

    04/20/2004 8:51:48 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 10 replies · 188+ views ^ | April 19, 2004 | Brendan O'Neill
    LONDON – When is a spanking more than a spanking? When does parental discipline cross the line from an occasional spank to keep an unruly child in order to a beating? The great parenting debate is now a great federal government debate here. As a new children's bill makes its way through Parliament, ministers and officials are debating whether all forms of corporal punishment - even by parents - should be banned. The government has taken state interference in personal behavior to a new level; it now seems to distrust parents so much that it thinks they can't distinguish between...
  • Taxing times for 16th Amendment rebels.

    04/19/2004 1:45:33 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 75 replies · 2,377+ views
    reason ^ | 4 2004 | Brian Doherty
    "I won’t go to jail." Bob Schulz announces this in late January to a rapt crowd of 200 gathered in an auditorium in Crystal City, Virginia. It’s the first national conference of the We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, a nonprofit advocacy group Schulz founded and runs. He delivers his declaration not with reckless bravado but with a dignified, quiet, middle-management-lifer assurance, in keeping with his general mien. Schulz is a serious white male in a nice conservative dark suit, a former environmental engineer for both General Electric and the Environmental Protection Agency. He’s been married for 38 years...

    04/11/2004 9:05:51 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 3 replies · 414+ views
    atfonline ^ | 4.8.03 | Genevieve MacDonald ,Richard Manieri
    PHILADELPHIA - Mark W. Potter, Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Patrick Meehan, United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, announced that Dwight Grant, known throughout the rap music industry as Beanie Sigel, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to violating the federal firearms and narcotics laws. ATF agents and officers of the Philadelphia Police Department arrested Sigel in July 2003, and charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred in April 2003, when...
  • Americans Fail to Protect Against STDs, Study Says

    04/07/2004 7:18:24 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 8 replies · 346+ views ^ | 4 6 04 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (April 6) - Americans may say they know a lot about sexually transmitted diseases but they do not practice what they preach when it comes to defending against them, according to a survey published Tuesday. While one in four Americans will be infected with an STD -- and up to half of younger adults will be -- most of those surveyed believed they were not personally at risk. This is precisely why STDs spread so easily and so pervasively in society, said the American Social Health Association, which published the survey. ''The findings in our survey are quite disturbing....
  • Stab-proof vests for guards nixed

    04/03/2004 8:01:13 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 18 replies · 596+ views
    winnipeg sun ^ | 3 20 04 | SUN MEDIA
    EDMONTON -- Corrections Canada won't let guards at maximum-security prisons wear stab-proof vests because it sends a confrontational "signal" to prisoners, says a department spokesman. "If you have that kind of presence symbolized by (a stab-proof vest), you're sending a signal to the prisoner that you consider him to be a dangerous person," said Tim Krause. "It interferes with what we call 'dynamic security.' We want staff to talk to prisoners, to see how they're doing." At Stony Mountain Institution only guards in the emergency response unit are allowed to wear the stab-proof vests, said unit manager Linda Garwood-Filbert. The...
  • Libertarian seeks tax-raising Republican's Oregon House seat

    03/29/2004 5:25:31 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 228 replies · 482+ views ^ | 3 28 04 |
    Oregon Libertarian Tom Cox is following up on his promise: He said last year -- when he was chairman of the state Libertarian Party -- that Republican legislators in his state who voted to approve a tax hike would be opposed when they came up for re-election. He is now running against one of those Republicans. And his move has been noted -- and applauded -- by local media and lawmakers alike. The Salem Statesman Journal, in the capital city, pointed out that both Libertarians and some Republicans said they would do their utmost to kick those lawmakers out of...
  • 'Freedom' Is Just Another Word For 'Nothing Left To Eat'

    03/08/2004 7:37:47 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 15 replies · 954+ views
    center for consumer freedom ^ | 3.4.04 | center for consumer freedom
    When the World Health Organization (WHO) released its proposed "global strategy on diet, physical activity and health" calling for "fat taxes," the Bush administration noticed something conspicuously missing from the report -- any notion of personal responsibility. Thankfully, the former Director of Communications for WHO's European Office, Franklin Apfel, provides insight into this obvious omission. He recently told a conference in Dublin (as reported in The Irish Times): [W]e are all influenced by 'hazard merchants' selling us a false view of things like tobacco, alcohol and high density foodstuffs -- we're given the impression that these things represent personal choice,...
  • Or dont you care? logical proposals for taxing away all of societys ills.

    02/08/2004 7:04:10 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 602+ views
    reason ^ | january 2004 | peter bagge
      January, 2004By Peter Bagge  
  • Feds arrest medical marijauna patients the moment State dismissed charges.

    01/16/2004 7:47:17 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 1,303+ views ^ | 1 -14 -03 | William Dolphin
    Feds Grab Medical Marijuana Patients from California State Courtroom Couple Arrested As Attorneys and Judge Meet in Chambers; State Charges Dismissed Press Conference, Emergency Action at Sacramento Federal Building at Noon Friday Sacramento (Wednesday, January 14, 2004) – In a stunning display of duplicitous double dealing, federal agents yesterday seized two medical marijuana patients from a California state courtroom after the local prosecutor lured the couple’s defense counsel into the judge’s chambers to dismiss the state charges filed against them. David Davidson and Cynthia Blake were in state court on a motion seeking to have charges of marijuana cultivation and...
  • Montel Williams: 'Climbing Higher'

    01/13/2004 1:29:06 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 915+ views ^ | 1.9.03 | cbsnews
    (CBS) For years, television host Montel Williams helped guests deal with their problems. But he was forced to reveal his own problems - a battle with multiple sclerosis - to pre-empt a 1999 story in the tabloids. In his new book, "Climbing Higher," Williams writes that he had been struggling with MS symptoms for years but it wasn't until a painful episode while shooting the CBS television show "Touched by an Angel" that he was finally diagnosed. It is at this point that Williams invites his readers into an intimate account of suicide attempts, intense pain, medical procedures, sexual dysfunction...
  • Has the President Gone on a "Spending Spree"?

    01/07/2004 7:21:47 AM PST · by TastyManatees · 26 replies · 550+ views ^ | 1/7/04 | Ryan
    Has the President Gone on a "Spending Spree"? Only if you think that withdrawing from the war and surrendering the world to Osama bin Laden is a viable option. A lot of conservatives have been on a tear lately (myself included). Every time you turn around, someone is screaming about government spending and the there are those who are more than happy to exploit the confusion surrounding spending issues to erode support for the President. The San Francisco Chronicle recently put out a hit piece attempting to spin the spending numbers in a way that makes the President seem like...
  • "The Last Rung"

    01/06/2004 11:52:34 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 5 replies · 287+ views ^ | 1.5.04 | Carrie Coolidge
    The nation's oldest ladder manufacturer, family-owned John S. Tilley Ladders Co. of Watervliet, N.Y., near Albany, has filed for bankruptcy protection and sold off most of its assets. Founded in 1855, the Tilley firm was profitable until a few years ago but could not handle the cost of liability insurance, which had risen from 6 percent of sales a decade ago to 29.4 percent by the end, even though the company wasn't sued often and had never lost an actual court judgment. Jury awards in product liability cases have jumped from "an average of $1.7 million in 1994 to $6...
  • DEA should give back patient's pot

    01/06/2004 12:53:32 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 307+ views
    Oh, it's good to be the king. You float high above the law and plunder your subjects with impunity. Or so it seems in Routt County, where the local cops bring along a federal drug agent on their raids in hopes that his presence will immunize them from the sticky strictures of the Colorado Constitution. It's time someone told them they answer to state law, not the whims of a federal agent who happens to be hanging around. Last October a drug "task force" of nine, count 'em nine, agents, acting on a tip and armed with a warrant, raided...
  • Chicago Regains Dubious Homicide Title

    01/01/2004 9:32:11 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 708+ views ^ | 1-1-04 | associated press
    CHICAGO (Jan. 1) - Despite a sharp drop in homicides, Chicago has regained a title it didn't want: America's murder capital The city finished 2003 with 599 homicides, police said Thursday. That was down from 648 a year earlier and the first time since 1967 that the total dipped below 600. Still, the nation's third-largest city outpaced all others for the second time in three years. New York, with about three times the population, ended the year with 596 homicides. Los Angeles, which had the most murders in 2002 at 658, wound up 2003 with an estimated total just under...
  • Judge upholds LP challenge to West Virginia election law

    12/27/2003 2:00:23 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 5 replies · 249+ views ^ | 12 27 03 |
    West Virginia Libertarians received an early Christmas present when a federal judge in Clarksburg struck down a confusing state law that made it more difficult to convince voters to sign ballot-access petitions. On December 23, U.S. District Court Judge Irene Keeley ordered the secretary of state's office to stop enforcing a law that made it illegal for state residents who sign a third-party candidate's petition to vote in the state's next primary election. In 1999, the state legislature had dropped the legal penalties for signing such a petition and then voting in a primary -- but kept the language that...
  • Seattle OKs Elvis Impersonator Cabbies

    12/15/2003 2:21:56 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 19 replies · 248+ views
    aolnews ^ | 12 15 03 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE (Dec. 9) - The King could be your cabbie under the city's new taxi driver dress code. The City Council voted Monday to approve legislation that would allow drivers to sport rhinestone capes, blue suede shoes or whatever other appropriate costume they wish. "Uh, a-thank you verrah much," cabbie Dave Groh, an Elvis Presley impersonator, said after the vote. It was Groh's case that prompted the change to the city's 1997 taxi dress code. Adopting an Elvis look after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in hopes of bringing some levity to the city, Groh pleased many passengers, but...
  • Deer hunters pump $1.2 billion into economy

    12/07/2003 8:54:31 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 593+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | December 1, 2003 | Edward L. Cardenas
    <p>Neal Easterbrook considers himself lucky for the number of deer he brought back to his Shelby Township home and the time spent with family during this year's hunting season.</p> <p>Easterbrook, who went hunting with his brother and father in Michigan's Thumb, bagged a 7-point buck and two does during the 15-day firearm season that concluded Sunday.</p>
  • Sunday Dilemma in U.S.: Sports vs. Church

    11/30/2003 7:14:08 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 15 replies · 341+ views
    aolnews ^ | 11.29.03 | WAYNE PARRY
    SUMMIT, N.J. (Nov. 29) - Sports vs. church: It's become the Sunday morning dilemma in homes across the nation. With weekend sports leagues growing in popularity, schedules have stretched further into those Sunday morning hours that were once the exclusive domain of churches. Now, clergy of many faiths are pushing back, asking coaches and time-starved parents to keep Sunday morning holy, even if it means their children's teams have to play some other time. "I don't want my kids to grow up with great football memories and no Biblical knowledge," said Rev. Chuck Rush, senior minister at Christ Church in...
  • Farmer found innocent of drug charge, now battles to save land

    11/23/2003 12:09:30 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 253 replies · 600+ views ^ | 11.20.03 | P. CHRISTINE SMITH
    FARWELL – After more than a two-year ordeal, a Parmer County jury Thursday found Ronnie Puckett, 47, innocent of possession of marijuana, a charge that came after police found an estimated 250 pounds of the drug on his Lazbuddie farm in October 2001. His fight continues, however, to keep the state from seizing his land. Puckett was arrested on June 14, 2002, after an investigation into the cultivation of marijuana plants on about 10 acres of cornfield. Police also seized marijuana from a barn on the property. Puckett’s then-74-year-old father, William Vernon Puckett, was arrested during a raid on the...
  • Parent protests ruling that allows clothing with Confederate flag

    11/23/2003 8:52:24 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 28 replies · 509+ views
    the sylva herald ^ | 11.20.03 | Lynn Hotaling
    A parent of a high school student asked local school officials last week (Nov. 14) to reconsider a Sept. 22 decision that paved the way for students to choose clothing that displays the Confederate flag. Stella Moore told members of the Jackson County Board of Education that her son had heard racial slurs at Smoky Mountain High School and described an incident where students ran across the football field (during a pep rally) carrying a Confederate flag and yelling "KKK." "Your decision was made without regard for the feelings of those who think that flag represents racism and slavery," Moore...
  • Congress to increase penalties for marijuana-related offenses

    11/22/2003 9:11:17 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 229 replies · 672+ views ^ | 11.20.03 | Steve Fox
    Can you imagine a bill that intentionally forces marijuana users to inhale a greater amount of tar and carbon monoxide? What about a bill that dramatically increases penalties on medical marijuana providers who develop high-quality strains of marijuana for seriously ill patients? The Drug Sentencing Reform Act, scheduled to be introduced by U.S. Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) within the next few days, would accomplish these "goals." Please call your U.S. representative today and urge him or her not to cosponsor this bill. See below for details about how to do this. While the most prominent objective of this bill is...
  • Vaccine has no impact AIDSVAX's failure a blow to treatment

    11/16/2003 8:19:54 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 3 replies · 335+ views
    san fransisco chronicle ^ | 11 13 03 | david baker
    <p>VaxGen's experimental AIDS vaccine couldn't block HIV infection among volunteers in Thailand, the Brisbane company said Wednesday, in another blow for the closely scrutinized drug.</p> <p>The vaccine, dubbed AIDSVAX, had no noticeable effect on infection rates among the 2,546 intravenous drug users in Bangkok who volunteered for the study. Nor did it slow the disease's progress among volunteers who took the vaccine and later contracted HIV.</p>
  • Federal Court Orders Shippensburg University Not to Enforce "Unconstitutional" Speech Code

    09/09/2003 8:39:59 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 20 replies · 515+ views
    the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education ^ | 9.6.03 | the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
    SHIPPENSBURG, PA -- The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a preliminary injunction on Thursday, September 4, 2003, ordering Shippensburg University President Anthony F. Ceddia not to enforce provisions of what the court termed Shippensburg's "speech code." The code is being challenged in a lawsuit brought by attorneys in the Legal Network of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The court also denied the university's motion to dismiss the case, allowing it to proceed to trial. "This is a great victory and a vital step in the struggle against the scandal of unconstitutional...
  • Edwards Campaign Flustered by Medical Marijuana Protesters

    08/27/2003 1:27:24 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 223+ views ^ | AUGUST 21, 2003
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 21, 2003 12:40 PM CONTACT: Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana Aaron Houston 603-669-2962 Edwards Campaign Flustered by Medical Marijuana Protesters WASHINGTON - August 21 - MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- At a town hall meeting hosted by his campaign yesterday, Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) avoided questions from Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana (GSMM) as his campaign workers attempted to block GSMM volunteers from displaying protest signs in Manchester's City Hall Plaza. GSMM volunteers protested Sen. Edwards' July 15 statement that he would continue the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids on seriously ill...
  • Is there a Difference?: Platforms of the Communist Party and the Democratic Party

    08/11/2003 8:24:07 PM PDT · by nwrep · 65 replies · 3,294+ views
    Various ^ | August 11, 2003 | nwrep
    Platform of the Communist Party USA Communist Party Immediate Program for the CrisisIt is shameful and unacceptable that any child should live in poverty, and that anyone should go hungry, homeless, without medicine, or without a living wage in our nation of such great wealth.Meet the Needs of Working, Unemployed and Farm Families - Raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour. -Unemployment insurance for all workers. - Moratorium on farm foreclosures - Labor law reform to remove barriers to workers who want to join a union. - No privatization of Social Security. Increase benefits. - Universal prescription drug...
  • Amateur mathematician's time theories published at last

    07/31/2003 1:01:59 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 88 replies · 1,078+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | 31.07.2003 11.04 am | NZPA
    Amateur mathematician's time theories published at last 31.07.2003 11.04 am University drop-out Peter Lynds, 27, of Wellington says he has further plans for mathematical and philosophical explorations after publication of his theories on the nature of time. Mr Lynds, who studied at university for just six months, said his paper, Time and Classical and Quantum Mechanics: Indeterminacy vs Discontinuity, was being published in the August issue of a Dutch-based journal, Foundations of Physics Letters. The journal specialises in rapid dissemination of research in theoretical or mathematical physics, or the philosophy of science. Now a broadcasting school tutor, Mr Lynds said...
  • Lesbian pastor ruffles Southern Baptist tradition in Tenn.

    07/13/2003 1:43:26 PM PDT · by nwrep · 82 replies · 635+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 5, 2003 | Jim Patterson
    Lesbian pastor ruffles Southern Baptist tradition Jim PattersonAssociated Press STANDING HER GROUND: April Baker, an associate pastor at Glendale Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., has brought condemnation upon the church from two Baptist conventions because she is a lesbian and her congregation has chosen to support her. July 05, 2003 — 2:12 a.m. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The sermon at Glendale Baptist Church one recent Sunday recalled how Jesus mingled with tax collectors and prostitutes, refusing to snub people for the unpopular things they did. "What does it mean that God's love is for everyone?" preached Glendale member Eileen Campbell-Reed,...
  • The Fascist Epithet

    07/05/2003 9:50:28 AM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 40 replies · 1,732+ views
    The Freeman ^ | June 1994 | Mack Tanner
    The Fascist Epithet Mack Tanner Epithets are always good political weap- ons. If they are well chosen, they paint the opponent's reputation so black that further discussion is no longer required. If an opponent is inherently evil, then one has no reason to expect that rational discussion and debate would produce any useful result. Therefore, once a political opponent has been appropriately labeled, that person can be shouted down and driven from the po-dium without the need of further discussion. Using epithets is obviously not engaging in logical political discourse, but politics isn't about logic, it's about winning and...
  • Disarming Iraq, or Disarming Iraqis?

    04/15/2003 4:14:31 PM PDT · by just me · 20 replies · 365+ views
    Ashbrook Center ^ | April 2003 | Andrew E. Busch
    Disarming Iraq, or Disarming Iraqis? Editorial April 2003 by Andrew E. Busch As debate continues over who should exercise fundamental authority in the rebuilding of Iraq, commentators have generally focused on the choice between a coalition-led rebuilding effort and one led by the United Nations. The arguments against the United Nations exercising primary power are multiple, not least of which are the incompetence of the U.N. in the run-up to war, the close ties between certain members of the Security Council and the previous Ba’athist regime, and the probable unwillingness or inability of the U.N. to provide the kind of...
  • Why Feminism Is AWOL on Islam (Got a HUGE barf bag? You're gonna need it! INSANE Must Read)

    01/17/2003 10:52:17 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 62 replies · 3,725+ views
    Winter 2003 | Vol. 13, No. 1 Why Feminism Is AWOL on Islam Kay S. Hymowitz Argue all you want with many feminist policies, but few quarrel with feminism’s core moral insight, which changed the lives (and minds) of women forever: that women are due the same rights and dignity as men. So, as news of the appalling miseries of women in the Islamic world has piled up, where are the feminists? Where’s the outrage? For a brief moment after September 11, when pictures of those blue alien-creaturely shapes in Afghanistan filled the papers, it seemed as if feminists...
  • The Clash of Civilizations. By Samuel P. Huntington

    04/11/2002 5:51:39 PM PDT · by dennisw · 22 replies · 9,714+ views
      Written about 1994 is my guess. An excerpt from:   The Clash of Civilizations?by Samuel P. HuntingtonSAMUEL P. HUNTINGTON is the Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. This article is the product of the Olin Institute's project on "The Changing Security Environment and American National Interests."Almost without exception, Western countries are reducing their military power; under Yeltsin's leadership so also is Russia. China, North Korea and several Middle Eastern states, however, are significantly expanding their military capabilities. They are doing this by the import...
  • The Clash of Civilizations?

    04/11/2002 5:13:05 PM PDT · by backhoe · 44 replies · 862+ views
    website ^ | 04-11-02 | Samuel P. Huntington
    The Clash of Civilizations? by Samuel P. Huntington SAMUEL P. HUNTINGTON is the Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. This article is the product of the Olin Institute's project on "The Changing Security Environment and American National Interests." THE NEXT PATTERN OF CONFLICT WORLD POLITICS IS entering a new phase, and intellectuals have not hesitated to proliferate visions of what it will be -- the end of history, the return of traditional rivalries between nation states, and the decline of the nation state from the...