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  • Supplicants Send Their Mail To Unseen Powers That Be (Anthropology)

    03/16/2005 3:32:48 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 450+ views
    Egypt Today ^ | 3-16-2005 | Fayza Hassan
    Supplicants send their mail to the unseen powers that be By Fayza Hassan Egypt Today ArchivesMany believe Bab Zuweila to be a mystical site CUSTOMS DIE HARD, nowhere more than in Egypt. Archaeological documents show that from as early as the Old Kingdom up to modern times, an endemic and persistent distrust in medicine and justice, as practiced in the land, often led the Egyptians to address their requests for health and legal redress directly to their dead relatives and the gods. Later, when monotheistic religions prevailed, they were addressed to saints whose extraordinary powers had become firmly rooted in...
  • Scandal in Baghdad: Millions Missing - French, Chinese Companies Involved

    02/23/2005 12:50:25 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 32 replies · 4,319+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 | Charles R. Smith
    Newly released documents from the Bush administration show that a former member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle has resurfaced inside the new Iraqi government, bringing charges of corruption, bribery and bid-rigging. As a result, millions of U.S. aid dollars and billions in Iraqi government funds have disappeared in an ongoing scandal that is poised to engulf Baghdad and Washington. Worse still, a leading candidate for the top elected post in Iraq has also been implicated in the report as having taken "payoffs" in order to rig a major government cell phone contract. According to a May 2004 U.S. Defense Department...
  • Fast-food McIdiocy: Doug Powers says the real Whoppers are now served by the courts

    01/31/2005 12:47:53 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 9 replies · 635+ views ^ | Monday, January 31, 2005 | Doug Powers
    In the past few years, there have been several attempts by overweight people to blame their health problems on McDonald's and other fast-food restaurants, and they have sought legal remedy in the courts. They've argued that fast-food restaurants served them food that has made their belts increase in size to a degree that now the only things that they're able to buckle are floor boards. Personal responsibility takes yet another holiday, and now, thanks to the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, it's retired to Barbados for the foreseeable future. A lawsuit was brought against McDonald's on behalf of two...
  • Schwarzenegger, Pataki urge Congress not to weaken state powers (Clean Air Act)

    01/25/2005 4:35:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 228+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 1/25/05 | Devlin Barrett - AP
    WASHINGTON - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York Gov. George Pataki are pressing Congress to protect key parts of the Clean Air Act as lawmakers and the Bush administration seek to change the law. The two moderate Republicans on Tuesday urged senators considering updating the act not to reduce the powers states have now to enforce environmental regulations or create tougher state regulations. The governors, who both place great emphasis on their environmental initiatives, wrote to members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which will hold a hearing Wednesday to consider changes to the Clean Air Act....
  • 2001 Memo Reveals Push for Broader Presidential Powers

    12/19/2004 6:34:29 AM PST · by crushelits · 11 replies · 587+ views ^ | Dec. 18, 2004 | Michael Isikoff
    A Justice Department lawyer may have been laying the groundwork for the Iraq invasion long before it was discussed publicly by the White House. Just two weeks after the September 11 attacks, a secret memo to White House counsel Alberto Gonzales’ office concluded that President Bush had the power to deploy military force “preemptively” against any terrorist groups or countries that supported them—regardless of whether they had any connection to the attacks on the World Trade Towers or the Pentagon. The memo, written by Justice Department lawyer John Yoo, argues that there are effectively “no limits” on the president’s...

    12/18/2004 10:54:20 AM PST · by forest · 53 replies · 1,217+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #330 ^ | 12-19-04 | Doug Fiedor
    One useful fact all Americans should keep in mind is that they have no "right" to be protected by the police. American police are reactive, not proactive. They don't usually "prevent" crime. They catch lawbreakers after they have committed a crime. This was by design of the Founding Fathers. Because, as we see today with the anti-terrorism laws, in order to "prevent" crime, police would need all sorts of obnoxious powers that would trample all over our rights of life, liberty and property. Instead, Americans were intended to have the means of self defense. Put another way, the Constitution does...

    12/04/2004 12:07:30 PM PST · by forest · 10 replies · 979+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #328 ^ | 12-5-04 | Doug Fiedor
    Here's a quick question for all you Constitutional scholars: Which of the enumerated powers authorized to the federal government are described in the Bill of Rights? None, of course. Except in later amendments, regulatory powers given the federal government by the Constitution of the United States are listed in the body of the Constitution. The Second Amendment, then, is something else. When we are unsure about the exact meaning of a section of the Constitution, the Supreme Court instructs that we should look to The Federalist Papers for clarification. In Cohens v. Virginia the Court said: "Its intrinsic merit entitles...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Nicaragua Congress Grants Itself Powers

    11/26/2004 6:44:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 266+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/26/04 | Filadelfo Aleman - AP
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua - In a deepening political crisis touched off by anti-corruption efforts, Nicaragua's congress has voted to give itself the power to ratify and dismiss Cabinet ministers and other officials. The constitutional amendment, which was approved late Thursday and would have to be affirmed again in next year's legislative session to take effect, grew out of a power struggle between President Enrique Bolanos and the party that put him in office, the Liberal Constitutionalist Party. Bolanos lost its support after his anti-corruption campaign landed the party leader and former president, Arnoldo Aleman, in prison, where he is serving 20...
  • Congress Sends $800 Billion Debt Limit Increase To Bush

    11/21/2004 1:50:49 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 1 replies · 402+ views
    American Constitutional Research Service | 11-19-04 | John William Kurowski
    Congress Sends $800 Billion Debt Limit Increase To Bush Same story November 19, 2004 CAPITOL HILL -- A bill raising the federal borrowing limit by $800 billion is on its way to President George W. Bush's desk . . . the debt limit bill will pump up the federal borrowing cap to $8.18 trillion. That is 70 percent the size of the entire U.S. economy, and more than $2.4 trillion higher than the debt Bush inherited upon taking office in 2001. To get a handle on the size of the real national debt, see: Measuring the Federal Government's Unfunded Liability...
  • Hospital recovery of Michigan House candidate to go through general election (85th state house)

    11/01/2004 7:51:24 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 1 replies · 163+ views
    AP ^ | 11-1-04
    Hospital recovery of Michigan House candidate to go through general election 11/1/2004, 5:40 p.m. ETM The Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican candidate running for the open 85th state House District will be in the hospital until after Tuesday's general election, preventing him from any last-minute campaigning for the seat that covers Shiawassee County and part of Clinton County. Richard Ball, an optometrist from Laingsburg, had surgery over the weekend to remove an abscess that resulted from an infection in his intestine, campaign manager Charlie Keenan said Monday. The 72-year-old is expected to be in the hospital until...
  • My paper on the president

    10/20/2004 11:50:08 AM PDT · by justateenwhocares · 17 replies · 404+ views
    Does anyone know what the president's benefits, his seven powers, his duties, or even what the former president's benifits are??I looked on all kind of search engines and I can't seem to find it anywhere. Thanks so much for your help to those who can help.
  • Hannity & Colmes Interview Kirsten Powers

    10/11/2004 6:51:46 PM PDT · by Fizzie · 52 replies · 2,808+ views | October 11, 2004 | fizzie
    Just watched "Democratic Strategist" Kirsten Powers on Hannity and Colmes. Gawd, I feel old. It seems the political strategists the media is dredging up have the verbal cadence of Valley Girls. The segment was dissecting Heinz-Kerry's comment about never sending anyone in an American uniform to fight and die for oil and greed. Kirsten had one talking point: "What's wrong with objecting to having people die for oil and greed?" Hannity was nailing Kirsten, the Democratic Strategist. Colmes, bless his heart, obviously felt the need to feed her lines, and she agreed and nodded whole-heartedly , thus saving her from...
  • Congress Aims to Rein In Supreme Court Activism

    05/25/2004 7:09:16 AM PDT · by kjvail · 20 replies · 218+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/25/04 | NewsMax
    Congress Aims to Rein In Supreme Court Activism The issue of same-sex marriage, heading for an ultimate decision by the highest court in the land, is driving a new effort on Capitol Hill to curb the Supreme Court’s power. NewsMax's Wes Vernon reveals that the House Judiciary Committee and the House Rules Committee are considering legislation that would allow Congress, by a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate, to override individual decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. H.R. 3920, "To allow Congress to reverse the judgments of the United States Supreme Court," introduced by 10 House Republicans, argues...
  • Oh Brother! Yoga For Peace..(Please Get A Job Alert!)

    03/19/2004 4:02:03 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 20 replies · 199+ views
    AP/Yahoo News Photos ^ | 3/19/04 | AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
    Oh My! What choreography! Pee-ew. Anti-war Protesters flash peace signs as they peform yoga in downtown San Francisco on Friday, March 19, 2004. Demonstrations in several U.S. cities are taking place Friday on the anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) This one is just plain scary!
  • Florida’s “Parental Notice of Abortion Act” and tyrant Justice Shaw

    01/03/2004 9:01:02 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 8 replies · 649+ views
    American Constitutional Research Service | January 3, 2004 | John William Kurowski
    American Constitutional Research Service Jan. 3, 2004 In a recent case North Florida Women's Health & Counseling Services, Inc. v. State of Florida[decided July 10th, 2003] Senior Justice Shaw delivering the opinion of the Court which struck down Florida’s “Parental Notice of Abortion Act” stated the following: “In the final analysis, we cannot fault the trial court for faithfully applying the controlling law. The court reasoned simply as follows (1) This Court in T.W. held that the Parental Consent Act imposed a significant restriction on a pregnant minor’s right of privacy. (2) The Court in T.W. further held that, in...
  • A Changed Climate in Turkey

    08/04/2003 2:11:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 269+ views
    The votes by Turkey's Parliament last week to curb the political power of the military and increase freedom of expression are a significant step away from army domination of Turkish politics. The challenge now for the government, dominated by moderate Islamists of the Justice and Development Party, is to ensure that the new measures are carried out. Not long ago, Turkey's military would have responded to such initiatives by seizing power — the armed forces removed four governments in the last four decades. That is less likely today because of broad support in Turkey for democratic rule, but these reforms...
  • Andy Grove: Tech is our power; Intel is an American Company; China May Overtake USA in 20 Years

    06/03/2003 4:23:30 AM PDT · by risk · 17 replies · 330+ views
    PBS ^ | June 2, 2003 | Charlie Rose/Andrew Grove
    Article origin: Note: this article serves as a place holder since Charlie Rose's Andy Grove interview transcript isn't available yet. The two of them discussed Paul Kennedy's "Rise and Fall" at one point.Paul Kennedy Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale is the author and editor of fifteen books, including The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century. (November 2002) November 7, 2002: The Modern MachiavelliThe Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John J. MearsheimerNo Virtue Like Necessity: Realist Thought in International...
  • Conservatives in Iran????

    03/10/2003 8:58:54 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 27 replies · 247+ views
    Greta Van Susteran just had a Middle East expert on talking about how Iran is developing its nuclear program. The man seemed to think that Iran was doing it not to threaten anybody else, but to ensure its safety. The main question I have is that at the end of the interview this Middle East 'expert' said.... "You have got a bunch of hard line conservatives controlling the country, which puts a black mark over it" The Ayatollah's in Iran aren't conservative??? Was this guy intentionally jabbing conservatives? Or did he mean something else? I would think the conservatives in...
  • Developing the capability to build dossiers on all Americans

    11/25/2002 6:24:42 PM PST · by SheLion · 23 replies · 198+ views
    Capitol Hill Blue ^ | 21 November 2002 | DOUG THOMPSON
    Only in Amerika Developing the capability to build dossiers on all Americans By DOUG THOMPSON Nov 21, 2002, 07:50 As part of its expanded powers under the guise of “homeland security,” the federal government is developing interlinked databases that will track financial transactions, phone calls, Internet activity, gun ownership and even vehicle use of all Americans, Capitol Hill Blue has learned. One such database, the Orwellian-sounding Total Information Awareness System, is a Pentagon-based computer project headed by former Iran-Contra figure John Poindexter, director of the Information Awareness Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency that originally...
  • Iran's government to shake-up administrative powers

    09/19/2002 5:33:49 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 175+ views
    Iran Mania ^ | September 19 2002 | AFP
    TEHRAN, Sept 18 (AFP) - Iran's interior minister has announced plans to "decentralise decision-making powers" and shake-up the Islamic republic's unwieldy administrative culture, reports said Wednesday. Abdolvahed Mussavi-Lari was quoted in the local press as saying his ministry would soon present to parliament a bill that would provide more say to local officials, who currently have to refer most decisions to Tehran. "This law shows the government's willingness to give more powers to local councils, elected local officials and those in charge of the different regions," he said. He did not elaborate on the details of the plan. Local officials...
  • Iraq Arms Offer Divides Powers

    08/02/2002 6:16:47 AM PDT · by blam · 233+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-2-2002
    Friday, 2 August, 2002, 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK Iraq arms offer divides powersEarly reactions to Iraq's offer of talks over the possible resumption of arms inspections suggest the big powers on the UN Security Council will be divided over the issue. The UK gave the invitation a cool response, but Russia welcomed the move as an "important step" and France expressed its support. The US and the United Nations have yet to respond. Iraq is suspected of rebuilding its weapons programme In a letter to the UN, Iraqi Foreign Minister, Naji Sabri, invited the chief inspector, Hans Blix, for what...
  • Bush Gives CIA More Powers To Oust Saddam -- Report

    06/16/2002 10:12:48 AM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 286+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 6-16-2002
    Bush Gives CIA More Powers to Oust Saddam -- Report Sun Jun 16,11:50 AM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush early this year signed an intelligence order directing the CIA to conduct covert operations to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein , The Washington Post reported on Sunday. The covert program included authorization to use lethal force to capture Saddam, the Post said, citing informed sources. Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle said Congress had been consulted about the move by the administration but expressed some reservations about the timing of any such effort. "There is broad support for a regime change...
  • Fla. Police May Be Given New Powers

    06/06/2002 8:11:57 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 261+ views
    Fla. Police May Be Given New Powers Friday June 7, 2002 3:00 AM TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Police officers in a state anti-terrorism unit will have the power to enforce immigration law under a pilot program created with the federal government, the state said Thursday. The 35 members of the state's Domestic Security Task Force will not conduct routine immigration enforcement, such as checking someone's immigration status, but could detain a suspected terrorist for violating immigration laws. ``It's targeted only to terrorist investigations - not checking green cards and work camps,'' said Tim Moore, commissioner for the Florida Department of...
  • Bush Seeks Expanded Trade Powers

    04/28/2002 6:34:46 AM PDT · by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday! · 24 replies · 248+ views
    CRAWFORD, Texas — With the Senate set to debate trade legislation in earnest, President Bush asked lawmakers again Saturday to give him broader powers in negotiating trade pacts. He said it would lift the entire economy. Bush wants Congress to give him trade promotion authority, which would allow him to negotiate international trade pacts that Congress could approve or reject but could not change. That, he argues, would accelerate agreements by giving other countries more confidence that Congress wouldn't tinker with trade deals the administration negotiated. Lawmakers have denied presidents that power since 1994, but they appear ready to go along this...
  • The Powers Briefing: News, Views And Skews For The Week Ending April 14, 2002

    04/12/2002 11:49:55 AM PDT · by WrightOnTarget · 3 replies · 192+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | April 12, 2002 | Doug Powers
    In putting together this week's Briefing I, as all of you, was shocked by the level of violence in the news. It's like half the world is turning into Ike Turner. That's where the Powers Briefing comes in handy. Like taking Grandma to Bill Knapps on her 100th birthday, it's funny to look at and free. Here we go... This past week…Yasser Arafat continued to stay holed up in his tightly sealed office where he's been for almost two weeks and is now awaiting a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Arafat said he was looking forward to...
  • More Police Powers: Congressperson, "Just Screw em"

    03/25/2002 7:36:40 AM PST · by · 106 replies · 538+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2002 | By Matthew Mosk
    Terrorism Fears Push Md. Toward Wider Police Power Washington Post - Maryland's House of Delegates is preparing to pass anti-terrorism legislation today that would dramatically expand the ability of police to tap phones and eavesdrop on the e-mail and Internet activity of suspected criminals -- part of a deluge of terror-busting measures under consideration in nearly every state capital. The Maryland bill, like those in dozens of other states, has inspired a heated clash between civil libertarians and those who believe that some rights must be compromised to prevent another attack on U.S. soil. Each time that conflict surfaced last...