Category Archives: National News
A dear niece – this very day – became a soldier.
God bless her.
A beloved uncle who served in the Marines died recently.
God bless him.
There have been many in my family
and many among my friends
(as well as my husband)
who served in the military.
God bless them.
God bless and keep
who are serving
– all over this world –
for freedom’s cause –
for us . . .
God bless and keep them all.
I visit this site every day – and click on all of the sites (Hunger, Breast Cancer, Literacy, Child Health, Rain Forest, and Animal Rescue) – all of which are worthwhile causes.
Excerpt from Katie Collins’ column in the Seguin Gazette Enterprise:
Through Friday Oct. 9, TLU is inviting the community to experience the Human Race Machine. It is a photo booth that takes your picture, then allows you to change it to other races or ages.
Tim Barr, director of the Moline Center for Servant Leadership said it has been a popular attraction on campus.
“It has been pretty well used,” Barr said. “We have been encouraging faculty to add the machine to their curriculum, and a lot of professors are requiring their students to come down here and try the machine out.”
Barr said the machine is being used as an opening foray for discussions about race.
Classes and organizations around campus have been having discussions about race and what it means to them.
TLU junior Amanda Gilley said she was intrigued by the machine.
“I really wanted to see what it was all about,” Gilley said. “It’s really interesting. I have never thought about this before. I didn’t realize how little genetics had to do with race.”
The Human Race Machine was designed to demonstrate that race is not a biological phenomenon, but more a social construct.
|The human race machine uses a software program the FBI’s had for years.|
July 23, 2009 – 60 journalists killed worldwide in 2009
Day after day, journalists investigate and file reports on issues they know they could be sued or killed for. Many pay the price.
“I got put in jail in Zimbabwe for simply doing my job. They said I was ‘committing journalism’ and I hope they were right.”
That’s how Barry Bearak of The New York Times described his arrest, brief detention and expulsion from Zimbabwe for trying to report from the country during the last elections. Bearak’s plight was widely reported in the global media and created a storm of indignation and protest in the international community. As many as a thousand journalists are arrested in the world each year, however, and the dramatic, often tragic, stories of the vast majority of them go untold.
At least 125 journalists are currently in prison serving significant jail terms – and more than 400 have been murdered in the past decade. To report on corruption, to challenge government policies, to investigate organized crime – these are just a few ways to get a one-way ticket to prison or the cemetery in dozens of countries.
Why do these journalists take the risk, voluntarily put themselves and their families in the firing line? Each man or woman’s story is different, but all are united in one idea at least: that without the right to inform and express ideas freely, one cannot demand any other rights.
If you tell people that journalists are being murdered daily, they usually think of war correspondents working in conflict areas.
But you are not talking about war correspondents, though regrettably they too at times are killed. You are talking about media people who are being deliberately murdered. These journalists die because they are doing their job: their reports and comments have angered a government, the military, or some other local power which demands a stop to the flow of critical reporting. An order is given for the journalist to be eliminated. Increasingly, such executions are carried out in a street, in broad daylight, much in the public eye. This in itself is a message to other media people: Toe the line or else.
The lethal message is frequently delivered at the hand of gunmen on motorcycles, usually when a journalist is on the way to and from home. Other methods include organising a group of thugs to corner and beat up media people, break or seize their equipment, ram their cars, or await the victim on home ground. In some cases, the family home is invaded during the dark hours of the night.
Trail of Feathers Searching for Philip True is a “bold and heartbreaking book.”
From the book jacket:
In December 1998, San Antonio Express-News reporter Philip True vanished during a solo backcountry trek in western Mexico. Five days later, his editor, Robert Rivard, was part of a small search party that, nearly miraculously, tracked a trail of feathers that had leaked from True’s sleeping bag to find his hidden grave.