Wednesday, March 23, 2011

All Anti Gay Hate/Discrimination is local !

KCUR: Growing up in the Phelps Family (2011-03-21)

Estranged son of anti-gay Westboro pastor says father does 'evil'

Nate Phelps Speaks About His Atheism

How to use the Bible to get away with murder

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Guatemalans sue over 1940s U.S. syphilis experiments

US apology over Guatemala syphilis experiments by itnnews

(AP) Guatemalans sue over 1940s U.S. syphilis experiments | 1940s, experiments, guatemalans - Odessa American Online

Guatemalans sue US for deliberately spreading illness in 1940s experiment

A lawsuit was filed Monday in a US district court on behalf of 700 Guatemalan soldiers, mental health patients, and orphans secretly experimented on from 1946 to 1948.

"The complaint compares the victims to those of the 1930s Tuskegee syphilis experiments in Alabama, where hundreds of poor African Americans were observed for decades without being told they had the disease. The same Public Health Service doctors from the Tuskegee case had even initially supervised the Guatemalan experiments, according to Piper Hendricks of Conrad & Scherer."

‘First do no harm’: Past medical testing on humans revealed

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Kochs and the Guv Stir up a Hornets' Nest | Common Dreams

The Kochs and the Guv Stir up a Hornets' Nest | Common Dreams

New McCarthyism: Right-Wingers in Congress Targeting America's Muslim Community

New McCarthyism: Right-Wingers in Congress Targeting America's Muslim Community | News & Politics | AlterNet

Lee Baca testimony at Peter King's Muslim hearings

Morris Kight Honorary Member Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission

Muslim Cops Put Faith, Lives on the Line
Muslim Cops Put Faith, Lives on the Line

Smearing a faith for political attention

The Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee held an odious hearing on Muslim Americans. Where does Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., go next with his religious and cultural inquisition?

THE once righteous defender of the murderous Irish Republican Army went after Muslim Americans in a hearing Thursday. Demonizing religion might be all the congressional career Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., imagines he needs.

King has no point to make, other than faux scrutiny of a religious minority as a security risk. His repugnant mission is to inflame cultural bias for political gain, and perhaps get some extended airtime on Fox News.

Of course if King is serious about protecting Americans from radicalized religion he might have to extend his hearing schedule. Does the congressman intend to next go after the Archdiocese of Philadelphia? A bishop is in trouble for apparently ignoring a grand jury report about as many as 50 priests sexually assaulting children.

Maybe King will take his show on the road to Spokane. Did radical fundamental Christianity play any role in the philosophy of a suspected white-supremacist plot to blow up people attending a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade?

The congressman is a fraud. He lauds the IRA — perfecter of the car bomb as a weapon of mass destruction — but he would not invite Attorney General Eric Holder to testify. King knew the AG could challenge every phony point the committee strained to make.

Smearing minorities is as old as politicking. Blatant attacks on religion go hand in hand.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Mad Hatters of the tea party are having their moment

"What "mean and parsimonious" gets you is crumbling parks, potholed roads, transit systems in crisis, libraries closed half the time, class sizes ballooning to unmanageable proportions and poverty growing like a cancer all the while. I understand the need for "honest and economical" as well, but conditions have reached the point where it's time to address the revenue side of the equation."

Smashing 'Demon Government'
Walker's small-government zeal resembles that of the prohibitionists

Many Walker supporters in/around Kight's Birthplace (Comanche County Texas).

Budget shortfall: Abilene, area libraries face the prospect of program cuts

Friday, March 4, 2011

Comanche Depot, one of Texas' Most Endangered Places

One of Morris Kight's "Doors to the World", The Comanche Texas Train Depot, is in desperate need of restoring !

"Comanche is a rural community and lacks the revenue to restore and repair the neglected building."

It is much too late to save Brownwood's Carnegie Library which was demolished in 1965. Morris had fond memories of Brownwood's Carnegie Library. Did Morris ride the train to Brownwood to study at the Carnegie Library ?

Railroad Passenger Service
In Brown County

Passenger service to Brownwood came with the first train into Brownwood on December 31, 1885 by the Gulf Colorado & Santa Fe Railway. The first passenger was Dr. James Johnson. There was daily service between Brownwood and Lampasas. The Fort Worth & Rio Grande completed its tracks from Fort Worth to Brownwood on July 1, 1891.

Later, as the rail lines were extended, passenger service went to and from the towns of Coleman, Ballinger, Brady, Menard, May, San Angelo, Temple and Fort Worth. At one time Brownwood was served by fifteen passenger trains a day.

Trains from Comanche to Brownwood here

See before pic here

Comanche Texas Depot
Work in progress

Save The Depot
Fundraiser Event – Depot Gala
April 30, 2011 – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Brennan Vineyards – Comanche, Texas

Are you on board? If you would like to get involved, you can mail donations to:
PO BOX 453
Comanche, Texas 76442

Learn more here
"I do not feel challenged by organized religion. In some cases it is helpful, and often is harmful."
Morris Kight, a Comanche County Texas Legend