April 8th, 2009

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Red Cross says doctors helped CIA "torture"

MIAMI (Reuters) - Health workers violated medical ethics when they helped interrogate terrorism suspects who were tortured at secret CIA prisons overseas, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

The medical workers, thought to be doctors and psychologists, monitored prisoners while they were mistreated at CIA prisons and advised interrogators whether to continue, adjust or halt the abuse, the ICRC said in a report based on interviews with 14 prisoners in 2007.

One prisoner alleged that medical personnel monitored his blood oxygen levels while he was subjected to waterboarding, a simulated drowning designed to induce panic and widely considered to be torture, the ICRC said.

Other prisoners said that as they stood shackled with their arms chained above their heads, a doctor regularly measured the swelling in their legs and signaled when they should be allowed to sit down.

The ICRC interviewed 14 men who had been held in secret CIA prisons overseas before being sent to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2006.

The 14 are considered by the United States to be "high-value" al Qaeda suspects who plotted or carried out mass murders, including the September 11 attacks and the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings. They had been held by the CIA, most for more than three years, in extreme isolation and had not been allowed contact with each other when the ICRC interviewed them at Guantanamo in November 2007.

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This is so disgusting. How is this not a bigger news story? I saw it at the very bottom of Google News.

Paul Krugman on Rachel Maddow yesterday

Krugman comes on at about 4:12



According to VOXeu.org, the current US economic crisis is on track to be worse than The Great Depression.


HuffPo echoes this sentiment: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/07/global-economic-shock-wor_n_184283.html


And Bloomberg, using the Labor Department's "U-6" unemployment/underemployment data, says the US un- and under-employment rate is almost 16%: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=washingtonstory&sid=apllk4murp0I
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Dubya, Biden ~Bring The Heat~ on MLB opening day.



"Former commander in chief of country and Rangers still pitching"

Former President George W. Bush fired a high strike to help the Rangers open the season Monday in Arlington, Texas.

In his first big Texas appearance since moving to Dallas from the White House, Bush received a standing ovation and raucous cheers from a crowd of 49,916.

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"Biden throws the first pitch (not brickbats)"

As the Ticket reported Monday with the start of baseball season, presidents and baseball have long gone together. But with President Obama travelling in Europe (and later -- surprise! -- to Iraq), it fell to Vice President Joe Biden to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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D.C. Council Votes To Recognize Gay Nuptials Elsewhere

Decision Comes as Vermont Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

By Nikita Stewart and Tim Craig
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, April 8, 2009; A01

 

The D.C. Council unanimously voted yesterday to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere, joining a growing number of states to loosen restrictions on the unions.

The District's actions came the same day as Vermont became the fourth state to recognize same-sex marriages and a week after the Iowa Supreme Court legalized such unions. The moves generated a sense of momentum and hope among gay activists and anger among some religious and conservative groups.

The vote in the District was preliminary. Lawmakers expect a final one May 5. The District already allows domestic partnerships, and its decision was the first step in a looming battle for the city's gay marriage bill. That measure is expected to be introduced in the council soon and undoubtedly will pit the city against opponents in Congress, which has the final say in the District's legislative matters.

 

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Media Matters talk about the thoery of Neo-con Lemming Crazies

Glenn Beck and the rise of Fox News' militia media

by Eric Boehlert

After a night of drinking, followed by an early-morning argument with his mother, with whom he shared a Pittsburgh apartment, 22-year-old Richard Poplawski put on a bulletproof vest, grabbed his guns, including an AK-47 rifle, and waited for the police to respond to the domestic disturbance call his mother had placed. When two officers arrived at the front door, Poplawski shot them both in the head, and then killed another officer who tried to rescue his colleagues.

In the wake of the bloodbath, we learned that Poplawski was something of a conspiracy nut who embraced dark, radical rhetoric about America. He was convinced the government wanted to take away his guns, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Specifically, Poplawski, as one friend described it, feared "the Obama gun ban that's on the way" and "didn't like our rights being infringed upon." (FYI, there is no Obama gun ban in the works.) The same friend said the shooter feared America was "going to see the end of our times."

We learned that Poplawski hosted his own (failed) Internet radio show and that he visited the website of 9-11 conspiracy backer Alex Jones, who has been hyping the threat of a totalitarian world government for years. More recently, Jones has been warning listeners like Poplawski about The Obama Deception (that's the name of Jones' new documentary DVD) and how President Obama is bound to destroy America.

Who's Alex Jones? Even according to some conservative bloggers, the anti-government, anti-Obama talker is a "freak" who's popular with "the tin foil hat crowd." Like with Poplawski, apparently.

Grab yer tin foil hat and Read the rest here
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poor little Sasha...

2008 Tax Records Reveal Sasha Obama Made $136 In Allowance Money

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"How do you explain that not a single tax record of yours exists prior to the year 2001?" said Hatch, who along with Finance Committee members approved† $67 million for an official investigation of the young lady's blatant excess. "Don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about. You will not walk away from this, Ms. Obama."

Still reeling from the controversy of having three of his Cabinet nominees investigated for owing back taxes, President Barack Obama attempted to distance himself from this latest situation.

"I'm sorry, but I barely know this woman," Obama said during his testimony before the committee. "Apart from a few conversations we've had in the past eight years, I'd say she's a complete stranger."

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Turkish anchor wears blackface to report on Obama’s visit.

A YouTube video has popped up of a Turkish anchor wearing dark face paint when reporting on President Obama’s recent visit to the country. Jonathan Turley has a rough translation of what the anchor is saying:

Welcome, Mr. Obama. You took our hearts with your hospitality. We appreciate your kindness. We will do whatever America asks of us, as friends. Now, we ask the same of you.

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It is unclear whether this is a spoof or whether the anchor is trying to “show respect” to Obama, as others have suggested.
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"Mass. Sen. Kennedy throws Red Sox first pitch".



BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy has thrown out the first pitch at Fenway Park.

Kennedy, who is being treated for a malignant brain tumor, tossed the ceremonial pitch before Tuesday's season opener between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.

With fans cheering, Kennedy was driven onto the field by newly elected Hall of Famer Jim Rice in a golf cart.

Standing just in front of the pitching rubber, Kennedy bounced the ball in front of Rice, who was standing about five feet in front of the mound. Then Kennedy threw another pitch that the former Red Sox left fielder caught on the fly.

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A little humor from New York's 25th...

From Colbert's "Better Know a District":

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Better Know a District - New York's 25th - Dan Maffei
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This was too funny! Props to Stephen for pronouncing Palmyra correctly, I've seen History Channel specials that mess it up. And Jeopardy, too. And I have a weird sort of crush on Dan Maffei. Where are my fellow 25-ers?
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Same-sex marriage opponents target N.J. in $1.5M ad campaign



A national organization that opposes same-sex marriage is targeting New Jersey in a $1.5 million advertising campaign, launched today on broadcast and cable television.

The effort by the National Organization for Marriage was in the works before recent decisions in Iowa and Vermont allowed same-sex marriage, but those events make it more timely, said Brian Brown, the organization's executive director.

Damon Owens [pictured above] of West Orange appears in the ads airing this week by the National Organization for Marriage, a group that opposes same-sex marriage. Owens is the organization's outreach director for New Jersey.

The goal of the campaign is "activating those millions of Americans who already agree with us," Brown said this morning during a news conference in the Statehouse in Trenton.

New Jersey currently allows same-sex civil unions, but it does not permit gay couples to marry.

A commission set up to study civil unions reported last year that inequities exist between married couples and those joined by civil unions and the panel recommended New Jersey take the next step and allow same-sex marriages. Same-sex marriage legislation has already been introduced and Governor Corzine has said he would sign a same-sex marriage bill if one reaches his desk.

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Crocs on the Rocks
What sales (or lack thereof) of the rubber shoes reveal about of the economic crisis.
By Greg Beato

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Has America really lost its passion for antifungal clown clogs so quickly?

In February 2006, Crocs, Inc. raised $208 million in its IPO; it was the most successful stock market debut for a footwear company in the history of feet. In 2007, Crocs sold 30 million pairs of shoes worldwide. In October of that year, its stock price hit $75 per share, giving the company a market cap of $6 billion. In 2008, revenues declined $126 million from the previous year, with a 44 percent drop in the fourth quarter alone. A couple of weeks ago, Crocs’ auditors expressed “substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” This week, the company is scrambling to find a way to pay off a $22.4 million debt on its revolving credit line. Its stock is trading at just a little over a dollar per share.

An equally valid question — how did America develop a passion for antifungal clown clogs so quickly? — is easier to answer. Every once in a while, we go nuts for colorful, plasticky, collectibly disposable things. Remember Hula Hoops? Swatches? Cabbage Patch Kids? This time around, it was Crocs’ turn.

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"Obama appoints open homosexual to faith-based office"


Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin's Sermon on the Mount

The head of a conservative activist group says President Obama's appointment of a leading homosexual activist to his faith-based council is an ominous sign that he may enforce a "pro-homosexuality orthodoxy" on religious groups receiving federal funds, which is itself a form of bigotry.

Barack Obama has appointed outspoken homosexual activist Harry Knox to the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Knox, who is the director of the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Religion and Faith program, will serve a one-year term on the 25-member Council.

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Obama Passover Seder: First Ever Held At White House

            

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: From The WSJ " Unable to go home for the holidays, the group of about 10 held an impromptu Seder in the basement of the Sheraton Hotel in Harrisburg, Pa., as the Obama campaign neared the end of its long primary campaign battle in the state. Then-Sen. Barack Obama participated in the Jewish ritual, along with a few friends who were traveling with him that day, a senior official said.

At the end of the ritual, after the traditional refrain "Next year in Jerusalem!" Sen. Obama and others in the group jokingly added, "Next year in the White House!"
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Thoughts on Bill O'Reilly and Squeaky the Chicago Mouse

 

By Roger Ebert / April 7, 2009
  

To: Bill O'Reilly
From: Roger Ebert

Dear Bill: Thanks for including the Chicago Sun-Times on your exclusive list of newspapers on your "Hall of Shame." To be in an O'Reilly Hall of Fame would be a cruel blow to any newspaper. It would place us in the favor of a man who turns red and starts screaming when anyone disagrees with him. My grade-school teacher, wise Sister Nathan, would have called in your parents and recommended counseling with Father Hogben.

Yes, the Sun-Times is liberal, having recently endorsed our first Democrat for President since LBJ. We were founded by Marshall Field one week before Pearl Harbor to provide a liberal voice in Chicago to counter the Tribune, which opposed an American war against Hitler. I'm sure you would have sided with the Trib at the time.

I understand you believe one of the Sun-Times misdemeanors was dropping your syndicated column. My editor informs me that "very few" readers complained about the disappearance of your column, adding, "many more complained about Nancy." I know I did. That was the famous Ernie Bushmiller comic strip in which Sluggo explained that "wow" was "mom" spelled upside-down.

Your column ran in our paper while it was owned by the right-wing polemicists Conrad Black (Baron Black of Coldharbour) and David Radler. We dropped it to save a little money after they looted the paper of millions. Now you call for an advertising boycott. It is unusual to observe a journalist cheering for a newspaper to fail. At present the Sun-Times has no bank debt, but labors under the weight of millions of dollars in tax penalties incurred by Lord Black, who is serving an eight-year stretch for mail fraud and obstruction of justice. We also had to pay for his legal expenses.

There is a major difference between Conrad Black and you: Lord Black is a much better writer and thinker, and authored a respected biography about Roosevelt, who we were founded to defend. That newspapers continue to run your column is a mystery to me, since it is composed of knee-jerk frothings and ravings. If I were an editor searching for a conservative, I wouldn't choose a mad dog. My recommendation: The admirable Charles Krauthammer.

Bill, I am concerned that you have been losing touch with reality recently. Did you really say you are more powerful than any politician?

That reminds me of the famous story about Squeaky the Chicago Mouse. It seems that Squeaky was floating on his back along the Chicago River one day. Approaching the Michigan Avenue lift bridge, he called out: Raise the bridge! I have an erection!

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Levi Johnston Adresses Tensions with Palin Camp

Just days after appearing on the Tyra Banks Show, Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin's former fiancé and father to her son Tripp, talked more on CBS' The Early Show about his difficulties with the family of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

One point of disagreement: Whether Johnston, 18, ever lived at the Palin's home. "They said I didn't live there," he said. "[They say] I 'stayed' there. I was like, 'Okay, whatever you want to call it' – I had all my stuff there. So, if you wanna call it staying there, that's fine."
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I really feel bad for this kid. They just used him and it sickens me. All he wants is to be with his son. The whole thing makes me angry.

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Republican Members Of Congress Embrace Radical Anti-Obama Tea Party Protests

Next week on Tax Day (April 15), right wing activists will converge in cities across the country to protest President Obama. The primary figures organizing the protests, the lobbyist-run think tank Freedom Works and bloggers such as Michelle Malkin, say they are reacting to taxes that are “too high.” However, previous tea party protests have attracted protesters who called for impeaching Obama while slurring the President’s name as “Obama Bin Lyin.”

Congressional Republicans have enthusiastically embraced the movement, with Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) sponsoring a bill to honor the protests. So far, at least 12 Republican lawmakers and Governors have signed on to speak at local events:

Rep. David Davis (R-TN) and representatives from Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) office will be speaking at the Kingsport protest.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) will be speaking at the Salt Lake City protest.

Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) and a representative from Rep. Sam Graves’ (R-MO) office will be speaking at the Overland Park protest.

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) will be speaking at the Shreveport protest.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) will be speaking at the Jacksonville protest.

Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) will be speaking at the Wauseon protest.

Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) and former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) will be speaking at the Phoenix protest.

Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) will be speaking at the Charlotte protest.

Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) will be speaking at the Brevard protest.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) will be speaking at the Longview protest.

Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) will be speaking at the protest in Columbia.

In addition, Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) have been urging their constituents to attend tea party protests.

The events are also being embraced by a smorgasbord of far-right causes. Gun rights militias, secessionists, and neo-Nazi groups are currently working to contribute to the organizing effort.
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The P.M.'s sex follies.



Silvio Berlusconi, the seventy-two-year-old Italian Prime Minister, is no stranger to scandal. Having survived some seventeen criminal trials without ultimately being convicted, he has inured the Italian public to feelings of shock or indignation. Last January, the prosecutor’s office in Naples indicted Berlusconi and issued a report containing extracts of more than a thousand wiretapped conversations depicting Italy’s state TV network, RAI, as a casting couch that Berlusconi used to grant favors to aspiring actresses–he called them “le fanciulle mie” (”my girls”) – and to try to bring down the government. The report had no impact. In the national elections in the spring, Berlusconi returned triumphantly to power with his center-right People of Liberty coalition after less than two years in the opposition. But in early summer, when the Naples prosecutors indicated that there were hundreds of other wiretaps as well, of a purely personal nature, which they requested be destroyed, Italy’s political-journalistic gossip mill began churning. Forget abuse of power and possible criminal wrongdoing–bring on the sex! Press reports speculated that the tapes contained raunchy comments involving Berlusconi and three female members of his government. The rumors about the Prime Minister’s supposed shenanigans are often colored by political affiliation: Berlusconi’s critics favor the stories about a doddering septuagenarian addicted to penis pumps and mysterious injections; supporters like to paint him as a tireless Don Juan, capable of satisfying two or three women at once.

During the election campaign, Berlusconi helped fuel speculation by bragging about how much more beautiful his party’s female candidates for parliament were than those of his center-left opponents. Referring to Gianfranco Fini, the leader of the Chamber of Deputies and his principal coalition partner, he said of their decision to make thirty per cent of their candidates women, “There is already a rush to examine the past and say they’re all my and Gianfranco’s girlfriends.” He went on, “We are kind of supermen in this way, let’s be clear, but even we have our limits.” In any case, Berlusconi has installed in the parliament, and even in his government, a number of former starlets who gained fame in his TV empire.

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I've been looking for a copy of this article for months (stupid New Yorker archive format doesn't let you copy text) BECAUSE IT'S INSANE. omg, Berlusconi is such a freak show. I feel so sorry for Italy. I would rather have Sarah Palin as Prez For Life than this guy.
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Declaring "I divorce thee" three times is not a legal way to end a marriage in Michigan.

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DETROIT -- Declaring "I divorce thee" three times is not a legal way to end a marriage in Michigan.

The state appeals court on Wednesday overturned a ruling in Oakland County that recognized a divorce ritual that is common among Muslims in India.

Saida Tarikonda was deprived of her rights because she wasn't in India in April 2008 when her husband traveled there to declare what's known as the "triple talaq," the court said.

"To accord comity to a system that denies equal protection would ignore the rights of citizens and persons under the protection of Michigan's laws," the court said.

Tarikonda, 31, and Bade Pinjari, 33, were married in India in 2001 and lived together in Michigan for two years until January 2008, according to the court decision. His lawyer, however, disputes the residency.

Pinjari, now in New Jersey, was granted a divorce certificate in India after announcing he was "severing all connections of husband and wife with her forever and for good." He declared three times, "I divorce thee Saida Tarikonda."

Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews told Tarikonda to register the Indian divorce in Michigan and file requests for financial support. Tarikonda instead asked the appeals court to intervene and even argued her own case.

There was no phone number listed in her name in Madison Heights.

Tarikonda had filed for divorce in Oakland County and, under Michigan law, would be eligible for a share of marital assets. Her rights would be limited under Muslim law in India.

Terry Hall, a lawyer who represented Pinjari earlier in the case, said a request for financial support would have gone through a state court anyway, even if the Indian divorce had been blessed by the appeals court.

"There is no harm done to her," Hall said.

"This poor guy," he said of Pinjari, "all he wanted to do is get rid of the woman who wanted to get rid of him."

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Counter-terrorism raids in England

Ten men have been arrested as part of a counter-terrorism operation across the north west of England.

The BBC has learned addresses are being raided by officers in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester.

Counter-terrorism officers also targeted a building at Liverpool John Moores University and a guest house in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Officers from the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit carried out the raids with support from other forces.

Merseyside Police, Greater Manchester Police and Lancashire Constabulary are helping carry out the series of raids which were launched on Wednesday afternoon.

BBC correspondent Nick Ravenscroft said a Greater Manchester Police spokesman would not comment when asked whether the police action was in response to a suspected terrorist operation in the UK or overseas.

Nor would he be drawn on whether the suspected threat was imminent, saying only that the police had taken action at an "appropriate" time, our correspondent said.

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Dignity For All Students: Sweeping Anti-Bullying Bill Passes NY Assembly




Sponsored by openly gay politico Daniel O'Donnell, a sweeping anti-bullying bill has overwhelmingly passed in New York's state Assembly. Via press release:
The bill was recently amended to cover the broadest categories of students who face harassment and discrimination in our state's schools. While the amendment explicitly added weight, it also clarified that protections should not be limited to the categories listed -- actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. The Dignity For All Students Act would afford all persons in public schools an environment free of harassment and discrimination based on actual or perceived race, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation, weight, gender, or sex. The bill has been endorsed by Governor Paterson and has yet to be taken up by the Senate.
O'Donnell has called on the state Senate to pass the bill immediately. Only five of O'Donnell's colleagues in the Assembly voted against his bill.

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Remember the Free Republic Wingnuts and their reactions to the Iowa decision?

Freepers React To Vermont

 

-"I await the volcanoes, the tsunamis, the hurricanes and hopefully, the destruction of Vt and its pacifist secular socialism by the Lord. I actually do want it to happen with good Americans being protected as we see in the OT, when God protects believers that do good and trust the Lord. Since VT doesn’t seem to believe in the Biblical God or His standards, perhaps a nice lesson in humility would be a nice taste of God’s wrath."
-"Homosexuals like to target beautiful areas and states to infect them with their agenda to force the abhorrent lifestyle upon the unsuspecting, though often liberal-tending, population. It is going on all over the country."
-"Now it is time for the animal-lovers to file a lawsuit to get recognition of marriage between humans and animals. Equal protection and all..."
-"And I guarantee that kids in Jr High and younger who have this stuff pushed at them daily....as “love” and marriage, HAVE NOT A CLUE, what it takes to commit a homosexual act. If they are told the truth, they will naturally be repelled"
-"I really would love to see millions of conservatives not republicans move out of their liberal states think about it they will lose money red state gets mroe money we have the second amendment recognised to people who go to church not laughed at we would increase the electoral college count too"
-"they account of 5% of the population yet there is so much fact and numbers about them being sick , dying,disease, serial killers, child molesters etc we have to counter the Hollywood for two girls being together is sexy, it is not the lesbians are not Hollywood they are manly looking wearing strap ons. men who are doing it are poking in a hole where our waste comes out and then they suck it. disgusting and not cool. yes it is sick and visual but I found it is the only way for us normal people to understand how sick these people are"

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North Texas Lawmaker Suggests "Simplifying" Asian Names, Defends Herself

AUSTIN — A North Texas legislator during House testimony on voter identification legislation said Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.”

The comments caused the Texas Democratic Party on Wednesday to demand an apology from state Rep. Betty Brown, R-Terrell. But a spokesman for Brown said her comments were only an attempt to overcome problems with identifying Asian names for voting purposes.

The exchange occurred late Tuesday as the House Elections Committee heard testimony from Ramey Ko, a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans.

Ko told the committee that people of Chinese, Japanese and Korean descent often have problems voting and other forms of identification because they may have a legal transliterated name and then a common English name that is used on their driver’s license on school registrations.
Easier for voting?

Brown suggested that Asian-Americans should find a way to make their names more accessible.

“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.

Brown later told Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”

Democratic Chairman Boyd Richie said Republicans are trying to suppress votes with a partisan identification bill and said Brown “is adding insult to injury with her disrespectful comments.”

Brown spokesman Jordan Berry said Brown was not making a racially motivated comment but was trying to resolve an identification problem.

Berry said Democrats are trying to blow Brown’s comments out of proportion because polls show most voters support requiring identification for voting. Berry said the Democrats are using racial rhetoric to inflame partisan feelings against the bill.

“They want this to just be about race,” Berry said.

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Gettin' on the NOM-train!

Rhode Island governor joins anti-gay group



The Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Marriage has two new members: the governor of Rhode Island and his wife.

As debate over granting same-sex marriage rights ramps up in Rhode Island -- making it potentially the fourth New England state to recognize marriage equality -- Gov. Donald Carcieri and his wife, Sue, announced on Wednesday that they are joining the antigay organization.

"In Massachusetts it was the court. In Vermont it was the legislature. I believe it should be done with citizens. Let them decide," Carcieri said in a news conference.

Rhode Island lawmakers were eyeing a bill in February that would grant marriages to gay and lesbian couples.

The organization used the governor's announcement as the launching point for a new media campaign. The group angered many with a new ad campaign that launched this week, featuring fake doctors and church attendants discuss how new advances in gay rights will take away their "freedom" and make it impossible for them to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

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Since Daily Show and Colbert Report clips/episodes are welcome here, it's time for some Newswipe

Charlie Brooker weighs in on Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, Tim Key discusses Obama’s magic powers, and Adam Curtis covers the rise of “Oh Dear-ism."


(At least watch the end of this for a wonderful BillO pisstake. Trust me.)


www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00jqm9x/Newswipe_Episode_3/

EDIT: Disregard this. Repost with youtube links on the way.