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August 7, 2007
Bridge Hero Gets Offer: Paid Tuition
By ELLEN BARRY
Among the dozens of wrenching accounts to come out of the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, the actions of 20-year-old Jeremy Hernandez were a bright spot: Trapped in a tipping school bus with 50 children, he kicked open the back door and began helping them one by one to safety.
Within a day, news outlets across the country were repeating the story of the school bus, along with a sad footnote — that Mr. Hernandez had recently been forced to drop out of an automotive repair program because he could not afford the $15,000 tuition.
That has changed. On Saturday, Mr. Hernandez learned that Dunwoody College of Technology had offered him a full scholarship toward a degree in applied science. He has also received offers of help from dozens of strangers across the country, said Molly Schwartz, communications director for Pillsbury United Communities, which employed him as a gym coordinator for one of its summer programs.
“We’re all very emotional about this,” Ms. Schwartz said. When she sat with Mr. Hernandez on Friday and read him e-mail messages from across the country, she said, “His eyes are just getting bigger and bigger — ‘California. You’re kidding.’ When we told him about the Dunwoody thing his eyes just got really wide.”
Mr. Hernandez was not available to comment on the offer; Ms. Schwartz said he left town for northern Minnesota late on Friday, overwhelmed by the attention and concerned that his co-workers were being overlooked. He spent the weekend fishing. When President Bush’s staff contacted him to request a photo opportunity, “He was just, like, ‘Nope,’ ” she said.
were just pining for the Iraq war, but the polls at the time reflect otherwise.
Poll: Talk First, Fight Later
NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2003
CBS) According to a CBS News/New York Times poll, Americans support the idea of using military force to remove Saddam Hussein. But they overwhelmingly want diplomatic efforts and the inspections to run their course first -- they would want to see clear evidence against Iraq before going to war.
If the inspectors haven’t found any weapons by next Tuesday -- a deadline for U.N. weapons inspectors to report their findings -- Americans say give them more time. Most Americans think those weapons are there to be found, though many doubt inspectors will find them.
The poll found 63% of Americans want President Bush to find a diplomatic solution.
It also found support for military action -- if it becomes necessary -- is still high, but it has slipped from just two months ago -- 64% now compared to 70% last November.
What's more, Americans seem to want hard evidence that Iraq is cheating. More than two-thirds (77% to 17%) say if inspectors haven't found a smoking gun, they should keep looking.
For the moment, diplomacy is the clearly favored course with regard to Iraq, a feeling that hasn’t changed from two weeks ago.
WHAT TO DO IF INSPECTORS’ REPORT SAYS…
Found no weapons of mass destruction so far
Start military action:
Iraq can't prove it's shut down its program
Start military action:
More information at link...
While Republicans whine about the Waxmann subpoenas...
Thursday, February 5, 2004 Posted: 9:50 PM EST (0250 GMT)
Frist staffer to resign over memos
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's key staffers will resign Friday because of an investigation into how Republicans gained access to Democratic memos concerning opposition to President Bush's judicial nominees.
Infiltration of files seen as extensive
Senate panel's GOP staff pried on Democrats
By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | January 22, 2004
WASHINGTON -- Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.
From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight -- and with what tactics.
Much much more...
Remember these tales? Let us go through the way back machine...
Published on Saturday, September 16, 2006 by the Los Angeles Times
IRS Orders All Saints to Yield Documents on '04 Political Races
Antiwar remarks at All Saints in Pasadena were made two days before the 2004 election. The church is ordered to hand over records.
by Louis Sahagun
Stepping up its probe of allegedly improper campaigning by churches, the Internal Revenue Service on Friday ordered a liberal Pasadena parish to turn over all the documents and e-mails it produced during the 2004 election year with references to political candidates.
All Saints Episcopal Church and its rector, the Rev. Ed Bacon, have until Sept. 29 to present the sermons, newsletters and electronic communications.
The IRS investigation was triggered by an antiwar sermon delivered by its former rector, the Rev. George F. Regas, at the church two days before the 2004 presidential election. The summons even requests utility bills to establish costs associated with hosting Regas' speech. Bacon was ordered to testify before IRS officials Oct. 11.
The tax code bars nonprofits, including churches, from endorsing or campaigning against candidates in an election.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), who unsuccessfully tried to launch a Government Accountability Office investigation into the IRS' probes of churches nationwide last year, called the summons "a very disturbing escalation" of the agency's scrutiny of All Saints.
"I don't want religious organizations to become arms of campaigns," he said. "But they should be able to talk about issues of war and peace without fear of losing tax-exempt status. If they can't, they'll have little to say from the pulpit."
Now, does everyone remember Duer libnnc reporting this story from her community? "East Waynesville Baptist Church in NC expells all Dem members." from the church. From her thread...
My Mom just emailed me the news. There's no link yet.
She said WLOS tv just broke in to report that the East Waynesville Baptist church has officially excommunicated all its democratic members.
She said that before the election, the preacher told the congregation from the pulpit that if they didn't vote for * they had to come to the altar to confess their sins and repent. they couldn't be members. (My Mom doesn't attend that church--she's United Methodist, but I know of lots who do attend).
From Mom's email: "One of the local women who got excommunicated said on TV that it was like a cult. Another man who got excommunicated said that the rest of the congregation stood up and applauded as the Democrats were told to leave."
Okay, I'm officially freaked out.
Sooo...the Pastor does resign, but is the Church's tax exempt status threatened like the liberal church? Well, in investigations *were* urged
IRS investigation urged
Chandler’s resignation came a day after a national group that lobbies for church-state separation urged the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of the East Waynesville Baptist Church.
IRS rules bar clear-cut politicking by tax-exempt groups. Last October, days before Bush won a second term, the IRS said it was investigating about 60 charities and other tax-exempt groups — about a third of them churches — for potentially breaking rules that bar them from participating in political activity.
The outcome of those investigations is not known. The IRS is barred from naming the organizations it investigates or announcing case results.
So...If you are a Christian Pastor and you preach an anti-war Christian message, your files are raided and your tax exempt status is threatened. But if you are Republican Pastor who excommunicates *Democrats* from your church, investigations are "urged" and nothing is done.
There you go folks.
Below is just one of the many reasons that I am relieved that Reid and Pelosi are in charge...
Debating politics in the pulpit
Bill would allow churches to back candidates, issues
Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, May 16, 2005
The Rev. Chan Chandler is an enthusiastic supporter of President Bush and wanted to make sure his North Carolina parishioners knew it. If they didn't agree with him -- and at least nine of them fit that category -- they were forced out, some congregants said.
Chandler himself resigned last week, a symbol to his detractors of the dangers of partisan preaching inside a church. But to supporters of a congressional bill that would "take the muzzle off" religious leaders, Chandler should have been free to issue endorsements from the bully pulpit -- if not bully the flock into leaving -- without endangering his Baptist church's tax-exempt status.
The case has reignited debate over the House of Worship Freedom of Speech Restoration Act, introduced earlier this year by North Carolina GOP Rep. Walter Jones. The measure, which Jones has proposed two other times, would amend the Internal Revenue Service tax code to enable church leaders to endorse candidates and campaigns in their sacred buildings. Though the IRS has rarely pulled a religious institution's tax exemption because of pulpit politicking, conservatives say even a threat of an investigation has a chilling effect on religious leaders.
Posted by myrna minx in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Nov 17th 2006, 01:23 PM
As a constituent of the Minnesota 5th Congressional district, I cannot express how outraged I am that one of your *hosts* basically asked my new Congressman, Keith Ellison, who is an African American Muslim, to prove that he isn’t a terrorist. So, by his logic, is everyone in the Minnesota 5th Congressional district who voted for Mr. Ellison a *terrorist lover*? May I ask when Mr. Beck stopped beating his wife? Perhaps Mr. Beck can hire Guy Noir, Private Eye to follow Congressman Ellison to the Chatterbox café in Lake Wobegon to see if he orders the weak, weak, Norwegian coffee or see if he orders the extra strong jihadist blend. This is so offensive on so many levels. By besmirching Mr. Ellison, he besmirches everyone in his district too. We support Mr. Ellison and he won in a landslide.
In 2008 when the RNC has their convention in the Twin Cities, will Mr. Beck examine the hotbed of voters who would vote for a man who happens to be Muslim? Come for the lefse, stay for the training camps?
No offense. Now, I’m not saying that CNN gives aid and comfort to racist bigots, in fact I know some pundits and blowhards, heck, I’ve even been in a newsroom before, but some people say that CNN does give aid and comfort to racist bigots. I feel like saying, CNN, prove to me that you do not give aid and comfort to racist bigots. Wow, CNN, you have sunk to a new low. Hey, I’m just sayin’ what everyone’s thinkin’.
Posted by myrna minx in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu May 11th 2006, 01:06 PM
I just had a thought. Since the phone spying also includes wireless phone calls:
It said the three companies cooperating with the NSA "provide local and wireless phone service to more than 200 million customers."
Could this be a way to get out of phone contracts because of breach of contract? What are some of the privacy policies for cell phone contracts? Could this be a way to find out about this program if a class action lawsuit is filed? I don't even have a cell phone, but it was just a thought for those who are outraged that their cell phone calls are being spied on, yet they are trapped in a long term contract with said company.
Pay close attention to Don Shelby's comments at the end. Pat basically calls the ad misleading, but Don says that the station reviews ads for accuracy before they air them, or something like that. Um, ok Don.
Posted by myrna minx in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Jan 04th 2006, 11:07 AM
I decided post this in its own thread to provide some back story to caligirl's thread on:
60 Terabytes: thats what the gov wanted to store digital conversations
IBM and the Holocaust is the stunning story of IBM's strategic alliance with Nazi Germany -- beginning in 1933 in the first weeks that Hitler came to power and continuing well into World War II. As the Third Reich embarked upon its plan of conquest and genocide, IBM and its subsidiaries helped create enabling technologies, step-by-step, from the identification and cataloging programs of the 1930s to the selections of the 1940s.
Only after Jews were identified -- a massive and complex task that Hitler wanted done immediately -- could they be targeted for efficient asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, enslaved labor, and, ultimately, annihilation. It was a cross-tabulation and organizational challenge so monumental, it called for a computer. Of course, in the 1930s no computer existed.
But IBM's Hollerith punch card technology did exist. Aided by the company's custom-designed and constantly updated Hollerith systems, Hitler was able to automate his persecution of the Jews. Historians have always been amazed at the speed and accuracy with which the Nazis were able to identify and locate European Jewry. Until now, the pieces of this puzzle have never been fully assembled. The fact is, IBM technology was used to organize nearly everything in Germany and then Nazi Europe, from the identification of the Jews in censuses, registrations, and ancestral tracing programs to the running of railroads and organizing of concentration camp slave labor.
IBM and its German subsidiary custom-designed complex solutions, one by one, anticipating the Reich's needs. They did not merely sell the machines and walk away. Instead, IBM leased these machines for high fees and became the sole source of the billions of punch cards Hitler needed.
Was IBM, "The Solutions Company," partly responsible for the Final Solution? That's the question raised by Edwin Black's IBM and the Holocaust, the most controversial book on the subject since Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners. Black, a son of Holocaust survivors, is less tendentiously simplistic than Goldhagen, but his thesis is no less provocative: he argues that IBM founder Thomas Watson deserved the Merit Cross (Germany's second-highest honor) awarded him by Hitler, his second-biggest customer on earth. "IBM, primarily through its German subsidiary, made Hitler's program of Jewish destruction a technologic mission the company pursued with chilling success," writes Black. "IBM had almost single-handedly brought modern warfare into the information age
The crucial technology was a precursor to the computer, the IBM Hollerith punch card machine, which Black glimpsed on exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, inspiring his five-year, top-secret book project. The Hollerith was used to tabulate and alphabetize census data. Black says the Hollerith and its punch card data ("hole 3 signified homosexual ... hole 8 designated a Jew") was indispensable in rounding up prisoners, keeping the trains fully packed and on time, tallying the deaths, and organizing the entire war effort. Hitler's regime was fantastically, suicidally chaotic; could IBM have been the cause of its sole competence: mass-murdering civilians? Better scholars than I must sift through and appraise Black's mountainous evidence, but clearly the assessment is overdue.
The moral argument turns on one question: How much did IBM New York know about IBM Germany's work, and when? Black documents a scary game of brinksmanship orchestrated by IBM chief Watson, who walked a fine line between enraging U.S. officials and infuriating Hitler. He shamefully delayed returning the Nazi medal until forced to--and when he did return it, the Nazis almost kicked IBM and its crucial machines out of Germany. (Hitler was prone to self-defeating decisions, as demonstrated in How Hitler Could Have Won World War II.)
Black has created a must-read work of history. But it's also a fascinating business book examining the colliding influences of personality, morality, and cold strategic calculation. --Tim Appelo
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