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Racial Row in Freemasonry

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

Racial Row in Freemasonry

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Not only are the Freemasons a bit weird, some are also a bit racist. The admittance of Victor Marshall, a 26-year-old African American, to a chapter in Atlanta last year caused many Georgian Freemasons to seek to revoke the charter of Marshall’s chapter, sparking a legal battle over equality in this new “post-racial” world.

The Guardian:

There is much about Freemasonry that remains shrouded in mystery to the outside world. But a group of members in the US state of Georgia appear to have clarified one thing—the supreme being in which all Masons are required to believe is not likely to be black.

Freemasonry lodges in Georgia are at loggerheads over the admission of a “non-white” member to an organisation that was founded on the principles of the Enlightenment but which is apparently still struggling to catch up with the latter part of the 20th century.

Now the issue is headed for a Masonic trial and the state courts after some lodges in Georgia sought to revoke the charter of one in Atlanta for admitting Victor Marshall, a 26-year-old African-American army reservist, last autumn.

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William Fisher: Give Us Your Huddled Masses – But Battered Women Need Not Apply!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2009 4:39 am by HL

William Fisher: Give Us Your Huddled Masses – But Battered Women Need Not Apply!
Here’s a note for the “to do” list of the Obama Administration’s newly appointed Domestic Violence Czar – or Czarina in this case: Battered wives…

Mary Lyon: Freedom Isn’t Free — We Still Aren’t Free of Sarah Palin
Ironically, you’ve announced your babbling bailout on the eve of Independence Day. The people of Alaska may indeed finally be free of you. Unfortunately, the rest of us are about to become hostages.

Bill Donius: Palin Pass, or Dropped Ball?
Sarah Palin used the sports metaphor that she was passing the ball as her rationale for stepping down. Although, a passed ball makes sense on…


Book: Rumsfeld Didn’t Cut Weapons Programs Because Of ‘His Own Financial Situation’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2009 4:38 am by HL

Book: Rumsfeld Didn’t Cut Weapons Programs Because Of ‘His Own Financial Situation’
digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/politics/Rumsfeld_Delayed_Cutting_Weapons_Programs_For_Profit’; Here’s an intriguing detail from the new 685-page tome on Donald Rumsfeld, Bradley Graham’s By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld: Several Rumsfeld associates say the defense secretary didn’t order…

Fired IG’s Office Produced Newsletter With Racial And Sexual Jokes
We reported recently that, according to two board members for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the firing of the agency’s inspector general was initiated by the board, which had developed serious concerns about the IG’s performance. Conservatives had…


Independence Day 2009

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Independence Day 2009
We should never forget the price has already been paid for our freedom, democracy and government of We the People — time for us to use more of them all.


The lobby now admits it is a ‘sliver,’ unrepresentative of majority of American Jews

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

The lobby now admits it is a ‘sliver,’ unrepresentative of majority of American Jews
Months ago I declared that Gaza had cracked the Israel lobby. It did so by causing non-affiliated Jews to at last speak out about Israel/Palestine policy. These Jews had traditionally ceded the foreign-policy turf to their pro-Israel cousins (as I…






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Marine Finds Unlikely Reinforcements Online: Nerds
John Hodgman was right. It’s the revenge of the nerds in America right now. These past few years we’ve seen self-proclaimed, highly-influential nerds using the power of online technology to play a huge role in driving public policy, political campaigns…


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Coming Home from War is No 4th of July Picnic
I’ll never forget my Independence Day at war. On July 4, 2003, I was in Baghdad, preparing to return home with my infantry platoon after six months fighting Saddam’s Army and an insurgency that was just beginning to exact its…


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Obama: America was not built by ?naysayers.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Obama: America was not built by ?naysayers.?
President Obama devotes his address this week to remembering the “indomitable spirit of the first American citizens” who built this country and the lessons we can apply to the current challenges: That is the spirit we are called to show once more. We are facing an array of challenges on a scale unseen in our […]

President Obama devotes his address this week to remembering the “indomitable spirit of the first American citizens” who built this country and the lessons we can apply to the current challenges:

That is the spirit we are called to show once more. We are facing an array of challenges on a scale unseen in our time. We are waging two wars. We are battling a deep recession. And our economy – and our nation itself – are endangered by festering problems we have kicked down the road for far too long: spiraling health care costs; inadequate schools; and a dependence on foreign oil. […]

These are some of the challenges that our generation has been called to meet. And yet, there are those who would have us try what has already failed; who would defend the status quo. They argue that our health care system is fine the way it is and that a clean energy economy can wait. They say we are trying to do too much, that we are moving too quickly, and that we all ought to just take a deep breath and scale back our goals.

These naysayers have short memories. They forget that we, as a people, did not get here by standing pat in a time of change. We did not get here by doing what was easy. That is not how a cluster of 13 colonies became the United States of America.

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Wife’s Guilty Plea to Bribery Raises Question of What Rep. Conyers Knew

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

Wife’s Guilty Plea to Bribery Raises Question of What Rep. Conyers Knew
In the snow-covered parking lot of a McDonald’s in Detroit two years ago, City Council member Monica Conyers met with a waste-management consultant who slipped her an envelope stuffed with as much as $3,000 in cash.

Wife’s Guilty Plea to Bribery Raises Question of What Rep. Conyers Knew
In the snow-covered parking lot of a McDonald’s in Detroit two years ago, City Council member Monica Conyers met with a waste-management consultant who slipped her an envelope stuffed with as much as $3,000 in cash.


Book Review: ‘The Waxman Report’ by Henry Waxman
“The Waxman Report” explains, at least, how Congress can work, and it is fun to read. You finish it with gratitude to the voters of Beverly Hills and nearby areas who keep returning this ornery fellow to the House to challenge entrenched special interests.

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Post Publisher Says Rushed Planning Led to Inaccurate Flier on Policy Dinners
Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth said yesterday that a hasty time frame, haphazard planning and miscommunication led to the release of a promotional flier that inaccurately described the newspaper’s plans for a series of sponsored “salons” with influential insiders.


No Holiday from Taxes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 5th, 2009 4:30 am by HL

No Holiday from Taxes

July 4, 2009: Reasons for Celebration

‘Stimulating’ Everything But the Economy
Jonah Goldberg, New York Post

A Test of Legal Logic for US Civil Rights
Christopher Caldwell, FT

Palin’s Move Mystifies Some, Thrills Others
Erika Bolstad, Anchorage DN