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  • Where the Car Is King, Tysons (VA) Faces a Dilemma Urban Planners Take Aim at Free Parking

    07/07/2008 5:34:04 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 39 replies · 570+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2008 | Amy Gardner
    Think there's no such thing as too much parking? Take a look at Tysons Corner, where there's more parking than jobs, more parking than office space, more parking than in downtown Washington. That must change, said advocates and politicians seeking to transform Virginia's largest business hub from suburb to city. Reducing parking, charging for parking and finding new uses for the acres of parking that separate Tysons' buildings and the people inside is at the heart of plans to remake the area.... "Who wants parking spaces to be the hallmark of a development?" said Clark Tyler, chairman of a Fairfax...
  • Baby Bust! The World Is Panicking Over Birthrates. Again.

    06/17/2008 6:49:43 AM PDT · by steve-b · 16 replies · 176+ views
    Reason ^ | 7/08 | Kerry Howley
    Dr. Love is struggling.... Dr. Love's allies in the war on childlessness have fared no better. The Singaporean government's official matchmaking agency, the SDU -- the initials stand for Social Development Unit, but it's known to snarky islanders as "Single, Desperate, and Ugly" -- is situated just off the city-state's main shopping thoroughfare, and it doesn't seem nearly as popular as the nearby Emporio Armani.... The developed world is experiencing a wave of pro-natalist sentiment that threatens to bully the childless, tax the single, and reorient states toward the production rather than the protection of citizens. In most developed nations...
  • Executives harpooned by online 'whalers'

    04/23/2008 6:06:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 201+ views
    Times of London ^ | 04/23/08 | Jonathan Richards
    From Times OnlineApril 23, 2008 Executives harpooned by online 'whalers' Spies and conmen target bosses in e-mail attacks to install malicious software with access to most privileged data Jonathan Richards Corporate bosses have become the latest target of cyber-criminals, after a string of attacks in which senior management have been singled out to receive fraudulent e-mails. Internet fraudsters have taken to sending personally addressed e-mails to chief executives and other high-level executives with a view to installing malicious software on computers that have access to the most privileged company information. In the latest e-mail scam, known as "whaling" because it...
  • Ugly cousin makes noise in liberalism's family tree

    03/18/2008 7:31:40 AM PDT · by qam1 · 25 replies · 4,451+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | March 18, 2008 | Nigel Hannaford
    Compassionate fascism is just as anti-liberty as the other kind Perhaps you wonder how society's self-appointed hall monitors got the right to make you feel bad about the fries on your plate or the cigarette you're smoking, or outlaw listening to iPods while crossing the street. If so, you may also be fed up with being nagged about recycling, and be wondering why just because you don't think we're all responsible for global warming, you have been designated a pariah through that infelicitous phrase -- climate-change denier. You know what that's supposed to sound like. Worse, some of your accusers...
  • An Open Letter to Hillary Conservatives

    03/01/2008 7:15:57 AM PST · by Richard Poe · 115 replies · 1,105+ views ^ | February 29, 2008 | Richard Lawrence Poe
    by Richard Lawrence Poe Friday, February 29, 2008 ArchivesPermanent Link I ADDRESS this column to that new breed of conservative, the Hillarycon. These are conservatives who support Hillary Clinton. Below I describe the three types of Hillarycon and explain why each is wrong. TYPE 1: The Innocent Hillarycon The first type is the most well-meaning, but possibly the most deluded. Innocent Hillarycons view Hillary as a weaker candidate than Obama, and thus seek to help Hillary win the nomination. They are wrong. Hillary's weakness is an illusion. She is playing rope-a-dope with Obama. By hanging on the ropes, and...
  • Planet Feels Heat Of Divorce (ECO-NUT SOCIAL ENGINEERING ALERT)

    12/02/2007 5:48:47 PM PST · by Viking2002 · 28 replies · 37+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | December 2, 2007 | Roger Waite
    UNHAPPY couples used to stick together for the sake of the kids. Now they can make the best of a bad marriage in the name of being environmentally friendly. Scientists have quantified for the first time the extent to which divorce damages the environment. The researchers found that the combined use of electricity across the two new households created rose 53% while water use was up by 42%. Across America – one of 12 countries studied – divorced households used 73 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2005 that could have been saved if the families had not split up. That...
  • Arkansas Governor's Wages War on Junk Food in School (Huckabee 2006)

    10/22/2007 9:01:35 AM PDT · by pissant · 36 replies · 105+ views
    Fox News ^ | Oct 4, 2006 | Melissa Drosjack
    WASHINGTON — Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has a message for Americans: Quit digging your grave with a knife and fork. Huckabee shed more than 100 pounds after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2003. He has taken his personal health kick to the next level by running marathons and writing books like "Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife And Fork." He is also using his success story to wage war on junk food in public schools in hopes of targeting childhood obesity rates. Other states, under pressure to encourage healthier eating habits for children, are developing similar school...
  • Ebay Hacked! - Credit Cards, Bank Accounts posted on T & S

    09/26/2007 7:25:05 AM PDT · by publana · 70 replies · 345+ views
    eBay discussion Board ^ | Sept 35, 2007 | zekemcalister Ebay was hacked today. Users complete credit card information was being posted today on eBay's Trust and Safety board including name, cc number, CCV, paypal info, etc. It took eBay over 90 minutes to finally pull down the Trust & Safety server to remove the publicly posted information. If you have an eBay or PayPal account, you might want to monitor the above link.
  • Victory for Britain's metric martyrs as Eurocrats give up the fight

    09/11/2007 12:44:53 AM PDT · by Stoat · 43 replies · 2,115+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 11, 2007 | BENEDICT BROGAN and PAUL SIMS
    Victory for Britain's metric martyrs as Eurocrats give up the fightBy BENEDICT BROGAN and PAUL SIMS - More by this author » Last updated at 00:05am on 11th September 2007  Brussels will today give up the fight to make Britain drop pints, pounds and miles. The right of Britons to use imperial weights and measures will be enshrined in EU law under plans being announced by the European Commission. Traditional measures will remain legal "until Kingdom come", the Commissioner responsible for the move told the Daily Mail last night. Scroll down for more...Vindicated: The 'Metric Martyr' Steve Thoburn, who...
  • Editorial: Carbon-reduction plan a step forward

    05/27/2007 12:01:38 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 24 replies · 784+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/27/2007 | Anon
    If California wants to achieve its goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 to fight global warming, it must find a way to cut down the biggest source of those pollutants: cars, trucks and other motor vehicles. Even though transportation contributes 41 percent of greenhouse gases, our society is too geographically dispersed and mobile to realistically expect that we can dramatically reduce the number of miles we drive, ride and fly. So that means our vehicles need to become far more fuel-efficient. The less gasoline per mile that a car uses, the less heat-trapping carbon dioxide it spews...
  • Taxing women less: Gender pay equity?

    05/06/2007 7:34:16 AM PDT · by Phantom Lord · 59 replies · 1,078+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 05/06/07 | Mike Myers
    Lower tax rates for women would have a number of benefits, two economists argue. But their ideas, which get high marks for originality, have drawn doubters. Want to reduce the overall level of income taxes and see more women taking home paychecks?
  • Bloomberg Wants N.Y.C. To Adopt Mexican Social Engineering Program

    04/27/2007 4:20:36 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 12 replies · 622+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | April 27, 2007 | The Stiletto
    For the second time in a month The New York Times is touting a 10-year old Mexican anti-poverty program that New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to import. The social engineering program essentially offers bribes to adults to get jobs, and to make sure their children stay in school (second item, The Daily Blade). According to The New York Times: The payments are tied to changes in behavior intended to lift families out of poverty. So the program requires families to keep their children in school and take them for regular checkups. Parents must also attend talks on health,...
  • Pelosi: ‘Working Women and Their Families Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work’

    04/24/2007 10:57:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 86 replies · 2,279+ views
    Press Releases Contact: Brendan Daly 202-226-7616 For Immediate Release 04/24/2007 Pelosi: ‘Working Women and Their Families Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work’ Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this morning at an Education and Labor Committee hearing on equal pay: “I want to thank the Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller for convening this critical hearing today on Strengthening the Middle Class: Ensuring Equal Pay for Women. “I also want to recognize the leadership of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a champion for equal pay in the Congress, who for 10 years has been introducing the Paycheck...
  • The Return Of The Women's Equality Amendment (Ashley Herzog Debunks Femi-nazi Craziness Alert)

    04/09/2007 10:20:43 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 813+ views ^ | 04/10/2007 | Ashley Herzog
    The Return Of The Women's Equality Amendment By Ashley Herzog April 10, 2007 I didn't plan on writing another column about feminism, but I keep discovering more examples of pernicious ideas the so-called "women's rights activists" are pushing on society. Last week, the Democrat-controlled Congress reintroduced the long-dead Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which gained popular support in the 1970s but died when Americans found out what it actually entailed. Thirty years later, feminists in Congress seem to think we've forgotten. The language of the ERA, now renamed the Women's Equality Amendment, is deceptively simple: "equality of rights under the law...
  • Going back to [his] Roots (TV "Roots" sort of long).

    03/24/2007 1:10:58 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 67 replies · 1,411+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 24, 2007
    It's 30 years since the TV drama Roots first screened. The show had a profound impact on black people in the US and UK, recalls Kwame Kwei-Armah, right, who spoke to others about their memories of the programme.Thirty years ago I was an 11-year-old growing up in West London. One evening I sat down with my family to watch a new television programme called Roots. It was a moment that changed my life. By the end of the series I had told my mother that I would one day trace my heritage back to Africa and reclaim an ancestral...
  • The Case Against Smoking Bans

    02/06/2007 4:41:36 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 104 replies · 1,505+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | Thomas A. Lambert
    In recent years, legal scholars have produced a voluminous literature on the rule of law in indirectly controlling social norms and individual preferences. Smoking bans provide on of the favorite "success stories" of those who laud the use of legal rules to change norms and preferences. According to these scholars, smoking bans affect behavior, even if under-enforced, because they change the social norm regarding smoking in public. With the advent of smoking bans, non-smokers who previously felt embarassed about publicly expressing their distaste for ETS are speaking up. By providing a de facto community statement that public smoking is unacceptable,...
  • Housing Fetish

    01/30/2007 9:49:12 PM PST · by B-Chan · 35 replies · 1,147+ views ^ | 2007.01.29 | James Kunstler
    Martha Stewart was not an accident of history. She came along in the late 20th century as a kind of spirit guide to a society whose bad choices and misinvestments had led to the wholesale destruction of any place in America that people called home. And by this I mean the towns, neighborhoods, and city districts of our land, not just the individual dwellings. By the 1980s, America had been converted, with monstrous efficiency, into what I have called a geography of nowhere, a panorama of identical highway strips, malls, big box warehouses, fried food out-parcels, and free parking wastelands...
  • As Obesity Fight Hits Cafeteria, Many Fear a Note From School

    01/09/2007 9:39:48 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 79 replies · 1,524+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 1/8/2007 | Jodi Kantor
    Six-year-old Karlind Dunbar barely touched her dinner, but not for time-honored 6-year-old reasons. The pasta was not the wrong shape. She did not have an urgent date with her dolls. The problem was the letter Karlind discovered, tucked inside her report card, saying that she had a body mass index in the 80th percentile. The first grader did not know what “index” or “percentile” meant, or that children scoring in the 5th through 85th percentiles are considered normal, while those scoring higher are at risk of being or already overweight. Yet she became convinced that her teachers were chastising her...
  • 'Racial Balancing' in Seattle Schools

    12/03/2006 6:34:38 AM PST · by PolishProud · 34 replies · 1,226+ views
    Washington Post via Real Clear Politics ^ | December 2, 2006 | George Will
    Until June, the (Seattle) school district's Web site declared that "cultural racism'' includes "emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology,'' "having a future time orientation'' (planning ahead) and "defining one form of English as standard.'' The site also asserted that only whites can be racists, and disparaged assimilation as the "giving up'' of one's culture. After this propaganda provoked outrage, the district, saying it needed to "provide more context to readers'' about "institutional racism,'' put up a page saying that the district's intention is to avoid "unsuccessful concepts such as a melting pot or colorblind mentality.'' The Supreme...
  • Clueless In Seattle [Will on busing, 9th Circuit]

    12/02/2006 2:57:37 PM PST · by aculeus · 53 replies · 1,603+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 3, 2006 | By George F. Will
    SEATTLE -- This city's school district decided in 2000 that because the son of Jill Kurfirst and the daughter of Winnie Bachwitz are white, they should be assigned to an inferior and distant high school. If they had not left the Seattle school system, this would have required them to rise at 5 a.m. in order to leave home by 5:30 a.m., alone and in the dark, to take the first of three buses, returning home between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., with almost no time left for homework, family activities and adequate sleep. The parents argue that the racial...
  • Pay up ... or the planet gets it (coming soon to CA)

    10/30/2006 4:12:18 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 12 replies · 439+ views
    The Sun ^ | 10-30-2006 | GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON
    HARD-WORKING families face crippling new bills as the Government fights global warming with a raft of stinging taxes. Shadow Environment Secretary Peter Ainsworth said last night: “We don’t need a programme of green taxes: We need a green programme, full stop. He was speaking after it was revealed that Environment Secretary David Miliband had already drawn up sweeping green tax plans which he has put to Gordon Brown. The move came on the eve of today’s publication of a major study on climate change — which some experts blame on harmful man-made emissions. Tony Blair describes the report — drawn...
  • Secret green tax blitz planned for cars, air travel and consumer goods (Great Britian)

    10/29/2006 5:23:01 PM PST · by Risha · 19 replies · 714+ views
    dailymail ^ | 28th October 2006 | SIMON WALTERS
    Secret green tax blitz planned for cars, air travel and consumer goods By SIMON WALTERS, Mail on Sunday Secret plans for a multi-billion-pound package of stealth taxes on fuel, cars, air travel and consumer goods have been drawn up by the government to combat global warming. The proposals, leaked to The Mail on Sunday, show that the Government is considering introducing a raft of hard-hitting 'eco-taxes' that will have a devastating effect on the cost of living. Families with big cars could end up paying more than Ł1,000 a year extra in tax. And nearly every household in Britain will...
  • Childless Russian families to pay taxes for their social inaction

    09/15/2006 6:26:23 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 65 replies · 1,340+ views
    Pravda ^ | Sept. 15 | Dmitry Sudakov
    "Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Health Protection, Nikolai Gerasimenko, suggested the introduction of childlessness tax to improve the demographic situation in Russia. “It is about time we should think about childlessness tax. If you do not want to think about your social duty for your fatherland than you will have to pay for it,” Gerasimenko said. The official added that State Duma deputies were currently considering the issue about the introduction of such a tax in Russia. As soon as deputies think the idea through, the law-makers will develop an adequate document on the matter. "
  • Identity Theft Techniques

    09/06/2006 7:53:28 AM PDT · by APRPEH · 1 replies · 609+ views
    IT OBSERVER ^ | 5 September 2006 | Steve Stasiukonis
    There’s been a lot of talk about identity theft in recent days, and a lot of technology is being thrown at the problem. But with all the technology that’s out there, it’s still pretty easy for a good social engineer to steal an identity and exploit it swiftly, even if they only have a single piece of personal information. In a recent project, my penetration testing firm was able to gain an alarming amount of access to personal information — and even financial accounts — with only a birth date to go on. We were hired by a private college...
  • Yugoslavia, rest in peace

    06/08/2006 12:07:42 PM PDT · by JZelle · 13 replies · 474+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6-8-06 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    Yugoslavia is dead. The multinational federation, once consisting of the republics of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro, is no more. The last chapter in the country's break-up was written recently when tiny Montenegro voted to secede from its union with Serbia. The result consigns the last vestiges of former Yugoslavia to history after the bloody wars of the 1990s had already led to Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Macedonia leaving the federation.
  • Uni spots based on political opinions

    05/28/2006 4:54:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 261+ views
    The Australian ^ | 29th May 2006 | Adam Cresswell
    MEDICAL schools are giving students coveted university training places based on "personality assessments" that include asking for their views on the Iraq war and gay marriage. Less academically gifted students are leapfrogging those with better marks by signing up for coaching programs that school them in handling the interview questions -- fuelling critics' claims that the personality tests are skewing the selection process for the nation's future doctors away from the best and brightest. Some interviewees have been asked to debate the rights and wrongs of providing in-vitro fertilisation services to gay people. Other questions include what applicants' parents do...
  • Overeaters, smokers and drinkers: the doctor won't see you now

    04/25/2006 9:20:47 AM PDT · by USFRIENDINVICTORIA · 90 replies · 2,349+ views
    Macleans ^ | April 18, 2006 | NICHOLAS KOHLER AND BARBARA RIGHTON
    At issue: health care for patients with self-destructive vices -- overeating, smoking, drinking or drugs. More and more doctors are turning them away or knocking them down their waiting lists -- whether patients know that's the reason or not. Frightening stories abound. GPs who won't take smokers as patients. Surgeons who demand obese patients lose weight before they'll operate, or tell them to find another doctor. Transplant teams who turn drinkers down flat. Doctors say their decisions make sense: why spend thousands of dollars on futile procedures? Or the decision is the product of frustration: why not make patients accountable...
  • Texas halts arrests of drunks in bars

    04/16/2006 10:58:04 AM PDT · by sully777 · 16 replies · 440+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:08pm ET
    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A controversial Texas program to send undercover agents into bars to arrest drunks has been halted after a firestorm of protest from the public. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has "temporarily suspended" what it called "Operation Last Call" even though it still believes it was worthwhile, commission spokeswoman Carolyn Beck said on Thursday. "We understand that everything has room for improvement, this included," she said. She said most of those arrested in the sting operations had been "dangerously drunk" and might have tried to drive if TABC agents had not busted them. The TABC has...
  • Report: HOV Lanes Increase Congestion

    04/03/2006 9:46:34 AM PDT · by crv16 · 134 replies · 1,980+ views
    The newspaper ^ | 03/31/2006 | Researcher
    A report examines nearly five years of travel data and concludes that HOV lanes have increased congestion in San Francisco. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, East Bay have measured the effect of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) restrictions on 100 miles of freeway in the San Francisco Bay area and found the lanes have had the opposite of their intended effect. Using detectors buried in the pavement, they analyzed four-and-a-half years worth of speed and travel time data from 2001 to 2005. Because the HOV/carpool restrictions only apply for 8-10 hours a day on the...
  • Alcoholics' apartments generate many aid calls [Duh!]

    03/23/2006 7:59:53 AM PST · by XR7 · 12 replies · 732+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 3/23/06 | Stuart Eskenazi
    Nearly every other day, the Seattle Fire Department responds to an apartment house for chronic street alcoholics to administer emergency medical aid to an ailing resident. The $11.2 million housing project, located at 1811 Eastlake Ave., puts to test a unique concept in housing homeless hard-core alcoholics because residents are allowed to drink in their rooms. The 39 aid calls to the building since it opened in mid-December far exceed what backers of the controversial project anticipated. And that raises questions about whether one of the key theories behind the project — saving taxpayer money by reducing visits by homeless...
  • Why Jon Stewart isn't funny

    03/05/2006 9:41:25 AM PST · by flixxx · 133 replies · 5,081+ views
    boston globe (via ^ | March 3, 2006 | Michael Kalin
    Why Jon Stewart isn't funny By Michael Kalin | March 3, 2006 THE SELECTION of Jon Stewart as the host for Sunday night's 2006 Oscars undoubtedly marks a career milestone for the aspiring king of late-night comedy. Unfortunately, however, the ascension of Stewart and ''The Daily Show" into the public eye is no laughing matter. Stewart's ever-increasing popularity among young viewers directly correlates with the declining influence of progressive thought in America. Coincidence? I think not. Let me explain.

    02/23/2006 3:53:36 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 60 replies · 2,378+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | February 22, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Here's Hillary Clinton going bananas over school vouchers, via FNC's Hannity and Colmes: Download and watch the video (Windows Media file). Hillary screeches that providing inner-city and poor students with more choice in education will lead to a a "school of the Church of the White Supremacist " and a "School of the Jihad." Transcript: CLINTON: Suppose that you were meeting today to decide who got the vouchers. First parent comes and says 'I want to send my daughter to St. Peter's Roman Catholic School' and you say 'Great, wonderful school, here's your voucher. Next parent who comes says, 'I...
  • Colleges need a few good men

    02/11/2006 8:25:22 AM PST · by Reeses · 33 replies · 755+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, February 11, 2006 | C.W. Nevius
    Despite extensive outreach programs and dire predictions about their futures, there is a minority group growing ever smaller on college campuses. It seems no matter what anyone says or does, the trend cannot be reversed. Fewer and fewer of them attend college. The minority group? Men. ... When some women hear that college administrators are trying to get more men onto campus, the rhetoric begins to fly. Feminists say women need to be encouraged to attend college, to graduate, to move into white-collar jobs. After all the work to gain an equal academic playing field for women, they ask, do...
  • Near-utopian future presented at smart growth workshop

    01/23/2006 8:26:24 PM PST · by Lorianne · 31 replies · 992+ views
    The Ukiah Daily Journal (Mendicino County) ^ | January 21, 2006 | Seth Freedland
    As optimism poured into their hearts and knowledge crammed into their brains, more than 100 local residents peered with a wan smile into their collective future Friday during the first official smart growth educational workshop. Four erudite speakers presented a path toward a near-utopian life for Ukiahans -- full of walkable communities, slower traffic and more prominent greenscaping. But it was the far-reaching, more intimate impacts of smart growth that produced a series of gasps from the audience. A cross-sectional crowd of elected officials, public and private planners, contractors, builders and other concerned citizens took part of the workshop, co-sponsored...
  • Hemispheric threads

    01/19/2006 9:12:53 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 17 replies · 517+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2006 | Susan Segal and Eric Farnsworth
    Just as markets tend to overshoot, so does political analysis, and recent commentary on Latin America is exhibit A. Conventional wisdom is that the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina, and the recent elections in Bolivia late last year indicate that the United States and Latin America have parted company, definitively reversing the positive trends of the 1990s. Some have even accused Washington of "losing" Latin America, as if the region were ours to lose. Certainly, challenges do exist in the hemisphere, some of great consequence, but before we either overreact or, just as harmful, turn our...
  • No Free Speech in the UK (BNP leader faces charges for speech)

    01/17/2006 7:48:39 AM PST · by van_erwin · 11 replies · 636+ views
    The Times Online ^ | Jan. 17, 2006 | Philippe Naughton
    The British National Party leader Nick Griffin told a crowd that white society had turned into a multiracial hell-hole as Asian Muslims aimed to conquer the country, a court heard today. Mr Griffin, 45, and his fellow party activist Mark Collett, 24, face a series of charges arising out of speeches featured in an undercover BBC documentary on the party.Leeds Crown Court heard that both men addressed a crowd at the Reservoir Tavern in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on January 19 2004. Rodney Jameson QC, prosecuting, told the jury that Mr Griffin concentrated on allegations of paedophile drug rapes by Asian...
  • California Tells Christian Club it Must Admit Non-Christians and Homosexuals

    01/02/2006 5:08:20 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 120 replies · 3,208+ views ^ | Jan 2, 2006 | Brendan Steinhauser
    California Tells Christian Club it Must Admit Non-Christians and Homosexuals By Brendan Steinhauser Jan 2, 2006 A new Christian club at California State University--San Bernardino was recently denied official recognition by the university because it required its members to adhere to Biblical principles of morality. Some of these principles, as explained by the student organizer, Ryan Sorba, include abstaining from premarital sex and homosexual relations. Sorba says that in order to join his Christian group, a student must adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ and strive to avoid sinful behavior. According to Cal-State San Bernardino President Albert Karnig, these...
  • County growth worries planners (Houston)

    12/28/2005 7:16:38 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies · 729+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 26, 2005 | Mike Snyder
    Over the next 30 years, most of Harris County's remaining open space will succumb to subdivisions, office buildings and shopping centers where millions of new residents will live and work, projections by local planners show. The spread of development, particularly west and northwest of Houston, is among the more striking trends shown in preliminary population and job growth projections developed by the Houston-Gal- veston Area Council for the eight-county Houston region. The potential loss of open space alarms conservationists and others concerned about suburban sprawl. It is among the factors driving an effort by business and civic leaders to find...
  • Let the Evolutionists Win

    12/21/2005 7:15:48 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies · 665+ views
    American Vision ^ | Gary DeMar
    I think we should let the evolutionists have their way. They oppose any mention of creation in government schools, even rejecting the notion of Intelligent Design. They see the Scopes Trial of 1925 as the turning point for the upsurge in evolutionary legitimacy. While John Scopes was convicted for teaching evolution contrary to state law and had to pay a $100 fine, public opinion and educational monopoly turned toward evolution.1 One way to beat an opposing worldview is to force its proponents to live consistently with the position. Since Scopes was accused of teaching from the state-adopted textbook A Civic...
  • Groupings vs. flight

    11/29/2005 11:38:54 AM PST · by JZelle · 53 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-29-05 | Thomas Sowell
    "The New White Flight" was the title of an eye-opening article in the Nov. 20 Wall Street Journal. It was about a high school in Cupertino, Calif., where a growing Asian-American student population is causing rising academic standards -- and causing many white parents to withdraw their children from the school and some to move away. The school has some of the state's highest test scores. Though everybody favors high academic standards in the abstract, not everyone favors struggling to meet them. One white mother taking her son to an after-school soccer game noticed all the Asian-American parents arriving to...
  • New Urbanism: Exactly the Wrong Way to Rebuild After Katrina

    10/26/2005 6:55:53 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 87 replies · 1,291+ views
    Freedom 21 Santa Cruz, ^ | October 26, 2005 | Michael Park
    Mississippi government officials are asking prominent New Urbanist city planners for help in rebuilding their communities following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina. The results will obviously differ from one community to another, but one thing is certain: New Urbanism will not be good for Mississippi. Why bring in the New Urbanists? “We got (new urbanists) because they were good task leaders in getting large groups of people together, not for new urbanism. These (local) people don't need anybody to come and tell them how to do their jobs.” So says Jim Barksdale, the former Netscape CEO appointed by Mississippi...
  • Miers on Abortion - from the Washington Post, et al

    10/26/2005 8:37:20 AM PDT · by TitansAFC · 49 replies · 698+ views, et al ^ | 10-26-05 | TitansAFC
    Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers said in a speech more than a decade ago that “self-determination” should guide decisions about abortion and school prayer and that in cases where scientific facts are disputed and religious beliefs vary, “government should not act.” In an undated speech given in the spring of 1993 to the Executive Women of Dallas, Miers appeared to offer a libertarian view of several topics in which the law and religious beliefs were colliding in court. “The ongoing debate continues surrounding the attempt to once again criminalize abortions or to once and for all guarantee the freedom of...
  • Blair's Baby Asbos (Respect Campaign)

    10/08/2005 6:22:41 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 618+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-9-2005 | Patrick Hennessy
    Blair's baby Asbos By Patrick Hennessy, Political Editor (Filed: 09/10/2005) Sweeping powers to clamp down on young offenders and problem families are being drawn up as Tony Blair steps up his war on the "yob culture" plaguing the streets. The Prime Minister has ordered his officials to prepare radical measures to drive through his "Respect" agenda, including "baby Asbos" to be targeted at problem children who could be younger than 10. Tony Blair at the launch of the 'Respect' campaign Downing Street staff, working under the guidance of Louise Casey, the controversial anti-social behaviour "tsar", are preparing a hard-hitting Bill...
  • Making space for Spanish

    09/12/2005 9:23:43 PM PDT · by satchmodog9 · 67 replies · 1,231+ views
    The Chicago Libune ^ | 9-12-05 | Shia Kapos
    Circle time in Laura Gelderloos' kindergarten class at Harper Elementary School in Wilmette is a little bit different this year. The 5-year-olds, chins poking up as they follow her animated expressions, are singing in Spanish. Hola, buenos dias. Como estas? Yo estoy bien. Gracias. The class is part of a foreign-language initiative to bring Spanish instruction to every kindergarten, 1st- and 2nd-grade class in the district's four schools. On the first day of the 20-minute class, there was an English explanation. On day two, "we'll only speak Spanish," Gelderloos tells her charges. "You'll see. It'll be easy." The Wilmette foreign-language...
  • Seeing Around Corners (proof for the law of unintended consequences?)

    06/10/2005 12:54:05 PM PDT · by kjvail · 20 replies · 1,152+ views
    6/10/05 | Jonathan Rauch
    In about A.D. 1300 the Anasazi people abandoned Long House Valley. To this day the valley, though beautiful in its way, seems touched by desolation. It runs eight miles more or less north to south, on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona, just west of the broad Black Mesa and half an hour's drive south of Monument Valley. To the west Long House Valley is bounded by gently sloping domes of pink sandstone; to the east are low cliffs of yellow-white sedimentary rock crowned with a mist of windblown juniper. The valley floor is riverless and almost perfectly flat, a...
  • Tax Wars: Picking Each Others Pockets

    04/13/2005 2:12:08 PM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 3 replies · 465+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 13, 2005 | Edward Hudgins
    Tax Wars Edward Hudgins As we rush to meet the April 15 deadline to file our tax returns, many fail to realize those 1040 forms do more than just make us all personally poorer. The tax code is a principal instrument that creates and sustains the politicized, partisan, uncivil, contentious conflict society so many bemoan. Why can't we all just get along? Here's why. Taxes are meant to pay for the legitimate functions of government, and America's Founders were clear that those functions were to protect the lives, liberty and property of the citizens and otherwise to let us...
  • U.N. Refugee Chief Resigns Amid Scandal

    02/21/2005 10:30:13 AM PST · by kerryusama04 · 21 replies · 489+ views
    fox news ^ | 2/21/2005 | FOX
    U.N. Refugee Chief Resigns Amid Scandal Sunday, February 20, 2005 GENEVA — Ruud Lubbers (search), who stepped down Sunday amid allegations of sexual impropriety during four years as head of the U.N. refugee agency, has a long career in public service in the Netherlands and elsewhere.
  • Tulsa Talks process draws criticism

    02/14/2005 9:39:19 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 9 replies · 688+ views
    A controversial community process called Tulsa Talks is drawing a host of criticism because its purpose, backing and methods are misleading. The stated goal of Tulsa Talks is to form study circles of 10, each with a trained facilitator, to get feedback from the public concerning Tulsas education efforts. The goal is to have 10,000 Tulsans trained in 1,000 groups. Critics are saying Tulsa Talks is a thinly disguised effort to sway public opinion using the Delphi process, a strategy that invites input but dismisses it in favor of a predetermined line of thought. Study circles have been used in...
  • Newton, Massachusetts School District Pushes Political Correctness in MathClass

    02/11/2005 4:04:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 45 replies · 2,130+ views e mail ^ | Feb. 11, 2005 | Josh Montez
    Mass. School District Pushes Political Correctness in Math Class by Josh Montez, correspondent SUMMARY: Why would any school district force political correctness down the throats of students in math class? Let's hope it's not a trend. The Newton, Mass., public school district is pushing a divisive, politically correct agenda -- in math classes. Brian Camenker, the director of the Parents Rights Coalition in Newton, is not at all pleased. "The way these people play with the kids' minds is really horrible," said Camenker, whose two children were educated in Newton public schools in the Bay State. He's especially not happy...
  • Concord approves Detroit Avenue town home project

    02/02/2005 12:45:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 217+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/2/5 | Tanya Rose
    Concord -- The City Council has approved a plan by DeNova Homes to build a 15-unit town home complex on less than 1 acre along Detroit Avenue. The project, which includes two affordable units, is one of the first since the city passed its inclusionary housing ordinance, which requires developers to set aside a percentage of low-cost units for those who can't afford to pay market prices. The project will consist of five two-story buildings with 900-square-foot two-bedroom units. Rent will probably be about $1,300 a month, with the two affordable units going for about $900 a month, said DeNova...