August 2006


The spiral stairs are installed now!  No rail yet… But… They’re usable!

71-year-old Guantanimo detainee released

Man kicked off plane because his t-shirt had Arabic on it

And finally, the kicker. Read this, and be very afraid.

ATHEISTS FILE CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT IN “OKLAHOMA OUTRAGE” –

SMALKOWSKI PRAYER BULLYING CASE

American Atheists filed suit in federal court Friday in a case nvolving charges of “prayer bullying” and conspiracy to violate the civil rights of an Atheist family.

In November, 2004, Nadia Smalkowski — a student at Hardesty Oklahoma High School and member of the female basketball squad — was ordered by her coach to participate in a game-time recitation of the “Lord’s Prayer.” Ms. Smalkowski, an Atheist, refused and was then banished to the locker room. Days later, following a meeting of school officials,
she was punished by being removed from the team. (more…)

Read about Operation Acoustic Kitty … somewhat amusing.

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Not really. It was a dream. (more…)

blog-overlook-2-small.jpgWe had our 2nd annual Assateague Island beach camping trip earlier this month. Although I was recovering from illness and could not drink due to liver testing situation (since resolved fine), I still had a blast!

Pictures of this event are HERE.
Carolyn’s blog post about the trip. The longest and most thorough account:
Carolyn.wordpress.com (her post is both about Bethany and Assateague).

Vicky’s blog post about the trip:
http://tgaw.wordpress.com/2006/08/12/assateague-2006/

Angel’s blog post about the trip:
http://ansaphone4.livejournal.com/265913.html

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Rove blasts warrantless wiretapping decision:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/08/24/rove.spying.ap/index.html

“Imagine if we could have done that before 9/11. It might have been a different outcome,” he said.

Yeah.  Nice spin Karl.  Unfortunately, Bloomberg is onto you.  Might I direct the user to the legal case of McMurray v. Verizon Communications Inc., 06cv3650, in the Southern District of New York.

The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court.

Original Bloomberg article is HERE.

It’s really hard putting the credibility of a legal team against the credibility of Karl Rove.  But I don’t think someone would start up a court case based on zero evidence.  Everyone seems to sort of know that the scope of NSA wiretapping is more than is stated, because almost everything this administration does is more than is stated.  Unfortunately, common sense isn’t conclusive. 

 But I’m a hell of a lot more likely to believe the NSA was listening in 7 months before 911, than I am to believe anything out of the mouth of Karl Rove. 

Remember, the administration knew attacks were coming.  Perhaps in part because of the wiretaps. 

 Anyone disputing this should know of a memo entitled, “Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside The United States”, sent by Condi Rice on August 6th, 2001.  You can read a transcript of her saying this on CNN.com:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/04/08/rice.transcript/

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