From the daily archives: Monday, August 6, 2007

I was just checking out the Citizens for Community Standards website and found a very thorough history of Phil Burress and CCV called How One Man?s Porn Addiction Has Hurt Ohio?s Economy and Poisoned Its Political Discourse For Nearly Two Decades.

Here’s a brief overview:

Prosecuting the Art Museum: 1990
Thanks to CCV, Cincinnati became America?s first city to prosecute an art museum and its director for obscenity over it’s Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit.

An Anti-Gay City Charter Amendment: 1992
CCV pushed for “a city charter amendment that stripped gays and lesbians of protection from discrimination.”

Burress Takes […]

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The Austin-American Statesman published a good commentary piece on Saturday by Perry Glanzer who is “a professor at Baylor’s School of Education and the Institute for Church-State Studies”.

Glanzer claims that Focus on the Family’s James Dobson was just crying wolf when he “officially renounced Harry Potter” last week.

Professor Glanzer points out that “although God may not be mentioned, messages consistent with Christianity and even a sprinkling of Christian symbolism abound” and that “Rowling’s series reinforces a core Christian belief that good and evil are not just socially constructed.”

Dobson should save his ammunition for real ? […]

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You know, it’s natural to get frustrated when stuff like the “Protect America Act” manage to get passed in a Democratic Congress. But before you get too worked up, check this out.

Still think there’s no difference between the GOP and Democrats? CorrenteWire generated the chart, and has some analysis as to what’s going on.

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Talk about blowing smoke…

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We all know the saying – where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Except when wingnuts are the ones blowing smoke. A few weeks ago, RABid picked up on a piece from Front Page Magazine by Patrick Poole attacking local moderate Muslim Abukar Arman. I was going to attempt to provide supported counterarguments to every attack on this man, but I have a paying job I have to do, and I just don’t have the time. I will say that many of the quotes and statements of Arman are carefully selected to twist his message, and in some cases his intent […]

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New law that modifies FISA was passed this weekend.

The administration said the measure is needed to speed the National Security Agency’s ability to intercept phone calls, e-mails and other communications involving foreign nationals “reasonably believed to be outside the United States.” Civil liberties groups and many Democrats said it goes too far, possibly enabling the government to wiretap U.S. residents communicating with overseas parties without adequate oversight from courts or Congress.

The bill updates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA. It gives the government leeway to intercept, without warrants, communications between foreigners that are routed through […]

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Predatory lending

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On the heels of Jerid’s post about his mother getting a payday loan to buy him a gift, The Chief Source (along with The Keeler Report) did a little original work looking at payday loan outfits. The video is good.

And check out the loan rate table (posted on the wall, unavailable to take home from the center).

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