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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion - Unless you live in Indiana.

Started by Neal. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 18 Replies

Indiana, being the Alabama of the north, is front and center this week. Governor with presidential ambitions Mike Pence signed into law the "Religious Freedom" act. Basically vilified by all those who are part of the thinking human race, it is just…Continue

Tags: pence, mike, freedom, religious, Indiana

Ethics? We don't need no damn ethics.

Started by Neal. Last reply by Neal Jan 3. 6 Replies

House Republicans secretly vote to gut Office of Congressional EthicsLet's get this party started! …Continue

Tags: board, gone, ethics, independent, universe

The IPA and the Heartland Institute

Started by Davy Mar 31, 2014. 0 Replies

Institute of Public Affairs.And Heartland Institute Link.From the AU's ABC.Last week's revelations about the Heartland Institute, probably the most…Continue

Tags: Institute, Heartland, IPA, Climate, Denial

The Proceeds of Corruption

Started by Davy. Last reply by Stephen Mar 2, 2014. 17 Replies

This is inside the former President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovich's residence.Here is another link to it from  here …Continue

Tags: residency, opulence, Ukraine, President

China Launches Hypersonic Missile Test, Downplays Fears

Started by Davy. Last reply by Lester Unega Waya Jan 19, 2014. 1 Reply

China's recent test of a hypersonic vehicle should not unduly alarm the United States or any other nation, Chinese military officials say.The test of China's new "…Continue

Michigan Senators Write God Resolution

Started by Neal. Last reply by archaeopteryx Jan 10, 2014. 5 Replies

Ah, MI, so disappointing. My state has been hijacked by the reality challenged.Posted on January 8, 2014 by admin They’re back. All rested-up and ready to enact critical new laws and measures — Michigan legislators are raring to get down to the…Continue

Tags: senators, michigan, resolution, god, the

False News about Saudi Arabia & GCC

Started by Ali. Last reply by Chris Dec 18, 2013. 10 Replies

This Thread will be like filter for the news & videos about Saudi Arabia & GCC because there are a lot of false news about Saudi Arabia & GCC lately. I think this thread will help clarify many things ...Continue

Finally - Paul Ryan’s Worst Nightmare Comes True as Bernie Sanders Is On The Budget Committee

Started by Neal Oct 19, 2013. 0 Replies

Democrats finally getting a little feisty. This should send a message to the tea party crazies, "you bitches are done."By: Jason EasleyFriday, October 18th, 2013, 3:28 pmmore from Jason Easley…Continue

Tags: budget, committee, the, on, sanders

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Comment by Neal on December 27, 2016 at 6:36pm

I love that "About 40 percent of Americans say atheists "do not at all agree" with their vision of America." Damn right they don't, we're not here to destroy life, we kind of like it. =)

Comment by Stephen on December 27, 2016 at 3:40pm

Muslims surpass atheists as most unpopular group in U.S.

Maybe atheists should just embrace it as a slogan: "Atheists: The group Americans love to hate."

About 40 percent of Americans say atheists "do not at all agree" with their vision of America, according to a new study from sociologists at the University of Minnesota who compared Americans' perceptions of minority faith and racial groups.

But the study marks a grimmer milestone — Americans' disapproval of Muslims has jumped to 45.5 percent from just over 26 percent 10 years ago, the last time the question was asked.

And "nones" — those who say they have no religious affiliation, but may also have spiritual or religious beliefs — are also unpopular. This is significant because nones now make up a third of the U.S. population.

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Comment by Chris on December 27, 2016 at 6:11am

Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, (may be Shit Out of Luck)

as she faces information contained here for Immigrant Visa.

An Overview Of Special Immigrant Visas

There are three different programs for Iraqi and Afghan citizens who worked with the U.S. Armed Forces or Department of State in their home countries. Under these programs, they’re eligible to seek Special Immigrant Visas (SIV), which allow them to earn lawful permanent residence status.

The first program for Iraqi and Afghan interpreters was created in 2006 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA 2006). It set a cap of 50 visas per year and was limited to translators who had worked directly with the U.S. military. In 2007 and 2008 the cap was raised to 500, but in 2009 it was scaled back to 50 visas per year.

Iraqi Special Immigrant Visas

A more serious effort to help Middle East translators began with the passage of the Kennedy-Lugar Refugee Crisis Act of 2007. The bill established a new Special Immigration Visa classification for nationals of Iraq, authorizing 5,000 visas per year from 2008 to 2012.

To qualify, stringent requirements were outlined. Iraqis must have:

  • been employed by, or on behalf of, the United States government in Iraq on or after March 20, 2003, for a period of one year or more;
  • provided faithful and valuable service to the United States government, documented in a letter from his or her supervisor;
  • (3) experienced, or be experiencing, an ongoing serious threat as a result of his or her United States government employment.

To date, seven years later, only 5,500 special immigrant visas for have been awarded.

This represents a scanty 22% of total available visas for Iraqi translators and interpreters.

Stated another way, of the authorized total, 19,500 visas have not been issued. The estimated backlog is 18,325, of which most applications belong to Iraqis living abroad, surrounded by hostile forces.

Afghan Special Immigrant Visas

In 2009, Congress followed up with a similar program for endangered Afghans who had worked for the U.S. government or military, on or after October 7, 2001 for at least one year. Entitled the Afghan Allies Protection Act, a total of 1,500 visas per year were allocated from 2009 through 2013.

Like its Iraqi counterpart, the Afghan special visa program has not met its goals.

By 2011, only three visas had been approved. By the next year, the total had barely grown to 63. At present, only 1,051 Afghan special immigrant visas have been issued.

In August of this year, an additional 1,000 visas for Afghan translators were authorized.

This means, six years after passage of the Afghan program, only 12% of the total available visas for Afghan interpreters have been issued.

The current backlog is reportedly over 6,000. The majority of the Afghan translator applicants, too, still reside in their homeland, fearful of retaliation by anti-American residents for their roles in helping “the American infidels”.

Given that Iraqi and Afghan translators must demonstrate an “ongoing serious threat” to their well-being for providing “faithful and valuable service,” it would seem that the U.S. would have set up mechanisms to expedite their visa applications. Rather, the opposite has taken place.

More in the above link.

Comment by Stephen on December 26, 2016 at 10:49pm

Planned Parenthood has receivedmore than 300,000 donations in the six weeks since the election, 40 times its normal rate. Photograph: Nick Ut/Associated Press

Planned Parenthood has receivedmore than 300,000 donations in the six weeks since the election, 40 times its normal rate. Photograph: Nick Ut/Associated Press

Progressive causes see 'unprecedented' upswing in donations after US election

One man wrote a check for $10,000 to an organization that helps women get elected to office, saying he was “embarrassed” that Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Someone else walked into the office of an organization advocating for immigrant rights and handed over a bag of cash he had just collected from members of his local community civics group.

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Comment by Stephen on December 25, 2016 at 3:56pm

Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, the first female fixed-wing pilot in the Afghan Air Force, is seeking asylum in the United States.Credit Andrea Morales for The New York Times

Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, the first female fixed-wing pilot in the Afghan Air Force, is seeking asylum in the United States.Credit Andrea Morales for The New York Times

A Female Afghan Pilot Soars and Gives Up

Perhaps no Afghan’s story better embodied America’s aspirations for Afghanistan than that of Capt. Niloofar Rahmani, the first female fixed-wing pilot in the fledgling Afghan Air Force.

She was celebrated in Washington in 2015 when the State Department honored her with its annual Women of Courage award. “She continues to fly despite threats from the Taliban and even members of her own extended family,” the first lady, Michelle Obama, said in a statement.

On Thursday, on the eve of her scheduled return to Afghanistan from a 15-month training course at Air Force bases in Texas, Florida and Arkansas, Captain Rahmani broke a sobering piece of news to her American trainers. She still wants to be a military pilot, but not under her country’s flag. This summer, she filed a petition seeking asylum in the United States, where she hopes to eventually join the Air Force.

“Things are not changing” for the better in Afghanistan, Captain Rahmani said in an interview on Friday. “Things are getting worse and worse.”

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Comment by Stephen on December 24, 2016 at 11:32pm


Democratic values have never been capable of defending themselves — equal rights require eloquent defenses capable of building broad alliances on their behalf. History offers plenty of inspiration. Abraham Lincoln: “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” Martin Luther King Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Elie Wiesel: “Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.”

Or take this famous quote by an anti-Nazi pastor. It warns explicitly against the consequences of failing to respect the veil of ignorance:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

Comment by Stephen on December 24, 2016 at 11:31pm

Democracy Is Dying as Technocrats Watch

Assaults on democracy are working because our current political elites have no idea how to defend it.

On Nov. 29, three weeks after Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election, the following chart, showing a precipitous decline in support for democracy around the world, went viral after appearing in the New York Times:

Plenty of public argument ensued about the validity of the underlying data. But there was hardly any comprehension among experts about why moral support for democracy might be eroding — in part, because there’s good reason to think that experts are themselves to blame.

This is most obvious in the case of Trump, who devoted a large share of his presidential campaign not just to attacking democratic norms but also to attacking the technocratic experts who have come to symbolize democracy in the United States.

I have no sympathy for Trump’s repulsive disregard for facts, truth, and legitimate expertise. Yet he was canny in identifying how both parties’ technocratic mindset — their approaching every problem with a five-point plan designed to produce evidence-based deliverables — had left democracy vulnerable. Trump knew that if he waged a war on democratic values, the technocrats who now monopolize the country’s political elite would be incapable of fighting back.

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Comment by Chris on December 22, 2016 at 5:34am

Sadly many in other parts of world still hold on to Imperalist ideals.

I laugh at people who crave movie stars as their next messiah.

Comment by Chris on December 22, 2016 at 5:29am

Go figure that in 7th century land  some would disconect with  the bureaucracy imposed upon them from the  Imperialist nations that formed their boarders.

Comment by Chris on December 22, 2016 at 5:08am

Irhab also means discontent with  bureaucracy.


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