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Month – October 2014

Judge Dismises Tea Party Lawsuits Against IRS

Lopsided scales

Today’s decision sent shock waves across the nation. Catherine Engelbrecht, is founder of one of the affected groups called “True the Vote.” According to her, “The court acknowledges in its opinion that the IRS did in fact target True the Vote for our perceived political beliefs, but then it holds that neither the agency nor the individual IRS agents or officers are responsible for this unconstitutional conduct.” The judge in question, Reggie Walton, was appointed by President George W. Bush. With friends like that, why would conservatives need enemies?

Government Tells Christian School to Invite a Muslim Cleric to Lead Assemblies

School assembly

One of the fundamental differences between the US and UK is that the British have a state church, but Americans do not. So why is an English education inspector demanding that a Christian school invite a religious leader from another faith to speak at assemblies? Of course the school can decline, but then it might be closed. Christians aren’t the only ones who are upset. A group called the National Association of Jewish Orthodox Schools is appalled over similar issues.

Early Hoverboard Model a Reality Before 2015

Marty McFly on Hoverboard

The latest version of the device can hover at three centimeters and carry up to two people. But it’s more likely to have industrial rather than recreational uses. Unlike Marty McFly’s hoverboard in “Back to the Future II” — set in 2015 — this device needs a special surface to float over, such as aluminum or copper, and only has enough charge for 15 minutes of operation. It uses magnetic levitation technology, like some of the trains you may have heard of in Japan.

FDA Blocks Hospitals from Fast Ebola Detection Technology

FilmArray

It seems detecting Ebola is taking second-place to preserving bureaucratic regulations. The US military has been using a device called FilmArray to test for the presence of the virus. It takes less than an hour. The accuracy rate is greater than 90 percent. But red tape, is keeping civilian hospitals equipped with the $39 thousand device from using it for diagnosis. FilmArray has only been cleared for research.

Houston’s Mayor Promises to Back Off from Demand for Pastors’ Sermons, But Will Annise Parker Follow Through?

Mayor Annise Parker

It looks like the powers-that-be in Houston, Texas tested the waters by trying to use the force of government to stifle dissent — this time, presumed religious dissent. Realizing they bit off more than they can chew, they are now backpedaling, or at least that’s the way it seems. But talk is cheap. We’ll only know for sure that corrective action is taken, after it really is taken.

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