Gongol.com Archives: October 2007
Brian Gongol

October 4, 2007

Graphics Graphic of the day: TB Outbreak

Water News No more front lawns in Las Vegas

Iowa Des Moines Business Record sold to Ohio company

The United States of America No, the US is not a "Christian" nation
It's a nation that offers freedom of religion to all, including Christians, who happen to be the majority. To wit: The Constitution specifically says, "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." If that's not enough, there is the matter that Thomas Jefferson was essentially a deist, and he was unequivocally one of the Founding Fathers. Benjamin Franklin advocated tolerance of just about every faith. The US is distinctly more a nation founded on commerce than one founded in Christian theology. Markets and freedom go hand-in-hand. The notion of individual liberty guarantees that Christians and non-Christians alike can live their lives as they see fit, but that freedom to do so in no way implies the opposite -- that the country itself derives its foundation from philosophies that people are safe to espouse because of liberty.

News Help! Someone sold my Pulitzer Prize!
Somehow, three Pulitzer Prize medals belonging to Newsday ended up in an auction in California -- and sold for $4,000 to $7,000 each. The paper says they might've been duplicates of the original medals, but that only seems to confirm that no one knows where the originals are.

Health Crack addicts cause TB outbreak in Canada

The American Way Vaclav Havel becomes a newspaper editor
From president of the Czech Republic to newspapering. Unthinkable under Communism.

Weather and Disasters Thousands of Nicaraguans suffering weeks after Hurricane Felix
(Article in Spanish) A month later, most Americans have probably forgotten about the Category 5 hurricane, but that doesn't mean the suffering has ended. It smashed Central America hard.

News China copies color-coded terrorism threat levels, applies them to food safety

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