Nidal Hasan thinks pleading guilty and growing a beard will keep him out of hell. On Wednesday, however, the military officer presiding over the court martial of the one-time U.S. Army psychiatrist and accused murderer rejected Hasan’s guilty plea and told him that he would order the devout Muslim to be forcibly shaved before the trial begins.

As the size and sponsorship of the global surveillance network TrapWire continues to be revealed, the hacktivists of Anonymous are calling on those alarmed by the multinational monitoring apparatus to unite August 18 in concerted opposition. “As we learn about TrapWire and similar systems in the surveillance industry, it becomes more apparent that we must, at all costs, shut this system down and render it useless,” spokesmen for Anonymous wrote in a press release. Despite the purported power of the surveillance system, Anonymous recommends opponents protest peacefully.

The allegation by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney paid no taxes for a decade has spurred quite the controversy, which only intensified after Reid refused to disclose the anonymous source of his charge. Of course, the debacle magnified further after questions about the senator’s own personal wealth were resurrected.

A Fox News poll taken between August 5 and August 7 purports to show that if the presidential election were held today, President Obama would defeat Republican challenger Mitt Romney by nine percentage points, but it likely doesn't represent the views of voters.

 

It has been a Sunday tradition for many years at restaurants all over America: Bring in a church bulletin and get a discount on Sunday dinner. But a restaurant in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is now under investigation by the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission after a self-identified atheist filed a charge of discrimination against it over its church discount.

 

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