Not In My Bible
Friday, May 26, 2006
As you may know, data was stolen from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This data contained identifying information on up to 26.5 million veterans and spouses, including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and some disability ratings.
At this time, we encourage you to be vigilant and monitor your financial accounts to protect yourself against identity theft. We have put together the following information to help you:
Read the latest from the Department of Veteran Affairs
What happened at VA and how does it affect me?
How do I know if information on me was stolen?
What should I do to protect myself?
What should I do if I detect a problem with any of my accounts?
Additional articles and resources:
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Identity Theft: What if Your Info is Stolen?
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Identity Guard has recently announced veterans affected by the recent data theft can have 6 months of Fraud Protection Service free. To learn more about this offer, go to www.fraudprotect.com
At Military.com, we have taken great strides to safeguard member information. We will continue to keep you informed on this situation as it develops.
The pre-neocon/theofascist oath used to read:
I,____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
The Religious Right has designated Sunday, June 4th, as "Marriage Protection Sunday" and is mobilizing fundamentalist and evangelical congregations all across America, including those in the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, to try and pressure Congress to put forward an amendment to the US Constitution to ban gay marriage. The Senate is scheduled to take up the amendment on June 5th and vote on it the next day, so the push among conservative congregations is designed to show how much support there is for this change in our laws out in the heartland.
The extremist American Family Association on its web site calls this vote"the most important vote this year" which, given the many crises facing our nation at the present time, shows how deep the fear and animus exists among conservatives against gays and lesbians.
We cannot allow this attempt to enshrine discrimination in our most important national document to go unchallenged. Congress needs to know that there are millions of American Christians who do not think that gays and lesbians should be subject to a second-class citizenship that deprives them of the benefits available to everyone else and which singles them out for mistreatment.
The basic teaching of both testaments of the Bible is that what is good for one should be good for all. Yet according to the federal government's General Accounting Office, there are over 1,100 federal benefits which are conferred on heterosexual couples in order to induce them to marry which are denied to gay and lesbian couples. There is simply no way in good conscience that heterosexual Christians can enjoy the benefits extended to them by the government while their gay and lesbian neighbors are left out.
What You Can Do
We are asking each of our members, between June 1st and June 5th to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in opposition to this effort by the Religious Right and to call either your Senator or your Representative to tell them that Christians are against discrimination and that all of us should live under one law, not one for straights and a separate one for gays and lesbians.
Let them know that the Religious Right does not speak for all Christians!
Thursday, May 25, 2006
For instance, the documentary evidence is now clear that in summer 2001 – at the same time Bush’s National Security Council was ignoring warnings about an impending al-Qaeda terrorist attack – NSC adviser Condoleezza Rice was personally overseeing a government-wide task force to pressure India to give Enron as much as $2.3 billion.
Then, even after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when India’s cooperation in the “war on terror” was crucial, the Bush administration kept up its full-court press to get India to pay Enron for a white-elephant power plant that the company had built in Dabhol, India.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Where is Annie Kinsella (FIELD OF DREAMS) when we need her?
ANNIE: At least he is not a book burner, you Nazi cow.
BEULAH: At least I'm not married to the biggest asshole in three counties.
ANNIE: All right, Beulah, do you want to step outside?
Indictments were returned last week ending a 14-month long undercover investigation charging nearly 40 individuals with weapons charges, participation in a criminal organization and sale or transportation of dangerous drugs.
The investigation was a joint effort by the Phoenix Police, Scottsdale Police, Glendale Police, ATF, U.S. Marshals, and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. The organization was loosely referred to as the Todd Streich White Supremacy Organization because defendant Streich was the main player. Several of the defendants had tattoos reflecting Nazi and skinhead views, and espoused views that were aligned with white supremacy.
County Attorney Andrew Thomas said, "This is a hateful group with a dangerous criminal agenda. I'm grateful that law enforcement's cooperative efforts have enabled us to bring these charges and make the community safer."
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
But she defended the Bush administration's actions in Iraq and challenged her critics' assertions that the Iraq war clashes with Catholic morals.
"Christians are of course on both sides of the argument about the use of force -- when it is indeed just to use force and when it is not," she said at a news conference today. "We have overthrown a dictator who brutalized his population….Sometimes you have to get rid of really, really bad regimes"
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Despite all of the denials to the contrary, there has been an insidious method to the madness of offshoring jobs and allowing immigrants to cross our borders to take American jobs at Third World wages. The whole idea was to take away any and all career options for American males - all but the military, that is.
The sad part is, it's working:
Nothing offered him the financial security of his military job — especially the generous health coverage for his wife and three small children. And so, 29 years old and with no other place to turn, [Staff Sgt. Matthew] Kruger spent his first full day of freedom at a military processing center, signing up for four more years.
"The Army has a saying: We enlist soldiers, we reenlist families,"
said Master Sgt. David Best, a career counselor in charge of retention at Ft. Lewis.
"We had nothing. We were scared," [wife] Maggie said recently, struggling to keep their rambunctious children entertained in a pizza parlor outside the Ft. Lewis military base. "We suddenly realized there was no way to take the kids to the doctor or dentist for any little reason, as we had been used to."
The NRA's own Eddie Eagle.
Yet the Magdalene—that part of her name derives from Magdala, her hometown—lives on in another tradition that can be found in an obscure second-century text. Dubbed "The Gospel of Mary," it depicts Mary as a leader of Jesus' followers in the days after his resurrection. Written by Christians some 90 years after Jesus' death, Mary's is a "Gnostic gospel"; the Gnostics, a significant force in the early years of Christianity, stressed salvation through study and self-knowledge rather than simply through faith. The text was lost for centuries until found in fragments by a collector in Cairo in 1896. In its telling, Jesus rises and vanishes after instructing his disciples to "preach the good news about the Realm." The exhortation makes them uneasy: Christ had died preaching that gospel. What was to save them from a similar fate?
Remember The Boston Massacre?