February 9th, 2009

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Grammys show proud moments, big and subtle

Posted by Mark Bialczak February 09, 2009 12:23AM



At 51 years old, the Grammy Awards show still has the moxie to surprise and delight us.

There were moments of power, passion and grace as the music world gathered in Los Angeles tonight for the big show broadcast on CBS.

Some of the best moments were colored in gigantic, brash strokes.

When Sir Paul McCartney brought out his voice, bass and pop star appeal to share "I Saw Her Standing There" with the guitar and rock fury of Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, that was a big moment. When rapper Lil' Wayne showcased his swagger with the soul of Robin Thicke, the elegance of Allen Touissant and the pure joy of trumpeter Terence Blanchard marching with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in tribute to New Orleans, that was a huge moment. When the USC marching band added its pomp, percussion and horns to the alternative rock genius of Radiohead, that was a stupendous moment.

But not all of the best times tonight came sized extra large.

More subtle thrills kept the night hopping, too.

Rapper Jay-Z owned the joint when he sidled out to join Coldplay front man Chris Martin for a simple and spine-tingling tandem on "Lost."

Justin Timberlake showed his star power by stepping in for Chris Brown to help out the Rev. Al Green in the soul king's knockout segment. (The folks at CBS didn't bother to tell the world why Brown and his girlfriend, Rihanna, didn't appear as announced. But by the time the event was an hour old, the Net was buzzing with reports of how Brown had a brush with the L.A. law for alleged domestic violence.)

The traditional encore segment, in which the Grammys pays tribute to musicians who died in the last year, was capped by a gorgeous tribute to rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley. Generations and styles meshed seamlessly as blues legend B.B. King, rocker John Mayer and country star Keith Urban played their guitars in a gorgeous ode to Diddley's famous beat.

Of course, not all was perfection.

That's the beauty of the Grammys, too, when the stars aren't aligned just right. Tonight, poor Nick Jonas, as talented of a teen he is, obviously forgot the lyrics at his first call to join in with the legend Stevie Wonder on "Superstition."

Speaking of teens, it was one up, one down when Taylor Swift was joined by Mylie Cyrus on Swift's hit "Fifteen." Swift's lovely guitar and striking voice showed why she's quickly become a favorite of country fans of all ages. Cyrus, meanwhile, showed why she's become a favorite of teen and tween pop fans. Billy Ray's daughter seems to be a nice enough young woman, but she's not in Swift's league.

And where else can you watch Neil Diamond try to prod a tuxedo-gown crowd to sing along, "so good, so good," like millions of fans have over the past 40 years to his pop (and pop culture) hit "Sweet Caroline" but the Grammy Awards.

Most years, Grammys honcho Neil Portnow's speech might signal a good time to hit the rest room. Tonight, however, he was the guy to connect the dots between Barack Obama's election to president and what that means for the arts. Portnow told the crowd that as a senator, Obama won two Grammys for recordings of books he'd written. "As a creative community, it means he's one of us," Portnow said. Then he called for the president to create a new cabinet position, secretary of the arts.

"Having a Grammy winner in the White House is an inspiration," Portnow said.

Having music all around us is an inspiration, and the Grammys reminds us of just how much every year. Here's to music in the schools. And music in the corner bars. And in the theaters and hockey rinks and stadiums. And on computers and iPods and CD players. And on the Grammys once a year.


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Obama Has Upper Hand in Stimulus Fight



The American public gives President Barack Obama a strong 67% approval rating for the way in which he is handling the government's efforts to pass an economic stimulus bill, while the Democrats and, in particular, the Republicans in Congress receive much lower approval ratings of 48% and 31%, respectively.



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These relatively positive sentiments toward Obama were reflected in recent Gallup polling that asked Americans whether their confidence in Obama's ability to improve the economy and manage the government had gotten better or had gotten worse since his inauguration. At least half of Americans said their confidence had increased, while only 17% to 18% said they had less confidence.



Obama's recent efforts to create a sense of urgency that a new bill be passed would appear to resonate with at least half of the American public. The new Gallup Poll shows that a majority of Americans (51%) say passing a new economic stimulus plan is "critically important" for improving the nation's economy, while another 29% say it is important. Only 16% say it is "not that important."



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Octuplets' Grandmother Adds To Criticism Of Her Daughter

Some say the public outcry against Nadya Suleman, the mother of the Bellflower octuplets, has gone too far, but even her own mother is criticizing her, releasing new details and photos of their cramped home.

In a new videotaped interview with RadarOnline.com, Angela Suleman, Nadya's mother, says she feels her daughter having so many children is "unconscionable." "She really has no idea what she's doing to her children, and to me," she says. According to Angela, a retired teacher, Nadya does not contribute money toward supporting her children. "Nadya promised to help me with the bills, but she never has," she says. "I lost a house because of it and now I'm struggling to look after her six. We had to put in bunk beds, feed them in shifts and there's children's clothing piled all over the house."
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GOP Sees Positives In Going Negative

GOP Sees Positives In Going Negative

Three months after their Election Day drubbing, Republican leaders see glimmers of rebirth in the party's liberation from an unpopular president, its selection of its first African American chairman and, most of all, its stand against a stimulus package that they are increasingly confident will provide little economic jolt but will pay off politically for those who oppose it.

After giving the package zero votes in the House, and with their counterparts in the Senate likely to provide in a crucial procedural vote today only the handful of votes needed to avoid a filibuster, Republicans are relishing the opportunity to make a big statement. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Tex., suggested last week that the party is learning from the disruptive tactics of the Taliban, and the GOP these days does have the bravado of an insurgent band that has pulled together after a big defeat to carry off a quick, if not particularly damaging, raid on the powers that be.

"We're so far ahead of where we thought we'd be at this time," said Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., one of several younger congressmen seeking to lead the party's renewal. "It's not a sign that we're back to where we need to be, but it's a sign that we're beginning to find our voice. We're standing on our core principles, and the core principle that suffered the most in recent years was fiscal conservatism and economic liberty. That was the tallest pole in our tent, and we took an ax to it, but now we're building it back."

The second-ranking House Republican, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, put it more bluntly. "What transpired . . . and will give us a shot in the arm going forward is that we are standing up on principle and just saying no," he said.

The fact that the stimulus legislation keeps moving forward nonetheless has done nothing to dim Republicans' satisfaction. Rather, they sense a tactical victory, particularly in the framing of their opposition to the plan as a clash with congressional Democrats instead of with President Obama, who remains far more popular with voters than does Congress.
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Marriage Equality is on the verg in Maine, and Fundies are quick to make a site...



The moment we knew California was going to lose Proposition 8 was the moment we clicked on the No on 8 campaign's unintentionally retro website. Consider it a word of caution to Maine marriage equality activists, since Round One of the web war goes to the homophobes, who have launched a site that Linda York, a member of the Maine Marriage Initiative crows, allows people "join social network groups, contact legislators, and become informed about the facts and myths associated with same-sex marriage." Just how evil is the new site?

A: Pretty evil.

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Sanders backs Dean for HHS post

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the latest lawmaker to back Howard Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, for secretary of Health and Human Services.

In a letter to President Obama that was released on Sunday, Sanders backed Dean, the former Vermont governor and physician, as someone who is "eminently qualified" to reform healthcare after Obama's first choice, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), withdrew his nomination last week.

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Republican butthurt: imminent.

Florida gov. to join Obama at stimulus town hall



Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will introduce President Obama tomorrow at a Florida town hall meeting plugging the stimulus plan.

Crist was one of 19 governors, including four Republicans, to release a joint letter publicly urging Congress to to pass the president’s stimulus package — a move that earned him an appreciative phone call from Obama.

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Steele calls for "Bling, Bling"-free stimulus

Just ran into new RNC Chairman Michael Steele who watched President Obama's town hall in Indiana and wasn't impressed.

The Obama-backed stimulus, he said, "is just a wish list from a lot of people who have been on the sidelines for years.. to get a little bling, bling."

(For the record -- we Nexis-ed "Ed Gillespie" and "bling" and found nothing)

Steele, before ducking into an elevator on on the second floor of the Capitol: "I thought it was very, very interesting. It looks like he's trying to very hard to shore up support from Democrats" because "he's upside-down" in the polls.
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President Obama Recycles Old McCain Housing Slam as he Returns to Campaign Mode for Stimulus

Just as the president has recently been using some of the language he used to assail the ideas of his erstwhile campaign opponent, 72-years-young Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. -- deriding opponents' ideas as "old" and "worn out," as he did during the campaign -- he today in Elkhart, Ind., slipped comfortably back into his criticism of the multi-aboded McCain.

"Let me talk to you about the housing foreclosure issue," the president said. "Now, one potential provision that has been discussed that I'm supportive of, but is not in this package -- it will be on a separate package -- is the idea that, right now, if you have a second home or a third home or a fourth home or a fifth home, and -- and you go bankrupt, then the judge can modify the terms of your mortgage on your second, third, fourth, fifth home."

Continued Mr. Obama, "so if you're worth $100 billion, you bought all these houses, and suddenly you went bankrupt, you would still be able to protect your second, third, fourth, fifth home. But, if you are like most people, including me, and you've got one house -- "

He was interrupted by applause. Then he seemed to realize that his circumstances have changed since he last went down this path.

"Now, keep in mind, the house that I'm in, in D.C., I'm just borrowing that," he said. "That's the people's house. .... My house is on the south side of Chicago that I own."

More applause.

"But if you just have one house, it turns out that, under current law, you can't modify that mortgage if you are in bankruptcy," the president said. "If you just can't make the payments, the judge is not authorized to modify that loan. ... Now, that makes no sense. What that's doing is it's forcing a lot of people into foreclosure who potentially would be better off, and the bank would be better off, and the community would be better off if they're at least making some payments, but they're not able to make all the payments necessary."
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"Victimized' AFA launches anti-gay 'Silencing Christians' web site and video

This is all the American Family Association has left, folks, but it's slickly produced bile. When homo-hating, illegal pistol-packing state legislator Sally Kern cited the book After the Ball as the proof of the Homosexual Agenda last week at a fundnut fest in OKC, it should have been no surprise that the AFA has been propagandizing this nonsense with its web site and hour-long video, Silencing Christians.com.

The premise is that Christians are under assault by homosexualists, enabled by state and local governments and schools, to force them to accept LGBTs as -- gasp -- human beings deserving of civil rights! They are careful to mention "former homosexuals" and those struggling with "unwanted same-sex attraction" in order to soothe and absolve the target audience of "Christians" that their motivations are rooted in compassion, not bigotry.

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Wow the video behind the cut is absolutely insane. I couldn't embed the video but it's on Pam Spaulding's website with more information. Also it's a great site anyway, bookmark it.

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After discussing sexism toward women journalists, Kurtz asks Couric about her ‘new hairstyle.’

Yesterday on CNN, media reporter Howie Kurtz and CBS Evening News’s Katie Couric discussed the criticism Couric has received as the first woman to anchor a network news program. “I’ve always had enough confidence in my abilities and my work to know that sometimes there are larger issues at work here about the role of women in society,” Couric said, adding, “I always sort of feel bad for them, that this is how they spend their time.” Yet somewhat ironically, Kurtz then asked Couric if her new hairstyle has something to do with her most recent successes:
KURTZ: We’re going to put up some pictures of you over the years, and I’m going to ask you whether you think at all a factor in your recent success could be this new hairstyle.
COURIC: I don’t know. You know, you should ask Charlie Gibson about how he’s changed his part a little bit, or how Brian looks more tan on the air. I really don’t know, Howie.
The ensuing photo montage Kurtz aired contained one photo of Couric while pregnant. Watch it:
 
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Don't blame the wingnuts, it's all in their genes!



The DNA of Politics
Genes shape our beliefs, our values, and even our votes.
 

 

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When we step back and look at American politics generally, genes may help us understand why, for countless decades, about 40 percent of all voters have supported conservative causes, about 40 percent have backed liberal ones, and the 20 percent in the middle have decided the elections. On a few occasions, the winning presidential candidate has won about 60 percent of the vote. But these days we call a 55 percent victory a “landslide.” It is hard to imagine a purely environmental force that would rule out a presidential election in which one candidate got 80 percent of the vote and his rival only 20 percent. Something deeper must be going on.

All of this leaves open the question: Which genes help create which political attitudes? Right now, we don’t know. To discover the links will require lengthy studies of the DNA of people with different political views. Scientists are having a hard time locating the specific genes that cause diseases; it will probably be much harder to find the complex array of genes that affects politics.

 

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That explains a lot. So, should your residential researcher here put her Mad Scientist skillz to some use and isolate the "hardcore conservative" gene, Y/Y?


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Porn Star for Senate

Sen. David Vitter’s phone number was found in the records of the notorious D.C. madam. Now he faces re-election (and massive karmic payback) against a sultry adult entertainer named Stormy. Max Blumenthal has an exclusive interview.



With 2010 midterm elections approaching, Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter is positioning himself as a leading conservative stalwart. In July 2008, Vitter joined accused bathroom-stall sex solicitor Sen. Larry Craig in co-sponsoring the anti-gay-marriage Marriage Protection Amendment, then addressed a massive antiabortion rally on the National Mall three days after Barack Obama's inauguration. Vitter was also the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's lone vote against sending Hillary Clinton's secretary of State nomination to the Senate floor.

Vitter's right-wing posturing appears to be an attempt at image rehabilitation. In July 2007, the senator's phone number appeared on a published list of phone records of a company owned by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called DC Madam. Vitter confessed to "a serious sin" and revealed that he "asked for and received forgiveness from God and [his] wife." Though the GOP leadership also forgave Vitter, the revelation badly damaged his reputation as one of the Senate's rising conservative stars. In May 2008, Palfrey, the DC Madam, was found dead in an apparent suicide after being found guilty of running a prostitution ring.

This year, an ad appeared on Craigslist seeking "a female in some aspect of the adult-entertainment industry" to run against Vitter. Soon after, a website "drafting" porn actress Stormy Daniels to oppose Vitter sprouted up. Part publicity stunt, part political psy-ops tactic, the Draft Stormy initiative has already forced Vitter's scandalous past back into the limelight. The Louisiana Democratic Party denied any involvement in creating the website, but it is not complaining about Daniels' involvement in the race.

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Reid Spox Assails Blue Dog Rep. Shuler's QB Skills

In the Charlotte News & Observer today, Rep. Heath Shuler, D-NC, is quoted saying that while President Obama has "reached out to listen to his concerns," Democratic leaders on the Hill haven't.

"I truly feel that's where maybe House leadership and Senate leadership have really failed," Shuler said.

This prompted a withering response from Jim Manley, the spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"Let me get this straight - this is coming from a guy who threw more than twice as many interceptions than touchdowns?" Manley emailed Politico's Glenn Thrush.

"Maybe Someone should tell congressman Shuler that under the leadership of President Obama we have put together a bipartisan bill that will create or save 3 to 4 million jobs, and that We have been more than willing to work with our republican friends. We have accepted some of their ideas and will continue to do so. But not at the expense of creating jobs, investing in our future of helping the middle class. He can stand on a stage if he wants, but senate democrats are busy trying to pass legislation that will provide essential investments designed to create and save jobs."

Thrush reminds us that Shuler threw 32 interceptions and 15 touchdowns during his four years in the NFL "with a rock-bottom 54.3 lifetime passer rating. In 2008, ESPN rated him the 4th biggest draft bust in league history."
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Obama: More money for education in stimulus, please

Stimulus should have more education money - Obama
Mon Feb 9, 2009 1:28pm EST

ELKHART, Indiana, Feb. 9 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday called for tax breaks for companies that invest in the United States and said he would like to see education funding restored to the economic-stimulus bill.

"We still have laws on the books that give tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas, and I think it's important for us to give tax breaks to companies that are investing right here in Elkhart, and right here in the United States of America," Obama said at a rally to promote the more than $800 billion bill.

Obama said the stimulus package needs to include more education funding to build a skilled workforce that will encourage businesses to invest domestically.

"I'll be honest with you, the Senate version cut a lot of these education dollars. I would like to see some of them restored," he said.


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Yeah, it's a nugget of a news article. But I was hoping that perhaps we can use this post for those interested in liveblogging Obama's press conference at 8pmEST/5pmPST HERE!

Otherwise, no need to approve this post, mods :)
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Roughing it in Alaska

In rural Alaska villages, families struggle to survive

Thousands of villagers in rural Alaska are struggling to survive, forced to choose between keeping their families warm and keeping their stomachs full, residents say.
Villagers in Emmonak, Alaska, travel to the store and to hunt by snowmobile now that the river has frozen over.

Harvested nuts and berries, small game animals, and dried fish are the only things keeping some from starving.
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Stimulus Bill Survives Senate test, move ahead

An $838 billion economic stimulus bill backed by the White House survived a key test vote in the Senate Monday despite strong Republican opposition, and Democratic leaders vowed to deliver legislation for President Barack Obama's signature within a few days.

Monday's vote was 61-36, one more than the 60 needed to advance the measure toward Senate passage on Tuesday. That in turn, will set the stage for possibly contentious negotiations with the House on a final compromise on legislation the president says is desperately needed to tackle the worst economic crisis in more than a generation.
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NAM to Republican Senators: Filibuster? Bish plz

So, way back when, then-candidate Barack Obama promised to do more to reach across the partisan divide and unite both parties around critical policies. He restated that pledge at the beginning of the debate on the economic stimulus package, promising to sound out his ideological opponents for whatever good ideas they had on how to proceed. That promise has been honored, so yay, hooray, he can check that promise off his list, whatever. But in so doing, Obama ceded a certain amount of leverage over the effort to produce an effective stimulus bill, and, unsurprisingly, that bill has ended up in a diminished state.

House Democrats, under the charge of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have vowed to undo the damage. And why not? Public opinion remains behind both Obama and a stimulus package. Pelosi has already demonstrated she has the votes. So the problem of lost leverage now finds its locus in the Senate, where the support of a handful of so-called "moderates" is supposedly necessary to stave off a filibuster. Of course, these days, while the threat of filibuster inflames every decision the Senate, there is actually very little filibustering. Just the thought of it terrifies Harry Reid, for some reason.

Oh, but look at the sentence that Sarabeth of 1115.org finds buried in the middle of this Politico piece!

In announcing his support Friday night, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) pointedly read from a Chamber of Commerce endorsement. The National Association of Manufacturers has also weighed in, telling Republicans that votes on the bill "including potential procedural motions" may be considered for designation as key votes in NAM's scoring of their legislative record.


Allow me to read between the lines: That is a "traditionally Republican-leaning business lobby" warning Senate Republicans that they will take a pound of flesh from anyone who obstructs the stimulus bill via filibuster. It's not everyday that NAM backs an $800 billion bill from a Democratic president. If that's where the business community stands on this bill, it's leverage that Obama should use.

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Cyrus Headed to The White House

Miley Cyrus has been invited to the White House to screen her new film, Hannah Montana: The Movie, for first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama.

The Obama girls made the request "when I was doing the inauguration," said Cyrus, who performed at the Kids' Inaugural Concert Jan. 19. "They said they want me to come and show them my new movie. I would love it. I'm stoked!"

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Related: Michelle Obama bans daughters Malia and Sasha from mixing with celebrities Michelle Obama, America's First Lady, has banned celebrity socialising for her daughters Malia and Sasha as she attempts to forge a normal family life in the White House. The girls' final encounter for now with A-list stars came on the night of Barack Obama's inauguration.
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Live Post - President Obama's Press Conference

Yep, Obama will be on Countdown TONIGHT at 8 pm EST.

Not sure anyone was going to post about this, but this is exciting and newsworthy.


I FAIL at interpreting. I thought MSNBC thought it meant that Obama was going to be on their show...d'oh! I changed the Subject to "News Conference". My bad.

Also, should we have a ONTD_P chat tonight as well?

https://rahmbamarama.campfirenow.com/room/194345 - Live Chat

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People have creepy dreams about the Obama family.

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Sometimes a President Is Just a President

The other night I dreamt of Barack Obama. He was taking a shower right when I needed to get into the bathroom to shave my legs, and then he was being yelled at by my husband, Max, for smoking in the house. It was not clear whether Max was feeling protective of the president’s health or jealous because of the cigarette.

The other day a friend of mine confided that in the weeks leading up to the election, the Obamas’ apparent joy as a couple had made her just miserable. Their marriage looked so much happier than hers. Their life seemed so perfect. “I was at a place where I was tempted daily to throttle my husband,” she said. “This coincided with Michelle saying the most beautiful things about Barack. Each time I heard her speak about him I got tears in my eyes — because I felt so far away from that kind of bliss in my own life and perhaps even more, because I was so moved by her expressions of devotion to him. And unlike previous presidential couples, they are our age, have children the same age and (just imagine the stress of daily life on the campaign) by all accounts should have been fighting even more than we were.”

As we all know, in journalism, two anecdotes are just one short of a national trend. I figured that my friend and I couldn’t possibly be the only ones dreaming, brooding or otherwise obsessing about the Obamas. Were other people, I wondered, being possessed by our new first family?

I launched an e-mail inquiry. And learned that they were. Often, in strikingly similar ways.

Many women — not too surprisingly — were dreaming about sex with the president. In these dreams, the women replaced Michelle with greater or lesser guilt or, in the case of a 62-year-old woman in North Florida, whose dream was reported to me by her daughter, found a fully above-board solution: “Michelle had divorced Barack because he had become ‘too much of a star.’ He then married my mother, who was oh so proud to be the first lady,” the daughter wrote me.

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Basque militants suspected in Madrid car bombing

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MADRID: A car bomb that police suspect was planted by the Basque militant group ETA exploded Monday near a trade fair complex in northeast Madrid.

Local news reports said no one was killed or injured and that the Red Cross had received a warning call from ETA, but police could not immediately confirm this.

Police had located the car before it exploded, according to a police spokeswoman, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

If ETA was behind the bombing, it would be the first attack in Madrid by the group since a car bomb killed two people at Barajas International Airport on Dec. 30, 2007.

The blast on Monday came hours after the Spanish Supreme Court decided on Sunday night to bar two Basque nationalist parties from fielding candidates in local elections on March 1. Authorities consider the parties, Astakazuna and Democrazia 3 Milio, to be connected to ETA.

ETA, which is considered a terrorist organization by the State Department and the European Union, says it is fighting for an independent Basque homeland. ETA has killed more than 800 people over four decades.

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Dean Gets HHS Endorsement From Patrick Leahy



Chalk up another endorsement for Howard Dean taking over the reins of the Department of Health and Human Services.

On Monday, Sen. Patrick Leahy said that the former DNC header and fellow Vermont Democrat would be the ideal candidate to take the spot of recently withdrawn HHS nominee, Tom Daschle.

"I think Howard Dean would do a great job," Leahy told the Huffington Post at an event at Georgetown University. "He is a physician. As governor he had to deal with everything that went right with HHS and with everything that went wrong. He can tell us that these are the things that a governor has to face, Medicare especially and other things, he is very knowledgeable. He would be very good ... And he is obviously a tireless worker."

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The Eluana Englaro Case

Eluana Englaro to Die by Dehydration after Italian High Court Ruling

By Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
ROME, November 14, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The highest Italian court has cleared the way for a young disabled Italian woman to be dehydrated to death at the request of her father - the first decision of its kind in Italy. In a decision released last night, the Court of Cassation upheld the ruling of a lower court that the assisted food and hydration keeping Eluana Englaro alive may be removed, thereby ensuring Englaro’s death by dehydration and starvation.

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Note from the OP: Eluana died today at 8 PM. It it very possible that someone took pity on her. I have never been so embarassed to be Italian as when Berlusconi said that Eluana's father was trying to "get rid of her" because it was "unconfortable" for him.

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The 'Passion for Christ Movement' is selling these T-shirts for Christians who want to be able to easily identify others of their kind .

And those who truly want to support their "ex-gay" friends might consider buying this one.

The 'Passion for Christ Movement' says of its "ex-gay" mission: "This is the most bold ministry launched by the Passion for Christ Movement, but it might also be the most necessary. We have among our number a sister who is an Ex-Homosexual and she's been led by God to reach out to those still in bondage to that lifestyle. With that, we have launched the Ex-Homosexual ministry. Listen to Larell as she explains why."




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Sally Kern Calls For Anti-Gay Awakening

The Oklahoma Gazette reports on the "Clouds Over America" conference of the John Birch Society in Oklahoma, at which gun-toting Oklahoma legislator and homophobe Sally Kern "called for a new 'Great Awakening,' referring to a period of religious revivals from the 18th century considered precursor to the American Revolution."

Kern_2Kern laid out various points of a "homosexual agenda" in which gays would ultimately triumph by convincing the world that homosexuality is a "superior lifestyle."

Said Kern to choruses of "amens": "You know, I've done a lot of reading on this. I wish I could describe to you their behavior. I will not because I would be redder than this suit. It's their behavior that we oppose. The theme of equality and freedom is the approach that the homosexuals are using today — totally perverting the true intention of what our Constitution meant. The homosexuals get it — it's a struggle between our religious freedoms and their right to do what they want to do...The solution is another Great Awakening, folks. We need a spiritual revival, and that will only come if God’s people, especially you pastors, will stand in your pulpits and vocally preach the word of God and thus declare the Lord this sin, and preach it in love, only then does our nation have a chance of overcoming the scourge of AIDS, HIV and the devastating destruction that the homosexual lifestyle is bringing on your children and our grandchildren."

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And the Octupussy Mom story gets better....



Spokesman Says Octuplets Mom Receives Food Stamps

The California mother of octuplets already receives food stamps and disability payments to help feed and care for her six other children.

Publicist Mike Furtney said Monday that Nadya Suleman receives $490 a month in food stamps.

She also receives disability payments for three of her six previous children, but Suleman did not want to disclose the nature of her children's disabilities or the nature of those payments.

In an interview that aired Monday, Suleman told NBC "Today" show anchor Ann Curry that she does not receive welfare.

Suleman's octuplets were born Jan. 26 in a Los Angeles area hospital.

Furtney says that in Suleman's view, the payments are for her family's legitimate needs.

So three of her previous kids are disabled and she gets food stamps. That's just great.

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Help Rural Alaska

After seeing this article on CNN.com about people in rural Alaska in danger of starving to death, I was aghast.
So I did the one thing I could--I asked my friend, Mel, who lived the past few years in Bethel, AK, as to what could be done to help.

This is her response:



1. Write to the legislature and recommend that they find a way around the financial issue that makes it impossible to declare an emergency.
2. Write to Sarah Palin- ditto above.
3. There is no hard and fast social network out there. That is where H*** and I were, and we know it very well. There is no "salvation army" or "second harvest" on the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta - they only operate where there are roads -the alaska food bank they mention is based in- and basically supplies Anchorage and that area - again on the roads.

The problem with the Y-K delta is that it is two mountain ranges away from EVERYTHING. And that means that any relief has to be flown in. That means that charity organizations cannot effectively help out there - by the time that they get the supplies air freighted out - there is no money left for the supplies. If they HAVE the supplies - they need to find someone willing to take them out. At this time of year. small planes, and the pilots who would be most likely to offer humanitarian aid are not able to fly the Bethel run most days. During the winter- the Bethel route is basically "jets only" - and they are corporate. You could try raising awareness and campaigning for Alaska Air line, Yute Air, ERA Aviation, Grant Aviation and Hageland Air to offer cargo space for relief food items - those are the major carriers that center in Bethel - which is the hub for the villages. Lindon Air Cargo and Everts air are cargo only carriers that operate in and out of Bethel.

Someone needs to take a look at the fuel situation. That fuel was purchased back in the summer and put on barges to make the ocean trip from Seattle to the YK Delta. That was when gas prices were sky high. Now down here in the 48's gas prices are a LOT lower...but up there, they are locked in to the summer purchase price. THAT is something the legislature could do - subsidize the fuel costs. I know that one company does offer 100 free gallons each year to Delta residents- maybe others can be convinced to do so.

The Major connector of the area is the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. They have the main hospital in Bethel - but have clinics in every village. They do as much social work as medical treatment. Possibly someone in their outreach departments could offer you specific ways you can do something.

The villages are also connected through the churches. LDS is a huge presence, as is the Catholic Church. Each of those will have central administration offices in Anchorage.

The Lower Kuskokwim School District controls the schools in Bethel and the villages. They also do social work efforts. Possibly someone in that operation will have ideas.

The residents of the Y-K Delta are primarily Yu'pik. They don't have the huge representation that the Athabascan and Tglingit tribes do. But there are local organizations - Association of Village Council Presidents, Bethel Native Coporation and Calista Corp. They all have main offices in Bethel as well.


There is something called ONC. The first word is something in Yu'pik, then Native Council.

You could contact KYUK - the one and only radio station, or Delta Discovery and Tundra Drums- the two weekly newspapers in Bethel. They might have reporters up on the situation who would have ideas.

I remember people saying last summer that the fishing was off. Many villagers earn their winter money by commercial fishing on the days when that is permitted. But this past year, the boats were not coming in full. There are only 10-12 days when the commercial fishing is permitted - so if they don't catch literally tons on those days- their winter funds are diminished.

Hunting has the same problem - the moose and caribou that are traditionally the main source of winter meat are some distance from the villages. Without gas - the natives can't get to where the herds are to hunt.


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living in New Jersey and New York, the idea of not having enough to eat is not nearly as prevelant as to whether I should go to Whole Foods (ich), Trader Joe's or Shoprite (yay!) The idea that Americans could be in danger of starving upsets me on a tremendous scale. Obama's got other issues to take care of right now--so perhaps we can do something about this.
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Liberians facing mass deportation from U.S.



BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota (CNN) -- Thousands of Liberians living in the United States face deportation March 31 when a federal immigration status created for humanitarian purposes expires.

In the 1990s, a bloody civil war raged through the West African nation, killing 250,000 people and displacing more than a million, according to a U.N. report. The United States extended "temporary protection status" to all Liberians who could get to America, and 14,000 of them took advantage of that humanitarian offer.

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