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  • Fat! It’s the New Smoking!

    08/01/2009 8:28:15 PM PDT · by FromLori · 37 replies · 7,041+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | 7/31/09
    As the Most Powerful Community Organizer in the world pushes through his vision for your future healthcare, his minions are hard at work. Myriad press outlets are blaming fat folks for the rise in healthcare costs. In Obamaland, fat is the new smoking! How and what you eat is the next evil behavior to be controlled by law .
  • Obama's Pseudoscience Czar (The "Green Jobs" czar, NOT Holdren this time)

    07/21/2009 2:07:27 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 5 replies · 595+ views
    Darwin Central ^ | July 18th, 2009 | "RWA"
    DC forum member El Goodo has done some excellent detective work on Obama’s so-called economic czars, wading through dirty pools that other so-called muckrakers refuse to tread. The first person he’s looked into is “green jobs” czar Van Jones. In typical Wikipedia fashion, the checkered past and political extremism of a politically liberal public figure is almost completely discarded and that which is left is played down. As noted by El Goodo, Jones is a former communist who was radicalized by the 1992 Los Angeles riots and has continued to associate himself with groups on the far left, including the...
  • 14-year jail for SMS joke on Pakistani president

    07/19/2009 11:24:24 AM PDT · by ketelone · 10 replies · 494+ views
    IANS ^ | 19 July 2009 | Unknown
    14-year jail for SMS joke on Pakistani president IANS 19 July 2009, 08:52pm IST ISLAMABAD: It would seem that in Pakistan, there is nothing you need to watch out for more than making a joke about President Asif Ali Zardari by SMS (Short Messaging Service). If you mistakenly, or just for fun, share with a friend one of the hundreds of derisory jokes about the leader floating around electronically, you could get a 14-year prison sentence. Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik announced last week that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been tasked to trace SMS (or text messages) and...
  • Big brother is watching: The technologies that keep track of you

    07/15/2009 1:54:11 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 532+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | July 2, 2009 | Claudine Beaumont
    The furore around the Chinese government’s Green Dam software has raised the issue of the way modern technology is used to monitor our daily lives. Here, we list seven of the technologies that can be used to keep track of your movements. CCTV Closed-circuit television cameras were first used in Germany in 1942 to remotely monitor the launch of V2 rockets. Since then, CCTVs have become one of the most contentious pieces of technology in public use. The government and law enforcement agencies claim the use of video monitoring technology can help reduce crime and improve public safety; critics argue...
  • Obama Resolutely Turning US into Third World Country

    06/24/2009 8:55:29 PM PDT · by FromLori · 20 replies · 822+ views
    On a one-man and multi-Czar mission to turn the USA into--at least--a third world country, Obama is in the process of taking over all major US industries--thus far, he’s commandeered the auto industry and banking. He is now going after the creme de la creme--healthcare and the attendant Insurance companies. ObamaControl of this industry will give him ultimate power over all of us. During a recent speech to the American Medical Association (AMA), he said: ‚"What accounts for the bulk of our costs is the nature of the healthcare delivery system.” Translation: ‚"I don’t like this entire US system and...
  • CNN's Dobbs Interviews Fmr Inspector Gen Who Charges Obama Sending 'Chilling Message'

    06/19/2009 12:53:02 PM PDT · by jacknhoo · 38 replies · 2,483+ views
    newsbusters ^ | June 19, 2009 | By Brad Wilmouth
    GERALD WALPIN All I know is that what was done was wrong, and it was done, I think, to send a chilling message to all inspectors general that they should not touch any hot topics. LOU DOBBS: Not to touch any hot topics, by which- WALPIN: I mean topics that may be close to somebody who is at the pinnacle of power.
  • HR 2749: Totalitarian Control of the Food Supply

    06/18/2009 5:27:24 AM PDT · by FromLori · 56 replies · 2,570+ views
    Farm Wars ^ | 6/17/09
    A new food safety bill is on the fast track in Congress-HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. The bill needs to be stopped. HR 2749 gives FDA tremendous power while significantly diminishing existing judicial restraints on actions taken by the agency. The bill would impose a one-size-fits-all regulatory scheme on small farms and local artisanal producers; and it would disproportionately impact their operations for the worse. HR 2749 does not address underlying causes of food safety problems such as industrial agriculture practices and the consolidation of our food supply. The industrial food system and food imports are...
  • Police 'arrest innocent youths for their DNA', officer claims[UK]

    06/04/2009 5:26:47 PM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 813+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 04 June 2009 | Murray Wardrop
    Officers are targeting children as young as 10 with the aim of placing their DNA profiles on the national database to improve their chances of solving crimes, it is claimed. The alleged practice is also described as part of a "long-term crime prevention strategy" to dissuade youths from committing offences in the future. The claim comes amid widespread criticism of government proposals to store DNA profiles of innocent people, including some children, on the database for up to 12 years. Civil liberty campaigners have condemned the tactic of as "diabolical" and said it showed contempt for children's freedom. A Metropolitan...
  • Pelosi’s Eco-Totalitarianism

    06/01/2009 10:23:20 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 4 replies · 377+ views
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently met with Beijing officials to secure international agreement about tighter restrictions on economic activity in order to deal with perceived global warming. Happily, China’s regime over the past three decades has been moving away from its Maoist cult and totalitarian communism and towards more freedom, most notably in its economy. Thus Beijing officials are reluctant to strangle economic freedom and, as a result, slow economic growth with such restrictions. Sadly, it looks like Pelosi has picked up the totalitarian sword and is bringing it back with her to wield against Americans in the name of...
  • Sonia Sotomayor's America

    05/28/2009 4:43:16 PM PDT · by TBP · 12 replies · 765+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | May 27, 2009 | El Rushbo
    Sonia Sotomayor's America is a land in which the rule of law would be turned into the rule of empathy, where quotas would triumph over merit, rogue bureaucrats could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, free thinkers could be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is and is often the only protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy. President Obama is still our president, but he shouldn't be able to reach out from...
  • Obama Is Said to Consider Preventive Detention Plan (Flush the Constitution!)

    05/21/2009 8:05:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 350 replies · 17,187+ views
    NY Slimes (Page A18!!!) ^ | 5/21/2009 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    WASHINGTON — President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said. The discussion, in a 90-minute meeting in the Cabinet Room that included Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and other top administration officials, came on the eve of a much-anticipated speech Mr. Obama is to give Thursday on a number of thorny...
  • Enforced “Diversity” will make Britain “First Modern Soft Totalitarian State”

    05/06/2009 11:18:22 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies · 920+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/6/09 | Hillary White
    A deliberate campaign to enforcce “diversity” and political correctness by “unelected or quasi-governmental bodies” is turning Britain into the “the first modern soft totalitarian state”, an Australian political science expert and author says. Hal Gibson Pateshall Colebatch, an Australian historian, author, poet, lecturer, journalist, editor, and lawyer, has warned in an editorial in the Australian that while there may as yet be no concentration camps or gulags in Britain, “there are thought police with unprecedented powers to dictate ways of thinking and sniff out heresy, and there can be harsh punishments for dissent.” He points to the dozens of cases...
  • Obama's Unconstitutional, Totalitarian Thuggery on Chrysler

    05/04/2009 4:40:12 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 3 replies · 470+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | May 4, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Liberals and other assorted Obama butt-kissers will want to shield their eyes. This is not going to be pretty. As you may have heard, and as we discussed in last week's podcast, Obama is trying to strongarm Chrysler's secured creditors into giving up their claims, "for the best interest of the State." From Financial Times. An Obama administration official said: “It is neither in the interest of Chrysler’s senior lenders nor the country for them to advance a proposal that would yield them an unjustified return ... Since it is very much in the creditors' interest to get exactly what...
  • BHO Is NOT A Fascist, He Is A Socialist

    04/22/2009 10:25:25 AM PDT · by Welcome2thejungle · 44 replies · 2,555+ views
    April 22,2009 | Welcome2thejungle
    I have often thought the term 'facist' is used a little too freely, more often than not by liberals and leftists who have called me a fascist on many occaisions. I have even seen BHO referred to as a fascist by conservatives, some here on this website. I think fascism is all too often confused with socialism. Although they have much in common, fascism and socialism are not twins, but they are cousins. Both ideologies originated in Europe and both ideologies advocate a strong, powerful central government which controls the economy and many other facets of the state as well....
  • National service bill clears Congress (The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act)

    03/31/2009 3:22:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 164 replies · 8,813+ views
    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday to strengthen national service by increasing funding for thousands of volunteers. The House approved 275-149 the Senate-passed Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. "Just one month ago, in his address to Congress, President Obama called upon Congress to pass legislation 'to encourage a renewed spirit of national service for this and future generations,'" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. "Today, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act is on its way to his desk to become law." Obama...
  • Congress expands ways for Americans to help others

    03/31/2009 1:29:07 PM PDT · by AH_LiveRight · 43 replies · 1,214+ views
    AP via Yahoo finance ^ | March 31, 2009 | Ann Sanner
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Americans, from teenagers to baby boomers, soon will get a fresh chance to lend a helping hand in a time of need after Congress voted Tuesday to expand ways for people to serve the country and each other. The House voted 275-149 for a $5.7 billion bill that takes ambitious steps on public service, including tripling the number of positions in the Clinton-era AmeriCorps program, its largest expansion since the agency's creation in 1993, and establishing a fund to help nonprofit organizations recruit and manage more volunteers. Congress was sending the bill to...
  • Obama didn't ask Congress about ousting Wagoner

    03/30/2009 1:08:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 104 replies · 2,909+ views
    The Hill ^ | 03/30/09 01:53 PM [ET] | Ian Swanson
    President Obama didn’t want any advice from Congress on the decision to ask GM CEO Rick Wagoner to resign, according to Carl Levin (D), Michigan’s senior senator. “He didn’t ask us about it, he informed us,” Levin told reporters in a conference call Monday afternoon. “The president said he’d already decided.” Levin said he and three other lawmakers were informed of the decision in a phone call Obama made from the Oval Office. Obama told the members of Congress that Wagoner needed to resign so that the administration could show the public it was making an effort at a fresh...
  • Global Television for Our Future Global Leader

    02/09/2009 8:32:32 PM PST · by ForGod'sSake · 9 replies · 1,094+ views
    Right Side News ^ | February 9, 2009 | Cliff Kincaid
    Surprise and even shock were among the reactions to my recent column about how elite members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, were considering a proposal for a new global television network to usher in a state of "global governance." It sounded authoritarian, even totalitarian, to some. Here are more of the troubling details. The media proposal, which was included in "The Global Agenda 2009" report, is to create "a new global network" with "the capacity to connect the world, bridging cultures and peoples, and telling us who we are and what we mean to each...
  • Census Power Grab?

    02/07/2009 10:51:14 PM PST · by Danae · 99 replies · 6,055+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb 7, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    By Matthew Vadum Saturday, February 7, 2009 With all of Washington and most of the media mesmerized by debate on the porkulus bill, little attention has been paid to what appears to be an unconstitutional power grab by President Obama. The Obama administration reportedly wants the U.S. Census to be run directly out of the White House, as opposed to by a politically insulated official within the Department of Commerce. This would apparently be unprecedented and unlawful because federal law provides that the Census must be administered by the Commerce Department. Former Census director Bruce Chapman warns that no good...
  • Europe placates foes of freedom

    01/31/2009 5:46:27 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 449+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2009-01-31 | Salim Mansur
    Europe, or a significant segment of Europe, unfailingly discloses its frequent willingness to appease totalitarian foes of freedom. In modern times Europe gladly has served as a cradle of fascism on the right, communism on the left and in between all sorts of variations of the two, joined at the hip with a common blood-soaked bigotry directed at Jews. Since 9/11, and despite Muslim terrorists striking on European soil, that segment of Europe ready to appease any totalitarian assault on freedom has contorted itself to accommodate the Islamist agenda. The latest evidence of this is the Amsterdam Court of Appeal's...
  • Socialism's Broken Promises

    01/17/2009 5:46:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 906+ views
    thenewamerican ^ | 12.26.08 | Michael E. Telzrow
    Even in the United States, the Utopian economic and political system known as socialism remains attractive to those who are not familiar with its track record of broken promises.  "The free market for all intents and purposes is dead in America," said Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.). "The action proposed today by the Treasury Department will take away the free market and institute socialism in America." Senator Bunning's comments, made in the wake of the bank bailout, and followed by the election of a president who has openly advocated redistribution of wealth, should make Americans pause, for the formerly unthinkable is...
  • Trilateral Plan to Corner World Gold Market?

    12/10/2008 7:11:22 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 33 replies · 1,170+ views
    AugustReview.com [Editor's note: members of the Trilateral Commission and companies with Commission representation appear in bold type.] Since 1973, this writer has made inquiry as to the location and ownership of the vast stores of monetary gold (400 oz., .999 pure bars) in the world. There has not been a formal audit on Fort Knox, for instance, since the Eisenhower administration. Official statistics on gold holdings are often contradictory. Getting plain answers from any Central Bank in the world, including the Fed, is virtually impossible. This paper points out a pattern of manipulation that has been clearly observed by many...
  • Obama Spokesman Says 'Obama Ready to RULE on Day 1'

    The co-chair of Barack Obama's Transition Team, Valerie Jarrett, appeared on Meet the Press this weekend. She told Tom Brokaw that Obama will be ready to "rule" on day one. It's a word that reflects the worst fears that people have for Obama the "arrogant," the "messiah," that imagines he's here to "rule" instead of govern. Jarret told Brokaw that "given the daunting challenges that we face, it's important that president elect Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to rule day one."
  • Obama

    10/30/2008 5:16:09 PM PDT · by buckaneer.thom · 17 replies · 646+ views
    30 Oct 08 | buckaneer.thom
    Holy Crap!!! Obama is a Marxist totalitarian neocommie! Even for someone who considers them self to be a thinking person I am shocked. I know that he has marxist policies, and is so far left as to practically be a communist, but Holy Communists Batman!
  • The Worst Case Scenario Under Obama (Vanity)

    10/27/2008 4:01:30 PM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 84 replies · 2,424+ views
    10-27-2008 | Entrepreneur
    "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."-Barack Obama, July 2008 “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”-Barack Obama, Comment made to John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime The more people learn about Barack Obama the scarier he seems. Pete DuPont, writing in the Wall Street Journal, identified seven sure results of an Obama presidency with a Pelosi/Reid congress... 1. The U.S. military will withdraw from...
  • Palin Warns Democrats Would Have 'Unchecked Power'

    10/26/2008 7:27:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies · 644+ views
    ABC ^ | 10/25/2008
    ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala reports: At two rallies in Iowa today, Gov. Sarah Palin charged that a Barack Obama administration would usher in an era of “government as part of your family, taking care of us, making decisions for us,” while for the first time warning that Democrats would have "unchecked power" if they take control of both the White House and Congress. “That philosophy of government taking more, which is a misuse of the power to tax -- it leads to government moving into the role of taking care of you and government and politicians, and kind of...
  • Guest Opinion: Obama's Call to 'Change', Where Might it Lead?

    10/08/2008 4:46:34 PM PDT · by tcg · 30 replies · 454+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/09/08 | Shawn D. Akers
    The secret to selling bad ideas is to make sure they are the only ones available. This is how totalitarian regimes take power. Whether it was Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany or Vladimir Lenin in Communist Russia, the pattern is largely the same – totalitarian dictators come to power by enshrining themselves as cults of personality and then creating political monopolies through often less than delicate campaigns of indoctrination and censorship – especially censorship enshrouded in the intimidating aura of state power.Ironically, these cloven-tongued leaders often rise to dominance by preaching power to those they will dominate, provision to those...
  • Leftist group targets conservative donors for intimidation

    08/08/2008 10:20:43 AM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 32 replies · 161+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | August 8, 2008 | see-dubya
    By see-dubya  •  August 8, 2008 01:54 AM Get a load of these guys: Nearly 10,000 of the biggest donors to Republican candidates and causes across the country will probably receive a foreboding “warning” letter in the mail next week. … Led by Tom Matzzie, a liberal political operative who has been involved with some prominent left-wing efforts in recent years, the newly formed nonprofit group, Accountable America, is planning to confront donors to conservative groups, hoping to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions.“We want to stop the Swift Boating before it gets off the ground,” said Mr....
  • U.S. government: We know parenting better than you

    07/24/2008 2:32:46 AM PDT · by Man50D · 105 replies · 127+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | July 24, 2008 | Chelsea Schilling
    The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to debate two bills that could give the federal government unprecedented control over the way parents raise their children – even providing funds for state workers to come into homes and screen babies for emotional and developmental problems. The Pre-K Act (HR 3289) and the Education Begins at Home Act (HR 2343) are two bills geared toward military and families who fall below state poverty lines. The measures are said to be a way to prevent child abuse, close the achievement gap in education between poor and minority infants versus middle-class children and...
  • PBS to Smear "Totalitarian" America in WWII Documentary

    07/07/2008 11:03:38 PM PDT · by DigitalVideoDude · 27 replies · 288+ views
    www.rushlimbaugh.com ^ | June 26, 2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: World War II, I read today, those of you from the greatest generation, you World War II vets still alive, apparently Monday night PBS is going to run a documentary on World War II in which the whole notion that we were the good guys is going to be turned upside down, that we used totalitarian dictatorship tactics to win World War II, that all we did was bomb the innocent in Dresden and Hamburg and, of course, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that we were not the valiant and valorous victors that we were made out to be,...
  • The Origins of Political Correctness

    06/14/2008 7:16:25 AM PDT · by joma89 · 48 replies · 401+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Unknown | Bill Lind
    Where does all this stuff that you�ve heard about this morning � the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it � where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic. We have seen other countries, particularly in this century, where this has been...
  • How China gets its troops to stand to attention - pins in their collars and crosses on their backs

    05/09/2008 2:19:07 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies · 158+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 08, 2008 | JULIAN GAVAGHAN
    Demonised in the West as goons guarding the Olympic torch along its chaotic world tour, these pictures show how China's paramilitary police learn their unwavering discipline. Officers of the People Paramilitary Police preparing for the Olympics are drilled on the parade ground with pins in their collars and crosses on their backs to ensure perfect posture. But instead of the blue tracksuits members wore while escorting the flame, they are kitted out in full dress uniform during the exercise at their base in Shenyang, Liaoning province.
  • Another Obama Marxist

    04/26/2008 11:22:37 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 29 replies · 686+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 4-27-08 | Lance Fairchok
    Return to the Article April 27, 2008Another Obama MarxistBy Lance Fairchok Barack Obama has a thing for Marxists. He befriends them, listens to their counsel, and he even hires them to work in his campaign.  And they seem to feel the warmth.  President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, who led a revolution there in 1979,  says Barack Obama's presidential bid is a "revolutionary" phenomenon, and Americans are "laying the foundations for a revolutionary change." A captured computer revealed that an unknown person chatted with Marxist FARC guerillas on Obama's behalf (they believed), stating he would be the next President and US policy...
  • Brigitte Bardot on trial for Muslim slur

    04/15/2008 10:45:29 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 158 replies · 20,981+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/15/2008 | Thierry Leveque
    PARIS (Reuters) - French former film star Brigitte Bardot went on trial on Tuesday for insulting Muslims, the fifth time she has faced the charge of "inciting racial hatred" over her controversial remarks about Islam and its followers. Prosecutors asked that the Paris court hand the 73-year-old former sex symbol a two-month suspended prison sentence and fine her 15,000 euros ($23,760) for saying the Muslim community was "destroying our country and imposing its acts." Since retiring from the film industry in the 1970s, Bardot has become a prominent animal rights activist but she has also courted controversy by denouncing Muslim...
  • China tells Olympic boss to stay out of politics

    04/10/2008 10:38:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 100+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | Charles Whelan
    BEIJING (AFP) - China bluntly told the world Olympics chief Thursday to keep out of politics, in a tart exchange on human rights following days of protests that have shadowed the Olympic torch around the world. International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said the Games were in "crisis" following the demonstrations, and urged China to respect its pledge to improve its rights record before the event begins in August. China fired back that Rogge should keep politics out of the Olympics, which Beijing hoped would showcase its much-touted "peaceful rise" to power -- but which have instead become a public...
  • Climate alarmists pose real threat to freedom

    03/12/2008 4:59:58 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 4 replies · 353+ views
    The Austrailian ^ | March 12, 2008 | Vaclav Klaus - President, Czech Republic
    "I am afraid there are people who want to stop the economic growth, the rise in the standard of living (though not their own) and the ability of man to use the expanding wealth, science and technology for solving the actual pressing problems of mankind, especially of the developing countries." "I am also afraid that the same people, imprisoned in the Malthusian tenets and in their own megalomaniacal ambitions, want to regulate and constrain demographic development, which is something only the totalitarian regimes have until now dared to experiment with."
  • The United Nations’ Secret Agenda:Globalization and the Elimination of America’s Sovereignty

    01/24/2008 4:40:14 AM PST · by Dr. Carl S. Parnell · 25 replies · 1,717+ views
    Dr. Carl S. Parnell
    Globalization relates to social change and the connectivity of societies around the world. The goal of globalization is to create one global village that has mutual understanding and friendship between all citizens of the world community. The signs of globalization are many. Some major ones are: 1. “Increase in international trade at a faster rate than the growth in the world economy 2. Greater international cultural exchange 3. Greater international travel and tourism 4. Greater immigration, including illegal immigration 5. Development of global telecommunications infrastructure 6. Development of global financial systems 7. Increase in the share of the world economy...
  • San Mateo Police Raid Small-Stakes Poker Game (In full SWAT/StormTrooper Mode)

    01/16/2008 4:35:09 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 16 replies · 589+ views
    Reason Blog ^ | January 14, 2008 | Radley Balko
    Police in San Mateo County, California apparently first spent months investigating the small-stakes poker game. From this firsthand account, it looks like a couple of the officers were playing regularly for several weeks before sending in the SWAT team, guns drawn, last week. If California is like most states (and I believe it is), a poker game is only illegal if the house is taking a rake off the top. In this case, it looks like that "rake" was the $5 the extra the hosts asked from each buy-in to pay for pizza and beer. Police also took a 13-year-old...
  • Saudi Lawyer In Rape Victim Plea (Saudis Punish Gang Rape Victim's Lawyer)

    11/20/2007 7:35:59 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies · 355+ views
    CNN ^ | Tue November 20, 2007 | CNN
    Saudi lawyer in rape victim plea Story Highlights - Woman sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail under Islamic law - Judge more than doubled 19-year-old's sentence for speaking to the media - Woman's lawyer loses law license for speaking to Saudi-controlled media - Human rights group: Lawyer faces three-year suspension and disbarment (CNN) -- A Saudi Arabian human rights attorney is asking the government to allow him to represent a woman who was gang-raped -- and then sentenced to prison for speaking out about the case. The attorney, Abdulrahman al-Lahim, had his license revoked last week by...
  • Court: Homeschooling is 'child endangerment'

    11/18/2007 5:37:02 AM PST · by kindred · 34 replies · 146+ views
    WND ^ | November 17, 2007 | unknown
    POLICE STATE, GERMANY Court: Homeschooling is 'child endangerment' Gives 2 kids to government, castigates social workers for letting family flee A court decision that categorized homeschooling as "child welfare endangerment" has assigned custody of two children to the government and criticized a social services agency for allowing a family to flee Germany, where homeschooling remains illegal. Federal High Court in Karlsruhe, Germany's highest court, was reported by the German edition of Agence France-Presse, as well as Netwerk Bildungsfreiheit, an organization that advocates for homeschoolers against the repression in Germany. The report did not directly identify the family involved, but described...
  • Remembering Kristallnacht, the 'Night of Broken Glass' (November 9, 1938)

    11/09/2007 10:23:03 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies · 2,023+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | November 9, 2007 | Hilda Pierce
    Remembering Kristallnacht, the 'Night of Broken Glass' By Hilda Pierce November 9, 2007 Crystal Night is a beautiful name for an evil event that took place in Austria and Germany on the night of Nov. 9, 1938. It was orchestrated on the orders of Adolph Hitler's minister of propaganda, Josef Goebbels. Adolf Eichmann also had a part in organizing the “Night of Broken Glass,” the night of burning synagogues, smashing windows of Jewish stores, looting, killing or torturing Jews on the streets and in their homes, 69 years ago today. It is a historical date because it was also the...
  • Monument to "Che" in Venezuela destroyed

    10/19/2007 11:48:56 AM PDT · by cll · 57 replies · 196+ views
    This afternoon [10/18/2007] the editorial desk of Noticiero Digital contacted the news department of Mérida radio station Estudio 102.7 FM, who confirmed the information reported this morning. They added that the recently inaugurated monument was destroyed by gunfire. The glass monument honoring Argentinian guerilla Ernesto Guevara was not well received by the area's communities, to whom [Che] represented a figure who was totally foreign to its history and values.
  • China limits online game time for teens

    07/17/2007 2:26:16 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 15 replies · 760+ views
    Associated Press (newsvine.com) ^ | July 17, 2007 | Min Lee
    The Chinese government has launched a campaign to limit the number of hours teenagers spend online playing games. Under new rules that took effect Monday, Chinese Internet gaming companies must install a program that requires users to enter their ID card numbers. After three hours, players under 18 are prompted to stop and "do suitable physical exercise." If they continue, the software slashes by half any points earned in the game. All points are wiped out if players stay on more than five hours. The program is part of a government campaign to combat Internet gaming addiction, "clean up the...
  • Che Guevara: PC Icon

    07/13/2007 11:22:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies · 1,577+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | July 13, 2007 | Larry Pratt
    Che Guevara: PC Icon by Larry Pratt July 12, 2007 02:00 PM EST Che Guevara's image graces many a T-shirt worn in the US. Wearing one of these seems to be intended as a statement that it is good to be free of the crushing norms of a civilization tricked up by dead white men. The T-shirt image depicts a long-haired 1960’s hippy gazing steadfastly into the future. The truth is, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the one-time number three in Fidel Castro's thugocracy, would have had a guy looking like Guevara's resemblance arrested and sent to a concentration camp known by...
  • 'Mohammad cartoon' publisher appalled at reaction to Rushdie's knighting

    07/11/2007 9:55:57 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 8 replies · 502+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | July 9, 2007 | Chad Groening
    'Mohammad cartoon' publisher appalled at reaction to Rushdie's knighting Chad Groening OneNewsNow.com July 9, 2007 The man responsible for publishing the controversial cartoons that angered the Islamic world almost two years ago says he's seeing similar reaction to the decision by Queen Elizabeth to knight author Salman Rushdie, who received death threats for writing The Satanic Verses. Hear this Report Flemming Rose is the cultural editor for Jyllands Posten, the Danish newspaper that published the "Mohammad cartoons" that sparked one of the most significant discussions of free speech of this generation. He sees similarities between Muslim reaction to that and...
  • (NY Governor) Spitzer: I don't need the legislature

    06/27/2007 10:36:30 AM PDT · by jmyrlefuller · 30 replies · 881+ views
    Newsday ^ | June 26, 2007 | James T. Madore
    Frustrated by a legislative session that left many key issues hanging, Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Tuesday that he could govern without lawmakers. Downplaying the importance of passing laws, the freshman governor said he favored regulatory changes and executive orders to run the state -- neither of which require prior approval by the legislature. The Democratic governor repeated his criticism of a decision by the Senate's Republican majority to go home June 21, the official end of the six-month session, though many bills remain to be considered.
  • 'Executions of cell phone users up in N. Korea'

    06/15/2007 4:33:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies · 1,326+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 14, 2007
    North Korea has increased its public executions against cell phone users and those who circulate outside information in the communist country, a South Korean government think tank said Thursday. The phenomenon of executions of those who "circulate South Korean leaflets and sell videos and use cell phones are on the rise," the South's government-affiliated Korea Institute for National Unification think tank said in a white paper on the North's human rights conditions. No exact figures were given. North Koreans are officially banned from communicating with the outside world but some of them listen to foreign news and use cell phones...
  • Che Guevara: Mass Murderer and Coward

    06/13/2007 12:50:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies · 3,183+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | June 13, 2007 | Jamie Glazov
    Che Guevara: Mass Murderer and Coward By Jamie Glazov FrontPageMagazine.com June 13, 2007 Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Cuban-born Humberto Fontova, who left Cuba in 1961 at age seven, has written for several conservative magazines and is the author of Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant. He has appeared on many radio and television shows and is active in the Cuban American community. He is the author of the new book Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him. FP: Humberto Fontova, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Fontova: It's my pleasure. Let's face it: how many media outlets are...
  • Malaysia: 37 Books that 'undermine Islam' Banned

    06/06/2007 2:24:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies · 1,047+ views
    international.jpost.com ^ | Jun. 6, 2007 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Malaysia: 37 books that 'undermine Islam' banned Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Jun. 6, 2007 Malaysia has banned 37 books and other publications on Islam, saying they contain "twisted facts" that could undermine Muslims' faith. Che Din Yusoh, a senior official of the Publications and Quranic Texts Control Division, said in a statement Wednesday that 21 of the items were English-language publications from the US, UK and Jordan, and 16 others were in the Bahasa Malaysia language, published in Malaysia and Indonesia. "These publications can cause confusion and apprehension among Muslims and eventually jeopardize public order," Che Din said in...
  • Chinese TV airs Elyashiv's opposition to organ harvesting

    06/04/2007 5:29:03 PM PDT · by bvw · 2 replies · 272+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 3, 2007 | MATTHEW WAGNER
    A Chinese-language international TV station called New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV) recently broadcast a news item on Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv's adamant prohibition of Jews deriving any benefit from Chinese organ harvesting, even in life-threatening situations. Elyashiv, the most respected halachic authority among haredi Lithuanian Jewry, ruled over a month ago that it was forbidden to use organs harvested from members of the Falun Gong, a spiritual movement that is being persecuted by the Chinese Communist regime. Although Elyashiv did not mention the Falun Gong by name, he said it was a desecration of God's name for Jews to exploit...