French gang tortures Jewish teen

19-year-old locked up, subjected to 9-hour ordeal 
French Anti-Semitic Gang Lock Up, Torture Jewish Teen
(IsraelNN.com) The French Jewish community and local government officials are outraged after it was disclosed that anti-Semitic thugs locked up, brutally attacked and tormented a Jewish youth in the same Paris suburb where Ilan Hamili was tortured to death two years ago. The gang members are aged 17-25 and have been charged with locking up a 19-year-old boy, beating and sexually tormenting him.
The gang had falsely accused the youth of stealing from them and lured him into an apartment of one of the attackers. They scrawled “dirty Jew” on the face of the victim, who was subjected to a nine and a half hour ordeal. 
The attack occurred in the Paris suburb of Bagneux, whose municipal officials said, “We are shocked and outraged. We condemn such acts in the strongest term. Our city has values of tolerance, respect of differences, fight against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia,” according to the European Jewish Press.
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Do drug companies suppress bad results?

When a study shows that a popular anti-depressant doesn't work, those results are routinely suppressed, claims an article in a respected medical journal. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, all of the positive studies are published, but those that show negative or questionable results are often not published at all.
The article posed the question whether doctors and patients could make informed decisions about the use of anti-depressants such as Effoxor, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Paxil, Remeron and Prozac.
The report examined 74 studies of anti-depressants and found that 38 studies showed positive results and 36 showed negative or questionable results. That means that nearly half of the studies showed unfavorable results. In many cases, patients taking a placebo experienced the same benefits. In some studies, the placebo actually worked better!
Since many of the studies were funded by drug companies producing the anti-depressants, very few of those unfavorable results ever saw the light of day. According to the article, only 14 unfavorable studies were ever published and, in 11 of them, the results were mischaracterized. So, only three studies were published showing unfavorable results. What doctors and patients saw were 38 studies showing favorable results from anti-depressants and only …

UN-American

On the last day of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, as Benjamin Franklin was leaving Independence Hall, a lady asked him, “Well, doctor, what have we got?” Franklin pointedly responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution, defined a “republic” to be “a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices … for a limited period, or during good behavior.” In other words, in our constitutional republic, the people possess the power to govern themselves by laws they enact through elected representatives.
Today, the most serious threat to our nation's sovereignty and the republican form of government we cherish is the United Nations and other international organizations that work through ill-advised treaties and irresponsible bureaucrats to usurp the power of the American people to govern themselves. Unfortunately, more than a few politicians in our country are willing to cede power to foreign control.
One of those powers is the right to control the oceans and seas. The president's proposed budget for 2009 includes a request for nearly $5 million to support the International Seabed Authority, an international …

U.S. 'downright mean,'

finds Michelle Obama
America 'guided by fear,' getting worse
all the time,' she says in campaign speech
Michelle Obama
WASHINGTON – Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, who raised controversy by saying she was proud of her country for the first time in her adult life, has had some even harsher things to say about America on the campaign trail.
In a New Yorker profile, she is quoted in a stump speech made throughout South Carolina as characterizing America as “just downright mean.”
She said the country is divided, life is not good, the people are “guided by fear” and cynicism.
“We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day,” she told churchgoers in that primary state. “Folks are just jammed up, and it's gotten worse over my lifetime.”
She went on to complain that college is too expensive, schools are not doing the job, health care is out of reach and pensions are disappearing.
“Let me tell you, don't get sick in America!” she exclaimed.
Michelle Obama set off a national firestorm with comments she made recently at a Milwaukee rally: “What we have learned over the past year is that hope is making a …

Next on school agenda:

Teaching communism 
Family advocate: 'Just when we thought
indoctrination couldn't get any worse'
CALIFORNIA SCHEMIN'
Next on school agenda:
Teaching communism
Family advocate: 'Just when we thought
indoctrination couldn't get any worse'
By Bob Unruh
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who led his nation through decades of communism
A new plan by a California lawmaker would allow schools to be used to promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, and let teachers in public district classrooms “inculcate in the mind of any pupil a preference for communism,” according to a traditional values advocacy organization.
“Just when we thought the indoctrination in California's public schools couldn't get any worse, state lawmakers introduce bills that will further brainwash innocent children,” said a statement from Capitol Resource Institute, a traditional values and family advocacy organization based in California.
“We're in California. Of course it has a chance of succeeding,” CRI spokeswoman Karen England told WND. “These people get bolder and bolder every year.”
Her organization, along with several others, already has been battling over lawmakers' orders, already placed in law, that public schools in the state teach nothing but positive messages about homosexuality, transsexuality, bisexuality and other alternative lifestyles.
Those plans are being challenged …

China announces big rise in military spending, amid US tensions

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) March 4, 2008
China said Tuesday its defence spending would jump 17.6 percent this
year but insisted the rise was moderate, amid a flare-up in tensions
with the United States over Beijing's growing military muscle.
Military spending in 2008 will reach 417.8 billion yuan (57.2 billion
dollars at the end-2007 exchange rate), a spokesman for China's
parliament told reporters ahead of the legislature's annual session
beginning Wednesday.
As Jiang Enzhu announced the figures, he also renewed a warning to
rival Taiwan that its plans for a March 22 referendum on United Nations
membership was putting an already uneasy peace between the two sides at
risk.
Nevertheless, Jiang said the budget rise, following a similar jump in
2007, was not excessive, with the spending coming off a low base and
helping to boost soldiers' incomes as well as beef up the military's
high-tech capabilities.
“In recent years the Chinese government has moderately increased its
spending on national defence on the basis of sustained, steady and fast
economic growth and rapid build-up of government revenues,” Jiang said.
Jiang said China's military spending was just 1.4 percent of its gross
domestic product last year, compared with 4.6 percent …