Saturday, October 17, 2009

Nigerian Children Deemed Witches Tortured

This is monstrous. It is example of what ignorance disguised as religion will do. When you are ignorant you look for solutions by turning to charlatans, superstition, bigotry or hate.

in reference to:

"The nine-year-old boy lay on a bloodstained hospital sheet crawling with ants, staring blindly at the wall.

His family pastor had accused him of being a witch, and his father then tried to force acid down his throat as an exorcism. It spilled as he struggled, burning away his face and eyes. The emaciated boy barely had strength left to whisper the name of the church that had denounced him - Mount Zion Lighthouse.

A month later, he died.

Nwanaokwo Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of "witch children" reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files."
- Nigerian Children Deemed Witches Tortured - CBS News (view on Google Sidewiki)

Former President George H.W. Bush: Olbermann, Maddow 'A Couple of Sick Puppies'

What about Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck? And how about starting wars under false pretenses, committing torture, spying on U.S. citizens?

in reference to:

"Perhaps the 41st president still has it in him - at least when it comes to the left crying foul about the so-called uncivil political discourse on right, but being equally if not worse on the left - particularly on MSNBC, the "Place for Politics." In an interview on Oct. 16 with CBS Radio, former President George H.W. Bush took a very critical tact with MSNBC hosts Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, deeming them "a couple of sick puppies." (via MSNBC's Oct. 16 "The Rachel Maddow Show") "I don't like it," Bush said. "I think the cables have a lot to do with it. I'll take you back to when I was president - we got tons of criticism, but didn't seem day in and day out quite as personal as some of these talk show people.""
- Former President George H.W. Bush: Olbermann, Maddow 'A Couple of Sick Puppies' | (view on Google Sidewiki)

Congressional Campaign Accounts Invested In Stock Market Boosted By Wall Street Bounce

Wait. What's wrong with this picture? Campaign contributions being invested in the stock market?

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"The recent surge on Wall Street has created a windfall for some Congressional campaigns that invested their political contributions in the stock market during the third quarter.

The biggest beneficiary was Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), whose campaign investments have gone on a rollercoaster ride during the past two years. After losing more than $808,000 during 2008 and early 2009, the Texas Republican's campaign fund rebounded by recouping large sums of money in recent months."
- Congressional Campaign Accounts Invested In Stock Market Boosted By Wall Street Bounce (view on Google Sidewiki)

Rachel Maddow Calls Guest "Parasite Who Gets Fat on Americans' Fears"

I think the Rachel Maddow Show is informative and agree with much of what has to say. But her behavior on this occasion was unacceptable and grossly unfair. She sounded petty and vindictive. She is supposed to be something of a journalist. She behaved like a verbal bomb thrower. This kind of obnoxious interviewing should be left to FOX News. Rachel - Don't lower yourself to their level.

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"Rachel Maddow on Thursday told one of her guests, "I personally think that you and the folks that do what you do are a parasite who gets fat on Americans` fears."Maybe this is what led former President George H.W. Bush to call Maddow a sick puppy on Friday. Abdicating all journalistic standards and ethics -- what a shock for an MSNBC employee!!! -- Maddow made it clear why she was attacking Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity: "[B]ecause we`re making this about you and me.""
- Rachel Maddow Calls Guest "Parasite Who Gets Fat on Americans' Fears" | (view on Google Sidewiki)

Chinese democracy activist gets 10 years

Guo should have won the Nobel Peace Prize, instead of President Obama.

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"The founder of a Chinese group that challenged Communist rule with a call for multiparty democracy has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, a human rights group said Saturday.Former university professor and judge Guo Quan was sentenced for "subversion of state power" by a court in eastern Jiangsu Province on Friday, the New York-based group Human Rights in China said in a statement.Guo had been detained numerous times since 2007, when he founded the China New Democracy Party, which he claimed had 40 million members. He was arrested in Nanjing, the provincial capital, last November. His wife told The Associated Press at the time that Guo was taken after dropping his son off at school."
- Group: Chinese democracy activist gets 10 years - World AP - (view on Google Sidewiki)

Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment

Apparently contractors in Iraq could murder, rape, and steal with impunity, and the American people had to pay for it. And this President doesn't seem to want to change this fact.

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"In April of 2008, KBR employee Dawn Leamon went public. A few months earlier, she had been raped and sexually assaulted by co-workers while deployed at Camp Harper, in Iraq, and after weeks of being pressured not to report the incident, forced to work alongside her attackers, and medically neglected, Leamon brought the story to a Houston attorney and to The Nation. Leamon joined a slowly building chorus of female defense contractor employees who'd been raped or sexually assaulted by co-workers while in Iraq, to utter impunity on the part of their assailants. In response, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called a hearing to investigate why the Justice Department had not prosecuted any sexual assault allegations in Iraq since the going to war in the country."
- Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment - Yahoo! News (view on Google Sidewiki)

D.C. mom convicted of murdering four daughters could walk free

This is sickening process. It has nothing to do with justice. We have a criminal justice that is dysfunctional. The focus should be the 4 murdered little girls and making sure this doesn't happen again. Both points are being ignored in all of this. It is in fact a "criminal justice system."

in reference to:

"A Southeast D.C. woman who was expected to be sentenced Friday to life in prison for murdering her four daughters could instead walk free under a scenario outlined by the judge who found her guilty, though such an outcome still faces several legal hurdles.

The decomposing bodies of Banita Jacks' daughters - ages 5 to 16 - were discovered in January 2008 when U.S. Marshals came to evict Jacks from her rowhouse. In July, D.C. Superior Court Judge Frederick H. Weisberg found Jacks guilty of four counts of felony murder, three counts of premeditated first-degree murder and four counts of first-degree child cruelty.

Jacks was scheduled to be sentenced Friday but Judge Weisberg postponed it while he considers issues related to her refusal to use an insanity defense. Jacks rejected the defense against the advice of her lawyers, who are now asking Weisberg to appoint an independent counsel to investigate whether she was competent to make such a decision."
- D.C. mom convicted of murdering four daughters could walk free - Washington Times (view on Google Sidewiki)

Iran opposition: Use of force won't halt demands

As I keep arguing, arm the people of Iran with tiny video cameras and cell phones. That is the greatest weapon against tyranny. Without video the Western media ignores injustice. No video, didn't happen.

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"Iran's embattled opposition leaders promised to press on with their campaign against the country's rulers, saying the use of force to crush the post-election protests will not silence their demands for democratic change.
The powerful statement of defiance Friday from opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and former President Mohammad Khatami also sent a message to their supporters that the protest campaign triggered by the disputed June 12 presidential election still had energy and leadership though street demonstrations fizzled out months ago."
- Iran opposition: Use of force won't halt demands - Yahoo! News (view on Google Sidewiki)

Neighbors Thought Dead Man Was Halloween Display

What ever happened to "love thy neighbor."

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"Residents of a Southern California apartment complex say they saw a lifeless body slumped on a neighbor's patio, but didn't call police because they thought it was part of a Halloween display."
- Neighbors Thought Dead Man Was Halloween Display - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - (view on Google Sidewiki)