March 9th, 2009

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from The Root

‘Dead White People’s Clothes’
How the used clothes you send to Africa are killing the local textile industries.

By: Meri Nana-Ama Danquah | Posted: March 5, 2009 at 6:40 AM

It's impossible to have a conversation about fashion in Africa—traditional or contemporary—without talking about the used-clothing industry and how damaging some people say it’s been.

A whole industry has cropped up around apparel that's been donated to charities located oceans away, imported throughout the African continent and then sold cheaply in African marketplaces. These low prices undercut local retailers and undermine the entire textile and garment business in Africa.

The importing is sometimes done by enterprising individuals, but, more often than not, this huge, multimillion-dollar industry is orchestrated by charitable multinational organizations. These aid agencies' primary mission is, ostensibly, to provide various forms of relief to residents—not only in the harrowing face of disaster, but also through the challenging facts of day-to-day life. That’s one major aspect of the controversy surrounding the industry.

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Julia Roberts Has a Crush On All The Obamas

After saying that a dinner with the Obama family is her favourite dream, "Pretty Woman" Julia Roberts has now revealed that she has a huge crush on the entire first family.

"I have such the White House crush happening right now for all four of the Obamas!" Julia Roberts declares in an interview with the US TV show " The Insider".

Making no attempt to hide her admiration for Barack Obama, Julia Roberts admitted that not only does she have a huge crush on the 44th and the first African-American president of United States, but also loves his wife Michelle Obama and their two young daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Academy winning actress Roberts was all praise for first lady Michelle Obama, saying "She seems to be a person who is really authentic and shows who she really is." Roberts had earlier proclaimed that the Obamas would be at the very top of her invite list when she planned her dream dinner party, even promising to cook "a big chicken tagine with figs and apricots" herself for the first family.


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Meghan McCain: Thowin Bows

Meghan McCain calls Ann Coulter 'offensive' and 'insulting'

Fresh off public complaints about her own love life, Meghan McCain has a new target for her most recent gripes: conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

In a new blog post for the Daily Beast as Ann Coulter and HBO host Bill Maher are kicking off a week-long debate tour today in New York, McCain calls President Obama “the hippest politician around” and says being a Republican is “about as edgy as Donny Osmond.”

And she blasts Coulter for helping to “perpetuate negative stereotypes” about Republican women. “I straight up don’t understand this woman or her popularity,” says McCain. “I find her offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time.”

She concedes that Coulter seems to be followed by a “cult that cannot be denied,” and was a popular headliner at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, but adds that “when your competition is a teenager who has a dream about the Republican Party and Stephen Baldwin, it’s not really saying that much.”

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CNBC Thrives as Hosts Deliver News With Attitude

CNBC Thrives as Hosts Deliver News With Attitude

Was last week the worst one in CNBC’s 20-year history — or the best?

The financial news network, a unit of NBC Universal, was savaged by “The Daily Show” in a viral video sensation. It was criticized for being too cozy with the corporations it covers. One of its stars, Jim Cramer, was ridiculed by the White House press secretary. And one of its reporters faced a new round of criticism for an on-air outburst about mortgage “losers.”

All the while, CNBC covered the incessant downward slide of the economy with special reports on particularly bad days for the markets. Mr. Cramer, the host of “Mad Money,” barely had time for his usual shuffleboard games at the Elk’s Lodge near his home.

The lodge “is a booyah-free zone,” he said, using his trademark exclamation. “I was not able to get away from the booyahs this week.”

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More Americans say they have no religion.

A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.

Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, Barack Obama form unlikely friendship

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, Barack Obama form unlikely friendship
WASHINGTON Since 2004, alliance has transcended political differences

Some Oklahomans who saw Sen. Tom Coburn hug President Barack Obama after the president’s recent speech to Congress were probably perplexed. Some weren’t too happy about it.

"We had about 50 letters that were highly critical of him hugging me and me hugging him,” Coburn, R-Muskogee, said in an interview last week. "But you need to separate the difference in political philosophy versus friendship. How better to influence somebody than love them?

"I’m not aligned with him politically. I don’t know what people back home in Oklahoma would be worried about. I think I’m — if not the most conservative senator, I’m one of the most conservative senators.”

For some, the hugging scene on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives may have been the first hint that the two men — who wouldn’t seem to have much in common — even have a relationship. Coburn himself would admit that there are plenty of people in Washington who wouldn’t hug him — and that would be more than fine with him.
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Oh, NOW you want to be BFF's with President Obama?

In this Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 picture, Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., left, and Sen. Joe Lieberman ID-Conn. take a bus tour through the Lower 9th Ward after a Senate Homeland Security Committee on Katrina and Rita recovery in New Orleans. Lieberman has changed his tune on Obama. After campaigning for Republican John McCain in 2008 and attacking Obama as naive, Lieberman now in 2009 showers praise on the popular new Democratic president.

Lieberman Now 'Gushing' For Obama

| March 9, 2009 07:25 AM EST | AP

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Lieberman has changed his tune on Barack Obama. After campaigning across the country for Republican John McCain in 2008 and attacking Obama as naive, untested and unwilling to take on powerful special interests, Lieberman now showers praise on the popular new Democratic president.

"He's shown real leadership," Lieberman told The Associated Press in an interview. "Bottom line: I think Barack Obama, president of the United States, is off to a very good start."

The Connecticut independent, who faces re-election in 2012 in a state where Obama is popular, is eager to mend fences with Democrats still fuming over his criticism of Obama during the general election campaign.

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 What do you think? I personally think Lieberman's only trying to be all buddy-buddy with Obama now just so he can get reelected. confused Too little, too late.

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David Axelrod, Obama's Political Protector, Is Ever Close at Hand

The pepperoni and cheese pizzas had been delivered, and a meeting about how to sell President Obama’s economic plan was set to begin — not at the White House, but a few blocks away in the seventh-floor apartment of David Axelrod.

Mr. Axelrod took a seat in his living room, with the Washington Monument visible in the distance, and asked how the president’s proposals were being received in the country. He went around the room, calling on a cluster of strategists who were on hand to discuss the latest batch of polls and focus groups conducted for the White House.

It is known as the Wednesday Night Meeting, an invitation-only session for a handful of advisers, nearly all of whom played a key role in paving Mr. Obama’s path to the Oval Office. The location varies, but on a recent evening Mr. Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, was feeling under the weather, so a group that he says is “like family to me” met at his place.

“It helps clarify my thinking to talk to people who I have faith in,” Mr. Axelrod said, reluctantly describing the weekly meetings he had hoped to keep under wraps so he would not suddenly be overrun by requests from people hoping to dispense advice.

The two-hour sessions are just one way in which Mr. Axelrod is making the transition from Chicago political consultant to the White House. His title does little to capture his full importance to Mr. Obama. His voice, and political advice, carry more weight than most anyone else’s on the president’s payroll.

The question for someone with the access and authority that Mr. Axelrod enjoys in the White House is how he exerts his influence with the president, the White House staff, Congress and other constituencies.

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Intellectually, I know that Jeff Zeleney keeps writing these fluff pieces because he wants Axelrod to be his "inside source" in the administration for the next 4 to 8 years, but I kind of hope he just writes them because he ships Obama/Axelrod really hard.

A mess.

Letter from Barack Obama went Unused by 'No on Prop 8' Campaign

It's hard to believe things could get worse for the bungled "No on Prop 8" campaign in hindsight, but it appears they have. Over the weekend, fury re-erupted across the gay blogosphere following a report on the recent "No on 8" Town Hall in the Bay Area Reporter. The fury is centered around a letter to the Alice B. Toklas club from Barack Obama expressing the candidate's disapproval of Proposition 8. It was a letter that was never used. Revelations emerged from the meeting about the decision not to use the letter:

Smith Bay Area Reporter: "[Consultant Steve] Smith also acknowledged that the campaign should have used then-presidential candidate Barack Obama's stated opposition to Prop 8. Instead, little use was made of Obama's opposition in a letter last June to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and right before Election Day the Yes on 8 campaign sent out a mailer featuring Obama's image and quotes that he is opposed to same-sex marriage. 'That was a close call,' Smith said. 'Maybe we should have.' Smith said that people outside the Bay Area wouldn't know what the Alice Club was, but club Co-Chair Susan Christian spoke up and said that in fact, Obama's letter to the club been widely reported, including in the New York Times. 'I think we lost this campaign because of an approach that didn't recognize 'we are everywhere,'' Christian said."

(Smith photo: BAR Rick Gerharter)

The revelation prompted outrage from blogger/activist Michael Petrelis who wrote: "How nauseating to know that Smith, whose firm received hundreds of thousands of gay dollars for their expertise, is such a lazy thinker. Instead of touting who the letter was from, all Smith saw was who the Obama was addressed to. It shouldn't have mattered who received the letter, just that it was from our likely next president and would have done much to influence minority and independent voters to cast no ballots on Prop 8."

Dan Savage of Slog had harsher words for Smith: "YEAH, THAT MIGHT'VE BEEN A GOOD FUCKING IDEA, YOU STUPID ASSHOLE."

Meanwhile, Equality California sent out an email to its list over the weekend accompanied by this blog post, asking supporters for more money and a second chance. It remains to be seen whether that will be offered.



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Your not-so-Daily Digest of Stimulus $$$ in Action. A state-by-state look at how the ARRA'09 is impacting our local communities. Today's focus: West Virginia

(state-wide) Counties to receive funds to fight crime -- The Register-Herald
More than $13 million in federal economic stimulus money is en route to West Virginia to help state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies combat crime.
President Barack Obama announced $2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding allocations for law enforcement, the White House said Friday. The assistance, available through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program, includes more than $13.1 million for West Virginia.
JAG supports efforts such as hiring and support for law enforcement officers; multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces; crime prevention and domestic violence programs; and courts, corrections, treatment and justice information-sharing initiatives.
State, county and municipal governments in West Virginia will receive a combined $13,139,007. Of that, the state government will receive $8,192,846. The remaining funds will be distributed among counties and municipalities. Southern West Virginia jurisdictions receiving funds include: Raleigh County, $135,565; Beckley, $215,627; Oceana, $11,297; Fayette County, $88,412; Greenbrier County, $24,559; Hinton, $14,735; Nicholas County, $65,818; and Summers County, $18,174


(state-wide) Southern lawmakers at odds over road money -- The Register-Herald
CHARLESTON — Senate Majority Leader Truman Chafin is forging ahead with a plan to make delayed repairs on the West Virginia Turnpike the No. 1 priority in spending federal stimulus money.
That squarely puts him and a co-sponsor of the planned bill, Minority Leader Don Caruth, R-Mercer, at odds with other southern lawmakers in favor of sticking to the game plan — one that hands $32 million to the East Beckley bypass.
Just whether Gov. Joe Manchin can reach inside his playbook and come up with a different play to make everyone happy is doubtful. His transportation secretary, Paul Mattox, has said the stimulus money for roads — totaling $211 million — must go to shovel-ready projects that can demonstrate some immediate use rather than “a mile to nowhere” construction on a piecemeal basis.
Tentatively, the Department of Transportation intends to dish out $32 million for the Z-Way project in Beckley to relieve traffic congestion.


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In other news, W.Va's Recovery site has yet to go online.
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Did anyone post Howard Dean's message to DailyKos last week? I don't see it but to be cautious I'm posting this article instead...

Howard Dean’s Return to DFA Can Spark National Activism

After presiding over the Democratic Party’s most successful national grassroots mobilizing campaign since the New Deal, Howard Dean is returning to Democracy for America, the organization he founded nearly five years ago. Dean’s return to DFA got scant attention in the traditional media, which has underestimated the former Vermont Governor from his 2004 presidential campaign through his leadership of the Democratic National Committee through the 2008 elections Dean and DFA could play two critical roles in the months ahead. First, Dean is a proven fundraiser who can raise the money necessary to hire a fleet of organizers to work in swing districts and states for universal health care and other progressive measures. Second, unlike the newly formed Organizing for America, Dean and DFA will not be restricted in targeting the wavering Democrats whose votes are essential to pass such measures as universal health care, the Employee Free Choice Act, and comprehensive immigration reform. In addition, under Howard Dean’s leadership, DFA could help spark the “movement mentality” that was key to Barack Obama’s campaign, but which has yet to emerge during his presidency.

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Okay, guys, seriously, I don't understand why we haven't all been jizzing in our pants over this news since last week. I WANT TO SEE THIS RECTIFIED!

First they came for the loli porn, but I did not protest, because I liked barely legal teens

UK Bans Loli: “All Children are Victims”

The UK’s decline under illiberal socialist governance continues with the news that the UK is set to ban all drawn imagery of an erotic nature where the “impression” is that a participant or onlooker is a child, or rather is “under 18”.

The ban officially brands such imagery “disgusting”.

The laws in question, coming as part of the Coroners and Justice Bill, which looks set to come into effect without difficulty, set out a complete ban on possession of drawn pornography featuring underage participants, images where “the impression conveyed … is that the person shown is a child.” In this case child is simply defined as anyone under 18 years of age.

UK law already bans “pseudo-photographs” of underage sex, referring to images which have been Photoshopped or rendered with a computer; this new law is presented as “closing a loophole” as a result.
One of the major proponents of the bill even went so far as to suggest that prosecutions should be made for simple doodles:

“Let us assume that for the purpose of this argument he and I were separately doodling the sorts of images described in the measure and that once we finished we tore them up, threw them away, and showed them to nobody. Would he expect that that doodling should lead us to be prosecuted under the clause?”

George Howarth:

“[If] somebody retrieves it, and then it is discovered that it is grossly offensive, disgusting or of an otherwise obscene character—an image that could be of such a nature that it would be solely or principally used for the purpose of sexual arousal—what he had engaged in would be improper and should not be approved of or sanctioned by the law.”

An MP raises doubts over the complete lack of evidence underlying the bill, and the lack of any victims, but is told that “all children” are victims of the drawings:

“I am a little concerned that we are legislating without any evidence, because the risk to children could increase. If the evidence showed that having images that were not photographic acted as a release, and therefore reduced the risk of harm to children, legislating could increase the risk of harm. That is why I am concerned that we are legislating without sufficient evidence.”

George Howarth:

“If the image in question is grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character but does not have a child as a victim, is it not arguable that, by extension, all children are victims of that image?”

A victimless crime where all children are victims? You heard it in parliament.

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Full source here (Warning: NWSish)

The upside of the UK returning to its Victorian roots, however, is just think of all the cool steampunk fashion it'll herald!
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US, European Scientists Report Findings of the Two Missing Romanov Children

Tatiana and Olga in back, Maria, Alexandra, Nicholas, Anastasia and, front, Alexei

An international team of researchers confirm the identity of the Tsar’s two missing children using forensic DNA testing.

Forensic DNA testing of skeletal remains of two individuals discovered in a field outside of Yekaterinburg, Russia in 2007 belong to the Tsarevich Alexei and one of his sisters, ending one of the greatest mysteries of the twentieth century. The study, is published March 11th in the online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE.

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the report doesn't mention it, but most researchers are about 95% certain that the daughter who was missing was the third daughter, Maria, and not Anastasia like all the movies romanticise
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Protecting Afghan Women From Abuse

KABUL, Afghanistan — Mariam was 11 in 2003 when her parents forced her to marry a blind, 41-year-old cleric. The bride price of $1,200 helped Mariam’s father, a drug addict, pay off a debt.

Mariam was taken to live with her new husband and his mother, who, she says, treated her like a servant. They began to beat her when she failed to conceive a child. After two years of abuse, she fled and sought help at a police station in Kabul.

Until only a few years ago, the Afghan police would probably have rewarded Mariam for her courage by throwing her in jail — traditional mores forbid women to be alone on the street — or returning her to her husband.

Instead, the police delivered her to a plain, two-story building in a residential neighborhood: a women’s shelter, something that was unknown here before 2003.


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i <3 Gibbs when he's "on fire"

Usually it’s sports analogies that get overused at a Robert Gibbs briefing. Today, it was fire.It began with criticism that the White House is trying to do too much, not focusing on the chief issue at hand.

The question was: “The administration's critics say that, you know, if there's a house on fire, that the economy, you know, needs, for example, a functioning credit market and there's not a fully functioning plan for getting toxic assets off the books. Why should the president be talking something -- about something that admittedly would be, you know, important for future generations, to improve education in America, when there's a house on fire right now?”

In response, Gibbs got fired up.

“Well, I think part of the house that's on fire is the dealing with the education problem,” he said. “Let's posit this. Let's get our banking system fixed. Let's get credit flowing again. But tell me which business is going to borrow money to expand, to add jobs, to do stem cell research that can't find the people either coming out of college today or graduate school to do those jobs. Where are we going to go? Where do those jobs usually go? Somewhere overseas, right? Does that make sense for our long-term economic growth?”

His own windup seemed to fan the flames.

“I think that, unless we take all of these steps -- your -- your analogy about the house is on fire. Which room are you going to put out first?” Gibbs said. “Or are you going to call the fire department and ask them to put all of it out? Or are you going to say, "You know what? We love the living room. Start over there. And if you can, get quickly to the kitchen and next to the den.”

There was laughter. Gibbs continued.

“We could do that. And maybe, by the time they get to the kitchen or the den, the whole house is in ashes. Instead of asking the fire department to pick different rooms in which to extinguish, the president has decided to alert the fire department and everyone involved that we have a responsibility to move this country forward, address the long-term problems and the short-term problems in order to create jobs for the future.

Rachel Maddow's ratings bringing MSNBC to new heights

Maddow's unique style spikes ratings

Smarts, smile fuel MSNBC host's rapid rise

If there was any doubt about MSNBC's faith in Rachel Maddow, look where they sent her in the past few weeks: She guested on Jay Leno and visited the ladies at "The View."

And when Keith Olbermann was anchoring MSNBC's coverage of President Obama's first speech before Congress, she was the first analyst he called upon for reaction -- a plum position that in the past may have gone to Tim Russert.

After struggling for years to fill the prime 9 p.m. slot -- with personalities as disparate as Rita Cosby to Dan Abrams -- the network has landed a solid performer in Maddow. Her ratings are a vast improvement over what has been there recently, and she has helped erase doubts the network could carry over sizable audiences from the record heights of the campaign season.


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# what is that?

PFitz will kill you.

Blagojevich Loses Bid To Get Fitzgerald, Prosecutors Off His Case

A federal judge has turned down a request from impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to have Chicago's top federal prosecutor and his staff thrown off the corruption case against him.

Chief Judge James F. Holderman of U.S. District Court said in an order issued Friday that "no legal precedent supports the granting of the relief sought by the defendant Blagojevich in this motion."

Blagojevich had argued that removing U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald from the case was necessary because the prosecutor made inflammatory remarks about him at a news conference after the then-governor was arrested Dec. 9.

He said Robert Grant, special agent in charge of the Chicago FBI office, had made similar remarks. He also said Fitzgerald crossed the line by making public transcripts of wiretaps of Blagojevich conversations that should have been sealed.

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lol, Blago

btw when I was stalkin' around I found a picture of PFitz in college which I will post here for lack of a better place to put it

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Is The Recession The Newest "Excuse" For Moms To Go Back To Work?

Heidi Brown with Forbes
and Jo Craven with The Times of London have totally identified the newest trend of this recession: women heading back to the workforce after leaving to stay home with the kids.

Brown writes that the recession is just the excuse for women who, having been used to the 9-to-5, now find themselves somewhat unfulfilled by the 24/7 of diapers, feedings, potty trainings and nap times:

For some women, the recession is a time to clear up ongoing dilemmas and regain independence. For others, it's a time of survival.

See, all those ambivalent feelings that you might have had about personal fulfillment, childcare guilt and staying home, there's no reason to work them out in long conversations with your life partner and/or therapist. Just blame the recession and go do what you wanted to do the whole time!

"These women were struggling with their identities because they weren't working," [Amy Keroes editor of Mommytrack'd] says. But now, she adds, "I think 'having to' has made it easier for lots of women who were already struggling with whether to return."


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Presidential Election Helps To Boost "View" Ratings To Highest In 12 Year History

'View' ratings riding high

Show enjoys most-watched season yet

Last year's presidential election was a boon for cable news networks, but it also proved to be quite a windfall for daytime's hottest show -- "The View."

Although not a news program, ABC's morning chatfest certainly made its share in the run-up to the election, popping up on programs like "Saturday Night Live" and "The O'Reilly Factor" and becoming a hot property on YouTube. It drew its largest ever aud the morning after Barack Obama was elected president -- 6.2 million -- and has carried that momentum well into the new year.


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None of Hallmark's apology cards would be quite sufficient to cover this one

CIA Awkwardly Debriefs Obama On Creation Of Crack Cocaine

WASHINGTON—In his first meeting with President Barack Obama, CIA crime and counternarcotics analyst Timothy R. McIntire haltingly explained to the nation's first African-American commander in chief the highly classified origin of crack cocaine and the resultant epidemic that swept across U.S. inner cities. "Well, you see, sir...thing is, we needed money to help those Contras back in '85, and we never really we distributed it, and...shortsighted...and, ha, well, Christ—is it hot in here?" McIntire said between exaggerated coughs. "Yikes, okay. See, it was a very tense time—not that that makes it right—and, uh, bottom line is, we're a different agency now."

McIntire went on to disclose several other secret CIA operations, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the recruitment, four years earlier, of a Kenyan grad student for a clandestine program at the University of Hawaii.
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ONTD_P Public Service Announcement: LJ-CUTS.

Dear Community,

It's gotten a little crazy with the submission of lengthy entries that don't provide courtesy lj-cuts. I think it's only fair to acknowledge the problems this can cause for your fellow members:
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This is not Change We Can Believe In™, you guise.

Please, please, please be sure to include lj-cuts (a handy "how-to") after a reasonable-sized amount of exposed text when you make community submissions that provide a lot of content.

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i <3 elephant on elephant violence



This past Sunday on Meet the Press, former House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich took a shot at Rush Limbaugh, saying that anyone who doesn’t want President Obama to succeed is “irrational.” Today, Limbaugh responded on his radio show.

“You know, I’m frankly getting tired of talking about Newt,” Limbaugh began. “I mean, it’s a pointless exercise.” He then ripped Gingrich for being a typical “fly-by-night,” finger-in-the-wind politician who can’t be trusted:

They are fly-by-night operators, and most of them stand for nothing until they see a poll about what the American people want, and then they go out and try to say one way or another what the American people want while trying to falsely hold onto an ideology at the same time — and you can’t count on them. You can’t depend on them. They will sell you out; they will throw you overboard to save themselves, faster than anything. And they’ll use you on their way up as often as they can at the same time.

Limbaugh claimed that Gingrich is simply jealous of his influence. “I know that Newt would give his whatever to have what I’ve got,” he said. “So would any of these other critics of mine. … Newt Gingrich wishes they were running TV ads against him. But they’re running TV ads against me. So I love it. I’m up for it.” Listen here:

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Gingrich is looking “seriously” at a 2012 run for the presidency. How far can Newt get if the leader of the Republican Party won’t give him his blessing?


Wikipedia scrubs Obama eligibility


Mention of citizenship issues deleted in minutes, 'offending' users banned

Wikipedia, the online "free encyclopedia" mega-site written and edited entirely by its users, has been deleting within minutes any mention of eligibility issues surrounding Barack Obama's presidency, with administrators kicking off anyone who writes about the subject, WND has learned.

A perusal through Obama's current Wikipedia entry finds a heavily guarded, mostly glowing biography about the U.S. president. Some of Obama's most controversial past affiliations, including with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and former Weathermen terrorist Bill Ayers, are not once mentioned, even though those associations received much news media attention and served as dominant themes during the presidential elections last year.

Also completely lacking is any mention of the well-publicized concerns surrounding Obama's eligibility to serve as commander-in-chief.

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"A successful [Biden news] dump!" (First post.)

Vice President Joe Biden to speak at Syracuse University commencement

U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden spoke at the Syracuse University School of Law commencement in 1994.

Syracuse, NY - Vice President Joe Biden will be returning to his alma mater this May to give the 2009 Syracuse University commencement speech in the Carrier Dome.

This will be the fourth commencement speech Biden, the former U.S. senator from Delaware, has given at SU. Biden's other speeches were for SU's College of Law ceremonies. Biden graduated from the College of Law in 1968.

"It's a true honor to be invited back to Syracuse University," Biden said in a press release. "The university and entire Syracuse community have meant so much to me in my life, and I look forward to being a part of the Orange's 2009 graduation festivities."

The May 10 commencement is a joint ceremony with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Biden, 66, will receive an SU honorary degree during the ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

[...] Source includes lulzy hostile comments.

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Plus, a blast from the past:

Hot, Handsome Joe Biden Is the Dems' New White House Hope, but He Still Needs to Win Votes at Home
August 25, 1986

The TV camera does not simply love Sen. Joe Biden. It goes positively weak with desire whenever he flashes his dazzling teeth at the lens.* First there was the 10-minute shouting match with Secretary of State George Shultz during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee debate over South African sanctions. As Joe jabbed his fingers angrily in the air, he blasted the Administration for its "lack of moral backbone." [...]

(* - Here, you'll appreciate this valuable VISUAL/SENSORY AID.)

Article cont'd at the source, which explains its gloriously honest title.

Australian police may get hacking powers

Australian police may get hacking powers

The government of the Australian state of New South Wales has unveiled plans to give state police the power to hack into computers remotely, with owners potentially remaining in the dark about the searches for up to three years.

The new powers are part of a package introduced into parliament last week by Premier Nathan Rees. Broadly, they aim to give police the right to apply for covert search warrants from the Supreme Court to gather evidence in cases that could involve serious indictable offenses punishable by at least seven years' imprisonment.

Judges issuing the new warrants could authorize owners not being told about the searches for up to three years (under exceptional circumstances), NSW Police Minister Tony Kelly said in a statement, with police having to apply for several extensions to get the full period.
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GOP Rep: “Our Goal Is To Bring Down Approval Numbers” For Dems

GOP Rep: “Our Goal Is To Bring Down Approval Numbers” For Dems

Greg Sargent notes that in the National Journal today, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) “offered an unusually blunt description of the Republican strategy right now.” Dropping any pretense that his party’s opposition to Obama’s agenda is based on anything other than politics, McHenry explained that House Republicans’ only goal right now is to “bring down approval numbers for Pelosi and for House Democrats”:

“We will lose on legislation. But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., an outspoken conservative who has participated on the GOP message teams. “Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Despite how “blunt” McHenry’s pronouncement may be, it is a widely held view among House Republicans. In fact, McHenry is echoing the sentiments of the House Republican leadership. Steve Benen explains the implications of such positions, writing, “If we take McHenry at his word, Republicans can’t be constructive, they necessarily have to be destructive.”

GOP Infighting Escalates With Allegations, Denials Over $4 Million

RNC dispute over $4M

Republican infighting escalated Monday with allegations and denials over $4 million once destined for the party’s congressional campaign committees.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele sought to placate critics by giving $1 million to each of his party’s debt-ridden campaign committees — a move that follows a month of bad reviews, national slip-ups and a high-profile fight with one of the country’s most famous conservatives.

But sources told The Hill that Robert “Mike” Duncan, the former chairman, had written checks three times that size — for $3 million to each committee — before he left, and that Steele slashed them to the smaller number.

That is a “lie,” says the RNC — and so another round of recrimination begins.
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Oh, God. If this keeps up, the dems wont need to do anything to bring them down...
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Something this article does not go into, do you think this is a generational change?

More Americans say they have no religion
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By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer – Mon Mar 9, 12:14 am ET

AP – Children walk back to their pews after listening to the reading of a religious story at the foot of the …
A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.
Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.
Northern New England surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region, with Vermont reporting the highest share of those claiming no religion, at 34 percent. Still, the study found that the numbers of Americans with no religion rose in every state.
"No other religious bloc has kept such a pace in every state," the study's authors said.
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Carbon emissions creating acidic oceans not seen since dinosaurs

Chemical change placing 'unprecedented' pressure on marine life and could cause widespread extinctions, warn scientists

David Adam, environment correspondent, Tuesday 10 March 2009 00.05 GMT

Human pollution is turning the seas into acid so quickly that the coming decades will recreate conditions not seen on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs, scientists will warn today.

The rapid acidification is caused by the massive amounts of carbon dioxide belched from chimneys and exhausts that dissolve in the ocean. The chemical change is placing "unprecedented" pressure on marine life such as shellfish and lobsters and could cause widespread extinctions, the experts say.

The study, by scientists at Bristol University, will be presented at a special three-day summit of climate scientists in Copenhagen, which opens today. The conference is intended to update the science of global warming and to shock politicians into taking action on carbon emissions.

The Bristol scientists cannot talk about their unpublished results until they are announced later today. But a summary of the findings seen by the Guardian predicts "dangerous" levels of ocean acidification and severe consequences for organisms called marine calcifiers, which form chalky shells.

It says: "We find the future rate of surface ocean acidification and environmental pressure on marine calcifiers very likely unprecedented in the past 65 million years." The scientists add that the situation in the deep sea is of even "greater concern".Collapse )


Glenn Greenwald: Charles Freeman, Roger Cohen and the changing Israel debate

Anyone who doubts that there has been a substantial -- and very positive -- change in the rules for discussing American policy towards Israel should consider two recent episodes: (1) the last three New York Times columns by Roger Cohen; and (2) the very strong pushback from a diverse range of sources against the neoconservative lynch mob trying, in typical fashion, to smear and destroy Charles Freeman due to his critical (in all senses of the word) views of American policy towards Israel. One positive aspect of the wreckage left by the Bush presidency is that many of the most sacred Beltway pieties stand exposed as intolerable failures, prominently including our self-destructively blind enabling of virtually all Israeli actions.

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