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March 2005 Archives

March 31, 2005

Another shot of the same

Is anyone reading this concerned about keeping their first amendment rights? Read the latest in the government's assault on freedom. Evidentally terrorists are now identifying themselves by placing incriminating slogans on bumperstickers.

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Posted by Andrew Parker at 5:37 PM

March 30, 2005

A Warm, Fuzzy Security Story

Nothing quite like being kidnapped by the US Government, shipped to Syria and tortured for 10 months to make you feel nice and safe at home.

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Posted by Andrew Parker at 11:09 AM

March 28, 2005

Marriage: How Both Sides Have It Wrong

Now that my home state of Indiana has decided to go down the sad path of "shielding the sanctity of marriage from activist judges" and opponents of the measure decried it as "singling out gays and lesbians for discrimination" I felt it was time to examine how both sides of the issue are both right and wrong. And unfortunately it doesn't look like either's deep felt beliefs will allow them to see the common ground that exists and could result in a compromise that would be both legal and proper.

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Posted by Rhinehold at 10:15 PM

Why do they care?

Something that has been bugging me for a while and I have finally realized why: Why are the hard core anti-abortion activists bankrolling the Schindlers and using all of their political clout to pressure politicians? It comes down to this: how is 'viability' defined. If someone who is in a persistent vegetative state can be considered 'viable' then so can a 6 week old fetus. The majority of the anti-abortion crowd could not possibly care less about Terry Schiavo; they only care what a decision of her 'right to life' could do for their political cause. The fact that they are entirely willing to ally themselves with convicted child molesters should be a fair indicator of how blind they are to any actual moral issue.

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Posted by rev_matt_y at 2:02 PM

Security Continues to Trump Privacy

This report, by Dept of Homeland Security Investigator Richard Skinner, sheds some light on the incredible job the Government does of protecting private personal information. The report outlines the mishandling of personal information by the TSA, including its distribution to third parties without monitoring the uses of that information. But the invasion of our privacy doesn't stop there...

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Posted by Andrew Parker at 11:36 AM

March 20, 2005

Congress Has Embarrassed Itself Again

This week saw one of the most shameless displays of grandstanding by politicians that I can recall. Charged under our Constitution to protect our vital interests in the field of limited enumerated powers, the House of Represenatives decided it had nothing better to do than to find out if a group of both retired and still active major league baseball players had taken steroids.

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Posted by Misha Tseytlin at 12:13 AM

March 15, 2005

California Gay-Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

In what is another battle won on the same-sex marriage front (yes I support same-sex marriage--albeit a temporary victory--a state court in the nation's most populous state, California, has ruled that a law banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer stated in his opinion that "It appears that no rational purpose exists for limiting marriage in this state to opposite-sex partners."

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March 14, 2005

Teaching Biblical Script as Science; Is it Any Wonder Johnny Can't Compete?

You have to hand it to the Christian Right, they are nothing if not determined to force their narrow-minded views informed by the Bible and faith on us all; believers and non-believers alike. Their latest front is really an old front closed, but reopened on a different vista, but it is the same old battle: to get creationism into the public schools.

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GOP Lawmakers Concerned That Delay's Woes Could Taint The Party

Seems I am not the only one concerned about the underhanded nature of Tom Delay's unethical operation in the House of Representatives. Now GOP Congressman are expressing their concern that Delay is increasingly looking like damaged goods.

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March 11, 2005

It Is Past Time For Tom Delay to Go!

Does anyone but me get a bad taste in their mouth whenever they utter the words Tom Delay? This man could be the poster child for all that is wrong in the halls of Congress. And one has to ask: at this point is Tom Delay really representing the people of his district, or following his own purulent self interests?

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March 8, 2005

Who Needs a Minimum Wage Anyway?

Yes, it is time for the Republicans to show us (Americans) the true meaning of family values by once again denying the working poor even the promise of a decent wage from which to raise their families. Can a family of three, let alone a family of four or five survive on $824.00 a month? Can a single person for that matter?

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March 7, 2005

Can The U.S. Claim Sole Credit For Democratic Movement Sweeping the Middle East?

Is Bush right when he announces that "freedom is on the march"across the Middle East? It certainly appears as though there has been an attitude shift in and among the people of the Middle East of late that seems to embrace the tenants of democratic principles.

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March 1, 2005

Federal Court Orders Padilla Set Free Failing Criminal Charges by the Government

Oh how slowly the wheels of American justice turn, but turn they do. In a ruling yesterday afternoon U.S. District Judge Henry Floyd, sitting of South Carolina, ordered the government to charge Padilla with a crime within 45 days or let him go.

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