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Atheists Feel Persecuted, NYC Mayor Funds Chicago Gun Grabber, C. Everett Koop’s AIDS Letters, Veep Keeps Getting 2016 Love, (Accidentally) Underestimating The Taliban: Tuesday Morning News Roundup 2-26-2013

February 26, 2013 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Who knew? Evidently, it’s still hard to be a devout atheist under theocratic regimes.
  • Michael Bloomberg is funding the legislative campaign of a gun grabber running for the Chicago-area seat formerly held by Jessie Jackson Jr. Way to serve your “constituents” in Illinois, Mayor. That New York gig must leave a lot of gaps in your schedule.
  • Memorable Ronald Reagan-era Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died Monday. Browse his correspondence to see politics and policy, in the early AIDS years, pushing against each other.
  • Joe Biden might as well enjoy all the POTUS love now. He’ll be 74 in 2016.
  • Oopsie! Last month’s big reveal that the Taliban was hobbled in 2012 — thanks to stats supplied by the U.S. military in Kabul, Afghanistan — can now be quietly corrected. Turns out, they’re attacking as frequently as ever. But it’s still a win for America!

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • ToughGuy1

    Don’t hear the violins on these stories!

  • http://www.facebook.com/louis.klar Louis Klar

    I am very very sorry that Dr. Koop has died as surgeon general any time he would do a broadcast presentation he had sort of an animated quality about him that made it easy to listen to him and his visual presence with that sort of quaker like beard that created a sort of uniqueness for one who was a beaurocrat.

  • AKP

    Since atheists have persecuted everyone of faith, especially those who believe Christ, they ought to know persecution. But, that shoe on the other foot phenomenon can be bothersome.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “AKP,”

      ATHEISTS HAVE N-E-V-E-R PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS. CHRISTIANS AND PEOPLE OF OTHER FAITHS HAVE PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ta.stanley.9 TA Stanley

        Really??? Personal prayer of a group of students before school & they were practicing their right to freedom of religion. Prayer in school by students that is student lead is constantly under atheist attack. Any group prayer in public or religious symbols that are actually memorial have all had law suits against them by atheist groups . And you seem to think this is not an attack???

        Attacking a memorial just because the memorial was built in the shape of a cross is just plain stupid. It is a memorial for people that died for this country just to be desecrated by some pansies a$$ atheist. It is a memorial

        Either you are naive or just plain ignorant.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “TA Stanley,”

        I AGREE. I WAS REFERRING TO PHYSICAL PERSECUTION. AS A FORMER MEMBER OF, American Atheists, I SALUTE Madelyn Murray-O’Hair’s EFFORTS TO GET PRAYER REMOVED FROM SCHOOLS.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    AMERICAN JOURNALISTS LOVE TO PUBLISH ARTICLES LIKE, Reuters’ ARTICLE ON ATHEISM. BEING FREE TO DO ANYTHING YOU WANT IN AMERICA DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE GLAD TO LIVE HERE. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS NOT THE ONLY DECENT NATION ON THIS PLANET.

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