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Report Shows Conclusive Proof 2004 Elections Were Rigged

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Ohio’s top election official, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, announced Friday that the voting systems that decided the 2004 election in Ohio were rife with “critical security failures.” There now appears irrefutable proof that the 2004 election outcome was fudged.

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Congress Turns Internet Into Police State

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Reason #34,261 To Not Use Wi-Fi: The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including "obscene" cartoons and drawings--or face fines of up to $300,000.

That broad definition would cover individuals, coffee shops, libraries, hotels, and even some government agencies that provide Wi-Fi. It also sweeps in social-networking sites, domain name registrars, Internet service providers, and e-mail service providers such as Hotmail and Gmail, and it may require that the complete contents of the user's account be retained for subsequent police inspection.

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US To UK: It's Legal For Us To Kidnap Your Citizens

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America has told Britain that it can “kidnap” British citizens if they are wanted for crimes in the United States.

A senior lawyer for the American government has told the Court of Appeal in London that kidnapping foreign citizens is permissible under American law because the US Supreme Court has sanctioned it.

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CBS: Only A Handful Support Impeachment; Its A Bluff

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[News Media]
In reaction to Dennis Kucinich's bill to pursue impeachment proceedings for Vice President Cheney, CBS's Harry Smith called the effort a "bluff," that only a "handful of people" are in favor of impeachment and merely a political tactic to get a failing presidential candidate some attention... Watch this embarrassing hit-piece on a politician who is actually trying to do something about the administration's impending rhetoric for invading Iran....

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Tonight on Larry King: Avoiding Insurance Scams

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[Television]
If you're Larry King, doing an hour-long TV interview with a celebrity or a central figure in a news story (a fireman fighting the California wildfires! a 9/11 widow! a murderer's brother!) every week night, you ought to eventually, in your 70-something years of life, learn a few basics about human nature.
  • Celebrities who collapse from "exhaustion" are exhausted from too much booze and drugs.

  • People who are accused of a crime will always claim innocence.

  • There is no free lunch.

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


Unfortunately, it seems that ol' Larry didn't learn those last two life-lessons very well. At least, not judging by his lawsuit against an insurance company for "breach of fiduciary responsibility."

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Phelps Cult Loses Court Case, To Pay $10.9 Million

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A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals in the belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

Albert Snyder of York, Pennsylvania, sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after members demonstrated at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.

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Revisiting "The Gore Exception" Supreme Court Decision

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As we approach the 2008 election season, it may be worth it to take a look at what happened in 2000 when the United States Supreme Court, in effect, halted the democratic election process and declared George W. Bush the winner. Attorney Mark Levine has an informative Q & A about this landmark court decision that may have forever changed the face of democracy in the U.S.

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AT&T/BellSouth Can Now Turn You Off If You Talk Bad About Them

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The latest version of AT&T/Bellsouth's customer terms of service contains this wonderful gem:
"AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service, any Member ID, electronic mail address, IP address, Universal Resource Locator or domain name used by you, without notice, for conduct that AT&T believes.. tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries."

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Bush Inserts Secret Clause In Bill To Pardon His Own War Crimes

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This is about a year old, but still worth revisiting because it never got enough press last year: Deep within the "Terrorist Tribunal" Act is a provision retroactively pardoning the President, Vice President, and their subordinates for violations of the War Crimes Act committed since September 11, 2001.

Btw this bill was part of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which passed and is now law.

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University of FL Student Tasered At Kerry Q&A

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During a political rally at the University of Florida, an excited student apparently abused his two minute allotment of freedom to ask John Kerry several questions about why he conceded the election early, why he doesn't impeach bush, and whether he is a member of skull and bones. The stunt got the student wrestled to the ground, tasered and arrested by no less than five cops. Yay Freedom(tm)!

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Oklahoma Video Game Violence Law Struck Down

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Oklahoma is the latest state to have a video game law permanently thrown out. Following a preliminary injunction against the unconstitutional law last year, the court has issued a new decision to permanently enjoin Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry's law, which singled out video game companies for games with "inappropriate violence" while not putting such restrictions on other media.

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Appeals Court Rules Alcoholics Anonymous Is Sanctioned Religion

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Alcoholics Anonymous, the renowned 12-step program that directs problem drinkers to seek help from a higher power, says it's not a religion and is open to nonbelievers. But it has enough religious overtones that a parolee can't be ordered to attend its meetings as a condition of staying out of prison, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

In fact, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the constitutional dividing line between church and state in such cases is so clear that a parole officer can be sued for damages for ordering a parolee to go through rehabilitation at Alcoholics Anonymous or an affiliated program for drug addicts.

We've also noted before, statistics show AA - Alcoholics Anonymous' program is no more effective than not attending ANY program.

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"Unauthorized Adhesive" Lands War Protesters In Jail

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[Activists]
A coalition of groups representing the VoteToImpeach.org movement were arrested yesterday when they held a press conference in Washington D.C. announcing a September 15th demonstration against the Bush administration.

Less than 18 hours ago, National Park Service Police turned a September 15 Press Conference, held in front of the White House, into a chaotic scene. On the pretext that there was no permit for a three foot long folding table that the media placed their microphones on, the police intervened in the middle of the press conference to announce that it was an unpermitted activity. Three people were arrested and are still being held in jail. They include Adam Kokesh, an Iraq war veteran; Tina Richards of Grassroots America; and Ian Thompson an ANSWER Coalition organizer.

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Boeing Implicated In CIA Rendition Torture Scheme

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The ACLU has brought a lawsuit against a Boeing subsidiary accused of falsifying flight plans to air traffic controllers to cover up CIA flights where people were "kidnapped" and tortured in foreign countries.

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Cops Catch Crooked Crack Customer

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A Georgia woman spent good money to buy what she thought was a quality product. After spending some time with said product, she found that it was a fake. Incensed, she called the police and demanded that they come over to take some action. Unfortunately the product was crack cocaine, and the action was to arrest her.

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Man Sues 1-800-Flowers for Uncovering Affair

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A married man is suing 1-800-Flowers for $1 million for revealing that he was cheating on his wife. Just deserts? Sheer stupidity? Or the worst customer service ever?

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AT&T Censors Anti-Bush Comments From Pearl Jam Concert Broadcast

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According to Pearl Jam's website, portions of the band's Sunday night set at Lollapalooza were missing from the AT&T Blue Room live webcast. Fans alerted the band to the missing material after the show. Reportedly absent from the webcast were segments of the band's performance of "Daughter," including the sung lines "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush find yourself another home."

Update: While AT&T claims the censorship was a "mistake", according to Wired's Listening Post, concerts streamed on the Blue Room by The Flaming Lips and the John Butler Trio have also been censored for political reasons. If true, this action coupled with past allegations aimed at AT&T suggests an unnerving pro-Bush political agenda from one of America's biggest telecoms.

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Passed: "Protect America Act" Pisses On Constitution

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If you e-mail or phone or otherwise contact anyone outside of the United States, you'll be pleased to know that now Congress has given Bush the power to tap your conversations without any court order.

Oh Wait, get this.. it's called "The Protect America Act."

The Senate bowed to White House pressure last night and passed a Republican plan for overhauling the federal government’s terrorist surveillance laws, approving changes that would temporarily give U.S. spy agencies expanded power to eavesdrop on foreign suspects without a due process.

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Fugitives Turn Themselves in...To God?

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It's looking like Tennessee's first-ever fugitives safe surrender. On its first day, well over 100 people with outstanding warrants turned themselves in to designated churches across the state. But why did they turn themselves in? Did they expect God to cut them some slack for their transgressions? Why does the government need special programs to get people who want to surrender to do so?

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ACLU Sues Louisiana Judge Over Jesus

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A small southern Louisiana town is the latest battleground for a classic First Amendment showdown over the separation of church and state, pitting a feisty judge with a painting of Christ in his courthouse against the nation's top civil liberties group.

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