March 16th, 2009

New government logos coming to projects, buildings near you

Design experts weigh in on stimulus recovery logos
By Theresa Howard, USA TODAY

NEW YORK — To help Americans see their $789 billion tax dollars at work, the White House has commissioned two brand logos for programs financed by the Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the stimulus package).

The logos will appear starting next month on signs and other materials for building modernization and weatherization projects, green energy programs, road and bridge work and other works using stimulus money.

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Chuck Norris sues, says his tears no cancer cure

Tough-guy actor and martial arts expert Chuck Norris sued publisher Penguin on Friday over a book he claims unfairly exploits his famous name, based on a satirical Internet list of "mythical facts" about him.

Penguin published "The Truth About Chuck Norris: 400 facts about the World's Greatest Human" in November. Author Ian Spector and two Web sites he runs to promote the book, including www.truthaboutchuck.com, are also named in the suit.

The book capitalizes on "mythical facts" that have been circulating on the Internet since 2005 that poke fun at Norris' tough-guy image and super-human abilities, the suit said.
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Edit: I'm a dumbass, lol - this is from 2007. I thought it sounded kind of old-meme, but I didn't notice the date before posting it. My apologies.
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Red Cross: Terror Suspects Subjected To 'Torture'

"If you don't violate someone's human rights some of the time, you probably aren't doing your job,"


NPR.org, March 16, 2009 · The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a confidential February 2007 report that the Bush administration-approved treatment of terrorist suspects amounted to torture, a finding that by definition would constitute a violation of the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war.

In newly published excerpts from the report, which was given to senior White House officials in 2007, the ICRC stated that the conditions under which 14 "high value" CIA detainees, including alleged al-Qaida leader Abu Zubaydah, were held as part of a secret interrogation program conducted at "black site" detention centers represented torture and that "many other elements of the ill-treatment … constituted cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment."

The 1949 Geneva Convention explicitly outlaws "violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture." The accord also prohibits "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment."

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Steele Redecorating Office With Scarce RNC Funds

Roll Call reports that, even as rumors of his ouster circulate, Republican National Committee chair is redecorating his office:
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Buzz: Norm Coleman To Succeed Michael Steele At RNC?

Buzz is brewing that former Senator Norm Coleman is becoming the consensus pick to take over for Michael Steele. Democrats have every incentive to drive this rumor:

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Teens surveyed; turn out to be morons.

Many Boston teens surveyed say Rihanna is at fault for assault



Here's a conversation starter: Nearly half of the 200 Boston teenagers interviewed for an informal poll said pop star Rihanna was responsible for the beating she allegedly took at the hands of her boyfriend, fellow music star Chris Brown, in February.

Of those questioned, ages 12 to 19, 71 percent said that arguing was a normal part of a relationship; 44 percent said fighting was a routine occurrence.

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I <3 you Gibbs

Yesterday on CNN, former Vice President Cheney said Obama was making Americans less safe. Today, when CNN’s Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs for his reaction to Cheney’s criticisms, Gibbs said that CNN invited Cheney because “Rush Limbaugh was busy,” and called Cheney “the next most popular member of the Republican cabal.” Addressing Cheney’s critique, Gibbs pointed out that under Obama, terrorist suspects “would finally be brought to justice,” unlike under Cheney’s regime:

I think the American people will, in this administration, see those actors brought to the swift and certain justice that was not brought to them in the previous administration.

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Henry also asked for Gibbs’ reaction to Cheney’s criticisms of Obama’s handling of the economic crisis. “I think not taking economic advice from Dick Cheney would be maybe the best possible outcome of yesterday’s interview,” Gibbs said.

UpdateYglesias notes that Rick Klein objects to Gibb's tone. "The way I look at it, the idea of respectful debate has no real meaning unless you actually deny respect to someone," Yglesias writes. "Cheney seems like a good candidate."
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Breeders Offer EP, Obama-Inspired Art, Rollerderby Video

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When the Breeders play (and curate) All Tomorrow's Parties UK in May, they'll have new material: The Deal sisters have "discovered the treble knob" on their forthcoming four-song Fate To Fatal EP, which follows 2008's Mountain Battles. From its genesis, to the title track's roller derby-themed video, and the EP's Obama-themed album art, and the fact that the Deals are going to release it sans a label, there's plenty to get caught up on. Kim Deal sorts it out for us. Including the Bob Marley cover.
We started with a song called "Fate to Fatal" ... The Breeders were on tour all of last year, so we booked time at a place called the Fortress in London, England, and worked with a guy named Gareth Parton. At the beginning, Gareth and I were really snitty towards each other, which can turn out bad or good. And it turned out really good. The second song, "The Last Time," I wrote, but I recorded it in my basement -- we have a guest vocalist on it, Mark Lanegan. The third song is a cover of a Bob Marley and the Wailers song, "Chances Are." Kelley and I recorded it live in Chicago at Steve Albini's. And the last song, "Pinnacle Hollow," I did in my basement on a four-track -- tape hiss and all.
The album art was created by Chris Glass, who did the logo for Obama's "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," as well as the photo we posted with "Bang On" last year, etc. Says Deal:
We saw a news photo of Obama and Biden at a press conference standing next to a signboard with the logo on it ... [Chris Glass is] like family -- we're related by marriage, so it was really exciting and it looks really good. We're getting some fancy craft paper for twelve inch sleeves, and Kelley and I are going to personally hand-screen the artwork at Chris' studio, Wire & Twine, in Ohio.
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Orzag Rejects S.C. Gov's Stimulus Waiver Request

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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had few kind words for the massive $787 billion stimulus program pushed through Congress by the Obama administration. So the letter the Republican governor received Monday from Obama's budget director probably comes as no surprise.

The letter, authored by Obama budget director Peter Orszag, rejected Sanford's request for a waiver to use a portion of his stimulus money to pay down the state's debt.

"Congress has not authorized the Executive branch to waive any of the above statutory requirements governing the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund," Orszag wrote. "Accordingly, States' spending under the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund must satisfy the statutory requirements."

Sanford has been among the most vocal critics of the president's approach to the economic recovery, calling the stimulus the wrong approach.

"Our objections to the so-called stimulus bill have been well-chronicled for the way it spends money that we don't have and for the way this printing of money could ultimately devalue the American dollar," he said.

But Sanford last week wrote a letter asking permission to use $700 million of the federal money to reduce the state's federal debt. Orszag's response amounts to a slap at one of the program's harshest critics.
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Fox's Glenn Beck Weeps, Shep Smith Mocks (VIDEO)

Here's what I think Shepard Smith, of Fox News, did last Friday. First he came on the air to broadly mock Glenn Beck for the weird show he was about to do. Then he finished work, probably checked his messages, went home, had a finger of quality bourbon, and unwound himself from the day, in the languid way of confident men. Hopefully, he wasn't forced to watch Glenn Beck's primetime melodrama festival, in which he advanced his Unified Field Theory of All Bad Things Are The Same (Obama is President! Pelosi is also important! Blagojevich! His hair! Weird people in military uniforms! Dollhouse isn't that good! Sales of the new U2 album are stagnant! Sexting!), and then forced himself to pretend to cry - wrack himself with creepy, fake tears - as he talked about "being the person we were on September 12."
Thing is, I like the idea of being those people, who crowded the streets and sang songs and clapped for firemen and broadly demonstrated that there was no reason to ever suspect we would fall to terrorists, because of our simple and unspoken bravery. And then the President basically said that we should all go shopping or take vacations, and then our patriotic warmth got warped into supporting a bunch of ancillary ambitions and fantastic attacks on our liberties in the name of "if you're not with us you're against us." And now, Beck wants to reclaim that moment for his own brand of charlatanism? No, no. I am with Shepard Smith, here.
"I feel like a televangelist," enthuses Beck. How dare you sully the good name of televangelists!
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You're damn right we put the right family in the White House!


Obama v. Palin: America Picked the Right Family
 

From the time that "Family Values" became an empty phrase regularly trotted around the political arena with all the reverence of the last surviving soldier of a war that was never actually fought, the totality of the family which occupies the White House has reached the same level of curiosity as the quadrennial question of whether or not a presidential candidate can bowl above one hundred.

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Frankly, I can't think of a family more well-adjusted than the Obamas. It's the ones constantly preaching about 'family values' that you need to worry about.
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Economists, Progressives Petition CNBC for Coverage Overhaul



A group of leading progressives and economists have penned an open letter to CNBC demanding that the network publicly change its mission to focus more on Wall Street accountability.

Building off of the momentum from last week, in which CNBC personality Jim Cramer was subjected to an embarrassing lecture by the Daily Show's John Stewart, the group is launching, alongside its letter, a website: http://fixcnbc.com/.

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Robert Gibbs stumbles



On February 4, President Obama said this:
For top executives to award themselves these kinds of compensation packages in the midst of this economic crisis isn't just bad taste -- it's bad strategy -- and I will not tolerate it as President. We're going to be demanding some restraint in exchange for federal aid -- so that when firms seek new federal dollars, we won't find them up to the same old tricks.


Since then, the government has given AIG many more billions of dollars in bailouts but they are still giving hundreds of millions in bonuses.

Today, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked relentlessly about that and couldn't come up with an explanation.

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TAPPER: You guys first found about these bonuses last week?

GIBBS: I think that's true, based on what I read in the newspaper.

TAPPER: But you gave money to AIG two or three weeks ago?

GIBBS: Um-hmm.

TAPPER: How could you not know that they have these millions -- hundreds of millions dollars...

GIBBS: Well, again, there's -- there's -- according to the news reports, there's existing contracts, some of which the -- or of which the president has asked the secretary to examine going forward. I think you also heard the president speak today about having a resolution authority that gives the government and taxpayers far more flexibility in dealing with the disposition of AIG in a way that gives taxpayers protection and flexibility -- disposition that we don't currently have, but steps that we would like to see taken in order to deal with AIG as a whole.

TAPPER: Why didn't you attach it to the $30 billion you gave a couple weeks ago?
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As Oil and Gas Prices Plunge, Drilling Frenzy Ends

FORT WORTH — The great American drilling boom is over.



The number of oil and gas rigs deployed to tap new energy supplies across the country has plunged to less than 1,200 from 2,400 last summer, and energy executives say the drop is accelerating further.

Lower prices are bringing to an end an ambitious effort to squeeze more oil from aging fields and to tap new sources of natural gas. For the last four years, companies here drilled below airports, golf courses, churches and playgrounds in a frantic search for energy. They scoured the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, the Gulf of Mexico and Appalachia.

But the economic downturn has cut into demand. Global oil prices and American natural gas prices have plummeted two-thirds since last summer. Not even an unseasonably cold winter drove down unusually high inventories of natural gas.

The drop has been good news for American consumers, with gasoline now selling for $1.92 a gallon, on average, down from a high of $4.11 in July. But the result for companies is that it is becoming unprofitable to drill.

The reversal of fortune could have important implications for the future health of the nation’s energy companies, for consumer wallets and for national aspirations to rely less on foreign energy sources.

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White House: Cheney almost as popular as Limbaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says former Vice President Dick Cheney is the second most popular member of the "Republican cabal," behind only talk-show host Rush Limbaugh.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Monday brushed off Cheney's criticism of President Barack Obama's new administration. Cheney said Sunday that Obama's decisions are threatening the nation's safety.
Obama reversed many of his predecessor's executive orders, including how the country treats suspected terrorists.
Gibbs says Obama is keeping the nation safe and dealing with problems George W. Bush's administration did not.
Gibbs says his sarcasm shouldn't mask serious policy differences between Obama and the Bush-Cheney team.
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Priorities - We Haz Them



First North Korean pizzeria opens
North Korea's first pizzeria has opened in the capital Pyongyang, according to a Japan-based newspaper.

Chefs were sent to Italy for training by leader Kim Jong-il, who said North Koreans should be able to try the world's best foods, said Choson Sinbo.

Most people in the secretive communist state live on an income of about $1,800 (£1,265) a year, but a wealthy elite can afford a more luxurious lifestyle.

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Related: Making Pizza for Kim Jong-il

Dramatic spike in gay hate crimes in California.

Hate crime cases involving anti-gay sentiment shot up in Santa Clara County last year, a striking increase that a leading prosecutor attributes to controversy over Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriage.

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So the conservatives win and the hate crimes STILL go up.  Can't imagine what would've happened if they'd lost.

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State Rep. Shipley says anti-gay zingers were taken out of context

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A Tennessee lawmaker has been flagged as a bigot in a political blog after he allegedly made several anti-gay statements.

State Representative Tony Shipley was quoted on OpenPen on March 13 in a blog that had jaws dropping throughout the GLBT community. Shipley today told O&AN and Jenny Ford, a lobbyist for the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP), that the quotations were taken out of context.

A lobbyist writing under the name Desoto quoted Shipley as saying, ”They can do whatever they want out in California, with gays passing babies around, and violating God’s law, but when God drops California off into the sea, they will have to deal with the consequences of their actions.”
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Governor Challenges Utah’s Conservative Verities



Among Utah Republicans, who hold every statewide elected office and more than two-thirds of the State Legislature, Hamlet-like quests for purpose and direction are hardly the norm.

But the norms are dead for Republicans here, something that was in plain view this week as lawmakers overhauled the state’s formerly untouchable liquor law at the urging of Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.

The debate was about scrapping the state’s one-of-a-kind system of regulating bars and restaurants in a bid to boost the economy. But bound up in it was a profound, ongoing dialog, led by Mr. Huntsman, about what the Republican Party should be about and who should lead it.

Similar discussions are flickering in other parts of the country, especially in Republican-controlled state capitals, as party members sort through their losses from November and the rippling repercussions the recession has had on many of the premises they have stood for.

The soul-searching has also meant a star search for national party leaders. Some Republicans say that conservative politicians like Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the party’s vice-presidential nominee in November, will show the way forward, while others say the electoral map — and the formula for future Republican victories — was rewritten by President Obama’s election, and that a kind of casting call is now under way for new voices. Mr. Huntsman is firmly in the camp that says Republicans must turn the page.

“It’s like the world began in November,” Mr. Huntsman, 48, a moderate second-term Republican with billionaire roots, intense personal popularity and obvious national ambitions, said in an interview in his office here. “The old ethos world view — all that’s been decimated.”

Mr. Huntsman’s moderate views often put him out of step in his first term — and sometimes made him ineffective as well — with the deeply conservative Republican majorities in the State House and Senate.

But in the last six months, Mr. Huntsman has honed those differences to rapier sharpness as conservatives linked to the policies of former President George W. Bush have gone on the defensive.

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Catholic, Orthodox Jewish Officials Oppose Abuse Bill In New York

Albany, NY (AHN) - Roman Catholic and Orthodox Jewish officials in New York are opposed to approval of the Child Victims Act pending before the state legislature. The proposal aims to temporarily remove the statute of limitations for lawsuits concerning sexual abuse of children.

The bill, which had been introduced the past years but blocked by Republicans, has good chances of being approved this time because the Democrats now are the majority. New York Gov. David Paterson supports the bill;

The legislation has the potential of reviving claims filed against Catholic priests and dioceses in the state, but dismissed on account of going beyond the time limit of five years after the victim became 18. Similar laws approved in California and Delaware led to costing the church $800 million to $1 billion as settlements and damage.

New York State Catholic Conference spokesman Dennis Poust said the church believes the bill is designed to bankrupt the Catholic Church. The Catholic officials were joined in opposing the proposal by Hasidic and Sephardic Jewish groups in Brooklyn, which also face abuse claims.

It proposes providing sexually abused children a one-year exemption from the statute of limitation and 10 years to file claims after they turned 18.

Last month the New Jersey Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the state's Child Sexual Abuse Act which permits victims to file a lawsuit within two years on reasonable discovery of the injury.


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Prop 8 Supporters May Have Given Court Power To Eliminate "Marriage" Altogether



 
Lawyers on either side of the same sex marriage divide (including Clinton special prosecutor and rim-job devotee Ken Starr) are currently arguing whether it's legal to divest rights from a group of people.

California's Proposition 8 set out to overturn a California Supreme Court ruling that made same sex marriage legal in California by making discrimination based on gender supposedly legal. But a couple of legal scholars have pointed out that the Prop H8 people might have gone too far. In fact, if they can't enshrine discrimination into California's constitution, they may have inadvertently put the court in a position to make "marriage" illegal for everyone, and civil unions the standard for all.

 

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What Happens When Mom Becomes The Breadwinner

 


Today Good Morning America featured a couple whose roles reversed when Rick got laid off, forcing his wife Eleanor to work more. Rick found that he likes being "Mr. Mom," but Eleanor doesn't respect him.

Rick likes that he can be there for their 7-year-old daughter, but Eleanor says, "I don't like coming home and seeing him in my apron." Eleanor says she doesn't know if she can learn to respect her husband if he can't find a job because, "that's one of the basic things that little girls grow up thinking, that the man is going to put a roof over her head he's going to support the family."

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Obama Continues Bush-Era Extremism on Liberties, Secrecy
POSTED BY DAN GILLMOR, MARCH 15, 2009 5:27 PM


The Obama administration has undone a few of the Bush administration's worst policies, true. Yet when it comes to Obama's increasingly clear disdain for some core civil liberties and his administration's penchant for secrecy despite cheerful rhetoric to the contrary, Salon's Glenn Greenwald arrives at a dismal -- but sadly, logical -- conclusion:

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So I know this isn't really journalism--and no, it doesn't cite sufficient evidence to back up its assertions--but it caught my eye because I've been telling the rabidly pro-Obama that he wouldn't fix everything right away, and kept getting yelled at for it. But I was curious to know what other people thought about the topic. Do you think he's going to come around and try to roll back any of the wiretapping, domestic spying, or other executive/intelligence privileges Bush&Co put into place? Or is he just going to keep these policies in place, because few people ever give up inherited power?

And some examples, in my mind: wiretapping/domestic surveillance, his FISA vote, the upkeep of the "state secrets defense" in cases about wiretapping and torture, the lack of a promise not to torture or render people to be tortured, etc.
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GOP Senator: AIG Execs Should Follow Japanese Model -- Suicide or Apology

In an interview with Cedar Rapids, Iowa, radio station WMT-AM today, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said executives of AIG should consider following what he described of the Japanese model of shamed corporate executives: apology or suicide.

"I don't know whether the ($165 million in bonuses) is an issue as much as just the chutzpah of the people running AIG," Grassley said. "That they could thumb their nose at the taxpayers, it's more that.

"The attitude of these corporate executives and bank executives, and most of them are in New York, that somehow they're not responsible for their company going into the tank," he said.

"I suggest, you know, obviously maybe they ought to be removed, but I would suggest that the first thing that would make me feel a little bit better towards them [is] if they would follow the Japanese example and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say I'm sorry and then either do one of two things: resign or go commit suicide."

Grassley added, "In the case of the Japanese, they usually commit suicide before they make any apology."

Last October, Grassley invoked the Japanese model a little less harshly.

"I’ve suggested it wouldn’t be a bad thing that the leadership of these institutions would take a Japanese-style approach to corporate governance," he said then. "And I’m not talking about going out and committing suicide as some Japanese do in these circumstances, but I am talking about scenes I’ve seen on television where in belly-up corporations the CEOs go before the board of directors, before the public, before the stockholders and bow deeply and apologize for their mismanagement. Something like that happening among Wall Street executives would go a long way toward satisfying my constituents and many Americans that help might be needed and would more gracefully be given by the taxpayers of this county."
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"Gridiron singed by Obama no-show"

No offense intended, says the Obama White House.

None taken, say the esteemed leaders of the Gridiron Club.

Still, in Washington, a slap does not have to be officially labeled as such for its sound to echo — and its sting to be felt.

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I want for the President to be criticized on substance (policy). But this sort of fabricated wank is like... I have no words. Please tell me why I am supposed to care.
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Diabetes cure a step closer after liver used to regulate blood sugar

Diabetes cure a step closer after liver used to regulate blood sugar
A diabetes cure is a step closer after scientists discovered a way to regulate blood sugar using the liver.

Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from hereditary diabetes, a condition that destroys cells in the pancreas and leaves the body unable to regulate blood sugar levels.

Sufferers are forced to inject themselves with insulin everyday and adopt special diets to cope with the irreversible condition.

But now scientists claim a cure could be developed after cells in the liver were converted to insulin producers in research on mice.

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Michael Steele: Science and History Geeeeenius

Relevant snippet from MSNBC's First Read

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Michael Steele just doesn't stop.

He sat in and guest-hosted Bill Bennett's conservative radio program on Friday, March 6th, and didn't likely do himself many favors. (Hat tip: Sam Stein, Huffington Post).

How does the current RNC Chairman have the time to host a radio show?

Anyway, on the program, he was his usual boisterous, free-wheeling self.

"I've survived my first month of RNC Chairman," he proclaimed. He called charges against him "99% made up by our opponents," specifically CNN and MSNBC, who are trying to "blow things up."

He added that his tough week, spurred mostly by a GQ interview in which he called abortion an "individual choice," was "part of an orchestrated plan by [James] Carville and Rahm Emanuel. ... "It's been an instructive week."

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He rollickingly refuted the existence of global warming. And as evidence, he uses Greenland, which "was once called Greenland for a reason, right?"

"We are cooling," Steele insisted. "We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I use my fingers as quotation marks, is part of the cooling process. Greenland, which is covered in ice, it was once called Greenland for a reason, right? Iceland, which is now green. Oh I love this. Like we know what this planet is all about. How long have we been here? How long? Not very long."

He also got the first name wrong of Italian fascist Benito Mussolini, calling him "Roberto."


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NAACP Chair Julian Bond: Gay Rights are Civil Rights

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The Human Rights Campaign posted National NAACP Chairman Julian Bond's speech from their fundraising dinner in Los Angeles over the weekend. It's quite powerful.

Said Bond: "When someone asks me, 'are gay rights civil rights?' my answer is always, 'Of course, they are.' Civil rights are positive legal prerogatives: the right to equal treatment before the law. These are the rights shared by everyone. There is no one in the United States who does not, or should not, enjoy or share in enjoying these rights. Gay and lesbian rights are not special rights in any way. It isn’t 'special' to be free from discrimination. It is an ordinary, universal entitlement of citizenship."

You may recall that the NAACP sent out a statement in February in support of the California legislature's challenge to Proposition 8.

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Anybody want a White House internship?

Obama Administration Reaches Out to Youth for New Internship Program
Mar 16, 2009


Submission deadline for summer internship program is March 22nd
 
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced today the Obama Administration has reached out to young people nationwide, including LGBT youth, to apply for a White House internship.  The new program, which would take place this summer, would offer youth valuable job experience and an inside look at the life of White House staff.  The Human Rights Campaign Youth and Campus Outreach Program has provided a link for those interested in applying: www.hrc.org/GenerationEQ.
 
 “Administration officials have reiterated to us their strong desire that the interns working in the White House should reflect the diversity of the country and that LGBT youth are part of that diversity,” said Candace Gingrich, senior manager for the HRC Foundation's Youth and Campus Outreach Program.  “After eight years of a president who essentially ignored LGBT Americans, it is a step forward to have President Obama reaching out to queer youth and inviting them to take an active part in his administration.”
 
In addition to normal office duties, interns will supplement their learning experience by attending a weekly lecture series hosted by senior White House staff, help at White House social events, and volunteer in community service projects.   The 2009 Summer Internship program runs from May 22 to August 14, and the submission deadline is March 22, 2009.
 
Below is a list of departments in the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President where interns could be placed:
 
•           White House Department of Scheduling and Advance
•           The Office of Cabinet Affairs
•           The White House Communications Department
•           The White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs
•           The Office of the First Lady
•           The White House Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA)
•           The Office of Political Affairs
•           The Office of Management and Administration
•           The Office of White House Counsel
•           The Domestic Policy Council
•           The White House Office of Presidential Personnel
•           Office of the Vice President
 
The Youth & Campus Outreach Program provides tools, facilitates connections, and empowers GenEQ to fight for LGBT equality on campus and beyond.  Generation Equality, the current group of high school and college-aged young people, is more supportive of LGBT equality than any other generation in our country’s history.  As young people work to attain the goals of the queer community on their campuses, it is the aim of the Youth and Campus Outreach Program to provide tools and help facilitate connections with other LGBT student activists across the country.


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Prop 8 Supporter Maureen Mullarkey Still Hiding Behind 'But I'm An Artist!' Defense
 

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Last month we told you the story of Maureen Mullarkey, the New York-based artist who in the 1990s looked to drag queens for inspiration — and also donated cash to support Prop 8. In a brief statement she gave to the press when they came calling to ask why she was among just four New Yorkers who donated more than $500 to strip gay Californians from their right to marry, she responded, "Artists are not in the habit of imposing ideological conformity on one another or demanding it from others. Moreover, regard for individual gay persons does not require assent to a politicized assault on bedrock social reality and the common good." Now that she's had time to collect her thoughts, Mullarkey shares her experience of being on the receiving end of everyone calling for her head.

 

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