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  • Watchdog: IRS erased backups after loss of tea party emails

    06/24/2015 5:18:18 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Jun 2015 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal had been lost, according to government investigators. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence. As many as 24,000 emails were lost because 422 backup tapes were erased, according to J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The revelation is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. George...
  • In F.B.I., Innocent Detainee Found Unlikely Ally

    06/30/2004 12:27:40 PM PDT · by optik_b · 19 replies · 210+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2004 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    In F.B.I., Innocent Detainee Found Unlikely Ally By NINA BERNSTEIN t took no more than a week for James P. Wynne, a veteran F.B.I. investigator, to confirm the harmless truth that only now, more than two years later, he is ready to talk about. The small foreign man he helped arrest for videotaping outside an office building in Queens on Oct. 25, 2001, was no terrorist. He was a Buddhist from Nepal planning to return there after five years of odd jobs at places like a Queens pizzeria and a Manhattan flower shop. He was taping New York street scenes...
  • Special forces assassins infiltrate Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan

    02/06/2010 7:43:21 PM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 41 replies · 2,298+ views ^ | 2/7/2010 | Marie Colvin in Camp Bastion, Helmand
    AMERICAN and British troops poised to assault the Taliban stronghold of Marjah have begun targeting insurgent leaders for assassination. Military sources said special forces had been infiltrating the town on “kinetic” missions — jargon for armed attacks. “Special forces guys have been going in on assassination missions with the aim of decapitating the Taliban force,” one said. At the British base of Camp Bastion and the adjoining Camp Leatherneck, the US marine base, troops and munitions have been airlifted in by night to avoid enemy rockets. It is clear that international forces are on the brink of a big battle....
  • Purging history of Stalin's terror

    11/27/2008 1:54:44 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 5 replies · 579+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | November 26, 2008 | Clifford J. Levy
    TOMSK, Russia: For years, the earth in this Siberian city had been giving up clues: a scrap of clothing, a fragment of bone, a skull with a bullet hole. And so a historian named Boris Trenin made a plea to officials. Would they let him examine secret archives to confirm that there was a mass grave here from Stalin's purges? Would they help him tell the story of the thousands of innocent people who were said to have been carted from a prison to a ravine, shot in the head and tossed over? The answer was no, and Trenin understood...
  • 'Holiday tree' or 'Christmas tree' in State Capitol? [Madison, WI]

    11/26/2007 3:49:08 PM PST · by SJackson · 41 replies · 1,867+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 11-26-07 | Hannah Young
    Another battle over separation of church and state may be on the horizon with a proposal scheduled to go in front of an Assembly committee Wednesday. The issue? What to call the tree that sits in the State Capitol during the holiday season. Currently the tree is referred to as a "holiday tree," but the resolution that will be brought to the Committee on State Affairs would rename it as the Wisconsin State Christmas Tree. Michael Schoenfield, legislative aide to Rep. Marlin Schneider, D-Wisconsin Rapids, who is sponsoring the resolution, said the state should refer to the tree as a...
  • Now, God banished from Washington Monument

    10/26/2007 3:41:58 AM PDT · by Man50D · 48 replies · 1,027+ views ^ | October 26, 2007 | Bob Unruh
    The National Park Service has banished God from a key display of America's Christian heritage in Washington, and a California pastor who regularly leads teams of visitors to see markers of the nation's religious history wants Him restored. The reference is an engraving of "LAUS DEO," which is Latin for "Praise be to God," and is on the east side of the 100-ounce aluminum cap of the Washington Monument. Since the actual inscription on the cap, which on the other three sides provides other information, is unviewable atop the 555-foot stone column, the National Park Service has created a replica,...
  • Flag-folding recitation banned at veterans cemeteries nationwide

    10/25/2007 6:57:48 AM PDT · by Watershed · 121 replies · 1,049+ views
    Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | October 24, 2007 | Joe Vargo
    Through thousands of military burials, Memorial Honor Detail volunteers at Riverside National Cemetery have folded the American flag 13 times and recited the significance of every fold to survivors of those being laid to rest. The first fold, a narrator tells relatives, represents life, the second a belief in eternal life. The 11th fold celebrates Jewish war veterans and "glorifies the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." A single complaint lodged against the words for the 11th fold recently prompted the National Cemetery Administration to ban the entire recital at all 125 national cemeteries....
  • Spain to Remove All Symbols of Franco

    10/12/2007 9:24:17 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 38 replies · 883+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/12/2007 | Fiona Govan in Madrid
    Spain is to ban all public references to the Franco regime under a controversial Bill that seeks to make amends to the victims of the Spanish Civil War and ensuing 36-year dictatorship. All statues, street names and symbols associated with the dictator and his supporters will be removed as part of the Law of Historic Memory, which was presented to the Madrid parliament this week. Even plaques and stained glass windows showing the Falange symbol of the yoke and arrows or the eagle associated with Franco's rule will have to be replaced. At one time statues glorifying the Generalissimo adorned...
  • Mrs. Fields bans Christmas from their products (AFA email)

    10/12/2007 8:04:11 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 133 replies · 4,326+ views
    American Family Association | 10-12-07
    Mrs. Fields has become the first company to ban Christmas from their products and promotion for this year. When Diane H. of Michigan called Mrs. Fields and asked to speak with a supervisor in customer service about why they banned Christmas, the supervisor told Diane that they do not offer anything with Merry Christmas because they don't want to offend anyone. Take a look at Mrs. Fields Holiday Gift Preview by clicking here. In the "search" bar, type in the word "Christmas." But don't expect to find any reference to Christmas. (If you do, it has been added since...
  • Court bans Christian cross on private land in public park

    09/06/2007 1:24:08 PM PDT · by Paige · 138 replies · 6,195+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 6, 2007
    At issue is the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which bars the government from favoring any one religion, as it applies to a lone white metal Latin cross in the Mojave National Preserve in southern California between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In 2004, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a cross on a prominent rock on public land was unconstitutional, prompting Congress to pass a law allowing a trade so its immediate area would become private land. People have been putting crosses in the spot since the 1930s, most recently with one man drilling a...
  • Cross on county seal draws criticism (Idaho}

    05/24/2007 5:11:55 PM PDT · by Baladas · 21 replies · 563+ views
    The Idaho Press-Tribune ^ | May 22, 2007 | Mike Butts
    CANYON COUNTY — Canyon County’s official seal depicts a Christian cross on top of a church and steeple. And the religious symbol has drawn criticism from a Caldwell man and others who say it excludes people of other religious faiths and non-believers. The county’s spokeswoman said the seal reflects the county’s values and that no one complained about the seal when officials presented it to the public and later adopted it in 2005. County commissioners approved the new seal in November of that year, hoping it would represent modern-day Canyon County. The cross is too small to be visible in...
  • The Cross That Divides - War against the cross at William and Mary

    11/21/2006 7:15:21 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies · 975+ views ^ | November 21, 2006 | Heather Sells
    There's a passion for history at William and Mary-- and pride. King William III and Queen Mary II chartered the school in 1693. Their purpose: to train ministers in the Gospel and spread the faith among the Indians. Now, critics say the public school has turned its back on its Christian heritage. "What is convenient and comfortable has now taken precedence over what has been the core values and the core heritage of the institution," said Dr. Dave Gyertson, former Christian college president. "The logic of the decision means you can't have a sacred space at William and Mary," said...
  • Ten Commandments stunner: Ten Commandments stunner: Feds lying at Supreme Court

    11/13/2006 10:57:02 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 199 replies · 4,353+ views ^ | November 14, 2006 | Bob Unruh
    FAITH UNDER FIRE Ten Commandments stunner: Feds lying at Supreme Court Government tells modern visitors it's Bill of Rights being honored Every argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and every opinion the judges deliver comes in the presence of the Ten Commandments, God's law given to Moses on a fire-scorched mountain, and now represented for the United States in the very artwork embedded in the high court structure. In today's world of revisionist history, the proof comes through the work of a California pastor who visited the Supreme Court building recently when he was in Washington and was surprised that...
  • NBC slices and dices "Veggie Tales"

    09/08/2006 8:58:08 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 17 replies · 2,577+ views ^ | September 8, 2006 | Brent Bozell III
    Maybe you're familiar with the computer-animated cartoon "Veggie Tales," a video series targeted at children ages 2 to 8, and which features moral and religious tales hosted by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber. Beginning in 1993, the series was distributed on VHS tapes, telling biblical stories like the Battle of Jericho, David and Goliath and the tale of the Good Samaritan. Each show ended with a Bible verse. And it's been a marketing phenomenon. Without any broadcasting or syndication on television, "Veggie Tales" has sold more than 50 million "Veggie Tales" DVDs and videotapes -- primarily, but quietly,...
  • Did ABC Edit "The Path to 9/11"

    09/05/2006 4:57:01 PM PDT · by Signalman · 70 replies · 3,666+ views ^ | Sept. 5, 2006 | Hugh Hewitt
    The Disney execs met all through the weekend - unheard of in this business - debating what changes would be made and what concessions should be given. Here is what looks to be the conclusion: - There will be a handful of tweaks made to a few scenes. - They are minor, and nuance in most cases - a line lift here, a tweak to the edit there. - There are 900 screeners out there. When this airs this weekend, there will be a number of people who will spend their free evenings looking for these changes and will be...
  • Where’s Mao? Chinese Revise History Books (NYT's warm and fuzzy new China)

    09/01/2006 9:40:11 AM PDT · by VoodooEconomics · 16 replies · 777+ views
    New York Times ^ | Sept. 1 2006 | JOSEPH KAHN
    BEIJING, Aug. 31 — When high school students in Shanghai crack their history textbooks this fall they may be in for a surprise. The new standard world history text drops wars, dynasties and Communist revolutions in favor of colorful tutorials on economics, technology, social customs and globalization. Socialism has been reduced to a single, short chapter in the senior high school history course. Chinese Communism before the economic reform that began in 1979 is covered in a sentence. The text mentions Mao only once — in a chapter on etiquette. Nearly overnight the country’s most prosperous schools have shelved the...
  • Belgian Authorities Destroy Holocaust Records

    08/31/2006 3:46:21 PM PDT · by spkpls4 · 78 replies · 1,374+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | 8-31-2006 | Paul Belien
    The Belgian authorities have destroyed archives and records relating to the persecution and deportation of Jews in Belgium in the 1930s and 1940s. Some of this happened as recently as the late 1990s. This was revealed during hearings in the Belgian Senate last Spring. Though the Senate report dates from 4 May the Belgian press has not yet mentioned the affair. The Senate report says that “documents about the period 1930-1950 have been destroyed on a massive scale.” The systematic destructions of the records of police and judiciary from the 1930s and ’40s happened chiefly in Brussels and Wallonia, the...
  • The Beatles' smoking habit snubbed out

    03/28/2006 6:04:30 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 55 replies · 1,576+ views
    LIFE STYLE EXTRA ^ | Tuesday, 28th March 2006
    LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) - Record bosses are erasing any evidence of The Beatles penchant for smoking from the cover of an album re-release. EMI are shipping a new version of LP 'Capitol Albums Volume 2' on April 3, but there will be a distinctive difference on the cover. While John, Paul and Ringo were seen puffing away on the evil weed on the original 1964 version, they've magically kicked the habit on the re-release. And that's not the only thing to have vanished into thin air, two of Ringo's fingers, that were holding a cigarette, have also gone on...
  • Meeting The Hate - ("liberalism IS hate!" - Superb analysis of the left's aggression!)

    06/26/2005 4:05:14 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 1,111+ views
    On national issues jockeying for position, some are vying for the #2 and #1 spots on the top ten. But in my surmise, they are all of equal threat. I write about Liberty for the most part, and it’s the main topic of my guest talks. Guns play a part in our liberty, but so do all of the other freedoms we enjoy in our way of life. It’s all a way-of-life issue to me, hence there is hardly any single issue, guns included. Chief among my complaints is that the Left in America presses on, where the battle is...
  • I wanted HIV says star

    01/24/2005 1:30:52 AM PST · by flitton · 72 replies · 3,928+ views
    The Sun ^ | 24/01/05 | unattributed
    POP star Andy Bell says he always WANTED to be HIV positive. The gay Erasure singer, 40, revealed he is HIV positive last month — six years after diagnosis. And in a new interview he says: “You are going to think this strange, but I wanted to be HIV positive. I thought HIV was a touchstone of being gay. “But I’m a fighter. They will have to take me from this world kicking and screaming.” Bandmate Vince Clarke, 44, insisted Bell’s diagnosis did not change anything. He said: “I had no fear this was the end. “I have other friends...