"The Fight Goes On"

Hearts are really starting to freeze.

by Edward Langenback

© 06/21/04

Starting off is cause to thank God for a victory in keeping the phrase "one nation, under God" in the pledge of allegiance. However, this fight is far from over and we can expect to see it reach the courts again sometime.

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Supreme Court Preserves 'God' in Pledge
Jun 14, 2:01 PM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court preserved the phrase "one nation, under God," in the Pledge of Allegiance, ruling Monday that a California atheist could not challenge the patriotic oath but sidestepping the broader question of separation of church and state.

At least for now, the decision - which came on Flag Day - leaves untouched the practice in which millions of schoolchildren around the country begin the day by reciting the pledge.

The court said atheist Michael Newdow could not sue to ban the pledge from his daughter's school and others because he did not have legal authority to speak for her.

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With the enacting of the national "Do Not Call" list aimed at getting rid of unwanted telemarketing calls once and for all there has been more and more talk about establishing a "Do Not Spam" list to give our poor email boxes a break. Sadly, such a plan will likely serve only to provide spammers with a list of valid email addresses.

No doubt it would also cost a small mountain of money to create and manage.

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'Do Not Spam' List Will Not Work - FTC
Jun 15, 2:29 pm ET

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A government-run "Do Not Spam" registry would only generate more unwanted e-mail because unscrupulous marketers would treat it as a source of leads, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday.

The FTC declined to endorse a no-spam registry patterned after its tremendously popular Do Not Call list that allows consumers to prevent most telemarketing calls.

While telemarketers have largely complied with the new list, e-mail marketers that already violate deceptive-business laws would be unlikely to respect a list of off-limits addresses and could simply use it to send out more spam, FTC Chairman Timothy Muris said.

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Here's another one of those two edged ideas. One the one hand, expanding the database of DNA information is a good idea. It would give law enforcement more ability to positively identify the right person. On the Other hand it's a bad idea because it's only a matter of time before laws and databases like this get expanded to include most, if not all, people and get used for a lot more than finding a rapist or murderer.

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Bill expands DNA database
The proposal is criticized as a threat to privacy.
01:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE -- Convicted felons would have their DNA entered into a database under legislation passed last week by the Senate.

Currently, only violent criminals are placed in a federal database, but a measure sponsored by Sen. Michael J. Damiani would expand the database to all felons. And, unlike current law, this bill would retroactively affect anyone convicted since July 1, 2001.

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