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« on: February 03, 2009, 11:08:07 AM »
Monday, February 02, 2009
Bailed Out BofA Gives $2M to ACORN
Posted by: Amanda Carpenter at 5:39 PM
Bank of America, one of the many banks to benefiting from a government bailout, is giving more than $2.1 million directly to the controversial interest group ACORN that engaged in fraudulent voter registration activities in the 2008 election.

The January 29 Chronicle of Philanthropy [subscription only] reported Bank of America's Charitable Foundation is giving the interest group $2,155,000 "for efforts to prevent foreclosures and educate people about finances and purchasing homes."

The gift is being made in four separate allocations, most of them going to Chicago--the city President Obama hails from. ACORN endorsed Obama in the 2008 presidential election and actively worked to elect  him by conducting various get-out-the-vote activities. In the process of those activities ACORN submitted hundreds of fraudulent voter registration forms to local election offices.

Two of the grants, one for $2 million and another for $85,000 are being made to a Chicago ACORN corporation. Another, for $20,000, is being given to a Las Vegas chapter. And, $50,000 is being gifted to ACORN in Miami.

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Mixed Martial Arts /
« on: February 02, 2009, 03:52:24 PM »
That dude was seriously impressive!!! Very nice use of explosive wrestling technique in his fighting. Anyone else catch that fight? Just more proof that wrestlers are the toughest people on the planet.

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« on: January 22, 2009, 02:53:01 PM »

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« on: January 22, 2009, 02:49:35 PM »
<a href='http://www.nolanchart.com/article5854.html' target='_blank'>http://www.nolanchart.com/article5854.html[/url]

Topic: Abolition of Statism
The Deadbeat State
We kept our end of the "deal", and then some. Government has abandoned most of it's duty yet continues to stick us with an ever growing bill for services we often don't want, need or even get.
by Dan Steward
(libertarian)
Thursday, January 22, 2009

The state is quick to label those they deem delinquent on its perceived debts to it, as "deadbeats". I wish to counter this with the idea that the actual layabouts are government itself. It is the height of hypocrisy when it goes after presumed deadbeat parents then takes a vast chunk of the swag off the top for itself, mafia style before giving what remains to the parent.

It somehow satiates its conscience charging much more than the value of the level of service it provides. Their clerks and collection agents appear to be able to sleep well at night, knowing that they steal food from the mouths of those they again claim to protect from said deadbeats.

Apologists for the state make the argument that some sort of vague and seemingly ever changing "social contract", is in effect and man has struck a bargain with government in perpetuity, just by virtue of being born and breathing air. He is assumed to be bound to that contract, his unseen chains a very poor substitute for his consent to be governed.

It shamelessly breaks its promises to us to end taxation for something once the project has been completed. In the county where I live, over twenty years ago a new airport had funding extracted from those who dine out or stay in a hotel, in the form of a 1% hotel and restaurant tax added to the state sales tax charged. The promise from the local politicos was that once the airport was finished, so would be the tax.

Not only did the tax not die the deserved death it should have gotten after the airport was completed, it instead doubled the tax to 2% a few years later and it continues to this day. Government continued the role of crooked contractor, sending us a bill long after the tab was settled. Try that slick little move in the private sector and they'll put you in a cage for your efforts.

It does not protect us from aggressors neither foreign nor domestic. The courts will throw out all cases where law enforcement officials are sued should they not protect you from criminals, even if you are in protective custody. Again you've kept your part of the deal by paying for "protection" from thugs, and the deadbeat state, went out of it's way to only give you the illusion of protection. Over 700 military bases are built abroad prove that the defense department is interested primarily in defending its lucrative contracts above all else.

The state promises to put forward its best efforts, yet we see the worst it can do both to and for people as we get no bargain at all in our forced bargain with it. Yeah, "deadbeat" sums it all up just fine.

With Liberty,

Dan Steward

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« on: January 22, 2009, 02:46:48 PM »
Christians cower from Hindu backlash in Orissa
By Krittivas Mukherjee

TIKABALI, India (Reuters) - On a starry night last week, as Lal Mohan Digal prepared to go to bed, a mob of raging, machete-wielding Hindu zealots appeared above the hills of his mud house and swarmed over this bucolic hamlet in Orissa.

By dawn, Christian homes in the village were smoking heaps of burnt mud and concrete shells. Churches were razed, their wooden doors and windows stripped off.

"We could hear them come shouting 'Jai Shri Ram'," Digal said, referring to the rallying cry of Hindus hailing their warrior-god.

The mob poured kerosene on the thatched rooftops of the village homes, then threw matches. Church spires were hacked down.

The Hindu part of the village was untouched. For four days Digal and his stricken Christian neighbours hid in the teak forests, before being herded to a government-run relief camp.

The violence replicated itself in village after village, as the rural Kandhamal district of Orissa convulsed from some of the worst anti-Christian attacks in India.

At least 16 people, mostly Christians were killed, churches destroyed and 10,000 Christians were forced to flee their homes as violence spread.

Christians responded with some -- not proportionate -- violence. Almost all the villages Reuters visited bore evidence of attacks on Christians.

Relief shelters were packed with Christian refugees, most of them women and children as their men folk were too scared to emerge from forest hideouts.

At one temporary camp in Raikia village, some 8,000 people crammed into two floors of a government office, sleeping on the bare floor and surviving on rice and lentils given twice a day.

"It was the hate campaigns of the Sangh Parivar which led to untold misery for Christians," said Sam Paul of the All-India Christian Council, referring to an apex body of Hindu radicals.

There has not been a long tradition of rivalry between Hindus and Christians, who form less than three percent of officially secular India's 1.1-billion population.

On the contrary, the missionaries have a reputation of running some of the finest schools in India.

Intolerance has risen, though, in the last two decades with a revival in Hindu nationalism in India, and a new agenda to fight "foreign faiths" said to be undermining Hinduism.

With political power, Hindu nationalists in several states have made religious conversion either unlawful or extremely difficult. Orissa has seen some of the worst violence against Christians.

"There is an atmosphere of fear," said Krishan Kumar, the chief administrator of Kandhamal, a land dominated by "Adivasis" or traditionally animist forest-dwellers where Christian proselytisers arrived on horseback more than a century ago.

ROLE OF STATE QUESTIONED

The missionaries built schools and hospitals, and their work persuaded many Adivasis and ethnic Panas, who belong to a Hindu lower caste, to convert to Christianity.

The region turned into a hotbed of communal strife after hardline Hindu groups, who accuse Christian missionaries of converting people under duress or through inducements, arrived half a century ago to counter an expansionist evangelist drive.

Last week's violence was largely a backlash against the murder of a Hindu proselytiser who ran a local campaign against Christian conversion. Maoist rebels said they had carried out the murder, but Hindus blamed Christians.

Pope Benedict has condemned the latest violence and the Italian government has told India it was "very worried and sensitive to" the attacks on Christians.

The United Nations has warned India could face more religious violence as delays to bring justice and prosecute perpetrators of attacks on minorities were encouraging an atmosphere of impunity in the country.

In Orissa, international and local human rights groups say the state government was a "silent spectator" to the violence, and Christian villagers say police often failed to protect them.

"When the mob arrived it asked police to drop its guns to the ground," said Phillomina Digal, who lives by a police station.

"The policemen were outnumbered and went into the police station. The mob set my house on fire, burnt our tractor and also another government vehicle. Then they all celebrated and left."

Orissa's police say they swung into action as soon as the riots broke out, but could not reach many affected villages because rioters had blocked roads with tree trunks and boulders.

A religious turf war is only part of a problem that is as much ethnic as it is political.

Rivalry between Adivasis and Panas has flared up in a contest for government jobs and benefits reserved for underprivileged groups. Hindus have backed the Adivasis against the largely Christian Panas to exploit that resentment.

"Adivasis and Panas had always lived peacefully," said Brahmananda Behera, who heads Kandhamal's Pana group.

"Certain religious groups have played politics and disrupted that harmony."

The politics of conversion have inflamed the divide, and could portend more problems elsewhere in India.

"Kandhamal is an ethnic and communal laboratory," said a senior state official. "Every side is trying out its own moves."

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« on: January 22, 2009, 02:27:13 PM »
January 26, 2009 issue
Copyright © 2009 The American Conservative

Getting Reagan Right  

The Reagan I Knew, William F. Buckley Jr., Basic Books, 279 pages

By Daniel McCarthy

The casual reader might be tempted to dismiss this book as an exercise in nostalgia. What could be more retro in 2009 than a memoir about Ronald Reagan—whose term in office expired 20 years ago—by William F. Buckley Jr., who founded National Review more than half a century back? All too many right-wingers still lead saprophyte-like lives in the shadows cast by these men. They recycle Buckley mots and sunny Reagan platitudes without ever knowing just when they turned into merchants of kitsch.

But those are the imitators. Buckley, on the other hand, was more mentally alive at 82—up to the moment he died at his desk last February working on the manuscript of this book—than his epigones are at 30. Proof of this is that The Reagan I Knew could just as fairly have been called The Reagan I Didn’t Know, for after a 40-year friendship, Buckley suddenly realized he had misjudged the man. At National Review’s 30th-anniversay gala in 1985, he toasted the then-president as the consummate cold warrior: “What I said in as many words, dressed up for the party, was that Reagan would, if he had to, pull the nuclear trigger,â€

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« on: November 14, 2008, 04:14:05 PM »
I'd like to go ahead and take credit for naming this place...

Please hold your applause

 no
no
I insist

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