Rome Redux: US to consider recruiting foreign troops

According to an article in the Boston Globe the US military is considering opening recruiting stations abroad as a way to expand the army strength. New recruits would be offered expedited citizenship as an incentive. This is significantly different than what we currently do in offering resident aliens the ability to gain fast-track citizenship — […]

Rep. Pombo

Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground and worshiped, And said…. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. –Book of Job 1:20-21 I know better than to mix my religious faith with politics. Nevertheless, while not into […]

McNerney, enviros take down Richard Pombo

Around midnight, Jerry McNerney was talking to supporters when a campaign staffer thrust a cell phone in his hand and hustled him out the back door. The crowd at his election-night party started to buzz: was Richard Pombo calling to concede their hard-fought race for California’s 11th congressional district? No such luck. It was only […]

THE 2006 ELECTION: What It Means for the Environment And What’s Not the Matter with Kansas

An extraordinary grassroots effort – led by Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, and other environmental groups – has resulted in the defeat of Richard Pombo, powerful chair of the House Resources Committee. Replacing the man who had set out to destroy most of our landmark environmental laws will be […]

Pombo Loses!

“Rep. Richard Pombo’s loss represents the most significant electoral victory the environmental movement has seen in decades. It should now be clear to all that we have the political strength to take on and defeat extreme anti-environmental politicians, even powerful chairmen of congressional committees. “Pombo’s defeat also serves as notice that extreme anti-environmental positions can […]

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

Fresh disasters at the polls – and new evidence from an industry insider – prove that electronic voting machines can’t be trusted. Read Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” in the June 15th, 2006, issue of “Rolling Stone,” his investigation into how Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting […]

Piety and Politics: Have We Forgotten Christ’s Message?

The Bush administration regards itself as deeply religious.  The piety is open and explicit, because President Bush has declared Christ to be his most important moral teacher, and he occasionally undertakes “humility offensives” by acknowledging errors of judgment.  The same advocacy of Christian morals can be seen in many other members of current US political […]

Princeton Scientists Create Vote-Stealing Program for Diebold AccuVote-TS

Researchers reveal “extremely serious” vulnerabilities in e-voting machines. In a paper published on the Web today, a group of Princeton computer scientists said they created demonstration vote-stealing software that can be installed within a minute on a common electronic voting machine. The software can fraudulently change vote counts without being detected. “We have created and […]