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Bankers Fighting Against Online Gambling Bill

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), a leading trade group in Washington D.C., is fighting against the proposed law that would block electronic transfers between U.S. gamblers and Internet casinos, Onlinecasinocrawler.com has learned.


Community Bankers Fighting Against Online Gambling Bill

The banking association is the highest-profile group to date that has come out against the Internet gaming ban, joining the San Francisco-based Poker Players Alliance, which has 100,000 members.

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Commentary :: Peace & War

If not Now, when?

Surely it is time to restore intelligent, sane, Democratic secular government throughout the world! Over the past eight years we have all had a taste of the simplistic binary ‘us or them’ logic of religionists; the reality is that the majority of people on the planet reject religious divisionism and the associated violent ‘solutions’ of criminals, liars, demented murderers and delusional fools.

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Commentary :: Peace & War

Aspects of Asymmetric Post-Modern Warfare

Victory over any opponent is the result of functionally superior values and strategies not advanced technologies as is often imagined; wars today continue to be fought by men and women. The relative strengths and weakness of combatants and cultures determine outcomes in today’s conflicts. The recent conflict in Lebanon demonstrates that military might is no match for superior strategy and tactics – superior technology is the intoxicant of technocrats and the drug of weak and incapable fighters/soldiers.

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Commentary :: International Relations

Lebanon, Lies and Criminal Warfare

“Israel has a right to defend itself? was the inane excuse offered to the world by the Bush administration for the murder and vandalism committed by Israel in Lebanon – what price ‘defensive warfare’ in today’s world? The unprecedented vandalism and indiscriminate slaughter in Lebanon was (we are supposed to believe) the measured response to a border incursion and two kidnapped soldiers! Hundreds of dead children, wanton destruction and the criminal oil pollution of the Mediterranean coast are the results of Israel ‘defending’ itself?

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Commentary :: Miscellaneous

Tea Party at the Hague

Is the Hague court a joke or have we just lost our sense of perspective? The latest indiscriminate slaughter of children and innocent civilians in Lebanon by ‘God’s chosen’ seems not to warrant the attention of the Hague court. Carla Del Ponte’s latest remonstration against the Serbian leadership for not delivering war criminals to her court seems ‘slightly’ dissociative in view of recent events. Her obsession with Serbs now borders on the pathological. Would the civilian death toll in Iraq warrant her attention? Iraq now approaches one hundred thousand innocent civilian deaths – eighty percent directly attributable to the forces of occupation!

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Commentary :: International Relations

Ceasefire Violated: The Nature of the Beast

Most people are familiar with the popular tales of the half-dead venomous snake that bit the man who saved its life and the scorpion that stung the frog that ferried it (on its back) away from floodwaters that threatened to drown it. Both stories share a similar moral; the beast remains true to its nature regardless of noble, humanitarian, mitigating factors – serpents will always strike and scorpions will always sting, regardless!

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Commentary :: Peace & War

The Losers War: Lebanon

FAILURE is emblazoned on the foreheads of all those involved. The VICTORY of the day is for PEACE and there is nothing any power, state, or group could do to prevent the (future) peaceful intentions of the people. Human civilisation and the blood of innocents demand it!

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

Allen touts old world, not real one

Allen touts old world, not real one
MICHAEL PAUL WILLIAMS
TIMES-DISPATCH COLUMNIST
Friday, August 18, 2006

Welcome to the Hindu Center of Virginia, an undeniable part of America and the real world of Virginia.

A man at the center, on Springfield Road in Glen Allen, expressed irritation at the remarks of Republican Sen. George Allen, who called a young Virginia man of Indian descent "Macaca, or whatever his name is."

Macaca or macaque is a species of monkeys or an ethnic slur directed at North Africans.

"It's kind of presumptuous of him to make that comment, and kind of insensitive," said the man, who did not want his name published. "Especially when he knows in this day and time that small remarks can be politically expensive.

"Definitely, it didn't go over well with the Indian community."

Indeed, Allen's dig required some closed-door explaining to Indian-American leaders and landed him in U.S. and Indian dailies, on the blogosphere and on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

This is the sort of international publicity you can't buy, but who'd want to? Allen did wonders to promote globally Virginia's reputation as an intolerant backwater.

Allen later claimed that he didn't know the meaning of macaca. He apparently was never taught a) not to call people names, and b) to avoid using a word unless he knows its meaning.

S.R. Sidarth, a volunteer for the campaign of Allen's Democratic opponent, James Webb, was videotaping Allen's remarks during an Allen stump in Southwest Virginia. This is a common practice on the campaign trail, but apparently it got under Allen's skin.

Allen, who's mulling a run for the presidency, began his demeaning digression with the lofty vow "to run this campaign on positive, constructive ideas. And it's important that we motivate and inspire people for something."

Inspire people toward what? Ethnic cleansing?

"Let's give a welcome to Macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia," said Allen, blind to the irony that Sidarth was born in Virginia and he wasn't.

But keeping it real has never been Allen's strong suit. Is there a more bizarrely inauthentic politician on the planet?

Allen, a child of Southern California privilege, has transformed himself into a cowboy-boot wearing snuff dipper with a curious ardor for the Confederacy.

His former collection of Confederate flags, his issuance as governor of a reverential Confederate History Month proclamation and his opposition as a state delegate to a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday had already convinced some folks that Allen has a heart of darkness.

The latest storm makes one wonder how someone with Allen's background can be so insensitive. His mother hails from Tunisia, in North Africa. Perhaps Allen could stake a claim as Virginia's first African-American senator.

But then it wouldn't be so easy to distance himself from Sidarth, whom he attempted to isolate not just politically but ethnically.

Toss in this crack from Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. -- "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent" -- and it has been a cruel summer for Indian-Americans.

Allen and Biden are out of step with an increasingly diverse America, where immigrants make up more than 12 percent of the population and California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Texas have majority-minority populations.

Allen's record of racial and ethnic insensitivity leaves him unfit to lead the real Virginia, much less the real America.

Contact staff writer Michael Paul Williams at mwilliams@timesdispatch.com or (804) 649-6815.

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