- Britain's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has released a Unified Policy Statement [PDF].
- Very bad news from Afghanistan:
- Farmers in Marjah province are being terrorized out of their homes by the Taliban because there are not enough U.S. ground forces to defend the people.
- Afghanistan accuses the U.S. of involvement in the killing of Kandahar police chief Matiullah Qateh by a U.S.-trained militia.
- The Taliban launched ground assaults on Kandahar and Bagram airfields, which shows their continuing strength, and assassinated several high-ranking U.S officers, which shows the quality of their intelligence operations.
- The U.S.'s police training operations in Afghanistan are run by mercenaries, and run poorly.
- The Republican-controlled Texas school board approved plans to rewrite history books along party lines.
- 60 Minutes reports that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster was caused by a combination of damaged equipment and capitalist greed on the part of an unnamed British Petroleum manager. The meat of the story is on page 4.
- The U.S. Supreme Court authorized the infinite detention of sex offenders past the time that they were sentenced to prison.
- Kurdish leaders have called a strike in Iran after five Kurds were hanged for terrorism. The New York Times presumes that the five were innocent.
- Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute reports that Islamic terrorism is driving Christians out of Iraq.
- The Daily Mail reports that a British attack on a Basra police compound in 2005 was against direct orders from London.
- Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks was attacked by a Muslim student group while giving a lecture on free speech at Uppsala University.
- A mosque in Jacksonville, Florida was bombed by an unknown attacker, causing minor damage.
- Ohio allows high school students to attend college for both college and high school credit.
- Greta Christina describes the reasons behind Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.
- A 67-year-old woman in Yuba City, California was shot and killed by police inside her own home for brandishing a shotgun after the police attacked her partner for answering the door at night with a gun in his hand. The same woman had earlier threatened a census worker with the shotgun, leading to the police visit.
- A 7-year-old girl in Detroit, Michigan was killed by police in a botched home-invasion raid.
- An example of how the same climate data can produce two very different graphs.
- U.S. Republican Party figure Newt Gingrich condemned Harvard University for accepting donations from Saudi Arabia, ironically saying this on Fox News which is partially owned by Saudi prince Al-waleed bin Talal.
- U.S. radio host Mark Williams has called for the U.S. to destroy Mecca.
- Charles Postel of Politico notes the similarities between the John Birch Society and the "Tea Party" movement.
- John Arquilla describes how U.S. military tactics are failing to adapt to new and potential opponent tactics.
- Dave Johnson of the Campaign for America's Future notes that the current debt crisis facing the U.S. was planned by Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party.
- Monica Duffy Toft of Harvard University finds that "civil wars ending in negotiated settlements are more likely to recur, no more likely to lead to democracy than other types of settlements, and do not deliver increased prospects for economic prosperity."
- U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, who recently joined the Democratic party after nearly 30 years in the Senate as a Republican, was denied renomination to the Senate by a Democratic voting public more supportive of challenger Jon Sestak, currently a Congressman.
- Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul condemned Barack Obama as "un-American" for wanting British Petroleum to pay for cleaning up its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Rusty Shackleford of the usually right-wing Jawa Report writes in support of the legal right of Muslims to build a mosque at the World Trade Center. Regardless our other political differences, he deserves positive recognition for distinguishing between the two concepts of "should be allowed to, under the law" and "ought to, in my opinion" in today's age when so many political commentators and politicians on all sides do not.
- Lance Mannion writes about how the U.S. economy has been failing for close to thirty years, and the political elites have only recently begun to notice.
- J.M. Berger of Intel Wire reports that that the U.S. Department of Labor has given $3.5 million to two Yemeni organizations with close links to al-Qaeda.
- Mike the Mad Biologist notes that the U.S. government's economic stimulus spending is not reaching local infrastructure and education needs.
- Terrance Brown of Portsmouth, England has been convicted of
terrorism for compiling information for an edition of the
- The Internet archive lists the items in Brown's collection.
- The al-Qaeda training manual which the media slams Brown for distributing within his collection was published by the U.S.A. Department of Justice under Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2001.
- Wikipedia says that the original Anarchist Cookbook was written by William Powell of the U.S.A. in 1971.
- In 2002, Sherman Austin of California was convicted of conspiracy to commit arson for publishing an anarchist tactics guide on his website Raise the Fist.
- The Maine Republican Party platform has been rewritten by the Libertarian wing of the party [PDF]. The new platform declares the greenhouse effect to be a myth, supports the outlawing of abortion and the government endorsement of religion, and calls for a "return to the principles of Austrian economics".
- More than one in four Republicans in a Public Policy Polling survey say the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico made them support offshore drilling more strongly than they did before.
- Cable News Network credits a 9% drop in Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's approval rating to his choice of clothing.
- Chinese state media is questioning the use of torture to obtain confessions.
- Britain's Liberal Democrats have agreed to coalition terms that allow the Conservatives to continue running the government without a majority if the Lib Dems drop out of the coalition.
- The BBC offers short biographies of Britain's new Cabinet.
- U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan
for a position on the Supreme Court. Related links:
- In 2009, Kagan argued that prosecutors should be immune from liability for fabricating evidence in a malicious prosecution.
- Kagan has argued against trials for persons accused of aiding al-Qaeda.
- Scotusblog has a biography of Kagan and notes additional points about her background. One interesting note is that Kagan was nominated for a judgeship in 1999 but she was denied a confirmation hearing by the Republican-controlled Congress.
- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has called for an end to the Miranda practice of police informing prisoners of their rights. The notices were ordered by the Supreme Court in 1966 not as much to remind prisoners of their rights but to remind the police.
- Arizona has passed a law banning public schools from teaching classes
that are "designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group"
or which promote racism. Related links:
- The law itself, H.B. 2281
- A report from 2008 of controversy in the Chicano studies program of Tucson, Arizona.
- Fired Chicano studies teacher John Ward claimed in 2008 that the program taught students the Aztlan myth as fact.
- Arizona schools board head Tom Horne was profiled in the Washington Times on this issue in 2009.
- The city of Los Angeles has barred any new contracts with companies based in Arizona.
- Former Hizb-ut-Tahrir member Maajid Nawaz has turned against the group's jihadist ideology.
- Martin Lewis reports that new Prime Minister David Cameron was a member of the Bullington Club of Oxford rich brats that treated other people the way a feudal overlord treated peasants.
- U.S. hardware chain Home Depot was found guilty of stealing an inventor's design for safety equipment and was ordered to pay six times what the man asked for. A notable quote on the company's court behaviour: "when Powell's attorney asked for records of injuries caused by the saws, Home Depot attorneys handed over 6,000 documents. In a spot check of 2,300 pages, Powell's attorneys found one document that dealt with a saw injury."
- The current trend of American comic books to revive the classic mid-20th century superheroes of has had the side effect of writing out a lot of the newer non-white superheroes.
- Violence broke out in Nicaragua after President Daniel Ortega issued an order
allowing Supreme Court justices Armengol Cuadra and Rafael Solis, his political
allies, to remain in office after their terms legally ended, and the National
Assembly attempted to pass legislation to revoke Ortega's order. After
Ortega's Sandinista party withdrew from the National Assembly and blocked
entrance to the assembly hall, the two judges led a riot involving a mortar
assault on the hotel where the Assembly was reconvening.
- The Economist discusses the situation.
- The Sandinistas have followed up with an attack on the Liberal Alliance Party's headquarters.
- Side note: The National Assembly's gathering in a hotel is reminisicent of the Tennis Court Oath of the French Revolution in which the revolutionaries declared that "the National Assembly exists wherever its members are gathered".
- A document claiming to be from the Sandinista organization in 2009 proposes a "Revolutionary Brotherhood" with Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, and since-deposed Manuel Zelaya of Honduras (English link). The plan offers Venezuelan and Cuban aid in establishing single-party, single-person rule over the entire government and in raising a partisan militia of two million men. I cannot say whether or not the document is genuine.
- Conservatives advanced in the British elections, but not by enough to win a majority. They will need to partner with the Liberal Democrats to form a government.
- Riots occurred in Greece after the government announced plans to cut wages and raise taxes.
- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has issued a subpoena for
all records and correspondence by University of Virginia climatologist
Michael Mann, 38 other scientists, and all of their research aides
and secretaries on charges of falsifying evidence to secure government
funding. Mann is the lead author of the influential "hockey stuck"
report showing the effects of postindustrial global warming compared
to preindustrial records. This subpoena looks to me like a fishing
expedition by greenhouse-effect deniers to look for any politically
useful information they can find to smear him with, as well as an
attempt to build an enemies list from Mann's contacts -- the
evidence that there is such a list is in the list of 38 other
scientists in the subpoena -- and to harass the university for
publishing his research.
- The Washington Post hosts a Cuccinelli's subpoena.
- The American Association of University Professors, the American Civil Liberties Union, and over 250 members of the National Academy of Sciences have condemned the subpoena.
- An earlier post mentioned that Cuccinelli ordered universities to end their bans on discrimination against homosexuals.
- In the U.S.A., Republicans have quieted their support for oil drilling after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
- "Payday Loan" usurers in California have pressured their victims to lobby Congress against legislation to protect people from high interest rates.
- Patrick Nielsen Hayden marks the 40th anniversary of the Kent State killings.
- A Pew poll checks the popularity of political terms like "Socialism" and "Family Values" in the United States of America.
- Fox News has refused to run an advertisement calling for Congressional legislation to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
- Wal-Mart was fined $27.6 million for dumping toxic waste in California.
- Police in Hamilton, Ontario broke into a man's house and beat him because they thought he might have been a drug dealer.
- A Texas school suspended a ten-year-old girl for a week for bringing a piece of candy to school. The school cited a law preventing schools from serving candy.
- Washington Post readers interview Gary Ackerman, of the University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism, on the subject of the Times Square bombing attempt.
- Bolivia nationalized four power companies, including one owned by a workers' collective.
- Pulitzer prizes were for the first time awarded to Internet-based news sources, with Sheri Fink of ProPublica awarded the prize for investigative reporting and Flash artist Mark Fiore awarded the prize for cartooning.
- George Allen Rakers, a prominent anti-homosexual activist, was caught hiring a male prostitute.
- The Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon is planning to sell the Washington Times.
- A college student who hacked into Sarah Palin's email account was convicted of felony obstruction of justice for deleting evidence of the act from his hard drive.
- The Guardian reports that "a growing number of Britons are answering the call to jihad in Somalia" and joining al-Shabaab.
- , president of the student body of the California State University campus in Chico, survived a knife attack that was brought on by his skin colour.
- Meryl Yourish compares the words of John Mearshimer to those of Charles Lindbergh and Charles Coughlin in the 1930s.
- Swedish Press Subsidies Council member Martin Ahlquist has resigned in protest of the government board's funding of racist newspaper Nationell Idag. It seems the government board is not permitted to consider the contents of the newspapers that apply for funding.
- Sean Foley discusses the state pf womens' rights in Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries.
- Livejournal user jblaque has a list of ways people in the U.S.A.'s Gulf of Mexico region can respond to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Some bigoted jackass in Virginia decided to let every driver on the interstate know that he is a bigoted jackass by having a Confederate flag painted on his truck's rear window and a photograph of the September 11 attacks painted on the back with a message blaming the attacks on "Islam" in general. This should be offensive to just about anybody, but Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch was offended that anybody was offended. Spencer's line of reasoning is that anything said by the Muslim Brotherhood front group Council on American-Islamic Relations must be wrong -- if CAIR is against it, he is for it -- and so the truck driver must not be racist or bigoted at all. He also adds a jab at Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs who had nothing to do with this story but has vocally opposed Spencer's association with white supremacist organizations.
Regardless the disparagement of Islam, the Confederate flag in the window is all the proof needed to condemn the truck owner as a racist. Like how the Sykes Hejaz / Arab Nation flag is used in Israel, the Confederate flag is the banner of fascist racial supremacy enforced by the lynch mob. The Confederate flag, as the symbol of the Ku Klux Klan, gained prominence in the 1950s as a response to the civil rights movement and as a sign of support for the systematic oppression of minorities in the old South and the terrorist tactics used to maintain the racist system. The flag's display is a sign that a person is either a racist or an idiot. If there are any lingering doubts about the truck driver's state of mind, his Facebook profile is enlightening. Quoting Brigid Schulte of the Washington Post:
According to [Douglas] Story's profile, his favorite book is by [former Ku Klux Klan leader] David Duke. He likes to listen to White Power Metal. Under his Contact Info, he links to the New Saxons website, which advertises itself as "An online community for whites by whites." A web banner for the National Socialist Movement emblazoned with a Nazi swastika marches across the top of the page.
Only three Jihad Watch commenters got it right before the truck owner's Facebook profile hit the web, so kudos to Guy DeWhitney, Bobbie, and Abiramis. The rest should be ashamed of theirselves. Spencer is still on record having concluded for a fact that this man is not a racist, and he has yet to issue a correction as of this writing on the 2nd of May, four days after the original post and three days after the truck driver's Facebook profile hit Gawker. [Edit May 22: Spencer has since updated the page with a correction dated April 30. I don't remember seeing it there before, but I may have missed it in my last review of the page after writing this.]
So Spencer is wrong in fact and is unable to see bigotry when it is right in front of his eyes, but there is also another issue which appears here. Osama bin Laden recruits from the Muslim population by claiming that jihadist terrorism is the true form of Islam. This truck driver and Robert Spencer agree.
- Alan Johnson of Dissent writes on the dissonance between anti-immigrant proletarians and universalist Labour Party leaders. A similar effect hit the Democrats in the U.S.A. during the 1990s.
- Paul Campos of the Daily Beast notes that retiring U.S.A. Supreme Court Justice Paul Stevens is a centrist Republican, and calls on President Obama to appoint an actual liberal in his place.
- The U.S.A. is demanding that Pakistan stop throwing accused terrorists in secret prisons without trial the way the U.S.A. does, and that Iraq stop torturing such prisoners in secret prisons the way the U.S.A. did in Iraq.
- Steve Chapman of Reason Magazine discusses Arizona's anti-immigration law.
- Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of California has called for the deportation of U.S. citizens who are children of undocumented aliens.
- The Arizona iced tea company wants customers to know that they had nothing to do with the state of Arizona's new anti-immigration law, and the iced tea company is not even from the state of Arizona.
- Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic notes that American "conservatives" are insane.
- John Mearshimer, co-author of the book The Israel Lobby which was used by anti-semites to resurrect the image of the mythical all-powerful Jew Lobby, is becoming an extreme anti-semite himself.
- British man David Bond tried to drop off the information grid but was tracked and caught by detectives in 18 days.
- Reason Magazine notes that General Motors has not paid back all $50 billion in government loans "in full and ahead of schedule" as claimed, but has paid back one $7 billion loans from the funds of another $13 billion loan.
- May 1st is International Labour Day.
- The Washington Post reports on the jailing of Venezuelan judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni for ordering the release of an opposition figure who had been jailed without a hearing for three years.
- A Brazilian judge has fined Google for allowing an anonymous poster to insult a user of the social networking service Orkut.
- Al-Shabaab is advancing into territory previously held by pirate gangs.
- An Arizona truck driver was handcuffed and jailed on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant after providing two legally valid forms of identification.
- Media Matters has a short list of recent Fox News ethics scandals.
- Massachusetts has passed a law requiring companies to encrypt all identifying information about their customers.
- Canadian science fiction writer Peter Watts was fined $1,628 for being beaten by U.S. border police after asking why he was stopped. A jury following the judge's instructions determined this to be resisting an officer in his duties under Michigan law. The good news is that Watts avoids jail time after having been threatened with two years in jail.
- San Francisco network administrator Terry Childs was convicted of felony computer tampering for refusing to give supervisors passwords to the routers controlling the city's fiber network.
- British Trades Union Congress representative Tony Greenstein condemned the National Union of Students' Anti-Racism and Anti-Fascism Campaign co-founder Lucianne Berger as "racist to the core" and endorsed a former member of the neo-Nazi British National Front as an alternate candidate.
- Dave Rich of the Community Security Trust has written a three-part series on the National Front's alliance with Iranian and Libyan jihadis during the 1980s:
- djm4 has begun a series of posts on "Why I am a Liberal Democrat":
- Silicon Shamon pulls together two articles about the rich getting richer during the current economic depression and concludes that the depression is intentional. Interesting suggestion; needs investigation. Preferably by people with subpoena power.
- David Hazony of Commentary writes about the censorship of South Park.
- Muslim blogger Irshad Manji references the recent censorship of South Park to draw attention to a petition to oppose the threats to assassinate herself and eleven other liberals who signed a manifesto opposing threats to assassinate the Jyllands-Posten cartoonists.
- An elite U.S. science panel warned about the greenhouse effect in 1979.
Fair warning: these are all single-sourced to one English-language Turkish newspaper which seems clearly to be against the ruling Adalet ve Kalkinma (Justice and Development) Party.
- Turkey's Parliament has passed a set of Constitutional reforms.
I have yet to find a simple list of the reforms.
- Another Hurriyet article describes the reforms as allowing public employees the right to unionize, preventing employers from restricting workers' freedom of speech in the workplace, and allowing judicial review of military dismissals.
- The Financial Times describes the reforms as a means for the ruling party to stay in power.
- The New York Times vaguely discusses the reforms.
- Turkey's Revolutionary Socialist party supports the reforms as an anti-military measure.
- Burak Bekdil of Hurriyet says one of the reforms will reduce the independence of the judiciary.
legislature has passed a law requiring police to ask all stopped people for
their papers. The bill was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer on Friday.
- Democratic Party activist Maria Cardona notes that the law will make criminal suspects of all Latinos, "many of whose families have been in Arizona even before Arizona was part of the United States".
- Doug Mataconis notes the Tea Party's support for the bill with the headline: "Anti-Government" Tea Partiers Support Massive Expansion Of Police Power
- Thailand's Red Shirt revolution is expanding into the countryside.
- The head of Pakistan's largest university was beaten by right-wing theocrats after expelling some of them for violence.
- In the U.S., Republicans are engaging in a partisan purge of Democrats from the anti-abortion movement.
- The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law against recording video of cruelty to animals.
- Bolivia's President Evo Morales says that eating European food will make men bald and eating chicken will make men homosexual.
- Two from Radley Balko on Virginia police secrecy and the negative legacy of recently deceased Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates.
- Egyptian feminist Nawal el Sawaadi is interviewed in the Guardian.
- Nate Anderson of Ars Technica discusses the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
- Television station Comedy Central censored references to the Prophet Mohammed from an episode of the irreverent cartoon South Park.
- The city of New York stole hundreds of bicycles in advance of a visit by the U.S. President.
- In Maryland, a speeding motorcyclist was charged with wire-tapping after posting a photograph to the Internet of a police officer drawing a gun on him.
- A police officer trainee in New Jersey was attacked and beaten by police after they mistook him for a burglary suspect.
- A Seattle computer hacker found that police withheld evidence in his arrest for refusing to show identification papers.
- Haibane gives an example of what Internet service may soon look like without legislation requiring network neutrality.
- Womens' rights activist Gita Saghal has resigned in protest of
Amnesty International's support for the Taliban. Related links,
some from earlier posts:
- Saghal reports that Amnesty is also ending its Stop Violence Against Women campaign.
- Amnesty International head Claudio Cordone endorsed "defensive jihad", which outraged Indian human rights organizations who know what the phrase "defensive jihad" means in context.
- Habibi at Harry's Place discusses Amnesty's alliance with al-Qaeda support group CagePrisoners, which does not only oppose the infinite detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay but supports al-Qaeda's jihadist ideology.
- In 2009, Amnesty International attached its name and reputation to a cut-and-paste job of Hamas propaganda.
- Algerian feminist Marieme Helie Lucas claims that Amnesty International supported fundamentalists against feminists in the 1970s.
- Most of the current economic recovery in the United States of America is in the financial sector.
- A U.S. judge declared the establishment by Congress of a National Day of Prayer to be illegal.
- Massey Energy has threatened to fire any workers who attend the funerals of employees who were killed in a mining disaster in West Virginia.
- Al-Shabaab has threatened "Islamic justice" against any school in Somalia that rings a bell, because school bells remind them of church bells.
- Catherine Wentworth translates signs held by Thai Red Shirt protesters.
- Ian O'Doherty of the Irish Independent reports that the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is spending worker dues to promote anti-semitism.
- A poll of over 1000 "Tea Party" supporters finds a large number of Glenn Beck-watching George W. Bush supporters who don't like Barack Obama and cannot explain why.
- The U.S. has filed felony charges against high-ranking National Security Agency official Thomas Drake for leaking information to Baltimore Sun reporter Siobhan Gorman.
- The National Center for Lesbian Rights is filing suit on behalf of Clay Greene of Sonoma County, California, an elderly man "in good health" who was forcibly interned in a nursing home and had his home and possessions sold by the government after his homosexual partner fell ill.
- Britain's third party, the Liberal Democrats, are doing well in polls after a recent debate, but stand no chance to take a plurality of Parliament seats even if they win a plurality of votes.
- British author J. K. Rowling blasts Conservative politics.
- Barry Rubin fact-checks former U.S. President William Clinton on the Arab-Israeli peace process.
- The Waqf is once again digging on the Temple Mount while denying access to archaeologists.
- The New Orleans police department shot and killed a man after his wife called the emergency line for medical assistance. Additional coverage by WVUE and WDSU.
- A Connecticut schoolteacher has resigned in protest of his school's refusal to allow him to teach evolution.
- Studies suggest that people with the genetic disorder Williams Syndrome do not form racial stereotypes.
- British science writer Simon Singh has won his libel defense for saying that it is "bogus" to claim that all ailments may be cured by chiropracty.
- British Member of Parliament Khalid Mahmood accuses other trustees of the North London Central Mosque of forging his signature on legal documents. This mosque is same as the former Finsbury Park Mosque which was once led by al-Qaeda supporter Abu Hamza and held the "Magnificent Nineteen" celebration on the first anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in 2002.
- Ta-Nehesi Coates discusses the influence of slavery on the American Civil War.
- Former U.S. Congressman Tom Tancredo told a Tea Party rally to send U.S. President Barack Obama "back" to Africa. Obama is Hawaiian.
- Adam Savage of television's Mythbusters spoke about his atheism in a speech to the Harvard Humanism Society.
- The U.S. National Science Foundation has stopped reporting statistics on the proportion of people who believe in evolution and the Big Bang Theory.
- The health insurance reform law that was recently passed in the United States of America appears to strip Congressmen of their health insurance through 2014.
- Nebraska has passed two anti-abortion laws. LB594, requiring that women seeking an abortion have their sanity questioned, passed on a 40-9 vote, while LB1103, restricting abortions to the first twenty weeks of pregnancy, passed on a vote of 44-5.
- Two on drug-related violence in Mexico:
- Background on the violence in Thailand:
- A plane crash killed a large fraction of the Polish leadership and dozens of dignitaries who were on a ceremonial mission to recognize the Katyn Forest Massacre of 1940.
- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the jailing of a judge for releasing a political opponent of his who had been jailed before trial for longer than Venezuelan law allows.
- The Service Employees International Union is forming a new party in North Carolina.
- The British Army placed replica mosques on a firing range. Strangely, the Daily Mail has the best coverage of this story that I've found, with fellow worthless tabloid the Mirror adding a picture of the range in use. The mainstream sources seem to consider this a non-story.
- Israel is pressing espionage charges against soldier Anat Kam who
sent Army documents to Ha'aretz journalist Uri Blau. Also:
- Blau has fled the country and Israel has imposed a gag order on the press.
- Lisa Goldman of the Forward reports on the state censorship order.
- Yossi Melman of Ha'aretz questions the severity of the charges.
- Dmitry Reider of Ha'aretz has translated the indictment against Kam.
- The Forward has a statement from Blau who says the case regards published reports of his that had been approved by military censors.
- There is a revolution in progress in Kyrgyzstan. The motive of the rebels is reported as purely political, to remove and replace the current government with an opposition party, and the immediate trigger is said to be an energy crisis that caused prices to triple.
- Adam Skaggs of the New Republic notes the increasing influence of interest money in judicial elections in the United States of America. With regard to
the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United versus the Federal Election
Commission, the magazine's web site asks
"Did We Just Make it Legal to Bribe Judges?"
- To answer the question of who elects judges, the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service reported that "Thirty-nine states elect judges at some level" as of 1995.
- Wikileaks has released a video in which U.S. forces kill medical aid
workers in Iraq. This is likely the content which led government
spooks to track Wikileaks operators.
- Related: The U.S. found a Kalishnakov and a rocket-propelled grenade at the scene, which disputes a common claim claims that the killed were all unarmed.
- A U.S. Central Intelligence Agency group called "Red Cell" was caught advising European governments to produce propaganda in support of the war against the Taliban.
- A U.S. court has stripped the Federal Communications Commission of its authority to regulate Internet service providers.
- Melanie Phillips discusses the current levels of anti-semitism in mainstream English discourse.
- Forbes Magazine notes how the richest corporations in the U.S. practice tax evasion.
- Haitian refugees who were invited to the United States by U.S. officials were then jailed by other U.S. officials.
- The West Virginia mine which collapsed on Monday, killing twenty-five workers, had accumulated scores of safety rule infractions.
- Der Speigel writes that scores of Germans are joining the Taliban.
- An extraordinarily well-armed and prepared al-Qaeda cell assassinated over two dozen enemies in the village of Sufiya, Iraq. The government of Iraq claims to have captured most of the attackers.
- Turkey has arrested four generals and fifteen other military officers in the Ergenekon investigation.
- The Supreme Court of New Jersey found that employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy for cached copies of personal e-mails on an employer's computer.
- France is removing its military forces from Senegal.
- Two on the U.S. banking crisis:
- A Wisconsin prosecutor is threatening criminal charges against teachers who teach state-mandated sexual education courses.
- Matt Taibbi reports on corruption in Birmingham, Alabama.
- A sixth grade girl in New York City was arrested by police for scribbling on her desk, and her family is now suing the school for one million dollars.
- The current economic depression in the U.S. is the worst in terms of job losses since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
- Paul Anderson of City University London reports that opposition to al-Qaeda is being portrayed as "islamophobia".
- Cable News Network is trying to manufacture a new controversy over the years-old pornographic video game Rapelay.
- Photoshopped Conservative campaign posters.
- Well-funded jihadists are overthrowing the Muslim authorities in Bosnia. The Sunday Times blames "Saudis" but is not clear on whether the Saudi government or individual donors are most responsible. Those with long memories might recall that many mosques in Bosnia had already been taken over by the Iranians to promote jihad in the early 1990s.
- The United States officially rejects Britain's hundreds-years-old claim to the Falkland Islands.
- U.S. newscaster Rachel Maddow notes that much of what Republicans are standing for is complete fabrication.
- Two remaining members of the Saïd Buryatsky's jihad organization launched a suicide attack on Moscow's subways, killing 38.
- The Taliban is training children of middle school age and younger to be suicide bombers.
- U.S. Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman have proposed granting the Defense Secretary and Attorney General the authority to jail anyone permanently without a trial.
- Azerbaijan has accused eight people of planning a jihad attack against a kindergarten.
- Four politicians in Iraq's secularist party have been charged with involvement in terrorism, but the charges may be politically motivated.
- The Christian militia Hutaree in Michigan has been accused of planning to assassinate an unnamed "law enforcement official".
- The Sunday Times is among the first mainstream sources to report on the long history of anti-Israel partisanship by the top executives of the Middle East division of Human Rights Watch but buries the story on the fourth page.
- In Toronto, government-funded "anti-war" "peace activists" shouted
"We love jihad! We love killing you!" and threw pennies at Jews protesting
- Related: The Jewish protest was organized by the Jewish Defense League which is itself a right-wing terrorist organization.
- The U.S. government under the Bush Administration refused to enforce laws against Pfizer because it would be too damaging to the corporation's profits.
- The Seychelles Islands are actively fighting piracy off the Somalian coast, while British ships are on patrol but under orders to do nothing about it.
- A three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found no fault in the police tasering a woman resisting an unlawful arrest. The judges in the majority were Cynthia Holcomb Hall and Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, both appointed by Ronald Reagan.
- Police in Needham, Massachusetts have filed criminal charges against a thirteen-year-old boy for owning a pocketknife.
- U.S. ambassador nominee Robert Ford fails to see how Syrian-armed and Syrian-funded instability in the Middle East serves Syrian interests.
- Meryl Yourish notes Obama's diplomatic failures in the Middle East.
- South Asian human rights groups are accusing Amnesty International secretary Claudio Cordone of officially endorsing "defensive" jihad. This accusation has no confirmation but the terminology is notable because to the jihadists, almost any jihad can be justified as "defensive" jihad.
- Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal notes the influence of Sayyid Qutb's
xenophobia in the Muslim right.
- Related: The Power of Nightmares.
- U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson opposes basing additional U.S. soldiers in Guam because their weight might cause the island to "tip over and capsize".
- Wikileaks organizers report being followed by U.S. State Department officials, with one Wikileaks organizer "detained for 22 hours".
- In the U.S., Democrats have been the target of numerous death threats and acts of vandalism since passing a health insurance reform act.
- The Texas Board of Education revised its list of Enlightenment philosophers who influenced the revolutions after 1750 to remove Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, and replace him with theologists John Calvin and St. Thomas Aquinas.
- Steven Emerson reports that a U.S. House of Representatives session on "Working with Communities to Disrupt Terror Plots" is infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization.
- Venezuelan politician Oswaldo Alvarez Paz has been jailed for alleging that the government allows drug trafficing to take place in the country. Also, Venezuela arrested Globovision chief officer Guilliermo Zuloaga who is described as "the last opposition television owner" in Venezuela.
- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Armenians of commiting genocide upon the Turkish population of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and 1895. Every history I've read said it went the other way around.
- An Ecuador court sentenced El Universo columnist Emilio Palacio to three years of prison for insulting National Finance Corporation chief Camilo Saman.
- Fox News host Glenn Beck told viewers to boycott any church that practices Christianity.
- The New Yorker profiles U.S. Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, the centrist Republican who happens to be the least conservative member of the court.
- The U.S. supermarket tabloid New York Post claims that a 6-year-old returning from an Islamic school in Ireland learned that all Christians are going to hell and how to fire a gun and build pipe bombs to send them there.
- The Guardian's online censorship of pro-Israel comments, anti-terrorist comments, and historically accurate comments reached ridiculous levels leading to the transfer of executive comment editor Georgina Henry. Multiple problems here are that it lasted this long, it reached this extreme, and it is still ongoing.
- Cable News Network is promoting the racist myth of the all-powerful Jew Lobby.
- Saudi Arabia sentenced a Lebanese television psychic to death for sorcery after he entered the country to attend the Haj.
- A Pakistani Christian man was set on fire and his wife was raped by the police because he refused to convert to Islam.
- A short summary of the U.S. health care debate.
- The Attorneys General of the states of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, and Washington have sued the U.S. government in an attempt to void sections of the recently passed health insurance reform bill as unconstitutional.
- The Socialist Party U.S.A. opposes the health insurance reform bill.
- The American Enterprise Institute fired David Frum, the former speech writer for George W. Bush and the inventor of the "axis of evil" phrase, apparently for saying that the Republican Party's failure to stop the health care bill was the Republican Party's "most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s" and for condemning the right wing's takeover of the Republican Party.
- The full text of the formerly secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
treaty has leaked onto the Internet. Related links:
- Jack Goldsmith and Larry Lessig argue that the Obama administration's desire to adopt the ACTA treaty without Senate approval is unconstitutional.
- Andrew Moshirnia also discusses the notion of "executive agreements".
- Michael Geist says that ACTA may replace the World Intellectual Property Organization.
- Arctic seabed methane is venting into the atmosphere at a faster rate. This could lead to a feedback cycle that will exacerbate global warming.
- Muslim militia massacred the entire populations of three Christian villages near Jos, Nigera.
- Leaked C.I.A. documents show the U.S. torture program was carefully coordinated.
- A Pennsylvania woman of unspecified European descent has been charged with attempting to assassinate Swedish cartoonish Lars Vilks as part of a Jihadist plot.
- Russia blames last November's train bombing on the jihadist organization of by Alexander Tikhomirov, also known as Saïd Buryatsky, who was recently killed in a battle with the Russian military.
- A few items on Turkey:
- "How embarassing should it be for this country that Iran puts its officials on trial for torture and we don't?"
- Indian secular humanists Innaiah Narisetti, Subba Rao, and Macha Laxmaiah have been arrested for writing a book that contains excerpts from Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses and one of the Jyllands-Posten Mohammed cartoons.
- Americans United for the Separation of Church and State reports on Ohio public school teacher John Freshwater, a Christian fanatic who taught Creationism in science class and burned crosses into students' arms.
- The District of Colombia branch of Catholic Charities has ceased giving employees spousal benefits so that they do not risk ever giving such benefits to a homosexual couple.
- The New York Times reports on defectors from Scientology.
- Police in Colombus, Missouri broke into a man's house and shot his dogs to recover "a small amount of marijuana".
- Police in Putnam, Indiana took a man's money on the grounds that he might possibly use it to buy drugs in the future. After more than a year of lawsuits, Putnam County Judge David Polk ordered the police to return the money but the man will not be reimbursed for his legal costs.
- National Public Radio lists several times when the Congressional process of reconciliation has been used in the past thirty years to push forward health care legislation.
[Edit 2010/05/08: fixed Cuccinelli's name.]
- Terrorists have attacked polling stations in Iraq.
- The U.S. is giving the Somalians military assistance against al-Shabaab. Shabaab routed the Ethiopian forces that the U.S. sent against them a few years ago.
- Fallujah, Iraq reports a sharp rise in birth defects since the battle there in 2004.
- The Foreign Affairs committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 23-22 to condemn the Ottoman Empire for acts of genocide against Armenians during the First World War.
- Guatemala's heads of internal security and drug control have been charged with crimes related to illegal drug trafficing.
- Scott Horton of Harper's Magazine relays law professor Michael Frisch's description of how the Yoo/Bybee torture memo investigation is a cover-up.
- Some of the money from the Live Aid charity concerts of 1985 went to fund arms for Ethiopian rebels.
- Elizabeth Green of the New York Times discusses the difficulty of understanding how to be a good teacher.
- Brian Doherty at Reason Magazine discusses the McDonald v. Chicago handgun case.
- Michael Weiss at Reason Magazine lists five varieties of bad political thinking.
- In the U.S., the Republican Party is outraged that the Department of Justice has hired lawyers who stood against Bush's abuses of power regarding Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. One of the very few things that George W. Bush got right was that far-right Islamic terrorists "hate us for our freedoms"; ironically, the same can be said of the far-right Republican Party. The Republicans are condemning as traitors those lawyers who defended the principles of American freedom when these principles came under attack by the Bush Administration. As a further irony, this nonsense will be cited to discredit anyone who has a rational concern about actual terrorist infiltration of the U.S. government.
- U.K. Enviornment Minister Jim Fitzpatrick accuses the Islamic Forum of Europe of being pro-Sharia and infiltrating the Labour Party.
- A Pakistani Christian was sentenced to life imprisonment for sending blasphemous text messages to random Muslims.
- Abu Sayyaf killed 11 in an attack on a village on Basilan island in the Philippines.
- Jewish nationalists attempted to visit a synagogue in Jericho until expelled by Israeli police; National Union spokesman Itamar Ben-Gvir called for explusion of the Arabs.
- The U.S. has accused electronics manufacturers Samsung, Sony, Lucky Goldstar, Hitachi, and Toshiba of collusion.
- A German court declared that data retention laws are an illegal infringement on privacy.
- University College London's inquiry into Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appears to be compromised.
- The Stop the War Coalition gives its support to the claim that Israeli rescue workers in Haiti are kidnapping and killing children to steal their organs.
- A hospital in the District of Colombia fired several employees who were unable to reach the hospital during a snowstorm. At least two of the fired workers were near retirement.
- The Church of Scientology is paying veteran journalists Russel Carollo, Christopher Szechenyi, and Steve Weinberg to write a hit piece on the Saint Petersburg Times.
- After an atheist group met with White House staff, Fox News reporter Sean Hannity falsely claimed that "religious groups have not received this kind of treatment from the Obama White House." This comes a few days after Obama personally met the Dalai Lama, a high-profile event that brought a rebuke from China.
- The advocacy group Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has accused Jerry Falwell's Liberty University of endorsing a political candidate, which non-profit organizations are not allowed to do.
- The Rabbinical Alliance of America, claiming to represent over 1,000 Jewish priests, blames homosexuals for the Haiti earthquake, the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the September 11 attacks.
- British writer and libel defendant Simon Singh discusses Britain's libel laws.
- The Daily Mail claims that a British farmer was fined for not having electric lights in his barn.
- New Mexico's bureaucracy cost a man $700 in telephone fees to collect an unemployment cheque.
- During the 1920s, the U.S. government poisoned the industrial alcohol supply to kill drinkers breaking Prohibition.
- Paul Drye writes about the U.S. experience with anarchist terrorism in the early 20th century.
- This flowchart explains one of the reasons why copyright infringement is an attractive alternative to buying DVDs.
- The Israeli embassy in Spain has been inundated with hundreds of letters from schoolchildren falsely accusing Israel of murdering civilians. The obvious conclusion is that Spanish children are being indoctrinated in terrorist propaganda.
- British rescue workers left a woman to die because they were under orders not to use their equipment on the general public.
- Texas has posthumously pardoned Tim Cole, a college student who was wrongly convicted of rape in 1986 and died in prison in 1999.
- Khadaffi called for a jihad against Switzerland.
- The secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement leaked onto the Internet.
- A New Orleans police officer pled guilty to obstruction of justice in the shooting of Hurricane Katrina refugees at Danziger Bridge.
- John Young's Cryptome.org was shut down by Microsoft under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
- California's Alcoholic Beverage Control is launching a crackdown on bartenders who mix drinks.
- The city of Oakland, California forbid police officers from issuing parking tickets in rich neighbourhoods.
- The U.S. government has awarded Facebook a patent on the news feed.
- Ed Brayton notes that the John Birch Society is in the Republican Party mainstream.
- Animal rights activists threatened to harass the children of former animal researcher Dario Ringach, a participant in a public discussion of animal research at the University of California in Los Angeles.
- The Economist calls out the lie going around that claims global warming stopped in 1995, when in fact records show a continuing warming.