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Ex-addict apologizes to store he robbed 11 years ago, returns money. Store owner forgives him.


Obama administration backs prayer at local government meetings

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and congressional Republicans have found something to agree on: Town councils should be allowed to open their meetings with a Christian prayer.

Lawyers for the administration and two groups of lawmakers from the House and Senate, nearly all Republicans, separately made that argument in briefs to the Supreme Court this week. The high court should relax the constitutional limits on religious invocations at government meetings, they argued.

Two residents, one Jewish and one an atheist, had complained for several years that the prayers were offensive and inappropriate. Until they sued in 2008, only Christians had been invited to lead the prayers.

The case has drawn attention because it could provide the court's conservative majority an opportunity to alter a legal rule that dates to the 1980s and a set of opinions by then-Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Her decisions said government actions would violate the 1st Amendment if they appeared to "endorse" religion. That rule has been followed in cases saying that government agencies cannot display the Ten Commandments in their buildings or host Nativity scenes at Christmas.

The administration's filing was "a surprisingly conservative brief, and it came as a pleasant surprise," said Ken Klukowski, a lawyer for the Family Research Council, who filed the brief for the House members. "It's gratifying that even the Obama administration recognizes that courts are not qualified to censor prayers."

Much more at link, I couldn't really capture the essence of the article well in 4 paragraphs. It's worth a read. This case could change a lot of accepted case law and result in even further encroachment on the First Amendment and separation of church and state. I liked the way the Michigan Atheists mailing list put it: "Disgusting News".


(GD X-Post) This Guy Moved Into His Parents’ House So a Homeless Family Could Live in His



x-post from GD - I saw a man's life saved today


Can someone please explain SELinux to these folks?


The article and comments are just silly. I tried my best in there, but I'm not sure how clearly I was able to explain it.

Lottery Winner Grabs Burger In Canadian Midwest, Leaves $10,000 Tip (plus more!)


It's not just that. If you read the articles linked from there (especially the Vancouver Sun one), he really seems like an amazing guy.

My 1000th(-ish) post!

So I had meant to make this my 1000th post, but got carried away posting responses to people. Anyways, finally hit 1000 posts! Oh wait, that doesn't mean anything anymore...

Man Obeyed Mich. Laws, But Will Serve 10 [years] In Federal Prison For Family Pot Operation


DETROIT (WWJ) – Despite obeying state law, several Michigan marijuana patients are heading to prison because they violated federal marijuana laws.


“And in my case I’m a patient, I’m a one-hundred percent legal; the marijuana was registered to my son and my daughter and I get convicted for this,” he said.


Duval said that state officials had inspected his growing operation in Monroe County in June of 2011. “They found everything was in compliance with Michigan law. We didn’t do nothing wrong, the plant count was all there, the license was posted was in a locked secure facility,” he said.

Sentenced to 10 years. And people say the Obama administration hasn't persecuted patients...

Customer Repays Chef 15 Years Later For Valentine’s Dinner He Couldn’t Afford


How nice of the chef, and of the customer to remember

The DUzys are back!!!

Sorry if this is somewhat off-topic, but I really felt it was good news to have this light-hearted weekly humor back in our DU lives!

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