April 16th, 2009


omfg, they have vaccines for WHAT!?

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Health is encouraging all adults aged 65 and over to get vaccinated against pneumococcal disease. Each year pneumococcal disease causes thousands of hospitalizations and deaths. This serious disease can lead to infections of the lungs, the blood, and the covering of the brain.

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Why this is important: pneumonia kills and you cannot beat it.

Why this is creepy: I let the VA shoot me up with this shit and I was sick with feeble colds and disabling flu ALL WINTER. Perhaps it has made my immune system better. Who the fuck knows.

But! Maybe I'm a Super Soldier now. Oh Tony!

Source: Virginia Department of Health

(thumbs up to all vaccine makers, even though you made my winter a long bleak banquet of shit :)
Vitas: singing/orgasm


NATO plans May military exercises in Georgia
15 Apr 2009 17:59:08 GMT
Source: Reuters
BRUSSELS, April 15 (Reuters) - NATO said on Wednesday it would hold military exercises next month in Georgia, a former Soviet republic promised eventual alliance membership but whose territory was invaded by Russia last August.

No immediate comment was available from Russia, which considers Georgia part of its traditional sphere of influence. Russia invaded Georgia to defeat an attempt by its pro-Western leadership to retake the breakaway South Ossetia region

NATO's announcement of the exercises, which will involve 1,300 troops from 19 countries, comes at a time when it is seeking to rebuild ties with Russia damaged as a result of Moscow's intervention in Georgia.

An alliance statement said planning for the May 6-June 1 exercises began early last year, months before the war in Georgia.

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BNO news, which I am following on Twitter, is reporting that Russia has asked NATO to scrap these plans, but they cited Reuters, and this was the only article I found there.

Report: US Air Strikes in Iraq Kill Mostly Women, Children


39 Percent of Those Killed Were Children
by Jason Ditz, April 15, 2009

In a report to be published in tomorrow’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have concluded that air strikes by US-led coalition forces have killed mostly women and children. 39 percent were children, while 46 percent were women.
Interestingly enough, though the high-tech weaponry used by the invading forces killed a disproportionately large number of (presumably mostly non-combatant) women and children, it showed that among victims of suicide bombings only 12 percent were children.

The researchers used a database of 60,481 civilians violently killed during the first five years of the war, which was compiled by Iraq Body Count. They say that the shocking number of women and children killed are a function of using air strikes in urban combat settings, and the report may have policy implications elsewhere, where US air strikes seem to be killing large numbers of innocent civilians as well.
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TX Governor Rick Perry going off deep end?

This could be considered a follow-up to THIS story on

Thousands show up for Dallas 'tea party'; Rick Perry fires up rallies

12:21 AM CDT on Thursday, April 16, 2009


Perry dismissed characterizations that those attending Wednesday's "tea party" rallies in Texas and around the country are "a bunch of right-wing extremists."

"But if you are, I'm with you," he said.


Perry told reporters following his speech that Texans might get so frustrated with the government they would want to secede from the union.

"There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that."


Perry has criticized federal bailouts and has refused $555 million in unemployment money because of strings attached. He has in recent days asserted states' rights under the 10th Amendment and denounced Washington for overstepping authority.


Some in the crowd, which included libertarians and other third-party advocates, said even Perry was not conservative enough.


Elsewhere in Texas, Fox News talk-show host Glenn Beck is broadcasting from the Alamo in San Antonio, where rocker Ted Nugent will perform the national anthem.


***UPDATE: Texan journalist says Perry should rescind remarks or resign.

Tea Party protesters force brief White House lockdown w/ bomb scare

Protesters throw apparent tea bags over White House fence, Secret Service locks down compound

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Secret Service says a suspicious package thrown over the fence and onto the White House's North Lawn was not dangerous.

Tax protesters threw what appeared to be a box of tea bags toward the White House on Wednesday, prompting officials to lockdown the compound. The Secret Service also used a robot to inspect the package thrown in an apparent act of defiance meant to echo the rebellion of the Boston Tea Party.

Demonstrators said they disapproved of government spending since President Barack Obama took office. They organized protests across the country, including outside the White House.


"Fire Ken Lewis": Robert Reich Backs Push (VIDEO)

"Fire Ken Lewis": Robert Reich Backs Push (VIDEO)

Former Labor Secretary and occasional adviser to the president Robert Reich, alongside a coalition of progressive organizations, has launched a new push for the firing of Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis.

The high-profile economist, who endorsed Obama during the campaign and has consulted with him since, has lent his voice to a video put together by SEIU and Brave New Films, titled "Fire Ken Lewis."

The film dips into the mushrooming sense of populist anger with the excessive of corporate culture and the bank industry in particular.
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General Growth files for bankruptcy protection; Malls are still full on a Saturday

General Growth files for bankruptcy protection

General Growth Properties Inc, the second-largest U.S. mall owner, declared bankruptcy on Thursday in the biggest real estate failure in U.S. history.

Ending months of speculation, General Growth, along with 158 of its more than 200 U.S. malls, filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors while it tries to restructure some of its debt. Its joint-venture properties and third-party management business were not included in the bankruptcy.

The Chicago-based company, which owns such valuable malls as Fashion Show in Las Vegas and Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, listed total assets of $29.56 billion and total debt of $27.29 billion.

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Glenn Beck Praises Texas Secessionists As Patriots: They Just Think Texas Does America Best

Glenn Beck Praises Texas Secessionists As Patriots: They Just Think Texas Does America Best

On last night's (4/15/09) On The Record, Greta Van Susteren interviewed Glenn Beck at a tea party protest at The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Beck who, you may recall burst into tears on national television just thinking about how much he loves his country, nonetheless praised the Texans behind him who cheered raucously when Van Susteren referred to Texas Governor Rick Perry's recent statement that Texas might have to secede. “They just think Texas does America best,” Beck said jovially about the secessionist-supporting crowd. With video.
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Is Texas Governor Rick Perry Nuts?

One would think so. Yesterday he seemed to countenance talk of Texas seceding from the union because of the Obama administration's plans for more government involvement in the economy and higher taxes.
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Rick Perry’s Texas rebellion

Texas Gov. Rick Perry riled up the “anti-government protesters” at an Austin “tea party” rally Wednesday, said Michael Landauer in The Dallas Morning News. But later he uncorked some truly “over-the-top radicalism,” calmly suggesting to reporters that Texas might secede from the United States. People are angry, but stirring up the “Republic of Texas nuts” to potentially “dangerous levels” won't help.
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Israel Won’t Cooperate in UN Gaza Probe

Israel Won’t Cooperate in UN Gaza Probe
Foreign Ministry Says Delegation Won't Be Allowed Into Country

Israeli officials announced today that their government will not cooperate with the United Nations investigation into war crimes committed during the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip. The United Nations Human Rights Council intends for former war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone to investigate allegations of human rights violations by both sides during the war, which killed 1,417 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

According to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the decision not to cooperate will mean that the government will not even allow members of the UN delegation to enter the country. Any investigators seeking access to the Gaza Strip will have to rely on Egypt, assuming they decide to allow it.

Shortly before the war, the Israeli government detained UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Richard Falk at the Tel Aviv airport, before expelling him from the nation. Israel insisted the Princeton professor’s criticism of the Israeli blockade on Gaza made him “unwelcome” in the nation. Israel had announced a probe of its own into war crimes during the Gaza conflict, but abandoned it after only a few days claiming all allegations were “hearsay.”

Jeff Zucker, Top NBC Brass Concerned About CNBC's "Conservative," "Anti-Obama" Image: Report

Jeff Zucker, Top NBC Brass Concerned About CNBC's "Conservative," "Anti-Obama" Image: Report

The New York Post's Page Six reports Thursday that GE and NBC execs are worried about the CNBC becoming the "Obama-bashing network," and that they recently held a top secret dinner in New York to discuss the topic.

Page Six reports that CNBC execs and some on-air talent were called to meet with GE CEO Jeff Immelt and NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker for "an intensive, three-hour dinner at 30 Rock." According to Page Six's source, Zucker himself called the dinner, which featured "a long discussion about whether CNBC has become too conservative and is beating up on Obama too much."

In the past few months, two on-air personalities — "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer and correspondent Rick Santelli — have come under fire in the media and have come to define the CNBC brand.

Cramer, for instance, said President Obama was "taking cues from Lenin" and accused him of the "greatest wealth-destruction I've seen by a President."

Santelli, of course, helped spawn the "tea party" movement with his February rant against President Obama's foreclosure plan.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has taken on CNBC, and Santelli directly, over the course of this extended fight.

Zucker came out in defense of Cramer after he was hammered by Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show," calling Stewart "incredibly unfair."

CNBC's Brian Steel confirmed that there was a dinner but denied that it was for the purpose of network soul-searching, telling Page Six instead:

"The dinner was to thank CNBC for a job well done in our in-depth reporting throughout the financial crisis. As far as our coverage is concerned, we are built for balance and we are unabashedly pro-investor."
i want joe biden i need joe biden

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India

Over 1,500 farmers in an Indian state committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure, it was reported today.

The agricultural state of Chattisgarh was hit by falling water levels.

"The water level has gone down below 250 feet here. It used to be at 40 feet a few years ago," Shatrughan Sahu, a villager in one of the districts, told Down To Earth magazine

"Most of the farmers here are indebted and only God can save the ones who do not have a bore well."

Mr Sahu lives in a district that recorded 206 farmer suicides last year. Police records for the district add that many deaths occur due to debt and economic distress.

In another village nearby, Beturam Sahu, who owned two acres of land was among those who committed suicide. His crop is yet to be harvested, but his son Lakhnu left to take up a job as a manual labourer.

His family must repay a debt of £400 and the crop this year is poor.

"The crop is so bad this year that we will not even be able to save any seeds," said Lakhnu's friend Santosh. "There were no rains at all."

"That's why Lakhnu left even before harvesting the crop. There is nothing left to harvest in his land this time. He is worried how he will repay these loans."

Bharatendu Prakash, from the Organic Farming Association of India, told the Press Association: "Farmers' suicides are increasing due to a vicious circle created by money lenders. They lure farmers to take money but when the crops fail, they are left with no option other than death."

Mr Prakash added that the government ought to take up the cause of the poor farmers just as they fight for a strong economy.

"Development should be for all. The government blames us for being against development. Forest area is depleting and dams are constructed without proper planning.

All this contributes to dipping water levels. Farmers should be taken into consideration when planning policies," he said.

Sad sauce :(

Um, what the fuck?

Lesbians By Latitude and Longitude


Lesbians are so much easier to understand when you slap 'em on some posterboard and break them down into four easy quadrants. But this is the Internet, so instead Tabloid Prodigy skipped the posterboard, went with Photoshop, and included everything but the U-Haul in this easy-to-follow, Butch v. Fem and Out v. Closeted matrix.


Remember That Crazy Anti-Day of Silence Video Yesterday?

Response To Illinois Family Institute's Anti-Day Of Silence Clip


JMG reader Sean Chapin does an excellent job picking apart the lies in yesterday's hateful anti-Day Of Silence clip from the Illinois Family Association. If you didn't catch the final update on yesterday's post, the IFI has amended their clip to remove the incorrect attributions and reposted it at another URL on YouTube. If you flagged it yesterday, thanks, but you may want to do again at the new location.


Burr, When I Said You Needed To Do More Stuff To Win, I Didn't Mean Like This

Posted: 12:00 PM ET

 Burr is a top Democratic target in 2010.
Burr is a top Democratic target in 2010.
(CNN) — Democrats are taking aim at North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr over the Republican's recent remark that he advised his family last fall to withdraw as much money as they could from their bank accounts in reaction to the onset of the economic crisis.

"If this is Senator Burr's economic recovery plan for himself, it is no surprise he doesn't have one for the country," said Eric Schultz, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "Senator Burr, as a champion of the George Bush economy helped create this mess but will not lift a finger to get us out of it.”

According to the (Burlington, NC) Times-News, Burr told North Carolina business owners Monday the collapse of major financial institutions last fall convinced him his family's bank accounts could have been frozen.

"On Friday night, I called my wife and I said, 'Brooke, I am not coming home this weekend. I will call you on Monday. Tonight, I want you to go to the ATM machine, and I want you to draw out everything it will let you take. And I want you to tomorrow, and I want you to go Sunday,'"
Burr said during a speech at a Henderson County Chamber of Commerce meeting.

"I was convinced on Friday night that if you put a plastic card in an ATM machine the last thing you were going to get was cash," said Burr.

The senator, whose approval ratings are languishing in recent state polls, faces re-election in 2010 and is among the Democrats' top targets.

Brian Walsh, the communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said, "The Democrats’ response highlights perfectly the competing views of the two parties when it comes to strengthening the economy. "

"In just the first three months of this year, Senate Democrats have voted for more spending than the previous Administration spent on Iraq, Afghanistan and Katrina recovery combined so its little wonder Americans want to keep their hard earned money away from the grips of Washington," he also said.


I think Rihanna says it best.

Any Dem not named Shuler ftw in 2010!


For reals? This seems a bit absurd.....

FBI continues questioning U students (University of Minnesota)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for universities to provide legal help for students.

BY Ibrahim Hirsi
PUBLISHED: 04/15/2009


The disappearances of young Somali men from Minneapolis, including two students from the University of Minnesota, have resulted in numerous students being questioned by the FBI, both on and off campus.

The federal agents have been visiting students in high schools, colleges and the University for information about the missing Somali men.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on colleges to provide more legal help for students and also says students have been approached by the FBI while walking to class and in the library. Students have also received calls from investigators.

Political science, public health and global studies junior Ruqia Mohamed, who went to high school with some of the disappeared, spoke about her experience with the FBI.

Earlier this year, officials came to Mohamed’s house in Minneapolis. She described them as “random and at the same time spooky.”

Mohamed said the FBI agents were “two young girls dressed casual, unlike those I see on TV.” They came into her house with pictures of missing men and local mosques in the Twin Cities.

During the interview, they asked about the Abubakar As-Saddiq mosque and “showed me pictures of the mosque leaders.”

Mohamed was calm during an interview with the Daily until she started talking about the questions she was asked about the disappeared men.

“They asked me about how [one of the two missing men from the University] used to dress and the mosques he attended,” she said.

Her smiling face suddenly changed as she asked if such questions are “relevant.”

“Mosques were built for prayers,” Mohamed said she told the investigators, “and every Muslim goes to mosques.”

Mohamed said she was not surprised the FBI met her since her friend was also questioned.

The federal agents knocked at her door during President Barack Obama’s inauguration. They said they were curious if anybody was planning attacks in Washington.

“We are Americans and we voted for Obama,” Mohamed said. “Why would we bomb his inauguration?”

Mohamed said she asked the authorities to call her or meet her somewhere else.

“They are terrorizing the whole family. My brother is only 11,” she said. He asks her if she did something wrong or if she was a bad person, Mohamed added.

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This kind of crap needs to stop.


Bush Torture Memos Released By Obama: See The Complete Documents

As part of an ongoing court case, the Department of Justice released on Thursday memos issued by the Office of Legal Counsel between 2002 and 2005, detailing techniques used for interrogation of terrorism suspects. In doing so, President Obama declared:

"While I believe strongly in transparency and accountability, I also believe that in a dangerous world, the United States must sometimes carry out intelligence operations and protect information that is classified for purposes of national security. I have already fought for that principle in court and will do so again in the future. However, after consulting with the Attorney General, the Director of National Intelligence, and others, I believe that exceptional circumstances surround these memos and require their release."

Certain aspects of the documents are redacted -- including the names of CIA officials -- but the evidence is of enough weight that Senate Judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy already felt compelled to offer the following statement:

These legal memoranda demonstrate in alarming detail exactly what the Bush administration authorized for "high value detainees" in U.S. custody. The techniques are chilling... We cannot continue to look the other way; we need to understand how these policies were formed if we are to ensure that this can never happen again. This is why my proposal for a Commission of Inquiry is necessary.
Source has the documents posted here.

ETA:  You know, I've just finished reading the first one.  After detailing all of the techniques they're allowed to use (with horrifying deliberation and exactness), they then go out of their way to say it's basically legal since they aren't meaning to actually hurt or permanently damage the detainees physically or mentally.  What is this?  The technique of "if I'm thinking happy thoughts while I do awful things to this person then it won't really hurt them"????

One other thing.....I wonder what we'd call these techniques if they were used on our own soldiers overseas in another country.  Let me think......TORTURE????

Shirley Animated

Alaska legislature DENIES Ross; Sarah Palin still inept as a politician

After weeks of losing ground, the joint body of the Alaska legislature has voted to reject Wayne Anthony Ross as Attorney General.

Our representation has debated at length Governor Palin's controversial appointment and they have been distracted from state business in the critical waning days of the session. I believe that was part of the design of the appointment.

Sarah Palin is 3000 miles, and 3 time zones away in Indiana. She was not present to lobby her appointment.

They have denied Wayne Anthony Ross.

This vote by the joint legislative body reveals a growing bipartisan lack of confidence in Governor Palin's ability to make critical appointments.

The Combined Vote: 23 yeahs 35 nays. DENIED.


In case you needed a refresher, this is the guy who made fun of a black student who said a KKK statue was offensive, says men should be allowed to rape their wives, and who hates Martin Luther King Jr.

From the White House Blog - A Vision for High Speed Rail

Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

A Vision for High Speed Rail

"I'm happy to be here. I’m more happy than you can imagine," said the Vice President, a noted rail enthusiast, before introducing the President for the release of his strategic plan for high speed rail in America. Revolving around the $8 billion in the Recovery Act and the $1 billion per year for five years requested in the President’s budget to get these projects off the ground, the President painted the picture that will become a reality as a result of these investments:
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US-Israeli differences over Palestinians emerge

US-Israeli differences over Palestinians emerge
By MARK LAVIE, Associated Press Writer Mark Lavie, Associated Press Writer – Thu Apr 16, 3:46 pm ET

JERUSALEM – Stark differences between U.S. and Israeli policy toward peace talks with the Palestinians emerged clearly Thursday in the first meetings between President Barack Obama's Mideast envoy and top leaders of the new Israeli government.

The envoy, George Mitchell, emphasized that Washington is aiming for creation of a Palestinian state. But Israelis avoided mention of Palestinian statehood, and the new foreign minister said past Israeli concessions have led to violence, not peace.

Mitchell met Thursday evening with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. An official in Netanyahu's office said the Israeli leader expressed misgivings about creating a Palestinian state in the West Bank because of concern that the militant Hamas group could take it over, as it overran Gaza in 2007.

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Fox News sez: Torture memos??? ONOEZ!!!!

Former CIA Chief Hayden Criticizes Release of Memos Detailing Interrogation Techniques

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden says release of the memos will give terrorists a precise guide for what to expect in a CIA interrogation if those methods are ever approved for use again.

WASHINGTON -- Former CIA Director Michael Hayden says the Obama administration is endangering the country by releasing Justice Department memos that detail the CIA's interrogation techniques authorized by the Bush administration.

Hayden tells The Associated Press the release will give terrorists a precise guide for what to expect in a CIA interrogation if those methods are ever approved for use again.

The Obama administration outlawed the techniques but has a task force reviewing the military's interrogation methods to determine if they are sufficient for CIA use.

Hayden says he worries the revelations will also deter other governments from cooperating with the United States because it shows the U.S. "can't keep anything secret."


I think it is notable that as of this posting, there doesn't seem to be a link on their site to the actual memos for people to read them themselves.  Stay klassy Fox News.....keeping your viewers ignorant is the only way you can maintain the various fictions you create.
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Andrew Sullivan reader (and lawyer) responds re: Bush Torture Memos

16 Apr 2009 08:09 pm

Bybee At Nuremberg

A reader writes:


I also just finished reading the 2002 Bybee memo. As a lawyer, one of the things that surprised me the most was Bybee arguing that "suffering" did not have a meaning independent of "pain" in the phrase "severe physical or mental pain or suffering" - in fact, he goes out of his way to change the phrase to "pain AND suffering" (page 11).

Under the canon against surplusage, courts interpret statutes so as to avoid creating surplus, redundant, or unnecessary language. Bybee clearly violates this long-established common law canon by defining "suffering" to mean the same thing as "pain." This is especially egregious because the language here is not "pain and suffering" (which could arguably be a phrase of art), but "pain or suffering," which inherently suggests that the two are different things and that the presence of either justifies a finding of torture. Instead, Bybee defines away the "suffering" element, since it is by far the more problematic. Just to be clear - this is a fundamental issue of statutory interpretation that would be clear to any first year law student.


While the canon against surplusage is by no means an absolute rule (the canons of construction are rather general guidelines to be used when interpreting statutes and they sometimes conflict with each other), these sorts of issues would definitely be considered by a lawyer in considering whether a statute covered specific conduct. That said, there is also a canon called the "rule of lenity" that strictly construes criminal statutes so that potential defendants are not unfairly punished for conduct that does not fairly fall within the law. But, there is also a canon that requires statutes to be interpreted in line with international law, if possible, which would throw open a whole litany of applicable international cases/issues/obligations, since the statute here implements the UN Convention Against Torture. I would expect an honest assessment of the torture statute to address all of these issues, especially since American courts have not ruled on the statute. By ignoring standard issues of statutory construction such as these, Bybee makes clear that he is arguing a position rather than trying to reach the correct result.


The last sentence kind of says it all, I think.

Post Op-Ed Peddles Bogus "Poll"

Yesterday's Washington Post featured an editorial from four retired senior military officers supporting the congressional law known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The officers claim, "Polling by the Military Times of its active duty subscribers over the past four years indicates that 58 percent have consistently opposed repeal." However this poses a problem, as the Military Times has never conducted a "poll" of its readership on this issue. So why is this 58% number being held aloft as if it were incontrovertible proof of a majority opinion and why is the Washington Post, and its editors, allowing contributors to publish flagrant misrepresentations of fact?

The truth is that the Military Times has published the findings of a mail-in "survey" it conducted last year of 1,215 active-duty servicemen who subscribe to the Military Times and its family of newsweeklies. The problem is the science behind the "survey" was so questionable that the Military Times itself was forced to describe the responses as,

"not representative of the opinions of the military as a whole. The survey group overall under-represents minorities, women and junior enlisted service members, and over-represents soldiers."

Less kind was Gary Langer, director of polling for ABC News, who described the methodology behind of the Military Times survey as,

"about as reliable as a rusted carbine; FUBAR, you might say. It's not even a survey at all, but a woefully incomplete census of Military Times readers. And in terms of their political and ideological leanings, the participants look nothing at all like what good data have found."
Yet the Washington Post still let these men promote a blatant misrepresentation of fact by allowing them to claim "polling by the Military Times" showed 58% of those on active duty support keeping "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," -- even when the Military Times itself questions the validity of those findings?

Why is the Post allowing controversial "surveys" to be presented to readers as a legitimate "polls" when experts in the field have described the methodology as "FUBAR." And why are the Post's editors not publishing an apology clearly stating that they did not fact check this editorial and in the process allowed their opinion page to propagandize "facts" against gay service members?

Perhaps the Ombudsman can take up this issue in his next article.


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Lacrosse: ‘Let’s go kill those faggots!’

Brent, who has taken photos for Outsports for years, was at UCLA Friday to shoot the Rafer Johnson / Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational track meet. On the way back to his car he came across some UCLA lacrosse players and found out they were playing a game Saturday against Claremont, located in eastern L.A. County. Taking a break from track the next day, he watched some of the first half and then halftime and was shocked by what he heard:

They got their halftime chalk talk, and did their rev-up “Go Team” yell, followed by a couple of “Let’s go kill those faggots!” and “Let’s go get those f***ing faggots!” which just stunned me.  And as they were walking back to their sideline, one player said to another, “besides … they’ve got blacks too.”

It’s hard to know how prevalent it is on the team, or if the majority wouldn’t agree but are afraid to say anything lest it seem like they too are somehow a faggot. Either way, no player or coach — all within easy earshot — countered it. This reminded me of what often goes on whenever you look around and see that no one of the potentially offended group — women, minorities, gays etc. — are in earshot and you can spout your bigotry not only fearlessly, but as a sign of your superior status and machismo.

It was the particular tight sequence that really got to me — the two “faggot” comments yelled in a row, and immediately following as they head back, the “they’ve got blacks” aside from one player to the other. I’m sure that UCLA would view an intramural situation like that to be pretty bad, but when they’re wearing UCLA uniforms [lacrosse is a club sport], you would think they’d have some responsibility.

Brent was not sure if the two “faggot” comments were uttered by one or two players. He e-mailed one of the players he met (who did not make any disparaging remarks) and asked about the comments Brent heard and got this response:

I’m not extremely surprised to hear words like faggot during the game. It’s not a pretty thing, but the young kids will sometimes use those words in the heat of the game. Our coach began making us doing push ups for all profanities uttered during practice, in order to increase our self control. By the time the players become juniors and seniors, that stuff is mostly done with.

Brent asked some follow-up questions, but the player never responded.

In publishing Outsports, it has seemed to me that progress of the acceptance of gays in sports has come in the mode of two steps forward, three-quarters step back” and it’s incidents like this that always cause a shake of the head at how much progress still has to be made. I know that such utterances are commonplace in sports, but think people need to be called out when they make them.

The homophobia and racism displayed by players living in the one of the most diverse cities on the planet and attending a diverse campus is disgusting and saddening. It is also ironic that these comments were made on the same campus that was holding a track meet named after Rafer Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, two of the most groundbreaking black athletes in history. I am not sure why I thought lacrosse might be more enlightened, but it is always telling how people talk when they think no one is listening.

The UCLA lacrosse team at halftime vs. Claremont.

The UCLA lacrosse team at halftime vs. Claremont.


lol women can't drive!!!!11

Chris S. sent in a link to a post at Korea Beat about a town in South Korea that now has parking spots designated for women only. My first thought was that maybe they were for pregnant women–when I lived in Utah I’d sometimes see parking spots that were reserved for expectant mothers. But no. These are just for women in general. Here’s a photo:


Part of the English translation of the original article, from Korea Beat:

The “pink lines”, painted pink, are 2.5 meters wide rather than the standard 2.3, offering aid to women drivers unskilled at parking.

This in a city chosen by a South Korean official as “the first woman-friendly city.”

I wonder if there’s any evidence that female drivers in South Korea are involved in more accidents or have a harder time parking than men. What, exactly, led to this? I don’t know a ton about South Korean culture; for those of you who do, is there a good reason we’d expect women to be less skilled at driving/parking than men? Are women generally discouraged from driving or something? Insights will be greatly appreciated.


Highly Questionable: 'Mow The Lawn' Ad

This is the second in a series of highly questionable commercials (tulips on the mound -- WTF?!) for the Shick Quattro For Women TrimStyle with Bikini Trimmer. Which, if you couldn't tell by the name, is a beaver cleaver. Now I'm not going to go into the racial stereotypes presented in this commercial, but needless to say there were some. Also, what's up with the perfectly spherical bush? Do you women actually do that? Pictures or it didn't happen.

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Steve Harvey Teaches Us To Act Like A Lady, Think Like An A-Hole


Today Steve Harvey was on Good Morning America to promote his bestselling dating book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. Apparently, dudes want to mark us as their territory and pay our bills.

We've never had a problem with opening the car door ourselves, having sex before the 90-day mark, or paying for our own movie tickets, especially after we offer to go dutch. Guys didn't seem to mind either, but Steve Harvey has informed us of our grave error. In the clip at left, Steve explains that if a guy really loves you, he'll show it through what he calls the three Ps: "We profess, we provide, and we protect. We will give you a title if we love you. We're gonna make you our something. That's how we mark our territory." And in return, we puke!


God, I saw his fucking book in my mother's car the other day.  I wanted to pick it up and throw it out the damn window.

On a somewhat unrelated note, UHM.....

"I guess women have to let go at times too but it just doesn't seem right, but if they do then it shouldn't smell or make a sound."

-Dallas Cowboy Martellus Bennett on women farting.

Redheads do it best.

Right Wing Groups Object to Term "Teabagging"

The good folks over at Free Republic are not happy about the term "teabagging" being taking in a jesting manner. Free Republic user "Doctor Raoul" writes (not edited):

"Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann and David Schuster of MSNBC, Howard Fineman of Newsweek, Anna Marie Cox of Time along with people from Newsday, Huffington Post and the Examiner newspapers have used a slur intended to disparage gay men and degrade women to belittle the conservative rallies.

And these are the people who went ballistic when Ann Coulter used "faggot" in a joke.

What is needed here is the offending quote from the people listed above and the URL.

If you have a quote from the MSM that is not listed above, please provide that name, their news outlet, the quote and the URL.

I will put together a final list for your use, along with faxing it to about 150 MSM newsrooms to remind them that they are homobobic and mysoginst haters.

Thank you for your assistance, please let's keep this focused on data collection."

Because yes, nothing says "misogynistic" and "homophobic" quite like Rachel Maddow.

This comes from the same illustrious website that features multiple pages of discussions tagged "homonazi" and "feminazi". Some examples of uses of those tags in the past month include concern that Governor Patterson has been coerced by the gay mafia, the very true links between homosexuality and mass murderers, proof that Jesus would discriminate against gays, as well as vehement dislike for Obama's pick for legal counsel, Dawn Johnson on the grounds that she is a "neurotic weirdo" and feminazi. In fact, they don't like women who protest a pro-life clinic or indeed, any women who have an opinion and vote at all.

Well, shit, son. I think we just got schooled.