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"If You Start Looking at Them as Humans, Then How Are You Gonna Kill Them?"

By Inigo Gilmore and Teresa Smith
The Guardian UK
Wednesday 29 March 2006

They are a publicity nightmare for the US military: an ever-growing number of veterans of the Iraq conflict who are campaigning against the war. To mark the third anniversary of the invasion this month, a group of them marched on Katrina-ravaged New Orleans. Inigo Gilmore and Teresa Smith joined them.

At a press conference in a cavernous Alabama warehouse, banners and posters are rolled out: "Abandon Iraq, not the Gulf coast!" A tall, white soldier steps forward in desert fatigues. "I was in Iraq when Katrina happened and I watched US citizens being washed ashore in New Orleans," he says. "War is oppression: we could be setting up hospitals right here. America is war-addicted. America is neglecting its poor."
A black reporter from a Fox TV news affiliate, visibly stunned, whispers: "Wow! That guy's pretty opinionated." Clearly such talk, even three years after t…

Matthew Shepard Online Resources

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This is a very interesting site. Definitely worth checking out.

http://www.hatecrime.org/

Army Bans Use of Privately Bought Armor

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 56 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Soldiers will no longer be allowed to wear body armor other than the protective gear issued by the military, Army officials said Thursday, the latest twist in a running battle over the equipment thePentagongives its troops inIraqandAfghanistan.
Army officials told The Associated Press that the order was prompted by concerns that soldiers or their families were buying inadequate or untested commercial armor from private companies — including the popular Dragon Skin gear made by California-based Pinnacle Armor.
"We're very concerned that people are spending their hard-earned money on something that doesn't provide the level of protection that the Army requires people to wear. So they're, frankly, wasting their money on substandard stuff," said Col. Thomas Spoehr, director of materiel for the Army.
Murray Neal, chief executive officer of Pinnacle, said he hadn't seen the directive and …

Iran given stark nuclear choice

Iran has 30 days to return to the negotiating table or face isolation, foreign ministers from the US and five other major powers have warned.

The comments at talks in Berlin reinforced a deadline in a statement by the UN Security Council, which urged Iran to halt uranium enrichment.
However the UN nuclear watchdog's chief said Iran was not an imminent threat and sanctions would be a "bad idea".
Iran says its activities are peaceful and has rejected the Council's call.
The UK's Jack Straw warned sanctions could follow if Iran remained defiant.
But speaking in Qatar, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief said sanctions were "a bad idea".
"We need to lower the pitch," Mohamed ElBaradei said.
'Miscalculated'
The Berlin talks included the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Council - the US, China, France, Russia and the UK - as well as Germany.

The foreign ministers were discussing what to do if Iran refused to drop its nuclea…

Weeping schoolkids forced to be Jews

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Outraged parents in Apopka, Florida, are demanding to know why their childrencame home crying after being forced to be "Jewish" for the day.
For Holocaust Remembrance Day atApopka Memorial Middle School, children whose names ended in the letters L through Z were forced to wear yellow five-pointed stars. The chosen ones were then denied simple comforts at every turn.
John Tinnelly was furious upon learning that his son was made to stand in the back of the classroom and sent to the end of the lunch line simply for being "Jewish."
"He was forced to go to the back of the lunch line four times by an administrator," Tinnelly said.
The man's soon came home in tears.
"He was crying," Tinnelly said. "I said, 'What are you crying about?' He said, 'Daddy, I was a Jew today.'"
The little boy was even denied the use of some water fountains that bore signs that said, 'If you're wearing a yellow star, you can't use this wate…

Bush spends heavily to get message out

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The Bush administration, amid record budget deficits, has been spending huge amounts on advertising and public relations contracts to counter a hostile media environment.

The administration spent $1.62 billion on advertising and public relations contracts over two and a half years. Most of the money was spent by the Defense Department amid its efforts to recruit soldiers for the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"The extent of the Bush administration's propaganda effort is unprecedented and disturbing," said Rep. George Miller, California Democrat.

Mr. Miller and other Democrats ordered a study of the administration's PR budget. In January, the Government Accountability Office issued a report that examined the media budgets of seven federal departments.

In all, the seven departments reported a total of 343 media contracts from 2003 to mid-2005. Forty percent of the contracts were with advertising agencies and 38 percent were with media organizations.

Another two percent of the…

Halliburton's Performance Worsens Under Second Iraqi Oil Contract

By Representative Henry Waxman's Office t r u t h o u t Press Release
Tuesday 28 March 2006
Washington, D.C. -Today Rep. Waxman released the first analysis of Halliburton's RIO 2 contract to restore Iraq's southern oil fields. The examination of previously undisclosed correspondence, evaluations, and audits reveals that government officials and investigators have harshly criticized Halliburton's performance under RIO 2. The documents disclose an "overwhelmingly negative" performance, including:
Intentional Overcharging: Halliburton repeatedly overcharged the taxpayer, apparently intentionally. In one case, "[c]ost estimates had hidden rate factors to increase cost of project without informing the Government." In another instance, Halliburton "tried to inflate cost estimate by $26M." In a third example, Halliburton claimed costs for laying concrete pads and footings that the Iraqi Oil Ministry had "already put in place."
Exorbitant Co…

8-year-old criminal of love!

An 8-year-old honor student is in big trouble for giving a note to a classmate.
The note said "I love you."
The second-grade boy was thrown out of his school in the quiet town of Lorain, Ohio.
His crime?Sexual harassment and assault.
Using the love note as hard evidence, school officials then cooked up a physical-assault charge: They say the well-behaved little boytouched his little girlfriend's backside.
The parents, Frank and Tammy Johnson, say it's a bunch of baloney. The "emergency removal" of the now-humiliated little boy will scar him forever.
''It's an embarrassment to me and it's an embarrassment to him because he doesn't understand what's going on,'' she said.
''He started crying and he thinks he did something wrong,'' Johnson said of the love-note crime. ''He's a good kid and he's very, very shy. And now he's emotionally distraught.''
All four of the family's children are hono…

Amoral America

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A new study proves Americans are a bunch of homophobic fatties withoutany real morals at all.
But they're also blind followers of rules, which is good news for the IRS and cops everywhere.
A staggering 79% of Americans believe it's "immoral" to getcreative on your tax returnto avoid giving all your money to the federal government.
Yet other recent U.S. polls show only 33% support President Bush's disastrous policies and more than65% oppose his failed war in Iraq, while overwhelming majorities of Americans are equally disgusted with Congress and Democrats.
The Pew survey makes it clear that Americans have absolutely no morals when it comes to paying for things they find reprehensible. As long as there's a rule such as "pay your taxes," Americans will follow it.
So what do majorities of U.S. folksconsider to be immoral?
Cheating on your spouse tops the list: 88% say having an extramarital affair is just plain wrong, which helps explain why 50% of all Americ…

Moscow on the Potomac

America’s Superpower Days Are Over
By Paul Craig Roberts

President George W. Bush has destroyed America’s economy along with America’s reputation as a truthful, compassionate, peace-loving nation that values civil liberties and human rights.
Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard University budget expert Linda Bilmes have calculated the cost to Americans of Bush’s Iraq war to be between one and two trillion dollars. This figure is 5 to 10 times higher than the $200 billion that Bush’s economic adviser, Larry Lindsey, estimated. Lindsey was fired by Bush, because Lindsey’s estimate was three times higher than the $70 billion figure that the Bush administration used to mislead Congress and the American voters about the burden of the war. You can’t work in the Bush administration unless you are willing to lie for Dub-ya.

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Pam's House Blend

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My new friend, the captain, recommended this site, and it is great. Lots of interesting reads. Check it out!!!

The 'satanic art' made them do it

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"These images, unrecognized by the untrained eye, can be a ticking time-bomb to an individual who is unaware of their presence, especially someone who is already predisposed to deviant sexual behavior."-- author and "pornography expert" Judith Reisman, featured in a documentary that suggests art is responsible for deviant priests.

Is this going to be proposed to Papa Ratzi as the excuse for all the pedophile priests he allowed to run wild, raping and molesting innocent children? From the "breaking news" section at WingNutDaily, another "I'm not sh*tting you" item.

Could the Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis be tied to embedded Satanic and occultic imagery in its artwork – some of it hundreds of years old? That is the seemingly incredible thesis of a new documentary, "Rape of the Soul," made not by anti-Catholic bigots, but by devout followers of the Church. The documentary explores the prevalent use of satanic, sexual, occ…

quotes

"A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
-- MarkTwain

"The only difference between Bush and Hitler is that Hitler was elected.”
-- Kurt Vonnegut

"our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."Thomas Jefferson to Dr. James Currie, January 28, 1786

"nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle."
Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, June 11, 1807

"bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. education & free discussion are the antidotes of both."
Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, August 1, 1816

"What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next momen…

Condi Rice Declares Yet Another New War Justification on Meet the Press

By Andy Ostroy,

The Bush administration's rationale for invading Iraq has changed more times in the past four years than most thinking people can stomach. It's been everything from WMD to Al Qaeda connections; humanitarian reasons to nation-building. On NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice added yet another justification. One can only imagine just how many there'll be by the time Bush leaves office.
"We're in Iraq because the Unites States of America faces a different kind of enemy in a different kind of war," she told host Tim Russert, "and we have to have a different kind of Middle East if we're ever going to resolve the problems of an ideology of hatred so great that people flew airplanes into buildings. Iraq, Saddam Hussein's Iraq was a threat..."
With that she was interrupted by Russert with the obvious follow-up, one that's been asked of this administration countless times: "But Saddam was not relat…

Bushflash video

Another great video from bushflash. Graffic, so be warned.

Impeach Bush, spreading on the web

What Happened in the village of Isahaqi on March 15th?

This web site has some amazing video's. Really worth watching. Some are a little hard to watch, due to the graphic nature of the images.

V Fof Vendetta

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Go see this movie!!!!!!


Please go see it, were begging!!!!!

Karzai Under Pressure to Free Christian

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer 18 minutes ago

KABUL, Afghanistan - Under mounting foreign pressure, President Hamid Karzai searched on Saturday for a way to free an Afghan man on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity without angering Muslim clerics who have called for him to be killed.
Karzai and several Cabinet ministers discussed the case of Abdul Rahman, who faces a possible death sentence for alleged apostasy, an official at Karzai's palace said. But she declined to comment on the outcome of the talks on Saturday.
Hours earlier, another official said Rahman "could be released soon." Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with the media.
But clerics have questioned Karzai's authority to order Rahman's release and have warned of a possible revolt if he tries.
"The Quran is very clear and the words of our prophet are very clear. There can only be one outcome: death," said cleric Khoja Ahm…

Bush Calls for Fair Immigration Bill

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
Washington, President Bush,bracing for more street protests and a Senate showdown on immigration reform, called Saturday for legislation that does not force America to choose between being a welcoming society and a lawful one.
"America is a nation of immigrants, and we're also a nation of laws," Bush said in his weekly radio address about the emotional immigration issue that has driven a wedge in his party.
Bush sides with business leaders who want legislation to let some immigrants stay in the country and work for a set period of time. Others, including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, say national security concerns should drive immigration reform.
On Monday, Bush is to attend a naturalization ceremony in Washington where he will watch a group of new citizens raise their right hands and swear to uphold the laws of the United States. Later in the week, immigration likely will surface as a topic in Cancun, Mexico, where Bush is sche…

No respect for hero's religion

Nevada National Guard Sgt. Patrick Stewart paid the ultimate price for his patriotism.
In September, he was riding with fellow U.S. soldiers on a Chinook helicopter when it was shot down in Afghanistan. Stewart and four others were killed.
But the spot for his memorial plaque at the Northern Nevada Veteran's Cemetery remains blank.
Stewart was a Wiccan.
The Veteran's Administration hasnever authorizedthe use of Wicca's pentacle on grave markers, even though it allows the use of symbols from38 other beliefs, including obscure or possibly fictional religions such as Ixumo Taishakyo, Soks Gakkai, Aaronic Order, Seicho-no-ie and Presbyterians.
Stewart's 12-year-old stepdaughter, Alexandria, sent a heartfelt letter to the secretary of veterans affairs:
""Why won't you put my dad's religion sign on a plaque? He respected you and your rules and went and fought for our country and died for our country and this is how you treat him and his family."The 34-year-o…

'Never Before!' Our Amnesiac Torture Debate

Naomi Klein

It was the "Mission Accomplished" of George W. Bush's second term, and an announcement of that magnitude called for a suitably dramatic location. But what was the right backdrop for the infamous "We do not torture" declaration? With characteristic audacity, the Bush team settled on downtown Panama City.
It was certainly bold. An hour and a half's drive from where Bush stood, the US military ran the notorious School of the Americas from 1946 to 1984, a sinister educational institution that, if it had a motto, might have been "We do torture." It is here in Panama and, later, at the school's new location in Fort Benning, Georgia, where the roots of the current torture scandals can be found. According to declassified training manuals, SOA students--military and police officers from across the hemisphere--were instructed in many of the same "coercive interrogation" techniques that have since migrated to Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib…

Remark By George W. Bush on the Third Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq

Calvin Trillin
posted March 23, 2006 (April 10, 2006 issue)

Our strategy for peace there Is really working well.It's just that all the killing Can make it hard to tell.

But other then all the killings, things are going great.

Censoring Censure

editorial posted March 23, 2006 (April 10, 2006 issue)
John Nichols

If there remained any doubt about whether US Senator Russ Feingold did the right thing when he moved to censure President Bush for illegally ordering warrantless wiretapping of Americans, it should have been removed by the news that the Wisconsin Democrat's call for accountability immediately earned the wrath of Vice President Dick Cheney, Washington's pre-eminent advocate of executive excess. Rejecting the suggestion that citizens might be concerned about the Administration's disregard for laws written to protect the constitutionally defined right of Americans to be secure from secret searches and seizures, Cheney said, "The American people have already made their decision. They agree with the President."
Cheney knows that's not the case. The warrantless wiretapping was kept strictly secret before the 2004 presidential election--by the White House and by the New York Times, which apparently had…

Bush Slipping and Spinning on Iraq and Wiretaps

In his Tuesday press conference, President Bush delivered the good news:
But I believe -- I believe the Iraqis -- this is a moment where the Iraqis had a chance to fall apart, and they didn't. And that's a positive development.
Not falling apart. That's hardly the prewar view of post-invasion Iraq Bush sold the American public three years ago. But "positive" has become a rather relative term regarding Iraq.
When asked whether he was concerned by the growing number of Americans who, according to the polls, are "questioning the trustworthiness of you and this White House," Bush replied,
I believe that my job is to go out and explain to people what's on my mind. That's why I'm having this press conference, see. I'm telling you what's on my mind. And what's on my mind is winning the war on terror.
Is that supposed to reassure Americans--or Iraqis? Such a remark prompts a larger question: why does Bush and the White House believe that send…

Bush Tries to Backtrack

Ari Berman

Every once in a while a politician stumbles into telling the truth. Even George W. Bush. Unwittingly, of course.
At his Tuesday press conference, Bush dropped one of the biggest bombshells of his presidency: American troops would not leave Iraq on his watch. Not in 2006 or 2008. Let John McCain or Hillary Clinton make that call. Bush's plan for victory amounts to: someone else clean up my mess. If Bush were a five-year-old, he'd undoubtedly receive a spanking.
His "plan" is the inverse of Colin Powell's famous Pottery Barn rule. Bush broke Iraq, never acknowledged owning it and now refuses to fix it.
The White House quickly tried to spin their own spin. The President's counselor, Dan Bartlett, said Bush's comment had been "over-interpreted." White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Bush never said what he said. Troops will come home, McClellan insisted, just not all of them. And don't you dare ask when, pesky media. It's y…

Thousands of German WW2 corpses in Czech factory

Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:21 AM ET
USTI NAD LABEM, Czech Republic (Reuters) - Thousands of corpses of German soldiers killed in World War Two are being kept in boxes in a northern Czech factory due to a lack of funds, officials said Tuesday.
The exhumed bodies have been kept for three years in the rundown factory 90km (54 miles) north of Prague on the border with eastern Germany and are now guarded by police who are waiting for the bodies to be moved.
A Reuters photographer at the site said the remains -- an estimated 4,000 sets in total -- lie in small black boxes as they wait for a new burial site.
The German wartime graves association led a project in the mid-1990s to exhume the remains, which include soldiers who fought across eastern Europe in the war, with plans to bury them in a Prague cemetery until a lack of funds halted the plan.
"We are very sorry, but our People's Association for Care for Wartime Graves has run out of money, so I cannot say what will be done with the remains…

Reid Criticizes President Bush as 'Dangerously Incompetent'

Thursday March 23, 2006 5:53am
LAS VEGAS (AP) -Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid called President Bush (website - news - bio) "dangerously incompetent" on Wednesday and said the administration ought to be doing more to prevent increasing sectarian violence in Iraq."Where is (Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice? Why isn't she over in the Middle East, as the chief diplomat of this country should be, trying to get the political forces to form a government over there?" Reid told The Associated Press.
Reid said the U.S. was "failing three different ways in Iraq." Military efforts have lagged, the economy is crippled by decreased oil and electricity production, and attempts to form a representative government are behind schedule, he said.The White House did not return calls seeking comment. Rice last visited Iraq in November and she is currently in the Bahamas meeting with Caribbean trade bloc members. She also traveled this month to Australia, South Ameri…

America hates atheists

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At least 9 million of them live in the United States, mostly trying to avoid the wrath of neighbors, colleagues and relatives.
But they do not pray for help, for they are America’s atheists – the most hated people in the country.
In a new study by University of Minnesota sociologists, more than 2,000 people were asked which of their fellow citizens lacked the proper "vision of American society."
More than blacks or gays or immigrants or lesbians or even Muslims, atheists are viewed as the least American, according to the survey. And those without a god are the last people most folks would want their children to marry.
"Atheists, who account for about 3% of the U.S. population, offer a glaring exception to the rule of increasing social tolerance over the last 30 years," says Penny Edgell, the study's lead researcher.
Most studies combine atheists and agnostics for a total of 12%, meaning some 36 million Americans – more than one in 10 – either don't believe in a …

Ma Bush's Katrina money funneled to prez' little bro

The depths to which the president's little brother will go were revealed again yesterday when it was learned that he benefited from a charitable donation made by his mother.
Neil Bush may have achieved a new low when his mommy gave money to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, with the stipulation that it be used to buy services from Ignite! Learning, a company owned by her idiot son.
In 1999 he founded Ignite! Learning, a company that creates multimedia curriculum for kids. Their latest product is the COW, curriculum on wheels. A bizarre hybrid of Barney and R2D2, it's basically a computer and projector on a stick with wheels.
While some have hailed the progress students have mad using COW, Ignite! has run afoul of some who question its methods. Perhaps they were put off by how it frees kids from the tedium of reading.
"Ignite! is designed to make learning fun for "hunter-warrior" kids who don't like reading," he excitedly explained during a 2002 visit to Whitne…

U.S. Retaining Wartime Command on S. Korea

By WILLIAM C. MANN, Associated Press Writer Thu Mar 23, 5:59 PM ET
WASHINGTON -

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday the United States must retain wartime command of South Korea's military until that country's forces are strong enough to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula.
South Korea's president has said he hopes an agreement to turn over wartime command can be negotiated this year. The effect of any change would be felt only if war should return to the peninsula.
In a Pentagon news briefing, Rumsfeld said South Korea has brought up the idea, and "everyone agrees that 55 years after the war, it's reasonable that the South Korean forces would increasingly take on more and more responsibility."
Asked whether he thought the change in command structure could start this year, Rumsfeld replied: "No, no, I don't at all."
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has been talking since January about negotiating a way for homegrown officers …

The Cost Of Incompetence

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There's a realization going around Washington these days. It goes something like this: If an administration gets elected by saying government is bad, it follows that they will appoint people who don't care about governing. Hurricane Katrina demostrated this in spades last year. But two stories this week illustrate just how endemic, and costly, this anti-government problem is at a strategic level.
The first story this week was the announcement by the United Arab Emirates that they would shift 10 percent of their foreign exchange reserves from dollars to Euros. In real terms, this move alone will not seriously impact the value of the dollar, but it's symbolic significance is great. That's because the UAE's move represents more than just retribution for the horrible way in which U.S. politicians distorted the issue. Simply the fact that it is happening represents a real move away from the dollar by a major energy player. When South Korea, a major holder of foreign exch…

The Catholic Church is the most bigoted homophobic cult in the world

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by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
March 23, 2006 - 12:01 am ET

(Cranston, Rhode Island) A walk through St. Ann's Cemetery in Cranston, Rhode Island is walk through people's lives - the markers tell the stories of 'loving fathers', 'caring wives' and 'devoted couples'.
But not if those couples happen to be gay, as Rick Paolino discovered when he made arrangements for the crypt marker for his late husband Justin.
The Paolino's were married in Massachusetts. Justin, a bus monitor for the West Warwick School Department, died unexpectedly last month at home.
He was burried at St. Ann's. When Rick went to order the inscription on the crypt cemetery officials turned him down when he said he wanted the marker to indicate he was Justin's husband.
They also turned down "spouse" and finally "beloved".
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"Those who Plundered, Colonized, Occupied, Killed, Executed, and Dropped Nuclear Bombs And Depleted Uranium [Shells] are Considered Men Of Peace, Who Spread Democracy"

Operation B.S.

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The reported "largest air assault since the start of the Iraq War" was a total dud, eyewitnesses report.
While U.S. media claimed "Operation Swarmer" was some massive military campaign, in reality it was nothing but some helicopters flying around.
There were no air strikes.
Just 48 "suspected insurgents" were captured, and 17 of those were immediately released.
"A spokesman for the U.S. military, Lt. Col. Craig Collier, says it has been difficult to differentiate between insurgents and the local community," Australia's ABC reported today.
Time Magazine put it more bluntly:
"In fact, there were no airstrikes and no leading insurgents were nabbed in an operation that some skeptical military analysts described as little more than a photo op. What's more, there were no shots fired at all and the units had met no resistance, said the U.S. and Iraqi commanders."
The world news media was duped.
"So how and why did this latest apparently …

V for Vendetta

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Saw the movie last night.
it was amazing !!!!!!!!

I always get nervous when I hear there making a movie out of a book, or comic that I really love. I was a nervous wreck when I heard Sin city was being made, same with the first x-men. Then when I heard Vendetta was being made I was afraid that some director was going to twist the story to push there own political agenda. Now I don't get worried about these movies being made badly because I don't wish to sit through a bad movie, I worry that someone who is not familiar with the story, who is seeing it for the first time, is going to walk in and see a bad movie, and form there opinion based on what they just saw. I hate the idea of someone hating something, just because some Hollywood fuck did a bad job interpreting the story. Thankfully, my worries about V were for not. The movie was amazing. I have always been a fan of Portman's, and can say in all honesty, it was by far her best performance ever!!! The special effects were…

Bush's Fake Aid

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Rolling Stone
The president's $5 billion program does more for foreign banks than the needy

In March 2002, with one war raging in Afghanistan and another looming in Iraq, President Bush announced that he intended to undercut terrorism by attacking poverty overseas. "I'm here today to announce a major new commitment by the United States to bring hope and opportunity to the world's poorest," Bush declared. Under his watch, the president said, America would increase its annual foreign aid to $5 billion. And instead of giving handouts, he added, the program would employ an entirely new model: investing in countries to spark their economic growth and holding them accountable for their policies. "I carry this commitment in my soul," Bush said, concluding his speech with a trademark religious touch. "We will make the world not only safer but better."

The president's plan looked revolutionary. U.S. aid efforts, long hampered by an ossified bureaucrac…

Inside Scientology

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Rolling Stone

Unlocking the complex code of America's most mysterious religion

The faded little downtown area of Clearwater, Florida, has a beauty salon, a pizza parlor and one or two run-down bars, as well as a bunch of withered bungalows and some old storefronts that look as if they haven't seen customers in years. There are few cars and almost no pedestrians. There are, however, buses -- a fleet of gleaming white and blue ones that slowly crawl through town, stopping at regular intervals to discharge a small army of tightly organized, young, almost exclusively white men and women, all clad in uniform preppy attire: khaki, black or navy-blue trousers and crisp white, blue or yellow dress shirts. Some wear pagers on their belts; others carry briefcases. The men have short hair, and the women keep theirs pulled back or tucked under headbands that match their outfits. No one crosses against the light, and everybody calls everybody else "sir" -- even when the "sir&q…

Undressing the Church of Scientology

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This is a great site to learn the truth about the Cult. There are all kinds of internal documents from ex-members. It's a scary, but great read.

'South Park'-Scientology Battle Rages On

Friday March 17 7:35 PM ET

"South Park" has declared war on Scientology. Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of the animated satire, are digging in against the celebrity-endorsed religion after a controversial episode mocking outspoken Scientologist Tom Cruise was yanked abruptly from the schedule Wednesday with an Internet report saying it was covert warfare by Cruise that led to its departure.

"So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun!" the "South Park" creators said in a statement Friday in Daily Variety. "Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies... You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail!"

The Internet blogger hollywoodinterrupted.com said Thursday that Cruise threatened to not promote "Mission: Impossible 3," a surefire summer blockbuster, if the offending episode …

Governments should be afraid of there people

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Going to see the movie tonight. Can't wait. I was a big fan of the graphic novel