Monthly Archives: February 2011

New York Uses Fascist Tactics Against Free Speech

Source: Spero News – By William Donohue What happened in New York City was an exercise in urban fascism: calls for censoring the free speech of a private company were issued by agents of the state (e.g., New York City

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Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and His Ruthless Censorship of the Word “Suck”

Source: Phoenix New Times – By James King The word “suck” is apparently too offensive for Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman to utter — at least in the middle of a city council meeting. At last night’s meeting of the Tempe

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Feb 25, 1984: Explosion Kills Hundreds in Brazil

On this day in 1984, a huge explosion destroys a shantytown in Brazil, killing at least 500 people, mostly young children. An investigation into the disaster later revealed that the true death count was impossible to know because so many

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Feb 26, 1968: Mass Graves Discovered in Hue

Allied troops who had recaptured the imperial capital of Hue from the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive discover the first mass graves in Hue. It was discovered that communist troops who had held the city for 25 days had

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Feb 26, 1972: Dam Collapses in West Virginia

A dam collapses in West Virginia on this day in 1972, flooding a valley and killing 118 people. Another 4,000 people were left homeless. Coal mining was the chief industry in Logan County, West Virginia, in the 1970s. Such mining

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Feb 26, 1993: World Trade Center is Bombed

A bomb explodes in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City on this day in 1993. Six people died and 1,000 were injured by the powerful blast, which also caused the evacuation of thousands of people from

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Feb 26, 1919: Two National Parks Preserved, 10 Years Apart

On this day in history, two national parks were established in the United States 10 years apart–the Grand Canyon in 1919 and the Grand Tetons in 1929. Located in northwestern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is the product of millions of years

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Feb 25, 1964: Clay Knocks out Liston

On February 25, 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout. The dreaded Liston, who had twice demolished former champ Floyd Patterson in one round, was an 8-to-1

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China Blocks LinkedIn, Ramps up Internet Censorship

Source: PC World – By Michael Kan The social networking site LinkedIn has been blocked in China, a move that analysts say is tied to Chinese government efforts to suppress mention of a “Jasmine Revolution” on the Internet. On Friday

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Obama Administration Ends Defense of Law Supporting Traditional Marriage

Source: VOA – By Kent Klein A step in the right direction regarding Marriage in The United States.   The Obama administration on Wednesday reversed its policy and will no longer defend the constitutionality of a U.S. law barring recognition

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