Inmates sue after prisons ban religious bookscourtesy of cbs2chicago.com
The removal of the books is occurring nationwide -- part of a long-delayed post-Sept. 11 federal directive designed to prevent radical religious texts, specifically Islamic ones, from falling into the hands of violent inmates. Read rest of article on cbs2chicago.com here
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Fair play. Prisons have been yanking Bibles out, and insipid groups managed to close down Operation Starting Line
, a fantastic, positive, and successful program to help Christian prisoners while in prison, and then mentor them once they returned to their communities. This must have p*ssed a lot of Christians off and they have made their complaints known. Good on'm!
U.S. Attorney resigns following Conyer's request for BBC documentsas written by Greg Palast
courtesy of Guerrillanews.com
formerly right hand man to Karl Rove, resigned Thursday as U.S. Attorney for Arkansas hours after BBC Television ‘Newsnight’ reported that Congressman John Conyers requested the network’s evidence on Griffin’s involvement in ‘caging voters.’ Greg Palast, reporting for BBC Newsnight, obtained a series of confidential emails from the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign. In these emails, Griffin, then the GOP Deputy Communications Director, transmitted so-called ‘caging lists’ of voters to state party leaders.
Experts have concluded the caging lists were designed for a mass challenge of voters’ right to cast ballots. The caging lists were heavily weighted with minority voters including homeless individuals, students and soldiers sent overseas. Read rest of article on Guerillanews.com here.
And check out this story from Slate: Raging Caging – What the heck is vote caging, and why should we care?
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Now let's see how clever Conyer is; will he put 2 and 2 together and come up with:
2 + 2 = Karl Rove's non-White House email account may be evidence of vote caging by Rove himself.
A blog is a little first amendment machineas written by Jay Rosen, HuffingtonPost.com
courtesy of Alternet.com
With blogging, an awkward term, we designate a fairly beautiful thing: the extension to many more people of a free press franchise and the right to publish your thoughts to the world.
When in the eighteenth century the press first appeared on the political stage the people on the other end of it were known as the public. Public opinion and the political press arose together. But in the age of the mass media the public got transformed into an audience.
This happened because the mass media were one way, one-to-many, and "read only." When journalism emerged as a profession it reflected these properties of its underlying platform. But now we have the Web, which is two-way (rather than one) many-to-many (rather than one-to-many) and "read-write" rather than "read only." Read rest of article on Alternet.com
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Jay Rosen tells 5 stories in this article that represent the disruptive effects that blogging has had on the Media, in general, and how blogging represents to the blogger a little first amendment machine. He uses the following stories as examples:
1. Chris Allbritton
, a blogger, former AP
and New York Daily News
reporter, got his readers to send him to Iraq as an independent war correspondent, the first of its kind in blogosphere.
2. Trent Lott's faux pas
at former Senator Strom Thurmond's
100th birthday party on Capital Hill, which became his down fall as leader of the Republican party after bloggers
outed the story behind his comments.
extensive coverage of "Scooter" Libby's
4. TPM Muckraker
gets his readers to scour 3,000 pages of documents for gold nuggets during House Judiciary Committee investigated on the fired US attorneys.
5. John Markoff's
, lead technology reporter for the New York Times
, dismissive remarks about the democratic potential of blogging.This is a great read, folks!
Is demography destiny?as written by Bernard Chapin
courtesy of The American Spectator Mark Steyn earned his place in the pantheon of magnificent conservative writers due to his personal ability, skill, and God-given wit -- which turns out to be a highly unusual method for establishing oneself nowadays. After beginning as a theatre and film critic, he progressed to political commentary where he has become among the liveliest, most irreverent, and original of conservative voices. A former "Culture Vultures" columnist for The American Spectator and North American correspondent (and movie reviewer) for the Spectator of London, he now writes regularly for the Chicago Sun-Times and National Review. His books include the brilliantly original Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now (1999) and, most recently, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It. [my emphasis]
BC: Mr. Steyn, congratulations on the success of America Alone. Sales remain strong seven months the book's release. What in its message so captivates readers? Does it appeal to non-conservatives?
Mark Steyn: I think my book repositions the war on terror within a broader context, which is exactly what a lot of people are looking for. The immediate visceral anger after September 11th has now dissipated; one simply can't remain angry for five years straight. The Afghan campaign and fall of Saddam Hussein have receded in our minds. America Alone places those situations within the broader context of a weakened Western world and a resurgent Islam. It's the big picture. My book ties together the present state of the Western world, Islamic fundamentalism, and the way in which those trends intersect. That's what makes it appealing. Read the rest of this excellent interview here.
Iraq refugees knocking: U.S. to let in 7,000: that's up from 800 allowed in since 2003, but fewer than SwedenAssociated PressCourtesy of MSNBC.msn.com
WASHINGTON - The United States will soon begin admitting a bigger trickle of the more than 2 million refugees who have fled Iraq, acknowledging for the first time the country may never be safe for some who have helped the U.S. there.After months of agonizing delays and withering criticism from advocacy groups and lawmakers, the Bush administration has finalized new guidelines to screen Iraqi refugees, including those seeking asylum because helping the Americans has put them at huge risk.
The 2 million-plus people — the fastest growing refugee population in the world — have left Iraq, but Washington has balked at allowing them into the United States for security reasons.
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Ahhh, what's wrong with this picture? What's wrong is the .government is putting me in a tenable situation - conscience-wise - for playing on my emotions about taking in Iraqi refugees - because it's our fault - and I usually condone such practice, while on the other hand he's considering giving millions of illegal immigrants immunity so they can also stay in the U.S. This + all the money sent overseas for all kinds of causes on American tax dollars.
Extreme TB Patient Taken To Denver
courtesy of CBSNews.com
(CBS/AP) A tuberculosis patient under the first federal quarantine since 1963 was taken Thursday to National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, which specializes in respiratory disorders, officials said.
CBS News has learned the man with the extreme form of tuberculosis is Andrew Harley Speaker, a 31-year-old lawyer from Atlanta. A medical official in Atlanta also confirmed the name on condition of anonymity.
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Ron Paul presidential odds slashed in halfas written by John Galt
courtesy of Gambling911.com
Following a groundswell of bets coming in on 2008 US Presidential candidate, Ron Paul, Sportsbook.com has reacted by slashing his odds to win in half.
The decision follows publication of an article on the Gambling911.com website yesterday entitled Online Gambling: Don't Underestimate Ron Paul and featured Gambling911.com revelations that Ron Paul has received more search queries than both Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani combined.
The article itself attracted a few thousand readers and was the single most popular article to appear on the Gambling911.com website on Monday. It is the most read political betting related article within a single day period to date.
"So many Paul stories are getting pushed up on Digg that Diggers think there's a conspiracy or rigging behind them all," writes David Weigel of Reason.com.
Three months ago, Reason's Weigel pointed out that only weeks after people (like me) complained that Paul was being kept off the mighty Pajamas Media 2008 straw poll, he's on it and winning it, with a six point lead over runner-up Rudy Giuliani. Read rest of article here.
* * * * * * *Ron Paul is a strong advocate of one's right to gamble online.
All out war on Ron Paul - World Affairs brief on a troubled worldas written by Joel Skousen, Editor
courtesy of World Affairs Brief
1. In the first GOP debate, Ron Paul came out of nowhere to capture the growing pro-Constitutional and anti-war sentiment of the viewers. His poll numbers doubled the others - and had to be suppressed.
2. Andrew Sullivan, perennial GOP critic said of Paul's rising star, "They're scared, aren't they? The Internet polls show real support for him [Paul]. Fox News' own internet poll placed him a close second, with 25 percent of the votes from Fox News viewers [actually Paul was running first with 30%, well into the polling]. We have a real phenomenon here -- because someone has to stand up for what conservatism once stood for."
3. Ron Paul merely uttered the mildest form of criticism -- that US incessant interference in the Middle East provided a major provocation for terrorists--a conclusion backed up by the establishment's own 9/11 Commission!
4. Ron Paul: Have you ever read the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we've been over there..." He then recounted Reagan's decision to pull out of Middle East intervention after the Bieruit bombing of Marines, that "we don't understand Middle East politics."
5. Ron Paul said. "We don't understand the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics. So right now we're building an embassy in Iraq that's bigger than the Vatican. We're building 14 permanent bases. What would we say here if China was doing this in our country or in the Gulf of Mexico? We would be objecting. We need to look at what we do from the perspective of what would happen if somebody else did it to us. [Emphasis mine]
6. Ron Paul, with 30 percent, the winner of the debate; votes being text-messaged in the thousands to Fox News saying Paul won, Romney was second, Rudy third and McCain far down the track at 4 percent. [Emphasis mine]
7. ..it is painfully obvious to most people in the freedom movement that Republican presidential hopeful, Ron Paul, has been targeted for elimination--by his own Party. [Emphasis mine]
8. [Sean] Hannity goes wild on Paul and Paul again refuses to back down.
9. ..interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN [Ron Paul] is asked whether he will take the opportunity to back away from his statements. Ron Paul retorts that it is Rudy Giuliani who needs to apologize to him for unjustifiably blowing his top on him and insinuating that he is 'un-American.' Ron affirms that he is indeed an American because Americans have the right to disagree with bad policy, and America's foreign interventionism in the Middle East is bad policy and therefore can and should be challenged.
10. Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media ... : "Fox News has a reputation as a conservative news channel and many Republicans rely on it for news and information. But its handling of this debate raises serious questions about the channel's commitment to being 'fair and balanced.' It seems to be emerging as an arm of the Giuliani-for-president campaign. Honest conservatives should demand better coverage." [Emphasis mine]
11. Ron Paul's rising star has to be shot down before it gets out of hand and now they have the issue to use against him. This intolerance for dissent is telling about how rigid and unprincipled the media has become. Patriotism has become so sacrosanct that the media will brook no opposition at all without inferring treason--mindless patriotism is essential toward herding the masses into more war and globalist intervention. Read rest of article here.
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As Ron Paul continues to move up into the Public Eye and in popularity, his modes of transportation need to be closely scrutinized to avoid sabotage or assassination. Because Ron Paul is being villified by his own, viz Republican Party, means he's the BEST candidate! He's messing up the Good Ol' Boys Club. Think about it. Then, stand tall and vote for Ron Paul :)
CIA myth, CIA historyreview as written by J. R. Nyquist
courtesy of Financial Sense.com
J. R. Nyquist's review of Tennent H. Bagley book, Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries and Deadly Games
<snip>Some readers may imagine that all of this is irrelevant. It is old news, belonging to the distant past. The Cold War is over. But that’s not what we see today, with the hammer and sickle reappearing on the Russian flag, with Latin America and Africa turning to Marxism, with Europe drifting into neutrality, with America being vilified around the world, with Russia and China forming a new military alliance. Something very bad is developing out of America’s false hopes and the CIA’s falsified history. America was warned of these events far in advance. The warning came from Anatoliy Golitsyn, a former Major in the KGB. Although Bagley does not mention Golitsyn’s warnings to the West, the Nosenko legend has been used to discredit Golitsyn and his late sponsor within the CIA, James Angleton. In terms of Russian grand strategy, the Nosenko legend has been used to claim that Golitsyn was mentally ill, that his predictions and analyses are paranoid and valueless. Setting Golitsyn aside, Bagley’s intuition prompts him to wonder if Nosenko’s lies might open the way to “a continuum of treason that might still be active today.”
The KGB is alive and well. Its methods include terror, murder and subversion. Its goal is the old goal; and I believe this is the context for Bagley’s “continuum of treason.” After the collapse of Communism, as reported by Bagley, a German editor complained to KGB Col. Oleg Nechiporenko about the manuscript of a former KGB mole who spent twenty years inside Radio Liberty, saying that the mole’s account lacked sufficient detail. Nechiporenko chided the editor for being naïve. According to Nechiporenko the mole’s operation “was part of a link, a part of an operation…. And this operation isn’t completed.” Furthermore, any full accounting might tell the CIA “what the KGB was doing today and tomorrow. The KGB is not dead.”
What does it mean to say that the sword and shield of the Communist Party Soviet Union is “not dead”? This statement signifies much more than an ongoing “continuum of treason.” It signifies a future destructive sequence that America is not prepared to counter. Here we stumble upon an incomplete operation. It is a work in progress. In fact, the Soviet Union itself continues to exist in disguised form. The satellite countries also continue, in shabby democratic drag. The entire strategy of the United States rests on a false foundation.
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I think this review by J.R. Nyquist of former CIA chief of Soviet bloc counterintelligence, Tennent H. Bagley's book Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries and Deadly Games is spot-on and a wise read for anyone who is under the delusion that Russia poses no threat to the U.S.
Michigan GOP leader wants Paul barred from future debatesas written by Jim Davenport
courtesy of mlive.com
"I think he would have felt much more comfortable on the stage with the Democrats in what he said last night. And I think that he is a distraction in the Republican primary and he does not represent the base and he does not represent the party," [Michigan party chairman Saul] Anuzis said during an RNC state leadership meeting.
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Which is clear evidence that Ron Paul
, R-TX, is the best candidate and the Right Man for the Job. Why? Because Ron Paul is not afraid to speak truth to power!
Ron Paul has no strings attached to his body!
Ron Paul wants to end income tax!
Ron Paul is a real doctor!
Ron Paul has served in our Armed Service!
American students love Ron Paul!
What else do the People need?