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Sat May 12, 2007 at 12:24 PM PDT

Are you a survivor, too?

by cnflght

My university's graduation is going on literally at this hour. I'm sitting in my apartment room instead of attending. My roommates' families are there with them.

So why?

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Are you a survivor of emotional abuse?

20%9 votes
57%26 votes
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| 45 votes | Vote | Results

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Tue Oct 03, 2006 at 09:03 AM PDT

Frist Suggests Bring Taliban Back

by cnflght

PS The AP story I found was datelined yesterday, I don't know if there was a diary on it or not yet. Therefore, apologies if there was!
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"Modern Taiwan is free and democratic and prosperous. By embracing freedom at all levels, Taiwan has delivered prosperity to its people and created a free and democratic Chinese society."
-11/16/05 (01:15 GMT)George Walker Bush
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William Lind, the Director of the Center for Cultural Conservatism at the Free Congress Foundation, authored a scathing article today posted at the conservative website military.com.

Quick background history on Lind: Dartmouth and Princeton are in his C.V. He has worked as an LA (legislator assistant) to both senators Taft and Hart. He is author of over a quarter-dozen books on military history and tactics.

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Fri Sep 23, 2005 at 07:56 AM PDT

Gov. Blano: Cold as Hell

by cnflght

Posted by cnn.com three minutes ago, Hurricane Rita overflowed the 9th ward Levees. There is no word yet as to the extend of the damage.

Yesterday, at a conference urging residents to flee the recently-hit area again, Gov. Blanco had this to cryptic quip to say1:

"Gov. Kathleen Blanco has urged residents in Louisiana's coastal parishes to evacuate northward immediately. For those who refused to leave, she alluded to their identification after their possible deaths: "Perhaps they should write their Social Security numbers on their arms with indelible ink."

1)http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/23/nola.levees/index.html

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Wed Mar 23, 2005 at 04:43 PM PST

Rant Against Pacifist Dorothy Day

by cnflght

In Dorothy Day's writings, it seems there is almost a magical symbolic aura around poverty. Day quotes scripture to reason out that, "the love of money is the root of all evil," and proclaims that, "our work... [that] we perform here at the headquarters of the Catholic Worker [is] without other salary or recompense."

This is a very self-serving martyristic attitude. In denying money and clothing herself metaphorically in literary allusions to biblical texts, Day is denying the true nature of poverty. She is romanticizing this squalid human condition through symbolic and literal martyrdom: willful suffering on behalf of an ideal.

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Jeff Gannon, the former White House reporter whose naked pictures have appeared on a number of gay escort sites, says that he has "regrets" about his past...

check flipside...

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Mon Feb 07, 2005 at 02:22 PM PST

On Defense of Empire

by cnflght

The idea of America as an empire is currently a longstanding (within political realm) ideal which is a very hotbutton topic in the halls and parlor rooms of Washington, DC today.
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Bus driver fired for stem cell remark

Driver: 'Free speech is definitely not free'
Thursday, December 2, 2004 Posted: 7:49 PM EST (0049 GMT)

GRAND ISLAND, New York (AP) -- An elementary school bus driver was fired after sharing a statistic she had read about embryonic stem cell research with students, then encouraging them to tell their parents about it.

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For those of you who missed this article, worth a read:

Lockheed and the Future of Warfare

 In-Depth Coverage  
By Tim Weiner

LOCKHEED MARTIN doesn't run the United States. But it does help run a breathtakingly big part of it.

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Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 11:06 AM PST

needed meme: Jesus was a Liberal

by cnflght

notice: this is a repost of a 3AM essay when everyone else was sleeping...

I know many kossians are non-religious, but please, read on through before denegrading and bashing. Be openminded!
I don't understand why conservatives insist that Jesus wanted certain things in society to be the way they are, and to be so bigoted and casting out in regards to others.

Jesus, for his time, was an ultra-raging liberal.
The Roman empire decided to eradicate him because he was stirring up Judea and inciting revolt in the area with his ideas of social equality, and love and brotherhood.

Forget all the fluff and stories in the bible: the true central tenant is this: He. Was. A. Liberal.

He stood for social equality at a time when there were slaves. He preached brotherhood between rival tribes of Israel and in the region (Pharasies, Samaritains and the like). He spent his time with the poor and needy, healing the sick. Jesus, if he practiced what he had today, would probably not even been seen by many of the very Christian people who proclaim to be his followers today.
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Thu Nov 04, 2004 at 10:33 PM PST

needed diary/discussion on religion

by cnflght

I do not belive in a God in the in the Christian sense, but I do have faith in a god-like entity.
Let me explain why:

Back in agrarian days of mankind, when we were still pounding rocks together and recently descended from the Apes (as heston would say, the DAMN DIRTY APES :P), we were a religious species.
We thought at first that there was an overall spirit everywhere: in rocks, trees, an intertwining magical force.

This philosophy can still be found in the few hunting and gathering aboriginal socities around the planet today. Everything was connected and had a spirit: things became sectionalized: there became a god of everything instead of a meshed spirit for everything. A god of rocks, a god of trees, a god of a certain river.

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