Groups Threaten to Boycott American Girl

The Reader's Shop writes Conservative activists are threatening a boycott of American Girl, the manufacturer of a popular line of dolls and books, unless the company quits contributing to an organization that supports abortion rights and acceptance of lesbians.

American Girl is donating proceeds from sales of a special "I Can" wristband to help support educational and empowerment programs of Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be "strong, smart and bold". American Girl is defending its support of Girls Inc., saying, "We are profoundly disappointed that certain groups have chosen to misconstrue American Girl's purely altruistic efforts and turn them into a broader political statement on issues that we, as a corporation, have no position,"

American Family Association, in a campaign launched Wednesday, is urging its members to demand that American Girl halt support for Girls Inc. The Pro-Life Action League, a Chicago-based anti-abortion group, is asking supporters to contact American Girl. The league's executive director said her organization might call for a boycott of American Girl's products and organize picketing at its stores in Chicago and New York if the company doesn't sever ties with Girls Inc.


Microsoft's Best and Brightest Defecting

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "Once the dream workplace of tech's highest achievers, it is suffering key defections to Google and elsewhere. What's behind the losses?http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_39 /b3952001.htmNow much of the sharpest criticism comes from within. Dozens of current and former employees are criticizing -- in BusinessWeek interviews, court testimony, and personal blogs -- the way the company operates internally. This spring two researchers sent Chairman William H. Gates III a memo in which they wrote: "Everyone sees a crisis is imminent" and suggested "Ten Crazy Ideas to Shake Up Microsoft." Many workers, like Lee, are in effect saying: "I'm outta here." More than 100 former Microsofties now work for Google, and dozens of others have scattered elsewhere"

Google Replies: GoogleBombing George Bush

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "Failure....http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/09/googlebombi ng-failure.htmlPosted by Marissa Mayer, Director of Consumer Web ProductsIf you do a Google search on the word [failure] or the phrase [miserable failure], the top result is currently the White House’s official biographical page for President Bush. We've received some complaints recently from users who assume that this reflects a political bias on our part. I'd like to explain how these results come up in order to allay these concerns."


Sandy Berger sentenced for stealing classified docs from NARA

mdoneil writes "Sandy Berger, National Security Advisor during the Clinton administration entered a plea to charges of stealing classified documents from the National Archives.

Berger must perform community service, pay a $50K fine, spend two years on probation and he has lost access to classified information for at least three years.

CNN has information."

Sue Video Game Makers for Teen's Police Mass Murders

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "Life is a Video Game... Should Violet Video Games the Promote Murder be Outlawed or at least have an Age Limit like Liquor - or is it a first amendment issue all the way?CNN & gamespot.com A 20-year-old whose lawyers claimed the video game "Grand Theft Auto" and childhood abuse caused him to kill three small-town police officers was convicted Tuesday of capital murder."

Reagan Library Finds Thousands of Additional Roberts Documents

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library said Tuesday that it had discovered thousands of previously undisclosed documents related to the work of Judge John G. Roberts Jr., adding a potential last-minute complication to the hearings on his nomination to the Supreme Court.
The National Archives said the Reagan library contained 55 million pages and had opened more than 51,000 pages of records relating to Judge Roberts.

Reagan Library to Open Additional Records Relating to John Roberts

If you're like me you get really excited about Presidential Library press releases! Here's One from Simi Valley where the Ronald Reagan Library is releasing an additional 175 pages from its re-review of the John Roberts' records restricted from release on August 15, 2005.

One More on "Parents Protecting the Minds of Children"

Anonymous Patron writes "NWAnews.com, out of Arkansas has more on Parents Protecting the Minds of Children.
Fayetteville, Arkansas parent Laurie Taylor, who has been waging an ongoing campaign to restrict student access to sexually explicit books in school libraries, announced the formation of the group at a public meeting she organized Thursday evening. About 60 to 70 people, mostly in support of Taylor, attended."

Discrimination and Shelving

James Nimmo writes "
The next meeting of the Metropolitan Library Commission of Oklahoma County is Thursday, August 25, 3:30pm at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, OKC. That's halfway between Penn and May on NW Highway, in north OKC. There is free parking and a large meeting room at this location in which the shelving policy will be on the agenda.

The current policy has been challenged by the right-wing demagoguery of GOP Rep. Sally Kern (HD 84-Bethany) who insists that the Metro Library is harboring obscene gay-friendly childrens books like "King & King" as quoted in the Oklahoma Gazette earlier this summer. Rob Abiera and www.gayOKC.com has a link to articles and op/eds concerning this issue.

Four Amendments and a Funeral

stevenj writes "That's the title of an article in the latest issue of Rolling Stone that profiles Rep. Bernie Sander's effort to amend the bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act so that the nefarious Section 215 would be rolled back. It provide real insight into how the legislative process works, and emphasizes Sanders frustration with it as he sees his effort to rollback Section 215 disintegrate. As Sander's describes it, "Nobody knows how this place is run. If they did, they'd go nuts." Find it at:
http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/753986 9"


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