Was Discordianism co-creator Kerry Wendell Thornley involved in the 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy? Was Thornley really the first — and only — person to write a book about alleged Kennedy killer Lee Harvey Oswald before the assassination?
Check out my article just published by Yahoo:
Beginning next year, atheists and agnostics will no longer have to lie to become Scouts in the United Kingdom.
In the new vow, the part in parenthesis will be optional:
“On my honour I promise that I will do my best
To uphold our Scout values, to do my duty to (God and to) the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law.”
Unlike the U.S., the U.K. hasn’t had a prohibition against homosexuals in Scouting. Explorers have been co-ed since 1976, and since 1991 girls have been allowed to be Beavers and Cubs.
Photo by Agence Rol is in the public domain and is as found at commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scouts-entente-cordiale.jpg
Thanks to Herr Bookmonger for pointing this out to us
When the government funding shuts down due to a battle in Congress, guess who still gets paid?
Congress has one key duty in the Constitution — pass spending bills that fund the government. If it doesn’t, most functions of government — from funding agencies to paying out small business loans and processing passport requests — grinds to a halt. But some services, like Social Security, air traffic control and active military pay, will continue to be funded. Oh, and Congress still gets paid, too.
In spite of an international outcry that severely questioned his conviction, Troy Anthony Davis was executed by the state of Georgia in America on 21 Sept. 2011. There was no physical evidence against him; the murder weapon was never found; seven of the nine witnesses who had testified against him recanted their testimony, some saying they had been coerced by the police; and one of the two remaining witnesses was said to have confessed to the killing of Savannah, Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail.
Jen Marlowe wrote the book with Troy’s sister Martina Davis-Correia and Troy himself. Martina was battling breast cancer at the same time she was battling for her brother’s life. Sadly, she lost both battles.
The book has been praised by Maya Angelou, Amy Goodman, Eve Ensler, Susan Sarandon, Gloria Steinem, Cornel West, and others.
The execution of Troy Anthony Davis is more than the death of one man, it’s the continuing tragedy of a severely damaged criminal justice system. It’s anybody’s guess how many innocent people have been killed and how many are scheduled for execution right now.
I Am Troy Davis (Haymarket Books) is scheduled to be released on September 21, 2013 to mark the two-year anniversary of the execution of Troy Davis.
The book cover is used to illustrate the book. No threat to its copyright is intended. An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.
Most people take adopting a pet very seriously. Animal sellers should too. Here are some tips for both the seller and animal adopter looking for a trustworthy dealer.
See “Five Ways to Sell a Pet — or Just About Anything” by Alden Loveshade
- – - – -
Opinions of an individual member or associate of The Loveshade Family do not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.
The law requiring an ID to vote in Texas was supposedly to prevent voter fraud. It seemed like a reasonable law except for two things: 1) voter fraud is apparently extremely rare and has no effect on state- or nation-wide election; and 2) the law requires voters to pay for a certified copy of their ID. Opponents see it as a way to discriminate against the poor and minorities.
The law was blocked for almost a year by a court decision, then another decision seemingly let it stand.
It’s interesting to note that leaders among Democrats, who rely on the votes of minorities, are generally opposed to such laws whereas Republicans, who rely on the votes of well-to-do Caucasians, are in favour. Does this come down to representing your constituents, or motivated self-interest?
Image of United States and Texas flags is public domain and cropped from the University of Houston Digital Library.
Andrea Hernandez is back in high school in San Antonio after being expelled for refusing to wear “the mark of the beast.” On October 1, 2012, John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School began forcing students to wear RFID tracking badges as part of the ”Student Locator Project.” The school claimed it helped them track students and keep accurate attendance records.
Hernandez was suspended from the school for refusing to wear the badge for religious reasons, linking it to the “mark of the beast” in the biblical book of Revelation. The Rutherford Institute filed a suit on behalf of Hernandez, and on November 21, 2012, a judge tentatively blocked the suspension. Hernandez was expelled from the school in January 2013. This week, the high school student was allowed to re-enter the school which had abandoned the RFID project.
One critical problem that seldom gets mentioned in these reports is this: if the government can track you, so can anyone who can access your signal.
- – - – -
If this blog entry looks similar to what you’ll find at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jay_High_School_(San_Antonio)#Student_Locator_Project, well that’s because I wrote that too.
- – - – -
An opinion by a member of associate of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.
Bradley Manning, who leaked government information to the press, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison. The judgment essentially equates revealing government information, including governmental abuse, as treason. This could set a legal precedent: letting people know what the government is really doing is worse than torturing and killing innocent civilians. Ben Wizner of the ACLU said:
When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system. A legal system that doesn’t distinguish between leaks to the press in the public interest and treason against the nation will not only produce unjust results, but will deprive the public of critical information that is necessary for democratic accountability. This is a sad day for Bradley Manning, but it’s also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.
At the age of 10 and 7, two American children had their freedom of speech legally truncated. By an agreement made by their parents, Chris and Stephanie Hallowich, a Pennsylvania boy and girl apparently cannot talk about fracking, shale gas drilling, for the rest of their lives.
While the $750,000 settlement was made in 2011, the terms were just now made public after a request by the Pittsburg Post Gazette.
The agreement was made between the Hallowich’s and three oil and gas companies in charge of drilling in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. The family, who lived near the drilling and were opposed to fracking, claimed the process harmed their family’s health. Apparently the parents did not want their kids gagged, but otherwise could not get a settlement.
While gag orders are common for adults in such agreements, how can they be forced down the throats of two young children?
Image adapted from “Young girl in Mauritania.jpg” by Ferdinand Reus from Arnhem, Holland. This image is under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. The original image is under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.
The United States of America has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The odds of a random American being in prison or jail are almost five times that of a citizen of England or Wales. Either Americans are more evil than everyone else, or something is seriously wrong with its judicial and prison system.
The California hunger strike against cruel prison condition, including prolonged solitary confinement, is in its second week. Negotiations have begun, but have been made more difficult. Once again, California has banned Marilyn McMahon, executive director of California Prison Focus, from fulfilling her position as a mediator. She and another civil rights attorney were banned during the hunger strike in 2011. The ban was eventually lifted with no reason given. Now they’ve banned other lawyers from visiting prisoners.
The Geneva Conventions declared decades ago that solitary confinement was unacceptably cruel. The US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons said in 2006 it should be ended. Yet decades later the United States still practices this.
Most inmate in solitary confinement are mentally ill or are there because of minor offenses. I personally know a man who was put in solitary because he was mentally ill and wasn’t getting help. A person rarely if ever gets put in solitary because of a crime, but because of problems they have once they’re locked up.
Most people are incarcerated because of minor or drug offenses. And some of them are in solitary. If you got caught smoking pot or being physically intimate with a person of the same sex back when people could get years for those offenses, you could be one of them.
The photo was made by a employee of the federal government while on duty and thus is in the public domain. http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/xWEBSITE/photos/photos/pages/Camp_5.html
Any opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect that of all members of the family. The Loveshade Family supports this article.