March 26th, 2009

What Would You Do? Racism In Retail & Realty/Denying Birth Control

The other WWYD post was quite popular so I figured I'd post the other socio-political ones I found on their website from recent episodes. The first one is about treatment of blacks in upscale stores, the second is about a realtor trying to convince blacks not to move into a predominantly white neighborhood, the third is about a pharmacist performing his "moral duty" and denying birth control to a 16 year old girl with a prescription.

All I can say is...."Black Card." O___O

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~*FRED SMITH 2012*~..!

$6.7 billion threat: FedEx warns lawmakers over union legislation

FedEx could cancel contracts for $6.7 billion in American-made planes if Congress makes it easier for unions to organize the delivery giant's workers.

In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday, the Memphis-based delivery company disclosed that future commitments to buy Boeing 777s are contingent on FedEx Express' continued coverage by the Railway Labor Act.

The disclosure serves as a warning to lawmakers seeking to put FedEx Express workers under the National Labor Relations Act, a move seen as helping the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and rival UPS.

"It's FedEx political hardball at its finest," said analyst Donald Broughton of Avondale Partners in St. Louis.

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Idk if any of you have heard about this, but it's rapidly becoming a huuuuge deal and dividing line here in Memphis ( where FedEx's global headquarters is located ). To union vs. no union. A lot of the comments at source are: "Yeah! Git 'r done, Mr. Smith! Way to show that BOY in the White House what's for. Keep government out of our businesses! ~*Fred Smith 2012!*~" WARNING: Reading comments at the source could potentially be bad for your intelligence and health. While there are some intelligent, articulate, sane people.. they run few and far between.
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Maury, where you at?

DNA tests show boy-dad Alfie Patten is NOT the daddy

By Euan Stretch 26/03/2009

The schoolboy alleged to have become a dad aged 12 is not the baby’s father, the Mirror can reveal.

Alfie Patten, now 13, had a £300 DNA test after half a dozen boys claimed to have slept with schoolgirl pal Chantelle Stedman, 15.

It proved the 4ft-tall pupil was not the father of her seven-week-old girl Maisie Roxanne.

The result will be a blow to Alfie who was “devastated” by the boys’ claims and “adored” Maisie.

He was convinced he was the dad after a single night of unprotected sex with Chantelle.

Before he took the test, he said: “I didn’t know about DNA tests before but mum explained it’s when they do a swab in your mouth and it tells if you’re the dad. So if I have it, they can all shut up.”

His mum Nicole, 43, added at the time: “It had not even crossed Alfie’s mind whether Chantelle had not been faithful to him. He’s absolutely devastated that these lads say they slept with her.”

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Texas senate okays bill allowing guns, ammo in cars at work

AUSTIN — Texans would be allowed to stow their guns and ammo inside their locked cars or trucks while at work and parked on employer property under a controversial bill passed Wednesday by the state Senate.

The Senate voted 31-0 to prohibit employers from enforcing restrictions against employees possessing a legally owned handgun or ammunition inside a locked vehicle while in a company parking lot. Firearms and ammo must be stored out of sight.

“Here in Texas people like their firearms and … if they want to bring them to the workplace they are going to do it whether there’s an employee policy against it or not,” said state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, the measure’s author.

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Oh my god. Really, guys? I-you--for fuck's sake...Seriously, they meet every other year for about six months and this is the kind of crap the Legislature is focusing on? This is just freaking great. Let's make it nice and convenient for the nut job who just got fired to shoot up his place of employment. And this passed unanimously!

Thanks Texas for continuing to gleefully embrace all of your worst stereotypes. This is right up there with the law that allows for concealed weapons in churches, nursing homes, and amusement parks.

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Republican Missouri State Representative likens state funded health care to slavery

Question of the day: how is children's health care like slavery?

Hands down, the most repulsive comments of last night's debate on the House floor came from Representative Rob Schaaf (R-St Joseph), who said that providing health care to poor children through SCHIP is just like slavery.


When government forces a person to work and pay the fruit of their hard earned labor and gives it to the benefit of someone else -- and we have proof people who have SCHIP program can, because they pay the premium now -- that is slavery. That is what it is.

For some context, this is the program that Schaaf says would enslave Missourians:

Nixon and the House Democrats had proposed eliminating premiums for enrollees whose families earned up to 225 percent of the federal poverty level — $3,975 a month for a family of four. For families earning between 225 and 300 percent of the poverty level, premiums would have been limited to $50 a month.

The changes would have provided insurance to about 20,000 more children, according to budget documents and the state Department of Social Services.

Currently, families earning more than 150 percent of the poverty level pay premiums ranging from $12 to $334 or more a month, depending on income and family size.


Audio of an exchange between Schaaf and Rep. Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City) where she calls out his crappy remarks and he defends them:

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Westboro Baptist Church thanks God for North Dakota’s flooding

Westboro Baptist Church thanks God for North Dakota’s flooding:

The Westboro Baptist Church, whose members tour the country protesting at military funerals because they claim America is tolerant of homosexuality, is thanking God for record flooding in North Dakota.

“God sent the flood waters to cover the evil people of Bismarck and Fargo, ND, where you flipped off God and raised your hands against His anointed by criminalizing WBC’s gospel preaching against” gays and their supporters, declared a statement released Wednesday by the church, which is in Topeka, Kan.

The statement referred to House Bill 1040, a North Dakota state law passed in January 2007 that bars protestors from getting within 300 feet of a funeral. That law was aimed at the Westboro Baptists and its members, who protest because they believe soldiers’ deaths are God’s punishment for America’s support of gays.


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NY man charged with freezing mom, cashing checks

15 hours ago

COLCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man has been accused of stashing his 98-year-old mother's dead body in a freezer in their home so he could keep cashing her Social Security checks.

State police say they discovered Herta Auslander's body in a freezer chest in October after receiving a tip she had died more than a year earlier. An autopsy concluded she died of natural causes.

Police say 69-year-old Roland Auslander eluded capture for months but was arrested Wednesday following a stakeout at his home in the Delaware County hamlet of Cooks Falls, about 100 miles northwest of New York City. They say he's charged with grand larceny, unlawful disposal of human remains and forgery for faking his mother's signature.

He's jailed and can't be reached for comment. Police say they don't know if he has a lawyer.


Omg this reminds me of that creepy episode of Desperate Housewives.


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Obama on pot legalization

The White House's innovative Open for Questions forum has produced plenty of substantive questions on wonky issues. But roughly midway through, the president preemptively took one of the more popular and provocative questions of the bunch.

The query, which received more than three million votes, was: "With over 1 out of 30 Americans controlled by the penal system, why not legalize, control, and tax marijuana to change the failed war on drugs into a money making, money saving boost to the economy? Do we really need that many victimless criminals?"

Obama actually interrupted the M.C of the event -- Jared Bernstein, chief economist to the Vice President -- in order to tackle the topic. He kept his answer brief.

"There was one question that voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation," he said. "And I don't know what this says about the online audience, but ... this was a popular question. We want to make sure it's answered. The answer is no, I don't think that's a good strategy to grow our economy. All right."

Responded Bernstein: "Thank you for clearing that up."

Video at source

What the hell kind of answer is that?

....what is going on in Tennessee

'Saggy Pants Bill' slouches over first legislative hurdle

This is one of those issues where you either think both sides are right or you wonder whether there aren't more pressing matters to debate.

A pair of Memphis legislators argued Wednesday over whether a bill to fine people who wear their pants so low they expose their underwear amounts to "legislating fashion" or "legislating decency and hygiene."

The "Saggy Pants Bill" makes it a misdemeanor to "knowingly wear pants below the waistline, in a public place, in a manner that exposes the person's underwear or bare buttocks." It defines underwear as "clothing worn between the skin and outer layer of clothing, including but not limited to boxer shorts and thongs."
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Crash pilot who paused to pray is convicted

A Tunisian pilot who paused to pray instead of taking emergency measures before crash-landing his plane, killing 16 people, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court along with his co-pilot.

The 2005 crash at sea off Sicily left survivors swimming for their lives, some clinging to a piece of the fuselage that remained floating after the ATR turbo-prop aircraft splintered upon impact.

A fuel-gauge malfunction was partly to blame but prosecutors also said the pilot succumbed to panic, praying out loud instead of following emergency procedures and then opting to crash-land the plane instead trying to reach a nearby airport.

Another five employees of Tuninter, a subsidiary of Tunisair, were sentenced to between eight and nine years in jail by the court, in a verdict handed down Monday.

The seven accused, who were not in court, will not spend time in jail until the appeals process has been exhausted.


Thoughts, ONTD_P? I think that he should be tried on the fact that he completely eschewed emergency preparations and ended up killing sixteen people rather than because he was performing a religious act.
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"I'm no Alexander the Great, says Barack Obama".

March 26, 2009 12:50pm | US PRESIDENT Barack Obama hopes to conquer Europe's political stage next week, but even his most ardent admirers might be surprised to hear him compared to Alexander the Great.

Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, made the flattering comparison between Mr Obama and the famous ancient ruler of the Grecian Empire at a White House reception marking Greek Independence Day yesterday.

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Watch for the hilarious non-verbal exchange between Obama and Biden.

Obama and Health Care Reform: A Personal Commitment

Thursday's White House's 'Open for Questions' summit was the latest in a line of innovative mediums by which the president has communicated to and with the public. It also was one of the most personal.

At two points during the roughly hour-long session, Barack Obama offered rather intimate autobiographical anecdotes to underscore the need for -- and the administration's commitment to -- massive health care reform.


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"I still shudder when I think of those three days; how my world narrowed to a single point, and how I was not interested in anything or anybody outside the four walls of that hospital room -- not my work, not my schedule, not my future," he wrote.



"our little precious pea..." Excuse me while I melt into a puddle of goo.

Wow, I knew about his mother, but I had no idea about Sasha. No wonder he seems to have such a special relationship with her. I can't even imagine how terrifying that whole experience must have been for him and Michelle.
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City school district receives funding for Dance Dance Revolution bundles

Little Falls, N.Y. -

The Little Falls City School District recently received a $4,000 grant from the Dale Memorial Trust Fund to purchase three Dance Dance Revolution fitness bundles to accommodate large and small class sizes.

As a result, the district has a total of six metal arcade pads, 18 practice mats, 24 pedometers and three copies of the game.

Based on current plans, more than 2,500 schools are expected to use the game by the end of the decade. Born eleven years ago in the arcades of Japan, Dance Dance Revolution has become a small craze among a generation of young Americans who appear less enamored of traditional team sports than their parents were and more amenable to the personal pursuits enabled by modern technology.

As a song plays, arrows pointing one of four directions — forward, back, left and right — scroll up the screen in various sequences and combinations, requiring the player to step on the corresponding arrows on a mat on the floor.

Players can dance by themselves, with a partner or in competition.

A basic Dance Dance Revolution system, including a television and game console, can be had for less than $500, but most schools choose to spend from $70 to $800 each for more robust mats, rather than rip apart the relatively flimsy versions meant for home use.

In a study last year, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that children playing Dance Dance Revolution expended significantly more energy than children watching television and playing traditional video games.

Students at Little Falls High School just completed the unit and the equipment has moved next door to the middle school gymnasium.

The high school classes were able to choose Dance Dance Revolution or snow shoeing, while the middle school students can choose Dance Dance Revolution, wall climbing, the climbing rope or jump rope.
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Juvenile Convictions Overturned in Pennsylvania

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania wiped the slate clean on Thursday for hundreds of young people who had been sentenced by a corrupt judge.

The young people had been sent to privately run detention centers between 2003 and 2008 as part of a judicial kickback scheme that shocked Pennsylvania and the nation. The judge in the cases, Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., of Luzerne County, is one of two judges who pleaded guilty last month to wire fraud and conspiracy for taking more than $2.6 million in kickbacks.

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this is absolutely despicable!!!!!! and that fact that they're only getting 7 years is too fucking lenient for the this type of corruption that has ruined these children's lives!

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Pipe War! Plumbers Union Rips Joe The Plumber For Campaigning Against EFCA

The Plumbers Union is steaming over the news that Joe the Plumber has been enlisted by groups opposed to the Employee Free Choice Act to campaign at a number of Pennsylvania rallies against the measure.
A Plumbers Union official tells me that Joe is “selling out real plumbers.”
I checked in with Rick Terven, the political and legislative director for The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist sharing the full name.) He tore into his high-profile plumber colleague as follows:
Joe the plumber is selling out real plumbers. Right now, labor law is stacked against real plumbers. Real plumbers want and need the Employee Free Choice Act as a way to empower themselves to join a union, without fear of intimidation or losing their jobs. Joe the Plumber doesn’t speak for real plumbers.
Terven claimed that the Plumbers Union, which says it has over 300,000 members, had done a survey of non-union plumbers finding that 70% of them wanted to join a union if they could do so without fear of retribution, though I couldn’t immediately get the details of their survey.
The larger story here is the battle over who really speaks for working people on this issue — the unions, or the groups against EFCA, some of which are bankrolled by business, who claim that they oppose EFCA because it’s bad for workers.
Today the AFL-CIO slammed the Joe the Plumber events as proof that the anti-EFCA groups are whipping up “faux grassroots” opposition to the measure.

On that score, the organizers of the event, the anti-EFCA group Americans for Prosperity, still has yet to tell me whether Joe the Plumber is getting paid for his appearances.


Who didn't see this coming?


GOP Budget Proposal: Massive Tax Cut For Wealthy

House Republican leaders called a press conference Thursday to unveil their "alternative budget." While it was thin on specifics, it does include one major policy proposal: a huge tax cut for the wealthy.

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Syndicated Cartoon Enrages Anti-Defamation League

This is Pat Oliphant's latest cartoon, and it's already angered several Jewish groups according to New York's WCBS . What do you guys think?:


Poll #1372544 The Oliphant Discussion Poll

Is The Cartoon Anti-Semetic?

Yes, the cartoon is an offensive misuse of the Star of David
No because Oliphant is only criticizing the Israeli government
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A Push for Prison Reform

A follow up to my home girl schmiss's entry in Dec.

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) will launch an effort to reform the nation's prison system today at noon, his staff says, introducing a bill--the National Criminal Justice Act of 2009--that would create a bipartisan commission on reform. The commission would undertake an 18-month review of the U.S. prison system, offering recommendations at the end.

Prison reform is a difficult thing to achieve, politically. Nearly every politician wants to be perceived as "tough on crime," and suggesting that too many Americans are being incarcerated can seem to run against that. (Webb has, in fact, pointed out that the U.S. has attained the highest incarceration rate in the world.) Add tough discussions of prison conditions, inmate crime, and abuse, and it's not an easy task for a politician to undertake.

Webb has succeeded in pushing major legislation through Congress before, as his 21st Century GI Bill passed last year. And it's hard for anyone to accuse the former Navy secretary of not being "tough" enough. Reported support from Democratic leaders, President Obama, and interest from Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Arlen Specter could help him in this latest endeavor.


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Minnesota court: You needn't be driving to be guilty of DWI

Appeals court upholds conviction of man found passed out in parked car.

Daryl Fleck was drunk and asleep in his car in the parking lot of his Crookston apartment building when someone called police.
Officers who responded that night in 2007 saw his car keys on the console between the front seats, but found no evidence that Fleck, who was parked in his assigned spot, had recently driven.
Nonetheless, Fleck was convicted of drunken driving, and on Tuesday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld that conviction in a decision that serves as a reminder that a person can be guilty of drunken driving without having driven.
The appeals court said that Fleck's keys were "readily available to him," and there was no evidence he was in the car to do something other than drive. That he may not have intended to drive is "immaterial," the eight-page decision said.
Fleck's lawyer G. Tony Atwal, an assistant state public defender, said that when police came, Fleck didn't know where the keys were. Court papers said Fleck initially told police he went to the car to retrieve something, then decided to sit in the car.
State law says that any person who drives, operates or is in "physical control" of a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of more than 0.08 percent is guilty of a crime. Testing of Fleck showed an alcohol concentration of 0.18 percent, the court said.
The court cited a 1992 ruling saying that "physical control" includes situations where a drunk person is found in a parked vehicle that might be started and driven.
In trying to overturn Fleck's conviction, Atwal cited a 1984 case from Falcon Heights in which a man was found asleep in his car in his driveway at 3 a.m. He went there after a fight with his girlfriend, the court said. The difference was there was no evidence the keys were in the car.


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So, in case you missed it, CNN's Ed Henry showed up at this week's Obama press conference, having received some drunken advice from Wolf Blitzer at the Gridiron dinner that boiled down to, "Ask him three questions at once, about how dreamy Andrew Cuomo is, and why he won't get mad! Doesn't he love his daughters?" And Ed Henry attempted this, and was humbled, utterly, by a withering response from the president. So Ed Henry wrote an article for CNN that attempted to "rewrite the narrative" and "win the Ed Henry newscycle" with a long and addled alternate account of the incident, in which he was the hero and defeated the president like David Frost won the love of the cheerleader. I have already optioned Ed Henry's article for a movie I'm working on, tentatively titled Untitled Zac Efron J-School Sex Comedy.

Anyway, here's a video of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Eugene Robinson, dumping all over poor old Ed.

OLBERMANN: So, Mr. Henry has a rather sanguine view of himself! is it shared by anybody, did he win that battle of wits and we didn't notice?

ROBINSON: You know I just don't think you are going to see that analysis being picked up very widely. I mean, look, it's like guarding Kobe Bryant. He comes down and does a reverse 360 windmill tomahawk jam in your face, the ball actually hits you in the face on the way down, and then picking yourself up off the court and acknowledging the cheers of the crowd. I mean, dude, you just got owned. Dude, the guy just made you his companion.

I guess this means that President Obama sexually assaulted Ed Henry at a hotel in Eagle, Colorado.

Anyway, I wouldn't talk so big, NBCers. It's not like your guy exactly distinguished himself, with this awesome question.


It is total LOLZ to hear Keith go "OH SNAP!!" and Eugene Robinson say "Oh no he didn't" and Ed got "OWNED" by President Obama!


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Reporter Asks Gibbs About Question Selection And Teleprompter, Gibbs Goes Insane

you can watch here at wapo
Hey does anyone know what the hell is going on with the media? Did all professional journalistic reporters catch idiot cancer overnight? Here we have the Washington Post’s Lois Romano, a fine reporter usually (we guess?), landing an interview with Robert Gibbs. A GOOD JOURNALISTIC OPPORTUNITY. And the two questions she asks immediately… well you know what those are going to be, don’t you?

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Cop delays son racing to see dying mom

DALLAS — Racing to see his dying mother-in-law at a Plano hospital, an NFL player found himself delayed by a Dallas officer as her life ebbed away. It's a story that has sparked outrage across North Texas and generated interest around the country.

Dallas police Chief David Kunkle faced reporters Thursday afternoon to express his embarrassment over the incident and to publicly apologize to the family. He said the officer involved failed to use common sense.

It all started in the early morning hours of March 17. With his wife and another woman in the car, Ryan Moats — a running back for the Houston Texans — sped his car toward Baylor Regional Medical Center of Plano. But when the Moats arrived at emergency room parking lot, they were stopped by Officer Robert Powell, who reportedly drew his service revolver on the concerned family members.

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TUSD probes JROTC program
By Carol Ann Alaimo
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 03.26.2009

Instructors at a local high school military program are under scrutiny for making anti-gay remarks in class and mocking President Obama, and for making teen cadets do push-ups as punishment, violating a ban on the physical disciplining of students.

The two staffers who run the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program at Catalina Magnet High School acknowledged their respective actions in recent statements to school officials, records show.

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The complaint letter is also available at the source.

California to reduce carbon emissions by... banning black cars?!

Mar 25th 2009 at 2:58PM
by Jeremy Korzeniewski
In a move that will likely get California's consumers in a huff, impending legislation may soon restrict the paint color options for Golden State residents looking for their next new vehicle. The specific colors that are currently on the chopping block are all dark hues, with the worst offender seemingly the most innocuous color you could think of: Black. What could California possibly have against these colors, you ask? Apparently, the California Air Resources Board figures that the climate control systems of dark colored cars need to work harder than their lighter siblings – especially after sitting in the sun for a few hours. Anyone living in a hot, sunny climate will tell you that this assumption is accurate, of course. In fact, legislation already exists for buildings that has proven successful at reducing the energy consumption of skyscrapers.

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'Too drunk' rape trial: Man cleared

A chef has been cleared of raping a solicitor who claimed she was too drunk to consent to sex.

Peter Bacon, 26, was accused of attacking the woman after a night of heavy drinking in February last year at her house in Kent.

But he was cleared by a jury of four men and seven women at Winchester Crown Court after they deliberated for just 45 minutes.


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Now CNN is going WATB

First, it was Ed Henry's turn to go WATB in the wake getting owned by President Obama. Now, the rest of CNN is lining up for a taste:

Let's dissect CNN's report:

CHETRY: Time is ticking on President Obama's honeymoon, and even though his poll numbers are still high, there's a growing murmor of criticism. Carol Costello is tracking this story from Washington this morning.

COSTELLO: The president's approval ratings are still high, but many Americans are wary of his plan to fix the economy and that could create problems for the president down the road.
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You know what this REALLY reminds me of?

Even though I'm a liberal, I'm honest enough to admit it:

This REALLY reminds me of how the press used to react to REAGAN.


This does NOT bode well for either the GOP OR the MSM.
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And now a followup to the most important political story of the day: If You Seek Eric-gate.

Rep. Cantor speaks out on Britney concert

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor — among the unlikeliest attendees at a Britney Spears concert earlier this week in Washington — told CNN Thursday he went to the teen-dominated show for a political event, to "help the team."

"I had a political event there, and it was simply because it was there to help the team, that's why I was there," Cantor told CNN's Dana Bash.

According to a Republican aide, Cantor was specifically raising money at the concert for his political action committee, ERICPAC. The event was hosted by the Truckers Association, which has a box at the Verizon Center, where Spears was performing.

The Web site Wonkette first reported Cantor was spotted at the event, which took place as President Obama held a prime-time press conference.

Cantor told CNN the concert — part of the singer's "Circus" tour — was "quite a show."

"I hand it to the performer, she was something," he said.

The congressman also said his daughter was "really mad" he did not bring her to the concert. "She had school that day, and the next, and I wasn't going to bring her up here to miss it."


If it was for a political event then why did he claim that unspecified Senate Dems were there? HMMMMMMMMMMmmmmMmmmmmm? HOW DEEP DOES THE RABBIT HOLE GO?
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Crown Princess Mary pregnant again?

Danish newspapers have published reports on Tuesday that Crown Princess Mary and husband, Crown Prince Frederik, may be expecting their third child.

The Australian-born royal - who already has two children, Christian, three, and 23-month-old Isabella, with husband Crown Prince Frederik - says she would like to go through the joys of motherhood once more.

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- i was told to post this here instead of regular ONTD. i have no idea why, but whatever.

Wisconsin's new slogan is DOA but who cares

Criticize like you mean it but new slogan is defended by some, who say it's just a start
By Jesse Garza and Sharif Durhams of the Journal Sentinel
Mar. 16, 2009

Wisconsin's new "Live like you mean it" slogan for its new tourism logo comes about a year after the launch of its "Originality rules" brand.

But the slogan beneath the guy doing the cartwheel atop the state's name isn't exactly original - and it wasn't exactly embraced by Badger State residents who had fun parodying and lampooning the image Monday.

But the slogan itself, whether it's well-received or dissed by the people who view it, isn't going to make or break the campaign to attract tourist dollars to the state, local ad man Steve Eichenbaum said.

"It's not exactly a slogan. It's bordering on a cliché," Eichenbaum said of "Live like you mean it," which has been used for everything from selling rum to hawking self-help books.

"But slogans don't sell anything," said Eichenbaum, whose offbeat advertising campaign helped elect Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold in his first run for the U.S. Senate.

"What's going to count in this case is the meat behind the ideas for the campaign, the advertising, marketing and commercials."

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In the state's defense, it's not all bad. For example, this video by the Milwaukee Tourism Commission

I mean sure there's problems what with the contamination and Sector 21, but what can one expect when you build your city on a dead God.
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WSJ: Student-Loan Default Rate Rises

The U.S. Department of Education, demonstrating the toll the sour economy is taking on recent college graduates, reported a jump in the student-loan default rate to 6.9%, from 5.2% a year earlier.

Raising the stakes for consumers and taxpayers, the amount that students are borrowing for their education has been increasing dramatically in recent years, with half a trillion dollars in federal student loan debt now outstanding.

Robert Shireman, a senior adviser to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, says he expects the default rate, which reflects the early part of the recession, to continue to rise. "When people are facing a job loss, figuring out how to pay their student loan is not No. 1 on their list," he said.

Mr. Shireman said the department will step up efforts to notify borrowers about alternatives to default. Starting in July, for example, borrowers will be able to start making smaller payments if they have lower incomes.
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The Real Republican Road to Recovery
by Nate Silver

The Republican Road to Recovery" budget alternative, rolled out today by John Boehner, has been criticized by left and right for its lack of specificity and its promise to eliminate the national debt while significantly cutting taxes., however, has received an advance copy of additional details prepared by the Minority Leader's office. Although some elements of the proposal are still under discussion -- Eric Cantor is said to want to eliminate North Dakota rather than Idaho, while Thaddeus McCotter has suggested using the balance of TARP funds to purchase scratch-off tickets -- the final plan can be expected to contain most or all of these components.