When the FLDS under Mr. Jeffs (and his father before him) grew to some 10,000 followers in several southwestern communities with estimated assets of $110 million; when it became clear that government officials, school authorities, and police in those communities had become intertwined with the sect; when ex-members increasingly reported child and sexual abuse charges (mainly involving underage girls forced to marry older men); and when the sect began to use secluded compounds, state and federal authorities started to crack down more vigorously.
Specifically, Jeffs is charged in Utah and Arizona with sexual assault of underage girls and with arranging "spiritual" marriages for girls and older men. At weekend press conferences in Salt Lake City and Phoenix, FBI and state officials said Jeffs "is considered armed and dangerous and may be traveling with armed bodyguards." In the past, he has talked in apocalyptic terms about a violent end to the world, according to former members.
"The thing that makes it so hard to track a guy like this down is that he probably has a lot of cash, and like Osama bin Laden [who also is on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted list], he has people who totally buy into his position as a religious icon, and would guard him quite loyally," says Levin.
Mr Marcinkiewicz summed up the thinking in the coalition's main Law and Justice party when he told the Polish edition of Newsweek: "If [a] person tries to infect others with their homosexuality, the state must intervene in this violation of freedom."I take it straight people in Poland do not have oral sex.
The assumption that gay people want to spread a diseased lifestyle encourages Catholic groups who have long targeted homosexuality. Thousands of headteachers have received a 29-page booklet from the fundamentalist Piotr Skarga Catholic association, named after a 16th-century Polish Jesuit, which issues instructions on how to ensure youngsters do not become gay. Entitled Taboos about Homosexuality, the pamphlet uses graphic language to scare young people . "Around 75% of homosexuals admit they put their tongue into their partner's anus which means they eat lots of faeces," the booklet tells teachers. "Homosexuals crawling in faeces and eating it suffer bad health."
The booklet attempts to depict gay people as blood suckers. In a section on oral sex, it says: "Sperm has bacteria which is transferred from blood. So homosexuals almost drink blood."
What do you do to get voters to the polls? If you're the ruling party do you point to your record? To how you handled the nation's finances, security, border security, or your perception of your foreign policy accomplishments?The Moderate Voice - GOP's New Message: Vote For Us Because We Could Lose
You'd think so, but this year the GOP's slogan to other GOPers apparently is "Vote For Us — Because Otherwise We Could Lose."
It's apparently the pitch being made to Republicans in Congress by party bigwigs and to party partisans by the party.
Sept. 20, 2005 — Babies start crying in the womb as early as 28 weeks, according to video-recorded ultrasound images.
Jeannine Gingras at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., and colleagues made the discovery after playing tones of about 100 Hz and 95 decibels through a speaker placed on the stomach of a pregnant woman.
The response, recorded with an ultrasound scan, showed the fetus startling and turning the head as the sound stimulation was played.
Then the fetus showed all the characteristics of crying: an open mouth, increasing head tilts, a quivering chin and several irregular breaths before exhaling and settling with a turn of the head, mouthing and swallowing.
Monday's violence began before dawn in the farming community of Abassan in southeastern Gaza. Hamas tried to kidnap a Fatah member, apparently to settle an old score, said Fatah spokesman Tawfiq Abu Khoussa.
The kidnapping ignited several hours of violence that included more kidnappings and fire fights, including one exchange that sent civilians ducking for cover. One Hamas militant was killed. All captives were released after negotiations.
At one point, Hamas gunmen ambushed Fatah militants driving on the main road in two jeeps with red government license plates. One jeep was hit by a shoulder-held missile, killing two Fatah gunmen who were also members of the security forces. The second vehicle was riddled with bullets.
The clashes Tuesday erupted after Hamas gunmen opened fire on Fatah activists at the home of a top Fatah official, witnesses said. The Fatah gunmen returned fire and nine were injured in the exchange, including five children, officials said.
According to Hamas officials, bodyguards working for a top Fatah leader had kidnapped three members of the Hamas military wing earlier in the day and the Hamas gunmen had gone to try to free them. Fatah officials denied the accusations.