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Republicans to Spy Agencies: Make Iran Scarier

Senior Bush officials and other top Republicans are apparently angry that U.S. intelligence agencies aren’t issuing more ominous threats about Iran. The GOP’ers, marred by (but unrepentant for) their Iraq debacle, are eager to use their lethal Tonka Toys once again—this time in Iran.

  • Check out an intelligence expert at AMERICAblog who argues that Iran poses no imminent threat to the U.S.

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


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    Katherine Harris
    From the BBC

    Katherine Harris: Separation of Church and State ‘a Lie’

    Katherine Harris, villain of the 2004 Florida recount saga and a congresswoman running for U.S. Senate, recently dismissed to an interviewer the idea that religion should stay out of politics, saying, “God is the one who chooses our rulers.”
    So was it God or was it Katherine Harris who fraudulently threw all those eligible black citizens off the voting rolls in 2004?  Hey, if she wants to run with the “omnipotent God” logic, she can’t have it both ways….

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Ralph Reed
    From wikipedia.org

    Christian Coalition Losing Chapters

    State affiliates are severing ties with the conservative evangelical organization, in part because it’s diverting attention from abortion and same-sex marriage to address other issues—like the environment.
    So: The Christian Coalition begins supporting a non-hateful cause that could actually improve the world, and it gets deserted by affiliates that see same-sex marriage as a greater threat than global warming.
    In other words, the Christian Coalition got out-crazied!

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Plan B pill
    From piperreport.com

    U.S. OKs Nonprescription ‘Morning-After’ Pill Sales

    This is a home run for women’s reproductive rights. However, over-the-counter sales are available only to women 18 and older. And that restriction isn’t based on science. It’s based on the paranoid and unfounded fear that the drug would encourage promiscuity among teens.

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Amnesty International
    amnesty.ca

    Amnesty International Accuses Israel of War Crimes

    Amnesty International has referred to some of Israel’s actions in Lebanon as “war crimes that give rise to individual criminal responsibility.”  A report by the human rights organization condemned the deliberate bombing of civilian infrastructure and the loss of civilian life, noting: “Entire families were killed in air strikes on their homes or in their vehicles while fleeing the aerial assaults on their villages ... as the Red Cross and other rescue workers were prevented from accessing the areas by continuing Israeli strikes.”

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Another European Airline Scare

    Dutch authorities detained 12 passengers on a flight headed to Mumbai, India, after the plane was turned around under fighter escort.  The passengers were reported to have behaved suspiciously?using and exchanging cellphones midflight.  Later, authorities said the incident probably had nothing to do with terrorism and that the 12 passengers would be released today.

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Stem cell research
    BBC News

    Win-Win for Stem Cell Research

    A U.S. research team has developed a method for creating stem cell lines without destroying human embryos by removing a single cell, leaving the embryo intact.  If the technique proves to be effective, it should deflate the nonsense rhetoric of right-wing strategists who argue that the surplus embryos used by scientists?destined for disposal anyway?should not be used for lifesaving research.

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Allen Apologizes for ‘Macaca’ Remark

    The Virginia senator tracked down the university student whom he maligned with the racist remark and apologized, but the damage is already done. In stepping into this steaming pile of macaca, Allen may have just kissed any 2008 presidential hopes goodbye.

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Gov’t Report: We Don’t Know Jack About Iran

    A congressional report warned that there are “significant gaps” in America’s understanding of Iran’s WMDs capabilities—and even questioned if we are able to engage in meaningful talks with Tehran on ways to diffuse tensions.

    Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


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