April 1st, 2009

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This just in: Obama returns home to TARDIS



Barack Obama arrives in Downing Street for G20 talks with Gordon Brown

Barack Obama arrived in Downing Street this morning for talks with Gordon Brown as both the UK and the US faced demands from other world leaders calling for significant progress on financial regulation at tomorrow's G20 summit.

The president, who was accompanied by his wife Michelle, was driven up to the door of No 10 shortly after 8am, where he was greeted by Brown and his wife, Sarah.

Unusually, Obama was cheered by Downing Street staff as he went inside for breakfast and talks with the prime minister. The two leaders will later hold a news conference at around 10am.

More at the source. New York Times has a similarly well written out article.

It's like a spy movie--you don't know who the bad guys are and the mastermind won't diaf already.

Hersh: Cheney ‘Left A Stay Behind’ In Obama’s Government, Can ‘Still Control Policy Up To A Point’

In an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday, host Terry Gross asked investigative journalist Seymour Hersh if, as he continues to investigate the Bush administration, “more people” were “coming forward” to talk to him now that “the president and vice president are no longer in power.” Hersh replied that though “a lot of people that had told me in the last year of Bush, ‘call me next, next February,’ not many people had talked to him. He implied that they were still scared of Cheney.

“Are you saying that you think Vice President Cheney is still having a chilling effect on people who might otherwise be coming forward,” asked Gross. “I’ll make it worse,” answered Hersh, adding that he believes Cheney “put people back” in government to “stay behind” in order to “tell him what’s going on” and perhaps even “do sabotage”


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Obama Depressed, Distant Since 'Battlestar Galactica' Series Finale



Obama told aides he feels "like a cylon without a Resurrection Ship."

WASHINGTON—According to sources in the White House, President Barack Obama has been uncharacteristically distant and withdrawn ever since last month's two-hour series finale of Battlestar Galactica.

"The president seems to be someplace else lately," said one high-level official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Yesterday we were all being briefed on the encroachment of Iranian drone planes into Iraq, when he just looked up from the table and blurted out, 'What am I supposed to watch on Fridays at 10 p.m. now? Numb3rs?'"

"I haven't seen him this upset since Admiral Adama realized that Earth was actually an uninhabitable wasteland," the official continued. "Or at least that's what he told me. I don't actually watch the show. It's not really my thing."

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Glenn Beck: Obama = Edward Cullen

No, this is not an April Fool's joke. It really happened:

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Fresh from his front-page profile in The New York Times, Fox News Channel wonder-boy Glenn Beck really revved it up on his late-afternoon live show today. He spent his first segment unfurling a bloody metaphor for President Obama's economic policy. Asking his audience if it had seen the movie Twilight, he said it was about vampires, and "once they get their fangs in the neck, they can't stop sucking." He then showed a Twilight movie poster... but altered, with Obama's face pasted over that of star Robert Pattinson as the vamp Edward Cullen.

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The GOP's Alternative Budget

Today, the House of Representatives will consider two budget plans that represent dramatically different visions for our nation's future.

We will first consider President Barack Obama's plan. To be clear, this is no ordinary budget. In a nutshell, the president and Democratic leaders in Congress are attempting to bring about the third and final great wave of progressivism, building on top of the New Deal and the Great Society. So America is placed in a special moment in our history -- brought about by the deep recession, Mr. Obama's ambitious agenda, and the pending fiscal tidal-wave of red ink brought forward by the looming insolvency of our entitlement programs. If this agenda comes to pass, it will mark this period in history as the moment America turned European.

House Republicans will offer an alternative plan. This too is no ordinary budget. As the opposition party, we believe this moment must be met by offering the American people a different way forward -- one based on our belief that America is an exceptional nation, and we want to keep it that way. Our budget applies our country's enduring first principles to the problems of our day. Rather than attempting to equalize the results of peoples' lives and micromanaging their affairs, we seek to preserve our system of protecting our natural rights and equalizing opportunity for all.

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Feds seek to reverse Ted Stevens' conviction

Feds seek to reverse Ted Stevens' conviction

The Justice Department asked a judge Wednesday to toss out the corruption conviction of former Sen. Ted Stevens because prosecutors withheld evidence from his defense team.

The department is abandoning a hard-fought victory that had turned into an embarrassment. The prosecutors who handled the trial have been removed from the case and their conduct is under investigation.

The case cost Stevens the Alaska seat he had held since 1968.
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U.S & Russia Agree To Reduce Nuke Count

Dear Obama, if you ever need to look really tall, just go stand next to Medvedev!
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U.S., Russia Agree To Reduce Nuke Count

(CBS/AP) The United States and Russia have reached a deal to reopen nuclear disarmament talks, to "pursue" a reduction in the number of warheads held by both countries.

The two countries will embark on the first major arms discussions since 1997.

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced the talks on Wednesday after their first meeting, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in London, site of the G20 summit. Both countries want to reduce the number of warheads, but no firm number has been reached.

"We agreed to pursue new and verifiable reductions in our strategic offensive arsenals in a step-by-step process, beginning by replacing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with a new, legally-binding treaty," said a joint U.S.-Russian statement released by the White House after the two men met in London.

"We are instructing our negotiators to start talks immediately on this new treaty and to report on results achieved in working out the new agreement by July."

The leaders agreed to craft a replacement for the expiring 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which limited the world's two largest nuclear arsenals to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads, known as START, before it expires on Dec. 5.

CBS News White House correspondent Peter Maer reported earlier that, according to an administration source, Wednesday's meeting between Mr. Obama and Medvedev was a scene-setter for a formal U.S.-Russian summit as early as this summer.

During their meeting Wednesday, Mr. Obama accepted an invitation from Medvedev to visit Moscow in July.
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The White House official told CBS News that Wednesday's meeting was all about gauging "dynamics" between the two men.

"With the START Treaty expiring in December, the agreement between President Obama and President Medvedev to begin negotiations for a new strategic arms reduction pact ensures that the G20 meeting ends with an accomplishment," says CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk, "regardless of the preceived limits of the final communique to come out of the summit."

Mr. Obama's administration has reached out to Russia during its first two months in power, trying to repair a rift that emerged over the United States' plan to build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe that Moscow vehemently opposes. Mr. Obama called a new arms control treaty push "a good place to start" in rebuilding a partnership with Russia.

Answering questions at a news conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Mr. Obama lamented tensions and "drift" between Moscow and Washington in recent years. He told reporters that "I have no interest in papering those over," but also said the two countries share many interests, including reducing the threat of terrorism and stabilizing the world economy.

"Both sides of the Atlantic understand that, as much as the constant cloud of nuclear warfare has receded, that the presence of these deadly weapons continues to be the gravest threat to humanity," Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama said his country wanted to "press the reset button," a phrase that has been used by other top members of his administration - initially by Vice President Joe Biden - in addressing U.S.-Russian relations.

The Kremlin has made clear it believes it is up to Washington to open the effort with concessions.

U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated in recent years to their lowest point since the early 1980s.

Mr. Obama has indicated less enthusiasm than predecessor George W. Bush for a proposed U.S. missile defense system based in Eastern Europe, an idea that has enraged Russia.

http://www.wbbm780.com/U-S---Russia-Agree-To-Reduce-Nuke-Count/4124576
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Michele Bachmann continues valiant fight against something that wasn't going to happen anyway

Bachmann Talks Up Anti-Global Money Amendment, Gets 30 Cosponsors By Eric Kleefeld - April 1, 2009, 11:36AM

Or, more evidence that Congresswoman Bachmann suffers from histrionic personality disorder

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Glenn Beck's TV show yesterday, to talk up her proposed constitutional amendment to stop the Obama administration from replacing the dollar with a global currency

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I think Bachmann knows that she's misrepresenting the proposal that's actually on the table (which has also been rejected by the administration) but she's having too much fun being on teevee all the time.

More: Opposition to this non-existent threat has popular approval

I find myself inclined to approve Bachmann's advocacy of this boondoggle. Demonizing a currency change takes up TV time that might otherwise be spent demonizing gays or other people who can be hurt by these antics. And at least she's not calling for Revolution at the moment.
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'Joe’ the ‘Plumber’ Campaigning Against Employee Free Choice, Hasn’t Read Bill

by Seth Michaels, Apr 1, 2009

This seems like it should be an April Fool’s joke, but it’s not: Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who’s on a tour of Pennsylvania as a spokesman against the Employee Free Choice Act, apparently took the job without even knowing what it is he opposes.

So, let’s sum up: corporate front group “Americans for Prosperity” (AFP) has hired “Joe the Plumber” to be the face of their anti-Employee Free Choice Act campaign, which would be great, except that not only is he neither a licensed plumber nor named “Joe,” he doesn’t even particularly know what he’s advocating against. And after two days of being confronted by real plumbers, Wurzelbacher ran away from Pennsylvania, leaving his tour unfinished.
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edit: pic fixed! LoL, i thought i'd found a professional portrait of him going for a more polished look.

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Kathy Griffin Rails at Gay Marriage Foes: 'What the Fuck is it to You?'

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A Proposition 8 protest march which began Wednesday in Berkeley and began with 30-40 marchers finished up at the California State Capitol in Sacramento yesterday. The protestors, who numbered about 150 at the rally yesterday, received support from D-List comedienne Kathy Griffin, who showed up (with D-List cameras rolling) to condemn same-sex marriage foes as only she can.

Griffin Said Griffin: "I've got a few questions for those who supported Proposition 8. My question is a very profound one. What the fuck is it to you?...Why are people in this state, when we have so many things on our plate, we have a fiscal disaster going on, why does anyone even wasting their time with this issue? Why does anyone even care if gay people get married?...You would never in a million years go up to a person of color and say 'well, you know I hear that Black people want to get married now. I mean, it's fine if they live together." You would cringe, would you not? 'I hear that Mexicans want to vote! There goes the neighborhood!' Right? It would sound absolutelly silly. And yet, across the state, people are having dinner conversations saying, 'well, do gay people really have the right to get married?' Yes! Domestic union, domestic partnership is not the same."

Griffin then said she was channeling the spirit of Sally Field in Norma Rae, saying her friends call her "Norma Gay," and held up a sign with the word "union" (which Rae worked to organize)scratched out and the word "marriage" written above it.

 

 

 


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March 30, 2009

Bush Put All Your Pension Reserves Into Stocks Just As They Started Dropping

-- by Dave Johnson

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is the federal agency that insures YOUR pension. It collects insurance premiums from all the private pensions, and holds them in reserve to cover some of the losses if things go bad so you get at least some of your money.

But under Bush, they decided -- just as the stock market started to drop -- to put most of the money into stocks. It had been in bonds. See Pension insurer shifted to stocks - The Boston Globe,

Just months before the start of last year's stock market collapse, the federal agency that insures the retirement funds of 44 million Americans departed from its conservative investment strategy and decided to put much of its $64 billion insurance fund into stocks.
This wasn't stupid -- it was most likely a way to enrich certain friends of The Party, buying from them just as the bottom fell out. We need to look at the specific beneficiaries of this money to find out.


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Police Officer in Moats Case Resigns

Police Officer in Moats Case Resigns

The Dallas police officer who kept NFL running back Ryan Moats from seeing his dying mother-in-law reportedly has resigned.


The officer, Robert Powell, resigned today, his attorney told the Associated Press.
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Dallas officer who detained Ryan Moats wishes he had acted differently

The Dallas police officer who has received national criticism for detaining an NFL player as his mother-in-law was dying said Monday that he wishes he had handled the situation differently.

Officer Robert Powell, who publicly apologized last week for adding to the family's grief, explained what he wishes he had done instead.

"If I were in that situation again, I would take them inside and let them be with their mother, which is where they needed to be," Powell told KTVT (Channel 11).
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Stephen Colbert Rips Apart Glenn Beck: Building His Career On 9/11

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/01/stephen-colbert-rips-apar_n_181673.html

Stephen Colbert ripped apart Fox News host (and New York Times cover boy) Glenn Beck Tuesday night, mocking his 9-12 project, meant to conjure the spirit of compassion and camaraderie Americans felt on September 12, 2001.

"We weren't told how to behave that day after 9/11, we just knew," Beck says to describe the project. "It was right, it was the opposite of what we feel today. Are you ready to be the person you were that day after 9/11, on 9/12?"

"Ready!" Colbert shouted, decked out in a gas mask, holding a gun, and wearing adult diapers.

Colbert then used a classic "Daily Show," exposing the hypocrisy of Beck's 9-12 project by highlighting comments he made on September 9, 2005.

"This is horrible to say, and I wonder if I'm alone in this," Beck said on his radio program that day, "you know it took me about a year to start hating the 9/11 victims' families? I don't hate all of them. I hate probably about 10 of them. But when I see a 9-11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh, shut up!' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining. And we did our best for them."

"The 9-12 project is not for families directly affected by 9/11, just people building their careers on it," Colbert said.

Colbert went on to mock Beck's now infamous tendency to cry, and to launch his own "democratic experiment, the 10-31 project."

"It will be scare and balanced!" he joked.

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Gordon Brown and Barack Obama at their joint press conference



Barack Obama today hailed the 'extraordinary affinity and kinship' the U.S. shares with Britain as he heaped praise on Gordon Brown during his first official visit to the UK.

The U.S. President noted the Prime Minister's leadership over the economic crisis and declared that the world owed him a 'debt of gratitude'.

Mr Obama also revealed his excitement at meeting the Queen later today, who he praised for her 'decency and civility'.
And he stressed the importance of having Britain as a close ally as he reminded world leaders of the urgency of reaching agreement at tomorrow's G20 summit.

After a two-hour breakfast meeting, the two leaders stood side by side at a press conference and exchanged fulsome tributes before the world's media.'You are to be congratulated, because you have shown extraordinary energy and leadership and initiative in laying the groundwork for the summit,' Mr Obama said.

'All of us owe Prime Minister Brown an extraordinary debt of gratitude for his preparations on what I believe will be an historic and essential meeting of the G20 nations.'
 

The President added that he was pleased his first overseas trip was to Britain and with Mr Brown because the 'special relationship' was so vital.

'The thing I love about Great Britain is its people. there's just an extraordinary affinity and kinship which we have.
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We owe so much to England that when you come here there's that sense of familiarity as well as differences that makes it just a special place,' he said.

He added: 'The United States and the United Kingdom have stood together through thick and thin, through war and peace, through hard times and prosperity. We have always emerged stronger through standing together.'

The two countries were bound together by a 'kinship of ideals', he explained, and had a relationship that must be 'constantly renewed'.

The President revealed he had also met the Browns' two young sons and had a chat with them about dinosaurs before getting down to more tricky subjects with their father.

Asked how he felt about meeting the Queen this afternoon, he said was he and his wife were 'very much looking forward' to it.

'I think in the imagination of people throughout America, what the Queen stands for - her decency and her civility - and what she represents is very important,' he told reporters.

Turning to the G20, he stressed the 'urgency of action' that is needed at tomorrow's summit of world leaders.

'Make no mistake, we are facing the most severe economic crisis since World War Two, and the global economy is now so fundamentally interlinked that we can only meet this challenge together,' he said.

He urged families not to 'short change the future for fear of the present' and have the confidence to spend now to boost the economy.

'The United States is committed, working alongside the United Kingdom, to do whatever it takes to stimulate growth and demand, and ensure that a crisis like this never happens again.'
 



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Riot Cops go in as G20 protesters storm bank.

Police attempt to subdue the crowds near the Bank of England, during the G20 protests in the centre of London

Riot police have been sent in after G20 demonstrators attacked a uniformed officer and stormed a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland in central London.

Protesters smashed windows at the RBS building and clambered inside.

Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said he had seen police CCTV pictures of the demonstrators removing equipment and starting a small fire.

Police on foot backed up by a line of mounted officers lined up outside the branch as smoke bombs were thrown by a baying crowd.
Earlier, a protester hit an officer with a large pole during large-scale protests ahead of the G20 summit of world leaders.

Anger at bankers' role in the global economic downturn and frustration at slow progress in tackling climate change prompted thousands to take to the streets in the capital.

Four protest marches converged on the Bank of England after setting off along separate routes as helicopters circled overhead.

A group of officers was forced to retreat behind metal crowd barriers outside the Bank, apparently because of the crush of the crowd in front of them.

Missiles - including fruit - were thrown towards police as red smoke rose above the crowd.

One protester, who was bleeding from a wound to his head, was seen shouting at police officers who had formed a line in front of them.
Another demonstrator dressed in black then ran forward and hit an officer with a pole.

Sky News Online's Alex Watts, at the scene, said police cordoned off the area where the attack took place.
He said some 50 officers ran in and made arrests.

Scuffles also broke out between police and demonstrators near the Corn Exchange.

Sky's Ian Woods spoke to people who said they wanted to go home but were not being allowed to leave the area.

Earlier, City workers leaned out of windows and waved £10 notes at demonstrators on the streets below, who responded with jeers and shouts.

Protesters set up tents outside the European Climate Exchange for a camp aimed at demonstrating their dissatisfaction with the global approach to tackling climate change.

One of them told Sky News he and his friend had travelled from opposite ends of the country, and hoped to use "peaceful resistance" to stay there for 24 hours.

Another protester, unemployed Adam Lambert, 25, of Finsbury Park, north London, said: "I'm here with the Stop the War Coalition because we think the G20 are not representing the ordinary people in the world.

"We think they are representing the rich.

"Every day we hear of billions being given to bankers and billions are being spent on wars.

"We want to demonstrate today to say we are not going to put up with this and the G20 should represent us.

"I think people are angry and they want to show their anger."

Many shops and businesses closed for the day, while those that remained open braced for violence.

Many City traders dressed down to avoid confrontation with demonstrators, swapping their suits for casual clothes.

Some were told to stay at home, others that they should bring lunch with them to the office.

Simon Denham, head of City finance firm Capital Spreads, told Online: "(It was) an extraordinary trip into work today - not a suit in sight as just about everyone who works in the City, or at least those who haven't stayed at home, came in wearing just jeans and a shirt."



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Obama Gives The Queen An iPod, She Gives Him A Picture Of Herself



President Obama gave Queen Elizabeth an iPod during their private meeting at Buckingham Palace, the BBC reports. "It contains footage of her state visit to the US in May 2007. The Queen has given the president a silver framed photograph of herself and her husband. The official picture is what she gives all visiting dignitaries."

The gift exchange was closely watched, the Wall Street Journal reports, "ever since the British press took high exception to the modest presents the Obamas gave Gordon Brown and wife on their visit to the White House last month: a box set of DVDs, allegedly in the wrong format, and a couple of models of Marine One for the Brown boys."

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Sweden's Parliament Approves Same Sex Marriage

Sweden's Parliament Approves Gay Marriage (source)

"(CNN) — Sweden’s parliament voted “yes” on Wednesday to allow same-sex marriage, according to the parliament’s Web site.

Previously, two people of the same sex could register their partnership, but with this vote, sex will no longer matter when two people want to get married.

The new “sex-neutral” law will take effect on May 1.

Couples who already had a registered partnership can now either stay in that union or transform it into a marriage if they wish, the Web site said.

The “yes” votes numbered 261, while 22 members of parliament voted “no” and 16 chose not to vote."
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Glenn Beck: I was wrong. We’re not marching to socialism, we’re marching toward fascism.

For almost a year, Glenn Beck has been warning with increasing panic that America is headed toward socialism. Tonight, he issued a correction: “They” are not marching the United States toward socialism, Beck explained, but actually fascism:
It all adds up to me, having to admit that I was wrong. Our government is not marching down the road towards communism or socialism. … But now I have to tell you that they’re not marching us that direction. They’re marching us to a non-violent fascism. Or to put it another way, they’re marching us to 1984. Big Brother. … Like it or not, fascism is on the rise.
Though Beck claimed he didn’t mean “Adolf Hitler kind of fascism” and that he was talking about “fascism with a happy face,” he illustrated his point with more than a minute’s worth of Nazi footage, played dramatically on the full screen behind him. Watch it:
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Angie Harmon: Republicans "Don't Point Fingers" And "Have Class"

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Angie Harmon gave a lengthy interview to Foxnews.com, and today part two is online, including Harmon's thoughts on the Republican party.

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CLASS? I don't call half of what Republicans have done lately classy. Spreading lies about how Obama palled around with terrorists is classy? The reaction on Election night during McCain's speech? How, pray tell, is that classy, you dumb broad? Can you name one instance of the Republicans acting 'classy?'
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MSNBC Holy Trinity: Rachel, Keith and... Ed Schultz!

MSNBC gives radio host Ed Schultz the 6pm slot
And don't worry David Shuster fans- he will be getting an earlier time slot and 2 full hours.

MSNBC is adding another liberal voice to it’s evening line-up: The network has hired radio host Ed Schultz to take over the 6 p.m. spot currently held by David Shuster.

A network source confirms the move, and it’s expected that Keith Olbermann will make an announcement toward the end of “Countdown” tonight—he gave a couple hints at the start of the show. (Schultz, on his website, mentioned appearing on "Countdown" later).

The New York Observer recently reported that Schultz was negotiating with MSNBC, but it was unclear whether it was for 6pm, 10pm or another time altogether. News of Schultz' move first broke earlier on Salon.

Recently, Schultz guest-hosted "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," so there have been rumors the radio host was being groomed for that time. As for the 10pm slot, MSNBC president Phil Griffin said this week that despite interest from several liberal hosts, the network plans to continue running the "Countdown" repeat for the immediate future.

Schultz received some attention during Obama's first East Room presser when he was given a seat in the front row. And having been asked about it by POLITICO, Schultz fired back the next day on his radio show.

www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0409/MSNBC_gives_Schultz_the_6pm_slot_.html

Ed Schultz is the guy who stormed off the Morning Joe set during the election (skip to about 2:30):

More Ed Schultz on during the primaries:


I think this is awesome.  MSNBC is going after the Southern Democrat crowd!  Ed Schultz's Wiki describes his radio show as, 'The Ed Schultz Show, a nationally syndicated U.S. talk radio show promising "straight talk from the heartland" from a "gun-totin', red meat-eatin' lefty.'
  Schultz considers himself a "progressive liberal".  As such, his talk show is generally considered to be a liberal-leaning program. He is pro-union and centers a large portion of his radio show on the "plight of working class Americans". He has also repeatedly stated that he is a liberal Democrat willing to change political parties upon necessity.

Is anyone in the UK really talking about this?



The Queen and Mrs. Obama: Did the First Lady Break Protocol?


The rules are set in stone, and so the eagerly watching British media sputtered when the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, briefly put her hand on the back of Queen Elizabeth II as the two chatted at a reception. Etiquette is quite stern about this ("Whatever you do, don't touch the Queen!"). In 2007 John Howard, then Prime Minister of Australia, got plenty of criticism for apparently putting his arm around the Queen to direct her through a crowd. He denied actually touching her, but photographs suggest that he came quite close. (Another former Australian Prime Minister did put his hand on the Queen in a similar circumstance and was later branded "the Lizard of Oz.")

Of course, there are corollaries to this. One must certainly touch the Queen if the monarch offers her hand (though you should return this not with a firm handshake but just a touch). On Wednesday, Michelle Obama put her hand on the Queen only after the Queen had placed her own hand on the First Lady's back as part of their conversation.

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The False Darfur 'Genocide' Numbers

 

Headlined In Defense of Genocide the neoconned WaPo editors condemn the Arab league for hosting Sudan's President Bashir while at the same time accusing Israel of war-crimes. The polemic includes this sentence:
T]he United Nations has reported more than 300,000 civilian deaths in Darfur as a result of the genocidal campaign sponsored by Mr. Bashir.
There are three false claims in this one sentence. As these false claims are often repeated from the far right to the interventionist left, let me try to dispel them once and for all.
  1. The number of 300,000 is false.
  2. The UN did not 'report' that number.
  3. There was no genocide in Darfur.
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I was "twatted" (:p) the link to this piece and thought I'd share. I'm not sure how much of this is true, but its certainly an interesting matter to look into. Source: http://www.moonofalabama.org/2009/04/the-false-darfur-genocide-numbers.html