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The Arabic script
evolved from the Nabataean Aramaic script. It has been used since the
4th century AD, but the earliest document, an inscription in Arabic, Syriac
and Greek, dates from 512 AD. The Aramaic language has fewer consonants than
Arabic, so during the 7th century new Arabic letters were created by adding
dots to existing letters in order to avoid ambiguities.
'anâ 'azunn 'annahu yuhibb samac sawtahu.
Aramaic alphabet was developed sometime during the late 10th or
early 9th century BC and replaced Assyrian cuneiform as the main writing
system of the Assyrian empire. The Aramaic alphabet is thought
to be the ancestor or a number of Semitic alphabets as well as
alphabet. At the end of the 3rd century BC, the Aramaic alphabet
spawned a number of new alphabets including
, Palmyran and Hebrew square script
Learn Aramaic online
here are three forms of the alphabet. The oldest of these forms is called
the Estrangela, which has a square character style as compared with
the later forms. In this form vowels are not inserted.
The second form is the one used by the Assyrians in Beith Nahreen, Persia
and Asia Minor. It is called the Nestorian "Assyrian" or the Chaldean
script (Eastern Aramaic).
The third form, which is mainly used by the Orthodox Christians and the
Assyrians-Suryoye of Tur-Abdin in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, is
called the Maronite or the Jacobite script (Western Aramaic
In the Greek text of the Bible one finds Aramaic locutions in disguise,
in addition to several words and phrases indicating that Jesus Christ spoke
Aramaic. These words and phrases are pronounced in the Eastern dialect
of the Aramaic language not the Western dialect. This is an indication
that the Eastern dialect was the original language spoken before the
other various dialects began to form.
The first translation of the Holy Scriptures
known to us is the translation of all the books of the Old Testament from
Hebrew to Greek, accomplished by the so-called 70 (actually 72) interpreters
in the third century B.C. Demetrios Phalarios, a learned courtier of the
Hellenistic King of Egypt, Ptolemy Philadelphus, set himself the task of collectiong
at the capital of his lor all books then in existence in the entire world.
At that time (284-247 B.C.), Judea was a tributary of the Egyptian king,
and Ptolemy Philadelphus commanded the Jews to send all their extant books
to the library at Alexandria, sending also corresponding Greek translations
along with them. It is is probable that none of their contemporaries understood
that this typical bibliophilic aspiration of the king and his courtier to
compile the most complete collection of books was to have such an important
impact on the spiritual life of mankind.
(which means "simple" or "clear") was first translated before Syrian
Christians divided into two communities in 431 and this version therefore
was accepted by both the Jacobites (
) and the
. The Peshitta is the authoritative biblical text for today's Syrian Orthodox,
Church of the East, and Maronite churches. The official
New Testament canon
includes 22 of the books in the Roman Catholic and Protestant canons
but does not have 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John, Jude, and the Book of Revelation.
In addition, this Syriac New Testament does not include Luke 22:17-18 and
Aramaic is quoted
in the very first
book of the Bible, Berisheth (Genesis) in Chapter 31:47. In fact, many
portions of the Old Testament are penned originally in Aramaic, including
Daniel chapter 2:4 thru chapter 7.
This is taken from BIBLE STUDY METHODS By Timothy P. Jenney
Most of the work in understanding a Bible
passage is in the first step, exegesis. Once we understand what
it meant to the original audience, we are 80% of the way toward understanding
what it means to us. The remaining 20%, as well as additional tips on interpreting
unusual genres in the Bible, can be found in the course Hermeneutics
Read the text carefully.
Ask the right questions of the text.
What is the history behind this text? Who is the author, his audience
and their culture?
We have to be careful to understand the content or original meaning of
each word in Scripture. (i.e. what it means in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic
Then the second task
of interpretation is Hermeneutics. This should always be the second
step. It means to seek the
contemporary relevance or application of ancient texts. The reason
for this second task, rather than the first, is that the only proper
control for modern application is original content of the biblical
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- A = ا (Aleph) *** Example: ADIB = اديب
- B = ب (ba) *** Example: BOIL = بخيل
- C = ث (tha) *** Example: CQIL = ثقيل
- D = د (dal) *** Example: DRS = درس
- E, AE, IE, WE = ؤ, ئ, أ, ء (Hamza, Hamza w Aleph , hamza with ya
seat, hamza with waw seat)
- F = ف (fa) *** Example: FRX@ = فرصة
- G = غ (gheyn) *** Example: GRIB = غريب
- H = ح (ha jimi) *** Example: HLIB = حليب
- I = ي (ya) *** Example: IMIN = يمين
- J = ج (jim) *** Example: JMIL = جميل
- K = ك (kaf) *** Example: K~RBA#E = كهرباء
- L = ل (lam) *** Example: LZIZ = لذيذ
- M = م (mim) *** Example: MXR = مصر
- N = ن (nun) *** Example: NOL@ = نخلة
- O = خ (kha) *** Example: OFIF = خفيف
- Q = ق (qaf) *** Example: Q~W@ = قهوة
- R = ر (ra) *** Example: RWATB = رواتب
- S = س (sin) *** Example: S`ID = سعيد
- T = ت (ta) *** Example: TMR = تمر
- U = ط (ta) *** Example: UBIB = طبيب
- V = ض (dad) *** Example: VABU = ضابط
- W = و (waw) *** Example: WAH@ = واحة
- X = ص (sad) *** Example: XDIQ = صديق
- Y = ظ (dha) *** Example: YRF = ظرف
- Z = ذ (dhal) *** Example: ZBAB@ = ذبابة
- ; = ز (zeyn) *** Example: ;ITWN = زيتون
- : = ش (shin) *** Example: :AI = شاي
- ` (backtick) = ع (eyn) *** Example: `WD = عود
- @ = ة (ta marbuta) *** Example: UAWL@ = طاولة
- / = ى (Aleph Maksura) *** Example: "L/ vs. "LI
= على vs. علي
- ~ (tilde) = ه (ha) *** Example: ~DI@ = هدية
Your Name In Arabic page
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Mel Gibson’s new movie “Passion” is entirely in Aramaic and
Latin, those who haven't mastered those languages are out of luck because
there are no subtitles. The Greek language also widely spoken in Palestine
at the time, and the mother tongue of St. Paul, is not represented.
But, as this project nears completion, the controversy arises yet again
about whether or not the New Testament is anti-Semitic
The difficulty with resolving such questions is that many Christians argue
them from New Testament study alone, ignoring or ignorant of historical documents
e.g. Josephus, Heroditus, commentaries on the Torah, the Mishnah, and other
ancient religious and secular writings. Despite centuries of scholarship
surrounding the life and death of Jesus many Christians still do not know
there were rival sects of Christians. People are ignorant of the rancor that
existed between the gentile churches established by Paul in Asia Minor and
the Jerusalem church lead by James, the brother of Jesus (James the Just),
the existence of Gnostics, Ebionites and the followers of Peter.
New Testament omits The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Peter, The Gospel
of Hebrews, The Gospel of the Ebionites, the Gospel of Mary, Instructions
of the Apostles, Dialogs of the Savior, various Apocalypses (other than John’s
Revelations) and many, although mostly spurious, biographical texts.
Logical would tell us it should be predictable from reading the New Testament
that the Roman sympathizers, i.e., the Sadducees, would be the villains of
the piece. If true, why is Jesus greeted warmly when he enters the gates
of Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion?
Late in the first century, when the Second Coming did not occur , Christians could not safely survive within the Empire while blaming Rome for the death of their God . They needed a scapegoat, and the Pharisees, were the perfect choice. Why not just blame the Sadducees, with whom Jesus constantly quarreled anyway? Because the Sadducees were the privileged class, and the protected associates of the Roman oppressors.
The fundamental disagreement between Sadducees and the Pharisees was the
validity of the Oral Law. The Sadducees saw no need for Rabbis. The Pharisees
regarded the Sadducee priests as ignorant functionaries. Sadducee proests
were the ritualists that Jesus so often derided as being more concerned with
the size of their phylacteries than with spiritual debate.
the New Testament was composed in Greek, incorporating the Aramaic sayings of Jesus. It was later Greek-speaking church fathers who composed the New Testament as we know it.
Evidence for the demonstration that it was the Greek-speaking church fathers who composed the New Testament and not the Jewish followers of Yeshua is seen easily in 3 facts:
- Within the New Testament, integrated pagan legends of Greeks.
- Allusions to the Old Testament found in upon the Greek Septuagint and not the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint would have been deemed unworthy of use by a first century Orthodox Jew like Jesus.
- The existence of the earliest Gospel ever found, the Gnostic Gospel According To Thomas is in Greek.
language underlies the whole of the New Testament. To understand the New Testament accurately it is essential to understand it from the perspective of an Aramaic speaking Jew.
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The Prophet RC 54107
by Kahlil Gibran
read by Fred Major
1 cassette (Reissue)
Prose-poem reflections by the Lebanese mystic poet, Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931). Meditations on such subjects as love, marriage, joy and sorrow, crime and punishment, pain, and self-knowledge. 1923.
The Farfarers: Before the Norse RC 51550
by Farley Mowat
read by Michael Kramer
From his research, travels, and archaeological evidence, Mowat theorizes that another European people, the Albans, visited North America before the Norse. He combines fictionalized accounts of the Albans' lives with historical clues to describe their houses, sailing vessels, hunting and foraging skills, and lifestyle. 1998.
All the Orations of Demosthenes: Pronounced to Excite the Athenians against Philip, King of Macedon RC 53055
read by Ken Kliban
Classic speeches by Demosthenes (384-322 B.C.), Greek orator, politician, and patriot, who urged his fellow Athenians to fight against the invader Philip of Macedonia and Philip's son and successor, Alexander the Great. English translation by Thomas Leland. 1757.
Stalingrad RC 3544
by Antony Beevor
read by Steven Carpenter
The author uses primary sources, interviews with survivors, and Russian archives to portray the siege of Stalingrad by the German Sixth Army in 1942-1943. Describes the suffering of Russian and German soldiers and the brutal methods used to control the starving and demoralized troops. Violence. 1998
The Mummies of Ürümchi RC 53733
by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
read by Suzanne Toren
Archaeologist and textile expert discusses the mysteries of the well-preserved Caucasian mummies found in western China. With few artifacts other than clothing to aid her, Barber deduces much about the mummies' sheepherding culture and connections to Europe and the Middle East. 1999.
How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life RC
by Dalai Lama
read by Tom Burch
Specific Buddhist techniques for overcoming such everyday obstacles as anger, mistrust, jealousy, and insecurity and thus gaining mental peace and compassion. Recommends developing a good heart and mind through a moral attitude and an understanding of reality. Bestseller 2002.
The Genesis of Justice: Ten Stories of Biblical Injustice That Led to the
Ten Commandments and Modern Law RC 54155 by Alan M. Dershowitz read by Alan Dershowitz 2 cassettes
Harvard law professor evaluates ten characters--including Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham, and Tamar--from the book of Genesis to show how the flawed behavior of human beings led to the Ten Commandments. Posits that the
Bible is also a law book. 2000.
Ambling into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush RC 54167
by Frank Bruni read by Richard Hauenstein 2 cassettes
Journalist examines Bush's personal characteristics and qualities during his progress from Texas governor to United States president and recounts anecdotes from campaign coverage. Describes Bush's reactions to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, that changed the tenor of his presidency. Bestseller 2002.
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician RC 54455
by Anthony Everitt read by Bill Wallace 3 cassettes
Uses letters and first-person accounts to create a biography of the Roman orator and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), a fierce supporter of the republican form of government. Cicero was present when Julius Caesar was murdered and was himself assassinated a few years later. Bestseller 2001.
The Age of Science: What Scientists Learned in the Twentieth Century RC 54533
by Gerard Piel read by Richard Hauenstein 4 cassettes
The founder and publisher of the magazine Scientific American presents an overview of modern scientific achievements. Writing for nonscientists, he provides historical and interpretive surveys of major twentieth-century
developments in physics, chemistry, astronomy, cosmology, cell biology, evolution, geology, and physical and cultural anthropology. 001.
Dinner at the New Gene Café: How Genetic Engineering Is Changing What We Eat, How We Live, and the Global Politics of Food RC 54549 by Bill Lambrecht read by Gary Telles 3 cassettes
Journalist explores the worldwide controversy over the implications of genetically engineered crops. Drawing on extensive research, travel, and numerous interviews, the author considers changes to the environment, the control of world food supplies, global economics, and the relationship between science and society. 2001.
Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our Recent History RC 54581
by Kati Marton read by Mary Kane 3 cassettes
Examines the marriages of twentieth-century presidents. Studies the intersection of power, love, and wedlock; the evolving role of women in society; and how the inner lives and public faces of White House marriages have influenced American history. 2001.
How Do We Know When It's God? A Spiritual Memoir RC 54692
by Dan Wakefield read by John Polk 2 cassettes
In this sequel to Returning: A Spiritual Journey (RC 27597), a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter profiles his quest to discern God's plan for him. Considers the difficulties of maintaining his faith while trying to succeed in a complex, secular world. Asserts that obedience to God leads to lasting fulfillment. 1999.
Mending Your Heart in a Broken World: Finding Comfort in the Scriptures RC 54714
by Patsy Clairmont read by Janis Gray 2 cassettes
Instructions on using the Bible, specifically the Book of Nehemiah, to recover from pain and loss. The author includes examples from her own life for inspiration. 2001.
Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue RC 54766
by Neale Donald Walsch read by Bill Wallace 2 cassettes
Author of the Conversations with God (RC 44643, RC 44644, RC 47255) books writes that his relationship with God has evolved into a friendship. Walsch advocates viewing God as a friend rather than as a judgmental being to be feared. Conversations Walsch has had with God are displayed in dialog format. 1999.
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters RC 54835
by Greg Palast read by Michael Scherer 2 cassettes
A polemical analysis of instances of global corporate fraud, political corruption, and financial manipulation. Topics include policies of such entities as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization and the circumstances surrounding the contested 2000 U.S. presidential election. Some strong language. 2002.
Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths RC 54940
by Bruce Feiler read by Bill Wallace 2 cassettes
The author of Walking the Bible (RC 52171) returns to the Middle East on a personal quest to better understand Abraham, the common ancestor of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. This travelog mixed with theological meditations shows how the three religions' differing interpretations of Abraham have sparked interfaith disagreements for years. Bestseller 2002
The Rock: A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem RC 54670
by Kanan Makiya read by Mark Ashby 2 cassettes
Historical fiction incorporating Judaic, Christian, and Muslim traditions about the rock enshrined by Solomon's temple and later by the Dome of the Rock mosque. Narrated by Ishaq, who designed the dome--the first monument of Islam--as he explores the meaning of this site and its holiness shared by the three great monotheistic religions. 2001.
Keep It Simple, Stupid: You're Smarter Than You Look RC 52591
by Judy Sheindlin read by Mimi Bederman 1 cassette
Judge Judy, author of Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining (RC 50304), uses decades of experience on the bench to offer advice to families. She suggests eliminating excess emotional baggage in order to have a happier life. 2000.
Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief RC 52761
by Andrew Newberg and others read by Gary Telles 2 cassettes
In a collaborative effort, a science writer, a radiologist, and a psychiatrist examine the connection between religion and science. They aver that religious conviction is rooted in the biology of the human brain and that spiritual experiences such as prayer and meditation are associated with a series of observable neurological events. 2001.
Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out RC 54036
by Phillip C. McGraw read by Barry Bernson 2 cassettes
"Dr. Phil" turns inward, expanding his philosophy of life begun in Life Strategies (RC 47962) and em>Relationship Rescue (RC 49740) . Explores how to find one's "authentic self" via introspection and other key elements that will lead to a stronger self-concept and self-esteem. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.
The New Intifada: Resisting Israel's Apartheid RC 54262
edited by Roane Carey read by Jake Williams 3 cassettes
Essays by Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, and others describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Palestinian point of view. Concentrates on the intifada following Ariel Sharon's Temple Mount visit in September 2000, the failure of the Oslo agreements, the perceived bias of U.S. media, and the plight of the refugees. Some strong language. 2001.
The Holy Road RC 54129 by Michael Blake read by Bruce Cuntey 2 cassettes
Resumes the tale of Lt. Dunbar eleven years after Dances with Wolves (RC 32009) . Dunbar's happy family life in the village of Ten Bears is disrupted by the advent of a railroad--the white man's holy road--through Comanche land. Confrontation and dislocation ensue. 2001.
Let Evening Come: Reflections on Aging RC 51868
by Mary C. Morrison read by Gillian Green 1 cassette
Quaker-inspired views on aging; advice for growing old gracefully and peacefully. Suggestions for relating to family and friends and learning to accept death. Preface by Morris L. West. 1998.
Ten Fun Things to Do before You Die RC 52327 by Karol Jackowski read by Peg Gilleland 1 cassette
A nun offers advice on making a life of contentment. She includes suggestions on having fun, improving your personality, treating yourself right, spending time alone, thinking about nuns, and living like there is nothing to lose. 1989.
The Universe in a Nutshell RC 53668 by Stephen Hawking read by Lou Harpenau 1 cassette
Theoretical physicist explains for laymen the underlying principles that
control the universe. With updated knowledge acquired since his earlier book
A Brief History of Time (RC 26996), Hawking discusses theories of
the origin, structure, and evolution of the cosmos. Bestseller 0001.
Stupid White Men: And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! RC 53775
by Michael Moore read by Barry Bernson 2 cassettes
Author of Downsize This! (RC 45054) criticizes the U.S. government of the twenty-first century. Laments that "nothing seems to work" and rants against the 2000 election and the administration's policies. Some strong language. Bestseller 2001.
Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? Discourses on Reflexology, Numerology, Urine Therapy, and Other Dubious Subjects RC 53818 by Martin Gardner read by Richard Hauenstein 2 cassettes
Science writer and rationalist Gardner examines cases of pseudoscience, whether maverick or mainstream. Debunks astrology, UFOs, and quack remedies, and attacks religious fundamentalism and Freud's dream theories. Previously published as regular columns in the Skeptical Inquirer. 2000.
The Complete Jesus RC 53825
compiled by Ricky Alan Mayotte read by Richard Hauenstein 2 cassettes
This compilation of sayings and teachings attributed to Jesus has been gathered from various versions of the New Testament (King James, Revised Standard, etc.), Christian Gnostic writings, and New Testament Apocrypha. They are presented in nine sections, including commandments, pa
Power to the Patient: The Treatments to Insist on When You're Sick RC
by Isadore Rosenfeld read by Bill Wallace 3 cassettes
Physician and author of Live Now, Age Later (RC 48603) outlines the medical tests, causes, and treatments for thirty-nine common ailments. Topics include diabetes, Parkinson's, gallstones, cancer, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer's, heart disease, and sexual diseases. 2002.
Thunderbird crashes at Idaho Airshow: Pilot Safe - a backdoor link, click the
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FAIR Media Advisory -Media Silent on Clark's 9/11 comments:
LATEST IRAQ SECURITY REPORTS FROM CENTURION ADVISORS IN IRAQ - "Many incidents are not making the headlines – most of them are not being reported at all by the forces involved as they are possibly trying to minimize the threats and play down the overall threat to all involved in working in Iraq."
PALESTINE: How Sharon destroyed the cease-fire
-Israeli journalist Uri Avnery is a former member of the Knesset and a founding member of the
Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc) peace movement
In Cancun, World Trade Talks Collapse
- "Poor nations, many of which
had banded together to play a key role in negotiations, wanted to end rich
countries' agricultural subsidies."
Mel Gibson hits back at 'vicious' critics of Christ film
- "I didn't realise it would be so vicious. The acts against this film
started early. There is vehement anti-Christian sentiment out there and
they don't want it."
UN General Assembly passes Mideast resolution vetoed by U-S in Security
is more of a 'Statement' than anything else as resolutions in the GA are
not legally binding.
A list of US Vetos in the UN Security Council critical of Israel
- the idea that we are an 'honest broker' in all of
this is nothing but a big farce.
Sharon says U.S. should also disarm Iran
- AND Libya AND Syria and anyone else
who gets in thier way
Bush Turns Blind Eye to Blackout Culprit
- Top executives at FirstEnergy rank
among the Bush campaign's top fundraisers
U.S., Turkey plan to sign $8.5 bln loan this month
- Turkey is to send 10,000 troops to Iraq supposedly
Turkey denies link between US loan,troops for Iraq
- "Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener said
on Wednesday there was no link between an $8.5 billion loan deal being negotiated
with the United States and the possible despatch of Turkish peacekeepers
to Iraq. His remarks appeared to contradict recent comments by a senior
U.S. Treasury official suggesting such a linkage."
Jumpy U.S. soldiers fire on official, reporters -
In the last six days, U.S. troops have shot at Iraqi police, journalists,
a wedding party and a top Italian diplomat searching for looted antiquities.
Israeli Reserve pilots to refuse liquidations
A group of reserve pilots in the Israel Air Force is planning to publicly
announce their refusal to participate in attempts to assassinate senior
wanted men in the Palestinian Authority.
Sharon: Iran Next on War List
- In an exclusive interview with the New York Post,
Sharon said that as soon as Iraq is dealt with, he "will push for Iran to
be at the top of the 'to do' list."
Iraq Governing Council member shot -
ne of three women members of Iraq’s Governing Council, was shot in the abdomen
and critically wounded Saturday in an assassination attempt outside her
home in west Baghdad"
itineraries to a Defense Department contractor that used the information
as part of a study seeking ways to identify “high risk” airline customers.
Wounded troops billed for hospital meals -
"Troops wounded in combat
are being handed more than just discharge papers when they leave military
hospitals — some also are getting a bill."
White House had plans to cut Troops 'Hazard Pay'
- what WERE they thinking??????
ECO-TERRORIST group blamed for fires -
"If you build it, we will burn it."
This wacko group has already commited several arsons
costing millions, including an apartment building in construction and several
Bush: No proof Iraq tied to 9/11 -
"U.S. President George
W. Bush conceded for the first time yesterday that the United States had
no evidence indicating Saddam Hussein had anything to do with the Sept.
11 terror attacks."
U.S. May Study Israel Occupation Tactics.
You mean those tactics which have resulted in Israel's
condemnation by the rest of the world? Those the ones the US wants to copy?
Lonewacko: Blogging Across America
DONKEY RIDE Gesture:Extremely complicated
Monogamous Homos Try To SpoilTraditional, Anglican Marriage
Librarians! Citizens! Be advised that terrorists are easily identified by their chosen reading material. Please study the list of terrorist-preferred volumes below - and
promptly report any persons you may encounter reading them to the FBI Terror Literature specialists who will soon be visiting your community!
- The Holy Qur'an: Text, Translation & Commentary
- The Great Unraveling: by Paul Krugman
- Lies & the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
- BUSHWHACKED! by Molly Ivins
- The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast
- Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts theTruth by Joe Conason
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit by Al Gore
- Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up by Lawrence E. Walsh
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- Blinded by the Right by David Brock
- How Companies Lie: Why Enron Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg by Richard
J. Schroth & A. Larry Elliott
- A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin LutherKing, Jr.
- Propaganda & Control of the Public Mind by Noam Chomsky
- Grand Theft 2000: Media Spectacle and a Stolen Election by Douglas Kellner
UP YOUR ASHCROFT!
A Guide to the Patriot Act
Section 505 has garnered a lot less national attention than Section 215—the library records section of the act—which may be why it is invoked a lot more often. unlike Section 215 , they are not subject to even perfunctory judicial review or oversight.
The records that can be obtained through the letters under Patriot include telephone logs, e-mail logs, certain financial and bank records, and credit reports, on the assertion that such information would be "relevant" to an ongoing terrorism investigation. They cannot be used in ordinary criminal investigations. Unlike 215, no court order—not even a rubber-stamped order—is required. Those forced to turn over records are gagged from disclosing the demand.
A November 2001 memorandum prepared by FBI attorneys
warned that the letters "must be used judiciously" to appease Congress,
since they expire in 2005, along with other Patriot provisions.
- < Do not worship Idols
- Do not Blaspheme His Name
- Do Not Murder
- Do Not commit immoral sexual acts
- Do Not steal
- Do Not eat the flesh of an animal while it is still alive
- Pursue Justice
The Seven Laws Become Sixty-Six
What if nobody even tried to live the right way as shown
in the bible?<DSNine Rules Of Acquisition and Necessary Evils".
Rule 001 Once you have their money, you never give it back. Rule 020
Only give money to people you know you can steal from.
Rule 060 Keep your lies consistent.
Rule 085 Never let the competition know what you're thinking.
Rule 087 A friend in need means three times the profit.
Rule 125 You can't make a deal if you're dead.
Rule 126 Count it.
Rule 141 Only fools pay retail.
Rule 188 A fool and his money is the best custom
Always make it look like an accident! It's hard to resist puppy eyes.
Take advantage of those big, baby eyes of yours, whenever necessary!
Learn to look sad, even if you don't mean it!
Always hold out for more!
Never bite the hand that feeds you!
Play hard! You're never too old to play with toys!
If it's not nailed down, it's obviously a toy!
Always look cute when you misbehave!
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If it's not wet and sloppy, it's not a real kiss!
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7, The New York Times reported that U.S. General Ricardo Sanchez in Baghdad
was worried about Iraqi reaction to the occupation. Iraqi leaders who were
pro-American were giving him a message, as he put it: "When you take a father
in front of his family and put a bag over his head and put him on the ground
you have had a significant adverse effect on his dignity and respect in the
eyes of his family." (That's very perceptive.)
on July 19 that Amnesty International is looking
into a number of cases of suspected torture in Iraq by American authorities.
One such case involves Khraisan al-Aballi, CBS said. "When American soldiers
raided the al-Aballi house, they came in shooting. . . . They shot and wounded
his brother Dureid." U.S. soldiers took Khraisan, his 80-year-old father,
and his brother away. "Khraisan says his interrogators stripped him naked
and kept him awake for more than a week, either standing or on his knees,
bound hand and foot, with a bag over his head," CBS reported. Khraisan told
CBS he informed his captors, "I don't know what you want. I don't know what
you want. I have nothing." At one point, "I asked them to kill me," Khraisan
said. After eight days, they let him and his father go. Paul Bremer, the
U.S. administrator of Iraq, responded, "We are, in fact, carrying out our
about the Falluja area: "In dozens of interviews
during the past five days, most residents across the area said there was
no Ba'athist or Sunni conspiracy against U.S. soldiers, there were only people
ready to fight because their relatives had been hurt or killed, or they themselves
had been humiliated by home searches and road stops." One woman said, after
her husband was taken from their home because of empty wooden crates, which
they had bought for firewood, that the United States is guilty of terrorism.
"If I find any American soldiers, I will cut their heads off," she said.
According to the reporters, "Residents in At Agilia--a village north of Baghdad--said
two of their farmers and five others from another village were killed when
U.S. soldiers shot them while they were watering their fields of sunflowers,
tomatoes, and cucumbers."
where they were told they would be welcomed as liberators only to find they
are surrounded by a hostile population become fearful, trigger-happy, and
unhappy. We've been reading the reports of GIs angry at their being kept
in Iraq. In mid-July, an ABC News reporter in Iraq told of being pulled aside
by a sergeant who said to him: "I've got my own 'Most Wanted List.' " He
was referring to the deck of cards the U.S. government published, featuring
Saddam Hussein, his sons, and other wanted members of the former Iraqi regime.
"The aces in my deck are Paul Bremer, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush, and Paul
Wolfowitz," the sergeant said.
grip of a President who was not elected, who has surrounded himself with
thugs in suits who care nothing about human life abroad or here, who care
nothing about freedom abroad or here, who care nothing about what happens
to the earth, the water, the air. And then there is the largest lie: that
everything the United States does is to be pardoned because we are engaged
in a "war on terrorism." This ignores the fact that war is itself terrorism,
that the barging into people's homes and taking away family members and subjecting
them to torture, that is terrorism, that invading and bombing other countries
does not give us more security but less security.
a war on innocent people in other countries, but it is also a war on the
people of the United States: a war on our liberties, a war on our standard
of living. The wealth of the country is being stolen from the people and
handed over to the super-rich. The lives of our young are being stolen. And
the thieves are in the White House.
actions appeal to us. There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history
of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large,
coming together at critical points to create a power that governments cannot
suppress. We find ourselves today at one of those critical points.
History of the United States," is a columnist for The Progressive.
Copyright 2003 The Progressive
In reference to the story as seen on the front page of the
"Easter Areola lives at the Kalihi home written by: Bruce Asato • The
Nuisance Abatement Unit is not constitutional because it punishes
people without due process:
based solely upon probable cause .
Already the state has a court date in November for due proces
s of criminal action. Throwing people out on the street without a
conviction is unconstitutional. Rendering a person HOMELESS
BEFORE any conviction is even worse than DOUBLE JEOPARDY.
Double jeopardy is when
an individual is twice placed in jeopardy for the same offense.
US Issues License to Murder Arafat
In his turn, the head of the
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In regard to Iraq
weapons of mass destruction and terrorists, is there any evidence to indicate
that Iraq has attempted to, or is willing to supply terrorists with weapons
of mass destruction? Because there are reports that there is no evidence
of a direct link between Baghdad and some of these terrorist organizations.
There are known knowns.
There are things
We also know
there are known unknowns.
That is to say
We do not know.
But there are also
We don't know."
DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers, Feb 12, 2002 -
you are seeing
and over, and over,
and it's the same picture
of some person
of some building
with a vase,
you see it 20 times,
and you think,
that many vases?
Is it possible
in the whole country?"
- DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers - April 11, 2003
Okay, skip the international law part. What makes a preemptive strike okay,
"I would suggest,
what are the benefits,
what are the advantages
of not acting?
And of course,
the advantage of not
acting against the moon
would be that
No one could say
that you acted;
They would say,
"Isn't that good,
you didn't do anything
against the moon.
The other side
of the coin,
of not acting
against the moon,
in the event
that the moon
posed a serious threat,
would be that
you'd then suffered
a serious loss
and you're sorry
after that's over."
DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Pace, Aug. 20, 2002
Can I ask if you've seen the latest Osama bin Laden tape released yesterday?
was on briefly,
and I saw his face
and some English words
coming out -
- of his mouth,
which I suspect
were not actually
coming out of his mouth."
Interview with PBS
Do you want to deal with the colors of the cluster bombs and the food rations?
that the cluster bombs,
the unexploded ones,
the same color
as the food packets.
the proper language
you want to go to one
and you don't
want to go to the other.
We hope that helps."
DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers, November 1, 2001