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  • Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?

    05/04/2013 4:17:38 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 59 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 4, 2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    CLEMENTE: “No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It’s not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out. BURNETT: “So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible. CLEMENTE: “No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not.” >Snip< “All of that...
  • Modesty in Ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn Is Enforced by Secret Squads

    01/30/2013 4:11:39 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 66 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 30th, 2013 | Joseph Berger
    In the close-knit world of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, community members know the modesty rules as well as Wall Street bankers who show up for work in a Brooks Brothers suit. Women wear long skirts and long-sleeved, high-necked blouses on the street; men do not wear Bermuda shorts in summer. Schools prescribe the color and thickness of girls’ stockings. The rules are spoken and unspoken, enforced by social pressure but also, in ways that some find increasingly disturbing, by the modesty committees. Their power is evident in the fact that of the half dozen women’s clothing stores along Lee Avenue, only one...
  • Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

    05/10/2012 1:38:08 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 10th, 2011 | Sharon Otterman
    The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn. The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested. Their communities, headed by dynastic leaders called rebbes, strive to preserve their centuries-old customs by resisting the contaminating influences of the outside world. While some ultra-Orthodox rabbis now argue that a child molester should be reported to the police, others strictly adhere to an ancient prohibition against mesirah, the turning in of a Jew to non-Jewish authorities, and consider publicly...
  • Israeli Girl, 8, at Center of Tension Over Religious Extremism

    12/28/2011 2:46:34 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 96 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 27th, 2011 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — The latest battleground in Israel’s struggle over religious extremism covers little more than a square mile of this Jewish city situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and it has the unexpected public face of a blond, bespectacled second-grade girl. She is Naama Margolese, 8, the daughter of American immigrants who are observant modern Orthodox Jews. An Israeli weekend television program told the story of how Naama had become terrified of walking to her elementary school here after ultra-Orthodox men spit on her, insulted her and called her a prostitute because her modest dress did not adhere...
  • Animal rights group hangs sign on butter cow (Iowa State Fair)

    08/15/2011 3:50:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1+ views
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An animal rights group is taking responsibility for hanging a sign on the Iowa State Fair butter cow, saying it represents "humankind's tyranny over defenseless animals."
  • Obama Team Sharpens Attacks on Republican Field, Defends President

    08/14/2011 7:16:05 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 14, 2011
    Not knowing who the eventual Republican presidential nominee will be in the 2012 election, President Obama's supporters are taking the opportunity to blast all of the GOP candidates, using aggressive language.... Much of the criticism is focused on describing the candidates as lackeys to the Tea Party, which establishment Democrats have classified as right-wing zealots bent on destroying the U.S. "While protecting tax breaks for the wealthy and big oil while proposing to end Medicare, slash Social Security and pile additional burdens on the middle class might win plaudits with the Tea Party, it's not remotely what the American people...
  • Republicans, Zealots and Our Security (Liberals Losing It Alert)

    07/24/2011 11:13:14 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 7/24/2011 | Nicholas Kristof
    IF China or Iran threatened our national credit rating and tried to drive up our interest rates, or if they sought to damage our education system, we would erupt in outrage. Well, wake up to the national security threat. Only it’s not coming from abroad, but from our own domestic extremists. We tend to think of national security narrowly as the risk of a military or terrorist attack. But national security is about protecting our people and our national strength — and the blunt truth is that the biggest threat to America’s national security this summer doesn’t come from China,...
  • The World Turned Upside Down

    05/09/2010 4:14:36 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 406+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 09, 2010 | Ed Lasky
    review of The World Turned Upside Down, by Melanie Phillips Melanie Phillips, the columnist for the British newspaper the Spectator, has written a fine new book: The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle Over God, Truth and Power. Ms. Phillips lives up to her reputation for tackling political and social issues in this attempt to create an overarching thesis for why we have seen such absurdities as climate change fraud, political correctness run amok, unbalanced portrayals bordering on propaganda regarding Islam and Israel, and the war in Iraq. This is a challenge that Phillips meets head on and masters....
  • Confirmed: global warming zealots hate people

    04/24/2010 11:40:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 952+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 9th, 2009 | Janet Daley
    There can be only one logical conclusion to the anthropogenic global warming campaign: eliminate human beings. Or, at least, reduce to a minimum their number on the planet. Have you had the sneaking suspicion that climate change activists were seeking to suppress every possible life-enhancing human activity from a long hot bath to
  • Editorial: Global-warming zealots in control

    11/30/2009 10:49:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 805+ views
    OC Register ^ | 11/30/09 | Editorial
    Scientific, economic and political realities are reining in worldwide efforts to combat global warming. But not so in California. As others stop short of committing economic suicide, California's overaggressive government could inflict further economic harm on the state. The California Air Resources Board last week released a draft of its Draconian, top-down manipulation of the economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agency's cap-and-trade regulations effectively would impose broad-based new taxes by making energy more costly and forcing industries to buy permission to emit greenhouse gases that bureaucrats insist dangerously warm the atmosphere. However, Congress and 192 nations meeting next...
  • Political Corruption Equivalent to Religion, according to British Judge

    11/18/2009 11:52:41 AM PST · by RogerFGay · 2 replies · 455+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | November 18, 2009 | Roger F. Gay
    Ever wonder about the final straw that will bring down western civilization? A British judge may have created it. On November 3rd, Mr Justice Michael Burton, the same judge that allowed continued showing of An Inconvenient Truth to children in British schools even while recognizing it to be a dishonest political propaganda film decided that: "A belief in man-made climate change, and the alleged resulting moral imperatives, is capable if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religion and Belief Regulations." The ruling means that an employment tribunal will decide whether Al Gore should...
  • Dogfight over religious dogma

    03/17/2009 8:41:23 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies · 623+ views
    Edmonton Sun ^ | Mindelle Jacob
    The tinpot dictators who dominate the so-called UN Human Rights Council are at it again -- squawking about "defamation of religion" in a seedy attempt to undermine freedom of expression. If this band of political bandits has its way, criticism of religious dogma would be virtually banned as an affront to human dignity. Curiously, only Islam is specifically mentioned in the draft resolution, released by UN Watch last week. Could this have anything to do with the fact that there are so many Muslim countries on the Human Rights Council? Want a laugh? The resolution includes the usual remarks about...
  • Is Halloween Harmless?

    10/25/2008 7:00:34 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 267 replies · 2,354+ views
    Good News Magazine ^ | Fall 2008 | Jerold Aust
    Is Halloween Harmless? Every year at Halloween, well-meaning parents dress their children in grotesque and ghoulish costumes. Is Halloween really harmless? Who and what's behind this bizarre holiday? by Jerold Aust It all looks like so much fun and seems so harmless: jack-o'-lanterns, grotesque grinning masks, long black witch attire with pointed black hats, costumes painted like skeletons, outfits that represent demons and goblins, and children going door to door, soliciting treats from compliant neighbors. But when Halloween comes around, do you find yourself yearning for the hours to pass until the whole trick-or-treat farce is over? If you don't,...
  • How rushed justice fails our kids (Broken families, broken courts)

    02/10/2008 7:33:09 AM PST · by Technoman · 2 replies · 103+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 8, 2008 | Karen de Sá
    It's a typical morning in the court system designed to protect California's children from abuse and neglect: Justice is being strangled by the clock. In this Sacramento courtroom, attorneys spend two minutes on the case of a 3-year-old sent to the children's shelter after being found in a filthy home.
  • America's great faith divide

    06/03/2007 6:46:20 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 30 replies · 531+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, June 2, 2007 | Justin Webb
    The current US presidential debates are almost certain to see the candidates asked to comment on spiritual issues, but some Americans are worried about the trend towards religiosity in public life. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be challenged on their beliefs At my twins' annual school camp in West Virginia, you are meant to leave your troubles behind. It is an idyllic couple of days - a communing with nature which my wife gallantly insists is simply too enjoyable for her to take part in - it has to be a dad's experience. Actually it is not that...
  • EU seeks converts to eco-stoicism (Tacit Recognition of Enviro-Extremism as a Religion).

    03/09/2007 6:18:25 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 7 replies · 374+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, March 9, 2007 | Joe Lynam
    The EU's top political leaders meet three times a year in a rose-coloured marble building known as Justus Lipsius. EU leaders arrived in gas-guzzling cars to debate green issues It is named after a 16th-Century Dutch scholar often described, predominantly by his fans, as one of the most learned men of his day, as well as the founding father of neo-stoicism, which combined pagan materialism with Christianity. Nowadays, the new Europe under Jose Manuel Barroso could even be described as eco-stoicism, combining materialism with environmental zealotry. The new movement, though, does not have as many converts as the Portuguese...
  • Young Jews walk out on religious life

    03/04/2007 8:59:00 AM PST · by US admirer · 51 replies · 1,134+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 2 March 2007 | Martin Patience
    As a member of the Jewish ultra-Orthodox community, David wore a long black coat and a black hat covering his Jewish skullcap. He spent 10 hours a day studying the Torah, the Jewish holy book, and the Talmud, rabbinical discussions on Jewish law, ethics and customs. David says that he used to want to be a rabbi - but that was then. Now, David, 24, wears blue jeans and loose-fitting T-shirts. He no longer believes in religion, saying that he is completely secular. He is currently at university and hopes to become an engineer. David - who does not want...
  • In Israel, orthodox clash over rights

    02/11/2007 3:52:43 PM PST · by US admirer · 9 replies · 452+ views
    Newsday ^ | February 11, 2007 | SONIA VERMA
    It began as ...she boarded a city bus ...Moments later, an ultra-orthodox man ... started yelling and calling her names ..."morality squads" that patrol Jerusalem's orthodox streets to root out "immodest behavior" ... attacks by "bleach patrols" - groups of ultra-orthodox men who throw bleach ...a recent rabbinical ruling forbids Haredi women from pursuing post-secondary education
  • Destination - Montgomery, Alabama, 1955

    01/22/2007 5:00:55 AM PST · by US admirer · 2 replies · 241+ views
    THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | Jan. 20, 2007 | David Forman
    If you miss me at the back of the bus, you won't find me nowhere. Come on over to the front of the bus, I'll be sittin' right there. That was the theme song that African-Americans sang during the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott in their successful attempt to integrate that city's public transportation system. More than a half-a-century later, thousands of miles away, Israel's haredi community is trying to resegregate a bus system - not along racial but sexual lines. Recently, the press carried a story about a woman who was beaten on a Jerusalem bus for refusing to...
  • Behind the mask of a brutal zealot

    04/21/2006 4:49:57 PM PDT · by Dundee · 12 replies · 692+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 22, 2006 | Matthias Kadiuntzel
    Behind the mask of a brutal zealot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's embrace of martyrdom means the West should fear monstrosities from Iran, reports Matthias Kadiuntzel IT wasn't long after Iraq invaded Iran in September 1980 that ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini realised his forces were no match for Saddam Hussein's professional, well-armed military. To compensate for their disadvantage, Khomeini sent Iranian children, some as young as 12, to the front lines. There, they marched in formation across minefields towards the enemy, clearing a path with their bodies. But at one point the gore became a matter of concern. "In the past," wrote the semi-official...
  • Rabbi: Vote Shas or go to hell

    03/19/2006 5:48:26 PM PST · by US admirer · 22 replies · 621+ views
    Ynet news ^ | 03/19/06 | Ilan Marciano
    Rabbi: Vote Shas or go to hell Member of Shas' Council of Torah Sages says during sermon at Jerusalem synagogue that PM Sharon had stroke because he went with Shinui, hurt religious services Ilan Marciano Rabbi Shimon Baadani, a member of Shas' Council of Torah Sages, provided on Saturday evening amazing explanations for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's illness. "Ariel Sharon had a stroke because he went with Shas and hurt religious services," Baadani explained during a sermon he gave at a Jerusalem synagogue. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: 'Vote Shas, reach heaven' / Ilan Marciano Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef speaks at...
  • Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – Will anyone be able to top his campaign promises? : Vote Shas, reach heaven

    03/11/2006 4:08:55 PM PST · by US admirer · 6 replies · 203+ views
    ynet news ^ | 03/01/06 | Ilan Marciano
    Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – Will anyone be able to top his campaign promises? Rabbi Yosef: Vote Shas, reach heaven Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef speaks at pre-election rally in Tel Aviv, encourages followers to vote for religious Sephardic party; another rabbi tells those in attendance: Don't believe politicians, they are all liars and Arab-lovers Ilan Marciano Reaching heaven was never that easy: Anyone who votes for religious Sephardic party Shas in the upcoming elections is assured of a place in heaven, the party's spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef told about 8,000 activists at a pre-election rally in Tel Aviv Tuesday...
  • Bars wait for smoke ban ruling (sometimes "judicial activism" is GOOD)

    02/28/2006 3:15:32 AM PST · by E Rocc · 16 replies · 479+ views
    Akron Beacon Journal ^ | February 28, 2006 | Kymberli Hagelberg
    Bars wait for smoke ban ruling Law takes effect today;7 businesses will learn whether they're exempt By Kymberli Hagelberg Beacon Journal staff writer The smoking ban is now law for many Summit County businesses for at least the next five weeks, but a Common Pleas Court will decide today whether seven bars are temporarily off the hook. Attorney Chris Tipping has filed for a temporary restraining order on behalf of seven clients who own bars in Summit County townships that must comply with the Summit County Clean Indoor Air Ordinance. The law prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants and most other...
  • Rushdie execution would have stopped insults: Hezbollah

    02/03/2006 1:24:50 PM PST · by bourbon · 79 replies · 1,429+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 02/02/2006 | AFP
    BEIRUT (AFP) - The leader of the Lebanese fundamentalist Shiite movement Hezbollah claimed that if Muslims had executed British novelist Salman Rushdie others would not dare to insult Islam. Iran's revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa or religious edict in 1989 demanding Rushdie's execution over his best-selling novel the "Satanic Verses," deemed blasphemous and insulting to the Prophet Mohammed. "If there had been a Muslim to carry out Imam Khomeini's fatwa against the renegade Salman Rushdie, this rabble who insult our Prophet Mohammed in Denmark, Norway and France would not have dared to do so," Hezbollah chief Hassan...
  • Childlessness A Sin, Southern Baptist Leader Says

    01/17/2006 1:31:49 PM PST · by WKB · 653 replies · 9,268+ views
    KWTX ^ | 1-17-06
    Rev. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says it's "an absolute revolt against God's design" if husbands and wives purposely avoid bearing children. On his Web site and other articles and interviews, Mohler argues that "marriage, sex and children are part of one package" and that "to deny any part of this wholeness is to reject God's intention in creation and his mandate revealed in the Bible." In a CNN interview, the Baptist leader added, “We grow up by having children. Without that responsibility, we have a generation of perpetual adolescents just growing old."
  • BOMB EXPLODES IN CAFE IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY- Just In Annuouncment on FOX

    07/23/2005 12:38:44 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 248 replies · 14,011+ views
    FOX news | July 23, 2005
    Just Breaking announcement on FOX. No more info at this time.
  • Islamist zealots attack Ahmadiyya Mosque in Bangladesh (Hundreds of Muslims attack 'non-Muslims')

    04/24/2005 10:42:18 PM PDT · by underlying · 5 replies · 654+ views
    Onlypunjab.com ^ | April 18, 2005 | South Asia News
    Islamist zealots attack Ahmadiyya Mosque in Bangladesh Unruly Islamist zealots attacked an Ahmadiyya mosque and the homes of a number of leaders of the minority Muslim sect in south-western Satkhira district of Bangladesh on Sunday. Witnesses said several hundred bigots brought out a procession in Joginagar village of Samnagar Upazial of the district, demanding that members of the Ahmadiyya community be officially declared 'non-Muslim'. They marched towards the mosque and replaced a signboard inscribed with "It's not a mosque and no Muslim will enter here for namaj (prayer)" instead of the "Ahmadiyya mosque". "The Islamist bigots captured the mosque complex...
  • Dead Men Drinking: Lakewood considers suicide. (Cleveland suburb considering smoking ban)

    02/12/2005 9:47:48 AM PST · by E Rocc · 14 replies · 719+ views
    Scene Magazine (Cleveland) ^ | February 9, 2005 | Pete Kotz
    Mayor Tom George sounds weary. He presides over a congested suburb where nearly every structure, street, and sewer is 100 years old. Its few factories are either dead or walking with a limp. Its retail is slim and struggling. Aside from thrift stores, it has but one thriving industry: bars. And now the Lakewood City Council is considering killing them. This month, a commission will recommend whether or not to enact a smoking ban. In a daintier locale, this might not be cause for uproar. Everyone could rally around, knowing they were saving heathens from their carcinogens. Unfortunately, this is...
  • Religious Hard-Sell (The Forbidden Side of Scientology)

    01/28/2005 5:05:08 PM PST · by Murray Luther · 12 replies · 1,107+ views
    The Truth About Scientology ^ | Jan 28, 2005 | Murray Luther
    The Forbidden Side of ScientologyBy the Reverend Murray Luther, Jan 28, 2005Religious Hard-Sell        A while back, I received a mailer from the Church of Scientology's Citizens Commission on Human Rights. The mailer offered, "You are invited to a CONFIDENTIAL closed-door Briefing and Dinner." I've been a Scientologist long enough to know that what they were really saying. Essentially, the message was "Come to our dinner and give us the opportunity to brow-beat you into giving us thousands of dollars."        L. Ron Hubbard describes this approach as "come-on promotion." The words confidential and closed-door are meant to induce, allure and attract...
  • Totalitarian Religion (The Forbidden Side of Scientology)

    01/24/2005 5:09:54 PM PST · by Murray Luther · 6 replies · 909+ views
    The Truth About Scientology ^ | Jan. 24, 05 | Murray Luther
    The Forbidden Side of ScientologyBy the Reverend Murray Luther, Jan 24, 05Totalitarian Religion        In 2001, following the September 11 attacks, Church of Scientology Chairman of the Board David Miscavige promptly issued Inspector General Network Bulletin No. 44, titled "Wake-up Call." The Church's official position, although not exactly a denial of the facts, completely avoided one issue worth noting. Miscavige made absolutely no mention of the terrorists' radical religious extremism. I suspect that for most Scientologists, extremism is a concept that probably hits too uncomfortably close to home. Your average dedicated Scientologist, while able to perhaps recognize the dangers of suicide...
  • Indoctrinated Tyranny (The Forbidden Side of Scientology)

    01/18/2005 4:57:40 PM PST · by Murray Luther · 11 replies · 1,086+ views
    The Truth About Scientology ^ | Jan 18, 2005 | Murray Luther
    The Forbidden Side of Scientology By the Reverend Murray Luther, Jan 18, 2005 Unauthorized Correspondent for The Church of ScientologyIndoctrinated Tyranny    One of the first things a new Scientologist encounters when studying Dianetics and Scientology is the absolute authority of L. Ron Hubbard. There's a gradual indoctrination process that takes place in which the Scientologist eventually comes to the realization that everything Hubbard says is absolutely true and completely correct. Sooner or later every Scientologist arrives at a point where Hubbard's word becomes law, not to be questioned.     Every course begins with the same Hubbard Policy Letter, Keeping Scientology...
  • An Ex-Fanatic Speaks Out (The Forbidden Side of Scientology)

    01/12/2005 5:10:10 PM PST · by Murray Luther · 57 replies · 4,639+ views
    The Truth About Scientology ^ | Jan 13, 2004 | Murray Luther
    The Forbidden Side of Scientology By the Reverend Murray Luther, Jan 13, 2005 An Ex-Fanatic Speaks Out     This is the first entry in a series of reports and commentary on the ever controversial Church of Scientology. I've been a member for roughly thirty years, and as of this writing I still remain in good standing. I've received hundreds of hours of Scientology counseling, and have attained some of the highest spiritual levels that it offers. I've also done significant amounts of training in the delivery of Scientology counseling, as well as courses in the administration of Church management policies....
  • Kid Rock too vulgar for inauguration?

    01/05/2005 7:47:34 PM PST · by SeasideSparrow · 541 replies · 7,659+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan. 5, 2005 | Ron Strom
    This is abominable!!!! Contact the committee via e-mail at info@inaugural05.com. BUSH SWEARING IN: TAKE 2 Kid Rock too vulgar for inauguration? Some wonder why values voters rewarded with F-word-spewing rapper -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: January 5, 2005 8:40 p.m. Eastern By Ron Strom © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com Kid Rock, a popular vulgar rock-rapper whose lyrics wouldn't begin to pass muster with the Federal Communications Commission, is headlining the youth concert during the inauguration festivities for President Bush – a politician who was re-elected largely due to the participation of traditional "values voters." The Detroit-based rapper, who dedicated his first album to songs about...
  • Does Human Rights Law Apply to Terrorists?

    11/11/2004 10:34:32 AM PST · by forty_years · 20 replies · 1,085+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | November 11, 2004 | Ted Lapkin
    On November 8, 2004, a U.S. federal judge ruled that the Bush administration had improperly ignored the Geneva Conventions in establishing military commissions to try detainees at the Guantánamo Bay U.S. naval base as war criminals. Ted Lapkin's timely article delves into the complexities of the Geneva Conventions, and how much they should apply to the war on terrorism. —The Editors. From Manhattan to Mindanao, Islamist zealots draw no distinction between combatants and non-combatants. Jihadists target women, children, and the elderly without even the pretence of discrimination. In June 2004, an Al-Qaeda affiliated group distributed a video proudly documenting...
  • Zealots made to call off 9/11 ‘celebration’

    09/12/2004 9:28:17 PM PDT · by fuzzy122 · 3 replies · 483+ views
    The Sunday Times - Britain ^ | September 12, 2004 | Nick Fielding and Abul Taher
    Zealots made to call off 9/11 ‘celebration’ Nick Fielding and Abul Taher The Sunday Times - Britain September 12, 2004 ISLAMIC extremists were forced to call off a London conference commemorating the third anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America yesterday when the owners of the venue cancelled the booking after consulting police.
  • What is the Separation of Church and State? Misunderstood and Maligned

    07/06/2004 4:59:49 PM PDT · by Kerberos · 85 replies · 1,414+ views
    About.com ^ | unknown | Unknown
    What is the separation of church and state?: That is a very good question - the separation of church and state is perhaps one of the most misunderstood, misrepresented and maligned concepts in today's political, legal and religious debates. Everyone has an opinion, but unfortunately, many of those opinions are woefully misinformed. That is one of the primary purposes of this FAQ: to provide as much information as possible in order to better inform people about this debate. After all, the separation of church and state is not only misunderstood, it is also exceedingly important. That is probably one of...
  • Sept. 11 Memorial Flag in Colo. Burned

    09/16/2003 5:53:06 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 3 replies · 165+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Tue Sep 16, 6:45 AM ET | AP
    FRISCO, Colo. - An American flag placed atop a mountain peak in a national forest as a memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks was torched, authorities said. Summit County deputies were investigating a report that a hiker found a note on the 13,589-foot snowcapped summit claiming responsibility for the fire, sheriff's spokeswoman Jill Berman said Monday. The burned flag was found Sunday. The FBI was notified because the flag was in the White River National Forest, Berman said. The flag had been placed on the peak on Thursday, the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks,...
  • Zealots put the spin into voting

    07/17/2003 4:35:27 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 213+ views
    Physics Web ^ | 7/17/03 | Katie Pennicott
    How does a person with fixed political opinions influence the voting intentions of other people in an election? According to Mauro Mobilia, a theoretical physicist at the EPFL in Lausanne and Boston University, there are striking similarities between the influence of a zealot in the electorate and a fixed magnetic spin in an array of random spins. Mobilia believes this zealot model could give insights into a wide range of 'many-body' physical systems (M Mobilia 2003 Phys. Rev. Lett. 91 028701). In an election most people weigh up the pros and cons of the candidates before they choose who to...
  • Neil Rodgers Poll (Lets Freep it)

    02/05/2003 8:05:00 AM PST · by Bushdude · 21 replies · 306+ views
    http://www.neilrogers.com/ Freep this PoLL, he is ripping Bush today
  • ONCE AGAIN. . .ISLAM NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE

    01/15/2003 12:00:31 PM PST · by grantswank · 28 replies · 4,182+ views
    MichNews.com, MensNewsDaily.com, IntellectualConservative.com, Chalcedon.edu, RePUNK | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    THE TRUTH ABOUT ISLAM J. Grant Swank, Jr., POB 1984, Windham ME 04062 Pastor, New Hope Church, Windham ME Islam is being pictured today as a "religion of peace." Granted, religion can be complicated. Therefore, one must be careful when stating that Islam is not a religion of peace. But in fact it is not. Nevertheless, taking religion complications seriously, it is true that some Muslims believe that their religion is one of peace. Confused? You are not alone. So, backing up to the start, let's get some basics understood: Secular Muslims accept Islam as a religion of peace because...
  • The hidden threat of the outposts

    10/23/2002 8:41:02 AM PDT · by E Rocc · 8 replies · 299+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | October 23, 2002 | Gideon Samat
    The entire settlement enterprise began 35 years ago with an incident similar to this week's - an illegal settlement, which the government then retroactively legalized at the urging of several misguided intellectuals. The battle over Havat Gilad is reminiscent of that beginning, which has since, together with Palestinian terror, pushed the state into a political and spiritual blind alley. Ten years after 1967, there were still only 31 settlements with 4,400 inhabitants. Now there are more than 120 "legal" settlements with almost 50 times as many settlers. There are also some 90 illegal outposts containing 700 to 1,000 zealots obsessed...
  • Linux users march on city hall (my title: Che Guevara to be raised from the dead)

    08/15/2002 4:54:26 PM PDT · by Bush2000 · 148 replies · 534+ views
    CNET News.com ^ | August 15, 2002, 3:53 PM PT | Lisa M. Bowman
    Linux users march on city hall A small but enthusiastic crowd of Linux lovers hit the streets of San Francisco on Thursday, hoping to trumpet the virtues of open source to lawmakers and voters. Led by Michael Tiemann, chief technology officer of Linux seller Red Hat, the group marched the mile-long stretch from the LinuxWorld conference to San Francisco City Hall. There Tiemann unveiled the Digital Software Security Act, a proposal that would prohibit the state from buying software that doesn't open its code. Tiemann, wearing a red fedora and clutching a map so he could find his destination, said...
  • Ha'aretz: Minister's aide calls Hebron riots a 'pogrom'

    07/30/2002 2:41:36 PM PDT · by E Rocc · 13 replies · 369+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | July 31, 2002 | Amos Harel and Jonathan Lis
    Col. (res.) Moshe Givati, an adviser on settlement security for Public Security Minister Uzi Landau, yesterday termed the rioting that took place during the funeral of Elazar Leibowitz, "a pogrom against the Arabs of Hebron, with no provocation on the Palestinian side." Givati, who attended the funeral on Sunday, said he witnessed "brutal acts" and rejected absolutely explanations by the Jewish Community of Hebron Council spokesmen who said they were acting in self-defense against Palestinian stone-throwing. Givati, who was commander of the Hebron brigade during the first intifada, has good relations with the settlement movement leadership. He was appointed six...
  • Teenage girl killed in Hebron clash

    07/29/2002 4:37:59 AM PDT · by E Rocc · 30 replies · 342+ views
    CNN.com ^ | July 28, 2002 | CNN
    Teenage girl killed in Hebron clash July 28, 2002 Posted: 10:46 PM EDT (0246 GMT) JERUSALEM (CNN) -- A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was killed and 21 other Palestinians and 15 Israeli policemen wounded Sunday when Israeli settlers rioted and clashed with Palestinians in the West Bank town of Hebron, Palestinian and Israeli sources said. An Israeli police spokesman said the riot erupted during the funeral of an Israeli soldier, one of four settlers killed Friday in an ambush by Palestinian gunmen. The spokesman said the settlers damaged several police cars. Four settlers were arrested for interrogation, he said. Chief Palestinian...