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UPDATE: It turns out that upon further research Scott Simpson has been with the Justice department for over 20 years and is not a Bush II appointee. This shows the danger of wrong information going viral on the Internet. I apologize for my mistake and have struck out the relevant parts.

Update II: I wanted to post links to some sites that deserve Kudos for their excellent reporting on the topic not swayed by simple emotion.

Washington Blade

The Advocate

I want to put some slight dissent into the DOMA debate because I think it’s warranted...

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This afternoon, more than One Hundred people took to the streets in Harvard square to protest the disputed Iranian election. Waving signs with pictures of Mir Hossein Mousavi as well as ones declaring their support for a coup, This protest comes after Iranian's in Boston overwhelmingly voted for Mousavi

View from the United States

Protest Photos

Iranian Protest

As Iranians take to the streets in massive protests throughout Iran and the debate on the internet intensifies, we should ask ourselves if we are seeing a sea change in opposition to the Iranian regime.

More as it develops....


In a recent high profile interview, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) accused barack Obama of making a "false charge" in his speech when he declared that

"Meanwhile, instead of serving as a tool to counter terrorism, Guantanamo became a symbol that helped al Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause.  Indeed, the existence of Guantanamo likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained."

Transcript of Obama's Guantanamo Bay Speech

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This morning, I attended a Panel Discussion at St. Pauls Cathedral in London with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in which they spoke about ethics and the economic crisis.

Here's the CNN article covering the event

Britain's Brown urges moral values at G-20

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This story of a mass e-mail written by a private member of a single LDS ward in Illinois urging fellow members to make calls to the legislature in opposition to  (Nauvoo, Illinois 3rd ward) ( Incidentally the most conservative of wards because of its high mixture of members from Utah) has been circulating for a few days now, but with a front page story on The Advocate's website, and an ABC news story it seems to have finally broken. Yet, it is important for us to differentiate fact from fiction and to realize that this is not the same as the official church policy taken in regard to proposition 8 and not an example of the church rearing up its propaganda campaign or anything of the sort suggested by others posting here.

Examples: LDS now wants to shut down civil unions in IL
The Mormon Church is at it again!

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Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 03:44 AM PST

Obama does it again!!!

by symphonyofdissent

Obama has managed to become ( as far as I know) the first President to mention non-believers in at least two major occasions.  In his interview with Al-Arabiya he stated:

"And so what I want to communicate is the fact that in all my travels throughout the Muslim world, what I've come to understand is that regardless of your faith -- and America is a country of Muslims, Jews, Christians, non-believers -- regardless of your faith, people all have certain common hopes and common dreams."

Al-ARABIYA interview transcript

Regardless of your faith or lack thereof, it is truly an exciting day when our President actually lives up to his commitment to be a leader to all. No longer, can non believers be conveniently ostracized in order to emphasize the shared good of religious faith and belief. We are all Americans and human beings regardless of our faith or lack thereof. We should set aside  our own religious bias to celebrate the multi-cultural and faith attitude displayed by this president.


Taking a look at the religious references in Obama's speech.

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I recently wrote a letter to New York Sun Times in response to an article they had written about Anton Scalia's position on religion.  The letter was published and I am very happy with it as it appears in print. I figured that a diary here would be a good place to further expand on what I have written. The letter is included in full below followed by further analysis on my part.'Scalia Decries Drift of Court Over Religion'

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I volunteered on Wed. May 28th to help Moveon with their Bush-McCain challenge in Boston Common. While I didn't get to take as many pictures as I had planned or would have liked to, I still wanted to make a diary to post my reflections and thoughts on the challenge and its general election implications.

Take the Bush-McCain challenge


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This is another article I wrote in my college paper, the Justice at Brandeis  University that I think might be of general interest to dailykos readers.

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This is a bit old as I wrote it right for my college paper, the Justice at Brandeis University after the more perfect union speech delivered by Barack Obama. It is still very relevant as we have yet to have the serious discussion of race that this country truly needs.

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Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 07:00 PM PDT

Disappointed in Debbie

by symphonyofdissent

I am a South Floridian in Rep. Wasserman Schultz's district. I have been a proud supporter of hers in the past, but in the past few weeks have been very disappointed in her decisions and advocacy....

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