Religious hatred law in force
…There were two attempts by the Government to introduce it, first in 2001 and then later with the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. They faltered because of the concerns.
But ministers pressed for the law a third time because it was seen as an important counter-balance to anti-terror laws which can be seen to disproportionately target Britain’s Muslim population.
In the Act that was actually passed, ministers believe there is a high enough “threshold” built into the law to protect free speech.
Of course, wind-up Nunzilla wouldn’t offend a fly, because I’ll bet money more Catholics own her than everyone else combined.
There’s a lesson in there somewhere…
To borrow a theme from Insta…”They said if Bush were re-elected the Government would seek to criminalize and control thought, and they were right”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led Senate on Thursday voted to let federal law enforcement help states prosecute attacks on gays, attaching the provision to a massive spending bill for the Iraq war and daring President Bush to veto the whole package.
I hatehatehatehatehate “Hate Crime” laws. They are a vile and horrid attack on the First Amendment, end of story. Punish people for their actions, not their thoughts. What you were thinking while you hit me with the baseball bat is irrelevant; the hitting is the crime.
WASHINGTON — Dealing with global warming will be painful, says one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. To back up his claim he is proposing a recipe many people won’t like _ a 50-cent gasoline tax, a carbon tax and scaling back tax breaks for some home owners.
“I’m trying to have everybody understand that this is going to cost and that it’s going to have a measure of pain that you’re not going to like,” Rep. John Dingell, who is marking his 52nd year in Congress, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.
…”This is going to cause pain,” he said, adding that he wants to make certain “the pain is shared in a way that is fair, proper, acceptable and accomplishes the basic purpose” of reducing greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels.
…He will propose for discussion:
_A 50-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline and jet fuel, phased in over five years, on top of existing taxes.
_A tax on carbon, at $50 a ton, released from burning coal, petroleum or natural gas.
_Phaseout of the interest tax deduction on home mortgages for homes over 3,000 square feet. Owners would keep most of the deduction for homes at the lower end of the scale, but it would be eliminated entirely for homes of 4,200 feet or more.
He estimates that would affect 10 percent of homeowners. He says “it’s only fair” to tax those who buy large suburban houses and create urban sprawl. Historic and farm houses would be exempted.
It’s a great One/Two Punch the Democrats are offering: Clinton feels our pain, and Dingell causes it.
NEW YORK (AP) — The ball Barry Bonds hit for his record-breaking 756th home run will be branded with an asterisk and sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame, its owner said Wednesday.
Fashion designer Marc Ecko, who bought the ball in an online auction, set up a Web site for fans to vote on the ball’s fate, and the decision to brand it won out over the other options, sending it to the museum unblemished or launching it into space.
The reason gun nuts are the laughing stock of the sentient universe is that there is no more transparent intellectual dishonesty than that of pro-gun propaganda. Is it because if you were honest with everyone, you’d be forced to admit you all want guns because you’re cowardly bullies consumed by crippling sexual inadequacy, and don’t think anyone’s life is worth more than your inconvenience? Who can blame you? That doesn’t sound quite as noble as all the phony posturing about defending oneself and imaginary rights and bogus cause and effect, does it?
12:00 ET Dow +25.69 at 13845.80, Nasdaq +15.99 at 2687.21, S&P +1.31 at 1527.06:
[BRIEFING.COM] Today’s session has been marked with measured optimism as the major indices have remained resilient to selling efforts in the wake of last week’s huge run.
…Fellow Dow component General Motors (GM 35.06, +0.12) has been another story stock today due to unfolding developments in its contract negotiations with the UAW. Previously, it was noted that meaningful progress had been made between the two parties in their negotiations, particularly on the matter of retiree health care. The UAW, nonetheless, set an 11:00 ET strike deadline today.
Apparently, final agreement on all relevant matters, such as the amount of cash bonuses for workers ratifying the deal, has not been reached. A short time ago the Detroit News indicated that the UAW launched a nationwide strike at GM plants…
INDIANAPOLIS — A proposal to install a foot-washing sink at Indianapolis International Airport is prompting debate over ethnicity, religion and the U.S. constitution.
Muslims use the sinks to wash their feet before praying but some say that allowing the sinks on public property violates the separation of church and state, 6News’ Cheryl Jackson reported.
Airport officials said they are considering installing a sink because of safety and health issues, with no consideration of religion.
Are they going to spend tax money to install the stations of the Cross? I didn’t think so.
The airport officials are ‘considering’ this because they are ball-less wonders. Just say “no.” It’s really quite easy.
A US intercontinental ballistic missile base, equipped with a vast underground network of tunnels and rooms but no atomic warheads, is for sale in a remote corner of the United States.
The warheads and missiles went when the US government abandoned the Titan bases in the 1970s.
Located near remote Moses Lake in the northwest state of Washington, the former Larsen military base includes 4,000 square meters (43,000 square feet) of “usable” space on 23 hectares (56 acres) of land, and the owner is only asking for 1.5 million dollars — which might buy a small home in Hollywood.
GEELONG beat Collingwood by five points in a classic AFL preliminary final, putting it within one win of its first premiership in 44 years.
The Magpies were again magnificent, but the Cats held on in a nail-biting finish at the MCG to win 13.14 (92) to 13.9 (87).
Now, I will admit that all I’ve seen on this is what’s contained in this article, but based on this I don’t see what’s so faux pas-ian about it
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader’s death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq.
…In a speech defending his administration’s Iraq policy, Bush said former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s brutality had made it impossible for a unifying leader to emerge and stop the sectarian violence that has engulfed the Middle Eastern nation.
“I heard somebody say, Where’s Mandela?’ Well, Mandela’s dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas,” Bush, who has a reputation for verbal faux pas, said in a press conference in Washington on Thursday.
Based on the context al-Reuters provides it seems very clear to me that Chimpy is saying there are no Iraqi Mandelas because all the potential Iraqi Mandelas were murdered instead of being put in jail. He’s right. It takes a bit of a creative stretch to read that as him saying ‘Nelson Mandela is dead.’
Just whose interests do the “educators” think they are serving?
Some Oregon high schools are adopting Mexico’s public school curriculum to help educate Spanish-speaking students with textbooks, an online Web site, DVDs and CDs provided free by Mexico to teach math, science and even U.S. history.
The Oregon Department of Education and Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education are discussing aligning their curricula so courses will be valid in both countries.
… “Students come to us with such complex issues,” said Tim King, director of Clackamas Middle College and Clackamas Web Academy, where a virtual course using Mexico’s learning materials got started this week.
“We’ve had to change in order to fit into each school scene, become more complex and open ourselves up to new situations.”
What the hell.
I mean, what the hell!
Which country do school kids in Oregon supposedly swear allegiance too? It’s obvious where the Administrators’ feelings lie. How can these kids possibly ever be expected to become Americans if they are taught this way?
…If Kerry Was Elected, but even he must acknowledge that that pales next to Hugo Chavez’ ability to raise the dead
CARACAS (Reuters) – A Venezuelan man who had been declared dead woke up in the morgue in excruciating pain after medical examiners began their autopsy.
Carlos Camejo, 33, was declared dead after a highway accident and taken to the morgue, where examiners began an autopsy only to realize something was amiss when he started bleeding. They quickly sought to stitch up the incision on his face.
Proof, my friends, of the superior health care that the socialist republic can provide to its happy citizens. Resistance is futile to Hillary’s plan to bring these blessings to us.
There is a slight dark lining to this cloud, however
His grieving wife turned up at the morgue to identify her husband’s body only to find him moved into a corridor — and alive.