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U.S. troops defend raid, say Iraqis faked "massacre"
Reuters, by Alastair Macdonald   Original Article
Posted By: Oblio - 3/28/2006 5:04:04 AM    Post Reply
BAGHDAD, - U.S. commanders in Iraq on Monday accused powerful Shi'ite groups of moving the corpses of gunmen killed in battle to encourage accusations that U.S.-led troops massacred unarmed worshippers in a mosque. "After the fact, someone went in and made the scene look different from what it was. There's been huge misinformation," Lieutenant General Peter Chiarelli, the second-ranking U.S. commander in Iraq, said.

Hillary's political faith and the press
Townhall.com, by David Limbaugh   Original Article
Posted By: verity - 3/28/2006 4:48:43 AM    Post Reply
Can someone please explain why Hillary and Bill Clinton always get a pass from the secular left when they invoke God in their public discourse? Why is Dan Quayle ridiculed for championing family values while Hillary is glorified as a dutiful disciple of evangelist John Wesley? Do the God-mocking among us doubt the Clintons' sincerity and thus not perceive them to be a threat to their sacred church-state separation doctrine?

The price a culture pays for its love of the gun
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, by Robert Jamieson   Original Article
Posted By: verity - 3/28/2006 4:44:59 AM    Post Reply
Don't blame the rave scene for the Seattle's worst mass murder in more than two decades. Blame the guns -- and a culture that celebrates firepower. Blame the murdering madness on a country that has seen Columbine, Kip Kinkel and bullets at the Tacoma Mall, but lacks the common sense to clamp down on weapons of mass carnage. Blame the gun lobby on the other Capitol Hill -- not the rave crowd

Limits on felons' voting eased
Seattle Times, by David Postman, Ralph Thomas   Original Article
Posted By: verity - 3/28/2006 4:40:40 AM    Post Reply
OLYMPIA — A King County Superior Court judge Monday ruled that thousands of Washington felons should be able to vote even though they have yet to pay off court-ordered fines. ''It is well recognized that there is simply no rational relationship between the ability to pay and the exercise of constitutional rights,'' Judge Michael Spearman wrote

Family kept ex-hostage's sexual orientation secret
CBC News, by Staff   Original Article
Posted By: verity - 3/28/2006 4:38:06 AM    Post Reply
Friends and family of former Canadian hostage James Loney kept his homosexuality secret during his captivity to protect his security, says a co-director of Christian Peacemaker Teams. ''It's a sad reality around the whole world today that gays and lesbians are more vulnerable to violence than straight people,'' said Doug Pritchard.

High court case tests extent of presidential powers in war
USA Today, by Joan Biskupic   Original Article
Posted By: verity - 3/28/2006 4:34:46 AM    Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear an appeal today from a former driver for Osama bin Laden who is challenging the validity of President Bush's plan to try foreign terrorism suspects before military tribunals. Besides testing a key part of the White House's legal strategy in the war on terrorism, the case has become an important barometer of judges' authority to review presidential actions

Polls fail to detect apathy
The Australian, by Phillip Adams   Original Article
Posted By: verity - 3/28/2006 4:28:34 AM    Post Reply
IN our compulsory voting system, where the law forces you to go through the electoral motions, the symptoms may not appear as dramatic. Yet the epidemic of indifference sweeping Western democracies is every bit as serious in Australia as in the US or Britain. What's happening at the ballot box is as threatening as bird flu. Ever fewer Americans are engaged in the political process. At every level,

Kenyon's Policy Against Women Stirs a Debate
New York Sun, by Josh Gerstein   Original Article
Posted By: verity - 3/28/2006 4:06:39 AM    Post Reply
A college admissions director's confession that female applicants are being rejected in order to admit less qualified men is roiling the higher education community and stirring debate about the goals of affirmative action. In an op-ed piece published last week, the dean of admissions at Kenyon College of Gambier, Ohio, Jennifer Delahunty Britz, expressed her misgivings about a developing gender-based double standard

Guests or gate crashers?
Jewish World Review, by Thomas Sowell   Original Article
Posted By: valleystorm - 3/28/2006 3:36:29 AM    Post Reply
Immigration is yet another issue which we seem unable to discuss rationally — in part because words have been twisted beyond recognition in political rhetoric. We can't even call illegal immigrants "illegal immigrants."

'Da Vinci Code' Rival Releases New Book
Associated Press, by Richard N. Ostling   Original Article
Posted By: ZurichMike - 3/28/2006 3:35:40 AM    Post Reply
The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown and his courtroom nemesis, Michael Baigent, now have a new rivalry — on the best-seller lists. Brown's novel goes on sale in paperback Tuesday with an advance printing of 5 million copies, the same day that HarperSanFrancisco is issuing "The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History" by Baigent, with an initial hardcover print run of a much more modest 150,000.

Bush Must Devote Political Capital To Immigration Fix
Roll Call, by Mort Kondracke   Original Article
Posted By: HollywoodBill - 3/28/2006 3:05:44 AM    Post Reply
President Bush finally re-entered the immigration debate last week to appeal for civility and compassion. He's way late. The debate is already bitter and divisive, especially within the Republican Party, and it's only getting worse.

Chavez says arrows await ''gringo'' invaders
Reuters, by Staff   Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist - 3/28/2006 1:01:06 AM    Post Reply
Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez on Sunday said he would have a nasty welcome waiting for U.S. forces he insists are preparing to invade his country -- arrows laced with Indian poison. The left-wing former soldier, who has ordered his military to train civilian reserves for a guerrilla war, including the use of bows and arrows /break/ ''I am going to practice with a bow and arrow. If we have to put a few arrows into any invading gringo, then you'll be done in 30 seconds, my dear gringo,'' Chavez said

Will consumers have a beef with test-tube meat?
Globe & Mail (Toronto), by Anne McIlroy   Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist - 3/28/2006 12:51:27 AM    Post Reply
Scientists can grow frog and mouse meat in the lab, and are now working on pork, beef and chicken. Their goal is to develop an industrial version of the process in five years. If they succeed, cultured or in vitro meat could be coming to a supermarket near you. Consumers could buy hamburger patties and chicken nuggets made from meat cultivated from muscle cells in a giant incubator rather than cut from a farm animal.

Afghan convert freed from prison
BBC News, by Staff   Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist - 3/28/2006 12:41:16 AM    Post Reply
An Afghan man who faced the death penalty for converting to Christianity has been freed from prison in Kabul. Mr Rahman, a Christian for 16 years, was charged with rejecting Islam but his case was dismissed because of gaps in evidence, Afghan officials said. UN officials are meeting in Kabul to discuss Mr Rahman's plea for asylum in another country.

Boeing will build 'stretch' 787
BBC News, by Staff   Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist - 3/28/2006 12:30:38 AM    Post Reply
Boeing has decided to produce an expanded version of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft in response to airline demand. The ''stretch'' version of the 250-seat plane will seat 300 passengers and will begin flying in 2012. Boeing said Emirates and about a dozen other airlines had been asking about such a plane.

Israelis vote, polls predict Olmert victory
Reuters, by Jeffrey Heller   Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist - 3/28/2006 12:27:07 AM    Post Reply
Jerusalem - Israelis began voting in an election on Tuesday that interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has called a referendum on his plan to uproot remote settlements in the West Bank if peacemaking with the Palestinians stays frozen. Balloting opened at 7 a.m. (midnight EST) with Israeli police on their highest state of alert for possible Palestinian bombings. Media exit polls were due to be issued immediately after voting ends at 10 p.m. (3.00 p.m. EST).

Forecasts: Northeast Due for Big Hurricane
Associated Press, by Staff   Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog - 3/28/2006 12:22:31 AM    Post Reply
DOVER, N.H. - New England could be in for a big one. Meteorologists say conditions — including warmer temperatures in the Atlantic Basin and cooler temperatures in the Pacific Ocean — are ripe for the Northeast coast to be hit by a whopper of a hurricane this season. Ken Reeves...at the AccuWeather Center in State College, Pa., said that when the Pacific is cooler, it "essentially drives the storm track further to the east...

Coca poses election dilemma for Peruvians
Reuters, by Robin Emmott    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog - 3/28/2006 12:17:44 AM    Post Reply
PICHARI, Peru - At the orders of their mayor, artisans in Peru's jungle recently put the finishing touches on a giant monument to the coca leaf, a defiant tribute to the plant that fuels the cocaine trade and provides a living for thousands of Peruvian peasants. The concrete monument in the impoverished central jungle hamlet of Pichari, which the town hall aims to unveil next month, underscores growing rural support for coca leaf...

Ex-Village People singer faces jail sentence
Reuters, by Staff   Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog - 3/28/2006 12:14:39 AM    Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO - The singer who dressed as a policeman in the flamboyant late 1970s disco band "Village People" has been arrested after disappearing while drug and gun charges against him were pending, officials said on Monday. Victor Willis, who co-wrote some of the band's hits such as "In the Navy" and "YMCA" has had a number of run-ins with the law since he left the group...

Bombers paid by insurgents for
attacks on British troops
The Scotsman, by Gethin Chamberlain   Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist - 3/28/2006 12:11:25 AM    Post Reply
Bombers are being paid hard cash to launch attacks on British troops in southern Iraq, according to military commanders. Officers say British soldiers are facing a new wave of roadside bomb attacks as a result of the financial incentives. /break/ ''"I think that is why so many of these attacks are videotaped, because if it ends up in the international media, it proves the attack has been successful and the financial rewards will be even greater.''

Bad News, Folks: I'm Out of the Race
Edmonton Sun, by Mike Jenkinson   Original Article
Posted By: StevensCW - 3/27/2006 11:19:53 PM    Post Reply
I have some very bad news this Monday morning that will rock the foundations of the nation itself: I am withdrawing from the race to be leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Veteran Republican operative
Lyn Nofziger dies at 81
Reuters, by Staff   Original Article
Posted By: Photoonist - 3/27/2006 11:06:40 PM    Post Reply
Washington - Lyn Nofziger, a former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan and veteran Republican political operative, has died, according to a family friend. Nofziger, 81, died at his home in Falls Church, Virginia, Eldon Girdner, a family friend, told Reuters. /break/ ''"I am a Republican because I believe freedom is more important than government-provided security,'' Nofziger said on his Web site.

Appeal from a wife's revenge: close, but no cigar
The National Law Journal, by Tresa Baldas   Original Article
Posted By: prescient33 - 3/27/2006 11:02:01 PM    Post Reply
It was the ultimate ex-wife revenge. That's how one appeals judge recently characterized the case of a Chicago lawyer whose ex-wife allegedly spied on her husband and helped the government convict him of smuggling Cuban cigars into the United States, a crime that got him a three-year prison sentence.

'Unit's' military expert has fighting words for Bush
San Bernardino Sun, by David Kronke   Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine - 3/27/2006 10:27:44 PM    Post Reply
Eric Haney, a retired command sergeant major of the U.S. Army, was a founding member of Delta Force, the military's elite covert counter-terrorist unit. He culled his experiences for "Inside Delta Force" (Delta; $14), a memoir rich with harrowing stories, though in an interview, Haney declines with a shrug to estimate the number of times he was almost killed.

The Tyrant's Best Friend
National Post [Canada], by Lorne Gunter   Original Article
Posted By: canuckbrain - 3/27/2006 10:18:04 PM    Post Reply
George Orwell detested tyrants, Communist and fascist alike. But he reserved a special contempt for pacifists. "Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf." Orwell saw pacifists as self-superior freeloaders capable of indulging their naive beliefs only because brave men and women were prepared to lay down their lives to defend them.

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