Friday, December 28, 2007

Zygotes are people too.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Just in case you missed it...

ABC News: British hand over Basra in disarray
British hand over Basra in disarray
Nine of 18 provinces are now under Iraqi security forces. But central and southern Iraq face a vicious power struggle between Shiite parties and militias.

VOA News - US Reacts Cautiously to Turkish Air Strikes in Iraq
US Reacts Cautiously to Turkish Air Strikes in Iraq
By Michael Bowman
17 December 2007

The Bush administration is encouraging greater coordination between Turkey and Iraq, following Turkish air strikes targeting Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. From Washington, VOA's Michael Bowman reports.

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We have Slaves in America.

Couple kept housekeepers as 'slaves' - Times Online
New York A millionaire couple have been convicted of enslaving two Indonesian women whom they brought to their New York mansion to work as housekeepers.

The Indian-born Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, 51, and his wife, the Indonesian-born Varsha Mahender Sabhnani, 45, were convicted of all charges at the district court in Central Islip, Long Island, in a indictment that included forced labour, conspiracy, involuntary servitude and harbouring aliens.

The Sabhnanis, who operate a worldwide perfume business from their home, face up to 40 years in prison, although lawyers predicted the punishment would be much less.

Allegations of abuse included beatings with brooms and umbrellas, slashings with knives and being made to climb stairs and take freezing showers as punishment.

Both women said that they were forced to sleep on mats in the kitchen. Bail has been set at $4.5 million (£2.2 million). Jeffrey Hoffman, for the defence, said that the Sabhnanis would appeal.

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W Can't hide his girlfriends visits any more... Neocons blame Democratic party!

The Associated Press: Judge: White House Logs Are Public
Judge: White House Logs Are Public

By MATT APUZZO – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House visitor logs are public documents, a federal judge ruled Monday, rejecting a legal strategy that the Bush administration had hoped would get around public records laws and let them keep their guests a secret.

The ruling is a blow to the Bush administration, which has fought the release of records showing visits by prominent religious conservatives.

Visitor records are created by the Secret Service, which is subject to the Freedom of Information Act. But the Bush administration has ordered the data turned over to the White House, where they are treated as presidential records outside the scope of the public records law.

But U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled logs from the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's residence remain Secret Service documents and are subject to public records requests.

In a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a liberal watchdog group, Lamberth ordered the Secret Service to turn over visitor logs regarding nine conservative religious commentators, including James Dobson, Gary Bauer and Jerry Falwell.

"I think it's hugely significant," said Anne L. Weismann, the watchdog group's chief counsel. "The judge saw their arguments for what they were."

White House spokesman Tony Fratto and Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller said lawyers were reviewing the decision and they would have no immediate response. The Bush administration is expected to appeal the ruling.

In a separate case, CREW had sought an order declaring illegal a Bush administration policy under which the Secret Service destroys its copies of the logs once they are turned over to the White House.

In that second case involving White House visits by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Lamberth said he did not have the authority to issue such a ruling.

Because the logs were declared Secret Service records, however, they cannot be destroyed without approval from the National Archives.

The Bush administration had sought to have the case moved to another judge by consolidating it with a similar lawsuit before U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, an appointee of President Bush.

Lamberth, who served in the Justice Department before President Reagan put him on the federal bench, has roiled Democratic and Republican administrations alike with rulings rejecting government secrecy claims.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Global Warming Wake-up Call #9,000,000,001

Record heat sweeps Arctic Sea, ice in 2007 | Underexposed - CNET
Specifically, he said the Arctic Sea surface temperature was 3.5 degrees Celsius (6.3 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the 100-year historical average and 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the historical maximum. Two factors were at play in the heating: the sun and, to a lesser degree, warmer ocean currents, he said. In one area north of Russia, temperatures were 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) above average.

This is obviously a Liberal, Anti-America study. When will the Repubs wake up? Never.

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Guttless Democratic Congress

Probing the CIA Tapes — Carefully - TIME
Taking a public stand against torture confers little political advantage for members of Congress — and it carries the risk of being branded as soft on terrorism. That's why the outrage expressed on Capitol Hill over the admission that the CIA destroyed videos of the interrogation of two al-Qaeda suspects appears to be carefully calibrated.
I don't want to live in a country that tortures people. Do you?

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Bush Hates Children

Bush again vetoes kids health bill / He still opposes cigarette tax hike, middle-class focus
For the second time in three months, President Bush on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would have expanded the State Children's Health Insurance program by $35 billion over five years and would have boosted its enrollment to about 10 million children.

This is flat-out appalling and unforgivable. This is Repub world.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Day Before Peace Talks We Invade~!

Israeli military rolls into Gaza Strip - Los Angeles Times
GAZA CITY -- Israeli armored forces backed by aircraft thrust into the southern Gaza Strip today, killing four Palestinians a day before Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to begin laying the groundwork for peace talks.

Israeli army officials described the operation as a routine action against Gaza-based militants who fire rockets across the border into southern Israel. Palestinian officials said the incursion could undermine the talks before they start.


Things are just going super.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

The Fundementalist Christians want America to be just like THIS

Do recent events represent Islam?
Under pressure from the international community, the Saudi government is considering overturning the woman's sentence. In effect, it is a death sentence, since few people can survive 200 heavy lashes from a strong-armed government flogger.

But unless the Saudi royal family commutes the victim's sentence, she will be whipped to death according to Sharia law as interpreted by the highest courts in the Arabian kingdom.

Judges have found the woman culpable because she was sitting in a car alone with a male who was not a relative. Her rapists -- who also raped her male companion -- received sentences of between 10 months and five years in prison. But because her sin so provoked and aroused her seven assailants, courts have found her to blame, too.

How many perverts can you think of that are Bat Shit Crazy Christian Fundamentalists? Blame the woman... It's a Christian ideal!

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WABC! Why not?

A Chastened Imus Returns to Radio - New York Times
“We signed for five years,” he said of his contracts with Citadel Radio, the parent of WABC, as well as with RFD-TV, which will simulcast his program. “That’s how long it’s going to take to get even with everybody.”

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Repubs hate science because, Jesus is the ONLY answer.

Hey Science, Don't Mess with Texas - Yahoo! News
This of course leads us to the Board of Education. (Thanks for the segue, Eugenie.) Comer had held her position for nine years, so what might have motivated the TEA to clear her office now? Perhaps the fact that next year the Texas Board of Education will review the state science curriculum and set standards for classroom instruction and textbook selection. My little conspiracy theory gets even better when you hear that the woman who led the charge to get rid of Comer just joined the TEA this year to become "senior adviser on statewide initiatives." (That woman, by the way, is Lizzette Reynolds, former deputy legislative director for Dubya when he was Texas guv and later a Bush appointee at the US Department of Education.) Might one of those statewide initiatives be inundating Texas children with intelligent design theory?

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