Monday, May 25, 2009

HOT5 Daily 5/25/2009

1. "Remember the meaning of the day" Memorial Day means even more to some.

Representative Sample: It's a photo.

2. "The Latest "Man-Made Disaster""  Minimizing the threat of terrorism is popular in some quarters. Let's hope we continue to catch plots before they take place.

Representative Sample: This Islamic terror enemy is real. They are here. FBI Director Robert Mueller said that he opposes bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. prisons because of widespread Islamic radicalization happening in our jails, which also breeds terrorism that is financed and run out of them.

3. "Anti-Atheist Bigotry: Still Socially Acceptable in America" But atheists who object to being demonized are "angry." A response to an earlier piece by Charlotte Allen in the LA Times.

Representative Sample: Saying "I can't stand atheists...because they're crashing bores" is akin to saying "I can't stand blacks...because they're lazy." In both cases, we see false statements applied in generalized fashion to all members of the groups.

4. "Government and the new religion" An interesting perspective on the government as a form of religion.

Representative Sample: the structure of the priests, the warriors and the laiety is still seen in our interventionist state which promotes the idea of esoteric knowledge at the top passed down to the plebians. The common folk are expected to have faith in the wisdom of the liberal priests.

5. "Sword of Freedom: USS Toledo Embark, Part One" A closer look at Los Angeles class attack submarines.

Representative Sample: Unseen and unheralded, the U.S. Navy’s roughly 50 nuclear attack submarines comprise the silent vanguard of our conventional naval power at sea. While speedy corvettes, shallow-water transports and aviation-capable amphibious ships are vital for exploiting the peace — that is, building new alliances and exporting security abroad — submarines are the most important ships for keeping the peace 

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