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"As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake." --
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Holy Crap! Freehold is insane.

Here's a quote from the article:

"A New Jersey rabbi has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the township where he lives, saying local officials in Freehold Township are conducting an illegal surveillance of his house and restricting his right to pray at his home.


The federal lawsuit was filed today in Trenton on behalf of Avraham Bernstein, who is represented by the Rutherford Institute, a Charlottesville, Va.-based civil liberties group that focuses on First Amendment and religious freedom cases.

At issue is whether Bernstein, a rabbi with the ultraorthodox Lubavitch Chabad, is allowed to host a minyon, the necessary 10 men to pray under orthodox Jewish law, at his home on Shabbat, Friday night to Saturday night.

The Monmouth County township says he is violating local zoning ordinances because he is using his home as a house of worship, according to the lawsuit.

Bernstein received a zoning violation in February 2007 and a summons in April; in May he filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court. The township retaliated by "secretly setting up a video camera," aimed at the Bersteins' home, which is operated on Friday afternoon before Shabbat until its conclusion on Saturday, the lawsuit alleges."

This has enormous implications for other religious groups -- Pagans in particular. We generally don't *have* houses of worship; we almost always worship in our homes. How can Freehold be claiming this kind of thing is illegal?
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I've been listening to WNYC and occasionally checking Gothamist. NYC seems to be shut down from last night's storm -- the subway is completely screwed up, with almost nothing running. All the various trains are down as well.

And now they're saying there was a tornado in Brooklyn! Crazy.
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Another shooting in a Colorado high school.

random

May. 17th, 2006 06:39 pm
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This is the funniest way to start a news article ever:

"All Dexter McWhite wanted when he got out of jail was to take his grandkids to McDonald's, according to his attorney.

But he didn't have enough money, and he started drinking, defense attorney Christine Warren said. In the end, he robbed seven stores in 17 hours and wound up naked and unconscious in the woods, attorneys said."

News

Mar. 20th, 2006 12:15 pm
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I wanted to let everyone know about a custody case that's going on where being a member of the Church of the Subgenius has played a major role. It's important because the judge decided to take custody away from the mother because she's a member of Subgenius and because she participated in Subgenius stuff that parodied the Passion of the Christ.

Full details of the case are here. I'd rather you just went there to read them, because I don't want to repeat everything and mess up some important legal thing.

You can check out the Boing Boing report on the case.

And you can also read the mom's blog.

If you want you can donate money to her legal fund -- the links and addresses are on several of those linked pages.

Some news

Feb. 23rd, 2006 08:07 pm
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New Jersey Sues Bush Administration For Data On Port Newark Deal
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I've also read that the Mayor of NYC is planning to chuck this company out of New York's harbor as well. Haven't heard anything about the other ports protesting -- but then I'm not really looking at Miami's news all that much.
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Wowsa. I don't know if any of you have been following the whole Oprah-Millionlittlepieces-SmokingGun controversy. I've been vaguely following the whole thing because I like the Smoking Gun. So the story is, this man wrote a book called A Million Little Pieces. Its his "memoir" of his life as a recovering drug addict, and its filled with lots of really sensational crazy details about time spent in jail, gruesome operations, etc. Oprah picked the book for her book club and it shot way up the best sellers list. Smoking Gun pointed out that most of the book was very, very made up (based on research of his life and the things he talks about). Oprah and company stood by the book to the point of absurdity, going on Larry King to make a lot of noise about the Smoking Gun being wrong!

And right now, I turn on the tv, and there's Oprah, live, telling everyone that the book is totally fiction. Wowsa.

Normally I could care less about Oprah or any of this, but wow.
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Ha! I don't know if this is true or not, but its fantastic if it is.

Apparently, Gonzales gave a short speech to a group of Georgetown law students on the legality of all that lovely domestic wiretapping. In the middle of it, all the students got up and turned their backs to him. Then several other students came in with a large banner with a quote from Ben Franklin: "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither." (According to MSNBC that's a loose quote)

Here's some links:

A lovely pic
Salt Lake City Tribune (Mentioned at the end)
MSNBC (Mentioned down in the last section)
Boing Boing snippet

news

Jul. 21st, 2005 08:46 am
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Yarg! More bombs in the Underground. Thankfully, it looks like this time no one got hurt because they were only detonators. Still they've shut down the whole system again and they're asking everyone in london to stay where they are.

The radio alarm went off this morning and all I could hear was "more bombings in London no word on casualties." I was definitely awake after that.

Edit:From everything I've gotten to read, it seems like everyone is very confused about what happened, and there are a lot of rumors, but no one's hurt and there isn't any damage. Good.

Damn it

Jul. 15th, 2005 09:48 am
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Rutgers does so many idiotic things. First, they wanted to create the University of New Jersey and combine with other schools -- to make Rutgers even bigger and more insane.

Now, they want to do away with the divisions inside Rutgers -- namely, Douglas, Cook, and Livingston. This makes me furious. I never particularly liked Douglas, but it was a much better alternative than just going to Rutgers University. Think about trying to actually see a dean or get paperwork filed. If the beauracracy is bad now, how much worse will it get when its one giant mass? Besides, all the different colleges have their own culture. The combination of Cook college with all the rest of them would be a terrible thing -- they have such a community already.

If you're as mad as I am, head over to Save Douglass, sign the petition and send a letter to that drunkard McCormick and that insane governor's board. There's already word that the alumnai associations are really pissed about the whole thing -- and hopefully that'll have a major impact on the situation. Alumnai bring in a lot of money for Rutgers, so making them angry is not in the best interest of the rather greedy Rutgers administration.

Grr!
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I've been reading the Fox news website -- I think its a good idea every now and then to read some of the "major" news sites for the US, just to see what's being reported and how its being presented.

I've been reading terrible things. Transcripts of the O'Reilly show where he criticizes Londoners for having a stiff upper lip and getting back to their normal lives. And he makes up a bunch of stuff about how we don't allow Muslim fundamentalists to talk in this country -- but they do in Britain and that's bad. Another show went off about how Canada was a terrible country that harbors terrorists -- with lots of blatently inflamatory wording. Terrible things. I think its especially terrible to criticize the British for going back to normal -- he wants them to freak out and start arresting random people.

Yeah, I shouldn't do this to myself so early in the morning after too little sleep. Anger and futility. I originally went to the site to get an idea on how they're spinning the whole Rove thing. Its pretty funny -- very careful wording about how he technically didn't break the law and Bush never technically said he would fire anyone involved. I wonder if they can hear/see the words that they say/type.

Yeah, ok enough politics for this morning. Video games are the sure cure.

Edit: Ok instead of video games I opted for Stonehenge. Cool new findings!
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There's been multiple blasts in London. I opened my email this morning to read a letter from Warren Ellis' list Bad Signal (comic book writer) that he was ok and hadn't been in London. Which made me immediately jump to BBC. Right now they're reporting three blasts in the Underground and another on a bus. So they've shut down the entire subway system and some of the buses. London must be an absolute mess right now without public transport.

BBC has more info.

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