Friday, December 13, 2002  [!]

caught How a mac user and online discussion forums help to catch a criminal. [via Dan Gillmor]

a whole lott-a Trent Lott Joshua Marshall has a lotta stuff about Trent Lott. I found something yesterday about Trent Lott while thinking of other thing. Lott's the sponsor of a bill passed in '95 for the establishment of something called National Parent's Day (July 28). What But this is How the Unification Church Convinced the U.S. Government to Endorse its Holiday Honoring the Rev. and Mrs. Moon as the True Parents of Mankind.

On July 27, Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) took the floor of the Senate to urge his fellow lawmakers to support "True Parents' Day," to be celebrated the following evening by the Women's Federation for World Peace, which is funded in large part by the Unification church. According to the Congressional Record, Lott pontificated that "the breakdown of the family is a major factor contributing to the rise of crime, teen pregnancy, educational decline, substance abuse and suicide among our nation's youth" and that "[p]arents, by their example of sacrificial love and transmission of moral and cultural values, play a crucial and determinant role in the development of youth." But he didn't mention that the holiday had beenlong celebrated by Unificationists, or that Hak Ja Han Moon [i.e., Mrs. Moon] had founded the Women's Federation and still serves as its international president. The following evening, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced Mrs. Moon to an audience of approximately 200 gathered in a Senate meeting room at the Dirksen Office Building. The Rev. Moon himself sat in the front row. [Read More]
Lott: an inspiration to the youth of our nation Dear Senator Lott
My name is Trent Smith, and I am a 16 year old student at Westmore High School in Bakersfield, California. My name used to be Roger Smith, after my grandpa, but I changed it just two weeks ago so I could be more like you. I wanted to change my last name too, but the government keeps me from it. I guess I'll just have to wait until I'm 18.[Read More]

(amazing what a google search for lott and parent's day will find!)