April 15th, 2009

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Wonkette: Old White Guys In Stockton Launching Militia

Old White Guys In Stockton Launching Militia

Some old white dude in Stockton is starting a militia because the police might have a few layoffs. He’s got 270 fellow gun nuts ready to, uh, hit the streets and take out the trash! Just avoid the hell out of Stockton for, let’s see, how about forever? Yes, Forever sounds good.

“They’re going to have rifles, shotguns, pistols — whatever they get their hands on,” said 66-year-old Alan Pettet. “We’re not going to go out looking for trouble, but the first person who fires on us, will get a lot of return fire going his way.”

Stop this. Send some Lipton’s to the mayor or whatever, but stop this shit.


Stockton Militia Organizer Claims Strong Support

The Stockton man who wants to put a militia on the streets if police layoffs happen, said he's got 270 people signed on to help.

"They're going to have rifles, shotguns, pistols--whatever they get their hands on," said 66-year-old Alan Pettet. "We're not going to go out looking for trouble, but the first person who fires on us, will get a lot of return fire going is way."
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Offshore Tax Havens: A State-By-State Breakdown Of The Cost To Taxpayers

Offshore Tax Havens: A State-By-State Breakdown Of The Cost To Taxpayers

A Senate report estimated in 2008 that the United States loses up to $100 billion a year in tax revenue to offshore tax havens (PDF). In a report released Wednesday, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group offers a state-by-state breakdown of the cost to taxpayers of tax revenue lost to "shell companies and sham headquarters" in places like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

The practice soaks dutiful taxpayers in every state for hundreds of millions of dollars, according to U.S. PIRG. The citizens of New York and Texas shoulder over $8 billion a year, and the good people of California are on the hook for an extra $11 billion.
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Student killed in love triangle involving teacher

Assailant allegedly told Arizona police, ‘blade went in like going into butter’

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - An 18-year-old high school student caught with his 48-year-old math teacher in her bedroom was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, who was himself a former student of hers, police said Tuesday.

Chandler police said 20-year-old Sixto Balbuena told them he never meant to kill Samuel Valdivia. He allegedly told police "the blade went in like going into butter" and that he just wanted to show Valdivia how much he hurt him by sleeping with Tamara Hofmann.

Balbuena, a Navy sailor on leave from California, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder after police found him covered in blood and told them about the killing. He remained jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond on Tuesday and did not yet have a lawyer.



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Sorry, but what grown ass woman would want to have sex with a teenager high school student anyway?
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Lehman Sits on Bomb of Uranium Cake as Prices Slump

Lehman Sits on Bomb of Uranium Cake as Prices Slump

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. is sitting on enough uranium cake to make a nuclear bomb as it waits for prices of the commodity to rebound, according to traders and nuclear experts.

The bankrupt bank, in the throes of paying off creditors, acquired uranium cake “under a matured commodities contract” and plans to sell it when the market improves “to realize the best prices,” Chief Executive Officer Bryan Marsal said.
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Right-wing extremism may be on rise, report says

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(CNN) -- Right-wing extremist groups may be using the recession and the election of the nation's first African-American president to recruit members, a Department of Homeland Security report contends.

Though the nine-page report said it has "no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence," it said real-estate foreclosures, unemployment and tight credit "could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past."

The report, prepared in coordination with the FBI and published April 7, was distributed to federal, state and local law enforcement officials under the title "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."

It compares the current climate the 1990s, "when right-wing extremism experienced a resurgence fueled largely by an economic recession, criticism about the outsourcing of jobs, and the perceived threat to U.S. power and sovereignty by other foreign powers."

It cites proposed restrictions on weapons as likely to increase membership in extremist groups and expresses concern the groups might try to recruit veterans.

The report also cites concern about anti-Semitism, saying that some groups are blaming the loss of U.S. jobs and home foreclosures on "a deliberate conspiracy conducted by a cabal of Jewish 'financial elites' " in an attempt to recruit members.


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I admit that the Left has some pretty crazy folk, but I'll take annoyingly crazy Left-wingers over crazy Right-wingers any day.
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Coleman legal bills pile up

Coleman legal bills pile up

Norm Coleman is facing massive legal bills.

The former senator took another substantial financial hit yesterday when the three-judge panel presiding over the U.S. Senate contest ruled that Al Franken won the election. The judges also ordered Coleman to pay for court costs accrued during the trial. While this does not include attorney’s fees, it does cover administrative expenses such as witness transportation and copy costs. Given that the seven-week case included 19,000 pages of legal pleadings, 1,717 individual exhibits, and testimony from 142 witnesses, it would seem that such costs could be substantial.
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Senator’s Ballot in Upstate Race Disputed

LOUD NOISES!

James N. Tedisco, the Republican candidate in the deadlocked race for Congress in New York’s 20th District, has been challenging absentee ballots right and left, his Democratic rival complains. But mostly left.

On Tuesday, his lawyers challenged the ballot of one person they could be fairly certain had voted for Scott Murphy, Mr. Tedisco’s Democratic opponent: Kirsten E. Gillibrand, whose appointment to the Senate created the job opening.

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Borger: Republicans Twittering away credibility

Borger: Republicans Twittering away credibility

When presidents are new, first impressions really count: Your demeanor (shirtsleeves, not jackets, in the Oval Office), your stature (move over, Mr. Sarkozy) and, of course, your plans for America's future (not to mention your plans for our 401(k)s).

Since President Obama's presidential bid was a very long affair -- and since his predecessor left with a 28 percent approval rating -- he came into office with an advantage. Americans figured they knew him and they surely liked him better than the previous guy.

And they understood he was persistent: After all, he was the underdog who beat the once-presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. And, by the way, he also gave great speeches.

But new presidents are always tested, as Joe Biden famously predicted. But not just on one front, on all fronts. And Obama has had more than his share, as he likes to remind us -- an economic crisis that threatened to take down the economy; a North Korean nuclear crisis.

And finally, the pirates of Somalia -- threatening an American crew -- hold an American captain hostage. A high-stakes, visible, compelling story, with inevitable winners and losers.

That's when you learn about a president.

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Jim Cramer Slams Jon Stewart Again: 'His Goal Was To Humiliate And Destroy Me'

Jim Cramer Slams Jon Stewart Again: 'His Goal Was To Humiliate And Destroy Me'

Jim Cramer is clearly still fuming from his disastrous appearance on the "The Daily Show" where he was grilled relentlessly by host Jon Stewart.
Cramer seemed shell-shocked during the interview, and appeared on the MSNBC program "Morning Joe" a couple days later to defend himself, calling Stewart's criticism "misguided" because it focused on the media and "if you look at the players who were involved...and the litany of things that went wrong, the media's very, very low" on that list. He later offered a more full-throated defense on the "Today Show."

Now Cramer is revisiting the incident in an interview he recently gave to the Ohio State University publication "The Lantern" and going all out against Stewart. He accuses Stewart of orchestrating a "complete and utter ambush" and that Stewart "told my staff that it was going to be fun, convivial, no clips, but [it] doesn't matter, he's a comedian, he can do whatever he wants."
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Pioneering Homo-loving feminist and Slash-Fic literary critic, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, dies at 58.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, a Pioneer of Gay Studies and a Literary Theorist, Dies at 58


By WILLIAM GRIMES


Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, whose critical writings on the ambiguities of sexual identity in fiction helped create the discipline known as queer studies, died on Sunday in Manhattan. She was 58.

The cause was breast cancer, her husband, Hal Sedgwick, said.

Ms. Sedgwick broke new ground when, drawing on feminist scholarship and the work of the French poststructuralist Michel Foucault, she began teasing out the hidden socio-sexual subplots in writers like Charles Dickens and Henry James. In a 1983 essay on Dickens’s novel “Our Mutual Friend,” she drew attention to the homoerotic element in the obsessive relationship between Eugene Wrayburn and Bradley Headstone, rivals for the love of Lizzie Hexam but emotionally most fully engaged when facing off against each other.

Several of her essays became lightning rods for critics of poststructuralism, multiculturalism and gay studies — most notoriously Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl,” a paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association in 1989. In it, Ms. Sedgwick argued that Austen’s descriptions of the restless Marianne Dashwood in “Sense and Sensibility” should be understood in relation to contemporary thought on the evils of “self-abuse.”Such subtexts, she insisted, are woven throughout literary texts, and the job of criticism is to ferret them out, especially the repressed themes of same-sex love.

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Astroturf Lobby Charged With Tricking Old Folks Into Writing Letters To Local Editors

Astroturf Lobby Charged With Tricking Old Folks Into Writing Letters To Local Editors

Medicare Advantage plans -- publicly funded but privately administered Medicare plans -- are regularly accused of tricking the elderly into giving up their Medicare coverage for an Advantage plan that doesn't suit them.

In response, are they now tricking old folks into signing letters to local newspapers, hoping to create the impression of a grassroots movement in support of maintaining funding for Medicare Advantage?

That's the charge being made by local newspapers that have gotten suspicious letters from old folks defending funding for Medicare Advantage. The group behind the letters says it's a misunderstanding.
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Soccer Dad Obama wants World Cup hosted in US soon

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President Obama Trying To Help US World Cup Bid
President Barack Obama is doing his part to try and bring the World Cup back to the United States.
15 Apr 2009 19:01:30


President Barack Obama is trying to lend a hand in bringing the World Cup back to the United States in either 2018 or 2022. President Obama wrote a letter to FIFA president Joseph Blatter outlining his love for the game and his reasoning for wanting the world’s biggest competition back on US soil.

“Hosting another successful World Cup is important for the continued growth of the sport in the United States. And it is important to me personally,” the president wrote. “As a child, I played soccer on a dirt road in Jakarta, and the game brought the children of my neighborhood together. As a father, I saw that same spirit of unity alive on the fields and sidelines of my own daughters’ soccer games in Chicago.”

President Obama went on to say that soccer is the world’s sport and that the World Cup promotes camaraderie and friendly competition.
“That is why this bid is about much more than a game,” the president said. “It is about the United States of America inviting the world to gather all across our great country in celebration of our common hopes and dreams.”

The president concluded his letter by saying that he hopes his family will get a chance to watch soccer’s pre-eminent event in the United States.

“I strongly support the work of the USSF to bring the Cup back to the United States, and I look forward to working with FIFA to make it the most successful World Cup competition in history,” he said.

Although more celebrated for his basketball prowess and his abilities to pick college basketball winners, President Obama does have a more recent history with the beautiful game. He has attended his daughter Malia's games in Chicago, and in 2003, while visiting his half-sister Auma in London, he took in a West Ham United game at Upton Park.

And earlier this month, while in London for the G20 meetings, he was asked about the England-Ukraine World Cup qualifier that was taking place that same week. The American president begged off answering, saying he "didn't get a briefing" on the game and thus offering his opinion on the match would "be a mistake." A wise decision, most likely.

Allen Ramsey, Goal.com

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KKK for KKKids!

I just discovered this barrelfull of what the fuck and I know you guys will love it.

Youth for Western Civilization

Youth for Western Civilization will educate, organize and train activists on campuses across the nation to create a subculture that will promote the survival of Western Civilization and pride in Western heritage. This movement is focused on the support of Western history, identity, high culture, and pride and opposition to radical multiculturalism, political correctness, racial preferences, mass immigration, and socialism.


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How To Spot A Gay Ugandan

 

The Ugandan Observer asked readers how to spot a gay Ugandan. Here's a couple of suggestions.
John Mayanja, 26, Businessman
If I see a man acting like a woman and a woman taking up an appearance of a man, I would imagine they are gay. If a man applies make-up and is so serious about the way they look, then they must be up to something unusual. In most cases you will find that such a man hates women and is never interested in talking about them. Even gay women rarely have time for men. Children should be educated against this act from home and society should emphasize our culture because it does not allow homosexuality.

Sarah Nakiwolo, 22, Student
What I know is that men who are gay tend to like all the fancy things that are normally appreciated by women. For example they will want to always treat their hair, apply make-up and act like women by pulling at their blouses (shirts) and jeans, which are normally tight. They also tend to gesture around like women by folding their hands, you know. Then for women, they will behave like men. They wear men’s clothes a lot and would rather cut their hair to appear like men and do not fuss about make up. God made sex for man and woman, period. It will be hard to stop gay acts unless government comes out with a strict law.
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So...straight men are supposed to not care about their appearance and straight women are.  Good to know gender is binary.  Stereotypes ftw.

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Our friends over at The Smoking Gun posted this gem this morning -

"The California woman who gave birth in January to eight babies has filed an application to trademark the word "Octomom," which she wants to slap on disposable diapers and assorted clothing items. Nadya Suleman, who has shown a knack for cashing in on her post-natal predicament, last Friday filed two applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in a bid to commercially exploit her tabloid-bestowed nickname. In her April 10 USPTO filings, the 33-year-old mother of 14 identifies herself as "Nadya Suleman, AKA Octomom," and notes that she wants to use the "Octomom" handle on products such as dresses, pants, shirts, and disposable and textile diapers. Suleman also wants to secure a trademark to use "Octomom" in connection with TV variety programming. As seen in the below excerpts from Suleman's USPTO applications, she had to sign a letter consenting to "the use of my nickname as a Trademark or Servicemark." The USPTO applications, which cost Suleman a total of $825 and only include a bland logotype, were filed for her by a Whittier, California law firm whose web site reports that it offers "Intellectual Property and Family Law services." (7 pages)"

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The Controversy Surrounding Disney's First Black Princess

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Move over Snow White. Make room for Disney’s first black princess.

With America’s first African-American president in the White House, Disney is counting on an African-American princess to be a big hit in Hollywood.

But even though The Princess and the Frog isn’t released until later this year, it is already stirring up controversy.

Disney's first black princess, Princess Tiana - and the 'white' Prince Naveen

For while Princess Tiana and many in the cartoon cast are black – the prince is not. 

Which has led some critics to complain that Disney has ducked the opportunity for a fairytale ending for a black prince and princess.



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Dang, people are getting all riled up over this... imagine if they'd seen the Sunflower character from Fantasia...

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EDIT: You guys, what if this actually isn't her prince? We know that this is her love interest... at the beginning of the movie, but why would Disney already show us what the frog looks like after he's transformed back into a human? I suspect that this dude isn't the guy she winds up with by the end of the film.

EDIT 2: WTH? How does a picture of a girl and a frog violate terms of use?
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Matt Taibbi: The peasant mentality lives on in America

As usual, Taibbi is full of win:

It took a good long while for news of the Teabag movement to penetrate the periphery of my consciousness — I kept hearing things about it and dismissing them, sure that the whole business was some kind of joke. Like a Daily Show invention, say. It pains me to say this as an American, but we are the only people on earth dumb enough to use a nationwide campaign of “teabag parties” as a form of mass protest, in the middle of a real economic crisis.

What’s next? The Great Dirty Sanchez-In of 2010? A Million Man Felch? (Insert Rusty Trombone joke here).

This must be a terrible time to be a right-winger. A vicious paradox has been thrust upon the once-ascendant conservatives. On the one hand they are out of power, and so must necessarily rail against the Obama administration. On the other hand they have to vilify, as dangerous anticapitalist activity, the grass-roots protests against the Geithner bailouts and the excess of companies like AIG. That leaves them with no recourse but to dream up wholesale lunacies along the lines of Glenn Beck’s recent “Fascism With a Happy Face” rants, which link the protesting “populists” and the Obama adminstration somehow and imagine them as one single nefarious, connected, ongoing effort to install a totalitarian regime.

This is not a simple rhetorical accomplishment. It requires serious mental gymnastics to describe the Obama administration — particularly the Obama administration of recent weeks, which has given away billions to Wall Street and bent over backwards to avoid nationalization and pursue a policy that preserves the private for-profit status of the bailed-out banks — as a militaristic dictatorship of anti-wealth, anti-private property forces. You have to somehow explain the Geithner/Paulson decisions to hand over trillions of taxpayer dollars to the rich bankers as the formal policy expression of progressive rage against the rich. Not easy. In order to pull off this argument, in fact, you have to grease the wheels with a lot of apocalyptic language and imagery, invoking as Beck did massive pictures of Stalin and Orwell and Mussolini (side by side with shots of Geithner, Obama and Bernanke), scenes of workers storming the Winter Palace interspersed with anti-AIG protests, etc. — and then maybe you have to add a crazy new twist, like switching from complaints of “socialism” to warnings of “fascism.” Rhetorically, this is the equivalent of trying to paint a picture by hurling huge handfuls of paint at the canvas. It’s desperate, last-ditch-ish behavior.

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Is The U.S. Less Safe Under Obama?

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A U.S. Coast Guard machinery technician patrols New York Harbor. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Sperduto/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

Most Americans disagree with Dick Cheney when he says President Obama’s actions have increased the risk of another U.S. terror attack.

A new CNN-Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows 72 percent of those surveyed disagree that the new president has made the country less safe; only 26 percent agree with Cheney. The poll shows a pretty significant partisan divide; 53 percent of Republicans agree with Cheney while more than 90 percent of Democrats are behind President Obama.

Cheney recently suggested that the Bush administration’s anti-terror policies were “absolutely essential” to preventing any further attacks after 9/11. He called it a “great success story” and added that as President Obama rolls back some of those policies, he is increasing the risk of another attack.

The current Vice President, Joe Biden, fired back at Cheney… calling him “dead wrong.” Biden insists the country is safer now. He says the Bush administration left the U.S. in a weaker position than we’ve been at any time since World War II, less respected and stretched more thinly. And, it seems like most Americans are on the same page as Biden when it comes to national security.

Here’s my question to you: Is the U.S. less safe under President Obama than it was under President Bush? 

Bill from Champaign, Illinois writes:
That question is absurd. We were attacked (successfully, I might add) under the less-than-watchful eye of George Bush. Dick Cheney did nothing to prevent those attacks and he has the nerve to criticize the man elected to clean up the Bush/Cheney mess. Dick Cheney should be awaiting trial somewhere, shouldn’t he?

Ronnie from Abilene, Texas writes:
We are much safer. Mr. Obama’s approach is to take care of the problem. During the pirate standoff, he was precise and surgical. Bush would have responded by invading Peru. Obama’s approach is less swagger and more positive implications for long-term safety.

Tom from Libby, Montana writes:
It is already easy to see that we are in trouble with Obama at the helm. He has already shown that we can’t count on most things he promised. He will end up leaving our borders open, and it will take a nuke going off and killing perhaps millions of our people before something is done to keep our country safe.

Mark from Houston writes:
When people around the world respect America more and hate America less, how can we be less safe?

Dean from Pennsylvania writes:
I feel we are equally as safe under Obama as we were under Bush, but I do not feel we are, or were, totally safe from another attack. With the borders still wide open and port security very weak, it’s a matter of when - not if - we will be attacked again.

Sue from Webster, New York writes:
Yes, we are less safe with Obama. Bush was strong and Obama panders to everyone.

David from Brooklyn writes:
Yes, we are dangerously exposed to bold new ideas, intelligence, and optimism. Hold me, Jack.

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Twitter #Teaparty War Erupts Over Tax Day

April 15, 2009 at 01:04 PM


One, two, three, four, I declare Twitter war! Specifically, the Great Teabag Twitter Hashtag Battle of 2009. On your Twitter, today, various progressives are currently hard at work pestering the people lurking on the #teaparty hashtag by sending along messages about the things they are proud to pay taxes for. Hyper-earnest examples include:

* I pay taxes because we need educated citizens and public schools can do this best. #teaparty

* I pay taxes so future generations can have social security and medicare #teaparty

* I pay taxes because when my son & his unit were wounded in Iraq, didn't want them to have to beg Glenn Beck for bandages

* I pay taxes because I enjoy the security of a police and fire force and I enjoy the luxury of paved roads #teaparty
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American Violet: African American woman fights against corrupt criminal system

A new film, based on real life, tells the story of a courageous young African American woman who became a victim of the “War on Drugs,” and decided to fight back. American Violet, opening in theaters this Friday, is based on the experiences of Regina Kelly, a 24-year-old single mother struggling to support her four daughters on a waitress salary and welfare in Hearne, Texas. In 2000, Kelly was arrested and accused of selling crack in a school zone and was offered a choice to either plead guilty with 10 years probation or face decades in prison. Maintaining her innocence, Regina Kelly stood up to the injustice to clear her name with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Her story, captured in an NPR news report, became the inspiration for American Violet. The film closely follows Kelly’s story, with newcomer Nicole Beharie playing the lead role of a woman named Dee Roberts, a single mother of four who was unjustly arrested during the 2000 presidential elections. The cast includes Alfre Woodard playing Dee’s mother, and rapper Xzibit in the role of her ex-husband. American Violet, produced and written by Bill Haney and directed by Tim Disney, is the story of one woman’s courage to stand-up against a justice system that many contend is unjust and racist.

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I can't wait to see this.

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UNC Students Protest YWC

Protesters Stop Speech
Police use pepper spray, undirected Tasers at protest of Tancredo talk


Laura Hoxworth, Staff Writer



Student protestors enter Bingham Hall on Tuesday evening to protest an anti-immigration speech given by former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, who was brought to campus by Youth for Western Civilization. Protestors included members of Students for a Democratic Society and Feminist Students United.


Protestors were cleared from Bingham Hall when police used pepper spray and the threat of Tasers after students interrupted Tancredo’s lecture. Police, who followed the students along their protest march from the Pit, refused to allow more protestors to enter Bingham after the lecture hall was full.

Police used pepper spray to disperse crowds of protestors in Bingham Hall on Tuesday outside the room where former congressman Tom Tancredo was scheduled to speak on immigration but was forced to leave.

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Insert comments by alumni here who are ~embarrassed by these "fascist, radical, left-wing, Marxist libruls". I don't agree with the window smashing and the like, but really.

southern_heaven, did you go to the dance protest?
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1 Million Tea Bags, But No Place to Dump

1 Million Tea Bags, But No Place to Dump
Permits end dumping before it starts

By JIM IOVINO
Updated 1:34 PM EDT, Wed, Apr 15, 2009

Protesters wave signs during a "tea party" demonstration in Lafayette Park across from the White House, because they can't dump tea bags.

It was a great idea, really. Take a million tea bags and dump them in Lafayette Park to protest government spending. Hip, hip, hoo-ray!

A tea party at Lafayette Park can't include the dumping of 1 million tea bags.

But a funny thing happened en route to a visually pleasing Tax Day protest. The National Park Service said the tea party protesters didn't have the proper permit to dump their bags.

So instead of a raucous visual demonstration, all that was left was images of the tea party packing up their boxes of tea on a cold, soggy day in D.C.

Doh!

"We have a million tea bags here, and we don't have a place to put them because it's not on our permit," said Rebecca Wales, lead organizer of D.C. Tea Party.

Fight the power, folks, but next time check your permits before acquiring 1 million tea bags.

A local think tank, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said it would allow the dumping of the tea bags in its 12th floor conference room instead. Not quite the same impact, though.

What else could go wrong? Another protest that was planned for the Treasury Department was also scrapped due to permit issues.

Doh!

But at least they remembered the tea, right? That's a start.

Who's up for protesting Tax Day 2010?

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A million bags of tea on a 12th floor conference room floor? That's some heavy duty civil disobedience right there. LOL!

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Pro-Killing Of Gay Youth Group Releases Anti-Day Of Silence Video

From the Illinois Family Institute, a certified hate group, comes this outrageous video protesting Friday's national Day Of Silence. This might just be the creepiest and most offensive video that the Christianists have produced yet. It's just...unbelievable. The clip's creators have cowardly disabled comments. Phone the Illinois Family Institute at (708) 781-9328 and let them know how you feel.
It is our firm opinion that these claims of discrimination, intolerance and bullying (aimed at people of faith who believe God's Word that homosexuality is sin) are diverting attention away from GLSEN's main purpose which has been and continues to be the normalization of homosexuality among impressionable youth. This 6 minute video, made by Northwest Valley Baptist Church in Glendale, Arizona, exposes how our children are being indoctrinated, held captive and forced to accept an unproven and dangerous ideology while Biblical Truth is undermined.

The Northwest Valley Baptist Church, who created the clip, have a website also called Dare To Stand. Call them at (623)-581-3115 and ask them why they want to encourage the bullying and suicides of LGBT youth.

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EDIT: It looks like your phone calls scared them! They removed the video. HAHAHAHAHA

EDIT #2: Someone re-uploaded it, here it is again for those who didn't see it

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Fox Reporter Contradicts Fox: DHS Report On Right Wing Was ‘Requested By The Bush Administration’

Yesterday, a Department of Homeland Security report about the rising radicalization of “rightwing extremists” was leaked. The right wing was immediately incensed, viewing the report on radical “extremists” as an attack on “conservatives.” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, for example, tried to suggest it was a report about Republican “loyalists.”

However, this morning, Fox News’s Catherine Herridge revealed that the report, along with an earlier report on radicalized left-wing groups, was actually “requested by the Bush administration” but not completed until recently:

HERRIDGE: Well this is an element of the story which has largely gone unreported. One looks at right-wing groups, as you mentioned. And a second is on left-wing groups. Significantly, both were requested by the Bush administration but not finished until President Bush left office.

Herridge’s reporting undermines her network’s own “reporting” over the past 24 hours. Since news of the DHS assessment broke yesterday, Fox anchors and guests have been seizing upon the report as evidence that the administration is trying to intimidate tea party goers or “stifle speech”:

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To recap, the Obama administration was apparently following the lead of the Bush Homeland Security Department in assessing the very real threat of violent right-wing extremism. Indeed, Bush appointees such as FBI Director Robert Mueller have acknowledged the threat of right-wing extremism multiple times.

Of course, we can always trust Fox News to jump to conclusions before fully weighing the facts.

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Another US cargo ship escapes Somali pirate attack

Another US cargo ship escapes Somali pirate attack

MOMBASA, Kenya – A cargo ship loaded with humanitarian aid was headed to Kenya under Navy escort Wednesday after evading pirates firing grenades and automatic weapons, the second unsuccessful hijacking attempt of a U.S. freighter in a week, officials said.

In defiance of President Barack Obama's vow to halt their banditry, pirates have seized four vessels and some 60 hostages off the Horn of Africa since Sunday's rescue of an American freighter captain from the drifting lifeboat where he was held hostage. If they had been successful Tuesday, the MV Liberty Sun would have been the fifth.

The Liberty Sun's American crew was not injured in the attack but the vessel sustained unspecified damage, owner Liberty Maritime Corp. said in a statement Tuesday night.

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I thought this article was a bit better than the CNN one I read first, because it did a better job of at least acknowledging pirates saying they're trying to protect their waters; the CNN one seemed like total "whatever" lip service on that account.

Also, yeah, that "protecting our waters" argument falls flat when you're going after ships carrying humanitarian aid, though. The anglers that were caught from Egypt, yeah, humanitarian aid, not so much. And this with the rockets was pure "We're not scared of you, pbbbbth!"
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GOP Strategist: Coleman Risking Long-Term Damage

GOP Strategist: Coleman Risking Long-Term Damage

Norm Coleman is risking long-term damage to his reputation and any chance of running for office down the road if he keeps prolonging the Minnesota recount, a high-ranking Republican strategist warned on Wednesday.

Long-time GOP consultant Craig Shirley, CEO of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, said that he supports and expects the former Minnesota Senator to appeal a recent three-judge-panel decision declaring Al Franken the recipient of the most votes in the Senate election.

"At this point, he might as well play the hand he's been dealt," said Shirley. "He has nothing to lose."

Beyond that, Shirley added, Coleman is playing with fire and putting his legacy and future on the line. "If this goes much farther, he will lose whatever goodwill he has remaining with the voters of Minnesota and he can kiss a political comeback goodbye. There is a fine line between toughness and obstinacy."
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The first and second families say 'Thanks but no thanks' to tea-bagging

Obama and Biden Release Tax Returns

By Michael D. Shear
Barack Obama's successful quest for the White House powered the sales of his books, making him millions even as he assumed the presidency, his tax returns show.

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama earned about $2.6 million from the sale of his books, "The Audacity of Hope" and "Dreams From My Father," according to the returns released by the White House today.

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Has everyone here filed? Did anyone get the Hope Tuition Credit (I didn't =/ )?

Hillsborough: how stories of disaster police were altered

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Twenty years on, the families of the 96 fans who died in the semi-final crush are still fighting to force police to acknowledge that changing officers' statements amounted to a cover-up

David Conn
The Guardian, Monday 13 April 2009

In a dusty library at the far end of the Houses of Parliament, among 10 boxes of documents relating to the Hillsborough disaster which were made available by the South Yorkshire police following a government order some years ago, is a statement from a police constable on duty that day.

On the front page is a handwritten instruction from a more senior officer. "Last two pages require amending," it notes. "These are his own feelings. He also states that PCs were sat down crying when the fans were carrying the dead and injured. This shows they were organised and we were not. Have [the PC] rewrite the last two pages excluding points mentioned."

As they prepare to mark Wednesday's 20th anniversary of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, the families of the 96 people who died at Hillsborough retain, with their enduring grief, a burning sense of injustice. The discovery that the police vetted junior officers' statements, and amended many to remove criticisms of the police's own operation, seemed to confirm the families' suspicions after Hillsborough: that the police tried to cover up their own culpability for the disaster. The families are still outraged that after Lord Justice Taylor's official inquiry, a lengthy inquest, high court appeals and a judicial "scrutiny", no one has ever been held accountable, and unanswered questions remain.
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I watched the service on my computer earlier today. This tragedy should never have happened.
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Gov. Rick Perry: Texas Could Secede, Leave Union

Gov. Rick Perry: Texas Could Secede, Leave Union

Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax "tea party" Wednesday with his stance against the federal government and for states' rights as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, "Secede!"

An animated Perry told the crowd at Austin City Hall -- one of three tea parties he was attending across the state -- that officials in Washington have abandoned the country's founding principles of limited government. He said the federal government is strangling Americans with taxation, spending and debt.

Perry repeated his running theme that Texas' economy is in relatively good shape compared with other states and with the "federal budget mess." Many in the crowd held signs deriding President Barack Obama and the $786 billion federal economic stimulus package.

Perry called his supporters patriots. Later, answering news reporters' questions, Perry suggested Texans might at some point get so fed up they would want to secede from the union, though he said he sees no reason why Texas should do that.
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Blagojevich to appear on reality TV?

Blagojevich wants to star in reality show in Costa Rica


Ex-gov to star on NBC show



When he was indicted, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich went to Disney World. Now that he’s been arraigned on federal corruption charges, Blagojevich wants to head off to the jungles of Costa Rica.

Blagojevich has signed on to do the “Survivor”-style reality show “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” that’s to be filmed in June in Costa Rica.

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Wow. Words fail me. WTF?

Also, would his hair have to be voted off seperately?

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Upskirting, WTF!?

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One summer day in 2006, Lucy Parkinson, then 21 years old, was shopping in Ealing, west London, when she heard behind her an altercation between two men. "I was crossing the road, and got stuck with a pack of other people at a traffic island," she says. "I was wearing a long-sleeved blouse and a white knee-length skirt." One man ran off and the other told her he had "chased him away because he had seen him 'upskirting' me".

Upskirting is the term used to describe taking photographs, often on a mobile-phone camera, up an unsuspecting woman's skirt.

"I hadn't even noticed it happening," says Parkinson, "and that's the most unsettling part - in a city, you just don't notice physical proximity to strangers. It could have happened a dozen other times too, for all I know."

It is impossible to judge how many women have been victims of upskirting, though a quick internet search yields hundreds of sites with hundreds of thousands of images. And there may be millions more pictures on phones and laptops that have never been shared. They have been taken in the street, on escalators in shopping centres, on trains, at bus stops and in supermarkets, schools, offices and nightclubs.

Upskirt photography is also routinely used by paparazzi photographers. Usually taken as a woman steps out of a car, "crotch shots" are prized by newspapers such as the Daily Sport and countless gossip and porn websites.

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I am fucking enraged that some paparazzi are essentially profiting off of sexual harrassment!
Redheads do it best.

Retired Military Officers Warn Against Ending Don't Ask Don't Tell

Gays and The Military: A Bad Fit
By James J. Lindsay, Jerome Johnson, E.G. "Buck" Shuler Jr. and Joseph J. Went


With the nation engaged in two wars and facing a number of potential adversaries, this is no time to weaken our military. Yet if gay rights activists and their allies have their way, grave harm will soon be inflicted on our all-volunteer force.

The administration and some in Congress have pledged to repeal Section 654 of U.S. Code Title 10, which states that homosexuals are not eligible for military service. Often confused with the "don't ask, don't tell" regulations issued by President Bill Clinton, this statute establishes several reasons that homosexuality is incompatible with military service.

Section 654 recognizes that the military is a "specialized society" that is "fundamentally different from civilian life." It requires a unique code of personal conduct and demands "extraordinary sacrifices, including the ultimate sacrifice, in order to provide for the common defense." The law appreciates military personnel who, unlike civilians who go home after work, must accept living conditions that are often "characterized by forced intimacy with little or no privacy."

While there have been changes in civilian society since this statute was adopted by wide bipartisan majorities in 1993, the military realities it describes abide. If anything, they are more acute in wartime.

In our experience, and that of more than 1,000 retired flag and general officers who have joined us in signing an open letter to President Obama and Congress, repeal of this law would prompt many dedicated people to leave the military. Polling by Military Times of its active-duty subscribers over the past four years indicates that 58 percent have consistently opposed repeal. In its most recent survey, 10 percent said they would not reenlist if that happened, and 14 percent said they would consider leaving.

And the damage would not stop there. Legislation introduced to repeal Section 654 (H.R. 1283) would impose on commanders a radical policy that mandates "nondiscrimination" against "homosexuality, or bisexuality, whether the orientation is real or perceived." Mandatory training classes and judicial proceedings would consume valuable time defining that language. Team cohesion and concentration on missions would suffer if our troops had to live in close quarters with others who could be sexually attracted to them.

We don't need a study commission to know that tensions are inevitable in conditions offering little or no privacy, increasing the stress of daily military life. "Zero tolerance" of dissent would become official intolerance of anyone who disagrees with this policy, forcing additional thousands to leave the service by denying them promotions or punishing them in other ways. Many more will be dissuaded from ever enlisting. There is no compelling national security reason for running these risks to our armed forces. Discharges for homosexual conduct have been few compared with separations for other reasons, such as pregnancy/family hardship or weight-standard violations. There are better ways to remedy shortages in some military specialties than imposing social policies that would escalate losses of experienced personnel who are not easily replaced.

Some suggest that the United States must emulate Denmark, the Netherlands and Canada, which have incorporated homosexuals into their forces. But none of these countries has the institutional culture or worldwide responsibilities of our military. America's armed forces are models for our allies' militaries and the envy of our adversaries -- not the other way around.

As former senior commanders, we know that the reason for this long-standing envy is the unsurpassed discipline, morale and readiness of our military. The burden should be on proponents of repeal to demonstrate how their initiative would improve these qualities of our armed services. This they cannot do.

Consequently, our recent open letter advised America's elected leaders: "We believe that imposing this burden on our men and women in uniform would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all echelons, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force."

Everyone can serve America in some way, but there is no constitutional right to serve in the military. The issue is not one of individual desires, or of the norms and mores of civilian society. Rather, the question is one of national security and the discipline, morale, readiness and culture of the U.S. armed forces upon which that security depends. It is a question we cannot afford to answer in a way that breaks our military.

(Retired Army Gen. James J. Lindsay was the first commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. Retired Adm. Jerome Johnson was vice chief of naval operations. Retired Lt. Gen. E.G. "Buck" Shuler Jr. was commander of the Strategic Air Command's 8th Air Force. Retired Gen. Joseph J. Went was assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. They are founding members of Flag and General Officers for the Military.)

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Minnesota: Come for the lakes, stay for the polio

Polio infection seen in death of Minnesotan
4/14/2009

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ? Minnesota health officials are investigating the death of a person who was infected with a strain of the polio virus.

The patient was infected with the live polio virus that was used in the oral vaccine, which was discontinued in the U.S. in 2000, the Department of Health said Tuesday. The vaccine now in use is injected and doesn't contain live virus, and officials said this case poses no risk to the general public.

"This is a very rare occurrence and does not signal a resurgence of polio," State Epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield said in a statement.

The patient died last month with polio symptoms that included paralysis, but the department said it's not known to what extent polio contributed to the death. The patient also had a weakened immune system and multiple health problems.

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So, they're like, totally talking again.

Ohmigosh!

Iran Says It Plans New Nuclear Offer

By NAZILA FATHI
April 15, 2009

TEHRAN — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said Wednesday that he was preparing a new proposal to resolve disputes with the West over Iran’s nuclear program, opening the door to talks with the United States, the official I.R.N.A. news agency reported.

Mr. Ahmadinejad said during a speech in the southeastern city of Kerman that Iran was still in the process of preparing the new package and it would be presented when it was ready, I.R.N.A. reported. He also said that Iran was willing to hold talks with the United States as long they were based on respect. “They have said they want to resolve issues through diplomatic channels and we say that this is excellent,” he was quoted as saying. “Our people favor logic, dialogue and constructive cooperation based on respect, justice and rights of nations.”

Mr. Ahmadinejad did not elaborate on the contents of the proposal or when it would be ready. He had previously referred to the new proposal, without revealing details, last week during celebrations of the country’s nuclear achievements.

The Iranian leader warned during his speech on Wednesday that Washington should adopt a respectful tone towards Iran. “The Iranian nation might forget the past and start a new era,” he said, in what appeared to be a reference to Iran’s accusations that United States has meddled in its affairs in the past.

“But their response would be like the one given to Mr. Bush if anyone tries to speak to them from a position of arrogance,” he added, referring to relations with the previous American administration.

Breaking with the past policy of shunning direct talks with Tehran, Washington last week said that it would join discussions with Iran on its disputed nuclear program. Those talks would include Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.



Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/world/middleeast/16iran.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

Iran's being reasonable?! Thought it could never happen. *pointed look backwards*

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Republicans Criticize Report on Right Wing Groups

WASHINGTON – Republicans on Wednesday said a Homeland Security Department intelligence assessment unfairly characterizes military veterans as right-wing extremists. House Republican leader John Boehner described the report as offensive and called on the agency to apologize to veterans.

The agency's intelligence assessment, sent to law enforcement officials last week, warns that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country's first black president to recruit members.

The assessment also said that returning military veterans who have difficulties assimilating back into their home communities could be susceptible to extremist recruiters or might engage in lone acts of violence.

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NSA SPIED ON A MEMBER OF CONGRESS

NSA SPIED ON A
MEMBER OF CONGRESS


The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.


Several intelligence officials, as well as lawyers briefed about the matter, said the N.S.A. had been engaged in “overcollection” of domestic communications of Americans. They described the practice as significant and systemic, although one official said it was believed to have been unintentional.

The legal and operational problems surrounding the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities have come under scrutiny from the Obama administration, Congressional intelligence committees and a secret national security court, said the intelligence officials, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because N.S.A. activities are classified. Classified government briefings have been held in recent weeks in response to a brewing controversy that some officials worry could damage the credibility of legitimate intelligence-gathering efforts.

The Justice Department, in response to inquiries from The New York Times, acknowledged Wednesday night that there had been problems with the N.S.A. surveillance operation, but said they had been resolved.
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