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open letter to the Kansas City, KS Airport

My family has officially drawn the line. We will not be coming to Kansas City, KS for any reason whatsoever. This latest appeasement to Muslims (by building footbasins) was the final straw- will there be Christening stations for Catholics and Protestants put in? How about a Scientology video with Tom Cruise? Buddhist prayer rooms where they are allowed to light incense? Perhaps a Voodoo station with live chickens, ready for the plucking.

How can anyone possibly justify this lunacy?
It's one thing to offer a prayer room, really, for people who are in need of spiritual comfort while traveling. But this is helping a particular member of a particular religion a specific worship ritual, and it's insane. By the way, are you going to let anyone wash their feet in the thing? Or will it be guarded, and restricted to Muslim males only?

Now, are you tired of them washing their feet in the bathroom sinks? I can understand that- the answer isn't to give them their own ritualistic foot-washing stations, it's to STOP THEM FROM PUTTING THEIR DIRTY FEET IN THE SINKS that other people who live in the 21st century also have to use. If they don't like it, they're welcome to go home, or to a nearby mosque and wash there. If I put my feet in a sink in your airport, and someone reported me, I doubt very seriously that you'd build me a bathtub for my convenience.
Sunday, April 29, 2007 :: 0 comments ::

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Chinese wife goes after Yahoo to free her husband from prison

The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com
Chinese wife goes after Yahoo to free her husband from prison

By Kara Rowland
Published March 22, 2007

Yu Ling's eyes well up and her hand instinctively pats her heart at the mention of her husband.
Wang Xiaoning, her partner of 27 years, has been sitting in a Chinese prison since September 2002. He is serving a 10-year sentence for using the Internet to advocate democracy.
Two weeks ago, Mrs. Yu, 55, came to the U.S. to find a lawyer and sue Yahoo Inc.
She blames the Sunnyvale, Calif., search giant for providing evidence that helped Chinese authorities convict Mr. Wang, 57.
"I have to help my husband," she explains through a translator. "Yahoo is wrong. ... I hope Yahoo is punished and the other companies learn from it."

Friday, March 23, 2007 :: 0 comments ::

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There are no words for this kind of barbarism.

From BreitBart.com and LGF:

Iraq insurgents used children in car bombing.

Insurgents in Iraq detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle with two children in the back seat after US soldiers let it through a Baghdad checkpoint over the weekend, a senior US military official said Tuesday.

The vehicle was stopped at the checkpoint but was allowed through when soldiers saw the children in the back, said Major General Michael Barbero of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. “Children in the back seat lowered suspicion. We let it move through. They parked the vehicle, and the adults ran out and detonated it with the children in the back,” Barbero said.

The general said it was the first time he had seen a report of insurgents using children in suicide bombings. But he said Al-Qaeda in Iraq is changing tactics in response to the tighter controls around the city. A US defense official said the incident occurred on Sunday in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district, a mixed neighborhood adjacent to Sadr City, which is predominantly Shiite.

After going through the checkpoint, the vehicle parked next to a market across the street from a school, said the official, who asked not to be identified.

“And the two adults were seen to get out of the vehicle, and run from the vehicle, and then followed by the detonation of the vehicle,” the official said. “It killed the two children inside as well as three other civilians in the vicinity. So, a total of five killed, seven injured.”

Officials here said they did not know who the children were or their relationship to the two adults who fled the scene. They had no information about their ages or genders.

More at the link in the title.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007 :: 0 comments ::

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"untested vaccine could harm"

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Top researcher: 'Untested' vaccine could harm
Says HPV 'experiment' on girls might even increase cancer rate
Posted: March 15, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

Diane M. Harper

A researcher who worked on a vaccine for the human papillomavirus is warning that it hasn't been tested on young girls, is "silly" for states to mandate the vaccination, and in a worst-case scenario could even increase cervical cancer rates.

In a report published by the Indiana-based Daily News, researcher Diane M. Harper said giving such a vaccine to 11-year-olds "is a great big public health experiment."

Further, she said, requiring vaccinations now "is simply to Merck's benefit."

Harper is a professor and director at the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at Dartmouth, and told the publication that there "is not enough evidence gathered on side effects to know that safety is not an issue."

Harper, who has spent much of the last 20 years studying dozens of strains of HPV, said all of her trials have been with subjects ages 15 to 25, and personally she believes the new vaccine could offer help to women ages 18 and up.

The new vaccine, Gardasil, made by Merck and Co., has been an issue recently because of Merck's aggressive lobbying at the state level to have lawmakers require that all schoolgirls at about age 11 or 12 be vaccinated with its product – at a cost estimated at about $360-$400 per child.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry in February issued an executive order requiring those vaccinations, but the state House of Representatives in Texas has approved by a 6-1 margin a plan to rescind that.

The issue that has rippled across the country as nearly three dozen state legislatures have considered the situation has not been the validity of the vaccine or the goal of reducing cervical cancer, but requiring schoolgirls to be vaccinated against a disease that is transmitted by sexual contact.

Harper said on women 18 and older, a test should be done to test for the presence of HPV, and if it's negative, the series of three shots could be helpful. But if the test is positive?

"Then we don't know squat, because medically we don't know how to respond to that," Harper said.

Her work has been funded through Dartmouth in part by Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, but technically she's a university employee, not a researcher for the drug companies.

Merck's vaccine was approved last year by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended for females ages 9-26. But a doctor at the Centers for Disease Control's advisory committee on immunizations has reported that while the vaccine may be helpful, it should not be mandatory.

Merck has lobbied for its product by contributing financially to Women in Government, an organization for women state lawmakers, and at least partly because of that effort, almost three dozen state legislatures have been given proposals regarding Gardasil.

"This vaccine should not be mandated for 11-year-old girls," Harper said. "It's not been tested in little girls for efficacy. At 11, these girls don't get cervical cancer – they won't know for 25 years if they will get cervical cancer."

She said the vaccine is not a cancer vaccine or cure – it just prevents development of a virus that could lead to cancer.

"For the U.S. what that means is the vaccine will prevent about half of high-grade precursors of cancer but half will still occur, so hundreds of thousands of women who are vaccinated with Gardasil and get yearly Pap testing will still get a high-grade dysplasia (cell abnormality)," she said.

Harper also reported that the drug company "bridged" the studies to apply to young girls. That means that Merck assumed that because it proved effective in the older girls, it also would be effective in the younger girls.

And she warned more than 40 cases of Guillian-Barre syndrome – an immune disorder that results in tingling, numbness and even paralysis of the muscles – have been reported in girls who got the HPV vaccine in combination with a meningitis vaccine.

She said the vaccine's purpose has been misinterpreted and mis-marketed so that too many may believe if they've had the vaccine they are immune to cancer – when they are not.

While calling the vaccine "good" Harper said it is important to realize that if women get the vaccine, but not an routine Pap smear, "what will happen in the U.S. is that we will have an increase in cervical cancer, because the Pap screening does a very good job."

Harper told the publication she's attempted to publicize her opinion for months, "but no one will print it."

The National Conference of State Legislatures set up a special website just to track and update the various campaigns.

That site confirms that about three dozen states have had such plans introduced. But it shows slow progress in many locations.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., also has introduced in Congress a plan to discourage states from requiring parents to have their underage daughters – those heading into sixth grade – vaccinated for the STD. His effort would ban the use of federal money for mandatory programs, but allow it for voluntary programs.
Thursday, March 15, 2007 :: 0 comments ::

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Monday, March 12, 2007 :: 0 comments ::

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DESPICABLE. But par for the course, Islamic facist-wise.

(AINA) -- According to the Assyrian website ankawa.com, a 14 year old Christian Assyrian boy, Ayad Tariq, from Baqouba, Iraq was decapitated at his work place on October 21.

Ayad Tariq was working his 12 hour shift, maintaining an electric generator, when a group of disguised Muslim insurgents walked in at the beginning of his shift shortly after 6 a.m. and asked him for his ID.

According to another employee who witnessed the events, and who hid when he saw the insurgents approach, the insurgents questioned Ayad after seeing that his ID stated "Christian", asking if he was truly a "Christian sinner." Ayad replied "yes, I am Christian but I am not a sinner." The insurgents quickly said this is a "dirty Christian sinner!" Then they proceeded to each hold one limb, shouting "Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!" while beheading the boy.

Translated from Arabic by AINA

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Monday, October 30, 2006 :: 0 comments ::

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You can't libel someone who's dead, can you?

Danish paper acquitted in cartoon libel trial
Thu Oct 26, 8:29 AM ET
A Danish court on Thursday acquitted daily Jyllands-Posten in a civil case brought by Muslim organizations that accused it of slander for printing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that triggered widespread Muslim anger.

A court official told Reuters that the Aarhus municipal court found in favor of Jyllands-Posten and ordered the seven Danish Muslim organizations who sued it to pay the paper's court expenses.

The plaintiffs have appealed to a higher court.

"Anything but a clear acquittal would have been a catastrophe for freedom of the press and the media's ability to fulfill its role in a democratic society," Jyllands-Posten editor Carsten Juste said on the paper's Web site. "You can think what you want about the cartoons, but the newspaper's unassailable right to print them has been set by both the country's prosecutors and the court system."

The ruling said that some of the cartoons do not depict the Prophet or have a religious subject, while others fall outside of the scope of slander laws.

The court did find that three of the cartoons, including one that depicted the Prophet with a bomb in its turban, did not clearly fall outside of what the law could deem as insulting.

"Of course it cannot be excluded that the drawings offended some Muslims," the court said in its ruling. "But there is no sufficient reason to assume that the cartoons are or were intended to be insulting... or put forward ideas that could hurt the standing of Muslims in society."

The 12 drawings, first published in September last year in Denmark and then reprinted elsewhere, provoked a storm of protests among Muslims, many of whom believe any Mohammad depictions are blasphemous. At least 50 people were killed in riots in the Middle East and Asia. Three Danish embassies were attacked and many Muslims boycotted Danish goods.

In March, Danish prosecutors declined to press charges against the newspaper under Danish blasphemy and anti-racism laws.

In the civil suit, the Muslim organizations accused Jyllands-Posten, Juste and culture page editor Flemming Rose of slander against Muslims for having published the cartoons.

Had they been convicted, they could have faced prison for up to four months.
Thursday, October 26, 2006 :: 0 comments ::

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