February 26th, 2009

Doublespeak on Domestic Partnerships

Did conservatives lie to the voters?
By Lisa Kaiser

Three years ago, before the majority of the state’s voters approved a constitutional amendment that prohibited same-sex marriage and civil unions, supporters argued that the ban only affected the legal status of those two relationships.

In contrast, domestic partnerships and the benefits granted by them would still be legal in the state, they said before the November 2006 vote.

Take, for example, state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald’s argument on Nov. 29, 2005, when he reassured undecided voters that supporting the ban didn’t mean undoing existing legal protections for domestic partners or banning them in the future.

“[The proposed constitutional amendment] would not prohibit state or local governments or a private entity from setting up a legal construct to provide privileges or benefits such as health insurance benefits, pension benefits, joint tax return filing or hospital visitation to same-sex or unmarried couples,” the Republican from Juneau wrote.

Julaine Appling, then the head of the Family Research Institute of Wisconsin, had this to say on Oct. 16, 2006, about which benefits would still be legal if a ban were passed: “They [same-sex couples] can go to an attorney to get a will drafted, buy joint land, get a judiciary power of attorney, hospital visitation and guardianship for children. These benefits are not directly tied to marriage. They are free to enter into them regardless of legal status of marriage.”

Collapse )
Sourcey McSource

They just need to drop any pretense of caring about the sanctity of marriage or some much nonsense. If they're threatened by the idea of gays even having visitation rights it's pretty obvious they only care about going after homosexuals with as much leeway as the law can give them.

didn't you learn APA, MLA, or Chicago, MSNBC??

MSNBC has a lot to learn about the Web, too

In my post on the Chicago Journalism Town Hall, I said that no less than John Callaway said the act of blogging/aggregating could be called “theft” in some cases. I’m not of the same mind in most cases, but I also acknowledge that there doesn’t seem to be an acceptable set of standards for crediting one site or another with a story (more often than not that results in shitty reporting, not theft, per se). And as WBEZ’s Justin Kaufmann points out, the problem gets even worse with national sites that syndicate content from local providers.

Kaufmann’s beef has to do with this story from NBCChicago.com about the Hard Working series from WBEZ. Or rather, what MSNBC did with the story NBC-5 wrote.

Compare those two links and you’ll see they’re the exact same story, but the MSNBC version is stripped of any referring links to WBEZ’s story. This problem goes beyond the whole “good neighbor policy” of giving credit via links back to original content, and actually robs the MSNBC version of the story of its worth. The end of the piece says:

Her story is not so very different from the other 1,499,000 unemployed people in the Upper Midwest. They just want to work. [Listen to her story ... or read more ...]

Except the MSNBC version doesn’t link off of “Listen to her story” or “Read more.” It’s just text, unlike the NBC Chicago version. So the MSNBC reader is left to guess as to how Carole Cantrell’s story is “not so very different.” Any news value the MSNBC story had is gone.

At the Journalism Town Hall, Callaway and others were concerned with writers getting credit (or payment) for the work they do. It’s funny that none of us even thought to consider how a lack of adopted best practices on the Web would hurt readers, too.

Incidentally, WBEZ’s Hard Working series is definitely worth checking out in its entirety.


So WBEZ is having a contest--photoshop Keith Olbermann.

Original mention of the lifting here:
  • Current Mood
  • Tags
live post on inauguration day 01/09

UN Anti-Blasphemy Resolution

That video was posted last night with Lou Dobbs, and I could not find a news article to go with it earlier than October 2008

U.N. Anti-Blasphemy Resolution Curtails Free Speech, Critics Say

Religious groups and free-speech advocates are banding together to fight a United Nations resolution they say is being used to spread Sharia law to the Western world and to intimidate anyone who criticizes Islam.

Collapse )

tl;dr version: UN wants to make speaking bad about religion (specifically Islam) illegal and legally punishable.

lame sauce is lame but really, who else would rear up over this affront to America's freedom of defamation speech?

(no subject)

Black caucus to press Obama on priorities

By BEN EVANS – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may be in familiar company when he sits down for his first White House meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, but it won't be a clubby reunion.

Members of the liberal, all-Democratic caucus that just last year counted Obama as one of its own say they plan to press him on their priorities. The session could rekindle lingering differences Obama has had with the group, which hasn't always embraced his approach to politics.


Collapse )

(no subject)

U.S. could reap billions taxing Web gambling: study

Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:58pm GMT

By Doug Palmer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States could raise nearly $52 billion in revenue over the next decade by lifting a three-year-old ban on Internet gambling and taxing the activity instead, according to a study.


Collapse )Source



(no subject)

High school un-cancels production of 'Rent'

A controversy erupted when the Corona del Mar High School play was canceled over possible objections to gay content. But the principal has reviewed the script and the show will go on as planned.
By Susannah Rosenblatt
February 26, 2009
At Corona del Mar High School, the show will go on.

After a flap that raised the ire of the gay community and ruffled feathers across the Newport Beach campus, drama students will be allowed to stage a production of "Rent," a musical about struggling artists in New York City.
Collapse )
What transpired in the original meeting between Martin and Asrani is a matter of dispute between the two.

Martin said that Asrani questioned the portrayal of homosexuality and prostitution in the play -- although he said there is no prostitution in the toned-down school edition of the production -- and requested a copy of the script. He told Asrani that he did not have a script at the time and that there would not be enough time for her to review it and to obtain clearance from the licensing company. Asrani then opted to cancel the show, Martin said.

Asrani and the school district confirm that she asked for a script to review, a common practice, and that Martin told her he could not provide one. However, they and other school officials say the decision to shut down the show was Martin's.

As the controversy filtered onto blogs, drama students and alumni of the 2,300-student school spoke out against the show's cancellation, which some said stemmed from intolerance. The musical deals with poverty, drugs and the impact of AIDS on gay and straight relationships.

Last week, Martin requested a rush copy of the toned-down version of the script, which he gave to Asrani on Monday.

"I am so excited -- this means so much to a lot of people," said Corona del Mar junior Jasmynn Collins, 16, who was cast as part of the vocal ensemble for the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.

"It's a great show, I don't know why it would be shut down," Collins said. "Obviously there's stuff in there that's a little racy, but they're real issues, they shouldn't be ignored."

Newport-Mesa Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard denounced media reports of the controversy and criticism that the school was homophobic, citing human relations achievements at the school.

"I have been extraordinarily disappointed that some media outlets chose to react to rumor as opposed to fact regarding both the production of the play, 'Rent' and the reputation of Corona del Mar High School," Hubbard said in a statement released Wednesday.

Martin said, based on slurs he had overheard and offensive videos posted by students online, that he felt there was a problem with homophobia on campus and that he hoped "Rent" would help promote understanding.

The production is scheduled to debut in late April.

Reese Witherspoon
  • shibato

In WWII, Black Women's Army Unit Helped Mail on Its Way to GIs

It was 1944, and they came from small towns and big cities, high school graduates and working professionals who answered their country's call for service at a time when much of the nation barely recognized their citizenship.

Uncle Sam was looking for a few good African American women to join the military in Europe. Black women weren't any more welcome in most branches than black men were until first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, at the urging of African American civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune, began agitating for a role for black women in the war overseas.

Collapse )

Video here.


Pentagon To Allow Photos Of Returning War Dead

Pentagon To Allow Photos Of Returning War Dead


WASHINGTON — News organizations will be allowed to photograph the homecomings of America's war dead under a new Pentagon policy, defense and congressional officials said Thursday.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to allow photos of flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base, Del., if the families of the fallen troops agree, the officials told The Associated Press.

Gates planned to announce his decision later Thursday, they said. The current ban was put in place in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush.

Collapse )

ETA: MSNBC has a poll up about this very issue! GO VOTE!

(no subject)

U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice Monday, avoiding a potentially humiliating trial on that charge and five others accusing him of sexually abusing two female employees.

“A trial would have been long, embarrassing and difficult for all involved,” said Dick DeGuerin, Kent’s attorney. “Judge Kent believes that this settlement is in the best interest of all involved.”

Kent faces up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors have requested he be sentenced to three years in prison, but the judge is not bound by that recommendation.

Kent was scheduled for a jury trial Monday. Instead, he entered the plea and DeGuerin announced that Kent “retired” from the bench, a status that could allow him to continue to be paid for life. Since the 59-year-old Kent is not old enough to retire, he’d likely have to be certified fully disabled to have his retirement approved. In court, Kent said he’s been treated for diabetes and psychiatric and psychological problems for the past three years.


Collapse )

It is possible Congress could seek to impeach Kent because of his felony plea.



Ugh, throw the pervert out! That'll slightly make up for the fact that this pond scum isn't getting the long, pound me in the ass federal prison time he so richly deserves. I can't believe he might be able to weasel a lifetime of disability pay out of the taxpayers.

John Kerry Continues Democratic Tradition of Only Becoming Likable After Losing Election


John F. Kerry is a Massachusetts senator, a D.C. VIP, a former presidential candidate and a man filled with wonkish knowledge on all sorts of topics. And while he never quite made it to the Oval Office, he gets to participate in an inauguration anyway — the inaugural edition of Answer This, POLITICO’s occasional series of interviews with leading, and would-be leading, political figures.

Q: Tell us your favorite joke.

A: On the advice of my attorney, my family and every member of my staff, I am no longer allowed to tell jokes.

Q: When’s the last time you used profanity?

A: Sh—, good question. Election Night 2004 comes to mind. Truth is, when I was a kid and my dad was stationed in Cold War Germany, even then the first foreign words I learned were swearwords, so I’m embarrassed to say I have deep roots in this area.

Q: How many hours of sleep do you get (on average)?

A:  A lot less than when we were in the minority in the Senate. But usually I do well with five hours. I’m able to sleep anywhere. One of the benefits of running for president for two years is you really learn how to maximize time on buses, airplanes and motels.

Q: Describe your level of ambition.

A: I’ve mellowed over the years. Teresa helped me learn to appreciate the moment. I’ve never been happier in the Senate, and there’s something liberating about chairing the Foreign Relations Committee at this time in the world, with a big majority where we’re no longer just trying to stop bad things from happening. It’s a different kind of ambition. I’m in a hurry to get done the things that got me into politics in the first place but were out of reach in recent years here.

Q: You’re president of the United States for enough time to make only one executive decision. What is it?
A: Any opposing player who sacks, tackles, touches, breathes on or looks directly at Tom Brady is declared an enemy combatant.

Q: What’s a common and accepted practice for Americans nowadays that you think we’ll look back on with regret?

A: Up until this November, it was voting Republican.


Q: What is your favorite body part (on yourself) and why?

A: My face has been compared to New Hampshire’s “Old Man in the Mountain” (before it fell), and I’ve been called Lurch from “The Addams Family,” so there’s not a lot to choose from, but I’d have to go with my better-than-Rod-Blagojevich hair.

Q: What would you attempt to do if you knew that you could not fail?

A: Well, we already know what I’d attempt knowing I could fail. But for this, I’d say play left field for the Red Sox.

Q: On what types of products do you never go cheap, for the sake of quality?

A; Ketchup.

Q: Describe a few pet peeves of yours.

A: Beside 50,000 votes in Ohio? Probably people who don’t return phone calls. I try to always get back to people, and I tell my staff: Even if the answer is no, you’ve got to get back to people.

Q: How often do you Google yourself?

A: When I was growing up, the priests taught us to think that was a sin.

Q: What do you know now that you wish someone had told you 10 years ago?

A: How to give shorter speeches. 

Q: What childhood event shaped or scarred you the most?

A: Seeing the differences between communism and the West up close as a kid. My father grounded me afterwards, but riding my bike into East Germany and seeing the sterile, cold buildings of the Soviets framed in a very real way the divide between our way of life and theirs.

Q: Would you rather live without music or live without TV?

A: TV.

Q; Would you rather be gossiped about or never talked about at all?

A: Never talked about at all.

Q: Think of one of your least favorite people in Washington and, without naming names, describe what makes that person so unappealing.

A: Disloyalty is the trait that burns me up.

Q; Let your mother know how much she means to you, in the form of a haiku.

A: Impossible in just 17 syllables. And trust me, up there in heaven, she knows.

Q: Bonus Round: Who would win in a street fight, Pat Buchanan or John McLaughlin?

A: Trust me, we’d all be winners in that scenario.



Not that I'm not very, very happy with our current President but where the hell was this snarky witty and down to earth guy in 2004? What's nexy John? Gonna go out and win a Nobel Prize?

&#39; jules
  • schmiss

~if you knew how I long for you now that you're gone...~

He serves as housing authority counsel despite facing foreclosure on his own home

The son of embattled Sen. Roland Burris is a federal tax deadbeat who landed a $75,000-a-year state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich five months ago, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Blagojevich's administration hired Roland W. Burris II as a senior counsel for the state's housing authority Sept. 10 -- about six weeks after the Internal Revenue Service slapped a $34,163 tax lien on Burris II and three weeks after a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his South Side house.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois Housing Development Authority indicated Wednesday there was nothing improper about Burris II's employment by the agency, whose mission includes overseeing mortgage programs for low-income home buyers and anti-foreclosure initiatives.

Burris II's hiring, however, raises more questions about Sen. Burris' interactions with Blagojevich and his inner circle at a time when the governor was soliciting Sen. Burris for campaign contributions and Burris was angling to have Blagojevich appoint him to the Senate seat once held by President Obama.

Collapse )

may this scandal never stop unfolding... :')
  • Current Music
    The Magnetic Fields - Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits
  • Tags
RDJ - Ent Week Dec 2009

John Bolton advocates destroying Chicago with an a-bomb to teach'weak', 'radical' Obama a lesson

John Bolton at CPAC: The Benefits of Nuking Chicago
— By Jonathan Stein | Thu February 26, 2009 9:27 AM PST

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton believes the security of the United States is at dire risk under the Obama administration. And before a gathering of conservatives in Washington on Thursday morning, he suggested, as something of a joke, that President Barack Obama might learn a needed lesson if Chicago were destroyed by a nuclear bomb.

Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the nation's largest annual conference of conservative activists, Bolton, one of the hardest hardliners of the George W. Bush administration, spoke at length about Obama's naiveté and how various nations – Russia, North Korea, Iran – will be exploiting the new president. The most dramatic moment of his speech may have been when he cracked a joke about the nuking of Obama's hometown.

Collapse )

I know this is past its prime and way overused but: you stay classy, John Bolton ~_~

Reese Witherspoon
  • shibato

CIA chief vows to treat Congress better

CIA Director Leon E. Panetta says the relationship between the intelligence agency and Congress has “had a lot of problems” under the last administration and “has to be repaired,” which he said is one of his top priorities.

Panetta, a former House member and top White House official who was sworn in Feb. 13, told a media roundtable Wednesday that the “relationship was badly damaged” and that he hopes “to restore the trust between this Agency and Capitol Hill.”

“Frankly, I can’t do my job unless I have their trust.” he said. “And since I’m a creature of the Hill and understand what it means to be a member up there and have this kind of information, I’m prepared to try to do whatever I can to try to repair that relationship.”

Collapse )


CIA Signals Continuity With Bush Era


WASHINGTON -- The Central Intelligence Agency's new director outlined spy policies Wednesday, including an aggressive campaign in Pakistan, that underscored considerable continuity with the Bush administration.

CIA Director Leon Panetta, in his first meeting with reporters, said the agency will continue to carry out drone attacks on militants in Pakistan. He also said that while CIA interrogations will have new limits, President Barack Obama can still use his wartime powers to authorize harsher techniques if necessary.

Leon Panetta
Collapse )

US cracks down on Sinaloa drug cartel as Mexico sends in the army

One of Mexico’s most feared drug cartels has been brought to its knees in the US after a sweep of 755 arrests — 52 of them this week — according to Barack Obama’s new Attorney-General.

Eric Holder, appointed America’s law chief three weeks ago, said federal agents would continue their crackdown on Mexico’s cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy and methamphetamine trade until all of the country’s ruthless and politically connected smuggling organisations were wiped out.

Within hours of the announcement, Mexico said that it was sending another 5,000 troops into the lawless border town of Ciudad Juárez, where 250 people have been murdered by cartel hitmen this month alone, and where a recent emergency meeting of top-level Cabinet ministers was disrupted by a bomb scare. Juárez is located directly across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Critics argue that by waging war against the cartels the US is simply raising the price of narcotics — thus making the trade more lucrative and exacerbating the violent competition over smuggling routes. Nevertheless, the Justice Department said that it remained confident that its strategy would continue to produce results.

“These cartels will be destroyed,” Mr Holder told a press conference on Wednesday when he revealed the details of Operation Xcellerator, launched in 2007 and aimed primarily at Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. “They are a national security threat,” he said of the group, based in the northwestern state of the same name. “They are lucrative. They are violent. And they are operated with stunning planning and precision.”

Collapse )SOURCE

Stevie Wonder concert at the White House/An excuse to post pictures of Michelle Obama

The Obamas honored Stevie Wonder on Wednesday night during a concert in the East Room of the White House held to celebrate the musician being awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The president candidly discussed the importance role that Wonder played in his own romantic life with the First Lady, calling it "the essence of our courtship," explaining that if he had not been a Stevie Wonder fan, Michelle would never had dated him, let alone married him.

Collapse )
Queen Francoise


Michael Steele offers Jindal the Page 'Slum Love'

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

In an interview with Curtis Sliwa on ABC Radio last night, the host and RNC Chairman Michael Steele jokingly linked Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to the film "Slumdog Millionaire." Steele offered Jindal "slum love.

Here's the transcript:

SLIWA: Now, using a little bit of that street terminology, are you giving him any Slum love, Michael?

STEELE: (laughter)

SLIWA: Because he is — when guys look at him and young women look at him — they say oh, that's the slumdog millionaire, governor. So, give me some slum love.

STEELE: I love it. (inaudible) ... some slum love out to my buddy. Gov. Bobby Jindal is doing a friggin' awesome job in his state. He's really turned around on some core principles — like hey, government ought not be corrupt. The good stuff ... the easy stuff.

Collapse )


sorry about the other post mods. i got a little excited

Vatican's own Ahmadinejad does a Miley Cyrus apology

LONDON (Reuters) – A Roman Catholic bishop who caused an uproar by denying the scale of the Holocaust has apologized for his views in statements carried on a Catholic news agency website on Thursday.

Bishop Richard Williamson, a Briton, caused outrage by saying there were no gas chambers in the Nazi concentration camps and that no more than 300,000 Jews died in the Holocaust, rather than the widely accepted figure of six million.

"I can truthfully say that I regret having made such remarks, and that if I had known beforehand the full harm and hurt to which they would give rise, especially to the Church, but also to survivors and relatives of victims of injustice under the Third Reich, I would not have made them," Williamson said, according to the website of Zenit, a Catholic news agency.

Zenit said Williamson's comments were released by the Vatican's "Ecclesia Dei" commission, a body established by Pope John Paul II in 1988 to try to bring breakaway traditionalist Catholics like Williamson back into the fold.

Williamson, who belongs to a traditionalist Catholic sect called the Society of St. Pius X, was excommunicated after he was ordained in an unauthorized ceremony 20 years ago.

Pope Benedict last month lifted the excommunication of Williamson and three other traditionalists in an effort to heal the two-decade schism within the Roman Catholic church. The move has angered Jewish leaders and many Catholics.

Williamson, who has spent most of the past 30 years in Switzerland and the United States, before heading to a seminary in Buenos Aires, was asked to leave Argentina last week and returned to Britain.

In his statement carried by Zenit, Williamson said his views on the Holocaust were not those of an historian and were "formed 20 years ago on the basis of evidence then available, and rarely expressed in public since."

"To all souls that took honest scandal from what I said, before God I apologize," he said.

He did not say in his apology whether he had changed his views.

(Reporting by Catherine Bosley in London and Phil Stewart and Philip Pullella in Rome; editing by Tim Pearce)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090226/wl_nm/us_britain_bishop_apology;_ylt=ArpxxTNSvsBCKtSbv1LQ8ix0bBAF

I don't think this was posted, but sorry if it was! Tell me and I'll delete


Former Serb president cleared of Kosovo crimes

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – U.N. judges on Thursday acquitted former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic of ordering a deadly campaign of terror against Kosovo Albanians, saying he had no role in what they ruled was a criminal plot to drive ethnic Albanians out of Kosovo.

The tribunal ordered Milutinovic released from custody, but it convicted five other senior Serbs and gave them prison sentences of between 15 and 22 years. It was the court's first judgment establishing widespread Serb crimes in Kosovo.

Milutinovic's acquittal was a blow to prosecutors who three years ago lost their chance of convicting former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic of similar crimes when he died of a heart attack before his trial ended.

In what was as close to a guilty verdict for Milosevic himself as the court has ever come, presiding judge Iain Bonomy of Scotland said Milosevic was the most powerful commander of Serb troops and military police who carried out a campaign of murder, rape and deportations that forced nearly 800,000 ethnic Albanians to flee Kosovo before NATO airstrikes forced a Serb withdrawal in mid-1999.

"In practice, it was Milosevic, sometimes termed the 'Supreme Commander' who exercised actual command authority over the (Serb army) during the NATO campaign," Bonomy said.

The court ruled that the plot was led by Milosevic and that Milutinovic had no role.

The five convicted of involvement in the campaign were: former Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Sainovic, ex-Yugoslav Army Chief of Staff Dragoljub Ojdanic, former army generals Nebojsa Pavkovic and Vladimir Lazarevic and Serbian police Gen. Sreten Lukic.

Sainovic, Pavkovic and Lukic were found guilty of charges of deportation, forcible transfer, murder and persecution and each given 22-year prison sentences.

Ojdanic and Lazarevic were convicted of deportation and forcible transfer of civilians but acquitted of murder and persecution. They each got 15 years.

Lawyers for Sainovic and Ojdanic said they would appeal.

Prosecution spokeswoman Olga Kavran said prosecutors will study the lengthy judgment before deciding whether to appeal.

However, prosecutors welcomed the judgment, saying it proved Serbian forces engaged in a brutal campaign to drive Albanians out of Kosovo. It also rejected the defendants' claims that many Albanians fled the country because of NATO's bombing campaign, Kavran said.

Among crimes judges said prosecutors proved were mass murders of Albanian men, the rape of four women and the killing of eight more. Serb forces also buried scores of bodies in mass graves in Serbia in an attempt to conceal their crimes, the judgment said.

Kosovo's deputy prime minister, Hajredin Kuci, said the judges had made "the right decision."

Ethnic Albanian Shefki Gashi, whose brother and 79-year-old father were among more than 20 people killed by Serbian forces in an April 1999 attack on the village of Mramor, welcomed the verdicts after hearing them on television.

"It is a sentence that brings some satisfaction, however small, for the likes of us that have lost our relatives and most loved ones," he said.

There was little interest in Belgrade in the verdicts, although they were broadcast live on state television.

Most residents ignored the rulings and the Serbian parliament was discussing economic measures the government is taking to counter the effects of the global crisis.

The current head of Milosevic's Socialist Party, Ivica Dacic, said that the verdicts have confirmed that "this entire process was political."

Dacic who is Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister in the current Serbian government, said that "our position is that all who committed war crimes should be punished but it is absolutely certain that the Serbian state did not systematically commit genocide or crimes against other nations in the former Yugoslavia or within Serbia."

Rasim Ljajic, the Serbian government official in charge of ties with the tribunal, said the verdicts will "add to anti-Hague sentiments" in Serbia.

Ljajic said it was inevitable that the Serbian public would contrast the convictions with the acquittal of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. This, Ljajic said "will increase the impression about the Hague tribunal's double standards."

The tribunal has indicted 161 suspects, most of them Serbs, and wrapped up cases against 116 of them.

source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090226/ap_on_re_eu/eu_war_crimes_kosovo;_ylt=AnH.7C1AKNNa0nFzQJuoqVB0bBAF

TBH, as a Serb, I don't know how to feel about this. Obviously, the ones responsible should be convicted, and obviously I wish Milosevic was alive to face the music. I also wish we could have tried them here for domestic issues as well.
HOWEVER, the Tribunal acquitted Ramush Haradinaj and that really makes me doubt its efficiency.
cthulhu for president, why choose a lesser evil?
  • biichan


Michele Bachmann Tells Michael Steele: "You Be Da Man!"

After a long day at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele gave a speech asserting that party is "alive and well."

Although he emphasized that the conservative movement must become a revolution and transform America, he conceded that the party had made mistakes: "We know the past, we know we did wrong. My bad. But we go forward in appreciation of the values that brought us to this point."

According to CNN, Steele was then praised by Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

As Steele concluded his remarks, Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann -- the event's moderator -- told Steele he was "da man."

"Michael Steele! You be da man! You be da man," she said.


Dubya's Letter To Allen Stanford

George W. Bush spoke at a reception for fraudster Allen Stanford in 2006. He was just one of many politicians in Stanford's web, but it makes sense that the two would have a relationship given the Texas connection and the fact that Stanford's Latin American business interests dovetailed with Bush's foreign-policy interests in the hemisphere.

A reader alerted us to this Stanford newsletter from just last February in which Bush and his wife Laura congratulate Stanford on their new St. Croix expansion.

To Read the letter, follow the link...
&#39; jules
  • schmiss


The Talking Cure
House Minority Leader John Boehner's plan for GOP renewal.

Rep. John Boehner has a message for his GOP colleagues in the House: "We are no longer legislators." That might seem like an odd thing for the Republican leader to say, but given the size of the Democratic majority, House rules that give the majority near-total control, and the desire of the House Democrats to exercise that control, Boehner's options for legislating are rather limited. At one point in his leisurely lunch with reporters—something he now has more time for—he was asked about the schedule for energy reform legislation in the House. "I have no idea," Boehner responded. "I'm not in the majority."

Boehner has told his colleagues that instead of legislating, they need to be communicating. They need to show people how conservative ideas relate to the way Americans live their lives. Communicating is a very big issue in Republican circles these days—and not just because Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gave a lackluster response to Barack Obama Tuesday night. The GOP doesn't just lack a leader who can match the president. It lacks a leader, period.

Republican governors are split among themselves over issues like the recent stimulus bill, and the governors aren't too impressed with their Washington colleagues. "I don't even know the congressional leadership," Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah told editors and reporters at the Washington Times, shrugging off questions about top congressional Republicans. "I have not met them. I don't listen or read whatever it is they say because it is inconsequential—completely." (Boehner brushed off the criticism at the lunch, though he regularly asserted that he was at the mercy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which seemed to support Huntsman's point.)

Collapse )

I just like the part where he's at the mercy of Nancy Pelosi, because it gives me great schadenfreude and lulz to imagine her thinking up ways to make his life miserable. And also the part where he can't even get Eric Cantor on message. FAIL PARTY IS FAIL.
soap&amp;skin 2012
  • automat

Four members of assisted suicide group are arrested

ATLANTA – Joining the Final Exit Network costs $50, and the privileges of membership include this: When you're ready to die, the organization will send two "exit guides" to show you how to suffocate yourself using helium tanks and a plastic hood. The Georgia-based organization says it is providing an invaluable and humane service. Authorities call it a crime.

Four members of the Final Exit Network, including its president and its medical director, were arrested Wednesday and charged with assisted suicide in the death of 58-year-old John Celmer last June at his home near Atlanta. Investigators said the organization may have been involved in as many as 200 other deaths around the country.

"The law is very clear, and they clearly violated it," said Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead.

The arrests came after an eight-month investigation in which an undercover agent posing as someone bent on suicide infiltrated the Final Exit Network, which bases its work on "The Final Exit," a best-selling suicide manual by British author Derek Humphry.

Members of the Final Exit Network are instructed to buy two new helium tanks and a hood, known as an "exit bag," according to the GBI. In court papers, investigators said the organization recommends helium because it is undetectable during an autopsy.

The network, which was founded in 2004 and claims 3,000 members, donors and volunteers nationwide, has long operated in the open. It has its own Web site, and its leaders have held news conferences and appeared at paid speaking engagements.
The group's members bristle at the term assisted suicide, saying they don't actively aid suicides but rather support and guide those who decide to end their lives.

Collapse )


Final Exit Network

Holy crap! Somebody just robbed Mittens!

More than a dozen pieces of jewelry were stolen from former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Deer Valley, Utah home last week, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Park City police told the paper that the thief was likely someone who had access to the house. There was no sign of forced entry.

The $5 million home is currently up for sale, along with another Romney residence in Massachusetts.

The former Massachusetts governor will address activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington Friday, as he aims for his third win in the annual gathering’s presidential preference straw poll.