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  • Radiometric backflip: Bird footprints overturn ‘dating certainty’

    04/18/2016 10:55:02 AM PDT · by fishtank · 26 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 4-18-16 | Jonathan O'Brien
    Radiometric backflip: Bird footprints overturn ‘dating certainty’ by Jonathan O'Brien Using well-known radioisotope technology, scientists dated the Santo Domingo rock formation in Argentina at 212 million years old. This happened to agree well with a nearby geologic formation that was also radiometrically dated.1 The radiometric date of the Santo Domingo formation also agreed with the dating based on fossil wood found entombed in the rock. This wood came from an extinct species of tree conventionally believed to have existed around 200 million years ago. Well-preserved and abundant tracks were also found in the rock, similar in appearance to bird tracks....
  • TRUMPED: The Donald, The Widow and Eminent Domain [related to new Cruz ad]

    01/22/2016 12:44:18 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 109 replies
    Institute for Justice via YouTube ^ | 5/16/2011 | Dana Berliner - IJ
    Please click the link for the video of this report from the Institute for Justice who represented Vera Coking against Donald Trump and won in court. Here is a transcript of the same: In the video: Dana Berliner of the Institute for Justice (appears to be a property rights advocacy group), Donald Trump, John Stossel, Vera Coking -------------------- Clip of ABC News report playing interviewing Trump. TRUMP: In life you have a thing called condemnation and cities have the right to condemn for the good of the city - whether it's New York, whether it's Los Angeles, whether it's any...
  • Volcanic event caused ice age during Jurassic Period, new research suggests

    12/12/2015 8:29:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | Friday, December 11, 2015 | University of Exeter
    An international team of experts, including researchers from the Camborne School of Mines, have found evidence of a large and abrupt cooling of the Earth's temperature during the Jurassic Period, which lasted millions of years. The scientists found that the cooling coincided with a large-scale volcanic event -- called the North Sea Dome -- which restricted the flow of ocean water and the associated heat that it carried from the equator towards the North Pole region. The team suggest that it is this volcanic event, preventing the ocean flow, rather than a change in CO2 in the atmosphere (which causes...
  • Carson and Trump Essentially Tied

    10/30/2015 12:17:06 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 74 replies
    Reuters Polling ^ | 10/30/15 | Reuters Polling
    Carson and Trump Essentially Tied
  • Climate guru: Brace for massive cover-up

    02/10/2015 7:04:35 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 2/10/2015 | Greg Corombos
    The climate-change movement is being rocked by another major ethical scandal that journalists and some climate scientists say could serve to expose the movement as “one of the greatest scientific scandals of all time.” The latest blow against the credibility of the of those demanding urgent, sweeping political change in response to human activity allegedly threatening the sustainability of earth appeared in Saturday’s edition of the London Daily Telegraph. Columnist Christopher Booker cites the work of Paul Homewood on his “Not A Lot of People Know That” climate blog.
  • Flashback: Brian Williams Pushed Iraq Lie To David Letterman In 2013

    02/05/2015 12:40:17 PM PST · by doug from upland · 34 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 2-2015
  • Russia And Germany Allegedly Working On Secret "Gas For Land" Deal

    08/01/2014 12:28:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 31 July 2013 | Tyler Durden
    Thanks to the Independent, we may know the answer, and it is a doozy, because according to some it is nothing shy of a sequel to the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: allegedly Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine, one which would negotiate to trade Crimea's sovereignty for guarantees on energy security and trade.
  • Pope Francis demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

    05/09/2014 7:15:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 306 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/09/2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "economy of exclusion" that is taking hold today. Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who met in Rome this week. Latin America's first pope has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system that excludes so much of humanity, though his predecessors have voiced similar concerns. On Friday, Francis called for the United Nations to promote...
  • Mars Crater May Actually Be Ancient Supervolcano

    10/23/2013 4:33:47 PM PDT · by oxcart · 9 replies
    Scientists from NASA and the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz., have identified what could be a supervolcano on Mars—the first discovery of its kind. The volcano in question, a vast circular basin on the face of the Red Planet, previously had been classified as an impact crater. Researchers now suggest the basin is actually what remains of an ancient supervolcano eruption. Their assessment is based on images and topographic data from NASA's Mars Odyssey, Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, as well as the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.In the Oct. 3 issue of the journal...
  • Group of 4 become first women to complete Marine Corps infantry combat training school

    11/20/2013 4:15:34 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/20/2013 | By Philip Caulfield
    Don't let their sweet smiles fool you; this is a fearsome foursome of trained killers. This cheery selfie shows the first group of women to complete the Marine Corps' infantry combat training, a grueling 59-day course that preps Marines for war. Fifteen women began the training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Sept. 24, but only Harlee (Rambo) Bradford, who snapped the pic, and her grinning crew made it through, CNN reported.    
  • Democratic Pollster: Slamming Obamacare in 2014 Is a “Trap” for GOP

    12/12/2013 3:49:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    TIME ^ | December 12, 2013 | By Alex Altman
    The botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act has dented public support for President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, but Republicans still need to be careful about how they play the next 11 months. If the GOP makes the law the cornerstone of next year’s midterm elections, the strategy will backfire in competitive districts, predicts a top Democratic pollster. ”This is a trap,” Stan Greenberg told reporters during a conference call held Thursday. “Grabbing hold of Obamacare will hurt them in this election."
  • Christians in Syria: Separating Grim Reality from Islamist Propaganda

    07/05/2013 4:51:09 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 5, 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    A recently released video of an interview with a Syrian rebel — and would-be-martyr – gives extraordinary insight into the mentality of the Syrian opposition. Believing that he’s speaking to European jihadist volunteers, the rebel says that Christians must be killed to impose a Sharia state in Syria, after which they will be given the classic choice: pay the jizya, convert or die. He also says that the rebels intend to move on from Syria to attack Europe and America.Similarly, another rebel clearly explains that Islam must be the sole source of authority of the future Syrian state.  In the meantime,...
  • Is yoga the work of the devil?

    06/01/2013 12:58:39 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 102 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 1, 2013 | JP
    Father Gabriele Amorth is an old school priest. The octogenarian told The London Times this week that, since he was ordained way back in 1954, he has cast out some 160,000 demons. I believe that gives Father Gabriele some authority on the devil. So when he told the Times, “Practicing yoga brings evil,” he got my attention. I’ve long considered yoga a benign form of exercise, no more harmful than, say, aerobics or Pilates or, the apparent latest craze, Zumba. But after doing some research, I’m inclined to agree with Father Gabriele, the exorcist. While yoga indeed has a physical...
  • No Moon, no life on Earth, suggests theory

    03/20/2004 7:38:37 PM PST · by Leroy S. Mort · 234 replies · 1,418+ views ^ | 18 March, 2004
    Without the Moon, there would have been no life on Earth. Four billion years ago, when life began, the Moon orbited much closer to us than it does now, causing massive tides to ebb and flow every few hours. These tides caused dramatic fluctuations in salinity around coastlines which could have driven the evolution of early DNA-like biomolecules. This hypothesis, which is the work of Richard Lathe, a molecular biologist at Pieta Research in Edinburgh, UK, also suggests that life could not have begun on Mars. According to one theory for the origin of life, self-replicating molecules such as DNA...
  • Robin Hood was Welsh and never went to Nottingham, claims book

    09/25/2006 4:26:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 424+ views
    Robin Hood was really a Welsh freedom fighter who never even set foot in Nottingham let alone Sherwood Forest, a historian has claimed. The medieval outlaw - said to have robbed from the rich to give to the poor - never once met Maid Marian nor the Sheriff of Nottingham, according to Stephen Lawhead. The American blows apart the widely accepted version of the legend in his new book, Hood, arguing that Robin Hood was really a hardened Guerrilla based in the Valleys. But tourism chiefs in Nottingham have rubbished the theory, warning: "Hands off our Robin!" Lawhead, 56, believes...
  • Early Welsh warriors in red who once defeated the mighty Romans

    03/24/2007 6:16:33 AM PDT · by aculeus · 34 replies · 1,102+ views
    IC Wales ^ | March 9, 2007 | by Sam Burson, Western Mail
    A HARDY band of Welshmen in red, who took on the might of the Italians 2,000 years ago, could prove inspirational for tomorrow's Welsh Six Nations warriors. A leading historian has documented the exploits of the ancient Silures tribe, who fought a long campaign against the Romans two millennia ago. Dr Ray Howell from the University of Wales, Newport, even says our penchant for wearing red may spring from the tribe's favourite battle colour. Dr Howell, a reader at the university's School of Education, has published an examination of the South-East Wales tribe, who came close to thwarting the Roman...
  • Syria Rebels 'Beheaded a Christian and Fed Him to the Dogs' as Fears Grow over Islamist Atrocities

    12/30/2012 7:56:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/30/12 | Nick Fagge
    Christian Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped and beheaded by rebel fighters in northern town of Ras Al-Ayn on the Turkish border News came as pro-government forces celebrated their victory against rebels near Aleppo Airport Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits. She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded...
  • Mr.L: Mitt Romney Wasted America's Time Running for President in 2012 (defends Palin).

    12/24/2012 5:22:51 PM PST · by Kolath · 87 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/24/2012 | Mr L
    n an article in the Boston Globe, Tagg Romney reveals that his father Mitt Romney had very little desire to run for president and really wasn't interested in the job. Therefore, Mitt Romney wasted millions of dollars in donations and everyone's time by running for president. Did this shock us conservatives? No. Tagg Romney's comments in this article confirms what most of us conservatives knew about Romney already. A important prerequisite for running for president is simple—you must want the job and also play to win. If the republican party does not clean up its act in the near future...
  • 135 Years of Records Reveals Deep Ocean Warming

    04/01/2012 9:40:29 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 62 replies ^ | 1 April 2012 | David Biello
    Her Majesty's Ship Challenger set sail in 1872. Stripped of her guns and outfitted for science, her mission was to sail around the globe sampling as she went. Among other scientific triumphs, the Challenger gathered the first global set of ocean temperature readings, more than 260 in all. The British expedition measured from the surface to a depth beyond 900 meters. In 2004, a set of drifting buoys began to make similar measurements. There are now more than 3000 of these floats bobbing in the world's seas, collecting oceanographic information. Comparing the data sets, separated by more than a century...
  • Report: Syrian Christians being 'ethnically cleansed'

    03/22/2012 4:20:41 PM PDT · by lward99 · 11 replies
    Times247 ^ | 3/22/12 | Catholic Culture
    Islamic extremists are engaged in “ethnic cleansing” of Christians in the Syrian city of Homs, local sources tell the Fides news service. Militants with links to Al Qaida have reportedly driven 90% of the Christians out of the city, going door-to-door to inform families that they must leave immediately. Read more:
  • 5 Black Swans That Could Obliterate America's Future

    02/21/2012 5:11:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 134 replies ^ | February 21, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote a fantastic book on the impact of large, high impact, statistically rare events called The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. According to Taleb, history tends to swing much more than we realize on these theoretically foreseeable, but often unexpected large events as opposed to the much more predictable trajectory that we tend to forecast when we look ahead to the future. Technically, Taleb would probably classify the events we're about to discuss as "grey swans," unlikely events that we should still be able to anticipate, but that's splitting hairs. Long story short, we...
  • Scientists say primitive moss triggered ice age on Earth

    02/04/2012 4:53:56 PM PST · by Paul Pierett · 39 replies
    Press TV ^ | Feb. 4, 2012 | Who Would Put Their Name to This????
    A recent study suggests that the arrival of primitive moss-like plants 470 million years ago could have triggered a series of mini ice ages on Earth. Researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Oxford tried to explain how the first land plants could affect the climate about 450 million years ago during the Ordovician Period. During the Ordovician Period, the planet witnessed a gradually cooling climate that led to a series of mini ice ages. Scientists believe that the global cooling was a result of a reduction in carbon levels in the atmosphere. The findings published in Nature Geoscience show...
  • U.S. Official: North Korea Leader Died Just As Deal Was Struck To Halt Nuclear Program

    12/20/2011 7:10:31 AM PST · by edpc · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 20 Dec 2011 | Haaretz & Reuters
    The United States was about to announce a deal that would put a stop to North Korea's uranium enrichment program when it was announced that the country's leader, Kim Jong Il, had died, a senior U.S. official told CBS on Tuesday. The Obama administration, according to the official, was due to announce that the U.S. would make a large donation of food aid to North Korea, and in turn North Korea was to announce the suspension of its controversial uranium enrichment program.
  • 'Pyramids were built by leadership skills, not slavery'

    05/28/2011 12:36:29 PM PDT · by decimon · 67 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | May 23, 2011 | Staff Reporter
    It was the leadership skills of the rulers and not the bondage of slavery that motivated the labourers to toil hard in building the ancient Egyptian pyramids, claims a top leadership guru. Indonesia-based Arthur Carmazzi will soon come out with a book arguing how the leadership skills of the rulers of Egypt were responsible for building the giant structures regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. "Various researches have already shown that the labourers were not slaves. It was more about getting work done through leadership skills, rather than by slavery and exploitation. Even today we look...
  • Why U.S. farm policy caused Egypt crisis

    02/11/2011 9:09:52 AM PST · by illiac · 19 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 2/11/11 | Thomas Kostigen
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (MarketWatch) — The riots in Cairo are the result of United States policy gone bad. In fact, we — you, me, U.S. taxpayers — are to blame. Strategic policy, I am not speaking of. Political policy, I am not speaking of. Nor am I talking about defense policy or other such foreign relations. The uprising in Cairo is about U.S. tax dollars supporting farm programs that wreak havoc on food prices worldwide.
  • Have Bernanke And Ethanol Sunk Egypt? The People Cannot Afford To Buy Bread

    02/01/2011 5:03:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    IDB Editorials ^ | February 1, 2011 | LAWRENCE KUDLOW
    Decades of autocratic government and a lack of free elections are, of course, the main drivers of the political upheaval in Egypt. But did the sinking dollar and skyrocketing food prices trigger the massive unrest now occurring in Egypt — or the greater Arab world for that matter? In addition to Egypt, the people have taken to the streets to varying degrees in Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Yemen. Local food riots have even broken out in rural China and other Asian locales. While the mainstream media focus on the political aspects of this turmoil, they are overlooking the impact...
  • Obama's First-Year Approval At 57%, Poll Shows [Says Gallup]

    01/18/2010 12:04:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 675+ views
    LATimes ^ | January 18, 2010
    Obama's First-Year Approval At 57%, Poll Shows January 18, 2010 Only one president in modern times has ended his first year in office with lower job approval -- viewed as an average for the year -- than the rating with which President Obama is concluding his year. Bill Clinton. In the Gallup Poll's measures of job approval since the 1950s, Clinton's average approval during his first year was 49%. With an average first-year approval of 57%, Gallup reports today, Obama has tied Ronald Reagan for the second-lowest first-year average. It's important to remember in this context that both Clinton and...
  • White House takes control of Ft. Hood Terror Briefings.

    11/17/2009 11:59:10 AM PST · by Dinah Lord · 82 replies · 2,768+ views
    Dinah Lord ^ | November 17, 2009 | Dinah Lord
    Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) issued the following statement regarding the postponement of a full Committee briefing on information related to the Fort Hood shooting: Here's the full text: "Due to the high visibility of the issues surrounding the tragic event at Fort Hood, the President has instructed the National Security Council to assume control of all informational briefings.
  • 50MPG in a full size Pickup with a tractor engine!

    06/25/2009 4:25:58 PM PDT · by Boiling point · 43 replies · 2,299+ views ^ | 6/25/09 | boiling point
    For those interested in such things. Freepers that have farm experience are aware of how efficient diesel tractors are. I put five gallons in mine and bush hog all summer. Here is a link to some guys that convert vehicles to tractor power and have gotten as much as 50mpg from a full size pickup!
  • How Better Marketing Elected Barack Obama

    11/07/2008 8:04:58 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 30 replies · 1,330+ views
    Business Week ^ | Nov. 7, 2008 | John Quelch
    Obama's defeat of the heir apparent in his own party and his victory over the much-vaunted Republican machine is a remarkable achievement that owes a lot to his instinct for marketing When the book is written on this election, it should not be titled "The Making of a President," but "The Marketing of a President." Barack Obama's campaign is a case study in marketing excellence. True, it was always going to be a Democratic year. An unpopular war, an incumbent Republican president with rock bottom approval ratings, and many Republican incumbents retiring from Congress as a result all meant that...
  • Voters contend they were duped into registering as Republicans

    10/17/2008 3:03:43 PM PDT · by Hadean · 40 replies · 1,352+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/17/2008 | Evan Halper and Michael Rothfeld
    SACRAMENTO -- Dozens of newly minted Republican voters say they were duped into joining the party by a GOP-hired with a trail of fraud complaints stretching across the country. Voters contacted by The Times said they were tricked into switching parties while signing what they believed were petitions for tougher penalties against child molesters. Some said they were told that they had to become Republicans to sign the petition, contrary to California initiative law. Others had no idea their registration was being changed. "I am not a Republican," insisted Karen Ashcraft, 47, a pet clinic manager and former Democrat from...
  • How should Palin deal with Baby Gate?

    09/01/2008 12:57:40 AM PDT · by woofie · 173 replies · 524+ views
    Sept 1, 08 | self
    How do people think that the next VP of the United States of America, Sarah Palin, should handle thie stuff about Trig being not her's but her 16year old daughter's baby? I think it should be addressed very soon and she should spell out the allegations so that all know what the left is busy working on. Then I would suggest she laugh it off with a remark like 'I dont know it sure felt like I had a baby." In short point out the absolute absurdity of these people and not dignify any of it with anger Any other...
  • Brattleboro to vote on arresting Bush, Cheney

    01/27/2008 10:22:13 PM PST · by CaptRon · 62+ views
    Rutland Herald ^ | January 26, 2008 | Susan Smallheer
    BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro residents will vote at town meeting on whether President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be indicted and arrested for war crimes, perjury or obstruction of justice if they ever step foot in Vermont. The Brattleboro Select Board voted 3-2 Friday to put the controversial item on the Town Meeting Day warning. According to Town Clerk Annette Cappy, organizers of the Bush-Cheney issue gathered enough signatures, and it was up to the Select Board whether Brattleboro voters would consider the issue in March. Cappy said residents will get to vote on the matter by paper...
  • Brattleboro to vote on arresting Bush, Cheney

    01/26/2008 7:48:06 AM PST · by Abathar · 129 replies · 406+ views ^ | January 26, 2008 | Susan Smallheer
    BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro residents will vote at town meeting on whether President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be indicted and arrested for war crimes, perjury or obstruction of justice if they ever step foot in Vermont. The Brattleboro Select Board voted 3-2 Friday to put the controversial item on the Town Meeting Day warning. According to Town Clerk Annette Cappy, organizers of the Bush-Cheney issue gathered enough signatures, and it was up to the Select Board whether Brattleboro voters would consider the issue in March. Cappy said residents will get to vote on the matter by paper...
  • Iraq's Al Qaeda threatens to attack Iran

    07/09/2007 7:12:26 AM PDT · by CHEE · 15 replies · 1,146+ views
    Middle East Times Web-Site ^ | July 9, 2007 | DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq has given Iran a two-month ultimatum to stop meddling in Iraqi affairs or face all-out war, according to an audiotape posted on the Internet Monday. "We give ... the leaders of Iran a period of two months to stop all forms of support to the rejectionists of Iraq, and stop direct and indirect interference in the affairs of the Islamic state," said a voice attributed to the group's leader Abu Omar Al Baghdadi
  • Fleischer Says He and Libby Discussed Plame Over Lunch

    01/29/2007 12:52:10 PM PST · by freedomdefender · 60 replies · 2,693+ views
    AP via KTIV ^ | January 29, 2007 | KTIV
    Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer says Lewis Libby told him over lunch that the wife of a prominent war critic worked at the CIA. The date of their lunch, July 7, 2003, is at the heart of the obstruction and perjury case against Libby. That's because it is several days before Libby says he learned from a reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA. Fleischer also testified that Libby told him it was "hush-hush." He testified under an immunity deal he reached with prosecutors. Fleischer sought the deal because he discussed Plame with reporters. Libby's attorneys plan to...
  • One In Five Hispanics In America Lack Sufficient Food

    12/21/2006 4:32:51 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 148 replies · 2,468+ views
    All Headline News ^ | December 21, 2006 | Linda Young
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Disturbing statistics on the number of Hispanics who daily go hungry in America was released at a press conference on Wednesday by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). The national Hispanic civil rights group found that nearly one in five people lack nutritious food. NCLR officials said in a press release that increasing federal nutrition assistance programs would help decrease the growing "food insecurity" faced by 19.6 percent of Latinos in America. "Lack of access to resources is forcing far too many Latino families into choices no one should have to make, such as between...
  • McCain Starts To Feel Fallout From Iraq

    12/16/2006 6:27:25 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 1,011+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-17-2006 | Philip Sherwell
    McCain starts to feel fallout from Iraq By Philip Sherwell in New York, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:28am GMT 17/12/2006 The popularity of John McCain, the decorated Vietnam veteran and strong contender for the Republican 2008 presidential nomination, is being undermined by his support for the Iraq war. As he took his undeclared White House campaign to Baghdad, among a congressional delegation to Iraq, the Arizona senator called for the deployment of up to 35,000 more US troops and made clear that he opposed a timetable for withdrawal. John McCain with other United States senators as they met Nouri al-Maliki...
  • A Tragedy: How Toll Roads Are "Dividing" Texas (A Solution Inside)

    10/31/2006 3:47:48 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 61 replies · 740+ views
    South Texas Republicans ^ | October 30th, 2006 | Joe Solis
    Commentary - I continue to be astonished by the strength of the Toll party movement. Over a year ago, we were privately admonished by local leaders in San Antonio for publishing the work of Terri Hall and the San Antonio Toll Party. We felt they had something to say. The Toll Party “Tipping Point” occurred when State Representative Carter Casteel was defeated at the hands of anti-toll candidate Nathan Macias. That is when everything changed. Think about that: An established state representative is taken out by anti-toll activists who knocked on thousands of doors spreading their message. The Trans Texas...
  • Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq

    09/17/2006 10:52:16 AM PDT · by CharlesWayneCT · 32 replies · 867+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 09/17/2006 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    After the fall of Saddam Hussein's government in April 2003, the opportunity to participate in the U.S.-led effort to reconstruct Iraq attracted all manner of Americans -- restless professionals, Arabic-speaking academics, development specialists and war-zone adventurers. But before they could go to Baghdad, they had to get past Jim O'Beirne's office in the Pentagon. To pass muster with O'Beirne, a political appointee who screens prospective political appointees for Defense Department posts, applicants didn't need to be experts in the Middle East or in post-conflict reconstruction. What seemed most important was loyalty to the Bush administration. (snip) Interviews with scores of...
  • (OBIT) Defendant in landmark sodomy ruling was not motivated by politics (Lawrence v. Texas case)

    09/14/2006 8:53:47 AM PDT · by weegee · 55 replies · 1,190+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 14, 2006, 12:05AM | By ZEKE MINAYA
    1967 TYRONE GARNER 2006 Defendant in landmark sodomy ruling was not motivated by politics The key civil liberties victory for gays was 'fight against all odds' Tyrone Garner, whose arrest in violation of Texas sodomy laws led to a challenge before the Supreme Court and an eventual victory that struck down such statutes across the country, died after a lengthy illness, friends said Wednesday. He was 39. Garner, who died Monday of meningitis in a Houston-area hospital, was openly gay but not politically active when he chose to fight his arrest in court, said his lawyer, Mitchell Katine. "He was...
  • (Mel) Gibson's Anti-Semitic Tirade -- Alleged Cover Up

    07/28/2006 10:12:47 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 500 replies · 15,988+ views
    TMZ ^ | July 28, 2006
    TMZ has learned that Mel Gibson went on a rampage when he was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving, hurling religious epithets. TMZ has also learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department had the initial report doctored to keep the real story under wraps. TMZ has four pages of the original report prepared by the arresting officer in the case, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy James Mee. According to the report, Gibson became agitated after he was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway and told he was to be detained for drunk driving Friday morning in Malibu. The actor began...
  • Amazon rainforest ‘could become a desert’

    07/24/2006 4:44:22 AM PDT · by voletti · 50 replies · 1,004+ views
    daily times pakistan ^ | 7/24/06 | daily times monitor
    LAHORE: The vast Amazon rainforest is on the verge of being turned into desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world’s climate, alarming research suggests. And the process, which would be irreversible, could begin as early as next year. Geoffrey Lean and Fred Pearce, writing for The Independent on Sunday, quote studies conducted by the blue-chip Woods Hole Research Centre in Amazonia as concluding that the forest cannot withstand more than two consecutive years of drought without breaking down. “Scientists say that this would spread drought into the northern hemisphere, including Britain, and could massively accelerate global warming with incalculable consequences,...
  • Slavery Reparations Gaining Momentum

    07/09/2006 11:16:25 AM PDT · by TomServo · 185 replies · 4,187+ views
    AP ^ | July 09, 2006 | ERIN TEXEIRA
    Advocates who say black Americans should be compensated for slavery and its Jim Crow aftermath are quietly chalking up victories and gaining momentum. Fueled by the work of scholars and lawyers, their campaign has morphed in recent years from a fringe-group rallying cry into sophisticated, mainstream movement. Most recently, a pair of churches apologized for their part in the slave trade, and one is studying ways to repay black church members. The overall issue is hardly settled, even among black Americans: Some say that focusing on slavery shouldn't be a top priority or that it doesn't make sense to compensate...
  • Hillary Clinton talks religion [babysat migrant's kids so older kids could work]

    06/29/2006 11:00:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 154 replies · 2,972+ views
    CNN ^ | 6-29-06
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Appearing before a religious conference earlier this week, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) told the audience that as a child attending Sunday school she would baby-sit the children of migrant workers so that their older siblings could join their parents at work. "I was fortunate that at an early age, through my church, I was given the opportunity to expand my horizons," Clinton told the 600 adults and teenagers attending the Sojourners "Covenant for a New America" conference. Politically, the story served two purposes for the New York Democrat. It allowed her to promote a developing...

    06/27/2006 5:05:13 PM PDT · by fuyb · 13 replies · 1,277+ views
    Us Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works ^ | June 27, 2006 | Majority Press Release MARC MORANO 202-224-5762, MATT DEMPSEY 202-224-9797
    The June 27, 2006 Associated Press (AP) article titled “Scientists OK Gore’s Movie for Accuracy” by Seth Borenstein raises some serious questions about AP’s bias and methodology. AP chose to ignore the scores of scientists who have harshly criticized the science presented in former Vice President Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth.” In the interest of full disclosure, the AP should release the names of the “more than 100 top climate researchers” they attempted to contact to review “An Inconvenient Truth.” AP should also name all 19 scientists who gave Gore “five stars for accuracy.” AP claims 19 scientists viewed...
  • Scientists OK Gore's movie for accuracy [barf alert]

    06/27/2006 11:32:51 AM PDT · by T. P. Pole · 69 replies · 2,616+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 6/27/06 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    WASHINGTON - The nation's top climate scientists are giving "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy. The former vice president's movie — replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets — mostly got the science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie or read the book and answered questions from The Associated Press. The AP contacted more than 100 top climate researchers by e-mail and phone for their opinion. Among those contacted were...
  • Jimmy Carter: Recovering Racist, Still a Bigot

    06/01/2006 10:14:41 AM PDT · by Sabramerican · 106 replies · 5,701+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 1, 2006 | Julia Gorin
    Jimmy Carter: Recovering Racist, Still a Bigot By Julia Gorin Jimmy Carter has been called everything from a humanitarian, to a crack pot, to the ultimate pacifist. But a look into his past reveals a shoe that fits better than all of these. It's a story told to me by an acquaintance from Watertown, NY, a place situated way upstate, well north of Syracuse. The acquaintance had heard it from two barflies who were there the night in 1975 that Jimmy Carter passed through town in his first New York appearance during the "250-day 1975 portion of the presidential campaign,"...
  • "I Wanted Desperately To Be An Olympic Athlete," Hillary Clinton's Unfulfilled Aspirations.

    05/02/2006 8:31:26 AM PDT · by conservativeharleyguy · 234 replies · 4,748+ views
    Newsday/Drudge Report ^ | May 1, 2006 | Unidentified
    "Politics Wasn't First on List of NY Sen. Clinton's Career Picks" PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) _ She's a former first lady, a United States Senator, and a potential 2008 presidential candidate. But to hear Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton tell it, all of that pales in comparison to her real childhood dreams. "I wanted desperately to be an Olympic athlete,"....
  • 'Da Vinci' churches ripped

    01/02/2006 8:05:03 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 116 replies · 2,443+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3 January 2006
    LONDON -- Westminster Abbey has implicitly criticized churches that opened their doors to the filming of "The Da Vinci Code" last year by denouncing the thriller as "nonsense" that should be exposed by Christians. The abbey barred the filmmakers from its premises in June, saying that the best-selling Dan Brown novel on which the film was based was "theologically unsound." But Lincoln and Winchester cathedrals cooperated with the Hollywood adaptation, as did Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. The film -- starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Sir Ian McKellen -- is expected to be one of the blockbusters of the year...