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  • CONGRESS PASSES PAUL AMENDMENT TO REJECT UN TAXES

    06/18/2005 10:08:47 AM PDT · by standing united · 38 replies · 1,168+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | June 1005 | Sierra Times
    Congress Passes Paul Amendment to Reject UN Taxes The Sierra Times Washington, DC -- The US House of Representatives today unanimously passed legislation introduced by Congressman Ron Paul that ensures no Americans will be forced to pay taxes to the United Nations. Under Paul’s amendment to a State Department funding bill, no US taxpayer dollars may be used to develop, implement, or impose any tax on American citizens to raise revenue for the UN. “The UN continues to build the foundation for global government, and a worldwide tax is the key to their entire agenda,” Paul stated. “This is not...
  • Faded Vision Splits Europe

    06/18/2005 10:30:57 AM PDT · by 68skylark · 49 replies · 817+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 19, 2005 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    BRUSSELS, June 18 - Something shattered in Europe last night. The leaders of the 25 European Union nations went home after a failed two-day summit meeting in anger and in shame, as domestic politics and national interests defeated lofty notions of sacrifice and solidarity for the benefit of all. The battle over money and the shelving of the bloc's historic constitution, after the crushing no votes in France and the Netherlands, stripped away all pretense of an organization with a common vision and reflected the fears of many leaders as they face rising popular opposition to the project called Europe....
  • Hay Dads! Father's Day help

    06/18/2005 10:41:04 AM PDT · by sandlady · 60 replies · 993+ views
    June 18, 2005 | Sandlady
    My husband and I have 3 children. We are planning to spend family time together tomorrow--a picnic in the park. Even though he will be thrilled to simply BE with us, my children and I want to give their father a token of our appreciation for the love and support he gave us throughout the year. I'm looking for ideas--what gift would YOU like for Father's Day? My husband would love a custom painted chromed-up Harley but I'm looking for something in the $50-200 range. What do Dad's pine for these days? What cool item would you like but would...
  • NEW NAIL IN KOFI'S COFFIN (Volcker's "no documentary evidence" is inoperative)

    06/15/2005 4:12:39 AM PDT · by Liz · 37 replies · 1,418+ views
    NY POST ^ | June 15, 2005
    Paul Volcker says he and his U.N. Oil-for-Food gumshoes are "urgently investigating" new evidence that Secretary-General Kofi Annan knew a lot more than he's let on about the lucrative contract awarded to a company, Cotecna, that had retained his son Kojo. We can understand Volcker's sense of urgency — because if a newly uncovered memo is accurate, it completely undercuts the most important finding of his Independent Inquiry Committee report three months ago. The Volcker group said that no evidence linked Annan to the UN's multimillion-dollar deal with Cotecna. But the memo, first disclosed by The NY Times, looks to...
  • GOP Senators May Make 69 Retirement Age (eligibility for Social Security)

    06/14/2005 4:50:36 PM PDT · by QQQQQ · 105 replies · 2,034+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2005 | DAVID ESPO
    <p>Key Senate Republicans are considering gradually raising the Social Security retirement age as high as 69 over several years as they struggle to jump-start legislation that President Bush has placed atop his second-term agenda, officials said Tuesday.</p> <p>Raising the retirement age is unpopular, according to some surveys.</p>
  • LEADING MEMBER OF the U.S.CONGRESS TO LEAD PROTEST AT EMBASSY OF BURMA

    06/14/2005 4:33:08 PM PDT · by LwinAungSoe · 8 replies · 747+ views
    Lynne Weil, (202) 225-6735 Office of Congressman Tom Lantos | June 14th, 2005
    For Immediate Release: June 14th, 2005 LEADING MEMBER OF the U.S.CONGRESS TO LEAD PROTEST AT EMBASSY OF BURMA PHOTO OPPORTUNITY, WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 17TH AT 10:00 AM   For More Information, Contact: Lynne Weil, (202) 225-6735 Office of Congressman Tom Lantos Jeremy Woodrum (202) 246-7924 US Campaign for Burma Tom Lantos, Top Democrat on International Relations Committee, To Deliver 6,000 Birthday Cards Demanding Release of World's Only Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Aung San Suu Kyi  (Washington, DC)  Tom Lantos (D-CA), the ranking member on the House International Relations Committee, will lead a protest in front of the Embassy...
  • Ron Paul - NeoCon Global Government

    06/13/2005 10:08:34 AM PDT · by jmc813 · 125 replies · 2,542+ views
    House Web Site ^ | 6-13-2005 | Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
    This week Congress will vote on a bill to expand the power of the United Nations beyond the dreams of even the most ardent left-wing, one-world globalists. But this time the UN power grabbers aren’t European liberals; they are American neo-conservatives, who plan to use the UN to implement their own brand of world government. The “United Nations Reform Act of 2005” masquerades as a bill that will cut US dues to the United Nations by 50% if that organization does not complete a list of 39 reforms. On the surface any measure that threatens to cut funding to the...
  • Nearly 6 in 10 Americans Support Troop Reductions in Iraq (Gallop Poll)

    06/13/2005 10:38:19 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 37 replies · 1,093+ views
    Gallop ^ | 6/13/05
    A new Gallup Poll finds most Americans favoring a partial or complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq, and for the first time, a majority say they would be upset with the president if he decided to send more troops. This comes at a time when basic support for the war is as low as it has been since the war began. The poll probed Americans' reasons for believing the war was or was not worth fighting. Those who favor the war generally cite the Bush administration's various stated motivations for going to war, such as freeing the Iraqi people...
  • MAG: CHRISTINA AGUILERA MUSIC USED AS TORTURE IN GITMO

    06/12/2005 8:39:56 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 135 replies · 3,073+ views
    Drudge ^ | 6/12/05
    New York - TIME has obtained the first documented look inside the highly classified realm of military interrogations since the Gitmo Camp at Guantanamo Bay opened. The document is a secret 84-page interrogation log that details the interrogation of 'Detainee 063' at Guantanamo Bay. It is a remarkable look into the range of techniques and methods used for the interrogation of Mohammed al Qahtani, who is widely believed to be the so-called 20th hijacker, a compatriof Osama bin Laden and a man who had tried to enter the U.S. in August 2001 to take part in the Sept. 11 attacks....
  • A debate going nowhere (illegal immigration)

    06/11/2005 2:09:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1,024+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 11, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Washington Timeswww.washingtontimes.com A debate going nowhereBy Victor Davis HansonPublished June 11, 2005 Citizens calling themselves the Minutemen patrol the border in an effort to stop illegal aliens from entering the U.S. Mexican President Vicente Fox says Mexican migrant workers in the U.S. "are doing jobs that not even blacks want to do."     Meanwhile, many Republicans think President George W. Bush's guest-worker program either mocks the law or is unworkable. In California, a frustrated Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger blurts out, "Close the borders in California and all across Mexico and the United States."     Illegal immigration is again in the headlines,...
  • US Threatens to Withhold Funds from UN Unless it Reforms

    06/11/2005 2:10:57 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 29 replies · 1,067+ views
    Financial Time ^ | June 9 2005 | Edward Alden and Holly Yeager
    Less than two years after finally paying its full dues to the United Nations, the US is again threatening to withhold payments from the world body unless the UN undertakes the important reforms sought by Washington. A US congressional committee on Wednesday voted narrowly to approve legislation that would withhold half of its annual $500m contribution unless the UN streamlined its bureaucracy, barred countries that violated human rights from UN human rights bodies and created an independent oversight board and ethics office. Henry Hyde, Republican chairman of the House international relations committee, said the bill was the only way to...
  • Here come Chinese cars (Detroit alert!)

    06/11/2005 6:46:30 AM PDT · by voletti · 300 replies · 4,082+ views
    Business Week ^ | 09 june 2005 | Business week
    Korean cars gave Detroit fits in the late '90s by undercutting domestic small cars on price and outdoing them on quality -- then moving up into other segments. Autos from China could provide more lower-cost competition for the Big Three at a time when GM and Ford Motor Co. (F ) are already reeling. That could cost them, along with Chrysler (DCX ), more market share and prod them to move more of their own production offshore. How fast can the Chinese gear up? The way things are going, it won't take 20 years to match Toyota Motor Corp. (TM...
  • Some on council wary about toll road secrecy (San Antonio)

    06/10/2005 11:12:27 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 4 replies · 293+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 10 June 2005 | Patrick Driscoll
    The tradeoff of sacrificing open government to attract private investment in toll roads is beginning to sink in for some local elected leaders. And it's not a comfortable feeling, said City Council members who met Thursday. State officials have promised to let local leaders have input on a recent proposal by Spain-based Cintra and locally owned Zachry American Infrastructure to take over planned toll roads in San Antonio. But to protect trade secrets, state law prohibits public discussion of details. "It's absolutely out of the question," said Councilman Chip Haass, who says private sector dollars to solve traffic problems is...
  • The last man standing (World Trade Center survivor finishes his story)

    06/09/2005 3:27:28 AM PDT · by Critical Bill · 6 replies · 809+ views
    starphoenix ^ | Monday, June 06, 2005 | Andrew Duffy
    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the conclusion of the two-part story of a Canadian man's escape from the South Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The story so far: Hamilton, Ont.-born Ron DiFrancesco, 41, was working on the 84th floor of the World Trade Center's South Tower when it was struck at 9:03 a.m. by al-Qaida terrorists who had turned a commercial airliner into a suicide bomb. He began down stairwell A with some co-workers from Euro Brokers, then after encountering heavy smoke, he ascended to the 91st floor in search of a safe place from which...
  • TWA 800's 'Deep Throat': Jack Cashill on media's role in FBI jury tampering, hiding evidence

    06/08/2005 1:31:44 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 26 replies · 1,865+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, June 8, 2005 | Jack Cashill
    One has to marvel at how fully and conspicuously situational is the media's affection for whistleblowing. To blow the whistle on a Republican makes one a hero. Witness the legendary "Deep Throat" or Richard Clarke or the Enron whistleblowers. To blow the whistle on a Democrat – particularly, a Clinton – makes one a pariah. Witness the treatment of Linda Tripp or Kathleen Willey or Paula Jones or the Arkansas State Troopers or the pathologists who pointed out the inconvenient hole in Ron Brown's head and paid for it with their careers. Witness, too, the treatment of two lesser-known whistleblowers...
  • German parties would boost U.S. ties

    06/05/2005 1:26:07 PM PDT · by lizol · 16 replies · 499+ views
    Big News Network ^ | Saturday 4th June, 2005
    German parties would boost U.S. ties Big News Network Saturday 4th June, 2005 (UPI) Germany's Christian Democrats and their Free Democratic partners say they would boost U.S. relations and downgrade Russian ties, should they win election. We have great interest in close relations with Russia, but they have to be balanced and should in no way be directed against the Atlantic partnership, said Wolfgang Schaeuble, deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Union. We would change this nonsense and re-establish the balance in German-Russian relations. Guido Westerwelle, chairman of the Free Democratic Party, the conservative Christian Democrats junior partner, said Chancellor...
  • Majority of states pressing for taxing all Internet sales

    06/05/2005 10:55:28 AM PDT · by olde north church · 94 replies · 1,472+ views
    9news.com ^ | 6/3/2005 | Paror Farer,
    DENVER - 9News has learned that 43 states have joined together in a coalition to collect sales tax on all Internet purchases. You already pay sales tax when you go online to buy from an established business like Eddie Bauer or Wal-Mart. But a lot of small Internet businesses and individual transactions float under the radar.
  • Balkans Shaken by the (Euro) 'No's'

    06/02/2005 1:31:48 PM PDT · by Destro · 4 replies · 421+ views
    ipsnews.net ^ | Jun 1, 2005 | Vesna Peric Zimonjic
    Balkans Shaken by the 'No's' Vesna Peric Zimonjic BELGRADE, Jun 1 (IPS) - Leaders in the Balkans have tried to play down the significance of the French and Dutch 'no' to the draft European Union (EU) constitution, but their fears have shown through. The countries are either queuing for EU membership or aspiring to it. The rejection of a common constitution that binds the EU could weaken the bloc they seek to join. Statements by presidents or prime ministers sounded much the same, from the former Yugoslav countries to Romania and Bulgaria. Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader told reporters in...
  • Felt's motivation might not have been so noble, by Robert Novak

    06/02/2005 6:07:00 AM PDT · by OESY · 16 replies · 1,169+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2005 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- Mark Felt, finally revealed as the "Deep Throat" who divulged the Watergate scandal, is wearing the hero's laurel 32 years later. But that designation comes across as peculiar to those of us who lived through the turbulent times. Felt deserves praise for breaking the rules as FBI associate director, providing Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post the guidance to determine whether they were on the correct path in uncovering the machinations of President Nixon. However, Felt was considered by reformers at the FBI to be part of the problem rather than the solution. He was...
  • The French Say Non! The more Europe changes… (Recommended reading!)

    06/01/2005 1:16:31 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 671+ views
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | June 1, 2005 | Editorial
    The more Europe changes, the more it remains the same, the more’s the pity. Now the French have rejected the proposed European constitution and encyclopedia (it was almost 500 pages long) by a decisive 55 to 45 percent of the vote. The outcome should not have surprised: Its 448 articles would make even Arkansas’ overworked constitution with its mere 83 amendments seem coherent. Didn’t anybody tell these masterminds in Brussels that a constitution should be a broad outline — not something that reads like a tariff schedule or a railroad timetable? Apparently not. It’s a rule of democratic politics, and...
  • Wolfowitz takes up World Bank job

    06/01/2005 7:43:35 AM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 302+ views
    BBC ^ | 6/1/05
    Paul Wolfowitz has marked his first day as the new head of the World Bank by reaffirming his plan to focus primarily on reducing poverty in Africa. In addition, he intends to tackle corruption and make poor countries feel more involved in the decision making process at the global lender. Mr Wolfowitz added that although Africa would be his main focus, he would not forget other developing regions. Some have attacked his appointment because of his role in the Iraq War. Previously the US Deputy Defence Secretary and a key "hawk" in George W Bush's administration, he was one of...
  • New Mexico: State preparing plan for potential flu pandemic

    06/01/2005 7:48:43 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 12 replies · 384+ views
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - The state Department of Health is devising a plan to deal with any potential flu pandemic. State epidemiologist Mack Sewell says the plan probably should be in place by late this summer. Sewell says a flu pandemic is a possibility, but nobody knows when it’s coming. He says there are typically about four pandemics per century, and there hasn’t been one since 1968. The 1968 pandemic killed 750,000 people worldwide. Sewell says a flu pandemic would overwhelm New Mexico’s hospitals and infrastructure.
  • Costa Rica - Message in a bottle saves 88 castaways

    05/30/2005 4:13:50 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 504+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | May 30, 2005
    San Jose, May 30 (EFE).- Eighty-eight castaways adrift for nine days at sea after immigrant smugglers abandoned them to their fate were rescued on the weekend off Costa Rica's Pacific coast after a fisherman pulled from the ocean a bottle containing a desperate message for help written by one of the group. Marviva organization director Francisco Estrada told EFE that the group consisted of 48 Ecuadorians and 40 Peruvians, adding that 18 of them were women and the rest were men of assorted ages. The rescue was made Sunday morning in a joint operation by Costa Rican authorities and...
  • Normality Reigns in Venezuela, Minister Assures (Chavez sick or dead?)

    05/30/2005 4:26:56 PM PDT · by baystaterebel · 35 replies · 859+ views
    Caracas, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela´s Communication and Information Minister Andres Izarra assured Monday normality is reigning in the country and President Hugo is perfectly well and working on his agenda. In telephone statements for Globovision, Izarra denied rumors questioning Chavez´ health after not attending a march in Caracas Saturday, and suspending his habitual Sunday program Alo Presidente. Izarra said that once informed of the situation, the president asked him to contact those in Miraflores and say he was fine. Chavez is "simply spending time with his family, as is the right of any human being. Nothing out of the...
  • Zimbabwe -- Desperation on the streets

    05/30/2005 8:16:48 AM PDT · by Clive · 20 replies · 705+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2005-05-30
    Zimbabwean cobbler Edwell - not his real name - has been mending shoes on the streets of the capital, Harare, for nearly 20 years. But the 46-year-old tells the BBC News website how police forced him off the pavement as part of a crackdown on the country's huge informal business sector. It was just past noon when a Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) pick-up truck drove up to the pavement where I sit and mend shoes. Two policemen accompanied by two other men got out. As they walked towards me they said: "You need to take your things and go." I...
  • Court Fight Will Hold Posada's Fate

    05/29/2005 8:07:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 534+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | May. 29, 2005 | OSCAR CORRAL AND ALFONSO CHARDY
    Court fight will hold Posada's fate Some Cuban exile militants living in the Miami area may be called to testify in deportation or asylum hearings for bombing suspect Luis Posada Carriles. BY OSCAR CORRAL AND ALFONSO CHARDY/Miami Herald May. 29, 2005 Some of the darkest moments in Miami and Cuban exile history, rife with bombings and political intrigue, may emerge in upcoming asylum and deportation hearings for Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles. Posada -- who has been accused but never convicted of blowing up a Cuban jetliner and masterminding a series of hotel bombings in Havana -- now sits...
  • Pat DeWine stars in new action movie

    05/28/2005 10:33:42 AM PDT · by wdkeller · 11 replies · 490+ views
    Artis Conception ^ | 5/28/05 | Wayne Keler
    Pat DeWine, son of U.S. Senator Mike DeWine, took time out from his Congressional campaign to star in the new action movie, "Lie Another Day"
  • Now´s the Time to Find Holy Lost Ark (Ark of the Covenant possibly located)

    05/25/2005 10:18:09 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 110 replies · 4,235+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20 May 05 | Unknown/Arutz Sheva
    An unnamed Kabbalist has granted blessing to famed archeologist Dr. Vendyl Jones to uncover the Holy Ark of the Covenant. Jones plans to excavate the Lost Ark by the Tisha B’Av Fast this summer. The famed archaeologist, the inspiration for the “Indiana Jones” movie series, has spent most of his life searching for the Ark of the Covenant. The ark was the resting place of the Ten Commandments, given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, and was hidden just before the destruction of the First Temple. The Talmud says the Ark is hidden in a secret passage under the...
  • Homeschooler Nathan Cornelius wins national geography bee

    05/25/2005 10:35:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 127 replies · 2,669+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | May 25, 2005 | Greg Gordon
    WASHINGTON -- Nathan Cornelius, a home schooled seventh grader from Cottonwood, Minn., won the 17th annual National Geographic Bee competition today, with a dazzling display of knowledge about places, cultures, cities, countries and rivers around the globe. For winning the competition, which started with 5 million students nationwide, Nathan was awarded a $25,000 scholarship. He bested nine other finalists during the taping of the event moderated by TV’s ''Jeopardy!'' host Alex Trebek. He was one of two contestants to survive a double elimination first round that took 105 questions. Then he outlasted Karan Takhar, 14, of Rhode Island,in an 11-question...
  • Buchanan: Frist Has Ceded Power to McCain - (tells Don Imus that it's not a "done deal!")

    05/24/2005 3:36:16 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 90 replies · 2,698+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | MAY 24, 2005 | CARL LIMBACHER
    Former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan had no kind words for Sen. John McCain this morning on the Don Imus radio program. Buchanan said that Bill Frist had the votes to override the filibuster, but that McCain, with his "deal," in essence supported the Democratic filibuster and took the leadership of the Senate away from Frist. Buchanan told Imus that with a change in the rules, President Bush's judicial nominees would have sailed through the Senate, that any Supreme Court nominees would sail through the Senate, and that "the great battle for the supreme Court was about to be won today"...
  • In the interest of political harmony (re. the Senate compromise)...

    05/24/2005 1:12:34 PM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies · 392+ views
    Leftist/Democrat websites | 5/24/05
    Here are the words being used today by liberals regarding the "senate compromise" on judicial nominations: Re: Republicans: "criminal, horrible, destructive, hypocrites, vicious, single-minded, Hitlerian, mafioso, wacky fundamentalists, saber-rattlers, Neanderthals, reactionary idiots, unprincipled, fascists, fascist bitches and bastards, bullies, fanatic corporatists (?), slimy, wormy, smarmy, election-stealing pile of trash Repukes*, power grabbers, spineless asshole Rethugs, fasict repuke bullies, Germany all over again, radicals" Re: Democrats: "impotent, capitulatory, spineless, sellouts, sodomized, selfish, unheroic, new Whigs, hapless, asshats (?), wimps, pathetic, disgusting, screwed, bent over for evil, lambasted, betrayed the people"
  • Fox: 730pm Press Conference to Announce Filibuster Compromise

    05/23/2005 4:18:39 PM PDT · by jern · 2,481 replies · 69,134+ views
    Announce Filibuster Compromise
  • Response from Board of Directors of Pepsico, Indra Nooyi's "5 Finger Speech" Columbia U.

    05/23/2005 10:49:53 AM PDT · by Mr. D · 46 replies · 2,173+ views
    self | self
    Dear Mr. Laughter, Thank you for contacting us about Indra Nooyi’s recent commencement speech at Columbia University, which has created a difficult situation. Please know how sorry we are for disappointing you – and how much we appreciate your input. Feedback such as yours has been shared directly with Indra, and she clearly regrets this unfortunate episode. With that in mind, Indra has asked us to share this statement with you: "Following my remarks to the graduating class of Columbia University's Business School in New York City, I have come to realize that my words and examples about America unintentionally...
  • '24' Promises Surprising Finale

    05/22/2005 9:49:08 PM PDT · by bitt · 84 replies · 2,218+ views
    foxnews ^ | 5/22/05 | foxnews
    Twenty-two hours down, two to go. "24" (search) plans to end its fourth heart-stopping season with a bang Monday night — a two-hour finale filled with suspense and surprises. "It's my favorite season ender — it's just been the most fun and I think the most surprising end. I'm not gonna tell you who dies, or if someone dies. But I will say it's a surprise," Howard Gordon, the executive producer of "24," told FOX News. Aside from the finale (8 p.m. EDT on FOX), one of the biggest mysteries about the show is whether its star, Kiefer Sutherland (search),...
  • High school students bite back at Rush

    05/22/2005 11:26:42 AM PDT · by rface · 112 replies · 2,825+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 22, 2005 | Jodi S. Cohen
    <p>EVANSTON -- Some Evanston students want to write letters to Rush Limbaugh. Others want to call him out for a debate.</p> <p>The reaction to the conservative talk-show host comes after Limbaugh put down Evanston Township High School's multicultural curriculum during his nationally syndicated radio show.</p>
  • 18 Year Old Paula Creamer Wins

    05/22/2005 2:03:55 PM PDT · by beyond the sea · 51 replies · 3,346+ views
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | 5/21/05 | self
    Paula CreramerGet ready. This totally darling 18 year old has just pulled out a victory on the LPGA Tour. She drained a fifteen foot putt on the 18th hole to win.This girl is lovely......... and the second youngest player to ever win an event on the LPGA Tour.
  • US 'torpedoed Kursk nuclear sub'

    05/22/2005 2:27:06 PM PDT · by demlosers · 141 replies · 4,645+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 09, 2005 | Daniel Stacey, London
    A FORMER British military official has backed a sensational claim that the Russian nuclear submarine, the Kursk, was torpedoed by US forces in August 2000. An official inquest concluded that the disaster – in which all 118 crew drowned in the Barents Sea, 135km off the Russian coast – was caused by an accidental explosion of an onboard torpedo. But Maurice Stradling, a former torpedo engineer and a key figure in the original investigation, believes a new French documentary, The Kursk: A Submarine in Troubled Waters, should change world opinion on the sinking. "On the balance of probabilities, the Kursk...
  • Panama - General strike to defend social security (New snapshots of rioters)

    05/22/2005 8:13:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies · 706+ views
    Marxist.com ^ | 9/23/03 | Jorge Martín
    Panama General strike to defend social security By Jorge Martín On Tuesday September 23 a 24-hour warning general strike called by the National Front brought Panama to a standstill. It was called in protest against attacks on welfare. The National Front is an umbrella organisation that brings together the main trade unions and social organisations in the country, including the National Independent United Trade Union Confederation (CoNUSI), the National Council of Organised Workers (CoNATO), and the unions of building workers (SUNTRACS), social security workers, teachers and others. This latest warning general strike was the highest point in the mass movement...
  • Support H. Res. Condemning Religious Bigotry (Start with Saudi Arabia and the Muslim World)

    05/22/2005 8:27:25 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 26 replies · 515+ views
    CAIR ^ | 18 May 2005 | CAIR
    (Washington, DC, 5/18/2005) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for people of conscience to support a resolution that "recognizes that the Qur'an as any other holy book of any religion, should be treated with dignity and respect." To be introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the resolution also "condemns bigotry and intolerance against any religious group, including our friends, neighbors and citizens of the Islamic faith." "This resolution expresses America's respect for the holy texts of all faiths. If passed, it will also reiterate our nation's condemnation of bigoted behavior and religious intolerance," said Corey Saylor, CAIR's...
  • Pepsi Packed with Pig Parts? (Islamofacists want to know!)

    05/21/2005 1:33:20 PM PDT · by expatguy · 102 replies · 3,633+ views
    Muslims throughout the Islamic world are now being advised not to consume Pepsi Cola because it contains the parts of pigs used it it's production ~ Begin my translation ~ Al-Irsyad – the Islamic Agency for Research in Egypt has now recommended that Muslims are not to consume Pepsi Cola because it is being suspected of containing material that has been made from the intestines of pigs. Dr. Mustofa Asyak'ah an agency member has asked for the other members of the agency to gather to discuss this problem, so that the Muslim community can receive clarity as to whether the...
  • ACLU Wants Jail For Public School Teachers, Principal

    05/19/2005 6:27:20 PM PDT · by blueberry12 · 52 replies · 1,374+ views
    NEW ORLEANS -- The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to jail public school teachers and administrators for allegedly violating a court-imposed ban on school prayers. It's the fourth time the ACLU has told Judge Ginger Berrigan that officials in Louisiana's Tangipahoa Parish are flouting her prayer ban. This time, the ACLU said an elementary school teacher repeatedly held prayers in her fourth-grade class, encouraged students to bring their Bibles to school, held Bible studies in the school cafeteria and admonished students who didn't show up. In addition, the ACLU cited a prayer "in Jesus' name" that...
  • Put an Eye Out (CBS Axes Bunch of Shows)

    05/19/2005 8:21:18 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 167 replies · 3,380+ views
    Put an Eye Out CBS cancels ''Joan of Arcadia,'' ''Judging Amy'' -- The low-rated former hits get the ax, as does the Wednesday edition of ''60 Minutes'' by Mickey O'Connor Oh, God. It's official. At the unveiling of CBS' fall 2005 lineup Wednesday, the network announced that it has axed Joan of Arcadia, the underdog-that-couldn't, despite last year's Emmy nomination for lead Amber Tamblyn and much critical love. A second-season ratings slump made continuing it not feasible, said CBS chairman Les Moonves, calling it one of his biggest disappointments. In other cancellation news, a desire to attract a younger demographic...
  • Aircraft carrier will guard Bush at G8

    05/19/2005 4:43:34 AM PDT · by cooper72 · 49 replies · 1,748+ views
    The Scotsman (UK) ^ | 19 May 2005 | Michael Howie
    AN aircraft carrier packed with hundreds of US marines will be anchored off the west coast of Scotland during the G8 summit, according to security sources. The assault ship, also laden with helicopters, is expected to be dispatched as the United States armed forces prepare their own massive security operation to protect the president, George Bush, during the Gleneagles summit in July. A fleet of Galaxy C-5 planes, carrying armoured limousines and the helicopters that will take Bush and his entourage to the venue, is expected to touch down at Prestwick airport. The US is also believed to be insisting...
  • Hostile Grackles(Birds) Attack People in Houston

    05/19/2005 5:20:08 AM PDT · by Dog · 38 replies · 1,204+ views
    AP ^ | May 18
    HOUSTON (AP) - Like a scene from the horror movie "The Birds," large black grackles are swooping down on downtown Houston and attacking people's heads, hair and backs. Authorities closed off a sidewalk after the aggressive birds, which can have 2-foot wingspans, flew out of magnolia trees Monday in front of the County Administration Building. "They were just going crazy," said constable Wilbert Jue, who works at the building. "They were attacking everybody that walked by." The grackles zeroed in on a lawyer who shooed a bird away before he tripped and injured his face, Jue said. The lawyer was...
  • 'Amarillo' Spoof Gets Army's Top Brass Laughing (Must See Video)

    05/18/2005 8:19:21 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 73 replies · 3,933+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5/18/05 | Sam Coates and Dan McGregory
    It's the sort of Army joke that would be expected to earn a severe rebuke from commanding officers.But what began as an amateurish spoof could earn a fortune for charity and become the smash hit of the summer.A group of soliders who jokingly filmed a version of the hit song (Is This The Way to) Amarillo? were coping with sudden stardom. And rather than being punished for acting like pop star instead of privates, the Ministry of Defense has said they will not be diciplined. Deptartment of Defense offered it to Comic Relief, which could use it to donate thousands...
  • Mystery of Unpopped Popcorn Is Discovered

    05/16/2005 2:52:41 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 36 replies · 1,214+ views
    AP ^ | April 21 | RICK CALLAHAN
    Eat your way to the bottom of almost any bag of popcorn and there they are: the rock-hard, jaw-rattling unpopped kernels known as old maids. The nuisance kernels have kept many a dentist busy, but their days could be numbered: Scientists say they now know why some popcorn kernels resist popping into puffy white globes. It's long been known that popcorn kernels must have a precise moisture level in their starchy center - about 15 percent - to explode. But Purdue University researchers found the key to a kernel's explosive success lies in the composition of its hull. It turns...
  • West Virginia denies Jesus Christ a driver's license

    05/16/2005 5:45:31 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 34 replies · 834+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | May 11, 2005 | Tarron Lively
    In West Virginia, even Jesus Christ needs proper identification to get a driver's license. Mr. Christ recently moved to West Virginia from the District, where he got a driver's license, a passport and a Social Security card bearing his name. But the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles says that's not enough because he has not officially changed his name. The name that appears on his Florida birth certificate -- Peter Robert Phillips Jr. -- is the one that must be displayed on his license, West Virginia DMV officials say. Mr. Christ, who is in his 50s, changed his name...
  • Chould Newsweek's source should be arrested?

    05/16/2005 7:21:26 AM PDT · by Bob Hyneman · 50 replies · 1,471+ views
    My email to FoxNews Watch ^ | May 16, 2005 | Bob Hyneman
    Shouting "Koran Desecration" in a crowded Theater Dear FoxNews Watch: Newsweek's "apology" says that its information about flushing a Quran down a toilet came from "a knowledgeable U.S. government source." This is no different thatn shouting "fire" in a crowded theater resulting 16 dead and hundreds wounded. A government employee unnamed source, (knowingly or otherwise) spread anti-american proganda that resulted directly in numerous deaths and hospitalizations. We should investigate to see if any laws were broken, and, at the very least, his/her identity should be revealed so neither the media nor the American troops ever trust this person again. Bob...
  • We Have Seen the Light

    05/12/2005 9:06:45 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 39 replies · 2,138+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 13 May 2005 | John Armor
    <p>No, this is not about theology. Nor about a sudden discovery, or a blinding insight. It is literally about light. It’s also about a NASA photograph, a Southern front porch, and global political theory.</p> <p>Begin with this NASA composite photo. It shows the whole globe photographed during clear nights. Named “Earth at Night,” it is shown here in a small file.</p>
  • Early humans 'followed coast'

    05/14/2005 1:49:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 75 replies · 1,444+ views
    BBC ^ | 5/14/05
    The first humans who left Africa to populate the world headed south along the coast of the Indian Ocean, Science magazine reports. Scientists had always thought the exodus from Africa around 70,000 years ago took place along a northern route into Europe and Asia. But according to a genetic study, early modern humans followed the beach, possibly lured by a seafood diet. They quickly reached Australia but took much longer to settle in Europe. Dr Martin Richards of the University of Leeds, who took part in the study, says the first humans may have moved south in search of better...