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A large Delaware school district promoted Christianity so aggressively that a Jewish family felt it necessary to move to Wilmington,
two hours away, because they feared retaliation for filing a lawsuit. The religion (if any) of a second family in the lawsuit is not known, because they're suing as Jane and John Doe; they also fear retaliation. Both families are asking relief from "state-sponsored religion."  ...

Sat Jul 01, 2006 at 07:45 PM PDT

On this July 4 weekend, I'm troubled.

by amberglow

that's the title of a beautifully-put post from Simply Left Behind, on our recent history and the damage done to our Constitution:
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House Republican leaders on Wednesday postponed a vote on renewing the 1965 Voting Rights Act after GOP lawmakers complained it unfairly singles out nine Southern states for federal oversight.

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During the recent Iraq theatrics in Congress, the Pentagon put together docs for GOP Senators to use, with our money. Lautenberg wrote a letter. A letter? Why not bring charges? Why is it that the only actions taken against blatant lawbreaking are useless? This stuff happens all the time, and our elected officials do nothing of substance. (Can't they do something that would stop all this? some of this? a little bit of this?

Seriously--OUR government does not exist just to help the GOP, and it must be stopped.)

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If Kerry was serious about mounting a filibuster, why didn't he get Reid on board? Why did he wait until he was in Switzerland to announce it? If you think Alito's extreme enough to filibuster, why not get the ball rolling earlier in the week? ... If this is the best defense we've got against the GOP, then we're probably better off voting against every Democratic incumbent in the primaries and crossing our fingers. At this point, I'd prefer the uncertainty of a novice Democrat to the well-trained subservience of the complacent beltway minority.

We shouldn't have to call our Senators to tell them how bad Alito is. If they don't already know, then they need to seek another line of work.


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Mon Oct 24, 2005 at 09:50 PM PDT

What Rice Can't See

by amberglow

... her father stood guard at the entrance of her neighborhood with a rifle to keep the Klan's nightriders away. But that was outside the bubble. Inside the bubble, Rice was sitting at the piano in pretty dresses to play Bach fugues. It sounds like a wonderful childhood, but one that left her able to see the impact that race has in America -- able to examine it and analyze it -- but not to feel it. ...
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Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 03:13 PM PDT

UK Moms learn from Cindy

by amberglow

Rose Gentle and Susan Smith both lost children in Iraq--
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--The time has come. From Shakespeare's Sister:

...So we are in a position where we have a sizeable and growing left with an increasingly clear platform of policy demands (less intrusive coalition-based foreign policy; roll back unwise tax cuts and spending to balance the budget; realistically address far-reaching domestic problems like health insurance affordability; and provide a comprehensive approach to offset the downsides of corporate globalization, to name a few) but no political leadership to mold these progressive ideals into national policy. Sadly, I don't even see leadership materializing in time for 2008.
Cernig makes a timely suggestion: create structures modeled on Poland's Solidarity movement.
   ... grassroots up structure for a coalition movement on the Left - a true American Solidarity. ...

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Oh, never mind--it was just violent plans by antigovernment militia groups, racist skinhead organizations, and Ku Klux Klan members to use various types of chemical bombs and other weapons.

Well, We caught Osama's #3 Man!!!...oh, um, it was just Eric Rudolph, the bomber, and William Krar, and Krar only had a sodium-cyanide bomb capable of killing thousands.  No biggie.
Is it true we'll never see the words "Christian Terrorist" in any newspaper ever? And why are regular law-enforcement procedures enough to deal with these threats, but not with terrorists who don't look like the majority of the population? At its root, the struggle is an ideological contest, a war of ideas. ... Well, which ideas? Whose ideas? Why are some ideas not included? Are those ok?


Mon May 09, 2005 at 07:43 PM PDT

Meet Us Gay Canaries

by amberglow

The Uses of Canaries-- ...You got a job, you got your friends, you got your life, fer chrissake. You can't be thinking about what sort of danger you might be in. Who thinks about stuff like that? Nothing's going to happen. It's annoying, but come on... nothing's going to happen.

You know, as an American citizen, I never thought I'd ever be thinking about stuff like this, but... lately I've kind of been considering how one might go about stashing money overseas. You know, all legit and everything. I'll fill out all the forms, do everything by the numbers, but the thing is...

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The Washington Post today has a story, Tyrants' Lobbyist, Flamboyant to the End, up today about the suicide of Edward von Kloberg, who was a representative of despots, dictators and human rights violators.

On Feb. 26, at Hollywood actress Carrie Fisher's home, R. Gregory Stevens was found dead of an overdose. He had a jet-setting career as a political fixer manipulating elections in backrooms and palaces from Costa Rica to Croatia, Thailand to Togo, South Korea to the former Soviet Union.

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