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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Children of the Stoplights - Part 6
Note-this concludes the Children of the Stoplights series, begun here: Discarded Lies: Children of the Stoplights - Part 1, Discarded Lies: Children of the Stoplights - Part 2, Discarded Lies: Children of the Stoplights - Part 3, Discarded Lies: Children of the Stoplights - Part 4, Discarded Lies: Children of the Stoplights - Part 5 and simulcast over at Winds of Change.NET, as our weekly feature.
"I am not able to work because I have never worked in my whole life. I have experience in this business (children trafficking). In Greece, the only way for an idler like me to survive, is to make children work, either mine or others. I made children beg in Thessaloniki and in Athens. I always choose children from families I know well.."

Interview of an Albanian children trafficker with a Terre des hommes member in August 2001.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Taco Bell shows Soros how it's done
Leopolis points out some creepy similarities...coincidence? I think NOT!
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...especially when you listen closely to their new commercials; you can hear them saying "Ukraine-o Taco Bell". Soros and his puny Open Society theory has nothing on these guys; Taco Bell's revolutionary Hegelian-Marxist dialectical method of taking thesis (crunchy taco) and antithesis (soft taco) and merging the best of both into synthesis (the double decker taco). Taco Bell has opened up a world of HURT (with extra Fire sauce) on the Open Society. Does the Open Society cost 99 cents, taste delicious and fill you up? I didn't think so!

And don't think I don't know what that little Che Guevara-looking chihuahua's up to.

We're on to you, man.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Zero Tolerance Carried Too Far
In Missouri, school officials punished a 6-year-old girl because she gave a playmate a bag of dirt. Michaela Boyd, a first-grader, was accused of "making a look-alike drug."
According to KFVS-TV "Heartland News" in the southeast Missouri town, young Boyd found an empty baggie on the ground during recess, filled it with dirt and debris, tied a ribbon around it, and gave it to a friend. But this was no harmless childish exchange in the eyes of school officials, who decided the bag of dirt looked like a bag of marijuana, and gave the child a punishment of two-days in detention for her alleged pseudo-pot peddling.

Young Michaela protested her innocence. "There was nothing in the bag. I just found it on the ground," the first grader explained. So she decided to make her friend a bag of goodies. "They said what did you make this out of? I said out of dirt. And what else? I made it with rocks, clover and dirt." Sticking with her story, Michaela said she then tied the bag shut with a purple ponytail holder and gave it to her friend, saying "here's a bag of dirt."

According to the child's mother, Michele Boyd, the trouble started when the recipient of the gift bag gave it to a teacher when recess when over. The teacher consulted the principal, and mom got a call. At a meeting with the teacher and principal, Boyd said, she was told the bag of dirt "looked like a bag of weed."

"They said it was kind of a drug," Michaela said. "I don't know what those are. I only see cigarettes. That's all I say."

Michele Boyd fears her daughter will be labeled a doper. "They said it would be on her school record as far as disciplinary that she made a look-alike drug, but I don't feel like that's right. Because she didn't do anything wrong."

While most people would probably roll their eyes at this ludicrous tale, Sikeston Police Sgt. Shirley Porter is not one of them. In a follow-up story on "Heartland News" a few days after the big bust, Porter said the case needs to be taken seriously. In Porter's eyes, 6-year-old Michaela Boyd was dealing fake drugs, and that's a crime. "If she would have been 14, we would have been arrested her and taken her to jail," Porter said.

Newsbrief: Heartland Hysteria -- Bag of Dirt Gets First Grader Punished as Doper


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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Life in an Upside Down World
Saudi Defense Minister: Bin Laden Sent by the Jews. Well, of course he was.
During a meeting to plan the recent Saudi conference on counter-terrorism the Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia claimed that arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden was “sent by the Jews."

The Defense Minister, Prince Sultan Feted read a poem with the following verse: "Long live security - may its men hold their heads high on every corner. [Bin Laden], whose ideology is sick, who was sent by the Jews, who is the architect of theft, was treacherous and sent us the criminals. This traitor of the nation tried to harm us, but his efforts boomeranged back upon him."
And in case you didn't know, Israel has not suffered from terrorism and therefore had no need to be invited to a counterterrorism conference.
Though the Saudi conference was attended by leading counterterrorism experts from over 50 different countries, Israel was excluded. "We have invited all countries that have suffered from terrorism to the conference, and all have agreed to take part," said Prince Turki ibn Muhammad, assistant undersecretary for political affairs at the Saudi Foreign Ministry.
"Come, my head's free at last!" said Alice in a tone of delight...
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Citizens step up where the government fails
This is great-from Counterterrorism Blog: Border "Minutemen" - The Sure Sign of Failure
Up to 500 volunteers are signing up to for something called the "Minutemen Project" to patrol a 40-mile stretch of the Arizona broder. These are ordinary citizens, organized by a decorated Vietnam vet, who are sick and tired of seeing thousands of illegal aliens, with terrorists probably among them, waltz through our Swiss-cheese border. Historically, volunteer law enforcement (I don't like the term "vigilante") has always been the sure sign of the failure of the official law enforcement system to deal with a virus of illegal activity. The Bush Administration and Congress should not blame the good citizenry of Arizona for taking upon themselves the task for which we pay with our tax dollars. The proposed increase of just over 200 Border Patrol agents is too little and almost too late.
This is no outlaw vigilante force of whack jobs; the linked story indicates that they are under strict orders to only follow illegals and report them; their only interactions with them are to be the provision of food, water and clothing. Relevant quote:
"I felt the only way to get something done was to do it yourself," said Jim Gilchrist, a retired accountant and decorated Vietnam War veteran who is helping recruit Minutemen across the country.

"We've been repeatedly accused of being people who are taking the law into our own hands," said Gilchrist, 56, of Aliso Viejo, Calif. "That is an outright bogus statement. We are going down there to assist law enforcement."

Officials concede the 370-mile Arizona border is the most porous stretch on the U.S.-Mexico line. Moreover, recent intelligence show that al-Qaida terrorists are likely to enter the country through the Mexico border, James Loy, the deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, said last week.

"Several al-Qaida leaders believe operatives can pay their way into the country through Mexico, and also believe illegal entry is more advantageous than legal entry for operational security reasons," Loy said in written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Of the 1.1 million illegal immigrants caught by the U.S. Border Patrol last year, 51 percent crossed into the country at the Arizona border.

[...]

The border agents agree.

The Minutemen "clearly have every reason to be upset with the federal government for abandoning them," said National Border Patrol Council president T.J. Bonner, no relation to the commissioner.
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kianb in Pahlaver:
A Picture To Remember: The Niece of Shah's Education Minister Blogs
Iran - circa 1960's : free schools and universities, freedom of speech and rights for the women. A predictable bright future and all the good things on the world. This is the late Mrs. F. Parsay, an Iranian icon who spent all her life promoting the situation of women and children in Iran. She was a true veteran of Iranian women's rights and was Shah's minister of education in the 70's. She was the first Iranian woman who became Shah's minister and sadly the first woman of Shah's cabinet who was executed by the Mullahs in the dawn of islamic revolution. Much of what we now know as 'modern education' in Iran was built by her in the 60's and 70's and I personally remember her as the one who planned a free meal for every student every day in the 70's, when I was in the primary school. Surprisingly, her niece, Mrs. Roya Parsay has surfaced and is starting to blog about her memories of her aunt and what exactly happened in those dark days. This post, covering a 2000 article in an US-based iranian magazing, gives a very nice introduction to those who are interested. I hope she starts to publish her memories as a book so we can read more about this yet-untold-and-unfinished chapter of Iranian history.

My Unedited Life, The Niece of Shah's Minister blogs
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Our opposition to ICC trials for Darfur war criminals is
Note: original headline was "Our opposition to ICC trials for Darfur war criminals is misguided and morally reprehensible". See the comments for why I changed my mind.

One thing that everyone may not be aware of, because I haven't seen it mentioned in the Darfur thread we did yesterday...Europe is holding out for the US to agree to ICC trials for the criminals. The US is holding out for an ad-hoc tribunal in Tanzania due to opposition to the ICC. I don't know who I'm more pissed off at, us or the Euros. I don't really understand why we're holding out for Tanzania considering our guys aren't in any danger of being tried. What's the point? Ten thousand people a month are being slaughtered, a thousand every three days, and we're giving into the Euros' instinct to do nothing by quibbling over some crappy court and sovereignty. Instead we should call their bluff and agree to it; there's plenty of time for the globe's only superpower to undermine the legitimacy of the ICC but in the meantime let's use it for our ends-that is, to save lives and end the genocide by this Al Qaeda-affiliated government in the heart of Africa. We're quibbling over a Security Council referral to the ICC for these war crimes; don't we have a veto in the Security Council? So how can letting them have this one hurt American sovereignty in the least?
This Sudan Tribune article lays out some very good reasons why we should allow the ICC to do its work in this instance.
The ICC Is an Essential First Step for Justice.

The ICC is the only permanent international judicial institution with the power to exercise jurisdiction over persons for the most serious crimes of international concern - genocide, other crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Pursuant to article 13 of the Rome Statute, the Security Council acting under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter may immediately authorize the ICC to exercise its jurisdiction over the serious crimes committed in Darfur.

Because the ICC is now operating, it could rapidly begin investigating and prosecuting those who bear the greatest responsibility for the serious crimes committed in Darfur. The court has existing facilities and infrastructure, its senior officials are in place, and there already is a staff of over 250 people at work.

The U.S. Proposal for New Tribunal Has Many Drawbacks.

In recent weeks, U.S. officials have sought to derail a referral to the ICC by advocating for a new, temporary international tribunal, mandated and established by the Security Council, and jointly administered by the U.N. and the African Union.

U.S. support for a new tribunal is based on its ideological opposition to the ICC - not practical reasons related to ensuring justice for the people of Darfur. Indeed, the U.S.-proposed tribunal would be burdened by unnecessary delay and expense.

"It is disheartening to see the United States undermine the leadership role it has played in focusing the world's attention on the human rights emergency in Darfur," said John Stompor.

Experiences with the temporary international criminal tribunals that were created for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda - in the absence of the permanent ICC - suggest that it would take many months, if not years, to get a new tribunal for Sudan up and running.

Such a tribunal would also require substantial and continuing financial commitments of hundreds of millions of dollars. It seems highly unlikely that any of the ninety-seven ICC member countries would support the creation of a new court, when they are already paying for the ICC, which is ready and able to take on the case of Darfur.

Another drawback of a new tribunal is that it likely would have problems of non-cooperation similar to those that have plagued the other temporary courts. Some of those who have been indicted by these tribunals are successfully avoiding appearing in court, hoping to exploit the limited time frame that such temporary tribunals have to finish their work. In contrast, the ICC is a permanent tribunal whose continuing jurisdiction is substantially more difficult for accused persons to avoid.

Do you know the story about President Bush and "NOT ON MY WATCH"? It looks like "on his watch after all", I guess.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Terri Schiavo is not unique in America's history
This is by Earl at Life Matters!
"It's high noon in America when it comes to that disabled Florida woman whose feeding tubes could be removed as early as this week," Michael Brown begins his indictment in today's Spirit Daily, continuing:
It is beyond comprehension that a nation could sit back and watch the slow, painful death of a woman who can talk, who is aware, who expresses laughter, who has swallowed on her own, who expresses fear, whose parents love her.

But those of us for whom the fight for Terri Schindler-Schiavo is not our first, our tenth, or even our 100th battle—not our first fight for life nor our last—know only too well that that surrender to the law of the jungle was made long ago and that rather than high noon, it is, if seen from an optimistic viewpoint that rivals Pollyanna, minutes to midnight in America.
  • Where was the national outrage, a quarter century ago when Clarence Herbert, a 55-year-old security guard, was starved to death on doctors' orders in the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Harbor City, CA, in 1981?

  • And where was the public outcry in 1983 when the nephew of Claire Conroy, an 84 year-old resident of a New Jersey nursing home, described as "conscious but confused," sought to have her starved to death?


  • And how many protested when the Florida Second District Court of Appeal—yes, that District Court—ruled that 75-year-old Helen Corbett, deemed "incompetent," could be starved to death in 1986?


  • Or when 45-year-old Massachusetts fire fighter, Paul Brophy, became the first person to be starved to death on court order that same year?

Suffice it to say that he was not the last. We are well past midday indeed!

Someday, God willing, there will be another Doctors Trial like the one held in Nuremberg in 1946-1947, and those who committed such heinous crimes against humanity as starving to death innocent victims unable to defend themselves—and those who aided and abeted them—will stand in the prisoners' dock.

So too, shall a Nation that turned a deaf ear to such infamies perpetrated in its name and with the complicity of its courts. If not in man's court, then in God's, where at last the victims of man's inhumanity to man will find a tribunal where justice prevails.
so the courts have been quietly making the decision to kill people who've committed no crime other than inconvenience and disability for a quarter century now. Wow. The publicity and awareness generated by Terri's ordeal will end up saving a lot of lives that would otherwise have been criminally ended, I hope.
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zorkmidden in Bloggies Of Our Lives:
Episode 301,434,755
Thousand Sons and militarybratkid have put their bras on their heads and are sitting quietly in the back porch concentrating very hard in making contact with the home planet.

Thousand Sons: Salmon...come in Salmon...

militarybratkid: Toad...militarybratkid calling Toad...

Salmon: bzzt...Hello Master...

Thousand Sons: We need more black bras, Salmon.

militarybratkid: Hey Toad! When you come to earth, can you bring me my GI Joe? I forgot him in the engine room!

Salmon: bzzt...The only color left is green, Master. And nothing below a 56 DDD.

Thousand Sons: WTF?! How am I supposed to take over this goddamned planet if the bras don't fit? And who the fuck...

militarybratkid: Hey! Watch your language! I'm gonna tell my mom!

Thousand Sons: Sorry, kid...Now listen here Salmon, who the fuck, I mean who in the galaxy wears a green bra?!

Salmon: bzzt...Charles had put in a special order for a few million green bras sir, we got the leftovers at a special discount.

Thousand Sons: Godda...sorry kid...Fucking cheapos! Sorry kid...




Meanwhile, innocent Esmeralda is in the middle of cleaning Frank's place when Frank appears looking dejected.

Frank: Esmeralda...

Esmeralda: Señor Frank! I was just...er...hi señor Frank!

Frank: Esmeralda, I need you to go on a dangerous mission.

Esmeralda: Yeah? Okay, I vacuum first, then I go.

Frank: (sobbing...) Oh Esmeralda, I'm so sorry...

Esmeralda: Ay mijito! Why you cry? Esmeraldita hug you and kiss you...

Frank: Oh it's all right, I'm fine. Look, here's where I need you to go: you know bloggie?

Esmeralda: Where those foreigners live! I know them! Very messy they are, I see their house, ppptoooey! The boy sleeps all day and that girl is no good! And so many people go in and out, in and out, all day, all night...I don't know what they do over there, but is no good so many people!

Frank: Ok, well...you're not actually gonna go to the bloggie, you're gonna go in the barn behind it...

Esmeralda: I'm not going in the barn.

Frank: Well, see that's the whole point of the mission...

Esmeralda: There's hay in the barn, I get itchy.

Frank: I'll give you antihistamines, you won't even feel it.

Esmeralda: If I get itchy, you scratch me?

Frank: Oh dear God...

Esmeralda: You scratch me.

Frank: Oh dear God, why...

Esmeralda: What you want me to do in the barn?

Frank: I need you to knock out a couple of Islamonazis, kidnap them, and bring them back here in total secrecy.

Esmeralda: Knock out who?

Frank shakes his head in despair..."damn you bigel, damn you" he cries softly..."of all the LGFers you could have picked, why me, why now?" Frank covers his face with his hands and starts sobbing. Esmeralda starts singing "De Colores" to cheer him up. Frank takes out a handgun and shoots himself. Oops, not yet.




To be continued...
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