Saturday, January 06, 2007

'Queer Nuns' Get the Boot in San Francisco


Archdiocese cancels lease of parish hall to a group of homosexual men who dress as Catholic nuns and sponsor monthly bingo games to raise funds for HIV/AIDs programs The “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” who describe themselves as “the leading-edge order of queer nuns,” and whose official slogan is “go forth and sin some more” are looking for a new location for their monthly bingo games.

Children's Organs Harvested in India?

Organ trafficking or sexual abuse may account for the disappearance of 38 children from Nithari village near Noida, 25km from Delhi, in Uttar Pradesh. Remains of 17 of them were found at the beginning of the year. The owner of the house where the victims were buried, Moninder Singh, and his domestic, Surender, were arrested and have confessed but this has not stopped the tragedy from taking on strong political overtones.

UN Investigated For Over 300 Sex Offences

More than 300 members of United Nations peacekeeping missions have been investigated by the international body for alleged sexual exploitation and abuse during the past three years.

Scientists Were Working on Head Transplants

The creation of the two-headed dog was the first step in an astonishing race by Cold War scientists to achieve the seemingly impossible - the first ever human head transplant. In pursuing this medical goal, Vladimir Demikhov - and his American rival, Robert White - may seem to be the epitome of immoral scientists who ignored all ethical considerations in their pursuit of scientific advance. But in their own minds, they were brilliant pioneers prepared to think the unthinkable for the greater good of mankind.

'Embryo Bank' Raising Designer Baby Fears

A Texas company has started producing batches of ready-made embryos that single women and infertile couples can order after reviewing detailed information about the race, education, appearance, personality and other characteristics of the egg and sperm donors. The Abraham Center of Life LLC of San Antonio, the first commercial dealer making embryos in advance for unspecified recipients, was created to help make it easier and more affordable for clients to have babies that match their preferences, according to its founder.

Legalized Polygamy, Here We Come?

When Canada's Parliament last fall legalized same-sex marriage, the sponsors of the legislation were effusive in their reassurances that this was in no sense a precedent for polygamy. Less than three months after the bill was passed, that reassurance was demolished last week by the Ontario Court of Appeal. Reversing the ruling of a trial judge, the court decided that a child could have three legal parents, in this case his lesbian birth mother and her "wife" of 16 years, plus the father who donated the sperm and has taken an active role in raising the boy, now 5.

Tiller 'the Killer' Not Off the Hook Yet

The special prosecutor in Kansas assigned by Attorney General Phill Kline to evaluate 30 criminal counts against late-term abortionist George Tiller of Wichita has gone to the state Supreme Court for help ... Kline, after an investigation of more than two years, had filed 30 criminal counts against Tiller, who is known world-wide for his late-term abortions, alleging he failed to follow Kansas law and performed abortions on babies that were beyond the age cutoff in state law. The charges also alleged he didn't have the proper medical diagnosis in the cases to legally allow the late-term abortions.

Friday, January 05, 2007

A Manifesto From the People of the World



Alex Jones bullhorns the secret Bilderberg meeting of the world elite at a hotel in Ottawa last year.

Heather Mallick: 'Me, Me, ME!'


I did a little analysis on Heather Mallick's New Year's column over on the CBC website:
Total words in article - 1090
# of times the word "I" is used - 52
# of times the word "my" is used - 25 (or 26 if you count the headline that links to the article)
Total # "I" and "my" words - 77 - which is just over 7% of the article.

Video: The Myth of Separation of Church and State



David Barton, founder of Wallbuilders, Inc. exposes the alleged separation of church and state. The words "separation of church and state" don't appear in any official government documents authored by the U.S. founding fathers.

So You Thought Traffic Jams Are Bad Here ...



Hundreds of cars queue aimlessly for the chance to actually get to their destination in Xiamen, south China.

Iraq: "I Lost 11 Members of My Family In Less Than a Year'

I'm 29-years-old. I've been handicapped since 18 January, 2006, when I lost my leg in an explosion while I was working as a waiter in a Baghdad restaurant. On the same day I lost my brother Muhammad, who was working with me at the restaurant. He was only 19-years-old and didn't survive his injuries ...

Food For Thought: Peanuts Kill More Americans Than Terrorism

The menace of global terrorism has been labeled the greatest threat to western civilization since communism and yet swimming pools, peanuts and lost deer kill more Americans every single year. Why are our governments facilitating the terrorist's agenda by hyping a peril that simply doesn't exist?

Iraq Vets Left in Physical and Mental Agony

On New Year's Eve, the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq passed 3,000 ... But the number of injured has far outstripped the dead, with the Veterans Administration reporting that more than 150,000 veterans of the Iraq war are receiving disability benefits.

'Morning-After Pill' a Failure

Well-known advocates for the morning-after pill have admitted that "increased access to emergency contraception pills enhance use but has not been shown to reduce unintended pregnancy rates" in a meta-analysis of studies conducted in 10 countries published this month in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. They also state the drug's effectiveness may be "substantially … overstated."

'National Shopping List' Based on Christian and Family Values

The Michigan-based American Decency Association (ADA) has developed a "National Shopping List" of businesses that it says are Christian-based or family-friendly in their practices. At present, the list is short; but the cultural watchdog group says it's just providing a place to start for people all over the U.S., who should go on to make their own lists concerning businesses in their own communities.

Spanish Bishops Fear Rebirth of a Muslim Kingdom

Spain's bishops are alarmed by ambitious plans to recreate the city of Cordoba - once the heart of the ancient Islamic kingdom of al-Andalus - as a pilgrimage site for Muslims throughout Europe ... Other big mosques are reportedly planned for Medina Azahara near Cordoba, Seville and Granada.

Embezzlement in Many Catholic Dioceses

A survey by researchers at Villanova University has found that 85 percent of Roman Catholic dioceses that responded had discovered embezzlement of church money in the last five years, with 11 percent reporting that more than $500,000 had been stolen.

Russert's 'Meet the Press' No. 1 Again

According to Nielsen Media Research data and NBC, "Meet the Press with Tim Russert" was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the 2006 calendar year in all categories, marking the broadcast's ninth straight year as the top-rated Sunday show (1998-2006).

What Does Your Horoscope Really Say?

If they do hold the answers, then why do horoscopes for the same day vary in what they say? For example, last summer, just out of curiosity, I checked my horoscope one day on three different Web sites. What I found were three completely different readings. And try as I may I couldn’t make any of them fit with that day’s events.

U.S. Government to Open Mail Without a Warrant?

A signing statement attached to postal legislation by President Bush last month may have opened the way for the government to open mail without a warrant. The White House denies any change in policy. The law requires government agents to get warrants to open first-class letters. But when he signed the postal reform act, Bush added a statement saying that his administration would construe that provision "in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances."

Atheists on the Warpath

Now, nonbelievers are vigorously fighting back. Only a small percentage of Americans admit to being nontheists (between 2 and 9 percent, depending on the poll), but that equates to many millions. And religionists' role in debates over stem-cell research and evolution vs. intelligent design - as well as radical religion in world conflicts - have galvanized some atheists to mount a counteroffensive.

More Men, Less Reverence and Drums: Keys to Church Growth

Churches with rising attendance numbers have a lot in common with one another - a lot more than denomination, location, or even theological approach. According to a new study, success stories often involve men, drums, a joyful environment, and a concerted effort not to be too "reverent."

Frankensteinian Doctors Whine Over Possible Restrictions

UK scientists planning to mix human and animal cells in order to research cures for degenerative diseases fear their work will be halted. They accuse the body that grants licences for embryo research, the HFEA, of bowing to government pressure if it fails to consider their applications. Ministers proposed outlawing such work after unfavourable public opinion.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Medved Guilty of His Own Demagoguery


"Shame on Demagogues Exploiting ‘North American Union,’" reads Medved’s title, in full. And then he proceeds to glory in – what else? Demagoguery! In taking aim from the wrong end of his blunderbuss, he sheds a powerful (and unintended) spotlight on his own naïve, and evidently abysmal, ignorance. Frankly, it will be interesting to see if he ever recovers.

Poll: Americans Wary of Islam

A pro-family organization has published the early results of an online survey dealing with Islam. The poll shows an overwhelming number of respondents have an unfavorable opinion of that religion.

TV 'a Stimulant' in Boy's Death By Hanging

Police and family members said a 10-year-old boy who died by hanging himself from a bunk bed was apparently mimicking the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein ... Pelico's mother told police he had previously watched a news report on Saddam's death ... Clinical psychologist Edward Bischof, of California, said children Sergio's age mimic risky behaviors they see on TV - such as wrestling or extreme sports - without realizing the dangers. He said TV appeared to be the stimulant in Sergio's case.

Celebrities, Corporate Honchos at New Age Spa

Levin and Laurie give a rare inside view of Moonview, where for an annual fee of $175,000, they give celebrities, corporate honchos and other high rollers a huge helping of their new age healing - everything from shamanism, acupuncture, yoga and hypnotherapy sessions to brain painting, which uses the brain's electric signals to create designs on a computer screen. Three medical doctors are on staff and 80 new age practitioners are on call.

Woman to Give Birth After 'Embryo Rescue'

The baby album for Rebekah Markham's soon-to-be-born child could include something extra special: photos of officers using flat-bottomed boats to rescue the youngster's frozen embryo from a sweltering hospital in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Markham is about to give birth via Caesarean section, nine months after being implanted with an embryo that nearly thawed when the flooded hospital lost electricity.

Catholicism the Top Faith in U.S. Congress

Roman Catholics are the largest single U.S. religious denomination among members of the new U.S. Congress which also includes two Buddhists and a Muslim. A survey published by Americans for Religious Liberty finds Baptists the second most common faith, followed by Methodists, Presbyterians and Jews.

Bishop Warns Against Creeping Anti-Christianism

The Catholic Bishop of Leeds has warned against creeping anti-Christianism after revealing he was "appalled" by anti-Christian TV programmes over Christmas. Bishop Arthur Roche warned Catholics not to become complacent to the anti-Christianism infecting the nation’s everyday life, reports Catholic newspaper The Universe. In his New Year pastoral letter, the bishop said that he had been “appalled” at the abuse of Jesus’ name on television over Christmas.

'Bohemian Grove' Event Needs Investigation

I'd like to finally know what's up with "Bohemian Grove." That's a spot in California that so many tie to a "new world order." I don't go for many conspiracy theories, and this may be one of them, but I have to admit that it bears marked suspicions at a time when there is a remarkable convergence of forces that would indeed unite the world through various organizations (which as one friend recently put it now seem to be "meshing").

Google May Become Another Microsoft

Some critics have even gone so far as to compare Google to Microsoft, which engaged in so much questionable behaviour in trying to promote its own products that it became the subject of a U.S. federal antitrust investigation. Could Google's behaviour eventually be seen in a similar light? It's possible -- although it's worth noting that changing operating systems is a lot harder than switching to a different search engine.

Ontario Group Wants to Get Rid of Religion

Over the Christmas period I read a couple of newspaper stories featuring a group that calls itself Secular Ontario. They seem to hate the idea that there are Christians living among us. In one article, the group's president, Henry Beissel, went so far as to declare that: "If the human species is to survive, it is going to have to get rid of religion."

Boy in Three-Parent Case Could Turn Out To Be a Mess

It is quite possible that the five-year-old boy who now has three legal parents will grow up to be a happy, well-adjusted member of society. On the other hand, in 10 or 15 years, the Ontario boy being raised by a lesbian couple with help from his biological dad who lives in the neighbourhood, could be a mess.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

When Bad Things Come From 'Good' Food


Lately, though, produce has caused a disturbing number of disease outbreaks; just since September, bacteria-tainted tomatoes, spinach and lettuce have made hundreds of people sick, and killed three. There have been 20 serious outbreaks in the past decade or so, and many have come from crops grown in California, not from imports. Fruit juices, alfalfa sprouts and almonds have also been involved — all of them supposedly health foods, like salad, the things we feel most virtuous about eating.

The World's Top 10 Persecutors of Christians

The Washington-D.C. based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) has just released its annual Hall of Shame Awards. This list details the world's top ten persecutors of Christians ... The first example of this trend is Iraq.

Indian State Introduces 'Anti-Christian' Law

Devoted Christians in India's northern state of Himachal Pradesh, including missionary workers and church leaders, ushered in the New Year Monday, January 1, amid fears of persecution after law makers introduced legislation banning "forced" religious conversions.

24 Catholic Religious Killed in Missionary Work in 2006

In 2006, 24 priests, religious and lay workers are known to have been killed in the course of their missionary work. This is one less than last year.

Chinese Province Bans Sale of Abortion Drugs

Retailers in central China's Henan Province are banned to sell abortion drugs as of January 1, 2007, as part of the province's efforts to keep gender balance among newborns. Those who violate the rule will have their illegal profits confiscated and will face fines ranging from 3,000 yuan (385 U.S. dollars) to 20,000 yuan (2,564 U.S. dollars). Any pregnant woman who has her baby aborted illegally will also face a fine of 2,000 yuan (256 U.S. dollars).

Getting Down at 'God's Disco' in Lourdes

Piousness and partying came together for New Year's celebrations overnight as Christian pilgrims visiting France's famous miracle town of Lourdes got down and boogied in "God's disco". Around 1,000 faithful kicked up their heels in the unusual nightclub as Exo, a Christian pop group created in 1991 by a couple of US missionaries, blasted out their tunes from an outdoors stage.

Where Are Our Young Girls At?

The pictures posted on MySpace.com looked like the latest installment of "Girls Gone Wild." In them, cheerleaders from McKinney North High School in Texas exhibited all variety of bawdy behavior. One shot showed a bikini-clad girl sharing a bottle of booze with a friend. Another featured a cheerleader and several other girls in risqué poses offering glimpses of their panties. But the most infamous photo of all was taken in a Condoms To Go store. Five smiling cheerleaders dressed in uniform posed with large candles shaped like penises. At least one of them appeared to be simulating fellatio.

There IS a Movement to Merge the U.S., Mexico and Canada

In all the years I've known Michael Medved, I've never seen him quite this upset about any other topic. Talk about twisted, ignorant hysteria! He seems determined to deny – despite overwhelming evidence, which I will recap briefly – that there is no well-funded, well-heeled political movement promoting a merger of the United States, Mexico and Canada.

New Website Will Count Babies Saved From Abortion

No Baby Left Behind (nobabyleftbehind.org), a new website that keeps count of how many babies that have been saved from abortion, is being launched today. The website features a counter tallying "saves" - babies who have been saved from abortion because of the actions of pro-life groups and individuals.

N.Y. Times Fingered For Misrepresentation

Byron Calame, the Public Editor (ombudsman) at the New York Times, in a 1,500 word article published on December 31 in the New York Times, admits that LifeSiteNews.com was correct in exposing a grievous error in reporting by the New York Times Magazine. In November, LifeSiteNews.com published an article titled, "New York Times Caught in Abortion-Promoting Whopper - Infanticide Portrayed as Abortion." Based on information from Julia Sol de Cardenal, a pro-life leader in El Salvador, LifeSiteNews.com pointed out that the cover article in the NYT magazine of April 6 claimed falsely that some women in El Salvador were imprisoned for 30 years for illegal abortions.

Court Redefines 'Family'

Ontario's highest court has ruled that a child can have three parents in a landmark case that experts say rewrites the definition of a family. Calling it an "important and novel case," the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned an earlier judgment that denied a woman status as the legal guardian of a boy she has been raising with her female partner.

'Fresh' Embryos to Be Sacrificed for Stem Cell Research?

Debate has re-erupted over whether to allow donations of "fresh" human embryos for stem cell research. The House of Commons health committee has become a key audience for the debate's opposing voices because it is finally weighing regulations to implement a sweeping 2004 law governing assisted reproductive technologies - such as donor insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF) - used to create human life.

UN Staff Accused of Raping Sudanese Children

The UN said today that it would launch an investigation after the Daily Telegraph reported allegations that UN personnel have abused children in southern Sudan. Members of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in southern Sudan are facing allegations of raping and abusing children as young as 12, The Daily Telegraph reported today.

Journalist Suspended for Plagiarism

Questions have been raised about Jack MacAndrew’s December 20 column. The body of the column contains a listing of 10 excesses that should be enjoyed at Christmas. It is largely similar to an article making the rounds of the internet for years. Jack MacAndrew admits the column material originated from an e-mail. He admits that he rewrote portions of that e-mail and included it in his column. He admits he failed to credit where the material originated.

The Toxic Soup We Carry in Our Bodies

Four top Canadian politicians have a combined cocktail of toxic chemicals in their bodies that would make a smokestack shudder ... The study found that Ambrose had fewer flame-retardants in her blood than Layton, but had a higher level of arsenic than the New Democrat leader. Clement's blood, meanwhile, contains polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, despite the fact they have been banned for years. But Clement's blood was lower in neurotoxic mercury than Godfrey's.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

250 Million Christians Will Be Persecuted in 2007


Around 250 million Christians worldwide will face persecution in 2007, simply for following Jesus Christ, according to persecution watchdog Release International. In particular the U.K.-based group found that persecution is growing the fastest in the Muslim world. According to Release, most persecution takes place in four distinct “zones”: those of Islam, Communism, Hinduism and Buddhism. But persecution is growing fastest of all in the Muslim world.

Major Christian Leaders Unknown - Even Among Christians

The study also reports that 72 percent of adults and 63 percent of born-again Christians have never heard of Rick Warren, megachurch pastor and author of the bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life. Approximately 57 percent adults had never heard of Dr. James Dobson, Christian founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, and nearly half of all born-again Christians did not know who he was. There were similar findings for T.D. Jakes, African-American clergyman; Tim LaHaye, author of the Left Behind book series; and Joel Osteen, featured television speaker and pastor of one of the largest churches in the nation.

Environment as a Determinant in Sexual Orientation

The research suggests a link between environmental factors such as geographic birthplace and family relationships and the probability of marrying a same-sex or opposite-sex partner. The massive study also finds that the number of brothers and sisters increases the probability of marrying heterosexually. This finding contradicts a recent, widely touted Canadian study of birth order that found the number of older brothers increases the probability of homosexuality in men.

Creationism Gains Foothold in British Schools

THE government has cleared the way for a form of creationism to be taught in Britain’s schools as part of the religious syllabus. Lord Adonis, an education minister, is to issue guidelines within two months for the teaching of “intelligent design” (ID), a theory being promoted by the religious right in America.

Communitarianism - The Dictatorship of Everything

Communitarian Law eliminates ALL rights of individuals for 1) the common good, and 2) for the “security” of the global governing elite - nothing more – nothing less. It sets up a 2-class system of governors and the governed, or in simplified terms, the rich overlords and the rabble. Communitarianism is high-tech Communism.

Exposing Feminist Jurisprudence

Judge Robert Dierker’s new book, “The Tyranny of Tolerance: A Sitting Judge Breaks the Code of Silence to Expose the Liberal Judicial Assault,” demonstrates that some judges are waking up to the truth: behind the mysterious veil of feminist humanism hides the most profound contempt for men, marriage, and ultimately the well-being of non-elitist women.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Advance Gay 'Marriage' Ban


Lawmakers in Massachusetts, the only state where gay marriage is legal, on Tuesday voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, a critical step toward putting the measure on the 2008 ballot. The proposed amendment, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman but ban future gay marriages, still needs approval of the next legislative session before it can go onto the ballot.

The Death of Cash

Fumbling for coins in your pocket will be a thing of the past as the latest technology lets you load up your phone with credit and pay by simply pointing it at the till. It's further proof that new technology is killing off hard cash.

U.S. 'Living in a Dream World': Buchanan

We are living in a dream world. America may yet be the world's strongest nation, but our dominance is detested, our leadership is no longer wanted and our people are weary of playing Atlas. Events abroad and disillusionment at home are causing more and more to ask whether what we call the American Empire or Pax Americana is really worth the aggravation, the cost and the ingratitude.

Thinkers Foresee End to Religion

People's fascination for religion and superstition will disappear within a few decades as television and the internet make it easier to get information, and scientists get closer to discovering a final theory of everything, leading thinkers argue today. The web magazine Edge (www.edge.org) asked more than 150 scientists and intellectuals: "What are you optimistic about?"

Anglicans Face Clash Over 50 Gay-'Married' Priests

THE Church of England is facing a new rift over homosexual clergy with the disclosure that more than 50 gay or lesbian priests have "married" in civil partnership ceremonies. Traditionalists and evangelicals opposed to gay clerics said this weekend they would force open debate of the issue at February's meeting of the General Synod. Campaigners have criticised bishops for shying away from enforcing the church's policy of ensuring gay clergy are celibate before they are given authorisation to enter civil partnerships.

McMurtry Retiring - Good Riddance

With the impending retirement of Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry, the legal grapevine is buzzing with speculation about what political machinations may be driving the federal government's search for his replacement. The most often-mentioned contenders range from two associate chief justices - Dennis O'Connor and Douglas Cunningham - to Madam Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada, whose home, and, perhaps, her heart, are in Toronto.

Monday, January 01, 2007

China Arrests Catholic Priests


Nine priests of China’s underground Roman Catholic Church have been arrested in the northern province of Hebei, the Catholic news agency AsiaNews reported ... It was not known why they had been held but the agency said that it was probably because they had met over Christmas for prayer in a place that had not been recognised by the government.

British Home Office Backs Saudi's Bible Ban

The British Foreign Office has backed the decision of an English airline to forbid one of its flight attendants from carrying her personal Bible to Saudi Arabia ... A BMA official was quoted as excusing the company’s infringement of the flight attendant’s religious freedom by saying “we cannot start designing rules around individuals [or take their] “personal preferences into account.”

Iranians Herald Coming of 'Mahdi'


An official state media website in Iran has posted a message heralding the coming of the Shiite messianic figure, Imam Mahdi, noting he could arrive with Jesus by the spring equinox. "Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance) will appear all of a sudden on the world scene with a voice from the skies announcing his reappearance at the holy Ka'ba in Mecca," the message says.

The War on Christmas, and Christ, Is Real

No I do not agree that O'Reilly manufactured the war on Christmas. There is ample evidence of its existence, and your diatribe is just a small scuff on the surface. The war is plainly evident when stores block their employees from wishing Merry Christmas rather than allow the smallest possibility that shoppers be reminded the meaning of this season.

Europeans Reject Gay 'Marriage'

The majority of citizens in the European Union do not approve of legalizing homosexual "marriage" or the adoption of children by homosexual couples according to a recent poll ... Europeans remain closely divided, with most of the support in Western Europe and Scandinavia. In other European nations, especially in former communist nations, they remain staunchly opposed to the homosexualization of Europe.

Saddam Wondered Why U.S. Invaded

The former leader did not talk about dying and had no regrets about his regime, saying what he did was for Iraq. Sgt Ellis said Saddam Hussein once asked him why the U.S. had invaded when "the laws in Iraq were fair and the weapons inspectors didn't find anything."

Intelligence a Hot Career Field

Academic specialists in security and intelligence studies say their courses have never been so popular, but Canada's universities have been unable to get the faculty and other resources to meet the demand. Wesley Wark, who teaches one of the country's largest undergraduate courses in intelligence history, at the University of Toronto, says that if he could clone himself, he would have no trouble doubling course enrolment to 600 students.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Global Super Labor Union Forming

British, American and German unions are to forge a pact to challenge the power of global capitalism in a move towards creating an international union with more than 6 million members. Amicus, the U.K.'s largest private sector union, has signed agreements with the German engineering union IG-Metall and two of the largest labour organisations in the U.S., the United Steelworkers and the International Association of Machinists, to prevent companies playing off their workforces in different countries against each other.

The Quiet Faith of Gerald Ford

This article originally appeared in the August 30, 1974, issue of Christianity Today: "When he assumed the vice-presidency ten months ago, Gerald R. Ford told newspaper reporters that his faith 'is a personal thing. It's not something one shouts from the housetops or wears on his sleeve. For me, my religious feeling is a deep personal faith I rely on for guidance from my God.' Now that he is President, Ford is still reluctant to publicize his faith—but he's not about to hide it, either."

Saddam at the Gallows

Saddam Hussein never bowed his head, until his neck snapped. His last words were equally defiant. “Down with the traitors, the Americans, the spies and the Persians.”