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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A Punishment for Unsolicited Cookies
Justice gone mad:
A Colorado judge ordered two teen-age girls to pay about $900 for the distress a neighbor said they caused by giving her home-made cookies adorned with paper hearts.
The pair were ordered to pay $871.70 plus $39 in court costs after neighbor Wanita Renea Young, 49, filed a lawsuit complaining that the unsolicited cookies, left at her house after the girls knocked on her door, had triggered an anxiety attack that sent her to the hospital the next day.

Taylor Ostergaard, then 17, and Lindsey Jo Zellitte, 18, paid the judgment on Thursday after a small claims court ruling by La Plata County Court Judge Doug Walker, a court clerk said on Friday.

The girls baked cookies as a surprise for several of their rural Colorado neighbors on July 31 and dropped off small batches on their porches, accompanied by red or pink paper hearts and the message: "Have a great night."

The Denver Post newspaper reported on Friday that the girls had decided to stay home and bake the cookies rather than go to a dance where there might be cursing and drinking.

It reported that six neighbors wrote letters entered as evidence in the case thanking the girls for the cookies.

But Young said she was frightened because the two had knocked on her door at about 10:30 p.m. and run off after leaving the cookies.

She went to a hospital emergency room the next day, fearing that she had suffered a heart attack, court records said.

The judge awarded Young her medical costs, but did not award punitive damages. He said he did not think the girls had acted maliciously but that 10:30 was fairly late at night for them to be out.

Colorado Teens Fined for Giving Cookies to Neighbor
I don't know if I'm more mad at the judge or the neighbor. Way to reward a good deed.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Plight of Pakistani Christians
Shahbaz Masih, 22, is a Christian shopkeeper in the small village of Talwandi, Punjab province. He was violently assaulted by Ahmed Ali, a Muslim client, over a TV rental. After insulting Mr Masih for being Christian, the client attacked him with a butcher’s axe and chopped off his left arm.

The young shopkeeper was taken to Allied Hospital in Faisalabad and discharged four days later but had to close his shop flee the village with his mother.

Mr Masih’s parish priest in Chak Jhumra, a village not far from Talwandi informed Mgr Joseph Coutts, Catholic Bishop of Faisalbad, of what happened. Bishop Coutts sent a delegation that included an attorney, Khalil Tahrir, to file a complaint with the local police against the assailant.

Mr Ahmed Ali was arrested and is currently in Central Jail in Faisalbad. However, local police are under heavy pressure to whitewash the case and free him.

Pakistan Christian Post reports another incident involving a 55-year-old Christian mother, Hanifan Bibi, who was abducted along with her family, sexually assaulted and tortured in front of her husband and sons.

In this incident as well, the attackers are said to be protected by local authorities and people in high places, i.e. Muslim members of the Punjab Legislative Assembly.

Given the nature and the frequency of such attacks, many Pakistani Christians complain that their plight has received scant coverage by foreign media.

A case in point is this year’s annual report by Human Rights Watch which totally ignores the discriminations inflicted upon religious minorities in Pakistan.

In the report’s section on freedom of worship the human rights NGO does not refer to the brutal murders of Nasir Masih, Samuel Masih and Javed Anjum, killed only because they were Christians.

Accused of blasphemy, Nasir Masih and Samuel Masih died from police torture. Javed Anjum was slaughtered by students and teachers in a madrassah.

New cases of violence and torture against Pakistani Christians
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Laughing at ourselves
this is a very huge blog about international issues
Hey, they said it, not us! So you guys, since we're a very huge blog about international issues, I must insist that everyone look busy. We have an image to maintain!

"Discarded Lies: A Very Huge Blog About International Issues."

I like the sound of this!
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
FGM: A Synergy of Non-Action
Despite a 1995 law banning the practice, about 98% of women and girls in Djibouti have undergone the extreme form of female circumcision, according to official figures. First lady Kadra Mahmud Haid called for it to stop.

"These practices are not gone," she told the opening session of a regional conference on the issue in Djibouti on Wednesday.

Worldwide "an estimated two million young girls a year, 6000 per day, still undergo these mutilations in all their forms," she said, noting that most operations are done outside of hospitals in unsanitary conditions, without anesthesia and result in serious pain and often deadly complications.

As in most nations in the Horn of Africa, excision in Djibouti involves slicing whole or part of external female genitalia, then stitching the wound, leaving a tiny opening for passage of urine or menstrual flow.

On Thursday, Djibouti is expected to sign the African Union's 2003 Maputo Protocol on the rights of African women, which among other things commits signatories to speed efforts to stamp out female genital mutilation.

European Parliament member Emma Bonino, who is attending the conference, lamented the fact that only six of 33 African and Arab nations that expressed support for the protocol had actually ratified the accord.

"We need a synergy of action and firm engagement by politicians, lawmakers, civil society, doctors, media and imams to bring about the elimination of female genital mutilation," she said, calling for there to be zero tolerance for the practice.

About 300 participants from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Islamic scholars from Egypt's Al-Azhar University are attending the two-day meeting in Djibouti sponsored by the UN children's agency.

Female circumcision practice decried
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Someone Translate, Please
Ward Churchill doesn't believe he owes an apology for comparing the WTC victims to Eichmann. While he explained that his essay was "a gut reaction" and "not well thought out," he did not explain his rush to publish these half-formed thoughts. (He also threatens to sue if he's dismissed from his tenured position). But then he gets even more profound:
"I don't know if the people of 9-11 specifically wanted to kill everybody that was killed," he told Zahn. "It was just worth it to them in order to do whatever it was they decided it was necessary to do that bystanders be killed. And that essentially is the same mentality, the same rubric."
Huh?
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Abusers
How do they sleep at night? Not a rhetorical question, I really would like to know how can these people get their children's pain and agony out of their heads. Or do they enjoy thinking about it?
A Florida couple accused of torturing and starving five adopted children — including pulling out their toenails and subjecting them to electric shocks — were captured Friday in southeastern Utah after police tracked them through their cell phones, officials said.

John and Linda Dollar were jailed in San Juan County, Utah, on Florida warrants of felony aggravated child abuse.

The family included seven adopted children between the ages of 12 and 17. Five of the children told investigators they were tortured by the couple, subjected to electric shocks, beatings with hammers and having their toenails yanked out with pliers.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Dancing to Fidel's Tune
Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, comments on the European Union's latest attempt to make nice with Fidel Castro.
I vividly remember the slightly ludicrous, slightly risqué, and somewhat distressing predicament in which Western diplomats in Prague found themselves during the Cold War. They regularly needed to resolve the delicate issue of whether to invite to their embassy celebrations various Charter 77 signatories, human rights activists, critics of the communist regime, displaced politicians, or even banned writers, scholars, and journalists — people with whom the diplomats were generally friends.

Sometimes we, dissidents, were not invited, but received an apology, and sometimes we were invited, but did not accept the invitation so as not to complicate the lives of our courageous diplomat friends. Or we were invited to come at an earlier hour in the hope that we would leave before the official representatives arrived, which sometimes worked and sometimes didn’t. When it didn’t, either the official representatives left in protest at our presence, or we left hurriedly, or we all pretended not to notice each other, or — albeit on rare occasions — we started to converse with each other, which frequently were the only moments of dialogue between the regime and the opposition (not counting our courthouse encounters).

This all happened when the Iron Curtain divided Europe — and the world — into opposing camps. Western diplomats had their countries’ economic interests to consider, but, unlike the Soviet side, they took seriously the idea of “dissidents or trade". I cannot recall any occasion at that time when the West or any of its organisations (NATO, the European Community, etc) issued some public appeal, recommendation, or edict stating that some specific group of independently-minded people — however defined — were not to be invited to diplomatic parties, celebrations, or receptions.

But today this is happening. One of the strongest and most powerful democratic institutions in the world — the European Union — has no qualms in making a public promise to the Cuban dictatorship that it will re-institute diplomatic apartheid. The EU’s embassies in Havana will now craft their guest lists in accordance with the Cuban government’s wishes. The myopia of socialist Prime Minister José Zapatero of Spain has prevailed.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Zionist Conspiracy Reaches Nepal
Could he look any stupider? That's Nepal's King Gyanendra on tv announcing that he's dissolving the elected, multiparty government because it isn't democratic enough (I'm not kidding).
What's with the Star of David? And the pitchforks on either side? Is this a Satanist Jewish conspiracy?
...I suppose I should be thankful there aren't any swastikas.
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zorkmidden in Bloggies Of Our Lives:
Episode 301,434,741
In our last episode of "Bloggies of Our Lives," packen was taking the dogs for a walk. Suddenly...

Aridog: Where are you going with that shotgun, packen?
packen: Aridog! What a surprise! Uh...what shotgun?
Aridog: You can't hide from me packen! I know about Fidel!
packen: But sweetheart, it was only a sugar deal, nothing happened!


(bigel enters the room, panting and in distress)

bigel: There are islamonazis in the barn!

(cut to the bedroom, Frank and evariste sharing a cigarette)

Frank: Are you gonna tell him?
evariste: I love Throbert, I can't tell him.
Frank: Don't you think he'll find out eventually?
evariste: How? I'm not gonna tell him, you're not gonna tell him, how will he find out?
Frank: You're in your fourth month, you'll start showing soon.

(bigel enters the room, panting and in distress)

bigel: There are islamonazis in the barn!

To be continued...
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