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January 2006 Archives

January 31, 2006

The real chill wind thru the Senate today

It's not the endless speeches from the Democrats claiming how horrible it is we are divided and that the Alito confirmation vote has become so partisan. It's not the endless speeches from the Repubicans claiming how horrible it is that we are divided and that the Alito confirmation vote has become so partisan. It's a much deeper chill that is coming from the Senate.

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January 28, 2006

US Government vs. Google

The US federal government has requested that Google, Yahoo!, America Online, and Microsoft hand over millions of random search results in preparation for the defense of the 1998 Child Online Protection Act. This act is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, who argues that websites cannot realistically comply with the law and that the law violates freedom of speech.

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January 27, 2006

Will The U.S. Army Survive The Bush Presidency?

I wondered how long it would take before a report like this hit the streets. Of course it will make few waves in the ocean of the American publics' opinion of the war, or their attention span. There will be no public outcry, nor demonstrations on the streets of campuses of our nation; everyone is too preoccupied with themselves to care about the nations soldiers.

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January 26, 2006

Immature Dissent On Display

Georgetown University Law Center recently hosted a speech by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in which he defended the controversial NSA wiretapping of American citizen's phone calls with Al Qaeda members. The actual speech and the panel debate that followed were considered and informative. They gave an encouraging impression of Georgetown's commitment to discussing difficult issues in a mature, thoughtful manner. In stark contrast, the student protest during the Gonzales speech was an immature intellectual spasm that did nothing more than embarrass the Georgetown Law student body on a national stage.

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January 16, 2006

Valuing the lives of Non-Americans

It's something we should do as a matter of principle, yet do we? Or do we as Americans seem to believe only our lives are worth defending? Thousands are protesting in Pakistan over what appears to be another failed attempt to kill Ayman Zawahiri in which between 13 to 18 people died, some of them children. Even if it is proven that the Musharraf administration knew or gave permission for the bombing what does this "the ends justify the means" thought process create?

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January 10, 2006

We're In Trouble

With a capital T; that rhymes with P; that stands for Police State. Recently our congresscritters and president decided to beef up and update the laws regarding violence against women, including harassment and stalking. Of course, they added in a few additional riders that had little or nothing to do with the purpose of the bill (new ATF and Postal Service rules are included). However, under section 113 under the heading 'Preventing Cyberstalking' is an unfortunately worded new law that could get many of us on the internet thrown in jail for doing nothing more than what I am doing right now.

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January 8, 2006

Are We Ready to Deal with Iran?

Yesterday, Tehran announced that UN inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will arrive as early as Monday to break seals on Iran's nuclear research facilities and to supervise Iran's resumption of nuclear research and testing. Iran has claimed that the work on nuclear research will be focused on civilian and non-military activities. The United States and others have voiced concerns about Iran's attempts to develop nuclear weapons.

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January 5, 2006

Will this be "the" one case?

Today Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner ordered that DNA testing be done on evidence that has been stored since 1981 in the case of Roger Keith Coleman. Coleman was executed in 1992 for the rape and murder of his sister in law, Wanda McCoy. While it is obvious those who have fought for years for this testing to happen are attempting to establish proof to demonstrate an innocent man was executed as a way to stop the use of the death penalty, there are other issues this brings to the surface no matter the outcome.

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