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Sunday, den 21. April 2013

The NY Times reports today that the Koch brothers are hoping to become media moguls like Rupert Murdoch: Now, Koch Industries, the sprawling private company of which Charles G. Koch serves as chairman and chief executive, is exploring a bid to buy the Tribune Company’s eight regional newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times , The Chicago Tribune , The Baltimore Sun , The Orlando Sentinel and The Hartford Courant .

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Monday, den 4. February 2013

It shouldn’t have been this way.

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Friday, den 31. August 2012

Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen

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Sunday, den 26. August 2012

Arctic sea ice extent takes a nosedive this year. What does it mean for us? (Source:  Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ) By Neven Acropolis with Kevin McKinney In the past week the Arctic sea ice cover reached an  all-time low , several weeks before previous records, several weeks before the end of the melting season. The long-term decline of Arctic sea ice has been incredibly fast, and at this point a sudden reversal of events doesn’t seem likely.

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Friday, den 24. August 2012

Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (photo: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images) Reuters reports that Russia’s human rights “ombudsman,” Vladimir Lukin, said that prison sentences a Russian court handed down to three women from the punk band Pussy Riot were “excessive” and warned that the whole fiasco surrounding the trial is damaging Russian society. The women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were convicted of hooliganism after performing an anti-President Vladimir Putin song on the altar of Moscow’s main cathedral and sentenced to two years in a prison colony .

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

What do the beach and outdoor concerts have in common?

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Two campers in Yosemite National Park were infected with hantavirus in June, and one has died, public health officials announced Thursday.

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

Bill Clinton takes credit for welfare reform when it was Rick Santorum who wrote it. August 11, 2012 2:22 PM.

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Friday, den 10. August 2012

FX has officially picked up The Americans , the spy show it announced it was developing last fall that stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as KGB agents whose cover involves living as a married couple with two children in the suburbs of Washington, DC in the early 1980s. I wrote last winter that I was excited for the prospect of a show that was about tradecraft, given that the main characters, Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, would be practicing it both at home and in the real world. And the more I think about this, the better idea I think the show is.

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Sunday, den 5. August 2012

In the English world, if War and Peace comes up in conversation, it’s rarely discussed as an actual book that you read.

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Friday, den 3. August 2012

by Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, August 3, 2012 This Aug. 6th, let us remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and let us finally get out from under the nuclear shadow. read more

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Thursday, den 2. August 2012

Some people have their eyes on the prize. A prize beyond medals. That prize is freedom, freedom of expression, freedom to protest

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Monday, den 30. July 2012

The trailer for Skyfall , Sam Mendes’ James Bond movie, which arrives in theaters in January, sure looks pretty even if it doesn’t give even a hint of what the movie will actually be about, beyond some British flag-draped coffins and a trip to China: At this point, Bond movies rise and fall for me on the quality of their villains. Casino Royale worked so well because it abandoned Cold War jockeying, something that had translated poorly as the movies tried to substitute China for Russia in Tomorrow Never Dies , for non-state actors like terrorists and their financiers, warlords, and freelance bombmakers. Rather than giant explosions and stupid doomsday devices, we had bruises and blood, crude methods of torture, conversations across tables between bitter enemies.

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Friday, den 20. July 2012

A new book reveals the truth about the a plutonium factory that hardly anyone knew existed.

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Friday, den 20. July 2012

My grandma’s entire lifelong battle with anorexia upends the stereotype that eating disorders affect only the very young and impressionable.

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Thursday, den 19. July 2012

by Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell, via The Center For Climate and Security The national Drought Monitor recently declared [abnormally dry conditions or] a drought for almost 80% of the contiguous United States, ranging in intensity [up] to “drought-exceptional.” Five days ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture followed by declaring disasters in 26 U.S. states

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Wednesday, den 11. July 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced yesterday that the nation’s rail sector, for the second year in a row, will hire more than 5,000 veterans .

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Wednesday, den 11. July 2012

Since the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti the demand for private security in Haiti has surged, says a new report [ PDF ] from the Centre for International Governance Innovation , a Canadian think tank. The study finds that while many countries rely heavily on private security companies to protect people and property, Haiti stands out for its heavy use of private contractors while providing little effective government oversight.

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Tuesday, den 10. July 2012

Yesterday, an Israeli government-appointed panel of judges issued a report declaring that Israel’s presence in the West Bank does not constitute an occupation, and therefore Israel is not bound by the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilians, and free to build as many settlements and transfer as much of its own population into the West Bank as it wants (see the English language PDF summary here ). The committee’s findings were not exactly a surprise.

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Saturday, den 7. July 2012

A penny for your cyberthoughts. America’s Hotter Than… By Mike Luckovich, From the Cartoonist Group . Related Post: Hell And High Water Strikes, Media Miss The Forest For The Burning Trees

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Friday, den 6. July 2012

Authorities in St.

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

Make no mistake, Rupert Murdoch’s decision to split his News Corp.

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

The Washington Post ‘s Chris Cillizza does his turn at distilling conventional wisdom this morning by asking of the Supreme Court’s health care ruling yesterday: “Did Republicans lose the health care battle but win the health care war?” It’s a loaded question, born of utterly predictable spin, that assumes a Republican victory regardless of the outcome.

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

During today’s edition of  Fox & Friends , co-host Steve Doocy and guest Betsy McCaughey choose to ignore the significant role that the National Rifle Association played in yesterday’s contempt proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Thursday, den 21. June 2012

From: Robert Dreyfuss Robert Dreyfuss It’s a high-stakes poker game over the future of Bashar Assad.

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Sunday, den 15. January 2012

Jonathan Turley Every year, the State Department issues reports on individual rights in other countries, monitoring the passage of restrictive laws and regulations around the world. Iran, for example, has been criticized for denying fair public trials and limiting privacy, while Russia has been taken to task for undermining due process. Other countries have been condemned for the use of secret evidence and torture. read more

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Tuesday, den 3. January 2012

Riding high on a surge in the polls in the first Republican primary state, Iowa, presidential hopeful and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) vowed on a national Sunday talk show to attack Iran if it refused to cooperate on its nuclear program. Pressed by NBC’s Meet The Press host David Gregory, Santorum distorted President Obama’s record on Iran and vowed that if Iran did not cooperate with his requests, he would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities with airstrikes. Gregory said, “The reality is there is no good option to disarm Iran.” Santorum replied, “Yes, there is,” and expanded on what he would do: SANTORUM: And finally, I would be working openly with the state of Israel and I would be saying to the Iranians, you either open up those facilities , you begin to dismantle them and make them available to inspectors or we will degrade those facilities through air strikes – and make it very public that we are doing that. GREGORY: So you would lay out a red line, and if they passed it, air strikes by a President Santorum? SANTORUM: Iran will not get a nuclear weapon under my watch. GREGORY: Well, two previous presidents have said that. You would order air strikes if it became clear that they were going to… SANTORUM: Yes, that’s — that’s the plan. Watch the video : In addition to making other belligerent proclamations — like restating that any Iranian or other nuclear scientist working with Iran “will be treated as an enemy combatant, like an Al Qaida member” — Santorum also badly distorted Obama’s record on Iran. While attacking Obama as weak on sanctions (for holding concerns that recent sanctions could hurt international cooperation and the U.S. economy), Santorum failed to note that the administration put together a coalition at the U.N. Security Council that imposed the only sanctions against Iran which have been shown to slow its nuclear progress . Santorum also restated his desire to conduct covert operations against Iran in public. Gregory said, “There’s covert activity to — to set back their program by the Israelis, by the United States.” Santorum replied that the U.S. hasn’t done covert work. “Well, we know by the Israelis,” he said. “There’s no evidence the United States is at all complicit in working at that. That’s — I would be very direct that we would, in fact, and openly talk about this.” In reality, neither the Israelis nor Americans take credit for covert work (by definition, which has eluded Santorum before ). However, reports indicate that the U.S. does covert work related to Iran, and that they often do it hand-in-hand with Israel. Last year, the New York Times reported that Israel and the U.S. worked together on a computer virus that slowed Iran’s nuclear progress: Though American and Israeli officials refuse to talk publicly about what goes on at [an Israeli nuclear lab], the operations there, as well as related efforts in the United States , are among the newest and strongest clues suggesting that the virus was designed as an American-Israeli project to sabotage the Iranian program. Just because Santorum says the Obama administration is not dealing with Iran’s nuclear program doesn’t make it true. But it seems Santorum does have a bold view about what he would do differently — namely attacking Iranian nuclear sites.

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Tuesday, den 3. January 2012

GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called for the U.S. to take a “very aggressive posture” toward Iran. Speaking on CBS’s Early Show, she said the U.S. should consider imposing a “blockade” against Iran and put missiles in the region “on alert” because of Iran’s nuclear program . She added that the U.S. should sell Israel weapons and equipment needed for the attack, but that “it wouldn’t be for the United States to tell Israel to do that.” In 2010, the Obama administration finalized a sale to Israel of the “bunker-buster bombs” Bachmann mentioned. Watch a video of the exchange on CBS:

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Monday, den 2. January 2012

Michelle’s new book, “Decade of Fear”… How lazy thinking gave rise to Al Shabab… Michelle, on a boat, debates torture with Bush’s CIA chief… Eli’s conflicted feelings about waterboarding… The Yemeni detainee question… Is sending suspects to Guantánamo the humane choice?…

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Monday, den 2. January 2012

2011, the year of unexpected collapses… Will the protest movements in China and Russia grow?… North Korea’s choice—and ours… Dan has a hunch that Romney will be the next president… Has Europe saved itself?… Heather: There will not be an attack on Iran…

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

This afternoon, Obama signed the controversial Defense authorization bill, despite his reservations about provisions related to the treatment of terrorism suspects. The National Journal reports : President Obama signed on Saturday the defense authorization bill, formally ending weeks of heated debate in Congress and intense lobbying by the administration to strip controversial provisions requiring the transfer of some terror suspects to military custody. “I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists,” Obama said in a statement accompanying his signature. The AP has more from the signing statement: “My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens . Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.” Full text of the signing statement below: Statement by the President on H.R. 1540: Today I have signed into law H.R. 1540, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.” I have signed the Act chiefly because it authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, crucial services for service members and their families, and vital national security programs that must be renewed. In hundreds of separate sections totaling over 500 pages, the Act also contains critical Administration initiatives to control the spiraling health care costs of the Department of Defense (DoD), to develop counterterrorism initiatives abroad, to build the security capacity of key partners, to modernize the force, and to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of military operations worldwide. The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists. Over the last several years, my Administration has developed an effective, sustainable framework for the detention, interrogation and trial of suspected terrorists that allows us to maximize both our ability to collect intelligence and to incapacitate dangerous individuals in rapidly developing situations, and the results we have achieved are undeniable. Our success against al-Qa’ida and its affiliates and adherents has derived in significant measure from providing our counterterrorism professionals with the clarity and flexibility they need to adapt to changing circumstances and to utilize whichever authorities best protect the American people, and our accomplishments have respected the values that make our country an example for the world. Against that record of success, some in Congress continue to insist upon restricting the options available to our counterterrorism professionals and interfering with the very operations that have kept us safe. My Administration has consistently opposed such measures. Ultimately, I decided to sign this bill not only because of the critically important services it provides for our forces and their families and the national security programs it authorizes, but also because the Congress revised provisions that otherwise would have jeopardized the safety, security, and liberty of the American people. Moving forward, my Administration will interpret and implement the provisions described below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded. Section 1021 affirms the executive branch’s authority to detain persons covered by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note). This section breaks no new ground and is unnecessary. The authority it describes was included in the 2001 AUMF, as recognized by the Supreme Court and confirmed through lower court decisions since then. Two critical limitations in section 1021 confirm that it solely codifies established authorities. First, under section 1021(d), the bill does not “limit or expand the authority of the President or the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.” Second, under section 1021(e), the bill may not be construed to affect any “existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.” My Administration strongly supported the inclusion of these limitations in order to make clear beyond doubt that the legislation does nothing more than confirm authorities that the Federal courts have recognized as lawful under the 2001 AUMF. Moreover, I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a Nation. My Administration will interpret section 1021 in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law. Section 1022 seeks to require military custody for a narrow category of non-citizen detainees who are “captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force.” This section is ill-conceived and will do nothing to improve the security of the United States. The executive branch already has the authority to detain in military custody those members of al-Qa’ida who are captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the AUMF, and as Commander in Chief I have directed the military to do so where appropriate. I reject any approach that would mandate military custody where law enforcement provides the best method of incapacitating a terrorist threat. While section 1022 is unnecessary and has the potential to create uncertainty, I have signed the bill because I believe that this section can be interpreted and applied in a manner that avoids undue harm to our current operations. I have concluded that section 1022 provides the minimally acceptable amount of flexibility to protect national security. Specifically, I have signed this bill on the understanding that section 1022 provides the executive branch with broad authority to determine how best to implement it, and with the full and unencumbered ability to waive any military custody requirement, including the option of waiving appropriate categories of cases when doing so is in the national security interests of the United States. As my Administration has made clear, the only responsible way to combat the threat al-Qa’ida poses is to remain relentlessly practical, guided by the factual and legal complexities of each case and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each system. Otherwise, investigations could be compromised, our authorities to hold dangerous individuals could be jeopardized, and intelligence could be lost. I will not tolerate that result, and under no circumstances will my Administration accept or adhere to a rigid across-the-board requirement for military detention. I will therefore interpret and implement section 1022 in the manner that best preserves the same flexible approach that has served us so well for the past 3 years and that protects the ability of law enforcement professionals to obtain the evidence and cooperation they need to protect the Nation. My Administration will design the implementation procedures authorized by section 1022(c) to provide the maximum measure of flexibility and clarity to our counterterrorism professionals permissible under law. And I will exercise all of my constitutional authorities as Chief Executive and Commander in Chief if those procedures fall short, including but not limited to seeking the revision or repeal of provisions should they prove to be unworkable. Sections 1023-1025 needlessly interfere with the executive branch’s processes for reviewing the status of detainees. Going forward, consistent with congressional intent as detailed in the Conference Report, my Administration will interpret section 1024 as granting the Secretary of Defense broad discretion to determine what detainee status determinations in Afghanistan are subject to the requirements of this section. Sections 1026-1028 continue unwise funding restrictions that curtail options available to the executive branch. Section 1027 renews the bar against using appropriated funds for fiscal year 2012 to transfer Guantanamo detainees into the United States for any purpose. I continue to oppose this provision, which intrudes upon critical executive branch authority to determine when and where to prosecute Guantanamo detainees, based on the facts and the circumstances of each case and our national security interests. For decades, Republican and Democratic administrations have successfully prosecuted hundreds of terrorists in Federal court. Those prosecutions are a legitimate, effective, and powerful tool in our efforts to protect the Nation. Removing that tool from the executive branch does not serve our national security. Moreover, this intrusion would, under certain circumstances, violate constitutional separation of powers principles. Section 1028 modifies but fundamentally maintains unwarranted restrictions on the executive branch’s authority to transfer detainees to a foreign country. This hinders the executive’s ability to carry out its military, national security, and foreign relations activities and like section 1027, would, under certain circumstances, violate constitutional separation of powers principles. The executive branch must have the flexibility to act swiftly in conducting negotiations with foreign countries regarding the circumstances of detainee transfers. In the event that the statutory restrictions in sections 1027 and 1028 operate in a manner that violates constitutional separation of powers principles, my Administration will interpret them to avoid the constitutional conflict. Section 1029 requires that the Attorney General consult with the Director of National Intelligence and Secretary of Defense prior to filing criminal charges against or seeking an indictment of certain individuals. I sign this based on the understanding that apart from detainees held by the military outside of the United States under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, the provision applies only to those individuals who have been determined to be covered persons under section 1022 before the Justice Department files charges or seeks an indictment. Notwithstanding that limitation, this provision represents an intrusion into the functions and prerogatives of the Department of Justice and offends the longstanding legal tradition that decisions regarding criminal prosecutions should be vested with the Attorney General free from outside interference. Moreover, section 1029 could impede flexibility and hinder exigent operational judgments in a manner that damages our security. My Administration will interpret and implement section 1029 in a manner that preserves the operational flexibility of our counterterrorism and law enforcement professionals, limits delays in the investigative process, ensures that critical executive branch functions are not inhibited, and preserves the integrity and independence of the Department of Justice. Other provisions in this bill above could interfere with my constitutional foreign affairs powers. Section 1244 requires the President to submit a report to the Congress 60 days prior to sharing any U.S. classified ballistic missile defense information with Russia. Section 1244 further specifies that this report include a detailed description of the classified information to be provided. While my Administration intends to keep the Congress fully informed of the status of U.S. efforts to cooperate with the Russian Federation on ballistic missile defense, my Administration will also interpret and implement section 1244 in a manner that does not interfere with the President’s constitutional authority to conduct foreign affairs and avoids the undue disclosure of sensitive diplomatic communications. Other sections pose similar problems. Sections 1231, 1240, 1241, and 1242 could be read to require the disclosure of sensitive diplomatic communications and national security secrets; and sections 1235, 1242, and 1245 would interfere with my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations by directing the Executive to take certain positions in negotiations or discussions with foreign governments. Like section 1244, should any application of these provisions conflict with my constitutional authorities, I will treat the provisions as non-binding. My Administration has worked tirelessly to reform or remove the provisions described above in order to facilitate the enactment of this vital legislation, but certain provisions remain concerning. My Administration will aggressively seek to mitigate those concerns through the design of implementation procedures and other authorities available to me as Chief Executive and Commander in Chief, will oppose any attempt to extend or expand them in the future, and will seek the repeal of any provisions that undermine the policies and values that have guided my Administration throughout my time in office. BARACK OBAMA THE WHITE HOUSE, December 31, 2011.

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Tuesday, den 13. December 2011

Robert Dreyfuss The US bombing of a Pakistani border outpost, US drone attacks and Pakistani support for the Taliban—all threaten to destroy the chances for a peaceful US-NATO exit from Afghanistan.

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Tuesday, den 13. December 2011

Adam Federman Angered by tainted parliamentary elections, thousands of Russians have taken to the streets.

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Tuesday, den 6. December 2011

The Movement Advancement Project has released its annual National LGBT Movement Report , which analyzes the financial documents of 40 prominent LGBT organizations. According to this year’s report, the number of individual donors to these groups constitutes at most 3 percent of the estimated LGBT population. Considering many of those donors are also heterosexual allies, the number is probably even lower. As a result, organizations are relying more heavily on their largest contributors. The average LGBT organization receives 45 percent of its revenue from its 10 largest contributors, though this dependence is slightly lower for the largest groups. It’s alarming regardless — as the report points out, the top 10 anti-gay foes spend three times as much as all 40 advocacy groups considered in this analysis combined. Despite concerns about donors, LGBT organizations continue to remain efficient in their fundraising and financially healthy overall. Read the full report for more details about the organizations leading the LGBT movement.

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Saturday, den 3. December 2011

In just her first year in office, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) has proven to be one of the most socially conservative members of Congress, and today she demonstrated just how intolerant she is of people who do not share her beliefs. In an interview, she and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins were condemning the Air Force Academy for creating an outdoor worship space that accommodates “Earth-based” religions. Hartzler said she believes that her rabidly conservative brand of Christianity is “ the main religion in our country ” and condemned any attempt to accommodate “fringe religions”: PERKINS: Do you see this as a part of a growing trend that we see that there is really kind of a marginalization of Christianity and almost a promotion of other forms of, I would have to say, fringe religions? HARTZLER: I agree, I think so. Christianity is the main religion in our country and as a policy for the Department of Defense we need to defend the practice of religion but we do not have to obligate taxpayer funds to facilitate or accommodate it or pay for it. PERKINS: Is it the government’s role to try to put all religions on the same plane? HARTZLER: No, it’s not their role at all. Their role is to facilitate basic policy for our country and to not to try to lift up one religion over the other. They should be defending the basic rights that we have, that freedom of religion here, and certainly not facilitating or accommodating fringe religions. It’s crazy . Listen, via Right Wing Watch : Hartzler seems to believe it’s OK if the government accommodates her fringe brand of Christianity, as she has pursued legislative options to discriminate against same-sex couples in the military and applauded Speaker John Boehner for defending the Defense of Marriage Act using taxpayer funds. Perhaps she should spend some time with the First Amendment so she better understands how it’s unconstitutional both to establish her religious belief as law and to prevent others from the free exercise of their own beliefs.

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Saturday, den 3. December 2011

A gay Marine who has had to live under the stress of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell describes the new pressures of serving in the aftermath of repeal and the experience of bringing his male date to the annual Corps Birthday Ball. Here is an excerpt : I knew that we would be the only male/male couple at the ball (I knew a good friend of mine would be half of the only female/female couple there). I knew that people would be staring at us, talking about us, and probably avoiding us. I knew that as a civilian, Brandon had no idea about our customs and courtesies, but I knew he wanted to understand them and would be respectful of them. I knew that there would be some people who were supportive of us, but I also knew that most people would just be professionally accepting of the fact that we were there together. I knew that there were some people who would not at all approve of the fact that we were there, but could only hope they would be professional enough to keep those opinions to themselves.

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