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Military Opinion / DADT has been repealed
« on: December 18, 2010, 10:01:37 PM »
In a historic vote for gay rights, the Senate agreed on Saturday to do away with the military's 17-year ban on openly gay troops and sent President Barack Obama legislation to overturn the Clinton-era policy known as "don't ask, don't tell."
Obama was expected to sign the bill into law next week, although changes to military policy probably wouldn't take effect for at least several months. Under the bill, the president and his top military advisers must first certify that lifting the ban won't hurt troops' ability to fight. After that, the military would undergo a 60-day wait period.
Repeal would mean that, for the first time in American history, gays would be openly accepted by the armed forces and could acknowledge their sexual orientation without fear of being kicked out.
More than 13,500 service members have been dismissed under the 1993 law.
"It is time to close this chapter in our history," Obama said in a statement. "It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed."
The Senate voted 65-31 to pass the bill, with eight Republicans siding with 55 Democrats and two independents in favor of repeal. The House had passed an identical version of the bill, 250-175, earlier this week.

National Political Opinion / gop: Screw 9/11 responders
« on: December 10, 2010, 10:22:48 PM »
The gop screwed 9/11 responders yesterday. If they aren't going to look out for people directly dying from their heroics on 9/11, who are they going to look out for?

Religion Opinion / The Pope Endorses Condoms and Male Prostitutes?
« on: November 20, 2010, 09:25:39 PM »
Pope Benedict XVI said in a new book that it is ok for male prostitutes to wear condoms to stop the spread of HIV, but he still holds on to the belief that it isn't ok for a married couple to use a condom even when one of the partners is infected.

Military Opinion / Who is ready to get pwned tonight?
« on: November 08, 2010, 09:50:30 PM »

National Political Opinion / Wonderful Tea Party
« on: October 28, 2010, 06:05:34 AM »

More video of Rand Paul Thugs Stomping Democratic Woman

Tim Proffitt asks Lauren Valle for an apology

The Tea Party Head Stomper Tim Profitt, the man behind the white sneaker that notoriously stomped on Lauren Valle's head sought to play down the importance of the incident Tuesday, and went so far as to ask the victim for an apology.

''I don't think it's that big of a deal,'' Profitt told WKYT.

''I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you.''

While the victim, Lauren Valle, said Tuesday that she believed the campaign workers violent reaction to her presence there was ''premeditated,''

''She's a professional at what she does,'' Profitt said, ''and I think when all the facts come out, I think people will see that she was the one that initiated the whole thing.''

He then blamed the forceful downward motion of his foot on the head of Valle as a function of chronic back pain, a claim he has made before.

'' I put my foot on her, and I did push her down at the very end, and I told her to stay down. I actually put my foot on her to--I couldn't bend over because I have issues with my back,'' Profitt said.

It was also reported that Michael Grossman, a 60 year old man from Kentucky was also attacked and thrown to the ground about the same time.

For all the deniers, here are the pictures, and you can plainly see Profitt's foot on her head, as he claims is a result of his chronic back problem, Wonderful Tea Party.

National Political Opinion / March to Keep Fear Alive
« on: October 06, 2010, 12:58:42 AM »

March to Keep Fear Alive
America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man, was built on three bedrock principles: Freedom. Liberty. And Fear — that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty. But now, there are dark, optimistic forces trying to take away our Fear — forces with salt and pepper hair and way more Emmys than they need. They want to replace our Fear with reason. But never forget — “Reason” is just one letter away from “Treason.” Coincidence? Reasonable people would say it is, but America can’t afford to take that chance.
So join The Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A. on October 30th for the “March to Keep Fear Alive“™ in Washington DC. Pack an overnight bag with five extra sets of underwear — you’re going to need them. Because, to Restore Truthiness we must always… Shh!!! What’s that sound?! I think there’s someone behind you! Run!

National Political Opinion / Rally to Restore Sanity
« on: October 05, 2010, 11:20:51 PM »

Rally to Restore Sanity
“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?
Seriously, who?
Because we’re looking for those people. We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.

 Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.
Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement; the Million Man March, only a lot smaller, and a bit less of a sausage fest; or the Gathering of the Juggalos, but instead of throwing our feces at Tila Tequila, we’ll be actively *not* throwing our feces at Tila Tequila. Join us in the shadow of the Washington Monument. And bring your indoor voice. Or don’t. If you’d rather stay home, go to work, or drive your kids to soccer practice… Actually, please come anyway. Ask the sitter if she can stay a few extra hours, just this once. We’ll make it worth your while.

National Political Opinion / Christian Identity
« on: July 18, 2010, 12:12:58 AM »
Below is a cut and paste I thought some of you crazy, gun toting, right-wing, fundamentalist christians might like to read. It cracked me up.
In what it calls an effort to prepare it’s officers for the possibility of violence against police or government from Militia groups, the state of Missouri has prepared a document through the Missouri Information Analysis Center and disseminated it to Highway Patrol (DPS) officers.
The document should be of concern to Christians. Why? It seems that the word Christian is used in the document with regards to radicals, or what is termed “extreme right wing circles” and is used in the document under the header of “Christian Identity”.
Some or the red flags mentioned in the document include political bumper stickers for third-party candidates, such as U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, who ran for president last year; talk of conspiracy theories, such as the plan for a superhighway linking Canada to Mexico; and possession of subversive literature. In one case recently in another state, a woman refused to identify herself at a “random” traffic checkpoint and was arrested. While searching her car, an officer found a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution and called her a radical.
I consider myself to be a Fundamental (Evangelical) Christian, and I am not part of a Militia, but the way the document is written and the warnings that are embedded in it, would give one the idea that you could be a threat to Law Enforcement in Missouri just because you subscribe to some of the listed ideals in the document.
Listed under “Additional motivators for militia activity” are the following:
Ammunition Accountability Act
Anticipation of the economic collapse of the U.S. Government
The possibility of a Constitutional Convention
The “North American Union” NAU
Universal Service Program (Obama)
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID Chips)
But the one that bears most concern for Christians, specifically “Fundamental or Evangelical” Christians is the information listed under “Ideologies”, where Christians are mentioned. However, the information regarding “Christian Identity” is so far off base about Fundamental Christians that it’s ludicrous.
Here’s what it says:
Christian Identity: Religious ideology popular in extreme right-wing circles. Adherents believe that whites of European descent can be traced back to the “Lost Tribes of Israel.” Many consider Jews to be the satanic offspring of Eve and the Serpent, while non-whites are “mud people” created before Adam and Eve."

Maynard posted:
These are troubling times.
This was written by a woman born in Egypt as a Muslim.  This is not heresy.
Make sure you read the paragraph (in red) towards the end.

Joys of Muslim Women
by Nonie Darwish
In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child, consummating the marriage by 9.  The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.
 Even though a woman is abused, she can not obtain a divorce.
To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.
Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry.  The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives 'at will' and the man does not have to say why he has beaten her.
 The husband is permitted to have 4 wives and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.
 The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.
 In the Western World ( America ) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her.  It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.
 By passing this on, enlightened American women may avoid becoming a slave under Shariah Law.
Ripping the West in Two
Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.
 She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.
 Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza   before immigrating to America in 1978, when she was eight years old. Her father died while leading covert attacks on  Israel .  He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza ..
 When he died, he was considered a "shahid," a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.
 But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.
 In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping sharia law - what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.
 For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed. Westerners generally assume all religions encourage a respect for the dignity of each individual.  Islamic law (Sharia) teaches that non-Muslims should be subjugated or killed in this world.
 Peace and prosperity for one's children is not as important as assuring that Islamic law rules everywhere in the Middle East and eventually in the world.
 While Westerners tend to think that all religions encourage some form of the golden rule, Sharia teaches two systems of ethics - one for Muslims and another for non-Muslims. Building on tribal practices of the seventh century, Sharia encourages the side of humanity that wants to take from and subjugate others.
 While Westerners tend to think in terms of religious people developing a personal understanding of and relationship with God, Sharia advocates executing people who ask difficult questions that could be interpreted as criticism.
 It's hard to imagine, that in this day and age, Islamic scholars agree that those who criticize Islam or choose to stop being Muslim should be executed. Sadly, while talk of an Islamic reformation is common and even assumed by many in the West, such murmurings in the Middle Eastare silenced through intimidation.
 While Westerners are accustomed to an increase in religious tolerance over time, Darwish explains how petro dollars are being used to grow an extremely intolerant form of political Islam in her native Egypt and elsewhere.
In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the President by themselves! Rest assured they will do so... You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA .. Dearborn Mich. is one... and there are others...
I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!
 It is too bad that so many are disillusioned with life and Christianity to accept Muslims as peaceful.. some may be but they have an army that is willing to shed blood in the name of Islam.. the peaceful support the warriors with their finances and own kind of patriotism to their religion. ****While America is getting rid of Christianity from all public sites and erasing God from the lives of children the Muslims are planning a great jihad on America ... ***** ***** *

Tell us your favorite Joke / Jokes I found today at work
« on: June 01, 2010, 01:30:38 AM »
On their way to getting married, a young couple is involved in a fatal car accident. They find themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates, waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven. While waiting, they begin to wonder: Could they possibly get married in Heaven? When St. Peter shows up, they ask him. St. Peter says, 'I don't know. This is the first time anyone has asked that. Let me go and find out,' and he leaves.

The couple sit and wait, and wait. Two months pass and the couple is still waiting. As they wait, they discuss that if they were allowed to get married in Heaven, what was the eternal aspect of it all. 'What if it doesn't work?' they wondered. 'Are we stuck together forever?'

After yet another month, St. Peter finally returns, looking somewhat bedraggled. 'Yes,' he informs the couple, 'you can get married in Heaven.'

'Great!' says the couple, 'But we were just wondering, what if things don't work out? Can we also get a divorce in Heaven?'

St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slams his clipboard onto the ground.

'What's wrong?' ask the frightened couple.

'OH, COME ON!' St. Peter shouts, 'It took me three months to find a priest up here! Do you have any idea how long it'll take me to find a lawyer?'

Anyone out there know of any decent month to month housing for a military family? They just got here and are looking for a place for to live while they wait for on post housing to free up.

National Political Opinion / America needs you now.
« on: April 23, 2010, 10:55:08 AM »
American needs you now. Recently South Park has been threatened by an American muslim organization called Revolution Muslim. The islamist group threatened the creators of South Park by declaring that the creators would likely end up like Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch cartoonist murdered for depicting muhammed in a cartoon.

Comedy Central censored the cartoon after the creators turned it in for airing. The creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, have said that Comedy Central is responsible for the censorship, and that they wish to have the unedited version abvailable shortly.

Please support American artists Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Tell American muslims how you really feel. They need to know that they don't want to be in a post 9/11 America threatening some of America's finest. If something happens to the creators of South Park, they need to know there will be some good ol' fashioned American lynch mobs. Ok, that might be a little too far, but I can't believe these dickheads are threating some well loved Americans. Sheesh.

Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Loud air raid warning sound near 28
« on: April 23, 2010, 02:38:16 AM »
On April 22 between the hours of 3 and 4 in the morning there was a loud air raid sound going off for a few minutes near highway 28. I have never heard this sound near my house before. It had to have been a couple ridge lines away, so it must have waken people living closer. There had to have been complaints about it. Does anyone know what it was?

By air raid I mean it sounded like that alarm you seen in movies where someone has to crank it to warn the city of an imminent attack.

State News / Escaped prisoners in Missouri
« on: March 22, 2010, 07:59:42 PM »
NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - The New Madrid County Sheriff's Department is continuing to search for an inmate who escaped over the weekend.
Police say Jermaine Spears, 28, got out of his cell early Saturday morning, made it to the recreational yard, and then climbed over the wall by using an extension cord.
Spears was discovered missing around 3 in the morning and is thought to be headed to the Blytheville area.
Spears was being held without bond on a first-degree assault charge.
Spears is originally from Steele, Missouri and should be considered dangerous.
If you have any information on Spears' whereabouts, call New Madrid Police immediately.

Provided By: New Madrid Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Religion Opinion / The Four Reasons People Cling To Religion
« on: February 23, 2010, 09:58:59 AM »
The Four Reasons People Cling To Religion
by theBEattitude
Fear is an extremely effective and powerful motivator for human behavior. Which is exactly why virtually every religion operates under a rule system that inflicts horrific punishment upon anyone who doesn’t follow these religious rules. Today, countless people continue to cling to their religious faith because they are afraid of what will happen to them if they don’t. Let’s be honest … if a person even has a hint of belief in Christianity, the threat of burning in a lake of fire for eternity is a pretty convincing reason to keep going to church on Sunday. For people motivated by fear, religion becomes little more than an eternal insurance policy. Believe …  just in case it’s true.
Social Acceptance
Religion plays a major role in cultures throughout the world. In America, around 3/4 of our nation claim to be Christian. So it has become the socially acceptable thing to do. If you are born into a family who practices Islam, you will likely practice Islam. If your parents are Mormons, you’ll likely become a Mormon. If you are born into a Christian family, you guessed it, you’ll likely become a Christian. Doesn’t this seem illogical? Why does a human’s birthplace and family play such a major role in their religious beliefs? Why do these gods allow so many people to live life without knowing the “Truth”? Christians believe 70% of the earth is going to hell and Muslims believe 80% of the earth is going to hell. Socially acceptable or not, you can’t tell me this describes a just and loving god worthy of worship.
Let’s face it … life is tough. People die from horrible diseases. People spend their entire lives suffering from physical and/or metal disabilities. People struggle with addictions. People live without shelter, water or food and die from starvation and disease. Tragedies happen every day to good people. For many, belief in an afterlife gives them hope. Their life on earth may be difficult, but they believe they will be rewarded with eternal happiness in paradise after death. This makes it a little easier to get out of bed each morning.
To Explain The Unknown
No person knows with certainty why we are here and how the universe was formed. I find it exciting that we don’t know everything. There is so much more for humans to learn and I look forward to the discoveries that are to come in my lifetime. For others, the unknown scares them. They need to understand the unknown, and belief in a god helps them do that. If something is unexplained, they believe it is the work of their god. Many call this approach to religion, “god in the gaps”. Others would call it superstition.

Religion Opinion / Christains, why is your God ignorant?
« on: February 16, 2010, 10:01:23 AM »
Why is your God ignorant? Why couldn't he describe his own creations accurately?

Genesis 1:16 "And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also."
If the person who wrote the bible had knowledge given to them by God, why would they inaccurately describe the moon as a light source? Why would they say God made the sun, moon, and also the stars? The sun is a star.
How could God be wrong about so much in one passage? How much more has He been wrong about? Is the Earth really flat as he would have you to believe?
Isaiah 40:22

It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
A circle isn't a sphere. A circle is flat.
Job 38:4

"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone- "
If it were a sphere, shouldn't he have said "Who stretched a measuring line AROUND it? How does a sphere have a cornerstone?

HB 1670 changes the laws regarding the classification of marijuana as a controlled substance and allows the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes under certain conditions. Currently doctors in Missouri can prescribe forms of cocaine, opium, methamphetamine and other highly addictive drugs.
Would you support a bill that gives doctors and patients the freedom to prescribe a relatively safer and non-addictive medicine like marijuana?
Isn't it a limited government view point to legalize medical marijuana? Aren't conservatives for keeping the government out of our lives?

Reports Rovell:
" 'We believe our pitching mechanic in our game is superior to what is out there,' said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. 'So we were brainstorming as to what we could do to give this industry a shot in the arm.'
"They arrived at the $1 million prize.
"When a player starts a game, he or she will be able to go to default settings (including All-Star mode) that will automatically qualify him or her should he pitch the perfect game. If a player accomplishes the feat, a code will pop up and if 2K Sports verifies that the player is the first one to do so, he or she will win the $1 million in a lump sum payment."

Religion Opinion / Penn Jillette "There Is No God"
« on: January 26, 2010, 09:05:24 AM »
I believe that there is no God. I’m beyond atheism. Atheism is not believing in God. Not believing in God is easy — you can’t prove a negative, so there’s no work to do. You can’t prove that there isn’t an elephant inside the trunk of my car. You sure? How about now? Maybe he was just hiding before. Check again. Did I mention that my personal heartfelt definition of the word “elephant” includes mystery, order, goodness, love and a spare tire?
So, anyone with a love for truth outside of herself has to start with no belief in God and then look for evidence of God. She needs to search for some objective evidence of a supernatural power. All the people I write e-mails to often are still stuck at this searching stage. The atheism part is easy.
But, this “This I Believe” thing seems to demand something more personal, some leap of faith that helps one see life’s big picture, some rules to live by. So, I’m saying, “This I believe: I believe there is no God.”
Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life. I’m not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough, but it’s everything in the world and everything in the world is plenty for me. It seems just rude to beg the invisible for more. Just the love of my family that raised me and the family I’m raising now is enough that I don’t need heaven. I won the huge genetic lottery and I get joy every day.
Believing there’s no God means I can’t really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That’s good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.
Believing there’s no God stops me from being solipsistic. I can read ideas from all different people from all different cultures. Without God, we can agree on reality, and I can keep learning where I’m wrong. We can all keep adjusting, so we can really communicate. I don’t travel in circles where people say, “I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith.” That’s just a long-winded religious way to say, “shut up,” or another two words that the FCC likes less. But all obscenity is less insulting than, “How I was brought up and my imaginary friend means more to me than anything you can ever say or do.” So, believing there is no God lets me be proven wrong and that’s always fun. It means I’m learning something.
Believing there is no God means the suffering I’ve seen in my family, and indeed all the suffering in the world, isn’t caused by an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent force that isn’t bothered to help or is just testing us, but rather something we all may be able to help others with in the future. No God means the possibility of less suffering in the future.
Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.

National Political Opinion / The Dems have won again!
« on: December 21, 2009, 12:21:53 PM »
Senate Democrats won a milestone victory early Monday in the health-care debate, approving a procedural motion to move the reform legislation to final passage later this week, and without a single vote to spare.
   The 60-40 tally, taken shortly after 1 a.m., followed 12 hours of acrimonious debate and required senators to trek to the Capitol in the aftermath of a snowstorm. The vote was the first of three procedural hurdles that Democrats must cross before a final vote on passage of the measure, now scheduled for Christmas Eve.


World News / Maybe a little too liberal
« on: September 19, 2009, 04:52:36 AM »

Boy Aged 12 Turns Up to School as a Girl, after changing sex during the summer holidays.

I tried copying and pasting the article, but I have been having problems with that lately for some reason. Just click the link. It is a decent read.

Religion Opinion / Tattoos and piercings are a sin!!!
« on: September 16, 2009, 10:44:02 AM »
The bible says that tattoos and piercing are an abomination. What do you think?
Leviticus 19:28
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
Ok. I already know that you guys are going to say that Jesus came to make the old rules obsolete. Here is my argument against that.
Corinthians 5:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
The old and new testament clearly state that your body is a temple, and you should respect it as you do God. Clearly tattoos are a sin.
P.S. Just thought I would come up with something new to stir some sh*t up.

National Political Opinion / Glenn Beck - The Corporate Wh*re
« on: September 15, 2009, 09:14:57 PM »

Glenn Beck is a corporate wh*re. His own values, if he has any, have been bought and sold to the highest bidder. Don't trust anything he says. Here is a clip of Glenn Beck talking about healthcare.

Religion Opinion / I found God, and you can too.
« on: August 31, 2009, 10:18:24 AM »
Stare at the four dots in the center of the image for thirty seconds. Then look at a white wall or piece of paper. What do you see?


Religion Opinion / Missing link found!
« on: May 20, 2009, 10:43:28 PM »
"MISSING LINK" FOUND: New Fossil Links Humans, Lemurs?   
The fossil, he says, bridges the evolutionary split between higher primates such as monkeys, apes, and humans and their more distant relatives such as lemurs.   
"This is the first link to all humans," Hurum, of the Natural History Museum in Oslo, Norway, said in a statement. Ida represents "the closest thing we can get to a direct ancestor."   
Ida, properly known as Darwinius masillae, has a unique anatomy. The lemur-like skeleton features primate-like characteristics, including grasping hands, opposable thumbs, clawless digits with nails, and relatively short limbs.   
"This specimen looks like a really early fossil monkey that belongs to the group that includes us," said Brian Richmond, a biological anthropologist at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., who was not involved in the study, published this week in the journal PLoS ONE.

Business Opinion / Veterinarians in Pulaski County?
« on: April 28, 2009, 10:39:05 AM »
Anybody out there have any advice as to whom I should take my dogs to for an emergency?
Who do you take your animals to, and how do you feel about them?
What are your like and dislikes of any veterinarians in the area?

Spain may decide Guantanamo probe this week
By Tracy Rucinski  |  March 29, 2009
MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish prosecutors may decide this week whether to press ahead with a probe into six former Bush administration officials in connection with the torture of detainees at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay prison, court sources said.
The criminal investigation into the officials, who include ex-U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, would likely focus on whether they violated international law by providing a legal justification for the torture.
Spanish prosecutors were asked to review the case by Baltasar Garzon, a High Court judge who came to world prominence when he issued an international warrant for the arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998.
Garzon asked for the review following a complaint filed by Spanish lawyers, who could pursue the case in court even if prosecutors decide not to take it further, as occurred in the Pinochet case.
Spain's law allows it to claim jurisdiction in the case because five Spanish citizens or residents who were prisoners at Guantanamo Bay say they were tortured there.
The U.S. detention camp in Cuba was set up to hold foreigners captured after U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda and its Taliban protectors in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 against the United States.
In one of his first acts in office, U.S. President Barack Obama set a one-year deadline for shutting the prison where about 245 people are still detained and which has been widely viewed by the international community as a stain on the U.S. human rights record.
According to Spanish law prosecutors recommend whether to proceed with cases and determine whether any trial would come under the jurisdiction of the High Court.
While there is no set deadline for a decision, a recommendation could come before Friday, a court official said.
One of the lawyers who filed the complaint which triggered the review told Reuters:
"It's not that we think the High Court might accept the complaint, they must accept it," Gonzalo Boye said.
The complaint filed by the Association for the Dignity of Inmates also names John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer who wrote secret legal opinions saying President George W. Bush had the authority to circumvent the Geneva
Conventions, and Douglas Feith, the former undersecretary of defense for policy.
The other Americans named are William Haynes II, former general counsel for the Department of Defense; Jay Bybee, Yoo's former boss at the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel; and David Addington, chief of staff and legal adviser to ex-Vice President Dick Cheney.
Boye said the six Americans had well-documented roles in approving illegal interrogation techniques, redefining torture and abandoning the definition set by the 1984 Torture Convention.
(Editing by Matthew Jones)

National Political Opinion / SNL President Obama
« on: February 02, 2009, 05:06:34 PM »
Just thought some of you might enjoy this.

Religion Opinion / Made In God's Image?
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:02:17 AM »
Do you really believe that you were made in God's image? What purpose would God have with legs or arms? Do you think God walked around giving himself high fives before he made everything in our existence? It goes against basic logic. Legs are for walking. If there was nothing to walk on, why would he have legs?

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