Good going Drudge, you stupid asshole.
Prince Harry is to be withdrawn from Afghanistan after news broke of him serving there on the front line.
The 23-year-old royal, who has spent the last 10 weeks serving in Helmand Province, is to be flown back to the UK amid concerns for his safety.
The move follows the collapse of a news blackout deal over his deployment, after foreign media leaked the story.
Read the full article news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7270743.stmhere.
McCain’s Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries About Whether That Rules Him Out
By CARL HULSE
WASHINGTON The question has nagged at the parents of Americans born outside the continental United States for generations: Dare their children aspire to grow up and become president? In the case of Senator John McCain of Arizona, the issue is becoming more than a matter of parental daydreaming.
Mr. McCain’s likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate that has surfaced periodically since the founders first set quill to parchment and declared that only a “natural-born citizen” can hold the nation’s highest office.
Almost since those words were written in 1787 with scant explanation, their precise meaning has been the stuff of confusion, law school review articles, whisper campaigns and civics class debates over whether only those delivered on American soil can be truly natural born. To date, no American to take the presidential oath has had an official birthplace outside the 50 states.
“There are powerful arguments that Senator McCain or anyone else in this position is constitutionally qualified, but there is certainly no precedent,” said Sarah H. Duggin, an associate professor of law at Catholic University who has studied the issue extensively. “It is not a slam-dunk situation.”
Mr. McCain was born on a military installation in the Canal Zone, where his mother and father, a Navy officer, were stationed. His campaign advisers say they are comfortable that Mr. McCain meets the requirement and note that the question was researched for his first presidential bid in 1999 and reviewed again this time around.
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Turkish army says they’ve sent 10,000 troops into Iraq
US spokesman says ‘not the greatest news’
Thousands of Turkish troops have crossed into northern Iraq and thousands more are at the border ready to join them in their hunt for Kurdish PKK guerrillas, a senior military source said today.
Turkey’s military said the land offensive – the first major incursion in a decade – had fighter aircraft in support, and Turkish television reported that 10,000 troops had entered Iraq.
“The Turkish Armed Forces, which attach great importance to Iraq’s territorial integrity and stability, will return home in the shortest time possible after its goals have been achieved,” the General Staff said in a statement posted on its website.
Read the full article rawstory.com/news/2008/Turkish_army_launches_Iraq_offensive_0222.htmlhere.
Arizona GOP lawmaker indicted
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Rick Renzi, an Arizona Republican, has been indicted on federal charges following an investigation into his relationship with a former business partner regarding land deals, the Justice Department said Friday.
In a 35-count indictment, Renzi is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, extortion and insurance fraud.
Federal investigators also were looking at whether Renzi’s father was enriched by the lawmaker’s relationship with the ex-business partner, according to the indictment.
Renzi has been under an ethical cloud since the FBI raided a family business last year. The FBI said it was investigating whether the congressman had used his office for personal gain.
Read the full article www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/02/22/renzi.indictment/index.htmlhere
Kosovo MPs proclaim independence
Kosovo’s parliament has unanimously endorsed a declaration of independence from Serbia, in a historic session.
Celebrations went on into the night after Prime Minister Hashim Thaci promised a democracy that respected the rights of all ethnic communities.
Serbia’s PM denounced the US for helping create a “false state”.
A split later emerged at the Security Council, when Russia said there was no basis for changing a 1999 resolution which handed Kosovo to the UN.
Seven Western countries said it was quite clear the situation had moved on.
Read the full article news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7249034.stmhere.
Manila women fight contraception ban
Twenty of Manila’s poorest residents have filed a legal challenge against what they say is a ban on contraception.
The group – 16 women and four of their husbands – are fighting a policy which they say denies them access to condoms, to the pill and other effective forms of family planning.
This has had a devastating effect on their lives, they argue, causing unwanted pregnancies, pushing them further into poverty and harming their health and wellbeing.
The case has sparked debate in the Philippines where, says Professor Michael Tan, chair of the anthropology department at the University of the Philippines, there is no national policy on family planning.
More than 80% of Filipinos are Roman Catholics and the Church is hugely influential. Abortion is banned and President Gloria Arroyo openly backs the Church’s anti-contraception stance.
Read the full article news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7234291.stmhere.
I knew it was a matter of time before the southwest and/or southern California start battling for fresh water, but Georgia/Tennessee?
Georgians want access to Tenn. water
In 1993, Joel J. Kyle and his wife, Juanita, moved just over the Georgia border to Tennessee and Joel Kyle vowed never to cross it again.
Now, some Georgia lawmakers want the border to cross him, in a manner of speaking.
A resolution in Georgia’s legislature proposes to move the Tennessee-Georgia boundary about a mile to the north of where it now lies, which could put Kyle right back into the state he left 15 years ago.
The proposal elicited instant ridicule from residents of the area on Thursday, as well as tongue-in-cheek saber rattling from Tennessee lawmakers.
One state senator offered to settle the issue with a football game. Another suggested floating an armada of University of Tennessee fans down the Tennessee River to defend the state’s territory.
But behind the amusement is a serious issue that has bedeviled the Southeast: access to water. If the border is redrawn, the new state line would fall across Nickajack Reservoir. That would allow parched Georgians to tap into the waters of the dammed Tennessee River.
Read the full article tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080208/NEWS0201/802080435here.
WASHINGTON (CNN) Republican Mike Huckabee is taking heat from some members of the gay community over recent comments that appeared to equate gay marriage with bestiality.
In an interview with the religious Web site beliefnet.com, Huckabee pushes back on recent critics who have called some of his positions “radical.”
“I think the radical view is to say that we’re going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal,” he said in the interview, published on the Web site Wednesday. “Again, once we change the definition, the door is open to change it again.”
Read the full article here.
This is a great article. And it’s cool that Grassley, who’s been going after nonprofits for years, is finally turning his attention to the grossest abuses in the field, even though it’s against his religious-right interests.
Senator’s Inquiry Into Mega-Church Money Hypocrisy Sparks Church-State Showdown
The New Testament reports that Jesus rarely used fancy modes of transportation to get around. He walked most of the time, although Matthew and other gospels mention that he once rode a borrowed donkey into Jerusalem, where he burst into a temple and tossed out the money changers.
Nearly 2,000 years later, some who claim to speak in Jesus’ name are taking a different view. Consider Bishop Eddie Long, who pastors a mega-church in Lithonia, Ga. With a salary approaching $1 million a year and a nine-bathroom mansion situated on 20 acres, Long’s choice of vehicles reflects his opulent lifestyle: He drives a $350,000 Bentley.
Far from casting out money changers, Long is likely to join them. In a 2005 profile in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he defended his high-flying ways, insisting, “I pastor a multimillion dollar congregation. You’ve got to put me on a different scale than the little black preacher sitting over there that’s supposed to be just getting by because the people are suffering.”
Long’s lack of humility has probably done him no favors. At the time, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), expressed dismay.
“When I hear about leaders of charities being provided a $300,000 Bentley to drive around in, my fear is that it’s the taxpayers who subsidize this charity who are really being taken for a ride,” he quipped.
In November, Grassley, who serves as ranking minority member on the Senate Finance Committee, ramped things up a bit. He announced that he is seeking detailed financial information from six mega-ministries, Long’s among them.
The move sent shock waves through the evangelical community. Grassley is a conservative Republican whose votes on social issues usually please the Religious Right. (His 2006 rating from the Family Research Council was 87 percent.) But the senator has long had an interest in preserving the integrity of the tax laws and has in the past complained about secular non-profits violating the law.
In 2005-06, Grassley held a series of hearings on Capitol Hill that included testimony from large non-profit groups such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Red Cross. Now he’s turning his sights to the religious sector.
Read the full article www.alternet.org/story/72539/here.
Gee, what could go wrong?
Passenger Jets Get Anti-Missile Devices
Three American Airlines Jets Will be the First to Test Out the New Laser Jammers
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of airline passengers will soon be flying on jets outfitted with anti-missile systems as part of a new government test aimed at thwarting terrorists armed with shoulder-fired projectiles.
Three American Airlines Boeing 767-200s that fly daily round-trip routes between New York and California will receive the anti-missile laser jammers this spring, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which is spending $29 million on the tests.
Jets will fly with the jammer device mounted on the belly of the plane, between the wheels. The device works with sensors, also mounted on the plane, that detect a heat-seeking missile and shoot a laser at it to send the missile veering harmlessly off course.
Read the full article abcnews.go.com/Business/BusinessTravel/story?id=4086346&page=1here.
PARIS – Al-Qaida threats against the Dakar Rally and an attack in Mauritania forced organizers to cancel the annual race on Friday, the eve of the 5,760-mile trek across North African desert scrubland and savannah.
It was the first time the automobile, motorbike and truck rally has been called off in its 30-year history. In a statement, organizers blamed “threats launched directly against the race by terrorist organizations.” the Dec. 24 killings of a French family and international tensions.
Read the full article news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080104/ap_on_re_af/car_dakar_rallyhere.
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