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Church to burn copies of Koran to mark 9/11. The Dove World Outreach Center of Gainesville asked other religious to stand "against the evil of Islam" / AP Source: AP.

Church to burn copies of Koran to mark 9/11

Media conservatives "favor religious freedom," but ... August 05, 2010 8:55 am ET — 146 Comments Several prominent media conservatives have claimed to "favor religious freedom" while qualifying that claim in order to attack the Islamic community center and mosque set to be built two blocks away from Ground Zero, demanding that it be moved elsewhere in New York City. Palin: "We're all about religious freedom, but" do it "down the road. " Discussing her opposition to the proposed Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin said:

State of the States. TomDispatch. Tom Engelhardt: Whose Hands? Whose Blood? Killing Civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Lunatic’s Manual   : ICH - Information Clearing House. Right-wing media absurdly compare Michelle Obama to Marie Antoinette. August 05, 2010 11:21 am ET — 77 Comments. Meet Tom Emmer, Target's Favorite Right-Wing Nutjob. @Senor_Spielbergo: The Republican Party of even Barry Goldwater, who opposed civil rights laws, has been taken over by a bunch of anti-government lunatics!

Meet Tom Emmer, Target's Favorite Right-Wing Nutjob

Barry Eisler: Militarization and the Authoritarian Right. Yes, former Bush administration speechwriter and current Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen's demand that "WikiLeaks Must Be Stopped" is, as his colleague Eva Rodriguez notes, "more than a little whacky.

Barry Eisler: Militarization and the Authoritarian Right

" PostPartisan - A final warning to WikiLeaks? War Crime Whistleblower in Obama’s Sights, War Criminals Not. Printer-friendly version The Obama administration is even more fixated on secrecy than its Republican predecessor, whose crimes go unpunished and in many case, repeated.

War Crime Whistleblower in Obama’s Sights, War Criminals Not

The continuity of the two war-making regimes is obvious. As it turns out, there are only so many ways to run “the world’s greatest killing machine” – and they are all mass murderous. War Crime Whistleblower in Obama’s Sights, War Criminals Not by Paul Street. Julian Assange, monk of the online age who thrives on intellectual battle. How many people had even heard of WikiLeaks a week ago?

Julian Assange, monk of the online age who thrives on intellectual battle

Or Julian Assange? And yet, seven days after the biggest intelligence leak of all time – the publication of over 75,000 files amounting to an entire history of the Afghanistan war – he is everywhere; in every newspaper, on every news broadcast, in what appears to be every country in the world. It's been an extraordinary week for WikiLeaks, which has seen the entrance on to the world stage of a remarkable new character: Assange, a man who, even friends and supporters admit, looks "a bit like a Bond villain".

Diary: Julian Assange Vs. The Basturds. WikiLeaks Puts Afghanistan Back on Media Agenda. By Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director, Project for Excellence in Journalism The war in Afghanistan — a subject that has generated periodic spikes in media interest but not a high level of sustained coverage — was back atop the mainstream news agenda last week.

WikiLeaks Puts Afghanistan Back on Media Agenda

And this time, the catalyst was neither violence on the ground nor deliberations in Washington, but the leak of about 90,000 classified war reports by a whistleblower website. Wikileaks: The National-Security State strikes back « Later On. Afghanistan: The war logs. Iran poised to fill vacuum after U.S. withdrawal. By Richard Engel, NBC chief foreign correspondent BAGHDAD - Every conversation I have in Iraq these days reaches back in history.

Iran poised to fill vacuum after U.S. withdrawal

When I ask policemen, government officials or Iraqi journalists what they think will happen after U.S. combat troops leave at the end of this month, our discussions inevitably become two-hour examinations of Islamic and Middle Eastern history. This is not simply an American pullout. Here August 2010 is seen as a turning point for Iraq. The biggest concern many Iraqis seem to have is that the U.S. combat withdrawal will leave a power vacuum that will be filled by Iraq’s traditional rival and longtime enemy, Persian Iran. In the early 16th century, just a few decades after Christopher Columbus landed on America’s shores, the last great Islamic empire was fighting to rule the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the rest of the world. Five centuries years later, many Iraqis believe Iran has played a similar game with the United States in Iraq. The American Prospect. Wyoming most conservative state, D.C. most liberal (though it's not a state) Get out your U.S. map and your favorite red and blue crayons.

Wyoming most conservative state, D.C. most liberal (though it's not a state)

Color in red that big square of Wyoming (kids, it's the one above the four squarish states on the left side of the map). Cheney still hospitalized « Under the Mountain Bunker & Coffee Shop. WASHINGTON — Former US vice president Dick Cheney is out of intensive care but still in hospital more than five weeks after being admitted for his latest heart problems, his daughter said Sunday.

Cheney still hospitalized « Under the Mountain Bunker & Coffee Shop

Last month doctors implanted a pump that improves heart function in the 69-year-old Cheney at a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, in the Washington suburbs. He was admitted late June. Cheney hoping to leave hospital this week. ‘Ethics’ violations: What about Bush & Cheney? Published Aug 4, 2010 10:16 PM One of the first things the Bush-Cheney administration did on taking office in 2001 was to set up a super-secret energy task force.

‘Ethics’ violations: What about Bush & Cheney?

Oil and gas company executives descended on the White House for hush-hush conclaves with Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration officials. The individuals and their companies were never named publicly. In fact, when environmental groups sued to find out the particulars of these meetings, the administration successfully defended its right to keep them secret, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Halliburton balks at telling U.S. early of major deals.