Monday, January 30, 2006

Page Change

Sophia's pages have changed URL's. The new links are updated below:

Sophia's Birth Announcement

Sophia's Picture Page

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Sophia Paige Schult

Welcome to the world, Sophia. Born on January 18 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Sophia enjoys sleeping, drinking her mother's milk and taking walks with her father in the Baby Bjorn.
Sophia's Birth Announcement
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Latin America's prisons

209% Jail occupancy level in Honduras with 79% of the prisoners without a sentence. And the guards let them kill each other.

BBC NEWS | In Depth | In figures: Latin America's prisons: "In figures: Latin America's prisons
Human rights groups are warning of a crisis in Latin America's overcrowded jails, where riots and violence are on the rise. They say tens of thousands of inmates - many of them imprisoned without sentence for year - are living in deteriorating conditions.

Below are key statistics compiled mainly by the Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Delinquency - Ilanud - over the last decade.

Honduras prison rioting kills 13
Gang members in Honduras prison
Prisons in Honduras are dominated by gang culture
Thirteen inmates have died and another was injured by gunfire in rioting at a high-security prison in Honduras.

Saturday, January 07, 2006 - Drug turf war blamed for Honduran prison violence - Jan 6, 2006 - Drug turf war blamed for Honduran prison violence - Jan 6, 2006: "Soon after the shootout, inmates' bodies lay in pools of blood within the cellblock, all with stab wounds apparently inflicted by homemade knives and 10 bearing gunshot wounds.

Each of those 10 received an execution-style shot to the head, though some already were dead at the time.

One of the victims had been decapitated."

Friday, January 06, 2006

DNA re-test ordered on executed Virginia man - Wikinews

DNA re-test ordered on executed Virginia man - Wikinews: "Coleman, 33, maintained his innocence to the end, saying 'An innocent man is going to be murdered tonight. When my innocence is proven, I hope America will realize the injustice of the death penalty as all other civilized countries have,' as his final words before being strapped into the electric chair."

Monday, January 02, 2006

Nearer, My God, to the G.O.P. - New York Times

Nearer, My God, to the G.O.P. - New York Times: "A look at the tactics and theology of the religious left, however, suggests that this is exactly what American politics does not need. If Democrats give religious progressives a stronger voice, they'll only replicate the misdeeds of the religious right.

For starters, we'll see more attempts to draw a direct line from the Bible to a political agenda. The Rev. Jim Wallis, a popular adviser to leading Democrats and an organizer of the Berkeley meeting, routinely engages in this kind of Bible-thumping. In his book 'God's Politics,' Mr. Wallis insists that his faith-based platform transcends partisan categories.

'We affirm God's vision of a good society offered to us by the prophet Isaiah,' he writes. Yet Isaiah, an agent of divine judgment living in a theocratic state, conveniently affirms every spending scheme of the Democratic Party. This is no different than the fundamentalist impulse to cite the book of Leviticus to justify laws against homosexuality.

When Christians - liberal or conservative - invoke a biblical theocracy as a handy guide to contemporary politics, they threaten our democratic discourse. Numerous 'policy papers' from liberal churches and activist groups employ the same approach: they're awash in scriptural references to justice, poverty and peace, stacked alongside claims about global warming, debt relief and the United Nations Security Council.

Christians are right to argue that the Bible is a priceless source of moral and spiritual insight. But they're wrong to treat it as a substitute for a coherent political philosophy."