To get a job at the Orange County Rescue Mission near Los Angeles, you must sign a statement declaring, ``I have received the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior'' and that you believe those who haven't will suffer ``eternal separation from God,'' according to the form provided by the mission.
The mission's aim is to ``reconstruct'' each homeless man and woman it shelters into a ``productive Christian member of society.'' To treat addicts, the mission uses ``the actual words of Jesus,'' according to the mission's Web site.
Bush and other administration officials have repeatedly said they find it just plain wrong that under the old rules the Orange County Rescue Mission was denied federal Housing and Urban Development funds because it refused to secularize.
``Government action like this is pure discrimination,'' Bush said in a speech this week in Dallas, again singling out the Orange County mission.
Ah, but things are changing.
``After the regulations are finalized, groups like Orange County Rescue Mission will be able to apply for HUD funds while maintaining their religious identity,'' says a statement posted on the White House Web site.
Blair said in an interview that the war in Iraq was justified because of its impact on global security. He says if they had not dealt with Saddam Hussein in Iraq, then "there was no way we could have dealt with any other nation in a similar position."
"Why do you think Iran is now willing to co-operate with the (International) Atomic Energy Agency for the first time in years? Precisely because people now know we are serious about these issues," said the British prime minister.
Editorially, the FNC newsroom is under the constant control and vigilance of management. The pressure ranges from subtle to direct. ... Sometimes, this eagerness to serve Fox's ideological interests goes even beyond what management expects. For example, in June of last year, when a California judge ruled the Pledge of Allegiance's "Under God" wording unconstitutional, FNC's newsroom chief ordered the judge's mailing address and phone number put on the screen. The anchor, reading from the Teleprompter, found himself explaining that Fox was taking this unusual step so viewers could go directly to the judge and get "as much information as possible" about his decision. To their credit, the big bosses recognized that their underling's transparent attempt to serve their political interests might well threaten the judge's physical safety and ordered the offending information removed from the screen as soon as they saw it. ... But the roots of FNC's day-to-day on-air bias are actual and direct. They come in the form of an executive memo distributed electronically each morning, addressing what stories will be covered and, often, suggesting how they should be covered. To the newsroom personnel responsible for the channel's daytime programming, The Memo is the bible. If, on any given day, you notice that the Fox anchors seem to be trying to drive a particular point home, you can bet The Memo is behind it. The Memo was born with the Bush administration, early in 2001, and, intentionally or not, has ensured that the administration's point of view consistently comes across on FNC. ... One day this past spring, just after the U.S. invaded Iraq, The Memo warned us that anti-war protesters would be "whining" about U.S. bombs killing Iraqi civilians, and suggested they could tell that to the families of American soldiers dying there. Editing copy that morning, I was not surprised when an eager young producer killed a correspondent's report on the day's fighting - simply because it included a brief shot of children in an Iraqi hospital.
More than half the slaughterhouses in Canada have "major" deficiencies that could compromise the safety of their meat products, according to internal inspection reports..."It is is evidence of very poor sanitary standards [and it] should worry anybody who is eating meat." ... Among unsanitary conditions identified in the reports were fecal material on a carcass, flies entering a facility through an open door, carcasses stored on a floor, and mould on knife storage containers.
“Honestly, it’s a little tougher than I thought it was going to be,” Lott said. In a sign of frustration, he offered an unorthodox military solution: “If we have to, we just mow the whole place down, see what happens. You’re dealing with insane suicide bombers who are killing our people, and we need to be very aggressive in taking them out.”
The episode of the Simpsons in question showed a rolling news ticker at the bottom of the screen, which read: "Pointless news crawls up 37 per cent... Do Democrats cause cancer? Find out at foxnews.com... Rupert Murdoch: Terrific dancer... Dow down 5,000 points... Study: 92 per cent of Democrats are gay... JFK posthumously joins Republican Party... Oil slicks found to keep seals young, supple..."
During an interview broadcast today on NPR's Fresh Air, Simpsons creator Matt Groening revealed that the Fox News Network had threatened to sue The Simpsons over a parody of the right-leaning news channel. .... According to Groening, the Simpsons team refused to cut out the segment, which Groening told Fresh Air he "really liked," figuring that Rupert Murdoch wouldn't allow the Fox News cable network to sue the Fox Broadcast Network, which carries The Simpsons. The Fox News Network did back down on its threat, although it has told The Simpsons creators that in the future, cartoon series will not be allowed to include a "news crawl" along the bottom of the screen, which might "confuse the viewers."
The 2000 Federal election.The company responsible for disenfranchising thousands upon thousands of mostly black Floridians was Database Technologies (DBT): "DBT is the Florida division of Choicepoint, a massive database company that does extensive work for the FBI." Now, "Bush is handing [Choicepoint] the big contracts in the War on Terror; immigration reviews, DNA cataloging, airport profiling, and their voting systems are being rolled out across the country." The recent hullabaloo over Diebold systems-I'm just starting to learn about this. It's a story of electronic voting systems with allegedly major security flaws which, if you believe this guy (Jim March) are quite possibly intentional, designed to facilitate election fraud, or which at any rate have been and are continuing to be covered up by the company. A lot of original information is here. Although most of this story looks legitimate, this Jim March guy is not so likeable in his role as defender of the right to carry a concealed weapon in California. While that whole notion is heinous, at least his argument is good: he's alledging that the way the relevant law is applied, only white people who donate money to the local bigwigs are given the necessary permission to carry a concealed weapon. Anyway, I found his article on the security flaws of Diebold's system (and especially the excerpts from Diebold's internal company memos which can be found near the bottom of that article) both interesting and disturbing. I recommend skimming through the early parts of that article as some of it is fairly technical. Joshua Micah Marshall brought up this issue on his most excellent of blogs, Talking Points Memo: Republicans' efforts to "flood predominantly African-American precincts in western and central Louisville with poll watchers to challenge the eligibility of voters" in the upcoming Kentucky gubernatorial race, a strategy they used before in South Dakota against Native Americans.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed has denied that U.S. President George Bush rebuked him for his claim that Jews control the world by proxy, while repeating his controversial comments.
Mr. Mahathir is quoted in a Malaysian newspaper, the New Sunday Times as saying that Mr. Bush lied when he said he reprimanded him at the APEC summit last week.
He is quoted as saying that if the president had rebuked him when the two leaders met at the summit of Pacific Rim leaders, he would have reacted by rebuking the president.
President Bush has said he told Mr. Mahathir at the meeting that his comments were divisive and wrong.
Mr. Mahathir told the newspaper that he is not surprised the president would lie about the reprimand because, he said, the president also told a lie about weapons of mass destruction to go to war against Iraq.
On Thursday, El Al flight 105 from Tel Aviv was diverted to Hamilton's John C. Munro airport due to a security threat. Its 193 passengers were met by tactical teams.
Canadian authorities won't disclose details of the threat to the plane, but senior sources in Israel have said it was traced to the terrorist organization al-Qaeda.
The threat reportedly involved the use of shoulder-launched missiles or light-arms fire to attack the plane as it touched down or shortly after it landed.
On Friday, things were still far from normal. El Al's return flight from Los Angeles flew to Hamilton instead of Pearson again.
ROME, Italy -- Actor Jim Caviezel, who plays Jesus in Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of Christ" was struck by lightning during shooting.
Caviezel was uninjured, but a producer described how he saw smoke coming from the actor's ear.
An assistant director on the film, Jan Michelini, was also hit -- for the second time in a few months.
The first time, a lightning fork struck his umbrella during filming on top of a hill near Matera in Italy, causing light burns to the tips of his fingers, VLife, a supplement to Variety publications said in its October issue.
A few months later the second strike happened, a few hours from Rome.
Michelini was again carrying an umbrella, and standing next to Caviezel on top of a hill, the magazine said.
Both were hit, with the main bolt striking Caviezel while one of its forks hit Michelini's umbrella. Neither were hurt.
The film, which is spoken in Latin and Aramaic, has come in for criticism from some religious leaders. It portrays the last hours of Jesus, but some Jewish and Roman Catholic groups are concerned the film will fuel anti-Semitism.
General Motors Corp will rename its Buick LaCrosse in Canada because the name for the car is slang for masturbation in Quebec, embarrassed officials with the U.S. automaker said Thursday.
GM officials, who declined to be named, said it had been unaware that LaCrosse was a term for self-gratification among teenagers in French-speaking Quebec.
Iraq received a wide-ranging offer of help from former enemy Iran, against which former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein fought a war between 1980 and 1988.
Tehran promised a credit facility of up to $300 million, offered cross-border electricity and gas supplies and said it would let Iraq export oil through Iranian terminals.
Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the brother of U.S. President George W. Bush, ordered Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted Tuesday night, a week after doctors had obeyed her husband's request that it be removed so that she may die.
Jeb Bush's order was made possible by an extraordinary bill passed by the Florida legislature. That bill reversed several of the same legislature's laws that granted spouses the right to decide the fate of brain-dead spouses if there isn't a living will.
The Senate voted 23-15 for the legislation, and the House passed the final version 73-24 only minutes later. Mr. Bush signed it into law and issued the order an hour later.
It was Mr. Bush who signed a bill requiring doctors to notify parents of daughters seeking abortions, after such bills had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. He also authorized the creation of licence plates bearing the slogan "Choose Life," an anti-abortion motto.
And he authorized courts to assign a court-appointed guardian for the fetus of a mentally handicapped woman who had been raped in a group home.
Ms. Schiavo suffered heart failure in 1990 and lost all but the most rudimentary functions. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, has said she had always said she would rather die than remain a human vegetable.
We are having mixed results with Al Qaida, although we have put considerable pressure on them — nonetheless, a great many remain at large.
USG has made reasonable progress in capturing or killing the top 55 Iraqis.
USG has made somewhat slower progress tracking down the Taliban — Omar, Hekmatyar, etc.
With respect to the Ansar Al-Islam, we are just getting started.
It is pretty clear that the coalition can win in Afghanistan and Iraq in one way or another, but it will be a long, hard slog.
The fact of the matter is that wherever the United States fails—be it in the Far East or in the Far West—it will blame Syria and Iran for its failures. ... I can say that the threats [against Syria and Iran], which some call pressure, are a flight from America’s problems. The Iraqi matter was a flight from the crisis in Afghanistan, and the attacks on Syria are an escape from the crisis in Iraq. They fail in one place and move the battle to another place. Sometimes they move it militarily and sometimes through diplomacy and the media. This is the true nature of the threats against Syria and Iran. The more they increase, the more they point to America’s problems, not ours.